Past Local Events

These are some of the events that have recently been held in and around Glastonbury and publicised by Pilgrims.

PRC Talk ‘An Alchemical Journey’ with James North

Session 4: ‘Alchemy, Spirituality and Psychology – How the Art was Reborn in the 20th Century’.
What actually is alchemy? ‘An Alchemical Journey’ is a series of 6 stand alone themed talks that will introduce us to this fascinating subject. The great psychologist Carl Jung was fascinated by alchemy. Although he did not accept the main claims and practices of some of the great alchemists, Jung saw alchemy as reflecting deep truths about the human psyche. In this fourth talk James considers that Jung was far from the first to see the spiritual value in alchemy. Jewish Kabbalists, Christian monks and Rosicrucians, Muslim Sufis, as well as the great alchemists of the East, all left profound teachings on the spiritual meaning of alchemy. In this session, we will go deeper into the meaning of spiritual alchemy. As well as looking at the New Age revival of interest in alchemy, we will begin practical work with some of the powerful seed images of the tradition.

PRC Talk ‘Mysterium Artorius: Arthurian Grail Glastonbury studies’ with Paul Weston

A series of self-contained but connected presentations from the book Mysterium Artorius.
Session 2: ‘Arthur: Archaic Deity and Dark Age Enigma’.
There is little doubting that the stories of Arthur contain far older themes and motifs. Paul will consider how far this can profitably aid us in understanding his allure.

Glastonbury PLG ‘Why do we eat? Food, Identity and immortality….’ – A talk by Jacqueline Hobbs (Oracle Girl)

Have we always been eaters, were we taught to eat and why in so many cultures, is food connected with the gods? In this talk Dr Jacqueline Hobbs examines the link between eating to live in this world … and not eating to die into another.

Glastonbury PLG ‘Numerology Taster – Part 2′ – A talk by Richard Cullen

During this Numerology Taster session Richard will look at the energy you bring to the earth plane when you are born. This is derived from your birth name and each person will have the opportunity to determine the capabilities and talents (often latent) they were born with, their inner motivation, and discover what numerology has to say about their secret dreams.

PRC Talk ‘The Passing of the Flame – Dion Fortune, W.E. Butler & the Way of High Magic’ with Ian Rees

Session 4: ‘Passing through the Pillars’.
‘The Passing of the Flame’ is a series of 8 themed but standalone talks taking the major themes of Dion Fortune’s work and exploring them as expressed through the work of W.E. Butler and Tom Oloman. This fourth talk will focus on the ancient image of the Pillars of the Temple and on working with opposites. The sephiroth Hod and Netzach the spheres of mind and feeling and their relationship to the body and the foundation will be contemplated. The nature of personality and the practice of the Magical Personality and its roots in the Golem operation will also be considered.

Boxing Day – Free Entry to Chalice Well

Free for the community and visitors to enjoy the magic and solace of the Well and gardens.

Christmas Day – Free Entry to Chalice Well

Free for the community and visitors to enjoy the magic and solace of the Well and gardens.

Glastonbury PLG ‘The Science of Sound Healing’ – A talk by Jen Wilson

A talk on the latest cutting edge information on sound healing within the body, using quartz crystal singing bowls and harmonic frequencies. The talk will be followed by a demonstration of crystal singing bowls in Solfeggio frequencies 528Hz and 396Hz and the harmonically resonant 432Hz.

Glastonbury Abbey presents ‘Joglaresa – Merriment & Misrule’

The rebellious Joglaresa bring their sparkling subversion to Yuletide – amongst Medieval, Tudor and folk carols they perform medieval parodies celebrating wine and ale; songs from the C16th Piae Cantiones and their very own version of The Boar’s Head in Hande Bear I.

The Bluebirds present The Christmas Mysteries – Glastonbury Abbey, The Abbot’s Kitchen

The Christmas Mysteries is a family show with classical singing, a live band and live animals. It’s a modern adaptation of the mystery plays based on the nativity. Expect a headstrong Mary, mad-cap shepherds, a bit of sheep-theft and plenty of lively humour. Come and meet the real live donkey and join in the story!