The Ladies of the Lake

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The World of the Fay
in Avalon

Image by Lynne Tansey     

The Ladies of the Lake

Welcome to Avalon the land where myth and legend meets the Fay and the spirit of the land and its waters inspire and bring remembrance touching our hidden selves.

The Lady of the Lake is the most enigmatic figure of the Arthurian Traditions. By awarding Arthur, the Great Bear of Albion, the sword and scabbard ‘Excalibur’ She vested both the authority of the Faerie World and the Sovereignty of the Land to Arthur the once and Future King. In the traditions, She or her fairy kind rise from the primeval waters of the Lake to influence the lives of three men Arthur, Merlin and Lancelot. She remains the Great mystery of those traditions.

Do you want to meet with her? You can still find her and meet her. You can learn to use your senses as our ancestors did to see her and touch her through the mists. Join with her today.
The Lady of the Lake is surely a title and various personal names are given to The Lady, also known as Milady, these names include Nimue, Viviane, Vivien, Elaine, Nyneve, or Evienne. Irrespective of her name it is she who came when Arthur was in need. Some incarnation of the Lady of the Lake, or her magic, reached out to help him.

But how can she be reached today? What is the Lake and where can it be found? The answers to these questions can be found within our courses and seminars, using and following the guidance provided to our senses and reason.
Our quest begins in the South West of England where legend and tradition provide three named important places Avalon, Tintagel and Camelot. Only Tintagel keeps a recognizable name to the modern day. This is the birthplace of Arthur and where the young warlock Merlin engineered Arthurs conception. Perhaps Camelot too keeps a hint in its name for this castle or fortress lies at Cadbury Hill near the historic village of Queen Camel on the banks of the River Cam.

It is however to Avalon we need to journey to find the lake and to plunge deep into its waters to find the Rusalki, the Water Sprites those Well and Fount Maidens, Guardians of the life giving waters flowing from the earth so sustaining the healing trees, herbs, animals and humankind, indeed all who live upon and within the surface of the good ground of moist Mother Earth.

Dusky Sunset Lake Image

Join us in rolling back the Mists of Time to touch those gone before us yet hidden deep within us and to feel around us another world of Gods and Goddesses, energies and spirit forms; that depth of knowledge, like a lake of understanding, just glimpsed yet out of full sight where light plays tricks and our imagination overruns reality. Yet such a world existed and can, like Arthur, come again within you.

GLASTONBURY

The market town of Glastonbury claims the Ancient Isle of Avalon.

The historian Gerald of Wales royal clerk to King Henry 2nd of England wrote in 1184 ‘What is now known as Glastonbury was, in ancient times, called the Isle of Avalon. It is virtually an island, for it is completely surrounded by marshlands. In Welsh it is called Ynys Afallach, which means the Island of Apples and this fruit once grew in great abundance. After the Battle of Camlann, a noblewoman called Morgan, later the ruler and patroness of these parts as well as being a close blood-relation of King Arthur, carried him off to the island, now known as Glastonbury, so that his wounds could be cared for. Years ago, the district had also been called Ynys Gutrin in Welsh, that is the Island of Glass, and from these words the invading Saxons later coined the place-name ‘Glastingebury’.

Of course, Gerald was much closer in time to those days of the Lady of the Lake than we are today although some six hundred years had already passed. His testimony amongst others stands for the claim Glastonbury has to truly be Avalon.

It seems difficult in the 21st century to realise or visualise that Glastonbury was truly surrounded by water, even being a river port and the surrounding countryside a wetland of marsh and overflowing rivers. Avalon was truly an island and even today when storms breach sea defences and the tides rise or long wet rainy weeks prevail nature defeats pumps and walls to once again flood the low levels and Glastonbury becomes once again cut off from the world an island in its own world.

Dusky Sunset Lake Image

TRADITION

Today the visitor may see the ancient ruins of the Abbey and see the grave where Arthur and Guinevere were said to be buried. Modern day scholars may scoff and invent reasons why clerics in the past should lie and cheat as to Arthurs burial but archaeology supports many of these once supposed stories. Tintagel is now accepted as a Royal Palace at the time of Arthur. The holy island of Beckery is proven to be the oldest foundation of monasticism in Britain. Glastonbury certainly remains an island set in a watery landscape. So, it goes that myth and legend is at worst founded in fact and more than often found in time to have been accurate.

But what of the Grail? Another story to be traced and attached to the mystery of the Lady of the Lake and the Maidens that served her and the Fisher King.

Are you familiar with the Women of the Round Table and their roles and significance? There is a connection between the Divine Feminine and the Grail.  Every knight was in service to the Lady when they attained to the Round Table. Originally twelve knights sat there alongside the King. Later twenty-four divisions were made alluding to those kings who threw their crowns before the throne of heaven described in the Apocalypse of Christian tradition. Most are familiar with the image of the Round Table in the Great Hall of Winchester with its twenty-four division’s plus the throne.

It was Merlin the Wizard who created the legendary Round Table – its shape reflecting and symbolising the roundness of the universe – for Uther Pendragon, Arthur’s father. When Uther died, it passed to Guinevere’s father, King Laudegraunce, and then to King Arthur when he married Guinevere.

Knowledge is universal. What one learns benefits all. Universal knowledge is also timeless, and what is learned in one age benefits all others. ‘As above so below’ is a timeless expression whereby all systems of magic are claimed to function by this formula. To it should be joined ‘As within so without’ which brings us to the Great Star temple of Glastonbury. From the height of Glastonbury Tor in the reflecting waters of the Great Lake the seasons passed in ordered ceremony each season with its colour, each season with its ministering goddess serving as bacchante of the Divine.

The Lake, the tableau is there within the grasp today of the trained bacchante understanding the sensuality of vibrant nature and understanding the nature of finding and living within memory stimulated especially by colour and as our ancestors knew so well, by odour and fragrance the food of the gods and summoning spirit kind.

Crystal Ball Lakeside

THE SILVER TABLEAU AND
THE LADIES OF THE LAKE

The Great Lake of Sky and Water.
The Tableau of the Ladies of the Court.

The wheel of the year turns and each season has it’s colour, taste, smell and touch.