Avalon’s Phoenix of Transformation: The Sign of Aquarius in the Glastonbury Temple of Stars

The Glastonbury Temple of the Stars is a huge Star Map of the Zodiac Constellations which energetically overlays the fields and villages in and around Glastonbury for several miles. First described by Katherine Maltwood in 1934, the outlines of these Star Maps are marked in the local landscape by the roads, streams, lanes and field boundaries.

Katherine was an artist by profession and she had first perceived the expanse of the Glastonbury Zodiac in a spiritual vision. She then worked out the detailed outline of each Star Map in the physical Landscape by referencing local maps and place names.

Glastonbury occupies the position of Aquarius in this Temple of Stars. Aquarius is usually linked with the image of The Water Carrier; the one who brings the Waters of Life, Light and Love to the thirsty. This symbolism conveys the idea of Celestial energies carrying cosmic frequencies of Light flowing down to Mother Earth like a waterfall.

On the personality level, these energies represent the ability to appreciate the unusual, innovative and spiritual perspectives in life and the willingness to share these unconventional insights with others. These are the ‘light- bulb’ moments which wake us up with new information and innovative solutions to life’s problems. On the spiritual level,  these are the vibrations which create an enlightenment or expansion of consciousness in our minds.

Visitors come from all over the world now to enjoy Glastonbury’s High Street shops and Workshops which share spiritual products, information and expertise. The town’s Aquarius placement in larger Landscape Zodiac has been translated into its unusual, now global role as an information centre for the New Age’s spiritual revolution; a perfect physical representation of the Landscape’s Star Map influx of Celestial energies.

However, the Sign of Aquarius in the Glastonbury Zodiac is not symbolised by the traditional image of the Water Carrier. Instead it is a Phoenix. Why is this so? In the multidimensional language of images, Katherine Maltwood’s switch in symbolism from the usual Water Carrier to innovative Phoenix in the Glastonbury Zodiac becomes wonderfully insightful. The Phoenix is an ancient symbol associated with inner Alchemy and the kinds of changes in consciousness which can result in a profound spiritual transformation. These are the awakenings of consciousness which come from a deeper level, the kind of epiphanies that can change our lives in a profound way. The outline of the Phoenix of Avalon 'flies' over the Sacred Landscape of Glastonbury Tor.

Avalon was and is a Sacred Site, a powerful Landscape Temple steeped in the mysteries of the Alchemical Phoenix, the bird-like aspect of our Spiritual Being who willingly casts herself into the purifying fires of transformation so that we may rise again, reborn and refreshed from the ashes of the past.  This Alchemical layer of multidimensional spirituality is firmly anchored in the Sacred Landscape itself and there are hints of its spiritual potential in the Landscape’s history and the Grail Legends which encode its Mystery.

To be continued…..