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The Labyrinth

The Terraced Maze of

Glastonbury Tor


Glastonbury, Somerset, England.


Glastonbury Tor



The Terraced Maze


A physical indication of what might have been the template for an ancient ritual, is the terraced pathway that spirals around Glastonbury Tor. This pathway could not have occurred naturally


It may be evidence of ancient agriculture similar to the terrace in Swaledale, Yorkshire, England which are said to pre-date 1000BCE but this does not preclude it from having a ritual purpose.


Although very worn now, it can still be traced. Scientific surveys currently think that it was made about four or five thousand years ago – at about the same time as Stonehenge.


The terraces show up very well in the snow


Starting at the bottom, it winds around and up the Tor in a backtracking maze. The pattern it makes is almost identical to the labyrinth found on ancient Cretan coins, and also the Native American Hopi people’s representation of Mother Earth.


An examination of this path has found that it seems to end before getting to the top. The place where it suddenly disappears is marked with a large, smooth, oval-shaped stone – locally known as the eggstone. There are very few big stones on the Tor, and from their positioning they look like deliberately placed markers.


When the solemn St. Collen decided to have it out with the King of the Fairies, he chose the best spot he’d heard about for this kind of contact. He described it as "a little place under a rock in a secret, out-of-the-way place". This sounds like the eggstone, which is quite difficult to find, in an obscure spot and hidden by bushes and brambles.


Like much else about the Tor, the terraced pathway seems to hold an inherent energy. Some have seen it glowing with a strange light. Dion Fortune says: "Many times the Tower is reported to have been seen rimmed in light; a warm glow, as of a furnace, beats up from the ground on wild winter nights, and the sound of chanting is heard from the depths of the hill. Towering forms of shadow and light are seen moving on the lower slopes."


Glastonbury Tor  viewed from across the Town





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