” Come, she said. “You wanted to see if the view was as you remembered…
She led him from the ring stones and they looked out over the Lake. Bright water, rippling softly in the sunlight, stretched all around the Island; far below, a little boat, no larger at this height than a fish leaping, streaked the surface. Other islands, indistinct in the mist, rose as dim shapes, blurred by distance and by the magical veil which removed Avalon from the world.
” Not very far from here, ” he said, “there is an old fairy fort at the top of a hill, and the view from the wall is such that standing there, a man can see the Tor, and the Lake, and there is an island which is like the shape of a coiled dragon…” He gestured with his hand.
” I know the place, ” Morgaine said. “It is on one of the old magical lines of power which crisscross the earth; I was brought there once to feel the earth powers there. The fairy people knew those things…I can sense them a little, feel the earth and the air tingling. ” __Marion Zimmer Bradley in The Mists of Avalon
From Glastonbury Abbey’s site : ” In the beginning, when the legends of mystical Avalon began, Glastonbury, a small town in Somerset, cradled in a cluster of hills in the south of England, was thought to have been a site for pre-Christian worship.
A powerful natural phenomenon, visible from many miles away yet imperceptible from nearby, the highest of these hills, the 500-foot Glastonbury Tor, rising sheer from the Somerset levels has inspired spiritual speculation.
Was Avalon a centre for ley-lines – routes of spiritual energy? Around the sides of the Tor is a strange system of terracing. Much weathered and eroded, but still well-defined, it has been interpreted as a maze following an ancient magical pattern. If the maze on the Tor is real, human labour formed it four or five thousand years ago, during the period of the vast ritual works that created Stonehenge. ”
I read “The Mists of Avalon” by Marion Zimmer Bradley many years ago. I began re-reading it early in the summer…put it aside for some other reading and recently picked it back up again. I’d forgotten so much of it, in regards to what happened from the middle of the book on, that it was like a new reading. It’s an amazing and powerful book. It can most likely be found in your local library or in the used books section on Amazon. It depends on your tastes.. this is a book set in the days of King Arthur.
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