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Swallowhead Springs

Sacred Well


February 19th - belated Imbolc visit to Swallowhead Spring.

Today I was out at Avebury with a couple of friends and a young Cambodian man who was visting from London for the day. We did the Henge, Silbury and WKLB - refreshing to see this fabulous landscape through a visitor's eyes. Coming back from WKLB we did a detour over to Swallowhead Spring - the subject of tying ribbons on trees at 'sacred places' came up with our Cambodian companion. He said this is common practice in Cambodia and is now used as a means of protecting trees from being chopped down. The Cambodians are deeply religious in the Buddhist sense and if a tree is deemed a 'spirit tree' it will not be touched.

The willow at Swallowhead was festooned today with ribbons and flags; springs flowing and water running fast. We made our way across the sarsen stepping stones to the stile that accesses the water meadow. This was the first time I had walked across this meadow from the spring or seen the Kennet from this perspective.
Very lovely, and yes, it did feel sacred.
tjj Posted by tjj
19th February 2011ce
Edited 20th February 2011ce

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