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“very moving”

Glastonbury Goddess Temple
Ranked #7 of 35 things to do in Glastonbury
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Preston
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“very moving”
Reviewed 17 December 2012

Another of my regular visiting places when I go to Glastonbury. a very peaceful place to gather your thoughts, sit quietly and remove yourself from the busyness of daily life. There is often some lovely music playing too. The Temple is also a great source of information about the Goddess movement too.

Visited December 2012
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“Peace, perfect peace”
Reviewed 9 December 2012

Just such beautiful space in which to sit and meditate. Lovely artwork to admire . I always find deep inner peace after a visit to this unique and beautiful temple to the Goddess.

Visited December 2012
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Sydney, Australia
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“Peaceful and Serene in the Heart Of Glastonbury”
Reviewed 28 October 2012

I visited there when I stayed in Glastonbury for 8 days and had heard about it wanted to find it. And I found it. It is situated in one of Glastonbury's beautiful courtyard and is a very peaceful and special haven to visit and sit and find peace. Lovely, serene and welcoming haven in the Isle of Avalon !

Visited October 2012
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Kihei, Hawaii
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“Bridget connection”
Reviewed 12 October 2012

Wow. The Divine Femine exists here. Sit and meditate and let the Lady of The Lake come to you. Honor the Celtic presence of Bridget as well.

Visited September 2012
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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“A space for every person...male, female, or child”
Reviewed 5 October 2012

The first place of worship (officially registered as such) to the Feminine Divine (the Goddess, however perceived) in over 2000 years.

Whatever your feelings about worship of the Feminine Divine, you should visit this Temple, and spend some time in quiet reflection, meditation or prayer. Light a candle, walk about and look at the paintings, peruse the books, cards, incense etc. for sale. The Temple is open 365 days a year, and the core hours are from 12-4, though in summer it can be open longer. It is also available for handfastings, baby namings and other ceremonies. Do take your shoes off though, and leave them under the shelves in the shop area.

The Temple Guardians are called Melissas; they are all volunteers, and they are happy to answer any question you might have about the Temple, the Feminine Divine, the Goddess community in Glastonbury and in many cases they will talk about the wider Pagan community as well. The Melissas will also smudge you if you ask, with incense, or with drum and rattle.

The Temple is "dressed" every six weeks of so to reflect the turning of the Wheel (of the Year). The Temple celebrates the Lady of Avalon, and 8 Ancient British Goddesses; Bridghe, Arta, Rhiannon. Domnu, Ker, Bambha, Keridwen, and Danu. So depending on when you visit, depends on which Goddess is being honoured, and the colour of the dressings. We've moved from the time of Ker, the Grain Goddess (Temple decorated in yellows and golds) to that of the Earth Mother, Bambha where the Temple is decorated in browns and oranges.

There is a central altar to the Lady of Avalon, and a side altar to the Goddess of the current season. There is a prayer/request basket to the right of the altar where you can place requests.

There are sheepskins and cushions down both sides of the Temple and plenty of tissues.

Go and sit in the Circle of the Morgens, a very healing space.

All this, is of course, just "window" dressing. The Temple is a place of worship, and is as deserving of respect as any church, mosque, or other temple. Many visitors, both one off and regulars, relish the calm, peaceful atmosphere. People cry, snooze, meditate, worship, pray, and just sit. it really is a special place.

You don't have to be a Pagan to come here, nor is it "wimmin" only. The Temple is open to everyone, the only proviso is that children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult. There are open flames from the candles, so this is a sensible precaution.

The only trouble is that it is not mobility friendly being located on the first floor of the Glastonbury Experience courtyard. There isn't a lift either.

However, every six weeks or so, at each Festival, the Goddess Hall down in Benedict Street, is host to a public ritual celebrating the turning of the Wheel, and the relevant Goddess. Times and Dates are posted on the Goddess Temple website, and start time is usually at 7:30pm.

All in all, a wonderful place to spend time in quiet reflection and to open yourself to the Divine.
http://www.goddesstemple.co.uk/

Visited August 2012
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