Spring Equinox and the Festival of Oestre is the time when we celebrate the Mothers of Fire! We honour Ostara, Goddess of Light, Fire and Fertility and to Grainne, the Sun Goddess, for bringing her warmth and life back to our lands.
In Avalon the days are getting longer and lighter, and everything is springing to life! The sap is rising and we see buds on the branches of the trees and beautiful yellow daffodils and spring flowers appearing everywhere. The animals are coming to life as well! The birds are rebuilding their nests and looking for new mates, and the baby animals are being birthed everywhere.
It is a wonderful time of year! For us this is a time of renewed energy. After the long winter months of resting and hibernating, the light and warmth brings new energy and life. Our creativity and passions start to stir and we begin to work on our projects and ideas that we would like to manifest.
Jumping the broom is a time-honoured wedding tradition in which the couple jump over a broom during the ceremony. There have also been suggestions that the expression may derive from an actual custom of jumping over a “broomstick” (where “broom” refers to the plant common broom rather than the household implement) associated with the Romanis of the UK especially those in Wales.
The act symbolises a new beginning and a sweeping away of the past, and can also signify the joining of two families or offer a respectful nod to family ancestors. For all of these reasons, jumping the broom is an increasingly popular part of many modern wedding ceremonies. Read More…
As our physical body has seven energy centres or chakras, so does our beloved Mother Earth! Glastonbury is considered to be the planetary heart chakra of the world and boy can you feel the love! Glastonbury attracts people from all over the world. Some people come on spiritual pilgrimage to visit the sacred sites of the Tor, the Goddess Temple, the Chalice Well and the Abbey. Others come for healing and refuge, or to visit the wonderful New Age shops. Recently it has also become a key destination for couples to get married in! It’s not surprising as there is so much to offer couples. We have the amazing Goddess Temple which offers beautiful legal weddings. These beautiful ceremonies weave together your spiritual beliefs, elemental blessings and your sacred words of LOVE. They are utterly divine, a tonic to the soul, touching the heart of everyone that attends.
Glastonbury, Isle of Avalon, has long been known as a place of sacred pilgrimage. From our distant past to now, in this fast and modern world, Avalon has beckoned the pilgrim to come and experience these strange, otherworldly energies. All who come here feel the quickening of their soul’s journey in many different ways that are pertinent to the visitor: one thing is certain, everyone feels something and this ‘something’ has changed the life course of many.
Living and working here on the Isle in my vocation as a Priestess of Avalon in the Goddess Temple, I meet many people from different cultures and countries and the one thing that seems to be a common thread is that people get a strong sense of ‘coming home’. Often this is interpreted as literally feeling that Glastonbury is home, however I feel that it means something far more than that to each person. This feeling of coming home is the only expression in our vocabulary to describe this sensory connection and it seems to me, and many others that have experienced the same, that it is more a sense of coming home to ourselves, to ‘know ourselves.’ This is something that feels like an essential truth. In today’s fast paced society and patriarchal paradigm we truly do not know who we are. At birth we are given our name, we are someone’s daughter/son, a pupil or student from a young age, an employee, we literally are layered with the identity labels that we wear throughout our lives.
As part of your Sacred marriage experience we are pleased to offer you a new and exciting workshop for couples! Sacred Smithing is held by our wonderful Smith Dave Goddard (also known as Hugs). It is a deep ritual journey of connection to the elements through the ancient craft of blacksmithing.
Hugs will take you on a ceremonial journey to create your very own sacred object or a heart or circle. This will be done in ceremony, using the sacredness of the four elements. Your creation will be woven into your bespoken wedding ceremony on the day.
Saturday 17 March & Saturday 14 July
Wands and Hoops are exchanged and bound to form the Handfasting or tying of the knot. Our brides are encouraged to create their own sacred hoop and can make them at our Hoop Making Workshop with Priestess Sharlea Sparrow.
“The willow is Bridie’s sacred tree and I hold hoop making workshops twice a year or individually. I source willow withies from a local farm near to Glastonbury where I can see the Tor as I collect them.”
Cost of workshop is £25, which includes locally sourced willow withies and ribbons, blessed elementally and created in sacred space. Bring along personal items/trinkets to include in your creation.
Booking essential. Contact Sharlea for more info: email@example.com
Happy Imbolc and Happy Valentine’s Day! This is the month of love! What better time to get inspired and start planning your Sacred Wedding in Avalon? This season we have lots of exciting things happening in the Temple. Priestess Sharlea Sparrow will be running a Hoop Making Workshop for brides. We also have lots of Imbolc events happening, including our Imbolc Retreat Days at the Goddess House. This is a time when you can immerse yourself in Her energy and be pampered and nurtured. The Temple has also has been redressed in white, and Bridie, the maiden Goddess Temple heads the altar. It’s beautiful.
Happy Solstice and Yule everyone! Here on the Isle of Avalon there is a sprinkling of magic in the air as we prepare for Winter Solstice. The beautiful Isle of Avalon is lightly dusted with sparkling snow.The Goddess Temple is now re-dressed by the Temple dressing team, dismantled lovingly from sombre black for Samhain and the Goddess Kerridwen, to gorgeous silver and white for Yuletide and the Goddess Danu. We are also excitedly preparing for our last Sacred Marriage of the year to be held at Winter Solstice Night. It will be a magickal candlelit ceremony. Staying in touch with our inner child is truly the spirit of Yuletide. It is this same wonderment that is spun and woven into each Sacred Marriage between us all here at Goddess Temple Weddings and our gorgeous couples. It makes each wedding and reception beautifully bespoke, taking on the total essence of the beloveds.
For us in the Sacred Marriage team this is a cosy time where we celebrate the year past, have our Yuletide dinner together at the Bocabar, which has a wonderful function room for Wedding Receptions, and reminisce over bubbly, reflecting on the wonderful ceremonies that we have held in 2017. This year we have conducted 13 Sacred Marriages in the Temple and we are looking forward to many more as we are fast becoming booked up for 2018.
Each Sacred Marriage is unique as you co-create with your Priestess how your ceremony will be, making it a memorable experience that lives in the hearts of all who enter the experience with you.
Our Wedding Melissas: Trevor Nuthall, Manon Latete, Cristina Granada and Mandy Kaye care for each couple and all of the Wedding party on your special day. They work hard to make sure that everything is how you have dreamed it to be, dressing the sacred space, the bridal entrance and keeping a watchful presence for any needs that couples and guests may have during the ceremony. They keep a strong and deeply spiritual core for you and we simply could not conduct without them.
Happy Samhain everyone! We are delighted to share that soon we will have an official Goddess Temple Weddings headquarters!! As we write this, our new space at Goddess House is being painted and decorated… transforming it into a beautiful place for us to work and create our sacred weddings. Exciting! The Temple has been redressed in black, and Kerridwen, the dark Mother, heads the altar. It is lit with candle lights and feels truly magical, like being in a cave of love.
As October turns to November here on the Isle of Avalon, it is time to observe the sacred time of Samhain which originated in Ancient Europe as one of the four Celtic Fire Festivals and is now observed throughout the world. ‘Samhain’, pronounced ‘saah-win’ or ‘saa-ween’, means ‘Summer’s End’ is the celebration of the end of the harvest and the start of the colder half of the year. It is the time where we honour Cerridwen, the Crone, the Dark Mother, the Goddess of Transformation. Read More…