Long ago, in the mists of time when magic flowed like a hidden river through the land, there existed a mythical island known as Avalon. Shrouded in mystery and veiled by enchantments, Avalon lay beyond the reach of mortal eyes, a realm where the ordinary boundaries between the earthly and the magical were blurred.
Avalon was said to be a place of unparalleled beauty, with emerald meadows, crystal-clear lakes, and orchards bearing fruit that gleamed like precious gems. Its shores were kissed by the gentle waves of the Otherworldly Sea, and the air was filled with the sweet scent of flowers that never wilted.
At the heart of Avalon stood an ancient and mighty apple tree, its branches heavy with fruit that held the secret of eternal life. Legend spoke of a sacred sisterhood of enchantresses, wise women who guarded the tree and its mystical orchard. These enchantresses, led by the Lady of the Lake, were the keepers of the island’s magic.
It was to Avalon that the wounded King Arthur was carried after his final battle at Camlann. The Lady of the Lake, whose benevolent magic had bestowed Excalibur upon Arthur, now guided him to the shores of Avalon. Some say he lay in a boat, surrounded by the shimmering light of faeries and the soothing whispers of the island’s guardian spirits.
In Avalon, time flowed differently. The wounded were healed, and the weary found rest. Some believed that King Arthur would one day return from Avalon in Britain’s hour of greatest need, riding forth once more with his loyal knights to restore peace and justice to the land.
Legends also spoke of Avalon’s connection to Morgan le Fay, a powerful enchantress and Arthur’s half-sister. Some tales portrayed her as a guardian of the island’s mysteries, while others depicted her as a sorceress with her own ambitions and desires.
The story of Avalon endures as a symbol of an idyllic, magical realm hidden from the mortal gaze, a place where the fantastical and the real intersected. It remains a potent part of the Arthurian legend, a dreamlike island forever associated with the idea that, beyond the veil of the ordinary world, there exists a realm where magic, healing, and the promise of renewal endure. Join us for the Portal to Ascension Conference in Glastonbury this September to delve deep into ancient mysteries and our cosmic connections.