Dear Don: Cephalophores…

Dear Don,

I know it was only Solstice… but that was in the south! Not the same at all…

I had a better look at the whole Holywell thing.

You remember that it is one of our cephalophores… St Winefride, who is responsible for the eruption of the holy spring there? She seems to encapsulate (if you’ll pardon the expression) a good many of the themes of Christian mythology as well as some pre-Christian ones too… the virgin raped and beheaded, the holy spring of water where the head fell… and the Lazarus effect as she was restored to life. Symbolically it is well worth exploring.

Her well is a healing one, of course, with many miracles attributed and is still venerated deeply today. It is, apparently known as the Lourdes of Wales and the saint herself is written of as the Welsh Lazarus.

Beheading of St Catherine, Pickering

Beheading of St Catherine, Pickering

Of course, the Welsh version of her name means I have a vested interest here… Gwenffrewi. Apparently it means ‘white or fair’ as we know and ‘peace, reconciliation’… which, if you take the ‘wen’ in the symbolic sense would make a ‘sacred reconciliation’ of head and body… or life and death, secular and sacred, body and soul… well worth a look, in spite of the ‘Wen’ connection, I’d say…

…We will not mention that a wen is also a small growth…

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About Sue Vincent

Sue Vincent is a Yorkshire-born writer and one of the Directors of The Silent Eye, a modern Mystery School. She writes alone and with Stuart France, exploring ancient myths, the mysterious landscape of Albion and the inner journey of the soul. Find out more at France and Vincent. She is owned by a small dog who also blogs. Follow her at and on Twitter @SCVincent. Find her books on Goodreads and follow her on Amazon worldwide to find out about new releases and offers. Email:
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