Standing at the gate
A shifting reality
Its ebb and flow revealing
Pearls of magic in the soul
There is a long path down to the little cove, and before it was a modern road, the beac would not have been easy to reach. On either side of the bay there are caves. This one, known as Merlin’s Cave lies beneath the headland upon which stands the ruined castle of Tintagel.
It is an odd place of opposites… more of a tunnel, with one end opening onto the calm little cove with its waterfal and silky waves, and the other leading straight into a rocky sea.
It was in the castle above this cave, so legend tells, that King Arthur was conceived by Ygraine, when Merlin used his arts to change Uther Pendragon into the likeness of her absent husband, Duke Gorlois.
The very first ritual workshop that I attended was at Tintagel. Terrified, not knowing what on earth to expect… I found magic in the wind and the waves, in the landscape and its stories, and, not least in the people I met there who would go on to play such an important part in my life.
You can never really tell where the first step might wait that takes you down a new and transformative path, and there were many decades of ‘steps’ on the journey that took me to Tintagel. But I do know that it was at this place that a new chapter of my life began to unfold… a chapter that eventually brought me to the Silent Eye, to the creation of our own workshops and into a story that I hope will continue for a very long time to come.
My thanks, as always, to everyone who took part. All the posts inspired by this image are listed below, so please click on the links to read them and leave a comment for the author. Thank you too, to everyone who reblogged the prompt, round up and the individual resposes.
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