Tarot Magic in Merlin's Britain, From Avalon to Camelot, A Tarot Magic Quest Through the Mists of Time, May 23 - June 1, 2018

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Tour operated in cooperation with Gothic Image Tours

An Otherworld journey featuring encounters with Pamela Colman Smith, Merlin and Arthur.

Call in the spirit of Pamela Colman-Smith in rituals in stone circles in her beloved Cornwall. Sense how she felt as she created the iconic images in the Waite-Smith deck and open to messages she may have for us today.

  • Experience the energy of sacred sites and landtarot magicscapes by following in the footsteps of Merlin, Morgan La Fey and King Arthur.
  • Listen for whispered messages in Merlin’s Cave at Tintagel, at Stonehenge, on the ancient Isle of Avalon (Glastonbury) and at Avebury.
  • On the giant hill fort of Cadbury/Camelot, imagine standing under the light of the full moon, waiting to hear the thunder of hooves as Arthur’s knights ride forth on their next adventure.
  • Take part in a Druid dawn ceremony inside the circle of the prehistoric temple of Stonehenge.
  • Through Tarot readings in sacred sites, gain insight into your own spiritual journey…readings whose messages will continue to unfold for years to come.
  • Deepen your understanding of Tarot in workshops with world- renowned Tarot author and teacher, Mary K. Greer

Your Hosts on This Journey:

Mary K. GreerMary K. Greer
With more than ten books and 48 years experience in Tarot, Mary K. Greer pioneered many of the Tarot reading methods used today, including reading Tarot for yourself and methods that are interactive, transformational and empowering. She has a deep knowledge of the origins of the Waite-Smith deck and a particular interest in ‘Pixie’, the artist, Pamela Colman-Smith who lived for 30 years in Cornwall.

Linda MarsonLinda Marson

Professional Tarot reader, teacher and author, Linda Marson. is the founder of Global Spiritual Studies. She likens the Tarot to a GPS, one that helps you navigate your way through life.
On the tour, she facilitates a process for exploring the link between our inner and outer journeys and for tuning into the messages sacred sites and landscapes have for us.

Jamie GeorgeJamie George
Director of Gothic Image Tours, Jamie George, has been taking spiritual pilgrims on tours for over 30 years. “It’s been an honour to journey with so many interesting and inspiring people, helping them tune in to the history, mystery and magic of ancient sacred places, where every site has a story to tell,” says Jamie. “What is always a revelation is how people’s lives are transformed by travelling with kindred spirits. When our hearts open to the numinous and luminous, we open up and become much more at one with ourselves and the land.”

Itinerary

Day 1 – Wednesday, May 23
Rendezvous at London Heathrow Airport, Terminal 4, Arrivals Building, ‘The Meeting Point’  at NOON. Transfer to coach. Lunch en route to Marlborough for overnight stay. Introductory Tarot workshop prior to dinner.

Day 2 – Thursday, May 24
We rise before dawn for a pilgrimage to the great temple of Stonehenge where we hold a Druid ritual inside the circle of stones to celebrate Beltane, the festival that ushers in the cycle of summer. We return to the hotel for breakfast. In the afternoon we visit the World Heritage Site and sacred landcape of Avebury. The henge, the largest stone circle in the world, has an imposing bank and ditch, and inner stone circles. We visit the largest burial mound in Europe – West Kennet long barrow – and the largest artificial structure in Europe – the enigmatic Silbury Hill. At these sites, we are joined by Steve Marshall, whose book, Exploring Avebury, reveals, for the first time, the importance of water, light and sound in these ancient sites. Overnight in Marlborough.

Day 3 – Friday, May 25
Today we travel to Glastonbury, the Ancient Isle of Avalon with its intriguing blend of Christianity, Druidry and Arthurian legend. According to tradition, Joseph of Arimathea arrived with his 12 companions in AD37, bringing the Chalice of the Last Supper or the Holy Grail. We visit the beautiful gardens of Chalice Well and drink of the well’s healing waters. Here is the legendary burial place of the Holy Grail. We climb the magnificent Tor hill with its three dimensional labyrinth. In this landscape, the veil between the worlds is thin and we tune into its special energy through Tarot and meditation. Overnight in Glastonbury.

Day 4 – Saturday, May 26
This morning we visit the ruins of Glastonbury Abbey – the “Holyest Earthe of England.” The Abbey is said to be King Arthur’s final resting place and a stone in his honour, has been laid in the grounds. The afternoon is free for shopping or just chilling out. Tarot workshop with Mary Greer before dinner. Overnight in Glastonbury.

Day 5 – Sunday, May 27
This morning we visit the spectacular hill fort known as Cadbury/ Camelot – the likely site of King Arthur’s citadel. Here we can see the enormous stone ramparts that surround the hill and walk the perimeter of the 21 hilltop acres that constitute the fort. This became an important defensive site over thousands of years, but its charm lies in its links to the myth and legends of the Arthurian period. Free time in the afternoon. Tarot workshop with Mary Greer before dinner. Overnight in Glastonbury.

Day 6 – Monday, May 28
Today we travel to North Cornwall, to Tintagel, the legendary birth- place of King Arthur. En route we visit the holy well and chapel of the Celtic St Clether, set in a beautiful valley with a bubbling stream and rocky outcrops. A place of rare peace and sanctity. We arrive in Tintagel in the early afternoon. Weather and tide permitting, we explore the ruins of Tintagel Castle, set on an island peninsula amid the rugged Cornish coastline. We descend to the awesome Merlin’s Cave, said to be haunted by the spirit of the great sage. We visit the fogou (iron-age underground ceremonial cave) and the King’s Inauguration Footprint, set in stone at the highest point of the island. Overnight in Tintagel (Camelot Castle Hotel).

Day 7 – Tuesday, May 29
This morning we set out early for the enchanted fairy glen of St Nectan with its wonderful waterfall, kieve (initiation bowl), saint’s hermitage and chapel. Here is a precious nature site of outstanding beauty. According to legend, King Arthur and his knights found refreshment here. We then proceed to the lovely little fishing village of Boscastle, home to the Witchcraft Museum which we visit before lunch. Tarot displays feature the Waite-Smith deck, and the Golden Dawn, so this is a wonderful place to tune into the energy of the artist Pamela Colman-Smith (Pixie). After lunch in Boscastle, we travel to Bude to honour Pixie, who, for the last five years of her life, lived there. She died a pauper and no one knows whether she was buried or cremated. However, her spirit inhabits this place and Mary will lead a ritual in the churchyard to commune with her. Overnight in Tintagel.

Day 8 – Wednesday, May 30
After breakfast we embark on a day trip to south Cornwall and the little district of West Penwith with its stone circles, wayside shrines and holy wells. This is a day for crossing over into the otherworld, through Tarot, ritual and meditation. We visit the evocative stone circle of Boscowen-un (‘house of the elder tree’), secluded amongst bracken, with a central leaning pillar stone and an enigmatic quartz stone in the south-west of the circle. Next is the Merry Maidens stone circle, named after a group of girls caught dancing on the Sabbath by the Devil, who turned them to stone. We travel to Land’s End for lunch and view St Michael’s Mount. In the afternoon, we visit the holy wells of Madron and Sancreed. We return to Tintagel for dinner and our last night in Cornwall. Tarot workshop on the coach with Mary Greer.  Overnight in Tintagel.

Day 9 – Thursday, May 31
Today we travel to Marlborough, stopping on Bodmin Moor at Jamaica Inn, made famous by Daphne Du Maurier. We visit Avebury again for a closing ceremony. Overnight in Marlborough.

Day 10 – Friday, June 1
After breakfast we depart for London Heathrow Airport for international, domestic flights and transfers. We arrive by 10 am in time for flight departures from 1 pm onwards.

What to expect on the tour

Jamaica Inn, CornwallWe always spend a good amount of time at each site so that you benefit fully from the ambience and subtle magic of the experience. Ours are not “now you see it – now you don’t” tours. Our focus is on experiencing the ‘spirit of place’ and the peculiar enchantment that each site offers, and learning something from it.

We visit inspiring locations where the ancient spirits of each place still reside. In addition, some of you will be returning to the homes of your ancestors. This can raise spiritual and emotional issues. On our tours we seek to build a supportive atmosphere, and your fellow travellers tend to be of a supportive and understanding disposition. At different sites that we visit, you will be given opportunity for reflection and peace. This inner dimension is what makes our tours especially memorable – a pilgrimage and nourishment for the soul.

The pace is not rushed. There are some areas where we climb steps or hills, but otherwise each site is easily accessible and within walking distance from the coach. Nevertheless, you will get some physical exercise!

We reserve the right to vary the itinerary as necessary, to provide the best possible experience under the circumstances prevailing at the time.

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Price Per Person
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