Earth Festivals | Chalice Well Wheel of the Year

Chalice Well Wheel of the Year

Chalice Well welcomes pilgrims and visitors of all spiritual paths, faiths and beliefs. In its activities and events, the Trust seeks to facilitate a connection between people, nature and the spirit of this special place.

That people gather together in a beautiful garden, allows a shared acknowledgement of the sacred and divine that transcends borders and differences.

We follow the cycle of the year under the unity theme of ‘Many Paths | One Source’ by holding gatherings at the well head and in the gardens. These regular gatherings open up connections with the source and with nature and with each other.

That people gather together, not in a formalised building or structure for worship, but in a beautiful garden allows acknowledgement of the sacred and divine that transcends borders and differences.

in a day | in a year | in a life

Chalice Well Wheel of the Year Earth Festivals | Winter Solstice

conception | creation | regeneration

midnight | 12 am

The space between the ending and the beginning. A still point which contains not the absence but the presence of life. In the dreaming, life considers the regeneration and conception of itself.

Chalice Well Wheel of the Year Earth Festivals | First Stirring

birth | new born | first stirring

dawning | 3 am

Born from winter dreaming, life stirs and the first tender shoots emerge from the earth. As the wheel turns, we feel the promise of the spring and the dawning of a new beginning.

Chalice Well Wheel of the Year Earth Festivals | Spring Equinox

early childhood | experience | greening

awakening | 6 am

The sun rises due east and sets due west, there is equal day and equal night. The earth greens, the sap rises and the leaves burst their buds in verdant response. This is a time of awakening, experiencing life with youthful vigour and childish delight.

Chalice Well Wheel of the Year Earth Festivals | Flowering

adolescence | consciousness | flowering

morning | 9 am

Morning has broken and Nature is blooming and flowering as we enter the season of summer. The earth is fertile and dancing the dance of creation. In the human cycle this time aligns with adolescence, the desire for self-determination and a comprehension of potential.

Chalice Well Wheel of the Year Earth Festivals | Summer Solstice

mid-life | exploration | fullness

midday | 12 pm

The longest day, a mid-point, where the sun stands still upon the horizon. This marks the height of summer and the solar principle in its full radiance while the earth too is reaching fullness. On the map of human existence, mid-life is a time of self-exploration, consideration, choice, rejection and deciding which road to take.

Chalice Well Wheel of the Year Earth Festivals | Fruition

maturity | purpose | fruition

afternoon | 3 pm

A time of ripening and the gathering of the first fruits. In life maturity brings a sense of purpose, the opportunity to begin to enjoy the fruits of life’s labours.

Chalice Well Wheel of the Year Earth Festivals | Autumn Equinox

old age | contribution | harvest

twilight | 6 pm

The sun rises due east and sets due west and the light is equal to the dark. We begin to move into the twilight of the year. A time for harvest and making contribution.

Chalice Well Wheel of the Year Earth Festivals | Resting

death | departure | resting

night | 9 pm

The light is departing and nature is shedding. Life prepares to release and let go into a time of rest, stillness and dreaming.