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Thoughts on the Well Dressing | Flowering/Beltane/May Day | A celebration of love

This dressing includes the spring blooms of apple blossom, tulips, Dicentra, Akebia quinata, spirea, Clematis montana, anemones and violas; fronds of fern, nigella and Tellima grandiflora, sprigs of ash; the fresh foliage of hawthorn (May blossom), hazel, Kilmarnock willow and the tiny leaves of oak, welcoming the opening and warmth of summer …

“In fact, I have never met a person whose greatest need was anything other than love. Real unconditional love… there is no mistaking love. You feel it in your heart. It is the common fibre of life, the flame that heats our soul, that energizes our spirit and supplies passion to our lives. It is our connection to God and to each other –”

from The Wheel of Life by Elisabeth Kubler Ross

Many Paths. The light upon the path that inspires so many of our companions and visitors at Chalice Well. The honouring of the many paths of spiritual devotion and development we each follow. Each perhaps informed by our history, our community and our choice as to where we feel we belong, our story.

One Source: Love. Compassion. Kindness. The willingness to reach out gently to steady someone when they stumble upon their path if that is needed. Acceptance and forgiveness, especially of ourselves.

“What wisdom can you find that is greater than kindness?”

from Emile: Or, On Education by Jean Jacques Rousseau

This time of Flowering/Beltane is a moment to celebrate love. Yes, romantic love; and love of the land. And all forms of love that help us to take care of one another and our world…

The Well lantern dressed for Flowering

Thank you for the love you have sent and brought to the Well over this last year, for your understanding and support. Thank you in particular for those moments of holding and accepting each other, just as we are, in this breath. Thank you for being you who are.

Tulips & apple blossom (Julie)

“Our task must be to free ourselves… by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty”

Albert Einstein (in a letter, 1950)

Let us hope for easier, brighter times ahead…

Madonna & Child with blossom from the crab apple tree

With love, gratitude & blessings,


Many thanks to Julie & Tim for their help with the photos

10 thoughts on “Thoughts on the Well Dressing | Flowering/Beltane/May Day | A celebration of love

  1. Thank you for such beautiful pictures that “bring me home”, such beauty, love, Source Energy emanating from them,
    Loving Light

    1. Thank you, Bernadette, for sharing your kind response to the Well dressing. Blessings to you, Penny.

  2. Absolutely beautiful, makes my heart sing. Namaste 💜🌈

    1. Thank you, Gillian. I’m so glad the dressing brought you joy. Blessings to you, Penny.

  3. Thank you for this heart warming and heart opening display of beauty in celebration.
    Love to you all as you keep the sacred space of Chalice Well and the gardens for us.

    1. Thank you, Juliana, for your kind words and appreciation. Blessings to you, Penny.

  4. Beautiful, the play on the light is truly wonderful with the blossoms. Thank you for this moment of pure peace and love. Mana to the hungry soul as we try to counter the turbulent energies pervading the earth at present. Blessings to everyone at the Chalice Well.

    1. Thank you, Margaret, for your lovely comment and for sharing your thoughts on the Well dressing. They are much appreciated. Blessings to you, Penny.

  5. What an absolutely gorgeous wonderful tender dressing of the Well and Madonna. The love is sensible from the flowers and from the devotional dressing. So much love to you!! Blessed Be

    1. Thank you so much for your kind comments, Faride. I’m so glad you enjoyed the Well dressing. Blessings to you, Penny.

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