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About our Blog: The E-Diary of Avalon

About our Blog: The E-Diary of Avalon

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Perhaps you are curious as to why we chose the name AVALON for our Excalibur Dehydrator Blog ... well, let me explain for you.
Avalon has been for centuries a mythical place that symbolises purity, abundance and magic. Excalibur Dehydrators carry the wonderful name of Excalibur, being arguably the most famous legendary sword - that of King Arthur; sometimes also attributed with magical powers that protect the user, with some believing it to perhaps be the Sword in the Stone, although others disagree on that. Whether presented as the Sword in the Stone or given by the Lady of the Lake, it is clear Excalibur comes from another realm. The sword has become famous and continues as a symbol of virtue and power.

The legendary sword, Excalibur, in a field.

Avalon is where the legendary sword, Excalibur, was forged.

The name Avalon means Isle of Fruit Trees. Many believe Avalon to be a paradise; a terrestrial utopia where apples grew all the year round. Like all mythical paradises, having captured the imagination of many, the idyllic and magickal Isle of Avalon is sought in all corners of the Earth. Some say it is in Glastonbury, a town in the English county of Somerset where, before the plains were drained, the hill of Glastonbury Tor rose above the marshes. According to Geoffrey of Monmouth, in his book Vita Merlini, "on that island nature produced all things of itself; the fields there have no need of the ploughs of the farmers and all cultivation is lacking except what nature provides. Of its own accord it produces grain and grapes, and apple trees grow in its woods from the close-clipped grass. The ground of its own accord produces everything instead of merely grass, and people live there a hundred years or more."

 

Vesica Piscis Chalice Well Cover in Glastonbury.


Two holy wells or springs are found in Glastonbury. One being the Chalice Well (Red Spring), so called because the water is filled with so many iron deposits that everything it touches is covered with rust. The other spring is the White Spring whose water is full of chalk leaving a white residue where it runs. The Chalice Well is located in the outskirts of Glastonbury. The overlapping of the inner and outer worlds is represented by the well cover. The two interlocking circles constitute the symbol known as the Vesica Piscis. This is a mathematical shape formed by the intersection of two disks with the same radius, intersecting in such a way that the centre of each disk lies on the perimeter of the other. In the well lid design, a spear or a sword bisects these two circles, a possible reference to Excalibur, the sword of the legendary King Arthur. The Flower of Life is a figure based upon this principle.

Hence, in bringing forth this symbolism and philosophy, we chose the name AVALON, to represent our values and what we hold dear - to create a harmonious bridge between the earthy and the celestial, between what is and what some would like it to be! Herein we promote Peace, Harmony, and Wellbeing. We thank you for your company.

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