We will be walking the effigy of the Virgo star sign in the Kingston Zodiac on bank holiday Monday which is a lunar day, very feminine and watery.
Carshalton has many ponds and the river Wandle flowing through with many legends linking the divine goddesses Elizabeth I and Anne Boleyn.
The walk will be into Virgo:
Monday 31st August 2015
Meeting 12pm Noon for a 3 hour connection/walk.
We go with the flow of the energy on the day and complete the walk according to the natural flow and synchronicities of the day, rather than an exact time.
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Mary Caine discovered the Kingston Zodiac and during the walk we will acknowledge Mary’s discovery and are gratefully for the initial work she did on the Kingston Zodiac. If you are new to the Zodiac, a brief introduction to the Zodiac and the map effigies will be shown at the beginning of the walk.
As we walk we will be connecting to the landscape with the intention of healing the Virgo energy both in ourselves and the land. As well as being a wonderful healing and connection to the land, it is a personal journey for transformation. We shall harness connections to the Earth spirit in the landscape to gain enlightenment and revelations/synchronicity.
At the start of each walk you will have the option to receive a smudging using North American white sage which will cleanse your energy. Sometimes we may use crystals, meditation or cards to support us on our way. At various sites we bless and honour the spirit of place, its guardians and the ancestors who sought sanctuary here over many centuries.
During our walk the intention is to become enriched and energised by the experience and in that process give back healing to the land and its occupants both natural and human.
We are now in our 3rd year of walking the Kingston Zodiac and continue to find new connections as we move through to new levels of personal and planetary consciousness. There will be plenty of time to meet like minded people and connect with nature.
• Bring drinking water, sun protection & umbrella just in case!
• We will be walking on grass and possible muddy puddle pathways depending on the weather, please dress in suitable attire, good walking shoes, trainers!
• The walk will go ahead no matter what the weather conditions are, and bring a bottle of water as we are not always near shops or cafes.
More Info on Kingston Zodiac into Virgo:
We are returning into the sign of Virgo in the Kingston Zodiac, at this time of high summer, at the time of harvesting and the ripening of fruits of the earth.
Virgo is the 6th house of health ruled by the planet Mercury and is the only feminine figure represented in the Zodiac. Her zodiac effigy in the south London landscape stretches from her head resting around Nonsuch Park and Ewell.
Leo’s tail end rests on top of her head (the crown) at Ewell Manor (aptly named after a well) with its lake rising from ancient springs, of which there are many throughout the southern part of the Virgo effigy, which eventually feed into the Thames.
However Virgo is one of the earth signs. Earth cannot remain fertile without water which is naturally feminine in nature, thus reflects perfect harmony for health and nourishment for the region.
Virgo’s back and spine spread due east through Cheam, Sutton, Carshalton and Beddington (which was explored a year ago). We are returning once again to Carshalton Ponds, where the River Wandle rises from springs beneath Carshalton Park and elsewhere in the area.
Beside Carshalton church is Anne Boleyn’s Well, where local legend suggests Anne Boleyn’s horse stumbled on a stone while she and Henry VIII were riding to see local noblemen that caused the well to spring up. King Henry’s Queen not so so long ago had a statue mounted above a corner of a nearby building, but it is at present being restored.
According to local legend her daughter Queen Elizabeth often rode out hunting from Nonsuch Palace into this area of parkland forest, where her horse kicked up a stone in the earth, causing a spring to burst forth, which then formed the large pond in front of the church and the well on the High Street, where the River Wandle flows from, becoming the outline of the Virgo figures hem of her gown, flowing northwards towards Merton. Whilst the legend cannot altogether be perfectly true, there is something curious, hinting of a powerful Earth mother Goddess nature at work in the vicinity.
Fertility Goddesses and harvest maidens such as Ishtar and Demeter represent Virgo. Astraea the Greek goddess of justice ascended into the starry heavens to become Virgo. The Egyptians recognised Virgo as Nidaba, goddess of grain. Virgo is pictured clothed in flowing robes holding a wheat sheaf, vase or perhaps a flower such as a rose or palm leaves etc.
Curiously the image is quite similar to Britannia, holding a trident, as shown on the old penny coin and similar to the general shape of Britain.
In the Kingston Zodiac she appears with her arms outstretched holding a wheatsheaf positioned at Barrow Hill at Old Malden. Mary Caine tells us that Walter de Merton (of Merton Priory, who founded Merton College, Oxford, later Bishop of Rochester) founded a school by this Barrow Hill.
Virgo’s attributes encompass a caring intelligent nature with love of wisdom learning coupled with artistic qualities as people of this sign are often good with use of their hands.
There is also a St Margaret’s well close by to Carshalton ponds, though less defined and most times dry these days. A small wildlife natural ecology park has also been created in the grounds of a Victorian building romantically named the Old Rectory, which oddly has never been on a site of a rectory.
We shall honour the Goddess and take inspiration from our sences in the beauty of the natural world.
We will be connecting with the crystal energy for Virgo.
We look forward to you joining us on this Zodiac Adventure and healing walk, connecting with new friends and old acquaintances.
After the walk we usually go for refreshments.
Love & Gratitude
Jo & Trui xx
N.B. The following walk will be into Libra in Kingston Sunday 4th October.
Disclaimer: Please note you are responsible for your own well being on this walk and Jo Ward/Anthony Charlton are not anyway liable for you.
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