Author: Nicholas Mann
Trade Paperback, 136 pages
Publisher: Green Magic
Publication date: 2004
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Are you looking for accounts of King Arthur, fairy folk, the origins of
British Christianity? You'll have precious little luck in this book.
Are you looking to understand one of the most prominent points of sacred
energy in the civilized world? Okay, you've found gold here. Whether or
not you will agree with everything the author has to say, you will find your
mind and thought processes being stimulated and challenged.
The single most important recommendation I can make is that you read this
book when you are able to devote your full attention to it. It is not
composed of fluff (in fact, the author warns you when the "hard stuff" is
coming and what to avoid if you are so inclined), and you will probably find
yourself struggling to make sense of the more technical parts.
This book is divided into three parts: Defining the Dynamic of the Tor;
Ancient Avalon: Sources and Resources; and the Avalonian Soul Portal.
There is a good deal of technical detail in here, as well as a heaping dose
of speculation, and a large quantity of mysticism. Quite a blend for such a
short book. By the time you finish reading it, you will have a fairly good
grounding in the history of the location (with an emphasis on prehistoric
sources), as well as understanding of why Glastonbury continues to draw a
variety of visitors even now, long after other Neolithic sites have become
The writing is interesting (which, considering my general lack of interest
in books on earth energies, is saying something) and well presented. I don'
t agree with everything the author says, or with all of his conclusions, but
I found myself considering alternatives to the way I had always thought
about the topic.
He sees the Tor as being a transitional point for souls both entering and
leaving the earthly plane of existence, and puts forth some ideas for
experiencing that transition as a part of an on-going Avalonian experience.
I'm not sure how well that would work, but it could offer some interesting
experiences if you wish to undertake them.
Reviewed by Mike Gleason