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Marian Apparition, A Glastonbury Experience

Updated on August 6, 2011

Marian apparitions are a rare phenomenon. How many have actually not been reported? The appearance of the Virgin Mary has been spoken about over many years, but is it really Mary herself, a representative or an energy formation that appears to people as a way of comfort, rather than fear? This is something that you need to judge yourself, however, this article tells of an actual account some 20 years ago. This is a narrative of a Glastonbury experience - a Marian apparition.

The appearance of this supernatural energy was unexpected and magical. This is the first time that this has been reported in an official capacity.

Let love be with you and your faith grow.

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Marian Apparition In Glastonbury

It isn't until now that I have fully understood what had happened to me some 20 years ago.

I had experienced a Marian apparition in the Isle of Avalon, Glastonbury, England.

What Is A Marian Apparition?

Last week, through a chance viewing on the UK's PSTV (Paradigm Shift TV), I stumbled upon a spiritual lecture. It was a channel 'flick through' but the subject matter made me stop.

The lecturer was talking about apparitions and defined the differences. I forget the name of the speaker and unable to give him credit, but should I come across him again, will update this article.

A Marian apparition, he suggested, is not necessarily a vision of the virgin Mary. It could be a ghostly representation or an energy that is associated with a special place.

This energy is a higher being that appears to people at certain sites and represents the virgin Mary in a form that we understand as good.

In wikipedia Marian apparitions are:

"event (s) in which the Blessed Virgin Mary is believed to have supernaturally appeared to one or more people. They are often given names based on the town in which they were reported, or on the sobriquet which was given to Mary on the occasion of the apparition."

Why After 20 Years Talk Of My Marian Apparition Experience?

For fear of being branded mad, I only told a select few who know me well, what had happened. I had experienced a Marian apparition in Glastonbury.

I felt it wasn't something for me to shout about at the time - it was something wonderful and special for me.

Those I had shared this with know me. It felt safe to share. So, what makes me so special?

The truth is, I am not special. However, what I do have is an unquestionable faith in the great interconnectedness of the universe and the bigger picture.

Some people might call this interconnectedness as Buddha, Krishna, Mohamed, God, Jesus or Energy. Whatever label you choose, we all talk the same language but in different ways. This is the language of love and we are part of this whole.

So, why tell now? I have reached the point where I don't care what others think of me and my experiences. I know my truth and it is up to others to discover theirs. I can only be the best that I can be.

Life, love and our meaning to it is an evolving, changing thing. Whatever point we are at any given time is right for now and is good.

It has been 20 years since my Marian apparition. It is only now that I have gained the courage to speak of it. My faith is strong and, by passing on this experience, you will be stronger too.

You have arrived at this article, I believe, because you are meant to and I trust in the universe to show this to those who need it.

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The Magical Mystery Tour

It turned out to be a magical mystery tour. My friend, Julian, and I came to Glastonbury on a camping trip. We were following the lay line from Glastonbury Tor to St Michael's Mount in Marazion.

My love for Glastonbury was seeded two years before where I happen to chance on the place - it was the only place that has ever felt like home to me.

I had not long divorced my first husband. It seemed like a time for spiritual re-adjustment in a place where I could be at one with the earth. Julian was a relaxed friend who, as a gardener, felt at peace with the elements.

Marian Apparition In Avalon

Camping at the base of the Tor at Glastonbury's Ashwell Farm was a place of welcome.

Don and Barbara Saunders, the campsite owners, have seen me grow over the many trips to Avalon. It was here that the Marian apparition took place.

To be honest, they didn't seem surprised when Julian and I told them of our encounter. They just passed the experience off as yet another unexplained Glastonbury mystery.

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I Had Never Felt Love Like This...

The night before, Julian and I were talking whilst admiring the view from the doorway of our small tent. Neither of us had had drink or drugs. We were just at peace in the darkness.

It was then it happened. It only lasted a matter of a second, but felt a lot longer.

A light appeared. From the top the light formed, like a closing blind moving downward, the head, shoulders, body and feet. She was a lady in white with a shroud around her. She hovered with her arms open. She smiled at me and then disappeared - the darkness engulfing her from feet up.

I cried. The feeling was so beautiful. I had never felt love like this. It was a feeling of exaltation. I felt a glowing warmth and I knew that I was loved.

"Did you see THAT?!" I said to Julian. "I saw something, but when I turned it had gone." He replied.

It was my moment and I am blessed.

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Glastonbury's Marian Apparition

Going back to the definitions of Marian apparitions, it is interesting that these 'energy' formations are associated with special places.

Glastonbury has been long thought of as the heart chakra to the world. There has been sitings of similar apparitions in the past.

As a spiritual site which might be compared to Lourdes, where many pilgrimages have travelled to for many years, the words of the lecturer on PSTV seemed to cement the ghostly apparition for me.

However, whatever visited me on that evening - Virgin Mary or not - this Marian apparition touched me in ways that I have never felt before. It is this that I am thankful.

© 2011 Shazwellyn - This work is covered under Creative Commons License

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    • ThussaysNanaMarie profile image


      4 years ago from In my oyster

      Lovely!' Better late than never' as they say. Look how many more have gained from your experience. Bless

    • shazwellyn profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from Great Britain

      Thanks Kitty. I would like to think it was Mary, but whatever, I knew she was good.

      Glastonbury is a wonderful place and you will be welcome here whenever you choose to come.

      Blessings :)

    • kittythedreamer profile image

      Kitty Fields 

      6 years ago from Summerland

      Oh, wow! I absolutely loved this story. Could it have been Mary or possibly the Lady of the Lake? Or is Mary the same as the Lady of the Lake, just with different names? Beautiful story. Thanks for sharing this with the world...I would love to visit Glastonbury one day!

    • shazwellyn profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from Great Britain

      @happyboomernurse - yes, it was real exhaultation and it felt like a moment in time that went on and on. I am sure that the reality was not the case or my friend would have seen her too, rather than something out the corner of his eye. Yes, and I am sooo grateful. There is so much love around and this really does abliterate fear. Bless you happyboomer :)

    • Happyboomernurse profile image

      Gail Sobotkin 

      7 years ago from South Carolina

      Beautiful experience that I'm so glad you shared. There are times when we "feel" an experience that appears to be supernatural but it is in the change in our own being that we sense it is one of the most real experiences we've ever had. You expressed this sentiment when you said: "This Marian apparition touched me in ways that I have never felt before. It is this that I am thankful."

      Yes, gratitude is the way one feels when they've received a blessing like this.

      Voted up except for funny.

    • shazwellyn profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from Great Britain

      Thank you Dolores. I have had a number of experiences throughout my life and, what I would say, this one was one of the most beautiful.

      No one is any better than anyone else. I am aware of my spirit and the interconnectedness of us all. Just as I look after my soul, I look after my body (physical) and my mind (mind, body and spirit) in equal validity - or, at least I try to!!

      I don't go to church - I have, like all people do, a direct line - so to speak - that I am open to. It is as if, through symbolic experiences (i.e. chance situations that seem to be relevant for personal circumtances)present themselves.

      Compassion? I think it is about 'acceptance' of all - everyone lives in their own truth and to accept that truth, despite it being so far away from our own, is the challenge. Sometimes I fail and sometimes I succeed. Whatever, I do learn or else how would I know that I have failed and succeeded in this challenge?

      I am human. Jesus Christ said that he is not perfect - he cant possibly be - when he exists in an imperfect world.

      However, I might be human but I am perfect for now - this present moment in time, but tomorrow, I hope to be more perfect than today.

      I hope this makes sense.

      Blessings Delores :)

    • Dolores Monet profile image

      Dolores Monet 

      7 years ago from East Coast, United States

      Such an amazing story! I would think that after, you would be changed - maybe a more spiritual person, more in tune with whatever is out there beyond perceived reality, more compassionate. Anyway, thank you for sharing this. You make me want to read more about Marion apparitions - a fascinating topic.

    • shazwellyn profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from Great Britain

      Trish - I am so happy and grateful for your comments. There is more to life and love as you have found. It is a blessing, whatever the experience is ... why? because it made you feel good. Thanks for stopping by.

    • shazwellyn profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from Great Britain

      d.william - i am so glad. You have made such nice comments. If being nuts is see and feeling something special - as we have done - then bring it on. With love :)

    • d.william profile image


      7 years ago from Somewhere in the south

      Wonderful article. So glad you had the nerve to share it with the world. I had one similar, but have never told anyone, and probably never will. As everyone already thinks i am nuts, i don't want to give credence to their suspicions. Kudos to you.

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      Tricia Mason 

      7 years ago from The English Midlands

      Hi :)

      I have had a very strange and wonderful experience at a shrine, too ~ though not a sighting of any kind. It is strange that I should have such experiences, because I am agnostic. I cannot explain them.

      For my Degree, I wrote about a number of Marian apparitions, in Medieval and Renaissance Spain. I found them truly fascinating. Indeed, I wrote up my research as hubs, and I have published them here.

      A very interesting, thought-provoking and enjoyable piece!!! Great!

    • shazwellyn profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from Great Britain

      CMHypno - yes, it was awesome. Glastonbury is... the centre of everything, middle of nowhere. I had to settle here - it was meant to be for me.

      I am blessed and happy - I wish this for you too :)

    • shazwellyn profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from Great Britain

      Erin... the experience has lived with me all my life. Glastonbury is a magical place and I have one more experience that happened around the time, but I will write about that soon.

      Bless you :)

    • CMHypno profile image


      7 years ago from Other Side of the Sun

      What an awesome experience Shazwellyn, and thanks for sharing. I have never been to Glastonbury, but you have made me want to go even more now.

    • ErinElise profile image


      7 years ago from Near Sacramento, California

      I'm glad you decided to write about your experience. That is an awesome hub and I am so glad I came upon it. Thank you.


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