SPIRITS AT MONT SAINT MICHEL
Spirits at Mont Saint Michel appear in Glass Model
In 2000 I visited Mont St. Michel. The island has been a strategic point holding fortifications since ancient times, and since the 8th century AD it became the seat of the Saint-Michel monastery. Legend is that the Archangel Michael appeared to Bishop Aubert of Avranges, who started an oratory. In 966, a Benedictine monastery was established.
Mont St. Michel is a rocky tidal island and a commune in Normandy, France that is separated by approximately one kilometer of waves from the mainland at high tide. At low tide, however, it is separated from the mainland by approximately one kilometer of sand. Before a causeway was built in 1879, the only approach to the Mont was by foot over this land bridge. This was never a casual stroll, however. The tides here are among the greatest in France, with a swing of up to 14m between the high and low water marks. The unwary pedestrian could easily be drowned by the sudden onslaught of high tide. The force of those terrible tides shifts the sands about unpredictably, leading to unchartable quicksand fields. Pilgrims needed great faith to visit Mont St. Michel and many died in the process.
I had been meditating as I toured the abbey, spending time in some of the chapels, attempting to connect to the energy of this fabulous site. The last room I visited was the Scriptorium. A model of Mont Saint Michel sets under a glass case in an alcove beneath a clear cut glass window. Two tourists were examining the mode as I approached. I waited until their images were no longer reflected in the glass and they had moved away. I also moved so that I was not reflected in the glass and snapped this digital photo. Only upon returning to my home and reviewing the photos did I realize that I was not alone. Multiple people are reflected in the glass. All appear to be in period dress. I visited Mont Saint Michel three weeks later just to verify that there was nothing at Moont Saint Michel that could cause these images to appear. I asked a tour guide from the local museum if there was anything he was aware of that could have caused these reflections. His response was "They're not tourists."
Model of Mont Sain Michel located in the Scriptorium of the Abbey
The Scriptorium is also named "Salle des Chevaliers" and is located on the second floor of the Merveille. The hall is divided into four naves of different width by three rows of columns. It is equipped with two large fireplaces and two latrines and was the common room of the monks. By hanging tapestries between columns the monks could create individual 'rooms' where they would copy and illuminate manuscripts. It was also used as a waiting area for pilgrims.
Model of Mont St. Michel
As you can see from the images, this glass case sets benath a large cut glass window. The top was covered in a heavy layer of dust. Hand prints and messages had been written in the dust.
Mont Saint Michel gates from the base of the island.
On that first visit, I walked around the island. I had decided I wanted to make a circuit around the entire small mound. Most of the way was dry and easy to access. The last little bit was wet from the latest high tide. I was determined and made it without encountering quicksand. Thank Saint Michael. All I picked up was lots of wet sticky sand on my shoes. It took forever to find a stone and scrape off the excess mud.
Goddess Spring at Mont Saint Michel
I found a spring gently flowing out of the rock at the base of the Mount. It was a downward pointing triangle, symbol of the feminine. The profile of a face appears in the stone face. The red tone to the stones at the base of the spring are reminiscent of menses. I recognized this as a powerful Earth energy site. Perhaps she balances some of the energy of the masculine energy of the abbey. I asked by guides to be with me as I climbed the few rocks to set in the crevace and received the message that they could not accompany me. Their masculine energy was respectful of the sacred feminine energy of this site. It was after I visited and meditated at this spring that I visited the abbey and took the photo of the glass model.
The teeth of the Goddess
Perhaps one of the reasons this site has such a strong energy is the presence of teeth. This simulacrum was taken from the base of this Goddess Earth Energy Site. I wonder if she bites.
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