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by Ellis Taylor


I’ve banged on about this before, and obviously it’s not something that most people want to hear, judging by the responses that apart from thank you’s, range from ignoring it to outright threats but I’m saying it again, because it’s now past one minute to midnight, and the hammer is about to hit the bell.

What you are about to read, if you can be arsed, is continuously emphasised to me as I walk this healing journey along this most significant of energy currents in Wales. I’ve been calling it an Earth Energy current, but that isn’t quite what She is. Yes, She is intimately linked with our precious planet, and is here to nurture and nourish the Earth and every consciousness (everything has consciousness) that is dependent on this beautiful creation for their existence in this experience;  but this Dragon is not a dependent, She is a presence with a specific route and purpose, that thrives on respect and acknowledgement. Humans don’t do that but the wild animals do; I see evidence of that frequently, every time I am out with Her. Humans don’t do it because they’ve been indoctrinated not to; even though miles and miles of roads are built on Dragons’ backs, coastlines are preserved by them, and many of the places we are born, marry, and depart physicality from  are purposely sited on their presence by the very few who do know of them.

Humankind has foolishly deserted these life-enhancing and preserving currents, not least to their own detriment, and increasingly they reap the consequences of their present and ancestral denial.

Finding Ffraed

This actual journey, surveying Y Ddraig’s course through Pembrokeshire, began at a little-known holy well hidden behind a tall hedge on a single-track road to the village of Llanychaer. The well has no saintly dedication, though it sits below a church, St. David’s, that is now derelict. Y Ddraig goes through the holy well and the very large original oval enclosure, the Llan, but Her flow does not enter the church or its yard, which is built in the Llan’s southwest corner.

I first visited the well in early August of 2016 and noticed, on a flat rock inside the stone chamber, a fading silhouette and inscriptions that were wearing; they included circles and a horse’s head. The silhouette was drawn on the inscribed circle so accurately that they just had to be related. It was hard to tell if it was concentric circles or a spiral, even perhaps some other design within it; however concentric circles and spirals are perfectly fitting designs for the mystical environs of watery otherworld places such as holy wells.

The silhouette, it was clear to me, is of Sant Ffraed, the Welsh name for Saint Bride, the accoutrements drawn with the figure are an arrow and a bundle of rushes, which are unreservedly Her symbols. Ffraed is also known by many other names including Bridget, Brighid and Brigit. Before she was a saint she was a goddess. Not just any ol’ goddess either, She was the Great Goddess of the Isles, the lands we now refer to as Ireland, Wales, Scotland and England and the many islands that lay off their modern shores.

All but forgotten by humankind, beset by other influences, and its source spring’s inner flow crushed by heavy farm machinery and the like, the well had become dry.¹ Apart from a few other visitors, it had become merely a quick tick on an admirable jaunt devised as something for tourists to do, called ‘Pilgrims from the Sea‘, one of the routes on the Saints and Stones trails. The people involved in setting up this tour knew nothing of the silhouette and carvings in the Holy Well’s chamber, they don’t mention it. The book that was written to accompany the tours doesn’t reference it either. The authors didn’t know about it – they do now though, because I’ve told one of them.

I’ve since informed archaeologists, the council, the library service, the tourist bureau, an academic Wells and Springs forum and numerous other people, including every local I’ve spoken to – they didn’t know about it either. How easily our history is forgotten or buried by distraction, academic ego, artifice, and time!


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