Midsummer: Guardians of the Bridge


Four Elemental Guardians of The Bridge representing Earth, Air, Fire and Water.

These straw-designs are a blend of symbols:  the Ankh, an ancient symbol of the ‘Breath of Life’, the solar wheel or sun-cross with its four quarters representing the four seasons.  The cross shape itself has been used by many cultures, here the vertical and horizontal bars represent the two halves of the year at the Winter and this, the Summer Solstice.  They are the elemental guardians watching over the Festivities.

Offerings and wishes for Midsummer God and Goddess

Our Midsummer Event on Saturday 23rd is fast approaching.  We’ve had some beautiful messages/wishes pinned up on the God and Goddess of Midsummer.  These figures will be ignited on Saturday (read more below).  We’ve also had messages sent via email and we are happy to print them and deposit them inside the figures for you – just email yours to

The figures each have an empty space inside them and string on the outside.

Please put things that you would like to burn in the empty space or attach them to the string on the outside (it could be some writing or a small item that represents something significant to you).

The Goddess is nurturing so inside the Goddess we would ask people to put things that they would like to grow and develop.

The God is a traveller and a strong figure so we would ask people to put things that they want to be taken away from them as he may be able to help with this.

To us, these figures are made of things that grew from the earth, they will be lighted with fire at a place where fresh and salt water meet.  The air will carry the contents of the God and Goddess to where they need to go.  They represent the harmony of the natural world and will provide a focus for our Midsummer gathering on June 23rd.

Photos of Museum Wishing Well at night

A couple of years ago, we put a wishing well in front of the Museum.  There were many reasons for this: to raise money for Cornwall Air Ambulance, to bring back something from the Museum’s history (there used to be a wishing well at the Museum when it was on the Isle of Man), to help us with our drainage (it took care of a damp bit of garden and drains off excess water as it runs down the cliff) and to demonstrate and integrate the importance Cornish connection of magic with wells and water.

The well looks great outside the Museum and has a charm on a sign (carved by Steve Patterson) next to it which people can say as they drop their coins in.  t has raised a lot of money for charity and has charmed many visitors too.

A good friend of the Museum, Paul Ferbrache, took some photos of the well at night-time.  He has kindly shared them with us.  Here they are – thanks Paul – it looks amazing!




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