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According to one legend, there were three local spinsters living nearby - ’spinsters’ meaning wool spinners. One morning the three ladies set out to take their spun wool to the wool trader. When they passed fallen cromlech the trio decided to spend some time re-erecting three granite slabs. The Spinsters capped them with a huge granite stone.
This legend hints at the powerful and magical threefold triple goddess
and the Moon as its light symbol.
However, another version states that a mysterious old man accompanied by his three sons suddenly appeared from the hills, erected the dolmen like structure and promptly disappeared. Perhaps they were turned into stone. But who was the old man? Legend says he was Noah, of biblical ark fame, and he is represented by the huge capstone with the three imposts being his beloved sons.
Spinster’s Rock is a Neolithic chambered found in atmospheric countryside of Dartmoor, England. Originally, it may have been covered by a long or oval mound of earth or stones. The estimated weight of the capstone is 16 tons and measures 3.65m long by 2.7m wide and 0.6m thick. Noah is heavy!
The tomb collapsed in 1862, and later in that year, the Reverend William Ponsford paid for its restoration. Today, it still stands as a silent witness to a long lost megalithic civilisation.
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|Posted by [email protected] on January 25, 2017 at 7:00 AM||comments (0)|
The Mother Land of Stonehenge and Avebury Henge
Sarsen stone was used in the outer circle of 30 stones and lintels at Stonehenge; also in the gigantic trilithons that grace the inner circle of Stonehenge were large sarsen stones. Likewise, Avebury Henge was also constructed of sarsen stones. These are two of the most enigmatic sites in England. Stonehenge is unique in design and Avebury contains the largest stone circle in the world. These sites will be featured in future blogs.
Today we are looking at the Valley of the Stones, which is a natural outcrop of sarsen stones deposited through glaciation.
The Valley is the Mother Land of both Stonehenge and Avebury. It is situated on the Marlborough Downs about 5-7 miles from Avebury and about 25 miles north of Stonehenge.
Close to the delightful 12th century market town of Marlborough, which is 7 miles from Avebury, a recent excavation unearthed an unexpected surprise.
Led by the well-known archaeologist, Mike Parker Pearson, a very large road was discovered which led from the Valley of the Stones, down to Marlborough and Mike Parker Pearson, suggests went all the way to Stonehenge.
Supporting evidence came from the fact that an antiquarian drew lozenge shaped stones that looked like the vast Stonehenge stones. These stones were half dressed - chipped - ready for polishing at Stonehenge and close to the road. These stones did not make their way to Stonehenge!
Clearly, our distant Neolithic ancestors constructed a road to transport the stones. So, the Romans did not introduce roads to England. Incidentally, the Neolithic road was about the same width as a modern day 'A' road.
Professor Richard Atkinson's model is now ruled out.
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Mother Mounds, the Hatfield Barrow of Marden Henge
Immediately inside the eastern entrance lies all that remains of the Hatfield Barrow, once an immense monumental mound which was over 200 feet (70 metres) in diameter and more than 30 feet (9 metres) high. In 1769 it was proclaimed that the Hatfield barrow was second only to the giant Silbury Hill - the largest man made mound in Europe.
Standing overlooking the land and a once fine henge called Marden Henge that had ceremonial sweat lodges which have also been found in Orkney, the Hatfield Mound seemed immortal. Yet by 1809 ploughing had reduced it to a mere bump. Surrounded by a water filled ditch this mound was like a sacred island.
As the monument is sited close to the river’s source, it has been suggested that there may have been communication between Hatfield and the great henge of Durrington Walls close to Stonehenge.
The Catherine earth current intimately associated with the Duke Ley, courses through the mound's remains, no doubt remembering the mound, water and ceremonies.
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Stoney Littleton long barrow the healing energies and the unusual by Maria Wheatley
Stoney Littleton long barrow, Wellow, Somerset. A Neolithic horned long barrow dated to c3800 BC. Aligned to face the Winter Solstice sunrise this barrow is the finest in Somerset. It has several small inner chambers which reveal perfect dry stone walling as if done by expert masons today. Some of the stone work has been restored but most of it is over 5000 years old.
Going back twenty-five years or so ago, when I was a young geomancer dowser, my late father, a family friend and I visited Stoney Littleton long barrow. According to the prolific authors, Janet and Colin Bord, this long barrow was said to be home to the fairy folk.
We arrived at the long barrow in an autumnal mist adding a natural magic to the day. However, due to unstable masonry the entrance to the barrow was barred with an iron gate denying us access. Today, the barrow is fully restored and always open to the wandering spiritual pilgrim. We dowsed the barrow for healing areas, which were surveyed by the Master Dowser Guy Underwood over 60 years ago, which are marked as small spiral areas in one of his surveys. Years later, I would discover that these small spirals are often associated with the outpourings of negative ions which are beneficial to our health. We also located leys, and Earth energies and then made our way back down the hill to return to the car. Half way down the hill I realised I had left my dowsing rod near the barrow’s entrance and ascended the hill once more to retrieve it.
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I picked up the rod and felt saddened that I could not enter the barrow. Several stones required resetting making the inner chambers unstable and dangerous. I was just turning to leave when a creaking sound caught my attention. I looked towards the entrance and the iron gate was now open!
I had no hesitation; I was going in. Even today when you enter Stoney Littleton you usually take a torch. This is because you have crawl on your hands and knees along a long gallery that is 16 meters long and only 1 meter high. The crawl is worth it as three pairs of energy-filled chambers and a far chamber are waiting to greet you. It was pitch black, I crawled along this seemingly never-ending gallery, and it was musky and damp. Reaching the far chamber, I turned around to face the light and the entrance. I saw tiny sparks of dancing white light, swirling and hypnotic. I was transfixed. After a short while the small lights faded and were gone, I crawled back and rushed down the hill. I spoke of my little adventure and dad said: ‘But Maria, it was pad-locked!’ Puzzled I tried to make sense of my experience. Our family friend jokingly said, ‘Perhaps the fairies wanted to show you something!’ I think they did.
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HAPPY NEW YEAR TO ALL OF YOU!
This year I will be hosting a Megalithic Odyssey to Cumbria to Castlerigg stone circle and to Swinside which is the best preserved stone circle in Europe.
Come along to experience and explore some of the finest stone circles in the world with the UKs leading dowser and geomant, Maria Wheatley. To book a place email [email protected]
This year Maria is focusing on the esoteric and metaphysical ‘power of the Stone Circle’. We are visiting the megalithic temples that have retained their circular shape such as Castlerigg and Swinside in Cumbria. Rollright and Stanton Drew in southern England to fully understand the ancient secrets of the ceremonial landscape.
A weekend in Cumbria
July 22 2017 Castlerigg stone circle Cumbria
July 23 2017 Swinside stone circle Cumbria
£35 per person per day
At Castlerigg, we will explore how a geospiral energy pattern of deep underground water can produce a secondary energy pattern called a primary halo which is circular in shape.
Standing stones were erected on this energy pattern and this is why stone circles are circular. The deep underground water dictates the shape and size of the primary halo and thus the size and location of a stone circle. The
We will also detect yang water flows and discover how the geopathic stress produced by this type of water is alchemically changed at a sacred site.
As all dowsers and geomancers know underground yang water produces geopathic stress, but our ancestors knew this water could be transmuted to produce a harmonic energy. Discover their knowledge and deepen your awareness of earth energy and geopathic stress transmutation.
Finding the harmonic colour of water
Earth and water energies produce and release particular colours (Earth Colours) and we will discover how the main colours can affect our physical, emotional, mental and spiritual bodies. What is the best Earth Colour for you? We will explore the Earth Colours, how and why we resonate with particular earth colours. We will also make Harmonic Colour Healing water at the spiral’s centre and look at how water-energy can relax, soothe and help the body to heal itself.
Swinside is one of the best-preserved stone circles in Western Europe.
Out of the 60 standing stones, 55 still remain and 32 still stand. Each stone is only 5 feet apart making the energies between the stones especially strong.
In the north stands the tallest stone, stalwart and proud at 7 feet 6 inches high. Facing the midwinter sunrise the entrance encourages the flow of solar energy into the womb of the site.
Nearby, is a Mother Hill that is connected to the stone circle by a hermaphrodite energy line which forms a unique relationship with the stone circle. Undoubtedly, this balancing and harmonizing energy flow was once used as a serpentine ceremonial way.
We will also explore Vortex energy at one of the stones and interact with the Akashic Records of this remote stone circle by attuning to the deep water beneath us and connecting to the energy within the water.
We will also learn how to identify, through the emitted harmonic surface pattern, fast flowing underground energies and interact with this dynamic energy.
Some of the collective metaphysical traits due to the shape of the circle.
Geodetic earth and water energies. At the selected stone circles we explore the geospiral phenomena. A geospiral has two spiral patterns at anyone time. One flows in one direction, clockwise, and the other flows in the opposite direction, counter clockwise, but only one is detectable at anyone time. The two opposing directional forces generate vortex energy. Our ancestors were able to detect deep underground pockets of water and not just the closer aquifers known today. We will detect both spirals using a geodetic dowsing technique devised by a Master Dowser.
Form Energy A stone circle that has retained its circular shape is immensely powerful. The circle itself, be that drawn with salt, created by stones or even drawn onto a piece of paper generates Form Energy. Form energy is born of the circle and this is why occultists, Wiccans and Druids have used it for millennia. It manifests concentric circles within and without of its own energy field. This energy blends with geodetic earth energy and becomes a living force that we can work.
Megalithic Energy Standing stones react to the Earth’s inner waters that generate, not just a spiral, but a circular shape, and this is why stone circles are circular. A stone sited on the circle shape begins to absorb the earth energy and converts it into aerial energy.
Geomancy To the ancient Chinese geomancers and the Druids hills, rivers, streams and valleys were all alive. Particular shaped hills were equated with the planets of the solar system. In fact, it is said by some of the top geomants that the whole of the Chinese landscape was gently sculptured to reflect earth and planetary energies. We will look at the wider landscape and learn how to interpret it in relation to ourselves, our homes and, of course, the location of stone circles.
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Leys and old trackways
One way the Orkney pottery tradition - which came southwards in Neolithic times - may have spread is through trade routes through Britain. What seems unusual is that although they shared the same style of pottery, different regions still maintained vastly different traditions. Says a top archaeologist: ' Evidence at some early Henges such as Mayburgh Henge, Ring of Brodgar and Arbor Low suggest that there were staging and trading points on a national 'motorway' during the Neolithic and Bronze Age. This evidence perhaps explains how Cumbrian stone axes found their way to Orkney.' So what were these 'motoways', they were the track leys that Watkins saw. Linking Stonehenge with Arbour Low is a powerful ley.
Leys were used on many levels, ritually to link sacred places and also practically to move items and people from one site to another. Leys are at the heart of the ancient world. In our next blog we will look at the 3 different types of Major Leys.
On a major ley that links Stonehenge to Scotland is Mayburgh Henge.
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The central area of the henge is almost 325 feet (100 metres) in diameter, is surrounded by an enormous bank, composed of river pebbles and now crowned in places by trees.
Some parts of the circular bank are almost 10 feet (3 metres) high creating a vast ceremonial and sacred space.
Unusually for a site of this type there is no surrounding ditch, while the bank is extremely tall. Close to the Esoteric Centre is a single large standing stone, just short of 10 feet (3 metres) high. Originally seven others accompanied thi stalwart stone: three more in the centre, forming a square with the fourth, and two pairs flanking the entrance. These were recorded in the eighteenth century. It is thought that they may have been removed to provide building material for either Penrith Castle or Eamont Bridge, although there is no real evidence to support this suggestion.
Mayburgh Henge dates to the end of the Neolithic period or the beginning of the Bronze Age, about 4,500 years ago.
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One very powerful ley courses through Stonehenge and heads to Scotland.
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Uniquely British is a form of Neolithic pottery called Grooved ware. It was not an imported cultural item like the Beaker Ware pots of Europe. Developed in the early in the 3rd millennium BC, in the northerly part of the UK - the Orkney Isles - it was soon a must have item in Britain and Ireland.
The pottery has a unique shape which is a flat-bottomed pot with straight sides sloping outwards and grooved decoration around the top. Although the pottery can display varieties styles, some with complex geometric decorations and others with applique bands added. The pattern may have been inspired by wicker basketry.
What were they used for?
Pots from Balfarg in Fife, Scotland have been chemically analysed to ascertain their contents. It appears that some of the vessels may have been used to hold black henbane a powerful hallucinogen. And a poison. Thus, they have a ritual function and held the alchemic mind-altering fluid that put some of the priests in direct contact with the Gods.
This style of pottery is also found at henge sites and in some burials. The examples that I give come from Durrington Walls near Stonehenge. As previously mentioned these pots had a ceremonial role as well as a practical role.
Some vessels are extremely large and can hold up to 30 gallons, and would be suitable for fermentation - making beer!. However, the majority are smaller, ranging from jug- to cup-size, and could be used for serving and drinking. The ancient British communities from c. 4000 BC had the knowledge and ability to make ale from their crops is clear.
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Meeting our Stonehenge Ancestors -
A Royal Burial of a Wessex High Queen or a High Priestess
About 10 miles from Stonehenge in the heart of rural Wessex lies Upton Lovell round mound also known as 'Golden Barrow'.
Dated to the Early Bronze Age the large round barrow originally measured 20m in diameter and stood at least 3m in height.
Within the womb like safety of the mound, William Cunnington (1803) found a primary burial which was a cremation that was lovingly placed in an oblong cist or stone-lined box.
Two other cremations had been buried very close together near the top of the mound. One of them in another small stone cist stopped Cunnington in his tracks.
He looked down in awe and was captivated by the rich grave goods which once belonged to a woman. Her necklace contained over a 1000 amber beads with spacer plates, a necklace of 13 gold drum-shaped beads, a lunar number possibly associating her with the Moon and Magic.
Other goods were a beautiful large gold oblong plaque decorated with incised lines, which I feel was some kind of Oracle Card or small Board. Exquisitely made were two gold buttons and two little container boxes about an inch wide both designed to open.
Another ornament in form of a cone, decorated with circles and zigzags. All made of pure thin gold, beautifully worked, and highly burnished.
This woman once walked the Stonehenge landscape and she was very important. Was she royalty, a Priestess, a Seer?
What is the real mystery about this lady's burial is that she did not have a mound constructed for her, but she was placed into an existing mound. A mound that may have contained the remains of other Seers or royalty.. FIND OUT MORE IN MARIA WHEATLEY'S forthcoming book on Stonehenge and other sacred sites visit her site www.theaveburyexperience.co.uk
|Posted by [email protected] on December 10, 2016 at 3:50 AM||comments (0)|
Gib Hill is located 200m south-west of Arbor Low henge in the central uplands of the limestone plateau of Derbyshire.Gib Hill is not a hill but a a large bowl barrow superimposed on an earlier oval barrow. The barrows' construction ditches are also included within the monument and extend approximately 10m on either side.
Associated with the monument, but covered by a separate area, is the linear bank and ditch which passes through Gib Hill plantation and curves round the monument 60m to the south-east. In addition, close to the monument on its north-west side, is a semi-circular quarried feature. This, in the past, has been suggested to be an unfinished henge. Although the feature has been partially excavated the results were inconclusive.
It may, in fact, be a modern feature, contemporary with other quarry pits in the vicinity. The oval barrow comprises a 2m high mound measuring 27m by 46m. Its long axis appears to be orientated on Arbor Low henge, which has been covered in earlier posts.
The bowl barrow was constructed on the south-west end of the oval barrow and is a steep-sided sub-circular mound with a diameter of 24m by 27m and a height of c.3m. A number of partial excavations of the site have been carried out. The most notable of these were by William Bateman and Samuel Mitchell in 1824 and by Thomas Bateman in 1848. Previous investigations were poorly recorded and do not necessarily relate to Gib Hill. One of these is a possible excavation by the owner, Mr Thornhill, in 1812, when human bones and Roman coins were reputedly found. During Bateman and Mitchell's excavation, a smaller mound of stiff clay was found on the old land surface beneath the oval barrow. Monumental layering or placement is common - sacred areas were reused.
The smaller mound measured 3-4 yards across by 1.5 yards high and contained layers of charcoal and cremated human bone together with a possible arrowhead and a fragment of polished stone axe. Within the oval mound itself, Bateman and Mitchell found numerous flints and an iron brooch.
On the surface of the oval barrow, beneath the later bowl barrow, a square cist or grave containing a cremation and a pottery food vessel. The latter indicates an Early Bronze Age date for the bowl barrow. The oval barrow dates to the Neolithic period and is a landmark.
Mounds form a relationship with henges and earlier monuments. Possibly to link in and connect to the ancestors.
|Posted by [email protected] on December 8, 2016 at 4:35 AM||comments (0)|
The Northumberland landscape has over a thousand examples of prehistoric activity from ancient occupation to rock art made by the Neolithic and the Early Bronze Age people.
Boasting some of the finest examples of prehistoric art in England, this is a must see location for a meglithic odyssey!
Theories abound as to what the rock art means, celestial star maps, sun rises and even maps of earth energy have been mooted.
Whatever they mean, they offer an insight into the mindset of our prehistoric ancestors.
Northumberland rock art is amazingly complex. If you visit take a bottle of water and pour it over the art and then take photos as the water brings out the depth of the artwork.
Concentric stone circles with maze like images along site dots and circles makes this rock art special as shown below.