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Standing Stones, Menhir, Ancient Sites in Scotland

One of the most rewarding benefits of working in Europe was being able to visit England and Scotland and witness the energy and presence of ancient stonehedges, standing stones (menhir), and other ancient sites of the British Isles.

Above: The Callanish Stones on Lewis Island at Sunset

Central stone of Callanish group.

The Callanish Stones are an arrangement of standing stones placed in a cruciform pattern with a central stone circle. They were erected in the late Neolithic era, and were a focus for ritual activity during the Bronze Age. They are near the village of Callanish on the west coast of Lewis in the Outer Hebrides, Scotland.

A stone of the Callanish group

This is another menhir of the Callanish group. He has a very large nose. His eye is looking directly at me.

Winged figure in Callanish stone

According to this author's interpretations, the ring of Callanish, like many other similar structures in Europe, had both an astronomical observation function and a sacred temple function. The stones were used as sighting devices to track the rising and falling of celestial bodies in order to make predictions of their cycles in advance. During this period the stones in the center of the ring became the focus of ceremonial actions. In support of this idea it is noteworthy to mention that the rock of which the ring is constructed is thickly embedded with a variety of crystal types including white quartz, feldspar and hornblende. Furthermore it has been found by the sacred site energy-monitoring studies of Paul Devereux's Dragon Project, that during the solstice period the radiation readings at Callanish doubled in intensity. Exactly how and why the prehistoric builders used the rings we may never know, yet a hint is perhaps offered by an old legend which states Callanish to be an auspicious place to consummate a marriage.

Standing Stones and farm at Avebury, England

Avebury is the largest stone circle in the world: it covers an area of about 28 acres. It is a site formed by a huge circular bank (a mile round), a massive ditch and a great ring of 98 sarsen slabs enclosing two smaller circles of 30 stones each and other settings and arrangements of stones.

The two smaller circles within the great ring were probably the heart of the ritual or ceremony. Of the northern one, only few stones are visible. Constructed over several hundred years in the 3rd millennium BC, during the Neolithic, or 'New Stone Age', the monument comprises a large henge (a bank and a ditch) with a large outer stone circle and two separate smaller stone circles situated inside the center of the monument. Its original purpose is unknown, although archaeologists believe that it was most likely used for some form of ritual or ceremony. The Avebury monument was a part of a larger prehistoric landscape containing several older monuments nearby, including West Kennet Long Barrow and Silbury Hill.

I could imagine this menhir as a large dog, quarding the property.

I dub thee "The Guardian Dog Stone."

Silbury Hill

Silbury Hill, part of the complex of Neolithic monuments around Avebury in Wiltshire (which includes the West Kennet long barrow), is the tallest prehistoric man-made mound in Europe and one of the world's largest. On a base covering over 5 acres, it rises  130ft high. It is a display of immense technical skill and prolonged control over labor and resources. Archaeologists calculate that Silbury Hill was built about 4600 years ago and that it took 18 million man-hours to dump and shape 8.75 million cu feet  of earth on top of a natural hill.
Moses B. Cotworth, at the beginning of this century, stated that Silbury was a giant sundial to determine seasons and the true length of the year.   According to legend, this is the last resting place of King Sil, sitting on a fabled golden horse. Another legend states that the mound holds a life-size solid gold statue of King Sil and yet a third, that the Devil was carrying an apron of soil to drop on the citizens of Marlborough, but he was stopped by the priests of nearby Avebury.

A tale and the energy of the stones

One evening we sat with a group leader within the Calanish stones. I was sitting in the very middle of the circle in a dug out portion in front of a large standing stone. The group leader, was relating the tale of Thomas the Rhymer who, visiting fairyland, fell in love with the Fairy Queen and returned again. At one point in the tale he sees the Fairy Queen riding her white horse and feels remorse for not being with her. I began to feel waves of energy coursing through me from above and into the Earth. The floods of energy and tingling sensations lasted for about a minute. A participant in this research said that the standing stones were mediators between the stars and earth grounding the energy of the stars into the earth. I wonder if the experience that I had was a manifestation of the phenomenon that she described. (as a note: A white horse has appeared often in my dreams, in one dream in particular I felt love radiating off of the body of a beautiful large white horse directed at me.)

Maiden, Mother, Crone

If you look closely you can see the young woman's face in the stone on the far left, the crone on the far left if also obvious in her wrinked shapes, that leaves the pregnant and nurturing mother in the middle.

Menhir with blue light through third eye chakra

Notice the eyes at the top of the stone and the blue stroke of light that shines between them. I can only quess at the meaning of the blue light and why it appeared in the photograph.

This is the doorway to one of the cairns

Clava Cairns are a well-preserved Bronze Age cemetery complex of passage graves; ring cairns, kerb cairns and standing stones located near Inverness, Scotland

This Prehistoric Burial Cairns of Bulnuaran of Clava are a group of three Bronze Age cairns. It is a significant and exceptionally well preserved prehistoric site, dating back about 4,000 years.

The cemetery was used in two periods. At around 2000 BC a row of large cairns was built, three of which can still be seen today. A thousand years later the cemetery was reused and new burials were placed in some of the existing cairns and three smaller monuments were built including a 'kerb cairn'.

A standing stone pair at the Clava Cairn, near Inverness Scotland

A pair of stones Clava Cairns

Portal in a Standing Stone at Avebury

I could imaging this dark hole as an entrance/exit to and from the Underworld. An all seeing eye if you will. This stone is located at Avebury.

Stonehedge

Stonehenge is a Neolithic and Bronze Age megalithic monument located near Amesbury in the English county of Wiltshire, about 8 miles (13 km) north of Salisbury. It is composed of earthworks surrounding a circular setting of large standing stones and is one of the most famous prehistoric sites in the world. Archaeologists believe that the standing stones were erected between 2500 B.C.E. and 2000 B.C.E., although the surrounding circular earth bank and ditch, which constitute the earliest phase of the monument, have been dated to about 3100 B.C.E.

Stonehenge has long been the subject of historical speculation, and ideas about the meaning and significance of the structure continued to develop in the 21st century. In the 17th and 18th centuries it was believed to be a Druid temple.

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