There has been no shortage of research on my quest pointing in the direction of the mysterious Stonehenge, in Wiltshire in the UK. It will certainly find a good place in any novel. Before coming to England, I knew from meditations that I needed to spend time on Salisbury Plain, without realising it was home to Stonehenge, Avebury, and a whole web of neolithic masterpieces. And there have been no shortage of programs about Stonehenge on TV while I have been here in the UK. So needless to say it has my attention.
The reason it fascinates me, is that with every fact they uncover, we learn more about what we don't know of the past, facts that can enlighten the choices we make as a modern day humanity, taking lessons from the ancients. Those lessons may at first seem distant, but as I am finding out for myself there is much to be gleaned, especially as I look more in to the link with Rosslyn Chapel, whose founders were believed to have heavily influenced the founding fathers of North America.
Trips to Stonehenge can be planned from any of the major cities in the south of England. There are tour buses of varying costs, and it is worth checking online to find the one that best suits your budget. You can go on a trip to Stonehenge by itself, or you can team it up with a trip to Glastonbury. Nicole and I chose to make a trip from London, visiting only Stonehenge, a round trip of 4 hours with an hour long stay at the Henge itself.
It would seem that vast numbers of tourists go there, only to be disappointed by what little seems to be there, and the chance of touching the stones, only coming at a much higher cost. Thankfully, this was not my experience. If not for the waiting tour bus, I would quite happily have stayed there a few more hours.
There are no shortage of stories of the building of this location, with theories ranging from scientifically validated, to psychic insight and speculation. All have their place, it would seem, in being able to piece together the history of this place, though of course many want actual proof. Hopefully I will provide pointers for your own journey. As I mentioned in a previous post, scientists are quick to dispel the psychic insights as nutty, and those coming at it from a psychic perspective sometimes don't even give the archaeological studies a glance. I enjoy digesting each of them to see where they concur and where they differ, where they are incomplete, and remain enthused by the possibilities of what might be discovered in the years to come.
The chief archaeologist working at the site, Michael Parker Pearson, has spent a good number of years studying this place, and him and his team of diggers have dug up some very interesting facts. Just the other day there was a BBC documentary which explored his belief that Stonehenge was actually built upon time after time, by different groups of people. He states that the site remained very important to many groups, from at least 3000 BC to around 1000 BC, possibly even later. On the ride home from Stonehenge, I fell asleep, and had a very vivid dream where I was being shown what appeared to be pizza boxes stacked upon one another, saying the word "Location" on the side of each of them. This to me was confirmed when I saw this show. The location was very important to the ancients, and the building of the site was very much done with the position of the rising and setting sun on the equinoxes of the year. If I find this documentary anywhere online I will be sure to add it to this blog when I do.
What was very interesting, and again timely in its airing, was the BBC documentary which covers the story of some temples and stone circles, recently discovered on Orkney, north of Scotland. What makes it even more interesting to my whole journey was that Sinclair, the builder of Rosslyn Chapel, was the Earl of Orkney. Could there have been a link with knowledge from Orkney's past, that guided Sinclair to Rosslyn? There are some tenuous links at this time, but very much worth pursuing and I am grateful to anyone who can give me more. The research is suggesting the builders of the Orkney temples could very well have influenced the building of Stonehenge, even trekked down from from Orkney to go and build it. And, from the research of Pearson, they actually came from all over the British Isles to build Stonehenge.
The late Phillip Coppens wrote an interesting article on his website that puts forward the proposal that the layout of Stonehenge and Avebury are related to Plato's musings about Atlantis, which many people still write off as myth. There could be more to it than history has presently determined, and I for one remain open to that possibility. Having been enraptured by the stones themselves, I am of the belief that there was something far more magical to this place which can only be seen when believed.
Of course, the aspect that is most fascinating to many, is how the henge was put together in the first place. Some of the stones were brought from locations up to 200 miles away, an astonishing feat at that time, based upon the technologies that were apparently available to Neolithic man at that time. Michael Parker Pearson has an explanation that he has pained over for a number of years, and presents quite confidently, in the documentary movie Stonehenge Decoded. It all involved pivots and fulcrums, and yet many who have an understanding of such mechanisms still find challenge with the amount of work that it would have taken to move those stones, as depicted in the Decoded documentary. The builders made very specific choices of stones, something I look forward to reading more about.
I then started to look in to what people are calling the ancient alien question. Were there ancient technologies that could have been used to lift the stones in to place? There are those who have explored potential methods, based upon acoustic and antigravity experiments taking place now. And what they suggest is that maybe these amazing technologies we have been discovering this century, are ones that are actually being rediscovered. This of course is the part where many skeptics will want to launch criticism, and it won't be anything that I have not read elsewhere. But archaeologists have not come to a common consent, and it makes the technology theories quite exciting for many. The ancient Vedas of India speak of technologies of old that seemed very similar to technologies of today. No such texts have been found in Scotland or Orkney but that does not mean that it was not possible. The Vedas also say that we go through cycles of time, unlike western reasoning which sees us moving only forward in time, and so to them it is perfectly understandable that we come upon knowledge that was once widespread. To it's credit, modern quantum physics is beginning to discover so much more about the non-linearity of time. It is all quite fascinating!
Maybe at this time I am sitting on the fence a little, because I am new to this investigation. But I believe that I am making connections between different sites that I have visited, that I have not read about in other books at this time, and will continue to listen to my intuition. I am not saying the connections have not been made elsewhere and so I look forward to ongoing research and findings, and will share more resources as this quest continues.