The Legend of Stonehenge

Stonehenge is the largest and most sophisticated of all the stone circles left standing in the British Isles. It has been the subject of countless books and documentaries and remains one of the world's unexplained mysteries, attracting nearly 1,000,000 visitors each year from every corner of the globe and is officially recognised as a World Heritage site.

Recent archaeological evidence has shown that this sacred site in Wiltshire has been utilised for more than 10,000 years. The entire area is rich in archaeological discoveries. The ruined Stonehenge stands out on Salisbury Plain, but in its earliest phase Stonehenge would have been hidden within the surrounding forest and only accessible from the river Avon. Later it became part of the Great Temple complex of Avebury.

It was built in various stages between 3,000 and 2,000 B.C. and probably abandoned in about 1,000 B.C.   The engineering feat of their construction was comparable to that of the skills demonstrated some 4,000 years later in the building of the great 12th century Gothic cathedrals.

The Preseli Bluestones form one of the earliest parts. In all there were 7 stone circles erected with stones transported from different sources.

The Preseli Hills are located in Pembrokeshire in the South West of Wales and have the reputation of being one of the sources for the legends of Merlin and King Arthur.   These mystical Bluestones were rediscovered on 3rd May 2000 by Preseli Bluestone International Ltd when all the seven inner Planets of the Zodiac were in the sign of Taurus.

The Welsh legends called the Mabinogion, which means Tales of Youth, come from this part of Wales and it is said that the way into 'Annwn', the Welsh fairyland, can be found here too. Indeed, Pentre Ifan, sometimes called The Womb of Cerridwen', which is also built of Preseli Bluestone and located within the Preseli Hills, is said to be one of the main gateways into the realm of Fairy.

Legend has it that Merlin transported stones from here to Stonehenge for the construction of Camelot and King Arthur's Round Table. Of the 7 circles that go to make up Stonehenge , the 5th circle and inner horseshoe are constructed from stones known as 'Bluestones' which originated in the Preseli Hills. Of the 45 remaining stones at Stonehenge, 9 remain standing in the 5th circle and 7 in the horseshoe.

The tradition of building stone circles continues to this day in Wales when the Gorsedd of Bards erect a new stone circle each year for their Eisteddfod.

Recent laser technology has discovered stone carvings on the surface of several of the stones.  These can be seen with the naked eye, if the sunlight is precisely at the correct angle, on certain days of the year.

As was the custom, the builders of early Christian churches built over many of the sites of sacred places.  Thankfully the site at Stonehenge was left unscathed and it is perhaps because of this that many people throughout the centuries and to this day feel they can connect there with a primal sacredness.

Whereas many ancient temples in the British Isles were circular and sacred to a Goddess, the Christian churches which superseded them were built on the square and were sacred to their male God.

The Stonehenge site was considered too large to be overbuilt but many of its stones were demolished and removed.

Although they did not build it the Druids have used Stonehenge for centuries for rituals and continue the tradition to this day.

Our computer reconstruction shows how Stonehenge might have appeared if all the building stages could have been put together at the same time and illustrates that it was unlikely to have been built by the primitive savages that some history would have us believe.

On the contrary, for many millennia this Island was considered a Holy Isle and was known to be a major centre of learning throughout the civilised world.

It is not really known who built it, but at its heart was a unique, spiritual and creative culture. All other Temples throughout the world were built oriented to the eastern equinoctial sunrise. Unusually however, Stonehenge was oriented to the Midsummer Solstice Sunrise in the North East and more importantly to the Midwinter Solstice Sunrise in the South West.

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