|When I was a young child my parents rented a derelict old cottage in the centre of Dartmoor which we used to visit whenever we had free time. It was in a spectacular location, deserted and wild, with the river Swincombe flowing past four hundred yards to the north. I found joy and a sense of belonging there on the moors; there was always something new to explore, something exciting to do, something unusually beautiful to discover.||
|There on the wild and sometimes dangerous
moors I experienced stone circles and standing stones for the first time.
They affected me deeply, and helped to transport a young child with a lively
imagination to strange yet safe worlds of beauty and rapture. All my loneliness
and feelings of separation would dissolve in the sacred silence that hovered
close and my spirit would fly free into the deep blue summer skies.
As I grew older, I realised that most of the people I met were sad, somehow separated from the happiness that I knew was our natural, potential state of being. I remembered my experiences as a child among the magic stones on the moors and wished I could recreate those wonderful healing atmospheres for everyone. I knew that, one day, I would build stone circles. I believed that they would be far more effective near centres of population where their energies would irradiate large numbers of people at once. One day, I promised myself, the opportunity would present itself to make these magical, healing places on the land.
Over the years stone circles became my major passion in life. Here are a few important principles concerning these stone temples:
Stone circles are sacred space
They can be "tuned" like a radio for the task they are designed to fulfill.
They connect Heaven and Earth
They focus the sacred in the landscape
They are gateways into other worlds, other realities
The quality of their sacred space depends on where they are built, and their alignments.
They are "Dream Temples", i.e. they will affect anyone who enters the space in profound ways, whether they know it or not.They are also known as ėShadow Templesķ. The shadows cast by the stones on particular sunrises and sunsets on special days of the year activate the temple according to its designed intent.
Building sacred space, and stone circles, is a magical process. The secret of it all is to create a physical structure that has the correct properties, both physical and energetic, to encourage the sacred to take up residence. It is immediately obvious which space is inhabited by the sacred, and which isnt. There is an aliveness, a tingle at the nape of the neck, an excitement, a shiver that runs from the toes to the crown of the head, when one enters a space occupied by the divine.
The dreams I have dreamed have now come true: I am now a stone circle designer and builder, in service to the Spirit of the Land. To date I have built ten stone circles in Britain, the USA, Canada and Australia. When my Love, Gaia, wants a new stone circle to be built, she contacts me and I respond to her call. I will then spend time on her beautiful body, at the site in question, and will harmonize with the Spirit of Place. I will work closely with the owner of the land, to create that which is needed. Eventually we will work out a plan of action, augmented by my internal guidance, to manifest a new stone circle on the land.
Below are the different stone circles I have had the honor and pleasure to have built, in chronological order. I have written a short description of their birth processes. Of great importance is the intent behind each stone circle. Each rings individual purpose on Earth is always the seed thought behind the design; from the intent, or dream, arises the form.
|The Pixie Stone Circle (May - June 1990)|
|In the summer of 1990, Iain Sika Rose and I built a stone
circle in the Healing field at the Glastonbury Music Festival. We hired
a four-wheel drive Landrover and drove into the four directions, continuing
to drive until we had found the stones that wanted to return with us. We
then returned to the Healing field, and erected the stones in our circle,
in the direction they had been found. This "Pixie Stone Circle"
as it became known, was beautiful, powerful, and a magical gateway into
During the festival it was used by multitudes of people doing ceremony, making music, meditating, or resting. Although I had some former experience of stone temples, the energetic effects of this one startled me and I knew this first one was the start of something that would deeply affect the rest of my life.
Unfortunately the Pixie Stone Circle was not permanent; it lasted one and a half years before it was dismantled and the stones pushed into a nearby ditch. With a heavy heart I visited Mr. Michael Eavis, the owner of the festival site, to complete. He told me not to be so miserable about the loss of the Pixie Stone Circle, because he wanted me to build a "proper" stone circle. I subsequently found out that "proper" in Michaels language actually meant "big".
|The Swan Stone Circle (May June 1992)|
|In the summer of 1992 I moved my portable home a geodesic dome - onto the site of the Glastonbury music festival. I had six weeks to design and build a large stone circle. As the full moon rose over Kings Hill, my inspiration arrived. I was to build a stone temple whose prominent stones represented the major stars of the constellation Cygnus, the Swan. I experimented with my star map. It was not possible to make a circle of stones given the positions of the stars, but an egg would fit.||
Swan & Serena
|I worked out the geometry, and it felt very
good. I wanted the swan to fly towards the Midsummer sunrise, and aimed
to make the sun rise exactly over the stone representing the swans
Over the next month I marked out the design on the ground and got volunteers to dig the holes. I believe that the more a temple is made by hand, the more profound the energy it holds. I spent a day with Michael in the Torr Works, a limestone quarry ten miles away, choosing the stones. They were, to my inexperienced eye, massive, and weighed between five and fourteen tons each. They were delivered individually in tipper trailers towed by tractors, and deposited as close to the holes as possible. I had to inspect each stone as it arrived, and decide where it would go in the circle.
Finally the crane arrived and lifted the stones into the holes. This was my first experience with large machinery and I had to learn fast! All went well, and Ken, the site JCB driver, nudged each stone into its final, exact position. The volunteers replaced the soil into the holes and packed it tightly against the stones. After a couple of days tidying up and landscaping, it was ready. After a night vigil on Midsummers Eve, the Glastonbury Order of Druids led by Rollo Maughling performed a ceremony to inaugurate the new sacred space on the land. The sun rose exactly over the swans head, and there was a huge celebration.
One of my beliefs is that if anyone enters sacred space, consciously or unconsciously, they will be irrevocably changed by their interaction with Spirit. Every year tens of thousands of people - pilgrims all - enter the Swan stone circle and fly on her back through Dreamtime, and experience transformation. Yo!
I hold great respect and gratitude to Michael Eavis, the owner of Worthy Farm where the Glastonbury Music Festival is held. He had the trust and the vision to start me on my megalithic journey, an adventure of passion, healing and power. Many thanks, Michael.
|The Star Circle (1993)|
|I was asked by my friend Glen to build a stone circle on his farm. He owns a business in Glastonbury called Star Child, whose symbol is a six-pointed star. He makes sacred incense, healing herbs, tinctures, essences, and sells crystals and candles. This stone circle needed to generate peace and harmony so that healing herbs for his business would grow inside, in raised beds. The pathways between the raised beds were to trace out the shape of a six-pointed star.||
The Star Circle
|The stones came from a quarry about ten miles distant, near Cheddar Gorge. They were delivered again by tractor and tipper trailer, and were expertly maneuvered into position by Ken, the same JCB driver who helped construct the Swan Circle. The area inside the beds was to be left as grass, and a firepit constructed in the centre.|
|Thynnhenge (1994 1997)|
|I was approached by the Marquis of Bath, the owner of Longleat in Wiltshire, to design and build "a new Stonehenge" on his estate. It was to look similar to the famous stone temple that still stands on Salisbury Plain, yet in its original completed state. The dimensions were also to be the same, with ditch, bank and avenue earthworks. I persuaded Lord Bath that it was essential that the design incorporate the positions and cycles of the sun, moon and stars for the present period of time, not for five thousand years ago when the original Stonehenge was built.||
|The local council told us that planning permission
would be a formality, and so I was given permission to start.
I spent two delightful years at Longleat, designing and preparing for the construction of Thynnhenge, as the stone temple was now being called. Lord Bath is called Alexander Thynne, and he wanted to call it after his family name. At last the design was ready, and the engineers reports complete. To our dismay we were denied planning permission due to a technicality. Still, I look at my time at Longleat as my "megalithic university" because I had to research and master all sorts of new megalithic skills before I could arrive at a suitable, final design for Thynnhenge.
|The Dragonstones (August 1998 October 1999)|
|The next stone circle I was involved with was to be built on the North Downs near Godalming in Surrey. I had always wanted to build a stone circle by hand, using only the equipment used by the ancients, and this was it! I spent time in a quarry with retired engineer Steve Osenton, and learnt one special afternoon to erect a three-ton stone by hand. It could be done! We had used wooden levers, and wood to pack under the stone as it slowly became vertical.||
|Surrey has no suitable stones of its own,
so we followed a series of clues on our search for suitable monoliths. Finally
we found them deep within a huge hole in Portland, a quasi-island off the
south coast of Dorset. We befriended Mark, the quarry manager, and he did
all he could to make our quest both enjoyable and successful. In a very
short time six huge juggernauts approached the site, traversed the lane
leading up the side of the hill, crossed the field, and finally deposited
their precious load as close to the circumference of the circle as possible.
A team of interested people assembled, and we started. It was all very new for us, and slowly we learned our new skill: maneuvering large blocks of stone around a field. We had to learn how to lift, roll, spin stones, and erect them. What an amazing time! We soon found out that the team had to be in perfect synch, otherwise the stones would go nowhere. We met over one long weekend every month, trying to move and erect a stone each session. As we worked we refined our techniques, and learnt how to move together as a synchronized team.
Our major breakthrough came as we were attempting to move one of the largest stones, the North stone, which weighed ten tons. We had been struggling to shift this monster for twenty minutes, yet it refused to budge. A member of the team pulled me aside and told me that we were doing it all wrong. The stone had "spoken" to her and it was not happy. It felt neglected and dishonored by our attitude towards it. It wanted us to communicate with it in a respectful way, and to make an effort to understand what it meant to be a stone.
I asked everyone to gather around the stone, and to place their hands on its surface. I asked them to close their eyes and, in their imaginations, to enter the stone and greet it. It had spent five hundred million or so years deep under the surface of the earth, only to be extracted, loaded onto a truck and carried up a motorway at seventy miles an hour and then dumped in a strange field. There it was moved and manipulated by a bunch of strange people. It was time to build a proper, loving and respectful relationship with the spirit of the stones.
When our imaginations were inside the North stone, I asked the team (which at that moment numbered about fifty people) to welcome it to the field. Then I asked them to explain why it had been brought here, by visualizing it among a ring of stones standing proudly and powerfully on top of the hill, creating sacred space together and radiating healing out into the environment. I then asked those present to visualize the stones next movement, which was to move on its rollers about ten feet to where it was to be placed. We finished the exercise by gently humming, creating a warm heart-felt vibration which enveloped us all in a loving ball of energy.
When this was complete, I asked everyone to return to their former positions and to be careful not to dissipate their state of mind by talking. On the count of two we pulled and the stone glided effortlessly to its intended position!
This was an extraordinary lesson for all of us. We learnt that everything has consciousness, and needs respect if a healthy and fruitful relationship is to grow. We learnt that mechanics by itself wouldnt move giant stones (using big machines uses overwhelming force on the situation, and is not relevant in this discussion). Magic by itself (levitation) wouldnt work. A mixture of magic and mechanics was the key, if we were to work harmoniously with the spirit of stone. We all realised that a great secret had been revealed that afternoon, and we gave thanks. Once we had discovered the key, we never again had significant problems in moving large stones.
|Ashdown Forest Stone Circle (August 2000 September 2001).|
|One Friday a group of nine people came together to design a new stone circle. We spent the morning discussing the properties of stone circles, and then in the afternoon went outside to greet the spirit of the land. children had already chosen the centre of the new stone circle; we held hands and stood around it. One of the circle said that we obviously represented a stone each, therefore there were nine stones in the ring. That felt good.||
Ashdown Forest Stone Circle
|The Ashdown Forest was the home of A. A.
Milne, the writer of the Pooh Bear stories. The locations he describes in
the books correspond to actual places in the forest, and the spirits of
the animals can be felt strongly in the landscape. One of the nine said
that we each represented an animal in the Pooh adventures, and that felt
very right. We then walked backwards and stopped roughly equidistant from
the centre. We shuffled around a bit, and stopped when we felt good. We
marked our positions, and realised those would be the positions of the large
As we met again at the centre, Clover, the dog, joined us. We realised that she represented another, tenth stone, but how could that be? There was no place for her in the circle of nine stones we had already marked out. Then somebody mentioned the time when Pooh Bear and friends went on an "expetition" to find the North Pole. After many adventures they found it, with great celebration. Clover had reminded us that the tenth stone was to be the North Pole, and would give direction and orientation to the stone circle.
The Ashdown Forest stone circle was built with the distinctive white limestone stones from Portland. It was constructed by hand over a period of thirteen months, and seems to be a magnet for large groups of children who camp there in the summer. It is a delightful sacred space in a magical landscape. Shhh! Be quiet and listen! Was that a heffalump I heard over there?
|Dhyanis Stone Circle (September - October 2002).|
|For over twenty-five years I have been performing a sacred dance taught to me by David, my first Medicine teacher. It is called "The Cherokee Dance of Life" and has affected my life profoundly. Imagine my astonishment when my friend Patrick introduced me to Dhyani Wahoo, the Cherokee elder who had taught David the Dance of Life so many years before! She wanted a stone circle built on her tribal land in Vermont, USA, and I had been led through the mysterious workings of Spirit to her door.||
D'hyani's Stone Circle
|I was able to thank her for the teachings
that had come from her lineage and had so influenced my life. Now I was,
hopefully, going to affect her life in return, with my own skills.
Her circumstances were changing, and she wanted a stone circle built to stabilize, harmonize and generate a new level of energy for the next stage of her life. It was to be built as a Medicine Wheel, a traditional Native American sacred space, with twelve stones on the circumference, and one in the middle. In addition, she had been having some trouble with negative energies traveling down a major ley-line that cut through the corner of her house. The stone circle would be designed to act as a filter, separating out and neutralizing the negative energies, while allowing free flow to the positive.
I camped on her land and went about finding the stones. It is a beautiful location in Vermont, in a secluded valley among trees, surrounded by mountains. My job was made very easy, for every stone that would eventually become part of the Medicine Wheel was found within two hundred yards of the location. It was as if they had slowly been moving out of the forest towards the site, ready to be found when the time was ripe!
The crane operator arrived, fetched the stones from their positions in the landscape and transported them to the site. Members of Dhyanis spiritual community dug the holes, and the stones were positioned with ceremony. It is a delightful circle, and made especially so by the fact that the stones came from the actual location. The stones range between two and five tons in weight; the centre stone stands a good seven feet out of the ground. So much beauty, what an honor!
|Joes Stones (February-April 2003)|
|Joe Strummer, musician and once member of the punk group called The Clash, died on December 22nd 2002. He was 50 years old. His wife, Lucinda, contacted me and asked if I would design and build a stone circle in his memory. I visited the site, a farm in the Quantock Hills near Taunton, Somerset. It is a beautiful locale, nestling in a sweet valley and blessed by a stream that bubbles out of the ground in an adjoining field. It overlooked the Somerset plains to the south, and an atmosphere of deep peace covers the land.||
|After Lucinda had contacted me, the
guidance came thick and fast. I knew that this stone circle was particularly
special for two main reasons: firstly, Joe died at the precise instant that
the sun god died, at winter solstice. This took him out of the purely human
realm into the world of archetypes such as Jesus and Osiris, both sun gods
who died only to rise again to start a new cycle of life. Secondly, the
site of the new stone circle was only three miles from the Great Ley, or
Dragon Path that enters England in Cornwall, traverses the land through
strong energy centers such as Glastonbury and Avebury, and leaves the country
just south of Lowestoft. It is said that the Great Ley is one of twelve
such giant currents of earth energy that circumnavigate the Earth.
It is very auspicious to be building a sacred space so close to such a strong leyline for it will either be "absorbed" by the current, or connected to it by a shoot that reaches out to make a link. Everything we did, and all the energy we generated, would very quickly find itself being channeled into the land as a whole, and around the whole planet. Quite a responsibility!
My guidance informed me that the "invisible temple" was of great importance, and I had to spend time focusing on creating the stone circle in my mind before trying to manifest it physically. I was shown how to prepare the space energetically, and to call in the unseen forces that would give us the strength, inspiration and protection needed to succeed in our task.
The basic design was a stone circle surrounding a fire pit. Joe, after being a famous musician, was best known for organizing and attending festivals where he built huge fires, inviting people to join him to enjoy warmth, companionship, and good music. Joes Stones would continue to provide this service, the only difference being that Joe would be there in spirit, rather than in body. The factors that would individualize this stone circle as Joes were the positioning of three stones. We would align one stone so that the sunrise on his birthday (August 21st) would cast a shadow into the centre of the circle, thus activating it. Another stone would align with the sunset on the day he died (December 22nd). The third stone, at Lucindas request, would align with the sunset on the day they first met (May 8th).
This was the first full-sized stone circle we were intending to build by hand in one continuous session. We built accommodation for the numbers we expected, and erected field showers and a hot-tub. We chose the stones, the most beautiful I had ever worked with, from two quarries: the Torr works near Frome, and Shipley near Cheddar Gorge. They were of black limestone and looked dark grey, were stained in reds and golds by minerals, and were covered in sparkling crystals.
Joes Stones created a particular problem in design. With all my former stone circles, I had enough time to observe the rising and setting positions of the sun throughout the year, enabling me to mark the positions of those special dates I needed to honor. I had had only one months warning in this case, and so had no observations to rely on. There are tables which show the position of the sunrises and sunsets throughout the year, but only if the horizons are flat. Unfortunately, the site lay in quite a steep valley and so it was very complicated to work out the exact specifications we needed.
The solution lay in an interesting bit of computer software. My friend Sig has developed a programme called Sunfinder, which gives the azimuth (degrees from True North) of any sunrise or sunset, given the position on the earths surface (latitude and longitude), the date needed, and the angle of elevation to the horizon. Sig lent me his very own instrument designed to measure this; it is called a clinometer.
The team arrived, and soon after, the stones. The weather was terrible and soon the grassy field was a pool of glutinous mud six inches deep, with some deep hidden holes. We had to deal with severe "suck factor" which made all movement a severe challenge. Still, we successfully moved and erected the North, South, East and West stones. The rest were moved and erected by machine. The weather by now had completely transformed and we found ourselves enjoying a heat wave, which allowed us to be shirtless during the day, and which froze the water pipes at night!
Joes Stones were inaugurated and connected with the energetic network of the land on March 21st, the Spring Equinox. They are a fitting home to honor his memory, and his spirit. They are now a powerful addition to the sacred nature of these lands, and ultimately, the world.
|Thunder Mountain Stone Circle (August 2003)|
|I was invited to perform some Earth healing in the Hudson Valley twenty-five miles north of New York city. A nuclear power station had been built there, on the site of a Native American burial ground, and had been the source of many radioactive leaks, including a full-scale state alert in February 2000. It had an atrocious safety record, and at one time had the dubious honor of being the most dangerous nuclear power station in the USA.||
Calling in the Dragon
|There are large tracts of twisted, burnt
trees on Thunder Mountain, and it looks as if a bad-tempered dragon on the
other side of the river (Indian Point) sometimes scorches the area with
its fiery and noxious breath.
I spent a day there in May 2003, getting to know the area and planting crystals. In August of that year I returned with my friend and colleague Patrick MacManaway, to make stronger and more permanent measures. He performed acupuncture on the mountain, and then we built a stone circle to attract and hold our healing intent there. As we were building it, a massive thunderstorm played overhead, sending lightning bolts stabbing down through the darkness and causing huge detonations of sound. While we were there two trees got hit, exploding with extraordinary violence. We felt protected, however, and, soaked to the skin and plastered with mud, we persevered. Finally, exhausted yet very happy, our stone circle was finished. It was a twelve-pointed star with a thirteenth stone in the centre. Under each stone was an offering of different healing herbs, and Herkimer diamonds I mined myself in the Herkimer quarries.
Once the physical stone circle was complete, we performed magical theatre to make our healing intent come true. There were four of us. I became the spirit of Indian Point, Patrick the spirit of Thunder Mountain, Gail the spirit of the river Upstream, and James the spirit of the Hudson Downstream. We then enacted a spontaneous drama of healing and reconciliation between the four of us, including chanting together, ending with a loving embrace and affirmations of love and respect. It was done.
|The Diamonds Stone Circle|
|This stone circle was built in a clearing in a forest just south of Tunbridge Wells, on the East Sussex - Kent borderlands. It is a medium sized temple with stones ranging between 2 and 6 tons. It is unusual in the way it has a recumbent stone in the south, the two standing stones abutting it marking the positions of the minor lunar standstill, and the rising and setting points of the midwinter sun. On our first day on site, a white hind (albino female deer) appeared among the stones five times throughout the day. A magical circle, indeed.||
The Diamond Stones
|Rylestone Stone Circle|
|I am involved in a very exciting project, to build a very large stone circle in Australia, 5 hours’ drive inland from Sydney. This new sacred space is to be called ‘The Wollemi Standing Stones’. ‘Wollemi’ is an Aboriginal word meaning, “Wake up!” Very appropriate. The manifestation of the Wollemi Standing Stones will take a while, and it was felt that as the project was so huge, it would be best if the local people and landscape could be ‘prepared’ and ‘acclimatized’ by building a smaller version in the area.
Rylestone Stone Circle
|In September 2004 we built the Rylestone Stone Circle. The stones weigh between 2 and 8 tons, are pink granite, and come from the same quarry as the eventual Wollemi stones. They seem to have been accepted by the local people, and are perfect precursors of the ‘real thing’.
|The Moonmaiden Stone Circle|
|In July 2005 I was invited to the hills north of Toronto to lead a workshop that would result in the design and construction of a small yet exquisite stone circle. Jan and Peter were the hosts, and the megalithic team consisted of about twelve souls, aged from nine to about sixty-five! The weather was hot, I was ill; there was an explosive thunderstorm, yet all the circumstances wove together the perfect conditions for the birth of a beautiful new sacred space in central Canada. Finally, we inaugurated the Moonmaiden stone circle around a flickering fire, sharing our songs and music making under curious, faery fireflies.||
Moonmaiden Stone Circle
|The Rowanwood Stone Circle|
|In the spring of 2004, I was asked to design and build a stone circle on private land in Caledon, a region about an hour’s drive north of Toronto, Canada. I had a wonderful, refreshing meeting with Doug and Jane, the owners of the land. We decided on the location of the proposed stone circle, the top of a small hill with almost 360-degree horizons. We marked the center of the circle with a stake, encouraging the presence of the local dragon. Doug then spent the next year marking the positions of the sunrises, and sunsets, as seen from the center of the circle, on the dates of the eight seasonal solar festivals of the year. This he did with great enthusiasm, and he gave me regular updates on his progress.||
Rowanwood Stone Circle
|In September of 2006 we built the stone circle with the aid of two machine operators. The results were delightful, and we were blessed by the daily visits of an extended family of turkey vultures. The geometry of the circle is an ellipse, with two foci. On one focus there is a firepit, and on the other, a large flat stone on which bards are encouraged to stand, offering their gifts of storytelling, poetry and music. We marked the presence of a ley-line with two particularly pointed stones. In Spring the entire site will receive topsoil and grass seeds.|
|The Burlington Earth Clock|
|In 2003, I shared a dream with a group of Geomancers in Vermont, about building a series of stone circles in the USA and possibly the world, dedicated to World Peace. And that was all I had to do. The seeds fell on fertile ground, a team manifested, and in November 2006 the Burlington Earth Clock was born. It stands proud in Oakledge Park, next to the bike path, just south of Burlington city center, the largest city in Vermont. Already the power and majesty of the stones – donated by the Rock of Ages quarry in Barre, Vermont – radiate out over the waters of Lake Champlain to catch the magnificent sunsets that occur over the Adirondack Mountains. A Dream realized.||
Burlington Earth Clock
|The Wollemi Standing Stones|
|I have been involved with a group of extraordinary people in South East Australia on a project to erect a mega
stone circle about five hours’ travel inland from Sydney. The stones weigh between 44 and 15 tons, some rising 20 feet above
ground level. The project is developing slowly, but surely. We have secured the site, have found the stones (they are beautiful pink
granite megaliths), and the burocratic process moves along at its own inscrutable pace.
Wollemi Standing Stones
|I recently made a model of a possible design. The stones emerge out of the back of a snake, and there is a central stone emerging from the head of the snake, at the center of the circle. The central stone is black, honoring the Aboriginal people of Australia. There is a platform around the central stone, upon which visitors climb. If they use the tip of the stone as a backsight, the outer ring of stones mark the positions on the horizon where the sun rises and sets, where the stars appear and disappear, the positions of major sacred sites in the landscape, and the positions of earth energy lines as they enter and leave the stone circle.|
|The Sirius Stone Circle|
|I have been recently asked to make a stone circle for the Sirius community in north Massachusetts. This community is a powerful node in the worldwide network of influential communities and has deep connections with others such as Findhorn in Scotland. The stone circle I intend to build is a design I made many years ago now, and I was sad when the project was cancelled. In a recent slideshow presentation, I included a picture of the model I made of it and related its story. Later, one of the audience came up to me and we spoke – he is called Bruce, and is one of the founders of the Sirius community. He felt inspired by the picture of the model; he consequently invited me down to his community to talk on stone circles, and this design in particular.||
Sirius Stone Circle
|I visited Sirius, and Bruce showed me around. We walked to the prospective site, a flat circular area
in the woods, overlooking wetlands. A gentle power emanated from the place and I recognized it as a natural power spot. We noticed a natural
alignment True South over the wetlands towards the sun at noon, at its zenith. It became apparent that the power of the noonday sun would be
the energy towards which the stone circle will be aligned, and that the solar heat at mid-day will hatch the egg at its center.
We decided to build the stone circle by hand, involving the community, and volunteers. Constructing a stone circle manually is an occupation that creates a profound bonding between those involved. An inner temple manifests, as well as the physical one. It will take a long time; a realistic estimate is three to four years. But stones like to move slowly . . . I feel this is very appropriate, and realistic for my busy schedule. I left the meeting with fear and excitement, an essential mix of emotions that portends a worthwhile, powerful, and boundary-stretching project.
There are two rings of stones. The outer ring is of dark stone, and is circular, providing a strong boundary and alignments to important energetic phenomena. The inner ring – an egg, actually – is of light colored stone and has a wonderful sacred geometry based on the fusion of two nine-pointed stars. There is a gap at the ‘point’ of the egg, which is aligned to a special sunrise, in this case, the sun at its time of power, at high noon. The egg stone ring is actually complete, but the front three stones are fully underground, inviting the rays of the rising sun to stream into the inner ring of stones. The sun’s rays will reflect off the lighter stones onto the egg rock at the center of the temple, which rests on a concave stone, which is designed to collect rainwater. Eventually, at the intended time, the sun’s rays will activate the egg, which will symbolically crack, giving birth to a new awareness . . .