Last weekend, I had the pleasure of meeting with some geomantic colleagues in the Lake District, in Cumbria, North of Liverpool and Blackpool in north western England just South of the Scottish border. We gather on a regular basis to share recent findings and to visit ancient sites in the area where we are meeting. This time we met the area of Lake Windamere, Wordsworth country.
Daffodils -William Wordsworth
"I wandered lonely as a cloud?
That floats on high o'er vales and hills,
When all at once I saw a crowd,
A host of golden daffodils;
Beside the lake, beneath the trees,?
Fluttering and dancing in the breeze."
It is magnificent country, as the name suggests, full of lakes and spectacular high ridges and mountains. The first ring we visited was Swinside, a magnificent little-visited megalithic ring south of Windamere.
Swinside Stone Ring
North Stone at Swinside
On our way up north again, we stopped at beautiful new seven spiral labyrinth built by Jim Buchanan. It is beautiful seven circuit labyrinth at Holker Hall on the Cartmel Penninsula in South Cumbria. I have to say that it is one of the best maintained labyrinths I have ever seen. It is also unique as far as I am concerned as it is the only seven circuit spirals that I know of.
Holker Hall Labyrinth
Built by Jim Buchanan
The other two circles we went to are much better known than Swinside. The first was Castle Rigg, just east of Keswick. It is one of the most visually impressive prehistoric monuments in Britain. This over-visited stone ring (there are three entrance gates within fifty yards of each other, and all are well worn) is located on a ball - curved like Chalice Hill here in Glastonbury - and has an outstanding horizon of mostly high hills and mountains. There is an unusual feature that intrudes in to the ring in the shape of a rectangular box of ten standing stones. Castle Rigg It was probably constructed around 3200 BC thus making it one of the oldest stone rings in Britain.
Castle Rigg Stone Ring
The rectangular "box" is on the right half of this picture
Long Meg and her Daughters is to the northeast of Castle Rigg in Little Salkeld, and has a diameter of about 350 feet making it the second biggest in all of Britain. It is also one of the youngest, built around 1500 BCE (around the time of the placing of the trilithons at Stonehenge).
Long Meg (the "out rider" in the lower right-hand corner) and Her Daughters - aerial view
Ros examines spirals on Long Meg
See the face in the lower right-had of the stone
One of the spirals
Offerings under Long Meg
You can see a panorama shot of Long Meg's Daughters that wouldn't have fit in this email by clicking on this link.
There are wonderful sacred sites all over the British Isles, and these are only a few of them. You can find out more by visiting my website Mid-Atlantic Geomancy or the Sacred Spaces Directory. While I don't agree with everything they suggest, this site has a list of things to do and not to do when visiting sacred space.
Ros examines spirals on Long Meg
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p.s. Sig will be teaching a weekend experiential workshop, on "Archaeoastronomy, Dowsing & Nature: Prehistoric & Contemporary Uses of Sacred Space" at The Rowe Conference Center in northwestern Massachusetts on the weekend of 19, 20 & 21 November. This will be your only chance to catch Sig in the USA this year. You can register online. This class is filling up fast, but there are still a few slots available.