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Tip o’ the Week #90 - Anglesey

Dear [firstname]

A while back, Patrick MacManaway and I ran a year long geomancy school here at Chalice Well, and after it ended, our students wanted to keep on meeting, and we gather at different places around Great Britain to explore local ancient sites and to update eachother on the work we are doing. Last weekend we met in Anglesea, an island off the northwest coast of Wales. 

Ynys Castell (Innis Castech - “ch” means that you end with clearing of your throat)

ynys_castell_

 

We stayed on a small island just off the coast of Angelsea called Ynys Castell   {Note: to an English-speaking ear, nothing in Welch sounds like it is  spelled, so after each place name, I will enter the closest approximation in phonetic English that I can muster. I will also include comments by our group in “quotation marks” and italics.}  It is reached by a causeway that is flooded at high tide, so the one house there had a cut-off-from-the-rest-of-the-world feeling that gave it a particularly magical feeling.  As small islets are  surrounded by water, and in terms of the four elements, water is the veil to another reality like the spirit world. Humans can only go there for short periods of time, so Water is many times associated with death, and a portal to the spiritual realms.  One of the interesting things we found on this island were numerous magnetic anomalies - in fact, there were more of these on Anglesey that I have ever seen anywhere else in Britain!  So we couldn’t do much archaeoastronomy  :  (   I will write more about this in my next Tip o' the Week.

Bryn Celli Ddu (Brin Kethlie Thee)
Bryn Celli Ddu
 Bryn Celli Ddu 1   Bryn Celli Ddu Mound
                          First came the henge and stone ring
                          The mound over the chamber
               Bryn Celli Ddu 2            
 

 

Bryn Celli Ddu 3

                                      The main entrance
                             Looking out the other entrance

Anglesea was the last stronghold of the Druids, and is perhaps best known for the butcherous invasion of the Romans in 60 CE.  But there were many much older monuments to see as well.  Perhaps the most famous is Bryn Celli Ddu (Brin Kethlie Thee).  This “burial chamber” was the only place on Anglesea that I had visited on my first visit there, and is perhaps the best “passage grave” in the island.  It started in the late neolithic as a henge, but later a chamber was built (covered by a cairn) that contained human remains.  The early archaeoastronomer Norman Lockyear proposed that the access tunnel and internal free-standing column were a means to accurately calculate the Summer Solstice.

Dolmen (Ba dowa - not lots of R) 
Bodower Sign   Bodouer
                                        Bodowyr                         Patrick meditating inside this dolme
Where did all the earth go!?”  This question is based on an ongoing insistance by some archaeologists that all dolment/hunnebedden etc. were initially covered with earth.  While some were (and still are, some of
us don’t buy that all of them were covered with earth.


Barclodiad y Gawres  (Ba clodiad u Gowres)
Barclodiad y Gawres

Our Geo Group stands infront of the locked gate of Barclodiad y Gawres

One of the things we did at each site, after forming a circle, recognizing the Spirit of the Place, and doing some chanting or Ohming, would be to share what we had experienced in the silence that followed. This is what I saw here: I chanted - I saw a smiling skull - happy we were there.”  


Lligwy (Thclg’ooey)

lligwy Lligwy Burial Chamber  
                          Lligwy Dolmen with enourmous roof stone

25 ton roof stone.  “A perfect place for a night of druidic dreaming.”   And “The stone was so big, and yet when we went under it, the same stone seemed to be weightless.

Lligwy Chapel  (Thclg’ooey Chapel)
Lligway Chapel Chapel interior
                Chapel was originally built in the 12th Century                    Interior including the stairs that descends into the crypt

An early Christian Chapel with a crypt that reminded me of the one at Roslyn Chapel in Scotland.

Din Lligwy (Dun Thcig'ooey)
din lligwy sign
circular home rectangular barn  
                                 Circular "Council Chamber"/home                                   Rectangular Barn

The houses were circular (reminiscent of Bronze hut circles; however, the barns were rectangular (a very Roman feeling) -  In the circular council chamber, we stood in circle where many of us felt protection.  We chanted, were quite, shared what we saw. 

I saw spirits being released in a beam of light going up from where we stood.

“People were happy and really integrated with their landscape.”

“We lived well in our time - you must live well in yours.”

}:-)

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