Monthly Archives: August 2019

Calanais: Skyward…

France & Vincent

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But anyway, something was happening in the sky.

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A great eye-of-light

opened up above the main site…

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If we were not going to get a night-scape,

which we were not,

we could at least get

the stones with a dramatic back-drop.

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So we headed over,

quick sharp, in the hope

of utilising a break in the cloud…

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Calanais: Folkal Points…

France & Vincent

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It seems strange now to think

that these sites were ever considered

in isolation from their surroundings

but they undoubtedly once were.

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The backdrop and mythological landscape

for Callanish has been nicknamed, Sleeping Beauty,

which may explain part of the reason

why we find ourselves here.

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It starts to become obvious

when enough of these monuments

have been visited:

they are focal points,

and we, as folk,

are an integral part of that!

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There is though a caveat.

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We are not meant to ‘gawp’ here,

but instead are invited to become involved.

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That may not be as easy as at first supposed.

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Calanais: Cnoc Fillibhir…

France & Vincent

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Since the advent of the Visitor Centre at the site,

there has been an attempt to rename Cnoc Fillibhir Bheag,

which some might render the ‘little hill of the long-seers’,

as plain old Callanish III…

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Which is a shame because the circle,

like most of these ancient monuments,

has its own very unique signature…

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As the current sequence of photographic

‘slides’ endeavours to illustrate.

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And as, perhaps, can here be seen,

there may be more to those

hoary old folk tales…

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That tell of people being

turned to stone

for dancing on the Sabbath.

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…Than initially meets the eye.

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Not that it was a Sabbath,

you understand,

and nor was anybody dancing as such!

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Just treading the path to Fairy-Land…

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Dreaming Stones: Third time lucky…

Sue Vincent's Daily Echo

The light was changing. Not that it had been doing anything else all day… the light in the Western Isles is amazing… but it was, by this time, almost eight thirty and we were rather expecting the light to fade as the sun sank below the horizon. It would not be summer solstice for another couple of days and the coachloads of tourists had long since departed… so we headed back to the Callanish Stones.

There were just a few campervans parked close by, securing their spots for the festival that would be held at the stones for the solstice. Not a big affair, we were told, but with music and megalithophiles like us choosing to celebrate the turning of the year at this remote and magical site. One woman, cross-legged in the door of her van, smiled and acknowledged us as we entered the stones. Apart from that, we…

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Dreaming Stones: The Circle of the Seers

Sue Vincent's Daily Echo

We left Callanish II and turned our backs to the Callanish Stones that crown the hill over the loch, and walked up the slope towards the third stone circle. Callainish III stands atop a small hill and is actually two stone circles, one inside the other.

The two rings are not circular but elliptical. The outer ring, around forty-five feet in diameter, has thirteen stones still in place, of which eight are still standing. The inner ring is a more definite oval shape and thirty four feet at its longest axis.

Only four of the inner stones remain. Beneath the turf, other stones are still buried and around the site are other stone settings and the stump of a broken standing stone. The circle is an imposing sight, with the tallest stones over six feet and a view back to the main site and Callanish II.

Callanish III is also…

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Dreaming Stones: Caught in the middle…

Sue Vincent's Daily Echo

It was definitely a first… I have never stood within one distinct stone circle and been able to look at two others on the near horizon. The stone circle of Callanish II, otherwise known as Cnoc Ceann a’Gharaidh, stands just three hundred feet from the shore of Loch Roag, within sight of the Callanish Stones, and nine hundred west of Callanish III. And you can feel it.

The Callanish Stones are just visible on the horizon between the portal stones.

You have to wonder at their alignment, especially when you later realise that they are just one small grouping amongst nine stone circles within a ten mile radius… with at least another six known on this one small island.

The stones themselves are arranged in an elliptical ‘circle’ around a central cairn almost twenty-eight feet in diameter, which was almost certainly a burial mound. Many of the stones of the…

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Calanais: Spirit…

France & Vincent

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We first coined the term ‘Spirit Stone’

at Waylands Smithy.

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It has served us well,

denoting as it does, a stone,

which, like the spirit, holds many forms.

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There is usually at least one such stone

at every site of note

which we have visited.

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These days, though, there appear

to be more and more of them…

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So, maybe it isn’t an objective

description at all!

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Dreaming Stones: Line of sight

Sue Vincent's Daily Echo

The stones of Callanish were still busy. We were going to need supplies… and still needed to refuel the car and pump up the dratted tyre yet again. We thought it was time to leave the stones behind and drive into Stornoway, the largest town on the island, to do the needful. The trouble was, we would have to pass a couple of sites on the way…and it would take a fair bit of discipline to simply drive past without stopping.

In my memory, we went straight from Callanish to the next site, but according to the time-stamp on the photographs, we must have succeeded in resisting temptation. The facilities of civilisation were, by that point, very necessary, and we had already learned that twenty-four hour opening had not been adopted this far north. We didn’t want to miss our chance and be caught with another flat tyre and nothing…

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Calanais: Graces…

France & Vincent

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Presumably the fence is here,

to keep out the sheep!

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From the camera’s perspective,

sheep can be less offensive

than people… and fences.

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Careful how you look, now,

or else you’ll see faces!

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You see a face?

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Then you are possessed…

of heart.

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As indeed the world

is possessed

of spirit.

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Dreaming Stones: Second sight

Sue Vincent's Daily Echo

We had returned to the stones of Callanish for a second attempt at getting the feel of a place of which we had a little knowledge but no real understanding.  Facts are not enough, you have to walk the land before you can begin to know it.

We knew, for example, that there are astronomical alignments at Callanish. And, for once, we did actually know that… it was not some weird theory thrown out by folk whose reality through other eyes. At Callanish, Castlerigg and other stone circles throughout the realm, scientists are now able to offer incontrovertible proof that such alignments were part of the original design.

The University of Adelaide, bless them, decided to put that theory to the test and, through the use of statistical analysis, 3D imaging and a host of other modern and scientific methods, were able to determine that… as we and the…

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