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One of the finest stone circles in the north of England, the circle has a diameter of about 350 feet, the second biggest in the country. Long Meg is the tallest of the 69 stones, about 12 feet high, with three mysterious symbols, its four corners facing the points of the compass and standing some 60 feet outside the circle.
The stones probably date from about 1500 BC, and it was likely to have been used as a meeting place or for some form of religious ritual. Long Meg is made of local red sandstone, whereas the daughters are boulders of rhyolite, a form of granite.
William Wordsworth wrote ‘Next to Stonehenge it is beyond dispute the most notable relic that this or probably any other country contains.’
The "triangle" lines come into to the earth on the QUARTER DAYS between Solstice and Equinox......those being Beltane and Samhain. Both these points are marked by the Gibbous Moon and the Balsamil Moon which are both represented in the shape presented in the Pict stone. Although in one case it is seen as quarter moon shining and in the other quarter moon darkened.
originally posted by: Wifibrains
Is there anything on the significance of the megalith placed outside of that stone circle bean?
And this picture confirms the crescent vrods correct orientation as a symbol, or is pointing to different days to the one above?
If the crescent and vrod can be related to stone circles perhaps the double discs can be too?
There is a much more interesting number connected to the Aubrey holes. 360° ÷ 56 = 6.4285714°. In the diagram below all the black dots, Suns and Moons are all positions of the full Moon. The ones in the central zone are full Winter Moons which become involved with eclipses of both the Sun and Moon at both the Winter and Summer Solstices.
An examination of Georg and Vera Leisner' s published ground plans of passage tombs in the administrative district of Evora in central Portugal reveals an exceptional conformity in the orientation of their passages . It is here suggested that observations of the rising of the first full moon , or sightings of the first lunar crescent , which followed the vernal equinox , were instrumental in orienting the passages .
Furthermore , it is suggested that polished slate plates , often adomed with elaborate engravings of zoomorphic features , sometimes found i n large numbers i n grave chambers , may be linked symbolically with the moon implying a lunar cult among the people responsible for erecting the monuments.
Curt Roslund , Department of Astronomy , Gothenburg University , SE-41 2 9 6 Gothenburg , Sweden
Yasmin e Kristiansen , Department o f Archaeohgy , Lun d University , SE-22 3 5 0 Lund , Sweden
Birgitt a Hårdh , Department of Archaeology , Lund University , SE-22 3 5 0 Lund , Sweden .
Stonehenge is a fine example of a prehistoric monument so designed that the first rays of the rising sun on a particulardate, midsummer morning, penetrate the edifice all theway to its centre, illuminating the whole interior in theprocess (Pasztor et a1. 2000: 112-113). A similar light and shadow effect can be seen in the cup-and-ring carvings when the rising sun on the winter quarter-days lights up the groove leading to the central cup and fills it with a red glow.
... the first full moon after the vernal equinox,the Easter Full Moon, and the last full moon before the autumn equinox, the Harvest Full Moon, could be alternative contenders.Calculations show that these moons, when they reach an altitude of 11 degrees, on an average will appear at an azimuth of 30 degrees south of east. A strong case for the Easter Full Moon to have been used for orientating prehistoric monuments is found for passage tombs around Evora in central Portugal. They are so orientated that the rising Easter Full Moon could shine through the passageway and light up the central polygonal chamber (Roslund eta1. 2000: 1-12)
The word graal, as it is earliest spelled, comes from Old French graal or greal, cognate with Old Provençal grazal and Old Catalan gresal, meaning "a cup or bowl of earth, wood, or metal"