One more Stonehenge clue

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Stonehenge has probably pulled ahead of Atlantis in the race to inspire the most speculation. The latest article, complete with audio files, demonstrates the acoustic properties of the bluestones which formed the first stone circle erected at the site. Do listen to at least some of the audio: I was wondering if they were exaggerating, but found these stones truly awe-inspiring chimes.

I have noticed that each story written about a new proposed use of Stonehenge claims, explicitly or not, to be the explanation for the stone circles. I don’t know if the seeming tendency to look for a singular explanation is an artifact of reporting and editing, but I am pretty sure that the megalith builders were very intelligent people. They could have had more than one purpose in mind at a time.

If a people are going to put that kind of energy into building something this complex, they are most likely going to put it to various uses. The celestial alignments speak of seasonal festivals; the archaeology hints at a healing center (a Neolithic Lourdes, so to speak); and the acoustics add the likelihood of making the whole plain ring with the prehistoric equivalent of Bach’s organ music.

I find it quite probable that the acoustics and the musical bluestones enhanced both seasonal rituals and healing work. Some stone-age Pythagoras probably figured out the details of what tones to use for what.

Did we lose all of their work in the mists of time, or was some of it carried far away to the Mediterranean, where it could have influenced traditions of which we still hear the echoes?

We don’t know. We don’t know for sure what their spiritual practices were, or anything about their mythology beyond the guess that it was an archetypal ancestor of ours, but we can say that their tech was impressive and imagine that their sensitivity was quite keen as well.

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Healer, Celto-Cherokee Pagan, Priest, Frater of the Church of the Hermetic Sciences, sometime writer, astrologer.
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4 Responses to One more Stonehenge clue

  1. Andrew says:

    I suspect that the fact that we often build single-purpose structures — strip malls, cookie-cutter houses, even churches and synagogues of less than desirable proportions — leads archaeologists to believe in only one purpose for any structure.

    Ego probably enters into it too.

    • That’s true. I’d like to come up with a concise description of how that happened. It also ties in with specialization and the rise of the mechanistic worldview during the Enlightenment. The trick is figuring out what trends correlate with a particular way of looking at things. Plus, of course, everyone didn’t change together like a psychic school of fish: there are still Hermeticists today.

      • Andrew says:

        Very true. Although we’re Hermeticists (although I’m assuming a connection between us which may not be true) not in the sense of coming to a living tradition or being born into it, but reading about it and deciding that it jibes with our worldview at least for the moment.

  2. Robert Mitchell says:

    Fascinating! I’m not sure any method, scientific or otherwise, will ever give us a full understanding of the many purposes of megalithic sites like Stonehenge, Göbekli Tepe, Gunung Padang, etc. In order to really grasp them we’d need to be inside the hearts and heads of the ancients who built them, and there is such a great cultural distance between us and them. But I applaud the efforts of those who keep attempting.

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