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Rebirth in Stone: Decrypting the Winter Solstice Legacy of Stonehenge

As we stand on the brink of the Winter Solstice, it’s fascinating to observe the intricate dance between celestial events and human interpretations, especially when coloured by the deliberate distortions of the Christian church. This orchestrated misrepresentation, driven by a disdain for perceived ‘pagan’ influences, offers a curious blend of amusement and disillusionment.

The celestial ballet that designates the astronomical ‘new year’ in the wake of the Winter Solstice is a fact grounded in the cosmic order. Yet, one can’t help but ponder the awareness within the Anglo-Saxon Christian populace regarding this celestial alignment. Instead of acknowledging this cosmic rhythm, the majority adheres to a day within the Gregorian calendar, a construct fashioned half a millennium ago, positioned a week to ten days after this celestial spectacle.

This phenomenon serves as a poignant reminder of the influence wielded by propaganda over scientific realities, leaving us to grapple with a societal landscape that often prioritises pursuits like sports, gambling, and self-indulgence over rational contemplation.

Delving into history, the Winter Solstice emerges as a profound symbol, transcending its astronomical significance. It signifies the juncture where ‘darkness’, emblematic of death and decay, capitulates to ‘light’, ushering in the renewal and vibrancy of life after the rigors of winter. This observance extends far beyond the relatively brief Christian interpretation, as evidenced by the ancient marvel of Stonehenge, standing for over six millennia, crafted to pay homage to this cosmic event.

In the face of deliberate misinterpretations, let the musings of Druids, even in their misconstruing of Stonehenge’s purpose, serve as a testament. As the solstice unfolds, let us not only marvel at the cosmic spectacle but also draw strength from the echoes of traditions, resilient against distortions seeking to challenge the authenticity of our shared history.

The Avenue - Winter Solstice - Rebirth in Stone
The Avenue at Stonehenge – Winter Solstice – Rebirth in Stone

In contrast to popular belief, Stonehenge was not designed as an observatory for the midsummer solstice sunrise but rather as a tribute to a deeper phenomenon—the midwinter sunset, occurring six months later in the opposite direction. The conventional image of Stonehenge, characterised by its circularity and encompassing lintel stones, is not devoid of complexities. Yet, the monument’s inherent purpose and construction techniques shed light on its true essence.

To grasp the core of Stonehenge’s intent, one must deviate from the idea of it being a solar temple. Aligning it with the Summer Solstice Sunrise lacks significance for a memorial structure dedicated to the departed. Instead, a monument honoring those who ventured beyond life’s horizon gains poignancy by facing the moon’s farthest descent, the nocturnal northwest, or embracing the Winter Solstice Sunset—a representation of the eternal cycle where light ultimately triumphs over darkness, symbolising rebirth.

Furthermore, in this interpretative journey, the archetype of the Sun as a symbol of life and vitality emerges. Ancient civilizations in the Middle East and South and Central America support this imagery, associating monuments to the departed with the crescent moon, a symbol of continuity through time.

Stonehenge’s design was meticulously crafted to mirror a crescent, intertwined with the axis of the Winter Solstice Sunset, notably embodied by a standing trilithon in the southwest quadrant. A lone sentinel of this archetype stands upright, a testament to its purpose. However, history reveals the Druids’ intervention during the Iron Age, reshaping the monument’s symbolism. The displacement of the Heel Stone altered the alignment, connecting it to the Summer Solstice sunrise, while the southwest quadrant’s trilithon met a less glorious fate.

The ‘crescent within the crescent,’ the more extensive horseshoe trilithon array, heralds the Summer Solstice sunrise, carrying a significant message across epochs. This symbolism encapsulates the idea of renewal, rebirth, and reincarnation—a testament to the lineage that persevered despite the downfall of their homeland. It echoes through time, illustrating the resilience of a civilization’s descendants, ready to embark anew on the journey of existence.

Stonehenge a 'Crescent Moon' Monument - Winter Solstice - Rebirth in Stone
Stonehenge a ‘Crescent Moon’ Monument – Solstice day

Archaeological evidence lends weight to the hypothesis, unveiling intriguing facets that challenge conventional perceptions. The absence of stones, seemingly ‘missing’ from Stonehenge’s architectural scheme, emerges as a conundrum, a puzzle of significance. The prevailing quandary dissipates if one entertains the notion of an incomplete monument. The curious fact where these ‘missing’ stones cluster within the southwest quadrant offers another layer of intrigue – a testament to their deliberate placement.

A question naturally emerges: if stones were to be transported away, wouldn’t logic dictate that those nearest a road should be the first to go? Yet, the stones of the southwest quadrant, far from the roads, stand as sentinels of purpose, embodying a silent narrative that resonates across the ages.

The argument against Stonehenge’s role as a solar temple deepens by examining the stones themselves. Unaltered by time’s passage, some of these stones stand as witnesses to the challenges faced by a solar temple interpretation. These stones, too small to support the weight of horizontal lintels, cast doubt on this hypothesis. Stone 11, with its inherent dimensions, paints a vivid picture, and in this enigma, the crescent moon’s symbolism gains resonance.

Indeed, the design’s logic unveils a captivating portrait. Strings converging on the centre, the moat manifesting a hexagram – a geometric form replete with significance that resonates through the tapestry of history. As explored in the trilogy’s final tome, ‘Dawn of the Lost Civilisation,’ this geometry speaks to a sophisticated intention that transcends mere architectural endeavour.

In this realm of interpretation, the enigma of Stonehenge takes on dimensions that extend beyond the physical. The stones that stand and those that seemingly ‘disappear’ weave a narrative that goes beyond the mundane, entwining with the geometry of the universe itself. Such is the allure of history – a canvas where stones and geometry converge, inviting us to decipher their secrets, the language of a civilization long past.

Stonehenge plan reconstruction - Winter Solstice - Rebirth in Stone
Stonehenge plan reconstruction

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