Time and Messages at Avebury
I think I felt the standing stones of Avebury more deeply than Stonehenge. That surprised me, given what I'd been told ahead of my visit, that I probably would not feel as much because the stones had been moved and the energy disturbed. For me, it was wonderful to be able to touch and lean up against the stones, which wasn't allowed at Stonehenge.
|The henge and circle|
Avebury is actually the largest henge in the world, measuring some 1400 feet in diameter, covering 28 acres. If you look at the site from Bing aerial views, you'll also note the proximity of the site to Silbury Hill and West Kennet Long Barrow, and if you expand the view out, you're likely to even see a crop circle or two! Silbury hill is another Neolithic era construction, a conic hill, and the Long Barrow is a burial chamber built into a hillside.
|Avebury circle near village|
|"The Devil's Chair" stone on left|
|The "fairy ring"|
|Grove of trees|
|The avenue with the cows|
I was struck at how this must have all seemed in neolithic times, thousands of years ago, when ancient ceremonialists might have walked from sacred site to sacred site at special times of the year, such as equinox or solstice. There is a reverence for the land that permeates the area and draws you into your primal intuition of why our ancestors built these circles and why it was worth their concentrated time, effort and resources at a time when basic survival was primary.
|The Avenue at Avebury|
|One of the avenue stones|
What monuments of our time are we leaving for future generations and will any of it ride out the eons, besides our radioactive waste and pollution? What will our message be, and how will people of the future interpret it?
|A stone on the avenue|