From disbelief to wonderment

Dec 2008

One problem this view, and this model, will encounter, is that people just don’t believe it. The idea that in the past there were cultures with sophisticated knowledge that might in subtlety and scope surpass that of our own scientists today, is to most people just not under consideration, even though often nothing is understood of why, how or what these ancients did as they did it and many an expert still stands in puzzlement and awe by their works today.

The picture I paint here may seem at first preposterous or alltogether too far fetched any way, as it did to me at first, but the more I got sustained in my calculations based on the number logic of my newly discovered ancient geometry, the more I became convinced that I was, and am, looking and searching in the right direction. The important point is that thing start to make sense, that less is incomprehensible.

The stone circles of the British Isles are still a big enigma in archaeology, but according to my analysis the megalithic chambers are also not understood when they are deemed tombs, as they are today.

The view that I take is that the chambers were in origin primarily built to take refuge under bad weather conditions and later to dry and store food (and grain) for these (winter-) times of calamitous conditions under heavy coastal (snow-) storms. The chamber is seen as primarily an imitation of the cave, more so, an emulation of the conditions of the ideal cave: dry, draught-free, and of an even livable temperature all year long, a place impervious to the weather outside, a place to survive, as they did in the Great Ice Age.

In Orkney this developed into a scientific architecture, in which the chambers were highly waterproof, well insulated, well ventilated with very high roofs with roof-lights, as well as being well-drained on ground level, far away from the world outside by a long low entrance passage. It seems all examples of this Maeshowe-architecture, might have been used as sky observatories to track the stars over the years, and for keeping the calendar-time and maybe creating a measure of time, based on the heartbeat and the daily rotation of the earth. (consider roof-window Wideford, 1 megalithic ell squared, 52cm, all these rectangular chambers are north south aligned, with changeable roof openings to track different stars)

In this same view the stone circles of the Avebury complex in southern England (see Avebury, lunar clockwork) -comprise an elaborate lunar clockwork with mutual checks and double checks at the Sanctuary to keep count over periods of 56 years or longer (93 or 95) and not make a mistake; the moon cycle is extremely complicated. This system would employ specific whole numbers in cycles plus or minus 1, rarely 2, (some outliers at stone circles) which then correspond to the different periods in the cycle of the moon.

Another speculation here is that stone circles and especially rock cut henges were built to manipulate the energy of the earth’s upper crust and enabled them to influence the weather locally, that is, increase the hours of sunshine, and attract thunderclouds and trigger downpours maybe by drumming inside the circles, and create a column of vibration, high pressure, based in the stone circle. This may have evolved from an initial marking of a spot of special energy which would have healing power into a centre of controlled energy. This was an age of subtle sensitivities and great (social) explorations and discoveries, it was the apex of the Stone Age, and Orkney was doubtlessly a major centre of learning and innovation.

Japanese people can become very emotional standing in the centre of Maeshowe, they feel it as ‘spiritual home’, which is the more significant because the Japanese have a shamanistic religious background, Shinto, which places them closer to the sensitivities of the Stone Age. In that respect it is very well possible that over time in the eyes of the wider population these chosen spots became holy places to which people would make ‘pilgrimages’, and maybe Maeshowe was built to protect such a miracle spot as a spiritual healing place and other physical care; and to be a refuge if need be, like a church was in the olden days.

This is not seen as very large groups of people, but as a steady flow of probably mainly adult male adventurers and seekers, sometimes from far away, to seek the miraculous. It were the roaming European cosmologists who’s mind was set on seeing these rumoured sea and sky scapes and the man-made wonders of the world in their natural setting under these same skies, close to the northern circling stars, and among these gentle hills; set on experiencing a union with the universe, the divine, or on finding a fabled land. The people of the Stone Age were not different from those today who travel far to visit famous or holy places, not everyone does it, but a substantial amount of people do. The urge in us to travel, to hike, to become one with nature, is a deep nostalgia for the spiritual harmony of the old days, the Stone Age, when freedom was everywhere; travelling is good for the mind and connects us to those halcyon days of total freedom, where we come from and still long for.

The night sky is near and bright in Orkney and sometimes there are the Northern Light, rare circular rainbows or solar glories, at all times a profusion of ‘ordinary’ rainbows often revealing their full double rainbow ring. Because of the moisture saturated air from the breakers and the low clouds, all are atmospheric features that make the place unique in natural marvels in ancient Europe and a fertile ground for myths and legends. So those, even on the continent, who were inclined towards science and cosmology would travel to the then renowned centres of knowledge as the Boyne valley and onwards to the west  and north of Scotland (Callanish, Caithness, Orkney) where the views were unsurpassed and well-known bright stars of the North, like the Big Dipper were near and clearly visible circling a closer pole star.

Orkney was at the edge of the world in the ancient lore.

I have come to believe that we tend to grossly underestimate the knowledge and intellectual skill of our early ancestry. May be we are confronted here with a science of the subtle powers of the earth, the heavens and, most of all, the human mind, powers scientists cannot even dream of understanding today, because they go beyond numbers and instruments; scientists live in total disregard of the powers of the mind; in an alarmingly ‘sceptical’ state of mind, completely oblivious to the ‘miraculous’.

The picture I paint, very well fits a culture that would have been centred on science and the measurement of time, that is, in those days, on laying down the rules of the universe in numbers and geometries, as we still do today.

The birth of scientific cosmology


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