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|Description ||The heaviest stone in the ring, at the North east, where the midsummer sun rises.|
|On http://www.iol.ie/~plugin/landscap.htm there is an article about the strange pile of stones next to the huge one above. It reads: "This pile of sedimentary sandstone shaped boulders is believed to be a possible ANCIENT STATUE. The geological fault lines in it are horizontal, and , during the past ten years, one part of it has certainly been fractured into two parts, probably by vandalism. A smaller stone which could have been the head of the 'statue' has been removed or stolen. As this type of sedimentary sandstone fractures so easily along its horizontal strata or bedding planes, and because this type of soft rock weathers so easily; it is possible to conjecture that 3500 years ago, when the stone circle it forms a part of was built, the statue was intact and was of a female form. If the ancient oral tradition of the Irish Celtic Druids can be believed to be a valid form by which history can be handed down over hundreds or thousands of years, then some weight can be given to the fact that the grandfather of the farmer upon whose land this stone feature stands always referred to it as "The Lady". The name "Our Lady", would be the name given to a Christian statue, but the words "The Lady" are still used today to represent the pagan Earth Goddess throughout Europe. Modern-day pagans honour "The Lady" and "The Lord" as the female and male aspects of "The Creator" in their religion, which reveres Nature and all the Earth."
I visited the circle in 2001, and was curious then, but despite speaking to the farmer in question, forgot to ask him about it. It didn't seem that old to me, and seems oddly out of place there.
The huge block of stone - volcanic brecchia - weighs over 60 tons and is known as Rannach Cruim Dubh (prominent black stooper). On checking my dowsing plan, this stone was the focus of one of two movements in and out from the centre of the circle, during clockwise movement (with the occasional swirl) around the inner edge. I recorded it as being at 30degs, NNE, therefore the midsummer solstice sun would have risen over it. (The other moves in and out were to the SW). The straight, flat edge of the side of the huge stone echoes its partner to the north, making the placing of "The Lady" stone very neat. So, maybe it IS original?? I had also recorded a 'burial' eleven paces south of the huge stone.|
|Sorry - for those who hadn't read my forum posting regarding dowsing this week, I do processional route dowsing, recording my findings at all the sites visited. I try to pick up the most significant ritual movements from the earliest days of these sites. Results are fascinating.|
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