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| Stonehenge Summer Solstice 2009 |
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|Description ||Stonehenge Summer Solstice 2009: A sunlit shot of the 'V' mark on Stone 16's inner face. I'd been meaning to try to capture this as sun rose on Summer Solstice since first noticing it in Dec 06, when it was brought into sharp relief by the rising sun that day. I originally thought it was a fertility symbol (vulva-shape), but wonder now if it was meant to represent an antler-pick. The shape does seem similar.. (and I had mentioned that possibility originally).|
| Maybe this carving is supposed to represent an axe? In 'The Stonehenge People' Aubrey Burl writes: "That the axe symbolised a female guardian of the dead has already been mentioned, but it may also have had a developing significance as a giver of life and strength for the living, for the dead and for the forces of nature themselves. This would explain the discovery of so many axes in pits near ritual centres and in water believed to be inhabited by spirits." [end quote] ... and also on this stone at the SW of the sarsen circle, nearest to sunset at Winter Solstice???|
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