The Lonely Stones That Square The Cosmic Circle

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Summer Solstice Sunset at Stonehenge, UK (Phil/ Adobe Stock)

The Lonely Stones That Square The Cosmic Circle

Both beneath and beyond Stonehenge in England, the Great Sphinx and Pyramid of Khafre in Egypt, Machu Picchu in Peru, Chichen Itza in Mexico and Newgrange in Ireland, exists an underlying code that binds the distant builders. Distant, in both space and time, yet the constructions are fused in that they were all built in honor of the quarters of the year, the two solstices and equinoxes. Today this data is available from apps at the click of a mouse, but in the ancient world, ceremonial standing stone circles and temples evolved from the earliest stone observatories, which themselves were designed to pin down the four observable corners of the cosmos.

The astronomical symbol of earth represents either the four quadrants of the world or the four continents. (Public Domain)

At the very earliest stages of sky watching among the first observations that really mattered, in that they directly affected climatology and therefore survival, were the two equinoxes and two solstices. These four key astronomical events occur due to the way earth orbits the sun on its tilted axis, and while some may consider humankind’s ancestors as primitive, they had a much closer and experiential relationship with the cycles of the heavens. To overcome the apparent chaotic nature of the night sky a range of stone devices were created all over the globe that evolved into some of the greatest temples and monuments of the prehistoric world.


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