A lot of people are familiar with Stone Henge in Britain but are less familiar with Long Meg and Her Daughters, which is reputed to be one of the largest ancient stone circles in Britain. Hidden away in the Eden Valley, up a country lane, I discovered this mystical, fascinating place. It was great place to cultivate some time!
In Awe of Our Ancient Ancestors – It is believed that the circle dates from Neolithic or Stone Age times – so it’s proper, proper old. Some stones are buried or have fallen, and others have disappeared completely. There may have been 77 megaliths originally. The real reason for this site may never be truly understood but it must have had great significance in the lives of our ancestors. At a time with limited resources, it is an amazing creation. I was fortunate enough to go on a November day, when we were the only visitors. I could not help but feel connected to the past in a way I cannot really explain.
A Place of Significance – Long Meg is the focal point of the site and stands outside the circle.
This is where the midwinter sun would have set below in Neolithic times.
It would seem that, like other stone circles, their is a connection with solar and lunar changes. It may have been a meeting place, at certain significant times of the year, possibly for religious rituals or ceremonies.
Feeling the Wind in the Trees –
Within the circle have grown 2 amazing trees. Within the branches of the trees people have tied pieces of cloth and ribbon. It still seems to be a place of significance today.
Between the 2 trees is a flat stone in the ground. I stood there for a few moments. There was this amazing, wonderful wind blowing in between the trees. A lovely experience feeling connected to nature and history.
Beware of Breaking the Spell – Folklore surrounding the stones is that Long Meg and her daughters were a coven of witches who were holding their sabbat, when the Scottish wizard Michael Scot, came upon them and turned them to stone. The stones of the circle are said to be uncountable. Stand and count the stones in one direction, then count them in the opposite direction – if anyone reaches the same number, it is said that the spell would be broken. My partner tried the counting – he counted two different totals – no witches were seen at the time of our visit!
The Monument Commonly Called Long Meg –
A weight of Awe not easy to be borne
Fell suddenly upon my spirit, cast
From the dread bosom of the unknown past,
When first I saw that family forlorn;
Speak Thou, whose massy strength and stature scorn
The power of years – pre-eminent, and placed
Apart, to overlook the circle vast.
Speak Giant-mother! tell it to the Morn,
While she dispels the cumbrous shades of night;
Let the Moon hear, emerging from a cloud,
At whose behest uprose on British ground
That Sisterhood in hieroglyphic round
Forth-shadowing, some have deemed the infinite
The inviolable God that tames the proud.
by William Wordsworth 1822
Are there any places sites of significance near where you live? I am fascinated by these sorts of places with folklore and legend so please let me know, then I can check them out in person or in web world.
All the photos in this article where taken by me (c) Cultivating Time, when I visited the site in November 2015. Please give me credit if you use my images – Thank You.