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Book Review – The Old Stones: A Field Guide to the Megalithic Sites of Britain and Ireland by the Megalithic Portal, Edited by Andy Burnham

May, 2019

Book Review
The Old Stones
A Field Guide to the Megalithic Sites
of Britain and Ireland
by the Megalithic Portal
Edited by Andy Burnham

Who
can look at a circle of stones, standing stones, without feeling a
sense of awe and amazement, without wondering who made this, why is
it here?

Megalithic Portal is an independent website run by prehistoric site enthusiasts. This book was collaboratively put together from people across the globe. For more information, please visit their website.

This
is a good sized book, limited to stones within Britain and Ireland.
It is chock-full of articles, photos, maps, appropriate quotes.

I
love that it describes the different types of standing stones from
circles, to dolmen to chambered tombs and beyond.

The
chapters are broken down by location, West of England, South, North,
Midlands and East, as well as Wales, Scotland and Ireland, covering
over 1,000 sites. Each individual site includes a photo and
pertinent information.

For Outlander fans, it does include “Craigh Na Dun”, which I was saddened to hear is completely fictional, but is listed as the site of the circle used in filming.

I cannot begin to describe the amount of information included in this book, or the amount of work and love that has gone into it. Thumbing through the pages, looking at the beauty of these stones brings a sense of belong and connection, at least for me.

If
one has an interest in Neolithic rock and stone formations within the
United Kingdom, this is the book you have been waiting for.

The Old Stones: A Field Guide to the Megalithic Sites of Britain and Ireland on Amazon

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About
the Author:

Susan
Morgaine
 is
a Daughter of the Goddess, Witch, Writer, Teacher,
Healer, and Yogini. She is a monthly columnist
with PaganPages.org Her
writings can be found in The Girl God Anthologies, “Whatever
Works: Feminists of Faith Speak” and “Jesus, Mohammed
and the Goddess”, as well as Mago Publications “She Rises,
Volume 2, and “Celebrating Seasons of the Goddess”. She has also
been published in Jareeda and SageWoman magazines. She
is a Certified Women’s Empowerment Coach/Facilitator through She
is the author of “My
Name is Isis
”, one in the series of the “My Name Is………”
children’s books published by The Girl God Publications. A
Woman International, founded by Patricia Lynn Reilly. She has long
been involved in Goddess Spirituality and Feminism, teaching classes
and workshops, including Priestessing Red Tents within MA and RI. She
is entering her 20th year teaching Kundalini Yoga and Meditation,
being a Certified instructor through the Kundalini Research
Institute, as well as being a Reiki Master. She is a member of the
Sisterhood of Avalon. She can be found
at https://mysticalshores.wordpress.com/ and
her email is [email protected]

My
Name is Isis on Amazon

Finding Your Spot

October, 2017

Indoors or out of doors, the witch must find her spot. This is the place where she feels grounded and centered, and for her it is therefore the center, either of her dwelling or of the world. If you have an easy chair set up somewhere in your living room, this may be your spot, provided it is not placed against a wall. Mark your spot with a piece of tape or something similar if you must, though it is enough to note how you feel there and let that be your marker. Now, standing on your spot, use your magnetic compass 1 to face the four directions. Gaze into each direction rather than looking. This means to let your eyes face north, east, south, west in turn but do not track on any object in those directions; instead, see everything there is to see equally in each quarter.

The associations with the four cardinal directions, in many witchcraft traditions, are as follows:

North – Earth, the power to be still, silent, steadfast.

East – Air, the power to know, understand, express your knowledge.

South – Fire, the power to will, enthusiasm, sacrifice.

West – Water, the power to dare, seek new life, the unknown, initiation.

Each morning, stand on your spot and mentally salute each of the directions in turn, beginning in either the north or east, and finishing with the direction you started with. Ask for help during the day to embody the powers of north, east, south and west. You can pray “Help me to know, help me to will, help me to dare, help me to be still” as you face each direction, ending with “Help me to know” again as you face east; or you can begin “Help me to be still,” and so forth, ending with that same prayer, as you finish by facing north.

Take your magnetic compass with you and use it to face in the appropriate direction and ask for help from the elementals of a particular quarter when you feel the need.

As with all rites, observe a period of silence right afterward, open yourself to your feelings. The direction in which you began and ended this first rite is your new primal direction.

1 What? You don’t have one? Get one.

 

*Graphic from Pinterest.