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Callanish Stones and the Moon

Monday, October 16, 2006

The Callanish Stones are found on the Isle of Lewis, Western Isles . They were constructed about 5000 years ago by a Neolithic Community about which we know very little, other than their relationship with the Moon.

The positioning of the Stones suggest a tribute to the moon; part sacred site, part observatory (part Lunar calander and part computer).

The Stones have been arranged to track movements of the moon across the sky from month to month.

Our ancestors knew how to mark extreme positions of the moon and predict rare lunar events.

To the south of the Stones is a range of hills which resemble the outline of a reclining woman. Every 18 years the full moon roses out of the hills, rolls along the body and then disappears. Moments later the moon reappears in the centre of the stone circle. There is local legend that people who witness this event are blessed with fertility.

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