A String of Ideas Adapted from a magazine article in 1985 In May, when leaves are dressing the trees in fresh bright green and dandelions are  scattering gold on the grass, the 10 stars of Perseus lie in the north at midnight as the  star Algol brushes the horizon beneath them. It was the time of a total lunar eclipse  and I was camping with friends in a field in the West Country when a series of  serendipitous coincidences led me to some significant insights into the units of  measure used by the ancient people who laid out the megalithic circles of western  Europe. In the afternoon the shadow of the earth darkened the face of the moon.  Altair rose in the East at sunset, a companion for the dusky faced lunar bride. Later,  after the ruddy, eclipsed moon had risen, the wedding veil was drawn back and her  bright gaze fell on the dancers and the fire that celebrated the renewal of the  energies of the Dragon and the Bull at Beltane.  By chance I had, a couple of days earlier, spent an exciting and magical hour, at  dusk, helping to catch a lively carthorse called Atlantis who was more inclined to  remain free in his five acre domain than be collared and return to a life of work.   On the following day I had been drawn into a discussion about how to construct a  regular pentagon with just compasses and a straight edge. (Durer’s construction) and how this related to the significant and sacred Vesica Pisces formed by overlapping  two circles. This led on to consideration of the Druids Cord, a length of knotted string of 13  equal divisions which can be used to set out on the ground a variety of significant  and useful forms such as right angles, pentagrams and seven pointed stars.                                                                                                                   © Jon Appleton 2010 under construction  Durer’s construction The Druids Cord Jon Appleton This site brings together a kaleidoscope of ideas derived from 60 years of enquiry: it shares insights into fields as disparate as:- Archaeology, Landscape alignments, Megaliths, Henges, Prehistoric measurement, Astronomy, Mythology, Calendars of the past and Seasonal celebration.     Click here to contact Jon