Megalithic Insights               						Jon Appleton
2010
Click the audio play button above to hear me talk about the last thirty years.
I can’t make this introduction to the site into a complete autobiography so will cover the last 30 years even more briefly by mentioning simple highlights and topics such as the groups and organisations I’ve been involved with and some of the projects that have occupied my time. Inner work has included Transcendental Meditation, Arica, Druidry, Reiki, Arnie Mindell’s Process Oriented Psychology, Taoism, Buddhism and Ken Wilber’s Integral Psychology. The Oak Dragon camps and Mayfield Group meetings have been significant parts of my life since the mid 80’s. Synectics and communication in Talking Stick circles has led to my strong belief in the capacity of properly structured sharing groups to resolve problems and find consensual agreements. Running parallel to these things other interests have been work on lost Roman roads and canals, the archaeology of pre Celtic boats and housing, sun dialling, labyrinths, astronomy and astrology etc etc. As much as possible of all this will appear in the various “pages” of the site and some will be inferred from the interconnections between them. I’ve run workshops and taught some of this material in lectures and informal meditation groups. Other elements have been published in special interest magazines but most of it has moved with me from house to house in files and cardboard boxes waiting for the right moment to see the light of day. Well, like dawn on the winter solstice at New Grange, light is shining into the inner chamber. I have a sense that, from time to time, some of these ideas were more of an inspiration than the result of painstaking research.
Stonehenge Zero All the work on “Stonehenge zero” started from the simple sight of the midsummer sun setting over the “mountains” above St David’s in Pembrokeshire. Yet, elements like the Stonehenge “zero” work took years of revisiting and tramping round the countryside to verify the initial concepts. Luckily insights come when the prior groundwork has been done. Copious reading, integration of different fields of enquiry and, to some extent, lateral thinking is required. There’s plenty of that here. I will be adding more comprehensive details about this interesting discovery in future.
The piece on the Star Goddess at Avebury developed from wondering about an observation southwards across the henge to the top of Silbury hill from a scoop in the bank beside the northern entrance. At Danebury the whole vision of the ring of horizon markers for a ritual calendar was sparked by wondering why the earliest Bronze Age users of this hilltop site had put up metre wide posts in a circle close to the tumulus by the eastern gate of the later Iron Age hill fort. There’s a lot of fun to be had from picking up threads of information and seeing where they lead. Like Ariadne’s clew for Theseus in the labyrinth they can lead to the heart of a mystery.
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Jon Appleton Mid-Summer Sunset Mid-Winter Sunset Mid-Winter Sunrise Hang Stone Davey ancient stone St Brides Bay Stonehenge Zero? Carn Llidi Mid-Summer Sunrise
Two year Moon Cycle
Yggdrasil Oracle
The Spiral of the Ages
The Sacred Geometry & the Cycle of the Year Rug
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The Rugs Along with the written research and information there are images of various sorts, photographs, diagrams, pages from the notebooks and pictures of the rugs I’ve been making over many years, mostly one rug per year. Each of them can and many have formed the basis for a teaching workshop with the rug on the floor and the group sitting round it. Sometimes I describe them as pretty diagrams but they actually embody a lot of thinking and research work condensed into symbolic form. That’s another area of interest for me and the fascination of symbolic communication systems has created another of the branches on my Life tree. They often help to clarify complex belief and thought patterns and also act as mnemonics for more complex associations. Stemming from my work with the astronomical elements in henge monuments and megalithic structures I’ve become increasingly interested in the way these sites have alignments with calendrical significance built into them. Clearly this gives them ritual significance.
This is an important discovery of the original location of the blue stones in Wales
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The Oak Dragon camps and Mayfield Group meetings have been significant parts of my life since the mid 80’s. Synectics and communication in Talking Stick circles has led to my strong belief in the capacity of properly structured sharing groups to resolve problems and find concensual agreements. Running parallel to these things other interests have been work on lost Roman roads and canals, the archaeology of pre Celtic boats and housing, sun dialling, labyrinths, astronomy and astrology etc etc. As much as possible of all this will appear in the various “pages” of the site and some will be inferred from the interconnections between them. I’ve run workshops and taught some of this material in lectures and informal meditation groups. Other elements have been published in special interest magazines but most of it has moved with me from house to house in files and cardboard boxes waiting for the right moment to see the light of day. Well, like dawn on the winter solstice at New Grange, light is shining into the inner chamber. I have a sense that, from time to time, some of these ideas were more of an inspiration than the result of painstaking research. Stonehenge Zero All the work on “Stonehenge zero” started from the simple sight of the midsummer sun setting over the “mountains” above St David’s in Pembrokeshire. Yet, elements like the Stonehenge “0” work took years of revisiting and tramping round the countryside to verify the initial concepts. Luckily insights come when the prior groundwork has been done. Copious reading, integration of different fields of enquiry and, to some extent, lateral thinking is required. There’s plenty of that here. I will be adding more comprehensive details about this interesting discovery in future.
The Spiral of the Ages The Sacred Geometry &  the Cycle of the Year Rug Ogham Stonehenge rug from the 1970’s
Continue on to the story of how The Star Goddess was rediscovered
The Rugs Along with the written research and information there are images of various sorts, photographs, diagrams, pages from the notebooks and pictures of the rugs I’ve been making over many years, mostly one rug per year. Each of them can and many have formed the basis for a teaching workshop with the rug on the floor and the group sitting round it. Sometimes I describe them as pretty diagrams but they actually embody a lot of thinking and research work condensed into symbolic form. That’s another area of interest for me and the fascination of symbolic communication systems has created another of the branches on my Life tree. They often help to clarify complex belief and thought patterns and also act as mnemonics for more complex associations. Stemming from my work with the astronomical elements in henge monuments and megalithic structures I’ve become increasingly interested in the way these sites have alignments with calendrical significance built into them. Clearly this gives them ritual significance. The piece on the Star Goddess at Avebury developed from wondering about an observation southwards across the henge to the top of Silbury hill from a scoop in the bank beside the northern entrance.
The Goddess rug
I can’t make this introduction to the site into a complete autobiography so will cover the last 30 years even more briefly by mentioning simple highlights and topics such as the groups and organisations I’ve been involved with and some of the projects that have occupied my time. Inner work has included Trancendental Meditation, Arica, Druidry, Reiki, Arnie Mindell’s Process Oriented Psychology, Taoism, Buddhism and Ken Wilber’s Integral Psychology.
At Danebury the whole vision of the ring of horizon markers for a ritual calendar was sparked by wondering why the earliest Bronze Age users of this hilltop site had put up metre wide posts in a circle close to the tumulus by the eastern gate of the later Iron Age hill fort. There’s a lot of fun to be had from picking up threads of information and seeing where they lead. Like Ariadne’s clew for Theseus in the labyrinth they can lead to the heart of a mystery.
Megalithic Insights               						Jon Appleton
Click on the images below for more information about each topic.
Continue Back
This is an important discovery of the original location of the blue stones in Wales
Jon Appleton
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