Over the past couple years I have rekindled my interest in megalithic sacred sites, specifically stone circles, and have become aware of many interesting parallels amongst the sites. Aside from astronomical alignments, the use of sacred geometry, and almost always being built above or near an underground source of water, many share a commonality in the choice of building material. Yes, they are all built using large stones; however, the stones chosen tend to be of very high quartz crystal and iron content. Iron is naturally magnetic and for centuries has made its way into folkloric magic as a protective mineral against negative energy and spirits. The quartz content in particular drew my attention, since I know its modern uses in watches and computers. Quartz, when subjected to electrical currents vibrates at exactly 60 pulses per minute, and it can also store immense amounts of data. An article in Scientific America a few years back described how a 2” x 2” sheet of quartz crystal could be used to store data for 300 million years, or some absurd number like that.
I began to wonder if the use of high content quartz and iron stones perhaps speaks to a desire by the megalithic builders of producing electro-magnetic grids in which healing and magical practices could be amplified…a magical technology of sorts. If quartz subject under electricity can provide accurate measures of time and store data, could it be used as a conduit and repository of more subtle energies?
Didn’t take me long to find others who have arrived at similar conclusions, though most not entirely accepted by modern day science. Nonetheless, I figured it would be a worthwhile exercise to incorporate some of these megalithic temple building principles in my ritual work.
Since then, I’ve shifted over from my Solomonic circle to building a circle of specially selected stones of high quartz content. At first the change was immaterial, like the Solomonic circle, the stone circle functioned as a protective barrier and defined center from which commune with the subtle realms. However, over time, I have found that the stone circle becomes very potent repository of subtle energy. The area circumscribed by the stones becomes a “living temple” attracting, focusing and storing the natural electro-magnetic currents of the landscape (or for that matter any energetic current evoked into the area through ritual practice).
Simply entering the stone circle produces an immediate change in consciousness and provides an ample reservoir of energy to draw from in magical workings. As a result, my practices have become much less emotionally, physically and mentally taxing as the need to raise my level of consciousness and energy in order to project my focused intent has become mitigated by the abundance of energy around and within the stones. A form of symbiosis with the place of ritual has ensued, whereby conducting magical practices within the circle serves to further nourish it and in turn the circle itself has become an extension of me and my magical intent. I once felt similarly about my Solomonic circle that I have since decommissioned; however, the stone circle functions without the need to adhere to any particular tradition and there is something altogether more raw about it that evokes a feeling of working with primeval currents.
Unfortunately, I do not plan to post any pictures. it has been consecrated and is “active” and it is thereby very sacred to me. However, I will provide the details as to the construction.
The circle itself has actually undergone a few iterations. Originally it was defined by 7 large granite stones, I was working with planetary energies and drew on the implied heptagonal geometry of the stones. Once I was done working with the planetary energies, I started experimenting with different stones and different configurations. Below is a diagram of my current configuration. The lines forming the pentagrams and hexagrams are not part of the physical circle, but rather articulate the implied sacred geometries within. (Red circles = Red Obsidian, Blue = Lapis Lazuli, Green = Bloodstone, Yellow = Citrine, Small White = Quartz Towers, Large Central White = Red Granite Slab).
I use 6 types of stones and crystals forming a double ringed circle with the inner ring being in harmonic proportion to the outer. The perimeter is defined by 20 large pieces of stone (5 lapis lazuli, 5 bloodstone, 5 red obsidian, and 5 yellow citrine). These represent the 4 elements and are placed in a such a way that connecting each stone with a line results in pentagram with the apex of the pentagram pointing to the corresponding cardinal direction of the element. In fact, I will often attune the circle to a specific elemental current by tracing out the corresponding elemental pentagram using the stones as anchors.
The inner circle is composed of six quartz crystal pillars that form hexagonal geometry. Together the outer and inner rings represent a union of the macro and microcosm. The center of the circle and where I stand, or sit, is a large circular and flat red granite slab. Such granite has a very high iron and quartz content and forms a focal point for the electro-magnetic energy of the surrounding stones; in fact if you look at the construction of many cathedrals you will see the exact same type of stone used as the altar stone.
|Citrine||Pentagram||Air||Hot-Moist||Mediating and transcending principle of creation.|
|Red Obsidian||Pentagram||Fire||Hot-Dry||Active and expansive principle of creation.|
|Lapis Lazuli||Pentagram||Water||Cold-Moist||Passive and fluid principle of creation.|
|Bloodstone||Pentagram||Earth||Cold-Dry||Grounding and crystalizing principle of creation.|
|Quartz Tower||Hexagram||N/A||Macrocosm||Centering. Polarities in union and balance.|
|Red Granite||Point||N/A||N/A||Divine Center. Axis Mundi|