68. Callanish is another monument that Alexander Thom fooled us with, but he is not alone in this deceit -- Glasgow University and a whole host of others helped him.
The stones of Callanish are built on land that gently rises from north to south to end at a rocky outcrop called "Cnoc-an-Turso." Early folks constructed an avenue of stones up this rise for some 85 meters to reach a vantage point where they built a burial cairn inside an egg-shaped setting of standing stones some 13 meters across.
The axis of this egg points to where the first glint of the northernmost moon is marked by a notch in the northern horizon and is probably how the astronomers John North and Alexander Thom were able to date the stones of Callanish to 1800 BC.
Professor Thom claimed that the egg was a "Flatted Circle." Taking Thom at his word, Professor John North called it the “Grand Ring.”
On either side of the Grand Ring are stone rows that appear to give the egg wings. But that might mean something or nothing!
Alexander Thom made Callanish famous for how the moon skimmed the horizon when furthest south without noting that it cannot be seen from the Grand Ring because Cnoc-an-Turso blocks the view. However, the rising and setting of the southernmost sun (winter solstice) can be seen from the egg.
Ref: Megalithic Lunar Observatories by A. Thom, Oxford at the Clarendon Press, pages 68 and 69:
Ref: Megalithic Sites in Britain by A. Thom, Oxford at the Clarendon Press, pages 122 to 125.
Ref: New light on the Stones of Callanish. G & M. Ponting 1984.
Ref: The Standing Stones of Callanish, Isle of Lewis. G & M. Ponting 1977.
Ref: Stonehenge Decoded. 1966. Gerald S. Hawkins.
Ref: Neolithic Man and the Cosmos. John North. 1996.
69. Callanish overview. Alignments and Sightlines.
A small diagram on the left, like those given by John North, shows the azimuths of the sun and moon with upper limbs on a horizon of zero altitudes for Callanish's latitude 58.2 degrees north in the year 2,500 BC.
1. Callanish Central (AKA the Grand Ring) is a geometric egg whose axis points approximately 24 degrees clockwise from the north to where a notch in the northern horizon appears between two hills, some 3.5 kilometers from the stones. The northernmost moon rises from out of this notch every 18.61 years. The next event is in 2024.
It is also significant that a freshwater lake (Loch Rathacleit) nestles at the base of this notch, so the moon, which early folk wished to make pregnant, rises from out of this water.
2. The stone scatter (see the following picture) in the shape of an egg attached to the side of Callanish's main egg is aimed at the summer solstice. This pronounces it as male.
3. Professor John North found several alignments on the sun that cut across the 'Avenue.' North called them 'sightlines' as a matter of convenience. Such lines as these obey the Stone Age 10-degree rule because early folks wished to regiment the cosmos into some form of order.
So, what was Callanish all about?
Once again, we have to look elsewhere for the answer.
1. Woodhenge near Stonehenge is a proven moon egg to be fertilized by the sun and cast into the dark sky not visited by our natural sun or moon. Furthermore, Woodhenge proves the Neolithic moon female.
2. Avebury's West Kennet Avenue is replete with alignments on the moon. It must therefore be a female entity -- an umbilical that connects the mother henge to its child, the Sanctuary.
3. With an azimuth of 10 degrees, Callanish's double row of stones also points to an area of the dark sky where the natural sun and moon never visit. So the 10-degree Avenue at Callanish suggests that the egg should also light up this area of sky to keep people warm during their bitter winters and provide year-long summers to grow crops all year round. What should we expect from Britain's first farmers?
Callanish is a moon egg pregnant with a boy child… a baby sun.
The Major Standstill is only 18 months away, and we need some keen photographers to visit Callanish around Xmas 2024 to photograph it. Remember that the Major Moon will be higher and more apparent than in prehistory due to the precession of the earth's axis.
70. Callanish I, Isle of Lewis.
This image is based on Somerville's survey and was found in Megalithic Sites in Britain, on Page 123, by Alexander Thom.
This is the possible geometry that the Callanish egg is based on. The egg has a central axis of 15.5 Megalithic Yards and a minor axis of 14.
Some early folks favored this style for being based on three circles. Three is the most important Stone Age number because it represents the family. The Callanish egg can be compared to Woodhenge's outer ring in picture 10. It should also be compared with the outer ring of Durrington's Southern Circle, which is also set on three circles.
It is not difficult to imagine that Callanish set the trend and brought the idea of eggs based on three circles to Wiltshire, where it was copied. AND, since Beaker People built Woodhenge and Durrington's Southern circle, Callanish folks were their ancestors.
Many alignments can be found at Callanish, but the most obvious -- the one that proves Callanish to be a moon egg -- has been omitted deliberately by our professionals.
Boyle Somerville's much-mentioned alignment between Stone 9 and 34 is only accepted here as foretelling the Major Standstill. That is because it falls four degrees short.
71. Everything that can be wrong with Stone Age geometry is wrong with this image. It follows Alexander Thom's convention where the geometry passes through the middle of the stones; it shifts Somerville's Stone 42 to give bias to a flatted circle and then provides an axis pointing nowhere in particular.
72. Male stone recognition.
Not phallic but certainly recognizable as male. This is Avebury's Cove Stone number one. The angle on its top is the Neolithic man's way of signifying male. But I am unaware of any burial at Avebury's Cove besides barley seeds placed beneath Stone 2.
73. With its angular top, Callanish's tallest stone is male too, as are several others.
The purpose of placing an angle on top of stones to denote them as male gender can be found countrywide from Orkney's Ring of Brodgar, through Waylands Smithy, to just inside the entrance to Stonehenge.
74. The Secret of Callanish I.
Professor Alexander Thom was famous for finding notches on the horizon, and he would not have missed this one unless deliberately.
This notch is formed between Beinn Thorsiadair and Beinn Rathaclet, with the peak of the 260-meter-high Beinn Bhragar just managing to appear above Beinn Rathaclet. The notch marks the "pure" Major Standstill at A, even though the moon will not become visible until reaching position B. This is because early folks realized that the moon starts its journey by rising out of Loch Rathacleit, hidden behind Beinn Thorsiadair.
The axis of the egg aligns with this notch -- So Callanish is a moon egg carrying -- according to Somerville's survey -- a sun egg.
Guided by the "Avenue," The child born of this union was to be deposited in the northern sky to the left of Beinn Thorsiadair some 10 degrees from the north.
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