Little by name, but great in terms of energy. We had to look very closely to find this stone circle, which is dwarfed by her companion site Long Meg. Everyone visits Long Meg but very few visitors seem to bother with Little Meg. Well, sometimes that’s just the way we like it. We certainly enjoyed visiting her. Little Meg is formed by two circles next to each other. If the larger circle were considered to be the size of the earth, then the smaller circle next to it would be about the size of the moon. I wonder if that was in any way deliberate by the circle builders? Certainly I got very strong lunar energies from the stone just peeking out from behind the large stone on the right in the picture below.
The larger stone was strongly sun-aligned, as Kal found out when he was drawn to sit upon it and then wouldn’t move – at all. I deposited my bag next to the ‘moon’ stone and we were both happy with our arrangements. The concave shape of the moon stone made me think of another Dream Seat (theme of the day, it seemed). The site felt very pleasant, despite the lack of warmth that day.
In the picture below you can see the tiny ring cairn that sits next to Little Meg. A stone lies off centre at what might be considered to be the focal point of the parabola, and at a place where we commonly find power centres located. I must admit, I didn’t specifically identify its purpose or energetic imprint, as I was more taken with the relative sizes of the two circles and how they might represent the proportionate sizes of celestial bodies.
As I pondered this idea I walked around the circles in a figure of eight shape and felt the energies stirring from both circles. Kal was unfazed. He simply kept stating how nice it was to sit on his sun stone. Nutter! Meanwhile I’m walking around and around while the farmer collects the mown crop and every now and again drives out of the field to deposit it at the nearby farm. Despite the impossibility of sun breaking through the clouds the more I walk the thinner the cloud gets where the sun is positioned. Kal says he’s making it come out through sheer willpower. I almost agree as the watery sun tries desperately to break the dense cloud cover. The air warms slightly, and I have to take off my coat.
We depart for our next target – Addingham Church, which the OS map shows has an old sculpted stone cross somewhere in its vicinity. We decide to quickly investigate, although lunchtime is rapidly approaching. We find several candidate crosses converted into headstones int he church’s graveyard, but the one pictured dowsed as being the original one that all the fuss was about. What an unusual cross! Still, this is Cumbria, and things are a little different up here to the rest of the country.
As I take my snaps Kal is busy at the back of the churchyard, taking particular interest in a tiny tree that can barely be seen beneath its wire mesh cage. He invited me to dowse its aura, which I did. About 10 feet wide. Kal then pulled the wire cage off the little tree and I measured the difference in the aura – three times further with the wire cage off! Thirty feet wide now. People started to arrive at the church so I urged Kal to replace the cage, but he was very reluctant. So now Kal has become Protector of Trees, eh?
We drove on to the next site – a ring cairn near Glassonby village. We could see the cairn circle through the broken boughs of a massive ash tree, so we trotted through the field to reach it. The circle was badly damaged, and there were rabbits tunnelling all the way through it, but it was inactive energetically and needed nothing from us, nor inspired us to do anything. Kal did some cursory dowsing, and I spent my time trying to see if any of the stones were aligned with nearby hills like at Castlerigg.
I found one interesting correspondence between the shape of one stone and the hills behind…but it was hard to be sure.
That was our morning complete. We headed off for some lunch in a fabulous Cross Keys inn near to Penrith, before we would visit Mayburgh Henge, Gamelands stone circle, Seal Howe and Oddendale cairns and then we would find a site that hadn’t previously been listed on the Megalithic Portal, which was quite exciting!