Stonehenge ~ Touching Time

Earlier this week my friend Debra Kristi posted about the push and pull of places that whisper to us, places that tug on our hearts and beckon us enter. Whether in remembrance of someone we loved and lost or for reasons unknown, there exist in this world such places that speak to us in a language only we can understand.

For me, Stonehenge is one of those places. I never tire of reading about Stonehenge or watching documentaries that debate the true purpose of the stone circle. Whether it was used by Druids for sacrifices or to keep track of the stars, will always remain an enigmatic conundrum.ย Why it was created fascinates me nearly as much as the question ofย how it was built. Those stones are huge! This picture of my daughter should help put the stone’s into perspective ~ she’s all of 5’4″. See what I mean? Huge!

Several years ago I had the opportunity to visit Stonehenge ~ not just to see the stones from behind a rope, but to go inside the circle, to touch the stones and listen to the whispers of what came before. As I walked around I tried to imagine Beltane in the days before Christianity. Would women dance around the stones naked while others pounded out tribal beats on drums? Were the stones nothing more than an elaborate laundry washing facility? Did the local women gather there to gossip about menfolk? Or was it an exclusive boy’s club where women were shunned?

I tried to still my mind to hear the whispered secrets I just knew the stones wished to tell me. They stayed silent, much to my disappointment. Even so, there was a pull at my heart. A call to something primal inside of me. I felt at peace within the stone circle, content.

In the surrounding fields my daughter and I searched for faerie circles finding them tucked beside patches of clover and delicate white flowers. Sheep bleated in the near distance and cars zipped past oblivious to the magic a few yards up the green slopes.

I’m sure if you live with Stonehenge in your backyard you might have a tendency to overlook it. Like an ornamental garden piece you once loved and cherished but is now rusted from lack of care.

That’s my mom and daughter communing with the rocks. Well, Mom is communing, I’m not sure what Alexzandra is doing.

Even if we do get distracted by something new and sparkly, Stonehenge will still be there. Lichen covered, pitted from centuries of rain, the stones will be standing where they were placed hundreds of years ago. Silent stewards of time’s secrets.

Is there a place that speaks to you? Have you ever been to Stonehenge? Did you get any secrets out of those stones? Where are you are going to visit next?

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31 thoughts on “Stonehenge ~ Touching Time

  1. When I visted Stonehenge in 1989 (I think it was), we had to stay behind a cordon and look. No touching! We did walk up onto the gentle rise of a nearby hill and sit in the grass. I remember putting my hands down onto the ground and getting a feeling that this place was ancient. I’m like you, Tameri, I can’t get enough of Stonehenge and places like it. I think the mystery is part of it. There’s just no way we’ll ever really know what it was or why it’s there. Loved the post and the pictures! Brought back a lot of happy memories ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Thanks, Ruth! Glad it brought back happy memories for you. There is definitely a current of energy surrounding the place. I hope when I go back they still let people inside the circle. That was the best part.

  2. I hope to visit Stonehenge one day! Seeing the perspective of your daughter next to the stones is surprising–I didn’t realize that were that large! Wow.
    There are definitely places where I feel some sort of connection–and they almost always have some water nearby. Wonder if that means something?
    ๐Ÿ™‚

    • I was surprised at the size of the stones, too. When you drive up it is literally between two motorways and just kind of sitting there, but once you get up close you realize how big the stones are. Hmmm, I would imagine the water does mean something. I don’t know what, but I’m sure it’s important somehow. I know I always have to live near water or I feel out of sorts. It can be a big lake, but the ocean is better. Hmmm… ๐Ÿ˜‰

  3. Edinburgh Castle, set on a hill in the heart of the city is an imposing and awe-inspiring piece of architecture. It took my breath away the first time I looked up at it from the garden below. It seemed so out of place in a modern city and at nighttime I really felt like I was back in medieval times and that at any minute, knights and princesses might come out on horseback.
    I’ve never been to Stonehenge but would love to go. It’s a fascinating structure. There’s something almost supernatural about it.

    • You are so right about Edinburgh Castle. We stayed in Edinburgh for five weeks one summer and I got to see the castle every day. It was heaven! My son would play in that park and I have pictures of him on the swings with the castle in the background. That’s just not something you find in San Diego. ๐Ÿ™‚ I keep trying to get my husband on a project that will take us back to Scotland. That, or buy a place there. I absolutely adored Edinburgh and would live there almost year-round. I think the winters might kill me.

      Definitely try to make it to Stonehenge some day. It’s got a very supernatural vibe to it!

  4. Stonehenge is one of those places that’s on my bucket list. I really just want to travel outside the continental US at some point!

    But Stonehenge is so ancient . . . it must be humbling to stand by it!

    • It was incredibly humbling. When you think of all the work it took to move the stones and what possibly could’ve happened there ages ago, it’s mind boggling. One of these days, get out of the US and visit England. You’ll never regret it!

  5. I was fortunate enough to go there. Even crowded with tourists, it was a magical place. But I could imagine being there long ago and alone. The power is immense.

    • You’re so right. Even with tourists all around, it feels like you’re alone with the stones. It was one of the most serene experiences I’ve ever had. Thanks so much for stopping by and sharing your memory with us!

  6. I have always wanted to visit Stonehenge. i first learned about it 40+ years ago..hopefully one day I’ll make it there. I haven’t been out of the country but, the one sight that always inspires me and I can’t get enough of is the ocean. The power and peace it gives off is arresting. I love it. your photos are gorgeous, as is Alexzandra!

    • Aww, Marcia, thanks! I hope you can make it to Stonehenge someday. There are so many fascinating places all over the world, but this was one that I felt drawn to. Like I had to visit it.

      I feel the same way about the ocean. I can watch the waves all day as they roll in then push back out. Power and peace, very well said. That’s exactly what the ocean gives off.

  7. I hope to visit Sonehedge eventually. That had to be an amazing trip and experience for you. What a fabulous story to share. Thank you so much Tameri! And thank you for linking me. ๐Ÿ™‚

    • You’re welcome, Debra! Thanks for the inspiration.

      The trip was amazing ~ not just Stonehenge, but we also went to Salisbury Cathedral and then puttered up to Stratford-upon-Avon. I’m going back someday with just my husband. There is just too much to see and do! I hope you get to visit England soon. It’s a truly magical place.

      • Oh, yes. I’d like to get back there. I went on tour years ago and was lucky enough to see Stratford-upon-Avon. They did not take us to Stonehenge. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

    • Have you read ‘Sarum’? It’s a huge book that tells the story of Sarum (where Stonehenge is built) from the beginning of time. It is fascinating the way the land changed from ruler to ruler then from heathens to Christianity. Like I said, the book is ginormous, but engrossing.

      I hope you get to check this one off your bucket list soon! You’ll love it.

  8. The few time I have been to London, I haven’t been to Stonehenge. It is definitely on my list for next time. I feel that way about two places. One is Hyde Park in London and the Eiffel Tower in Paris. Both places just hold a special place in my heart from the historical stand point and from how I felt and where I was at in my life.

    • Hyde Park and the Eiffel Tower? That’s so interesting! When you say Hyde Park I immediately imagine a leisurely picnic with swans swimming past. Isn’t that weird? I’ve been to London several times and never once to Hyde Park. That will have to go on the agenda for the next trip. And I need a do-over in Paris. We had three days of hell so my memories of the Eiffel Tower are marred with blood, stress, and tears. Definitely need a do-over!

      From your blog posts it seems like you travel quite a bit. I bet you have some great stories to tell… I’m looking forward to reading them!

  9. What a cool experience, Tameri. How did you manage to get right in there and not be stuck behind a rope? Thanks for sharing your photos.That last one conveys all the mysticism beautifully!

    • Patricia, I’m not really sure. I know I did a ton of research for the trip, so I must’ve stumbled upon the information. I know I had to apply for inner circle entrance six months in advance. I think it was twenty or thirty pounds per person, which made it $40 or $60 in US dollars. Yikes!

      I want to take my husband back, so I suppose I need to find that information soon! Thanks for the lovely compliments. We got lucky that it was sunset and the weather was fair. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  10. Stonehenge is very cool. Went there in the late 80’s and early 90’s when we lived in Oxfordshire. Such a great country and so much to see.

    I would love to see the Eiffel Tower and the Louvre.

    • You lived in Oxfordshire? Lucky! I keep telling the Hubs we are going to retire in Somerset and he just says we need high-speed internet and for FedEx to deliver to us. I don’t think he thinks I’m serious, but I am. ๐Ÿ˜‰

      I need a re-do on the Eiffel Tower and to see the Louvre. I also want to see the Vatican. That would be cool.

  11. Beautiful post, Tameri–the photos and especially the words.

    I’m in awe of places with gorgeous sunsets, thunder storms, ocean views and mountains. India speaks to me, too, but long distance. Haven’t made my way there…yet!

    • Thank you so much, August! India looks like such a beautiful place. I would love to go there someday to experience the sights, smells, and sounds of that country. Everything about it is intoxicating and exotic. Maybe because we live on the west coast, but I think thunderstorms are fantastic. All my friends in the mid-west think I’m nuts, but there is something magical about a thunderstorm.

      I can see you in the lake district of Italy ~ you know, down my Lake Como where George Clooney has a villa. Wait, now that I think of it, I can see myself down there too. We need to go! ๐Ÿ˜‰

  12. Amazing post Tameri and what an incredible opportunity to visit Stonehenge and experience that intensity. I can’t imagine. I’d love to go someday!
    For me, it’s the water. More specifically ocean or rivers. Any time I get the opportunity to be near running water, I feel at peace, calmed, and empowered. There’s just something about it that speaks to my soul….

    • I’m a water girl, too. I’ve always told Hubs that wherever we live, there has to be a lake, ocean, or river nearby. There’s just something calming about water… I hope you get to go to Stonehenge someday. It’s truly magical.

  13. Hi Tameri, I finally got to read your post through Coleen Patrick’s RT. Stonehenge is amazing – the whole Celtic history thing always blows my mind. Incidentally, have you ever seen the doco series ‘History of Ancient Britain’ with Neil Oliver? Aside from his beautiful accent, it has some amazing info about the history of Stonehenge. If you haven’t seen it, I definitely recommend it ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Hi Alarna and welcome! Celtic history just fascinates me, I never tire of reading about it or watching movies/documentaries on it. I tried to find the history show you mentioned, but can’t find it on Netflix, so I’ll do some more searching. I would love to see it! Thanks for the recommendation and for stopping by, glad to meet you.

      • Hi Tameri, it can be found on Amazon, but as a UK import…don’t know how helpful that is to you, but I hope you get it watch it – such a great series ๐Ÿ™‚

      • Alarna, I found it online at the BBC Two website and they have full episodes I can watch online. Yay! Thanks so much for the tip. I can’t wait to delve into the series.

        A UK import isn’t compatible with our DVD players, bummer. I guess I could always hop over to the UK to watch it. ๐Ÿ™‚ I wish.

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