Sun, 28 May|
STARS + STONES SERIES | MEGALITHIC EXPLORATIONS
Discover how stone circles like Stonehenge, and other impressive megalithic monuments, are related to the seasons and to the skies. Includes discussions on what we know from archaeology and archaeoastronomy, and practices to connect with these monuments and the land they’re in.
Time & Location
28 May, 14:30 – 16:30
Fire+Alchemy, 52 Great Eastern St, London EC2A 3EP
About the event
Stone circles like Stonehenge and Avebury have captured the imagination of millions for decades, even centuries. Other megalithic monuments like Newgrange and West Kennett Barrow also hint at a deep communion with ancestors, and celebrations marking special times of the year.
Many of these monuments were built with alignments to the Sun at Solstices, this has been demonstrated by archaeology. Other alignments, with the Moon and stars, are however much more complex to verify, but that doesn’t mean we can’t connect with them today!
Using the framework of a monument as a ‘cathedral of stone’, through meditation and contemplation we have the opportunity to align ourselves to whatever is in the skies at any given moment, and maybe trigger a spiritual experience that can lead to the deepening of our journey.
While the Stone Age monuments of the British Isles are the most famous in the world, other countries also have their own amazing sites, and we’ll explore a stone circle in Portugal much older than Stonehenge. We’ll also look at ground breaking research into a Portuguese dolmen that is connected to a particular star, and possible initiation rituals.
In this session there will be guided meditations to experience Stonehenge in an immersive way, and suggestions of other practices that can deepen your connection to ancient monuments and the land.
Andre completed a Masters Degree in Cultural Astronomy and Astrology with the University of Wales Trinity Saint David, where he researched archaeoastronomy, the field of archaeology that looks at the relation of astronomy with archaeological sites.
His research focus on Neolithic sites like Stonehenge and its much older Portuguese counterpart, the stone circle of Almendres. He loves going to sacred sites and natural places, to connect with the land, the skies, and the seasons.
He has also been a meditation practitioner for over 25 years, and a facilitator of public and private guided meditations and ceremonies for over 15 years.
For more information about Andre, please click here.
- Accessibility: Please note that our classes take place in our Alchemy studio downstairs. Unfortunately, we are not able to offer wheelchair access at this time.
- Seating options: Chairs as well as an option available for sitting on a mat with cushions also available.