The New Grange Sunshine Shrine ~ March 31, 2022

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Submitted on March 30, 2022

Article image and the following 2 paragraphs are from Newgrange Winter Solstice – Sunrise Alignment

Newgrange is best known for the illumination of its passage and chamber by the Winter Solstice sun. Above the entrance to the passage of the mound there is an opening called a roof-box. On mornings around the winter solstice a beam of light penetrates the roof-box and travels up the 21 yard (19 meter) passage and into the chamber. As the sun rises higher, the beam widens so that the whole chamber is dramatically illuminated.

Access to the chamber on the Solstice mornings is decided by a lottery that takes place at the end of September each year. All are welcome to gather outside the entrance to the Newgrange mound on each of the mornings from December 18th to December 23rd inclusive, sunrise is at 8:58 a.m. Access via the Brú na Bóinne Visitor Centre or directly to the actual Newgrange monument.

Neolithic refers to the later part of the Stone Age.

A henge is a prehistoric monument consisting of a circle of stone or wooden uprights like Stonehenge in England.

A monolith is a single large block of stone; a pillar in a monument.

A megalith or menhir is a large stone that forms a prehistoric monument.

The following information mostly comes from the first episode of a new TV show entitled ‘Mysteries From Above’ aired March 27, 2022. The first part is described as simply ‘Neolithic structure in Irish field’.

There are more than 50 henges in Ireland, the most famous one ‘New Grange’ is a passage tomb which sits on 1.1 acres (0.5 hectares) in an open field and is generally said to have been built circa 3200 BCE (but who really knows?). It reaches up to 39 feet (12 meters) in height and 262 feet (80 meters) wide and is located near Ireland’s east coast in County Meath 1 hour north of Dublin and 5 miles (8 kilometers) west of Drogheda on the north side of the River Boyne. The town of Drogheda is famous for its still standing 12th century circular stone fort called ‘Millmount’. Sitting about 1.24 miles (2 kilometers) away from New Grange in different directions are 2 other passage tombs called Knowth and Dowth. This larger site is named Bru Na Boinne.

In 2018 Ireland was in the midst of its worst drought in 160 years when Anthony Murphy (described in the program as an author and historian) flew a drone with a camera attached over a field about 766 yards (700 meters) from New Grange. From above he noticed a circle of markings in the parched ground found to be about 168 yards (154 meters) wide, with 2 more smaller concentric circles or rings just inside the largest diameter and a small square that cut through all 3 circles. Save for the drought, the markings would have been hidden below crops as the field was on a normally active farm. The markings are known as a ‘crop mark’ being the place of a former building. Further examination and speculation of what is now called ‘Drone Henge’ and ‘the ghost of a monument’ revealed that the square was likely an entrance way and that the markings were holes in the ground all about 3 to 5 feet (1 to 1.5 meters) wide with the same depth and look like holes for posts weighing up to 15 tons each which held up a gathering or congregating structure. Further investigation led to the finding of 21 additional uncovered archeological sites nearby thus revising Ireland’s history.

I believe that a certain ancient ‘royal’ Egyptian ventured to Ireland and the British Isles to end a conflict with his more powerful brother (or father) and used sound levitation to create a civilization there with henges and other monuments. That same source Egyptian later traveled to South America again building civilization and the stone structures found there today.

In just 3 paragraphs Chandra Easton explains a deeper history of New Grange here:

Newgrange – Neolithic Sun Temple – LIVING in LIGHT (starastrologyhealing.com)

A deeper significance is explained within this highly detailed website which discusses alignments with various constellations and stars including the Pleiades and Sirius: Newgrange and the Boyne Valley monuments – advanced lunar calculations and observation of the effects of precession of equinoxes in Neolithic Ireland – Part 2 | Ancient Origins (ancient-origins.net)

Excerpts: The whole Valley is dedicated to the goddess Bóann, or Bóinn, which is a name that means ‘white cow’. This white cow goddess gives her name to the river Boyne, which flows around the great peninsula upon which Newgrange, Knowth and Dowth are situated. Of huge significance is the fact that the river would appear to have been considered the earthly reflection of the Milky Way, the bright band of our galaxy which runs through the night sky. The river is Abhann na Bó Finne. The Milky Way is known in Irish as Bealach/Bóthar na Bó Finne, the Way/Road of the White Cow. Newgrange is known in Irish as Brú na Bóinne, the mansion or womb of Bóinn.

But the astronomical implications of Newgrange and its sister sites are much greater than this. There is evidence at Knowth and Dowth of calculations relating to the moon, knowledge of complex lunar movements possibly including the prediction of lunar eclipses. At Knowth, the aptly named ‘Calendar Stone’, one of its many giant kerb stones, contains markings including crescent and full moons in a counting pattern that appears to enumerate a five-year lunar interval, part of what is known as the Metonic Cycle of the moon, which is 19 years long. There are words for this 19-year cycle in the Irish language. It was supposed to have been discovered by a Greek called Meton in the fifth century BC, and yet there are markings on Knowth’s kerbstones that would indicate it was studied and recorded around 2,800 years before Meton ever existed.

The number of kerb stones at the big monuments could be significant too. At Knowth there are 127 kerb stones, which is half the number of sidereal lunar months in a 19-year Metonic Cycle. In other words, if you count each kerb as a sidereal lunar month, and go once around the whole perimeter, and then back again to where you started, you’d have counted a Metonic Cycle.

At Dowth, a series of seven sun carvings resemble the Dogon (tribe name, from the word Dragon) symbol for a heliacal rising. When Dowth was built, the bull constellation, which we know today as Taurus, would have been rising out of the east, with its small cluster, the Pleiades, or ‘Seven Sisters’, rising due east in the pre-dawn sky of the spring equinox. Is this what the ‘Stone of the Seven Suns’ means? When Richard Moore and I first suggested this on www.mythicalireland.com back in the year 2000, we were pleasantly surprised at how many people thought that was a good explanation of the stone’s symbolism. But it was much more interesting than that. When you sit with your back to the stone, you are facing to the east, towards the horizon where the Seven Sisters would be appearing in the pre-dawn sky of the Neolithic Vernal Equinox. Of further fascination is the legend of Dowth, which says that it was built on the command of the king, Bresail Bó-Dibad (lacking in cattle) at the time of a great cattle famine which left just one bull and seven cows remaining in Ireland. Is this a reference to the bull and its little cluster of seven stars?

Henge, henge on the Grange, Where the stars and the constellations play

The New Grange Sunshine Shrine

Wordsmiths and minstrels tell us age old myths

Of megaliths erected by stone smiths

With rocks on farmland they arranged a sign

Mapping stars and moon as they changed their shine

Solstice light aligns down the divine spine

Of the ancient New Grange sacred stone shrine

And many more lowland henges still stand

In the dreamland fairyland Ireland

By cindyloucbp

Cynthia is the typical Pisces! Her left brain activities include scientific activities in the hospital laboratory as a director. Her right-brain activites show as a painter, photographer and musician. She is known as the scientist who sings!

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