Spiritual stone circles….
There are many examples of these ancient structures, especially in the British Isles and other parts of Northern Europe. The full purposes for their construction are unclear, although they are accurate astronomical calendars in which certain stones align with celestial bodies at significant times of the year such as the summer and winter solstices.
In North America there are large circles, outlined in stone, at a number of sites. These wheels are orientated to the compass and constructed on sacred sites where people still come to pray and leave offerings.
Making A Stone Circle
Create a sacred space to honour the circle of life and your place in it with your own stone circle, Select seven stones, one each for the four directions, one for Mother Earth, one for the spirit and one for the self.
1) Bless and place the direction stones first, beginning with the one in the east. Each of the directions has its own symbolism and energy.
2) Bless each stone before you lay it in place. Put the three remaining stones inside the circle formed by the four direction stones.
3) The completed stone circle can be used as an altar: as a place to pray, and to give thanks and gain insights into the progression of your life-path.
Blessing The Stones
The east is the place of illumination, the place of conception. It is the direction represented by spring with all its vigorous new growth. Call on this energy as you bless the stone and place it in the east position.
The south is the place of consolidation, the place of the child. It is the direction represented by summer when the burgeoning life progresses into fullness. Call on this energy as you bless the stone and place it in the south position.
The west is the place of fruition, the place of the adult. It is associated with autumn when the growth reaches its ripeness. Call on this energy as you bless the stone and place it in the west position.
The north is the place of calm reflection, the place of the elder. It is represented by winter, the season when the strength is drawn in. When the growth cycle is past, the elder has the wisdom of experience to reflect upon. Call upon this energy as you bless the stone and place it in the north position.
The stone for Mother Earth is to honour her and thank her for the gifts she gives, the food and shelter she provides, the air she breathes into us and the water that supports us. Recognize her and give thanks as you bless the stone and place it in the circle at the 11 o’clock position, near the centre.
The stone for the spirit is to honour and give thanks for all of creation of which we humans are a part. Recognize the bond as you bless the stone and place it in the circle at the one o’clock position, near the centre.
The stone for the self is to at acknowledge the individual’s part in the whole and to give thanks for all the things that come to you. Honour the connection as you bless the stone and place it in the circle at the six o’clock position, near the centre.