Over the last couple of Moon Mails we have been sharing some of the notions proposed by John Michell in his classic work, The View over Atlantis. In simple terms it proposed that there was once a world wide system of highways and bi-ways that were specifically contoured to help improve the vibrancy and health of the planet. Straight paths, originating from astronomical stone circles and running to the horizon, were crafted by these great earth movers in order harmonize the planet. These lines helped to facilitate not only an awareness of heavenly motion, but also worked with terrestrial currents that we, to this day, do not fully understand.
Astrologically speaking, it would seem that just beyond our earliest historical horizon, the influences of the sign and constellation of Gemini were at work, producing an intellectual quickness which saw the world in its own terms. The keywords of Gemini are communication and transportation, and these are precisely the areas we see being emphasized by Master Michell’s book.
“All early accounts of the straight roads of Britain hint at their sacred or astronomical nature.” p. 23
Artificial flat-topped mounds were erected at key positions suitable for walking, but not limited to this activity. Without the aid of telescope, distances were used to compliment accuracy, from said stone sights to the skyline.
“The existence of an elaborate and sophisticated system of geometry and mathematics in the arrangement of stone circles is sufficiently remarkable. But the whole popular conception of the quality of pre-historic life is shattered by Thom’s discovery that the geometry of stone circles is itself derived from the extreme positions of the sun, moon and stars as they cross the horizon. The lines of stones that produce and determine the circle’s formation are set to point out these astronomical points in such a way that the heavenly bodies themselves create the figures on which the circles are based. The celestial movements are thereby reduced to a system of geometry and mathematics illustrating the basic universal laws and the pattern of life itself.” p. 33
These extremes were measured not only at Stonehenge, but at Chimney Rock in southwestern Colorado.
“The construction of the Great House Pueblo at the top of the ridge, close to Chimney Rock and its neighbor Companion Rock, had a large ceremonial role in the later years of Chaco presence. As the moon makes its lunar cycle across the sky over a period of 18.6 years, it appears in a “lunar standstill” between the two rocks every 9.3 for a period of approximately two years.” -Wiki
Here we have indigenous peoples using the natural contours of the Earth to help determine celestial cycles.
Even with the earliest observations and re-discovery of these lines, the extreme positions were being carefully monitored. Returning to highlighted author.
“At a time when many archaeologists failed to recognize the astronomical significance of stone circles, hilltop enclosures and other structures of antiquity, Watkins had observed that a number of leys(straight roads) were set to mark some extreme position of the sun or moon.” p. 21
Through intellectual intent, the Earth was being used as a framework against which to measure heavenly motion.
“In many cases stones are set outside the circles forming alignments which point to a natural hill or mountain peak, to a stone or mound placed on the horizon or to a notch cut through a high ridge visible on the skyline. Only from the site of the stone circle itself have these works any significance, for they mark the spots where the sun appears or vanishes at the equinox or at the solstices or where the moon reaches an extreme position in one of its complicated cycles. The delicacy with which these marks are placed is so extreme that minor irregularities in the moon’s orbit, unnoticed within historical times until quite recently, can be measured accurately from the central circle of stones.” p. 34
A natural hill as opposed to an artificial hill, one that was filled in by human labor such as Silbury hill in England, or the Native American’s Cahokia in the Mississippi Valley, or Moundville in central Alabama, where there are at least twenty some flat topped mounds that have been manually constructed (in my humble opinion) for the purpose of celestial observation.
“All over the world the centres of spiritual power were discovered by means of a system which combined science, astrology and intuition. Above all, in China, not only was every sacred building magically sited, but the Chinese geomantic principles are known, for the practice of divining the sites of house and tombs was carried on well into this (the 20th) century.” p. 46
The light glimmers yet at the end of the road.
“In China, mountains were remade to improve the astrological conformity of nature. In Britain the outlines of hills were altered by mounds, earthworks, cuts and notches. From any stone circle the man-made features on the surrounding ridges are clearly visible against the skyline. It may be that the double peaks discovered by Professor Thom to measure accurately the 9 degree variation in the orbit of the moon are not placed so conveniently by chance. A great many hills, rocks and mounds, of which the Wrekin and Silbury are but two examples out of hundreds, are supposed according to local legends to have been set down on the landscape by a former race of earth moving giants.” p. 53
Because these highways were considered to be sacred, no violence could be committed by either thief or constable, which might ‘spiritually inject’ the larger body (ultimately, the Earth) with some bad ju-ju.
“These roads were sacred ground where, as in a church, all men were safe either from attack or arrest. Along their course, freedom and protection were guaranteed to travellers, and strangers were everywhere given hospitality.” p. 30
There may even be a few Biblical recollections that look back and whisper their name on the winds.
“Thus saith the Lord, Stand ye in the ways, and see, and ask for the old paths, where is the good way, and walk therein, and ye shall find rest for your souls.” Jeremiah vi, 16
“Set thee up waymarks, make thee high heaps; set thine heart toward the highway, even the way which thou wentest.” Jeremiah xxxi, 21.
“Because my people hath forgotten me, they have burned incense to vanity, and they have caused them to stumble in their ways from the ancient paths, to walked in paths in a way not cast up.” Jeremiah xviii, 15
“And I will cause thee to ride upon the high places of the earth.” Isaiah lviii, 14
“The mountain of the Lord’s house shall be established in the top of the mountains, and shall be exalted above the hills; and all nations shall flow unto it.”
Isaiah ii, 2. (View, p. 13)
These are but a few of the highlights offered by this groundbreaking work. For those who are interested, the reconstruction of this City of God may commenced once again, as the AIR sign Gemini gives way to the AIR sign Aquarius (with a six thousand year interval occurring in-between).
Is it time to realign?