INTRODUCTION - Part 2
Based on the book The Keys to the Temple
The plan below shows the pattern as it was first discovered. It was to take a number of years before I was able to crack the geometric code that linked these two circles but the first observation was that the centres fell inside the circumference of the opposite circle rather than being on the circumference, which is what one might expect if the pattern had been deliberately created, for then it would form a true 'vesica piscis' design.
The Elements of the Pattern
Most of the churches are Norman or earlier and in some cases there is evidence that they might be built on older sites as many stone features old stone features built into the foundations, such as the church at Clyffe Pypard. Watkins believed that pre-reformation chuches were built on much older sacred sites and in so doing povided a link to a much earler archeological period.
If the pattern was created deliberately then the most likely explanation was that the conception and execution must have taken place at a time contemporary with the building of the Avebury henge and the East Kennett long barrow, which would be around 3000 BCE (Before Common Era).
No significant site can be found at the two centres of the two circles although in both cases these could have been removed or grubbed out by later developments. The eastern centre lies close to an old railway embankment, whilst the western centre lies in an open ploughed field. Within two hundred metres of this theoretical position lies a woodland copse containing a number of large Sarsen stones. These had obviously been removed from a field at some stage to facilitate poughing but there previous position could not be determined.
The Michael Line
Careful checks were made on the accuracy of the Michael Line by mathematically calculating the alignment from OS grid data, but what became apparent was that the alignment of the centres of the two circles ran parallel to Michell's proposed alignment. For full details of the Michael alignment please click here.
If "leys" themselves have failed to be accepted by the archeological establishment the concept of long distant alignments would be even less likely to be considered a possibility. At this stage of the discovery I could make no sense of the connection between the circles and the Michael Line except this curious resonant relationship. It seemed like some great cosmic joke full of elements that should be totally impossible. For how could a Neolithic people, using only basic equipment, have set out in the landscape a vast twin circle pattern with each circle being a fraction under twelve miles in diameter and in addition have established the long distant alignment claimed by Michell.
The mean radius of the two circles is (9588 + 9570)/2 metres = 9579 metres and the mean circumference (60.243 + 60.130)/ km = 60.187 km. (see Keys Intro Part 1).
The equatorial circumference of the Earth = 40,075.02 km
If we divide the mean circumference of the circles into these two figures we get the following:
It was the first of these figures that looked the most intriguing for it is very close to that enigmatic number 666. If we turned this equation the other way around and asked what is 1/666th part of the equatorial circumference then the answer is 40,075.02/666 = 60.1727 km. If we translate this circumference back into the radius then the answer is 60.1727/2/pi = 9577 m. In other words only two metres difference between the actual mean and a theoretic mean if the intention was to form a circle in resonance with the Earth's equatorial circumference by the ratio 666. For further discussion on the significance of this number click here.
It is fun playing with numbers and this connection between the Earth and the Marlborough Circles is probably entirely coincidental. Yet if this was the desired intention then it indicates a far higher order of understanding from our Neolithic ancestors than we could every have supposed. It implies that not only did they know the world was round but also its size!
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David has been working as a healer, therapist and researcher for more than 40 years. He is the author of six books including The Healer Within and Working With Earth Energies
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The book The Keys To The Temple from which the article is taken. Click the image for further details.
Avebury from the air. One of the key points on the Eastern Circle.
Part of the Avebury Henge
The Giant's Grave: one of the points on the circumference of the Eastern Circle.
The East Kennett long barrow. A key point on the Eastern Circle.
Bishops Cannings Church. One of the key points on the Western Circle
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