Over the last 8 years Ros Briagha has been involved in the creation of a number of new stone circles in the British Isles. This has followed on from a lifelong interest in ancient megalithic sacred sites, and some of this work has been done at sites where ancient circles may have existed and been dismantled by the Christian church.
After the latest circle, at Temple Druid in the Prescelli mountains of west Wales, was completed, Ros visited friends in the old town of Bradford-on-Avon, in Somerset, and was shown a fine new willow labyrinth in the riverside park there. It seemed like this park, stretching between the river and the canal, would be a fine place to have a stone circle, a special place where townsfolk could come, to quietly connect with loved ones who might be buried far away, or mark special occasions, or simply relax in the timeless atmosphere generated by the stones.
An interesting aspect of this is that it would have been along this river that the famous Stonehenge bluestones, that come from the Prescellis, would have been floated on their journey to Stonehenge. It seems appropriate therefore, that this circle should have an avenue leading down to the river, and incorporate some bluestones itself. The search is now on to find some suitable stones and devise a suitable way to bring them to the site, perhaps along the canal, as stone from the local quarry has been brought for hundreds of years.
As with the other circles that Ros has worked on, this is an ongoing project, that will extend over at least the rest of 2007, and probably into 2008. Working with big stones is a slow business, and both meditative and magical, so taking time to do it right is important. There may well be opportunities for folk to come along and help, so if you are interested in exploring megalithic mechanics, please get in touch.