Stonehenge ~ Touching Time

Earlier this week my friend Debra Kristi posted about the push and pull of places that whisper to us, places that tug on our hearts and beckon us enter. Whether in remembrance of someone we loved and lost or for reasons unknown, there exist in this world such places that speak to us in a language only we can understand.

For me, Stonehenge is one of those places. I never tire of reading about Stonehenge or watching documentaries that debate the true purpose of the stone circle. Whether it was used by Druids for sacrifices or to keep track of the stars, will always remain an enigmatic conundrum.ย Why it was created fascinates me nearly as much as the question ofย how it was built. Those stones are huge! This picture of my daughter should help put the stone's into perspective ~ she's all of 5'4″. See what I mean? Huge!

Several years ago I had the opportunity to visit Stonehenge ~ not just to see the stones from behind a rope, but to go inside the circle, to touch the stones and listen to the whispers of what came before. As I walked around I tried to imagine Beltane in the days before Christianity. Would women dance around the stones naked while others pounded out tribal beats on drums? Were the stones nothing more than an elaborate laundry washing facility? Did the local women gather there to gossip about menfolk? Or was it an exclusive boy's club where women were shunned?

I tried to still my mind to hear the whispered secrets I just knew the stones wished to tell me. They stayed silent, much to my disappointment. Even so, there was a pull at my heart. A call to something primal inside of me. I felt at peace within the stone circle, content.

In the surrounding fields my daughter and I searched for faerie circles finding them tucked beside patches of clover and delicate white flowers. Sheep bleated in the near distance and cars zipped past oblivious to the magic a few yards up the green slopes.

I'm sure if you live with Stonehenge in your backyard you might have a tendency to overlook it. Like an ornamental garden piece you once loved and cherished but is now rusted from lack of care.

That's my mom and daughter communing with the rocks. Well, Mom is communing, I'm not sure what Alexzandra is doing.

Even if we do get distracted by something new and sparkly, Stonehenge will still be there. Lichen covered, pitted from centuries of rain, the stones will be standing where they were placed hundreds of years ago. Silent stewards of time's secrets.

Is there a place that speaks to you? Have you ever been to Stonehenge? Did you get any secrets out of those stones? Where are you are going to visit next?

31 thoughts on “Stonehenge ~ Touching Time”

  1. Ruth Hartman BergeRuth Hartman Berge

    When I visted Stonehenge in 1989 (I think it was), we had to stay behind a cordon and look. No touching! We did walk up onto the gentle rise of a nearby hill and sit in the grass. I remember putting my hands down onto the ground and getting a feeling that this place was ancient. I’m like you, Tameri, I can’t get enough of Stonehenge and places like it. I think the mystery is part of it. There’s just no way we’ll ever really know what it was or why it’s there. Loved the post and the pictures! Brought back a lot of happy memories ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. Coleen PatrickColeen Patrick

    I hope to visit Stonehenge one day! Seeing the perspective of your daughter next to the stones is surprising–I didn’t realize that were that large! Wow.
    There are definitely places where I feel some sort of connection–and they almost always have some water nearby. Wonder if that means something?
    ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. EmmaEmma

    Edinburgh Castle, set on a hill in the heart of the city is an imposing and awe-inspiring piece of architecture. It took my breath away the first time I looked up at it from the garden below. It seemed so out of place in a modern city and at nighttime I really felt like I was back in medieval times and that at any minute, knights and princesses might come out on horseback.
    I’ve never been to Stonehenge but would love to go. It’s a fascinating structure. There’s something almost supernatural about it.

  4. Rebekah LoperRebekah Loper

    Stonehenge is one of those places that’s on my bucket list. I really just want to travel outside the continental US at some point!

    But Stonehenge is so ancient . . . it must be humbling to stand by it!

  5. ellisvellisv

    I was fortunate enough to go there. Even crowded with tourists, it was a magical place. But I could imagine being there long ago and alone. The power is immense.

  6. MarciaMarcia

    I have always wanted to visit Stonehenge. i first learned about it 40+ years ago..hopefully one day I’ll make it there. I haven’t been out of the country but, the one sight that always inspires me and I can’t get enough of is the ocean. The power and peace it gives off is arresting. I love it. your photos are gorgeous, as is Alexzandra!

  7. Debra KristiDebra Kristi

    I hope to visit Sonehedge eventually. That had to be an amazing trip and experience for you. What a fabulous story to share. Thank you so much Tameri! And thank you for linking me. ๐Ÿ™‚

  8. Louise BehielLouise Behiel

    Stonehenge is on my bucket list. Like you, Tameri, I read everything I can get my hands about it. amazing to consider the past with those rocks.

  9. sydneyaaliyahsydneyaaliyah

    The few time I have been to London, I haven’t been to Stonehenge. It is definitely on my list for next time. I feel that way about two places. One is Hyde Park in London and the Eiffel Tower in Paris. Both places just hold a special place in my heart from the historical stand point and from how I felt and where I was at in my life.

  10. patriciasandspatriciasands

    What a cool experience, Tameri. How did you manage to get right in there and not be stuck behind a rope? Thanks for sharing your photos.That last one conveys all the mysticism beautifully!

  11. mj monaghanmj monaghan

    Stonehenge is very cool. Went there in the late 80’s and early 90’s when we lived in Oxfordshire. Such a great country and so much to see.

    I would love to see the Eiffel Tower and the Louvre.

  12. August McLaughlinAugust McLaughlin

    Beautiful post, Tameri–the photos and especially the words.

    I’m in awe of places with gorgeous sunsets, thunder storms, ocean views and mountains. India speaks to me, too, but long distance. Haven’t made my way there…yet!

  13. Natalie HartfordNatalie Hartford

    Amazing post Tameri and what an incredible opportunity to visit Stonehenge and experience that intensity. I can’t imagine. I’d love to go someday!
    For me, it’s the water. More specifically ocean or rivers. Any time I get the opportunity to be near running water, I feel at peace, calmed, and empowered. There’s just something about it that speaks to my soul….

  14. Alarna Rose GrayAlarna Rose Gray

    Hi Tameri, I finally got to read your post through Coleen Patrick’s RT. Stonehenge is amazing – the whole Celtic history thing always blows my mind. Incidentally, have you ever seen the doco series ‘History of Ancient Britain’ with Neil Oliver? Aside from his beautiful accent, it has some amazing info about the history of Stonehenge. If you haven’t seen it, I definitely recommend it ๐Ÿ™‚

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