Sacred Sites

In this section of the library you will find articles by members and friends on Sacred Sites, Ley Lines, Stone Circles and related subjects. To contribute an article, send in MSWord format to

Iona II

by Fiona Macleod

A few places in the world are to be held holy, because of the love which consecrates them and the faith which enshrines them. Their names are themselves talismans of spiritual beauty. One of these is Iona.

A stone in Gavrinis


by Philip Carr-Gomm

We can never be born enough. We are human beings for whom birth is a supremely welcome mystery, the mystery of growing: the mystery which happens only and whenever we are faithful to ourselves.

The entrance to New Grange photo Stanley Howe

New Grange, Ireland

by Philip Carr-Gomm

Built by the strong Dagda, it was a marvel, a court, a wonder hill.
The Book of Ballymote

The Boyne Valley and Newgrange, Eire

The Boyne passes in a loop around Newgrange which is the modern name for the ancient site of Brugh na Boinne, the House of the Boyne. It is one of the most remarkable megalithic monuments in the whole of Europe, being nothing less than a measuring instrument of time itself. Because of its proximity to Tara, Newgrange along with its sister sites Knowth and Dowth, were presumed to be a kind of 'Valley of the Kings' for the Irish dynasties.

The Orkneys

Earth sinks in the sea, the sun burns black,
Cast down from heaven are the hot stars,
Fumes reek, into flames burst,
The sky itself is scorched with fire.
I see Earth rising a second time,
Out of the foam, fair and green;
Down from the fells, fish to capture,
Wings the eagle; waters flow.

From: The Elder Edda, Trans. P.Taylor and W.H. Auden

In the Rila Mountains, Bulgaria, photo Diana Zaharieva

De Locis Sanctis: Intimations Of Emotion And Experience In The Narrative, Landscape, And Images Of Sacred Spaces

by Ruth Ann Oskolkoff

A Thesis Presented to the Faculty of California State University Dominguez Hills In Partial Fulfillment
of the Requirement for the Degree Master of Arts in Humanities Fall 2008

Silbury Hill Wiltshire

Working at Ancient Sacred Sites: Use or Abuse

by Andy Norfolk

What is a sacred place?

According to Ronald Hutton, ‘Any place can be a sacred site if a group of people regard it as such’ (1). Of course this means there may be a sacred No. 97 bus stop somewhere. There is a web-site which lists a drive-in market in the USA as a sacred site, because there are a couple of Masonic symbols on the building. There must be more to it than people agreeing a place is sacred.

Avebury Circle Brian Bates

Speaking for the Ancestors: The Reburial Issue in Britain and Ireland.

Personal thoughts concerning modern-day Druidic and Pagan theologies of burial,
life after life and the conflicting practices of archaeologists.
by Blackbird

Esoteric Work I

by Eilthireach

Whoever has visited places such as Glastonbury or Newgrange, will have noticed that they have certain powers that can produce anything from "just" poetry, deep thoughts and visions to decisions and actions triggered by the visit of such a site. Such a visit can definitely influence your life path.