Culture

‘Real’ Stones and ‘Fake’ Stones?

By Bernie Bell

A few years ago, I had a bit of an argument with someone, who said that she’d been told that the Deepdale Stone, is a “fake”. Here’s my response……..

“The stone? It’s marked on the O.S. map ( reference HY27 2117) as Standing Stones – I don’t know why the plural – maybe there were more of them! And here’s my take on it…..

Deepdale stone

What’s a ‘fake’ standing stone?

If a stone, was raised by folk, in the past, to mark a site, or connect the energy, or whatever – folk tend to call it a Standing Stone, and, maybe say it’s ‘real’.

If someone, feels the energy in a place, and erects a stone, or stones, NOW, does that make those stones, ‘fake’?

Back in Suffolk, my friend took me to a place called Mangreen, where the folk there, had raised a stone circle, after consultation with a profoundly weirdy-lady. That stone circle, when I went there, was about 3 years ‘old’, but it did the job, it was full, full to the brim, with good stuff, and had a wonderfully peaceful effect on the friend I’d gone there with. 

So, is that circle “fake”? I’d say not. Equally, some folk just raise a stone, or a circle, on their land, for fun, just because they like the idea – is that a “fake”? Again, I’d say not, because it’s showing a connection with LIFE. It’s what it is – just for fun – which is an essential part of human life. When you said that someone told you the Deepdale Stone is a “fake”, as I answered you then, I really don’t care what “someone” said. I know what I felt there, I know what others feel there. I know it’s there for a reason.

So, précis of the argument…..

It is on the map ( like that matters), but, what does matter, is the positioning of the stone, and – let’s call it the ‘feel ‘ of the place – and visiting there again, followed by Unstan and Barnhouse, re-affirmed it.

As an aside. when we were at Barnhouse, Mike realised for the first time, that, when you stand across from the entrance to the biggest building in Barnhouse, and look across, you line up with the Watchstone, and behind the Watchstone, in a direct line, is……the Deepdale Stone. Excellent.

I’m defending the positioning of that stone, as I always defend the old folk, who really knew what they were doing, they really, really, knew what they were doing. They placed that stone, with great care.  The alignments are there, and we feel what we feel, there, IF we’re open to it, and sometimes, even folk who aren’t open to it, do so, because they can’t help it, because they’re part of LIFE, and connect and attune, even without conscious participation. So, it’s on the map, marked as it ‘should be’ – for those who think in those limited terms. But, I don’t care whether it is, or not, it’s what it does, that matters, and, it’s still doing it. It did me a world of good, after a bit of a shitty day. So, who cares, whether it’s marked on a map or not? Who cares how long, or short a time it’s been there? Who cares? Apart from archaeologists – it’s their job to be particular about these things!

“Fake or Real?”

Related story: Bernie Bell Orkney Walks: South Ronaldsay


 

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