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The nub of this book concerns energy-fields and the way the ancients worked with them. It features the megalithic area of West Penwith, Cornwall, as an example of how it all worked.
West Penwith or Belerion is a peninsula, the ‘toe’ at the far end of Cornwall, UK. Dense with ancient sites, its rich prehistory goes back 6,000 years. The achievements of Britain’s megalithic civilisation are well represented here. In the bronze age it was a source of tin, also gold and copper, sitting at the centre of a European maritime Atlantic-coast culture.
Metals and maritime connections played a large part in Penwith’s prehistoric evolution. But in ancient times it was especially known for its sacred sites. Over many generations many hundreds of ancient sites were built, and the landscape was transformed by them.
The peninsula became one big landscape temple. Not just a random collection of interesting prehistoric sites, these were constructed as an integrated system, in effect lighting up the whole peninsula with a rarefied, special and profound atmosphere that we can still get a sense of today - and it's not just the scenery that does it.
Shining Land shows how this was done, and it explores some of the possible reasons the people of the neolithic and the bronze ages went to so much trouble to build so many ancient sites. They knew they weren't wasting their time: they did it because it brought visible benefit.
It was a profound kind of technology and knowledge that perhaps we need to learn something about today, if such issues as ecological sustainability, climatic rebalancing, redesigning our civilisation and making a world fit to live in are what we want.
Part One of Shining Land lays out the basic propositions that come up in the book, concerning megalithic culture and technology. It introduces West Penwith too, and its profusion of prehistoric sites.
This concerns the creation and enhancement of energy-fields inside enclosed megalithic spaces such as stone circles, chambered cairns, enclosures and quoits. This was done as a key part of the shamanic approach the ancients took to life, using it for healing, resolution of community issues, enhancing fertility of the land, regulating the climate, distant communication and spiritual uplift.
Part Two, Holy Landscape, introduces Penwith's ancient sites, from the oldest, the neolithic tor enclosures and quoits, through bronze age menhirs and stone circles to iron age hill camps, fogous and holy wells.
It examines all sorts of details about these different kinds of site, presenting radical ideas about their true purpose and function.
Central to all this is earth energy: ancient sites were built to channel, process, buffer and regulate it, creating mechanisms by which it could be entrained to help with social development and eco-sustainability.
Part Three, Neighbours, is about other ancient regions in Cornwall, comparing them with West Penwith - Scilly, The Lizard, Kerrier and Mid-Cornwall, Bodmin Moor and North Cornwall.
Each of these areas has its own megalithic patterns. The neolithic tor of Carn Brea is a major alignment node. Bodmin Moor is an integrated megalithic system of its own. The cliff sanctuaries act as a protective necklace of sites 'holding the energy' of Cornwall.
And then there is the mysterious question of Scilly, and whether it was the Isle of the Dead.
Part Four, Megalithic Geoengineering, explains how megalithic technology worked. It outlines why ancient sites were aligned, and the importance of power points in both space and time, and their usage.
Then it explores the issues of consciousness that were involved. Ancient sites have a psychoactive influence, and this was cultivated and utilised, not just in a religious or magical sense but also in practical issues such as land management and climate control.
It explores the Heart of the World as a fundamental component in planetary restoration and maintenance in our time.
A supplement on this site, Penwith's Prehistory, provides a full history of the neolithic, bronze and iron ages, as they unfolded in West Cornwall from around 4000 BCE on.
Starting in the early neolithic, the days of quoits, neolithic tors and propped stones, it progresses through the bronze age peak around 2300-1800 BCE, to the decline of megalithic civilisation around 1500-1100. It then covers the iron age up to the early middle ages.
Cornwall had a different history to the rest of Britain, and this tells things from a Cornish viewpoint.