Boscawen-un Stone Circle (SW 412 274)

On Sunday morning, we joined up with West Cornwall Dowsers to take a look at Boscawen-un Stone Circle and Creeg Tol.

A small group of about 10 of us gathered at the pre-arranged, rendevous point at the kissing gate beside the A30.  As we waited for Bart (O’Farrell) to arrive, when he didn’t show up and some people thought he was probably having ‘car’ problems, we headed along the track to our first stopping off point at Creeg Tol, a natural outcrop of granite providing a slightly elevated vantage point from where we could see the stone circle to the south-east.

Having been recently cleared from the undergrowth by CASPN, Creeg Tol was easily assessable.  Legend has it that the Giants laid down these stones and left their foot print in one to prove it (see photo).  We found several radiating earth energies here, and I suggested there was a ‘star’ shaped ‘imprint’ on the ground which in some way was also reflecting a heavenly aspect associated with this site.  An area of ‘feel good” energies in general.

On our way to Boscawen-un, we made a brief detour to a standing stone which we had seen in the landscape from Creeg Tol which turned out to be a gate post, surmising that it had probably been a standing stone at some point.  At the stone circle (see photo), we began to investigate some of the mysteries that surround the site posing questions such as: why 19 stones?; Was the angle of lean of the central standing stone deliberate or accidental?; how far down is it ‘seeded’ in the ground?; what is the significance to the one quartz standing stone in the circle? etc. etc…

Familiar to most of us, I suspect (first visit by West Cornwall Dowsers, however), this bronze-age ring is absolutely steeped in ancient ‘wisdom’ long associated as a point of divine revelation which has been used by many different people for centuries to tap into the collective spiritual wisdom that has accumulated here from our ancestors.  It has been the meeting place of the Cornish Gorsedd, for instance, since their inauguration in 1928. On a personal level, a place of annual hand-fasting, and the final location for the most beautiful and lyrical part of the film, ‘Cassandra’ (The Sun and the Stones) that I made with Anja for KerstenWoods Productions.

On my previous visit to this circle, I had envisaged the ring of stones as some sort of perpetual ancient clock, having no beginning and no end, (and therefore, timeless) with the central standing stone acting like a ‘sun dial’ pointing to the first rays of the rising, mid-Summer sun.  On this occasion, I found the Mary Line running through the centre of the circle and out along a well-defined fox run on the western side leading into the neighbouring field.  Could this be a clue to animals connection to magnetic fields in the ground?

I had the urge to snake around the stones and connect with the serpent energies of this ring, perhaps influenced by the current book I am reading at the moment, ‘The Dance of the Dragon‘, by Paul Broadhurst and Hamish Miller, (2000), a book I would thoroughly recommend for anyone interested in leys, earth energies, sacred sites and dowsing.  Interestingly, I was not alone in this inclination as others also expressed a desire to do the same.  Following the swirling line with my dowsing rod that zig-zagged around the stones, some taking a wider sweep around than others, I felt that once more, I had learned something new from the stones, as indeed I do from every visit to this special place – one of my most favourite in Cornwall.

As always, a pleasure to linger in this place and allow ‘time’ to disappear a little.  However, I missed seeing Bart on this occasion and only hope that the trouble with his car was not terminal and that he himself was in good health.  As a seasoned dowser with even a ley line to his name known as the Bart Line, I would like to have heard his views on the ring and on the outcrop.