Listen on your trip to Avebury and Stonehenge, or sit and pause near the stones as bestselling authors and well-known media horoscope columnists Maggie Hyde and Penny Thornton show you the alternative view of time and history.
High-profile astrologers Olga Morales and Natalie Delahaye will guide you around the deeper mysteries of Avebury. What is the story behind the Ley Line energy current there, and why is Avebury associated with just two zodiac signs?
Just like Stonehenge, this exclusive podcast, only available to Premium Members of jessicaadams.com and Sun Sign School students, is a work in progress.
Commencing on July 15th 2019, it will add more ‘circles’ of commentary over time as we are joined by other leading astrologers and stone circle experts. We want your input too. What would you like to see added to, on this podcast?
Download our first four ‘circles’ (each is about ten minutes long) and listen on the train, in your car, or take the time to sit on the grass if it’s sunny – or pull up a chair over a pot of tea at the Stonehenge cafe or at the Avebury pub, The Red Lion – and find out just why these places matter so much to astrologers.
Jessica Adams on Avebury and Stonehenge
Isn’t it amazing how many men have written books or provided television and radio programs about Stonehenge and Avebury, when they began as stone ‘moon calendars’ which were aligned with the monthly period of the girls and women staying there?
I don’t know about you, but I find the majority of work done on these two ‘sister’ stone circles pretty dry and dull. What excites me most as an astrologer is the fact that you can still measure the New Moon, Full Moon, Eclipse, North Node and South Node cycles using these two places today. And who is to say that isn’t what they were originally for anyway? Please don’t tell me our ancestors went to all the trouble of digging holes, or placing stones, in groups of 27-30 for no reason!
Then, as now, women were interested in predicting the future. Then, as now, women in particular were curious about their sexual relationships and the babies who might be born.
Even today, we still associate the Moon in the horoscope with motherhood. The prefix ‘mo’ can be found at the start of ‘mom’ and even cows giving their milk to baby calves still say ‘moo’ according to most. Is this where the heart of astrology – predicting the future by the Moon, among other objects – began? It’s a fair question to ask. It seems just as likely to me, as the strange idea that women used to worship the Sun or Moon. I think it’s far more likely that the large gatherings (and feasts) at Avebury and Stonehenge were about rituals related to sexuality, first period or childbirth.
Anyone who could use these stone circle calendars to predict when to have sex/when not to have sex/when a baby would come – must have had great power. Enough power, perhaps, to order the others to lug huge stones across the country or dig big holes!
This is prehistoric. Nothing was written down. Everyone has a theory. This is why these circles fascinate everybody – including astrologers and astrology fans.
Moon Calendars for Stargazers, Past and Present
The famous stone circles of Great Britain were moon calendars. They still work today and you can predict your future astrology cycles using the 56 Aubrey Holes at Stonehenge which were once pits containing pillars.
In 1964 Professor Gerald Hawkins of Boston University suggested the 56 holes also marked the 56 years it takes the Moon to fulfil its eclipse cycle.
The number 56 is also important because it shows three North Node and South Node revolutions – each one lasts 18.61 years.
Women and their Monthly or Moonthly Period
These 56 pits show how the girls and women of Stonehenge could track their monthly (moon-they) periods in tune with the lunar cycle.
Day, night, day, night monitoring over the 27.3 days the Moon takes to orbit the earth gave them a rough total of 28 x 2 spaces to dig – or about 56 zones.
These 56 zones, later named Aubrey Holes after the 17th century writer John Aubrey who discovered them, still tell the astrological time in the 21st century.
You could also still, arguably, use them to monitor your monthly or ‘moonthly’ period today, using the soft, white chalk that can still be picked up from the grass around Stonehenge.
The 56 Aubrey Holes were dug around 2350 B.C. but they still function today, if you know where to look! They are less famous than the ‘rock star’ rocks – the trilithons celebrated in films like Spinal Tap. In fact, the authorities have chosen to leave them invisible. Yet, this is how the most famous stone circle in the world began. With moon-watching, likely tied to women’s periods and of course – their pregnancies and childbirth.
The Important of Moon Cycles at Avebury and Stonehenge
Avebury is Stonehenge’s sister, and both are related in purpose and function, resting about 38 kilometres or 24 miles from each other. They are part of the same astrological landscape.
From New Moon to New Moon we count 29.5 days (very close to 30) and this number is not only important at Stonehenge but also at her sister circle, Avebury. We also find the number 30 important at the circle at Stanton Drew.
There are of course 30 degrees in any house of your astrology chart too.
At Avebury, there were originally 29 stones in the Southern Circle. There were probably 27 stones in the Northern Circle.
At Stonehenge there were 30 sarsen uprights in the outer circle, originally. There were 60 (double that number) bluestone uprights in the bluestone circle.
Missing stones at Avebury and Stonehenge have taken away the perfection of the original moon calendars, but using your imagination, you can still see them today.
Beyond that, we have to ask – why that part of Wiltshire? What was so special about that area? The Avebury and Stonehenge Astrology Walk, a podcast which we are creating in stages – like the circles themselves – will try to answer those questions.
Featured on CNN after she was commissioned by a guest at the wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton to create a personal astrology chart for the couple, Natalie combines horoscope work with professional hypnotherapy.
From The Avebury and Stonehenge Astrology Walk:
“Avebury is England’s largest Neolithic Henge. And it’s older than Stonehenge, Avebury’s louder, more touristy cousin. What I love about this sacred site is that you can get up close and personal with the stones, you can soak up their vibes, and you can bathe in their intensely electro-magnetic aura.
If you think of how old the stones are, they date back to when the first Egyptian pyramid was built. And how many people since then have visited the sacred site, how many rituals have taken place there, how many ceremonies. And it’s no wonder how strong the morphogenic field is now.”
Listen to Natalie’s section of the walk
Maggie is well-known as the Cosmopolitan magazine astrologer who turned to academia. She is also the #1 Amazon bestselling author of books on Jung and well-known to stargazers for two classic works: Astrology for Beginners and Jung and Astrology.
“Since the scholarly work of Gerald Hawkins in 1965, it has been shown that Stonehenge was also an eclipse calculator, with the moon in alignment around the circle of Aubrey stones over an eighteen-and-a-half-year period.
What’s ironic about this is that although we venerate the sacred sites like Stonehenge for the sun’s interplay with the hugely visible stones, the moon is quietly beavering away in her night world creating the possibility of eclipses and a world of total darkness.
But we mustn’t fall into a modern scientific understanding that just thinks of the astronomy as if we are dealing with an astronomical eclipse calculator, however primitive that might be, never forget that astronomy is a modern invention, it never existed for the ancients.”
Listen to Maggie’s section of the walk
Australia’s Olga Morales is a psychology graduate from the University of Melbourne and best known as a financial astrologer and author. She went to Avebury to experience its famous energy field with the local expert, Maria Wheatley.
“I had an amazing experience recently while I was in the UK called The Avebury Experience with a lady called Maria Wheatley, she’s a second generation dowser, and I had a one on one day with her walking through the stones and we walked actually for fourteen kilometres that day.
And she taught me how to experience the stones as a dowser would, feeling the sensation of the changes of energy and being able to dowse the stones.”
Listen to Olga’s section of the walk
Astrologer to Diana, Princess of Wales for six years, Penny is well-known to Australians as the horoscope columnist, for many years, for Who Weekly magazine and in America, to fans of The Food Network.
In 2019 she visited Avebury with Jessica Adams and the well-known astrologer and academic Garry Phillipson, Editor of Astrology in the Year Zero.
“The circle has a meaning that transcends time, it both protects and includes, and represents continuity and oneness, if nothing else, the stone circle was a meeting place. We also know that stone circles were used as calendars, not just to mark the equinoxes and the solstices, but the moons node eighteen year plus cycle possibly predating the Babylonians who, from their precise calculations, gave us the Saros Cycle of eclipses with which we astrologers are so fascinated.
If we take ourselves back thousands of years and stand in the shoes, so to speak, of ancient man, we can understand how the heavens, what went on in the heavens above, was not only an absorbing preoccupation, after all there was no telly, no Glastonbury festivals or at least festivals like we know them now, but they were a means of survival, that observation was about survival.”
Listen to Penny’s section of the walk
David Charles Rowan
David Charles Rowan MA MSc is an expert Stonehenge and Avebury guide who is interviewed here by fellow astrologer Natalie Delahaye.
Listen to David Charles Rowan’s section of the walk