Some science behind the scenes

Sacred geography - mark stones

Mark stones are used to mark out old tracks and ley lines.  Watkins observed that mark stones – the stones used to mark the ley lines themselves – had some peculiarities. 

If the ley line had really been just a trackway , marks stones need only have been large obvious uncut stones or boulders.  As it was, the mark stones he found were often worked and some also contained inexplicable grooves and markings.

Alfred Watkins – The Old Straight Track
Most inexplicable of all the mark stones are those with clear cut grooves running from the top to the bottom of an upright or long stone.  The Queen stone in the horseshoe bend of the Wye near Symond’s yat is a fine example, it measures about 7 feet by 6 inches in height, 6 feet broad and 3 feet wide.  The south east face has 5 grooves, the north west face 3 grooves, the north east end 2 grooves and the south west end only one.  The grooves die out before reaching the ground, but appear to continue in an irregular way over the apex.  They are all very much alike in width from 2 to 2 ½ inches but vary in depth from 3 inches to 7 inches being much deeper than they are wide.  ………….. Similar grooves in a far less perfect form are to be seen on one edge of a longstone close to Stainton in the Forest of dean … A passing countrywoman supplied this bit of local legend “Do you know what they say about it?  That if you prick it with a pin at midnight, it bleeds”

Most explanations of the grooving in current literature, simply say it is ‘weathering’, but Watkins came down firmly against this explanation

Alfred Watkins – The Old Straight Track
It seems quite impossible that they should result from any natural cause.  The top of the stone is irregularly corroded, and the probability of this being caused by fire presents itself ……… Lockyer thinks the Devil’s Arrows to be part of a sun-worship avenue …..There is a hint of a possible purpose for these stones with upright grooves in Lockyer’s remark  [related to Stonehenge which also has grooved stones] ‘some of the outstanding stones must have been illuminated at night – and this fits in with the idea of beacon fires

Mark stones are exactly what their name suggests from a spiritual point of view, they are stones that mark out the sacred geometry  spiritual path, but marked stones deserve a possible explanation.

A speculative suggestion [from me] is that some Mark stones are Omphaluses.

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