Saturday, September 29, 2012

Newgrange

 
 Ned and I are in Ireland this week.  Yesterday we visited Newgrange, designated as a world heritage site by Unesco.   This is the entrance stone and the magical solar worship roof box .
It was the carvings of spirals and other archetypal symbols that moved me the most.  The fact that this huge monument was built 500 years before the pyramids of Egypt was  awe inspiring.
 The walls were covered with white quartz and a dot pattern made from water washed granite, both of which had to be brought many miles.
 Around the base of the mound are 97 curb stones - many of them carved with spirals.


It's beautiful and it's large and it's ancient and it's spiritual.  You can judge the scale by Ned's figure above.  
A link to more information about this spiritual place click here.  

The spiral carvings are what will last with me.

My writing will be spotty over the next few weeks.  

18 comments:

saskia said...

wow, very beautiful and impressive and inspiring.....

ArtPropelled said...

I was looking at images of Newgrange this morning! Your photos are very good. How wonderful to see Newgrange face to face.

Valerianna said...

Cool that you visited Newgrange! Its high on my list... I often think of the Newgrange stones when drawing my spirals - there's a certain color ink that speaks of them. Thanks for the photos!!

ersi marina said...

I can feel the mystery through your photos. What a unique, inspiring place!

Connie Rose said...

Wow, wow, wow! I see textile art-to-be in those wonderful patterns.

Ms. said...

Into The Twilight

OUT-WORN heart, in a time out-worn,
Come clear of the nets of wrong and right;
Laugh, heart, again in the grey twilight,
Sigh, heart, again in the dew of the morn.

Your mother Eire is always young,
Dew ever shining and twilight grey;
Though hope fall from you and love decay,
Burning in fires of a slanderous tongue.

Come, heart, where hill is heaped upon hill:
For there the mystical brotherhood
Of sun and moon and hollow and wood
And river and stream work out their will;

And God stands winding His lonely horn,
And time and the world are ever in flight;
And love is less kind than the grey twilight,
And hope is less dear than the dew of the morn.

-Yeats-

Velma Bolyard said...

why have i never heard of this place? amazing, judy, and thank you for showing me this. enjoy your travels.

Marti said...

Thank you for sharing these powerful images from the land of mist, moss and stone. Stories are woven throughout this landscape and Ireland has become the landscape of my heart.

Karen said...

Lovely images! I can see how the spirals resonate with you. We'll be seeing these in your work soon enough. Wishing you travel mercies for the rest of your journey.

Jacky said...

Humbling ....

That amazing wall, dotted with the stones, the curb stones and those wonderful spirals. Spirals, like circles are very spiritual. It truly blows you away that all of those thousands of years ago people were carving symbols, patterns, designs... and the awesome beauty that remains for us today.

Thanks for sharing your images of Ireland with us.

Safe travels to you and Ned.

Jacky xox

mansuetude said...

i want to run my fingertips through the spirals, following, intoning with the energy...

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(and Ned is so very tiny :)

enjoy!
Slancha!

Heather said...

Thanks for sharing the images. Ireland is pretty magical. Hope the trip is wonderful for you.

Mo Crow said...

love your photos of Newgrange Judy, what a magical place! there's a beautiful Journey Rock in the grounds of the Museum of Art in Ottawa ... I don't know who carved it but it is a strong piece the way it stands & the feel of the stone has stayed with me since 2005 when I visited that beautiful city...

April said...

wow mom! amazing. you two have seen so much of europe together. it is really special and i admire it greatly.
cant wait to see you guys!!!
x

Jane said...

Dots and spirals....so you. Happy to see a post.

wholly jeanne said...

The beauty, the age, the spirit, and the size really come through in your post. Mesmerizing. Quietening.

over the rainbow said...

Thank you Judy, this is a new addition to my Spiritual travel 'bucket list'. I am saving my pennies right now for......I have never before heard of this place....blessings on your path....

kat said...

Beautiful pictures of Newgrange, a place I failed to visit on my only trip to the Isle. Your rainbow in the later post is perfect too,
thank you for sharing