Although only four examples have been borrowed from a greater pattern they do form a sequence and tell a story complete in itself. They also form a perfect introduction to something far greater - ourselves.
The order in which the discoveries were made is also the order in which they are best understood. For this reason there is no menu, just a forwards button and links to the home page and a guestbook.
1) The Pendle Zodiac - The clue
Half a dozen
or more terrestrial zodiacs have been found in the British Isles.. A little
like crop circles in that there is an argument over whether they are natural
or man made, but unlike crop circles in that to see a terrestrial zodiac
you normally have to look on a map. What you will see is a collection
of field boundaries, streams, roads etc that the finder of the zodiac
draws a red pen over to outline whatever shape they have discovered. These
shapes are human or animal and largely go round in a circle, following
the order of our traditional twelve signed zodiac.
as identifying Diana, Robert Lord found Hercules, and states that he thought
that the zodiac had been constructed during the Roman occupation of Britain,
presumably because he had identified two of their Gods. If I had correctly
identified the figure of a crone, this was one aspect of the 'Triple Goddess',
a far older religious symbol than the male dominated Roman religious beliefs
of 2000 years ago.
Virgo, as found by Robert Lord.
is about 4 miles in length from her outstretched right foot touching Accrington,
to Blackburn, where she is clasping the paws of an animal, on to the tip
of her hood, or cowl, touching Feniscowles. The 'Fenis' part of Feniscowles
Mr Lord links with 'pheonix', finding several other Pheonix references
in the area. In fact he speculates that there may even be a pheonix effigy
in the landscape nearby, but unfortunately does not attempt to find it.
A pheonix, the symbol of rebirth, would be a perfect link between the
crone as the death aspect and Virgo as the birth aspect of the Mother
(Nature) Goddess. Rebirth or regeneration of course being the link that
forms the never ending cycle of life, death and rebirth not only in nature,
but also in ourselves.
the traditional zodiac that we are used to, Libra is represented by a
pair of scales. Libra represents freedom and the scales represent justice.
Justice has the power to punish or reward, so what is being said is that
in freedom you already have the reward, abuse it and you will be punished.
With freedom comes responsibility.
What interested me at this point was that we have found two aspects of the 'Triple' or 'Mother' Goddess, a symbol that goes back millenia to earliest recorded cave paintings and man's first works of art, but the only depiction of the third aspect is as a 'bit player' hidden behind the second aspect's shoulder. To confirm the interpretation of the Virgo and Diana scenes I felt it needed a third scene; one with the third aspect of the Triple Goddess as the centrepiece, not as just an observer. In fact I felt the importance of the story being played out demanded it. I was surprised Robert Lord had not found a zodiac figure depicting it. I examined the Pendle Zodiac myself and also the other zodiac described in the same book, around Nuthampstead in Hertfordshire, found and described by Nigel Pennick. She was not there.
Then on the large map I had spread out before me my eyes went from Nuthampstead to Pendle and back to Nuthampstead and there, between the two zodiacs, I saw her.
Terrible yet magnificent, I could not believe what I was seeing.
I had wanted to find her, but now my shaking hands and rising neck hairs wanted her to go away.
The more I examined her, the more her details astounded me and the more I realised she was there to stay.
Even now, after twenty years, it is difficult to understand how such a thing could be formed. The fact that she is entirely man made makes it even more incredible.