Welcome to my web site There’s a shelf full of notebooks, a file full of journal records, a head full of ideas, a floor  full of diagrammatic rugs and a folder full of artwork, not to mention boxes and discs full  of photographs. All are demanding a chance to be shared with the people, that I hope are  out there, who share similar interests and would be interested and intrigued by some of the  contents. So, this website is my “waving not drowning”  chance to share a lifetime’s accumulation of  investigations, imaginings and discoveries.   At the moment, in the spring of 2010, it’s more important  to assemble, expand, clarify and get on-line the various  pieces of information and enquiry that many years of  curiosity and research have produced than spend more  time in pursuit of further ideas, though there are some  more which I hope may be added as this website goes  live. A scan of the various ‘pages’ here will reveal the  range of topics that have intrigued me since the early  days and some of the great minds whose leads I’ve  followed into unexpected places. Trying to categorise the  whole gamut proved difficult and not very useful for me.  So, I’ll leave it to you to make of it what you will. Many  will find stuff that seems “not worth the candle” but I  hope others may be sufficiently stimulated to read and  consider, ask questions, add useful thoughts, and debate  the ideas here. I’m expecting to be adding new threads to  the pages as time passes and building a useful range of  links to related websites.   Any suggestions and exchange of ideas would be welcomed.  My journey, from the first remembered experiences as a child, to the mindset of a would be  “sage” in maturity has been labyrinthine and multistranded. The swirling path filled with  loops and coils has led through many fields of investigation, sceptical enquiry and at times  suspension of disbelief. Each new development has provided a building block or touchstone  for those that followed and often influenced other areas of interest.   Although a rational and scientific approach has been the starting point for many of these  investigations an openness to things less consensual has helped to frame many of the  conclusions. A point of departure is one of my early memories as a four year old at a gathering of the  woodcraft oriented kindred to which my parents belonged. After dark in a  field near High Wycombe, in the hollow of an old chalk pit overhung by  beech trees burnt a large fire. Surrounding it I saw a sea of faces,  glowing in the light of the flames, singing the old songs of the kindred.  Since then the joy of sitting with friends round a fire as the sparks rise  up into the night sky with stories and songs to be shared has never  dimmed. It has continued into this new century with the folk of Oak  Dragon in “talking stick” circles and this week another group of friends sat  with me in the Oxford Integral Circle discussing the ideas of Ken Wilber.  © Jon Appleton 2010 Made with Xara by This site brings together a kaleidoscope of ideas derived from 60 years of enquiry: it shares insights into fields as disparate as:- Archaeology, Landscape alignments, Megaliths, Henges, Prehistoric measurement, Astronomy, Mythology, Calendars of the past and Seasonal celebration. Click here to contact Jon Jon Appleton At midnight on the winter solstice the Star Goddess looks down over Avebury. Her eyes are Castor and Pollux (Gemini), the Milky Way crosses her body and she stands on Silbury Hill. Rug based on the star map for 2800 bce. Ancient Archetypes