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The Ogham Stonehenge Rug.

my first stab, in the 1970’s.

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Jon Appleton

Now I’m sharing them with you as well. Some of the diagrams , poems and bits of text here come from the cards and I’ve added some brief notes to give a clue to the meanings and symbolism of the rugs but as I mentioned each of them can act as the basis of both a lengthy talk and discussion. Perhaps I’ll expand the texts or be encouraged to talk about the images elsewhere.
These rugs have been created for many years now, at a rate of less than one a year, for three main reasons.
Firstly to encapsulate in visual form ideas that have interested me, many of which are tackled in this website. Secondly to have a diagram which I can use as the basis of a workshop. Many of these are in a circle of people sitting on the ground in a circle in a tent and I like the informality and matter of factness of a carpet that can be walked on. Thirdly the rugs formed the basis of Yuletide cards that I sent to family and friends each year
My first stab at integrating the four “flights” of the Ogham “tree alphabet” with the cycle of the year, around an image of the midsummer sunrise trilithon at Stonehenge. The circle of 52 white dots which form a halo round the sun represent the weeks of the year. The Ogham letters start in the bottom left hand corner with the letter B, for Beth/Birch and run round anticlockwise, in four groups, to end with I, Ioho/Yew. Birch is the young, short lived, first colonising . As shown here the cycle of letters is B L N F S, H D T C Q, M G Ng St R, A O U E I. Ogham was a writing system that appears to have been used in Britain before either the Roman letters or the runes came here. It’s only found now on a few, probably memorial, stones where the letters are cut down the edge.

The 2nd Ogham Stonehenge Rug.

Megalithic Insights               						Jon Appleton
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Ogham Stonehenge
Yggdrasil Oracle
The Spiral of the Ages
The Sacred Geometry & the Cycle of the Year Rug
Ogham Stonehenge rug from the 1970’s

The 2nd Ogham Stonehenge Rug.

The Ogham Stonehenge Rug.

my first stab, in the 1970’s.

My first stab at integrating the four “flights” of the Ogham “tree alphabet” with the cycle of the year, around an image of the midsummer sunrise trilithon at Stonehenge. The circle of 52 white dots which form a halo round the sun represent the weeks of the year. The Ogham letters start in the bottom left hand corner with the letter B, for Beth/Birch and run round anticlockwise, in four groups, to end with I, Ioho/Yew. Birch is the young, short lived, first colonising . As shown here the cycle of letters is B L N F S, H D T C Q, M G Ng St R, A O U E I. Ogham was a writing system that appears to have been used in Britain before either the Roman letters or the runes came here. It’s only found now on a few, probably memorial, stones where the letters are cut down the edge.
Megalithic Insights               						Jon Appleton