Newgrange (Irish: Sí an Bhrú) is a prehistoric monument in County Meath, Ireland, located about one kilometre north of the River Boyne. It was built during the Neolithic period around 3200 BC, making it older than Stonehenge and the Egyptian pyramids. http://www.newgrange.com/
Newgrange was by far the most powerful and blessed experience Elliott and I had at a sacred site. Because it's sacred, naturally you aren't allowed to take pictures inside. The chamber can only hold so many people at a time so you go in groups of smaller numbers. We were part of the second group, and it started pouring down rain, so while we waited the ten to fifteen minutes we got fully drenched. To be honest, I liked it. Thus far we had had great weather in Ireland – sunshine and not much rain – so I felt it was only right I had the true wet and rainy Irish experience. And to have it on a memorable day such as visiting Newgrange made it that much richer. There were several people upset about how soaked they were, and some after the tour were even angry about it. It reminded me of a part in my first book where Deliah is trying to cover herself from a downpour while Ostephen, her fairy companion, happily flies through it. He stops and laughs at Deliah being slowed by the rain as he teaches her to see it as a gift. Deliah then lets go and enjoys splashing in the rain, able to easily keep up with Ostephen. It's all about perspective. Don't get me wrong, I understand wet and cold clothes might not be the most desirable feeling but clothes do dry and it's an experience. It's all about perspective my friends!
When you enter the chamber the guide warns you that if you are claustrophobic you will want to stay at the back of the line in case you can't make it through and need to turn back. The entrance is very small. You have to duck and turn sideways several times to pass through. The further you step in the more you get that feeling of 'there's no turning back now' but my desire to experience Newgrange far outweighed any small feelings of claustrophobia. It's about 19 meters before you come through the passage and enter into the chamber where you can then stand tall with plenty of room above you. The passage and chamber are aligned with the rising sun at the Winter Solstice.
Once inside the chamber I noticed a big rock spirit face in the middle near the very top. Elliott noticed a small rock spirit on the left and I also saw a small alien head shape on the right on a rock. The words most people use to describe Newgrange are positive and powerful. And I couldn't agree more. As the elementals share in the channelled message below, not knowing the truth and the facts of Newgrange is part of the beauty, but there is a common perception that it represents Mother Earth's womb – the mound being her pregnant belly and the small narrow entrance the birth canal. This felt accurate to me; there is definitely an intention and belief in rebirth and this was what came through in my channelled message as well. I felt renewed after visiting it, I was on a spiritual high. I found it interesting in the message I channelled before entering that they mentioned that where we start we also end. And in the guide's talk she used those exact words. She said that despite all the things we don't know, the one thing we do know for sure is that the ancients knew where and when the sun started and where and when it ended. I also thought of the term ‘light chasers’ that you often hear used in spirituality, as they were 'chasing' and worshipping the sun. I think this is proof that while time may cause us to approach and experience things in new ways, the eternal drive remains the same.
At one point inside the chamber, the guide turns out the lights, letting you experience what it feels like to be in the total darkness of the tomb before the guide turns on a light that shines through the entrance, just as the sun would on Winter Solstice. It was pure magic to see that crack of light and feel the power of it. I can only imagine being inside on Winter Solstice with the light coming from the sun itself. Neither Elliott nor I wanted to leave. We both felt such an incredible life force energy that we found ourselves longing to linger in it. I almost didn't want to blog about it as words can't do it justice. You can feel both so small and humbled standing in something so grand and significant and yet so big and powerful as you feel the incredible impact of the sacred passed down through the ages.
The grandness of life is encapsulated here. It holds the grand, the mystery, the vastness. It honors the guessing game us elementals are known for. How was it built? Why? The not knowing is the beauty. The dream and desire to look back and wonder is the magic. As above, so below, where we start, we end. The continuity of life is what we hope you'd come to believe after witnessing this grandeur. -Sep 12/16