A Sidhe Circle
This past fall Equinox we built a stone circle in my back yard. Many were involved – human, Sidhe, and others whom I didn’t even know. As we were getting close to the chosen date, I felt that I would need to share this process with others. The beauty and magic of what emerged only strengthened that sense. But let’s go back a couple of years… A short while after learning of the Sidhe, I had the notion that I was to build a stone circle on land that I had recently bought. “How many stones?” I asked. “Twelve, of course!” was the answer – it was to be a physical embodiment of the stone circle represented by the Card Deck of the Sidhe, created by Jeremy (Berg) and David (Spangler) in collaboration with the Sidhe. I felt a strong connection with the circle and I agreed. At the time I didn’t know that the stones that would go into construction of the circle were already on my property—to be revealed a year or so later with the excavation for the septic system. It took me another year and a half until I felt ready to work on the project, having made new friends who would complete the circle of humans working on it (and interestingly, they started having contact with the Sidhe, not having prior exposure or knowledge of them beforehand).
The Sidhe, through one of my friends, provided a few general instructions about the process of creating the circle, the most important of which was to follow my intuition. They were not going to make it easy for me by giving me the recipe. This was to be a process of discovery and trust—a challenge for someone who has never led a ritual in his life! Even worse, I am somewhat of a reluctant mystic; as a scientist, contact with invisible beings is still something that my mind has trouble with! In fact, to clarify the nature of my contact with the Sidhe (and other beings) – I don’t get much in the way of verbal communication – I can feel them energetically, and have on occasion felt their love.
Over the next couple of months the pieces started to come together. One of the first things I realized was that this would be a community project; and not just because some of the stones were incredibly heavy. It needed the diversity of presence and creative expression that we bring as individuals; and the magic that emerges in a group working in harmony towards a common goal. Each person would receive a stone to work with—find it on the land, to tune into its essence, ask for its participation, and then call forth the being that would inhabit it. These are beings the Sidhe referred to as “the ancient ones”. They didn’t offer much detail about them, and my sense is that they have been on this earth long before the common ancestor of human and Sidhe walked this earth.
But why build a stone circle? For the love of Gaia.
The circle is a portal. It is a portal to the realm of the Sidhe, much the same way the card deck is a portable, temporary portal. This is in support of the Sidhe’s intention to re-establish closer ties with us, their human cousins. It is a crucial time in the history of this planet for the two races to work together. More details on that, along with the role of stone circles in the planet’s energetic matrix can be found in David’s recent Conversations with the Sidhe, which provided me with much needed context.
On the date of the equinox there were eight of us there, which turned out to be the perfect number for the task. The work got divided into two phases: First were the eight standing stones, followed by some work on the Howe, with the second phase being the construction of the four gates. Here’s an outline of the process we followed:
- Introduction – voicing the intention behind the creation of circle.
- Gathering – we invited the Sidhe, the devas, and any other being wanting to contribute.
- Attunement – to our hearts and to earth and star energies.
- Layout – introduced the structure of the circle using the Sidhe card deck. Each person randomly selected a stone to work with (I was struck by how appropriate the choices were to each person’s personal journey).
- Finding the stones. Each person looked for the physical stone that best embodies the stone depicted in their card, and then obtained its permission – after all, this choice means the stone would lose some of its sovereignty. We felt that the stones were very excited to work But why build a stone circle? For the love of Gaia.
- The circle is a portal. It is a portal to the realm of the Sidhe, much the same way the card deck is a portable, temporary portal. This is in support of the Sidhe’s intention to re-establish closer ties with us, their human cousins. It is a crucial time in the history of this planet for the two races to work together. More details on that, along with the role of stone circles in the planet’s energetic matrix can be found in David’s recent Conversations with the Sidhe, which provided me with much needed context.
- Putting the stones in place. A couple of the stones were VERY heavy. I am not entirely sure how we got them to their location.
- Enlivening the stones. We invited the beings that were to inhabit the stones with the sound of our voices – we sang an ancient Hebrew chant whose words are “from the depths I call to thee”, followed by simply toning, and an invocation for the ancient ones to make the circle their home. At that point each of us knelt in front of their stone with our foreheads on it, letting ourselves merge with it (the forehead part was an explicit instruction from the Sidhe). My stone was vibrating with energy at this point, and I could feel my heart reaching out to it.
- Closing. The Sidhe (through one of us) spoke: ‘as we (referring to us and them) had all had built stone circles in the highlands and moores, we are called to do it again now in service of mediation and bridging worlds…’ There was a palpable sense of timelessness—a bridging of past, present and future.
We all had a feeling we had participated in something very significant. Please use this piece as inspiration to find collaborators with whom to co-create a stone circle in whatever way you are guided to!
Postscript: For the construction of the gates we followed a similar procedure with an added twist: at the end of the process we rotated the circle (energetically that is), giving it a 90 degree turn at each step. A couple of us could hear a creaking sound as we did this. According to the Sidhe, the circle moves with the seasons, so I guess this was to lube the gears so to speak.