Revised Edition!

A new revised edition of Sailors of Stonehenge is delivered!

Sailors of Stonehenge: The Celestial & Atlantic Origin of Civilization was my first published book. The experience has been highly positive. In its eight months of existence, I sold and distributed 600 copies of the English version and 100 of the Spanish one, which for a self-published book of a novel author is not that bad.

Moreover, the book has received so far more than 100 reviews in Goodreads, with a rating average of 3.95 stars (as today).

Those who know about the subject, such as Neil Wiseman (reviewer ofThe Megalithic Portal), or writers like Gavin Menzies (author of 1421and The Lost Empire of Atlantis), the classicist Anna Ntinti (specialized on Plato), or Dr. Reinoud the Jonge (expert on megalithic art), among many others, wrote excellent reviews about my book.

Quite good!… but not enough. Throughout these months, the details to be changed or modified accumulated, so I finally decided to produce a revised edition. The main reason was to fully proofread the English version. I could count on the help of many people, though I must single out a Welsh friend and Bodhisattva for her contribution to this task: Gill… Diolch yn fawr!

Capitalizing on that editorial intervention, I decided to introduce several modifications that I hope will make for a more fluid reading experience. For example, the footnotes were moved to the end of each chapter; the qualities of the paper and the font were improved, and the number of pages was increased considerably to accommodate larger figures and photos.

Hope you’ll enjoy it. Happy reading!

PS. Clicking on the cover (upper right corner) redirects you to Amazon.com (also available from most of its international branches).

Revised Edition!

Sailors of Stonehenge

It has taken me four years to write “Sailors of Stonehenge,” but it was worth the effort. I had to study about prehistory, astronomy, archaeology, mythology, navigation… and to gain some knowledge about all these matters has been a reward in itself.

When I now contemplate the same starry sky our ancestors looked at with admiration, I feel it like a familiar landscape, as if suddenly I could bridge the millennia that separate us. And you too can have now a similar feeling after reading “Sailors of Stonehenge,” because you too will learn about all these subjects, regardless you agree or not with the theories I put forward in it.

I wanted to include plenty of pictures and figures to make its reading more pleasant, and so I ended up inserting almost one illustration per page. I also chose a slightly larger format than the typical 9×6 inches to make it more roomy, and decided (against the advice of editors), to include footnotes wherever I thought it was necessary to clarify a point or to give additional information. My only purpose was to not lose any reader… (now you can tell me if I succeeded or failed).

If you think this is an interesting book, please lend it or let others know about it. (By the way, I’d appreciate if you could stop by the Amazon page and leave a comment.) Thanks for helping, and I hope you’ll enjoy it!

You can buy “Sailors of Stonehenge” by clicking on its cover, at the sidebar.

I also published it in Spanish, in case you prefer this option, as “Marineros de piedra,” and signed it with my full name (José Manuel Gómez Vega).

Just a warning note: Besides knowing the true history behind Stonehenge or Atlantis, “Sailors of Stonehenge” may change all your preconceived ideas about human history.

Sailors of Stonehenge

Almendres: The First Royal Monument

 

The Iberian cromlech of Almendres (Alentejo, Portugal) could be the original site where the confederation of Megalith Builders reunited, at the arrival of spring, when the Sun “defeated” the Moon.

The visibility of the celestial scene that the Megalith Builders contemplated to renew their kings –the simultaneous rising of Leo and Orion constellations– was the key reason that motivated a change of the ceremonial venue from Iberia to Great Britain.

Once the geographical, astronomical, and navigational knowledge was mature enough, the Megalith Builders decided to move the ceremony of monarchical renewal to higher latitudes to correct this deviation, and Avebury was the place they selected where to build a new venue.

Almedres could be, therefore, the original starting point of long maritime voyage that the princes of the Megalith Builders had to undergo before being crowned. This rite of passage would arrive through an oral tradition to Greece in the form of the myth of Jason and the Argonauts.

 

Almendres: The First Royal Monument

Jason and the Argonauts: The Voyage as a Rite of Passage

As I already explained in the post dedicated to the Orkney Islands, the myth of Hyperborea was related to the Megalith Builders, but there is another myth that contains even more explicit references to this correlation, and that is the myth that narrates the voyage of Jason and the Argonauts, whose central theme is, appropriately, the renewal of the monarchy.

Succinctly, the kingdom of Iolcos (Thessaly, Greece) was reigned by Jason’s uncle, Pelias, who had overthrown Jason’s father, the legitimate king. The myth begins with a prophecy received by Pelias according to which he will be deposed by someone who will arrive to the kingdom wearing only one sandal. Jason, in his way to meet Pelias to reclaim his right to the throne, helps an old woman (Goddess Hera in disguise) to wade a river and ends up losing one of his sandals. Jason is later announced to Pelias as a man wearing only one sandal, so the king knows immediately that the man of the prophecy has arrived. Pelias agrees to cede the crown to his nephew under one condition, which Jason is forced to accept by means of a sly argumentation, and that is to retrieve the Golden Fleece, a sacred ram’s woolly skin.

Jason recruited a crew of about fifty great heroes, heroines and noblemen to fulfill the mission, to sail in a great ship called Argo, immortalized in the sky as Argo Navis constellation.

The strange –even absurd– prophecy of the “one sandal” gains all its meaning when it is reconnected to its cosmic origin. The celestial scene represented during the ceremony to renew the Megalith Builders’ monarchy provides the link. Orion constellation was embodied by the prince, and the pair of stars that correspond to his legs did not rise above the horizon at the same time, but Rigel did it ahead of Saiph.

In Avebury, that was the precise moment in which the princes left The Sanctuary heading towards the henge, when one of “Orion’s sandals” was still not visible. Between Orion (great hunter) represented by the princes and Leo (great lion) represented by the kings lies the Milky Way, which would explain why in the myth Jason loses his sandal while crossing a river.

Jason and the Argonauts: The Voyage as a Rite of Passage

Newgrange: A Royal Necropolis

The Megalith Builders divided the British Isles and Brittany into four quadrants, and built their main monuments on this territory in accordance with the symbolism associated with each cardinal point. The island of Ireland, in the west, was where they erected the royal necropolis.

The mound with a passage tomb called Newgrange is undoubtedly one of the most important and prominent megalithic monuments. Like Avebury and Carnac, the main stage of construction took place at the end of the 4th millennium BC. This monument is located on the north side of a large meander of the Boyne River in the eastern side of Ireland, along with other fine examples of mounds with passage tombs such as Knowth and Dowth.

The Megalith Builders understood life as a result of the union of two principles, solar and lunar (in classical mythology Apollo and Artemis), and, logically, they understood death as the result of their separation. The kings, like Orion, were considered demigods, possessed of an immortal spirit within a mortal body. The megalithic complex of Avebury and Stonehenge were designed to make sure that the kings should experience the same kind of immortality that Orion, that is, they should die to be reborn again as princes.

This unbroken maintenance of the royal lineage would be accomplished during the monarchical renewal ceremony, held every 19 years during the mayor lunar standstill (lunastice). This very special ceremony included the regicide, as I explained in the releases dedicated to Avebury and Stonehenge, but also the sacred union (hierosgamos) of the new kings and queens as explained in this new issue. The Y and Z Holes of Stonehenge were used to determine the most suitable time, depending on the cycles of the moon, to celebrate the sacred marriage.

Newgrange: A Royal Necropolis

Orkney Islands: Capital of Hyperborea

 

The Orkney Islands belong to a Scottish archipelago uniquely rich in Neolithic sites. The “Heart of Neolithic Orkney” is a group of megalithic monuments on Mainland Island consisting of Maeshowe, a chambered cairn, the Standing Stones of Stenness, the Ring of Brodgar (both henge-type monuments), and Skara Brae, one of the best preserved Neolithic villages.

The Ring of Brodgar is among the northernmost examples of henges in Britain, comparable with Avebury and Stonehenge among the greatest.

Additionally, a recent archaeological site called Ness of Brodgar has been excavated between the Rings of Brodgar and Stenness, and it has provided evidence of housing, decorated stone slabs, a massive stone wall with foundations, and a large building dubbed as “the cathedral.”

The high concentration of Neolithic sites at this location of this northern island is quite remarkable. The people who built the huge chamber of Maes Howe and lived in the houses like those of Skara Brae (they even had sewers in the 3rd millennium BC), surrounded by such extraordinary ritual landscape, were coetaneous with those who built Avebury, Carnac, the early phase of Stonehenge, and Newgrange (described in a coming post).

This coincidence in time, and the geodesic fact that Orkney is the northernmost land on the same meridian than Carnac (ca. 3.2º W), may suggest a connection among these megalithic complexes.

The hypothesis of MacKie proposing the existence of a theocratic élite with capacity of movement over large territories in Neolithic Britain, radiating from Orkney in the north, would fit within a scheme in which these islands were chosen by the Megalith Builders to build the headquarters of their priests.

But, why would they build it in such remote northern archipelago? Find the answer in the book.

 

Orkney Islands: Capital of Hyperborea