Last night I dreamt of ‘Stone Beings’ and in particular about a message that I received from a Stone Being when I was last in Western Australia. For the life of me I can’t find the journal that I wrote the message in but what I do remember is that the Stone Being told me that ‘he’ was connected to the star Aldebaran, ‘the eye of the bull’ ,the brightest star in the constellation of Taurus. The traditional name Aldebaran derives from the Arabic al Dabarān, meaning “the follower”, because it seems to follow the Pleiades.

Astronomer Jack Eddy has suggested a connection with the Big Horn Medicine Wheel, an ancient circle of stones atop a mountain in Wyoming. Eddy wrote that the ancient Americans may have used this site as a sort of observatory to view the rising of Aldebaran just before the sun in June to predict the June solstice.  [1]

No indigenous people have publicly claimed to have built the Big Horn Medicine Wheel however during negotiations to include the Big Horn Medicine Wheel to the registry for National Historic Landmark and Sacred Site status, the Crow Nation stated that the Wheel was already present when they came into the area. The Arapaho call the Big Horn Medicine Wheel “Hiieeinoonotii.” A detailed account of ceremonial use of the Bighorn Medicine Wheel by the Arapaho was related in 1993 by Paul Moss in a landmark of Native American oral tradition.

Tom Yellowtail (Crow) told the story of Burnt Face building a medicine wheel in the Bighorn Mountains and receiving help from the Little People. After the Little People healed his face, Burnt Face came down from the Bighorns, rejoined his people, and built what is now called the Fort Smith Wheel. This Wheel has similar stellar and solar alignments to the Big Horn Medicine Wheel, adjusted for landscape changes and latitude. [2]

Some of the wisest messages I have received in nature have come from ‘Stone Beings’. When I visited Iceland several years ago I was told the story of how the local council needed to build a road through an area where some very big ‘boulders’ were situated. It was such a serious situation that they called in someone who could speak to the ‘wee people’ who the locals believe live in the stones.

As the story goes, the wee people told advised that if they had to be moved they would like to be moved by the sea, so that they could experience ‘water views’, something that they had not had the chance of doing before. The wee people also had to agree to their ‘rock homes’ being cut up as they were too heavy to move, which apparently they agreed to. These stones are now affectionately referred to by the locals as ‘seaside apartments’.

I found this story quite incredible on one level because I had not experienced in a modern mainstream context such a strong and articulated belief in the sentience of the landscape. This story was told to me as fact and there did not seem to be any division between what is often termed a Western scientific perspective and Indigenous perspective.

There were also other stories from this magical land about the ‘wee people’ who act as midwives when human babies are being delivered and often leave a gift on the bed of the mother. The year before we arrived, an exhibition was held in Reykjavik of these gifts, which all turn out to be made of a metal that is not found on the Island.

Similarly too, I have experienced profound moments with Stone Beings when I have been open and still enough to listen. My experience is that they are infinitely patient and time is not an issue because they know and understand the ancient connections between the earth and the heavens, as did and still do many of the people on this planet, whose testimony lies in the careful placement of the many ancient stone arrangements found across the globe.

[1] https://earthsky.org/brightest-stars/aldebaran-is-taurus-bloodshot-eye

[2]https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Medicine_Wheel/Medicine_Mountain_National_Historic_Landmark