Thursday 30 June 2016

Pagan Eye: The Cuckoo Stone near Woodhenge

This is a photo of the Cuckoo Stone, a Neolithic or Bronze Age standing stone near Woodhenge in Wiltshire. It is a short walk from Amesbury, where I stayed between visiting Stonehenge for the Summer Solstice and going to Glastonbury Festival. The stone is a fallen sarsen. According to one tale it was dropped there by the Devil, who was credited with the creation of Stonehenge.

There are actually a few other Cuckoo Stones in other parts of the UK - particularly in Scotland where term gowk stane, which translates as cuckoo stone or fool's stone, is often given to solitary standing stones and glacial erratics (boulders left when glaciers melted). In folklore, the cuckoo is sometimes said to call the souls of those who have died with its song and be able to travel between the worlds of the living and the dead.

You might notice a pair of shoes in the bottom right corner of that photo - they belonged to someone who had presumably decided to have a sleep near the stone (at least I don't think they were dead). I'm not sure if their comatose state was due to them being too tired to go home after staying up all night to watch the Solstice sunrise or if they had consumed a few too many of the magic mushrooms I spotted sprouting in the fields in the morning dew. I hope the person had a nice time whatever they did that night :)

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The photo was taken by my hubby on his iPhone as my camera wasn't working at the time.

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