Why were the stones set?


Bridge to the Other World

In 1967, William H. Cohea, Jr., had a dream involving standing stones while he was on the Isle of Iona, a small Hebridian Island he first visited in 1957, and has since returned numerous times. Iona is where the veil between the worlds is very thin, an island of myths, mystery, and the place where St. Columba came as an exile from Ireland in the Sixth Century (563 A.D.).

Cohea had been walking and stopped and fell asleep on the side of Dun I. In his dream he was surrounded by circles of standing stones who kept closing in on him. As they came closer, he saw them with tattered, ragged garments.  When they were right upon him, they looked down at him. He was horrified, then felt only love from them. He awakened and carried the impulse of standing stones. After purchasing the land that has since become Columcille in 1975, he proceeded to manifest that dream down to this day.


What do the stones mean?


They are pre-Celtic, primal and archetypal energies and styles. The settings are in circles and menhirs (single standing stones). They provide a sacred playground for the Human Spirit to dance, to encounter the mystery of the Earth's creation.

For some they are Celtic, for others, a ground of mystery to explore. They mean whatever one finds in their midst.


Where did the stones come from?

The stones of the chapel and bell tower are from the Columcille grounds and were deposited by the Wisconsin Glacier. The large standing stones -- megaliths -- come from a shale pit three miles down the road in the side of the mountain range. They were originally trapped in the layers of shale. Geologists say they were in the mud below the Devonian Sea 400 million years ago. They have many coats and their cores are at least a billion years old.


How were the stones set?

Not in the old-fashioned way, but using the same principles of leverage. Flatbed trucks delivered them to the site. Waiting to set them in place were cranes, backhoes and bulldozers. Each one is set in a socket of smaller stones.

Mannanan, the largest megalith, rises 20 feet out of the ground and weighs an estimated 45 tons. The others range in weight from four to 15 tons.

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