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Although nowhere near the significance of the station stone rectangle at Stonehenge, Callanish has a ‘station romboid’ defined by stones 10, 35, 23, 33A. This romboid actually contains two slightly separated triangles (stones 33A, 34 and 35 face east, while stones 9, 10 and 23 face west), and the gap between the two forms an inner romboid..
Thirteen stones in the central ring likely correspond to the thirteen lunar months of the alphabet (the consonants). Leading south from this circle a line of five stones likely define solstices and equinoxes (the vowels), while to the north – pivoted on stone number 9 – a line taken through 9 and 34 defines the major moonrise (lunar standstill, or ‘Golden Year’) symbolised in the avenue of nineteen stones, which defines the full ‘alphabet’. .
Cup and rings?
When five concentric circles are drawn outward from the stone circle, and a further line is added that is aligned to the avenue and winter moonset, then the resulting shape of ‘circles with a tail’ harmonises the lines of east, west and north stones. However, these harmonise not only to the Golden Year, but also have curious similarity to typical ‘cup and ring’ marks. Such cup and ring marks are found throughout the north and particularly in the Kilmartin area of Argyll… Coincidence!?