sacred kernow - hurlers
Have you ever been to Hurlers near the cornish village of Minions and a stone throw from St Cleer? This is less than ten minutes from home so it was obviously one of the first sites I went to revisit. The energy was…well let’s first share the history and the layout and then I’ll share with you my concerns and thoughts of this site.
If we go way back then the excavations of Ralegh Radford in the 1930s found that these are late Neolithic or early Bronze Age stone circles built around 1500 BC! That means that the site is 3,500 years old.
The name The Hurlers refers to an old local tradition about the creation of the circles. Folk tales explain that the stones represent local people turned to stone by a god for playing the game of hurling on the Sabbath. (Sunday) Nothing like a tale of punishment to get the juices flowing.
When visiting you’ll find a line of three stone circles. The southern most circle is incomplete, but the other two have been restored. Two standing stones, ‘The Pipers’, lie to the west of the site. Making three very large stone circles.
The three circles run in a NNE to SSW line and were built in a moorland pass, between the slopes of Stowe’s Hill, to the north was known as an ancient hilltop settlement and Caradon Hill to the south.
Of the three circles, the southernmost is the smallest with only nine stones. The central is the largest of the three circles and has 14 stones. The central and the northern stone circles were said to once be linked together by a granite pathway that ran through their central axis.
The area has been extensively disturbed by mining and only the central circle has a large proportion of its stones in place. This is because they were re-set after the site was excavated in 1935-6. 14 stone uprights survive in the central circle, with 14 markers for missing stones, placed in empty stone sockets during restoration works.
Hostorians tell us that oiginally all the circles are said to have contained 29 stones. But by far the most fascinating fact that came up for me when researching this site I read that excavations revealed a quartz crystal ‘floor’ within the central circle which was the main reason I wanted to visit.
The northern circle was crossed by what they call two “out-lier” standing stones, named the ‘The Pipers’. Named after two so called pipers that were also turned to stone during the day of sabbath. (Let this be a warning to us all eh?!) These lie west of the main circle site and could be boundary posts, or represent a ‘portal’, giving access to the Hurlers from the west, but may according to some archaeologists have a role in providing astronomical alignments. From a personal persepctive this was my favourite area to lean into the energy and if you are thinking of making a visit then the healer in me advises you to make a point of walking between these two stones as you enter the the circles. I take no responsibilty for any activations that any of you have in this space. You explore at your own will and remember to keep safe.
Did you know there are over 150 stone circles that have been excavated and discovered in Britain? 16 of those stand on Bodmin Moor in Cornwall.
To the north-east of the circles, on the ridge and visible from the site, lies the important Bronze Age burial chamber of Rillaton Barrow: Hurlers is most certainly not a solo site, it feels as if it is a very large puzzle piece of the ‘ceremonial landscape’ across Bodmin Moors and surrounding areas. From stone circles, stone rows, standing stones, cists and cairns. It could be said that if we consider the numerous alignments in this area that Hurlers may have been part of an important processional route, but as per usual there are many other theories, one of which is that this site was used for funeral cermonies. No matter its purpose it is a powerful site with a portal energy that is as intense as it is loving.
A question that I always consider when sitting with my ancestors at these sites is firstly “What do I need to know?” and secondly “What can I help with here?”. I’d be a pretty crap Land Guardian if I didn’t ask the land what it needed from me. My offering is my energy and purest intention. As we talked about before, I’m not one for trinkets and ribbons on trees because I understand the importance of leaving a site how I found it Physically.
Has this site always been used for sacred ceremonies? Before I say this I want to gently remind you that each of us will see and receive different messages from sacred sites. The minute you tune into the energy of the land it will guide you to see exactly what you need to see. There needs to be a level of trust there for this work and I don’t always share with you what I fully see or am shown because it can be traumatic or simply because I’m sometimes told that it is not to be shared. So as we keep this in your mind here is what I was told…
Several times this site has been used to not what it was intended, Sacrifice, dark acts, and mistreatment of this portal, and not only could I feel it but so could my ten-year-old daughter. (She will openly avoid a site if it feels off and will drift off with her father and brother if she's not feeling it, during our visit to hurlers she expressed her concern here and then went off in another direction). Confirmation if I ever needed it. Like alot of sites they have been created for the highest intention and often miss used or understood. However the potent energy still runs beneath the surface and just waiting to be reset.
Oceans Of Love Cx
Site details: Hurlers - Liskeard PL14 5LE. Car park is free.
Charlie Edwards - Light Code Weaver - Healer