Who knew there was a connection between lightning and big stones called menhirs?
I sure didn’t. But since I began studying with European Master Builder, Dominique Susani, I found there was a fascinating correspondence to big standing stones called menhirs and lightning. Neolithic people had taken the time and effort to erect them many years ago and now I was learning why.
How this all came about was during a visit to see one of biggest Menhirs in Brittany, France. Kerloas Menhir is 9.50 meters high. That’s about 30 feet tall and when it was erected it was even taller! It stood at 12 meters or around 36 feet tall. The story was that it was broken by a lightning strike. But as Dominique began to explain to me, that couldn’t have possibly happened to a menhir.
First of all, what is a Menhir?
The word itself comes from 19th-century archaeologists, who adopted it from a couple of words in the Breton language of France. Men means stone and hir means long. Brittany is a place in France that is full of menhirs. There are over 11,000 of them. Menhirs were erected by the Neolithic people and as I was learning, served an important purpose.
From the perspective of an ancient man, thunder and lightning were extremely scary.
The deafening sound of thunder was terrifying and then there are the disruptive effects of lightning. From forest fires that could burn out of control to the killing or injuring of people and animals, ancient man had much to fear from lightning. Many of the most important Gods were thunder or lightning gods. Take Thor of the Norse people for example or Zeus the sky and lightning god of the Greeks. These gods wielded a lot of unpredictable power.
So what if these people from the past found a way to keep the lightning away from their village?
That would definitely be worth the effort of erecting a big standing stone. First, let’s take a look at why lightning strikes in certain places. It has to do with the earth energy below our feet. It is well known now that water veins carry and generate electricity. When two big water veins cross, they generate an exchange of electrons between them called potential differential. When there is an electrical storm in the area, this crossing of water veins generates lightning from the earth that calls the lightning from the clouds. It acts like a lightning rod.
Let’s explore now the connection between lightning in the sky and menhirs in the ground
Traditionally Menhirs were placed on a crossing of two water veins. A good example of this is Kerloas Menhir. After we dowsed the earth energy around it, we found it was placed over a crossing of two big water veins and two faults.
When you put a stone like a menhir on top of a crossing of water veins, one of the effects is to discharge the electrical energy of the place. That’s the main job of a menhir, to constantly discharge the energy of a place. This way the lightning won’t be called from the clouds anymore because there isn’t an electrical energy charge for to hit anymore. So the story of the lightning strike and the piece of the Menhir broken by lightning strike must not be true because we found the Kerloas Menhir was erected in a place to discharge all this electrical energy.
Real life stories about how menhirs actually dissipated electrical energy.
Dominique told me a couple interesting stories about his experiences with erecting menhirs and lightning. The first one involves chickens. Dominique once designed a chicken coop with the measurements of a solsticial quadrilateral, a very important measurement for Master Builders.
The chickens in this coop were happy
They grew faster and produced more eggs than a regular chicken coop. Then there was a big storm and the iron feeding chute that was next to the coop was struck and the lightning followed the metal all the way through the coop and went out the other side. This affected the water veins and faults running under the coop. Water veins and faults are the main conduit of electricity and became super charged with electricity when lightning hits. This affected the chickens and they started laying eggs that were oddly shaped like they were squeezed tight in the middle.
After a week of strange looking eggs,
Dominique was called in to help with this problem. Since there was no way to quickly dissipate this static electrical energy, he needed to manually to do this by placing a menhir on a crossing of water veins and faults that were being affected by this excess energy. After he placed the menhir, the electrical energy dissipated and the chickens went back to laying their normal looking eggs.
We don’t know how long the water veins and faults are charged after a lightning strike, but we do know that menhirs constantly discharge this excess electrical energy. This knowledge and ability is something that was useful to the Neolithic people. They were able to create a safe place for their village and animals. In the case of the Kerloas Menhir, this effect could possibly affect an area up to several kilometers.
Dominique told me another menhir story.
During a class, one man wanted Dominique to erect a menhir in his yard. Over the years his yard was regularly struck by lightning and wanted to do something about it. After the menhir was placed in the man’s yard, lightning changed where it was striking. This menhir protected a radius of around 50 meters from the point it was placed.
Menhirs need to be oriented properly
There is more to placing a menhir than just putting a stone on a crossing of water veins. There is a cosmic side to stones and a telluric or earth side. You need to place the telluric side on the ground and point the cosmic side up to the heavens. Then there is a magnetic north orientation. Each stone has a side when it was formed was aligned to the earth’s magnetic north. Just as the earth has this magnetic north point. When you erect a standing stone, you need to align these two points together. Finally, there is a sweet spot for the stone to be in that makes the energy align properly. This means your central channel is open and the energy is flowing freely through your body. This can be a tricky alignment to get right. But it is well worth the effort and part of the magic of a menhir. We learn how to do this in Secrets of Sacred Geometry Master Builder Certification course.
When a Master Builder analyzes any structure, from the most ornate temple to a simple single stone menhir, we are looking for if the structure works and how. A structure works if it opens your energy system – your central column at a minimum. This is a column of energy connected to each chakra and when it is open you can feel a connection to the earth and the cosmos. The energy is free to circulate through your body. Then from that point, what are the other nuances? Is there a fertility focus? Does the place open your heart? Is it a place to open your third eye?
Some places like menhirs only work with the earth energies.
Other places like temples and churches use the earth energies and then take it a step further with sacred geometry. The geometry used in building these sacred sites is not the sacred geometry taught in books. It is alive and connected to the sun, moon, cosmos and the earth. This is the essential ingredient needed to design and build any great sacred place.
The Kerloas Menhir was interesting to the Master Builder for several reasons.
First, the size was huge and it has the potential of being a powerful place. It sits on a big crossing of 2 water veins and a crossing of 2 faults. These powerful earth energies give power and strength to the menhir. It also was oriented well. We know this because we feel the opening of our central channel and the connection between the cosmos and the earth.
Besides this, we noticed the stone had a couple points that bumped out from the menhir that people have touched over and over again. We discovered by touching and feeling into their energy that they are two points of fertility. One was for women, the other for men. The female one had strong second chakra energy, while the male one the energy had a stronger connection to the earth. We read later that in the 19th-century, there was a strange custom for newlyweds. The couple would come and rub their bellies on the bumps. The man in hopes of a male offspring, and the woman to ensure her rule of the household!
Dominique also activated the energy of Kerloas Menhir
What happens is the energy becomes more powerful and stronger. If you can see auras, you will notice the Kerloas menhir is light blue in color. You can also see more orbs around the menhir when the energy is open. I love being able to tune in deeper into standing stones and other megalithic structures. It adds a whole other dimension to being a tourist that I really enjoy. The places we visit and stones we see are alive and memorable.
If you want to learn more about this tradition of connecting to menhirs, dolmen, sacred sites and ancient trees, check out our Secrets of Sacred Geometry Certification Course. It starts in the USA, September 2017.
Karen Jarldane and Dominique Susani love traveling to sacred sites and unlocking their secrets of sacred geometry and earth energy. Both Master Builders enjoy sharing their knowledge of how to build powerful structures that feel good and are harmonious with all life. For more information about this, feel free to check out our website at www.bouldermasterbuilders.com