bodmin moor zodiac


The outline of Aries can be discerned in prehistoric field outlines surrounding Rough Tor and Brown Willy.

Aries, the Ram is regarded as the first sign of the zodiac and relates to dawn, the spring and the beginning of life. The V-shaped symbol of the ram, recalling the ram’s horns, is also used as the symbol of the vernal equinox which was situated in this constellation more than 2,000 years ago, though it is now situated in Pisces. Over the course of the so-called Platonic Year of 25,725 solar years, the earth’s axis wobbles in what is called precession. This is primarily due to the gravitational effects of the sun and moon on the equatorial bulge of the earth. The precession changes the position of the celestial equator among the stars and consequently their coordinates.

Aries is part of the Greek myth of the Golden Fleece. Hermes discovered that Phrixus and Helle, the children of the King of Thebes were being mistreated by their stepfather Ino. He sent a magical ram that could both speak and reason to rescue them. The children clung to its golden fleece as they escaped. The ram was sacrificed to Zeus and its fleece was preserved and guarded by a dragon. Alpha Arietis, the star Hamal was known in Babylon as the Proclaimer of the Dawn and the Star of the Flocks. It is a giant of the spectral class K2, or 2.0 Magnitude, 66 years lights away from us. Beta Arietis is known as Sheratan, of 2.6 Magnitude, 60 light years away. Gamma Arietis known as Mesarthim is one of the best-known double stars and is 204 light years away. Both its components are of a spectral class A0 and appear white.

The Brown Willy Effect

The summit of Brown Willy , at 1,378 feet (420 m) above sea level, is the highest point of Bodmin Moor and of Cornwall as a whole. On November 23, 1958 Brown Willy was charged as a New Age power centre by members of an organisation called the Aetherius Society.Between 1958 and 1961, in Operation Starlight, the Society set about charging nineteen mountains around the world with accessible spiritual energy. The founder of the Society, Dr. George King, acting as a karmic representative of the human race, was needed to physically climb eighteen of these nineteen mountains. At a point on or near their summit, he entered into an elevated state and an initial charge of spiritual energy was sent from the Cosmic Masters into the mountain. This energy is now available to all who expend the effort to climb these mountains to send out their prayers and healing.

The hill is also known for a meteorological phenomenon known as the Brown Willy effect, in which heavy rainfall develops over high ground and then travels downwind for a long distance. The effect produces heavy localised rain which can cause disastrous flash flooding such as the Boscastle flood of 2004. In another case when the effect was manifested, a continuous line of showers developed on 27 March 2006 stretching 145 miles from Brown Willy to Oxfordshire


From the top of Brown Willy, we retrace our steps down to the gate and then walk upwards to the top of Showery Tor. On a natural outcrop of huge rocks the number 47 is painted.

The Number 47

47 is the 15th prime number, a safe prime, a supersingular prime, and the 6th Lucas prime. 47 is a highly cototient number. It is an Eisenstein prime with no imaginary part and real part of the form 3n − 1. It is also a Keith number, because it recurs in a Fibonacci-like sequence started from its base 10 digits: 4, 7, 11, 18, 29, 47. 47 is a strictly non-palidromic number. Its representation in binary being 00101111, 47 is a prime Thabit number, and as such is related to the pair of amicable numbers {17296, 18416}. 47 is also a Carol number. There exists a 47 society, an outgrowth of a movement started at Pomana College, Califiornia, USA, which propagates the belief that the number forty-seven occurs in nature with noticeably higher frequency than other natural numbers.

Like a Rolling Stone

The Keith Richards Similacrum found at Rought Tor, Cornwall


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