This particular area had an obvious spiritual nature and as a shaman I don’t really do anything different than my grandmother ancestors did except a few modern conveniences. We still use thick clouds of smoke to drive off evil souls as described in the research article, still sleep in caves for vision quests, still dream with mother earth at night. The findings of this site says “herbaceous plants and animals bones on the ground – an offering to the shaman – everything coincided to suggest the huts formed part of an old sanctuary” and of course its not an offering “to the shaman”, its an offering “from” the shaman to the local environment, the local tribe’s health.
Tadeusz Galiński, lead researcher: Archaeologists focused on an unusual structure, which stood out in the landscape. In the shape of a trapeze, it was composed of two poles, with an arrangement of stones placed around it. They were intrigued as to what purpose the building might serve. Their general view of the alleged sanctuary during excavations. The yew sticks which form the shape of the “Big Dipper” can be spotted in the soil. Even more unusual were the yew blades driven into the soil of the structure, forming a shape similar to the famous “Big Dipper” constellation. The archaeologists believe the structure reflects the fact that shamans may have performed rituals based on their interpretation of movement of the stars.
Ancient shamans worked with the Big Dipper during ceremonies, using them as markings of the “four processional seasons” of the Solstice and Equinox (veil) openings of both the Season of Night (Autumn Equinox until Spring Equinox) and the Season of Fire (Spring Equinox until Autumn Equinox). The two poles at the archaeological dig, were for this marker of Night and Fire Seasons, the original medicine wheel with only two gates. That is how I have always used my ceremonies. I have been teaching for a long time that the Big Dipper is our origin of both the masculine Swastika and the feminine Swavastika Symbol.
Why does the identity of the pole star keep changing? Earth’s axis maintains a tilt that varies from about 22 to 24 degrees from perpendicular every 41,000 years, with respect to the plane of our orbit around the sun. But, over a period of 26,000 years, Earth’s axis points out at different pole stars, tracing out a slow circle in the heavens. Whichever star lies on or near that circle will eventually be a pole star. Many compare this motion of Earth – which is called procession or sometimes precession of the Equinoxes.
Currently we have Polaris, but Thuban served as a pole star around 3000 bce and this date coincides with the beginning of the building of the pyramids in Egypt. It’s said that the descending passage of the Great Pyramid of Khufu at Gizeh was built to point directly at Thuban. So our ancestors knew and celebrated this star. The stars Eltanin and Rastaban lie in the head of Draco. They represent the Dragon’s Eyes. The four seasons (four points) marked by the big dipper are shown in my illustration:
“Sacrificial Offerings were an expression of belief in supernatural powers and forces of nature” said Prof. Tadeusz Galiński from the Szczecin branch of the Institute of Archaeology and Ethnology PAS just as they are today by shamans. “They were made on behalf of all residents and members of the group with the participation of the spiritual leader.”
I am not sure the word sacrificing is the correct language to use, for example if you go to the store and buy meat and say prayers of thanks for the food before you eat it, so did the ancients, especially the shamans. If one hunted and skinned a deer, it was not sacrificial, that is a Christianized word. The meat was eaten and the bones were given to the shaman to use in their healing rituals. Animals were honored and thanked in a more elaborate form than just words (prayer) for their meat and skins but it wasn’t sacrificial by any means, it was an honoring and honoring is the more correct wording.
Ritual Stones: The meteorite was discovered among a large group of sacred objects in the hut area on the banks of Swidwie Lake in the West Pomeranian region. Archaeologists found items including an amulet and ‘magic staff’ fashioned from antlers and decorated with geometrical motifs, and an engraved bone spear. We don’t get to see this staff but if it is a chevron design, then it was a grandmother shamans staff. The discovery of the meteorite stone is still used by shamans in shamanic magic today, so its not that unusual and I myself have worked with moldevite as a shaman, these from Monrovia and Czech Republic are very powerful stones for dreaming uses.
Some of the marking stones were said to have been brought to the site of Bolków, and not only from the surrounding area but also from distant lands, the best example of which is hornfels, which occurs closest in the Giant Mountains and the Harz Mountains. That is not unusual, for we were nomadic back then and did season traveling. Similar shaman settlements have been found only in Siberia and Mongolia and this site apparently served as a place where shaman women engaged into numerous rituals of dreaming.
Since dreaming cultures are the root of all spiritual basis, some of us still on earth have a powerful dream life, both night and day which can be considered mystic(al). Dreaming cultures are only a phenomenon to science, or even beginner spiritual people, but not to those of us who are dreamers masters today – we know that all 7.5 billion of us incarnated dream at night. Thus prehistoric cultures were dreamers and that is certainly not a phenomenon, its part of our being.
The large colored Ritual Stones at the site, included some not naturally found in the region, which were also lying on the rich damp ground of the structure. Among the rocks identified were green syenite, diorite, granite, quartzite, sandstone, red marble, black amber and volcanic rock.
“This extraordinarily rich collection of stones is unique among the previously known Mesolithic sites, located both within the vast European Plain, and in the zone of the foothills and highlands. These stones had to be brought to the site and not only from the surrounding area… but also from distant lands,” says Galiński.
Yew Stakes: The Yew stakes found at the site have several purposes. Its pretty well known by shamans, druids, magicians, witches and alike that Yew is a Goddess Tree with magical properties. Its noted for its regeneration, heightening intuitive abilities and divination and dowsing rods. Every part of the Yew is very poisonous, except for the fleshy part of the berry, used as a diuretic and laxative.
Even the seeds are deadly as its also known as the Forbidden Tree and generally only shamans and ancient herbalists worked with these medicinal properties. The leaves and bark contain small amounts of anti-cancer agent Taxol that inhibits cancerous cell growth. Its also used to be used for middle ages and pagan abortions. But shamans who do soul journeys, real shamans, can take the woman to talk to the soul wanting to incarnate and telling them no, its not the time and nothing is needed but that and the spirit will leave. So where Yew is found, shamans are and were present.
Sources: Quotes from original article by Léa Surugue (ibtimes.co.uk); archaeologynewsnetwork. blogspot.com; photo of yew sticks from the ancient-code.com; Wikipedia history, Photo art of Ancient stone and book by Lavyndel.