An Elven Story – Chapter Twelve – Great kala and the Elf Stone

Edain De Kerri – “ It is said that the Great Kala did touch the Elf Stone and she was sent into a coma, on awakening she had full sight and could see into the future and the past.”

The Stone of Destiny, Lia Fáil, found on the Hill of Tara in Ireland.

Edain De Kerri – “ It is said in the books scribed by Catholic Priests, that the Might Elven Race, the Tuatha Dé Danann were responsible for bringing the Lia Fáil, the Elf Stone of Destiny to Erin. When the waves crashed and lands did shift many of our people sailed in elven ships to the blessed shores of Erin. “

Tuatha means ‘tribe’ , De means ‘of the goddess’ and Danann means ‘the goddess Danu or Anu’, which was the name the Elves of this tribe called Arda the earth. They travelled to the Northern Isles to teach many skills and magic in the cities of Falias, Gorias, Murias and Findias. They travelled from the Northern Isles to Erin, bringing a treasure from each of the cities, including the Lia Fáil, the Claíomh Solais or Sword of Victory, the Sleá Bua or Spear of Lugh, and the Coire Dagdae or The Dagda’s Cauldron.

The Little book of the great enchantment – “ There are four cities that no mortal eye has seen but that the soul knows; these are Gorias that is in the east; and Finias that is in the south; and Murias that is in the west; and Falias that is in the, north. And the symbol of Falias is the stone of death, which is crowned with Pale fire. And the symbol of Gorias is the dividing sword. And the symbol of Finias is a spear. And the symbol of Murias is a hollow that is filled with water and fading light.”

Edain De Kerri – The Great Kala when she was only a child touched the stone the Lia Fáil. The Lia Fáil once stood in the city of Falias, it was crowned with a pale fire, the fire of elven magic. From its point radiated a green fire which would burn any mortals soul and would put an Elf through an initiation to bring about illumination. When the lands did shift and the Tuatha De Danann brought the Elven stone to Erin it was full of the power of the elves , even though it was and still is powerful in the eyes of men , to the eyes of the elves its light has lessened since it was took from Falias. When the Great Kala touched the stone it stood in the golden city of Falias, she was not really considered old enough or experienced enough to go through the initiation of fire that the stone would send any elf that touched it. She was always an impulsive elf, she was found lying deathly white at the foot of the great stone. They feared her dead but it was seen she slept so deeply, cold to the touch. They lay her in a wooden glen in a bed of flowers, waiting for Arda to do her will. However Kala she was made of strong elf blood and she only rested for many moons and many rises of the sun, her vigil counted by those who loved her dear. Magic healing power was sent to Kala as she slept in a sleep so deep no elf magic could raise her.

Years did pass, and then one day a strange sound could be heard wailing through the early morning mist and Kala came walking from the clearing, her kin were over joyed and rushed to take her in their arms. However when they approached her they could see she was blazon in a green light , she was radiating the same light as the fire upon the tip of the stone . All who she touched she could read their life previous to its beginning and their lives as it stretched out into the future, as if in an instant the information was downloaded into Kala and she would for a moment swoon with the energy. Then she would steady herself and tell all she had seen. She became known as the Great Kala because she then became the seer of many tribes of elves, both light elf and dark. “

The Elessar, translated as Elfstone in Westron, also known as Stone of Eärendil, was a green gem, within Tolkien’s work. The Elessar was green as the leaves but had the light of the Sun trapped within it; it was marvelled by the Noldor, and those who looked through it were said to see the withered or aged as whole and young again. It was even claimed to grant some power of healing to its wearer. This Elessar was saved from the Fall of Gondolin by Idril, who gave it to her son Eärendil, and with Eärendil it was carried across the Sea to the Blessed Realm.

P. W. Joyce, 1911 – “ The Lia Fáil Stone of Destiny is a stone at the Inauguration Mound (Irish: a Forrad) on the Hill of Tara in County Meath, Ireland, which served as the coronation stone for the High Kings of Ireland. It is also known as the Coronation Stone of Tara. In legend, all of the kings of Ireland were crowned on the stone up to Muirchertach mac Ercae c. AD 500. The Mythic Cycle: According to the 11th century text known as the Lebor Gabala (The Mythic Cycle) this is an enchanted stone of high magic. The mythical remnant of the Tuatha Dé Danann, one of the four magical treasures gifted to Ireland when the faerie people settled here as the story goes. Legend has it that the Tuatha Dé Danann were first instructed within the four cities of Falias, Gorias, Murias, and Findias in the “Northern Isles” of Druidry and magic. The Stone is said to possess great powers – much akin to King Arthur’s Sword in the stone, as being when the right true leader of Ireland put his feet on the stone – the stone would roar in joy endowing said individual with a long reign. When the legendary leader-warrior Cúchulainn approached the stone and it did not cry out, he struck the stone with his sword, splitting it, thereby preventing it from roaring ever again except for Brian Boru and Conn of the 100 Battles. This legend is similar to the Scottish “Stone of Scone” that was used for coronations for English, Scottish, and British Monarchs; the Stones of Mora where Swedish kings were elected; the Carantania Prince’s Stone where installation of princes and dukes took effect; King Arthur’s Sword in the stone; the Blarney Stone’s magical gift of gab; and the De Shíl Chonairi Móir. Lia Fáil was the Stone of Ireland, or carried from the term “Fianna Fáil” as “Soldiers of Destiny” leading to the name “The Stone of Destiny.” Stones that uttered various sounds even speech are sometimes mentioned in old Irish tales, just as we read about the Vocal Memnon, the colossal statue in Egypt, which uttered musical sounds when it received the rays of the rising sun.”

The Lia Fail stands at the top of the Hill of Tara (Teamhair na Ri in Irish, pronounced Tee-ow-ir na Ree) near the River Boyne in Co Meath. Tara is an ancient archaeological site of great significance associated with sacred kingship rituals, and it was from here that the Ard Ri, or High King of Ireland ruled his land. The Lia Fail itself is located in the centre of an earthwork enclosure known as the Forradh, or Royal Seat. Originally, it stood before the Mound of Hostages, a burial chamber also located on the site, and was only moved to its present position in 1798 following the death of four hundred rebels in the Battle of Tara, during the Irish Revolution. According to legend, the stone was made by Morfessa of the lost city of Falias. The Tuatha de Danann revered the Lia Fail so much, they named Ireland Inis Fail after it.

The speaking stones, the whisperers were called the ophites and siderites, “serpent-stones” and “star-stones.” “The ‘Ophite’ the rocking, or Logan, stones bear various names. The Celts had their clacha-brath, the “Destiny or judgment-stone”; the divining-stone, or “stone of the ordeal” and the oracle stone; the moving or animated stone of the Phoenicians; the rumbling stone of the Irish. The stones walked, spoke, delivered oracles, and even sung , they were called mad stones .This motion was a means of divination, and that they were called for this very reason ‘the stones of truth.’ “ The Dracontia, sacred to the moon and the serpent, were the more ancient “Rocks of Destiny” of older nations, whose motion, or rocking, was a code perfectly clear to the initiated priests, who alone had the key to this ancient reading.

Logan’s Rock in Cornwall.

Rocking stones (also known as Logan stones or Logan) are large stones that are so finely balanced that the application of just a small force causes them to rock. The word “logan” is probably derived from the word “log”, which in an English dialect means to rock. In fact, in some parts of the UK, rocking stones or Logan stones are called logging stones. The rocking or Logan stone, Logan Rock of Treen in Cornwall, is a huge stone weighing about 80 or 90 tons. It is one of the best-known rocking stones for several reasons. For example, Modred, in William Mason’s dramatic poem “Caractacus” addressing the characters Vellinus and Elidurus, says of the Logan Rock:

 

Thither, youths,

Turn your astonish’d eyes; behold yon huge

And unhewn sphere of living adamant,

Which, poised by magic, rests its central weight

On yonder pointed rock: firm as it seems,

Such is the strange and virtuous property,

It moves obsequious to the gentlest touch

Of him whose breast is pure; but to a traitor,

Tho’ ev’n a giant’s prowess nerv’d his arm,

It stands as fixt as Snowdon.

 

It was claimed that the Logan Stone in Treen could cure childhood diseases. The children were rocked on the Logan Stone in certain seasons. It is a Cornish tradition to make a vow and then attempt to move a rocking stone, or Logan rock. It was said that no persons with treachery in their hearts could make a rocking stone move.

Druids and Rocking Stones by Marilyn Cameron – “ The Druids were renowned for the magic art in foretelling the future, not only did they do so from the song of a bird, the wren, but from the babbling of a brook, and in the reading of their runes. But the most infallible disclosure of future events was the Rocking Stone, and in Scotland there were many, not so long ago. They were found in dells, the beds of rivers, but mostly on the tops or sides of hills. In Glen Esk, Angus, the most famous rocking stone was situated in Gilfumman, an area of land between Invermark Lodge and the Queen’s Well. It was well known to the locals, apparently accurate in its predictions, and considered to be the most wonderful of all the Druidical remains. The huge stone slab, poised three or four feet off the ground, balanced on lesser stones, could be set in motion by the touch of a finger or a breath of wind. Someone removed the Gilfumman Rocking Stone from its magical pivot and it now lies at the foot of the mountain whose top it once graced. A farmer in Glenlivet, who was building a steading, took a Druid stone from its field to use as a lintel to a byre door. Disease fell upon the cattle and unearthly noises were heard in the night. On the advice of a friend, the stone was taken from the doorway and thrown into the nearby river. Still there was no peace. At last, when the stone was returned to its place in the middle of the field, things returned to normal. The stone stands in the middle of this field to the present day.”

In nearby Nancledra, there used to be a logan-stone which rocked only at midnight. It was known as the 12 O’clock Stone. Children suffering from rickets were cured if laid on the stone and rocked. These logan-stones were said to be favourite meeting places of local witches, who rode there on ragwort stems. Anyone wanting to be a witch had to go secretly at midnight to the stone and touch it nine times.

Chapter Thirteen

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