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The Healing Stones of Brittany

The mysterious nature and brooding presence of the thousands of prehistoric megaliths that litter the landscape of Brittany have long fascinated both locals and visitors alike. Veneration of the region’s standing stones and ancient monuments continued for centuries after the arrival of Christianity. Unfortunately, we do not know why the cult of stone remained popular here into the modern era.

Perhaps the mystical aura of these massive blocks of stone retained ancient associations with death and the afterlife or possibly the stones held the folk-memory of a ritual significance once important in the religion of the later Celts? Whatever the reason, it is clear that the ancient stones retained a special place in the Breton imagination. They were closely associated with supernatural beings such as korrigans and fairies; entities who were often said to be spirits from a time before the arrival of Christianity.

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In addition to supernatural forces, the region’s ancient stones were also believed to possess the power to influence the lives of the common people. This is perhaps most clearly manifested in the many folk beliefs and old superstitions that linked the stones with good fortune and those most important, yet often most elusive, fundamental human needs: true love and good health.

Belief in the healing power of stone was once widespread here and numerous rituals connected with healing stones were noted as extant in Brittany as late as the end of the 19th century. For instance, young men would rub their loins against the Iron Age stele in the churchyard of Saint Samson in Pleumeur-Bodou in the hope of improving their strength; a similar ritual was noted at a rock of the same name in nearby Trégastel. Men would also rub their shoulders against the menhir in Landunvez for the same purpose.

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To ward off rheumatism, people rubbed their backs against the leading stone of the dolmen at Guimaëc and on the menhir in the churchyard at Saint-Guyomard. In Beuzec-Cap-Sizun lies a recumbent menhir some 8 meters long, which was traditionally held to be the vessel on which Saint Conogan, a noted healer, arrived there by sea in the 5th century.  To be rid of rheumatism and all kinds of muscular pain, visitors came to lie upon the stone and to rub themselves against it. Water from the saint’s fountain nearby was also said to possess the power of curing eye ailments.

The feet of children who had difficulties walking were placed into the small depressions found on a rock near Ménéac, while the mother placed her foot and knee in another hollow; divine healing was thought assured in the belief that these depressions had been made by the Virgin Mary. Another healing stone was found 50km south in Plumergat where those suffering from colic invoked Saint Stephen while lying on a stone basin.

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Returning north, a stone known as Le Lit de Saint-Idunet (Saint Idunet’s Bed) near Pluzunet was the scene of a ritual that required parents to roll their feeble children and those struggling to walk in a large depression in the rock that once supposedly served as a temporary bed for the 6th century saint. Healing was not thought assured unless the parents whipped the patient with a broom which they afterwards used to sweep the surface of the stone.

A variant ritual, noted in the early-20th century by the Breton author Charles Le Goffic, saw parents place their children on the stone bed and then taking, in the palm of their hand, water from the adjacent saint’s fountain. The child’s body was then sprinkled three times with this water and its loins rubbed while the earth next to the stone was itself sprinkled three times.  

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For hundreds of years, children with walking difficulties were also taken to the church at Pluneret in southern Brittany and placed on a large quartzite boulder known as Le Bateau de Sainte-Avoye (Boat of Saint Avoye) housed there; reputed to be the stone vessel once used by the saint to cross to Brittany. Here, the ritual involved seating the child inside the trough-like impression found in the stone to ensure that its bared lower back and loins made direct contact with the rock. Such contact was said necessary for the patient to be imbued with strength from the 3rd century Christian martyr who endured terrible tortures before being beheaded. Some accounts say that it was necessary for the supplicant to offer a pure white hen as tribute – presumably to the priest or church warden?

An ancient menhir that once stood in a field near the hamlet of Kerangolet had, by the 1820s, been re-sited to rest within a chapel in the town of Gouesnou; a move likely inspired to remind parishioners of God’s omnipresence, as the stone was traditionally held to possess miraculous virtues. Popularly attributed to the 7th century British evangelist Saint Gouesnou, the stone, roughly two metres in diameter, was pierced through the middle by a hole some 15cm (6 inches) wide and into this cavity visitors inserted their withered or maimed limbs in confidence of a speedy cure. 

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Touching a stone that once stood near the Saint Egarec chapel in Lampaul-Plouarzel was believed to cure ear problems, while gout was thought cured if the sufferer rubbed their shoulder against the menhir of Roshuel. The notion that direct, personal contact with stone was necessary to ensure that one successfully gained the outcome sought was also noted in many old fertility rituals here.

On moonless nights, women who experienced difficulties conceiving would visit the western town of Locronan and lie, arms outstretched with faces turned towards the heavens, upon a great stone not far from town that popular superstition claimed once served as Saint Ronan’s mare. In the latter part of the 19th century, it was noted that newly married couples also visited the stone, against which they rubbed their abdomens in hopes that their union would be blessed with children.

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During the time of the Troménie – the grand procession that takes place during the Pardon of Saint Ronan – people suffering with fever or subject to nervous disorders would circle the rock three times before sitting on the stone in expectation of relief from their afflictions.

Two other stones, one a monolith, that stood in fields outside Locronan were also once visited by women anxious to bear children; in both places the ritual seems to have involved rubbing their bare bellies against the stone. Similar practices were also known to have taken place in other places, such as at the menhir of Kervéatou near Plouarzel, the menhir of Moëlan, the menhir near Saint-Cado’s Chapel near Ploemel and that of Kerangallou near Trégunc.

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Even simple pieces of the great stones were thought able to cast their power to protect the life of humans and their livestock. For instance, chipped pieces of megaliths were sometimes placed in the roofs and foundations of buildings as a protection against lightning strikes and even carried in people’s pockets for the same reason. When hung around the necks of children, the stone pieces were said to offer protection against ailments such as skin disorders and eye pain. Particles of stone play a part in many of the old folk remedies, especially when ground, mixed with liquid and drunk by the sick. Such stone dust often came from the tombs or the statues of particular saints but some treatments utilised that taken from ancient megaliths.

When worn as an amulet for nine consecutive days, the earth taken from under the tomb of Saint Gonéry in Plougrescant was thought to drive away any fever. Similarly, the earth taken from under the niche of the statue of Saint André that was set into the surviving walls of a dilapidated chapel outside Plouvenez-Lochrist, was placed in the sabots of those suffering from whooping cough in expectation of a cure. It is worth noting that the village once also possessed a fountain that attracted thousands of pilgrims to imbibe its miraculous water but this was filled-in by order of the ecclesiastical authorities during the 18th century as a means of ending the pre-Christian rites still apparently performed there.

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Earth taken from Île Maudet, infused in a bowl of water, was once widely taken as a cure for intestinal worms; the small north coast island is named after the 6th century saint who is said to have cleared it of snakes. By the mid-19th century, the island’s soil was also popularly used as a remedy against snake bites, eye diseases and skin complaints. The saint was also invoked to cure knee pain and sufferers would visit the chapel dedicated to him in Haut-Corlay to collect a handful of earth which they applied to the knee before washing it with water taken from the nearby fountain.

By the side of a track a little outside the village of Dirinon, in western Brittany, lies a two-metre-long block of quartzite known as La Pierre de Sainte-Nonne (Saint Non’s Stone). The rock’s face features ten modest cupules which were likely scored-out by human action rather than some form of erosion. Sadly, the original purpose of these small depressions are lost to us but local legend claimed that these were the impressions made by the hands and knees of the early-6th century British saint Non whilst giving birth to Saint Divy; better known internationally as Saint David, patron saint of Wales.

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Saint Non’s Stone was traditionally visited by parents whose infant children possessed visible blue veins below their eyebrows; once regarded as a sign that the bearer was condemned to an early grave. The healing ritual seems to have involved the afflicted children being placed on the stone and manoeuvred so that their limbs made direct contact with the cupules. Just 50 metres from the stone, sits the saint’s fountain with its three large basins whose water was believed to enjoy healing properties, being particularly effective against diseases of the eye.

The 17 cupules found on the surface of a rock near the fountain devoted to the 6th century Breton Saint Gwenael in Lanester, southern Brittany, are of unknown origin but the site was long reputed to mark the spot where the saint breathed his last. In years gone by, those suffering from eye infections and even partial blindness would visit this sacred site at the edge of the Blavet River in hope that their sight would be restored or preserved. The ritual involved taking water from the fountain, now inaccessible at high tide, and spreading it liberally over the stone; a piece of cloth was then dipped in the water that had settled in the cupules and pressed against the patients’ eyelids whilst they prayed for the saint’s healing grace.

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Above the shoreline near the north coast town of Plouescat lies a granite rock some 8 metres long resembling a fallen menhir. The uppermost surface of this stone, known as the Feunteun ar Vir (Fountain of Prevention), contains 25 depressions of varying sizes. In times past, people came to take home the rainwater collected from the largest of these hollows in the belief that it offered a miraculous cure for sickness in cattle and that, when drunk, it provided protection against all manner of diseases suffered by both humans and their livestock.

In eastern Brittany, the menhir known as La Pierre de Saint-Martin (Saint Martin’s Stone) now lies under the artificial Trémelin Lake near Iffendic. The stone contains indentations that were reputed to be impressions left, in the 4th century, by the feet of Saint Martin of Tours. The menhir was a popular site of pilgrimage for those suffering from fever who left a coin or a wooden cross on the stone as a token of their invocation to the healing power of the saint. In addition to protecting crops against hail, the saint was invoked to heal those suffering from paralysis and those unable to speak.

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The efficacy of visits to the ancient stones, like those to certain fountains, most likely depended, to a large extent, on the day or time on which they were made. Sadly, such prescriptions have been mostly lost to us today but an account from the end of the 18th century provides just such detail.  It tells that each year, before sunrise, on the Feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary (15 August), all the women of the south coast town of Le Croisic left their houses and, while holding each other’s hands and crying out at the top of their voices, walked in procession to the menhir known as La Pierre Longue (Long Stone), around which they danced until noon. Complaints raised by the local priests in the 19th century tell us that the ritual was still observed by young women who then also climbed the stone in the belief that they would become fertile.

It is perhaps too difficult for us now to fully appreciate the shadows long cast by these ancient stones upon the popular imagination. Clearly, they inspired the people living near them but they also attracted visitors from far afield; people who likely made their humble supplications with a sense of reverence, fear and hope!


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181 thoughts on “The Healing Stones of Brittany

  1. Another fascinating post! Again, it was new to me to read how heavily Neoliths were also involved in the treatment of ailments.

    In case you are interested, in ancient China rocks were always seen as the exit point of “qi” (a vital force forming part of any living entity – in this case the earth). Naturally, these are full of power.

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    1. Thank you! 🙏 I am pleased that you enjoyed it! 🙂 I did not know that connection between rocks and qi and so am grateful for you sharing that with me! 🤗 I find these little connections across the world show how close our ancestors were at a deeply profound level!

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      1. That sounds interesting for sure 😃. I love pebbles. Don’t tell anyone, I once owned more than 1000 Chinese seals made of stones. Fascinating topic. The stones passed from one generation to next and are full of history 😎🌹

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      2. Thank you! Chop stones. So the stone by itself is only one part of the story. The more important is the art of carving. As complicated and deep as calligraphy. A connoisseur needs one look to tell if it is a good one or not. Btw I sold the biggest part of my collection to a Chinese museum – before I retired 😃🌹

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      3. Thank you for that explanation – much appreciated! I had one made in Shanghai many years ago but I would never show it to a connoisseur as it was one of those places where you write the name phonetically and return a day later! 😉
        Pleased to hear that your collection stayed together in a museum for others to enjoy! 🙏


      4. From a western point of view, I would compare the topic of seals to wine. There are so many varieties and special features and crazy prices for the reds alone. For the mere mineral water drinker often incomprehensible 🙂

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  3. I find it fascinating how esoteric knowledge and beliefs survived across the early history of humanity. Humans have never not believed in the power of natural objects for good or for evil. It seems now our talisman and charms all reside in our smartphone.

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      1. Totally agree and seriously enjoy your efforts to educate and enthrall us with historical reference that is often overlooked.

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    1. Like all of their kind, everything depends upon the spirit in which they are taken and the uses to which they are put.

      Being a lifelong student of planetwide spiritual beliefs and disciplines, I have found in each tradition both areas of strength and weakness relative to the others ~ hence each’s divinatory method tends to suit itself best to one or another type of inquiry.

      Living parapatetically as I involuntarily must at present, it’s pretty wonderful not to have to find ways to store and carry tools ranging from tarot and animal spirit decks to rune pouches and i-ching disks! Do it all on my phone! Automatic handwriting, too! Haha!! 😊👌

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    1. You are right but perhaps not so strange 😉 I certainly think that they were more attuned to their surroundings and the rhythms of nature than we can possibly be today. Hopefully, we will re-learn some of the things that were surely lost! 🙏🙏

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  4. Stones in certain areas contain certain virtues Collins. Can you still find there. While reading I will totally immersed in the blog by imagining it. In certain areas when we pray by offering prasadam our wishes too will be fulfilled. TQ for sharing the wonderful post Collins.

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    1. Certainly there is an intangible feeling when alone with some of these stones but what that is may be different to all – is it awe, a sense of the transience of human life or maybe the pull of a connection that stretches back through time? I really cannot say but, like you, I think it wonderful to let the mind wonder!! 😊😊🙏🙏

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  5. So very interesting. Made me think of the timeless significance of famous stones found around the world and in our country and their possible connections. For me, river bed stones have always held a special fascination. Thank you for great post.

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  6. Maybe we still do this on a smaller scale? I recently got a bracelet made of lapis lazuli which came with an explanation of the properties of the stone. And I wanted it because I love the paint that comes from the stone. I was thinking also about the fertility uh, dimensions of some of these stones — even a quartz crystal is supposed to confer powers, a kind of fertility, a possibility. Just musing…

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    1. That is a very interesting idea and, I think, does hold water! I might hesitate on complete accord because I do not know how old some of these associations are (you know the types of all-knowing posts that fly around Facebook! 😉 ) but even if they are no older than the late 1960s, does that make them any less valid? 🤔😉 Probably not! 😊


  7. Another fascinating post on the powers of stones. I recall seeing the stone tomb of the jealous Man and Woman at the ruins of Saint Peter and Paul’s Cathedral in Trim. The belief is that if you have a wart and stroke it with a pin and leave the pin or needle on the tomb, the wart will be disappear as the pin rusts. I have not heard how successful it was but if you take somebody else`s pin off the tomb for your own use you`ll not only keep your warts but you`ll inherit the warts of the pin`s rightful owner. Have a great weekend. Allan

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    1. Many thanks Allan, I am glad you liked it! 🙂 I was not aware of that particular ritual but the notion of being able to transfer diseases and annoyances like warts was also widely practiced here. Funnily enough, healing saints is something I might cover next! 😉

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    1. That is an interesting notion!! You could well be right! Perhaps those sites were fortuitously placed in areas where the soil was rich in certain essential minerals; the sacred rituals being a late add-on to help explain why the earth there was special! A great thought. thank you for sharing!

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  8. Brilliant post as usual Colin. The beliefs around stones and healing seem so naive and then I draw parallels with crystals and modern day women rolling their faces with rose quartz and carrying different crystals in their pockets and bras and think hmmmm. I have a massive chunk of rose quartz (the writers stone and also the stone of unconditional love) on my desk. I keep amethyst near my bed, I went through a period of loving amethyst and buying chunks now and then. I find out years later that amethyst is the stone of sobriety and that time was a time that I had first given up alcohol. I’m not fanatical about or think they cure anything – I just really like crystals. Are we growing wiser or are we just perpetuating the same sorts of beliefs while we try and bring some sort of meaning and control to our small finite lives?

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    1. Many thanks Kate, I am pleased that you liked it! 🙂 Yes, I think you have something there! While the modern penchant for hangings and crystals seems very ‘New Age’ it does, whether intentionally or not, seem to hark back to the days when stones were thought to have power. Your closing sentence is wonderful and I could not have said it any better!! 🙏🙏

      PS. I did not know that about rose quartz! My wife has a chunk that has been drilled-out to hold candles in. Maybe I should pay it greater heed in future! 🙂

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      1. Rose quartz is one of my favourites Colin. My inner sceptic boos and jeers even as my intuition always ensures I have plenty around me. Yep it is the girth crystal of Taurus, the crystal of unconditional love and apparently the writers stone. Plus it’s pretty 😊

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    1. That is a good point Maggie! Once something has required a reputation or been remarked as somehow special, it would only take incremental steps through the years for more and more unique traits to be attributed to it!

      Hope you are enjoying your holiday weekend! 🙂

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  9. When I was very young, my godparents had a small cottage near a brook. I would go down to the brook and look for special rocks and things that caught my eye. There was one oddly-shaped rock that I always tried to fetch from the brook; it seemed to glisten but was attached in some way and wouldn’t break free. The more I looked at that rock the more I wanted it but it wouldn’t move. Every time we visited the cottage I would go to the brook to check on ‘my’ rock. One day my godfather was down by the brook with me and I told him about the rock that wouldn’t move. He took a look and told me it was a fossilized starfish! No matter how hard I tried, I would nevernbe able to release that “rock” and bring it home with me. I finally had to give up on my wish. It’s been many years since I visited the cottage; I wonder if the starfish is still there or have the years of babbling brook waters smoothed away all signs of it? 🌟

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    1. What a beautifully evocative image to have brought to mind!! 🙏🙏😊😊 It sounds wonderful and I hope that, one day, you are able to return to that brook and rediscover that special rock! 🤞🤞

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  10. So fascinating. I love tales about standing stones. Obviously Stonehenge is the one I am most familiar with so thank you for sharing these stories of the rock formations in Brittany. I don’t know if you’re familiar with the Outlander series of books, but the standing stones in that series are gateways through time. I also love the images you used to accompany this post. The one of the women and children gathered around the tall stone (the third image, I think) has quite an eerie vibe to it. Those children look very menacing. Another fantastic post. Thank you again!

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    1. Thank you!! I am happy that you found it an interesting read! I have not read those books but love the idea that some stones are portals! 😉

      That image does look as if they are distinctly unimpressed to have been captured on camera doesn’t it? 😮🙈

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  11. They seem to have a timeless call and attraction to us, these big stones. So many people want to visit Stonehenge they had to stop people being able to access the stone circle directly and fence it in. Now we all just stand and stare from a distance. Thank you again for another lovely post.

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    1. You have said it well – they do possess a timeless call! 🙂 I think it fairly inevitable that access will be controlled to more ancient sites. As you said, they become victims of their own success. In Carnac (where there are alignments of several thousand stones), they close a field for a season and the fields rotate throughout the year. It may sound annoying but it is accepted because the vegetation surrounding the stones needs time each year to recover from the footfall. That said, there are plenty of stones that see almost no visitors, so, you can have some sites all to yourself! 😉

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  12. So inspiration story of the Healing Stones of Brittany , very interesting to read 🌹🙏👍🏻Our Ancestors made
    mythical stones , so amazing Divine art in it 👌😊 and worshiped a lot , we still doing 🙏🙌 we are using
    stones for pain relief , some small stones and raw salt are wrapped in a cloth and warmed and applied to
    the pain areas which gives a lot of relief, and we still doing 👍🏻♥️ so many varieties of stones this earth
    Grace to see each countries great stones 🙏🌍All photos in this post so wonderful to view 😍✌🏼🙏
    Have a beautiful Day dear Friend 🙏🌹♥️

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    1. Thank you! 🙂 Yes, it is remarkable how widespread was once the belief in the inner power of stones. The hot stone and salt remedy sounds a very ancient one and I appreciate you sharing it with me, thank you! 🙂
      Enjoy your week ahead! 🙏🙏😊

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    1. Thank you!! 🙏😊 That is a very good point and you are right, we, as humans, seem almost hard-wired to need that type of connection but hope, in all its forms, is such a powerful force! 😉 🙏


  13. Me too, dearest friend of mine, to hear that you’re doing okay once more and you’re strong and creative as always! Stay well you and your whole family! The battles are going on here but in an enhancing and evaluating way in all respects.. but very dissapointing regarding the elections outcome….. Well, Democracy hasn’t come to its right and ripe time to get arised, I suppose as well as we all suppose so… Greetings! 🙂 🙂 🙂

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      1. Oh, yes, that’s right, dear, the improvements are with regards to my husband’s illness which proves a big healing and good evolution as well as to my son’s mariage that has been under a huge reheating stage! Greetings to you and to all of your family’s dreams of happiness! 🙂 🙂 🙂

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  14. It was sad to read of the desperation of parents looking for a cure for their sick children. My grandmother flew to Lourdes on two occasions and firmly believed in the healing properties of the water. I wish I shared her faith. There is something awesome about monoliths so I can understand their worship. Great post as always!

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    1. Thank you! Yes, there is definitely something about them, isn’t there!! 😉 I think looking-in from the outside that faith and hope can sometimes seem incomprehensible to those that have neither? 🤔 It certainly has a definite power though!

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      1. When I was 15 I suddenly decided that I didn’t believe in my faith. After that I couldn’t pretend and slowly walked away. I still long for the sense of belonging and a shared belief.

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  15. In Ireland they have the Blarney Stone 🪨 💋 lol

    When I was a little girl I always remember them constantly telling me about the Blarney Stone and kissing it lol

    Supposably gives you the gift of eloquence and persuasiveness

    They say there is energy to rocks and stones … for all different things …

    Over here they would consider it holistic medicine – and warn not to forgo actual medical treatment – but aid with

    I bet with knowing the earth and what herbs 🌿 or things to use for healing with the combination of the rock energy … they felt the energies and felt healed

    Sometimes women can’t get pregnant because they want and wish it so much … but when they relax and not worry – sometimes it will happen

    These rocks give energy that someone could believe makes a difference and gives them positive energy with their beliefs and who’s to say what works

    They knew things – and knew the earth…

    I have a necklace I wear alot… it’s a seahorse – it’s a mood necklace … I don’t use for healing or anything … but when I wear I have good luck 🍀

    Is it the energy? Or is it my belief? Or little of both? 😘

    Also… if I really really wanted something or needed something … sometimes our beliefs and energies can will it?

    Cause ya know power of thought ?

    Could the energies they say is in the stones, plus the herbal cures and remedies, along with the power of thought, belief or prayer be powerful?

    They were much more in-tune with the earth, and themselves

    Sometimes something even makes you feel better

    So yeah lol … I may rub up on a rock? Or even kiss 💋 it? Possibly lol … but I’m not sliding down them and slicing myself lol

    Science considers pseudoscience- with no direct evidence of truly healing …

    But power of thought and they had some brilliance with herbs and things … add on the energy of the earth and who’s to say all those powers combine don’t help?

    There are always miracles and things we do not understand but could be possible? And then mix that with modern science together 😮

    How we not cure everything??

    Power of the mind body and earth? 🤔

    What rock you gonna touch, rub on or kiss?

    Mine would be one for protection from evil and disease lol -if I were to create a wish list ✌️😘

    Has a magical aspect ❤️

    They say we only use 10% of brain – what if power of belief or thought mixed with these energies (along side modern science) made a difference?

    Brain, energies, herbs and science ?

    So… are they wrong and we just discount? And forget/ignore/don’t know?

    Who’s to say? Never know what life does lol 💋✌️

    Ps if I want & believe something big enough – I will go where ever lol

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    1. Haha yes, I have kissed the Blarney stone! 😉

      Yes, I think you are right, it is a mixture of energy (or whatever name you want to give that intangible force) and belief or faith. Isn’t that what magic really is once you strip away the additions? But, you’re right – if we believe in something big enough then we will go to extraordinary lengths! 😉 😊🤗

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      1. Ahhh… well you are eloquent and persuasive with your words lol 😘

        I have always wanted to visit and go do that lol 🙏 maybe someday ❤️

        Yeah they had little bits and pieces right – and they didn’t have modern medicine so you work with what you got lol 🤷‍♀️

        They did pretty well surviving – we are all here 👏

        I do love to learn what they believed and what they went through ❤️

        Haha yes… if something desired or believe in strong enough, to save a life, to have love, to find peace, to find god, be free – whatever … yes, to the ends of the earth lol 😘✌️

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      2. Exactly! Given the right motivators and the right set of circumstances nothing is off the table! 🤞🙏

        Haha yes, visited Blarney Castle as a child and seem to recall that the stone did not seem particularly special and could only be reached by hanging upside-down? I wonder if it is wiped regularly in these post-covid times? 🤔

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      3. Yes I am aware you hang upside down lol 😄 have to have some effort to be worth it lol

        This one made ME laugh because I don’t know if they wipe that down 😮

        I googled just now and it says they use a cleanser recommended by the W.H.O. World Health Organization

        And if go there to kiss it lol 💋 … you can ask them to wipe down with sanitary wipe and they supposably will

        But I believe that was put in place after Covid lol 🤷‍♀️

        Before 2020, not sure lol 😮

        Funny how we think now 😄😄

        It’s a wonder how those of us prior to 2020 even survived lol

        But yeah – I think I would want it sanitized before I kiss lol 💋 definitely

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      4. Have a great day… hump day… middle of the week 😮

        Ahh Wednesday

        Today I will be dealing with shit literally lol … I had to call plumber yesterday cause one of bathrooms out of order 🚽

        So that will go down today lol

        At least not dealing with shit on a friday – hopefully 🙏

        Ahhh my life lol

        Have a great day!!

        Ps… it’s that stupid toilet that has the jiggly handle 😄😄

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      5. Hahaha well… let’s see how did go?

        Well plumber they send – was young young kid and give me GIGANTIC quote

        Ha – as if … corporate will not spend that

        Don’t be overzealous just because corporation – they tight with funds

        So I call another plumber … 2 actually … but the one who showed up today was owner and give me crazy low quote – umm yes please – I say when can I schedule that?

        He say, I can do right now for you …

        Done ✔️ sign me up – say no more

        I stay away and let do thing – I just pay the bills – not getting all up in shit ✌️

        He did it right before 5pm 🕔 …

        The other one I have booked for tmrw – cause I didn’t have faith lol… I wanted few quotes to pick from 😘✌️

        I will have to cancel first thing in morning 😮 * MUST REMEMBER *

        It was not gonna be any lower than this guy for sure!! And the shit is handled 🙌… for now 🙏 lol

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      6. Ah yeah!! 👏❤️

        And is Memorial Day weekend 👏👏🇺🇸❤️ woo hoo!!

        3 days off ❤️❤️👏👏 hopefully 🙏

        Here come all the BBQ’s ❤️❤️ ahhh I love this season

        It’s the most wonderful time of the year ❤️👏👏

        Have a great Friday 👏✌️

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      7. Yes!! 🙌 3 whole days 👏

        But we see if I get through all 3 days without needing me 🙏🙏

        But I am thrilled to have 3 days ❤️👏 I can not remember having 3 days – but again – we see lol

        Hope you have a wonderful weekend also 👏✌️

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  16. Well I for one have to say that’s it hard to pull away from their beliefs. Old remedies is what all the old generation folks new and they make ssense. I love the way you ended this post; Fear and hope.
    Fear can make you believe in things that others will not and give you the hope to be married, have kids, live a blessed life. I totally get it! I love your stories so much!!!

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    1. You are right and in small, tight-knit, communities with little contact with folks that held different views, it must have been terribly difficult to move away from the old ways. Ha, yes, fear and hope – those two staples that help push us forward! 😉

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  17. Fascinating as usual. The menhir near the church at Audierne reminded me I sailed from Audierne to Sein, when I was in the Army. (To clean up after the Bohlen!). There were two menhirs on the Place de l’église. I think they were called “Les causeurs.”

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      1. I know… I have a story in my head about Sein and the stones… I just don’t know whether to write it in French, which I should or in English which is what 98% of my readers read…

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      2. Ha … your ability to tell a story transcends language! Tell it in French but also the following week in English ( or underneath! 😉 )!! But do the translating yourself and do not use the computer generated stuff 🙏 You really can convey meaning and subtlety that computers cannot! 😉

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      3. Thank you. You’re only too kind. The thing is, to write twice really takes a toll on my time. I have used Word translate, which probably saves about 50% of my time. Not too bad. What I do is edit the translated stuff, change vocabulary, phrase structure… it still takes time, but if it saves me 50%, still a good bargain…

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      4. Not too kind at all – the English translations of your Spanish stories were truly excellent!!
        Why not just write in one language at a time and set your page to allow auto-translate? That way, you need only write once but folk can still read in the language of their choosing?

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      5. Thank you. Those translations were indeed “re-writing”.
        Setting the auto-translate would be a good idea… Have you tried it? I mean your blog is in English. Have you looked up the “Frog” automatic version? (Remember, being a “Frog” I can use it freely, in the second-degree) I’ll have a look at my sidebar… Thanks for the tip.

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      6. I do not spend as much time on layout as I should and I am certain that there is more functionality to be had even from the free WP versions. I shall have a look around the help files!

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      7. Best of luck. I started working with computers 51 years ago. Punch cards. Flow-chart programming, etc… I’ve gone through all computer revolutions since but ultimately? Programmers can’t write. And those who pay don’t know about computers. The result is lousy… “interface”. It’s getting more complicated every day. When it shouldn’t
        Bonne chance cher ami.

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      8. I can recall seeing punch cards in my first real job but they were lying around in piles to be used as scrap paper! 😉 There were a few bulky computers with green text screens and huge dot matrix printers. If I was to show the same to my kids now they would likely look upon them as industrial artifacts like the steam engine! 🙄 How – relatively – quickly technology has changed the workplace. Now, we have AI to contend with!

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      9. My first computer was an IBM 360. Filled an entire air-conditioned room with high priests in a white toga. To whom you humbly handed your deck of cards, and told you, a week later that “there was something wrong with the programme. Please check. No we can’t help you. Your problem…”
        Then came the terminals with green screens.
        Then came IBM’s PS2 with a green screen and no hard drive…
        You must have come around that time…
        Steam engines indeed.
        And I have my reservations about ChatGPT or whatever it’s called…

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      10. Ha, yes, I recall PCs being rolled out very slowly but only to staff senior who did not do their own typing! 😉 Was not too long thereafter that the typists and typing pools all disappeared.

        Yes, the advances in AI in the last few years alone has been staggering – even ChatGPT seems so much more ‘realistic’ than six months ago. I wonder where it will take us?


    1. Hi Nancy, I am very pleased that you enjoyed this one and appreciate you reading it and your very kind and encouraging words!! 🙏

      Ha, it was not anything I considered in my early-20s but now I think it might have been an interesting path! 🤗 All good here, thank you 😊🤗 and I trust that you and Ken are well and enjoying summer? 🙏

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