It has been discovered that there are shrines and iconography all along the Belinus leyline which are dedicated to a St Bee or St Bega. This leyline runs from the Isle of Wight to Bee’s Head, the former Druid mound in Cumbria which experienced an earthquake on the last winter solstice. But who was St Bee or St Bega? No Christian saint, I assure you!
Of course, as is per usual, it has been discovered that St Bega is just another Christian imposition over the head of a pagan deity. And the Celtic story is told of one Bega who, in various ways, was a goddess who was honoured and revered in Druid pagan rites.
St Bega’s Church, Bassenthwaite, Cumbria
Going back even further, it is now thought that Bega was actually the star constellation of Vega. This wouldn’t be as strange as it may first sound because, firstly, god and goddesses are very often named after star constellations and secondly, within the Indo-European-speaking migrating peoples, the letter ‘v’ is known by linguists to morph into ‘b’, the further it travels from east to west.
Another interesting, and perhaps key, point about Vega was that she was our pole star about 12,000 BCE. Again, we are given an indication of a time which was towards the end of last Ice Age, when masses of people were on the move, coming south and west out of Central Asia and Siberia to avoid the flooding as the glaciers melted. It is also when many of the myths we know today were in genesis ~ not to mention flood myths. (See The Original Noah’s Ark and Other Deluges)
Here’s what Wikipedia says about Vega
Each night the positions of the stars appear to change as the Earth rotates. However, when a star is located along the Earth’s axis of rotation, it will remain in the same position and thus is called a pole star. The direction of the Earth’s axis of rotation gradually changes over time in a process known as the precession of the equinoxes. A complete precession cycle requires 25,770 years, during which time the pole of the Earth’s rotation follows a circular path across the celestial sphere that passes near several prominent stars. At present the pole star is Polaris, but around 12,000 BC the pole was pointed only five degrees away from Vega. Through precession, the pole will again pass near Vega around AD 14,000. It is the brightest of the successive northern pole stars.
As you can see from this diagram, our pole star is determined by what stage we’re at in the precessional process. Our pole star is currently Polaris and it will not be until 14,000 AD that Vega will be our pole star again.
I found it interesting that Vega was so important to our ancestors 14,000 years ago. And that the Belinus line, dedicated to Vega or Bega, travels exactly due north, in the direction of the Pole Star.
Nicholas Mann and Philippa Glaister have found evidence that those that migrated across the chalk land bridge over the Channel after the Ice Age and went west along the greensand way as far as Cheddar Gorge, ultimately turning Avebury into a ritual sacred site, were following the “stars which never set” which they regarded as their ancestors, and that they turned Avebury into a much more stellar oriented site accordingly, unlike the later Stonehenge which was solar oriented. (See Avebury ~ Vedic Temple of the Stars)
But these other guys, led by their shaman-magician-astronomer-navigators, went due north, following Vega ahead of them in the sky and leaving offerings to the benefactor pole star along the route of the Belinus line.