The inquiry involves a prophecy allegedly given by the Scots seer, Thomas the Rhymer, in the 13th century, which goes like this.
"Whan Twede and Pausail meet at Merlin's Grave,For more on Merlin, see http://www.lib.rochester.edu/camelot/veitch.htm where Merlin's twin sister is "the dawn" and his early love "the gleam".
Scotlande and Englande sall ain King have."
The reader writes:
"Legend has it that on the night of 24th March 1603, the Powsail Burn burst her banks and flowed into the River Tweed at Drumelzier. On the same night Elizabeth I, Queen of England, died without issue and the English throne fell to James VI, King of Scots, who thereafter fashioned himself King of Great Britain ("We hate it." said theHere are my thoughts on this matter.
Scots. "We hate it." said the English). The trouble being, I cannot locate the Powsail Burn on any maps and have come to the conclusion that it may have dried up a long time ago. Drumelzier, being surrounded by hills, is a natural suntrap, so a river drying up would not surprise me."
That the ancient legends have an astronomical basis is suggested by the quoted date for the Powsail Burn's overflowing her banks, 24th March, i.e. the Vernal Equinox. It would not bring any fruit to pay attention to the year - the "folk" have a habit of taking ancient legends and adapting them to newer events (cognitive psychology has a lot to say about this in terms of how humans remember and order past "events").
The Vernal Equinox date of legend corresponds to my decipherment of the Drumelzier megalith, as corresponding to a line running vertically between Orion and Taurus as the Colure of the Vernal Equinox in ca. 3117 BC., my cardinal date for the megalithic system. See
A legend quoted at Ancient Stones http://www.ancient-stones.co.uk/borders/031/035/details.htm is also astronomical in foundation. It is written there:
"The following legend has also been found in connection with this location. Merlin was converted to Christianity by St Kentigern at the alter-stone a large block of rock opposite Altarstone Farm in the parish of Stobo. The following day Merlin met a strange three fold death, as he had already prophesied. He was stoned by local shepherds, slipped down the banks of the Tweed and impaled himself on stakes used to secure fish traps. He drowned as the river unexpectantly rose and his head fell below the water level."What is being described by that legend (in my opinion) is the successive setting of stars (beneath the horizon) affiliated with Orion (here Orion = Merlin) beginning with the Pleiades (the stones of the shepherds), followed by the star cluster of the Hyades in Taurus, which have always been affiliated with water and the portent of floods and storms - in my view because their setting portends the subsequent coming and horizon setting of the Milky Way - the river of heaven - at the horizon. Taurus forms the stakes of the fish trap, as its top stars rest right on the edge of the Milky Way, forming a kind of funnel trap, as it were, for any fish in that Milky Way. During this successive setting of the stars of Taurus, we also find Orion setting, starting at his feet and legs. When the end stars of Taurus at the Milky Way have set, the torso of Orion has also set, but not
the head. The drowning of Merlin (Orion) then occurs when Orion's head - regardless of however this is identified in the stars - then also sets and is drowned by the Milky Way.
A movable planisphere available in bookstores shows how this happens.
Note that all of these things support my decipherment of the Drumelzier stone, which marks stars below Taurus and between Taurus and Orion.