This model appears to place the stones well in context, but one in which the visible circle would part of a larger shape . One can speculate that within this the ring of stones was meant to contain an analog to the zone of shadow which would cross the moon regularly and the sun on occasion, (-s rare and holy) . Note the crescent shape immediately to the east-southeast of the circle - this could have been taken as the zone of light . The temple seems to have been laid out flexibly enough that monthly observance could be held, but with its strongest 'plan symbolism' for the eclipse . The tip-off here is that during the monthly cycle, the changing face of the moon is stretched across its diameter, (the endpoints of the arc across the face will be in theory diametrically opposed, even if the moon is full) . A crescent which goes beyond the diameter, as this shows, is only possible during eclipse . Interestingly, the crescent portion of the temple could represent the sun during this occasion - to remarkable ceremony, (only)
Some notes on the details of the analysis :
The triangles, in blue, are only of the 7:11:13 near-pi near-right variety, though scaling between them is as necessary . All share the same line, (which I'll call the NW ordinate), and with the exception of those triangles used to position the center of the surviving stone circle, all rest their hypotenuse, (or long side), upon it . Of the four principal triangles, one, (the inner of the lower), starts and ends on the '11' circle, (numbers are ratios, not measures) . This was likely the most holy of the triangles, as it crosses the '7' circle at its diameter, (on the line I'll call the NE ordinate), then corners again on the '11' before returning and ending on same ; 6 of the ten stones shown touch this triangle . The outer lower triangle begins on or near the '13' circle, corners and returns from numerically unsolved places ; 4 of the ten stones touch it . The inner upper triangle begins on the stone circle itself, where this crosses the common centerline - at or very close to the radius of a '10' circle, not shown and returns from a second grounding on the stone circle line . 3 stones touch this triangle . The outer upper triangle begins on the eleven circle and returns from a 9 circle, (also not shown) . 3 stones touch this .
The Stone circle itself is centered at or near where a triangle with its short side on the common centerline meets a circle of scale '1', (all the small circles except for the blue ones are '1's), which is centered where the NE ordinate meets the '7' circle . Along this triangle's long side, that spot is apparently chosen which is perpendicular to the midpoint of the inner upper triangle's long side on the common line .
The pale turquoise traces represent the area of light, (my supposing), ordinarily the crescent moon, but on the rarest of occasions a crescent sun . Ratios between the string of turquoise circles have yet to be resolved, but they seem to recall later Celtic design work . The monthly cycle diameter for this area is anchored by a pair of stones . The northern of these is hard to explain in this context other than that it's there for the purpose . However it is well placed within the lozenge of panel 1, ('Lochbuie') .
That's about it, obviously a picture is worth a thousand words, though I wasn't counting . A good tool for viewing the diagrams is the Opera web browser, (www.opera.com
), which lets the user drag a trace-copy of an image across itself with the mouse - facilitating a search for new lines . There are often more
Lastly, if the circle did represent shadow in this tradition, it implies that most of the people would want to be outside of it most of the time ... a reversal of emphasis