The North-East is a traditional direction from which to enter sacred space, and it is also a place where powerful
external forces are at play on the Compass. In the old stone circles of Britain, the North-East is the place where
the heel-stone is often found, a single standing stone that sits alone outside the circle proper. It is usually
attributed to the Dark Mother, or the Black Goddess, who is known by various names like Black Anna or Black
The guardian of this gateway is the Queen of Northgales, one of the four Queens who accompanied Arthur to
Avalon. Named in Mallory’s version of the tale as Annowre, a Medieval version of the name Anu, or Black
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