J. Rankin who posts at Thothistheibis asked, “Why are the Aubrey Posts at Stonehenge at a 6.428571 degree spacing? And have I seen the number before in my Torah research?”
First to bring myself and others up to speed on the Aubrey Posts: there are 56 holes inside the bank at Stonehenge I which have been filled in with chalk, debris and human remains. No astronomical purpose can be determined for them. The circle has a diameter of 891 feet. The holes are typically 30 inches deep and about 41.7″ wide.
I have seen the number 6.428571 but probably discarded it mentally. As J. Rankin correctly pointed out, it is 45 divided by 7. It is also the square root of 41.32.
The angle 6.428571 is derived from dividing the circle of 360 degrees by the 56 holes of the circle.
Which leads to: “Why 56 holes and what are they about?” There are many offered explanations available in the Wikipedia Article on the subject. The conclusion is that after many, many years and much study, no one can explain it.
The plain, simple and factual answer is it refers to something of great importance that is not celestial. It is part of “The Deep Mystery.”
Each and every ancient site has a number associated with it. An obvious example is the Giza Pyramid. It is a five sided pyramid which means the site number is 5 but! It is truncated so it is 6 sided. 5 x 6 = 30 and you have its latitude and currently its longitude. The 5 and 6 also forms 56.
Observe that this angle 6.428571 when squared equals 41.33. Note the holes are 41.73″ in diameter. A difference of less than ½” in 4000 years is not bad for a dirt hole. The holes were dug 30″ deep. 5 x6 = 30, another use of 56. The diameter of the circle is 891 feet which gives a circumference of 2799.4 feet or 2800 feet. And we can see 2800 x 2 = 5600. Another use of 56.
Thus the 56 is not astronomical in nature. It is ceremonial. Whereas Stonehenge with its massive stones is for watching the heavens, the outer circle with its 56 silent white markers would have been for ceremony and remembrance. So the answer is not in the angle but the number itself. After all, 56 is 7 x 8 = 7 x 2³ and 2³ describes a three dimensional world. The diagonal of a square 2 units to the side is 2.8 and 2.8 x 2 = 5.6!
This is one of the most important numbers to be found in the Torah, yet it is quiet and obscure. It keeps its own mystery.