We have come to realise recently that there are paths of energy running through the Earth herself, focused at special religious sites, just like the meridians and chakras of the subtle human body.
These ‘ley lines’ (in other cultures they are called ‘dragon lines’) often reveal a startling alignment of stone circles, ancient churches, burial grounds and ancient tracks. It seems clear that people of the megalithic period, if not earlier, were attuned to this natural energy and deliberately lived in harmony with it. It is certainly true that the majority of our churches have been built on much earlier religious sites.
One of the first to investigate leys in the UK was John Michell, who showed that a straight line drawn through the natural hills Glastonbury Tor and Burrowbridge Mump also passes through Brentnor and St Michael’s Mount off the coast of Cornwall. There are many religious sites along the line, all dedicated to St Michael. Further, the line runs at 630and exactly shows the direction of sunrise at Beltane and Lughnasadh, and of sunset at Samhain and Imbolc, the cross-quarter days and Celtic fire festivals. St Michael is the archangel associated with the element of fire and with enlightenment to spiritual truth, whilst Glastonbury, of course, is regarded by many as the most spiritual place in England.
It is less well known, however, that ley lines can be relatively short and can form astonishingly accurate geometric patterns. For example, the St Michael line forms one side of a figure linking the Mump, the Tor, Cadbury and Hamdon Hill, in an almost perfect rhombus with sides eleven miles long. There are churches dedicated to St Michael at each corner and the north-east edge is aligned with the Northern Major Standstill (the furthest northerly setting of the Moon). Local legends tell of King Arthur riding these paths out of Camelot, sited at Cadbury.
Leys do not necessarily have any obvious legendary significance though, and simpler examples may be found throughout the country, even within cities. Readers may like to search them out in their own areas by obtaining a large-scale map (Ordnance Survey 1:25 000 or better). Cover a chosen area with tracing paper and use a pencil to mark all the ancient sites, mounds, wells, tumuli, monuments, hilltops and churches; use a ruler to line up as many as possible (at least three or four to be significant) and look for patterns. By this method, I found the pattern below in an area near Worthing in Sussex.
The base of the triangle is nearly eleven miles whilst the other two sides are both five and three quarter miles long. Crossing this pattern to the east, there are even two further leys towards Devil’s Dyke and Hove, alignments of churches and tumuli that intersect on the Ashington–Bramber path.
It is also interesting to measure distances in the ancient British ‘megalithic yard’ (1 MY = 2.72 feet, so 1 mile is equivalent to 1,940 MY). The precision of alignments is often far beyond coincidence and tells us that our ancestors were well versed in mathematics and understood the energy of our Mother Earth far better than we do today.
The British landscape is especially blessed with a large number of stone circles or henges, whose construction and original purposes remain largely a mystery to us. The most famous are Stonehenge and Avebury Circle in Wiltshire, the Rollright Stones in Oxfordshire and Castlerigg Circle in Cumbria.
The latter is in fact not a circle at all but a symmetrical ovoid (egg shape) aligned north-south with the intersection of two mountains, Jenkin Hill and Blease Fell. Its dimensions are 40 x 35 MY and the design is mathematically perfect, stones placed around two intersecting heptagons (7-sided figures). But why was it built where it is, out in the wilds of Cumbria? An OS map and tracing paper suggest the answer…
It seems clear from the diagram that, whatever other religious significance it had, Castlerigg was an important meeting-place at the intersection of tracks linking ancient settlements.
There are now many books and articles written on the subject of geomancy yet there is still much to discover. Finding alignments and geometric patterns for oneself is not only a fun activity, it encourages us to draw closer to our home, Mother Earth herself. Walking or cycling along the lines also helps us to sense the spiritual connection between our own energy and that of the Earth. Goodness knows, we need a greater awareness of this connection if we are to save the planet from the damage mankind has wreaked upon it.
Nigel Peace is the author of several spiritual books including Spirit Revelations, an account of prophetic dreams and synchronicities.He is also the owner of the MBS publishing company Local Legend.