Leylines are a most curious phenomena first made famous by an author called Alfred Watkins circa 1928. His book “The Old straight Track” was inspired by a vision he had whilst hiking in the county of Herefordshire in the U.K. where he lived.
The vision he had was of the countryside suddenly becoming interlaced with lines that connected old churches and other places of antiquity. As a result of this split seconds insight Alfred undertook a study of the area using maps and made the discovery that many old churches were indeed connected to each other along perfectly straight lines. Many readers of his work became captivated and sought to undertake similar studies of there own.
My own interest having been stimulated led me to make an initial study of my neighborhood. I began my studies using a 1 inch to the mile ordinance survey map. First of all I drew a circle around all the churches that I knew to be (a few) centuries old. Then with a ruler I began checking to see if any of these markers formed straight lines obviously using 3 churches as the minimum criteria. Almost immediately I found many 3 church alignments and a fair number of 4 and 5 church lines. The plot thickened when I extended the lines by some 15 miles or so beyond the last confirmed marker of an alignment. I found that if I extended all the alignments that even though they didn’t pass through any more churches – some of these extended lines crossed at exact points on the map. I called these points (Ley crossroads). Using these crossroads themselves as a confirmed marker some of the unconfirmed 2 church leys were now confirmed. It was really a Eureka moment to know that I’d discovered ancient knowledge that absolutely nobody else was aware of.
There are other markers that frequently occur on leylines such as pieces of perfectly straight modern roads that follow the route of pre-medieval tracks. Lakes and natural markers such as prominent hills are found often found along the lines. Another more quirky finding is if you regard a church as a central point and draw imaginary circular spiral pattern out from that point – then do a similar exercise with a neighboring church or marker – you may find that the nodes of intersection of the spirals unearth further markers that also form Ley-lines.
In addition to markers and geometry, place names are extremely useful as confirmation of a Leys existence. Very old place names such as Cole (Coleshill) or White (Whitecross) etc are examples along with Dodd or Bury and so on. A vital feature to include as a marker in any map search are ancient burial grounds or Earthworks.
Alfred Watkins was firmly of the opinion that these tracks were devised as a navigational/ transport network from bygone times. Many students since then have proposed a multitude of other solutions to the riddle.
I personally think that sections of the system were perhaps used as roads but am convinced that this was not their primary function. There are many curious folk lore legends attached to the lines as any researcher will soon discover. When I actually visited sites I’d identified, all sorts of confirmations started to appear. Most curious were names of old cottages on the alignments such as Coles Farm or Bury Hill.
The most famous Ley-line junction is possibly Stonehenge. What stuck me most about visiting Stonehenge was that it is surround by literally hundreds of earth mounds and other Ley features . From the air the miles surrounding Stonehenge look like a 4000 year old metropolis with the henge itself looking almost insignificant within the mass of features that surround it.
The fact that churches contribute so heavily in Ley hunting is a little misleading really. It is not the church itself that’s important here it’s the land upon which it was built. It became usual with the onset of Christianity to build churches on old pagan sites to lure the enthusiasm of the old ways of the people to the new movement. Upon the old Pagan sites there often stood large standing stones (In fact many church yards still have these relics of Paganism). I think (and many others) believe these monoliths to be key to understanding the Ley-line puzzle. The stones it is thought may have been booster stations forming a network or energy management crossing the entire UK ( &other lands beyond). What type of energy connected the sites is open to much debate.
Curiously some stones shows signs of cup marks on their surfaces of various diameters that may have served as satellite type dishes sunken into the surface with their diameters devised to control different frequencies. It is my belief that the energy manipulated by the network was gravity itself.
As yet scientist have not been able to detect gravity-waves and I’m sure it’s because they simply don’t exist. I believe that gravity is a product of distorted space time engineered by the presence of mass. As gravity is a very subtle force it seems feasible to me that the mass of a large stone could be sufficient to cause a local micro-gravitational effects that positioning of the stone and (dish) features upon it’s surface could be fashioned in such a way as to harness the (energy/space-time ripple). The mass of Ayres rock in Australia is magnificent example of micro-gravitational anomalous events.
Whatever truth is eventually found to be behind the purpose Ley-lines – it’s certainly remains the most captivating of mysteries to solve.
From 2005 until 2010 and with the help and support of Sander/Moses Productions, I promoted the CBS TV Series “Ghost Whisperer” quite extensively through my website. I had descriptions of episodes, brief character bios, brief bios of the stars, information on music used in episodes, a forum, a chat room, a guestbook and a hit counter with map showing where people would hit my website from. One particular evening after a particularly chilling episode, I decided to go into my office to check the hit counter. One hit came from Los Angeles, California. I excitedly thought that someone from Universal at Sander/Moses must have checked out my website. As I zoomed in on the location, I noticed that the location of the hit came from south of Universal Studios. I zoomed in again and noticed that the location was just a little bit north of I-10. I zoomed in closer and was puzzled as all the streets gave way to what looked like an open field. “What’s going on here”, I asked myself? Puzzled, yet pleased by the mystery before me, I pulled up Google Earth and matched it with what I had visible on my Map. I found the field and zoomed in closer. As I did and got a good look at the location of the page hit, I got chills from head to toe! It reminded me of an old episode of the Twilight Zone.
“It’s impossible for anyone to call you from that location.”
Rosedale Cemetery to be exact.
I checked the time in which the page was hit.
8:30PM. Three and a half hours after the gates closed and when Los Angeles was in full dark.
Was someone from the grave trying to contact me or was someone making a joke?
Anything is possible.
As much as I enjoy watching TV ghost shows, I have to say that I am often quite irritated when I detect that the investigators involved may be faking the supposed paranormal activity. It is soooo annoying. Sadly, such manufactured “ghostly” activity has become far too common in these shows, and this often results in my reaching for the OFF switch of my TV set with a weary sigh.
When I sit down to watch a ghost hunting show, I expect it to be GENUINE, and not just some exaggerated piece of shallow rubbish, with obviously scripted dialogue and over-theatrical behaviour when even as much as a spoon is chucked across a darkened room.
When I first started watching these shows, I did initially think that they were all genuine, especially when the presenter took you into actual haunted places and interviewed the owners and other people there about their reported “paranormal” experiences. However, the more I watched these shows, and the more I read certain devious things about them that raised questions about their sincerity, the more I began to doubt that they were all that they seemed to be. Furthermore, the antics of these TV investigators became so tiresome and predictable that I even found myself bursting out laughing, as they were just getting to be beyond a joke. Just as if you would stay in a creepy, darkened cellar whilst being repeatedly assaulted by an apparent “malevolent entity”, and just as if a spirit would immediately – and without fail – respond to your queries of “Is anybody there?” with well-timed knocks.
The fakery and theatrics in a lot of these shows has become so regular now that it is becoming increasingly difficult to know which incidents are genuine and which are staged. It’s just like the boy who cried wolf, for one day these investigators could actually experience GENUINE paranormal activity, but if they have generated a rather dogdy reputation for themselves for faking ghostly activity, then they are going to find it very difficult to convince viewers that this time it’s all for real.
Even some of the so-called “psychic mediums” that accompany the TV investigators to these supposedly “haunted” buildings can often project a rather ludicrous, questionable impression. “Is there anybody there?” they call out, and on the occasions that they DO appear to contact a spirit, they give pretty thin and vague descriptions which almost anybody who knows how to exaggerate spirit medium capability would be able to do, with no trouble. To be honest, I am quite surprised that these TV ghost shows have been allowed to get away with their exaggerated investigation antics for so long, as there must be millions of people who have sussed them out and, as a result, are switching their program off, just as I have been doing.
Just for once, I would LOVE to see a GENUINE, SERIOUS paranormal investigation show – one whose makers would not feel the need to resort to staging silly ghostly activity in order to inject some kind of “entertainment” factor into the programme to boost up ratings. I would rather endure an hour or so of little paranormal activity from a truthful investigation than be subjected to false “bumps” in the night and manufactured moans and howls from a TV crew who are just doing it to keep up their TV fame.
Come on, PROPER TV ghost hunters – where are you all?
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