Long Straight Lines in ‘the Ether’
Ancient man knew a lot about the significance, and the influence, of the invisible linear veins that criss-cross the planet. Today, only dowsers and alternative architects take much notice of them – which is probably one of the reasons that we, as a society and species, have come to be who we are.
The matrices of ‘energy’ currents are, from one perspective, akin to the blood vessels in our bodies or the electric cabling in our walls – conveying and containing important information about our environment and advising us how to best interact with it. Without them, we would cease to exist – at least in the physical sense of the word – yet for almost all of the time they reside, unnoticed, just below the surface of our perception.
We know that the ancients knew and revered these etheric features precisely because they put such mind-boggling effort into marking, and possibly using, the places where the various currents run, cross and interact. It’s not just Stonehenge and the Pyramids that record these massive undertakings. The solitary menhirs of Devon and Cornwall, Brittany and Ireland are, in their own way, even more evocative of this determination to establish the energetic points and lines in everyday perception. And maybe it was only when the Long Straight Lines were fading from immediate human sensation that the menhirs and their cousins came to be needed at all.
Some of the LSLs are actually quite recent in origin, implying that they are probably human in origin, products of the anthropocene. But many others dowse as dating back to a time before the dawn of the human era. They appear to be inherent in the very nature of planet earth – and probably those of other celestial bodies – and their interaction with Gaia and her progeny is almost an afterthought.
The modern appreciation of LSLs probably dates to the early 20th century, when Alfred Watkins, a landscape historian and folklorist from Herefordshire, became aware of the alignment of ancient sacred and religious sites in the west of England – both when seen from high ground and on maps produced by the Ordnance Survey. The term ley, to give a tag to these features, was coined by one of his colleagues (on the basis that you had to call them something). But later, it entered common parlance and also into the written work of Watkins himself. Watkins didn’t think of leys as lines, as such, but merely as alignments of significant places that had been established, perhaps as trackways, in times long gone.
However, when Guy Underwood – a Trustee of the British Society of Dowsers -was writing in the 1950’s and 1960’s, being both a diviner and someone who considered the local landscape in a more physical manner, he was certainly discussing not just the nature, but also the structure, of these Ley ‘Lines’.
A few years later again, John Michel was taking a more esoteric view of the phenomenon. His focus was on sacred geometry and how that could help us to understand the transcendent, even spiritual, components of both the biosphere and of the planet herself. It was Michel’s vision of an LSL stretching from Glastonbury Tor to St Michael’s Mount that inspired Hamish Miller and Paul Broadhurst to embark on their epic quest, which rediscovered both the St Michael ‘alignment’ in the UK and equivalent linear entities across Europe and beyond. Others, notably Gary Biltcliffe and Caroline Hoare, have carried this baton forward – and regenerated comparators of the St Michael Alignment are coming, almost literally, to the surface all of the time.