Ley Lines

Ley lines are alignments of powerful, invisible earth energy that crisscross the planet, believed to be of spiritual and magical importance, and also believed to play a role in Hauntings. Ley lines are measured by dowsing. Researchers have observed that sacred sites, churches, temples, stone circles, megaliths, holy WELLS, burial sites, and other locations are situated on ley lines or at intersecting lines.

Leys were named and described in 1925, when Alfred Watkins, an English beer salesman and amateur antiquarian, published his research in The Old Straight Track. Watkins suggested that all holy sites and places of antiquity are connected by a pattern of natural earth energy lines. Watkins claimed that the leys were the “old straight tracks” which crossed the landscape of prehistoric Britain and represented all types of early man’s activities. He said they were mapped by earlier cultures, using natural horizon features, for trade routes, astronomical sites, and holy sites. Watkins noted the inclusion of the word “ley” in many of the villages and farms through which the alignments passed.

Ley centers radiate at least seven ley lines and are found over magnetic fields or blind springs. According to J. Havelock Findler, English dowser and agricultural scientist, the construction of sites on ley lines may charge up the ground and impart a charge to the structures themselves. Even entire towns can be affected by ley lines. Ley lines also have been used for funeral processions, and in lore have become known as roads traveled by the dead— Ghosts. Leys also are “fairy tracks,” roads used by Fairies.

Though scientists discount ley lines, they nonetheless may be compared with the magnetic signature research conducted by scientists at haunted sites. The research explores the hypothesis that unusual geomagnetic and electromagnetic properties are related to the experiences of haunting phenomena.


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The Encyclopedia of Ghosts and Spirits – Written by Rosemary Ellen Guiley  – September 1,