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.
- Devereux, Paul. Haunted Land: Investigations into Ancient Mysteries and Modern Day Phenomena. London: Piatkus Books, 2003.
- ———. Fairy Paths & Spirit Roads: Exploring Otherworldly Routes in the Old and New Worlds. London: Vega, 2003.
- Findler, J. Havelock. Earth Energy: A Dowser’s Investigation of Ley Lines. 2nd ed. Wellingborough, Northamptonshire: The Aquarian Press, 1988.
- Hitching, Francis. Earth Magic. New York: William Morrow and Company, Inc., 1977.
The Encyclopedia of Ghosts and Spirits – Written by Rosemary Ellen Guiley – September 1, 2007
ley lines Also called Earth-energy lines, ley lines are features of the Earth’s landscape that, when traced from one point on the ground to another, seem to connect places of religious, historical, or cultural significance. These lines were first identified by English businessman Alfred Watkins in the 1920s, who insisted that lines crisscrossing the countryside between England and Wales were clearly human-made rather than the result of natural objects, land contours, or erosion. He called the lines leys because this word, in ancient Saxon, means “cleared land.” Watkins noted that some of these lines linked burial mounds, ancient stone monuments, and similar places. One line, for example, connected the stone monuments of Stonehenge with a burial mound and with Salisbury Cathedral, which Watkins said was built on an ancient religious site. Not every religious site is connected in this way, but wherever entire lines or parts of lines are missing, Watkins speculated that buildings and other additions and changes to the landscape obliterated them. Watkins theorized that in ancient times. the leys were used by religious pilgrims as well as by itinerant traders. Since Watkins first proposed the idea that ley lines were human-made rather than natural, similar lines have been discovered in other locations, including parts of Germany and Australia. However, views on their nature have changed over the years. In the 1950s some people suggested that instead of indicating routes of travel on Earth, these lines were actually associated with the celestial realm, perhaps serving to direct alien spaceships to landing sites or other Earth locations. In the 1970s adherents to the New Age movement connected the idea of ley lines to their belief in Earth energy, arguing that the lines indicate places where the Earth’s energy is particularly strong. Skeptics, however, say that there is no such thing as Earth energy and argue that Watkins was wrong when he suggested that the lines were humanmade rather than natural.
- Earth Drawings
- Earth Energy
- Nazca Lines
The Greenhaven Encyclopedia of Paranormal Phenomena – written by Patricia D. Netzley © 2006 Gale, a part of Cengage Learning