Thursday, March 16, 2017
(Julian Websdale) One of the greatest mysteries of our time is the many alignments that link together sacred sites all over the UK and Europe called ‘ley lines’, ‘leys’, or ‘energy lines’.
The history surrounding this subject has many landmarks, beginning with Alfred Watkins in 1921. He was the first to propose that certain landscape features such as prehistoric earthworks and churches seem to fall on visible alignments.
He named them ‘leys’ due to the frequency with which the suffix ‘ley’ appeared in the many place names on the lines, such as Crossley, Endley and Longley.
His research and findings published in The Old Straight Track in 1925 concludes with the revelation that prehistoric man constructed a system of aligned sites for the purpose of travel.
In the 1960s and ‘70s, several researchers changed the perspective of the ley mystery suggesting that rather than trackways these lines, in the words of Professor Elliot Smith, were ‘a concrete expression of the divine power of life-giving energy’.
In 1969, John Michell published the most influential and inspiring book View Over Atlantis, later revised as The New View Over Atlantis in 1983.
His articulate writings enlivened the debate by likening the British ley system to the dragon lines of ancient Chinese tradition. His theories changed people’s conception of the land as a living, breathing entity…