Energy-lines and alignments
Avalonian starling attunement
The alignments on this map do not show 'energy lines', identifiable by using dowsing, sensitivity or 'second sight'. They simply show alignments of ancient sites and natural features, as identifiable on detailed Ordnance Survey maps. The ancients presumably saw energy and significance in such alignments. They 'plugged' their sites into the network by carefully locating, designing and aligning their earth, stone and wood constructions.
The existence of a line on this map does not necessarily mean it can be dowsed today, though some can. Alignments and energy-leys are different things and should not be confused. There can indeed be a certain geomantic 'twang' to alignments, but it's not the same as dowsable earth-energy lines, which move in very naturalesque, non-straight ways.
Surveying and compiling a map of dowsable energy lines would be complex and possibly unachievable. It would require massive work by large teams, financial support and lots of time, since energy-lines fluctuate and move in ways that no one has fully been able to study. There is also much debate among dowsers as to how to classify the energies they variously identify when dowsing. Dowsing isn't a systematic, standardised science.
About this map
I drew the original version of this map by hand in 1982, on the basis of lengthy previous researches in Mid-Somerset. I had done similar work in Uppland (around Uppsala), the ancient heartland of Sweden, in the 1970s, and had 'learned the ropes' in North Wales in the early 1970s. Having done a lot of research, on the very morning of the outbreak of the Falklands War in 1982, I awoke feeling driven to draw this map, quite spontaneously. I then proceeded to do this – it took two months and, perchance, I finished it on the day the war ended! I have never fully understood the significance of this.
Most of the lines on the map were identified by meticulously seeking alignments on joined-together Ordnance Survey maps, stretching from Exmoor to Stonehenge and from Bristol to Dorset. Then many of the sites were visited. I espied the lie of the land and gained intuitive read-outs from their location – which often has a special or notable quality. Some lines, not evident from maps, were added as a result of this fieldwork. The landscape has a way of talking if attention is given to it, and some alignments become visible when one awarely roams the countryside with antennae up. The lines on this map have not been systematically checked for subtle energy – that's a lifetime's work!
This map is by no means authoritative, fully researched or final – though good care and attention have been given to it, within the constraints of what is possible. It's up to you to take the research further. The map is offered in a spirit of free-thought, with a wink to the sceptics.
The ancient coastline is featured strongly – this still forms the boundary of the periodically-flooding drained wetlands of the Somerset Levels. When driving around these peaty flatlands in a car along flat, straight roads, visualise how things were in former, more watery times, when roads and paths were mostly not possible. The Moors were largely impenetrable and dangerous to outsiders – safest traversed by boat.
The many ancient sites on the Mendip escarpment seem to function as a somewhat separate system from the sites orbiting Glastonbury. It's a different world up there, and land contact between these areas involved a long, circuitous journey of about three times the direct distance of about ten miles.
The overall drift of alignments on the Mendips runs from Salisbury Plain to South Wales, in an ESE-WNW direction. Yet the Mendip sites, and the impressive Stanton Drew stone circle, just south of Bristol, are nevertheless connected to Glastonbury by alignment. Glastonbury's pattern is radial, while that of the Mendips is more linear and criss-cross. Southwards, Dorset's patterns are entirely different again. It's not a rational system at all, yet there's an organic wholeness to it.
There are certain noticeable alignment crossing-points on the map which lack any known ancient remains – yet they are revealed by ley alignments. Note the incidence of medieval churches on these ancient alignments, often connected with pre-Christian ancient sites. Glastonbury Abbey itself is aligned on Stonehenge, built three millennia earlier. Many churches lie on top of ancient centres, and others were located by similar principles to pre-Christian sites.
Some alignments begin at Glastonbury and others pass through it. One classic which passes through is that leading from Butleigh church south of Glastonbury, northwards to Westbury Beacon and Gorsey Bigbury on the Mendips. Another example: Glastonbury is one point on the long-distance St Michael line passing from Cornwall to Avebury and beyond to Norfolk, even to Denmark. The line is almost aligned along the long axis of the top of the Tor.
This map is unashamedly centred on Glastonbury. This is partially because Glastonbury is densely-packed with local, regional and global alignments and it is partially because I live here and consider Glastonbury important! Sites toward the edges of the map might be aligned off-map more than is shown. The map covers the main local area of Glastonbury's energy-system, and a local tribal area during Celtic times.