The existence of ley-lines was first posited by the amateur archeologist Alfred Watkins in 1922. Looking at maps of England he found that he could draw a straight line between many of the known ancient sites such as Stonehenge. He theorized that these were actually ancient trade routes. Various "New Age" thinkers have since theorized that ley-lines are generators of mystical energy that ancient people understood and that they can be harnessed for physical well being and an increased spiritual understanding. There are several methods of identifying the ley-lines in any local area.
Using a Map to Find Ley-lines
Examine a map of your local area. This is the method that Alfred Watkins first used to identify ley-lines.
Draw a circle around any potentially ancient sites in your area, such as burial mounds, or ancient wells, or giant rocks, or islands in lakes. Some maps will have some of these sites already marked, but most commercial maps will leave out many features of interest. So it is important to have already traveled the surrounding countryside yourself in order to establish a familiarity with the landscape and its features.
Place a pin on each circle of the map. Draw lines on the map connecting the area identified. If you find three or more sites arranged on a single line you may have discovered a ley-line. Watkins considered only those lines with four points and bounded at each end with a hill or a mountain point to be ley-lines.
Explore the physical locations of the ley-lines you have drawn on the map. Finding additional possibly ancient sites along these lines in the real world may further confirm the existence of a ley-line.
Using Dowsing to Find Ley-lines
Visit a known ancient site. Bring along a dowsing instrument. Different dowsers prefer to use different sorts of devices, from a Y-shaped stick to metal rods to pendulums. It depends on personal preference, but all will allow for the free movement of an object held in the hands.
Begin to walk slowly with your dowsing instrument around the area surrounding an ancient object. You will notice if you are in a ley-line that the dowsing instrument will begin to move in very particular ways, such as a pendulum rotating clockwise or a stick beginning to drag toward the ground.
Consult a map and compass and determine the exact direction of the ley-line you have discovered to see if it lines up with any other ancient sites that you may visit to further verify the ley-line.
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The testing of potential ley-lines, regardless of whether they really exist, is a great excuse to explore an area and discover its hidden history. All areas hold secrets and wonders of great beauty that can be discovered if you explore them carefully.
Be careful when you're exploring for ley-lines to avoid trespassing on private land.
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