I would like to get some general opinions on Leys and what you guys think of them. Whether or not you find these to be a real thing or
just a figment of the imagination. For those of you who are not familiar with Leys, here is a little background.
Leys, pronounced "lays" are thought to be patterns of invisible tracks or lines having a complex power in the ground which seem to link sacred
places and natural magical sites. It is theorized in modern witchcraft and neo-paganism that these patterns or alignments are vital for their apparent
connection to the forces of the elements, the basis of natural magic.
Although most scientists reject the concept, the leys idea enjoyed popularity until the 1940s and the decreased. It was not until the 1960s and 1970s
that it revived. Speculation is that the latter was mainly due to the increase in psychic and occult interests. Some use the term ley lines when
referring to leys which many feel is inappropriate.
Not all alignments signify genuine leys. Modern ley-hunters who map leys have established some requirements: there is a straight line within a certain
distance extending between two or more aligned sites, such as a standing stone, a church site, a pagan sacred site, a burial mound, or a mountain,
etc. Some alignments are astronomical, such as where the sun rises at Beltane, the solstices or equinoxes. Some ley-hunters say at least five
alignments within ten miles are required, while other say five within 25 miles. In addition, dowsers require the energy line be dowsable.
Points of leys, or leys centers, are places which radiate energy from at least seven lines over magnetic fields or blind springs, a primary spiral of
converging primary geodetic lines (the shortest lines between two points on a curved surface). There is speculation that ancient pagan people sensed
these points of energy radiation and situated their sacred worshipping places atop or around them.
The vital force of the energy charge is classed as either male or female depending on its rate of vibration, and it is believed to be present in all
living material. This charge may be natural or artificial. In centers the artificial charge can be introduced by handling of stones or metals. Whether
natural or artificial charges dissipate over time unless they are fixed by hammering, heating, or a magnetic field is presence.
Stones themselves can be charged and fixed with a certain magnitude of charge or power. This has been stated by J. Havelock Fidler, a British
agricultural scientist and dowser. The stone employed in constructing megalithic monuments, churches, holy wells and temples are charged by handling,
and then fixed by being shaped and fitted in place by blows from axes and chisels. Fidler said the stone's charge was increased according to the
number of blows it received.
Therefore, the charge in megaliths was considered to be very great. Also, helping to increase the megalithic charge, Fidler speculated, was the
raising of the Cone of Power
by witches and pagans. During his experiments Fidler discovered he
could impact greater charges to stones during the full moon, the time of greatest magical and psychic power.
According to British folklore, the ground itself can be charged and fixed. There was an ancient custom known as "beating the parish bounds." The
priest and choirboys of a church would go around the parish perimeter using rods with which they would beat the ground. Presumably this procedure was
believed to erect a protective barrier around the parish.
It is thought fire also fixes a charge. Charges were found at cremation pits, burials (such as those at
), sacrificial pits, and the burning of wood.
Also, Fidler discovered that while the geomagnetic forces surrounding the ley centers emit beneficial energy, the stones themselves seem to emit a
type of energy detrimental to animate objects. This latter energy is apparently counteracted by the leys themselves, which redirect the energy to
other centers where it can be neutralized.
Charges at one time may have been deliberately masked. Certain types of wood, such as elm and elderberry; metals such as iron; and mineral substances
such as salt, quartz crystals, amethysis, jasper and flint have been shown to mask charged stones. (It is interesting to note that iron, salt, elm,
and elderberry are all revered in folklore for their protective properties against bewitchment, illness, demons and bad fortune.)
Leys, or straight path systems, are speculated to exist in the United Kingdom, perhaps in France and the United States. There is also speculation of
their existence in Peru and Bolivia. In Peru, from the Sun Temple at the center of the city of Cuzco, 41 lines called ceques spread out into the
country, marked by various shrines, hills, bridges, and other sites, some of them being astronomical sight lines. In Bolivia holy tracks have been
shown to coverage on Indian shrines at top of holy hills.
Let me know what you all think. Do you believe these Leys exist?