Stonehenge: The Crossroads of Power
Stonehenge is positioned at the centre of a hub, or network, of ley lines, making Stonehenge an energy portal, or a place of power. There are 14 major ley lines that converge at Stonehenge making a powerful vortex. One simple method of locating ley lines is by drawing a line connecting two old ancient sites, or churches. Churches were often built on ancient sites to acquire their energy, in some cases churches were built in the site of a henge, as was Winchester Cathedral, and at Avebury a whole village sits in the middle of a henge. These ley lines interconnect all of Britain’s ancient sites. The term ‘ley lines’, was coined by Alfred Watkins in his acclaimed book The Old Straight Track, published in 1925. In it he introduced his rediscovery of this natural phenomenon known to the ancients. His theory was that ancient sites around Britain had actually been constructed, or formed, in a given alignment between, and across, the landscapes of Britain.
Dowsing the Stones
There is evidence that these straight tracks were used by the ancient peoples for spiritual purposes, and also for purposes such as trading and commerce. Stone circles, long barrows, tumuli and man-made hills were aligned along the ley-lines. These were used by the Neolithic people to define sacred spaces. The oldest road in Britain, The Ridgeway, still links many ancient sites after 5,000 years, though it follows the hills and is not a straight track. The evidence of dowsers, including experts like Jude Currivan, is that ley lines align with ancient sites, and are often energy channels, rather than physical tracks, or roads, except where sacred ways, like those at Stonehenge and Avebury, follow the path of a ley line, for ceremonial or ritualistic purposes. The word ‘ley’ is Saxon in origin meaning ‘cleared glade’ which can be linked to ‘lea’ meaning a ‘tracked of open ground’- quoted from the Concise Oxford English Dictionary, Watkins saw the lines as connecting leys in the forests.
What are ley lines and are they at Stonehenge?
Ley lines are energy lines which criss-cross the earth. Not everyone believes they exist, I know I seriously doubted it, until I experienced them. I was able to see Stonehenge up close, with permission from English Heritage of course, and dowsed for ley lines here as well as Avebury with several other people. (This comprises of walking with dowsing rods around an area. If the rods cross and uncross naturally, you have walked over a ley line. At one point, one of my dowsing rods was spinning in counter-clockwise circles!)
•The current definition of a Ley-line according to http//:Wilkipedia.en.org/ is as follows:
Ley lines are hypothetical alignments of a number of places of geographical interest, such as ancient monuments and megaliths. Their existence was suggested in 1921 by the amateur archaeologist Alfred Watkins, whose book The Old Straight Track brought the alignments to the attention of the wider public.
A significant Wiltshire ley runs through Stonehenge and Old Sarum, Salisbury Cathedral and Clearbury Ring. Dowser Romy Wyeth, from Codford near Warminster, demonstrated to the BBC how a line of energy can be detected at the centre of Stonehenge, again at Old Sarum and running through to the Cathedral Close and beyond.The subject of ley lines – at least what they represent – is a controversial area but the strength of evidence is compelling.Many of Wiltshire’s sacred sites are associated with ley lines and those who support the theory suggest that such locations act as a focus for these powerful earth energies – something of which our ancestors knew a great deal about.However, for many archaeologists, the idea is very much a matter for conjecture, arguing that it’s more about coincidence than knowledge of the earth’s energy lines.
» Stonehenge and Arthurian Legend
Stonehenge is also mentioned within Arthurian legend. Geoffrey of Monmouth said that Merlin
A giant helps Merlin build Stonehenge. From a manuscript of the Roman de Brut by Wace in the British Library (Egerton 3028). This is the oldest known depiction of Stonehenge.
the wizard directed its removal from Ireland, where it had been constructed on Mount Killaraus by Giants, who brought the stones from Africa. After it had been rebuilt near Amesbury, Geoffrey further narrates how first Ambrosius Aurelianus, then Uther Pendragon, and finally Constantine III, were buried inside the ring of stones. In many places in his Historia Regum Britanniae Geoffrey mixes British legend and his own imagination; it is intriguing that he connects Ambrosius Aurelianus with this prehistoric monument, seeing how there is place-name evidence to connect Ambrosius with nearby Amesbury.
According to Geoffrey of Monmouth, the rocks of Stonehenge were healing rocks which Giants brought from Africa to Ireland for their healing properties. These rocks were called The Giant’s Dance. Aurelius Ambrosias (5th century), wishing to erect a memorial to the nobles (3000) who had died in battle with the Saxons and were buried at Salisbury, chose (at Merlin’s advice) Stonehenge to be their monument. So the King sent Merlin, Uther Pendragon (Arthur’s father), and 15,000 knights to Ireland to retrieve the rocks. They slew 7,000 Irish. As the knights tried to move the rocks with ropes and force, they failed. Then Merlin, using “gear” and skill, easily dismantled the stones and sent them over to Britain, where Stonehenge was dedicated. Shortly after, Aurelius died and was buried within the Stonehenge monument, or “The Giants’ Ring of Stonehenge”.
Among the many legends connected with this famous site is one telling of its construction by Merlin. He was asked by Arthur’s father, King Uther Pendragon, to construct a fitting memorial for his brother Ambrosius and the War Lords of Britain felled by Saxon treachery in the massacre known as the Night of the Long Knives. Merlin journeyed to Ireland in search of the fabled Giant’s Dance, a circle of stones which were believed to possess curative properties if water in which they had been washed was used to bathe the sick.
After a great battle, Merlin conveyed the stones by magic (or as we prefer to believe by Ridgador, the mystical winged dogs of the Stone Age) to the shore of the sea, then floated them on rafts across to Britain and set them up on the plain near Salisbury. It has been suggested that this story may contain a distant memory of the method by which the ancient blue-stones, quarried in the Prescelly Mountains far to the north, were brought by sea to the mouth of the River Avon and then taken inland on huge wooden rollers to their present site. Despite numerous theories, which claim Stonehenge to be anything from an ancient observatory to a Druid temple, little is known about the true origin or purpose of this mighty circle of stones.