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Ley Lines in North and South America

Updated on September 5, 2017
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Barringer Meteor Crater in Arizona
Barringer Meteor Crater in Arizona | Source

Earth's Intriguing Mysteries - Ley Lines of North and South America

Have you ever sensed that there was something special about a particular place but couldn't quite put your finger on what it was? I know I have in the city as well as the country. These spots could be located on a ley line. Ley lines is a term used for a grid of energy lines that apparently surrounds the earth.

The points in this grid contain many of what are considered the earth's most sacred sites. While sites outside of the Americas are what often come to mind when sacred sites are mentioned, both North and South America, have many points along this grid.

The current theory of ley lines falls under the category of earth mysteries and is considered by some to be a pseudoscience and something far off base from the original theory of Alfred Watkins—the first modern ley line hunter. However, for true believers, ley lines are a reality and explain some of the most famous of earth's mysteries such as the Bermuda Triangle and Stonehenge.

This is a brief introduction to ley lines including the history of differing theories and current thought. Included is a listing of top online resources about ley lines, some with maps, and sacred sites in North and South America.

Leys is an Anglo-Saxon word meaning cleared strips of ground or meadows. Source: Paul Devereux, former editor of Ley Hunter Magazine.

The Difference Between Ley Lines and Vortices

Vortices—the plural form of vortex and also sometimes pluralized as vortexes—are the points on the grid that ley lines connect. Sacred sites are very often the areas you hear about such as Stonehenge, many places in the American West, and other ancient monuments.

Original Theory of Ley Lines by Alfred Watkins Compared to New-Age Ideas

Englishman Alfred Watkins from Hereford is believed to have first popularized the ley line theory. In 1921, he was studying a map of the countryside when he had a sudden insight. According to a biography by his son, it was as if his mind was,

"...flooded with a rush of images forming one coherent plan. The scales fell from his eyes and he saw that over many long years of prehistory, all trackways were in straight lines marked out by experts on a sighting system. The whole plan of the Old Straight Track stood suddenly revealed." Source.

According to Ellie Crystal at Crystal Links, Watkins may have been influenced by the work of William Henry Black who speculated on a similar theory in a talk given at the British Archaeological Association in Hereford in 1870.

Mr. Watkins first published his theory in a short work titled British Trackways in 1922 and then expanded it in The Old Straight Track: Its Mounds, Beacons, Moats, Signs and Mark Stones in 1925. There is a much more complete biography of Watkins at the Herefordshire Council website.

Paul Devereux, the editor of Ley Hunter magazine for 20 years and prolific author, says that today's ley line theories would be unrecognizable to Alfred Watkins. According to Devereux, Watkins believed that leys were laid down by surveyors during the Neolithic period.

Ley line study had been losing steam when it was revived with a psychedelic twist in the 1960s. An ex-RAF pilot named Tony Wedd blended Watkins' ley line theory with assorted UFO pilot theories and published his own work on the subject. The idea snowballed from ley hunters in England to America. Over the 70s and 80s is when it spread to the USA and elsewhere where the New-Age concept of the leys being energy lines took off. Devereux states that this energy line theory is far afield from the belief held by Watkins of real straight line markings laid down in ancient landscapes.

Machu Picchu in South America is considered an ancient sacred site.
Machu Picchu in South America is considered an ancient sacred site. | Source

What Makes a Site Sacred?

Many modern structures are considered sacred by religious adherents including cathedrals and other temple centers. But some are believed to have been built on sites that already had existing mystical, magical and religious associations of pre-Christian people. These are the vortices mentioned above.

Some believers subscribe to the ancient astronaut theory and think these sites may have been UFO landing strips or landmarks. They think it's possible that leys are actually a guidance system used to map the earth from space and that the sacred sites are magnetic points on the earth's surface which inspired otherworldly visitors to choose them as part of the mapping system.

Cathedral Rock, Sedona, Arizona

One of several sites in Sedona considered by new-agers to be a vortex of energy.
One of several sites in Sedona considered by new-agers to be a vortex of energy. | Source
Shamanism and the Mystery Lines: Ley Lines, Spirit Paths, Out-of-the-body Travel and Shape Shifting
Shamanism and the Mystery Lines: Ley Lines, Spirit Paths, Out-of-the-body Travel and Shape Shifting

Delving into the ley lines as spirit lines and links to shamanic power.


Books on Earth Mysteries by Paul Devereux

Mr. Devereux has written many books on the subjects of ley lines and sacred sites. Here are some that include mysteries of the Americas but he's written extensively about sites from around the world as well. Learn more about his work at his website.

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Sacred Places North America: 108 Destinations, 2nd ed.
Sacred Places North America: 108 Destinations, 2nd ed.

For the sacred site traveler who wants to experience the ley lines of America.


Videos on Ley Lines in America and Beyond

Spiritual author, Dorothy Leon, shares her discovery of a pattern of ley lines over the Grand Teton. Learn more about her at her author page hosted on Unfortunately, at the time of this writing I can't find her book on ley lines, American Ley Lines Volume I: Triangle From Mountains, on Amazon. But you may be able to order it and her EarthStar North America map at the site.

I've also included other videos on ley lines and vortexes from different perspectives.

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      Courtney Rhodes 3 years ago from Houston, Texas U.S.A.

      great hub! ley lines and sacred sites have fascinated me for a while and only recently has more information been published and shared about them. I have been to 2 sacred sites. Stone Mountain in Georgia and Enchanted Rock in Texas. I would like to find out about sacred sites in Tennessee, can't find much, but that state holds a lot of energy.

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      David R. Cowan 3 years ago

      Over 30 years of following the leys here in Scotland I have found one incontroversial truth - the major leys here and the USA are emitted from volcanic plugs and extinct volcanoes. The USA has ALL of its capitals placed in lines from extinct volcanoes on the Azores, Bermuda and Azores. The Federal triangle has Pensylvannia Avenue in a line of no less than two volcanic plugs (Devils Tower in Wyoming) and an extinct volcano on the Azores - very powerful. See my latest book "Ley Lines UK and USA".

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      Steve Dizmon 4 years ago from Nashville, TN

      There is definitely something in the Earth that follows lines and creates special Energy sites where the lines intersect. I have followed some for a short distance using dowsing rods. One can certainly tell when an intersection is reached.

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      TanoCalvenoa 4 years ago

      This is very interesting. I've heard of this, having been to Sedona and other places associated with this energy concept lots of times. All I can say is that I can DEFINITELY feel some sort of awesome energy, like an excitement and positive feeling in certain places, and Sedona is certainly one of them.

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      Takkhis 4 years ago

      It is new to me! Thanks for sharing, i have learned a lot from your lens :)

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      RuralFloridaLiving 4 years ago

      I always heard about ley lines but never really understood what they were about. I enjoyed reading about them here in your article!

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      pumpum 4 years ago

      Wow, this is very interesting, I have never heard about this before. I learned something new definitely. Thanks for sharing this.

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      PatriciaJoy 5 years ago from Michigan

      Thanks so much for stopping by everyone. I'm glad you enjoyed the article. I've always found the subject fascinating and would love to visit Sedona one day.

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      Stephanie Tietjen 5 years ago from Albuquerque, New Mexico

      This is intriguing. I've visited Sedona and Taos where there are vortexes--I think it feels different in these places, but you have to be sensitive to the earth. I'd like to read some of the texts you reference.

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      June Nash 5 years ago

      I find this topic very interesting. I have not heard of it prior to reading about it here.

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      goldenrulecomics 5 years ago

      Very interesting. I had never heard of this topic before!

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      Hal Gall 5 years ago from Bloomington, IN

      There is definitely more to this than meets the eye. Funny how sacred sites around the world line up along certain lines.