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Ley Lines in North and South America
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.
One of the most recent books from 2011 on this phenomenon.
Ley Line, Vortex and Maps - Excellent information from ley hunting enthusiasts
The geometry of the EarthStar globe corresponds to megaliths (huge stone constructions, e.g. the Great Pyramid) around the world.
- VORTEXES: Phenomenon of the Vortex
Further explanation of vortexes.
- Liminal Thresholds: Ley line maps
Ley line maps from around the world.
Definitions on these phenomena on Of Spirit and Soul.
- Home - leyhunters.co.uk
Founded in 1999, the Society of Ley Hunters based in the UK is a group for like-minded people to learn and explore ley lines.
- DeepInfo.com: The World Grid Ley Lines Vile Vortices Vortexes
Why vile? Because this article describes 10 vortices around the world with Bermuda Triangle-like attributes—the area known for being a magnet for disasters.
- Earth's Grid System, Becker-Hagens, Ley Lines, Hartmann Net, Curry Lines - Science and Pseudoscience
Earth's Grid Systems Science and Pseudoscience page at Crystal Links.
- The Truth about the Ley Line System
The ley line system and its various aspects
- Links to Related Sites
Links to sites on ley lines, sacred geometry and others that fall under the sacred landscape title at the Lucky Mojo site.
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
United States Sacred Sites - Links that list sacred earth sites including some that Native Americans deem holy as well as sites created by humans.
- Sacred Sites of the United States of America
A list of sacred sites in the different regions of the US.
- Sacred Sites in the United States
USA Sacred Sites: Index to sacred places, sacred art and religious architecture in the USA.
- Sacred Places - Association on American Indian Affairs
The Association on American Indian Affairs page on sacred site preservation.
- Sacred Sites of California
Native American sacred sites in California.
- Sacred Sites Map of Mexico
Mexican sacred sites.
This book includes earth mysteries of ancient Native American people but goes beyond that to look at their history, beliefs and an intro to lost civilizations of the Americas.
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.
Delving into the ley lines as spirit lines and links to shamanic power.
A look at sacred sites around the world and the possible spiritual meanings imbued in them.
Canadian and South American Sacred Sites - Links to info on Canadian and South American Sacred sites.
- Shrines and Sacred Sites Home Page
Canada's prairie shrines and sacred sites.
- High Energy Sites of Alberta
Info on Alberta sacred sites at Wholistix.
- Sacred Sites Map of Canada
Sacred sites listing of Canada.
- Sacred Sites Map of the Americas
Instead of listing all of the South American countries individually, I've linked to the Americas page at Sacred Sites where you can search for the country you're interested in.
Are you a sacred site visitor?
Have you been to any of the sacred sites in the Americas?
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 VortexMaps.com. 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 VortexMaps.com site.
I've also included other videos on ley lines and vortexes from different perspectives.