During the last few weeks I have been working on the task the trees set me at the Winter Solstice. To search for the energy lines that cross the Blackdown Hills.
With the Taunton and Blackdown Hills OS map set out in front of me, a dowsing rod in my right hand and coloured pencil in my left I have been mapping out these lines.
With the Dragon Line as my starting point I searched for all the lines that come into contact with it. The Dragon Line is a band of energy three miles wide (one and half miles either side of its centre). The centre is where the main energy runs and it is clear that only this line is three miles in width. Although it takes a West to East route through the West Country it is a North/South line. The next lines I looked at were the St Michael and St Mary lines. The book that Hamish Miller and Paul Broadhurst produced ‘The Sun and the Serpent’ presents their journey of discovery along the lines and provided me with the reference I needed. To do their work justice I spent a lot of time in detailed dowsing over maps. These lines are two miles wide and in their sinuous journey travel West to East. I then looked for other two mile wide energy lines and found many running from the mouths of rivers to those of other rivers. So far the longest of these has been the one from the mouth of the River Otter, near Budleigh Salterton, to that of the River Parrett, North of Bridgwater, via the Blackdown Hills, Glastonbury Tor and the Polden Hills.
I then moved on to one mile wide and then half mile wide energy lines. What has emerged is a map covered in sinuous lines weaving in and out of each other and crossing en masse at certain points. These points are very powerful places and either have a beacon tree, spring or well. These are the energy centres that should be visited to help us reconnect with natural energies and the knowledge and guidance they can give us to cope with the changes that are on the way. Where even a few lines cross there are springs, wells and beacon trees. I am now checking all these intersections so I can start visiting them to check their energy levels. This year I will be producing artworks which explore the major energy points and the energy that flows from them.
It is clear that these bands of energy cover the whole of the landscape. They overlap each other providing powerful energy levels below the surface of the earth. What are these energies? As they started me on this course I asked the trees the question. The answer was not magnetic forces but that of water. It is understandable as these lines are flows of water and their centres map out the main sources of water. The water below and above the earth is in a constant state of flux. I asked whether the bands remained constant. It seems their edges ebb and flow. Water under the earth and at those points where it reaches the surface are the realms of the Moon. It also forms a communication web. When I asked questions about the health and future of ash trees I was in contact with trees across the country. They were able to give me a wide consensus on their future.
I then asked the question ‘What happens if we interfere with these bands of energy?’ As the energy bands are in a state of flux they can cope with a certain amount of change but if we continue to create too much interference we are in danger of disrupting these flows of energy and putting ourselves at risk.
Water is our Life Force!
We need to protect it and learn to work closely with it if we are to survive.
The discoveries I have made through dowsing over the past five+ years have revealed many connections which have led me to this point. I decided to explore to see whether there were any early connections to the route I have taken. Looking at an old Brighton/Worthing ordnance survey map to trace any energy lines near to where I grew up in Dial Post I discovered another Dragon Line.
I was born in Dial Post and my early childhood was spent in the village and the countryside around it. Growing up on a farm was a wonderful experience and in such a small community you knew everyone. We lived in Bentons Lane to the West of the village. At the end of the lane is Bentons Place, a very old stone manor house, where the Clisbys lived and worked. We spent a lot of time there in what was a magical place of sheds and barns along with a retired shire horse called Farmer whom we used to feed. To cool off on a hot day we would paddle and swim in Lancing Brook which runs close to the manor house. The centre of the Dragon Line runs along the brook. It flows northwards under Swallows Lane at Tenchford, a favourite fishing spot. Further along is the Knepp Castle estate which was the place all the village children loved to visit. There were endless battles around the ruins of the motte and bailey Norman castle but the real draw was the massive lake below the later castle house. Around the lake was a jungle of exotic plants and woodland. Within the woods on the Dragon Line is a Beacon Tree.
It seems I have always been under the influence of Dragon Lines and Beacon Trees.
It is still early days in mapping out this second dragon line but it seems to follow the Eastern side of England and Scotland. It then crosses the sea to Norway following its Western side up to the very North. To the South the line crosses the English Channel to France. It then flows along the Eastern side of France down to the Mediterranean. It crosses known energy lines along its route. Some very basic dowsing indicates another Dragon Line running through Ireland and the Western Isles of Scotland. It looks like there are lines running from North to South throughout Europe and beyond. These Dragon Lines are three miles wide and the lateral lines I have also been following are two miles wide.
An energy grid is emerging with powerful energy points which influence all of us.
I have to remain grounded throughout these incredible discoveries. Having a Beacon Tree close at hand helps.
It is now clear that certain trees and woods on hills have been important signifiers throughout my life. During the first twenty years I was able to see the trees planted on Chanctonbury Ring high on the South Downs. Even when we moved away from Dial Post it was still my anchor point. The newly discovered Energy Line runs right through it.
At 3pm on the Winter Solstice I went to my local Beacon Tree (1). Each time I touch the tree there is a frisson. This time it was like a powerful electric shock running through me. As normal my hearing goes and then returns with all the natural sounds enhanced. However this time the hearing went for longer and the returning sound was sharper.
All the trees seemed to be glowing with white light as the increased energy pulsed through them. I had a premonition that this third and final increase of natural energy would go directly into the trees rather than increase their lateral energy fields. I later checked a variety of other trees and this was the case.
However the Beacon Tree had increased its energy field. It had doubled the incredible vertical shaft of energy that runs above and below it. All the Beacon Trees have this circulating shaft of energy as well as strong lateral fields. Whatever its size each Beacon Tree is measured by its total height including the root structure. Each tree’s pillar of energy was 12 heights above and below. Now this has doubled to 24 above and below.
The Beacon Trees are found along powerful energy lines that criss- cross the landscape. Smaller energy lines are connected to these powerful lines and in turn connect all the trees. I have been set two tasks. The first is to search out the Beacon Trees as in the past these were and are now our main contact with natural energies. The Beacon Trees offer us insight and protection. My second task is to map out in a small area the mass of inter-connecting energy lines that run through the landscape. Through artworks and interventions I will present my findings in order to get others to seek out and make contact with these powerful trees.
(1) On the fifth anniversary of my experience in the ancient woodland in Brittany I returned to it. This March it was revealed to me that the stream that ran through the wood is on the same energy line that runs through the Blackdown Hills. Along it I found powerful trees which I have named Beacon Trees. All the findings are revealed in my notes in ‘The Dragon Line’ file.
In the period between full sleep and awakening I have been receiving messages from the trees. The most recent was a dream or vision of gnarled and foliate faces looking at me. Talking to the trees I realised that I was being told the origins of The Green Man.
Sculptured images of the green man appear in churches and other buildings as well as forming the basis of ceremonies and rituals across Britain, and beyond. They have been interpreted as pagan forms representing renewal and fertility. It seems this is not the case.
From 500BC when the clearance of the woods and forests was gaining pace woodland peoples strengthened their connection with the trees. They carved human faces into the trees to reinforce this close relationship. It was never an act of worship. It simply represented a mutual association between living beings. The woodland peoples worked withe trees rather than against them. In due course they became the craftsmen who worked with wood and later stone. The images of green men carved in wood and stone that appeared in churches are representations/reminders of our continued loss of contact with trees as they were removed for increased building and farming.
It is clear that we have to renew our relationship the trees using as many means possible. Creating green man images and sculptures is the perfect means for us to reconnect with the trees around us. I have been directed to create green man artworks that can be placed in trees. You can help by creating your own green men to place in your favourite tree or trees. When you fix your artworks to a tree search out different ways to display them. If you need to use nails use thin steel ones as these should not cause too much harm to the tree. Above all treat the trees with respect and you will be rewarded through this reconnection of living beings.
Here on the Blackdown Hills none of the ash trees have seeded. At this time of the year the leaves have been blown away as the Autumn winds gather strength but the keys (seeds) are normally still there until in due course they drift down to the ground. But there are none so I asked the question-Why Not?
Over the last two years I have been asking ash trees about how the ash die-back disease (Chalara) is affecting them. They still continue to make it clear to me that only 12% of ash trees on the British mainland will succumb to the disease. These will be young trees (including all the imported ones) and some old trees which already have a multitude of problems. Over a year ago they informed me that all ash trees will show symptoms of the disease but they will recover in one or two years once their resistance has kicked in.
The answer to the question is that this year the ash trees have put all their energies into themselves in order to cope with the changes that are on the way. This coincides with the second increase in natural energies (see previous post) and it looks likely that the third and final increase will be concentrated on strengthening them. Although they are part the way through this process of re-energising themselves the indications are that they will show no signs of ash die-back disease.
During 2012 the press marked the end of a Mayan Calendar with its typical uninformed blather about the coming apocalypse and the end of the world.
On the morning of the 21st of December I went out to check the energy levels in the trees, but nothing had happened. When I went to check again in the middle of the afternoon the energy levels of the trees, and all plants, had doubled. The trees made it clear to me that there would be an increase each year for the next three years. These increases are to help the natural world cope with all the changes that lay ahead. These increases will also benefit those of us who are attuned to both earth energies and the natural world. It will strengthen us so we can guide and help others cope with these changes.
There was another doubling of energy levels in 2013 and on the 21st of December this year there will be the third and final increase. You should make time to spend with a tree from 3 o’clock onwards on Sunday 21st of December. I suggest you visit your favourite tree which you have visited over a period of time.
If you visit a tree that you have not been to before spend no more than 30 minutes with it. The reason for this is that some of us act as conduits for latent natural energy. A tree which has not been visited has a confined energy field and when a human conduit spends time with it the energy flows through them into the tree. For us it can be a draining experience which often leads to us feeling very tired and in need of rest.
Do not be concerned if you cannot visit a tree on the Winter Solstice itself. Although that is the optimum time to experience this increase in energy it will be there for the full year and beyond. Visit as many trees as you can as this will help strengthen the energies of the trees and you.
Try and encourage as many people you know who have an affinity with natural energies and the natural world to go out and visit the trees.
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