Seeing the moon as a ring of red light was an incredible experience. Even more so when this lunar eclipse – fourth in a sequence of four red moons – will bring about a new age of awareness. For months I have been going through a period of transition. Others who have a close connection to earth energies will have experienced this change.
During a solar eclipse the silence is broken by the baying of dogs but the only sound throughout the lunar eclipse was the fluttering of bats. They were feeding en-masse and causing the intense stars to flash as they flew past. The re-appearance of the moon bathed the landscape in a soft light and on the cusp of dawn the black shapes of the bats were replaced by crows. Two flew into our oak and started to summon the many crows that roost down in the woods. Suddenly the sky was black with a swirling mass as the crows headed in one direction to the North West. Normally they split up following the different cardinal points but this morning they all left along one of the energy lines I have mapped out.
The trees have informed me that this transition has reached its final phase. They have told me that I will be strengthened and become even more aware of the worlds around me. I was expecting this to happen all at once but rather than overload me this will be phased in over a period of time.
Once the sequence of the eclipse and red moon was fully complete I checked the nearest beacon tree to see what had happened to it. There has been another dramatic increase in the shaft of vertical energy. It has gone from 24 heights above and below to 36 heights (height is from the very top of the tree to the bottom of its roots). All beacon trees, certain springs and wells have had their energy fields increased. Springs and wells where five or more energy lines cross are surrounded by a bubble of energy making them, along with the beacon trees, powerful places. Over the last three Winter Solstices and this last Red Moon the beacon trees, springs and wells have had their energies renewed. In the very distant past when we had a closer connection with the earth and its energies they were points of awareness and knowledge. A guiding point in our relationship with the earth.
The indications are that this will be the last increase for a while. Rather than let these energies wane we need to make contact with these special trees, springs and wells.
Transition (felted wool on board)
For the past couple of months I have been working on artworks for exhibitions. These works express the changes and new knowledge I am experiencing.
In a previous blog ‘Transition’ I described these changes and hinted at the experience of seeing my other ‘green’ self. The artwork above is one of two visualizations of what was revealed to me in the ancient woodland in Brittany. I have been using felted wool as a new medium. It is organic and at times an alchemic material. I have been attending Geraldine’s, my wife’s, felt workshops and taking over our dining table in order to make the works.
As the end of this period of transition approaches every ache and pain I have seems to become stronger but these only highlight the changes that are happening to me. I seek information and reassurance from my local beacon tree which is, at this time, unable to give me firm details. As I go through this transition the beacon trees are also going through a period of change. At the last three Winter solstices they have experienced large increases in their energy fields. This will strengthen them as Trees of Knowledge and their shafts of energy will become the first contact points on directing our way forward into the future.
The artwork below is a representation of this shaft of energy that surrounds a beacon tree.
Tree Energy Mandala (felted wool and hazel on board)
During one of my recent tree dowsing workshops I asked the participants to dowse a sycamore tree. It seemed resistant to contact and when they tried to find the outer edges of its energy field it indicated that it was very tight and compact.
This intrigued me and I started to find out what was the cause of this resistance. I have visited a variety of sycamores from young to mature and I am getting the same responses. They are all well and have no real problems but they all have lateral energy fields confined to the edges of their canopies. As I have the ability to act as a conduit to bring latent energies to a tree I asked each sycamore whether they wanted me to increase their energy fields. The answer was always No!
Other trees I have visited are keen to have their energy fields extended but sycamores are happy but sycamores are happy to remain as they are. At each of the last three Winter Solstices when there has been an increase in natural energies the sycamores have absorbed it into themselves. Last year when no oak or ash produced seeds the sycamores all seeded. With no competition the ground is covered in baby sycamores. With more questioning it became clear that they are putting all available energy into growth and the production of seeds. Their self-imposed energy field is confined to the edge of their canopy, going up to the top and very bottom of the tree. The best way to describe it is as a truncated tube of energy spiraling, in a clockwise direction, around the tree. In their matter of fact, insular approach they get on with the job of growth.
Oaks and ashes communicate with each other but the sycamore is silent. As a non-native, imported tree that is often described by foresters as a weed it does not have a good reputation. A mature sycamore is a good looking tree with many assets and uses. We need to look at them more closely as the indications are that sometime in the future they will start talking to other trees and us.
Over the last three Winter Solstices we have had massive increases of natural energy which have gone into the trees and plants. These increases have strengthened them so they can cope with future change.
There is also something happening to those who are very sensitive to earth energies. In my case this recent change started on the 20th 0f March, my 65th birthday, the Spring Equinox and the third in the phase of four Super Moons. It is hard trying to describe what is happening to me but the nearest description is ‘growing pains’. I know that this transition will be completed on the fourth Super Moon in September. After a recent visit to Brittany I now what is happening to me but I still have no idea how it will manifest itself.
The information was revealed in an ancient wood in Brittany where all my major revelations take place. It was there where my first life changing experience took place setting me on the path I am now following. With a stream running through , along with the many mills, it still retains a medieval quality. Amongst the verdant plant growth and flowing water it is as close to the energies of the earth as anyone can get.
When I go in search of a Beacon Tree I expect to find a gnarled, veteran oak rather than small trees you would normally walk by. It is these surprises and the hidden histories that make these searches a fascinating experience. Here are two recent contacts I have made and the stories they have to tell.
The searches start from notations on local maps. Where two or more energy lines cross there tends to be a beacon tree, spring or well. In a local community woodland a variety of energy lines crossed on the boundary of the wood. My search starts with me asking my dowsing rod to take me to the tree. The journey through the wood took me to its edge and an old oak that looked the part. It was not the tree but the path next to it indicated that it was further along the edge of the wood. I ended up down a ride that lead me back into the wood. Part the way along was a double oak covered in a mantle of ivy. I made contact with the tree taking care to ground myself and control the flow of latent energy. I asked it how it was. It was not happy as the ivy was throttling it and it asked for it to be removed. On my second visit I took a folding saw and cut the ivy at the base of each trunk. In due course it will fall away and let the tree(s) breathe. As it was a double oak I asked it if it was a gypsy child burial. It was! I later checked two double oaks further down the path and they indicated that they were gypsy child burials. In the past when a gypsy child died they were buried in a quiet hidden place with an acorn in each hand. It was only on my second visit when I was cutting the ivy that I realised that the right hand trunk was not an oak but an ash. As the beacon tree(s) had not been contacted for a long time the answers were confused so getting its age and history took time. The tree told me it was 437 years old indicating that the gypsy child was buried around 1578AD. As the right hand grew faster than the left hand it was cut down for timber at 258 years and the base of the trunk rotted down over 17 years. An ash key seeded itself on the remains of the trunk. The right hand ash is 162 years old and makes this the first oak/ash beacon tree I have found. Both trunks are male and the lateral energy which I helped to release covers a large section of the woodland. As with all beacon trees its shaft of energy is 24 heights above and below it. It revealed its name which I will pass on to whoever is selected as the trees guardian.
The second beacon tree was in a wood near Churchstanton Church. The church is well worth a visit as it has many of the bench ends that were in Dunkeswell Abbey. They are 543 years old indicating that they were carved in/around 1472AD. They feature green men and plant motifs. The search for the beacon tree was long and convoluted as the tree was well hidden. I could understand why as the woodland was in complete contrast to the community wood where I found the previous beacon tree. The only management was removing tree branches that might get in the way of tracked vehicles that travel through the wood churning up and creating new tracks putting pressure on the trees. Beside one of these tracks surrounded by holly trees is the beacon tree. The hollies camouflage and hide a male oak with a low pollarded trunk. This trunk is covered in burrs with the remains of branches growing out of them. The branches growing up from the top of the trunk are long and thin like a spindly crown. The tree is 362 years old and was planted by a tree man around 1652AD. The tree is the way it looks as it was continuously cropped for timber to make furniture. The new growth would have been suitable for chair and table legs. It seems there are other similar trees throughout the wood. As it has been hidden for so long its lateral energy was still compressed but with further visits it will open out. Its vertical shaft of energy is 24 heights above and below. It has revealed its name and has chosen its guardian.
The Blackdown Hills are proving to be one of the most powerful places in Britain. So much so that The Dragon Line makes a large detour in its North/South journey to cross the hills.
I am still in the process of marking out all the main energy lines that cross the Blackdown Hills but have also started to explore the points where many lines cross. One of these points is a wood on the Northern escarpment of the hills.
The wood is owned by a friend who has a deep understanding and a powerful connection to earth energies. After lunch we went in search of the potential Beacon Tree where all these energy lines crossed. I knew that once I made contact with the tree all the latent energy around it would be released, but I was ill-prepared for what happened. As soon as I touched the tree there was the normal frission but as soon as I was in full contact with it I started to sink into the ground. I steadied myself and climbed out to the realisation that something very different had been released. Once through my initial questions about the tree’s well-being and age I then checked on its energy fields. There was the expected pillar of energy twenty four height measures above and below. I then checked on the lateral energy field as on the Winter Solstice of 2013. As expected it covered a large section of the wood. When I checked the the energy field from the last Winter Solstice it ran through the width of the wood to disappear off the grid. When we got back to their house I did a quick check on the map. It travels across the landscape to the Beacon Tree at Otterhead and the Holy Well marked at Holywell Lake in the other direction.
On our return home I did a more detailed check and found a band of energy running through the landscape which varied at each of the Beacon Trees. The unknown element was the Holy Well at Holywell Lake. Another friend carried out a search for me and believed it was in the front garden of a house opposite the village pub, the Holywell Inn. When I checked it out on the ground it was confirmed as a powerful Holy Well. I did not need to enter the garden to confirm its position and course. It left the garden through a pipe in the wall and then through an underground culvert. You can hear the strength of its flow as it bubbles down under the road to a stream. I walked from it through the village to find the edge of its lateral energy field. It went to the outskirts of the village in different directions. It proved to be a large bubble of energy that also goes above and below the well. It is also clear that it acts like a bubble ebbing and flowing in its shape. As with all the energy lines the moon’s cycles affect its flow. I will be mapping out edges of this ‘Spirit Line’ for each day of a moon cycle to see how it changes and influences the landscape around it.
I have called this new band of energy a ‘Spirit Line’ as my friend believes her Beacon Tree to be a Spirit Tree. She also asked me whether these powerful trees had names. I asked her tree and the one here at Otterhead and they both gave me their names. It was made clear that these names are a secret and I should only reveal them to whoever will become the guardian of that tree. Once I have worked with more springs and wells I will ask them whether they have names.
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.