About Dowsing

There are many good books and websites available for those interested in dowsing so I do not propose to duplicate this information. See the links section for a book list.

However I will point out that this website is only concerned with earth energy lines that criss cross the UK and their relationship with Neolithic sites, places of worship, usually churches, both old and new, and similar locations.

Many people incorrectly associate this with Alfred Watkin's ley lines. It is true that many energy lines will travel in excellent straight lines for many miles and you might find energy lines flowing through parts of established "Watkinsonian" ley lines. However that is as far as the association goes.

As you will see, with the exception of new lines, established energy lines rarely travel in straight lines for long and their complexity far exceeds that of straight line associations found by Watkins and others.

In order to follow some of the brief details provided in the following web pages, a summary is provided below as to the properties and nature of this paranormal phenomenon which, I suspect, will be challenging to other dowsers in the field due in part to the obvious connections with Catholic Christian mysticism and teaching.

An account of the development of these findings will be included in a small online publication being prepared as the site develops.

The next section below is a quick summary of some of the details.

Line Properties and Observations


The size of an energy line can be expressed as the number of bands.
The physical width of a line may vary quite considerable as it passes through different structures.
For example a line may open out to a maximum width in open country, close down to pass precisely through the width of an entrance door to a church or be compressed down to less than 500mm in the confines of a chambered long barrow. Neolithic people clearly knew exactly what they were doing with stone constructions.
However, the number of bands essentially does not vary and represents the number of times a dowsing reaction occurs as the line is crossed at a measured normal slow walking pace. Walk along the line and no reaction will take place.

A "dowsing reaction" may typically be a crossing and opening of standard L rods.

There is also an integrating effect as follows. Pass over a line in a car at 30mph and you may get only one band reaction. Pass over a 4 band line at a slow walking pace and a rhythm sets in giving 4 bands. Pass over the same line very slowly and if you are sensitive enough, you will find that each band will split into 5 smaller bands giving 20 in total. Increase your pace slightly and 8 bands in total will be noticed, speed up again and you should be back to 4.
When measuring large bands (50) it is sometimes difficult to maintain the required rhythm and so a small error has to be assumed. For that reason, I initially prefer to use a pendulum and a table of numbers to find the expected number of bands.
See Guy Underwood, "Patterns of the Past" in the references for his early band splitting ideas. There is yet another interesting observation concerning band counting.

Normally, if you start counting at the start of a line, the count will end, as you would expect, at the other edge of the line.
However if, for example, you start counting in the middle of the line, the bands will apparently continue to be counted until the correct number is reached. It appears that what has happened is that the "dowsing question" changes automatically from "show me an energy line" to " show me the number of bands in the energy line".
This is a useful general observation to remember with more advanced dowsing.

So far Band values in the UK have varied from 1 to almost 60.

No Crossing Property

This is an important fundamental property and rule. A line cannot cross itself. In the maps you will find many examples of a line approaching a previous loop only to turn away to avoid crossing. I have found one location where two branches of a line get so close that they appear to merge. Map dowsing is not accurate enough to show this and so it will only be found by real time dowsing.

Doublets and "Super Lines"

When they approach each other, different parts of the same line cannot cross and will often combine together to form a doublet with an almost constant separation.

Taking this idea further, there are examples of 8 or more lines running in parallel. See the Avebury area
(SU-c) for a major display of these "Super Lines" by the Shipley line or Landsend where Mary lines come in from the sea and come together on land to form an intense group.
Perhaps this is an upwards continuation of banding hence the name Super Line.

The Carnac stone rows may also be an example of this phenomenon as the same line appears to be passing along each row.

Gender / Direction

Gender or polarity can be detected by dowsing but has no particular use other than identification. Similarly direction can be sensed but has no real significance.

Angel Bands

Now we come to the first controversial property. After physically tracking the St. Leonards line through London, I began to become sensitive to another band of energy on both sides of the main line. These are weak, spaced off by about a metre, and about 10-20% the width of the main line. However their most important distinguishing property is that they are amorphous, that is, have no bands and a dowsing reaction occurs regardless of direction of movement within the line.

The discovery of these lines led subsequently to an unexpected identification of their connection with the Christian Angel Heirachy to be described in detail in the publication mentioned above. It gives an obvious clue as to who is creating and controlling what we are dowsing and leads to the next property.

Dedication or Consecration

Miller and Broadhurst (The Sun and the Serpent book) suggested an unofficial dedication to the two lines that they originally tracked in the form of Michael and Mary. It should be no surprise then that other lines would respond in a similar manner to different but related names. At least 70% of lines when dowsed for a dedication or association will respond accordingly. All the 7 official Catholic Archangels are represented, the names of the choirs of angels, Principalities through to Seraphim, the Holy Ghost and of course Jesus of Nazareth. There are many Mary and Michael lines throughout the land not just "the original" "Michael" and "Mary" mentioned above.
A well endowed church would typically have a line consecrated to Jesus through the nave, Mary across the altar and maybe the Holy Ghost passing through another feature.

Ages of Lines

It is possible to date lines using similar techniques archaeological dowsers use and this is revealing interesting results.
The dates column in the Lines List refers to when the line was created and it shows that the primary lines, that is the ones through Glastonbury Tor, appear to be the oldest, dating from early Neolithic times. Some lines have appeared between then and the early medieval period but there seems to have been an explosion of new lines in the 13th century. This work is continuing as much more data needs to be collected.
However, having experienced the creation of new lines in London, it is clear that the process may well be accelerating again at the present time.

Newly created lines are unusual. When tracked, they quickly orient N-S or E-W. N-S lines complete a major circle passing through the poles, E-W lines complete a circle, parallel to lines of latitude. No doubt, as they mature they will gradually be distorted as they begin to pass through places of interest.

Lines that Move or avoid Churches

Some dowsers recommend asking for permission from the spirit world before dowsing in and around buildings. The only time I have experienced a refusal was very early on when tracking the St. Leonards Line towards the St. Leonards Church in Streatham. I determined that there was a trapped and unhappy spirit within the church which wanted to be moved on. This was done and things returned to normal. It was an interesting and important lesson.
Returning to the site some time later, a line was now passing through the transcept which had clearly moved back into place. Over the years I have realized that when a line avoids or just clips a church it is often a sign that all in not well and most likely, but not always, a trapped spirit is to blame.
Unacceptable practices within churches will have the same effect as I have observed at several significant sites. Fortunately they can be healed easily and quickly and the correct position for the lines is restored.