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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.
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.
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 Sites of California
Native American sacred sites in Northern California.
- Sacred Sites Map of Mexico
Mexican sacred sites.
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.
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?
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.
Something to it or just way out there?
Comments welcome - Are you a believer?
Courtney Rhodes on January 22, 2015:
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.
David R. Cowan on October 31, 2014:
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".
Steve Dizmon from Nashville, TN on October 20, 2013:
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.
TanoCalvenoa on April 03, 2013:
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.
Takkhis on March 19, 2013:
It is new to me! Thanks for sharing, i have learned a lot from your lens :)
RuralFloridaLiving on March 05, 2013:
I always heard about ley lines but never really understood what they were about. I enjoyed reading about them here in your article!
pumpum on February 28, 2013:
Wow, this is very interesting, I have never heard about this before. I learned something new definitely. Thanks for sharing this.
PatriciaJoy (author) from Michigan on December 18, 2012:
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.
Stephanie Tietjen from Albuquerque, New Mexico on December 18, 2012:
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.
June Nash on October 02, 2012:
I find this topic very interesting. I have not heard of it prior to reading about it here.
goldenrulecomics from New Jersey on September 25, 2012:
Very interesting. I had never heard of this topic before!
Hal Gall from Bloomington, IN on September 05, 2012:
There is definitely more to this than meets the eye. Funny how sacred sites around the world line up along certain lines.