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Ancient mysteries and alternative history by best-selling author Freddy Silva.

Ley Lines:
The art of sacred site alignment.

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The Michael and Mary ley line. Sacred sites align diagonally across southern Britain and the Beltane sunrise.

Thanks to the precision of modern map-making and accurate satellite imagery it is now possible to see the scale to which ancient temple-builders engineered a network of sites around the world with near ruler-straight precision.

The concept of ley alignment is as old as the enigmatic lines etched onto the plains of Nazca. with a purpose equally as opaque. In New Mexico, stright tracks can still be seen from the air connecting Chaco Canyon to now derelict native sites; equally perplexing are the 'Roman roads' that to this day can be walked from one corner of Britain to the other. And yet even the Romans claimed they were not the builders of such 'roads' but merely improved on them. But there are other alignments in the landscape that are truly mysterious: because they are invisible.

In the 1920s, while photographing landmarks in Herefordshire, Alfred Watkins noticed how ancient sites, churches (built over such sites), sacred mounds, old pilgrim routes and standing stones were aligned in perfect straight lines. He called them ley lines.

In essence, Watkins re-discovered old esoteric knowledge which had maintained that temples and oracles all across the Earth were not placed haphazardly but according to certain — and since forgotten — geodetic laws.

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Tregeseal stone circle.

To the skeptic, it is only human to want to draw straight lines, connect random dots on a page and give them superhuman meaning. To some degree this point of view is valid. However, let’s consider a few cases where the scale of the endeavour suggests a coordinated and designed effort of aligning temples which far outweighs their randomness.

In the south-west of England sits the ancient county of Cornwall, whose pre-anglicized name is Kernow, whose root ker associates it with Cernunos the Celtic god of fertility. It is the peninsular remnant of the ancient land of Lyonesse which, before the sea level rise of 9600 BC, was a fabled landmass conencted to Brittany. It is also a repository of hundreds of ancient places of veneration including the Arthurian legends. Therefore it is possible to restore some of the ley alignments common to this area.

Before its destruction in 1967, Tregeseal stone circle was actually a large neolithic complex made up of at least three stone circles. Given its complexity and organization — particularly the remaining stone circle's astronomical alignments — we assume this was an important temple complex. Even despite the destruction of sites in the wake of the industrilization of the countryside, it is still possible to connect no less than 17 ancient sites to Tregeseal.

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Tregeseal stone circle as the focal point of multiple ley lines.

But Cornwall is also home to another major invisible route: the Michael & Mary ley alignment which connects dozens of ancient sites across southern Britain.

In the 1960s the late antiquarian John Michell re-discovered knowledge of this alignment. This would be confirmed later by a local researchers Paul Broadhurst and Hamish Miller,who mapped it from Cornwall to the coast of East Anglia. By the time they had reached the opposite side of the country, they had successfully linked dozens of ancient places of veneration, as well as newer Celtic-Christian churches that supplanted some of the original sites, as well as several Gothic cathedrals. All in a straight line covering 370 miles.

Curiously, they had originally been tracing the path of two Earth magnetic lines, but only at the end of their journey did they realize that the serpentine flows of energy currents, and the sites that stood upon them, when mapped formed a perfect diagonal line. It was awarded the name Michael and Mary line due to the astonishing preponderance of churches along its path dedicated to St. Michael (and his complimentary St. George) and St. Mary (and her complimentary St. Margaret).

While skeptics have argued that this is a mere coincidence, they have never attempted to explain why this alignment is precisely oriented to one of the Celtic calendar’s most important dates, May 3, the feast of Beltane. On this day the sun rises and shines it’s light along this invisible terrestrial serpent and all monuments along it, from Hopton in the east to Land’s End in the West. Then at Lughnasa, the setting sun on August 1st illuminates it from the opposite end.

This astronomical connection is one compelling theory behind the motivation of neolithic architects— and perhaps prehistoric— as to why leys were created in the first place.

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Perfect triangle of sacred sites in the American southwest.

Unlike the Celtic cultures of Europe, the tribes of North America rarely constructed temples. To them the land was the sacred temple. Instead they sourced magnetic hotspots on the land, and their locations were through oral oral tradition. Consequently, there is little record of native tribes' sacred sites, unless one is conversant with local folklore, or even better, if one has the confidence and trust of tribal elders.

During my many travels through the southwestern United States I noted how three places always stood out in local tribal myths. One was my favourite, the winged rock Tse Bitai, which is sacred to the Navajo, and before them, the Anasazi. Once you spend a couple of hours under the solitude of its protective wing you will understand the meaning of natural power.

Mt. Taylor, a massive volcano north of Acoma Pueblo, has also been sacred to the myriad of tribes, and access to the site to non-native people today is still discouraged on the grounds of respect. A third point is almost obvious when you think about its location: Sedona. But given how many alleged portals exist in that area (and there are far fewer than commonly advertised by local greedheads), the choice is not so obvious. But Bell Rock possesses an aura quite unlike any other in that corner of the world. For one thing there are many different soils and stones buried there which have been brought from other sacred sites around the world. This tradition of building 'rainbow bridges' between sacred places is as old as myth, and certainly this unusual-shaped hill has been a place of veneration as far back as native shamanic traditions will recall.

Looking for possible leys in this bleak landscape is not an easy task. Again, the lack of surviving landmarks makes any quest futile. However, these three particular sites do align: as a triangular geometric ley. True, any three sites will create a triangle. But these three sites are uniquely connected by the same legend, and together they align as a perfect 3:4:5 ratio triangle.

This one spans 600 miles.

The isosceles triangle was allegedly discovered by Pythagoras, and schools today still give him this credit. However, Pythagoras himself credited his knowledge from the teachings he received while at the famous Library of Alexandia c540 BC. If we consider that the above native sites go back thousands of years, one has to wonder just how old this knowledge really is.

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