John MichellJohn Michell is the elder statesman of the modern Earth Mysteries movement. He wrote the book that initially introduced me to geomancy. In 1970, View Over Atlantis made me aware of Great Britain's magnificent ancient sites. I had the good fortune to do tours of ancient sites with him that were organized by Jamie George. He is a prolific author, who has written numerous books and pamphlets on subjects varying from the anti-metrification movement to visions of the New Jerusalem. His role in bringing in various - initially apparently unrelated - bits and pieces (leys, magic squares, holy well's mythology, neolithic connections, sacred geometry, gematria, and on and on) have provided a framework for the modern Earth Mysteries Movement as well as to the field of geomancy. Click here for more on John.
Bruce MacManaway found his healing skills while fighting a rearguard action at Dunkirk. He was responsible for a group of men who had run out of medical supplies. He had nothing but his hands to treat the wounded. So he used them. Immediate relief from suffering was later discovered to have also achieved reversal of shock and internal bleeding, and an absence of subsequent infection. Bruce started the Westbank Healing Centre in Strathmiglo, Fife, Scotland where he became one of the most well known healers of the 20th Century in Britain. He drew together a cohesive method for dealing with houses which were geopathically stressed or psychically disturbed. He put together the concepts of Allendar Smith and the new notions of dowseable leys to provide the basis for the teachings of Terry Ross, Mabel Beggs, and John and Kate Payne, and Roy and Ann Proctor.
Byron DixI learned archaeoastronomy from Byron Dix. He was a self taught genius who was the first person I knew who walked through the land feeling what was going on – “Oh, there must be something over there.” And sure enough, there would be a standing stone or some other feature. He taught me Orthographic Projection, a valuable tool for telling where the sun would rise on a particular day at any latitude and elevation to the horizon. We spent many days out in the fields and woods of New England looking for evidence about the people who built the stone chambers and other lithic features. He came to the conclusion that most of them were built by Native Americans after the White man got there, and presented his proof in Manitou.
We both played guitar and we found that after not seeing each other for several months, we'd get together, and our guitars were more often than not completely in tune with each other! He passed on a while back. In my book (along with his partner, Jim Mavor), Byron is among the greats in American archaeoastronomy. He was a good teacher, and a good friend.
||As Editor of The British Society of Dowsers Journal in the seventies, Tom Graves rekindled the fires started by Reginald Alendar Smith and Guy Underwood. His articles captured the imagination of a number of dowsers who were getting in to Earth Energy dowsing at that time. But it was his bookNeedles of Stone(now “Revisited”) that really fired imaginations. Tom showed how to approach a sacred site with dowsing rods, and what to look for. He was a strong voice in these Mysteries in the seventies and early eighties.|