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Here you can view our collection of e-mail newsletters that have previously been sent to our subscriber base. http://www.geomancy.org/listmessenger/public/help.php Sat, 21 Oct 2017 18:11:28 +0100 FeedCreator 1.7.2 MAG E-zine #48 - More Dartmoor http://www.geomancy.org/listmessenger/public/archive.php?id=186:597 <h1 style="text-align: center;"><img style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="http://www.geomancy.org/listmessenger/public/images/mag_2013/mag-ezine.jpg" alt="MAG E-zine Logo" width="504" height="85" /><strong><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">MAG E-zine #48 - More Dartmoor</span></strong><br /><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">&nbsp;</span></h1> <p><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">Dear [firstname]</span><br /><br /><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">Recently I went with a group of geomancers for a weekend in (and around) Dartmoor.&nbsp; While I don't have room to mention all of the places we visited, two at the NorthWestern edge of the moor, and one site near Princetown in the middle of the moor were especially memorable.</span><br /><br /><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">Like the Michael tower on the Glastonbury Tor that towers above the Somerset Levels, St Michael de Rupe on Brentor is a church that can be seen from many different places on Dartmoor.&nbsp; It sits right on the NorthWestern edge of the moor and is on John Michell's Michael Line.&nbsp; While this line is actually a wide geomantic corridor, this isolated church on Brentor, along with Burrow Bridge Mump, Glastonbury Tor and the henge at Avebury are all on an actual ley. </span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <table border="0" align="center"> <tbody> <tr> <td><img src="http://www.geomancy.org/listmessenger/public/images/mag_2013/stmichael_de_rupe_brentor_w.jpg" alt="Brentor" width="269" height="360" />&nbsp;</td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td><img src="http://www.geomancy.org/listmessenger/public/images/mag_2013/archangel_michael_w.jpg" alt="Archangel Michael" width="269" height="360" />&nbsp;</td> </tr> <tr> <td style="text-align: center;">&nbsp;<span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">St. Michael de Rupe</span><br /><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">Brentor</span><br /><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">From a distance, looks like the tower </span><br /><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">on the Glastonbury Tor, </span><br /><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">another Michael church.</span><br /></td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">Archangel Michael</span><br /><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">above the Altar.</span></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p style="text-align: left;"><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">Lydford Gorge on the river Lyd to the north of Brentor offers several spectacular visuals - at one end is the Devil's Cauldron where the Lyd has carved deep channels and a whirlpool in the rock. At the other end is the White Lady Waterfall.&nbsp; She, as the mythtory goes, </span><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">was</span><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;"> apparently a bride who was jilted at the altar and, in the trauma of it all, threw herself over this 90 foot high water fall.&nbsp; It is the highest falls in southwestern England, and the falls are said to be her bridal veil.&nbsp; Now here's the good part:&nbsp; They say that if you choose to jump from the top of the falls, AND you see the White Lady on your way down, you will not die when you reach the relatively shallow pool at the bottom.&nbsp; Oh, ok.</span><br /><br /><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">When I heard the name of the falls, it reminded me of a lady who is found in a number of places in Eastern Central Netherlands.&nbsp; Witte Wieven (old Dutch for White Women) were wise women who took care of the people's physical or mental ailments.&nbsp; Like the White Lady waterfall, sites that commemorate the Witte Wieven are also quite magical.</span></p> <table border="0" align="center"> <tbody> <tr> <td><img src="http://www.geomancy.org/listmessenger/public/images/mag_2013/white-lady_w.jpg" alt="White Lady Falls" width="269" height="360" /></td> <td><img src="http://www.geomancy.org/listmessenger/public/images/mag_2013/witte_wieven_w.jpg" alt="WItte Wieven" width="360" height="249" /></td> </tr> <tr> <td style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">White Lady Waterfall</span><br /><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">Lydford Gorge, Devon</span></td> <td style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">Witte Wieven Mound</span><br /><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">in Eastern Central Netherlands</span></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <h2 style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">&nbsp;</span><br /><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">Merryvale Stone Rows</span></h2> <p style="text-align: left;"><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">I have found that certain sacred sites are what I would call my teaching sites.&nbsp; Every time I go to them I learn something new.&nbsp; Calendar II in Central Vermont was such a site in the late seventies and early eighties when I was working on my Masters' Degree.&nbsp; Since I have been living in England, in addition to Glastonbury, the Avebury Megalithic Complex is a place that also always shows me something new.&nbsp; Merryvale Stone Rows in Dartmoor is another one.&nbsp; It is perhaps the most complete sacred site I know of - animal compounds, numerous hut circles, depending on how one counts them six stone rows, several cists (small stone coffins), a small stone ring, and one very tall standing stone - and that isn't everything!&nbsp; At first when I went there, I felt some resistance from the Spirit of the Place.&nbsp; But I persisted and respectfully greeted Her each time I go.&nbsp; Now she shows me something new almost every time I'm there.&nbsp; This past trip was no exception. </span><br /><br /><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">There are two major pairs of stone rows (North and South) with a leat, a man made channel of water with a very shallow gradient built to carry water over long distances.&nbsp; This leat runs between these two major pairs of rows.&nbsp; There are a number of leats on Dartmoor.&nbsp; Most were built for industrial purposes while mining tin - though in the case of Merryvale, when and why this leat was built is not clear.&nbsp; </span></p> <p style="text-align: left;"><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">We went to Merryvale Stone Rows on two occasions.&nbsp; The first day, it was blowing up a storm, and raining horizontally (as it does on Dartmoor).</span></p> <table border="0" align="center"> <tbody> <tr> <td><img style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="http://www.geomancy.org/listmessenger/public/images/mag_2013/mvale_stonerow_w.jpg" alt="Merryvale Stone Rows 2" width="269" height="360" /></td> </tr> <tr> <td style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">The South Rows at Merryvale.&nbsp; </span><br /><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">Note the cairn with curb stones</span><br /><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">in the middle of these rows.&nbsp; </span></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <table border="0" align="center"> <tbody> <tr> <td><img src="http://www.geomancy.org/listmessenger/public/images/mag_2013/cist1_w.jpg" alt="Women in Cist" width="269" height="360" /></td> <td style="text-align: center;"><img src="http://www.geomancy.org/listmessenger/public/images/mag_2013/cist2_w.jpg" alt="cist with water" width="360" height="269" /></td> </tr> <tr> <td style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">Standing in the cist <br />whose ceiling slab has been split in half.<br />Note the blocking stone <br />of the South Rows in the background.</span></td> <td style="text-align: center;"> <p><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">When we returned the second day,<br />after all that rain, <br />the cist had almost filled to the brim with water!</span><br /><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">It had been bone dry the day before.</span></p> </td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p style="text-align: left;"><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="text-align: left;"><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">The weather was much more welcoming on our second arrival.&nbsp; I have rotated the map to show how we entered the site from the North. The road from Princetown to Tavistock is to the North, and the map doesn't show this road, but mentions the habitation site - animal compounds and hut circles to the North of the stone rows.</span></p> <table border="0" align="center"> <tbody> <tr> <td> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="http://www.geomancy.org/listmessenger/public/images/mag_2013/sigs_Mvale_map_w.jpg" alt="Merryvale Map" width="504" height="469" /></p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">Sig's hand drawn plan of <br />The Merryvale </span><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">Ceremonial Centre</span><br /></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p><br /><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">We approached the rows from the North.&nbsp; After walking through the animal compound with its interesting "<a href="http://www.english-heritage.org.uk/daysout/properties/merrivale-prehistoric-settlement/history-and-research/" target="_blank">apple-crusher stone</a>" - obviously an essentially much more modern addition at the site, we encountered the many hut circles.&nbsp; Imagine the stones make a low circular wall then teepee poles covered with straw or reeds are used to make the thatched roof.&nbsp; The doors of the hut circles faced the stone rows to the South.&nbsp; Closer to the rows, there was a </span><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;"> much smaller</span><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;"> solitary hut circle.&nbsp; Because of its proximity to the sacred area of the site, I think of it as the the shaman/shamanka's hut.</span></p> <table border="0" align="center"> <tbody> <tr> <td><img src="http://www.geomancy.org/listmessenger/public/images/mag_2013/hutcircle_mvale_w.jpg" alt="Hut Circle Merryvale" width="360" height="239" /></td> <td><img src="http://www.geomancy.org/listmessenger/public/images/mag_2013/shamans_hut_w.jpg" alt="Shamann/Shamanka's Hutcircle" width="314" height="235" /></td> </tr> <tr> <td style="text-align: center;"> <p><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">Typical hut circle at Merryvale.</span><br /><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">I did not find underground veins of primary water </span><br /><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">or energy leys under most of these.<br />The people knew enough not to live on them.<br /></span></p> </td> <td style="text-align: center;"> <p><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">Shaman/Shamanka's hut circle </span><br /><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">(<span style="color: #ff0000;">A</span> on the map above).</span><br /><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">I found both e leys and primary water </span><br /><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">under this hut. Note the mouth opening<br />toward the people standing </span><br /><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">at the North Rows on the horizon.</span></p> </td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p><br /><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">As you can see on the map above, Stone Row 3 goes off from Stone Rows 2 to the SouthWest.&nbsp; It begins next to Stone Rows 2 with several stones (<span style="color: #ff0000;">B</span>), and goes in the direction of the people in the background.&nbsp; You can see how the moor has eaten two of the stones in Stone Rows 2 in the foreground. Merryvale Moor has really swallowed most of the stones in Row 3.&nbsp; In fact many of them have disappeared, but there are enough of them just peeking above the ground to see that it is/was a stone row.</span></p> <table border="0" align="center"> <tbody> <tr> <td><img style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="http://www.geomancy.org/listmessenger/public/images/mag_2013/beginning_row3_w.jpg" alt="Beginning of Stone Row 3" width="269" height="360" /></td> <td><img src="http://www.geomancy.org/listmessenger/public/images/mag_2013/sig_pub_mvale_w.jpg" alt="Sig at Merryvale" width="360" height="270" /></td> </tr> <tr> <td style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">Stone Row 3 takes off to the SouthWest.<br />(<span style="color: #ff0000;">B</span> on the above map.)<br /></span></td> <td style="text-align: center;">&nbsp;<span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">The final stone on Row 3 (<span style="color: #ff0000;">C</span>) is clearly visible<br />under my right elbow.&nbsp; I am sitting at its base<br /> and looking to the SouthWest toward <br />the Stone Ring and tall standing stone.</span></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">When I was looking between </span><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">several geomancers, and in the </span><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">near horizon, I saw the tall </span><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">standing stone behind the stone circle.</span></p> <table border="0" align="center"> <tbody> <tr> <td><img style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="http://www.geomancy.org/listmessenger/public/images/mag_2013/final_view_w.jpg" alt="to the tall standing stone" width="269" height="360" /></td> <td><img src="http://www.geomancy.org/listmessenger/public/images/mag_2013/mvring.jpg" alt="M'vale ring and standing stone" width="308" height="203" /></td> </tr> <tr> <td> <p style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">Beyond it, you can just make out a tall stone.<br />Beyond it, is a 4th short stone row <br />also going off to the SouthWest.</span></p> </td> <td> <p style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">Merryvale Stone Ring<br />and the tall standing stone beyond.</span></p> </td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p style="text-align: center;">&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">I feel that I have just begun to work on the implications of Stone Row 3.&nbsp; Merryvale calls me to return with my compass and follow Row 3 in both directions.&nbsp; For example, I am reasonably sure that if one follows that same azimuth to the NorthEast, it will go through the Shaman/Shamanka's hut, and I want to trace it back to the road that runs from Princetown </span><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">to Tavistock</span><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;"> (the B3357) to see if the energy ley runs through any other hut circles.</span><br /><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;"><br />Every time I go the Stone Rows at Merryvale, I learn something new.&nbsp; </span><br /><br /><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">Every time I go, I find reasons to go back again.</span><br /><br /><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">}:-)</span><br /><img src="http://www.geomancy.org/listmessenger/public/images/mag_2013/Sigs-newsig.png" alt="sig's sig" width="65" height="70" /><br /><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">Sig Lonegren</span><br /><a href="mailto:sig@geomancy.org"><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">sig@geomancy.org</span></a><br /><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">Website: <a href="http://www.geomancy.org" target="_blank">www.geomancy.org</a></span><br /><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">Latest eBook: <em>Sacred Space Handbook</em> on Kindle or</span><br /><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">iTunes iBooks</span><br /><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">Phone: 01458 835 818</span><br /><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">Cell: 07511 865342</span><br /><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">Skype: <em>sigdowser</em></span><br /><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">Post: SunnyBank Centre, </span><br /><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">9 BoveTown, Glastonbury</span></p> "Sig Lonegren" <sig@geomancy.org> Mon, 14 Oct 2013 13:57:40 +0100 MAG # 47 - Avebury and Two Extra Bits http://www.geomancy.org/listmessenger/public/archive.php?id=184:591 <h1 style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;"><img style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="http://www.geomancy.org/listmessenger/public/images/mag_2013/mag-ezine.jpg" alt="MAG E-zine Logo" width="504" height="85" />MAG E-zine #47 - </span><span style="font-size: medium;">Avebury Plus 2</span></h1> <p><span style="font-size: medium;">Dear [firstname]</span></p> <p><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">On the Equinox, Karin and I went to Avebury to meet </span><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">Bill and Barbara Cheeseman, </span><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">some old old friends that I knew back in Greensboro, Vermont in the late seventies.&nbsp; While they live in Gloucestershire, and work at Oxford, we had not seen them for some inexplicable reason since our wedding back in 1999.&nbsp; We got on like a house-a fire (That could be an American expression.&nbsp; It means "real good")! </span></p> <table border="0" cellpadding="5" align="center"> <tbody> <tr> <td style="text-align: center;"><img src="http://www.geomancy.org/listmessenger/public/images/mag_2013/billandbarb_w.jpg" alt="Bill and Barbara Cheeseman" width="265" height="354" /></td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td style="text-align: center;">&nbsp;<img src="http://www.geomancy.org/listmessenger/public/images/mag_2013/ka_sig_w.jpg" alt="Karin and Sig" width="262" height="360" /></td> </tr> <tr> <td style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">Bill and Barbara Cheeseman</span></td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;"> Karin and Sig</span></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: medium;">In front of the Blocking Stone at the West Kennett Long Barrow, Avebury</span></p> <p style="text-align: left;"><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">We had agreed to meet at the Circle Cafe, which used to be The Stones, and had a quick lunch.&nbsp; Since they were not deeply involved in the Earth Mysteries, I wanted to take them to two different places in the Avebury Megalithic Complex.&nbsp; In the SouthEast quadrant there is a stone that I have used over the years to have people spin off, and I wanted them to experience it.</span></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="http://www.geomancy.org/listmessenger/public/images/mag_2013/avebury_spin_w.jpg" alt="Spinning off a stone" width="360" height="202" /></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">Preparing to be spun off "my" spinning stone</span><br /><span style="font-size: medium;">(Picture taken several years ago)</span></p> <p style="text-align: left;"><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">Walking there, we came to the Red Lion Pub.&nbsp; It was over run with pagans getting ready to celebrate the Equinox</span>.</p> <table border="0" cellpadding="5" align="center"> <tbody> <tr> <td style="text-align: center;"><img src="http://www.geomancy.org/listmessenger/public/images/mag_2013/redlion1_w.jpg" alt="Red Lion 1" width="324" height="241" /></td> <td style="text-align: right;">&nbsp;</td> <td style="text-align: center;"><img src="http://www.geomancy.org/listmessenger/public/images/mag_2013/red_lion3_w.jpg" alt="Red Lion 2" width="324" height="242" /></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">Pagan celebrants in front of the Red Lion Pub</span></p> <p style="text-align: left;"><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">It felt like I was back in Glastonbury!&nbsp; As we watched, they got up and went out to the stone row where my spin off stone was located, and by the time we got there, they had already formed a circle that incorporated my stone!&nbsp; Obviously, we couldn't use it then. &nbsp; :&nbsp; ( &nbsp; &nbsp; So we went off to the West Kennet Long Barrow with the intention of coming back to spin there later.</span></p> <table border="0" cellpadding="5" align="center"> <tbody> <tr> <td style="text-align: left;"><img src="http://www.geomancy.org/listmessenger/public/images/mag_2013/west.ken.lb_w.jpg" alt="West Kennett Long Barrow" width="405" height="268" /></td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td><img src="http://www.geomancy.org/listmessenger/public/images/mag_2013/w_ken_chmbr_w.jpg" alt="View down the chamber" width="323" height="432" /></td> </tr> <tr> <td style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: medium;">The West Kennet Long Barrow</span></td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: medium;">The View down the Chamber.</span><br /><span style="font-size: medium;">Can you feel the Equinox energy?</span></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p style="text-align: left;"><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">It was the Autumnal Equinox, and as this magnificent barrow is oriented due East and looks at a level horizon where the Sun rises due East on both Equinoxes anywhere on our planet.&nbsp; When the Neolithic people closed down this long barrow (around 3000BCE&plusmn;) they put in an enormous blocking stone at the mouth of the chamber to block the Sun. (It is the one we are standing in front of at the beginning of this issue of MAG E-zine.</span>)<br /><br /><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">I have a special relationship with the West Kennet Long Barrow.&nbsp; Many years ago, I was meditating in the second side-chamber on the left when it came to me that long ago, I had gone there to die.&nbsp; Ever since then, I think of this barrow as the place of my ancestors.</span></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><br /><img src="http://www.geomancy.org/listmessenger/public/images/mag_2013/w_ken_anstr_w.jpg" alt="Ancestors' side chamber" width="324" height="242" /></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">Place of my ancestors<br />The second side chamber on the left,<br />West Kennet Long Barrow</span></p> <p style="text-align: center;">&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: left;"><span style="font-size: medium;">We went back to the big circle to spin off "my" stone.&nbsp; As luck would have it, a small group of pagans were still there, and guess which stone they were gathered around.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Yup. &nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp; :&nbsp; (&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; again.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; We'll give it a try when next we are in the Avebury Henge.</span></p> <p style="text-align: left;">&nbsp;</p> <h2 style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">Two Quick Non-Sequitors</span></h2> <p style="text-align: left;"><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">In MAG E-zine 36, I wrote about setting out a labyrinth at the Struunpad in Koekangerveld, Denthe, The Netherlands.&nbsp; They finished it last week.&nbsp; The walls are grass, and the path is soft sand.&nbsp; I look forward to next February when I'll give it a try!</span></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="http://www.geomancy.org/listmessenger/public/images/mag_2013/strumpad_laby-w.jpg" alt="Struunpad Labyrinth" width="360" height="269" /></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">New Labyrinth at the Struunpad</span><br /><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="text-align: left;"><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">On Saturday I was in Avebury, on Sunday morning I was back in Glastonbury with my Coffee Klatch.&nbsp; I thought that you might like to see some of them.</span></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="http://www.geomancy.org/listmessenger/public/images/mag_2013/friends_w.jpg" alt="my coffee Klatsch" width="540" height="119" /></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: medium;">Sig's Coffee Klatsch</span><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;"><br />From left to right: Sandra, Hugh, Chris, Tony, Sky and Tony (a.k.a. Ynot)</span><br /><br /><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="text-align: left;"><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">May This Equinox Bring You the Ballance You Seek!</span></p> <p style="text-align: left;">&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: left;"><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">}:-)</span></p> <p style="text-align: left;"><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;"><img src="http://www.geomancy.org/listmessenger/public/images/mag_2013/Sigs-newsig.png" alt="sig's sig" width="65" height="70" /></span><br /><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">Sig Lonegren</span><br /><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;"> <a href="mailto:sig@geomancy.org">sig@geomancy.org</a></span><br /><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">Website:&nbsp;www.geomancy.org</span><br /><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">Latest eBook:&nbsp;Sacred Space&nbsp;Handbook&nbsp;on&nbsp;Kindle&nbsp;or</span><br /><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">&nbsp; &nbsp;iTunes iBooks</span><br /><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">Phone:&nbsp;01458 835 818</span><br /><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">Cell:&nbsp;07511 865342</span><br /><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">Skype: sigdowser</span><br /><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">Post: SunnyBank Centre, &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;</span><br /><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">9&nbsp;BoveTown, Glastonbury, </span><br /><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">Somerset, BA6 8JE, England</span></p> <p style="text-align: left;">&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: left;">&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: left;">&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: left;"><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;"><br /></span></p> <p style="text-align: left;"><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;"><br /></span></p> "Sig Lonegren" <sig@geomancy.org> Tue, 01 Oct 2013 14:33:43 +0100 MAG E-zine # 46 - Some New Connections http://www.geomancy.org/listmessenger/public/archive.php?id=183:587 <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="http://www.geomancy.org/listmessenger/public/images/mag_2013/mag-ezine.jpg" alt="MAG E-zine Logo" width="504" height="85" /></p> <h1 style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">MAG E-zine # 46</span><br /><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">Some New Connections</span></h1> <p><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">Dear [firstname]</span><br /><br /><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">Instead of an exploration of one specific topic of interest to geomancers, this MAG E-zine is a selection of interesting/useful connections that I have recently collected and thought that they might be of interest to you.&nbsp; </span></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="http://www.geomancy.org/listmessenger/public/images/mag_2013/unity.diversity.w.jpg" alt="Unity Through DIversity" width="360" height="240" /></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><strong><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">Glastonbury: Inspiring Unity Through Diversity</span></strong><br /><a href="http://www.unitythroughdiversity.org/" target="_blank"><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">http://www.unitythroughdiversity.org/</span></a></p> <p><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">Glastonbury of the 21st century has emerged as a place that integrates many paths and beliefs and this is reflected in the wide and varied cultural experiences, activities and colourful personalities that can be found in this vibrant, captivating place.<strong> <a href="http://www.unitythroughdiversity.org/" target="_blank">Glastonbury: Inspiring Unity Through Diversity</a></strong> is a new site that promotes all of the different activities with heart that are going on in our amazing Isle of Avalon. </span></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><strong><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">Sig's Videos</span></strong><br /><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="text-align: left;"><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;"><strong><a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S9R1qOL5NlQ" target="_blank">Basic Pendulum Dowsing</a></strong> - A short intro video Sig made several years ago.</span></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="http://www.geomancy.org/listmessenger/public/images/mag_2013/sig_7laby.jpg" alt="" width="318" height="243" /></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: medium;">Building Labyrinths</span><br /><span style="font-size: medium;">with</span><br /><span style="font-size: medium;">Sig Lonegren</span></p> <p style="text-align: left;"><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;"><strong>Building Labyrinths&nbsp;&nbsp; <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q6Z4YORgwj0" target="_blank">Part 1</a>&nbsp; and <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TA5GDPF-tbY" target="_blank">Part 2</a></strong>&nbsp; - </span><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">A film in two parts </span><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">of a talk I gave on these ancient sacred space tools </span><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">made by my friend Michael Shaffer in 2003.</span><br /><br /><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;"><a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aGnP9WbiiKw"><strong>Sacred Spaces in the Netherlands</strong></a> - A short video of a talk on I gave at the Megalithomania Conference in Glastonbury in 2012. I am getting more and more aware of the amazing number of sacred sites in this small country, and will undoubtedly be telling you more as I continue to visit my wife <a href="http://www.karinschluter.nl/" target="_blank">Karin's</a> homeland.</span></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><strong><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">The Dowsing World Summit<br /><br /></span></strong></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">&nbsp;<img src="http://www.geomancy.org/listmessenger/public/images/mag_2013/patrick_mac_m.jpg" alt="Pagtrick MacManaway" width="216" height="216" /></span></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;"><a href="http://patrickmacmanaway.com/" target="_blank">Dr. Patrick MacManaway</a></span></p> <p style="text-align: left;"><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">Patrick MacManaway who is in my opinion one of the best geomancers on this planet has recently emailed me to say,"Greetings to all both north and south of the equator this comes to you with news of an online event that I want to share with you as an opportunity for "home accelerated dowsing"...</span></p> <p style="text-align: left;"><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">Patrick is one of the presenters at the Dowsing World Summit that has been organized by Maggie &amp; Nigel Percy. It involves 45 minute training seminars with 12 international dowsers, available online with downloadable handouts for each training, and discounted offers on products from each of the participant speaker / trainers.</span><br /><br /><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;"><strong><a href="http://patrickmacmanaway.us4.list-manage1.com/track/click?u=a8abed26157203e46fd0f7710&amp;id=6c39007105&amp;e=a7227ddb17" target="_blank">The Dowsing World Summit</a></strong> runs from September 24th for four days, you can review the programme and get early registration discount.</span><br /><br /><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;"><strong><a href="http://patrickmacmanaway.us4.list-manage.com/track/click?u=a8abed26157203e46fd0f7710&amp;id=08ef22ba21&amp;e=a7227ddb17." target="_blank">Heal Your Life with Dowsing</a></strong> is a free one-hour event beforehand, on September 10th, Nigel &amp; Maggie are hosting this webinar.</span></p> <p style="text-align: left;">&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><strong><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">Editorial Comment</span></strong></p> <p style="text-align: left;"><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">Dowsing and other kinds of alternative thinking have been taking some heavy blows recently here in the UK.&nbsp; First came homeopathy which the big pharmaceutical companies tried to squash.&nbsp; As for dowsing, it was used effectively in VietNam to find the underground tunnels of the Viet Cong.&nbsp; Today, the fancy L rods that were sold (at admittedly unconscionable high prices) to detect roadside bombs have been trashed in the courts. As far as I know, they're not perfect (dowsers never hit 100%), but they still work better than other kinds of scientific bomb detectors. The guys who sold them should be flogged, but, in the process, Science and the Courts have adjudicated that dowsing doesn't work. !</span>&nbsp;<span style="font-size: medium;"> Oh well...</span><br /><br /><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">Now, there are the UK government&rsquo;s plans for internet censorship, which look set to include a ban on esoteric websites and web forums!</span><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">&nbsp; Alongside this dubious move, it has come to light that there is already a dangerous precedent set here in the UK, with public WiFi hotspots at McDonald's and Caffe Nero blocking "alternative belief/spirituality" websites, and Orange blocking websites that promote &ldquo;esoteric practices&rdquo; on their pay-as-you-go phones.</span></p> <p style="text-align: left;"><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">It is good to see that events like The Dowsing World Summit and sites like Unity Through Diversity are working to build confidence in things esoteric at a time when, sadly, dowsing and other "irrational" topics seem to be undergoing concentrated attack.</span></p> <p style="text-align: left;"><br /><em><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">Indago Felix</span></em>,<br /><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">To the Fruitful Search,</span></p> <p style="text-align: left;"><br /><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">}:-)</span><br /><img src="data:image/png;base64,iVBORw0KGgoAAAANSUhEUgAAAEEAAABGCAYAAACT8vn9AAAABHNCSVQICAgIfAhkiAAAAAlwSFlzAAALEgAACxIB0t1+/AAAAB90RVh0U29mdHdhcmUATWFjcm9tZWRpYSBGaXJld29ya3MgOLVo0ngAAAAVdEVYdENyZWF0aW9uIFRpbWUAMTQvMi8xMIerIj8AAAqsSURBVHic7VxpVFPXFj5gCGEmkDCThEAMQ4BAggIFK1IQlNYWnghFilCrtXUsvtfBKkPV1wEEqSiKFbTwBJlFkEEQEEEUghDQgkAYLcW06isoRdvdX7zls7mQVwIX6dtr7bXI+fZ39r5f9jn3wL0LOQBAf3WTx7uA6ayzp5s02znk/t8JL0AnzIUR8C4Ay3p6JgixMXG7m5tb7R4+vK/R29dNN2PRury83UuCggLTbTj0B7LKNS+XQ1TUN6EpKSmn1FQ1UPD6MDQxMYGUlAkI5B6j/IIsRCaT0batH1h4enC/k0lCAMDdRQN35QEA9XQ/JdjavFq4ePEKuHix2RIrPvZQqt/SJf4gEj2Rl0V+3AV41n3f2BVvaLgU0tLLXKaL5dqsLTybfn3aOGl83uwJZ85ULs/Ny9pRXVPOWOZq3jddvLoa+ef29u+sEHKonWnueXN3SEhI2O7v7x8jjQAIIUQkkiboNJN+WeSeF52QdDx3VV+f6I0vvvyMJS1nbGxMxcKSfUsmBeC9DwAAolC4TZGRSaHSxrcJ/63OtQ64IKv8uC+Hwvwme7FYbB8RsTlFWk5GRlaAuQXrtqxqwF2EstKKlSvcVv5PnKu1DS6+fq/lyKoG3EUYGBgy5tk7SB2fm922RItMvb/Wn39NVjXgLoKSMvHR6Jj0J+C0tLT1fAe7G7KsAXcR5Bf98ivIPZIqNnzX8V1Pnj4ifPSJX5osa8D9FqlIkhv/YWRw2ri4mFL/qqqqQympx7RkXQPunWBoaDjU2tI2ZcwX/8wOSj55NHNfxMc8G1vN+zIvAu8zQk52mQNCmtB2a0hFEl5Y2GxD1rSFgwfS1s9WDbiLAAAIIa2+1NNFy58fb2jo09PXt4O4+HTfWc2PtwAAgIxpvNqgoPCDz45VVXWauLj6wobQ8KipuI6Ojpm7d+/eNpP8uG+MCCFkzbEVCgSt9pOfmxrFOnl5BT0kEulUyqmYCCyeoFVIaWho8KdSqfdmkn9eiMBmW3Q0C9rtEUKotwcRoqI++4GoKBdXXpb+wVQ8extrcW5uLk9XV/eHGRWA91IAAFRa2m6uq7MEzhcIuQyaO7wVHLF/LvPjLsCkL5JniogKbHjv3diP5zo37hcPACgxscBHgWAGzk6BGXjkx/2wlHOu3vHYsWOF+vp6qKenm4lLEXh2QE7mdUd9HQeIi8uC9vaHoKRkCucLr9n+JZZDfxcoxBzIW+++bBO0NP30n5MiQcFAsHdf/Ma/hAhv+u09xDRYDbWVIzrPjvv6bY604boWznU9c7ontN98oOXEC8wbGhrclZV9VvclN+rIszidTu8b7Bs0nsuaEEJz1wkNV3uMDHTsIHpvMoi/B4lPjmprOskIUaGr877iguuE3HNXHIOCggfujgyixqa6L7X10G+S4vR09EdViBpI0NjKn4u6Jm3WRUg+WuwT8tbb9aOjo2jblvffv1pX5YwVa8pWfaKvr18kFAqtZZG7o/O+0pdfpQZERh0NozP4V44nn/OWFDdrvzvc7UXy3t6vXuzs7PRUV1dDly6VEq1sKU/e2uCfKin+3ve/yVH15QEheaSgoPBEUkx+XhGPRFIe9/J2a58qd1l5k/nWrTuODPQPuS9duhQZGRmhx48fI7FYTJFImI01lpfZ5Gig7QKhb+4HA20XCA2K+EharrICS5B1tsZZEmbGtL5sweaXTcXPL7hih5AeMBjOAABobAzAyysMXFx907E4Mhfg7eCI/URkDt+erPNoF0wAVd0RUk9UOknDrbp0W1dVkQW3Wn/UeB4rL60zR0gVDPUsGrD4pWWN5kymM/j6bgXxPQAAQAz6MlBTY0Pi0SyfORHByz30lL62A1yrGaYDAKqtuGuGEAOk4ba3DMuv89sOAX/bESsJ/3D3gW3qKjQ4fOi0H9YcG0L/EeXgsAby8wTg6fEOqKpYHU86Vgw+Pu/C3n1fYx7CZHLxF/Lr7SxYyy/ZW6+G2ssi5uT459FpIWRVDgwPgsJ0c3y4+4sQhLShIKeOLwm35bxcZMl2mXIp+Ptv/wohfdDUsIHwD45Ad9dTuDcCwOX6wEqv4BOzJkL4zgO7tNTZsM5v6yHRnVHis1ji4YzXVZVo0HRdpITFP5ueb7OE75ZiyrCrTjtdvBwrztszMNnc7KWK58drr7TQ9kUcftvcwrVUTY0FFhYe/9V5YaFRnyoqmsIK94AUmYvQ1tKvqUc1b1y1cv2JC/n1dlhxVG0Twfo334WS4lpjAEDFhbWMndsiN9nZuKUb6lmUcywdIOHw8deny3cgOjFkMdMJUk8WeiQnZXm/5rMuUVvbUEAkat15wy8s/mbLALngfD1XSckUoiJToL7uLmzedBCYJsshLGxfhOsyvzSZirBvT8wmhDRhQ/DOaf8CFB+X6GvCMAeKFh20NGlXlBUNwHKxa/kqz5DkyL0JG2uqGxjS5uVy3IsQ0gKE1MHYyAwiIg+EPR/j5haYipAuIGQI6mqctm9OlnsAAKIzHGoaBd3UGYvQcet7FS+PgJNqyvTbyUk53tLy6usaDasvX2c23ejQuSW8q/5nuw8AUHfnfcV2YZ96a8ttTcw6Ox6SioqaOc+OkbXYN8srGhfPSIRvUwvcCHIU4FqvkNnLEXPpPL5X7r8yLr4kCZPq2Oz5iu+p4A0hlQkJR9Y0t1b4SMOZb0aj0fpFIpGJJGxKES4WV3JsOE7FJBJpvLK8kr1l67rzs1Pi7NujR4+UGQxGr0RQUns03hDqBAVu/Bwhlb7TKTkr8G5lWbgt95XzguY+aBH2/mEv+UNwc2Mf1ZbjBky6fQ3ehcvKhW3D6lyuFygpmYCWNgtOnc5wxxQh4pOkzXJID9b5vXcI78L/rHd0/kSa/PnsuUJnBUVKlwlzCSCkC/7+O+FYUvYqzE4IXLszRkmBBgejj4fgfSGy8M1b/v4JkUSBpU6e4P5KABAINCguFlhJikXtLSOa+lSbRirZHKorhaZ4Fy8Lt7ByLtEgG8O57BI+AKD6a126rq5rMU+MhPZbNy2joj/dx+PxmuwdmDN7sImT3ekWK7JMKb8ghJAJk19tz+PeuHChwJvJoABCCC1atOjXiYkJIuYEeH9rsvTgkO37g0O2/+F9hnNZl/l8vk8OZifM0Zc165Z0InPV0NCQXkV59sbnsdHRMVU1dZWfsbi4P4uUlcXGxoZzOJYS3wATi8UUAoHwFIu7IETIya1yePDggdrhuOh4SXh3d7eptbW1EIu/IES4fLnajcu1uYmF9/UO0CkUbTEWviBEKCoqWu3h4VGOhXd1dZmxWKw7WPiCEKFX1MNwd3evwMLv3fuRymazOrDwF16E+qudxgpEEo1nZ/aTJLykpI0tJycnb80xeIg1xwsvwvDwsJ6KigomXlZW5mlkZDTly9MvvAgUCkU8Pj6Ojhw9s1oSfq3+upOdHa95qjleeBFcX7YUjT8e7c/KzFwrCR8ZHtSz4rCmfHaJ+1FXFs7nueWSNYybnx/fsS1614qXXz8zHR/3C5CFH0n4Zs0iRIaSousWk2MVpa0sHe3FUJB3yX7Bi9ArGpIHAPROWHiECskYvo7LWLPnw/jNakpMSErMwHwIu6BEmPR+0QP5LZv27NHV5gis2MvLcjJrHKXlzst/HTDX9sLfHWRhvwPhtpFW0C4piQAAAABJRU5ErkJggg==" alt="" /><br /><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">Sig Lonegren</span><br /><a href="mailto:sig@geomancy.org"><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">sig@geomancy.org</span></a><br /><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">Website:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.geomancy.org">www.geomancy.org</a></span><br /><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">Latest eBook:&nbsp;<em>Sacred Space&nbsp;Handbook</em>&nbsp;on&nbsp;Kindle&nbsp;or</span><br /><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">&nbsp; &nbsp;iTunes iBooks</span><br /><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">Phone: +44 01458 835 818</span><br /><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">Cell: +44 07511 865 342</span><br /><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">Skype: sigdowser</span><br /><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">Post: SunnyBank Centre,</span><br /><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">9, BoveTown, Glastonbury, </span><br /><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">Somerset, BA6 8JE, England</span></p> "Sig Lonegren" <sig@geomancy.org> Sat, 07 Sep 2013 16:42:02 +0100 MAG- E-zine #45 - Het Meisje van Yde http://www.geomancy.org/listmessenger/public/archive.php?id=182:581 <h1 style="text-align: center;"><img src="http://www.geomancy.org/listmessenger/public/images/mag_2013/mag-ezine.jpg" alt="MAG logo" width="504" height="85" /></h1> <h1 style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">MAG E-zine #45 - <em>Het Meisje van Yde</em></span><br /><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">(The Girl from Yde)</span><br /><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">&nbsp;</span></h1> <p style="text-align: left;"><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">Dear [firstname]</span></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><em><img src="http://www.geomancy.org/listmessenger/public/images/mag_2013/meisje_w.jpg" alt="Yde Girl1" width="308" height="360" /><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;"><br /><span style="font-size: small;">Het Meisje van Yde</span></span></em><br /><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: small;">(The Girl from Yde)</span></p> <p><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">In May 1897, workers digging for peat found a 2000 year old body in a bog in northern Netherlands between Vries and Yde in the province of Drenthe.&nbsp; It was the remains of a girl in her mid teens who was about four-and-a-half feet tall.&nbsp; In 1994, she was given the face above by the use of computer facial reconstruction.&nbsp; She actually looks like this:</span></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="http://www.geomancy.org/listmessenger/public/images/mag_2013/meisje3w.jpg" alt="Yede girl2" width="339" height="360" />&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; <img src="http://www.geomancy.org/listmessenger/public/images/mag_2013/meisje2w.jpg" alt="Yde Girl 3" width="482" height="360" /><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;"><br /><em><span style="font-size: small;">Het Meisje van Yde</span></em></span><br /><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: small;">In the Drents Museum, Assen</span></p> <p style="text-align: left;"><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">Clearly, like so many other bog burials, she had been a sacrificial offering. Her neck had a tight rope around it, and she had a stab wound just above her left clavicle.&nbsp; T</span><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">he exact spot</span><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">&nbsp; where the peat digggers found her </span><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">isn't known today</span><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">, but there is a </span><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">memorial in that general area called </span><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">"The Broken Cirkel (Circle)," to symbolise the early termination of</span><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;"> <em>Het Meisje van Yde</em></span><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">.&nbsp; </span><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">(<em>Yde</em> is pronounced: </span><span style="font-size: large;">Ē</span><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">edĕ - the final </span><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">ĕ is pronounced like e in </span><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">"<em>le,"</em></span><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;"> the French word for "the".</span><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">)&nbsp; In 2010, labyrinth builder and sculptor Derk den Boer built the monument to her using over 600 erratic boulders to construct a massive seven circuit labyrinth. </span><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;"><br /></span></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;"><img src="http://www.geomancy.org/listmessenger/public/images/mag_2013/broken_circle_stone_w.jpg" alt="Broken Circle Stone" width="269" height="360" /><br /><span style="font-size: small;">The Broken Cirkel Stone Marker</span></span><br /><br /><img src="http://www.geomancy.org/listmessenger/public/images/mag_2013/broken-circle-w.jpg" alt="Broken Circle Labyrinth" width="576" height="214" /><br /><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: small;">The Broken Cirkel Labyrinth</span><br /><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: small;">Built by Derk den Boer in 2010 to mark<br />where </span><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;"><em><span style="font-size: small;">Het Meisje van Yde </span></em><span style="font-size: small;">was found.</span><em><span style="font-size: small;"><br /></span></em></span></p> <p style="text-align: left;"><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">I sadly did not have a tape measure with me, but I would guesstimate that it was at least 40 Yards (36.5+ Meters) in diameter.&nbsp; I would have to say that, when I used my <a href="http://www.geomancy.org/index.php/labyrinths/using-labyrinths/the-pilgrims-path" target="_blank">Pilgrim's Path Technique</a> for looking at issues that seek resolution, for me, this labyrinth was way too long to be able to hold the necessary focus.&nbsp; (When </span><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;"> using this technique, </span><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">I prefer to work with a 35 foot diameter max for a seven circuit labyrinth.)</span><br /><br /><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">Interestingly enough, while I usually dowse Earth Energies that are drawn to a labyrinth when it is regularly walked, in this case, I found only one vein of primary underground water (450 feet down) that ran across the labyrinth perpendicularly to the mouth, though it did cut through the goal.&nbsp; But this single vein that doesn't even exit out the mouth was not I would have expected to find at such a prominent labyrinth.</span><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva;">&nbsp;</span><span style="font-size: medium; font-family: verdana,geneva;">&nbsp; There were no yang energy leys there at all.&nbsp; It felt incomplete.</span>&nbsp; <br /><br /><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">I had heard about The </span><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;"> <em>Het Meisje van Yde </em>labyrinth </span><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">for quite a while, and had been anxious to visit it.&nbsp; While it certainly was impressive due to its size and the size of a number of individual stones, I have to admit that from a geomantic point of view, it was a bit disappointing.&nbsp; (You can see a video of the construction of The Broken Circle Labyrinth <a href="http://www.derkdenboer.nl/video/" target="_blank">here</a>.) </span></p> <p style="text-align: left;"><br /><br /><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">}:-)</span><br /><img src="http://www.geomancy.org/listmessenger/public/images/mag_2013/Sigs-newsig.png" alt="sig's sig" width="65" height="70" /><br /><br /><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">Sig Lonegren</span><br /><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">sig@geomancy.org</span><br /><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">Website:&nbsp;www.geomancy.org</span><br /><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">Latest eBook:&nbsp;Sacred Space&nbsp;Handbook&nbsp;on&nbsp;Kindle&nbsp;or</span><br /><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">&nbsp; &nbsp;iTunes iBooks</span><br /><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">Phone:&nbsp;01458 835 818</span><br /><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">Cell:&nbsp;07511 865342</span><br /><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">Skype: sigdowser</span><br /><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">Post: SunnyBank Centre, &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;</span><br /><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">9&nbsp;BoveTown, Glastonbury, </span><br /><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">Somerset, BA6 8JE, England</span></p> <p style="text-align: left;">&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: left;"><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">p.s. You might enjoy listening to a <a href="http://intentionradio.com/2013/08/the-power-science-of-dousing-simple-powerful-tips-on-dousing-unlocking-the-power-of-a-labrynth/" target="_blank">radio interview</a> with Marty Cane - Dowser, Geomancer and Labyrinthophile.&nbsp; She is an old friend, a long-time member of the Board of the American Society of Dowsers, and a Founding Member of The Labyrinth Society.&nbsp; As far as I know, she has probably built more labyrinths around the world than anyone else.&nbsp; Well worth listening to!<br /></span></p> "Sig Lonegren" <sig@geomancy.org> Sat, 31 Aug 2013 10:14:25 +0100 MAG E-zine # 44 - Of Dyslexic Dowsers and Schizophrenic Shamans http://www.geomancy.org/listmessenger/public/archive.php?id=181:576 <h1 style="text-align: center;"><img src="http://www.geomancy.org/listmessenger/public/images/mag_2013/mag-ezine.jpg" alt="MAG E-zine Logo" width="504" height="85" /><br /><strong><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">MAG E-zine # 44 - Of Dyslexic Dowsers and Schizophrenic Shamans</span></strong></h1> <p style="text-align: left;"><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">Dear [firstname]</span></p> <p style="text-align: left;"><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">Today you will find a new version of Mid-Atlantic Geomancy on a new Internet Service Provider.&nbsp; While it will look much the same, we have put in a great deal of thought and work to make it a better, more informative site. (There are still a few bugs in this, but they should be fixed within the next few days.&nbsp; Sorry about that.) We are reviving the connection between dowsing and dyslexia, a common bond that I suspect that many readers share.&nbsp; This is not a handicap, it is a true gift, and I can only trust that you will come to realize that.&nbsp; </span></p> <p style="text-align: left;"><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">To celebrate this connection, this Ezine explores another connection:</span></p> <h1 style="text-align: center;"><strong><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">Of Dyslexic Dowsers and Schizophrenic Shamans<br /></span></strong></h1> <table border="0" align="center"> <tbody> <tr> <td><img src="http://www.geomancy.org/listmessenger/public/images/mag_2013/teople_poo.jpg" alt="" width="288" height="386" /></td> <td>&nbsp;&nbsp;</td> <td><img src="http://www.geomancy.org/listmessenger/public/images/mag_2013/celtic_shaman.jpg" alt="Celtic Shaman" width="288" height="394" /></td> </tr> <tr> <td style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Sig Lonegren&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span><br /><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: small;">Dyslexic Dowser</span></td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">Celtic Shaman</span><br /><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: small;">by Sandra Brant</span><br /><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: small;">Artist &amp; Owner of Quirquē Art Studio</span><br /><a href="http://www.quirque.com" target="_blank"><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: small;">www.quirque.com</span></a><br /></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p style="text-align: center;">&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><strong><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">Dyslexia</span></strong></p> <p style="text-align: left;"><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">In our recent upgrade of our website Mid-Atlantic Geomancy, I have included a section entitled &lt;<a href="http://www.geomancy.org/index.php/dyslexia-geomancy" target="_blank">Dyslexia &amp; Geomancy</a>&gt;.&nbsp; It is the somewhat amended report of work that Jill Moss and I did for the British Society of Dowsers (BSD) using an admittedly radically unscientific survey offered a range of the symptoms of adult dyslexics.&nbsp; While the National average was around 15% of the people are dyslexic, we found that 66% of the dowsers who took the survey exhibited characteristics of adult dyslexics.&nbsp; It also came as a surprise when we correlated the results, that the 33% of our members who did not seem to have dyslexia, also stated as their main focus to be tangible target dowsing/physical targets - looking for drinking water, oil, treasure, underground plumbing, lost items, lost pets, and more.&nbsp; But even more interesting was that of 66% who did have symptoms of adult dyslexia, the vast majority were interested in intangible target dowsing. In the BSD, this falls into topics like auras, Earth energies, and healing.&nbsp; More Spiritual than physical.</span><br /><br /><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">As a dyslexic myself, I certainly have found this to be the case what I look back at my own life.&nbsp; Since I woke up spiritually in the late sixties, searching for the Spiritual Realms has been my main passion both as a dowser, and as a geomancer.&nbsp; When one thinks of geomancy in relation to Sacred Space, one thinks of the builders of our ancient sacred places around the world - in theatrical terms: the set designers.&nbsp; While I have a solid interest in the physical tools and skills a geomancer must have to build these very special places, it is in the uses of sacred space that has sparked my early interest from the late sixties to today. These places truly enhance the possibility of connection.&nbsp; That has been my main focus for the last forty+ years.&nbsp; As I have said many times, I intend to be at least one step closer to my Maker when I die than I am today.</span><br /><br /><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">Because of their "handicap" - no - gift, dyslexics seem to find it easier to connect with the intuitional, creative and spiritual realms than most people.</span></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><strong><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">Schizophrenia</span></strong></p> <p style="text-align: left;"><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">Now to move on to schizophrenia.&nbsp; One of the first things I remember was that many shamanic cultures picked potential shaman as youths because they exhibited schizophrenic characteristics.&nbsp; WikipediA defines schizophrenia as, "a mental disorder characterised by a breakdown of thought processes and by a deficit of typical emotional responses. Common symptoms include auditory hallucinations, paranoid or bizarre delusions, or disorganised speech and thinking, and it is accompanied by significant social or occupational dysfunction. The onset of symptoms typically occurs in young adulthood, with a global lifetime prevalence of about 0.3&ndash;0.7%. Diagnosis is based on observed behaviour and the patient's reported experiences."&nbsp; </span><br /><br /><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">Because schizophrenic shamans didn't seem to be able to take care of themselves very well, the community looked after them.&nbsp; In return, the shaman or shamanka took care of the community by being able to travel to different spheres - the below and the above - and do work on things like healing for individuals in the tribe.&nbsp; While I have not explored shamanism extensively, I suspect that one of the major things that we share in common is that we both work in sacred space to enhance the possibility of connecting the Spiritual.</span><br /><br /><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">So, is there some link between learning disabilities like dyslexia and shamanism?&nbsp; Actually, it appears that there could well be one.&nbsp; There is new research published in <a href="http://scienceblog.com/65375/disruption-to-the-gene-top3b-increases-susceptibility-to-schizophrenia-and-a-learning-disorder/" target="_blank">Nature Neuroscience</a>.&nbsp; A research team found that it is fairly common in a uniquely genetically distinct isolated population in the municipality of Kuusamo in North-Eastern Finland who has lived as a community for four or more generations. Researchers discovered that among these people, there is a disruption of the gene TOP3B that was found commonly in both schizophrenia and people with learning disabilities (dyslexia being one).&nbsp; It was three times higher than in the rest of the country!&nbsp; In their further biochemical investigation into TOP3B, the team found that the TOP3B protein interacts with a protein known as FMRP. The deactivation or disruption of this protein is responsible for Fragile X syndrome, a disorder associated with autism and learning difficulties, primarily in men. </span><br /><br /><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">Aarno Palotie of the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute in Cambridge writes,"If someone is missing one of the two versions of the gene (</span><span style="font-size: medium;">TOP3B) </span><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">they inherit from their parents then they run a substantially higher risk of developing schizophrenia than the rest of the population. We've found that if one gene dismissing it fuses twice the risk of schizophrenia, but if both are missing all these people either have severe schizophrenia or severe learning disabilities."&nbsp; (The <span style="color: #ff0000;">i</span> - "the essential Daily Briefing from the Independent - Monday, 5 August 2013, p.9)</span><br /><br /><br /><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">I had a Native American Grandmother (a title of respect), Twylah Nitsch, Wolf Clan Mother of the Seneca/Haudenoshaunee.&nbsp; She told me that Great Mystery doesn't take something away from you without giving something back.&nbsp; I found this connection with these two different "medical" conditions, dyslexia and schizophrenia, to be astounding.&nbsp; It reminded me again that these so-called learning disabilities and mental diseases are actually gifts.&nbsp; And if you are in to geomancy and dowsing, the chances are that you might be dyslexic as well, and that you therefore have enhanced/?easier? access to Spiritual Realms.&nbsp; While they certainly have their difficult moments, both dyslexia and schizophrenia are also great gifts.</span><br /><br /><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">}:-)</span><br /><img src="http://www.geomancy.org/listmessenger/public/images/mag_2013/Sigs-newsig.png" alt="sig's sig" width="65" height="70" /><br /><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">Sig Lonegren M.A.&nbsp; </span><br /><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">SunnyBank Centre </span><br /><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">9,Bove Town </span><br /><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">Glastonbury, Somerset&nbsp; BA6 8JE </span><br /><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">Skype: sigdowser </span><br /><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">email: <a href="mailto:sig@geomancy.org">sig@geomancy.org</a> </span><br /><a href="http://www.geomancy.org"><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">http://www.geomancy.org</span></a><br /><br /><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">p.s. If you haven't done so already, you might want to check out our radically unscientific <a href="http://www.geomancy.org/index.php/dyslexia-geomancy" target="_blank">Survey of Symptoms of Adult Dyslexics</a>.</span></p> <p style="text-align: left;"><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">p.p.s. Interesting further reading on <a href="http://www.newyorker.com/online/blogs/elements/2013/08/psychology-are-left-handed-people-smarter.html" target="_blank">the connection between left-handedness and dyslexia and schizophrenia</a>.<br /></span></p> "Sig Lonegren" <sig@geomancy.org> Sat, 17 Aug 2013 14:38:00 +0100 MAG E-zine 43 - Repeatability http://www.geomancy.org/listmessenger/public/archive.php?id=180:575 <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="http://geomancy.org/listmessenger/public/images/mag_2013/mag-ezine.jpg" alt="MAG" width="504" height="85" /></p> <h1 style="text-align: center;">MAG E-zine 43 - Repeatability</h1> <p><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">Dear [Firstname]<br /></span></p> <p style="text-align: left;">&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: left;"><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">The more I think about various fields of endeavour's mandate for repeatability, the less valid or achievable, I find them.&nbsp; Let's start with the Big One: Science. Recently I flew from Bristol to Amsterdam (on my way to Vermont to visit family), and I sat next to a Professor of Bio Statistics at Brown University in Rhode Island.&nbsp; Bio Statistics is apparently a relatively new field (I'd never heard of it before) that looks at different bio-medical experiences from a statistical point of view.&nbsp; He told me about looking at various different studies of a single medical disease.&nbsp; The results should be repeatable, but in many cases when using live humans rather than laboratory animals, they aren't.&nbsp; </span><br /><br /><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">The problem is that there are too many variables.&nbsp; Did everyone actually take the pills they were testing every time that they were supposed to?&nbsp; Or, is the group of participants in a particular test representative of a general cross section of the population?&nbsp; In one test this professor told me about, they only ran it on weekdays.&nbsp; Most of the study's volunteers were therefore retired or unemployed, thus excluding working people, single parents, and students etc. So the results were deemed not to be statistically accurate.&nbsp; Then, other studies of this same disease yielded different results.&nbsp; They just can not control all of the variables. Bio Statisticians explore and discover the reasons for these discrepancies (read: lack of repeatability).&nbsp; </span><br /><br /><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">Recently I received an email from someone who I don't remember ever meeting, but as he wrote about earth energies in Vermont and the vortex he had found, I found his piece about something he called "Lay Lines"&nbsp; interesting - especially as he was looking at the same earth energy elephant, but finding very different things.&nbsp; His email was a response to an email from a friend who also was into these energies entitled, "<em>hey, this (says lay lines r manmade.&nbsp; huh?&nbsp; what do u think?</em>"</span><br /><br /><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">Lay Lines?&nbsp; Obviously this was a new concept.&nbsp; I don't suspect dyslexia here.&nbsp; (I must&nbsp; disclose to you at this point that I do have dyslexia.),&nbsp; So what was happening?</span><br /><br /><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">Consequently I wrote,&nbsp; "As you mention Vermont, and that is where I used to live and got my MA (at Goddard in the late seventies) in the study of Sacred Space,&nbsp; I felt motivated to respond to your email about "Lay Lines." &nbsp;There are two different phenomenon that fall into the category of "leys."&nbsp; The email attached to his that spoke about lay lines being manmade came from an organisation that used mostly esoteric or spiritual terms found in China and India, so it was not surprising that this group (and the writer himself) was perhaps not that familiar with leys. &nbsp;For example, Chinese <em>feng shui</em> practitioners felt that straight lines were anathema, so they thought that the straight railroad tracks that the English constructed in China in the Nineteenth Century were dangerous indeed!&nbsp; </span><br /><br /><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">But I also suspect that there were two geomantic systems going on in China. &nbsp;I'd call <em>feng shui</em> a form of secular geomancy.&nbsp; It was used to keep the common folk happy, healthy, and under control - (It must have worked. &nbsp;Their governmental system stayed the same for thousands of years). &nbsp;But I believe that there must have been an Imperial Geomantic System in China as well that practiced another form of geomancy.&nbsp; Have you seen the film "The Last Emperor"? At the Emperor's Palace, one goes visually through gate after gate in a perfectly straight line to get to the Emperor's throne.&nbsp; Nothing was allowed to interfere with the flow of energy along (what European geomancers would call "leys' or more precisely "energy leys") that ran through the countryside to the Imperial Palace.</span><br /><br /><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">In any event, the term "ley" was coined in Europe by Alfred Watkins in the first two decades of the 20th century to describe a straight alignment of holy sites (today in Britain, five in less than ten miles). &nbsp;The initial thing that confounds academic archaeologists is that these sites do not have to come from the same time period. &nbsp;One ley can have a Bronze age round barrow, any number of Neolithic standing stones, and a church tower. &nbsp;"If they knew of these alignments for thousands of years, why haven't we seen them in the written record?" The answer is quite simple - they burned people like us who were in to the Earth Energies.</span><br /><br /><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">Leys are alignments of sacred sites. &nbsp;The other term is "energy leys." &nbsp;They are six to eight foot wide bands of yang energy that have a direction of flow and sometimes&nbsp;flow along leys - but by no means always. &nbsp;They are found by dowsing. And they present an even more insurmountable problem that can be best summed up in what I have been calling for over twenty years Sig's Hypothesis Number One: "Even if they were trained by the same teacher, when dowsing for intangible targets (like leys or auras) in a sacred site, no two dowsers will probably ever find exactly the same thing." &nbsp;Scientists love to mock this lack of repeatability.&nbsp; Here is that issue of everyone-should-get-the-same-result rearing its ugly head again! &nbsp;</span><br /><br /><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">But this stuff ain't science. &nbsp;Another word for "dowsing is "divining." &nbsp;In addition to finding physical targets like water and oil, dowsing can be used as a tool for exploring the Divine, the Spiritual realms. &nbsp;</span><br /><br /><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">Between 2000 BCE and 1000 CE a number of men saw God and were the founders of major religions as a result of their experiences. &nbsp;Some of their names where names were Confucius, Lao Tzu, Buddha, Krishna,&nbsp;Zoroaster (also known as Zarathustra),&nbsp;Moses, Jesus and Mohammed just to mention some of them. &nbsp;They all saw the One.&nbsp; I have no doubt of that. But they all came back and told different stories! &nbsp;How could that be? If, as a Christian, for example, there is only one way to God (through Jesus), why are there over two thousand different Christian denominations?&nbsp; Why aren't all world religions that all seek connection with the One describing that One and seeking him/her in the same way?&nbsp; </span><br /><br /><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">The answer has something to do with what one was taught to see, what one expects to find, one's level of consciousness, and what one is ready to see. &nbsp;This is anathema to science, but continual reality to those on the spiritual path. &nbsp;We all see the Spiritual Realms differently.</span><br /><br /><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">I don't have any&nbsp;expectation that all people who work with Earth Energies see these them the way I do - as the Earth's Meridian System, and standing stones are Earth&nbsp;acupuncture needles, but when European geomancers use Eastern geomantic terms we need to use and spell them the way, for example, <em>feng shiu</em> practitioners do, and in return, Orientalists need to spell European Geomantic terms correctly, "ley" being a good example.</span><br /><br /><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">We are never going to see things exactly the same.&nbsp; Just as some scientific experiments come up with different conclusions, different religions see God/dess differently, Earth Energy enthusiasts see energy leys, vortexes or Michael and Mary Lines, and Geomancers find different energies in and under sick houses and clean them in many different ways. Repeatability seems less and less important.&nbsp; The critical factor is, "Does it work for you?'</span><br /><br /><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">We're all on a great journey. &nbsp;I can only trust that we all will find what we seek.</span><br /><br /><span style="font-size: medium; font-family: verdana,geneva;">}:-)</span></p> <p style="text-align: left;"><span style="font-size: medium; font-family: verdana,geneva;">&nbsp;</span><img src="http://geomancy.org/listmessenger/public/images/mag_2013/Sigs-newsig.png" alt="sig's sig" width="65" height="70" /><br /><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">Sig Lonegren M.A.</span><br /><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">SunnyBank Centre</span><br /><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">9, Bove Town</span><br /><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">Glastonbury, Somerset &nbsp;BA6&nbsp;8JE</span><br /><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">United Kingdom</span><br /><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">Skype: sigdowser</span><br /><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">email: sig@geomancy.org</span><br /><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">http://www.geomancy.org</span></p> "Sig Lonegren" <sig@geomancy.org> Sat, 17 Aug 2013 14:38:00 +0100 MAG E-zine #40 - Avebury Revisited http://www.geomancy.org/listmessenger/public/archive.php?id=177:559 <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="http://geomancy.org/listmessenger/public/images/mag_2013/mag-ezine.jpg" alt="MAG E-zine Logo" width="504" height="85" /></p> <h1 style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: large; font-family: verdana,geneva;">MAG E-zine #40 - Avebury Revisited</span></h1> <p><span style="font-size: large; font-family: verdana,geneva;"><span style="font-size: medium;">Dear [firstname]</span></span></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: large; font-family: verdana,geneva;"><span style="font-size: medium;"><img src="http://geomancy.org/listmessenger/public/images/MAG40/geo_wkenn_w.jpg" alt="Geo Group at Avebury" width="432" height="236" /><br /><span style="font-size: small;">Geomancy Group at West Kennett Long Barrow</span><br /></span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size: medium;">I have been most fortunate </span><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">to be in a<a href="http://www.geomancygroup.org/" target="_blank"> Geomancy Group</a> here Britain and we have been working together for over ten years now.&nbsp; We meet as a small group several times a year, usually next to one of the many wonderful sacred sites and areas of these Isles.&nbsp; This Spring, we met at Avebury and had several wonderful days there.&nbsp; We started in the middle of the henge and went out to the distant boundaries that mark the edges, or gates, to the Sacred Space that is Avebury. This issue of MAG is more visual than text because <a href="http://www.jonappleton.org/index.html" target="_blank">Jon Appleton</a> showed us an interesting aspect of the West Kennett Avenue that I had not been aware of and it is best comprehended visually.<br /></span></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;"><img src="http://geomancy.org/listmessenger/public/images/MAG40/w_ken_ave.jpg" alt="West Kennet Avenue " width="500" height="315" /><br /><span style="font-size: small;">The West Kennett Avenue running from the massive Henge to the Sanctuary.<br />Sadly, this is the best bit of this long avenue that remains - thanks to StoneKiller Robinson.</span></span></p> <p style="text-align: left;"><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;"><span style="font-size: small;"><span style="font-size: medium;">Jon found that when you stand outside both rows on the right hand side of this picture and look across one pair of stones in these rows, you are looking at something on the horizon.&nbsp; The Eastern horizon of Avebury is formed by the Ridgeway.&nbsp; It is quite level, and has a number of clumps of trees the grow over a Bronze Age round barrow.&nbsp; Here's the first example:</span></span></span></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;"><span style="font-size: small;"><span style="font-size: medium;"><img src="http://geomancy.org/listmessenger/public/images/MAG40/w_ave1.jpg" alt="Alignment 1" width="360" height="413" /><br /><span style="font-size: small;">Alignment 1</span></span></span></span></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: small;">And very quickly:</span></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="http://geomancy.org/listmessenger/public/images/MAG40/w_ave2.jpg" alt="Alignment 2" width="324" height="430" /><br /><span style="font-size: small;">Alignment 2</span></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: small;">Noticing anything here?</span></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: small;"><img src="http://geomancy.org/listmessenger/public/images/MAG40/w.ave3.jpg" alt="Alignment 3" width="324" height="342" /><br />Alignment 3</span></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: small;">Hey - </span><span style="font-size: small;">On this sinuous avenue. </span><span style="font-size: small;">isn't that the same clump of trees <br />we saw in the earlier two pictures?</span></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: small;"><img src="http://geomancy.org/listmessenger/public/images/MAG40/w.ave4.jpg" alt="Alignment 4" width="324" height="454" /><br />Alignment 4<br /></span></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: small;">And here again?</span></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: small;"><img src="http://geomancy.org/listmessenger/public/images/MAG40/w.ave5.jpg" alt="Alignment 5" width="288" height="443" /><br />Alignment 5</span></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: small;">And Again?</span></p> <p style="text-align: left;"><span style="font-size: small;"><span style="font-size: medium;">Why is this happening again and again on this avenue?&nbsp; There are a number of different round barrows marked by trees that run along the Eastern horizon, but here are only five examples of pairs of stones focusing on this one horizonal feature I've started calling the Appleton Barrow - this tree covered round barrow with a much smaller grass covered mound just to the left. </span></span><span style="font-size: small;"><span style="font-size: medium;"> Had the stones in the West Kennet Avenue been in a straight line, each pair of alignments would have pointed to a different day along that horizon where the Sun would rise - but the didn't.&nbsp; </span></span><span style="font-size: small;"><span style="font-size: medium;">Azimuths were taken of these alignments, and they all varied, so a single horizonal astronomical event won't work. But they all aligned to Appleton Barrow.<br /></span></span></p> <p style="text-align: left;"><span style="font-size: small;"><span style="font-size: medium;">Very Interesting.</span></span></p> <p style="text-align: left;">&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: small;"><span style="font-size: medium;"><strong>Weyden Mound</strong></span></span></p> <p style="text-align: left;"><span style="font-size: small;"><span style="font-size: medium;">I have written about Weyden Mound in </span></span><span style="font-size: medium; font-family: verdana,geneva;"><a href="http://geomancy.org/listmessenger/public/archive.php?id=141:458" target="_parent">Tip o' the Week #100</a>.&nbsp; It is a truncated conical mound on the other side of the A5 from Weyden Hill. the hill that </span><span style="font-size: medium; font-family: verdana,geneva;">visually separates Silbury Hill</span><span style="font-size: medium; font-family: verdana,geneva;"> from the West Kennett Avenue:</span></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: medium; font-family: verdana,geneva;"><img src="http://geomancy.org/listmessenger/public/images/MAG40/panorama.jpg" alt="Silbury Panorama" width="600" height="239" /><br /><span style="font-size: small;">Northern Horizon from the West Kennett Long Barrow</span></span><span style="font-size: large;"><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva;"><br /><span style="font-size: medium;">&nbsp;</span></span></span></p> <p style="text-align: left;"><span style="font-size: large;"><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva;"><span style="font-size: medium;">We're standing above the chamber at the Eastern end of the the West Kennett Long Barrow looking at the Northern horizon.&nbsp; </span></span><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">Silbury man-made Hill on the left, and Weyden more-natural Hill across the centre.&nbsp; Beyond the western crest of the Weyden Hill is the Avebury Henge, and on the other side of the hill to the East is the West Kennett Avenue. In the foreground are our shadows, and to the left of them is a big white stone that stands at the right-hand/Northern end of the face of the chamber (a bit to the right of the photo of our group at the top of this MAG E-zine.)&nbsp; Above this white stone, and at the other end of the field is Weyden Mound.&nbsp; Difficult to see but it is in that big clump of trees that mark the southern end of Weyden (Odin, Woden) Hill.&nbsp; You can see two of the mounds/trees on the far horizon on the right-hand side of the picture.&nbsp; I spoke about them above.</span></span></p> <p style="text-align: left;"><span style="font-size: large;"><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">Weyden Mound is not easy to see.&nbsp; That's why in my 25+ years of rather constantly visiting Avebury that I have only became aware of it in the past couple of years. But there it is!&nbsp; </span></span></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: large;"><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;"><img src="http://geomancy.org/listmessenger/public/images/MAG40/baby-sil2.jpg" alt="Weyden Mound" width="600" height="220" /><br /><span style="font-size: small;">Weyden Mound</span></span></span></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: large;"><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;"><span style="font-size: small;">We climbed up on a path up the more clear area above the black dog and the two people.&nbsp; <br />This picture was taken in a different season on an earlier trip.&nbsp; <br />We climbed through thick luxuriant nettles.&nbsp; <br />I had gloves, but my wrists are still tingling.</span></span></span></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: large;"><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;"><span style="font-size: small;"><img src="http://geomancy.org/listmessenger/public/images/MAG40/weydon_m.jpg" alt="Weyden Plateau" width="396" height="280" /><br />The truncated round top of Weyden Mound<br /></span></span></span></p> <p style="text-align: left;"><span style="font-size: large;"><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">Unlike Silbury, Weyden Mound isn't a truncated mound all the way around. The Roman Road from Bath to London (now, the A5), clearly uses Silbury Hill as a target to aim for along the way.&nbsp; It runs West/East on our side of</span></span><span style="font-size: large;"><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;"> the base of Silbury Hill and runs on to bisect the woods that Weyden Mound hides in essentially tangent to the circular top which is also is level with the road!&nbsp; So it is only a true cone on three sides.&nbsp; While I can not say that I enjoyed the climb up the steep, slippery nettle-infested slope, I feel it was an entrance fee to this new and important site in Avebury.</span></span><br /><span style="font-size: large;"><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">&nbsp;</span></span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><em><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">(I've written a number of pieces on the Avebury Complex, and you can find them by typing &lt;Avebury&gt; in the &lt;Search Window&gt; you will find in the right-hand column </span><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">at the top </span><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">of any page in Mid-Atlantic Geomancy - MAG).</span></em></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">-----------------------------------</span><br /><br /><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">Totally Different Topic, one of the few workshops I am offering this year:</span></p> <h2 style="text-align: center;"><br />The British Society of Dowsers presents</h2> <h3 style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium; color: #0000ff;">Labyrinths: Their History, Uses and Construction</span><br /><br /><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: small;">15 June 2013</span><br /><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: small;">St Mary's Church Hall, St Mary's Church, <br />Magdalene Street, Glastonbury, Somerset, BA6 9EJ<br /></span>!0:00 am 'till 5:00pm with a break 12:30 to 1:30 for lunch.</h3> <p style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">&nbsp; </span></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">An introduction to this fascinating subject. During the day you will:</span><br /><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &bull;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Learn the interesting history of labyrinths</span><br /><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &bull;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Study and practice the construction of the Classical Labyrinth</span><br /><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &bull;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Learn and practice the different uses of these powerful tools</span><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">&nbsp;</span><br /><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">&nbsp; </span><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">&bull;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">Walk the Glastonbury Tercentennial Labyrinth<br /></span><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;"><img src="http://geomancy.org/listmessenger/public/images/mag_2013/laby_and_stjohnsw.jpg" alt="Glastonbury Tercentennial Labyrinth" width="301" height="450" /></span></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">Glastonbury Tercentennial Labyrinth <br />at St. John's Church, High Street, Glastonbury</span><br /><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">Cost:</span><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;"> &pound;99</span><br /><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;"><br />Please bring your own packed lunch.</span><br /><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">A B&amp;B list can be provided.</span><br /><br /><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">Further Information &amp; Booking:</span><br /><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">Call 01684 576969 - or email <a href="mailto:info@britishdowsers.org">info@britishdowsers.org</a></span></p> <p style="text-align: center;">&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;">&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: left;"><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">}:-)</span></p> <p><img src="http://geomancy.org/listmessenger/public/images/mag_2013/Sigs-newsig.png" alt="sig's sig" width="65" height="70" /><br /><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">Sig Lonegren</span><br /><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">Mid-Atlantic Geomancy</span><br /><a href="http://www.geomancy.org" target="_blank"><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">http://www.geomancy.org</span></a><br /><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">SunnyBank Centre</span><br /><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">Glastonbury, Somerset BA6 8JE</span><br /><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">England</span><br /><a href="mailto:sig@geomancy.org"><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">sig@geomancy.org</span></a></p> "Sig Lonegren" <sig@geomancy.org> Wed, 15 May 2013 08:47:14 +0100 MAG E-zine #39 - Footsteps of King Arthur http://www.geomancy.org/listmessenger/public/archive.php?id=176:557 <p><img style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="http://geomancy.org/listmessenger/public/images/mag_2013/mag-ezine.jpg" alt="MAG E-zine Logo" width="504" height="85" /></p> <h1 style="text-align: center;">MAG E-zine #39 - Footsteps of King Arthur</h1> <p><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">Dear [firstname]</span><br /><br /><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">I live in Glastonbury, the Land of Avalon, one of the few places that claims physical evidence that King Arthur might actually have been "real."&nbsp; This past week, I went to a full day of lectures put on by the Glastonbury Abbey entitled, "Footsteps of King Arthur."&nbsp; The speakers were, for the most part, academics, and they discussed the various Arthurs from the Dark Ages, Geoffrey of Monmouth, and on to the likes of Tennyson's<em> Idyls of the King</em>, Mark Twain's <em>Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court</em>, and then modern versions like <em>The Mists of Avalon</em>.&nbsp; </span><br /><br /><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">All the speakers were attempting to move toward an historical, academically acceptable "real" Arthur.&nbsp; And yet all were also speaking about the myth, or as I say, the mythtorical Arthur - half myth, half history / half truth, half lies - you make up your mind.&nbsp; <br /></span></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><br /><br /><img src="http://geomancy.org/listmessenger/public/images/mag_2013/arts_gravew.jpg" alt="Arthur's burial marker" width="269" height="360" /><br /><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: small;">Arthur was buried here.</span><br /><span style="font-size: small;">The nave of the Glastonbury Abbey in the background.</span></p> <p style="text-align: left;"><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">So this great British hero was discussed from about every direction &hellip;.&nbsp; but one.&nbsp; And that one has intrigued me for a number of years now.&nbsp; It's what happened on Bride's mound, on the western edge of Glastonbury.&nbsp; </span><br /><br /><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">I don't understand, in a pilgrimage centre like Glastonbury, why Bride's Mound is so neglected.&nbsp; Perhaps the rather sad small memorial stone best demonstrates Glastonbury's lack of attention to this important sacred space. (Although, I am glad to report that at the moment, it looks like the interest is increasing despite the lack of governmental funds.&nbsp; Even so, it's about time!):</span></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><br /><img src="http://geomancy.org/listmessenger/public/images/mag_2013/brides_stone_worst_w.jpg" alt="Bridget marker" width="269" height="360" /><br /><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: small;">The solitary Bride Stone</span><br /><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: small;">at Brides Mound</span></p> <p style="text-align: left;"><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">I've often wondered why Arthur became so popular with the Saxons - he was a Celt who fought them.&nbsp; And as far as I gnow, it was because he became a Christian.&nbsp; And the mythtory tells us that that happened on Bride's Mound.</span><br /><br /><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">According to the <a href="http://www.friendsofbridesmound.com/" target="_blank">Friends of Bride's Mound</a> (based on <em>Perlesvaus</em>, an Old French Arthurian romance dating to the first decade of the 13th century), King Arthur is said to have had a vision of the Virgin Mary and the Christ Child there.&nbsp; This caused him to convert to Christianity and to change his banner to an equal-armed cross in a green field with the virgin and child in the upper left quadrant.&nbsp; (A similar version became the symbol for Glastonbury Abbey.)</span></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="http://geomancy.org/listmessenger/public/images/abbey_crest.jpg" alt="abbey shield" width="96" height="114" /><br /><span style="font-size: small;">The Shield<br />of Glastonbury Abbey</span><br /><span style="font-size: small;">Similar to Arthur's Shield</span></p> <p style="text-align: left;"><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">Initially, there was a wooden shrine dedicated to Maria Magdalena on the mound.&nbsp; </span><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">St. Brigid of Kildare (Brighde) stayed here in 488 AD.&nbsp;</span><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;"> It is in an area of town called "Beckery." "Beck" is a bend in a river (in this case the River Brue).&nbsp; The "..ery" part is Erie - Ireland.&nbsp; Bride/Bridget comes from Kildare in Ireland, and the mound is named after her.</span><br />&nbsp;<br /><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">When I brought up Arthur's conversion on Brides Mound at the Footsteps of King Arthur Conference, it was dismissed out of hand as the equivalent of the work of similarly</span><span style="font-size: medium;"> little important</span><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;"> "<em>The da Vinci Code</em>."&nbsp; While I would certainly agree that there is a certain amount of made-up story in Dan Brown's book, the same certainly can be said of almost every other author who wrote about Arthur - ?<em>The Connecticut Yankee</em>?.&nbsp; And then there is an ironic connection between this mound in Glastonbury and Brown's book of revisionist mythtory about southern France.&nbsp; In both cases, it dealt with someone who the Church would rather be forgotten - Mary Magdalene.&nbsp; (Just to add anogther Glastonbury connection, the road on the western side of the Abbey grounds is called Magdalene Street.)&nbsp; </span><br /><br /><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">Sadly, the Brides Mound and Arthur connection was not mentioned again at the Conference that day.&nbsp; But I couldn't end without mentioning Historian Ronald Hutton whose final talk of the day was entitled "The Historical Arthur."&nbsp; He gave great credit to an earlier speaker, Geoffrey Ashe M.B.E.&nbsp; It was wonderful to hear Glastonbury's nonagenarian Arthurian scholar being so sweetly recognised by the Professor of History at Bristol University!</span></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;"><img src="http://geomancy.org/listmessenger/public/images/mag_2013/ronald_huttonw.jpg" alt="Ronald Hutton" width="360" height="270" /><br /></span></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">&nbsp; </span><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: small;">Ronald Hutton in the Glastonbury Abbey</span></p> <p style="text-align: left;"><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">Ronald covered all of the different places where Arthur might have been - from Scotland, down through Wales, Glastonbury, Cadbury Castle, and Tintagel over to Britany in France.&nbsp; He ended up being asked by someone in the audience, "So, do you think that there was an historical Arthur?"&nbsp; Prof. Hutton refused to take one side or the other - myth or history.&nbsp; </span><br /><br /><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">So Arthur remains firmly a figure of mythtory, and his connection with Bride's Mound could fade back into the mists of Avalon.</span></p> <p style="text-align: left;"><br /><br /><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">There is a <em>deja vu</em> that happened the very next day.&nbsp; I meet most mornings with a group of folks in downtown Glastonbury I think of as my <a href="http://geomancy.org/listmessenger/public/archive.php?id=104:365" target="_blank">geriatric coffee klatch</a>.&nbsp; The subject of the Cathars in southern France came up, and so I felt that it was appropriate for me to bring up the Arthur at Bride's Mound and <em>The da Vinci Code</em> that had had no reaction the day before at The Footsteps of Arthur.&nbsp; What I had to say dropped like a rock again.&nbsp; No one had any reaction to what I had just said.&nbsp; It was ignored.&nbsp; The conversation resumed as if I had not said anything.</span><br /><br /><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">I have spent most of my Earth Mystery career contesting out-of-date academic paridigms.&nbsp; Several examples: In New England in the seventies when I worked on my Master's Degree in Sacred Space, as far as people reaching the New World other than over the Bering Straight, "Columbus was first!"&nbsp; We now now different.&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="text-align: left;"><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;"> And then, over here in Blighty when archaeoastronomy was first being espoused by Prof. Alexander Thom and in Ireland by Martin Brennan, the academic reaction was "The primitive savages who built those Neolithic monuments weren't sophisticated enough to include accurate astronomical alignments."&nbsp; Another academic paradigm that has now very fortunately bitten the dust.<br /></span></p> <p><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">For me, running up against other people's paradigms especially twice in less than twenty-four hours is a day sign.&nbsp; The stifling silence to this story left me with the belief that there must be something to the Arthur Bride's Mound connection.&nbsp; </span></p> <p style="text-align: left;"><br /><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">I would appreciate hearing your comments which you can put in the &lt;Comments&gt; window on the menu on the left-hand column on any page of this website.</span></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><br /><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">-----------------------------------</span><br /><br /><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">Totally Different Topic</span></p> <h2 style="text-align: center;"><br />The British Society of Dowsers presents</h2> <h3 style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium; color: #0000ff;">Labyrinths: Their History, Uses and Construction</span><br /><br /><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: small;">15 June 2013</span><br /><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: small;">St Mary's Church Hall, St Mary's Church, Magdalene Street, Glastonbury, Somerset, BA6 9EJ</span></h3> <p style="text-align: left;">&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">I'm offering a workshop on labyrinths.&nbsp; </span></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">It will introduce you to this fascinating subject. During the day you will:</span><br /><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &bull;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Learn the interesting history of labyrinths</span><br /><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &bull;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Study and practice the construction of different designs</span><br /><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &bull;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Learn and practice the different uses of these powerful spaces</span><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;"><br /><br /><img src="http://geomancy.org/listmessenger/public/images/mag_2013/laby_and_stjohnsw.jpg" alt="Glastonbury Tercentennial Labyrinth" width="301" height="450" /></span></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">&nbsp; Walk the Glastonbury Tercentennial Labyrinth</span><br /><br /><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">Cost:</span><br /><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">&pound;99</span><br /><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;"><br />Please bring your own packed lunch.</span><br /><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">A B&amp;B list can be provided.</span><br /><br /><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">Further Information &amp; Booking:</span><br /><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">Call 01684 576969 ?or email <a href="mailto:info@britishdowsers.org">info@britishdowsers.org</a></span></p> <p style="text-align: center;">&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;">&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: left;"><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">}:-)</span></p> <p style="text-align: left;"><img src="http://geomancy.org/listmessenger/public/images/mag_2013/Sigs-newsig.png" alt="sig's sig" width="65" height="70" /><br /><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">Sig Lonegren</span><br /><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">Mid-Atlantic Geomancy</span><br /><a href="http://www.geomancy.org" target="_blank"><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">http://www.geomancy.org</span></a><br /><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">SunnyBank Centre</span><br /><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">Glastonbury, Somerset BA6 8JE</span><br /><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">England</span><br /><a href="mailto:sig@geomancy.org"><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">sig@geomancy.org</span></a><br /><br /></p> "Sig Lonegren" <sig@geomancy.org> Sun, 21 Apr 2013 21:24:14 +0100 MAG E-zine #36 - New Sacred Spaces in Holland http://www.geomancy.org/listmessenger/public/archive.php?id=175:555 <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="http://geomancy.org/listmessenger/public/images/mag_2013/mag-ezine.jpg" alt="MAG logo" width="504" height="85" /></p> <h1 style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva;">MAG E-zine #36 - New Sacred Spaces in Holland</span></h1> <p><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">Dear [firstname]</span></p> <p><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">As she is Dutch, and has both lots of family and a new and growing business in <a href="http://www.gooischekoppen.com" target="_blank">vintage English tableware</a> over there, my wife Karin and I have been traveling more and more to the Netherlands, and</span><span style="font-size: medium;"> I have been writing about new sacred spaces that I have been finding. Several years ago we both taught at Centrum Athanor where they have built a labyrinth and a beautiful stone ring with a lovely Winter Solstice Sunset alignment in my </span><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;"><em><a href="http://geomancy.org/listmessenger/public/archive.php?id=108:379" target="_blank">Tip o' the Week #70</a></em>.&nbsp; Karin's sister, Sylvia Schl&uuml;ter, lives in </span><span style="font-size: medium; font-family: verdana,geneva;">Koekange, Drente.&nbsp; She built a lovely seven circuit stone labyrinth in her back garden that I wrote about in my <em><a href="http://geomancy.org/listmessenger/public/archive.php?id=127:425">Tip o' the Week # 87</a>.&nbsp;</em></span><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;"> </span><span style="font-size: medium; font-family: verdana,geneva;"><em>(</em><span style="font-size: medium;">Her little village of </span></span><span style="font-size: small;"><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva;"><span style="font-size: medium;">Koekange in Drente has been very active in building and honouring sacred spaces.&nbsp; I'll write more about this village later.)</span><br /></span></span></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><strong><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">De Schaapshoeve</span></strong></p> <p><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;"><a href="http://www.deschaapshoeve.nl" target="_blank">De Schaapshoeve</a>&nbsp;</span><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;"> (The "Sheep Shed" in English) Sheepshed is the Spiritual/Alternative Thinking centre is in the south of the Netherlands in </span><span style="color: #000000; font-size: medium; font-family: verdana,geneva;">Langenboom.&nbsp; This was where I taught Life Coaches to use the double wooden finger labyrinth that I wrote about in my most recent <a href="http://geomancy.org/listmessenger/public/archive.php?id=174:551" target="_blank">MAG E-zine </a></span><a href="http://geomancy.org/listmessenger/public/archive.php?id=174:551" target="_blank"><span style="font-size: medium; font-family: verdana,geneva;"><em># 38</em></span></a>.&nbsp; <span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">It is run by a dedicated team.&nbsp; I have had most contact with Jack Peters, Carin Wennink, and Simon Ruiter.&nbsp; They have constructed several sacred spaces there that I found most interesting.</span></p> <table border="0" cellspacing="2" cellpadding="2" align="center"> <tbody> <tr> <td><img src="http://geomancy.org/listmessenger/public/images/mag_2013/4sheep_laby.jpg" alt="sheepshed labyrinth" width="360" height="270" /></td> <td><img src="http://geomancy.org/listmessenger/public/images/mag_2013/5tree-of-life.jpg" alt="tree of Life" width="360" height="269" /></td> </tr> <tr> <td style="text-align: center;">Seven Circuit Classical Labyrinth</td> <td style="text-align: center;"> <p><a href="http://altreligion.about.com/od/symbols/ig/Occult-Symbols/Tree-of-Life.htm" target="_blank">Tree of Life</a> built by Simon Ruiter<br />Malkuth is to the left and Kether is to the right<br />The Tree of Life metamorphosed in to Hopscotch.&nbsp; Can you see it?</p> </td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p style="text-align: center;"><br /><strong><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">Angel-Place</span></strong></p> <p><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">On our day off at the Schaapshoeve, Jack and Carin took us to a very different labyrinth centre called <a href="http://www.angel-place.nl/index.php/en/" target="_blank">Angel-Place</a></span>.<span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;"> It is run by Henry Stoffelen &amp; his wife Jolanda.&nbsp; While they are indeed single paths with low walls, most are not really labyrinths in the traditional sense.&nbsp; Also, on the two below, unlike a traditional labyrinth, you do not exit the at the same mouth that you came in.&nbsp; The coloured places have words for you to consider while walking the path.<br /></span></p> <table border="0" cellspacing="2" cellpadding="2" align="center"> <tbody> <tr> <td><img src="http://geomancy.org/listmessenger/public/images/mag_2013/8angel_v_laby.jpg" alt="V Labyrinth" width="269" height="360" /></td> <td> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><img src="http://geomancy.org/listmessenger/public/images/mag_2013/7angel_laby-.jpg" alt="4 labyrinths in one" width="360" height="269" /></p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td style="text-align: center;">&nbsp;A triangular Labyrinth</td> <td style="text-align: center;">Four labyrinths in one</td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <table border="0" align="center"> <tbody> <tr> <td><img src="http://geomancy.org/listmessenger/public/images/mag_2013/6group-angelpark.jpg" alt="Jack, Carin, Henry &amp; Sig at Angel-Place" width="360" height="269" /></td> </tr> <tr> <td style="text-align: center;"> <p>Jack Peters, Carin <span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: x-small;">Wennink, Henry Stoffelen and Sig<br />standing in front of the Four Labyrinths in One<br /></span></p> </td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p style="text-align: center;"><br /><strong><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">Struunpad Koekangerveld</span></strong></p> <p><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">&nbsp;</span><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">Christel Vandermaelen is a friend of my sister-in-law Sylvia Schl&uuml;ter.&nbsp; They live in the same Drente village Koekange.&nbsp; When Cristel heard that I was going to visit Sylvia and her husband John Marriott</span><span style="font-size: medium;">, she asked if I might be wiling to do some dowsing for her.&nbsp; She first wanted me to dowse the best place for a monument to mark an event that occurred there over a hundred years ago.&nbsp; But it was what she wanted me do do at the villages new community centre that excited me the most.&nbsp; </span></p> <table border="0" align="center"> <tbody> <tr> <td><img src="http://geomancy.org/listmessenger/public/images/mag_2013/struunpad.jpg" alt="Struunpad Koekangerveld" width="360" height="270" /></td> </tr> <tr> <td style="text-align: center;"> <p>The Koekangerveld Community Centre</p> </td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p style="text-align: left;"><span style="font-size: medium;">In addition to the well-built and functional building itself at <a href=" http://www.struunpad.nl">Koekangerveld</a> it was the Struunpad (Wander Paths) surrounding land that had a number of features built by Ruurd van Donkelaar that would be of interest to any Earth Mysteries enthusiast.&nbsp; Here are but a few examples:<br /></span></p> <table border="0" cellspacing="2" cellpadding="2" align="center"> <tbody> <tr> <td><img src="http://geomancy.org/listmessenger/public/images/mag_2013/9kuk_spiral.jpg" alt="Spiral Hill" width="360" height="269" /></td> <td><img src="http://geomancy.org/listmessenger/public/images/mag_2013/10-picture_frame-copy.jpg" alt="Picture framing Nature" width="360" height="240" /></td> </tr> <tr> <td style="text-align: center;">Spiral Hill</td> <td style="text-align: center;">Picture Framing Nature</td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <table border="0" cellspacing="2" cellpadding="2" align="center"> <tbody> <tr> <td> <p><img src="http://geomancy.org/listmessenger/public/images/mag_2013/13sundial3.jpg" alt="Ruurd at Sundial" width="269" height="360" /></p> </td> <td><img src="http://geomancy.org/listmessenger/public/images/mag_2013/11sundial1.jpg" alt="where you stand" width="360" height="269" /></td> </tr> <tr> <td style="text-align: center;">Ruurd at the Sundial</td> <td style="text-align: center;">A wider view</td> </tr> <tr> <td style="text-align: center;"><img src="http://geomancy.org/listmessenger/public/images/mag_2013/12sundial2.jpg" alt="where you stand" width="270" height="361" /></td> <td><img src="http://geomancy.org/listmessenger/public/images/mag_2013/14sundial4.jpg" alt="human gnomon" width="360" height="270" /></td> </tr> <tr> <td style="text-align: center;">Where you stand</td> <td style="text-align: center;">A human gnomon.<br />See where his shadow points to.</td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p style="text-align: left;"><span style="font-size: medium;">This sundial is really innovative! The gnomon is a human who just has to have some Sun, and needs to stand on the correct month in the centre.&nbsp; But I went there to dowse the best place for a labyrinth.&nbsp; The first few spots I was shown were really not appropriate - one was in the centre of a young tree plantation that would make a much better maze.&nbsp; But finally, we came to an open field that was perfect!&nbsp; As there was snow on the ground, after dowsing the goal and orientation of the mouth, I took a long string that equaled the radius of the labyrinth and walked it round the perimeter of the labyrinth leaving a circle in the snow.<br /></span></p> <table border="0" width="378" height="58" align="center"> <tbody> <tr> <td style="text-align: center;"><img src="http://geomancy.org/listmessenger/public/images/mag_2013/15laby_in_snow.jpg" alt="marking the perimeter of the labyrinth" width="360" height="270" /><br /></td> </tr> <tr> <td style="text-align: center;"> <p>Marking the perimeter of the labyrinth.<br />Hanny van Putten holds the rope in the goal, as Sig walks the perimeter.</p> </td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p style="text-align: left;"><span style="font-size: medium;">There was one final thing that needed to be done before I left this wonderful community park.&nbsp; Wesley Zwiers is a young teenager who has helped Ruurd to build a number of the sites at the Struunpad in Koekangerveld.&nbsp; He was with us for our entire journey that day, and stands left of me in the picture above.&nbsp; Wesley was most fascinated by my L-rods, so I took some time to help him get the feel of the rods when thy go out when over a vein of primary water.</span></p> <table border="0" align="center"> <tbody> <tr> <td><img src="http://geomancy.org/listmessenger/public/images/mag_2013/16wesley_dowsing.jpg" alt="Wesley dowsing" width="270" height="360" /></td> </tr> <tr> <td style="text-align: center;">Wesley dowsing for water.</td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: medium;">A wonderful way to end any dowsing expedition in the field: </span></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: medium;">Teach a youngster how to dowse. </span></p> <p style="text-align: left;"><span style="font-size: medium;">}:-)</span></p> <p style="text-align: left;"><span style="font-size: medium;"><img src="http://geomancy.org/listmessenger/public/images/mag_2013/Sigs-newsig.png" alt="Sig's sig" width="65" height="70" /><br /></span></p> <p><span style="font-size: medium; font-family: verdana,geneva;">&nbsp;</span><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">Sig Lonegren</span><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;"><br />Mid-Atlantic Geomancy</span><br /> <a href="http://www.geomancy.org"><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">http://www.geomancy.org</span></a><br /> <span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">SunnyBank Centre</span><br /> <span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">Glastonbury, Somerset BA6 8JE</span><br /> <span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">England</span><br /> <a href="mailto:sig@geomancy.org"><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">sig@geomancy.org</span></a></p> <p><span style="font-size: medium;">&nbsp;</span><br /><br /></p> "Sig Lonegren" <sig@geomancy.org> Sun, 24 Mar 2013 17:17:41 +0100 MAG E-zine #38 - Labyrinths & Life Coaching http://www.geomancy.org/listmessenger/public/archive.php?id=174:551 <h1 style="text-align: center;"><img style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="http://geomancy.org/listmessenger/public/images/mag_2013/mag-ezine.jpg" alt="MAG logo" width="504" height="85" />MAG E-zine # 35</h1> <h1 style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;"><span style="font-size: large;">A Necessary Shifts in Consciousness</span></span><br /><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">Labyrinths &amp; Life Coaching:</span><br /><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">Lessons Learned</span></h1> <p><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">Dear [firstname]<br /></span></p> <p style="text-align: left;"><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">I have been working with labyrinths since the early eighties as a tool that can give me intuition on demand.&nbsp; I have been using the Tarot to assist people through difficult times (similar to Life Coaching) since nineteen-sixty nine.&nbsp; So I had been looking forward to introducing the use of the labyrinth to professional Life Coaches at the <a title=" de schaapshoeve" href="http://www.deschaapshoeve.nl" target="_blank">Schaapshoeve</a> (a lovely centre for personal growth and well-being) in Langenboom in the province of Brabant, The Netherlands.</span><br /><br /><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">Many of the students were already familiar with labyrinths.&nbsp; Schaapshoeve has recently constructed a classical seven circuit labyrinth in the yard next to their centre.</span></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="http://geomancy.org/listmessenger/public/images/mag_2013/sheeplaby.jpg" alt="de schaapshoeve labyrinth" width="360" height="156" /><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;"><br /><span style="font-size: small;">This is not a picture of people dematerializing -</span><br /><span style="font-size: small;">(beam me up Scotty).&nbsp; I stitched together two photos </span><br /><span style="font-size: small;">to make one picture of the Life Coaches walking </span><br /></span><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: small;">The Schaapshoeve Labyrinth.</span></p> <p style="text-align: left;"><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">The workshop began on familiar grounds - how to draw a labyrinth, pictures of labyrinths around the world and their different uses, and my <a href="http://www.geomancy.org/labyrinth/using-labyrinths/index.php">seven step problem-solving process</a>.&nbsp; So far, so good.</span><br /><br /><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">To get to how it could be used in Life Coaching, we used wooden 2-Person/2-Handed Cretan Intuipath labyrinths developed in the USA by Neal Harris at <a href="http://www.relax4life.com" target="_blank">Relax4Life</a> in Barrington, Illinois, USA.&nbsp; </span><br /><br /></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="http://geomancy.org/listmessenger/public/images/mag_2013/double_counciling_w.jpg" alt=" 2-Person/2-Handed Cretan Intuipath labyrinth" width="216" height="319" /></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: small;">2-Person/2-Handed Cretan Intuipath&reg; Labyrinth</span></p> <p style="text-align: left;"><span style="font-size: small;"><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva;"><span style="font-size: medium;">The coach "walks" his/her labyrinth with their finger keeping pace with the client, and asking relevant questions associated with each path.&nbsp; The client verbalizes what they are thinking/feeling/seeing as they move along the path to the goal.</span></span></span></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><br /><img src="http://geomancy.org/listmessenger/public/images/mag_2013/lc_session_w_blur.jpg" alt="Two people working on Labyrinths &amp; LifeCoaching" width="360" height="270" /><br /><span style="font-size: small;"><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva;">An exercise in coaching a client<br />using the </span><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva;">2-Person/2-Handed Cretan Intuipath Labyrinth</span><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva;">.</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size: medium;">If done well, the client can really learn a great deal about issues in their life that can benefit from Life Coaching.</span></p> <p style="text-align: left;"><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">They say that you can learn a lot from your misteaks.&nbsp; Usually, walking a labyrinth is a personal adventure.&nbsp; It's a one wo/man show, and primarily a subjective experience.&nbsp; As I had never taught this specific use of labyrinths before where one person is coaching a student/client to assist them in looking holistically at issues in their life, I hadn't realised that using labyrinths to coach someone else requires a different level/kind of consciousness, or mode of functioning.&nbsp; The coach needs to be much more objective in guiding the client through the paths while the client can move into the subjective intuitive world.</span></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="http://geomancy.org/listmessenger/public/images/mag_2013/lc_questions_w-blur.jpg" alt="it didn[t work" width="360" height="270" /><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;"><span style="font-size: small;"><br />Sometimes, it didn't work</span>.</span></p> <p style="text-align: left;"><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">I had not shared this bit of reality with the class, and as a result, for some, it just didn't work.&nbsp; In this case, the "coach" was in the consciousness they had had when walking a labyrinth on their own, and it just got too complicated!&nbsp; I should have spoken earlier about the necessity of shifting to a more rational mode that is critical for the coach when guiding someone through the labyrinth.</span></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">Hind-site</span></p> <p style="text-align: left;"><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">It would have been useful if I had demonstrated with one of the students how to "walk" this 2-Person/2-Handed Cretan Intuipath Labyrinth before asking them to coach this process themselves.&nbsp; This would have clearly show how the Coach needs to work in a more linear, left-brain mode, and the client can then be free to work with a more intuitive level of consciousness.</span></p> <p style="text-align: left;"><span style="font-size: medium;">So this was my first time using these special labyrinths.&nbsp; I trust that this process will prove to be a useful tool in the field of Life Coaching.</span></p> <p style="text-align: left;">&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: left;">&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: medium;">------- <span style="font-family: comic sans ms,sans-serif; font-size: x-large;">A Totally Different Topic </span></span><span style="font-size: medium; font-family: comic sans ms,sans-serif;">-------</span></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: medium; font-family: comic sans ms,sans-serif;"><br /></span></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><strong><span style="font-size: medium;">Visit and try out our new and improved</span></strong></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><strong><span style="font-size: medium;">Full-Site Search Machine</span></strong></p> <p style="text-align: left;"><span style="font-size: medium;">Thanks to the help of Jay Pritchard (my MAG technical support at <a href="http://cosyenterprises.ltd.uk" target="_blank">Cosy Enterprises</a>) and Sam Welbourne (MAG Internet Service Provider at <a href="http://www.ergonet.org/" target="_blank">Ergonet</a>), this website is now fully searchable both on the website itself, but also in our MAG E-zine Archives.&nbsp; There are more than 125 articles on all different topics on the Earth Mysteries and the finding the path to the One.&nbsp; This new Search Machine will look for any word(s) (a.k.a. keywords) you can type into the window in the upper right-hand corner of any page on the site.&nbsp; Please use it and let me know what you think in our &lt;Comments&gt; window - at the bottom of the left-hand column on every page of our site.<br /></span></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: medium;">-----------------------</span></p> <p style="text-align: center;">&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: left;"><span style="font-size: medium;">Each day brings us closer to the <a href="http://www.geomancy.org/#astronomy/quarter-and-cross-quarter-days/spring-equinox/index.php">Spring Equinox</a>.<br /></span></p> <p style="text-align: left;"><span style="font-size: medium;">The seeds that have been lying quietly under the Earth</span></p> <p style="text-align: left;"><span style="font-size: medium;">Send up their tender sprouts.</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><span style="font-size: medium;">What are you finding in your life </span></p> <p><span style="font-size: medium;">that is coming into balance </span></p> <p style="text-align: left;"><span style="font-size: medium;">and its possible birth into the physical world?<br /></span></p> <p style="text-align: left;">&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: left;"><span style="font-size: medium;">}:-)</span></p> <p style="text-align: left;"><img src="http://geomancy.org/listmessenger/public/images/mag_2013/Sigs-newsig.png" alt="sig's sig" width="65" height="70" /></p> <p><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">Sig Lonegren</span><br /> <span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">Mid-Atlantic Geomancy</span><br /> <a href="http://www.geomancy.org"><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">http://www.geomancy.org</span></a><br /> <span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">SunnyBank Centre</span><br /> <span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">Glastonbury, Somerset BA6 8JE</span><br /> <span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">England</span><br /> <a href="mailto:sig@geomancy.org"><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">sig@geomancy.org</span></a></p> <p style="text-align: left;">.&nbsp;</p> "Sig Lonegren" <sig@geomancy.org> Thu, 14 Mar 2013 09:55:28 +0100 MAG E-zine #34 - On the Path in Cornwall http://www.geomancy.org/listmessenger/public/archive.php?id=173:549 <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="http://geomancy.org/listmessenger/public/images/mag_2013/mag-ezine.jpg" alt="mag_e_zine logo" width="504" height="85" /></p> <h1 style="text-align: center;">MAG E-zine #34 - On the Path in Cornwall</h1> <p><span style="font-size: medium; font-family: verdana,geneva;">Dear [firstname]</span></p> <p><span style="font-size: medium; font-family: verdana,geneva;">RB*, an exGlastafarian now living </span><span style="font-size: medium; font-family: verdana,geneva;">with his partner P </span><span style="font-size: medium; font-family: verdana,geneva;">in the American Southwest writes me frequently about his reactions to my MAG E-zine and to bring me up to speed on his life in my old country.&nbsp; Recently he wrote to me with his thoughts on my desire to experience sacred space rather than study or research it.&nbsp; He writes,&nbsp; "</span><span style="font-size: medium; font-family: verdana,geneva;">From my own experiences over the years, I've come to the conclusion that the only true way to "experience Spirit is to apply it toward something, toward some desire, be it to get something, heal someone, whatever, the result I get from each effort making a little more clarity about how Spirit works, which ends up making my moment to moment choices a little more wise. &nbsp;I could be wrong about calling that spiritual evolution, but it has been working for me. &nbsp;Just "feeling" Spirit though, with or without measuring anything, although it is a definite experience per se, doesn't pass on much information one can effectively "use".</span></p> <p><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">RB* is suggesting that it works better when one goes in to sacred space to have a reason for going there - not tojust go in and see what happens (though that works sometimes as well). But I must agree with him.&nbsp; In any spiritual activity, it is appropriate to have a reason to be working in the spiritual realms.&nbsp; Like when I was younger, I used to go to church most Sundays because that was what I did.&nbsp; I eventually dropped out...</span></p> <h2 style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">Labyrinths</span></h2> <p><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">While labyrinths can be just walked and see what happens, they are much more effective sacred space tools if you have a reason for walking it.&nbsp; This can be as a "punishment" for little Johnny who is acting out in class.&nbsp; Have him run it five times really fast.&nbsp; He gets out of class, so he's happy, you as the teacher get to have some peace and quiet in class while he is gone, and Johnny comes back exhausted, happy, and with a more balanced brain.&nbsp; Everyone benefits.</span></p> <p><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">Personally, my major use of labyrinths employs a technique that I developed over twenty years ago for walking a classical seven circuit labyrinth.&nbsp; It is a holistic problem solving process that assigns a meaning, or something to do, on each path. &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; (See my discussion of this on my Mid-Atlantic Geomancy website in the &lt;<a href="http://www.geomancy.org/labyrinth/using-labyrinths/index.php" target="_blank">Using Labyrinths</a>&gt; section.)&nbsp; This presupposes that you have a reason for walking this ancient single-path tool in the first place.&nbsp; This is the point that Rob Bernhardt is making.&nbsp; Don't just walk in to a sacred space and space out.&nbsp; Use it to benefit spiritually - or practically as an intuition enhancer.&nbsp; </span></p> <p><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">On Imbolc, I was asked by John and Jill Moss to come down to Cornwall to give a labyrinth workshop to their newly-formed Trencrom Dowsers.&nbsp; </span><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">But before walking a labyrinth, one can experience its magic when learning how to draw one.&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="http://geomancy.org/listmessenger/public/images/mag_2013/7pathopp-ani-left.gif" alt="drawalaby" width="222" height="166" /><br /><span style="font-size: small;">How to draw a classical left-handed <br />seven circuit labyrinth</span></p> <p style="text-align: left;"><span style="font-size: small;"><span style="font-size: medium;">But most exciting, we drew this labyrinth on the beach right by the low-tide "bridge to St. Michael's Mount in Cornwall.</span></span></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: small;"><span style="font-size: medium;"><img src="http://geomancy.org/listmessenger/public/images/mag_2013/michaels_mount.jpg" alt="St. Michaels Mount" width="459" height="344" /></span></span></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: small;"><span style="font-size: medium;"><span style="font-size: small;">High Tide<br />at St Michael's Mount (near Penzance in Cornwall).<br />The causeway to the island begins just beyond the white tube at the centre left-hand side of the picture.<br />Note that it is under the water.<br /></span></span></span></p> <p style="text-align: left;"><span style="font-size: medium;">The idea here was to show the participants how to draw a labyrinth in the sand.&nbsp; I want to thank Pauline Shearer, a member of the <a href="http://http://www.trencromdowsers.org.uk/" target="_blank">Trencrom Dowsers</a>, for giving me permission to use some of her words and some of her pictures from her website<a href="http://www.cornwallslivinglandscape.com" target="_blank"> Cornwall's Living Landscape</a>.&nbsp; <span style="font-family: verdana,geneva;">She writes, "</span>The first job was to dowse for the position of the labyrinth and then to dowse for the direction in which the entrance or &lsquo;en-trance&rsquo; should face. &nbsp;John Moss, from Trencrom Dowsers, had whipped up a nifty piece of woodwork to act as a tool to mark out the labyrinth and it wasn&rsquo;t long before volunteers were helping to mark it out in the sand.</span></p> <p style="text-align: center;">&nbsp;</p> <table border="0" cellspacing="5" cellpadding="5" align="center"> <tbody> <tr> <td><img src="http://geomancy.org/listmessenger/public/images/mag_2013/2starting.jpg" alt="starting" width="293" height="219" /></td> <td><img src="http://geomancy.org/listmessenger/public/images/mag_2013/3measuring2.jpg" alt="making the walls" width="284" height="212" /></td> </tr> <tr> <td style="text-align: center;">Starting the seed pattern</td> <td style="text-align: center;">Making the walls</td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <table border="0" cellspacing="5" cellpadding="5" align="center"> <tbody> <tr> <td><img src="http://geomancy.org/listmessenger/public/images/mag_2013/4measuring.jpg" alt="the Outer walls" width="320" height="240" /></td> <td><img src="http://geomancy.org/listmessenger/public/images/mag_2013/5walking-the-l.jpg" alt="Walking in and out" width="329" height="246" /></td> </tr> <tr> <td style="text-align: center;">More walls - note the L shaped guide John built <br />to keep the wall equidistant</td> <td style="text-align: center;">Finally everyone gets to walk it!&nbsp;</td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p style="text-align: left;"><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">It was great to walk with such an important power centre in the background.&nbsp; It added greatly to the occasion.</span></p> <p><span style="font-size: small;"><span style="font-size: medium;"><span style="font-size: small;">&nbsp;</span></span></span><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">About the experience, Pauline wrote, "Labyrinths can be used to help balance the brain. From the people I spoke to who did this walk, and myself included, there was a consensus that it had a very calming effect no one was in a rush to leave despite the cold wind.</span></p> <p style="text-align: left;"><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">"Such was the enthusiasm for this exercise I suspect that this part of Cornwall will soon be experiencing a new phenomena &ndash; labyrinth building!"</span></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;"><img src="http://geomancy.org/listmessenger/public/images/mag_2013/6lab.jpg" alt="after the walk" width="611" height="458" /><br /><span style="font-size: small;">Michael's Mount at Low Tide</span><br /></span></p> <p><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">This picture was taken after most of the participants had walked it and we had closed the ceremony/portal.&nbsp; Most had gone home, but a good number hung around mesmerised by the energy we had created.&nbsp;</span><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">The sand on that beach was particularly good for making labyrinths.</span><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;"> Almost sixty people had walked it, and the walls and paths remained in great shape!</span></p> <p style="text-align: left;"><br /><span style="font-size: medium;">It was an honour to build this temporary sacred space so close to one of the major power centres in England.&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="text-align: left;"><span style="font-size: medium;">&nbsp; </span></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><strong><span style="font-size: large;">--------------------&nbsp; A Reminder for our Dutch Readers </span><span style="font-size: large;">--------------------</span></strong></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><strong><span style="font-size: large;">There's Still Time to Register for One or More of These Events:<br /></span></strong></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: left;"><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;"><strong>Friday 8th, Saturday 9th, Sunday 10th March 2013</strong> - <strong> Karin Schl&uuml;ter Lonegren offers <a href="http://www.deschaapshoeve.nl/modules/tinyd0/index.php?id=180" target="_blank">Spark Spiritual Healing: Igniting the New!</a></strong>. You can see her for a healing session on March 8th, 9th or 10th.</span></p> <p style="text-align: left;"><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;"><strong> Friday 8 March 2013: - Sig Lonegren</strong> hosts the workshop '<a href="http://www.deschaapshoeve.nl/modules/tinyd0/index.php?id=197" target="_blank"><strong>Labyrinths and Life Coaching</strong></a>', a workshop with the focus on how to use the labyrinth in your work as coach or therapist. </span></p> <p style="text-align: left;"><strong><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">Saturday </span></strong><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;"><strong>9 March 2013 - Sig Lonegren</strong> hosts the workshop '<a href="http://www.deschaapshoeve.nl/modules/tinyd0/index.php?id=199" target="_blank"><strong>The Labyrinth as Tool for Spiritual Awareness</strong></a>', for everybody who would like to get acquainted with the labyrinth and wants to learn how to work with it.</span></p> <p style="text-align: left;"><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;"><strong>Sunday 10 March 2013 - ?Sig Lonegren</strong> has been doing </span><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;"><a href="http://www.deschaapshoeve.nl/modules/tinyd0/index.php?id=201" target="_blank"><strong>Tarot Readings</strong></a></span><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;"> readings for over forty years. They have been found to be even more 'effective' in combination with a </span><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">Spiritual </span><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">Spark Healing session with Karin Schl&uuml;ter Lonegren. A Tarot reading combined combined </span><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">with Karin's work appears to reach much deeper levels.<br /><br />Of course you are welcome to make an appointment with either one of the Lonegrens. A double appointment is of course not obligatory.</span>&nbsp; <span style="font-size: medium;">Check out <a href="http://www.deschaapshoeve.nl/modules/tinyd0/index.php?id=20" target="_blank">De Schaapshoeve website</a> to register and for further information.</span><br /><br /><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="text-align: left;"><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">}:-)</span></p> <p style="text-align: left;"><img src="data:image/png;base64,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" alt="" /><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="text-align: left;"><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">Sig Lonegren</span><br /> <span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">Mid-Atlantic Geomancy</span><br /> <a href="http://www.geomancy.org"><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">http://www.geomancy.org</span></a><br /> <span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">SunnyBank Centre</span><br /> <span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">Glastonbury, Somerset BA6 8JE</span><br /> <span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">England</span><br /> <a href="mailto:sig@geomancy.org"><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">sig@geomancy.org</span></a></p> "Sig Lonegren" <sig@geomancy.org> Wed, 13 Feb 2013 13:42:05 +0100 MAG E-zine #33 - IMBOLC Snippets http://www.geomancy.org/listmessenger/public/archive.php?id=172:547 <h3 style="text-align: center;"><img style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="http://geomancy.org/listmessenger/public/images/mag_2013/mag-ezine.jpg" alt="mag_e_zine logo" width="504" height="85" /><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">MAG E-zine #33 - IMBOLC Snippets</span></h3> <p style="text-align: left;"><span style="font-size: medium;">Dear [firstname]</span></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="http://geomancy.org/listmessenger/public/images/mag_2013/brideandcoww.jpg" alt="Bridget" width="475" height="416" /></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: small;">Bridget Milking a Cow</span><br /><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: small;">Glastonbury Tor</span></p> <p><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">Imbolc is that time of the Celtic yearly cycle when the seed that was planted at Samhain (1 November) and lies dormant through the dark of the winter, by throwing out that little cotyledon, moves by itself for the first time.&nbsp; It is analogous to the quickening in the human reproductive cycle.&nbsp; It has a life of its own.&nbsp; The ewe's milk starts running around this time, and on the Glastonbury Tor, which is astronomically oriented to the Imbolc sunset, Bridget is seen milking a cow.</span></p> <p><br /><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">In Vermont, and underground chamber called Rodwin is also oriented toward the Imbolc Sunset.</span><br /><br /></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="http://geomancy.org/listmessenger/public/images/mag_2013/rodwin.jpg" alt="Rodwin" width="395" height="268" /></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: small;"><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva;">Rodwin</span>, Northern Vermont, USA</span><br /><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: small;">Imbolc Sunset Sunset</span><br /><br /><img src="http://geomancy.org/listmessenger/public/images/mag_2013/snowdrops.jpg" alt="snowdrops" width="209" height="182" /><br /><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: small;">The Snowdrop, </span><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: small;">Bride's flower, <br />is one of the first of true veriy early spring flowers.&nbsp; </span></p> <p><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">Here in Glastonbury, the Pilgrim Reception Centre sponsored a new Holy Thorn (the old one on Wearyall Hill was vandalised).&nbsp; This cutting from the old Holy Thorn was planted several days ago at the Abbey Car Park next to a new World Peace Pole and a Glastonbury bench for visitors to rest on.</span></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="http://geomancy.org/listmessenger/public/images/mag_2013/busthornw.jpg" alt="new holy thorn" width="373" height="500" /></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: small;">The New Holy Thorn and World Peace Pole<br />In the Glastonbury Abbey Car Park</span></p> <p style="text-align: left;"><span style="font-size: medium;">Imbolc is the time when ideas or plans that have been lying fallow in the dark all winter are now ready to begin a life of their own.&nbsp; What projects have you been thinking about that are ready to begin to move, to manifest?&nbsp; Use this time of Imbolc to feel that quickening, and&nbsp; ready to give birth?<br /><br /></span></p> <p><span style="font-size: medium;">The Blessings of Bridget<br />Be With You<br />This Imbolc!<br /></span></p> <p><span style="font-size: medium;">}:-)</span></p> <p><img src="http://geomancy.org/listmessenger/public/images/mag_2013/Sigs-newsig.png" alt="sig's sig" width="65" height="70" /></p> <p><span style="font-size: medium;">Sig Lonegren</span><span style="font-size: medium;"><br />Mid-Atlantic Geomancy</span><br /><span style="font-size: medium;"> <a href="http://www.geomancy.org">http://www.geomancy.org</a></span><br /><span style="font-size: medium;"> SunnyBank Centre</span><br /><span style="font-size: medium;"> Glastonbury, Somerset BA6 8JE</span><br /><span style="font-size: medium;"> England</span><br /><span style="font-size: medium;"> <a href="mailto:sig@geomancy.org">sig@geomancy.org</a></span></p> "Sig Lonegren" <sig@geomancy.org> Thu, 31 Jan 2013 18:39:06 +0100 MAG E-zine #32 - Moving Water http://www.geomancy.org/listmessenger/public/archive.php?id=171:545 <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="http://geomancy.org/listmessenger/public/images/mag_2013/mag-ezine.jpg" alt="mag_e_zine logo" width="504" height="85" /></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><strong><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: large;">MAG E-zine #32 - Moving Water</span></strong></p> <p style="text-align: left;"><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">Dear [firstname]</span><br /><br /><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">Recently, I have been writing to you about working in Sacred Space.&nbsp; In a different vein (sorry for the fully intended watery pun), I have recently been in correspondence with </span><a href="mailto:kiarna@gmail.com"><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">Kiarna Boyd</span></a><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">, a past geomantic student of both <a href="mailto:patrick@patrickmacmanaway.com">Patrick MacManaway</a>'s and mine.&nbsp; She is doing a lot of solid geomantic work in Maine and New Hampshire, but she had never worked with moving veins of water before.</span><br /><br /><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">So </span><strong><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">Kiarna</span></strong><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;"> recently wrote, "I have a new client that has a well that's going dry. I went out at the beginning of December and got good dowsing results by asking the well and the Land. All the dowsing result seemed very promising about the water coming back up. There's another well nearby that was stable and performing nicely that a dowser had staked about 10 years ago.</span><br /><br /><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">"I felt my result with the problematic well wasn't 100% and spoke to the client about coming back based on checks. So far she hasn't had great luck with it and my sense is I need to go back and perhaps use the earth acupuncture needles. I'm wondering if it might also be a seasonal consideration with Winter energy?"</span><br /><br /><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;"><strong>Patrick</strong> wrote, "Best advice I can give is to make sure you get the connection with the water elementals deeply and at a feeling level &ndash; instinctual level shamanically, a work with the patterning of flow there</span><br /><br /><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">"Be sure and disconnect again once you&rsquo;re done.</span><br /><br /><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">"Singing and bringing flowers seems consistently and deeply rooted in traditional practices also,"</span><br /><br /><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">I wrote:</span><br /><br /><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">I would begin by following Patrick's advice.</span><br /><br /><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">Then, I have had some success with moving veins of water into a well, but I ain't no expert. &nbsp;But here is what I would do:</span><br /><br /><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">I'd begin by dowsing for the closest vein of good potable water of over five gallons a minute that runs year-'round and (most importantly) IS ABOVE THE BOTTOM OF THE DRILLED OR DUG WELL SHAFT. &nbsp;</span><br /><br /><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">Determine its direction of flow, and then dowse the heart of the vein (very centre of the vein) - do this very carefully.&nbsp; With a sledge hammer, drive a straight iron rod (?pry bar?) into the heart of the vein. (When one takes into consideration that veins of primary water "suck" your life force when you spend time over them, note the interesting similarity to vampires here). &nbsp;When the bar is pounded in solidly, think of the base of the iron rod - where it meets the surface of the earth - as if it were a croquet ball. &nbsp;Then the sledge hammer becomes the croquet mallet. &nbsp;The idea here is to drive the ball/vein into the well. &nbsp;Dowse how many times you will need to hit the "ball," and get on with it.</span><br /><br /><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">If this works, you should be able to follow by dowsing the vein's movement towards the well.</span><span style="font-size: medium;">&nbsp; I would be the first to admit that I have no idea how this works - only that it does.&nbsp; Though there are a number of stories of wells going dry when new roads are being put in near by, and they are blasting through hills.</span></p> <p style="text-align: left;"><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;"><strong>Patrick</strong> followed with:</span><br /><br /><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">"Wanted to echo Sig&rsquo;s description of the iron bar in the ground hit with a mallet like a croquet ball technique -</span><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">&nbsp; I saw that technique used several times by past ASD President Paul Sevigny, retired Colonel, US AirForce.</span><br /><br /><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">"Worked a treat in his hands &ndash; saw him drying up basements that way.</span><br /><br /><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">"(Sig apprenticed me to Paul for water dowsing tuition when I was apprenticed with Sig&hellip;)"</span><br /><br /><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">Kiarna has promised to let me know how it went, but as of this writing, I have not yet heard from her.&nbsp; I'll let you know what happens when I hear.</span></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><strong><span style="font-size: medium;">Map Dowsing</span></strong></p> <p style="text-align: left;"><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">I must also say that once I did this at a distance (from Vermont to western New York). &nbsp;Only this time, I needed to drive a sulfurous vein <span style="text-decoration: underline;">out</span> of the well. The following drawings are a recreation of how it looked to me:</span><br /><br /><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">1. I connected with the spirit of that land where the well was, and put a dot on a blank page to symbolize the well.</span></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="http://geomancy.org/listmessenger/public/images/mag_2013/wellhole.jpg" alt="well hole" width="369" height="274" /></p> <p style="text-align: left;"><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">2. Then I map dowsed two veins that crossed the well hole.&nbsp; The one coming from the left and up to the right was the one that carried sulfur. &nbsp;</span></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="http://geomancy.org/listmessenger/public/images/mag_2013/2veinscrossing.jpg" alt="crossing veins" width="376" height="287" /></p> <p style="text-align: left;"><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">3. I asked the Spirit of the land to move that one vein. &nbsp;Suddenly, I "saw" that vein move!&nbsp; It seemed to pop up and made a greenish yellow C around the well shaft. &nbsp;</span></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="http://geomancy.org/listmessenger/public/images/mag_2013/movedvein.jpg" alt="the sulphur vein moves" width="370" height="275" /></p> <p style="text-align: left;"><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">All I can say is that it worked. &nbsp;The land owners reported that the water change from sulfur smelling to good clear water. I know this does not make rational sense, but dowsers can effect change at a distance.&nbsp; Terry Ross taught me this in the seventies.&nbsp; </span><br /><br /><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">I wrote about this in my book <em>Spiritual Dowsing</em>, first published in 1986 by <a href="http://www.gothicimage.co.uk/spiritualdowsing.html" target="_blank">Gothic Image Publishers</a> here in Glastonbury.&nbsp; I created a Seven's Chart that demonstrated the Terry's seven levels of Dowsing Skill Levels (left hand column) that begin with having to be directly over the target (Level One) and then moving up to the edge of the field, to "over the hill" (out of site) or Map Dowsing. Then deviceless dowsing and on to Level Five, where the dowser can go there and change things.&nbsp; The two higher levels get more and more esoteric and do not pertain to the discussion here.</span></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="http://geomancy.org/listmessenger/public/images/mag_2013/terrys7steps.jpg" alt="Terry's 7 Steps" width="750" height="411" /></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: small;">The Seven Levels of Dowsing</span><br /><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: small;">from my book <a href="http://www.gothicimage.co.uk/booklist.html" target="_blank"><em>Spiritual Dowsing</em></a>, p 64 <br />Note that this Sevens Chart correlates these Seven Levels with<br />other things that occur in seven.&nbsp; </span></p> <p><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">To conclude, this last example of moving a vein at a distance is not for beginners, but if you have been dowsing for a while and if you want to be moving veins of primary water, I urge you to follow Patrick's advice first and then get out your pry bar...</span><br /><br /><br /><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">(I have seen veins move on a number of times, and I have also experienced it not working a number of times.&nbsp; The critical point is to locate very precisely the heart/centre of the vein you intend to move.&nbsp; Take your time.&nbsp; Talk to the spirit of the place.</span><em><span style="font-size: medium;">&nbsp; Indago Felix!)</span></em></p> <p><strong><em><span style="font-size: medium;"><br /></span></em></strong></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><strong><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">--------&nbsp; Sig's Teachings in the Next Three Months&nbsp; -------</span></strong></p> <p style="text-align: left;">&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: left;"><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;"><strong>Sunday 27 January 2013</strong>, 1:15 pm - <strong>West Wales Dowsers</strong> &lt;<a href="http://www.westwalesdowsers.co.uk/Events.htm" target="_blank">http://www.westwalesdowsers.co.uk/Events.htm</a>&gt;.<em> Animal, Vegetable Mineral</em>. Evidence (for those who have eyes to see) of the Earth Energies in all of these three kingdoms. The West Wales Dowsers meet at the Bronwydd Village Hall, Bronwydd, Carmarthenshire SA33 6BE. (Several miles out of Carmarthen on the New Castle Emlyn/Llndyssvl Road.</span><span style="font-size: medium;">&nbsp; See Google Maps)</span><br /><br /><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;"><strong>Saturday 3 February 2013</strong>, 14:00 pm (though this may change depending on the time of low tide) <strong>Trencrom Dowsers</strong> &lt;<a href="http://www.trencromdowsers.org.uk/index.php/events" target="_blank">http://www.trencromdowsers.org.uk/index.php/events</a>&gt; -<em> History, Construction and Use of Labyrinths</em>. See ancient and modern labyrinths; learn how to draw one; and discover one way to walk one as a problem solving device.&nbsp; After tea and biscuits, we will go to a beach and draw some labyrinths in the sand - thus the interest in the tides. Meet at the Marazion Community Centre (TR17 0HW) in Gwallon Lane, Marazion.</span></p> <p style="text-align: left;">&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><strong><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">-------</span><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;"> Events in The Netherlands </span><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">-------</span></strong></p> <p style="text-align: left;">&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: left;"><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;"><strong>8, 9 &amp; 10 March</strong> - <strong>De Schaapshoeve</strong> "Lonegren weekend" The couple Sig Lonegren and Karin Schl&uuml;ter Lonegren are the Schaapshoeve guests for three days.&nbsp; De Schaapshoeve, Schaapsdijkweg 20a, 5453 SE Langenboom, The Netherlands.&nbsp; All of Sig's activities are in English. Karin speaks Dutch. </span><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">They offer you the following activities:</span></p> <p style="text-align: left;"><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;"><strong>Friday 8th, Saturday 9th, Sunday 10th March 2013</strong> - <strong> Karin Schl&uuml;ter Lonegren offers <a href="http://www.deschaapshoeve.nl/modules/tinyd0/index.php?id=180" target="_blank">Spark Spiritual Healing: Igniting the New!</a></strong>. You can see her for a healing session on March 8th, 9th or 10th.</span></p> <p style="text-align: left;"><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;"><strong> Friday 8 March 2013: - Sig Lonegren</strong> hosts the workshop '<a href="http://www.deschaapshoeve.nl/modules/tinyd0/index.php?id=197" target="_blank"><strong>Labyrinths and Life Coaching</strong></a>', a workshop with the focus on how to use the labyrinth in your work as coach or therapist. </span></p> <p style="text-align: left;"><strong><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">Saturday </span></strong><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;"><strong>9 March 2013 - Sig Lonegren</strong> hosts the workshop '<a href="http://www.deschaapshoeve.nl/modules/tinyd0/index.php?id=199" target="_blank"><strong>The Labyrinth as Tool for Spiritual Awareness</strong></a>', for everybody who would like to get acquainted with the labyrinth and wants to learn how to work with it.</span></p> <p style="text-align: left;"><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;"><strong>Sunday 10 March 2013 - ?Sig Lonegren</strong> offers <a href="http://www.deschaapshoeve.nl/modules/tinyd0/index.php?id=201" target="_blank"><strong>Tarot Readings</strong></a>, which have been found to be even more 'effective' in combination with a </span><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">Spiritual </span><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">Spark Healing session with Karin Schl&uuml;ter Lonegren. A Tarot reading combined combined </span><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">with Karin's work appear to reach much deeper levels.<br /><br />Of course you are welcome to make an appointment with either one of the Lonegrens. A double appointment is of course not obligatory.</span>&nbsp; <span style="font-size: medium;">Check out <a href="http://www.deschaapshoeve.nl/modules/tinyd0/index.php?id=20" target="_blank">De Schaapshoeve website</a> to register and for further information.</span><br /><br /><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">}:-)</span></p> <p style="text-align: left;"><img src="data:image/png;base64,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" alt="" /><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="text-align: left;"><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">Sig Lonegren</span><br /> <span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">Mid-Atlantic Geomancy</span><br /> <a href="http://www.geomancy.org"><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">http://www.geomancy.org</span></a><br /> <span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">SunnyBank Centre</span><br /> <span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">Glastonbury, Somerset BA6 8JE</span><br /> <span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">England</span><br /> <a href="mailto:sig@geomancy.org"><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">sig@geomancy.org</span></a></p> "Sig Lonegren" <sig@geomancy.org> Wed, 16 Jan 2013 16:30:21 +0100 MAG E-zine #31 - Moving On in Sacred Space http://www.geomancy.org/listmessenger/public/archive.php?id=170:542 <h1 style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: medium;"><img src="http://geomancy.org/listmessenger/public/images/mag_2013/mag-ezine.jpg" alt="mag_e_zine logo" width="504" height="85" /><br /><strong>MAG E-zine #31 - Moving On in Sacred Space</strong></span></h1> <table border="0" width="552" height="123" align="center"> <tbody> <tr> <td> <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: small;">"Think about reality, confess your own helplessness and then consider the world-soul and your own soul that partakes in it. That opens the channel for the spirit of divine revelation which, when invoked and captivated, lights the way to salvation of nature and humanity."<br />&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; John Michell</span><span style="font-size: small;">&nbsp;- from<br />&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;"Praying for theC<em>rash" in<br /></em></span><em><span style="font-size: small;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp; Hip Pocket Michell</span></em></p> </td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p style="text-align: left;"><span style="font-size: medium;">In recent issues of my MAG E-zine, I have been writing about the implications, for me, of Winter Solstice 2021. Instead of Armageddon as some have interpreted the Mayan Prophesies, like some others, I felt that it would mark the end of our worship of our purely left analytical brain, and a switch to a more balanced linear left and intuitive right brain mode of functioning that I have called <em>Gnowing.&nbsp; </em></span><span style="font-size: medium;">The only thing I can change is myself, so how to specifically do this?&nbsp;</span><span style="font-size: medium;"> </span><span style="font-size: medium;">In the quote above</span><span style="font-size: medium;">, I feel John Michell suggested a way forward.&nbsp; </span><br /><br /><span style="font-size: medium;">On Christmas Eve I did something I have never done before in my twenty-five years here in Glastonbury, I went to Midnight Mass at St. John's Church.&nbsp; This is where the Glastonbury Tercentennial Labyrinth is located.</span></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><br /><img src="http://geomancy.org/listmessenger/public/images/mag_2013/laby_and_stjohnsw.jpg" alt="St John's Labyrinth" width="301" height="450" /><br /><span style="font-size: small;">Glastonbury Tercentennial Labyrinth<br />St John's Churchyard<br />(Photo by Jeff Saweard)<br /></span></p> <p style="text-align: left;"><span style="font-size: medium;">Every year the grass circuits of this labyrinth hold up quite well 'till later in the Autumn, when they turn into seven very muddy circular paths.&nbsp; So each year around the first of December, we have "put it to sleep" by erecting a fence around it to discourage people from walking it.&nbsp; This year, because Winter Solstice 2012 was probably going to have a large influx of seekers who wanted to be here for the Solsticial "end of the world," we decided to wait to put up the fence until just after Christmas.</span><br /><br /><span style="font-size: medium;">Before entering the Church for this late night Christmas Eve service, I decided to enter the labyrinth to work on how I might change myself so I could be part of the very necessary shift in consciousness that I felt 2013 would bring.&nbsp; But by the time I had completed the first circuit (path number 3), I found that it was so boggy/muddy that I could go no further.&nbsp; So I stepped out the mouth, and went into the brightly lit Church.&nbsp; All around the edge of the nave there were Christmas trees that had been donated and decorated by over forty different groups in town from the Shrine of our Lady of Glastonbury and the Women's Institute to the 4th Glastonbury Scouts, Cubs and Beavers, the Chalice Well Trust, the Glastonbury Town Council and the Glastonbury Goddess Temple just to name a few.</span><br /><br /><span style="font-size: medium;">As I hadn't been able to walk the labyrinth due to the muddy path, before the service started, I walked it in my mind while waiting for the service to begin.&nbsp; What I was shown was that to work on using sacred space to expand my spiritual life in 2013, regardless wherever I am on our planet, I will go at least once a fortnight (twice a month) to a sacred site and find a way to tune in to the Spirit there.&nbsp; This, I believe, would be how I could begin to meet John Michell's suggestions, and I trust that by doing this, I'll develop some new ways as well.&nbsp; I'll occasionally let you gnow how I am doing as we move through 2013.</span></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><strong><span style="font-size: medium;">Maintenance</span></strong></p> <p style="text-align: left;"><span style="font-size: medium;">A Basic Truth:&nbsp; All labyrinths need ongoing maintenance.&nbsp; Perhaps all pavement ones need the least, but if the walls are painted on pavement, they will </span><span style="font-size: medium;">probably </span><span style="font-size: medium;">need repainting&nbsp; yearly.&nbsp; If it is basketball sized bolders that make the walls like the ones in the east coast of Sweden, visitors will unintentionally kick them around, and the labyrinth will loose its shape.&nbsp; If grass is in any way part of its construction, it will need weeding and/or strimming (weed whacking).&nbsp; I have found all of this maintenance work to be a kind of meditation.&nbsp; </span></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="http://geomancy.org/listmessenger/public/images/mag_2013/labypanw.jpg" alt="muddy path" width="500" height="255" /></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: small;">The Muddy Path</span><br /><span style="font-size: small;">(It's worse than it looks!)</span></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><strong><span style="font-size: medium;">Putting the Labyrinth To Sleep</span></strong></p> <p style="text-align: left;"><span style="font-size: medium;">Making the fence and signs is yet another form of meditational maintenance.&nbsp; Several of my friends here in Glastonbury, dowser Tony Kennish and Sky, a Native American craftsman, helped me put bamboo sticks around the outer wall, and then put two rows of twine using the sticks as fence posts.</span></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><br /><img src="http://geomancy.org/listmessenger/public/images/mag_2013/sky_ynotw.jpg" alt="Sky and Tony" width="500" height="373" /><br /><br /><span style="font-size: small;">Sky and Tony Making the Bamboo Fence</span></p> <p style="text-align: left;"><span style="font-size: medium;">While they were making the perimeter fence, I was walking on the walls and sowing rye grass to reseed the muddy bits of the paths.&nbsp; </span></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="http://geomancy.org/listmessenger/public/images/mag_2013/seeding.jpg" alt="Siog planting grass" width="500" height="373" /></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: small;">Sig Planting Grass Seed</span><span style="font-size: medium;"><span style="font-size: small;"><br />(One of the Signs at the Mouth of the Labyrinth Explaining the Fence)</span><br /></span><br /><br /><img src="http://geomancy.org/listmessenger/public/images/mag_2013/signw.jpg" alt="the sign" width="500" height="375" /><br /><br /><span style="font-size: small;">Closeup of the Other Explanatory Sign<br />"This Glastonbury Tercentennial Labyrinth<br />Has Gone to Sleep for the Winter<br />(To Give the Grass Path a Chance to Recover)"<br />Notice the raindrops on the lense -<br />rain was the reality for most Autumn 2012 here in Glastonbury.</span></p> <p style="text-align: left;"><span style="font-size: medium;">So our Tercentennial Labyrinth will lie dormant until the Spring.&nbsp; Last year at this time we were having a drought.&nbsp; Now we are having massive rains.&nbsp; I trust that we will be able to open the labyrinth again around the Spring Equinox.<br /><br /></span></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">Have you made any resolutions to assist our planet to move towards the new consciousness?<br />&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="text-align: left;"><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">Blessings On Your Work in This New Year!</span></p> <p style="text-align: left;"><span style="font-size: medium;">}:-)<br /><img src="http://geomancy.org/listmessenger/public/images/mag_2013/Sigs-newsig.png" alt="sig's sig" width="65" height="70" /></span><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;"><br />Sig Lonegren</span><br /> <span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">Mid-Atlantic Geomancy</span><br /> <a href="http://www.geomancy.org"><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">http://www.geomancy.org</span></a><br /> <span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">SunnyBank Centre</span><br /> <span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">Glastonbury, Somerset BA6 8JE</span><br /> <span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">England</span><br /> <a href="mailto:sig@geomancy.org"><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">sig@geomancy.org</span></a></p> "Sig Lonegren" <sig@geomancy.org> Wed, 02 Jan 2013 15:26:36 +0100 MAG E-zine 29 - Time Divided by Four http://www.geomancy.org/listmessenger/public/archive.php?id=166:527 <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="http://geomancy.org/listmessenger/public/images/mag_e_zine/mag-ezine.jpg" alt="mag_e_zine logo" width="504" height="85" /></p> <h1 style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">MAG E-zine 29 - Time Divided by Four</span></h1> <p><br /><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">Dear [firstname],</span><br /><br /><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">In the past, I have thought of time as being being divided into two parts - BC (Before Christ) and AD (After Death/<em>Anno Domini</em>.&nbsp; According to <em>Wikipaedia</em>, this dating system was devised in 525, but was not widely used until after 800.&nbsp; Modern Scholars have chosen (in my mind, relatively unsuccessfully) to remove the Christian connotation of these terms by replacing BC with BCE (Before the Common Era) and AD with CE (Common Era).&nbsp; But they are still pegged on the year 0 (Zero) when Jesus was born - though I hear scholars now believe it was closer to 4 BC/BCE.&nbsp; This distinction of nomenclature feels like Political Correctness, though these new terms were being used in the seventies - before the concept of Politically Correct came into common useage. </span><br /><br /><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">So this is dividing time into two parts. The modern part being roughly two thousand years in length, and the other one BC/BCE going back into the prehistory of early man.</span><br /><br /><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">Recently, I have been thinking of two other major turning points.&nbsp; </span><br /><br /></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="http://geomancy.org/listmessenger/public/images/mag_e_zine/Jacobus_ussher.gif" alt="Jocobus" width="378" height="531" /><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: small;"><br />Bishop James Ussher</span><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: small;"><br />(Thanks to Wikipaedia for permission to use this) </span></p> <p><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">James Ussher, was the Church of Ireland Archbishop of Armagh and Primate of All Ireland between 1625 and 1656.&nbsp; After reviewing all of the begats in the Old Testament he decided that the world was created precisely on October 23, 4004 BC.&nbsp; Adam, the first human came less than a week later.&nbsp; This is an important date for another reason.&nbsp; Author James DeMeo wrote a fascinating book focused on this same date entitled&nbsp; <em>Saharasia: The 4,000 BCE Origins of Child Abuse. Sex-Repression, Warfare and Social Violence in the Desserts of the Old World</em>.&nbsp; (2006. Natural Energy Works, P.O. Box 1148, Ashland, Oregon 97520, USA. ISBN 10 0 9621855 5 8). Based on the work of Wilhelm Reich and drawing from many other well-documented sources, DeMeo builds a case for the origin of the patriarchy as a result of the desertification of the Sahara and other desserts up to the Gobi.&nbsp; So from that perspective, the Old Testament is the HISstory of the patriarchs.</span><br /><br /><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">So I am feeling that it might be useful to have a third point to divide time up into.&nbsp; I'll call it "BA" - Before Adam, and it is, like the present feeling of Jesus' birth four years before that millennium, 4004 BCE/BC, or now Zero BA.&nbsp; So, for example, the lowest layer of Jericho is dated by some archaeologists at 5000 BA, and or some might date the fall of Atlantis at 6000 BA.</span><br /><br /><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">As we are now living in the decadent end of the patriarchy, BA marks a seminal beginning of this time of male dominated society.&nbsp; (I must admit that the above date suggestion is written with some tongue in cheek, but it is an interesting coincidence that it breaks so exactly with the fourth millennium before Christ.)</span><br /><br /><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">So now we have three points in time - BA to BC/BCE (which lasts for 4,000 years), and AD/CE to now (which has lasted for 2000 years).&nbsp; So what is the Fourth Point in Time?</span><br /><br /><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">I am writing this five days before the Winter Solstice 2012.&nbsp; I've written earlier about my feelings about this most talked about date (See <em>MAG E-zine # 25 - 2012 </em>&lt;<a href="http://geomancy.org/listmessenger/public/archive.php?id=162:517" target="_blank">http://geomancy.org/listmessenger/public/archive.php?id=162:517</a>&gt;).&nbsp; In brief,&nbsp; don't believe that it will be Armageddon or&nbsp; that 144,000 humans will be beamed up to heaven while the rest of us will burn in the eternal flames of Hell, but I do believe that this could be a major turning point in the evolution of humanity's time here on Earth.&nbsp; Dear reader, we gotta change.&nbsp; Politicians have no interest in working together.&nbsp; They just hold tenaciously to their individual narrow paradigms.&nbsp; Big business and our banks are getting more and more corrupt.&nbsp; And on the common-man level, we continue to kill other people indiscriminately from small towns in Connecticut, to Dunblane, scenic islands in Norway, mowing down miners in South Africa, so many cities in Syria, the list of man's inhumanity to wo/man goes on and on.&nbsp; </span><br /><br /><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">Like the birth of Adam/the patriarchy, and the birth of Jesus, I believe that we are in the midst of a monumental change in consciousness.&nbsp; While we might not disappear on the 21st of December or wake up on the 22nd to find that not much has changed over night, I honestly do believe that it is beyond time for a major shift in consciousness from a totally rational left-brain mode to what I have been calling "gnowing" - using both our rational left and intuitive right brain and valuing the results equally.&nbsp; It is this mode of consciousness that I have been writing about more and more in these <em>Tips o' the Week</em> and now my <em>MAG E-zine</em>.&nbsp; So I would suggest that the fourth major turning point is now - 2012.</span><br /><br /><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">I believe that we are now in one of those periods that the ancient Chinese proverbs speak about.&nbsp; That ancient curse (or is it blessing?): Living in interesting times.</span><br /><br /><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">So Mote It Be,</span><br /><br /><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">}:-)</span></p> <p><img src="http://geomancy.org/listmessenger/public/images/mag_e_zine/sigs-newsig.png" alt="sig's sig" width="65" height="70" /><br /><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">Sig Lonegren</span><br /><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">Mid-Atlantic Geomancy</span><br /><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">http://www.geomancy.org</span><br /><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">SunnyBank Centre</span><br /><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">Glastonbury, Somerset BA6 8JE</span><br /><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">England</span><br /><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">sig@geomancy.org</span><br /><br /><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">------------------------</span><br /><br /><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">If Armageddon is coming, this could be your last chance to download a copy of my latest i/eBook, The Earth Mysteries Handbook for your Kindle or iPad or for your Mac or PC.&nbsp; For that you need an Amazon account, and you can download the free Kindle software for your Mac or PC computer to do this from:</span><br /><a href=" http://www.amazon.com/gp/feature.html/ref=sa_menu_karl3?ie=UTF8&amp;docId=1000493771" target="_blank"><br /><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">http://www.amazon.com/gp/feature.html/ref=sa_menu_karl3?ie=UTF8&amp;docId=1000493771</span></a><br /><br /><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">I could make an excellent Christmas present.</span><br /><br /><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">Happy Winter Solstice!&nbsp; ;&nbsp; )</span></p> "Sig Lonegren" <sig@geomancy.org> Sun, 16 Dec 2012 17:13:38 +0100 MAG E-zine #28 - Revisionist Injun Stories http://www.geomancy.org/listmessenger/public/archive.php?id=165:526 <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="http://geomancy.org/listmessenger/public/images/mag_e_zine/mag-ezine.jpg" alt="MAG E-zine" width="504" height="85" /></p> <h1 style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">MAG E-zine 28 - Revisionist Injun Stories</span></h1> <p style="text-align: left;"><span style="font-size: medium;">Dear [firstname]</span></p> <p style="text-align: left;"><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">I have been recently reading several books at the same time about the American Indian.&nbsp; Back into early eighties, when I was studying with Grandmother Twylah Nitsch, Seneca Wolf Clan Mother and Medicine Woman, I decided not to read anything more about Native Americans because I had firsthand access to their oral traditions directly from Twy.&nbsp; But now, twenty-five years later, I find myself wanting to revisit stories about these indigenous people of the "New World."&nbsp; </span><br /><br /><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">There was a counter-culture group in the sixties called the Firesign Theatre.&nbsp; Their recording entitled "<em>Waiting for the Electrician or Something Like Him</em>," was about the White Man's interaction with the Native Amerindians.&nbsp; One scene began something like, "Here we are men, with our wagons circled up on the west bank of the Missouri River, ready to carve ourselves a new nation - out of the American Indian."&nbsp; While in a more serious vein, the books I have been reading recently reflect this reality exactly.</span></p> <p style="text-align: left;">&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="http://geomancy.org/listmessenger/public/images/mag_e_zine/america_bc.jpg" alt="America BC" width="200" height="300" /></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">Barry Fell &amp; America BC 2</span><br /><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">or</span><br /><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">Diffusion Revisited</span></p> <p style="text-align: left;"><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">In the seventies, when I was studying the New England Stone Chambers for my Master's Degree in Sacred Space, a very influential book by Harvard Professor Barry Fell was "America B.C." (1976, <em>America B.C.: Ancient Settlers in the New World</em>. New York, Simon &amp; Schuster).&nbsp; Fell had the temerity to suggest that Columbus wasn't first to reach these shores after the Indians had arrived over Beringia - the Bering Straight to Alaska.&nbsp; And it wasn't the Vikings either.&nbsp; The main thrust for me was that he felt it was the Celts who had built the underground stone chambers here in New England that I had been studying.&nbsp; While my good friend, Byron Dix and his co-author Jim Mavor ultimately convinced me that it was the indigenous Abenaki who had built most of the chambers in question here in New England, Barry Fell opened the floodgates to other here-to-for suppressed theories of the many people who reached these shores before Christopher Columbus.&nbsp; I even taught a Community College course based on the title of a book by Ivan van Sertima, "<em>They Came Before Columbus</em>."</span></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;"><img src="http://geomancy.org/listmessenger/public/images/mag_e_zine/suppressed_history_of-the_us.jpg" alt="suppressed History of America" width="199" height="300" /><br /></span></p> <p style="text-align: left;"><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">So on this trip to the US, I picked up a copy of <em>The Suppressed History of America: The Murder of Meriwether Lewis and the Mysterious Discoveries of the Lewis and Clark Expedition</em> by Paul Schrag and Xaviant Haze. (2011. Rochester, Vermont, Bear &amp; Co. ISBN 978-159143122-0.)&nbsp; This carries Fell's thesis of hyper diffusion to cover the entire North American Continent.&nbsp; Perhaps most interesting is their take on the obstructionist posture of the Smithsonian Institution, who seemed to do everything they could to cover up anything that might indicate that voyagers were here from all over the world before Columbus.&nbsp; If true, it is a rather damaging expose.&nbsp; Unfortunately, the authors bounce around quite a bit, and at times seem to verge on conspiracy theory, but their discussion of the Welsh connection with the Mandan Indians of the Northern Plains expands upon my awareness of Prince Madoc's voyage to the New World.&nbsp; Even with some of its weaknesses, I feel it is worth reading because the authors give all kinds of evidence of pre-Columbian contact, and also of Western Man's genocidal treatment of the Native Americans.</span></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="http://geomancy.org/listmessenger/public/images/mag_e_zine/bury_my-heart.jpg" alt="Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee" width="191" height="300" /></p> <p style="text-align: left;"><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">I've also been reading a book I should have read long ago, it was initially published in 1970 - <em>Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee: An Indian History of the American West</em> - by Dee Brown. (New York: Iconic Books, Open Road Media &copy;1970 &amp; 2000 by Dee Brown.) I downloaded it from iTunes for $3.99.&nbsp; It is written from the Indians' point of view, and it carries forward the Firesign theme of carving a new nation out of the American Indian, and the shame associated with this genocidal massive land grab west of the Mississippi between 1860 and 1890.&nbsp; </span></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;"><img src="http://geomancy.org/listmessenger/public/images/mag_e_zine/iroquois_stories.jpg" alt="Iroquois Stories" width="233" height="300" /><br /></span></p> <p style="text-align: left;"><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">One final book comes from Project Gutenberg's (for your computer) "<em>Stories the Iroquois Tell Their Children</em>", by Mabel Powers. &copy; 1917. &lt;<a href="http://www.gutenberg.org/files/22096/22096-h/22096-h.htm" target="_blank">http://www.gutenberg.org/files/22096/22096-h/22096-h.htm</a>&gt; or from iPad App &lt;Eucalyptus&gt;.&nbsp; Both downloads are free.&nbsp; </span><br /><br /><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">Here's one story in this book that has picked up the themes of the other books I've been talking about so far.&nbsp; It is entitled:</span></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><br /><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">HOW THE WHITE MAN CAME</span></p> <p style="text-align: left;"><em><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">Long, long before Columbus came to America, the Red Children were here. They were the first and only real Americans.</span></em><br /><em><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">From the Big Sea Water on the east to the Big Sea Water on the west, ranged these Children of the Sun, as they called themselves.</span></em><br /><em><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">Happy and free as the sunlight and air about them, they ran through wide forests all their own, or plied their bark canoes up and down the streams.</span></em><br /><em><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">Then the Indian had a dream. This was long before Columbus dreamed his dream of the Western World.</span></em><br /><em><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">In his dream the Indian saw a great White Bird coming out of the east. Its wings were stretched wide to the north and[Pg 46] south. With great strength and speed, it swept toward the setting sun.</span></em><br /><em><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">In fear and wonder the Indian watched this giant White Bird appear and disappear. He knew its meaning, and the Indian's heart was sad.</span></em><br /><em><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">Then the White man came. From the Big Sea Water on the east he came, in his great white-winged canoe. With one hand pointing to the Great Spirit, and with the other extended to the Red man he came. He asked for a small seat. A seat the size of a buffalo skin would be quite large enough for him, he said.</span></em><br /><em><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">In the name of the Great Spirit, the Red Children greeted the White man, and called him "brother." They gave him the seat he asked. They gave him a large buffalo skin also, and showed him where he could spread it by their council fire.</span></em><br /><em><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">The White man took the buffalo skin. He thanked his Red brother in the name[Pg 47] of the Great Spirit. Then he began to cut the skin into many, many small strips.</span></em><br /><br /><em><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">When the whole buffalo skin had been cut into narrow strips, he tied the strips together. They made a long cord that would reach over a long trail.</span></em><br /><em><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">In amazement the Indians watched the White man while he measured off a seat as long and as broad as this cord would reach around. The "small seat," the size of a buffalo skin, became a tract of land.</span></em><br /><em><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">Soon the White man asked for another seat. This time his seat took in the Indians' lodges and camp fire. He asked the Indians if they would move on a few arrow flights. This they did.[Pg 48]</span></em><br /><em><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">Then the White man wanted another seat. Each time it took a larger skin for him to sit upon. This time the skin stretched so far that it covered a part of the Indians' hunting and fishing grounds.</span></em><br /><em><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">Again the Indians moved on. Again the White man followed. Each time his seat grew larger, until the Indian had a place but the size of a buffalo skin on which to sit.</span></em><br /><em><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">Thus it was that the White man came. Like a great White Bird that swept from the Big Sea Water on the east to the Big Sea Water on the west, the White man came; and he drove the Indian from the rising to the setting sun.</span></em></p> <p style="text-align: left;"><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">[Pg 49]&nbsp; <em>Stories the Iroquois Tell Their Children</em>.&nbsp; With permission of the publisher.</span><br /><br /><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">This is an especially interesting work as one of the story tellers is Moses Shongo, Ho non da a suh - "Keeper of the hills."&nbsp; He was a member of the Seneca Wolf Clan and last of the Seneca Medicine Men.&nbsp; He also was Twylah Nitsch's actual Grandfather who told her as many stories as he could before she was taken away at about five years of age to be raised by good Christian (read: White) families. Twylah told me that as she went from family to family, and she didn't really remember how many times she was baptized because each Christian family wanted to feel that they had saved a primitive savage's soul!</span></p> <p style="text-align: left;"><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;"><br /></span></p> <p style="text-align: left;"><span style="font-size: medium;">As I write this, it is Thanksgiving. One of the few times in American history when the European invaders and the Native Americans actually got along and celebrated together.&nbsp; So what happened after that?&nbsp; How could good Christian folk commit such barbarity and genocide as they "carved a new nation out of the American Indian"?&nbsp; ....&nbsp; But that's another story.</span></p> <p style="text-align: left;"><span style="font-size: medium;">Happy Turkey!</span></p> <p style="text-align: left;"><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">}:-)</span><br /><img src="http://geomancy.org/listmessenger/public/images/mag_e_zine/sigs-newsig.png" alt="sig's sig" width="65" height="70" /><br /><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">Sig Lonegren</span><br /><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">Mid-Atlantic Geomancy</span><br /><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">SunnyBank Centre</span><br /><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">Glastonbury, Somerset BA6 8JE</span><br /><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">England</span><br /><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">sig@geomancy.org</span></p> <p style="text-align: center;">&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">--------&nbsp; <strong>Two Totally Unrelated Tidbits</strong>&nbsp; -------------</span></p> <p style="text-align: left;"><br /><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">You may say "Duh!", but I just learned that</span><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva;"> </span><span style="font-size: medium;">you can now get a copy of my latest iBook, <em>The Sacred Space Handbook</em>, for your computer rather than on a Kindle or iPod.&nbsp; You need an Amazon account, and you can download the free Kindle software for your Mac or PC computer to do this from:</span><br /><br /><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/feature.html/ref=sa_menu_karl3?ie=UTF8&amp;docId=1000493771" target="_blank"><span style="font-size: medium;">http://www.amazon.com/gp/feature.html/ref=sa_menu_karl3?ie=UTF8&amp;docId=1000493771</span></a><br /><br /><span style="font-size: medium;">Then you can read any eBook available from Amazon on your computer using this software.</span><br /><br /><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">--------------------------</span><br /><br /><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">Two old friends, Elyn Aviva and Gary White, have started Powerful Places Blog and Powerful Places Newsletter.&nbsp; <a href="http://www.PowerfulPlaces.info" target="_blank">www.PowerfulPlaces.info</a>.&nbsp; Some great photos and interesting blogs.</span><br /><br /><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">Enjoy!</span><br /><br /></p> "Sig Lonegren" <sig@geomancy.org> Thu, 22 Nov 2012 17:00:36 +0100 MAG E-zine #27 - Lovely Reactions http://www.geomancy.org/listmessenger/public/archive.php?id=164:524 <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="http://geomancy.org/listmessenger/public/images/mag_e_zine/mag-ezine.jpg" alt="MAG E-zine Logo" width="504" height="85" /></p> <h1 style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: verdana, geneva;">MAG E-zine #27 - Lovely Reactions</span></h1> <p><span style="font-family: verdana, geneva; font-size: medium;">Dear [firstname]</span></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: medium;"><span style="font-family: verdana, geneva;"><img src="http://geomancy.org/listmessenger/public/images/mag_e_zine/brough_of_gurnessw.jpg" alt="brough_of_gurness" width="432" height="273" /></span><br /><span style="font-size: small;">Brough of Gurness<br />Orkney</span></span></p> <p style="text-align: left;"><span style="font-size: medium; font-family: verdana,geneva;">&nbsp;I was pleasantly surprised at the number of positive responses I have received from MAG E-zine #26 -<em> A Different Way To See</em>. I seem to have struck a responsive chord.&nbsp; I have found that by painting a scene in a sacred site, it helps me to tune in better, and to experience the, magic of the place.&nbsp; Other readers seem to agree.&nbsp; Here are just a few examples of the amazing feedback I have received:</span><br /><br /><span style="font-size: medium; font-family: verdana,geneva;">"These are really lovely Sig! What better way to remember than when all the senses are engaged. It's such a direct connection - loving It !"&nbsp; CR</span><br /><br /><span style="font-size: medium; font-family: verdana,geneva;">"I like that idea about the water color paintings.&nbsp; I'm not much of artist myself but they are not for anyone else."&nbsp; ED</span><br /><br /><span style="font-size: medium; font-family: verdana,geneva;">"Thanks for the latest <em>E-zine 26</em>. Its been an inspiration to me.</span><br /><span style="font-size: medium; font-family: verdana,geneva;">Funnily enough, Aqua and I have been doing watercolour classes at our local college for the last six weeks and I totally understand your reasons for these lovely drawings.</span><br /><span style="font-size: medium; font-family: verdana,geneva;">I also like the direct connection and meditative aspect of working this way. I still think there's a place for photography but there's no substitute for a drawing or watercolour when it comes to making that direct personal connection."&nbsp; DH</span><br /><br /><span style="font-size: medium; font-family: verdana,geneva;">"Perhaps you under estimate your artistic abilities (or maybe I have limited powers of what is good or poor?) but I do like your sketches of Glastonbury and Iona. They made an impact when I saw them. Especially that of Iona, a very special place for me. Thanks,"&nbsp; RR</span><br /><br /><span style="font-size: medium; font-family: verdana,geneva;">"Hello Sig, thank you for this, and your lovely sketches and water colours. &nbsp;I do the same, and have done so for quite a few years, as I find it really helps me to connect with the Spirit of Place, and like you, I enjoy the process, and looking back at the pictures afterwards. &nbsp;I am also an amateur, but as you say, it doesn't matter. &nbsp;It is about capturing something special, and is almost a meditative process, I find."&nbsp; SC</span><br /><br /><span style="font-size: medium; font-family: verdana,geneva;">"Love this idea Sig and even more so that you use holy water from wells.You have inspired me.&nbsp; I too like to paint when I'm in special and sacred places.&nbsp; Thank you for sharing this with us."&nbsp; YB</span><br /><br /><span style="font-size: medium; font-family: verdana,geneva;">And last, but certainly not least:</span><br /><br /><span style="font-size: medium; font-family: verdana,geneva;">HOW GREAT. YOU ARE HAVING A WONDERFUL TIME WITH THE PAINTINGS AND GOOD ON YOU. I AM IMPRESSED.&nbsp; LD&nbsp; (My sister who loves to SHOUT!&nbsp; ;&nbsp; )</span><br /><br /><span style="font-size: medium; font-family: verdana,geneva;">There's one more picture that I would like to show you, while it has the Tor in the background, it is the foreground that has so many memories.</span></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: medium; font-family: verdana,geneva;"><img src="http://geomancy.org/listmessenger/public/images/mag_e_zine/glaston_camps86w.jpg" alt="Beltane Camp 1986" width="360" height="246" /><br /><span style="font-size: small;">Beltane/Chernobyl Camp 1986<br />West Pennard, Somerset, UK.<br />Glastonbury Tor in background<br /></span></span></p> <p style="text-align: left;"><span style="font-size: medium; font-family: verdana,geneva;">This was one of the early camps that I attended in the late eighties and early nineties.&nbsp; We would spend ten days or two weeks outside camping together working on a common theme.&nbsp; The theme on this one was <a href="http://www.geomancy.org/sig/all_site_admin.php/astronomy/quarter-and-cross-quarter-days/beltane/index.php#astronomy/quarter-and-cross-quarter-days/beltane/index.php" target="_blank">Beltane</a>.&nbsp; It also was at the exact time of Chernobyl.&nbsp; We were outside in the radioactive rain knowing that when we left camp, the world would have woken up to the dangers of nuclear power, and it would be stopped dead in its tracks.&nbsp; (That shows how much we knew.)&nbsp; But despite this particular sad misconception, these camps were excellent because they did wake us up to Nature and astronomy in ways one just can't find while living in a house.&nbsp; They changed my life, and this picture takes me back to an important time in my spiritual life.</span><br /><br /><span style="font-size: medium; font-family: verdana,geneva;">I want to thank the people who took the time to send me their thoughts on the vaue of painting pictures at places like Avebury and Glastonbury. &nbsp; I can only trust that these two MAG E-zines have encouraged more of you to do some painting in sacred sites as a way to experience the Spiritual directly!&nbsp; </span><br /><br /><em><span style="font-size: medium; font-family: verdana,geneva;">Indago Felix!</span></em><br /><span style="font-size: medium; font-family: verdana,geneva;">To the Fruitful Search,</span><br /><br /><span style="font-size: medium; font-family: verdana,geneva;">}:-)</span></p> <p style="text-align: left;"><span style="font-size: medium; font-family: verdana,geneva;"><img src="http://geomancy.org/listmessenger/public/images/mag_e_zine/sigs-newsig.png" alt="sig's sig" width="65" height="70" /></span></p> <p style="text-align: left;"><span style="font-size: medium; font-family: verdana,geneva;">Sig Lonegren<br /><a href="?http://www.geomancy.org?"> Mid-Atlantic Geomancy</a><br />SunnyBank Centre<br /> Glastonbury, Somerset BA6 8JE<br /> England?<br /><a href="mailto:sig@geomancy.org" target="_blank">sig@geomancy.org</a></span></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><br /><span style="font-size: medium; font-family: verdana,geneva;">---------------------------------------</span></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><br /><span style="font-size: medium; font-family: verdana,geneva;">FINAL REMINDER</span></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: medium; font-family: verdana,geneva;">Sig's only workshop in the USA this year that is open to the public:</span></p> <p style="text-align: left;"><span style="font-size: medium; font-family: verdana,geneva;">09 November - 11 November 2012 - Dowsing, Labyrinths, &amp; Intuition: Tools for Connecting with Spirit. Sharpen your ability to have &ldquo;Intuition On Demand.&rdquo;&nbsp; This is knowledge that can help you open up your sixth sense, your intuition and creativity. Learn to use tools that can help you experience the Spiritual World. Rowe Conference Center, Rowe, Massachusetts, USA. For further information. </span></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><br /><span style="font-size: medium; font-family: verdana,geneva;">---------------------------------------</span></p> <p style="text-align: left;"><br /><span style="font-size: medium; font-family: verdana,geneva;">My latest book:&nbsp;&nbsp; <em>Sacred Space Handbook</em> is an e/iBook that will help you gather information in sacred spaces including archaeoastronomy, sacred geometry, the Earth energies and other data. This will prepare you for the real work: experiencing the Spiritual Realms directly for yourself. Available for iPads from iTunes ($4.99/ &pound;4.99/&euro;4.99) and for Kindle Fire from Amazon ($8.09/&pound;5.14/&euro;5,14).</span></p> "Sig Lonegren" <sig@geomancy.org> Thu, 01 Nov 2012 15:42:08 +0100 MAG E-zine #26 - A Different Way To See http://www.geomancy.org/listmessenger/public/archive.php?id=163:520 <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="http://geomancy.org/listmessenger/public/images/mag_e_zine/mag-ezine.jpg" alt="mag_e_zine logo" width="504" height="85" /></p> <h1 style="text-align: center;">MAG E-zine #26 - A Different Way To See</h1> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">Dear [firstname]</span></p> <p><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">In addition to a forty-year intellectual fascination with data and information that I've gathered at sacred sites, the older I get, the more interested I am in developing ways for me (and others) to have experiences in these special places that can help us to connect to the spiritual.&nbsp; One technique that I have used in the past to do this is to make small water colour paintings when I am at places like Avebury, Glastonbury and Iona - a sacred isle in the Inner Hebrides.</span></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;"><img src="http://geomancy.org/listmessenger/public/images/mag_e_zine/tor.jpg" alt="The Glastonbury Tor" width="360" height="265" /><br /><span style="font-size: small;">The Glastonbury Tor</span></span></p> <p style="text-align: left;"><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;"><span style="font-size: small;"><span style="font-size: medium;">I make no claim to being an "artiste."&nbsp; That is not the point here.&nbsp; It is to capture what catches my attention about a sacred site.&nbsp; I had seen the over-arching branch of this tree framing the Tor every time I went to the nearby village of Butleigh, and I finally sat down at the edge of the road and created this little image.</span></span></span></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;"><span style="font-size: small;"><span style="font-size: medium;"><img src="http://geomancy.org/listmessenger/public/images/mag_e_zine/avebury.jpg" alt="Avebury Henge" width="360" height="213" /><br /><span style="font-size: small;">Avebury Henge</span></span></span></span></p> <p style="text-align: left;"><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">Avebury is one of my most important teaching sites.&nbsp; It seems that every time I go there, I learn something new.&nbsp; In this instance, I found that clumps of trees on the horizon in this case the dark green one </span><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">(on the Ridgeway) </span><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">directly behind the stone in the centre invariably contain a round barrow or two.&nbsp; Here I was feeling that connection.</span></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;"><span style="font-size: small;"><span style="font-size: medium;"><span style="font-size: small;"><img src="http://geomancy.org/listmessenger/public/images/mag_e_zine/avebury_cove.jpg" alt="in the Cove" width="221" height="324" /><br />In the Cove,<br />an inner ring at Avebury</span></span></span></span></p> <p style="text-align: left;"><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">This stone </span><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;"> hides behind a tree </span><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">in the Cove, one of the two rings inside the big ring at Avebury.&nbsp; But it captured my imagination because of all of the different markings on it.&nbsp; </span></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;"><span style="font-size: small;"><span style="font-size: medium;"><span style="font-size: small;"><img src="http://geomancy.org/listmessenger/public/images/mag_e_zine/iona_abbey.jpg" alt="Iona Abbey" width="324" height="228" /><br />Iona Abbey,<br />The Inner Hebrides in Scotland</span></span></span></span></p> <p style="text-align: left;"><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">No more proof is need than this crude effort that I will never compete with any professional artist, but that wasn't and isn't the reason for this endeavor.&nbsp; It is the painting's impact on me.&nbsp; When, over twenty-five after I painted it, I see that Celtic Cross, the holy well, and the door to the Chapel, it takes me back to my earliest experiences on that sacred isle.</span></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;"><img src="http://geomancy.org/listmessenger/public/images/mag_e_zine/brough_of_birsay.jpg" alt="Broch of Birsay" width="360" height="240" /></span><br /><span style="font-size: small;">?Broch of Birsay</span><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="text-align: left;"><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">The Orkney Islands hold a special place in my heart, and I spent many hours in the Brochs (defensive homesteads) that are there.&nbsp; </span></p> <p style="text-align: left;">&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: left;"><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">Getting the gear necessary to make these small water colours is not particularly expensive. Recently I went to Dicketts, a stationery store here in Glastonbury, and a tin of dry water colours, a pad of water color paper (8x5 inches), a couple of brushes, and a container for water will cost less than &pound;20 ($30</span><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">&plusmn;</span><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;"> US).&nbsp; I also use water from holy wells to make these pictures.<br /></span></p> <p style="text-align: left;"><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">But not all holy places are ancient:</span></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;"><img src="http://geomancy.org/listmessenger/public/images/mag_e_zine/tor_goddess.jpg" alt="Goddess in Greensboro" width="360" height="265" /><span style="font-size: small;"><br />Glastonbury Tor Goddess</span><br /><span style="font-size: small;">in Greensboro, Vermont, USA</span></span></p> <p style="text-align: left;"><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;"><span style="font-size: small;"><span style="font-size: medium;">This is a goddess that was made here in Glastonbury by Philippa Bowers that I shipped back to my old home in Vermont to have in my garden.&nbsp; The darker circular patch in the foreground with the lighter dots are English Daises that marked a crossing of two veins of water - a yin/Earth Mother spot, and a good place to get rid of thoughts and emotions that I no longer needed.</span></span></span></p> <p style="text-align: left;">&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: left;"><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;"><span style="font-size: small;"><span style="font-size: medium;">Painting sacred places I visit helps me to tune in and to experience the sacredness directly, after my visit, it also makes it easier to "be there" again and to connect with the sacred space even decades after I painted it.&nbsp; Photographs usually just don't have this power for me.<br /></span></span></span></p> <p style="text-align: left;"><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;"><span style="font-size: small;"><span style="font-size: medium;">Water colours in Sacred Space. Try it.&nbsp; You'll like it.</span></span></span></p> <p style="text-align: left;">&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: left;"><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;"><span style="font-size: small;"><span style="font-size: medium;">};-)</span></span></span></p> <p style="text-align: left;"><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;"><span style="font-size: small;"><span style="font-size: medium;"><img src="http://geomancy.org/listmessenger/public/images/mag_e_zine/sigs-newsig.png" alt="sig's sig" width="65" height="70" /></span></span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size: medium;">Sig Lonegren</span><br /><span style="font-size: medium;"> Mid-Atlantic Geomancy</span><br /><span style="font-size: medium;"> <a href="http://www.geomancy.org" target="_blank">http://www.geomancy.org</a></span><br /><span style="font-size: medium;"> SunnyBank Centre</span><br /><span style="font-size: medium;"> Glastonbury, Somerset BA6 8JE</span><br /><span style="font-size: medium;"> England</span><br /><span style="font-size: medium;"> sig@geomancy.org</span></p> <p style="text-align: left;"><span style="font-size: medium;">---------------------------------------</span></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: medium;">A REMINDER<br /></span></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">Sig's only workshop in the USA this year that is open to the public: </span></p> <p><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;"><strong>09 November - 11 November 2012 - <em>Dowsing, Labyrinths, &amp; Intuition: Tools for Connecting with Spirit</em>. </strong>Sharpen your ability to have &ldquo;Intuition On Demand.&rdquo;&nbsp; This is knowledge that can help you open up your sixth sense, your intuition and creativity. Learn to use tools that can help you experience the Spiritual World. Rowe Conference Center, Rowe, Massachusetts, USA. <a href="http://rowecenter.org/events.php?event=128" target="_blank">For further information</a>.<span style="text-decoration: underline;">&nbsp;</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: large;"><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><br /></span></span></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: large;">&nbsp;</span><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;"><span style="font-size: small;"><span style="font-size: medium;"><span style="font-size: small;"><span style="font-size: large;">You can see all of my past <em>MAG E-zines </em>and <em>Tip o' the Weeks </em>in my <a href="http://www.geomancy.org/tip-o-the-week/index.php#subscribe/index.php">Archive Section</a>.</span><br /></span></span></span></span></p> <p style="text-align: left;"><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;"><span style="font-size: x-small;"><br /></span></span></p> "Sig Lonegren" <sig@geomancy.org> Thu, 18 Oct 2012 09:04:29 +0100 MAG E-zine #25 - 2012 http://www.geomancy.org/listmessenger/public/archive.php?id=162:517 <p><img style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="http://geomancy.org/listmessenger/public/images/mag_e_zine/mag-ezine.jpg" alt="mag_e_zine logo" width="504" height="85" /></p> <h1 style="text-align: center;">MAG E-zine #25 - 2012</h1> <p><span style="font-size: medium; font-family: verdana,geneva;">Dear [firstname]</span></p> <p style="text-align: left;"><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">2012. My early thoughts about it was that it was no big deal. 2012 had been commercially hyped into something I didn't feel would be best for our planet and her present inhabitants - Armageddon - the complete annihilation of humanity (to carry it to one obvious filmic extreme).&nbsp; </span><br /><br /><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">I can see from the Armageddon perspective by those who have a great affinity to the Old.&nbsp; If their lifestyle had to be given up/taken away, it would feel like total destruction.&nbsp; If that was where I were to come from, I would feel sad, and fearful as well.</span></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><br /><br /><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;"><img src="http://geomancy.org/listmessenger/public/images/mag_e_zine/armageddon.jpg" alt="Armageddon" width="500" height="297" /></span></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;"><span style="font-size: small;">Armageddon - The Ultimate Light Show</span></span></p> <p style="text-align: left;"><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">Now, when I think about 2012 (they say the big day is December 21st 2012, this Winter Solstice),&nbsp; I don't see total physical destruction, but I sure am ready for some big time cultural changes.&nbsp; So how does one get ready for this big transition? I have long believed that you can't make a change in your life without giving up something Old to make room for the New.</span><br /><br /><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">I could go on and on about 2012, and what could be the possible changes, but I have recently been sent a URL by Greg Storozuk, an old dowsing friend who is a Past President of the American Society of Dowsers (ASD).&nbsp; Greg wrote:</span><br /><br /><strong><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">A good friend of mine from back East sent&nbsp;this to me&nbsp;which I'm forwarding to all those whom I consider to be "light workers". Please take the time to read this. It's important to do so. I'd be interested to hear&nbsp;any comments.</span></strong><br />&nbsp;<br /><strong><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">Greg</span></strong></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="http://geomancy.org/listmessenger/public/images/mag_e_zine/Barrios_Carlos_3.jpg" alt="Carlos Barrios" width="269" height="360" /></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: small;">Carlos Barrios<br />(with permission from <a href=" http://www.manataka.org" target="_blank">Manataka</a>)<br /></span></p> <p style="text-align: left;"><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">Carlos Barrios is the subject of the URL that Greg sent me. He is a Guatemalan who has his feet in two different&nbsp; worlds - on one hand, he is an historian and anthropologist, AND on the other, he has studied with traditional Mayan elders for over twenty-five years.&nbsp; Carlos Barrios is sharing his understanding of the Mayan perspective, but he is also bringing in his academic skills. I call this "Gnowing."&nbsp; </span><br /><br /><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">I don't want to say much more.&nbsp; Carlos Barros' words speak for themselves.&nbsp; I don't have any hidden agenda in recommending "<em>The Significance of 2012 to the Maya As Explained by Carlos Barrios, Mayan Ajq'ij</em>" that appear in the Manataka American Indian Council website. When I read it, I found myself frequently saying, "Yah, that's what I think. Yah, that's how I feel."&nbsp; He is not prostelitising to have us all become Mayans.&nbsp; It's about how we all need to come together on higher levels to be ready for the transition to - ?Oh,-dare-I-say-it? - The New Age.</span><br /><br /><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;"><em>The Significance of 2012</em> - <a href="http://www.manataka.org/page2584.html" target="_blank">http://www.manataka.org/page2584.html</a></span></p> <p style="text-align: left;">&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: left;">&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">So what plans do you have to celebrate this Winter Solstice - 2012?&nbsp; </span></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">What are you willing to give up to make room for the New?</span><br /><br /><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="text-align: left;"><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">}:-)</span><br /><img src="http://geomancy.org/listmessenger/public/images/mag_e_zine/sigs-newsig.png" alt="sig's sig" width="65" height="70" /><br /><span style="font-size: medium;">Sig Lonegren</span><br /><span style="font-size: medium;"> Mid-Atlantic Geomancy</span><br /><span style="font-size: medium;"> <a href="http://www.geomancy.org" target="_blank">http://www.geomancy.org</a></span><br /><span style="font-size: medium;"> SunnyBank Centre</span><br /><span style="font-size: medium;"> Glastonbury, Somerset BA6 8JE</span><br /><span style="font-size: medium;"> England</span><br /><span style="font-size: medium;"> sig@geomancy.org</span></p> <p style="text-align: left;"><span style="font-size: medium;">---------------------------------------</span></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: medium;">PLEASE NOTE</span></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">Sig's only workshop in the USA this year that is open to the public: </span></p> <p><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;"><strong>09 November - 11 November 2012 - <em>Dowsing, Labyrinths, &amp; Intuition: Tools for Connecting with Spirit</em>. </strong>Sharpen your ability to have &ldquo;Intuition On Demand.&rdquo;&nbsp; This is knowledge that can help you open up your sixth sense, your intuition and creativity. Learn to use tools that can help you experience the Spiritual World. Rowe Conference Center, Rowe, Massachusetts, USA. <a href="http://rowecenter.org/events.php?event=128" target="_blank">For further information.</a><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><a href="http://www.rowecenter.org/events.php?event=128" target="_blank"></a></span></span></p> <p><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;"><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><br /></span></span></p> "Sig Lonegren" <sig@geomancy.org> Sun, 30 Sep 2012 14:07:09 +0100 Special Workshop Notice http://www.geomancy.org/listmessenger/public/archive.php?id=161:513 <h2 style="text-align: center;"><img src="http://geomancy.org/listmessenger/public/images/mag_e_zine/mag-ezine.jpg" alt="MAG E-zine" width="504" height="85" /><br />A Special Notice to MAG E-zine Readers<br />in The Netherlands, Belgium and Germany</h2> <p><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">Dear [firstname]</span></p> <p><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">Sig will be teaching in The Netherlands for just one day in De Schaapshoeve (in Langenboom, Noord-Brabant) beginning at 10:30 on Sunday, 2 September.&nbsp; He will be teaching two different workshops (You can sign up for either one or both).</span><br /><br /><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">In the morning 10:00 - 12:30:</span></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><strong><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">Dowsing Workshop</span></strong></p> <p><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;"><strong>-</strong> Learn to dowse and to find the Earth energies and underground primary water.</span><br /><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;"><strong>-</strong> Experience the influence of underground water and Earth energies on the body.</span><br /><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;"><strong>-</strong> Find new ways of working with the Four Directions.</span><br /><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;"><strong>-</strong> How to best set up a home altar that can bring in these energies. </span><br /><br /><br /><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">(I am presently scheduled to do a repeat of the morning's workshop, but as <a href="http://www.deschaapshoeve.nl/modules/tinyd0/index.php?id=154" target="_blank">De Schaapshoeve is planning to build a labyrinth</a>, they have now agreed to let me do a different afternoon workshop.)</span><br /><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">In the afternoon 14:00 - 16:30</span><strong></strong></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><strong><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">The Labyrinth - An Ancient Path to the One</span></strong></p> <p style="padding-left: 30px;"><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;"><strong>-</strong> Learn how to to draw a Classical Seven Circuit Labyrinth.</span><br /><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;"><strong>-</strong> Make a full-sized one.</span><br /><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;"><strong>-</strong> Use a technique that Sig has developed to use a labyrinth as a tool to experience the spiritual and/or as a holistic problem solving device.</span><br /><br /><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">Click here <a href="http://www.deschaapshoeve.nl/modules/tinyd0/index.php?id=8">for more info</a> on these workshops and <a href="http://www.deschaapshoeve.nl/modules/liaise/?form_id=2">how to sign up</a>:</span><br /><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">De Schaapshoeve </span><br /><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">Schaapsdijkweg 20a</span><br /><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">5453 SE Langenboom</span><br /><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">The Netherlands</span><br /><br /><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">or contact Jack Peters</span><br /><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">+31 6 12 96 12 78</span><br /><br /><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">Suggested Donation of &euro;35 for morning or afternoon, or &euro;70 for both.</span><br /><br /><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">It would be great to see you there!</span><br /><br /><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">}:-)<br /><img src="http://geomancy.org/listmessenger/public/images/mag_e_zine/sigs-newsig.png" alt="sig's sig" width="65" height="70" /><br />Sig Lonegren<br /></span></p> "Sig Lonegren" <sig@geomancy.org> Sun, 26 Aug 2012 11:08:08 +0100 MAG E-zine #24 - Sacred Space Handbook http://www.geomancy.org/listmessenger/public/archive.php?id=160:510 <h3 style="color: red; text-align: center;"><img src="http://geomancy.org/listmessenger/public/images/mag_e_zine/mag-ezine.jpg" alt="mag_e_zine logo" width="504" height="85" /></h3> <h2 style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva;">MAG E-zine #24- Sig's New i/eBook<br /></span></h2> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="http://geomancy.org/listmessenger/public/images/mag_e_zine/cover_w.jpg" alt="Cover" width="237" height="378" /></p> <p><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">Dear [firstname]</span></p> <p><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">This is a new venture for me as far as books are concerned.&nbsp; All of my previous ones have been published in paper.&nbsp; This one is digital.&nbsp; It means that you will need either an iPad or a Kindle (preferably a Kindle Fire) to read it.&nbsp; This makes it eminently portable and useable in the field, and is a clear advance on what one could do with just paper.&nbsp; It also has animations, a long dowsing film, and links both to related sections of the i/eBook and to other relevant internet websites - all not possible in paper.<br /></span></p> <p><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">Of course, all the Earth is sacred, but there are places on our planet where it is easier to connect with the numinous. This e/iBook, <em>Sacred Space Handbook</em>, (ISBN 978-0-9571464-1-9) will show you how to gather data in these special sacred spaces (also called <em>power centres</em>) - including archaeoastronomy, sacred geometry, the Earth energies and other information. Once you become convinced that sacred space is "different," it will then help you to get ready for (IMHO) the real work: Experiencing for yourself the reality of the Spiritual Realms. </span></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="http://geomancy.org/listmessenger/public/images/mag_e_zine/Cal-II-Betty2D-w.jpg" alt="Calendar II" width="363" height="252" /><br /><span style="font-size: small; font-family: verdana,geneva;">Betty Sincerbeaux at Calendar II in Central Vermont, USA.<br />This was the first sacred space where I experienced the power of place in 1969.<br />It is oriented towards the Winter Solstice Sunrise, has an interior ratio of 20':10', or 2:1,<br />and is constructed on an Earth energy power centre.&nbsp; (I write about it in my <em>Sacred Space Handbook.)</em><br /></span></p> <p><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">In a number of different ways, Betty Sincerbeaux was a major influence in my decision to get in to dowsing and Sacred Space. The first edition of this e/iBook was written in the early nineteen-eighties to convince academicians that the sacred sites in New England were not colonial root cellars (in British: "storage clamps")... It didn't work. Sadly, as far as archaeologists and other researchers were concerned, Columbus was first and the Native Americans were "<a href="http://geomancy.org/listmessenger/public/archive.php?id=157:501" target="_blank">Primitive Savages</a>" and therefore they couldn't have been so sophisticated. They just couldn't shift their left-brained paradigms.</span></p> <p><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">So this revision is written to convince the <span style="text-decoration: underline;">reader</span> that sacred spaces <span style="text-decoration: underline;">are</span> real, and once convinced, the reader may feel ready to experience the spiritual in these sites; consequently, this e/iBook is major revision of this handbook first published in 1985 under the title <em>Earth Mysteries Handbook: Holistic Non-Intrusive Data Gathering Techniques</em>.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">-------------</span></p> <p><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">What other Geomancers have to say about my work:</span><br /> <br /><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;"> <em>I have (my students) reading your Spiritual Dowsing and Earth Mysteries Handbook, and 2-3 of them commented this last session about how much they appreciate your 'voice' - 'dear reader,' the way of speaking directly to them, 'put down the book and do the exercise,' and the s/he pronouns throughout. I love hearing how they get you and your heart-centered approach.</em></span><br /> <br /><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;"> Richard Feather Anderson</span><br /><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;"> American School of Geomancy</span><br /><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;"> <a href="http://www.richardfeatheranderson.com" target="_blank">www.richardfeatheranderson.com</a></span></p> <p><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">-------------</span></p> <p><em><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">"Sig Lonegren stands as a bright candle and pioneer of his generation and of the re-emerging global awareness of Geomancy."</span></em><br /><br /><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">Dr. Patrick MacManaway</span><br /><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">Geopathic Stress Consultant and Educator</span><br /><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">Dragon Lines</span><br /><a href="http://dragonlines.net/" target="_blank"><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">http://dragonlines.net/</span></a></p> <p><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">-------------</span></p> <p><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">You can order the <em>Sacred Space Handbook</em> with your iPad at iTunes ($4.99/ &pound;4.99/&euro;4.99) and for Kindle Fire from <a href="http://www.amazon.co.uk/s/ref=nb_sb_noss_1?url=search-alias%3Dstripbooks&amp;field-keywords=Sacred+Space+Handbook&amp;x=0&amp;y=0" target="_blank">Amazon</a> (this link is for the US site) for ($8.09/&pound;5.14/&euro;5,14).</span></p> <p><br /><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">Enjoy!</span></p> <p><br /><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;"> }:-)</span><br /> <img src="http://geomancy.org/listmessenger/public/images/mag_e_zine/sigs-newsig.png" alt="sig's sig" width="65" height="70" /><br /> <span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">Sig Lonegren</span><br /><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;"> Mid-Atlantic Geomancy</span><br /><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;"> <a href="http://www.geomancy.org" target="_blank">www.geomancy.org</a></span><br /><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;"> SunnyBank Centre</span><br /><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;"> Glastonbury, Somerset BA6 8JE</span><br /><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;"> England</span><br /><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;"> <a href="mailto:sig@geomancy.org">sig@geomancy.org</a></span></p> "Sig Lonegren" <sig@geomancy.org> Sat, 11 Aug 2012 08:55:19 +0100 MAG E-zine 23 - Of Foxes and Badgers http://www.geomancy.org/listmessenger/public/archive.php?id=159:506 <h1 style="text-align: center;"><img style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="http://geomancy.org/listmessenger/public/images/mag_e_zine/mag-ezine.jpg" alt="MAG E-zine Logo" width="504" height="85" /><span style="font-size: medium;">MAG E-zine 23 - Of Foxes and Badgers</span></h1> <p><span style="font-family: verdana, geneva; font-size: medium;">In the next six months, I am giving several talks on "<em>Animal, Mineral, Vegetable -&nbsp;How the Earth Energies Manifest Themselves to Those Who Have Eyes to See</em>." &nbsp;It is wonderful how many different ways one can "see" the Earth Energies at work in each of these three kingdoms without having to dowse for them.</span></p> <p><span style="font-size: medium;">An especially good example happened last weekend when Karin and I went to Essex to visit our good friends Jeff and Kimberly Saward. &nbsp;Both of them have been very active over the years working with various aspects of labyrinths, and recently they built a small one in their back yard in Thundersley, Essex.</span></p> <table border="0" align="center"> <tbody> <tr> <td><img src="http://geomancy.org/listmessenger/public/images/mag_e_zine/jeff_and_kim.jpg" alt="Jeff &amp; Kimberley Saward" width="184" height="250" /><br /></td> <td>&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;</td> <td><img src="http://geomancy.org/listmessenger/public/images/mag_e_zine/saward_laby.jpg" alt="The Saward Labyrinth" width="288" height="180" />&nbsp;</td> </tr> <tr> <td style="text-align: center;">&nbsp;Kimberley &amp; Jeff Saward</td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td style="text-align: center;">The Saward's Labyrinth&nbsp;</td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p style="text-align: left;"><span style="font-size: medium;">We have visited their home on numerous occasions in the past, and each time, as twilight comes, their back yard is visited by foxes and badgers. &nbsp;This time, it was no exception.</span></p> <table border="0" align="center"> <tbody> <tr> <td><img src="http://geomancy.org/listmessenger/public/images/mag_e_zine/mr_fox.jpg" alt="Mr. Fox" width="336" height="450" />&nbsp;</td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td><img src="http://geomancy.org/listmessenger/public/images/mag_e_zine/mr_badger.jpg" alt="Mr. Badger" width="336" height="450" />&nbsp;</td> </tr> <tr> <td style="text-align: center;">&nbsp;Mr. Fox</td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td style="text-align: center;">&nbsp;Mr. Badger</td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p style="text-align: left;"><span style="font-size: medium;">In the past we have seen two or three foxes together, and (I'm not kidding) up to ten badgers at one time in their back garden! &nbsp;This past weekend we only saw one of each. &nbsp;The next morning, I walked out to see if there might be some connection with the Earth Energies. &nbsp;And sure enough, there was. &nbsp;The only vein of primary water I dowsed that crossed the width of their back yard was where both animls entered their garden:</span></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: small;"><span style="font-size: small;"><img src="http://geomancy.org/listmessenger/public/images/mag_e_zine/lawn.jpg" alt="lawn &amp; vein of water" width="299" height="400" /><br /></span></span></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: small;"><span style="font-size: small;"><span>&nbsp;The back lawn with one vein of primary water<br /> (<span style="color: #0000ff;">in blue</span>) crossing it.<br /></span></span></span></p> <p style="text-align: left;"><span style="font-family: verdana, geneva; font-size: medium;">And at the bottom of the wooden fence that separated the Saward's property from their neighbour's garden (on the left hand side), the badgers had knocked a hole in the fence. &nbsp;They have their old trails, and intend on continuing to use them. &nbsp;And that vein of primary water runs right under that hole in the wooden fence!</span></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: verdana, geneva; font-size: medium;"><img src="http://geomancy.org/listmessenger/public/images/mag_e_zine/hole_in_wall.jpg" alt="hole in the fence" width="336" height="450" /><br /><span style="font-size: small;">Hole in fence with vein <span style="color: #0000ff;">in blue</span></span></span></p> <p style="text-align: left;"><span style="font-family: verdana, geneva; font-size: small;"><span style="color: #0000ff;"><span style="color: #000000; font-size: medium;">Jeff tells me that the badgers have always used this point to enter in the garden.&nbsp; While they roam all over their back yard (the badger in the picture above was attracted by a stash of food the Sawards put out for the critters), they frequently follow a specific pattern - along that vein of primary water.</span></span></span></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: verdana, geneva; font-size: small;"><span style="color: #0000ff;"><span style="color: #000000; font-size: medium;"><img src="http://geomancy.org/listmessenger/public/images/mag_e_zine/vein-and-laby.jpg" alt="Vein Crosses Lawn" width="299" height="400" /><br /><span style="font-size: small;">The vein <span style="color: #0000ff;">in blue</span> as viewed from the hole in the fence.<br />(Note that it skirts the Saward's labyrinth.)</span></span></span></span></p> <p style="text-align: left;"><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;"><span style="color: #0000ff;"><span style="color: #000000;">Jeff told me that this was the primary path foxes and badgers use when entering and exiting their property. (The badgers seem to use it more than the foxes.)&nbsp; This is one of the best examples I have seen that shows how animals seem attracted to underground veins of primary water.&nbsp; </span></span></span></p> <p style="text-align: left;"><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;"><span style="color: #0000ff;"><span style="color: #000000;">I have found the same attraction to yin Earth energy in the USA.&nbsp; For example, woodchucks are America's badgers. &nbsp;Their holes (the mouth to their burrows) are found on veins of water.&nbsp; It is almost like if they need to get to their home for protection in a hurry, they just follow that vein.</span></span></span></p> <p style="text-align: left;">While many animals are captivated by the Earth Energies, plants and even boulders demonstrate this attraction as well.</p> <p style="text-align: left;"><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;"><span style="color: #0000ff;"><span style="color: #000000;">}:-)</span></span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size: medium;"><img 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alt="" /></span><br /><span style="font-size: medium;">Sig Lonegren</span><br /><span style="font-size: medium;"> Mid-Atlantic Geomancy</span><br /><span style="font-size: medium;"> <a href="http://www.geomancy.org" target="_blank">http://www.geomancy.org</a></span><br /><span style="font-size: medium;"> SunnyBank Centre</span><br /><span style="font-size: medium;"> Glastonbury, Somerset BA6 8JE</span><br /><span style="font-size: medium;"> England</span><br /><span style="font-size: medium;"> sig@geomancy.org</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><span style="font-size: medium;">p.s. A woman from Ireland dropped by today and wanted to know about the connection between the seven chakras and the Chartres labyrinth. &nbsp;I don't know of any connection. &nbsp;Do you? &nbsp;If so could you please <a href="mailto:sig@geomancy.org">contact me by email</a>? &nbsp;Many Thanks. &nbsp; }:-)</span></p> "Sig Lonegren" <sig@geomancy.org> Sat, 28 Jul 2012 14:55:40 +0100 MAG E-zine # 22 - The Pomp http://www.geomancy.org/listmessenger/public/archive.php?id=158:503 <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="http://geomancy.org/listmessenger/public/images/mag_e_zine/mag-ezine.jpg" alt="mag_e_zine logo" width="504" height="85" /></p> <h1 style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">MAG E-zine # 22 - The Pomp</span></h1> <p><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">It is part of my spiritual practice every day to go to my own personal sacred space to meet with my Spirit Guides, and other archetypes of the Great Mystery.&nbsp; As a geomancer, I begin by going to sacred spaces I associate with places where I live.&nbsp; For example, I go to Chalice Well in Glastonbury, and greet the Lady of the Well.&nbsp; I also go to a lovely hill in Greensboro, Vermont (where I used to live) and greet Mother Nature there.&nbsp; Recently, as we now have a small flat in Enkhuizen, in North-Holland, I have found myself going to De Pomp, an 18th Century public water pump on Kaasmarkt (Cheese Market) Street beyond the end of the Zuider Havendijk, the 13th century harbour in Enkhuizen. </span></p> <table border="0" align="center"> <tbody> <tr> <td><img src="http://geomancy.org/listmessenger/public/images/mag_e_zine/zuiderhavendijk.jpg" alt="Zuiderhaven Dijk" width="231" height="309" /></td> <td>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</td> <td><img src="http://geomancy.org/listmessenger/public/images/mag_e_zine/pomp.jpg" alt="de pomp" width="229" height="306" /></td> </tr> <tr> <td style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: small;">Zuiderhaven Dijk<br />Oldest harbour in Enkhuizen<br /></span></td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: small;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Karin &amp; De Pomp (the Pump)</span><br /><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: small;">Kaasmarkt, Enkhuizen, North-Holland</span></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p style="text-align: left;"><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">To be honest, I am not at all clear why I was drawn to this old pomp/water pump, but I found myself going there every night to greet the Spirit of Enkhuizen.&nbsp; Earlier this year, I was shocked to find that it had been taken away, but it was only temporary.&nbsp; The town of Enkhuizen was repairing the sewers on Kaasmarkt (Cheese Market), and when the job was complete, they put it back - not exactly where it had been, but now off the street on the sidewalk/pavement.</span><br /><br /><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">On my recent trip to the Netherlands, I went to an open morning at Oud Enkhuizen (the Enkhuizen Historical Society) to talk with Klaas Koeman, a town historian, to ask him what he knew about de Pomp.&nbsp; Apparently, it had been used to clean the fish and other market products.&nbsp; But more importantly, it did not have as its source, underground primary water or even water table water!&nbsp; Apparently, quite early in the development of the town, the ground water became totally polluted due to industrial activity and salt intrusion from the Zuiderzee, the big body of water that Enkhuizen is on the coast of, though now, it is divided in half by a long dike, and the northern half is called the IJsselmeer.&nbsp; As a result of this pollution, to get clean water, it came from rain water collected off the roof of De Waag (a governmental&nbsp; building across the street where goods were weighed so they could be taxed).</span></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="http://geomancy.org/listmessenger/public/images/mag_e_zine/de-waag.jpg" alt="power centre, de waag" width="229" height="306" /></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: small;">De Waag: The building where goods were weighed,</span><br /><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: small;">and the source of rain water from the roof of De Waag <br />and piped into a tank under "De Pomp."</span><br /><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: small;">The Pump used to be located in the middle of the road </span><br /><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: small;">roughly at the blue dot, but was moved recently.</span></p> <p style="text-align: left;"><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">How could this mercantile centre be also a spiritual centre of this wonderful old Dutch town!??</span><br /><br /><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">Klaas Koeman spoke of several places in the town where "bubbles" of fresh water came to the surface. (I suspect that "bubble" could be the Dutch word for blind spring or dome.)&nbsp; One was rich in iron - shades of Chalice Well!&nbsp; There are also places of historic spirituality including <a href="http://geomancy.org/listmessenger/public/archive.php?id=76:284" target="_blank">Zuiderkerk</a> and Westerkerk (South and West Churches).&nbsp; And they also dowse as having Earth Energy Power Centres.</span><br /><br /><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">So why am I drawn to De Pomp?&nbsp; First, it is on Kaasmarkt/Cheese Market.&nbsp; Mark stones are often found at markets.&nbsp; And more to the point, there is a "bubble" (read: blind spring) under the original location of the Pomp (see the blue dot in the picture above), and three energy leys cross through it. Other places with fountains have become the centre of spiritual activity - "<a href="http://www.fountaininternational.co.uk/" target="_blank"><em>Fountain International</em></a>," an organisation started by Colin Bloy, is but one example.&nbsp; I suspect that before the polluting effect of man's commercial activities and the intrusion of sea water into the dome, this bubble was a source of primary water for the town.</span><br /><br /><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">I honestly don't gnow how or why my intuition brought me to this unlikely power centre, but I now am rather firmly convinced that this was an important old power centre.&nbsp; And, I always say to my dowsing and labyrinth students, "Go with your first hit!" So I plan to continue to use De Pomp as my symbol of a spiritual centre of choice for Enkhuizen.</span></p> <p style="text-align: left;">&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: left;"><span style="font-size: medium;">Where is the nearest power centre/sacred space to where you are now?&nbsp; .....</span></p> <p style="text-align: left;"><br /><span style="font-size: medium;">GO WITH YOUR FIRST HIT!!</span><br /><br /></p> <p style="text-align: left;"><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">};-)</span><br /><img src="http://geomancy.org/listmessenger/public/images/mag_e_zine/sigs-newsig.png" alt="sig's sig" width="65" height="70" /><br /><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">Sig Lonegren?<br />SunnyBank Centre?<br />9, Bove Town<br /> Glastonbury, Somerset&nbsp; BA6 8JE <br /> England<br /><a href="http://geomancy.org" target="_blank"> http://www.geomancy.org</a> <br /><a href="http://www.sunnybankglastonbury.co.uk" target="_blank">http://www.sunnybankglastonbury.co.uk</a><br /> +44 (0)1458 835 818</span><br /><br /></p> "Sig Lonegren" <sig@geomancy.org> Wed, 11 Jul 2012 16:18:02 +0100 MAG E-zine # 21 - Primative Savages? http://www.geomancy.org/listmessenger/public/archive.php?id=157:501 <h1 style="text-align: center;"><img src="http://geomancy.org/listmessenger/public/images/mag_e_zine/mag-ezine.jpg" alt="mag_e_zine logo" width="504" height="85" /></h1> <h1 style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">MAG E-zine # 21 - Primitive Savages?</span></h1> <p><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">Dear [firstname]</span></p> <p><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">Far from the brutish stone age image archaeologists have held of the </span><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">prehistoric builders of Britain's stone rings</span><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">, Archaeoastronomer and sacred geometer Robin Heath argues that they were on the contrary, quite sophisticated and that</span><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">, "During the last fifty years, many key megalithic sites in Britain and Ireland have been re-dated to push their construction horizon back way beyond the building of the Pyramids, whilst Babylonian astronomy is not thought to have amounted to very much before 2000 BCE.&nbsp; Yet in school books and museums in England, Stonehenge remains dated at around 1500 BCE.&nbsp; Modern books are slowly changing this - the sarcen circle is recently dated by (Professor John) North, to 2600 BCE - over a millennium earlier, and thereby contemporary with the building of the Giza pyramid complex."<span style="font-size: small;"><sup> 1</sup></span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size: medium;">It seems that the longer I study sacred space, the dates of more and more sacred places are being pushed </span><span style="font-size: medium;">farther back into prehistory.&nbsp; Also,</span><span style="font-size: medium;"> the more I study them, the more I am aware just how advanced our pre-historic foremothers and fathers were.</span><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">&nbsp;</span><br /><br /><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">For example, the oldest true labyrinth we knew of when I began to work with them in the early eighties was on a clay tablet in Nestor's palace </span><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;"> in Greece </span><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">that was preserved because of a fire in his library! It came from Troy - </span><span style="font-size: medium;">(ca. <span style="color: #333333;"><span class="mw-redirect">1280 BCE</span>)</span></span><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">. But now, the Mogor labyrinth in Galicia in northern Spain is oldest one we know of <span style="text-decoration: underline;">so</span> <span style="text-decoration: underline;">far</span> - 2000 BCE.</span></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="http://geomancy.org/listmessenger/public/images/mag_e_zine/mogor1000w.jpg" alt="Mogor Labyrinth" width="450" height="301" /><span style="font-size: small;"><a href="http://jlgalovart.blogspot.co.uk/2012/02/orientation-in-labyrinth-of-mogor.html" target="_blank">Mogor Labyrinth</a> 2000BCE&plusmn;</span><br /><span style="font-size: small;"><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva;">&nbsp;</span>Photo courtesy of Jeff Saward</span></p> <p style="text-align: left;"><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">Back in the seventies, when I was beginning to learn about sacred space, one of the oldest dates I worked with was the beginning of the Egyptian dynasties - about 3,100 BCE. </span></p> <p style="text-align: left;"><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;"><a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/%C3%87atalh%C3%B6 %C3%BCk" target="_blank">&Ccedil;atal&nbsp; H&uuml;y&uuml;k</a></span><span style="font-size: medium; font-family: verdana,geneva;">, in southern Turkey was originally excavated by James Mellaart.&nbsp; He dated it back to 6000 BCE.&nbsp; It was of special interest to me because it seemed to be very Goddess oriented.&nbsp; (Now that date has been pushed back by over 1000 years.</span><span style="font-size: medium;">)</span><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">&nbsp; In the seventies, Jericho (as in "Joshua fit de battle ob ...") was the oldest city I knew of.&nbsp; The primative Natufian level was dated back to 10,000 BCE.</span></p> <p style="text-align: left;"><span style="font-size: medium;">Recently, </span><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;"><a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/G%C3%B6bekli_Tepe" target="_blank">G&ouml;bekli Tepe</a>, on the Syrian border in Turkey, has come to many peoples' attention. </span><span style="font-size: medium;">It has been dated back to 9,000 BCE.&nbsp; With its T shaped </span><span style="font-size: medium;">lintles and beautiful bas-relief carvings, in</span><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;"> some ways the constructors of this site were more sophisticated than the builders of Stonehenge - 6,000 years later.&nbsp; It </span><span style="font-size: medium;">was most likely erected by </span><span style="font-size: medium;">hunter-gatherers</span><span style="font-size: medium;"> and has been under excavation since 1994 by German and Turkish archaeologists.&nbsp; </span></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="http://geomancy.org/listmessenger/public/images/mag_e_zine/gobekli__tepe.jpg" alt="Goblekli `tepe" width="293" height="172" /><br /><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: small;"><a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/G%C3%B6bekli_Tepe" target="_blank">G&ouml;bekli Tepe</a></span><span style="font-size: small; font-family: verdana,geneva;"> <br /></span></p> <p style="text-align: left;"><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">But now let's go much further back in time to the Cro-Magnon cave paintings of <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lascaux" target="_blank">Lascaux</a>.&nbsp; This is one of several caves in southern France that exhibit the marvelous art work of - when I first heard of it - the earliest <em>Homo Sapiens</em> in Europe. Dated to </span><span style="font-size: medium;">17,300 years old, these Upper Paleolithic paintings&nbsp; are found in a cave near the village of Montignac in the department of Dordogne.&nbsp; These artists were not primitive savages! (Please note, we will discuss this term later.)&nbsp; In addition to many powerful drawings of animals, a number of different constellations like Taurus, the Pleiades and the Summer Triangle have been identified.&nbsp; It has also been theorized&nbsp; that the paintings could be an account of past hunting success, or could represent a mystical ritual in order to improve future hunting endeavors, and that the caves were used for trance dancing.<br /></span></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="http://geomancy.org/listmessenger/public/images/mag_e_zine/Lascaux_II.jpg" alt="Lascaux" width="400" height="266" /><br /><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: small;">Lascaux</span><br /><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: small;">&copy;Jack Versloot &lt;http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Lascaux_II.jpg&gt;.&nbsp; <br />Used with permission.</span><br /><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="text-align: left;"><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">Earlier this year, I saw a film entitled <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch v=YVQXI7nEwyY&amp;feature=mv_sr" target="_blank">Cave of Forgotten Dreams</a>.&nbsp; (&larr;This YouTube link will give you a taste of the film.&nbsp; The</span><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;"> Full Movie is available for rent for &pound;2.49)&nbsp; At the </span><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">time it was made (2010) Werner Herzog gained exclusive access to film </span><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">inside the Chauvet caves of Southern France, capturing at that time the oldest known</span><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;"> pictorial creations of humankind</span> <span style="font-size: medium;">(read: Cro Magnon).&nbsp; It was dated at 30,000 BCE&plusmn;.</span><br /><br /><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">But now, there is evidence of even earlier cave art.&nbsp;<em> </em>In a cave in northwestern Spain called <em>El Castillo</em> are the oldest examples of cave art so far.&nbsp; Its been dated to </span><span style="font-size: medium;">40,800 BCE</span>.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;"> <em>&nbsp;</em></span><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;"><img src="http://geomancy.org/listmessenger/public/images/mag_e_zine/el-castillo-hands.jpg" alt="Neandertal hands" width="298" height="300" /><br /><span style="font-size: small;">Neanderthal Hands<br />From <em><a href="http://blogs.scientificamerican.com/observations/2012/06/14/oldest-cave-paintings-may-be-creations-of-neandertals-not-modern-humans/" target="_blank">Scientific American</a>. </em></span></span><span style="font-size: small;"><span class="datestamp">June 14, 2012</span><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva;"><em>. </em></span><span class="byline"><em><br />Oldest Cave Paintings May Be Creations of Neanderthals, Not Modern Humans</em> <br />By <a id="author81">Kate Wong</a></span></span><span class="datestamp">&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">And it wasn't made by <em>Homo sapiens (Cro Magnon),</em> who arrived in Europe </span><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">along the eastern end of the Mediterranean at</span><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;"> 40,000 BCE</span><span class="datestamp" style="font-size: medium;">. </span><span class="datestamp">&nbsp;</span><span style="font-size: medium; font-family: verdana,geneva;">According to <a href="http://www.guardian.co.uk/science/2012/jun/14/neanderthals-first-create-cave-paintings?INTCMP=SRCH" target="_blank">the Guardian</a>, these cave paintings in Spain were made by Neanderthals!&nbsp; "Once the archetype for primitive, uncivilised behavior, the species, illuminated through fossil excavations and lately analysis of their genome, has emerged as being not too dissimilar from our own.&nbsp; Contrary to their dim-witted image Neanderthals have been found to have used tools, to have worn jewellery, and, lastly, to have interbred with our <em>Homo sapiens</em> ancestors."<span style="font-size: small;"><sup>2</sup></span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size: medium; font-family: verdana,geneva;"><br />Most of the civilizations I've written about in this article were, by our standards, less civilized than we like to think we are, and most have been referred to as "Primitive Savages." &nbsp;</span></p> <p><span style="font-size: medium; font-family: verdana,geneva;">I've written about this term 'Primitive Savages' before - from my perspective if refers to a culture that is probably more spiritually advanced than we are.&nbsp; It has been used throughout history (and pre-history), most recently less than 150 years ago to describe the </span><span style="font-size: medium; font-family: verdana,geneva;">Indians of the </span><span style="font-size: medium; font-family: verdana,geneva;">American Planes.&nbsp; I suspect that we can now, according to my definition, define the Neanderthals as primitive savages as well.<br /></span></p> <p style="text-align: left;"><span style="font-size: medium; font-family: verdana,geneva;">Don't Believe Everything You Think!</span></p> <p style="text-align: left;"><span style="font-size: medium;"><br />}:-)<br /><img src="http://geomancy.org/listmessenger/public/images/mag_e_zine/sigs-newsig.png" alt="sig's sig" width="65" height="70" /></span></p> <p style="text-align: left;"><span style="font-size: medium;">Sig Lonegren<br />Mid-Atlantic Geomancy</span><br /><span style="font-size: medium;"> www.geomancy.org</span><br /><span style="font-size: medium;"> SunnyBank Centre</span><br /><span style="font-size: medium;"> Glastonbury, Somerset BA6 8JE</span><br /><span style="font-size: medium;"> England</span><br /><span style="font-size: medium;"> sig@geomancy.org</span></p> <p style="text-align: left;"><br />-----------------------------------------</p> <p style="text-align: left;"><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">Works Cited</span></p> <p style="text-align: left;"><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;"><span style="font-size: small;"><sup>1</sup></span> Robin Heath.&nbsp; 1998. <em>Sun, Moon &amp; Stonehenge</em>: Proof of High Culture in Ancient Britain.&nbsp; Cardigan, Wales: Bluestone Press.&nbsp; ISBN 0 9526151 77.</span></p> <p><span style="font-size: small;"><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva;"><sup>2</sup></span><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva;"> </span></span><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">Alok Jha. </span><em><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">&nbsp;</span></em><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">14 June 2012</span><em><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">.&nbsp; Neanderthals may have been first human species to create cave paintings</span></em><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">. <a href="http://www.guardian.co.uk/science/2012/jun/14/neanderthals-first-create-cave-paintings?INTCMP=SRCH" target="_blank">guardian.co.uk</a>.</span></p> "Sig Lonegren" <sig@geomancy.org> Sun, 24 Jun 2012 18:46:08 +0100 MAG E-zine #20 - Re-oldal http://www.geomancy.org/listmessenger/public/archive.php?id=156:498 <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="http://geomancy.org/listmessenger/public/images/aatip100/mag_e_zine/mag_e-zine.jpg" alt="mag_e_zine logo" width="665" height="112" /></p> <h1 style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva;">MAG E-zine #20 - Reoldal</span></h1> <p><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">Dear [firstname]</span></p> <p><span style="font-size: medium;">As the titles of the last 110<em> Tip o' the Week</em>s implied, they were supposed to come out weekly; however, recently, for various reasons, they have not been coming out so frequently.&nbsp; </span></p> <p><span style="font-size: medium;">So I have decided to revert back to the old name of my messages, <em>MAG E-zine.&nbsp; See </em>my two<em> MAG E-zine archive sections: &lt;</em></span><span style="font-size: medium; font-family: verdana,geneva;"><a href="http://www.geomancy.org/listmessenger/public/archive.php" target="_blank">http://www.geomancy.org/archive/public/archive.php</a>&gt; and &lt;<a href="http://www.geomancy.org/e-zine/index.html" target="_blank">http://www.geomancy.org/e-zine/index.html</a>&gt;, and my more recent <em>Tip </em>archive: &lt;<a href="http://www.geomancy.org/listmessenger/public/archive.php" target="_blank">http://www.geomancy.org/listmessenger/public/archive.php</a>&gt;. </span><span style="font-size: medium;">(Therefore this is present effort is not a re<span style="text-decoration: underline;">new</span>al but a re<span style="text-decoration: underline;">old</span>al - sorry about that).&nbsp; My <em>Tips </em>were mostly concerned with the main topics of interest to geomancers - sacred sites including things like archaeoastronomy, sacred geometry, the Earth energies, dowsing and labyrinths - and also information on clearing sick houses and technopathic stress (secular geomancy).</span></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: medium;"><img src="http://geomancy.org/listmessenger/public/images/tip_o_the_week/asdemg1.jpg" alt="asd_neara_emg" width="290" height="188" /><br /><span style="font-size: small;">ASD/NEARA Earth Mysteries Group<br />Gathering astronomical and sacred geometrical data<br />in the early 1980's</span><br /></span></p> <p style="font-family: Verdana,Arial,Helvetica,sans-serif; font-size: 14px;"><span style="font-size: medium;">These pieces have fallen in to what whould mostly be called left-brain "research."&nbsp; Before I go any further, I need to say that I do honour the data that researchers have written about, and for most of my active geomantic life, I could have been considered a researcher as well.&nbsp; Left brain/analytical data IS important; however, now that I am well into the third third of my life, I am becoming much more interested in being a Seeker (in Christian terms, a Pilgrim) rather than a left-brain researcher.&nbsp; I now intend to experience sacred space rather than to collect scientifically measurable data there. </span></p> <p style="font-family: Verdana,Arial,Helvetica,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: medium;"><img src="http://geomancy.org/listmessenger/public/images/tip_o_the_week/fool.jpg" alt="The Fool" width="177" height="300" /><br /><span style="font-size: small;">The foolish Spiritual Seeker<br />on the trail<br />(as seen by others)<br /></span></span></p> <p style="font-family: Verdana,Arial,Helvetica,sans-serif; font-size: 14px;"><span style="font-size: medium;"><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva;">So while </span>I will undoubtedly be writing pieces that include data about these places, most of my focus will shift to experiences, and ways to encounter the spiritual realms face to face.&nbsp; I have been seeking this ever since I began this journey back in the early seventies.&nbsp; (Remember, my<span style="font-family: verdana,geneva;"> first book was <em><a href="http://www.geomancy.org/resources/books-by-sig/index.php" target="_blank">Spiritual Dowsing</a>.)</em></span></span></p> <p style="font-family: Verdana,Arial,Helvetica,sans-serif; font-size: 14px;"><span style="font-size: medium; font-family: verdana,geneva;">I must hasten to add that I will not be coming from any particular religious point of view.&nbsp; I honour all paths with heart.&nbsp; I won't be proselytizing.&nbsp; I have no intent to convert you to anything!&nbsp; As I believe I've said before, I'm not a prostelytute.&nbsp; ;&nbsp; )</span></p> <p style="font-family: Verdana,Arial,Helvetica,sans-serif; font-size: 14px;"><span style="font-size: medium; font-family: verdana,geneva;">What I do want to do in future issues of my <em>MAG E-zine</em> is to give you ideas, dear reader, that you can apply to whatever spiritual path you are walking.&nbsp; Sacred Space is for everyone - not just for Neolithic pagans in Britain, Medicine Men in the Anasazi kivas of the American southwest, or for Shamans from Ulan Bator.&nbsp; These spaces, found all over our planet, work for all who are seeking to connect with, and to experience, "the other side" directly (which, incidentally, I believe, is also right here).</span></p> <p style="font-family: Verdana,Arial,Helvetica,sans-serif; font-size: 14px;"><br /><span style="font-size: medium;"><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva;">F</span>or this reason, I am changing the title of my new iBook (available now only on iTunes) from <em>Earth Mysteries Handbook: Holistic Non-Intrusive Data Gathering Techniques</em> to <em>Sacred Space Handbook</em>.&nbsp; But that new title is not yet up on either iTunes or on Amazon (I can only trust that this will happen before the end of June). It is designed to help you to gather the left-brain facts that might convince you that if you go to such a space it can enhance your spiritual life!&nbsp; But more of that later.</span></p> <p style="font-family: Verdana,Arial,Helvetica,sans-serif; font-size: 14px;"><span style="font-size: medium; font-family: verdana,geneva;">If you have any thoughts or comments about any of this, please use the box at the bottom of the left-hand menu column on any page of Mid-Atlantic Geomancy.</span></p> <p style="font-family: Verdana,Arial,Helvetica,sans-serif; font-size: 14px;"><span style="font-size: medium;">So as we begin this new "Reoldal," I wish you</span></p> <p style="font-family: Verdana,Arial,Helvetica,sans-serif; font-size: 14px;"><span style="font-size: medium;"><em>Indago Felix</em><br />To the Fruitful Search!</span></p> <p style="font-family: Verdana,Arial,Helvetica,sans-serif; font-size: 14px;"><span style="font-size: medium;">}:-)</span></p> <p style="font-family: Verdana,Arial,Helvetica,sans-serif; font-size: 14px;"><span style="font-size: medium;">&nbsp;</span><img src="data:image/png;base64,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" alt="" /><br /><span style="font-size: medium;">Sig Lonegren, Webmaster</span><br /><span style="font-size: medium;">Mid-Atlantic Geomancy</span><br /><span style="font-size: medium;">www.geomancy.org</span><br /><span style="font-size: medium;">SunnyBank Centre</span><br /><span style="font-size: medium;">Glastonbury, Somerset&nbsp; BA6 8JE</span><br /><span style="font-size: medium;">England</span><br /><span style="font-size: medium;">sig@geomancy.org</span></p> "Sig Lonegren" <sig@geomancy.org> Thu, 14 Jun 2012 09:05:43 +0100 Tip o' the Week #110 - Venus @ Sunrise http://www.geomancy.org/listmessenger/public/archive.php?id=155:495 <h1 style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva;"><img src="http://geomancy.org/listmessenger/public/images/aatip100/tip_head-new-logo3w.jpg" alt="Tip Logo" width="455" height="100" /></span></h1> <h2 style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">Tip o' the Week #110 - Venus @ Sunrise</span></h2> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">Dear [firstname]</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: left;"><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">Some friends of mine have been building a new stone ring for an event here in Somerset on 21 - 24 June this summer called "<a href="http://www.sunrisecelebration.com" target="_blank">Sunrise Celebration</a>."&nbsp; Shaun Kirwan designed it using a five pointed star - sacred to Venus - as the basic sacred geometrical layout of the ring.</span></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="http://geomancy.org/listmessenger/public/images/aatip100/SunriseCircle2012w.jpg" alt="Sunrise Plan" width="375" height="375" /></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: small;">Plan of Venus Stone Circle<br />Drawn by <a href="http://www.georepairman.co.uk" target="_blank">Shaun Kirwan</a><br />Note the Five-Pointed Star<br /></span></p> <p style="text-align: left;"><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">My good friend Ros Briagha was also there and she helped to build it.&nbsp; Ros has been part of the building of a number of stone rings on this island.<br /></span></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;"><br /></span></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">&nbsp;<img src="http://geomancy.org/listmessenger/public/images/aatip100/ros_sunrisew.jpg" alt="Ros at the Venus Circle" width="400" height="300" /><br /></span></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: small;">Ros Briagha at Venus Stone Ring</span></p> <p><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">As I was not there until the evening after they had finished the ring, I wasn't able to photograph the construction, but Ros was there, and among other things, had time to take some pictures which she was kind enough to allow me to use four of them.&nbsp; (The date is her camera's doing, it shows when the pics were taken thus providing visual proof for when it was constructed.</span><span style="font-size: medium;">)</span><br /><br /><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">After Shaun had produced the master plan and marked it out with white sticks, the first job was to set it out on the Earth with special care to get the Four Directions and the important Solar alignments correct.&nbsp; Here Shaun and<a href="http://www.woodenbooks.com" target="_blank"> John Martineau</a> used my Suunto Tanden Compass/Clinometer to get the proper azimuths and elevations to the horizon.&nbsp; (An Azimuth is the number of degrees from True North in a clockwise direction a particular alignment is.)<br /></span></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="http://geomancy.org/listmessenger/public/images/aatip100/clinometer.jpg" alt="Azimuth" width="400" height="300" /></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: small;">John Martineau sights the azimuth to Shaun Kerwin.</span></p> <p style="text-align: left;"><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">Then the stones were carefuly located in purpose dug holes.&nbsp; They seemed to fit like gloves - very little soil around the base of the stones was visible when I arrived around sun set.</span></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="http://geomancy.org/listmessenger/public/images/aatip100/venus_stoneringw.jpg" alt="Venus Ring" width="400" height="300" /></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: small;">The Sunrise Venus Circle - almost complete.</span></p> <p><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">There was a sword-in-the-stone moment, when after placing the Summer Solstice outrider stone, a bar became wedged in the hole.&nbsp; It didn't want to budge, but ...&nbsp; <br /></span></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;"><img src="http://geomancy.org/listmessenger/public/images/aatip100/shaun_ssstonew.jpg" alt="Shaun at Suller Solstice Rise Stone" width="400" height="300" /><br /></span><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: x-small;"><span style="font-size: small;">Shaun finally was able to pull it out and he held it aloft triumphantly.&nbsp; </span></span><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;"><br /></span></p> <p><span style="font-size: medium;">I was very impressed with this Ring of Venus.&nbsp; It was well thought out, executed efficiently - even though it had been built quite quickly, it looked like the stones had been in place for a while. &nbsp;</span><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;"> </span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>-----------------------------------<span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="text-align: left;"><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;"> I wrote about the fallibility of compasses </span><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">in <em>Tip o' the Week</em></span><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;"> #92 - "<a title="On Compasses" href="http://geomancy.org/listmessenger/public/archive.php?id=133:450n" target="_blank">On Compasses</a>."</span></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;"><img src="http://geomancy.org/listmessenger/public/images/aatip100/whole_table_w.jpg" alt="" width="424" height="318" /><br /><span style="font-size: small;">My SuuntoTandem on the spot</span><br /></span></p> <p style="text-align: left;"><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">We used the longer side of our dining room table as a long barrow to shoot the magnetic azimuth of the major axis of the table/longbarrow (only we aligned with the routed (grooved) edge of the table for greater accuracy).&nbsp; </span><br /><br /><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">In addition to my Suunto Tandem pictured above, we tested a number of different compasses - a regular Sylva, a smaller Suunto, and six compass software apps I have on my iPhone 4.&nbsp; We aligned each in the same place on the longer edge of the table, and their Magnetic readings differed by as much as thirteen degrees.</span> <span style="font-size: medium;">(!!! emphasis mine)</span><br /><br /><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">But here's an interesting thing that Shaun and John discovered when they measured the accuracy of my Suunto against Polaris, The North Star.&nbsp; When it was indicating Magnetic North, the compass needle pointed also directly towards Polaris!&nbsp; In this area, Magnetic North is 2&deg; West&nbsp; of True North. My Compass seemed to have a built in correction for the correction of Magnetic Deviation!&nbsp; (It doesn't have such a correction.&nbsp; One more bit of truth in the suggestion that one not totally trust one's compass.&nbsp; But a very interesting "coincidence" none-the-less.)</span><br /><br /><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">It is always exciting to visit a new Sacred Space.&nbsp; This is a good one.&nbsp; You might want to check out the <a href="http://www.sunrisecelebration.com" target="_blank">Sunrise Celebration</a> in Bruton, Somerset on 21 - 24 June.&nbsp; </span></p> <p style="text-align: left;"><br /><span style="font-size: medium;">That Venus Stone Ring is a beaut!</span></p> <p style="text-align: left;"><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">}:-)</span></p> <p style="text-align: left;"><img src="http://geomancy.org/listmessenger/public/images/aatip100/Sigs-newsig.png" alt="sig's sig" width="65" height="70" /><br /><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">Sig Lonegren</span><br /><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">MAG Webmaster</span><br /><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">SunnyBank, 9 Bove Town</span><br /><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">Glastonbury, Somerset</span><br /><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">England&nbsp; BA6 8JE</span><br /><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">http://www.geomancy.reg</span><br /><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">http://www.sunnybankglastonbury.co.uk</span><br /><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">+44 (0)1458 835 818</span></p> "Sig Lonegren" <sig@geomancy.org> Wed, 30 May 2012 16:15:54 +0100 Tip o' the week #109 - The Nature of Sacred Space http://www.geomancy.org/listmessenger/public/archive.php?id=154:491 "Sig Lonegren" <sig@geomancy.org> Wed, 23 May 2012 16:33:21 +0100 Tip o the Week #108 - Kilmartin http://www.geomancy.org/listmessenger/public/archive.php?id=149:480 <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="http://geomancy.org/listmessenger/public/images/aatip100/tip_head-new-logo3w.jpg" alt="tip logo" width="455" height="100" /></p> <h1 style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: verdana, geneva; font-size: large;">Tip o the Week #108 - Kilmartin</span><span style="font-family: verdana, geneva; font-weight: normal; font-size: medium;">&nbsp;</span></h1> <p style="text-align: left;"><span style="font-family: verdana, geneva; font-size: medium;">&nbsp;</span><span style="font-family: verdana, geneva; font-size: medium;">Dear [firstname]</span></p> <p><span style="font-family: verdana, geneva; font-size: medium;">What are your five favorite sacred sites in the British Isles? &nbsp;For me, Avebury would be number one followed closely by Glastonbury, but of the remaining three, Kilmartin, just south of Oban on the west coast of Scotland would surely be included in my list of five.&nbsp; I&rsquo;ve just had the pleasure of spending the past weekend up there, this time with my Geomancy Group, walking the landscape and being involved in some powerful ceremonies.&nbsp; (Aside: Much of the past winter, Scotland has been having lots of rain, snow and gale force winds, while we down south have had a quite dry time of it.&nbsp; As a result, much of England is having a drought significant enough to have a hose pipe ban; however, for the past week here in Glastonbury, we have been having torrential rains.&nbsp; Unfortunately, because the ground is so dry, the rain couldn&rsquo;t sink in, so we have had massive flooding!&nbsp; So sadly, the hose-pipe ban is still in place.&nbsp; Meanwhile, while the rain and flooding continued in England, up in Kilmartin we were blessed by a weekend of almost totally blue skies and fantastic stars at night.)</span></p> <p><span style="font-family: verdana, geneva; font-size: medium;">People have been in Kilmartin for at least ten thousand years - the most impressive times were from at least three thousand BCE to the middle of this past millennium.&nbsp; The main attraction are a row of at least five chambered cairns that march down the Kilmartin valley.&nbsp; All are externally covered with large well-rounded stones from the size of a croquet ball to the size of soccer/footballs.&nbsp; Several of these cairns had tombs large enough to get into.&nbsp; For me, Nether Largie North was the most impressive.&nbsp; You drop into the chamber from the modern roof, which slides open to allow entry down some steep stairs into a rectangular room with a rather large cist in the centre.&nbsp; (A cist - pronounced &ldquo;kist&rdquo; - is a small stone-built coffin-like box usually used to hold cremated bodies.)</span><span style="font-family: verdana, geneva; font-size: medium;">&nbsp;</span></p> <table border="0" cellpadding="4" width="635" height="222" align="center"> <tbody> <tr> <td><img src="http://geomancy.org/listmessenger/public/images/aatip100/neth_larg_n_ext-w.jpg" alt="Nether Largie North" width="355" height="178" /></td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td><span><img style="border: 0px initial initial;" src="http://geomancy.org/listmessenger/public/images/aatip100/neth_larg_n_int-w.jpg" alt="Nether Largie North interior" width="254" height="189" /></span></td> </tr> <tr> <td style="text-align: center;">Nether Largie North</td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td style="text-align: center;">Nether Largie Chamber</td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p><span style="font-family: verdana, geneva; font-size: medium;">A bit further down the line, the Nether Largie South Cairn is also a jewel.&nbsp; While it is externally a round cairn and has a chamber entered from the North.&nbsp; The chamber makes it feel like a long barrow.&nbsp; There is also a lovely small cist on the back of the same mound.</span></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: verdana, geneva; font-size: medium;">&nbsp;<img src="http://geomancy.org/listmessenger/public/images/aatip100/neth_larg_s-w.jpg" alt="Nether Largie South" width="269" height="360" /></span></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: verdana, geneva; font-size: small;">Nether Largie South<br />looking South - into the mouth of the chamber.<br /></span></p> <p><span style="font-family: verdana, geneva; font-size: medium;">&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span style="font-family: verdana, geneva; font-size: medium;">At the same point in the valley is Temple Wood, a lovely stone ring, whose floor is covered with the same kind of stones that cover the cairns. &nbsp;</span></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: verdana, geneva; font-size: medium;">&nbsp;<img src="http://geomancy.org/listmessenger/public/images/aatip100/temp_wd_and_laby-w.jpg" alt="Temple Wood" width="396" height="252" /></span></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: small;"><span style="font-family: verdana, geneva;">Temple Wood<br /></span><span style="font-family: verdana, geneva;">and<br /></span><span style="font-family: verdana, geneva;">The Three Circuit Labyrinth</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-family: verdana, geneva; font-size: medium;">It was at this stone ring that at dusk on Saturday our group held a magical ceremony on a small three circuit labyrinth made of string.&nbsp; Several new members of the group were blindfolded and one-at-a-time they were brought to the goal of the labyrinth.&nbsp; The object was for them to find their way out.&nbsp; The rest of us stood on the string/walls and holding hands, created a human wall for the blindfolded initiate.&nbsp; As s/he passed by individuals on the wall, they quickly ran around and extended the wall further.&nbsp; Although we had only nine people acting as walls, we never ran out of human walls!&nbsp; (I find this is much harder to verbalize than to actually do, but I trust you get the idea.)</span></p> <p><span style="font-family: verdana, geneva; font-size: medium;">Kilmartin has its share of quite large standing stones arranged in a way that makes it difficult to determine how they might have been used some are covered with cup and ring marks. &nbsp;</span></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="http://geomancy.org/listmessenger/public/images/aatip100/standing-stone-cups_w.jpg" alt="standingstone-cup_marks" width="269" height="360" /><br />Standing Stones at Nether Largie.<br />&nbsp;Note the cup marks.</p> <p><span style="font-family: verdana, geneva; font-size: medium;">Kilmartin has the largest number of cup and ring marks that I have ever seen. &nbsp; Achnabreck is a collection of cup and ring marks to the south of the features I have been talking about so far. &nbsp;It is located at a spot with a beautiful view of the sea.</span></p> <table border="0" cellpadding="4" align="center"> <tbody> <tr> <td><img src="http://geomancy.org/listmessenger/public/images/aatip100/cupandringw.jpg" alt="Achnabreck" width="288" height="215" /></td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td><img src="http://geomancy.org/listmessenger/public/images/aatip100/cupvieww.jpg" alt="view from Achnabreck" width="216" height="289" /></td> </tr> <tr> <td style="text-align: center;">Achnabreck</td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td style="text-align: center;">View to the sea</td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p><span style="font-family: verdana, geneva; font-size: medium;">I am thankful that our Geo Group took so many opportunities to tune in to the Spiritual during the weekend, after all, that is the reason why these special sites were constructed in the first place.&nbsp; This will be a <a href="http://www.geomancy.org/astronomy/quarter-and-cross-quarter-days/beltane/index.php" target="_blank">Beltane</a>&nbsp;to remember!</span></p> <p><span style="font-family: verdana, geneva; font-size: small;"><br /></span></p> <p><span style="font-family: verdana, geneva; font-size: medium;">}:-)</span></p> <p><span style="font-family: verdana, geneva; font-size: medium;">&nbsp;<img src="http://geomancy.org/listmessenger/public/images/aatip100/Sigs-newsig.png" alt="sig's sig" width="65" height="70" /></span></p> <p><span style="font-family: verdana, geneva; font-size: medium;">Sig Lonegren<br /></span><span style="font-family: verdana, geneva; font-size: medium;">MAG Webmaster<br /></span><span style="font-family: verdana, geneva; font-size: medium;">SunnyBank, 9 Bove Town<br /></span><span style="font-family: verdana, geneva; font-size: medium;">Glastonbury, Somerset<br /></span><span style="font-family: verdana, geneva; font-size: medium;">England BA6 8JE<br /></span><span style="font-family: verdana, geneva; font-size: medium;"><a href="http://www.geomancy.org">http://www.geomancy.org<br /></a></span><span style="font-family: verdana, geneva; font-size: medium;"><a href="http://www.sunnybankglastonbury.co.uk">http://www.sunnybankglastonbury.co.uk<br /></a></span><span style="font-family: verdana, geneva; font-size: medium;"><a href="mailto:sig@geomancy.org">sig@geomancy.org<br /></a></span><span style="font-family: verdana, geneva; font-size: medium;">+44 (0)1458 835 818</span></p> "Sig Lonegren" <sig@geomancy.org> Thu, 03 May 2012 11:58:55 +0100 Tip o' the Week # 107 - Faulty Memory/Faulty Wisdom http://www.geomancy.org/listmessenger/public/archive.php?id=148:477 <p><img style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="http://geomancy.org/listmessenger/public/images/aatip100/tip_head-new-logo3w.jpg" alt="Tip logo" width="455" height="100" /></p> <h1 style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: verdana, geneva; font-size: large;">Tip o' the Week # 107 - Faulty Memory/Faulty Wisdom</span></h1> <p><span style="font-family: verdana, geneva; font-size: medium;">Dear [firstname]</span></p> <p><span style="font-family: verdana, geneva; font-size: medium;">I have long been interested in what I call "<a href="http://geomancy.org/listmessenger/public/archive.php?id=57:245" target="_blank">Daysigns</a>" - animals, plants, or anything that triggers an association that can enhance the meaning of an issue you are working on.&nbsp; They can be treated exactly like a dream, or Night sign.</span></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: verdana, geneva; font-size: medium;"><img src="http://geomancy.org/listmessenger/public/images/aatip100/great-grey-owl_w.jpg" alt="Great Grey Owl" width="360" height="241" /></span></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: verdana, geneva; font-size: small;">Great Great Grey Owl</span></p> <p><span style="font-family: verdana, geneva; font-size: medium;">What word or words do you associate with the image above?&nbsp; Of course, not everyone will come up with the exact same word or words, but the chances are that if you are of European extraction, "Wisdom" or its equivalent might well spring to mind.&nbsp; Athena had an owl who sat on her shoulder and who whispered wisdom in her ear.&nbsp; ("A little bird told me.")&nbsp; As a child in America, my favourite potato chips (Brits read: crisps) was Wise Potato Chips, and their symbol was an owl.</span></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: verdana, geneva; font-size: medium;"><img src="http://geomancy.org/listmessenger/public/images/aatip100/wise_pot_chips_w.jpg" alt="Wise Potato Chip Owl" width="164" height="275" /><br /><span style="font-family: verdana, geneva; font-size: small;">Owl = Wisdom<br /></span></span><span style="font-size: small;"><span style="font-family: verdana, geneva;">When I was a kid, the Wise logo was a full owl.<br /></span><span style="font-family: verdana, geneva;">Now it has been reduced to one eye.</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-family: verdana, geneva; font-size: medium;">But if you are a Native American, an owl means danger!&nbsp; Something bad is coming your way.&nbsp; What you see depends upon where you sit in the circle &nbsp;- &nbsp;</span><span style="font-family: verdana, geneva; font-size: medium;">Wisdom to some is Danger to others.</span></p> <p><span style="font-family: verdana, geneva; font-size: medium;">And when we come to remembering things from the past, we are continuing to learn just how inacurate our memory is.&nbsp; In an article in <em>The Wall Street Journal </em>entitled <em><a href="http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052702303815404577334040572533780.html" target="_blank">When Memory Commits an Injustice</a>: Eyewitness mistakes lead to tragic errors in court, but new methods could help, </em>author Jonah Lehrer tells us about how incredibly faulty our memory is, and how its accuracy decreases with time.</span></p> <p><span style="font-family: verdana, geneva; font-size: medium;">Lehrer writes, "The biggest lie of human memory is that it feels true. Although our recollections seem like literal snapshots of the past, they're actually deeply flawed reconstructions, a set of stories constantly undergoing rewrites." &nbsp;</span></p> <p><span style="font-family: verdana, geneva; font-size: medium;">He then goes on to discuss how faulty memory is in court trials:&nbsp; "Eye witnesses are repeatedly asked to recall what they saw, but their answers are inevitably influenced by the questions being asked. The result is more confidence in increasingly less accurate testimony. &nbsp;</span></p> <p><span style="font-family: verdana, geneva; font-size: medium;">"Such errors often have tragic consequences. According to the Innocence Project, a legal advocacy group, about 75% of false convictions that are later overturned are based on faulty eyewitness testimony."<sup>1</sup> &nbsp;!!!</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><span style="font-family: verdana, geneva; font-size: medium;">This becomes a real issue when academic HISstorians write about controversial events and people in the distant past. For example, many readers of these <em>Tips</em> have a particular vision of the Knights Templar that might well include protectors of pilgrims along the way, magical rites, sacred geometry, and escoteric activities like finding spiritual treasure in the tunnels beneath what had been Solomon's Temple in Jerusalem.&nbsp; Helen Nicholson, is a Reader in the School of History and Archaeology at Cardiff University, and author of <em>A Brief History of The Knights Templar <sup>2</sup></em>.&nbsp; In the first paragraph of this book she writes, "It has been a convention of European historical writing since classical times that history should be based on written sources, preferably eyewitness sources but, if not, then written as soon after the actual event as possible.&nbsp; &hellip; so modern oral myths of the Templars - supposed 'tradition' which was not actually written down until recently - will not be considered as historical evidence."</span></p> <p><span style="font-family: verdana, geneva; font-size: medium;">Remember that Lehrer wrote that, "&hellip;about 75% of false convictions that are later overturned are based on faulty eyewitness testimony."&nbsp; Also, as far as the Templars, the designers of the great Gothic Cathedrals were concerned, they didn't write down their esoteric tradition because shorty after their termination in 1307 the Inquisition and the witch trials didn't exactly encourage carriers of this occult knowledge to write things down. &nbsp;</span></p> <p><span style="font-family: verdana, geneva; font-size: medium;">Jacques de Molay was the last Grand Master of the Knights Templar, and has been a focus of much esotericism since his death.&nbsp; He was burned at the stake in 1314.&nbsp; Five hundred years later, an unknown man jumped on the guillotine just as Louis XVI had been decapitated and cried, <em>"Jacques de Molay, tu es veng&eacute;!" (Jacques de Molay, you are avenged!)</em></span></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: verdana, geneva; font-size: medium;"><em>&nbsp;<img src="http://geomancy.org/listmessenger/public/images/aatip100/demolay-198x300.jpg" alt="Jacques de Molay" width="198" height="300" /></em></span></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: verdana, geneva; font-size: small;">Jacques de Molay<br />(from WIkipedia)&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span style="font-family: verdana, geneva; font-size: medium;">Helen Nicholson didn't mention de Molay anywhere in her book on the Templars.</span></p> <p><span style="font-family: verdana, geneva; font-size: medium;">There's an old but true maxim:&nbsp; HISstory is written by the victors.&nbsp; As a result, in this case, so much <a href="http://www.geomancy.org/#dowsing/gnowing/index.php&amp;highlight=gnow" target="_blank">gnowledge</a>&nbsp;and wisdom is lost.</span></p> <p><span style="font-family: verdana, geneva; font-size: medium;">Once again, what you see depends upon where you stand.</span></p> <p><span style="font-family: verdana, geneva; font-size: medium;">}:-)</span></p> <p><img src="http://geomancy.org/listmessenger/public/images/aatip100/Sigs-newsig.png" alt="Sig's sig" width="65" height="70" /></p> <p><span style="font-family: verdana, geneva; font-size: medium;">Sig Lonegren<br />Webmaster<br />Mid-Atlantic Geomancy<br />SunnyBank Centre<br />9, Bove Town<br />Glastonbury, Somerset<br />Great Britain &nbsp;BA6 8JE<br /></span><span style="font-family: verdana, geneva; font-size: medium;">sig@geomancy.org<br /></span><span style="font-family: verdana, geneva; font-size: medium;">http://www.geomancy.org<br />http://www.sunnybankglastonbury.co.uk&nbsp;</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><span style="font-family: verdana, geneva; font-size: medium;">---------------------------------</span></p> <p><span style="font-family: verdana, geneva; font-size: medium;">Works Cited:</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><span style="font-family: verdana, geneva; font-size: medium;"><sup>1 </sup><a href="http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052702303815404577334040572533780.html" target="_blank">When Memory Commits an Injustice</a>&nbsp; in the Wall Street Journal, by Jonah Lehrer (14 April, 2012)&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span style="font-family: verdana, geneva; font-size: medium;"><sup>2&nbsp;</sup> A Brief History of the Knights Templar by Helen Nicholson.&nbsp; London: Constable &amp; Robinson Ltd.&nbsp; ISBN 978-0-7624-3848-8.</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><span style="font-family: verdana, geneva; font-size: medium;">If you would like to comment on this&nbsp;<em>Tip </em>(or anything else in MAG for that matter), I would invite you to put your thoughts in the Comment Window that is on every page in the MAG website at the bottom of the right-hand menu column.</span></p> "Sig Lonegren" <sig@geomancy.org> Thu, 19 Apr 2012 14:15:48 +0100 Tip o' the Week #106 - Wisdom and The Fool http://www.geomancy.org/listmessenger/public/archive.php?id=147:473 <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="http://geomancy.org/listmessenger/public/images/aatip100/tip_head-new-logo3w.jpg" alt="Tip Logo" width="455" height="100" /></p> <h1 style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">Tip o' the Week #106 - Wisdom and The Fool</span></h1> <p><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">Dear [firstname]</span><br /><br /><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">It is with some trepidation that I write about the topic of Wisdom. But recently some things have come together that have emboldened me to be so foolish.</span><br /><br /><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">Let's begin with the Kabbalistic Tree of Life.&nbsp; Wisdom is the next to last Sepheroth (#2) called "Chokmah."&nbsp; (The Sepheroth are </span><span style="font-size: medium;">the 10 attributes/emanations in Kabbalah through which God created the world and/or manifests.)</span></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;"><img src="http://geomancy.org/listmessenger/public/images/aatip100/tree_of_life.jpg" alt="Tree of Life" width="222" height="324" /><br /></span></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: x-small;">Tree of Life</span><br /><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: x-small;">(from A Complete Guide to the Tarot </span><br /><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: x-small;">by Eden Gray.New York: Crown Publishers. 1970. </span><br /><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: x-small;">Library of Congress Card Number: 70-108086.</span></p> <p style="text-align: left;"><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">Wisdom is the last step of the Pilgrim/Seeker on the Spiritual Path before reaching Kether/the Crown/dare I say, "The One."</span><br /><br /><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">Wisdom "means HOW TO ACCURATELY 'ACT' IN ONE'S CURRENT SITUATION. This is not a matter of 'information' that one is missing (for apparently the 'facts' are already known), but of HOW TO TAKE ACTION on the known facts.&nbsp; EFFECTIVE PLANNING OF HOW WE WANT OUR LIVES TO BE IN THE FUTURE is the central issue in solving Chokmah-related crises; we must find a way to DECIDE what to do, how to become or what to evolve our lives into. Carefull FUTURE-PLANNING is of the essence here." &lt;<a href="http://www.spirit-alembic.com/chokmah.html" target="_blank">http://www.spirit-alembic.com/chokmah.html</a>&gt;</span><br /><br /><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">According to Dr. Igor Grossman of the University of Waterloo in Canada, there are five crucial aspects of wise reasoning. </span><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">(Cited in <em>The Economist</em> - 7 April 2012 p. 80)</span><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">. &nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp; {I have put my small additions<em> (in italics and brackets/parentheses</em>)}:</span><br /><br /><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">1. &nbsp;Willingness to seek opportunities to resolve conflict.</span><br /><br /><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">2. &nbsp;Willingness to search for compromise.</span><br /><br /><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">3. &nbsp;Recognition of the limits of personal knowledge. &nbsp;(<em>Wisdom didn't start with me!</em>)</span><br /><br /><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">4. &nbsp;Awareness that more than one perspective on a problem can exist. (<em>Sacred point of view</em>)</span><br /><br /><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">5. &nbsp;Appreciation of the fact that things may get worse before they get better. (<em>Healing crisis</em>)</span><br /><br /><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">&nbsp;</span><br /><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">I have begun to apply these five aspects to difficult issues I encounter.&nbsp; Seeking resolution and compromise is where it begins - not 'My way is the ONLY way!' as said by so many Fundamentalists these days.&nbsp; Then recognising one's limits of personal knowledge reminds me of that quote by one of my teachers, Terry Ross when questioned about something he said or dowsed, "Wisdom didn't start with me."&nbsp; I've written about Seneca Wolf Clan Garandmother Twylah Nitsch's saying, "When sitting in a circle, everyone has their own sacred point of view."&nbsp; We all see the centre (the object of discussion) from a slightly different perspective or point of view depending upon where we sit in the circle. And finally, the reality that things may get worse before they get better.&nbsp; Here in Glastonbury, that's called a Healing Crisis.&nbsp; </span></p> <p style="text-align: left;"><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">IMHO, all these points are wise to remember.</span></p> <h2 style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">The Role of the Fool</span></h2> <p style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;"><img src="http://geomancy.org/listmessenger/public/images/aatip100/TheFool.jpg" alt="The Fool" width="115" height="200" /><br /></span></p> <p style="text-align: left;"><br /><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">I've long felt an affinity with the Fool particularly in my early school years and also in the Tarot.&nbsp; I have dyslexia, and to cover my spelling and math misteaks, I became the class clown (lots of us dyslexics use this disguise).&nbsp; If you have difficulty in responding to even simple questions from the teacher, if you're already a clown, no one can call you a fool.&nbsp; </span><br /><br /><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">But I was also drawn to this archetype when I first got in to things esoteric in the late sixties.&nbsp; The license plate in my hippy wagon/Volkswagon bus was "<em>Aleph</em>."&nbsp; In the Tarot, the Fool's numerical location is Zero, and therefore the first letter of the Hebrew alphabet - <em>Aleph</em> is the Fool.&nbsp; In a sense, because s/he has no numerical location, the Fool represents the Pilgrim/Seeker on the path.</span><span style="font-size: medium;">&nbsp; Like the player in a board game, S/he can be everywhere.</span><br /><br /><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">Recently, I was re-reading Eden Gray's <em>Complete Guide to the Tarot</em> (cited above).&nbsp; Each card is attributed to a path number.&nbsp; The Fool's path is Number 11 - the last path to be trod by the seeker before reaching the One/Kether.&nbsp; When the Fool gets to Wisdom (Chokmah) and s/he then ready to reach The Crown/Kether.&nbsp; And Eden Gray says, "The Fool, in its esoteric meaning, goes along with Kether, as they both represent the Unknown Absolute before it comes into manifestation."</span><br /><br /><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">In the Medieval Court, only the Fool could tell the King where it was really at - and get away with it.</span><br /><br /><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">May this foolish thing called Wisdom come to all of us on this planet.</span></p> <p style="text-align: left;"><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">We sure could use it.</span></p> <p style="text-align: left;"><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">};-)</span></p> <p style="text-align: left;"><img src="http://geomancy.org/listmessenger/public/images/aatip100/Sigs-newsig.png" alt="sig's sig" width="65" height="70" /></p> <p style="text-align: left;"><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">Sig Lonegren</span><br /><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;"> MAG Webmaster</span><br /><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;"> SunnyBank, 9 Bove Town</span><br /><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;"> Glastonbury, Somerset</span><br /><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;"> England BA6 8JE</span><br /><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;"> http://www.geomancy.org</span><br /><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;"> http://www.sunnybankglastonbury.co.uk</span><br /><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;"> sig@geomancy.org</span><br /><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;"> +44 (0)1458 835 818</span></p> "Sig Lonegren" <sig@geomancy.org> Mon, 09 Apr 2012 13:39:30 +0100 Tip o' the Week # 105 - Saint Dunstan: Good News/Bad News http://www.geomancy.org/listmessenger/public/archive.php?id=146:471 <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="http://geomancy.org/listmessenger/public/images/aatip60/tip_head-new-logo3w.jpg" alt="Tip Logo" width="455" height="100" /></p> <h1 style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">Tip o' the Week # 105 - Saint Dunstan:&nbsp; Good News/Bad News</span></h1> <p style="text-align: left;"><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;"><br />Dear [firstname]</span></p> <table border="0" align="center"> <tbody> <tr> <td><img src="http://geomancy.org/listmessenger/public/images/aatip100/dunstan_in_patrick_w.jpg" alt="St Dunstan" width="189" height="432" /></td> <td>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</td> <td><img src="http://geomancy.org/listmessenger/public/images/aatip100/dunstan_glass_w.jpg" alt="St Dunstan &amp; the Devil" width="108" height="432" /></td> </tr> <tr> <td style="text-align: center;"> <p>St. Dunstan<br />in the Patrick Chapel<br />of<br />Glastonbury Abbey</p> </td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td style="text-align: center;"> <p>St Dunstan<br />and the Devil <br />in St Johns Church,<br />Glastonbury</p> </td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">THE GOOD NEWS</span><br /><br /></p> <p style="text-align: left;"><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">Most historians term the last half of the first millennium after Christ as a Dark Age in Europe.&nbsp;&nbsp; St. Dunstan, is seen as a key figure in England's subsequent recovery of Christianity that had essentially devolved during that period, and thus he is our local Saint.&nbsp; Dunstan was thought of as the most outstanding of the English saints before the invasion of William the Conqueror.&nbsp; He was born in 909 CE just outside of Glastonbury in Baltonsborough. </span><br /><br /><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">He went to school in the Glastonbury Abbey, and became its Abbot in 943.&nbsp; One of Dunstan's first steps as Abbot was to reintroduce monastic discipline using the Rule of St. Benedict (&plusmn; 547). He enlarged the church and other buildings and bolstered the Abbey's reputation as a centre of learning. Students at the school were taught by professed monks and were expected to participate in the daily monastic observances. This preparation provided a good crop of candidates for monasticism. Soon Glastonbury became a spearhead for a widespread monastic revival.</span></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><br /><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">The Irish Connections</span></p> <p style="text-align: left;"><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">Just how much Irish influence </span><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">there was on the Abbey </span><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">just before the end of the first millennium CE is much debated; however, Bligh Bond, the Church Architect and Antiquarian who did the dig of the Abbey in the first twenty years of the twentieth century, found the remains of what he called the Dunstan Chapel just to the west of the Mary Chapel:</span></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="http://geomancy.org/listmessenger/public/images/aatip100/dunst_chap_w.jpg" alt="The Dunstan Chaple" width="400" height="175" /><br /><br /><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: x-small;">The Dunstan Chapel</span><br /><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: x-small;">The form of the foundation with the extensions at each corner </span><br /><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: x-small;">(best seen in the left hand corner) mark this as a typically Irish structure.&nbsp; </span><br /><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: x-small;">This shape is found all over Ireland, but only a small handful </span><br /><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: x-small;">of these structures are known in England.</span></p> <p style="text-align: left;"><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">St. Dunstan was known as an excellent metalsmith (he's the saint of goldsmiths and jewelers), but also he was known for his Irish harp playing.&nbsp; Glastonbury's local secondary school, St. Dunstan's, has a harp as its symbol.&nbsp; Our Glastonbury Tercentennial Labyrinth, which honours four famous spiritual people in our town's history. Dunstan is one, and his symbol in this labyrinth is also a harp.</span></p> <table border="0" cellpadding="5" align="center"> <tbody> <tr> <td><img src="http://geomancy.org/listmessenger/public/images/aatip100/tercen_laby_w.jpg" alt="Glastonbury Tercentennial Labyrinth" width="432" height="152" /></td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td><img src="http://geomancy.org/listmessenger/public/images/aatip100/dunst_stone_harp_w.jpg" alt="Dunstan corner stone" width="250" height="211" /></td> </tr> <tr> <td style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: x-small;">The Glastonbury Tercentennial Labyrinth</span></td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td style="text-align: center;">The Dunstan Stone<br />marks one of the four 180&deg; turns<br />in this labyrinth</td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p style="text-align: left;"><br /><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">Here is another illustration of St Dunstan playing the harp while the Devil sneaks in through the door:</span></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="http://geomancy.org/listmessenger/public/images/aatip100/dunst_harp_devil_w.jpg" alt="Dunstan, Harp &amp; Devil" width="252" height="299" /><br /><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: x-small;">Dunstan, Harp &amp; Devil<br />(From Wikipedia)<br /></span></p> <p><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">But more of the Devil later.</span><br /><br /><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">Dunstan became the Archbishop of Canterbury in 960 CE.&nbsp; And in that role, continued to strengthen the renewal of the Church and especially the rules of the Benedictine Order.&nbsp; After celebrating the Divine Liturgy on the Feast of Ascension, 988 CE, St. Dunstan preached a sermon in which he foretold that within the next three days he would die, which he did.&nbsp; Dunstan was buried in his cathedral, where his tomb was a popular place of pilgrimage throughout the Middle Ages. Until Thomas a Becket later eclipsed Dunstan's fame he was the most popular English saint.&nbsp; </span><br /><br /><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">Several years ago, I went to Canterbury Cathedral to look for his place of burial within the Cathedral.&nbsp; I asked a number of Docents (guides with blue sashes carrying thick notebooks of information) where that was.&nbsp; None of them seemed to know until I asked a frail older Docent, and he took me to Dunstan's resting place.&nbsp; The large floor stone marking his grave was just to the right of, and touching the High Altar - a reasonable (but sadly forgotten) indication of his importance to the Chu</span><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">rch.</span><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">THE BAD NEWS</span></p> <p style="text-align: left;"><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">It is my feeling that whenever a period of history is termed a "Dark Age," it means that the ruling culture of the HISstorian who later wrote about the "Dark" time was not in charge. While there were some notable exceptions (like the Venerable Bede 672-735CE) the Dark Age of Europe in the last half of the first millennium CE was not controlled by Christians. Most of the people were still pagans and some of the things that they were interested in would be of great interest to people like geomancers and practitioners of what HISstorians now call the "Dark" Arts - once again, an aspect of spirituality that Christians were not in control of.&nbsp; (Not all witches are bad, not all Catholic priests are good.)</span><br /><br /><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">So here comes the Devil.&nbsp; As I said above, St. Dunstan, is seen as a key figure in England's subsequent recovery of Christianity that had essentially been on hold during the Dark Age.&nbsp; There are a number of pictures that symbolise St. Dunstan's termination of this Dark Age.&nbsp; He was an excellent silversmith, and we are told that while he was making a chalice, the Devil annoyed him by his personal appearance, and tempted him whereupon St. Dunstan suddenly seized the fiend by the nose with a pair of iron tongs, burning hot, and so held him while he roared and cried till the night was far spent.</span></p> <table border="0" cellpadding="5" align="center"> <tbody> <tr> <td><img src="http://geomancy.org/listmessenger/public/images/aatip100/05-st-dunstan_w.jpg" alt="Dunstan &amp; Tongs" width="252" height="209" /></td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td><img src="http://geomancy.org/listmessenger/public/images/aatip100/Dubstan-AD_w.jpg" alt="DUnstan &amp; Tongs" width="252" height="245" /></td> </tr> <tr> <td style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: x-small;">Dunstan holds the Devil by the nose with Tongs <br />Illustration from <a href="honearchive.org/etexts/edb/day-pages/139-may19.html" target="_blank">honearchive.org/etexts/edb/day-pages/139-may19.html</a></span><br /></td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: x-small;">Dunstan holds the Devil by the nose with Tongs<br />Glastonbury Abbey<br /> </span></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">St. Dunstan, as the story goes,</span><br /><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">Once pull'd the devil by the nose </span><br /><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">With red-hot tongs, which made him roar,</span><br /><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">That he was heard three miles or more.</span></p> <p style="text-align: left;"><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">Please understand me, I am not anti Christian.&nbsp; Among other deities, I honour Jesus every evening </span><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">when I go to bed </span><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">for the many positive things that have come through from his teachings in the last two thousand years.&nbsp; But I also feel that Christians have a lot to answer for since the founding of the Church up to their impact today on modern politics in both America and here in Britain. St. Dunstan's eradication of the Dark Age was just the beginning of the chain of persecution of alternative thinkers that led to the Inquisition and many other atrocious acts of intolerance of groups people like dowsers and geomancers (not to mention followers of Islam and other non-Christian religions).</span><br /><br /><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.&nbsp; Seneca Wolf Clan Mother Grandmother Twylah Nitsch spoke about our Sacred Point of View - When sitting in a circle and looking at an object in the middle (in this case one's path to the One), we all see that path differently; we each have our individual Sacred Point of View.&nbsp; This is the case for me with our local Saint Dunstan.</span><span style="font-size: medium;">&nbsp; He was both good news and bad news.</span><br /><br /><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">}:-)</span></p> <p style="text-align: left;"><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;"><img src="http://geomancy.org/listmessenger/public/images/aatip60/sigs-newsig.png" alt="sig's sig" width="65" height="70" /></span><br /> <span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">Sig Lonegren</span><br /><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;"> MAG Webmaster</span><br /><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;"> SunnyBank, 9 Bove Town</span><br /><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;"> Glastonbury, Somerset</span><br /><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;"> England BA6 8JE</span><br /><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;"> http//:www.geomancy.org</span><br /><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;"> http//:www.sunnybankglastonbury.co.uk</span><br /><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;"> sig@geomancy.org</span><br /><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;"> +44 (0)1458 835 818</span><br /> <br /><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;"> p.s. If you haven't checked out my latest iBook, <em>The Earth Mysteries</em></span><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;"><em> Handbook: Holistic Non-Intrusive Data Gathering Techniques</em>, please go to</span><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;"> iTunes and download a copy.</span></p> <p style="text-align: left;"><br /><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">&nbsp;</span></p> "Sig Lonegren" <sig@geomancy.org> Thu, 05 Apr 2012 16:56:06 +0100 Tip o' the Week # 104 - Dowsing and Quantum http://www.geomancy.org/listmessenger/public/archive.php?id=145:469 <h1 style="text-align: center;"><img src="http://geomancy.org/listmessenger/public/images/aatip60/tip_head-new-logo3w.jpg" alt="Tip Logo" width="455" height="100" /></h1> <h1 style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">Tip o' the Week # 104 - Dowsing and Quantum</span></h1> <p><span style="font-size: medium;">Dear [firstname]</span></p> <p><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">If you are not familiar with the Double Slit Experiment, please go to YouTube and <a title="Double Split Experiment" href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tu57B1v0SzI" target="_blank">watch a short animated film</a> on it before you read further.</span><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">&nbsp; I have been reading about Quantum physics for over thirty years.&nbsp; The first to catch my eye was Werner Heisenberg and his finding that there is no such thing as an observer being separate from the observed.&nbsp; This Double Split experiment can help you see how this is possible.</span></p> <table border="0" cellpadding="5" align="center"> <tbody> <tr> <td><img src="http://geomancy.org/listmessenger/public/images/aatip100/heisenberg-1.jpg" alt="Werner Heisenberg" width="214" height="288" /></td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td><img src="http://geomancy.org/listmessenger/public/images/aatip100/double_split.jpg" alt="Double Slit Experiment" width="324" height="277" /></td> </tr> <tr> <td style="text-align: center;">Werner Heisenberg</td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td style="text-align: center;">Double Slit Experiment<br />and the mechanical eye/observer</td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p style="text-align: left;"><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">The build-up of an interference pattern as individual particles pass through two side-by-side slits in a screen is one of the most famous examples of how an entity such as an electron can behave both as a particle and as a wave.&nbsp; Aside from making the point that sometimes matter and wave can switch back and forth,&nbsp; the main point I want to make here is that simply by observing the an electron shooting toward the two slits makes it act differently.&nbsp; The observer becomes one with the observed.&nbsp; One of the basic cornerstones of Newtonian physics is that the observer must remain totally objective.&nbsp; But this double split experiment showed that this is not possible.</span><br /><br /><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">There is no such thing as a totally objective observer.&nbsp; And the observer not only can, but does affect the observed.&nbsp; Of course, one of the basic caveats in dowsing is not to be attached to the outcome, because if you are, your dowsing will support your unconscious need for a specific answer,&nbsp; "Does my Aunt have cancer?"&nbsp; ("Dear God, make it 'No'!")&nbsp; You will get a "No," for sure.&nbsp; Your unconscious wants to give you the answer it thinks you want to hear.&nbsp; This is why in my <a href="http://www.geomancy.org/dowsing/gnowing/index.php#dowsing/the-pendulum/index.php#8step">eight steps to good dowsing</a>, after tuning in and asking the question, I say repeatedly, "I wonder what the answer is going to be! I wonder what the answer is going to be! I wonder what the answer is going to be!"&nbsp; As long as I am saying that, I can't be saying, "Dear God, make it 'No'!"</span><br /><br /><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">So we can create our dowsing answer.</span><br /><br /><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">Here is where Tony Talmage comes in.&nbsp; Last weekend, I was at the BSD Earth Energies Group Spring Meeting just outside of Cheltenham.&nbsp; Tony, who is Chairman of the Guernsey Society of Dowsers, spoke on "Dowsing and the Quantum Connection."&nbsp; He spoke of quantum entanglement.&nbsp; According to Wikipedia, "When a measurement is made and it causes one member of such a pair to take on a definite value (e.g., clockwise spin), the other member of this entangled pair will at any subsequent time be found to have taken the appropriately correlated value (e.g., counterclockwise spin). Thus, there is a correlation between the results of measurements performed on entangled pairs, and this correlation is observed even though the entangled pair may have been separated by arbitrarily large distances."</span><br /><br /><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">This is what happens with map dowsing and perhaps what happens when dowsers work at a distance - there is no distance.&nbsp; Tony writes, "The hair, the spot of blood, gemstone, oil, water or other witness, (and, I'd add permission) is used by the dowser to connect to its parent.&nbsp; This weird world of quantum offers a scientific explanation for the weird world of the geomancer." </span><br /><br /><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">Talmage then goes deeper to suggest that the dowser can actually create reality.&nbsp; He feels that our human consciousness gives form to the symptoms we are told about, and so we bring in to manifestation the negativities described.&nbsp; I believe this is behind what I call "Sig's Hypothesis Number One - Even if they were trained by the same teacher, the chances are very good that when dowsing for intangible targets (like the Earth Energies in a sacred space or in a 'sick house'), no two dowsers will find exactly the same thing."&nbsp; We each find what our particular paradigm causes us to find.&nbsp; We each have our own individual sacred point of view, and therefore create our own reality.</span><br /><br /><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">Throughout his talk, Tony spoke of how difficult it was to understand how quantum works, and used something Nobel Laureate Richard Feynman once said, "if you think you understand quantum mechanics, you don't!"</span><br /><br /><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">But I feel that I got a better vision last weekend of the possible connection between Quantum and dowsing.&nbsp; I believe that this will be an important&nbsp; part of what the American Society of Dowsers meant when they chose their motto, <em>Indago Felix</em>! - The Fruitful Se</span><span style="font-size: medium;">arch!&nbsp; Look for more discussion about this within the BSD in the coming year.</span><br /><br /><br /><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">}:-)</span><br /><img src="http://geomancy.org/listmessenger/public/images/aatip60/sigs-newsig.png" alt="Sig's Sig" width="65" height="70" /><br /><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">Sig Lonegren</span><br /><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">MAG Webmaster</span><br /><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">SunnyBank, 9 Bove Town</span><br /><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">Glastonbury, Somerset</span><br /><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">England BA6 8JE</span><br /><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">http//:www.geomancy.org</span><br /><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">http//:www.sunnybankglastonbury.co.uk</span><br /><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">sig@geomancy.org</span><br /><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">+44 (0)1458 835 818</span></p> <p style="text-align: left;"><span style="font-size: medium; font-family: verdana,geneva;">p.s. If you haven't checked out my latest iBook, <em>The Earth Mysteries Handbook: Holistic Non-Intrusive Data Gathering Techniques</em>, please go to iTunes and download a copy.</span></p> "Sig Lonegren" <sig@geomancy.org> Fri, 30 Mar 2012 15:26:47 +0100 http://www.geomancy.org/listmessenger/public/archive.php?id=144:465 <p><img style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="http://geomancy.org/listmessenger/public/images/aatip90/tip_head-new-logo3w.jpg" alt="Tip Logo" width="455" height="100" /></p> <h1 style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: verdana, geneva;">Tip o&rsquo; the Week # 103 - Update</span></h1> <p><span style="font-family: verdana, geneva; font-size: medium;">Dear [firstname]</span><br /><br /><span style="font-family: verdana, geneva; font-size: medium;">Instead of the usual Tip on some aspect of Geomancy, this one is about new information concerning what I am up to.&nbsp; I am now in Holland where my wife Karin and I have a flat in Enkhuizen, a lovely old town at the western end of the Markerwaarddijk that crosses what used to be called the Zuiderzee.</span></p> <p><span style="font-family: verdana, geneva; font-size: medium;"><img style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" 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alt="" /></span></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: verdana, geneva; font-size: medium;">Enkhuisen is on the western end of the Markerwaarddijk (in red)</span><br /><span style="font-family: verdana, geneva; font-size: medium;">The dijk/dike is 32 kilometers/19.9 miles long ?Illustration is from &lt;downwindofamsterdam.com</span></p> <p><span style="font-family: verdana, geneva; font-size: medium;"><br />I&rsquo;ve been working on my &lt;<a href="http://www.geomancy.org/resources/geomantic-events/index.php" target="_blank">Events</a>&gt; page for 2012.&nbsp; If you live near any of them, it would be great to see you!</span><br /><br /><br /><span style="font-family: verdana, geneva; font-size: medium;">I had the sad job recently of taking over twenty names off of my mailing list because the emails bounced.&nbsp; If you enjoy getting these Tips, and your email is going to change, please let me know what your new one is so you won&rsquo;t miss anything.&nbsp; <a href="mailto:sig@geomancy.org">sig@geomancy.org</a>&nbsp; &nbsp;;&nbsp; )&nbsp;</span></p> <h2 style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: verdana, geneva; font-size: small;"><img src="http://geomancy.org/listmessenger/public/images/aatip90/100/sigs_new-book.jpg" alt="Sig's New Book" width="227" height="360" /></span></h2> <h2 style="text-align: left;"><span style="font-family: verdana, geneva; font-size: small;"><span style="font-weight: normal; font-size: medium;">I am pleased to tell you that my <em>Earth Mysteries Handbook: Holistic Non-Intrusive Data Gathering Techniques</em> is now available now available on the iTunes store and <a href="http://tinyurl.com/6nwdu6s" target="_blank">you can find it here</a>&nbsp;for&nbsp;$4.99.&nbsp;</span></span><span style="font-family: verdana, geneva; font-weight: normal; font-size: medium;">The following is from the <em>Introduction to the Revised Edition</em> section of <em>Earth Mysteries Handbook: Holistic Non-Intrusive Data Gathering Techniques</em>:</span></h2> <p style="text-align: left;"><br /><span style="font-family: verdana, geneva; font-size: medium;">When I began the American Society of Dowsers (ASD)/New England Antiquities Research Association (NEARA) Earth Mysteries Project almost thirty years ago, having just finished my Masters Program in the study of Sacred Space, I wanted to gather data on a significant number of the underground stone chambers that dotted the New England and Hudson River Valley of New York. In retrospect, I did this for two reasons:</span><br /><br /><span style="font-family: verdana, geneva; font-size: medium;">I focused on three major aspects of Pre-Protestant Reformation Sacred Spaces:</span><br /><br /><span style="font-family: verdana, geneva; font-size: medium;"><strong>Archaeoastronomy</strong>. Their sacred sites all over the world were oriented towards significant, usually horizonal, astronomical events. I focused on the Sun, but became aware that there were Lunar and Stellar alignments as well.</span><br /><br /><span style="font-family: verdana, geneva; font-size: medium;"><strong>Sacred Geometry</strong>. They were built using a small handful of geometrical ratios all of which were in the ratio of an irrational number to One - the Square Roots of Two, Three, and Five, plus pi &prod;, and phi &oslash;. These irrational (i.e. &lsquo;not rational&rsquo;) numbers could assist the seeker to experience the irrational (read: Spiritual/intuitive) world more easily.</span><br /><br /><span style="font-family: verdana, geneva; font-size: medium;"><strong>The Earth Energies</strong>. These older sacred sites were located at places where different life force systems of this planet came together, and were concentrated. I called these Earth Energy Power Centres, and, as I saw them, they consist of &lsquo;Primary Water&rsquo; and &lsquo;Energy Leys&rsquo;.</span><br /><br /><span style="font-family: verdana, geneva; font-size: medium;">So my first reason for this project was to see if these three components were to be found at the stone chambers of New England.</span><br /><br /><span style="font-family: verdana, geneva; font-size: medium;">The second reason why I embarked on this project was that back in the late nineteen-seventies and early eighties, most American archaeologists and anthropoligists were blinded by their paradigm that other than Native Americans, Columbus was first, and so these chambers were Colonial Root Cellars - places where potatoes, carrots and other root crops could be safely stored over the winter. So my second focus at the beginning of this project was to gather enough data to convince the academicians and scientists that these were truly sacred spaces.</span><br /><br /><span style="font-family: verdana, geneva; font-size: medium;">It didn&rsquo;t work. Academicians shift paradigms very slowly (if at all). Columbus was first! They felt, for example, that builders did not know enough to have the precise knowledge of astronomy to orient their sacred places the way archaeoastronomers like Alexander Thom, Gerald Hawkins, Byron Dix and others were suggesting. Sacred Geometry? Are you telling me that the Neolithic people of Britain were using sophisticated geometry in the construction of their stone rings two thousand years before the Greeks invented geometry?!! (Let alone the &ldquo;primitive savages&rdquo; in New England!) And as for dowsing, where&rsquo;s the empirical evidence that it is &lsquo;real?&rsquo; There isn&rsquo;t any.</span><br /><br /><br /><span style="font-family: verdana, geneva; font-size: medium;">I&rsquo;ve learned a lot since 1985 when this Handbook was first published, and I have updated much of the data-gathering information to be found on the pages that follow. Perhaps the biggest change is one of focus. I am not particularly interested in presenting these data gathering techniques so you can use them to convince archaeologists - and scientists in general - of the reality that our ancient foremothers and fathers were into sacred geometry, archaeoastronomy and the Earth energies.&nbsp; I suspect that this paradigm shift for most academic left-brainers to allow these possibilities is damn near impossible.</span><br /><br /><span style="font-family: verdana, geneva; font-size: medium;">So, I now feel what is really important is for people who are new to the Earth Mysteries to convince themselves through the application of these essentially left brain practices of the reality that our &lsquo;primitive savage&rsquo; ancestors were into these tools for expansion of consciousness and spiritual awareness. This will help you to get ready for (IMHO) the real work: experiencing for yourself the reality of these Mysteries. As I have long said, when ignorant folk use the term &lsquo;primitive savages&rsquo;, they are talking about a group of people who were more spiritually advanced than themselves.&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="text-align: left;"><span style="font-family: verdana, geneva; font-size: medium;"><br /></span></p> <p style="text-align: left;"><br /><span style="font-family: verdana, geneva; font-size: medium;">I trust that you will find this iBook an interesting, useful and exciting read.&nbsp;</span><span style="font-family: verdana, geneva; font-size: medium;">It can be read on an iPhone or better yet, an iPad.</span><span style="font-family: verdana, geneva; font-size: medium;">&nbsp;If you have an iBook or Phone, Download the iTunes App, and then get the book. &nbsp;But, if you have a computer (Mac or PC), it won&rsquo;t work, so you will need to get a special reader.&nbsp;</span><span style="font-family: verdana, geneva; font-size: medium;">To download it, go to iTunes &lt;<a href="http://www.apple.com/uk/iTunes" target="_blank">http://www.apple.com/uk/iTunes</a>&gt;. &nbsp;</span><span style="font-family: verdana, geneva; font-size: medium;">&nbsp;Here are a few:</span></p> <p style="text-align: left;"><span style="font-family: verdana, geneva; font-size: medium;"><strong>Calibre&nbsp;</strong>&lt;<a href="http://calibre-ebook.com" target="_blank">http://calibre-ebook.com</a></span><span style="font-family: verdana, geneva; font-size: medium;">&gt;&nbsp; &nbsp;</span></p> <p style="text-align: left;"><span style="font-family: verdana, geneva; font-size: medium;"><strong>Adobe Digital Editions </strong>&lt;<a href="http://www.adobe.com/products/digitaleditions/" target="_blank">http://www.adobe.com/products/digitaleditions/</a>&gt; </span><br /><br /><span style="font-family: verdana, geneva; font-size: medium;"><strong>Sony Reader for Mac </strong>&lt;<a href="http://ebookstore.sony.com/download/" target="_blank">http://ebookstore.sony.com/download/</a>&gt;</span><br /><br /><span style="font-family: verdana, geneva; font-size: medium;"><strong>Bookle</strong> &lt;<a href="http://www.macworld.com/article/165235/2012/02/bookle_brings_epub_reading_to_the_mac.html" target="_blank">http://www.macworld.com/article/165235/2012/02/bookle_brings_epub_reading_to_the_mac.html</a>&gt;.&nbsp; Sadly, Bookle is only available in the USA.</span><br /><br /><span style="font-family: verdana, geneva; font-size: medium;">The problem with the above computer based readers is that they can not read &lt;.mov&gt; (movie) files - although I am not sure about Bookle).&nbsp; I have two films in my Earth Mysteries Handbook.&nbsp; If you need to use one of these computer book readers and want to see the film and animation, contact me at &lt;<a href="mailto:sig@geomancy.org">sig@geomancy.org</a>&gt;, and I will send you a URL where you can see both a dowsing instructional film, and an animation of the Sun through the year that will give you a different perspective on Orthographic Projections.</span><br /><br /><span style="font-family: verdana, geneva; font-size: medium;">I would appreciate hearing from you if you have any feedback or difficulties in getting this iBook. Hopefully a bit later I will also have this for Kindle Fire as an eBook on Amazon. &nbsp;Sadly, the regular Kindle eBook Readers don't do a lot of the things that my book requires - like links and films.</span><br /><br /><span style="font-family: verdana, geneva; font-size: medium;">Guess that&rsquo;s it!</span><br /><br /><span style="font-family: verdana, geneva; font-size: medium;">}:-)</span><br /><img src="http://geomancy.org/listmessenger/public/images/aatip90/sigs-newsig.png" alt="Sig's Signature" width="65" height="70" /><br /><span style="font-family: verdana, geneva; font-size: medium;">Sig Lonegren</span><br /><span style="font-family: verdana, geneva; font-size: medium;">MAG Webmaster</span><br /><span style="font-family: verdana, geneva; font-size: medium;">SunnyBank, 9 Bove Town</span><br /><span style="font-family: verdana, geneva; font-size: medium;">Glastonbury, Somerset</span><br /><span style="font-family: verdana, geneva; font-size: medium;">England BA6 8JE</span><br /><span style="font-family: verdana, geneva; font-size: medium;">http//:www.geomancy.org</span><br /><span style="font-family: verdana, geneva; font-size: medium;">http//:www.sunnybankglastonbury.co.uk<br /><a href="mailto:sig@geomancy.org">sig@geomancy.org</a><br /></span><span style="font-family: verdana, geneva; font-size: medium;">+44 (0)1458 835 818</span></p> <p style="text-align: left;"><br /><br /></p> "Sig Lonegren" <sig@geomancy.org> Thu, 22 Mar 2012 17:14:26 +0100 http://www.geomancy.org/listmessenger/public/archive.php?id=142:460 <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="http://geomancy.org/listmessenger/public/images/aatip90/tip_head-new-logo3w.jpg" alt="Tip Logo" width="455" height="100" /></p> <h1 style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">Tip o&rsquo; the Week #102 - Re-Membering Abbott Whiting</span></h1> <p><span style="font-size: medium;">Dear [firstname]</span></p> <p><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">In the early eighties, when I decided that I wanted to live in Glastonbury, I told my English friends of this desire, and almost to a wo/man they replied, &ldquo;No, you don&rsquo;t want to live there!&rdquo;&nbsp; When I arrived, like a smitten lover, at first I didn&rsquo;t see what had caused them all to have that essentially identical reaction.&nbsp; But then I grew to see that there was an odd division in the town between the local Somerset folks who had lived here for generations, and the incomers, like myself, who had been drawn here by .... something very special - dare I say &lsquo;magical&rsquo;?&nbsp; But within the alternative community - back then it was called &lsquo;the New Age community&rsquo; - there were many deep divisions.&nbsp; It seemed that everyone who had been called here had woken up, been divorced, and came here to &lsquo;do it my way.&rsquo;&nbsp; (read: anarchism)&nbsp; Now coming from Vermont, I was familiar with this attitude.&nbsp; Back there it is called &rsquo;rugged Yankee individualism&rsquo;.&nbsp; If I demand the right to do my thing, I must allow you to do yours.</span><br /><br /><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">So I found Glastonbury, the Land of Avalon, to be a town divided.&nbsp; While at first I reveled in my right to do my own thing, I soon found that it was damn hard to get anything done as a group.&nbsp; (The New Age philosophy had something to do with it in that everyone - including myself - was working on their intuition, and consciously left behind our rational gifts.)&nbsp; The result was that everybody wanted to do it differently - their own way.&nbsp; Chaos ruled.</span><br /><br /><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">In the last decade or so, I have gained a better sense why this might be the case here in Glastonbury, but not in surrounding towns or even in most of the rest of England.&nbsp; It has something to do with the dissolution of the Abbey.&nbsp; A good friend, Jon Cousins, now a Town Councillor, has done a lot to help me understand what might be the cause.&nbsp; In the last six years, he has produced three pamphlets of Glastonbury revisionist history.&nbsp; His first one was <em>Remember Richard Whiting</em>, <em>The last Abbott of Glastonbury Abbey*</em>.&nbsp; On the 30th of January, 2012, I was invited to attend the opening of the second edition of this most interesting eye-opening booklet, and to hear Jon expand his thoughts on it.&nbsp; </span></p> <p><br /><br /><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">In the Fifteen-thirties, Henry VIII, the King of England, was in the process of converting England from Roman Catholicism to National Catholicism (what was to become the Anglican Communion, a.k.a the Church of England).&nbsp; Abbot Whiting had supported the King all the way.&nbsp; He had signed the letter urging Pope Clement VII to dissolve King Henry&rsquo;s marriage to Catherine of Aragon. He then signed the paper renouncing obedience to the Pope, and soon after, he put his name to another paper recognising the royal supremacy.</span></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="http://geomancy.org/listmessenger/public/images/aatip80/tor_fm_north.jpg" alt="tor" width="400" height="299" /></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: small;">The Glastonbury Tor<br />where Abbot Whiting, John Thorne and Roger James were Hanged<br />dominates the Somerset Levels</span></p> <p><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">Yet in 1539, after a sham trial in Wells, Whiting and the Abbey&rsquo;s Treasurer, John Thorne and sub-Treasurer, Roger James were dragged up the to the Tor where they were hanged on a hastily constructed gibbet. As for the good Abbott, he was hanged only &lsquo;till he was nearly dead, when he was cut down, and drawn and quartered while still alive and had his head cut off.&nbsp; The four body parts we sent to the four quarters of the Abbey&rsquo;s land - Bath, Wells, Illchester and Bridgewater.&nbsp; His head was posted on a spike at the entrance of the Abbey.&nbsp; </span></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;"><img src="http://geomancy.org/listmessenger/public/images/aatip90/100/abknave.jpg" alt="Gkastonbury Abbey" width="393" height="274" /><br /><span style="font-size: small;">The Glastonbury Abbey<br />It was being torn down even <span style="text-decoration: underline;">before</span> Abbot Whiting's trial!<br /></span></span></p> <p style="text-align: left;"><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">While there are a large amount of records from that time of other events in England, there are almost no records of Abbot Whiting&rsquo;s trial or even what he was charged with!&nbsp; </span><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">As Jon Cousins writes,&rdquo; What I couldn&rsquo;t understand was, if Richard Whiting supported Henry, why was he killed?&rdquo; (p. 10) The reality is, we don&rsquo;t know, but it must have had some secret to do with &lsquo;<em>the holyest erthe in Englande</em>.&rsquo;&nbsp; What was the secret that was so important to Henry that he was willing to allow what can only be called a ritual murder of one of his most important supporters? Was it the Holy Grail?&nbsp; Was it (sacrilege) Jesus and Mary's bones?&nbsp; Jon&rsquo;s conclusion was that Richard Whiting knew the mystery of the 'Something Else'.&nbsp; (He) knew the secret of 'What Glastonbury IS'. (p. 22)</span><br /><br /><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">To add to this mystery, is the image of his death - three men crucified - no hanged - on a high hill in most grotesque fashion.&nbsp; (Get the analogy?)&nbsp; Glastonbury author Geoffrey Ashe writes, &lsquo;...one senses a hateful darkness, a memory of witchcraft or druidical rites.&rsquo; (p. 21)</span><span style="font-size: medium;">&nbsp; In other words: ritual murder.</span><br /><br /><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">Oh yes, in 1895, this good Abbot who had renounced obedience to the Pope was beatified along with Thorne and James not by the Church of England, but by the Church of Rome!&nbsp; Now that&rsquo;s weird.</span><br /><br /><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">Jon Cousins feels, and so do I, that the dysfunction of our town today has its roots in this macabre black magic act in 1539 of the murder of Abbot Whiting and his two subalterns.</span><br /><br /><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">Jon has been contacting Churches here in Glastonbury and the Anglican and Catholic Bishops of this diocese to see if they would be willing to have a healing service of remembrance in the Abbey run by these Bishops, the local churches and all of the people of Glastonbury - Christians, Pagans, Hindus, and others citizens invited to participate in this ceremony to bring the separate parts of this good Abbot back together - to literally re-member the dismembered Abbott Whiting. </span><br /><br /><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">Jon reports that none of the Churches wanted to be involved with this healing event.&nbsp; None.&nbsp; </span><br /><br /><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">According to Barry Taylor, a Pilgrim in Glastonbury. "</span><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">Whatever the reality, there is no doubt that the Abbot was brutally put to death on 15th November 1539 and that the town ever since has had the greatest difficulty in flourishing."</span><br /><br /><br /><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">As I write this, it is the <a href="http://www.geomancy.org/astronomy/quarter-and-cross-quarter-days/imbolc/index.php" target="_blank">Celtic CrossQuarter Day of Imbolc</a>.&nbsp; The seed that is planted on November 1st (Samhain), and lies dormant through the dark days of winter, then, like the quickening in the human reproductive cycle, moves on its own for the first time.&nbsp; It is time for the quickening of Jon&rsquo;s plan, to Remember Abbot Whiting, to have a whole community healing.&nbsp; Jon has planted the seed.&nbsp; It has lain quietly through the winter, and now it is time to get going.&nbsp; </span><br /><br /><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">Please send your prayers for this event to come together to bring the re-membering of our town.</span><br /><br /><br /><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">Thank You,</span><br /><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">and</span><br /><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">Happy Imbolc!</span><br /><br /><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">}:-)</span><br /><br /><img src="http://geomancy.org/listmessenger/public/images/aatip90/sigs-newsig.png" alt="Sig's Signature" width="65" height="70" /><br /><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">Sig Lonegren</span><br /><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">MAG Webmaster</span><br /><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">SunnyBank, 9 Bove Town</span><br /><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">Glastonbury, Somerset</span><br /><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">England BA6 8JE</span><br /><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">http//:www.geomancy.org</span><br /><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">http//:www.sunnybankglastonbury.co.uk</span><br /><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">+44 (0)1458 835 818</span><br /><br /><br /><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">&nbsp;This Tip only scrapes the surface on the story of the dissolution of Glastonbury Abbey in 1539.&nbsp; I highly recommend Jon&rsquo;s trilogy entitled:</span><br /><br /><em><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">&nbsp;The Glastonbury Documents</span></em><br /><br /><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">Cousins, Jon. 2007. R<em>emember Richard Whiting. Concerning the Isle of Transformation, and the last Abbot of Glastonbury</em>. Republished in 2012.&nbsp; &pound;2.00</span><br /><br /><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">__________. 2009. <em>What is Glastonbury?&nbsp; Concerning the dichotomy between the Market Town and &lsquo;Sacred Glastonbury</em>.&nbsp; &pound;2.00</span><br /><br /><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">__________. 2010. <em>Temple of Reconciliation: Concerning Jesus Maria, and the re-union of the temporal and spiritual aspects of Glastonbury</em>.&nbsp; &pound;3.00</span><br /><br /><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">The first and third booklets can be ordered from the Library of Avalon, The Glastonbury Experience, High Street, Glastonbury, Somerset. Contact them for postage and handling charges.&nbsp; I am not sure at this time where you can purchase </span><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;"><em>What is Glastonbury?&nbsp; Concerning the dichotomy between the Market Town and &lsquo;Sacred Glastonbury.&nbsp; </em>When I find this out,</span><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;"> I will inform you in a later <em>Tip</em>.</span></p> <p style="text-align: left;">----------------------</p> <p style="text-align: left;"><span style="font-size: medium;">Apologies - in my last email to you, I mistakenly called the smaller version of Silbury hill 'Babysil'.&nbsp; Pete Glastonbury, the man who first brought this truncated cone to our attention called it 'Silbaby.'&nbsp;&nbsp; Since talking about it with Steve Marshall, he tells me that archaeologists call it 'Weyden Mound.'&nbsp; As it is found at the southern end of Weyden Hill, this name seems most appropriate.&nbsp; I am sorry for my use of an incorrect name.<br /></span></p> "Sig Lonegren" <sig@geomancy.org> Thu, 02 Feb 2012 15:13:19 +0100 http://www.geomancy.org/listmessenger/public/archive.php?id=141:458 <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="http://geomancy.org/listmessenger/public/images/aatip90/tip_head-new-logo3w.jpg" alt="Tip Logo" width="455" height="100" /></p> <h1 style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: medium;">Tip o' the Week #100 - Weyden Mound<br /></span></h1> <p><span style="font-size: medium; font-family: verdana,geneva;">Dear [firstname]</span></p> <p><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">This is my first <em>Tip</em> for a while as I have been completing my iBook, <em>The Earth Mysteries Handbook: Holistic Non-Intrusive Data Gathering Techniques.</em> Right now, it is being edited by Frances Howard-Gordon who edited both my <em>Spiritual Dowsing</em> and <em>Labyrinths: Ancient Myths and Modern Uses</em>, and it is also being formatted for iTunes and Amazon by Jay Pritchard.&nbsp; So, as it is now their hands, I have time to tell you about a new discovery (for me) at Avebury that is presently called by archaeologists 'Weyden Mound.' It is at the southern end of Weyden Hill that visually separates Silbury Hill from the West Kennett Avenue.<br /></span></p> <p><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">Avebury is one of my teaching sites.&nbsp; Every time I go there, I learn something new. I made the rough calculation of having visited this wonderful megalithic complex at least twice a year for the last 25+ years.&nbsp; So in over fifty visits, I find it astounding that I have never noticed quite a large truncated cone call Weyden Mound even though I have passed within a football field of it at least twenty-five times on my way to the West Kennett Long Barrow!&nbsp; As far as I know, it was first noted by a man named Pete Glastonbury who called it 'Silbaby', &nbsp; I was taken there by Steve Marshall who knows Avebury like the back of his hand, and is writing a book on it this winter.&nbsp; I went up there last weekend with Jamie George and his wife (my Editor) Frances Howard-Gordon and several other friends.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">Weyden Hill is located on the Roman Road that runs from Bath to London, and skirts the edge of Silbury Hill. Weyden Mound is less than a quarter of a mile East of Silbury Hill on the other side of the road.</span></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;"><img src="http://geomancy.org/listmessenger/public/images/aatip90/100/silbury.jpg" alt="Silbury Hill" width="600" height="448" /></span></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;"><span style="font-size: x-small;">Silbury Hill, Avebury<br />The Roman Road is on the other side of the hedge on the left <br /></span></span></p> <p style="text-align: left;"><span style="font-size: medium;"><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva;">The West Kennett Long Barrow the </span><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva;">largest and best preserved one </span></span><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;"><span style="font-size: x-small;"><span style="font-size: medium;">in England is within two fields from Silbury Hill, the largest man-made prehistoric mound in all of Europe. </span></span></span></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;"><span style="font-size: x-small;"><span style="font-size: medium;"><img src="http://geomancy.org/listmessenger/public/images/aatip90/100/west.ken.lb_.jpg" alt="West Kennett" width="408" height="267" /></span></span></span></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;"><span style="font-size: x-small;"><span style="font-size: medium;"><span style="font-size: x-small;">West Kennett Long Barrow</span></span></span></span></p> <p style="text-align: left;"><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;"><span style="font-size: x-small;"><span style="font-size: medium;"><span style="font-size: x-small;"><span style="font-size: medium;">From the top of this Neolithic barrow, one can see both Silbury Hill and what is presently called 'Weyden Mound' and like it's big sister, it is a truncated cone.<br /> </span></span></span></span></span></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;"><span style="font-size: x-small;"><span style="font-size: medium;"><span style="font-size: x-small;"><span style="font-size: medium;"><br /> <img src="http://geomancy.org/listmessenger/public/images/aatip90/100/panorama.jpg" alt="Silbury panorama" width="600" height="239" /><br /> <span style="font-size: x-small;">We're standing on top of the West Kennett Long Barrow <br /> with the stones marking the mouth of the chamber <br /> in the lower right-hand corner of the picture.&nbsp; <br /> To the left is Silbury Hill. <br /> Weyden (Odin) Hill is in the centre in the background.<br /> Directly above the big white megalith (just to the left of our shadows)<br /> and across the field toward trhe southern end of Weyden Hill is Weyden Mound.</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p style="text-align: left;"><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;"><span style="font-size: x-small;"><span style="font-size: medium;"><span style="font-size: x-small;"><span style="font-size: medium;"><span style="font-size: x-small;"><span style="font-size: medium;">This picture shows a good reason why Weyden Hill has not been generally known up until now.&nbsp; Unlike Silbury, it is covered with trees, so it isn't easy to see not only at this distance, but up close as well.&nbsp; Below are two stitched up panoramas of Weyden Mound:</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <table border="0" width="670" height="200" align="center"> <tbody> <tr> <td style="text-align: center;"><img src="http://geomancy.org/listmessenger/public/images/aatip90/100/baby-sil.jpg" alt="BabySil" width="263" height="139" /></td> <td><img src="http://geomancy.org/listmessenger/public/images/aatip90/100/baby-sil2.jpg" alt="Baby Sil 2" width="399" height="146" /></td> </tr> <tr> <td style="text-align: left;"><span style="font-size: medium;"><span style="font-size: x-small;">The side of Weyden Mound facing the West Kennett Long Barrow. The flat top of the cone is clearly visible. </span></span></td> <td style="text-align: left;"> <p style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: medium;"><span style="font-size: x-small;">To the right of the first picture.<br />Here the flat top and slopes are more visible.<br />(Yes, it is the same guy in the red jacket twice._<br /></span></span></p> </td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p style="text-align: left;"><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;"><span style="font-size: x-small;"><span style="font-size: medium;"><span style="font-size: x-small;"><span style="font-size: medium;"><span style="font-size: x-small;"><span style="font-size: medium;">The Roman Road running West to East has Silbury Hill tangent to the North side of the road, and Weyden Mound is tangent (actually a bit cut in to) to the South.&nbsp; The road runs on to the town of Marlborough, six miles to the East, where Merlin's Mount, another truncated mound can be found in the middle of the Marlborough College Campus.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p style="text-align: left;"><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;"><span style="font-size: x-small;"><span style="font-size: medium;"><span style="font-size: x-small;"><span style="font-size: medium;"><span style="font-size: x-small;"><span style="font-size: medium;">&nbsp;</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;"><span style="font-size: x-small;"><span style="font-size: medium;"><span style="font-size: x-small;"><span style="font-size: medium;"><span style="font-size: x-small;"><span style="font-size: medium;"><img src="http://geomancy.org/listmessenger/public/images/aatip90/100/merlinsmount.JPG" alt="Merlin's Mount" width="159" height="120" /><br /><span style="font-size: x-small;">Merlin's Mount, Marlborough</span><br /><span style="font-size: x-small;">(picture from &lt;<a href="http://themodernantiquarian.com" target="_blank">themodernantiquarian.com</a>&gt;)</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p style="text-align: left;"><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;"><span style="font-size: x-small;"><span style="font-size: medium;"><span style="font-size: x-small;"><span style="font-size: medium;"><span style="font-size: x-small;"><span style="font-size: medium;"><span style="font-size: x-small;"><span style="font-size: medium;">So, what are these three truncated cones that are so close to each other doing?&nbsp; What was their function?&nbsp; The Silbury Hill treasure is an old story that has encouraged numerous legal and illegal digs in to the most famous of the three.&nbsp; As far as is known, no treasure was found.&nbsp; Merlin's Mound has a recent grotto (folly) in its side, but again, no treasure has been found. Wikipedia says it was a Moot Hill - where different tribes would meet on neutral turf to decide "moot points."&nbsp; But why would there be three of them within six miles of each other?&nbsp; And Silbury Hill and Weyden Mound are only about a quarter of a mile apart.</span><br /></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p style="text-align: left;"><span style="font-size: medium;"><span style="font-size: x-small;"><span style="font-size: medium;">I don't have any answers, but it sure is a mystery worth exploring further.</span></span></span></p> <p style="text-align: left;"><span style="font-size: medium;"><span style="font-size: x-small;"><span style="font-size: medium;"><br /></span></span></span></p> <p style="text-align: center;">&nbsp;</p> <p><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">}:-)</span><br /><img src="http://geomancy.org/listmessenger/public/images/aatip90/sigs-newsig.png" alt="Sig's Signature" width="65" height="70" /><br /><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">Sig Lonegren</span><br /><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">MAG Webmaster</span><br /><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">SunnyBank, 9 Bove Town</span><br /><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">Glastonbury, Somerset</span><br /><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">England&nbsp; BA6 8JE</span><br /><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">http//:www.geomancy.org</span><br /><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">http//:www.sunnybankglastonbury.co.uk</span><br /><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">+44 (0)1458 835 818</span></p> "Sig Lonegren" <sig@geomancy.org> Tue, 17 Jan 2012 20:23:38 +0100 http://www.geomancy.org/listmessenger/public/archive.php?id=140:456 <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="public/images/aatip90/tip_head-new-logo3w.jpg" alt="Tip Logo" width="455" height="100" /></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">Tip o&rsquo; the Week #99 - The Long and Winding Path</span><br /><br /></p> <p style="text-align: left;"><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">Dear [firstname]</span><br /><br /><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">As you probably are aware by now, I am an unrepentant gnostic.&nbsp; Spiritually, I would have been right there with the archetypal Christian Gnostic (capital &ldquo;G&rdquo;) St. Thomas, who was unwilling to take Jesus&rsquo; resurrection on faith, he wanted to feel the holes in Christ&rsquo;s hands.&nbsp; </span><br /><br /><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">According <a title="St THomas" href="http://www.abctales.com/story/biggus/st-thomas-day" target="_blank"><span style="color: #000000;">ABCtales.com</span></a>, &ldquo;St.Thomas the Apostle is the patron saint against doubt and of architects, blind people, builders, carpenters, construction workers, Ceylon East Indies, geometricians, India, masons, Pakistan, people in doubt, Sri Lanka, stone masons, stonecutters and theologians.&rdquo;&nbsp; Notice how many of these terms can be associated with geomancers - architects (see below), builders, carpenters, geometricians, masons, stone masons, stonecutters, and theologians.</span></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="http://geomancy.org/listmessenger/public/images/aatip90/masonic_symbol.jpg" alt="Masonic Symbo;" width="259" height="194" /></p> <p style="text-align: left;"><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">&ldquo;In England on St Thomas day, poor women and children went from door to door 'a-Thomassing'. They would beg for the ingredients or "goodenings for a Christmas feast, such as wheat for frumenty and flour for Yule bread.&rdquo;</span><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">&nbsp; Frumenty was a popular dish in Western European medieval cuisine. (It was made primarily from boiled, cracked wheat - hence its name, which derives from the Latin word <em>frumentum</em>, 'grain'.)</span><br />&nbsp;<br /><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium; color: #000000;">"Although July 3rd has been the feast day for St Thomas, for many centuries December 21st was also given as a feast day to Thomas for no significant historical reason through out the Middle Ages undoubtedly to divert attention from the pagan rites associated with the day."</span><br /><br /><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">But, might there actually be &ldquo;significant historical reason&rdquo; for the choice of this date?&nbsp; Hmmm.....&nbsp; Isn&rsquo;t December 21st usually the given date for the Winter Solstice - the darkest day of the year?&nbsp; The time just before the rebirth of the Light.</span><br /><br /><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">This doubting Thomas is my personal favorites of the Twelve.&nbsp;&nbsp; He wanted direct experience.&nbsp; Right on!&nbsp; Or should I say, <span style="color: #000000;">"Light on!&rdquo;</span></span><br /><br /><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">As a gnostic, I&rsquo;ve been seeking ways to gain this direct experience of the spiritual for a long time.&nbsp; The following is a list of characteristics that I have found can make it easier to have a gnostic experience.&nbsp;&nbsp; As I quote below, the &ldquo;experts&rdquo; don&rsquo;t claim direct connections between these characteristics, but they do see 'subtle relationships.'&rdquo;&nbsp; So do I.&nbsp; </span><br /><br /><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">In<span style="color: #000000;"> past <em>Tips</em></span> I have explored:</span><br /><br /><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;"><a title="Dowsing and the Divine" href="http://geomancy.org/listmessenger/public/archive.php?id=62:254" target="_blank"><strong>Dowsing</strong></a> - A large number of dowsers see dowsing as a valid tool for exploring the spiritual path (another word for dowsing is &ldquo;divining&rdquo;).</span><br /><br /><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;"><strong>Dyslexia</strong> - Several years ago, Jill Moss and I developed a totally unscientific test to see if there might be a connection between dowsing and dyslexia. Two-thirds of the dowsers we queried exhibited characteristics of adult dyslexia, and that group was predominantly interested in intangible target (<span style="color: #000000;">?dare I say &ldquo;spiritual&rdquo;?</span>) dowsing, whereas the other third were more interested in physical target dowsing.</span><br /><br /><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;"><strong>Left Handedness</strong> - According to the <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2011/03/08/health/views/08klass.html" target="_blank"><em>The New York Times</em></a>, &ldquo;Handedness clearly runs in families. The 2007 paper by the group at Oxford identified a gene, LRRTM1, that they discovered in the course of studying children with <a title="dyslexia" href="http://health.nytimes.com/health/guides/disease/developmental-reading-disorder/overview.html?inline=nyt-classifier" target="_blank">dyslexia</a>, and which turned out to be associated with the development of left-handedness.&rdquo; <span style="color: #000000;">(In the West, only 10% or so are </span>left-handed. In the same article, the Times had this interesting factoid: &ldquo;Four of the last seven US presidents &mdash; Ford, the elder Bush, Clinton, and Obama &mdash; have been left-handed&rdquo;!)&nbsp;&nbsp; </span><br /><br /><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">These three characteristics have also contributed to my thinking as a geomancer about the things that make it easier to experience the Spiritual Realms, but this past week, I came across another connection.</span><br /><br /><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;"><strong>Schizophrenia</strong> - The above-mentioned New York Times article continues,&nbsp; &ldquo;Dr. Francks, who is now at the Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics in the Netherlands, recalls that the discovery made headlines and attracted a great deal of attention, the more so because this gene (LRRTM1 on chromosome 2p12), <a href="http://www.nature.com/mp/journal/v12/n12/abs/4002053a.html" target="_blank">was also found disproportionately in people with schizophrenia</a>, even though none of these connections are simple or well understood. &ldquo;We&rsquo;re not looking for a gene for handedness or a gene for <a href="http://health.nytimes.com/health/guides/disease/schizophrenia-disorganized-type/overview.html?inline=nyt-classifier" target="_blank">schizophrenia</a>,&rdquo; he said. &ldquo;We&rsquo;re looking for subtle relationships.&rdquo;</span><br /><br /><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">When I think of schizophrenia in spiritual terms, it has been my understanding that many people who were called shamans (prior to the present burgeoning interest) were identified in their youth, and many of them were schizophrenics (some indigenous shamans <span style="color: #000000;">today are </span>as well). They worked in sacred space, and it (their psychosis) allowed them to visit the intangible realms more easily than could the vast majority of the population.&nbsp; And they could do it relatively safely because, unlike modern shamanic practitioners, they had the full support of the community they l<span style="color: #000000;">ived in.&nbsp; But shamanism certainly was/is another way to penetrate the veil to the other side.&nbsp; </span></span><br /><br /><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">Finally, I find it fascinating that all of these things that make it easier to experience the spiritual are considered to be handicaps by many in today&rsquo;s more left-brained/rational society.&nbsp; <span style="color: #000000;">Oh well, it ain&rsquo;t easy to make a blind man see...</span></span><br /><br /><br /><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">In 2012, may you find ways of using sacred space to directly and more clearly experience these lands yourself.</span><br /><br /><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">Happy <a href="http://www.geomancy.org/astronomy/quarter-cross-quarter/winter-solstice/index.html" target="_blank">Winter Solstice</a> &amp; Doubting Thomas Day!</span><br /><br /><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">Question Authority:</span><br /><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">Don&rsquo;t Believe Everything You Think!</span><br /><br /><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">}:-)</span><br /><img src="http://geomancy.org/listmessenger/public/images/aatip90/sigs-newsig.png" alt="Sig's Sig" width="65" height="70" /><br /><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">Sig Lonegren</span><br /><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">MAG Webmaster</span><br /><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">SunnyBank, 9 Bove Town</span><br /><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">Glastonbury, Somerset</span><br /><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">England&nbsp; BA6 8JE</span><br /><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">http//:www.geomancy.org</span><br /><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">http//:www.sunnybankglastonbury.co.uk</span><br /><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">+44 (0)1458 835 818</span></p> "Sig Lonegren" <sig@geomancy.org> Tue, 20 Dec 2011 14:47:35 +0100 Tio o' the Week - The 99%ers and The Fool http://www.geomancy.org/listmessenger/public/archive.php?id=139:453 <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="http://geomancy.org/listmessenger/public/images/aatip60/tip_head-new-logo3w.jpg" alt="Tip Logo" width="455" height="100" /></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><strong><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">Tip o&rsquo; the Week # 98</span><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;"><br />The 99%ers and The Fool</span></strong></p> <p style="text-align: left;"><span style="font-size: medium;"><br /></span></p> <p style="text-align: left;"><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">I&rsquo;ve just returned from the United States where I found my old country sadly dysfunctional and more divided than ever.&nbsp; From the grave concern about health care costs (mentioned by almost everyone) to the do-nothing Congress where half of the politicians have a to-hell-with-the-people attitude and seem determined not to vote for anything the President wants (so they can get rid of him in the next election).&nbsp; So much for cooperation in a time of grave economic stress.&nbsp; The list goes on and on, but perhaps the most exciting activity is taking place in New York where the 99%ers movement is known as &ldquo;Occupy Wall Street.&rdquo;&nbsp; This mass movement stretches in numerous cities across the country to the West Coast where students at Davis were pepper-sprayed while they were quietly protesting by sitting arms locked in front of one of the university buildings.&nbsp; And the establishment (purposely) misses the point by saying, &ldquo;They don&rsquo;t even know what they want!&rdquo;</span><br /><br /><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">In the late sixties, when I was learning to be a public/state school teacher, undoubtedly the most important book I read was &ldquo;<em>Teaching as a Subversive Activity</em>&rdquo; by Neil Postman and Charles Weingartner.&nbsp; (New York: Dell Publishing Co. &copy;1969. ISBN 0-385-29009-8).&nbsp; Postman was one of the most highly thought of Primary School educators in the America in the last half of the twentieth century.&nbsp; Back then (and sadly in many schools to this day) the idea was/is to get the students to sit in straight lines, shut up, pay attention, DON&rsquo;T FIDGET!, and come up with the answer that the teacher thinks is correct.&nbsp; </span><br /><br /><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">Postman wanted to be subversive.&nbsp; He asked, &ldquo;What if we taught them how to think?&rdquo;</span><br /><br /><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">His first chapter on how to get students to do just that was entitled &ldquo;<em>Crap Detecting</em>.&rdquo;&nbsp; How do you know when your teacher is full of crap?&nbsp;&nbsp; The idea here is that you gotta first realize that something is wrong before you can think creatively about possible solutions.</span><br /><br /><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">I found myself in a similar situation at that time when talking with my father about Richard Nixon and Viet Nam and Watergate.&nbsp; He finally said in exasperation, &ldquo;Well if you don&rsquo;t like it, what do you want?&rdquo;&nbsp; All I could come up with was, &ldquo;Peace and Love.&rdquo;&nbsp; (Actually, not such bad ideas.)</span><br /><br /><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">(<em>Hey, when is this going to have something to do with Geomancy!</em>??&nbsp; -&nbsp; Hang in there, it&rsquo;s coming soon.)</span><br /><br /><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">It&rsquo;s the same thing now.&nbsp; The 99%ers know they don&rsquo;t like what&rsquo;s going on.&nbsp; What they don&rsquo;t like is the entire system, and a lot of Americans agree with them, but the establishment nattering nabobs of negativity call them &ldquo;hippy fools&rdquo; because they are not being specific.&nbsp; But these 99%ers' crap detectors are working just fine.</span></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="http://geomancy.org/listmessenger/public/images/aatip90/TheFool.jpg" alt="The Fool" width="115" height="200" /></p> <p style="text-align: left;"><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">In the Tarot, the Fool is number Zero, and has no specific place in the Major Arcana&nbsp; because s/he is the Pilgrim on the path.&nbsp; Folks who are asleep see what s/he is doing as foolish -&nbsp; &ldquo;Look at that damned Fool, he&rsquo;s about to walk off a cliff!!&rdquo;&nbsp; But only the wise wo/man knows s/he&rsquo;s a fool.&nbsp; And in the Medieval court, only the Fool could tell the King where it was at and get away with it.</span><br /><br /><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">Now most of the 99%ers who are staging sit ins all over the US and Europe (and matched by the Arab Spring in Moslem lands) have an impact by their numbers.&nbsp; Thousands of them.&nbsp; But when I was in the Netherlands with Karin visiting our son Robbert Jan and his family in Baarn, he took me to a demonstration where just three men were out in the woods protesting essentially the same thing as all of the other 99%ers around the world.</span><br /><br /></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="http://geomancy.org/listmessenger/public/images/aatip90/niburu8.jpg" alt="Niburu Protesters" width="432" height="79" /></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><em><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: small;">The Niburu Protesters</span></em> <span style="font-size: small;">of Baarn (180&deg; panorama)</span><br /><em><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: small;">On the left at the end of the Avenue, Queen Juliana&rsquo;s Palace</span></em><br /><em><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: small;">In the middle, the three protester&rsquo;s encampment</span></em><br /><em><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: small;">To the right, Napoleon&rsquo;s Obelisk</span></em></p> <p style="text-align: left;"><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">I went in to talk with them and to offer my support.&nbsp; As usual, I couldn&rsquo;t hold my curiosity in cheque, so I then asked them, &ldquo;Why the hell are you protesting out in the woods instead of in the square in downtown Baarn where you would attract much more attention?&rdquo;</span><br /><br /><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">They pointed out that they were encamped on the dead straight avenue (read: ley) that ran from Queen Juliana&rsquo;s Palace to a massive obelisk that marked the Dutch defeat of Napoleon shortly before the English really finished him off at Waterloo.&nbsp; </span><br /><br /><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">They were protesting on a power centre!&nbsp; Those &ldquo;Fools&rdquo; were no fools.&nbsp; They were using geomancy to empower their protest!&nbsp; </span><br /><br /><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">May the Force Be With Them.</span><br /><br /><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">}:-)</span><br /><img src="http://geomancy.org/listmessenger/public/images/aatip60/sigs-newsig.png" alt="Sig's Sig" width="65" height="70" /><br /><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">Sig Lonegren</span><br /><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">MAG Webmaster</span><br /><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">SunnyBank, 9 Bove Town</span><br /><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">Glastonbury, Somerset</span><br /><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">England&nbsp; BA6 8JE</span><br /><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">http//:www.geomancy.oreg</span><br /><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">http//:www.sunnybankglastonbury.co.uk</span><br /><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">+44 (0)1458 835 818</span><br /><br /></p> "Sig Lonegren" <sig@geomancy.org> Wed, 30 Nov 2011 20:32:16 +0100 Tip o' the Week # 97 - On Technomancy http://www.geomancy.org/listmessenger/public/archive.php?id=138:451 <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="http://geomancy.org/listmessenger/public/images/aatip60/tip_head-new-logo3w.jpg" alt="Tip Logo" width="455" height="100" /></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: large;">On Technomancy</span></p> <p style="text-align: left;"><span style="font-size: medium;">Dear [firstname]</span><br /><br /><span style="font-size: medium;">This is the first Tip I've written in a while. I am almost finished writing my eBook, <em>The Earth Mysteries Handbook:&nbsp; Holistic Non-Intrusive Data Gathering Techniques</em>, and while I had thought that I would wait 'till I had completed it before I wrote my next <em>Tip</em>, something has come up that I felt was important to share with you now.</span><br /><br /><span style="font-size: medium;">1. The only thing you can't dowse is something you can't think of - (Read:&nbsp; You can dowse anything).</span><br /><br /><span style="font-size: medium;">2. I am a Geomancer (Geo = Earth, mancy = divination of).&nbsp; I have been dowsing and studying these Earth Energies for over forty years, and dowsing is integral to my work with these energies of the Earth both in sacred and secular space.&nbsp;&nbsp; There are both positive and negative issues related to them when we humans (and other animals and plants) come in contact with these intangible energies.&nbsp; On the positive side, in sacred spaces, these energies enhance the possibility of connection to the Spiritual World.&nbsp; On the negative side, in secular spaces, in peoples' homes and/or places where they work or spend a lot of time, certain Earth Energies can enhance the possibility of acquiring degenerative dis-ease - arthritis, cancer, colic in babies, auto immune disease, sleepness&nbsp; and more.&nbsp; In that case, these energies are referred to by geomancers as "geostress" - Earth induced/enhanced stress, and geomancers have developed a number of different ways to neutralise these yin energies.</span><br /><br /><span style="font-size: medium;">In the past fifteen years or so, there has been more and more talk amongst geomancers who deal with "sick houses" about man-made energies coming from cell phones, computer and TV screens, digital alarm clocks, electric blankets, household wiring, high tension lines, radar sites, etc., etc.&nbsp; These man-made energies that can contribute to ill health fall under a category that dowsers call "technostress."&nbsp; They can be found and shown to exist using scientific instruments. </span><br /><br /><span style="font-size: medium;">Last weekend, I was with a group of geomancers who are also members of the British Society of Dowsers (BSD).&nbsp; We were talking about these two different kinds of energies that can be detrimental to a person's health.&nbsp; Geostress can be dealt with by using dowsing and - the word I like to use to describe it - prayer to neutralise their effect.&nbsp; On the other hand, technostress is dealt with through the use of various man-made apparatuses that can read these energies and other bits of gear that can neutralise them.</span><br /><br /><span style="font-size: medium;">Some geomancers at the meeting felt that it was critical if they&nbsp; wanted to bring healing to a house, they needed to bring in awareness of this technostress as well.&nbsp; But then, I didn't hear any talk about other things that can make the people living in a house sick - radon gas, asbestos, lead paint and other things that can contribute negatively to the environment. </span><br /><br /><span style="font-size: medium;">Where does one draw the line?&nbsp; As one can dowse for everything, shouldn't one look for everything that can contribute to possible illness of the inhabitants?</span><br /><br /><span style="font-size: medium;">Well, I would say that ideally, the answer should be "Yes."&nbsp; But in reality, who knows the full list of things that can contribute to environmental degradation and lead to ill health?&nbsp; As far as I know, no one can do it all.</span><br /><br /><span style="font-size: medium;">I guess that I am a traditionalist.&nbsp; For the past forty years, I've been involved in Earth Energies, and I have worked with them to help folks grow spiritually or to heal various kinds of ill health.&nbsp; </span><br /><br /><span style="font-size: medium;">I'm a geomancer, not a technomancer, and in addition, I honestly don't even consider asbestos, radon gas or lead paint.</span><br /><br /><span style="font-size: medium;">This doesn't mean&nbsp; that man-made electromagnetic energies can't mess you over, but so can asbestos and radon and so many other things.&nbsp; I know people who are very good at working with these man-made problems, and if I am aware of issues in that area, I would recommend one of them to my client.&nbsp; </span><br /><br /><span style="font-size: medium;">But for me, I am going to stick with energies related to Mother Earth and ones that can be found and worked on through dowsing, and leave the electronic devices to others.</span></p> <p style="text-align: left;"><br /><span style="font-size: medium;">}:-)</span><br /><img src="http://geomancy.org/listmessenger/public/images/aatip60/sigs-newsig.png" alt="Sig's Sig" width="65" height="70" /></p> <p><span style="font-size: medium; font-family: verdana,geneva;">Sig Lonegren</span><br /> <span style="font-size: medium; font-family: verdana,geneva;">MAG Webmaster</span><br /> <span style="font-size: medium; font-family: verdana,geneva;"> SunnyBank, 9 Bove Town</span><br /> <span style="font-size: medium; font-family: verdana,geneva;"> Glastonbury, Somerset</span><br /> <span style="font-size: medium; font-family: verdana,geneva;"> England BA6 8JE</span><br /> <span style="font-size: medium; font-family: verdana,geneva;"> http//:www.geomancy.org</span><br /> <span style="font-size: medium; font-family: verdana,geneva;"> http//:www.sunnybankglastonbury.co.uk</span><br /> <span style="font-size: medium; font-family: verdana,geneva;"> +44 (0)1458 835 818</span></p> "Sig Lonegren" <sig@geomancy.org> Thu, 20 Oct 2011 20:42:44 +0100 http://www.geomancy.org/listmessenger/public/archive.php?id=133:450 "Sig Lonegren" <sig@geomancy.org> Sun, 09 Oct 2011 11:59:17 +0100 http://www.geomancy.org/listmessenger/public/archive.php?id=137:448 <p style="text-align: center;">&nbsp; <img src="http://geomancy.org/listmessenger/public/images/aatip90/tip_head-new-logo3w.jpg" alt="Tip Logo" width="455" height="100" /></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: medium; font-family: verdana,geneva;">Tip o&rsquo; the Week&nbsp; #96 - Tafelberg<br /></span></p> <p><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">Dear [firstname]</span></p> <p><span style="font-size: medium; font-family: verdana,geneva;">In the Netherlands, Tafelberg/Table Mountain&nbsp;dominates the&nbsp;rolling&nbsp;heathland of Blaricummer&nbsp;Heather.&nbsp; Because settlement&nbsp;remains from&nbsp;the Neolithic&nbsp;and the&nbsp;Ironand&nbsp;Bronze Age, this heathland&nbsp;has been designated&nbsp;as an archaeological monument.</span><br /><br /><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">Tafelberg is&nbsp;a&nbsp;peak of&nbsp;36.4&nbsp;m above sea level and is the highest point on&nbsp;the heath. An&nbsp;orientation table once&nbsp;stood&nbsp;on this&nbsp;hill,&nbsp;hence the name&nbsp;"Table Mountain".&nbsp; It is quite reminiscent of Silbury Hill in Avebury which is also a truncated cone.&nbsp; Around the base of this cone is a ring of earth, much like a henge in Britain.</span></p> <p style="text-align: left;">&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="http://geomancy.org/listmessenger/public/images/aatip90/taf_trench_w.jpg" alt="Tafelberg Trench" width="450" height="338" /></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: small;">Sig standing at inner edge of the earthen ring around Tafelberg<br /><br /><img src="http://geomancy.org/listmessenger/public/images/aatip90/tafelberg2w.jpg" alt="Tafelberg" width="720" height="245" /><br />Tafelberg</span></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: small;"><img src="http://geomancy.org/listmessenger/public/images/aatip90/tafelberg1w.jpg" alt="Tafelberg table" width="640" height="166" /><br /></span></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: small;">Taffelberg table</span><span style="font-size: medium; font-family: verdana,geneva;">&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="text-align: left;"><br /><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">There are a number of other tuncated cones/table mountains in Het Gooi (East of Amsterdam).&nbsp; Two others that we want to visit are Woensberg (?Wotan/Odin?) and Eukenberg</span>.<span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">&nbsp; Karin tells me that according to her now-deceased father-in-law, Jelto Schl&uuml;ter, as it was the highest point in the area, the Germans used this &ldquo;table&rdquo; for their antennas during WW II.&nbsp; </span><br /><br /><br /><span style="font-size: medium; font-family: verdana,geneva;">-----------------------------------</span><br /><br /><span style="font-size: medium; font-family: verdana,geneva;">An addition to my last <em>Tip# 95</em> on <em>Heresy</em>:&nbsp; </span><br /><br /><span style="font-size: medium; font-family: verdana,geneva;">I wrote about Acharya S&rsquo;s Gnostic take on the Bible, and then offered a critical review of her work from a website called <a href="http://www.answeringinfidels.com/answering-skeptics/answering-acharya-s/" target="_blank">Answering Infidels</a>.&nbsp; Here is a favorable review found on <a href="http://freethoughtnation.com/contributing-writers/63-acharya-s/577--ancient-tablet-evidence-of-jesus-myth.html" target="_blank">Free Thought Nation</a>.&nbsp; I must admit that this is a website that is connected with Acharya S, but it offers supportive reviews of her work by other academicians and ministers.<br /></span><br /><br /><span style="font-size: medium; font-family: verdana,geneva;">While we have been having lots of rain in Holland, I give thanks that it is nothing like the hurricane Irene that swept the East Coast of the US and especially hit my old home state of Vermont.</span><br /><br /><span style="font-size: medium; font-family: verdana,geneva;">Send them good thoughts!</span><br /><br /><span style="font-size: medium; font-family: verdana,geneva;">}:-)<br /><img src="http://geomancy.org/listmessenger/public/images/aatip90/sigs-newsig.png" alt="Sig's Signature" width="65" height="70" /><br /></span></p> <p><span style="font-size: medium; font-family: verdana,geneva;">Sig Lonegren</span><span style="font-size: medium; font-family: verdana,geneva;"><br />MAG Webmaster</span><br /><span style="font-size: medium; font-family: verdana,geneva;"> SunnyBank, 9 Bove Town</span><br /><span style="font-size: medium; font-family: verdana,geneva;"> Glastonbury, Somerset</span><br /><span style="font-size: medium; font-family: verdana,geneva;"> England BA6 8JE</span><br /><span style="font-size: medium; font-family: verdana,geneva;"> http//:www.geomancy.org</span><br /><span style="font-size: medium; font-family: verdana,geneva;"> http//:www.sunnybankglastonbury.co.uk</span><br /><span style="font-size: medium; font-family: verdana,geneva;"> +44 (0)1458 835 818</span></p> "Sig Lonegren" <sig@geomancy.org> Sun, 04 Sep 2011 16:32:13 +0100 Tip o' the Week # 95 - On Heresy http://www.geomancy.org/listmessenger/public/archive.php?id=136:444 <h3 style="text-align: center;"><img style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="http://geomancy.org/listmessenger/public/images/aatip90/tip_head-new-logo3w.jpg" alt="Tip Logo" width="455" height="100" /><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;"><span style="font-size: large;">Tip # 95 - On Heresy</span><br /><span style="font-size: small;">(Sorry, No Pictures)</span><br /></span></h3> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><span style="font-size: medium;">Dear [firstname]</span></p> <p><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">As a geomancer, I am not only interested in cleaning sick houses - secular geomancy, but </span><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">actually, </span><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">I'm even more interested in working with and in sacred space. I have been arguing for decades that these special spaces were places that enhance the possibility of connection to the other side - to the One.&nbsp; Please judge what follows in that context. You may well find that it challenges some of your paradigms you hold about the past.&nbsp; It combines two separate lines of investigation that</span><span style="font-size: medium;"> support the perception that</span><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;"> these spaces really &ldquo;did what&rsquo;s on the box.&rdquo;&nbsp; The gods came to earth.&nbsp; And us humans in great numbers communicated directly with them.</span>&nbsp;<span style="font-size: medium;"> (I end with a counter argument just to keep things in balnace. &nbsp;&nbsp; ;&nbsp; )</span><br /><br /><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">Since the mid-seventies when I began work on my Masters&rsquo; degree on Sacred Space, one of the major themes I have chewed on has been the shift from the dominance of that more intuitive right brain in prehistory to the analytical left brain brought to us by (IMHO) the increase of influence of the Patriarchy.&nbsp; The book that really turned me on initially was <em>The Origin of Consciousness in the Breakdown of the Bicameral Mind</em> by Julian Jaynes, first published in 1976 (see "Works Cited" at the bottom for all book references).&nbsp; </span><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">&nbsp;</span><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">I must say that this has been one of the most stimulating and thought-provoking books I've ever read, and is a must in the development of consciousness studies.&nbsp; I don&rsquo;t agree with some of what he has to say, for example, his choice of a particular word to describe how our prehistoric ancestors received their right brain information - "hallucinations."&nbsp; I don't think that's what they were, and later on, I'll go in to why I think so.&nbsp; But on the whole though, I found his thesis most useful in forming my perception of this shift in consciousness.&nbsp; </span><br /><br /><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">It began </span><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">with the Neolithic Revolution - the increasing use of agriculture rather than hunter gathering.&nbsp; It facilitated a shiftin consciousness.&nbsp; </span><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">My understanding was that the driving factor in the construction of purpose-built sacred spaces in prehistoric times was the loss of the ability of more and more of humanity to connect on a conscious level with the world of spirit.&nbsp; I felt, and still do, that the archaeoastronomy, sacred geometry and Earth Energies all enhanced the ability of this connection as we became more and more left-brain/rational.&nbsp; I wrote about this at great length in my first book, <em>Spiritual Dowsing</em>, initially published in 1986.</span><br /><br /><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">The point here is that I saw evidence that Western Man's Cultures (and I am using the word "Man" to indicate the power of the Patriarchy) had shifted from essentially everyone being able to talk with the gods to only one man (sorry ladies) being able to do so.</span><br /><br /><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">Before I go any further, I must say that while I am not a Christian, I honour all Paths with Heart.&nbsp; I experienced the reality of Jesus in my life, and I continue to talk with him most nights when I go to bed....&nbsp; And I talk to other representatives of the One as well.</span> <br /><br /><strong><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">The Gnostics</span></strong><br /><br /><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">I have also long been fascinated with an early Christian group called the Gnostics who held a number of heretical ideas, among them were:</span><br /><br /><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">1. Our Creator was not God the Father, but the Demiurge (imperfect)</span><br /><br /><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">2. I will listen to you, and you, and you, and you, good father in Rome, but ultimately...&nbsp; I&rsquo;ll decide for myself, because I have experienced the other side directly personally.</span><br /><br /><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">3. This Earth isn&rsquo;t where it&rsquo;s at, so don&rsquo;t compound this illusion (maya) by having babies.</span><br /><br /><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">And here&rsquo;s the big one:</span><br /><br /><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">4.Jesus was not here in the flesh, but was a powerful spirit who could manifest himself.</span><br /><br /><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">As I wrote in my last <a href="http://geomancy.org/listmessenger/public/archive.php?id=135:442">Tip o&rsquo; the Week # 94 - ?St. Sidwells and Lughnasad/Lammas</a>, for the past year, I have been studying gnosticism with </span><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">Andy White, an artist and Jungian Psychotherapist </span><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">in at a Church called St. Sidwells, down in Exeter, Devon.&nbsp; Andy has been focused on the gnostic experience rather than their history.&nbsp; Also, I have been working on a book entitled <em>The Christ Conspiracy: The Greatest Story Ever Sold</em> by Acharya S (a.k.a. D.M. Murdock) that focuses on the last Gnostic Christian point - that Jesus was not here in the flesh.&nbsp; The author covers the evidence that the writers of the New Testament never saw Jesus (she claims that much of it including the four Gospels were written after 150 CE)!&nbsp; But, perhaps more germane to this <em>Tip</em>, is that the stories coming from a&nbsp; number of cultures <span style="text-decoration: underline;">before</span> Jesus tell about their major deity as having a life story line that was also remarkable similar to the story the early Church Fathers wrote about Jesus.&nbsp; Let&rsquo;s begin by taking just one example from Egypt:</span><br /><br /><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">Isis, Osirus and their son Horus - the sun of God.&nbsp; His story included:</span><br /><br /><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">&middot; Virgin birth - his mother &ldquo;the virgin Isis Mery.&rdquo;</span><br /><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">&middot; Born on 25 December.</span><br /><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">&middot; His birth was announced in the East, and attended by three &ldquo;wise men&rdquo;</span><br /><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">&middot; At 12, he was a teacher in the Temple.</span><br /><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">&middot; Baptized at 30 by &ldquo;Anup the Baptizer&rdquo; who was also decapitated.</span><br /><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">&middot; Horus had 12 companions or helpers.</span><br /><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">&middot; He performed miracles, exorcised demons, and raised Osirus from the dead (minus one critical little bit).</span><br /><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">&middot; Walked on water.</span><br /><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">&middot; Was crucified between &ldquo;two thieves&rdquo;.</span><br /><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">&middot; He (or Osirus) was buried for three days in a tomb and was resurrected.</span><br /><br /><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">Acharya S writes, Jesus Christ is a mythological character along the same lines as the gods of Egypt and many other cultures which had &ldquo;coincidentally&rdquo; similar tales.&nbsp; Among them she writes about Attis of Phrygia who was (so similar to the Christian story that the Christians were forced to resort to the specious argument that the devil had created the Attis cult first to fool Christ&rsquo;s followers.&rdquo;&nbsp; </span><br /><br /><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">As for Buddha, Acharya lists eighteen similarities to the Jesus story from &ldquo;Buddha was born on December 25th of the virgin Maya, and his birth was attended by a &ldquo;Star of Announcement,&rdquo; wise men, and angels singing heavenly songs&rdquo; to &ldquo;...in some traditions ... he died on a cross, and was resurrected as his coverings were unrolled from his body and his tomb was opened by supernatural powers, and he ascended bodily to Nirvana or &lsquo;heaven&rsquo;.&rdquo;&nbsp; </span><br /><br /><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">Dionysus, a remake of the Egyptian god Osirus, was born on December 25th, and as the Holy Child, was placed in a manger; he was a sacred king who was killed and eaten in an eucharistic ritual for fecundity and purification, and he rose from the dead on March 25th.</span><br /><br /><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">Others were Krishna, where &ldquo;similarities between the Christian character ... number in the hundreds.&rdquo;&nbsp; They run from the now familiar birth on the 25th of December, his earthly father was a carpenter, and he was persecuted by a tyrant who ordered the slaughter of thousands of infants.&nbsp; The list can go on and on, but I will end with Mithra of Persia, who was once again born of a virgin in a cave on the 25th of December.&nbsp; When he died, he was buried in a tomb and after three days, he rose again. </span><br /><br /><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">But enough. It is clear that a large number of deities of major religions who came before him had similar life stories to Jesus.&nbsp; (All of these examples - and many more - come from <em>The Christ Conspiracy: The Greatest Story Ever Sold</em> by </span><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">Acharya</span><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;"> S.)</span><br /><br /><br /><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">Regardless if you do or don&rsquo;t believe that there was an historical Jesus, I feel what I am seeing here is evidence that supports my earlier investigations that suggested that in preHistory, there was a time when many different cultures shared a common story line about one of their major deities.&nbsp; Sadly, the closer we get to the time of Christ, the less the masses had direct access to the spirit world.&nbsp; From a geometrical perspective, we moved from a circle to a pyramid - with only one man at the top who got to speak with god.</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">To counterbalance these thoughts, check out something called &ldquo;<a href="http://tinyurl.com/ycw6od"><em>A Refutation of Acharya S&rsquo;s Book, The Christ Conspiracy</em></a>&rdquo; by Mike Licona of TruthQuest Publishers. It is on a website called &ldquo;<em>Answering Infidels: Confronting the Claims of the Secular Web</em>,&rdquo; and in addition to Acharya S, I noted that Elaine Pagels, translator of some of <em>The Nag Hammadi Documents</em> and author of <em>The Gnostic Gospels</em> is also on the list of Infadels.&nbsp; Acharya S (a.k.a. D.K. Murdock) holds strong beliefs from her point of view in the circle, Mike Licona&rsquo;s point of view is quite nearly on the opposite side of the circle. [I include this "Refutation" not to get anything going, I merely want to look at both sides of this Descent of Consciousness issue to better make up my own mind.</span>&nbsp;<span style="font-size: medium;"> Many time I can come to greater clarity as to where I stand by reading material that contradicts where I stand.</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">Don&rsquo;t Believe Everything You Think!</span><br /><br /><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">};-)</span><br /><img src="http://geomancy.org/listmessenger/public/images/aatip90/sigs-newsig.png" alt="Sig's sig" width="65" height="70" /><br /><br /><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">Sig Lonegren</span><br /><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">MAG Webmaster</span><br /><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">SunnyBank, 9 Bove Town</span><br /><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">Glastonbury, Somerset</span><br /><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">England&nbsp; BA6 8JE</span><br /><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">http//:www.geomancy.oreg</span><br /><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">http//:www.sunnybankglastonbury.co.uk</span><br /><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">+44 (0)1458 835 818</span><br /><br /><br /><br /><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">--------------------------------------------------</span><br /><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">Works Cited:</span><br /><br /><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">Acharya S (a.k.a. D.M. Murdock). 1999. <em>The Christ Conspiracy: The Greatest Story Ever Sold</em>. Kempton, Illinois, USA: Adventures Unlimited Press.&nbsp; ISBN 0-932813-74-7.&nbsp; (Available as a download from Kindle.)</span><br /><br /><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">Jaynes, Julian. 1976. <em>The Origin of Consciousness in the Breakdown of the Bicameral Mind</em>. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company. (Available from Amazon Books.)</span><br /><br /><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">Lonegren, Sig. 2007. <em>Spiritual Dowsing</em>. Glastonbury, England: Gothic Image. History of the earth energies, healing and other uses of dowsing today. A book for the spiritual pilgrim. Initially published 1986. ISBN 978-0-906362-70-9.&nbsp; (Available from Amazon books).</span><br /><br /><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">Pagels, Elaine. 1989. <em>The Gnostic Gospels</em>. New York: Vintage Books/Random House. ISBN 0 679 72453 2. Originally published 1979.</span><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva;">&nbsp; </span><span style="font-size: medium; font-family: verdana,geneva;">(Available from iTunes as an iBook $10.99.)</span></p> "Sig Lonegren" <sig@geomancy.org> Wed, 10 Aug 2011 16:33:20 +0100 Tip o' the Week # 94 - St. Sidwells and Lughnasad/Lammas http://www.geomancy.org/listmessenger/public/archive.php?id=135:442 <h1 style="text-align: center;"><img style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="http://geomancy.org/listmessenger/public/images/aatip60/tip_head-new-logo3w.jpg" alt="" width="455" height="100" /><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">Tip o' the Week # 94</span><br /><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">St. Sidwells and Lughnasad/Lammas</span></h1> <p style="text-align: left;"><br /><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">Dear [firstname] </span><br /><br /><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">This is the first <em>Tip</em> in a while, but as August First is almost upon us, I felt the need to tell you about a new way I have been relating to this CrossQuarter Day of Lughnasad (pronounced roughly "Loo' na sa").&nbsp; For the past year I have been attending a course in Exeter, Devon, called "The Gnostic Circle" taught most excellently by Andy White, an artist and Jungian Psychotherapist.&nbsp; Andy has been focusing on the experiential aspects of gnosticism rather than the historical Gnostic Christians.&nbsp; More right brain than left.&nbsp; We have been meeting in a Church called St. Sidwells, which had begun in the seventeenth century out side the town walls in a less affluent area of Exeter, but due to urban development, is now in the heart of the city (it's the non-stop destination of Exeter's Park and Ride system that I use to get there).</span><br /><br /><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">After attending several classes, I began to wonder more and more about just who was this St. Sidwells, a Saint I had never heard of before.</span></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><br /><img src="http://geomancy.org/listmessenger/public/images/aatip90/St.-Sidwells.jpg" alt="St Sidwells" width="464" height="600" /><br /><br /><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: small;">St.Sidwells</span></p> <p style="text-align: left;"><br /><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">There are several different versions about this Exeter Saint.&nbsp; The stories begin in different places with different names, but they have the same ending. She gets her head cut off and a healing spring breaks forth.&nbsp; Here is a succinct version of her life with some salient details:</span><br /><br /><span style="font-size: medium; font-family: verdana,geneva;">The story of Saint Sidwells refers to a young woman, Sativola, who lived in Exeter during Anglo Saxon times. She was falsely accused by her brother of sleeping around, and was then persecuted by her stepmother who plotted her death.&nbsp; One day farm workers were persuaded to kill her as she brought them food and sustenance. She was beheaded with a scythe, and <span lang="EN-US">&nbsp;</span><span lang="EN-US">a fountain of water immediately sprung up on the spot, and a great oak began to grow as well.&nbsp; But there's more.&nbsp; The girl, meantime, took up her head, walked to her home, put on her head again, reproached her brother, and subsequently dropped down dead.</span>&nbsp;&nbsp;St. Sidwell&rsquo;s church was built close to the Well that became known as a place where people with various forms of sickness could find healing, health and well-being.</span><br /><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">&nbsp;</span><br /><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">Sidwells has another church dedicated to her at Laneast in Cerniw (Cornwall); however, the association may only date from 1437. Sidwells, the common form of Sadfyl&rsquo;s name has no doubt, been influenced by the name of her spring or holy well. Her Feast Day is August 1st, the Celtic Cross Quarter Day of Lughnasad.</span><br /><br /><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">In the cycle of the Celtic year, <a title="Lughnasad" href="http://www.geomancy.org/astronomy/quarter-cross-quarter/lughnasad/index.html" target="_blank">Lughnasad</a>, August 1st &plusmn;, marks the beginning of the harvest season.&nbsp;</span><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;"> In the Christian calendar, Lammas (or loaf mass)</span><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;"> is the day that the first loaf of bread is offered to God to mark the first "fruits" of the harvest season - in this case, wheat.&nbsp; So the scythe is a perfectly appropriate weapon to be mentioned as the tool that caused St. Sidwell's decapitation.&nbsp; She is Devon's Anglo Saxon Lady of Harvest.</span><br /><br /><br /><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">Now, let's turn inwards.&nbsp; What is being harvested in <span style="text-decoration: underline;">your</span> life right now?&nbsp; What project have you been working on that you are just now beginning to reap the benefits?&nbsp; May St. Sidwells be with you.</span></p> <p style="text-align: center;">----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------</p> <p style="text-align: center;">&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: left;"><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">In other news:&nbsp; I am working on an iBook that is a revised version of something that I wrote in the mid-eighties called "<em>The Earth Mystery Handbook: Holistic Non-Intrusive Data Gathering Techniques</em>."&nbsp; It was a report on a project I did for the American Society of Dowsers (ASD) and the New England Antiquities Research Association (NEARA). It was written after visiting over forty underground stone chambers mostly in Vermont (USA).&nbsp; At the time, I am sure that I did this project to gather evidence that would convince archaeologists and other academics that many of these chambers were something other than colonial root cellars.&nbsp; We found that 40% of them had significant solar astronomical alignments, were built using sacred geometry, and were located on Earth Energy power centres.&nbsp; </span><br /><br /><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">I became convinced that these were sacred spaces, but I don't believe any academician was convinced by this project.&nbsp; It would have caused them to have to begin to operate in a different paradigm - one that gave the "primitive savages" (read: a culture that was more spiritually advanced than the White colonists were) the ability to do things that had here-to-for been assumed by the new settlers to be impossible.&nbsp; Most archaeologists of the seventies and eighties didn't know anything about astronomy, and certainly did not have the math to do astronomical alignments.&nbsp; So, just they have done with Professor Alexander Thom's archaeoastronomical data here in the UK, modern science just ignored my data.</span><br /><br /><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">So why revise a project that didn't (and probably won't) impact on the academic mind?&nbsp; I have recently realised that by doing this work, what had really happened was that I had convinced myself that these humble chambers were indeed sacred spaces.&nbsp; I can only trust that if others use these techniques and gather this mostly left brain data, they can convince themselves of their sanctity as well.&nbsp; </span><br /><br /><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">When one's left brain is well fed, one is ready for the experiential (?dare I say Spiritual?) possibilities that can happen at places like this.&nbsp; </span><span style="font-size: medium;">And, for me, that's what sacred space is really about: left brain activity and knowledge can lead to right brain experience of the spiritual.</span><br /><br /><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">In any event,</span><span style="font-size: medium;"> I'll let you know when </span><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">"<em>The Earth Mystery Handbook: Holistic Non-Intrusive Data Gathering Techniques</em>" becomes available to download to your iPad as soon as I have uploaded it to iTunes.</span><br /><br /><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">Happy Lughnasad!</span><br /><br /><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">}:-)</span></p> <p style="text-align: left;"><img src="http://geomancy.org/listmessenger/public/images/aatip60/sigs-newsig.png" alt="Sig's sig" width="65" height="70" /><br /><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">Sig Lonegren</span><br /><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">SunnyBank Centre</span><br /><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">9, Bove Town</span><br /><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">Glastonbury, Somerset &nbsp;BA6 8JE</span><br /><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">United Kingdom</span><br /><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">Skype: sigdowser</span><br /><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">email: sig@geomancy.org</span></p> "Sig Lonegren" <sig@geomancy.org> Sat, 30 Jul 2011 16:21:06 +0100 http://www.geomancy.org/listmessenger/public/archive.php?id=134:437 <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="http://geomancy.org/listmessenger/public/images/aatip90/tip_head-new-logo3w.jpg" alt="Tip Logo" width="455" height="100" /></p> <h1 style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">Tip o&rsquo; the Week #93 - The Magdalene</span></h1> <p><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">Dear [firstname]<br /></span></p> <p><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">I am working on my eBook tentatively entitled, &ldquo;<em>Dowsing for the Divine</em>," but I have also been in to something I felt I just had<span style="color: #000000;"> to share</span> with you. </span></p> <h2><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;"> Daysigns </span></h2> <p><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">In the piece I wrote in <span style="color: #000000;">1999</span> about Daysigns, I wrote, "They are like dreams, only they happen during the day when we are &ldquo;awake,&rdquo; and it is Mother Nature&rsquo;s way of speaking to those who have ears to hear. I had been working with an old friend, Sue Barnet, to dowse the energy leys of Glastonbury. We had been doing quite well, agreeing with each other most of the time as to how many and where the Energy Leys were; however, when we got to the Tor, it was like we couldn&rsquo;t agree on anything. It felt like we were walking waist deep in treacle! She found centres here, I found them there. We just couldn&rsquo;t agree. So we decided to take a daysign walk on the road that goes &lsquo;round the base of the Tor to seek some guidance. </span></p> <p><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">(One thing I need to say about divination is that you don&rsquo;t always get the answer you seek, but you do get what is most important.) </span></p> <p><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;"> "There was one plant that continued to capture my attention throughout and actually, ever since&hellip; It was &ldquo;Lords and Ladies&rdquo;. In Vermont (USA), we call its American cousin &ldquo;Jack-in-the-Pulpit&rdquo;. These Lord and Ladies attracted me at many points in our walk &ndash; and in particular, I was attracted to some of these plants (about one in ten) whose extended heart-shaped leaves looked like someone had painted them all over with little shiny black tar-like blotches. </span></p> <table border="0" align="center"> <tbody> <tr> <td><img src="http://geomancy.org/listmessenger/public/images/aatip90/arum_masculatum_web.jpg" alt="Arum maculatum macula" width="327" height="313" /></td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td><img src="http://geomancy.org/listmessenger/public/images/aatip90/arumredberries_web.jpg" alt="Red Berries" width="231" height="308" /></td> </tr> <tr> <td style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: small; font-family: verdana,geneva;">Arum Maculatum with macula</span></td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td style="text-align: center;">The red light district.<br />(This is a different sub-species)<br /></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;"> <em>Arum maculatum</em> is its Latin name. <em>Arum</em> is the genus, and it tells us that it is in the lily family. <em>Maculatum</em> tells us who this particular species really is... <em>Maculatum</em>. Is there a word in the English language that comes from that? &ldquo;Macula&rdquo; are the spots on the Sun. There are other similarly arcane words that came in the English language in the 14th century that speak to &ldquo;spotted, blotted, besmirched, unclean, dirty.&rdquo; While I don&rsquo;t know of a word in common usage today that comes from <em>maculatum</em>, there is one today that means &lsquo;<span style="text-decoration: underline;">not</span> maculate&rsquo;: &lsquo;immaculate&rsquo;.&nbsp; And just to add to that besmirched image, in her final glory, this plants produces bright red berries symbolising the red light district.&nbsp; Who was this?<br /></span></p> <h2><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">Mary Magdalene<br /></span></h2> <p><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">Some say that according to the Medieval Church, women could either <span style="color: #000000;">aspire to be</span> like the BVM (Blessed Virgin Mary) and she was the only one who really made it, or they were whores. Good choice, what? It was the same with making babies. Either you conceived them immaculately like the One-and-Only BVM did with the Holy Ghost, or you made them maculately like every one else, by doing something dirty (read: sex). So if the BVM is the Goddess representing <span style="color: #ff0000;"><span style="color: #000000;">immaculatio</span></span>, who represents the Maculate Goddess, the Besmirched one? (Clue: She has a street named after her in Glastonbury.&nbsp; It runs along one of the borders of the Abbey.) Answer: Mary Magdalen - the reformed prostitute. This was the major sign that I received from Mother Nature on that walk around the Tor.&nbsp; She showed me that it is The Magdalen&rsquo;s energy that surrounds the Tor. The Dark Mother encircles that magnificent high tower. If you are working with daysigns, if someone says, &ldquo;Oh, that&rsquo;s just a weed&rdquo;, pay close attention. </span></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="http://geomancy.org/listmessenger/public/images/aatip90/magdalenebook_web.jpg" alt="Mary Magdalene" width="229" height="350" /></p> <p><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">I&rsquo;m reading a book about her that I am finding fascinating.&nbsp; It is <em>The Meaning of Mary Magdalene: Discovering the Woman at the Heart of Christianity</em>. It's a revisionist history of the life of Jesus written from an academic point of view by </span><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">Cynthia </span><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">Bourgeault, an Episcopalian priest. I said revisionist because she brought the importance of Mary Magdalene to me <span style="color: #000000;">in important ways </span>I had never heard before.</span></p> <p><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">What you see depends on your perspective. I just hadn't looked before at the time of Jesus and the early Church in the clear way this author presents it. Here in Glastonbury. "Maglin" (read: Magdalene) Street defines the west end of the Glastonbury Abbey grounds. She's here!&nbsp; And she was much more important in the time of Jesus than the Church would have us believe.<br /></span></p> <p><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">Now, dear reader, you may be starting to think, "Oh no! Sig's not going to try to proselytise me is he?"&nbsp; Don&rsquo;t worry, I'm not a proselytute. I'm also not a Christian, but I do have close relationship with Jesus (and a number of other Spiritual teachers as well). </span></p> <p><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">What excited<span style="color: #000000;"> me initially</span> was Bourgeault's interpretation of the role the Magdalene played in Jesus' life and why and how the Early Church went about casting her out.&nbsp; But it is the author's discussions of the philosophy and techniques that early Gnostics used that <span style="color: #000000;">has</span> spoken directly to my own eclectic spiritual path. </span></p> <p><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">If you don't know much about this "dark" Goddess, I would encourage you to check Mary Magdalene out.</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;"> Works Cited: </span></p> <p><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">Bourgeault, Cynthia. 2010. <em>The Meaning of Mary Magdalene: Discovering the Woman at the Heart of Christianity.</em> Boston, Shambhala Publications. ISBN 978-1-59030-495-2) </span></p> <p><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">----------------</span></p> <p><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">A Reminder:</span></p> <p><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;"> On Saturday the 9th and Sunday the 10th of July 2011, I'm running </span><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">Earth Energies 5 BSD Advanced Earth Energies Dowsing weekend: Working with Power Centres and applying Geomantic Design.</span><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;"> The venue is the Long Compton Village Hall, Shipston on Stour, Warwickshire, and is near the Rollrights stone circle where we will be working. </span></p> <p><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">The cost is &pound;149, and includes tea/coffee &amp; lunches. ?For further Information &amp; Booking, call 01684 576969 ?or email &lt;info@britishdowsers.org&gt; </span></p> <p><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: medium;">----------------</span></p> <p><br /><span style="font-size: medium;">}:-)</span></p> <p><img src="http://geomancy.org/listmessenger/public/images/aatip90/sigs-newsig.png" alt="Sig's sig" width="65" height="70" /><br /><span style="font-size: medium;">Sig Lonegren</span><br /><span style="font-size: medium;">MAG Webmaster</span><br /><span style="font-size: medium;">SunnyBank, 9 Bove Town</span><br /><span style="font-size: medium;">Glastonbury, Somerset</span><br /><span style="font-size: medium;">England&nbsp; BA6 8JE</span><br /><span style="font-size: medium;">http//:www.geomancy.oreg</span><br /><span style="font-size: medium;">http//:www.sunnybankglastonbury.co.uk</span><br /><span style="font-size: medium;">+44 (0)1458 835 818</span></p> "Sig Lonegren" <sig@geomancy.org> Fri, 27 May 2011 20:24:54 +0100 http://www.geomancy.org/listmessenger/public/archive.php?id=132:433 <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="http://geomancy.org/listmessenger/public/images/aatip90/tip_head-new-logo3w.jpg" alt="Tip Logo" width="455" height="100" /><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva;"><br /></span></p> <h1 style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva;">Tip o&rsquo; the Week #91 - Born Again!</span></h1> <p><span style="font-size: medium;"><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva;">Dear [firstname],</span></span></p> <p style="text-align: left;"><span style="font-size: medium;">I was going to write this week on the inaccuracy of hand-held compasses; however, something of much more immediate interest has come to my attention:<br /><br />Hold the Press! Breaking News on the Glastonbury Holy Thorn!&nbsp; IT'S ALIVE!<br /></span></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: medium;"><img src="http://geomancy.org/listmessenger/public/images/aatip90/holy_t_tor_w.jpg" alt="Holy Thorn and the Tor" width="338" height="450" /><br /><span style="font-size: small;">Holy Thorn with flower offerings &amp; the Tor</span></span></p> <p style="text-align: left;"><span style="font-size: medium;">I heard yesterday that a single bud has sprouted on the side of the <a href="http://www.geomancy.org/#sacred-space/old-sacred-spaces/glastonbury/index.php" target="_blank">Glastonbury Holy Thorn</a>.</span></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: medium;"><span style="font-size: small;"><img src="http://geomancy.org/listmessenger/public/images/aatip90/holy_t_close_w.jpg" alt="bud in crotch" width="400" height="300" /><br />This bud's for you!&nbsp; (The tiny green sprout in the crotch.)<br />See also the remains of the wrapping that was put on the faces <br />of the cuts to protect it from freezing.<br /></span></span></p> <p style="text-align: left;"><span style="font-size: medium;"><span style="font-size: small;"><span style="font-size: medium;">So, I am pleased to report that this special tree that was devastated by still unknown assailants, has been born again!&nbsp; <br /></span></span></span></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: medium;"><img src="http://geomancy.org/listmessenger/public/images/aatip90/holy_t_morgy_w.jpg" alt="Holy bud" width="368" height="450" /><br /><span style="font-size: small;">Close up of the single bud (so far)<br />Photo by Morgana West</span><br /></span></p> <p style="text-align: left;"><span style="font-size: medium;"><span style="font-size: small;"><span style="font-size: medium;">Please send good thoughts and prayers to this living symbol of Glastonbury's connection with the Holy Land.</span></span></span></p> <p style="text-align: left;"><br /><span style="font-size: medium;">}:-)</span></p> <p style="text-align: left;"><span style="font-size: medium;"><img src="http://geomancy.org/listmessenger/public/images/aatip90/sigs-newsig.png" alt="Sig's sig" width="65" height="70" /><br />Sig Lonegren<br /></span><span style="font-size: medium;"><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva;">MAG Webmaster<br />SunnyBank, 9 Bove Town<br />Glastonbury, Somerset<br />England&nbsp; BA6 8JE<br />http//:www.geomancy.oreg<br />http//:www.sunnybankglastonbury.co.uk<br />+44 (0)1458 835 818<br /><br />You might want to visit our "Tip o' the Week" Archives at: &lt;<a href="http://www.geomancy.org/listmessenger/public/archive.php" target="_blank">http://www.geomancy.org/listmessenger/public/archive.php</a>&gt;.&nbsp; There are now 90 Tips you can troll through.<br /></span></span></p> <p style="text-align: left;"><span style="font-size: medium;"><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva;">You also might enjoy checking out Karin's Blog at &lt;<a href="http://www.sunnybankglastonbury.co.uk/blog" target="_blank">http://www.sunnybankglastonbury.co.uk/blog/</a>&gt;.</span></span></p> <p style="text-align: left;">&nbsp;</p> <p><span style="font-size: medium;"><br /></span></p> <p><span style="font-size: medium;"><br /></span></p> <p><span style="font-size: medium;"><br /></span></p> <p><span style="font-size: medium;">mmm</span></p> <p><span style="font-size: medium;"><br /></span></p> <p><span style="font-size: medium;"><br /></span></p> <p><span style="font-size: medium;"><br /></span></p> <p><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva;"><br /></span></p> "Sig Lonegren" <sig@geomancy.org> Wed, 23 Mar 2011 14:51:01 +0100 http://www.geomancy.org/listmessenger/public/archive.php?id=131:431 <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="http://geomancy.org/listmessenger/public/images/aatip90/tip_head-new-logo3w.jpg" alt="Tip Logo" width="455" height="100" /></p> <h1 style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: medium;"><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva;">Tip o&rsquo; the Week #90 - Anglesey</span></span></h1> <p style="text-align: left;"><span style="font-size: medium;"><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva;">Dear [firstname]</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size: medium;"><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva;">A while back, Patrick MacManaway and I ran a year long geomancy school here at Chalice Well, and after it ended, our students wanted to keep on meeting, and we gather at different places around Great Britain to explore local ancient sites and to update eachother on the work we are doing. Last weekend we met in Anglesea, an island off the northwest coast of Wales.&nbsp; <br /></span></span></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: medium;"><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva;"><strong>Ynys Castell</strong> </span></span><span style="font-size: medium;"><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva;">(<em>Innis Castech</em> - &ldquo;ch&rdquo; means that you end with clearing of your throat)</span></span></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: medium;"><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva;"><img src="http://geomancy.org/listmessenger/public/images/aatip90/ynys_castell_w.jpg" alt="ynys_castell_" width="400" height="299" /><br /></span></span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><span style="font-size: medium;"><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva;">We stayed on a small island just off the coast of Angelsea called Ynys Castell&nbsp;&nbsp; {Note: to an English-speaking ear, nothing in Welch sounds like it is&nbsp; spelled, so after each place name, I will enter the closest approximation in phonetic English that I can muster. I will also include comments by our group in &ldquo;quotation marks&rdquo; and <em>italics</em>.}&nbsp; It is reached by a causeway that is flooded at high tide, so the one house there had a cut-off-from-the-rest-of-the-world feeling that gave it a particularly magical feeling.&nbsp; As small islets are&nbsp; surrounded by water, and in terms of the four elements, water is the veil to another reality like the spirit world. Humans can only go there for short periods of time, so Water is many times associated with death, and a portal to the spiritual realms.&nbsp; One of the interesting things we found on this island were numerous magnetic anomalies - in fact, there were more of these on Anglesey that I have ever seen anywhere else in Britain!&nbsp; So we couldn&rsquo;t do much archaeoastronomy&nbsp; :&nbsp; (&nbsp;&nbsp; I will write more about this in my next <em>Tip o' the Week</em>.<br /></span></span></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><strong><span style="font-size: medium;"><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva;">Bryn Celli Ddu </span></span></strong><span style="font-size: medium;"><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva;">(<em>Brin Kethlie Thee</em>)</span></span><br /><img src="http://geomancy.org/listmessenger/public/images/aatip90/b_celli_ddu_sign-w.jpg" alt="Bryn Celli Ddu" width="350" height="96" /><br /> <table border="0" align="center"> <tbody> <tr> <td style="text-align: center;">&nbsp;<img src="http://geomancy.org/listmessenger/public/images/aatip90/b_celli_ddu_begin_w.jpg" alt="Bryn Celli Ddu 1" width="360" height="216" /></td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td><img src="http://geomancy.org/listmessenger/public/images/aatip90/br_celli_ddu_ext1.jpg" alt="Bryn Celli Ddu Mound" width="314" height="234" /> <br /></td> </tr> <tr> <td>&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; First came the henge and stone ring<br /></td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; The mound over the chamber<br /></td> </tr> <tr> <td style="text-align: left;">&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp; <img src="http://geomancy.org/listmessenger/public/images/aatip90/b_celli_ddu_ext2.jpg" alt="Bryn Celli Ddu 2" width="250" height="335" />&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp; <br /></td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><img src="http://geomancy.org/listmessenger/public/images/aatip90/b_celli_ddu_int.jpg" alt="Bryn Celli Ddu 3" width="335" height="250" /></p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; The main entrance<br /></td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Looking out the other entrance<br /></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> </p> <p style="text-align: left;"><span style="font-size: medium;"><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva;">Anglesea was the last stronghold of the Druids, and is perhaps best known for the butcherous invasion of the Romans in 60 CE.&nbsp; But there were many much older monuments to see as well.&nbsp; Perhaps the most famous is <a href="http://www.anglesey-hidden-gem.com/bryn-celli-ddu.html" target="_blank">Bryn Celli Ddu</a> (Brin Kethlie Thee).&nbsp; This &ldquo;burial chamber&rdquo; was the only place on Anglesea that I had visited on my first visit there, and is perhaps the best &ldquo;passage grave&rdquo; in the island.&nbsp; It started in the late neolithic as a henge, but later a chamber was built (covered by a cairn) that contained human remains.&nbsp; The early archaeoastronomer Norman Lockyear proposed that the access tunnel and internal free-standing column were a means to accurately calculate the Summer Solstice.</span></span></p> <p style="text-align: left;"><span style="font-size: medium;"><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva;"><strong>Dolmen</strong> (<em>Ba dowa </em>- not lots of R)&nbsp; <br /> <table border="0" align="center"> <tbody> <tr> <td><img src="http://geomancy.org/listmessenger/public/images/aatip90/bowdowyr_sign.jpg" alt="Bodower Sign" width="350" height="316" /></td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td><img src="http://geomancy.org/listmessenger/public/images/aatip90/bodwyr.jpg" alt="Bodouer" width="387" height="289" /></td> </tr> <tr> <td>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Bodowyr</td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Patrick meditating inside this dolme</td> </tr> </tbody> </table> </span><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva;">&ldquo;<em>Where did all the earth go!?</em>&rdquo;&nbsp; This question is based on an ongoing insistance by some archaeologists that all dolment/hunnebedden etc. were initially covered with earth.&nbsp; While some were (and still are, some of </span></span><span style="font-size: medium;"><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva;">us </span></span><span style="font-size: medium;"><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva;">don&rsquo;t buy that all of them were covered with earth.</span></span></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: medium;"><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva;"><br /><strong>Barclodiad y Gawres</strong>&nbsp; (<em>Ba clodiad u Gowres</em>) <br /><img src="http://geomancy.org/listmessenger/public/images/aatip90/barclodiad_y_cawres_w.jpg" alt="Barclodiad y Gawres" width="400" height="299" /><br /></span></span></p> <p style="text-align: center;">Our Geo Group stands infront of the locked gate of Barclodiad y Gawres</p> <p style="text-align: left;"><span style="font-size: medium;"><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva;">One of the things we did at each site, after forming a circle, recognizing the Spirit of the Place, and doing some chanting or Ohming, would be to share what we had experienced in the silence that followed.&nbsp;</span></span><span style="font-size: medium;"><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva;">This is what I saw here:</span></span><span style="font-size: medium;"><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva;"> </span></span><span style="font-size: medium;"><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva;">&ldquo;<em>I chanted - I saw a smiling skull - happy we were there.</em>&rdquo;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span></span></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: medium;"><br /><strong>Lligwy</strong> (<em>Thclg&rsquo;ooey</em>)</span></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: medium;"><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva;"> <table border="0" align="center"> <tbody> <tr> <td><img src="http://geomancy.org/listmessenger/public/images/aatip90/lligwy_dolmen_sign_w.jpg" alt="lligwy" width="350" height="262" /></td> <td><img src="http://geomancy.org/listmessenger/public/images/aatip90/lligwy_dolmen_w.jpg" alt="Lligwy Burial Chamber" width="363" height="271" />&nbsp;&nbsp;</td> </tr> <tr> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Lligwy Dolmen with enourmous roof stone</td> </tr> </tbody> </table> </span></span></p> <p style="text-align: left;"><span style="font-size: medium;">25 ton roof stone.&nbsp; &ldquo;<em>A perfect place for a night of druidic dreaming.</em>&rdquo;&nbsp;&nbsp; And &ldquo;<em>The stone was so big, and yet when we went under it, the same stone seemed to be weightless.</em>&rdquo;</span></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: medium;"><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva;"><strong>Lligwy Chapel</strong>&nbsp; (<em>Thclg&rsquo;ooey Chapel</em>)<br /> <table border="0" align="center"> <tbody> <tr> <td><img src="http://geomancy.org/listmessenger/public/images/aatip90/lligwy_chap_2_w.jpg" alt="Lligway Chapel" width="400" height="197" /></td> <td><img src="http://geomancy.org/listmessenger/public/images/aatip90/lligwy_chapel_w.jpg" alt="Chapel interior" width="400" height="159" /></td> </tr> <tr> <td>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Chapel was originally built in the 12th Century</td> <td>&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp; Interior including the stairs that descends into the crypt</td> </tr> </tbody> </table> </span></span></p> <p style="text-align: left;"><span style="font-size: medium;"><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva;">An early Christian Chapel with a crypt that reminded me of the one at Roslyn Chapel in Scotland.</span></span></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: medium;"><strong>Din Lligwy</strong> (<em>Dun Thcig'ooey</em>)<br /><img src="http://geomancy.org/listmessenger/public/images/aatip90/din_lligwy_sign2_w.jpg" alt="din lligwy sign" width="368" height="375" /><br /> <table border="0" align="center"> <tbody> <tr> <td><img src="http://geomancy.org/listmessenger/public/images/aatip90/din_lligwy_circle.jpg" alt="circular home" width="400" height="108" /></td> <td><img src="http://geomancy.org/listmessenger/public/images/aatip90/dij_lligwy_rectangle_w.jpg" alt="rectangular barn" width="310" height="151" />&nbsp;&nbsp;</td> </tr> <tr> <td>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Circular "Council Chamber"/home</td> <td>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Rectangular Barn</td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <br /></span></p> <p style="text-align: left;"><span style="font-size: medium;"><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva;">The houses were circular (reminiscent of Bronze hut circles; however, the barns were rectangular (a very Roman feeling) -&nbsp; In the circular council chamber, we stood in circle where many of us felt protection.&nbsp; We chanted, were quite, shared what we saw.&nbsp; <br /><br /><em>I saw spirits being released in a beam of light going up from where we stood.</em><br /><br /><em>&ldquo;People were happy and really integrated with their landscape.&rdquo;</em><br /><br /><em>&ldquo;We lived well in our time - you must live well in yours.&rdquo;</em><br /><br />}:-)</span></span></p> <p style="text-align: left;"><img src="http://geomancy.org/listmessenger/public/images/aatip90/sigs-newsig.png" alt="Sig's sig" width="65" height="70" /></p> <p style="text-align: left;"><span style="font-size: medium;"><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva;">Sig Lonegren<br />MAG Webmaster<br />SunnyBank, 9 Bove Town<br />Glastonbury, Somerset<br />England&nbsp; BA6 8JE<br />http//:www.geomancy.oreg<br />http//:www.sunnybankglastonbury.co.uk<br />+44 (0)1458 835 818<br /><br />You might want to visit our "Tip o' the Week" Archives at: &lt;<a href="http://www.geomancy.org/listmessenger/public/archive.php" target="_blank">http://www.geomancy.org/listmessenger/public/archive.php</a>&gt;.&nbsp; There are now 90 Tips you can troll through.<br /></span></span></p> <p style="text-align: left;"><span style="font-size: medium;"><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva;">You also might enjoy checking out Karin's Blog at &lt;<a href="http://www.sunnybankglastonbury.co.uk/blog/?p=1362" target="_blank">http://www.sunnybankglastonbury.co.uk/blog/?p=1362</a>&gt;.<br /></span></span></p> <p style="text-align: left;">&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;">&nbsp;</p> "Sig Lonegren" <sig@geomancy.org> Fri, 18 Mar 2011 22:43:21 +0100 Tip o' the Week # 89 - There Be Giants in the Land! http://www.geomancy.org/listmessenger/public/archive.php?id=130:430 <h1 style="text-align: center; "><img src="http://geomancy.org/listmessenger/public/images/aatip60/tip_head-new-logo3w.jpg" alt="Tip logo" width="455" height="100" /><br />Tip o' the Week # 89 - There Be Giants in the Land!</h1> <p><span style="font-size: medium;">Dear [firstname]</span></p> <p><span style="font-size: medium;">Several weeks ago, I wrote about the <a href="http://www.geomancy.org/listmessenger/public/archive.php?id=127:425" target="_blank"><em>hunebedden</em> in northern Holland</a>. &nbsp;These "Giants' Graves" were reminiscent of our long barrows and dolmens here in the UK, and they got me thinking about prehistoric - dare I say "mythtical" Giants here in Europe and back to Biblical times.&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="text-align: center; "><img src="http://geomancy.org/listmessenger/public/images/aatip80/hunebed-b.jpg" alt="hunebeden Borger 29" width="400" height="307" /></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><span style="font-size: medium;">&nbsp;My thinking &nbsp;was augmented by the latest edition of John Billingsley's <a href="http://www.northernearth.co.uk"><em>Northern Earth</em></a> (Issue 125 Spring 2011). &nbsp;It was primarily about this subject of Giants, and is well wort subscribing to if you want to learn more about the British Earth Mysteries. &nbsp;(U.K. &pound;7.50, Europe &pound;11.00, Elsewhere &pound;14.50 - four issues per annum). We hear of giants in several places in the Bible. The &nbsp;Nephilim mentioned in Genesis 6, verse 4 were giants who originated as a result of the union between fallen angels ("the sons of God") and human women ("the daughters of men".&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="text-align: center; "><img src="http://geomancy.org/listmessenger/public/images/aatip80/nephilim_w.jpg" alt="Nephilim" width="216" height="245" /><br /><span style="font-family: verdana, geneva;">Drawing of a nephilim</span></p> <p><span style="font-size: medium;">Of course, David slew Goliath who was a giant, or at least a very tall man. Giants called <em>Titans</em> were found in the ancient mythtory of Greece. &nbsp;The Basque called their giants <em>mariaks</em> the "builders of dolmens." In Brittany, they were associated with the stone rows - <em>La Dent de Garganyua</em> at St. Suliac and <em>L'Aiguille de Gargantua</em> at Plevrnon to mention just two.</span></p> <p><span style="font-size: medium;">But my main interest in giants has been here in Britain, and while there are numerous examples, I would like to mention just a few that have been of special interest to me. &nbsp;First are the giant chalk hill figures:</span></p> <p style="text-align: center; "><img src="http://geomancy.org/listmessenger/public/images/aatip80/wilmington_longman2.jpg" alt="Long Man of Wilmington" width="233" height="189" />&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;<img src="http://geomancy.org/listmessenger/public/images/aatip80/cern-abbas_w.jpg" alt="Cern Abbas Giant" width="181" height="200" /></p> <p style="text-align: center; "><span style="font-family: verdana, geneva;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Wilmington Long Man &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; The Cern Abbas Giant</span></p> <p><span style="font-size: medium;">Master dowser, Hamish Miller, who sadly passed on last year, lived just below a hill called Trencrom. &nbsp;He told me that the giant of Trencrom, was supposed to have killed Cormelian (wife of Cormoran) by throwing a hammer across to St Michael's Mount. &nbsp;</span></p> <p style="text-align: center; "><img src="http://geomancy.org/listmessenger/public/images/aatip80/trencrom_w.jpg" alt="Trencrom" width="350" height="237" />&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;<img src="http://geomancy.org/listmessenger/public/images/aatip80/michaels_mount.jpg" alt="St Michaels Mount" width="350" height="263" /></p> <p><span style="font-family: mceinline;">&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp; View from Trencrom - St. Michael's Mount &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; St. Michael's Mount at high tide<br /></span><span style="white-space: pre;"><span style="font-family: mceinline;"> </span></span><span style="font-family: mceinline;">&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp; is the island just&nbsp;in the sea&nbsp;toward the right</span>&nbsp;</p> <p><span style="font-size: medium;">Here in Glastonbury, we have giants as well - the once mighty Druidic oaks called Gog and Magog (back to the Bible ). &nbsp;These ancient oaks were visited in 1995 by a tour I was leading for the <a href="http://www.fellowshipsspirit.org/" target="_blank">Fellowships of the Spirit</a>, who run a Spiritualist Seminary in western New York where I have taught for twenty-five years. The owner of the trees has built a fence just far enough away from them, so people can't touch them. &nbsp;On this tour, there was a very tall &nbsp;man (in green in this picture) who leaned out over the fence while everyone else lined up behind him so they could touch it as well. &nbsp;But he just couldn't reach it, but he asked for a leaf. &nbsp;At that point the wind came up and blew a branch just close enough so that he could get his one leaf.</span> &nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center; "><img src="http://geomancy.org/listmessenger/public/images/aatip80/gog_magog_w.jpg" alt="Gog and Magog" width="234" height="350" /><br />Gog and Magog</p> <p><span style="font-size: medium;">We all thought that that was a giant miracle. &nbsp;So were there really giants walking the land in prehistory? &nbsp;Many stories as they recede into mythtory do grow taller.</span></p> <p><span style="font-size: medium;">};-)</span><br /><img src="http://geomancy.org/listmessenger/public/images/aatip60/sigs-newsig.png" alt="Sig's sig" width="65" height="70" />&nbsp;<br /><span style="font-size: medium;">Sig Lonegren<br />MAG Webmaster<br />SunnyBank, 9 Bove Town<br />Glastonbury, Somerset<br />England &nbsp;BA6 8JE<br /><a href="http://geomancy.org/listmessenger/http/:www.geomancy.org" target="_blank">http//:www.geomancy.org</a><br /><a href="http://geomancy.org/listmessenger/http/:www.sunnybankglastonbury.co.uk" target="_blank">http//:www.sunnybankglastonbury.co.uk</a><br />+44 (0)1458 835 818</span></p> <p><span style="font-size: medium;">p.s. You might want to visit our <a href="http://www.geomancy.org/listmessenger/public/archive.php" target="_blank"><em>T</em></a><em><a href="http://www.geomancy.org/listmessenger/public/archive.php" target="_blank">ip o' the Week</a></em> Archives. &nbsp;There are now almost ninety <em>Tips</em> you can troll through. &nbsp;Enjoy!</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> "Sig Lonegren" <sig@geomancy.org> Sun, 06 Mar 2011 18:08:01 +0100 Tip o' the Week # 88 - Back to Avalon - A Tone Poem http://www.geomancy.org/listmessenger/public/archive.php?id=128:428 <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="http://geomancy.org/listmessenger/public/images/aatip60/tip_head-new-logo3w.jpg" alt="Tip Logo" width="455" height="100" /></p> <h1 style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: medium;"><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva;">Tip o" the Week # 88<br />Back to Avalon - A Tone Poem</span></span></h1> <p><span style="font-size: medium;"><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva;"><br />Dear [firstname]<br /><br />(<em>I wrote my last two "Tips" in the Netherlands.&nbsp; Some of you have reported that the pictures did not come through. If this is the case with you, I encourage you to check them out at Doodwegen/the Dead straight Ways &lt;<a href="http://geomancy.org/listmessenger/public/archive.php?id=126:423" target="_blank">http://geomancy.org/listmessenger/public/archive.php?id=126:423</a>&gt; and at the Hunebedden/Giant's Graves &lt;<a href="http://geomancy.org/listmessenger/public/archive.php?id=127:425" target="_blank">http://geomancy.org/listmessenger/public/archive.php?id=127:425</a>&gt;.</em>)<br /><br />I returned to Glastonbury a few days ago and one evening, Karin and I took a magical walk to the Tor. When most people think of this dominant natural stepped hill, they think of the tower and St. Michael.</span></span></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: medium;"><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva;"><img src="http://geomancy.org/listmessenger/public/images/aatip80/tor_fm_swest.jpg" alt="Tower on the Tor" width="300" height="400" /><br /><span style="font-size: small;">St. Michael's Tower<br />Glastonbury Tor</span><br /></span></span></p> <p style="text-align: left;"><span style="font-size: medium;"><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva;">But somtimes the Tor shows itself in other ways. That evening, we walked from SunnyBank up through Wick Hollow (known locally by some rather aptly as "the Vulva of the Goddess").&nbsp; The Sun was sinking low in the west, and it was that time of day when it's beams rush horizontally across the Levels and gives Glastonbury a beautiful bright broadside of light.&nbsp; Here is how it looked when we were walking through this steep little valley:</span></span></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: medium;"><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva;"><img src="http://geomancy.org/listmessenger/public/images/aatip80/vulva.jpg" alt="Wick Hollow" width="400" height="311" /><br /><span style="font-size: small;">On the road to the Tor<br />Wick Hollow</span><br /></span></span></p> <p style="text-align: left;"><span style="font-size: medium;"><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva;">A bit further on our way, we stopped at the crest of a hill, and there it was, the most impressive landmark for miles around, again bathed in the setting Sun.</span></span></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: medium;"><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva;"><img src="http://geomancy.org/listmessenger/public/images/aatip80/tor_fm_north.jpg" alt="Tor from the North" width="400" height="299" /><br /><span style="font-size: small;">Tor from the North</span></span></span></p> <p style="text-align: left;"><span style="font-size: medium;"><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva;">But it was when we got to the back of Tor that we found that someone had felt in a decorative mood with one of the well lids that are found around the Tor.&nbsp; (It's a new-to-me addition that some might call "Mindless Graffiti"&nbsp; ;&nbsp;&nbsp; )</span></span></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: medium;"><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva;"><img src="http://geomancy.org/listmessenger/public/images/aatip80/tor_well_lid.jpg" alt="Well lid" width="400" height="299" /><br /><span style="font-size: small;">Newly painted lid of one of the seven springs on the Tor</span><br /></span></span></p> <p style="text-align: left;"><span style="font-size: medium;"><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva;">But it was the Sun that gave us the greatest gift of the evening. It was one that I had experienced only a few other times since I first came here over twenty-five years ago:</span></span></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="http://geomancy.org/listmessenger/public/images/aatip80/tor_shadow.jpg" alt="Tor Shadow" width="450" height="336" /><br />In the Shadow of the Tor</p> <p style="text-align: left;"><span style="font-size: medium;"><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva;">I can, and have, written numerous factual pieces about this wonderful town, but it is the magic that continues to draw me to my home here on the Isle of Apples, the Land of Avalon.<br /><br />}:-)<br /><img src="http://geomancy.org/listmessenger/public/images/aatip60/sigs-newsig.png" alt="Sig's sig" width="65" height="70" /><br />Sig Lonegren<br />MAG Webmaster<br />SunnyBank, 9 Bove Town<br />Glastonbury, Somerset<br />England&nbsp; BA6 8JE<br />http//:www.geomancy.oreg<br />http//:www.sunnybankglastonbury.co.uk<br />+44 (0)1458 835 818</span></span></p> "Sig Lonegren" <sig@geomancy.org> Tue, 01 Mar 2011 21:07:31 +0100 Tip o' the Week #87 - Hunebedden http://www.geomancy.org/listmessenger/public/archive.php?id=127:425 <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="http://geomancy.org/listmessenger/public/images/aatip50/tip_head-new-logo3w.jpg" alt="Tip Logo" width="455" height="100" /></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: medium;">Tip o' the Week #87 - Hunebedden</span></p> <p style="text-align: left;"><span style="font-size: medium;">Dear [firstname]<br /><br />Last week I was walking a <a href="http://geomancy.org/listmessenger/public/archive.php?id=126:423" target="_blank">Doodweg</a>, just a bit East of Amsterdam.&nbsp; This week Karin and I moved up to the province of Noord-Holland to her sister Agn&egrave;s and Martin's home in Enkhuizen, my favourite town in the Netherlands.&nbsp; One of the most magnificent buildings in this Nord Holland gem of town is the 17th century Drommedaris, originally a fort, but now a civic centre.&nbsp; My&nbsp; dowsing tells me that it is at the crossing point of two energy leys.&nbsp; What does your pendulum tell you?</span></p> <p style="text-align: center;">&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"> <table border="0" align="center"> <tbody> <tr> <td><span style="font-size: medium;"><img src="http://geomancy.org/listmessenger/public/images/aatip80/dromedaris2-11.jpg" alt="Dromedaris" width="300" height="224" /></span></td> <td><img src="http://geomancy.org/listmessenger/public/images/aatip80/dromedaris3.jpg" alt="dromedaris 2" width="281" height="376" /></td> </tr> <tr> <td><span style="font-size: small;"><strong>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Drommedaris</strong><br />&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Enkhuizen, Nord Holland</span></td> <td> <p><span style="font-size: small;">What does your pendulum tell you about<br /> earth enerhgies assciated with this <br />magnificent building?</span></p> </td> </tr> </tbody> </table> </p> <p style="text-align: center;">&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: left;"><span style="font-size: medium;">Yesterday, we drove up to the province of Drente, where Sylvia (Karin's other sister) lives with her husband John.&nbsp; She has built the only labyrinth </span><span style="font-size: medium;"> in the entire Province of Drente </span><span style="font-size: medium;">we can find in The Labyrinth Society &amp; Veriditas' <a href="http://labyrinthlocator.com/locate-a-labyrinth-results?instance_id=303&amp;prev_action=locate_simple_form&amp;action=locate&amp;organization=&amp;city=&amp;state=&amp;postalcode=&amp;country=Netherlands&amp;radius=&amp;submit=Search" target="_blank">Labyrinth Locator</a> (it's the first one you will come to when you click on that link).&nbsp; It is a Left-Handed Classical Seven Circuit Labyrinth that she built</span></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: medium;"><br /><img src="http://geomancy.org/listmessenger/public/images/aatip80/koekange.jpg" alt="Sylvia's Labyrinth" width="500" height="247" /><br /><span style="font-size: small;"><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva;">Sylvia's Labyrinth<br /></span></span></span><span style="font-size: small;"><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva;">Koekange, Drente, the Netherlands</span></span></p> <p style="text-align: left;"><span style="font-size: medium;">Drenthe also has the largest concentration of Hunebedden, graves where the "Trechterbekervolk" placed their dead around 5000 years ago. These peoples were farmers and the name they have been given is related to the kind of pottery they made. "Hunebed" means: "grave of giants."&nbsp; This one in Borgen is the biggest one in Holland:</span></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: medium;"><br /><img src="http://geomancy.org/listmessenger/public/images/aatip80/borger27.jpg" alt="Borger 27" width="300" height="224" /><br /><span style="font-size: small;">Borger 27 <br />The longest Hunebed in the Netherlands<br /></span></span></p> <p style="text-align: left;"><span style="font-size: medium;">They were apparently originally covered with earth, and are similar to Britain's long barrows but are built much lower that even <a href="http://www.themodernantiquarian.com/site/51/stoney_littleton.html" target="_blank">Stoney Littleton Long Barrow</a>, which is the lowest, most cramped, one I've been in in Britain.</span></p> <p><span style="font-size: medium;">We also saw several others (27 &amp; 29) which were out in a farmer's field.&nbsp; The sign says that these are only the skeleton of the grave. The covering hill and the smaller stones have disappeared over the centuries. There are fifty-four hunebedden In The Netherlands, and similar ones are also found in Germany and Scandinavia.</span></p> <p style="text-align: center;"> <table border="0" align="center"> <tbody> <tr> <td> <p><span style="font-size: medium;">Hunebedden #28 &amp; 29</span></p> <p><span style="font-size: medium;">The orientation of the one to the right (#29) is a <br />bit</span><span style="font-size: medium;"> North</span><span style="font-size: medium;"> of East, but the one below (#28) <br />seems</span><span style="font-size: medium;"> to be pretty much East with no elevation <br />to</span><span style="font-size: medium;"> the horizon, so it could well be an Equinox </span><span style="font-size: medium;"><br />Sun Rise Alignment.</span></p> </td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td><img src="http://geomancy.org/listmessenger/public/images/aatip80/borger29.jpg" alt="# 29" width="300" height="402" /></td> </tr> <tr> <td><img src="http://geomancy.org/listmessenger/public/images/aatip80/borger28.jpg" alt="" width="300" height="224" /></td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td> <p><span style="font-size: medium;">It was good to see that the huner-<br />bedden we visited were being well <br />kept up</span>.&nbsp; <span style="font-size: medium;">Brush had just been cut, <br />and the site was not littered with <br />papers and bottles</span><span style="font-size: medium;">.&nbsp; It was wonder-<br />ful to be with the Spirits of this land</span>.</p> </td> </tr> </tbody> </table> </p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: left;"><span style="font-size: medium;">It is interesting to me how once again, the signs and other information about these chambers refers to them as "graves" or "burial mounds."&nbsp; While I have no doubt that one of their functions could have been as a place to bring the dead, it continues to be my experience </span><span style="font-size: medium;"> in the British Isles and here in the Netherlands,</span><span style="font-size: medium;"> that the ancient cromlechs, dolmens, long barrows, and hunebeden were places for the living as well, places where people could more easily contact the other side.<br /><br />}:-)<br /><img src="http://geomancy.org/listmessenger/public/images/aatip60/sigs-newsig.png" alt="sig's sig" width="65" height="70" /><br />Sig Lonegren<br /></span><span style="font-size: medium;">Enkhuizen, Nord Holland<br />and<br />SunnyBank?<br />9 Bove Town<br /> Glastonbury?Somerset BA6 8JE<br /> England<br /><a href="http://www.geomancy.org"> http://www.geomancy.org </a><br /><a href="http://www.sunnybankglastonbury.co.uk?">http://www.sunnybankglastonbury.co.uk </a><br />+44 (0)1458 835 818</span></p> "Sig Lonegren" <sig@geomancy.org> Wed, 23 Feb 2011 20:40:10 +0100