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Dowsing Labyrinths at Comrie

Saturday May 4th 2013 was Comrioe labyrinth walkersWorld Labyrinth Day, followed by International Dowsing Day on May 5, so I had decided to combine two of my favourite activities into a ‘Dowsing and Labyrinths’ day, which was held at Comrie in Perthshire. Although the weather wasn’t as sunny as anticipated, we had 16 people attending, a much better turnout than I had anticipated. I bravely decided to expose my legs for the first time this year in a pair of shorts.

After an indoor session learning the basics of dowsing using pendulums, we adjourned outside to practise with L-rods and soon located a nice little power centre – a blind spring with a crossing energy line – to site the goal of the labyrinth on. The pattern for this workshop was a 7-circuit Classical design – I find this design resonates well with most people and it is the most versatile design to use. I was planning to quickly lay this out with five stakes, line marking paint and rope using Robert Ferre’s method. I like this technique not only because it is relatively quick to do, it is also surprising and almost magical the way the rope swings round the stakes to reveal the curves of the labyrinth – when it is done properly, that is. Sadly, this was not one of those occasions! At two points we went somewhat awry and ended up with a path that was ‘closed’ with no connection to neighbouring paths. Not for the first time I found myself wishing that I had brought some green paint to correct mistakes! However, it is something of a maxim with labyrinth construction that something will go amiss at some point during the process, so I have long since ceased to worry about these mishaps.

The labyrinth completed, we adjourned for lunch, then for the rest of the afternoon we worked with the labyrinth, using conceptual models involving the chakras and the planets mapped onto the different paths to gain various personal insights. These are left-brain methods of working with the labyrinth, but they are what makes the labyrinth such a powerful transformational tool.

We concludegreen mand the afternoon by guiding each other, eyes closed, into the goal using Gardner’s Double Appleton, a wonderful labyrinth movement I ‘discovered’ a couple of years ago. This caused much confusion and hilarity, but it was a fitting end to the afternoon.

Dowsing the energy line before, during and after the afternoon’s walks revealed that it had gradually expanded until it was wider than the labyrinth diameter on its ‘downstream’ side – a common effect when labyrinths are properly created on power centres and walked frequently. This would fade naturally over the course of a few days if the labyrinth is not used. On the ‘upstream’ side of the energy line was a wonderful green man site guardian (left), who we paid our respects to before energetically closing down the labyrinth.

All in all, a very successful day; my thanks to everyone who came along, and particular thanks to Camilla for her generous hospitality and the use of her garden, not to mention her wonderful soup and cakes.

I shall be repeating this workshop at the American Society of Dowsers’ convention in Lyndonville, Vermont on Thursday June 6 2013, so this Comrie labyrinth was a good rehearsal for that. Hopefully I will be able to construct the labyrinth without errors next time round!

 

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Grahame Gardner is a professional dowser and geomancer specialising in house-healing work involving geopathic and technopathic stress, and the creation of sacred spaces. He is a Registered Tutor with the British Society of Dowsers, is listed on their Professional Register, and served as President of the Society from 2008-2014. He is also a founder member of The Geomancy Group. This article is from his personal blog Western Geomancy.

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Dowsing Magic

Review: Dowsing Magic by Grahame Gardner

Reviewed by Simon Wheeler

Dowsing Magic bookOver the years I have prepared and given – and been subjected to – many PowerPoint lectures/presentations. When you know your subject well it is tricky knowing how much detail to go into, what assumptions to make about the audience, what handouts you should have to distribute, how much to say when diverted by an interesting question, and when to stop. No matter how well you have prepared, no matter how often you give the same presentation, each one will be different. Which is probably how it should be; after all, each audience is going to be different.

If you have had Grahame as a tutor at a course or workshop, some- or maybe much- of this book will be familiar. Which is the intention: this book has as its starting point Grahame’s lectures and articles. However, it covers not only what you may have seen and heard in his prepared presentations, it also includes the “extras” that you only got if you were in a particular audience at a particular time.

One advantage of writing a book on your subject, especially one based on experience of giving, and constantly honing, presentations on that subject, is that the audience doesn’t interrupt- obviously you’re not present when they are reading, but you have a very good idea of what needs to be covered to satisfy the majority. Another advantage is that more people get to share your expertise. The disadvantage is the inability to respond to questions and points raised.

“Dowsing Magic”, not only shows how thoroughly he knows his subject, he also is discriminating in how much detail he goes into. It is, therefore, appropriate for anyone new to dowsing, as well as of interest and help to those who have more “time-served”. He is essentially practical in his approach and offers guidance that is sensible and possible for anybody to follow. The enthusiasm and patience he shows when giving a presentation, workshop and demonstration, come through clearly in his writing. There are all the advantages and none of the disadvantages that I mention above- and I write as somebody who has been to several of Grahame’s courses and presentations.

This “Book One” covers all of the basics. There are sections on working with a pendulum, with rods, with an aurameter, a bobber; there is guidance on dowsing for water, map dowsing, using witnesses, dowsing for lost objects and missing people; there are historical stories and references, contextualising dowsing across time and cultures. And there is plenty on earth energies, leys, grids and theories thereof. He also touches on geopathic stress and the nature of reality.

Because Grahame is quite pragmatic in his world-view (I hope that’s OK to write, Grahame!) he explores theory without clouding issues with magical gobbledegook.
But it’s not just theory- this is a book for practitioners. Either those currently (sorry about the pun) who dowse or those who wish to dowse. It matters not what your level of expertise may be. There is something for everyone in this book.

When meeting members of the public when out dowsing it is not unusual to get into conversation with them; many are curious. There are a number of books and websites to which I refer these people. This book, “Dowsing Magic” will now go to the top of the list.

It is, I suspect, also a book I shall use for reference. The stories and anecdotes are worth another look; and as a refresher…a reminder of what is possible and the best way(s) to get results…it will be invaluable. I look forward to more in the series.

 

“Dowsing Magic, from water finds to dragon lines” by Grahame Gardner
published by Penwith Press, 2012.
ISBN: 978-0-95333 16-5-9 at £9.95.

Available here!

Touchstones for Today

Touchstones for Today – Designing for Earth Harmony with Stone Arrangements

by Alanna Moore

Touchstones for Today cover

The subtitle of this new book by Alanna Moore is ‘Designing for Earth Harmony with Stone Arrangements’, but it could equally well be ‘Everything You Need to Know About Stones’, such is the range of the subject matter. This is an updated and greatly expanded version of her 2005 book ‘The Magic of Menhirs & Circles of Stone’.

The first part of the book looks at the traditional uses of stones and stone formations in cultures around the world, from the healing (and cursing) stones and stone altars of Irish folk tradition to archaeo-astronomical configurations of calendar stones, medicine wheels and other stone structures. This section also covers petroglyphs, fairy lore and the use of stones as boundary markers or kingship stones (such as the Lia Fial and Stone of Destiny), and explores the shamanic and ceremonial uses of stones as spirit portals and other sacred mechanisms.

We enter more familiar territory with subsequent chapters dealing with dowsing and the telluric energies found in stone circles and other arrangements. The association of stones with underground water flows is covered, with mention of Guy Underwood’s geodetic lines, Tom Graves’ ‘fifth band’ reaction on menhirs, and of course Alanna’s favourite Irish round towers. Dowsers familiar with the research conducted by the British Society of Dowsers’ Earth Energies Group will be comfortable with many of the names and concepts cited here.

One of the shorter sections looks at rock art and petroglyphs, concentrating mostly on their relevance as astronomical markers although mention is given to David Cowan’s research into the energetic resonance generated by cup-marks.

The latter half of the book is of a more practical nature, with instructive chapters on constructing and working with stone circles, labyrinths, medicine wheels and other ceremonial constructions. Again, all this will be recognisable to EEG members, but for those dowsers unfamiliar with the field this book is a little goldmine of useful information.

Alanna’s writing is always engaging, if a little economical at times. Her extensive research is presented in a clear, no-nonsense fashion with little extraneous commentary, so what you get is an easily accessible concentrated repository of information on all things petrous.

http://www.geomantica.com


Grahame Gardner is a professional dowser and geomancer specialising in house-healing work involving geopathic and technopathic stress, and the creation of sacred spaces. He is a Registered Tutor with the British Society of Dowsers, is listed on their Professional Register, and served as President of the Society from 2008-2014. He is also a founder member of The Geomancy Group. This article is from his personal blog Western Geomancy.

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Saving Sighthill Stones

BSD member Tom Jones visiting the site, with Duncan Lunan and BSD President Grahame Gardner

BSD member Tom Jones visiting the site, with circle designer Duncan Lunan and BSD President Grahame Gardner

The Sighthill Stone Circle is a modern astronomically-aligned stone ring that was designed and built in 1979 under the direction of local astronomer and SF writer Duncan Lunan. It is situated in the centre of Glasgow right next to the M8 motorway, and is almost certainly the first astronomically-aligned circle built in Scotland for over 3000 years (I have blogged about it before here and here).

When I first dowsed the circle many years ago, it looked pretty neglected and I was unable to dowse any earth energies of interest within it. All ancient stone rings (as well as many of the more recent ones) are found by dowsers to be sited on confluences of underground water and earth energies, which give the space a particular energetic configuration. The Sighthill stones were placed without any consideration of such things during construction, so the site had little of dowsing interest. Now however, things have improved as the site is regularly visited by local pagan and druid groups using it for ritual and ceremonies to mark the cycle of the year, as well as families visiting for a picnic, or perhaps scattering the ashes of a departed loved one, and a growing number of tourists. On a recent visit on a freezing cold lunchtime in March this year, I visited the site to meet up with fellow dowser Tom Jones, who was passing through Glasgow on his way to Orkney, and site designer Duncan Lunan and his wife Linda. After introductions, I quickly got down to a spot of dowsing with my Aurameter in one hand and Android phone in the other, to GPS plot my findings using the excellent Dowsing Apps.

I was pleased to see that there is now a well-defined energy ley along the major axis of the circle towards the solstice sunset, and a weaker water vein running approximately north-south across the centre; a clear result of the increased patronage and ritual use of the circle. The dowsing survey  also shows the outline in yellow of the disused Buchanan Street railway tunnel that tangentially crosses the site.

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Dowsing survey of the circle. The red line marks a water vein, the green is an energy line defining the major axis of the site, and the yellow is the course of the disused Buchanan Street rail tunnel.

The vista from the circle has also improved immensely since I created my Stellarium landscape for it, with the demolition of several of the high-rise flats to the north and west. The tall chimney of the former distillery to the northwest has also gone, allowing the natural ground contour to show through at the summer solstice sunset position; so the site is really fulfilling its promise as a practical and educational observatory. Not bad since Duncan’s calculations at the time were done by hand, without the benefit of today’s computerised astronomy programs.

Duncan has recently published a book “The Stones and the Stars” about the construction of the circle, so things were looking good for the site, until that is Glasgow City Council announced plans to demolish the circle and completely redevelop the area as preparation for Glasgow’s bid to host the 2018 Youth Olympics. This would involve removing up to three metres of topsoil from the entire area to remove any possible contaminants from previous site use and the complete demolition of the circle.

The Council have recently back-pedalled furiously on this plan as the result of an online ‘Save the Stones’ petition, saying that they would preserve the site by relocating it elsewhere; completely missing the point of it being sited where it is because of the excellent sightlines it has to the horizon in almost all quadrants. That’s why it’s called ‘Sighthill’. Even preserving the circle as a feature and building the Olympic Village around it (as has also been suggested), will negate the use of it as a calendric observatory by obscuring the necessary horizon lines with buildings.

The online petition to save the stones now has over 3,400 signatures and the Facebook page has over 600. There is cross-party support from MSPs, celebrities, and ordinary people across the city and around the world.

The Spring Equinox of 20 March 2013 sees a gathering of pagans, druids, sympathisers and other folk of like mind to draw attention to the plight of the circle. There will be walking and cycling tours passing through, with origami classes and other impromptu events throughout the course of the day, from sunrise at 06:19 to the main event, sunset at 18:31. Please come along and show your support for the stones. Further details will be posted on the Facebook page.

Duncan will be giving a talk about the circle on 10 April 2013 at Carnegie Library in Ayr at 19:00, for details of that go to this page. You can sign the online petition here.

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Duncan at the stones 2011. Photograph by Linda Lunan.


Grahame Gardner is a professional dowser and geomancer specialising in house-healing work involving geopathic and technopathic stress, and the creation of sacred spaces. He is a Registered Tutor with the British Society of Dowsers, is listed on their Professional Register, and served as President of the Society from 2008-2014. He is also a founder member of The Geomancy Group. This article is from his personal blog Western Geomancy.

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Imbolc blessings – course and events news

Imbolc snowdropsImbolc greetings everyone. This year has felt like it has really struggled to get going, but with Imbolc we can start to feel the seeds of our inspirations, sown last Samhain, begin to stir and show above the ground as the land awakens and starts to come back to life. And so it is with my dowsing courses for this year…

As usual, I am running my normal Foundation Courses in dowsing for beginners, and this year by popular demand I am running two in April in different parts of the country and both new venues for me. The first is in Braco in Perthshire, which is right on the northern frontier of Roman Britain and has one of the largest Roman forts in the country to explore, which should make for some fascinating dowsing.
The second is being held at Cosmic Soul, a new crystal and therapy centre in the heart of Largs, which has a lovely upstairs studio space. I’ve been having a look at some places to go dowsing in the town, and there are a couple of promising sites that should make for some interesting dowsing practise.

In June, I shall be once again running a ‘Introduction to Earth Energies and Spirit of Place’ weekend workshop at Roslin. A great chance to dowse and experience the magical energies in Rosslyn Chapel and Roslin Glen – not to be missed!

In addition, I am giving a talk to the Earth Energies Group of The British Society of Dowsers on March 23 in Hopton-on-Sea, Norfolk, and to celebrate International Dowsing Day on May 5 I am running a dowsing and labyrinth workshop in Comrie, Perthshire (World Labyrinth Day is May 4 this year, so it  makes sense to combine the two activities).

Full details of all events are on the Events page. If you wish to be kept up to date by email, then please subscribe to our mailing list by entering your email address into the box in the right sidebar. Your details are perfectly safe, and you won’t be bombarded with lots of spam – I seldom send out more than two or three emails per year.

More courses are in the works for the autumn – stay tuned!

The Alchemy of Light

This has very little to do with geomancy, but I do have an interesting connection with it – when I came across this projection mapping video by Joel Sebastian, I was pleasantly surprised (and flattered) to discover that Joel is using one of my sacred geometry diagrams for his logo at the end of the video. As I’m also a lighting designer,  I can really appreciate the work that went into making this video. It’s a really fantastic demonstration of projection mapping technology, something that used to cost a great deal of  money to do but can now be done at fairly low cost with consumer-level equipment.
This was made as a student graduation project, so I look forward to seeing how Joel’s work develops in the future.

 

Projection mapping live performance art – The Alchemy of Light by a dandypunk from a dandypunk on Vimeo.

The Spine of Albion

The Spine of Albion, by Gary Biltcliffe and Caroline Hoare

The Spine of Albion

I have not anticipated the publication of a book for longer than this one. It’s been in the pipeline for over 15 years, and now at last it’s finally here!

Following the ‘serpenteering’ tradition popularised by Hamish Miller & Paul Broadhurst, The Spine of Albion documents the several pilgrimages taken by Gary Biltcliffe and Caroline Hoare to chart the course of the male and female serpent currents surrounding Britain’s longest alignment, the Belinus Line. Beginning on the Isle of Wight, the alignment bisects the country almost vertically, passing through six major cities including the ancient capitals of England and Scotland before leaving the north coast at Durness.

So has it been worth the wait? Most emphatically, yes! It’s a lovingly-produced paperback weighing in at over 500 pages, lavishly illustrated throughout with 246 full-colour plates and 35 plans and maps.

It can be difficult to make a book like this accessible – it simultaneously has to combine the functions of history book, tourist guide, dowsing record and atlas, and yet still keep the reader interested enough to want to read it all the way through and not dip in and out of it according to whichever area piques their interest. Gary and Caroline have managed to strike the correct balance in this regard, combining interesting local legends, historical accounts, tourist descriptions and anecdotal speculations, interweaving that rich tapestry with their on-going personal gnosis as they explore the different sections of the alignment.

It’s a darn good read, and it will take its place proudly on anyone’s bookshelf alongside Miller & Broadhurst’s The Sun & the Serpent and The Dance of the Dragon. I really don’t think it needs any higher praise than that.

http://www.belinusline.com/

European Podcast Awards 2012

Once again, my podcast ‘Adventures in Dowsing’ that I produce for The British Society of Dowsers, has been nominated in the European Podcast Awards. In the 2011 awards, the show placed 8th in the UK non-profit category. It would be fantastic to do even better this year!
If you enjoy listening to the show, please take a moment to show your appreciation by clicking on the picture below and voting for it. Thanks!

Beyond Hope in Rambo Country

At the Canadian Society of Questers’ Conference in Harrison Hot Springs, British Columbia at the beginning of May, Conference organiser Merlin Beltain told a tale over breakfast one day about a strong energy vortex that, as far as I could gather, was somewhere in the vicinity (bear in mind that my geographic knowledge of BC was rudimentary at best at this point). It seemed to be centred on a river valley where some old disused railway tunnels were carved through the mountain and, said Merlin, the tunnels contained a ‘time portal’.

Needless to say, this was a fascinating topic of conversation for dowsers, yet I didn’t give it much more thought as it seemed unlikely that I would get to see these tunnels. But a group of five dowsers from Calgary started wondering if they could manage to pay a visit to the tunnels on their trip home after the conference.

On the Monday following conference, I ran a full-day labyrinth workshop on the waterfront at Harrison, marking out a 7-circuit Classical labyrinth using Robert Ferré’s rope-and-string method. The participants in the workshop, as fate would have it, were the very same five Calgarians (another two people who had planned on attending it cancelled at the last minute).

Demonstrating ‘Gardner’s Double Appleton’ on the beach at Harrison.

After lunch, we spent the afternoon working with the labyrinth, exploring its use as a problem-solving tool by overlaying the chakras on the seven paths, and we also worked it as a tool for personal insight by mapping the seven planets of traditional astrology onto the paths. Having thus exercised their left brains, I then worked on their right brains by introducing them to ‘Gardner’s Double Appleton’, where the incoming ‘seeker’ was guided with eyes shut into the very centre labyrinth – a very moving experience for everyone as it turned out. Some passing tourists were quickly dragged into the fun as we were doing this, although I don’t think they quite knew what they were letting themselves in for!

During the afternoon, a plan was conceived that Merlin would lead us all to visit the tunnels and the time vortex the next day. I was going with her to drive up to Vernon, where I was to be based for the next week, and the Calgarians had a ten-hour plus drive to get home, so it meant a very early start in the morning.

Othello tunnels

The Othello tunnels

Departing Harrison with only a cup of hotel room coffee to sustain us, we drove for some miles before stopping at a roadside diner in a little town called Hope, best known for its use as a location in the first Rambo movie. Here, after a hearty breakfast, we proceeded up to a walking path that used to be the Kettle Valley railroad, to a stretch of old trackbed known as the Othello tunnels (the engineer, Andrew McCulloch, used to enjoy reciting Shakespeare to his construction workers around the campfire of an evening, apparently). This was a strong vortex area according to Merlin, and certainly the energies felt extremely powerful as we walked up the trail and into the first tunnel. My head was buzzing as we went through the tunnel, and my trusty aurameter was flopping around in increasingly frantic circles as we progressed through ever-more powerful layers of the vortex.

Once through the first tunnel, we found ourselves in a narrow gorge with a raging torrent of a river below us on our left, and tall cliff faces all around. During construction of the tunnels, workers had been lowered down the sheer cliffs on ropes to hack away at the rock and plant their dynamite to create the tunnels. Merlin wanted to take each of us individually forward to experience what she described as a time portal, but she gave us no other information about it. Whilst she got the others, one at a time, to walk slowly towards the second tunnel with their dowsing rods, I tuned into the water below and gradually became aware of three ‘stone people’ watching over this gorge. In Britain I would probably have called them trolls, but here they felt more like ancestral guardians, watching over the land and the river. So I gave them greetings and asked for their blessing on what we were doing, which I felt was forthcoming, and sang to them quietly while the others in the group, completed their experience and bade us goodbye as they left for the long drive back to Calgary.

River 'guardian' head

River ‘guardian’ head

Walking forward slowly with my aurameter poised and my eyes shut, and bearing in mind Merlin’s suggestion of looking for an ‘anomaly’, I suddenly felt that I had stepped down about a foot into a small pit. Here I felt a vortex of energies around me, and waves of energy seemed to be rising from the ground and passing up my body. Then I felt a vibration in my feet as though the ground was rumbling, closely followed by the sound of a train whistle and the feeling of a train rushing past right beside me! After that, I could hear what sounded like pickaxes on rock working in rhythm. It was the most extraordinary thing.

When I came back to myself, Merlin told me that she had experienced the same thing on her first visit to this spot, except that the sensation of a train approaching was so strong that she physically pushed her companion out of the way. All the other people in our group that morning had felt the same thing.

All in all, the Othello tunnels are quite a remarkable spot!


Grahame Gardner is a professional dowser and geomancer specialising in house-healing work involving geopathic and technopathic stress, and the creation of sacred spaces. He is a Registered Tutor with the British Society of Dowsers, is listed on their Professional Register, and served as President of the Society from 2008-2014. He is also a founder member of The Geomancy Group. This article is from his personal blog Western Geomancy.

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Grahame Gardner & Susan Collins live webcast

To promote the forthcoming conference of the Canadian Society of Dowsers in Hamilton, Ontario on 25-27 May, Susan Collins and I shall be appearing live on ‘Liquid Lunch’ with Hugh Reilly on Friday 18 May at 5pm UK time (12 noon EST). Don’t miss this chance to see the current President of the British Society of Dowsers and Past President of the Canadian Society of Dowsers chatting live on web TV!

If you missed us live, you can watch it here: Liquid Lunch 18 May 2012

Grahame & Susan at Clava Cairns Sept. 2011

Grahame & Susan at Clava Cairns Sept. 2011

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