Ley Lines

Ley lines can be described as ‘hypothetical alignments’ of several places of ‘geographical’ interest, like megaliths and ancient monuments. Their existence can be traced to the early 20th century by amateur archaeologist ‘Alfred Watkins’. His book ‘The Old Straight Track’ was the first one to bring these alignments to the notice of public. However, causes of alignment are still an unsolved puzzle. These causes are being interpreted in several ways:

Archaeological

A new field of archaeology, known as archaeogeodesy is making news these days. It carries out the function of examining geodesy as being followed in the prehistoric era. It also has been proved by archaeological debris. One of the most important aspects of geodesy of the modern times is surveying. According to geodesy interpretation, the ‘ley lines’ can result out of ancient surveying, frequently traveled pathways, or property markings. Several societies- modern and ancient make use of straight lines in between points to be used. These traditions have been documented by archaeologists. Modern surveying also implies placing of construction lines on landscape. It is sensible to be expecting activity areas and human constructs for reflecting human usage of lines.

Cultural

Majority of cultures make use of straight lines throughout the landscape. In Latin America, lines of this type are usually directed towards peaks of mountains. ‘The Nazca Lines’ exemplify the elongated lines drawn by referring to ancient cultures. Ancient pyramids of Mexico get connected through straight lines. Today’s scenario is such that modern roads constructed on ancient roads diverge around the large pyramids. Northwestern New Mexico’s Chaco culture facilitates cutting of stairs into cliffs of sandstone to straighten the roads.

New Age

The intersection points of the ‘ley lines’ are believed to resonate an unusual mystical or psychic energy. This energy generally includes elements like geomancy, UFOs or dowsing. They state that the travel of UFOs is along the ‘ley lines’. This belief goes on to postulate that points on these lines have associations of magnetic or electrical forces with them.

Skeptical

Skeptics of existence of the ‘ley lines’ classify them in the form of ‘pseudoscience’. These skeptics have the tendency to doubt about the principle of ley lines. They have been arguing that the explanation of these lines can be done without taking the help of pseudoscientific or extraordinary ideas.

Holy and magical lines: approach of the new age

The theories of Watkins are being adapted by the writers of the next generation. Occulist Dion Fortune had taken up a few of his ideas and mentioned them in her book ‘The Goat-footed God’ that was released in 1936. Since then, the ‘ley lines’ have become a topic of mystery and magic. Two dosers of the British origin, namely British Museum’s Reginald Smith and Captain Robert Boothby are reported to have linked ley lines’ appearance with magnetic currents and underground streams. Guy Underwood, on the basis of numerous investigations that he had conducted, claimed that the crossings of positive aqua stats and ‘negative’ water lines explain the reason behind some sites being labeled as holy. The ‘double lines’ found on these sacred sites were called ‘holy lines’ by him.

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