Sacred Sites & Pagan Places: Origins and How to Find Ley Lines Near You
Ley lines are defined as being straight tracks or lines across the earth made by man. The ancients were said to have marked these lines with stone monuments and pagan temples. This definition makes sense but doesn’t provide the whole picture of what ley lines truly are. Our ancient ancestors could feel the magic and power emanating from these energy lines and so they marked them for their own spiritual and physical benefit. They set up pagan places and called the intersections of ley lines their sacred sites. But how do these ancient ley lines affect us in modern times? How can we find local ley lines and harness their energy?
Sacred Sites of the Ancients: Ley Lines Origins
If we look at some of the world’s most important ancient sites on a map, we can draw straight lines between one to another. These lines form a grid-like pattern across the globe. Stonehenge, the Great Pyramid of Giza, and Machu Picchu are sacred sites that can be connected on lines to other sites including landmarks like Mount Everest. You won’t find these lines on a geographical map nor in a history book of any kind. Ley lines are mostly recorded in folklore and occult books, the original concept developed by a man named Alfred Watkins in 1921. Watkins believed so strongly in ley lines he organized a club that would gather in England and walk the countryside in search of ley lines and their powerful energy.
Corpse Roads, Fairy Paths, and Ley Lines
Spirits travel the earth in straight lines – these straight lines are theorized to be ley lines. In Britain and other places in Europe, there’s something known as a corpse road. A corpse road was a path taken by a funerary procession to move the dead from the place of death to the place of the funeral – a church, typically. Terrifying stories are told of these corpse roads, including a headless black dog, ghostly lights known as corpse lights, and soul-sucking wraiths. Do these spirits haunt the corpse roads because it was the last place their body traveled or are they drawn to the spiritual energy of these ancient ley lines?
“Imagine a fairy chain stretched from mountain peak to mountain peak as far as the eye could reach…” ~ Alfred Watkins, The Old Straight Track (1925)
Fairies, also known as the “wee folk” and “sidhe”, are known to travel along specified pathways as well. There are many tales in Britain and Ireland that point out fairy pathways into hills and over fairy bridges. These pathways are known as fairy paths and folks are warned not to get caught on a fairy path during twilight hours or at night for fear the fay might carry them away. Are these fairy paths ley lines?
Ley Lines Today: Why Are They Important?
So why should we care about ley lines? How do ley lines affect us? Though it seems an outdated idea, ley lines affect us in modern times just as much as the past. If you’re a believer in vibration and energy, if you believe Mother Earth is a living being, then you’ll understand why ley lines are important. I like to think of them as Mother Earth’s veins – sacred sites where the earth allows us to easily tap into her energy. If you feel revitalized after taking a dip in the ocean, hiking in the mountains, or dipping your feet into a creek, then you’ll feel the energetic potency of being near or directly on a ley line.
How to Find Ley Lines Near You
I recently went on a quest to find my local ley lines. I had no idea how easy it would be until I began researching. First thing I suggest is to think of your local area and if there are any significant historical landmarks. If you live in Europe, there are literally hundreds. This should be the easy part. If you live in the United States, I recommend looking specifically at Native sacred sites over Colonial sites. The indigenous Americans were more in-tune with nature and knew of the ley lines. The pilgrims most likely did not.
How To Find Ley Lines & Ley Lines Maps in YOUR Area
When I began looking for local ley lines, I first thought of a local Native burial mound located in Safety Harbor, FL. I had a feeling it was built by the Natives on or closeby a ley line. Then, I simply googled “ley line maps + United States” and BOOM. There are dozens of maps accessible online. Please don’t ask me to provide you with a map. It’s as simple as a Google search.
Following, I looked up the historical mound on a map of Florida. Then I compared this map to the ley line map and found a match. One particular ley line that converges with others just off the Eastern coast of Florida also runs directly north of Tampa and straight through the sacred site of the Tocobaga Indian mound in Safety Harbor! I was shocked and thrilled to discover my guess was correct!
Take a Trip to Confirm
After finding your local lines, it’s time to take a journey and confirm. This is a sacred journey and you should prepare as such. Take a cleansing shower or bath before traveling to these sacred sites. You can also smudge yourself beforehand. You want to be as spiritually clean as possible so the energy from the ley lines is easier to sense. Ideally, you’ll take your pendulum with you. Once there, notice how you’re feeling. Do you feel nervous? Excited? Like you’re about to meet up with a friend you haven’t seen in years? This is how I felt when I visited my local ley line. I had butterflies in my stomach that didn’t go away.
You can use your pendulum to dowse and find certain areas at the site that have high energetic charges. Stop in places where you feel the energy the strongest, then hold your pendulum out and still. Let the pendulum swing or circle on its own. If it does nothing (which I doubt if you’ve found a ley line), then move on to another spot. I guarantee you’ll find the pendulum swinging vigorously as mine did. This is a form of dowsing, which is a method that’s been used for years to find ley lines. Use your pendulum to also communicate with the spirits traveling the ley lines. Don’t forget to cleanse the pendulum and yourself after any communication with spirits.
My Pendulum Session at the Tocobaga Mound
The mound is beautiful – luscious greenery and centuries-old trees dot this man-made hillside that overlooks the Bay. Walking to the top of the mound, I received flashes of the Tocobaga tribe that once inhabited the site. I saw a woman wearing a necklace of shells and tree fronds on her clothing. The hustle and bustle of an entire civilization of people traveling up and down the mound. I chose a park bench on the front side of the Tocobaga Mound, as far away from the other park visitors as possible. It was quiet and I made it known to the spirits I was there in peace and just wanted to connect to better understand. I stated aloud clockwise motion meant yes and counterclockwise motion meant no. I asked the spirits if they were nature spirits, they confirmed. Then I asked if there were native spirits there, they confirmed. When asked if the spirits there were angry, they confirmed.
At this point I got a little uneasy and asked if the spirits were angry with the people on the mound today, the pendulum moved counterclockwise (phew!). I made an educated guess and asked if the spirits were mad at the Spanish men who came from the water. They confirmed. You see, on the same site there was turmoil between the Spanish seafarers who landed there in the sixteenth century and the natives who had been there for centuries before. The Spanish were slaughtered but today there are historical markers commemorating them.
Ley Line Magick
In addition to speaking with spirits at local ley lines, the energy of ley lines can be used in various forms of magick. Enlightenment is number one. This should go without saying that a journey to local sites will give you divine insight. Healing is another form of ley line magick. While there, ask Mother Earth to send healing vibrations through your feet and into the rest of your body to the top of your head. Stand still for a while and you can literally feel the healing energy pulsing up from the earth. It is truly amazing. Other forms of ley line magick include: drawing love to oneself, abundance, grounding, and cleansing. Have a ritual that needs a particularly strong amount of energy? Perform all or part of it at local ley lines and see the difference!
If you live in the United States, here are some of the sacred sites located on ley lines:
- Montana Megaliths
- Pryor Mountains Megaliths, MT
- Bighorn Medicine Wheel, NY
- Sedona, AZ
- Serpent Mount, OH
- Mount Shasta, CA
- Mount Denali, AK
- Tocobaga Indian Mound, FL
All Over the World
It doesn’t matter where you live in the world – there’s bound to be a ley line closeby whether its a large one or not. Think of your historical sites closeby and think of the natural landmarks that might have once been sacred to the indigenous people there. England has dozens of sacred sites and pagan places that align on one particular ley line running from the southwest to the northeast. There’s line that runs directly through Easter Island in the Pacific. A huge intersection of ley lines is found in northern Egypt. And another runs over Dublin, Ireland. Wherever you live in the world, look up the ley line world map and start hunting! I promise the journey and magick will create a profound impact on your spirituality and life.
- The Book of English Magic by Philip Carr-Gomm and Richard Heygate
- The Old Straight Track by Alfred Watkins
- The Ley Hunter’s Manual by Alfred Watkins
- ‘Early British Trackways by Alfred Watkins
- Earth Grids by Hugh Newman