A Thousand Miles of History IV: Where the earth leads your feet…

While the workshop weekend was officially over, the adventure had only just begun. We said farewell to the Cumbrian contingent, who had a very long drive ahead of them, and the rest of us headed into Dorchester in search of lunch. The girls took us to a place we would otherwise have missed…Yalbury & Yvon’s… where we found the best elderflower cider and for which we owe the girls our heartfelt thanks. We were so impressed, we called back there a few days later and had a wonderful meal. But, between that first French toast and the final Raclette, there were many more adventures waiting for us.

But first, we had to get where we were going. We said our goodbyes to Helen and arranged to meet Larissa and Alethea the next morning, a hundred miles away, near Tavistock in Devon. Then, while the girls went to explore Maumbury Rings, we hit the road for the next leg of our journey.

These few days around workshops constitute our holidays. As both Stuart and I have regular jobs and limited leave, we have to make the most of wherever we are…and we had been wanting to visit the West Country for a long time. I have fond memories of travelling there decades ago, but this would be Stuart’s first visit…and there was a lot that we wanted to see. My own trips had been largely ‘touristy’, and this was to be more of a research trip, visiting the ancient places that still grace the landscape.

We were particularly interested in the sites that mark the Michael Line, a ley or alignment marked by ancient sites, that crosses England from Land’s End, the most southwesterly point of the country, to Hopton on Sea in Norfolk, on the east coast. There is much debate about the nature, purpose and even the existence of leys, with everyone holding their own opinion. Some see them as earth-energy lines, some as woolly-minded curiosities and others as remnants of ancient trackways.  My personal opinion is that if our ancestors were more in tune with the land than we are today, perhaps they did sense the earth-energies doswers pick up with rod, twig or pendulum… and where better to place a trackway than where the earth leads your feet?

There are differing opinions of dowsing too… but if the British Army can employ them, then regardless of the label of pseudoscience that has been firmly affixed to this and other similar practices, there is enough in it to warrant a bit of notice. The easiest way to convince the general public not to take notice of any phenomenon that falls outside of the realm of traditional science is to label it with one of the epithets that suggest that anyone believing in such ‘rubbish’ has lost the plot. ‘Conspiracy theory’, ‘pseudoscience’, ‘fringe’ (especially when prefixed with ‘lunatic’), ‘paranormal’ and ‘supernatural’…  profess a belief in any of these, and many people will look at you askance.

Me? I like proof. I like evidence. I’m a Virgo and it goes with the territory… if using astrology as an illustration doesn’t immediately label me as a ‘weirdo’. And, in the absence of proof, I keep an open mind. But how do you define proof anyway? I was taught to dowse by my grandfather as a very small child, wandering around with rods made from a pair of bent wire coathangers. I know dowsing works… I have proved it to myself and there is a small pair of travelling rods tucked away in my handbag.

But orthodox science would not accept personal experience as proof. My problem with laboratory-based evidence is simply that you cannot prove or disprove anything if you don’t know what you are looking for or what to ask… and we are very far from knowing everything about this beautiful and mysterious planet we call home.

So… back to the Michael Line. Our plan was to visit some of the sites on the Michael line… which, apart from St Michael, his earthly counterpart St George and their respective dragons having been major and recurring symbols in our own work over the years, we needed some way to choose which few sites we would aim for amongst the thousands we might visit in the area. We would have liked to be able to see some of the sites on the Mary line too…the feminine counterpart of the Michael line, that weaves its way along the ley. But there would not be time for that… or so we thought. So, off we went to Tavistock, choosing to take the old road across Dartmoor…

About Sue Vincent

Sue Vincent is a Yorkshire-born writer and one of the Directors of The Silent Eye, a modern Mystery School. She writes alone and with Stuart France, exploring ancient myths, the mysterious landscape of Albion and the inner journey of the soul. Find out more at France and Vincent. She is owned by a small dog who also blogs. Follow her at scvincent.com and on Twitter @SCVincent. Find her books on Goodreads and follow her on Amazon worldwide to find out about new releases and offers. Email: findme@scvincent.com.
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29 Responses to A Thousand Miles of History IV: Where the earth leads your feet…

  1. Anne Copeland says:

    Ah ha, Me thinks we are embarking on still another adventure. Well, I am a Sagittarius, So I have a great sense of adventure, and also I LOVE mysteries (though I acknowledge that I have not read any for years). I especially love to be involved in solving a mystery. It is funny how when these things are part of our makeup, we tend to find things that fit our personalities and needs even when we are not looking for them specifically.

    I have my second degree (first in archaeology) in criminal justice, and yes, I know this sounds strange. And I studied all the free courses I could on Forensics (and yes, there are free courses online for those of you who might be so inclined. These folks actually help as volunteers once they have taken the free courses, to try to help solve cold cases.

    Well, it sounds like this might be a cold case, so I am hoping there will be more to the story. This course has the strangest power to keep me on the trail of this thing I have read about or that, or I will be watching or reading something which seems up front as though it has nothing to do at all with what we have covered, and then suddenly, my head snaps to the direction of the TV or what I am reading, and I cannot believe that I have encountered still another thing related to the things we are studying or the places we are visiting, or other things like sacred geometry or perhaps alchemy, etc. And I have never read or researched or looked as much as I do now. It is as though I have been starving for this!!! Yes, that is it for certain – starving for it. I could likely go for days without food, but this food is a must even when I am ill. Wow, thank all of you companions and supervisors and people who organize and write all these things. This is the best medicine I know of.

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  2. Anne Copeland says:

    Oh, I forgot to mention the dousing or divining again, but I love it too, though I was never formerly trained by anyone else like Sue. I just saw an old miner do it, and being a curious person, I had to find myself a forked stick and try it. I love it, and for some reason, I am drawn visually to forked sticks and spent a little time when I was walking my dogs picking up forked sticks. I wanted to wrap them with differed color yarns and turn them into sacred art, and I might do that again. I wonder what would happen if I were to try a divining rod of wood that I had wrapped; must go try it somewhere.

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  3. Darlene says:

    More adventures!! I can’t wait to see what else you uncover.

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  4. jenanita01 says:

    I think I need to know more about the Michael Line…

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  5. Very interesting and intriguing, Sue. I’m looking forward to reading more 🙂

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  6. Léa says:

    When out walking in the hills that abound here, I always follow the path, okay, for awhile perhaps… 😉

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  7. Mary Smith says:

    Looking forward to travelling with you round a part of the country I don’t know at all.

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  8. Adele Marie says:

    I was taught to dowse as a child too. xxx

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  9. Widdershins says:

    And … they’re off! 😀 … google was underwhelming in my search for more info on Mick and Annie 🙂 … will now wait with bated breath for more from my favourite adventuress. 😀

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  10. Anne Copeland says:

    When you mention getting sidetracked, I am positive we are soul sisters. You and I both have red hair, and it was my natural, albeit now given a bit of help by the condescending Ms. Clairol. And we are both wanting to go on still another adventure. Actually I did create a number of art dolls from found objects. My favorite one was a wood fairy whose body was from pieces of wood I found on my walks, and her hair was made of neat-seed, which is my word for any seed I see on these walks that I cannot identify. The pods of this particular seed were long and narrow, curving this way and that as they opened, and revealing wonderful deep red rounded seeds. There is something very magical and symbolic about these creations which are definitely spiritual as they begin to come to life. This one actually ended up with an artist friend who lives somewhere in England. And I have wrapped the divining sticks too. If I get to come to England one of these days, I will have to create some of these things as gifties for all the good people I meet along the way, and perhaps to leave in some special places out in nature near ruins, special stones, and whatever else captures my attention. I like to not just visit a place and share it emotionally and spiritually, but to leave a part of myself there in some manner. Loved those rags tied in the tress too!!! Thank you one and all, and especially for putting up with my mental wanderings as we go along.

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