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Ley Lines/Earth Energy Lines
The term "ley lines" was coined by Alfred Watkins when explaining his theory that ancient sites around Britain had actually been constructed or formed giving alignments between and across the inhabited landscape of Britain. The sites mentioned include Stone Circles, Standing Stones, Long Barrows, Cairns, Burial Mounds and Churches.
In 1921 Watkins had an idea about alignments and set about noting and measuring these sites to help support his theory. His first book entitled, "Early British Trackways" was published in 1922 and was the result of a lecture he had given the previous year. After this he continued to pursue his study of the alignment theory. In 1925 he published what is said to be his main book entitled, "The Old Straight Track", later books were "The Ley Hunters Manual" (1927) and the "Archaic Tracks Around Cambridge" (1932). Shortly after the publishing of the Old Straight Track, The Straight Track Postal Portfolio club was formed enable people to exchange and circulate information, including viewpoints and photographs, with each other. Major F.C. Taylor in the 1930's was the secretary, but the deaths of Alfred Watkins and Major Taylor and the advent of the Second World War meant that the club closed. Luckily a handful of people kept the interest alive right through to the 1960's when a new cycle of theories emerged.
It is said that the word "Ley" comes from the Saxon word for cleared glade. Paul Devereux and Ian Thompson, in their book, The Ley Guide, quote from the Concise Oxford English Dictionary that the word "ley" can be linked to "lea" meaning a "tracked of open ground." Watkins believed that the image of the actual ley surveyors/designers can be seen by looking at the chalk figure known as "The Long Man of Wilmington," located in Sussex. In 1974 these types of design in the Southern parts of Britain have been linked to the markings on the pampa/ground close to Nasca, Peru, by Maria Reiche a German expert.
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