2014 Events Archive

Dowsing and Medical Herbalism

Ruth Weaver

November 22nd 2014
Marazion Community Centre

Today saw the start of our winter programme of talks/workshops in the hall at Marazion.

Based in Cornwall, Ruth studied at the Scottish School of Herbal Medicine and Lincoln University.  She runs a small practice locally, as well as working as part of a collective of Herbal first aiders at various festivals and events. This afternoon was an unusual and fascinating opportunity to participate in herb tastings – sitting peacefully while using our senses and intuition to note how we felt about a particular herb. We then discussed our findings before Ruth revealed the herb’s identity.  Ruth says, “The primal instincts to naturally and intuitively medicate ourselves are within us all.”

Tracking the Mary energy line at Alsia Well and Boscawen-ûn stone circle

Site Visit Team

October 19th 2014
Alsia Well

Another very good dowsing afternoon.  Trevor Rogers, who owns the land close to Alsia Well, kindly allowed us space to park and then dowse in his fields. Apart from the special atmosphere of the well itself, it was fascinating to dowse the domed area in the field above it.  It has been suggested that this was once a Neolithic “camp site” or temporary settlement.  Dowsing “tasks” for the visit also included the successful marking out of “Hamish’s Mary line”.  And apart from the dowsing there was another opportunity for a picnic in the sunshine and a chat with good friends.

At Boscawen-ûn John M. and Cheryl talked about the historical and dowsing significance of this very special stone circle and, among other dowsing explorations, “Hamish’s Mary line” was found.  Another significant line was identified by several people and Lana dowsed it as going straight to Creeg Tol, and then executing a sharp right angle towards the Blind Fiddler.  Further dowsing investigation is required to see whether it meets the Mary line there.

Chapel Carn Brea, St Euny’s Chapel and wells, and Carn Euny

Site Visit Team

September 7th 2014
Chapel Carn Brea

Meeting at Chapel Carn Brea we climbed the hill for our panoramic picnic spot.  Known as Britain’s “first and last hill”, this was home to the legendary Harry the Hermit, who kept a light burning and attempted to charge the local fishermen for doing so.  When they wouldn’t pay, he allegedly raised a storm!

There were formerly 11 barrows, the existing ones worth noting being the early Neolithic long cairn and the Late Neolithic/early Bronze Age entrance grave on the summit.  They made interesting dowsing, with the wheel and spiral of energy lines centred on the summit probably linking with the sacred sites and barrows all around the hill and along the coast.

As we anticipated, St Euny’s Chapel was completely covered with foliage, (a trip for a winter’s day!) and it was not possible to dowse for the floor plan. Everyone responded to the calm atmosphere of the wells nearby, (one of them in particular still full of crystal clear water), surrounded by trees.

It is always a delight to visit Carn Euny.  Courtyard House Settlements, dated from the end of the Iron Age, are uniquely found in West Penwith and Carn Euny is an excellent example. The fogou (Cornish for “cave”) is also unique to West Penwith.  Clearly a very significant structure, the group experienced the atmosphere inside it as well as the sense of harmony in the hut sites. The dowsing activities included the holes in a couple of the hut sites.  Post holes, querns or totem poles?

Sitting in the sun inside the walls of one of the courtyards it was easy to sense why the village site was chosen and remained a settlement for such a long period of time.

With an abundance of historical and dowsing information, Cheryl Straffon and John M. made this a fascinating and very enjoyable afternoon.

Duloe stone circle

Site Visit Team

August 3rd 2014
Duloe stone circle

This was a joint dowsing venture in East Cornwall with Tamar Dowsers and West Cornwall Dowsers.  A small but beautiful white quartz stone circle, this one has alignments to Bodmin Moor, Calvannack and Goonhilly Downs.  The day ended with a visit to St Cybi’s (Cuby’s) Holy Well.

Mên-an-Tol, Mên Scryfa and Boskednan Nine Maidens’ stone circle

Site Visit Team

June 8th 2014

A good afternoon’s dowsing at a collection of West Penwith’s well-known sites.  After a picnic lunch at Mên-an-Tol, we worked on the questions posed by John M’s handouts: finding the missing or recumbent stones for a possible adjoining circle; leys – courtyard house at Mulfra, Chysauster, Castle-an-Dinas, Bosullow Trehyllis; possible boundary stones and finally discovering any energy leys.

We walked up to Mên Scryfa but today, with the field full of curious bullocks, could not get close to the stone.  The insciption reads “Rialobran-Cvnoval-Fil”, translating as: Royal Raven, Famous Leader.  It is said to commemorate the grave of a warrior who died in battle.  Legend says that he was as tall as the 8′ stone.

At Boskednan Nine Maidens, a stone circle of 69′ in diameter, we had a good collaborative dowsing session, again working on John’s questions: dowsing for water lines near the centre, a cist, leys and energy leys.

A report on our findings today will be produced later.

This was a very enjoyable occasion, good company, thorough dowsing in our magical landscape, culminating in a delicious cream tea at Lanyon Farm.  We had intended to go to Lanyon Quoit afterwards but strangely no one was capable of doing so.

Picnic and dowsing at Carn Lês Boel

Site Visit Team

May 5th 2014
Carn Lês Boel

A small group of us met on this headland near Land’s End, to  picnic, dowse and celebrate this beautiful place and Hamish Miller’s birthday.  Carn Lês Boel translates as Court at the axe-shaped crag and the large flat stone at the top suggests a very important meeting place.  And here is the first node point in the south west of the Michael and Mary energy currents.  We were joined by a couple of members of Sunrise Dowsers, from the other end of the Michael alignment in Hopton, Norfolk who were staying in west Penwith in order to be with us this weekend.

The famous dowsing journey, which started at Carn Lês Boel and then across England to Hopton, is recorded in The Sun and the Serpent.   (Also available on-line at www.penwithpress.co.uk)

A great weekend with good friends!

International Dowsing Day and Singing the Lines

Site Visit Team

May 4th 2014
Trencrom Hill

Again this year we met on Trencrom hill, (where the Athena energy current passes through on its way around the world) and we were again joined by members of Parallel Community and Earthsinger Danu Fox.  With drumming, chanting and singing in celebration of the land, this was another very joyous occasion.  Some of our members dowsed and measured the width of the Athena current before and after the event – it was seen to have expanded from 5 metres to 23 metres during the afternoon.  The power of human interaction!  At the end of the afternoon we went down the hill to Ba Miller’s place for cream teas and a wander around her acres of garden, now a glorious carpet of bluebells and wood anemones.

Read “The Dance of the Dragon” for the extraordinary dowsing journey undertaken by Hamish and Ba, Paul and Vivienne, following the Apollo and Athena currents as far as Mount Carmel, Israel.

Dowsing trip to Castle an Dinas, near St Columb Major

Site Visit Team

April 13th 2014
Castle an Dinas

Considered to be one of the best hillforts in the south west, Castle an Dinas is an enormous site, (the central area is 20 acres) with panoramic views over a wide area.  It dates from around the 2nd and 3rd centuries BCE and consists of 3 ditch and rampart concentric rings, 850 ft above sea level. It was once an important focus of prehistoric settlement and trading activity.  At least 1000 years older than the banks and ditches, there are two Bronze Age barrows which appear to have been respected and revered by the Iron Age people and left undamaged. Excavation in the 1960s revealed little evidence of long-term occupation although post-holes of a circular timber house were found close to the main entrance on the south west, with piles of sling-stones and a few shards of pottery.

Despite a disappointing turn-out we had a very good afternoon’s dowsing and welcomed Gordon of Tamar Dowsers.  There were avid discussions about the site of the original water source and the various stages of occupation and use during the site’s long history.

Dowsing energy was much enhanced by some pretty amazing cup cakes made by Gregory and Jennie’s daughter.  They might need to be a compulsory feature of each future trip.

Dowsing the Dragons of Albion

Gary Biltcliffe and Caroline Hoare

March 15th 2014
Marazion Community Centre

We welcomed Gary and Caroline from Dorset today, to speak about the 15-year research and exploration of the north-south equivalent of the famous St Michael line, which they called the Belinus line.  Gary’s excellent presentation, which could have easily spread over three afternoons, was packed with a wealth of information about what is considered to be Britain’s longest ley, stretching from the Isle of Wight to Durness on the northern tip of Scotland. This alignment connects six cities, including the ancient capitals of England and Scotland, geographical centres of power and many famous prehistoric complexes. Gary and Caroline’s fascinating pilgrimage uncovered the links between the geology and the legendary and real historical characters of the places they visited. References to King Arthur repeatedly appear along the Belinus line – not just in Cornwall, folks!

Gary and Caroline’s exploration culminated in their book: “The Spine of Albion” – a not-to-miss book for anyone interested in earth mysteries.

Power Points in Time

Palden Jenkins

February 1st 2014
Marazion Community Centre

Happy New Year everyone!

We started the year on Saturday 1 February with an excellent talk by Palden.

Palden has been a dowser and astrologer for 40 years, noted for developing experiential astrology in Britain and his work on time-cycles.  He has been involved in ley-hunting, ancient mysteries and crop circle research.  Just as there are energy lines coursing through the earth, focusing at certain points that the ancients marked with stone circles, mounds and standing stones, so there are energy lines and power points in time, marked by the ancient observances and festivals.  Believing that developing a sense of harmony with time is a core ingredient in building a sustainable world, Palden will shed light on the cycles of the Moon, Sun and planets, giving an overall picture of how power points in time occur and can be identified and understood.

Despite the weather, when it would have been tempting to stay huddled in front of the fire, we had a good crowd and Palden’s talk was very well received.