2017 Events Archive

The Power of Place – reconstructing Cornwall’s prehistoric environment

Paul Bonnington

December 2nd 2017
Marazion Community Centre

The last event of 2017, we welcomed Paul, who is an experienced archaeologist and a popuar speaker at CASPN’s (Cornish Ancient Sites Prtection Network) “Pathways to the Past” event. As earth energy dowsers, we seek out and acknowledge the “special” and “sacred” places in the landscape, (and there are many such places to be found in our area) and with a series of beautiful images Paul spoke about the “specialness” of such places.

Dartmoor Mindscapes – Re-visioning a Sacred Landscape

Peter Knight

November 18th 2017
Marazion Community Centre

Today, the start of our 2017-18 winter programme at Marazion, we welcomed Peter Knight, a well-known speaker at local dowsing groups around the UK. The title of his talk was also the title of one of his books and this excellent presentation took a fresh look at Dartmoor’s stone circles, tors, earth energies, alignments and other aspects. Illustrated with very good photographs, his talk included some of the lesser-known sites, which made it particularly appealing to those of us who know Dartmoor well. Peter also spoke of some of the features and ancient sites on Bodmin Moor, which certainly gave us the incentive to have a dowsing trip there next summer.

Dowsing at Maen Cliff Castle

October 29th 2017
Maen Cliff Castle

For the last dowsing trip of the season, we visited the oldest of the Cornish cliff castles, located on the coast path between Land’s End and Sennen. As usual John M. provided members with historical and archaeological notes, as well as the story of the giant Myan Du. Dowsing tasks focused on the energetic features of the site and possible uses from Neolithic times to the Iron Age.
Two main features were studied. A wide and quite strong energy line flows in from the headland between the incomplete but obvious twin rows of large stones, across the single boulder at the highest point of the site and then out through its original entrance. The line then crosses the coastal path and interestingly appears to follow the path of the stream beside which Craig Weatherhill postulates that there was a trackway across to the A30. Looking at a large scale map it could be that this energy line winds its way to St Levan’s church – another task for the future.
Another feature of the site’s interior is the pile of five large boulders. After some study the consensus was that if this feature was re-erected the square gap in the centre would make a perfect view frame across to a similarly shaped gap in the granite outcrop on the south west side of the site, looking towards Longships and beyond.
John Watts found two converging lines, one running more or less along the rather obvious stone row, and the other running from the large group of stones at the top down towards the end of the land. They were 6 or 7 paces apart at the top and 2 paces apart at the bottom, by which he took it that they would have converged about 20 yards beyond the present end of the headland. Further dowsing suggested that these weren’t earth energy lines as such, but rather the trace of what would have been the outer edges of the “processional way” – i.e.probably psi lines.
At this point it became clear, both through observation and talking with others, that the site had been many different things over many hundreds, perhaps thousands of years, so John W. decided to focus on a period in the Neolithic, about five thousand years ago. Pendulum dowsing down by the edge of the cliff at the bottom indicated that the site was used by the people of that time to acknowledge their relationship with the sea (John’s pendulum was going wild at this suggestion), in gratitude, veneration, appeasement or even in more practical ways. At this point it became clear that we may not even have the concepts to understand what that might have meant to them.
Overall, it was felt that, like similar sites,this was never a castle in the true sense but a ritual and/or meeting or trading place, utilising the long sloping features of the headland which would have possibly led gently down to the water’s edge – since eroded. We also thought it significant that, despite having higher headlands on either side, from very early times it was recognised that Maen was of some importance.
Another good afternoon’s dowsing and a fine way to end the season in yet another spectacular setting.

Dowsing at Bosigran Cliff Castle

Site Visit Team

September 24th 2017
Bosigran Cliff Castle

Down to the coast this time, this is another beautiful headland. Legend has it (so obviously it’s true!) that King Arthur’s mother, Igraine, lived here, in which case this was where Arthur was conceived.
Today was a surprisingly warm day and we enjoyed the short walk past the mine building, down the valley to the coast path and from there to the headland. We listened to the tale of Merlin calling up a huge mist so that Uther Pendragon could ride in (supposedly, thanks to Merlin’s skill, looking like Igraine’s husband – do you believe that?!) and enter her bedroom. And Igraine didn’t suspect a thing. Just as we were pondering that, a magical, very warm mist rose up and within just a few minutes we could see nothing beyond the headland! Great stuff Merlin!
A happy and interesting afternoon. These are the group’s interpretations from this afternoon’s dowsing:
Two large energy leys cross the site: Morvah to Gurnard’s Head and Pendeen Watch to the courtyard houses east of Bosigran. Around the stone outcrop, which includes the logan rock and a large rockbasin, 12 radial energy lines were discovered. Around the logan rock there were found to be 13! After more careful dowsing it was found that one short energy line connects the large rock basin to the smaller basin on the logan rock. A power centre was located in the centre of the gap between the two rocks, conveniently marked by a large spider’s web!
No residential hut remains were found but just north of the logan stone outcrop a small semicircle of rocks dowsed as having been a shelter/fire pit/warming area.
There was no indication of sacrificial ceremonies but a strong sense of ritual using the logan rock for calling and the rock basins for cleansing. It was concluded that more investigation was needed – for another day.

Trip to Bartinney Hill

Site Visit Team

June 25th 2017
Bartinney Hill

Bartinney Hill is located between Chapel Carn Brea and Sancreed. In Cornish, Bartinnê translates as rump-like hill or has been interpreted as deriving from Bretanow, hill of fires. Legend tells us that no evil spirit can enter the enclosure where fires were lit to worship the Celtic sun god Belenos. The fact that on the summit of the hill is a circular area, 246ft across marked by a much eroded ditch and bank, enclosing three small circular structures, was enough of a tempting target to lead member John Watts to suggest the site as a worthwhile subject for dowsing.
On a slightly drizzly afternoon a group of members and two dogs met up at the Chapel Carn Brea car park for the walk up an easy footpath to the summit around 600 feet above sea level. The centre of the site is easy to find as an Ordnance Survey trig point marks the spot in the middle of the largest circular feature which is 39ft in diameter.
As usual John Moss provided us with some historical and archaeological notes and a list of suggested dowsing questions and tasks.
Apart from the site itself the first striking impression is the amazing view from the top. We could see the Scillies and the Penwith coastline from Mount’s Bay to Carn Lês Boel, and from Land’s End around to the highest points of the Penwith landscape. Clearly this is an important site.
After the obligatory picnic, we split up and dowsed the site and afterwards gathered to review our thoughts and findings. These are summarised as follows:
The three small circular features do not dowse as cairns or round houses.
The large circular enclosure is certainly not defensive although if, as Dr Borlase wrote, it comprised: ‘contiguous stones pitched on end’, it must have been most impressive.
We found a blind spring and several underground water streams. A downshaft was found in the eastern ‘circle’.
The largest ‘circle’ seemed reluctant to give up its secrets to us at first but gradually ‘opened up’ to some gentle and sympathetic requests.
There is some conjecture over the well possibly being a mining pit but that did not appear to be the case. We felt it was indeed an old well much rebuilt over time.
Seven energy leys crossed the site, a wide one linking across to Chapel Carn Brea and across up to the moor. Others clearly aimed towards the Scillies and St Michael’s Mount.
We concluded that the site was originally used as a major meeting place for various purposes.
The site certainly merits another visit, if only for another look at all the wild flowers and Ringlet butterflies!

Pathways to the Past 2017

Various Speakers

May 27th to May 28th 2017

This 2-day very successful event, organised by CASPN (Cornish Ancient Sites Protection Network) was now in its 11th year, this year run by John Moss. Despite some very poor weather, as always its packed timetable of walks and talks was very well attended – by over 35 people for each event, many of whom were from outside Cornwall. During the weekend the walks were: walking from Zennor to the Carn and Zennor Quoit (with John and Jill Moss); the sites around Bosigran, including the cliff castle, tin treatment works and the Courtyard House settlements (with David Giddings) and Tregeseal stone circle, barrow and holed stones (with Adrian Rodda).
The talks were also very successful: Paul Bonnington’s “The power of place: reconstructing Cornwall’s prehistoric environment”; James Kitto’s “Photographic journey around Prehistoric Penwith” and, Rory Te’Tigo’s “Finds and discoveries in West Penwith.” This final talk, as always, was in the North Inn pub in Pendeen, the ideal setting for the end of a good weekend.

International Dowsing Day 2017

Site Visit Team

May 7th 2017

In perfect weather, 25 of us met again at Carn Lês Boel, near Land’s End, to celebrate International Dowsing Day and Hamish Miller’s birthday.
This time not only members of Trencrom Dowsers were involved but individuals, groups of people and members of other British Society of Dowsers’ local groups, at various points along the Michael/Mary energy currents, all the way to Hopton, in Norfolk. Many thanks to them all! Having arrived at the headland, we quietly found and measured the widths of the currents, including at the node rock. This was followed by a happy, sociable picnic, (essential for good dowsing). Then, joined by a couple of passers-by, in a circle on the node, we celebrated by calling out all the names of the node points – the ancient, sacred and extraordinary sites – between us and Hopton, including the names of all the individuals and groups who were participating. Our focus, as ever, was on harmony and peace along the currents, around the globe.
We completed the afternoon by re-dowsing and measuring the Michael and Mary. Results to follow!
Several of those who were dowsing at exactly the same time have since sent some fascinating findings, which will be published shortly, with ours, in the British Society of Dowsers’ journal, Dowsing Today.

Trip to Madron

Site Visit Team

April 9th 2017
Madron

Our first outside trip of the year took place on a warm sunny afternoon. Our mission was to find and track the ‘Apollo’ geomantic corridor as it passes through Cornwall. (See the classic ‘Apollo’ and ‘Athena’ dowsing journey across Europe: “The Dance of the Dragon” by Miller & Broadhurst, available from www.penwithpress.co.uk.) We wound our way along the path to the ancient Baptistry/Chapel, fortunately free of standing water after the recent dry period.
We soon picked up the Apollo current as it flowed down from Lanyon Quoit, entering the Baptistry/Chapel in the north east corner and exiting in the opposite corner where the reservoir (used for baptisms) is situated.
We returned along the path to the cloutie tree where a few intrepid souls attempted to cross the stream and bog to find the well. Sadly this proved too difficult so that remains a target for another day. We suspect that Apollo passes through the well on its way out to the farm lane where we picked it up at the ancient Boswarthen stone cross. There were some other energy manifestations here which led to some discussion as to why the Apollo current took such a sharp right turn from the Baptistry/Chapel before returning on course towards Madron Church.
At that point we took to wheeled transport again, (passengers not drivers dowsing!) picking up Apollo as it flowed into Madron, entering the churchyard through the ancient wayside cross and through the south aisle. An interesting feature in the church is the inscribed stone which is situated right in the centre of the Apollo current.
This is an early Christian memorial dating back to the 7th century, (although we suspect that it is a much older menhir). It was found in 1936 in this spot, buried under 9 layers of plaster and upside down. Now it stands the right way way up and is considered to be about 3 feet shorter than its original length. It was examined by Professor Charles Thomas who translated the inscription as “My Husband Qonfal, Son of Vennorcit” and is a memorial by his wife.
We then spent a while dowsing the configuration of energy lines around the wonderful graveyard, (“God’s Acre” in the guide), a beautiful place full of primroses and impressive tombs. A good afternoon’s dowsing!

Dowsing for Health with Herbs

Ros Briagha

March 11th 2017
Marazion Community Centre

Ros is very well-known as a community leader and one of the founders of OakDragon. She is also a geomancer, an astrologer and a Wiccan teacher. She creates ceremonies of all kinds from baby-naming to divorce and also creates labyrinths and runs labyrinth workshop days.
Today Ros spoke about how to treat minor health issues using herbs and recommended some of the well-known herbal books as guides. She recommended: Jean Palaiseul: Grandmother’s secrets: her green guide to health from plants; Margaret Grieves: A Modern Herbal and Juliette de Bairacli Levy: The Complete Herbal Handbook for Farm and Stable. As more and more modern medicine is found to be overrated, the herbs that grow around us can be brought into use to help ease our ailments in a gentle and side-effect free way. We were encouraged to look at what is growing in our own gardens – the wild plants there might be just the ones we need.
In the discussion that followed, there was a great deal of enthusiasm about making our own nettle beer. Well, yes, nettles are the finest spring tonic!

Darwin’s Pizza

Sean Ferris

February 18th 2017
Marazion Community Centre

Sean was trained as a medical dowser by the renowned Jack Temple. He has has his own practice in Totnes, Devon, has spoken at the British Society of Dowsers’ Conference, as well as to other dowsing groups, and has written for the BSD Journal: Dowsing Today.
Sean’s presentation today looked at the ways that evolutionary processes have revealed themselves through his dowsing work, in particular through alchemical processes in the human body, and also from following and dowsing earth energies, especially those that flow through Devon and Cornwall. A very original theme and it was interesting to hear about the evolutionary links between the particularly dreadful and rampant diseases and their associated elements. Sean’s exploration of the energy currents he has named “Arthur” and “Guinevere” was fascinating and will surely be in the list of journeys to make and dowse in the future.
And of course we looked at what would have happened if Darwin had eaten pizza!

Happy New Year! Trencrom Dowsers is 5 years’ old!

John & Jill Moss

January 21st 2017
Marazion Community Centre

This afternoon Jill and John Moss gave an illustrated “look-back” at the many speakers/workshop presenters and numerous dowsing trips to ancient sites we have had in the last 5 years. And many good memories! We also discussed ideas for future activities, several of which will be investigated. Delicious cakes from Jenny, Jennie and June greatly enhanced the afternoon!
The proceeds from this afternoon were donated to Children in Need.