2019 Events Archive
Working with your plant spirit allies to hold your centre and maintain energetic sovereignty
Davyd and Emma Farrell
December 7th 2019
Marazion Community Centre
An excellent, smoothly flowing presentation from Davyd and Emma, who had travelled down from west Wales to be with us. Plant spirit healers and geomancers, they are founders of Wisdom Hub and Plant Consciousness, the ground-breaking London event about the conscious intelligent world of plants and trees. Theirs is a fascinating story, having spent 6 months in Ecuador with their Kichwa elder and shaman Kurikindi learning about plant diets. Highlighting the potential of working with plant spirits to form meaningful relationships for healing and holding shamic space, they spoke of how we can learn to identify our true nature through plant healing.
Albion Dreamtime: re-enchanting the Isle of Dragons
Peter Knight and Sue Wallace
November 9th 2019
Solomon Browne Hall
In the Solomon Browne hall at Mousehole this time, this was a beautifully illustrated presentation by Peter and Sue, who told of their quest to 100 of Britain’s natural, sacred places. Some well-known and others hidden away from many visitors, these magical places were described by Peter and Sue, who recounted their journeys and experiences, accompanied by the haunting and compelling sounds of their chanting and drumming. An inspirational reminder of sacred places, untouched by mankind. Not the usual dowsing story but refreshing because they described how to connect in a simple way with the natural landscape.
Personal Health and Development using Bach Remedies
Dr Andrew Tresidder
October 12th 2019
Marazion Community Centre
Andrew has practised medicine since 1983. Currently he teaches, looks after health professionals and works on Patient Safety. His recent book: Health ad Self-care is available on free download – www.healthandselfcare.com. Today during a very interesting presentation, he invited the group to participate in an exercise and dowse for the particular plant, flower or tree to correspond to our individual needs. After a lively discussion, Andrew gave us all bottles with our chosen selection.
A very disappointing turn-out this time. Hopefully we shall have a bigger audience in November.
Trip to Merther Church
July 28th 2019
At Trencrom Dowsers it has always been our policy to challenge what are often long-held views of the findings at sites. As dowsing has an infinite capacity to ‘lead people up the garden path’, we always provide historical and archaeological notes so that at least some reasonable parameters are established. For decades it has been stated that earth energy lines/energy leys/energy currents respond to human activity and, in locations where we gather and focus intent for whatever purpose, the energies grow. The converse is also thought be so and thus our search began for an abandoned church.
We decided on a visit to St Cohan’s church, Merther near Truro. To call this a romantic ruin is an understatement! It made an excellent subject as it is clearly an ancient pre-Christian site, indicated by an oval raised churchyard. The existing church was built in approximately 1370 but not dedicated to St Cohan until 1480. The poor saint was said to have been murdered in his nearby hermitage, now lost on private land. There is said to be a nearby well but this is also lost in a blackberry thicket, although known to the neighbours.
The church was restored in 1844 with a peculiar shed on top of the tower to house the bells but unsurprisingly was soon judged to be unsafe and was demolished. By 1904 the population of Merther had dwindled and most of the church fittings were taken to a new church at Tresillian. The church was declared a ruin in 1962, although it is still on consecrated ground. Once a year a small group holds a service in the churchyard.
The task for our group was to seek out and measure the water and energy lines running through the building. Needless to say, warnings were given as the structure is extremely fragile!
The energy matrix in pre-Reformation churches is normally found centred around a blind spring, which is usually under or in front of the altar. We did indeed find the blind spring and water lines still in their original location, although it was interesting that the energies were at least 50% weaker than would be normally anticipated in a well-attended and cared-for church of this type. Measurement of strength/width of energy lines is of course subjective, with each dowser having their own system, nevertheless we felt happy with our general consensus. What was striking was the great feeling of peace throughout the site, resulting in a very happy and relaxed bunch of dowsers! Several members also found the energy sink/drain leading out from what was probably the north door. The positive feature of this trip was that we were able to demonstrate and agree with the theory about the energy formation in ancient churches.
If you want to visit this church, don’t delay as we understand that the structure might soon be boarded up. A beautiful place and another fascinating dowsing experience for the group.
Trip to Carn Brea
June 30th 2019
Carn Brea is one of the most important archaeological sites in Cornwall, with a tor enclosure built 6000 years ago and evidence of occupation from that time up to the present day, traces of Iron Age round houses, rectangular houses and yet another Giant’s well. And a magnificent view!
This site has been on our wish list for a long time and it certainly didn’t disappoint! As usual on these trips it was good to meet some new dowsers and welcome back some from Devon and Tamar groups, which is one of the benefits of the highly successful DowsingFest 2018 meeting on Dartmoor, a gathering of all the south west Dowsing groups.
Our first expedition to Carn Brea this spring had to be cancelled as a storm swept our area. By now, on a warm clear June day, it was disappointing that bracken and brambles had obscured some of the Iron Age round houses and made parts of the hill quite inaccessible. Apart from some wonderful rock formations, the site is notable for the 14th century castle, now a restaurant, and a rather brutalist monument to the Bassett family.
For guidance we used notes and a map from an excavation report by Roger Mercer (1970 – 1973), thanks to Cornwall Historic Environment. Our sizeable group split up into separate groups, studying the earth energy lines/currents/leys, (not please, the nonsense ‘leyline’ term!). Others concentrated on the energies around the various rock formations, with an extraordinary concentration of energy from formations on the south side of the hill . Unfortunately the Giant’s well on the north slope, (which was more or less inaccessible), could not be found. This well is said to have belonged to the Carn Brea giant who fought with Bolster, the giant on St Agnes Beacon.
A good afternoon’s dowsing. We shall certainly visit again for more research when the vegetation has died down.
Pathways to the Past 2019
May 25th to May 26th 2019
This was the 14th consecutive year of this highly successful event organised by CASPN (Cornish Ancient Sites Protection Network). The weekend started with a walk and talk by John Moss, starting at St Just and walking to a newly-uncovered entrance grave on Tregeseal Common, then Tregeseal stone circle and neaby holed stones – with a group of 77 people! In the afternoon, David Giddings, with his store of knowledge about the industrial archaeology of the area, led the walk along the coast path at Botallack and Kenidjack valley. On Sunday afternoon Adrian Rodda, and his legendary story-telling, took a group to Maen Castle and around Land’s End to Pordenack Point. The very interesting weekend talks were on Cornish Crosses; Tintagel, Dumnonia and post-Roman Britain and folklore of Bodmin. east Cornwall. Sadly there were fewer than half a dozen local people, but a large crowd of enthusiastic people appeared from all over the country.
International Dowsing Day 2019
May 5th 2019
As in previous years, alongside dowsing groups throughout the UK and elsewhere, we held a celebration of dowsing and our wonderful landscape in west Cornwall.
This year the theme was “Hilltops” and, setting off in the morning, we visited Sancreed Beacon, Caer Bran, Bartinney and Chapel Carn Brea. A joyous day, in sunshine and good company, the air was so clear that we could see the Isles of Scilly from each place. At each hilltop John M. had historical and archaeological notes on the particular ancient site for everyone, with dowsing suggestions. Just a short spell of dowsing each time, followed by a poem or reading and then a didgeridoo “called” to the next hill – or the picnic stop!
Towards the end of the day we had a much-needed “Cakey Tea”, after which several of the group decided that it was enough for one day and just a few of us walked to our usual venue of Carn Lês Boel, the stunningly beautiful headland near Land’s End, where the Michael/Mary energies stream in/out. A golden evening of sparkling energy, we dowsed the energy currents on the node rock and did so again after the deep sound of the didgeridoo. And as at any previous occasion there, we observed the extraordinary effect on the pictogram on the node, after our interaction. A magical place, always difficult to leave. Happy birthday Hamish!
Trip to Chûn Castle and Chûn Quoit
March 17th 2019
Chûn Castle and Chûn Quoit
Today was a lovely bright and breezy afternoon for 17 of us to start the Trencrom Dowsers’ spring/summer programme of dowsing trips.
Chûn Castle was built in the third century BCE. It was originally thought to have 20 feet high walls so was clearly a defensive structure with an excellent vantage point. Pottery evidence suggests that it was occupied between the 3rd C and 1st C and again in the 5th/6th C CE, when the new, more defensive entrance was created and the Iron Age round huts inside were replaced by rectangular 6th C houses. A furnace containing tin and iron slag was found on the north side, and there is a well, which had a stepped entrance.
The land around the Chûn Castle site was extensively cleared quite recently by the Penwith Landscape Partnership, exposing the ancient remains of this large site. We dowsed the well and generally concluded that it is fed by a deep spring with a couple of small streams entering from the north and north-west.
The interior of the castle proved interesting with several people, dowsing independently, finding traces of a Neolithic structure inside. Several energy lines were dowsed and a curious anomaly was found in that the lines appeared to be contained within the outer ditch.
We then journeyed back 4000 years to the Quoit. Chûn Quoit was built in the Neolithic era and is believed to be a sacred monument connecting the living to the dead. This is the only remaining example in good condition. Borlase investigated the chamber in 1871 but found nothing, probably a result of the acidic soil or robbers. Around the Quoit there are the remains of a 35 foot barrow with possible entrance passage. It is thought that when it was built the capstone was tugged up a slope of earth and the rest of the barrow built around, leaving the top of the capstone exposed, perhaps for rituals. There is a cup mark on the top.
Chûn Quoit was probably in use over several hundred years with the bones of ancestors, or their ashes, being brought out and then replaced after ceremonies.
There are several ley alignments along the castle, the Quoit and Carn Kenidjack – following the winter solstice sunset.
Radiation readings taken in 1988 inside the Quoit gave results 123% higher than the local environment.
We dowsed a blind spring underneath the Quoit, with the usual spiral spreading outwards, It was agreed that there were 9 radials and we also found the original entrance passage.
St Michael’s Way, from ancient trade route to international pilgrim route
Professor Michelle Brown
February 2nd 2019
Marazion Community Centre
This afternoon Michelle gave us a fascinating presentation, packed with information, on St Michael’s Way, the 12.5 mile pilgrim route and European Cultural Route crossing Cornwall.
The path was established in 1994, based on research into old shipping records, which strongly suggest that many pilgrims and traders chose an overland route between Hayle/Lelant and Mount’s Bay, rather than take a hazardous trip around Land’s End. The Way comprises a mixture of old footpaths, approximating the actual ancient path which crosses the marshes between north and south coasts.
Of particular interest to dowsers are common strands between part of St Michael’s Way and the Apollo/Athena energy currents, (the ‘Dance of the Dragon’ dowsing journey), with Athena crossing Trencrom Hill, Ludgvan church and,of course, St Michael’s Mount. Apollo meets the Way at Madron and Gulval churches, before going to the Mount.
The Friends of St Michael’s Way was formed in 2015 and one of its great achievements was to have the route registered as a qualifying part of the internationally famous Compestela. ‘Passport’ stamps are available along the way.
Michelle broadened her talk to include mediaeval and pre-history, emphasising the importance of Penwith as a trading and cultural area. A booklet entitled: ‘St Michael’s Way together’ celebrated a walk which took place in October 2017, at which John and Jill Moss represented the local dowsing community and gave a demonstration of dowsing on Trencrom Hill. For more information see www.stmichaelsway.net
Healing with Feng Shui and Geomancy
Anu van Warmelo
January 19th 2019
Marazion Community Centre
A fascinating and different presentation for us this afternoon but with interesting overlaps with geomancy and dowsing. Anu gave an introduction to the ancient Chinese art, including new perspectives of working with lung mei, the ‘dragon veins’ of Feng Shui. His unique ‘Terra Firma Feng Shui’ uses a blend of ancient disciplines and modern technology to bring harmony to the environment. Of the different Feng Shui schools: traditional Form, traditional Compass and Black Hat or Western Feng Shui, the Black Hat is now more popular in the west.
Anu discussed the process of looking at a building, considering the ‘Four Animals’, the relationship between the building and elements, Yin and Yang and the Ch’i flow. He stressed the importance of organic, natural forms, soft corners and soft edges. Just as we do when dowsing in the landscape and in buildings, he talked about the importance of ethics, permission and protection – working only with what we are asked to do. Familiar with energy leys, there was quite some resonance with dragon veins across the landscape, just as there are with songlines, fairy paths and other energies.
A full hall this afternoon, which ended with a good discussion after a very interesting presentation. Anu has written several books but recommends: ‘Poisoned Dragon’, which he has written under the name S D Anugyan.