Mythical Monday: The Lore of Ley-Lines by Mae Clair

You’ve undoubtedly heard the term “ley-line,” but are you able to define exactly what a ley-line is and what it does?

It is believed many of the old places of the Earth resonate with power—fairy paths, shadowy forests, pre-Reformation churches, and wind-ravaged hilltops among them. Think of misty long-barrows, standing stones, crossroads, hill forts, stone wells, and old funerary paths….the list goes on. When these sites or “ley markers” align in a geographical pattern, they create a hypothetical link capable of releasing powerful energy.

A ley-line.

Old stone draw well in the forest

The term was coined by Alfred Watkins in 1921. An English author and amateur archeologist, Mr. Watkins was standing on a hillside in Hereforshire, England, when he noticed an odd peculiarity in the British landscape—many ancient sites seemed to be arranged on a straight line with others nearby. He hypothesized these lines may have been used in prehistoric times as navigation routes for trade or religious rites. The concept of the ley-line was born, though the awareness was far older–dating back to the Druids, then later, to Native American Shamans, who referred to them as “spirit lines.”

While there is no scientific proof ley-lines exist, many believe this grid-work of energy encompasses the globe. In a similar manner to the way stars connect to form constellations, ley markers scattered throughout the Earth, connect to form multiple pathways of ley-lines. UFO sightings have been attributed to areas where ley-lines are prominent, and many new age practitioners and psychics claim to draw on their energy.

Who hasn’t felt a spiritual hush while standing at an old crossroads, visiting a burial mound, or venturing into a circle of wind-pitted stones? The next time you walk the same path as an ancient funerary procession, stop to consider the energy that may be flowing beneath the ground. Whether you believe in ley-lines or not, the concept is certainly a fascinating one.

Have you ever visited a site that could be considered a ley marker?

20 thoughts on “Mythical Monday: The Lore of Ley-Lines by Mae Clair

  1. I visited Stonehenge as part of a celebration of our marriage. There is a sense of connection there. I climbed Glastonbury Tor too. Our baby boy came along the following year.
    I also once met someone who owned a farm in Wales said to be on a ley line. She sheltered a range of animals and was positive her donkeys lived much longer than normal due to the power of the ley lines there. An interesting idea.

    • Stonehenge is a ley marker I would love to visit one day. And many of the tors in your country. I’m awed by the thought of how ancient they are. What great stories, Daisy. And so very interesting about the Welsh farm animals. Maybe those leys will give long live to the owners too! Thanks for sharing 🙂

  2. I also visited Stonehenge in the nineties. And I agree with Daisy. There’s a special feeling that only a few of our group sensed. An inner contentment and joy. I felt the same thing visiting Sarmisegetuza sanctuary in Romania, former capital of Dacia land, the most important military, religious and political center of the Dacians. There are so many amazing and intriguing things on earth. Things we can’t find or won’t be given an explanation by those who possess the knowledge. Thanks for sharing, Mae!

    • I agree with you about all of the strange and wondrous things of Earth (and sky) we can’t explain, Carmen. And I’m envious you got to visit Stonehenge! The sanctuary in your country sounds like it would be awe-inspiring as well. Thanks so much for sharing your stories. I love hearing these things!

    • I love the history of Native Americans and can only imagine the energy you must have felt while exploring those sites, Flossie. Very cool about the minor line on the woodsy property too. I’m convinced there must be ley lines running through the TNT in Point Pleasant, West Virginia, based on all the strange things that have occurred there and also the primordial hush I felt while visiting. Such a strange “old” energy.
      Thanks for sharing!

  3. The imagination can really take over at places such as these, many of them have a quiet reverence and some of them feel just downright creepy and fill you with the desire to run for your life! Who knows what might climb up and out of that mist? Wonderful post Mae!

    • I love the quiet reverence reference, Debbie. That’s how I think of them too– although I do agree that some would totally freak me out and there’s no way I’d venture anywhere near them. *shiver*
      Glad you enjoyed my post! 🙂

  4. Hilltop forts, burial mounds, dolmens and so on. There’s definitely something magical or spiritual at these places, like you’re stepping back to an ancient time and the energy is still thriving. I’ve felt that hush you’re talking about and it’s usually accompanied by goosebumps or a shiver up the spine.

    • Great descriptions, Emma. It’s intriguing to think that ancient energy could be harnessed in those places . . . and still thriving. I’m sure there are many ley markers in Ireland to visit that would give me a shiver up the spine! 🙂

    • I feel like I need to hum the theme from the Twilight Zone, LOL.

      It does make you stop and think though, doesn’t it? I’ve had shivery feelings in certain places I can’t explain, so maybe there are ley lines there. Hmmm. Yep, I think we definitely need some Twilight Zone music! 😀

  5. Great post! I’ve heard of these before — I think the first time was in one of Julia Cameron’s books about creativity — but I’m not sure I’ve been near any. I sure wish I knew where they were when I’m struggling with the WIP. It might come in handy to have an extra surge of power!

    • Ooh, great idea, Donna. And so intriguing that they were mentioned in a book related to creativity. If nothing else, I think being in a known ley line area would get you thinking “what if” LOL!
      Thanks for visiting and sharing. Always lovely to have you drop by!

  6. I never fail to be better educated after reading one of your Mythical posts, Mae. Thank you for all the time of research and then sharing with us. I’ve can’t say I’ve ever experienced a ley-line, but I have experiences ley-markers. The energy is powerful and humbling in these sacred places.

    • Thanks, Stanalei. Great to have you drop by and share your thoughts. I love your description of what you’ve experienced around ley markers and referring to them as “sacred places.” So true!

  7. I love the concept of ley lines, but have never seen them defined so clearly. I think I heard about them first on Ghost Hunters when they did a tour of Ireland. I think Karen Marie Moning might mention them in her Fever series.

    It’s a concept I may bring into play in my Highland Wishes series. I love giving my magic a “reason” to exist:-)

  8. Now this is one Mythical Monday where I can say I believe. I’m a sceptic at heart, and I’m not sure why because the romantic in me WANTS to believe. But ley lines and ley markers, most definitely, whether the ancients understood it scientifically or just sensed the energy, it’s something I can put my finger on believing.

    • I think I believe in ley markers and ley lines too, having felt that peculiar “oddness” at certain places. And I’m sure you probably crossed many lines (even if unaware) or visited many ley markers during your travels, Cd. Glad I hit on something you can believe in, LOL! 😀

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