GEOMANTICA magazine no. 73
Northern Spring, February 2019
The magazine of Earth harmony, via dowsing, geomancy, esoteric growing and eco-sensitive living, since 1998. Edited by Alanna Moore.
Contents of Geo73:
News – 5G Appeal, More on Plant Intelligence, Scientific Validation of Ancient Earth Wisdom at Delphi; Mysteries of north Queensland’s Black Mountain; Ngangkari healers: 60,000 year old traditional Aboriginal methods now used in some Australian medical clinics.
Feature Articles –
The Angelic Being & the Unified Portal, by Junitta Vallak.
A Silent, Wireless Spring, by Alanna Moore.
Fabulous Sites of Ancient Andalusia by Alanna Moore
Happy Northern Spring/ Southern Autumn and the Festivals of Imbolc, Chinese/Tibetan New Year!
Here in Ireland bright snow at the end of January lit up the wintry landscape, but increasing day length let’s us know that spring is really here. The birds know. They’ve become very twittery of late. In fact many bird species time their seasonal migrations with the cue of changing day length. That is where climate change can be very cruel, with an early spring meaning they arrive at their summer location too late to make the most of abundant foodstuffs, including insects. More on the important topic of insects later in this edition.
We had a great winter here, so mild, calm and dry. Daily gardening work has been a joy, with short days a bonus – you don’t get too tired! I’m also finishing off recording a second album of original songs, called White Swan Dreaming, with themes of Irish mysteries and magic mostly, including the twist of an Australian indigenous perspective on Ireland’s sacred landscapes, through the eyes of a descendant of the Irish diaspora. At the lakeside Crannog recording studio recently it was enchanting to see out over the mighty Lough Allen below us a steady stream of white swans flying in, arriving in ones and twos. This happened while recording my song ‘White Swan Dreaming’, so that seems a very good omen! I hope to announce the completion of this album in the next edition, following over 12 months of working on it with various musicians.
Meanwhile be as enchanted by the magical Neolithic landscapes and medieval buildings of Spain’s Andalusia region as I was, see my article on fabulous sites there in this issue. Check out the interesting Geomantica news and do send in your comments and items for possible publication please. Contributions are most welcomed!
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Until April, when the next edition of Geomantica is out,
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You may find some of the included projects and information of interest. More content will be added over time.
I haven’t thanked you for the magazine you send out, I really enjoy it, and very happy that there are people out there in this world who are humans who love the Earth and getting to know Gaia. And how to live well and in a healthy way …. anyway, thank you for the great information, and I hope to do one of your workshops, hopefully in Ireland!
“We are now asking everyone—not just scientists and doctors, but everyone—to sign the International Appeal to Stop 5G on Earth and in Space (www.5gSpaceAppeal.org/sign-individual and www.5gSpaceAppeal.org/sign-organization). Success is much more likely if the public is on board in large numbers.”
More on Plant Intelligence
Pea plants were conditioned like Pavlov’s dog in research seeking to break new ground.
“A researcher has been breeding dissent from the science community with a series of experiments she believes proves that plants are making intelligent choices and listening to sounds. Biological intelligence expert Monica Gagliano from the University of Sydney said it was possible to train plants in the same way as a dog.”
Galliano now thinks that plants invade underground water pipes because they hear the sound of the water moving inside them. Thus, by adding sound insulating materials to pipes they could possibly be made immune to this problem. Our water depleted world could do with less leaks!
Source- ABC News, 14 Jan 2019
Scientific Validation of Ancient Earth Wisdom at Delphi
Of the several famous Greek oracle centres, the Temple of Apollo at Delphi, on the slopes of Mount Parnassus was supreme. Before it was erected, the story goes that goats who browsed in the area when approaching a deep cleft on the mountain side, would go into convulsions. It was believed that a vapour emanating from this particular cleft was the cause and that it could also affect humankind, becoming a tool for prophetic announcements that were interpreted as divine inspiration from Apollo. Thus was Apollo’s temple built there and his priestesses, the Pythia, would sit astride this cleft and, under the effects of its vapours, in some sort of trance state one imagines, they’d be uttering sought-after prophecies. Even for important matters of state, the local authorities/rulers would be consulting them.
But, until the end of the 20th century, this was all believed to be groundless fantasy, with no physical reality. A cleft in the ground was nowhere to be found there. However, I recently read that in 1996 geologist Jelle de Boer and archeologist John Hale were able to confirm the presence of the Delphi Fault Line beneath the sacred site. This was found to be intersected by the Kernafault Fault Line directly below the spot where the Pythia used to sit. Chemical analysis was done on a nearby spring and ethylene gas was detected in it. Ethylene exposure at certain levels could possibly explain the behaviour of the much celebrated Pythia, they think.
Electro-magnetic fields and device influences there would have no doubt been at significant levels and also influential, thinks Geomantica. It would be a fascinating spot to practise Energy Dowsing. While much disturbed since its heyday, one could dowse backwards in time to experience the ancient energies there. Easiest is to use ’armchair dowsing’ at home in a comfy chair with a map, for some recreational interest. Saves on ones carbon footprint also.
Mysteries of Black Mountain in North Queensland, Australia
“To Indigenous traditional owners, Kalkajaka is a sacred battlefield of both spirits and warring clan groups. To tourists, Kalkajaka is Black Mountain — an eerie and striking landform along the Trevathan Range that many feel compelled to stop at on their drive from Mareeba to Cooktown. The mass of massive, granite boulders towers over the landscape: a black and barren sight in stark contrast to the scrubby green savannah below.
“Black Mountain is a place of mystery and legend to Indigenous and non-Indigenous people alike. It has been dubbed the ‘Bermuda Triangle’ of far north Queensland due to stories dating back to the late 1800s of people, horses and whole mobs of cattle disappearing………..
“One theory is it was a [man-made] pyramid … it’s on one of those meridian points of the planet. That’s a big one you’ll find on YouTube. We’ve had numerous people want to come up and camp near it to gather its energy.”
The avid adventurer said the legendary disappearances were more to do with mishap than mystery. “If you try and climb to the top you’ve got about 200 calculated leaps you have to make between boulders,” Mr Dear said. “If you have a knee fail or slip, you can tumble down there and you just will not come out.” But even this man of science admits to believing Black Mountain has a supernatural presence.
“No matter how rational I am, I’m always doing my best not to piss off the mountain. “For me, I grew up Catholic and I’ve got that superstitious background too,” Mr Dear said.
‘Be prepared’ also means being culturally aware on country
The Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service (QPWS) advises tourists and hikers to be properly prepared when entering its parks but has no specific advice about cultural protocols.
Jabalbina Yalanji Aboriginal Corporation chairperson Desmond Tayley said tourists should look for signage and take Aboriginal-guided tours when visiting country.
“Communities like Mossman and Wujal Wujal offer guided tours where you get to walk the country with a traditional owner who can tell you the stories of what make our sites so significant. By taking a tour you are not only learning about country but creating jobs which helps build an economy in our communities.”
There are different protocols for researchers and film crews who need to apply for a permit to visit Aboriginal lands including national parks.
60,000 years of traditional Aboriginal methods make headway in Australian medical clinics
“Ngangkari healers were considered the treasure of Aboriginal communities, and now their 60,000-year-old tradition has made its way to South Australia’s Royal Adelaide Hospital and rural clinics. Eighteen registered Ngangkari healers set up the Anangu Ngangkari Tiutaky Aboriginal Corporation (ANTAC) more than seven years ago. Chief executive Francesca Panzironi heads a team visiting major hospitals and rural clinics in Victoria, New South Wales, South Australia and Western Australia. More recently they have been working in regional clinics across country SA and the new Royal Adelaide Hospital.
“I think about 95 per cent of the Australian population doesn’t know this knowledge system exists,” Ms Panzironi said.
Getting recognition in mainstream health
ANTAC’s objective is to provide a platform for Aboriginal healers to be recognised in the mainstream healthcare system as a form of complementary alternative medicine.
While she was a university lecturer, Ms Panzironi identified a gap in literature on Australian Aboriginal healing. She said the most comparable form of alternative medicine to Ngangkari healing was reiki, a Japanese technique for stress reduction. Depending on a client’s problems, Ngangkari healers offer three main techniques — a smoking ceremony, bush medicines or spirit realignment.
“The healer identifies where the issues are and, through a specific method of healing, which is called panpooni, they take away whether it’s pain, a blockage, or some kind of obstruction, with their hands,” Ms Panzironi said.
“The most unique method of healing they use is the realignment of the human spirit. They see the spirit as the core component of the human body. If it’s not in the right place it can cause problems, whether physically, emotionally, mentally. With their healing touch they push it back in the right place.”
Complementary treatment for clients
The Ngangkari healers are popular with clients of all backgrounds. Ms Panzironi said some people who used the healing technique for pain management experienced relief of their symptoms. But for Indigenous people especially, the healers have been making a world of a difference by improving attendance rates at medical appointments. Ms Panzironi said the treatment did not replace the role of mainstream medicine, but it could be used in conjunction with other treatments.
“I remember once the manager of the hospital said to me ‘Oh my god, I have never seen so many Aboriginal people in the hospital smiling and being so happy to be here’,” she said.
Riverland Community Health has been inviting the Aboriginal healers to its clinic for only a few months, and the results have been life-changing for some. Aboriginal health consultant Kelly Matthews said before the healers’ involvement, it was a struggle to get Indigenous clients to see a conventional doctor. Since the healers have been involved with the clinic, appointments have been completely booked.
Respect between healer and client
Lyn Ackerman has had more than nine heart attacks, and after one occasion she contracted an infection from the surgical supplies used to unblock her arteries. The Darumbal woman lives in Berri, miles away from her Queensland mob, and said the distance left her feeling spiritually empty.
She said the healers’ power for Indigenous people lay with their ability to reconnect them to culture, the lifeblood of their spiritual being. Ms Matthews believed traditional medicines were a pathway to improving Aboriginal health. “They’re more open. Because they are traditional they’re respected. The healers also respect the clients,” she said.
Source: ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)
The Angelic Being and the Unified Portal
By Junitta Vallak, Victoria, Austraia
There was much interest last century about Angelic Beings. Many Books were written and illustrated about Angels and also the Nature Spirits eg Geoffrey Hodson. I always had difficulty in how to present these Beings of Light with paint and how to paint a Being that is in constant movement seems impossible. I always wanted to ‘see’ them but my Clairvoyance was of the Inner, not Outer – it took me years for this penny to drop. Clairvoyant people can ‘see’ auras and other ‘light’ manifestations around the human body, some can also diagnose illnesses in this way.
I met people who had these skills and I became quite frustrated, I wanted to ‘see’. It wasn’t until the Upstairs Management ‘sent’ me to live on a Mountain in an area with no Ley Lines or Vortexes. This was a big shock to my system as I had become accustomed to living for many years on highly charged Land with lots of Ley Lines and Vortexes. I must have been very boring in my complaints so some friends took pity on me and together in Septemver 2013 we created a Vortex within sight of the top of the Mountain. Another friend gave me a three-legged Goddess Bowl with a spiral incised inside it. It sits in the center of the Vortex and there is always water in the Bowl – the Birds love it. I surrounded it with small balls of semi precious stones to represent the Planets and created an outer Circle of stones around it all.
Photo: A stone circle (not shown in photo) defines the central part of the Portal, the rings emanate out from there to who knows where now?
The top of the Mountain (as below in pic) loomed above ‘my’ property and gradually I became aware that I could ‘see’ the Angelic Being of this Mountain. Then I realized that I was ‘seeing’ inside not out and became aware that this Angel was miserable. It didn’t matter where I was, wherever I am, I can look at it. I don’t fully understand this but I realized that this was a very unhappy, deflated miserable Angel. Eventually, I understood that there had been extensive Logging on the Mountain and the Angel was reacting to this.
I hadn’t seen anything like this so when I had some friends gather at the Vortex for an Equinox Celebration, I invited the Angel to join us. I was immediately swamped with glorious Joy and Happiness coming from the Angel, I had never experienced anything like it and feel the tears of my joy even now when I think about it. The Angel had never been acknowledged by a human before let alone invited to join in any human Ritual. It was ecstatic to be invited to join us. I am pretty slow on the uptake and it took me some time to catch on that it was reflecting its hurt .When I ‘look’ at it now, the Angel is a magnificent Portal of Light, resonating with shimmering irridescent greens with glorious blue sparkling light weaving Lines of Power within it.
I always greet it every morning and include it in Ceremonies. Recently it reflected its hurt when some more Logging happened so I ‘worked’ with it to help it cope.
It is sad that humans have, in the main, lost contact with the Angelic Realm. I have found that if you need/want enough, practice is the key to gaining skills that you might yearn after. There is always a right time so keep practicing and don’t give up!! Angelic and Human co-operation is essential in these times of unrest that are upon us.
P.S I was teaching a friend how to dowse the concentric circles at the Portal and as I worked my way across them, I came across another Portal! Eventually, I found that four more Portals had formed a few feet away around from the original one. I worked out that they had manifested in July this year – they are all within the radius of the concentric circles. Now this is another learning curve!! Is this something new or do Portals sometimes just pop up where they are needed? I suspect that they have many functions… Anyone out there with clues about this?
I am still ‘investigating these new ones so don’t know if they have their own concentric circles – now that would be interesting and complex plus mind bending!! Gateways to Infinity – the Cosmos – Dimensions?
A Silent, Wireless Spring
By Alanna Moore, December 2018.
In October 2018 I was alarmed to read an article confirming what I had been hearing all year in travels around Europe – that insect populations are not just drastically plummeting, or decimated, but even becoming extinct in some areas. It’s heart wrenching news. Insects are so important! They are the pollinators of the majority of our food crops. They are integral to nature, the food chain particularly. The food of many animals, especially birds. No wonder 2018 saw a huge decline in bird numbers too. For the first time I witnessed an almost silent spring. Birds were not nesting in droves under the eaves of Peter’s studio as they had in previous years. The landscape was lonely without them.
As a child in the 1960’s I pulled down from my parent’s bookshelves that classic book Silent Spring by Rachel Carson and dipped into it. Sobering stuff. Carson had predicted the silent spring we were having, way back then. With farmlands and gardens drenched in insect killing chemicals, it comes as no real surprise. To a child, it must have impacted me strongly, remaining as an important warning bell that would forever be tolling in the back of mind. (I went on to write a poem in 1970 on the subject of environmental decline and it won me a Centenary Medal. Later I decided to dedicate my life to helping planet Earth survive, if that was possible, and I did voluntary work for environmental organisations for years. Carson had planted those early seeds in my mind. )
Knowing for decades that mainstream agriculture is totally toxic for insects, what can explain the huge sudden drop in numbers being reported NOW? Certainly the recent extreme climatic conditions in many regions would have been stressful for insect populations. Another explanation came from a post of Stop Smart Meters Australia, originally published in the Bulletin of the Santa Clara County Medical Association:
It was reporting an alarming study, released on October 15, 2018, that “shows a much more precipitous decline in insect populations than anyone had suspected—a 30- to 60-fold decrease in insects in Puerto Rican rainforests over the past few decades. The study showed that insect populations did not decline during the 1990s until 1997, when they suddenly and precipitously dropped. That was the year cell towers were built everywhere in Puerto Rico.”
I am reminded of the news story reported in Geomantica 71, about the exodus of wildlife from around the television/telecommunication tower on the summit of World Heritage listed Mt Nardi, northern New South Wales, Australia. In what is now Nightcap National Park, I helped to save these mountain rainforests from being logged back in the early 1980’s. A photo display of the direct actions that saved the place can be seen in a hut there. It turns out that a new threat has arrived with a devastating effect. Wildlife numbers there have swindled to 70 – 90% less than usual in the area around the tv tower over the last few years.
More transmitters have no doubt been added to the tower over this time, and remember that television transmissions all went digital across Australia a few years back, when the old analogue signals were switched off. This has allowed even higher radiation levels all round, including impacts from different frequencies – none of which have been tested for safety in advance. Surely not a coincidence then, the statistics from this wildlife study are very telling and worrying.
The Australian Broadcasting Commission (ABC) picked up on insect decline in late December 2018 when they published a story about disappearing Christmas beetles. I remember these gorgeous golden shelled scarab like beetles from my own Sydney childhood, they could be found easily then and we always marvelled at their classic beauty.
“Have you seen any Christmas beetles this year? Scientists say although populations differ between states, it is just one of many insects slowly disappearing and they are not sure why. They are citing:
• Habitat loss is one of the main causes of the decline in Christmas beetles
• Drier spring weather can delay the emergence of adult beetles from the pupal stage
“Tanya Latty, an entomologist from the University of Sydney, said it was a question many people had been asking. “What we do know at least anecdotally is that lots of people have said, ‘when I was a kid there would be Christmas beetles everywhere and now you rarely see them’,” Dr Latty said. “Unfortunately in the last two or three years, long-term data sets have come out from around the world where people have sampled insects at the same place, in the same time way for long enough to actually be able to show that we’re looking at in some places, up to 80 to 90 per cent declines in our insect populations.” Dr Latty described insects as “the little things that run the world”, and said their worldwide decline across species was catastrophic.
“They underpin many of our ecosystems, they are food for bigger things, they clean up the waste, they’re the pollinators, predators that keep pest populations under control. They do all these essential jobs and they’re starting to decline and we don’t know the impact that will have,” she said.”
A toxic cocktail
Added to the ‘usual suspect’ factors, the sudden dramatic decrease in populations over the last few years tallies with what we have been warning of for decades. Play around with the natural frequencies in the atmosphere and you are inviting havoc on nature. Insect bodies are very small compared to ours. Because of their size, they are much more affected by electro-smog than big bulky mammals. The toxic combination of chemicals in the environment, added to the ever increasing high frequency bursts of radio and micro wave transmissions means that nature has finally reached a tipping point where all the small beings are at risk of extinction. (I’m including the vulnerable kingdom of microbes here too.) It could be catastrophic for humans too, especially when food production is very reliant on insect pollination and symbiotic microbe associations. But these issues are rarely discussed because of the massive profits being made by telcos, that are often the main advertisers in the media. Plus there’s the naiive view, promulgated by pesticide companies, that bugs are our enemies!
At least the problem is receiving global recognition- but we need to act fast to help save the insects! We can welcome them into our world in many ways.
How to Save the Insects??
Solutions are in our hands, we can’t afford to wait until governments act. People must lead the way here. We can all play our part. Here are some suggestions.
* Reduce electro-smog
Reduce electro-smog wherever possible. Turn off the wifi when not in use. Reduce your time online. Refuse excessive commercial technological interference into our lives, such as 5G, ‘smart’ meters, public wifi etc.
(In Ireland you can now ring the ESB and ask to be put on a register of people who do not want a ‘smart meter’ fitted at their home.)
* Live organically
Go back to basic simplicity, in other worlds – live simply and naturally. Send a clear message to chemical farming by not buying its products. Go organic. Always buy organic where possible, be a strong supporter of those farmers that work so hard to be good to the planet and your health.
* Re-purpose your Lawn
Buy a packet of local wildflower seeds and turn your lawn into a beautiful wildflower meadow. Or grow a crop of potatoes or a herb garden there. That would be much more insect and bird friendly. And never cut grass and flowers until after they have matured and seeded. All nature will love you for doing such!
* Make ‘Insect Hotels’
Create insect habitat by making (or buying) ‘Insect Hotels’ for them to live, breed and winter in. They can be quite attractive structures, made from stacks of old pipes, pots and tiles, dried hollow plant stems, bamboos and the like. In the photo you see a deluxe version, a regular Insect Hilton, at the wonderful Lost Gardens of Heligan in Cornwall, UK.
Happy insect befriending!
Fabulous Sites of Ancient Andalusia
By Alanna Moore, January 2019.
In September 2018 Peter and I visited Andalusia, in southern Spain, for the first time, with dreams of seeing the iconic Alhambra Palace foremost in mind. We were not disappointed. El Hambra is awesomely beautiful, and it was a dramatic location to find ourselves in when an intense thunderstorm swept through.
Photo: The famous Court of the Lions, Alhambra Palace, Granada, all the more picturesque for being emptied of tourists by a storm.
I was equally intrigued to discover lesser known jewels of Andalusia’s heritage – the more ancient but equally amazing Antequera Dolmens. The pair of underground dolmens known as Menga and Viera, named for their discoverers, are fabulous examples of stone age genius! The rectilinear monumental spaces are lined with massive stone slabs (orthostats) all neatly nestled inside a hilltop, actually a man made tumulus, near the old city of Antequeras. A third, very different monument 4km away, El Romeral is a corbell roofed (domed) tholos monument, equally fascinating. All three are amazingly well preserved. Two adjacent visitor centres help visitors to understand these places of special heritage.
Menga, so impressive with its huge megaliths, was in use from sometime around the late Neolithic era right up until medieval times – across some six millennia. When inside, one feels transported far back in time in a peaceful continuum of sacred space. Its significance as a funerary place is seen in the current location of the cemetery of the city of Antequera that lies just a few metres away.
Photo: Menga’s entrance.
The first written reference to Menga is in a text from 1530 and by the mid nineteenth century there were several references to it in books. A Spanish royal order declared the site a national monument back in 1886. Most significantly, World Heritage status was granted to the complex in 2016. It recognised the uniqueness in Europe of an association between sacred landscapes and monuments. The World Heritage Committee adopted the following Declaration of Outstanding Universal Values for these reasons:
“It is one of the oldest and most original forms of landscape monumentalisation using the integration of megalithic architecture and nature that is known in worldwide prehistory, a great ritual hub whose origin dates back to the first half of the 4th millennium BC.”
We are familiar with the concept of megalithic structures that are oriented towards cosmic events, such as solstice sun rise locations. However, the Antequera monuments are instead oriented towards imposing landscape features. Down the axes of the corridor of Menga one views the striking La Pena, a strange rocky hill with the form of a sharply angled face looking upwards (‘sleeping man’); while from the Romeral tholos the mountain range El Torcal, featuring curious and spectacular sandstone formations, can be viewed.
Photos: Antequera city and La Pena & El Torcal’s unusual sandstone formations.
These geographical associations have been recognised since 1851. Historians realised that “the visual and scenic relationship between Menga and La Pena are possibly unique in European prehistory.” And in 2002 Michael Hoskin, an astroastronomer from the University of Cambridge, having researched thousands of megaliths across Europe and Africa, confirmed the exceptionality of the Antequera monuments. The mountains they align to are not without significance also. In the northern part of La Pena, to exactly where the axes of symmetry of Menga is pointing, are located cave shelters of special symbolic and spiritual meaning to Neolithic people. These include the shelter of Matacabras, with its schematic cave painting, thought to have probably been a sanctuary, as well as Piers Biancas.
There is a fairly universal tradition of many megalithic structures being aligned with solstice and equinox sun rise or sun set. At Newgrange in Ireland, for example, the corridor famously lights up at sunrise at the winter solstice, bringing a blade of light deep into the inner chambers. Other megaliths determine such cosmic events by one’s viewing of the sun shining along an axis between a landscape feature, such as a crotch in a hill, from a special point in the monument. Perhaps the Antequera dolmens are from before that tradition and it was only later that the two foci merged? Thus the landscape reference point of later megalithic monuments had to also coincide with an astronomical event when viewed along the axis at the given dates. The builders of stone circles had to carefully locate them to be in the correct relationship with the landscape for alignment with cosmic movements, showing their mastery of understanding the heavens.
Menga, a ‘gallery dolmen’, faces north east, to the north of sunrise on the summer solstice – a “completely exceptional orientation in Iberian megalithic architecture.” The three chambers run 27.5m in depth and are widest at 6m. Each of the sides is made up of a row of 12 massive orthostats, the back wall has just one. Five mighty stone slabs make up the roof. Notches in some of the stones suggest that wooden structures were once there held in place. A 50m diameter tumulus of earth covers the whole dolmen structure.
Photo – Inside Mega
In the final third of Menga’s oval shaped back chamber a stone cut well some 20m deep is located. Only recently discovered and excavated, the well appears to be a more recent addition. With the addition of the water supply, Menga must have been a perfect hiding place during times of warfare. Dowsing at the well manifested a strong upward spiralling vortex energy there. This was not surprising, as the stone well acts as an antenna structure, providing a breathing hole for the release of Earth energies. Apart from the vortex, there were no other subtle energy patterns apparent to our dolmen dowsing during our brief visit. I was not surprised, given the vast tide of time washing away early impressions and energies changing over time.
Photo: Peter dowsing Menga’s well.
Photo: Viera dolmen entrance (not so well preserved).
The nearby dolmen of Viera is of similar construction and is possibly younger than Menga. It’s also much smaller with just a 22m long and a circa 1.4m wide corridor of orthostats. At the end of the corridor one can step through a square hole in a slab into a cubic chamber of 1.6m diameter. The Viera dolmen is oriented sideways to its next door neighbour Menga, Its orientation to the south east – the equinox sunrise, follows the norm in Iberian megalithism.
During our visit, the local dowsing group in Malaga organised a special private visit there to experience the autumn equinox sunrise, which we missed. (There is also, by the way, currently a geological dowsing group based in Malaga, headed by the new president of the British Dowsers Society, Graham Wayt, who wrote about it in a recent 2018 edition of Dowsing Today. Graham is also an engineer, involved with mega-dam building work in the region.)
El Romeral and El Torcal
Photo – El Romeral tholos
The younger still tholos style monument of El Romeral has two circular chambers at the end of a corridor of 26.3m depth. The circular domed main chamber is 5.2m wide and 3.75m high. At the back of this space an opening leads to a smaller room similar to the other, with the total length of all spaces at 34m. The only orthostats used are for the access doors. The tumulus mound covering the monument is 85m in diameter. Its style of construction points to the Copper Age (circa 3200 – 2200 BC), however there has not yet been a proper determination of its age.
Photos: Inside Romeral tholos
The axis of the Romeral tholos corridor is to the south-south-west, one of the exceptional examples of alignment to the western sky in the whole Iberian peninsula. This axis points exactly to the highest elevation of El Torcal, that most mystical feeling and visually intriguing mountain range. The significance of El Torcal has been coming to light over the last 40 years of multi-university research into Societies,Territories and Landscapes in the Prehistory of Antequera Project. In the mountains of El Torcal and de Molina are many caves that were used by Neolithic people. The El Toro cave has been dated to indicate occupation during the Old Neolithic era of 5400 – 4700 BC. It was abandoned for 500 years then reoccupied intensely around the end of the Neolithic era (4300 – 3800 BC). One easily imagine that El Torcal was the Neolithic people’s foremost sacred mountain. Check out El Torcal at this link:
Menga-Romeral-La Pena axis
Viewed from the elevated hill of Menga, the tholos is seen as lying at the foot of La Pena, that is – between the two sites in a linear alignment. This Menga-Romeral-La Pena axis was first described in 1905 by Manuel Gomez-Moreno. After getting back home to Ireland, I did some relaxed ‘armchair dowsing’ over the Antequera leaflet maps and photos, to detect if there are any significant dowse-able energies or flow lines such as leys there (technically more correct to call them ‘energy leys’, these are energetic aerial ch’i flows associated with physical alignments between significant landscape features and man-made structures).
Distant dowsing of the Menga-Romeral-La Pena axis, I detected a powerful energy ley connecting the three sites together. I wasn’t at all surprised about that. The energy of a great power centre at La Pena, where the axis points to, at the end of the ley, was very powerful as well. In fact, sensing it from afar I received quite a buzz! It appears to be a most special, sacred place there. Having been a focal point for people for around six thousand years, it’s also not surprising and would be well worth a visit. However the caves on La Pena are not open to the public, so map dowsing will be the next best thing. But that will have to wait for now….
Meanwhile, readers can contemplate the implications of the Antequera sites complex. Might they be applicable to your own region? Do you know of any local sacred sites that may be connected to other special points in the landscape somehow? Such associations may need urgent recognition, documentation and preservation. The sacred history of people and planet is too important to be bulldozed, built or tarmacked over in ignorance.
Source: Leaflet from Junta de Andalusia Consejeria de Cultura.
See – www.museosdeandalucia.es
Geomantica Programme for 2019
*** Ireland this Spring
Organic Centre, Rossinver, Co. Leitrim
2 day dowsing course with Alanna Moore
April 7th: Divining the Landscape –
Discover subtle influences at work in the landscape, through earth energy divining techniques (also known as dowsing). How to find, avoid or neutralise problematic energies (such as flows of underground water – ‘geopathic stress’, plus electro-stresses in the home) and appreciate and protect the beneficial ones.
May 5th: Sensitive Permaculture –
An advanced dowsing day, we’ll practise connecting to nature at a deep level, and explore how to energetically create a paradise of ‘permanent culture/agriculture’. Learn to design your garden in harmony with natural energy points and flows, practise map dowsing, diagnose plant problems with your pendulum and find sustainable solutions.
*** Switzerland April 27-28th.
Sensitive Permaculture Design
A three day workshop with Alanna Moore, held on a seven year old permaculture farm, from Friday evening to Sunday afternoon. See www.sonnenschmiede.ch
Friday 10 – 12th May 2019.
Dowsing, Geomancy & Power Tower Weekend in Wuppertal.
Here is the detailed course description
Here is the booking page:
Bookings – Wolfgang Kuhl, email – firstname.lastname@example.org
*** Ireland this Summer
Sacred River Shannon Pilgrimage
June – August 2019
Private one day tours of sacred sites in north west Ireland led by Alanna Moore.
Daily rates for small groups (limit – 6), self driving in your own vehicles, with times by arrangement.
Spend a day of deep connection to nature, ancestral traditions and sites. Practise Earth dowsing and ritual, listen to sacred songs and sing to the land and waters at majestic natural places and mythic power centres. Follow less travelled roads, where wild waters flow and the Earth’s energies are strong still. From the River Shannon’s legendary source, past mighty lakes, through mountains and forests, and crossing stone bridges where her energy currents are fairly undisturbed, we explore some of the energetic and spiritual fabric of this iconic river country in a beautiful unspoilt corner of Ireland, as well as visit ancient monuments and special places nearby, and discover the stories that go with them.
Prior knowledge of dowsing is useful, but not essential – training can be given on the day.
Fee – €360 per day (€100 deposit required).
Early booking essential.
Another summer event in Co. Leitrim:
Sunday 23rd June, St John’s Eve Effrinagh Crossroads Dance and ‘Jimmy Gralton’s Homecoming’ event, Co. Leitrim, Ireland
Enjoy an afternoon and evening of traditional and contemporary Irish music and dance and attend Alanna’s album launch afterwards. Some of the original songs featured on ‘White Swan Dreaming’ are about lovely Leitrim (where Alanna lives) and she will perform a couple on the night. Venue is an historic location besides where local hero Jimmy Gralton lived (immortalised in Ken Loach’s film ‘Jimmy’s Hall’).
LATE 2019 EVENTS
*** New Zealand, late October 2019. Koanga Gardens, North island.
The link for booking is https://www.koanga.org.nz/gardens/product/two-day-divining-the-landscape/
*** Australia November 1-3, 2019, Sydney,
*Dowsing Conference – celebrating 35 years of the New South Dowsing Society, based in Sydney and co-founded by Alanna Moore. Talks and workshops, special sites tours. See – www.dowsingdownunder.com
*Moruya, NSW South Coast, November 8-10th 2019
Dowsing, Geomancy, Eco-Sensitivity and Earth Harmony weekend workshop
Register your interest: email@example.com
* Monbulk, Victoria at Telopea Mountain Permaculture Farm
November 16 – 17th. Info – firstname.lastname@example.org