How to Dowse Ley Lines

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Article by Craig Hamilton-Parker. This article is an extract from my book ‘Opening to the Other Side’ in which I show my students how to dowse for Ley Lines. You can also read other techniques and methods of dowsing in my books about psychic development here.


In the 1924 the Herefordshire businessman and amateur archaeologist Alfred Watkins published a book called The Old Straight Track, which was responsible for an explosion of interest in dowsing and, in particular, dowsing for earth energies. Watkins noticed from maps and from his rides in the countryside that some ancient sites, such as stone circles, standing stones, churches built on ancient sites, and tumuli (ancient burial mounds) fell into an alignment. He originally thought these lines to be old traders’ routes and named them leys—an Anglo-Saxon word for cleared glade—a term he borrowed from the archaeological writer Williams-Freeman, who also had noticed similar correlations.

Of particular interest, was the fact that many of these leys formed “tracks” that corresponded with the path of the stars, planets, and sun. Many authors subsequently argued that ley lines pointed to a hidden history that was written into the geometry of ancient sites around the world. Ley lines, they claimed, are a network of interconnecting energy fields that were understood by the ancients to be beneficial to life. It was theorized by famous dowsers such as archaeologist Tom C. Lethbridge, who died in 1971, that the human body is a sort of antenna that is attuned to the influences of nature and will, for example, instinctively know the proximity of underground water and other hidden things. The ancients were attuned to this intuitive knowledge and applied it to harness nature by building their standing stones at places they believed would influence the earth energy. Megalithic monuments were acupuncture points that benefited the flow of the planet’s life force and boosted its fertility. John Michel, in his book View over Atlantis, argued that this ancient geometry of the leys and the astrological correspondences of ancient standing stones point to a lost knowledge with its roots in the legendary civilization of Atlantis.

I believe some of these ideas are nonsense, but it is certainly the case that my group and I do sense unusual energies at these places and that dowsing appears to respond to these energies. There is, of course, a danger of allowing fantasy to rush in to fill in the vacuum left by the absence of empirical facts about prehistory, so I encourage a measured approach to anything we may discover. Psychically retrieved information needs to be qualified by historical facts, though few clairvoyants would deny there is something intriguing about the energies we believe we sense at these mysterious places.

Dowsing Ley Lines

Dowsing for ley lines is not a mediumistic gift. My objective with these outings, and particularly with psychic archaeology, is to refine my students’ psychometry skills, which, as you have read, is a clairsentient pathway toward mediumship. Just as psychometry unlocks the history of an object, so too dowsing and consciously attuning oneself to nature’s energy put us in touch with the vibrations of the earth and its history. According to Eastern philosophy, the prana life force is present in everything. I believe it to be a mycelium of energy that connects everything to everything else—including this world with the next.

How to Dowse for Ley Lines

Divining rods are easy to use and can be employed for finding water or other hidden substances. The best way to learn how to dowse is to go out and try it. Dowsing rods can be purchased on the Internet or you can easily make them yourself.

  • Step 1: Keep your arms by your side and relax. Take a rod in each hand, holding them loosely by the sleeve so that the metal rod moves freely.
  • Step 2: Bring your arms up so the rods are horizontal and about one foot apart (30.5cm) They should be held parallel to each other and facing forward.
  • Step 3: Walk forward holding the rods in this position. They will cross each other when you walk over water or over the hidden source you are looking for.
  • Step 4: Once you have mastered the rods over a short distance you can widen your search. Mark the spots when the rods react and try approaching your markers from different angles. Keep marking the spots where the rods cross to identify your find. Perhaps the markers will make a line suggesting that you have found a hidden pipe or an underground stream.
  • Step 5: In the same way, the rods can be used to seek places of high earth energy or to track the course of a ley line. The rods will respond to whatever object you hold in your mind, whether it is water, gold, oil, lost objects, a historic site, or a ley line.

Dowsing is a fun way to become attuned to the energy of a place and gives you empirical proof that these energies are real. You may also practice map dowsing with pendulums during circle.

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Dowse for Ley Lines. Techniques for dowsing for Ley Lines and Earth Energy and methods to increase psychic intuition with rods or pendulum. Extract from my book Opening to the Other Side (2005) ISBN 1-4027-1346-0
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Craig Hamilton-Parker

CRAIG HAMILTON-PARKER is a celebrated psychic medium who has confounded skeptics by the uncanny accuracy of his readings. Craig is the author of 15 books and together with his wife have their own TV series.

3 comments… add one
  • robert Jan 12, 2015, 2:57 am

    If you want to keep your Dowsing recordings, don’t let anyone else hear them.

  • Mavis McCrossan Apr 23, 2014, 10:18 am

    Years ago my late husband and I used to be laying in bed and it was usually between 2 am and 3am when we would hear this very strange sound. It seemed to start to the left of our home and travel along the path outside our window before going out of hearing. We never did find out what it was but we used to lie awake waiting for it! I have not heard it again since they started building across the road from the park where we live. I can not describe the sound but it was a sort of electrical fizzing sound not like anything we had ever heard before. I have diary with the dates and times and it went on for months and months.

    I did wonder if it was energy from a ley line escaping if that is not too fanciful. I did some recording and played it back to some neighbours to see if they had heard it too. However they had not but then the next time I tried to play it back it had disappeared off the tape! I still wonder what on earth it could have been. Has anyone else ever come across this sort of thing?

  • David R. Cowan Sep 9, 2012, 4:59 pm

    Ley lines are not as narrow as armchair enthusiasts seem to think, neither are they always straight – they can be roughly circular. I have actually followed the energy leys for several thousand miles over a period of 8 years to give the first ever (modern) account of how they work and their strange abilities.

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