ANCIENT SACRED SITES OF OUR PILGRIMAGE

SALISBURY CATHEDRAL


Freddy Silva taking our picture in front of the ORB at Salisbury Cathedral
The Prophets Conference 2008

One of the powerful Earth node points at intersecting magnetic lines is at Salisbury Cathedral where people feel a special healing energy. Much evidence exists supporting the presence of a grid of energy that criss-crosses the entire globe. This energy is electromagnetic in nature and essentially forms streams of positive or negatively-charged lines that wind their way through the landscape like waves, which from afar appear to be almost linear. These telluric currents (often confused with geometric alignments called ley lines) were known to, and accepted by, ancient cultures: some called them dragon lines, fairy paths, lung mei, etc.

When two currents intersect, a node point is created. At these special points the ancients built oracles, structures of enduring quality marking the place where the earth energy could be used to influence the human body, itself a collection of electromagnetic frequencies. These sacred sites are today called stone circles, tumuli, long barrows, dolmens, menhirs, cairns, temples and pyramids, and they were usually constructed with gigantic slabs of rock, high in quartz, itself also a conductor of energy; later, Christian popes ordered the building of churches upon these 'pagan' sites to utilize the same beneficial effects. Our Gothic cathedrals are one such stunning example, where sacred geometry was coded into the monuments to further amplify the effects of the site.


Freddy Silva inside the Cathedral, The Prophets Conference 2008

We now understand that the combination of sacred geometry, stone and their placement over strategic energetically-charged spots is capable of altering brainwave patterns. The purpose, as science now understands, was to lower the brainwave frequency from the regular 33 Hz, the normal waking state, down to 7.5 Hz, the dream state, the very same one generated by psychics during altered states of awareness.

In essence, therefore, these sites were used for people to reach higher states of awareness- a doorway to God, so to speak, hence why these sites were primarily places of invocation and veneration, and why they were later usurped by the controlling fanaticism of organized religion. (For the complete article by Freddy Silva go to: www.cropcirclesecrets.org/healing.html.)

The magnificent Salisbury Cathedral stands in the village of Salisbury, within the water mills and meadows, where five rivers meet. The cathedral's library contains the best surviving of the four remaining copies of the Magna Carta from 1215 AD. The cathedral tower and spire, rising up to 404 feet, is the tallest in the country.

AVEBURY & SILBURY HILL


Freddy Silva with Prophets Conference event coordinator Annie Tatham-Mannall
at Avebury — The Prophets Conference 2008

Avebury, a World Heritage Site, one of Europe's largest prehistoric stone circles, is one of the finest and largest Neolithic monuments in Europe dating to around 5000 years ago.

Many of the original stones were destroyed from the early 14th century onwards to provide local building materials and to make room for agriculture. The stones were also destroyed due to a fear of the pagan rituals that were associated with the site. Both John Aubrey and later, William Stukeley visited the site and described the destruction. Stukeley spent much of the 1720s recording what remained of Avebury and the surrounding monuments. Without his work we would have a much poorer idea of how the site looked and especially little information on the inner rings.


Avebury - photo by Margaret McCarthy

A great deal of interest surrounds the stones at the monument which people describe often as being in one of two categories; tall and slender, or short and squat. This leads to numerous theories relating to the importance of gender in Neolithic Britain with the taller stones considered 'male' and the shorter ones 'female'. The stones were not dressed in any way and may have been chosen for their pleasing natural forms. Numerous people have identified what they claim are carvings on the stones' surfaces, some carvings being more persuasive than others.

The human bones found point to some form of funerary purpose and have parallels in the disarticulated human bone often found at earlier causewayed enclosure sites. Ancestor worship, although on a huge scale, could have been one of the purposes of the monument and would not be mutually exclusive with any male/female ritual role.


Ariel view of Avebury and henge, photo by Freddy Silva

The henge, although clearly forming an imposing boundary to the circle, has no defensive purpose as the ditch is on the inside. Being a henge and stone circle site, astronomical alignments are a common theory to explain the positioning of the stones at Avebury. It has been suggested that the bank of the henge provides a uniform horizon by which to observe the rising and setting of various heavenly bodies. Additionally, less well evidenced theories relating to aliens, ley lines, crop circles and the lost wisdom of the ancients have been suggested.


Silbury Hill, photo courtesy of Crystalinks

Silbury Hill is the biggest man made mound in Europe. It is 130 feet high and 100 feet across its flat top surface, formed with some of the chalk from the great henge at Avebury, and built in a complex lattice structure of in-filled chalk walls.

Silbury Hill has been carbon-dated at 2660 years B.C., the same era as the Giza pyramids. It is part of a sequence of ancient sites in the area that are in alignment. Despite its external appearance, this is actually a step pyramid, consisting of six, six metre high steps. The steps are walled with blocks of chalk, which easily deteriorates when left exposed. Consequently the builders preserved it, by covering it with earth and grass. Excavations have revealed that it is not a burial mound.

Numerous crop circles and orb lights have appeared near Silbury Hill and adjoining Avebury.

You may enjoy reading a full facsimile copy of William Stukeley's book Abury - A Temple of the British Druids published in 1742. Although Stukeley's own exotic and academically inspired theories dominate much of the text, for researchers it remains one of the most important and essential sources of information about Avebury's past.

WEST KENNET LONG BARROW

West Kennet Long Barrow, one of the many prehistoric monuments that are part of the Avebury complex of Neolithic sites, is one of the most impressive and well-preserved burial chambers in Britain. The Barrow is both a contact with the mysteries of the past and, at the same time a Temple in which major rituals may be performed totally undisturbed by the outside world. The five chambers that make up the Barrow are sometimes used for sound healing.

STONEHENGE


Ceremonial circle with Leo Rutherford, The Prophets Conference 2004

As our tribe of pilgrims stood within the ancient ritual center of Stonehenge for our private sunset entry, we all felt a power well up within us. As Hank Wesselman, our shamanic facilitator drummed, and as we meditated and joined in ceremony within the prehistoric power place, we each experienced our personal journeys and connections into the grand design.

The great and ancient stone circle of Stonehenge is a landscape filled with prehistoric ceremonial structures.

As Power Places scholar Martin Gray points out, "I interpret Stonehenge to be a structure with multiple purposes. It was a monument, of nearly imperishable quality, erected at a particular site of terrestrial energetic power and celestial significance long known by the peoples of the region. It was an astronomical observation device used to predict, in advance of their occurrence, those particular periods in the annual cycle when the earth energies were most highly influenced and charged by the sun, moon, and stars. It was a temple, built by and for the people, in which festivals of renewal were held at those charged energetic periods determined by astronomical observations. It was a structure built with particular materials (the diorite bluestones brought from 240 miles away and showing evidence of prior use in another sacred structure; the miraculous, green-tinged 'altar' stone of unknown origin; and the great Sarsen stones), positioned in such a way as to create a specific form of sacred enclosure which functions as a sort of battery for gathering, storing, and expressing the earth energies of the site on the festival days."


Leo guiding our voices with his drum, The Prophets Conference 2004

"Besides the periodic yearly times (both day and night) of those festivals, which the mathematics, structural engineering, and ground plans of structures like Stonehenge clearly reveal, prehistory has left us, via the myths and legends of the sacred sites, elegant information concerning the nature of the actual practices the pilgrims performed at the festivals. We are given indications of the powers of the sites by old surviving records of even more ancient folk memories. For example, the legendary Merlin tells King Aurelius, 'Laugh not so lightly, King, for not lightly are these words spoken. For in these stones is a mystery, and a healing virtue against many ailments'."

White Horse at Uffington
Ariel view of the White Horse at Uffington

Wayland's Smithy
Entrance to Wayland's Smithy

GLASTONBURY


Prophets Conference founder Cody Johnson strolling through the Glastonbury Abbey
The Prophets Conference 2005

Glastonbury, a small town about 125 miles or 220 km west of London, is full of myth and legend. In ancient times, Glastonbury lay in a triangle with the enormous stone circles of Stonehenge and Avebury - between them they formed a world energy-point. Great circle lines go from Glastonbury to many sacred centres worldwide.

Glastonbury has long been a pilgrimage place, attracting travelers from far and wide. It was a pilgrimage place in Druidic times (2,000-2,500 years ago) and further back in Megalithic times, 4,000 years ago.

A prominent site in town is the Glastonbury Tor (tor means rocky hill or peak). The Tor has many legends connected to it. One says that it was the location of King Arthur's stronghold. Another legend says that it is the home of the Faery King and that the top of the Tor was a place of fairy visions and magic. A Celtic legend says that the hill is hollow and that the top guards the entrance to the Underworld, as well as being the home of the Lord of the Underworld, Gwyn ap Nudd.


Thorn Tree at Wearyall Hill, Glastonbury, where legend tells this sprouted from the staff planted by Joseph of Aramethea
photo by Patti McCullough, The Prophets Conference 2008

Glastonbury is also believed to be the place known in Arthurian lore as the Isle of Avalon. According to the legend, Arthur, after being mortally wounded by Mordred, was taken by a sacred boat to Avalon. And it is in Avalon that Arthur awaits the day when Britain requires his services as the "once and future king".


Sean Trujillo, Prophets Conference administrator, with healing waters of the Chalice Well
The Prophets Conference 2008

Perhaps the most intriguing of all Glastonbury's mysteries are the strange balls of colored lights frequently seen spiraling around the Tor. In 1970, a local police officer reported seeing eight egg-shaped objects "dark maroon in color, hovering in formation over the hill" and in 1980 a witness saw "several green and mauve lights hovering around the tower, some smaller than others, about the size of beach balls and footballs.
(Read more on the legends of Glastonbury at Crystalinks)

CERNE GIANT and HOLY WELL

The Cerne Abbas figure sculpted into the chalk hillside above the village of Cerne Abbas representing a naked, sexually aroused, club-wielding giant, has conventionally been viewed as a great symbol of ancient spirituality. There are numerous theories as to when and why the giant was created, one of the more popular is that he is the Greek-Roman god Hercules, who is often represented with a club and an animal fur. It has been suggested that the figure was once depicted carrying and animal fur in his left hand. It is possible that worship of Hercules arrived in the early part of the Roman invasion, which was then became amalgamated with a god of a local Celtic tribe. The theory given the most weight by historians is that it was created during the reign of the Emperor Commodus between 180 - 193 AD, he believed himself to be a reincarnation of Hercules and allowed the cult to revive.

The giant's obvious sexuality and virility was put to use in fertility folk magic. Local women who wanted to conceive would spend a night alone on the hillside - most productively within the confines of his giant 30-foot phallus, and young couples would make love on the giant to ensure conception.

HOLY WELL
The local tribe were the Durotriges, who occupied an area roughly the size of present-day Dorset. There is a well nearby, which the Celts considered holy, so the location of the Giant could indicate a guardian god, created to protect the holy well. The well has had a triple reputation, as being an oracular, a healing, and a wishing well.

JURASSIC COAST

A World Heritage Site on the English Channel coast of southern England, the Jurassic Coast consists of Triassic, Jurassic and Cretaceous cliffs, spanning the Mesozoic Era, documenting 180 million years of geological history. The site contains a number of unique geological features and shows excellent examples of different landforms, including the natural arch at Durdle Door, the cove and limestone folding at Lulworth Cove and an island, the Isle of Portland. Chesil Beach is a fine example of both a tombolo and a storm beach. The site has stretches of both concordant and discordant coastlines of the varied geology.

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