Latest Newsletter - Late September 2021
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Waking up in time for Winter
As we start to come to terms with what has changed, and not changed, over the last couple of years, there is a temptation to try to catch up with rather too many lost opportunities in a short space of time. The floodgates may not be fully open, but there is certainly an awareness of a lot more water flowing under the bridge all of a sudden - and it’s getting a bit tricky to keep up with it all.
Our Next Event - Indoors
We have our first indoor event of 2021.
On Sunday 3rd October with David Lockwood presenting a workshop about Earth Energies. North Hill Village Hall, starting at 2.15.
Inevitably, after all this time, it will be a little experimental in format. Chairs can be spaced out as necessary, hand sanitiser will be available, masks may be worn (although this is not mandatory) and you can bring your own tea/coffee mug if you would prefer not to use the ones in the hall.
Please be aware that not all of those likely to be attending will be fully vaccinated.
It is also intended to have a low-key lunch at the pub at Rilla Mill beforehand. It you are interested in joining the group (which will have to be quite small) please contact Denise, who will be organising that side of things.
Ros and I are away for this event, so if you have any questions, please contact Denise.
Although our membership subscription renewals (still £12 individual and £18 family at one address) will run from the end of October, David and Denise will be starting to take cash and cheque payments at the meeting on October 3rd.
I will circulate more details of the payment options closer to the renewal date, but I can let you know that we will also be taking renewals by bank transfer this year - but again, I will give a full description in a Newsletter in October.
A Tamar Dowsers Field Trip on Sunday 26th September
A visit to this enigmatic rock outcrop to the south of Bodmin is not for the directionally challenged. Almost all of us who attended were obliged to use electronic assistance and/or flag down a local hiker at some point. However, the destination was well worth the journey.
Helman Tor is a separated outcrop, some distance from Bodmin Moor itself, to which it is geologically related. It is an important viewpoint in the southern part of the county and was clearly inhabited for millennia. On a sheltered platform close to the summit, both Dave and Pete independently found the energetic remanences of four hut circles, although little remains on the surface today to indicate their previous existence. Portable rocks at a high point such as this would always have commanded a premium, and would inevitably have been recycled many times.
The whole of the top of the tor is surrounded by a still-visible boundary wall. Many sites around the county, and indeed around the world, have similar features and I had assumed it was essentially a spiritually protective structure - as in the earth banks that surround ancient churches. But no, it dowsed as being a simple wild animal deterrent, from the days when the beasts of the Bodmin moorlands were more commonplace.
Despite the longstanding human presence here, the potential sources of fresh water were at a geographically lower level. Our intrepid scouts investigated two of them, but returned with tales of an indeterminate muddy patch, and a more promising site that would have needed a machete to reach practically. Another visit on another day, is clearly required - and preferably when the vegetation has died back (or indeed a machete acquired!).
My initial request for ‘the most important feature to dowse on the day’ led me to a prominent line that turned out to be part of the lunar grid. The line not only edges past the triangulation point atop the highest point of the tor, but cuts straight through two rock-cut basins, one of which contained rainwater. These both dowsed as having been natural artefacts that have been enhanced by humans over the generations.
In terms of the everyday use of these depressions, I received a ‘no’ for healing, which seemed surprising, but a ‘yes’ for birthing, which also seemed surprising - and gained no support whatever from the female members of our group! Maybe ‘birthing’ has various alternative connotations, and not all of them physical.
Very close to this apex, two significant energy lines cross, creating the trademark spiral and a manifestation pattern. These lines dowsed as being 5 and 15 metres wide respectively at our arrival, and both were predominantly female in ‘nature’. Helman Tor, despite its landscape elevation and prominence, is a powerfully female place - and those who have found the aforementioned spring on previous occasions have also commented on the strong female presence there.
Given the modified form of the rock basins, we considered the striations on some the large rocks close to the peak of the outcrop. Although they could have been entirely natural, they do look as if they might have been modified in some way, perhaps to create rough symbols. The dowsing was inconclusive - how much change has to be effected to make a natural crack into an enhanced marker? A similar situation at the Devil’s Arrows in Yorkshire dowsed conclusively as ‘humanly enlarged’, but at Helman Tor the Cornish jury is still out.
Pete found an interesting double spiral close to the hut encampment, which defied the usual earth energy explanations. I felt it could have been some form of water feature but, if so, the water would have been at great depth and of no practical value to those living next it in times gone by.
I found a distinctive energy drain towards the top of the site, which was associated with one of the female lines that passes over the peak. Energy drains and vortices seem to be part of yet another earth energy network that we can explore on our trips. Each discovery leads on to another - and the matrix of subtle systems seems to get ever more complex.
Needless to say, various long straight lines criss-cross the summit, with leys and lines of sight to the horizon in various directions. Many of these seem to flow through some of the wind farms in the area, but even I would not make a case for this correlation being much more than co-incidental!
Many thanks to Pete Bousfield for organising the trip, and for giving us a helpful introduction to the site. This is such an enigmatic location, which clearly needs a longer follow up at some stage.
If the unknown person who removed the vital finger post at the entrance to the small lane that leads to the Helman Tor car park would put it back, that would be much appreciated, too!
Nigel Twinn Tamar Dowsers September 2021
Tamar Dowsers Field Trip 1st September 2021
TD member Neve Heartwood writes:
Stannon Stone Circle:
Several of us agreed that Stannon has changed in size since it was first built - and it can feel very changeable at different times.
There were lots of spirals & triangles present, which were found by all. Helen Fox, Rosie Heartwood and I felt strongly that animal sacrifice had taken place there at some point, and all agreed the location as being what we now call the Healing Stone, which is in the centre of the circle.
Helen, and John Lockwood, aged the original circle on Stannon Moor at around 5,000 years old; Rosie had it at 5,400 - and I felt it to be closer to ten thousand! John, Ross Lockwood and Denise found the energy to be low - and that this was probably due to inappropriate offerings having been left in the circle, which they dowsed would take a further 3 days to fully heal.
John dowsed that 112 stones had been erected initially, by local inhabitants (Helen & John felt there was a strong community nearby) - with 12 added later. On reflection, he revised his dowsing to 32 initially. He also felt that both circles were used for important meetings/celebrations, and for celebrations of seasons/weddings/funerals (although we found no actual burials there).
Rosie thought there were originally 74 stones.
Helen felt it was a female structure, used in moon rituals.
However, Rosie & I feel it was male - with a female 'Healing stone'.
Trippet Stone Circle:
We all agreed there was a nice, restful and relaxing energy there. In fact, no one felt particularly compelled to dowse much! A few of us even felt our memory was affected.
The general consensus was that there were burials within; John dowsed 6 chiefs/elders, I found 5 of the same status, three of which were in a straight line which pints to Roughtor.
Helen felt there were 7 missing stones, which were all female (Rosie got 9) and that it was about 3,500 years old. John dowsed that it was around 2800 BC and built by local inhabitants.
Rosie & I feel it is a male circle, very friendly! It was used by men, whereas the nearby Stripple stones, were used by women.
Many thanks to Stuart Dow and Helen Fox for getting this field trip off the ground, as it were - and to Neve Heartwood for the information and diagram.
By way of Contrast:
Seventeen years have passed since we were last at the Trippets and, as far as I can tell, the personnel of the visiting group had completely changed in the intervening period (although interestingly there were still 14). This was one of my early efforts at writing up a field trip.
July 2004 - Stripple and Trippet Stones
Temple - Bodmin Moor
These two sites are so close in sight and sound of the A30, it was amazing that so few of us had ever heard of them - let alone been there.
On a dry, but surprisingly blustery July day, fourteen TDs and friends, ventured out to investigate these extensively ruined, but still evocative stone circles.
We started at the Stripple Stones on land adjoining Hawkstor Farm, with access courtesy of the local farmer. This is allegedly the only 'proper' henge monument in the far South West, and although the encircling bank is now just a linear bump on the moor, the tell-tale energy lines showed its original position quite clearly. We were able to trace many of the incoming energy lines, although, as Larry discovered, the patterns inside the ring seemed weak and confused by the removal or fall of so many of the original stones. There was the usual abundance of both surface and deeper water energies. Even the severance of one side of the site by a more modern stone wall had done little to eradicate the sense of this being in a significant place. It was quite possible to discover a number of the standing stones, which had fallen and to dowse their previous locations - giving at least a mental or energetic picture of the site in its former glory.
There is some form of energetic link between the Stripple and the Trippet Stones, which is not too surprising as they are only about ¾ mile apart. We walked back through the farmyard and onto the open moor, where the Trippets are clearly visible from the dual carriageway. This perhaps is an echo of the Bronze Age situation, where the ancient spinal track through Cornwall passes close to both of these sites.
With more standing stones and a number of in situ fallers to study, the Stripples give a clearer indication of the original intention of this circle. Earth energy lines criss-cross the monument forming a star pattern, while other complex lines weave Celtic braids around and between the stones. At least two Leys seem to cross this site, with outlying still-standing stone markers linking them to the visible horizons.
While many of the original stones have fallen prey to stone cutters - and there was evidence of half severed pieces in both rings - it is apparent from dowsing, that others were felled deliberately in the 15th or 16th centuries. This was presumably in an attempt to cleanse the still-significant old traditions with the comparatively newly acquired middle-eastern reinterpretation of the world of metaphysics. The fact that the new cult has arrived, become ubiquitous and largely faded, leaving at least some of the previous stone monuments for our future generation to re-evaluate, speaks volumes about the power and the fascination of sites such as these.
The next 5-group zoom is on October 24th, with the Irish/Australian dowser, Alana Moore, talking about Plant Spirits. More details to follow - as ever!
Looking towards the Far Horizon
I am pleased to be able to confirm that Adrian Incledon-Webber will be talking to us on 6th February. Ros and I met up with him at his book-signing event in Avebury last week. It was his first proper outing for some while, but it seemed to be going well on a very busy weekend in Wiltshire.
Gary Biltcliffe and Caroline Hoare have also agreed to talk to us on 9th January. Their work on the Isle of Portland is seminal to our emerging view of where earth energy and spirit-of-place dowsing is leading us. Gary and Caroline are some of the most experienced practitioners in their field - so ‘unmissable’ as they say.