by David Cowan
After many years researching the energy leys around Central Scotland, I was astonished to find that my hometown of Crieff, in the heart of Perthshire is based on an ancient symbol. Two long straight streets converge to the south of the town, rather like the bottom arm of a star, which prompted me to search for a telluric pattern.
King Street, running north/south, has a church visibly in line with it and a stone circle to the northeast. It was this straight energy Ley, a corridor of vertical waves, about 5ft. wavelength, which I followed on foot through the stone circle to Gilmerton church, and eventually to a pair of stone circles at Tullybelton, near Perth.
To the south, in deep snow, I ploughed my way to a standing stone at Dalchirla Farm; set like a playing card with its edge lined up – almost – with King Street. Plotting this Ley on the map gave a disappointing miss-match of about 100 metres, but there is one type of Ley, I knew, whose edge just touches standing stones in this manner.
The other major street is Burrell Street, whose Ley I followed, first northwest towards the Sma’ Glen, through several hill summit cairns. Almost crippled by now, due to this demanding research, I had to project this on my map to standing stone at Ballinluig.
To the southeast, after only 1.6 kilometres, Concraig Farm standing stone lined up accurately with the street.
So here were two of the main streets in Crieff, with the megaliths quietly chattering away to each other in their own code, century after century. It seemed impossible, however. It is an ancient town, certainly, but there was no denying that two churches had been built on these two Leys. How could standing stones have anything to do with the planning of a town? Had the knowledge been passed on until comparatively recent times, or was it a coincidence?
Reconstructing the Pattern
The most obvious next choice of streets was the High Street. There was a Ley here too, which I followed, passing through the parish church and burial-ground, town hall, clock and stocks, and out of the village in the direction of Killin stone circle. Faced with a difficult 30 kilometre walk over 2,000 foot hills, I was more than relieved when, walking over the summit of a hill, I suddenly came face-to-face with a standing stone at Braefordie, near Comrie, only 9 kilometres away. There was nothing on my map to indicate its presence at all, although later maps refer to it as a stone circle.
To the east of the town I projected this line, and followed the Ley to a standing stone near Aberuthven village, and further on to another standing stone in the centre of Dunning. Whatever anyone might think, there could be no denying it now. The town did have a structured layout. What kind of pattern could have been used? If there was a pattern, it must surely have been a meaningful and powerful symbol.
King Street and Burrell Street meet at a point, as I have already mentioned. On a large-scale map they have a curious similarity to the point of a pentagram, an ancient and powerful symbol, but this pattern just did not fit.
Reluctantly, I decided to walk the Leys around the village, despite the distances involved and the growing physical discomfort which by now had me literally crawling around my house on my hands and knees.
Fortune was to take a hand, however. A letter arrived from a friend, who had been to a talk by the late Wing Commander Beadon. He had discovered interconnecting patterns of energy, which occur naturally on the surface of the planet. Enclosed was a copy, a complicated series of six-pointed stars, similar to the Star of David, the Star of Bethlehem or the Seal of Solomon. I transferred the pattern on to a sheet of acetate and laid it over my map.
Despite a slight miss-match in size, the layout immediately sprang into shape. There were the standing stones and circles neatly lined up, focusing stream after stream of Leys through the town.
The bottom arm of what I thought to be a pentagram was only half of the lower arm of the star, the other half being `hidden’. There was no ancient site close to the village to give the pattern away to any inquiring mind.
Open country to the southwest of the town enabled me to pursue this hidden Ley to a small burial-ground about eight kilometres away, near Comrie. In the opposite direction I followed it on foot to a standing stone near Scone. This took care of the lower arm of the hexagram. To the east were two standing stones quite close together, neatly lined up in tandem at Crofthead Farm.
Many of the other standing stones and circles were now obviously part of the system, but I walked the Leys on foot to make sure. An ancient site of some description marked all of the points of the star, except two. One possibility is an ancient rocking stone, now displaced by a lightning strike, which seems to have been on, or close to, the northwestern arm.
The Spider in the Web
To be of significance, there must be a powerful site in the centre. In this system the omphalos is St. Michael’s Church (St. Michael and St. George were the dragon slaying, or dragon manipulating Saints). The dragons, of course, were the allegorical likeness to telluric energy. (St. George’s sword and St. Michael’s lance are symbolic of the weapons, which pierced the dragon’s head, to fix it as the focal point of the earth energy system. In fact, St. Michael’s church in Crieff was built on the site of a very much older church and graveyard, so old it had a heather-thatched roof and a wooden idol, long since lost or destroyed.
The Crieff Masonic Lodge, No. 38, is a very old one, and is also called St. Michael’s. The Freemasons crop up occasionally in this line of research. Most people are aware of the Mason’s symbol, a compass with its points facing down, intertwined with a setsquare with its points facing up. Few people realise that part of the symbol is ‘hidden’. If you draw a line across the open points of the compass and another across the setsquare you have a six-pointed star, the same layout as this old village.
The angle between Burrell Street and King Street is 28.5 degrees, interestingly, since ideally the correct angle should be 30 degrees, half of an equilateral triangle. The correct angle, however, would have been an immediate give-away of the true nature of the symbol. Another possibility is that the symbol on the ground is not theoretically perfect, but a pattern of natural earth energy, capable of being warped by various factors.
The knowledge of this sacred geometry must have been handed down through the years to the practising Knight Templars and Freemasons, only to whither and die, because of the powerful vows kept by these lodges. A map of the town dated 1780 shows only King Street and a few others, but by 1820 Burrell Street with houses either side, had been built, perhaps on an existing ‘straight track’. A square, originally called ‘The Octagon’ was also built at the same time at a powerful nodal point, neatly lining up with all the energy Leys passing through.
The problem remains. Why should towns be built on a star pattern? There have been several old cities (London and Glasgow, for instance) which seem to be intelligently planned in this manner, but this is the first town, to my knowledge, where standings stones and circles actually focus their unique energies into this pattern.
Wing Commander Beadon pointed out that the pattern was natural, until buildings containing glass (windows, for example) were erected, then it collapsed. If our ancestors wished to remain in harmony with natural energy, then they must rebuild the existing, natural energy system by using standing stones and circles.
He had discovered, like myself, that when glass is mounted in vertical sheets it causes a disruption in certain forms of telluric energy. This, he thought, had probably been discovered when glass first came to be manufactured by the Egyptians. He believed that the ancients knew of the existing star pattern network, and marked them out long before they became fractured, knowing from the tales told by travellers that it would one day disappear. The energy in this rebuilt star pattern, I find, is not attenuated by obstacles or disrupted by windows, unlike the natural easily fractured pattern.
Recently, the local newspaper ran this story including the map, and I could visualise many annoyed locals busy with pens and rulers trying to disprove it. Interestingly, after several weeks, even though there was great interest, I only had one bitterly complaining local, who rather huffily wrote a Letter to the Editor; “There are no such things as Ley lines – it says so in a book in the local library!”
The network is indisputably there, the reason for it being there is still open to interpretation.
© 1997 David Cowan & BSD EEG