Dowsing Down Under – Searching for Grid Point 44

by Pauline Roberts, Sydney Australia.

The Becker and Hagens’ Planetary Grid system1 places ‘balanced’ Grid Point 44 in South Australia.  It is calculated to be connected to the ‘yang’ points of 27, found in the Gulf of Carpentaria and 54 at Kangaroo Fracture in the Antarctic Ocean.  The ‘yin’ points of 43 and 45, to which 44 is also connected, are located in the Indian Ocean and Loyalty Islands of the Pacific Ocean respectively.


Becker-Hagens Grid representation of Australia

My interest, in heading to the outback of South Australia was to visit the various points which have been labelled Grid Point 44 in the past. Becker & Hagens originally calculated it to be within the Woomera Atomic Test Range, but others have suggested Wilpena Pound2 or latterly Mt Chambers Gorge3 both in the Flinders Ranges.

Although evidence of ancient stone structure work was found by Len Beadell in the 1950s, and subsequently referred to as the “Aboriginal Stonehenge”, Woomera’s restricted military nature and radioactive contamination makes further investigation of his findings problematic, not to mention hazardous.  My map dowsing has always been drawn to the Flinders Ranges as a current place of power in the region and therefore it seemed a logical place to start.  

Underlaid or overlaid (I do not know!) on the part of the Becker & Hagens Grid I am interested in, is one of the Great Dragon Lines which encircles the Earth and is calculated to pass near to the Flinders Ranges.  I believe that this line is the continuation of Hamish Miller’s St Michael & St Mary duality line on its path Down Under.  However, whilst it may be connected to them through energetic ‘spurs’, it does not dowse as passing through the Woomera site, Wilpena Pound or Mt Chambers Gorge.  The Southern Hemisphere computer-generated extrapolation of the St Michael & St Mary line sees it passing through Uluru, formerly known as Ayers Rock, sweeping across South Australia and eastern Victoria before crossing the Bass Strait into Tasmania456 and from there out into the Antarctic Ocean.

Before I confuse – or bore – everyone with the various postulated grids, points and lines and we all get carried away with maps and charts, I’d like to say that even though following one line or subset can seem like a daunting task, the only thing for it is to get out and give it a go.  Dowsing is meant to be experiential, just like life, and given also the problems of transposing 3D perspectives onto 2D maps, and our different sensitivities and biases, I am not surprised that there is variation between what people find where and what connects with what.  That should not in any way put us off trying! 

In addition, Miller4 has shown in his research that the Dragon lines are not straight, preferring to wend their way on the micro scale with a variation of 10 or more miles from the macro-drawn straight line.  In my research, I try to keep things simple, undoubtedly following my own preferences and biases, and thus the Becker and Hagens Grid together with one of the Great Dragon Lines seemed like a good place to start energy adventures.  If they interact, or I find the Grid Point 44 all well and good, but the result is not fundamental to my ego or theories since the real truths tend to resolve to being simple and elegant and open to all rather than relying on complex geometry/mathematics and special knowledge.  I am not saying these are not involved, or can not be extrapolated, but that the real energy systems should be accessible by arts and science alike and not exclusive to either realm – and this comes from an ex-scientist!

The Flinders Ranges, where I began my investigations, were inhabited by many  Aboriginal tribes originally, now known collectively as the Adnyamathanha or ‘hill people’.  The area is semi-arid but there are still many traces of the Adnyamathanha; their meeting places, ochre quarries and rock engravings.  Red ochre mined to the North of Mt Chambers Gorge was particularly prized since it sparkles with hematite and was known to be traded with Aborigines from the Gulf of Carpentaria in the far North to those in the Southern reaches of the Great Australian Bight.  When inland tribes approached, they let their presence be known by smoke signals but since there is good evidence to suggest Aborigines possessed telepathy, these signals may have been misinterpreted by the early Europeans who recorded them.  Once smoke was seen, the hill people would withdraw until the visitors had left, whilst the visitors left pituri, from the hallucinogenic plant Duboisia hopwoodii, spears and other gifts in return for the precious ochre.


Aerial view of Wilpena Pound (courtesy & © SA turist board)

Wilpena Pound, or ‘place of bent fingers’ to the south of the Range is an expansive and peaceful natural compound ringed by worn and jagged mountain peaks, the highest of which, St Mary’s Peak is over 3000 ft.  Investigations by the Dowsing Society of NSW7 to determine whether the Pound contained any electromagnetic disturbances, as one might perhaps expect at a high energy point, did not record anything out of the ordinary and whilst the place is certainly atmospheric, my dowsing does not lead me to believe it is the elusive Grid Point 44.


Arkaroo Rock painting with ‘upturned’ creature to the left

Outside the Pound to the SE, is however a place of greater ‘energetic’ interest: Arkaroo Rock.  Its rock paintings tell of the Dreamtime formation of Wilpena Pound and it faces the flattened Druid Ranges across a wide valley.  Arkaroo was the legendary ‘bunyip’ or Dreamtime Serpent of the Flinders Ranges and we will meet him and his ‘formation urges’ again later.  Arkaroo Rock itself is hidden from view but heralded by two, huge, natural stone ‘gatekeepers’.  These dowsed as connected to the rock on the same energy line and seem to act as custodial way-markers guiding the initiate towards the ceremonial place.  Whilst the Western world is familiar perhaps with the thought of energy lines, ley lines, psi tracks etc., the Aborigines called them Song Lines, their etheric nature punctuated by real landmarks or natural formations.   Song Lines, to my basic understanding were used by the Aborigines to navigate, to find their  totemic kin and to enable them to follow their own individual life path.  They were intimately connected with the powerful draw to ‘go walkabout’ and experience the connection to the land and generations who had walked the Song Line before them.  As for Arkaroo Rock, if this area wasn’t known to you, and you could not follow the invisible ‘Song Line’ track, you wouldn’t just stumble across it for it is remarkably well hidden, for a massive rock, and is easily missed in the jumbled tangle of outback bush.

Arkaroo Rock’s vividly painted face has some interesting features, not to mention an unmistakable presence.  We were there early morning with the birds chirping our arrival and their daily business, but once inside this overhanging cave, which is unfortunately impossible to photograph from afar, it was like being in a silent void.  It holds your attention and keeps the rest of the world in abeyance.  Some dowsers have reported that this site makes them dizzy although I remained unaffected – this serves to remind us that energy affects us all differently and that no one has the absolute perspective on a place.  Although some of the figures are indistinct, I was intrigued by the upturned animal head – a dragon, a serpent, a crocodile?  All of these are found in the ancient Aboriginal myths and legends connected to energy flows in some manner.

The Aborigines would certainly have made a feature of this rock shape but what I do not know yet is whether they would move features to be part of energy structures, as other ancients have done, or build their energy centres around an existing structure.   I do believe by creating and/or using their Song Lines they could see or feel the energetic layer just as we can see the 3D solid perspective, and that their choice of sites was absolutely intentional – another, similar ‘canvas’ rock lies untouched about 100m behind Arkaroo Rock.

To the left hand side of the Rock, is what appears to be an outline of the Druid mountain range since it is too flat to represent the jagged points of Wilpena Pound.  Although my dowsing leads me to believe they are connected, perhaps there is another Dreamtime representation or perspective underlaying the obvious association.  The uninitiated can not be sure, and the dowsing skill depends to some extent on asking the right questions!  Indeed care is needed in any rock art analysis since we, as a society, would not wish too much interpretation from one Picasso abstract or colourful inner city mural! 

Behind Arkaroo rock

What I can be clearer about through dowsing is the energy pattern in and around Arkaroo Rock.  Admittedly my results represent a snapshot in time, correct perhaps only for that moment, since energy is eminently fluid and transmutable and affected by a whole host of variables including my filtering perspective, but like everyone’s results valid just the same. For me, there are four water bearing lines, each overlaid with energy and five further lines associated with energy alone.  From my ‘circumnavigation-dowse’ of this 20ft x 15ft rock, all the lines appeared to swirl towards a central point somewhat like water down a plug hole, although with a mix of anti-clockwise and clockwise directions.  During my dowse, I could not find energy or water emanating out of the Rock which leads me to believe it is acting as an Earthing point in some manner.  It would of course make sense that this Rock would draw people to it, perhaps as a node point in a Song Line, perhaps as an end point if there is such a thing.  Subsequent to having drawn this map, I also realised that there is a funnel-like depression in the topside of the rock – hidden from the dowser’s eye view – which corresponds with the point where the energy seems to disappear.  Dowsing from the top perspective also shows energy coming in from above.  Yet I still can not divine where it emerges on Arkaroo Rock – perhaps it travels underground and emerges at another site or point. {I always welcome comments and other dowsers’ ideas}.

The work of Colin Bloy8 discusses the role of the Serpent or Dragon in many cultures and he believes they relate to the energy flows and how they are resolved, manipulated and aligned.  Arkaroo Rock appears to manage the energy flow and is of course linked to Arkaroo, the Dreamtime Serpent who is said to have slithered, just like an energy line if you will, over the land during the time of Creation.

Approximately, 2 miles to the East of Arkaroo Rock is Sacred Canyon.  Forget its name, since sacredness per se, as we envisage it, was not an Aboriginal concept – to them, everywhere was sacred and un-sacred at the same time – everywhere just was; part of them and they of it.  My dowsing suggests that these two sites are on the same Song Line; although they were not visited consecutively but at different times and for different reasons.

The start of the canyon is dotted with red river gums that sink their roots deep into the mainly dry river bed and provide a home to witchetty grubs, the fat and juicy moth larvae used as a high-protein food source by the Aborigines.  After the first bend, the canyon widens out and the feeling is of moving from a hallway to an ante-chamber.  The side walls are covered with the simple water, meeting place and animal totem signs although I believe there is more to this ‘art’ than 2D to 3D symbolism.  All the water rings on the rocks dowsed positive for water, usually about 3ft down through the sand and gravel – perfect water filters. 

Higher up the walls there were more complex patterns, definitely not simple figurative as is so often quoted by academic studies, and there must have been ledges or a raised canyon floor to give the makers access to them at some time – unless of course they were 20ft tall.


Physical gatepost and ‘etheric’ gate

As one moves on from the ante-chamber, it feels like one is moving through a gateway into another connecting passage.  Indeed there is a smooth gate post on the left hand side on which hangs an ‘etheric’ gate.  The passage way is solid rock but worn smooth with time, feet and water flow and has a bizarre soft sofa and cushions feel to it.  The passage widens into the ‘next room’ and an initiation cave on the right where the rock wall is covered with simple symbols classically thought to represent a meeting place and water source.

Energetically it feels as if one is pushing through different levels against slight but tangible resistance and perhaps this is the ‘energetic’ effect of the water flow always running in the opposite direction (when the rains come) performing some sort of cleansing action.  As one climbs out of the canyon, the energy becomes less intense as the canyon widens out.  At the canyon end, there is a single, simple circle or meeting place sign on the rock which to me felt as if it were acting as a ‘no-entry’ sign much as you might see on a one-way street.  The water flow may be in this ‘no-entry’ direction but the human passage through the levels of initiation is certainly in the other.


‘Sentinel’ river gums at canyon end, the centre point for crossing energy lines

Also at the canyon end were several old river gums on strong energy lines, the first running through both trees and connected in direction to the flow of water down the canyon.  The second lines, one for each tree, ran through them almost perpendicular to the first.  The second energy lines in both cases were found to be the same width as the holes in the trunks and since there should be a vortex in the centre, I slipped inside the first of the trees to see if I could dowse the direction.  I don’t regard myself as a sensitive, nor am I claustrophobic, but I immediately felt a tightening in my chest around the sternum and I could not remain in there long without losing all concentration, let alone trying to dowse.  Don’t get me wrong, the feeling wasn’t harmful, just a place where I personally should not have been and it reminded me that asking permission is the polite precursor to assuaging curiosity.  Something, I hasten to add, that I normally do – but no excuses.  I thanked the tree for its message and slipped out pronto. Whilst my thoughtless intrusion was not welcome, other species live symbiotically with these gums – the native bees use the small holes and recesses as honey stores and parrots and bats roost in the branches.  During my research in Australia, I have found many energetic areas not perhaps suitable for us allow other species, especially insects, to thrive.  It is perhaps something to think about before we attempt to ‘fix’ energy lines not beneficial to humans.

Whilst Sacred Canyon was intriguing, the next place on my route was Mt Chambers Gorge, further North where the terrain is much drier and hotter. 


Rock art at Mt. Chambers Gorge

White3 reports this place as Grid Point 44, but again I am not convinced.  Whilst it is reportedly (calculations vary) on the same longitude as suggested by Becker and Hagens, my dowsing suggests it isn’t exactly the point I am looking for.  Since there are many Dreamtime stories of advanced beings coming from the sky with their own tongue and technological creations, it may well as White believes be a place where the ‘bwanapul’ – who Aboriginal legend say came from the sky to teach the people and rescue them in times of disaster – arrived or were able to enter via some vortex or portal.


7 concentric circles around an eigth criss-crossed circle

The interesting multi-circle rock pictogram has a labyrinth feel to it although traditionalists will refer to these as representations of springs or water holes.  Although I could dowse water at these points, and admit that such markings would be vital given the arid nature of the surrounding land, being so in touch with the land, I suspect the aborigines could feel water, much as very sensitive dowsers can, and did not need a sign meaning “here’s water”.   Long term rock art investigations into American Indian and Irish sacred sites by Michele Fitzgerald & Bob Gillman9 in the US has led them to suggest that perhaps the rock representations ‘lock’ the physical manifestation of water, in this example, in place on the 3D plane rather than just mark its position.  Alternatively, Mark Disbury10 has suggested that rock art may be like computer code and when ‘read’ properly enables the user to access other realms or realities perhaps just as tracing a labyrinth can allow the user access to higher levels or assist with the answer to a question.   I have to say that the carefully picked-out seven circle pattern did feel like a labyrinth and although my dowsing links the pattern strongly with water, it may have also had a more ‘divining’ function just as we can utilise a finger labyrinth ourselves to answer questions11.

Further North once more, we enter the North Flinders Ranges where the rock art is rarer but the Dreamtime stories abound.  To the East is Lake Frome, a shimmering salt lake created by Arkaroo, the Dreamtime Serpent, who one day developed a great thirst.  He descended from his mountain home to Lake Frome and drank and drank until it was dry.  On his way back, he carved out Arkaroola Gorge with his brine-bloated belly and wherever he stopped for a pee, permanent waterholes were left, present to this day.  Because it was brine he drank, he never slept comfortably again and the shakings and rumblings heard today in the North Flinders Ranges on a weekly basis are said to be Arkaroo turning restlessly in his uncomfortable sleep.  Geologically, if not so romantically, this Dreamtime legend explains the drying up of this lake some 7-10,000 years ago and that the Ranges are heavily faulted and geologically active explains the regular earth tremors.  Much of this Range was forbidden territory to many Aborigines and the scarcity of rock art, despite suitable ‘canvases’ is a surprise until the frequent geological activity and the high levels of radioactivity in places is taken into account.  The Aborigines were more intuitive than the early Europeans who thought to make Paralana Hot Springs in the valley below into a spa resort.  The Aborigines believed that Paralana was where a warrior fought for the love of a maiden and once victorious he plunged his ‘dead finish’ wooden firestick into the spring making it forever hot. The Aborigines revered these Springs and consequently they were out of bounds for most, which is just as well as short exposure gives you your radiation dose for a year.  Being in very remote and arid country, and perhaps thankfully in light of the radioactivity, the European spa idea was also short lived, but goodness knows what happened to those who came originally to the Springs to cure their arthritis!

Thus I reach the end of this swift snapshot into a small chunk of the Outback of South Australia – I am perhaps no nearer to locating the precise point of Grid Point 44 to my satisfaction but have increased my knowledge and connected understanding of this rugged and beautiful region.  Wherever I have explored, I have found that the Aboriginal people lived throughout by adapting themselves sustainably and respectfully to the surrounding environment.  We know from migration studies that they were not the first ab-origine owners of the land, as no one people have ever been, and that their myths and stories link with Bible stories of the Great Flood and coming of supreme beings from the sky in times of great upheaval.   I am in no doubt that they travelled the energy Song Lines that appear to connect their ritual sites much as we do roads today and with their reputed weather-working and telepathic skills manipulated the forces of nature to best effect.  I also believe that their rock art has multiple dimensions and that there is as rich a lode of energetics to be discovered in Australia, to the benefit of all, as there are physical mineral deposits across this vast continent. 

© 2001 Pauline Roberts & BSD EEG

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