by David Dixon
My chief interest is in archaeological dowsing, particularly of the earth energies of religious sites. My intention is to write a full review of the activity I have followed for over six years, but for the present I will confine my comments to the results I found while visiting the ancient temples and pyramids of Mexico and Egypt in 1999.
Generally, I find that dowsing both Pagan and Christian sites in Britain is a positive and enjoyable experience and, in the case of many churches and cathedrals, is genuinely uplifting.
Cynics would argue that you would expect to find that – cathedrals were designed and crafted to induce the piety that allowed the early church to pick the pockets of the poor and ill-educated. And as an unreconstructed Darwinian, I didn’t start out to look for a good time in cathedrals, but I always find it works out like that.
However, the experience of dowsing the Mayan sites in Mexico was different, completely. I would even go so far as to describe it as sinister. Your pendulum really doesn’t want to be there.
We climbed the pyramids at Chichen Itza, “Chicken Pizza” our jokey guide called it, and at several other sacred sites from the “civilisations” circa 400 to 1400 AD. As you may know, the Mayans designed and constructed Central American pyramids, but the buildings were hijacked by civilisations that followed them in time.
It concerned me for the first day, as an act of dowsing does when you are enjoying it. Negative energy everywhere, much pain from the past. Then the guide went beyond describing the worship aspects of Mayan temple construction and use. He began to talk about the ceremonial sacrifices that were a part of Mayan religious ritual. I am convinced that the ceremonies had little to do with the common people, here we go again, but were more concerned with the control function exercised by the priests, either for their own benefit or for that of their masters, the kings.
But these weren’t the usual pagan sacrifice offered as a token to some god of fertility, as in Roman times. These were blood baths: six young men sacrificed to the sun god every evening to appease him and ensure that the sun rose in the morning. And it always worked; so they carried on. Likewise, the rain god lived in a large spring-fed well into which young babies with abnormalities were thrown. It must have been a horrific civilisation and the ones that overcame the Mayans were more brutal still. The Spanish conquistadors soon put a stop to it after they landed, thankfully.
Normally, I’m suspicious of site dowsing when I know much about the history of the location. Possibly, I’m not the only dowser that finds results which only confirm what I already have learned. Hmm.
In this case I knew nothing about the Mayans before I started. I knew a little more about Ancient Egypt, but it was schoolboy stuff. However, because of Mexico, I really wasn’t looking forward to dowsing in the Nile Valley and was most apprehensive. My wife and I were only there because of family members living and working in Cairo. I am delighted to tell you about my results: zero. By that I mean I dowsed every major temple site along the Nile and, with one exception, everything dowsed completely neutral.
We started at the temples of King Rameses II and Queen Nefertari at Abu Simbel, re-located during the years 1964 to 1968 by an extraordinary engineering exercise to a site above Lake Nasser in Upper Egypt. Not a fair test you would say. If modern engineers, probably with no regard to earth energies, move several million tons of ruins vertically by 61 metres and 240 metres sideways, there can’t be much that’s sacred remaining. Fair point.
We went on down the Nile Valley over hundreds of kilometres: Phillae, Aswan, Edfu, Esna and the very centre of middle and late Ancient Egypt, Luxor. There on the West Bank lie the tombs in Valleys of the Kings, Queens, Nobles and Workmen, and on the East Bank the huge temples of Luxor and of Karnack, the largest and most magnificent temple of all. And they were neutral and neutral, over and over again.
There was one just dowsing response. A small area of the Luxor Temple had been taken over and used for worship by early members of the Coptic Church who had adorned some walls with their graffiti, small Coptic Christian crosses, and built a small niche to house an alter in one wall. Yes, it was positive, the pendulum went berserk, but that’s my usual thing in places of Christian religious practice, so treat it with suspicion. Finally, we went to the Egyptian Museum in Cairo. You have to see the Tutankhamen artifacts. All the structural parts of his chariots turned out to be made of wood: wooden shafts, axles and wheels, denying the unfounded belief I had developed that those people must have had basic metal tools and parts to achieve the incredible workmanship of the temples.
In particular, it defies belief that the gigantic, perfectly squared blocks of the well-preserved stonework of the burial chamber in the Great Pyramid could have been finished without metal tools, or, even, some form of mechanical power………. I think we should be told!
Returning to the dowsing experience and to my interpretation of these neutral results. A member of our party, a stranger to me, saw me perched in a little corner of a temple with my pendulum. He asked me what I was doing and if I was “getting” anything. He explained that he was a healer, that he used his hands to dowse and was baffled to be getting nothing.
So that was a relief – you wonder if the dowsing faculty deserts you sometimes. Why should it be neutral? Because we were dowsing through the remains of the most glorious fantasy of ancient times. Importantly to me, there was nothing negative, and it was only later that I learned that the Egyptians, though Pagan, loved life, abhorred human sacrifice …….. and worried themselves silly about death.
There are so many records, and their texts are everywhere, on nearly every wall of every tomb, so we would know if they indulged in anything undesirable. So I conclude, with no better evidence, that we were witnessing the remains of a gigantic confidence trick by priests and kings. It was the activity, relatively harmless, even playful in certain cases, of a hierarchy that fantasised about life and death, enjoyed the fruits of a superb agricultural economy ……….and indulged themselves in a Hollywood lifestyle by the mass deception of ordinary people.
And that’s how dowsing makes you cynical!
I would welcome comment upon the serious conclusions, in particular, upon the difference in dowsing results of the ruins of the Mayan and Egyptian civilisations.
©2000 David Dixon & BSD EEG