Separating Sacred Sites from Sham – will we ever be able to tell the difference?

by Pauline Roberts

CAPTAIN’S LOG: STARDATE 2350

International Space Station

“Twin mounds separated by a pyramid structure have been uncovered at the site known as Homebush Bay, scene of the 27th Olympiad in Earth Year 2000 in the ancient city of Sydney in Eastern Australia. The southern Mound rises to 52 Imperial foot units and there is evidence of an anti-clockwise spiral path of a bituminous-like substance to the top. The south Mound has a clay cap covering what our sensors show to be an aggregate of mixed industrial waste materials consistent with late 20th Century manufacturing. The north Mound is similar in dimension but exhibits a clockwise spiral. The remains of a solid pyramidal structure are evident between the two, rising originally to a height of 55 Imperial foot units.

“Our extensive analysis of the spiral structures conclude that they were an early attempt to determine the effect of spiral paths on waste detoxification. their alignment is cardinal, b ut no corresponding astronomical alignments from late Earth Year 1999 are evident. We suggest that the pyramid between the two mounds may have been used to balance the catabolic force created, and transmute any residual harmful surface effects away from the surrounding residential compliex. We are surprised that the dimensions of these structures do not correspond to any of the Sacred Geometry used in a much earlier, similarly dimensioned, mound in the Northern Hemisphere known as ‘Silbury Hill.’ We conclude that this area of the Southern Hemishphere was not aware of geometrical functionality, astro-alignment or deliberately did not include these for reasons as yet unknown.”


© Diego Meozzi – Stone Pages1

Oh dear!  Here we have a later civilization trying to make sense of our late 20th Century attempts at reclaiming the landscape in time for the Sydney Olympics.   Are we to hope that they will be able to make sense of such random geometric forms or will they become the focus of non-discerning tourist trips in the year 2350 and ascribe to us a special knowledge we did not have?

I believe it is via dowsing that we can at least prevent ourselves from falling into the same trap.  Without it, we too may be in danger of ascribing a higher meaning to what was a perfectly perfunctory, though now ancient, structure.  Before you start poking me with your L rods, I am not saying all ancient structures have no meaning and should be compared to 19th Century Gothic follies or waste disposal mounds like this one.  I am saying we need to be detached from the results – before, during and after dowsing and the links that our rational, fanciful and romantic minds may want to make.  After all, only by taking a step back can we see the pyramid from the grassy knoll.

I wonder whether those who come after us by two hundred years, or those who visit Earth in two thousand years, will be able to determine the difference between Silbury Hill c. 2600 BC and South Mound  (actually “Haslams Creek Marker”) c.1998 AD., presuming they are both still there of course.  Will they be able to determine the difference between what many believe was a structure built with ‘sacred geometry’ and the later, gentrified slag heap?   Will they still be able to conclude that a more intuitive culture may have inhabited Earth before our current ‘civilisation’?  Or will only the later, functional designs persist to tell history we were spiritually nothing to write home about?

However, even unwitting attempts at geometrical designs may have been created out of some unrealized intent or other guiding process unbeknown rationally to the creator.  Try as I might, I can’t locate the architect to ask, but conclude that someone’s inspiration carved a spiral to the top of these two markers and thought long enough to design them with opposite handed spiral paths, not just two the same.  Whoever it was didn’t have to, they could have just built grassy hillocks.  So I conclude, someone thought about the design; made it accessible; turned the mounds into something more than just functional.  Perhaps we are not so uncivilized after all?

I have walked up these mounds quite often, so out of sheer curiosity I just had to dowse the Olympic site markers even if, in 21st Century parlance, they are nothing more than sculptured landfill. 

Walking up the anticlockwise Haslams Creek Marker (South Mound), I notice that as I ascend, so do my thoughts to the point where I find myself unaware of my surroundings until I reach the top.  It’s suddenly much noisier up there: cars, aircraft, construction noise jostle for eardrum space and I click back into reality.  For me, the gentle, spiral climb has the feel of a labyrinth – I can not see the end until I am there, although I know where the route will take me so my logical mind is quiet and right brain relatively unrestrained.  I know of people who use the walking of labyrinths to help them answer a question – could my spiral mound be used accordingly?  My pendulum confirms it certainly can.  At the flat top, about 10m wide, I follow my L-rod faithfully as it winds in on itself just like a Fibonacci spiral. But no, not here, surely I am imagining this?  But my rod remained faithful and true twisting sharply in response to something beneath.  Releasing myself from that path line, I walked across the top and dowsed out another shape. 

The central circle has a core with a line across it like a divider of about 6 inches across.  What on earth was that shape for?  I dowsed at the top as to whether the mound was connected to anything else.  The result was uncertain.  My question was fuzzy, so what did I expect?  Clarity of question is vital I reminded myself tersely.  I cleared my mind of expectation and of any prior thoughts or conclusions by me or others, {I have found this most helpful especially if re-dowsing something or checking the work of someone else} and tried again.  “No”, no energy line (man made or natural) connection to any of the other mound structures. South Mound – like the others, I later discovered – was acting as a discrete unit, neither emitting nor receiving.  Hmmm.  

As I walked down the spiral path, my rod performed a 360 degree turn at each of the roughly cardinal points except the one pointing North-ish.  I was not sure what I was picking up at this point; didn’t feel like water, nor energy emanations, it felt engineered, clinical.  As I descended further, the rods started making two full turns in quick succession suggesting I was crossing something of increasing width with each completed level (if you ever do complete a level on a spiral path?).

However, as before at the North aspect of each ‘level’, the rod could not perform a full circle.  It stopped before completion like it was being dragged back.  It felt like it was trying really hard but could not overcome some external force.  From the top I noted the UHF television mast in this direction – was that affecting the flow on this side?  I dowsed for this, “no” was the answer – much as I wanted it to be a neater and conclusive “yes”.  Sometimes dowsing responses are not tidy!

Back at home at the windless comfort of desk, I continued the dowse using a map of the Olympic site2.  The mounds remained stubbornly unconnected across the site.  I could find no energy lines per se; no water domes underneath, and I have, it would seem, been dowsing the structure within South mound, not some esoteric energy or presence.  There is however an energy signature related to the spiralness of the mound path.  I dowsed that with time, and given the tread of sufficient visitors, each mound could have some emanative energetic presence, perhaps because of the psi tracks left by the visitors.  See Jacobson and Tellefsen3 for more on their interesting theory on such tracks. 

I was reminded of Beulah Garcin’s comment some years ago regarding one of the older stone circles in Northern Britain.   She had traipsed across the windswept moorland to this rarely visited, and somewhat neglected, stone circle to find that it contained little in the way of internal or emanative energy.  By comparison, the more popular and accessible circles she had visited appeared to be very much ‘alive’ with both, and she suggested that human visitation with its concomitant thoughts, hopes and prayers, contributed to the energetic health of any such ancient structure.  Other dowsers have suggested ‘dead’ circles are not sited properly, or have lost their connection to the surrounding energy ‘grid’.  However, my dowsing suggests that there is always a two-way flow of energy between site and attendee, even if it is not equal in ‘strength’.  Since our bodies are active sensors (as well as passive) this also makes sense scientifically.  Active sensors have to give up a little energy to sense and are by their nature more sensitive than passive sensors which just receive whereby there is no energy interaction.  So, just as we often feel uplifted by visits to ancient sites, I believe that the site itself is similarly energised by our conscious presence.

I conclude therefore that these 20th Century markers have some way to go before they can be confused with Silbury Hill, unless of course our ancient heritage no longer become sites of wonder which attract humanity.  Nevertheless, perhaps in time the Markers will attract such interest and the energetic chicken may again come before the egg.  Perhaps the spirals will exert more of an influence, although my dowsing suggests they can not help the detoxication of the land underneath. 

A few weeks after completed my dowsing, a work colleague from London and I were driving to my house which is close to the Olympic site.  “Good god” he said, pointing to South Mound, “in a couple of hundred years there’ll be a trail of New Agers making a pilgrimage to that!”  I smiled in response.  Let’s hope they still remember how to dowse.

© 2003 Pauline Roberts & BSD EEG


  1. Published with kind permission of Diego Meozzi of Stone Pages.  Do visit this wonderful site: www.stonepages.com []
  2. Olympic site map see:http://www.sydneyolympicpark.nsw.gov.au/html/SOPMAPS.cfm. Look for the spirals beside Haslam’s Creek []
  3.   Dowsing along the psi track, Nils O. Jacobson and Jens A. Tellefsen http://home3.swipnet.se/~w-33505/artiklar/psi/eng/track1.htm []