Simulating some Earth Energy Effects with Linear and Circular Objects

by Dudley Wheeler

  Earth Energy (EE) lines are commonly found whilst exploring churches, henges and other historic/sacred sites and are sometimes given special significance that I don’t think is justified.

Why?  because similar EE lines can be produced at home in the living room or garden lawn by the use of linear (poles, rods, tubes, wires) and circular objects (plates, bowls, rings, lids). The similarity of these ‘outdoor’ and ‘indoor’ lines should not be a surprise in the sense that all physical objects (eg. buildings, structures, and stones ) can be regarded as being made up of lines and curves.

To help make some comparisons, I will use some of Guy Underwood’s (GU) findings. GU was an expert dowser, who recorded his surveys of EE lines on major historical sites mainly during the1950’s and 1960’s.

1. Water Lines/ Triads

GU found that underground water streams produced a triad, that is three parallel lines, where the rods crossed. Front, middle and back. In the home, triads can be generated at any location simply by putting down a flat, linear object (eg plank, board, mat, flag-stone) on the ground and walking over it.

 The dowsing rods rotate across the chest (→←) whilst crossing the parallel edges of the plank/board and over its centre line (see Fig 1). Three rod crossings in all, just like the underground water stream. I consider that whereas a plank or board is a rectangular object resting above the ground, a ditch or trench can be regarded as a sunken rectangular object, which gives the same triad reaction. These triads are small.  But you can get triads many yards apart, which can be called Extended Triads.

2. Extended Triads

An extended triad can form what might loosely be described as a pathway or a flow-line:

These extended triads or flow-lines can be found on-site in such places as:

  1. the aisles of churches, or encompassing the whole church
  2. where grave stones are set in parallel lines in a grave-yard 
  3. down the stones of the W. Kennet  Avenueat Avebury Henge
  4. down two rows of trees.
  5. down paths, roads, and tracks

In the home, an extended triad orf low line can be constructed from linear items like drain rods and circular objects like china dinner plates. They are arranged along two imaginary parallel lines, which can be many yards apart (see Fig. 2). Whether the dowsing walks are commenced at A (over the objects), B (between the objects) or C,  the rods cross (→←) at the line of the linear and circular objects, and along the centre line between them; three crossings in all. Just like across the Avenue at Avebury Henge or across paths and tracks.

4. A More Unusual EE Effect – Reticulation

GU describes reticulation as occurring when the two outer lines of a triad /water line cross over at regular intervals (similar to sine waves). He found reticulation down the centre aisle of the church at St. Mary Redcliffe at Bristol, between certain stones in the Avenue at Avebury Henge and at many other places as well.

A similar reticulation effect can be achieved on the garden lawn by constructing a pathway of an extended triad of linear objects (eg. drain rods) as described above. By following the direction indicated by a single dowsing rod, the reticulation lines follow the paths shown in Fig 3.

Another example of Fig 3 can be found down the  main aisle of St. John’s Church at Keswick, Cumbria. The turning points are in line with the oppositely paired sets of pews and the crossing points occur in the blank entry spaces between them. This is something the reader can check for themselves in their own local churches.

 But why do the dowsing rods weave about? I can’t really explain that but I can make an observation.

 When I put down a linear object and walk close to its length, a single dowsing rod points ‘in’ at the near end and ‘out’ at the far end (see Fig 4).

Applying this principle to a row of drain rods, it is possible to visualise the shape of a wave forming with the repeated ‘in’ and ‘out’ movements of the dowsing rod.

I find this ability to translate what happens on one drain rod  to a set of drain rods quite intriguing.

4. Following Earth Energy Lines

GU found EE lines around walls, churches, buildings and megaliths. Similar lines can be found around paving stones, or large clipboards placed on the garden lawn (see Fig 5).  Using a single dowsing rod, the dowser is led around the board / paving stones in the same manner as if they were churches or megaliths.

  Although a very simple effect, GU attributed great importance to these lines. He interpreted them as signifying for ancient man, the position, shape and inclination of megaliths at places like Stonehenge. In other words, he believed the EE lines were there first and acted as markers for the stones for ancient man, rather than the stones producing the EE lines around and between them. I cannot disprove GU, or others who also like the concept of the lines being there first, but I find it difficult to accept this interpretation and I prefer to think of the objects (megaliths) producing the lines after being placed in position.

Other Simulations

Whilst there is no space on this occasion for other illustrations, you can simulate EE lines that occur between hills or tumuli, create halo effects, make the rods follow spirals, or perform continuous rotations. All these effects can be produced in your own garden, just like in the outside world.


Whilst it has not been possible to present all the evidence, my general conclusions regarding simulations with linear and circular objects suggest:

  1. Many on-site EE lines are not unique, nor of special historic significance.
  2. Simulations provide ways of indicating how common shapes and forms of everyday objects  contribute to on-site EE effects.
  3. They enable predictions to be made of where EE lines will be found.  
  4. They offer a technique for investigation which is simple and can give reproducible results.

            I hope that readers will try out some simulations for themselves and I will be delighted to collaborate with anybody that’s interested in exploring them further.

 © 1998 D H Wheeler & BSD EEG