Towers of Power

by Alanna Moore

Editor’s note :- this article is very similar to the one published in June 2002. It was, however, decided to include this current article in view of Alanna Moore’s intention to visit the UK in mid-2004 as it may encourage people to make contact and attend her proposed workshops.
Alanna Moore has 20 years experience of dowsing and geomancy. She was a founder of the New South Wales Dowsing Society in 1983 and has taught ‘probably thousands’ of people how to dowse. She practises geomancy professionally and lives in central Victoria.
Alanna is the author of ‘Dowsing and Healing’, ‘Divining Earth Spirit’, ‘Stone Age Farming’ and a correspondence course (Diploma of Dowsing for Harmony), and publishes a quarterly ‘Geomantica’ magazine on her website.
She is also an environmental journalist, a writer for Permaculture International Journal,  Earth Garden, Acres Australia, Acres USA and other publications; author of the best selling rural book ‘Backyard Poultry – Naturally’.
Alanna has studied acupuncture, naturopathy and spiritual healing modalities, as well as permaculture, organic farming, bush tucker and bush regeneration, and now specializes in working with the Earth.

The following text has been put together from various articles on Alanna’s web site ( with her permission.  A few additional comments made during her talks at the BSD Dowsing Conference 2003 have been included at the end.

Towers of Power are paramagnetic antennas which collect and focus beneficial cosmic energies and direct them into surrounding soil. The spherical paramagnetic energy field around them stimulates biological processes in the vicinity, enhancing the health, vitality and well-being of plants and animals. Topsoil production is accelerated and bumper crops are often the result. Plants have increased sugar levels, which makes them taste sweeter, while they become more resilient, and less pest and frost prone. Up to one hundred acres of coverage has been observed (on a wheat farm on the Eyre Peninsula of South Australia) with one large Power Tower. In many cases, pets, livestock and people feel happier and healthier too.

Towers of Power make an ideal adjunct to organic farming and gardening systems. They are easy and inexpensive to construct. However it should be noted that this is an experimental technology, so there can be no guarantees about possible outcomes.

Dowsing can be used to find the best locations to put Power Towers, as this is an important consideration for maximising their effectiveness. In fact, if you put a Power Tower in the wrong location energy-wise you can end up with an energy field that makes plants and people feel uncomfortable or sick.

Irish Round Towers and Professor Phil Callahan

The unique round towers in Ireland have long proved enigmatic, until recently. The American professor Phil Callahan PhD has been investigating round towers for several decades. The local Irish farmers, he discovered, appreciate them for their fertile surroundings. He observed farmers ferry their cows in row boats to Devenish Island so they could eat the lush grass growing around the tower there.

Constructed of paramagnetic stone (that is – stone which is weakly attracted to a magnet), these ancient towers act ike giant magnetic antennae, drawing down energies beneficial to soil, says Callahan, well known for his studies of insect ‘antennae’. Soils around round towers are highly paramagnetic and enjoy great fertility.

Callahan believes that the Irish towers act as wave-guides or aerials for extra-low-frequency (ELF) radiation from high above Earth ( Schumann radiation) and the sun . Vital to our health, ELF waves are able to penetrate water and soil, unlike higher frequencies of radiation. To amplify incoming ELF, towers must be paramagnetic, and the effect is enhanced even more when paramagnetic and diamagnetic (i.e. weakly repelled by a magnet) materials are sandwiched together. The Irish towers, often made from granite or basalt stone with wooden floors, were perfect for the task.

Early Towers

Some early Towers developed by American Jerry Fridenstine are positioned on Earth energy points to act as Earth acupuncture needles, drawing down the beneficial energies into the soil. Their reported effects are to assist the percolation of water into the soil and reduce its evaporation, therefore extending the growing season; and to improve microbial activity, helping topsoil to build more rapidly.

John Quackenboss of Virginia, USA, developed similar towers. In 1986 he erected a 6′ high terracotta pipe of 12″ diameter filled with basalt gravel; with 5 pipes covering 1000 acres. He capped the pipes with a cone of concrete, made with basalt gravel and coated in crushed basalt, bringing the total height to 2m. After 6 weeks good effects were observed. The farm enjoyed increased crop yields, despite drought conditions. Properties with such Towers report higher rainfall and less moisture evaporation. There are now hundreds of such Towers on Australian farms.

A Tower that Alanna Moore constructed in Wanneroo, Western Australia, on a 7 acre market garden would send ‘tingles down the spine’ of farmer Gary de Piazzi whenever he passed by. “Cropping on the sandy coastal plain is a bit like hydroponics, because of the lack of most nutrients there”, says Gary, who wanted to reduce dependence on chemical inputs, especially in the winter wet season, when moulds develop quickly in vegetables. After the Tower went up in 1994, at a carefully selected position, and he had spread paramagnetic rock dust all over the cropping land, the next winter was particularly wet, with Perth’s main Mundaring dam spilling over. But Gary didn’t need to use fungicide and his vegetables were more robust than ever.

Reviewing Progress

In August 2000 Alanna travelled to South Australia to study some of the many Towers that have been built there. The Towers were constructed with a view to enhancing crop growth and improving soil moisture. Imagine her disappointment when, together with English dowser Tom Graves and Dean Gentilin of Port Lincoln, she travelled around the southern Eyre Peninsula to check out several large farms with massive concrete Towers, only to find out that most of them were not working as expected. The farmers were pretty much unhappy with them too.

What could have gone wrong?

Alanna has found eight areas where problems could arise with Towers, that could account for the lack of useful effects and worse. There may well be other factors involved. Unless these problems are brought out into the open and freely discussed, how can we make progress in developing these ‘new’ technologies? If people are building useless Towers then the whole field of geomancy is brought into disrepute. (A dowser/geomancer dowses for the location.) So it is important to work out what may be going wrong.

1) Inappropriate materials or construction?

Professor Callahan defined the Irish Round Towers as “silicone rich semi-conductors” of cosmic energies. The Towers Alanna saw in South Australia had varying degrees of metal in their construction and gave varying results. Perhaps the substitution of Callahan’s original assertion with a metallic conductor is going off track?

Also sometimes the specifications of construction were not always followed by the farmers who built them. And were the metal or concrete caps that she saw having the most appropriate angle? Dowsing can be of assistance here.

2) Wrong energy point?

The criteria espoused by Callahan in relation to siting Towers of Power all point to the requirement of placing them on a downward earth energy vortex, so that solar energies are brought down from above and go down into the earth. This traditional placement was confirmed by my own dowsing at 16 Irish Towers in April 2000. The underground water line crossings and springs all had a downward vortex at the centre of each Irish Tower.

All the Towers seen in S.A. were located on energy line crossings, but these were not necessarily water lines. The crossing points that had a downward vortex associated with them were in the minority. All the Power Towers located over the downward vortex were beneficially effective in some degree, or at the worst, just non-effective.

The quality of the energy emanating from Towers located over a positive vortex was quite different, at worst it made you feel sick. Often the pendulum described an unusual star/flower patterned elliptical rotation in response to the energy field of the upward vortex, another indication of the difference in quality.

3) Inappropriate location?

Some of the Tower locations just seemed to be plainly inappropriate. For instance, one was observed in the middle of a wetland area, adjacent to a barley field over a metal fence. The owner was happy with the crop in that paddock (although rain had been good). But approaching the Tower in the swamp, sited over an upward vortex, one felt sick in the stomach.

Alanna didn’t think any sensible dowsing protocol was applied in this case. “May I, Should I, Can I?” is a good starting point before beginning the dowsing work. She usually gets a ‘no’ if asking about the appropriateness of placing a Tower in amongst established trees, as this one was. It would seem to be unnecessary in any case, especially if Towers are a substitute for trees, as some people assert.

4) Wrong motivation?

The motivations underlying the siting and design of the Power Towers could possibly be warping the effectiveness of them. Originally they were associated with places of great sanctity and learning in Ireland. Could profit making incentives (with dowsing consultants sometimes charging ‘like a wounded bull’ for siting and design) counteract the good energy one would hope to expect from them?

5) Geological interference?

One large Tower, on a hilltop on the Eyre Peninsula with a commanding view, had a lovely, peaceful energy field around it. The owners liked to go there and meditate regularly. Positioned over the necessary downward vortex it seemed to hold much promise, yet not far out from it the energy field petered away to nothing.

What was causing this? It seemed fairly obvious when Alanna studied what was happening on the ground. At the point where the energy field petered out a belt of limestone started up and there was limestone all over the rest of the paddock around the little hill. Since limestone is a highly diamagnetic stone, she could only conclude that the paramagnetic field of the Tower was cancelled out by the large amount of diamagnetic limestone present.

The answer to this problem is, of course, to spread paramagnetic rock dust over the paddock, and this is always recommended to maximise the efficiency of the Tower. Of course it’s a lot harder to do than just build a Tower, which some people may expect to give a ‘quick fix’ to their crops. Unfortunately the Eyre Peninsula doesn’t have gravel crushing quarries where suitable rock dust may be cheaply available.

6) Minor disturbances

Occasionally there are minor energy disturbances associated with Tower building. On some occasions some of the people who are helping the Tower go up start to feel sick, in the stomach mainly, however this usually is gone the next day. Alanna put it down to the massive subtle energy changes stirring people up, so it’s not a big problem.

Alanna is also aware that in some cases plants and animals have rapidly died after the Tower was constructed. She put this down to the fact that the trees in question were already sick and the process was speeded up by the Tower. Imagine a bacterial infection, for instance. The bacteria would be powering in the new energy field. In Hahndorf a poor old dog with cancer that had been lingering and suffering for several weeks was dead in a few days after the Tower went up there. She thought that a good result.

7) Fence line interference?

Alanna has found that the area of Tower effectiveness is greatly reduced by metal fencing, which seems to ‘interrupt the energies’, as dowser TC Lethbridge would put it. While some disagree with this idea, it was verified by Brett Siegert, on his wheat/sheep farm on the Eyre Peninsula. Brett was getting good results, with increased wheat yields from just one of his three Towers, which was located over a downward vortex and very close to the fence line. He told her that beyond the fence line in the next paddock the wheat and pastures are never as good as in the Tower paddock.

8) Spirits of the Place

Many an important downward vortex in the landscape is a hot spot for devic activity and thus a Tower may upset the spirits of the place. By asking permission of the site, we may avoid this happening.

9) Bad Tower Day?

When building a Tower we are, to some extent, harnessing the energy of the moment in its resultant energy field. If this moment happens to be very discordant from the astrological point of view, then the Tower may also ‘capture’ that energy and prove to be less than beneficial. She described such a situation in the article ‘Bad Tower Day’ in Geomantica No.16. It is advisable to either dowse for the most appropriate day to make the Tower, or consult an astrological ephemeris.

10) Ethics and ownership?

The ethics of ownership come into this question also. Should it be our intention to send an energy field over a large area, into the fields and homes of our neighbours? Some claim that their Towers are capable of this. But is this ethical? Alanna thinks not. She considers it fortunate that the typical metal fence line of our boundaries is probably going to contain the energy field being created with the Tower.

This question is particularly relevant when it is intended to tune the energy field of the Tower to only be of benefit to certain crops. It might even antagonise other plants. Some people have even thought about broadcasting pesticides via their Tower.

If a Tower was transmitting ‘bad’ energy beyond our boundaries, what then? She was told that one S.A. Tower had the effect of making the grape vines it was supposed to be enhancing, sicken – this could have serious consequences. One could perhaps even be sued by the neighbours! She puts forward the suggestion that we own the energies we are responsible for and that keeping them neatly within our boundaries is very important.

She heard of a S.A. farmer who is, in fact, in the process of suing the person who designed and located a Power Tower for them that has had no discernible effects on their crops. They paid out a hefty fee ( around $AU5000) for the service and, understandably, want to get their money back. The credibility and respectability of all geomancers is compromised if too much of this sort of thing happens.


We must not get caught by gung ho enthusiasm and expect these Towers to solve all our agricultural problems. This is an experimental technology that has not yet been fully understood or scientifically verified in any way. While Professor Callahan may be a scientist, Alanna has her doubts about some of the conclusions that he reached.  For instance, his assertion that the location of Towers is always lush with healthy vegetation is not always evident and she cannot accept the idea that the monks were building them as deliberate energy devices. The energy fields of the Irish Towers were nowhere near as powerful as she was anticipating. But that doesn’t mean that intentionally placed Power Towers won’t work.

In fact, she is convinced of the value of further experimentation with Power Towers and thinks that scientifically styled research is long overdue in this field. Properly controlled field trials need to be set up, so that farmers can embrace the technology with confidence in the future.

She has seen all sorts of wonderful effects gained from the Towers, some mediocre, and some non-effects. Alanna is very keen to learn more of the ‘bad’ effects that people have experienced, because this is how we learn to get it right. She would appreciate any correspondence on this subject.

At the BSD Congress in Manchester this year, Alanna gave presentations and mentioned that:

1. Towers were best positioned on sites that had a downward vortex of energy, as determined by dowsing. They are likely to still work when placed at random, but not as well.
2. The tower could be a plastic tube as small as 8” high, filled with rock dust.
3. The small cone at the top of the tower should be shaped at an approximate angle of 45º; the correct angle determined by dowsing. Alanna frequently uses an upended terracotta pot on the top and samples of substances can be placed underneath for radionic experimentation.  For indoor mini-towers, the cap could be of cardboard with rock dust stuck onto it.
4. Suitable paramagnetic rock dust came from basalt (blue rock), or pink granite. Metallic substances must not be used.
5. Love and intent are extremely important when building and setting up the Tower.
6. Spreading rock dust over the ground removes detrimental energies. The dust can be incorporated as a 10% mix in compost. The dust can be corrosive and wear out the spreader. Don’t breath it in either!
7. Putting herbicide into the Tower killed off all the  plants in the surrounding area. Don’t do it!

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