The term “ley-line” was invented by British businessman Alfred Watkins. In 1921, while studying various maps, he noticed that many ancient and sacred settlements could be placed on a straight line across the continent. When Watkins began to deepen the subject, he discovered that not only after settlements in well-defined points but also by visible physical traces at ground level, several energy lines can be drawn. Two or more miles away, and the reference points are the ancient churches, megalithic assemblies, stone circles, and ancient cemeteries. In 1922 Watkins published the book “The First Attestations of the British People” in which he exposed his reflections on this subject of energy lines. Later, in 1952, he published a research paper titled “The Oldest Energy Line” in which he presents extensively all his findings on this new phenomenon.
Watkins uses the term “ley-lines,” or simply “leys,” inspired by the old Saxon word for the bright road. In fact, he believes that the Neolithic man had a special technique for creating long access routes And Watkins formulated his theory based on the idea that many of the areas traversed by these roads became sacred places. In the meantime, the roads were not used anymore, and they arrived in the cave, leaving only. He also believes that many of the inhabitants of these settlements were later Christianized, for which they left behind a very interesting mix of ancient artifacts and some more recent ones.
In spite of the fact that these paths proved to be straight lines, which meant that they were passing through the forests, they climbed through the mountains, descended through valleys and hills, Watkins demanding that the roads were commercial. In 1929, he stopped referring to these roads with the name “old energy lines,” simply saying “the ancient straight roads.” Watkins died in 1935, but his ideas continued to spark public interest. Soon a Right Strait Club was set up, including many enthusiasts who started their own research with a lot of enthusiasm. Many of the people who have researched the subject felt that the difficulty of the roads, the fact that apart from the smooth parts existed and extremely steep areas, excluded the possibility that they were commercial routes.
In 1936, the British writer Dion Fortune formulated for the first time the theory that ancient settlements could be linked by lines traced by mysterious cosmic forces. Fascinated by French and German theories about empirical seekers of water and other minerals, in 1938 one of the members of the Right Lines Club, Arthur Lawton, tried to continue Watkins’ theories. As such, he has accredited the idea that energy lines can be a proof for empirical water seekers and/or other minerals.
During the World War II Club of Right Lines ceased activity, but in the ’50s, new ideas inflamed public consciousness. More and more books, dealing with encounters with aliens and/or vehicles from France and America, combined the phenomenon of flying saucers with the lines drawn by some cosmic forces. In 1961, a passionate man of the genre, British Tony Wedd, a former pilot, made public the theory that the lines in question are in fact magnetic paths for landing alien spaceships. The modern evolution of energy line research has only begun in 1969, when another passionate subject of this subject, John Michel, wrote “Looking over Atlantis”, a book combining energy lines, earth energies, flying plate phenomena and ancient mathematics. In the ’60s and’ 70s, all kinds of the New Age theories were exposed, and energy lines began to be automatically associated with magnetic lines, flying saucers, and other strange physical experiences.
The phenomenon spread throughout the globe, while New Age enthusiasts acceded to the idea of cosmic forces and friendly aliens. Even more, in Seattle, USA, a donation was made to a group of water seekers and/or other minerals to compile a map of these lines for the city area. To some extent, they missed the original point of these lines, in other words they traced routes connecting the places of worship. In fact, the United States has its own version of the Watkins line style. American natives of the “Spirit of Lines” tribe, which exist throughout America, are convinced that they have the secrets of sacred paths in antiquity. Similar patterns are found in Mexico, suggesting that the lines of Nazca may be variations of the same theme.
However, the true meaning of these lines remains unknown. All of these ancillary ideas have led to the formulation of other theories, so it has come to the situation where a few people have managed to uncover monkey lines than Alfred Watkins. His conception is, however, recognized as the basic idea, which, although short-lived, remains the most plausible. It would be regrettable that the phenomenon of energy lines would be synonymous with the extremist ideas of the New Era because it has a historical and geographical basis that has not yet been studied.