Grid by No Accident
It’s been a stop-and-go process writing this last installation of The Deja vu Chronicles. For some reason, Kathryn wants to stay onboard the Revenge and continue her journey at sea in the Caribbean. What's even more intriguing is her ability to recognize subtle symbolism and twists in fate – many of those unrecognized by the pirates.
I'm fascinated by one such phenomenon: the Ley-Lines.
These ley-lines "refer to straight alignments drawn between various historic structures and prominent landmarks. The idea was developed in early 20th-century Europe, with ley line believers arguing that these alignments were recognised by ancient societies that deliberately erected structures along them." ~ Wikipedia
I believe these lines also carry paranormal energy. Like, electrical wires, the invisible ley-lines conduct metaphysical energy that influences the earth and humankind. Science postulates this dynamic activity is caused by mangentic energy. History shows unusual events occuring on ley-line locations.
BBC.co.UK states the following:
From what we do know, a ley line seems to be a straight line that carries an altered form of the earth's magnetic field, however it is proving difficult to define that power even to this day.
It has been claimed that birds, fish and animals use them as 'compasses', helping them find direction back to breeding grounds and to warmer climates during winter months. They have also been said to be vast prehistoric trade routes.
I agree...but I still think it's more than just magnetics that affect trade routes. I believe it's something paranormal.
Again, from BBC.co.UK:
"[Ley lines are] alignments and patterns of powerful, invisible earth energy said to connect various sacred sites, such as churches, temples, stone circles, megaliths, holy wells, burial sites, and other locations of spiritual or magical importance". (Harper's Encyclopaedia of Mystical and Paranormal Experience)
The scientific belief, as previously explained, is that these lines are areas of altered magnetic fields.
The more spiritual and romantic belief is that they ooze back the energy from all the people who have trodden these mystical, religious paths since time began.
So why are hauntings reported in places ley lines are alleged to pass through?
For the believer it could be said that these areas are likely to have more spirit activity as they are historically of a religious, political and even mystical nature.
It is even believed that UFOs are drawn to these ley lines, making them attractive to investigators of that particular phenomenon.
It is true that more 'paranormal' activity is evidenced in these areas however whether this is of the spirit type or paranormal in its true sense ('unexplained') is still a topic of much debate.
This is fodder for a great story, and the explanation for why Kathryn is able to do what she does. Her understanding of the paranormal, metaphysical "energy" power of ley-lines is seen in the final chapter in The Deja vu Chronicles, the 4th book Cutthroat's Omen: A Crimson Dawn. Her ability to call upon that energy is impressive.
What’s amazing about Kathryn's whole process is her ability to recognize the little “clues” about what should happen next. In truth, we all have that ability, if we pay attention and notice the little "hints" in life that come without warning.
One of these: Ley-Lines.
In case you didn’t know what a Ley-Line is (I didn’t), here’s one definition:
‘Ley lines are hypothetical alignments of a number of places of geographical interest, such as ancient monuments and megaliths. Their existence was suggested in 1921 by the amateur archaeologist Alfred Watkins, whose book ‘The Old Straight Track’ brought the alignments to the attention of the wider public’.Wikipedia
These lines are more than just latitude and longitude — these are lines that create an energetic grid linking to the paranormal (a spiritual experience for many). Ley Lines are not to be messed with.
Scientists in the early 1900’s identified Ley-Lines as a spiritual or energetic pathway, a “product of different elements from several of the following theories, being created at different times, for different purposes.”
Sound vague? Well, they’re not — at least not in the metaphysical sense.
Traditions and rituals have been found from centuries before anyone knew what a Ley-Line was — events that happened in specific places at specific times on this grid. Many of these events were conducted by Aboriginal people unfamiliar with spirituality as we know it and the Ley-Line concepts. Why?
Earth’s magnetic field is strongest on Ley-Lines. Astrological and Geometric allignments line up along these lines. Documented random chance happenings occur frequently there too. Stuff that makes for great stories!
We can therefore begin to gauge the strength of a ley-line according to its length, accuracy of deviation, number of ley-markers and their individual significance. We can also separate ley lines into basic categories such as astronomical, funerary, geometric etc, as the following examples illustrate:Paul Deveraux
This is something I’m definitely going to look into further.