Quest for Belinus
Join us on a Quest to reconnect with the energy of the land, from the mouth of the Solway at Gretna we will go on an adventure which will takes us through some atmospheric landscapes and ancient spiritual and secular sites.
Dreaming the Dragon
The Belinus line is a long-distance alignment that runs the length of Britain from Durness in the north of Scotland through Winchester, the Isle of Wight and beyond. These global energy lines have associated polarised ‘dragon lines’ that weave around the main alignment like snakes around a caduceus, manifesting as masculine and feminine energy currents. The Belinus line is well-known in the world of dowsing but there is much mystery about what these lines where and where they come from. Our Quest will explore the dragon’s flow as it enters Scotland, reconnecting with the energy of the land through the art of dowsing.
The Belinus line is named after the pagan sun god Belinus. The male dragon current is called Bel and the female Elen. Throughout Western Europe, Bel (meaning “shining one”) was the most popular Celtic god of hilltop sanctuaries, most of which were subsequently dedicated to St Michael with the arrival of Christianity. Elen, a deity who has Hebrew origins meaning “light” or “illuminated” has both solar and lunar qualities and is an earlier archetype of the Virgin Mary. Elen is also Known as “Elen of the ways” she appears in the epic myth The Mabinogion; here she is the daughter of King Coel (who ruled in what is now southern Ayrshire), and magically built highways between fortresses for her soldiers to protect the country.
What: On our adventure we will use the ancient art of dowsing as a way of connecting with the land. Starting at the Lochmaben stone at Gretna which was part of a larger stone circle thought to date back to 3000 BC. From Gretna we will follow the female dragon current linked to the Belinus line north on an adventure taking us into hidden landscapes, churches, hill forts and ancient stone circles, finishing at the Kagyu Samye Ling Tibetan Monastery. Travelling through this atmospheric landscape we will investigate and imagine how humans have tapped into this energy over thousands of years for both sacred and secular uses, to see how these energy lines have affected land use (and those living on them) over time.
We will learn how to look for earth energies and measure changes in the quality of the subtle energy environment (dowsing instruction will be provided). Does the earth energy change us, or do we change it? Participants will be be able to ask questions of the places, drawing on everyone’s own knowledge and insight to help consider what the energy is and where it comes from and what its purpose may have been.
Guide: Grahame Gardner is a world renowned geomancer and dowser. President of the British Society of Dowsers from 2008-2014 he specialises in geopathic and technopathic stress remedial work. Environmental Artist/healer, Dr Jan Hogarth will stimulate discussion about the wider landscape context.
Who: anyone over 18 years. Please contact us to find out more about the terrain.
When & Where: 10.00am meeting at Gretna Gateway’s southern car park in Gretna from where we will travel to the Lochmaben Stone and up through the landscape north to the Samye Ling Centre at Eskdalemuir. The Quest will take around 7 hours.
Food, Drink & Clothing: Please bring with you a packed lunch and suitable walking and weatherproof clothes. We plan have our picnic on a picturesque hilltop, weather permitting.
Fee: For 7 hour Quest, walking, dowsing training, discussions and insights. £50 with a reduced rate for OAPs, students and artists of £40.
If you are interested in booking this Quest please book by contacting Jan Hogarth at firstname.lastname@example.org or tel.07801232229