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Ley Lines and Bigfoot

Do ley lines exist? And if so, is there a connection between Bigfoot sightings and the intersecting points of magnetic lines that are claimed by some to criss cross over the surface of our planet?

First let's take a look at where the term ley lines came from and what it really meant to the man who coined it.

In 1921 Alfred Watkins, an English businessman and self taught amateur Archeologist, assumed some relationship between certain natural features in the landscape (hills, mountains, ridges, ponds), manmade structures (wells, ancient churches, moats) and intersecting roadways.

He thought he noticed what he called ancient trackways, straight lines criss-crossing the landscape which seemed to connect these ancient features and manmade constructions. Watkins coined the term "ley lines" because of the farms and places these assumed lines passed through. Places like Ley Farms, Weobley, Wyaston Leys, Tumpey Ley and Red Ley. [Watkins, A. (1921). Early British Trackways, Moats, Mounds, Camps and Sites (p. 22)]

Watkins thought these lines were evidence of straight line navigational aids used by ancient people for trade or other purposes, and though his theory may be flawed and not supported by mainstream Archeologists, it was an earthly idea, not a fantastic metaphysical claim. That association came later.


In his book, Early British Trackways: Moats, Mounds, Camps, and Sites (Classic Reprint), published shortly after he developed his theory, Watkins made no claim of the paranormal, magnetic effects or concentrated energy with regard to ley lines.

The supernatural, metaphysical aspect of ley lines was made up, or at least assumed, years later in 1969 with the publication of The View Over Atlantis (revised in 1983 as The New View over Atlantis) by John Michell.

Mitchell was an author with an interest in Forteana, cosmology and numerology. A fringe thinker, he had some interesting ideas about UFOs and ley lines and is no doubt one of the "founding fathers" of the "earth mysteries" counterculture movement. His writings spurred on the idea that UFOs were directly linked to some reawakening of humankind, a kind of new beginning.

What we should understand is that the nature of our planet's magnetic activity is well understood by science. The geomagnetic field of our planet has been measured and visualized by scientists. It protects us from charged particles that emanate from the sun; the solar wind. Very real, and amazing in itself.

At no point, since Carl Friedrich Gauss measured it in 1835, have the scientists involved with the study of this geomagnetic field noticed any correlation between this magnetic field and physical landscape features, ancient churches, roadway intersections, wells, moats, ponds or even Stonhenge. This should rule out the possibility of ley lines as any sort of focus of magnetic energies that would influence anything, let alone sightings of an also unconfirmed population of hairy, elusive, upright walking primates like Bigfoot.

The pattern of ley lines as intentional, whether for navigation or some metaphysical purpose, is assumed. There are so many geographical features and manmade objects, both ancient and new, that connecting the dots would not be that hard to do. This does not prove that the connections were intended.

You could map out trees in a forest, or stones in a yard, and find intersecting points for any number of them.

Do ley lines exist? Is there a connection to Bigfoot?

With regard to ley lines and Bigfoot it is the same situation. There is no sufficient proof for either one, so supposing a correlation — let alone researching — really makes no sense.

If you think about it the answer to the first question is probably no, so there is absolutely no reason to speculate on the second. Even if Bigfoot is real, the existence of some form of influential, precise magnetic phenomenon linking concentrated sighting areas, or providing some kind of navigational aid to these creatures is unlikely.

We can't assume or believe things into existence, no matter how hard we try, or how much we long for them to be real.



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