The Spine of Albion Review

The Spine of Albion Review. The Backbone of Britain.

The Spine of AlbionThe Spine of Albion is an intriguing book.  It falls neatly into place as the third of a trilogy of books about long and important ley lines in Europe.

The first was The Sun and the Serpent (1990) which charts the path of the St Michael Line from Land’s End to East Anglia.

The second was the The Dance of the Dragon: An Odyssey into Earth Energies and Ancient Religion (2000) which follows the path of the major ley from Ireland to Israel.  This crosses the St Michael Line at St Michael’s Mount in Cornwall.

Now there is the Spine of Albion: An Exploration of Earth Energies and Landscape Mysteries which traces the Belinus Line from the Isle of Wight to Scotland.

All three lines probably extend far beyond the start and end points mentioned in the respective books.

The Spine of Albion Review

The Spine of Albion Review - NodesThe authors, Gary Biltcliffe and Caroline Hoare, dedicated fifteen years of hard work following the line and visiting all the significant sites along its route.

As they travelled from site to site they dowsed the path of the two complimentary male and female energy lines (or dragon paths), which they named Belinus and Elen.

Wherever the two complimentary currents cross the each other on the alignment there is a node point that is of particular importance and power.

The ley line alignment itself follows a rhumb line path and the two dragon lines weave around it.  The line tracks the length of Britain at 14.5 degrees west of True North.

At each location along the line we learn a lot about its history, symbolism, and heritage.  The authors investigated the legends and folklore, and the archaeology and historical records of each site.

The book is therefore not only the story of the journey along and around the line but it is also a detailed reference book.

It is a guidebook to one of Britain’s most important ley lines.

Anyone living close to a section of the alignment who wants to visit just a few of the sites can turn to that section and glean plenty of information about each location.

The print quality is excellent with plenty of colour photos of the many churches, abbeys, earthworks, sarsen stones, trees, wells, masonry, and countless other evidence.

Inspiration and Exploration

White Horse Uffington
Uffington White Horse, or is it a dragon?

Once you start reading this book your feet will start to itch.  It’s an inspiration to start exploring the section of the Belinus line that is closest to you.

There will be sites you will want to visit for the first time.   There may be sites that are familiar to you that you will return to with deeper knowledge and understanding.

It is a book that compliments the resurgence of walking, following footpaths, and rediscovering Britain’s largely forgotten routes of pilgrimage.

Pilgrimage in Britain is usually thought of a purely Christian activity but travel along sacred paths goes back a lot further.

It is known that the early Christian monks and missionaries built their wattle and daub churches on or near existing sacred sites. By doing so and by following the old paths that interconnected these ancient sites the paths of Elen between stone circles and holy hills became paths of pilgrimage between churches and cathedrals.

Dip into the Spine of Albion, find a path, follow it, and see where it leads you.  Use this book as your guide and you’ll know what to look out for at each location.

The Spine of Albion could easily be your guidebook for an exploration of the line that could take weeks to complete.

Albion’s Legacy

St Mary's Church Uffington
St Mary’s Church, Uffington, Berkshire

We are all familiar with the fact that our busy everyday lives tend to absorb so much activity and attention that we have little left after all the supposedly important tasks are done.

Just as light pollution prevents us from gazing in awe and wonder at the stars as our ancestors did, so our attention is drawn to the modern world and all its distractions.

It takes a conscious effort to devote some time and attention to books like this but it is vitally important that we do so.

For some it will be a pleasant enough read and an armchair journey to places that they may never visit in person.  Whether you do manage to visit is not as important as being reminded of the significance of these alignments and the sanctity of the node points.

Gary Biltcliffe and Caroline Hoare’s book delivers an important message for the 21st Century.  It reminds us of how long these sacred sites have hummed with power generating the fertile atmospheres for the benefit of all.

The Cloud, Cheshire
The Cloud, Cheshire

However, these power points in the earth’s energy grid need our attention and care.  They need to be visited and and the paths need to be used lest they grow over.

Neglected networks tend to atrophy and fall into disrepair.  The result is a gradual depletion of vitality within the areas they designed to enliven.

Be part of the restoration. Buy this book and learn about the node points nearest to you.  Visit them and walk the paths that pass through them.

You will not only become fitter and happier but you will also contribute to the restoration of Albion’s network of winding paths through the hollow hills.

For more information visit the authors’ homepage:

Feng Shui, Bagua

Space Clearing – Clear The Cutter, Feel The Force

Space clearing, clear the clutterSpace clearing first became fashionable in the 1980s and has since become firmly embedded in our culture.  It’s not hard to see why when we know that architecture, interior design, lights, colours, and sounds have a measureable effect on moods and concentration.

There is both and art and a science to enhancing and optimising all these aspects of the spaces in which we live, work, play, and rest.

However, two things that make space clearing even more interesting and appealing is the fact that it goes beyond the physical, and that it can be practiced by anyone, even those with no talent in the more orthodox aspects of design.

Feng Shui, Bagua
The Bagua

Feng Shui, the ancient Chinese art of placement, designed to harmonise rooms, buildings, and landscapes by controlling the flow of chi throughout, has spread to the West and is now widely practiced but it takes a certain amount of learning and diligence to apply it correctly.

What is the difference between Feng Shui and space clearing?
I like to think of it like this:

  • Feng Shui is all about making changes that will optimise the flow of chi in your local area earth energy network.  It’s about enhancing the Quality of Service in your network.
  • Space clearing is rebooting your network components and clearing the memory of bugs that might effect performance.

Not everyone has the time to study Feng Shui and perhaps they can’t afford to hire a consultant, so what can we do to optimise our spaces ourselves?

Happily, there is plenty we can do beyond just having a general tidy-up and doing some housework.  Here are a few ideas to get you started.

Clear The Clutter

Clear the clutterThis is the first and most obvious task.  During the course of our daily lives we accumulate so much stuff.  Our cupboards, wardrobes, and garages are full of it.  Most if it will never be used by us again but we hang on to it just in case.

Some people have so much stuff that they don’t have enough room in their houses, garages, or sheds and they end up paying monthly storage fees just to store this their stuff.  It might be out of sight but it is not out of mind as the awareness of it nags at us, even if it’s subconsciously.

We are bloated with possessions.  I suspect there are strong similarities between the obesity epidemic in Western culture and the excessive accumulation of possessions.  Some people hang on to stuff and excess body weight for similar reasons i.e. there’s an underlying emotional or mental cause.

So your first task to to clear the clutter.

You have these options but be ruthless.  Do this for every room in the house, the garage, and the garden shed.  Give thanks and let go of your unwanted stuff.

  1. Sell it. Ebay, Ziffit, or in your local paper.  Turning unwanted possessions into cash is very rewarding.
  2. Give it. Free-cycle it or give it to a charity shop.  Let someone else make use of it and enjoy the benefit of it.
  3. Dump it.  Take it to your nearest recycling centre.  Dispose of it thoughtfully.  Some recycling centres sell the best bit to raise money for charity.
  4. Store it. If it really is that important and you’ve used it within the last few months clean it and store it.

I love books and I enjoy browsing bookshops.  After I’ve read one I place it on one of my bookshelves and leave it there for a few months.  I soon run out of space for new books so every few months I give my bookshelves a thorough audit and sell or give away all those I’m highly unlikely to read or refer to again.

Some I keep because I dip into them or because they are rare but those I sell bring in a little cash and make way for new books.

Space Cleaning

There is little point in carrying out elaborate space clearing rituals and ceremonies in a dirty room with filthy windows.

You’re going to have to do some housework first.  I won’t insult your intelligence by explaining how but make sure you clean everywhere, including all corners and hard to reach areas that are above and below eye level.

Before we cleanse the more subtle atmospheres take care of the physical chores first. Pay particular attention to the windows, the eyes of the house.  Clean every nook and cranny.

This house is like the Moon – it has no atmosphere

A difficult atmosphereSpeaking of atmospheres, what are we talking about here?  Many may scoff at the idea of meditation, visualisation, ritual, or ceremony having any real effect but there is widespread acceptance of the idea that atmospheres can be generated by the presence of people.

You could cut the atmosphere with a knife is an idiom that describes how most people can sense when there is tension in the air.  It could be due to an argument between two people, a tense meeting, or an angry audience.

The spaces we occupy and the buildings that form them soak up these tensions.  If left unresolved they may dissipate over time but then again they may not and they may pollute the atmosphere until they are neutralised and removed.

Sound in the form of clapping, laughter, and cheering can diffuse tension in an audience.  The ringing out of church bells in a parish can have a similar effect on the local neighbourhood.

Holy atmosphereClapping, bell ringing, and drumming are space clearing techniques used all over the world.

The same applies to beneficial and uplifting atmospheres.  Repeated religions ceremonies over time can create an atmosphere of sanctity and stillness.  Just pop into one of those old parish churches tucked away up a country lane, sit in a pew and sense it.  It’s unmistakable.

Chanting, meditation, and rituals can make a place holy in the sense that the atmosphere is calmed and transformed into an area of stillness in an otherwise tempestuous world.

Use the Force, Luke

Creative visualisationNow that you’ve cleared the clutter and cleaned the house it’s time to get down to business with the cleansing on the more subtle levels.

The tools you use and the steps you take are best left to you to choose.  It will depend on so many things; your upbringing, culture, interests, religion etc.

Perhaps you won’t use any physical tools at all.  Perhaps you’ll just sit and meditate for half an hour as you go around the house visualising every room being cleansed.

After all, it’s what’s going in your imagination while you ring the bells or wave the smudge sticks that really counts.

Here are some of the tools that can be used.  It’s not an exhaustive list and there are some books listed below that will provide more detail about these and other methods.

  • Hand clapping – simple but effective, and you carry the tools around with you.
  • Bell ringing – Balinese bells are favoured by some but you might use an old school hand bell bought at an antique shop.
  • Smudge sticks – waft it around and fan the smoke into corners using a feather.
  • Prayers and chanting – learn the lines and repeat as necessary.
  • Meditation – full on visualisation of purifying white healing light flowing through the house and removing every last bit of non-physical dirt and grime.

The important thing is to experiment and develop methods that suit you.  In the end, it’s not the paraphernalia you use, it’s the will and intent that counts.

Try to cultivate a quiet meditative state in which your ego and self-consciousness is temporarily set aside.  While in this frame of mind visualise a connection between the Divine, the Source, God, or whatever term you’re comfortable with and the space you’re in.

See this connection acting as a conduit, a channel through which you can download a powerful boost of pure energy that gently but firmly removes all vestiges of stuck and stagnant energy.

See it acting as both a purifying and a creative force that enables anyone passing through and occupying the space to use it for their health and well-being.

Hotels and Offices

Finally, remember you can use these meditative techniques in any space, particularly those in which you need to be discrete.  For example, when travelling you can use them in hotel rooms or at work you take a few minutes of ‘mindfulness’ in which to clear a meeting room or work area.

Hotel rooms may be cleaned physically but what actually takes place in them and what residual atmosphere is left is anybody’s guess.   It could be harmless but it could also be sinister and unhealthy.

Give the room a mental space clearing cleanse soon after you first arrive not only for your own peace of mind but as a gift for the next person who uses it too.