What is a ley line? Do they exist in science or are they fabrications of the human imagination? Today we explore this phenomenon.
The Cambridge Dictionary defines a ley line as “an imaginary line between some important places such as hills, believed to be where there were very old paths. Ley lines are sometimes thought to have special powers.” Wikipedia defines a ley line as “refers to straight alignments drawn between various historic structures and prominent landmarks.” Ley line is not to be confused with lay line which is something used in sailboat racing pertaining to navigation.
The thought of something similar to a ley line was first proposed in 1846 by Reverend Edward Duke. He believed that he noticed that ancient monuments and churches aligned with each other. In 1909 a German named Willhelm Teudt spoke of linear alignments connecting various sites, however his belief was that they had either an astronomical or religious function. If you watch documentaries on the Discovery+ network you will see that ancient structures were often built as a result of astronomical alignments. The idea of a ley line was formulated in the early 1920s in Europe by an antiquarian/archeologist named Alfred Watkins. It was believed that ley lines were recognized by ancient societies who then built various structures along the perceived ley lines. Most of today’s archeologists disagree with that theory. Starting in the 1960s a movement known as Earth Mysteries grew in strength. Their members believed that ley lines demarcate “earth energies”. In 1962 there was a formation of a club known as the Ley Hunter’s Club. This group was started by UFOlogists. This group sought out to identify ley lines that connected historical structures as they believed these structures were built due to alien influence. To this day there are still groups involved with researching the ley line theory on multiple facets.
Ley lines are recognized by different believers as having paranormal properties, as being important to extraterrestrials by their believers, and having religious significance by other groups.
Much of the plot of the original Ghostbusters movie centered around ley lines. Scientists recognize ley lines as pseudoscience similarly as the paranormal. How do ley lines play a role in paranormal theory?
In paranormal theory ley lines are recognized as pertaining to naturally modified magnetic fields. Science does recognize that Earth’s magnetic field does fluctuate and can even reverse, however there isn’t any confirmed science that proves the existence of ley lines as theorized by some in the paranormal field of study. At this point they are still theoretical and there is much arguing about their existence coming from both sides of the table. Some people believe there is too much evidence to write off ley lines as coincidence and they believe that the scientific community should invest in more study of this theory.
In the paranormal field some believe that the energy off of these altered magnetic fields is theorized to cause paranormal activity. I once new someone who claimed a ley line ran through their house. Personally I believe that there was a magnetic field in a section of their house caused by an electrical transformer outside of the house that was not shielded properly. I came to this conclusion using a device that reads electromagnetic fields and traced the field outside of the house to an electric pole which was right outside the house.
Do I personally believe in ley lines in the paranormal sense? Do they exist and either cause or enhance paranormal activity? As of the day that I am writing this blog entry I have not seen any evidence proving their existence. I have experienced localized magnetic fields on multiple occasions that may lead someone who wants to believe that ley lines exist to do just that, however to me a man made electrical field does not satisfy any level of evidence that there is such thing as a paranormal ley line. However I am intrigued by the theory and believe that it deserves more study. Like many pseudosciences such as the paranormal and energy healing (which I must say major hospitals are now embracing) I am opened minded towards the existence of ley lines, but personally I require more scientific proof to be a believer in ley lines.