The Occult Conference In Glastonbury and Ley Lines

Those of you will an interest in the occult will probably be packing your bags and booking a flight to Glastonbury, England this January for  The Occult Conference taking place at Glastonbury Town Hall on January 9, 2010.  The Glastonbury area is known for its history, and includes  including Glastonbury Lake Village, Glastonbury Abbey, Somerset Rural Life Museum and Glastonbury Tor. There are many, many myths and legends associated with the town many of which are important to those of us who have an interest in the occult and the esoteric. Glastonbury is an important place in the world of the occult and the mystery seekers, particularly those who are on their own quest for The Holy Grail. Located in Britain, it is a mysterious place, steeped in history. It was in Glastonbury that the philosophers stone was found, and other mysteries abound. For those interested in magic, the occult, and other esoteric studies, Glastonbury is a must see.

For those of us more interested in the esoteric side of history, Glastonbury is important as many legends link the area to Joseph of Arimathea, the Holy Grail and King Arthur. One story describes how Joseph captured Jesus' blood in a cup, known today as the Holy Grail, and took it to Britain. The Glastonbury Abbey is said to have been built at the request of Joseph to house the Holy Grail, 65 or so years after the death of Jesus. According to some, it is believed that Joseph had visited Glastonbury along with Jesus as a child.

One thing that is of interest to me, the Grail Mystery notwithstanding, is the suggestion that Glastonbury is at the center of several "ley lines" which are, according to Wilkipedia,
"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, in his book The Old Straight Track

Ley lines are of interest to me, and have turned up in many of the writings that I have come across. Lines linking monuments across the countries, across the globe, mysterious and unexplained, they exist almost everywhere to those who know about them, or know enough to look. What's interesting is that I have come across writings about ley lines in North America, and now in Britain and Europe. No one denies their existence, what is disputed is their relevance, and whether or not they have any significance other than lines between megaliths and ancient sites. It is possible, skeptics argue, that these are just by coincidence, and yes, the shortest path between two points is a straight line, therefore ancient builders put their monuments in a line leading from one to the other.

Personally, I believe there is important significance to ley lines, although I am the first to admit, I don't understand them. I have known of their existence for several years, and in fact have figured out some of them around my own province in Canada. What they mean, if anything, escapes me. What doesn't escape me is their existence and their connection on some unknown level, to the esoteric mysteries and the ancient geometry taught in the Mystery Schools of old and even today as geometry still figures as a predominant theme in Masonic teachings.

So what do you think about the Occult Conference?  No...not going? Perhaps you didn't know about it....well it's the first one so don't feel too bad. The Occult Conference is an event created by Jamie Alexzander and presented by Witchcraft Ltd as a venue for modern occultists and magicians. There will be talks & workshops on magical topics such as voodou, goetia and other magical & esoteric matters.

The Occult Conference has some important names scheduled as guest speakers, including, Andy Cooper, a  a Third Degree Initiate of the Western Mystery Tradition and ritual magician. Writer and artists Peter Grey and Alkistis Dimech, Dr. Nathan Satan [Nathaniel J. Harris], Tarot reader and author, Kim Huggens, and the editor of the Equinox-British Journal of Thelema, Jake Stratton-Kent.

You can find out more about the conference, the venue, the guest speakers, the musicians, at their website, The Occult Conference and you can learn more about ley lines, Here

If you are interested in Ley Lines, here are a couple of books on the subject:
The Old Straight Track: The Classic Book on Ley Lines

Ley Lines: The Greatest Landscape Mystery

Ley Lines and Earth Energies: An Extraordinary Journey into the Earth's Natural Energy System

Ley Lines: A Comprehensive Guide to Alignments

Shamanism and the Mystery Lines: Ley Lines, Spirit Paths, Out-of-the-body Travel and Shape Shifting

Ley Lines Across the Midlands

So...what do you think, do "ley lines" exist? Do they have any significance or are they mere coincidence?

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