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Extra research for Season 4 – Episode 7 – Portals & Portraits

The term ley line was first coined by Alfred Watkins, an amateur archaeologist, in 1921. He noticed that places of religious or spiritual significance were aligned through the English country-side and had names that contained the syllable “ley” so he named them ley lines. These particular connections are called true ley lines.


True ley lines are thought to have been prehistoric trade routes crisscrossing the landscape. Many spiritual sites are located along these ancient roads. Many people would have travelled these routes over the centuries and may possibly have died along the way. Families or friends would have carried their bodies to the next sacred site or bury them where they could close to the road. These were then given the name of a corpse road. It would then be reasonable to assume that many remained bound to these locations.


The other type of ley line is an energy line. These lines are wide bands of energy crisscrossing the landscape. They are fissures or changes in the Earth’s crust and are affected by the pull of gravity from the sun and moon.


Energy and true ley lines are considered positive energy. However, with the crossing of these lines, vortexes are created and it is thought that they turn the energy negative. These vortexes act as magnets and can attract all kinds of spirits and entities and also influence the magnetic energy in people making them prone to anger, headaches, paranoia, hallucinations, and fear. The pull of this energy is much like high EMF (electromagnetic field) found in high power areas such as hydro lines.


Who knows how wide these bands of energy are but could the close proximity of a ley line to the Cherry Valley Retreat be another reason Mrs. Sanford stays and protects her family?


— Joanne Schiavoni


Photo credit: Google Earth Pro (2018) Cherry Valley Retreat, Thornton, Ontario

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