Who is This Temple Really Dedicated To?

Dominique and I are passionate about exploring sacred sites.

We love to decode the solar sacred geometry used to build them and love to discover their healing energies. We are often surprised by what we find, and one such surprise was the Gallo-Roman Temple of Janus, located at Autun, France. 

Autun is located in the Loire valley, a famous wine region inhabited since Neolithic times.

A vast Neolithic enclosure was found near the temple and is still being studied. The Celtic tribe of the Eduéns had also settled in this area. Afterward, the Romans built their city called Augustodunum. Celtic people were wine lovers and cultivars. Some believe that the Romans conquered Gaul because of their wonderful wines!

The Temple of Janus dates back to the 2nd half of the 1st century and sits on a plateau northwest of Augustodunum. A mystery surrounds who the temple was actually dedicated to. In the 16th century, historian Pierre de Saint-Julien de Balleure thought it was dedicated to Janus. But, the name could actually be a corruption of the toponym Genetoye which means where the broom grows. 

The God Janus
Photo by Loudon Dodd, from the Vatican Museum

Who is this Roman God Janus?

He is the god of duality, doors, gates, and transitions. Because every door and passageway had two directions, Janus was depicted with two faces, keeping an eye out in the front and back. He is also the god of beginnings and endings, the gatekeeper, and he protected the start of all activities. His shrines in Rome were all located near the crossings of rivers. In his early days, he was associated with waterways and bridges. Interestingly in ancient cultures like the Hindus, the Tibetans, and the Chinese, water crossings were considered a doorway for spirits to interact with the human world, particularly demons.

The Romans were masters at syncretism, meaning they combined different local beliefs and traditions to ease the transition of Roman rule. Many times, the names of their temples were a combination of Roman and Gaul gods, like the goddess Sulis Minerva. Mercury was often associated with Lugh, the Celtic god of light. 

The Romans often build their temples over pre-existing Celtic ones or even Neolithic sites.

The temple of Janus was a fanum, a type of religious sanctuary commonly found in Roman Gaul. Originally this type of temple was Celtic and was built out of wood. The Celts called them nemetons, stemming from the word nemeto, meaning holy wood enclosure. 

Fanums had an inner sacred space called a cella. Its shape was typically square or circular. The cella housed the statue of the deity, and only priests had access to this inner sanctum. During certain ceremonies, the temple’s doors were opened so the god could gaze out to the masses. The cella was surrounded by a veranda, which served as an ambulatory where people could walk around it. Interestingly enough, I found a reference to the Celts circling around the cella, a traditional way to enhance the sacred energy inside.

The Temple of Janus

When building any sacred place, earth energies were employed to give power and energy to the holy center.

As you can see, this temple was placed over a powerful configuration of subterranean water veins. The most sacred place is the crossings of three water veins and a few faults. Notice also that all the temple openings have water veins flowing through them and are roughly the same size. The center is a healing crystalline vortex of energy.

 

In the analysis of the geometry used by the master builder, the first thing we notice is that the temple is square-shaped. More than that, it was conceived with three concentric squares using a common building technique called a triple enclosure. Triple enclosures were used in temples and churches to strengthen, refine, and protect the sacred energy at the center.

The illustration below is the solar mandala of Autun and the Temple of Janus. This unique mandala is intimately connected with the sun’s annual rhythms throughout the year. It is called a solar rectangle (solsticial quadrilateral) because each corner is connected to the solstices. It becomes a complex mandala relating to the five elements, the seven chakras, and musical notes. Another essential thing to understand about this solar rectangle is that it is unique to each latitude and changes in shape and size with latitude changes.

 

The solsticial quadrilateral was used as the beginning point to build sacred structures worldwide, and the Romans were part of this tradition.

In the Temple of Janus, the master builder employed different circles relating to the sun and a fractal of the solsticial quadrilateral to design the temple. The first solar circle is found at the intersection of the solar and lunar quadrilaterals. This circle forms the first sun square, as can be seen in the illustration. The outer wall of the cella is found by placing a square around the outside of the sun circle and the inner wall is found by placing a square inside of this sun circle. And the inner rectangle that the god would be placed upon is a solsticial quadrilateral connected to the golden mean. 

 

Everything in this temple relates to the sun, making it a very, very solar temple.

When you see this geometry, you begin to think that this temple is not dedicated to the God, Janus. The gods, Lugh, Mercury, or Apollo, were probably suited for this type of solar temple. 

Lastly, there is a feeling quality associated with the healing abilities of every sacred site. Standing in the sacred center, you can notice this temple opens and balances the heart chakra and the lungs. It is connected to the air and ether elements. This type of energy is closer to the power of the God, Mercury. He is a god of the Air Element, a healer, and being the messenger of the Gods, was able to travel from the underworld to the spiritual realms. For the Celts, this place was a good match for the God Lugh, their solar god. 

Names, Energies, and Sacred Places

Have you ever visited a cathedral and wondered why it was named for a particular saint?

During my early travels, I never did. I accepted the name, marveled at the architecture and other artwork, took photos, and then left for my next adventure. But over the years of studying the Art of the Master Builders, names of places have taken on a whole new dimension.

I work with solar geometry, which can also be called energetic geometry.

It was the first geometry used by our ancestors to build their amazing sacred places. This geometry is connected to the heavens, the sun, the moon, and the stars. It is also deeply connected to the earth and its patterns and energies. It is a geometry that is alive and life-enhancing. Because of this connection to heaven and earth, it is sacred. Even more than that, it creates a sacred space when used to build any type of structure. A place where you can connect much more quickly to the divine, to our own spirituality. It also can be used to emphasize different qualities of energies, like love.

Within the solar mandala of any particular place, the measurements of the Elements can be found.

Elements can be related to the chakra system and have a feeling quality. The ability to use measurement to create a place where a sensation can be felt with the body is simply incredible. For building a cathedral, the master builder can create a space that helps to open the heart chakra with the ether element, for example. But there is more to a sacred place than the geometry that was used to build it.

Much of our human life revolves around spirituality.

All cultures have their unique mythology and ways to deepen their spiritual connection. Most of the time, a structure is built over an extraordinary point. A place with exceptional healing qualities or a place where one could easily deepen their spiritual connection, a place kissed by the divine. A temple or cathedral built with precise measurements of solar geometry would enhance the natural energies of the healing point, making the healing energies more powerful. These enhanced energies could then radiate outwards, balancing the land and environment around, helping crops grow better, and improving the health of animals and humans who lived nearby.

In Neolithic times, these first unique places were where menhirs were erected.

Kerloas MenhirThese standing stones did many things. They balanced the land, creating harmony for crops to grow and where animals and people could live in a healthy environment. Interestingly enough, these points where the menhirs were placed had different qualities and healing energies. One menhir could be connected to the lungs and the heart. Another could have energies of fertility and birthing. Others worked on kidneys or the liver; others still opened the crown chakra and balanced the chakra system.

Over time, humans created elaborate rituals to ensure that they stay connected to the divine and be blessed with happy and healthy lives. Sacred sites were built to spiritually guide people and for miraculous healings. Pilgrimages for healing are a common theme all around the world. The Christians are famous for their pilgrimages of healing, and they continue today.

But what does this have to do with a name of a cathedral?

Given a little thought, one can conclude that the name of a cathedral conveys an underlying message. When you think of Mother Mary, what comes to mind? What are her special qualities? Love instantly comes to mind, the energy and feeling of love, grace, and healing.

What if these qualities were found at a place?

Love, healing, and grace? I believe they are. During research into the geometry and the energies of 100s of churches, cathedrals, and megaliths in Europe, cathedrals dedicated to Mary have one thing in common, the feeling of love. They were often built over an older temple or megalithic site, one that had the same qualities of love. In fact, it seems that our megalithic ancestors were concerned about a few things. Fertility, love, and spiritual connection are pervasive themes to find at their megalithic sacred places.

These same qualities are found in other temples, churches, and cathedrals. It is incredible to consistently find that Mary always shares her energy of love. She is in churches dedicated to her. When she is placed in a side chapel, this quality of love is usually present.

Other saints have specific energies as well.

For example, St. Michael and St. Peter Churches focus on the earthly and cosmic energies found at a particular healing point. St. Peter cathedrals usually have spiritual energy that comes down from the cosmos. He is the saint holding the keys to paradise, to heaven. His points are very cosmic. The healing power comes down to the earth instead of radiating up out of the land like most points or energy vortexes. In St. Michael churches, healing energy rises out of the land, opening the chakras of the feet, moving up the meridians, and cleaning our body’s energy system.

Names of places can be powerful reminders and indicators of the type of healing energy that is part of the story of a place. Next time you visit a cathedral, pay attention to its name and how you feel inside to see if you can get a glimpse into its healing abilities.

 

by Karen Crowley-Susani

If you would like to experience the healing energies of Cathedrals dedicated to Mary, the Black Madonna, St Peter, and St Michael, join us on the Path of Light Tour coming up in 2022. We also have the Magical Brittany Tour for all of you stone lovers. If the mysteries of the Black Madonna fascinate you, don’t miss this wonderful tour.  During our time together, we share with you how to recognize places with healing energies. You learn how to feel with your body and chakra system these high vibration and spiritual connection points.

Learn new skills, eat good food, and enjoy many laughs along the way.
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Santa María de Carrión de los Condes

The Hidden Story of Building a Church

Santa María de Carrión de los Condes
Santa María de Carrión de los Condes

To build a church, even a simple Romanesque one is a big job.

The role that earth energies play in building and designing a church or cathedral is one of the most important and most unrecognized elements. There are no modern-day discussions about this essential job of the Master Builder. The question of where to place the altar is a crucial one because it sets up the entire vibration and power of a church. This point is what gives the energetic power, flavor, and ambiance to the entire structure. For a church or cathedral to function properly in its role of spirituality, healing, and connection to the divine, it must be built over powerful earth energies.

As you learn about the energies of churches, you will find that many are named according to the energy of the place. For example, Mary churches usually have a resonance with love and the heart chakra or they are related to fertility. St Michel is associated with a special golden vortex. St Peter is associated with cosmic energy that comes from the heavens instead of up from the earth.

The name and the energy of the place are important.

For example, In Brittany, there is a church called St Michel de Braspart. The church was originally built in 1670 on one of the seven sacred Hills (mounds) of Brittany. The mound called Menez Kronan, is named after the Celtic God of Life and was an ancient place of sun worship. The tiny little church was built on top of this high mound, a place like many other St. Michael churches was built upon. Here the church was trying to convert pagans and stories began to be told of the miracles performed by St Michael. Usually, St Michael churches, have fantastic energetic qualities.

But this church was not fortunate enough to be built over the correct energetical spot.

The St. Michael point of golden energy is actually located outside the church! The priest who designed and built it missed the mark and in doing so, built a disappointing church, lacking the high vibration and healing qualities that one associates with this type of church.

Fortunately, most of the Master Builders were trained well and knew their job.

Subterranean water veins were traditionally used to build churches and most of the time you will find a big water vein running the length of the church. Because the altar sets the tone for the entire church, this critical point needed a crossing of several good quality (high vibration) water veins. The better and more miraculous the water, the better for the energy of the cathedral. Many times, the Master Builder did not have to do much work to find a good place, because he would position the church and altar over a Roman Temple or a menhir, dolmen, or cromlech. It was a very common technique used by many cultures around the world. There is a good example of this in Santa Fe, NM. The altar of the Church of St Miguel was built over a kiva and you can see it through the clear plexiglass that now covers it.

In a simple idealized cruciform church, you would find a big water vein running the length of the church, a water vein crossing it at the transept, and then one or more water crossings at the apse as you can see in the drawing. Armed with this basic knowledge, you can see that there would be a couple powerful energetic points created by these water crossings inside the church.

As a reminder, energy vortexes are created at the crossing of subterranean water veins.

They are seen as tornado-shaped and have colors and qualities relating to our chakra system. For example, the altar crossing of earth energies would usually have a big and powerful vortex of energy and the inside ambiance of the church would be connected to the color and qualities of it. In a church dedicated to Mary, for example, the ambiance is usually green, opens the heart chakra, and at the altar a big green vortex is normally present.

In our example of St Jean de Pied Port, we can see that the earth energies are pretty standard for building a church. There is a water vein that runs the length of the church. At the altar, there is a crossing of water veins and faults. The violet vortex is located at the crossing and helps to imbue the church with high vibration energy. As you will see, the spiritual qualities of this crown-opening vortex were further enhanced by the use of the solar geometry employed in the design of the church by the Master Builder.

After the altar point was chosen, a connection to the sun was made.

Geometry connected to the sun is the time-honored way to build all sacred structures around the world, and churches were not the exception. As some of you are aware, churches are oriented with the apse in the east. But there are more connections to the sun besides this east/west orientation. Solstices are very important times of the year in which the sun reverses in its direction of travel. If you track the sun’s travels on the earth, you will notice a rectangular form taking shape. We call this form, the solsticial quadrilateral, or the solar rectangle. It was used as the basic form to build churches and cathedrals.

Churches can be just a simple solar rectangle or as complicated as a cathedral with their many different layers of different types of solsticial quadrilaterals. Jerusalem, Rome, Ephesus solsticial quadrilaterals were employed as a way to connect the church to these powerful places.  Dynamic rectangles connected to the golden mean could be used, as well as, solar rectangles connected to musical notes and chakras.

For our example of St Jean de Pied Port, our Master Builder combined several of these different types of solar rectangles in his design.

Let’s break it down. First, he used the solsticial quadrilateral oriented in the north-south directions. This type of solar rectangle is called the Lunar Quadrilateral or the Spiritual Quadrilateral. Side by side, two of these rectangles create the inner length and width of the nave. The side of the quadrilaterals relates to the 3rd and 7th chakras, mixing the emotion of the 3rd with the connection to the spirituality of the 7th. It helps to refine the energy and ambiance of the church. The interior also is connected to the 3 x 4 rectangle, a famous static rectangle used in building structures since the Neolithic times. It brings an element of calm and peace to the structure. The external measurement chosen by the Master Builder encloses the church with a golden rectangle adding the connection to life inherent in this figure.

At first glance, the apse seems to be an octagon figure, but the apse angles fit perfectly into a heptagon shape instead. The sides relate to the musical note associated with the 3rd eye. Another characteristic of the apse is that the circle of ether (of the 3rd enclosure) fits exactly inside this polygon of seven. The 3rd duplication of the mandala is connected to sacred space and the ether element to the opening of the heart chakra. The use of the 3rd enclosure here emphasizes the sacredness of the space.

The Master Builder also used the ratio of the latitude of Jerusalem to fit a solar rectangle in the front part of the apse, connecting the church to the Christ energy.  He also used the elements of fire and ether, actively bringing in qualities of love and tenderness. Overall, the Master Builder of St Jean Pied Port does a good job utilizing the earth energies of the place. The church was positioned well, taking advantage of the violet vortex for the altar area. He employed solar geometry to create an ambiance of spirituality and the most sacred place, the apse, hit the mark as a place to connect to the divine. One interesting side note is that in modern times, the position of the altar has been moved off of the violet vortex and the center of the solsticial quadrilateral of Jerusalem. Leading one to the conclusion that the knowledge of this point’s power and connection to the divine, has sadly been lost.

For more information about Earth Energies and vortexes of energies, check out our blog categories. We also share some great information during our free Energetic Geometry Live! webinars and you can sign up for the replays as well as be notified for the next one at https://energeticgeometry.com/live/

by Karen Crowley-Susani

Rocamadour, history, legends and mystery

Dive deep into the Templar secrets at Rocamadour

Rocamadour, history, legends and mystery

Wrapped in mystery, Rocamadour has been a place of legends and miracles for eons.

Our first knowledge began over 50,000 to 70,000 years ago in the Paleolithic times. Archeologists discovered a Neanderthal camp in the area, and nearby the Grotte de Merveilles or Grotto of Wonders was found. Inside cave paintings were found with hands and animals. The Celtic tribe of Cadourque lived here too. They were the last Celtic tribe standing up against Caesar’s Roman invasion and genocide.

The cliffs were places where hermits in the 7th, 8th, 9th, and 10th centuries would find a small cave to make their home.

It was the fashion of the times. Sometimes these hermits became saints in later legends and were endowed with miracle-making skills. One such hermit’s body was discovered sometime after the Christians built a small chapel in the cliffs dedicated to the Virgin Mary in the 11th century at Rocamadour.

Chapel of Saint Amadour
The church of Saint Amadour in the cliffs

One story told is that while digging a grave in 1166, an incorrupt (undecomposed) body was discovered. Finding such a body was miraculous. Even more astonishing was that this mysterious person was cradling a carved virgin, who became known as the Black Madonna of Rocamadour. The mysterious person was identified as none other than Saint Amadour, a hermit who had lived and died there years or perhaps centuries before. His name inspired Rocamadour because he was found in the rocks; Roc means rock, plus Amadour. A church in the cliffs was soon built in honor of Saint Amadour, and pilgrimages to Rocamadour began.

There is another name associated with this hermit as well.

In the 15th century, because it was important to connect saints and places of pilgrimage to Christ, Zaccheus of Jericho became associated with Rocamadour. During his life, Zaccheus knew and conversed with Jesus. His wife, Veronica, even gave Jesus a cloth to wipe his face during his journey to Calvary. According to the updated legends, Zaccheus supposedly ended up in France to escape persecution and died in AD 70 as a hermit in the rocks of Rocamadour.

The Black Madonna of Rocamadour
The Black Madonna of Rocamadour

Pilgrimages were big business for the church, and Rocamadour became famous for all the miracles and healings that the Black Madonna performed.

She cured illnesses and was the patron saint of sailors, saving many of them during shipwrecks at sea. The 6th-century bell in the Chapel of Our Lady miraculously rings to warn sailors of storms and foretells miracles. The Black Madonna has a book of miracles, and entries are still entered in it today! Rocamadour has the distinction of being one of the most significant pilgrimage destinations in Europe for the last 1000 years, second only to Mont St Michel, with 1 ½ million visitors per year.

Both the Templars and the Knights of St John of Jerusalem, also called the Hospitallers, are associated with Rocamadour. The sects were devoted to the Black Virgin. In one decisive battle against the Saracen troops of Muhummand an-Nasir in Spain, the Templars carried the Black Madonna of Rocamadour into the Navas de Tolosa battle in 1212 and, despite overwhelming odds in favor of the Arabs, were victorious because of her. Afterward, the Archbishop of Toledo began a Te Deum in thanksgiving to God and Our Lady of Rocamadour for the miraculous intervention needed for the battle’s success. This vital ceremony healed to seal the Black Madonna’s reputation ability to perform miracles.

There is not much else is said about the Templars and Rocamadour. Still, you can find their mark in the construction of the Basilica. There are numerous Templar type crosses carved on columns and one extraordinary one on the floor before the altar in the Basilica of St Sauveur.

Cross before the altar in the St Sauveur Basilica
Cross before the altar in the St Sauveur Basilica

In the surrounding countryside, many buildings and churches once belonged to St John’s knights, who had enlarged their holdings after the abolition of the Templars in the 14th century. Jean de Vallon was the Head Master of St John of Jerusalem Knights in the 15th century who were active at Rocamadour. His family was from Quercy, and he was buried in St John the Baptist chapel.

The Basilica of St Sauveur is a classic Templar structure.

The rectangular shape is called in the Master Builder tradition, a solsticial quadrilateral or solar rectangle. This particular shape is special and is used worldwide to construct sacred places. The rectangle points connect to the solstices. Each one marks either a solstice sunrise or sunset shown in the drawing.

 

Solsticial quadrilateral

This shape is important because it connects the structure to the sun’s rhythm and the cosmos.

The rectangle of the sun is also connected to the earth’s pattern. When builders use the solsticial quadrilateral, they connect heaven and earth, endowing the space with spiritual qualities. The natural energies of the place are refined, calibrated, and strengthened. Read more about a solsticial quadrilateral’s characteristics and read our blog called Real Sacred Geometry. The link is below.

When a master builder, such as the Templars, decides to build a sacred place, one of the first considerations is what type of earth energies can be employed in the space. Sacred structures are built for several reasons, and one of them is to heal. Earth energies are vital because they give healing energies to the church or temple. These earth energies are water veins and geological faults found below the earth’s surface.

Earth energy lines of Rocamadour
Earth energy lines of the Basilica and Chapel

The Basilica and the Chapel of Our Lady have excellent earth energies that the builders took advantage of during their construction. As you can see in the drawing, there is a big network of earth energies under the Basilica and Chapel. The blue lines are water veins, the red and yellow lines are different types of faults. At many intersections, there are vortexes of energy, depicted as concentric circles of different colors. These vortexes relate to our chakra system and can be felt with our bodies and seen by sensitive people. You can read more about these vortexes in this blog called Secret Energies of Sacred Places in the link below.

One other thing to keep in mind about Templar constructions is that they use the octagon.

During the Crusades, During the crusades, the Templars learned many things from the Muslims in Palestine, including advanced building techniques, mathematics, astronomy, and more. It is interesting to note they learned how to employ the octagon in construction and other designs. Some of their churches are even octagonal shaped, such as the Chapel of Ste Claire in Le Puy en Velay, France, and Eunate and Torres del Rio in Spain. Of course, the Templar cross is created using an octagon, but we will discover it is much more than a simple octagon later in this blog.

Solsticial quadrilaterals of Rocamadour
The solsticial quadrilateral of Rocamadour

The analysis of the Basilica and the Chapel plan shows that the builders used the solar rectangle of Rocamadour as the foundation of the design. They also employed another vital element, Ephesus’s solar rectangle, in Turkey. Builders frequently used this technique to connect churches to Ephesus, the Great Mother Goddess place.

Ephesus was connected to many of the great goddesses in ancient times.

Such as Cybele of the Phyrigians, Astarte of the Phoenicians, Ishtar of the Assyrians and Babylonians, etc. It is known to Master Builders as the Goddess latitude. The temple of Artemis, one of the 7 Wonders of the World, was built there. She reigned as the Queen of Heaven and as the Mother, Healer, and Savior. Reverence for her was so deep that in AD 431, Constantine declared the Virgin Mary to be the Mother of God, and she took over the role as the Queen of Heaven. It is generally accepted that Mary lived out her final days in Ephesus in a tiny stone cottage at the top of Mount Koressos, overlooking Ephesus.

solsticial quadrilateral of Ephesus as used in Rocamadour
Solsticial quadrilateral of Ephesus as used in
Rocamadour

In this drawing, you can see how Ephesus’s solar rectangle was employed in both structures by the blue rectangles.

You can also notice how the Master Builders, the Templars connected important earth energy points (the vortexes) into their structure. For example, the two columns in the Basilica are placed on vortexes of energy, strengthening their effects. The golden yellow fault is used for the cross by the altar. Also, it shows up at the center of the solsticial quadrilateral of the Basilica. The Black Madonna is placed above the golden yellow fault. A mosaic star on the floor of her chapel with its giant crystalline vortex is also connected.

What makes this golden-yellow fault so unique?

Because it joins all of the major energetic points of these two structures. As we touched on earlier, water was employed in all sacred places because of its healing qualities. It can also be miraculous. On the other hand, golden yellow faults were used because of their particular characteristic of bubbling up energy. They can work with the stomach, liver, and pancreas. When there is a configuration of a golden fault beneath a water vein, energetic steam is produced, opening the chakras of the feet and the body’s meridians, resulting in cleaning the body’s channels.

Vortexes of energy at Rocamadour
Vortexes of energy at Rocamadour

Because these earth energies are remarkable, the Master Builders took advantage of them.

The cross before the altar is fascinating. The geometry connected with the solar mandala of Rocamadour calibrates the vortex’s energy. Octagons are the best transmitters of information because they relate to the lymph and water circulation throughout the body. The solar geometry in the cross features water, air, and ether elements and the sun and moon’s energies. The inner-circle is called primordial water and has the unique ability to circulate the water in our body, clean the central channel, and open all the important centers of the body. Jean de Vallon, the headmaster of the Knights of St John, could have been the designer. The design is not a classic Templar design, nor is it a Malta Cross. The design falls somewhere between the two. The Knights probably used the cross for initiations because of its exceptional energetic qualities. It can open the body’s energetic systems and connect people to a higher spiritual vibration.

Templar cross at Rocamadour

The striking mosaic found in Our Lady’s Chapel also has some special energetic solar geometry characteristics.

Our analysis shows that this star octagon was designed using the earth circle as the base. In the Master Builder tradition, the earth circle is the boundary between organized space and chaos. The 8 points touch the solar mandala’s outer limit or the earth circle. The different measurements used to design this star opens the root chakra first and then all the other chakras and finally connecting you to heaven and earth. This star is powered by a water vein and the golden yellow fault. Crystalline vortexes are very healing, and this is a beautiful example of one. 

Octagon mosiac in the Chapel of Our Lady
Octagon mosiac in the Chapel of Our Lady

Finally, the Black Madonna herself is positioned between the two solar rectangles. She is connected with the energy of Rocamadour and the Divine Mother goddess energy of Ephesus. The violet vortex she has been placed over opens the crown chakra, and the crown she wears emphasizes this energy.

We hope next time you visit and ask the Black Madonna for a blessing, try standing on her star on the floor; what happens next may surprise you!

By Karen Crowley-Susani and Dominique Susani

The Secret Energies of Sacred Places: Vortexes

Sunset at Bagan, Myanmar

Sacred sites are extraordinary places.

They are healing; they align and balance our energy and raise our vibration. Their very essence is mystical, and we make pilgrimages to them most often for the healing they offer us. But what is the magical ingredient that gives these unique places their healing qualities? These secret energies are vortexes, and they have healing vibrations that have long been recognized by the shamans, priests, and builders of sacred sites all around the world.

Earth energy is a big topic, and besides the subterranean water veins and geological faults, there are energies that we encounter on the earth’s surface. These surface energy currents do not only flow horizontally. They also move in a vertical direction. A simple way to explain them is that they are vortexes of energy, shaped like a column. These vortexes are comprised of descending and ascending energy, which circulates by spiraling up and down.  We call them energy vortexes. Some people see them, and others sense them when they stand in the middle of one.

These vortexes are generally located at the intersections of major horizontal flows. Similar to how hurricanes are formed, many vortexes are created by the meeting of two different forces. For example, when the energies of two water veins meet inside the earth, this meeting begins a turning or spinning action, which at the surface translates into a vortex. Most of the vortexes that we encounter every day are caused by underground water veins, geological faults, or crossings of nets or grids that also cover the earth. Natural elements in the landscape create other vortexes, for example, volcanoes, pyramidal or conical mountains, confluences of rivers, or waterfalls.

People can feel energy vortexes with their bodies by standing in the center of one of them.

A light blue vortex of energy
Yoda is feeling a blue vortex of energy

Depending on the vortex’s intensity, it can affect the body and mind. Some vortexes put us in strange mental states, sort of like, feeling like we’re somewhere else, like in a dream. Or we can feel dizziness. We can mostly sense these energy vortexes within the central channel of our body and our chakra system.

For those of us that can see these columns of energy, you can notice that the vortexes have different colors, and we can relate these colors to the chakras. A resonance phenomenon exists between these vortexes, their colors, and human beings and animals’ energy centers. For example, a red vortex has a resonance with the first chakra. When you stand in the center of a red vortex and neutrally let your body feel it, you will become aware of how warmth or energy is centered in your perineum, legs, and feet.  For some people, it is a surprise actually to begin to feel their feet!

There are two main types of vortexes. One called telluric means it comes up from the earth. The other is cosmic, meaning it comes down from the heavens. Each of these types has both descending and ascending energies, but only one is the dominant one.

Our ancestors were aware of these energy vortexes and used them in building their sacred structures all around the world.

A golden vortex of energy, the result of a crossing of three water veins.
The golden vortex is the result of the crossing of three water veins.

All temples contain energy vortexes at the center of their holy of holies, the most sacred place of all. These special energy vortexes are often violet, golden, or crystalline in color, prized for their opening and balancing effects on the energy system.

For example, violet vortexes are present in at least 80% of the apses of Christian churches. Animals, especially dogs, cows, deer, horses, llamas, etc., also seek violet vortexes to restore their energy. Interestingly enough, the Berbers, nomads of Africa, watched where their dogs would rest and set up their tents in these places. They knew the dogs chose vortexes that recharged their energy and were good for the body’s health.

Golden vortexes have healing qualities and open the feet chakras and meridians of the body, and builders also used green vortexes because of their abilities to open the heart chakra. Crystalline vortexes also have healing abilities and were used in many places.

The megalithic builders discovered that when they marked a place of good, healing, or powerful energy with a stone, the energy vortex became stronger and more powerful.

Merry Maidens Cromlech and vortex of energy.
At Merry Maidens Cromlech, in Cornwall, there is a huge violet vortex, as a result of a big blind spring in the center.

In Neolithic times, erecting huge stones over these strong points of energy was the fashion. Most of these vortexes were connected to water, just like the temples and churches that followed them. These vortexes were water vein crossings and had specific characteristics such as fertility and other healing energies. Standing stones and dolmens were both placed over vortexes of energy created by the crossings of water veins. In contrast, cromlechs or stone circles were erected around a powerful central vortex of energy.

After this megalithic period, the best energetic points and vortexes became places to build other kinds of temples because of their ability to raise people’s vibration and help them heal. For example, we can find these points of energy in the temples of Göbekli Tepe, Malta, and the pyramids, to name a few. 

When the culture changed with the Roman invasion in Europe, how to designate a sacred place changed. For example, the Romans placed statues of their gods on vortexes.

Depending on the god, the statues were placed either outside or inside the temple. Figures of Jupiter, Mars, Athena were placed inside. On the other hand, the placement of Mercury was outside the temple. All of these statues were very big, more than 10 meters high. For example, a Mercury figure in the Puy de Dôme in France was more than 14 meters high! The statues’ height and weight were critical because the bigger it was, the greater the vortex’s influence and its specific healing qualities had on the people and the surrounding area.

When the Christians started occupying the sacred sites of Europe, they placed crosses on vortexes of energy. 

A stone cross  beside the church of the 7 Saints, Le Vieux Marche, Brittany
This cross has a nice violet vortex of energy.

Many crosses along the side of the road in France have special energetic qualities. They are mostly green, light blue, or violet colors and opened the heart, the throat, or crown chakras. These places marked with crosses were actually where menhirs once stood. Menhirs too big to destroy were Christianized instead with a cross placed on top. There are many examples of this found in Brittany, France. Other important stones were Christianized with a cross on top as well. To the uninitiated, it looks strange to see a random stone with a cross stuck on top of it, but in reality, it has a giant vortex. People from ancient times would go there for healing.

It also became popular for Christians to use Mary to show a particular point of energy or healing vortex. 

They even customized her depending on the energy. For example, there are telluric Marys, indicating that the vortex of energy is coming up from the earth. There are cosmic Marys, showing the energy coming down from the heavens. Marys also hold baby Jesus, which indicates the energies are complete because they go up and down.

Some special vortexes were considered much more than a healing place; they were places that could awaken special abilities. They became connected to initiation rituals and helped people change their level of consciousness. These places awakened and opened the 4th, 5th, 6th, or 7th chakras and kundalini energy.

These secret energies of sacred sites are naturally occurring vortexes in the earth or the cosmos.

But there are other vortexes, ones that are created artificially. These vortexes appear when you apply a particular type of geometry on the land. This geometry is remarkable because it is connected to the sun’s rhythm and the energy of the earth and is considered alive and life-enhancing. This energetic solar geometry has been used throughout the ages to enhance and empower the natural vortexes of a place and create artificial vortexes in temples and churches. But this is another topic; stay tuned for our next blog to learn about these artificial vortexes.

Monsters under the bed

Dangers Lurking under Your Bed

Dangers Lurking under your Bed

by Dominique Susani and Karen Crowley-Susani

Many children are afraid of the monsters under their beds at night.

Have you ever stopped and wondered if it could be real? In our practice of geomancy, we know all about the dangers lurking under our beds. I have seen numerous children afraid to go to sleep at night because bedtime was a scary time for them. Many parents are stressed and anxious because their children suffer from nightmares and sleeplessness. Children want to sleep in their parent’s bed, and many times, they wet their bed at night. Parents don’t know what to do and have no tools to make it better for their children.

When I (Dominique) began my training as a geomancer, one of my children was five years old, and he had these types of nightmares.

He described an entity or spirit who appeared under his bed that he called the ‘hairdresser spirit.’ He named him this because the entity had scissors and dreadlocks with ribbons in it. My wife and I were perplexed, upset, and worried, and didn’t know how to help him.

As time went on, my wife and I couldn’t find a solution, and it was a constant source of anxiety for us. One day, we visited a friend with a child roughly the same age as my son. She was sensitive and able to see energies. The subject came up about the nightmares her son was having. She began to describe what her little boy was seeing, and my son exclaimed, “that is the hairdresser spirit!” We realized at that moment that this nightmare was an evil spirit trying to scare children. Afterward, we found other children in the area having the same problem.

We talked with our geomancy instructor and luckily knew what to do to find a solution. His method involved closing the portal. He showed us how to do it using a technique with particular measurements. We didn’t understand the process very well, but it worked well. Much later, after I had learned to work with these special measurements and fix nightmare problems, I realized these types of energetic portals were common all over the world.

I worked with many cases, and the reason for the nightmares was there was always an energetic portal close to the child’s bed.

When I analyzed the earth energies in these places, I always found subterranean water veins and geological faults crisscrossing there. Entities from the underworld travel through the underground water veins and come up to the surface at crossings of water veins or faults. Keep in mind that not all intersections of water veins and faults are energetic portals. 

When my son’s nightmares began, my wife and I didn’t believe in spirits and entities. We disregarded these types of things because, perhaps, like you, we believed in a scientific approach to life. Entities and spirits couldn’t be measured or seen. But in ancient traditions, bad spirits or entities were well known. As we humans ‘progressed’ we lost the knowledge about what they were.

Ancient cultures had different ways to describe them.

Stupa of Chimi Lhakhang
Stupa of Chimi Lhakhang, Bhutan

For example, at the end of the 15th century in Bhutan, there was a monk, Lam Drukpa Kuenley, called the Divine Madman. One of his sacred deeds was subduing demons that tormented the Bhutanese people. He dealt with one famous demoness of Dochula by burying her on a mound and then building a stupa over this mound or the energetic portal of the land. In western civilizations, we call this technique to ‘tame the dragon.’

Like the Romans, Greeks, Etruscans, etc., other ancient people developed divinatory systems and tools to find places of negative earth energies. They knew very well that when animals lived and grazed in harmful zones, they developed diseases. For example, when deciding where to build a Domus, a large Roman house, they would put a flock of sheep on the land to live and graze in the area they wanted to build the home. After one year, the divination priests, called Haruspex, sacrificed a couple of the sheep to read their organs and entrails. This ritual was crucial to see if the animals developed any diseases, which would make the place unsuitable for habitation.

Another example of this is Berbers, a nomadic tribe in North Africa. They would observe where their dogs would rest because it revealed the best places to recharge their energy. Dogs and other animals, given a choice, always choose excellent sites to restore their life-force energy. The Berbers knew this and erected their tents in these areas. These two examples illustrate that humans have known since ancient times that there are beneficial places to live and other places where diseases flourish.  

There are other problems besides nightmares and scary entities lurking under your bed.

70% of degenerative diseases come from the earth. Let’s take a look at some of the modern research about earth energies. Beginning in the early 20th century, scientists started to notice things connected to dowsing and earth energies. Swiss engineer Lienert and Dr. Jenny carried out numerous geobiological studies on laboratory mice in Switzerland in the 1930s. Mice were placed in 3-meter-long cages and positioned over a neutral zone and a water vein. The mice systematically made their nests in a neutral zone. Each time somebody moved the cage and the nests positioned over a water vein, the mice moved them to a neutral location. The mice quickly became ill, lost weight, and developed many tumors each time they were forced to remain over the disturbed area of the water vein. Conversely, the mice free to choose their nesting place remained in good health.

Of the 24,000 mice studied, those living in the neutral zone were calm and produced three times more babies than those in the disturbed zone. However, those forced to stay in the disturbed areas were irritable, aggressive, gnawed on their cages’ wires, mutilated their young, and suffered 30% more tumors than the others.

In the early 1950s in Germany, Dr. Hartmann, interested in dowsing and geobiology, noticed something curious about some of his patients.

They made return visits to his practice due to relatively harmless and medically controllable illnesses. No medicine seemed to work. He concluded that places where subterranean water veins, faults, and Hartmann nets or grids, crossed were the cause of their illness, explaining why they could not heal. His suspicions were confirmed because illnesses quickly disappeared after changing the position of the patients’ beds.

In 1961, he founded the Forschungskreis Center for Geobiological Research, where eminent researchers, such as Professor Vaga of the Max Planck Institute, participated. In the 1980s, they claimed that at least 60% of degenerative diseases were attributed to where people lived and slept. His research results were summarized in his book “Krankheit als Standortproblem” – Illness as a Location Problem.

In France during the 1960s, Dr. Jean Picard, of Moulins, also became interested in the health and habitat link after reading a report of repeated cancer deaths in a particular building.

A 13-year-old child died from lymphoma of the pelvis. The parents moved, and a new family settled in the apartment. Two years later, one of their children, sleeping in the same place, also developed pelvic cancer. Dr. Picard questioned his colleagues and learned that a neighbor in the apartment above, whose bed was above the children’s, had died of cancer too. After some research, Dr. Picard realized that the city’s cancer rate was twice as high, as other French cities, with 300 cases of cancer in the same district. He discovered new apartment buildings were built over marshes. He later noted in his writings, “I realized that my patient’s illnesses were related to their place of residence.”

In Germany in the late 60s and early 70s, Physicist Robert Endrös began his research into the effects of telluric radiation on the human body. He published his book Die Strahlung der Erde und Ihre Wirkung auf das Loben in 1978. He demonstrated the impact of underground water veins and faults on the endocrine glands. 

This first graph shows the endocrine glands in a neutral zone without water veins or faults. Take note of the level of the sexual glands, adrenals, and thyroid. 

In the next diagram, you can see how dramatically the glands’ secretions change over a water vein. The thyroid and adrenals perceive danger and significantly increase their secretions, around 2 -3 times more than in a neutral zone. Notice that the sexual gland secretions are barely visible. 

Many people have a hard time understanding that these types of subtle energies can affect their health.

But, you can see in nature the effect subterranean water veins have on trees. They bend to escape the influence of the water veins. This influence becomes evident when you see a tree trunk leaning to one side, and then at some point, it grows straight again. Geological faults affect trees differently. Trees become very dry, and often you can see cracks on the tree trunks and dead branches. Other things you can notice are cracks along the walls in ancient constructions. When you analyze the earth energies present, it is possible to see that sometimes cracks begin at the edge of a water vein. Over time, it cracks.

With these examples, you can understand why your body, just like a tree leans or a wall cracks because of these energies, your organs can be very disturbed by these earth energies. If they can become stressed by these energies, your health can also be disrupted.

The common symptoms of sleeping over water veins, faults, and Hartmann nets are irritability, depression, sleeplessness, nightmares, tiredness, headaches, back pain, breathing problems, heart problems, including heart attacks, stomach and digestive issues, and sexual problems. Some people realize when they go on vacation for 1 or 2 weeks, they feel better and have a good night’s sleep. They chalk it up to being on holiday. But most of the time, it is not that. Most of the time, it is because they live in a house filled with the effects of negative earth energies.

These problems begin to make sense when we consider we sleep an average of 7-8 hours a night in our beds. As we sleep, our energetic defenses are lowered by two-thirds, making the effects of earth energies stronger on our bodies. Suppose we sleep over a crossing of water veins, faults, and Hartmann nets. Negative energy is beamed into our bodies for long periods, contributing to degenerative diseases. You can understand now why both Dr. Picard and Dr. Hartmann noted in their research; illness is a location.

Fortunately, we have solutions for these dangers lurking under your bed.

As the doctors mentioned above, the easiest solution is to move your bed off of the earth energies. But to do this correctly, you need to know where the water veins and faults are crossing under your bed. Fortunately, we have the talents of Nicolas Susani to help you with this if you are not familiar with dowsing. He is gifted with seeing earth energies, including underground water veins, geological faults, energy vortexes, and more. He has a diagnostic service that maps precisely where these energies are under your bed and home. With this map, you can move your beds to a more neutral place.

Energetic House Diagnostic
Earth Energy Diagnostic of a home

If you are interested in going one step further, we offer Home Harmonization and Earth Acupuncture Diagnostic plans, HERE. These plans include how to harmonize your home with energetic solar geometry techniques and earth acupuncture to neutralize the water veins and faults running underneath your home. One essential point is placing a solsticial quadrilateral (included in your plan) around your home. Then the Hartmann nets disappear as well as stress and disharmonious energies caused by these noxious energies.

Home Harmonization place of repeating the pattern of the solsticial quadrilateral around the home.

Learn about earth energies, 
body dowsing, 
and sacred & solar geometry, 
to create harmony around you.

We offer a complete online course class called the Solsticial Quadrilateral Revealed HERE, for those of you who love to learn and do things yourself. In this class, you dive deeper into the subject of earth energies, how to body dowse for them, and how to harmonize your home with energetic solar geometry (the solsticial quadrilateral). The class is packed with techniques and stories to help you shift your home’s energy into something life-enhancing and harmonious, thereby transforming your life.

How to Heal your Home workshop

Then, we offer several different levels of in-person training. One is a weekend workshop called How to Heal your Home, HERE. In this course, you will learn how to body dowse for earth energies, and you will practice harmonizing an existing home. It is for those of you who love hands-on practice!

The next option is for those of you who want to master harmonizing home and how to build powerful energetic structures for healing. It is geared towards architects, healers, and energy workers who wish to take their designs and healing to the next level. It is called the Secrets of Sacred Geometry Certification Course and is a 2-year training that will absolutely change your life! Check the Certification out HERE.

Dowsing for Health

Definition: Dowsing is a technique used to search for underground water veins, fault lines, and other natural and artificial earth-based information.

photo credit: By Unknown, Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=1473743

Why Dowse?

The dowser’s intention is to determine if the land or structure being dowsed is healthy for living or working, and provide information to aid issue mitigation. 

Dowsing Tools

Many people have experiences of seeing someone dousing. Some people use a forked branch of a tree with a water affinity, such as hazel, willow, ash, green peach, or rowan. The dowser holds the forked end with two hands, and the usual indicator is a downward movement by the extended long end. Pendulums (an object suspended on a cord) also are used; the dowser holds the pendulum as a fixed point and the indicators are movement to and from, and changes in direction.

Dowsing Rods can be used for finding water and fault lines. It is exciting when the rods in your hands turn, indicating their presence deep in the ground. The adventure is to search, find and mitigate. Rods are metal, and almost any metal works, even clothing hangers, but copper and brass are more finely tuned. One third of the length of the rod is folded at a 90o angle, and becomes the handle part of the rod. A loose bamboo or wooden sleeve around the metal handle can be added.

Why Dowsing Works

We are about 75% water, as is our earth. Beneath the surface of the earth water circulates everywhere, similar to blood in the human body. The dowser looks for water veins. Our bodies know when they walk across hidden water veins; the dowser’s throat may feel sore or thick.
Human bodies are created from and are part of the touchable material of the planet. At every moment we register and respond to our planet’s magnetism, rotations, and polarities. We live bathed in a natural electromagnetic field, and our bodies are participators in the energy fields that surround us. We can unconsciously ignore, or even actively repress, the information registered by our bodies. And, if we begin consciously to seek this information, our bodies provide it, and can inform us about the places where we are living and working.

Our bodies also register beneath the surface fault lines, which are slips and breakages in the strata of the earth. Faults are associated with fire. Dry faults have no water. Wet faults are particularly problematic. The experience of a wet fault is felt less in the lungs and more between the thyroid and the lungs, in the area by the collarbone.

How to Place the Rods for Dowsing

  • Hold the rods by the bamboo handles with the metal length extending in front of the body. Hold lightly, not in a choking grip. The dowser doesn’t turn the rods – the rods turn in the hands when the dowser crosses a water vein or fault.
  • With elbows bent and arms a body-width apart, hold the rods parallel to each other, and parallel to the ground.
  • For water veins, hold the rods slightly below your waist, near your bladder.
  • For fault lines, hold the rods near the lungs.
By Thomas Pennant – This image is available from the National Library of Wales, Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=46196771

Steps to Dowsing

  • Select the area you want to research. This might be open land, a property, or the

area around a structure (e.g. house, church, business, labyrinth). Note if there are any fences or other obstacles that prevent a simple circuit of the area. If so, plan how to access the information in the problem area.

  • Prepare your attitude. To be in tune with the energies of the place, your body, heart and mind need to be relaxed. Your mind might enter a meditative state, e.g., set aside distractive thoughts, cynicism, doubt, mistrust. Focus on what you are doing, either water or faults.
  • Rod placement: Go outside, and place the rods in the correct position for either water veins (bladder) or fault lines (lungs).
  • Say your intention aloud before beginning. Take deep breaths, and relax.
  • Walk around the perimeter of the chosen area at normal speed, holding the rods in position. Continue to relax and breathe evenly.
  • Observe the information the earth offers. The rods will indicate a water vein or fault line by moving strongly. It’s exciting when they give feedback – just breathe, relax. Water vein edges may feel cool, and the dowser experience a thickening in the throat or other indicators. Fault lines may feel warm, and the dowser experiences a reaction in the lungs.
  • Stop and mark the spot with pebbles, twigs, or pieces of cloth (lightweight so as not to change the energy reading). Select a different indicator for water veins than for faults.
  • Determine the width of the water vein or fault line by stepping forward until the rods move back to their original position. Mark both sides of the find.
  • Reset the intention and continue on at a normal pace, stopping to mark strong indications, and determining the width.
  • Return to the markers when you finish walking the perimeter. Having determined the two edges indicating the width, it is possible to trace length. Move a short distance away from the edge markings, and dowse again. Mark where the edges of the water vein or fault line are now. Repeat for whatever distance you desire to explore. It is also possible to determine the direction of flow (see below).

Remember to rest after searching for water veins before searching for fault lines.

If a group is dowsing, walk independently at a distance from each other. Compare when all have finished.

Finding Wells

Wells take special training. Begin by getting to know a nearby well – it’s depth, capacity, quality of the water, mineral content, who uses it, any contamination, etc. When well understood, locate a second well, then a third, and so on. When dowsing set an intention for wells, and seek definite water indications. Observe that the water doesn’t flow in a direction like a water vein does.

The earth has knowledge to give. When dowsing, a relationship forms as the dowser connects through the information being accessed to a specific place.

Maladies

There are waters that heal, like Holy Wells, and bring clarity and positive energy. There also are waters that bring disturbances to the body. Certain conditions in a place may create maladies for the living beings on or near it. Indicators form in a body living with a malady for a long time; for example, if a tree is near a fault line the trunk will bend away from it.

Human beings can develop illnesses related to living over water veins or fault lines.

The dowser’s knowledge includes how to mitigate the situation.

Mitigation

Generally, the plan is to mitigate the effect of any malady beneath a structure where people spend many hours or their days or nights. For example, a critical mitigation is the bedroom, especially where the bed is positioned. If the bed is over a water vein or fault, move it or change rooms.

When the structure is healed, the health of the people improves. It may be that the answer to the “Why?” question in forming your intention was “to find any malady and mitigate it” or “to create energetic conditions for the greatest health.”

Mitigation for Water Veins

After determining the edges of the water vein, the next task is to determine the direction of flow. Step into the center briefly, and ask the rods to point the way the water is flowing. Sometimes the body tips towards the direction naturally.

Mitigation can be as simple as planting a sizeable tree, or placing a very large rock on the

water vein before it enters the structure. The stone or tree redirects the energetic flow.

Potential Water Maladies:
The excess of adrenaline created by water veins can lead to heart diseases, weakness in the kidneys, rheumatism, hyperthyroid, rapid changes of mood, prostate or uterine problems, or dormant sexual glands.
Potential Fault Maladies:
Asthma, bronchitis, yeast infections, fungal problems, cancers, kidney, thymus and immune system problems. Manic depression can be related to a wet fault.

Mitigation for Fault Lines

There is one main process called vortex acupuncture: First, locate the strongest vortex point on each side of the fault line. Place an acupuncture stick in the center of the strongest vortex. Let the house settle a week. Check by dowsing again. Make the acupuncture stick permanent (e.g. dig in a plastic pipe and fill with cement).

General mitigation for structures:
One of the most critical mitigations for a structure is to be sure that the electricity is grounded. Check the main switch box, and see that there is a copper or other wire leading out of the structure and into the yard, hopefully attached to a grounding rod. If there is no grounding wire, the owners must install one immediately. If you do nothing more towards mitigation, do this.

Resources

  • Energetic Geometry (the site of the experts; questions answered!
  • Wikipedia on Dowsing (hunt around; lots of information here and there)
  • YouTube on Dowsing (a couple of the videos are quite funny)

By Lola Wilcox
https://lolawilcox.com