Earth Energies and the Castle

I have been mapping these energy lines around the castle and way out into the city of Brno. Me and my dowsing rods. Hours of walking, checking and mapping. I’m still no where near like finished. But as these lines emerge and as I discover them passing through churches – directly down their aisles – and then find memorial crosses and children’s playgrounds decorated with carved Slavic designs on these lines, I have to ask…… how?

One line I am mapping passes directly through three churches. All the churches are modern! Built in the last 80 years or so. So how did they site these churches on these energy lines that I dowse? I do not yet know.

Me dowsing on the Castle

Do the lines even exist? Are they real? Am I imagining the dowsing rods crossing?

So last weekend, I took a friend and we walked around the Castle. Periodically, I had him dowse and area with his rods and every single time, he found the same line I had – broader and wider even than I had.

Lenny checking my work

And so I will continue mapping the lines in Brno….

Won’t you join me?

A Trip to Holštejn

The area north and east of Brno is formed by the Moravia karst – a limestone landscape and natural park of considerable beauty and natural Earth energies. Last weekend, I went to the tiny hamlet of Holštejn – a remote village at the end of a dead end road in the middle of nowhere about 35km outside of Brno (see map).

There on top of a limestone hill with two sheer sides, are the ruins of Holštejn Castle. Built in or around 1278 by Hartman, the son of Crha of Ceblovice. Sometime around 1320, it was purchased by Vok of Sovinec and just four generations later, it was owned by Hynek from Valdštejn, Půta from Sovince and Dobeš Černohorský from Boskovice. In 1493, Holštejn bought Hynek from Popůvek, after his death in 1528, the estate was inherited by his daughter Markéta. In 1531, the castle is listed as desolate.  The Castle ruins are directly above a large limestone cave called the Hladomorna cave (famine Cave). It was bricked up in the middle ages but was connected to the castle.

The Cave

As with many locations in these lands, the cave is associated with some interesting tales. One revolves around a buried treasure guarded by a black man who lives in the cave. There is also another legend that one of the Vok’s (IV) fell for the charms of a nearby maiden and not able to win her over with gifts, took her and her Mother by force of arms. He imprisoned the Mother in the cave and would only release her if Agnes would marry him. Unfortunately, Agnes’ Mother died of starvation and Vok had to go off to war. Agnes was rescued and Vok met a nasty end in battle. Interesting, a local historian of an earlier era states that the black man is actually a red woman! Perhaps the ghost of the poor lady who was starved there? Indeed, the Vok’s were not very nice people it seems and they routinely held travelers for ransom and imprisoned them in the walled up cave.

Whatever the history and legends, I felt an energy there and next time I visit, I will take my dowsing rods. It seemed to me to be an idyllic place for meditation and working with the Goddess Živa (due to the stream) and I sensed no evil presence in the cave or area of the Castle. Behind the limestone hill on which the Castle stands is a beautiful stream that when I was there was full of water due to melting snow. It bends around and eventually disappears underground. The area is full of underground rivers, stream and caves of course and I believe the water comes back to the surface again at the nearby Macocha cave. The Macocha cave area is reputedly the site of a dragon and therefore I believe strong Earth energies. The area behind the Castle and to one side of the stream seemed to me to be a very peaceful and strong energy area.

Looking both ways

Words from Sue….

Sue Vincent's Daily Echo

It is a very strange situation to be in, really. Over a week ago, I was given ‘days to weeks’ to live, with no one knowing upon which side of that particular marker the Reaper would come calling. It isn’t as if we have it scheduled in our diaries… or, if he has, he hasn’t let me know. On the one hand, this is good. I am not sitting here like Pratchett’s Windle Poons, watching the clock and waiting for a no-show. On the other hand, I am both vaguely surprised and inordinately grateful every morning when I open my eyes on a new day,

It means that having much still to do and probably too little time left, I am working like a steam strain… albeit one whose pressure is running sadly low… to complete the tasks I think that really need to, or would like to complete before…

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What is Connecting with the Land?

One of the things I do these days is try to connect with the land but what does that mean? Well…. it’s really about getting out into nature and following a whim. I usually try to chose places where there is a link to the Slavs or Celts or, failing that, Templars. Also, monoliths, stone circles, natural places of energy like Macocha, or say, Holy Hill in Mikulov. I tend to approach these visits with a sense of curiosity and of wanting to find the magical or spiritual energies of the place so I may take my dowsing rods and I may meditate or even engage in a small ritual. In the end, we are often guided by synchronicities.

The idea of connecting with the lands isn’t mine. I borrowed it from a close friend and her partner after they took me around a bunch of places in the UK. She told me to connect with the land here in Czechia and see what happens. I did and a lot happened that I have blogged and written about. But, let Sue tell you what connecting with the land means in her own words….

Writing about the experience wasn’t my idea originally either but Sue and Stuarts, and I can recommend their trilogy of books to get started (Triad of Albion) to get a feel for what it is all about!

And if this interests you, then please do get in touch and joins us in connecting with the land (earthmagicbrno@gmail.com).

Earth Magic Brno Launched

With this website now activated and a Facebook group/page set up, this group is now active. Anyone who may be interested please do email us at earthmagicbrno@gmail.com for further information.

The general idea is to keep this a relatively informal group – you participate if you want to in whatever activities you want to. There is no ‘membership’ per se. However, having said that, anyone who wishes to take a some magical instruction – either beginners or more experienced folk, will need to follow some basic rules. These will be communicated at the time of inquiry regarding the courses.

We are very keen to start having trips into the landscape as soon as this is permitted again to explore the land and the magic of the land. These will be day trips or even weekend trips and there may be a small participation fee just to help defray any expenses. Some examples may be as follows;

  • An exploration of the Slavic past of Hostÿn,
  • A trip to Holy Hill in Mikulov to feel the Earth Energies there and explore the site,
  • A trip to Templeštejn and an exploration of the Templars influence on that region,
  • Or, just a wander around Špilbirk dowsing the energy lines there.

Stay posted for further details.

Visiting with Morana

The Magical World of G. Michael Vasey

You know, most Czech Decembers have some sunshine. Late Novembers too as I recall. Yet this year, it has been day after day of dreary gray, misty and gloomy wet cold days. Oh, I’m not complaining. I’m actually wondering if by invoking Morana, goddess of death and winter, I have altered the weather? The day I started this new esoteric adventure, it snowed for the first time this season as well……. Honestly, I wouldn’t be at all surprised.

That first meditation and invocation produced instant results. Actually, I find this is often the case. Then, it is hard to repeat anything nearly as near to as deep and informative as that first attempt. You can read about that here. However, I will say this. The crows are back but strangely, it is the squirrels that seem to no longer have any fear of me as I walk silently focused…

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Earth Magic

The Magical World of G. Michael Vasey

I was introduced to Earth magic by Sue Vincent and Stuart France of the Silent Eye but if I am totally honest, they really rather reawakened something within me that has always been there. If I look back, what turned into an early career as a Geologist, involved a love of the wilderness – the lonely places of beauty sculpted by forces more powerful that you can imagine. Tramping through moors and dale with my hammer and rucksack studying how Mother Nature had shaped our world was the singular driving force that turned me from an average school student into a natural born Geologist capable of original research. It was a tad miraculous really if I think back.

Totally crap at math at school, my PhD thesis relied in part upon complex multivariate statistics. My shoddy knowledge of biology was turned into expertise in trinomial nomenclature in that same thesis…

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Castles and Caves

The area north and east of Brno is formed by the Moravia karst – a limestone landscape and natural park of considerable beauty and filled with attractions. Today, I went to the tiny hamlet of Holštejn. A remote village at the end of a dead end road in the middle of nowhere about 35km outside of Brno (see map).

There on top of a limestone hill with two sheer sides is the ruins of Holštejn Castle. Built in or around 1278 by Hartman, the son of Crha of Ceblovice. Sometime around 1320, it is purchased by Vok of Sovinec and just four generations later, it is owned by Hynek from Valdštejn, Půta from Sovince and Dobeš Černohorský from Boskovice. In 1493, Holštejn bought Hynek from Popůvek, after his death in 1528 the estate was inherited by his daughter Markéta. In 1531, the castle is listed as desolate.  The Castle ruins are directly above a large limestone cave called the Hladomorna cave (famine Cave). It was bricked up in the middle ages but was connected to the castle.

The Cave

As with many locations in these lands, the cave is associated with some interesting tales. One revolves around a buried treasure guarded by a black man who lives in the cave. There is also another legend that one of the Vok’s (IV) fell for the charms of a nearby maiden and not able to win her over with gifts, took her and her Mother by force of arms. He imprisoned the Mother in the cave and would only release her if Agnes would marry him. Unfortunately, Agnes’ Mother died of starvation and Vok had to go off to war. Agnes was rescued and Vok met a nasty end in battle. Interesting, a local historian of an earlier era states that the black man is actually a red woman! Perhaps the ghost of the poor lady who was starved there? Indeed, the Vok’s were not very nice people it seems and they routinely held travelers for ransom and imprisoned them in the walled up cave.

Whatever the history and legends, I felt an energy there and next time I visit, I will take my dowsing rods. It seemed to me to be an idyllic place for meditation and working with the Goddess Živa (due to the stream) and I sensed no evil presence in the cave or area of the Castle. Behind the limestone hill on which the Castle stands is a beautiful stream that when I was there was full of water due to melting snow. It bends around and eventually disappears underground. The area is full of underground rivers, stream and caves of course and I believe the water comes back to the surface again at the nearby Macocha cave. The Macocha cave area is reputedly the site of a dragon and therefore I believe strong Earth energies. The area behind the Castle and to one side of the stream seemed to me to be a very peaceful and strong energy area.

The Last Post?

Amazing as always…

The Silent Eye

This may be the final post that I get chance to write for the Silent Eye… that decision has been taken out of my hands. I spent much of last week in hospital, having, as many of you know, been diagnosed with incurable small cell lung cancer last September. It has been an interesting and informative journey on so many levels as familiar things have been stripped away and a gift of love left in its place… rather like the tooth fairy leaving something of real value in place of a discarded incisor.

First to go was the illusion of near-immortality that gets us through life, one way or another. We know there is a certain inevitability about life leading to death, but we tend not to apply it to ourselves until we are forced to pay attention. Dealing with the situation that made me sit up and listen meant…

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Wilsonuv Les and an Energy Line

Wilsonuv Les or Wilson’s Forest in English is another spectacular spot of greenery in Brno. According to a website I found, it was ‘founded in 1882 by the landowner and notary Ludvík Odstrčil in close proximity to the then settlement of Kamenný mlýn in the south of the cadastre of the village of Žabovřesky. Thanks to his cooperation with the Afforestation and Decoration Association of Brno, a forest park with today’s area of ​​almost 34 ha was created. The current Wilson Forest is at the foot of the slope, the Pod lesem sports complex with the historic Rosnička restaurant and the multi-purpose sports hall of the same name. At the beginning of the 1970s, a gap was cut in the forest park and a ski slope with an artificial surface was set up, but later it was taken out of operation and fell into disrepair. Although a plan for restoration was created at the beginning of the 21st century, unfortunately a number of Žabovřesk residents, including a civic association, opposed it. Therefore, this plan was abandoned and in 2008 it was decided to include this section in the forest park. In the years 2011-2014, the park was reconstructed with the support of the European Regional Development Fund and the State Environmental Fund of the Czech Republic. As part of this implementation, the removal and treatment of woody plants and the planting of new vegetation elements took place. The forest park is located on the slope of a rocky hill on the left bank of the Svratka River in the modern cadastral areas of Stránice, Pisárky and Žabovřesky.’

You can see where it is on the map below – it is marked with the red blob and labelled Wilson Forest Park. My home is shown in a blue blob in the lower right side of the map just below Hrad Spilbirk (Take a walk with me around the castle?)

On the map, you can also see the location of Kostel svateho Augustine (St. Augustines Church) and may recall I had mapped an energy line from the Castle all the way to that church. The line continues down to the park. So today I thought I’d take a look around the park and see if I could track the line a bit further.

I started by walking the opposite direction to do the grand tour of the park. It is really beautiful and offers spectacular views of the city as you can see in the photos.

After circling the park, my challenge was to find the line. In other words, I was not working from the last point I had found it but instead trying to find it on the other side of the park and then would work back to the last place I had mapped it previously. This is a bit more challenging as I have to find the line and work back. However, to my surprise, I found the line within 100 m of commencing dowsing and then started to work my way back. I tracked it across the park and to the end of the street that goes up to St. Augustines. There, again to my amazement, I found a cross directly on the line at the edge of the park. It must be a war memorial looking at the dates but it lacks any other inscription. But once again, I was forced to muse about how it got to be placed on an energy line???

Further mapping will have to wait for another day….. but I enjoyed visiting Wilson’s Forest.