Most of us have experienced the 'sense' of a place: there's just something about it that we either like or dislike but we can't quite put our finger on it. The experts claim this is the 'earth energy effect' and is the reason why many sacred sites are built where they are.
Those who have studied earth energy claim that locations such as Stonehenge, Avebury and similar circular henges were chosen because of powerful energies that exist deep within the landscape.
Such recognition by our ancestors is based on the idea that, generations ago, our ability to tune into our sixth sense was heightened - in the same way that today's Aboriginals, unaffected by modern ways can 'find' water deep undergound in the Australian bush.
Experts argue that there was no random building of sacred sites: temples, henges, burial mounds, long barrows were all constructed at locations where these natural energies were more focused, and easily detected by our predecesors.
There are even suggestions that because these constructions are concaved they were specifically designed to concentrate this natural energy.
So, did those who built Stonehenge, for example, chose the area because they located a concentration of earth energy deep underground together with an alignment with the sun, moon and stars?
Although considered somewhat fanciful by some, these ideas are beginning to be supported by archaeologists who recognise that such sites were certainly influenced by the rocks and the stars.
Another Wiltshire location that geomantics claim can be linked with these energy fields is The Sanctuary near West Overton.
As part of the Avebury complex, this area was described by the antiquarian William Stukeley as forming part of a great serpent, which extended from the main stone circle at Avebury, along the Avenue and ended at The Sanctuary.
So-called 'male and female' earth energies have been located at The Sanctuary, where they are said to cross-over, something that would have been hugely significant to Neolithic man, in-tune, as he was, with the natural cycle of the world.
This importance of the circle is reflected by the cyclical structure of The Sanctuary and similar constructions at Woodhenge, near Amesbury.
What do you reckon? Is this all hokus-pokus or do you believe in the principle of earth energies in Wiltshire and around the globe?
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