EARTH MYSTERIES

The ‘neo-antiquarian’ stance of Northern Earth is rooted in an area of speculation and research that emerged in the 1960-70s, and came to be known as earth mysteries. Its primary concern was to investigate alternative interpretations to the orthodox and moribund assumptions of academia at that time in archaeology, folklore and related academic topic areas. After much independent and academic research there has been a coming together of outlooks to some extent, as reflected elsewhere on our website. However, unresolved areas remain.

Walking Myth into Place 3: Hebden Bridge Zodiac Capricorn

Our series of self-guided walks continues with Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan.21 approx.). You will need the Ordnance Survey 1:25000 South Pennines map. Please note that routes and their condition were accurate at their time of survey, 2018-2020; updates may be made at later dates. Please be alert to any other quasi-affirmations of Capricorn as you walk! […]

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Walking myth into place: The damned landscape zodiac

The terrestrial or landscape zodiac is one of the more outré concepts to emerge from the 20th century discussions of ‘earth mysteries’, and unsurprisingly has not fared well in the more materialistic  intellectual climate of the 21st century. However, NE editor John Billingsley thinks the concept should not be dismissed outright, as it provides food

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#6: That obscure object of desire: Leys, Watkins and ‘energies’

  (ill. Davina Ware) In 1972, walking up Glastonbury Tor, I was talking with a chap who, like me, had just hitch-hiked into town. As we approached the tower, he started talking about leys, which he’d just read about. For some reason, the topic sparked off something inside me; the next day I headed home

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