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Saturday 5th May 2018

In line with other dowsing groups in the south west, this year we are celebrating Holy Wells as well as the Mary Michael Earth Energy Lines. Shobrooke Holy Well has been chosen due to its proximity to Cadbury Castle and ease of access. The church warden Rosemary is very happy for us to dress the Well and is interested in finding our dowsing results for the source of the water.

Cadbury Castle is an Iron Age Hill Fort, with clearly visible defensive earth ramparts covered in bluebells, and great views! It may have been used by the Saxons as a ‘moot’ meeting place and was later occupied by parliamentarian troops during the Civil War for the siege of Bickleigh Castle in 1644. Local legend has it that a dragon guards treasure buried in the fort!

A third century Roman ritual shaft or Well was found during excavation, filled with stuff from a nearby Bronze Age Barrow, but its exact location has now been lost.

The Michael Earth Energy Line passes right across the site. The Mary and Michael Ley Line, around which the two energy lines twist like serpents, is in direct alignment with the rising sun at Beltane, at the beginning of May.

In connection with other dowsing groups across the southwest we plan to ‘energise’ the Michael Line through dance, singing and generally having a good time. We will be joined by members of the Dance of the Directions community who will dance connecting earth and sky, and the four directions of the compass.

We intend to dowse for Michael, the ritual shaft, maybe a Well, stories about people who lived there, the Bronze Age barrow and lots of other stuff! And maybe talk to the guardian dragon – if she wants to chat!

Proposed programme of activities

11.30am Meet at Shobrooke Holy Well for dowsing energies and the water source and Well dressing ceremony. Please bring flowers if you are called to do so.

12.30pm Meet at Cadbury Castle and dowse the Michael Line and mark out its width and measure its strength.

1pm to say 3pm                               Have a picnic

Perform the Dance of the Directions

Play of instruments (any musicians out there?)


Sing – especially the Mary & Michael Chant by Danu Fox  U-Tube

Link: Any earth singers amongst us?

After completion of ‘activities’ dowse for any changes to the Line.

Later in the afternoon                   Dowsing other features around Cadbury

Just enjoy this beautiful place and the bluebells!


Shobrooke is signed off the A3072 on the road from Crediton to Bickleigh/Tiverton just outside Crediton, and the Holy Well is located very near to the church (which is not in the village!).  Park by the church and walk up Church Lane opposite in the direction of the village. The Well is a few hundred metres away from the church set into the roadside bank.

Cadbury Castle is signed off the A3072 further along the road between Crediton and Bickleigh/Tiverton. It is signed off the main road on the right hand side. The path up to the castle is about 1/2 mile off the main road. Go past the church, and there is limited parking in a lay-by shortly after a bend in the road – where the signed footpath to the castle starts. It is about a 10 minute (gently climbing) walk up to the castle.  There is parking on the road by the church, which is only a short walk to the start of the path up to the castle.

Alan Murray

Devon Dowsers & The Dance of the Directions Community





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As the nights draw in and winter approaches, we can look back to June’s sunshine and reflect on the success of DFest, the first South West Dowsing Festival. Over 100 people attended and used the evaluation form to share how much they had enjoyed the weekend. It was a chance to dowse at some of Dartmoor’s iconic sites, to listen to engaging speakers, and to attend fascinating Dowsing Workshops.

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