The Hexagon in the Bonfire Patch by DD Member Ali Denham

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The Hexagon in the Bonfire Patch                                               Ali Denham.

In March 2020 my sister made a bonfire on the lawn of our late Mother’s house in Gloucestershire. She wanted to continue to bring things down from the attic yet still keep an eye on it. The photo Below Left shows (just) the edge of the dusty ash patch to the Right in front of the swing, and also the almost impenetrable “wilderness” where I’ve made subsequent bonfires. The whole plot is just over an acre. Below Right shows the regrowth around the bonfire patch in the shape of a hexagon in May 2020. I choked up at the wonder of it! I am telling you this now so that you know that this story is going to be OK.

When I visited in April, I was troubled by the thought of what would become of all the nature spirits who have been so completely at home here, when my siblings and I sell the place for inevitable development. I thought I could sense their disquiet about it too, although it’s still a year or two away.

I wanted to do my best for them and knew that it was a matter of finding somewhere for them to go. But how to go about it? I felt a total amateur. This is our childhood home with special memories and the whole thing was too important for me to just have a stab at. It had to be done properly so I asked the nature spirits to fill me with knowing about what I could do to help them.

That same day, without even thinking about it I posted on the Facebook site of “Earth Energies, Alignments and Leys” to ask for the guidance and advice of those who know more about this than me. I risked exposing myself to condemnation for being part a building development scheme that would destroy natural habitats, but the responses were supportive, kind, understanding and knowledgeable. Great! I made a list of the various suggestions so I could work out a course of action that suited my way of doing things.

In no particular order: –

  • Tell the beings that my father and mother aren’t on Earth anymore and I am standing in for their resonance.
  • Think of a nearby park/wood/garden where the nature spirits could go.
  • Create a virtual bridge, open for a set time period, to wherever the nature spirits could go.
  • Have a big celebratory party.
  • Sit quietly and meditate, hear what the nature beings have to say. Honour and send love and appreciation to them.
  • Explain what’s going to happen. New homes will be built for happy, community-minded families.
  • Perform ceremonies.
  • Don’t overdo the ceremonies as the nature spirits would just do the human equivalent of looking sideways at each other and roll their eyes. “What do humans know?”
  • Appoint a spirit being to oversee the move so that my clunky, human best intentions wouldn’t unwittingly constrain what was most beneficial for the nature spirits.
  • Trust my intuition.
  • Take a branch/cutting/plant back to my place and see who wants to come along.

Ironically, my Dad had been Secretary of the Gloucestershire Branch of CPRE (Council for the Protection of Rural England). When he died the CPRE arranged for a small wood to be planted in his memory on Cleeve Hill which Mum’s house is at the foot of. Cleeve Hill then rolls away into the Cotswolds. This wood seemed the obvious safe place for tree spirits and other elementals to go, although I wondered if it was large enough.

I’ve found out the hard way that my dowsing is so much better after I’ve taken time to establish respectful communications with the Spirit of the Place, so I already knew that the Spirit of the Place at Mum’s house was yin, heavenly (as opposed to earth dwelling) and Orange and Gold. Potent! She was ideally placed to assume the role of overseer, and to ensure that the nature beings moved somewhere else, or stayed, according to what was most appropriate for them. I had a half hour meditation ceremony to ask her to take on the responsibility.

When it came to creating the virtual bridge, it didn’t sit well with my intuition to have it open for a limited period. They might want to visit or come back in the future, especially as it was all about creating new homes for happy, neighbourly families. So, I made the bridge two-way and open indefinitely.

The Spirit of the Place at Dad’s wood on Cleeve Hill is different. To my surprise I found the boundary between the two was on the pavement outside Mum’s house. Dowsing tells me that Belas Knapp is also on his patch. He’s heavenly as well, and pillar box red. I asked him to look after the nature beings that arrived from Mum’s place and ensure that they were guided to the most appropriate dwelling. He said “Yes”.  I didn’t want the nature beings to be constrained by what I set up, so I gave my virtual bridge broad footings, like a snail’s foot, and with diffuse and undefined edges. One footing of the virtual bridge was at Dad’s wood, but from there the nature beings from Mum’s place could go wherever the Spirit of the Place deemed most appropriate.

I sat in mum’s “wilderness” to try to absorb what the nature beings had to say to me or what questions they might have. I was expecting something in the way of angst or something that I had to give reassurance and explanation for. However, all I got was “When??”

I’m in total awe. All I have to do now is let the Spirit of the Place know when the house and land sale is imminent. I’m no longer picking up anxiety at Mum’s place. There has already been a little preliminary tree felling, and from dowsing I understand that an ash tree spirit from Mum’s place is already in Dad’s wood on Cleeve Hill, and that it’s happy.

In May I re-visited my childhood home, and the bonfire patch at the far end of the lawn kept catching my eye. Eventually I went to stare at it and thought my eyes were deceiving me, or that there was some kind of rare, mainstream explanation for the hexagon shape in the regrowth of grass around it. Google told me surprisingly quickly about the meaning of Six as a numerological aspect of the hexagon: – Communication, Interfacing, Balance, Union, Love, Sincerity, Truth, Harmony, Equality, Perfection, Integration, Conjoining, Reliability, Dependability. The Hexagon is one of the geometric shapes that occurs in Nature.

Well! It was a good job that I was alone in the house! I was pretty sure that I understood the message, but my dowsing results were: –

79.75% a product of the harmonic relationship between the Spirit of the Place and the nature beings in her care.

20.25% for me to see and be assured that everything was in hand.

The power and the glory of Nature’s forces are indeed a wonderful refuge in these troubled times!



‘Just Dowse’: by relinquishing control, emptying your mind, be detatched, focus on your question, accept the answer, express gratitude.

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If you have been dowsing recently and would like to share your experience and findings with us please send to [email protected] where we will be able to post on our Facebook Page and also on the Devon Dowsers Website. 

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Plant Consciousness

The link below will take you to a Guardian Newspaper article on Plant Consciousness. It is a fascinating interview with Stephano Mancuso, a neurobiologist who has bought out a new book, ‘The Incredible Journey of Plants’. Your thoughts about plants will never be the same again!


Devon Dowsers’ Sally Cunis is the Dowsers’ Poet Laureate, and will from time to time be sharing her poems with us.

Here is Sally’s most recent poem 

Poem Coronavirus

We have put a list together of some recommended reading

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We are grateful to Caz Donovan for sharing how to create both ‘The Magic Circle’ as well as a ‘Crystal Mandala’. We look forward to seeing some photos of any that you create.

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Dowsing Roughtor Bronze Age hut circle’ July 2019 

A selection of further links from our SELF-HELP tab for you to explore.

Devon Dowsers’ Sally Cunis is the Dowsers’ Poet Laureate 

Here is her latest poem ~  There`s hope in the Seedlings

This is Donna Eden’s daily energy routine designed to build the immune system, gain energy and relieve pain. Donna Eden is a well known American energy healer.

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This is a beautiful mediation strengthen feelings of kindness and connection toward others, suggested by Steve Elliston.

Loving Kindness Meditation

I found a flute……

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Keeping Dowsers in Touch

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STAY SAFE in these anxious times but STAY IN TOUCH TOO!

Zoom’ is where members of Devon Dowsers are regularly meeting each other. Please download the Zoom App from Google, or your App store. It’s free. Each time we arrange a meeting, we will send you an email with the blue Zoom meeting link and meeting ID. Grab a coffee, brush your hair if you have any, and join in the chat about how best we can improve our dowsing and learn tips and new skills from each other. Dowsing can be a huge benefit to both ourselves and others at this difficult time. If you live alone this is a simple way of seeing friends and joining in the chat. It will also be possible to provide talks and workshops via Zoom so please check your emails and Facebook. Click here to download the Zoom App

The Covid19 pandemic

Staying safe. Putting love and protection out there for NHS staff, shop staff and all other key workers. Being realistic and optimistic. By dowsing we can help ourselves and others. We need to optimise the performance of our immune system, remove stressors. Use the new SELF-HELP tab to access Dowsing Self-Help Ideas: Health, Gardening, Healing Circles, Exercise etc.

This space is available for any member to share with other dowsers self help information. Please send them to either Jane or Gwynn via the Contact link on the front page of the website or email direct.

We will regularly send out links to our self help pages for you to explore.

Dowsing Lifestyle Changes (improve your Health and Well-being)

Barry Witton – Health Dowser

During the Corvid19 pandemic there is a need to optimise the performance of our immune system. We can remove stressors and make lifestyle improvements. We are very grateful to Barry for giving us permission to use his dowsing for health booklet which ‘is designed to empower dowsers to take control of and improve their holistic health through lifestyle changes. Holistic health is defined as our health and well-being at all levels -physical, emotional. Mental and spiritual’. As Barry says, “Don’t wait for the rain before you fix the roof”.

Please click here for Dowsing Health Booklet

There will be a Dowsing Immune System Worksheet written by Barry Witton which works in conjunction with his Dowsing Lifestyle Changes booklet, that will be posted soon.

Happy Dowsing!

Gwynn Paulett, Chairman of Devon Dowsers

The Sean Ferris Workshop is still on tomorrow

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This will take place as usual starting at 10 for 10.30m.

Special Offer ~ for those that attended the talk at Ashburton on Sunday

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Following the talk held at Ashburton on Sunday afternoon, Karen has offered to extend her winter special offer for a couple of months ~ £10 off 1.5 hour adult session so £50 instead of £60 for anyone who attended the talk and would like to book an individual session with her.

Please contact Karen Stead-Dexter on 07710978203 or 01823617354  

You can find out more information by click on the following links to her websites.

Our Talk Today In Ashburton Is Still Going Ahead

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We look forward to seeing you later today for our talk in Ashburton, despite the wet weather the talk will still be going ahead as planned.

2.00 pm Sunday 16th February 2020
Town Hall, North Street, Ashburton, TQ13 7QQ
Join Dr Karen Stead–Dexter to hear about
“Bird Medicine – intuitive listening and wisdom from Birds of Prey”


Free to Devon Dowsers Members
£5 to Non-members

Free Parking On Sundays


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Led by Gwynn Paulett
Our next Introduction to Dowsing Course will be held at the Village Hall, Spreyton on Sunday 29th March 2020 starting at 10am for a 10.30am start until around 4.15pm.
Members of Devon Dowsers £30, non-members £45 which includes a free membership until 31st October. The earlier you book the earlier your membership will start and you will be able to take advantage of ‘members only’ events.
Refreshments during the day are included but please bring your own lunch.
Plenty of free parking.
Bring your own rods or a pendulum, or you can buy or borrow them on the day.
For more details and to book a place .

Sunday 16th February afternoon talk at Ashburton

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“Bird Medicine – intuitive listening and wisdom from Birds of Prey”
Dr Karen Stead – Dexter
Ashburton Town Hall
2.00 pm Sunday 16th February 2020.

This will be an awe-inspiring experience which will make your heart soar! 4 or 5 Birds of Prey will bring their Medicine, which members of the audience will be invited by Karen to resonate with, by tuning into their “felt sense”. Karen will talk about the physical aspects of each bird, whilst asking questions for the audience to respond to.
Feather Medicine and its meaning and use for diagnosis and healing, will also be explored, so please BRING ALONG your favourite feather. There will be many chances for the audience to participate during the afternoon.

Karen Stead-Dexter PhD is a Medicine Woman, Teacher, Environmentalist and Bird Whisperer. Academic work and Spiritual work, for a long time, were always kept separate but for Karen something was missing. Having spent the majority of her academic career learning the damage ‘we’ have done to the planet, the need to explore ancient ways of understanding our relationship with the Earth led her in to learn more of the ways of the Shaman. Karen now has a strong understanding of ancient healing modalities, bringing in Shamanic traditions of North America, South America and Celtic Shamanism. She runs a popular clinic in Somerset for Energy Healing, and runs regular Shamanic workshops in Energy Healing, Bird Spirit Medicine and Plant Spirit Medicine connecting people back to nature, back to who they really are and gets them to truly listen to the world around them.
1st class Honours degree in Environmental Science Masters in Radiation & Environmental Protection PhD Environmental Geochemistry Post-Doctoral Ecotoxicology

Talk in February

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A talk by Amanda Peet
Emotional Dowsing Techniques (EDT)

Tuesday 11th February 2020 7.30p.m Red Lion, East Street, Chulmleigh, Devon, EX18 7DD

Join Amanda to hear about Emotional Dowsing Techniques (EDT).
Amanda has been a Dowser and an EFT Practitioner for over 10 years and for the past 4/5 years she has developed EDT. Whilst working with clients for all kinds of issues, Amanda found that by dowsing to see what emotions and core beliefs are stuck or blocked the sessions were much more powerful and got to the root in a much kinder way than the client having to explain all the life events that had got them to this stage.
Emotional Dowsing Techniques uses a mixture of words and dowsing to identify and clear emotions and core beliefs. Core beliefs that may be limiting you and keeping you stuck.
Words put it there so naturally words can take it away.
Amanda teaches dowsing to newbies and also teaches EDT to new and experienced dowsers either face to face or through her online course, “The Dowsing Programme” (An accredited CPD course).

Amanda Peet lives in Exmouth, Devon. Amanda is a professional dowser and teaches EDT. Amanda is the founder of Emotional Dowsing Techniques (EDT) which deals with emotions and core beliefs, accessing what is stuck and no longer needed in our subconscious mind and releasing it kindly and easily.

Amanda’s background prior to 2009 was very much corporate working in many different roles across charities, events, business development and organising large trade exhibitions at The NEC and Earls Court.

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Staying safe. Putting love and protection out there for NHS staff, shop staff and all other key workers.

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Use the new SELF-HELP tab above to access Dowsing Self-Help Ideas: Health, Gardening, Healing Circles, Exercise etc

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