Book: Needles of Stone

Needles of Stone Revisited, Gothic Image (Glastonbury, England), 1986; ISBN 0-906362-07-5

Now back in print (3rd Edition) via Grey House In The Woods; also in ebook formats via Leanpub.

The first edition of the book can also be read online for free on the Glastonbury Archives site.

Originally published by Turnstone Books back in 1978 as Needles Of Stone (ISBN 0-85500-090-2), with a mass-market paperback by Granada Publishing, this revised edition is essentially a reprint with more footnotes and an addendum bringing it up to date (at the time), with particular reference to the Dragon Project research on physical energies (infra-red, ultrasound, microwave, cosmic-radiation anomalies and so on) at stone circles and similar sites.

It’s become something of a classic, particularly for the new breed of feng-shui practitioners, as it’s almost the only book which looks in detail at the level beyond systems, to a deeper understanding of what ‘earth-energies’ actually mean. To quote the book’s cover-copy:

“This book is a search for a magical technology: the elusive ‘earth-energies’ connected with standing stones and other sacred sites. As Tom Graves puts it, “it is a study in ideas, an attempt to put some of the ideas that have arisen in the ‘earth-mysteries’ field into a coherent shape or form, to place them in a context that makes practical sense at the present time”.
Combining original research in dowsing with a review of many different aspects of the sites – from archaeology to geomancy and magic, from physics to ghost-hunting and parapsychology – the book shows that we need to look at them not so much in terms of the past, but in the effects and reality of those earth-energies now. It ends with a call for a re-assessment of the pagan view of reality, to see where its experience can be of value in our present over-civilised world.

This revised edition of Needles of Stone includes a new chapter on developments over the past decade, including a summary of the important Dragon Project research and its implications for our future.”

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