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Gary Biltcliffe
‘The Centre-points of Britain and Ireland’ —-Gary reveals his insights into ancient and modern centres of power that lie at the heart of England, Scotland, Wales, Ireland and the whole of Britain. Long ago the earliest tribes of Britain marked their territory by locating and honouring their heart centres with the construction of mounds, stone monuments or the re-shaping of sacred hills. These sites still have a powerful affect on psyche of the British, but as the old borders have changed so new heart centres have manifested. Gary has dedicated the past 30 years to historical research and investigation of earth mysteries, ancient civilisations and lost knowledge. He has appeared on television and radio and lectured for dowsing and earth mystery groups both in this country and in America. He is the author of two books – The Spirit of Portland: Revelations of a Sacred Isle and The Spine of Albion: An Exploration of Earth Energies and Landscape Mysteries along the Belinus Line which is co-authored with his partner Caroline Hoare.

Steve Jones
Steve runs the oldest Pagan Moot in the UK. Having set up Wakefield Pagan Moot in 1988.He is the organiser of West Yorkshire Pagan Meetup https://www.meetup.com/West-Yorkshire-Pagan-Meetup/events/past/?scroll=true#past, one of the largest Pagan groups in the North of England
Steve has appeared on numerous TV & Radio programmes, as well as featured in many conferences and books over the years speaking on a range of subjects including Paganism,Folklore,Forteana,Tarot and the Paranormal.

Nicholas Cope MA
Artist, author and geometer Nicholas Cope presents a summary of many years work regarding the Knap of Howar, a remarkably well preserved Neolithic stone built dwelling on the Island of Papa Westray, Orkney. He has demonstrated with precise and exhaustive analysis that geometry, in particular the sacred ratio of the Golden Mean, is a primary element within the architecture of what is considered to be one of Europe’s oldest dwellings. Nicholas takes this as the starting point for an in depth analysis of the structure’s form and symbolism in the context of what was the Scottish Neolithic culture’s worldview C. 3,500 BC.

Nicholas studied at the Royal College of Art (1991) where he specialized in Visual Islamic and Traditional Arts. In 2016, he was appointed Professor Emeritus of R.I.L.K.O. (Research Into Lost Knowledge Organization). He is the co-author, with Keith Critchlow, of The Knap of Howar and the Origins of Geometry.  www.ncope.co.uk

Kate Preston
Have you ever wondered why some British country roads, lanes and footpaths have so many twists and turns which don’t relate to the local terrain? Take a look at any Ordnance Survey map, and you can often see shapes of figures outlined by the various byways of this country.   In several parts of England and Wales there have been found Terrestrial Zodiacs, where most or all of the twelve signs of the zodiac are depicted in the geometry of the features of the countryside. The Glastonbury Zodiac was the first to be discovered in the 1920’s by Katherine Emma Maltwood.  Since then, several other terrestrial zodiacs have been discovered, most notably in East Anglia, South Wales, Southern England and North West England. The largest of these is the Lamanche Zodiac, which stretches from near Garstang, north of Preston in Lancashire, across the Anglezarke Moors, through the west of Manchester and onto the foothills of east Cheshire. Its name derives from the three modern counties through which it passes – 

  • LAncashire – MANchester  – CHEshire 

Most terrestrial zodiacs appear either circular or elliptical with the focal point at the centre. The Glastonbury Zodiac is centred on Glastonbury Tor, while The Pendle Zodiac surrounds Pendle Hill. The Lamanche Zodiac is unique in that it snakes along a Ley line, with its focal point being Round Loaf, the largest man-made mound in North West England, situated on Anglezarke Moor between Chorley and Bolton. All the figures north of this point face south, while all the figures south of this point face north. Round Loaf has no less than 22 ley lines radiating from it, making it a very important ley centre. All 12 signs are in the correct order from Aries to Pisces, and are represented by both their star positions, marked by old holy sites and ley points, and the shapes of the figures associated with the signs, outlined by tracks, paths roads and some natural features. Most other terrestrial zodiacs have either the stars or the shapes – not both. There are four other figures associated with the Lamanche Zodiac which are not zodiac constellations. They are The Brock Dragon, The Garstang Dog, The Fylde Whale and the Longridge Phoenix. The first three are representative of constellations visible from northern latitudes. However, the Phoenix is not. I believe this figure to be a purely coincidental shape. At least ten of the known terrestrial zodiacs, including the Winchester Zodiac – which I have also discovered – fall on a circle of 96 miles radius with its centre near Coventry – the site of another possible zodiac. The Lamanche Zodiac and its ancillary figures forms the shape of a sword. Perhaps this is the fabled “Sword in the Stone” of Arthurian Legend. (See Aquarius for more references to King Arthur). Lancashire is also said to get its name from “Lancelot’s Shire”.