Olde Saratoga Cemetery
Burgoyne Street & Cemetery Road, Schuylerville, NY
In my very long list of "sacred spaces," Old Saratoga Cemetery in Schuylerville, New York is a Top Ten. For sheer beauty, intensity and mystery, it is one of my top three sacred sites. Principal evidence of the special energy of this space is thyme growing thick in the cemetery lawn, sending up sweet fragrance when walked on.
I discovered this extra-ordinary site in October 2007 when visiting a friend who lives on Cemetery Road just beyond the cemetery's south end. His wife walks the cemetery with their two kids, and I joined them. Not far in the cemetery, I noticed circles of thyme, and areas of yarrow, hawkweed and pearly everlasting—plants indicating active fields of subtle energy. In particular, thyme grows in small circles where a vortex of magnetic flux descends from sky to earth. Clearly, an intensity of subtle energy converges in the cemetery, including many coils of magnetic flux streaming down from the sky in multiple vortexes along the ridge crest.
That first visit, I did no dowsing, but made a note to revisit this place with tools and clipboard.
To see Old Saratoga Cemetery, enter Schuylerville from south on US 4. After crossing Fish Creek that drains Saratoga Lake, NY 32 merges from left. Next left is Burgoyne Street, named for the British general defeated at the Battle of Saratoga.
Burgoyne Street (NY 338) rises steeply west several blocks, then crests on a plateau. At this point, the 90-foot Battlefield obelisk is visible above trees slightly to the left (below).
Continue past the obelisk, turn left on Cemetery Road, then quickly left again into the cemetery.
Once in the cemetery, take the first right to ascend to the earthwork crest. Then keep right to reach the summit. I believe this was General Burgoyne's headquarters when he surrendered to American revolutionary forces.
From this high point, the cemetery drive runs nearly quarter mile down the crest of a long earthwork ridge (below). The earthwork's center alignment is a few degrees west of south, suggesting alignment to magnetic north, not geographic north of conventional maps and planetary spin.
I made a few further visits to the cemetery, but never attempted a serious survey and map. Each visit's explorations impressed me with extensive swatches of thyme and other subtle energy plants. The extent and density of these plants suggested large, strong, complex, well organized energy fields distributed along the earthwork summit. While I saw many circles of thyme and patches of other subtle energy plants on the north end of the earthwork, the most active area seemed to be halfway along the ridge: the Thyme Vortex (left and below).
Friday July 15 with Steve Cosimano, and again Saturday July 16 with Gina Johnson, I returned to the cemetery prepared with tools, clipboard and camera. Timing was perfect, since thyme had begun its peak bloom to enrich the green lawn with colors ranging from deep purple to bright, radiant magenta. It was also near full moon.
The peak area of subtle energy plants is midway along the quarter mile earthwork, where the drive splits to encircle a white limestone obelisk. This circular area is just over 100 feet across, and contains the largest, densest growths of thyme—an area 80% overgrown with thyme. Within this obelisk ring, there are a few patches of hawkweed, a few of grass, a bit of yarrow at one edge, and a very few bare spots. But mostly it is overgrown by thyme. And by mid-July, this thyme was entering full bloom, making the normally invisible subtle energy fields brightly visible.
Late Friday morning, Steve and I walked gingerly among these dense communities of subtle energy plants, careful not to step on blossoms or buds, exploring colors and textures of vegetation, enchanted by fragrant radiance shining from the soil, dazzled by the simple beauty of these floral displays.
Perhaps a third of the thyme was in some stage of bloom, with 10% in full lavender bloom. A quick first glance seemed the thyme was chaotic growth, but careful inspection revealed clearly thyme and other plants had definite order and patterned arrangement. Distinct perfect circles of thyme were evident—three to nearly five feet in diameter—most a distinct different texture and color than adjacent plants—and notably, not in bloom, or even with blossom buds. Other patches—smaller, more irregular in shape—were blooming all at once together. Most intriguing, close to the obelisk base, blooms were in curved bands—suggesting a full circle ring around the monument.
Thyme blooms through September—over two months. I wondered about the sequence of bloom. Did some patches bloom early? Others late? Some not at all? Does a principle or process govern this succession of bloom? Time-lapse photography over a several days might reveal an orderly progression to thyme's blooming. Perhaps this will add more physical evidence for the existence of subtle energy fields?
Areas of full bloom were alive with buzzing bees scurrying through blossoms, harvesting nectar, pollen, essential oils, sweetness, scent, and DNA. Their frenzy added a subtle intensity of the scene. Sitting quietly in one spot, it became obvious large honeybees aren't the only nectar harvesters. Tiny pinhead-size bees and wasps were also at work, darting about so quick, they're invisible except when hovering at a blossom before sipping the floral feast.
This frantic activity emphasized blooms aren't just pretty, they're "FLOW-ers"—that unique and precious moment in plant life cycles when inner essence opens to outer environment, to create a channel between heaven and earth—the moment of fertilization and ecstacy. Biologically, energy without is fractal-folded inwards to become plant memory stored within DNA, gene, cell nucleus, and seed. Bees emerged in earth evolution to supply this service for FLOWering plants: Angiosperms.
Normally, my first dowsing act is to locate water flows. However, this day, confronted by this extra-ordinary exuberance of thyme in bloom, I immediately started to search for "ley lines." Not until time to leave for lunch did I examine the circulation of living water under this field of thyme. What I found pushed my imaginatiom and experience far beyond ordinary boundaries.
A single column of water rises under the obelisk to distribute its liquid blessing outward in 27 very large, quite wide veins.
In 35 years of dowsing, I rarely found 27-vein water columns. Three are very nearby, at Saratoga Apple. The first I found four years ago rising under the crown of the hill at the west end of the orchard, just a few feet east of the line of embedded "mysery stones." The second I found two years before, rising under a hilltop hidden in the forest a quarter mile west of the first. The third I found a month earlier—June 19—on our hike to "the crater" at the north end of the earthwork that starts behind the Saratoga Apple warehouse. Now, here was a fourth—and at a very auspicious place.
Early Saturday morning I returned with Gina Johnson. She just the previous hour had learned to dowse for underground water veins. To test of my prior day's discovery, I had Gina walk the circular driveway, counting veins. My newest student easily detected each large stream of water flowing radially outward from the obelisk.
Thyme is a keystone signature plant that reliably indicates the presence of a particular type of subtle energy field. Thyme grows in a distinct circle where a vertical vortex descends in a spiral from sky to earth. A single circle of thyme may be a few inches to as much as four feet wide. The thyme's outer edge almost always clearly marks the boundaries subtle energy channel. New dowsers quickly learn to identify these energy fields, and get consistent, reliable responsese to their presence. Commonly, these are in bundles, often only a few, but sometimes dozen of energy streams will be clustered together in a larger arrangement.
Each thyme circle marks where a descending vortex bends 90 degress to become a lateral spiral of subtle energy that travels across the land. These subtle energy spirals are normaly dtected by dowsers as three dowsing lines, running roughly parallel across the surface of the land, and water......
In some situations,these horizontal energy channels are a "Ley line"—a long wave of magnetic flux........
"ELves" bend this descending magnetic thread into the horizontal channels of our 2D physical plane = "L".......
These long-wave magnetic threads are woven into a basket or container. The long-waves are extended by networks of short-wave subtle energy..... The physical topography expresses the invisible subtle energy anatomy........
With Steve's help, I mapped and photographed this massive, complex vortex. We walked the circular driveway, marking each ley line with a blue cloth, taking photos. I checked the polarity of each line, and we folded the end of each cloth backward to indicate the direction of flow. Steve and I both counted 15 ley lines—14 going outward, one going inward toward the obelisk.
Thus, this circle of thyme is a ley line generator.........
I didn't want to trample the thyme while is was in bloom, so I didn't attempt to map and mark te precise edge of each ley line......
Again, on Saturday morning, I taught Gina, my novice dowser, to detect a ley line. She quickly confirmed what Steve and I discovered the day before. Gina, however had no idea beyond my few sentences of amazed words, how extra-ordinary this site is.
I felt an unimaginable joy to see and understand the intense and invisible handiwork of nature made visible by a modest, low growing plant at an extra-ordinary, perhaps unique sacred space. which seems but a single pillar in a huge and expansive etheric temple structure formed from the subtle energies of the land -- of the earth herself.
and we were "lucky" enough to see this extra-ordinary sacred space express its extra-orinary energy in an extra-special display of flowers. not every year is the green growth so expansive, or the blooming so intense. we got to see a special event at a special space.
The vegetation would be far more beautiful if the cemetery stopped mowing the plant down to the ground, and instead gave them a chance to develop full leaves, flower buds and blossoms. If the yarrow and hawkweed were in full bloom too, it would be a truly, completely enchanted space.
David Yarrow, July 24, 2011