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Geomantica 81
March 2022

The magazine of Earth harmony, via dowsing, geomancy, esoteric gardening & agriculture,
and eco-sensitive living, since 1998. Edited by Alanna Moore.


Contents of Geomantica 81:

* Editorial
* Letters – ‘Stone Age Farming’ and the imperative for Regenerative Agriculture

* News – Electro Smog and wildlife. Effects on Ozone from Rocket / Satellite Launches. Breakthrough Greek Study on the mechanism of EMF Effects. Introduction to Alanna Moore’s latest book – Peasant in Paradise. Saving the Murray-Darling river and wetlands with Indigenous water entitlements.

* Features:
What is Dowsing or Divining? by Robert Gourlay
Fred’s Holy Well Revisited by Alanna Moore
What Are We Doing to Nature? by Arthur Firstenberg

* Reviews – 3 Peasant in Paradise reviews

* Obituary: Hugh Lovel farewelled

* Geomantica Events in 2022.


Editorial Geo 81

Dear Folks,
Welcome to the brand-new Geomantica magazine no. 81, on the brand new Geomantica website! The old one was badly hacked and wrecked, a complete re-build was needed and is still not finished. But it is better than ever!
Because of this, I was unable to properly promote my new book Peasant in Paradise, but now I can. What’s more, this eco-manifesto, this child of 2020 covid pandemic lockdowns, is even more timely in 2022, more needed than ever, at a time when food sovereignty is becoming paramount. With grain and fuel shortages, inflation rife and possible rationing looming in Europe because of war in the Ukraine (grain basket of the region), this book shows a more sustainable, localised way of living, with practical instructions for leading the wholesome Good Life as ‘eco-peasantry’, growing diverse plant food crops in a temperate zone. An extract from the book is in this issue of Geomantica.
This year is another annus horribilis and another cloaked in uncertainty, despite the lifting of many covid pandemic restrictions around the world. Workshops have been organised. But will it be easy to travel to them in these difficult times? Stay tuned, get on the email list and you will be informed closer the time.
Thanks go out to contributors,
and feel free to submit items to the next Geomantica.

Happy reading!
Your editor,
Alanna Moore


Stone Age Farming and the Imperative for Regenerative Agriculture

Dear Alanna,
Just recently I purchased and read one of your great works, i.e, ‘Stone Age Farming’. There are a number of items within the pages and reasons why I’ve chose to try and contact you. Clearly, there are two distinct methods of agriculture/farming enterprises being practiced, (globally in fact). 1st- correct model and proven so; 2nd – incorrect and demonstrably proven so, being the most profound, enshrined and powerful model, that dominates Western nations, plus it’s push upon the many millions of small peasant farmers in the Asian and undeveloped regions of the planet with it’s menacing behaviour. The petite dynamo lady in India,Vandana Shiva takes no prisoners when she engages with this empire oligarchy!

Back to SAF, your focus on the role of cosmic forces at play in plant production – I developed a keen interest in it many years ago, during my forty years service to the Dairy Industry, principally in Field Services consulting division, a close working relationship with dairy farming families (I retired in 2007). This role presented opportunities of engagement with many of the true learned, visionary masters, relative to the soil life force food web, cultivated plants, livestock performance criteria, human nutrition, immune integrity, health well being and longevity blessings.

A few highlights in SAF,  that excited my attention – Ron Smith & Family for example in South East Gippsland Victoria. I can’t recall the precise period, but I’m sure that I did have brief engagement with Ron. His herd’s longevity was 8-10 average lactations, when the national figure was barely three. Ron used basalt rock dust on his farm, from the Mount Schanck quarry.

I’ve studied some of Phil Callahans publications from Acres USA, he possessed a passion for the field of study, the insect/s component incredible revelations, the round towers of Ireland. Hugh Lovel (late) was also deep into the power towers / cosmic pipes arena, Acres USA have covered much of his work, I’ve subscribed to it now for 35+ years, they are in the elite class for Agriculture TRUTHS.

Globally, there are two billion+ people seriously deficient in essential micro nutrients. While in tandem, traces of toxic agricultural chemicals are identified in the human foetus! The raw primary produce leaving the farm gate is deficient in micro/macro minerals, vitamins and true digestible proteins, with traces of toxic ag’ elements present, all this before the mega food processing apparatus doing mischief to it! By late nineteenth-early twentieth century –  eighty percent of the wheat germ had to be sacrificed to deliver the “perfect”, white flour used across the entire food chain, then later, bleached with chlorine to enhance the “whiteness” (just how crazy are they??).

To revisit real farming principles: Andre Leu is a mover and shaker, on the world stage, first- President of International Foundation of Organic Agriculture Movement, (IFOAM, now Regenerative Agriculture), his publications revelations are sobering! Doctor Christine Jones, another great Australian voice for the correct agriculture model, the Acres interview with her – ‘Save Our Soils’; plus there are many additional great minds who contribute to Acres regular journals, audio/video podcasts/tractor time stories etc. Gary Zimmer (farmer, tutor, organic amendments products and services) from Wisconsin, I met him here at Mount Gambier 18-20 years ago. Professor Elaine Ingham soil/plant microbe scientist; Jerry Brunetti a rumen function and nutrition master (late); Graeme Sait, another Australian true visionary master, Graeme presented a soil food web amendments management focus at a farmer seminar here several years ago also. These kinds of learned passionate masters are the true accredited minds, capable of bringing the world back from the brink we are currently faced by!

Ron Smith included sea/ocean minerals to his farm, livestock management strategies also, plus a “living water” unit, for their personal and livestock usage. Most interesting data indeed. I have applied ocean minerals, plus Mount Schanck basalt crusher dust over my half acre home garden/ landscape/ lawns/ shrubs/ trees/ vegie patch, plus I consume ocean minerals. I fitted a “Carefree” water conditioner unit to my City mains supply line many years ago, the benefits are profound. Our beautiful, infinite city reservoir is the famous Blue lake, a natural resource from the ancient volcanic eruption/s, the basin structure beneath the basalt, ash etc surface perimeter layers is deep limestone (super ancient strata), so the total hardness mineral suspension component of the mains supply ranges from 250-400+ ppm, even with quality water softener units fitted (most properties have them), still the alkali mineral residues adhere to most/all metal contact surfaces, a common issue-problem to deal with. Not so for me, since I fitted the Carefree unit. I also recall that one of my dairy farmers fitted an industrial size/model Carefree unit to his large irrigation system. Again, profound physical benefit accruals. Sadly, the Ron Smiths and their like minded peers, those creative visionary minds are among the small minority of the masses!

Charles Massy, who farms two thousand hectares of sheep operation in the Monaro region between Canberra and the Snowy mountains, presented at the Acres USA, Dec. 2018  conference. Regenerative Farming is Charles’ forte, he’s practiced now for many years, his great book, ‘Call of the Reed Warbler’ lays it out beautifully: it was the nurturing of the broad range of native herbage species, permanent ground cover, optimal rotational grazing strategies etc, that brought real abundant life forces back to Charles farm. Well springs stirred and raised water to creeks-stream flows. It’s an excellent example of what is achievable at scale. Charles, has also lectured at the National University.

There are many other/additional, positive agriculture-farming (Regenerative Agriculture) examples at play in Australia also, which are encouraging signs that we should write-talk about in support, for our grandkids and their grandkids pursuit of happiness, security and blessed prosperity.

Several years ago one tonne of Mount Schank basalt crusher dust was air freighted to the USA, for herbage growth benefits, cosmic energies catalyst potential, study. Great stories are self perpetuating! I have selected a large range of various paramagnetic rocks and river pebbles for my garden, e.g. quartz, granite, basalt, marble, serpentine, from the Mt Lofty ranges. It is difficult to illustrate any scientific response, but anecdotally – general yield, appearances, excellent pest and disease resistance, enhanced aesthetic values etc are positive indicators.

Again, ‘Stone Age Farming’: a great work, keep the momentum moving.
Any questions or comments are welcome,

Kind Regards,
Noel Stratford,
Mount Gambier SA

Geo 81 News

Electrosmog and wildlife

According to a major scientific publication in late 2021 – electromagnetic pollution is definitely damaging wildlife. Blake Levitt, Henry Lai and Albert Manville reviewed research on the effects of electromagnetic fields on plants and animals and their findings have recently been published in a 3-part, 200plus-page report in Reviews on Environmental Health.
EMF exposure of wildlife has increased over recent decades – one study compared exposures in 1980 and today, observing ‘a 70-fold (7,000%) increase in ambient RFR [radiofrequency radiation]’.
Not only are plants and animals affected by this electromagnetic pollution, but this is at even lower levels than those that affect people – at ‘vanishing low intensities’, the review found. Moreover, the effects occur across a range of frequencies emitted by different technologies.
The researchers found that electromagnetic pollution affected animal behaviour in relation to:
• * orienting and migrating
* finding food
* mating and reproducing
* constructing nests and dens
* maintaining and defending territory
* lifespan and survival.
Plants and animals are not being protected from this damage as there are no standards pertaining to wildlife, the authors said. They concluded that there is an urgent need to address this problem and introduce standards that accommodate wildlife. Electromagnetic fields should be recognised as a pollutant and regulated like other pollutants, they say.
Via EMR Australia  See


Effects on Ozone from Rocket / Satellite Launches

Extracted from Arthur Firstenberg, January 2021.

Ozone holes 
In a 2020 paper titled “The environmental impact of emissions from space launches: A comprehensive review,” Jessica Dallas and her colleagues at the University of New South Wales wrote that “ozone depletion is one of the largest environmental concerns surrounding rocket launches from Earth.”

In 2021, there were 146 orbital rocket launches to put 1,800 satellites into space. At that rate, to maintain and continually replace 100,000 low-earth-orbit satellites, which have an average lifespan of five years, would require more than 1,600 rocket launches per year, or more than four every day, forever into the future.

2020 and 2021 witnessed two of the largest Antarctic ozone holes since measurements began in 1979. The 2020 hole was also the longest-lasting on record, and the 2021 hole was only a few days shorter; larger than the continent of Antarctica, it began in late July 2021 and ended on December 28, 2021. Everyone is still blaming chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs), which were banned by the Montreal Protocol in 1978. Nobody is looking at rocket launches, of which there were more in 2020 and 2021 than in any previous year. In addition to the 146 orbital launches in 2021, there were 143 sub-orbital launches of rockets to over 80 kilometers in altitude, for a total of 289 high-altitude launches for the year, or almost one every day

Alterations of the Earth’s Electromagnetic Environment

What everyone is completely blind to is the effect of all the radiation from satellites on the ionosphere, and consequently on the life force of every living thing. The relationship of electricity to qi and prana has escaped the notice of modern humans. Atmospheric physicists and Chinese physicians have yet to share their knowledge with one another. And at this time, such a sharing is crucial to the survival of life on Earth.

“The pure Yang forms the heaven, and the turbid Yin forms the earth. The Qi of the earth ascends and turns into clouds, while the Qi of the heaven descends and turns into rain.” So the Yellow Emperor’s Classic of Internal Medicine described the global electric circuit 2,400 years ago — the circuit that is generated by the ionosphere and that flows perpetually between the Yang (positive) heaven and the Yin (negative) earth. The circuit that connects us to earth and sky and that flows through our meridians giving us life and health. A circuit that must not be polluted with frequencies emitted by a hundred thousand satellites, some of whose beams will have an effective power of up to ten million watts. That is sheer insanity, and so far no one is paying attention. No one is even asking whether the satellites have anything to do with the profound and simultaneous decline, planetwide, in the number of insects and birds, and with the pandemic of sleep disorders and fatigue that so many are experiencing. Everyone is so focused on a virus, and on antennas on the ground, that no one is paying attention to the holocaust descending from space.

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Breakthrough Study on EMF Effects

via Electromagnetic Radiation Australia news, 4/2/22
A new ground breaking study from Greece sheds light on the mechanism by which electromagnetic fields (EMFs) affect health. The study has great importance for our understanding and measurement of electromagnetic fields including the low-frequency electric and magnetic fields, also called ELFs (extremely-low frequency fields emitted by powerlines, substations, wiring, meter boxes, appliances and so on). High-frequency fields – such as microwave and radiofrequency (RF) radiation – from mobile phones, phone towers, modems, tablets, and other communications devices are also problematic. All high-frequency fields include low frequency fields as well.
Exposure to both these fields is associated with health problems and the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) has classified both as Class 2B (possible) carcinogens. Low-frequency fields have been particularly linked with childhood leukemia. High-frequency fields have been linked with brain tumours and skin cancer. Both have been linked with cancer, genetic damage, infertility and hypersensitivity (- with it’s common symptoms of headaches, fatigue, sleep problems, etc). Not only are humans affected by exposure, studies find detrimental effects on animals as well.
Dr Dimitris J. Panagopoulos, a biophysicist from the National Centre for Scientific Research in Athens, and his team reveal how these effects occur in a new paper. The authors say that extensive research on EMFs ‘point towards the same direction, ie, that human-made EMF exposure causes OS [oxidative stress] and DNA damage that may lead to cancer, reproductive declines and related diseases.’ As well as cancer, DNA damage can cause neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s, autoimmune problems and accelerated ageing. It can also lead to mutations in offspring. Significantly, this damage occurs at levels of exposure significantly below those permitted by international standards.
Panagopoulos and his team wanted to find out just how EMFs cause this damage. ‘There must be a unique property of the human-made EMFs that makes them capable of inducing adverse biological/health effects and ionisation, in contrast to natural infrared and visible light,’ they said.

There is. The study shows that these fields are polarised and coherent and that polarisation/coherence allows them to exert parallel and coherent forces on electrically charged molecules in the body. And change their behaviour. These electrically charged molecules include the voltage gated channels that allow calcium, sodium, potassium and other critically important ions to pass through cell membranes into or out of the cells. These channels are like boom gates that allow certain vehicles to pass. If there’s a problem with the way it operates, some cars and trucks will pass and others won’t, potentially creating traffic problems or food shortages downstream.
A problem with the passage of sodium, calcium or potassium through these channels can lead to biological problems within our cells and bodies, such as oxidative stress and DNA damage.

The authors have identified the particular field that causes this damage. The culprit, they say, is the low-frequency electric field. ‘…it is the direct ELF electric fields …, not the magnetic, neither the radio-frequency fields themselves that are the bioactive components, in contrast to what has been considered before by health agencies… electric fields penetrate enough to induce effects into living tissue, even at very low field intensities,’ the paper says.
Yet the low frequency electric field has been ignored in most EMF research. Low-frequency electric fields are emitted by wiring and electrical equipment. They are also present with radio-frequency signals as part of the signal that carries the information being transmitted.

‘To the best of our knowledge, the present study provides for the first time a complete and precise biophysical/biochemical picture to explain the great number of experimental and epidemiological findings connecting human-made EMF exposure with DNA damage and related pathologies such as cancer, infertility, and neurodegenerative diseases,’ the paper concludes.

Panagopoulos DJ, Karabarbounis A, Yakymenko I, and Chrousos GP: ‘Human-made electromagnetic fields: Ion forced-oscillation and voltage-gated ion channel dysfunction, oxidative stress and DNA damage (Review)’. Int J Oncol 59: 92, 2021;


Book News: Alanna Moore’s latest book Peasant in Paradise out now!

Here’s the Introduction:
The year 2020 was looming with a lead-up of dark warnings from astrologers. Planets would be aligning in significant ways and we were in for some kind of shift, though I couldn’t imagine what the big shake-up, or re-set, could be from. It felt appropriate to offer some courses in eco-living and I put together a programme. But it wasn’t meant to be. A global pandemic and economic mayhem were coming. Things would be changing in a big way indeed!
The pandemic lockdowns of 2020 allowed me greater focus on eco-living and saw me grow more food than I’d ever imagined. And I wasn’t alone, people were emptying the supermarket shelves of veggie seed packs and bicycles sales went exponential. It was a gift of time.

I could experiment with new crops and recipes, nurture nature and get more in tune with my locale. No more jet-setting off for teaching weekends. Travelling generally made me sick anyhow, due to being electro-sensitive. No, this was a year to enjoy health, harmony and the riches of simple living.
So I embraced the eco-peasant life, aiming for as much self-sufficiency as possible. Free from wage slavery. Growing a big variety of plant foods for husband Peter Cowman and self, plus gifts for friends and neighbours. Not growing for selling, which diminishes it’s true cost and value.

And I found that peasanthood was something to be proud of. Not to be confused with the feudal serfdom that continued in Ireland longer than anywhere else. No, I owned my old Irish cottage and a hectare of lovely land with no debts. It was my sovereign domain and despite a diminished income, by living the Good Life frugally I could still pay the bills, follow my heart and pursue wholesomeness.

I was loving it! 2020 turned out to be a perfect time for realising the frugal splendour of being a peasant in paradise.

Saving the Murray-Darling river and associated wetlands with the first indigenous water entitlements

Extracted from

On March 6th the Victorian government announced 1.36 gigalitres has been set aside for traditional owners in the state’s north from the Murray-Darling river system. For Brendan Kennedy, a Tati Tati traditional owner, water is essential to Indigenous spirituality and beliefs, caring for country, looking after totemic species of animals, cultivating plants and foods, as well as cultural expressions, arts and performance. These are some of the potential uses traditional owners could make of the water entitlements they are receiving for the first time in the southern Murray-Darling Basin as part of a government hand back. Kennedy, who is also deputy chair of Murray Lower Darling Rivers Indigenous Nations (MLDRIN), says that, even with the historic allocation, 1.36GL will only water one wetland in northern Victoria. However, there are many traditional owner groups who have several wetlands within country.
“Two-hundred and fifty years ago we owned all the water.”

The draft water strategy says that because “traditional owners use water in numerous ways, many of which do not generate a direct financial return” they should not be charged water use fees.

The announcement represents one-tenth of the water that is currently held by First Nations across the entire basin and it is especially significant given the extreme contest for water in the Murray-Darling Basin, where “every drop is fought over and extremely valuable in economic terms”, she said.
MLDRIN has challenged other southern basin states including NSW, ACT and South Australia and their respective water ministers to meet this benchmark as a minimum standard.

Badger Bates is a traditional owner of the Barkandji people, also a people of the river who take their name from the Baaka River. Bates says traditional owners could use water entitlements to make sure the water is managed properly, especially ensuring a healthy environment for fish and wildlife.
“The Murray-Darling would flow for everyone, not just the Barkandji people,” Bates said.

Pics by Alanna Moore: Peter Cowman on the the banks of the Darling River

and a river bank sign in western New South Wales.





Feature articles:

What Are We Doing to Nature?

Excerpt from
Part Two by Arthur Firstenberg, November 2021

We are distressing and disorienting not only birds, but also, as is being discovered, insects. It appears that all little creatures that have antennae use them to send and receive communications electronically — communications that are being interfered with and drowned out by the much more powerful communications of our wireless devices.

Dimitris Panagopoulos, at the University of Athens, found that fruit flies exposed to a cell phone for just one minute a day for five days produced 36 percent fewer offspring than flies that were not exposed at all. When he exposed them to the phone for six minutes a day for five days, it reduced the number of their offspring by 50 to 60 percent. And the maximum effect occurred when the cell phone was about one foot away from the flies, not when it was touching the vial that the flies were in. In further research, he showed that the effect is due to DNA damage and consequent cell death caused by the radiation.

In another experiment, Panagopoulos’s colleague, Lukas Margaritis, exposed fruit flies to various frequencies of RF radiation at exposure levels ranging from 0.0001 watts per kilogram to 0.04 watts per kilogram, and found that even a single exposure to any of these frequencies at any of these power levels for just 6 minutes caused a significant amount of ovarian cell death.

And in further research, Margaritis’s team exposed fruit flies to a cell phone either once for 6 minutes, once for 12 minutes, 6 minutes a day for 3 days, or 12 minutes a day for 3 days. Under each condition the phone tripled to sextupled the amount of ovarian cell death. And then this team tried other sources of microwave radiation for between 10 and 30 minutes per day for up to 9 days and found that each of them reduced the number of offspring by between 11 and 32 percent. The cell phone and the cordless phone had the greatest effect, but the WiFi, the baby monitor, the Bluetooth, and the microwave oven also substantially reduced the fecundity of the flies.

The effects on insects are so obvious that even a high school student can easily demonstrate them. In 2004, Alexander Chan, a sophomore at Benjamin Cardozo High School in Queens, New York, exposed fruit fly larvae daily to a loudspeaker, a computer monitor, and a cell phone for a science fair project and observed their development. The flies that were exposed to the cell phone failed to develop wings.

When honey bees perform their waggle dance to inform one another of the location of food sources, it is not only a visual dance but an electromagnetic one. During the dance they generate electromagnetic signals with a modulation frequency between 180 and 250 Hz. And they send another kind of signal, which has been called the “stop” signal, up to 100 milliseconds long, at a frequency of 320 Hz. The stop signal is used when the colony already has too much food, and it causes the dancers to stop dancing and leave the dance floor. Uwe Greggers, at Freie Universität Berlin, discovered that bees will start walking and actively moving their antennae in response to artificially generated electromagnetic fields that imitate these natural signals, even in the absence of any visual or auditory cues. Bees whose antennae he had removed or coated with wax did not respond to these signals.

Pollination is also dependent on electromagnetic communication — between bees and flowers. Bees carry positive charge on their bodies from flying in the global atmospheric electric field, while flowers, being connected to the earth, carry a negative charge. Dominic Clarke, at the University of Bristol, has proved that not only does this facilitate pollen transfer from flowers to bees, but that bees sense and are attracted not only to the colours of flowers but also to the distinct patterns of their electric fields. The electric field of a flower diminishes immediately after being visited by a bee, and other bees “see” this and only visit flowers whose electric field is robust. While honey bees see the fields with their antennae, bumble bees see the fields more with the hairs that cover their bodies, which not only make them such distinctive creatures but also function as a kind of antenna.

In 2007, German biologist Ulrich Warnke published an important booklet in both English and German titled Bees, Birds and Mankind: Destroying Nature by “Elektrosmog” (Bienen, Vögel und Menschen: Die Zerstörung der Natur durch ‚Elektrosmog’). In it, he reminded us that there are only two long-range forces — gravity and electromagnetism — that shape everything in the universe including our bodies, and that we ignore that fact at our peril. Electricity is the foundation of life, he warned, and “this destruction of the foundation of life has already wiped out many species forever.” We cannot immerse our world, he said, in a sea of electromagnetic radiation that is up to 10,000,000,000 times as strong as the natural radiation that we evolved with without destroying all of life. He summarised the research that he and others had done with honey bees. It is no wonder, wrote Warnke, that bees are disappearing all over the world.

They began disappearing at the dawn of the radio age. On the small island lying off England’s southern coast where Guglielmo Marconi sent the world’s first long-distance radio transmission in 1901, the honey bees began to vanish. By 1906, the island, then host to the greatest density of radio transmissions in the world, was almost empty of bees. Thousands, unable to fly, were found crawling and dying on the ground outside their hives. Healthy bees imported from the mainland began dying within a week of arrival. In the following decades, Isle of Wight disease spread along with radio broadcasting to the rest of Great Britain, and to Italy, France, Switzerland, Germany, Brazil, Australia, Canada, South Africa, and the United States. In the 1960s and 1970s its name changed to “disappearing disease.” It became urgent in the late 1990s with the wireless revolution, and became a worldwide emergency by 2006, when it was renamed “colony collapse disorder.” Today not only domestic bees, but all wild bees, are in danger of extinction.

Amphibians are not only disappearing, but large numbers of amphibian species have already gone extinct, even in the most remote, pristine areas of the world — pristine, that is, except for communication towers and radar stations emitting microwave radiation. Amphibians are the most vulnerable of all classes of animals on the planet to electromagnetic radiation, and they have been dwindling and going extinct since the 1980s. When I looked into this in 1996, every species of frog and toad in Yosemite National Park was disappearing. In the Monteverde Cloud Forest Preserve of Costa Rica, the famous and highly protected golden toad had gone extinct. Eight of thirteen frog species in a Brazilian rainforest preserve had gone extinct. The famous gastric-brooding frog of Australia was extinct. Seventy-five species of the colorful harlequin frogs that once graced streams in the tropics of the Western Hemisphere were extinct. Today, more than half of all known kinds of frogs, salamanders and caecilians (snake-like amphibians), amounting to 4,300 species, are either extinct or in danger of extinction.

In 1996, when cell towers marched into remote areas of the United States, mutant frogs began turning up by the thousands in lakes, streams and forests all across the American Midwest. Their deformed legs, extra legs, missing eyes, misplaced eyes, and other genetic mistakes were frightening school children out on field trips.

In 2009, wildlife biologist Alfonso Balmori did a simple, obvious experiment on the balcony of an apartment in Valladolid, Spain not far from a cell tower, an experiment that proved what was happening: he raised tadpoles in two identical tanks, except over one of them he draped a thin layer of fabric that was woven with metallic fibers, which admitted air and light but kept out radio waves. The results shocked even Balmori: in a period of two months, 90 percent of the tadpoles in the tank without the shielding had died, versus only 4 percent in the shielded tank.

Similar shielding experiments have confirmed, in spades, what is happening to birds, and what is happening to our forests.

Scientists at the University of Oldenburg in Germany were shocked to find, beginning in 2004, that the migratory songbirds they had been studying were no longer able to orient themselves toward the north in spring and toward the southwest in autumn. Suspecting that electromagnetic pollution might be responsible, they did for their birds what Balmori did for his tadpoles a few years later: they shielded the aviary from radio waves during the winter with aluminum sheeting. “The effect on the birds’ orientation capabilities was profound,” wrote the scientists. The birds all oriented toward the north the following spring.

And in 2007, in a backyard laboratory in the foothills of Colorado’s Rocky Mountains, Katie Haggerty decided to do the same experiment with aspen seedlings. She wanted to find out if radio waves were responsible for the decline of aspen trees all over Colorado that had begun in 2004. She grew 27 aspen trees — nine without any screening, nine with aluminum window screening around their pots which kept out radio waves, and nine with fiberglass screening which kept out just as much light but let in all the radio waves. After two months, the new shoots of the radio-shielded aspens were 74 percent longer, and their leaves 60 percent larger, than those of either the mock-shielded or the unshielded aspens. And in the fall, the shielded trees had large, healthy leaves in brilliant fall colors that aspens are famous for: bright orange, yellow, green, dark red, and black. The mock-shielded and unshielded trees had small leaves in drab yellow and green, covered with gray and brown areas of decay. The only thing that had changed in Colorado’s Rocky Mountains in 2004 was the installation of a new emergency communication system called the Digital Trunked Radio System composed of 203 radio towers whose transmissions covered every square inch of the state.

By Arthur Firstenberg


Fred’s Holy Well Revisited

by Alanna Moore

1st published in Geomantica magazine, October 2015.

Fred Gill was a dearly loved neighbour friend of ours who recently passed away aged 87. Fred has been a great inspiration. His death was a shock to all, as he had been relatively healthy, having successfully fought off prostrate cancer a few years previous. After Fred had his covid jabs he started to go downhill and was then in and out of hospital with blood platelet problems. Due to the pandemic he had limited visitors to his hospital bed and he suddenly died there alone, of a heart attack on December 26th, far away from his loving family.

Covid has been cruel in taking away so many elders of society. We have lost much wisdom with their passing. Fortunately Fred’s grandchildren have an interest in the holy well and the ponies that he loved.

May he rest in eternal peace and love.

My neighbour Fred Gill in County Leitrim often visits us, dropping in spontaneously at any hour. He tells us he’ll soon be 81 and that he has lived all his life on a hilltop farm with beautiful views, surrounded by sheep, his ponies and the odd donkey.

With my interest in local history and sacred sites, Fred is a valuable mine of information. When he mentioned a Holy Well that’s near to his home, I was intrigued. Would he take me there? I asked on two occasions. The third time, I just turned up at his home on an impulse and waited for him to get back from town.

It was a bright sunny autumn day and it felt like the right time to go. Yes, it turned out to be perfect! Fred had not visited the well for many months, as he’d had a health problem and was not so robust now. But he was keen to reacquaint himself with the sacred place.

We headed off to the mystery site via a slow walk through farm fields edged by deep drains, a drained river meadow, carrying buckets of clanking mini wine bottles to be filled with the well’s healing waters.

Trying to find out more, I asked ”Would you be the guardian of this well then Fred?” “I suppose I am,” he said, as we criss crossed boggy meadows, then edged our way tentatively across a wobbly plank spanning a deep drain of a river, Indiana Jones like. (Fred had previously told us that he had had to do similar to regularly bring water from a well to his mates at Lisduff school, a punishing chore perhaps, for his minor schoolboy ‘devilments’.)

Eventually we made it to a small fenced off area on neighbour’s land. Completely nondescript from even close up, the site had been protected from cattle and a ring of trees planted tightly around it, thanks to funding for environmental works on farms. We navigated over the barbed wire fence, squeezed past the young trees and found ourselves in a green grove, another world, all cool and shady with dappled light.

Two old Hawthorn trees stood guard beside a muddy hole in the ground – the ‘well’. “Those trees have been there all my life…and this place has always been the same, going back to my grandmother’s days,” Fred told me proudly.

With many bottles to fill, I stood in the hole and dipped them into a bigger void unseen, off to the side of the hole, where the water body lay. Not wanting too much weight to carry back, I only half filled them, to Fred’s slight annoyance later on!

“Would you drink the water for a cure then Fred?” I asked him. “Oh no, you generally just bless yourself with it, or just take sips of it when you’re sick” he explained. “If it doesn’t cure you, it won’t harm you!” he said, hedging his bets. Apparently lots of local people will seek the water when they are ill. Yes – even young people, he told me. “They’ll try anything when they can’t get better!” Fred can rattle off many a tale of healing attributed to the taking of these waters. He calls it ‘St Brigit’s Well’.

The curious thing is that this well is not marked on any map, and mapping started in the 1830s in Ireland, so it’s officially unrecorded.

The most mysterious object at the site was the carved stone that rose out of the mud in the well, looking like an ancient cross from a cemetery. Yet there was no church or ruins of such in the adjacent area. Fred had no idea where it came from. “It’s always been there… I once dug it up and put it on the surface, but flood waters washed it back down into the hole,” he told me.

Perhaps the carved stone indicates that it might have been used as a site for clandestine Catholic rites, in times when such were outlawed? Perhaps the locals were suspicious of the Ordinance Survey crews and didn’t want their sacred site known, so they kept it a secret. The original purpose of the early British mapping was to know the lay of the land and any resources on it, that had been stolen from the native landowners, after all! Australian Aboriginal people have often done the same thing, knowing it best to keep important sacred places secret and hidden from untrustworthy outsiders.

And what of the energies of the site?

When Fred suggested I do some prayers on my one in the little well grove I used the opportunity to look into the other-dimensional denizens of the site clairvoyantly. An underground water spirit, serpentine in form, and happy enough, became apparent to my perception. I was not surprised. Perhaps this spirit could be the actual agent of healing, via the medium of the waters… But I would have to spend more time here in the future to appreciate it better.

So, who said that St Patrick banished all the snakes in Ireland, or chased them elsewhere? A propaganda team! Most of the medieval ‘history’ of Ireland was written to bolster the chiefly patrons of the arts and church of the time. Much was just plain fiction, playing into the politics of the times. Medieval tales of serpent banishing are found to be wrong when one can tune into the these spirits that still reside in the Irish landscape today, especially around water features and in the wilder parts. (They also have universal manifestations that I have written about at length in my book ‘Water Spirits of the World’.)


What is Dowsing or Divining?

By Robert Gourlay
via Dowsers Society of NSW newsletter, November 2021.

A dowser or diviner is a practitioner in remote sensing of subtle energies of a subject, e.g. ground water.

Also, a dowser is just a normal person with a natural connection to energies. Dowsing or divining, like philosophy, architecture, music, astrology, alchemy, homeopathy, etc is an ancient form of art that requires no scientific justification. The beauty and experience of these art forms are through the vital energy of the practitioner.

The art of dowsing is embedded in the understanding and application of subtle energies that pervade the universe and connect everything in the universe. Most artists have a special connection with the subtle energies of nature. One of those energies is water and it exists throughout the universe. Even black holes exude water. The art of dowsing involves the entrainment of the energy of water that has the capacity to receive, store and transmit information. A dowser and a dowsing rod are the antennae for this energy.

However, the question, ‘what is dowsing’ starts about eight thousand years ago. Since this time many people have tried to seek out the truth of dowsing. People today still grapple with finding truth in dowsing. Many people say that dowsing has no basis in science. These people believe that science is the pathway to truth, and for these people science has become a religion, founded on immutable laws. While science is a powerful force in understanding the way nature and technologies work, it is not the truth. The only truism in science is that science is not the truth.

In this context it is useful to outline the differences and similarities between dowsing as an art form, and science as an intellectual and practical activity, encompassing the systematic study of the structure and behaviour of the physical and natural world, trough observation and experiment.

The primary similarity between dowsing and science are facts. To some extent dowsing and science consists of observing the world by watching, listening, observing, measuring, and recording. Both dowsing and science have similarities in that they involve curiosity in thoughtful action about the world and how it behaves. Dowsing and science can involve measurement. For example, dowsing can be used to estimate the depths and volumes of groundwater flows in rock fractures through a scientific or physics process called entrainment. However, the purists of science are not trained to use their inner built consciousness or intuition to entrain universal information. This is because most scientists do not understand, study, or research the inter-operability of subtle energy and all life forms.

Dowsing will produce observations and facts that may have incomplete explanation. In science, we can observe mutations over generations in DNA, chemicals reactions, transmutation of elements, and yet there are incomplete explanations. This is because science cannot fully explain the complexities and intricacies of nature. Science is not just a collection of facts about a three dimensional world, because scientists continue to discover that there may be many more dimensions to the universe, albeit this fact was known to energy workers and other artists throughout history.

The primacy of the science story is what we do with those facts, and what we do with them to interpret, understand, and fold them into a larger picture that we can use to make predictions or assumptions about the behaviour of systems in the natural world. However, we know that science can be hopelessly wrong when it comes to modelling weather, climate, economic and social systems, and of course political science is a minefield of belief systems and guesswork. Albeit there are unexplained facts in science (e.g. water structure and energy entrainment) that can be explained with dowsing, and consequently science could be guided by dowsing, alongside or integrated with science.

The major differences between dowsing and science is that dowsing is a deductive process of thinking (general to the specific) and solutions driven. The scientific procedure involves inductive thinking (specific to the general) and problem driven.

One of the major differences between art forms (life dowsing) and science, is that art forms do not impose peer review as a form of sustaining or controlling belief system boundaries of perceived truths or laws. Art forms are free ranging and built on innovation, creativity, and free spirit.

I can say as a scientist and a dowser, the dowsing community are non-judgmental and creative, and the science community (essentially public) are ego-driven, judgmental, less creative and at times sceptical of what they perceive as pseudo-science. Science innovation in the public sector suffers due to their boundary-driven beliefs (embedded in peer review), including a range of immutable laws that nature can at times defy (e.g. structured water can defy the 2nd Law of Thermodynamics).

There may always be sceptics who will try to bludgeon the logic of dowsing into some irrational compliance with their own belief system.  When dowsing and science disciplines are taken together, the results from the observation and development of facts, could open possibilities in explanation. It may yet be possible to explain, on a strictly scientific basis, all the phenomena (e.g. homeopathy, dowsing, astrology, clairvoyance, energy healing, etc.) rejected by science as unscientific or pseudo-science, from a narrow perspective of classical concepts and beliefs in physics and chemistry.

For example, try asking a scientist to explain the origin of how all things emit subtle energies and in the case of living things, are structured on geometry, e.g. the golden mean ration (phi) and the Fibonacci sequence.
Since 1992, I have integrated dowsing into my scientific research work, as other scientists have done in the past. I developed mapping technologies in the early 1990’s using airborne geophysical data sets to map Earth resources, including soil properties and deep groundwater sources. Since that time, I have deployed numerous ground-based technologies, like seismic and electro-magnetic sensing techniques to map and measure deep, fractured rock groundwater sources for bore holes.

I have deployed these technologies on points where I had dowsed the fractured rock systems. Today, I can say that the 8,000 year old technique of dowsing has not been proven to be worse at predicting groundwater flows than human developed technologies. To this extent, science has not overcome or replaced dowsing in detecting the current or subtle energy of groundwater flows. Perhaps this just proves to me that the energy of the human body is still superior at detecting universal subtle energies than man-made technologies.
Scientists could learn a lot from the practitioners of various art forms. These practitioners have skills and insights into how nature works that would lift the creative spirits of scientists to produce better solutions for humanity. However, the practice of science in the public sector has changed dramatically since the 1970’s to a point now whereby public science is driven by the money of large, global corporations and politics.

Consequently, public science has lost objectivity and accountability to taxpayers, and herein lies a major difference between dowsers and scientists, in that dowsers are ultimately accountable to their clients. Albeit, dowsing like applied science relies on knowledge, practical application and significant risk taking.

Rob Gourlay

Francois Capmeil also wrote – “Robert has more than 25 years’ experience providing professional expertise in groundwater exploration, a service that has drought-proofed many farming enterprises across Australia. Robert has been named Dowser of the year 2020 by the Dowsers Society of NSW.

“He has used his expertise to locate groundwater on properties ranging from two hectares to 400,000 hectares, for a diverse mix of clients including farmers, mining enterprises, regional governments, large-scale food producers, and Aboriginal land caretakers.

“Robert has spent the past 25 years developing technology to map and locate groundwater sources. He is a successful water diviner and an environmental scientist with extensive experience working with ecology, soils, vegetation, Australian geology and water structure.”

His website is :
He can be contacted at 0418 462 443 or email –


Book Reviews


Peasant In Paradise reviewed thrice


Moore is a seasoned permaculturist living the dream on a smallholding in Ireland. This is a portal into her year of low cost, eco-living. It covers everything from clothes, how she organises her home, transport, to bathing (love the bath in a glasshouse idea), compost toileting, and growing annuals, perennials, and forest gardening. There are ideas for recipes, ferments, and food preservation and storage. It is obvious that Alanna walks her talk. Much of Alanna’s experimentation can be translated into a more urban setting”. Review by Maddy Harland, Permaculture Magazine (UK) no. 111, Feb. 2022.

The magazine issue can be found at:


“Peasant in Paradise: Four Seasons Eco-living title reflects the contents showing a gardener’s  Voluntary Simplicity  pathway to permaculture that will be attractive and empowering to many on a similar journey…. integrity and positivity of thought and action shines through.

“A lot of the methods, species and designs … are applicable to Britain, western Europe, British Columbia, southern Chile and parts of Australia and NZ. I think the food processing and the seasonal theme of the book provides really useful sense of what it is like to live this way and that is applicable anywhere rural and even retro suburban.”  David Holmgren Feb. 2022


Alanna Moore is an Australian living in the Irish northwest who has embraced what she calls the ‘peasant life’. Her latest book Peasant In Paradise: 4 Seasons Eco-Living is a treasure trove of knowledge describing and sharing her eco-living experiences which span more than four decades.

“Alanna ‘aims for as much self-sufficiency as possible, free from wage slavery, growing a big variety of plant foods’. Her ‘peasant’ is no feudal serf, but a wide awake forward-looking individual managing the gift of time to oversee the sovereign domains of house and garden.

“Her advocacy for embracing the peasant life is no cold bath or shower, but a warm-hearted, nurturing and empowering call-to-action that can be enacted by you – whoever you are, wherever you are. By setting the boundaries of the eco-life so as to encompass not only our physical but also our emotional wellbeing, Alanna not only offers us a clear direction for our eco aspirations but lays down neatly spaced stepping stones that allow us to manifest these in ways that enhance all of our lives.

“This book is not bound for any coffee table but for the garden, the kitchen and for the rich interior world which will rumble with pleasure as it awakens to the gentle but firm stimulus of her encouragement. From what to plant, to where to plant it, from how to harvest it, to how to store it, from how to prepare it, to how to enjoy it – this book leaves us little excuse for neglecting the peasant within us all.

“Packed with advice, photos, recipes and words of wisdom ‘Peasant In Paradise: 4 Seasons Eco-Living’ is a game changing book that belongs in every home.” Peter Cowman, Feb. 2022.


Farewell to biodynamic expert and author Hugh Lovel

Hugh Lovel passed away on Aug. 25th 2020. He was the author of ‘Quantum Agriculture’ and ‘A Biodynamic Farm’, was a prolific speaker and teacher, and was farewelled by Acres USA thus:

“We are all fortunate for his gift of knowledge he gave us, and before he passed, he shared a manuscript to try and teach biodynamics for beginners. We will work with his family to publish that book in his memory, and continue his legacy of being a leader in eco-agriculture”, said Acres USA on Aug 27th.

“Hugh Lovel wrote many articles on radionics, atmospheric reorganisation and the biochemical sequencing of the soil. He consulted, spoke and taught on all aspects of agriculture. He was an expert on AgPhysics and the use of biodynamic energy patterns to affect the atmosphere, weather cycles and soil in order to grow the highest quality food.
“Lovel built on his formal education in mathematics, physics, chemistry, biology and psychology to formulate his concepts and developments during more than 30 years of farming, first in the mountains of northern Georgia and later on the tablelands at Tolga, north Queensland, Australia.”

The photo of Hugh Lovel, his partner Shabari Bird and Alanna Moore was taken at his biodynamic agriculture course held in Ireland in Feb. 2017.

Geomantica Events in 2022

(See the Events pages on this site for more details)


March 20th, Sunday
Divining the Landscape, with Alanna Moore
One day workshop at the Organic Centre, Rossinver, Co Leitrim, Ireland
Ph. +353 (0)71 985 4338

July – October, Sunday afternoons 2.30pm – 4.30pm
Peasant Paradise: Eco-Food-Garden Tours with Alanna Moore,
Ireland, South Co. Leitrim. Advance booking required, email



Weekend with Alanna Moore in County Leitrim.
7 – 8 May, 9 – 10 July, 13 – 14 August, 10 – 11 September.
(Day one for beginners, day two advanced and optional.)

A weekend with Alanna Moore and friends in County Sligo.
Held 14 – 15 May, 16-17 July, 20 – 21 August, 17 – 18 September.

A weekend for women held 2-3 September with Alanna Moore and shaman Simone ni Chinneidie in County Cavan and Leitrim. Suited to beginners and experienced percipients.

* IRISH ROUND TOWERS & POWER TOWERS weekend with Alanna Moore

August 27 – 28th 2022
A weekend with Alanna Moore in Counties Cavan, Sligo and Fermanagh, Ireland.
Suited to beginners and experienced percipients alike.


August 6-7th weekend
Geomancy Workshop with Alanna Moore.
Italy, near Bologna. Hosted by Andrea Donnoli, contact –



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