2nd edition February 2013.
144 A5 page paperback, with 90 black & white illustrations.
Ancient standing stones transmit beneficial Earth energies and provide focal points for the power and spirit of the land. Old traditions of healing, divination, wish fulfillment and fertility associated with certain stones continue to hold currency today, the author finds. From Britain’s Stonehenge and stone altars in Ireland, to Aboriginal people’s stone arrangements with cosmological connections and Bora Grounds in Australia, to modern labyrinth making and the stone circle revival – the urge to work with stones has been universal.
Discover the lore of the standing stones and stone circles, medicine wheels and labyrinths, and their fascinating energies. There are also chapters on stone circle medicine, the healing of sites and lastly a guide to making small backyard stone arrangements and ways to energetically work with them.
Be inspired to discover for yourself the magical energies associated with both ancient megalithic sites and modern stones of power. Find out how to work towards Earth harmony using dowsing, stones and ritual in the Sacred Land.
Praise for Touchstones for Today:
“Will encourage you to create your very own Labyrinth or Stone Circle in your backyard.” – Don McLeod, ‘Silver Wheel’ (South Australia).
“In Touchstone for Today geomancer Alanna Moore encourages us to rediscover the ancient wisdom and apply it to our local environments…. To Moore these touchstones around the world are linked to a rich heritage that belongs to all of humanity. Her deep reverence for our sacred Earth is inspiring.” – Ruth Parnell, Nexus magazine, June – July 2013.
“An absorbing book… it has been well researched… [and] I recommend this book to Dowsers for a guide to stone layouts around the world.” – Keith Fitzgerald, Dowsing Club of South Australia.
“This book is a little goldmine of useful information… Alanna’s writing is always engaging… [and] her extensive research is presented in a clear, no-nonsense fashion with little extraneous commentary, so what you get is an easily accessible, concentrated repository of information on all things petrous”. – Grahame Gardner, Dowsing Today, journal of the British Society of Dowsers.
“The most useful feature of the book is the ‘do-it-yourself’ aspect. We are shown how to construct our own stone circles and labyrinths to enhance the energy of our homes and gardens… We are guided on the correct selection of sites, their orientation, and rituals for commissioning and decommissioning. All of this is well illustrated by photographs taken by the author”. Kieran Comerford, Irish Society of Diviners newsletter. Touchstones for Today is a delightful read for the lover of stones and sacred places. The book covers earth spirits, labyrinths, medicine wheels, circles, megaliths and more. Alanna describes in detail many ways of honouring the earth energies by creating our own arrangement. She shares her vast experience and knowledge of the energies of ancient and modern stone circles, which in turn will help us as we contemplate creating our own sacred site. I was intrigued to learn that ‘touchstones’ vary their energetic responses with the waxing and waning of the moon. You might know of the etheric web that connects across the land and the sinuous weaving of these energies at sacred sites. Did you know that damage done to one site can be noticed and malaffected by other sites in the grid? In energy healing, I connect strongly to the Earth energies. Stones are an integral part of the earth, and have their own energy. Sensitive people can feel the energy at the famous stone circles. As Alanna tells us, we can also feel it in any intention-infused stone circle. She shows us how to make a little one in a tray and guides us how to play and develop our own sensitivity. You will probably have more faith in your own dowsing abilities after truly absorbing her words. It is not a book to skim. You’ll want to glean all the little gems she shares, such as making your own petroglyphs to dispel noxious energies, or using any type of stone to enhance crops.” – Reviewed by Barbara Botham for the two Canadian dowsing societies.