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The Round Towers of Ireland

Listed under Sacred Spaces in Tipperary, Ireland.

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Scattered across the rolling hills of Ireland are the remains of sixty-five round towers, thirteen still retaining their conical caps. Scholars have suggested a probable construction period between the 7th and 10th centuries AD, based on the fact that nearly every tower is at the site of a known Celtic church dating from the 5th to 12th centuries. Archaeological excavations at the bases of the towers, however, have revealed that many towers were erected at sites considered to be sacred places long before the arrival of Christianity in Ireland. Equally intriguing, the seemingly random geographical arrangement of the round towers throughout the Irish countryside actually mirrors the positions of the stars in the northern sky during the time of winter solstice. The conventional notion that the round towers were erected as watch towers and places of protection is strongly debated by research which indicates that the towers may have been designed, constructed and utilized as huge resonant systems for collecting and storing meter-long wavelengths of magnetic and electromagnetic energy coming from the earth and skies. Based on studies of the forms of insect antenna and their capacity to resonate to micrometer-long electromagnetic waves, it has been suggested that the Irish round towers (and similarly shaped religious structures throughout the ancient world) were human-made antenna which collected subtle magnetic radiation from the sun and passed it on to monks meditating in the towers. The round towers were able to function in this way because of their form and also because of their materials of construction. Of the sixty-five towers, twenty-five were built of limestone, thirteen of iron-rich, red sandstone, and the rest of basalt, clay slate or granite. All of these minerals have paramagnetic properties and can therefore act as magnetic antenna and electromagnetic energy conductors. Because paramagnetic stone is weakly attractive to magnetic fields it can be used to gather, concentrate and focus magnetic and electromagnetic energies for various uses.

Written by  Martin Gray.

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