The Dragon's Breath
The Glass Dragon by Todd Lockwood
Many old legends and myths speak about killing dragons, St George and the dragon for example. Sometimes, the real meaning of this term is made clear when we are told that the dragon continued to live. When you read Christianised stories of dragons though, the dragon is always killed by a saint or a hero of some description of another. This is certainly a less than subtle reference to Christianity "killing" Paganism. Most of these legends however, were in existence a long, long time before the Christian faith was born, thus the term "killing" in this sense must mean something so very different to destroying your religious rivals.
When you look at ancient Egyptian friezes and paintings you will often see images of the Egyptian Deity Horus and his Sun Boat sailing over Apep (Apophis), the serpent of the Underword, the dead and the winter season. If you read these stories of these daily and seasonal voyages you will become aware of yet another meaning of the word "killing" These pictures show the Deity, Set , "staking" (guiding) Apep using a series of rods driven into the ground. A similar process is used in parts of the world to change or control the Earth’s energy. This energy is dragon energy, the dragon's breath, and it is believed in parts of the world that when this energy is out of control it can adversely affect humans, animals, plants, and the land in general.
It was the Ancient Chinese who first emphasised the importance of controling the dragon's breath in both landscape and architecture. This is still a respected belief in modern Hong Kong, China, and other places where there are chinese comunities. There are professionals who are adept at finding imbalences in the dragon's breath, and they are in great demand, not just by homeowners but by business men too! If a series of unexplained illnesses or misfortune strikes a family or business, the owner/homeowner will send for one of these professionals, a feng-shui diviner. The diviner then makes a visit to the premises and takes sightings along the veins of the dragon. These veins are raised features of the landscape, like trees and watercourses for example, and within buildings the diviner takes into account things like doorways and the direction of corners. If its at all possible, a garden outside is aligned in a certain way is created for the region's dragon. Inside a shrine is set up in a particular corner to accomodate the reigning draconic being. Dragon images are then placed on the shrine and in the garden to honour the dragon. Other cultures of the world may scoff at these, but you ask a Chinese man or woman if this works. Go on ask them, and they will tell you that the problems have ceased and situations improved.
The chinese word for the dragon's breath is sha and this corresponds to what European dowsers call black radiations. Over the past half century these dowsers have traced these lines of black radiation and they seem to follow undergound water-bearing fissures or black streams. These black streams are responsibe for producing an energy imbalance in the Earth. These imbalances affect the landscape, its vegitation and any humans or animals that live in or frequent the area. Dowsers say that these imbalances are caused by process that cause trauma to Mother Earth, such as quarrying, road building and cutting through hills. Just like the way an acupuncturist stakes a node on an acupuncture meridian to restore balance in the human body, these dowsers stake the black streams with iron rods. Restoring the balance of the land where the dragon's breath has turned noxious and/or sour.
Staking or guiding the dragon's breath may have been an ancient art which both balanced and collected the energies within a specific place. Throughout myth and legend dragons are connected with spirals, mazes, labyrinth sand hills, coiling around or within them. It is quite possible that these spiraled and terraced hills, the circles of stone and maybe even single monoliths, were a method of directing and controlling this energy force. With the spiraled mounds and the labyriths, the energy would have been guided to the centre of the structure where it would have been of use to initiates that understood its great potential and power. In legends this guided energy would be symbolised by the dragon coiling around the hill and squeezing the hill into its spiraled form, such as the legends of the Wormington Hill and Bignor Hill dragons in Great Britain. The Wurm of Shervage Wood was said to lie in and out among the trees of its area, winding its coils marking the boundry line of an ancient 'campsite'. Archaeologists have long called these spiral marked areas ancient 'campsites', although common sense tells you that there was no way in the world that they could be defended from invaders.
This draconic energy may be a form of static electrical energy flowing naturally through the earth. It would all the strange sensations people get within specific areas, espically in scared spots and areas. Sensations I've expericenced in different sacred sites include tingling in my fingers, shivers running down my spine, an overwhelming sense of peace and oneness with the world around me to really weird butterfly in stomach type feelings. Whatever this energy is, it's strong no matter where I've encountered it, be it channeled into a place via a spiral or a stream of it flowing from place to place, admittedly its always stronger at the center of a circle or spiral...well in my experience anyway.
Barrow mounds have long been assosiated with strange happenenings. It could be that the priests of the original builders knew techniques, which have now been lost to antiquity, of situating these sites over streams of the dragon's breath so that they stored and contained energy....like recharchable batteries do.Anyway, among the Gaelic, Brythonic and Celtic peoples it was common practice for trained seers to spend the night on a barrow and communicate with the dead, either to gain information from the past or to predict the future. There is a practice within some circles of dragon magick today which ask for the practioner to perform vigils at night under the light of the moon, but that is mentioned in a different section of the site. It has been docutmented in the last few centuries that when barrows have been opened, stange and violent thunderstorms occured soon afterwards. Coincidence or is it that the barrow was releasing some form of contained energy, and the release of this energy was done in such a way that was unsafe given the amount of built up energy. I'll let you make your mind up on that yourself.
Moving from the dragon's breath breifly onto the topic of dragon's blood (and I don't mean the resin). Legend has it that where dragon blood is spilt, and has been spilt in the distant past, no vegetation will grow there. Dowsers also say that when something goes wrong with the dragon's breath this also happens. One such legend about spilt dragon's blood is connected with the bare spot called Dragon Hill which lies just below the White Horse at Uffington, Berkshire, England. There is another similar legend connected to a bare spot near Aller in Somerset.
Back during the times when the Christians swept in from the European mainland, the Christians had a habit and maybe even a policy of building churches dedicated to St Michael the dragon-slayer over these old places of power, and some of them being in the most unlikely, isolated and out of the way places imaginable. Both Glastonbury and Burrow-bridge in Somerset have churches dedicated to St Michael on top of them.
The Anglo-Saxon people, spoke of another dragon earth energy. They said that dragons laired in certain sites to protect hordes of treasure. These sites seem to be contected to burial mounds which the Anglo-Saxons called dragon hills. The Celtic, Anglo-Saxon and Norse people all said that were-fire burned above the barrows where treasure was buried. It could we be that the ancient peoples knew where these rivers of draconic energy flowed and built burial mounds over them for specific reasons. The grave goods in barrows built on such energy streams would, in time, absorb that energy in particular gold and silver items. Maybe the treasure found in these guarded barrows was of a more spiritual nature that could be discovered through using the energies of the dragon's breath. Who knows?
The ley lines, which have been mapped here in Great Britain, may well be streams of the dragon's breath, while the black streams could be lines where the dragon breath has soured for one reason or another. Most people have always assumed that these ley lines are only found in Great Britain, but I'm reckoning that these ley lines criss cross the globe, its just a matter of finding them.
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