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Secrets of Sacred Space Paperback – November 8, 1999

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The main reasons to visit or build sacred power centers, says sacred space designer Chuck Pettis, are to have profound mystical experiences, grow spiritually, heal the earth, and meditate to expand one's consciousness. Pettis provides a powerful aid to these purposes with Secrets of Sacred Space, in which the complicated subjects of geomancy, symbolism, numerology, and astronomical alignments are explained in depth. Secrets of Sacred Space is not only a guided tour of ancient monuments such as Stonehenge but also a practical manual for creating one's own sacred space, whether with gigantic boulders on a mountain top or tiny shells on a shelf. Readers learn how to choose a sacred site, communicate with spiritual beings, and dowse for earth energies, and they are treated to a plethora of other fascinating and useful occult and practical information needed to create sacred places. --P. Randall Cohan

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Chuck Pettis (Washington) is an author, speaker, teacher and sacred space artist, who has designed and built sacred places of power since 1970. He created and built the first modern energetically and astronomically-aligned stone circle in the US, the Ellis Hollow Stone Circle and is the founder and President of the Geo Group, a nonprofit corporation dedicated to the study and design of sacred space.

When Chuck dowsed the Seattle Ley-Line Map, which was featured on the “Sightings” television show, he made Seattle the first city in the modern world to have its ley lines and power centers mapped. Chuck has given numerous lectures and seminars on the subject of sacred space, including presentations at the American Society of Dowsers national conference. He is the author of the book Cosmic Geometry: Tantric Transformations and has authored or contributed to articles on sacred space in East-West, American Society of Dowsers Journal, and NEARA Journal. Chuck  has a BA in Psychology from Carnegie-Mellon University, and a MS in Design from Southern Illinois University.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Llewellyn Publications; 1st edition (November 8, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1567185193
  • ISBN-13: 978-1567185195
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 7.5 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #852,579 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This is a book about the art and science of earth monuments. It is written in a friendly and accessible style with many rich anecdotes by a man who has committed many years to not only the study of sacred place, but to practical construction of new monuments. Surprisingly, it is not an exhaustive documentation or analysis of ancient sites, though there is some brief discussion of these. It is, first and foremost, a practical guide for those who wish to investigate the subtle aspects of place and to create sacred places today. For example, each chapter ends with a concise summary of the information covered in the chapter and a list of suggested exercises. The appendices include tables of the angles for significant solar and lunar events for several latitudes.
The most remarkable thing about this book is the seamless blend of the mystical with the mathematical. Chuck Pettis is a mathematician, but is also a well known dowser and ley line hunter. Expect to have earth angels and subtle energies explained in one breath, and the mathematics of planetary motion and symbolic geometry in the next. I am enthusiastic about this book. It has inspired me to begin design of my own stone circle. But I will admit a bias. I have had the pleasure of knowing the author personally for many years.
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Chuck Pettis is keeping the tradition of sacred stone circles alive! This is a well-balanced book, taking either a traditional, scientific approach to sacred spaces, or encouraging people to create their own power centers. Secrets of Sacred Space is filled with photos, drawings, diagrams, and a brilliant color insert. If the geometry gets too overwhelming, you'll be comforted with the wisdom and history within. Ever wondered why certain place just don't feel right? Learn about negative energy and the good energy of power centers all over the world. Secrets of Sacred Space is your chance to re-connect with the earth.
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If you have any interest in sacred spaces like stone circles, then this is the book for you. This is the most comprehensive, detailed book out there on the subject. While the book gives you an introduction into understanding and creating sacred space, it is chock full of beautiful pictures of beautiful places. Besides that, it also gives you the details you need to know to create your own powerful sacred space. Now you could say that I'm biased because the author is my dad, but he has been doing research on this topic since I was born, 27 years ago, and he is a top notch expert on sacred space. Another great thing about this book is that it isn't boring reading. Chuck Pettis introduces the reader to concepts of sacred space by telling stories about his adventures that are really amazing, like the whole chapter on the Ellis Hollow stone circle. Some of the stories are scary to, like the encounter that he and his friend Mike had while map dowsing Seattle. This is the type of book that I put next to Andy Goldsworthy's books on the table and watch my guests ooh and ah. Buy it now and prepare yourself for a new way of looking at the world.
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After reading Secrets of Sacred Space, I realized that my business name 'THE GEOMANCER' commanded that I learn much more about the spiritual side of geomancy. The book enlightened me in such a manner that I decided to re-direct my primary business focus of FENG SHUI to the crucial service of making sure my client's homes are 'healthy' to live in. It has also convinced me to begin meditation. Thank you Chuck, for your well-written guide. I urge others to read, learn and assist us in our quest for a healthier earth.
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This is the first book I ever read about sacred sites, in 2005. The pictures compelled me and the subject interested me, so I went on to explore the subject in more depth, primarily the reasons for their existence, visiting large sites in France and Britain.
Then I felt the urge to build a stone circle or something similar myself. That is when I returned to this book. There are a plethora of books on the market since the publication of this one dealing with sacred sites, and many are wonderful. Each gives a different viewpoint and assessment which combine to present a full rich meaning to the existence and power of sacred sites.
But I have to say, this one has proven unique. If you are wanting to build your own, incorporate one into your landscape, this is the first book you should have. I don't say that lightly, as I have a library of books on the subject. But none do what this author has done. It has been his life-long passion and he is one of the few to take the mathematics of stone circle construction, add it to the metaphysical raison d'etre of their existence and created actual physical stone circles, possibly the first new constructions in America. Talk about putting your money where your mouth is! No other author of this subject has done that. So that makes him and this book unique and invaluable.
I visited the stone circle he created in Earth Sanctuary on Whidbey Island, WA, curious as to whether dowsing and using formulae can actually produce a sacred circle, and I must say, the stone circle did indeed hold power. It was strong enough the top of my head felt it was going to lift off. So there was a distinct activation of the crown chakra with this circle, coupled with a consciousness-raising aspect, I'm sure.
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