Landscape Temples

By Jaap van Etten, PhD

One of my interests is the study of the use of the Earth energies by different civilizations and traditions over time. These studies led me to the subject of Landscape temples. It is a fascinating subject that helped me to see how people, both in the past and the present, recognize the importance of the energies of Mother Earth, especially those that resonate with our chakras. The fact that there are landscape temples that integrate these chakra vortex energies indicates that people in the past were able to recognize the importance of these chakra energies. Chakras reflect the way we relate to the physical world in which we live, both from a physical and spiritual perspective. Our souls contain and radiate the white light of Source. When souls enter a physical body, this white light refracts into the seven colors of the rainbow, which also are the seven colors of the chakras connected to our physical body. Our body functions as a prism: it refracts the white light of the soul into the array of colors we know as the rainbow colors. In our current times we are insufficiently or even not at all trained to use these chakras properly, and as a consequence, the chakras lose their brightness and are no longer able to form together white light. Our task is to bring these seven chakras (colors) into such a state that the colors of the chakras will again have such a pure quality that, together, they can again create white light. We call the state in which this is possible enlightenment.

We have forgotten that the Earth has all the energies to heal us and balance our chakras to their optimal state. We call places on earth where these energies are available chakra vortexes. If you would like to read more about vortexes and also about chakras, I recommend reading my book Gifts of Mother Earth (for more information click here []). In this book, you will also find references to a twelve chakra system. Besides the seven chakras of the physical body, five more chakras connect the physical and the five subtle bodies with each other. These twelve chakras are all supported by chakra vortexes of Mother Earth. This support shows us that we, human beings, reflect the chakra system of the Earth fully, making our system and that of the Earth into two fully resonating systems.

We again begin to realize that the Earth has chakra energies and that it is important to connect with them as a support for our personal development. These chakra energies were important enough for our ancestors to use them in their lives and their activities. One of the ways they used them is in the mentioned landscape temples, which is a much more common phenomenon than I realized.

Two types of landscape temples

We can separate landscape temples into two types. The first type is the landscape temples that are discovered and described by geomancers. They mainly work with patterns of the earth and structures in the landscape which could include human structures. They also include their feelings and the way they experience the energies of the area they are studying. The patterns they see together with the feelings they have led to an understanding of the potential or actual function of the landscape. Based on this approach they describe chakra landscape temples in countries and even in whole continents. In almost all cases they describe landscape temples having seven chakras located in a straight line. An example is the chakra alignments in the landscape temple of Sedona as described by Nicholas Mann (1). Other examples are the landscape temple in Ireland, described by David Furlong (2); and the landscape temples described by Peter Dawkins in de United States (3), in England (4) and Europa as a whole (5). As far as I have been able to check their studies, these researchers do not use specific chakra vortexes but use a certain energetic quality of an area. For that reason, they can indicate the seven chakras of the landscape temples as a straight line. Their idea is not as farfetched as it may seem. All energies are present everywhere unless we create artificial energies that destroy, alter or diminish these energies. Therefore, all energies are everywhere, and maybe that is what inspired these researchers to indicate landscape temples as they do.

The ancient people did not go for the general quality of the land. They selected specific sites which today we call vortexes. They also were not attached to straight lines. For them, the Earth is a living being, and for living beings, nothing is mathematically precise but depends on the dynamic of the living structure. They selected the centers of the chakra vortexes as the basis for their temples. The centers of vortexes have the most optimal energy and therefore will give the most optimal effect of what they wanted to achieve and experience. The chakra sites they selected and used are interconnected by lines that I call communication lines (for more information on communication lines see Gifts of Mother Earth). The landscape temples based on actual vortex sites belong to the second type, and in my opinion, are the “real” landscape temples.

This second type of landscape temples also has two different types. The first type is a temple that is part of what we can call a city. These “cities” are ceremonial cities that were in use for initiations and spiritual purposes. In these cities, you will find all seven chakras, and sometimes there are other energy sites (sacred places) added to the seven chakras. These places are perfect for training initiates into higher spiritual experiences through mastering the seven chakras, the seven ways to deal with life in physical reality. Examples of these city temples are Machu Picchu in Peru (see image 1), Teotihuacan in Mexico (image 2) and Teotenango, also in Mexico (image 3). These are known as spiritual places, but there are many more of these cityscape temples.  In all these situations the seven chakras are integrated into the structure and layout of the city using natural chakra energies (vortexes). In none of the given examples, the vortexes are located on a straight line.

Image 1 Machu Picchu

Image 2 Teotihuacan Pyramid of the Sun 3rd chakra

Image 3 Pyramid in Teotenango 7th chakra

The second group of the “real” landscape temples consists of what you truly can call temples in a landscape. These landscape temples are more common than I originally thought. So far I have found and researched several landscape temples, both in The US and Europe. I found several landscape temples in the Sedona area (not including the one described by Nicholas Mann which has its base on geomancy). I found one in Pennsylvania and two in Hawaii. So far I found four landscape temples in Europe: two in Denmark and two in The Netherlands. In almost all these situations the chakra vortexes that form the temple are spread over a larger distance from tens of miles up to more than 100 miles. None of those mentioned above temples have chakra sites that form a straight line.

Each of the chakra sites within the Landscape temple seems to be a separate unit. They have in most cases human-made structures as part of the system. When that is the case, these structures always are in the center of the chakra vortex. These chakra sites all connect, making them into one system, the landscape temple. The connection between the chakra sites is formed by communication lines. The chakras and the communication lines form a complex energy system that can you can compare to the chakras of an enlightened person. They form a coherent energy field. Connecting with one of the chakras not only connects you with the energies of that specific chakra but also with the energies of the temple as a whole.  Each of the chakra locations is a doorway into the total system. That is what makes these places so powerful.

Atlantis and Lemuria

The creation of these landscape temples occurred with energies that reflect that people in the past created from a higher level of consciousness than we do when we create our “sacred sites” in current times. These differences are easy to detect when we look at the energy of the communication lines that connect the chakra vortexes. The frequency of the energies in these lines is related to the number of triads in the lines: the higher the number of triads, the higher the frequency and the consciousness that created them (for more information on triad lines see Gifts of Mother Earth). Based on the number of triads and the quality of the energies, we may conclude that the Lemurians created most of the Landscape Temples in the Sedona area. They also created one of the two landscape temples in Denmark (image 4) in what I would like to call a Lemurian colony.

Image 4 Church in Sversted, Denmark Lemurian Temple, 8th chakra

I call it a “colony” because it lays outside the main area of Lemuria. However, it was the people from Atlantis that created the second landscape temple of Denmark and one of the landscape temples of  The Netherlands.  The second landscape temple in The Netherlands is even older than Lemuria and is created by what I call in Gifts of Mother Earth “the White Robes people.” These “White Robes” also created some landscape temples in Sedona.

I have published information on these landscape temples at different places. The English version of the two Danish landscape temples is available on the Lemurantis website. To read the article, click here. ( I published the information on the two Dutch landscape temples in Dutch only in the Dutch magazine “Frontier.” If you can read Dutch, you can read the article that includes both Landscape Temples here. (

The large landscape temple in Sedona is published in the Sedona Journal of Emergence and is also available on the Lemurantis website. To read it, click here. (

Visiting the different chakra sites of a landscape temple is like a pilgrimage. If you have the opportunity, I highly recommend a visit to any of the sites of any of the landscape temples. How to visit these sites and how to use the energies most optimally is described in the mentioned articles.


  1. Nicholas R. Mann, Sedona Sacred Earth, A guide to the Red Rock Country, (Light Technology Publishing, Flagstaff, AZ, 2004, Revised Edition).
  2. David Furlong, Working with Earth Energies; How to Tap into the Healing Powers of the Natural World (London: Piatkus, 2003), 66-74.
  3. Peter Dawkins, North America,
  4. Peter Dawkins, Sacred Landscape and Geomancy,
  5. Peter Dawkins, The Continent of Europe,


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