QUOTE(lyah @ Oct 19 2012, 09:45 PM)
I cannot offer a lot of informed advice on this one but I was hoping others could contribute to this discussion. I am aware of vortices and their general nature. Many of them have a lot to do with ley line and often they also set up where PEOPLE sluff off regular and gratuitous amounts of energy (IMG:style_emoticons/default/bigwink.gif
) They can be negative or positive, old and new, large and small but they often indicate some pretty interesting things. They can bring nasties, generate highs, cause people to act a certain way, and act almost like magnets to certain kinds of energies. But how do can we magick users and 'sensitives' use them for our purposes? I tried looking up a discussion on the search bar, but the best I came up with was a discussion on mayan vortices. I was hoping for something more basic and informative; vortices for dummies, if you will.
It has been a long while sense I looked into this, but if memory serves, British and Welsh standing stone circles often mark a vortex. In the UK pagan scene there are a few Druid types that connect them to seasonal and civilizational changes and hold rituals relevant to those times. For example, spring, birth, generation, living; winter, death, ancestors. The largest stone circles Stone Henge and a site just a mile off to one side it are both cited as examples for this theory. The way one would use them might change depending on the exact lay out of the circle but using Stone Henge and its sister site as reference I would say that the circle lets in energy related to astronomical phenomenon of relating to some even the builders found significant enough to hold a ritual for. For example, Stone Henge's sister site is littered with the remains of sacrificed pigs and is aligned according to the winter solstice - the time when symbolically the dead are most present to receive offerings.
There was a writer of occult themed comic books (bear with me it more solid than it sounds) who came up with a theory that lay lines, vortexes, and circles form a neolithic occult mechanism where by energy from "special places" is gathered and channeled by the lay lines to other "special places" which facilitate the smooth transition from one socially important moment to the next in accord with the nature of the "special places". Vortexes are considered both byproduct of and accoutrement to the primary sites and lines. Located on sites where energy is either gathered or lost and used to fix the energy in one spot; possibly even send it to one of the main sites.
I assume you have no wish to preform animal sacrifice to insure your community has ancestral support though winter, so you might try looking into the frequency and location of vortexes in your area. You could construct a circle to contain the energy coming out for use in rituals. If you can manage to dowse another vortex where energy is adsorbed and sent to your first circle you could use that place to make corresponding sacrifices that bolster the work done at the first.
Mind you this is all highly theoretical and I'm half talking out of my ear as this is far out side of my experience. (The Chinese call them dragon wells and use them for nothing more than great places to live.) But perhaps this will inspire you to do something more concrete. (IMG:style_emoticons/default/smile.gif