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12/24/2012 8:09:00 AM
How Sedona became vortex capital of the world
Airport Vortex with cars and tourist bus
Airport Vortex with cars and tourist bus

In the past 30 years, the “vortexes” of Sedona have become almost as famous as the Red Rocks. Tourists by the thousands make their pilgrimages to be energized, to meditate, or to have their curiosity satisfied.

Sedona has been called the (unofficial) New Age capital of the world. According to a study done by Northern Arizona University 64 percent of the near 4 million visitors who come to Sedona come for a spiritual experience! There are many psychics who make their homes here.

Sedona is second only to the Grand Canyon as a tourist attraction. And whom do we have to thank for this influx of tourist dollars? A psychic named Page Bryant.

Around 1980, Page Bryant, now living and writing in North Carolina, was temporarily living in Sedona. She psychically channeled an “entity” who described several different energy spots here in Red Rock Country. Ms. Bryant named them “vortexes.”

A local hair stylist who has lived here 35-plus years recalls Bryant sitting in a chair in his salon with a map of Sedona spread out before her, geographically locating the vortexes.

He suggested that Airport Mesa would be good since it was easily accessible to people. It was, and — according to him -- it caused problems on the landing strip. The vortex cooperatively moved about a half mile down Airport Road to the saddle where it is now located.

Ms Bryant’s audio tape about vortexes and earth energy mentions only the current site of the Airport Vortex.

According to Ms. Bryant vortexes are either electrical (positive), magnetic (negative), or electro-magnetic (balance of both). The electric exhibit a male force and charge or vitalize the physical body.

The magnetic exhibit a female force and are receptive to the psychic subconscious mind.

There are seven vortexes in Red Rock Country. Only four are usually discussed. The largest is Boynton Canyon. It is electro-magnetic with a powerful energy that promotes physical and emotional healing. It is located off Dry Creek Road in West Sedona in the general area west of the Seven Canyons development.

According to Ms Bryant the Yavapai consider that to be sacred land and the area may be under the protection of the “grandfather spirits” who make it difficult to develop sacred land.

Cathedral Rock is an astral, magnetic vortex promoting past life recall, among other phenomena. The above mentioned Airport Vortex is electrical. It stimulates the consciousness and alleviates depression.

Bell Rock is the most interesting vortex. It is electrical and powerful. It not only resembles a bell, but it also resembles the Gemini space capsule (again, according to Ms Bryant). Energy emanates from the center of the rock to the heavens; it is a beacon.

At least all the folks who gathered for the Harmonic Convergence in 1987 thought so.

The other three vortexes are not nearly so romantic. The Hyatt Hotel/Post Office is a very small vortex centered on the hill which includes the Chamber of Commerce Building. Supposedly, it is more like a time warp that causes temporary confusion, disorientation, and foul-ups. Not really good vibes for a post office, retail shops and a hotel.

Indian Gardens is a unique, man-made vortex. It doesn’t do much. It is temporary and will dissipate in time. Ms. Bryant said she learned of this vortex through psychic reception.

Apache Leap is located across 179 from Bell Rock. It is very negative. She received psychic knowledge (which she admits she was unable to verify) of a group of Apaches being chased up the cliffs by the cavalry.

The Apaches chose to leap from the cliffs rather than be taken prisoners. Did anyone ever attempt to ride a horse up the face of that hill?

Articles have been written debunking the whole vortex idea. Some say Sedona is a town built on a hoax, while others believe it is a holy place.

And while most of us who live here take the notion of magical vortexes with a big grain of salt, we did find our way here from somewhere else.

Now that is your woo-woo thought for the day.

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Reader Comments

Posted: Saturday, August 29, 2015
Article comment by: Meghan Campbell

The only person on this page who has posted anything even remotely sensible is Joseph Busuttil.

But hey, people wanna believe what they wanna believe. Or perhaps, what they NEED to believe.

As for the comment that "Susi Lern" posted....Sedona is one of the earth's "Chakras?"

Fine. Now prove that chakras exist, and then you might have the beginnings of an argument.

Posted: Wednesday, August 27, 2014
Article comment by: susi learn

so, one poster believes just because page worked in a salon, that negates any gifts she may have? not a very intelligent judgement.

i had the opportunity to meet with page years ago and i can assure you, she is the real deal. she did not know me, nor did i say anything, but she knew several things about me that convinced me she was sincere.

the first time i went to sedona, the hair on my arms stood up. it was truly a special place. although it's sad so many people turned it into a 'new agey' center and builders are capitilizing there, it still has its' energy.

sedona is one of earth's chakras.

Posted: Wednesday, April 30, 2014
Article comment by: Mary Jane

My mother was a hairdresser for almost 30 yrs and I can guarantee that had she been living here at the time, it would've some of her tales being told today.

She would gossip and make up stories all day long with her clientele. I shudder to think what crazy things she might have prognosticated.

Posted: Wednesday, April 30, 2014
Article comment by: In a beauty parlor?

That Ms. Bryant reportedly formulated her theory on Sedona's vortices while sitting in a chair in a beauty parlor pretty much tells you everything you need to know about the seriousness of this matter.

Posted: Wednesday, April 30, 2014
Article comment by: Phil Lum

Nice article. I am curious about the vortexes, having just returned from my first week-long trip to Sedona and the Grand Canyon. I approach all such alleged phenomena with a bit of skepticism, most beginning with a hint of greed for tourist dollars (aka. the Seven Magical Pools of Hana). That said, the Sedona landscape can easily hold its own as a grand attraction for me, and would be a place to mark as a return destination in the future. I fished one of the creeks and hiked only one of the trails during my stay, but would like to do many more in the years to come. The area does, for me, possess a sort of "magic" composure that goes much deeper than what the senses gather from a visual perspective. During this trip, I only started to allow my deeper senses to take part in my surroundings. Doing so would require early morning treks to destinations of solitude. Would such wanderings in Vortex regions create a greater sense of energy absorption? Perhaps. Perhaps not. For sure, it would take many more visits, and at different times of the year. I'll remain somewhat "grain-of-salt" skeptical about the "magical energy" of a Sedona vortex, but, for sure, God willing, I'll be back to appreciate this wonderful creation of beauty.

Posted: Tuesday, December 25, 2012
Article comment by: JOSEPH BUSUTTIL

Well written article and very informative.

It is also said that when Ms.Bryant finally packed her bags and moved to New Mexico the vortexes also packed theirs and decamped with her.

It's all rather silly but one thing is plain where ever people gather to be thrilled by God's amazing handiwork there is a natural calming and prayerful atmosphere. It's not a force from outside us but our hearts speaking from within us.

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