Buck’s Hill (Āža kalns) is 480–520 metres long and around 109 m tall (though some sources say it is 123 m tall). The hike up the hill is like an offer of a small adventure, which is why we call it the Buck’s Trail (Āža taka).
When asked about the origins of the name of the hill, even the oldest residents of the area only shrug and say: “It is the shape. A buck, no doubt!” Indeed! The shape of the hill resembles the side view of a body of a buck: a tail, hind, curved back, a head with horns and a nose. The drop from the Buck’s forehead down to the nose is almost terrifying.
There are several stopping points on hill - Buck's Tail, Buck's Crosses, Buck's Back, Buck's Neck and Nose. Each of them has a strong vascular energy.
The largest and most important mountains in the far area are located on the same line as the Buck's Tail. In Estonia — the Munamagi, across the sea bay — Milzukalns, and here — the Buck’s Hill, but further in Zante — Smiltiņkalns and further still — the Krīvu Hill in Liepāja. All of these hills mark the Sun’s path on the Spring Equinox, which falls on the 19th-20th of March when the day becomes longer than the night. There is only one such path on the Earth, and it crosses the Rauda Forest and Tukums. Tukums itself has a unique site — the oldest observatory in the Eastern Europe; as you stand to the south-west of the Tukums castle mound and look through the notch of the Large Hill (Lielais kalns) as if through an eyepiece, you can welcome the Spring Equinox sunrise.
Buck's Crosses are the first crosspoint of fire energy “goldmine” that crosses the hill. In clear weather, you can see the Durbe Manor from this place, but not much more. But Tukums is a town of 20,000 inhabitants! How is it possible that, when you reach the highest point of the area, you can only see a couple of roofs? This was something that people had already thought about in the 13th century, when there were no highways or rail roads — only waterways and logging trails in forests. Nor there was the Durbe Manor. The town was deliberately set up in a way to ensure that ill-wishers could not see it even from the tallest hills in the vicinity. Tukums is a special town in a special place.
It would already suffice that the town is crossed by the strong sacred Spring Equinox line. But that is not all! Tukums is situated atop the symbolically strongest Latvian sign — the zigzag of Māra or the three hill waves. The first is made of the Milzukalns and Buck’s Hill followed by the valley of Lake Melnezers and the spring cascade. The town itself is built in the middle, on the second wave, and this placement is extraordinarily wise. The third wave is made of the Large Hill, Cook’s Hill and the castle mound.
On the path that runs along the Buck’s Curved Spine, there is a path of fire energy lines and sometimes even fire crosses. The hill is a place that helps you develop and inspires you.
The water-finder Māris Zvaunis tells that the Buck’s Hill has no underground water streams. The closest underground streams near the Buck's Hill are found to the west, down by the pond, where waterlilies bloom during the summer, and to the east, where there is a little swamp in the valley on the other side of the Buck’s back. To the south, the Buck has made a little puddle under the tail — there is water in the meteorite crater or the Eye of Wisdom, but to the north — approximately 100 m past the Buck’s swamp, near the road of Rauda, you can also see a pond.
Official science, too, conducts various studies about the topic of the underground water streams. The radiation of the underground water streams is explained with manifestations of the electrostatic field. It is possible that the radiation is not caused by a single source, but rather by separate processes in the entrails of the earth. The most frequently mentioned is the radiation coming from the upper ground water streams. This is caused by water streams that are found in the upper soil — loose layers or clay.
Buck’s Neck is a gateway to the Sacred Grove and the site of ancient rites. Stop and look around. In the place of the Buck’s left eye, there is a 200-year-old grove of lime trees with many trunks: one of the lime trees has 14 trunks and another — even 18 trunks growing from one root. There is no other such naturally occurring circles of lime trees with multiple trunks in Latvia.
In nature, doubling or multiple repetitions occur only because a place has sufficient energy causing fertility. All of the heritage trees of Latvia grow in very strong places energetically, and this is one of such places.
This place features a unique acoustics. You can speak very quietly here, without any effort, and the others will still hear everything. This would be an ideal venue for a Song Festival stage. Try out your voice! Go ahead! Can you hear it?!
If you carry on along the trail, you will reach the Buck’s Nose — the furthest energetic crossroads of the hill.
The tales of werewolves are also connected with Buck's Hill, the theologian Ralph Kokins has written about in his book. You can read them here.
Contact informationRauda forest, Sēme parish, Tukums region