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Sedona's visitors often hear talk of vortexes  cyclones of energy that come directly from the earth that can be felt by those in their presence. These vortexes are represented by the uniquely shaped rock formations believed to emit energy.

Although all of Sedona is believed to be a vortex, there are four primary vortexes in the city, each radiating its own particular energy. Vortexes are categorized as either "feminine" (energy entering the earth) or "masculine" (energy leaving the earth). The Airport Vortex, along Route 89A just west of the intersection of routes 89A and 179 (the "Y") is said to produce a masculine energy, strengthening one's self-confidence and motivation. The Cathedral Rock Vortex near Red Rock State Park fosters feminine aspects like goodness, patience and compassion. The Boynton Canyon Vortex, northwest of the "Y" along Dry Creek Road, offers a balance between masculine and feminine energies. And the Bell Rock Vortex, south of the "Y" along Route 179, offers a combination of the three: masculinity, femininity and balance. There are also many smaller, more subtle vortexes found throughout the area.

Visitors can splurge on a vortex tour, which several of Sedona's tour companies offer. However, many locals and visitors suggest saving your money and exploring the vortexes on your own. Many of the New Age shops and boutiques in town are happy to point you in the right direction and offer up free maps. For more information on Sedona's vortexes, including a map and a list of tour operators, visit Sedona.net.

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