Having read a claim in The Mysteries of Chartres Cathedral that the pattern made by the Cathedrals of France duplicates the shape of star constellations we decided to research this claim.
In 1990/91 we visited and catalogued the exact locations of every Cathedral and Abbey in Western Europe. When the outcome of this research became evident, this was followed in 1993 by visits to many of the key Celtic remains. The results were profound
The constellation of Ursa Major (The Big Dipper or Plough) has been duplicated on the ground. The sites of the seven principal stars have a 302.4 mile span. This measure is 2520 Greek furlongs, the diameter of Plato’s’ world soul. The sites of the seven stars include;
Cathedrals at Chartres, Reims, St Quentin, Verdun (all of which are ancient Celtic sites) and Celtic site at Donnersberg,
The two interior angles of the cup are precisely 108⁰ – inviting the construction of a regular pentagon and regular pentagram inside the pattern
When plotted, all the locations form alignments which intersect at the principal locations of the pattern – the two less well know sites are easily located this way (a full list of these connections is available on request)
Some of the most significant (connections within 100 metres) are;
Bonne Mare –Chartres – Albi
Notre Dames Reims – Bonne Mare – Donnersberg
ND Rouen – Bonne Mare – Notre Dame Paris
Landonvillers – Morimond -Citeaux – Cluny
Caudbec- Fontenelle- Compiegne- Soissons – Landonvillers
Sees – Metz – Landonvillers
Spectacularly, the alignment between Abbey St Michel, Chartres and Clairvaux (the abbey founded by St Bernard de Clairvaux which was moved to ensure that it accurately fitted the pattern and which was converted into a prison in the 19thC) is precise within several feet.
The ancient Paris meridian precisely bisects the base of the cup
When the Cistercians constructed their Abbeys in France – at least three of their first and most important abbeys were reconstructed after a short time and moved a short distance – the new location then made a very precise alignment with the pattern. This implies that someone involved in the construction of these abbeys was aware of the ground pattern and how to create the alignments.
The Knights Templar
In the 11th and 12th centuries, it was customary for the first son to inherit titles and land and for second sons to go into Monasteries (founded by their brother) if they did not wish to serve as a vassal for him. It is claimed that order of Pauperes commilitones Christi Templique Salomonici – The Knights Templar was founded by Hughes de Payens in 1118. He lived under the influence of Hughes, Compte de Champagne who had been one of the main sponsors of the 1st Crusade in 1096 and who had taken a small group (including Hughes de Payens) to the Holy land for a short visit in 1105.
It is perhaps significant that Etienne Henri (the elder brother of Hughes de Champagne) deserted the 1st Crusade in 1098 and returned to France. It is speculated that he (and others) brought back information of significance which provoked the establishment to The Knights Templar and which motivated the support of Robert of Molesmes when he founded the Cistercians in 1098. A full list of critical dates is available.
Many second and third sons in the noble houses of Europe joined the Knights Templar between the order’s establishment and its condemnation and demise between 1307 and 1314. The Knights Templar (in conjunction with the Cistercians and the noble houses of their birth) became the first bankers of Europe and the driving force behind the construction of some 300 abbeys and 100 Gothic Cathedrals in a 200 year period.
Speculation continues that the first visitors to Jerusalem uncovered a hidden cache of information and that the knowledge that they gained was behind the spectacular growth of the order, some secret which are reputed to have guarded and the design of the Gothic Cathedrals.
The Gothic Cathedrals
The Gothic cathedrals duplicated certain key elements of the temples of Egypt
· They duplicated the female form reposant that is fertilised by the sun’s rays entering between the two raised towers
· They are oriented towards key astronomical positions – in many instances linked to the constellation of Ursa Major
The Extended Pattern
The pattern is comprehensive and the extensions approximate to large and well known Celtic monuments at Carnac, Stonehenge and Avebury. Interestingly, Leo Minor and Leo Major, the constellations adjacent to Ursa Major are also duplicated over the United Kingdom. The alpha and beta stars of Leo Minor being represented by the chapels at Cambridge and Oxford which point to the Xi star (ξ) in Ursa Major – the Cathedral in Norwich.
The pattern extends with connections to Egypt and raises the questions
How could it have been put down so accurately?
Why was it constructed? Was it to leave a message or was it out of reverence?