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The Meridian and the Hexagram: The Revelation of France's Foundation Plan (cont.)
By William Glyn-Jones

This is what I pondered. What is the relationship between the Seal of Solomon and the meridian that runs across the map of France?

And then a thought occurred to me.

The shape of France on the map is hexagonal.

L'hexagone is actually used by the French as a nickname for their country. I even seemed to recall that there was a French national newspaper that took this as its name, for this reason. It was time to get hold of a map of France. How did the Paris Meridian relate to the hexagonal shape of France?

I soon found a map, and then noted something very interesting. Effectively, the Meridian runs from the North Point of France down to the South Point, and I could also see that the line bisected the nation vertically into what looked like two fairly equal halves. In other words, the Paris Meridian runs from the top tip of the first equilateral triangle of the hexagram down to the bottom tip of the other triangle, the inverted one. I thought again of this business of the intersection of Blade and Chalice. The Chalice is the inverted triangle, and I found myself wondering where the meridian bisects this. Looking at the map it occurred to me that this might actually be at Paris. If so, Paris would be at ¾ of the way along the Meridian line measuring from South Point up to North Point. Well, that wouldn't be a difficult measurement. I'd just need to measure the length of the full Meridian on the map, multiply by 0.75, and then measure that far up, and see if this pinpointed Paris. I only needed a ruler and a calculator, and I had soon laid my hands on this equipment.

When I made the required measurement I found that yes, ¾ of the way up the line does indeed pinpoint a spot smack bang in the heart of Paris. In other words, the Louvre pyramids and their little brother on the floor below are indeed located at the intersection of the Blade and the Chalice, if the Blade is taken at the Paris Meridian (more on this in a minute), and the Chalice as the inverted triangle formed from the hexagram placed onto the map of France.

This much I worked out that morning, and resolved that on my return journey I would join the Da Vinci Code tourists and have a look at the Glass Pyramids outside the Louvre before I got on the train that would pass through the tunnel and bring me back to Blighty. Of course there was more research to be done here, but that could wait 'till I got home. So, as planned, I paid a flying visit to the pyramids as I stopped in Paris on my way back, and sure enough there were the Dan Brown fans with their cameras. Did they believe the "Holy Grail" was buried under there, and/or the bones of Jesus' wife Mary Magdalene? I didn't believe that, but I was by now starting to wonder if there was more to this mystery than immediately met the eye.

One of the most obvious next questions to ask was that of how the site of Roslin in Scotland came into all this. Brown introduces again the concept of a Rose-Line and then he tells us this line if extended further south goes through Glastonbury. I checked this out and soon discovered it to be nonsense. It doesn't go anywhere near. It does of course go north through the Scottish capital of Edinburgh, and I also noticed that, as with France, it goes to a point on the north coast that could certainly have been regarded as the effective North Point of Scotland. Since Roslin is also connected by Brown with the Seal of Solomon pattern, (following, or rather loosely inspired by Lomas and Knight in The Hiram Key) it was perfectly obvious what I had to do. So I measured the ratio, and found with some surprise that yes, Roslin is exactly ¾ of the way along this Scottish "Rose Line", this time measured from the North Point down to the southernmost point on this longitude line, where it meets the sea at the Solway.

In fact the longitude of Roslin, 3°9'36.72" West (of Greenwich), runs directly up through Arthur's Seat in Holy Rood Park in the centre of Edinburgh, as can be seen using the Google Earth gridline feature. This notable landmark, Arthur's Seat, which dominates the city, is the highest of a set of peaks that form the image of a crouched lion, which is why the hill is also known as the Lion's Head. The name Arthur's Seat may indicate an old association with King Arthur. (An early Welsh poem recorded in the 14th century, which mentions Arthur, describes the heroes feasting for a year at Edinburgh.) With this being the highest of Edinburgh's seven peaks, one could understand the logic of the Meridian being made to pass through it, as the plotting out of the line would have required the sighting of distant landmarks.

Arthur's Seat seen from Edinburgh's port of Leith

And just as Paris had a royal observatory from which the French national meridian was plotted out, and as the Global Prime Meridian goes through the royal observatory in Greenwich, there is also a royal observatory in Edinburgh, which originally stood on Calton Hill. Brian Hooker notes in his essay A Multitude of Prime Meridians on the Internet that from the start of the 1700's it was quite common for countries to select the longitude of their national observatory as their zero meridian (and visa versa?). The history of the Edinburgh observatory can be traced back through the first lectures in Astronomy at the Edinburgh University in 1583 through to the establishment of a Chair of Astronomy there in 1786, and the Calton Hill observatory was granted royal observatory status in 1822 by George IV of Britain, who, we may note in passing, had been the Grand Master of the Masonic Grand Lodge of Scotland since 1805. The building used at that time had been designed by the classical Greek revivalist architect William Playfair - and it looks more like (and indeed is based on the design of) a classical temple than an observatory. One Scottish Astronomer Royal based here was the clever but loopy Piazzi Smythe, whose book on the Great Pyramid includes a diagram showing how a meridian through that ancient monument divides the Nile Delta in half and meets the coast near the northern most part of the Delta arc.

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