The Meridian and the Hexagram: The Revelation of France's Foundation Plan (cont.)
By William Glyn-Jones
So then, the Cardinal Virtues are associated with the Four Cardinal Directions, E,W,S,N, and we have seen the Sword of Justice coming from the South, and the Chalice of Temperance in the North. The Rod of Strength and the Mirror of Truth must have been in the East and West, and it is intriguing to see now how Astraea would be associated consequently with the southern end of the Meridian, including the Rennes-le-Chateaux region...so much for Holy Grail and the bones of Mary Magdalene, not withstanding that Mary with her alabaster jar looks a little like the Tarot card of Temperance.
And now that I had come this far, there were other questions that simply could not be ignored. For example, if Poussin's Shepherds II painting really does have some connection to these Meridian Mysteries, what significance is there in the fact that a copy of this painting was produced in stone relief on a mysterious shrine in the gardens of Shugborough Hall in the English Midlands?
The Mystery of Shugborough Hall
So, the same Poussin painting that we looked at in connection with the French Meridian, The Shepherds of Arcadia II, is copied, with some variations, in the Shepherds Monument of Shugborough Hall in Staffordshire, north of Birmingham. Another link with the French scheme is that a pyramid has been added above the tomb in the image, just as it has been built in Paris.
The Image from the Shugborough Shepherds Monument
Shugborough is at 2 whole degrees west of the Greenwich meridian, so that the Sun is due south exactly eight minutes later than at Greenwich. But there is more to it than that. If this longitude line is extended due north from Shugborough, it goes directly through the town of Berwick-upon-Tweed, the sharply defined northernmost town in England, also at exactly 2 0'0'' West. So just as with the Scottish and French geodetic schemes, Shugborough is on a meridian line that extends to the northernmost point in the country. And what is more, it seems that this longitude line was chosen as the one on which the north point should lie because it is exactly half way between the most easterly and most westerly longitudes of Britain. Its positioning half way between British East Point and West Point is what governed its choice as the English 'Rose-Line', and then the English border was extended north to the point where this meridian line touched the coast, and this place brought within England for this reason, to make it the northernmost point.
The place of cultic fame on the English line is near to that line's centre, namely Shugborough Hall. So this site is both halfway between East Point and West Point and also about halfway between South Point and English North Point.
The English royalty negotiated a special deal giving the northern-most town of England (Berwick-on-Tweed) a unique dual Scottish-English status, so that it could be 'of England but not in England', suggesting that the English really wanted this town even if it meant bending the rules of nationality. James IV of Scotland is reputed to have proclaimed this dual status as he crossed the bridge of Berwick on his way south to be crowned James I of England.
The existence of a thinly veiled reference to the plotting out of meridians in the third initiation of Freemasonry - the plumb bob at the south gate at noon - greatly supports the theory that it was Royal-connected proto-Freemasons that plotted, or rather re-plotted out the north-south 'rose-line' of England.
A connection to this English rose-line may perhaps be found in Shakepeare's work. On the Internet a certain Paul Smith has put together a very useful list of dates that connect to the Et In Arcadia concept, and one of the entries reads:
Harry Morris, As You Like It: Et In Arcadia Ego (Shakespeare Quarterly, Washington DC, Vol. 26, Nr 3, pp269-275).
Rosalind: "Well, this is the Forest of Arden".
Touchstone: "Ay, now am I in Arden".
William Shakespeare, As You Like It, II.iv.11-12.
It appears that an article appeared in the Shakespeare Quarterly of Washington in 1975 drawing attention to the similarity of the line 'Now I am in Arden' to the 'Even in Arcadia I' carved on Poussin's tomb. It is surely also worth noting the similarity of Rosalind to 'Rose-line'. The reason this is significant is that the Forest of Arden, which was once bigger than it is today, encompassed a region through which this English rose-line does indeed run. We might even note that on the Scottish rose-line Edinburgh seems once to have been called Eden Borough, according to Oxbrow and Robertson, and that Arden is similar to Eden.
You might have thought that three sacred meridians would be enough, but there is just one more that calls for our attention.