The Meridian and the Hexagram: The Revelation of France's Foundation Plan (cont.)
By William Glyn-Jones
The Greenwich Meridian
What comes as a real surprise is that similar mysteries pertain to the current international Prime Meridian, that of Greenwich in the East End of London. As with the Louvre in Paris, London too has its modern pyramid, namely the one that is raised up high on the top of Canary Wharf on the Isle of Dogs not far from Greenwich. The Greenwich observatory was designed by Sir Christopher Wren for Charles II as a counterpart to the Paris observatory built for the Sun King, the one that had the meridian going through it, and in England too the meridian goes through the observatory.
And sure enough, if we measure along the Greenwich Meridian line from where it reaches the sea at the south coast and to the north at the entrance to the Humber Estuary, we then find that Greenwich, where this line crosses the great old Thames just east of the Isle of Dogs, is ¾ of the way along, a repetition of the same Seal of Solomon ratio as used in Scotland and France for the sites of Roslin and Paris! This line is where international time begins and ends, reminding us of Blake's line telling us how all things begin and end on Albion's druid rocky shore, and this this Seal of Solomon pattern of course links into a once widespread Blakean tradition of London as some kind of New Jerusalem. But this is not to be taken in the sense of a Zionist plot, after all it is from the Arab take on the story of Solomon that the traditions concerning this pattern derive, and it is simply in the literal translation of Jeru-Salem as 'City of Peace' that it is best viewed. In fact in these sensitive times we may be safest dropping entirely any use of the name Jerusalem, and using instead simple English terms. The place where the Greenwich Meridian meets the south coast is in fact called Peacehaven, complete with its Greenwich House and Meridian Leisure Centre to mark the fact. The Meridian passes close to Edenbridge on its way up towards Greenwich, reminding us again that Edinburgh in the Scottish scheme was once called Eden Borough, and of the forest of Arden on Rosalind's Shugborough line. In the Middle Ages the floodplain south of Lewes was flooded, so that Lewes was effectively the place where the Meridian, if it had existed at that time, would have been located. I recently attended a workshop in Lewes given by Phillip Car-Gom, the head of the order of Bards, Ovates and Druids, a resident of Lewes, and he mentioned that Lewes was the site of the first Templar church in Britain, the Church of the Holy Sepulcher (named after the church in Jerusalem most sacred to Christians) and he mentioned a little-known legend that this church in Lewes was the location of the Holy Grail. As the place where (in Templar times, since this was the meeting with the sea then) the point of the 'V' of the lower triangle, or 'chalice' of the Seal of Solomon would have been located, this Grail story is quite appropriate.
The Greenwich mystery looks more and more interesting as we look into it more deeply. The history goes back way before Charles II commissioned the observatory by Wren. The land came into the hands of Humphrey, Duke of Gloucester and Regent of England (effective king) in 1427, and he started building a palace by the river at Greenwich, named Bella Court. He was a learned humanist scholar who was in communication with the leaders of the new Italian humanism, had copies of Plato in his library and was a patron of scholars and men of letters, just as was William St Clair of Roslin in the same period. Humphrey was called 'Good Duke Humphrey' rather like the 'Good King Rene' of Anjou who was a champion of the Renaissance idea of Arcadia and also, like Humphrey, in contact with the movers and shakers of the early Renaissance, such as the Medici. In fact Rene is a clear link between Greenwich and Roslin. William St Clair is thought to have had direct links to Rene I of Anjou; they both appear to have been members of the royal knightly Order of the Golden Fleece, and certainly William commissioned his scholar Gilbert Hay to translate works by Rene. Greenwich too has its links to the House of Anjou. When Humphrey of Gloucester died in 1447 and the manor reverted to the Crown, Margaret of Anjou, a direct descendent of Rene, decided to adopt Bella Court as her place of residence. Margaret was the wife of the English King Henry VI. This year, 1447, was the year after William St Clair started building Roslin.
Margaret was the daughter of Rene of Naples, Duke of Anjou, King of Naples and Sicily and Isabella, Duchess of Lorraine. Roslin for its part would later be visited by Mary of Guise, also descended from the House of Anjou, who as we have seen, visited and wrote of a 'secret' there.
The palace at Greenwich was renamed Placentia, from the Spanish word meaning "Pleasant Place to Live". It went on to be the principal Royal palace for the next two centuries, during which time it was extensively rebuilt. Skipping over various royal connections, we come to the reigns of James I and Charles I during which time The Queen's House, designed by Inigo Jones, was erected at the site, highly significant in British architectural history since it was the first classical building in England.
Then in 1660 Charles II, himself the grandson of the Louvre-born Marie de Medici, had Placentia rebuilt in the new classical style, and he founded the Royal Observatory there in 1675. The Royal Naval hospital was also built at the site as a place for retired seamen, another fine classical building built by Wren, and shown here as painted by Canaletto. Within it is the Painted Hall, a masterpiece of decoration said to be the finest dining hall in the Western world.
In summary, Dan Brown was at least correct about one thing: there is more to the Mysteries of Roslin, the Louvre and Rennes-le-Chateaux than a mere 20th century hoax.
In 1884 at an international conference the Greenwich longitude was chosen as the international Prime Meridian. In 2012, of course, an event that in ancient times was held by the banks of the Alpheus, the river of Arcadia, is to be held by the Thames at Greenwich as the torch of Olympia travels here after journeying around the world. Et In Arcadia...