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Old 03-06-2012, 07:44 PM   #62
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Fourth Degree of Illumination...

Chartres Cathedral (Druidic- Sun Oracle) Initiation of the Heart Center...The best known example of labyrinth is embedded in the stone pavement of Chartres Cathedral near Paris.

The French medieval Cathedral of Our Lady of Chartres (French: Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Chartres) is a Latin Rite Catholic cathedral located in Chartres, about 80 kilometres (50 mi) southwest of Paris...The 1st meridian east forms a great circle with the 179th meridian west...The 1st meridian east passes through...Stowmarket, Suffolk...Whitstable, Kent...Ibiza...Azawad...A section of the border with Burkina Faso and the Antarctica Queen Maud Land, claimed by Norway.

One of the few elements to survive from the mid-12th century church, the Portail Royale was integrated into the new cathedral built after the 1194 fire. Opening onto the parvis (the large square in front of the cathedral where markets were held), the two lateral doors would have been the first entry point for most visitors to Chartres, as it remains today...The archivolts contain the signs of the zodiac and the labours of the months – standard references to the cyclical nature of time which appear in many gothic portals...The central portal is a more conventional representation of the End of Time as described in the Book of Revelation. In the centre of the tympanum is Christ within a mandorla, surrounded by the four symbols of the evangelists (the Tetramorph). The lintel shows the Twelve Apostles while the archivolts show the 24 Elders of the Apocalypse.

Starting at the Prime Meridian and heading eastwards, the parallel 48° north passes through...Bavaria - passing through Lake Ammer, and passing just south of Munich...Jewish Autonomous Oblast... Washington - Olympic Peninsula (mainland), Whidbey Island, and the mainland
Idaho...Michigan - Isle Royale...Just passing south of the Gaspé Peninsula, Quebec, Canada... 1 km north of the Bay d'Espoir Generating Station, and through the community of Queen's Cove...Bay de Verde Peninsula, island of Newfoundland.

Accorded to The Degree of the Lion...

Sacred symbol of the swan...

The swan song represented the death of self and the inner realisation of the divine within the human breast,awarded only when the aspirant had gained control of their subjective process's so that no unconscious prejudice could rule their actions...

The sublime gifts of love and compassion...

This represents the union bewtween the physical and spiritual aspects of the personality,

Anahata (Sanskrit: अनाहत, Anāhata) is the fourth primary chakra ...In Sanskrit the word anahata - means unhurt, un-struck and unbeaten. Anahata Nad refers to the Vedic concept of unstruck sound, the sound of the celestial realm...The Anahata chakra is positioned in the central channel behind the spine at the heart region, with its kshetram or superficial activation site actually in the heart region between the two breasts

The heart wheel in Tibetan Buddhism is the location of the indestructible red and white drop. At the time of death, all the subtle winds of the body dissolve and enter into this drop, which then leaves the body into the Bardo, intermediate stage, and then into rebirth. The heart wheel in this model is circular, white, and has 8 petals or channels that reach downwards. These channels divide into 3, the mind wheel, speech wheel, and body wheel, and go to 24 places in the body, after which they divide into 3 again, and then into 1000, producing 72000 channels, known as Nadi which spread out throughout the whole body...

On the exterior of Chartres Cathedral, by the north door, there is a carving on a pillar, which gives us an indication of the object sought by the burrowing Templars, representing the Ark of the Covenant, but in a rather strange context. The Ark is depicted as being transported on a wheeled vehicle. Legend recounts that the Ark of the Covenant had been secreted deep beneath the Temple in Jerusalem centuries before the fall of the city to the Romans. It had been hidden there to protect it form yet another invading army who had laid the city to waste. Hugh de Payen had been chosen to lead the expedition mounted to locate the Ark and bring it back to Europe. Persistent legends recount that the Ark was then hidden for a considerable time deep beneath the crypt of Chartres Cathedral. The same legends also claim that the Templars found many other sacred artefacts from the old Jewish temple in the course of their investigations and that a considerable quantity of documentation was also located during the dig. While there has been much speculation as to the exact nature of these documents, a reasonable consensus is emerging that they contained scriptural scrolls, treatises on sacred geometry, and details of certain knowledge, art and science - the hidden wisdom of the ancient initiates of the Judaic/Egyptian tradition. Until very recently these legends received short shrift from academic historians, but that situation is undergoing considerable change. One modern archaeological discovery tends to support the speculative scenario that the Templars knew where to look and precisely what they were seeking.. The Copper Scroll, one of the Dead Sea Scrolls discovered at Quamran, tends to confirm not only the objective of the Templar excavations but also, albeit indirectly, gives some credence to the bizarre concept of the transmission of knowledge through the generations that led to the Templar's discoveries in Jerusalem...

Pythagoras on one of the archivolts over the right door of the west portal at Chartres...

One of the attractions at the Chartres Cathedral is the Chartres Light Celebration, when not only is the cathedral lit, but so are many buildings throughout the town, as a celebration of electrification.

Orson Welles famously used Chartres as a visual backdrop and inspiration for a montage sequence in his film F For Fake.

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