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23.5 Degrees: Terribilis Est Locus Iste

This place is terrible – Genesis 28:17, inscribed at the Shrine of St Michael, Monte Gargano

By Stella Maris     May 10, 2008

Although it probably won't mean much right now, if you ever need to cross the Abyss, this information will be vital to your survival. Therefore, should you get stranded, it is essential to remember that the only route back is via the Archangel Michael coordinate.
You will recall that, in our hyper-dimensional Temple of Solomon, the main orienting space-time reference is the Meridian, which is delineated by the alignment of the Sun at midday in the south with the Pole Star at midnight in the north.
In the Renaissance system of symbolic correspondences, the Pole Star is represented by the Virgin Mary and the Sun is depicted by Jesus. So, when you are admiring a typical Renaissance painting of the Madonna and Child, you are basically locking onto the Meridian dynamic of a subliminal roadmap.
However, before the Church started barbecuing heretics in earnest, the original medieval Sun correspondence was actually attributed to the Archangel Michael, which is an extremely important differentiation when you start navigating space-time matrixes and encountering life-threatening Abysses. This is why you will often see Saint Michael chapels strategically placed in Notre Dame cathedrals, among other types of Michael-Mary alignments.
It was actually the Priory of Sion’s Grandmaster Robert Fludd who formalized this system in the early 1600s into a template that he called the Round Art of Memory.
This particular Art of Memory template was based on the now-familiar Temple of Solomon layout, configured with the twelve zodiacal asterisms that surround the ecliptic of the Earth, with the Pole Star (Polaris) and the Sun delineating the Meridian alignment.
However, Fludd's system also included an additional sub-correspondence to our local solar system consisting of the six known "planets" revolving around our central Sun. This concept was conveniently rendered as the number seven, which then became an encoded reference to the Archangel Michael, around whom everything revolved.
Throughout your travels, in addition to the symbolic twelve correspondence represented by the apostles, tribes of Israel, and zodiac signs, you will often observe various and sundry "seven" references, including 7-pointed stars. Gothic cathedrals such as Notre Dame de Chartres are built around this template and often also have gnomonic sun dials built into the architecture in order to underscore Michael's mythical relationship to the ancient sun god, Apollo.
This system further configures into a useful numerical dynamic of threes and fours, elegantly uniting the numbers twelve and seven, whereby 3+4=7 and 3x4=12, but we'll get into this another time.
However, another useful hermetic “seven” road sign to note is that the Michael correspondence is also represented by a curious glyph consisting of six dots configured in a circle with a seventh dot in the center.
A good example of this glyph can be found in the depiction of Saint Michael in a panel attributed to the Italian artist Piero della Francesca in The National Gallery, here in London. On the blade of Michael's sword is painted the secret sigil, which also surfaces in a variation of Cosimo de Medici's coat of arms, which we will encounter as our story unfolds.
This glyph eventually developed into the modern astrological sigil for the Sun - a single dot within a circle - but is ultimately derived from the ancient symbol known as the "Seal of Solomon".
Newton Coordinate:- Feast of the Apparition of Saint Michael on Mount Gargano, May 8th, on the Greenwich Meridian.


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noblenonsense 5/10/2008 6:43:43 AM
Mania.com...I hate you. There's no reason for this column. I've nothing against the columnist or their desire to express themselves. I do however have issues with a random column that makes no sense, and has nothing in common with the theme of the website.
ArgusSK 5/10/2008 8:28:38 AM
Oh, I hate this Da Vinci Code-type crap... OK, if the Catholic Church actually did want to put secret codes in paintings, that's fine, but I would like to point out that all that has NOTHING WHATSOEVER to do with salvation through Jesus. You don't need a secret decoder ring to go to Heaven. End of rant.
ultrazilla2000 5/10/2008 1:47:22 PM
Let's save the fantasy for the films, shall we?
buzzkill 5/10/2008 5:48:41 PM
Mount Gargano. Does it have to be plotted on Mount Gargano? That means I have to find out where Mount Gargano actually is. Of course, you wouldn't make this a cake walk, would you now? This one's a toughie. I was leaning towards the miracle of St. Michael's wing on the sun at Santarem in 1147 (which has dual St. Michael/St. James nuances) but that's not in Italy. You're making me work for this one. Guys, if this is over your head, why don't you find something else on the site that interests you? You've made it clear that you don't get it, so why are you hanging around repeating yourselves week after week when all the griping clearly has no effect?
noblenonsense 5/10/2008 6:17:26 PM
buzzkill...we get it, we just don't think it works on this website. To call it a pointless column would be harsh and uncalled for, but it definitely makes no sense for this site and makes me question the administrators for the website.
Chennai 5/11/2008 7:26:21 AM
Interesting how the sun once corresponded to the archangel Michael as well as the combination of Michael and Mary in churches. Makes you wonder if Jesus is the wrong "sun." Get it ;-) On the contray, I find this type of column works on mania. Symbolism/archetypes is what makes up our world.
kaybar 5/11/2008 6:16:54 PM
I'm still convinced buzzkill, chennai, and stella are all the same person.
Chennai 5/16/2008 6:29:03 PM
I know for a fact that I'm not buzzkill or stella.


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