"I have held up a light in the obscurity of Philosophy, which will be seen centuries after I am dead. It will be seen amidst the erection of Tombs, Theatres, Foundations, Temples, Orders and Fraternities for nobility and obedience — the establishment of good laws as an example to the World. For I am not raising a Capitol or Pyramid to the Pride of men, but laying a foundation in the human understanding for a holy Temple after he model of the World. For my memory I leave it to Men's charitable speeches, to foreign Nations and the next Ages, and to my own Country after some Time has elapsed." -- Francis Bacon, Advancement of Learning (1605), Bk II.


Join me to explore the hidden tenets of arranged alignments of architecture and art. Structures as diverse as the Great Pyramid, Baalbek, The Tower of the Winds, Hagia Sopia, Basilica San Vitale, The Dome of the Rock, St. Peter's Square, Gisors, The Newport Tower, Thomas Jefferson's Poplar Forest, and the Georgia Guidestones all may have a common origin.

Three reproductions of the Tower of the Winds in England help to display how this age old value is viewed through time. Along the way many legends and myths associated with the Holy Grail and other relics are examined.

Treasure myths such as the Oak Island Legend and The Beale Treasure Legend may have a common origin and hidden meaning. The tale of The Bruton Parish Church Vault (a.k.a. "Bacon's Vault) may also be a copy of an already existent mystery at Stirling Castle.

The Grail Mystery of Rosslyn Chapel, Trelleborg Viking Fort, Bornholm Island; The Michael Ley Line of Denmark

Please see video on this subject at the bottom of the article.

In the realm of Grail Quests, Masonic lore, and the mystery schools one structure always seems  to eventually capture the imagination of many truth seekers and treasure hunters alike. Rosslyn Chapel near Edinburgh, Scotland is such a place.

Rosslyn was built to include what many consider to be clues as to the search for the Holy Grail and the real history of the world. A kind of metaphorical collection of clues and hints may have been left as part of the stonework in the church. Many people point to renderings of odd vegetation and geography as proof that people had come to North America long before the time of Columbus. Many of these clues seem to lead one on a journey that leads from clue to clue in what seems to be a planned vision quest meant for initiates of a given order. An extensive mythology of fact and fiction has sprung up in association with this mysterious monument. 

Rosslyn Chapel

The Sinclair family that built Rosslyn is said to have a mixture of Scottish and Swedish Royal ancestry.  In addition the family held the ancestry that created the Knights Templar and possibly Cistercian Order of Monks. This heritage fits the entire story of the possibility of the Holy Grail or other biblical relics having been brought to North America by the Knights Templar of which the Sinclairs where members. Artifacts such as the Kensington Runestone and the entire Newark Earthworks complex in Ohio may have been left by these early Sinclair related bands of explorers.  Henry Sinclair may have been responsible for leaving the Oak Island Money Pit mystery in Nova Scotia and may have either built or influenced the building of the Newport Tower.

Alternately replicas of biblical relics may have been made to mark the boundaries of the Sinclairs or other Scandinavian Templars claim of land in North America. These markers may have all had a unique and even spatial relationship with an Axis Mundi they may have established at the modern site of the International Peace Garden of the border of the U.S. and Canada. The fact that these relics exist has led many to quest for them and potentially any treasure that may have also been hidden. Many believe that the actual Pillowstone of Jacob or Stone of Scone may have once been hidden in N. America. 

The Plan of Rosslyn Chapel

One important piece of information that may tell us more about Rosslyn has been overlooked at least publicly. The orientation of the building itself may give us some clues that correlate with already known historical facts or theories. Other Templar geomantic structures like the Dome of the Rock, The Church of San Vitale in Ravenna, and the Cathedral in Aachen Deutschland can be used as a compass rose on the face of the earth.  The primary compass rays extending from the axis actually point to places of significance to the founder of that Axis. Why would Rosslyn Chapel be any different?

Rosslyn’s long Axis or longer side is oriented at about 87.40 degrees true north. This mimics the angle of sunrise on the equinox. On sunrise on the day of the equinox that light shines through a given window or portal built into the chapel.  Researchers John Ritchie, and Alan Butler, described the discovery of a small red piece of stained glass at the apex of the East Window. Twice a year, at the summer and winter equinox, the sun beams through the Chapel and bathes it with red light.

What does Rosslyn Chapel point to? If a line or azimuth is drawn on the globe at the same angle the building is oriented some interesting associations come to light. As the line is extended eastward it crosses the North Sea to the country of Denmark. While transecting Denmark the azimuth crosses Trelleborg Viking Fort. Trelleborg Viking Fort is a circular earthen fort that resembles the Egyptian symbol for city from plan view.  This symbol is comprised of a circle with a cross piece resembling crosshairs. This design resembles a resolution target or scale seen on many modern aerial and space born imagery!  The wooden structures both inside and outside the fort are arrayed and oriented in a specific pattern with regard to the its circular plan.

Rosslyn from Google Earth
Rosslyn to Bornholm via Trelleborg Viking Fort.
Trelleborg Viking Fort
 As the same azimuth or line continues to the east it crosses the southern tip of Bornholm Island.  Bornholm is home to a pattern of Templar Churches that infer a Star of David or hexagram. This patterned alignment on Bornholm was identified by author Ehrling Haagensen an associate of Henry Lincoln of Rennes Le Chateau fame. It seems the Templars arranged their churches in a specific pattern on the island. Is it possible that the Sinclairs of Rossyln Chapel obtained the piece of property where the chapel is located due to their knowledge of the spatial relationship of Trelleborg and Bornholm Island? Were they intentionally creating a ley line as part of the mystery of Rosslyn Chapel?!

Bornholm Island and Haagensens pattern of Churches. Red line from Rosslyn
 This is an amazing geographical correlation that may represent a real physical link in the saga of the Holy Grail in America. This line was created by the Sinclairs to show regard and veneration for their heritage in Sweden as Knights Templar. It also may represent another clue or even lead to earlier alignments that were also valued.

Recently on the TV show “Ancient Aliens” an alignment was identified that was associated with the Trelleborg Viking fort that this line crosses. On the show they theorized that Trelleborg aligned with other similar Viking forts to the northwest in Denmark. They go on to theorize that these forts can be used to make an alignment that eventually leads to Delphi, Greece. 

Geomantic Information Systems analysis of this alignment differs significantly with their assessment. If a line is produced on the globe that mimics the spatial relationship of these sites it does not lead to Delphi Greece. This assumption is way off of the mark and does not even reflect the angle of lines that connect these sites. The true angle suggested by these associations leads to the Tower of the Winds in Athens, Greece. Not Delphi.  It is possible that the Viking Forts in Trelleborg, Fyrkat, and Aagersborg, Denmark were aligned with the Tower of the Winds and not Delphi. These places were included in the templum of the Tower of the Winds.

A line generated by Axis Tower of the Winds extends to Trelleborg, Fyrkat, and Aagersborg Viking Forts
This alignment does not lead to Delphi. It is part of the Templum of the Tower of the Winds!

The Tower of the Winds is representative of the Axis Mundi of Athens. It was built in the third century B.C. by Andronicus of Cyrrhus and included a water clock or clepsydra. The Tower of the Winds is one of the earliest representations of a clock tower and may have marked a prime meridian used by the Greeks that coincidentally marked the location of their capitol.  The Tower of the Winds is close enough to the Acropolis that all the same measurements would work from either place. The Tower of the Winds may have been built later as an official Axis Mundi and was built on an exact north to south Axis. The Greeks likely used the pole star to arrange this configuration.

The Tower is octagonal in plan and has sculpted artwork depicting one of the eight gods that represent the direction from which the wind came. In addition to its many uses the Tower of the Winds enabled people to easily find the correct true north direction from that point. These gods were also analogous to the specific direction that they represented.

The spatial relationship between the Tower of the Winds and the Viking forts in Denmark also demonstrates the legend or myth of the god Apollo traveling to Hyperborea or the far north each year. This relationship in fact displays that myth in a very real way.  In Greek parlance Boreas is the god of the north wind. Here is real physical evidence of some truth to the myths. This myth is even supported by the directional attributes of the Tower of the Winds.

The spatial arrangement that exists between the Tower of the Winds and Trelleborg may also support the notion that in the ancient world the rays extending from the Axis Mundi may have represented corridors of missionary pursuits or as ways to distribute their faith within what they considered their sphere of influence or templum. This practice also led to colony cities or monuments that may have been placed intentionally to mark the extent of the axis. The myth of Apollo’s yearly trip indicates this belief. The similarities between Greek and Viking philosophy and religion are too numerous to ignore this possibility.

In other words these directions were colonized and valued.  Supporting this idea is the fact that the azimuth that leads to Trelleborg from the Tower of the Winds marks the western extent of the northern god Boreas’ influence. Other Axis Mundi such as the Great Pyramid, the Hexagon of Baalbek, St. Peter’s Square of the Vatican, Hagia Sophia, Mecca, Paris and London may function in this manner as well.

This concept may explain the similarities between Viking and Greek notions of the pantheon of gods and other religious concepts. The Vikings may have been practicing Greek religion that had been slightly altered or mixed with Scandinavian cultural influence. Apollo may have been traveling the ley line to Telleborg and points further north along this alignment because of the plan and direction inferred at the Tower of the Winds.

It is also well within the realm of possibility that men were capable over time of following the rays of the Axis Mundi via astronomy and the reading of shadows. Reference points along the rays or lines would have been marked at first by stone cairns or the construction of a temple that matched the priesthoods faith. It is likely that the people responsible for establishing the Axis and resulting rays would have been men who were both part of a priesthood and the scientists of their day. Provincial governors may have been sent with priests to establish colonies along the rays of the axis. The establishment of the colony or axis would include specific rituals and ceremonies. The later Augurs or priesthood of Rome did in fact fit this description and fulfill those duties.

The Rosslyn Chapel/Trelleborg Viking Fort Ley Line: The Michaels Ley Line of Denmark

If we consider the azimuth created by the orientation of Rosslyn to be a ley line then examination of cultural features along the line may confirm this. The results of surveying this line on Google Earth digital globe indicates that Rosslyn Chapel may well demarcate what may be considered the St. Michaels Ley Line of Denmark. In its transect eastward from Rosslyn this azimuth crosses directly over or very close to no less than nineteen churches, three castles or estates of importance, and four significant Viking sites that include standing stones, ship burials and forts. This line resembles the Michael Line in southern England which may use the stone and earthen circle of Avebury as its Axis Mundi.

If one examines the chronology of the sites along the line it is obvious that the Vikings may have been the first to establish this line. This would lead to the conclusion that Rosslyn was later added and oriented to be on this ley line. Viking sites on the line include: Jutland, home to the Baekke Kirke Runestone and an alignment of standing stones that resemble a Viking ship from plan view, Ladby Viking ship burial, And Trelleborg Viking Fort.

It is possible that Trelleborg Viking Fort represents the Axis of this ley line. Rays may have been extended east to west or at 45 degree true north divisions.  The north/south-east/west orientation of the Trelleborg seems to match the orientation of the line coming from Rosslyn. The line passes only .33 miles to the north of the fort. At this scale this margin of error may suggest the possibility that Trelleborg was the original Axis Mundi of this Ley Line.

The Rosslyn Line and St. Michaels Ley Line may be associated!

The Rosslyn/Trelleborg/Bornholm Ley Line does have much in common with the famous Micahel's or St. Michael Ley Line in southern Britain. An examination of the Michael Ley Line does reveal some association with the Rosslyn Line. The Michael Line begins at St. Michaels Mount in southwest England. It extends in a northeasterly direction to Hopton on the west coast. If this azimuth is extended at the same angle it transects the North Sea to Southern Denmark. As it transects Denmark it crosses the location of twelve more churches. The Michael Line continues in Denmark! As it continues across the Baltic Sea it meets the northern tip of the Star of David delineated on Bornholm Island! This suggests the possibility that both lines may be associated somehow. Perhaps the tradition of locating significant sites along these two lines has a common origin.

The Michael or St. Michael's Ley Line
The Michael Line transects to Denmark.

The Michael Line meets the tip of the Star of David on Bornholm Island

 Traveling from Rosslyn Chapel to the east the following sites may be considered to be on the Rosslyn/Trelleborg Ley Line:

Rosslyn Chapel
St. Matthews Church
Vogrie Hall

Aal Kirke
Janderup Kirke
Aserbaek Kirke
Jutland Kirke:  Baekke Kirke Runestone, standing stones in pattern of viking ship
Veerst Kirke
Taulov Kirke
Lyng Kirke
Ore Kirke
Harslev Kirke
Sonderso Kirke
Dallund Castle
Ladby Viking ship burial
Trelleborg Viking fort
Slaglesse Castle
Naesby Kirke
Glumso Kirke
Tibjerg Kirke
Aversi Kirke Haaslev Kirke
Froslev Kirke
Stevens Fyr Lighthouse

Bornholm Island, Sweden:
Polsker Kirke

The Rosslyn Chapel, Trelleborg, Bornholm Ley Line