"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 Geomancy of St. Peter’s Square and the Vatican (Overview)

The Geomancy of St. Peter’s Square and the Vatican

St. Peter’s Square at Vatican City may be the most obvious geomantic sighting device documented here.  The layout of the plaza of St. Peter’s can work like a giant compass rose built on the surface of the earth.  The Egyptian obelisk in the center of the plaza represents the gnomon point of the Axis Mundi of the Catholic faith.  Many debate the location of the bones of St. Peter.  Many say they are within St. Peter’s Basilica while others maintain that they are located beneath the obelisk at the center of St. Peter’s Square.  The tradition of the Axis Mundi dictates that the bones of that Templum’s creator should be buried beneath it. This dynamic supports the theory of his remains lying beneath the obelisk in order to transmit his philosophy throughout the Catholic world. The function of St. Peter’s square is much the same as the Axis Mundi created by John Bidwell discussed earlier (see Chico video on the Grail Quest Radio Page or Survivalcell channel on youtube.com).

The obelisk of St. Peter’s serves as a kind of datum or point from which measurements can be taken.  The obelisk is surrounded by sixteen windrose markers that also denote compass directions or azimuths to places that are historically and philosophically important to those who practice the Catholic faith.  Each windrose marker has a Latin designation for the region the marker points to.  “Tramontana” or across the mountains or “Scirroco Levante” for wind of the Levant are two examples. The face of each marker also has a direction such as “N” “NNE” or “S” inscribed.  Each of the sixteen major compass designations is represented in 22.5 degree increments.  The compass rose of St. Peter’s is not oriented to true north but is very close. The plaza’s windrose markers are oriented approx. 1.39 degrees west of true north.  This would make the easterly windrose marker point to 88.61 deg. TN (true north). It does not seem necessary that the target be exactly on this heading.  If the azimuth to the target crosses the windrose marker from the center point of the obelisk this may be all that is needed to attain its status as the intended target.

The history of the Vatican states that these markers are to denote the directions from which the winds come.  If one uses the obelisk at the center of the square and the compass bearing with regard to true north that the windrose marker indicates some startling locations can be sighted on the globe. This may represent the true Gnostic or hidden meaning of the purpose of St. Peter’s Square. It is a giant compass rose that may be used as a sighting device.  The direction to each place is recorded in the sacred geometry of Bernini and St. Peter’s. The other larger delineation of the Labarum design that spans the plaza of St. Peter’s may have been put there to distract you from the true directional information it contains.Alternately that design may contain directional information as well.

Note: The method by which these are determined involves using the obelisk at the center of St. Peter’s Square as a datum.  The resulting line must cross the windrose marker to the target location. A globe must be used. This may create a variance of up to a half of a degree in the location of each target.There does not seem to be an exact increment to reach each target but they are very close.

EST Levante to Istanbul (was Constantinople) St. Sophia's and the Hippodrome of Theodosius:

The most striking destination the plaza points to is located at a bearing of 88.61 degrees. A line drawn from the obelisk through the easterly windrose marker eventually leads to Istanbul, Turkey and the tip of the Dome of Hagia St. Sophia church.  This building was formerly the seat of the entire Roman Empire and subsequently the center of Byzantine religion.  The division of eastern and western Rome has many episodes of alliance and warfare between the two sides. This spatial relationship is striking and may represent a form of control or theological influence from one power spot to the next. This area of Constantinople/Istanbul is also home to the Hippodrome of Theodosius which includes two Egyptian obelisks.

The Emperor Constantine made what is today Istanbul his capitol.  It is not difficult to assume that the Emperor may have been aware of Constantinople and the Hippodrome’s unique spatial orientation with the future site of the Vatican in Rome. The area now occupied by the Vatican was once the Circus or Hippodrome of Rome.  The Same obelisk that stands in the center of St. Peter’s once stood in the middle of the hippodrome as they still do today in Istanbul. 

It is almost as if Constantine were creating a kind of communication or influence through the establishment of this spatial relationship.  He was famous for reuniting the eastern and western empire. The establishment of a spatial relationship like the one that exists between the two spots may also be a method by which the creator of the Axis Mundi may denote ownership or control of a given region or location. Later as the architecture of the Vatican developed the entire keyhole design of St. Peter’s is oriented this way. Rome and Istanbul are two of the well known “cities of seven hills” that contain Egyptian obelisks. Other cities of note with Egyptian obelisks include: Mecca, Paris, London and New York City.

Another interesting aspect of this relationship is that the easterly orientation of St. Peter’s Square and Hagia St. Sophia mark the position of both the fall and spring equinox’s  when viewed from the obelisk at the center of St. Peter’s. The orientation matches the entire direction St. Peter’s square and basilica are both oriented.

This is significant in that the history of these two parts of the same empire involve the east first embracing paganism and then later a more orthodox form of Christianity than that practiced in Rome. There were constant conflicts between the two portions of the empire until they eventually split for good. So we have the first azimuth of St. Peter’s pointing to a place that is very significant to the culture and history of Rome. In a far flung theory this may mean that the cities themselves were intentionally oriented this way also.  In addition the target of each windrose marker seems to be a geomantic structure that is valued by the Catholic faith.

Ponente or W to Madrid, Spain; Tomar, Fatima, Portugal:

The west windrose marker (Ponente for western wind) at St. Peter’s square also points to a place that has a long and varied history in the Catholic tradition.  The site of the miracles of Fatima, Portugal lies on this line at 268.61 degrees TN from the obelisk at the center of St. Peter’s Square.  The line crosses the W windrose marker perfectly and continues west across Spain where it transects the northern environs of Madrid, Spain before crossing nearly the exact location of the original occurrence of the miracles of Fatima.   If the line is extended to the Cathedral in Fatima where the pilgrims visit today it still crosses the windrose marker.

Prior to reaching Fatima this azimuth comes very close to the former site of the Cistercian monastery of St. Maria de Ovila just north of Madrid.  This monastery was later disassembled and shipped to the United States by newspaper magnate William Randolph Hearst. The monastery building is being reassembled at a Cistercian Monastery near Vina, California and has become part of an aligned geomantic system in that region (See Chico chapter for more on Vina).  It is very interesting that this chapel was taken from a location on a significant ley line that extended from the system at the Vatican in Spain and moved to another ley line created by John Bidwell halfway across the globe in Chico, California. In addition the monastery is composed of an order of monks that may have descended from the Auger or mystic class of pre-Christian Rome.  The Cistercians also have a long tradition of aligning their monasteries in sacred geometrical pattern sometimes over great distances. The latitude of Fatima, Portugal is nearly the same as Chico, California.

The miracles of Fatima involve sightings of the Virgin Mary by three young Portuguese children in the early nineteen-thirties. Subsequently some very odd phenomena involving the modulation of the size and position of the sun were witnessed by a crowd of thousands. Part of the lore states that the Virgin Mary gave the children prophecies that were kind of vague and interpreted loosely by many who study the miracles.

Fatima is considered one of the most important shrines in the Catholic religion.  It is interesting that this town in Portugal is named for the daughter of Mohammed; the founder of the Muslim faith. Fatima was named such during the Moorish occupation of Spain in the 8th century A.D. This historical fact ties into a mystery involving the third prophesy of Fatima.  The prophesy was said to involve the assassination of the pope.  Subsequent to the John Paul II assassination attempt it became public knowledge that the pope believed the prophesy concerned him. Many Muslims claim that the Fatima for which the town is named was not Mohammed the Prophet’s daughter.

Many of these facts feed the fire of the conspiracy that states that the Muslim faith was created or influenced by the Vatican in order to control the holy land and subdue any groups that disagreed with them.  Historians including many former Jesuits insist that this is true and the theory is backed up by some undeniable facts. The Moorish invasion of Spain and Portugal may have been at the behest of the Vatican.

The Muslim faith has many theological and character similarities to Judaism and Catholicism including a value of the Old Testament and the cast of characters that make up the text of that book.  The Archangel Gabriel, the messenger of god, was said to have quoted the Koran to Mohammed. Many insist that in fact Mohammed’s wife was actually a former Christian Catholic nun and that many that influenced him were Christians.  The doctrine of the Muslim faith also states that their prophet or savior has yet to come but when the time is right that Christ will return with him.  This dynamic of the Muslim faith supports the notion of a secret relationship between the two churches if not only for a short time after the inception of Islam. This is an unproven theory. The next windrose marker discussed here also supports this notion in a grand fashion. 

Levante Scirocco ESE to the Dome of the Rock!

From the obelisk at the center of St. Peter’s Square through the ESE “Levante Scirocco” windrose marker at 111.11 degrees true north lies the octagonal shaped structure of the Dome of the Rock on the Temple Mount in Jerusalem (Jordan). Not only does this line transect exactly to the Dome of the rock but it matches the angle and orientation of the northeast facet of the octagonal structure of the building itself! More amazing is the fact that an azimuth or line created using the angle of this facet of the Dome of the Rock’s octagon (305.55 deg. TN) creates the exact same line that transects back across the windrose marker to the obelisk in St. Peter’s!  In other words both structures were built to be oriented to each other along a line that was created from each point over 1400 miles away.

The two structures are oriented as compliments to each other.  This has to have been intentional.  An extensive knowledge of geodesy and astronomy is needed to attain this degree of accuracy. The odds of this being a coincidence are so great as not to be possible. This may represent the symbolic or hidden association of the two religions! Note that both the Vatican and Mecca are home to obelisks that were brought there from Egypt.

The obelisk at St. Peter’s has been near its present location since 40 A.D. Bernini had it moved as part of the design of the plaza in the 18th century.  The Dome of the Rock was built in the 8th century soon after the time of the creation of Islam. During this period the Vatican had not been created but the same site was the center of the Christian faith of the day. The symbolic meaning of arranging two structures this way over great distances supports the many theories that postulate the Catholic faith having a hand in the creation of the Islamic faith and that they are truly allies behind the scenes.

The Dome of the Rock is also of interest in that it was built during the reign of Justinian II  who’s bloodline may have later descended to Charlemagne of the Holy Roman Empire. Charlemagne created the Aachen Cathedral possibly as a veneration of the Dome of the Rock in Jerusalem.  The Aachen Cathedral does have Moorish architectural influences especially in the octagonal portion of the Church. Is it possible that Charlemagne was trying to tell us something?  (See additional page about The Holy Grail in America that discuss’ the evolution of octagonal structures and how they may be related to the Knights Templar. The KT may have come to value the Dome of the Rock when they occupied the Temple Mount in Jerusalem).

The Scirocco SE marker to The Ark of the Covenant in Ethiopia.

(See entire 5 page article here at GIS  about the Lost Ark in Ethiopia and how it relates to the Vatican).

The Geomancy of the Holy Roman Empire:

The Schloss Shönbrunn in Austria
The NNE or “Nord Nord EST” windrose marker points to a location that posseses among the grandest linear gardens in the world.  The NNE windrose marker creates an azimuth of 21.11 degrees.  At this bearing the line intersects with Vienna, Austria.  The line transects directly to the Schloss Schönbrunn also known as the Schönbrunn Palace.  This geomantic array was also the home to the Habsburg dynasty of Austrian and European rulers.

The history of Schloss Schönbrunn is uniquely intertwined with the Catholic Church and Holy Roman Empire.  In 1569 Holy Roman Emperor Maximilian II obtained the specific piece of property that the Schloss Schönbrunn would later occupy.  It is highly probable that this piece of property was sought out due to its unique spatial relationship with the obelisk in the center of St. Peters Square at the Vatican. This arrangement of the Habsburg Palace exactly on an azimuth suggested by the windrose marker in relation to the obelisk at St. Peter’s appears to have been an intentional if not symbolic linking of the two places. 

This relationship demonstrates the purpose and function of an Axis Mundi in Roman terms.  The Pope sanctioned the Holy Roman Emperors and their palace is in line with the Vatican.  Rome considered the Holy Roman Empire to part of its Templum as defined by the Axis Mundi.  This may represent the classic arrangement of colony and parent city as defined by Roman city planning and tradition. 

Regensburg, Venice, Oslo N:  368.61         

Regensburg Germany is on the Nord Tramontana azimuth from St Peter’s. Regensburg, Germany was the home of the Ottonian Dynasty of the Holy Roman Empire. Olso, Norway also lays on the N. bound azimuth from St. Peter’s.

A Northern azimuth leads right to the Rialto Bridge in Venice after passing within a quarter of a mile of the principality of San Marino and Ravenna, Italy, home of the first Christian Church of Italy. San Vitale is also one of the famous octagonal churches designed by Justinian I that may have led to the Dome of the Rock being designed in this manner.

Aachen Cathedral, Amsterdam NNW 336.11

A line drawn from the obelisk at the center of St. Peter’s Square to the tip of the dome of the Aachen Cathedral crosses the NNW windrose marker.  The Aachen Cathedral was built by Charlemagne and may have served as the template for what would later be termed a “Templar Church.” (please see homepage and article about the Holy Grail of N. America for much more on the Aachen Cathedral).
This azimuth goes to Amsterdam, Netherlands  

Three important Holy Roman Empire sites pointed to by the array at St. Peter’s Square at the Vatican: 

The Schloss Schönbrunn, Austria; Hapsburg Royal Palace and extensive geomantic gardens.
Regensburg, Deutschland:  The power center of the Ottonian dynasty of the HRE.
Aachen Cathedral, Aachen Deutschland:  Built by Charlemagne and many Holy Roman Emperors were crowned there. Home to the mystery of Charlemagne’s burial vault.

Torino, Chartres Cathedral, D-Day, Very Large Array NW:  313.61

The Northwest azimuth transects Genoa, Italy and Torino Italy.  Torino is home to the Shroud of Turin which may be Christ’s burial shroud.  An azimuth can be inferred that leads right to Chartres Cathedral using the obelisk and NW windrose marker may also be inferred. This azimuth also transects precisely to Gold Beach at the location of the D-Day invasions of World War II. Later in the U.S. this azimuth comes very close to the Very Large Array of radio telescopes in New Mexico. An element of the Very Large Array points to the Lucifer Telescope which is partially funded by the Vatican.

More azimuths from St. Peter’s will be covered in the next article:
NE:  43.61      ENE:  66.11   E:  88.61         ESE:  111.11  SE: 133.61      SSE:  156.11