Last year I blogged about the book I had finally got around to reading about Rosslyn Chapel and the Holy Grail co-authored by Tim Wallace-Murphy back in 1999.
In that book is an idea first put forward by Trevor Ravenscroft that there is an “apocalyptic configuration in stone [that] comprises seven Christian buildings erected on the alleged sites of ancient Druidic planetary oracles.” These include the recently fire-damaged Notre-Dame de Paris. Why seven sites? To represent the seven chakras. Pilgrims would journey from the first site, the Cathedral of St James in north-western Spain, visiting each site in turn until arriving at Rosslyn Chapel in Scotland. Each site also represents a “planetary oracle”.
There are over 100 cathedrals in France alone but with the news of the recent fire at Notre-Dame I couldn’t help but do some further digging and here are some of the various curiosities I have found:
The Numerology for “Notre-Dame de Paris” is 77.
The Numerology for “Notre-Dame” is 5, according to the aforementioned book, this cathedral represents the 5th Chakra, that of the throat.
[It] is the center of communication, sound, and expression of creativity via thought , speech, and writing. The possibility for change, transformation and healing are located here. The throat is where anger is stored and finally let go of. – www.thoughtco.com/seven-major-chakras-1729254
“Seventy-seven is also a higher state of 5 and knowing its inner workings might come in handy.”
Ten other religious buildings in France have suffered fires in the past couple of month, and on the same day as Notre-Dame was being engulfed a fire broke out at the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound in Jerusalem. However, the Al-Aqsa Mosque incident seems to lack the severity as reports state the “fire broke out in the courtyard and preliminary information suggested that it may have been caused by children tampering in the area.” www.newsweek.com/notre-dame-fire-aqsa-mosque-1397259
It seems like the fire at the Al-Aqsa mosque is counteracting concerns that the Notre-Dame incident may have be something other than an accident (the building was being renovated), sort of like “it is happening to us to”, the truth may be that it was far more coincidental.
Even as the fires still burned at Notre-Dame “French President Emmanuel Macron vowed to reconstruct the historic building [within five years*] while two French business magnates had pledged about €300m ($339m; £259m) between them by early [the next day].” (https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-47943705). Was the building not insured?
Billionaire François-Henri Pinault, chairman and CEO of the Kering group that owns the Gucci … pledged €100m (£86m; $113m) towards rebuilding Notre-Dame, AFP news agency reports.
Another €200m was pledged by Bernard Arnault’s family and their company LVMH – a business empire which includes Louis Vuitton and Sephora – on Tuesday morning, according to Reuters news agency.
That’s quick work. It’s also shrapnel on a collection plate from these billionaires with a combined net-worth of over 100 billion.
The Numerology for “Emmanuel Jean-Michel Frédéric Macron” is 7, but only because the online calculator ignores the é‘s otherwise it’s 8 if we use e’s. François-Henri Pinault is 7 if we use c. Bernard Arnault is 5.
Someone on Youtube, going by the name “Born again” and commenting on a number of videos about the Notre-Dame incident kept posting the following:
“The 1st day of holy week! Easter is the 21st this year. 3×7=21 or 7+7+7…777 777 represents the 3 fold number of perfection. 777 represents the Holy Trinity.”
And along with numerous references to 9/11:
4+15+2019=2038 2038÷2=1019 Mirror 1019 and remove the 0 (0 can be a spacer in numerology) 911
In one video, calling up viewers to not jump to conspiracy theories, ironically included a recording of one onlooker who said “It feels like the end of the world.”
One comment I did like was “Notre-Dame belongs to everyone, it’s humanity’s heritage.”
The cathedral was completed in 1345, the final result of a mind-bogglingly huge construction project that began in 1163. Notre Dame sites on the Seine river, on a spot where a previous cathedral, the Saint-Étienne, had stood for at least 400 years before. When Maurice de Sully was elected bishop of Paris in 1160, he proposed the demolition of Saint-Étienne and the reconstruction of a new cathedral dedicated to the Virgin Mary, according to the official cathedral history. – www.livescience.com/65240-notre-dame-cathedral-history.html
Tim Wallace-Murphy states the current cathedral is dedicated to Mars and likely erected on an an ancient site, however Wikipdedia states:
It is believed that before the period of Christianity in France, a Gallo-Roman temple dedicated to Jupiter stood on the site of Notre-Dame…
A footnote adds:
Excavations have failed to accurately determine the architectural history of the Île de la Cité. It appears that Bishop Sully entirely dug out the foundations of the early Christian basilica so as to found Notre-Dame on the bedrock under the island.
The curious thing about the Jupiter connection is a 2017 headline on Unsealed.org:
Emmanuel Macron Consolidates Power, Desires To Govern Like “Jupiter”.
Now we get to the conversation of rebuilding what has destroyed. One so-called expert that phoned in to the BBC Radio 2 Jeremy Vine show that was discussing the topic talked about the problems involved in designing a timber frame to replace the destroyed spire, since it was built of oak and lead. Why one needs to worry about how to design something that was already constructed and studied for centuries, and clearly worked, I don’t know.
The novel, The Hunchback of Notre Dame (as it is known in English), which I have not read, was apparently written to make the author’s contemporaries more aware of the value of the Gothic architecture, which was neglected and often destroyed to be replaced by new buildings… The book spans three volumes and the major theme of the third book, as Wikipedia informs me, is that
[O]ver time the cathedral has been repaired, but the repairs and additions have made the cathedral worse: “And who put the cold, white panes in the place of those windows” and “…who substituted for the ancient Gothic altar, splendidly encumbered with shrines and reliquaries, that heavy marble sarcophagus, with angels’ heads and clouds” are a few examples of this. This chapter also discusses how, after repairs to the cathedral after the French Revolution, there was not a significant style in what was added. It seems as if the new architecture is actually now uglier and worse than it was before the repairing.
What will happen now?
*A pledge of five years to rebuild the cathedral was later made by Macron. Considering it is said that the “original” cathedral took over a century to be built [link], and the number of trees required (the roof being known as the ‘Forest‘ [link]**), it seems to me that no replacement will ever match what stood before, especially with this short time-frame; steel and modern day materials will surely be employed, even if the external appearance will be similar.
The roof is reported to have been constructed with “55-degree angles as the gothic style called for.” I can’t find any reference for this. Further, “The 800-year-old oak beams were [apparently] added to the cathedral in 1220” 1+2+2=5.
Later this day I visited that same second-hand shop from which I found my Lenormand cards. As I began looking through a box of newly-arrived book not only did I find The Hunchback of Notre-Dame, but also (and I think somewhat strange) The Children of the New Forest, and a book called Phoenix by by Amos Aricha and Eli Landau, for surely the roof of Notre-Dame cathedral, known as the Forest, will rise from the ashes like the Phoenix.
**[Update 29/01/21] I have found mention that the roof of Chartres Cathedral, also destroyed by fire (1836), was also known as ‘the forest’ [link].