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1. Shugborough Hall & the Secret Masonic Code by Shannon Dorey

Shepherd's Monument
©Shannon Dorey

The code on the Shugborough Shepherd's monument at Staffordshire in Lichfield, England has been confusing theorists since it was first created in the 1760s. Rumours say the secret letters on the monument are "hiding a set of instructions on how to find the Holy Grail, the chalice in which the blood of Jesus was collected, as it fell from his crucified wounds."
/05/17/shugborough_code_ feature.shtml Helen Thomas

My research on the African Dogon religion ties the monument to the alien fish and serpent like Nummo, the Merovingians, Rosicrucians and the Masonic Society. Alchemy is linked to these groups because I believe it is associated with the lost science of the Nummo. In the Dogon religion, the four alchemical symbols, fire, water, earth and air were associated with the development of the world. They were also connected with the four directions of space.The Nummo, Shannon Dorey p. 32. The Smith was a significant religious figure in the religion because the Nummo were known as "Heaven's Smiths." The Nummos' spaceship was known as a smithy, probably because it was seen to emit fire. It was in the smithy that the Nummo carried out their experiments and it was in an objet identified with the Smith's hammer that all the seeds (DNA) came down from the Nummos' world to be reproduced on Earth. My research reveals that the Smith's hammer eventually evolved into the Masonic hammer.

The Merovingian bloodline was an important element of The Holy Blood and the Holy Grail and The Da Vinci Code, where the Frankish royal family was believed to be descended from Jesus and Mary Magdalene. My research indicates that this bloodline is much older than the biblical myths of Jesus and Mary Magdalene. It is associated with beliefs that predate Christianity by millennia. Not only do myths about the Merovingians report that they were descended from aliens but Mérovée, the ancestor of the Merovingians, was reported to have been the child of a sea creature.Dan Burstein. Secrets of the Code. The Unauthorized Guide To the Mysteries Behind the Da Vinci Code. (New York, NY. CDS, 2004.) p. 348. This indicates to me that instead of being the child of the biblical Jesus and Mary Magdalene, these myths associate Mérovée with the fish-tailed amphibious Nummo, who came to Earth from another planet, and were the focus of the Dogon religion. Because of their ancestry, Mérovée and his descendants were reputed to have supernatural powers and unnaturally long lives. The bloodline of Mérovée was also supposed to have had special qualities. Michael Baigent, Richard Leigh and Henry Lincoln, The Holy Blood and the Holy Grail. 1982. Corgi Books 1993 edition. p. 247.

Research associates the Merovingians with the Cathars and others, whose beliefs were considered heretical by the Roman Catholic Church. I believe that the Rosicrucians and the Masonic Society were formed as a way for these outlawed sects to practise their religion under the nose of the Church. My research indicates the letters on the Shugborough monument at Staffordshire in Lichfield, England, which is found on the grounds at Shugborough Hall, the seat of the Earls of Lichfield, identify an Operative Masonic altar. I believe that the secret Operative Masonic society associated with the monument was a group that had been started by the Rosicrucian and alchemist, Elias Ashmole. He had been born in Lichfield, Staffordshire, England, 23 May 1617, and died in South Lambeth (London) in 1692. texts/EliasAshmole.html Grand Lodge of Yukon and British Columbia. Elias Ashmole The Shugborough monument, which I believe was later built to create a meeting place for this group, was constructed in the 1760s long after Ashmole's death.

Compare the following Masonic altars with the picture of the Shugborough monument, above. One of the altars is dated 1780. The Anson family built the Shugborough monument between 1761 and 1767 psp/id16.html Shugborough Hall. Paul Smith so this drawing is from the same time period. Masonic/York%20Rite/Chapter/ hirams/Pictures/MasonicMasonic %20Backgrounds/YRRAM%20Backgrounds Pictures/Masonic/York%20Rite/Chapter

The Masonic altar at Shugborough was designed in reverse to Poussin's "Les Berger d'Arcadie" (Shepherds of Arcadia) which was painted in 1637-39. It is the reversal of the painting to that of the monument that is the key to solving the letters found on the altar. The painting indicates the letters are supposed to be read in reverse.

Shepherd's Monument
©Shannon Dorey

Les Bergers d'Arcadie
(The Shepherds of Arcadia) Nicolas_Poussin_052.jpg The Yorck Project: 10.000 Meisterwerke der Malerei. DVD-ROM, 2002. ISBN 3936122202. Distributed by DIRECTMEDIA Publishing GmbH.

Not only are the letters on the Shugborough monument reversed according to Poussin's painting, but the top letters are separated from the bottom letters because the top letters are also meant to be flipped. The clues for this are found in the Church at Rennes le Château in the south of France, which was also associated with the Masonic Society, the Merovingians and the Rosicrucians. This was another meeting place for those who practised the outlawed pagan religion associated with these groups. When flipped and reversed the top letters on the Shugborough monument spell MAVSONO or

In the early 1970's the actual tomb, which appears in Poussin's painting of the Shepherds monument, was discovered on the outskirts of Arques approximately six miles from Rennes le Château.Michael Baigent, Richard Leigh and Henry Lincoln p.39.

There are various clues to deciphering the Shugborough monument found at the church at Rennes le Château. For instance the original Visigothic Pillar that used to support the old altar was displayed upside down in the church.http://www.rennes- visigothic_pillar4.htm Alan Scott 2005

© Robert Hill 2011

Another clue found in the church is a statue of Jesus being baptized by John where two upside down "Vs" are seen hanging from John's cross to form the letter "M". A picture of this is shown left.

The clues found at Rennes le Château may have been part of a Masonic ritual which had initiates identifying the meaning of the letters on the Shugborough monument. The second letter "A" and the third letter "V" represent the Masonic symbols of the compass and the square, which are meant to appear overlapping each other as shown below. Aside from the fact they represent the Masonic symbols, together they provide the "A" for the word MASON.

Letters on Shugborough Monument ©S.Dorey

The clue that these Vs should overlap also appears at Rennes le Château, where they are engraved in stone in the word OMARIE. The A in the name MARIE is overlapped by an M. It is part of a phrase meaning "Oh Mary Conceived Without Sin Pray For Us." Henry Lincoln, one of the authors of Holy Blood/Holy Grail and the author of The Holy Place, a book about Rennes le Château, says it almost appears as if the stone mason who carved the phrase and the name MARIE made a mistake, first putting in the MM and then overlapping the second M with an A.Henry Lincoln's Guide to Rennes le Château. DVD. 2000. Illuminated Word. 2005. The Disinformation Company Ltd. Lincoln joked that he thought this was highly unlikely because the M's are written like upside down V's. The overlapping letters in the stonework are clearly the Masonic symbol. The letter "O" in the word OMARIE may also be a clue since the letter "O" at the beginning of the word OMARIE is reversed to the letter "O" at the end of the word MASONO on the Shepherd's monument. The Demon Asmodeus, who appears at the entrance to the Church at Rennes le Château, also holds his right hand in the shape of a letter "O." This "O" may also be identified with the Omega symbol, which also appears along with the Alpha symbol, which means the beginning and the end, beneath the statue of Jesus and John, shown above.

These next two pictures show how the cross and square appeared on Masonic artefacts supporting the theory that these two letters were meant to be read over lapped. /Masonic/Square%20&%20Compasses/SQC79.jpg Kena Hiram's Masonic Picture Collection. Pictures/Masonic/
National%20Sojourners/ Kena Hiram's Masonic Picture Collection.

Asmodeus at Entrance to the Church
at Rennes le Château ©Robert Hill

©Robert Hill 2011

Another clue, for these "Vs" being read overlapped, is found in the museum at Rennes le Château where Asmodeus appears again in a framed picture of two triangles overlapping each other on a bookplate. (Shown on left) Asmodeus appears on top and the picture of the overlapping triangles appears below him.
/Rennes/curious.htm Simon Miles
A clearer picture of the overlapping triangles appears below.

According to Simon Miles, the picture of the overlapping triangles or hexagram representing the Masonic "Vs", was thought to have been created by Berenger Saunière, who became the parish priest at Rennes le Château in 1885. The letters "BS" appear on the picture of the triangles, which is why it was assumed the drawing had been created by Berenger Saunière. As Miles points out, however, the picture of the triangles on the framed book plate is actually the frontpiece to Heinrich Madathanus "Aureum Seculum Redivivum," or "The Golden Age Revived," first published in Frankfurt in 1625. Madathanus was the pseudonym of Adrian von Mynsicht (1603-1638), an alchemist, esotericist and apologist for the Rosicrucians.
/Rennes/curious.htm Simon Miles
This is important because of Elias Ashmole's relationship to the Rosicrucians and the fact he was also an alchemist. Below is the picture of the overlapping triangles that was found on the bookplate and on the frontpiece to Heinrich Madathanus "Aureum Seculum Redivivum," or "The Golden Age Revived."

Miles pointed out that the symbol of the overlapping triangles is also prominently displayed on a monument in Rome, Italy, known as the Porta Alchemica, or "Alchemical Door." This door was covered in hermetic and alchemical symbols and quotations. It can be found in the walls of the Villa Palombara, located in the Piazza Vittore Emmanuele and was built around 1680 by the Marquis Massimigliano Palombara.
/Rennes/curious.htm Simon Miles
On top of the centre of the archway of the Italian "Alchemical Door" is a head not unlike the head that appears on top of the Shugborough monument. There is also the bottom of a wreath that appears around the circle above the "Alchemical Door". Wreaths appear on the top of the Shugborough monument as well. On the two drawings of the Masonic altars (shown earlier) a circular wreath appeared at the top centre on the keystone. These wreaths resemble a close up of the wreath on the top of the Shugborough monument shown below, right.

A second wreath appears in the centre of the Shugborough monument above the keystone. Compare it to the Masonic symbols of the keys and wreath beside it. They form an "X" which is also associated with the Masonic crossbone.

A similar wreath also appears on the Original Visigothic Pillar that used to support the old altar in the church at Rennes le Château.

The symbol from the "Alchemical Door" was also compared by Mino Gabriele to the 21st emblem of Michael Maier’s Atalanta Fugiens, which is another alchemical manuscript published in Frankfurt in 1617. In the picture (see below), a man with a pair of compasses is in the process of constructing the overlapping triangles or hexagram by drawing a triangle within a larger circle.
/queen_christina.html Susanna Akerman,
Christina of Sweden 1626-1689.
the Porta Magica and the Italian
Poets of the Golden and Rosy Cross.
Inside the triangle is a smaller circle and inside the circle is a picture of Adam and Eve. The compasses in the picture reiterate the hexagram's or the overlapping triangles' connection to the Masonic Society. An image resembling a sea shell also appears in the foreground of the picture emphasizing its association to the Merovingians and the Nummo. A 1656 English translation of Maier’s Themis Aurea appeared as Themis Aurea: The Laws of the Fraternity of the Rosie Cross, and was dedicated to Elias Ashmole making another connection between Elias Ashmole and Rennes le Chateau.

Michael Maier Emblem 21 Atalanta Fugiens

The picture from the front piece of the "Aureum Seculum Redivivum" appears yet again in another alchemical work entitled, Donum Dei by Simon Baruch, drawn by Adam McLean and shown below left. A book by Abraham Eleazar entitled, "Uraltes chymisches Werck", Erfurt, 1735, displayed Simon Baruch's engravings. alchemy/amcl_eleazar_donum.html Adam McLean

In Eleazar's book, known as the book by Abraham the Jew, is another picture by Simon Baruch of two salamander type beings and a hill with what appears to be a rose growing from it. The rose was the symbol of the Rosicrucians. It was also drawn by Adam McLean and shown below right. These salamanders and rose also appear in the church at Rennes le Château just above Asmodeus as seen in the previous picture. The importance of this is that salamanders are amphibians just like the Nummo. The Nummo were described as being like serpents associating them with the picture on the left. Because sunlight was harmful to them, the Nummo spaceship resided underground and from the surface it looked like a giant anthill just like the picture below right.

All of these pictures were combined to create the statue found at the entrance to the church at Rennes le Château, which was built under the direction of the parish priest, Berenger Saunière. On the statue, above Asmodeus and the salamanders, are four angels. (see below) This is of course flipped to the framed picture in the museum of Asmodeus on the top, and the cover of the "Aureum Seculum Redivivum" with the overlapping triangles in the middle and the four angels, one in each corner, on the bottom. On the statue, the rose is in the centre of the cross above the angels. The rose and cross were the symbols of the "Rosy Croix" or Rosicrucians. The letters "BS" from the cover of the "Aureum Seculum Redivivum" also shows a reversal of the initials of Simon Baruch who created the two pictures shown above and found in the book by Abraham Eleazar (Abraham the Jew). The statue's location at the entrance of the church is important because it ties it to the "Alchemical Door".

As Henry Lincoln pointed out, the statue is also revealing the four elements. Fire is associated with the mythical salamanders that were born out of fire. The alien Nummo were associated with fire and their spaceship was identified with a smithy. They were also hermaphrodites and because of this, they were always depicted as twins associating them with the dual salamanders. The Nummo spent more time in water than on land and as Lincoln pointed out, water is related to the water stoop in the form of the shell over the devil's head, the angels are identified with air, and the devil was known as Rex Mundi, who was Lord of the Earth.Henry Lincoln's Guide to Rennes le Château. DVD. 2000. Illuminated Word. 2005. The Disinformation Company Ltd. The importance of the four elements to the Dogon religion was discussed earlier. Tapestries of the four elements once hung in the house at Shugborough but only one remains. It is of "Earth" and was probably woven by John Vanderbank at the Soho Manufactory in London in the early 1700s. "It is closely based on a panel of the Gobelins Elements, designed by Le Brun a generation earlier."The National Trust, Shugborough, John Martin Robinson. 1989. Reprinted 1998. The tapestry of the Element "Earth" was hanging in the staircase hall when I was there in 2005.

Statue at Rennes le Château ©Robert Hill

The arms of the angels also appear reversed to each other, perhaps another clue to the reversal of the letters not only on the Shugborough monument but on the statue itself. The arm of the angel at the top is positioned in such a way as to create the appearance of her peering outward as if guiding a ship with the cross acting as its mast. This image is important because of the Rosicrucians alleged association with the secret group known as the Prieuré de Sion. The Grand Masters of the Prieuré de Sion were known as "Nautonniers" an old French term meaning 'navigator' or 'helmsman'.Michael Baigent, Richard Leigh and Henry Lincoln The Holy Blood And The Holy Grail, BPCC Hazell Books, Aylesbury, England, 1990. p.133. Knowledge of the Prieuré de Sion is based on a document known as the Dossiers Secrets which was deposited in the Bibliotèque Nationale sometime in the 1950s or 1960s.Michael Baigent, Richard Leigh and Henry Lincoln p.97.

The letters "BS," which show the reversal of the name Simon Baruch, was just one of the many connections that Saunière was trying to make by all of this. Artist and alchemical researcher, Adam McLean didn't have any information on Simon Baruch, a name which he believed had likely been made up. He said the word "Barûkh" in Hebrew means "blessed," an important reference to the Elysian Fields, which were associated with the Isle of the Odyssey Book IV: 563 The Elysian Fields were supposed to lay on the western margin of the Earth, by the encircling stream of Oceanus, which was a vast ocean that encompassed the Earth. It was there the mortal relatives of the king of the gods were transported, without tasting death, to enjoy an immortality of Odyssey Book IV: 563 An anonymous poem relating to Shugborough refers to "righteous men" being wrapped in "Elysium". Shugborough Hall, Paul Smith Elysium, means the land of the blessed dead, an obscure and mysterious name that evolved from a designation of a place or person struck by (Burkert 1985 p. 198)

According to the Dogon, humans once had the ability to regenerate themselves when they died. During the regeneration process, the human "body was surrounded from top to bottom by a flexible iron helix, called amma su or "cord of God." The individual being regenerated was also struck on the forehead with something from the spaceship that sent a shock through his or her body. This is discussed in more detail in my books, Day of the Fish and The Nummo. The word "blessed" is also related to Irish and Welsh Celtic myths relating to Bran the Blessed, the Cauldron of Regeneration, and the islands of the Otherworld. These associations are important as they relate to regeneration and immortality. In the Dogon religion the alien Nummo were immortal. Humans were created and regenerated by the Nummo in a device not unlike the cauldron of Welsh myths.

McLean also pointed to a non-canonical Biblical work called the "Book of Baruch" that may be connected in some way. Baruch's engravings, which are found in the book of Abraham Eleazar, known as the book by Abraham the Jew, are all about alchemy. Abraham Eleazar's book also contained a series of engravings by Nicholas Flamel, /amcl_eleazar.html Adam McLean the famous medieval alchemist who was alleged to have been Grand Master of the Prieuré de Sion between 1398-1418.Michael Baigent, Richard Leigh and Henry Lincoln p.133. This may indicate that Simon Baruch was actually Nicholas Flamel. Flamel said that he performed his first alchemical transmutation at noon on January 17, 1382.Michael Baigent, Richard Leigh and Henry Lincoln p.446. Following the strict method found in The Book by Abraham the Jew, he writes, he "changed a half-pound of mercury first into silver, and then into virgin gold. And simultaneously, he accomplished the same transmutation in his soul. From his passions, mixed in an invisible crucible, the substance of the eternal spirit emerged." Magicians, Seers, and Mystics by Reginald Merton Whether Flamel can be believed or not, the truth is that he became very wealthy afterwards. By 1413 he had founded and endowed fourteen hospitals, seven churches, and three chapels in Paris and a similar number in Boulogne.Michael Baigent, Richard Leigh and Henry Lincoln p.446. January 17 also appears frequently in the mysteries and stories relating to Rennes le Château. Flamel's transmutation is reminiscent of the Nummo's regeneration process.

On the Shugborough monument, the letters "SON" spell the end of the word "MASON". The letter "O" at the end of the word and mentioned earlier, may also stand for "Operative" a form of Freemasonry. "Operative" was a term that was used to refer to working masons. I believe the term also became identified with mathematicians and scientists in the 1600s. Elias Ashmole was supposed to have been the first Operative Mason of any consequence. html/articles/
the%20right%20angle%20p2.htm From the Theosophical Writings of H.P. Blavatsky compiled by Geoffrey Farthing.
In extracts from the Theosophical Writings of H.P. Blavatsky, it was reported that Elias Ashmole was admitted to the freedom of the Operative Masons' company in London in 1646. Blavatsky further reported that Elias Ashmole, was the celebrated antiquarian, who founded the museum of Oxford and was initiated together with Colonel Mainwarring in the Brotherhood of the working Masons in Warrington. She recounted how "the entrance of such men as Elias Ashmole into the Operative Fraternity paved the way for the great 'Masonic Revolution of 1717', when SPECULATIVE Masonry came into existence." /articles/
the%20right%20angle%20p2.htm From the Theosophical Writings of H.P. Blavatsky compiled by Geoffrey Farthing.

In A Chronology of the History of Freemasonry it was reported, "In this year, of 1646, a company of Rosy Croix that had been formed in London according to the ideas of Bacon's New Atlantis, assembled in the conference room of the Masons. Elias Ashmole, who was a member, and the other Brothers of the Rosy Croix, rectified the formulas of reception of these workmen, which consisted of some ceremonies similar to those used among all the professionals, and substituted a mode of initiation which they copied, partly, from the old mysteries of Egypt and Greece." Translation Stuart Nettleton 1999. A Chronology of the History of Freemasonry.

It is in fact Greek mythology that plays a role in deciphering the bottom letters on the monument "D M". These letters which when reversed, like Poussin's painting, spell MD, meaning medical doctor. Ashmole was an M.D., Oxford had conferred the title of M.D. on him in 1669. /EliasAshmole.html Grand Lodge of Yukon and British Columbia. Elias Ashmole.

The symbol for the medical profession is the symbol of the caduceus, which is related to Hermeticism and the Greek god Hermes. Hermes plays a significant role in the mythology of the Masons. He is also associated with the Jackal and the Smith from the Dogon religion. He is the god of thieves and thieving is an important theme in the Dogon religion. The Jackal stole fire from the Nummo's workshop in the same way that Hermes stole the 50 immortal cows from the sun god Apollo. In the Dogon religion fire symbolizes the spiritual essence of the Nummo. Both the cow and the sun were also symbols of the Nummo. This means that the immortal cows that Hermes stole represent the same thing as the stolen fire. It is identified with the genetic make-up of the Nummo and represents those souls lost to the Earth. The stolen fire represents the stolen DNA. Hermes, who also plays a significant role in the mythology of the Masons, was one of the alchemical images circulating during the Middle Ages and the Renaissance. The name Hermes is part of the word "Hermaphrodite," and androgynous and hermaphroditic figures also play a role in Masonic, Dogon, and alchemical mythology. I believe that the caduceus Heremes carries is a symbol for DNA. The alien Nummo, who I believe are at the root of all of these beliefs, were hermaphrodites. Below is a picture taken from an Engraving of Ashmole's Theatrum Chemcicum Britannicum, 1652, which was copied by Adam McLean.A076 Engraving from Ashmole's Theatrum Chemcicum Britannicum, 1652. alchemy/emb_hermes.html ©Adam McLean 1998-2004.

Hermes is in the top centre holding the caduceus symbol in one hand and the six pointed star in the other. The fact Ashmole was a famous Operative Mason and the cover of his book appears with the caduceus symbol relates this symbol to the Operative Masons. The serpent symbolized the goddess in ancient pagan cultures. In ancient Egypt, Isis was depicted as a serpent. The female on the right looks as if she has a fish tail as does the figure on top of the monument in the centre of the engraving. These symbols are all important as they relate to Masonic symbolism and the Merovingians. In the Dogon religion, which I associate with the lost pagan religion of Europe, the female was spiritually superior to the male. This was because although the alien Nummo were hermaphrodites, they were primarily female beings. Because they had long thin fish tails, they were often identified as serpents.

In the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, various scientists were connected with the Masonic societies because it was mathematics and geometry that Masons used to build their structures. Masonry came to be a symbol for advanced science, which was rooted in the myth of Asmodeus (also known as Ashmedai) who was supposed to have been the builder of Solomon's temple. As was mentioned previously, he appeared at the entrance to the church at Rennes le Château as the red devil beneath the sea shell and the angels. According to the Haggadah, when Solomon was erecting the Temple, "he did not know how to get the blocks of marble into shape, since, according to the law (Ex. xx. 26), they might not be worked by an iron tool." The reference to marble associates it with the Shugborough monument, which is a marble bas-relief. The myth goes on to say that the wise men advised Solomon to obtain "the 'shamir'", a worm whose mere touch could cleave rocks. But to obtain it was no slight task; for not even the demons, who knew so many secrets, knew where the shamir, was to be found. They surmised, however, that Ashmedai, king of the demons, was in possession of the secret, and they told Solomon the name of the mountain on which Ashmedai dwelt…" jsp?artid=2019&letter=A Haggadic Legend. The shamir likely became a symbol of an advanced scientific instrument capable of shaping marble, which is why Ashmedai became identified with the scientists and alchemists of the day. Ashmedai was also associated with the pagan religion.

Magnificent buildings exist throughout the world, from the Egyptian pyramids to the Bolivian remnants at Tiahuanaco. These ancient buildings were created with massive stones, making it inconceivable that humans could have lifted them. For instance Tiahuanaco's Gateway of the Sun is carved out of a single piece of solid andesite and weighs more than ten tons.Graham Hancock, Fingerprints of the Gods. Seal Books, Toronto 1996. P. 81. The gateway is reminiscent of the Masonic archways and the alchemical doors discussed above. The Great Pyramid of Egypt covers a full 13.1 acres at it base. It weighed about six million tons and consisted of roughly 2.3 million individual blocks of limestone and granite. When the nineteenth century archaeologist W. M. Flinders Petrie examined the blocks at the base, he was astonished to discover "tolerances of less than one-hundredth of an inch and cemented joints so precise and so carefully aligned that it had been impossible to slip even the fine blade of a knife in between them. 'Merely to place such stones in exact contact would be careful work', he admitted, 'but to do so with cement in the joint seems almost impossible; it is to be compared to the finest opticians' work on a scale of acres.'"Hancock p. 309

Ashmedai's association with Solomon's temple also connects him to the figure of Hiram Abiff, who was supposed to have been the architect of Solomon's temple, and a key figure in Masonic rituals. William Harvey, J.P., F.S.A. (Scot.) Provincial Grand Master of Forfarshire, reported the name Hiram Abiff was undoubtedly Phoenician, but that there was some confusion, as to its actual form. "'Hiram' is the more common rendering, but the author of the Chronicles adheres to the spelling 'Huram,' and other writers adopt the variant 'Hirom.' Mr J. F. Stenning says that it is equivalent to 'Ahiram,' and means 'the exalted one'. According to Movers, Hiram or Huram, is the name of a deity, and means 'the coiled or twisted one,' but other scholars regard this derivation as very improbable." My research indicates this last definition is accurate and reiterates the connection of Hiram to Ashmedai. vol6no10.html William Harvey, J.P., F.S.A. (Scot.)Provincial Grand Master of Forfarshire The Story of Hiram Abiff

According to legend, Hiram Abiff was murdered by one of three workers who assaulted him in their attempt to discover the secret he held. Hiram Abiff's secret was never divulged and his body was hidden outside the city walls, where it remained until recovered by Solomon. /vol6no10.html William Harvey, J.P., F.S.A. (Scot.)Provincial Grand Master of Forfarshire The Story of Hiram Abiff "The Raising of the Master," a sketch done by the seventeenth century artist Giovanni Francesco Guercino, depicts the story of Hiram Abiff. Guercino's sketch also incorporates the compasses as well as other themes from Masonic rituals and is now owned by the Supreme Grand Royal Arch Chapter of Scotland, Edinburgh. art/guercino.html Compasses In Art. Grand Lodge of BC and Yukon. Guercino had also painted "Et in Arcadia Ego" in 1618, which was also the name of Poussin's earlier painting of the Shepherd's monument.Michael Baigent, Richard Leigh and Henry Lincoln pp.187-189. In Guercino's painting there is a skull, which is an important Masonic and Knights Templar symbol. Masonic themes can be found throughout Guercino's other works. A skull appears beside the feet of the statue of Mary Magdalene inside the church at Rennes le Château. A skull also appears on a painting in the centre of the main church altar at the front of the church, and on a monument outside with crossbones (see below). Wreaths also appear on this monument, just as they did on the Shugborough monument.

Rennes le Château©Robert Hill 2011

Guercino was born in Cento on February 2, 1591(?), and died in Bologna on December 2, 1666(?) Compasses In Art. Grand Lodge of BC and Yukon. In 1665 Poussin had died in Rome. Although they were both in their 70s at the time, is it possible that foul play could have been involved in their deaths? The timing of their deaths coincided with the imprisonment of Nicholas Fouquet in 1665 relating to a letter written by Fouquet's brother Abbé Louis Fouquet to Nicholas about a "secret", which Louis Fouquet had learned after meeting with Poussin in 1656. Part of the letter that Louis had written to his brother Nicholas Fouquet appears in The Holy Blood and The Holy Grail and is quoted below.

"He and I discussed certain things, which I shall with ease be able to explain to you in detail - things which will give you, through Monsieur Poussin, advantages which even kings would have great pains to draw from him, and which, according to him, it is possible that nobody else will ever rediscover in the centuries to come. And what is more, these are things so difficult to discover that nothing now on this earth can prove of better fortune nor be their equal."Michael Baigent, Richard Leigh and Henry Lincoln pp. 38-39.

According to Lincoln, Leigh and Baigent, no historians or biographers of Poussin or Fouquet have been able to satisfactorily explain this letter. My research indicates that the "secret" being referred to here is associated with the ancient religion involving the Merovingians. Research indicates that Poussin was well aware of the fish and serpent like alien beings connected to the Merovingians. The last part of this letter, "nothing now on this earth can prove of better fortune nor be their equal" relates to chapter 41 of the Book of Job, where the Biblical sea monster Leviathan is mentioned: "Nothing on earth is his equal--a creature without fear." My research indicates that the "secret" being referred to in this passage involves the Merovingians and their association with the alien Nummo spoken about by the Dogon. Through my research, I have connected these green amphibious beings with the Philistine god Dagon, which is likely the root of the Merovingian name Dagobert. The secrets involving these groups could have been misconstrued by Louis XIV of France, who might have felt his own throne threatened after Charles I had been beheaded in 1649. It could explain why he had Nicholas Fouquet arrested and later imprisoned in 1665. Poussin was known as a keeper of secrets and signed his work "Tenet Confidentiam."Michael Baigent, Richard Leigh and Henry Lincoln p. 185.

There is no doubt in my mind that Poussin knew about the Nummo and their connection to the Merovingians. In his earlier painting, the "Et in Arcadia Ego" Poussin painted the river god Alpheus who was identified with the "source" or the "Alpha" relating him to the garden of Eden and Adam and Eve. The river Alpheus is a central river in the actual geographical Arcadia in Greece, which flows underground and is said to surface at the Fountain of Arethusa in Sicily and is deemed to be sacred."Michael Baigent, Richard Leigh and Henry Lincoln, pp. 142-143. I connect the River god with Dogon myths about the alien Nummo. A painting of a River god also hangs under the stairway in the house at Shugborough. According to the Dogon, the alien Nummo lived high in the mountains in caves as well as underground because the sunlight dried out their skin. Because they were amphibious, they needed to keep moist in order to stay alive. The "underground stream" associated with the mythology of the Rosicrucians, and the River God Alpheus found in Poussin's painting, "Et in Arcadia Ego", are related to the Nummo. Earlier, the symbol of the Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end, was shown below the statue in the church at Rennes le Château where John is shown baptising Jesus. John the Baptist would have been an important figure in the pagan religion because before he was turned into John the Baptist by the Christians, he had been a water deity.

Joseph Campbell saw a connection between the fish god Oannes and John the Baptist. In the following passage, he describes how the rite of baptism was an ancient rite.

John, however, was no Essene, as we know both from his garb and from his diet. He was in the line, rather, of Elijah, who is described in the Book of Kings as a man who wore ‘a garment of haircloth, with a girdle of leather about his loins.’ And the rite of baptism that he preached whatever its meaning at that time may have been, was an ancient rite coming down from the old Sumerian temple city Eridu, of the water god Ea, ‘God of the house of Water,’ whose symbol is the tenth sign of the zodiac, Capricorn (a composite beast with the foreparts of a goat and body of a fish), which is the sign into which the sun enters at the winter solstice for rebirth. In the Hellenistic period, Ea was called Oannes, which is in Greek Ioannes, Latin Johannes, Hebrew Yohanan, English John. Several scholars have suggested, therefore, that there was never either John or Jesus, but only a water-god and a sun-god.Campbell The Masks of Gods, Occiental Mythology p. 349-350

The immortal Nummo were symbolized by both the sun and water in the Dogon religion. They were responsible for human creation and were supposed to return to Earth one day to restore immortality to humanity. This ties the Nummo to the symbol of the alpha and the omega, the beginning and the end. For more information of this read the second article in this series.