Shugborough Hall ©Shannon Dorey
An anagram discovered by Martin Winstanley of Coventry, UK supports the theory that the Shepherd's Monument at Shugborough is a Masonic altar.
Winstanley, who lives about 30 miles from Shugborough, first became interested in the monument in 2004 when he read about the code breakers from Bletchley attempting to decode the inscription using the Enigma machine. Winstanley said he knew instantly what the letters meant but found it difficult to prove his theory. He contacted me after reading my article about the Shugborough Shepherd's Monument being a Masonic Altar.
He interpreted the letters V V at the end of O U O S V A (V V) to mean TEN from the Roman numeral five which is V, spelling O U O S V A (TEN). He had learned from Richard Kemp, the general manager of the Shugborough estate, that the number ten was extremely significant to the park. Not only were there ten letters in the Monument's inscription, but there were also ten original monuments on the site. My main article on the Shepherd's Monument reveals an historic association between Shugborough in Lichfield, England and Rennes-le-Château in France which involved the Rosicrucians and the Merovingians.
Since ciphers associated with Rennes-le-Château reported that Poussin and Teniers held the key, Michael Baigent, Richard Leigh and Henry Lincoln, The Holy Blood and the Holy Grail. 1982. Corgi Books 1993 edition. p. 26. Winstanley interpreted the TEN from the name TENiers to mean that the two V's represented two fives, which equal ten. When he made this calculation, the letters together presented DOUOSVATENM, which is an anagram for "Devout Mason," with the letters D and M being the clues to the first letters of the two words.
It was from clues found at Rennes-le-Château that I was able to support my theory that the Shugborough Shepherd's Monument was an Operative Masonic altar. I took another look at Rennes-le-Château to see if there were also clues there to explain Winstanley's anagram. Research done by Rennes-le-Château expert Alan Scott helped in my search. The statute of the devil or demon Asmodeus provided a clue.
Scott, who knew nothing of the anagram or the significance of the number five, had already reported on his web site that on the left wing of the statute were five small marks that looked like healed scars, or perhaps scratches. He believed that there was little doubt that the marks were deliberately added. The gouges were deep with perfectly formed edges. He thought they were vertical lines that had been carefully recessed in the wing and placed there under the direction of the former parish priest, Berenger Saunière to indicate the number five. He also pointed out that the devil, or Asmodeus, was placing his left hand on his right leg in such a way as to again signify the number five. The hand was not flat on the thigh, but was raised above it.http://www.rennes-discovery.com/church6.htm#devil Alan Scott. 2005. This picture of Asmodeus shows the raised hand with the five fingers.
Asmodeus at Entrance to the Church at Rennes-le-Château ©Robert Hill
Another clue to the V signifying the number five for the anagram may be from a painting that was purchased by Berenger Saunière, who became the Parish Priest of Rennes-le-Château in 1885. Saunière, who did most of the renovations in the Church, had bought the paintings during a stay in Paris. In addition to the paintings by Teniers and Poussin, he also purchased one of Pope Celestine V by an unidentified artist.Michael Baigent, Richard Leigh and Henry Lincoln p.27. Pope Celestine V, who reigned from July to December, 1294, before abdicating, had been a monk who had loved solitude and lived in the wilderness of Monte Morone in the Abruzzi and later in the wilder recesses of Mt. Majella. His role model was John the Baptist. In the late thirteenth century, it was illegal for popes to abdicate, and so he was arrested for his abdication and eventually murdered.http://www.newadvent.org/cathen/03479b.htm Pope Célestine V
The association of Pope Celestine V with John the Baptist connects the V of Pope Celestine V with the statue of John the Baptist in the church. I believe that Rennes-le-Château is full of clues to the Shugborough Shepherd's Monument's Masonic significance. Berenger Saunière and other Masons and Rosicrucians before him likely set up the clues for Masonic rituals that had initiates decoding the meanings of the letters on the Shepherd's Monument.
As I mentioned in my previous article, the rituals and unusual statues found at Rennes-le-Château and Shugborough were associated with the pagan religion practised by the Cathars in the South of France and elsewhere, and deemed heretical by the Catholic Church. I believe that the Rosicrucians and the Masons were organizations set up to act as covers for individuals practising their religion under the nose of the Church.
My research on the Dogon religion shows that the same symbols used by the Dogon people in Africa are the same symbols that were used by the Cathars. The fish-tailed alien Nummo are the same beings that were associated with the Merovingians. Mérovée the ancestor of the Merovingians was not only supposed to have been descended from aliens and fallen angels but also from a sea creature. Michael Baigent, Richard Leigh and Henry Lincoln, The Holy Blood and the Holy Grail. 1982. Corgi Books 1993 edition. p. 251.
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.Dorey, The Nummo p. 156
The Nummo were symbolized by both the sun and water in the Dogon religion. John the Baptist was associated with the sign of Capricorn, which represented the sun's entering the winter solstice for rebirth.
The DNA that the Nummo brought down to the Earth was identified with the number ten. It was described as a coiled skirt with two strands that were used by the Nummo to clothe the Earth. These fibres were the essence of the Nummo. The descriptions in the mythology clearly indicated the fibres were DNA.Dorey, The Master of Speech, p.27 In the Dogon religion the two V's symbolized chromosomes and were said to be Amma forming two points. According to the Dogon, the Nummo carried out three experiments on humans and the last was supposed to help humans find their way back to truth and immortality.Shannon Dorey, The Nummo p.52.
In many languages, the first ten letters of the alphabet are also the first ten digits, one to ten. Sometimes "ten" is similar to the name of God, as in Spanish, where the word Dios means God and the word dies means ten. In the Hebrew alphabet, the English word Judaism begins with the tenth letter of the alphabet, yud.Laird Scranton, Hidden Meanings, The Study of Founding Symbols of Civilization p.25.
Dogon social organization was expressed by classifications, which included all natural manifestations numerically expressed and related to each other.Dorey The Nummo p.39-40. This was the same concept presented by Pythagoras. The Pythagoreans, a secret society in Egypt and Babylon, believed that everything in the universe was numerical and that, according to Pythagoras himself, the number ten was the very best number. The number ten contains in itself the first four integers (1+2+3+4=10), which when written in dot notation form a perfect triangle.http://www-gap.dcs.st-and.ac.uk/ ~history/Mathematicians/Pythagoras.html Pythagoras of Samo School of Mathematics and StatisticsUniversity of St Andrews, Scotland 1999.
The Dogon system of signs (DNA) encompassed the smallest twig and the tiniest animal. The spider, worm and dragonfly were considered of the same importance as the lion. The Dogon believed that "the originality of this thought lay in the fact it postulated a series of correspondences between all these elements, grouped in categories that could be broken up and linked together."Dorey The Nummo p.39-40. This related to the Dogon premise that all humans, plants and animals were linked together by the source DNA that came down to Earth from the Nummos' world.Dorey The Nummo p.29-32.