EXPLORING THE ROSSLYN CHAPEL
Our first day in Scotland found Stella and I cruising by the legendary Rosslyn Chapel, home of the Holy Grail…at least in Dan Brown’s novel, The DaVinci Code. Though we hadn’t expected to visit there this day, something drew us to the 15th century chapel. How could we not, with the legends of Templar and Masonic connections and theories linking the chapel to the legendary Oak Island treasure in our home province of Nova Scotia? An ancient manuscript even describes how Prince Henry Sinclair, a member of the family which built the chapel, voyaged to Nova Scotia a hundred years before Columbus “discovered” America. Don’t take my word for it. Just drive out to the town town of Canso, Nova Scotia and see the two substantial monuments which commemmorate this event.
Research on my family history had drawn me to Scotland. When I heard that cryptic carved stone beehives had been found in the roof of Rosslyn, I thought back to the fact that the early Burden coat of arms had sported just such beehives. An influential family, even back in the 15th century when the chapel was built, I wondered if this was some cryptic message from some past family member who may have had a hand in the design and construction of the building.
The chapel is an impressive Gothic structure composed of multicoloured sandstone. The interior is a treasure trove of figures of pagan and Masonic symbolism…as well as that of conventional Christianity. Though photography is normally forbidden, Rosslyn Director Ian Gardner kindly gave us permission to take the photos accompanying this article. His assistant Maureen led us on a private tour of the structure.
Among the interesting carvings are the numerous figures of the pagan Celtic vegetation god, the Green Man. There are numerous figures of Masonic significance which may have explained why General Monck, charged with destroying Catholic buildings during the English Civil War, spared the chapel. The general was a member of the Masonic order.
Maureen showed us the spot where it is said that three mystic Ley lines intersect at the front of the chapel. Standing here for a half minute or so brings unusual sensations to those who are sensitive to such things, she told us. To the left of the altar is a corner that some say is a portal to the angelic realm!
Other images include charming carvings of angels playing musical instruments including bagpipes and a horned statue of Moses holding the Ten Commandments. Interestingly, Stella, who does my photos, captured two very odd images on her camera right after she snapped a picture of the prophet. The yellow, glowing photos may simply have been due to a defect in her memory card, or…
IF YOU GO…