Vedic Symbols in Rosslyn Chapel

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Descended from the Phoenician Ashtar and Babylonian Ishtar, the Shekinah identifies the feminine presence of the deified evening star of Venus in the chapel.

The Shekinah's octagonal shape represents the 8-year resonance cycle of Venus with Earth while its eight pentagram "stars" represent the planet's five synodic periods. The resulting orbital geometry is the pentagonal rose-line or "rosslyn" of Venus.

Sitting on the stars are 13 cherubs, each playing a musical instrument, save for their leader Eros (Cupid). He holds a five-line musical staff, pointing to B with his right hand and A, C with his left as if about to shoot an arrow. In this way, he is identifying B as the point of symmetry and "bullseye" of the 7-step A Major scale.

This musical symbolism extends into the "musical cubes" carved in the gothic arches above. Each cube corresponds to a specific cymatic resonance pattern and musical tone. A melody can then be found by vibrating sand on a similar square plate at specific frequencies to match each of the musical cubes. For example, the first musical cube corresponds to the cymatic pattern for the musical note B.

Since there are two manmade beehives carved into steeples located on the roof either side of the Shekinah pillar, this musical symbolism appears to be a musical pun equating the tone "B" with the children of Venus - the "Bee."

As an ancient fertility symbol for Venus, the B=Bee pun may have to do with the frequency at which bees flap their wings, which is around B-240 hertz (the step above A-216 in Universal tuning). Furthermore, when Rosslyn is heated to the gestation temperature of a beehive (33.88°C / 93°F), the entire chapel will resonate synchronously with A-432. It is as if the entire chapel was intended as a kind of musical hive or womb for spiritual birth and rebirth.

So it is that the Shekinah pillar is not only a Hebrew fertility symbol, but also evidence for a much older harmonic science of sacred spaces. Indeed, the resonance pattern of Venus appears to have once been a Vedic temple template used to resonate the mind and help one become "born again."