Medieval Vedic Symbols in England

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There are a couple of things that strongly suggest to me that this tower carving is a Vedic symbol for Mount Meru similar to the tower etching in the underground Sacristy of Rosslyn chapel (see links in comments). Furthermore, the house name "Ashby" suggests a link to the Mesopotamian line of Venusian goddesses known as "Ashtarts." This has a direct connection to Freemasonry and the importance of Venus in Masonic lore.

It is common knowledge that Masonry is founded on the legendary Hebrew king Solomon and his Temple in Jerusalem. In particular, the Hebrew goddess Asherah was one of these Ashtarts associated with the Morning / Evening Star of Venus and represented by a central pillar (made of wood or just smoke) called the Shekinah. As I've explained in previous posts, Asherah was considered the consort of Yahweh (Yahu) who was the Hebrew storm/mountain god. Thus, Venus plays a central but secret role in Masonic lore, often represented as the All-Seeing Eye of the Sun during a Venus Transit (appearing as an eye looking down on Earth).

I would suggest that Canons Ashby was a secret meeting place for Ebionites (possibly Knights Templar) who followed pre-Christian Mosaic law like the Sinclairs of Rosslyn. Central to their belief would have been the importance of Solomon's Temple, temple architecture as well as worship of the goddess Asherah. The tower symbol at Ashby would then be a tower (or magdala/ ziggurat/ pyramid) representation of Mount Meru, the transcendental mountain of the Rig-Veda, believed to provide a pathway up to heaven. The similarity to the tower etching in Rosslyn is apparent - both an early icon of Freemasonry.

But this now raises a new association I had not considered before. The Masonic symbol of a compass may have a deeper connection to the Rig-Veda as a representation of the tower symbol often used for Meru. It seems that the Masonic compass IS the Mt. Meru pyramid itself - not just a tool used to design it.

Here is the original article:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-northamptonshire-21577807