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The Invereen stone does appears to be an accurate representation of both earth and the moon. Specifically the drawing suggests the Picts were aware of apogee and perigee, and the dimension of the moon relative to earth, and many of the drawn alignments do appear to be astronomical in nature.
However, by itself, the Invereen Stone does not produce sufficient data to confirm that the symbols present on the stone are a type of early proto-writing. Further studies of other Pictish stones are required, and if all studied stones are consistent, then and only then can it be argued that the Pictish drawings were made by astronomers.
The recent discovery that many ancient archaeological sites all exhibit the same astronomical data has recently been used to confirm the existence of a global civilization circa 15,000 years ago (1). This civilization may have been centered at what is now known as the Gulf of Tonkin, in Asia (1).
Astronomical artwork, the oldest of which is circa 70,000 years old (1) is constructed using the concept of converting standard astronomical values to a series of linear lines drawn at angles equal to the “astronomical value”. In other words, rather than “writing” the astronomical value, the astronomical value is “drawn”. This conversion does not consider the units employed. Thus values measured in years are treated in exactly the same as those that are measured in days. Angular astronomical data is naturally presented with no conversion of units.
Though it would appear that this approach would create an almost infinite numerous astronomical angles, it is found that the range of data employed is limited to a very small range of very specific values (1-6). Typically the astronomical values used are those that center around the calculation of time and the prediction of eclipses.
Overall Pictish artwork can be divided into three main groups. The first group are abstract, geometric designs. These are typically well defined. The second group is that of animals which perhaps represent the nordic constellations.
Curiously, twenty-two 'mason-marks' are to be found on the stonework of Rosslyn Chapel, and twenty-two is also the number of the Greater Arcana (the Great Secrets) of the Tarot, which in turn may relate to the twenty-two letters of the cabalistic Hebrew alphabet. Could this suggest twenty-two steps of initiation? This notion is supported by Basil Ivan Rakoczi, who states: "The Gypsy Master teaches that the Greater Arcana or Trumps Major of the Tarot represent the twenty-two steps upon the way of Initiation." (The Painted Caravan: Penetration into the Secrets of the Tarot Cards, 1954). Further, commenting on the trumps card in the Tarot, an American researcher, Margaret Starbird, writes: "It was these trumps that in the original decks illustrated the actual tenets and history of the hidden Church of the Grail." (The Woman with the Alabastar Jar, 1993)
In The Painted Caravan, Rakoczi further relates: "But what is this word, Tarot? Is its root to be found in the name of the Tinker's secret language, the Shelta Thari, which was discovered by Charles Godfrey Leland and was, after much scholarly research by George Sampson, proved to be a Q-Celtic language; for, though the Tinker is decried by his brother Gypsy, he is, it is now thought, a descendent of ancient dispossessed land owners, the Picts, who, in turn, had inter-married with Phoenicians and had equally their roots (perhaps intertwined with those of the Gypsies) in the Orient?"
In the light of this possible pictish association it may be pertinent to note that according to the researches of Father Richard Hay (born 1661), the Rosslyn historian, the original founding of the site known as Roslin was by a Pict named Asterius about the end of the 2nd century A.D. Asterius would most likely have been a member of the Pictish royal lineage, and his daughter Panthioria, almost certainly a Pictish Princess, married the Scots king Donaldus (reigned 199-216 A.D) who, according to the old Scots Chronicles, was the first Christian Scottish King. In John Monipennie's summary of the ancient Scots Chronicles, first published in 1612, is a reference to "Donaldus Primus, the first Christian king of Scotland….This king Donaldus coined gold and silver, and embraced the Christian faith." It seems likely that Panthioria may also have embraced the Christian faith at that time. Prior to the reign of Donaldus Primus several Scottish kings had married women from the Pictish royal lineage some of whom were daughters of Pictish kings. So there is good reason to suppose that King Donaldus would have married into the Pictish royal lineage.
There was a strong gypsy presence at Roslin during the Middle Ages under the patronage of the St. Clair (Sinclair) family. The gypsies were called "Egyptians" and, like the Celtic Gael, they were credited with psychic abilities or 'second sight', which the Australian aboriginals call 'sacred sight'. According to Basil Ivan Rakoczi: "The fact is that the Gypsies have wandered from the beginning of time and the gift of clairvoyance has always been theirs. They did not steal the esoteric wisdom of the Tarot in Egypt or anywhere else. Rather, as one civilisation after another fell and, later, as the pagan cults became the object of Christian persecution, their dying priesthoods deposited the sacred lore in the hands of the Gypsies who undertook to travel on with it, to hide it and only to transmit it to the trustworthy. Who would suspect a mere Gypsy of possessing the accumulated wisdom of Chaldea and Egypt, or of the northern Druids, or of holding the Yoga teachings of the East in his head? So the Gypsy tribes became the repositories for all that wisdom which was denounced as heretical by the established order of the day. The Gypsy took over the wisdom of the Gnostic, the Montanist, the Donatist and the Manichean, ascending the heresiarchical ladder of experimental mysticism to mediaeval sects such as the Cathars, the Patarini and the Bogomils who, in turn, produced the creed which threatened to change completely the whole face of Europe." (The Painted Caravan). If such arcane knowledge was held within the gypsy tribes, then perhaps the St. Clairs of Roslin were drawing upon this for their own esoteric purposes and agenda; hence their especial patronage to large numbers of gypsies living in Roslin Glen.
The assumption I was trying to make was Templar Knights under the employment of the Roman catholic church (Vatican) where requested to obtain and document any pre crusade information in Scotland pre Christian times,
In affect suppressing any Celtic/Pict history pertaining to astrological/Alien influence.edit on 4-2-2014 by foxhound2459 because: mong head
Builders reinforcing an old wall near a ruined church in Temple, Midlothian, have uncovered a stone carved with strange symbols.
It’s a flat, rectangular stone, possibly a sarcophagus lid. The carvings look vaguely Viking, vaguely Celtic and are vaguely dated to the 10th, 12th, 13th or 14th century. Since it was found near the ruins of what was once a Templar preceptory, there’s a certain Da Vinci Code intrigue to it.
Historian and author John Ritchie said the stone raised many questions. “It is a crude carving, quite primitive, but I have never seen anything like it in my life,” he said. “It has a whole series of symbols on it and the symbols are very interesting.
“The symbols at the bottom look like Viking sun compasses, while the dials at the top look a little bit like a Celtic cross but with notches carved on them.”
Then on the left there’s the sword and shield with what looks eerily like Pac-Man engraved on it.