There have been several attempts to re-build London as ‘The New Jerusalem’. The first was by the Knights Templar who, in 1185, modelled their Temple Church in Holborn on the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem and sited the building exactly the same distance from St. Pauls Cathedral as the Holy Sepulchre is sited from the Dome of the Rock. Clearly they saw a connection, or wanted to create one.
Approx 500 years later, following the Great Fire of London, Sir Christopher Wren conceived his own plan to re-build London as the New Jerusalem, whilst his rival, John Evelyn, devised a design for the city based upon the cabbalistic tree of life.
In the 18th century, the visionary artist and poet, William Blake, saw Jerusalem within London’s spiritual dimensions and in the words that have become Britain’s second national anthem, exhorted us to “build Jerusalem on England’s green and pleasant land.”
More recently, my astonishing discovery also associates London with the New Jerusalem, the biblical City of Revelation. It is a vast and beautiful network of complex geometric patterns linking many of the oldest and well-known sacred sites throughout the capital. Because it is principally star patterns on the Earth, I have called it ‘Earthstars’. The design is not simple geometry but the basis of the temple-builders’ art which is sacred geometry, and provides a recognisable temple ground plan used throughout the centuries to create sacred space.
The Pantheon in Rome was a pagan temple converted to Christian use in the 5th century and is based upon this pattern, whilst Stonehenge, with its 3,500 years old ground plan, is the oldest temple in Britain also based upon this ground plan. Linked by the hidden unity of sacred geometry, London’s ancient sacred sites form a vast and invisible version of Stonehenge - a great landscape temple which covers most of the capital. Though this is not defined by circles of sarsens and bluestones as in Stonehenge, but by the stones of buildings, such as the Tower of London, Westminster Abbey, St. Paul’s Cathedral and local parish churches (many of which have a known history dating back a thousand years or more, and which, like Stonehenge itself, were places of ceremony and sanctity for centuries before Christianity arrived on these druid shores).
When the site of St Mary’s church at Monken Hadley, became apparent, it combined with the other two sites to form a perfect equilateral triangle on the landscape, from which all the more complex ‘Earthstar’ geometry eventually evolved. The basis of the design is complex and one of the most important constructions of sacred geometry: The Squared Circle - a device considered to bridge the gap between the spiritual realms and the material world, or to create a small piece of Heaven on earth. Hence its repeated use as a template for sacred spaces.
Its basis is two concentric circles and a square. However the circles have hidden depths, since their proportions combine perfectly the relative diameters of the Earth and Moon, hinting that a harmony resonance with the Earth is built into this structure. Numerous star patterns overlay this design. On the inner circle (what I call ‘The Circle of the Earth Spirit’) is a twenty-pointed star composed of four pentagrams, each one directed to the four compass points. On top of that there’s a perfect hexagram, an eight-point star and a ten-point star. On the outer circle, the ‘Circle of the Heavenly Spirit’, is a large pentagram, a fifteen-pointed star, an eighteen-sided polyhedron and a thirty-point star that marries perfectly the polarities of the hexagram and the pentagram (5 x 6. It can be six pentagrams of five hexagrams.) In all there are 19 different individual patterns, every single one connected to create a composite design of perfect geometric harmony. The geometry provides an explanation for the phenomenon: sacred geometry is considered to be the circuitry through which the forces of creation work, defining and dictating the form, proportion of all things from the smallest sub-atomic particles, to the myriad forms within nature, (including us mortals) right on up to the spirals of galactic nebulae.
My understanding is that these patterns on the landscape are a manifestation of the forces of creation, as they flow through the world around us as the life force of the planet, the Rose grids of the divine feminine. This is why the places that define and connect them are sacred sites, where we traditionally connect to our spiritual dimensions and those of the world around us.
These sites have always been places of vision, of inspiration and guidance, of healing, and now, more than ever before, a new impulse seems to be coming through them. Some of the ‘Earthstars’ sites in the vicinity of London are: St, Mary’s Harrow on the Hill, St. Mary’s Willesden Green, St. Gabriels at Wanstead, St. Dunstan’s at Bellingham, St. Bride’s Fleet Street, St. Dunstan’s Fleet Street, The London Stone in Cannon Street, The Tower of London, Highbury Hill, Parliament Hill, Primrose Hill, Horsenden Hill in Greenford, Barn Hill in Wembley, One tree Hill in Alperton, The hill in Finsbury Park, Highgate Hill, St George’s at Nine Elms, St Leonard’s at Streatham, Pollard’s Hill at Norbury, Westminster Abbey, Westminster Cathedral, St. Paul’s Cathedral, Alexandra Palace, Crystal Palace, Caesar’s Camp at Wimbledon, The King Stone at Kingston on Thames, Syon House, St, Mary at Beddington, St. Mary at Hanwell, Barking Abbey, Southwark Cathedral. The ‘Earthstars’ matrix connects them as the hidden unity of the Universal Life-Force. Proving that what Native American wisdom bearers have always said; “All things are connected.”
Sir George Trevelyan, author of ‘The Redemption of the Fallen Planet’ and visionary of the new age wrote: “In our age, an energy that is light, life and love will flood the Earth, re-animating the realm of matter, raising its vibratory rate to that of the spiritual worlds. The two will interpenetrate and interact. So high is this frequency that it will repel all particles, energies and beings attuned to the lower frequencies of egoism, power, greed, selfishness, violence, hatred, rivalry and war.” George Trevelyan.
I believe that a process has begun that will re-attune our planet - and ourselves - to the greater harmony of the universal life-force and that it will be felt most strongly at sacred sites. The City of Revelation connections come at the turning point of an age, the early days of the Aquarian era, and the end of the Mayan Calendar. The appearance of the biblical New Jerusalem traditionally heralds the end of the world as we know it!
Earthstars’ New Jerusalem originates in the work of the late luminary and Grand Master of Ancient Wisdom, John Michell. John was a classical scholar, educated at Eton and Trinity College, Cambridge, and he was so fascinated by the numbers, measures and proportions attributed to the biblical City of Revelation and he featured it in many of his books. In his 1973 work, ‘City of Revelation’, he concludes that biblical descriptions conceal a message (for those well versed in this ancient knowledge) that relates to a specific construction of sacred geometry - none other than The Squared circle which the ancient mystics deemed to join the worlds of Heaven and Earth. Of course, this is also the basis of the ‘Earthstars’ geometry. This raises the question of what exactly is meant by ‘The New Jerusalem’, because it is not just an Earthly city which is always seen in a vision. It is of what the Celtic people called “the otherworld”, ie., the spiritual realms. William Blake gives the best clues, despite the unfathomable complexity of much of his work. In his epic poem, he describes Jerusalem as “The emanation of Albion.” Albion is the ancient spirit of Britain, so the emanation of Albion is an aspect of the spirit of the land (and of its people). He also describes Jerusalem and illustrates it as a woman. She can therefore be interpreted as the female emanation of Albion, the feminine Earth Spirit. Lastly, he describes her as a city, so as an aspect of the spirit of the land, she can also be understood as a Genius Loci, the spirit of place, the soul of the city.
The mysteries of ‘Earthstars’ are the mysteries of the divine feminine as the Earth Spirit and the living wisdom of the Earth which Blake must have understood from his druidic background. (He is listed in the druid archives as the Chief of the Order from 1799 until his death in 1827. It is probably no coincidence that I am a member of the same order).
In more recent times, Diana Cooper has referred to London as The Earthstar Chakra of the planet. The Bishop of London also has a piece on youtube talking about London as “The Holy City”. Others see the Earthstar mandala as a stargate portal through which transformatory energies will download to the Earth and its people. It is my understanding that this process has begun. If you have a favourite sacred site, it might be in the Earthstars grid, which extends beyond London. Visit it regularly to soak up the atmosphere and energy. Listen to what it tells you and work with the energy. We are not living on an inanimate lump of rock hurtling through space on a random course. The Earth Spirit is alive and is awakening and Earth’s Star People may be about to awaken to their true identify. Even on the Earth, we walk amongst stars. Chris Street 2011
Chris Street is the author of ‘London City of Revelation’ which is available as an e-book or paperback from Lulu.com or Amazon.
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