The Gothic styled cathedral’s originated in 12th century France, during the Knights Templar era. The Knights Templar, God’s warriors, were formed to protect pilgrims on route to Jerusalem.
This order was formed in 1118, and consisted of nine knights, and became one of the richest and most powerful orders, with the backing of the Pope. They would build hundreds of Gothic Cathedral’s across Europe, and many still stand to this very day. These cathedrals with their twin towers faced towards the west, resembling the Temple of Solomon in Jerusalem with its two pillars of Jachin and Boaz.
When a visitor steps across the threshold and enters the cathedral he would be confronted by “The Last Judgement” displayed at the tympanum. Here, Jesus is surrounded by four beasts of the Apocalypse, the same beasts as mentioned in John’s Revelations, equated with the four apostles; Mathew, Mark, Luke and John.
The four beasts of the Apocalypse have astrological significance:
- The beast, with human face is Aquarius (Mathew).
- The lion is Leo (Mark).
- The ox is Taurus (Luke).
- The eagle is Aquila (John).
The zodiac sign Aquila is often replaced with Scorpio.
According to Christian art expressions, Christ is portrayed inside a Vesica Pisces along with four zodiac signs, and his head surrounded by a halo depicting the Sun. As for the image of Jesus inside the Vesica Pisces, contains at each corner one of the signs of the Apocalypse: Aquarius – Scorpio – Taurus – Leo.
The French Gothic Cathedral of Chartres is one of the oldest Cathedral’s and is aligned to the summer solstice. At the time of the summer solstice, the sun would shine through the “Saint Apollinaire” window, depicting the Roman sun god; Apollo.
Located within the cathedral, one can find a zodiac, but the practice of astrology is regarded as an act of paganism. The zodiac connects the signs of Aquarius, Scorpio, Taurus and Leo.
It is believed the four signs of the Apocalypse rise before the sun during the Great Celestial Conjunction at the time of the solstices or equinoxes. They be the symbols of the true Galactic Cross, determined where the ecliptic and Milky Way cross.
The zodiac within Chartres Cathedral consists of two semi-circles, that intersect forming a Vesica Pisces, an ancient symbol to represent Christ. Vertically depicted, represents fertility and birth. Symbolism refers to rebirth.
When Vesica Pisces aligns with Pisces-Virgo axis within the zodiac, Vesica Pisces appears to be associated with Pisces (Christ – the fisherman) and Virgo (Mary – the virgin mother).
The symbolism found within Chartres Cathedral, puts forward the Christian doctrine of End Times, and is not the rebirth of Christ, but rebirth of the Sun!