The city’s Millennium Logo represented the city and therefore its citizens and the face dominating the logo is a computer enhanced image of a 1st century Pagan god. The citizens were not informed they were to be represented by a god and its Genius Loci evil spirit. Indeed, the local media allowed the Christians who spoke out, to be abused and misrepresented.
Irish Gate Bridge, the all seeing eye of the surveillance camera, the stone of curses and the local government offices are sited on a ley line that extends to astronomical configurations such as the Spring and Autumn equinox rising and setting of the sun as well as the Orion constellation.
There was to be a theme of ‘light and dark’, ‘good and evil’. A large sum of Millennium money may have been ring fenced to create a stone of curses. The designer’s original intent was that the stone represented evil. Money was not allocated for a significant element representing goodness. A year after the stone was given pre-eminence in the underpass of the evil dead (Border Reiver Walkway), words of Christian scripture were cobbled to a nearbye dark door. The author refers to their cost as being minimal and perhaps thirty pieces of silver. Much later some of the words were highlighted in yellow. The scripture is virtually unreadable and its message (by the Apostle Paul) has been corrupted to encourage people to ignore evil and just think positively. That was not the intention of the Apostle Paul who also informed his peers to ‘put on the full armour of God’ in order to defend themselves against the ‘authorities, rulers and powers of this dark age’.
In 1999 the designer of the stone of curses was asked to carve blessings into the stone rather than curses. He declined. Was the money only made available for a stone of curses and if so, why?
Why could a Boulder of Blessings (as seen on the left) not have been created to compliment the stone of curses? It would have perfectly symbolised the light in the ‘light and dark’ theme.
Something doesn’t make sense, especially as people prefer blessings to curses.
The cynics and scoffers can end up on the floor in ecstatic fits of derision when it comes to the supernatural and the occult (unseen forces). Therefore to help the reader to understand that people in power really do weave their preferences and prejudices into whatever they are involved in, the book examines the symbols and metaphorical inferences in Carlisle’s architecture and Coat of Arms.
Heraldry is an obvious example of how a picture can say more than a thousand words, especially for those in the know, (nods as good as a wink).
Secret societies and societies with secrets utilise symbolism to encourage their ‘brothers’ that they are involved, or in control.
Persecuted groups such as Christians in the early centuries (AD or CE depending on your prejudice) used symbols such as the fish to indicate they were there.
The book draws the readers attention to the curious coincidental symbolism imagined, or visible to those aware of such possibilities, as regards Carlisle’s infamous Millennium (Gateway City) Project.
To make the case that even in a local small town environment people make their presence known to their own kind an eye was cast over some of the city’s historical baubles.
During the Victorian era an unofficial shield was introduced by some of the city’s important players. The golden/yellow roses replaced the red.
We were now firmly in Protestant England and undoubtedly there were people who did not want the Virgin’s reference on the city’s shield. The book propagates the probability that the change of colour had also been influenced by the Rosicrucian influence in the world’s largest society of secrets, especially as most of the Mayor’s were members of that society. The shield they came up with has a metaphorical reference to the Rose Cross (Rosy Croix).
During and beyond the Tudor period the red roses were introduced. Also a symbol of the Virgin Mother.
The origin’s are of a 11th century shield believed to have been the coat of a Sheriff of Carlisle.
The city’s ‘shield’ is a very visible example of how people in power stamp their prejudices on public property.
During the Tudor period fleur de lys were added. The fluer de lys (flower of the lilly) were added to signify the reverence for the one referred to by many orthodox Christians as the Virgin Mary.
The red rose at the centre was first introduced on the Mayor of Carlisle’s stamp and sometimes used as the city’s emblem after 16th century.
The intention to place the golden/yellow rose at the centre of the cross was furthered when the Victorians came up with a two shield emblem. No official shield had included the gold rose at the centre of the cross, but there it was.
The other shield was that of John Speed (map maker) whose self penned emblem had grown in popularity. However the power lords wanted to re-establish the red cross.
London decided a two shield Coat of Arms was unacceptable and a choice had to be made. The power lords made sure the choice was the cross. They had already introduced the golden rose to the centre of the cross and so it was continued. Fait accompli. Those who wanted the golden/yellow rose (the symbol of enlightenment) had won the day. A full Coat of Arms was designed to compliment the shield, but why the dragons and why the six gold roses on each wing and why the six turrets on the castle? The plot thickens and the book considers the possibilities as regards the 666 metaphorical signal being emitted by the crest, as well as the dragon connection and the significance of the number 17 (roses) and the number 9 (crosses on the castle). For those ignorant of the art of Heraldry - everything has a potential meaning. Curiously the city’s propaganda simply refers to the obvious such as the city has a castle. The dragons are supposed to represent the Rheged (Welsh) connection, but do they? Lions are more significant for England and Scotland. Indeed Carlisle was once part of the Strathclyde region and even now is only a stretch of the legs away from the border.
On the green compartment (bottom right) a silver star has been omitted. Why? No one at the Civic Centre seems able to answer the question.
The above crest is on the wall of the Rotunda outside the Tullie House Museum and also on the crest on the wall entering the inner departments of government at the Civic Centre.
Below we have a modern example of how things get changed and no-one notices. Curiously not even the media, but then again, who controls the media? In a renovation of the 1682 Carlisle Cross (in 2010) the shield was repainted and the red cross has disappeared in favour of a yellow cross with a red outline. So what? Exactly, who gives a toss other than those with an agenda, a prejudice and an influence to weald? Once again and coincidentally, the yellow cross and its roses could be seen by those in the know as a reference to the Rosy Croix.
The obsessive drive to create glass pyramids caused the demise of the Labour controlled local government who were kicked out of office in 1999 and remained in the wilderness for 12 years.. The citizens revolt led by Mr David King won the day and they were never constructed. The local paper showed an image of a man in a contemplative pose beneath a pyramid, presumably drawing attention to the new age belief in pyramid power. The association of pyramids with the Egyptian religious beliefs and the myths and mystery surrounding the glass pyramids at the Louvre, Paris, made the Carlisle proposal even more intriguing.
The original proposal was for the glass constructions to mimic the three basic shapes of geometry, the square, the cylinder and the pyramid. Geometry and Pythagoras have resonance with the world’s largest society of secrets who seek esoteric enlightenment.
A logo, like an emblem, or shield, or crest is meant to represent some body of people, or organisation, or family, et.. The elements of such an art form are supposed to have meaning. For instance England is often represented by the three lions. The number three also has a significance.
There are three elements on the logo. One represents a bridge (that was never constructed) and it looks like a sword. The pyramid (again, never constructed) is represented by a grided right angled triangle. The face is that of a Pagan god. Half the face being darkened has a significance for members of at least one secret society, as does the sword, as does the right angled triangle (Pythagoras cult).
It is a fact that people in position, power and influence leave their mark on architecture, art and design. Was that happening as regards the Carlisle Millennium Project or were the coincidences not too coincidental to be a coincidence? The book looks at the considerable coincidences and asks the reader to consider was the hand of man, or supernatural powers, or both at work.
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