In 2010, Richard Merrick took a family trip to Scotland’s Rosslyn Chapel – the enigmatic fifteenth-century temple made famous by Dan Brown’s best-selling book The Da Vinci Code.
Little did he know he was about to embark upon an intellectual and personal journey that would lead to the discovery of a lost symbol—one that reveals the connection between the world’s most sacred temples and opens up a treasure trove of lost science and ancient secrets.
The symbol he discovered—the Venus Blueprint—is based on that planet’s orbital pattern, which takes the shape of a five-pointed star when seen from Earth.
As Merrick dug deeper, he realized the Venus Blueprint was an integral part of the design template of some of the most significant religious architecture around the world, including St. Peter’s Basilica in the Vatican, the Roman Pantheon, the Greek Parthenon, the Temple of Jerusalem, and the Great Pyramid of Giza, as well as many buildings designed by the secretive Freemason society.
Upon further examination, Merrick was astounded to discover that temples designed using the Venus Blueprint are endowed with extraordinary acoustics that, when supplied with the right tones and frequencies, harmonize with Earth’s resonant frequencies and evoking altered states of consciousness.
He proposes a fascinating idea: Could it be that the ancients used these harmonics to enhance entheogenically induced visions—to commune with the divine and liberate the gods within?
Supported by an impressive array of historical research and scientific analysis, The Venus Blueprint offers compelling evidence of an ancient lost culture that was spiritually and scientifically advanced.
I first visited Rosslyn Chapel a couple of decades ago. It was in a rather sorry state. Years of neglect had put this important historical landmark at risk to becoming a relic to its own historical past.
Then, Dan Brown featured Rosslyn in the Da Vinci Code. Suddenly, it was restored to its rightful position as an esoteric masterpiece of sacred insight and construction.
In The Venus Blueprint, the author reveals his research into some of the arcane mysteries that Rosslyn is said to hide.
This, of course, is not new. Many researchers have taken a look inside the chapel, at its weird and wonderful iconic symbology and consequently unraveled some of the place’s mysteries.
Where the research of Richard Merrick differs is in that he looks at the chapel from a structural perspective and assesses it with reference to the sacred mysteries of the planet Venus.
Rather than unravel the meaning behind the chapel in purely symbolic terms, he concluded that one of the most significant ways of looking at the mysteries the building contains is through the use of sonics and musical scaling.
The book weaves an interesting story that infuses a wide range of different esoteric traditions—many of which, on the face of it, appear unconnected but which, when applied to the architecture of Rosslyn, denote that a universal language of occult wisdom and esoteric philosophy pervades the building.
The book is illustrated throughout with diagrams that enhance your understanding of the complex geometric and mathematical concepts under consideration.
In the beginning was the Word—or so the Bible tells us. The fact that sound might be the most important and formative power in the Universe should come as no surprise to us. And yet, it is a energy dynamic which few researchers into the arcane mysteries really consider.
Richard Merrick does a superb job of looking at Rosslyn with reference to the chapel’s real function: as a place of worship where song and chanting play a primary role.
This book is most impressive. It has personal anecdotes with an in-depth treatise on astronomy, mathematics and occult philosophy. Its central premise, that Venus was venerated and celebrated at Rosslyn, is a fascinating concept, confirming what many other researchers have declared: that it is the feminine mysteries that underpin our esoteric heritage.
The book is beautifully illustrated but I would make one criticism. It contains no photos of Rosslyn that might otherwise illustrate the building’s exterior beauty or its magnificent internal fittings. In many regards, you might be better off reading one of the other published works on Rosslyn first to get a flavor of what the chapel looks like and the beauty that adorns it.
Nevertheless, this is an excellent book that deepens the Rosslyn mysteries to yet another level. The superb research that the author has applied to the visual representation of sound and tone should surely be taken and applied to the other great architectural masterpieces of Western Europe and the exposition of the importance of the cycles of Venus upon life on this planet are thoroughly intriguing.
Whether he returns to Rosslyn or not, I thoroughly look forward to finding out where Richard Merrick’s research takes him next.