Back in 2012 I wrote a post on Burning Man, a post-modern pilgrimage where 50,000 people converge on Black Rock City in the Nevada desert every summer. This cathartic festival culminates in the ritual burning of a giant man in effigy.

Burning Man

Julius Caesar wrote in his Commentary on the Gallic War that the Gauls sacrificed men by burning them inside wicker effigies but it appears that this might have been disinformation designed to demonize the druids.

Wicker Man

Wicker Man

Black Rock City is the name of the temporary encampment recreated every year in the Nevada desert. Designed by a now-deceased architect, Black Rock City occupies 66.6% of a circle inscribed within a pentagon. Kevin McMahon realized that the azimuth from the center to one of the points is 333.3° true north. I bring this up now because the axis of Black Rock City points to Santiago de Compostela, a traditional pilgrimage site in northwestern Spain.

Black rock city

Legend holds that St. James’s remains were carried by boat from Jerusalem to Galicia Spain where he was buried in what is now the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela. The Way of St. James, or the Camino as is is known in Spanish, was one of the most important Christian pilgrimages during medieval times, together with pilgrimages to Rome and Jerusalem.

Counter to what you might expect, the number of pilgrims is growing today. Over 200,000 people made the walk last year. Shirley Maclaine chronicled her transformative physical and spiritual journey in her book The Camino.


People going on the Camino come from all over the world but I wondered if there is a symbolic start point for this pilgrimage?

The axis of the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela in Spain points directly to the Basilica of Saint Mary of the Angels in Assisi, Italy. I wrote about St. Francis of Assisi (1181-1226), founder of his namesake Franciscan order, in Secrets of San Francisco.

Francis was a wealthy young man when he had an ecstatic vision of nature mysticism.

St. Francis in Ecstasy by Giovanni Bellini (c. 1475)

St. Francis in Ecstasy by Giovanni Bellini (c. 1475)

After going on a pilgrimage to Rome, Francis gave up his riches and possessions and begged with the beggars outside the doors of St. Peter’s. While homeless he had another vision where Jesus said to him three times, “Go and repair my house that is falling into ruin.” He returned to Assisi and circa 1211 rebuilt the tiny Porziuncola, a stone chapel that he lived outside of in a primitive hut. Francis later founded the Order of Poor Clares for women and became known as the patron saint of animals and the environment.

The Porziuncola inside the Basilica of Saint Mary of the Angels

The Porziuncola inside the Basilica of Saint Mary of the Angels – Georges Jansoone CC BY-SA 2.5

Francis died in his hut, not fifteen yards from the chapel, at sunset on Saturday, 3 October 1226. Shortly after 1290 the tiny stone chapel became entirely inadequate to accommodate the throngs of pilgrims visiting the site. The Basilica of Saint Mary of the Angels was built around the Porziuncola to protect it and control the flow of pilgrims.

I took a pilgrimage there with my family (see Trip to Italy and France) and my wife was affected by its palpable sense of sacredness.

Basilica of Santa Maria degli Angeli, Assisi

Basilica of Santa Maria degli Angeli, Assisi

The prayer of Saint Francis, whether or not it was really written by him, affects me emotionally. It is a work of goodness and humility and thus resonates with St. Francis.

Make me an instrument of peace;
Where there is hatred, let me sow love;
Where there is injury, pardon;
Where there is discord, harmony;
Where there is error, truth;
Where there is doubt, faith;
Where there is despair, hope;
Where there is darkness, light;
And where there is sadness, joy.
Grant that I may not so much seek
To be consoled as to console;
To be understood as to understand;
To be loved as to love.
For it is in giving that we receive;
It is in pardoning that we are pardoned.

Francis of Assisi himself completed the pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela. The distance from the rond-point of the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela to the Round Fountain in the Tuileries Gardens of Paris is 666.66 miles. Urban Asplund discovered this geo-metric gem.

Compostela Round Fountain

Note the orbs in the photo inside the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela, possibly attesting to the sacredness of that space.

Asplund notes that the distance from the same Round Fountain in the Tuileries to Bugarach Peak overlooking Rennes le Chateau is 666.66 km. Furthermore it is due south. Bugarach Peak is located at 42°51’52.30″N, 2°22’45.21″E.

Pic Bugarach Round Fountain Tuileries

Bugarach Peak has been a New Age pilgrimage site since the 1960s.

For decades, there has been a belief that Pic de Bugarach, which, at 1,230 metres, is the highest in the Corbières mountain range, possesses an eerie power. Often called the “upside-down mountain” – geologists think that it exploded after its formation and the top landed the wrong way up – it is thought to have inspired Jules Verne’s Journey to the Centre of the Earth and Steven Spielberg’s Close Encounters of the Third Kind. Since the 1960s, it has attracted New Agers, who insist that it emits special magnetic waves.

Further, rumours persist that the country’s late president François Mitterrand was transported by helicopter onto the peak, while the Nazis, and later, Israel’s Mossad, performed mysterious digs there. Now the nearby village is awash with New Agers, who have boosted the local economy, though their naked group climbs up to the peak have raised concerns as well as eyebrows. –Source

The distance from Cleopatra’s Needle in New York City to Bugarach Peak is 3303.33 Nautical Miles.

Cleopatra's Needle Pic Bugarach

Twenty kilometers east of Paris is a commune in the historic province of Brie called Champs-sur-Marne. In 2005, a new rond-point was built in the Pyramid district (so-called because of a housing complex of the same name built in the 70s) featuring a scale model of the three pyramids of Giza, complete with Sphinx. The Nile is represented by purple flowers. The distance from the center of this rond-point to the purple peak of Bugarach is 666066 meters. Wikipedia lists the population density of Champs-sur-Marne as 3333 persons per square kilometer. I can’t believe it, but there it is!


The distance from the Round Fountain to the Luxor Obelisk in La Place de la Concorde is 666 meters.


The distance from the Arc de Triomphe de l’Étoile to the Louvre Pyramid is 3333 meters.


In SIPS Volume 1 I profiled the sacred geometry of Jerusalem…

…and showed how it was replicated in the Tuileries Gardens of Paris:

The Round Fountain in the Tuileries correlates with Solomon’s Temple. That’s interesting because Solomon is all about 666’s. Consider this bible quote:

Now the weight of gold that came to Solomon in one year was six hundred threescore and six talents of gold [666]. -1 Kings 10:14

This makes me wonder which man was referred to in Revelation. Might the beast actually be none other than wise Solomon?

Here is wisdom. Let him that hath understanding count the number of the beast: for it is the number of a man; and his number is Six hundred threescore and six [666]. -Revelation 13:18

The Seal of Solomon is the same as his father David’s famous Star, which is on the flag of Israel today. The Star of David has a resonance with 666.

star of david

In SIPS Volume 2, I connected Solomon with Sol Amon, names for the Sun and ancient Egyptian Sun God…

Sol Amon

…and observed that the grand total of the magic square of the Sun is 666.

Magic Square of the Sun

Solomon’s Temple (today’s Dome of the Rock/Western Wall/Farthest Mosque) is 666.6 nautical miles from the Kaaba in Mecca. What is it about sacred sites that draws pilgrims? They attract non-physical spirits and spirits-having-a-human-experience with a kind of magnetic action-at-a-distance.

The spiritual magnetism of the Kaaba

The magnetism of the Kaaba

Today my wife asked me what I was up to and I said I’m writing a blog post on Pilgrimage. She said, “Have you checked out Lourdes?” No I hadn’t. Following her suggestion and this synchronicity, here is what to my utter amazement appears:

Louvre Lourdes 666

In SIPS Volume 1, I analyzed the Louvre Pyramid and showed how it is composed of 666 rhombi. Its height is also 21.6 meters. 6 x 6 x 6 = 216. The Louvre is the world’s most visited museum and the Louvre pyramid is its entrance. I too entered there on my pilgrimage to Paris last year.

The Sanctuary of Our Lady of Lourdes is built over a grotto where beginning on 11 February 1858, a 14-year-old peasant girl named Bernadette Soubirous claimed to have experienced a series of apparitions of a girl dressed in white and with a blue belt around her waist, who eventually introduced herself as the Immaculate Conception, a name by which the Virgin Mary was known. Among the instructions from ‘the Virgin’ were “Go and drink from the spring”, “Go and tell the priests to build a chapel here”, and “Have the people come here in procession”. These 3 instructions in particular were to prove pivotal in the development of Lourdes as a pilgrimage site.

Pope John Paul II at Lourdes grotto and spring

Pope John Paul II at Lourdes grotto and spring – Ireneed CC BY-SA 3.0

Sick pilgrims are reputed to be miraculously healed by Lourdes water. Each year about 350,000 pilgrims bathe in Lourdes water. Kind of makes me wonder about the qualities of the water from the Round Fountain up in Pharia-Isis.

Fittingly, pop star Madonna named her daughter Lourdes.

The Louvre Pyramid is a stone’s throw from the Round Fountain in the Tuileries. Speaking of stones, I put this diagram together two nights ago. The diameters of the planets are given in miles and the diagram is drawn to scale.

Philosopher's Stones

Philosopher’s Stones

It builds on the work of renaissance alchemist Michael de’ Maier (1566 – 1622), and contemporary alchemists Bert Janssen, Randall Carlson, and Gary Osborn.

All the rocky planets in our solar system loosely fit the diagram. You are looking at Earth, Venus, Mars, Mercury and the Moon, coordinated by sacred geometry. I submit that the rocky planets are literally the philosopher’s stones. Note that the angle of the triangle is 66° and that Mercury’s diameter is 3033 miles.

The angle between Earth’s North pole and the ecliptic is 66.6°. The ecliptic is the plane in which we travel around the Sun. Spaceship Earth’s average orbital velocity is 66600 miles/hour.

The 3-4-5 triangle encodes the Earth's obliquity

The 3-4-5 triangle encodes the Earth’s obliquity

Asplund noticed that if you draw a line from Santiago de Compostela through Bugarach Peak it goes directly to the City of Rome. More precisely, it is 33003300 inches from Bugarach peak to center of the Spanish steps, just below the obelisk at Trinita dei Monti. I was there last year on my Roman pilgrimage and made this photo-painting which shows the view from that exact point. I especially liked the sundials. Funny how the Spanish steps connect us back to Santiago de Compostela in Spain.

Trinita dei Monti in Rome

Trinita dei Monti in Rome

If you add up the Roman numerals DCLXVI (500+100+50+10+5+1), they sum to 666. However, Rome is certainly the inversion of everything that St. Francis of Assisi stood for.

Amor backwards is Roma.

Consider the Roma style of Burning Man, for example. The ‘Supreme Sacred Congregation of the Roman and Universal Inquisition’ burned the brilliant Giordano Bruno at a stake in Campo de’Fiore in 1600 for nothing more than holding opinions contrary to the Catholic faith, believing in reincarnation, and the existence of a plurality of worlds.

This statue was erected on the very spot in the 19th century by Italian Masons.

Giordano Bruno in Campo de'Fiore - Sputnikcccp CC BY-SA 3.0

Giordano Bruno in Campo de’Fiore – Sputnikcccp CC BY-SA 3.0

I’ve pointed out before that the distance from the Campidoglio in Rome (considered the Roman kilometer zero) is 1111.11 km from the Arc de Triomphe in Paris. Both are centers of 12 pointed stars, or zodiacs.

Here is the Great Pyramid of Pilgrimage. Its template appears to be a pair of 3-4-5 triangles put together, more or less.

Great Pyramid of Pilgrimage

Great Pyramid of Pilgrimage

Asplund also noticed that the distance from Stonehenge to the Louvre Pyramid is 1293100 feet at a bearing angle of 129.31° (the same numbers). Also, Stonehenge is 3456000 feet from the rond-point of the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela. 3456 is a term in the Cosmic Sequence.

Perhaps not surprisingly, Stonehenge is also part of the matrix. It too was as much a pilgrimage site in ancient times as it is today. I find Bruce Bedlam’s theory that Stonehenge was a building has a lot of merit:

“You have seen the evidence. Evaluate and decide.”

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