Nibiru; The Heresy Within Chartres

The magnificent Cathedral at Chartres, France is a Gothic masterpiece adorned with a host of unusual symbolism.  Its origins have been connected to the Knights Templar, the powerful Order of mediaeval Knights who bankrolled much of Europe before succumbing to the charge of Heresy and a subsequent witch-hunt.  Its overpowering stone structure stands as an eternal Testament:  Its focus is the hidden heretical meaning to be found within orthodox teachings. 

When I visited Chartres this year I hoped to discover evidence of the Dark Sun, the binary companion Nibiru.  I thought that it might require some hunting around to find clues and hints among the many artefacts in the Cathedral.  What I was not expecting was clear and self-evident symbolism of Nibiru to be openly portrayed in the heart of the Cathedral.

Andy Lloyd at Chartres Cathedral


Chartres Cathedral is the centre of a pilgrimage tradition with its focus-point the Black Madonna, also known as the Virgin of the Crypt.  There appears to have been an altar to the Virgin going back as far as the 6th Century in the then church at Chartres.  The church was known to be dedicated to the Virgin as early as the 8th Century and received a relic called the 'Veil of the Virgin'.  The crypt became a centre of healing, in a similar way to Lourdes today. However, the ancient statue of 'Our Lady of the Crypt' was burnt in front of the church in 1793 during the French Revolution, which itself seems an extreme event for a holy Roman relic. 

What had aroused such animosity among the revolutionaries to make such a public show of burning this artefact? A more modern version is now found in the famous crypt of the Cathedral.

The Cathedral's guide-book has this to say about the object of the pilgrimages:

"The crypt is the origin and heart of the pilgrimage. For many centuries Our Lady of Chartres has accepted the homage of her votaries. Our Lady of the "Belle Verrière" was once an object of veneration, and particularly invoked by women before childbirth, and formerly, there was the gilt statue on the main altar, where people knelt in prayer as today before Our Lady of the Pillar."

Chartres is full of female imagery connected with the Virgin.  This concentration on the feminine has raised the idea among many that the iconography of Chartres Cathedral represents ancient pagan Goddess worship wrapped up in the orthodox Christian tradition.  Such claims are helped along by the bizarre inclusion of Zodiacal and Astrological imagery in the Cathedral. 


The zodiac seen here is displayed in the 13th Century 'Ambulatory'.  Damon Elkins and Michael Lawrence Morton have expressed great interest in the bisection of the red semi-circle and the off-centre white circle in the zodiac. 


Is this an esoteric depiction of the perihelion orbital path of Nibiru?  If so, what exact conclusions can we draw from the image about the sky-location of this hidden Dark Star?  More on this later...


These images owe more to Paganism than Catholicism.  The suggestion, then, is that the veneration of the Virgin is tantamount to ancient Goddess Worship of figures such as Diana, Cybele and Isis, and the like.  If the Virgin represents an Isis-like goddess, then Christ is Horus, her all-conquering child of ancient Egyptian mythology. 

Having no place in Christian teachings, such suggestions are deeply heretical.  Yet they strike a chord among many, and it is indeed difficult to explain what the strange symbolism of Chartres is about otherwise.  Particularly when we consider the symbolism of the Lady of the Pillar.

The Black Madonna of Chartres


Our Lady of the Pillar is a classic example of the Black Virgin and was carved for a ground-level shrine in the Cathedral that would draw the worshippers away from the busy main altar in the crypt.  Black Virgin statues are the subject of passionate followings by local worshippers, but are generally frowned upon by the orthodoxy within the Catholic Church.

Their origin is somewhat opaque, possibly because the Church prefers to keep a low profile about them, and certainly does not study their original source.  The pagan connection is a fascinating possibility, and is further supported by the astronomical imagery employed, as described by Picknett and Prince:

"It is acknowledged that the early Christians appropriated much of Isis' iconography for the Virgin Mary. For example, she was given several of Isis' titles - such as 'Star of the Sea' and 'Queen of Heaven'.  And, traditionally, Isis was shown standing on a crescent moon, or with stars in her hair or around her head: so is Mary the Virgin".

Certainly, one cannot deny the stellar symbolism literally surrounding Our Lady of the Pillar at Chartres.  A further hint at the Pagan meaning is the inclusion of a scene of Worship of Diana in the stain glass above the shrine. 


I would like to draw your attention to the highly remarkable symbols above the Black Virgin depicted in my photographs.  She is elevated upon a pillar, with Christ/Horus, within a hemisphere of stars, representative of the vault of the night sky.  Above the sphere of the stars is a curious white, radiant symbol.  It is contained within an arch that has seven red lights resplendent about it. 

This imagery is inexplicable.  At least to anyone unfamiliar with Dark Star research.  These are the symbols of the Dark Companion of the Sun; the mythical Nibiru, representative of a distant encircling massive planet categorised as a sub-brown dwarf.  The radiant emblem central to the motif is the Dark Star Nibiru itself, held aloft beyond the Heavens, indicating its hidden nature beyond the planetary spheres.  The seven red lights are its attendant moons.  The overall impression is that of the other Dark Star icon; the 'Winged Disc'.

This visitor to Chartres Cathedral shows her devotion to the Black Madonna. 

The statue has a veil over it on this occasion, being Good Friday. 

Other statues were similarly adorned.


I have argued that many of the ancient religions, and some of the more modern esoteric traditions, hold Nibiru to be their hidden Truth.  This Truth is heretical to Monotheistic faith, and is represented by an underground tradition of symbolism that to some extent has been clouded by the mists of time:  Nibiru, I argue, last came past the Solar System 2000 years ago and is currently about as distant as it can be.  But its quiet intrusion into the skies 2000 years ago created a revolution in religion. 


The child Horus was born again to the World in the form of Christ.  It was an astrological arrival of a dead star whose cyclical return was so buried in ancient history that it had been almost entirely forgotten about.  Except for some vague references to the return of a Messiah.  This motif on the outside of the Cathedral building shows the Star within a seven-pointed halo; more Dark Star symbolism:


What has this to do with the Virgin?  The 'Son of the Sun' was born into the Heavens near to a specific star: Sirius.  The bright star Sirius is a stellar representative of the Goddess Isis, and is thus representative of the Virgin Mary, by ancient association between the two cults of these allied female deities. 

This is the true meaning of Our Lady of the Pillar in Chartres Cathedral: that Christ was born when the dead failed star Nibiru dropped briefly into the Heavenly Sphere near Sirius, or Isis.  It appeared as a purple/red Winged Disc with seven accompanying stars, 'born' of Sirius.  So the star-covered shrine represents the perihelion transit of the celestial Crown and Seven Stars of Nibiru through the Duat, the celestial home of Isis, the mother goddess.  Its emergence into the consciousness of Mankind is indeed a rightful focus of continued veneration, as it was in ancient times.

The above picture is taken from the Chartres Cathedral guide.  To the left can be seen the Zodiac pictured previously.  It is a remarkable artifact to be found in a Christian Cathedral, and yet is not mentioned at all in the guide! 

I took my photographs when I was in a bit of a hurry; owing to the fact that our car was parked for just one hour in the town (one hour to take in the complex glories of Chartres: A heresy in itself!) So I can't recall whether the zodiac had any moving parts, but it seemed to be a static installation. Let's take a closer look.


Michael Lawrence Morton and Damon Elkins noticed from the picture on this page that there are two intersecting paths on the zodiac: a white circle set off-centre from the central point (which must be the Sun), and a raised, red bar extending out to a fiery disc. The later would appear to be the Sun at the first instance, but a moment's thought will lead one to realise that the red path is not that of the Sun's. 

The Sun must preside in the centre of the motif; the locus of the zodiac.  So the fiery object to the top right is therefore either the Dark Star, or the Sun connected to its rightful place in the centre of the Zodiac.

If it is the Dark Star, then the red path intersects the ecliptic  at Pisces and Virgo.  The path is then 'within' the ecliptic through Aries, Taurus, Gemini, Cancer and Leo.  These constellations are the five central constellations of the perihelion transit of Nibiru, as I have argued in my book 'Winged Disc' (2001), except that the path is not along the ecliptic exactly, achieving perihelion near Sirius and Orion.

The Royal Arch of Freemasonry


This would then explain why the red path arches over the ecliptic, and why the ecliptic is off-centre from the Sun's central position; the Zodiac is describing the passage of an object that travels 'off-road' from that of the other planets.

This set of perihelion constellations is repeated in the Royal Arch of the Freemasons, known to some as the 4th degree of the Craft; an extension of the Master Mason 3rd degree.  In this context a bright comet is seen closely associated with the Masonic symbol 'G', the Great Architect of the Universe.  This high deity is revealed in the degree as JAH-BUL-ON, a composite of Jahweh, Baal and Osiris.


That this high deity is associated in the Royal Arch iconography with a comet and seven stars is absolutely incredible; these are archetypal Dark Star symbols.  I believe that this degree initiates the Master Mason into the realisation that Christian thinking alone is not sufficient to grasp the deep mysteries.  Instead, a Gnostic flavour is introduced in the higher degrees of Freemasonry, allowing the celestial connections to the mysteries to be explored.  And that teaching is featured on the walls of the Ambulatory in Chartres Cathedral, even though no mention of this is made in the Guidebook. 

But it is there, none the less; an esoteric teaching placed prominently before the masses meandering through the Cathedral. It tells of a comet and seven stars returning to the Duat; a secret that only one fifth of Master Masons ever get to find out about, and that's if they have the slightest clue what they are learning about in their ritual! 



Written by Andy Lloyd, 25th July, 26th September 2004 and updated 26th April 2006

author of 'The Dark Star' (2005), 'Ezekiel One' (2009), 'The Followers of Horus' (2010) and 'Darker Stars' (2019)



A. Lloyd "Winged Disc: The Dark Star Theory" Self-published 2001

Z. Sitchin "The Twelfth Planet" Avon 1976

É. Houvet 'Chartres - Guide to the Cathedral' Houvet

D. Ovason 'The Zelator: The Secret Journals of Mark Hedsel'  Arrow, 1999

L. Picknett and C. Prince 'The Templar Revelation' Corgi 1998

Fulcanelli, 'The Mystery of Cathedrals' Pauvert, Paris, 1925

S. Knight "The Brotherhood" Granada 1983

Correspondence with Damon Elkins and Michael Lawrence Morton, 22nd September 2004


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