John Harper wrote:
Back from my hols and plenty to do. Take your point about the view of the northern stars being blocked by mountains, but this is merely a technicality as these stars are constantly North of everywhere on earth. On land, all one needs to do is make one observation and place a few sticks in the ground to mark the direction of north. So one could easily observe the direction of the big dipper via someone signalling its direction from the horizon, even if this is atop a mountain. I think we strayed from my original argument here, which was that these towers might be elevations designed to enable someone to mark a precise time/date in the suns rising and setting, say by viewing the heliacal rising of a star for instance, in order to precisely schedule some ritual act. I don't know how easy this would have been to do back in Saunieres days as I am no astronomer. But I do know that both the heliacal risings of Venus and the Pleaides were important markers for ancient ritual activity. Why they were is something I hope to help explain once I sit down and write my follow-up article.
John this may interest you.
"1927 "The face of the deep, of course, would be toward the Pleiades, which are claimed to be the habitation of Jehovah." (Creation; 1927; 2,175,000 ed.; p. 94)
1928 "The constellation of the seven stars forming the Pleiades appears to be the crowning center around which the known systems of the planets revolve even as our sun's planets obey the sun and travel in their respective orbits. It has been suggested, and with much weight, that one of the stars of that group is the dwelling-place of Jehovah and the place of the highest heavens;..." (Reconciliation; 1928; p. 14)
1928 "The constellation of the Pleiades is a small one compared with others which scientific instruments disclose to the wondering eyes of man. But the greatness in size of other stars or planets is small when compared with the Pleiades in importance, because the Pleiades is the place of the eternal throne of God." (Reconciliation; 1928; p. 14)"
Extracts from Zion's Watchtower the journal of the Jehovah's Witnesses, also known as the Watchtower Society
And thou, O tower of the flock, the strong hold of the daughter of Zion, unto thee shall it come, even the first dominion; the kingdom shall come to the daughter of Jerusalem.
Is this Daughter of Jerusalem the one for whom was dedicated The Abbey of Notre Dame du Mont de Sion
under the auspices of King Baudouin. The one that the Dossier Secret says had a leader called Ursus.
Migdalah is the feminine form of a Tower but is also a figurative form for a pyramidal bed of flowers. Like this one from Sauniere's church
Eder is Hebrew for an arrangement but more often means a flock. As in Flock of Doves for example(!)
So Tower of the Flock is Migdalah-Eder
corrupted to Magdalene.