A quote from Key to the Sacred Pattern
by Henry Lincoln
Harald Boehlke says:
"That a treasure might be hidden in the Dollstein Cave is not impossible. But that the cave is connected to Scotland seems to be the kind of legend it is better to ignore. But......the Dollstein Cave is on the island of Sandsøy, while west across the sea are the Faroe Islands - and another Sandø. we draw a line from Sandøy in Norway to Sandø in the Faroe Islands. we draw the line from the point of the pentagram completes a perfect parallogram. The diagramal from the Dollstein Cave on Sandøy to Sanday in the Orkneys 'connects the cave to Scotland. The distance is 333 miles the internal angles of the parallogram are 36º"
'The Norwegian Pentagram'
author: Harald Sommerfeldt Boehlke
In 'The Norwegian Pentagram' we can read that from ca. 935 until 1152 an immense pentagram was placed over southern Norway. The Celtic Church in the British isles were the masters of this unique and magnificent architectural achievement.
This giant symbol stretching from the county of 'Trøndelag' to 'Telemark', and from the coast of Norway to the inland of 'Hamar', is possibly made as a part of an occult ritual to fix Christianity to Norwegian soil.
This enormous task was carried out by the Celtic clergy in co-operation with the Norwegian kings Haakon Adelsteinsfostre (Athelstan-fostre), Olav Tryggvason, Olav Haraldsson and others who strived to unify Norway under one king and one religion.
After the Viking-raids on the British isles commenced toward the end of the 8th century, England had steadily become more and more a Nordic country. In a saga from the time of the English king Æthelred 'The Unready' 968-1016 it is stated that the language was the same in England as in Norway and Denmark.
But the languages parted when William the Bastard
won England in 1066. The whole country north of the Thames and Watling Street was more or less Nordic.
This was the huge area called the Danelaw. 'Danes' was a name signifying all the Nordic people whether they came from Denmark, Sweden or Norway.
In Northumberland lived both Norwegians and settlers from Denmark. Norwegians also lived in Cumberland and Westmoreland, which was Celtic, and along the coasts of Wales and other places. Saxon England was in reality only the land south of the Thames and the Midlands, a relatively small area surrounded by Nordic and Celtic country.
During the times of Magnus the Barefoot (1073-1103), Nordic language was still being spoken in the Orkneys, the Shetlands, in northern Scotland, the Hebrides, in Galloway and Cumberland, on the coast of Wales and in Ireland.
From these areas came the three 'Christening Kings' of Norway with Celtic clergy as helpers; They came with secret plans now revealed a thousand years later by the author of 'The Norwegian Pentagram'.
The Norwegian Pentagram shows how historical sources and the use of symbols in the Holy Geometry in Norway points back in time towards the Celts of the British isles. The trail leads back even further in time, to a Christian Gnostic sect in the Middle East and Egypt called the Ophites; A sect that flourished during the first centuries of Christianity, and worshipped the serpent as Jesus. The sect was later persecuted and deemed heretics.
When Olav Haraldsson the later Saint Olav left the British isles for Norway, he used the serpent as his symbol. The serpent has from times immemorial been the symbol of the Sun-God.
As the sun illuminated mankind on the physical level, the serpent illuminated mankind on the spiritual level. The serpent is the ancient symbol for wisdom and knowledge; it gave man the knowledge of good and evil.
In Revelations 13, verse 18, we learn that the number 666 is the 'number of the beast' and it is the 'number of a man'. It is the number of the evil one, and the evil one is the serpent that seduced Eve into eating the fruit from the tree of knowledge.
In the immense pentagram laid down over southern Norway the number 666 has received a prominent position. And in the old saga - 'Legendary Saga' - the number 666 is, in an occult manner, connected to the death of king Olav II at Stiklestad in the year1030, and to his burial and subsequent canonization.
The stave-churches that are peculiar to Norway have received an embellishment that clearly points to the serpent. All the gable-ends show large serpents heads with tongues playing. The roofs and walls have a remarkable finish with an unmistakable resemblance to snakeskin.
In the ancient Gnostic 'Nag Hammadi Library' that miraculously survived the bonfires of the Roman Church and was found in Egypt in 1945 we find an entirely different story than the one we are accustomed to:
"Then the seven took counsel. They came to Adam and Eve timidly. Then they said to him, "Every tree which is in Paradise, whose fruit may be eaten, was created for you. But beware! Don't eat from the tree of knowledge. If you do eat you will die. After they gave them a great fright, they withdrew up to their authorities.
Then the one who is wiser than all of them, this one who was called "the beast", came. And when he saw the likeness of their mother Eve, he said to her, "What is it that god said to you? Don't eat from the tree of knowledge?" She said "He not only said 'Don't eat from the tree of knowledge,' but 'Don't touch it lest you die'"
He said to her, "Don't be afraid! You certainly shall not die. For he knows that when you eat from it your mind will be sobered and you will become like god, knowing the distinctions which exist between evil and good men. For he said this to you, lest you eat from it, since he is jealous."
Now Eve believed the words of the instructor. She looked at the tree. And she saw that it was beautiful and magnificent, and she desired it. She took some of its fruit and ate, and she gave to her husband also, and he ate too. Then their mind opened. For when they ate, the light of knowledge shone for them…"
The well known story is turned on its head. Jesus has taken the role of the serpent; the serpent that was worshipped by the Ophites.
When sects differing from the Catholic Church were excommunicated and driven away, the Ophites along with many other 'heretic' groups, supposedly sought refuge in Syria. Could the Ophites or other related sects have had offshoots to European areas in the north-west? Maybe as far as the British Isles?
Cumbria in North-Western England is one of the many areas where the Celts and the Norwegians lived side by side for centuries. There we find the 'Serpent Stone'. It is a sandstone sculpture more than 4 feet tall. It shows elements from three different religious cultures: The stone itself has a phallic form; a 'Celtic head' is shown at the top of one face and a serpent striking up the full height of the other face.
Through millennia man has devoted his time to magic. Wearing amulets inscribed with magical signs, words or numbers have been commonplace throughout ancient history right up to our own times; Not least during the middle ages. One of the most commonly used Gnostic-magical symbols was that of Abraxas, a designation for the Almighty. In Greek the letters of the name equates to the number 365: the number of days our world uses on its orbit around the sun. Abraxas has been shown on innumerable amulets with whip in hand, a roosters head, human torso, and serpent legs.
The Pentagram, a five pointed star, is an ancient holy symbol used by the Egyptians, the Christian Gnostics, the heathen Celts and the Druids whom all used it as a symbol of the divine. The Pythagorean mystics also revered the pentagram, and used it in their seal. This symbol seems to be an important part of 'Holy Geometry'. It has a prominent place in both the geometry of Rennes-le-Chateau in France and of Bornholm in Denmark, and certainly in the Norwegian geometry shown in the book 'Det norske Pentagram' (The Norwegian Pentagram).
The pentagram is a geometric form incorporating the ancient formula 'The Golden Mean' - 1:1,618.
'The Golden Mean' can also be expressed in numbers where, if you start with the numbers 0 and 1 every number is the total of the previous two: 0, 1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13, 21, 34, 55, 89, etc.
These are often called Fibonacci-numbers. Leonardo Fibonacci (ca. 1170 - ca. 1250) being an Italian monk and mathematician.
In Norway as in other countries, the pentagram has been used to ward off evil. It was often inscribed over doors, on beer-barrels, or any other place where one found it of utmost importance to hold evil spirits at bay.
Evil had no power where there was a pentagram to be found but, it had to be drawn or carved in one unbroken line if it was to have an effect.
Christians also used the pentagram: It supposedly stood for the five wounds that Jesus received while hanging on the cross.
At the end of the 1800's the pentagram surfaced as a sign of 'evil'. The French catholic Deacon Alphonse Louis Constant better known by his pseudonym Eliphas Levi, introduced the now well known drawing of the inverted pentagram with the goats head of Baphomet superimposed.
He was an ardent student of the occult, and left the church just prior to his ordination as a priest. The inverted pentagram signifying evil has later been adopted by Satanists as their emblem.
In the book The Norwegian Pentagram the author shows us step by step how the holy geometry placed over the southern part of Norway was constructed. The geometry was carried in effect by placing Norway's first cities according to the ancient formulae 'The Golden Mean' . Towns already in existence before the clergy from the British isles came were removed to new locations, to fit into the new scheme as holy markers in an ingenious geometric symbolism. The result was an enormous pentagram enclosed within a circle measuring 666 miles.
The Utstein Monastery
at Stavanger is on an island called
The monks were originally of the AUGUSTINE Order
This is of course not a million miles from the Island of Bornholm the capital of which is called
Circle-geometry: Here we can see how the sacred markers of the Norwegian pentagram are united by three circles. For the Ophites the number three was the key to all mysteries. With the Celts also the number three was sacred, and connected with their gods. In the circle-geometry shown here we notice that there are nine sacred points on the three circles i.e. 3x3.
3 is also often referred to as the 'holy' number (holy trinity etc.), 9 being 'thrice' as holy i.e. 3+3+3 = 9.
Concerning the upper left leg of the pentagram, the Dollstein Cave has been described thus: "The Dollstein Cave. Cave in the steep mountain Dollsteinen (681 feet above sea level - 227 m) on the west side of the Sandsøy island, Møre and Romsdal county. The cave facing towards the open sea, has its entrance ca. 180 feet (60 m) above sea level. From the entrance a narrow tunnel leads into a spacious grotto. There are 5 such grottoes separated by narrow passages. The cave is 540 feet long (180 m). Legend has it that the Dollstein Cave continues to Scotland under the sea, and the saga tells us that the Orkney-earl Ragnvald visited the cave in 1127 to look for a treasure supposedly hidden there".
Sandsøy - Dollstein cave
The following is a short extract from the book The Norwegian Pentagram:
"Here were ingredients that stirred the imagination. The mystical cave consisted of five grottoes connected by narrow passages, and the number of the holy pentagram was just that, five! What secrets did the island of Sandsøy have to offer? Did the island have curios undiscovered features that would strengthen what I had already found? What about the connection with Scotland that the encyclopedia had mentioned? Both archaeologists and historians have time and again experienced that myth and legend is not always just fables and bedtime-stories.
Was the island of Sandsøy in some way connected to Scotland? It certainly did have connections with Norway all through the Viking- and medieval times in a very real sense, but connections under the sea? One could of course in ones mind imagine an enormous cave beneath the bottom of the North Sea but it would be safe to rule out that possibility.
The Orkneys were prominently featured all through Norwegian history. Ca. 900 Harald Finehair gave the islands to the Norwegian Ragnvald, the earl of Møre, and for several hundred years the Orkneys were ruled by Ragnvald and his successors, the Orkney-earls. In 1030, one of them earl Ragnvald Brusesson fought on the side of King Olav Haraldsson, the later Saint Olav at the battle of Stiklestad.
I felt there had to be something more to this 'connected to Orkneys under the sea' myth. As we know, the history of Norway during these times is just as much Irish and English history, and not least Scottish history. The saga of Olav Trygvasson and his 'Christening expedition' to the Orkneys come to mind. As we saw earlier he took the three year old son of the Orkney-earl Sigurd and brought him to Norway as a hostage. According to the saga-writer Snorre, Hund (Dog), as the little boys was called, "stayed some years with King Olav and died there".
It is therefore of great interest to notice one of the other legends that pertain to the Sandsøy island in Norway. One thing is that that Scotland supposedly is connected to the Dollstein Cave on Sandsøy, which would be sensational enough, but one becomes just as amazed when one learns that a little 'dog' is supposed to have vanished into the cave, and reappeared in Scotland.
The Dollstein Cave had been on my mind for a long time. I was unable to get the 'Dog' legends out of my mind, and the fact that the Orkney-earl Ragnvald had visited the cave in 1127 looking for hidden treasure. In a sense, the 'Dog' story made a connection between Scotland and the Dollstein Cave, but one might ask: so what? The connection was not strong enough in itself though. There had to be something more to it.
With whetted appetite I studies the small groups of islands in the Atlantic. All these islands the Norwegian Vikings had taken into their possession. They had farmed the land and settled it tending their domestic animals. Some had used the islands as a base for their raids. It was while studying the Faeroe Islands I chanced upon the name Sandsøy again, and I made a mental note of it. Scrutinising the Orkneys again I once more chanced upon the name Sandsøy. Only here it was Sandey, and on the Faeroe's it was Sandø. The Sandø of the Faeroes was nor very sandy, rather it was a large rock rising out of the ocean.
The Norwegian Sandsøy was not of the sandy type either. The only 'sand Island' with any claim to truth, was the one in the Orkneys. As had now become customary I traced lines with pencil and ruler between the 'sand islands'. As so many times before, intuition had led the way. These legends may be an echo from times gone by trying to tell us something we can only try to guess the meaning of. Is there any connection between these two legends? Did the little boy Hund, escape his captures trying to reach home by descending into the deep and dark Dollstein Cave more than a thousand years ago? Did perhaps this little Viking-boy, homesick and lonely die in the attempt to reach his native Orkney?
Perhaps this legend is trying to tell us that there is in fact a connection between the Dollstein Cave and The Orkneys. Let us take a closer look: With the map in front of us we can see that the upper left 'leg' of the Norwegian pentagram ends in the Dollstein Cave on Sandsøy. If we look west across the sea towards the Faeroe Islands we will discover the island of Sandø. So, from Sandsø in Norway to Sandø on The Farroes we draw a pencil line. Now, looking south-east to the Orkneys we find Sandey, and continue our pencil-line across the sea until it hits the sandy spot. From Sandey in the Orkneys draw the pencil-line east across the sea to the southernmost 'leg' of the pentagram in Norway. We have now ended up with a perfect parallelogram!
With the Parallelogram in front of you draw in a diagonal line directly from the cave on Sandsøy in Norway to Sandey on Orkney. The connection from the cave on Sandsøy in Norway to Scotland shows a distance of 333 miles. The connection is 333 miles long! This ties in well with the measurement of the circle encompassing the pentagram which is 666 miles in circumference. And, the internal angles of the parallelogram are a pentagonal 36°.
Hamar, the artificial city
The holy geometry that was constructed over the southern part of Norway was initiated during the first half of the 900's. Two hundred years later, in 1152, the city of Hamar marked the completion of this geometry. Before the Roman Catholic Church gained a foothold in Norway it was decided that two new bishoprics were to be established in Hamar and Nidaros. Nidaros would become an archbishopric.
The Norwegian-Celtic church was not subject to the Roman Catholic Church. Reidar, the man chosen to become the archbishop in Nidaros was sent to the rival of the Roman church, the Greek Patriarch in Constantinople for his consecration. On the way home however, Reidar died under mysterious circumstances somewhere in the 'south'.
Faster than the blinking of an eye, the Roman Catholic Church was on the spot; A representative of the Roman church arrived in Norway with pallium in hand ready and eager to consecrate a new archbishop. It is not unnatural to speculate whether the popes men had intercepted Reidar on his journey and killed him.
The pope's representative sent to Norway on this occasion, was an Englishman named Nicholas Breakspear. He was to become pope himself only two years later, under the name of Adrian IV (1154-1159).
The new bishopric was erected at a place called Hamar, by a large lake in the middle of Norway's wilderness. Normal considerations were ignored when the city of Hamar was built in this location. Hamar would lack the qualifications that had been decisive in establishing other cities: It was placed inland, it was far from the European markets, it was far from the Norwegian markets, and the population basis needed for a town to thrive, was missing. Neither did military strategic considerations necessitate a city in this area. The city of Hamar was planned long in advance by the 'pentagram-clergy'.
The Magdalenian from L'Age du Renne
The interesting thing here is that the Norwegians and the Swedes have NEVER been Catholic.
In Norway they have never been Russian Orthodox either and they practiced what some will call Pagan practices as late as the 17th century and in some places as late as the 18th century.
Only 3% of Norwegians go to church.