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Les Bergere d'Arcadie John the Baptist SamHain Line

The Tomb at Les Pontils

The tomb is placed close (1.35miles) west from the Chateau of Arques shown below

Looking back down David Wood's 'SUNRISE'[sic] LINE

   It's relationship (found by researcher David Wood, author of Genisis) in the Landscape geometry can be viewed here.


Interesting how the principle light source in Poussin's 'Les Bergere d'Arcadie' painting just happens to coincide with the line pointed at by this red haired Shepherd whose cloak was painted in 'Rose Madder'. It's a Golden Dawn but there's a shadow on the tomb.


Quote from researcher Paul Smith

"Having visited the spot in 1993, I can categorically state that the landscape at Les Pontils does not match the one depicted in Poussin's painting, and those who make such a claim are seriously wrong - the landscape at Les Pontils situated behind the spot where the tomb once stood features the hills of Grand Bergue, Las Tostonas, Cardaussel and Quirautier; not Bezil Grand or Blanchefort. What is more, this claim is usually made by people who have never visited the area in the first place."

Well since that was written Google earth has given the world the opportunity to see for themselves

Here is the link to Google maps

Click and hold down the right mouse button and move the small orange man to the road and face the arrow South west.

You'll see this view

View from the tomb at Les Pontils

Smith insists that the tomb is not significant and yet a tomb of identical proportions and colour to the one painted by Poussin is overlooked by Rennes le Chateau.



Let us look again at Poussin's Les Bergere d'Arcadie

The Red (red-haired) shepherd points at the line on the tomb not at the phrase

He looks around at the Shepherdess

The Blue (kneeling) shepherd points at the phrase 'I too am in Arcadia'

He was in Arcadia when he hunted the Erymanthian Boar

It was in Woods at Erymantus that Arcas met his mother who had been transformed into a Bear.

This will become significant later.

Notice the shadow made on the tomb by the Blue (kneeling) Shepherd.

It's a bow.

 In Ovid's metamorphosis Hercules is given a sword by Hermes and a BOW by Apollo.

Apollo being the Roman Sun God

and we know that Poussin carried a copy of Ovid's Metamorphosis with him at all times.

Now look at the star depiction of the Constellation of Hercules.


Notice the Bow

Like a toiling man, revolves in a form
Nor to what toil he is attached:
But, simply, Kneeler they call him
Labouring on his knees, like one
Who sinks it seems
And his right foot planted on the twisting Serpent's head.

Manilius - Phenomena

The Labouring One refers to the twelve Labours of Hercules which he performed in Arcadia, hence the reason he points at the phrase

I too am in Arcadia

In the Labours of Hercules his eleventh labour he looks for the APPLES of the Hesperides.

and so the Blue (shepherd) seeks the Apples

hercules and the apples 

3rd century mosaic showing Hercules stealing the Apples of the Hesperides.


The name means originating from Hesperus, the evening star Venus, equivalent to vesper.

The Nymphs of the Evening

Ordinarily the Hesperides number three, like the other Greek triads (the Three Graces and the Moirai). "Since the Hesperides themselves are mere symbols of the gifts the apples embody, they cannot be actors in a human drama. Their abstract, interchangeable names are a symptom of their impersonality," Evelyn Harrison has observed. Nevertheless, among the names given to them, though never all at once, are Aegle

("dazzling light"), Arethusa, Erytheia (or Erytheis) and Hesperia (alternatively Hespereia, Hespere, Hespera, Hesperusa or Hesperethoosa). Lipara, Asterope and Chrysothemis are named in a Hesperide scene of the apotheosis of Heracles (romanised to Hercules) on a late fifth-century hydria by the Meidias Painter in London. They are sometimes called the Western Maidens, the Daughters of Evening or Erythrai, and the Sunset Goddesses", designations all apparently tied to their imagined location in the distant west. Hesperis is appropriately the personification of the evening (as Eos is of the dawn) and the Evening Star is Hesperus. In addition to their tending of the garden, they were said to have taken great pleasure in singing.

They are sometimes portrayed as the evening daughters of Night (Nyx) either alone, or with Darkness (Erebus), in accord with the way Eos in the farthermost east, in Colchis, is the daughter of the titan Hyperion. Or they are listed as the daughters of Atlas, or of Zeus, and either Hesperius or Themis, or Phorcys and Ceto.

Erytheia ("the red one") is one of the Hesperides. The name was applied to an island close to the coast of southern Hispania, which was the site of the original Punic colony of Gades (modern Cadiz). Pliny's Natural History (4.36) records of the island of Gades: "On the side which looks towards Spain, at about 100 paces distance, is another long island, three miles wide, on which the original city of Gades stood. By Ephorus and Philistides it is called Erythia, by Timæus and Silenus Aphrodisias, and by the natives the Isle of Juno." The island was the seat of Geryon, who was overcome by Heracles.

So if the Blue shepherd is the constellation of Hercules

Who is the red (haired) shepherd?

Well he's looking around at the Shepherdess.

As mentioned earlier Arcas met hs mother in the Erymanthus Woods

Here is the extract from Ovid's Metamorphosis.

Bk II:496-507 Arcas and Callisto become constellations
And now Arcas grandson of Lycaon had reached his fifteenth year ignorant of parentage. While he was hunting wild animals,while he was finding suitable glades and penning up the Erymanthian groves with woven nets, he came across his mother, who stood still at sight of Arcas and appeared toknow him. He shrank back from those unmoving eyes gazing at him so fixedly,uncertain what made him afraid, and when shequickly came nearer he was about to pierce herchest with his lethal spear. All-powerful Jupiter restrained him and in the same moment removed them and the possibility of that wrong,and together, caught up through the void on the winds, he set them in the heavens and made them similar constellations, the Great and Little Bear 


Here is the road sign of Arques with the Cathar name underneath.


Here the Red (haired) Shepherd is Arcas and he looks around at his Mother Callisto.
The Bear Watcher
Remember that in Ovid's Metamorphosis she had been turned into a bear by Jupiter (Zeus)

Arcas is the star Arcturus the name derives from Αρκτοῦρος (Arktouros) and means "Guardian of the Bear", ultimately from ἄρκτος (arktos), "bear" + οὖρος (ouros), "watcher, guardian"
Arcas is the Bear Watcher, he looks around at his mother who is called in the sky Ursa Major the Great (female) Bear.

(Ursus is male)


See how her arm rests on the shoulder of her son in a similar manner to the stars.
Arcturus is a Red Star and achieved fame when its light was used to open the 1933 Chicago World's Fair.
Arcturus is in the same interstellar cloud as our own Solar system, this interstellar cloud is the remnants of a Supernova that exploded as recently as 3million years ago in the vicinity of our sun. Arcturus is notable for its high proper motion, larger than any first magnitude star in the stellar neighborhood other than α Centauri. It is moving rapidly (122 km/s) relative to the solar system, and is now almost at its closest point to the Sun.  Which means it has moved (relative to other stars) 860 million million miles (about 9 million AU) since Poussin's time. Arcturus is thought to be an old disk star, and appears to be moving with a group of 52 other such stars, known as the Arcturus stream

Probably closer to the Little Bear than to Böötes.

ARCAS the Red Haired shepherd (Böötes means sheep herder)

He has his foot on a Mound

Foot of RockMons Manelus
Mons Menalus is a mountain in Arcadia
The mountain took its name from a character in Greek mythology. Maenalus was said by some mythologists to have been the eldest son of Lycaon, king of Arcadia; this would have made Maenalus brother of Callisto and hence uncle of her son Arcas, whom the constellation Boötes represents. Others, though, say he was actually the son of Arcas and hence the grandson of Callisto. Either way, Maenalus gave his name to the mountain in Arcadia and to the city of Maenalon which he founded. Its modern name is Mainalos.

Mons Maenalus was sacred to the god Pan who frequented it. Ovid in his Metamorphoses said that Mons Maenalus bristled with the lairs of wild beasts and was a favourite hunting ground of Diana and her entourage, including Callisto. In saying this, Ovid clearly rejects the story that Maenalus was Callisto’s grandson, as the mountain would not yet have got its name.
- Ian Ridpath

Poussin carried a copy of Ovid's Metamorphosis around on his person 24/7.

Above the line the Red Shepherd points at is a bright piece of sky behind the mountain of the Sun Temple


Man bearing pitcher of water.

In a previous version of ET IN ARCADIA EGO (now at Chatsworth House close to Shugborough Hall) we again have three shepherds at a tomb bearing the phrase.
A painting at Shugborough Hall shows Elizabeth Yorke, dressed as a Shepherdess, holding an etching of this painting.

Once again one shepherd points at the phrase on the tomb. Significantly the Shepherdess (left) is lifting here skirt and showing her thigh.

The figures in the painting are representing star constellations

Left to right we have the constellations of

Ursa Major

You will notice that the shepherdess is deliberately showing her thigh, that is because Poussin is representing her as Ursa Major.

"the 'Thigh in the sky' is in fact the constellation of Ursa Major" - Robert Bauval


Next to his mother the shepherdess 


(pointing at the phrase I am in Arcadia, Hercules was in Arcadia)


and seated


Man pouring a pitcher of water.



Then came the day of unleavened bread, when the Passover must be killed.

And he sent Peter and John, saying, Go and prepare us the Passover, that we may eat.

And they said unto him, Where wilt thou that we prepare?

10 And he said unto them, Behold, when ye are entered into the city, there shall a man meet you, bearing a pitcher of water; follow him into the house where he entereth in.

11 And ye shall say unto the goodman of the house, The Master saith unto thee, Where is the guestchamber, where I shall eat the Passover with my disciples?

12 And he shall shew you a large upper room furnished: there make ready.

13 And they went, and found as he had said unto them: and they made ready the Passover.

14 And when the hour was come, he sat down, and the twelve apostles with him.

15 And he said unto them, With desire I have desired to eat this Passover with you before I suffer:

16 For I say unto you, I will not any more eat thereof, until it be fulfilled in the kingdom of God.

Paris Meridian On the side of the Couza Arques road
Paris Meridian Marker
put in place in 2000
Old and new Paris Meridian Markers on the side of the Couiza/Arques road
Samhain Sunset/sunrise

Samhain Sunrise/sunset sequence in the Sacred Landscape.


Poussin's Montsegur

The Court of Lucifer.
The later modified image of Poussin's by others of




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