Dr John Dee giving a presentation to the Queen at his house in Mortlake
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ROYAL LINE Remarkable new historical research uncovers the significance of the Greenwich Meridian as an Axis Mundi or World Axis, that was believed by Saxon, Norman, Plantagenet, Tudor and Stuart Kings and Queens to be symbolic of the power in the land. This was due to the ancient tradition that the landscape mirrored the heavens, with the Axis, around which earthly power revolves, reflecting the Celestial Pole, the very centre of the starry realms. SCIENCE, MAGIC AND SECRET SOCIETIES Dr John Dee, consultant to Queen Elizabeth I, is a key figure in the political and scientific life of Elizabethan England. His knowledge of Astrology, Astronomy, Mathematics, Alchemy and Magic ensured him great influence at the Royal Court and he is acknowledged today to have set in motion the great Age of Discovery that                 led to the British Empire. He spent a great deal of time at the Tudorsí favourite royal palace at Greenwich. As a scientist and magician he was involved in the mystical traditions of Rosicrucianism, early Freemasonry and Celtic Druidism. Later inheritors of the knowledge and significance of the Axis Mundi include the Knights Templar and antiquarians such as William Stukeley, a Druid and Freemason. ANCIENT ASTRONOMY AND STARLORE Ancient astronomers laid out the Axis Mundi of southern England at Greenwich because of its ideal position on the banks of the River Thames, which functioned as a natural lookout in an otherwise flat landscape. Directly due north of Greenwich lies another hill, Pole Hill, which lent itself as an ideal symbol of the Celestial Pole which appeared to hover directly above it. In 1675 when the Royal Observatory was established, this hill was used for setting its telescopes to the Zero Meridian because of its fortuitous position. In early times the circumpolar constellations, especially the Great Bear (known as Arthur in the old British language) and Draco (the Pendragon or Head Dragon) had great symbolic significance and mythic power, and lie at the root of much later Arthurian legend. Axis of Heaven Welcome Findings Findings cont'd History Evidence Webstore Press/Media Are you on the Axis? Books by PB King Henry VIII & Queen Elizabeth I Ancient priesthood taking measure