Wednesday, August 14, 2013
The Ship Window of Mt. Bugarach Church
The window of Mt. Bugarach church - a ship and a helm (ROTAS). Commonly word squares are used as puzzles or as teaching aids. "Some of the words in the square are of Celtic origin, as is the word "Galamus" itself, reminding us of the enigmatic book by Abbe Boudet about the Celtic language". It is said that these Celtic words refer to the Wheel of Fortune pictured in the Tarot deck and on the stained glass window inside Mt. Bugarach church - Galamus Gorge is in the Mt. Bugarach area. This window displays a ship and a helm, but the helm is a Wheel of Fortune. Both the Mt. Bugarach church window and the Galamus hermitage Sator square carving are unusual subjects to find in Catholic chapels. "The Sator Square or Rotas Square is a word square containing a Latin palindrome featuring the words SATOR AREPO TENET OPERA ROTAS written in a square so that they may be read top-to-bottom, bottom-to-top, left-to-right, and right-to-left. The earliest datable square was found in the ruins of Pompeii which was buried in the ash of Mt. Vesuvius in 79 AD. Examples may be carved on stone tablets, or engraved into clay before firing as pottery. The exact translation, and its meaning, have been the subject of speculation with no clear consensus for either."