Bayeux Tapestry Zodiac (BL)

This article is primarily based ‘Christianization of Russia’ (0). It contains a collection of pictures which show the complete 70 meter Bayeux Tapestry. English translations of the Latin are provided under the photos. Some texts carry over from one part to the next, so the Latin text may not be fully present on the image which the translation is under. The zodiac contained within the tapestry is explained after Part 32.

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PART 1

Part 1

Latin: “EDVVARD REX”
English: “King Edward”

Latin: “VBI HAROLD DVX ANGLORVM ET SVI MILITES EQVITANT AD BOSHAM ECCLESIA”
English: “Where Harold, duke of the English, and his knights ride to Bosham Church”

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PART 2

Part 2

Latin: “HIC HAROLD MARE NAVIGAVIT”
English: “Here Harold sailed by sea”

Latin: “ET VELIS VENTO PLENIS VENIT IN TERRA VVIDONIS COMITIS”
English: “and with sails filled with wind came to the land of Count Wido”

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PART 3

Part 3

Latin: “HAROLD”
English: “Harold”

Latin: “HIC APPREHENDIT VVIDO HAROLDV”
English: “Here Guy de Ponthieu seized Harold”
Part 3.5

I have added this image because it appears the website (1) which I used for the images of the Bayeux Tapestry does not include the image of the four horsemen on four different colored horses, below which are four different animals.

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PART 4

Part 4

Latin: “ET DVXIT AD BELREM ET IBI EVM TENVIT”
English: “and led him to Beaurain and held him there”

Latin: “VBI HAROLD ┐ VVIDO PARABOLANT”
English: “Where Harold & Guy de Ponthieu confer”

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PART 5

Part 5

Latin: “VBI NVNTII VVILLELMI DVCIS VENERVNT AD WWIDONE”
English: “Where the messengers of Duke William came to Guy de Ponthieu”

Latin: “TVROLD”

Latin: “NVNTII VVILLELMI”
English: “The messengers of William”

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PART 6

Part 6

Latin: “+ HIC VENIT NVNTIVS AD VVILGELMVM DVCEM”
English: “Here the messenger comes to Duke William”

Latin: “HIC VVIDO ADDVXIT HAROLDVM AD VVILGELMVM NORMANNORVM DVCEM”
English: “Here Guy de Ponthieu led Harold to William Duke of the Normans”

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PART 7

Part 7

Latin: “HIC DVX VVILGELM CVM HAROLDO VENIT AD PALATIV SVV”
English: “Here Duke William comes with Harold to his palace”

Latin: “VBI VNVS CLERICVS ET ÆLFGYVA”
English: “Where a cleric and Ælfgyva…”

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PART 8

Part 8

Latin: “HIC VVILLEM DVX ET EXERCITVS EIVS VENERVNT AD MONTE MICHAELIS”
English: “Here Duke William and his army came to the Mount of Michael”

Latin: “HIC HAROLD DVX TRAHEBAT EOS DE ARENA”
English: “and here they crossed the Couesnon River
Here Duke Harold dragged them from the sand”

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PART 9

Part 9

Latin: “ET VENERVNT AD DOL ET CONAN FVGA VERTIT”
English: “and they came to Dol and Conan turned in flight”

Latin: “REDNES”

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PART 10

Part 10

Latin: “HIC MILITES VVILLELMI DVCIS PVGNANT CONTRA DINANTES”
English: “Here the knights of Duke William fight against the men of a Dinan”

Latin: “ET CVNAN CLAVES PORREXIT”
English: “and Conan passed out the days”

Latin: “HIC VVILLELM DEDIT HAROLDO ARMA”
English: “Here William gave arms to Harold”

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PART 11

Part 11

Latin: “HIC VVILLELM VENIT BAGIAS”
English: “Here William came to Bayeux”

Latin: “VBI HAROLD SACRAMENTVM FECIT VVILLELMO DVCI”
English: “Where Harold made an oath to Duke William”

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PART 12

Part 12

Latin: “HIC HAROLD DVX REVERVS EST AD ANGLICAM TERRAM”
English: “Here Duke Harold returned to English land”

Latin: “ET VENIT AD EDVVARDV REGEM”
English: “and he came to King Edward”

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PART 13

Part 13

Latin: “HIC PORTATVR CORPVS EADVVARDI REGIS AD ECCLESIAM SCI PETRI APLI”
English: “Here the body of King Edward is carried to the Church of Saint Peter the Apostle”

Latin: “HIC EADVVARDVS REX IN LECTO ALLOQVIT FIDELES”
English: “Here King Edward in bed speaks to his faithful followers”

Latin: “ET HIC DEFVNCTVS EST”
English: “and here he died”

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PART 14

Part 14

Latin: “HIC DEDERVNT HAROLDO CORONA REGIS”
English: “Here they gave the king’s crown to Harold”

Latin: “HIC RESIDET HAROLD REX ANGLORVM”
English: “Here sits Harold King of the English”

Latin: “STIGANT ARCHIEPS”
English: “Archbishop Stigand”

Latin: “ISTI MIRANT STELLA”
English: “These people marvel at the star”

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PART 15

Part 15

Latin: “HIC NAVIS ANGLICA VENIT IN TERRAM VVILLELMI DVCIS”
English: “Here an English ship came to the land of Duke William”

Latin: “HIC VVILLELM DVX IVSSIT NAVES EDIFICARE”
English: “Here Duke William ordered ships to be built”

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PART 16

Part 16

Latin: “HIC TRAHVNT NAVES AD MARE”
English: “Here they drag the ships to the sea”

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PART 17

Part 17

Latin: “ISTI PORTANT ARMAS AD NAVES ET HIC TRAHVNT CARRVM CVM VINO ET ARMIS”
English: “These men carry arms to the ships and here they drag a cart with wine and arms”

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PART 18

Part 18

Latin: “+ HIC VVILLELM DVX IN MAGNO NAVIGIO MARE TRANSIVIT ET VENIT AD PEVENESAE”
English: “Here Duke William in a great fleet crossed the sea and came to Pevensey”

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PART 19

Part 19

Latin: “HIC EXEVNT CABALLI DE NAVIBVS
English: “Here the horses leave the ships”

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PART 20

Part 20

Latin: “ET HIC MILITES FESTINAVERVNT HESTINGA VT CIBVM RAPERENTVR”
English: “and here the knights have hurried to Hastings to seize food”

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PART 21

Part 21

Latin: “HIC EST VVADARD”
English: “Here is Wadard”

Latin: “HIC COQVITVR CARO ET HIC MINISTRAVERVNT MINISTRI”
English: “Here the meat is being cooked and here the servants have served”

Latin: “HIC FECERVN PRANDIVM”
English: “Here they made breakfast”

Latin: “ET HIC EPISCOPVS CIBV ET POTV BENEDICIT”
English: “And here the bishop blesses the food and drink”

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PART 22

Part 22

Latin: “ODO EPS ROTBERT”
English: “Bishop Odo, William, Robert”

Latin: “ISTE IVSSIT VT FODERETVR CASTELLVM AT HESTENGA”
English: “He ordered that a motte should be dug at Hastings”

Latin: “CAESTRA”
English: “The camp”

Latin: “HIC NVNTIATVM EST VVILLELM DE HAROLD”
English: “Here it was announced to William concerning Harold”

Latin: “HIC DOMVS INCENDITVR”
English: “Here a house is burned”

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PART 23

Part 23

Latin: “HIC MILITES EXIERVNT DE HESTENGA ET VENERVNT AD PRELIVM CONTRA HAROLDVM REGE”
English: “Here the knights have left Hastings and have come to the battle against King Harold”

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PART 24

Part 24

Latin: “HIC VVILHELM DVX INTERROGAT VITAL SI VIDISSET HAROLDI EXERCITV”
English: “Here Duke William asks Vitalis if he has seen Harold’s army”

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PART 25

Part 25

Latin: “ISTE NVNTIAT HAROLDVM REGE DE EXERCITV VVILELMI DVCIS”
English: “This man tells King Harold about Duke William’s army”

Latin: “HIC VVILLELM DVX ALLOQVITVR SVIS MILITIBVS VT PREPARARENT…”
English: “Here Duke William speaks to his knights to prepare…”

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PART 26

Part 26

Latin: “… SE VIRILITER ET SAPIENTER AD PRELIVM CONTRA ANGLORVM EXERCITV”
English: “… themselves manfully and wisely for the battle against the army of the English”

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PART 27

Part 27

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PART 28

Part 28

Latin: “HIC CECIDERVNT LEVVINE ET GYRD FRATRES HAROLDI REGIS”
English: “Here have fallen dead Leofwine and Gyrth, brothers of King Harold”

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PART 29

Part 29

Latin: “HIC CECIDERVNT SIMVL ANGLI ET FRANCI IN PRELIO”
English: “Here English and French fell at the same time in battle”

Latin: “HIC ODO EPS BACVLV TENENS CONFORTAT PVEROS”
English: “Here Bishop Odo, holding a club, gives strength to the boys”

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PART 30

Part 30

Latin: “HIC EST VVILEL DVX”
English: “Here is Duke William”

Latin: “ETIVS”
English: “Eustace”

Latin: “HIC FRANCI PVGNANT ET CECIDERVNT QVI ERANT CVM HAROLDO”
English: “Here the French are fighting and have killed those who were with Harold”

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PART 31

Part 31

Latin and English for first half of 31 included in 30. 

Latin: “HIC HAROLD REX INTERFECTVS EST”
English: “Here King Harold is slain”

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PART 32

Part 32

Latin: “ET FVGA VERTERVNT ANGLI”
English: “and the English have turned in flight”

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The Bayeux Tapestry Zodiac Signs

This Bayeux Tapestry shows a zodiac which contains all twelve traditional Houses and all seven traditional astronomical planets. The zodiacal signifiers rest outside of the main sequence of events. That is to say that they are recorded on the “borders”.

1 – Leo

two lions on Part 1

The Bayeux Tapestry begins with King Edward sitting on the throne. King Edward is the central character of the tapestry. The borders contain a majority of the only lions in the entire creation. There may be lions at the end, may be dogs with manes, if lions, the zodiac starts and ends with lions.

two lions on Part 2

2 – Cancer

potential crab claws of Cancer on Part 2
Also on Part 2, wings being pinched, potentially Cancer

The next house shown is Cancer. This one is not as easy to spot, but given the rest of them being present, the screenshots from Part 2 and Part 4 probably represent Cancer.

odd tree on Part 2, potentially Cancer
Cancer on the bottom of Part 3

3 – Gemini

Gemini on Part 3

The next house depicted is Gemini. The twins can be seen on Part 3. They are depicted bearing weapons, one looks forward and the other looks back.

4 – Taurus

Taurus on Part 3.5

This is the only bull on the tapestry with significant astronomic value. It is found on Part 3.5 and is positioned directly between the Twins and the Ram.

5 – Aries

Aries on Part 6

Aries is next, found on the top line of Part 6. This is in perfect line with the rest of the symbols. It is positioned between the Bull and the Fish.

6 – Pisces

Pisces on Part 8

Pisces is the 6th symbol shown on the Bayeux Tapestry. It is found on Part 8 and located directly between the Bull and the Water Bearer.

7 – Aquarius

Aquarius on Parts 8 and 9

Aquarius is shown next with watery serpents streaming from a man’s mouth and hand. It is located almost immediately after the image of Pisces. It is found in between the Fish and an old variation of Capricorn, the Crow.

8 – Capricorn

Eagle on Part 9, Capricorn

Capricorn takes the form of an eagle on the Bayeux Tapestry. The idea here is that the zodiac signs were not yet set in stone, and some variations still existed. On this document, we see Capricorn take the form of an eagle.

9 – Sagittarius

Centaur on Part 9

The Fish, The Water Bearer, the Eagle, and the Centaur are all positioned very closely on the tapestry. This may strengthen the case for the Eagle representing Capricorn. Further on the tapestry Sagittarius is followed by Scorpio.

10 – Scorpio

odd design may be Scorpio on Part 13

Scorpio, like the Crab, is oddly represented. These intricate designs may represent the artist’s trouble in trying to depict the ideas handed down to them by the astronomers.

odd design may be Scorpio on Part 13

11 – Libra

the Scales of Libra

Libra follows Scorpio, and can be seen by many of these designs which resemble the scales. Part 16 contains a few, as well as the following Parts.

12 – Virgo

Virgo on the left

Virgo is shown represented by these two women. Both are on Part 23.

Virgo on the right

The 12 houses above are in the typically order, only reversed. All 12 signs are present and identified. There may be more to the tapestry but this is sufficient. The next part is the position of the planets.

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The Bayeux Tapestry Planets

The seven planets of ancient astronomy are the Sun, the Moon, Jupiter, Mars, Saturn, and Mercury . The planets below are listed in the order that they appear in the Bayeux Tapestry. The planets appear in the tapestry as giant naked humans.

The Sun and Venus

The Sun and Venus

The Sun and Venus are the first two planets that appear, and they appear as a pare. On Part 6, you can see the Sun with colored hands facing towards Venus who is a woman facing the Sun. They appear between the constellations of Aries and Pisces.

Saturn

Saturn

Saturn is the third planet in the sequence. Saturn is depicted on Part 7 as a large naked man crouched over holding an axe with a curved blade. Saturn appears following the Sun and Venus in between Aries and Pisces.

Mercury

Mercury

Mercury is fourth and can be seen right after Saturn on Part 7. It also falls between Aries and Pisces. A special note is made about the positioning of Mercury in this location under the man who is reaching out to a women. Here may be depicted the event which leads to the Trojan War.

Mars and the Moon

Mars and the Moon

The Moon and Mars are shown next to each other as a standing woman with hands out towards a man with an axe in one hand and an object in the other. These two are the Moon and Mars respectively and appear between Libra and Virgo. You can see these two planets on Part 23.


Jupiter

Jupiter

Jupiter is found on Part 23, just after the Moon and Mars. A note to be made is the four pointed star on the bottom border of Part 23 below Jupiter. This star is the only one of its kind on the whole Bayeux Tapestry and may signify the royalty of Jupiter. Jupiter is between Libra and Virgo.

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What Date is Shown?

Between the year 500BC and 2000AD, there were four dates which corresponded to the zodiac above. These four dates were 72AD, 818AD, 1495AD, and 1981AD. The last date is not applicable for obvious reasons. The first two dates resonate with discrepancies over 8 degrees. The date of March 15, 1495 resonates the strongest with the correct date.

March 15, 1495 not only has discrepancies of 3 degrees or less, but also lines up perfectly with the New Chronology events. Where Christ died in 1185, the first Crusades began shortly after. This date of 1495 would mark the 300 year anniversary of the first Crusades.

This article is meant to serve as a reference specifically for the Bayeux Tapestry Zodiac (BL). The ideas in this article may be substantiated in future publications.

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Conclusions;

The Bayeux Tapestry contains symbols for all 12 zodiac signs, all 7 ancient astronomical planets, and depictions the events of Christ’s death and the following Crusade. The Bayeux Tapestry was created well after the start of the 14th century, and contains the position of the planets of March 15th, 1495. The Bayeux Tapestry was probably created around this time in the 15th century.

One idea is that the astronomers maybe predicted the position of the planets some hundred years in advance. However, this is mainly an idea I put forth here for humor.

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References;

(0) – http://chronologia.org/en/christianization_rusi/index.html

(1) – http://historylearning.com/medieval-england/bayeux-tapestry/bayeux-tapestry-scene-by-scene/

(2) – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bayeux_Tapestry_tituli

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