Come to discover with our guide the esoteric secret history of Prague. The places that influenced the famous people that lived in this magic city, rabbi Low, Johannes Kepler, Tycho de Brahe, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Franz Kafka, Alfons Mucha, Gustav Meyring, Albert Einstein. Listen to the legends about the alchemists, Golem, Rosencrucians, the Black Madonna, Jack-in-the-Green, the astronomical clock.
4 HOUR TOUR
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There are cities, which have witnessed centuries, cities that were the focus of battles, joyful victories, sometimes cruel defeat, either shined on, or damned, in history´s unfolding.
Cities that, nevertheless, retain their identitry, their unique place in the world, their unconquerable character.
Metropolises where science complements art, where mystery molds with life, and beauty marries form.
Places of magnificient energy, flowing from unknown sources, which have their own enticing quality, inner rythms, and hidden harmonies.
In all probability, cities such as this can only ever come into being in chosen areas where the earth and sky meet.
The great metropolises are sought out by bearers of the spirit, who understand the past as well as the time they live, and set the course for generations to come, bringing order to the places they inhabit, forever leaving their mark..."
A magical city, which reveals much, but veils even more.
The Black Madonna
"The underground chambers of churches in the early Middle Ages were used to store statues of divine Isis, known to the Babylonians as Ishtar, to the Eleusins as Demeter, and the Egyptians as Eset, the greatest Goddess of Daughters and Sons of the Nile.
Other representations of the Mother of God, the Blessed Virgin Mary, are common, but Black Madonnas are relatively rare, the most famous can be found in the cathedrals at Chartres, Marseille and Vichy. Depictionsin altera paintings can be seen in Censtochova, Poland, and Loreto in Italy. Prague´s Black Madonna with child is the most famous of its kind in the Czech Republic, there are only about five similar statues in the country and no more twenty paintings. The early-Baroque Madonna comes from the 17th century, and was brought to the house on the corner of Celetna street and Ovocny street much later.
Some researchers believe that its location at the present site is not accidental: the Black Madonna, a talisman of protection in the widest possible sense, stands across from the former headquarters of the Templar Knights, quarding an important telluric site, where currents of energy cross together, flowing from underground."
In The Secrets of the Cathedrals Fulcanelli wrote that it was possible attribute Christian meaning to the Black Madonnas only in the esoteric sense. In the beginnings of Christianity the Madonnas were interpreted as Virgo paritura, the Earth before fertilisation, soon to the born in the rays of teh Sun. In hermetic symbolism the Madonnas represented the original earth, which te Artist had to choose as the subject for his Great Work, they represented the true prima materia in the raw form if iron ore, a black substance, waiting to be ennobled and refined. The Black Madonna is a universal archetype and phenomenon found in all cultures of the world."
"Experts in iconography, believe that Jack-in-the-Green represents something other than human race, in the past he may have been a figure of Celtic mythology, a god even, or he may have been a creature from a lower astral planet, with whom the druids could communicate. With the smile of Mona Lisa, or the enlightened Buddha, Jack-in-the-Green can be found across the European continent, in the high corners of cathedral columns, at the feet of Christ and the Madonna, alone, surrounded by flora and fauna, secretive, elusive, everywhere and nowhere at once, appearing in moments of surprise.
He is always represented as a face without a body, a face with wide, staring, but beautiful eyes, his mouth is usually slightly open, allowing branches and boughts to sprout from the corners, untwine and tangle again. His cheeks are partially hidden by leaves, often oak, sometimes wine. He is fascinating, and commands, both respect and wonder. he is a creature different from the usual monsters that flank cathedral walls, basilicas and gargoyles, and representations of Lusifer....Jack-in-the-Green is a noble figure..........."
The oriel of the Carolinum is a chapel joined to the famous assembly hall, and is one of the oldest parts of this Gothic building, it is an excellent example of Parler´s Gothic style in the late 14th century. At the base, under the decorative rings one can find a few chiselled faces which include a wild man and Jack-in-the-Green.
It is possible to find Jack-in-the-Green in other parts of Prague as well, there is one high on the vaulted ceiling of the ground floor of the Carolinum, which is unfortunately closed to the public.
Another Jack-in-the-Green can be found in the decorative kingpin of the vaulted ceiling of the so-called Tyn school on the Old Town Square, it dates from the 13th century.
The representation is partucularly interesting because of the numerical symbolism applied. Seven branches wrap around the green man´s face, three sprout directly fom his mouth. He can be found in the short passageway leading to the Cathedral of Our Lady before the Tyn, look for him up on the left side.
Other Jack-in-the-Greens can be seen at The Stone Bell house, where only a torso remains and the Powder Tower, where there are two. Both are found at about the height of three metres.
There is supposedly yet anothr Jack hidden among the stone garlands on the outer wall of Saint Vitus Cathedral. Finelly, there is a green man at the Old Town Hall, chiselled into a twist of branches and brambles."
"Many books have studied the Prague astronomical clock and the symbols on its face, the golden hand points to Roman numerals revealing Central European Time, two times twelve hours, as well as the Old Bohemian time, in Gothic numerals, which counts twenty-four hours beginning at sunset. The Gothic number 24 is always countered by a Roman numeral, which shows the time of the sun´s setting. The complex clock also reveals astrological data, the rise, both culminations and waning of individual astrological Houses, the Sun, the Moon, star-time, the geocentric position of the Sun in the zodiac and its current position during the day, as well as the planetary hour at a certain moment. The disc face is divided into three dominant parts, revealing a part of night sky that is dark-brown, from sunset to sunrise that is light-brown and the sky during daytime that is blue. The only thing the astronomical clock is unable to calculate is Daylight Savings Time."
text - Jiri Kuchar - "Praha esotericka"