Scottish authorities and archaeologists have a mystery on their hands after an altar and pentagram plaque were found just under the top soil at a park that used to be a former royal hunting ground, sparking a debate about whether the objects are Pagan or Satanic.
In a secluded part of The Queen’s Holyrood Park in Edinburgh, Scotland last year, rangers with the Historic Environment Scotland discovered what looked like an altar and a triangular disturbance on the ground. Underneath the soil lay a metal pentagram plaque within cement.
Perplexed, the rangers called in archaeologists to examine the find. But before they could do so, both had been mysteriously removed.
Holyrood Park is an odd place to bury a pentagram and not expect it to be found, but it has a long history.
According to Ancient Origins:
Holyrood Park was established by King David I of Scotland in 1128 AD as the royal hunting grounds for Holyrood Abbey. Holyrood Palace, also know as the Royal Palace of Holyroodhouse, started as a lodging within the Abbey but was eventually expanded into a substantial palace which served as the principal residence of the Kings and Queens of Scots since the 16th century.
The palace now serves as a residence of Queen Elizabeth II, but the park around it does have secluded areas that would give someone enough time and cover to bury something without being noticed.
The problem is that rangers patrol the park every day, so they would certainly notice a disturbance in the soil that should not be there, which is why they found the altar and pentagram.
“In 2018, our rangers discovered that ground in Holyrood Park had been disturbed with a metal plaque of a pentagram embedded in the earth,” a spokesperson for Historic Environment Scotland said in a statement. “This item was subsequently removed. Holyrood Park is a scheduled monument. It’s a criminal offense to carry out unauthorized works.”
Without being able to examine the pieces, many questions remain, the first of which is whether the pentagram is Pagan or Satanic.
Mark Black, president of the UK Pagan, said the plaque was mostly likely pagan after the images of the find were shown to him yesterday. He said the points of the pentagram depict the four elements, earth, fire, air and water.
According to Mr Black, the two figures are the Horned God and the Goddess of Water.
There are also a number of runestones embedded in the concrete triangle around the plaque, as well as a number of small figures, one apparently of an angel. However, Mr Black said it was strongly against pagan tradition to use concrete in any kind of ritual, as only natural materials such as wood or stone should be used.
“It’s a mystery,” Mr Black said. “No pagan I know of would embed a pentacle in concrete or leave it behind. As a pagan you’d leave a site in exactly the same state as you found it.”
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On the one hand, Black thinks the pentagram is Pagan, but the way the pentagram was placed is out of place with Pagan philosophy.
That and other details is why the Ancient Origins website says the pentagram and altar are Satanic.
[T]hree main factors suggest that the metal pentagram plaque is not pagan. The first is that pagan objects used natural materials and would not have been embedded in concrete. The second is that all evidence suggests the plaque and altar are not ancient. They were found very close to the surface, in top soil, and the plaque in particular looks to be a modern creation. Finally, the orientation of the star is important. When the pentagram is positioned with the single point upwards, it represents the spirit presiding over the four elements of matter. However, when the pentagram is reversed with the two points projecting upwards, like the one found in The Queen’s Holyrood Park, it becomes a symbol of evil, representing the triumph of matter over spirit. The two points of an inverted pentagram also represent horns, like those of the demon Baphomet.
It’s an intriguing argument. But another scenario is more likely. It’s possible that this was all a prank to freak people out and when the pranksters realized their crime, they went back to the scene and removed the evidence.
Or, perhaps they were inexperienced Pagans who picked the wrong place to practice their religious beliefs and accidentally positioned the pentagram incorrectly.
“These people either didn’t know what they were doing, or they were just messing around,” Black said.
But who placed the pieces in the ground at Holyrood Park and why did they risk getting caught to get them back? Where are the pieces now? Will they end up being used again somewhere else, perhaps as part of another prank? Those questions and many more are unknown.
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