I Tego Arcana Dei

May 27th, 2004 by badger

yeah, yeah…. i know that the book Holy Blood, Holy Grail is a castle of suppositions built on the shifting sands of Pierre Plantard’s forgeries. Still, Foucault’s Pendulum might not exist in the form that it does without Holy Blood, Holy Grail being published. There are still a lot of pieces in it that i want incorporated into a new narrative.

One is Poussin’s “Les Bergers d’Arcadie”. Sauniere of Rennes-le-Chateau bought a replica of this painting among a few others. It’s the inscription of Et in Arcadia Ego that’s the important part. Nevermind the assertion that the painting has Rennes-le-Chateau in the mountainous background or that the tomb actually existed. The geography is all wrong for the Rennes-Le-Chateau to be in that painting, and the tomb that the HB, HG authors said that it might really be was a 20th century construction, something made in homage to Poussin long after even Sauniere was dead. I truly do like the idea of the anagram though. Truth is almost irrelevant. Bill, is the anagram of Et in Arcadia Ego, the much cooler I Tego Arcana Dei actually proper Latin for, “Begone! I conceal the secrets of God” or is it so much more fanciful, pleasing bullshit?

9 Responses to “I Tego Arcana Dei”

  1. Tom says:

    I think “fanciful, pleasing bullshit” is a wonderful way of putting it. If I may be so bold, could I draw your attention to my own modest scholarship on the subject

  2. badger says:

    i think i’m going to try the same thing, except i’m going to learn Basque to do it.

  3. kyleurbanride says:

    Im not going to get involved in this discussion. I think that we make the anagram what we want. We interpet it in the way that is most condusive to our way of thinking.

  4. god says:

    I TEGO ARCANA DEI!

  5. Tom says:

    kyleurbanride: In which case it truly is meaningless “fanciful, pleasing bullshit”, which was more or less my point.

  6. zorche says:

    Actually, the Latin is correct. “I” is the imperative singular of “ire” (to go), which conjugates as eo, ire, ivi, itum – so it means “Go!”. “Tego” means “I cover/conceal”; “aracana” is plural for secrets; and “Dei” is the genitive singular of Deus, meaning “of God”.

  7. kpar says:

    It’s 100% genius! Superb! It’s another great discovery behind the dark secrets… invicibly revealed in the eyes…Blinding ignorance does mislead us, oh wretched mortals open your eyes!

  8. borgia salas says:

    i reveal the secrets myself

  9. ENKI NEMESIS says:

    It means, “Be gone, I conceal the secrets of GOD” it was written over a door way in old days. According to the book, it was a quote by a daemon or jinn.

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