The Nephilim portrayed in the stained glass of Chartres: The Female Giant Virgo


The Nephilim portrayed in the stained glass windows of Chartres : The Female giant Virgo

by Carolyn Shield

I am writing about the mysterious giants depicted in the stained glass window at Chartres Cathedral. It has many puzzled exactly what message is being depicted in the stained glass windows of Chartres. In my last article I suggest that one of the giants is Orion because he carries a club in his hand. The stained glass window is depicting the story of Noah and the Great Flood. The giants are placed in the windows and some believe these giants may represent the legend of the Nephilim. The heroes of old who were renown, the offspring of the sons of God and the daughters of Earth. They were called the Giants. The Nephilim were said to have given mankind sacred knowledge which was forbidden. The stained glass windows dating back to the Crusades in the 1200’s demonstrate the legend.

Hit the link and it will direct you to the stained glass window which I believe may be talking about the star system Orion and giant Orion.

Genesis 6:1-4

The Nephilim were on the earth in those days—and also afterward—when the sons of God went to the daughters of men and had children by them. They were the heroes of old, men of renown.

What is fascinating is that in the stained glass window is a woman giant. In the Bible, women giants were not talked about. I thought the female giant may be the constellation Virgo. The story of Virgo does play in the myth about the creation story of the Earth. Two Titan(Giant) brothers Prometheus and Epimetheus were given the job of creating mankind and animals on Earth. Epimetheus gave all the animals a gift but when he came to mankind the box was empty. It was Prometheus who gave mankind the knowledge of fire. He was punished for violating the rules of heaven. Pandora is also connected with Virgo. It was she who opened the box that let out diseases, war, and famine on the Earth. She did give one gift to mankind and that was Hope.  The last goddess to leave the earth was Astraea who carries the corn stalk in her hand. It is her image we see in the Constellation of Virgo.

Hit the link and you will see the Female giant

The Constellation of Virgo

Chartres was home to a pre Christian cult dedicated to the Virgin. Chartres has the zodiac represented in stone and in its stained glass window. Megaliths were located around the site but were frowned upon by the Christian church. Some scholars believe that the Temple in Thebes in Egypt is orientated to Spica the brightest star in Virgo. Many believe that the Notre Dame (Our Lady) cathedrals in France were placed in the same star formation as Virgo. Virgo in the Middle ages was connected with the Blessed Virgin Mary. In the Temple of Thebes the lioness goddess name was Mut and some say the Sphinx is a mixture of a woman and lion in shape. It is said to have a connections between Regulus and Virgo constellations.

Virgo has 26 known exoplanets  orbiting around 20 stars in this constellation. the constellation Virgo has more confirmed exoplanets than any other constellation.

Thebes was the home of the great oracles. Chartres was built by the Capetian family which included St Louis and Blanche Castile. Chartres has a labyrinth which bears a striking resemblance to some crop circles. People pray while walking through the labyrinth feel a special energy.  People have said while walking through crop circles that they could feel an energy.

One more picture of the giants is of two men one with a club and the other with a spear.

Just hit the link

The one Giant can be identified with Orion who carried a club but I believe the other Giant carrying the spear maybe the hero Hercules. Hercules was a child of the god Zeus and a mortal woman. He was strong and courageous. He too holds a club like Orion but he carries a bow  and the sagitta was a great “arrow” or spear that killed the great Eagle.

Hercules was a great favorite of the Greeks and Romans. His story is is that of a child born from god and a mortal woman. The same story that comes from Genesis where the giants were created from the Nephilim.

The windows at Chartres are fascinating. They leave us a record of how during the Middle ages the legend of the Giants was viewed by the royal families. i am just bringing my suggestions to what the giants in the stained glass represent. It still remains a mystery to this day. What do you think?


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