An Energetic and Sacred Geometry Visit to the Seven Saints Chapel, Brittany
The Seven Saints Chapel and holy well in Vieux-Marché is an extraordinary place that is a synthesis of the story of Brittany. It’s a place that combines the energies of the megalithic people, the Celts, and the Christians; a healing place where time stands still. The peaceful little village of Vieux-Marché exudes calm energy, not in step with our crazy modern times. The small chapel is unique because it is built with a dolmen. Because of this, we know the story doesn’t begin with the Christians, it starts in more ancient times with the Neolithic people.
The dolmen of Stivel and holy well were most probably part of a much bigger megalithic complex, where menhirs and other stone structures once stood. There is a lot of strong underground earth energy in this area, and two stone crosses close to the dolmen are placed on significant earth energy (large water veins). These crosses or calvaires are much more powerful energetically than the usual village crosses that are seen all over Brittany. Which leads one to believe that menhirs were once erected on these points and were part of the megalithic structures of the place.
The holy well or the source of the Seven Saints had seven springs and was very likely beloved in megalithic and Celtic times. It is a classic Druid place; a sacred spring located in the forest with healing powers. The “Gwerz,” a Breton ballad, describes the Seven Saint’s fountain like this: “There is in the neighborhood, a beautiful fountain dedicated to the Seven Saints and which has seven springs. These are seven channels which God spreads his graces, and constantly makes many miracles.”
The holy well was a source of healing for the sick as they bathed in it, asking for the blessings of the Seven Saints. Many left their crutches inside the church as evidence of their miraculous healings. It later times it was used as a washing house for the women of the village.
The chapel is built over powerful earth energy, much stronger than a little chapel actually needs to function energetically and maybe there was a stone structure built on that point in the distant past. The current chapel of the Seven Saints was rebuilt between 1703 and 1714 replacing an older building that grew too small because of the success of the pilgrimages dedicated to the Seven Saints and the healing waters of the holy well. Above the door, the inscription reads 1701, and it is known that the Calvaire (cross) outside is from the 1600 century.
This is a unique place to visit because the dolmen has been preserved and serves as the crypt for the little chapel. The capstones are part of the floor of the south chapel. There is a door to enter the dolmen on the right side of the church. The story of the Seven Saints begins with the dolmen, and it is said the statues that you see on the stone altar inside were miraculously found under the dolmen and a chapel was built there because of this.
In Dominique’s analysis of the sacred and solar geometry used to build the chapel and dolmen, he found the solsticial quadrilateral, a rectangle connected to the sun and its solstice rhythms, is the only element used. As you can see in the diagram, two solsticial quadrilaterals depicted in gold, run the length of the chapel. They were also used to design the side chapels. The apse was built using a solsticial quadrilateral in the north-south direction. Inside the church is classic Brittany architecture of the 18th century with the boat-shaped wooden ceiling and elements of the Beaumanoir style typical in this area.
The energy inside the chapel is excellent, with crystalline points and a violet altar as can be seen in the illustration. The aura outside is violet and inside is a golden yellow color.
Next, the large top stone of the dolmen is also connected to the rhythms of the sun and the solstices, and the smaller stone is related to the square root of 5 and is dynamic and connected to life itself. The energy inside the dolmen is violet. On top of the dolman there is a crystalline energy point in front of the altar of St. Isadore and is a healing energy that opens all chakras and connects the earth with the sky, this is the best energetic point in the church.
There are two more interesting points to explore on top of the dolmen, one is in front of Saint Michael and the dragon. This point is a classic golden St. Michael point, that opens and cleans the channels of the energy body. The other point is in front of the angel who is indicating where the energy vortex is coming from; the cosmos. This unique spot is a grounding red vortex, and it opens the energy of all the chakras.
Outside, near the chapel stands a Calvaire (or cross), that has strong crystalline energy. Then on the road out of town on the right, you have another Calvaire which is good for healing the lungs. Both of these crosses were menhirs in the past. We have noticed that lung energy menhirs seem to be very appreciated by the old people in Brittany. This is the second menhir that works with lungs that we have found in our explorations.
The Seven Saints Chapel is well worth a visit not only because of its fascinating combination of old and new, with good energetic points but also because of its tranquil feeling of stepping back into a time of simplicity. We will visit the Seven Saints Chapel during our Magical Brittany Tour in June 2019. We would love for you to join us on this adventure!
by Karen Crowley-Susani and Dominique Susani
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