The Moldavian-Romanian coat of arms on the wall of the Bistrita Monastery


Transylvania has always been famous for its legends, tales and dragons - it is here where the renowned Vlad Tepes, better known as 'Dracula' spent his life. More on his story in the following paragraphs.

When it comes to the national emblems of the country, the monarchs of the old times chose a special combination of symbols to represent their empire. Also known as the coat of arms of Moldova, the intricate depiction became part of monasteries and churches across the area like the one on the wall of the Bistrita Monastery in Neamt seen on the graphic above.

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This specially detailed stucco reveals a bit more of the great secret behind the regular 'bull and cross' type crests. It has what we call the 'leg of the bull' symbol placed directly behind the neck of the bull - this position behind him will be especially important for reasoning. A hoof at the tip of the leg is apparent too. He's surrounded by 3 stars, two smaller ones and a huge sun to the right in the upper corner. Finally, the scene is completed by a crescent, a Templar-type cross to the left, a rosette at the thigh of the leg and a tree supporting it with a prominent trunk while he wears the 'crown' of a stickman or cross on a hill symbol between the horns.

What all this means is revealed below.


Author Wayne Herschel has been the first to discover that the Egyptian symbol of the 'leg of the bull' was of paramount importance to many cultures around the world in the ancient times - its secret was not restricted to Egypt.

Wayne proved that the symbol, made up of seven stars around it, never represented the Big Dipper but Pleiades instead. The glyph was so powerful and dear to Egyptians that a number of temples were aligned to it and were founded on its notion, the most important being the temple of Hathor at Dendera where it appears as the central object on the circular zodiac - Hathor being a cow goddess too. (source - page 202-203) The sacred act of 'stretching the cord' from the tip of the leg became a fundamental part of a hidden astronomical ritual. It was used to locate a special star, a small sun and its counterpart, painted on the linear lintel above.

Two sun-like stars of the 'gods', ie. flesh and blood visitors from the cosmos, positioned next to the Pleiades. A scene depicted in the tomb of many great pharaohs and rulers. Most referenced only one of the suns placed directly at the 'hoof' of Pleiades but several tombs included a second sun star as well. However, based on the globally found maps we do know there were as many as 3 sun-like stars venerated by the ancients, all 3 next to the leg-shaped Pleiades and this is where the Romanian arms comes into play.

Compare the star map of Romania to the star chart above. Note that the arms of the monastery has the leg in a correct position 'behind' the back of the bull just like the Pleiades appears on the back of the ancient constellation Taurus the bull.

The Romanian crest without doubt duplicates the Egyptian theme. It includes the 3 sun-like stars and the crescent probably refers to a planet associated with the systems. The extra rosette may be there to signify our sun making it the fourth sun star.

When the Egyptian tradition found its way into the Greek and Roman cultures its secret had possibly been spreading for centuries by secret cults and sects like that of Mithras which once again chose the 'severing of the leg of the bull' by hero Mithras as its central theme and accompanied by seven stars painted on his cape, sometimes in the company of 3 suns as seen in the famous catacomb of Barberini beneath Rome HERE.

The cross on the crest needs to be addressed too. Wayne was the first to propose that, based on numerous murals, artifacts and accounts, the sacred cross probably originated in the sky as the ultimate symbol for constellation Orion - its stars bound as cross hence many early churches in Italy showed it among stars against a dark blue sky on the central ceiling. Orion had a very important role in ancient cultures, it appears its three belt stars were used as a visual pointer to find Taurus and the sacred sun stars associated with the beginnings.

As the legend tells, the Star of Bethlehem was followed by three magi from the East - magus (plural magi) stood for people who dealt with astronomy too, chances are the three were the personified Orion's belt itself and as Earth moved they rose from the east to follow the Primary sun-like star associated with the Christ.

Historical coat of arms of Moldova and Romania


The two crests above, from the monastery of Cetatuia duplicate the sacred pattern. The major pieces of the puzzle, including the cross, bull and 3 stars are all present. What stands out as special here is the inclusion of two crescents on the arms on the right. It's a strong clue that it can't possibly represent our moon but two worlds so to speak, two planets associated with the systems. A third planet seems to be present as well although in a hidden way. This would be the small sphere placed in the middle, right below the mouth of the bull - 3 stars complete with 3 adherent planets.

Another special detail, missed by many, is the pyramid shape resting on the planets in crescent finished by a face on both depictions. While the 'moon face' is a classic part of our culture there may be more to this iconography. Pyramids used to be star markers in the terrestrial star maps and a face was incorporated in several renditions to associate the sun stars with human origins. One of Wayne's greatest discovery, the ancient star map on Mars, the 'mother of all star maps on Earth' has both pyramids and the giant face to mark the most important sun of the trio. Alternatively, the two faces can represent ancestors too.

'Coincidently', the city that houses the monastery, Iasi claims to have been built on 7 hills - a widespread tradition not only present in Rome but also in Jerusalem, Athens, Istanbul and a number of important ancient cities across Europe and the Middle East. A more in-depth look at the history of the tradition reveals it can be traced back to the 'recreation' of seven stars on the ground, to 'place the heavens on Earth' - or better known as the tradition of 'as above so below', probably a remnant of the practice of founding cities based on the age old star map as it had been done on Mars before. (source)

As a final piece of the puzzle, a double lion guarding Taurus and its stars is stretching over the crests. Compare this design to the following depiction found in Armenia.

Monastery of Geghard


The carving above is from the old monastery of Geghard. Like the Romanian crests it unifies the double lion with a bull theme - the latter is holding a ring or disc, perhaps that of a sun. Below a dove or bird is carrying a lamb, the symbol of the Christ.

The double feline is something found all over the world, be it lion, jaguar or puma. Kings and deities are shown seated on it and it often appears in a twofold stance guarding a sun disc or a crest hence it has become the 'monarchy lion' sometimes crowned too. Wayne found that the lion has a profound part in the star maps, so deeply set in the cultures that it will have its own page to explain the details and connections. Let it be said for now that it appears to be a symbol used by those who first arrived to our planet from the stars, kind of like a title for 'domain Earth'. It is also the 'Mars Lion', see here for more on its secret.

Note that the bull-lion-bird combo is an important element in Christianity and is mentioned several times in the Bible in context of the Cherub angels. Together with 'man' it is known as the Four Living Creatures or Tetramorph but it appears in ancient art as well. The global cult of bird gods accounts for the dove which also became the symbol of Pleiades in ancient Greece as the word 'Pleiades' means a 'flock of doves' and hence Jesus is often shown with 7 or more white doves including a sun disc nearby, probably symbolizing the sun-like star of Bethlehem in the star maps. (source)

The crest of the Medici and Vlade the impaler


When it comes to Romania, Dracula often comes to mind. The 'impaler' known as Vlad Tepes lived in the 15th century. Today the famed ruler is known for his alleged obsession with blood and dragons - something that inspired the name Dracula (draco) and countless tales associated with Vampirism. But just what is the real truth behind this undecipherable 'mystique' surrounding him and Transylvania's tales of dragons? What did he know?

As a first clue, it is worth to take a look at his headdress shown on an earlier painting of him. He wears a special collection of gemstones, 5 silver orbs and a blazing star with red crystal surrounded by a cluster of tiny pearls. The 5 orbs with a special single orb is a design that is found with the powerful Medici family of Italy too who were present in the same century when Vlad Tepes lived. The city of Florence has many carved monuments displaying their arms. Such is the one above complete with the familiar double lion topped by the Medici ring, similar to that the Armenian carving. The 5 orbs with a special one appear with the bull too, with a dark starry sky painted on a colored Maiolica plate. (source)

It is possible that the 5 orbs arranged in a V shape, often red in color were meant to encode the 5 reddish stars of constellation Taurus laid out in an identical V formation, hence depictions of angels carrying the orbs between the clouds on a Florentine ceiling. If so, the blazing star of Dracula (or the special 6th blue orb of the Medici) is the Primary sun star or its planet celebrated in the bull constellation, the same star map. Deities across cultures have been shown wearing bull's horns holding a sun or star which may simply relate to their origin from the sun star in Taurus. (source)

The cluster of tiny silvery pearls surrounding the blazing star corroborates - it all fits the silvery cluster of Pleiades near the special star.

But is there more evidence he knew of the same ancient secret?


The answer is a resounding yes. The name Dracula has been derived from Draco - dragon or simply a winged serpent in its original form. (source) The Transylvanian myths about dragons just add to this strange obsession with the flying creature. But how does the story of the dragons and that of the blood relate?

Dracula's secret may have been one shared by the former elite of Europe and the monarchies in general. Something depicted in a cryptic way in many Medieval and old manuscripts written by the initiated insiders of the past ages who probably were given the opportunity to get a glimpse of forbidden scripture stored in royal libraries unknown to the public.

As strange as it sounds, the tradition of drinking human blood as a symbolic gesture has been around for thousands of years. This is so in Christianity where priests use a golden chalice, the Grail which contains the blood of the Christ substituted by blessed red wine. A wafer, the 'body of Jesus', in the shape of a sun disc is also held above the chalice during the ritual. (source) Wayne has found that the Ancients celebrated the bloodline of humanity, a 'celestial' lineage that arrived from the stars hence so sacred and important - it all ties to the ancient star map that pinpoints the stars of origin near the Pleiades.

The famous Ripley manuscript above takes this reasoning one step further. Both insert images from the script show 3 sun stars guarded by a beast. One is the familiar lion, the other the dragon serpent biting 3 worlds in crescent associated with the trio of suns. Blood is being poured on the orb below known as the globus cruciger, agreed to represent our Earth. According to Wayne's research the cosmic snakes or drgaons, often shown with deities 'riding' them between the stars on ancient depictions stood for conduits, something we would call a wormhole today (a 'snakehole' so to speak).

Also note the expression of the three suns guarded by the lion - all three seem sad, their pure truth as the places of origin is hidden by the monarchy.


Amazingly, there exists an ancient record of such ritual which claims it had been around as early as 10.000 years ago! This is no other than Plato's Atlantis. The legend tells of 10 kings performing the Grail ritual and in context of the bull, the sacred bull also found with the ancient star map all over Romania and the world. The following are quotes taken from the original text - note that the Atlanteans claimed a heavenly descent through the god Poseidon but their culture deteriorated to the point of annihilation. And more, 'Atlas' is one of the stars of the Pleiades.

were BULLS who had the range of the temple of Poseidon; and the ten kings, being left alone in the temple, after they had offered prayers to the god that they might capture the victim which was acceptable to him, hunted the bulls, without weapons but with staves and nooses; and the bull which they caught they led up to the pillar and cut its throat over the top of it so that the BLOOD fell upon the sacred inscription. Now on the pillar, besides the laws, there was inscribed an oath invoking mighty curses on the disobedient. When therefore, after slaying the bull in the accustomed manner, they had
burnt its limbs, they filled a bowl of WINE and cast in a clot of blood for each of them; the rest of the victim they put in the fire, after having purified the column all round. Then they drew from the bowl in GOLDEN CUPS and pouring a libation on the fire..."

"This was the prayer which each of them-offered up for himself and for his descendants, at the same time drinking and dedicating the cup out of which he DRANK in the temple of the god..." (source)


Speaking of Dracula's secrets it is worth to take a look at his alleged birthplace as well. According to the narrative he was born in the city of Sighisoara, central Romania. Interestingly, the great church and fort of the settlement rest on the signature hill of the city naturally forming a curious looking leg or fish.

If Vlad Tepes knew of the ancient star map and the descent of humanity, perhaps he wanted his city to be like many others around the world, laid out according to the sacred blueprint. Sighisoara certainly wouldn't be the first place to have this pattern as countless ancient and old cities were built as star maps all over the world.

Coincidence or not, both the bull's leg and fish interpretation match the story. Wayne found that the fish, as an early symbol of the Christ had its sacred roots tied to the Pleiades in the ancient empires of Rome and Greece by resembling the configuration of the star cluster like the leg does.

Note the question mark on the right - the famous Breite Plateau, now a reserve may hold some forgotten clues. It is the place that falls in the position of the Primary star marked in the maps.

It's interesting to include that the city is one of the 7 famed forts of Transylvania just like there are legends of 7 headed dragons reigning over the county. Nearby Hungarians who are also present in the area have tales of a sun shining to 7 rays and the 7 chieftains of the primeval times. Their collection of folk tales that speak of dragons is called the 77 tales too. This obsession with 7 is nearly universal in the world. Wayne and I believe it stems from the ancient secret of the seven stars of the Pleiades and the stars of origins. A grand history forgotten and covered up but still a vivid part of our cultures. (source)



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