Is There A Hidden Secret to Leonardo Da Vinci's Virgin of the Rocks?

There are two paintings of ‘The Virgin of the Rocks’, attributed to Leonardo Da Vinci.
One is housed at the Louvre in Paris.
And the other is housed at the National Gallery in London.
Both have subtle differences, but the Paris one is believed to be older.
Something I have wondered, were there two to hide within each a secret, possibly only decipherable,  when both are placed facing each other,  like two mirrors looking into each other?
Or is there a hidden message, when both are compared,  as if covering one eye and then the other, and in the mind’s eye, splitting the paintings, and then putting them together?
Sometimes we see things in things which aren’t really there, especially as humans, we perceive patterns which are not really there, so maybe this has been over thought, or is there something to it, and do the symbols I have included as a secret nod, actually tell us what Leonardo was drawing our attention too?
The Virgin …

Adam’s Well, Onneley, North Staffordshire

Adam’s Well, Onneley, North Staffordshire by Charles E. S. Fairey, May 2019
A Map of Lands belonging to Sir Thomas Grey Egerton Baronet lying within Wrinehill, Bettley and Onneyley in the Parish of Maidley, 1754 (Manchester Archives Reference: E4/86/1) "Reproduced by kind permission of Manchester Archives and Local Studies"
According to the above 1754 Egerton Estate Map of Onneley, a well existed on ‘Chapel Lane’ (now ‘School Lane’) in the North Staffordshire village of Onneley, to the west of Madeley.
The Map shows a square well situated in a field named ‘Adam’s Well’, so we therefore know the name of this well.
‘Chapel Lane’ is named after Onneley Chapel, which was originally a Knights Templar Chapel (which later became a Knights Hospitaller Chapel, and later pilgrimage church), which survived into the 17th century, and is shown on Saxton’s 1577 Map of Staffordshire and Speed’s 1611 Map of Staffordshire. The Chapel was dedicated to the Virgin Mary.
Today, the only physical signs…

Apotropaic Ethiopia: Early Examples of Spiritual Protection from Christian Africa

The following website about Apotropaic Ethiopia, is a co-authored project by Vincent Reed and Charles E S Fairey, about Apotropaic Symbols and Protective Devices, as well as Witch Marks, which were found in the early Christian Churches of Ethiopia.

It lists each protective device by type, with photographs, interpretation and wider meaning. In some of the examples, UK parallels have been used to compare and contrast, and show us the cultural and international use of symbols to 'ward off evil'.

Some, especially the St Andrew's Cross or Saltire, have important historical ramifications about their actual origin, with this type, also being found in Ireland, stretching back to 3,200BC. It shows that this protective device has been used for at least 5,000 years, and is pre-Christian in origin, with artefacts from the Roman period also using this device to protect folk from evil.

The examples found in Ethiopia, some of which are also found in Europe and in the UK, also show us the un…

The Memento Mori Graves of Barthomley

by Charles E S Fairey & Michael ‘Jarl’ Oakes, February 2018
(Artwork by Michael ‘Jarl’ Oakes)
Grave Locations Direction: Churchyard: From South of Tower to East of Chancel.

At St Bertoline's Church in the picturesque South Cheshire village of Barthomley, there are a number of Memento Mori graves. Memento Mori is imagery or text which reminds us all, that we shall die, so prepare for Death, in our lifetime.

The following six gravestones depict symbols of death, and one even has a Memento Mori poem inscribed upon it.
The graves are described and the inscriptions stated, along with the interpretation of the symbols below.

Grave 1

Ledger Gravestone
Central Image: Hourglass (symbol of mortality, representing the passage of time)
Left Side Inscription:  “memor esto mortis” Latin: Translation: “be mindful of death”
“Here / interred the / Body of Hugh / Skerrett of / Gorsty Hill / who Dyed / August the 21st / Anno Dini / 1719 / And in the 71st / year of his / age”
Right Side Inscription:
“Here / li…

The Puzzle of the Garway Font: St Michael’s Church, Garway, Herefordshire

Hidden Numerology and The Perfect Prime
St Michael’s Church in Garway, Herefordshire, was originally a Knights Templar Chapel with a defensive tower and preceptory.

It was later taken over by the Knights Hospitaller who removed most of the circular Templar Nave and replaced it with a rectangular nave. However the Chancel and the ornately decorated Templar Chancel arch remained, with its own unique horned green man carving, to its left hand pillar capital.

The Hospitallers also built a dovecote behind the preceptory, which was reputed to have 666 dove holes, before another doorway was inserted.

The church hosts many odd and interesting symbols, many of which are linked to the Knights Templar, the Knights Hospitaller or the Freemasons.

It is thought that the church site and Templar Complex was chosen due to the pre existing spring, which is still situated to the north-east of the church, dedicated to Saint Michael.

As well as the many carved symbols existing inside and outside, there is a puz…