The following pages deal with the legend of the Path. In preparing them I was especially assisted by Louis Charpentier's book "Les Jacques et le mystère de Compostelle"
(from the collection: les énigmes de l'univers, Robert Laffont, 1971).
But first, here is a magic square, enigma of unknown origin, which was all the rage during the Renaissance.
What it might mean as puzzled people for centuries.
S A T O R
A R E P O
T E N E T
O P E R A
R O T A S
Here is one hypothesis, from Bougearel's book on the origins and history of the tarot:
The savior (SATOR: the sower)
On his cross (AREPO: the plow is sometimes a symbol of the cross)
is master (TENET)
through his sacrifice (OPERA)
of destiny (ROTAS: the wheels alluding to destiny)
Additional interpretations are welcome.