Occult groups work on similar principles. The Grand Master of the Order is usually placed in direct communication with something called “the Outer Head.” This is the spiritual entity who is actually in charge of the order, and who holds the highest rank. The Grand Master and other high-ranking members of the order work out a contract with the Outer Head, in which they agree that their members will perform certain duties in exchange for help from the spiritual world to accomplish certain goals. Often the entire structure of the order’s membership, as well as the details of its rituals and activities, are all dictated to the Grand Master by the Outer Head. This is accomplished through divination methods, such as crystal balls, Ouija boards, pendulums, table rapping, automatic writing, or direct channeling. Sometimes it is not the Grand Master, but a specifically chosen medium who performs this divination. Regardless, however, it is the channeled information which the Grand Master uses to decide what instructions he or she will give to the other members.
Often the lower-ranking members are completely unaware of the society’s real agenda, and certainly unaware that it is being controlled by a supposedly supernatural being. They may be aware that there is an “Outer Head” controlling things, but they may think this to simply be a person whose name they are not allowed to know. It is likely that the Priory of Sion, and the groups connected to it, are operating on similar principles. It is also likely that Berenger Sauniere and his church members were channeling spirits in this manner also. In this chapter, I will explain how understanding the concepts of the Outer Head and spiritual mediumism can help us to understand the Priory of Sion, and the mystery of Rennes-le-Chateau.
Chapter 16: The Baptism of Wisdom
The “Outer Head” of the Templar order was named Baphomet, a figure mentioned briefly in The Da Vinci Code. To understand the Grail mystery, you must understand Baphomet, who is not only a spiritual being, but a profound transcendental concept. The Templars were arrested and disbanded with the approval of the Church because they were accused of blasphemy and witchcraft. Specifically, they were accused of worshipping an idol called “Baphomet”, and performing perverse rituals in its honor. It was described by some as a mummified human head, which allegedly could speak prophecies for them, and brought them wealth. But during rituals, it also manifested as a goat-headed being with a human body, and dual sex organs.
Since the Templars revered John the Baptist as their patron saint, some historians have presumed that the Baphomet head was that of John the Baptist. The Templars are believed by some to have carried out secret excavations beneath the foundation of Solomon’s Temple, and to have discovered some treasure there. In this hypothesis, it is speculated that they may have found the severed head of St. John down there, and established a cult around it. Others think they discovered the Ark of the Covenant, or perhaps both. Whatever they discovered, it is thought to have made up the core of the so-called “Templar treasure”, which enabled their order to become wealthy and powerful over a relatively short course of time. There is even a rather believable theory which holds that this treasure found its way to Rennes-le-Chateau, or somewhere nearby.
The name Baphomet is sometimes said to mean “Baptism of Wisdom”, or to be a code for “Sophia”, which is Greek for “Wisdom.” After the Templars were disbanded, other occult groups formed that also paid reverence to Baphomet, and helped to develop the mosaic of concepts with which this figure is now associated. By the end of the nineteenth century, Baphomet had become an embodiment of the alchemical concept of the Philosopher’s Stone, and the Holy Grail. Baphomet plays an important role in the rituals of the higher degrees of Scottish Rite Freemasonry. One Masonic author, Albert Pike, even wrote that Baphomet is the secret Outer Head of all Western occult groups. In this chapter, I will explore the concept of Baphomet, and how it ties in with the myth of the Holy Grail. I will also write about how Baphomet may have influenced the occult groups behind the Priory of Sion and the mystery of Rennes-le-Chateau.
Chapter 17: The Mother of Blood
As Baphomet is a figure both male and female, the female aspect, called by some the “Mother of Blood”, is revered by these same occult groups separately, under the guise of the Black Madonna. Idols of the Madonna and child with pitch-black skin can be found throughout Europe, and especially France. Some modern writers think that these figures were erected by members of a loosely-organized underground cult, who meant them to secretly symbolize either Mary Magdalen, the ancient goddess Venus, or both. In a broader sense, both figure of the Black Madonna and the concept of Mary Magdalen as the bride of Christ can be seen as manifestations of this darkly feminine concept of hidden, forbidden wisdom. This is the real meaning of the “lost sacred feminine” idea which Dan Brown insists is at the heart of the Grail mystery, and the concept which the Priory of Sion is determined to revive within the Catholic Church – having been allegedly squelched throughout history by the Church’s patriarchal hierarchy. In this chapter, I will explain the subtle notion of the Mother of Blood, and how it relates to the topics at hand.
Chapter 18: The Fabulous Race
The idea that the Holy Grail is a symbol for a sacred, royal bloodline is one that appears to be backed up by analysis of the original Grail romances, as well as the traditions regarding the Grail that have been passed down through the various occult orders already mentioned. But the picture which emerges from this analysis presents us with the idea of a bloodline descended not from Jesus and the Magdalen, but rather a super-human race of much more ancient, even antediluvian origin. There are several Judeo-Christian legends which describe how a group of angels from Heaven (called the Nephilim, the Sons of God, or the Watchers) conspired to impregnate human women, breeding a hybrid angel/human race. This action was frowned upon by God, the stories say, and thus he brought about the Great Deluge, to cleanse the Earth of this bastard race. The angels who participated in this plot were cast out of Heaven, and imprisoned in the bowels of the Earth. This, then, is the true story of Lucifer’s fall from Heaven, and the true origin of the so-called “Grail bloodline.” But these fallen angels are said to have taught mankind all of the basic arts of civilization, as well as occult wisdom, and their super-human children are said to have become the kings of the Earth. Thus the Nephilim have been revered throughout the centuries by occult orders, who see the fallen angels as the source of their own traditions. Similar legends revolve around the biblical figure of Cain and his descendants, the Cainites, who are portrayed as the cursed half-human hybrid children of the fallen angels.
Outside of Judeo-Christian scriptures, we find folk legends throughout the world and throughout history regarding a race of “gods” who allegedly interbred with humans to create a royal race. Such concepts can be found in the mythology of the ancient Babylonians, Egyptians, Indians, Greeks, and Amero-Indians. In each one of these cultures, the gods were believed to be the source of all wisdom, having taught the arts of civilization to mankind. Many legends say that the gods were eventually punished for their acts by being imprisoned in the center of the Earth, which is remarkably similar to the Judeo-Christian version of events.
In addition to the legends, there is physical evidence throughout the world that a highly-advanced race did once walk the Earth in ancient times, and that they were responsible for civilizing the post-diluvian world. We find highly advanced cultures, such as the Sumerians, Egyptians, and Mayans, whose civilizations seem to have sprung up almost overnight, with no real period of development, indicating that they derived their arts and sciences from some other, higher culture. We also find monuments created by the ancients, the construction of which defies the understanding of modern structural engineers. It certainly would be easy for some people to believe that these ancient cultures were helped in building these monuments by a super-human race with advanced technology that we still fail to understand.
In this chapter, I shall explain how the idea of the Nephilim race fits in with the legends stating that the Merovingian bloodline was of superhuman origin. I will also explain how the idea of a royal bloodline derived from the fallen angels, or the gods of the ancient world, can elucidate certain enigmatic statements made by the members of the Priory of Sion. It is a concept which lies at the heart of all occult teachings.
Chapter 19: The Cave of Treasures
There is a recurrent theme both in world mythology, and in the Hermetic traditions of the occult, which signifies the highest wisdom, and the unifying principle of life. It is actually the most archetypal of symbols, and can be seen to represent the totality of all other archetypes. It involves a mountain, the tallest in the world, said to be located within “the center of the Earth.” Examples of this include Mount Olympus, the abode of the Greek Gods, and the sacred Mount Meru of Buddhism. Within this mountain is a sacred cave which reaches down into the very bowels of the Earth. Contained within this cave, in each of these myths, is at least one object that represents the sacred wisdom of the ancients, passed down to man from the gods, or the fallen angels, depending upon the myth.
The Holy Grail is one such symbol, sometimes said to be a jewel chipped from Lucifer’s crown that fell to Earth during the mythical war between God and the rebellious angels. This can be seen to represent the blood descent of human royalty from the Nephilim race, as well as the forbidden wisdom which these beings allegedly gave to mankind. The Grail legends say that this stone is now located at the “Grail castle” on the “Mount of Salvation”, which is located in the center of the Earth, and which is accessible only to the elect few who belong to the “Grail family.” The Grail is guarded by the “Fisher King”, a figure who exists in a twilight state between life and death, held there by the powers of the Grail.
In other myths, the “Grail” symbol is represented as a tablet engraved with sacred wisdom, written on a stone that fell from Heaven. This is the case with the Greek story of the Emerald Tablet of Hermes, the Egyptian myth of the “Book of Thoth”, and the Judaic legend of the “Tablets of Enoch.” In each of these myths, the stone tablet is said to be interred within a cave in a sacred mountain, along with the dead body of a god or goddess associated with it. The Emerald Tablet resides in the tomb of Hermes. The Book of Thoth is supposedly hidden in a tomb with the body of its namesake. The Tablets of Enoch rest within the “Cave of Treasures”, inside the sacred mountain, Kardo, in the center of the Earth. In Judeo-Christian lore, the Cave of Treasures is said to contain the bodies of the Jewish patriarchs and their wives, from Adam to Jacob. In each of these myths, the sacred corpses within the cave are magically preserved undecayed, and in a state neither dead nor living, by the power of the heavenly stone tablet, just like the Fisher King in the Grail legend. Frequently this cave is said to be illuminated by something described as “an inner sun.”
In the metaphysical science of alchemy, the agent of alchemical transmutation (of lead into gold, and other things) is called “the Philosopher’s Stone”, and is said to once again be hidden within “the center of the Earth”, inside of a cave in a sacred mountain. Like the Grail, the Philosopher’s Stone has the power to make a man live forever, and from it one can learn the forbidden wisdom of the angels. Sometimes the Philospher’s Stone is even called “the hidden sun.” Obviously, alchemical symbolism relies heavily on mythic archetypes. It is interesting that, according to alchemical tradition, man is said to have learned the secrets of alchemy from the Emerald Tablet of Hermes.
A related concept is that of the “Black Sun”, a mythological element found mostly in the legends of the Far East. This object is said to radiate its life-giving essence throughout the whole world. It is described as being located in the center of the Earth, in a sacred underground city called Agartha, which is accessible via a secret tunnel known only to the chosen few, within a sacred mountain in the Himalayas. Agartha is believed to be ruled over by a superhuman being called “the King of the World”, who psychically controls activities on the surface of the Earth.
In the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries a number of occult groups believed in and actively searched for the entrance to Agartha. They also used their mediums to psychically contact the King of the World, and to channel the power of the Black Sun. Many of these occult groups were affiliated with the movement that eventually became Nazism, or with other nationalist movements throughout Europe. Some of them include the secret societies previously described as being connected with the Priory of Sion and the mystery of Rennes-le-Chateau. It is upon this belief in Agartha that the aforementioned political concept of Synarchy is based, for it supposedly reflects the way the government of Agartha is run. In this chapter, I will review this tapestry of interwoven symbolic archetypes. In the process, I will explain the true meaning of the “Arcadian tomb” and the “underground stream”, concepts which figure prominently in the Priory of Sion / Rennes-le-Chateau phenomenon.
Chapter 20: The Mount of Salvation
In the Judeo-Christian myth of the Cave of Treasures, the latter is said to be located within a sacred mountain called “Kardo”, in the center of the Earth. It is further implied that this mountain is somehow analogous to the mountain that the Ark landed upon in the story of Noah and the Flood. Interestingly, there is a mountain near Rennes-le-Chateau called “Cardou” that seems to have similar associations in local legend. There are also other mountains nearby said to contain the bodies of Greek gods and goddesses, hidden within secret caves. The Pyrenees mountain range is in fact named after one of these interred goddesses, and amazingly, she was a figure associated with the Greek version of the Deluge myth. Yet another nearby mountain is specifically named in local legends as the location of the Grail stone, which supposedly had been magically deposited in the center of the mountain by a dove that carried the stone in its beak.