4. THE BOOK IN STONE
After a half-hour of looking at Jean Luc’s pictures of Egypt, at
12:55 I left his cottage for the short walk to the Church of Mary
Magdalene and its re-opening at 1:00.
The walkway winds around a Garden of Calvary. Sauniere had visited
the famous healing center at Lourdes (three hours away by car) in
1858 and was overwhelmed by the transfer of healing energy that took
place there. He sought to bring that same experience to Rennes.
So, outside the Church he constructed a Calvary. Shaped like a
tetrahedron or a triangle, in the center of the Calvary he placed a
cross with a large orb at its top, from which shot golden rays. Of
course, this unique orb is long gone.
Behind me I heard footsteps on the crunching stones. It was Jean
“I forgot to mention,” Jean Luc shouted. “Look at the twins
when you get inside the church.”
Promptly at one o’clock the luckiest guy in the world finally
appeared, he unlocked the door to the church for me without a word.
Anyone who attempts to read this ‘book in stone’ from cover to cover
will suffer from a stop-the-church-I-want-to-get-off vertigo. It is
intended to be skimmed, grazed, absorbed subliminally like a
library, Jean Luc had told me.
“Turn on your antennas and feel the place, connect with it,” his
voice suggested. I sent out my psychic satellites and followed the
admonition, “look at the twins.”
My senses shifted to the front of the church to check out the
paintings of Joseph and Mary, each on either side of the altar, each
holding a twin boy.
“That’s strange,” I thought to myself of the twins.
Legend has it that Jesus had a twin brother, possibly
twin’). Some think Leonardo da Vinci painted Jesus’ twin in his
famous Last Supper painting. Da Vinci had been a past Grand Master
of the Priory of Sion. I wondered if they had asked Sauniere to keep
this ‘twin’ message alive here as well.
In their fascinating book
The Templar Revelation,1
Lynn Picknett and
Clive Prince point out that central to the overall composition of da
Vinci’s painting is the shape that Jesus and a mysterious woman make
together --a giant, spread-eagled ‘M’. Is this woman Mary Magdalene?
My muse keeps wanting me to put the I or pillar together with the M,
though I’m not sure why. ‘M’ is the astrological sign for Virgo, the
Virgin, who was originally Isis. Is the M a reference to the
School of Isis?
In the Hebrew alphabet the center letter is M. Mem stands for water,
especially the water of the Mother. In the Irish language the Mem is
called M-Vin. Vin in the prefix for vino, or wine. The
represented the M-phalos or Omphalos, the concentrated Mother’s
essence.2 The Omphalos is also the navel-(s)tone, the Matrix, the
Delphus (womb), the center of the Earth (where Jesus died on
the exact spot where the Tree of Life once grew in the primordial
Did Leonardo place the ‘M’ there as a reference to his profound
knowledge of the M-Isteries of the Blue Apples?
As I pondered this question, suddenly, I had a revelation. That’s
not Joseph and Mary depicted at the front of the Church. That’s
Jesus and Mary Magdalene and their twin children.
To my left was a statue of John the Baptist baptizing Jesus. Oddly,
John is baptizing Jesus with a silvery cockleshell rather than by
total immersion in water.
Consumer alert buzzers rang in my mind. And so too did a nursery
“Mary, Mary quite contrary, How does your garden grow? Silver
bells and cockle-shells, And pretty maids all in a row.”
maids” are the Mer-Maids or Mari-Maids of lore, the
half-human-half-fish wisdom beings of the Water-Mother Mari, whose
singing made the music of the seven heavens.4
This scene is utterly bizarre!
Why is John baptizing Jesus with a
silver shell instead of total immersion in water?
What is the silver
Could it have something to do with the forbidden healing
wisdom of the white metal ‘antimony ’ the Fallen Angels taught
Or, could it be palladium, the name of the Vestal’s Pillar of AMOR,
which is also a silvery-white metal?
Could this shell represent the
magical quicksilver of the smiths or alchemists that turned lead
(impure souls) into gold (pure souls)?
Is John actually initiating Jesus in some form of secretive alchemical process which makes a
garden (soul) grow?
My analytic mind took over. Jesus crouches in the same position as
the Devil, but inverted. Jesus stares at the chessboard.
“Hmm,” I thought. Jesus and the Devil are mirror images of one
another playing a game of chess. What’s up with that?
THE MOUNTAIN OF THE BEATITUDES
I took a few paces toward the front of the church to turn around to
examine the beautiful mural on the back (west) wall. Jesus is
depicted standing on a mountain-top. At his feet is a bag of corn.
This bag of corn holds interesting food for thought. The SION
Parchment contains the two words ‘REDIS BLES’.5 One of the old names
of Rennes-le-Chateau is ‘Redis’ and ‘bles’ is French for ‘corn’. It
is also a French slang term for gold. Is this the proverbial bag of
gold at the end of the rainbow?
The painting, called The Mountain of the Beatitudes (also known as
Terrain Fleuri, “The Land of the Flowers”) a name which suggests a
garden to me, shows the Mount of Beatitude where Jesus gave his
famous Sermon on the Mount or his 8 spiritual blessings, the
Blessed are the poor in spirit; for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted.
3. Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth.
Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for
they shall be filled.
5. Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God.
Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children
7. Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy.
8 Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness’ sake: for
theirs’ is the kingdom of heaven.6
The Sermon on the Mount was said to have taken place at Lake Genesareth, a paradise. However, the painting in the church of Mary
Magdalene unmistakably places this event on a cliff near Rennes.
Jesus stands on a hill covered with flowers. The exact location is
at the top of hill at the apex of the pentagram isolated by Henry
My theory is that Jesus is standing at the source of wealth of M-Istery
associated with Rennes. Thoughts of what I might find there raced
through my mind.
That’s when the lights of the Church went out again.
On my way out the door of the Church my focus shifted to the ugly
‘devil’ with the green robe standing at the doorway. He too was
smaller than I imagined, only about four-foot tall. He is staring at
the black and white tile paving on the floor of the church (similar
to the checkerboard floors found in masonic temples.)
When Sauniere was alive it had 64 squares, laid out like a
chess-board and oriented on the four points of the compass. At one
time, this ‘doorman’ in the green robe held a burning torch in his
Putting a statue of the Devil in a church would pretty much be a
career killer for most priests. Sauniere really shot himself in the
foot when he put this guy here. When word leaked out about what
Sauniere had done here, there was rampant speculation in the
neighborhood that perhaps he was in cahoots with the Devil.
As I walked past him, all I could think was that I’ll bet he has
some stories to tell.
The tour books will tell you he is thought to be
the nature god Pan.
Check most any common fear-based Christian source and you will learn
that this Green Man is the Devil. His story is to be avoided at all
costs. Lucifer, Pan, Osiris and Asmodeous (builder of Solomon’s
Temple according to Judaic legend) are a few of his names.
The Devil is grimacing like he’s carrying the weight of the world on
his shoulders (like Atlas, for whom Atlantis was named). Actually,
it is a holy water stoup with four angels atop it. Looking to the
four directions, these angels stand on the inscription “By this sign
(the Enclosed Sun Cross) you will conquer him.” This “Enclosed Sun
Cross” is the Mark of Cain and the Rosis-Crucis, the Rose Cross of
The word “him” (le), say Rennes investigators, was added to this
ancient phrase to obtain a sentence which contains 22 letters. What
is so special about making sure it had 22 letters? I’m not entirely
22 is the number of letters in the Hebrew alphabet (which ends with
T or Tau, the cross).
22 is the number of chapters in the Book of Revelation.
22 is the number of the Major Arcana in the Egyptian tarot.
22 is the number of letters in the original Celtic alphabet.
22 is the number of steps leading up to the terrace on top of the
22 is the number of the crenellations on the Tour Magdala.
22 is two times 11 or two elevens facing each other, 11:11.
22:22 is the chapter and verse in the Book of Numbers that tells the
story of Balaam taking his ass where God warned him not to go. As a
result, “God’s anger was kindled… and the angel of the Lord stood in
the way for an adversary (a satan) against him.” The name Baalam is
used in the Talmud as a synonym for Jesus.
22 is the number of letters in the French transliteration of
cry from the Cross --Elie, elie, lamah sabactani --“My God, My
why hast thou forsaken me?” 7 That cry is better known as ‘eleleu, eleleu’ or ‘Halleluia’, the battle cry of Pan, which was supposed to
cause ‘panic’ in his enemies.
22 is the number of the Psalm whose first verse begins with this
cry. That psalm also mentions the ‘casting of lots’ for Jesus’
22 is the measure of the circumference of the circle when the
diameter is 7. This proportion is known as pi, a decimal figure that
no one has yet been able to work out because it goes on into
infinity, as 22/7 does.
22 is the day of January on which Berenger Sauniere died. This
devil’s presence here makes this Church the holy of holies of the
Devil. Is he the final figure of evil?
Somehow I doubt it. However, he (or it) does appear to be
responsible for delivering cosmic knowledge, perhaps even the
directions to Never, Never land. In Biblical and Jewish stories he
is called Midrashim. He guarded the treasure of King Solomon that
was hidden in a ‘cave’.
Was Sauniere’s placement of this devil at the entrance to the Church
of Mary Magdalene suggesting the treasure of the Temple of Solomon
Another name for this devil is Phanes-Eros.8 In myth, he pierced the
veil of space-time and burst forth from the Cosmic Egg.
As in the depiction on the next page, he is depicted as
cloven-hoofed like Pan and wrapped in a serpent. He holds a
lightning bolt in one hand the Rod of Miracles in another. He
emerges from within a sea shell from which are bursting flames. On
his chest is a lion mask.
Also known as Phanes or Aion, he is the ‘Lord of Ages’, and ‘the
Actually, Pan or Phanes deserves a closer look. Born with legs,
horns and a beard of a goat, Pan was said to have been so ugly that
his mother abandoned him after birth in the mountain forests. That
is why he is, above all, the god of woods and pastures.
In the Roman cult of Mithras Chnoubis was called cosmocrator, and is
depicted as Phanes.9
His name means “revealer.”10
Pan also is thought to have been the priest king of
the Mayans called Tula. Thule is another name for Tula and derives
from the Greek word Tolas meaning black earth,11 another name for
Egypt. It is said Pan haunted the groves of Arcadia (Atlantis/Tula),
amusing himself by playing a flute and inducing terror and panic in
travelers without apparent cause (the origins of the word ‘panic’
come from Pan).
Pan means ‘everything’ the ‘All’.12 Strangely, early Christian texts
describe Mary Magdalene as ‘the woman who knew the All’.13 Perhaps
this is not so strange after all once we realize Jesus was sometimes
Jesus Ben Panther, or Jesus son of Pan-ther.14 This name is
believed by M-Istics to be a play on the Greek words pan and
meaning ‘All the gods’.
In the next chapter we will take a closer look at the Mary and the
secrets of the All.