Notes on

Le Serpent Rouge

Contents

Introduction
Structure of Le Serpent Rouge
The Title of the Book

1 Aquarius
2 Pisces
3 Aries
4 Taurus
5 Gemini
6 Cancer
7 Leo
8 Virgo
9 Libra
10 Scorpio
11 Serpent
12 Sagittarius
13 Capricorn

Appendix - The Tree of Life
Bibliography

Introduction

We first became aware of the existence of Le Serpent Rouge in an appendix to the book Genisis by David Wood. For many years we tried to find an original or good quality reproduction of the text so that we might see what else was contained in the book. In October 1997 in Rennes-le-Château we found the copy of Le Serpent Rouge produced by Pierre Jarnac. This reproduction has been used as the basis of the translation and notes you find here.

The purpose of these notes is not to provide a solution to Le Serpent Rouge. Instead, the intention is to provide information and relevant quotations from other works relating to the subject matter of Le Serpent Rouge. In this way, it is hoped, the researcher will be able for himself/herself to explore Le Serpent Rouge and glean from it the truths which are found there. Except for the French to English translation and the choice of quotations, we make no attempt to interpret the contents of this poem. That Work is left to you, Dear Reader!

Marcus Williamson and Corella Hughes
17 January 1999

Structure of Le Serpent Rouge

Whilst many know of Le Serpent Rouge as just the poem reproduced below, this poem is, in fact, only the Avant Propos of the book. The entire book Le Serpent Rouge contains thirteen pages structured as follows.

Page 1 - Title page

"LE SERPENT ROUGE - NOTES SUR SAINT GERMAIN DES PRES ET SAINT SULPICE DE PARIS"

"The Red Serpent - Notes on Saint Germain des Pres and Saint Sulpice of Paris"

Page 2 - Introduction

Including the text :

"...after a long sleep, the same theories reappear, without doubt they return to us with new, richer clothes, but the foundation remains the same and the new mask which they wear should not mislead the man of knowledge..."

" ...après un long sommeil, les mêmes hypothèses ressucistent, sans doute nous reviennent-elles avec des vêtements neufs et plus riches, mais le fond reste le même et le masque nouveau dont elles s'affublent ne saurait tromper l'homme de science..."

Page 3 - Avant Propos

Including the first four of the verses of the poem and part of the fifth poem.

Page 4 - Avant Propos (continued)

Including part of the fifth verse of the poem followed by verses six to nine.

Page 5 - Avant Propos (continued)

Including verses ten through to thirteen.

Below the last of the verses the "author" has signed himself

"Octobre 1966, l'Auteur, LOUIS SAINT-MAXENT"

Pages 6 to 9 - Guide

These pages take the form of a "Guide Book" describing and illustrating the location and interior of both Saint-Germain des Pres and Saint-Sulpice.

The main picture on page 6 is of the demolition of Saint-Germain des Pres in 1794.

Page 7

This is a plan of the abbey of Saint-Germain des Pres, credited to Gaston de Koker.

Page 8

Describes the history of Saint-Germain des Pres, from the site being used as a temple of Isis through to the establishment of the church of "Sainte-Croix et Saint-Vincent". The illustrations show the facade of Saint-Germain, the "grand portal" of the church, a black and white floor and pictures of three people who appear to be Poussin, Olier and Delacroix. Underneath the pictures is a quote from Emma Calvet dated 7 May 1939.

Page 9

Shows a picture of the tombs of Childebert and Chilperic, as well as an extract from a work entitled "Le Bi-Centenaire de Mazarin - 1861" showing the inscription beneath the gnomon at Saint-Sulpice.

Page 10

Provides a geneology of the Merovingian time together with two maps, showing the distribution of lands in Gaul in 511 and 620-632.

Page 11

Has a picture of the mausoleum of M. Languet de Gergy and a statue of Childebert, as well as text by Pierre Feugere about Childebert and Ultragothe.

Page 12

Contains a floorplan of Saint-Sulpice, signed by Louis Saint Maxent, emphasising the line of the meridian (marked Praecum - PS) and the seventh station at the Chapel of Angels.

Page 13

Is an aerial view of the Left Bank, Faubourg Saint-Germain, in 1615.

The Title of the Book

The full title of the book is :

"LE SERPENT ROUGE - NOTES SUR SAINT GERMAIN DES PRES ET SAINT SULPICE DE PARIS"

"THE RED SERPENT - NOTES ON SAINT GERMAIN DES PRES AND SAINT SULPICE OF PARIS"

St Germain-des-Pres St Sulpice
St Germain
St Sulpice
"Saint-Germain"

Saint-Germain and Saint-Sulpice are churches in the Saint-Germain des Pres area of Paris.

"In 542, Childebert, son of Clovis, came back from Spain with two precious relics : A piece of the true Cross set in a gold reliquary decorated with stones, and the tunic of Saint Vincent, protector of Saragossa. He could only entrust monks with the care of those two magnificent treasures and so founded the monastery known as `Sainte-Croix et Saint-Vincent'".

On the 23rd December 558, the Bishop of Paris, Germain, formerly Abbot of Saint Symphorien at Autun, consecrated the monastery and, the same day, King Childebert died. He was naturally buried in the Abbey church which became a royal necropolis. Chilperic and his criminal wife, Fredegund, Clotaire II, Bertrude and their son Dagobert, were also buried there."

(Saint-Germain-des-Pres, Guidebook, Jean-Pierre Nortel, p. 5)

"Our historical sources do not tell much about this Merovingian monastery, but we know that Bishop Germain expressed his wish to be buried there. When he was proclaimed a saint, the monastery took his name."

(Saint-Germain-des-Pres, Guidebook, Jean-Pierre Nortel, p. 7)

"St Germanus of Paris. 496-576 Born near Autun, he was ordained priest and became abbot of a monastery. In 555 he was made bishop of Paris. He cured King Childebert I in the body and converted him from a licentious life. The king built for him the abbey of St Vincent, now known as St-Germain-des-Pres. Saint-Germanus is one of those bishops to whom history has given the title of `father of the poor'." (Saints day May 28)

(The Book of Saints, p. 244)

"Saint Sulpice"

"Work on this giant church began in 1646, but it was only completed 120 years later, after six architects had worked on the building. The grandiose Italianate facade with its double colonnade is the work of Jean-Baptiste Servandoni, from 1733-45, although the two towers remained unfinished at his death. The one on the right has never been completed, and is still five metres short of its neighbour. Servandoni had originally planned to construct a semi-circular place in front of the church, but this was never carried out and the present one was designed in the last century by Visconti, who also designed the fountain. The interior is famed for the three murals by Delacroix in the first chapel on the right of the entrance, depicting Jacob's fight with the Angel, Heliodorus chased out of the temple and St Michael killing the Dragon. Don't miss the two giant shell water stoops - a gift from the Doge of Venice to François Ier in the sixteenth century."

(Time Out Guide to Paris)

"St Sulpicius II. Bishop of Bourges from 624 to 647 he devoted himself to the care and defence of the poor and persecuted, particularly those who were victims of a certain official of King Dagobert. He is the titular saint of the church and seminary of Saint Sulpice at Paris."

(The Book of Saints, p. 523)

1 Aquarius

"How strange are the manuscripts of this Friend, great
traveller of the unknown, they appeared to me separately, yet they
form a whole for him who knows that the colours of the rainbow
give a white unity, or for the Artist for whom the black springs
out from under his paintbrush, made from the six colours of his magic palette."

"Comme ils sont étranges les manuscrits de cet Ami, grand
voyageur de l'inconnu, ils me sont parvenus séparément, pourtant ils
forment un tout pour lui qui sait que les couleurs de l'arc-en-ciel
donnent l'unité blanche, ou pour l'Artiste qui sous son pinceau, fait
des six teintes de sa palette magique, jaillir le noir."

"manuscripts of this Friend"

Pillar in the church at Rennes-le-Château
Pillar in the church
at Rennes-le-Château
"One of these columns proved to be hollow. Inside the curé found four parchments preserved in sealed wooden tubes. Two of these parchments are said to have comprised geneologies, one dating from 1244, the other from 1644. The two remaining parchments had apparently been composed in the 1780s by one of Saunière's predecessors as curé of Rennes-le-Château, the Abbé Antoine Bigou."

(The Holy Blood and the Holy Grail, p. 5)

"colours of the rainbow"

"This strange Liquor (the Sun shining on it at Noon) attracted the Beams or Splendour to it self, and did sink downwards, as if coagulated with the Heat, but reflected to the Eyes of the Beholders a most beautiful Rain-bow. Here we have a perfect Description of the Philosophers Mercury, but there is something more behind. Apollonius confesseth how the Brachmans told him afterwards, that this Water was a certain secret Water, and that there was hid under it, or within it, a Blood-red Earth."

(The Fame and Confession of the Fraternity of the RC, 1652, p.b1-b2)

"Of various subsidiary colours, grey followed black, green followed white, and the rainbow colours of the peacock's tail also appeared during the process: "Betwixt Black and Whyte sartayne. The Pekokes fethers wyll appeare plaine" wrote Thomas Charnoch in 1574.""

(Prelude to Chemistry, p.146)

"...in which are represented by order all the colors of the stone, so as they come and go, with this writing in French:

Moult plaist a Dieu procession
S'elle est faicte en devotion:"

that is,

Much pleaseth God procession
If't be done in devotion

which is as it were the beginning of King Hercules his Book, which entreateth of the colours of the stone, entitled Iris or the Rainbow, in these terms, Operis processio multum naturae placet, that is The procession of the work is very pleasant unto Nature: the which I have put there expressly for the great Clerks who shall understand the allusion."

(The Alchemists, p.168, quoting from Nicholas Flamel)

"give a white unity, or for the Artist for whom the black springs out from under his paintbrush, made from the six colours of his magic palette"

"Take heed, therefore, not to be deceived here; for it is a truth, that in each work the Wise Artist ought to dissolve the body with the spirit; he must cut off the Raven's head, whiten the Black and vivify the White; yet it is properly in the First operation that the Wise Artist cuts off the head of the Black Dragon and of the Raven.

Hence, Hermes says, What is born of the Crow is the beginning of this Art. Consider that it is by separation of the Black, foul, and stinking fumes of the Blackest Black that our astral, white, and resplendent Stone is formed, which contains in its veins the blood of the Pelican. It is at this First Purification of the Stone, and at this shining whiteness, that the work of the First King is ended."

(The Philosopher's Stone, p. 105-106, originally The Six Keys of Exodus, from The Hermetical Triumph by A.T. Limojonde St Didier (English translation 1723))

 

2 Pisces

"This Friend, how to introduce him to you? His name remained a
mystery, but his number is that of a famous seal. How to describe him to you?
Perhaps like the pilot of the indestructible [imperishable] ark,
impassive like a column on his white rock scanning towards the
south [midday] beyond the black rock."

"Cet Ami, comment vous le présenter ? Son nom demeura un
mystère, mais son nombre est celui d'un sceau célèbre. Comment vous
le décrire ? Peut-être comme le nautonnier de l'arche imperissable,
impassible comme une colonne sur son roc blanc, scrutant vers le
midi, au-delà du roc noir."

"name remained a mystery"

"Jehovah is the sacred name, the true name of the Lord, revealed by God himself to Moses. The Hebrews did not write it at all; nevertheless it was engraved on the plate of gold which was attached and fastened by a ribbon of hyacinth to the mitre of the High Priest."

"Jehova est le nom sacré, le vrai nom du seigneur, révélé par Dieu lui-même à Moïse. Les Hébreux ne l'écrivaient point; il était cependant gravé sur la lame d'or qui était attachée et retenue par un ruban d'hyacinthe à la mitre du Grand Prêtre."

(La Vraie Langue Celtique, p. 32)

"My Name contains five and fifty, a yet hath only eight letters; the third is the third part of the fifth, which added to the sixth will produce a number whose root shall exceed the third itself by just the first and it is the half of the fourth. Now the fifth and the seventh are equal, the last and the first are also equal, and make with the second as much as the sixth hath which contains just four more than the third tripl'd. Now tell me, my lord, how am I called?"

(Chymical Wedding, Third Day, p. 39)

"famous seal"

Solomon's Seal "The Seal of Solomon or the Shield of David, for under both names the same thing was denoted, is a hexagonal figure consisting of two interlaced triangles, thus forming the outlines of a six-pointed star. Upon it was inscribed one of the sacred names of God, from which inscription it was supposed principally to derive its talismanic powers. These powers were very extensive, for it was believed that it would extinguish fire, prevent wounds in a conflict, and perform many other wonders."

(Encyclopedia of Freemasonry, p. 674)

"...in the scenery on the left blooms a flower known as "Sceau de Solomon" (Solomon's Seal), a pink lily-like blossom"

(Rennes-le-Château, A Visitor's Guide, p. 27, describing the large wall fresco in the church at Rennes-le-Château)

"...I went to the letter, which was now so heavy, that had it been mere gold it could hardly have been so weighty. Now as I was diligently viewing it, I found a little seal, on which a curious cross with this inscription, IN HOC SIGNO VINCES, was engraved.

Now as soon as I espied this sign I was the more comforted, as not being ignorant that such a seal was little acceptable, and much less useful, to the Devil."

(Chymical Wedding, First Day, p.4)

"Every Brother should look about for a worthy person, who after his discease might succeed him. 5. The word C.R. should be their Seal, Mark, and Character. 6. The Fraternity should remain secret one hundred years."

(The Fame and Confession of the Fraternity of the RC, 1652, "Fama", p.14)

"pilot of the indestructible ark"

"Noah was a good man, and having found grace before God, he had become the confidante of his vengeful plans. He built the ark on the order given by the Lord, and, sealing himself in with his family and the animals which had to be saved on this earth in the vessel placed under divine protection, he was saved from the flood in which all the criminal people perished."

"Noé était juste, et ayant trouvé grâce devant Dieu, il était devenu comme le confident de ses desseins vengeurs. Il construisit l'arche sur l'ordre donné par le Seigneur, et s'enfermant avec sa famille et les animaux qui devaient être conservés sur la terre dans ce vaisseau placé sous la protection divine, il fut sauvé du déluge dans lequel périrent tous les hommes criminels."

(La Vraie Langue Celtique, p. 48)

"And, moreover, the ark made of imperishable wood was the Saviour Himself. For by this was signified the imperishable and incorruptible tabernacle of (the Lord) Himself, which gendered no corruption of sin. For the sinner, indeed, makes this confession: "My wounds stank, and were corrupt, because of my foolishness." But the Lord was without sin, made of imperishable wood, as regards His humanity; that is, of the virgin and the Holy Ghost inwardly, and outwardly of the word of God, like an ark overlaid with purest gold."

(Hippolytus)

"The first Masonic myth referring to Noah that presents itself is one which tells us that, while he was piously engaged in the task of exhorting his contemporaries to repentance, his attention had often been directed to the pillars which Enoch had erected on Mount Moriah. By diligent search he at length detected the entrance to the subterranean vault, and, on persuing his inquiries, discovered the stone of foundation, although he was unable to comprehend the mystical characters there deposited. Leaving these, therefore, where he had found them, he simply took away the stone of foundation on which they had been deposited, and placed it in the ark as a convenient altar."

(Encyclopedia of Freemasonry, p. 515)

"column"

"A round pillar made to support as well as to adorn a building, whose construction varies in the different orders of architecture. In Masonry, columns have a symbolic signification as the supports of a Lodge, and are known as the Columns of Wisdom, Strength and Beauty. The broken column is also a symbol in Masonry."

(Encyclopedia of Freemasonry, p. 161)

"On the strength of this, the background for the Tree of Life seemed best presented by a male and female pillar of two stylized palm trunks, one white for male and the other black for female...it was said the black Pillar consisted of Severity, the white one of Mercy, and the Middle Pillar of Mildness."

(Concepts of Qabalah, p. 115)

"white rock" / "black rock"

"This white rock which hits the eyes at first, is followed by a seat of blackish rock extending towards Roko Négro. This feature gave the name to this white rock, placed on top of the black rocks, the name Blancfort - blank, white - forth, in front -."

"Cette roche blanche qui frappe les yeux tout d'abord, est suivie d'une assise de rochers noirâtres, s'étendant jusqu'à Roko Négro. Cette particularité a fait donner à cette roche blanche, placée en tête des roches noires, le nom de Blancfort - blank, blanc, - forth, en avant -."

(La Vraie Langue Celtique, p. 231)

 

3 Aries

"During my testing pilgrimage I tried to clear
a path with the sword crossing the inextricable vegetation of the woods,
I wanted to reach the residence of the sleeping BEAUTY in whom certain
poets saw the QUEEN of a past realm. In desperation of finding
my way again the parchments of this Friend were for me, the thread of
Ariadne."

"Dans mon pélérinage eprouvant, je tentais de me frayer à
l'epée une voie à travers la végétation inextricable des bois, je
voulais parvenir à la demeure de la BELLE endormie en qui certains
poètes voient la REINE d'un royaume disparu. Au désespoir de retrou-
ver le chemin, les parchemins de cet Ami furent pour moi le fil d'
Ariane."

"testing pilgrimage"

"The story of the Chymical Wedding provides a unique description of a spiritual path of development, as important in its content for the human being in this century as it was for aspirants three centuries ago. The story described the journey undertaken by the pilgrim, a step by step vindication of the unfolding and maturing of an enriched reality, not subject to the processes of decay and dissolution in the temporal physical sphere."

(Chymical Wedding, Introduction, p.1)

"I tried to clear a path with the sword crossing the inextricable vegetation of the woods, I wanted to reach the residence of the sleeping BEAUTY"

Direct reference to the Tree of Life. The path of the sword being Zain, that between the Sephiroth of Binah and Tiphareth, that is from Understanding to Beauty with the "inextricable vegetation" being the tree itself. This same path crosses the Abyss of the Tree of Life.

(Archetypes on the Tree of Life, p.19)

"inextricable vegetation"

"Now and again one would take the quest upon him and try to force his way through the thick hedge. But no one succeeded. The sharp thorns gripped the unhappy young men like clutching hands, and held them fast, so that they could neither go forward nor back, and they perished miserably."

(Sleeping Beauty, p. 75)

"sleeping BEAUTY"

Fairytale by Charles Perrault first published in 1695 as "La belle au bois dormant" (The Beauty of the Sleeping Wood).

"Then a fairy rose in her place and said -

"I will begin. My gift to the Princess Briar-Rose is the gift of Beauty. She shall have eyes like stars, and hair as bright as the sunshine of the spring day on which she was born, and cheeks as fresh and fair as the petals of the flower from which she takes her name.""

(Sleeping Beauty, p.29)

"And in the story of the Sleeping Beauty the prince must win through a hedge of thorns. The princess slept because she had been pricked by a spindle, perhaps one of the three spindles of the Grail-tree on which the crystal was, so to speak, impaled, and this "tree" was, as we have seen, a hidden allusion to the "Bed of Solomon", in which she slept until the solar light should reawaken and bring her sparkling back to life."

(The Ancient Secret, p. 142)

"These spindles had been made by Solomon's wife out of wood from the Tree of Life which grew in Paradise..."

(The Ancient Secret, p. 83)

"BEAUTY"

"The 'path of beauty', or Tiphereth, the Sixth Sephira, is sometimes represented by V, Vau, and therefore sometimes stands for Microprosopus by itself; it is really the central Sephira of the group of six Sephiroth which compose him. The numerical value of Vau is 6."

(The Kabbalah Unveiled, p. 58)

"That is, through Daath or Knowledge, whereby Wisdom is combined with Understanding, and the Beautiful Path (Tiphereth, the Sixth Sephirah) with his bride the Queen (Malkuth, the Tenth Sephirah); and this is the concealed idea, or soul, pervading the whole emanation."

(The Mystical Qabalah, p. 47)

""Here", said he, "lies buried Lady Venus, that beauty which hath undone many a great man, both in fourtune, honour, blessing and prosperity.""

(Chymical Wedding, Fifth Day, p. 55)

"in whom certain poets saw the QUEEN of a past realm"

"It is the Observation of such as skill Dreams, That to travel in our sleep a long way, and all alone, is a sign of Death. This it seems the Poet knew : for when the Queen of Carthage was to dye for love, he fits her with this Melancholy Vision."

(The Fame and Confession of the Fraternity of the RC, 1652, p.A3)

The Poet in this case may be Virgil (70BC - 19BC) in the Aeneid. The Queen of Carthage is Dido who loved Aeneas of Troy.

"Brigit - A pre-Christian Irish goddess, said to have been particularly revered by the poets...she was associated particularly with the art of healing and the craft of the blacksmith. The name Brigit derives from an older form Briganti, whose meaning approximates to "the sublime one"."

(Dictionary of Celtic Religion and Culture, p. 47)

"thread of Ariadne"

"Now, before Daedalus left Crete, he had given Ariadne a magic ball of thread, and instructed her how to enter and leave the Labyrinth. She must open the entrance door and tie the loose end of the thread to the lintel; the ball would then roll along, diminishing as it went and making, with devious turns and twists, for the innermost recess where the Minotaur was lodged. This ball Ariadne gave to Theseus, and instructed him to follow it until he reached the sleeping monster, whom he must seize by the hair and sacrifice to Poseidon. He could then find his way back by rolling up the thread into a ball again."

(The Greek Myths, Volume One, p.339)

"Of course we hear of more marriages among the gods. There is Zeus, the Indo-European god of sky and weather, bound in mystical marriage with the goddesses and mortal women alike. There is Dionysus, who marries Ariadne on the island of Naxos. Hesiod, Homer, Virgil and other classical authors describe their Olympian heroes and show in legend how they can be taken as `a model for human union'."

(The Mystical Marriage, p. 20)

 

4 Taurus

"Thanks to him, from now on by measured steps and a sure eye, I
can discover the sixty-four dispersed stones of the perfect cube
that the brothers of the BEAUTY of the black wood escaping in the pursuit of the
usurpers, had scattered on their way whilst they fled from the white Fort."

"Grâce à lui, désormais à pas mesurés et d'un oeil sur, je
puis decouvrir les soixante-quatre pierres dispersées du cube parfait
que les Frères de la BELLE du bois noir échappant à la poursuite des
usurpateurs, avaient semées en route quant ils s'enfuirent du Fort
blanc."

"measured steps"

"After having passed round the base of the mountain of Cardou, and having passed the little river which separates Cardou from the hill of Bazel the road starts to rise in a gentle slope. It must have had a well known size, such that the Gauls knew to give their roads. This was not at all, in fact, a simple narrow [230] and dangerous track, but excellent roads having an exactly measured size. Bazel tells us nothing but this. In giving to this term the hard pronunciation which it must have had in the past, we would have said Passel. Yet pass signifies a road, and ell the measure of length which the Celts used."

"Après avoir contourné la base de la montagne de Cardou, et avoir dépassé le petit ruisseau qui sépare Cardou de la colline de Bazel, le chemin commence à s'élever en pente douce. Il devait avoir une largeur bien déterminée, telle que les Gaulois savaient la donner à leurs routes. Ce n'était point, en effet, de simples sentiers étroits et dangereux, mais d'excellents chemins possédant une largeur exactement mesurée. Bazel ne veut pas dire autre chose. En rendant à ce terme la prononciation assez dure qu'il devait avoir autrefois, nous aurions à dire Passel. Or, pass signifie une route, et ell la mesure de longueur dont se servait les Celtes.

(La Vraie Langue Celtique, p. 230/231)

"In former times, and in some of the high degrees, a bier or coffin was placed in front of the altar, as a well-known symbol, and in passing over this to reach the altar, those various positions of the feet were necessarily taken which constitute the proper mode of advancing. Respect was thus necessarily paid to the memory of a worthy artist as well as to the holy altar."

(Encyclopedia of Freemasonry, p.717)

"sure eye"

"Accordingly, the spiritual nature is most commonly symbolised by a heart; the intellectual power by an opened eye, symbolising the pineal gland or Cyclopean eye, which is the two-faced Janus of the pagan Mysteries; and the generative system by a flower, a staff, a cup, or a hand."

(Secret Teachings of all Ages, p. LXXIV)

"sixty-four dispersed stones"

"The enraged and threatening devil is staring at the black and white paving on the floor of the church. At the time of Boudet and Saunière there existed just 64 of these squares, laid out like a chess-board and orientated on the four points of the compass."

(Rennes-le-Château, A Visitor's Guide, p. 26)

"The chessboard consists of 64 squares alternately black and white and symbolises the floor of the House of the Mysteries. "

(Secret Teachings of all Ages, p. CXXXII)

"At the [232] end of Roko Negro one sees again very clearly the different foundations which served to support the menhirs; but they are overturned and dispersed here and there on the flanks of the mountain, in the greatest disorder."

"A la [232] suite de Roko Négro, on voit encore fort bien les assises diverses qui servaient de support aux ménirs ; mais ceux-ci sont renversés et dispersés çà et là sur les flancs de la montagne, dans le plus grand désordre.

(La Vraie Langue Celtique, p. 231-232)

"perfect cube"

"But all natural phenomena depend on a single and immutable law, represented by the philosophal stone and its symbolic form, which is that of a cube. This law, expressed in the Kabala by the number 4, furnished the Hebrews with all the mysteries of their divine Tetragram."

(Morals and Dogma, p. 732)

"A rough Ashlar is the shapeless stone which is to be prepared in order to commence the philosophical work; and to be developed, in order to change its form from triangular to cubic, after the separation from it of its Salt, Sulphur, and Mercury by the aid of the Square, Level, Plumb, and Balance, and all the other Masonic implements which we use symbolically."

(Morals and Dogma, p. 787)

"The Holy of Holies was the cube of God, the Presence-chamber of Jehovah"

(The Teaching of the Temple, p. 98)

"Of the remaining symbols commonly assigned to Tiphareth [Beauty], the cube, though at first sight a Chesed symbol, can correspond to Tiphareth because of its six faces"

(The Practical Guide to Qabalistic Symbolism, p. 148)

"black wood"

"This image of the Holy Virgin, holding in her arms her divine Son and sculpted in a black wood, indicates her oriental origin"

"Cette image de la Sainte Vierge, tenant sur ses bras son divin Fils et sculptée dans un bois noir, indique sa provenance orientale"

(La Vraie Langue Celtique, p.279)

"white Fort"

"The castle of Blanchefort guarded the valleys of the Sals and the Rialsesse. It saw passing the crusade of Simon de Montfort during the cathar papacy. It was the property of the Hautpoul and Fleury families, lords of the Haut-Razès. Not far from here a silver mine was exploited and in this area one finds azurite and copper pyrites."

"Le château de Blanchefort gardait les vallées de la Sals et du Rialsesse, il a vu passer la croisade de Simon de Montfort pendant l'epopée cathare. Il fut la propriété des Hautpoul et des Fleury, seigneurs de Haut-Razès. Non loin y fut exploitée une mine d'argent, dans ce sectueur on trouve de l'azurite et de la pyrite de cuivre."

(Courts Circuits, p. 33)

"On the left bank of the Sals, the stone circle starts towards the crag of Blancfort. The natural point of this rock has been raised, in the middle ages, to allow the construction of a fort serving as an observation post. There remain some ruins of masonry testifying to the existence of this fort."

"Sur la rive gauche de la Sals, le cromleck commence au rocher de Blancfort. La pointe naturelle de ce roc a été enlevée, dans le moyen-âge, pour permettre la construction d'un fortin servant de poste d'observation. Il reste encore quelques vestiges de maçonnerie témoignant de l'existence de ce fortin."

(La Vraie Langue Celtique, p. 230-231)

5 Gemini

"To reassemble the scattered stones, work with the square and
compass to put them back in regular order, look for the line of the
medidian in going from the East to the West, then looking from the South to
the North, finally in all directions to obtain the desired solution, stopping
in front of the fourteen stones marked with a cross. The circle
being the ring [coil of snake] and the crown, and to him the diadem of this QUEEN of
Castel."

"Rassembler les pierres éparses, oeuvrer de l'équerre et du
compas pour les remettre en order régulier, chercher la ligne du mé-
ridien en allant de l'Orient à l'Occident, puis regardant du Midi au
Nord, enfin en tous sens pour obtenir la solution cherchée, faisant
station devant les quatorze pierres marquées d'une croix. Le cercle
étant l'anneau et couronne, et lui le diadème de cette REINE du Castel"

"scattered stones"

"At the [232] end of Roko Negro one sees again very clearly the different foundations which served to support the menhirs; but they are overturned and dispersed here and there on the flanks of the mountain, in the greatest disorder."

"A la [232] suite de Roko Négro, on voit encore fort bien les assises diverses qui servaient de support aux ménirs ; mais ceux-ci sont renversés et dispersés çà et là sur les flancs de la montagne, dans le plus grand désordre.

(La Vraie Langue Celtique, p. 231-232)

"square and compass"

"Measure a corner of the Creation, and multiply that space in proportional progression and the entire Infinite will multiply its circles filled with universes, which will pass in proportional segments between the ideal and elongating branches of your Compass. Now suppose that from any point whatever of the Infinite above you a hand holds another Compass or a Square, the lines of the Celestial triangle will necessarily meet those of the Compass of Science, to form the Mysterious Star of Solomon."

(Morals and Dogma, p.841)

"Therefore it must be re-vivified, and made to be born again from its ashes, which you will affect by virtue of the vegetation of the Tree of Life, represented to us by the branch of acacia. Whoever shall learn to comprehend and execute this great work, will know great things, say the Sages of the work; but whenever you depart from the centre of the Square and the Compass you will no longer be able to work with success."

(Morals and Dogma, p.786)

"line of the meridian"

"Now although many apparent byways showed themselves, yet I still proceeded with my compass, and would not budge one step from the Meridian Line; howbeit the way was often so rugged and impassable, that I was in no little doubt of it. On this way I constantly thought upon the dove and the raven, and yet could not search out the meaning; until at length upon a high hill afar off I saw a stately portal, to which, not regarding how far it was distant both from me and from the way I was on, I hasted, because the sun had already hid himself under the hills, and I could see no abiding place elsewhere; and this verily I ascribe only to God, who might well have permitted me to go forward in this way, and withheld my eyes that so I might have gazed beside this gate."

(Chymical Wedding, Second Day, p.12)

"In 1727, Languet de Gercy, priest of Saint Sulpice, in the desire to determine in a precise manner the march equinox, and in consequence, the Easter Sunday (the Sunday which follows the full moon after the Spring equinox) - commissioned the famous english astrologer Henry Sully to build in the church an astronomical gnomon and to trace the meridian."

"En 1727, Monsieur Languet de Gercy, curé de Saint Sulpice, dans le désir de déterminer d'une manière précise l'équinoxe de mars, et par suite, le dimanche de Pâques (dimanche qui suit la pleine lune après l'équinoxe de printemps) - chargea le célèbre horloger anglais Henri de Sully d'établir dans l'église un gnomon astronomique, et de tracer le méridienne."

(The gnomon of the church of St Sulpice)

"looking from the South to the North, finally in all directions to obtain the desired solution ... The circle being the ring [coil of snake] and the crown"

Direct reference to the Tree of Life. From Tiphareth [Beauty], which is situated on the middle column of the Tree of Life, go from South to North to reach Kether [the Crown]. The ring represents the pictorial form of the Sephira on the diagram of the Tree of Life.

"fourteen stones marked with a cross"

"The Stations of the Cross - When carefully examined, it is clear that these stations of the cross have little in common with the Passion as recited in the gospels. According to the principles of the phonetic riddles, of which the Freemasons are so fond, the Abbé Boudet had anomalies added to each of the stations of the cross, which were originally a standard version, bought from a dealer in church decorations. Each of these anomalies describes a precise location to be found in the stone circle around Rennes-les-Bains."

(Rennes-le-Château, A Visitor's Guide, p. 32)

"One could doubt that the celts had wanted to make these menhirs, if a small greek cross carved into the length of the base did not indicate by its presence the significance attributed to these great stones."

"On pourrait douter que les Celtes aient voulu en faire des ménirs, si une petite croix grecque gravée sur un prolongement de la base n'avertissait par sa présence de la signification attribuée à ces grandes pierres."

(La Vraie Langue Celtique, p. 232)

"circle"

Dialecte Languedocien Langue Anglo-Saxonne
Round, rond, cercle. Round, rond, cercle

(La Vraie Langue Celtique, p.20, Table of Languedocian and Anglo-Saxon words)

At the summit of Bazel, one sees very strange stones, which go to form the circle of the stone circle of the rising side [east]."

"Au sommet du Bazel, on aperçoit des pierres levées fort étranges, qui contribuent à former le cercle du cromleck du côté du levant."

(La Vraie Langue Celtique, p. 230)

"One could ask oneself why the name of Rennes is given to our spa; and one finds easily the reason, when one examines closely this strange landscape: in fact its mountains crowned with rocks, form an immense stone circle of sixteen to eighteen kilometres in circumference."

"On pourrait se demander pourquoi le nom de Rennes est appliqué à notre station thermale ; on en trouve aisément la raison, lorsqu'on examine de près cette étrange contrée : en effet, ses montagnes couronnées de roches, forment un immense Cromleck de seize ou dix-huit kilomètres de pourtour."

(La Vraie Langue Celtique, p. 225)

"The centre of the stone circle of Rennes-les-Bains is found in the place named, by the Gauls themselves, the Cercle. In calling it Cercle - to circle (cerkl) to surround - [environner], surround [entourer] the central point of the stone circle of the Redones, and reaffirming in this way a small circle in a larger one, the Druids wanted to express the very clear idea that they possessed one unique God who was existing in the beings. God being the Being even through essence, he is also in everything in a very intimate way, in that he is the cause of everything that exists. The created world is here represented by the small circle surrounded by the larger one, and this large circle by its spherical shape, offers to the spirit the idea of the essential perfection of God, in whom all beings live and die, who [247] contains everything and exists inside them, not at all like a part of their being or an accident, but like an agent is present in the being on which it acts and which it reaches by its virtue."

"Le centre du cromleck de Rennes-les-Bains se trouve dans le lieu nommé, par les Gaulois eux-mêmes, le Cercle-. En appelant Cercle - to circle (cerkl') environner, entourer -, le point central du cromleck des Redones, et renfermant ainsi un petit cercle dans un plus grand, les Druides ont voulu exprimer l'idée très nette qu'ils possédaient d'un Dieu unique et existant dans les êtres. Dieu étant l'Etre même par essence, il est aussi en toutes choses de la manière la plus intime, puisqu'il est la cause de tout ce qui existe. Le monde créé est ici représenté par le petit cercle enfermé dans un plus grand, et ce grand cercle par sa figure sphérique, offre à l'esprit l'idée de la perfection essentielle de Dieu, en qui tous les êtres vivent et se meuvent, qui contient toutes choses et existe en elles, non point comme une partie de leur essence ou un accident, mais comme un agent est présent à l'être sur lequel il agit et qu'il atteint par sa vertu."

(La Vraie Langue Celtique, p. 246-247)

"ring [coil of snake]"

Serpent Eating its Tail "Wherever you see the Serpent of Fire, wherever you see it becoming a circle with the tail in its mouth, then it is that you have passed from the spiral which generates to the globe which is the result of the generation; and the Serpent turning on itself, taking the tail into its mouth, that symbol is the Kosmos evolved."

(The Building of the Kosmos, p. 59)

"The Way of Initiation follows the coiling of the Serpent of Wisdom upon the tree, but the Way of Illumination follows the Path of the Arrow which is shot from the Bow of Promise, Qesheth, the rainbow of astral colours that spreads like a halo behind Yesod."

(The Mystical Qabalah, p. 59)

6 Cancer

"The stones of the mosaic paving of the sacred place could be alternatively
black or white, and JESUS like ASMODEUS, observing
their alignment, my view seems incapable of seeing the summit
where the marvellous sleeping one remained hidden. Not being HERCULES with
magic power, how to decode the mysterious symbols carved
by the observers of the past. In the sanctuary however the
stoup, fountain of love of the believers, reminds us of these words: BY
THIS SIGN YOU SHALL CONQUER."

"Les dalles du pavé mosaïque du lieu sacré pouvaient-être al-
ternativement blanches ou noires, et JESUS, comme ASMODEE observer
leurs alignments , ma vue semblait incapable de voir le sommet où de-
meurait cachée la merveilleuse endormie. N'étant pas HERCULE à la
puissance magique, comment déchiffrer les mystérieux symboles gravés
par les observateurs du passé. Dans le sanctuaire pourtant le béni-
tier, fontaine d'amour des croyants redonne mémoire de ces mots : PAR
CE SIGNE TU le VAINCRAS."

"alternatively black and white"

"The enraged and threatening devil is staring at the black and white paving on the floor of the church. At the time of Boudet and Saunière there existed just 64 of these squares, laid out like a chess-board and orientated on the four points of the compass.

Using TWO chess-boards similar to this one, the abbe Boudet arranged the 128 letters of abbe Bigou's manuscript.

With the Knight's move he reconstituted the text of the message which was signed "Pommes bleues" (blue apples), itself a perfect anagram of the epitaph found on the grave of the marquise."

(Rennes-le-Château, A Visitor's Guide, p. 26)

"The chessboard consists of 64 squares alternately black and white and symbolises the floor of the House of the Mysteries."

(Secret Teachings of all Ages, p. CXXXII)

"...where the great struggle for supremacy between the inner and the outer man, between the spirit and the flesh, between the real self and the unreal selves and veils built around it, has to be fought out on the chequer-work floor of our present existence among the black and white opposites of good and evil, light and darkness, prosperity and adversity."

(The Masonic Initiation, p. 66)

"JESUS"

"Jesus crouches in the same position as the devil in the church entrance, but inverted, and the clothes he wears are of a similar colour, only they too are inverted. He too stares at the symbolic paving, drawing our attention to the need for a second chess-board which must be used back to front in order to solve the riddle."

(Rennes-le-Château, A Visitor's Guide, p. 27)

"ASMODEUS"

"As we enter the church we are greeted by a hideous devil, grimacing under the weight of the holy water stoup and the four angels which surmount it."

(Rennes-le-Château, A Visitor's Guide, p. 24)

"According to legend, Asmodeus, the mischeivous fallen but not unkindly angel who helped him [Solomon], gave the king the mysterious magical worm, the Shamir, a puzzle to all Jewish commentators, for it cut the necessary stones for the entire temple by magic."

(The Ancient Secret, p. 108)

Jesus and John the Baptist in the church at Rennes-le-Château Devil in the church at Rennes-le-Château
Jesus baptised by John in the church at Rennes-le-Château
The devil in the church at Rennes-le-Château
"summit"

Dialecte Languedocien Langue Anglo-Saxonne
Crinko, sommet. Crinkle, pli, sinuosité.

(La Vraie Langue Celtique, p.19, Table of Languedocian and Anglo-Saxon words)

"marvellous sleeping one"

"For a long time the Prince stood and gazed upon her, for never in all his life had he seen a maiden so lovely. Then suddenly he bent down and kissed her lips."

(Sleeping Beauty, p. 94)

"HERCULES"

"Hercules was the son of Jupiter and Alcmena. As Juno was always hostile to the offspring of her husband by mortal mothers, she declared war against Hercules from his birth. She sent two serpents to destroy him as he lay in his cradle, but the precocious infant strangled them with his own hands. He was, however, by the arts of Juno rendered subject to Eurystheus and compelled to perform all his commands. Eurystheus enjoined upon him a succession of desperate adventures, which are called the "Twelve Labours of Hercules"."

The twelve labours were :

1. Fight with the Nemean lion
2. Slaughter of the Lernaean Hydea
3. Capture of the Ceryneian Hind
4. Capture of the Erymanthian Boar
5. Cleansing of the Augean stables
6. Remove the Stymphalian Birds
7. Capture the Cretan Bull
8. Capture the four mares of Diomedes
9. Obtaining the girdle of Hippolyte, queen of the Amazons
10. To bring the cattle of Geryon to Eurystheus
11. Obtaining the golden apples of Hesperides
12. Capture of Cerberus

"Some of the adepts, with considerable justification, compared the operation of the Great Work with the labours of Hercules."

(Prelude to Chemistry, p. 161)

"Throughout the world's history, the life stories of the supreme Spiritual teachers, or Saviours of mankind, have been so identical in incident that a thoughtful comparison leads inevitably to the conclusion that to be "a priest forever after the order of Melchizedek" is to fill a definite office and to perform a predetermind work in the transmission of spiritual force for the liberation of human souls. For example, the parallelism between the lives of Hercules and of Christ is so close that orthodox writers admit Hercules to have been a type of that which the Christ was to accomplish and to endure.

(Comte de Gabalis, p. 295-296)

"...in which are represented by order all the colors of the stone, so as they come and go, with this writing in French:

Moult plaist a Dieu procession
S'elle est faicte en devotion:"

that is,

Much pleaseth God procession
If't be done in devotion

which is as it were the beginning of King Hercules his Book, which entreateth of the colours of the stone, entitled Iris or the Rainbow, in these terms, Operis processio multum naturae placet, that is The procession of the work is very pleasant unto Nature: the which I have put there expressly for the great Clerks who shall understand the allusion."

(The Alchemists, p.168, quoting from Nicholas Flamel)

There is no doubt that Hercules existed only in Greek and Latin myth: however, it is useful to remark, this famous hero takes a real consistance and reclothes the character with truth, as soon as he personifies the celtic nation and the migration of this people towards the eastern lands of europe."

"Il est hors de doute qu'Hercule a existé seulement dans les mythes grecs et latins : cependant, il est utile de le remarquer, ce héros fameux prend une réelle consistance et revêt le caractère de la vérité, dès qu'il personnifie la nation celtique et la migration de ce peuple vers les contrées occidentales de l'Europe."

(La Vraie Langue Celtique, p. 214)

"decode the mysterious symbols carved by observers of the past"

"This cross is placed at the exact location of the stone where one previously saw an engraved greek cross like those which exist presently at the Cap de l'Homme, and near the trembling rocks."

"Cette croix est placée à l'endroit exact de la pierre où l'on voyait autrefois gravée une croix grecque semblable à celles qui existent présentement au Cap dé l'Hommé, et à proximité des roches branlantes."

(La Vraie Langue Celtique, p. 229)

"One could doubt that the celts had wanted to make these menhirs, if a small greek cross carved into the length of the base did not indicate by its presence the significance attributed to these great stones."

"On pourrait douter que les Celtes aient voulu en faire des ménirs, si une petite croix grecque gravée sur un prolongement de la base n'avertissait par sa présence de la signification attribuée à ces grandes pierres."

(La Vraie Langue Celtique, p. 232)

"fountain of love"

The "Fontaine des Amours" is the name given to a pool in the river Sals, near to Rennes-les-Bains.

"And for that reason I would pray you, that you would be pleased to tell me, how they do call this Fountain, which is so amiable and wholesome. She answered; Friends behold, since you desire to know it; It most properly is called, the Fountain of the Lovers. How it must be known to you, that ever since our Mother Eve, that I have governed all the world, as great as tis in all the Circle, nothing without me can rule, unless God would inspire it. I who am called Nature O environed the Earth, without, within and in the middle."

(Allegory of John of the Fountain)

"BY THIS SIGN YOU SHALL CONQUER"

Parce ce signe tu le vaincras
Par ce signe tu le vaincras
"By this sign you shall conquer" is equivalent to "Par ce signe tu le vaincras" (french) which is equivalent to "In hoc signio vinces" (latin). The abbreviation IHS or IHSV is also seen.

At the Battle of Milvian Bridge, Constantine was said to have observed in a vision a flaming cross in the heavens accompanied by the words IN HOC SIGNO VINCES. The battle went his way.

"...I went to the letter, which was now so heavy, that had it been mere gold it could hardly have been so weighty. Now as I was diligently viewing it, I found a little seal, on which a curious cross with this inscription, IN HOC SIGNO VINCES, was engraved.

Now as soon as I espied this sign I was the more comforted, as not being ignorant that such a seal was little acceptable, and much less useful, to the Devil."

(Chymical Wedding, First Day, p.4)

The inscription "Par ce signe tu le vaincras" can be seen In the church at Rennes-le-Château above the statue of the Devil and below the four angels.

7 Leo

"From her that I wanted to free, rose towards me the emanations
of perfume which permeate the sepulchre. Once some called
her: ISIS, queen of the beneficent springs, COME TO ME ALL YOU WHO
SUFFER AND WHO ARE OVERWHELMED AND I WILL COMFORT YOU, otherwise:
MADELEINE, with the famous vase full of healing balm. The
initiates know the true name: NOTRE DAME DES CROSS."

"De celle que je désirais libérer, montaient vers moi les ef-
fluves du parfum qui imprégnèrent le sépulchre. Jadis les uns l'avaient
nommée : ISIS, reine des sources bienfaisantes, VENEZ A MOI VOUS TOUS
QUI SOUFFREZ ET QUI ETES ACCABLES ET JE VOUS SOULAGERAI, d'autres :
MADELAINE, au célèbre vase plein d'un baume guérisseur. Les
initiés savent son nom véritable : NOTRE DAME DES CROSS."

ISIS

"This Egyptian deity under many names appears as the principle of natural fecundity among nearly all the religions of the ancient world. She was known as the goddess with ten thousand appellations and was metamorphosed by Christianity into the Virgin Mary, for Isis, although she gave birth to all living things - chief among them the Sun - still remained a virgin, according to the legendary accounts."

(Secret Teachings of all Ages, p. XLV)

"Isis, represented in the Song of Solomon by the dark maid of Jerusalem, is symbolic of receptive Nature - the watery, maternal principle which creates all things out of herself after impregnation has been achieved by the virility of the sun."

(Secret Teachings of all Ages, p. XLV)

"Isis, visiting Byblos, recovered the body of her husband, but it was again stolen by Typhon, who cut it into fourteen parts, which he scattered all over the earth.

(Secret Teachings of all Ages, p. XLVI)

"COME TO ME ALL YOU WHO SUFFER AND WHO ARE OVERWHELMED AND I WILL COMFORT YOU"

Venez a moi...
Venez a moi...
This text appears below the wall fresco in the church at Rennes-le-Château.

"Venez à moi, vous tous qui peinez et ployez sous le fardeau, et moi je vous soulagerai."

(Bible, Matthew 11:28)

"Come unto me all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me, for I am meek and lowly in heart and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light."

(Bible, Matthew 11:28-30)

"MADELEINE"

Madeleine
Madeleine
"The follower of Christ, `out of whom he had cast seven devils', who stood by his cross, went to anoint the body at the tomb and to whom the risen Christ appeared on Easter Sunday morning, has often, but not universally in the West, been identified with both Mary the sister of Martha of Bethany and with the woman who was a sinner, who anointed Christ's feet in the house of Simon (Luke 7:37)"

(Oxford Dictionary of Saints, p. 329)

"This fountain, located on the right bank of the Blanque, is found one kilometre to the south of the thermal station. It has been known for a few years by the name of the Madeleine; but its celtic name reproduced in the land record, is that of the fountain of the Goad. The water from this spring, emerging in abundance from the lower crack of a large sandstone rock, is very iron-bearing, and of a strongly distinctive taste."

"Cette fontaine, placée sur la rive droite de la Blanque, se trouve à la distance d'un kilomètre à peu près au sud de la station thermale. On la désigne depuis peu d'années sous le nom de la Madeleine ; mais son nom celtique reproduit dans le cadastre, est celui de la fontaine de la Gode. L'eau de cette source, émergeant avec abondance de la faille inférieure d'une grande roche de grés, est très ferrugineuse, et d'un goût atramentaire fortement prononcé."

(La Vraie Langue Celtique, p. 273)

"healing balm"

The statue of St Madeleine (Mary Magdalen) in the church at Rennes-le-Château carries a vase of healing balm.

"Suddenly a woman came in who had a bad name in the town. She had heard she was dining Pharisee and had brought with her an alabaster jar of ointment. She waited behind him at his feet, weeping, and her tears fell on his feet, and she wiped them away with her hair; then she covered his feet with kisses and annointed them with the ointment."

(Bible, Luke 7:37)

"NOTRE DAME DES CROSS"

"We can cite again the name of another sanctuary of our region, situated near to Caunes and called Our Lady of the Cros. There too, beneath the magnificent fountain which flows at the foot of the mountain, one has marked a cross - cross [croix] -. A statue of the Holy Virgin has, later, replaced the cross near to the fountain, and the sanctuary built nearby, received the name of Our Lady of the Cros or Our Lady of the Cross.

"Nous pourrions citer encore le nom d'un autre sanctuaire de nos contrées, situé près de Caunes et appelé Notre-Dame du Cros. Là aussi, au-dessus de la magnifique fontaine qui jaillit au pied de la montagne, on avait marqué une croix - cross, croix -. Une statue de la Sainte Vierge a, plus tard, remplacé la croix auprès de la fontaine, et le sanctuaire bâti à peu de distance, a reçu le nom de Notre-Dame du Cros ou Notre Dame de la Croix."

(La Vraie Langue Celtique p.280)

 

8 Virgo

"I was like the shepherds of the famous painter POUSSIN, confused
in front of the enigma: "ET IN ARCADIA EGO..."! The voice of the blood [race] would
it show me the image of an ancestral past. Yes, the light of the genius crossed
my mind. I saw again, I understood! I knew now this fabulous secret.
And marvellous, when from the leaps of the four horsemen, the
shoes of one horse had left four imprints on the rock,
here is the sign which DELACROIX had given in one of three pictures from
the chapel of Angels. Here is the seventh sentence which a hand had
traced: DELIVER ME FROM THE MIRE, SO THAT I DO NOT STAY THERE SINKING.
Two times IS, embalmer and embalmed, miraculous vase of the eternal White
Lady of Legends."

"J'étais comme les bergers du célèbre peintre POUSSIN, perplexe
devant l'enigme : "ET IN ARCADIA EGO..."! La voix du sang allait-elle
me rendre l'image d'un passé ancestral. Oui, l'éclair du génie traver-
sa ma pensée. Je revoyais, je comprenais ! Je savais maintenant ce se-
cret fabuleux. Et merveille, lors des sauts des quatre cavaliers, les
savots d'un cheval avaient laissé quatre empreintes sur la pierre, voi-
là le signe que DELACROIX avait donné dans l'un des trois tableux de
la chapelle des Anges. Voilà la septième sentence qu'une main avait
tracée : RETIRE MOI DE LA BOUE, QUE JE N'Y RESTE PAS ENFONCE. Deux fois
IS, embaumeuse et embaumée, vase miracle de l'éternelle Dame
Blanche des Légendes."

"like the shepherds"

"Levi also remarks that oft times the true practical Magicians are found in the country, that is unintellectual and unsophisticated, or simple sheperds."

(The Tree of Life - a Study in Magic, p. 80 - 81)

The picture "Les Bergers d'Arcadie" by Poussin depicts shepherds puzzling over the inscription on a tomb "Et in Arcadia Ego".

"famous painter POUSSIN"

Nicolas Poussin (1594-1665). Painter of the Shepherds of Arcadia (Les Bergers d'Arcadie).

Poussin Les Bergers d'Arcadie - The Shepherd of Arcadia
Nicolas Poussin
Les Bergers d'Arcadie by Nicolas Poussin
"ET IN ARCADIA EGO"

Latin phrase translating as "And I too am in Arcadia"

Shepherds of Arcadia at Shugborough Hall
Shepherds of Arcadia-Shugborough Hall
"Erymanthe, mountain of Arcadia, was the shelter of a boar whose fury filled the entire area with fear."

"Erymanthe, montagne d'Arcadie, était l'asile d'un sanglier dont la fureur remplissait d'effroi la contrée entière."

(La Vraie Langue Celtique, p. 301)

"ARCADIA"

"Arcadia derives its name from Arcas, the son of Zeus and the beautiful Callisto. Callisto was given the form of a bear by Zeus, represented in the sky by Ursa Major, the Great Bear. When Arcas died, Zeus made him into a constellation and set him beside his mother. In Arcas we have Ursa Minor, the Little Bear. The first star of the seven stars of the Little Bear is the present North Pole Star, and it carries the name of Arcas. It signifies the crown `jewel' of the world and its heavens. Ursa Minor was also known as Phoenice, or Ursa Phoenicia. The Arcadians were known as `the Bear Race'; they were also (in their most ancient sense) the original Phoenicians. Furthermore, the stars of Ursa Minor were those principally used in all navigation by land as well as by sea, to direct the course of the traveller. Thus the Arcadian or Bear Race were known as the guides or pathfinders of mankind, leading and lighting the way like Mercury or Hermes. The `Bear' is also known as an `Ark' or `Boat'; and the Arcadians were the `People of the Ark' or the `Arch Race' - `the people of the Covenant'. As Phoenicians, they were reknowed sailors and navigators, as well as teachers and healers."

(Arcadia, p. 106-109)

"voice of the blood"

Reference to the geneology ("Tableau Dynastique") on page 10 of Le Serpent Rouge.

"leaps of the four horsemen"

"The first horse, signifying the fire ether, was called Jupiter and occupied the highest place in the order of the elements. This horse was winged, very fleet, and, describing the largest circle, encompassed all the others. It shone with the purest light, and on its body were the images of the sun, the moon, the stars, and all the bodies in the ethereal regions. The second horse, signifying the element of air, was Juno. It was inferior to the horse of Jupiter and described a smaller circle; its color was black but that part exposed to the sun became luminous, thus signifiying the diurnal and nocturnal conditions of air. The third horse, symbolising the element of water, was sacred to Neptune. It was of heavy gait and described a very small circle. The fourth horse, signifying the static element of earth, described as immovable and champing its bit, was the steed of Vesta. Despite their differences in temperature, these four horses lived harmoniously together, which is in accord with the principles of the philosophers, who declared the world to be preserved by the concord and harmony of its elements."

(Secret Teachings of all Ages, p. CLXXXVII)

"the shoes of one horse had left four imprints on the rock"

From above quote it can be seen that only one horse could leave imprints, that being horse of the 'earth', or perhaps the one "of heavy gait"

"DELACROIX"

Ferdinand-Victor-Eugène Delacroix, artist, born on 26 April 1798 at Charenton-Saint-Maurice, France. The works referred to here are the paintings in the Chapel of Angels at Saint Sulpice which was conceived in 1849. Work was started in 1855 and finished in June 1861. The three pictures are :

Le combat de Jacob avec l'Ange - Jacob fighting the Angel

Heliodore chasse du Temple - Heliodorus chased from the Temple

St Michael Terrassant le Demon - St Michael overwhelming the Demon

Delacroix died on 13 August 1863 in Paris.

Eugene Delacroix Jacob fighting the Angel
Eugène Delacroix - Self Portrait
Jacob Fighting the Angel by Eugène Delacroix

"one of the three pictures from the chapel of angels"

Jacob fighting the Angel appears in the picture by Delacroix in the Chapel of Angels at St Sulpice.

"Furthermore, the universe is balanced by two forces which maintain it in equilibrium, being the force which attracts and that which repels. They exist alike in physics, in philosophy and in religion; in physics they produce equilibrium, in philosophy criticism, in religion progressive revelation. The ancients represented this mystery by the conflict between Eros and Anteros, the struggle between Jacob and the angel, and by the equilibrium of the golden mountain, which gods on the one side and demons on the other encircle with the symbolic serpent of India."

(Transcendental Magic, p. 50)

"the seventh sentence which a hand had traced"

Reference to the seventh Station of the Cross at St Sulpice, where this text is engraved in stone on the wall.

The Seventh Station at St Sulpice
The Seventh Station at St Sulpice
"JESUS EPUISE RETOMBE
RETIRE MOI DE LA BOUE
QUE JE N'Y RESTE PAS
ENFONCE

Psalms LXVIII"

(Saint Sulpice, Seventh Station of the Cross)

"DELIVER ME FROM THE MIRE, SO THAT I DO NOT STAY THERE SINKING"

"Retire-moi de la boue, et que je n'enfonce plus! Que je sois délivré de mes ennemis et du gouffre!"

(Bible, Psalms, 69:14)

"Rescue me from the mire before I sink in;
So I shall be saved from those who hate me,
From the watery depths.
Let not the waves wash over me,
Nor the deep swallow me up,
Nor the pit close its mouth on me."

(Bible, Psalms, 69:14)

Splendor Solis - The Eighth Picture
Splendor Solis - The Eighth Picture
"Depicts a Queen with angels' wings - and most gorgeously dressed. She has a golden crown and neck ornament, with golden chains, yellow sleeves and flowing. Skirt of dress ornamented with a flowing green foliage pattern and red and blue flowers. From her left shoulder hangs a blue drapery with gold edges her slippers are red and gold. In her hand she holds a crimson robe edged with gold, which she is holding out to a naked black man who is standing to the knees in a black mud pool. His left arm is white and slightly soiled. His right arm, neck and head is blood red. He holds his right hand over his right thigh towards and as if to cover his nakedness. He stands with right side towards us and on the profile is seen a circular transparent glass globe, just covering head all but profile, through this globe are to be seen on the organ of Self-esteem, the right cheek bone, and over the right eye, three luminous spots, in each of which is seen a small red cross. The Queen seems to be encouraging and sympathysing with him. A landscape with a lake is seen in the distance. Village, roadway with a few distant people walking and boat sailing on the lake, with islands in the extreme distance."

(Splendor Solis, The Eighth Picture)

"Whereupon the greatest part, and even I myself, despaired of redemption, and called upon God that he would have pity on us, and (if possible) deliver us out of this obscurity; who then also heard some of us."

(Chymical Wedding, First Day, p.7)

"two times IS"

"This Egyptian deity under many names appears as the principle of natural fecundity among nearly all the religions of the ancient world. She was known as the goddess with ten thousand appellations and was metamorphosed by Christianity into the Virgin Mary, for Isis, although she gave birth to all living things - chief among them the Sun - still remained a virgin, according to the legendary accounts."

(Secret Teachings of all Ages, p. XLV)

"Isis, represented in the Song of Solomon by the dark maid of Jerusalem, is symbolic of receptive Nature - the watery, maternal principle which creates all things out of herself after impregnation has been achieved by the virility of the sun."

(Secret Teachings of all Ages, p. XLV)

"Isis, visiting Byblos, recovered the body of her husband, but it was again stolen by Typhon, who cut it into fourteen parts, which he scattered all over the earth.

(Secret Teachings of all Ages, p. XLVI)

"White Lady of Legends."

"Sometimes the raven is a White Goddess of death and rebirth: the ancient European Queen of the Dead. The White Lady, as she is sometimes called, may be seen dressed in black when she comes forth as a raven to gather the souls of the dead. "

(The Raven)

 

9 Libra

"Started in the shadows, my journey could only be finished
in light. At the window of the ruined house I gazed across
the trees stripped by autumn to the summit of the mountain.
The cross of crete stood out under the midday sun, it was the
fourteenth and the biggest of all with its 35 centimetres! Here I am
therefore on my horse ride [tour] on a divine steed crossing the
abyss."

"Commencé dans les ténèbres, mon voyage ne pouvait s'achever
qu'en Lumière. A la fenêtre de la maison ruinée, je contemplais à
travers les arbres dépouillés par l'automme le sommet de la montagne.
La croix de crète se détachait sous le soleil du midi, elle était la
quatorzième et la plus grande de toutes avec ses 35 centimètres! Me
voici donc à mon tour cavalier sur le coursier divin chevauchant
l'abîme."

"Started in the shadows, my journey could only be finished in light"

"When the aspirant has qualified to enter into this place behind the second veil, he finds everything dark to the physical eye, and it is necessary that he should have another light within. When he first came to the eastern Temple gate, he was "poor, naked, and blind" asking for LIGHT. He was then shown the dim light which appeared in the smoke above the Altar of sacrifice, and told that in order to advance he must kindle within himself that flame by remorse for wrongdoing. Later on he was shown the more excellent light in the East Room of the Tabernacle, which proceeded from the Seven-branched Candlestick; in other words he was given a light of knowledge and of reason that by it he might advance further upon the path."

(Ancient and Modern Initiation, p. 39)

"Every system of real Initiation, whether of the past or present, is divided into three clear-cut stages; since before anyone can pass from his natural darkness to the Light supernal and discover the Blazing Star or Glory of his own centre, there are three distinct tasks to be achieved."

(The Masonic Initiation, p.19)

"cross of crete"

Deliberate mis-spelling using crète (Crete, Greece) in place of crête (crest) to indicate a Greek cross.

"fourteenth"

Indicating the 14 crosses (stations) around the church at St Sulpice and at Rennes-le-Château.

"35 centimetres"

"At the left [235] of this menhir looking at the spa and its parish church, one discovers on the neighbouring rocks some greek crosses deeply engraved with a chisel and measuring from 20 to 30 and 35 centimetres. these crosses with equal limbs and numbering five in this one place must have been engraved by order of the first christian missionaries sent into the area. The sacred sign of redemption has turned therefore to the benefit of pure truth, the traditional respect of which the menhirs were the object, a respect which, in the deplorable moral state into which the conquests of the roman republic had plunged the celts, addressed perhaps to the stones themselves."

"A gauche [235] de ce ménir regardant la station thermale et son église paroissiale, on découvre sur les roches voisines des croix grecques profondément gravées par le ciseau et mesurant depuis vingt jusqu'à trente et trente-cinq centimètres. Ces croix, à branches égales et au nombre de cinq sur ce seul point, ont dû être gravées par ordre des premiers missionnaires chrétiens envoyés dans la contrée. Le signe sacré de la rédemption a détourné ainsi au profit de la pure vérité, le respect traditionnel dont les ménirs étaient l'objet, respect qui, dans l'état moral déplorable où les conquêtes de la république romaine avaient plongé les Celtes, s'adressait peut-être aux pierres elles-mêmes."

(La Vraie Langue Celtique, p.234-235)

"divine steed"

"And now I saw heaven open, and a white horse appear; its rider was called Trustworthy and True; in uprightness he judges and makes war. His eyes were flames of fire and he was crowned with many coronets; the name written on him was known only to himself, his cloak was soaked in blood. He is known by the name, The Word of God."

(Bible, Revelation 19:11-13)

"Par la croix et ce cheval de dieu"

"By the cross and this horse of god"

(Decoded message from the parchment found by Sauniere)

"crossing the abyss"

"Then I saw an angel come down from heaven with the key of the Abyss in his hand and an enormous chain. He overpowered the dragon, that primeval serpent which is the devil and Satan, and chained him up for a thousand years. He hurled him into the Abyss and shut the entrance and sealed it over him, to make sure he would not lead the nations astray again until the thousand years had passed."

(Bible, Revelation 20:1-3)

"We cannot resolve to study the names of these false divinities and the idolatrous beliefs of these degenerate Gauls. The abyss into which they were lured is too terrible for one to stay behind and fathom it."

(La Vraie Langue Celtique, p. 305)

"The meaning of the word Kether, we have already noted, is Crown. Chokmah means Wisdom, and Binah means Understanding. But pendent to these two later Sephiroth is a curious and mysterious third, which is never represented in the glyph of the Tree; this is the invisible Sephirah, Daath, Knowledge, and it is said to be formed out of the conjunction of Chokmah and Binah and is situated astride the Abyss."

(The Mystical Qabalah, p.43)

 

10 Scorpio

"Celestial vision for him who remembers the four works
of Em. SIGNOL around the Meridian line, to the choir itself from
the sanctuary from which beams this source of love from one to another,
I turn around passing the site of the rose of the P to that of the S,
then from the S to the P ... and the spiral in my mind becoming like a
monstrous octopus expelling its ink, the shadows obscure the light,
I am dizzy and I hold my hand to my mouth biting instinctively
my palm, perhaps like OLIER in his coffin. Curses,
I understand the truth, HE IS GONE, but to him too in doing
THE GOOD, like HIM of the flowery tomb. But
how many have sacked the HOUSE, leaving only the embalmed corpses
and numerous metal objects which they could not carry? What strange mystery
conceals the new temple of SOLOMON built by the children of
Saint VINCENT?"

"Vision céleste pour celui qui me souvient des quatres oeuvres
de Em. SIGNOL autour de la ligne du Méridien, au choeur même du
sanctuaire d'où rayonne cette source d'amour des uns pour les autres,
je pivote sur moi-même passant du regard la rose du P à celle de l'S,
puis de l'S au P ... et la spirale dans mon esprit devenant comme un
poulpe monstrueux expulsant son encre, les ténèbres absorbent la lu-
mière, j'ai le vertige et je porte ma main à ma bouche mordant ins-
tinctivement ma paume, peut-être comme OLIER dans son cerceuil. Malé-
diction, je comprends la vérité, IL EST PASSE, mais lui aussi en fai-
sant LE BIEN, ainsi que xxxxxxxx CELUI de la tombe fleurie . Mais
combien ont saccagé la MAISON, ne laissant que des cadavres embaumés
et nombres de métaux qu'ils n'avaient pu emporter. Quel étrange mys-
tère recèle le nouveau temple de SALOMON édifié par les enfants de
Saint VINCENT."

"Em. Signol"

Emile Signol - Painter and member of the Academy of Arts, Paris.

"Yesterday, we elected that insipid Signol to the Institute. Meissonier got as many as sixteen votes, and thus the only people left to compete with him were Signol and that antiquated old Hesse, both of them representatives or offspring, of the Ecole. But shuddering at the idea of seeing an original talent enter the Academy, these two groups joined forces to destroy him. This was done at the price of Signol's election. The result will be far more deadly than if they'd decided on Hesse, and old man who will leave no pupils to perpetuate the taste of the school of David."

(The Journal of Eugene Delacroix, p.363-364)

"four works"

There are four paintings by Emile Signol around the Meridian line. However, the anagram SIGNOL around LA produces LANGLOIS. Claude Langlois is the engineer who completed the Gnomon at Saint Sulpice in 1744.

His four works were :

1. Erected an obelisk of white marble (10.72 metres) which can be seen in the northern arm of the trancept

2. Traced the meridian (in the North-South direction) with a band of copper inlaid in the paving of the church and leading up to the obelisk

3. Established in the window of the southern arm of the trancept a gnomon equipped with a lens with an 80 foot focal length

4. Marked on the ground with a copper plaque the spot where the rays of the sun fall on summer solstice. This plaque was removed several years ago to be re-engraved. One can see today the marble plaque which was over the copper plaque.

("Le Gnomon de L'Eglise Saint Sulpice", Saint Sulpice)

"Meridian line"

"Now although many apparent byways showed themselves, yet I still proceeded with my compass, and would not budge one step from the Meridian Line; howbeit the way was often so rugged and impassable, that I was in no little doubt of it. On this way I constantly thought upon the dove and the raven, and yet could not search out the meaning; until at length upon a high hill afar off I saw a stately portal, to which, not regarding how far it was distant both from me and from the way I was on, I hasted, because the sun had already hid himself under the hills, and I could see no abiding place elsewhere; and this verily I ascribe only to God, who might well have permitted me to go forward in this way, and withheld my eyes that so I might have gazed beside this gate."

(Chymical Wedding, Second Day, p.12)

"site of the rose of the P to that of the S, then from the S to the P ..."

Rose Boss at St Germain des Pres
Rose Boss at St Germain des Pres

The SP, separated by a rose, appears above the Chapel of St Peter and St Paul in the church at St Germain des Pres. There are two such "SP" bosses which face each other in the chapel.

PS may also be a reference to the Priory of Sion

"Octopus"

Reference to the Octopus in the church at St Sulpice. La Poulpe = Pulpit or Octopus. This octopus-shaped pulpit was a Gift from the Doge of Venice to Francois I.

The Octopus appears on the gravestone of Marie de Negre Dables - Dame d'Hautpoul de Blanchefort, which is said to have been defaced by Sauniere.

"I hold my hand to my mouth biting instinctively my palm"

Direct reference to the Tree of Life :

Hand = Yod path 20 between Chesed and Tipareth - Hermit

Mouth = Peh path 27 between Netzach and Hod - Tower

Palm of hand = Kaph path 21 between Chesed and Netzach - Wheel

"flowery tomb"

The title of the Lord of Rennes and Blanchefort passed upon the death of Francois d'Hautpoul (the husband of Marie de Negre Dables) to the couple's youngest daughter Gabrielle. This was because the Blanchefort lands formed part of her dowry and the title, under French law, went with the land. She was married to Paul Francois Vincent de Fleury who became Lord of Rennes. Their son Paul Urbain de Fleury died in 1836 and was buried in the cemetery at Rennes-les-Bains. Le Tresor Maudit by Gerard de Sede states that there were at one time two tombstones for Paul Urbain de Fleury. This has not been proven.

The "Fauteuil du Diable" (Devil's Armchair) was carved into the shape of a seat for the Comte de Fleury in the eighteenth century.

"Germaine of Pibrac, shepherdess, Born at Pibrac, c.1579; died there, 1601."

"But people began to take a different view of her when ir was reported that one winter's day her stepmother accused her of taking a loaf of bread to give to a beggar; Germaine opened her apron and it was full of spring flowers. Not long after, she was found dead, under the stairs. From 1644 miracles of healing were said to take place at her grave, which has been a place of pilgimage from that day to this."

(Penguin Dictionary of Saints, p.155-156)

"metal objects which they could not carry"

"...for Solomon had to build his temple without iron tools because of a Mosaic prohibition (Exodus XX.25)"

(The Ancient Secret, p.108)

"If you make me an altar of stone, do not build it of dressed stones; for if you use a chisel on it, you will profane it."

(Bible, Exodus, XX.25)

"Olier"

Olier
Jean-Jacques Olier

Jean-Jacques Olier (1608-1657), founder in 1641 of the Sulpicians. Responsible for starting the building of the church of St Sulpice in 1642. Olier is buried in St Sulpice. 20 September 1608 to 2 April 1657. 1652 gave up work as a priest and established a society of priests. Died under the eyes of St Vincent de Paul who had come to see him.

"new temple of SOLOMON"

"This message refers to the church at St Sulpice, an esoteric temple copied from the Temple of Solomon and finished at the time of the death of the marquise, on the territory of the abbey of St. Germain des Pres"

(Rennes-le-Château, A Visitor's Guide, p. 12)

"Children of Saint Vincent"

"St Vincent the Deacon. d. 304 A native of Huesca who became deacon to St Valerius at Saragossa and was martyred at Valencia under Diocletian. He has always been widely venerated by the Western church. St Augustine, St Leo and Prudentius wrote in his honour. In some places he is honoured as the patron of vinedressers. Details of his martyrdom are lacking but the fact of it is indisputable. He is depicted as a deacon holding one or many ewers and a book; or with a raven or ravens defending his martyred body; being torn with hooks, or holding a millstone. Saints day Gregorian Calendar January 22.

(The Book of Saints, p. 567)

"The sanctuary is guarded by the children of Saint Vincent de Paul, the saint whose heart belonged to the orphans and unfortunates, and under the [277] direction of these pious and wise missionaries, true inheritors of the virtues and the charity of their benevolent founder, the privileged temple saw a crowd, larger than ever, kneeling and praying in the sacred walls."

"Le sanctuaire est gardé par les enfants de Saint Vincent de Paul, le saint dont le coeur appartenait aux orphelins et aux malheureux, et sous la [277] direction de ces pieux et savants missionnaires, dignes héritiers des vertus et de la charité de leur bienheureux fondateur, le temple privilégié a vu une foule, plus considérable que jamais, s'agenouiller et prier dans l'enceinte sacrée."

(La Vraie Langue Celtique p. 276-277)

 

11 Serpent

"Cursing the profaners in their ashes and those who live
in their tracks,leaving the abyss where I was plunged in finishing
the gesture of horror : "Here is the proof that I knew the secret of the Seal of
SOLOMON, that of this QUEEN I have visited
the hidden residences". To this, Dear Reader, be careful not to add or
remove an iota... meditate, meditate again, the vile lead of my
writing contains perhaps the purest gold."

"Maudissant les profanateurs dans leurs cendres et ceux qui vi-
vent sur leurs traces, sortant de l'abîme où j'étais plongé en accom-
plissant le geste d'horreur : " Voici la preuve que du sceau de SALO-
MON je connais le secret, que xxxxxxxxxxx de cette REINE j'ai visité
les demeures cachées. " A ceci, Ami Lecteur, garde toi d'ajouter ou
de retrancher un iota ... médite, Médite encore, le vil plomb de mon
écrit xxxx contient peut-être l'or le plus pur."

"abyss"

"Then I saw an angel come down from heaven with the key of the Abyss in his hand and an enormous chain. He overpowered the dragon, that primeval serpent which is the devil and Satan, and chained him up for a thousand years. He hurled him into the Abyss and shut the entrance and sealed it over him, to make sure he would not lead the nations astray again until the thousand years had passed."

(Bible, Revelation 20:1-3)

"We cannot resolve to study the names of these false divinities and the idolatrous beliefs of these degenerate Gauls. The abyss into which they were lured is too terrible for one to stay behind and fathom it."

(La Vraie Langue Celtique, p. 305)

"Seal of SOLOMON"

"The Seal of Solomon or the Shield of David, for under both names the same thing was denoted, is a hexagonal figure consisting of two interlaced triangles, thus forming the outlines of a six-pointed star. Upon it was inscribed one of the sacred names of God, from which inscription it was supposed principally to derive its talismanic powers. These powers were very extensive, for it was believed that it would extinguish fire, prevent wounds in a conflict, and perform many other wonders."

(Encyclopedia of Freemasonry, p. 674)

"...in the scenery on the left blooms a flower known as "Sceau de Solomon" (Solomon's Seal), a pink lily-like blossom"

((Rennes-le-Château, A Visitor's Guide, p. 27, describing the large wall fresco in the church at Rennes-le-Château)

"Dear Reader"

"Here Gentle Reader, you shall finde incorporated in our Confession thirty seven Reasons of our purpose, and intention, the which according to thy pleasure thou mayst seek out and compare them together : thou mayst also consider with thyself, if they be weighty, and sufficient enough to bring and persuade thee for to take our parts."

(The Fame and Confession of the Fraternity of the RC, 1652, Preface to the Confession, p.32)

"add or remove an iota"

"Whatever I am now commanding you, you must keep and observe, adding nothing to it, taking nothing away"

"Garde ce que tu as reçu, <<sans rien ajouter, ni rien retrancher>> "

(Bible, Deuteronomy, 13:1)

"vile lead of my writing contains perhaps the purest gold"

"The which proof again I repeated thrice, and found it still alike, and the said remaining silver out of aqua fortis, was of the very best flexible silver that could be; so that in the total, the said medicine (or elixir) had transmuted six drams and two scruples of the lead and silver, into most pure gold"

(The Alchemists, p. 189, quoting from The Testimony of Helvetius)

12 Sagittarius

"Returning then to the white hill, the sky having opened its
gates, it seems there is a presence near me, the feet in
the water like him who has just been baptised, turning myself again
towards the east facing me I saw unrolling without end, his coils,
the enormous SERPENT ROUGE cited in the parchments, salty and bitter,
the enormous beast unleashed became at the foot of this white hill, red with anger."

"Revenant alors à la blanche coline, le ciel ayant ouvert ses
vannes, il me sembla près de moi sentir une présence, les pieds dans
l'eau comme celui qui vient de recevoir la marque du baptème, me re-
tournant vers l'est, face à moi je vis déroulant sans fin ses anneaux,
l'énorme SERPENT ROUGE cité dans les parchemins, salée et amère, l'é-
norme bête déchainée devint au pied de ce mont blanc, rouge en colère."

"like him who has just been baptised"

"Jesus crouches in the same position as the devil in the church entrance, but inverted, and the clothes he wears are of a similar colour, only they too are inverted. He too stares at the symbolic paving, drawing our attention to the need for a second chess-board which must be used back to front in order to solve the riddle."

(Rennes-le-Château, A Visitor's Guide, p. 27)

"SERPENT"

"Kundalini, the Sphinx of Yoga, is Shakti, the king's daughter, who must be awakened if Yoga is to reach its supernal goal. For Hatha-Yogo, Shakti is in microcosmic form the revelation of the primaeval force of the feminine in the physical and etheric bodies. She is shown in the form of a serpent, but also as a young woman of enticing beauty. As long as the Shakti force in man is asleep, he cannot attain to higher wisdom."

(The Secret Sciences, p. 68)

Serpent on the Tree of Life
Serpent on the Tree of Life
"This serpent of wisdom is so coiled about the Tree that its body passes over each path in succession on the way of return with its tail near Malkuth and its tail by Kether, it indicates the correct order of numbering the paths upon the Tree. This was once a secret reserved only for the initiated."

(The Practical Qabalah, p. 29)

"It contained thrice seven leaves, for so they were counted in the top of the leaves, and always every seventh leaf was without any writing, but instead thereof upon the first seventh leaf, there was painted a Virgin, and serpents swallowing her up; in the second seventh, a Cross whereon a serpent was crucified; and in the last seventh, there were painted deserts or wildernesses in the midst whereof ran many fair mountains, from whence there issued out a number of serpents, which ran up and down here and there."

(The Alchemists, p.164, quoting from Nicholas Flamel)

"salty and bitter"
From 1:25000 map of Peyrolles showing Serpent in the landscape
Serpent in the Landscape at Peyrolles
"The Sals or salty river, flows first from the rising [east] to the sleeping [west], and after its junction with the Blanque, towards the centre of the Stone Circle of the Redones, follows its course from the South to the North until the entrance of the gorge where it starts to draw out the first natural peaks. Until it has received the Rialses, it turns again towards the sleeping [west] and heads toward the Alder to pour its bitter waters."

"La Sals ou rivière salèe, coule d'abord du levant au couchant, et, après sa jonction avec la Blanque, vers le centre du Cromleck des Redones, poursuit son cours du sud au nord jusqu'à l'entrée de la gorge où commencent à se dessiner les premières aiguilles naturelles. Dès qu'elle a reçu les Rialsés, elle se détourne de nouveau vers le couchant, et se dirige vers l'Alder pour y déverser ses eaux amères."

(La Vraie Langue Celtique, p. 227)

"red with anger"

"This strange Liquor (the Sun shining on it at Noon) attracted the Beams or Splendour to it self, and did sink downwards, as if coagulated with the Heat, but reflected to the Eyes of the Beholders a most beautiful Rain-bow. Here we have a perfect Description of the Philosophers Mercury, but there is something more behind. Apollonius confesseth how the Brachmans told him afterwards, that this Water was a certain secret Water, and that there was hid under it, or within it, a Blood-red Earth."
(The Fame and Confession of the Fraternity of the RC, 1652, p.b1-b2)

13 Capricorn

"My emotion was great "DELIVER ME FROM THE MIRE" I said, and
I awoke immediately. I haven't told you in fact that this was
a dream that I'd had this 17th JANUARY, feast day of Saint SULPICE. Afterwards
my trouble persisting, I wanted after reflection
to tell you a story by PERRAULT. Here then, Dear Reader, in
the pages which follow the result of a dream having soothed me into the
world of the strange and unknown. GOOD comes to him THAT DOES GOOD."

"Mon émotion fut grande, "RETIRE MOI DE LA BOUE" disais-je, et
mon réveil fut immédiat. J'ai omis de vous dire en effet que c'était
un songe que j'avais fait ce 17 JANVIER, fête de Saint SULPICE. Par
la suite mon trouble persitant, j'ai voulu après réflexions d'usage
vous le relater un conte de PERRAULT. Voici donc Ami Lecteur, dans
les pages qui suivent le résultat d'un rêve m'ayant bercé dans le
monde de l'étrange à l'inconnu. A celui qui PASSE de FAIRE LE BIEN !"

"DELIVER ME FROM THE MIRE"

"Rescue me from the mire before I sink in;
So I shall be saved from those who hate me,
From the watery depths.
Let not the waves wash over me,
Nor the deep swallow me up,
Nor the pit close its mouth on me."

(Bible, Psalms, 69:14)

"Retire-moi de la boue, et que je n'enfonce plus! Que je sois délivré de mes ennemis et du gouffre!"

(Bible, Psalms, 69:14)

Splendor Solis - The Eighth Picture
Splendor Solis-The Eighth Picture
"Depicts a Queen with angels' wings - and most gorgeously dressed. She has a golden crown and neck ornament, with golden chains, yellow sleeves and flowing. Skirt of dress ornamented with a flowing green foliage pattern and red and blue flowers. From her left shoulder hangs a blue drapery with gold edges her slippers are red and gold. In her hand she holds a crimson robe edged with gold, which she is holding out to a naked black man who is standing to the knees in a black mud pool. His left arm is white and slightly soiled. His right arm, neck and head is blood red. He holds his right hand over his right thigh towards and as if to cover his nakedness. He stands with right side towards us and on the profile is seen a circular transparent glass globe, just covering head all but profile, through this globe are to be seen on the organ of Self-esteem, the right cheek bone, and over the right eye, three luminous spots, in each of which is seen a small red cross. The Queen seems to be encouraging and sympathysing with him. A landscape with a lake is seen in the distance. Village, roadway with a few distant people walking and boat sailing on the lake, with islands in the extreme distance."

(Splendor Solis, The Eighth Picture)

"Whereupon the greatest part, and even I myself, despaired of redemption, and called upon God that he would have pity on us, and (if possible) deliver us out of this obscurity; who then

also heard some of us."

(Chymical Wedding, First Day, p.7)

"17th JANUARY"

St Anthony

"Antony was buried by his own choice in a place known to none. But by 561 his relics were found and translated to Alexandria. Much later, translations were claimed by Constantinople and by La Motte, where the Order of Hospitallers of Saint Antony was founded c.1100. This became a pilgrimage centre for those who suffered from ergotism (called St Antony's Fire). The hospitallers, who wore black robes with a blue Tau-cross, became widespread over much of Western Europe. They used to ride about, ringing little bells to attract alms; the bells were afterwards hung round the necks of animals to protect them from disease. By special privilege this order's pigs were allowed to roam freely in the streets, whence the emblems of pigs and bells in St Antony's later iconography... ...Feast 17th January"

(Oxford Dictionary of Saints, p.26 )

"St Antony Ermite. The presence in the church of this saint, who led an exemplary life may be intended to suggest a nearby location - 'La Grotte de l'Ermite' (the Hermit's Grotto). It is not simply chance which makes a ray of sunlight pass through the stained glass window opposite and illuminate the statue on precisely January 17th, the date on which he is celebrated, and on which he died at the age of 105."

(Rennes-le-Château, A Visitor's Guide, p. 27)

Blanchefort

"Marie de Negre Dables-Dame D'Hautpoul de Blanchefort died in the chateau of Rennes on 17th January 1781 at the age of 67."

(Rennes-le-Château, A Visitor's Guide, p. 7)

Sauniere

"Until the day when Marinette discovered him (Abbe Berenger Sauniere) prostrate in front of the Tour Magdala on January 17th, 1917...After having passed on the secret to his friend the Abbe Riviere of Esperaza the cure of Rennes-le-Château died on January 22nd 1917."

(Rennes-le-Château, A Visitor's Guide, p. 18)

Nicolas Flamel

Nicolas Flamel
Nicolas Flamel
"Having this, I easily accomplished the Mastery, for, knowing the preparation of the first Agents, and after following my Book according to the letter, I could not have missed it, though I would. Then, the first time that I made projection was upon Mercury, whereof I turned half-a-pound, or thereabouts, into pure Silver, better than that of the Mine, as I myself assayed, and made others assay many times. This was upon a Monday, the 17th of January, about noon, in my house, Perrenella only being present, in the year of the restoring of mankind, 1382."

(Exposition of the Hieroglyphicall Figures which he caused to bee painted upon an Arch in St. Innocents Church-yard, in Paris., Nicolas Flamel - London, 1624)

St Sulpice

17 January is the Saint's day (feast day) of St Sulpice. The church of St Sulpice and the church at Rennes-le-Château are both located on the Paris Meridien.

Sigisbert IV

King Dagobert II "January 17th AD 681 was the date Sigisbert IV was reputed to have arrived at Rennes-le-Château. He is the mysterious link in the Merovingian line who, as son of Dagobert II, would have been his heir. As his life was in danger he was apparently concealed and from him came a line of kings who have never ruled."

(Genisis, p.45)

Serpent Rouge
Charles Perrault
Charles Perrault

January 17th 1967 is the publication date given on the title page of Le Serpent Rouge

Papacy returns to Rome

In 1309 the papacy moved from Rome to Avignon. On 17 January 1377, Pope Gregory XI reached Rome after leaving Avignon on 13 September 1376.

"PERRAULT"

"Perrault's unique contribution was to piece together the elements of earlier models and rework them to produce stories of literary sophistication and moral weight. Charles Perrault (1628-1703) forever will stand as the creative genius of Mother Goose."

"Biblio" Magazine, December 1997


Appendix A - The Tree of Life

Paths on the Tree of Life

Hebrew Letter

Meaning

English Letter

Joining Sephiroth

Numerical Value

Path

Tarot Image

Aleph

Primal Energy, Ox

A

Kether to Chokmah

1

11

Fool

Beth

House, Container

B

Kether to Binah

2

12

Magician

Gimel

Camel

G

Kether to Tipareth

3

13

High Priestess

Daleth

Door, Opening

D

Chokmah to Binah

4

14

Empress

Heh

Window

H

Chokmah to Tipareth

5

15

Emperor

Vav

Nail, Hook

U

Chokmah to Chesed

6

16

Hierophant

Zain

Sword

Z

Binah to Tipareth

7

17

Lovers

Cheth

Field, Fence

Ch

Binah to Geburah

8

18

Chariot

Teth

Serpent

T

Chesed to Geburah

9

19

Strength

Yod

Hand

I, Y

Chesed to Tipareth

10

20

Hermit

Kaph

Palm of Hand

K

Chesed to Netzach

20

21

Wheel

Lamed

Ox-Goad, Whip

L

Geburah to Tipareth

30

22

Justice

Mem

Water

M

Geburah to Hod

40

23

Hanged Man

Nun

Fish

N

Tipareth to Netzach

50

24

Death

Samekh

Prop, Support

S

Tipareth to Yesod

60

25

Temperance

Ayin

Eye

O

Tipareth to Hod

70

26

Devil

Peh

Mouth

P

Netzach to Hod

80

27

Tower

Tzaddi

Fishhook

Tz

Netzach to Yesod

90

28

Star

Qoph

Back of Head

Q

Netzach to Malkuth

100

29

Moon

Resh

Face, Head

R

Hod to Yesod

200

30

Sun

Shin

Tooth

Sh

Hod to Malkuth

300

31

Judgement

Tav

Cross

Th

Yesod to Malkuth

400

32

World

Sephiroth on the Tree of Life

Sephira

Path

Attribute

God-Name

Intelligence

Angel

Symbols

Planet

Kether

1

Crown

Eheieh

Hidden

Metatron Chaioh ha Qadesh

primal point, swastika

First Swirlings

Chokmah

2

Wisdom

JHVH

Illuminating

Ratzeil Auphanim

line, phallus, rod of power

Sphere of the Zodiac

Binah

3

Understanding

JHVH Elohim

Sactifying

Tzaphkiel Aralim

yoni, cup, triangle

Saturn

Chesed

4

Mercy

El

Cohesive

Tzadkiel Chashmalim

pyramid, cross, wand

Jupiter

Geburah

5

Strengh, Severity

Elohim Gibor

Radical

Khamael Seraphim

pentagon, five-petalled rose, spear

Mars

Tipareth

6

Beauty

JHVH Aloah va’Daath

Mediating

Raphael Malachim

rosy-cross cube

Sun

Netzach

7

Victory

JHVH Tzabaoth

Occult

Haniel Elohim

lamp, gridle

Venus

Hod

8

Glory

Elohim Tzabaoth

Absolute

Michael Beni Elohim

versicle, apron

Mercury

Yesod

9

Foundation

Shaddai El Chai

Pure

Gabriel Cherubim

perfumes, sandals

Moon

Malkuth

10

Kingdom

Adonai ha Aretz

Resplendent

Sandalphon Ashim

circle, equal-armed cross.

Earth



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