by Sir Laurence Gardner, Kt St
Gm., KCD, KT St A.
Extracted from Nexus Magazine
Volume 6, Number 5 (August-September
To maintain its
persecution of the Grail dynasts and heretics, the
Church made sure it subverted the stories that would
keep the true Grail legacy alive among the people.
About the Speaker
Sir Laurence Gardner, Kt St Gm, KCD, KT St A, is
an internationally known sovereign and chivalric
genealogist. He holds the position of Prior of the
Celtic Church of the Sacred Kindred of Saint Columba,
and is distinguished as Le Chevalier Labhràn de Saint
Germain and Preceptor of the Knights Templars of Saint
Anthony. Sir Laurence is also a Presidential Attaché to
the European Council of Princes (a constitutional
advisory body established in 1946), and Chancellor of
the Imperial and Royal Court of the Dragon Sovereignty.
He is formally attached to
the Noble Household Guard of the Royal House of Stuart,
founded at St Germain-en-Laye in 1692, is the Jacobite
Historiographer Royal by Appointment, and is a Fellow of
the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland.
It seems like hardly any time since I was here. It's only ten months
ago, I guess, but in the past few months Genesis of the Grail Kings
has been completed, published and is already making a significant
impact in Britain, with launches now taking place further afield.
Duncan has asked me to begin by giving some background about myself
once again. I am involved with a number of organizations - the
Celtic Church being one in particular, for which I'm the Grand Prior
in Britain [that is, the Celtic Church of the Sacred Kindred of St
Not necessarily that the established Church organizations
like the Celtic movement very much, but that's the way of it. I am
also appointed as a Presidential Attaché to an organization called
The European Council of Princes.
The Council was founded in 1946, directly after the War, and the
object was fairly straightforward. (In fact, some of the financing
actually came from this country [Australia], and a lot from America
as well). It was at a time when there was a tremendous fear about
the build-up of further extremist right-wing factions, and there was
also the fear that the communist left-wing might take a hold in
Europe. It was decided, therefore, to set up a watchdog committee
called The International Council of Government, whose brief was to
keep an eye on the extreme political factions.
As it transpired, it didn't have very
much to keep an eye on and, once the European Common Market came
into being, it became much more involved with that from the 1960s.
The Council quite liked the idea of the trading agreements and the
general mutuality, although it doesn't like things too much in the
way they have now developed within the European Union.
About ten tears ago, the Council changed its name to become The
European Council of Princes.
With the eventual establishment of the
European Parliament, there could hardly be a Council of Government
as well. In fact, the Council was not a government at all: it was
simply an advisory body consisting of thirty-three European royal
houses. These might be reigning houses, dispossessed houses or
deposed houses but, whatever the case, various princes and
princesses of these families formed the Council.
For the longest time now, their
objective has been a fairly simple one, and that is to look after
the constitutional clauses within the various nation states
(European countries, with the exception of Britain, have Written
Constitutions). And so, when the European Parliament decides to
enact this new law or impose that new dictate, the Council of
Princes is able to say, "Look, you can't actually do that because it
contravenes, say, clause 7 in subsection (b) of the Constitution of
this or that country".
The Council of Princes is not especially political - it is more of a
social Council in practice; and I am appointed as an Attaché by
virtue of the fact that its President since 1992 has been HRH Prince
Michael of Albany, the current heir to the Royal House of Stuart -
the House that was deposed in Britain from 1688.
The House of Stuart, having taken over the presidency of the Council
from the House of Habsburg-Austria, related it to its one-time Royal
Academy, which was a very scientific establishment. In fact, in the
1700s in particular, it was highly Rosicrucian - very scientific and
alchemical. From the time of Robert the Bruce, the Chancellor of
that organization was given the title Prince Saint Germain. This
title had little to do with the 5th-century saint himself (except
indirectly), but it had to do ultimately with the Stuart Royal Court
in France, at the Palace of Saint Germain.
The Chancellor title was changed in the 1700s to Count Saint Germain,
and in the 1890s it was changed again to become Chevalier Saint
Germain. My present title is that of Chevalier Saint Germain - which
is where the knighthood comes from. As distinct from an English
knighthood, mine is a Franco-Scot distinction attached to the Stuart
Royal Court of France [as ratified by King Louis XIV in 1692], in
the key Noble Order of the Royal Palace of Saint Germain-en-Laye,
Being a Stuart supporter, I am not really a great fan of the House
of Hanover, as you know. However, I have now become attached to a
particular Hanoverian establishment. The oldest antiquarian society
in the world, constituted by the House of Hanover [by charter of
King George III of Britain] in the middle 1700s, is an association
called the Society of Antiquaries which, in Scotland, forms an
adjunct to Historic Scotland - a Government department. Well, as a
non-fan of the House of Hanover, I was privileged and delighted a
few months ago to be made a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of
Scotland - so it rather looks as if I've been blessed to have a
little bit of a foot in the establishment's academic camp.
Now, back to where we are today. I have to begin of course by
thanking Duncan and the NEXUS team for affording me the opportunity
to link my first Australian visit for the new book,
Genesis of the
Grail Kings, with the NEXUS Conference. And I would like to thank
those of you who, since I was last here, have written to me. Some of
you may have had a reply by now; my correspondence was more or less
up to date around Christmas, but it has fallen behind again. So, if
you're still waiting, please bear with me; I will respond.
I first began to talk publicly about the subject matter of Genesis
of the Grail Kings back in October 1997 and, indeed, we covered a
good deal of related ground at the NEXUS Conference last July. So,
with the book now completed and published, I guess the time has come
to move on to other things in preparation for future works.
Originally, and beginning with
Bloodline of the Holy Grail, I had
planned for a series of three books on the Grail theme, covering
some 6,000 years of Messianic inheritance from the time of Adam,
through King David and Jesus, down to the present day.
the course of compiling this genealogical descent and its
fascinating history, the concept for another book has arisen. This
has come about more by popular demand than by strategic planning,
and I have become so enthused with the idea that there will now be
four books in this particular series. It is, in fact, about this
fourth book (rather than the immediate Genesis successor) that I
would like to speak today.
Bloodline of the Holy Grail covers an historical period from the
time of Jesus through the past 2,000 years. Subsequently, Genesis of
the Grail Kings was written to answer the most asked of all
resultant readers' questions: Why was the Grail Bloodline so
important in the first place? Why was the kingly line which
descended to Jesus and beyond so unique from the outset in old
This was the subject which we discussed here last year, and we saw
how the Messianic succession of Grail dynasts (or Dragon Kings) was
alchemically conceived and purpose-bred for the role of earthly
leadership. We looked at the records of ancient Sumer, which talked
the Anunnaki gods and their "creation chamber".
We saw how the
great vulcans of the era produced the enigmatic Highward Fire-stone
(the white powder of monatomic gold) that was used to feed the
Light-bodies of the Babylonian Kings and Egyptian Pharaohs.
And we saw how this substance, when
ingested, had stunning effects on the body's endocrinal system.
Ultimately, we followed the senior line of royal descent (a line
that was genetically determined by the mitochondrial DNA of the
Dragon Queens) down to the time of Moses. And we visited the Temple,
discovered in 1904, high on the Bible's Mount Horeb, where the
monatomic fire-stone was made.
Now we shall take a look at the wider scheme of things, in terms of
the folklore and fable which have emanated from the alchemical realm
of the Pendragons. And we shall consider, in particular, the
longstanding disputes which have prevailed between the sacred
Bloodline and the Church establishment. These stories and their
historical roots (whether portrayed in fairy tale, nursery rhyme or
Gothic romance) will form the basis of a forthcoming book, entitled
Ring Lords of the Dragon: Beyond the Portal of the Twilight Realm.
So, today, we shall be looking at the world of enchantment, with a
little myth, a little magic and a good deal of historical fact, as
some of the characters of popular legend take their place on the
stage of reality. And, at the conclusion of this talk, we shall open
the door to one of the most intriguing, but suppressed, secrets of
On the face of it, the Grail-related stories (whether of Cinderella,
Robin Hood, Sleeping Beauty or Count Dracula) each hold their
separate mysteries and enchantments, but it is not generally
understood that they all stem from a common historical base which is
rooted in the culture of the Grail Kings.
Even though some of the
themes have their origins in very old lore, the majority of tales
(as we know them) were newly slanted from the Dark Ages onwards, and
especially from mediaeval times when the Church's persecution of
Grail heretics was in full swing, leading to the Catholic
Among the best known of these heterodox Christians (or "heretics")
in the Middle Ages were
the Cathars, the Pure Ones of the Languedoc
region in southern France.
And they, in line with the Dragon
tradition of the Ouroboros Ring Lords, referred to the Messianic
Bloodline as the Elven Race. As we shall see, the terms "elf",
"fairy", "pixie" and the like were all representative of various
castes within the kingly succession.
The Ouroboros (as detailed in Genesis of the Grail Kings) was a
symbol of wholeness, unity and eternity, usually identified by a
serpent (in the form of a ring) clutching its own tail. With a cross
positioned beneath the ring, the emblem becomes the familiar device
of the female - the Venus symbol (as portrayed on the cover of
Genesis of the Grail Kings).
Alternatively, with a cross positioned
above the ring, it becomes the masculine Orb of sovereign regalia.
And with the cross positioned within the ring, it becomes emblematic
of the Holy Grail itself - identified as the Dew Cup, or the Rosi-crucis.
In the Cathar language of old Provence, a female elf was an albi (elbe
or ylbi), and Albi was the name given to the main Cathar centre in
Languedoc. This was in deference to the matrilinear heritage of the
Grail dynasty, for the Cathars were supporters of the original
Albi-gens - the Elven Bloodline which had descended through the
Dragon Queens of yore, such as Lilith, Miriam, Bathsheba and Mary
It was for this reason that, when Simon
de Montfort and the armies of Pope Innocent III descended upon the
region in 1209, it was called the Albigensian Crusade.
35 years, tens of thousands of innocent people were slaughtered in
this brutal campaign - all because the inhabitants of the region
were champions of the original concept of Grail kingship, as against
the pseudo-style of monarchy which had been implemented by the papal
In practical terms, Church kingship prevailed from the 8th century
and it has continued through the ages to the present day. But the
fact is that, under the strict terms of sovereign practice, all such
monarchies and their affiliated governments have been illegitimate.
So, what is Church kingship? It is precisely that with which we have
become so familiar. It applies to all monarchs who achieve their
regnal positions as a result of Church coronation - by the Pope, or,
in Britain, by the Archbishop of Canterbury. In terms of true
kingship, there is no necessity for coronation because kingly and
queenly inheritance are, and always were, "in the blood" - to be
precise, in the mitochondrial DNA of the Sangréal.
In the old scheme of things, kingship was automatic because it was
an alchemical inheritance which, in practice, had nothing to do with
ruling over anyone or anywhere. By virtue of an illegal dictate,
however, monarchies were brought under Church control and the
magical Realm of the Ring Lords was supplanted by the material and
territorial reigns of the papal kings.
One might ask why this was allowed to happen. Why did no one stand
up for the legacy of the Holy Grail? Well, the fact is, they did;
the Cathars did, the Knights Templars did, the Rosicrucians did.
Indeed, any number of gnostic groups and fraternities did, and it
was this open support which led to the hideous tortures and
executions of the papal Inquisitions and witch-hunts that persisted
through so many generations.
By the Middle Ages, the Church controlled the majority of European
monarchies (with Scotland a notable exception, as a result of which
King Robert the Bruce and the whole Scottish nation were
excommunicated). The Church, therefore, influenced governments,
parliaments and educational establishments (as it still does today).
And, by implication if not by direct instruction, the military
forces of the pseudo-kings operated at Church command.
The Church held such enormous financial, political and military
power that the Grail adherents became an "underground stream",
living in fear of their lives at every turn.
They were not only
heretics: they were singled out for punishment as sorcerers and
necromancers. And since they did not conform to papal dictates, they
were clearly Satanists! The women, of course, were all whores, but
this was nothing new; the Roman Church had forged this dogmatic
classification at the time of its earliest constitution!
Before looking at some aspects of the Ring legacy, it is important
to consider the original document which made Church kingship
possible in the first place.
In this context, I do not use the word
"important" lightly, because the implementation of this particular
document some 1,248 years ago led to just about every social
injustice that has since been experienced in the Christian world.
The document to which I refer is called "The Donation of
Constantine". All monarchical and governmental practice has, for
centuries, been based upon the initial precept of this charter but,
as we shall see, the precept is wholly invalid.
There are those in our midst today who, under the dynastic rule of
Grail entitlement, are rightful kings and queens. But many of the
dynasties which have actually reigned have done so with little or no
sovereign heritage. They have gained their positions simply because
it suited the Church to crown them as its puppet representatives.
Moving forwards in history from the Pharaohs of Egypt, the Davidic
Kings of Judah and the Dragon Kings of Scythia, we arrive in the
Dark Ages with the Celtic kingdoms of Europe and, essentially for
the purposes of this story, with the Fisher Kings in Gaul (which
later became France).
It is because of this continuing period of Grail sovereignty in the
Celtic realms that conventional history now refers to the "Dark
Ages" - about which, we are told, there is so little documentary
record. There is, however, any amount of surviving material from the
The period is only "dark" because the Church and the imperial
overlords decided to veil it from scrutiny, removing documentary
evidence from the educational environment in order to perpetuate the
myth that everyone and everything outside the Roman establishment
was ignorant and barbaric.
As detailed in Bloodline of the Holy Grail, the Church of Rome
(founded by Emperor Constantine the Great in the 4th century) had
little to do with the Nazarene style of Christianity which it
officially superseded and had hitherto persecuted. It was an
entirely new, hybrid form of male-dominated "churchianity" based
upon a contrived apostolic succession of popes.
The separate Nazarene movement (often called the Celtic Church)
continued in opposition under the direction of Grail dynasts from
the family of Jesus, and they were styled the Desposyni, meaning
Heirs of the Lord.
At that time, the Bloodline houses of the Desposyni held the reins
of Dragon kingship in Europe. But the bishops of the Roman Church
sought to undermine this tradition, and eventually managed this in
the 8th century when they deposed the Merovingian Fisher Kings of
the Franks after some 300 years of regnal succession.
With the sudden, contrived demise of this Grail dynasty in 751, a
new style of kingship was introduced in the West - kingship not by
any right of succession, but by individual decree of the Pope - and
it was this which led to much of the fairy tale and folklore which
is so familiar today. The new style of papal kingship was made
possible by the so-called "Donation of Constantine" which, although
now known to have been forged, was not open to debate at the time.
When the Donation made its first appearance in the middle 8th
century, it was alleged to have been written by Emperor Constantine
400 years earlier (although, strangely, never produced in the
It was even dated and carried his supposed signature. What
the document proclaimed was that the Pope was Christ's elected
representative on Earth, with the power to "create" kings as his
subordinates. The provisions were put into operation by the Vatican
in 751, whereupon the longstanding
Merovingians were deposed and a
whole new dynasty was supplemented by way of a family who had
hitherto been mayors of the Royal Palace (the equivalent of prime
They were dubbed "Carolingians", and their only king of
any consequence (through some 236 years) was the legendary
As a result of this strategy, the whole nature of monarchy changed
from being an office of "guardianship" to one of "rule". Henceforth,
the papal monarchs were territorial governors rather than patriarchs
of the people. By virtue of this monumental change, the longstanding
Grail Code of princely service was forsaken and European kings
became servants of the Church - which had the power to make them or
How do we know today that
the Donation is a forgery?
Well, there are
many reasons, but the most obvious is that its New Testament
references relate to the Latin Vulgate version of the Bible. This
edition was translated and compiled by St Jerome who was not born
until the year 340, some 26 years after Constantine (who died,
anyway, in 337) supposedly signed the document!
Indeed, there was
more than half a century between Constantine's alleged signing and
the appearance of the particular Latin Bible that was used in its
content. Notwithstanding this, the language of the Donation was, in
any event, that of the 8th century and bore no relation to the
writing style of Constantine's day.
The truly ridiculous aspect of all this is that the Donation was
proved to be a forgery some 550 years ago, during the Renaissance,
but its overwhelming dictate, which cemented the Pope as the supreme
spiritual and temporal head of Christendom, has prevailed
As explained in Genesis of the Grail Kings, the monarchs of the
Grail succession were called Messiahs (Anointed Ones) because, in
the early days in Mesopotamia and Egypt, they were anointed with the
fat of the sacred Messeh (the holy dragon or crocodile).
of this, they were also called Dragons. The Dragon, emblematic of
wisdom, was the epitome of the Holy Spirit which, according to the
Book of Genesis, moved upon the waters of time, while the Grail was
the perpetual Blood Royal - the Sangréal. Originally, in old
Mesopotamia, it was called the Gra-al - the Sacred Blood of the
Dragon Queens - and it was said to be the "nectar of supreme
excellence". The ancient Greeks called it ambrosia.
The concept of fairies (the fair folk) was born directly from this
base, being a derivative of "fey" and relating especially to "fate".
In the Celtic world, certain royal families (especially those of the
Pendragons, or Head Dragons) were said to carry the Fairy Blood -
that is to say, the fate or destiny of the Grail Bloodline - while
the Elf Maidens of the Albi-gens were the designated guardians of
the Earth, starlight and forest.
But how was it that the dragons, fairies and elves of history became
enveloped within a shroud of supernatural enigma? Why was it that
their stories were moved from the world of reality into a domain of
romance and nursery tale? What had all this to do with the Donation
To answer these questions, we must now step through the Portal of
Enchantment into the Twilight Realm of the Shining Ones, for theirs
is the enlightened Realm of the Ring Lords.
Three Rings for the Elven
Kings under the sky.
Seven for the Dwarf Lords in their halls of stone.
Nine for Mortal Men doomed to die.
One for the Dark Lord on his dark throne,
In the Land of Mordor where the shadows lie.
One Ring to rule them all.
One Ring to find them.
One Ring to bring them all
And in the darkness bind them,
In the Land of Mordor where the shadows lie.
So it is cited by Gandalf the Wizard in
Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings, one of the most popular tales of
In essence, the contested ownership of the One Ring is little
different to the enduring quest for the Holy Grail. Although
presented from quite opposite standpoints, both are quests for the
maintenance of sovereignty, but each has been misapplied at various
stages of history by those who perceived the Ring and the Grail as
power weapons. Hence, it was imperative (in the respective stories)
that access to the Grail was protected by severe questions, just as
it was essential to keep the One Ring from the evil Sauron of Mordor,
who eventually lost his power when the Ring was destroyed in the
fires of the Mount of Doom.
There is, however, an essential difference between Tolkien's One
Ring, which is portrayed as dark and divisive, and the Golden Ring
of Grail romance, which is a ring of love and enlightenment.
latter was further symbolized by the ring of iron-clad knights who
sat at the Round Table - a ring that was broken (leading the land
into chaos and waste) when Arthur forsook the Celtic Code in favor
of the Roman persuasion (or, as the later Christianized version of
the story differently explains, when Guinevere was unfaithful to
Arthur with Lancelot).
It has been said on occasions that the great genius of 19th-century
composer Richard Wagner was that he recognized the Ring saga as a
version of the Grail Quest. However, if anything, the reverse is
true. What he recognized was that the popular Holy Grail legends
were, in fact, stylized retellings of the more traditional Ring
Both Richard Wagner and Alfred, Lord Tennyson (in his Arthurian
writings) understood that the Grail Quest was a spiritual aspect of
the Ring Quest, but that in essence they were alike, if not the
What they also recognized was the fact that both the Ring and
the Grail could bring disaster, though by different means. The power
of the Ring had to be withstood, otherwise it would enslave its
master, whereas the power of the Grail would retaliate with
vengeance if misused. Either way, the moral is the same in that,
ultimately, power is self-destructive when achieved through selling
one's soul. Hence, the Ouroboros Ring can be a halo or a crown, but
it can equally become a noose.
Adolf Hitler's fanatical obsession with finding the Hallows of Grail
Castle was a prime example of this misconceived notion of power. In
his search for the Hallows, he obtained an ancient lance (said to
have been used by Charlemagne) which he insisted was the Longinus
spear that pierced the side of Jesus at the Crucifixion. This, he
reckoned, was the sacred Spear of Destiny, so revered in Grail lore.
With this in his possession, Hitler was confident that his empire
would be as strong as that of Charlemagne.
But legend had it that, after many great
victories, Charlemagne was doomed to defeat from the moment he lost
the magical weapon. And so it was that on 30 April 1945 - the very
day when the American 7th Army, under General Patton, seized the
lance from Nuremberg Castle - Adolf Hitler accepted his defeat and
[apparently] shot himself.
Whether applied in fact or fantasy, the concept of the Ring and the
Grail was such that it inspired hope for the social and natural
environments. The Grail Hallows (the Sword, Chalice, Ouroboros and
Spear) were traditionally regarded as tools of princely service but,
when presumed to be weapons of power, they would always, one way or
another, destroy the wielder from within.
These Hallows were
represented in the four suits of the Tarot's Minor Arcana as the
Swords, Cups, Pentacles and Wands - subsequently to become the
Spades, Hearts, Diamonds and Clubs that we know today.
Throughout the best part of this millennium, no organization has
misused the Grail Chalice symbolism to greater effect than the
Christian Church establishment. From the earliest times, the
Rosi-crucis (the chalice and wine of the Grail sacrament) was a
prerogative of the Albi-gens, being emblematic of the Blood Royal in
the womb of the Dragon Queen.
However, the Church has long
misappropriated this aspect of the Hallows ceremony to become its
Eucharistic power-weapon, supposedly to bind its followers into
communion with ecclesiastical dogma. But, as time goes by, this very
power is being seen to subside as the congregations diminish in the
quest for greater truths and more substantial enlightenment from
In William Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream, the Queen of the
Fairies is Titania, whose name represents the pre-Olympian god-race
of the Titans. In particular, she is the Moon Goddess Diana. Their
king, Oberon, however, had an historical base, being inspired by an
ancestor of Shakespeare's colleague Edward de Vere, 17th Earl of
He was a founding member of Elizabeth Tudor's 16th-century
Court Poetry and Magic Syndicate - along with Francis Bacon, John
Dee, Edmund Spenser and others of the Rosicrucian "underground
stream" who aided and guided much of Shakespeare's work.
Edward de Vere was, at that time, Lord Chancellor of England - as
had been many generations of his forebears, including Albrey, the
12th-century Prince of Anjou and Guisnes, whose titular name,
Albe-Righ, meant Elf King. What the Syndicate knew full well,
despite their loyalty to Elizabeth, was that the House of Tudor had
no prior right to the English throne, having simply taken it, by
might of the sword, from the preceding House of Plantagenet.
That apart, the Plantagenets themselves were a junior branch of the
House of Anjou, whose senior branch was the House of Vere. Indeed,
in 1861, the noted royal historian Baron Thomas Babington Macaulay
described the Veres as,
"the longest and most illustrious line of
nobles that England has ever seen".
Their ancestry was jointly Pictish and Merovingian, descending from the ancient Grail House of
Here was a true kingly line of the Elven Race, and it was
for this reason that Oberon (a variant of Aubrey/Albrey, the
historical Elf King) became Shakespeare's King of the Fairies. Such
was the translatory nature of all Rosicrucian symbology, whether
portrayed in stories, artwork, watermarks or the Tarot.
Some time earlier, in 1408, Edward de Vere's ancestor, Richard (Lord
Chamberlain and 11th Earl of Oxford), had been invested as a
of the Garter by King Henry IV at Windsor Castle. Also invested at
the same time was King Sigismund of Hungary, who had revived the
ancient Egyptian Order of the Dragon - within which Richard de Vere
held the hereditary distinction of Lord Draconis.
One way or another, the nursery tales which emanated from the
"underground stream" were stories of lost brides and usurped
kingship - based upon the subjugation of the Grail Bloodline by the
Church of Rome and, in later times, by the sectarian Puritans of the
The Catholics had their Dominican Grand
Inquisitor, Tomâs de Torquemada, and the Puritans had their
equivalent in Matthew Hopkins, the Witchfinder-General.
executions, in each case, were hanging, drowning or burning at the
stake, and the common command was:
"Kill them all - God will know
The fairy tale concept was essentially geared to stories relating to
these persecutions: allegorical accounts of the predicament of the
true Royal Family - the Ring Lords of the Sangréal, whose fairies
and elves (having been maneuvered from the mortal plane of orthodoxy
and status quo) were confined to a seemingly Otherworld existence.
They were tales of Grail Princes who were turned into frogs, of Swan
Knights who roamed the wasteland, and of Dragon Princesses locked in
towers or put to sleep for hundreds of years.
In the course of their
persecution, the Elf Maidens were pricked with bodkins, fed with
poisoned apples or condemned to servitude - while their champions
swam great lakes, battled through thickets and scaled mighty towers
to secure and protect the matrilinear heritage of the Albi-gens.
They include such well-known stories as Sleeping Beauty, Cinderella,
Snow White and Rapunzel.
In all cases, the underlying theme is the same, with the Bloodline
Princess kept (through drugging, imprisonment or some form of
restraint) out of reach of the Grail Prince who has to find and
release her in order to preserve the dynasty and perpetuate the
line. For the most part, the establishment of the "Mother Church"
was symbolized by a malevolent stepmother, an evil witch or some
other jealous female with an opposing vested interest.
stories are reminiscent of the Lost Bride of the King in the Old
Testament's Song of Solomon. Their content also embodies the forlorn
aspect of Mary Magdalene, the bride of Jesus, whose royal heritage
and maternal legacy were so thoroughly undermined by the Christian
An interesting feature of many classic fairy tales is that they
truly are very old stories. Take Cinderella, for example. If asked
who wrote Cinderella, many people would answer that it was the
Brothers Grimm, while others would say it was Charles Perrault.
However, these men were not actually writers of fairy tales, as is
commonly thought. They were collectors, compilers and interpreters
of the tales.
The story of Cinderella can be traced back to the
Carolingian era, with its first known version appearing in the year
850. Perrault published his well-known edition in 1697 in France,
while Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm produced their German version in 1812.
Over the years, many people have likened Tolkien's wizard, Gandalf,
to Merlin of the Arthurian tales. At the same time, Tolkien's
Aragorn has been likened to King Arthur but, as Tolkien himself
pointed out, there is really a closer similarity between Aragorn and
the historical Charlemagne.
The challenge which faced Charlemagne, who had been charged by the
Church to establish a viable Empire from various disunited kingdoms,
was not unlike that which confronted Aragorn, who reunited the
divided kingdoms of Middle Earth. But there was a marked difference
in practice, for Aragorn was far more like Arthur in having an
advisory wizard, whereas Charlemagne did not because the Church
would not consent to counselors outside its own appointees.
Aragorn's was therefore more of a Celtic-style environment, with the
enemy being the evil Sauron.
Charlemagne, on the other hand, was a
champion of the Roman Church whose adversaries were the supporters
of the unlawfully ousted Merovingian establishment - an
establishment to which Aragorn would personally have been well
In the event, it became essential for the Church to settle some form
of Ring entitlement upon Charlemagne so that he was perceived to
conform to the Dragon tradition. And so a suitable tale was invented
to the effect that a serpent appeared at his court with a golden
ring in its mouth - an enchanted ring that compelled him to love
whoever's finger it was on.
At this stage, it is of interest to note that a newly proposed
three-film series of Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings is currently in
its early stages of development. After some 18 months of negotiation
with the American film company Newline Cinema, the $260-million
contract has been acquired by New Zealand film-maker Peter Jackson.
Various parts of New Zealand will apparently make ideal Middle Earth
locations for the project, and it is hoped that the first film
(based upon Book I of Tolkien's 1950s trilogy) will be released
within the next couple of years. This film, The Fellowship of the
Ring, will subsequently be followed by The Two Towers and The Return
of the King.
With a speaking cast of about sixty and many thousands of extras, it
has recently been rumored that one of the key roles, that of
Gandalf, is hotly tipped for Sean Connery. Given that The Lord of
the Rings has been voted "the most popular book of the century", and
with stars of this calibre, we could well be looking at one of the
first mammoth box-office attractions of the new millennium.
The composer Richard Wagner's personal association with Grail lore
and, of course, his own famous Ring Cycle are well known.
therefore very appropriate that one of the present hopeful
contenders for The Lord of the Rings film score is Richard Wagner's
own descendant, Adrian Wagner, who is now in touch with the film
company in this regard.
When Bloodline of the Holy Grail was released, I was heartened to
learn that the Wagner Grail tradition of Lohengrin and Parsifal was
still very much to the fore. At that time, in parallel with my book,
Adrian Wagner released an album called The Holy Spirit and the Holy
Grail. Now, as a companion to my latest work, he has composed
the compelling musical suite, Genesis of the Grail Kings.
One apparent fact about Tolkien's elven folk is that, unlike the
cute little elves of many children's tales, these characters are
actually larger and more powerful than average mortals. They are
also endowed with greater powers of wisdom, they ride magical horses
and closely resemble the ancient Irish king-tribe of the Tuatha Dé
Danann. In this regard, Tolkien was quite accurate with his
assessment of the original Ring Lords of the Albi-gens who, in the
far distant years BC, were called the Lords of the Sidhé (pronounced
The Sidhé was a transcendent intellect, known to the Druids as the
Web of the Wise, while "druid" (druidhe) was itself a Celtic word
for "witch" - an English form of the Saxon verb wicca, meaning "to
bend" or "to yield" (as indeed do willow and wicker).
Tuatha Dé Danann (or Dragon Lords of Anu) were masters of the
transcendent Sidhé, and were duly classified as "fates" or
Before settling in Ireland (from about 800 BC), they were
the world's most noble race, alongside the early Kings of Egypt,
being the Black Sea Princes of Scythia (now Ukraine). Like the
original dynastic Pharaohs, they traced their descent from the great Pendragons of Mesopotamia; and from them sprang the kingly lines of
the Irish Bruithnigh and the Picts of Scotland's Caledonia.
they founded the Royal House of Gwynedd, while in Cornwall in the
southwest of England, they were the sacred gentry known as the
Pict-sidhé - from which derives the term "pixie".
So, from a single caste of the original Blood Royal - whether known
as the Sangréal, the Albi-gens or the Ring Lords - we discover many
of the descriptive terms which sit at the very heart of popular
folklore. For here, in this one noble race, we have the "elves",
"fairies" and "pixies" - not beguiling little folk, but
distinguished Kings and Queens of the Dragon succession.
One of the most important Scythian words was uper, which meant
"over" or "above" - a word that we still use in today's English in
such definitions as "superintendent" or "supervisor". In titular
form, a Scythian Uper was an Overseer or, more importantly, an
Overlord - the equivalent of a Pendragon.
Later, in the Hungarian
and Romanian regions, the word gained the variant form, Oupire.
Until the mediaeval fabrications of the Christian Church, there was
nothing remotely sinister or supernatural about the definition of
Oupire, but this was eventually destined to change when the
witch-hunts began, for the priestly/kingly Oupires were, in the eyes
of Rome, the equivalent of Magian Druids.
They were therefore
witches, and the Sidhé definition (Web of the Wise) became newly
dubbed as "the Web of the Weird".
In the main, outside the Celtic regions of Britain, the traditional
Oupires had been apparent in the Balkan and Carpathian regions of
Europe, having prevailed from Transylvania to the Black Sea in
ancient times. They were therefore not only associated with witches
but with Gypsies.
The Church bishops and Inquisitional
friars suspected them of being the ultimate rulers of the Land of
Elphane - the twilight realm of fairy gold, magic springs and the
abiding lore of the Greenwood, all of which were anathema to the
Church. They were said to be wandering people of the night, who
consorted with evil spirits. At that stage, a new word was born into
the language of Christian Europe. The word, a straightforward
corruption of Oupire, was "vampire".
In addition to vampires, another classification was soon to enter
the Inquisitional vocabulary as the Dominican Black Friars and the
Franciscan Grey Friars compiled their lists of undesirables. They
had now moved beyond the realm of ordinary heretics and pagans, for
alongside their fabricated vampire myth they conjured another form
of shape-shifting phenomenon: the werewolf.
Quite suddenly, there appeared to be no end to the fantastic
creatures that were reckoned to stalk the streets and forests in
search of unsuspecting victims.
But the beauty of all this was that
it had the effect of making people lean more heavily upon the Church
- the only perceived route to salvation. These vampires and
werewolves, it was said, could not be killed by conventional means.
Even God was out of the picture,
for only the power of Jesus Christ (the Savior of
humankind) could defeat these diabolical beings. They were portrayed
as devils, demons and emissaries of Satan, who had to be exorcised
and destroyed by the monks and clerics. And so the Church was in
business with a whole new genre of scary folklore to counter the
Grail Quest legends and esoteric artwork of the "underground
On the one hand, there were the Albigensian tales of Swan Princes,
Dragon Queens and Elf Maidens, comprising the lore of the forgotten
Bloodline and the Lost Bride, wherein knights and chivalric
champions battled against all odds to preserve the sacred heritage
of the Holy Grail. In these stories, there were wizards of the
Druidic school and wise hermits to guide the knights upon their
journeys and missions.
But nowhere in these tales of enchantment did
a gallant priest or bishop ever ride to the aid of a damsel in
distress, for the Church was, in practice, the adversary.
What the bishops did, however, at the 1545 Council of Trento in
northern Italy, was they formally blacklisted and outlawed the
prophecies of Merlin, withdrawing all related material from the
public domain. Eventually, in order to weigh the literary balance in
the Church's favor, a new breed of writing was born, and it came
into its own as Gothic Romance.
The premise behind these tales was not so much about saving victims,
but rather more about destroying the enemies of contrived "churchianity"
- with crucifixes galore and gallons of holy water being the
essential weapons in the dreaded undertaking against the sinister
Then, in time, the Christian movement had a wonderful idea for its
own Merlin competitor: not a wizard as such, but an early Church
bishop with canonized status. But, what a very strange choice they
Back in AD 325, one of the characters at Emperor Constantine's
Council of Nicaea was a certain Nicholas, Bishop of Myra.
Church conference the bishops were debating the nature of the Holy
Trinity and of how Jesus was not simply the Son of God but was also
God incarnate. The ageing Libyan priest, Arius of Alexandria, was
not at all happy about this new concept and decided to make his
feelings known. But when he rose to speak, Nicholas of Myra
immediately punched him in the face!
This, of course, brought the debate firmly back onto the required
track - subsequent to which, the violent protagonist was rewarded
for his effort and duly became Saint Nicholas. This titular name was
later corrupted in parts of Europe to become Sinterklaas or
Sintniklaus, and then, in the English-speaking countries, to Santa
Claus. Now, by virtue of a good deal of strategic propaganda, he is
lovingly revered by children as the jolly, gift-bearing Father
Christmas - a far cry from the original vindictive bishop of
Within the Celtic Church of the Dark Ages (in the days of Taliesin
and the Merlin seers to the kings), there had been some very
prominent adepts of the old wisdom: abbots and culdees such as St
David, St Patrick and St Columba, all of whom were denounced in
their day by the Roman Church for their so-called wizardry and pagan
Even the later papal establishment regarded them all as
necromancers and sorcerers, but this is not the way things are
currently portrayed. Although the Merlin prophecies were expressly
banned by the Council of Trento, the teachings of David, Patrick and
Columba were so firmly cemented in society that the Church pursued a
different strategy of incorporation.
A thousand years after the lifetimes of these Druidic Magi, the
Vatican elected to bring them into the orthodox saintly fold so that
the real truth of their Celtic environment would be overshadowed.
Then, only a couple of years ago, the British Post Office and the
Anglican Church joined forces to promote the gentle St Columba of
the Celts alongside his bitter Catholic rival, St Augustine of Rome,
who came to England with an express papal brief to destroy the
Columban movement immediately after Columba's death in 597.
Notwithstanding this historical fact,
however, the anniversary postage stamps and substantially hyped
propagandist material of 1997 portrayed these two arch-enemies as if
they had been blood brothers in a common cause - proving beyond
doubt that new myths of "churchianity" are still being created to
With regard to the werewolves, who were said to manifest at the
height of the full moon, the definition of were is, quite simply,
"man" (hence, "werewolf" is "man-wolf"), but it comes rather more
precisely from an ancient High Druidic caste of Wood Lords (called
Weres or Wallans).
Their totem animal was the wolf - just as other
tribes were represented by, say, a boar or a horse.
were really no more than the early predecessors of heraldry, whereby
families became identified by the animals, plants, shells and other
devices on their banners.
Historically, the Wallans became very influential, founding great
kingly dynasties in Ireland, Wales and England. The great Cadwallan
of Wales was of this Druidic race, as was King Casswallan, the
intrepid son of Beli Mawr - the greatest of all the sovereign Wood
Lords in about 100 BC.
Other totems, of course, were the various god and goddess
representations, and it is especially relevant that one of these
still holds a prime British national position today, having
persisted though the centuries from the early culture of the Wood
The original Wallans were apparent in Mesopotamia around 3,800 years
ago, in about 1800 BC. They were called the Yulannu, which meant,
quite simply, Wood Lords. Indeed, it was from their culture that the
original Yule tradition derived, subsequently making its way across
Europe to Scandinavia.
The venerated Goddess of the Yulannu was Barat An-na (Great Mother
of the Fire-stone). The Sumerians called her Antu. She was the wife
of the god Anu, and the mother of Enki. In later times, she was
identified with Diana of Ephesus (Diana of the Nine Fires).
of Barat An-na spread across Syria into the Phoenician kingdom,
where they began to portray her on their coins. In these
representations, she sat by the seashore with a torch of fire, and
at her side was a round shield bearing the cross of the Rosi-crucis.
Along with the Wallan Druids, the culture of Barat An-na was brought
to the British islands, where her name became compacted to Bratanna.
And in those islands, her image persisted to the extent that she
became the great tribal goddess - a goddess who, despite all the
emergent centuries of Christianity, has prevailed to this very day.
Her image on the coins has barely altered, except that her flaming
torch became a lighthouse, and the Rosi-crucis cross of her shield
was amended to become the Union Jack. But, after all this time, she
is still the Mother Goddess of the land, the Lady of the Fire-stone:
Earlier, I mentioned the mighty King Casswallan who reigned in
Britain at about the time of King Herod the Great. By virtue of
being the son of the great Beli Mawr, he was not only a Wood Lord
but was also a Ring Lord of the Cassi; hence, he was Cassi-Wallan or
The Cassi tribes were also from Mesopotamia, prior to which (having
previously settled in the northern Zargos Mountains along with the
Yulannu) they were Carpathian princes of the Sidhé. They were, in
fact, of the Tuatha Dé Danann Fairy strain. They reigned in regional
Mesopotamia from the 18th century BC and, from about 1600 BC, they
governed all Babylonia for another 500 years.
This particular race developed one of the oldest Ring cultures in
history and, in ancient Ireland, they were the sacred race of the
god-men: the Vere-Bolg. The greatest of their Ring shrines still
exists, known as Newgrange today - originally a sacred royal seat
identified as a Rath.
These shrines ("fairy rings") were called the Creachaire (temple-tombs), and they housed the Raths which were
turf-covered mound dwellings constructed upon a framework of poles.
In later times, they were called Tepes (pronounced "tepesh") - from
which derived the American Indian tepee - and they were reckoned to
be Portals to the Netherworld, the sacred domain of ancestral souls.
It is from this mound-dwelling practice that the tribal name of the
Cassi Kings evolved, for a Cassi was a Place of Wood. They were the
seats of the Portal Guardians: the Oupires, the Ring Lords of the
Sidhé, who, as we saw earlier, were later dubbed "vampires".
One of history's best known Grail Fairies was Princess Melusine,
daughter of the Pictish King, Elinas of Alba - a descendant of the
2nd-century King Vere of Caledonia, Lord of the Dragon. In the year
733, Melusine (maintaining the family heritage) married Rainfroi de
Vere, Prince of Anjou, and among their offspring was Count Maelo,
the commander of Emperor Charlemagne's army.
From Maelo's own
marriage to Charlemagne's sister sprang the Vere Counts of Guisnes
who, as previously mentioned, were the reputed Elf Kings and became
England's Great Chamberlains and Earls of Oxford.
In the Arthurian and Magdalene traditions of the Ladies of the Lake
(as discussed in Bloodline of the Holy Grail), Melusine was a
"fountain fey" - an enchantress of the Underwood. Her fountain at
Verrières en Forez was called Lusina (meaning "Light-bringer"), from
which derived the name of the Royal House of Lusignan - the Crusader
Kings of Jerusalem.
The Fount of Melusine was said to be located
deep within a thicket wood in Anjou, and Melusine was often depicted
as a mermaid - as she is still beguilingly portrayed in an old
painting at Count Dracula's Bran Castle in Romania.
In the 12th-century, Melusine's descendant, Robert de Vere, 3rd Earl
of Oxford and legal pretender to the Earldom of Huntingdon, was
appointed as King Richard I's Steward of the forest lands of
Fitzooth. As Lord of the Greenwood and titular Herne of the Wild
Hunt, he was a popular people's champion of the Sidhé heritage - as
a result of which he was outlawed for taking up arms against King
It was he who, subsequently styled Robin Fitzooth, became the
prototype for the popular tales of Robin Hood.
Of all the monarchs who ever sat upon the throne of England, the
Tudor Queen, Elizabeth I, was by far the most in tune with ancient
cultures and wood lore. She was even called the Faerie Queene and,
before being formally crowned, she was installed by the people as
their Queen of the Greenwood. This was an ancient ritual of the
Shining Ones - the Elven Race of the Albi-gens.
The ceremony was
conducted in the mist of early dawn in the depths of Windsor Forest
and, to facilitate the installation, the customary Robin Hood legacy
of the House of Vere was brought into play.
At that time, the Queen's Lord Chamberlain was Edward de Vere of
Loxley, 17th Earl of Oxford, and it was his office to invest
Elizabeth by first deposing the Caille Daouine. This was the
traditional King of the Forest (whose name had given rise to
Scotland's Pictish realm of Caledonia) - the mighty Stag of the
Seven Tines, upon whose back Lord Vere rode into the ceremonial
Edward de Vere of Oxford was a friend and student of the Rosicrucian
alchemist and Secret Service operative John Dee, and he worked
closely with the statesman and philosopher Francis Bacon (later
Viscount St Albans). Between them (along with others) they comprised
the Royal Court Syndicate which was responsible for providing much
of the material for the works of their playwright colleague, William
As mentioned in connection with Melusine, fountains, springs and
water in general were always associated with the Ring Lord female
line. This stems from the very earliest times of the Anunnaki, whose
founding mother (as explained in ancient Mesopotamian literature)
was Tiâmat, the Sea-dragon. In later times, these queens were
commonly represented as mermaids (mere maids), and were often called
Ladies of the Lake.
This was a style granted to Mary Magdalene when
she had settled in Provence from AD 44.
While the male descendants of Mary Magdalene and Jesus became the
noted Fisher Kings in Gaul, the female line retained its Dragon
Queen status, in a quite separate dynasty, as the matriarchal Queens
of Avallon in Burgundy. They were known as the House del Acqs (the
House of the Waters), and among their number was the great
6th-century Queen Viviane, revered as the Lady of the Lake in
This heritage was so important to the Celtic
Church that, when King Kenneth MacAlpin united the Scots and Picts
in 844, his extant installation document made special mention of his
descent from the Queens of Avallon.
The true significance of King Arthur was his immediate joint descent
in both the male and female lines of the Albi-gens. His father was
King Aedàn of Dalriada, the Pendragon of Britain in the year 559 and
a descendant of the Wood Lord Beli Mawr. His mother was Ygerna del
Acqs, the daughter of Queen Viviane, whose grandson (by Ygerna's
sister, Viviane II) was the legendary Lancelot del Acqs.
(sometimes called Igraine in the Grail tradition) was the High Queen
of the Celtic kingdoms, and her daughter Morgaine (by her first
husband, Gwyr Llew of Carlisle) was High Priestess of the Sisters of
Over the years, there have been any number of speculations
concerning the historical Arthur, but these are mainly fronted by
tourist establishments endeavoring to claim the Arthurian heritage
for their particular parts of England or Wales. The fact is,
however, that (in line with the traditional accounts) there was only
ever one High King of Britain called Arthur. There was only ever one
Arthur born as the son of a Pendragon.
There was only ever one Arthur whose
mother was Igraine of Avallon and whose grandmother was the
recognized Lady of the Lake. There was only ever one Arthur with a
son named Modred, and there was only ever one Arthur with a sister
called Morgaine (or Morganna as some of the stories refer to her).
In this regard, the old annals of Scotland and Ireland, along with
the records of the Celtic Church, are unanimous in identifying
Arthur mac Aedàn of Dalriada. He was invested as Sovereign Commander
and High King in the year 575 by the Druid, Merlin Emrys, and his
primary seat was at Carlisle in the north of England, from where he
controlled the military defense of the English-Scottish border
Returning to the Raths (or royal mound-dwellings), we should perhaps
consider the fact that, as mentioned, these Portals to the
Netherworld were called Tepes - for this was the very style afforded
to one of the most enigmatic of all Gothic figures: Count Dracula.
Historically, and quite outside the Christian propagandist mythology
which surrounds the vampire character of Bram Stoker's famous novel,
Dracula was Prince Vlad III of Wallachia, who is often referred to
as Vlad Tepes.
Since the word tepes relates to "wooden poles", it is often thought
that Vlad's descriptive nickname relates to his individual method of
executing enemies of the State by impaling them upon wooden stakes.
Hence, Vlad Tepes is sometimes said to mean "Vlad the Impaler".
This, however, is completely untrue. He was called Tepes (as were
many other Druidic elders before him) because, within the ancient
Ring Lord culture of the Sidhé, he was an appointed Creachaire
Vlad Tepes, a 15th-century Prince in Romania, founded the capital
city of Bucharest. His popularized name, Dracula, means "Son of
Dracul", and Dracul (or Dragon) was a style by which his father was
known within the Grail fraternity of the Ordo Draconis (The Imperial
Court of the Dragon) from 1431.
During this past century, ever since the 1897 novel, Dracula, was
published, Vlad has become an archetype of the Church-promoted
Gothic tradition. However, the establishment's real fear of Dracula
was not his harsh treatment of enemies, as is so often cited, nor
that he was a blood-sucking vampire in the Stoker tradition.
they feared was his in-depth knowledge of alchemy and the fact that
he was truly an operative Oupire - a venerated Overlord of the Rath,
a Portal Guardian in the ancient Yulannu manner of the Ring Lords.
Those of you who have read Bloodline of the Holy Grail, or maybe
even Genesis of the Grail Kings, will be familiar with the
terracotta portrayal of the Sumerian goddess, Lilith, from around
2000 BC. In this depiction (as in those of other Anunnaki hierarchy)
Lilith is seen to be holding the Rod and Ring of Divinely Measured
Justice. The Rod was actually an instrument of measure, and in some
portrayals it is very clearly marked in calculable units (like a
modern ruler). By Babylonian times, it was referred to as the Rule,
and the one who held the Rule was the Ruler - which is from where
our governmental term derives.
The Ring (as mentioned at the beginning of this talk) was a symbol
of wholeness, unity and eternity. It represented a continuance of
Divine Justice - a justice that was measured by the Rod (or Rule).
Hence, the Ring was the ultimate insignia of the Anunnaki Overlords
- the enigmatic Oupires who were responsible for the establishment
of municipal government and kingly practice - for they were the
progenitors of civilization from about 4000 BC.
In view of this, it is of particular interest to note that Tolkien,
when asked about the Middle Earth environment of his book, The Lord
of the Rings, answered that he perceived its setting to relate to
somewhere around 4000 BC.
"The cauldron has always been boiling," he
said. "We simply add new ingredients to the soup."
In this respect,
his popular tale, although enthralling, was not actually new in
From the earliest of European times, the Saxon god, Wotan
(or Odin, the equivalent of the Sumerian Anu), was said to have
ruled the world with eight rings, having one more, the ninth ring
(the One Ring), to govern the others.
During the mediaeval days of the Church's persecution of heretics
and, indeed, through the Middle Ages and beyond, all manner of
Grail-related subject matter fell prey to the wrath of the bishops
and friars. Unsuspecting victims were accused of any number of
apparently unsavory practices, and any association with the Ring
culture was proscribed. Indeed, when Joan of Arc was accused of
witchcraft, one of the charges laid against her by the bishops was
that she used magical rings for enchantment and curative purposes.
As a result, she was burnt at the stake in 1431. But, in 1920, the
Church reconsidered her case and she was pardoned and canonized!
As detailed in Bloodline of the Holy Grail, not only were
proscriptions leveled against the writings of Merlin - with a good
deal of other literature confined to the supposedly "lost" coffers
of the Dark Ages - but pictorial art also came under close scrutiny
and many new rules were made.
One of these was that the Virgin Mary
could only be portrayed wearing blue and white (just as she is
commonly depicted today). The reason for this was that other colors,
especially the red of the cardinals, might have implied that she
held some form of ecclesiastical office within a Church that
afforded no clerical status to women.
What is not so commonly known is that the Church's regulations also
applied to music - in particular, ancient music which could be
traced to cultures other than that of Rome, Greece or Lydia. It is
by virtue of these implemented regulations that so many of today's
reference books determine that, for the most part, music evolved
either from Greece or from various parts of the Roman Empire.
It is precisely the same with the English language, which is
largely, but quite erroneously, said to derive from Greek and Latin.
To cement this notion very firmly into our culture, we are taught
from the classical literature of Homer and Virgil; but what is
always forgotten is that both the Greek and Roman languages
themselves evolved from other, far older, sources.
Much of the
language of Europe, including the English language, can be traced
back into Phoenicia, Syria, Egypt, India and Mesopotamia, with many
of the word stems being thousands of years old.
In the world of music, we have the very same scenario and, by virtue
of discoveries made in the past few decades, there is no doubt that
structured and sequenced music played a major role way back in the
days of the Babylonian kingdoms and beyond. Silver pipes, bells and
drums, along with beautifully ornamented harps and lyres, have all
been unearthed in ancient Sumer from graves dating back five or six
thousand years, and it is known that lutes were also used.
Buried along with kings and queens of the Dragon succession, these
finely produced instruments were clearly ceremonial and would appear
to have been used in ancient Star Fire and Fire-stone rituals, as
described in Genesis of the Grail Kings. The Fire-stone ritual (the
ritual of the goddess Antu, or Barat An-na) was largely a levitation
ceremony conducted with the monatomic, superconductive element of
the Highward Fire-stone (the white powder of gold).
Even in modern times, music has been used to perform levitational
feats - notably in Tibet, where prohibitively large stone blocks
have been lifted and positioned high in the mountains by using
anti-gravitational sound frequencies.
The ritual involves nineteen
musicians and, behind them, 200 monks, radiating outwards in lines
(in groups of five) at five-degree intervals, facing towards a
The musicians use thirteen barrel-drums
of variant sizes (weighing up to 150 kilograms apiece), suspended
from wooden frames and directed towards a bowl-shaped cavity in
which the required boulder is placed, between the musicians and the
cave. Also, there are six long trumpets positioned at intervals
between the drummers. On command, the trumpets and drums begin, with
the monks at the rear providing a baffle whilst chanting.
span before levitation of the stone occurs is four minutes and, in
this manner, stones have been lifted some 400 meters, to be lowered
into their necessary mountain temple positions.
Having made an intensive study of the intricacies of this ancient
procedure, Adrian Wagner has recreated a musical enactment in "The
Phoenix and the Fire-stone" track of the Genesis of the Grail Kings
album - strategically breaking the sequence with a Golden Mean
partition and concluding immediately before the four-minute
Locked within this are frequencies that are so low as to
be inaudible to conscious awareness, but which resonate directly
with the frequency of the pineal gland. This, as many of you will
know, is the gland responsible for heightened states of awareness
Also included within the Genesis album are aspects of musical
harmonics which were banned by
the Vatican in the Middle Ages,
subsequent to their use by
the Knights Templars and Cistercian monks
in the construction of their Magdalene-dedicated Notre Dame
cathedrals, which are noted for their architectural defiance of
The knights of this particular branch of the Templars (constituted by King Baldwin of Jerusalem in 1118) were
called the Guardian Princes of the Royal Secret.
One of these musical sequences is the most famous of all: a tritone
dubbed by the Church as "the Devil's interval". This is a direct
extraction from the discovered harmonic scales of ancient
Mesopotamian deities, which include the Enki scale, Enlil scale, Anu
scale, Marduk scale, Kingu scale, Inanna scale and others.
No composer has done so much to preserve the legacy of Ring lore as
Adrian's great-great-grandfather, Richard Wagner. His renowned
16-hour, four-part Nibelungen Ring Cycle - The Rhinegold, The
Valkyrie, Siegfried and Götterdämmerung (Twilight of the Gods) - was
largely drawn from Burgundian folklore, but derived ultimately from
the very old Norse mythology of the Volsunga Saga.
The Ring's ultimately key character is the warrior Siegfried who,
while under the spell of a potion, betrays the woman he loves - a
goddess-turned-mortal called Brunhilde, who then masterminds his
Subsequently, however, she realizes her error and throws
herself upon Siegfried's funeral pyre to be with him in eternity.
The magical Ring that Siegfried gave to Brunhilde is retrieved from
the ashes by the Rhinemaidens, the rightful Water Guardians of the
Gold. And, by virtue of this, along with Brunhilde's self-sacrifice,
a hitherto curse (placed upon the Ring by Alberic the Nibelung,
Dwarf Lord of the Underworld) is lifted.
The Ring had originally been stolen from the Rhinemaidens by the
Nibelung, who lost it to Brunhilde's father, the sky-god Wotan. Then
Siegfried won it by killing a dragon. But, upon the final cleansing
of the Ring by the Rhinemaidens, Wotan perishes, together with his
dream kingdom of Valhalla. With the Ring now back in its rightful
hands, the world is redeemed and the Cycle is complete.
And so, once again the traditional Ring lore is apparent, just as in
Tolkien and the Grail stories, for the Ring is finally seen to
destroy those who hold it without the right of affinity.
Ring itself (forged from the enchanted flat-stone of the Rhinegold)
had the power to afford its master the lordship of all the world,
but only at the cost of forsaking love and selling his soul to the
Ring's awesome power.
In terms of the straightforward Messianic line of King David and
Jesus, the most powerful of the Ring Lords was King Solomon, who, in
the Hebrew Talmud, was said to be the mightiest magician of the age.
His great wisdom and considered judgment as a sorcerer-king were
directly attributed to his ownership of an enchanted ring, and the
legend of King Solomon's Ring was clearly a major inspiration for
In the same manner as Solomon, Tolkien's Ring Lord, Sauron, used his
One Ring to command all the demons of the Earth. Solomon used the
demons to build a Temple of Jerusalem, whilst Sauron used them to
build the Tower of Mordor. The rings were also similar (as is usual
in the tradition), in that each had the power to corrupt and destroy
Solomon's Ring achieves his downfall through the agency
of the demon Asmodaeus, whereas Sauron is, in effect, his own
Along with the rings, there are also story similarities concerning
the possession of light-radiating jewels, with Solomon's being the
Schamir and the Elf King Thingol's being the Silmaril - each of
which is said to be an heirloom of the respective King's race.
By virtue of such Jewish writings, the Dominican wrath of the
Spanish Inquisition (from about 1480) was largely directed against
the Jews, especially those connected with Kabbalistic studies, and
it was really as a direct result of this persecution that the
Prior to that, the Roman Inquisition had been more concerned with
heterodox Christians: those heretics who were Christians of one sort
or another (Arians, Nestorians, Nazarenes, or whatever), but were
not members of the Roman Church, and whose culture revolved, to some
extent, around traditions of magic and alchemy that were outside
Church control. But, here were the Jews putting forward their own
versions of the old lore - particularly those Jews in the Narbonne
region of the Spanish Marches, where the House of David had once
been given privileged rights of princely independence by Emperor
It was recognized, therefore, that the net should be cast over a
wider arena, so as to take account of those of completely different
persuasions. It was no longer a matter of the Church simply
endeavoring to clean up the Christian house. What of the Jews? What
of the Muslims? What of the pagans in general?
And so, from the late 15th century, the Inquisition began a thorough
process of "ethnic cleansing".
No one who was other than a
full-blooded and obvious Catholic was safe. But, there had to be
some new form of classification to pull all the prey into the
The Grand Inquisitor at the time was the brutal Tomâs de Torquemada, Senior Confessor to Ferdinand II and Queen
Isabella of Spain. Under his direction, the answer was found and,
very soon, the friars had set their sights upon "the most diabolical
heathens who ever conspired to overthrow the Roman Church".
In 1484, two Dominicans, Heinrich Kramer and James Sprenger,
published a book called
The Hammer of Witches.
This evil but
imaginative work gave full details of what was perceived to be the
hideous new threat posed by all the practitioners of satanic magic.
The book was so persuasive that, two years later, Pope Innocent VIII
issued an official Bull to authorize the suppression of this
Up to that point, the cult known as
Witchcraft (to the extent that it existed at all) had not really
constituted a threat to anyone. It rested mainly in the continuation
of pagan ritual and fertility rites by the peasant classes. In real
terms, it was little more than the vestige of a primaeval belief in
the divine power of natural forces, focused above all on Pan, the
mischievous Arcadian god of the shepherds.
Pan was traditionally portrayed with the legs, ears and horns of a
goat, but the creative Dominicans had other ideas about the
pipe-playing Horned One, and they blackened his image so that he was
seen to correspond to the Devil himself. However, since the
Inquisitors were all men, it was determined that witchcraft must be
a form of depravity linked to the insatiable wantonness of women!
The problem was that nobody really knew who these presumed witches
were, and so a series of ludicrously tragic trials and tests was
devised to root them out. In the midst of all of this, the harsh
Puritan sect became politically allied to the Roman strategy,
implementing its own witch-hunts in England and, later, in America.
Over a period of some 250 years, more than a million innocent men,
women and children were murdered by the delegated authority of the
It was against the backdrop of this religious fanaticism and
persecution that the Renaissance movement was born - an era of
rebirth and resurrection, facilitated by an environment of
This era (with its height in the early
1500s) was the age when Leonardo da Vinci, Raphael and Michelangelo
developed the harmony of classical art to its highest form. And it
was the age in which the excitement of pagan- oriented scholarship
re-emerged in a burst of color to cross new frontiers of science,
architecture and design.
During the course of this, in 1614 and 1615, two tracts, entitled
The Rosicrucian Manifestos, emerged from Germany. These were
immediately followed by an associated romance called
Wedding, written by the Lutheran pastor Johann Valentin Andreae.
publications announced a new Age of Enlightenment and Hermetic
liberation in which certain universal secrets would be unlocked and
In view of the advent of Britain's scientific Royal Society and the
inspired work of Isaac Newton, Robert Boyle, Robert Hooke, Edmund
Halley, Christopher Wren and others a few decades later, the
prophecies were correct enough but, at the time, they were veiled in
allegory and appeared to convey an even more pertinent message.
The writings centered upon the travels and learning of a mysterious
character named Christian Rosenkreutz, a Brother of the Rosy Cross.
His name was plainly designed to have Rosicrucian significance, and
he was depicted wearing the apparel of the Knights Templars.
The action of The Chemical Wedding takes place in the magical Castle
of the Bride and Bridegroom - a palace filled with lion effigies,
where the courtiers are students of Plato. In a setting worthy of
any Grail romance, the Virgin Lamplighter arranges for all present
to be weighed on the scales, while a clock tells the motions of the
heavens and the Golden Fleece is presented to the guests.
strings and trumpets is played throughout, and all is cloaked in an
atmosphere of chivalry, while Knights in Holy Orders preside.
Beneath the castle stands a mysterious sepulchre bearing strange
inscriptions, and outside in the harbor are twelve ships of the
Golden Stone, flying their individual flags of the Zodiac. Amid this
curious reception, a fantasy play is conducted to tell the
compelling story of an unnamed princess who, cast ashore in a wooden
chest, is discovered by a prince, whom she marries, thereby causing
a usurped royal heritage to be restored.
This is another Lost Bride fairy story of the type we have already
seen. But, when combined with the two earlier publications, The
Chemical Wedding's Grail significance was blatantly obvious, and the
Church wasted no time in bringing the full weight of its
condemnation against the Rosicrucian movement.
Having considered the historical Fairies, Pixies and Elves, we can
now take a look at some others of the so-called Shining Ones: the
Sprites, Goblins and Gnomes.
The definition of "sprite" is no more nor less than a "spirit
person" - one of the transcendental realm of the Sidhé. The original
Sprites were the ancient Scythian ghost warriors who painted their
bodies grey-blue to look like corpses when they entered the
In Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream, the character Puck is
described as a "sprite", and in traditional English wood lore Puck
is identified with a certain Robin Goodfellow who was said to be a
"goblin". His father was Herne the Hunter. Hence, Oberon and Herne
are one and the same. The name Oberon (a variant of Albrey the Elf
King, as we have seen) is itself a derivative of the Scythian Oupire
(meaning "over") and Ron (meaning "reign").
Oberon, therefore, means
"Over Reign", which is the same as High King or Pendragon.
The description of "goblin" stems immediately from the Germanic word
kobelin, and the kobelins were said to be mine-workers or those who
worked underground. In the context of the Ring culture, goblins
were, in essence, attendants of the Oupire Portal Guardians of the
Rath - the mound-dwellings of the Tepes gateways to the ancestral
Netherworld - and they were just as human as the Oupires themselves.
Gnomes, like Goblins, were said to be the guardians of the
underground treasures - which is why the word is today associated
with banking, as in the so-called "Gnomes of Zurich". The word root
is in the Greek equivalent of gno-, from which we get "gnosis" and "gnoble"
("noble"). The Gnomes were therefore, once again, of the noble race
and were referred to as "the Wise Ones".
Their job was indeed one of
guardianship: they were guardians of the gnosis (the knowledge) and
the Sacred Bloodline of the Albi-gens. It is by way of the noble (or
gnomic) distinction that the Fairy Race in general was referred to
as the Gentry - particularly the Druidic caste of the Pict-sidhé
(the Pixies) who were the ultimate custodians of law and culture.
Their female counterparts were the Behn-sidhé (the Banshee), which,
in old Irish, simply means "the Wise Women".
In life, when presented with a seemingly insurmountable problem, one
can either submit to the stress and pressure that it causes or,
alternatively, one can mentally diminish the problem. That does not
mean that it goes away, but it can appear less harassing and more
Well, that was precisely what the Church did with the
Dragon succession - the Ring Lords of the Albi-gens, the Sacred
Bloodline of the Holy Grail.
By way of redefining all the original
names - Fairies, Elves, Pixies, Gnomes, Goblins, Sprites, or
whatever - they diminished the problem by miniaturizing the nominal
significance. In so doing, the transcendental race of the Sidhé was
portrayed as minute little figures and moved into the realm of
mythology. The fraudulent Donation of Constantine was then brought
into play and, henceforth, only the Church could determine who was
and was not a king!
If this strategy did not work sufficiently on its own, as was indeed
the case in the Renaissance (a period of a more general awareness
and enlightenment), then part two of the plan was brought into
This was more specifically targeted at the key members of
the Messianic strain: the ultimate Dragon succession of the Albi-gens - the dynastic Kings and Queens of the Sangréal and their
senior Oupires. These people were real, and everyone knew that, so
they could not be confined to the superficial realm of fantasy. They
could, however, be portrayed as if (being of the Dragon blood) they
were of a weird, half-human strain, beyond the Christian pale.
best, they were perhaps mermaids and, at worst, they were vampires,
but either way they were the evil, shape-shifting emissaries of
The fact that anyone believed such nonsense is difficult to
comprehend in these more level-headed times. However, the myth is
still operative and, to some extent, it is still working with a
vengeance. It is even working on some whose apparent mission in life
is to expose such propagandist dogma, but who - by way if its own
cleverly contrived strategy - have actually fallen prey to it. In
this regard, at this very moment there are some well-known,
supposedly intelligent folk who should know better, claiming that
the British Royal Family, along with myself and others, are really
hideous reptiles from another planet!
One of the most surprising things about the Scythian Ring Lords is
that their preserved remains from thousands of years ago (discovered
even as far north as Siberia) show their bodies substantially
tattooed with ring-tailed lemurs. Lemurs, we are led to believe, are
native to (and pretty much restricted to) Madagascar and the Comoros
Islands off Mozambique, but here they are, where we are told they
never were, in northern Europe and the Black Sea regions!
It has long been known that there was once a continent, inhabited by
a great king-tribe, which was noted for its lemurs.
Hence, it has
been dubbed "Lemuria", setting a good many enthusiasts searching for
its sunken whereabouts beneath the Atlantic, Pacific or Indian
oceans as if it were the lost city of
Maybe such a
concealed territory does exist. However, the fact is that (by
whatever name it was once known)
the mightiest Lemurian land tract
was never lost.
It was the great mainland continent which still
exists today, stretching across eastern Europe through the one-time
This was the original realm of the great Ring Lords, tracing back to
about 40,000 BC - the homeland of the Oupires of the Pict-sidhé. It
was the land of the mighty Warlords of the Dragon before they
migrated and battled their way southwards in the ever-cooling
climate of the last ice-age. Undoubtedly, the environment was once
very warm there, as is proved by the fact that the lemurs travelled
about as far south as they could possibly go by land before
Madagascar and the Comoros broke away from the southern African
What did these early god-kings look like?
Well, they are now
thoroughly identifiable from their preserved remains, which have
been excavated at various sites from as far afield as Transylvania
and Tibet. With their light-brown to red hair and pale eyes, the
leather-clad men stood at least six foot six inches and upwards,
while even the women were over six feet tall. Undoubtedly, these
forebears of the Gaelic and Celtic High Kings were among the most
awesome warriors of all history.
Of particular interest is the fact that the Anunnaki gods were as
much a part of the Sidhé culture as they were of the Mesopotamian
tradition. It was not for no reason that the settlement of Anu was
hundreds of miles north of Sumer on the Caspian Sea. It was not for
no reason that the ancient centre of Scythopolis (Sidhé-opolis),
which the Syrians called Beth-Shean (the House of Power), was 800
miles away in Galilee.
Indeed, it is now suspected that the Ubaid
culture of southern Mesopotamia - the culture which introduced
municipal structure from about 5000 BC - was actually the Uper-ad
culture: that of the Scythian Overlords, the Upers or Oupires.
It is also reckoned that the subsequent culture of the region,
phonetically called Sumerian (pronounced "Shumerian"), was actually
Sidhé-murian ("Shee-murian"). In fact, the case for this is now
considerable, since the early Ring Lords of Scythia (the Tuatha Dé
Danann king-tribe) were actually called the Sumaire.
And in the
language of old Ireland - to where many of the caste migrated - the
word sumaire means "dragon".
So, why have we not learned about these people in our histories? The
answer is straightforward. They were, in practice, the real Elves
and Fairies of our heritage, but their story was quashed from the
earliest days of Roman suppression and subjugation - as the
diminution of their figures caused a parallel diminution of their
The fact is, however, that for all we have been told about our
cultural identity being from the classical scholarship of Greece, or
from the imperial majesty of Rome, these things are entirely untrue.
Such establishments appeared very late in the day.
The true sovereign heritage of Western culture - the culture from
which derived all the so-called myth and legend which sits so
comfortably within a collective race memory (no matter what the
Church and academics might say in their attempts to sway us) - comes
from one place alone. It comes from a place and time that might just
as well be called Middle Earth as by any other name.
It comes from
the long-distant Realm of the Ring Lords.