by William Henry
What do you see in
Featured on the previous page is an illumination from a 12th century
English bible housed at the Bodleian Library Oxford. When most look
at it they see David (below) playing his lyre and triumphantly
dancing before the Ark of the Covenant as it is being carried into
Jerusalem with great pomp and ceremony.
Careful consideration of this
illumination reveals that there is something more here. Attached to
the right side of the Ark is a stylized pillar. Attached to the left
side is a winged ‘worm’ or serpent. Together they represent the
serpent and the Tree of Knowledge.
I’m plenty curious about why these extra ‘devices’ are present.
Nowhere in scripture is a pillar and serpent explicitly linked with
the Ark of the Covenant. Jewish art never shows a pillar on top of
the Ark. Nor does it associate it with a serpent. Yet, here they are
plain as day.
This is not an isolated incident. In the illumination from the famed
12th century Winchester Bible shown here an unknown artist called
‘the Master of the Leaping Figure’ portrayed
Yahweh, the God of the
Israelites, similar to the serpent that accompanies the Ark in
David’s celebration scene. Yahweh’s head curls around the base of a
pillar. His body is that of a serpent.
The Hebrew prophets
cower before Yahweh whose head curls around the base of his pillar.
Note that his body is
As both Jews and Christians adopted
their sacred symbols from neighboring Sumeria and Egypt, an
explanation for the inclusion of the serpent and pillar symbols in
the celebration scene is found in comparing them with their
appearance in these cultures.
E.A, the primordial creator God and
wise being of ancient Sumer (present day Iraq), for instance, was
portrayed as a bearded man-serpent floating beside his pillar.
E.A., the bearded
man-serpent floats beside his pillar and delivers the secrets of the
stars to a priest.
E.A. is the prototype
for the ‘serpent’ of Eden.
In Egypt E.A is a perfect match for the
bearded man-serpent Thoth and his pillar.
wisdom-bearer, Thoth, as a bearded man-serpent.
by lions in the left corner.
The hieroglyph of the Casket or Pillar of Os-Iris
on the next
image also matches this configuration. This device (‘vessel’, ‘ark’)
held the ‘head’ of Osiris’. His ‘head’, a symbol for his soul,
itself symbolized by a serpent, hangs from his pillar.
A portion of the
hieroglyph of Osiris.
In this glyph we see a shape that
appears to be that of a structure with a vaulted roof and high wall
(or antennas) that extend beyond the roofline. This is the symbol
for ‘sanctuary’ in ancient Lower Egypt. Flanking this symbol are two
also called djed (pronounced jed) pillars.
Archaeologists have yet to uncover an actual Egyptian structure that
resembles the glyph for sanctuary. In addition to a Port-a-Potty it
resembles in form, and therefore possibly function, the biblical Ark
of the Covenant, the shittim box or throne that held (or
transmitted) the manna (the ‘food of the Gods’), and upon which sat
or shat Yahweh, the serpent.
When the pillar with its serpent
to the ‘Ark’ or sanctuary glyph it forms the Pillar of Osiris, also
known as the Ladder to Heaven to the Egyptians.
As we can plainly see from the Egyptian depictions on the following
pages, this serpent-pillar
rested on a
platform that resembles the golden power tool the Israelites called
the Ark of the Covenant.
Two tablets the Egyptians called the Shuti
enlightenment tablets top this attachment
. The Shuti
are the set of sapphire (blue stone) tablets that Moses brought down
from his first ascension of Mount Sinai (a metaphor for the Tree of
The stones are actually (s)tones – keys, tones, frequencies
vibrations, bells, or rings
tones are the secret (s)tones hidden from Nebuchadnezzar by
who took them to Tara in Ireland. They power the Ark.
These illustrations speak volumes about the nature and capacity of
the missing piece to the Ark of the Covenant. The complete power
tool is an antenna that emits a healing tone or vibration.
Two ‘cherubs’ hold the Pillar containing
the ‘head’ of Osiris
. Note the
Ark beside it. The ‘head’ is the Dead Head of the Alchemists
Thoth setting up the
Pillar of Peace
. Note that it rests on
The two ‘cherubim’ face each other just as they do on the
Ark constructed for Moses.
Riders of the Lost
The Ark is often compared to the Ark of
Noah, a sailing vessel (Arko). The Ark and its pillar attachment
meet in this Egyptian depiction from Denderah.
Just as an ark or sailing vessel has a mast, there was a vertical
that topped the Ark of the Covenant. I propose this is the complete
Ark of the Covenant.
The Bible calls the Goddess and her
pillar Asherah or As-Tara, the Goddess worshipped by King Solomon
(‘Peace’) (I Kings 11:5). The As-Tara resembles an oil (or a
can because Jacob’s story assures us that’s what it is. It is a
baster that produces the starry (aster or As-Tara) Christos oil, an
exotic ‘fruit’ known as ‘Blue Apples’ or the ‘Blue Stones of
Atlantis’ that display highly advanced power on Earth.
Moses retrieved these stones on his first ascension of Mt. Sinai.
The Casket of Osiris
The Casket or Pillar of Osiris was a
phallic-shaped device that stood approximately 40 feet tall. It was
made of evergreen or living acacia (shittim) wood (just like the Ark
of the Covenant) and was lined with a gold alloy (probably
palladium). Also known as the “Ladder to Heaven,” the “Backbone of Osiris,” and the Pillar of Meroe, it contained the ‘head’ of Osiris.
The platform or pedestal upon which this pillar rests resembles in
form, and likely function, the biblical Ark of the Covenant.
Presented on the following pages is a representation of the Pillar
of Osiris – the complete Ark of the Covenant—by Dana Augustine with
my guidance. This design is based upon Egyptian originals.
The complete Ark with
its pillar attached.
The device stood
between 45 and 180 feet tall.
The dimensions of the
Ark given in the book of Exodus
represent a miniature
version of the Egyptian original.
pillar or needle was to be placed on top of the golden box and its
kapporeth cover or Mercy Seat.
God said, “I will
address thee from above the Kapporeth, from between the two
The Ark of the Covenant produced an oil the Essenes later called
CHRESTOS or CHRISTOS.
In this scene from the Winchester Bible
the Lord sits between the two Cherubim on the Ark or Arch (symbol of
with the green Tree of Life between his legs.
green-gold pillar or needle was to be placed on top of the golden
box and its kapporeth cover or Mercy Seat. God said,
“I will address
thee from above the Kapporeth, from between the two Cherubim.”
the two cherubim facing the pillar.
The Shuti (shitti)
This pillar matches the story of Jacob,
who took a stone and set it up as a pillar. Upon this stone were
seven stars or eyes. These are the seven lamps of the golden menorah
and the staff with seven stars held by Jesus in Revelation. As the
word stone can also be written (s)tone, the seven stars may be notes
The Jews who transported it, along with the Ark, to Jerusalem, held
this stone/pillar in great veneration in later times.
Despite the Lord’s injunction in Leviticus,
“You shall make no idols nor graven
image, neither rear you up a standing image
shall you set up any image of stone in your land, to bow down
unto it: For I am the Lord your God”
The Hebrews continuously sought the
Pillar, sometimes at the request of
Yahweh (who alternates between
malevolent and benevolent acts suggesting either a split personality
or the a commingling of two separate Gods into one by Hebrew
In the Book of Numbers, I Am said to Moses,
“Make thee a fiery serpent, and set
it upon a pole
: and it
shall come to pass that everyone that is bitten when he looks
upon it shall live. And Moses made a serpent of brass, and put
it upon a pole, and it came to pass, that if a serpent had
bitten any man, when he beheld the serpent of brass, he lived.”
Like the Ark, this pillar was ‘lost’.
THE PILLAR AND
The presence of this pillar
would explain one of the great mysteries of Solomon’s Temple: the
incredible discrepancy between Solomon’s Temple I (950 BC) and
Solomon’s Temple II (c. 20 BC – 70 AD), built during the time of
Jesus. On one the height of the Porch is 30 cubits (I Kgs 6:2).
On the other (built during the time of
Jesus) it is a massive 120 cubits high (II Chr. 3:4), approximately
as tall as a 22-story building. Accounting for this huge discrepancy
has given biblical scholars headaches for centuries.
Here is how scholars have reconciled the differences:
1) The discrepancy is ignored –
most popular way of “explaining” Bible difficulties.
2) The chronicler (probably the prophet Ezra), was under the
influence of the prophetic bravado and exaggerated the Porch’s
height in order to inflate the Jewish national ego.
3) The verse contains a typo. A scribe intended to write 20
cubits but wrote 120 instead.
None of these explanations pass the “red
face” or “straight face” test. This leaves the fourth explanation.
Maybe the Porch was truly 120 cubits high, after all.
If so, I believe the chain of research I have followed explains the
discrepancy. The tall porch was not dead space. The Porch was
designed to house the complete Ark, an antenna whose height was
adjusted between 45 and 90 feet in various stories, and may even
have had a height of up to twenty stories.
A Jewish legend supports my conclusion. The stone placed in the
sanctuary of Solomon’s Temple II was supposed to have been the
stone-pillar, (s)tone pillar or antenna,
, Jacob set
up a Bethel. The Ark of the Covenant was supposed to have rested
upon this stone in the Temple II. This puts the pillar and the Ark
Ark raiders revere the original Knights Templar. Evidence suggests
these nine French knights secretly recovered the Ark from the site
of Solomon’s Temple in Jerusalem and carried it, or a replica, along
with sacred knowledge to France in 1128 AD. The Cistercian
architects who used it to inaugurate the Cathedral Age exploited the
knowledge the Templars recovered. Between 1130 and 1200 57 Gothic
houses of light were started in France.
An inscription at Chartres Cathedral says the Ark was ‘carried away’
from or to there in the middle of the 13th century.
Scholars speculate that whatever the Templars
at Solomon’s Temple, either by accident or design, directly or
indirectly involved the Ark of the Covenant. As well as something
else, some explosive Secret that only a few high ranking officials
Whatever it was that the Templars discovered all records, all
archives, all evidence of its existence was destroyed. The
implication being it was something other than gold bullion,
something so fantastic that not even torture could bring it to the
lips of the Templars.
Some claim the Templars protected the secrets of Jesus. This
speculation returns us to the Christos oil and the understanding
that the Ark-pillar secreted an oil or a substance. In one
tantalizing Hebrew story, retold by Manly P. Hall, when Adam was
nearing the end of his life he sent Seth back to the Garden of Eden
to fetch the Oil of Mercy that God had promised mankind.
substance—was in the possession of the angel who guarded the gate to
Eden. When Seth reached this gate the angel allowed him to enter the
Garden. In the midst of Eden Seth saw a great Tree (the Ark and
Pillar) whose branches reached into heaven. The Tree was shaped like
a cross and stood on the edge of Hell.
Unfortunately, the angel refused to give Seth the Oil of Mercy.
Instead he gave him three seeds
Tree of Life . When Seth returned home with them Adam was so
overjoyed he died three days later, and the seeds were buried in his
mouth, as the angel advised. The seeds became a tree which absorbed
the blood of Adam.
Before the Flood Noah dug up the Tree (and probably its three seeds)
for safekeeping in the Ark. After the Flood, he buried Adam’s skull
under Mount Cavalry, where Jesus was later crucified.
Paralleling the legend of the Three of Life
, Adam, says
the Jewish legend, also gave a branch from the Tree
, called the
Key of Life by the Egyptians, to Enoch. (This Key of Life was
actually (s)tones – keys, tones, frequencies
vibrations, bells, or rings
gave it to his great-grandson Noah, the hero of the Deluge who also
brought it on the Ark. Then it was handed down through the line of
Shem, son of Noah, from generation to generation, until it reached
Abraham. Abraham’s grandson Jacob possessed it, as did his
great-grandson Joseph who brought it with him to Egypt where he rose
to highest rank in the Pharaoh’s court.
There, the Key of Life – the ring
remained among the treasures of the Egyptian kings until it passed
to the hands of Moses. Later, though it is not widely known, Jesus
acquired the Key of Life, using it to perform many of His miracles.
Assyrian pillar and
The German Christian Gnostics who minted this thaler in the 16th
century adopted this theme.
They link the
crucifixion of David’s ancestor, Jesus, with this serpent-pillar.
The Kerymeion or
‘Stone of Light’ bears the face of Jesus.
A member of
Napoleon’s army discovered it in Egypt in 1798,
one hundred years
before the same face ‘appeared’ in the first photograph taken of the
Shroud of Turin.
In my book Ark of the Christos, I
concluded that an important repository of the Templar secrets of the
Ark is the Abbey of St. Denis in Paris, the City of Light. This
‘jewel case for light’ is located a few miles north of the Ile de
Citie (‘City of Illi’, light), whose heart is Paris. A scintillating
representation of the Ark-Pillar is found at St. Denis.
The Abbey of St. Denis derives its name from Denis the first bishop
of Paris and patron saint of France. In 250 AD he was arrested and
decapitated along with two companions. According to legend, he
collected his ‘dead head’ and with the guidance of an angel walked
six kilometers to a place called Catulla, the site of the present
abbey, where he fell to his feet and was buried.
The decapitated head catches my attention. The alchemists call the
symbol for the Templar secrets a ‘dead head’
Because of Denis’ ‘dead head’ this place emanates a supernatural
energy. St. Denis has a vibe similar to Tara, Ireland’s sacred
‘Valley of the Illi or Ari Kings", and parts of Southern France
the Cathars (the Ca-Taras or Catula) lived. The soil of these
places is imbued with life energy. Subsequently miracles are said to
occur at St. Denis. French kings were coronated, educated and buried
Behind Denis is Dionysus-Adonis, the rustic wine God who discovered
and introduced wine. Dion is the same as D’ION, D’Ioanh, D’Jonah and
D’Oannes, the name of the fish God in Babylon. Significantly, it
means ‘Dove’, the symbol for the Goddess Aphrodite, Goddess of love
(AMOR in France), and the Holy Spirit.
Dion, the Holy Spirit or ‘Light’, of Ysus-Adonis (Isis-Aton) was a
prototype of Christ, who also was killed along with two companions
(at the ‘Place of the Skull’) and whose body was torn in pieces and
cannibalized. The key symbol is the skull,
, the symbol
of the Templars’ secret.
The abbey had been founded in the seventh century by the Frankish
king Dagobert in honor of Denis, and his legendary companions
Rusticus and Eleutherius.
King Dagobert II, and
the Merovingian dynasty from which he came,
have been romantically mythologized in the annals of both local
legend and modern mystical Grail history, which upholds them as the
supposed bloodline of Christ. They are the offspring of Merovee, a
“sea monster” who was described as half-man, half-fish.
By the Templars’ time, 1137, what had long been the royal abbey of
France where French kings were educated and buried was dilapidated.
St. Bernard condemned it as a “synagogue of Satan” and a “workshop
Rightly so, Vool was the Su-Merian God E.A who was identified as
VOOL or “Vul”, the vulgar alchemist Vul-can of the Romans and
Kain, the ‘smith’ or ‘schmidt/shaman’, of the Hebrews. E.A was
portrayed as a mer(u)-man or merman, part human, part fish. He is
Priests of E.A tend
the Pillar of Light.
A Cathar watermark
for the MR vase and the Cross of Crucifixion,
a cross mounted to an
ox head ascended by a serpent spitting the three Seeds of Life.
The Cathars of Southern France, who
swapped secrets with the Templars and the Irish, called E.A’s
pillar of light AMOR or love, from the root MR, meaning ‘bright
light’. Fascinatingly, Meru (the root of Moriah and Mero-vingian) is
the name for the central pillar of Atlantis. The Greeks called the
Atlanteans Meropes in honor of this pillar. MR is the name of the
oil/substance secreted by the Ark-Pillar.
The Mer-Opes are the Ophites, the ‘Serpent Born’ children of E.A,
who was alternately portrayed as half-human, half-fish or
half-human, half-serpent. The Church of Rome teaches that M R =
Maria Redemptrix, and Mary is the “Gate of Heaven” or the “Ark”.
From this serpent gate came
The skull of the fish God E.A,
, is the
same as the Templar treasure. Its secrets were, and may still be,
hidden at St. Denis.
The Abbey represents the effort of Abbot Suger, who envisioned the
church as the center of a new illuminated Christianity. In his three
books on the building and consecration of the church, the brilliant
Abbot penned thirteen separate inscriptions celebrating the Holy
Light. In one of these illustrious inscriptions, a verse inscribed
on the golden doors of west façade Suger tells us:
“Bright is the noble work, this work
shining nobly Enlightens the mind so that it may travel through
the true lights To the True Light where Christ is the true
From such words Suger developed his
theory of lux continua, or continuous light. His aim was to bring
the True Light of God into the world, the ‘Coming Forth Into Day’ of
the ancient Egyptians.
St. Denis, Paris.
Medallion from a
window at St. Denis, Paris.
The Pillar and Ark
are surrounded by the Lion, Bull, Man and Eagle.
The medallion from a window at the cathedral of St. Denis, Paris
shown here represents the Ark of the Covenant carried on four wheels
and resembling a triumphal chariot. Inside the Ark are seen the Rod
of Aaron and the tablets of the Law or Torah
symbolizes the Chrestos oil.
Dominating both, there rises majestically from the watery depths of
the Ark a great pillar upheld by God the Father himself. Near the
wheels are the four emblems of the evangelists, the lion, bull, man
and eagle, which are so to speak the borders (elements) of the
The Ark is clearly seen to be the pedestal or platform of the Cross.
The Ark surmounted by the Cross is called the Quadriga of Aminadab,
the triumphal chariot of the Song of Songs that the four evangelists
must draw to the ends of the Earth. One 13th century French
commentator on the Songs, Honorius of Autun, explains that Aminadab
(badamina in reverse) standing in the car represents the
In my view, this symbolic car or Ark is the same as the
Pillar of Osiris. It is the Ark of the Christos.
A controversial document links the formation of the Templars with
this Ark. The first part of the document is purported to have been
written in Greek in the year 1154 and claimed the original Templar
Commanders to have been initiates to a secret affiliation of
primitive Gnostic Christians under the leadership of the Patriarch
Theoclete who had made High de Payens (the founder of the Templars)
heir to the Apostolic Succession of John the Divine.
M. Matter and Eliphas Levi were two convinced that the origin of the
Johannite Church could be traced to the sect of ancient Christians
known as the Mandaeans, the name of the followers of John the
Baptist who lived in Iraq. These Gnostics taught a doctrine familiar
to that of John the Baptist whom they regarded as the Initiator of
Jesus and through whom their mystical doctrine and mission was
transmitted to John the Beloved Apostle.
Among the peculiar symbols of this Order
of the Mandai (also known as the Wise of John and Christians of
John) was the figure of a severed head of a bearded man, a reminder
of the martyrdom of their first teacher to some, which I have
interpreted as a symbol of the complete Ark of the Covenant.
The Sanskrit word for Gnosis or wisdom was Jnana, which with the
addition of an ‘ai’ becomes Jain, and with an ‘o’ becomes Jon-ana or
J’Oanna. This gives a powerful clue to all the mysterious Johns,
including the ‘beloved disciple’ John, the disciple who was closest
to the heart of Christ, on whom Jesus leaned at the Last Supper, and
who never knew death. Christ was said to have delivered a secret
initiation to this John, whose initiatory name was Lazarus. He
brought the Holy Grail into the “upper room” at the Last Supper.
The Templar ‘Johns’ appear to be a continuation of the Jains. They
preserved a primordial oral tradition. The content of these texts
have largely been lost, however the fragments that do survive deal
with phenomenal ideas including: how one can travel to far lands by
magic means, how one can perform miracles, how one can transform
plants and animals (genetics?), and how one can fly through the air.
The founder of Jainism (c.6th century BC) was Jina, also called
Mahavira (Great Hero), who was regarded by his followers as the
latest of many tirthamkaras (“ford makers” or “bridge finders”)
whose example, if followed, could lead to the release from the wheel
of rebirth in one lifetime.
The detail of a Jain engraving shown here shows a pillar on a cart.
Jen pillar borne on
an Ark with wheels.
Jen, etymologically, is a combination
for “human being” and for “two.” It is variously translated as
goodness, benevolence, and love. (Gen means love in Mayan.) Jen,
notes Huston Smith, was the virtue of virtues in Confucius’ way of
“It was a sublime, even transcendental, perfection that he
confessed he had never seen fully incarnated.”
Jen involves a
display of human capacities at their best. These capacities, we have seen, were
called the siddhes.
“It is a virtue so exalted,” writes
Smith, one “cannot but be chary in speaking of it. To the noble
it is dearer than life itself.”
The person of Jen is of utmost
character: magnanimous, unselfish, empathetic, large of heart. They
have decapitated their ego.
As I have discussed elsewhere, and will comment upon further in the
Ark Cabal newsletter, the complete Ark is the archetypal design upon
which the human body or bodhi, the enlightenment tree of Siddharta,
the Buddha, is based.
The complete Ark
–Pillar superimposed on the human body, or the human bodhi, or
When overlaid on the chakra system we
can see that the Ark of the Covenant, the golden container that
housed the Tablets or (S)tones of God corresponds with the solar
plexus region of the body. In light of the way it corresponds to our
mystic body system, I find it most fascinating that Osiris’ pillar
device was said to be lined with gold, hence its appellation “the
When this golden flower (the human body)
‘blossoms’ remarkable things happen. It emits a tone, key or
oscillation of life
. This tone
is taken up to the brain by the nerves or branches of the Pneumo
gastric nerve, and becomes the “fruit of the Tree of Life” in the
pineal gland. Pineal was the name of the place where Jacob
face to face.
Pneuma is the feminine name for the soul and gastric, from the Greek
gastros, refers to the stomach. Another name for the pneumogastric
nerve is the Vagus, or “light,” nerve. It is the rod of light, which
is the channel for the Chrestos carrying it up the spinal cord.
This chakra is directly related to an individual’s emotional life.
This is interesting in that the solar plexus corresponds to the
sympathetic system, which controls the conversion of inorganic and
organic matter into psychic energies. The adage, “we are what we
eat” applies here. Activation of this chakra can enable out-of-body
experiences and healing abilities.
It is fascinating that the Twelve Tribes of Israel are referred to
as the Twelve Signs of the Zodiac (“circle”). When applied in
physiology they refer to the solar plexus, and the twelve forces
centered there as featured in the alchemical illustration below.
One of the most revered of Jesus’ sayings is “I am the light of the
World.” The word “world" comes from “whirl,” to turn as a wheel. In
this illustration the solar plexus is depicted as a whirling vortex.
The solar plexus as
the whirling vortex.
The ornamental border of the alchemical
drawing on the previous page contains groups of names of animal,
mineral, and vegetable substances in an egg-shaped bubble.
Their relationship to corresponding parts of the human body is shown
by the dotted lines. This figure could be Atlas since he is shown
holding the world all around him. It shows the spiritual energy of
the world entering the spiraling solar plexus.
This is a
missing piece to the Ark of the Covenant. More, importantly, it is a
missing piece to ourselves. Our quest in the Ark Cabal is to uncover
the mysteries of this missing piece and allow our spiritual bodies