Oct 19, 2004
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Around the turn of the century, a controversial document was published, the effects of which reverberated well into the middle of the next century: the notorious Protocols of the Learned Elders of Zion, long held by scholars to have been a hoax.
As the czar and czarina’s involvement with the occult and reliance on mystical advisors grew, so too did the paranoia in Russia about secret societies and their influence on national politics.
The mystical advisors in question - Rasputin, Papus, and a mysterious figure named Monsieur Philippe - also had a powerful enemy: Grand Duchess Elizabeth, who wished to see her own hired puppets acting as advisors to the throne. One such puppet was Sergei Nilus, who in 1903 presented to the czar The Protocols of Zion, documents purporting to be the minutes of the World Jewish Congress, a Jewish conspiracy that supposedly intended to take over the world.
Unfortunately for Nilus, the czar recognized it as a
fraud, declared that all copies of the document were to be
destroyed, and banished Sergei Nilus from the court.
They lay out in straightforward rhetoric the Machiavellian steps which an international conspiracy would go through to take control of the world’s governments and institutions, and to maintain power, largely through the manipulation of the masses, as well as those already in power.
It recommends the proliferation of dangerous creeds, philosophies, religious and political ideas such as Marxism, Anarchism, Atheism, and Darwinism, all to sow discord and cause the breakdown of traditional institutions, clearing the way for the new hierarchy of which the Protocols speak.
It is bone-chilling to read such a document as
this, written in the nineteenth century, which predicts perfectly
the results of a conspiracy that in every way resemble the world in
which we currently live.
Of him, The Protocols state,
Finally, the Protocols end with a curious
postscript: “Signed by the representatives of Sion of the 33rd
It certainly bears all of the earmarks and catch phrases for a “Priory document”, and overall the goals that are set forth within, as well as the methods proposed for achieving them, fit my conception of the Priory’s own objectives, although I imagine that in certain sections of the document the original version might have been phrased more delicately.
Furthermore, there is circumstantial evidence to indicate that this was indeed the case. The earliest known version of The Protocols was actually written in French, and most scholars believe it to have been partially based on a political satire written by Maurice Joly against Napoleon II which was published in Geneva in 1864. Maurice Joly was also a member of the Rose-Croix order, and good friends with Victor Hugo.
But perhaps it was the other way around. Perhaps the “Protocols of Sion” and the anti-Napoleon satire were themselves based on the same Priory of Sion document, which Joly, as a potential member of the Priory, could possibly have had access to.
We cannot know for sure, but it
is known that in 1884, copies of
The Protocols of Zion were found
circulating amongst the members of a Masonic lodge to which Papus
himself belonged - the lodge where the aforementioned legend of the wise Egyptian sage named Ormus (whom the Priory of Sion called
themselves after) first surfaced.
Thus “Val d’Or” means “Valley of Gold.” In his 1979 book Le Tresor du Triangle d’Or (The Treasure of the Golden Triangle), Jean-Luc Chaumeil states that the Hieron practiced a version of Scottish Rite Freemasonry, and the upper degrees of this order constituted the lower degrees of the Priory of Sion itself. Chaumeil describes the group’s disposition as “Christian, Hermetic, and aristocratic.” They proclaimed themselves to be Catholic, even though the Church of Rome condemned them.
Their mystic teachings contained, according to Holy Blood, Holy Grail,
The order was,
The Hieron du Val d’Or was also unabashedly pro-monarchist, and sought a restoration of the Holy Roman Empire. But this one would be built, unlike the previous one, on an ultimately spiritual basis - a vision specifically echoed in the Priory of Sion’s own literature, which we will soon discuss.
The new empire would have been a reflection of Heaven on Earth, that specifically Hermetic Arcadian ideal. Jean-Luc Chaumeil described the Hieron’s ideals as:
The authors of Holy Blood, Holy Grail were quick to point out that this envisioned scenario accords with the Nostradamus prophecy about the “Great King” who would issue from Lorraine, since the Habsburgs essentially were the House of Lorraine.
At the same time, though,
this vision accords with that shared by numerous other cultures
throughout the world and throughout history who have embraced the
myth of the King of the World, a quasi-divine global monarch
discussed in many ancient legends. It further accords with the “King
of the blood of Sion” image discussed in The Protocols of Zion.
According to this version of the story, Sauniere had been involved with the order since before his arrival at the parish of Rennes-le-Chateau, and had actually been dispatched there by them for the purpose of finding the parchments. But in 1916 he is said to have had a falling out with the order, which supposedly explains his mysterious death the following year.
Chaumeil states that Sauniere’s “handler” with regard to lodge business was actually the curé of Rennes-le-Bains, Abbe Henri Boudet, who is said to have orchestrated all of Sauniere’s activities, including the remodeling of his church and the surrounding domains. Boudet was also purportedly the middleman who passed along Priory of Sion hush money - not to Sauniere, but to his housekeeper, Marie Deneraud, who was also in their employ and to whom all checks were made payable.
She also, says Chaumeil, was the agent through which Boudet transmitted all of his highly specific instructions for Sauniere.
tells us that Sauniere did not even know true nature of the
“treasure” and “secret” which he protected until 1915, one year
before his supposed falling out with the order, when Boudet made a
deathbed confession to his fellow cleric and conspirator. Whatever
it was, Sauniere must have found it disturbing to say the least.
He advocated a united European empire, ruled by a sacred monarchy, and based upon spiritual principles.
His views appear to be entirely in line with those of the Priory of Sion, as expressed by their front organizations the Hieron du Val d’Or, and later, Alpha Galates. It seems likely, then, that Evola could have been a member of the Hieron, and therefore that Guenon was as well. Author William Kennedy has found a great deal of evidence linking Guenon to the Hieron.
In his articles, “Rene Guenon and Roman Catholicism”, published in Volume 9, Number One of The Journal of Traditional Studies, he writes:
William Kennedy’s assessment of the Hieron includes detail that identify them even further with the ideals of Alpha Galates. In the Alpha’s official publication, Vaincre, they write about the solar religion of Atlantis, calling it the basis for Christianity and the only true spiritual tradition.
Similarly, Kennedy writes that the Hieron du Val d’Or:
The last above-quoted sentence is particularly interesting because
in the Dagobert’s Revenge article “Between the Swastika and the
Cross of Lorraine”, I document how Alpha Galates was also
anti-Masonic, yet shared a similar goal of the ultimate “reformation
of the freemasonries.”
His name was Jacques Maritain, who, as Kennedy writes:
This is interesting, since Maritain was also good friends with Jean Cocteau.
It was Maritain who was responsible for Cocteau’s re-conversion to Catholicism, and the two published a book full of their letters to one another on the subject of God. Maritain had first become acquainted with Cocteau’s work when a disciple named Charles Herion gave him a copy of Cocteau’s pamphlet Le Coq et l’Arlequin.
Herion soon became ordained as a priest, and it was from him that Cocteau took the sacraments for the first time since his childhood, during the Feast of the Sacred Heart. This “Sacred Heart” symbol played a large part in Cocteau’s passionate conversion.
According to William Emboden, when Cocteau was introduced to Father Herion, he:
Indeed, it would appear that Cocteau was already a member of a club that included those two, specifically, the Priory of Sion.
Sacred Heart symbol which so attracted him, and which had been a
theme of his art even prior to his conversion, was a symbol used by
the Hieron du Val d’Or.
The same can be said about many of Cocteau’s friends. One of the strangest acquaintances of his was Cardinal Jean Danilou, described in The Messianic Legacy as “the Vatican’s chief spokesman at the time on clerical celibacy.”
This man was mysteriously found dead with a stripper one day, purportedly after becoming involved with the scandalous P2 Mason lodge. Interestingly, Danilou had translated Cocteau’s play Oedipus Rex in Latin. And while it has not been proven, Cocteau has been purportedly linked with Pope John XXIII, who inaugurated the Second Vatican Council. He was one of the most liberal and most mystical of modern popes, and was linked by contemporaries with Rosicrucianism.
One of the major things linking him with Cocteau was that when he took on the Grand Mastership of the Priory of Sion, he also took on the title “Jean 23.” In I speculated that Cocteau may have been presiding over what was essentially an internal Vatican coup orchestrated by the Priory to reform the Church from within according to Vatican principles.
Was this, then, the original intent behind the Second Vatican Council? We may never know, but the Priory of Sion’s involvement with the various radical and reactionary Catholic movements (as well as anti-Catholic movements) demonstrates that they certainly believe they have the right to claim the Church, and Christ himself, as their own.
What provides the motivation for this apparent conviction
is open to debate.