4 - The Secret of the Holy Grail and the Discovery of the Elixir of Life

In the last chapter, we saw how the Eastern concepts of the skull cups held the secret of the power within our own mind, and how this concept became Westernized.


In this chapter we will take a quick look at that Western concept and how it has trickled into our culture through medieval texts that sought to hide the truths from an oppressive Catholic Church.

What Is the Grail?
In truth, the Grail did not emerge strongly into the popular culture until around the 12th and 13th centuries with the familiar poems and stories written by Chretien de Troyes, Wolfram von Eschenbach, and others, but traces of its idea in Celtic cauldrons and various legends can and have been found.

It is believed basically and originally to be the cup that caught the blood of Christ as he hung from the cross, or was even used by him at the last supper. The most recent beliefs are in stark contrast to this and yet still back up the Christ mythos and even various royalist and secret society propaganda, as we shall see.

Ever since the publication of Holy Blood, Holy Grail by the authors, Baigent, Leigh, and Lincoln in the early 1980s we have had a constant barrage of “bloodline” theories thrown at us, culminating in the Da Vinci Code hysteria we see today.

This recent concept gives us the idea that the original word or words used for the Grail, san graal, in reality means “Holy Blood.”

However, Walter Skeat (A.D. 1835–1912) was one of the greatest investigators of the roots of the English language, and in his English Etymology, he points out that the etymology of the Holy Grail:

...was very early falsified by an intentional change from San Greal (Holy Dish) to Sang Real (Royal Blood).

Skeat claims that the word was a corruption of the Low Latin, cratella, a “small bowl,” or “crater,” which actually and originally meant a bowl in which things were mixed, from the Greek kpa - “I mix.”

Of course, before the evidence in The Serpent Grail is understood, this etymology makes little or no sense. But, as we shall see, all shall become clear.

There was more than the actual etymology of the 1980s theory that I needed to look at, in order to prove it to be incorrect, as I believed it was.


In the first place and most strongly, I have shown that Christ, as a literal man, and in all likelihood all those surrounding him, may never have in fact existed and were created elements of a much older mystical language of enlightenment.

St. John’s chalice with dragon

Therefore, both existing theories on the Holy Grail would fall: There can be no chalice used by Christ at the Last Supper, or a vessel that caught his blood.


There can also be no “children” of Christ spawning the Merovingian lineage. There is no bloodline at all and Christ is, in reality, an ancient serpent archetypal deity, as too are St. John, Horus, Aesculapius, and a thousand others.

In order to disprove the bloodline theory, we also have to look at the infamous Priory of Sion nonsense. For those who know nothing of this priory, it is simply a recreation of a supposed secret organization said to protect the bloodline of Christ by the fraudster Pierre Plantard.


Indeed, I even got hold of his early “newsletters” and found that they were nothing more than a kind of “neighborhood watch.”

Three Levels of Our Grail Reanalysis
So, with all this in mind I needed to completely reappraise the whole mythos of the Grail, and what I was to find was startling.

There is the obvious tradition that the Grail is a journey, a method of self-improvement, and I looked into all the texts I could find with this Gnostic viewpoint in mind. I found that this was completely correct and that Grail literature was hiding the Gnostic traditions of the “mixing of the opposites.”


These Gnostics were nothing more than an early Christian secret society - stamped out by the Catholic Church and so going underground to avoid detection. The original Gnostics were known as Ophites, meaning simply “serpent worshippers.” They worshipped the wisdom of the serpents and had wonderful symbolism that remains with us today of the uniting twin serpent energies, symbolizing the union of the opposites.

This is where the split personalities of the “mind” are rejoined, repetitively, in order to “make the perfect man” - symbolized by alchemists as the Androgyne or Hermaphrodite (Hermes and Aphrodite, man and woman united within us).


The process is much deeper than this and would take too long to explain in full. Suffice it to say that this mixing procedure occurred in the “brain” and therefore the skull, and was envisaged symbolically in colors as red and white.

This brain or skull location became apparent in other cultures from where the European Gnostic ideas had also risen, one of these being the Tantric Skull Cups of India and even in the story of Christ as he spills his sacrificial blood at Golgotha - the place of the skull.

In essence, the whole mystical process was virtually the same the world over and is commonly known today in India as the kundalini.


This is an Eastern tradition of attaining enlightenment and means coiled serpent. It is the method of raising up twin serpents through a specific psychological process until one is completely illuminated - obtaining the Grail. In each case, from around the world, this process related to the serpent, snake, or dragon, each one being for this mythical purpose the same thing.


It can be seen clearly today in the infamous image of the Caduceus upon medical insignia, ambulances, hospitals, and elsewhere. It can also be seen in the powerful representation of the Uraeus serpent, which emerges from the forehead of the Egyptian pharaohs. It can also be found in almost all secret societies.

Now what I discovered during the course of my research was the amazing occurrence of the serpent in myth, folklore, and religion across the entire world and in every period.

We can see its origins even as far back as ancient Africa, where even today the serpent is pinned to a tree or cross as a sacrifice for the community. This is a continuance of a system, which stretches back in time for thousands of years. It is a symbolic element, but it also has a practical level, as we shall see. Even as late as the 16th century there were German coins called Thalers with Christ on the cross on one side and a snake on a cross on the reverse.


The image was said to depict the “all-healer.”

We can also see the serpent influence in the Bible as early as Adam and Eve. Believe it or not, Eve actually means “female serpent,” coming from the root hawwah or hevviah, and is derived from, amongst others, the goddess Ninlil, the Sumerian serpent deity also associated with the goddess Asherah, who was seen in the Temple of Jerusalem as a tree entwined with serpents. Even the constellation “serpens” was called “little eve” by certain Arabs.

Adam was fabled to be the father of Seth, who was called the “Son of Serpents.”

The serpent was not bringing mankind down at all - he was making Adam and Eve like “God,” he was bestowing the ultimate knowledge. This is secret Gnostic language for the very knowledge to be found within oneself via the union of the male and female opposites and a whole process of psychological growth.

We even see the ultimate image of Godhead or enlightenment in the aura or halo seen around the heads of saints. This image I revealed derived from the hooded cobra of India as a symbol of immortality and divine serpentine wisdom.

In Malta, I uncovered elongated skulls of certain priests dating back to the Temple-building era. These skulls were created using planks of wood on the heads of babies, in order to make the individual appear serpent-headed, with long drawn eyes and stretched skin. These people were known as serpent priests, and the elongation of the skulls made the glands in the brain secrete certain psychotic hormones, beneficial to the enlightenment experience and altered states of consciousness.


The original serpent priests were an elite, kept apart and secret from the main group - the original shining serpent secret society!

Of course Malta itself is overrun with serpent folklore, the latest being that of St. Paul. This is a story created in the 13th century whereby St. Paul is said to have shipwrecked on Malta and subdued the vicious serpents, and then to have gone on and healed people with his newfound serpentine power. Of course none of this happened, but you can’t knock the Christians for their marketing skills.

Having now, I believe, sufficiently proven the fact of worldwide serpent worship, and basically reinforced what certain Victorian scholars had failed to bring full weight to because of Christian fear, I moved on and into each and every one of these traditions, for in these traditions were the origins of the serpent worshipped by,

  • the Freemasons

  • the Assassins

  • the Rosicrucians

  • the Templars,

...and many more.

In each case, the serpent or snake was a symbol of wisdom, energy, and immortality.

The wisdom and energy element of the serpent could now be explained via the “awakening” of the “coiled serpent” or kundalini process, but this did not entirely explain the immortality aspect of the serpent symbolism.


For an explanation of this I had to turn to science, and it was really here that the whole process had started in the first place, and it was here that I would find the secret Elixir protected by secret societies for generations and hidden within the arcane language of the alchemists.

The Elixir
Before I had ever thought about writing a book on the Grail, Elixir, or Philosopher’s Stone, I had released The Shining Ones and had just finished doing lots of publicity and radio.


I was now, at this stage, looking around for something else to have a go at. Well, one night I lay in bed reading some fusty old book about alchemy.

It was about 1 a.m. and I was having a cup of tea, when my wife, who was reading her medical journals, said something about snake venom and T-cells. It didn’t make any sense so I asked her to elucidate.

She explained that scientists had found that certain elements of snake venom had been recently found to help T-cell replication. T-cells, she said, were the things that helped our immune system - keeping us alive.

Well, my mind went into overdrive as I already, even at this stage, knew a lot about serpents, dragons, and their symbolic elements in the legends of Arthur and others. I instantly knew or was “enlightened” to the fact that this was a physical side of the symbolic immortality of the snake, and so began two years of research into the snake, its myths, and now its science.

What I found following much scientific research and crosschecking was that the unique proteins, peptides, polypeptides, and enzymes found within snake venom had, in fact, been used by ancient man for thousands of years in all kinds of medical applications and that it was even amazingly mixed with the snake’s or a host’s blood.


This was the red and white mixing to aid the health and boost the life of the individual. We amazingly found that this was mixed within a “mixing bowl” or skull and then drunk as an Elixir of Life, and that this had then come down to us as one of the elements of the Holy Grail.

Snake venom was also made into a “stone” or pill. We also found that snake venom has psychoactive properties, which induce altered states of consciousness and mystical experiences, much akin to those needed for the true enlightenment experience. It was therefore seen physically as a method of meeting with the “gods.”

In both ways then, as a serious vitamin pill and as a key to the mystical world, the venom of the snake was a unique product.

To add to this I then found that the same “Christ” who it was said provided the blood of “everlasting life” in the chalice, was seen originally in early Christian and Gnostic cults, such as the Ophites or snake worshippers, as nothing more than a serpent himself!

“Just as Moses lifted up the brazen serpent in the wilderness, so too must Christ be lifted up” - says the Bible, and so he was.

Early Christians even had a Eucharist of the Agathodemon or “good serpent,” enacted with live snakes and a special chalice, and this became the fabled Holy Grail we all know so well today. In the early years of Christianity, Jesus was even imaged as a snake on a Tau cross.

Going back to ancient Africa though, I noted the similarity even here of the crucified Christ and the serpent pinned to the tree. But what I also found was that these same people were then actually taking the various parts of the snake and using them for healing, with the saliva- or venom-producing glands being the most treasured.

Another side effect of taking the snake venom is genetic malformations created by the huge amounts of protein, and one of these malformations is cranial - thereby elongating the skull, just as those we found on Malta.

Although I do not have the space to explain the Philosopher’s Stone in this short chapter, I did find that it truly represented both the Gnostic and duality aspect of the wisdom side of the serpent, and also was used as a cover for the true mixing of the venom and blood within alchemical texts.


As the infamous Grail author Wolfram von Eschenbach himself claimed that the stone and the grail were one and the same, I found this to be the case.

Basically then, the whole modern Grail mythos is wrong. Not just the latest “bloodline” theory, but also the original concept of it being the literal cup that caught the blood of Christ. In fact this element of the myth is symbolic and should remain as such, for Christ as the good serpent did provide his true Elixir of eternal life, in both Gnostic psychological concepts such as the Kundalini, and also in the literal venom and blood of the snake.


An indication of Christ as the serpent was also found in the sloughing of skin. Snakes regularly slough their skin, and the ancients saw this as a rebirth. This was copied with Christ entering the cave and sloughing his shroud.

Arthur, as a literary figure, was chosen as the modern “savior” to rediscover this chalice because he was the Pendragon. Pen means “head,” and therefore Arthur is the head dragon or serpent, just as Jesus was.

What we also find is that every single royal lineage on the globe has claimed descent from the serpent. Whether it be the Merovingians or the Chinese dragon emperors - they are all claiming to be descended from the “bloodline” of the serpent!


And this is how it has become so easy for David Icke and those like him to claim that the royal family are really shape-shifting reptiles, because their own mythological history claims descent from the wise serpent - the same wise serpent that lies at the heart of the world’s secret societies.

The history of the world is certainly not as we once thought.

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