The Cutting of the Orm: The Secret Calendar of the Priory of SionOct 26, 2004
Author: Tracy R. Twyman
According to the Secret Dossiers of the Priory of Sion, discovered by the authors of Holy Blood, Holy Grail in the Parisian Bibliotheque Nationale, the Priory broke away from its military arm, the Knights Templar, in the year 1188, during a ceremony called “the Cutting of the Elm.” This occurred following the loss of Jerusalem, in 1187, to the Saracens by the Christian crusaders, who were being led by the Knights Templar, and their Grand Master, Gerard de Ridefort. The material in the Secret Dossiers seems to indicate that this was, in fact, the cause of the rift between the two organizations, and that Gerard de Ridefort had committed some form of “treason” that lead to the loss of the Holy Land. As the authors of Holy Blood, Holy Grail put it:
An event known as the “Cutting of the Elm” did occur at Gisors during this year, although the historical record of this event does not contain any reference to either the Order of Sion or the Knights Templar. It also does not appear to have ever been fully explained. Supposedly, there was an elm tree located in the “Champ Sacre”, or “Sacred Field” at Gisors. The authors of Holy Blood, Holy Grail write that, “According to medieval chroniclers the site had been deemed sacred since pre-Christian times, and during the twelfth century had provided the setting for numerous meetings between the kings of England and France.” The Elm was, as the story goes, the only source of shade on the field. It was more than 800 years old, and “so large that nine men, linking hands could barely encompass its trunk.” In 1188, during one of those historic meetings between the French monarch, Philippe II, and the English monarch, Henry II, a skirmish broke out between the two men’s armies over the shelter provided by this tree. After three days of negotiations, Holy Blood, Holy Grail states that a “full-scale onslaught” ensued. The English “took refuge within the walls of Gisors itself, while the French are said to have cut down the tree in frustration. Philippe II then stormed back to Paris in a huff, declaring that he had not come to Gisors to play the role of woodcutter.” Other accounts of the story include some other bizarre details. They say that Philippe announced to Henry his intention to cut down the tree, and Henry’s response was to reinforce the trunk with bands of iron. Holy Blood, Holy Grail tells us that:
The Cabalistic Tree of Life.
The Compass of Enoch with the English Alphabet, arranged according to the Atbash cipher.
However, this translation appears to have no basis in reality. All one needs is a simple Latin dictionary. “Annuit” means “circuit” - like the circuit of the zodiac in the night’s sky, and the precession of the equinox. This meaning is further encoded into the word “Annuit” itself. “Annu” relates to “Anno”, which means “circle”, and “year”, while “Nuit” means “night” in French, and is related to the Egyptian word for night, “Nut.” “Coeptis” means “new beginning.” This goes along well with the words at the bottom, “Novus Ordo Seclorum”, which mean “New World Order.” So the statement being made here is, perhaps, that at the beginning of the new astrological age - Aquarius - we will have a new secular order on Earth, symbolized by the eye and the pyramid. The dawn of this new age is symbolized by the tale of the death of the last Merovingian king, Dagobert II, during a hunting trip taking place on December 23. Since “Dag” means “fish”, and “Bert” means “house”, this symbolizes the death of the “fish house”, the Age of Pisces, at the dawning of the Age of Aquarius. Interestingly, the Mayan calendar, which is based largely on the number thirteen, ends on December 23, 2012, right on the brink of the Age of Aquarius, and on the anniversary of Dagobert’s death.
It was at this point in the investigation that I had a major flash of insight. In the magazine called CIRCUIT, published in the forties and fifties by the Priory of Sion, they describe a thirteen-house zodiac system (8), with the insertion of the constellation of Ophiuchus - “the Serpent-Holder”, constituting the extra house. They also published a poem called Le Serpent Rouge (The Red Serpent), written, it would appear, by their Grand Master, Jean Cocteau. This poem consisted of thirteen stanzas, each dedicated to one of these zodiac houses, starting with Aquarius and ending with Capricorn, the sign under which Dagobert was killed. Here we have two very distinct references to the zodiac and the serpent. Ophiuchus, the Serpent-Holder, was the constellation that traditionally rules over the science of medicine, just like Mercury. It therefore makes sense that Ophiuchus would be a zodiacal representation of Mercury, and should be symbolized, just like the god and planet Mercury, by the caduceus, a winged staff intertwined with two serpents. It occurred to this author that the serpent of the thirteen-house zodiac could be equated with the implied serpent, or Orm, of the Compass of Enoch, and the twenty-six-letter alphabet could be applied to this thirteen-house system, with two letters assigned to each house. Since there was so much emphasis in the clues to the Grail mystery equating the sign of Virgo with the letter M, it made sense to make that one of Virgo’s letters on the wheel. And that, at least, gave me a starting point with which to orient the rest of the zodiac on the compass.
Just a day or so later, the next breakthrough occurred. In Chapter Eight of Holy Blood, Holy Grail, the structure of the Priory of Sion is examined in detail. According to the statutes published in Secret Dossiers prior to 1956, the order consisted of seven grades, with a total of 1093 members, whereas the post-1956 statutes had it broken down into nine grades, totaling 9841 members. In addition, a set of twenty-two statutes written and signed by Grand Master Jean Cocteau describes a structure of five grades. However, in all three versions of the structure, the number of members in each grade is three times larger than the number of members in the next grade, and all of the numbers, except for one 1 and 3, are divisible by nine. It would appear that the only difference between the three versions of the structure is that the pre-1956 statutes are not counting the members of the lowest two grades. Also, the Jean Cocteau statutes have one-third as many people listed in each grade, with 243 members of a fourth grade that are considered part of an outer order, or laity, called the “Children of Saint Vincent.” They were created, say the statutes, in 1681 - a very important date to the Rennes-le-Chateau mystery.
In the post-1956 statutes, the structure is also broken down into provinces (each of which contains forty members), commanderies, and the “Arch Kyria”, the name for the top three grades, which consists of a total of thirteen members. The structure, as quoted from the Secret Dossiers, is as follows:
“The general assembly consists of all members of the association. It consists of 729 provinces, 27 commanderies, and an Arch designated “Kyria.”
Each of the commanderies, as well as the arch, must consist of forty members, each province of thirteen members.
The members compose a hierarchy of 9 grades.
a) in the 729 provinces
1) Novices: 6, 561 members
2) Croises de Saint-Jean: 2,187
b) in the 27 commanderies
3) Preux: 729 members
4) Ecuyers: 243 members
5) Chevalieres: 81 members
6) Commandeurs: 27
c) in the Arch ‘Kyria’:
7) Connetables: 9 members
8) Senechaux: 3 members
9) Nautonnier: 1 member”
Meanwhile, the statutes written by Jean Cocteau state the following:
“The hierarchy of the Prieure de Sion is composed of five grades:
1st Nautonnier, number: 1
2nd Croise, number: 3
3rd Commandeur, number: 9
4th Chevalier, number: 27
5th, Ecuyer, number: 81
total number :121
The first two levels are part of a substructure called “The Arch of the 13 Rose-Croix.”
The other levels are part of a substructure called “The 9 commanderies of the Temple.”
In addition, Article 19 states that:
“There are 243 Free Brothers, called ‘Preux’, or, since the year 1681, Enfants de Saint Vincent, who participate neither in the vote, nor in the Convents, but to whom the Prieure accords certain rights and privileges, in conformity with the decree of January 17, 1681.”
While most of the numbers here are, as I have stated, divisible by nine, the total number of members according to each version of the statutes is not. However, attempting to divide them by nine reveals some interesting relationships. For instance, the total number of members, according to the post-1956 statues, is 9841. 9841/9 = 1093.44444... - the same number, minus the decimals, as the number of members according to the pre-1956 statutes. 1093/9 = 121.44444... - the same number, minus the decimals, as the number of dignitaries (ranked members) according to the Cocteau statutes. 364, the number of total members according to Cocteau, including the 243 Children of Saint Vincent, when divided by nine, gives us 40.44444... - the same number, minus the decimals, as the number of members in each commanderie. And 121/9 = 13.44444... - the same number, minus the decimals, as the number of members in the “Arch Kyria”, or “Arch of the Thirteen Rose-Croix.”
Thirteen. There’s that number again. It occurred to me that the “Thirteen Rose-Croix” might relate to the cabala of the modern alphabet implied by the Compass of Enoch, and that this shape might, in fact, play the same role as the rose cross which contains the twenty-two letters of the Hebrew alphabet in the Hebrew cabala. It could be considered a “thirteen-petaled rose” containing the twenty-six letters of our modern alphabet. Thirteen-petaled flowers do occur in nature, and include the globe flower, ragwort, double delphiniums, mayweed, corn, marigold, and chamomile. The average number of petals on each type of flower are always Fibonacci numbers, a number sequence - discussed later in this article and in other Dagobert’s Revenge articles - that reflects the growth pattern of nature, and which includes the number thirteen. Interestingly, Stan Tenen (a theoretical physicist whose pet theory is that all ancient alphabets were based upon the Fibonacci spiral) refers in one of his lectures to a structure which he calls the “thirteen-petaled rose”, a set of twelve spheres arranged around a thirteenth sphere, which is the most compact three-dimensional structure possible, and which occurs repeatedly in nature. Also, the royal esoteric symbol known as the Tudor Rose sometimes contains an inner circle of five petals, and an outer circle of eight, for a total of thirteen. The hypothesis of the “Thirteen Rose-Croix”, then, would appear to be a distinct possibility.
But still I wondered: how might these numbers from the Priory of Sion relate to the thirteen-house zodiac? I decided to subtract thirteen from each of the numbers that would not divide evenly by nine, and then try the division again:
9841 - 13 = 9828
9828/9 = 1092 (just one less than 1093)
1093 - 13 = 1080
1080/9 = 120 (just one less than 121)
121-13 = 108
108/9 = 12 (just one less than 13)
364-13 = 351
351/9 = 39 (just one less than 40)
And 39 is also 3 x 13
Then I noticed another thing:
1+0+9+3 = 13
3+6+4 = 13
But even more astounding:
364/13 = 28
It was at this point that the meaning encoded in the number structure of the Priory of Sion came flooding into my mind. 28 is the average number of days in a lunar cycle, and there are thirteen lunar cycles in a solar year, making the 364-day lunar calendar observed by some of our ancestors, with thirteen months of exactly 28 days each. 364 is the exact number of days it takes for the Moon to travel through the zodiac.(9) Also, 364 is very close to the number of days (365.2424) in our current solar year. Throwing caution to the wind, I decided to speculate: What would happen if we actually did observe a 364-day calendar? What would happen if, at some time in the past, the solar year had corresponded precisely with the lunar year?
The answer is that then we could have a perfect calendar, consisting of thirteen months of 28 days, each dedicated to one of the thirteen houses of the zodiac. Also, we could still have 7 days in a week, exactly four weeks in each month, and exactly< 52 weeks in each year. In our current system, the number of weeks in a month, and in a year, is neither exact nor consistent. But in this system, all months would begin and end on the same day of the week, and would match each other perfectly. All floating holidays, such as Thanksgiving and Easter, would occur on the same day every year. The menstrual cycle of each woman would begin on the same day and end on the same day of each month, also making periods of high fertility easier to calculate.(10) Since each zodiac sign would correspond to a single month, all zodiac periods would be of equal length, with no “cusps”, and everyone could easily determine which sign a person was born under simply by knowing the month of their birth. One could even break down the hours in a day into a thirteen-based system. We could split the day into twenty-six hours, each consisting of fifty-two minutes, which would in turn consist of fifty-two seconds each. That would give you a total of 25, 590, 656 seconds in a year.
For thousands of years, men have been trying to create an “aliquot calendar”, a perfect system that would synthesize both the solar and lunar cycles with exact, whole numbers. But as Duncan Steel remarks in Marking Time: The Epic Quest to Invent the Perfect Calendar, “We have been stymied by the fact that the solar day and the lunar month are not an aliquot part of the year. That is, there is not an exact integer number of days in the year defined by Earth’s orbit, nor lunations in that year. However, he also remarks that, “it has not always been this way. About 1.5 billion years ago there were precisely fourteen lunar months in a year, each lasting for thirty-one solar days, but there was no one around to notice the fact and construct a calendar based upon it.” The number of days in a year has varied substantially over time, due to a number of factors. One of the most significant factors, however, is called “tidal drag”, a force caused by the ocean tides, which are in turn caused by the gravitational attraction of the Moon. This is causing the rotation of the Earth to slow down, making it probable that we will reach a 364-day solar year at some point. Whether or not the number of lunar cycles in a year will synchronize with this at that point is, however, a matter of speculation.
The Priory of Sion is a secret society preserving ancient knowledge, most of which originated during the “Golden Age’, at least 10,000 years ago - an age associated with the utopian empire of Atlantis, and the fabled Garden of Eden. This “Golden Age”, in which the Hermetic sciences supposedly originated, was dominated by the concept of “As above, so below”, the idea that the heavens and the Earth are connected via a harmonious relationship, one reflecting the other, and the idea that nature tends to create mathematically harmonious relationships between all aspects of creation. One of the most consistent harmonious relationships recurrent in nature involves what’s known as the Phi ratio, or, more commonly, the “golden ratio.”
The Fibonacci sequence is the basic growth pattern of nature. Expressed in whole numbers the sequence begins with 0 and 1, mimicking the creation of the universe, in which the whole of existence emerged as the undivided Monad out of the unmanifested Void. Then, another 1 is added, making 2, the next stage in the creation of the universe, in which the undivided Monad split into the duality of two opposing aspects (such as light and dark, male and female.) From there, the sequence continues, adding the next number to the previous number in the sequence to create the one following. 2+1 = 3. 3+2 = 5. 5+3 = 8. 8+5 = 13. So the sequence goes: 0,1,1,2,3,5,8,13... This sequence could go on and on indefinitely. When the numbers are divided by one another to form ratios (1/1, 2/1, 3/2, 5/3, 8/5, 13/8), the results, graphed on an x/y axis, form an undulating wave that starts out large and flattens out at an exponential rate towards an asymptote (a place approached but never reached) of 1.6180339…, with an endless series of decimals at the end. This number called in mathematics “the Phi ratio.”
The Fibonacci Spiral.
The Fibonacci sequence of numbers represent the growth pattern of all nature: the growth pattern of the embryo as it becomes a fetus, then a baby, then a child, then an adult; or of a seed that becomes a seedling, then a plant. The human fetus, the horns of a ram, the spiraling bracts of a pine cone, the whirlpools in the ocean and the storms in the sky also contain this pattern. The golden spiral, sequence and ratio can be found in the visual color spectrum, and in the thirteen-note musical scale. The vibration of each note is the sum of the vibrations of the two notes previous. The structure of a piano keyboard reflects this, with eight white keys, representing whole tones, and five black keys, representing sharps and flats, arranged in groups of threes and two, for a total of thirteen notes in a full octave. This contains the Fibonacci sequence of 2, 3, 5, 8, and 13. The most pleasing pieces of music are those which take full advantage of the Fibonacci relationship, striking a familiar cord with the Fibonacci spiral shape of our own ears, while music that sounds “off” does exactly the opposite. The syntax of words in poetry, in which some combinations of words are more pleasing than others, undoubtedly follows the same principles.
Not surprisingly, perhaps, our solar system also contains Fibonacci relationships. It is like a whirlpool, or vortex, with the Sun as its “calm eye” in the center, the asymptote of the spiral that is always approached but never reached. Leonardo da Vinci, a Grand Master of the Priory of Sion, once said: “A vortex, unlike a wheel, moves faster towards its center”, and this is true of our solar system as well, where Mercury has a year that lasts for 88 of our days, while Pluto’s year lasts for 248 of our years. But there is also a “golden relationship” between the orbits of each of our planets. The distance from the Sun to Mercury, when added to the distance from Mercury to Venus, equals the distance from Venus to Earth. This Phi relationship can be found between each of the planetary orbits in sequence, although the pattern gradually breaks down towards the outer planets, while still approaching Phi. This relationship between the planetary orbits is expressed in Johannes Kepler’s “Third Law of Planetary Motion”, which states that:
“… the ratio of the squares of the revolutionary periods for two planets is equal to the ratio of the cubes of their semi-major axes; or: P² / P2² = R1³/R2³”
The golden relationship between the planetary orbits was written of in the book Key to the Sacred Pattern, by Henry Lincoln, one of the co-authors of Holy Blood, Holy Grail. Lincoln’s geometric study of the landscape of Rennes-le-Chateau revealed the golden ratio of 1.618 everywhere, especially in the group of mountains whose peaks form a perfect pentagram. Amazingly, the orbit of Venus throughout the year forms a perfect pentagram from the perspective of the Earth, which is why the pentagram is associated with that particular planet/goddess. It is the only planet that forms a perfect geometric shape with its orbit. A pentagram contains in its angles the golden ratio, and from it can be derived a golden triangle. Lincoln, although stopping short of saying that the mountains at Rennes-le-Chateau were artificially arranged to mimic the orbit of Venus, still writes that:
“The ‘holiness’ of the Rennes-le-Chateau landscape stems from its pentagonal (and therefore Golden Section) configuration of mountains, which reflect on Earth the movements of Venus in the Heavens. Earth’s year consists of 365 and a quarter days. 365.25 divided by 1.618 = 225.74. Rounding off ... leaves us with 225 - the number of days in Venus’ year... Venus goes through one complete cycle of phases (her synodic period) in 584 days. 584 divided by 1.618 = 360.9, which, rounded off, reflects the Ancient Egyptian year of 12 months of 30 days, i.e., 360 plus 5 ‘added’ days. Or the 360 degrees in a circle. Additionally, Mercury and Saturn, the inner and outermost planets of the medieval cosmos, show Golden Section relationship in order and size to within 99 percent accuracy.”
Clearly, planets orbiting our Sun tend towards a circular orbit. Venus’ orbit is the most circular, with an eccentricity of only .0068, while Earth’s is still a mere .0167. As with the Golden relationship between the orbits, the tendency towards a circular orbit lessens as the planets get further away from the Sun. Is that just a property of the lesser gravitational pull from the Sun, I wondered? Or was there some cataclysmic celestial event that may have occurred to “mess up” the beautiful symmetrical orbits that all planets once had, and also messed up the Golden relationships between their orbits? Whatever the case, I began to wonder, for the sake of the perfect calendar, what it would be like if the Earth had a perfectly circular orbit. Furthermore, assuming that the cataclysm had also tilted the axis of the Earth, I factored in the possibility that the Earth’s axis may have been perfectly perpendicular to its orbital plane.
So what would happen? Well, as you may have already surmised, such conditions would create a virtual Paradise on Earth, a true golden age. There would be no seasons. The middle portions of the Earth would be perfectly temperate all year round. Daylight and nighttime would always last for the same amount of time every day. At the equator, the Sun would always pass precisely overhead at midday. At the poles it would always be on the horizon. Duncan Steele writes of it in Marking Time: “Imagine yourself on this idealized Earth. Each time Earth spins on its axis, the stars do a complete loop around the sky. In essence these form a stationary backdrop against which one may measure the spin of the Earth.” Scholars have pondered for centuries how it is that ancient man could have acquired the astounding astronomical understanding that he had, with some cultures seeming to have master the concepts of the spherical nature of the Earth, the other planets, and their relationships to the Sun - things that our culture only surmised millennia later with the assistance of telescopes. But during this proposed golden age, these properties would have been easy to observe with the naked eye. Also, because the day is always the same length, there would be no solstices, just a perpetual equinox, and without the wobble in the Earth’s axis, there would be no Precession of the Ages.
I had been wondering for some time how the 364-day calendar would fit in with the precession. The number of years in the precession is usually rounded up to 26,000, which is, of course, a multiple of 13. If it did take exactly 26,000 years and we did have a thirteen-sign zodiac, there would be exactly 2000 years between each astrological age. How nice and succinct that would be! And of course, it could be joined with the symbol of the alphabet on the Compass of Enoch, and each of the letters would represent a 1000 year period, two of them then representing an astrological age.
But currently, the precession takes exactly 25,920 years, a multiple of nine, as well as 360 x 72 (reminding one of the angles found in a golden triangle, and in a pentagram, which are 72º and 36º). This is because the zodiac is a perfect 360° circle, split up into twelve houses of 30° each, in which it takes 72 years to travel from one house to the next. If you were to draw a pentagam inside of this circle, it would split the sky into five sections of 72° each.(12) It occured to me that the Priory of Sion numbers that were divisible by 9 might multiply evenly into 25,920. This worked for 27 and 81, but not for any of the higher numbers. However, there was a much larger number, derived from the precession of the equinox, that every single one of these numbers multiplied evenly into. It is called “the Nineveh Constant”, and the relationships that it bears to the revolutionary cycles of the heavenly bodies are rather amazing.
In 1857, during an archeological dig in the ancient Assyrian city of Nineveh, 30,000 clay tablets were unearthed pertaining largely to practices of ritual magic. One of the tablets contained a long series of huge, lengthy numbers, one of which was fifteen digits long: 195,955,200,000,000. Over a hundred years later, this number came to the attention of Maurice Chatelain, a French communications specialist who had been studying the Mayan calendar for several years. His theory was that the Mayan civilization had been born of some sort of contact with the Assyrians of Nineveh. In short time he had discovered that the 15-digit Nineveh number was 70 X 60 to the power of 7. He had a hunch that it represented an expression of time in seconds, which were invented at the dawn of civilization by the preceding occupants of Mesopotamia, the Sumerians, and which was based on the 360° in a circle, as well as, amazingly, the circumference of the Earth. Author Peter Tompkins, as quoted in The Atlantis Blueprint, by Colin Wilson and Rand Flem-Ath, writes that:
“The Mesopotamians had linked their measures of time and space - in seconds of time and seconds of arc. 34,020 million days is not only the number of days in 3,600 Sumerian precessions of the equinox, , but 3,600 tenths of a degree - consisting of 36,000 Egyptian feet of 0.308 meters - is the circumference of the world... The Mesopotamians had not only chosen as a unit of measure that was earth-commensurate, it was also commensurate with the great Platonic year [the precessional cycle] of 25,920 years.”
When Chatelain calculated the Nineveh number in terms of seconds of time, he found that it equaled exactly 2,268 million days (more than 6 million years), which is exactly 240 precessional cycles. Chatelain’s next discovery was even more amazing, and is best described in The Atlantis Blueprint, in which the authors state that:
“Chatelain found himself wondering if the Nineveh constant was what astrologers and occultists had called ‘the great constant of the solar system’, a number that would apply to the revolution of all the bodies in the solar system, including moons. He preceeded to calculate the cycles of the planets in seconds... and found that each was an exact fraction of the Nineveh constant...
Chatelain went a step further. When he divided the Nineveh constant into solar years, then compared this with a modern astronomical table based on a caesium clock (which gives the most accurate estimation of the length of a second), he found a slight discrepancy in the sixth decimal place. It was only a twelve-millionth of a day per year, but it puzzled him. Then he saw the solution. Modern astronomical measurements tell us that the rotation of the earth is slowing down very slowly, so every year is getting shorter by sixteen-millionths of a second.
The Nineveh constant proved to be totally accurate 64,800 years ago, and that suggested to Chatelain that it was first calculated 64,800 years ago...”
A hypothesis began to form in my mind: What if the Earth’s orbit had originally been 360 days, like the Sumerians believed, and had been perfectly circular? That may be why they based their 360° circle and metric system on it. It also would have matched up with the zodiac cycle and with the circumference of the Earth. There may have been no moon to slow down the rotation of the Earth at that time. All of the other planets would also have perfectly circular orbits, with perfect golden relationships to one another. Then the unknown calamity occured, which disturbed these orbits. Perhaps it was a large comet that passed through the solar system, bending the perfectly circular orbits with its gravity, smashing into the planet that once stood where the crumbled asteroid belt now lies, tilting the axis of the Earth and depositing the Moon into our orbit. Now, I speculated, the Earth is tending towards a new equilibrium in its orbit, attempting to synthesize the orbit of the Earth around the Sun, and of the Moon around the Earth, as well as the rotation of all three bodies. If this is true, already some amazing relationships have formed: note how closely thirteen lunar cycles divide into our solar year, and the fact that it rotates at a perfect rate in relation to the Earth’s rotation, so that the same side is always facing both the Earth and the Sun, while the other side stays completely dark. It is also at a perfect distance from the Earth so that its disc on the horizon appears to be exactly the same size as the solar disc from the perspective of a person on Earth, allowing the Moon, at times, to eclipse the Sun, and the Earth, at times, to eclipse the Sun’s rays from the Moon.
Perhaps this event, if it did indeed occur, is what is memorialized in the story of the Garden of Eden. During the Golden Age, the Earth itself was Eden, lush and temperate all year long. Man had no knowledge of hardship or climatic change. Then came the cataclysm, and the appearance of the Moon. This event is synonymous with the “Cutting of the Elm (or Orm)” story, which also involves an (implied) serpent, and a sacred tree.(13) The serpent of the night’s sky was “severed” in half by the tilt of the Earth, due to the cataclysm, which skewed our view of the zodiac ring, whereas before, the Earth had traveled through the zodiac in a perfect loop perpendicular to the axis of the Earth.(14) Furthermore, the wobble in the axis was introduced, and the Earth began to precess backwards through the zodiac. Perhaps this is why, in the Compass of Enoch alphabet system, the last thirteen letters are wrenched backwards. The relationship between the Earth and the serpent of the zodiac (from which, I have postulated, many ancient alphabetic and numerical systems were derived) became upset, and thus the meaning of both the letters and the numbers became lost.
This is the equivelent of the destruction of the Tower of Babel, the loss of the secret name of God, of the secret word of a Master Mason, and the expulsion from the Garden of Eden. During the Golden Age, a perfect mathematical harmony may have existed between the orbits of the planets, the zodiac, the alphabet, the musical scale, and the growth patterns of natural life. The Hermetic arts, including astrology and other forms of divination – cabalism, etc. - may have had a much greater utility at that time. The correspondences between numbers, letters, elements, planets and zodiac houses may have been real instead of merely symbolic, and thus, these practices may have actually worked. After the Cutting of the Orm, the truth, accuracy, and therefore power behind these correspondences was greatly reduced. But the old meanings were preserved by the initiates, who also set about creating a new system of correspondences to match the newly-forming harmony to occur to the best of their ability. Unlike during the Golden Age, it would have been only the elite of society at this time who would have been capable of understanding the complexity of the new celestial cycles, and their meanings.
In this theory, prior to the “Cutting of the Orm” there were no “equinoxes” or “solstices” to be observed. The Earth was in a perpetual “equinox” every day. Perhaps this is the meaning behind the emphasis on “midday” by the Freemasons, the Priory of Sion, and other groups. Dagobert II was killed at midday (15), Hiram, the architect of Solomon’s Temple, was killed at midday, and “midday” is mentioned in the parchments found by Berenger Sauniere at Rennes-le-Chateau. The French word for “midday” is based on the Latin “meridianus”, which also means “meridian”, indicating that maybe the reason why the old (and perhaps ancient) Paris meridian is held sacred by the Priory of Sion is because it was somehow the basis of this old, Golden Age system of counting time.(16) “The Sun is always at its meridian in regards to Freemasonry”, states an old Masonic motto. Maybe this explains why the equinoxes were held to be highly sacred days of celebration by ancient man, while solstices - times in which the periods of night and day were at their most unequal - were often considered to be days of ritual mourning, fasting, and sacrifice. Equinoxes reminded man of the old Golden Age, in which he had been so happy and carefree, while solstices merely reminded him of the tragedy that had occured to upset that perfection - thus he would pray, fast, and sacrifice for the return of the old equilibrium.
The acquirement of the Moon introduced a new “silver” element into a world that was prevviously “golden”, or entirely solar-based. The Sun is always associated with gold in Hermeticism, and the Moon with silver.(17) The relationship between the Sun and the Moon, from a Hermetic point of view, is a reflective one, similar to the “As above, so below” relationship between Heaven and Earth. The Moon produces no light in itself, but merely reflects the light of the Sun, like a mirror, making it a male/female relationship as well.(18) This concept is illustrated in the courtyard at the Rennes-le-Chateau church where, at sundown, the light from the Sun shines through the sun disk behind Christ’s head on the Calvary, and reflects off of the mirror behind the head of the statue of Mary Magdalene that is surmounted upon the Visigothic pillar. The union of the Sun and the Moon is considered to be one of the greatest secrets of the Hermetic science of alchemy, which creates the Philosopher’s Stone, perhaps referring to the new harmony that is now still forming between the Sun and the Moon in relation to the Earth.
With the introduction of the Moon, the tilted axis, and the eliptical orbit, we began to have seasons, with regular periods of death and rebirth in nature. Man had to learn to till the soil, and to preserve himself from harsh weather by wearing clothes and building a house for himself, just as the story of the Garden of Eden relates. The traditionally “female” element of periodic change was introduced, which could explain why the female is presented in the story of Genesis as being the cause of the fall from perfection. Even the word “calendar” has been said to have come from the name of the Hindu moon goddess Kali, associated with periodic creation and destruction, indicating that, prior to the catastrophe which introduced the Moon, and the climactic cycles of periodic change, there may have been no need for a calendar (at least as we currently envision it) in the first place. The feminine moon created the tides of the sea, thus creating the “tidal drag” force that is slowing down the Earth’s rotation and shortening the year from 365 days towards 364. It also introduced the menstrual cycle in women, and is undoubtedly responsible for both the pain of menstruation, and the pain of childbirth, something that was supposed to have been handed down by God as punishment to Eve for her rebellion.(19) The gestation period of a child, by the way, lasts for nine lunar cycles - nine of the thirteen lunar cycles in a year.
There are those two numbers again.
After pondering the possible meaning and relationship between these two numbers, it occured to me that the Priory of Sion numbers, based on both 9 and 13, are pointing towards this equilibrium between the Sun and the Moon. Nine would naturally be, for a number of reasons, associated with the Sun. The Sun is the eye in the vortex, providing the gravitational glue that keeps the solar system together - a solar system made up of nine planets. Each of these planets contains in its orbit and rotation the nine-based Nineveh number, and these number correspondences occur because of the 9-based geometry of the 360° circle, which is what all planetary orbits in our solar system tend towards. Even the ° (degree) symbol, invented by the Sumerians, represents the Sun. The Moon, however, contains in its orbit and rotation a 13-based system, which combines with the 9-based system of the Sun to in turn act upon the orbit and rotation of the Earth. Aleister Crowley wrote in his treatise on Gematria that 9 represents “stability in change”, which clearly describes the masculine aspects of the Sun, while 13 represents “Luna”, and “the scale of the highest feminine unity.”
The relationship between these two numbers, and the concepts that they represent are referred to rather explicitly in the coding system of the Priory of Sion numbers. This became apparent when the final piece of the puzzle fell into place. For as I soon discovered, the larger numbers, including 729, 1093, 2187, 6561, and 9841, all form a pattern when divided by 364. 729 is 2 x 364 + 1. 1093 is 3 x 364 +1. 2187 is 6 x 364 + 3. 6561 is 18 x 364 + 9. 9841 is 27 x 364 + 13. At first, I thought this might represent a system in which a 364-day year is used, and a leap day is added every two years, so that in 27 years, 13 leap days have been added. This yielded the following chart (see below), which revealed a great many astounding numerological correspondences. For instance, after 243 years (the number of “Children of Saint Vincent” in the Priory of Sion), 117 leap days have been added.
Whether or not the “remainders” on these numbers actually represent leap days in a 364-day calendar, the Priory of Sion numerology system still points most definitely to a mystical relationship between the solar number 9 and the lunar number 13. As if to prove this point, the icing on the numerological cake came to me at last. 9 + 13 = 22. This is the number most consistently stressed within the layout and landscape of Rennes-le-Chateau, as well as the number of letters in the Hebrew alphabet. Interestingly, the Hebrew letter Mem, the equivalent of M, is also the thirteenth letter of that alphabet, and the meaning of that glyph is “water.” The ninth letter is Teth - T - and it means “serpent.”