The Flowering Tomb: A Massive Hidden Structure Beneath Rennes-le-ChateauOct 23, 2004
Author: Tracy R. Twyman
In the last issue of Dagobert’s Revenge, the articles Sleeping Beauty and the World Mountain and Le Serpent Rouge Reinterpreted argued for the existence of an ancient temple to Venus underneath the grounds of Rennes-le-Chateau. Shortly after the publication of that issue, a hypothesis occurred to me regarding the possible shape, meaning, and purpose of this structure. This idea came to me upon examining a souvenir I had bought at Rennes-le-Chateau a couple of years ago. It was a map of Rennes-le-Chateau, Rennes-le-Bains, and the surrounding area, drawn by none other than Alain Feral, the former owner of Rennes-le-Chateau who added on to Berenger Sauniere’s designs with some esoteric decorations of his own. M. Feral’s designs, as well as the maps which he drew, indicate that he knew as much about the mystery of Rennes-le-Chateau as Berenger Sauniere did himself, if not more.
The pentagonal growth of a plant, from Michael Schneider’s
The Beginner’s Guide to Constructing the Universe
The pentagonal plant formation as compared to the lopsided pentagram from Sauniere’s parchments.
Alpha Galates, as revealed by Vaincre, obviously believes in Atlantis, the same ancient civilization which we think likely to have built this underground temple. In fact, Alpha Galates claims to be perpetuating the Atlantean tradition, which was also practiced, they say, by the Druids. In an article by “Le Comte de Moncharville” entitled The East and the West, it is written that:
“...France, through Brittany, was also familiar with the Atlantean tradition, of which the Druidic cult (with its sacrifices to the Sun, the ceremony of mistletoe, menhirs and dolmens, and institutions of chivalry) is merely the survival. ... When Catholicism chased the Druids out of Gaul, some of the monks collected together the Atlantean traditions and formed the Alpha, which then split into two branches: the Cistercians, who adopted Christianity, and the Chivalric Order of Galate, which preserved the Atlantean tradition.”
Another article, entitled The ‘Southern Cross’ - Rallying Point for the Pure of Heart, by Auguste Brisieux, connects Atlantis to Brittany directly.:
“Lemuria, a small country situated on the ancient continent on Atlantis, of roughly the same size as our Brittany, and which is now no more than the vestige of a thousand years of history, rich in spiritual, moral and intellectual glory, of which the Southern Cross was the national emblem, appears to us today to be shrouded in mystery, a mystery that many legends have helped preserve. In reality, however, this was the Land of Initiates, and whereas we ourselves are still in our infancy the Lemurians already knew about the power of the waves, the laws of the Cosmos and karmic cycles - they knew both how to govern and how to obey... This great continent collapsed into materialism, fell prey to the dark forces, rejected the rule of law, destroyed its temples and massacred in large numbers, although those who survived succeeded in establishing themselves on our present continent, in our Brittany. But for men, as for nations, the law of Karma exists - Atlantis, submerged beneath the putrefying flames, suffered the penalty for its sins. However, the Southern Cross, a constellation of the Southern Hemisphere... remained the happy insignia of the great initiates of the West.”
Illustration of the Southern Cross banner from the magazine Vaincre.
The symbol of the octopus, which appears on the Blanchefort tombstone and also within the pages of the Priory of Sion’s Secret Dossiers, is another symbol of Atlantis, it seems. It appears at the end of an article about the Heiron du Val d’Or (another Priory of Sion permutation), and is actually lifted from a book by Paul le Cour called The Age of Aquarius. The article is dated June 24th, 1926, which is the same date upon which the French Magazine Atlantis was founded - a magazine edited by Le Cour (Paul the Heart), which, it is said, the Priory of Sion published. In The Age of Aquarius, the octopus is said to be “a symbol of the primitive tradition.” By “primitive”, they probably just mean “original” or “primordial”, for they saw the Atlantean tradition as the most pure. In one of the issues of Vaincre, a quote from Paul Le Cour is included which states: “...When a stream is polluted it is necesary, if you are to find pure water, to go back to the source. It’s the same with tradition - it only remains pure at its origin.” This “stream” of tradition is called, by the Priory of Sion and the Grail families, the underground stream.
The octopus sign from Paul le Cour’s The Age of Aquarius
“During the mission to Tibet I succeeded in making contact - while I was in Lhasa, in the Forbidden City of Agartha, which is the seat of the Government of the Living Buddha, the ‘Dalai Lama’ - with several monks of the great monastery there. During the several years that my mission to Lhasa lasted I managed to win the confidence and friendship of them all, and I learned what probably no other initiate of the West has ever known, compared to which the famous Secret Doctrine of H.P. Blavatsky seem only a fragment of the truth. When I was on the point of leaving, the monks led me along seemingly interminable staircases carved into the mountain into a veritable underground town located underneath the Temples. And there they gave me a glimpse of the collection of objects that had been brought from Atlantis before the catastrophe there.
Then I visited the Sanctuary of the Dragon, where, for the first time since the Orient, I attended a ceremony of a Superior Rite, and finally, during my last few days there, I had the opportunity to contemplate electrical machines of a kind unknown today, which had been brought from Atlantis and which made it possible to impart to the subterranean rooms a light and atmosphere that was exactly the same as that of the open air, which had so surprised me during my first visit to the heart of the mountain. These machines were also used by the ‘Dalai Lama’ to erect around the Forbidden City of Agartha magnetic barriers that prevented undesirable strangers from penetrating therein.”
This underground structure, according to Moncharville, was constructed by “Galatean knights”, precursors of the Knights Templar who were the preservers of the Atlantian tradition, and the originators of chivalry. He writes:
“...they worked the But-Or (‘the Gold Mines’) and constructed below-ground the city of the Alpha, the biggest city in the world, and completed ... the Sanctuary of the Dragon on one of the Mounts of the Dragon. Then, in the year 812, they suddenly disappeared. Some days later, amid a rumble of thunder, the sea covered the places where the last Atlanteans had lived. From this time onward, only one of the mounts of the Dragon, towering above the waves, remained to provide evidence, through the existence of its sanctuary, of the activities of the Galatean knights.”
Moncharville reveals the location of the Sanctuary to be none other than the French province of Brittany, and the “Mounts of the Dragon” are actually located on the site currently known as Mount St. Michel (where St. Michael supposedly defeated the infamous Dragon.) He then writes:
“The Sanctuary of the Dragon was not abandoned - a new monastery was constructed on its site. And so, beneath the crypt located underneath the flagstone of the Galatean Knights a crypt more ancient still, dating from this period, gives access to the old Sanctuary. It was through the Sancutary of the Dragon that the first knights passed to meet with the subterranean dwellers, who lead them to the heart of the Breton crypts 379 meters down, in the City of the Alpha, where the Temple of Aga was located. Is this still the only entrance to the City of the Alpha? No, but it is very certainly the oldest.”
When I first read the above-quoted passages, I was absolutely astounded. For a long time we have been pursuing the “Hollow Earth” angle of the Rennes-le-Chateau mystery. We were convinced that there was a direct connection between the legendary underground cities of ancient Nordic and Eastern mythology and the Grail saga, but we weren’t able to find too many direct connections to the Rennes- le -Chateau story - just lots and lots of tantalizing clues hinting at it. We knew, for instance, that the area is covered with numerous underground tunnels, and many believe that at least one of these tunnels leads to Sauniere’s mysterious treasure. We also know that Rennes-le-Chateau was considered a sort of metaphysical gateway between Heaven and Hell, the “House of God and Gateway to Heaven”, as Sauniere, quoting from the Bible, described it. The entire mystery, and the surrounding area, are steeped with legends of the Devil, and therefore of the Underworld. Furthermore, we knew that the location of the Grail stone, a.k.a. the “Philosopher’s Stone”, is associated with an alchemical motto: “V.I.T.R.I.O.L.”, an acronym standing for Latin words that translate to: “Visit the Interior Parts of the Earth. By Rectification Though Shalt Find the Hidden Stone.” And we knew that Otto Rahn, a Nazi S.S. employee, had been sent to the Cathar fortress of Montsegur in Southern France to look for the Grail stone in the caves of the mountain, which, he believed, lead to an underground temple in which the relic was housed. But now we had corroboration directly from the publications of the Priory of Sion that they believed in underground cities like Agartha, the fabled city located in the center of the Earth, which they maintain was built by Atlanteans, and that the oldest entrance to this vast underworld is located in France. That the location is actually in the center of the Earth, and not just far underground, is indicated in a passage about the Sanctuary of the Dragon which reads:
“Finally, in the Round Table, my guide pointed something out to me. I immediately approached it, as I had racognized the smal round altar of Lhasa, but here there were some voices that I had already heard, nonetheless muffled, as if they came from the center of the earth.”
So then, I thought, if such an entrance exists in Brittany, many miles to the North and on the other side of France, why could there not be such an entrance in Rennes-le-Chateau? From the above-quoted passages, one line in particular struck me as odd: “And so, beneath the crypt located underneath the flagstone of the Galatean Knights a crypt more ancient still, dating from this period, gives access to the old Sanctuary.” For in the Church of St. Magdalene in Rennes-le-Chateau, it was underneath “The Knight’s Flagstone” that Sauniere discovered, soon after finding the parchments, an underground crypt, and the tomb of Marie de Blanchfort, as well as, perhaps, something more. He was extremely secretive about it, and would not allow the workmen who helped him lift the stone to see what was underneath it. It is believed that the “Knight’s Flagstone” depicts Templar Knights because two of them are seen seated on the same horse, an earmark of the Templars. But the flagstone is badly damaged, and the knights are very crudely depicted anyway, making it unclear exactly what sort of people they are. Perhaps the “Knight’s Flagstone” was placed there as a clue, mimicking the flagstone of the Galatean knights in Brittany. Perhaps, like its Breton cousin, it conceals an entrance to a crypt, within which is an entrance to a more ancient crypt, and within that crypt there is an entrance to a subterranean city in the center of the earth.
The Fibonacci spiral that we’d theorized as being on the map, if it did indeed represent the winding path of a subterranean temple funneling downward, didn’t necessarily have any particular endpoint. But if it truly were to mimic a Fibonnaci spiral, then the tip of the funnel would indeed shoot straight down into the center of the Earth. Although science may indicate that the existence of such as structure appears impossible, it is easy to imagine that the members of the Rennes-le-Chateau cult and the Priory of Sion believe in it.
From analysis of world mythology we have revealed in past issues of Dagobert’s Revenge the ancient belief that the center of the Earth was the location of the tomb of an antediluvian god-king, who is usually described as a giant, and as the father of civilized mankind. We have indicated that this is the figure known in the Bible as “Cain”, but who was known by many names throughout the world. The center of the Earth was also the location of the “World Mountain”, and the domain of Cain’s legendary consort, known to us as the goddess Venus. The center of the Earth is said to be lit by an “inner sun”, the Black Sun. This is a primordial symbol, used by the Merovingians, as well many other groups and civilizations throughout history. In the Rosicrucian myth of Christian Rosenkreutz (which is merely a permutation of the Cain myth), his tomb is also located in the center of the Earth, and lit by an inner sun, but it this instance the sun is also described as a “rose.” This brings another level of meaning to the symbol of the Rose-cross as a possible representation of the Earth, and the jewel at its center. (Interestingly, things done in secret are said to be “sub rosa” - “under the rose.”)
But Cain is not exactly thought of as dead in this myth. He is entombed, but he still reigns as king, still exercising influence upon the Earth. This we see in the Eastern legends of the “Lord of the Earth” (which was one of Cain’s titles), a superhuman being who supposedly guides the destiny of mankind from his subterranean kingdom in the center of the Earth, and who will one day return to rule Earth directly, in a scenario that resembles St. John’s Apocalypse. The Priory of Sion appears to also believe in this concept, as their writings are replete with references to the “Grand Monarch”, whom they believe will rise up to rule Earth in a vision that they see as being related to the Apocalypse. Add to this the fact that the Black Sun is also believed by its worshippers to be something of a god, and that it, like the Lord of the Earth, is thought to exercise a guiding influence upon the activities of the Earth’s surface. (Some even believe it exerts some form of control on the planet’s electromagnetic processes.) In the jumble of myths, it is easy to see how the myth of the Black Sun, the Lord of the Earth, the subterranean tomb of Cain, and the temple of Venus could get confused and mixed together.
Whether or not you believe in the hollow Earth, let us suspend disbelief for a moment. Let’s consider that deep within the Earth is a ball of, for lack of a better term, “energy.” Perhaps this ball of energy is putting out waves that, in a metaphysical way, somehow “guide” the actions of life on Earth. This energy is likely to “wave out” in a spiral form, as energy naturally does in a sphere, forming exactly the same pattern as the proposed Fibonacci spiral -shaped temple as it whirls up towards the surface of the Earth. The Nazis associated the Black Sun with the spiral. The swastika was, for them, a symbol of the Black Sun, and a swastika naturally forms at the center of any swirling spiral. (Check it out next time you see one of those spinning spiral discs at a hippy boutique.) So clearly they would have imagined the Black Sun’s rays to be spiraling out in this manner.
Now imagine that a high race of civilization in the ancient world worships this thing as a god, and believes it to somehow be their ancestor. They build a temple that leads down to the location of the Black Sun, their god, mimicking the formation of its energy waves, and spiraling upwards in a pentagonal fashion towards Venus, the star if his consort, their goddess. This temple would also form a gigantic family tomb, providing a repository for the deceased children of the Black Sun (also children of Cain). This structure later becomes buried in a cataclysm, but memory of it is retained by the descendants of these people, who forma cult to protect the secret. They form townships located along lines on the map that match the geometry of the temple, some containing hidden entrances to it. This is done perhaps for the main purpose of channeling and amplifying the energy from the Black Sun that was spiraling out of it, which was perhaps yet another purpose for the temple itself as well. We ourselves have felt this bizarre energy while at Rennes-le-Chateau, especially when standing directly in front of the altar of the church, possibly the main entrance to the temple and the center of the spiral.
There is a phrase that was used by both the Eastern monks and the mystics of the Third Reich to describe the energy that came from the Black Sun: the Green Ray. We have already, in previous articles, connected the concept of the Green Ray with the Emerald Tablet of Hermes, which is another relic that some believe to be synonymous with the Holy Grail. Of course, plant life is generally green, and the temple which we are discussing is “the Flowering Tomb.” It would seem that Alpha Galates also believes in the Green Ray, and of the significance of green in general. In the Vaincre article A Ray of Light, by Alpha Rene, is says:
“That we have received letters written in green ink is already in itself very significant, but that our copies of this periodical have been sent to us with a green crayon mark upon them serves to explain the interest that certain people have been taking in our activities. Since that is the way things are, let us shed a ray of light on this famous green mark: allow me to quote here two paragraphs from the volume La Grand Verite (The Great Truth) by Pierre de France:
‘The Green Dragon Cerberus is the Order of Lucifer created by the new alliance that the Dragon has forged with the Reckless Princes through the mediation of the Cerberuses... Such is the supreme apex of the Pyramid, the three sides of which (symbolizing the three heads or flames) - the Christic, the theosophical and the Masonic - are only so many mirrors that reflect, from three different angles, the same summit: the Ram, that is to say the head of the Green Dragon.
The green line that acts as a link between the nations is therefore only the expression of the supreme apex...’”
Again we have the association of the subterranean kingdoms and the Black Sun with the symbol of the dragon. In alchemy, the dragon represents fire, energy - such as the energy that is supposedly pouring out of the Black Sun in a spiral, snake-like fashion. (Perhaps this is why the ley lines which occultists believe criss-cross the globe, creating “high energy points” at certain holy sites, are sometimes called “dragon lines.”) The symbol of the serpent and the dragon are identical in the occult. The serpent is also a symbol of the zodiac, of the continuous loop of infinite time, and of the entirety of the cosmos. Therefore the idea of the energy of the Black Sun spiraling out from the center of the earth towards the surface could be considered an analog of the kundalini serpent that, in the Eastern rite of Tantra, is believed to sleep coiled up in a spring of potential energy at the bottom of the human spine. Indeed, the coil of the kundalini looks much like the Fibonacci spiral, and thus the spiral-shaped underground temple beneath Rennes-le-Chateau could be thought of as a serpent as well. Maybe this is what the term “Le Serpent Rouge” refers to. This serpent is only mentioned once in the poem of the same name, in the second-to-last stanza. It reads:
“I turn away again to the east. Facing me, I see, unwinding endlessly by his coils, the enormous red serpent mentioned in the documents. Rigid and bitter, the huge, unleashed beast at the foot of the white mountain becomes scarlet with anger.”
In addition, serpents and dragons are always associated with the sea in global mythology. Thus the dragon and the serpent also link up with the octopus symbol, and with the sea-beast called “the Quinotaur”, which the Merovingian kings of France named as their primordial ancestor. Each represents something deep, dark, and subterranean. And too, the line in Le Serpent Rouge about a “giant octopus expelling its ink” should be reconsidered in this light, since when an octopus shoots ink into water, it invariably forms a Fibonacci spiral. Thus, the Black Sun sending forth its rays in a spiral manner could be thought of as an octopus expelling its ink.
But what would a temple such as the one we have envisioned been called in ancient times? It’s name might be roughly equivalent to the “Sanctuary of the Dragon” title of the underground temple in Brittany. As it happens, the word for “sanctuary”, “house”, or “temple” in ancient times was “Ber”, and the word “dragon” is based on the more ancient words “Drago” and “Dag.” So it is easy to see that the Merovingian king “Dagobert” could have been named after the serpentine temple that is possibly beneath Rennes-le-Chateau, the House of the Dragon.
There is another purpose, not yet mentioned, which the above-ground markings of the spiral might have served. We have mentioned previously in other articles that the memory of the Lord of the Earth, the ancestor of the Grail families, was preserved in Judeo-Christian legends as the Devil, Satan, or Lucifer. There are numerous monuments throughout the region of Rennes-le-Chateau named after the Devil, such as the Devil’s Armchair. (And of course, there is the statue of the Devil Asmodeus seen at the entrance the church at Rennes-le-Chateau.) The local occult bookshop where I got the Alain Feral map was called “The Devil’s Fingerprint”, a name I have not been able to link with any known landmark. But fingerprints do invariably form, by their very nature, a Fibonacci spiral pattern. Looking at the area on the map covered by the spiral, I immediately saw its resemblance to a fingerprint. Perhaps the geometry envisioned on the map was supposed to be “the Devil’s Fingerprint”, the Lord of the Earth’s way of placing his mark on the magnificent spiraling temple that he constructed. For the creator of this structure was undoubtedly Cain himself, the son of the Devil and antediluvian king who left behind a number of huge, cyclopean structures purportedly created by some supernatural technique. He was the first Master Mason. He too was called “the Lord of the Earth”, and associated with the Devil. But is not Lucifer, in a larger sense, the divine energy of the cosmos itself, who Masons call the Great Architect of the Universe?
And what of the Grail? Isn’t the secret of Rennes-le-Chateau the secret of the Holy Grail? It is our contention that this underground temple, if it exits, is the Grail cup, the “Vessel of God” written of previously in this magazine, and deep within it resides the “Grail Stone”, the Black Sun. It is also, at the same time, the Garden of Eden, Heaven, Hell, the “Cave of Treasures” of Jewish lore, and the location of the World Mountain. It may even be the “Tablet of Hermes”, in the sense that the structure of the temple may explain the deepest secrets of alchemy - the secrets of the universe.
We have written previously about the interconnectedness of mathematics, language (all language) music, color, time, and space, and that the connection between all of these things, the key to their understanding, can be found in the Fibonacci spiral. The unity of these concepts seems to pop up repeatedly in the Grail quest, and seems to be the true meaning behind the idea of the “Universal Solvent”, or Philosopher’s Stone. This is undoubtedly what is hinted at in the first stanza of Le Serpent Rouge, which reads:
“How strange are the manuscripts of this friend, great traveler of the unknown. They come together as a white light for one who knows, but separately, they are the colors of the rainbow. For the artist these six colors unite like magic on his palette and form black.”
This is probably also what is meant by the metaphor of reassembling the scattered stones which is mentioned later on in the poem.
In several articles in the last issue of Dagobert’s Revenge we examined the story of the Tower of Babel, and the concept of the original universal language, theorizing that the secret of this universal language could have perhaps been hidden in the geometry of the Tower of Babel itself, which was undoubtedly constructed along golden ratio principles. We also asserted that the universal language was one of the Priory of Sion’s main secrets, and that a vital clue to this universal language might involve the rearrangement of the letters in the English alphabet. This rearrangement involves a 13-sided star which we call the Compass of Enoch, and it looks like a variation on the symbol of the Black Sun. It appears that we were on the right track, for as we recently learned, a book was written by one of the Priory of Sion’s spokesmen, Jean-Luc Chaumeil, called L’Alphebet Solaire (The Alphabet of the Sun), which deals exactly with this subject. The book is based on one written by Abbe Boudet, the curator of Rennes-le-Bains during Berenger Sauniere’s time, called Le Vraie Langue Celtique et le Cromleck de Rennes-le-Bains, which posits that all languages are rooted in a universal language resembling Old English. In his own book, Chaumeil asserts this to be the same as the secret language used by the alchemists.
In my past discussions of the universal language, I have mentioned the work of Mr. Stan Tenen, who has theorized that all written alphabets are derived from a single symbol - a three-dimensional Fibonacci spiral. He was shown how the letters of three major alphabets can be generated, in order, simply by placing the Fibonacci shape inside of a shadow-box and shining a light on it. It occurred to me that a similar effect might be created inside this spiral-shaped underground temple if sunlight was allowed to shine in through a portal. This would give the term “Alphabet of the Sun” a very specific meaning.(2)
The Compass of Enoch featuring the letters of the English alphabet, arranged according to the Atbash cipher.
“What most caught my eye was a collection of indecipherable signs covering the largest part of the granite walls of the ‘great work.’ Seeing my perplexity, one of the Masters of the Secret hastened to explains to me, to help me understand, that only three symbols were sovereign, and that these formed the unity of all symbols... All the other symbols (letters, numerals, astrological and alchemical signs) - he told me - are only combinations of this trinity.”
This scene is reminiscent of a line in Le Serpent Rouge which reads:
“Not being Hercules with magical power, how do I solve the mysterious symbols engraved by the witnesses of the past? In the sanctuary, however, is the font, fountain of love of those who believe, reminding us of these words: ‘By this sign you will conquer.’”
The “sign” being referred to here is the Celtic cross - a cross and a circle. This symbol is described elsewhere is the poem, and can be found on the Alain Feral map, formed by a group of important towns, and it points directly towards the spiral temple, acting as a beacon. This is the same as the “Southern Cross” symbol which, according to Vaincre, was the preeminent symbol on Atlantis, and it has been used by a number of groups throughout history, including Otto von Habsburg’s Pan Europa, and other European unity movements. It should also be noted that it bears a striking resemblance to the astrological symbol of Venus, the Egyptian Anhk, and the Catholic symbol of the Sacred Heart, which is particularly cherished by the Priory of Sion. And the three symbols described as being seen inside the Sanctuary of the Dragon were the cross, the circle, and the curve, the first two of which would form a Celtic cross.
Perhaps there is something about this sign which will allow us to “conquer” the serpent-dragon that is the totality of all symbolism, unravel its coils and finally comprehend its meaning. This is what it means to slay the dragon in mythology, and this is what the line in the Rennes-le-Chateau parchments means which says: “By the cross and this horse of God I destroy this demon guardian at noon.” Something about this temple underneath Rennes-le-Chateau may provide the way to unravel each of these mysteries once and for all. It would certainly unveil the mystery of man’s past, the untold forgotten eons of history that we have yet to rediscover.
(1) Maybe this was the inspiration behind the cluster of Grail families with names like Plantard, Plantagenet, Plantavelu, and Plantier.
(2) I recently learned from the book Uriel’s Machine by Christopher Knight and Robert Lomas about an interesting experiment that was once conducted by an American artist. He used a lens to concentrate the light of the sun onto a plank of wood, so that it would burn a mark onto the plank. He then replaced the plank with a new one every day for a year. When he put all of the planks together they formed four spirals. From this, he concluded that the focus of the sun’s rays goes through a pattern where it spirals in, and then out, then in, and then out, over the course of a year, and every three months it makes another spiral.