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If you set out on your quest for the truth about the Rennes-le-Château Affair be warned - it will be a long and arduous journey.

The poet in Le Serpent Rouge implied as much, writing that any such quest would require discipline and dedication. The quest will take on a moral and spiritual significance for some,  a pilgrimage if you will. It could mirror the medieval quest for the Holy Grail or Philosopher's Stone. One medieval philosopher - Fontanelle - said that in respect of these quests; "It is true that one cannot find the philosopher's stone, but it is good to look for it. For in that search, there are beautiful secrets to discover....". You could substitute the term 'philosophers stone' for 'mystery at Rennes-le-Château' and realise that it is good to look for the mystery of Rennes-le-Château, for in that search, there are beautiful secrets to discover! 

The quest will be mentally and physically taxing. On both counts one must endeavour to "... clear a path with a sword through .... [the] inextricable vegetation of the woods ..."  the poet describing here in metaphor the strength and resilience required of the [re]searcher. The inextricable vegetation allusion - likens the difficulty of the search to that of forcing one's way through an overgrown, untamed and prickly wood of a forest. It is virtually impassable like some fortress that has foiled one invader after another over the centuries! Any journey made and the information learned will remain difficult to untie just like the gnarled branches of the trees:  so involved and so intricate it may even be too complicated to unravel for some.  

One must keep a clear head to follow the Ariadne thread of Rennes! Using a metaphorical sword clear a path both physically and intellectually. And if you make it through - according to our poet - you will have reached the residence of the Sleeping BEAUTY - in whom he saw the QUEEN of a past realm. And in that realm you will experience 'sweet perfume rising towards you as it permeates the sepulchre"! You are therefore inside a very important tomb! This concealed and sacred knowledge about Rennes is certainly not to be violated, criticised, or tampered with!

Clues are scrambled & without some kind of help the [re]searcher will never find the way. Therefore, like Theseus, the searcher should follow the thread of Ariadne, the guide that will help keep you on the correct path and escape this labyrinth of confusion. The clews of the Ariadne thread of Rennes are the creation and maintenance of a record that tracks all the avenues available to you to explore and to solve. This will allow you to backtrack — reversing earlier decisions and trying alternatives. In this way you will cut through all the mystification and false trails deliberately laid to throw you off track.

You will do well to remember the admonishment given to us by Philippe de Chérisey, our Ariadne. He wrote - "Dear Reader, to whom we tell everything, but who does not listen".  There are clews/clues which point the way - but some may be heard rather than 'read'. Remember the phonetic play on the word clew/clue - for this is also part of Ariadne's thread. It is the langue des oiseaux - the secret language used by Boudet and Chérisey! One can then utilise and encode a very different and secret message!

Chérisey tells us; "every precaution has been taken for thousands of years so that the treasure location is very obvious and very mundane at the same time, recognisable through a great number of landmarks, for which the reader will be thankful to us since we gave him the main ones". Chérisey includes those markers that have gone before but lead nowhere! Use intuition and intelligence to know which information is useful and what is not!

In 1618 Johann Valentin Andreae compared the Rosicrucians to a world amphitheatre where no one or anything was being seen in their true light and he used the phrase "the ludibrium of the fictitious Rosicrucian Fraternity" when describing the Rosicrucian Order. Historians have taken Andreae at his word and suggested that when Andreae talked of a ludibrium he had implied something more like a  "Comedy", a dramatic allegory played out in a political domain.

An allegory is a “story, picture, or other piece of art that uses symbols to convey a hidden or ulterior meaning, typically a moral or political one.” In its most simple and concise definition, an allegory is when a piece of visual or narrative media uses one thing to “stand in for” a different, hidden idea. It’s a little bit like an algebraic equation, like y = 2x, but in the form of art. First attested in English in 1382, the word allegory comes from Latin allegoria, the latinisation of the Greek ἀλληγορία (allegoría), meaning "veiled language, figurative", which in turn comes from ἄλλος (allos), "another, different". Were Plantard and Chérisey playing out their own allegory of the ludibrium of the fictitious Priory of Sion in the way Andreae meant? Was there more to the 'story' of Saunière and the events surrounding him? Has he yet to be seen in his 'true light'? This view would support the idea that the whole affair is not a 'hoax' as Chérisey often claimed. Plantard and Chérisey were not poking fun at us nor playing a game, their ludibrium was not for fun, scorn and derision. They were attempting to pass on knowledge & searching for more information themselves. It was and is for those who have eyes to see and ears to hear .....

As for my part I am convinced that there is yet a material archaeological treasure in Rennes-le-Château or more precisely Rennes-les-Bains, perhaps an inexhaustible mine that has not given up its secrets or perhaps a mysterious buried tomb in a vast necropolis. Or perhaps some other indispensable knowledge that - as Marie Dénarnaud said to Noël Corbu - could make one 'powerful'!

We therefore invite you to rediscover with a fresh eye the mystery of Rennes-le-Château!