A New Way of Interpreting elements of the cover page of Le Serpent Rouge...

A rather reticent researcher, one who perhaps likes to be and to stay, in the background, has come up with an ingenious way of interpreting some elements of the Priory of Sion paraphernalia. Let me be clear, this researcher does not put any store in the Sion 'mythology' - but she does take Cherisey at his playful and clever word. In her own words she feels his approach is 'extremely clever and rather simple'.  First discussed on the open and public Arcadia forum, which is now defunct, i post here the elements of the main discussion!

Cherisey uses an approach that, to my mind, mimics Boudet. That is, he uses language and phonetics to convey a message 'for those that have ears to hear' [see my section on the Language of the Birds HERE]. The trick is to find out if Cherisey was serious in his work, that is, does his wordplay and games lead anywhere or was he just the prankster in the whole affair as he also claimed to be?

For now though let us look at one of the interpretations of Sheila Hendry. 

In the above diagram from the cover of the poem Le Serpent Rouge [whole cover shown below] we see many elements of interest. Not one person to my knowledge has come up with a viable interpretation of the logo LENE BUXEUM - EOUS SCAPHÆ and also the diagrammatic glyph of what looks like a horse and water spilling from an urn . I have had a go, see HERE and some French researchers have proffered a solution, see HERE. It would seem correct perhaps on a superficial level, but the work of  Hendry is more akin to the way Cherisey's mind worked in CIRCUIT. Once you see that pattern it is quite easy to follow it ... but to grasp the full meaning of it not only does one need to look at the language used and interpret that language one also has to hear the phonetics of that language. 

Here is Sheila's very individual interpretations starting with the word Lene: 

"LENE is Latin from lēnis. It means soft, gentle, light, smooth. In French it is doux, douce, calme. In Occitan "lene" = doux (soft and gentle. This word DOUX is pronounced DOO. 

BUXEUM. NOT buxeus = characteristic of boxwood (colour) & NOT buxea = of boxwood BUT buxeum = of/connected with box-tree. BUXEUM is to do with the Box-tree which is Buxus in Latin. In French it is le BUIS. Latin buxum, le buis, Bosc, Boscus, Buisson, Bois, etc Bosc = Late Latin busca, buscus or boscus borrowing from the English box. 

Therefore we arrive at: 

LENE = Doux  - BUXEUM = Bosc 

Say it out loud and you have Dubosc 

EOUS. Eous is the Morning Star in the east, Lucifer the light bringer. This is the planet Venus. Say it out loud in French & we have Venu the past participle of venir In Latin = ablative singular of vēnus Venir = to come Venus or Venu = came. 

SCAPHÆ This is Latin..... and in fact the plural of SCAPHA From Ancient Greek σκάφη ‎( skaphē, a light boat, barque, skiff ) same as in French it means Bateau, barque, esquif, chaloupe. Even more interesting it means a basin, a bowl, a bath (Bassin, bol, baignoire.) But leave the Latin & go back to the ancient Greek σκάφη σκάφη From σκάπτω ‎(skáptō, “to dig” or "to dig up"). In French σκάπτω, skaptō (« creuser »). skapheíon = digging tool! 

Therefore LENE BUXEUM - EOUS SCAPHÆ in Cherisey 'speak' could mean: 

Dubosc came to dig (or dig up) 
Dubosc venu creuser/Dubosc est venu creuser 

As for the diagram: simply put...the first part shows a vessel pouring out water...a waterfall, water falling. 

water falling = une masse d'eau qui tombe en cascade (chute d'eau) 
verseau  tombe de l'eau eau qui tombe = Tombeau 

& the last bit....we come to the horse. 

Cheval. From the latin caballus. The slang word is canasson \ka.na.sɔ̃\ Cheval. From whence the English word Cob ....l’anglais cob (« canasson ») and the German Gaul ..... l’allemand Gaul. 
Gaul m ‎(genitive Gauls or Gaules, plural Gäule) (regional) horse (more widespread) hack, nag (bad, old or incapable horse) 
nag = GAUL

Finally Sheila wrote "Dubosc is the chap that opened up and sunk a new shaft that tapped into the "Celtic Underground". I'm not really bothered about what he was looking for... I just wanted to solve the 4 word riddle, it has been bugging me for years". 

I, myself, who tries to appreciate the Modus operandi of Cherisey responded to the thoughts of Sheila with the following in relation to the Ancient Greek word σκάφη ‎(skaphē, a light boat, barque, skiff); 

From σκάπτω ‎(skáptō, “I dig”), Noun σκάφη • ‎(skáphē) f ‎(genitive σκάφης, first declension) we get:

bowl, tub, basin, bath, light boat, skiff, cradle, grave

One of course has to pick the meaning that best fits - you can see the word also means a 'grave' in some contests. 

The Etymology comes from Middle English gravegrafe, from Old English græf ‎(“cave, grave, trench”), and then from Proto-Germanic *grabą*grabō ‎(“grave, trench, ditch”), from Proto-Indo-European *gʰrābʰ- ‎(“to dig, scratch, scrape”). It is cognate with the West Frisian grêf ‎(“grave”), Dutch graf ‎(“grave”), Low German Graf ‎(“a grave”), Graff, German Grab ‎(“grave”), Danish and Swedish grav  ‎(“grave”), Icelandic gröf ‎(“grave”), Albanian gropë ‎(“a ditch, hole”). 

Our version of grave is the one that uses this etymology i.e An excavation in the earth as a place of burial; also, any place of interment; a tomb; a sepulcher. 

A second etymology is thus: from the Middle English graven, from Old English grafan ‎(“to dig, dig up, grave, engrave, carve, chisel”), from Proto-Germanic *grabaną ‎(“to dig”), from Proto-Indo-European *gʰrebʰ- ‎(“to dig, scratch, scrape”). Cognate with Dutch graven ‎(“to dig”), German graben ‎(“to dig”), Swedish gräva ‎(“to dig”). 

This term also has associations with entombing and burying. 

Therefore the phrase and diagram in its entirety may mean Dubosc came to dig up a tomb/or sepulchre/or place of burial and the total meaning remains in the term LENE BUXEUM - EOUS SCAPHÆ and the diagram reinforces the LENE BUXEUM - EOUS SCAPHÆ term - if Sheila's reasoning is right!
Presumably this equates with Boudet's mysterious tomb referred to in LVLC somewhere in the Rennes-les-Bains? Which perhaps akin to the fabled underground temple - the Celtic Underground Temple etc ... or a burial associated with Marie de Negre's family?

What i cant understand is how the French have never thought of this? And it will be interesting to see what they make of this new interpretation!