The thread of Ariadne and Ulysses

One day Bohort, Perceval and Prince Galahad once again met at the crossroads in order to all enter the Palace where the Grail was hidden, that only the chosen could see(J.C Pichon)

A work published in 1967 by Gerard de Sede, 'L'or de Rennes' draws our attention to a village in the Aude, Rennes-le-Chateau, and one of its priests, Abbe Berenger Sauniere. He had discovered in 1891 a vast 'treasure' that had enabled him to spend, according to de Sede, ' a sum somehwere in the region of fifteen million francs and up to a maximum of twenty four million gold francs. Such vast sums lead one to question the origin of such a fabulous fortune. This was for us the beginning of a quest, a veritable 'Jeu de l'lie' that plunged us into the mysteries and madness of French history. A history to drive you insane, a magic mirror where Celt, Visigoth, Merovingian and the various other dynasties that have goverened our country merge and meet, while there pass before one's eyes people as different as the Grand Masters of the Order of the Temple, Leonardo da Vinci, Richelieu, Nicolas Poussin, Teniers, Fouquet, Colbert, La Fontaine, Delacroix, Saint Saens, Debussy and the singer Emma Calve. An immense kaleidoscope that naturally includes the greatest Hermeticists, from Nicolas Flamel and Nostradamus to Beausoleil and Oswald Wirth to mention only the most illustrious. 

Such a list, worthy of a Dumas or a Zevaco appears to lack only a wheeler - dealer .... and we find him in the person of the very discrete and unobtrusive Abbe Henri Boudet, priest of Rennes-les-Bains and near neighbour of Sauniere. Abbe Boudet spent around 13 million gold francs from 1887 until his death in 1915 and it was he who supported Sauniere.

He is the author of the book now being published 'La Vrai Langue Celtique et le Cromleck de Rennes-les-Bains'. Above all, he is the mind that has made possible what in certain occult and esoteric circles is called 'the affair of Rennes'. Contrary to the belief of a number of authors who have dealt with this subject, we have reason to think that Sauniere was only the arm of Henri Boudet, and his brother Edmund Boudet, author of the map called 'Rennes Celtique', which can be found reproduced at the end of this new edition. If Sauniere had learned anything concerning the whereabouts of one of the hiding places of the treasure of Rennes, it was on 30th March 1915 when he was attending Boudet, his master, during his last moments. A revelation made too late, because he in turn followed Boudet to the grave on 22nd January 1917. We might recall that a short time before he had planned some ostentatious enterprises and signed a contract with the entrepreneur Elie Bot. But probably he was only once again obeying the promptings of superiority.

This book, one might believe, is the result of the delirious ravings of a 'literary lunatic', is nevertheless one of the keys that provides access to the treasures and secrets that lie hidden in the ancient land of the Razes. Coded, encyphered, it none the less remains open to those who know the 'language of the birds' and can understand the songs of the phonetic cabala, both revealed in the stars. This text is planned in accordance with its apparent absurdities, its play on words, its association of ideas, its riddles, its verbal analogies, its incongruities that draw the reader's attention to the topography and toponymy of the region of Rennes-les-Bains. Consult the keys of the Tarot and the stars in order to understand the roads that lead to Arcadia, to the Golden Fleece, to the form where one can uncover the hare.

If Sauniere did not directly discover the treasure of Rennes, he did however discover, hidden in a pillar supporting the altar of the church of St Mary Magdalene, some parchments having great historic importance from which he was able to profit. Among these documents can be seen the tables of descent of the Merovingian kings, from Merovee 1st (c.406 - 458AD) to Dagobert II, born 652AD and assassinated by order of Pepin de Herstal in the forest of Woevre on 23rd December 679, and buried at Stenay. This geneaology is pursued as far as Bera V, 13th count of Rhedae, at the beginning of the 10th century. It provides proof of the survival of Sigisbert IV (called Plant-Ard - 'living branch), was saved at the time of the death of his father and taken by a certain Belliser on 17th January 681 to Rhedae, capital of the Razes, in the territory of his mother Gisele, herself Countess of Rhedae and granddaughter of Tulca, King of the Visigoths. He thus carried the title of count of Razes until his death in 758 and was buried like three of his descendants in the church of St Mary Magdalene at Rennes-le-Chateau. The other documents included genealogies of various Merovingian branches (Plantard, Pher, Montesquiou, Planta, Rochefaucauld, Gramont, Comminges, Galard, Luppe, Bouillon, St. Claire) up to the 17th century. It is easy to understand the extreme interest of documents that once and for all proved such legitimacy. In the same way, it could be seen that by virtue of family marriage ties, before and after the victory of Clovis at the battle of Vouille in 507AD, it had been possible to unite the Merovingians and the Visigoths, former adversaries, and thus establish the means of transmitting secrets concerning the Razes, last refuge of the Visigoths.

We may recall that in 410AD the Visigothic king Alaric attakced and sacked Rome. It was then the main deposit of some of the wealth accumulated by the Romans over the centuries. Thus there came into the posession of the Visigoths the treasure of Solomon and the plunder looted by Titus and his soldiers in the year 70AD after the sack of Jerusalem. This contained, among other precious and ritual objects, the fabulous golden seven-branched candlestick.

After the conquest of the Languedoc the Visigoths divided their acquisitions. They deposited the royal treausre at Toulouse, and stored the ancient treasure, the nations most powerful and magical and religious symbols at Carcassonne2. Some of the latter was pillaged by the Sarrasins and taken to Toledo. It is assumed that afte the battle of Vouille and throughout the 6th century, their chief plunder was preserved in Rhedae, with its thirty thousand inhabitants and its strongly fortified capital. The gold of the Visigoths was joined by the gold of the Celts at the bottom of the deepest underground mines, worked formerly by the Romans. In turn the Cathars deposited there their own spiritual and material treasures. The Templars knew and exploited some of these deposits, as did certain Capetian kings - Philip le Hardi was the last to know the secret. They were not alone in possessing Ariadnes thread that allowed one to venture into the Queens labyrinth. Families like the Blanchefort, Hautpoul, Fleury knew the secret. They shared it with various members of the Church who, in turn, passed on what they knew - the Abbe Delmas, Bigou, de Cayron who passed it on like, Abbe Boudet, making the best use of it without letting their superiors know. Also it was possible to restore the monastery of Prouille, as a small contribution to the immense wealth devoted to Saint Vincent de Paul for the relief of the unfortunate. A certain priest therefore had the job of transmitting, in a way incomprehensible to the profane, knowlegde that could only be understood by the initiated. This explains, after one tentative effort, the publication of his book and its very few readers, Abbe Boudet resolved to fix his revelations in stone, and decided on the restoration of the church of Rennes-le-Chateau. Assisted by Sauniere whom he supported lavishly, he watched over the smallest detail of the creation of his new hermetic masterpiece. Alchemy transmitted in the churches extravagant and unusual decoration the illustration of the message that he had confided in words in 'La Vrai Langue Celtique'. Picture puzzles that reflect the countryside of Rennes-les-Bains that the gardner had travlled and arranged during the years in order to show the 'Noble Traveller' and for him to understnad, the stages that lead to understanding the dozen deposits. These dozen secular resting places are each determined by one of the signs of the zodiac and by the configurations of the heavens at a precise date. We are in a position to suppose that only four of these hiding places are still accessible, time having taken its toll and, for the rest, returned to earth the gold that had been stolen from it.

These deposits are watched over by the mysterious Priory of Sion, founded in the Holy Land in 1099 by Godfrey de Bouillon, the first french king of Jerusalem and descendant of the Sicambre and Merovingian kings. The Order supported and inspired the Temple until the 'cutting of the Elm' at Gisors in 1188. After the fall of Jerusalem,it became totally separate and continued until today with its original mission. But, nevertheless, the Order of Sion kept the secret of the survival of the line of the 'Lost King', the 'other king', he who does not need to reign in order to be. Was this not the point that revealed Joan of Arc to Charles VII: 'Good Sir, i come on behalf of the king', or what Nicolas Poussin revealed around 1639 in his definitive version of the 'shepherds of Arcady'; Et in Arcadia Ego ...the mystery of the tradition of Sion that Myriam David has superbly summarised: "Without the Merovingians the Priory of Sion would not exist, but without the Priory of Sion the Merovingian dynasty would be extinct".

Pierre Plantard de Saint Clair who has had the great courtesy of presenting and commenting on this edition of 'La Vrai Langue Celtique' is the man who knows best the history of France, the deepest and most occult. For the first time, he unveils the cryptic meanings of the strange inscriptions engraved on the tomb of Marie Negri d'Ables, wife of Francois d'Hautpoul, marquis of Blanchefort, lord of Rennes and by this same gesture shows the way. But we do not forget "The prince neither speaks, not dissembles; he signifies ....' Likewise Eumetis was able to unravel the ambiguous words as well as the cunning knot, at the time possessing the privilege of being both the medium and the circle, the stone and the cromleck, the ring and the lily.

By these mysteries, the thread reveals its subtle answers tracing around the one who asks the same impassable circle that ties the hands of the heros who solve the riddle.

Jean-Pierre DELOUX

En la Sainte Fete de Myriam


1) 'Jeu de l'Oie - Game Of The Goose - a board game with uncertain origins. Some people connect the game with the Phaistos Disc (because of its spiral shape), others claim that it was originally a gift from Francesco I de' Medici of Florence to King Philip II of Spain sometime between 1574 and 1587, while the latest theories attribute to the Templars the creation of the game. According to these theories the Templars, possibly inspired by other games or discs (as the Phaistos Disc) from the Holy Land, developed a game and a secret or encrypted guide to the Way of St. James, representing each numbered space in the game a different stage in this journey. Furthermore, the hidden messages would not be just in the game but in the monuments, cathedrals and churches along the Way to Santiago de Compostela.

2) The Chronicle of Moissan thus recounts this new war: “Ambiza, King of the Saracens, attacked Gaul five years later, with a formidable army; he took Carcassonne, advanced to Nîmes without resistance, and sent to Barcelona the hostages that were handed over to him.”Anbasa Suhaym ibn al-Kalbi, also known as Ambiza was an Arab;general and a wali  (governor)of Al-Andalus from 722 to 726. Appointed in August 721 as the successor of Abd el Rahman , he organized three consecutive years of raids in Septimania and Narbonne. These events may also be related to the fall of the Visigothic kingdom which on the testimony of historian's, we thus put the fall of the Visigoth empire in the;month of September or October 712. The last of the Visigoth kings is Roderick, who usurped the throne from Witiza in the year 711. In fact Isidore of Beja tells us: “The year of the era 749, the 4th year of the reign of Justinian, 5th of Walid, and 92nd of the Hegira, Roderick, on the invitation of the nobles, seized the throne.” How long did Roderick wear the crown of Spain? One chronicle, cited by Baronies, and the Généalogie des rois Goths give him a reign of three years. Rodrigo of Toledo provides some details; he recounts that the usurper sent Witiza, whom hedeprived of his eyesight, to Cordoba, and ruled for two years in consultation with him and one year alone. King Rodrigo is associated with the famous Table of Solomon and other Solomonic treasures perhaps taken by the Arabs from Carcassonne and taken to Spain. "WE have told how King Roderic, when he invaded the enchanted palace of Toledo, found in its empty chambers a single treasure,—the famous table of Solomon. But this was a treasure worth a king's ransom, a marvellous talisman, so splendid, so beautiful, so brilliant that the chroniclers can scarce find words fitly to describe its richness and value. Some say that it was made of pure gold, richly inlaid with precious stones. Others say that it was a mosaic of gold and silver, burnished yellow and gleaming white, ornamented with three rows of priceless jewels, one being of large pearls, one of costly rubies, and a third of gleaming emeralds. Other writers  say that its top was made of a single emerald, a talisman revealing the fates in its lucid depths. Most writers say that it stood upon three hundred and sixty-five feet, each made of a single emerald, though still another writer declares that it had not a foot to stand upon.Evidently none of these worthy chroniclers had seen the jewelled table except; in the eye of fancy, which gave it what shape and form best fitted its far-famed splendor. They varied equally in their history of the talisman. A mildly drawn story says that it first came from Jerusalem to Rome, that it fell into the hands of the Goths when they sacked the city of the Cæsars, and that some of them brought it into Spain. But there was a story more in accordance with the Arabian love of the marvellous which stated that the table was the work of the Djinn, or Genii, the mighty spirits of the air, whom the wise king Solomon had subdued and who obeyed his commands. After Solomon's time it was kept among the holy treasures of the temple, and became one of the richest spoils of the Romans when they captured and sacked Jerusalem. It afterwards became the prize of a king of Spain, perhaps in the way stated above

Thus fancy has adorned the rich and beautiful work of art which Don Roderic is said to have found in the enchanted palace, and which he placed as the noblest of the treasures of Spain in the splendid church of Toledo, the Gothic capital. This city fell into the hands of Tarik el Tuerto in his conquering progress through the realm of Spain, and the emerald table, whose fame had reached the shores of Africa, was sought by him far and near.

It had disappeared from the church, perhaps carried off by the bishop in his flight. But fast as the fugitives fled, faster rode the Arab horsemen on their track, one swift troop riding to Medina Celi, on the high road to Saragossa. On this route they came to a city named by them Medinatu-l-Mayidah (city of the table), in which they found the famous talisman. They brought it to Tarik as one of the choicest spoils of Spain" ["].