Plantard is known to have painted twenty-two paintings corresponding to the twenty-two Marseille card tarot deck - and in these paintings there appears in the background landscape elements linked mainly to Rennes-les-Bains. Plantard has used the OSWALD WIRTH TAROT deck of 1889. This is the deck where French occultists associated the Tarot with the Hebrew alphabet and the cabalistic Tree of Life, and it didn’t raise the Fool’s consciousness one bit.
Cherisey also adopted the same technique in his novel CIRCUIT - linking a Tarot card to a letter of the Hebrew alphabet and a verse from a song about Saint Dagobert.
Wirth only produced the major cards, never a full 78-card deck. In the preface to his book, "Le Tarot, des lmagiers du Moyen" [Tarot - Pictures of the Middle Ages] published in Paris in 1926 and translated into English as "The Tarot of the Magicians" by Samuel Weiser in 1985, Wirth attributes his blossoming knowledge of Tarot to another young occultist, Stanislas de Guaita. Guaita admired Wirth's artistic talents and "advised [him] to restore the 22 arcanas to their hieroglyphic purity... The ideal to be realised demanded a perfect unity of symbolism, so that everything fits into the 22 compositions, which must throw light upon each other and must contain no arbitrary detail which is not justified." Stanislas de Guaita established his Major Arcana as an initiatory sequence to be used to establish a path of spiritual ascension and evolution. What is this, if it is not what Cherisey himself reports about a journey to find a spiritual tomb? And Plantard also must have been utilising the deck of the 22 arcana to establish a path of initiatory sequence which must throw light upon each other and must contain no arbitrary detail which is not justified!
The video is posted bekow from YOUTUBE. In it we see the landscape of the Aude, and in fact, near the end are shots of the landscape which appear to have been filmed by the Menhir at Pontils!
And why are we interested?
Oswald Wirth himself was the secretary of Stanislas de Guaita, a French occultist and poet, co-founder with Papus and Joséphin Péladan of the Kabbalistic Order of the Rose-Cross. In 1891 however, Péladan left to found the Order of the Catholic and Rose-Cross of the Temple and the Grail. It was these same circles of people [i.e occultist's] who believed in the presence of a burial of Christ in the South of France and they even searched for it! They were all close to the Gnostic Church and one Dr Fugairon.
Fugairon showed a marked interest in the hidden life of Jesus. He also converts Déodat Roche who was the Cathar expert in the Aude. But, above all, Fugairon wondered about the whereabouts of Jesus after the Crucifixion. And this is where Fugairon is brought to play in a fundamental way in "The Rennes Affair" [according to French researcher Christian Doumergue].
In June 1897, Fugairon published in L'Initiation, an article where he defends the idea that Mary Magdalene, when she went to Provence, brought back with her the body of Christ - and that it is therefore in the South of France that the body still rests, even at the time when he writes.
The members of the Gnostic Church tried to find this tomb.
In the letters of Fugairon specifically, there are several correspondences and cross-checks that attest to some of them (Déodat Roché, Jules Doinel and Doctor Fugairon ...) carrying out real research in the Rennes region. For example in a letter to Dr. Fugairon of August 20, 1899, Déodat Roché informs his correspondent that Fabre des Essart, bishop of the Gnostic Church since Jules Doinel left, was asking him to communicate to him any and all discoveries ... nothing is said in this missive as to the exact object of the research being conducted. But another letter, addressed by Roché to Fabre des Essart on 7 May 1899, suggests the nature of Roché's investigations.
"As for the body of J.-C. why would it not have been "stolen"...? Catholicism uses a little too much of its magic to convert or hold under its yoke the faithful ... ", writes the" Cathar of Arque “.
Déodat Roché had met Prosper Estieu, poet and teacher in Rennes-le-Château, ardent defender of the Cathars. There was a known conflict between Estieu and Saunière at Rennes. In 1903 the Mayor of Rennes-le-Château sent a letter to the Prefect complaining that Prosper Estieu was “a very bad teacher”. Later there was a letter from the Prefect to the Sub-Prefect of Limoux wondering if the Mayor’s letter dated 8 February, which was not in his handwriting, had actually been written by Bérenger Saunière!
Fabre des Essarts was an occultist, symbolist poet, politician and a theorist of gnosis and esoteric Christianity. He was Victor Hugo's friend and was crowned in a ceremony at the Toulouse Floral Games. Under the name of Tau Synesius, Bishop of Bordeaux, he was one of the first consecrated bishops of the Gnostic Church of France of Jules Doinel. After the latter broke with his church, he was elected patriarch in 1896 and collaborated with another Gnostic bishop, Dr Fugairon [already referred to above], to develop the same Gnostic Church. In 1900, he agreed to readmit Doinel into the Gnostic Church and to consecrate him again under the name of Tau Jules, Bishop of Alet and Mirepoix. He also hosted a synarchic Masonic lodge and collaborated on the occult review L'Initiation, which as we saw above is where Dr Fugairon wrote about his views on the last resting place of the body of Jesus.
As Christian Doumergue wrote; "Jules Doinel, the founder of the Gnostic Church, author of an incredible imitation - that of his conversion to Catholicism - allowing him to approach Bishop Billard, with the purpose of conducting research in the region, and he stands out, among other things, for his publication of a life of ... Blanche de Castille! It makes you think that Noël Corbu, in one way or another, had inherited archives from the Gnostic Church, which later found themselves in the hands Pierre Plantard, who had arrived already well informed at Rennes."