are persons whose minds would be incapable of appreciating the
intellectual grandeur of the ancients, even in physical science, were
they to receive the most complete demonstration of their profound
learning and achievements. Notwithstanding the lesson of caution which
more than one unexpected discovery has taught them, they still pursue
their old plan of denying, and, what is still worse, of ridiculing that
which they have no means of either proving or disproving. So, for
instance, they will pooh-pooh the idea of talismans having any efficacy
one way or the other. That the seven spirits of the Apocalypse have
direct relation to the seven occult powers in nature, appears
incomprehensible and absurd to their feeble intellects; and the bare
thought of a magician claiming to work wonders through certain
kabalistic rites convulses them with laughter. Perceiving only a
geometrical figure traced upon a paper, a bit of metal, or other
substance, they cannot imagine how any reasonable being should ascribe
to either any occult potency. But those who have taken the pains to
inform themselves know that the ancients achieved as great discoveries
in psychology as in physics, and that their explorations left few
secrets to be discovered."
A Master-Key to the
Mysteries of Ancient and Modern Science and Theology, published in 1877,
The History of Earth Measurement in France.
And the marking of the Meridian
The powerful picture shown above on the right shows the essence of our priest’s
whole enigmatic saga. This is a view down what has become to become known as
David Wood’s Sunrise Line and was taken from a hill called Mont St Michael;
this hill is 666 metres high. In the distance are the mountains of Soularac and
If one climbs onto La Tour Magdala as I did on that first
day the twin snow capped peaks of St Bartholémy and Pic de Soularac can be
clearly seen. These mountains have been sacred for thousands of years as the
large numbers of megaliths on their slopes and the number of previously
inhabited caves nearby testifies. The official designation for this mountain is
St Bartholémy however the locals call this mountain “Montagne de Tabe”
Thabor Mount and in a manuscript dated 1350CE it appears as the name
“Mountanha die Taba” and this is in the Occitan language. The
pronunciation is identical to Tabor and these mountains are a mere 5 miles from
the awesome Cathar castle
of Montségur. To access
these peaks one starts via the La Trou de l’Ours - the Hole of the Bear.
A further interesting designation is the other mountain of the twins is
Soularac. This is from Soula-rac which is the Occitan language for Rock of
the Sun and seems to allude to a pre-Christian and even pre-Roman era
frequented by Druidic priests. In Olhagaray (1609) both of these mountains are
referred to by the single name Tabor but this particular early mention of the
mountain is accompanied by the date which is the night of 23rd to the
24th August which is feast day of St Bartholomew. In Fabre (1639) we
find the mention of Montem Tabor and also lacus Sancti-Bartholomaei (Sacred
Bartholomew) and Eclesia
Bartholomeo Sacrata (Sacred Church Bartholomew) in the same manuscript so it can
be assumed that the mountain was known by the name Mount Tabor
up until the 17th century with both a church and a lake dedicated to
Bartholomew. In the chart of Roussel (1730) speaks of the Mountains of St
Berthelmy and Tabe and also of the Etang (pond) of Tabe. Again in 1737 another
manuscript speaks of Thabor Mount and S Barthelemi,
however the name also referred to the Montagne d’Appy but this may be confusion
with a nearby mountain of that name. The mountains are Bartholomew and Soularac
initials B and S and the reader is reminded of the phrase on Saunière’s
bookplate ‘Trigono Centri Centrum' - The Centre in the triangle of the Centre’.
One is also reminded that the initials B.S. are also found above a devil holding
some water at the entrance of the church of Saint Marie
Madeleine in Rennes le Chateau.
Interestingly Soularac is mentioned in a report of a
meridian measurement by the well respected astronomer Delambre in 3 volumes of
work from 1806 to 1810 that followed ground measurements in 1797 by
here it is referred to as Eastern Peak of the Saint-Bartholémy Mount and the
“Peak of Estangtost”. Delambre was born in
in 1749 and was an astronomer and mathematician; he was a remarkable man who had
a childhood illness which gave him the fear that he would soon go blind. As a
result of this he read every book that was available to him and immersed himself
in Greek and Latin literature. He also acquired the ability to memorise entire
pages and to recite them verbally word for word. He also became fluent in
Italian, English and German and even published a book called “Rules and
methods to easily learn English.”. However his interest in astronomy is
quite relevant to our story and Delambre’s contribution to the science of
Astronomy is so great that he has a crater on the moon named after him.
In 1790 the French National Constituent Assembly asked the
Academy of Sciences to
introduce a new unit of measurement and they decided on the metre.
This is defined as 1/10,000,000 of the distance from the North Pole to the
equator and Academy
of Sciences prepared to
measure the length of the meridian between Dunkerque (Dunkirk) and Barcelona and this portion of the meridian
also passes through Paris.
In April 1791 the task of placing the meridian was given to Jean-Dominique de
Cassini, Adrien Legendre and Pierre Méchain. Cassini was chosen to head the
northern expedition but as a royalist he refused to serve under the
revolutionary government. On
February 15th 1792 Delambre was elected unanimously a
member of the French Academy of Sciences and in May 1792,
after Cassini’s final refusal Delambre was placed in charge of the Northern
expedition, which measured down the meridian from Dunkirk to Rodez. Pierre Méchain headed the
southern expedition from Rodez to
Barcelona. The measurements were finished by 1798 and the
data gathered was presented to an international conference in 1799. Delambre was
appointed director of the Paris Observatory after the death of Méchain and he
was also appointed a professor of Astronomy at the college de France. Assisted
by his wife and his stepson Delambre continued the measurement of baselines and
also the latitude survey for the Paris Observatory. In June 1792 it appears that
Méchain made a mistake in his calculations to fix the size of the metre and
having discovered the mistake his guilt nearly drove him mad and he died in an
attempt to correct himself. Delambre discovered the mistake but decided to seal
the evidence of the error in a vault at the Paris Observatory and it was only
discovered 200 years later.
clue of the relevance of Delambre to our story besides his mention in his
writings of the mountain of Soularac (Solar Rock) can be found in his full name
- Jean Baptiste Joseph chevalier Delambre for he was a member of
the chivalric Order of Saint Michael (Ordre de Saint-Michel). This
Order is the oldest Royal order of chivalry in France founded by Louis XI on August 1st 1469.
The statutes provided that the knights should meet annually on the feast of
their patron the Archangel Michael which is of course the
at the chapel of the monastery of Saint Michael off Normandy which has the
nearest city of Rennes
close by. The British have the
Order of Saint Michael and Saint George founded in 1818 and the two orders are
not to be confused and have no direct affiliation but do show a common reverence
to the same archangel.
Delambre was an exceptional astronomer and mathematician and in 1795 he was
admitted to the Bureau des Longitudes, becoming its President in 1800 a year
later he was appointed secretary to the Académie des Sciences making him the
most powerful figure in science in
France. An International Commission for Weights
and Measures was set up and Delambre reported his results to it in February
1799. By June of that year, after Méchain had also reported, a definitive
platinum bar of length one metre was
made to become the basis of the metric system. Delambre published details of the
whole project in Base du système métrique. The first of the three
volumes, containing the history of measurement of the Earth and the project's
triangulation data, was published in 1806. When Delambre presented it to
Napoleon, the emperor said:
“Conquests will come and go but this work will endure”
In 1809, Napoleon requested that the Académie des Sciences award a prize for the
best scientific publication of the decade, the award went to Delambre for his
work on the meridian.
second volume of the work, published in 1807, contained the data for the
accurate latitude calculations of
Dunkerque and Barcelona. The method of
repeated triangulations for calculating the zero meridian is shown here above
right and from this work, the length of the metre was fixed as an integer
proportion of the earth’s radius. Careful observers will notice however that
this line runs through the
of Bugarach and through La
However, outside of the village
of Rennes les Bains, the
Abbé Henry Boudet’s former domain, there stands an old Roman Baths in remarkable
condition for its age due to its partial restoration after the Aude
floods of 1992. Outside of these baths, we have a plaque placed there in the
year 2000 marking the meridian perhaps marking the new millennium. A marker that
appears remarkably important to some even to this day.
particular interest was deep sky objects. He also discovered the Comet
Encke in 1786
are reminded that this was the day that Saunière wrote the word SECRET
in his diary.
This was found to be in error
Remember that the ROSE LINE is NOT
the Paris Meridian
This goes through the church of St Sulpice and the church of St
Germain des Pres
Dunkerque - Barcelona (i.e.
Paris Meridian) = 666 miles
Skellig Michael to Bourges Cathedral = 666 miles
St Michael weighing of souls on the façade
of Bourges Cathedral
66.6 degrees. (That's 90 degrees minus the tilt angle of the earth
The scales held at 23.4º/66.6º
Weighing of the souls is the job of
Barcelona to Bourges (St Michael Ley Line crossing point)
as a ratio of Barcelona to Dunkerque is
0.618 to 1
i.e. THE GOLDEN SECTION.
AND IF THAT IS NOT ENOUGH
St Michael is the star Aldebaran, one of
The name Aldebaran is Arabic (الدبران
translates literally as "the follower", presumably because this
bright star appears to follow the Pleiades, or "Seven Sisters" star
cluster in the night sky
The four Royal stars appear at
approximately 6 hour intervals around the second brightest star in
the sky Canopus.
NASA deep space probes have a Canopus and a Sun
detector onboard used for triangulation for navigation purposes.
29th 1891 on the feast of St Michael and All Angels, Beranger Sauniére
from the Languedoc area of South Western France after a trip to
nearby Carcassonne wrote in his diary;
“Vu Curé de
Névian, Chez Géllis, Chez Carrière, Vu Cros et Secret.”
of Névian, saw Géllis; saw Carrière, considering Cros and SECRET.
And Sauniére was interested in Astronomy.
This can be viewed in the museum at Rennes le Chateau
So why are the French laying out their meridian markers
using the Statute Mile not kilometers?
Well consider this:
Remember the parchment phrase
PAX DCLXXXI PAR LA CROIX
We have already
heard that PAX 681 PAR LA CROIX translates using Gematria to 681 681 by the
X = Х =
P A X = 80 + 1 + 600 = 681
Gematria is a Greek & Hebrew way of interpreting figures using letters and was
developed from an older more eastern tradition developed from the 3rd
century BCE. Remembering that there were no Arabic figures to represent 1, 2, 3
etc until much later and so letters had to be used. No suggestion of talking in
a secret code here, Gematria sprang from necessity. According to Frederick Bligh
Bold, who placed the Vesica Pisces over the Chalice Well at Glastonbury, the words
Gematria and Geometry are from the same base and that letters were used to
describe geometric patterns in the landscape and we shall be discussing its
significance around Glastonbury
later. The “Lawful Rood” had been fixed in 1531 and was described as sixteen
people placing each “foot” end to end, hence 16 feet in a Rood.
It has already been shown that a square of dimensions 681 Rood by 681 Rood (681
Poles squared) has a diagonal of three miles or One English League with an
error of around 0.6% to the modern English statute mile.
radius of this circle will be half a league or one Domesday League. There are
2640 yards in one Domesday league and 26402
= 6969600 yards and if we divide this by the number of yards in a mile (1760) we
get 3960 statute miles. The mean radius of the earth is 3959 miles; 3964 miles
at the equator and 3949 miles at the poles. One must remember that the Abbé Jean
Picard had measured the length of a degree of longitude and computed the size of
the earth in 1655, the year Poussin painted his first version of the
Of course 2640 is quite a
unique number; for instance one and a half times 2640 is 3960.
Half of 396 is
198; the number of inches in a pole.
198 times PHI Φ
(the golden ratio; 1.618) is 320 (to the nearest integer): which is the number
of poles in a mile.
One might be tempted to think that someone
found these numbers sacred, but we have to understand that the exercise of
making sense of the world around them was indeed an almost religious concept to
person from the Middle Ages. To create order from apparent chaos was a means of
chaining the Lord of the Earth – Rex Mundi. If this can be done by use of the
Angel of the Lord – Michael – Aldebaran then it will truly be a sacred exercise.
Consider the next parts of the text are the words:
ET CE CHEVAL DE DIEU
the Horse of God
The Cheval de Dieu (Horse of God) represents Abraxas, a
deity that was significant to the Knights Templar and is the passage of the
heavens from East to West on a daily basis. Abraxas is one of the horses taking
the golden chariot of Helios to disappear into the golden cup in the West i.e.
A theme also covered by Poussin in another of his
paintings in the form of Helios, Phaeton
and the four seasons.
In the background
are the four horses pulling Helios
(The Sun God) across the sky.
One is called Abraxas.
the same as the number of days in the
Abraxas is Gnostic solar deity associated with Yahweh,
Mithras, Yeshu (Jesus) and significantly the Celtic Belenus.
Belenus is a
deity worshipped in Gaul, Britain
and Celtic areas of Italy,
and northern Spain.
He has shrines from Aquileia on the Adriatic to
Kirkby Lonsdale in England.
His name means "shining one" or
"henbane god" and he is associated
with healing. He may be the same deity as Belatu-Cadros. However, in the Roman
period and Abraxas/Belenus was identified with Apollo, a connection that will
became significant later. The name Belenus has been found on around fifty
inscriptions, these are mainly concentrated in Aquileia
and Cisalpine Gaul, but also extend into
and Gallia Narbonensis, the area that includes Rennes le Chateau. Otto Rahn,
likely a Polaire, had surmised in his book
Luzifers Hofgesind (1937)
that the new Golden Age was to come from Lucifer who he specifically identified
as the Cathar Pyrenean Abellio, the Celtic
Belenos, the Nordic Balder and the Greek Apollo. Collectively these were adopted
later by the Holy Roman church under the title of Saint Bonnet.
is a commune in the Puy-de-Dôme area of France, an area that sits on the Paris
Amulets and seals bearing the figure of Abraxas was used in the seals of the
Knights Templar, but by medieval times Abraxas was relegated to the ranks of
demons. The word Abraxas was first proposed by the Alexandrian Gnostic scholar
Basilides and is created using the first letters of the Greek names for the
seven visible planets. Using Gematria the letters add up to 365, the number of
days in a solar year and the number of Aeons or divine emanations in Gnostic
cosmology. However using Gematria again Mithras also adds up to 365 and
significantly so does the Celtic Solar deity Belenus. The Abraxas seal was
common in the second century. Abraxas is invoked in
The Gnostic Mass that was written by
the occultist Aleister Crowley as is the use of Abramelin Oil, a carefully
prepared substance used to anoint initiates. In this same Gnostic Mass Crowley
also speaks of a Holy Guardian Angel.
Within the system of Thelema founded by
in 1904, the Holy Guardian Angel is the "Silent Self" which is a representative
of an individual’s truest divine nature.