There is in the church of Rennes-le-Chateau, there you’ll find a message, a message that Bérenger Saunière bought to our attention by his own work, since he is the author, says one of paintings that decorate the church. The reader will understand that we wish to speak about the representation of Marie-Madeleine placed on the front of the altar, in the axis of the central passageway of the Church.
The crossing of her fingers is most unusual.
NOIS with the rough drawing of the Rose Croix Veritas.
"per magdalenae lacrymas"
It is a representation treated in low relief; Marie Madeleine is knelt, crossed hands, at the foot of a rustic cross, composed of two green heart branches, almost branchless, bound by a knot of leather. A dark cave is used as a framework for this scene. It acts as a traditional representation of the holy cross. The cave is that where she finished her days, if one believes the legend of Sainte-Baume.
The other elements are also the usual attributes of Holy Marie Madeleine: the book is the Gospel of which she contemplates teaching, the skull could be that of Jacques the Majestic, one of the relics brought from Palestine by the Saint Marie de la mer (Holy Mary of the sea"). Traditionally this skull has the features of a man of the "Magdalenian". All the representations of Marie-Madeleine are about identical. In the church of Rennes-le-Chateau, there is still a statue of the Saint which takes the same attributes: green heart cross pruned roughly, human skull, vase, and open pages.
The area of Pilat
Before approaching the message hidden in the low-relief, it is necessary for us to try to put to us in the place of Bérenger Saunière at the time of the update of this "secret": which tracks were offered to him, and where they led? We know that our priest did not remain in Rennes-the-Castle but travelled extensively. The story thus has surely several seams to explore... One thing comes immediately to mind; two tracks led us to a mountainous area of the Massif Centrale - the Mt Pilat. This sector constitutes the north-eastern point of the chain of the Cevennes; it is bordered by the Rhone in the east, and Gier in north, with a climax at 1434m. It is a natural border and geographical, limited at the time of the Romans between three provinces: Aquitaine, Lugdunaise, and the Narbonnese. It is also a crossroads where several influences coincided, particularly at the linguistic level (a cross between the languages of Oc, Oil, and Franco-Provençal), also pertaining to worship and architectural features.
Razès and Pilat
And, finally, if Pilat appears far from Rennes-le-Château, this mountain still marked the territorial limit of Languedoc, to which Razès belongs. Formerly, it was the same province. And just like Razès, Pilat was formerly wild and desert; one precisely finds there several localities "Razes" or "Raza", whose etymology is identical to that of Razès: close-cropped ", desert ground"... Country of legends also, Pilat has multiple traces of its past, megalithic time, or the Middle Ages which saw it occupied by the strong castles of the noble families or by the monasteries of the religious orders. Pilat which had particularly moved back valleys saw one they to be used as framework with the establishment of chartreuse, Holy-Cross-in-Jarez, of which we will have to speak later... And then it should not be forgotten that the Tradition explains why the origin of the word Pilat comes owing to the fact that Pontius Pilate, full of remorse was confined in Vienna(?) "Sort forgiveness" in the Massif of Pilat and one has the right to ask why particularly in this place? For one thing he would have committed suicide there while precipitating in the pit of the source of Gier. For another he would have found "atonements" and would have carried on its way until Pilat... in Switzerland!
How did we arrive at Pilat?
We must acknowledge that we had a strong preliminary knowledge of it, and that for a long time we had been seized by the similarity existing between the table decorating a vault of Pilat and the low-relief of the Madeleine with Rennes-le-Chateau. We must try to find the bond, if bond there were, between the two... Which elements would have attracted Bérenger Saunière in these places, Which tracks would he have followed? These are the many questions which we will try to answer now.
The track of the bears
(Arcturus is called 'The Bear watcher')
We will start from a first assumption: the "secrecy of Rennes-le-Chateau" is related to Marie-Madeleine and Bérenger Saunière may have discovered her last refuge. The priest who was Saunière inevitably knew the life of the saints and their places of pilgrimage. He knew that relics of Saint Marie-Madeleine were venerated in Burgundy in the abbey of Vézelay. We will leave the principle which the refuge contained this "information". Saunière could hope to find other pieces of the "secrecy" while following the trace of the count Girard of Roussillon. Note: it is this character who installed the relics "of a" Marie-Madeleine in Vézelay, who could not come from Sainte-Baume but rather as a refugee from the Corbières.. Of Roussillon, Who was Girard of Roussillon? Count de Barcelone, Narbonne, Gascogne, Auvergne, Provence and then of Burgundy, he originated in the Languedoc and his exploits of valour made of them the hero of several "Chansons de Geste". All the place names "Roussillon" derive not from a geographical or geological characteristic "russet-red", but from a name of man or family. The province of Roussillon owes its name at the dead city of Ruscino, which itself derive from the name of its Roussillon founders, or Russéolus, deformation of the primitive name Urséolus or Ursus (Latin bear). Ursus, last name of the genealogy Mérovingienne, alas too doubtful of the "parchments" of the business of Rennes-le-Chateau... The family of Roussillon said "girl of the moon", just like Mérovingiens claimed itself "wire of stars"... But let us not forget that the lunar goddess Artémis, often accompanied by a bear, merges with Marie-Madeleine who lived "like a bear" in a cave indicated by a star. While extrapolating, "girl of the moon" could become "girl of Marie-Madeleine"...
Gerard of Roussillon
Gerard of Roussillon in 870, was in opposition to Charles the Bald . Driven back by his armies, Gerard leaves the town of Vienna (Isere) and takes refuge in a close fortress, probably in Pilat. But the siege falls ... The king lets him leave for exile... End of the song.
In the 11th century Roussillon reappears on their land in Pilat. Note: they maintain the worship Marie-Madeleine and a Sainte-Madeleine vault which belonged to their stronghold of Châteauneuf, close to Bank-of-Gier, had the relics of Saint Lazare (Lazarus), the brother of Marie-Madeleine who was raised from the dead by Jesus, and who would have also landed at the same time as Marie-Madeleine did. By a strange coincidence the relics also arrive in Pilat at the same time they did?
Béatrix and Marie-Madeleine
In the 13th century, Guillaume descendant of Roussillon dies in the crusades. He bequeaths to his widow Béatrix the manor of Châteauneuf. She lives a life of prayer: in a dream one night she sees a cross of light surrounded by stars. It is the beginning of a marvellous account. The next morning Béatrix leaves by horse and follows it through the mountain. The vision appears again, but really: a cross surrounded by stars, of which one larger and more brilliant. Guided like Marie-Madeleine by this star, Béatrix of Roussillon arrives in a place where it will found Chartreuse of Holy-Cross-in-Jarez. She obtains the privilege to finish her days there, cloistered in a small apartment contiguous to chartreuse, and communicating with this one only by one narrow archère only enabling her to hear, without seeing them, the religious offices. Just like Marie-Madeleine, only saw and carries out a life of hermit. Several times per day of the angels charmed Marie-Madeleine and made her hear a celestial concert in the same way several times per Béatrix day can hear the song of the fathers’ Carthusian monk, at the time of the many daily offices! The comparison, disconcerting, reveals the worship that Béatrix had to the Madeleine.
A green heart cross
If Bérenger Saunière followed the track of Roussillon, the "track of the bears", he has that to study the genealogy of this family and to follow it down until Béatrix, which could bring him straight to Holy-Cross-in-Jarez... In the old chartreuse one were discovered into 1896 of the murals of the14th Century, one of which is a "crucifixion" which presents the singularity to show Jesus in green heart cross... roughly trimmed! It is to our knowledge the only example of this scene where the cross is not a timber. One can also see on same Marie painting disappearing of pain in the arms of the "Holy Women", namely Marthe and Marie Madeleine, which throws a last filled up glance of love and despair in direction of Jesus. With the foot of the cross a vase collects the blood of Christ. Other with dimensions the Jean apostle holds a closed book.... A table can in hiding another: if all these elements are isolated, it does not remain any more that Marie-Madeleine, a green heart cross pruned roughly, a vase, a book, is the traditional representation of the holy one. It misses only skull, invisible but however present since the martyrdom was planted on Golgotha or "mount of skull"...
A rare symbol
It is in 1896 also that Saunière restores its church and places two representations of Madeleine there, with the same green heart cross. Chance? But he also places at the entry of the church two Latin phrases ` in hoc signo vinces "(by this sign you will overcome) and" lumen in coelo "(lighten the sky. The first applies to the emperor Constantine, who saw appearing a luminous cross, the second with the pope Leon XIII, whose blazon is decorated of a star. Or is it an allusion to the vision of Béatrix of Roussillon? Did Guillaume of Roussillon leave you it with the guard of his wife of the "elements" concerning Marie-Madeleine? Did this one bequeath such this "deposit" to the Carthusian monks of Sainte-Croix, which would have announced it by curious details in the murals?
The 17th century intervenes in the history of the monastery an enigmatic Prior: Dom Polycarpe of the Enigmatic River. Because one is unaware of his origins, although he says himself he is a native of Velay, and one is unaware of his "demise" since he disappears mysteriously at the time of a cure in the sector of Ballaruc... close to Montpellier. It is at least in this area that one loses his trace.
Royal and religious origin Scholar, author of many works, Polycarpe undertakes in Sainte-Croix of vast work and puts, it seems, up to date a deposit more spiritual than material. He is then named prior of chartreuse of Bordeaux, then of Bompas in Provence close to Avignon. It is there that he begins the drafting of a vast work on the history of the Church in the area of Avignon, including/understanding the diocese of Aix-en-Provence on which... Sainte-Baume depends. The work will be prohibited by the Vatican... Does Dom Polycarpe have particular sources of information on Marie-Madeleine? It is known that he wrote a formidable book on Marie Madeleine and the seven door frames of Ephèse. He specifies that this work contains new information on the end of Marie-Madeleine like on other aspects of this worship and its derivatives. This writing is practically untraceable today... except in a private collection of the area of Roussillon... It is still Polycarpe which ensured that Avignon had been rested by Saint Ruf, first bishop of Tortosa (Spain). However this bishop actually named himself... Ursus! The letter "S" was written formerly way almost identical to the letter "F", RUF could mean RUS. Is this a "pun" of Polycarpe that means the passage of URSUS with RUS... first syllable of Russeolus or Ruscino?
The company of the angels Polycarpe of the River probably belonged (two writings remain in its files) to the "Company of the Angels" or "Company Angelica", to which was also affiliated, and at the same time, Nicolas Poussin... Two centuries later, one finds this company makes in filigree some in the business of Rennes-the-Castle! One knows as sure source as Polycarpe corresponded with a Gouliarde brotherhood, therefore it could only be accustomed to handle the "Language of the Birds"... said "of the initiates"!
The Gélis abbot, of Coustaussa, village located vis-a-vis at Rennes-le-Chateau, the current surely of certain secrecies, is assassinated; the culprit was never found but only, as a signature, the inscription "Viva Angélina". Its tomb, turned towards Rennes-le-Chateau is decorated of a stylized pink having a cross in its center. Vis-a-vis in Pilat is the village of Saint-Andéol-le-Château, where the Carthusian monks of Sainte-Croix had some possessions: one finds an identical symbol there, on an anonymous tomb of the cemetery... one also knows that a writer of the name of S. U ZANNE wrote a strange manuscript there on... the angels! This writing is today, curiously, practically untraceable and without registration of copyright. A specimen existed in a formal way in the same library as work of Polycarpe. If the "Company Angelica" followed, but in the other direction, the track of Roussillon, it is perhaps what led it indeed to Razès... Let us add that one of the many manuscripts of Polycarpe of the River speaks about a mysterious treasure and concluded by this sentence in own way from warning: "Return in Roy Denys gold Thrésor which you trové". "Return to the king" says, in Latin, "Reddis Regis"...
The track of the wolves’
Second assumption: the "secrecy" is related to the genealogy of Mérovingiens (the two theories are not incompatible besides). The problem of famous the "third parchment" is still not solved, and will be it surely never: all is false, or Berenger Saunière he truthfully discovered a genealogy Mérovingienne, but different from the "romantic" genealogy? If we evoke the charter of Aaon, which recognized a Mérovingienne origin, with several families then among this was the family LUPPE which claimed, documents with the support, being of the blood of Mérové himself. Let us note this remark in aside: The Church knows a Ours saint and a saint Loup, this last succeeding the first diocese of Troyes. If the Loup first name is always à.la.mode - one several Jean-Wolf nobody knows anyone called Ours! If Berenger Saunière were interested in the descent of Mérovingiens, he did not fail to seek these "Luppé". The other family (Montesquiou, Gallard, Comminges, Gramont) are known and indexed in "the armorial of the principal houses of the kingdom", it is not the same for Luppé. However there are only two bearing this name to France: Lupé in Gers, and Lupé... in Pilat! And the castle of this village was the residence of a family of the same name... (in Luppé the doubling of P is only one " alternative" of Lupé).
A strange forgotten housE
Let us leave Pélussin now and follow the path. After having passed "Pierre of Dead" we arrive at the hamlet of Champailler. Here time seems to have stopped: silence and stones. The walker not informed will make a short halt, close to the fountain leaving a large masonry, and then will continue his advance. We will look at there what is hidden. It is the consequent farm in the middle of the hamlet that is probably oldest. An E source is collected inside and arises in a "bachat" outside. In addition to this extremely useful and practical curiosity, several details deserve our attention. The frontage side way is decorated several profiled openings of Gothic style. On the table of window one distinguishes a strange sculpture. It resembles a vaguely square stone on which a figure at five sides is detached, a pentagram. At the interior three forms: - "the axis" of this scene is consisted an at the same time anthropomorphic and cruciform silhouette. - Under the two arms of this "crucifixion" two smaller beings balance the unit. – On the right-hand side, knelt, in begging attitude or of prayer, hands and arms tended concerning this believe anthropoid; the full feature of its clothing could want to symbolize a woman - the character on the left, hands on the hips, the "sufficient" air, does not touch the cross. The features which surround its back indisputably draw... wings of angel.
What is hidden
But the most curious is still inside the building. Once inside is, hardly within two meters, are the walls of another extremely old construction. As a kind of case or cocoon whose only mission would be to defy the time and the sight of the passer by. In south-west in this second wall there’s an opening of walled door. The framing of the latter, of a very pure Gothic style is obviously of the time. The base of the moldings starts strange drawings: complete triangles or truncated at the tops, then segments of curves superimposed. Summon framing of opening finishes on a potencée cross... eccentric openly from 7 to 8 degrees. With the lower part is what one could, first of all, to take for a flower of lily stylized is in truth... an iron of spade "GARDIAN", such as one can see it on the emblem of the Camargue!
Way of another time
After this halt, the way climbs towards the tops through a beautiful forest of mountain. be neighborhood places are to be retained: "Purgatory", "the Paradise", "the Hermit", "the hell"... A vault is presented and it is dedicated to St Antoine the Hermit. At the interior a statute of the saint is there, still, identical to that of Rennes-le-Chateau. Obviously all the statues of the same saint are about identical. Most astonishing is to find the same saints at the same time in the church of Rennes-le-Chateau, and on this track of Pilat. Always climbing, the way takes the time of a turning by two small hamlets out of time, then sets out again in direction of the tops. This level it still has its paving of origin. One reaches finally the "Trève of the Wolf". In this desert loneliness only disturbed by the gargouillis of the sources, a second solitary vault rises. It is the end of the way, without another exit, strongly defended by the house of Champailler. The ultimate goal of our track seems as modest and rustic as is in force and care the house of defense of Champailler! With reason one wonders really what could justify a similar luxury of safety for such a poor place without style nor true religious value...
This vault, in form of small barn of Pilat is however dedicated to Sainte Marie Madeleine! At the interior a simple table is the only ornament: it is a new traditional representation of Marie-Madeleine, but I was seized by the resemblance to the low-relief of Rennes-le-Chateau!
If Berenger Saunière followed the track of Lupé, the "track of the wolves" and he arrived at this vault and could be useful of its table like model for the low-relief of Rennes-le-Chateau... like model, and key of encoding. There were some exactions made in this small vault: several times of the "vandals" were introduirent by smashing the door. Strange plunderers which were satisfied to take only some ex-votos... or hurdy-gurdies stones stored here without the least value. Robbers without knowledge or... "amateurs informed"??? Before going front let us specify than as from the moment or we take a complete reading and very precise of all this, the vestiges of the houses of Champailler were completely destroyed... If these acts are irreversible in the field of the general inheritance, it prove to be ineffective in the field of the memory because we drew up of them statements complete as well as tens of photographs and several films videos in the presence of irrefutable witnesses...
The time of Falatiers –
In the 10th century the family of Falatier takes possession of the fields of Lupé. At this time Malleval and Lupé are under the same authority. It is at that time which the castle takes the base form that we know to it. Certain writings, of which those of G.M. of Waldan, reports that the turns of this castle with the turrets of the secondary enclosure would have been established according to the projection of Large Ourse... with for principal axis the Polar one! It should be added that the plan of the body seigneurial is appeared as a polygon at 7 sides! - End of the year 1274, the Pope, the King of France, the Archbishop of Lyon and the Bishop of Vienna remain simultaneously in Lupé... It is not known why, but this kind of meeting was to require a solid intendance, and especially extremely capital reasons to proceed in this small and unimportant castle to withdraw from all. - Guigue de Falatier and its sons form part of the last wave of reinforcements sent on royal order to the cross last cut off in St Jean d' Acre... Under the orders of Guillaume of Roussillon, the husband of Béatrix founder of Ste Cross. Seul Guigue will return from this suicidal disaster. Let us note in the passing that the mission of this ultimate forwarding was to put itself under the authority of the Knights of the Temple... "to save essence what can". Was we still do not know what composed this "essence"?
Alliance with the house of Arch - Then the field of Lupé passes, by alliance in Gaste. a very curious fact, under this family, deserves that one stops there.
We are at one time when the fall of the Temple is consumed. However one can consult an attesting document of a transaction, last in Puy in Velay, between Guillaume de Gaste and Templier de Marlhette (it only house of the Temple in Pilat).
Until there nothing strange good. But if we specify that this document goes back to 1339, we can express a certain surprise since the order of the Temple is suspended since 1312, date of the council of Vienna... to the foot of Pilat! - of Gaste was also lords of Villars and Vauvert. They held the right high and low justice by royal favour by the fact of being lords of Lupé! -
Then there is double alliance between of Gaste and of Merry; 1) Anne de Gaste marries François de Joyeuse. 2) Claude de Gaste (his brother) wife Francoise de Joyeuse, aunt of the cardinal of Merry. This double alliance could be completely ordinary if we do not remember that the Merry one were lord of Arch... Then why in more one double alliance on the brother and the sister of Gaste with the lords of Arques... whose fields are distant of more than 450 km... and without any apparent chance to form an extension of territory or another alliance of reason... with less, it is obvious, which there is not an imperative reason and pressing. And this had to be the case, but what it reason?
The enigma of Urfe - union of Claude de Gaste and Francoise de Joyeuse will be born four children. One of them, Marguerite de Gaste, will be sung by Anne d'Urfé... who was madly enthusiast. Urfé? But which is? Urfé still owe their name with the drift of Ulfe and Wulff... of the wolf, but Germanic this time!
Honore d' Urfé will or not write "Astrée" of which such an amount of passage is attached to the "wolves", disguised, in Volques Tectosages, in Lycidas,
Olympe girl of Lupeandre... identified in Marguerite de Gastes Lupé! He is certain with the reading of Astrée and the sight of the symbols of the castle of Urfé which we cannot deny the high degree of initiation of the families of Urfé and those which attended these places. - December 19, 1598, Catherine de Meuillon, injury of Lupé, marries Rostaing of the Balsam Count de Suze. It is it which will negotiate with Polycarpe of the River, Chartreux prior in place with Ste Cross-in-Jarez, for the repurchase at ransom price of "Lacombe Stronghold". In truth on this place, a mine shaft would have been open to extract some from lead... by highly qualified workmen come expressly from Germany! These facts are confirmed by charged Blumenstein, on royal order, to estimate the mines cartusiennes in 1741. This mining expert worked at the same time for Urfé. The mine of "Lacombe Stronghold" was called "Hole of the Wolf"! To follow We will return in a forthcoming work on other aspect of the castle of Lupé as on the strange Mgr Mayol de Lupé which seems he was sympathizer of a movement Cetique and Solaire... like on Charlemagne Division, his symbols, his waitings and his work at the very least strange. It will be the same for an approach of events related to a group of resistant French, to this same time based in the N°13 farm of chartreuse of St Cross... Perhaps all these strange axes form a beam of convergence dependent on the enigma of Rennes-le-Chateau and good dautres mysteries which we will approach soon while trying to give them a new lighting.