The Priory of Sion was formed on the 7th May 1956 by Pierre Plantard de St Clair and André Bonhomme in Saint-Julien-en-Genevois, a district of Geneva. (About a days ride from Sion Switzerland)
Plantard's address at this time was a house called Sous-Cassan, Annemasse.
The were two others listed as officials Jean Deleaval and Armand Defago.
The registration was formerly listed in the government's official journal on 25th June 1956.
This Priory of Sion (Priéuré de Sion) lists a subtitle called
Chevalerie d'Institution et Règle Catholique et d'Union Indépendante Traditionaliste
This was also the name of their bulletin.
In 1996 Bonhomme told the BBC that the Priory of Sion doesn't exist anymore. It was André Bonhomme who insisted that the name of Sion came from a nearby mountain called Montagne de Sion which was 5miles from Annemasse.
The general opinion now is that this was all some kind of elaborate (too elaborate it seems) hoax.
The Priory later via the Dossier Secrets transmuted into having taken it's name from the Abbey of Notre Dame de Mont-Sion founded in Jerusalem in 1099.
One of the biggest detractors of the legitimacy of the Priéuré de Sion has been this website quoted below.
Here follows a history of the debunking efforts and rebuttals over the past 30 years.
Pierre Plantard de Saint Clair
When asked "The geometry is pentagonal isn't it?"
This was his reply:............
He also said this:>>>>>>>>>>>
Three points, at an equal distance from Bourges, form
'the Hermetic triangle of the "three heads"' - . "Forcing" these
three doors, is to succeed in reaching the
double key of silver of the Ark .' The chateau of Gisors perhaps
hides within its construction 'a work of
art unique in France'. It has 'spread across the centuries a strange
atmosphere of mystery, like the enigmatic Cassiopeia, queen of
Ethiopia, the Popess of the Tarot'.
The Hermeticist's Point of View
by Pierre Plantard
Towards Europe’s ‘United States’
The most high-profile late nineteenth-century devotee of Saint-Yves was the physician Gérard Encausse (‘Papus’), a leading light among French esoteric societies. He blended the teachings of his ‘spiritual master’, the eighteenth century occult philosopher Louis-Claude de Saint-Martin, and his ‘intellectual master’ Saint-Yves. Encausse founded the Martinist Order, into which he absorbed synarchist principles – so that, unusually, it had political ambitions, including the formation of ‘a United States of Europe’. Delusions of grandeur, one might have thought…
Encausse’s death in 1916 resulted in a schism in the Martinist Order over its involvement in politics. The activists, under Victor Blanchard – head of the secretariat of the Chamber of Deputies of the French Parliament – formed the breakaway Martinist and Synarchic Order, which established the Synarchic Central Committee in 1922, designed to pull in promising young civil servants and “younger members of great business families.”2 The Committee soon became the Synarchic Empire Movement, or MSE (Mouvement Synarchique d’Empire) in 1930, under dedicated firebrands Jeanne Canudo and Vivien Postel du Mas.
Canudo is best remembered today as an energetic campaigner for European unity and founder of several youth organisations in the 1930s, select members of which were inducted into the esoteric synarchist orders that she led together with Postel du Mas.
An important witness to these events was the celebrated Parisian litterateur Maurice Girodias (publisher of scandalous sensations such as The Story of O, Lolita, Henry Miller’s Sexus and William S. Burrough’s The Naked Lunch). As a teenager in the 1930s he was involved both with Canudo’s European groups and an esoteric society that met at Postel du Mas’ luxurious apartment to hear the ‘secret masters’ speaking through teenage trance medium Laurette. Girodias said of Postel du Mas’ magical salons:
“I saw at his feet men of science, company directors, and bankers who drank in his words with the same expression of rapture inscribed on masks nevertheless lined by mistrust and scepticism that one could read on the fresh and naïve faces of juvenile members of the ashram .”
Lynn Picknett and Clive Prince
Pierre Plantard may well have led one of these youth movements
Here is part of a police report against Pierre Plantard made 3rd January 1943
In 1938 he asked Monsieur Daladier, the President of the Council [head of government during the 3rd and 4th Republics] to allow the publication of a magazine entitled ‘Rénovation Française’. Permission being refused, Plantard published this magazine in the form of weekly pamphlets with a circulation of 10,000 distributed free of charge. This ceased publication in 1939.
Monsieur Plantard ran an organisation concerned with providing recreational opportunities for young people from various parishes known as the ‘Groupement Catholique de la Jeunesse’ and took the floor at several conferences organised for the benefit of the young people in this organisation, which has never amounted to much except in the imagination of its founder, who also boasts of having connections with numerous well-known politicians (which is not the case).
On 16 December 1940 he wrote to Marshal Pétain to denounce an alleged Jewish/Gaullist conspiracy which, as an enquiry undertaken at the time revealed, did not actually exist outside his imagination.
To sum up, Monsieur Plantard is a pretentious young man, without very much in the way of education, who is seeking to take advantage of the current trend towards doing more for young people by setting up more or less fictitious organisations and thus seeking to acquire sufficient importance to win the approval and support of the Government.
His name does not appear on the census lists of Jews of the Département of the Seine.
He does not have a criminal record.
Groupement Catholique de la Jeunesse
Plantard's New Europe 1937
His knight heading towards Aquarius.
moves into Aquarius on the 17th January)
Bretagne to Bavaria
The two centres of surviving Celtic culture
Paul Le Cour, 'L'Ere du Verseau' (The Age of Aquarius).
Quoting Peter O'Reilly:
'In it Le Cour looks forward to the future Age of Aquarius as bringing with it the return of Christ in the role of Christ
the King. It is a work of esoteric and apocalyptic Christianity in which the author also voices his belief in an esoteric spiritual tradition that
originated in Atlantis.(and quoting from the book) 'The work of 'Atlantis', founded the 24th of June 1926, is inspired by the same directives as those
of the director of the Hiéron (i.e. de Sarachaga) whose signet ring representing Cybele was bequeathed to me by Mlle Lepine.'.[the book
contained a drawing of an octopus subtitled] 'une symbole de la tradition primitive: le poulpe' (a symbol of the primitive tradition: the octopus).'
'Vaincre' Nr 1, page 1 (21 September), featuring a quotation from Paul
Lecour, Editor of 'Atlantis'
'.When a stream is polluted it is necessary, if you are to find the
pure water, to go back to the source. It's the same with tradition - it only
remains pure at its origin.'
'Vaincre' was the bulletin of the Alpha Galates, an anti-Masonic,
anti-Semitic Right-Wing organisation that stemmed from Plantard's earlier
Right-Wing activities of the 1930s: the Statutes of the Alpha Galates being
dated 27 December 1937 (Feast Date of St John The Divine). The Alpha Galates
believed that their secrets were originally derived from Atlantis, and a
strain of Theosophical thinking runs through some of the Bulletin's articles
written by Le Comte Moncharville, who seems to have been Plantard's mentor.
The last Grandmaster listed in the Dossiers Secrets was Jean Cocteau
The Greek symbol for the Zodiac sign of Cancer was an Octopus.
The Summer Solstice begins on the first day of Cancer.
|People mentioned in the pages of Vaincre
by Steve Mizrach
The following people are mentioned in Vaincre, either as authors for articles, or as members of Alpha Galates. Note that it is possible the articles attributed to them are not by them (in many cases, this seems almost certain), but it is still worth noting who they were, as they would then seem to constitute the type of people the group wanted to present itself as having.
Georges “Count Israel” Monti: Various sources suggest Plantard was this man’s protégé and that he was the founder of Alpha Galates. This appears to be unlikely, given that Monti died from poisoning (some say for espionage) in 1936. However, it’s not impossible that “Pierre de France” met him at the age of 16, perhaps through some type of youth program. Monti was a filmmaker and artist, an amanuensis of the Rosicrucian artist-occultist Josephin Peladan, and a controversial figure as well. Certain sources indicate he also had anti-Semitic leanings, but then also indicate that he joined B’nai B’rith in order to learn the secrets of the Jewish initiates. And that is a most curious name choice…
Maurice “Le Comte de Moncharville”: This gentleman’s actual name appears to have been Maurice Lecomte, and he had no actual title as Count of Moncharville. He seems to have written a PhD dissertation on the heraldry of Monaco. He is identified as Pierre’s predecessor, and also identified as the head of France’s mission to Tibet. So far, I can’t find any evidence that he was on the faculty of Strasbourg or that he headed any French Tibetan mission. But the description of his expedition to Tibet and his meetings with the Dalai Lama are clearly fantastical in nature. Some say the stories in Vaincre of his Tibetan journey are based on Nazi expeditions to Tibet in 1938. However, Vaincre says he was there in 1904-5, which would make his “expedition” overlap precisely with that of the English explorer Francis Younghusband, who appears to have been in Tibet furthering British interests in the Great Game, and who devoted his career to religious ecumenicism.
Camille Savoire: Savoire was a French Mason and a high luminary within the Rectified Scottish Rite, a “chivalric” form of Masonry that claimed Templar origins through the Strict Observance. However, as many sources make clear, Savoire was not hostile to Grand Orient, and was in fact a member. He also was involved in Martinism and close friends with the Martinist Constant Chevillon, murdered by the Gestapo for his supposed involvement in a Synarchist plot against the regime, leveled against him by the “Polaires” journalist Jeanne Canudo.
Louis LeFur: appointed to an educational post by the Vichy regime, LeFur is most noted for his support of pan-European policies. His “Energie” group also involved Robert Schumann, one of the founders of the European Economic Community. In its pages, Vaincre endorses the idea of a Confederation of Europe, stretching from Brittany to Bavaria.
Jean Mermoz: as this heroic aviator died in 1936, it again seems unclear how he could have been involved in this group. He was a right winger and active in Action Francaise. As to exactly why Mermoz’ name appears in these pages, I suspect the main reason is because the name of the plane he crashed into the Atlantic in was known as the Southern Cross, and Alpha Galates chose as its emblem the Cross of the South.
Hans Adolf von Moltke: a disciple of the Anthroposophist Rudolf Steiner, von Moltke seems to have been a conservative aristocrat troubled by the Nazi regime. Along with others of his background, he formed the Kreisau Circle, an organization which tried to subvert Hitler and the Nazis from within Germany.
Gabriel Trarieux d’Egmont: a mystical poet and astrologer, who wove various Theosophical and mystical themes into his poetry.
Jacques Brosse: a Zen Buddhist, ecologist, and poet, Brosse was close friends with Carl Jung, Aldous Huxley, Claude Levi-Strauss, and Jean Cocteau. Brosse experimented with hallucinogenic drugs and passionately argued for nature conservation, in many ways prefiguring some of the central themes of the 1960’s.
Robert Amadou: The noted Martinist and member of Masonic lodge Swiss Grand Loge Alpina, R. Amadou confirms that he did indeed contribute a piece on chivalry to Vaincre, and thus indicates that at least one article is not pseudonymous… however, Amadou insists he had no interest in politics and was not otherwise involved in the affairs of Alpha Galates.
Auguste Brizeux: he often has his name mis-spelled as “Brisieux”. In any case, as stated above, he died in 1858, making the question of the authenticity of his “authorship” of these articles mentioning current events not difficult to answer.
Jean Falloux: Vaincre says his name was a pseudonym for Francis Sadot, and describes at one point his summary “expelling” from the Order – on a date associated with John the Baptist. Falloux appears to have been in a circle of people who were intimate with Sun-Wu Kung, a strange wandering sage who traveled through France, taking the name of the Oriental Monkey King. This circle also included the Gurdjieffian Jewish Surrealist, Yves Klein, and seems to have been connected with Gurdjieff in other ways.
I ask you ... what kind of right wing group would have people like Brosse in it? Or ... even claim that it had people like Brosse in it, if you prefer.
a Zen Buddhist, ecologist, and poet, Brosse was close friends with Carl Jung, Aldous Huxley, Claude Levi-Strauss, and Jean Cocteau. Brosse experimented with hallucinogenic drugs and passionately argued for nature conservation, in many ways prefiguring some of the central themes of the 1960’s.
- Magazine Precis
Click for an excellent treatise on Jean Cocteau
Cocteau with his crossed fingers at his funeral.