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Mary Magdalene

Mary Magdalene holding the egg of fertility  and new birth towards the Roman Emperor Tiberius: At the Russian church of Saint Mary Magdalene Jerusalem

"The account of the marriage of Jesus with Mary Magdalene lies very close to the surface of the gospel narratives. It is easy to sense the erotic element in the story of the woman with the alabaster flask of pure nard, who poured it over Jesus, so that the house was filled with the fragrance of ointment" Note 1

Dr Barbara Thiering

PhD in Theology 1973

Studied the Dead Sea scrolls for over twenty years


"And the companion of the [Saviour was] Mary Magdalene. He loved her more than all the disciples [and used to] kiss her often on her [mouth]. The rest of the disciples [were offended and] said to him: "Why do you love her more than all of us?" The Saviour answered and said to them " Why do I not love you like her? When a blind man and one who sees are both together in darkness, they are no different from one another. When the light comes, then he who sees will see the light, and he who is blind will remain in darkness"

Gospel of Philip

From the Gnostic Gospels

The words in brackets are missing from the scroll and have been guessed at. But no matter for it seems that Jesus kissed her somewhere that made the disciples jealous.

It is important to note that there is no mention of Mary Magdalene's being favoured in this way in the synoptic Gospels.

Mary Magdalene was not a prostitute but was described in Mark 16:9 and Luke 8:2 as a woman "out of whom went seven devils". This means that she was under the authority of 'Satan' like 'the widow'. Judas Iscariot was 'Demon 7' the name for him as a member of the zealot party. As the chief scribe, he had the position once held by Gabriel, which included authority over celibate women before and after marriage.

Her TITLE was Mary [Miriam] and this was NOT her name, this included the mother of Jesus. They took this title from the wife of Moses because they had been given a form a ministry, that of a prophetess, taking part in liturgies of orders like those of the Therapeutae. The Magdalene was also a title and came from the prophet Micah and is a corruption of the Jewish phrase Migdal-Eder - Watchtower of the Flock.

Micah 4:8
And thou, O tower of the flock, the strong hold of the daughter of Zion, unto thee shall it come, even the first dominion; the kingdom shall come to the daughter of Jerusalem.


So why was Mary Magdalene Sainted?

She has been mentioned 10 times in the new testament. Mostly in the company of other women who haven't been sainted.

It is said that she was sainted because she was the first to witness the risen Christ.


Why is this important event in her life not featured anywhere in this Church at Rennes le Chateau dedicated to

SAINT Marie-Madeleine?

Why, if there is nothing to this story, did the Abbé Saunière, a Catholic priest, choose not to feature the very reason why Mary Magdalene has been sainted in any of the iconography of his church? Yet featured two instances of Mary of Bethany being intimate with Jesus?


Well the answer is

He did 


Mary annointing the feet of Jesus


Stained glass window depicting Mary of Bethany anointing the feet of Jesus. This story is depicted in the plain text of the large Shepherdess parchment text.

It has been assumed (by the Roman Catholic Church) that Mary of Bethany is Mary Magdalene although this has been by no means accepted by all scholars of theology.

Note that only Jesus and Mary have halos. Even Saint John the Divine (immediately left of Jesus with the traditional red hair and head leaning towards Jesus does not have a halo)

The spikenard is made from the foreskin of Jesus taken when he was twelve years old.

Jesus, whether a real man or not is being portrayed as a Sun Deity.

The Last Supper

Here Jesus (the Sun) pushes away from Summer with his right hand but opens his hand and looks toward Autumn. The female looking disciple to the right of Jesus is Virgo.

Libra File:Libra.svg can be seen pushing away Scorpio File:Scorpio.svg Libra prepares the way of the Anti-Christ Scorpio.

An anteroom is a room that you go through before you enter a larger i.e. A room before another room. The Anti-Christ was a prophet before the main prophet i.e. John the Baptist, hence Leonardo Da Vinci depicts Scorpio the same as he depicts his previous paintings of John the Baptist i.e. finger pointing upwards.

In December 2012 the Sun crossed the Galactic plain and entered the Age of Aquarius this was done when the sun was between the arrow of Sagittarius and the sting of Scorpio.


  •  Wedding at Cana

    The story is related in John 2:1 -10

    1 On the third day a wedding took place at Cana in Galilee. Jesus' mother was there,

    2 and Jesus and his disciples had also been invited to the wedding.

    3 When the wine was gone, Jesus' mother said to him, "They have no more wine."

    4 "Dear woman, why do you involve me?" Jesus replied, "My time has not yet come."

    5 His mother said to the servants, "Do whatever he tells you."

    6 Nearby stood six stone water jars, the kind used by the Jews for ceremonial washing, each holding from twenty to thirty gallons.[a]

    7Jesus said to the servants, "Fill the jars with water"; so they filled them to the brim.

    8 Then he told them, "Now draw some out and take it to the master of the banquet."

       They did so,

    9 and the master of the banquet tasted the water that had been turned into wine. He did not realize where it had come from, though the servants who had drawn the water knew. Then he called the bridegroom aside

    10 and said, "Everyone brings out the choice wine first and then the cheaper wine after the guests have had too much to drink; but you have saved the best till now."

    11 This, the first of his miraculous signs, Jesus performed in Cana of Galilee. He thus revealed his glory, and his disciples put their faith in him.


Prior to this Jesus collects together the TWELVE disciples.

First thing that strikes you is that we are not told whose wedding this is but not only have Jesus and the disciples been invited but also Mary mother of Jesus.

The second question is what spiritual significance does this have? Turning water into wine? The significance was that it was Jesus' first miracle?

The answer is that it is linked to Astrotheology

Firstly we must understand that when the Gospels were first written they would only have been written for trained eyes schooled with understanding. they were never envisaged for inclusion into a book written for everyone. All religious writing was done in the form of a reference to the scriptures. The meaning of the inclusion of this apparent 'party trick' is on another level of meaning called a 'Pesher'. Jesus is breaking with tradition for only celibates (this would have included Jesus at this point) could receive communion. In this apparent miracle he was allowing the 'unclean' persons (Gentiles) to receive communion.

But whose wedding was this? There is nothing sinister about us not being told because it would have been irrelevant to the Pesher and the assumption is clear to those with understanding. Mary mother of Jesus was part of the story and so was included in the text.

When Essene marriage rules are brought together it is clear that this was in fact ONE of the marriages of Jesus to Mary Magdalene at Cana (Ain Feshkha) conducted under Hellenist rules. Three marriages are required, the wedding at Cana is in fact merely a betrothal but is a little more than just an engagement. The phrase 'my time has not yet come' means that this was the feast that preceded the ceremony. We actually can make a very good guess of the date of this wedding, it is June 6th 30CE. It occurred in the evening on the same day that Jesus was in the corn fields with the disciples which is depicted in parchment one. We know this from a correlation between the four Gospels (Mark 2, Luke 6 and John 2) and a deep understanding of the strict rules surrounding Essene marriage from the Temple Scrolls worked out from the Sabbatical year.

The transcripts of the two Priory Of Sion parchments, Jesus in the corn fields and the anointment of the feet of Jesus by Mary Magdalene, signify a quite definite allusion to the marriage of Jesus and Mary Magdalene. Clearly the authors of these two parchments knew something. 

Let's look again at the small Dagobert parchment.

Dagobert parchment

In the plain text of this parchment Jesus is accompanying the twelve disciples in the cornfields.

Luke 6

King James Version (KJV)

And it came to pass on the second sabbath after the first, that he went through the corn fields; and his disciples plucked the ears of corn, and did eat, rubbing them in their hands.

And certain of the Pharisees said unto them, Why do ye that which is not lawful to do on the sabbath days?

And Jesus answering them said, Have ye not read so much as this, what David did, when himself was an hungred, and they which were with him;

How he went into the house of God, and did take and eat the shewbread, and gave also to them that were with him; which it is not lawful to eat but for the priests alone?

It should be noted the the previous chapter refers to the Lake of Gennesaret

AD GENESARET is encoded into the text using the extraneous letters in the Shepherdess parchment

Here Jesus does the miracle of the fishes where he tells the fishermen, who haven't caught anything to cast their nets to the other side of the boat. In John 21 the figure of 153 is given.



Well Jesus is the Sun
When the rains fall in spring this water becomes Wine around September or when the Sun is in Virgo.


  • Dynastic Marriage

    Whether one likes it or not Jesus was King of the Jews.

    • Matthew 2:2 

      Now when Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judaea in the days of Herod the king, behold, there came wise men from the east to Jerusalem,

      Saying, Where is he that is born King of the Jews? for we have seen his star in the east, and are come to worship him.

      When Herod the king had heard these things, he was troubled, and all Jerusalem with him.

      Note: bêth lehem, means "house of bread" and is the Hebrew name for Virgo

    • Matthew 27:11
        11 And Jesus stood before the governor: and the governor asked him, saying, Art thou the King of the Jews? And Jesus said unto him, Thou sayest.

    • Matthew 27:2929 And when they had platted a crown of thorns, they put it upon his head, and a reed in his right hand: and they bowed the knee before him, and mocked him, saying, Hail, King of the Jews!

    • Matthew 27:3737 And set up over his head his accusation written, This Is Jesus The King Of The Jews.

    • Mark 15:2And Pilate asked him, Art thou the King of the Jews? And he answering said unto them, Thou sayest it.

    • Mark 15:9But Pilate answered them, saying, Will ye that I release unto you the King of the Jews?

    • Mark 15:1212 And Pilate answered and said again unto them, What will ye then that I shall do unto him whom ye call the King of the Jews?

    • Mark 15:1818 And began to salute him, Hail, King of the Jews!

    • Mark 15:2626 And the superscription of his accusation was written over, The King Of The Jews.

    • Luke 23:3And Pilate asked him, saying, Art thou the King of the Jews? And he answered him and said, Thou sayest it.

    • Luke 23:3737 And saying, If thou be the king of the Jews, save thyself.

    • Luke 23:3838 And a superscription also was written over him in letters of Greek, and Latin, and Hebrew, This Is The King Of The Jews.

Assuming Jesus is the Sun

This is the marriage of the Sun to the Earth Mother.

The sun has to die on the cross every year and be reborn.


It is really no point in denying this neither is there any point in denying that a King of the Jews would be from the Davidic Bloodline and indeed this is depicted in the very first 17 verses of the New Testament.

As a Human King he would have to have been married in order continue the bloodline. Now the fact that no mention is made as to why this descendent of David wasn't married is quite frankly conspicuous by its absence. At the very least an explanation as to why Jesus, King of the Jews (INRI) chose not to marry would have been given.

The disciples also called Jesus Rabbi on five occasions. For a person living in first century Judea a Rabbi has to be married under Jewish law.

The parchment text from John 12:1-11 says: 

1 Then Jesus six days before the Passover came to Bethany, where Lazarus was, which had been dead, whom he raised from the dead

.2 There they made him a supper; and Martha served: but Lazarus was one of them that sat at the table with him.

3 Then took Mary a pound of ointment of spikenard, very costly, and anointed the feet of Jesus, and wiped his feet with her hair: and the house was filled with the odour of the ointment.

4 Then saith one of his disciples, Judas Iscariot, Simon's son, which should betray him,

5 Why was not this ointment sold for three hundred pence, and given to the poor?

6 This he said, not that he cared for the poor; but because he was a thief, and had the bag, and bare what was put therein.

7 Then said Jesus, Let her alone: against the day of my burying hath she kept this.

8 For the poor always ye have with you; but me ye have not always.

9 Much people of the Jews therefore knew that he was there: and they came not for Jesus' sake only, but that they might see Lazarus also, whom he had raised from the dead.

10 But the chief priests consulted that they might put Lazarus also to death;

11 Because that by reason of him many of the Jews went away, and believed in Jesus.


This incident is depicted as a stained glass window in Rennes le Chateau church and is also the theme of the plain text of the second (shepherdess) parchment



 The Village of Brenac


A painting of Mary Magdalene in penitence that no longer features at Brennac church.

Here is painting by unknown artist that used to feature in Brenac church of a penitent Mary Magdalene kneeling and praying to another rugged cross, accompanied by scroll and skull and spikenard vessel (or perhaps a vessel containing ashes). The hills in the background are particularly distinctive.

Under the auspice of Mary - But which Mary?A church where Sulpicions are traditionally buried which is resplendent in imagery.

But look at this from Saunière

As the game goes - Say what you see!

Left to right

A chateau - Rennes le Chateau?

In front of this on the same ridge, a tower with wall to the right? - La Tour Magdala?

An Arch in the background? - Arques?

Conical hill in front  - There is a conical hill between Brenac and Rennes le Chateau called


A line drawn on a map that leaves Rennes le Chateau to the left, Arques in the middle and Col de Lassereeto the right extends to the west through Brenac Church. In other words this frieze under the altar in Saunière's church of Saint Marie Madeleine.

 In other words this frieze under the altar in Saunière's church of Saint Marie Madeleine could be a theoretical view from a cave that is situated at or near to Brenac showing a Golden Dawn emerging from behind the Arch.

Brenac Church

It is worth noting that, despite the distance (just under 10km), Brenac church can be clearly seen from Rennes le Chateau and vice versa. We're told that Saunière made many visits to this church and after consulting a retired priest from there apparently turned his attention to the east of Rennes near to Perpignan. However it is worth noting that this line drawn from Brenac church to Arques is at an angle of 23.5 degrees from due east i.e. The tilt angle of the the east of Rennes near to Perpignan. However it is worth noting that this line drawn from Brenac church to Arques is at an angle of 23.5 degrees from due east i.e. The tilt angle of the earth.





One will remember that it was at Simon's house where Mary of Bethany, Martha and Lazarus (Lassere?) met with Jesus and where the Mary anointed the feet of Jesus.

These events are featured in the windows at Sainte Marie Madeleine church in Rennes le Chateau.

It is also the theme of the plain text of the Shepherdess parchment.

Sunrise Mary Magdalene Day

Brenac is a village just off the road from Quillan to Montsegur. The village was formerly known as Bernacum and is at the foot of the plate of Nebias which encompasses the commune of hamlets comprising of Fauruc, Lasserre, Monsec and Prax. The name Brenac is probably of Gallo-Roman origins. The Chapter of Narbonne holds the title deeds to it in the 9th century and there is mention of the village, as Bernacum, in 870, in the cartulary of St Just. The Chapter of Narbonne (St Just) then equipped the place as a stronghold and this was done by royal approval.

 During the Albigensian Crusade, the lord of the castle was the d'Aniort family. During the wars of religion, the castle and church were burned and largely destroyed, but rebuilt afterwards. Cassini's map shows the many mills on the course of valley of Brézilhou. The church and Castle would suffer again during the French Revolution, but unlike others in the area, was not destroyed.

Oratory dedicated to St AnthonyThere exists a persistent rumour linking this village with the village of Rennes-le-Château which wont go away. Both villages were close to one another and throughout recent times at least, priests from each village would definitely occasionally meet, either socially or officially; indeed Saunière mentions such visits in his diary. However just outside the village are the remains of a small insulated vault (it can be reached by car), which is a Visigothic oratory (shown left) and is listed as under the protection of St Anthony. There are many points, all around Brenac, where this vault could have been built, but from this specific point the village of Rennes-le-Château can be clearly seen. There appears to be a natural alignment between these two sites – and seems to suggest some intention on the part of our early ancestors. However there is another site, near Brenac, that has attracted the attention of vandals and has been violated in the hope of discovering the famous treasure of the Razès in that location. No treasure has been found and the site had to be carefully protected from further destruction by treasure hunters.

There was a former priest of Brenac called Capel who was curé in 1793. We know that the priest of Rennes-le-Château, Bigou, went to Spain to flee the French Revolution, there is some speculation that the priest of Brenac went with him?

In the early 19th century, the church was in a sorry state. In 1809, Mgr. de Laporte, bishop of Carcassonne, worried about the maintenance of the building. However it would be 1837 before any work was carried out. An entry porch was added and to the left and right, two side chapels were created.

In 1843, beautiful but strange frescoes were added to panels in the ceiling. They have been listed in the Historic buildings inventory since April 9, 1987 (as was the bell dating from 1646). In some ways this church is decorated better than the St Marie Madeleine church in Rennes le Chateau.

The church is under the protection of St Julien and St Basilisse, both saints that lived in the 4th century and were martyrs in Antioch. In the county of the Razès we find the churches of Especel, Magrie and Villar-Saint-Andre also under their patronage. In Brenac, the celebrations in their honour occur on January 19, the day of St Marius, but before, it was the feast of St Germanique. The following day, January 20, masses were said for the dead.

Pierre Amiel de BrenacOne priest of Brenac is worth special mention, he is François Courtade. Born in 1820, he attended the great seminar of Carcassonne. He was named priest of Brenac on May 10, 1848, where he would remain for the next 40 years – until the time when a young Béranger Saunière came to the priesthood. Born in 1820, he attended the great seminar of Carcassonne. He was named priest of Brenac on May 10, 1848, where he would remain for the next 40 years – until the time when a young Béranger Saunière arrived at Rennes-le-Chateau as curé. He was the great nephew of Felix Armand, who was famous for having made tunnels in the region. François Courtade was also an experienced sculptor and painter, he may well have painted the Mary Magdalene picture shown above. The village still has the statue of former bishop was also an experienced sculptor and painter, he may well have painted the Mary Magdalene picture shown above.

The village still has the statue of former bishop Petrus Amelius,  residing on top of the fountain near the church (shown left), inaugurated in 1878 it was sculptured by Courtade.. Petrus Amelius (Pierre Amiel) was a former native of Brenac and he was connected with the Avignon popes and specifically involved in the return of the Holy See to Rome at the time of Gregory XI. Amiel’s career began around 1365 and lasted up to his death in 1401. He was the patriarch of Raden and Alexandria, a position he received in 1386 and which he held until 1391.

Saunière is reported to have consulted Courtade before turning his attention to Perillos..

Last but not least it is worth a mention that at the beginning of the 17th century there was yet another enigmatic figure, Polycarpe de la Rivière, who showed a more than normal interest in the history of Brenac. Too strong an interest, it seems, as his work on the history has been censored by the Church authorities.
His prohibited work was written in 1638 and entitled “Histoire de la ville d’Avignon”. What is so strange about the history of this town that it required the intervention of the Vatican. But could it have been something that Amiel, in his privileged position as papal librarian, was also aware of? Amiel was of course part of that history for Polycarpe.


It is reasonable to speculate that a cave exists close to Brenac that has a connection with Mary Magdalene.

Perhaps marked by Simon's Cross.

The scene in the background was supposed to have been painted by Sauniere himself: Say what you see out of the cave Left to right.  A tower, an Arch,  A conical hill.

Careful close scrutiny of the Magdalene frieze under the altar reveals some interesting hypotheses. One of the things that is usually overlooked is the twin pillars either side of The Magdalene that symbolically hold up the Arch and the altar, but remembering the original story of how Saunière supposedly found his parchments in a cracked pillar. What is pretty clear is that no cracked pillars have been found so perhaps the story is allegorical. For indeed the story of a weeping virgin in front of a cracked pillar reading from a book has significant meaning in masonic circles and indeed the black and white chequered flooring of the church and the two pillars seems to reinforce this view. Remember of course that underneath this frieze there used to be the phrase (found also on the parchment):flooring of the church and the two pillars seems to reinforce this view. Remember of course that underneath this frieze there used to be the phrase (found also on the parchment):




"Jesus, cures wounds + hope at the same time pays the penalty,

by Magdalene's tears + dilute our errors." 

Note: For some reason this phrase under the altar was destroyed by a vandal in the 1970s, perhaps this interpretation was the reason why.


On the left is the masonic depiction of the weeping virgin (Virgo) holding the sprig of acacia and chalice and reading from an open book, whilst at her back stands father time teasing out the ringlets of her hair. At her feet is the broken pillar of Solomon's Temple.

"Masonry still retains among its emblems one of a woman weeping over a broken column, holding in her hand a branch of acacia, myrtle, or tamarisk, while Time, we are told, stands behind her combing out the ringlets of her hair. We need not repeat the vapid and trivial explanation... given, of this representation of Isis, weeping at Byblos, over the column torn from the palace of the King, that contained the body of Osiris, while Horus, the God of Time, pours ambrosia on her hair."

Illustrious Albert Pike 33°
Morals and Dogma, page 379


"The broken column denotes the untimely death of our Grand Master Hiram Abiff; the beautiful Virgin, weeping, denotes the Temple, unfinished; the book open before her, that his virtues there lie on perpetual record; the sprig of acacia in her right hand, the timely discovery of his body; the urn in her left, that his ashes were there safely deposited to perpetuate the remembrance of so distinguished a character; and Time standing behind her unfolding the ringlets of her hair denotes that time, patience and perseverance will accomplish all things..."

Master Mason Initiation Lecture


Broken Pillar in Arques Cemetery

This broken pillar is on the Samhain/Parilia line


 The legend of THE MAGDALENE in France


The Talmud associates the word 'Magdala' with 'The curling of a woman's hair'

You will of course notice the very long curly her of 'The Magdalene' featured in Saunière's altar frieze.

The Magdalene and to Lazarus are linked because legend has it that they were sister and brother and that they journeyed to France with another sister called Martha along with Mary Salome, wife of Zebedee, Mary Jacobe, wife of Cleofas and mother of the apostle Saint James the Less. Many early renaissance paintings seem to depict this journey to Masillia, now Marseilles and this story first appeared in an early printed work called The Golden Legend.


But also included in this intriguing story is another young girl who seemingly appears from nowhere into the story and even today, is curiously revered as a Saint by the ordinary people of southern France. This girl doesn’t appear to have any reason to warrant any such reverence attached to her and it is curious. The name of this young girl is given Sarah and she has been described as an Egyptian servant girl. With the name Sarah and the mention of Egypt immediately one is drawn to the story (a pesher) of the second wife of Abraham who became the mother of Isaac with whom God supposedly made a covenant whilst still in Sarah’s womb, possibly because in the Jewish tradition she was of Royal blood? Abraham’s wife Sarah is thought by some scholars to have actually been the half-sister and also the wife of a Pharaoh for Egyptian Royals married their own siblings. In Genesis 17:15 Abraham’s wife, who is described as being initially barren, changes her name from Sarai which means ‘contentious’ to that of Sarah meaning ‘Princess’. I do not wish to go too deeply into the story of Abraham’s wife Sarah and Isaac as this does not form the basis of this book except to make the point here that ‘Almighty God’ (El Shaddai) made a covenant with Sarah’s son Isaac whilst still in Sarah’s womb and that Sarah or Princess was described in Genesis 17:16 as “The Mother of Nations; Kings of the people shall be of her”, which seems to give more than a simple hint to some kind of a Royal bloodline.


With regard to this girl Sarah who, legend has it, accompanied Mary Magdalene to France and one can only speculate as to why this apparent Egyptian slave girl should have been sainted. But it seems that Sarah was primarily venerated by the Roma and is still the patron saint of the Gypsy people and is known by them as Sara-la-Kali. Sara the Black, but this may also be an allusion to the Roma venerating the Indian God Kali, who is the Indian ‘Mother of Nations’. The centre of her cult is Saintes-Maries-de-la-mer in Southern France and close to the town of Arles where a cult of worshippers of Isis is supposed to have existed. Indeed in Roman times the area is also reputed to have been the centre of the worship of the Roman goddess Diana. Records of Sarah’s veneration in Southern France do not exist before 1800 but this may be due to her being allegedly a Gypsy and it must be remembered that the Holy Roman church stamped out with great ferocity any veneration not sanctioned by them. It is important to note that the Catholic Church has later decanonized Sarah. However this veneration seems to have come from the ordinary people and not the church and the church’s decanonization has had little effect on her veneration by ordinary people and she is celebrated every year at Saintes-Maries-de-la-mer and this veneration is tolerated by the Catholic priests of the area.


With this we are immediately brought back to Rennes le Chateau mystery and the further enigmas in the Aude Valley. As we’ve already discussed, in 1886 the Abbé Henri Boudet wrote his enigmatic book called La Vraie Langue Celtique et le Cromleck de Rennes les Bains in it he writes this:


"We have happiness to have in our regions, within one kilometre to the north of Limoux, a dedicated sanctuary to the Blessed Virgin, assiduously visited, and surrounded by a veneration which was never contradicted. Extremely brought closer the river banks of Aude with quiet water, and placed a slope dominating the valley, this sanctuary easily strikes the glance which is fixed with kindness on this blessed place, where the soft Mother of the Saviour distributes her consolations and her help to all the admirers of her Son running close to it to ask and beg. Supplications were never useless, and the exvoto suspended around the venerated image, testify enough to the joy and the recognition to the unfortunate who have obtained the requested favours.


The sanctuary is guarded by the children of Saint Vincent de Paul, the saint whose heart belonged to the orphans and unfortunates, and under the direction of these pious and wise missionaries, true inheritors of the virtues and the charity of their benevolent founder, the privileged temple saw a crowd, larger than ever, kneeling and praying in the sacred walls."


Within a little distance, to the top of the slope broadside of green trees leading to the sanctuary, a fountain drops drop by drop its limpid water in a basin of marble. With the help of large rains, the continuous water drop to fall with uniformity and times of great dryness do not tare it. The innumerable Christians who will pay homage to the Blessed Virgin, stop one moment with the fountain, and after having made a prayer, some drops of this water draw of which they wet their eyelids.


Why do they act thus? The majority are unaware of it; but the mother teaches with her sons, and those transmit to their children the pious practice of use with the fountain of Our Lady of Marceille. Thus the fountain is indicated; the old chroniclers, however, knew it under the name of fountain of Our-Lady of Marsilla. At the time of the occupation first of Gaules,"


Mary under the alter at Sauniere's church

Mary shown with a tear under the altar in Saunière's church.  

However here is a former altar that was in the Presbytery where Saunière was thought to have held his sermons whilst he was banned from using the church.

The presbytary layout

Notice clearly the two halves of a broken pillar immediately to the right of the skull.

These altar friezes of Saunière's  are compelling in their allegorical references.

You'll remember that the second Shepherdess parchment features a crude drawing.

Is this crude drawing surrounded by the word NOIS the 'Green Heart' cross featured in the frieze? The legend of the 'Green Heart' is purely a French story, it stems from the legend of her sarcophagus found in her supposed crypt at Saint-Maximin-la-Sainte-Baume. Bernardo Gui, Dominican grand inquisitor and ruthless slaughterer of the Cathars, found a sweet spicy fragrance coming from a tomb and on inspection found the remains of a woman with a Green Shoot emanating from her tongue. This unlikely tale is rich in allegorical significance. Was Gui led there by a Cathar under torture? Is this woman indeed 'The Daughter of Zion', the tower of the Flock (Migdal-Eder) as described by the Prophet Micah? One is reminded of the Abbey de Notre Dame du Mont de Sion described as the 'Mother of All Churches': who is the Notre Dame (Our Lady) here? Well some people say that this Abbey was occupied by a chapter of Augustine monks that had assumed the title of 'Sainte-Marie du Mont Syon et du Sainte-Esprit; Holy Mary of Sion and of the Holy Spirit. Since when has the Blessed Virgin been known as Holy Mary of Sion? This can only be referring to one person. 

Certainly the legend of Saint-Maximin-la-Sainte-Baume would have been known by Saunière and his parishioners, he would have ignored these legends at his peril.  Particularly when there is a church just north of Rennes le Chateau in the town of Limoux that is steeped in this legend and was referred to by the Abbé Boudet in his book La Vraie Langue Celtique et le Cromleck du Rennes-les-Bains. The church is called Notre Dame d'Marseilles; and also known as the Black Madonna of Limoux

The legend says that Mary Magdalene and others landed at Marseilles (Marsillia - Μασσαλία)

Painting of Mary Magdalene arriving at Marseilles by Bondone from 1320



Is THE MAGDALENE merely an allegory?



Location of the AMYGDALA in the human brain 

Shown in research to perform a primary role in the processing of memory and emotional reactions, the amygdalae are considered part of the limbic system.

The Amygdala is close to the PenielGland and appears to have some effect on it.Gland and appears to have some effect on it.


One of the most common features in the depiction of THE MAGDALENE is her hair.

In Astrology it is believed that female hair grows in harmony with the phases of the moon.

However this hair growth may be more linked to menstrual period which is in harmony with the phases of the moon.

 More to follow on the link between a woman's menstrual cycle and the phases on the moon.