And yet, there is a real, existing mountain in the south of France which is worthy of the title “Mountain of Abi-Genos”, and which is also rumored to house the Holy Grail. In fact, local legend says that the Grail has always been there, ever since a dove from Heaven descended upon the mountain, split it open with its beak, and dropped the Grail inside.
This is the mountain of Montsegur, which was the last Cathari stronghold defeated by the Albigensian Crusade. (This was the only crusade waged by Christiandom against people who were Christians themselves.)
The term “Cathar” was a catch-all term used by the Catholic Church for the numerous Gnostic Christian cults that proliferated across the Languedoc region of France during the Middle Ages. As they grew in numbers, they gradually became a threat to orthodox Christianity. Finally, in 1208, the Pope declared war on any Cathar who would not immediately repent and convert to the True Faith.
Most of the Cathars held to their convictions and many of the local townspeople protected them from the crusading soldiers, for the Cathars were seen by the general public to be eccentric but essentially good and moral people.
Even the famous crusaders, the Knights Templar, refused to fight in this battle, and some say they actually assisted the Cathars secretly. The term “Cathari” means “the Pure Ones”, as so they were also called Albigensians, purity being traditionally associated with the color white. Finally, the enemy was cornered, holed up in the mountain fortress of Montsegur, which eventually capitulated on March 1, 1244.
The Cathars were immediately put to death. The leader of the Crusades, Simon de Montfort, issued the now famous order, “Kill them all. God will know His own.”
Thus, the Albigensian Crusade has been called the first genocide in history. But the night before Montsegur fell, a group of Cathar knights disappeared over the walls with the so-called Cathar treasure of Holy Grail, which they deposited, according to rumor, inside one of the many caves in Montsegur.
Now fast forward to WWII, in which France is occupied by the Nazis, and a young German author, researcher and S.S. Lt. named Otto Rahn is sent by the Nazis to Southern France to look for the Holy Grail, which many in the Nazi hierarchy are eager to possess.
The Nazis, it will be recalled, also believed whole-heartedly in the theory of the Hollow Earth, and sent expeditions down to Antarctica looking for the entrance.
Furthermore, the Nazis had great admiration for the Cathars, especially their disciplined lifestyle, vegetarian diet, and sophisticated Gnostic theology. In fact, there were elements within the Nazi hierarchy who were hoping to resurrect the Cathar religion. So it was only natural that Otto Rahn would go looking for the Holy Grail at the place where the Cathars were said to have left it – Montsegur. He also knew that in the Grail romances of the Middle Ages, the Grail is said to reside in a castle at the top of Mount Salvat, which Rahn believed to be the same as Montsegur.
So he stayed for a number of years, off and on between 1928 and 1931, exploring the caves of Montsegur (below) and the tunnels of the surrounding Languedoc, even the village of Rennes-le-Chateau.
Interestingly, another group of people were also exploring Montsegur at this same time.
This group was known as the Polaires, a secret mystical society (influenced by Rosicrucian and Martinist teachings) that at one time included the author Rene Guenon, another believer in the inner Earth.
And what were they looking for at Montsegur? Why, none other than the tomb of Christian Rosenkreutz, which according to a local newspaper, they suspected to be in the nearby ruined castle of Lordat.
If this is not enough to conclude that the so-called Tomb of Christian Rosenkreutz was believed by these occultists to be the location of the Grail, this should tie up the loose ends. The information comes from a remarkable book by Col. Howard Buechner called Emerald Cup – Ark of Gold: The Quest of S.S. Lt. Otto Rahn of the Third Reich.
According to Buechner, Otto Rahn did discover something in the caves around Montsegur, just as Parzival had discovered the Holy Grail in a cave near Montsalvat.
Buechner says that Rahn found that the landscape paralleled exactly that of Mount Salvat in Wolfram von Eschenbach’s Parzival, and writes that,
“The grotto and certain other rock formations in the story bear the same names as those in a massive cave near Montsegur.”
It was the clues in this book which, according to Buechner, led him to make his first awesome discovery. Writes Buechner:
“He explored the grottoes of an area known as Sabarthez, notably the grottoes of Ornolac and the massive cavern of Lombrives. Here he found a huge chamber which was known to the local mountain people as the ‘Cathedral’ because it had served as a meeting place for the ancient Cathars. In the main hall was a great stalagmite known as the ‘Tomb of Hercules.’
In a third grotto, that of Fontenet, was a stalagmite which was white as snow. It was called the ‘Altar’…
Deep within the grottoes of the Sabarthez he found chambers in which the walls were covered with characteristic symbols of the Knights Templar, side by side with the well-known emblems of the Cathars… One very interesting image which had been carved into the stone wall of a grotto was clearly a drawing of a lance.
This depiction immediately suggested the bleeding lance which appears over and over again in Arthurian legends, and which is, of course, the Holy Lance which pierced the side of Christ at the crucifixion.”
The reference to the Tomb of Hercules is interesting because of the implication that a god is buried within the mountain, just as Rosenkreutz is buried within the mountain of Albi-genos.
Furthermore, Hercules, like Hermes, was another one of those “Luciferian” gods that went about spreading knowledge and civilization to men all over the world. Far from being the dumb jock that modern conceptions depict him to be, with the physique and mentality of a WWF wrestler, Hercules was actually very wise.
In fact, according to Ignatius Donnelly, he was one of the kings of Atlantis. Just as Hermes possessed a magic stone which fell from Heaven (3) which had strange electro-magnetic properties, and which has been associated with the Holy Grail, Hercules also possessed a heavenly stone, and a special golden cup that he carried it in!
As Ignatius Donnelly wrote in his book Atlantis – The Antediluvian World:
“The Magnet was called the ‘Stone of Hercules.’ Hercules was the patron deity of the Phoenicians. He was, as we have shown elsewhere, one of the Gods of Atlantis – probably one of its great kings and navigators…
Hercules, it was said, being once overpowered by the heat of the sun, drew his bow against that luminary: whereupon the god Phoebus, admiring his intrepidity, gave him a golden cup, with which he sailed over the ocean. This cup was the compass, which old writers have called Lapis Heracleus.
Pisander says Oceanus lent him the cup, but Lucian says it was a seashell. Tradition affirms that the magnet originally was not on a pivot, but set to float on water in a cup. Some even see a compass in the Golden Fleece of Argos, and in the oracular needle which Nero worshipped…
Hercules was, as we know, a god of Atlantis, and Oceanos, who lent the magnetic cup to Hercules, was the name by which the Greeks designated the Atlantic Ocean. And this may be the explanation of the recurrence of a cup in many antique paintings and statues. Hercules was also represented with a cup in his hand…
So oracular an object as this self-moving needle, always pointing to the north, would doubtless affect vividly the minds of the people, and appear in their works of art.
When Hercules left the coast of Europe to sail to the island of Erythea in the Atlantic, in the remote west, we are told, in Greek mythology, that he borrowed ‘the cup’ of Helios, in with which he was accustomed to sail every night.
Here we seem to have a reference to the magnetic cup used in night-sailing; and this is another proof that the use of the magnetic needle in sea voyages was associated with the Atlantean Gods.”
In this paragraph, Donnelley has therefore summed up an explanation for why the Holy Grail is associated with a stone, a cup, the Sun, and the Emerald Tablet.
We see also why the Grand Masters of the Priory of Sion, as “guardians of the Grail”, would have been called “Navigators”, as well as why the lodestone is sacred to the Freemasons, the inheritors of that tradition. What has not been explained is why the Grail is still associated with a bloodline, and why the Emerald Tablet, if it comes from this solar stone, is green. Well, as I have explained in other articles throughout this issue, these gods of Atlantis were the same as the ancient antediluvian kings in the records of the Sumerian, Egyptian and Indus Valley civilizations.
These “gods” intermarried with their subjects, and their divine-human offspring became lords over various kingdoms on Earth, this bloodline becoming known as the “Grail bloodline.” It became associated with the symbols of the stone and the cup, which were also used to symbolize the secret knowledge of this race, passed down to their descendants throughout the generations.
Furthermore, the electro-magnetic properties of the stone are associated with giving life to the inanimate.
Thus Donelly writes,
“We find that Ouranus, the first god of the people of Atlantis, devised Baetulia, contriving stones that moved as having life, which were supposed to fall from Heaven. These stones were probably magnetic loadstones; in other words, Ouranus, the first god of Atlantis, devised the Mariner’s compass.”
Furthermore, earlier in the same chapter Donelley says that the Egyptians referred to the lodestone as the bone of Hareori, and iron as the bone of Typhon.
Hareori and Typhon were both descendants of Rhea, the goddess of the Earth. He continues:
“Do we find in this curious designation of iron and loadstone as ‘bones of the descendants of the Earth’ an explanation of that otherwise inexplicable Greek legend about Deucalion ‘Throwing the bones of the Earth behind him, when instantly men rose from the ground, and the world was repeopled [i.e., after the Flood]?”
This may shed further light on certain legends concerning the Black Sun, which also has strange electro-magnetic properties, and is also conceived of by many who believe in it as being the mother (or father) of a particular race of man. There are even references to the “children of the Black Sun” as having unique sanguinary properties, meaning that their blood is literally made from the light of the Black Sun, which according to some is called “the Green Ray.”
Here we may find a connection to the color of the Emerald Tablet, made out of a hitherto mysterious material also said to possess such electro-magnetic properties. Furthermore, this may explain the origin of Howard Buechner’s conception of the Grail as an “Emerald Cup.” The fantastic properties of the Black Sun are linked closely with the Holy Grail, being able to entrance those who gaze upon it, and supply limitless sustenance for them.
And Hercules’s cup was made of gold, just as the Ark of the Covenant – which also had strange electro-magnetic properties, and is also rumored to have contained the Emerald Tablet – was plated with gold. Of course, gold is highly conductive, and the gold plating must have been instrumental in the functioning of the Ark as a machine. The Ark also had another purpose: it was the throne of Jehovah, who was said to be actually living in between the Cherubim.
Yet some have said that Jehovah’s throne is seated in the midst of the Black Sun.
- Is it possible to synthesize the prevalent idea that there are two “Grail stones” (one larger than the other), which keep in contact with each other via a magnetic link, with the concept that the Jehovah of the Bible, when using the Ark for communication, was merely talking to his subjects from his real throne inside the Earth, via an electromagnetic hologram communication?
- Could it be like in Raiders of the Lost Ark, where the Ark of the Covenant acted as “a radio for talking to God”?
- Is it possible that the Black Sun, the seat of Jehovah’s throne, is the larger Grail, whereas the Ark, a sacred gold-plated vessel containing the Tablet, is the smaller Grail?
Perhaps the ancients, after discovering the lodestone, conceived of the concept of the electromagnetic spectrum, and a ball of energy in the center of the Earth from whence it all issued. They may have even figured out how the compass behaves when sailing over the poles, and perhaps, how it behaves as you go beyond the poles into the world within. Is this what ancient man meant when he talked about sailing to the ends of the Earth, where the gods lived?
We do, however, find an interesting example of the “two Grails” theory in Howard Buechner’s book, for as the tale of Otto Rahn’s discovery continues, all of these disparate elements are tied together quite nicely.
“Rahn must have discovered something which caused him to espouse a strange theory. He came to the conclusion that the Emerald Cup was only one Holy Grail, while in fact there was another…
The second Grail, according to Rahn, was a Stone, or more specifically, a collection of stone tablets… on which was written the wisdom of the ages or the ultimate truth, but in a language that no one could decipher (the mountain covered with symbols?) …
In ancient times, the word ‘Gorr’ meant ‘Precious Stone’, and ‘Al’ meant ‘a splinter’ or ‘stylus’ with which to write. Hence came the contraction to Gorral or Graal, meaning Precious Engraved Stone.”
This parallels another ancient Sumerian myth which is written about in Egyptian Civilization: It’s Sumerian Origin and Real Chronology, by L.A. Waddell, which he equates with the myth of the Holy Grail.
“The earliest known specimen of historical Sumerian writing [is] the votive inscription on the trophy stone-bowl or ‘Holy Grail’ captured from the Serpent-Dragon worshippers by the first Sumerian King Zass, Ukusi, or Tur (Ar-Thur) and engraved by his great-grandson King Udu of Kish about 3245 B.C.”
This itself also corresponds nicely with Buechner’s description of the first Grail, the Emerald Cup, as having been inscribed with cuneiform (Sumerian writing) and handed down “by God” to Melchizidek – that biblical character who used it to serve wine to Abraham and who was undoubtedly one of the priest-kings of ancient Mesopotamia.