Sadly, according to Buechner, Rahn was not destined to discover his first Grail, the Emerald Cup. He died under mysterious circumstances before he was able to, some say with the complicity of the Nazi hierarchy. To replace him they sent the swashbuckling Otto Skorzensky, “Chief of Germany’s Special Troops”, who allegedly found the Grail with little difficulty on March 16, a day sacred to the Cathars.
Buechner relates the story in which “the local descendants of the Cathars” happened to be on top of the mountain celebrating some mystical rite when the S.S. helicopter came down to scoop up Otto Skorzensky and his treasure.
“At exactly high noon on March 16, 1944, a small German aircraft appeared. In flew over Montsegur several times, dipping its wings it salute. Then it used skywriting equipment and formed a huge Celtic cross in the sky. The Celtic Cross was a sacred emblem of the Cathars.”
The entirety of the treasure actually consisted of several things, including:
“Items which were believed to have come from the Temple of Solomon which included the gold plates and fragments of wood which had once made up the Ark of Moses…
Twelve stone tablets bearing pre-Runic inscriptions, which none of the experts were able to read… and a beautiful silvery cup with an emerald-like base made of what appeared to be jasper. Three gold plaques on the Cup were inscribed with cuneiform script in an ancient language.”
Much of this treasure, he writes, was,
“buried deep beneath the castle wall of Heinrich Himmler’s Grail fortress, Wewelsburg…. According to persistent rumors, at least part of the treasure was sent to the ‘Externsteine’, where it was sealed off in one of the many grottoes which pock-mark the great rock formation”
As to what happened to the Grail afterwards, Buechner relates that after a time spent at Wewelsburg in which it,
“is believed to have been exhibited to Himmler’s innermost circle of senior Knights of the Holy Lance on several occasions”, the cup was then removed, for safety reasons, and “was then carried by submarine (U-530) to Antarctica where it found repose in a cave of ice in the Muhlig Hoffman mountains.”
This cave thereafter became known as “the Emerald Cave.” And supposedly this cave lead into a secret tunnel that went all the way down into the inner Earth. A stone obelisk about one meter high and “made of polished black basalt” was placed at the entrance to this cave and bore the inscription:
“There are truly more things in heaven and ‘in’ Earth than man has dreamt. (Beyond this point is Agartha.)”
This was prepared by Professor Karl Hauhofer. Inside this obelisk was supposed to be placed the Emerald Cup itself.
But instead Hauhofer wrote a note onto a piece of parchment detailing the actual location of the Cup, and put that inside the obelisk instead. Perhaps the Cup itself was actually placed somewhere amongst the kingdoms of the Earth’s interior.
That the Grail should find its repose in the center of the earth is only fitting, considering the fact that, as I have previously argued, the Grail, especially in its form as a stone, has always traditionally resided there, and represented the same things that the inner Earth and its “central sun” represent. In Julius Evola’s The Mystery of the Grail, he argued that the Holy Grail is synonymous with the “Victory Stone” of the monarchs of this inner kingdom.
The Grail Castle, with its Grail King or “Fisher King”, is located in a supernatural world that is “in the midst of things”, yet invisible to all but the elect. According to many traditions, this is located on a “spinning island”, the white island of Avalon, which England (also called “Albion”, meaning “white”) has come to be associated with.
However, Evola equated the image of a spinning white island with the polar myth of the island of Thule, or with Atlantis, and the way it spins around on an axis is symbolic of the “central kingdom” of Agartha. The centrality of this kingdom represents equilibrium, and equality of opposing forces, especially male and female, or good and evil. It is the combination of these opposing forces that creates the “Elixir of Life”, the stone of the alchemists, which is equivalent to the Grail, and which represents the powers of both good and evil which are the property of the gods and their human offspring, the “Grail Kings.”
The stone is also a symbol of their rightful rule, like the Stone of Scone upon which English monarchs are coronated, which incidentally is also a stone that fell from Heaven. It is believed to be the same stone that Jacob was resting his head on when he saw a vision of a ladder to Heaven.(4)
To Evola, the “Grail kingdom” represented “the invisible regnum and the Supreme Center of the world“, the true and rightful rule of the true and rightful King of the World. This also equates with the symbols of Paradise or the Garden of Eden.
Knowing what we know about how the “gods” ruled as kings over an international government in the antediluvian age, and thereafter passed true kingship onto their human descendants, this Grail kingdom can be said to represent the Golden Age of their rule, prior to the Flood and the intermarriage of gods with human females.
The Grail itself, as the Stone of Heaven, represents the divine foundation upon which this kingdom is founded, the stone from Lucifer’s crown, which was given to man by rebellious angels.
This stone embodies,
(a) the principles of royal, solar and divine leadership
(b) the secret spiritual doctrine of equilibrium, or Hermetic alchemy, which was meant to be the exclusive property of the gods and their royal human inheritors
(c) the actual transmission of royal (and thus divine) genetic material in the form of a bloodline
In this aspect it can be seen as both the Grail cup (or the vessel/womb), and as the Stone (or blood) which is contained in that cup.
Incidentally, many representations of the Grail show a stone inside of a cup, which has evolved into the symbol of the Sun or “Holy Host” descending into a cup, a popular Catholic icon. Thus, is it not possible to see the Hollow Earth as such a vessel for the Grail stone in the form of the Black Sun?
In one tradition, the stone that fell from Heaven was originally a white stone, but became corrupted and turned black at the moment that Abel’s blood hit the ground after being slain by his brother Cain. This is the story surrounds the Muslim Kaaba stone.
It is this corruption of the Stone, symbolized by the Dolorous Stroke that in the Grail legends wounds the Fisher King, usually in the crotch or thighs. At this point the king loses the ability to properly perform his regal function (which is symbolized by his loss of virility, i.e., ability to pass on his royal blood), and the entire kingdom falls into a deathless sleep which is known as “the Wasteland.” This is analogous to the fall from the Garden of Eden and the sinking of Atlantis, which may represent an actual historical event, in addition to a symbolic principle.
The king thereafter must continue to nurse his festering wound, which will not heal, and can never die until the chosen knight comes to liberate him by learning the secrets of the Grail, and by taking up the mantle of kingship himself. His kingdom exists in a similar state of perpetual malaise, until the coming of a chosen hero, who will liberate the dying king and resume the proper function of kingship, thus bringing stability and equilibrium to the land.
Again, these are common themes in world mythology.
Most notably analogous to the story of the Fisher King is that of Kronos (Saturn), who, writes Evola,
“after having been the Lord of this earth, the King of the Golden Age, was dethroned and castrated (that is, deprived of the power to beget, to give life to new stock). He still lived on, though asleep, in a region located in the Far North, closer to the Arctic Sea, which was also called the Cronic Sea.”
Keeping this in mind, it is interesting to note that in many of the Grail romances, the Fisher King complains that his wounds become more painful when Kronos is dominant in the Heavens.
It is also noteworthy that Saturn is called “the Hidden One”, thus alluding perhaps to his seclusion inside of the Earth.
Many researchers have equated him with the prototype for Satan, given that he was horned, rebellious, and cast down into the Abyss (the Chronian Sea) to become Lord of the Underworld. Also note that, like Satan, he was called “the Lord of the Earth”, and that “Saturn” and “Satan” may be etymologically linked, as many have argued.
Furthermore, Saturn is also called “the Lord of the Mountain”, and so is Satan. And is that not what we are talking about when we speculate about a dead god being buried in Montsegur, or in the center of the Earth?
Interestingly, the phrase “Rex Mundi” appeared in the parchments that were found at Rennes-le-Chateau, and the Cathars accused the Catholic Church of secretly worshipping Rex Mundi in the form of Jehovah, the Earth’s creator, whom they regarded as an evil demiurge. And of course, Jehovah, as “El Shaddai”, was also the Lord of the Mountain.
Moreover, as I have previously noted, the “Black Sun” stage of alchemy is attributed to the powers of Saturn, where his “element” – sulfur – is mixed with the “element” of Hermes – mercury. Hermes, of course, was representative of the light-bearing aspects of Lucifer, whereas Saturn represented more of the “Dark Lord” aspects of what we would now call the Devil, as ruler over the Underworld and the Abyss.
While figures such as Hermes, Saturn, Hercules, and the others I have discussed so far were undoubtedly separate people in history, and were at one time god-kings, because they all had similar titles, attributes and teachings, and ruled over the same global empire, they have gotten blurred together in the mythic consciousness of legend.
Thus, the sleeping, half-dead gods who inhabit the subterranean tombs of Saturn, Satan, Hermes, Hercules, and even Christian Rosenkreutz (as an embodiment of Osiris, the solar god-king) could all mythically represent the same fallen kingdom, which, having lost the Grail and its mandate to rule, has occulted itself, gone underground, become invisible, or fallen asleep, until such time as the proper individual shall come along to liberate him/it.
Then the sunken kingdom shall rise, the dreaming lord shall awake, the phoenix emerge from the ashes, and the proper universal balance shall be restored. In the meantime, the secret royal doctrine is kept alive by the initiates/descendants of that sleeping god (the same doctrine that is written upon the Grail in its form as the Emerald Tablet, or Gorral).
It is in this light that Evola examines the myth of Christian Rosenkreutz, writing that,
“Having withdrawn into a cave which becomes his tomb, he wanted his tomb to be left alone until the right time came, namely, 120 years after his death.
Since Rosenkreutz allegedly died in 1484, the discovery of the cave and of his tomb occurred in 1604; This is more or less the time in which the Rosicrucian movement begins to be known and emerges in history, as if it literally sprang from beneath the ground.”
In light of what has been examined in this article, we can now understand all of the many forms that the Grail has taken in various myths, and the various interpretations, none of which are really at odds with the others.
Rather they all point to the same symbol of the primordial, perfect kingdom ruled over directly by the gods during a Golden Age, which has since fallen into a state of deathless sleep, and which is waiting to be restored via a chosen avatar who is of the very bloodline of the primordial (antediluvian) kings themselves.
The various symbols of the Grail all go together to form a complete whole – as a cup, as a bloodline, as a spiritual experience, as a secret doctrine, as a stone, and even as a tablet upon which secret characters are written.
This may even be found inside of a sacred vessel (such as the Ark of the Covenant), which itself becomes synonymous with the Grail. This may even give us an understanding of why the word “Ark” is used to describe both the vessel which carried Noah, and that in which Moses placed the Tablets of Testimony, which many believe to be the Emerald Tablet, not the Ten Commandments.
Oddly, it is according to the same tradition that we hear that the Emerald Tablet was given to Noah by Enoch prior to the Flood, and thus Noah’s Ark may have carried the Tablet as well. Herein lies the significance which I am about to point out: the Ark, which carries with it the Grail (in the form of the Emerald Tablet) also contained the seed of preserved life.
One will recall that Moses, one of the rumored possessors of the tablet, also had his own life preserved by a floating vessel, namely the basket of bulrushes in which he was placed upon the Nile river by his mother, who wished to save him from slaughter. This is based upon an older, similar story about the Babylonian King Sargon the Great, but it also brings to this author’s recollection the story of Osiris, who, after being murdered by his brother Set (an older version of the Cain and Abel story) was chopped up and dumped in that very same river.
Later, all of his parts were rediscovered by Isis, except for the penis, which was substituted by an artificial penis (like the substitution of the Lost Word in Freemasonry). She then used his dead body to conceive the child Horus. Evola sees in this post-mortem coitus a hidden reference to the repopulation of the Earth after the Flood. Does this explain why Kronos (another dead-but-not-really god who lost his penis in a fight) is referred to as “the Forgotten Father”?
The Fisher King in the Grail story, who, we now see, clearly represents Kronos, was also castrated by his brother (the evil Klingsor), and also turned out to be the ancestor (or “Forgotten Father”) of many of the characters in the story, though most of them were not aware of it (having forgotten).
One should also look again at the Greek myth of Deucalion. Is this not enough to indicate that the dead or sleeping lord who in so many legends lies beneath the Earth, under the seas, or inside of a mountain, was associated by our ancestors with the repopulation of the flood-drenched Earth – moreover that they saw him as their very ancestor, or at least, the ancestor of their royal and priestly castes?