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The Eternal Symbol of the Holy Grail.

The Mystery of Rennes-le-Chateau.
Priory of Sion and the Knights Templar: OLE's Historic Predecessors.
The Merovingians: Fruit of the Davidic Vine.
Blood Royale: The Holy Dynasty of the Merovingians.
King Dagobert II - Mascot of the OLE.
Lapsit Exillis - The Stone That Fell From Heaven.
Cain: The Forgotten Father.
The Cross of Lorraine - By This Sign You Shall Conquer.
The Eternal Symbol of the Holy Grail.
The Arcadian Mystique: Rebirth of the Golden Age.

It is the position of the authors of Holy Blood, Holy Grail that the Sangreal , or Holy Grail , as described in the stories that emerged from the courts of Europe in the early part of this millennium, is actually a veiled reference to the bloodline of David, a play on the words Sang real , meaning royal blood. In the Grail stories of the Middle Ages, the custodians of the Grail are the Grail family , headed by the Fisher King. They trace their lineage back to Joseph of Arimathea, who, along with Mary Magdalene, was supposed to have brought the Grail (often a cup filled with the blood of Jesus) from Jerusalem after the crucifixion. The Grail family, in the Grail stories, is romanticized as being chosen directly by God to guard the Grail, just as King David was chosen by God to rule over the Kingdom of Judah, and one of its members, Sir Galahad, is described as a scion of the House of David. Galahad is traditionally to be the grandfather of a real-life character, Godfroi de Bouillon, who lead the 1st Crusade and in 1118 founded, as we shall soon relate, the Order of Sion, an organization dedicated to bringing back the lost Merovingian dynasty, and their supposed military wing, the Knights Templar. The Grail guardians are described in the romances specifically as Templars, and the Knights Templars were also at that time very influential in the French royal courts that commissioned most of the romances, so it’s possible that they might have had an indirect effect on the contents of the stories. As if that weren’t enough to establish the link between the Holy Grail and royal blood, Wolfram von Eschenbach states explicitly in the Grail romance Parzival that the Grail is the source of kingship. And if anywhere a land loses its lord, if the people there acknowledge the Hand of God, and seek a new lord, they are granted one from the company of the Grail. However, there are many different versions of the Grail myth, and many different interpretations of what the Holy Grail actually was. All of these interpretations, instead of conflicting with one another, actually fit together to form a pattern, revealing that the Holy Grail is not merely a single object, but a network of related traditions as old as history itself.

A Stone
In Eschenbach’s Parzival, the Grail is a magic stone that could create stuff out of nothing, bring the dead back to life and cause those who looked upon it to never age another day. It also communicated. Written messages would appear on its surface detailing the names and lineages of those chosen to seek the Grail, and Parzival actually talked to it. It is called lapsit exillis , which some scholars consider to be a corruption of lapis excaelis - stone from the heavens. Indeed, in the story it states that angels had left it on earth and then rose high above the stars, as if their innocence drew them back. There are also versions of the story where these are described specifically as fallen angels , at as neutral angels who had refused to take sides during the Biblical War in Heaven.

The Grail is sometimes identified as the stone of light knocked from Lucifer’s crown during the War in Heaven. It supposedly made its way into human hands at some point, and some have suggested that it might be analogous to the crystal capstone which was once used to top off the Great Pyramid. Certainly it makes sense to think of the Grail as a crystal, since crystals have been associated throughout history with a number of fantastic phenomena, believed to possess electromagnetic properties capable of healing and facilitating psychic communication. Others have claimed that the stone from Lucifer’s crown was actually a meteorite, perhaps the one revered by the Muslims at the Dome of the Rock in Jerusalem, a sacred black stone which they believe fell from Heaven as well. In fact, the Koran says that Muhammad stood upon this stone when he was taken to Heaven on a "ladder of light" by the Angel Gabriel. Of course, meteorites also have strong magnetic properties. One cannot help but be reminded of the Monolith in Arthur C. Clarke’s 2001, a black rock with amazing magnetic properties anonymously donated by a superior race at bestows magical powers upon those who are affected by it.

Another candidate for the Grail as stone is the Emerald Tablet of Hermes, a slab of crystal engraved with ancient wisdom by the Greek god of writing. The stone upon which it is written supposedly fell from Heaven , and the wisdom it contains is alchemical in nature, detailing a ten-step process, both chemical and spiritual, that results in the creation of the Philosopher’s Stone. Also called the Elixir of Life, this bestows enlightenment and immortality upon those who partake of it. It is symbolized in alchemy by the Sun, and in equated with the Grail. Another alchemical symbol, which will assume greater importance later on, is that of the Black Sun. This emblem, symbolic of one of the early stages in the alchemical process, was embraced by, among others, the inner hierarchy of the Nazi party. They believed that a black sun literally did exist, residing in the center of the Earth, which they believed was hollow and populated by the ancestors of the Aryan race. We will delve into this much deeper later on.

As we've mentioned, the stone from Heaven upon which all of this alchemical wisdom was purportedly engraved is often specified as the stone from Lucifer’s crown. In these versions, Hermes is equated with the Biblical prophet Enoch, and is said to have passed the Tablet on to his son Noah, who took it with him on board the Ark. The Tablet is now said to be entombed with Hermes in a subterranean vault, located, amazingly, in the center of the Earth , and lit by an inner sun.

A Cup
As previously mentioned, the Grail is traditionally thought of as the cup that caught Jesus Christ’s blood as it dribbled out of the stab wound Longinus had given him while he hung on the cross. This legend was started by Chretien de Troyes’ Perceval, written in 1182. It is also said to be the cup used by Christ at the Last Supper. One popular candidate for this artifact is a crumbling hunk of olive wood which rests at the Nanteos Mansion in Glastonbury, supposedly brought there by Joseph of Arimathea. (Richard Wagner visited the mansion once and there conceived the idea for his opera Parsifal.) But there are many other stories surrounding the Grail cup. Some have said that this is the same cup used by the priest Melchizedek to serve Abraham bread and wine on Mt. Moriah. From the Grail cup, sometimes described more as a bowl or a serving dish, one could obtain whatever kind of food one wished, in limitless abundance, and in this way its legend is obviously based on ancient Celtic myths about Bran the Blessed’s cauldron of rebirth and the magical Horn of Plenty. This accords with earlier prototypes of the Grail story from Mesopotamian cultures that refer to a mystical cup of call , or Vessel of God - one which, coincidentally, is covered with sacred writing. The word grail is said by some scholars to come from the Old French word gradale , a dish used to serve successive courses in a meal, but we have discussed in a later chapter how this word could have a much older antiquity. When not filled with blood or food made from thin air, the Grail was empty, and its emptiness was heavily stressed, perhaps because emptiness is the supreme state of being and enlightenment - the annihilation of the ego.

Mystical Union
This brings us to another point of view on the Grail: a spiritual experience. It is described as the most worthy thing that one can seek, and those who embark upon the quest for the Grail must be completely pure of heart. One does not merely find the Grail, one achieves it, and at that point is initiated into its secrets. Just seeing it causes an overwhelming, trance-like state of awe and reverence, and the experience causes a complete transformation of the soul. Upon a green achmardi she bore the consummation of heart’s desire , writes Eschenbach, its root and its blossoming - a thing called The Gral, paradisal, transcending all earthly perfection! In the story of Parzival the Grail has been lost, causing a state of infertility called The Wasteland. The Fisher King, Parzival’s uncle, is wounded in the crotch, and the festering sore, along with The Wasteland, cannot be cured until the Grail is found - an obvious metaphor for redemption. This is the redemption that, mystics relate, occurs when one’s polarities (male/female, light/dark, etc.) are aligned, equalized, and transcended, creating a feeling of sublime nothingness that leaves on receptive to divine influence. It is union with God, the Great Void, the state of Samadhi that is the goal of yogic meditation. It is written that In Samadhi the Many and the One are united in a union of Existence with Non-existence , and that’s exactly what’s being alluded to in the Grail myths.

Bodily Secretions
Famed magician Aleister Crowley had quite a different take on the meaning of the Grail. Noted for his work in the field of sex magick, he combined Tantric theory learned in India with methodology learned in the German Ordo Templi Orientis. He believed that sex performed ritually could result in transcendence of the ego and union with the Godhead. This was possible if one was in conversation with the Holy Guardian Angel at the moment of orgasm, and the process for reaching that state is detailed in The Book of the Unveiling of the Sangrääl. Afterwards, all fluids created during sex must be consumed in full, so as to retain their potency (in the same way that Tantrics retain their semen so as to prevent a loss of energy). He referred to semen as red tincture, vaginal secretions as white tincture , and the mix of the two, the Elixir of Life. He also called it significantly, the Magnum Opus or Philosopher s Stone. The holy vessel (vagina) from which one drinks the Elixir of Life he called the Sangrääl. This is an important connection, because according to our research, sex magick appears to have been part of a long-standing tradition in which many members of the Grail family and their close associates participated. Interestingly, when Crowley wrote about his own sex magick rituals he referred to himself as The Great Beast and his consort as Babylon the Great. I am reminded of a passage in St. John’s Revelation describing her thusly:

And the woman was arrayed in purple and scarlet color, and decked with gold and precious stones and pearls, having a golden cup in her hand full of abominations and filthiness of her fornication
(Revelation, 7:4-5).

Does that golden cup symbolize the same idea as the Holy Grail. As we were soon to find out, the concept of a Scarlet Woman is directly related to both the practice of sex magic and the Holy Grail tradition, so the answer to that question is an unmistakable Yes.

The Ark
In his book The Sign and the Seal, Graham Hancock argues that the Grail might have actually been the Ark of the Covenant, that revered Judaic relic designed by Yahweh and built by the Israelites to absolute geometric perfection. This was the 1 cubit x 1 cubit x 2 cubit wooden cedar box into which Moses placed the Tablets of the Testimony: tablets of stone engraved by the Finger of God (Exodus 31:18). It was overlaid with the purest of gold, one of the most electrically conductive elements known to man, and crowned with two mysterious winged objects called cherubim who each had two faces, of a lion and eagle, a man and an ox, respectively. Between their outstretched wings stood the Mercy Seat, where the priest could sit and literally talk to God. In fact, God was referred to as actually living in the Ark. The Lord reigneth; let the people tremble: he sitteth between the cherubim; let the earth be moved. (Psalm 99.) The prophet Samuel was said to have seen and conversed with a form , which he took to be God, in the vicinity of the Ark. Later, King Solomon had a temple built for it, in which he used the Ark to conjure up not only Yahweh, but a host false gods and demons, angels and archangels. The Ark smote those who touched it, move objects at will and produced manna for the Israelites to eat while they were starving in the desert - all attributes shared by the Grail. The Ark had to be obscured by a veil at all times lest those who looked upon be killed, and, only the sons of the High Priest Aaron were allowed to actually see it, protected by a breastplate of judgment made from gold and precious stones.

Graham Hancock bases his argument on the fact that the Knights Templar, Guardians of the Grail according to tradition, were known to have excavated a treasure from the caverns underneath Solomon’s Temple which made them extremely rich and powerful. They were rumored to have taken this treasure to the mountain of Montsegur in the Languedoc region of the France, which was the prototype for the setting of most of the Grail romances, Munsalvaesche. (It is also quite close to the Rennes-le-Chateau, which is the location of the village church, dedicated to Mary Magdalen, where those mysterious parchments were found.

Each of these possibilities is equally intriguing, but we eventually came to the conclusion that they may all be correct, and that the Grail is really a combination of all of the above, each providing a piece of the puzzle known as the Grail mystery.