The Real Tomb of God:
The Grail, The Ark, the Emerald Tablet,
and the Forgotten Father of Mankind
...continued


by, Tracy R. Twyman

In these few paragraphs, 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 is the Emerald Tablet, if it comes from this solar stone, green? Well, as we've 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 became the inheritors of those thrones. The descendants of the divine-human offspring became the lords over all the various kingdoms of the Earth, even unto this day, and the bloodline became known as the Grail Bloodline. This bloodline 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 the bone of Typhon, who were both descendants of Rhea, the goddess of the Earth, and writes:

"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 t as the Mother (or Father) of a particular race of man. There is even reference 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. Furtermore, this may explain the origin of Howard Buechner's conception of the Grail as an 'Emerald Cup.' The fantastic properties of the Black Sun also link 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 these electro-magnetic properties, and is also rumored to have contained the Emerald Tablet. Of course, gold is highly conductive, and the gold plating must have been instrumental in the function of the Ark as a machine. The Ark also had another purpose: the throne of Jehovah, who was said to be actually living in between the Cherubim. And yet, Olaf Jansen said that Jehovah's throne was seated in the midst of the Black Sun. Is it possible to synthesize the idea, set forth in Arktos: The Polar Myth by Joscelyn Godwin, 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 Jehovah was merely "talking to" his subjects, from his real throne inside the Earth, via an electromagnetic hologram communication, and that, as it was expressed in 'Raiders of the Lost Ark', it 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 ho the compass behaves when sailing over the poles, and perhaps, how it behaves as you go beyond the poles and 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?

Who knows. We do, however, find an interesting example of the "Two Grails" theory in Howard Buechner, for as the tale of Otto Rahn's discovery continues, all of these disparate elements are tied together quite nicely. Writes Howard Buechner:

"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. Waddell writes: "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, ot Tur (Ar-Thur) and engraved by his great-grandson King Udu of Kisk 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.

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. Instead, they sent the swashbuckling Otto Skorzensky, "Chief of Germany's Special Troops", who allegedly found it 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. It 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 entirely 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 Mystery of the Grail, 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 spinning around an axis is symbolic of the "central kingdom" of Agartha. The centralness of this kingdom represents equilibrium, and equality of opposing forces, especially male and female, 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, and is believed to be the same stone that Jacob was resting his head on when he saw a vision of a ladder to Heaven, with angels ascending and descending. (This is the Biblical passage from whence came the term, "This Place is Terrible", which is written on the outside of the church at Rennes-le-Chateau.) To Evola the "Grail Kingdom" represents "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, and which 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, and (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 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 Sun or "Holy Host" descending into a cup, which is 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 many traditions, the Stone that Fell From Heaven was originally a white stone. but became corrupted and turned black, in some versions, at the moment that Abel's blood hit the ground after being slain by his brother Cain. Such a story surrounds the Muslim Kaaba stone, for instance.

It is this corruption of the stone that is 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 expulsion from the Garden of Eden and the sinking of Atlantis, and 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 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, and that 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 also 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're 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 demi-urge. And of course, Jehovah, as "El Shaddai", was also the Lord of the Mountain. Moreover, as we 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 we've discussed so far were undoubtedly separate people in history, and were at one time the Kings of Atlantis, 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 rise from the ashes, and the proper universal balance shall be restored. In the meantime, the secret royal doctrine is kept alive b 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 ore 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 symbols of the Grail as a cup, as a bloodline, as a spiritual experience, a secret doctrine, and as a stone, even a tablet upon which secret characters are written and which may appear inside of a sacred vessel (such as the Ark of the Covenant), which itself becomes synonymous with the Grail - they all go together to form a complete whole. 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 10 Commandments. Oddly, it is according to the same tradition that we hear 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 by his mother, wishing 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 Nile. Later, all of the parts were rediscovered by Isis, except for the penis, which was substituted (like the substitution of the Lost Word in Freemasonry), and she then used his dead body to conceive the child Horus. Now 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 turns 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, who repopulated the post-diluvian world with stones called "The Bones of the Earth", and the fact that the Egyptians referred to loadstone as "The bone of Hareori", who was a son of Osiris. Is this not enough to indicate that the dead or sleeping lord that in so many legends lies beneath the Earth, under the seas, or inside 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? The Forgotten Father was also in many traditions buried with a magic stone (the stone that fell from Heaven, the Emerald Tablet, the loadstone that repopulated the Earth, etc.), which contained secret wisdom teachings, possessed strange electromagnetic properties, and was itself associated with the repopulation, as well as the vessel (the Grail or Ark) that carried it. Thus, all of these things: the stone/tablet, the ark/vessel, and the bloodline of the Forgotten Father all came eventually over time to be called the Grail, while in certain cultures, the myth of the dead but dreaming lord and his magnetic stone evolved into the Lord of the Earth and the Black Sun ruling over a subterranean kingdom. With this conclusion, it is easy to note that the word "Ark" is contained in "Arktos", the Great Bear constellation that marks the North Pole (as well, supposedly, as the entrance to the inner earth), and also in "Arcadia", the Greek term for paradise that pops up so frequently in the Grail researchers. And with this hypothesis, we can also understand why Rene d'Anjou and others chose to represent the secret doctrine of the Grail wisdom with an underground stream, as well as a tomb, and why Poussin chose to mark that tomb with the words "Et In Arcadia Ego." Thus we have found the real Tomb of God, and we need not pinpoint its specific location.

In conclusion, it is this author's finding that the various myths describing the Grail in multiple forms are all part of the same corpus, and that these various forms compliment rather than contradict one another. Moreover, the Grail legend is as old as history itself, and is integrally connected with the universal tale of a race of Gods who intermarried with mankind and passed their secret doctrine of hidden knowledge onto certain members of our race, but were thereafter imprisoned inside the Earth. An equally integral part of the myth is that these sleeping gods shall some day awake and their kingdom rise again, just as the rediscovery of the Grail shall bring an end to the Wasteland and restore rightful kingship, bringing with it a new Golden Age. Then again, their kingdom may already be here, and men do not see it, as Christ said in the Gospel of Thomas, being invisible to all but the elect. Thus it remains the responsibility of those who feel worthy to receive these secrets to reach out and grab them, for they remain the divine inheritance of all who are children of the Forgotten Father.

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