From Holy Blood Holy Grail by Michael Baigent, Richard Leigh, and
"Arcadia (paradise) features elsewhere in Rene (d'Anjou)'s work as
well. It is frequently denoted by a fountain or a tombstone, both of
which are associated with an underground stream. This stream is
equated with the river Alphaeus - the central river in the actual
geographical Arcadia in Greece, which flows underground and is said to
resurface again at the Fountain of Arethusa in Sicily. From the most
remote antiquity... the river Alpheus has been deemed sacred. Its very
name derives from the same root as the Greek word Alpha, meaning
'first' or 'source.'
For Rene the motif of an underground stream seems to have been
extremely rich in symbolic and allegorical resonances. Among other
things, it would appear to connote the 'underground' esoteric
of Pythagorean, Gnostic, Cabalistic, and Hermetic thought. But it
might also connote something more than a general corpus of teachings,
perhaps some very specific factual information - a 'secret' of some
sort transmitted in clandestine fashion from generation to generation.
And it might connote an unacknowleded and thus 'subterranean'
During the 16th century Arcadia and the 'underground stream' became a
prominent cultural fashion... The more we explored the matter, the more
apparent it became that something - a tradition of some sort, a
hierarchy of values or attitudes, perhaps a specific body of
- was constantly being intimated by the 'undeground stream.'"
This is that Holy Fount, of both clear and troubled waters, bubbling
under the surface, carrying with it the secret doctrine of the ancients.
These waters will spring forth from below starting February 12th, 2001.
In the meantime, Et in Arcadia Ego...
Tracy R. Twyman