Le Serpent Rouge
and the Rennes-le-Chateau
by, Tracy R. Twyman
Howard Buechner writes in Emerald Cup: Ark of Gold that King Dagobert II, whom he refers to as "Dragobert"
actually discovered the treasure at Montsegur, which, he says, was mixed in with the treasure of the
Visigothic King Alaric. He used some of the gold to finance his reconquest of the Merovingian throne.
"Dragobert seems to have become very well-informed about the hiding place of the Treasures of Alaric.
After a period of exile in Ireland and England, he settled in the remote village of Rennes-le-Chateau, in
the province of Languedoc. He was almost penniless at that time, but he had two things which were greatly
in his favor. Rennes-le-Chateau is located near Montsegur, in the very heart of the area where Solomon's
Treasure was believed to be concealed. In addition, he was fortunate enough to marry Giselle de Razes,
daughter of the Count of Razes and niece of the King of the Visigoths. The marriage took place in 671 and
was celebrated at the Church of St. Madeleine in Rennes-le-Chateau, which was to become the last stronghold
of the Visigoths. The shrine of Saint Madeleine stood on the site of the church which can be found there
today... No one knows if the Visigothic Princess Giselle knew the locations of the Treasure of Solomon, but
the fact is that Dragobert suddenly came into possession of a vast fortune. With it, he reclaimed his father's
throne and proclaimed himself king of the territory of Austrasia. He also financed the reconquest of
Aquitaine and brought this province back into the Merovingian empire... He continues to be associated with
the treasure of the Tomb of Hercules."
But why would it be necessary for Giselle to know the location of the treasure of Montsegur in order for
Dagobert to find it? It's certainly possible that she did, but it's also possible that he figured it out
himself. At the Church of Saint Madeleine at Rhedae in which they were married, he may have found evidence
that pointed him in the direction of Montsegur, where he found the treasure. It is this author's belief that
there are clues in the current church pointing in the direction of Montsegur, such as the painting which the
parish priest Berenger Sauniere himself made, which is placed over the altar where he originally found the
parchments. This shows Mary Magdalen (worshipped by her cult as a representative of Venus) kneeling inside
a cave in prayer and penance, in front of a skull and a wooden cross, which stands upright on its own and
oddly has a sprout growing out of it, as though it were actually a tree (a family tree?) The skull is a
common emblem, often associated with Magdalen, but could it not also in this context indicate that this
cave is in fact a tomb - the tomb that this author believes is concealed within Montsegur? That referred
to by locals as the Tomb of Hercules?
This possibility is further elucidated by a strange poem called Le Serpent Rouge. This was among the
"Priory Documents" which were deposited in the Parisian "Biblioteque Nationale" by the Priory of Sion
for the purpose of fostering inquiry into, or spreading rumors about Rennes-le-Chateau, the Merovingians,
and of course, the Priory of Sion itself. Le Serpent Rouge consists of a prose poem, 13 stanzas in length,
as well as a Merovingian genealogy, two maps of medieval France, and a map of the grounds of the seminary
of St. Sulpice. The authors are purported to be named "Louis Saint-Maxent, Pierre Feugere, and Gaston de
Koker", three men who, just days after the poem was deposited in the library, were found hanged without
explanation. Strange and frightening as this appears, these men may not have in fact been the authors,
for the poem does not appear to be the work of a committee, but rather a single quixotic mystic. This
author is willing to bet that the true author of the poem was Jean Cocteau, who may have even faked the
"Sauniere parchments" upon which the poem is based, and which many think are just another hoax of the
Priory of Sion. One only needs to read Cocteau's known work, or view his film Orpheus to recognize the
style of writing and the symbolism. Cocteau was clearly obsessed with the symbol of the Divine Horse, as
well as the pentagram, which he used in his personal signature. And of course, Jean Cocteau is recorded
as one of the Grand Masters of the Priory of Sion.
Knowing what we now know, it becomes possible to understand certain key phrases in this queer poem.
Let us now examine Le Serpent Rouge (as translated by David Wood in his book Geneset: Target Earth)
for its hidden meaning.
How strange are the manuscripts of this Friend...
Meaning the parchments found by Sauniere.
...great traveler of the unknown...
The unknown world beneath our feet.
...They come together as white light but for one who knows separately, they are the colors of the rainbow;
for the artist these six colors unite like magic in his palette and form black.
This is referring to the "centralness" and unity of opposites associated with both the Grail and the Inner
Earth, especially the unity of good and evil, symbolized by black and white. Keeping in mind the rainbow
reference, it is interesting to note that the subterranean city of Agartha is sometimes called "Rainbow City."
This friend, how would you know him? His name is a mystery...
This "friend" is clearly the dead but dreaming God buried in the mountain, whose true name, like that
of Jehovah, is unknown by mortal man.
...but his number is that of a famous seal.
That would be the Seal of Solomon, and the number of that seal is 6. This symbol is also associated in
ritual magick with the planet Saturn (Kronos, the Hidden One), while the number 6 is traditionally
associated with the Devil.
How can one describe him? Maybe like the pilot of the everlasting Ark of Noah...
That could also be referring to the 'Cup of Helios", the sun-boat piloted by Hercules, who is sometimes referred to as "Arkleus." This is likely, because Hercules is mentioned later in the poem, and the "Ark" is described as "everlasting", like "Sol Invictus" - the Invincible Sun.
...impassive like a pillar on his white rock looking beyond the black rock towards the south.
Here we have a reference to white and black rocks, just like the white and black Grail stones, and the "Noah" character is on the white rock, indicating the mountain that his Ark rested upon when the Flood subsided (called Ararat in the Bible.) And since this mountain is white, it can also be associated with the snow-capped mountain in the center of Avalon, Atlantis, Paradise, or, the mountain in the South of France that symbolically represents all of these, the "Mountain of Albi", Montsegur.
There is another, very interesting possibility that is raised by the reference to the "pilot of the everlasting Ark of Noah, impassive like a column on his white rock." We mentioned that this may actually refer to the Ark of Hercules, one of the kings of Atlantis. Is it not then possible that during the time in which France was submerged by the Deluge (as we have proven that it was), some of the survivors from Atlantis washed up on Montsegur, making it, to them as Mount Ararat was to Noah and his ark? Does this not explain its name, which literally means "Secure Mountain", and the reference to it in the Grail legends as the "Mountain of Salvation"? Noah is also, believe it or not, in some references associated with Enki/Poseidon, the Divine Father of the Merovingian bloodline. Is this one of the "hidden gods" buried in the mountain?
In my arduous search I was trying to hack a way with my sword through the dense vegetation of the woods.
I wanted to reach the place of the 'Sleeping Beauty' in which some poets can see the Queen
of a lost kingdom.
The "Sleeping Beauty" and "Queen" is clearly Lady Venus, also believed to be hibernating in a subterranean vault. And she was indeed a Queen during the Golden Age, just as Kronos was one of the Kings of Atlantis. That kingdom is now "lost", and it is that "lost kingdom" which the Priory of Sion wishes to revive.
Desperate to find the way I was aided by the parchments of my friend, they were for me like the thread of Ariadne.
The thread of Ariadne is what allowed Theseus to escape from the Labyrinth after slaying the Minotaur in Greek mythology. The "Minotaur", while symbolic, was also a real and historical person, one of the world-monarchs of the Golden Age, King Narmar, known as the "Wild Bull", from the same divine family as the "Quinotaur" that spawned the Merovingian race. The Labyrinth story represents the danger one can enter into while searching for the Grail in the center of things, and how one can get lost in the path.
Thanks to him, from now on with a watchful eye I could make steady progress.
This indicates the use of a map, or a specific set of instructions for finding this treasure, which the author seems indicate are located in the Sauniere parchments.
I can find the 64 scattered stones of the perfect cube...
This "perfect cube" must be the Grail stone.
...which the Brothers of the Beauty of the black wood had scattered when they fled from the white fort
while they were being pursued by the usurpers.
The brothers escaping the usurpers would most likely be the Cathars escaping the Crusaders, and the 'white fort' would be the castle on Montsegur. Also note that there is a woman whose grave, located on the grounds of the Church at Rennes-le-Chateau, is very important to the whole mystery, and whose name, "Marie de Blanchefort", means literally, "Marie of the White Fort."
Reassemble the scattered stones and, working with square and compass, put them back in order;
The Freemasons' most well-known emblem is the square and compass, and this reassembly of scattered stones indicates re-acquiring that which was lost , i.e., The Grail, the Lost Word of Freemasonry, which is the Hidden God's name, or the cornerstone of Solomon's Temple.
...find the line of the meridian in going from East to West, then looking from South to the North and
finally in all directions to find the looked-for solution. Station yourself in front of the fourteen stones
making a cross.
This indicates a person using a loadstone and other navigational techniques, along with mathematical clues, supplied most likely by the Sauniere parchments, to discover some landmark of stones marked with a cross which must exist somewhere in the region of Montsegur or Rennes-le-Chateau.
The circle is the ring and crown, and the crown forms the diadem of the Queen of the Castle.
The Queen is again, Venus, the "Castle" is the ruined fortress of Montsegur, and the "circle" which crowns her might be, in conjunction with the cross previously mentioned, a reference to the Celtic cross that the Nazis drew in the air above Montsegur.
The Mosaic tiles of this sacred place alternate black or white and Jesus, like Asmodeus observes their alignments.
This is the black and white chessboard tiling on the floor of the Church at Rennes-le-Chateau, which both the statues of Jesus and Asmodeus are staring down on, their stares almost in perfect alignment.
I seem incapable of seeing the summit of the secret place of the Sleeping Beauty.
Again, the Goddess buried within Montsegur.
Not being Hercules with magical power, how do I solve the mysterious symbols engraved by the witnesses of
This is a reference to the cave known as the Tomb of Hercules found by Otto Rahn, which was covered with Templar symbols. This brings to mind also the fact that the walls of Rosenkreutz's tomb was also covered with strange symbols.
In the sanctuary however, is the font, fountain of love of those who believe, reminding us of these words: 'By this sign you will conquer.'
The holy water stoup at Rennes-le-Chateau is marked with the phrase, "By this sign you shall conquer." This phrase was used by Constantine and he was referring to a cross very similar to the aforementioned Celtic one.
I am aware of the scent of the perfume which impregnates the sepulcher of the one I must release. Long ago her name was Isis, Queen of the benevolent springs, "Come to me all you who labor and are heavy-laden, and I will give you rest.' Others knew her as Magdalen with the celebrated vase full of healing balm. The initiates know her to be Notre Dame des Cross.
Here again the author associates the Sleeping Venus with Mary Magdalen, and her vase full of balm which has also been associated with the Holy Grail. The use of the term "Notre Dame Des Cross" again associates her with that Celtic cross atop Montsegur. Also, Venus was one of the Queens of Atlantis, which was symbolized with a equilateral cross within a Circle.
I was like the shepherds of the celebrated painter Poussin puzzled by the enigma of 'Et in Arcadia Ego.'
This is a reference to Nicholas Poussin's painting, The Shepherds of Arcadia, which has been proven to represent a tomb that was once in the vicinity of Rennes-le-Chateau, and which was mentioned in the Sauniere parchments. The Antediluvian Kings of Atlantis, Sumer, Egypt and India were called "Shepherds.' Arcadia, as he have mentioned, is the paradise that many believe lies beneath the Earth.
Would the voice of the blood form an image of our ancestral past? Yes, a light of inspiration floods my mind; now I understand. I know now the fabulous secret...
The author is reading into his genetic memory to understand the secret, indicating that it has something to do with a bloodline.
...and what is more amazing is that when the four knights moved, one of the horses left four hoof-prints in the rock.
Horses are a symbol of Poseidon, the Quinotaur, as well as World Monarchy, and the "Horse of God" was mentioned in the Sauniere parchments. These "Four horsemen" are also reminiscent of the Apocalypse.
Here is the sign which Delecroix has given in one of the three paintings in the Chapel of Angels. There is the seventh sentence which a hand has traced: "Deliver me out of the mire, and let me not sink. Two times I.S., embalming and embalmed. Miraculous vessel of the eternal White Lady of Legends.
"Two times IS" is, of course, Isis, or Venus, or Magdalen. Here, her vase is associated with the embalming of corpses, both her own and someone else's, perhaps, the God who is buried with her. "Deliver me out of the mire" is perhaps a prayer from Noah (or Hercules) to God, asking him to save him from the Flood, to keep him from sinking into the mud that was swallowing up creation all around him.
I began my journey in shadows and completed it in the light.
Another reference to the opposing but equal powers of Good and Evil.
At the window of the ruined house I look across the trees denuded by Autumn.
The "ruined house" is the ruined fortress on top of Montsegur, or perhaps the home of Marie de Blanchfort, which sits right next to the church at Rennes-le-Chateau.
At the summit of the mountain, the cross stood out from the crest of the midday sun. It was the fourteenth and highest of all with 35 centimeters!
This must be a reference to some point at the summit of Montsegur, which was marked with a cross by the Nazis, something that is situated specifically to catch the light of the midday sun. "Midday" is an important time to Freemasons and other mystery schools. It is the moment when Hiram Abiff (representing the dead, hidden God) was murdered, and it is interesting to note that some believe that Hiram, just like Osiris, Kronos, and the Fisher King (also wounded at noon) was castrated by his attacker. Dagobert II, to whom this treasure is said to belong, was also murdered at midday, and midday is mentioned specifically in the Sauniere parchments. The number 14 is a reiteration of the "14 stones marked with cross" mentioned previously.
Here, then, is my knight's tower on the circuit of the divine horseman of the abyss.
This "Divine Horseman" is undoubtedly a reference to the "Horse of God" mentioned in the Sauniere parchments.
Also, the horse, as I've said, was associated with Poseidon, the Sea-God that spawned the Merovingians, and
were sacrificed at the assumption of a world-monarch to his throne. When Boyd Rice and I visited
Rennes-le-Chateau, the queer hotel we stayed in was laden with statues and paintings of horses, especially
just the head, and real live horses were running around in the yard. There was also lots of water and
sea imagery, as well as physical evidence of the area having been underwater, in the form of seashells
embedded into monolithic rocks. It is worth noting that a severed horse head was found in the tomb
of Merovingian King Clovis I, and the book Le Serpent Rouge itself features an illustration
depicting a horse head that juts out of screen left, hovering inches away from a pitcher full of
water that is being poured out in front of it, as if to say: "You can lead a horse to water, but you
can't make him drink." As previously mentioned, Jean Cocteau, the suspected author of this poem,
used divine horse imagery in many of his films, and one of his closest friends, Maya Deren, made
an experimental film called "The Divine Horsemen."
There is a celestial vision for the one who recalls the four tasks of E. M. Signol around the line of the meridian; the same Choir (heart) of the sanctuary from which radiates the source of love for one another.
This author believes that this is an instruction for those using this poem as a treasure map to make use of a magnetometer in order to find the treasure, the lines of magnetism being described as "love." The Meridian referred to is the Paris Meridian, which was the first marker of longitude in Europe, but was replaced by the Greenwich, England meridian in 1884. However, the French clung doggedly to the old meridian until relatively recently. Emile Signol was a painter who produced four paintings of this Meridian line, as well as a portrait of Dagobert II, which are now on display in the St. Sulpice church in Paris.
I turn looking at the rose of P then to that of the S. Then from the S to the P until my mind is dizzy.
The rose is the "hidden sun" that lights the tomb (as in the tomb of Christian Rosenkreutz), as well as the rose of the rose-cross symbol. The P and S are the Priory of Sion, which calls itself the "Order of the true Rose-Cross."
The spiral in my mind becomes like a monstrous octopus expelling its ink, the shadows absorb the light.
The tomb of Marie de Blanchefort, which in its inscription reveals the coded words "Et in Arcadia Ego", also has the figure of an octopus etched down at the bottom. The octopus has been used previously as a symbol of insidious global conspiracy, like that being hatched by the Priory of Sion.
I put my hand to my mouth, biting my palm...
This is the Masonic "Sign of Horror", made by raising the hand over the mouth and biting the palm.
...maybe like Olier in his coffin.
Jean-Jacques Olier was the founder of the Seminary of Saint-Sulpice, which was the headquarters of the Compagnie du Saint-Sacrament, a front organization for the Priory of Sion that was responsible for the Fronde, a failed attempt to prevent Louis XIV from assuming the throne. Olier was a member of this organization as well. Louis XIV, "The Sun King" was later beheaded in the French Revolution by people claiming to be avenging Jacques de Molay, the executed Grand Master of the Knights Templar. "Olier in his coffin" may just be a reinforcement of the image of the dead god entombed in the mountain and the involvement of the Priory of Sion in his mysteries.
Curses, I know the truth, he has passed, in doing good as did he of the flowery tomb.
"He has passed" is reminiscent of the phrase "He is There Dead" from the Sauniere parchments. The "Flowery Tomb" is like the Sprig of Acacia that grew out of Hiram Abiff's shallow grave, indicating that hopes springs eternal, and that he shall rise again.
But how many have pillaged the house, leaving only embalmed corpses and a number of metal things they could not carry? What strange mystery is concealed in the new Temple of Solomon, built by the children of St. Vincent?
This is clearly a reference to the sacking of Solomon's Temple (which happened three times), and interestingly, it implies that corpses were taken out of the Temple as well as the Ark and other Temple treasures. These must be the dead 'gods' and treasure that is buried within Montsegur. This is followed by a reference to the rebuilding of Solomon's Temple, one of the symbolic goals of modern Freemasons, indicating the creation of a world empire, and a pre-requisite, according to the Bible, of the coming of the Anti-Christ. The significance of the "Children of Saint Vincent" I am not sure of, but it may be quite simple, since "Vincent" means "The Victorious One", indicating a triumph over death, and perhaps success in rebuilding the world empire of the gods.
Cursing the profane in their ashes and those who follow their ways; returning from the darkness while making the gesture of horror at the abyss into which I had plunged.
Another reference to the Masonic Sign of Horror, and an "Abyss", or massive cave underneath Montsegur, which may lead deep inside the Earth.
Here is the proof that I knew the secret of the Seal of Solomon and I had visited the secret places of this queen.
Another reference to the 6-pointed Star of Saturn and a Queen (Venus) buried in the hidden caverns of the mountain.
Take heed, my friend. Do not add or take away one iota; think and think again.
Indicating that clues are hidden in the precise wording of this poem, which you will understand more clearly every time you examine it.
The base lead of my words may contain the purest gold.
Indicating that the poem contains the secrets of alchemy, that is, turning base metals into gold.
Returning again to the white hill...
The white hill is Montsegur.
...the sky opens its floodgates.
The "Floodgates" of the Firmament of Heaven were opened to let loose the Flood of Noah previously mentioned in the poem.
Close to me a presence, its feet in the water, like one who has just received the mark of baptism.
Following the flood reference, here comes another reference to water, especially baptism, i.e., cleansing the Earth via the Flood. It could also be a reference somehow to Christ's baptism by John the Baptist (patron saint of Freemasonry), and to the Jean Cocteau mural of the crucifixion that reveals only the feet of Christ. It was those very feet which were said to have walked on water, something that occurs repeatedly with characters in the Grail romances as well.
I turn away again to the east, facing me I see unwinding endlessly by his coils, the enormous red serpent mentioned in the documents, rigid and bitter, the huge, unleashed beast at the foot of the white mountain beast becomes scarlet with anger.
The red serpent, as this author sees it, represents several things. For one thing, it is a symbol similar to the aforementioned octopus, signifying a global conspiracy, and a plan, even a bloodline that spans generations, unfolding throughout the centuries like a snake uncoiling. The serpent also represents Lucifer, one of the antecedents of the Grail dynasty, and as "The enormous red serpent" it is also linked with Leviathan and the Beast of the Apocalypse. The combination of the red snake with the white mountain indicates the relationship between this family conspiracy and the "Mountain", which is the "Rock of Sion", or foundation stone of their dynasty. There is also a relationship implied between them and the dead god/s buried within. It could further represent the combination of red and white tinctures that created the "Grail" in sexual alchemy, that is, the combination of male and female fluids. Similar analogies are made in chemical alchemy. The reference to the snake being "bitter" reinforces his association with the sulphurous (or Saturnian) element in alchemy.
My emotions are elated - deliver me out of the mire - immediately I woke up, my dream is over. I meant to tell you that it was a dream I had on this January 17, the day of Saint Sulpice, but the nightmare persisted.
January 17 is a date that recurs frequently in this Rennes-le-Chateau mystery. It is the day Marie de Blanchefort is recorded to have died, and the date on which Berenger Sauniere fell ill with a stroke, from which he died five days later. Its also the date on which Nicholas Flamel, one of the Grand Masters of the Priory of Sion, is recorded to have successfully completed his first alchemical transformation of base metal into gold. And as the Feast Day of St. Sulpice, it is undoubtedly important to the Priory of Sion, which took headquarters in the Seminary of St. Sulpice for some time. It is also the day of the Festival of Felicitas, the Roman goddess of good luck.
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