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Emerald Cup - Ark of Gold:
The Qust of S.S. Lt. Otto Rahn of the Third Reich

by Col. Howard Buechner
A self-published opus from a former American serviceman in WWII, Emerald Cup presents never-before-aired theories regarding the cup that was used by Christ at the Last Supper - The Holy Grail, or what Buechner calls “The Emerald Cup” because of its purported hue. According to Buechner, this is the same cup that was used by Melchizedek when he shared bread and wine with Abraham, the “Cup of El” which, he claims, was inscribed with messages in cuneiform, the alphabet of Ancient Sumer. For a while it became part of the accouterments of the Temple of Solomon, and then later, by a freak accident, ended up in the hands of Christ, while on a business trip to Britain with Joseph of Arimathea, to whom he was apprenticed. Says Buechner, Christ decided to stay there for several years, founding his first ministry there, at Glastonbury Tor. Later the cup ended up with the Templars, and then the Cathars, who hide it inside a cave with Montsegur. There it was discovered by S.S. Lt. Otto Rahn, hired by the Nazis to research the Grail lore, and was then recovered by Otto Skorzensky, another Nazi hire. It was then passed on to Himmler, who had it hidden in a secret place, with a clue telling of the location hidden itself within a cavern leading to - get this - the entrance to an underground world called Agartha that can be accessed from the South Pole. Although this yarn is interesting, it is, for the most part, merely asserted, with little or often no evidence proffered to back it up. One has no idea where he got this information, until the very last chapter, where he claims to have been told this stuff by an unidentified informant while liberating a concentration camp after the war. Yet the ideas are so wild and in some cases, ties up so many loose ends, I love it!
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The Mystery of the Grail:
Initiation and Magic in the Quest for the Spirit

by Julius Evola
Originally composed as an appendix to the first edition of his 1934 book Revolt Against the Modern World, this is one of the most comprehensive and compelling studies of the Grail myth ever written, by one of the 20th century’s most brilliant intellects. I dare say, Evola is probably the first scholar to truly grasp the meaning of the Grail symbol in all its multi-faceted aspects, to truly "pierce through the veil" of clouded allegory and expose the bare, naked Grail for what it is: a symbol of mystical initiation, of spiritual as well as temporal power, of a sacred royal bloodline of kings stretching back into antediluvian times, of a Utopian kingdom from a distant Golden Age rising from death to be born anew. He was one of the first to recognize the essential Grail in a number of symbols not specifically called the Grail: not only in the cup of Christ, but in other sacred cups and bowls from various cultures throughout history; in the various stones that are said to have fallen from Heaven, to have been the foundation stone of a sacred temple, the coronation stone of a royal house, or the stone that resides at the center of the Earth, as well as the numerous mythological stone tablets engraved with precious wisdom, such as the Emerald Tablet of Hermes. Evola was one of the first to connect the Grail with the symbolism of the Pole Star, the Black Sun, and the World Mountain at the center of the Earth, the abode of the mythic "Lord of the Earth" who directs the affairs of mankind. Furthermore, Evola was also one of the first to honestly discuss the essential Luciferian, Promethean and Titanic nature of the Grail symbol, with an inseparable connection to the fallen angels or gods - called the Nephilim, the Titans, the Watchers, the Anakim, the Tuatha de Danaan, etc., depending on the culture - who are said to have defied the father-god and rebelled, mating with human females and creating a race of human kings with divine blood whose symbol was the Grail. Evola rightly connects the Grail with this royal bloodline, and their earthly ambitions. As a mountain that reaches up to Heaven, or as a stone that descends from Heaven, the Grail symbolizes a mixing of the elements of Heaven and Earth, god and human, and of the lofty goals of this royal bloodline, which strives towards Heaven, strives to be god-like. He shows that these myths are connected to the tale of the World King, like Kronos, or Satan, buried at the center of the Earth, who is not dead but asleep, and will one day return to the surface to resurrect his kingdom. This is the Golden Age of the past, the kingdom of Atlantis, which, having fallen, will yet come again in a Golden future. And while Evola accedes to the fact that the "Grail bloodline" includes Biblical patriarchs such as David and Solomon, and was brought to Europe by Joseph of Arimathea, he tells us that the Grail is the most powerful symbol of Western European civilization, and its ambitions for the future. Writes Evola:

"The Grail is a symbolic expression of hope and the will of specific ruling classes of the Middle Ages... who wanted to reorganize and reunite the entire Western world as it was at that time into a Holy Empire, that is, one based on a transcendental, spiritual basis."

As a fellow Grail researcher, I can only agree. I would add, however, that this ambition is still alive today in the hearts of the members of the Grail family that still survives, and those that serve them in organizations such as the Priory of Zion.

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The Sign and the Seal:
The Quest for the Lost Ark of the Covenant

Graham Hancock
An extremely interesting account of the history and legends surrounding this most mysterious Judaic artifact, including much evidence that it was stationed in Ethiopia for a while, and that it is related to the Holy Grail. Relies heavily on information already revealed by Erich von Danniken without providing credit to him. Oh well.
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The Grail Legend
by Emma Jung and Marie-Louise von Franz
Based largely on her husband Carl Jung’s book on Grail and fish symbolism, Aion, this is unmistakably Emma Jung’s greatest accomplishment. It examines many of the aspects of the Grail legend that are rarely referred to anywhere else, along with related elements of Gnosticism and apocryphal Judeo-Christian texts. She and her co-author also make a number of symbolic connections between these elements that few authors would even think of. For instance, she compares the alchemical figure of the Mercurius with the mythological mermaid known as the Melusine, an ancestress of the Angevin royal house. The book even features a woodcut of "Melusine Wounding the Heart of Christ with the Lance of Longinus", an illustration which is not fully explained but which appears to come from an alchemical a manuscript of 1588. She also echoes our own belief that the Grail is associated with the planet Saturn (which she, like her husband, considers to be the patron deity of the Judaic religion), as well as with a royal tomb for a sleeping king in the center of the world, the prototype of the "Fisher King" in the Grail legend. She further agrees with our own hypothesis that this "Fisher King" in a death-like sleep at the center of the Earth also represents the Black Sun of the alchemists, and she relates a Jewish legend stating that Adam, the first man (another equivalent, according to the authors, of Mercurius) was buried at the center of the Earth in the "Cave of Treasures" along with Eve, and that his body was placed on board the Ark during the Flood. This is indeed reminiscent of our own speculation that the "Holy Grail" may turn out to be an underground crypt containing the body of a god and a goddess buried in either the symbolic or the literal center of the Earth. There is, in fact a whole chapter about this concept, which is part of what makes this book so invaluable to a Dagobert’s Revenge reader.
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The Spear of Destiny
by Trevor Revenscroft
Every fan of Grail lore and Hitler mythos should read The Spear of Destiny, even though it is in itself mostly a piece of mythology. There are some interesting assertions made in here, but unfortunately, most of them were derived from channeling, either by the author, or by his companion, Dr. Walter Johannes Stein, who claims to have known Hitler when he was still a struggling young artist obsessed with the Holy Grail and the Spear of Longinus, which supposedly pierced the side of Christ as he hung upon the cross, and gives he who possesses it absolute power over the world for good or evil. This spear has been possessed by Charlemagne, Landulf of Capula, and a host of other powerful figures in history. The picture of Hitler that we are presented with is a megalomaniacal madman who scribbles frantic, hate-filled notes in the margins of the numerous bizarre occult books that he constantly reads, and spends hours at the Hofburg staring at the Holy Lance, entranced, intoxicated (often literally, on opiates), imagining himself as the one who plunged the Spear into Christ’s heart. According to the author, Hitler believed himself to be a reincarnation of Landulf of Capula, former possessor of the Spear, and the person upon whom the character of Klingsor is based, the antagonist in the Parzival story who also possesses the Holy Spear. Says Ravenscroft, one of the things that convinced Hitler of this was that both he and Klingsor suffered from the absence of a testicle, Hitler by a birth defect, and Klingsor having lost his by the sword. Ravenscroft describes a psychic magic war going on with Hitler and his Nazi occultists against Johannes Stein and Anthroposophical Society founder Rudolph Steiner, who was a descendant of Charlemagne. Ravenscroft even suggests that this was a continuation of a spiritual war going on between the evil spirit of the Holy Grail, represented by Landulf of Capula and his spiritual descendants, and the good spirit of the Holy Grail, represented by Charlemagne and his descendants, Charlemagne being, in Ravenscroft’s estimation, the founder of what he calls “The Grail Family.” The suggestion that Christ may have married and had descendants is not brought up, and has nothing to do with Ravenscroft’s more mystical, pre-HBHG understanding of the term “Grail bloodline.” The author quotes the writings of Rudolf Steiner when he speculated that the Blood of Christ which was shed by the Spear of Destiny had the power to cleanse the world of sin, and to make the Spear holy, because it had special occult properties that are not found in human blood and could be identified under a microscope is we had a sample of the blood today. Strange stuff. That, along with the great pictures, including one of the “Skull of Lazarus” that kicks ass, is what makes this book so indispensable. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.
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The Discovery of the Grail
by Andrew Sinclair
Written by a descendant of the St. Clair family so closely associated with the Knights Templar and the building of Rosslyn Chapel in Scotland, this book examines different versions of the Grail legend from all places and all periods of history, tracing it back to ancient Sumeria, and their religious ceremonies, which involved the worship of fish gods at sacred pools. Although he can find no meaning for the Grail beyond the merely symbolic and spiritual, and pooh-poohs anyone who does, the book is still most definitely worth reading. Great illustrations also.
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