The Chateau of Arginy in France
On the thread for the 22 April 2022 session, there have been a lot of posts recently concerning the importance of the Octagon (a double tetrahedron) in esoterica and its possible relationship to the Unified Field Theorem, which Ark is working on. What I am about to discuss here may be linked to this subject, if only indirectly, by virtue of the presence of the Knights Templar, who many consider to have been practising alchemists.
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I have been reading a book called 'Web of Gold' by Guy Patton & Robin Mackness. It deals with the fabled treasure of the the Visigoths and the Knights Templar, which, as we know, is linked to the Rennes-le-Chateau mystery but the book also makes strong connections to a lot of modern day political skulduggery that has revolved around the mystery. For example, the book looks into the right-wing political, monarchist and nationalistic links of many of the main players in the Rennes-le-Chateau mystery, including Pierre Plantard, the instigator of the Priory of Sion secret society, which ultimately proved to be a fabrication on his part. It turns out that Plantard had some amazing political connections, which were born out of his time in service to the Vichy regime of Marshal Petain during the Second World War. He was in essence a right-wing, French nationalist and ardent catholic who wished not only to revive the the French monarchy under a Merovingian descended king but to see a general spiritual and moral revival of France as a catholic country. These aims were also shared by many powerful right wing figures in the immediate aftermath of WW2, where the spectre of a communist revolution and takeover in France was very real.
Although I have taken the view that the fabled treasure of Rennes-le-Chateau (the House of the Queen), at least in terms of material wealth, is not important to our quest, some of the information that comes out of these writers' investigations into the treasure is very helpful to our cause. This is especially true of the Web of Gold. One such golden nugget (excuse the pun) is the authors reference to an ancient French Chateau at Arginy in France.
For some researchers, the town of Arginy, situated on the plains between the rivers Saone and Beaujolais, north of the city of Lyons, was the secret meeting place of the nine founding members of the Knights Templar. These researchers also believe that part of the treasure of the Knights Templar was removed from the Paris Temple in 1307 shortly before the crackdown on the Templars launched by King Philip IV of France ("the Rosicrucians move like a thief in the night") and deposited, along with artefacts (MJF: including Baphomet perhaps?) in an underground vault for safekeeping.
The oldest part of the Chateau is the circular Round Tower of the Eight Beatitudes
, which is also known as the Tower of Alchemy
due to the alchemical graffiti alleged to have covered its walls. For those who want to read more on the fascinating history of the Chateau, I attach the following links, which include good quality pictures:
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The League of Antiquarian Booksellers
Although in Christian tradition the 'eight beatitudes
' are linked with the teachings of Christ, particularly in his Sermon on the Mount (see: Bible Study Tools
), I suspect that with Templars this was merely a cover for esoteric teachings, perhaps those connected to alchemy and antigravity given the alchemical graffiti on the Tower's internal walls - think also of the 8-petalled Lotus Flower
discussed previously on this thread. However, it seems to be the lure of the Templars' treasure that has drawn treasure seekers down through the ages, including a regent of France, Anne of France (Anne de Beaujeu
), daughter of Louis XI, who had during her time as regent discovered state papers from King Phillip IV's time. One document pertained to Templar treasure hidden at Chateau De Arginy. Anne, who was in the process of remodelling the old castle into a hunting lodge, had searches carried out in the dungeon of the castle with the hope of finding the treasure.
As with the Curse of Oak Island, there also seems to be a curse operating on those linked with searching for the Templar treasure at the Chateau. One of Anne's workers, who had descended into a pit, uttered a dreadful cry that frightened his comrades who had remained in the open air. The man came out of the gallery, a quarter of an hour later, walking like a robot with his skull crushed and brains emerging where he eventually fell dead at the feet of his fellow workers. Finding his body already cold, they assumed “diabolical” forces were at play and refused to resume work, fleeing in terror. Of course, he may just have had an accident where something heavy, a loose stone perhaps, fell on his head.
In 1883, ownership of the Chateau of Arginy passed to the Marquis d'Uxeloup de Chambrun
, Comte de Rosemont. Around 1900, Count Pierre de Rosemont began fresh excavations to try to find the treasure of the Templars. He cleared a vertical gallery in which one of his workmen then descended by means of a cable. However, his descent ended in an accident just as tragic as before, since the man had his foot crushed by a kind of articulated wheel ..
The latter incident suggests that, like Oak Island, the Tower may have inbuilt defences for those who wish to hunt for the treasure. Bizarre accidents like the above and disturbing occurrences are apparently common place at the Chateau of Arginy. Several years ago, Chambrun's step-daughter – the wife of Jacques de Cham Uxeloup Rosemont – revealed to Jacques Breyer and some of her friends that her stepfather had also carried out excavations in the Chateau in 1914. However, he suddenly received “spiritual” instructions to stop his investigations and clog the underground from which he had begun his research. Were the spirits of the Knights Templar still guarding the treasure?
In 1952, four years before Plantard established the Priory of Sion, a group of leading occultists, which included a famous alchemist (Armand Barbault), an industrialist and a film director (Claude Cariven), met at the Chateau where, under the leadership of the writer Jacques Breyer
who was residing at the Chateau, they formed the new 'Ordre Souverain du Temple Solaire
' (Sovereign Order' of the Solar Temple). Forty years later this secret chivalric society would be involved in a tragedy when in 1994 seventy four its members were involved in mass suicides in Canada, France and Switzerland. Amongst the dead were successful businessmen and women and the two current leaders, Joseph Di Mabro
and Luc Jouret
. Even more surprisingly, the dead included two men said to be members of the French Secret Service. Laura has commented on this event in the past - the official story being that the members committed suicide since they were led to believe that they would be leaving this world for a better place. However, Patton and Mackness observe that the circumstances at the sites and the examination of the charred bodies, cast many doubts over the suicide theory and point out that at least one of the 'suicide' victims had suffered several bullet wounds before dying. They believe that without doubt that other forces were at work, not least the fact that somebody had to set the buildings on fire after the deaths. Apparently some investigators claim there is no link between the original Sovereign Order of the Solar Temple (OSTS) founded by Jacques Breyer and his associates in 1952 and the order of the Solar Temple controlled by Di Mabro and Joure. The authors acknowledge that outwardly, the objectives and practices of the two groups became quite different but they counter by observing that the OSTS leadership was undoubtedly infiltrated over the years by persons with a far right-wing agenda as well as those looking for personal financial gain.
In 1965, a gentleman by the name of Julien Ortigas
, a French former Nazi sympathiser who, having worked for the SS and the Gestapo in Occupied France, was arrested and and sentenced to five years in prison, joined the OSTS. Seven years later he became the Grand Master of an off-shoot called the Order of the Renovated Temple and established links with the European-wide fascist network and other extreme right-wing organisations. The guests at his daughter's wedding in 1977 included Jacques Breyer and Joseph Di Mabro. Di Mabre and Origas were friends and apparently made frequent and regular visits to Italy., where they allegedly maintained contact with the rogue Masonic Lodge P2. Some researchers have suggested that Di Mabro had connections with high finance, the international business world and even the Mafia. More tellingly from our point of view is that both Origas and Di Mabro had belonged to the Ancient and Mystical Order of the Rosae Crucis
(AMORC) - a Rosicrucian organisation that offers occult and spiritual teachings but has attracted many with right-wing views. In 1979, Joseph Di Mabro met with the Belgian Luc Jouret, a charismatic figure lecturing on alternative medicine in the New Age circles of Europe and America. These two men would subsequently take control of the Order of the Solar Temple after Julien Ortigas' death in 1981. Given the links of Ortigas and Di Mabro to extreme right-wing groups, the P2 Masonic Lodge and the Mafia, one may legitimately have cause to suspect that Di Mambro's death and those of the other members of the Order may have had more to do with the leaders' financial connections and political affiliations than with aliens.
Tragically, another famous person had become an active and unsuspecting member of the Order. That person was the celebrated Hollywood film actress Princess Grace Kelly
, the wife of Prince Ranier III (Grimaldi) of Monaco who would be found dead in her car in September 1982 after a fatal crash on the road leading to Monaco near the Cap d'Ail. Apparently, a close friend and advisor to Prince Ranier, Jean-Louis Marsan
, who was interested in esoteric ideas, wass encouraged by Jacques Breyer to set up a branch of the Order of the Solar Temple at his villa in Monaco and to become Grand Master. Marsan convinced his followers that they were a spiritual elite whose secret knowledge, gained through the Order, could save the world. From 1981, under Luc Juret's grand mastership, the members were subject to subtle and sophisticated techniques, including the use of holograms intended to convince them that they were really contacting spirits and seeing sacred objects and symbols - including the Holy Grail
. This, as you will know, is an altogether too familiar story of how a cult ensnares its members.
According to the singer Colette de Real, an old friend of Princess Grace, she and the Princess attended strange, sexually orientated ceremonies, presided over by Luc Jouret at a Solar Temple centre at Villie-Morgon situated close to Arginy. This old manor or farmhouse was subsequently bought by a group of Franciscan Friars who discovered a number of artefacts and pieces of unusual furniture there. These were seemingly remnants or the rites and rituals of the Order, which appeared to blend the Christian with the occult. Apparently, Joseph Di Mabro asked princess Grace to donate 20 million Swiss Francs to the Order - whether this was for self-enrichment or to be funnelled into the European-wide fascist underground engaged in subversive activity is not known. It was soon after this that Princess Grace was found dead in her car. I can only add that my brother visited the manor house at Villie-Morgon a few years ago and spoke with one of the English speaking friars living there. He told my brother that soon after they moved in, the friars performed an exorcism ceremony at the site.
However, I need to return to 1952 and the activities of Jacques Breyer and his fellow occultists at the Chateau of Arginy. After participating in psychic and occult rituals, the group claimed to have made contact with the spirits of the deceased Templars, who apparently conferred on them the the authority to continue their spiritual mission. We will have to take that with a pinch of salt I guess. Breyer, continued his excavations, occultic works and alchemical research for a further seven years, staying on at the Chateau. What breyer achieved in the course of his researches is unknown, though it was reported by French researcher and former architect Andre Douzet that psychic contacts enabled Breyer to discover a secret vault (MJF: shades of Oak Island's Money Pit
), passages and artefacts. These researches seemed more directed to the discovery of the Templar treasure than any personal transformation of Breyer himself in the tradition of the medieval alchemists. Rituals are known to have been practised at Arginy until 1973, although Breyer and three of his founding colleagues resigned from the Order nine years before this.
However, as at Rennes-le-Chateau, with its mix of treasure, ancient wisdom and spiritual questing, Arginy in turn became a focal point for Freemasons, Rosicrucians, hermeticists and others drawn to the occult and the esoteric. moreover, like the two male 'suicide' victims of the Order of the Solar Temple said to be members of the French Secret Service, Arginy also drew a member of the French Secret Service and in this case it was its head, Constantin Melnik
. In 1959, Melnik reportedly participated in night-time ceremonies held at Arginy. Shortly afterwards, reports appeared in the French press associating Melnik with a group of Catholic, monarchist and synarchist anti-Communists that called themselves Templars. Melnik strenuously denied this.
The involvement of secret groups with Arginy does not stop there since it is known that in 1950, the then owner of the Chateau, the Marquis d'Uxeloup de Chambrun received an offer of 100 million Francs (a huge sum of money for 1950) from an anonymous English colonel representing a British secret society to purchase the Chateau. Why would a British secret society wish to purchase an old French Chateau unless they believed it held something of great importance.
There are strong echoes here of a similar bid by a British based society to buy what were perceived to be valuable parchments connected to the Rennes-le-Chateau mystery. As with Arginy, could the society involved have been a front for the British Secret Service? In this case it involved the purchase of three parchments allegedly discovered by Abbe Sauniere in the crypt of his church at Rennes-le-Chateau. These parchments were taken to the Paris church of St. Sulpice for study by experts. In one account , the parchments were eventually confided to the young priest Abbe Emile Hoffet, who became something of an expert on occult matters and Freemasonry, amassing a prodigious library of esoteric works, and reputedly mixed in elite Parisian occult circles. After his death they were acquired by a group claiming to be representatives of the London-based League of Antiquarian Booksellers. The alternative account is that the parchments were inherited by Sauniere's niece, Madame James, who then sold them, not appreciating their true worth, to the League of Antiquarian Booksellers. Intriguingly, after the death of Abbe Hoffet, Marius Fatin, an archaeologist and ardent Freemason and the owner of the Chateau at Rennes, received in 1966 a letter from the League advising him that his chateau was a site of great historic importance, having been the home of Sigisbert IV following the murder of his father, King Dagobert II. The letter also referred to the purchase of the parchments by the League from the Library of Abbe Hoffet. You might well ask why an English antiquarian book society should show such interest in parchments relating to the obscure Merovingian royal line and the fate of their descendants and the old chateau of Rennes.
The three authors of The Holy Blood and the Holy Grail, Michael Baigent, Richard Leigh, and Henry Lincoln, which has featured a lot in this thread, wrote a follow-up book called the Messianic Legacy in which they threw further light on the parchments through a document supplied by Pierre Plantard. The document he showed them, which was officially notarised, contained a request to the French Consulate in London by Viscount Leathers, Major Hugh Murchison Clowes and Captain Ronald Stansmore Nutting for permission to export three parchments from France. The text states: "three parchments whose value cannot be calculated, confided to us, for the purposes of historical research, by Madame James, resident in France at Montazels (Aude). She came into legal possession of these items by by virtue of a legacy from her uncle, the Abbe Sauniere, cure of Rennes-le- Chateau (Aude)."
The sale of the parchments by Sauniere's niece to the League of Antiquarian Booksellers was also confirmed by the Marquis Philippe de Cherisey in his book L'Enigme de Rennes (1978) where he states that Madam James sold the books in 1965 to the League but she was not to know that one of the two respectable lawyers involved Captain Ronald Stansmore of the British Intelligence Service (MI6) and the other was Sir Thomas Frazer, the 'eminence gris' of Buckingham. He claimed the parchments of Blanche of Castille were presently held in a strongbox of Lloyds Bank Europe Limited in London. Leaving on one side the veracity of the reports, Patton and Mackness point out that the British names quoted were all genuine characters who were involved with wartime intelligence activities and this therefore draws attention to a connection here with British intelligence, which along with the Special Operations Executive (SOE) was very active in France during the Second World War and for some years afterwards.
An intensive investigation of the League of Antiquarian Booksellers was undertaken by Baigent, Leigh and Lincoln and its supposed traffic in ancient French parchments was described in their book the Messianic Legacy (1986). Their examination revealed that all the people involved in this unusual incident had connections with the City of London and specifically with the Guardian Assurance Company. The authors point out that it was quite normal during the war for many intelligence operatives to be drawn from insurance companies, since their professional expertise (in dealing with insurance claims etc.) was considered to be invaluable in planning and executing sabotage missions and intelligence gathering. Now it so happens that I was working for the Guardian's successor company, in 1986 and spoke to the then Managing Director (MD) of the Company at a Christmas drinks party about the book. He told me that he had been very interested in Baigent, Leigh and Lincoln's investigation and had given them access to the company's records to conduct their research. Apparently, the authors reached the conclusion that they had drawn a blank after going through the company's records and decided to move on with other lines of enquiry. However, the MD confided to me that he thought the authors had been on to something and felt they should have pushed the matter further. Like Baigent, Leigh and Lincoln, I was surprised when I did my own research how many former directors of the company post war had been members of MI5, MI6 and SOE. Talking to older colleagues, I learned that as insurance operatives based in the former territories of the British Empire (later Commonwealth), they often fed information back to the local British Consulates that might prove useful to the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office. Hence, they readily admitted to being part of an overseas information gathering network.
It also turns out that Lord Selbourne, who was stated to be the central figure in the application to export the three parchments in 1956, was the overall head of SOE, whose headquarters was based at 64 Baker Street in London (MJF: yes the same Baker Street that Sherlock Holmes lived in) was only a stone's throw from the secret London headquarters of the Free French operatives. When the authors conducted a personal interview with Lord Selbourne's daughter, she revealed his passion for maintaining the integrity of the British Empire and his interest in the restoration of other European monarchies. She also mentioned that he had a great interest in genealogies and he often enjoyed holidays around the Pyrenees. Perhaps British intelligence has had an interest in the Pyrenees since the time of Sir Francis Bacon?. I wonder why?
Patton and Mackness go on to mention that several members of the British-based Rennes-le-Chateau Research Group have been in contact with former members of British Intelligence, each of whom had an interest in, and a wide knowledge of, the Rennes-le-Chateau mystery. These agents confirmed that many of their colleagues had been members of various occult, masonic or chivalric societies. I would suggest that this has long ben true and as I pointed out before, the famous British spies and double agents, Philby, Burgess and Maclean had all been Freemasons affiliated to the Singapore Masonic Lodge. Patton and Mackness feel it is significant that the fabrication of the Dossiers Secrets by Plantard and Gerard de Sede and the disclosure of the export of the Rennes-le-Chateau parchments are typical of almost any intelligence services disinformation techniques. Furthermore, they allege that in 1998, a former British Intelligence officer told a Rennes researcher that he had personally seen a room within the Ministry of Defence in the 1970's dedicated to surveillance of the region of Rennes-le-Chateau. Yet another former Intelligence officer, the late Michael Bentine (better known as a highly successful British comedian - one of the original 'Goons' in the famous 'Goon Show', a radio show that made stars of Peter Sellers, Sir Harry Secombe and Spike Milligan) warned members of the Rennes Research Group on several occasions that investigations into the affair of Rennes-le-Chateau could be dangerous. As the authors state - what did he know?
Even Pierre Plantard, a Vichy operative, became involved in the French Resistance towards the end of the War and subsequently operated under the pseudonym of 'Captain Way' during the Algerian crisis of the mid-1950's, perhaps as an agent of President de Gaulle.
British Intelligence (MI6) has cropped up in the transcripts on a few occasions notably in the assassination of a young physicist acquaintance of Ark who got careless in publicly sharing his discoveries in relation to UFT and in Laura's kidnapping as a child for a period of 12 days. I can't at the moment track down the session in which they specified a section of British Military Intelligence but maybe someone else can. However, what has been revealed to the Rennes-le-Chateau Research Group and by Michael Bentine, when linked to the business of the three ancient parchments found by Abbe Sauniere and purchased by the League of Antiquarian Booksellers, suggests that British Intelligence takes a very real interest in Rennes-le-Chateau.
If the British Secret Service (and for that matter the French Secret Service) truly do take an interest in the region of Rennes-le-Chateau, is it because of the fabled treasure or is it something else, something far more valuable than mere gold and jewels? If so, could this perhaps explain why Laura and the Chateau crew have from time to time come under surveillance by spooks and why the C's have warned Laura and the crew to be vigilant?
This also makes me think of the C's reference to the 'Looking Glass' in the following exchange:
A: You are dancing on the 3rd density ballroom floor. “Alice likes to go through the looking glass” at the Crystal Palace. Atlantean reincarnation surge brings on the urge to have a repeat performance.
I was struck by what Patton and Mackness had to say about President Francois Mitterand
, a Freemason and a Vichy and French Resistance operative during the War. They described him as a man: "well able to perform complex mental gymnastics in recreating a past, and in displaying separate public and private faces, and furthermore very adept at operating in the 'looking glass' world of secret societies and their hidden agendas
The same statement is also true of spies, who as we saw above, may often be members of secret societies as well. Indeed, the English spy thriller writer, John le Carre
, used the concept of the looking glass for the title of one of his books 'The Looking Glass War'.
Like Ian Fleming, the creator of James Bond, le Carre was also a former MI5 and MI6 officer.
See: The Looking Glass War - Wikipedia
What does the phrase “through the looking glass mean
”? The phrase first appeared in the title of a book written by Lewis Carrol
as a sequel to 1865’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland
. It does not mean to look through glass or a mirror exactly. It means “Opposite to What’s expected by someone
”. Here it symbolises things in an alternative universe
, totally opposite to the real world.
In this context, the phrase means “Where things are not as expected
”. When we see in the glass, we expect our image to be as it is. But looking through glass symbolizes a different world in which things are totally different from their image or reflection. It also means going through a place where things are unexpected, unfamiliar, and different
. Alice in her adventures go through such situations and the writer symbolises her stories as through the looking glass.
The C's used the term in this same sense in an exchange from the session dated 25 July 1998
Q: Well if a person transitions directly from 3rd to 5th density via dying, that implies that persons can transition directly from 3rd to 4th density without dying. Is that correct?
Q: How does that feel? How is that experience …
A: Alice through the looking glass.
And again in the session dated 16 August 1997
Q: Ark suggested that the Etruscans may have gotten their alphabet as a mirror image. Could it be that they lived on the 'other side' of the mirror?
A: Latter is closer.
Hence, the term would seem very appropriate for the world that the spy operates in. However, I note in the unauthorised versions of the transcripts that "Alice" is substituted by "AK". I don't know if this is a mistake in transcription but, if not, it may put a very different spin on things, since AK may refer to Laura's mother, Alice Knight. I understand from Laura's description of her childhood that her mother was very fond of ballroom dancing. I don't know if any of these ballrooms might have had the name 'Crystal Palace' or they resembled such a structure but could the C's be referring here to the way in which Alice was manipulated by intelligence officers in order to gain access to the infant Laura for nefarious purposes?
Here is the session in which Laura refers to this:
A: Symbiotic relationship. Was there a military connection?
Q: Oh, you mean the fact that my father was a chemist and was in the Navy? Does this have anything to do with my 12 day disappearance when I was three?
Q: Was something done to him when he was in the Navy?
A: Hmmmmmmmmmm? Now connect "Jack" with "Cecil."
Q: Well, Cecil was the fellow who kidnapped me. And, when he was arrested, the Navy came and took him away saying he was "incompetent to stand trial" because he had "escaped from a Navy hospital." And that essentially ended any hope of finding out where I was taken or why.
Or, alternatively, the intelligence services wanted to prevent knowledge of their involvement coming out if Cecil had had to stand trial. Hence, it would appear that Laura was drawn into the 'looking glass' world of intelligence operatives/agents from a very early age.