posted on Apr, 21 2010 @ 10:06 PM
' At dawn on Friday 13 October 1307, Philip's troops struck and rounded up the Templars, placing them under arrest, sequestrating their assets and
confiscating their properties. This shock attack was meant to have two prime objectives: to wipe out the Templars for ever and to make available to
the King the vast wealth that they had accumulated. However, neither of these aims was achieved. Those Templars who were caught were 'put to the
question' -- tortured and subsequently burnt to death -- most notably the Grand Master, Jacques de Molay, who suffered death by fire on the Ile de la
Cite in Paris in 1314, but many made good their escape. Nor was the much-vaunted treasure of the Templars ever found, its whereabouts remaining a
mystery to this day. Those members of the Order who escaped found sancturay in a number of places. Scotland, at war with England, had not ratified
the Papal Bulls dissolving the Order and as a result became a host to many who fled, some of whom fought on the side of the Scots at the Battle of
Bannockburn. Portugal had cleared the Order of any wrongdoing and those Knights who found their way there simply reformed under the name 'The
Knights of Christ', continuing in much the same fashion as they had in France. Their famous red-cross insignia was the flag under which both Vasco
da Gama and Christopher Colombus sailed on their voyages of discovery in recognition of the Knights' partial patronage.
Although 1118 is the year in which it is believed that the Templars were formed, there has been recent conjecture that the Order may have been in
existence long before that date and that its founded was for a specific purpose more related to discovering the true origins of Christianity than the
protection of itinerant pilgrims. This is alluded to in part by two aspects the Tempars' specific practice of their own creed. One of the objects
which they revered was the image of a decapitated head and from at least one of the Templar preceptories such a head fashioned from gilded silver, was
removed. The connection that such an object may have with early Christianity is confirmed by the degree to which the Templars revered John the
Baptist and, bizarrely for a group who had been lauded as the highest manifestation of the Christian ideal, shunned Jesus. Indeed there are records
which show that some Knights thought of Jesus as a false prophet. Jean de Chaumes stated during his interrogation: ' You believe wrongly, because he
is indeed a false prophet. Believe only in God in Heaven, and not in him', while Deodatus Jefet is on record as saying: ' Do not believe that the
man Jesus whom the Jews crucified in Outremer is God and that he can save you '
Perhaps the most extraordinary are the words of Fulk de Troyes, who claimed that he was told not to believe in the false prophet Christ, but on in a
higher God. Shown a crucifix, he said: ' Set not much faith in this, for it is too young'
As had been the case with the Cathars during the Abligensian Crusade, the sexual practices of the Templars were also brought into question, with
charges of homosexuality, teaching women how to abort and obscene kissing becoming intermingled with accusations of denying Christ and spitting on the
Cross. Indeed the connection with the Cathars is far more that of shared spurius accusation by demented anti-heretics. For at about the same time
that the Cathars were seeking sactuary in the isolated villages of the Languedoc, the Knights Templar were fast becoming the biggest landowners of the
same area. As much as the area around Rennes-le-Chateau was a Cathar stronghold, so also was it a bastion of Templar activities with, at one time, up
to a third of the Templar landholdings being in the Languedoc. The remains of many Templar castles can still be found in the area and, as
contemporaries, many Knights would have come from Cathar families and vice versa.
Another factor in the progrom against the Templars is of great interest. During the interrogation of those soldier-monks who were captured, one name
recurs, Baphomet. This name, intoned by many before they were burned to death or as the result of the application of thumscrews and yet more horrific
torture, has long been a mystery. It has been thought to be variously the name of the the revered severed-head image, the name of a devil - sometimes
a cat - worshipped by the Knights or a corruption of the name Muhammed resulting from their contact with Arabic influences during the Crusades. One
other explanation is that is is a bastardized form of the Arabic 'abufihmat', or, 'Father of Wisdom'. This last definition may be close to the
truth, for recent work on the Dead Sea Scrolls has revealed the used of a code called the Atbash Cipher which, if applied to the word 'Baphomet',
gives the translation 'Sophia'. As we know from the Pistis Sophia in the Codex Askewianus, this is the Greek word for 'wisdom',
although why, and perhaps more intriguingly, how, the Knights Templar were using a code that had been employed more than 1,000 years before their own
founding remains a mystery. A possible answer to the question 'why' may be that offered by the authors Richard Andrews and Paul Schellenberger. In
their controversial and much-criticised work they postulate that, given the vehemence with which any Gnostic thought was being quelled, any reference
to Sophia -- a focus of Gnostic attention through association with Mary Magdalene, linked to the Kabbalah through Chokmah, an Old Testament feminine
figure who was throught of as being not only the partner but also the adviser to God and also through the references to both the Egyptian Isis and the
Greek Athena -- would be sure to attract unwanted attention and therefore such allusions were hidden by the Templars using the Atbash Cipher.
One final point on this issue is another strangely coincidental set of circumstances. Hugues de Payen, the founder of the Order of the Poor Knights
of Christ and the Temple of Solomon, was from the region around Troyes and, as was mentioned earlier, was a vassal of the Count of Champagne. Two of
the other original Knights were also associated with the area and were bondsmen of the same Count and evidence suggests that these three knew each
other before the formation of the Order. There had also been at Troyes a Kabbalist school, founded by the Rabbi Rashi, which had existed in the town
since the mid-eleventh century -- the same town not only in which the Order was founded but also in which it was officially recognized at the Council
of Troyes in 1128. And it was in the same town that Chretien de Troyes not only wrote one of the earliest (and possibly the first) of the Grail
stories, but from which he also took his name
There is no doubt that the Grail legends, based as they are now acknowledged to be on older Celtic and pagan tales, are anything but highly symbolic
versions of a Christian story.
...... Mary Magdalene herself is said to have been a regular visitor to Rennes-les-Bains - the original name for which was Les Bains de Rennes at the
time when Rennes-le-Chateau was just called Rennes -- just along the valley, where the warm springs have attracted visitors since before Roman times.
Rhedae, the original name of the area -- was regarded as a sacred site by the Celtic tribe of the Redones who lived there and who gave it this name.
During the 5th and 6th centuries what is now a small village was a thriving town of some 30,000 inhabitants and seems to have been the northern
capital of the empire ruled by the Visigoths and the country town of the diocese of Rhedenium. In the Middle Ages it was a bastion .... of Templar
landholdings (also of the Cathars) "
Goes on to discuss how Hitler's Chancellorship provided Himmler the opportunity to pursue and propagate his Thule Society interests, which led to
German miners being brought to investigate Rennes-le-Chateau as result of Wagner's specific interest in the region relating to certain documents
Re: the Languedoc, the author states: ' The whole area is ripe with curious place names and architectural anomalies which seem to conspire together
in some ancient mystery. For instance, a recurring motif in many of the churches in the area is the Star of David which features in stone windows or
as an adornment to exterior stonework '.
(these include the cathedral at Alet-les-Baines, six kilometres north of Rennes-le-Chateau and the cathedral at Limoux and the Cathedral of St.Vincent
Author writes: ' Stranger still is the anomaly in what was only ever a Roman Catholic place of worship: the intricate carvings on a stone captial
found within the grounds of the cathedral at Alet-les-Bains. Now stolen along with many other artefacts, the capital bore symbols and designs
which have only ever been associated with Hinduism.* It had at its centre a depiction of the god Ganesh and carved elephants. Indeed the whole
village bears evidence of non-Christian symbolism '
(note: Alet-les-Bains was also once known as the home of the parents of Nostradamus ... there has been much conjecture through the ages to suggest he
visted the town during the Middle Ages as it was known to be an alchemical centre of some reknown. The Stars of David which form the windows of the
church, in addition to their obvious Judaic connection, may also be reference to this history, this symbol being known to represent the alchemical
unification of the male and female principles ' )
* At this point, naturally, I'm sure some of us at least are remembering the claims that Jesus died and was buried in what was India. A tomb claimed
to be that of Jesus still exists and is guarded by an hereditary guard (this function being passed down, father to son, allegedly all through the
excerpted from The Arcadian Cipher' by Peter Blake and Paul S. Blezard. Copyright 2000. ISBN: 0 283 07288
[edit on 21-4-2010 by Dock9]