ARTICLES BY ANDREW GOUGH

FROM MESOPATAMIA TO MESOMERICA

THE TREASURE OF SOLOMON IN ISTANBUL

November 2016

In The Treasures of Solomon in Istanbul Andrew traces history’s most infamous relics from their capture in Jerusalem to Rome, Carthage and finally Constantinople. As a resident of Istanbul, Andrew draws on his extensive research into the relics currently on display in the ancient city’s museums and palaces, and questions whether they are, in fact, the treasures from the First Temple, hidden in plain sight. Read more…

 

FROM MESOPATAMIA TO MESOMERICA

FROM MESOPATAMIA TO MESOMERICA: HUNTING FOR HISTORY IN THE BOOK OF MORMON

August 2016

You’ve seen the musical, now feast on the facts. In From Mesopotamia to Mesoamerica; Hunting for History in the Book of Mormon Andrew combs the pages of the controversial Latter-Day Saint text in search of irrefutable proof that the peculiar tale actually does chronicle elements of real history. What he has uncovered may surprise you. Read more…

 

The Pollen Gods

THE POLLEN GODS

June 2016

Andrew delves into the mystery of the curious stone bags that are portrayed on Assyrian reliefs and in the art work of many other ancient cultures. What Andrew has discovered will surprise you. Has he solved the mystery of ‘what’s in the bag’ once and for all? Read more…

 

Saint Sulpice and the Symbolism of the Priory of Sion

SAINT SULPICE AND THE SYMBOLISM OF THE PRIORY OF SION

March 2016

Andrew is no stranger to the Priory of Sion and the so-called mystery of Rennes-le-Château and, while in Paris during the filming of a recent documentary, Andrew discovered something that has led him to conclude that all is not what it seems. In Saint Sulpice and the Symbolism of the Priory of Sion Andrew reveals the inspiration for the Priory of Sion and the puppet master behind the Rennes-le-Château enigma. Read more…

 

The Sacred Salmon

THE SACRED SALMON

October 2015

Andrew explores the esoteric significance of the unassuming creature which has emerged through history as the quintessential symbol of wisdom, and which was held sacred by the Druids, Celts, Picts and countless indigenous communities: The Sacred Salmon. Don’t miss this fresh and tasty piece of work. Read more…

 

The Sacred Salmon

ORIGINAL SIN

July 2015

Andrew challenges the conventional notion of Original Sin and travels to the Turkish/Syrian border in search of the truth behind the dogma. What he discovers reveals that the biblical account of the fall of Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden may not be what it seems, and that the notion of Original Sin may be a memory of the last Pagan god of the ancient world, the Mesopotamian god, Sin. Read more…

 

TO HELL AND BACK

BUTTERBEES OF THE DÖNME

January 2015

Bees, butterflies, Sufi mysticism, and a forgotten cemetery of esoteric converts, each comprise a fascinating and unexpected twist to an Istanbul quest whose clues led me to both sides of the Bosphorus, and beyond. Read more…

 

TO HELL AND BACK

TO HELL AND BACK

November 2014

Scholars have long assumed that a fantastical account such as that of Hades must have been fictional, but scholarly research over the last fifty years suggests that Hades may have been historical, and not mythological, after all. I recently travelled to Baia, Italy, where I was privileged to journey to hell and back, quite literally, and explore the ancient and guarded subterranean ritual centre immortalised by Homer and Virgil in their epic tales of the Netherworld. Read more…

 

PESSINUS: THE ORIGIN OF CYBELE'S ABDUCTION AND THE ATTIS MYTH

PESSINUS: THE ORIGIN OF CYBELE’S ABDUCTION AND THE ATTIS MYTH

May 2014

Andrew travels to a remote and forgotten temple in Turkey in the hope of discovering the altar where Cybele, the Mother of the Gods, was worshipped as a meteorite, and where she was abducted by Rome. Read more…

 

CURIOSITIES OF THE KALEVALA: SHAMANISM, BEES, RESURRECTION AND THE SAMPO

CURIOSITIES OF THE KALEVALA: SHAMANISM, BEES, RESURRECTION AND THE SAMPO

August 2013

Andrew Gough draws on his fascination with the Northern Lights and asks the question: could the amazing visual phenomena have also been the secret of the legendary creation myth, the Kalevala?  Shamanism, bees, resurrection rituals and the Sampo are just some of the Kalevala mysteries that Andrew explores. Read more…

 

RUSSIAN MYSTICISM AND THE SECRET OF STALIN'S SKYSCRAPERS

RUSSIAN MYSTICISM AND THE SECRET OF STALIN’S SKYSCRAPERS

April 2013

Kings, Queens, rulers and mystics have long sought the secret of immortality. So did Joseph Stalin, according to new research by Andrew Gough, who explores the secret of Stalin’s skyscrapers and reveals how the curious buildings may be linked to Stalin’s esoteric master plan. Read more…

 

THE GODDESS WHO FELL TO EARTH

THE GODDESS WHO FELL TO EARTH

November 2012

The curious tale of Cybele, a meteorite from Anatolia that was worshipped as the Mother Goddess and which was summoned by the Romans. Andrew asks the provocative questions, was Cybele regarded as a bee goddess, and has the relic become one of the most sacred and widely worshipped objects in history? Read more…

 

The mystery of Royston Cave

THE MYSTERY OF ROYSTON CAVE

November 2012

Andrew recounts his impressions of the little understood but unmistakeably fascinating subterranean dwelling known as Royston Cave, found in Hertfordshire, England. Read more…

 

HISTORY OF A HOAX: THE MOLE, THE HOLE AND THE MAN WITH NO SOUL

HISTORY OF A HOAX: THE MOLE, THE HOLE AND THE MAN WITH NO SOUL

August 2012

The Rennes-le-Château genre is rife with fraud, but is this latest hoax the most outrageous yet? Mary Magdelene, the Ark of the Covenant and even the Loch Ness monster all feature in this wanton tale of treasure, lies and misdirection that, one way or another, has managed to tick off everyone in the genre. Read more…

 

Nazi Occult Agenda

THE NAZI OCCULT AGENDA

August 2012

In 2001 a gold cauldron was discovered at the bottom of a Bavarian lake. A decade later it was revealed that the artefact was part of a treasure hoard that the Nazis were desperately trying to hide from the advancing Allied troops. This is the story of the cauldron’s true origins and why it was revered. Read more…

 

MayA, MYTH AND MADNESS

MAYA, MYTH AND MADNESS

May 2012

2012 is here and suddenly all the hoopla that preceded it has quietened. Is this the calm before the proverbial storm that many have predicted, or is it simply vindication that the whole thing was never worth the worry in the first place? Read more…

 

THE EVOLUTION OF OCCULT LONDON

OCCULT LONDON

March 2012

It is easy to take London for granted, but it has so much to offer. Having grown up in Chicago, and lived in London for 16 years, I found myself getting lost in its charms most days and, thus, it did not take long to notice that the virtual city existed within the confines of the more modern metropolis; remnants of a strong esoteric tradition that spans thousands of years, and yet remains invisible to the casual traveller or resident. This is the story of London’s forgotten esoteric tradition, and it is only the tip of the iceberg of intrigue and history that is imbued in the city’s countless alcoves and alleyways. Read more…

 

THE SHERIFF AND THE SACRED HEART OF MARYVALE, COLORADO

THE SHERIFF AND THE SACRED HEART OF MARYVALE, COLORADO

June 2011

The discovery of gold transformed the American Old West into a chaotic and lawless place. Mayhem spread, and a peculiar breed of French penitent orders infiltrated Colorado’s mining towns. Religion and anarchy clashed, and one man and his wife made all the difference. Read more. Read more…

 

IN CAMELOT

IN CAMELOT

March 2011

The legend of King Arthur is eternal, and most have been captivated by the fanciful tale at one time or another.  Growing up, I can recall my parents watching Richard Harris in the motion picture musical, Camelot. The soundtrack played on our hi-fi often. Little did I know, however, that many years later I would present in a National Geographic television documentary, The Truth Behind King Arthur. Even more astonishing, I never imagined that I would conclude that the once and future king never existed. Read more…

 

MYTHICAL STONES AND LEGENDS

MYTHICAL STONES AND LEGENDS

February 2011

My fascination with mystical stones is nothing new. Starring in the supernatural horror film, The Stone, merely rekindled my interest. It also reminded me that not all mystical stones are benevolent; it would appear that some are evil – not innately, but as a result of our obsession with the supernatural and our belief in the existence of forces we do not fully understand. Read more…

 

MEMENTO MORI: THE STORY OF LONDON'S ELYSIAN FIELDS

MEMENTO MORI:
THE STORY OF LONDON’S ELYSIAN FIELDS

October 2010

Death awaits us all and the realm beyond the living has been a source of fascination for thousands of years. In London, seven great cemeteries encircle the city and stand testament to a nation’s passion for commemorating its dead with symbolism inspired by some of the greatest esoteric traditions in history. Read more…

 

EXORCISING THE HERETIC KING

EXORCISING THE HERETIC KING

April 2010

There is a fine line between imagination and reality. In 2002 I visited Amarna, kingdom of Akhenaten, and witnessed the two become one. Do spirit entities really exist, and if so, can they manifest in our daily lives? Read more…

 

WHO WAS KHUFU?

WHO WAS KHUFU?

June 2009

The Pharaoh Khufu is said to have built the greatest monument in history, the Great Pyramid at Giza. But what do we really know of the legendary man, father, king and heretic? Upon inspection, we are left with more questions than answers, and the realisation that the famous king may not have been who we thought he was. Read more…

 

THE BEE: PART 3 - BEEGOTTEN

THE BEE: PART 3 – BEEGOTTEN

August 2008

Freemasonry, Napoleon and the wider esoteric community have all paid homage to the Bee, but that has not stopped it from dying. Albert Einstein forewarned that mankind will perish four years after the Bee does, and this puts us circa 2012; the end of days according to the Mayans. Does anybody care, and how has it come to this in first place? Read more…

 

THE BEE: PART 2 - BEEWILDERED

THE BEE: PART 2 – BEEWILDERED

July 2008

The Bee was held sacred in prehistory before undergoing a transformation into an icon of unparalleled adoration in the sophisticated civilisations of ancient Sumer and Egypt. How did it also became the inspiration for the first principals of the United States of America? Well, that’s another story altogether. Read more…

 

THE BEE: PART 1 - BEEDAZZLED

THE BEE: PART 1 – BEEDAZZLED

June 2008

The Bee is dying and we are only now beginning to wake up and recognise its huge significance, not only to the global economy but to our very survival. However the importance of this sacred creature was not lost on ancient man, in fact, from prehistory to Egyptian times, it appears to have been viewed as the single most cherished god on the planet. Read more…

 

OAK ISLAND TREASURE TALES

OAK ISLAND TREASURE TALES

January 2008

Oak Island is an enigma not unlike Rennes-le-Chateau; one could argue there is no mystery at all, only copious amounts of fraud and misdirection. And then comes Will, an informant who claims to be part of team that has blown the mystery wide open. But can he be believed? Read more…

 

LAND'S END OR BEGINNING

LAND’S END OR BEGINNING

January 2008

Land’s End, Cornwall is a special place, but few truly appreciate its splendour. Legends abound here, from Christ to Arthur, Atlantis to Avalon, Piskies to Pirates and Mermaids to Megalithic man.  Why has it remained unappreciated? I believe the answer lies in its name. Read more…

 

DEMYSTIFYING BOUDET'S TOMBSTONE

DEMYSTIFYING BOUDET’S TOMBSTONE

October 2007

The tombstone of Father Henri Boudet is but one of the many enigmas of the priest’s exceptional legacy. Many believe it contains a code that conceals a secret, and many a treasure hunter has pondered its inscription. However, none have cracked it. Is that because it is not a code, after all? Could the infamous inscription have more to do with faith than fantasy? Read more…

 

CHAPLIN IN GERONA: SECRETS UNVEILED

CHAPLIN IN GIRONA: SECRETS UNVEILED

October 2007

An encounter with the alleged grandson of Bérenger Saunière, a Cabalist who is the fountain of all knowledge, the Grail portal atop the sacred mountain of Canigou in the French Pyrenees, and a society set-up at Patrice Chaplin’s Spanish book launch were just some of the highlights of my recent Girona odyssey. Read more…

 

DEATH IN ARCADIA

DEATH IN ARCADIA

September 2007

Arcadia has evolved into a mythical, almost other worldly province in history, as if it never really existed. Greece’s 2007 fires brought that image back to reality – Arcadia burned, reaffirming another association – Death. I toured Arcadia at the peak of the fires and discovered hope, an ancient library, a magical temple of Apollo and a wolf cult that all seemed strangely connected to Rennes-le-Château. Read more…

 

QUESTING IN GIRONA

QUESTING IN GIRONA

June 2007

The Spanish connection with Rennes-le-Château – Girona, represents a new frontier in research and exploration. Patrice Chaplin and her provocative new book, City of Secrets are to thank for that. I decided to investigate the story first hand, and with Patrice’s guidance, I went questing in Girona. Read more…

 

CURIOSITIES OF LOUIS DE COMA AND HIS STATIONS OF THE CROSS

CURIOSITIES OF LOUIS DE COMA AND HIS STATIONS OF THE CROSS

April 2007

Louis de Coma is the forgotten priest in the Rennes-le-Château mystery, yet his tale is as peculiar as Bérenger Saunière’s. The two men had an eerie amount in common. Now for the first time, the Stations of the Cross of Father de Coma are revealed, and they appear to hold clues. At the very least, the provocative images are curious and thought provoking, just like de Coma’s life itself. Read more…

 

THE ROCK OF THE MAGDALENE

THE ROCK OF THE MAGDALENE

By CORJAN DE RAAF & ANDREW GOUGH

February 2007

The Da Vinci Code brought overwhelming attention to one of the most enigmatic women in the Gospels; Mary Magdalene. Long before that, she was always at the heart of the Rennes-le-Château mystery. Is it possible that some of Europe’s greatest artists were well aware of that? Corjan de Raaf and Andrew Gough join forces and examine the Magdalene, a strangely overlooked rock, a lot of paintings and a 600 lb gorilla. Read more…

 

THE ARCADIAN MERIDIAN

THE ARCADIAN MERIDIAN – LONDON’S PARADISE LOST

November 2006

When I launched this ‘Arcadia’ website in the summer of 2006, I never imagined I would stumble upon London’s forgotten Arcadia, on my doorstep, in the Royal Borough of Richmond upon Thames. Read more…

 

EVIDENCE OF A MYSTERY OR MYSTERIOUS EVIDENCE?

EVIDENCE OF A MYSTERY OR MYSTERIOUS EVIDENCE?

June 2006

The mystery of Rennes-le-Château is predicated on two primary elements; (1) the Priory Documents and (2) the Archaeology & Artefacts of the legend. Let’s take a closer look at each and reflect on what they tell us. Read more…

 

SECRET OF THE ABBES

SECRET OF THE ABBES

May 2006

The enigmatic Abbe Saunière was not the only priest of his generation to guard a great secret.

Abbe’s Louis de Coma, Antoine Gelis, Antoine Bigou, Henri Boudet and Alfred Saunière, Berenger’s younger brother, amongst others, all feature prominently in the legend of Rennes-le-Château. Collectively, they represent what I call the Abbe’s of the Magdalene; each is associated with a great treasure, or secret, and in some instances, Mary Magdalene herself, the embodiment of the Holy Grail.

At the fragile age of 70, Abbe Gelis, was brutally murdered for the secrets he concealed.  For the first time, Arcadia asks the question, what evidence exists to support the supposition that other Abbes of the Magdalene were also murdered, for the same reason, and by the same assassins? Read more…

 

CATCH 22: THE GRAIL AND THE GROTTO

CATCH 22: THE GRAIL AND THE GROTTO

May 2006

Abbe Bérenger Saunière was a priest, not an alchemist. That said, he did keep very interesting company. I believe that he was merely one of many abbes – arguably the last of a generation – who presided over a great secret.

If we are honest, in retrospect Abbe Saunière was less mysterious than some of the other abbes, namely Boudet, Bigou and de Coma, but he was blessed with something they never had; physical possession of the treasure and secret. Thus, the question remains, just what did Abbe Saunière unearth in the crypt of his dilapidated church of Mary Magdalene, all those years ago?

There are no easy answers, but let’s apply Occam’s Razor, and see what the evidence tells us? Read more…