While researching the Vaincre, the offical newsletter of the Alpha Gates (an offshoot of the Priory of Sion in the 1940s) upon reading Boyd Rice's The Vessel of God, my attention was drawn to the article THE EAST AND THE WEST by LE COMTE DE MONCHARVILLE:
THE EAST AND THE WEST
LE COMTE DE MONCHARVILLE
Professor of Law at the University of Strasbourg
(Chargé de Mission in Tibet)
Of these two Orders it is only the order of the Galatean Knights that interests us for the moment, as our present order is in fact nothing more than its direct continuation. I therefore thought it would be interesting to offer some explanatory notes here.
Less than 1 kilometre south of the 80-metre-high rocky spur that towers above the beach at Carolles, facing the promontory of Granville, the boulders of the Chaussey Isles and the rocky coast of Brittany, we find ourselves suddenly confronted with an arid ravine, with a twisting and turning course, and banks that are covered in the rubble of enormous stones.
More precisely, between the Roche du Sâr and the Chaine du Diable (which latter dominates the whole landscape with its astonishing aspect – that of a ruined megalith) there is a huge rampart of rocks that – so perfectly matched to the soil around them – lie in alignment with this ridge facing the sea.
Without going back to the far-off times when geological upheavals separated Great Britain from the Continent, let us say that only a thousand years ago the waves had still not covered our soil to form the present Gulf of St Malo, the Channel Islands were still attached to terra firma, and Normandy and the Armorican peninsula were separated only by the river Titus, which is in its turn is formed by our smaller Breton rivers: the Sée, Salune, Rance, Arguenon, etc.
The forest of Jussy then extended across the entire expanse between the Chaussey Isles (Cho-Zech) and the mounts known as Saint-Michel (called at this time the mounts of the Dragon) and Tombelaine (Tom-Belen). This famous valley of Lude (Leuh) was the refuge of the Galatean Knights, who created there a fortified city where, for almost seven hundred years, Catholicism failed to vanquish them.
During this period they worked the But-Or (‘the Gold Mines’) and constructed below-ground the city of the Alpha, the biggest city in the world, and completed a monastery called the sanctuary of the Dragon on one of the Mounts of the Dragon.
Then, in the year 812, they suddenly disappeared. Some days later, amid a rumble of thunder, the sea covered the places where the last Atlanteans had lived.
From this time onward, only one of the mounts of the Dragon, towering above the waves, remained to provide evidence, through the existence of its sanctuary, of the activities of the Galatean Knights.
The Catholics then decided to attack it and to destroy this monastery, which seemed to present them with a considerable challenge. Led by a chief called Sant Michiel, they fought with tenacity for three years and finally, their victory assured, but with their chief engulfed by the shifting sands, they decided to name the island after its conqueror and call it Sant Michiel, which has since become Saint-Michel, which is where the legend of the 'Dragon being vanquished by Saint Michael' comes from.
Intruiged, I took some time to research the Mount Saint Michael in France to see if I could turn up anything. http://www.newadvent.org/cathen/10551a.htm
contained alot of interesting information, especially the hints to an esoteric "Order of Michael" in relation to the building.
When reading http://www.fiu.edu/~mizrachs/poseur3.html
, I learned that the architect Abbot Robert de Torigny was the first to utter the phrase "Et in Arcadia Ego", a very important phrase to the Priory of Sion mystery. It would seem Mt. Saint Michel is definently related to the mystery. The article also mentioned the existance of a "Saint Michael Ley Line" starting at St. Michael's Mount in Britian. I decided to look into this.http://www.mysteriousbritain.co.uk/majo ... haels.html
St Michaels Mount is thought to have been the site of a tin port in the late Iron Age, just before the Roman Invasion. The importance of the mount as a place of pilgrimage traditionally dates back to the 5th century, when a group of people had a vision of St Michael over the mount. The legend is somewhat garbled, and the vision has been attributed to various groups of people. It was this event that is supposed to have given the Mount its archangel dedication, although this may date to much later when the Benedictine monastary was founded. The Mount is also associated with St Keyne, who traditionally blessed a stone seat with the power to grant dominance in marriage, depending on who managed to sit on it first.
A Benedictine monastery was built here in 1135, which was a dependency of Mont St Michael in Brittany. This lasted until the dissolution of the Monasteries by Henry VIII in the 16th century. One interesting story suggests the bones of a giant man were discovered when the church was rebuilt in the 14th century, after an earthquake destroyed the original structure. The remains of the monastery were rebuilt into a castle, which was the home of the St Aubyn family from the 17th century, and is now owned by the National Trust.
It also turns out that St. Michael's Mount was associated with legends of giants and sunken civilizations:
St Michaels Mount was once known as Cara Cowze in Clowze, or, The hoar rock in the wood, which is seen by some as a folk memory of when the sea was much further back, and the area covered in woodland. The tradition was most probably passed on from written records when the mount was a monastic settlement linked with Mont St Michael in Brittany. St Michael's Mount is also not far from the legendary lost land of Lyonesse. () The Mount was also the legendary abode of the giants Cormoran and his wife Cormelian (). Jack the Giant killer eventually defeated Cormoran, after the giant terrorised the surrounding lands. .
The website says of the land of Lyonesse:
Beyond Land end stretching to the isles of Scilly, the lost land of Lyonnesse is reputed to lie. The land is said to have been engulfed by the sea over 900 years ago.
According to tradition the only survivor of the sinking was a man called Trevilian, who rode a white horse before the waves. The family crest shows the image of this white horse.
The story may be related to folk memory of dry land between Lands End and the Isles of Scilly. There is evidence to suggest that the sea levels were different within written records, Scilly was referred to as one island during the reign of Maximus in the Fourth Century AD. The land of Lyonnesse has also been linked into the legend of King Arthur.
Most interesting indeed!
I also found some info on the Leyline itself:
St Michael's Mount is also the starting point for the infamous St Michael's ley, a broad line linking the Mount, St Michael's Church Brentor, St Michael's Church Burrowbridge, St Michael's Church Othery, St Michael's Church, Glastonbury Tor and Stoke St Michael. Although too short a space to elaborate on, this can really only be seen as modern folklore.
The mention of Glastonbury Tor interested me, as its the suspected locale of Avalon, and the site legend reports that Joseph of Arimethea took the Holy Grail following the crucifixtion. Atop the Tor is St. Michael's Tower, an image of which can be seen here: http://www.sacredsites.com/europe/engla ... nbury.html
The earliest knowledge we have of the Tor come to us from legends. In prehistoric times the island peak was believed to be the home of Gwyn ap Nudd, the Lord of the spirit world of Annwn. Immortalized in folklore, Gwyn ap Nudd became a Fairy King and his realm of Annwn the mystic isle and sacred mount of Avalon. Long a holy place of pagan spirituality, the 170 meter tall hill shows extensive signs of being contoured by human hands in Neolithic times. These contours, indistinct after the passage of thousands of years, mark the course of a spiraling labyrinth, which encircles the hill from base to peak. Ancient myths and folk legends suggest that pilgrims to the sacred island would moor their boats upon the shore and, entering the great landscape labyrinth, begin their long ascent to the hilltop shrine. By following the intricate and winding route of the labyrinth, rather than ascending by a more direct line, a deep attunement with the Tor's concentrated terrestrial and celestial energies was achieved.
Lord of the Underworld Celtic myth knows Glastonbury Tor as the seat of Gwynn ap Nudd - Lord of the Underworld and the Faery Kingdom. Gwynn's fabulous palace within the Tor cannot be seen with human eyes; its walls and roof are those of illusion. Every May Day, Gwynn does battle with Gwyther, Lord of the Summerland, for the hand of the Maiden of Spring. With the coming of Christianity, so the hermit saint Collen walked into Gwynn's myth. Summoned to settle Gwynn's dispute with Gwyther, Collen decreed that on Doomsday their quarrel would be resolved. With a splash of holy water, the faery walls disappeared.
The mention of the underworld is interesting, as LE COMTE DE MONCHARVILLE continually mentioned underground cities, and it was there that I began my research into this St. Michael Ley. See http://www.thevesselofgod.com/themindofgod.html
to read a thorough study of this.
Also at the Tor is the "Chalice Well", where one of the so called final resting places of the Holy Grail. This spot is marked by the Visca Pisces, an important occult symbol.
The Glastonbury Giants or Zodiac is a great landscape configuration, a circle 10 miles across. The 12 zodiac signs appear in their right order, formed by hills, outlined by roads and rivers. Katherine Maltwood who rediscovered this great circle in the 1930's claimed it as the original Round Table in Avalon with Arthur, Guinevere, Merlin and the Chief Knights still seated about it as the signs of the Zodiac and the seasons of the year. A great hound five miles long, the Girt Dog of Langport, guards this star temple. Several local legends and about 100 place-names, like Wagg on the Dog's tail, Earlake Moor on his ear, hint that these effigies were once well known. You will find Aries at Street, the Phoenix of Aquarius rises from Glastonbury Tor, and the circle continues around the Isle of Avalon.
The Glastonbury Zodiac, a marvelous example of geomantic earthwork, measures 10 miles across and can be viewed totally only from the air. Hedges, roads and woods were laid out to form a ring of the 12 signs of the zodiac in the Age of Taurus as a Temple of the Stars. With the passage of time, successive cultures have interpreted the form according to their own myths and symbols, so the Zodiac has also been seen as an illustration of King Arthur´s Round Table and the quest for the Holy Grail.
Parkwood in the center of the Zodiac represents the Pole Star, a point of stillness in the heavenly wheel. It remains today a virgin wood, like a sancturary to the soul.
It would seem that many of the spots on the St. Michael Ley are associated with myths of giants and lost civilization, underground cities, the Holy Grail, and the ancient interest in astronomy and the hermetic principle "As Above, So Below".
Masonic historian wrote that Saint Michael was originally the Sun God of Israel, (12 tribes of Israel, the 12 signs of the zodiac at glastonbury?), and that St. Michael could be equated with the sumerian god Marduk, who was commonly called "Lord of the Abyss". The abyss, of course, was a common reference to the realm of the underworld, which seems to pop up frequently within the sites along the Leyline.
I'm continuing to research the sites along the leyline to see if I can dig up more clues.
Regards, Beau Berger
A Benedictine Abbey, in the Diocese of Avranches, Normandy, France. It is unquestionably the finest example both of French medieval architecture and of a fortified abbey. The buildings of the monastery are piled round a conical mass of rock which rises abruptly out of the waters of the Atlantic to the height of 300 feet, on the summit of which stands the great church. This rock is nearly a mile from the shore, but in 1880 a causeway was built across the dangerous quicksand that occupies this space and is exposed at low water, so that there is now no danger in approaching the abbey. The monastery was founded about the year 708 by St. Aubert, Bishop of Avranches, and according to the legend, by direct command of the Archangel Michael himself, who appeared to the bishop in a dream on three separate occasions. About 966, Richard the Fearless, third Duke of Normandy, finding the community in a relaxed condition, installed Benedictines from Monte Cassino at Mont-St-Michel. A few years later, in 1017, Abbot Hildebert II began the colossal scheme of buildings all round the rock which should form a huge platform level with the summit, on which the abbey church might stand. In spite of the enormous difficulties involved in the design, difficulties increased by fire and the collapse of portions of the edifice, the great scheme was persevered in during five centuries and crowned by the completion of the flamboyant choir in 1520. Even among religious communities, such an instance of steadfast purpose and continuity of plan stands unrivalled; but the completion was only just in time. In 1523 the abbey was granted in commendam to Cardinal Le Veneur and the series of commendatory Abbots continued until 1622 when the abbey, its community reduced almost to the vanishing point, was united to the famous Congregation of St-Maur. At the French Revolution the Maurist monks were ejected and the splendid building became a prison for political offenders while, with unconscious irony, the name of the place was changed from Mont St-Michel to Mont Libre. In 1863 the prison was closed and for a few years the abbey was leased to the Bishop of Avranches, but in 1872 the French Government took it over as a national monument and undertook, none too soon, the task of restoration. The work has gone on almost continually ever since, and the restorers must be praised for the skill with which the great pile has been saved from ruin, and the good taste with which the whole has been done.
This vast group of buildings has been the subject of several important monographs. Speaking generally, the monastic buildings consist of three main stories. Of these, the two lower take the form of vast irregular rings completely enclosing the natural rock, which forms a core to the whole edifice. The third story rests partly on the two lower stories and partly on the apex of the rock which is found immediately beneath the pavement of the church. The most remarkable part of all is the mass of buildings known as "la merveille" (the marvel) on the north side of the rock facing the ocean. This vast structure, half military, half monastic, is built wholly of granite quarried on the mainland, and was entirely constructed between the years 1203 and 1228. Its foundations are one hundred and sixty feet above the sea level, and it consists of three stories of which two are vaulted. The lowest contains the almonry and cellar; above these come the refectory and "hall of the knights", on which again rest the dormitory and the cloister. The last named building, which is perhaps the finest gem of all, has a double arcade so planned that the columns in one row are opposite the centre of the arches in the other--a unique arrangement of wonderful beauty. The church is cruciform with a Norman nave which was formerly seven bays in length, but the three western bays were destroyed in 1776. The central tower has lately been restored and crowned with a copper-covered spire surmounted by a gilded statue of St. Michael by M. Frémiet. The choir is apsidal and has a chevet of chapels with a crypt or lower church beneath.
The position of the abbey rendered it of the highest strategic importance especially during the wars with England, and both it and the little town that had grown up at the foot of the rock on the land side, were enclosed by strong fortifications during the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries. So impregnable was the rock made in this way that, although frequently attacked by superior forces, it was never captured. The abbot was also commandant of the place by appointment of the King of France, and he was empowered to bestow feoffs on the nobles of the province who bound themselves in return to guard the abbey in time of war. In 1469 King Louis XI founded the Order of St. Michael, and held the first chapter of its knights in the "salle des chevaliers." It is said that the cockle shell, horn, and staff, which became the recognized insignia of a pilgrim from the thirteenth century onwards, take their origin from Mont-St-Michel. The staff was used to test the path across the treacherous quicksand, the horn served to summon aid should tide or fog surprise the pilgrim; while the cockle shell was fixed in the hat as a souvenir to show that the pilgrim had accomplished his journey in safety. The abbey bore as its arms a cockle shell and fleurs-de-lis with the significant motto "Tremor immensi Oceani".