How to find the Holy Grail

 

       The "teasers" below feature some of our controversial conjectures, which are all copyrighted to prevent novelists like Dan Brown from exploiting them. We expect that most scholars and initiates will reject them as "too provocative" and "off the spiritual path", but we intend to demonstrate that it is not possible to reach the higher levels of the ancient quest without first exploring – or debunking – some popular beliefs and superstitions.

      We'll show also that the celebrated "Matter of Britain" is unrelated to medieval grail events, which originated on Mont Verdera in Catalonia (Spain). It is a curious fact that the village Rennes-le-Château (France), where the absurd claims of The Da Vinci Code had their start, is only about sixty miles away! A comparison will confirm that the Pyrenees are indeed a natural barrier between France and Spain where cultures have clashed since Antiquity.

 

1. King Arthur

The creators of grail romance used an Arthurian scenario even though there are no records that this king and circle of knights ever existed. Even the discovery of King Arthur's grave in Glastonbury was invented by monks to raise funds after the abbey had burned down in 1184 – which means that our quest could be nothing but a wild-goose chase! Or did Chrétien de Troyes create a roman à clef about specific historical events?

2. Robert's Riddle

The Arch of Titus in Rome depicts spoils from Jerusalem the Romans carried off in 70 CE. There is evidence that some of the treasure, including the Holy Grail, was lost in the Pyrenees after the Sack of Rome in 410 CE. Were some allies of the Visigoths guilty of the loss? Or confused clergymen as claimed in a Latin chronicle? Did the poet Robert de Boron feature the Val d'Aran in "the farthest west" to help us find the Grail?

3. Nostradamus Codex

NASA/JPL data shows that the orbits of Earth and the five visible planets reach the same position every 854 years. Astronomers dismiss this endless cycle as irrelevant! But wouldn't they be wrong if an unknown radiation is triggered each time the planets line up behind the Sun and isolate Earth – and if some historical events repeat in this cycle as well? Did this phenomenon inspire Nostradamus to predict the future?

4. Spanish Inquisition

Four hundred years ago, a Barcelona lawyer collected rare manuscripts from secular and monastic libraries in Spain and France and wrote a Chronicle of Catalonia. Why did his unique collection end up in Paris and not at the Vatican? Was he murdered in 1635 by a protégé of Richelieu? Or a fake funeral arranged by Franciscan friars to fool "mortal enemies" and enable him to work on the Chronicle until the 1650s?

5. Venusberg

The poet Wolfram von Eschenbach does not identify the grail keepers as Knights Templar, but as "templars" whose insignia is the turtle-dove, a symbol of Aphrodite. Did he debunk a Teutonic tale about Tannhäuser by fusing the medieval grail castle with a temple of this love goddess? The same one that's featured near a Greek settlement in the Eastern Pyrenees as "templum veneris" on Ptolemy's ancient maps?

6. Code of Silence

Chrétien may have been murdered in the 1180s when his "Story of the Grail" became popular at the royal courts. The poem ends abruptly, probably because of his death, and we also know that several continuations were written under 'holy orders' which distort his esoteric concept. If he was killed, was it because he insulted a pious count? Or because he revealed the grail secrets? Or both?

7. The elusive Phoenix

In the 1930s, a Jesuit astronomer debunked Kepler's theory about the Star of Bethlehem by claiming (falsely) that a "miraculous bright triangle" of planets was invisible to the naked eye on Feb. 25, 6 BCE. Did he suppress the truth because the Magi could fuse esoteric triangles into a Star of David? Or because they followed the Phoenix to Bethlehem – as foretold in Balaam's oracles?

8. Reincarnations

The early Church fathers and the Judas Gospel proposed that Jesus believed in reincarnation, that he was the prophet Elisha, come again, and that John the Baptist had returned as Elijah, which eleven disciples failed to comprehend. Is this the real meaning of the Resurrection and Second Coming? Did the Vatican replace this 'heresy' with the doctrine of Christ's divinity to secure his Messianic status?

9. Wolfram's Account

The poet organized his grail romance "Parzival" with German precision into eight sections of 108 units of 30 lines. A section about the grail secrets follows the fourth with only 70 units of 30 lines. Is this hidden structure and numerology a secret code to unlock a schlüsselroman with the riddles of Hesiod and Plutarch? Could the grail myth be about Plato's "krater" and a divine seed?

10. Skull & Crossbones

According to a Latin chronicle, the skull and right arm of St Peter were taken from his tomb in Rome and lost in a cave in the Pyrenees. This challenge of the Vatican's raison d'être was confirmed by excavations under pope Pius XII in the 1940s. Was the Jolly Roger used by pirates of the Caribbean and the Knights Templar to symbolize this loss – only for different reasons?

11. Black Madonna

Was the Second Coming overlooked because Jesus was born again as dark as his mother? In 1522 CE, Ignatius of Loyola spent a night vigil before the Black Madonna of Montserrat and laid down his sword and dagger before her to create a "Society of Jesus", also known as the Jesuits. Did he discover her son's true identity – and exchange his dagger for a poisoned pen to protect this secret?

12. A Holy Grail?

Chrétien leads his audience from Matthew's parable of the seed to the macrocosmic grail: a golden "platter" as bright as the Sun. Robert adds a Christian legend and changes the grail to a "bowl" from the Last Supper. Wolfram offers a timeline with the planetary positions and reduces the grail to a "stone" from paradise. Does this metamorphosis symbolize the real grail – which would not be an object?

 

 The teasers are meant to demonstrate that GRAILGATE is a gate to many mysteries and that the "quest" is an obstacle course. Inspired by Chrétien's ambiguous jeux de mots the name is also a pun on Watergate because of clandestine plots by the Roman Church since the beginning of Christianity.

 

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