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Published:June 10th, 2008 12:30 EST
 The Chapel Perilous

The Chapel Perilous

By Sean Stubblefield


Both the Knights of the Round Table and the Knights Templar are said to have been eagerly seeking the Holy Grail. Current speculation and claims are increasing that the Grail, historically and commonly depicted and identified as a cup or chalice, actually implies not Jesus but Mary Magdalene (or more precisely, her womb), as the wife of Jesus and the mother of his children. What is the true importance and nature of the Holy Grail? Certainly not the supposed eventual re-instatement of a Merovingian dynasty in France or Davidic lineage in the Middle East based on the bloodline of Jesus Christ, a popular " theory recently circulating. Especially considering the historical momentum and political landscape " not just in those locations, but globally.

What contemporary credibility or authority would or could such a regal bloodline possibly have? Why would an obscure and provincial philosopher king that Jesus was be expected to be of any political relevance now or in the future? It is like suggesting that the descendant of some regional leader of Celtic tribes were to return today and assume power. Plus, after so many generations, there is no way to sustain or substantiate any kind of pure " bloodline to claim a throne by that right.

In life, Jesus wielded more influence on politics and society of the time and place as a philosopher and activist than he ever did as a king. And Jesus had so much more power " however distorted and perverted-- after his death than he did or could while alive " as martyr and religious icon manufactured and manipulated by the Holy " Catholic Church.

So why would the Knights Templar, under the alleged sagacity of the Priori of Sion, endeavor through the centuries to safeguard the secret of the Grail? And what IS that secret, anyway? The only logical reason why anyone would devote themselves to the task of preserving the bloodline of the historical Jesus is as a means to preserve and protect the historical truth about Christ and Christianity " presumably to expose Christianity as we know it as a farcical and fraudulent religion of subjugation, actually having little to do with the historical Jesus.

I propose that the actual significance of confirming the bloodline of Jesus would be in denouncing or overthrowing Christianity, or more precisely, the power of the Catholic Church.

But even this is only partial truth, and more a side effect of such a revelation than the actual point of the Grail lore. The full significance of the worship and intrigue surrounding perpetual interest in Grail lore is found in the Gnostic Gospels uncovered in the Nag Hammadi region not long ago. Particularly in the title of one text called Pistis Sophia, translated from Greek as Faith Wisdom " as in a faith based on Wisdom.

The Holy Grail isn`t concerned with a mystical Chalice or with a royal lineage, per se, but rather with what these things signify: a school of thought, an esoteric tradition of knowledge and philosophy as practiced and promoted by Jesus that has been obscured by the Roman Catholic Church with their Holy Bible propaganda.

Christians are notoriously ignorant of their own history, the history of their religion. I don`t say this to be mean or insulting, it`s just generally true. For if they were familiar with that history, documented and publicly available in historical sources, they would be experiencing a dreadful crisis of faith, and even renouncing Christianity in droves in the face of such considerable evidence against its verity. Today, the historical information regarding the life and times of the historical Jesus Christ are, thanks to diligent efforts in biblical scholarship, becoming ever more revealed and available for consideration; more so than most people " especially Christians " realize or care to acknowledge.

But the details involved in the subject of the historical truth about Jesus are complex, convoluted and even somewhat startling and intimidating in their scope, conclusions and mere implications. Too extensive for casual review to do the topic justice, and too massive to be dealt with comprehensively in this forum. However, a rough evaluation of the matter and material will provide a general impression of the facts discovered through the results of independent research conducted by numerous scholars. The relevant and pertinent information is there for anyone willing to commit to an investigation.

As a primer, I recommend beginning with a remarkable book titled The Da Vinci Code, as well as The Hidden History of Jesus and the Holy Grail.

If you are still interested in and serious about pursuing this line of inquiry, I suggest following up with non-fiction books The Gnostic Gospels, Bloodline of the Holy Grail, Jesus the Heretic, and The Templar Revelation.

These are incredible and invaluable resources for information on the historical Jesus, as opposed to the Biblical Jesus. The findings of so many independent researchers are so overlapping and much too consistent to be coincidental, making them hard to ignore or dismiss as entirely circumstantial or irrelevant. Indeed, they validate each other to such an extent that they lend themselves and each other credibility, legitimacy and accuracy. 

Here, I want to focus only on two prominent features associated with the Christ legacy, which fascinatingly turn out to be related: The Holy Grail myth and the enigmatic Knights Templar (Templars), a group of seemingly Christian defenders in the time of the Crusades. Records show that the Knights Templar were formally established in 1118 as escorts for pilgrims traveling to the Holy Land; their full name was The Order of The Poor Knights of the Temple of Solomon. In 1128, the Templars were officially recognized as a religious military order upholding the Christian ideal, approved by and answering only to the Pope, after it had developed a reputation in the Middle East area and throughout Europe as formidable defenders of the land, and of Christ. Their membership, prestige and financial power grew, making them very influential and privileged in Europe. Through large and regular donations from supporters and its members, the Knights Templar were renowned as international bankers, as well as skillful and courageous elite warrior monks " honorable and devoted knights of Christ. Then, on Friday 13, 1307, the Templars were suddenly arrested and disbanded when they were accused of heresy by means of engaging in occult activities and sexual rituals.

But all this is not end of, nor the whole truth of, the Templar story.

Their Christian image was mostly a façade, per evidence, enabling them to function unhindered by, indeed supported by, the Catholic Church.

Yet deeper research presents evidence indicating that rather than completely dissolving, The Templars actually went into hiding by relocating and reforming, becoming or infiltrating other similar groups and organizations " secret societies like the Free Masons-- in order to sustain and preserve their unconventional and definitely non-Christian beliefs.

The alleged power behind the formation of the Templars is said to be the mysterious Priori of Sion, a rumored secret society founded in 1099 in response to the First Crusade, whose objective is to supposedly safeguard the secret of The Holy Grail.

The common conception of the Grail is a chalice which Jesus drank from at the Last Supper, and which caught his blood at the Crucifixion. The uncommon speculation is that the Grail represents the Bloodline of Jesus Christ and Mary Magdalene.

Phonetically, Priori could read as Priory-- a monastery governed by a prior or a convent governed by a prioress; Sion could be interpreted as Scion--- a descendent or heir.

In a sense, the Holy Grail is the bloodline of Jesus and Magdalene, but only metaphorically. Some are stunned at the idea that Jesus and Mary Magdalene were consorts, and they had children. The most shocking aspect of such a union, though, is what it meant or implied, and the purpose it served. What the Grail really refers to is not simply the Christ family " if at all, but more importantly a perpetuation and veneration of Sophia " goddess of wisdom, respected by adherents of alchemy, and expressed through alchemical rites. Mary Magdalene herself is purported, according to research, to be the symbolic and/ or literal embodiment of Sophia, making her a goddess; which explains her identification with the Grail, or as the Grail.

Apparently, Jesus and Mary were really involved in Egyptian mystery schools of alchemy, operating a secret sect they kept from the 12 disciples--- themselves merely a mask to draw attention (away from) and cover the true motives of these two co-conspirators. Yes, Jesus and Mary were equal partners, in accordance with their religious orientation. Don`t just take my word for any of this, read the research. I urge and encourage you. It is clear, even in the Bible alone, that Jesus thought and taught atypical beliefs and that the disciples were often confused by, and doubtful of, Jesus.

Although ethnically a Jew, living in a Jewish society, Jesus`s true religion was Egyptian in origin, or at least heavily borrowing from this neighboring culture, which he shared with select others like Magdalene in a private sect. An analysis of Egyptian religions will illuminate similarities with Jesus`s teachings. Jesus was not so influential merely because of what he preached or symbolized, nor as cult of personality, not because he was the Son of God, but because he was already a significant local religious/ political figure, because he was a prince of royal blood from the House of David. That`s how and why he managed to get away with such contrary habits and attitudes. Everything he did in his ministry and the Crucifixion and resurrection was orchestrated, laying a foundation to promote and practice this religion, perhaps hoping to revitalize or restore local Jewish religion with the Egyptian ideal of appreciating both a god and a goddess, which was being lost in Judaic society, by mixing Jewish and Egyptian traditions. The region and neighboring areas were a hodgepodge of differing, intermingling and co-existing religious trends; which is why the Roman world so easily and readily accepted Christianity merged with their existing beliefs. They weren`t entirely dissimilar, anyway.

People of Jesus`s time and geography were also a deeply symbolic and metaphorical culture of mythmakers, whether in Egypt or in Palestine. Jesus often spoke in parables and allegory. Colloquialisms of slang, titular names and pseudonyms were typical, particularly in religious communities or sects.

And in those days, alchemy and science were indistinguishable; astrology and astronomy were treated as the same thing. Alchemy, understood " by most today as being the dubious or erroneous transformation of lead into gold, is really intended metaphorically " transforming individuals through philosophies, meditations and rituals of enlightenment (gnosis). And according to the data, Jesus sought to achieve this through alchemical occult knowledge such as sacred geometry, sacred sexuality and the sacred feminine of goddess worship. The Templars, themselves, are suspected of being very interested and involved in gathering, securing and applying this kind of occult knowledge. Indeed, they are said to have not only searched for the Holy Grail but had acquired it, which means that they carried this knowledge, comprehended it and knew how to apply it successfully to achieve transcendence and wisdom derived from alchemy.

A misinterpretation of their rumored secret ritual alchemical practices, as well as royal jealousies, inspired charges of heresy against them.

So it is not any inherent mystical energy from Jesus and Mary specifically that infuses the Holy Grail with power for the Templars, nor necessarily the literal belief in such, but the occult idea and tradition those two and the cup symbolize: Pistis Sophia.

Its power is not in as a talisman, but as a symbol of power based in knowledge.

Like the American flag, which has no innate power as a flag, but as a symbol it stands for something to those who recognize it as such. Knowledge is power, and the Templars actively sought power " particularly of the magical " variety-- and any knowledge they thought would suffuse them with it.

Our contemporary arrogance and ignorance tends to presume that ancient " and primitive " inherently equate to wrong, false, uneducated. But this is not necessarily so.

Jesus, and the Templars, definitely thought they were on to something.

The Templars believed that they possessed secret knowledge about Christianity, and that they are the guardians of the arcane knowledge of the Holy Grail.

Many stories have been told and repeated " even to this day-- of epic quests for the mythic and legendary Holy Grail (and the alleged power it would attribute those who have it), but not for the crucifixion cross of Christ. Would a mere talisman warrant such persistent affection and desire that majestic, magical tales are continually told about it? The Grail legend and legacy is so enduring, so endearing, that one must surely wonder why.

Yet, all this Grail talk aside, the historical revelations about Jesus Christ, at the very least, call our accepted and assumed conceptions about Christianity and its validity into serious question.