In any case, there is something very special about this place. One theory that’s out there, is that it is the site of a portal to other dimensions, a stargate of sorts. Our friend and fellow “Rennie”, Ani Williams takes a look at that idea in an article she wrote after interviewing City of Secrets author Patrice Chaplin. In the following excerpt from that article, Ani ref erences the now famous “Tour Magdala” or Magdalene Tower constructed by Abbe Sauniere at the turn of the 20th Century.
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The…Tour Magdala, dated to 1901, was constructed by the enigmatic priest Berenger Saunier in Rennes le Chateau, France. It is located next to the famous Magdalene Church filled with coded grail imagery. Interestingly, both the small village of Soubirous (French spelling of the name of Bernadette Subiros, Our Lady of Lourdes visionary) and the Cave of Magdalene lie to the Southwest of the French Tour Magdala. This southwest alignment appears to be marked by an anomalous red tile in the floor of the Tour library. Sauniere built his home between the Tour and the Magdalene Chapel and called it Villa Bethania. Bethany was the town in Galilee, home of Mary, her sister Martha and brother Lazarus. Beth-El, Hebrew words meaning house of God, is the name given by Jacob in Genesis 28, to the place where he had his vision of the ladder reaching between heaven and earth.In the Genesis story Jacob uses a stone for a pillow and falls into a deep sleep. He dreams of a ladder reaching into heaven, upon which angels are constantly ascending and descending. When he awakens, Jacob cries “Terribilis est locus iste”, how awesome or terrible is this place!
Over the entry porch of his Magdalene chapel, Sauniere inscribed the words ‘Terribilis est locus iste’. Why would the priest inscribe Jacob’s words if not to say that Rennes le Chateau is a Gate of Heaven, a place where the veil between heaven and earth is permeable.Jacob’s Ladder and the Gate of HeavenIn Jacob’s dream, he has seen the opening between dimensions, normally only accessible to angels and prophets. According to Christian mystics and Gnostics, this Gate is available to all serious initiates. This ladder between the mundane and the heavenly realms is developed by practicing the ancient work of inner alchemy. As in Egyptian, Taoist, Vedic, Buddhist and Christian esoteric knowledge, one extends one’s sphere of possibilities with conscious breath work, meditation and using sacred sounds to vibrate and awaken the inner cauldrons of power, or energy centers.
The Djed Pillar or backbone of Osiris is a more ancient version of Jacob’s Ladder. Many of the Christian esoteric traditions are rooted in Sumerian and Egyptian practices, which included the opening of the five senses to awaken the sixth and beyond. Ritual anointing with aromas of a high frequency, such as spikenard, frankincense, myrrh and cedar was practiced by the Myrrhophores, priestesses of the temple such as Mary Magdalene, Hathor and Isis. Sacred sounds, chants and incantations were used to open doorways of perception and raise the djed, or kundalini.
In the Naassene Sermon, a text said to be based on a teaching given by Jesus at the Last Supper, this raising of the Shakti, or Kundalini is called reversing the flow. This process creates the upward-flowing river, thus relieving the normal gravity and human focus on the mundane. Unlimited worlds of potentiality open in the initiate who develops the inner balance of connection between earth and sky. (For more reading on the Naassenes, see the book ‘Gnostic Secrets of the Naassenes, The Initiatory Teachings of the Last Supper’ by Mark H. Gaffney.)
To read the entire article, including Ani’s interview with author Patrice Chaplin, go to www.aniwilliams.com/city_of-secrets.htm. Also, stop by the Bloodline store www.bloodline-themovie.com/Store/ to buy special edition music CDs by Ani Williams.
Ani Williams is a harpist, singer and sound therapist residing in Sedona, Arizona. Visit her website for articles on Mary Magdalene and the Grail mysteries, Songaia Sound Medicine, and May and September, 2009 Grail Pilgrimages in Southern France. Her May tour includes the annual Gypsy Festival of St. Sarah in Provence. Website: www.aniwilliams.com or call 928-204-1124.