The Secret of Rennes-Le-Château

The Secret of Rennes-le-Château

Rennes the Village

Rennes-le-Château lies near the foot of the Pyrenean mountains in Southern France.

It is a small village with a sparse population. At the heart of this community is a church, dedicated to Saint Mary Magdalene. This is the church that stands on the site today and built round about the eleventh century. Here is where a mystery lies.

The Renovations

In 1885 the catholic church appointed Father Bérenger Saunière, the position of Parish Priest of Rennes. The church of Mary Magdalene was in a rundown condition and Saunière was a simple poor priest. But what followed soon after was astonishing. He spent a vast amount of money renovating the church to a magnificent standard. Far above such extravagance that befits a village church. Sauniere refurbished the inside with gained statues, fine paintings and elaborate decorations. He also built several orangeries, had a tower built attached to the church, and named it Tour Magdala. The name refers to an ancient village in Israel in the North of the country on the shore of the Sea of Galilee. In Hebrew, Magdalene means Tower Magdala. Said to be the birthplace of Mary Magdalene. Her name suggests this: Mary of Magdalene. A villa built some distance away that the tower by a walkway. Saunière added a sacristy (also known as a vestre) for keeping church equipment. Such as sacred vessels, church parish records and specific furnishings. Saunière also renovated the run-down cemetery. He built a wall encompassing it and a set of wrought-iron gates set in pillars on each side. These had a lintel stone above, running across the gate head. It had a stone pediment on top with a skull and crossbones carved into it.

The Mysterious Inheritance

A mystery remains to this day on where Saunière acquired such wealth to carry out all this work. These renovations took ten years to complete. This also included the cemetery and Saunière’s living quarters. All this work required carpenters, stonemasons, labourers and many other tradespeople. These people needed paying for their labours. Materials and fittings needed payment as the work progressed. The accounts and invoices relating to the works have survived. They confirm the amount to be over 11,500 Frank’s, which inflates to around £4,000,000 in today’s money, in 2020.

Asmodeus the Master Demon

There is a Latin inscription over the entrance to the church, terribilis est locus iste. This translates to “this place is terrible.” There are other inscriptions. One reads: “this is God’s house, the gate of heaven, and it shall be called the royal court of God.”

A figure inside the church, installed by Saunière, is of the demon Asmodeus perched holding up the font. Above are four angels. Asmodeus is in many ancient writings as a master demon, sometimes referred to as the king of demons. Could it be that the whole statue is portraying a message of good? Represented by God’s angels, subduing evil represented by Asmodeus underfoot? Ancient writings denote demons, bound as slaves, and powerless. Working on God’s temple under the command of Soloman. God gave power to Solomon over the demons through the archangel Michael by the possession of a ring.

Saunière embedded many symbolic references in the church for reasons unknown.

Buried Treasure

There are many theories about Saunière and the mystery surrounding Rennes-le-Château. too many to put into such a brief blog, but what follows are some more popular ones.

Buried treasure has been one theory for Saunière’s wealth. One such theory is that Saunière found a hoard of buried treasure somewhere within the church or grounds, hidden in a hidden vault underground.

King Dagobert II

There are several tombs below the church. One tomb refers to the last resting place of King Dagobert II. (Although other evidence suggests the burial of Dagobert at the St Dennis Basilica). It could have been that Saunière found the passage to this crypt. Then finding the king’s treasure buried along with him. Dagobert II was from the Merovingian dynasty. They ruled Austrasia (the Franks, Gaul, Germany and Northern Italy) during the 7th and 8th century AD. Dagobert II had the royal title of King of Franks. He was born in 652 and died in 679 and ruled for 3 years before his death by assassination. Dagobert reintroduced the minting of gold coins. After an earlier ruler suspended the act. He was the last king to have coins minted in his name in Marseille.

The Goths and Solomon’s Treasure

Another theory is that it was King Solomon’s Treasure that he came upon. About 37 years after the crucifixion of Jesus, in AD 70, Titus of Rome destroyed Jerusalem, and raised Solomon’s temple, and the treasures carried off to Rome. The Visigoths later looted this in AD 410 after they sacked Rome. There is evidence that Rennes was once a stronghold of the Visigoths. They could have hid their spoils on the site for safekeeping, when the Romans and the Goths were at war with each other.

The Goths were a Germanic race of people. Comprised the Visigoths from the West and The Ostrogoths from the East. They drove the Romans out of much of Europe. and took over a large area from Germany and across the Eastern part of the continent. They settled in Southern Gaul, now France, to the Pyrenees and into Northern Spain. After the Goths had plundered Rome, they took the treasures of Solomon’s Temple back to Rennes, and hidden them away for safekeeping. The Goths later converted from German paganism to Christianity. They would have considered the treasures of Solomon as sacred.

The Cathars

Cathars also had a stronghold in the region. They were a branch of Christianity but had differing views from the Catholic church. This later led to their demise when persecuted and overrun by the Catholics, somewhat violently. The Cathars occupied the regions of Northern Italy and Southern France. From the 12th to the 14th century AD. Maybe they hid their treasures during their time of persecution. This was to protect them from the invading Catholics. It is said that they were the keepers and guardians of the Holy Grail. And that they gained many other religious artefacts. Centuries later, Saunière may have discovered their vast number of hidden treasures.

The Knights Templar

Another guardian of the treasures of Christ and Solomon was The Knights Templar. A Christian charitable order that had great input during the crusades. They were a military organisation and a powerful fighting force. They received authority from the pope and grew to a large order. First founded in 1119, they were active until 1312. The pope of that time, Clement V, set out to destroy them. The Templars accrued massive amounts of wealth and religious artefacts.. They considered it their duty to guard the sacred treasures of Solomon. There is speculation that The Templars had Solomon’s treasures in their possession. This also includes the Arc of the Covenant. They set up a headquarters in a wing of the royal palace in the Temple Mount in Jerusalem. They build the Temple Mount on the old site of Solomon’s Temple. This is how they gained their name, the Templar Knights. They also had a stronghold near Rennes-le-Château. Another reason for the possibility of a great wealth buried at the site.

The Jesus and Mary Myth

Another theory, one that has had much debate and at least one best seller written about it. It is the theory that Jesus bypassed the cross and emigrated to France with Mary Magdalene. Later, Bérenger Saunière came across some documents, hidden away in his church. Showing the relation of the bloodline of Jesus’ family and the Merovingian Dynasty. As the story goes, the Vatican paid Saunière a vast amount of money for his silence on this matter.

Was this the case? If so, the Vatican would have carried out a less costly way of keeping this poverty-stricken priest quiet. What would have been the risk to the Catholic Church? To let a massive secret such as this left in the hands of a lowly priest. This theory seems to be one of the most farfetched of them all. But remember, the book in question is a fiction novel, so we assume poetic licence.

Conclusion

Saunière was at Rennes as Parish Priest for 32 years until his death in 1917. During that time, Saunière appointed a housekeeper. Marie Denarnaud, who was about 20 years younger than himself. She became his trusted confidant and, on his deathbed, he passed the secret of Rennes-le-Château to her. Denarnaud herself had instructions to convey the secret before her passing. In 1953 she suffered a brain haemorrhage. This left her paralysed and speechless. So the secret remains that for future interested parties to ponder.

Many experts in various fields have studied this strange story. Journalists and authors have indulged their passion and much ink spread across the white paper canvas. Film crews have contributed their part. But no-one has ever come up with a cast iron explanation, only theory after theory. So, the mystery carries on and the same old questions keep coming up. Where did this peasant of a priest get such vast wealth? How did he become rich beyond his wildest dreams? What form of wealth or currency did he stumble upon? How did he get such wealth almost overnight? He spent the equal of four million pounds in today’s value, on renovating a village church and grounds? What are all those symbolic gestures about that he placed in and around the church? What happened? We’ll never know the truth.

D. Marsden © 2020

Europe and bible prophesy

The European Union

The bible describes a latter-day Europe as a joining of nations formed together to make up a 10-nation union of power, a ten-nation confederacy.

Let’s first look at a brief history of the EU

They created the union in 1945, to put an end to war in Europe, after the devastation caused by the second world war. Six European countries (France, Holland, Belgium, Luxembourg, Italy and Germany) came together to form an alliance not only to keep the future of Europe at peace but also to solve the economic problems that the war had created. The Treaty of Paris agreed on free trade of raw materials, the movement of coal and steel, the primary purpose. The European Coal and Steel Community (The ECSC), was up and running by 1952.

One idea stemming from this was to create a federal Europe were all the nations would pool together rather than create another war within Europe in the future. During the 1950s, they drew a European defence agreement up by the states to form a unified army. France rejected this, but remains a proposal still.

France didn’t include Britain in, and therefore Britain stayed out of the agreement.

In 1957 they signed a new treaty, known as The Treaty of Rome. This formed the EEC (The European Economic Community), which later morphed into what we know today as the EU (European Union). They bore the EU out of the Maastricht Treaty that came into being in 1993, a political and economic union of its member states.

In 1960, under a conservative government, Britain applied to join the EEC but France apposed in 1963 because the French parliament, led by President Charles DE Gaulle, was weary of the close relationship of Britain to the USA. Britain reapplied in 1973 and voted into the union, still known as the EEC.

In 1981 Greece joined the EEC, making it the tenth nation to join. In 1986 Spain joined and then further countries followed, Croatia was the last to join in 2013. This made 27.

A United States of Europe was a long-standing vision and as far back as 1849, Victor Hugo, the French writer, stated at the Paris Peace Congress, as president, and expressed that vision:

 “A day will come when your arms will fall from your hands! A day will come when war will seem as absurd between Paris and London, between Petersburg and Berlin, between Vienna and Turin, as it would today between Rouen and Amiens or between Boston and Philadelphia. A day will come when you — France, Russia, Italy, England, Germany — all your nations of the continent will merge, without losing your distinct qualities and your glorious individuality, in a close and higher unity to form a European brotherhood, just as Normandy, Brittany, Burgundy, Lorraine, Alsace, all our provinces are merged in France.”

“A day will come when the only fields of battle will be markets opening up to trade and minds opening up to ideas. A day will come when bullets and bombs will be replaced by votes, by universal suffrage of the peoples, by the venerable arbitration of a great sovereign senate which will be to Europe what Parliament is to England, what this diet is to Germany, what the Legislative Assembly is to France. A day will come when we will display cannon in museums just as we display instruments of torture today, amazed that such things could ever have been possible.”

“A day will come when we shall see those two immense groups, the United States of America and the United States of Europe, stretching out their hands across the sea, exchanging their products, their arts, their works of genius […] And to bring about that day will not take another 400 years, for we are living in a fast-moving age.”

Of course, this was over 170 years ago. Hugo could not even imagine today’s destructive weapons. He didn’t foresee what was coming upon Europe and the rest of the world, but his words do ring true for Europe after the wars, until now anyway.

The Ten-Nation Confederacy

The bible speaks of a ten-nation military formation that will rise out of a revived Roman Empire. An alliance comprising ten countries (UK, France, Belgium, Spain, Portugal, Netherlands, Luxembourg, Greece, Italy and Germany) joined in 1955, as the Western European Union to bring together a military alliance for the defence and security of Europe. They were also members of NATO. Power transferred to the EU in 2011 when the Western European Union disbanded.

The Revived Roman Empire

Rome had its first dictator and emperor in 54 BC. The empire ruled over Europe, including Britain (which was then known as Britannia), the middle East and Africa. The empire lasted until 476 AD, when it fell to the German Goths. During the time of the empire, and to this day, Europe and the western world have become steeped in Roman culture and influence. Constantine became emperor in 306 AD, and Christianity was the religion of Rome. In 380 AD it became the sole religion of the empire, after the fall of the Roman Empire in 476 AD, the dark ages followed. The coming together of Europe as a union after the war was the formation of the revived Roman Empire, of which a leader will arise (The Antichrist) to rule over the empire as a dictator.

‘The Treaty of Rome’ signing took place in Rome on one of the seven hills, (we know Rome as the city of seven hills) known in Roman times as Capitolonium. Today it is Capitoline Hill, and they signed the treaty at the Plazzi de Campidoglio. Capitoline Hill has several temples upon it, the most important one being The Temple of Jupiter, built in 509 BC. This temple represented of Rome. Jupiter was The Roman’s pagan god. The treaty signed at this very significant place points to the reviving of the Roman Empire out of the remains of the old.

The Book of Daniel

Daniel 2: 36-40

Verse 36: “This was the dream. Now we will tell the king its interpretation. Verse 37: You, O king, the king of kings, to whom the God of heaven has given the kingdom, the power, and the might, and the glory, verse 38: and into whose hand he has given, wherever they dwell, the children of man, the beasts of the field, and the birds of the heavens, making you rule over them all—you are the head of gold. Verse 39: Another kingdom inferior to you shall arise after you, and yet a third kingdom of bronze, which shall rule over all the earth. Verse 40: And there shall be a fourth kingdom, strong as iron, because iron breaks to pieces and shatters all things. And like iron that crushes, it shall break and crush all these. “

In Daniels interpretation above, the head of gold refers to King Nebuchadnezzar the ruler of the Babylonian Empire, the other kingdom after refers to the Medo-Persian Empire ruled by Darius the Mede, the third kingdom of bronze refers to the Greek Empire ruled by Alexander the Great and the Medoc fourth kingdom refers to the mighty Roman Empire, the greatest empire of the ancient world.

Daniel 2: 41-43

And as you saw the feet and toes, partly of potter’s clay and partly of iron, it shall be a divided kingdom, but some of the firmness of iron shall be in it, just as you saw iron mixed with the soft clay. And as the toes of the feet were partly iron and partly clay, so the kingdom shall be partly strong and partly brittle. As you saw the iron mixed with soft clay, so they will mix with one another in marriage, but they will not hold together, just as iron does not mix with clay.

 Daniel 7: 7-8

Verse 7: After this I saw in the night visions, and behold, a fourth beast, terrifying and dreadful and exceedingly strong. It had great iron teeth; it devoured and broke in pieces and stamped what was left with its feet. It differed from all the beasts that were before it, and it had ten horns. Verse 8: I considered the horns, and behold, there came up among them another horn, a little one, before which three of the first horns were plucked up by the roots. And behold, in this horn were eyes like the eyes of a man, and a mouth speaking great things.

In Daniels vision above, he was referring to the great and powerful Roman Empire that was the mightiest empire to that date in history. Mightier than the three great world empires before it (Babylon, Medo-Persia and Greece). The ten horns refer to ten future nations forming the revived Roman Empire. This differed from all the empires before it, it was mightier, conquered more of the ancient world and reigned for a longer period of history. It was also an empire that left behind a legacy to rise again out of the nations it conquered and left its cultural mark. The little horn refers to the Antichrist that will rise out of this reborn Roman Empire to rule a united European nation.

The Book of Revelation

Revelation 17:3 And he carried me away in the Spirit into a wilderness, and I saw a woman sitting on a scarlet beast that was full of blasphemous names, and it had seven heads and ten horns.

Here is a view of the revived Roman Empire. The beast is the symbol of ancient Europe (Europa), more on this later. The ten horns again are the ten nations of Europe, and the seven heads are seven kings of the ten nations. It has overthrown three for not conforming to the leader who is the satanic ruler, The Antichrist.

The Symbols of the European Union

The Greek Goddess Europa, according to mythology, rode on the back of a white bull which was Zeus in disguise. He took her away and threw her off his back and then raped her. The name ‘Europe’ resulted from being named after the Greek Goddess, Europa. Even though based on Greek mythology, the name Europe or Europa is synonymous with a woman riding a bull and took from paganism. Several buildings of importance in the EU have this symbol as their emblem: The Parliament Building in Brussels; The Parliamentary Building in Strasbourg, France; The New Brussels Headquarters. They all have this pagan statue of a woman riding a bull.

The European flag of twelve gold stars on a blue background could also have a biblical significance. But what does the blue background and the gold stars mean?

Revelation 12:1. And a great sign appeared in heaven: a woman clothed with the sun, with the moon under her feet, and on her head a crown of twelve stars.

Blue represents the sky or heaven, and the twelve gold stars represent the crown of the Virgin Mary referred to in the book of Revelation.

Twelve is the number of completeness and has several religious significances: the twelve apostles, of the New Testament, the twelve sons of Jacob who formed the twelve tribes of Israel in the Old Testament, in the Book of Revelation God’s kingdom has twelve gates guarded by twelve angels. There are twelve signs of the social and twelve months in a year. In the bible there are many references to the number twelve, too many to list here.

Conclusion

We’ve seen how biblical prophecy shows a European ten-nation confederacy run by a dictator (The Antichrist). But the EU is no longer a nation of ten states, there are now twenty-seven countries in the union. The EU absorbed the ten nation coalition of The Western Union. But the prophecy is about the future, even though it seems very near, and not about this present time. Some further developments will have to take place in order to recognize this ten-nation confederacy. One thing is for sure, it will happen. Bible prophecy is never wrong.

D. Marsden © 2020

The Crossroads to Hell


ROBERT JOHNSON

Robert Johnson was a blues musician from the 1930s who they said made a deal with the devil to enhance his musical talent.

As the story goes, he played blues guitar around the clubs and bars of the Mississippi Delta area where he lived as a young boy. In the early part of his career, he was often laughed at and frowned upon because of his guitar playing. Some described it as cats wailing and worse. A prominent blues musician once told Johnson to put his guitar away because he was driving people nuts.

Johnson tried to learn and play guitar but could never seem to get anywhere. So, one night he did something about it. He took himself and his guitar to the crossroads of two highways in the Mississippi Delta and waited until midnight, where it is said a man in black turned up. Some say it was the devil. At that point Johnson made a deal; the devil promised him he would be a great blues guitar player in return for his soul. His guitar playing would be magical and impressive and the music world would be at his feet, the devil told him. That was it, for the young would be musician. He had just fulfilled his burning to become a brilliant musician. Fate had paved the way for him. They struck the deal. All He had to do now was practice and the notes would flow from his fingertips through the guitar.

He disappeared from the music scene for about a year, no-one heard from him in all that time. When he emerged again, he played his guitar like a wizard. Some musicians, on hearing him, thought there were two people playing at the same time. Some believed that the devil was playing with him. He had a technique that no-one else mastered. The devil had provided Johnson with a tremendous talent for playing blues guitar, writing songs, and singing. The devil now owned his soul.

That’s how the legend goes.

One thing we know is that he became a great blues musician, and he disappeared from the music scene for a while only to come back oozing talent. It’s hard to grasp that an untalented lousy guitar player can come back as a talented musician. To go from bad to good is understandable, and from bad to great even, but from terrible to genius, well, don’t you have to have some talent to start with to be that good. Many people that heard him play beforehand always said how bad he was and would rather not have to listen to him, so there was no spark of genius, no talent there. So where did it come from?

In one of his famous songs: ‘The Cross Road Blues’ the lyrics say that he prayed to God for mercy, to save his sole:

“I went down to the crossroads

Fell down on my knees

Ask the Lord above for mercy

Save me if you please.”

         Lyrics by Robert Johnson

Why would he want saving? Could it just mean that he was repenting for his sins?

 Did he go back there at a later date to undo the deal, to pray to God to save him from the devil?

The last two lines of the song go:

“And I’m standing at the crossroads

I believe I’m sinking down”

           Lyrics by Robert Johnson

It sounds like he is imagining himself to be heading down into hell. Of course, it could have other meanings, maybe it’s a metaphor for the way he feels. After all, that’s why it’s called blues music, to express how you feel sadness and despair inside.

Whether he agreed with the devil, or some demonic spirit, we’ll never know. One thing’s for sure, he was a talented musician. He had a significant influence on the music world and inspired many of the blues artists around today.

Cross Road Blues

I went down to the crossroads

Tried to flag a ride

I went down to the crossroads

Tried to flag a ride

Nobody seemed to know me

Everybody passed me by

I went down to the crossroads

Fell down on my knees

I went down to the crossroads

Fell down on my knees

Ask the Lord above for mercy

Save me if you please

I am going down to Rosedale

Taking my rider by my side

I am going down to Rosedale

Take my rider by my side

You can still barrelhouse, baby

They call us on the riverside

You can run, you can run

Go and tell my friend-boy Willie Brown

You can run, you can run

Go and tell my friend-boy Willie Brown

And I’m standing at the crossroads

I believe I’m sinking down.

Lyrics by Robert Johnson

D. Marsden © 2020

The Mysterious Helix Staircase

The Helix Staircase of the Loretto Chapel

The Loretto Chapel is a small, French Gothic style church that was built in the 1870s in Santa Fe, New Mexico, in the United States of America. It’s a beautiful chapel on the outside and inside and kept in good repair. It was a Roman Catholic Church that was originally run by nuns.

The inside decor is plain but beautiful, a look that you’d expect from a chapel of this size and location. But it has one striking feature that attracts architects, artists, designers and tourists alike. It is The Helix Staircase, a spiral staircase of some beauty. The nuns named it the “Miraculous Stairs.” Called such by the way of its engineering and construction.

The staircase itself is a spiral that turns 360 degrees, twice. The strange thing about this construction is that it has no centre pole, but it is structurally sound. That is only the start of the anomaly of the staircase, though. The mystery behind it lies within the way the stairs came into being, by a miracle no less, according to legend.

The nuns of the chapel, at the time of the construction and immediately after, had a dilemma, how to get access to the choir loft, that comprised a type of mezzanine floor at one end of the chapel over the doorway. There was no room to build a large traditional staircase in such a small chapel. They called on the local carpenters for advice, but none had a suitable solution.

The nuns prayed to Joseph for his help: Joseph a humble carpenter, a hardworking man who married the Virgin Mary, known to Catholics as Saint Joseph. Looked upon as the patron saint of carpenters and hard workers alike.

Sometime later, a man answered their prayers. He turned up offering to do the work on the staircase but had a condition that he could be alone in the chapel for three months. Strangely enough, he only had a few simple tools including a hammer, and saw and a T-Square.

He constructed the staircase on time, with wooden pegs for nails. It was a marvellous and beautiful construction, a work any designer or joiner would be proud of. It was perfectly symmetrical and had no middle column to support it. The usual construction of a spiral staircase is around a central column as a crucial part of its structure, but not this one. The engineering was so that he had designed it without one. An unusual method and should not be able to support anyone on the staircase, but it does and has done so for over 140 years.

After he finished the work, the carpenter left, collecting no payment. Never seen again by the nuns; they looked for him, but to no avail. Another mystery was where did the wood come from? In the 1990s, the manager of the chapel took a small piece of wood from the original part of the stairs (someone fitted the balusters10 years later for safety reasons) and sent it away for analysis. The results showed it was an unknown species of spruce. The wood was strong and dense and is like wood grown in freezing climates where it grows slowly. None grows in the area, anything even similar would need transporting thousands of miles from abroad.

Many experts have visited the chapel over the years to find the staircase intriguing by the craftsmanship and beauty of it. But such skill is not altogether impossible for the artisans of the day. History shows many structures of undeniable Intricacy and detail, but what makes this different is the story of the nuns praying for help, the stranger visiting the chapel and the engineering involved that almost defies gravity, and built by one man with a hand full of tools.

Of course, the story could be true or exaggerated. If we look closely at the design, we can see that if such a construction comprised pieces of wood that are fixed together and glued to become one solid piece, then it is feasible to suggest such a construction would work.

Even if the wood was sourced from thousands of miles, it would have still been quite possible, the only problem that might have hindered the project here would have been the cost.

Regarding the craft workers of the time, well, I would suggest that they would have been in good supply, even the highly skilled ones. You only have to look back in time to realise this, in an age of wood used for many elaborate constructions, the galleons that sailed the seven seas for instance.

There have been suggestions that the entire structure started and finished in France and shipped there as one solid construction. This is a possibility, but as mentioned above, the stranger brought with him only a few tools, including a T-Square. The interesting thing here is that T-Square. They use a square of this nature in architectural drawing, usually laid flat across a board. It is not a tool for fashioning wood, which would suggest that the carpenter designed the construction in situ.

Miracles happen, so miracle or not? You decide. But the facts are that it is a beautiful piece of craftsmanship and an intriguing example of clever engineering, built almost 150 years ago in a plain chapel in a small town in New Mexico, US.

D. Marsden © 2020

Boleskine house

A place of ritualistic black magic performed by one of the evilest players in the game.

Boleskine House is a mansion that lies on the banks of Loch Ness. It’s a ruin now since it suffered a severe fire. IT happened in December of 2015 causing near-total destruction. All that survived was part of the interior and the shell. It suffered a further fire in July 2019 destroying the rest of the interior. The house is now under refurbishment to restore it to its original stature. It is a category B listed building and is under ownership by a non-profit organization. Restoration work started in December 2019. Considering its evil history, it would be better left in ruins?

The property occupied the site of a Kirk (church) that had burnt down during a church service. The congregation was in attendance, and everyone inside died. Boleskine House also suffered a fire that caused a certain amount of damage. But not as severe as the later fires that almost destroyed it completely. Built around 1760 by Colonel Archibald Frazer as a hunting lodge. He carried on extending the house until 1830 and formed a tunnel that links the house to the graveyard.

The house and its surroundings have a history of strange happenings. They go long into its distant past.

In one incident a minister named Thomas Houston (1648-1705), had a gruesome task. Laying corpses back in their grave. After a local wizard had raised the dead from the village graveyard. Not a very likely event but it does give some credence to the strangeness of the place at the time.

The Frazer family sold the house in 1899 to Alistair Crowley. An occultist and practitioner of black magic, (dubbed at the time, by the press, as the evilest man in Britain).

The house contained evil long before Crowley moved in. But it was he that invoked the spirits that led to several demons residing there. Crowley performed rituals to conjure up various spirits. There is one ritual that particularly interested him. It is from a book called The Book of Abramelin. The purpose of the ritual was to invoke a person’s, Guardian Angel. It is a detailed ritual. It requires the person to prepare themselves, usually over several months. It includes the summoning of several demons brought in from hell also.

Many consider “The Book of Abramelin” to be the best book on magic available. It relates to an Egyptian magician known as Abramelin the Mage. First published in 1900 and translated from a French script. Written by Abraham for his son Lamech. This book was Crowley’s inspiration and he based much of his sadistic work on it. It contains rituals for both black and white magic. If carried out it could produce successful results. Crowley, it seems, was only interested in the dark side.

While carrying out this ritual, Crowley left midway for Paris. He never finished the ritual. This released evil into the house and the surrounding area in the form of demons from hell. From then on, many strange happenings occurred in and around the place.

Who knows what Crowley released? But it had severe and sometimes tragic consequences upon several people around him. His housekeeper himself suffered the loss of two children. A 10-year-old daughter, and a 1-year-old son, who both died under strange circumstances.

Another incident involved one of Crowley’s employees. That had long given up alcohol, got drunk, and attempted to murder his whole family.

A further incident in 1965 involved the then owner, an army major by the name of Edward Grant. He committed suicide by using a shotgun on himself in Crowley’s old bedroom.

The housekeeper at the time, Anna MacLaren, foresaw the incident in a premonition she had. She was alone in the garden when she heard the shotgun go off inside the house. She went to investigate but found no-one there or anything amiss. It was a week later at around the same time that she experienced the incident for real. This time the major was there with half his head blown off.

Alistair Crowley sold and left the house in 1913. It seems the demons didn’t. They decided to stay and reek their evil on any unsuspecting victims that came their way. Crowley had added to the already macabre mystery of the place. While Crowley resided at the house, he admitted his rituals and his evil practices had gotten out of hand.

In 1969 the house was up for rent and a filmmaker named Kenneth Anger rented the place for a while. His interest in the occult and the property’s history drew him to it. But it wasn’t long before moving out for some undisclosed reason.

In 1970 Jimmy Page, of the band Led Zeppelin, heard about the house for sale and bought it. Again, due to its history and Jimmy’s interest in the occult and also in the antics of Allister Crowley. He had a special interest in Crowley and it was one of the reasons that attracted him to the house. He owned the house for the next 22 years until 1992. Jimmy had planned to have the house restored but spent very little time there. Instead, he put a friend of his in charge: Malcolm Dent.

Dent moved into the Boleskine House and found it in a sorry mess. The grounds were in a state of decline, the garden all overgrown and the house in bad need of repair and renovation.

After a while, Dent started to experience strange happenings. Such as rumbling noises coming from outside his bedroom door. He experienced noises one night coming from the same vicinity that sounded like a beast of some sort. He never opened the door that night in fear of what he might find. Dent also experienced various other events. Doors opening and closing and furniture moving. A friend of Dent’s even reported an attack in the night by a devil of some kind.

But all this didn’t seem to put Dent off as he still carried on living in the house.

In 1992 the house sold. Ronald and Annette MacGillivray became the new owners. It was still in much need of repair. They spent a large amount of money on the property renovating it. It was later turned into a hotel.

When Mr. MacGillvray died in 2002 the house changed ownership again. This time Dutch owners who preferred to remain anonymous. They converted it back to a private dwelling and used it as a holiday home.

On the 23rd of December 2015, a fire damaged the house. Although most of the house was ablaze, no-one was home at the time so there were no casualties.

The house is now in the hands of an organization that intends to restore it to its former glory. It being a grade B listed building has piqued interest. With its long reputation of evil. It being a place of devil worship, Satanism, and occult practices it would be better to leave well alone. Instead, it looks like the demons are getting their dark house back. A place where the evilest Satanist in Britain once lived. A place where a portal opened up to let free hell’s inhabitants. A place where evil feelings move through the atmosphere. Many local residents have given it a wide berth in the past and still do to this day.

D. Marsden © 2020

Nephilim

THE GIANTS OF OLD

In the ancient world giants roamed the earth. Now to many that statement might seem crazy, but read on.

As well as biblical documentation, evidence has been found in the form of giant human bones, stories handed down by native American Indians, and other cultures, and evidence of a cover up by the Smithsonian Society.

It all goes back to the book of Genesis of the bible. The first mention is in the Hebrew writings in Genesis 6:2 That the sons of God saw the daughter’s of men that they were fair; and they took them wives of all which they choose. (Kjv)

“The sons of God” refers to God’s angels (spiritual beings) and “daughters of men” refers to earthly women.

Genesis 6:4 There were giants in the earth in those days; and also after that, when the sons of God came in unto the daughters of men, and they bare children to them, the same became mighty men which were of old, men of renown. (Kjv) This gives an account of how they came about. God saw that the population of the earth (before all the corruption) pleased him and so sent angels to protect his people. (The apocryphal book of Enoch gives a number of 200 angels known as watchers). It was forbidden for the angels to mate with humans but the angels found the women to be fair and of a certain beauty. This resulted in them marrying and producing offspring, which would have been from an incompatible gene mix, i,e, heavenly, non-human genes mixed with human genes. These offspring became the race of giants (nephilim).

The angels that corrupted the genome where known as “fallen angels.” Not to be confused with the fallen angels (demons) of earlier times when God cast the powerful angel: Satan and his army of angel followers out of heaven down to earth because of their rebellion against him.

The Book of Enoch (from the apocripha).

Chapter 7

1. It happened after the sons of men had multiplied in those days, that daughters were born to them, elegant and beautiful.

2. And when the angels, the sons of heaven, beheld them, they became enamoured of them, saying to each other, Come, let us select for ourselves wives from the progeny of men, and let us beget children.

7. Then they swore all together, and all bound themselves by mutual execrations. Their whole number was two hundred, who descended upon Ardis, which is the top of mount Armon.

10. Then they took wives, each choosing for himself; whom they began to approach, and with whom they cohabited; teaching them sorcery, incantations, and the dividing of roots and trees.

11. And the women conceiving brought forth giants,

12. Whose stature was each three hundred cubits. These devoured all which the labour of men produced; until it became impossible to feed them;

13. When they turned themselves against men, in order to devour them;

14. And began to sin against birds, beasts, reptiles, and fishes, to eat their flesh one after another, and to drink their blood.

The angels who took wives then taught humans about technology and how to make swords and forms of weaponry and armoury. They introduced them to magic and occultism, astronomy and astrology, the use of root cuttings, medicine and healing. They taught their women how to make jewellery and how to use make-up.

Enoch chapter 8.

1. Moreover Azazyel taught men to make swords, knives, shields, breastplates, the fabrication of mirrors, and the workmanship of bracelets and ornaments, the use of paint, the beautifying of the eyebrows, the use of stones of every valuable and select kind, and of all sorts of dyes, so that the world became altered.

2. Impiety increased; fornication multiplied; and they transgressed and corrupted all their ways.

3. Amazarak taught all the sorcerers, and dividers of roots:

4. Armers taught the solution of sorcery;

5. Barkayal taught the observers of the stars;

6. Akibeel taught signs;

7. Tamiel taught astronomy;

8. And Asaradel taught the motion of the moon.

9. And men, being destroyed, cried out; and their voice reached to heaven.





The taking of wives by the angels resulted in an offspring of giants that had non-human traits such as twelve toes and fingers and two rows of teeth. These giants populated the earth and were strong and mighty. They were violent and cannibalistic. It has been suggested that these hybrid beasts mated with the animal kingdom and performed bestiality with many species, This may have further corrupted the gene pool, albeit in the animal kingdom. (See Enoch 7:14 above).

Noah’s Flood

Noah’s flood was the main reason why God wanted the earth wiped clean of coruption. It’s quite possible that it was the gene pool that was corrupt, not just the wickedness of the people, and it is this that he wanted to destroy. The human gene had been corrupted by the angels mixing their genes with them. The Nephilim are said to have mated with animals also. Could this have led rise to the mythological creatures that we read about in later history in the form of Egyptian deities or as in Greek mythology? When the earth was destroyed by flood, it’s purpose was to destroy the animal kingdom also, not just human. Noah was instructed to take a pair of each species of animal into the ark to preserve the species. These would all have been natural specimens not hybrid or chimera types that had been corrupted by cross breading.

The Minotaur, Greek mythology.

The Minotaur is one of the mythological creatures that is part human and part beast; namely human with the head of a bull. It is described as a giant, ferocious beast that ate humans. Being far too dangerous to the inhabitants living in the city, it was eventually resigned, by the king, to the Labyrinth, a series of maze-like tunnels formed underground out of the rock under the city of Crete. Prisoners were said to have been sent in the tunnels as prey to the monstrous beast. Was this creature purely mythological or could it have been a result of nephilim geneology?

Moses

When Moses lead the Israelites out of Egypt and came through the desert unto Jericho in the promised land he sent spies, one out of each of the twelve tribes, into the city of Jericho, who, fourty days later, returned and reported to Moses that there were giants roaming the city streets……

Numbers 13:32/33 32:They brought up an evil report of the land which they had spied out to the children of Israel, saying, “The land, through which we have gone to spy it out, is a land that eats up its inhabitants; and all the people who we saw in it are men of great stature. 33:There we saw the Nephilim, the sons of Anak, who come of the Nephilim: and we were in our own sight as grasshoppers, and so we were in their sight.

This happened after the flood and it seemed that the genealogy of the human race had been corrupted yet again. The fallen angels from the first ‘taking of wives’ in Genesis had been dealt with by God. They had been cast and bound until judgement day. Jude 1:6 And the angels which kept not their first estate, but left their own habitation, he hath reserved in everlasting chains under darkness unto the judgment of the great day. (Kjv). But somehow it happened again? There is no mention in the bible of an angel or group of angels carrying out this forbidden deed again, but that doesn’t mean it didn’t happen. According to Numbers 13:33 the Nephilim were living in Jericho at the time that Noah arrived there with the Israelites. They were an established race of giants so must have been inhabiting the area for a long time. This would give a good reason why God chose this particular part of the ancient world for his people to inhabit. Apart from “flowing with milk and honey,” it had this giant race of nephilim offspring residing, breeding and growing stronger. God and the Israelites totally destroyed them to rid the earth of their kind yet again. But where else had they travelled to in the meantime and established themselves?

Many cultures around the world talk of giants being part of their history. The American natives talk of their ancestors handing down stories of giants living in America. Native Americans have stories of these giants able to pick up a buffalo, carry it under one arm and run with it.

In the late 19th and early 20th centuries, when settlers pushed over to the West of America , many newspaper reports were printed of giant human bones being discovered buried in mounds thought to be ancient Indian burial sites. But as it turned out they contained giant skeletons and bones including giant skulls. None of which had anything to do with native American geneology. Some were documented as measuring eleven feet tall. Many of these reports were in the New York Times.

The Smithsonian Society must be mentioned here as much evidence was uncovered in America and the bones where collected by the society and taken away for archiving or even destroyed as the stories go. This was to keep it from the public eye. The Smithsonian Society is purely Darwinian and anything that goes against this is opposing their beliefs. Not only that but if the evidence was out then their society, and much of historical doctrine as the world sees it, would collapse. Therefore it is in their interest to subdue any findings that prove the bible right. The Darwin theory or the bible creation story, that is the only question to them and they have already made their mind up.

Nibiru

What is Nibiru?

What is Nibiru?

Nibiru, also known as Planet X, is a rogue planet that comes into our orbit around every 3607 years. It takes 3607 years for it to complete one orbit of the sun. (According to ancient civilizations’ calculations). Its path is elliptical so it will come nearer to earth, and other planets, before pulling away again. This results in a stronger magnetic pull as it approaches our earth or other planets. So, will cause disruption: earthquakes, tidal waves, (now called tsunamis), volcano eruptions, etc.

Certain groups declared the Mayans had predicted the world will end. A great catastrophe is to be the result. December the 21st 2012 was the date. Well, it didn’t happen, and another thing, the Mayans never predicted it either. The date refers to the end of their calendar, not the end of the world. The date was the end of their calendar cycle of 5126 years. They believed that after this date a new cycle would begin.

Where is Nibiru?

Lots of renowned astronomers have hinted at the idea of an unknown planet. A planet orbiting far beyond Pluto. Disrupting the orbits of the two giant planets of Neptune and Uranus. It’s modern day name is Planet X or the 10th planet. By counting the planets in our solar system, but not counting the sun or moon, equals nine plus Planet X equals ten. A report referring to Planet X published in the New York Times on June19th 1982.

There are many stories of NASA knowing about It but keeping It out of the media to save wide spread panic. Well, that’s not a very convincing case. How do you cover up a planet entering our orbit that is many times larger than our earth? Many astronomers will pick it up when it gets closer, indeed some say they already have. There have been pictures printed on the INTERNET from the 2012 date. Calculated to be the closest to earth. It would have been moving further away from earth. If the date is correct. It would head to outer orbit again.

With this in mind. It takes 3607 years to complete one orbit of the sun. It has been heading towards earth for over a thousand years or more. This affects the disruption to earth’s magnetic pull for many years. It will continue to be so until Planet X is out of reach again.

The end of the world

2012 was the date predicted to be the end of the world, December 21st. Of course, it never happened and why would it have? Nibiru (Planet X) is on an orbit around the sun, and has been traveling on this orbit for centuries, thousands of years even. Would it break away and head for earth? If so, why? Wouldn’t it be more understandable if it keeps following its path of orbit? The destruction that it caused in ancient times was because of the magnetic influences it had to earth. Widespread disasters, earthquakes, tidal waves, volcano eruptions etc. Isolation was a factor to consider with ancient civilizations. A tidal wave could wipe out an entire community, tribe or civilization.

Zecharia Sitchin and Nibiru

Who was Zecharia Sitchin? Born in Azerbaijan on the 11th of July 1920 and died on the 9th of October 2010.

Sitchin wrote many books on ancient Sumerian and Babylonian history. He also wrote of the planet Nibiru. But some regarded him as delusional, for his references to extra-terrestrials’ and their connection with humanity. Also, because of his belief in ancient astronauts.

In 1976 he published a book on his ancient astronaut theory entitled the 12th Planet. This was the first of a series of books on the ‘alien’ theme. The title ‘The Twelfth Planet’ was so called because of the Sumerians’ way of counting the planets. They counted the sun, moon and Pluto and the other eight then known planets. This made eleven plus Nibiru equals twelve.

Sitching proposed that the planet Nibiru was where the Anunnaki came from. A race of aliens that visited earth in ancient times. This was when Mesopotamia and Summaria were great civilizations back in history. He believed that the gods of that time were aliens and worshiped as gods.

He spoke of Nibiru as an undiscovered planet. One that follows an elliptical orbit beyond Neptune and orbits every 3600 years. He referred to it as Nibiru or Marduk. Marduk being a Sumerian God. He stated that these extra-terrestrials could be the Nephilim as spoke of in Genesis in the bible. This cannot be true as it states in the bible who the Nephilim are and their origins. More on that later.

His theory is, the Alien race (The Anunnaki) visited earth at the time the ancient Sumerians were prominent. He proposed they were searching for gold to take back with them. Thus, needed to sustain life on Nibiru and needed slave Labour to mine it here on earth. The slave race is humankind that the Anunnaki had colonized and controlled.

Nibiru and the Bible

Nephilim. It states in the bible: the Nephilim were a race of giants that came about when angels mingled and bred with humans. The resulting offspring were a breed of hybrids know as Nephilim. So, we can rule out the Nephilim as coming from another planet as they were born on earth.

Noah’s flood.

Another theory was that Noah’s flood of the bible was the effect of Nibiru. The last time it passed earth. This can’t be true either, as the dates don’t add up. The Mayan civilization started in 3113 BC. According to calculations, based on the Mayan calendar. From 3113 BC to 2012 AD, this adds up to 5125 years, the number of years in a cycle of the Mayan calendar. The Mayans believed the universe moved in cycles of 5125 years.

Noah’s flood, as stated in the scriptures, was 1656 AM (Anno Mundi, the years after creation) which is around 2344 BC. If Nibiru was the closest to earth in 2012, and it comes to this point every 3607 years. Then that would put the last visit to 1595 BC. This differs by 749 years between that and the biblical calculations of Noah’s flood.

Some people like to link catastrophes with bible prophesy. They have compared Nibiru to end-time events as spoken of in the book of Revelation. referring to wormwood in Chapter 8 verses 10 and 11. This again is false. The wormwood of the bible hasn’t been before. There is no recollection of it passing earth. neither documented in ancient history nor in biblical scripture.

Revelation 8 verses 10 &11: The third angel blew his trumpet, and a great star fell from heaven, blazing like a torch, and it fell on a third of the rivers and on the springs of water. The name of the star is Wormwood. A third of the waters became wormwood, and many people died from the water, because it had been made bitter.

This doesn’t sound like a planet orbiting earth. It’s more descriptive of a meteor or comet hitting the earth, causing destruction but not total desolation. This would be an object much smaller than earth. If a planet, such as described as Nibiru, many times larger than earth, collided with earth. Then it would smash and scatter about the universe. So, the Wormwood in Revelation cannot be Nibiru either.

Nibiru by another name.

As we have seen, references to Nibiru has various names. Such as the 12th planet, the 10th planet, Planet X, the destroyer, Apollyon, Abaddon and many more.

Revelation chapter 9 verse 11 reads: They have as king over them the angel of the bottomless pit. His name in Hebrew is Abaddon, and in Greek he is called Apollyon.

Some takes this as referring to Satan; the fallen angel, the destroyer, the angel of the abyss. But it is open to interpretation, it doesn’t link to Nibiru.

D Marsden © 2020

The Festive Feasting

Christmas time for peace and joy
oh, look mum another toy
can I have sweets, there’s a bunch?
not until you’ve had your lunch.

Dinner comes, is there enough?
one hour later all are stuffed
have a rest or sleep all we
must be ready for our tea.

Buns and pastries, cake and pies
biscuits and trifle before your eyes
where to go, where to start
think I’ll have a lemon tart.

More cake later, more buns too
chocolate and nuts, just me and you
the rest have gone, they tried their best
now they must go home to rest.

It’s late now, just one more bite
another trifle then goodnight
in the morning start at ten
and do it over once again.

Can’t we just give it a miss?
Can’t we just have fish and chips?

© D Marsden 2016