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Grail Tale Part 1 - How to look for the Grail

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    Book Two - The Grail Tale The Grail Tale I - How to look for the Grail And now at last I will try to seriously lay my Grail Theory before you. Again, I wish to
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      Book Two - The Grail Tale
       
       
      The Grail Tale I - How to look for the Grail
       
      And now at last I will try to seriously lay my Grail Theory before you. Again, I wish to stress that the whole thing is based on suppositions and wild leaps of imagination, and I have very little "material proof" for any of it. That's what makes it so much fun (:-).
       
      So, we must start by briefly summarizing what do we actually know about the Grail, and also what we have learned about it from our Caper so far. Or rather - what I myself had learned, because this "little journey" is something widely disputed in the field of Grail Research.
       
      We shall have to leave aside for the moment the most important yet highly controversial question of what the Grail actually is. It will have to be dealt with later of course, but shall possibly be easier to handle as we discover and agree about other aspects of this concept.
       
      Sifting through the vast amount of Lore and Legend surrounding the Grail - we notice first of all, that a "Grail-like" quest has been recorded in the Myths of many cultures since dim antiquity. The actual term "Grail" came into wide use during the late Middle Ages with the publication of several heroic epics that referenced it as a magical artifact. But many other Seekers before that had reportedly gone looking after "that special something" - whether it was Alexander the Great with his "Spring of Youth", or King Gilgamesh in Ancient Sumer with his Quest for Knowledge and Immortality, or Setne son of Raamses II in Ancient Egypt, who went after the Book of Thoth (following in the footsteps of an earlier explorer.) (See excellent article from Fillip Coppens, "The Book of Thoth: the original and true Grail?" http://www.philipcoppens.com/egypt_grail.html) Even Abraham's journey from Haran south to Canaan as described in the Book of Genesis can be seen as a type of a similar Spiritual Quest.
       
      Several common features of the "Grail Concept" stand out in all these tales. Originally it appears to have involved mostly Knowledge and Enlightenment, spiritual or intellectual (in the past the two were considered the same by most schools of thought.) The knowledge thus gained was to be used in order to better oneself and others, leading to what can be called "progress" and positive development. Later the element of Morality was added into the story, and one's personal ethics became very important, based on making a Choice between several possible roads to follow, both physically and spiritually. These Ethical struggles became possibly the most prominent feature of the Medieval Grail Myth and the Arthurian Legend. This had led to the Grail in modern times having become identified entirely with the struggle of Good against Evil, and there, we must assume, it resides today.
       
      The Grail Quest itself is basically identified with the "Hero's journey", widely encountered in all folklore. It is a search for Personal Enlightenment - but the kind that should be used only to help or heal, and generally for the betterment of all mankind, in other words, "others". If instead it is used strictly for selfish purposes of attaining personal power and wealth, then the knowledge gained on this Quest is said to lead to the spiritual downfall or actual physical doom of the hero. 
       
      As we embark on this Quest then, we therefore first of all have to assume that there IS, in fact, such a thing as "The Grail". Let's say that we do. Then the next thing we must postulate, is that regardless of what the Grail is or may have become in Modern Times - there simply must exist some type of a "secret society" intent on keeping the Grail and its secrets safe since antiquity. Without the existence of such a group, all our findings in this regard are strictly coincidental and don't really mean much. "Somebody" would have had to have moved the Grail to all these different locations, somebody must've safeguarded it through generations, somebody left those hints, and so on. To continue from here the way I propose, we have to agree that such a group exists, regardless of what they may actually be called (if anything.)
       
      Whether all such "secret groups" throughout history knew where or what the Grail is or not - is immaterial, because all such groups were primarily concerned with perpetuating a tradition of Ancient Mystical Knowledge, in the face of many attempts by various surrounding forces to suppress or destroy this knowledge for different reasons. As such, all these groups were initially supposed to be following the "Grail Path", whether with the "actual" Grail itself, or merely with the idea of their own "Grail".
       
      Most of these organizations had been professional guilds (like priests, architects, and stone-masons) who kept their professional secrets hidden from laymen for various reasons. (Like, they didn't want competition, or their knowledge falling into hands of people who would misuse it.) And most if not all of them were created with the expressed goal of bringing Spiritual Enlightenment and Progress to the world in various forms. All the known modern Secret Societies, from the Freemasons to the Skulls and Bones fraternity at Yale University, go back to such origins, regardless of what they had later turned into. A similar society was also involved in safeguarding the Grail itself through the ages, and for want of a better name, I shall call them the "Grail Brotherhood" in our story.   
       
      Having accepted the above, our search for the actual Grail will begin by accepting the Postulate put forward in recent times by the writers Baigent, Lincoln and Leigh in their 1982 non-fiction bestseller "Holy Blood, Holy Grail" (HBHG). Their theory was strongly supported by other notable Grail specialists like Laurence Gardner, and in 2003 was entirely incorporated into Dan Brown's "The Da Vinci Code" (DVC). Two of the authors of HBHG even tried suing Brown for plagiarism - but his book was adjudged as "fiction", and thus exempt from such a charge.
       
      According to the premise expounded by these researchers, the Grail is "something" which the Knights Templar brought to Europe from Palestine sometime in mid 12th century CE. And this "something" afterwards suddenly made them become for two hundred years the most powerful organization Europe has ever had, rivaled only by the modern European Union. The Templar wealth and power in its day superseded that of the Vatican, which understandingly felt very threatened by this, and with the help of the French King eventually managed to destroy the Templar Order in 1307 in a surprise attack.
       
      But it appears that most of the Knights were never caught, and they basically vanished into thin air - along with the entire (and reportedly formidably large) Templar Fleet, and along with their fabled "Templar Treasure", none of which was ever found. In my opinion, HBHG *proves* that these "missing Knights" found refuge in Scotland, and their treasure was buried in the place which later became the famed Roslyn Chapel.
       
      Here we shall part from Dan Brown's story, and I only mention him because this is the most popular version of these events. You'll recall that according to his theory as presented in the DVC, the Grail was later removed from Roslyn, and brought back to France, where it now reposes under the glass pyramid in the Louvre in Paris.
       
      This conclusion just doesn't seem reasonable to me. After the demise of the Templars in France, nobody in his right mind within the Grail Fraternity would think of going back there.
       
      The Myth of the Grail demands, that if this "object" is moved anywhere at all - it should be moved Forward to a Better Place, and not Back, to the Bad Place where it came from. One can go back to an old place only if some Major Change occurs there to overturn the old regime, which had persecuted you in the past. This did happen in France during the Revolution of 1789 - but it was too late. The Grail had to be moved from its location in Roslyn a century and a half before that, when France was ruled by the ruthless Louis XIV and selfish Marie Antoinette. There was no question that their land did not "deserve" the Grail at that time - so it was never brought back there, not then, and not afterwards.
       
      The fact that the Grail is not in France today is further strengthened by the fact that his country had basically ceased to be an important player in world affairs after World War II. But if the Grail didn't go to back to France, then where was it moved to from Roslyn, and indeed had it been moved at all?
       
      The above authors and others had named the Scottish royal dynasty of Stewart/Stuart as the "hereditary heads" of our Grail Brotherhood during its stay in Scotland. ("Stuart" is the French spelling of the name, which came into usage when Mary Stewart Queen of Scots was hiding in France from Queen Elizabeth I of England, in mid 16th century.) Accepting that this is so, the fate of this dynasty would be deeply intertwined with the Grail Story. As it happens, a most prominent member of this dynasty, namely King Charles I, was the only King of England *ever* to be publicly executed while in office. This significant exception means that his execution must have been a MOST crucial turning point in the fate of the Grail. It occurred in January of 1649.  
       
      Something like the public beheading of their Chief by what can be termed a "Popular Revolutionary Government", would have certainly sent the rest of the Grail Fraternity into a frenzy. It would seem just like the days when the Templars were being routed in France and their leader Jacques de Molay murdered by the Inquisition three hundred and forty years earlier.
       
      As has often been noted, a time of Revolution in one's country is a time when one simply does not know whom to trust. It is always a war of brother against brother, and when kinsmen fight among themselves - one's best friend can suddenly go over to "the other side" one day. Charles I himself was the best example of this trend, when fleeing from Cromwell's forces he surrendered to the Scottish Parliament, hoping to get help from his old comrades. Instead they handed him right back to Cromwell, to be tried and executed.
       
      It seems plainly obvious to me that the surviving lieutenants of Charles I from the Brotherhood had to have realized at that time, that the Grail simply cannot be left in its former hiding place in Roslyn. In fact I believe that they realized this and first moved it even earlier, around 1646 or 7, when it was already painfully obvious that Cromwell is staging an Armed Rebellion, while the Scottish Presbyterian Parliament is likely to turn against the Catholic Stuarts.  
       
      To understand what probably happened at that point, I used my "Holistic Detection" method and combined two completely unrelated sources, which nonetheless both deal with the two King Charles's. The first was Arthur Conan Doyle's short story "The Musgrave Ritual", which deals with the crown of Charles I that was buried by "supporters of Charles II" and never found - as outlined in my article on the subject (at http://www.book-of-thoth.com/article1537.html).
       
      One of the most curious aspects of that story, is that a woman whom Holmes set out to find in the beginning still remained missing at the end - something which very rarely happened to Sherlock Holmes. He never finds out what became of her, and the story ends with Holmes musing that she must have carried her secret to some "land beyond the seas". And it's a very good guess that he was talking about America - the land where so many Englishmen carried their secrets and dreams for several centuries.
       
      Due to the Stuart connection and other blatantly "Masonic" features of "The Musgrave Ritual", it became fairly evident to me that this apparently innocuous detective mystery is describing nothing less than the actual fate of the Grail itself during the period of the succession transition between the beheaded Charles I and his son Charles II. Doyle was basically telling us here that the Grail was transported to the new colonies in America, when the troubling events of the English Revolution were taking place.
       
      The "Grail in America" theory is by no means new today, nor was it in Doyle's time (though certainly much less known then.) Its most famous proponent in modern times has been the noted mystic Manly Hall, who aptly argued in his "Secret Destiny of America" (1958) that the idea of the United States was created by members of the "Grail Brotherhood" who sought to build a Modern Utopia in a new, "virgin" territory. The existing "utopian" writings of noted 16th and 17th Century English mystical philosophers like John Dee and Francis Bacon greatly strengthen Hall's arguments in that regard.
       
      There is of course also all the hype surrounding the "Oak Island Treasure" in Nova Scotia, Canada. The trove was supposedly buried there by a member of the Sinclair (St. Clair) family, whose ancestor had built the Roslyn Chapel. This Scottish clan is connected with the "missing Templars" and especially their missing fleet, as has been aptly summarized in the excellent sequel by the authors of HBHG, "The Temple and the Lodge" from 1989. More pertinently, the Sinclairs have been recently named in the DVC as nothing less than the actual descendants of Jesus himself, modern carriers of the "sacred royal blood", which that book identifies as the Holy Grail.
       
      We shall largely leave that controversial issue aside in this work, as I feel that it makes little difference to our story whether they "really" are such, or are not. Because what clinched the "Grail in America" theory for me, was of course that curious reference in the history books of the State of Virginia. Which history books, if you recall, all say that the territory known as the Northern Neck in northern Virginia, was granted by Charles II to his loyal Seven Barons in the year 1649. The crucial year in English history, the year in which everybody knows that Charles II was not the King at all, and had no authority to make land grants.
       
      I summarized my ideas about this matter in a later article called "Yes Virginia, there is a Sanity Clause" (http://www.book-of-thoth.com/article1597.html). The bottom line there is what I have already repeated here many times: Based on all the "Grail in America" theories and my findings from the "Musgrave Ritual", I had decided that the mentioned very strange reference in the history books, was the Big Hint which these people had purposely (or maybe even subconsciously) left for future researchers like myself, who still want to know whatever happened to "the Grail". This Hint was supposed to tell us that during Cromwell's Revolution the Grail was indeed taken to America, and hidden somewhere in Virginia.
       
      To get a better idea of exactly where this may have been, I began studying the history and geography of Virginia and the surrounding region, trying to look for the type of "strange anomalies" which would ordinarily point the way to something as elusive and mysterious as our quarry. I learned that the land holdings of the Seven Barons were soon all bought out by the Culpeper family, and in early 18th Century were eventually inherited through marriage by one Thomas Fairfax, the Sixth Baron of Cameron. This man must therefore be considered to be at least the "local head" of the Grail Brotherhood, who would at least be "in the know" about where the Grail was hidden in Virginia.
       
      That this is a very important player in our story becomes evident from the fact that Thomas Fairfax went on to become the patron of such notable Americans as George Washington and Thomas Jefferson, whom he employed as land surveyors. He can thus be seen as nothing less than one of the leading forces behind the eventual establishment of the United States. Our town of Reston is of course located in Fairfax County, emphasizing the significance of this name and person in this overall story.
       
      It is well known to anybody who has read stories of treasure hunters and hunts, that whenever an actual "treasure" is buried anywhere, many stories about buried treasure arise in the vicinity. This happens because something like that is very hard to keep under wraps - even the people most sworn to secrecy are liable to get really drunk one day and inadvertently mention something. The larger the trove and the more people involved in burying it, the larger the chance of serious rumors being spread.
       
      During the time of the Parliamentary Wars in England, there were several stories of buried treasure going around the general region of Worcester, where many Charles I supporters lived and Charles II hid during his ill-fated attempt to win the crown back from Cromwell. The "Musgrave Ritual" takes place around that area as well, which greatly strengthens my theory about the Grail actually being kept hidden there at the time. Because prior to its transport to America, it was first necessary to get it out of Presbyterian Scotland and out of harms way there.
       
      There are also many notable treasure stories from Virginia - going as far back as the buried treasure of the Spaniards and the hidden cache of Captain Francis Drake. (And actually even earlier, to the local Indian tribes.) Then there is the famous "Lost Vaults of Francis Bacon", which a group known as "Sages of the Seventh Seal" is convinced is buried under the Bruton Church in Williamsburg. This was believed to be true even by such people as Manly Hall and his wife Marie (http://www.ccgm.org.au/Articles/ARTICLE-0088.htm). Later there is the well-known "Beale Treasure" (http://www.roanokeva.com/stories/beale.html). Still later from the Civil War period, there is the story of the "lost treasure from Seven Corners" (http://www.roanokeva.com/stories/seven.html)
       
      Such a large abundance of treasure stories leaves little doubt that "something big" was definitely buried in that area, and possibly moved once or twice afterwards. Exactly where it was hidden is another story, which we shall have to leave for the next chapter.
       
      We'll be back soon,
      Sol
       
       
       
       
       
       
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