“And they clothed him with purple, and platted a crown of thorns, and put it on his head, and began to salute him, ‘Hail, King of the Jews.’… And when they crucified him, they parted his garments, casting lots upon them, what every man should take. And it was the third hour, and they crucified him. And the superscription of his accusation was written over, THE KING OF THE JEWS.”
– Matthew 15:17-26
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One of the main plotlines in J.R.R. Tolkien’s epic “Lord of the Rings” series revolves around the character of Aragorn, the rightful heir to the throne of the human kingdom of Gondor and descendant of King Elendil who first destroyed the evil sorcerer, Sauron. However, after vanquishing the dark lord, the king chose to keep the wizard’s Ring of Power rather than destroy it, which ultimately brought ruin and decay to himself and his kingdom. Shamed by his family’s legacy, Aragorn changes his name to “Strider” and lives in a state of self-imposed exile until he is finally called to take action against the forces of Sauron and step back into his rightful place as king in order to reunite the fractioned kingdoms of men. This is a call that Aragorn answers quite reluctantly at first.
Another more recent work of fiction that captured the imagination of readers and later moviegoers around the world through its focus on intrigue, secret societies and religious conspiracies was author Dan Brown’s “The DaVinci Code”, and the series of novels and films that followed. A central theme in that story revolved around a well-kept secret that Jesus was in fact married to Mary Magdalene and that the two had children together. It was this “bloodline” of Jesus that was the true “Holy Grail”, which had been covered up by the Vatican for centuries.
The word Grail linguistically stems from the Sangraal, or Sangreal. It was divided into San Graal or San Greal, which essentially means a “holy vessel”, but if it the parting of the letters is switched and spelled Sang Raal or Sang Real we have “holy blood.” In mystical and alchemical symbolism, the bowl or chalice is a feminine symbol, so in this context it could have correlated to a “womb”- in this case the womb of Mary Magdalene containing the “blood” or genetic lineage of Jesus.
The concept for the Jesus bloodline/Holy Grail story that appeared in Brown’s books first appeared in the French 19th-century socialist politician, Louis Martin’s 1886 book “Les Evangiles sans Dieu”, as well as several other books by several other authors in subsequent decades. However, perhaps the most well-known of these was the work of nonfiction by authors Michael Baigent, Richard Leigh, and Henry Lincoln entitled “Holy Blood, Holy Grail”, which was published in 1996. The essential concept, which was later delved into further more recently in Jeff Wilkerson’s “Sion’s Army: The Freemasons” is that Jesus was indeed a historical figure who was an exiled “priest-king”, descending from the ancient “Hebrew” patriarchs David and Abraham.
Now, I’m going to take some creative liberty and play off this basic plotline for a moment so as to provide context for a more in-depth exploration of the archetype of “the King” later on. In the Old Testament we have the great patriarchal lineage that is stated to be from Noah, to Abraham, to David, to Solomon. After that we saw a division among the Tribes of Israel and a collapse into decadence after their leaders and the people (repeatedly) broke their covenant with God. This is what set the stage for the “Babylonian Captivity”. Many scholars will agree that it was in Babylon that the Judaism that we know today was crafted, which is by and large a corruption of the original spiritual lineage.
This corruption grew as the Babylonian Empire eventually gave way to the Roman Empire. Here we had the corrupt Pharisees and Sadducees, as well as the Jewish mercantile and political elitists working with the Roman Empire to maintain a sort of illegitimate power. It is at this point we see the rise of the various ascetic and zealot movements that began to speak out against these corrupt classes of Jewish elitists (“The Synagogue of Satan”) who sought worldly power above God. This is where the story of the man who would become known as “Jesus” is said to begin.
This time would have culminated approximately with the central point of the Kali Yuga (according to Sri Yukteswar’s interpretation). This was the “Dark Age” where the forces of Satan/Saturn would have been felt at their strongest point. It was a harsh and dangerous world back then. Brutality was the order of the day and people suffered immensely. This would have been the world Jesus was born into, perhaps at first, completely unaware of his lineage and ancestral connection to the ancient patriarchs. But at some point he is made aware of this, which may have occurred in what are known as the “Lost Years”. Perhaps this was the time when he might have rejected this and chose to live in a state of self-imposed exile similar to the character of Aragorn in “Lord of the Rings”. Perhaps he too felt shame in the failure of his ancestors and what it brought upon the people.
But like Aragorn, Jesus eventually answered “the call” to fulfill the destiny of his lineage, and stood toe to toe with the seemingly overwhelming forces of darkness, culminating with his triumph over death. Most are at least somewhat familiar with the rest of the story which culminated in the crucifixion at “the place of the skull” and the subsequent resurrection and the transmission of a spiritual “lineage” to a select group of disciples. One of these disciples was Mary Magdalene.
In some of what have become known as the Gnostic Gospels, there is described a scenario where there appears to be an issue of jealousy amongst some of the Apostles, namely Peter, for Mary Magdalene’s “cozy” relationship with Jesus, with him kissing her on the lips and her sitting in his lap. According to some scholars, there is record from the 1st century A.D. of a Yeshua ben Yoseph being married to a Mary of Bethany. The Hebrew interpretation of Jesus’ name was Yeshua. Some traditions maintain that Mary Magdalene was in fact a descendant of King Saul of the Tribe of Benjamin, who was later overthrown by David of the Tribe of Judah. It is said that the marriage of the two would have been seen as reuniting the two remaining tribes, and the child produced would have been doubly seen as the rightful heirs to the throne.
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The story continues that after the crucifixion, the authorities sought out the Apostles and persecuted, imprisoned, exiled and even executed those that did not escape. It is said that Mary Magdalene indeed did escape this fate and made her way to Gaul (France) either pregnant with Jesus’ child or with baby in tow (and some legends say Jesus’ mummified body). There were early Church writers who stated that Mary Magdalene, Lazarus, Joseph of Arimathea, Phillip, and several others went by ship to Marseilles on the coast of France. Legend states that Joseph went on to England, where he established a church at Glastonbury. Lazarus and Mary Magdalene, however, are supposed to have remained in Gaul. Today in France, tourists can visit the purported remains of both Lazarus and Mary Magdalene. It is in France where the “bloodline” supposedly took root. We also have the mystical Grail Tradition of legend coming out of this part of Europe around this time, with legendary kings like King Arthur and the Fisher King being linked to both the legendary Holy Grail as well as the personage of Jesus.
As an aside, I’m sure some may or may not have noticed an odd correlation with the exile and impregnation with a royal child story that was initially ascribed to Jesus in the Gospel of Matthew in particular. We also find the name “Mary” given to both the mother of Jesus and the alleged lover of Jesus. Could this situation have been something that was flipped in order to protect or hide identities or obfuscate a truth? While the identity or non-identity of a historical Jesus has been and continues to be hotly debated, I think it is worth considering the real possibility that the claims of some researchers that history before 1500 AD had been completely re-written by the Roman Vatican. From the destruction of the Library at Alexandria, to the extermination of the Druids, to the persecution and execution of early Christians, to the destruction of the Mystery Schools, there appears to have been a real attempt by the Roman Empire in its many forms, as well as its allies, to hide and destroy certain forms of knowledge and perhaps re-write history itself. With this potential scenario, we could postulate that Jesus may have indeed been a “real” person, but the truth of his identity and his story has been used and obfuscated for political reasons, with the inconvenient parts flushed down the “memory hole”.
In any case getting back to our story of the “Holy Grail” and Mary Magdalene’s journey, we will find that it is also in France where we see the rise of the Merovingian Dynasty who the fifth through the seventh centuries. The Merovingians were referred to as “sorcerer kings” or “priest kings”, and were said to have the ability to heal by the laying of hands and supposedly had clairvoyant ability and other psychic capabilities. They are recorded as all having a distinct birthmark- a red cross- either over their heart or between their shoulder blades, which was said to testify as to their having “divine blood”. This idea of the semi-divine “priest king” is something that goes back to the Pharaohs of Ancient Egypt. It is also interesting to note that the portraits of some of these Merovingian kings looks incredibly similar to the traditional western depiction of Jesus.
However, frequent wars on behalf of the Roman Vatican and the interests behind it, weakened the power of the Merovingians, while the lower aristocracy of dukes and counts began to take political power after being given concessions by the kings in return for their support. This led to the corruption and fall of the Merovingian dynasty. However it is said that a secret society of esoteric Judeo-Zionists originating out of Nazareth known as the Priory of Sion has played and continues to play a role in protecting and maintaining this royal bloodline and continues to seek avenues of power for it, although these avenues seem to have become increasingly corrupted. Several researchers have concluded that this Priory of Sion played a role in the founding of the Knights Templar and later, the Freemasons, and are said to have played a hand in the American, French and Russian Revolutions. This is another area of history that is debated, with contradictory evidence appearing on both sides, but I find the narrative intriguing nonetheless.
But as I stated earlier, the real theme I want to bring attention to and discuss moving forward here is this archetypal narrative of the “King” lineage representing the highest, most noble and virtuous aspects of humanity; the capacity for a fall away from this state of spiritual virtue and the consequences of it; and the ability to return to this place of spiritual nobility by answering “The Call” of what Joseph Campbell would refer to as “The Hero’s Journey”. These are all things I will be exploring in the second part of this article.
Namaste and God Bless.