All cultures subconsciously express the same five layers of archetypal structure in artworks, building sites, cities, myths and other media. But in Rennes les Bains and Rennes le Chateau, archetype also bubbles into semi-conscious symbolism and legend more than usual, as it does in special places. Here the raw materials of nature, characters and events are particularly diverse, interwoven, and emotionally charged.

In the area is a mindprint in an artwork of 3m diameter; and stoneprints in a church floor plan of 8m x18m; a presbytery ground of 60x90m; a village of 300m; and two landscapes of 3.5km diameter each. The two village landscapes express two adjacent and interlinked flattened spheres, together spanning about 9km. Each imprint has the usual axial grid between their eyes or focal points; and the standard sequence of character types; and the average numbers of optional features; and five polar markers on limb joints or junctures; and a time-frame orientation dating their inspiration in cosmic terms (see The mindprint model of archetype in culture, in another post).

In this hothouse of culture and legends, the eternal archetypal structure is camouflaged in an unusually wide range of styling. Apparent ‘cultural’ diversity is only skin deep. The structuralist anthropology model of optional recurrent features, reveals that our compulsion to re-express a particular pattern, co-exists with our conscious compulsion to use culture to bond; to claim material and spiritual goods; and to exploit supposedly ‘other’ tribes.

One of the local legend-makers was Rennes les Bains priest Hendri Boudet, who wrote ‘The true Celtic language and stone circle of Rennes les Bains’ in 1886. He visualised a large ‘circle’ of outcrops and markers around his village, supposedly ‘coded’ into place names that he rationalised into multi-lingual puns. Ironically, his simplistic correspondence theory came closer to subconscious truth, than any of the conspiracy theories imposed here by various visionaries and hoaxers since the 1950s (see Rennes le Chateau hoaxes high and low, in another post).

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The core content of culture remains unaffected by theological, political, academic and esoteric agendas. Even hoaxes do not erase the ‘grammar’ of culture. Artists, builders, societies and institutions subconsciously collude to weave the archetypal, natural, global, rigorous structure into artworks and building sites. Each ‘cultural’ revision confirms the blueprint, and shrugs off conscious meddling.

Rennes les Bains and Rennes le Chateau are two interlinked stoneprints

Five of the Rennes les Bains stoneprint axes, and five of the Rennes le Chateau stoneprint axes, extend to five shared features on the watershed plateau between them. These subconscious axial lines agree in their typology, thus their cycles are firmly ‘geared’ to one another. In seasonal terms, the Bains ‘months’ lie clockwise, and the Chateau ‘months’ lie anti-clockwise. But archetypal numbering follows hours, ‘moon’ stations, or decans, counted counter to seasons. The ‘geared’ points are:

Rennes le Chateau and Rennes le Bains stoneprints common points, typical of subconscious structure in complex artworks and building sites worldwide. Bains basin is concave, Rennes plateau convex, like two spheres, eyes, or brain halves. Both are about 3.5km diameter, with the usual irregular oval outline (see detailed maps of both village landscapes, in other posts).

[]14 Mixer; Cassaignes village.

[]15 Maker; Mouscairol, north-east of Wolf Pass, Pas du Loup (canid).

[]1 Builder; Hairpin track (twisted) at Brugos (as Boudet labelled it), between Violets Hill and Cabanasse.

[]2 Builder; Halo cliff, Auriol, a Bains latitude (former spring).

[]2c Basket; La Maurine, ‘Love’ in Egyptian, ‘Wished’ in Greek, ‘Dark-skinned’ in Latin, as of Magdalene (container). And the ridge west of Mud Rock. C-types are off the axial grid, in sectors between their adjacent axes.

[]3 Queen; Ejaculation Source, Coume Sourde (spring season, pool). On the watershed. Ernest Cross found here a ‘Templar’ cross (sacrifice). Plantard faked here a ‘stone slab’ with a V over M-shape, ‘Templar’ crosses at their intersections, and an inscription about ‘bisecting the M’, starting a series of ‘geometric code solutions’ (see another post; Rennes le Chateau hoaxes high and low).

The subconscious half of our works

The Two Rennes stoneprints are notable for the high number of natural features on their axial grids, indicating a close relationship between nature and culture, a kind of ‘Arcadia’, as the area is rumoured to be. Nature has many media of structural expression (chemistry, biology, species, ecology, and humans). Some of her media allow human collaboration (see Stoneprint Journal 2; Crop circles are natural artworks). Our media and ‘works’ resemble replication with some variation, as of species, inviting conscious study of the apparently ‘abstract’ patterns in nature and culture. Our innate tendency to use physical, symbolic and subconsciously logical aspects of nature, prompts crafts such as feng sui (fang zoi, ‘wind and water’). Endless speculation on natural ley lines, solar and stellar alignments, geometry, and supposed conspiracies, demonstrates our urge for gestalt; to see or to impose order and meaning on landscapes, places, people and events. Stoneprint demonstrates that the order is already in nature and in cultural media, and readable in our subconscious behaviour, beyond our conscious control. The quirks of individual and social expression of archetypal structure arise from the inherent properties of matter, energy, nature, perception, reflexes and inspired behaviour.

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UPDATE; Rennes le Chateau timeline

-BC 200s Southern French Gauls pillage Greek Delphic oracle treasuries. Some to Turkey as Galatians, some to France.

-BC 100s Couiza a Celtic market, perhaps at Pastabrac, Casteillas and Esperaza.

-BC 60 Rhedae a stopover in Septimania province, Occitan and Catalan area.

-AD 10 Titus takes Jerusalem Temple treasure to Rome.

-400 s Couiza Visigoth monastery south of the confluence, later St John Baptist.

-410 Visigoths sack Rome and take treasures to Toulouse, then Carcassonne, then Spain, as Franks advance. >To p20>

-414 Rennes Castle and chapel built by Couiza’s Visigoth monastery.

-650 King Dagobert II of Austrasia moves war loot via Rennes.

-660 c Gisele, daughter of Count Bera2 of the Razes, marries Dagobert2 of Austraisa, who plans to conquer central and southern France. They beget Sigebert(4).

-679 Dagobert II, ‘city sacker’, is killed.

-681 Sigebert IV escapes to the Razes.

-725 Saracen invasion.

-771 Monks rebuild Rennes church on the Visigoth castle’s external chapel.

-1062 Frank invasion of Rhédae, a royal citadel.

-1067s Rhedae declines. Ermengarde, daughter of a Count of Carcassonne, wife of a Vicomte of Beziers, sells all of Rhedesium to a Barcelona house. Her descendants, Trencavel, later reclaim some rights.

-1100 s Christian Templars regain southern France and Spain from Moors. Nobles invent Celtic, Roman and Merovingian ancestors, Christian relics, and sons of Christ at Narbonne.

-1130 Rhedae earldom merges with Carcassonne earldom of Trencavel family.

-1147 Redae lord Pierre de St Jean become a Templar, prominent by 1160s.

-1170 King Alphonse2 of Aragon attacks Rhedae, but the Trencavel family keeps the town and citadel, Du Haut (Smith 2018).

-1209 Battle of the Sals, Couiza. Montford’s Crusaders kill and plunder Cathars of Rhedae for King Philippe Auguste, take treasure to Montsegur. Lt Pierre de Voisins gets Rhedae.

-1211 -1250 Couiza Joyeuse Castle rebuilt by Voisins. He also received Rennes le Château.

-1240 Blanche of Castillés gathers her treasure as ransom for her son St Louis, held by French, but they kill him and she hides the treasure.

-1244 Cathars move their treasure from Montsegur, 80km west of Rennes, while Rennes lord Ramon d’Aniort negotiates their surrender to crusader Simon de Montford in mid March.

-1294 Arques corral built by some Voisins.

-1307 Suppressed Templars move to southern France, then part of Spain, and plan a kingdom there.

-1340 At Bezu south of the two Rennes, Catala and Palajan are arrested for minting counterfeit gold coins.

-1361 Plague epidemic.

-1362 Count Trastamarre destroys Rhédae.

-1362 Rennes castle destroyed by Catalan Routiers bands.

-1400 Voisins’s last daughter marries a lord of Marquefave.

-1422 A Voisin daughter, Blanche de Marquefave, marries PR De Hautpoul, who gains Rennes castle.

-1500 s Rennes castle rebuilt by Hautpouls.

-1524 Couiza’s Jean de Joyeuse marries the last Voisin, Francoise. He becomes governor of Narbonne and Lt-Gen of Languedoc.

-1540 -1562 Couiza’s Joyeuse castle rebuilt by architect Nicholas Bachelier, trapezium plan.

-1561 Couiza’s Guillaume de Joyeuse3, Bishop of Alet les Bains, a Franciscan, yet Marshall of France.

-1570s Annual expeditions against Huguenot Protestants in Languedoc and Auvergne. Locals divided in loyalty.

-1577 Couiza and Joyeuse Castle pillaged by Protestants of Alet les Bains, probably asking ransom for the vicountess and children.

-1580 c Couiza’s Duke Anne Joyeuse employs Poussin’s father, uncle of baron Arques, as financial advisor (notes Patton).

-1581 Couiza’s Duke Anne made governor of Mt St Michel; Grand Admiral of France; an Order St Esprit Commander or chamberlain, aged only 21; marries the king’s sister in law, Marguerite, gets Limours south-west of Paris; soon Governor of Normandy; Governor of Le Havre 1584; and with his brothers, duchies of Anjou and Alençon.

-1587 Couiza’s Duke Anne kills 800 Huguenots in Poitou, St Eloi Massacre on midsummer, 21 June. But Henry of Navarre defeats him, takes him prisoner near Bordeaux. He offers a large ransom but is executed.

-1592 Couiza suffers plague.

-1649 Couiza bought by Archbishop of Narbonne, Claude de Réhé, who invests in villages.

-1659 Rousillon (former Habsburg Catalan territory)  and Artois are annexed to France by the Pyrenees Treaty, ending centuries of war with Austria and Spain.

-1661 Hautpol sues Alet’s Bishop Pavillion, to stop royal troops searching his caves and mines.

-1678 King Louis14 sends treasurer Colbert to form Balnchefort Mining Company on Hautpol land.

-1680 Baron Henri Hautpoul reclaims the title Lord Blanchefort.

-1694 A noble is buried in Rennes church.

-1705 Dame Anne Delsol, sister in law of H Hautpoul, is buried in Rennes church.

-1724 Henri de Vernet is buried in Rennes church .

-1740 Rennes church removated, noble tombs or crypt sealed.

-1762 The last Blanchefort dieds, leaving his wife Marie (born Negri D’Ables).

-1781 Marie Negri Ables Hautpoul Blanchefort dies in Rennes castle.

-1792 French Revolution starts. Local priests flee to Spain. Couiza’s Castle Joyeuse is a hospital for troops of Gen Dagobert (not the Austrasian king).

-1797 Elisabeth Hautpol gives Rennes castle to two servants, and lives in a single room.

-1800 c Roussillon province made part of Languedoc-Roussillon.

-1816 Elisabeth Hautpol sells Rennes castle to her farmer’s daughter, Julie Avignon, who later sells it to Dalbies brothers.

-1825 Quake increases salt in Sals river from under Bugarach Mt.

-1832 Labouisse-Rochefort publishes Travels at Rennes les Bains, comparing the landscape to Greek proverbial Arcadia.

-1846 Salette vision of Mary or Magdalene saying ‘Penitence’, by Melanie Calvet, near Grenoble. Sauniere later elaborates the vision into a ‘prophecy’ for royalist and perhaps German causes.

-1855 -1913 Couiza’s St John Baptist church rebuilt.

-1885 Sauniere assigned to Rennes le Chateau. He is soon banished to Narbonne for anti-republican preaching before an election.

-1886 Sauniere returns to Rennes in July, from political banishment in Narbonne.

-1886 Boudet, priest at Bains, distributes his book of puns and riddles, ‘True Celtic Langauge and the stone circle’.

-1887 Rennes church altar restoration, paid for by a former resident, Madame C of Coursan. Sauniere found some items already (not only later in 1891). He also replaces the stained glass windows, ordered from H Feur of Bordeax.

-1888 Sauniere lifts the Knight’s Stone.

-1888, 1889, 1890 Archduke Johann von Habsburg visits Rennes. Emperor Franz-Josef disowned him. On one visit he is reported as missing in newspapers. He named himself Orth, married a ballerina, sailed to South America, disappeared off Cape Horn in 1890, but may have gone to Norway (1975 Archduke Rudolf visited Rennes).

-1890 Sauniere lives with the Denarnaud family, newcomers from 9 Esperanza, during presbytery and church renovations. Soon the mother becomes his housekeeper, then the dauther, Marie, aged about 22.

-1891 Rennes children carry a statue of a Lourdes Lady through the village on midsummer in June, ‘Mission 1891’ (see church 15). Some months later, Sauniere notes discovery of a‘tomb’, perhaps in the graveyard. His discoveries in the church may have started in 1887. He postpones renovation, visits Carcasonne and Luc sur Aude, meets four or five other priests, then hires new builders.

-1892 Sauniere stops diray entries on April 12, or starts a secret diary. He later said dontations had come via his brother Alfred.

-1892 onward, Sauniere visits Perpignan by train several times.

-1895 Sauniere digs in the cemetery, and builds an ossuary for bones (see Domain 15).

-1897 Rennes church renovation blessed by the bishop in early June.

-1897 Murder of Coustaussa priest Gelis, 31 October, aged 70. Judge Raymond Jean finds a scrall spelling ‘Viva angélina’, perhaps ‘Long live the lineage of angels, or Angelic Society; and caches of money in several places, and recent investments.

-1898 Sauniere buys land in the village for his domain, in Marie’s name. He has accounts in Paris, Toulouse and Perpignan.

-1902 Saunierie goes blind in one eye, receives a glass eye.

-1904 Sauniere’s brother Alfred, alcoholic, dismissed, ill, returns to Montazels with a housekeeper.

-1905 Historians visit Rennes, copy the gravestone of Marie de Negre.

-1905 Church and state split in France.

-1905 Sauniere’s brother Alfred dies in Montazels in Sept. He blames family members for ‘reprehensible conduct’.

-1907 Sauniere rents the presbytery from the church.

-1910 Sauniere dismissed anbd replaced from 1 June, but stays in his presbytery and domain.

-1917 Sauniere dies in January.

-1944 Spanish Resistance members shelter in Rennes presbytery. Later owner Corbu and a dowser found three clothed bodies buried in the grounds in 1956.

-1946 Rennes castle bought by Marius Fatin. In the 2000s his son Henri, a wood sculptor, lived here.

-1950 A Cathar descendant visits Rennes on a Montsegur pilgrimage.

-1956 Domain owner Corbu and a dowser finds three clothed bodies buried in the grounds, probably 1944 Spanish Resistance members.

-1960s Plantard, De Sede, Chaumeil, De Chérisey (a radio prankster living near St Sulpice), and Lincoln (born Soskin, an actor with the motto ‘don’t believe a word’), elaborate genealogies, parchments, epitaphs, the Red Serpent pamphlet and poem, engravings, a religious order, and events, to prank a claim to the defunct throne of France (see Coume Sourde hoaxes). Some artists see pranks as a kind of theatre.

-1968 and 1972 Plantard buys some land at Blanchefort and Black Rock (see Bains 13).

-1970s ‘Holy Blood’ and other books extend the Plantard hoax into a Christian romance cult, in the mould of Arthurian romances. The Christian ‘sequel’ myth was debunked by Charroux, Cholet, and Descadeillas and others (Dietrich 2018), but it remains a popular cult.

-1975 Archduke Rudolph of Habsburg, descendant of the last Austro-Hungarian Emperor, visits Abbe Mazieres in retirement, and visits Rennes (Smith 2018). (See 1888 -1890 his ancestor visited Rennes).

-1978 Plantard re-publishes Boudet’s book of puns, ‘True Celtic language’

-1984 6 Casteillas owner Philippe Schrauben sold the site to re-publish Boudet again, with a preface; ‘True Celtic Language, and of Merovingians of Rennes le Chateau, myths and realities; response to Plantard, Lincoln, Vazart and company.’

-2000s Rennes becomes a conspiracy theory theme park. Novelist Ben Hammot fakes a small chest with ‘parchments’ (see Rennes 6 Magdalene cave), part of a new wave of hoaxes.

-2001 Radar scans by a Dead Sea Scrolls specialist Eienman and a Canadian team, funded by the Merrill Foundation, find an anomaly under Magdala Tower that turns out to be a large natural stone. Scans confirm the church has a crypt, but authorities uphold the 1965 prohibiton on excavation.

-2010s Some Rennes researchers criticise the Plantard cult and gullible readers, and delve deeper into the real historic mysteries.

-2018 Structuralist anthropology analysis reveals the standard range of archetypal features in Bains and Rennes landscapes; and in the presbytery domain, the church plan, and the Sermon mural. Some of Boudet’s inspired guesswork is aprt of the Bains stoneprint. Most of the fake layers of conscious ‘correspondences’ added by the Prior of Sion, Red Serpent poem, and others, merely scramble the subconscious natural and cultural collusion. The real enigma is our capacity for individual and collective subconscious behaviour, including predictable recurrent features. The Rennes double imprint confirms earlier findings in 50 other sites worldwide, including the Avebury landscape (see Stonerpint Journal 2). One of the five layers of archetypal structure is an irregular axial grid between specific features in ragged oval spacing.

Some Rennes le Chateau references

Brouillard, G 2009 Discovering the keystone, Red Serpent. Griffel

Dietrich, A 2018

Furter, E 2014 Mindprint, the subconscious art code.

Furter, E 2015 Gobekli Tepe, between rock art and art. Anati, E. Atelier Etno

Furter, E 2016 Stoneprint, the human code in art, buildings and cities. 4EqMed

Furter, E 2017 Recurrent characters in rock art. Expression16. Atelier Etno


Gough, A. Arcadia blog,

Jung, CG 1936. 1959 Concept of the collective unconscious. AnalPsyClbNY

Kletzky-Pradere, T 1993 Rennes le Château, a Visitor’s Guide

Map: IGN Quillan 2347 OT, West&East

Neugebauer, O. Parker, R 1969 Egyptian astronomical texts 3. Brown Univ

Paget, RF 1967 In the footsteps of Orpheus. Robert Hale

Plantard, P. 1978 Preface to Boudet: True Celtic language. Paris, Belfond

Smith, P. 2017. Rennes-le-Château and Paschal Full Moon, Station XIV

Ulpian. 2015 Advent; Jesus Christ Barabbas. Editions S&T

Wineyard, Val; Rennestimestwo

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