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Rennes le Chateau’s archetypal sphere

Rhedae, ‘Chariots’ or ‘Wagons’, was a Visigoth city, either at Limoux 13km northward, or at Rennes le Chateau. This natural citadel with access to groundwater, was a wagon horse grazing station behind Couiza, on the Aude river and land crossroads. The name could be from Regnes, Kingdom (of the Castle) in Catalan. A castle and village here was inevitable. A Roman road to Bains passed just north of Rennes, via 14 L’Escale, Stopover Inn. Another passed further south. Amphores, a mosaic, and Republican and Imperial coins of Julius Caesar and Augustus in a waste tip behind Escale ruin, dated since BC60, indicate that Roman colonisation in Southern France extended to Rennes les Bains from BC46 (dating after Val Wineyard).

Rennes le Chateau’s subconscious landscape includes Couiza, and is as complex as in the earlier, adjacent Bains. At Rennes the eternal structure is now identified at several levels of scale: in the church domain (see another post); church floor plan (see another post); and church mural statue group (see another post). The same applies to cities, including Paris and London (Stoneprint Journals 3, 4). Priest Sauniere, like Boudet in neighbouring Bains, unknowingly served the global, subconscious agenda of all cultures, each in different styling. His conscious plans, and his income from selling masses and holy water by post worldwide, were curtailed by an egalitarian bishop in Carcasonne, and by the French Minister of Religion, after his royalist restoration agenda became too daring in an 1885 election sermon.

Rennes le Chateau from the air, looking north. Left is the church ground (see Rennes le Chateau church ground, in another post) and church (see Rennes le Chateau church floor plan, in another post). Mid top is the castle. Beyond is a waste landfill. Mid below is the parking and water tower. (Photo: Schmiede des Wissens).

Rennes le Chateau fills a small hill, on a plateau between the Sals, Couleurs, Aude and Rialsesse valleys. Next to the Bains basin, the Rennes landscape forms an upper or ‘northern’ sphere (see Two Rennes double stoneprint, in another post). Ordr the Rennes archetypes guide here:

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Rennes le Chateau area (map after Ecomaison Chez Alice. Type labels and axial grid by E Furter).

[]Type label; Site (archetypal features): SEE MAP

[]1 Builder; Jaffus hamlet, perhaps from Arabic Ja’far, Source (pool). See 15B Peyre Picade, below.

[]2 Builder; Sarrat of the Rock or Frock, or Plazent, with two ruins (builder). Boudet names it Ulcer, Gound Hill (but see Rennes les Bains stoneprint, type 5b Charbonniere, in another post).

[]2; Tables or Inn of Wolf, Borde du Loup ruin (canid is more typical of 15).

[]2; Les Patiases.

[]2; Halo cliff, Auriol. Rennes axis 2 meets Bains axis 2 here.

[]2c Basket; Coumeilles stream, ‘Buckwheat  store’ (container).

[]3 Queen; Coumeilles bridge.

[]3; Maurine, at Captee source (pool).

[]3; Coume Sourde. See Rennes les Bains stoneprint, type 3, in another post. The two Rennes axes 3 meet here.

[]3-4; God’s Valley hill, Lavaldieu, a small sharp height with a hamlet on top, probably part of a separate Bains South stoneprint. It had a 1000s chapel of Knights of St John of the Cross….etc….

4; Labadous pond. (Photo: Armitage).

[]4 King; Washing, Labadous. Esoteric author Elizabeth van Buuren, daughter of USA president Martin van Buuren, bought the land and built a square (rectangle) fountain (pond) with four (two twins) sitting (squatting) lions (kings) facing inward. Inside was a heart shape (more typical of 12) of rocks, outside a heart shape of 333 roses, half 666, ‘of beast or man, a welcome to aliens in the last days’. At the entrance to Rennes, she placed a Sacred Heart placard, at a track to a supposed Lemurian underground temple, Agartha (more typical of 12)….etc….

4p; Couleurs cliff 1600s windmill ruin, renovated as ‘Visigoth tower’. (Photo: RegardsDupilat).

[]4p Galactic South Pole; Couleurs cliff (junction). Windmill ruin of 1600s restored as ‘Visigoth tower’ (armoury, of 12 opposite), by Van Buuren (see 4 above).

[]4p; Pump source, Pomp (spout).

[]4p; Trees planted in a V-shape, for supposed ‘UFO ascension’ (5 ascend, judgement) by Van Buuren (see 4 above).

[]4p; Hole, Aven (juncture), due south of Rennes. Former guest house owner Noel Corbu marked this hole as a treasure site, but see 6 Casteillas below.

[]4p; Boudous, at Tables or Inn of Balm, Borde d’en Salva.

[]4p; Four Righteous source, Quatre Ritous, probably emperors (4 king); or royalist priests suspended by the Minister of Religion, Goblet, for preaching politics in the 1885 election: Rennes Abbe Sauniere, Roullens curate Tailhan; Bourriège curate Jean; Alet les Bains vicar Delmas….etc….

[]5a Priest; Colours stream, Couleurs (varicoloured). Caves and mines on both banks. A gold statuette was found here (noted Stanley James). In a field in 1860 a 50kg ingot was found, and 20kg of melted Arab coins.

[]5a PriestB; Sarrat Pelat hill, Soubiros.

[]5b Priest; Cubic stone, perhaps a model for some artworks, such as Pietro (‘Stone’) Perugino’s Galtzin triptych of St Domenico in St Gimignano (noted De Raaf). He painted Magdalene with her ointment jar (5c container) in the right panel, under a cubic rock, her posture as of the central Mary: arms below belly, fingers forming three X’s (see Rennes le Chateau church floor plan, 11 altar, in another post).

[]5b; Furnace or Oven Cave, Fournet (of 4), south of the stream, renamed Magdalene Cave (5c container) by Van Buren (see 4 above). Near a stone with a foot hollow and scratched crosses (ritual), now at Magdala Tower, which is visible from the cave…etc…. Wilkinson (aka Hammott) hoaxed (see Rennes le Chateau hoaxes high and low, in another post) a small chest with ‘parchments of Solomon’s key’ in the cave (5c container, texture).

[]5b; Soubiros village east, cross-paths.

[]5b Priest B; Receded southern cliff.

[]5b B; Plateau of White Fort, Sarrat de la Bezu. Gold finds (see Rennes les Bains map, type 4, in another post).

[]6 Exile; Casteillas hill village, Castillium, Small Fortress. On Soubiros Hill, twin peaks (two-headed). Casteillas  is on a steep bluff with a ‘horse’-shaped rock, far from Rennes (egress), but visible from Magdala Tower. It had a windmill (while Bains Lovers Source had a water mill, see Rennes les Bains map 6, in another post). Bals valley caves had Bronze Age bodies, axes and articles (sacrifice). Casteillas has Iron Age ruins with red paint (sacrifice. See Rennes le Chateau church floor plan 2c, in another post), gold coins of BC300s to AD50s, including a Roman Janus (double-headed); and Visigoth, Crusader and Marauder treasure legends. Legendary shepherd Ignace Paris in 1645 recovered a sheep, slid down a hole, found skeletons and gold, filled his pockets and wallet (5 tailcoat); refused to tell from where (5c secret), and was stoned (6 scapegoat) for theft….etc…. Mythical hero Paris chooses between virtues (see trump 6, Lovers, or Paris’ choice. Types, trumps and hour decans table, in another post). Former Belgian owner Philippe Schrauben sold the site to re-publish Boudet’s book in 1984 with a preface: ‘True Celtic Language, and of Merovingians of Rennes le Château, myths and realities; response to Plantard, Lincoln, Vazart and company.’

6-7; Mine 1894 with crystal ceiling and mud floor. (Photo: Drawingninja).

[]6-7; Mine marked 1894, crystal ceiling, mud banks. A movie team said they entered 250m “under Rennes hill” (6 ingress). Geology faults tend north-east.

[]6-7; Pailheres, Haystack, Bed (7 bag).

[]7 Child; A Bals source.

[]7 Child B; Campagne les Bains.

[]8 Healer; Les Estous, hamlet due west or Rennes, east of Linas ridge. On the coast route passing just south of Rennes to Bains. Estous could be from Easter, near the spring equinox, Frenzy in Latin….etc….

[]9 Healer; Esperanza north, west of the Aude river. Former southwest part of 10-11 Montazels. Felt hat industry (more typical of 9c). English speakers live here.

[]9c Lid; Cremation ossuary, 200m long, east-west, skeletons stacked in layers. Revealed (revelation) by work on the new access road 1908. Perhaps Cathar bodies, one of several ossuaries. The Rennes area may have been a cemetery and underworld due to caves, an afterlife Arcadia of Couiza.

[]10 Teacher; Roman road stage (guard), south of Belviere.

[]10; Belviere. And Joseph Mountaint. Rennes sunsets 13 Jan and 28 Nov.

[]10; Pastabrac, Couiza industrial zone south of the Aude.

[]10-11 Founbit, dinosaur egg nest (11 womb). See Rennes le Chateau church mural, type 4, in another post.

[]10-11; Montazels, south-west of Couiza. See Rennes le Chateau church mural, type 4, in another post. The Celtic Nemeton gathering (10 council) may have been here, serving 9 Esperanza and 6 Casteillas (see Rennes church mural 2c, in another post).

11; Fumade ruin. (Photo: Gralssuche).

[]11 Womb; Fumade Rock, ‘Smoked’ (Salted Fish), a Fort and Roque (pronounced Roca) on a small ridge, just north of a track, perhaps a Roman road. Some war and plague victims were dumped here (tomb), perhaps for raptors to clear.

[]11; Couiza, at the Sals-Aude confluence, formerly navigable. Celtic crossroads market. A Visigoth monastery on higher ground near the confluence about AD400 built a small church, later St John Baptist, starting Couizanum, from Cupitius, Cusius, ‘Lusty’. Oyster shells remain in the river gravel. The church town crest and church window have a Eucharist wafer (wheat) in a grail (11p hour decan Crater. See Types, trumps and hour decans, in another post), on a cross (11p juncture); with a star above and a Paschal lamb below, of the wool industry. These Visigoth monks also started Rennes le Chateau castle in 414, perhaps using Roman loot…etc….

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[]11; Joyeuse Castle in Couiza, a river ford palace with trapezium courtyard (interior) and moat (water), on a Visigoth foundation with crypts and a tunnel (interior) under the cold room, now silted up. It supplied crops (wheat) to the Crown. See Joyeuse castle, palace of privilege, romance and tragedy, in another post.

[]11; Place Bistan, ‘Garden’ in Arabic (11 interior), in the centre of Couiza.

[]11; Ulpian bookshop, named after a Nostradamus verse, perhaps about Rome’s Basilica Ulpia in Trajan’s forum, after his family name, Ulpius. An unidentified temple and niche behind the basilica, completed by Hadrian and his wife, expresses type 11 Womb in Trajan’s Forum (Furter 2016; p354-355). That temple is now under Valentini Palace, between Bakers Guild’s St Mary of Loreto (womb) dome, and Sts Nome and Mary (womb), on Rome’s axis 11p. Above the colonnades were gilded statues including a chariot, ‘From spoils of war’. Rome’s treasury was nearby in Saturn’s temple on the Capital. Visigoths brought Roman loot to Rhedae, ‘Chariots’, c414. Or the verse is about Ulpiana Splendid, a Roman city in Cosovo named for Trajan Ulpius, near silver and lead mines, and a mound grave (grave) of a princess (womb) with a silver treasure of BC200s. A quake in 581 ruined Ulpiana. Nostradamus notes a quake revealing graves in Century 8:66; “When the DM writing is found [his son’s emblem paintings?], and ancient cellar (cave) with perpetual lamp [9c] discovered; Loy, Roy [4 King] & Prince Ulpian [Trajan’s son?] is proved, Pavilion Royne&Duc under the cover.” (9c)….etc….

[]11; Couiza gypsum mine, Encantados. Mining exposed a dolomite cave (interior). Aude counsellors in 1900 entered 500m. Closed 1914, re-opened 1940 by Castel, then by Siau. The Couiza end collapsed on ‘Spanish’ Clement’s men and horse (tomb).

[]11p Galactic Pole; Olive press, Les Oliviers. Legendary Olivier was a friend of Roland. The name is from Germanic for Alphen Army or Ancestor (12 ancestor). The Latin word means olive.

[]12 Heart; Les Pras, hamlet on north bank (water-work).

[]12; Rennes Castle (interior, weapon). Its cemetery is closed off. A water tank passage (water-work) was reopened 1999.

[]12 Heart B; Condamine, surname linked to Hercules (felid). At Monaco port a statue shows a lion-headed man and siren with a golden apple or heart. Condamine town logo has a lion head, half Fleur de Lys bee, and chapel (13c).

[]13 Heart; De Lauzi source, perhaps from Almond (tree, of 14).

12; Shepherd’s huts, Capitelles. Top right horizon is Bains 11 Cardou peak.

[]13; Stone Huts, Capitelles. Round corbelled huts (interior) for shepherds, lambs or bees (of 14), worldwide.

[]13; Caustaussa Mill, Moulin (water-work), north bank, formerly south, now an old age home, race and bases remain.

[]13 Heart B; Coustaussa, Custodia, Guardian, castle (bastion) between Bains and Rennes. ‘Farmers’ Generals’ controlled the hated salt tax, gabelle. An old map labels this area Materre, My Land. In the church, the murderer (death) of priest Gelis on 1897 Nov 1, scrawled “Viva angélina,” perhaps for ‘Viva ange linea, lignée des anges, Long live the Angelic Society’. Their nickname was Brouillard, Fog or Mist.

[]13c Head; Stone circle at New Mill, near old millrace, at a Rialsesse bridge.

[]13c; Stone well near the river, perhaps a wishing or spells well (oracle), now filled and blocked (lid), noted Val Wineyard.

[]14 Mixer; Stopover, L’Escale, camp or Inn on the old Roman road; amphorae, mosaic, coins.

[]14; Water Wheel, Rodier,  east part.

[]14; Catchment, Captee dam.

[]14; Cassiopeia Hill, 61 degrees ENE from Rennes St Magdalene, sunrise on her day (time. See Rennes le Chateau church plan, type 14, in another post).

[]14; Cassaigns. And Bains axis 14.

[]15 Maker; Mouscairol depression.

[]15; Siala plateau.

[]15B; Wolf Pass, Pas du Loup (canid), on the Coustaussa road north of Sarras. Near fortress ramparts. Of Lupé family, Wolf, of Pilat region. And Bains axis 15.

[]15B; Peyre Picade, with a source behind Red Plateau, Sarrat Rouge, flowing north to the Rialsesse. Near hamlet Jaffus, Craft Goods (bag).

[]15B; Fayne-Peyude, ‘Gladly Gained’.

Rennes le Chateau priest Berenger Sauniere made expansive renovations, using unexplained wealth. He failed to start a Magdalenian pilgrimage, and to restore a Habsburg king, but his life raised Rennes legends to popular notice. (Detail from one of his own postcards).

[]Rennes landscape archetypal axial centre is in the village, near the castle, at Dragon of Wheels, ‘Dragon de Rhedae’ restaurant. The centre is analogous to the ecliptic pole, dragon myths, and Draco constellation. Rennes had three churches (polar trio); The castle’s first outer chapel St Mary, later changed to St Magdalene; St Peter (initially St John?) built by Voisins about 1300 in St Peter Street, 60m south of the church (see Rennes le Chateau church ground plan, type 9c, in another post. Coppens 2012. Smith 2018); and the castle’s alter inner chapel, later to St John Baptist. The hill has rifts, water tunnels, boreholes and treasure digs.

[]Midsummer is on road D52 bend (juncture) north of Rennes (see 11p above).

[]Midwinter is on the southern road fork (juncture), at an imagined ‘Roman Tomb’ between Rennes and Couleurs windmill cliff (see 4p above). The celestial polar axle lies nearly north-south (orientation).

These markers place summer on axis 12, analogous to Leo, implying spring and the cultural time-frame as Age Taurus1. The Taurus1 time-frame is confirmed by legends of Isis, replaced by Artemis, replaced by St Magdalene. These emblems are analogous to hour decans 15 Sirius, 1 Auriga, 2 Pleiades and 2c Algol, which in turn hosted spring sacrifice and adolescent rites. The archetypal and stellar spring point remains part of type 2 Builder. The celestial spring point moves with Aries ‘sign’, dragging some type 3 Queen myths with it, as it did through Pisces constellation from about BC80 to AD 2016 (Furter 2014). A parchment text noted ‘an Isis temple at Rhedae, renamed Magdala under Titus AD 70’ (Smith 2018). The date reflects destruction of the Jerusalem Temple, and the start of Christian legends. The five structural layers of expression are subconscious to artists, architects, builders and members of any culture.

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Rennes le Chateau stoneprint tour of archetype in art, church plans, and villages

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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