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The Cathars and Knights Templars
Powerplaces in the
Aude and Ariège regions
in South of France
you to join Keltic Trilogy / Cairn in
discovering the powerplaces of the Cathars and Knights Templars, in the
Aude and Ariège regions in the Pyrénées Orientales
( South of France ).
Caer Sidi (Camelot),
the Fortress of the Grail Fairies (Morgane le Fay) is mentioned in the
Book of Taliesin
(Lewis Spence) as the Seat of rituals and
initiations for Healing and Divination of an extraordinary vitality and
importance to the Celtic psyche and later Cathares and Knights
Templars Grail Lore.
This is no new thesis . But that it can be re-awakened
today, simply through a comparative experiential study of Celtic
Grail Lore and Himalayan Tantric Shamanism is a testimony we want here
to share, as an historical and spiritual research, with you.
This tour will introduce you to a fully documented
itinerary, comprizing the study of some the outstanding megalithic and
Celtic sites which often were the foundation of the Cathares and
Knights Templars hermitages, hostels or
commanderies in these regions.
Most of these powerplaces have kept their outstanding
spiritual attraction, the strong cosmo-telluric energies and mythological
archetypes which are the reasons for their current exceptional harmony
The Holy Grail appears to the
Knights of the Round Table, with Sir Galahad in the Perilous Seat
( Legends of Arthurian Quest,
painting of the 13nd century).
We will start our Quest from the enchanting confines
of the Hostellerie L' Evéche, in the old Abbaye of Alet, an old
Benedictin monastery being now a restored guesthouse nested along the river
Aude , in the village where Nostradamus once lived .
Reflecting upon the river Aude and its quiet surroundings,
we will prepare our meditation in the ancient monastries, ruins and castles,
as a first historical acquaintance with the Cathars spiritual heritage
and the remaining traces of the Inquisition.
This journey will include
guided visit of the medieval cities of Foix and Carcassonne, the
Castles of Arques, Peyrepertuse, Termes, Latour, Minerve and Quéribus,
as well as other renown archeological and spirituall places in the region
(Aude, Ariège, Provence, Pyrennees) .
Evoquing the dramatic history of Simon de
Montfort 's Crusade against the Cathares, we will discuss how in
more recent times the Montségur Pog had become the symbol of a Solar
and the Montsalvat of the Holy Grail Quest.
The fortresses of Montségur, Quéribus
and Peyrepertuse, surrounded by the magnificient scenery of
the Land of Cathars, remain living testimonies of the beauty
and spiritual forces of Knowledge, Light and Love, against those
of dark violence and hatred.
Slowly climbing the steps leading to Montségur
Pog (refuge), we will pay hommage to the Parfaits and other Cathars
who gave they lives to preserve their tradition.
This beautiful and dramatic journey will lead
us also to the shrine of the Black Madonna in Limoux.
The early Celtic and Shamanic rites for
healing or divination powers will be addressed at several healing
sources (holy waters) and references to the Celtic Mother Goddess
will be approached in places where the Black Madona cult may still be found
Following the path of the Troubadors, we will
evoke the symbolic joust and tournaments which were celebrated in the romantic
We will also examine the Knights Templars traces
at Bézu, Rennes-le-Chateau, Blanchefort and surrounding areas.
Not far away from Couiza lies a little village
called Rennes-le-Chateau which has became renown in recent years for its
strange history and magical mysteries.
Occupied since the Neolithic ages , being at the
same time an ancient Gallic powerplace, the capital of the Wisigoths tribe
and Rhedae, the city of Merovingian Kings, many suggest that
it may still hide today the Arch of Alliance, somewhere in the surrounding
The Tour Magdala build by Béranger Saunière
is said by several Tibetan Lamas (Nying-Ma Pas and Karguyd-Pas, 1985) to
be one of the local entry to the Celtic Annwn (the land of ancesters),
or in other names the Tibetan / Mongolian : Shambala.
The Order of the Hospitalliers de St. Jean de
Jerusalem (Lavaldieu) and the Knights Templars , both had several properties
in the region, and the intricated role they both played during two
centuries of Roman Inquisition against the Cathars will be discussed
Another enigma being approached in this study
are the megalithic Cairns, Dolmens and Menhirs standing around Rennes-les-Bains,
as described in the book of the abbé Henri Boudet : " La Vraie Langue
Celtique et le Cromlech de Rennes-les-Bains ", as well as in other areas
such as : the Dolmen of Saint Michel
de Grandmont, Dolmen des Fados, the Pic de Bougarach,
le Fauteuil-du- Diable / Rennes-les-Bains and
its surrounding rocks and Cairns. Visit of the hot springs (Roman Empire
period) in Rennes-les-Bains may be included.
From Couiza and Quillan, not far from Chateau
Queribus, we will reach the ruins of the Bézu.
From there, on the left we can see the Pique
de Levaldieu, Rennes-le-Chateau and part of the natural Cromlech of
Rennes-les-Bains. The ruins of the Chateau du Bezu (actually those of the
Chateau Sermon d'Albedun) lead to an ancien Celtic Altar, with a
splendid view on the Pic de Bugarach, Pique de Lavaldieu and the surrounding
The seminar itself will focus on the history of
the Cathars faith, the controversial relations between Cathars, Templars
and the Inquisition Crusaders, as well as on the common roots it may have
or have had with the Celtic, Arianist (Wisigoth) and Dualistic faiths (Bogomiles,
Nestorians) during the early Christendom period.
We will discuss the common archetypal roots which
may be found alive and practices in the Indo-European Rig-Veda, Central
European or Asian Shamanic Traditions, as they were historically linked
with the Cathars and Knights Templars own dramatic history .
This itinerary will be escorted
with experienced speakers and guides, most being academically entitled
to provide a small group with phenomenological guidance and historical
Our references include a selected review
of the Cathars and Knights Templars history in South of France, as well
as the narration of the first century exile to South of France
of Mary Magdalene, Joseph of Arimathea (James) and other apostles
of Christ, who landed in Provence, before moving to Septimania , Brittany
(Armoric), then to Glastonbury and Wales.
Joseph of Arimathea
The third week , an optional itinerary, is an
introductive study to the myth of Mary Magdalene and of Joseph of Arimathea
(James) in places such as Rennes-le-Chateau, La Val Dieu (Center of Mary
Magdalena cult), les Saintes Maries de la Mer and Marseille (the ritual
space at the basilica of the golden goddess, Notre Dame le la Garde and
the Crypt of the Abbey of St. Victor ).
From where we will move to Aix-en-Provence and
Ste. Baume, where Mary lived in retreat and died.We will pray in the Grotto
of St. Mary Magdalena and after a picnic, we will go to the village where
the bones of St. Mary Magdalena are housed, in the Basilica of St.
This last part of the optional itinerary (third
week) focuses on the Holy Grail (L' Isle des Veilleurs) brought by
Joseph of Arimathea to Septimania (France), and later to Glastonbury and
Following the traces and symbols of the encrypted
Grail Mythos, we will continue from Aix- en- Provence to the Verdon
Canyon area, where we will focus on practices and study around the Chateau
de Valcros (Lady of the Lake) <+>, its Celtic Fortress (Camelaot) <+>,
the Menhir of Robion (Merlin and Morgane- Le Fay), the Chateau Soleil (now
called Nyima Dzong, under Tibetan Nyingma-Pas) <+>, the first Templars
chapels of St. Thyrse <+>, Comps sur Artuby <+>, Trigance <+>,
the Commanderie de St. Mayne <+> , etc ...
Meditation and landscape phenomenology practices
will be approached during the third week, under genuine scholars guidance.
This 14 or 21 days pilgrimage will be escorted
in situ by resource persons of proven archeological,
historical and phenomelogical expertises in the area of the
Celtic, Cathares and Templars heritage.
This approach is based on more than
30 years training and comparative study of Celts migration
from Central Asia to West Europe, of the existing traces of the first century
AD Christian tradition brought by Joseph of Arimethea and Mary Magdalene
in Septimania, Glastonbury and Wales, of the later links established by
Knights Templars and Franciscans with the Christian Nestorians in Central
Asia, of the still existing Christian heritage brought by the apostle Thomas
to India and the Himalayan, as well as of it links in Kashmir and Laddakh
with Mongol, Himalayan (Nepal) and Tibetan Shamanism, as still it can be
found within current Tibetan Buddhism Healing practices and Nepalese Djankris
This approach wants to disclose and combine tested
methods in experiential phenomenology, in order to study the roots
of Shamanistic myths, symbols and practices, as well as seek the reawakeing
of the effective roots which can be found in Celtic, Cathars and
Knights Templars powerplaces.
These Tours and Study aim to become a practical
input for those involved in the Quest .
(More details are provided on request)