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Les Bergere d'Arcadie John the Baptist SamHain Line


Here is a critique of the Shepherdess Parchment

The most important aspect of this parchment is that it introduces the artist Nicolas Poussin to the mystery.

Shepherdess Parchment

Firstly a couple of truths.

There is little evidence that this was found by Saunière, however this in no way implies that it is irrelevant.

The inscription at the bottom was indeed formerly placed under the altar in the church of St Marie Madeleine in Rennes le Chateau.

This inscription was removed by a vandal in the 1970's

Here it is with Noel Corbu

Corbu was killed in a road accident in 20 May 1968

Noel Corbu

Since Corbu died in 1968, and the parchment contains the same Latin phrase as the one on the altar,

 we can assume that the parchment therefore precedes 1968.

See Mary Magdalene page


The plain text passage is from this bible passage

John 12:1-11 (King James Version)

12 Then Jesus six days before the Passover came to Bethany, where Lazarus was, which had been dead, whom he raised from the dead.

There they made him a supper; and Martha served: but Lazarus was one of them that sat at the table with him.

Then took Mary a pound of ointment of spikenard, very costly, and anointed the feet of Jesus, and wiped his feet with her hair: and the house was filled with the odour of the ointment.

Then saith one of his disciples, Judas Iscariot, Simon's son, which should betray him,

Why was not this ointment sold for three hundred pence, and given to the poor?

This he said, not that he cared for the poor; but because he was a thief, and had the bag, and bare what was put therein.

Then said Jesus, Let her alone: against the day of my burying hath she kept this.

For the poor always ye have with you; but me ye have not always.

Much people of the Jews therefore knew that he was there: and they came not for Jesus' sake only, but that they might see Lazarus also, whom he had raised from the dead.

10 But the chief priests consulted that they might put Lazarus also to death;

11 Because that by reason of him many of the Jews went away, and believed on Jesus.

Couple of notes here
All of these events are featured in the church of St Marie Madeleine in Rennes le Chateau in the form of the stained glass windows.

  • It mentions Lazarus raised from the dead - source of the famous Blue Apples light phenomena.

  • It mentions Martha serving whilst Mary of Bethany (The Magdalene) listens to Jesus

  • It mentions the anointing of the feet with the hair of Mary of Bethany (The Magdalene)

  • It mentions the ointment and Judas' objection to the cost. In the same window as above and note here that only Jesus and Mary have halos despite other Saints being present.

  • Jesus the Sun and Mary the Moon. This is indicated in their halos.

It also mentions Six days before the Passover

This is the start of the Jewish holiday of Shabbat HaGadol

"On the tenth of this month (Nisan) each shall take a lamb (later to be sacrificed) into the family"

Exodus 12:3  

This begins the day after the spring equinox

so this passage from John 12 refers to the events around the Spring Equinox

21st March

There is a passage in the text that is worthy of note it says:

"Then said Jesus, Let her alone: against the day of my burying hath she kept this."

It can be noted that this phrase is repeated in every Gospel Indeed it says in Matthew 26:13 

“Verily I say unto you, wheresoever this gospel shall be preached in the whole world, there shall also this, that this woman hath done, be told of memorial of her”

So what is in the spikenard?


The first reference to the survival of Christ's severed foreskin comes in the second chapter of the apocryphal  Syriac Infancy Gospel which contains the following story:

  1. And when the time of his circumcision was come, namely, the eighth day, on which the law commanded the child to be circumcised, they circumcised him in a cave.
  2. And the old Hebrew woman took the foreskin (others say she took the navel-string), and preserved it in an alabaster-box of old oil of spikenard.
  3. And she had a son who was a druggist, to whom she said, "Take heed thou sell not this alabaster box of spikenard-ointment, although thou shouldst be offered three hundred pence for it."
  4. Now this is that alabaster-box which Mary the sinner procured, and poured forth the ointment out of it upon the head and feet of our Lord Jesus Christ, and wiped it off with the hairs of her head.

St Catherine of Siena a Dominican Nun claimed that she wore the foreskin of Jesus as a wedding ring.

She fought to bring the Papacy back to Rome from Avignon

A historical event known as the Western Schism


In the church of Marie Madeliene Rennes le Chateau

Behind the altar.

Mary anointing the feet of Jesus

Jesus with the Sun halo

Mary with the Moon halo.

No other disciples including St John the Divine (immediately to the right of Jesus with the red hair) has a halo.

Mary Magdalene

She was the first to see the risen Jesus


Being the moon she is the first full moon after the Spring Equinox when the Sun's power is the greater than the darkness

In other words



A woman's menstrual cycle is 27 days the same as the moon's cycle.

A woman's hair grows in harmony with her menstrual cycle

Magdalene and the Moon


The text of the parchment is written in Uncial text and the writing is fundamentally different from the writing of the the first Dagobert parchment

(they were written by two different people).

It should be noted that some ancient Irish parchments also use Uncial text.

The encrypted code is found by taking out the extraneous letters

The method has been described here

The Shepherdess Parchment

Remember that the only reason that the 17th century painter
Nicolas Poussin is involved in this mystery is because of this parchment.

The final text after decryption can now be read, it says:



Jean-Luc Chaumeil maintains that de Chérisey gives the method of decryption

He doesn't

De Chérisey does in fact mention that the final result is a direct anagram of the Hautpoul tombstone with the words PS PRAECUM removed. De Chérisey says:

“I would like to have the reader observe that a prodigious phenomenon occurs, which no logical brain has been able to explain: after composing text A with text B to obtain text C which, confronted with text D, gives text E, it so happens that text E is an anagram of text D” i.e. composed of the same letters”



….wouldn’t it be prodigious if, at the end of all this work, we could but reconstitute the funerary text? Prodigious and perfectly stupid…May our reader rest assured: another text is to be discovered and it is an anagram of the tombstone” 

And again 

“Common opinion has it that Abbé Bigou, parish priest of RLC in 1781 and the author of the epitaph, also composed this amusement. Such is not our opinion: the anagram was composed in our time and concludes a signature which we shall discover when analysing the decoded text",

"The final decrypted text is the anagram of the Marie de Blanchefort tomstone plus the words PS PRAECUM"


Lets take each section at a time.


Shepherdess without temptation that Poussin Teniers guard the key

Despite some fiddling with facts and the French language by some this clearly means we are looking for paintings by the two 17th century renaissance painters NICOLAS POUSSIN and  DAVID TENIERS which contain a shepherdess and
NO Temptation.

Well Les Bergere d'Arcadie is a famous painting by Poussin and David Teniers the younger painted the Temptation of St Anthony many times however he only painted a few where St Anthony the Hermit is NOT being tempted.

These are

Les Bergere d'Arcadie
Currently in the Louvre museum
Copy of the Teniers painting at Shugborough
This is a copy of the Teniers painting at Shugborough Hall
as is a copy of the Poussin painting Et in Arcadia Ego


If we take the words PAX DCLXXXI people normally translate this as PEACE 681. Why do they do this? The passage is in French then suddenly switches to Latin then back to French and the French word for ‘peace’ is ‘PAIX’ not PAX. However using a technique called Gematria that gives letters numerical value we find the word PAX also translates as 681, so in effect for PAX 681 we have 681 681, an unlikely coincidence?
No this is deliberate, for the passage continues ‘By the Cross’ and the Anglo Saxon word for the measurement ‘The Rood’ is also the word for ‘Cross’ or Pole.


So ‘PAX DCLXXXI PAR LA CROIX’ becomes 681 by 681 by the Rood.


If we take a square that is 681 Roods (poles) by 681 Roods (poles) and draw a circle around it so that the circumference touches each corner then the circle will have a diameter taken to the nearest integer of three miles or One English League with an error of less than 1% and even this error is significant. The distance between the Tour Magdala and Rennes les Bains church is EXACTLY 3 STATUTE MILES or 1 English League.


  PAX 681

681 POLES x (BY) 681 POLES



A league is a traditional unit of distance derived from an ancient Celtic unit[I A1]  and adopted by the Romans as the leuga; the league became a common unit of measurement throughout Western Europe although distances varied slightly. Most scholars say that it represents the distance the average person can walk in an hour. In France this unit is the lieue and is different from an English League in length. Also a Rood is an archaic word for the now more recently discarded measurement the ‘Pole’ and as we have seen is the Anglo Saxon word for a ‘cross’, generally shortened to Rod in more recent times. Remember Henri Boudet’s suggestion that some of the words in use in the Languedoc are of Celtic and Northern European origin. The Celts came into a, shall we say, historical existence in the sixth century BCE under the reign of Tarquino Prisco, the part of Gaul between the Garonne, the Mediterranean and the Alps and the ocean was referred to as “The Celtic” by Aristotle, Herodotus and Hiparchus. The word Keltoi is Greek for stranger and may have been simply the word used for anyone who wasn’t Greek or Roman.

 The word League is likely named after the Celtic Sun God Lugh

Celebrated at LUGHNASAGH

The Harvest Festival

Three miles


And the Horse of God

The Cheval de Dieu (Horse of God) represents ABRAXAS (Gematria 365), a deity that was significant to the Knights Templar and is the passage of the heavens from East to West on a daily basis. Abraxas is one of the horses taking the golden chariot of Helios to disappear into the golden cup in the West i.e. the sunset.

A theme also covered by Poussin in another of his paintings in the form of Helios, Phaeton and the four seasons. 


In the background are the four horses pulling Helios (The Sun God) across the sky.

One is called ABRAXAS.

The word ABRAXAS in Gematria is 365 the same as the number of days in the year


ABRAXAS is Gnostic solar deity associated with Yahweh, Mithras, Yeshu (Jesus) and significantly the Celtic Belenus.  

Belenus is a deity worshipped in Gaul, Britain and Celtic areas of Italy, Austria and northern Spain. He has shrines from Aquileia on the Adriatic to Kirkby Lonsdale in England. His name means "shining one" or "henbane god" and he is associated with healing. He may be the same deity as Belatu-Cadros. However, in the Roman period and Abraxas/Belenus was identified with Apollo, a connection that will became significant later. The name Belenus has been found on around fifty inscriptions, these are mainly concentrated in Aquileia and Cisalpine Gaul, but also extend into Noricum and Gallia Narbonensis, the area that includes Rennes le Chateau. Otto Rahn, likely a Polaire, had surmised in his book Luzifers Hofgesind (1937) that the new Golden Age was to come from Lucifer who he specifically identified as the Cathar Pyrenean Abellio, the Celtic Belenos, the Nordic Balder and the Greek Apollo. Collectively these were adopted later by the Holy Roman church under the title of Saint Bonnet. (Saint-Bonnet-le-Bourg is a commune in the Puy-de-Dôme area of France, an area that sits on the Paris Meridian)

Amulets and seals bearing the figure of Abraxas was used in the seals of the Knights Templar, but by medieval times Abraxas was relegated to the ranks of demons. The word Abraxas was first proposed by the Alexandrian Gnostic scholar Basilides and is created using the first letters of the Greek names for the seven visible planets. Using Gematria the letters add up to 365, the number of days in a solar year and the number of Aeons or divine emanations in Gnostic cosmology. However using Gematria again Mithras also adds up to 365 and significantly so does the Celtic Solar deity Belenus. The Abraxas seal was common in the second century. Abraxas is invoked in The Gnostic Mass that was written by the occultist Aleister Crowley as is the use of Abramelin Oil, a carefully prepared substance used to anoint initiates. In this same Gnostic Mass Crowley also speaks of a Holy Guardian Angel.





Within the system of Thelema founded by Crowley in 1904, The Holy Guardian Angel

is the "Silent Self" which is a representative of an individual’s truest divine nature.



Notwithstanding that this whole area around Rennes le Chateau is called

 The Midi.
for no obvious reason

 It will also mean Midday or indeed South



Arcas pointing at the line in the tomb

Arcas pointing at the Tomb at Les Pontils

Hercules pointing at the phrase I am in Arcadia (He was during the twelve Labours)

Note the Sun over the mountain behind

i.e. When the Sun is at it's highest point.

Why this area is called THE MIDI is open to speculation.

It was popular French magazine called La Depeche du Midi that broke the news to the general French public on January 12th, 13th & 14th 1956 accompanied with sensational headlines  of a priest finding parchments in a broken altar pillar and known as the Priory documents or Dossier Secrets at the turn of the twentieth century describing the whereabouts of a treasure.

 “La fabuleuse découverte du CURÉ aux MILLIARDS de Rennes le Chateau….d’un coup de pioche dans un pilier du Maitre-autel l’abbé SAUNIÈRE met à jour LE TRÉSOR DE BLANCHE DE CASTILLE.”

La Depeche du Midi

However assuming a Philippe de Cherisey link to this then de Cherisey had been an actor who called himself Amedee. Why he called himself this we don't know for certain but another publication called


Here the author (possibly Philippe de Cherisey) refers to "Le cercle du Lys" “the circle of the Lily (or Light)”, situated on the street of the Admiral Mouchez in Paris

Admiral Mouchez is in fact

Amédée Mouchez

Amedee Mouchez

Statue of Admiral Amedee Mouchez at Le Havre.

(24 August 1821 – 29 June 1892) was a French naval officer who became director of the Paris Observatory and launched the ill-fated Carte du Ciel project in 1887.

Perhaps I should point out that Philippe de Cherisey (who is known to have adopted the name Amédée during his acting career) gives his address as UCCLE in Belgium

UCCLE is the site of the Belgian Observatory.
The last observatory to abandon the Carte du Ciel project.

Philippe de Chèrisey's address was directly opposite the Belgian Observatory.




Blue Apples

Samhain - 30th October is the start of the Apple harvest




There remains this intriguing drawing in the parchment.


It was found recently that the upturned A at the bottom may be a shorthand sign for the Zodiac sign of Taurus ♉ used by some early 20th century French writers. On close inspection of the symbol at the top you will notice that it is not the same as the N on the left hand side and is more like the letter Z on its side but staying with the Signs of the Zodiac (Z) or it could be a drawing of the scales of Libra or it could represent the broken pillar in the Temple of Solomon.

Between is a representation of the Rosy Cross seen under the Altar in Saunière's church

 Since this parchment also carries the phrase in Latin beneath the this altar in the church at Rennes le Chateau, then the crude drawing going through the centre of  NΘIS seems to represent the Rosy Cross that the weeping Mary is looking at. Of course it has already been said that NΘIS is SION inverted.

The Weeping Magdalene sits under the Cup on the Altar.

See Noel Corbu pointing at the top of this page.

This painting under the altar was supposedly done by Saunière himself

An obviously speculative interpretation follows:

Kneeling weeping Magdalene

The Magdalene's eyes are fixed on the Rosy Cross

A line through the centre of the cross through the eyes of The Magdalene finishes at the centre of the Arch (Arques) on the left. 

23.4° is the tilt angle of the earth.

The Rosy Cross now forms the Chi Rho sign.


View of the Grotte de la Magdalene

View from half way up the stairs of La tour Magdala

Towards the Grotte de la Madeleine

also called the Grotte de Fournet

The Winter Solstice sunset will be seen through this window over the Grotte de la Madeleine.


The angle 23.4° is the tilt angle of the earth between the Equatorial plane and the Ecliptic plane (where the sun and the planets appear)

90° minus 23.4° equals 66.6°

the use of the decimal point is a recent invention

The author of Magick Aleister Crowley (mentioned above with regard to the Holy Guardian Angel) called himself


When asked what this means he replied

"It means SUNLIGHT"

Crowley has alleged to have been the Languedoc in the 1920s and 30s

 we know for certain he was in the Pyrenees.



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