Montségur, Languedoc, South of France – The Last Bastion of the Cathars

Montségur, Languedoc,
South of France – The Last Bastion of the Cathars

View of the fortress at Montségur from the air

View of fortress at Montségur from the air

We have been staying at the Chateâu des Ducs de Joyeuse at Couiza for three days now. There is something very nice about this Chateâu – we feel we are meant to be here – certainly not at Quillan where everyone had been recommending. John had not been well yesterday, so after we dropped our washing at Quillan we spent a quiet day here. A hot lemon drink and two Panadol tablets later, he is feeling much better today. I wish I could have thrown my flu off so easily, I am still not free of it completely.

We planned to travel the 60 kms to Montségur if the weather was pleasant. There has been a major shortage of diesel fuel, with up to only €30 (euros) allowed with each purchase. The French people were upset with their Government over an addition of two years to the pension retiring age and had ‘strikes’ everywhere, including airports.

It seemed a good excuse not to travel to Montségur – there and back would have been 120 kms – and we were soon to begin our return journey to Nice Airport. Montsegur is in region called the Pyrenees Mountains, almost at the Spanish border. For a while now, I have been dreaming up reasons as to why we should not go. Knowing, ‘upstairs’ may want us to go. I put it out to my Mentor, in my mind, that if John was keen, I would go. Anyway it was another beautiful day the next day and we set off for Montségur.

We have reached Montségur, parked our car, and begin to climb. ( You can see the cars parked in the background of these photos – gives you an idea of how far we have climbed)

John Barrow at the monument-stele to the Cathars

John Barrow at the monument-stele to the Cathars. This stele is in the place of ‘the field of burning’ when the Cathars refused to renounce their beliefs.

There is a monument to pass, in memory of the Cathars who lost their lives at the beginning of the Catholic Church Inquisition. See Wikipedia for an overview.

Valerie Barrow at the monument-stele to the Cathars

Valerie Barrow at the monument-stele to the Cathars

I begin to feel a bit strange and uncomfortable …

It is a very high and steep, tough climb. In some places I had to get down onto my buttocks and climb bit by bit so as to not slip over the dangerous drop.

Looking from the track down on Montségur

I took this photo sitting down at grass level – if you part the grass it drops suddenly over 1,200 metres. Montségur village can be see way below.

John and I began to feel quite shaky towards the top – the path is extremely narrow in places – I felt slightly giddy and the need to steady myself by bending over and clinging to tufts of grass just to keep my balance. I almost give up, breaking down into what I knew was a past-life memory of being there before and sobbed with a broken heart. The sobbing coming from deep within my inner being leaving me feeling completely lost and abandoned. All I could say was “God said he would always look after us – so how could this happen?” – I knew the base of the mountain was to be set alight and all upon her would be burnt to death if we didn’t surrender. Then when we came to the ground; we refused to deny our faith as Cathars and were burnt alive anyway – over 200 of us.

John felt I was taking on the past life memory for him also. In that life we were brother and sister.

I felt I couldn’t go on climbing it was just too narrow, with loose pebbles and one could easily slip over a huge, huge (1,207 metres) drop. John moved on ahead saying, “Look Valli, we are almost there.” I had sobbed into a bush that had been neatly trimmed and felt like a soft pillow. I regained my composure and ‘upstairs’ said, “We are very glad you have both come”

Track leading to the fortress at Montségur

Track leading to the fortress at Montségur

John came back for me and we both called on a ‘river of Divine Light’ from The World of Light to enter into us and earth it into the whole mountain in the name of Mother/Father God. To clear us of the painful energy we had been unconsciously holding onto and to clear the mountain also.

I then regained my nerve and continued just a few more steps around the corner – and ‘at last’ we were at the top. Then – out of the blue – a single delta winged fighter plane loudly, actually a deafening sound, zoomed over the top of us. Flying well below any radar screen only about 40 to 50ft above us. It was flying so fast it was out of sight as quick as a flash. John said, “They never fly singularly.” We both laughed – normally spirit sends us an eagle bird to confirm they are with us, but today a bit of modern technology instead! Thank you spirit!

Delta wing aircraft flies over Montsegur

Delta wing aircraft flies over Montségur

We felt uplifted and knew we would be safe going back down the mountain and that we would not feel any nervousness – which we didn’t. It had been a Mission that we had to do. I am so glad we did it and so is John. It wasn’t easy …

At a sub-conscious level I knew how dangerous the climb was and what had happened before. That was why I was holding back and not wanting to go there. But now all is perfect.

Looking along a wall of the fortress at Montségur - looking over the valley below

Looking along a wall of the fortress at Montségur –
looking over the valley below

We came back to our lovely Chateâu des Joyeuse in Couiza and collected our swimming togs to go for a swim at Rennes les Bains. The water is from warm mineral springs without the strong sulphur smell that often goes with such water. John was complaining at first but after our marvelous swim and cleansing of our etheric aura as well – we felt fantastic. – A ‘catharsis’ well done.

Museum in the village below Montségur - looking over the valley below

Museum in the village below Montségur. Note the sign; there are those two keys again – linking us with the two tiny keys found at Mt Bugarach Valley of God. Both of us were very disturbed by the artifacts we recognized in the museum. This healed after our swim at Rennes les Bains.

‘Alcheringa’ wanted to speak with us and I have a lovely interview from him on my recorder. He confirmed that we had experienced the memory of Cathars and that our visit to the ‘Bay of Marys’ and witnessing the ‘evocation’ had triggered the memory for us.

John:  (John asked about a dream where he saw himself directing the construction of a road to be built up to the castle atop of Montsegur. Many Cathars at the time, sought refuge there from the Crusaders. He also had a dream about the Church developing so misguidedly.)

Alcheringa: (speaking to my John) said, “You have the teachings in your soul – you have a connection to John – Is it not surprising when you are called John – there are several Johns. There is the one that is referred to as John the Divine – he is the brother of Jesus – and this is your connection – you may be surprised at this – but there was a dream that was given to you and you were one of those who began the teachings here in this country that was known as Gaul, at the time of the Roman Empire. Your dream was given to you to awaken your understanding.

John:  “Yes, my understanding is certainly awakened. Still a little hazy – in fact I feel I am not quite with this dimension – particularly if I walk and in particular with the one at Ste Maximin and Sainte Baume – I found that an extraordinary experience. I definitely felt I had been there before – but in what capacity I am not quite certain. Perhaps you can enlighten me?

Alcheringa: As I have said you are one of the disciples and very close to you is the family of Jesus and …   Valerie is aware that she also was close to the family of Jesus. So in actual fact in that time – you were brother and sister and part of the family of Jesus. Also you were older and like you are now – organizing and taking care of, and helping the group in their Mission. So you were very much part of that Mission in the early days. Which would be, shall we say – over 2,000 years ago.

Alcheringa: The feeling that you had, as if you were not quite here, comes from that memory because it comes from another time and that was why you were not feeling here in this time. It is nothing to be afraid of – it was actually an awakening my son – an awakening as to who you were and who you really are – in those days you were inclined to make judgements and that is understandable because you were very upset about what had happened to your brother.

Alcheringa: And there were others who were killed because of that – because of the teachings. It was hard for you to accept and be loving towards those people – but you came from a place where they did not understand – they were just not aware. Try to imagine as they are (then) and as they were back in that time. They were illiterate then, and did not know many things—they were not exactly ignorant—they had their way. It was a time. It was a time that has advanced from then, until the dark ages – but for now it is moving forward to the Golden Light – which is lifting everybody’s consciousness and helping them to know who they really are from the Soul that exists within them. Am I making myself understood?

John:  Yes. I have another question – I am always intrigued by the Nazis and Hitler and people like Himmler who had an interest in Montségur and I always watch movies on that particular subject. Now having come on this spiritual journey, which is exactly what it is – I am aware of the fact that there is association between the Nazis and people since the Nazis in Germany who have had this unbelievable association and I am not quite sure by association that it is with the Cathars – which is in the place that we are right now. (We had just been to Montségur) I wonder if you can explain to me. I don’t really quite understand.

Alcheringa: Everybody has a Soul and is driven by memories from that Soul in their actions in the life that they live in the body now. At that time it was the time of a great war, or the Great Second World War, there are people here who came from the Nazis as you say, came to this place where they had memories (in their soul) and knew of the beginnings of the teachings of Christianity and the way the people lived. Some people had these memories and translated them into the lives that they live in now, or as such as during the war. Because of interactions with one and another they fulfilled a conclusion to the reality of the story that exists in their soul and so, there was some confusion – there was some misunderstanding – and there are sometimes created myths that are really true. You understand what I am saying. And so they took the time in their lives as the Cathars as to their own, and began to believe that in some way they were connected to this and in some way the story was twisted in the outcomes and their deeds also. That the Jews had caused their downfall because it was only a thousand years or so after the disciples had first come to this new land that was called Gaul. So they were misleading themselves – not connecting – they had knowledge, but only part of the knowledge and they twisted other knowledge that they thought existed. So, do you understand?

John:  Yes. I guess … But does that justify the cruelty to the Jews and everybody else?

Alcheringa: Of course, it does not – and if you were to ask yourself you would not have to ask me that. As I have said … it was twisted and misunderstood. The knowledge was greatly misused for a power that they wanted to have for themselves. Do you understand this?

John:  Yes.

Alcheringa: This power was not used in the early days …. but as I have said it was twisted and misused and other energies from the etheric worlds and where it can be used; jump into the body and takeover – this is what happened to the man known as Hitler.

John:  One final question. Why am I on this spiritual pilgrimage?

Alcheringa: One thing I could tell you is it is to help Valerie because she has a Mission and you have long agreed and wanted to assist her on her Mission, but I would ask that you actually go into a meditation and ask yourself why you are here. Does that assist you?

John:  A – hem!

Alcheringa: And I think you are already understanding that?

John:  I have already asked that question and I am not getting an answer?

Alcheringa: And what is that question?

John:  Why am I on this spiritual journey? Is it purely to support Valerie or is there another reason?

Alcheringa: It is for the Grace of God. It is for the Mission that came with Jesus onto earth at that time and hopefully that energy still influences many on this earth now. Again some of the teachings have been twisted slightly – but not so serious as to what happened during the 2nd World War.

Jesus came with the simple message to “Love one another as you would love yourself” it is a very simple message, and when you think about it – it does not mean to judge another – it means to love one another – to accept one another. To accept the differences – to take care of one another – to help one another – to assist one another – to recognize that you are all brothers and sisters on earth no matter what race or bloodline. For it all comes from the Christos or the Christ which comes from the World of Light. Everybody, and I mean everybody in a physical body has been blessed with this energy of Light within them – so that everybody on this earth is of God. They already have this knowledge and the unlimited understanding in them – it is merely a matter for them to connect to that and become who they really are.

It is a matter of self discipline in oneself – that is all. Because the brain is always very active and sometimes goes off on little tangents – little journeys of its own – and the discipline within itself – needs to bring it back like a little pet on a string – it needs to be brought back and asked to quieten itself and sit beside you to allow you to connect the higher consciousness that exists within you – from you Soul. from God. Does this help you?

John:  Yes. I am going through a change.

Alcheringa: You are indeed. You are returning to the true being who you truly are.

John:  (Grunts) So why has it taken so long?

Alcheringa: “This is up to you my son. There is no limit in time at all for as I have said, it is a self discipline – it is a growth – It will not take long at all if you decide?

Alcheringa: Climbing the mountain as you did yesterday, is symbolic of what a life on earth is. It is over many boulders and it receives a few scratches and knocks but you still succeed – you climbed and you returned back onto the earth ground. You felt refreshed, particularly after swimming in the water and being released from the old energy. The swim in the water was important for you both. It actually helped cleanse your aura as well as your body. Because in your mind you were being freed from past memories that have upset you so much…as a life in the Cathars you lived and breathed your life as God intended- (it was cathartic )- as Jesus had preached it – and it had many thousands of people who have lived it then and do so now. And there is no reason why you still cannot do that.

Alcheringa: You can be guided from your Soul – it has the memory and it has the knowledge which is not only coming from the World of Light and this is can influence you very easily if you allow it.

John:  Right. One final question? With this evolution of my soul, which is taking place, what is my role now to be?

Alcheringa: Just that. To Be. To Be … to follow any opportunity that comes your way. You have a knowing when something comes your way that you need to do something about. This is not just a fantasy – it is your life. And it is the influence from your God self that is driving that feeling – that is driving you to do something.

John:  That sounds unpredictable.

Alcheringa: It is not unpredictable because everything in your life has a reason and a purpose. Everything. Are you understanding?

Alcheringa: It has been my pleasure in being with you my son – for you and I are very close. Now I know that Valerie has some questions. And she understands about the life that you have both had – again it was a life as a brother and sister – a very pure life – a very beautiful life – but one that was in your heart that God will always protect you – and so when the terrible thing happened and all those loved ones were destroyed – you were confused – you did not understand – for these things are part of the ‘Play’ if you like, for it helps others in many ways to find the True God within.”

And now I believe that you both have accepted that the true life that you have is everlasting – that the true life you have is your Soul. You understand that you come in a personality in a body for a time – then you leave – then you return and live a life again and then you leave – there is no end. There are many other lives in you – other worlds within the Cosmos – it is never ending – and so this is where you need to connect to and understand, that you have the love of God with you always. Any experience that you feel that you may have been let down by God – it was necessary to allow you to find your own inner strength and to never waiver in the knowledge that you are connected to God -that you are God and that you can create.

So there is a need for self discipline and to be careful as to what you do create – it is up to you …

And now it is time for me to leave – but I am always here with you. I sent the man made vehicle over your heads as a sign yesterday to say we were with you.

“There was a star-man made vehicle there with you also but it was held from your sight only because there are others who are not ready to see it. But we are there, we are there. God Bless you my son and God Bless Valerie. I have enjoyed coming.”

Val: Before Alcheringa left, I asked him if he remembered the time when “White Eagle” was first training me about 20 years ago. At that time he said that he would be taking us to France and that a manuscript named “The Book of Love” would be eventually found. He said he had written it at the time of Jesus, but God told him to “Eat it.” I heard later that the Cathars were supposed to have had it.

Alcheringa: “Yes it is obvious now to you isn’t it? That you were the one’s who held it in safe keeping. You were the Heads (Elders) of the settlement at Montségur.

Val: What did we do with it?

Alcheringa: You believed you were going to be set free by just coming down the mountain – but then you were all grabbed and put to the fire.

Val: It is said that they were held prisoner for about a week.

Alcheringa: Yes! You were able to hide it in your woman’s clothing. So that when you were burnt alive, the manuscript was destroyed. And that is your role now, to bring back the information of the story that was written at that time.

Val: Well, what was the manuscript about?

Alcheringa: The manuscript was about the evolvement of mankind upon the earth. It was actually too controversial to be spoken about at that time, and it is still controversial – but your role is to bring it out and John is to assist you with that Mission.

I thanked Alcheringa for all of his advice and assistance to us. He said he would continue to prompt me as I write.



Cathar Country is also called Languedoc – It is the langue of Oc. Or Occitan. This language was used by the troubadours to sing about the Art of Love, and there was a lot of interest in music, dance poetry and literature. After the crusade against the Cathars the political power of Northern France over the South increased. Currently, 48% of the population understands Occitan and 28% still speak it.

No chapter in the Roman Catholic Church is bloodier than the battle against the Cathars. Catharism developed during the 12th century in the South of France and in the North of Italy where they attracted followers from all walks of life, even some monks from the Catholic Church and members of the Knights Templar.

The Cathars were Christians but posed a direct threat to the traditions of the Catholic Church and were denounced as heretics. Over a period of 40 years they were gradually exterminated – something like 600,000 of them. Montsegur was the last bastion.

“Pope John Paul II (a truly saintly man) apologized for the sins of the Church in the past and asked for forgiveness for the terrible things done by the Church in the name of God, which had nothing to do with the God.

A priest has advised me that, “Pope John Paul ll gave this apology in Rome on 13 March 2000 at the commencement of the liturgical season of Lent. Speaking from the altar in St Peter’s Basilica, Rome, he led all Christians into unchartered territory by seeking forgiveness for sins committed against Jews, heretics, burning people at the stake, women, midwives, healers, Knights Templar, the Cathars, other break-away Christian groups, the Gypsies and native peoples. Fighting through trembles and slurring caused by Parkinson’s disease, the Pope electrified ranks of cardinals and bishops by pleading for a future that would not repeat the mistakes. “Never again,” he said.

Pope John Paul II

Pope John Paul II apologised for the sins of the Church
in the centuries past and prayed, “Never again!”

Centuries of hate and rivalry could not recur in the third millennium. “We forgive and we ask forgiveness.” “We are asking pardon for the divisions among Christians, for the use of violence that some have committed in the service of truth, and for attitudes of mistrust and hostility assumed toward followers of other religions.

Everywhere we went in Languedoc we felt we knew the people, I was seeing the people as if they were my aunt, or brother or a family member. The only difference was they spoke a different language and they do think differently. I observed them arriving at work and going around to every fellow worker greeting them with a warm cheek to cheek, kiss both sides. I saw the children being disciplined in a quiet way and the children responding to that well. When they spoke to each other they would look straight into each other’s eyes which I consider highly polite – giving their total attention to the one to whom they are speaking, or listening too. We really liked the people and yet we were aware that there was a strength with them that could be called upon if they were under threat. They are proud people.

Looking from the village up to Montségur

Looking from the village up to Montségur

I personally felt this was where my family had come from before they moved to Scotland in ancient times. Intuitively I always knew it. Our family Coat of Arms had on it an upside down ‘fleur de lis’ signaling a connection to France. Am I going too far in saying when the Scots say “Och Aye”, could they be recalling their ancient connections to the language of Oc and Occitan? Do they mean, “Oc am I”?

Now it was time to begin our return to Nice and to catch the Emirates plane for Dubai.

We made for Avignon. Staying in the ancient City of the Palace of Popes. There still exists a slight evidence of ancient Rome.

Go to the next article: about the Palais des Papes (Palace of the Popes) in Avignon


Rennes-le-Château and the Valley of God

Rennes-le-Château and the Valley of God

View at Rennes-le-Château

View of the Magdala Tower at Rennes-le-Château

You may also read the Wikipedia page on Rennes-le-Château

location of Rennes-le-Chateau in France

We travelled from Carcassonne though the Aude Valley on our way to Rennes-le-Château. This is Cathar country where the Albigensians were tortured and burnt to death for heresy. It was the beginning of the Inquisition. The whole area is full of intrigue, history and mystery and in particular the area around Mt. Bugarach where it is said there are the most frequent sightings of UFO’s in the whole of France. That particular area is known as “Val de Dieu” or The Valley of God but I jump ahead of myself a little; we needed to find a place to stay which we can use as an centre point to travel to and from as a base, visiting all the marvellous sites in the surrounding area.

Quillan had been recommended, but as we were driving towards that location, John suddenly made a turn right and we found ourselves in front of the lovely Chateâu des Ducs de Joyeuse in Couiza; a medieval castle restored to a charming hotel restaurant. It is at the confluence of a mountain stream and the river Aude that the Chateâu of Couiza now stands; on the site of an ancient Gallo Roman settlement whose original name was Couzanum.

It didn’t take John long to talk the owner into giving us an excellent deal for a four night stay. We both felt we had visited the Chateâu before; particularly when climbing the ancient stone circular staircase to our room.

Entrance to the Chateâu des Ducs de Joyeuse

Entrance to the Chateâu des Ducs de Joyeuse

Our first visit was to make the short journey up a mountain drive to Rennes-le-Château. As we arrived we were blessed with a calm, clear, sunny day overlooking the mountain peaks towards Mt. Bugarach.

View from Rennes-le-Chateâu looking towards Mt Bugarach

The view from Rennes-le-Chateâu looking towards Mt Bugarach

There is much mystery and history surrounding the church up here. A new priest, Father Bérenger Saunière arrived at the Monastery in 1885. Within the space of a few years, he changed forever the destiny of the small village in the Aude. Saunière’s renovations and above all his high-profile building projects rapidly raise the question as to the origin of his funds. The rumour spreads that he has discovered some sort of treasure.

Museum image of Fr Sauniere with his houskeeper

Museum model of Fr Saunière with his housekeeper

This has inspired many researchers, scientists and historians to trace many questions. In particular, the strange statues and secret codes that exist at Rennes-le-Château, appeared to be hiding concealed information that sent researchers into a complicated search, with many different aspects and avenues.

One of the most famous works, is The Holy Blood and The Holy Grail, written in collaboration by Michael Baigent, Richard Leigh and Henry Lincoln. Publication of this book in 1982 sparked off a storm of controversy, the reverberations of which are still resounding throughout the Western World. It has spawned many articles and questions, along with conspiracy theories, all to be found on the Internet. Dan Brown’s book, The Da Vinci Code, is thriller fiction (along the lines of the non-fiction book “The Holy Blood and The Holy Grail,”) which sold over 80 million copies and is translated into 40 languages.

Some of the questions raised are:

  • Where did Father Saunière receive the funds to pay for such elaborate renovations?
  • What were the secret manuscripts said to be found by Saunière (in a secret cavity within a stone column), and was Mary Magdalene really buried under the floor of the old church at Rennes-le-Château?
  • Did a secret society exist named The Prieure de Sion?
  • Did the Knights Templar keep The Holy Grail in France and if so, where?
  • Was Jesus married to Mary Magdalene, and did they have children – leaving a dynasty of Holy Blood?
  • Did Jesus survive the Crucifixion and live to an old age?
  • Did the Cathars hold a secret manuscript named The Book of Love, and if true, where is it now? (I will speak more about this in my article about Montségur.)

I will attempt to discuss some of these questions a little later on, but for the moment I would like to quote, “A word from Father Saunière.” The following is taken from a pamphlet given at the Museum at Rennes-le-Château. It is written and signed by Abbé B. Saunière, 1903.

L'Abbe Saunière

Rennes Ie Chateau owes its origins to the fortified city of Rhedae, which was founded in the 5th century by the Visigoths. The city lay on the plateau extending towards the south-east at the foot of the present village and numbered some 30,000 inhabitants. The capital of the vast district of Rhedae, it was destroyed in 1170 by the King of Aragon’s army.

In the 14th century Pierre II des Voisins, seneschal of Carcassonne, restored the fortifications and the town grew prosperous once more. It was seized anew by the Spanish, however, who left only the ancient church dedicated to St Mary Magdalene, the castle of the lords of Rennes and a few dwellings standing.

1362 thus marked the end of the city of Rhedae, which subsequently became the small settlement of Rennes-le-Château.

Following these disasters, the modest village seems for a long time to have been forgotten by the rest of the world.

In recent years, however, the old feudal castle, still standing, has seen the activity of the past resume around it. The church, which was falling into ruin, has been completely restored and magnificently decorated.

The grounds around the church, formerly full of rubble, now feature a splendid Calvary, half hidden amongst flowers and shrubs. The Villa Bethany, a superb residence in the most sophisticated style with a large garden in front and surmounted by a fine statue of the Saviour, His arms open wide, has just been completed. The old ramparts have been replaced by a broad walkway running along the crest of the mountain. An elegant veranda acts as bartizan. At the other end, the Magdala Tower, a crenellated marvel of civil and military architecture, serves as a library.

These works of art have taken the place of the murderous architecture of the past. The turrets and crenellations now serve for contemplating, close to heaven, the magnificent panorama stretching away on every side as far as the eye can see.

And the hordes of warriors have been replaced by peaceful hordes. They come up here to admire, within this incomparable setting, the marvels of art wrought by a priest with an artist’s soul, one who loves his church and his parishioners—Bérenger Saunière, Rennes-le-Château, 1903

I have been advised by a Catholic Priest of the Mass intentions – “these can be for the gospel of the day, the welfare of the people in the local parish, the poor and the needy (as is often the case) and for the memorials, what we call the stipends (payments), which may either private or public. (For example, one may give a stipend for a mass for deceased members of one’s family – i.e., mother, father, grandparents. This can be kept a private matter, and the mass said publicly. This is a common sort of practice.) In the sacristy there is a register and anyone may view this. Now, the rule is you are only supposed to say masses for people in the diocese; outside the diocese, it is another matter. And there is ample evidence that Abbé Saunière received stipends for masses from far away, far outside the diocese that contained a ruined chapel at Rennes-le-Château. He was accused of selling masses in his lifetime and was suspended for unaccounted incomes – people just thought he was selling masses. Here is an extract of the parish register for Rennes-le-Château” – see

“These are simply a list of his mass stipends; at 50 or 60 Francs at the turn of the last century, this was a stupendous amount. Nearly like $500 or $600, or perhaps more in today’s terms. There has been a heck of a lot inflation after the two world wars.”

Donations, from wealthy visitors, for building improvements had been received also. Father Sauniere did not accumulate monies for personal gain; rather, it is recorded he died a pauper.

In our travels all through the South of France we found old churches and statues dedicated to St. Mary Magdalene. She was honoured and respected by the Knights Templar.

Mary Magdalen in the chapel at Rennes-le-Château

Mary Magdalen in the chapel at Rennes-le-Château

I have no doubt she would have walked the mountains in this area, she would have known of the important Cosmic aspect of the area. (More to follow about this) I have written about the legend of her landing at the Camargue and her living out her last days at the Cave of Sainte La Baume. That cave has been visited by thousands including Kings and Popes.

My ‘miracle’ photo of the image of her remains on the Cave roof – I believe is confirming that her remains were at the Cave of La Sainte Baume.

Reversal of photo of entrance to Grotto

Whether a secret society existed named the Prieure de Sion is questionable, after a list of Grand Masters was published and later to be discovered to be fraudulent.

I know that when John and I visited the Mary Chapel at Mont St Michel (click here to read the article), I recognised the relics of Jehanne D’arc hanging on the wall. I also lifted a pamphlet, written in French, advising of a meeting to take place by the Prieure de Sion.

That was 1990 and it didn’t suggest any conspiracy.

I know the Masons in the past, as far back as the time of the Temple of Solomon, had secret signs and initiations. They had Grand Masters; members of my family were grand masters in Scotland. They were good men and only wanted to assist communities. I have a friend who is a Knight of Malta and a member of a Masonic Temple. Over the medieval times in Europe they could have been burnt at the stake if they spoke of their secrets. These days their initiation rites are public knowledge and the public are invited to their meetings.

Their secrets did hold knowledge of the The Holy Grail and a marriage between Mary Magdalene and Jesus.

Also The Templars knew that Issa lived a long life in India long after he was crucified.

Jesus was born of an immaculate conception, I have found that easy to believe. Similarly, Sai Baba was conceived by his mother Easwaramma – who, when directed by Sai Baba, told of an immaculate conception where a Blue Light came into her stomach and formed a child. Not long after Sai Baba was born he was found to have a cobra under his cradle. The symbol of life everlasting. All this was similar to the birth of Jesus.

I have a friend who advises her mother’s family came from Srinagar, Kashmir. She tells me that the same family have been looking after a grave for over 2,000 years in Srinagar, Kashmir where it is said Issa is buried. He was known as “The Prophet.” You can read of the Tomb of the Prophet in Kashmir

Issa-Jesus meditating in the Himalayas

Issa – Jesus meditating in the Himalayas

On further research, there is a book written called Jesus Died in Kashmir, by Andreas Faber-Kaiser dated 1978. It speaks about Jesus’ boyhood trip to Kashmir at the age of 13 to study Buddhism. His gospel of love pleased the Buddhists, but the Hindus saw it as a challenge to the caste system and the power of the Brahmins. Jesus visited Persia, but the Zoroastrian priests also saw him as a threat and ask him to leave. Jesus then returned to Israel.

The author obtained this story from one Nicholai Notovich and later when travelling in Kashmir, which is known as little Tibet, he visited a lamasery where he was told of “Issa, a son of Israel” visiting there 2000 years ago.

The author tells the story of Jesus’ travels after the crucifixion, saying his wounds healed and that he set out with Mary and Thomas in search of the ten lost tribes of Israel. Mary died in Pakistan, not far from the Kashmir border. Jesus continued on to Kashmir which was familiar to him, while Thomas moved to southern India teaching as he went and dying on a hill (Mt. St. Thomas, or St-Thomas-Mount) nearby where the city of Chennai stands today.

I worked with a lady in a regression 4 years ago who remembered a life as Thomas. She remembered a lot of detail of how Issa was assisted after the crucifixion and that his wounds had healed. Thomas then travelled, in secret, with a few others and Issa to India; she had not read the above book. She remembered the separation from Jesus in India and then Thomas continuing his teachings in the South of India until he upset the Brahmins and was finally killed.

Previous to this work I had wondered about what happened to Mother Mary – at the time somebody began speaking about Mother Mary being buried at Ephesus and the apostle John also being with her. Then I was given an article about someone visiting Patmos to find a cave that was said to be where John wrote of the Apocalypse.

These were ‘signs’ given to me by coordinated incidence to confirm the information given to me by my unseen Mentor.

My Mentor had already told me that Mother Mary had travelled from South of France, to Syria (Turkey) with her son John – many Jewish people lived there without danger. The area was on the outskirts of the Roman Empire.

Her daughter, the third Mary, had travelled to India with Issa. Unfortunately she died before she reached Kashmir and is now buried in Pakistan. (link to archived page)

Another regression was conducted for a lady who remembers the life of Mary Magdalene. She remembers the simple life as an Essene and the initiations that the “Marys entered into”. She remembered marrying Issa and having a child. She loved him deeply. After the crucifixion and the family’s escape to South of France, most of them moved on to other places. Issa had the gift of bi-locating and would come to visit her in South of France just to talk. He was then living in India and had remarried with more children. She remembers him visiting her, and being very comforting when she died.

Jesus was birthed from an immaculate conception which gave him the gift of Holy Blood. The Holy Grail is within all of us. All of us have gone on to inherit the Holy Blood and the uplifted consciousness that goes with it, we just need to realize we have inherited an earth body also and the need to lift its consciousness. We can receive help from the Enlightened Ones – we just have to ask.

AND, if you look at the ‘bigger picture’ to all of this – hasn’t Father Bérenger Saunière been inspired by the Enlightened Ones, to create this mystery around Rennes-le-Chateâu that led to all the controversy:

“Dan Brown states on his website that his books are not anti-Christian, though he is on a ‘constant spiritual journey’ himself, and says that his book The Da Vinci Code is simply “an entertaining story that promotes spiritual discussion and debate” and suggests that the book may be used “as a positive catalyst for introspection and exploration of our faith.”

The same could be said for the book Holy Blood, Holy Grail, written by Baigent, Leigh and Lincoln.



Sacred Landscape and Stargate Geometry

Henry Lincoln has become an expert in discovering over the last 30 years, the history, the mystery and the fascinating landscape geometry of Rennes-Le-Chateau and the Aude Valley. He is co-author of Holy Blood, Holy Grail. Along the way he has written and presented a DVD “Guide to Rennes-le-Chateâu and the Aude Valley.” John felt we had to purchase a copy, and his insistence made me feel Spirit was speaking through him. In this DVD Henry Lincoln deals with his discovery of the eighth wonder of the world – the Rennes-le-Chateâu Pentacle of Mountains and the geometry hidden in the stunning countryside surrounding it.

Mt Bugarach, in the vicinity of Rennes-le-Chateâu

Mt Bugarach, in the vicinity of Rennes-le-Chateâu

Henry Lincoln demonstrates – drawing on a map – joining the five mountain peaks in a circle and how they are equidistant forming a five pointed star. He links this remarkable symbology to Venus. One of the mountain peaks is Rennes-le-Chateâu and more specifically the Tower of Magdala.

In another demonstration Henry Lincoln places a compass point on the town of Esperaza; then drawing a full circle, including the mountain peak of Rennes-le-Chateâu, the mountain peaks are equidistant forming a 6 pointed star. This is the symbol for Venus, and also, the Star of David.

Now I have been shown that the 5 pointed star of Venus represents man and then the 6 pointed star of Venus is an upliftment of man into a being capable of having the higher essences of the starpeople. The Blue people, who came from Venus to establish an evolved civilisation on Earth, came to bring more Light into this corner of the galaxy. The Blue People were Light Beings who inhabited Earth before the Fall of Atlantis.” I have written about the Blue People – see Continuing the Story from the Ghost of Jehanne D’Arc

Some of the Star People went against the ‘edict’ that they were never to inter-marry with the Earth people as that would reduce their own Light. Some did mate with the earth-women and I believe that is where the story of Adam and Eve evolved and when they were told not to eat an apple because of the serpent. See here for further explanations about “Angels” mating with humans. This matter is referenced in the Hebrew Old Testament. here for links to the Book of Jubilees.

The Earth people had been created with part reptilian blood, and this still infiltrates the earth people – however with the melding of blood from the race of Light Beings, the earth people have inherited ‘Holy Blood’ as well. It is when they master the influence of the reptilian (and animal blood within them) – they will become Masters, inherit their true destiny and enter the Universal Race of Light Beings (or Star Beings if you like). Blood holds a consciousness.

Long-necked dinosaur and (in the background) a smaller dinosaur skeleton in in the museum at Esperaza

Long-necked dinosaur and (in the background) a smaller dinosaur skeleton in in the museum at Esperaza

Returning to the discovery by Henry Lincoln of this important sacred geometry within the Aude Valley (or the Valley of God) – known as Val de Dieu in France, I would like to narrate about our visit to Esperaza, which is not far from where we were staying in Couiza. Remember, Henry Lincoln established that the town of Esperaza is the centrepoint of the circle of mountain peaks that form the Star of David.

We had driven past Esperaza on our way to Quillan from Couiza when I felt Spirit wanted us to visit there. A Dinosaur Museum beckoned us and I hoped it wouldn’t be an amateurish venue to attract children, without any real fossils or ancient bones.

Dinasaur skeleton in in the museum at Esperaza

Dinosaur skeleton in in the museum at Esperaza

I couldn’t have been more wrong, it is a fabulous museum with many fossils and dinosaur bones that have been found in the immediate area. You can visit the Museum online here.

The richness of the site has led paleontologists to prospect the Upper Aude Valley, resulting in the discovery of forty dinosaur localities, including many locations of dinosaur eggs. The Upper Aude Valley is now the best known area in Europe for Late Cretaceous period dinosaurs, and excavations are being conducted several months each year by the team of the Esperaza Dinosaur Museum.

A mass extinction occurred about 65 million years ago.

Narrative of the Catastrophe in the museum at Esperaza

Narrative of the Catastrophe in the museum at Esperaza

Friends of mine, on two separate communications, and unbeknownst to each other, visited the Val de Dieu and felt there was a connection to Sacred Uluru. Certainly there is evidence of red earth which is also found in Central Australia. My ‘Mentor’ has advised that Uluru is an asteroid that was sent by the Angelic Realms to destroy the dinosaurs. (click to read this article)

Red Earth, Val de Dieu - Valley of God, France
Red Earth, Val de Dieu (Valley of God), France

This means there has been major changes to the Earth’s structure in the Aude Valley about 65 million years ago. I find it an extraordinary thought that, although utter chaos would have happened at that time, the Angelic Realms still created Mountain Peaks with such precision—that Sacred Geometry was created—which has been discovered by Henry Lincoln. While presenting his work on the DVD, he was shaking his head in disbelief that the drawings could measure so accurately between each Mountain Peak.

The other thing I noticed was that the circle containing the 5 point star on Mountain Peaks—partly overlaid the circle with the 6 point Star—creating a Vesica Piscis, which is the sign used in symbology for Jesus Christ.

This really is The Valley of God. When we visited Mt. Bugarach, we felt a beautiful calm, peaceful and uplifting energy. The grass was particularly green with little flowers everywhere; the air was warm with butterflies abounding. A heavenly place. John and I agreed to sit and meditate by a little stream. As we were about to sit on some stones John found a little packet with 2 tiny keys in it.

Surely this was a sign from God. In my little book of alchemy, the meaning of ‘key’ is given as Inner awareness that opens door to all truth; wisdom, knowledge. Was this our Holy Grail?

Go to the next article: our visit to Montségur – the last bastion of the Cathars


Glastonbury Visit: Stonehenge and Avebury

Glastonbury Visit: Stonehenge and Avebury

Photo of Stonehenge World Heritage Site - covers 2,600 hectares (6,500 acres) of chalk lowland and arable fields in Wiltshire.
Photo of Stonehenge World Heritage Site
– covers 2,600 hectares (6,500 acres) of chalk lowland
and arable fields in Wiltshire

John and I traveled to Stonehenge and Avebury in Wiltshire, U.K. They were made World Heritage Sites in 1986 for the outstanding prehistoric monuments from the Neolithic and Bronze Age periods.

Stonehenge (3000-1600BC) is the most famous and sophisticated stone circle in the world, aligned on the solstice sunrise and sunset. Ancient and mysterious, Stonehenge is also an amazing feat of prehistoric engineering.

Looking at Stonehenge from the road, John thought they had to be extraterrestrial – meaning there was no way the ancient peoples of the land could have moved those huge stones 25 miles across Salisbury Plains from where they were quarried in ancient days, to 330 ft. above sea level.”

He said, ” It must have been the same thing with those huge stone figures on Easter Island – where they came from only God knows.”

Alcheringa Speaks:

(Information given by Alcheringa is shown in different colour.)

Valerie: I asked Alcheringa about the beginnings of Stonehenge. The stones were said to be placed in 3000 BC or even 10,000 BC Could you advise when they were placed?

Alcheringa: The original stones were placed before Atlantis fell – in other words they are over 12,000 years old. However the smaller stones were added later by the Druid Priests. We as the Blue People taught the people of the time to understand ceremonies connected to Astronomy and Astrology and did our best to help them to understand that influence upon the Earth.

As I have said, the site itself has changed since we first introduced it to the little Earthling – however, unfortunately, there were ceremonies that began later and sacrifices were made. This was not the intention, it is not what we were teaching in the first place.

From the starpeople’s point of view, the huge stones were very easily lifted by levitation and very easily placed in a circle. There has been movement in the earth since the Stone circles were first erected and some fell down; but as I have said over hundreds and thousands of years there has been additions made to them. However it’s first role was to align with the Sun, the Solstice in the Summer and the Solstice winter sun alignment.

(For more about the Summer Solstice at Stonehenge, you may read a National Geographic article … See also National Geographic on the Winter Solstice )

Alcheringa: This was, and is, the best time for the ceremonies to take place and to lift the energies by the prayers that were made at that time, and still do, to align to the centre of the earth.

Valerie: Thank you. Is there anything else I can say? I am having problems taking the article somewhere!

Alcheringa: You can quote me My Dear. … You can suggest that people do their own research about Stonehenge and Avebury.

I would remind you that there are many, many crop circles created in that area – it is no co-incidence. The area is a point of Light upon this earth as are other points of Light upon this earth such as the Pyramids in Egypt and Uluru in the centre of Australia. There are others as well. These points of energy are uplifting and the consciousness of the people can be uplifted if they are open to change. This is all you need to say, My Dear.

Valerie: Oh. O.K. Thank you. There is talk about the Druids; but what about the Celts can they be seen in the ancient times and the Deities … (I was thinking of Isis, and Osiris from Egypt)

Alcheringa: It is the same My Dear. The Deities are the starpeople. And they did influence the people and this is exactly what I am saying to you, the focus was upon the Sun in your so-called pagan ceremonies.

Valerie: Why yes, the focus is upon the sun … of course. Thank you – thank you.

Alcheringa: It is My pleasure My Dear.

Stonehenge at Sunrise

Stonehenge at Sunrise

When John and I arrived at Stonehenge there were hundreds of tourists waiting to walk under the road to reach the site – we were not allowed to walk closely to the huge stones – however we noticed a flock of birds alight on to one of the lintels just as we arrived and when it was time for us to leave, they flew away. We felt it was a ‘sign’ from Holy Spirit – letting us know they were with us.

A flock of birds arrive at Stonehenge

A flock of birds arrives at Stonehenge

I had visited the site as a young woman in 1953 and was disappointed to find I could no longer walk inside the circle and touch the huge stones. All the time I was hoping for a sign from Holy Spirit but except for the birds all landing on one particular lintel – there was nothing.

The flock of birds are visible atop a plinth at Stonehenge

The flock of birds are visible atop a plinth at Stonehenge

To be honest John and I felt that there was something missing and it could have been all the people moving about without a ceremony taking place … to honour the ancient sacred site. This saddened us.

Stonehenge in the Snow

Stonehenge in the Snow

Another insight was given to the existence of Chalk or limestone in a large area of Southern England and also northern France which shows an ancient link to the two places being once together before major techtonic plate shifts.

We enjoyed traveling around the countryside of Wiltshire, an ancient land, steeped in myth and legend. Sun was filtering through large green leafy trees overhanging narrow stone walled roads. We passed several White Horses cut into the depth of chalk on the green hills high above us, although we didn’t make the long trek to walk to all of them.

One of the Chalk White Horses in Wiltshire, UK

One of the White Horses in the chalk hills of Wiltshire, UK

I hadn’t really given much thought to White horses until I read the following website:

“Wiltshire is the county for white horses. There are or were at least twenty-four of these hill figures in Britain, with no less than thirteen being in Wiltshire, and another white horse, the oldest of them all, being just over the border in Oxfordshire. Most of the white horses are chalk hill carvings, and the chalk downs of central Wiltshire make it an ideal place for such figures.

Of the thirteen white horses known to have existed in Wiltshire, eight are still visible, and the others have either been lost completely, or are in a sense still there, under the turf, but have long since become grown over and are no longer visible.

Contrary to popular belief, most white horses are not of great antiquity. Only the Uffington white horse is of certain prehistoric origin, being some three thousand years old. Most of the others date from the last three hundred years or so, though the hillside white horse can be a slippery creature, and the origins of some are impossible to establish with any certainty.

“The following website concentrates on the Wiltshire horses, but aims to include all known hillside white horses in Britain and elsewhere, and includes some which are not chalk hill carvings but have been created by other methods. It does not cover hill figures other than white horses.” See Wiltshire White Horses

What is the interest in the White Horse?

‘White Horse’ is one of the most popular horse related key-phrases used on the net. The Overture Database recorded 15,261 enquiries in December in the English speaking world alone. Why?. What’s so special about White Horse?

The answer is that the White Horse has a totally different significance or importance to different members and different religions of the human race. All the different interests combined add up to a formidable total. And, yet there is one common theme running through every interest: religion, or more precisely spirituality, an obsession with the enduring truths of our very existence, our significance as human-beings and the iconography that accompanies this.

The principal interests in White Horse are as follows:-

  • The White Horse was a religious symbol to the Celts and to the Romans. There is enormous fascination in the Druids, Stonehenge, the Celtic religion, and the origin of the Chalk Downland sculptures in Britain and elsewhere. Epona and her White Horse has acquired cult status today among those seeking after the eternal verities. Jewellers create Epona charms and necklaces
  • Jesus rode on a White Horse, the scriptures refer to a White Horse in the Horsemen of the Apocalypse, and it was a White Horse Saint George rode in the Crusades. The White Horse acquired a huge iconic significance to Christians. The Crusaders rode White Horses whenever possible, and legend has it they amassed armies with white flags and white horses. Martin Luther’s admirers met at the White Horse Inn at Cambridge at the beginning of the Reformation, the iconography crossing the Atlantic with the Pilgrim Fathers and embedding itself within the US .
  • White Horses became symbols of power. Conquerors and army generals adopted White Horses as their mounts.
  • Breeding White Horses for War Horses became fashionable. White Horses became status symbols.
  • White Horses were bred for their beauty, their symbolic value and their value as mounts.
  • White Horses became popular subjects for famous painters, like Gaugin and Constable.

White Horses from Spain and the Camargue form the bedrock of out breeding stock for the white horses we enjoy owning and riding for pleasure today.” Citation from: Hints and Things

White horses at Camargue

White horses in the herd at the Camargue – Les Saintes Maries de la Mer

Well isn’t that interesting – we saw the white horses at the Camargue on the night of the Evocation … when we saw where Jesus’ family first landed in South of France after escaping from Egypt.

The symbol of the white horse was obviously known 5,000 years ago in Briton – I cannot help but remember the time when I was first awakened by a ‘Voice’ from an unseen being. Later, when wondering who the Being may be, I suddenly saw in my innerscene a beautiful white horse with wings – my immediate thought was ‘Pegasus.’

At another time when meditating on Sai Baba, I saw, in my inner scene, a bearded man in white robes ride up to me straddled on a beautiful white horse and hand me a large scroll. Not long after that I was given the material for the Book “Alcheringa and the first ancestors.”

John said, “Napoleon owned a lot of white horses – the most famous was Marengo. He wouldn’t go into battle without it and there is a belief he lost the battle of Waterloo because he was on foot and not mounted.”

Napoleon on horseback

Napoleon on his White Horse

What! With that story about people having past life memories of being star people and the ancestors of the earth human, is it not a co-ordinated incidence that there are so many ‘crop circles’ becoming more complicated each year and our awareness of the existence of star people who we know are creating the crop circles?

Please have a look at some of these crop circles, many of them appear in the Southern part of England, particularly in Wiltshire near where these Sacred sites are.

Link for Crop Circles in Wiltshire, UK, 2010

Link for crop circles – rest of the world



Avebury, Wiltshire, was our next destination – The area is so large it is easier to see the Stone Circles from aerial photographs. It is a centre of an enormous amount of crop circle activity.

Click here for many Avebury Stone Circle photos:

Ditch and stones, Avebury, UK

Ditch and stones, Avebury, UK.

Avebury is the site of an ancient monument consisting of a large henge, several stone circles, stone avenues and barrows (burial mounds), surrounding the village of Avebury in the English county of Wiltshire. It is one of the finest and largest Neolithic monuments in Europe, about 5,000 years old. Although older than the megalithic stones of Stonehenge 32 kilometres to the south, the two monuments are broadly contemporary overall.

5,000 year old Silbury Hill, UK

5,000 year old Silbury is the largest prehistoric man-made hill in Europe.

Silbury Hill is an artificial chalk mound near Avebury in the English county of Wiltshire. It is part of the Stonehenge, Avebury and Associated Sites UNESCO World Heritage Site.

At 37 metres (120 ft) high, Silbury Hill – which is part of the complex of Neolithic monuments around Avebury, which includes the Avebury Ring and West Kennet Long Barrow. Silbury Hill is the tallest prehistoric human-made mound in Europe and one of the largest in the world; it is similar in size to some of the smaller Egyptian pyramids of the Giza Necropolis.

Ditch and stone circle, Avebury, UK

Ditch and stone circle, Avebury, UK.

Started over 5,000 years ago this great Henge encloses an area of about 27 acres. Using only the tools of the time, deer antlers as picks and cattle shoulder blades as shovels, the builders dug and moved 120,000 cubic metres of material This was an immense undertaking by any measure, taking bout 1,500,000 man hours.

In the centre of the huge stone circle is a pub with much activity, noise and drinking. John was extremely upset and critical of them. Did not like the energy at all – when we tuned in we found that he had been a Priest in ancient times and that was why he was so upset with everybody’s behaviour – people were not honouring the centre of the very large stone circle.

I placed my hands on one of the huge stones – a Guardian – and felt that the stones had been, after movement in the earth, replaced incorrectly in some places and that again the Blue People had placed them, like Stonehenge, in the first place before Atlantis fell.

West Kennet Long Barrow, UK

West Kennet Long Barrow

The largest long barrow in England of 107 metres length stands on a hill above the River Kennet. Dug from two ditches ten metres either side about 5,000 years ago it encloses five stone-lined chambers made from sarsen boulders. It was used as a ritual burial place for many centuries before being closed and sealed by huge stones.

entrance to the burial chambers at West Kennett

Entrance to the burial chambers, West Kennet Long Barrow

The next article is about the mysterious Rennes Le Chateau and the Val de Dieu. (Valley of God in South of France)

Glastonbury Visit: The Abbey and Glastonbury Tor

Glastonbury Visit: The Abbey and Glastonbury Tor

Aerial View of Glastonbury Abbey Site, UK

Aerial View of Glastonbury Abbey site (source – Google images)

“Traditionally, the earliest Christian sanctuary in Britain. Legend says Joseph of Arimathea brought Jesus here and they built the old wattle and daub church. History records it as standing in 600 A.D.; and it burnt down when the entire Abbey Church were destroyed by fire in 1184 AD.

Leaflet from Glastonbury Abbey Site, UK

Leaflet from Glastonbury Abbey site

Archaeology tells us that Christianity was present in Somerset since earliest days. Glastonbury was important for pilgrimage – even being called “The Second Rome.” The Abbey became the largest and richest in England. St Bridget, St. David and St. Parick are said to have visited.

St. Dunstan was educated at Glastonbury Abbey and was Abbot here until he became Archbishop of Canterbury. He introduced the Benedictine Rule to Glastonbury and into England. Another Glastonbury monk, Sigeric, became Archbishop of Canterbury in 10th century.

In 1191 legend says that the monks found the buried remains of King Arthur and his Queen Guinevere. In 1278 they were re-buried in the chancel in the presence of King Edward 1 and Queen Eleanor.

In succession, three stone Abbey churches have stood here. The remains you see date from 1184 until 1539, when the Abbey was seized on the orders of King Henry VIII, during the Dissolution of the Monasteries. It was demolished gradually and used as a ‘quarry’ for building stone. The Abbot’s Kitchen is one of the Abbey’s remaining complete buildings: and from April to October there are demonstrations about the life of the monks.

The Abbot's Kitchen is one of the remaining complete buildings at Glastonbury Abbey

The Abbot’s Kitchen is one of the remaining complete buildings at Glastonbury Abbey

Behind St. Patrick’s Chapel is the Glastonbury Holy Thorn Tree, which flowers twice each year. The Holy Thorn is said to have originated from a tree that grew, according to legend, when Joseph of Arimathea plunged his staff into the ground at Glastonbury and it burst into leaf.

The grounds contain 36 acres (about 14 hectares) with a fine selection of trees, wildflowers and bulbs for interest and seasonal variation, wildlife, ponds and a cider apple orchard.

In 1907, the ruins were bought and preserved. The Abbey is a Charity; “our only income is from you, the visitor.” The above information is taken from the leaflet given when you enter the grounds of the Abbey. You can refer to The Custodian. Glastonbury Abbey, Somerset. BA6 -9EL. You can contact the Glastonbury Abbey here

Commemoration of Joseph of Arimathea and Somerset at Glastonbury Abbey

Commemoration of Joseph of Arimathea and Somerset at Glastonbury Abbey

When John and I arrived at Glastonbury town, we were amazed about the numbers of people and shops that were there; selling all kinds of what could be loosely described as ‘esoteric aid’ shops with ‘new age’ connotations. Many people looked happy enough – others seemed lost, as if searching for something. We were happier when we entered Glastonbury Abbey behind high stone walls. It is run by a charity, although privately owned by folk who live in Australia. A lovely peaceful place with calm energy. We enjoyed strolling around the ruins and walking the green lawns.

John Barrow standing at the ruins of the Chruch at Glastonbury Abbey

John Barrow standing at the ruins of the Church at Glastonbury Abbey

We came across the original site of the Wattle and Daub referred to as ‘The Old Church”. After visiting the Camargue in South of France and witnessing the replay of the landing of Jesus’ family when escaping Egypt – our memory is Joseph of Arimathea, uncle to Mother Mary, was among them, and after a short stay in Gaul he continued with others to his familiar business route of shipping and tin mining in what is now known as Cornwall and Wales. At the time, Glastonbury was an island surrounded by marsh lands (similar to the Camargue) a safe place when the Island of Britain was still occupied by the Roman Empire. In earlier days Joseph traveled with Issa – north to Scotia. (Scotland) – much evidence and research of Jesus traveling there is given by Barry Dunford, in his website

Issa-Jesus in Scotland (Caledonia)

Issa – Jesus in Scotland (

It is reported that Joseph had already acquired land from the local ruler, Arviragus to establish a place of learning and meeting – hence the Wattle and Daub building.

Jesus, (although I prefer to call him Issa) referred to himself as coming straight from the Father (meaning heaven). He never came to start a new religion and wanted to help people to rethink their way of life. He wanted to discourage sacrifice – he wanted to discourage slavery – he wanted people to understand of where He really came from and the message that He brought in the name of The Father, for people to love one another as He loved them. He spoke with clarity, being overlighted with Divine Light so that people felt compelled to stop and listen and marvel at His words. He performed miracles.

He was the anointed one. The word “Christ” comes from the Greek word Christos. By itself, Christos is the ancient Greek translation of the Hebrew word masiah (Messiah) which means “anointed one.” Later with the development of a church and a religion it eventually came to be called “Christianity.”

At the last supper Issa has been portrayed to say, “This is my body, this is my blood.” The church has placed the focus here – and this is not really the focus. The focus is Love, the focus is the Divine Kingdom of God, a cosmic kingdom of oneness of spirit.

The message of Issa-Jesus - a cosmic kingdom of oneness of Spirit

The message of Issa-Jesus – a cosmic kingdom of oneness of Spirit

Issa often used symbology in teaching. His blood and His body was not of this earth. He was showing everyone that His Blood was Holy and His Body was Holy and that He had come directly from The Father, or another world. This is the Holy Grail. This is the Sang Real … the Blood Royal … The Holy Blood and The Holy Body through which it flowed. He came from the Cosmos.

Issa’s message was, “Love one another as I have loved you.” and that, “The Kingdom of God is within you.”

As a Medium I have, with agreement, allowed Beings of Light to use my voice box to speak through me. I have been blessed a number of times with the Light Being who is Jesus present himself and speak to us. In particular was the first meditation we had for the New Millenium. We all in the room felt His presence as He took over my body. He could be seen clairvoyantly dressed in pale blue and white robes, by a number of people, and he stood standing with His hands uplifted towards everybody in the room. Everybody was moved to tears and felt overwhelmed by His presence, including me. He was sharing His energy with us, not speaking much at all – but He did say:

“Many people await my return, but I have never left, all you have to do is ask, and I will come.”

The room was filled with a warm feeling of Universsal Love and Peace. And when I sat down I became aware of footprints in the carpet, which took a long time to fade.

Returning to our visit to Glastonbury Abbey we found the place where the monks found the buried remains of King Arthur and his Queen Guinevere.

Plaque at Glastonbury Abbey marking the site of the graveyard where the remains of Arthur and Guinevere were found

Plaque at Glastonbury Abbey marking the site of the graveyard where
the remains of Arthur and Guinevere were found

Plaque in Glastonbury Abbey marking the discovery site of the graves where the remains of Arthur and Guinevere were found

Plaque in Glastonbury Abbey marking the discovery site where
the graves of Arthur and Guinevere were found

And finally before we left the Abbey, we found the Holy Thorn Tree that is said to have originated from the staff Joseph of Arimathea plunged into the ground on Wearyall Hill on the way to The Tor.

Valerie standing under the Holy Thorn Tree

Valerie standing under the Holy Thorn Tree

It was a stiff climb, without handrails, up to the Tor above the Abbey at 158 metres above sea level. There remains the ruins of St Michaels church destroyed in 1539 on King Henry VIII’s orders. There also the Last Monk from Glastonbury Abbey was hung, drawn and quartered. I refused to ‘tune into’ that energy.

The energy up there was breathtaking – it was easy to see how Glastonbury town was built on an island and that large, wide flat plains existed in a full circle around it in which was obviously once a marshland. Hills rose in a great distance around a larger circle that had an opening, like a gateway, where the sea would have once come in and flooded the plains.

Valerie and John at Glastonbury Tor

Valerie and John at Glastonbury Tor

This was looking towards Wales. I could easily see why Glastonbury was once called the Isles of Avalonia and existed as marshlands when King Arthur ruled 1500 years ago and of course when Joseph of Arimathea lived there.

View from Glastonbury Tor

View from Glastonbury Tor

Joseph is said to have died at Glastonbury on July 27th, A.D.82. On his tombstone was written, in Latin, “After I had buried the Christ, I came to the Isles of the West; I taught; I entered into my rest.”

We later visited the Chalice Well and its Holy Waters. Chalice Well is one of Britain’s most ancient wells, nestling in the Vale of Avalon between the famous Glastonbury Tor and Chalice Hill.

Chalice well with the Vesica Piscis on the cover

Chalice well with the Vesica Piscis on the cover

Go to PART TWO: our visit to Stonehenge and Avebury


The Cave of Mary Magdalene at la Sainte-Baume

The Cave of Mary Magdalene at la Sainte-Baume

View of Sainte-Baume Monastery

Looking towards the Monastery and Grotto at la Sainte-Baume

Postcard view of la-Sainte-Baume with sheep grazing in the foreground

View of la Sainte-Baume landscape

We are staying at the wonderful abbey hostelerie in Saint Maximin, next to the Basilica, thinking of the message from Alcheringa and him saying we would visit the cave. Today I am at first in some doubt, for it is pouring with rain this morning (although I am given insight that the weather will clear later in the day).

We have booked another night here at Saint Maximin and found, with some difficulty, our way out of town for the 35 minute drive to first the little abbey at Plan d’Aups and then Sainte Baume, which means cave or grotto. It is also the name of the mountain. Half the journey is climbing a dangerously narrow road up the mountain from Saint Maximin. My heart is in my mouth the whole time as we have a large hire car even though we would have preferred a smaller car to travel around the narrow streets in the little villages of Provence.

According to the ancient Gypsy legend Saint Marie Madeleine (Mary Magdalene) arrived by boat with her exiled companions at Saint Marie de la Mer in the Camargue. She then traveled with Maximin and her brother through Provence on a mission of evangelization. True to her beliefs and ideology she decided to spend her last years in contemplation in the Saint Baume mountain cave.

There is a long history of what has happened to the cave over the years. The 13th century saw the peak of pilgrimages in Christian Europe. “The Kings Way” is the road through the Sacred Forest to the Cave. Thousands of pilgrims have come to this holy site over the centuries, including eight popes and eighteen kings. (Hence the name Chemin des Roys, or, The Kings Way.) Four Dominican monks still live up there.

We arrive at Plan d’Aups at 700 metres. The wind is so strong as we alight from our car – we are nearly blown off our feet and it begins to pour with rain. Umbrellas are out of the question – they will easily be blown inside out.

We decide to have a cup of hot coffee at the little store and wait to see if the weather will improve. When we finish our coffee, we hear a bell ringing, calling people to a service to be held at the little chapel next door.

The chapel has wonderful paintings on the wall depicting the three Marys and others arriving by boat from the Holy Lands after fleeing danger after Jesus had been crucified.

Madeleine’s hair is painted long and red. Looking more Celtic than Arab-like. Didn’t our ancestors know more than what has been recorded? I am reminded of the Scottish research into the early royal family where the Mother Mary’s grandmother was said to be married to a Scottish king. (refer:

Painting of Mary Magdalene inside the small chapel at Plan d'Aups

Painting of Mary Magdalene inside the small chapel at Plan d’Aups.
This first photo reminds me of the simple white buildings
where the Essenes lived in the Holy Lands

Scene of Mary Magdalene inside the small chapel at Plan d'Aups

Scene of Mary Magdalene inside the small chapel at Plan d’Aups

Painting of Mary Magdalene inside the small chapel at Plan d'Aups

Painting of Mary Magdalene inside the small chapel at Plan d’Aups

Painting of Mary Magdalene inside the small chapel at Plan d'Aups

Painting of Mary Magdalene inside the small chapel at Plan d’Aups

The priests conduct the morning ceremony wearing robes of white with green chasubles and on the robes is the symbol of the Chi-Rho.

Chasuble with Chi Rho

Chasuble with Chi-Rho

Inside the small chapel at Plan d'Aup - an orb is visible in the photo

Inside the small chapel at Plan d’Aup – an orb is clearly visible on the right.

It is clear we are meant to stay for the service – for by the time it finished the weather clears a little and we begin walking through and up into the Sacred Forest. We almost don’t make the climb, but John changes his mind and we go.

Signpost to the Grotto of la Sainte-Baume

Signpost – to the Grotto of la Sainte-Baume

We reach the entrance of the wonderful ancient forest. Just as we do, there arrives two young men and a woman dressed in medieval garments. John greets them in French and they call out they are going into the forest to collect ‘truffles’. It seems strange, as if we have stepped into a parallel universe. Another time completely and as John is speaking to them, I am experiencing a feeling of familiarity as if I have walked this place before.

Quietly shaking within myself I remember the body as a Pope. I have been here before, in another life. I don’t like that life memory, but I am part of it. It is in my Soul memory. I will speak of it more, but not now. I ask John to walk with me on the original path that leads up the mountain to the cave. Where the young people walk is along “The King’s Way” but I choose not to walk that path again.

Pathway through the forest to the Grotto la Sainte-Baume

Pathway through the forest to the grotto la-Sainte-Baume

(To the left is the wider path, wide enough for carriages and if you look closely you can just see a full length, high collared, black flaring cloak disappearing into the distance)

Pathway through the forest to the Grotto la Sainte-Baume

Steps through the forest to the grotto la Sainte-Baume

The photo on the right is the original path the monks used, and I like the idea of becoming close to the nature spirits that exist in this magical forest.

We walk for 90 minutes, up and up—still cold, windy, wet and slippery under foot. Some of the trees are down – let alone small branches. As we reach about half way up the mountain through the forest everything becomes peacefully calm, almost as if we are walking in a different dimensional frame, yet again, with no sign of the three young people collecting truffles this time.

John about to climb the steps on the pathway through the forest to the Grotto la Sainte-Baume

John about to climb the steps to the grotto la Sainte-Baume

Entrance to the Abbey at la Sainte-Baume

The Entrance to the Abbey at la Sainte-Baume

Eventually we come to changes made to the entrance of small abbey. I say ‘changes’ for I am still remembering that other time I visited. 150 steps, representing the Psalms of David or the 150 Hail Marys of the Rosary, are built up to the doorway with a sign showing the different order of monks that have been in residence over the centuries.

Showing the different orders of religious and monks who have maintained the grotto for centuries

Showing the different orders of religious and monks who have maintained the grotto for centuries

Doorway to the grotto at la Sainte-Baume

Doorway to the grotto at la Sainte-Baume

To the left, before you enter the doorway is the scene of the three Marys kneeling at Jesus’ feet as he hangs from the cross. Mary Magdalene is still showing long red hair.

Crucifixion showing the three Marys

Crucifixion showing the three Marys at the entrance to the Grotto

Looking back towards Plan d'Alps showing just how far we have climbed

Looking back towards Plan d’Alps showing just how far we have climbed

I take a photo past the wall showing how far we have climbed and then we enter into the abbey. There are no monks insight, or anybody else for that matter; we are alone.

Stained glass at the entrance to the grotto at la Sainte-Baume. An orb is visible on the left of the doorway

Stained glass at the entrance to the grotto at la Sainte-Baume. An orb is visible on the left of the doorway

Overwhelmingly Magdalene’s presence is here – very strongly. The Church is inside a massive cave where water is still dripping from the ceiling. John is the first to kneel in prayer and I am so touched – usually he just waits to see what I do. The moment is very special and bonding for us. Bless him!

Votive candles lit before a statue of the Virgin and Child in the grotto

Votive candles lit before a statue of the Virgin and Child in the grotto

Main altar in the grotto at la Sainte-Baume

Main altar in the grotto at la Sainte-Baume

Statue of St Mary Magdalene being raised up by angels at la Sainte-Baume

Statue of St Mary Magdalene being raised up by angels at la Sainte-Baume

View of the statue of St Mary Magdalene being raised up by angels at la Sainte-Baume

View of the statue of St Mary Magdalene being raised up by angels at la Sainte-Baume

Former location of the relics in the grotto at la Sainte-Baume

Former location of the relicts at la Sainte-Baume

(These relics were moved back to the Baslica in Saint-Maximin)

It has been a difficult drive up from 300 metres to 700 metres and then the walk is a real challenge not to slip in the mud. Heel, then toe keeps us safe; John tells me that is how he was trained to walk in the army.

We feel truly uplifted up here – what a walk (and me not well after a bout of flu- with cough and chest noises). It is 1,000 metres above sea level.

Coming back down, John is wobbling a bit at the base of our walk – I have used a bush walking stick lifted from the forest – it has definitely helped to steady me. It is muddy, slippery and hilly to say the least, but beautiful.

Tree blown down by strong winds on the pathway to the grotto la Sainte-Baume

John negotiates his way past a fallen tree on the pathway

A wonderful, picturesque forest

A wonderful picturesque forest

Logs on the pathway from the grotto la Sainte-Baume

Logs on the pathway from the grotto la-Sainte-Baume

Another fallen tree on the pathway from the grotto la Sainte-Baume

Another fallen tree on the pathway from the grotto la-Sainte-Baume

Valerie and her walking stick, suitably clothed against the elements!

Valerie and her walking stick, suitably clothed against the elements!

It is a relief to arrive back at the chapel and the shop at Plan D’Aups to have another hot cup of coffee and a very appropriate madeleine cake! We meet a grateful forester whom John is able to advise, in French, about the trees falling down.

Now finally, we are driving back down the narrow road (easier on the inside this time – next to the mountain wall) and returning to the warmth and dryness of the Royal Convent Hostelerie at Saint Maximin.

A Miracle Photo?

It is only when this photo was uploaded onto the website that I can see Mary Magdalene’s effigy of her ‘remains’ appear on the roof of the cave entrance.

Reversal of photo of entrance to Grotto

Turn the photo upside down; it suggests a body in a shroud, lying in a sarcophagus (Below the line)

Can you see it ? Her long hair is still intact although her face is reduced to a skeleton, and she is wrapped in a shroud.

Visit to Saint Maximin and la Sainte-Baume

Visit to Saint Maximin and la Sainte-Baume

Replica of the reliquary of Sainte Madeleine , St Mary Magdalene

Replica of the Reliquary of St Mary Magdalene
carried in procession

Valerie Barrow and her husband John spent the end of September, all of October and the early part of November 2010 travelling through the UK, France and parts of Egypt. What follows is Valerie’s record of their visit to the Saint-Maximin la Saint-Baume region, where Mary Magdalene resided after her flight from Egypt. There has been a constant monastic presence here preserving the tradition (and the relics) of Mary Magdalene since the Fourth Century.

Map of Saint-Maximin la Saint-Baume Region

Map of Saint-Maximin la Saint-Baume Region. Click to see a larger map

The area is well known for a geological formation known as Massif, which will come into play in the story which is to unfold.

The region, as evidenced by some archaeological finds, was already a religious center some 3000 years ago. The existence of a huge reserve of water which is fed by all the rivers of the region explains that since prehistoric times, the pagan cults dedicated to the goddesses of fertility were developed there. Some historians believe that the forest has been frequented by the “Druids” at the time of the presence of Celts from the fourth century BCE.

Geological formation known as Massif at Sainte-Baume

Geological formation known as Massif at Sainte-Baume

The attractive market town of Saint-Maximin lies 300 metres above sea level, surrounded by vineyards and sheltered by the three great ranges of Mont Aurelien, Mont Sainte Victoire and the Massif Sainte Baume.

Originally a Gallo-Roman site north east of Marseilles and The Camargue, this ancient town owes much of its fame to that part of its rich history touched by the mystique and legend of Mary Magdalene.

Basilica of St Mary Magdalene surrounded by the Royal Convent

Basilica of St Mary Magdalene surrounded by the Royal Convent

The relics of the saint were discovered here in 1280, in a crypt dating back to the fourth century AD, and thenceforth preserved in a primitive local church. Later, in order to accommodate the ever burgeoning influx of pilgrims, Charles II of Anjou, Count of Provence and nephew to Saint Louis of France ordered, with the blessing of Pope Boniface VIII – the construction of the Basilica of Saint Mary Magdalene and Convent on the same spot.

Original plan of the Basilica of St Mary Magdalene showing the location of the crypt

Original plan of the Basilica of St Mary Magdalene showing the location of the crypt.
The Basilica was never completed on account of the Black Death,
and so the entry of the Basilica shows the unfinished face

John Barrow standing in front of the Basilica of St Mary Magdalene; the unfinished front is visible

John Barrow standing in front of the Basilica of St Mary Magdalene; the unfinished front is visible

John and I are entranced with being able to stay in the Royal Convent, once occupied by Dominican monks but now converted to comfortable accommodation and restaurant.

View of the Dining Room of the Royal Convent at Saint-Maximin

View of the Dining Room of the Royal Convent at Saint-Maximin.
Note the white orb overlaying the bunch of roses, top right

A Dominican monk overlooks the menu in the dining room of the Royal Convent

A Dominican monk overlooks the menu in the dining room of the Royal Convent

We soon begin the short walk, virtually next door, to explore the magnificent Basilica. I know the remains of Mary Magdalene are kept in the crypt and I am anxious to view them.

Entrance to the Basilica of St Mary Magdalene at Saint-Maximin

Entrance to the Basilica of St Mary Magdalene at Saint-Maximin

Just after we arrive, the crypt is closed because a sacred ceremony – a Confirmation of Children – is taking place. John and I decide to wait until the ceremony (which lasted about hour) was over.

Confirmation Mass was taking place in the Basilica of St Mary Magdalene at Saint-Maximin

Confirmation Mass was taking place in the Basilica of St Mary Magdalene at Saint-Maximin

The High Altar in the Basilica of St Mary Magdalene at St Maximin

The High Altar in the Basilica of St Mary Magdalene at Saint-Maximin

While waiting for the Crypt to re-open after the Confirmation, I was led to the following photo in the Cathedral, Trilogie, which is believed to be the spirits of the Three Marys.

Trilogie, depicting the spirits of the Three Marys at the Basilica of St Mary Magdalene at Saint-Maximin

Trilogie, depicting the spirits of the Three Marys at the Basilica of St Mary Magdalene at Saint-Maximin



At the Crypt

View of the Crypt at the Basilica of St Mary Magdalene at Saint-Maximin

View of the Crypt at the Basilica of St Mary Magdalene at Saint-Maximin

When the Crypt is opened I ask if I can take a photo of the shrine of Mary Magdalene with the skull inside. (see Jehanne/Judith half sister of Issa – Jesus.) I ask my mentor if it is really she? He replies,

“It It is indeed, my dear, for all have come to recognise her and bless her for her work – the ones that understand and know from the origins from which she came.

Valerie's photo of the Shrine in the Crypt at the Basilica of St Mary Magdalene at Saint-Maximin

Valerie’s photo of the Shrine in the Crypt
at the Basilica of St Mary Magdalene at Saint-Maximin

The photo that you have – IS – an extra light my dear, so do not question it. It is in acknowledgement of your presence and she is very pleased to see you. Understand her spirit is not just in the crypt, but is omnipresence – and it will follow you to the mountain cave. “

Notice at the Shrine in the Crypt at the Basilica of St Mary Magdalene at Saint-Maximin

Notice at the Shrine in the Crypt
at the Basilica of St Mary Magdalene at Saint-Maximin

Altar in the Crypt at the Basilica of St Mary Magdalene at Saint-Maximin

Altar in the Crypt
at the Basilica of St Mary Magdalene at Saint-Maximin

Shrine with skull of Mary Magdalene

Shrine with Skull of Mary Magdalene

The Crypt also houses the sarcophagi of Saint Maximin, Saint Sidoine, Saint Marcelle and Saint Suzanne—companions of Saint Mary Magdalene on the boats.

Replica of the reliquary of Sainte Madeleine , St Mary Magdalene

Replica of the Reliquary of St Mary Magdalene
carried in procession;
The Feast Day of St Mary Magdalene is July 22nd

Where we witnessed the evocation of the Marys landing at the Camargue along with six other members of Jesus’s family, it was said Saint Maximin was also one of them. It would seem he moved on to the mountain area with Mary Magdalene to spread the teachings.

Cover of the Annales Ecclesiastici by Cardinal Caesar Baronius

Cover of the Annales Ecclesiastici by Cardinal Caesar Baronius

There is another legend written by Cardinal Baronius, curator of the Vatican Library, in his “Annales Ecclesiastici” (ecclesiastical annals from Christ’s nativity to 1198), consisting of twelve folio volumes, is a history of the first 12 centuries of the Christian Church) giving a complete list of passengers who were said to travel to Marseilles to escape the danger that existed after Jesus was crucified: I am prompted by spirit to research the Web about Joseph of Arimathea and this is the website I am led to: Web Archive (archive of a web page that has since disappeared after creating this page)

Joseph, with many disciples traveled from the holy land by Phoenician boat and landed at Marseilles (a Phoenician trading post), in the Vienoise province of the Gauls (France) in the year 35 AD. From there Joseph went on to England, to establish seminaries and send out missionaries. Cardinal Baronius, Curator of the Vatican library, in his “Ecclesiastical Annals“, gives this account. “In that year the party mentioned was exposed to the sea in a vessel without sails or oars. The vessel drifted finally to Marseilles and they were saved. From Marseilles, Joseph and his company passed into Britain and after preaching the Gospel there, died.”

Here is Cardinal Baronius’ complete list of passengers:

  • St. Mary, wife of Cleopas
  • St. Eutropius
  • St. Salome
  • St. Martial
  • St. Trophimus
  • St. Cleon
  • St. Saturninus
  • St. Maximin (the blind man)
  • St. Sidonius (Restitutus)
  • St. Joseph of Arimathea
  • St. Mary Magdalene
  • St. Martha
  • St. Lazarus
  • Marcella, the Bethany sisters’ maid

Other records state that James and Mary, the mother of Jesus, were also in the boat. Philip was waiting for the travelers in France. There is testimony asserting his commission in Gaul, all of which say that he was received and consecrated Josephus the Apostle to Britain, prior to his journey there.”

Alcheringa, (who often speaks on behalf of Cosmic Sai Baba) has advised that there were many ships that came with the refugees from Egypt. The Camargue is not far from Marseilles. The Camargue gypsies hold the legend as told about in my article “Les Saintes Maries de la Mer” that St Salome, St Jacobe and Sarah, along with St Maximin landed at the Carmargue and Alcheringa says, St. Mary Magdalene, Mother Mary and her 2 daughters also landed there along with Joseph of Arimathea and Jesus’ brother James. There were others not mentioned.

Those Saints who have sarcophagi nearby the reliquary of Mary Magdalene at the Basilica here at the village Saint Maximin, are St. Maximin, St. Sidonius, St. Salome, St. Suzanne, who are the same people who are mentioned in the previous list (with the exception of St. Suzanne)

2000 years later, the records of antiquity are difficult to decipher. A companion or disciple is often referred to by name, or from where they came from, or a son of – in different ways so that it is difficult to know when it is the same person being recorded in manuscripts written by different scribes.

There were many who left the Holy Lands via Egypt for safety reasons, after Jesus was crucified. Those, particularly the women, who traveled to and stayed in South of France (then known as Gaul) were still in danger and had to go about their mission of spreading the teachings quietly and almost secretly.

Joseph of Arimathea traveled with others to his familiar territory in the Britannic Isles and began his teaching there. He went on to establish the first Christian Church at Glastonbury. It was not so dangerous there, even though it was still part of the ancient Roman Empire.

In my next article I will be speaking about our visit to Glastonbury, U.K.

Returning to our visit to Saint Maximin, we later walked around the old town, noting how narrow many of the streets were.

Illustrating the narrow byways of Saint-Maximin

Narrow byways of Saint-Maximin; not much room to pass the car!

John Barrow  illustrates the narrow byways of Saint-Maximin

Narrow byways of Saint-Maximin; the room in the corner behind John looks like it is about to fall away.

Cakes in shop at Saint-Maximin

Some of the lovely cakes we saw on our walk around Saint-Maximin

Go to PART TWO: Our visit to the grotto LA SAINTE-BAUME

The Bay of Marys and the Evocation

Les Saintes Maries de la Mer, The Bay of Marys on the Mediterranean coast of the Camargue

Roadsign at the entrance of the town of Les Saintes Maries de la Mer

Roadsign at the entrance of the town of Les Saintes Maries de la Mer

Valerie Barrow and her husband John spent the end of September, all of October and the early part of November 2010 travelling through the UK, France and parts of Egypt. What follows is the narrative of the visit to the Bay of Mary’s, South of France and the sacred event that was to unfold, unbeknownst, for them.

Renactment notice - Evocation of the arrival of Les Saintes Maries de la Mer

Enactment notice – Evocation of the arrival of Les Saintes Maries de la Mer

We were constantly guided while moving from one place to another when travelling – the only real thing I wanted to research before we left Australia upon our journey, was the Bay of Mary’s in South of France where it is said members of Jesus family escaped to after he was crucified.

The Camargue Cross of Les Saintes Maries de la Mer

The Camargue Cross of Les Saintes Maries de la Mer

One Thursday afternoon we are driving into the small village on the Bay of Mary’s and the sign in the photo above is seen everywhere in the village. We had no idea that there was to be a re-enactment of the landing of the Marys on the forthcoming Saturday night. This re-enactment only happens once a year in October and now we find we have arrived in time to witness it. Thank you Holy Spirit!

Idol of St Sarah, (also known as the black Kali, servant girl to the Marys and Patron Saint of Gypsies

Idol of St Sarah, (also known as the black Kali, servant girl to the Marys and Patron Saint of Gypsies

Mary Salome who holds an alabastar jar often associated with Mary Magdalene

On the left, Mary Salome holds an alabastar jar (often associated with Mary Magdalene) with Mary Jacobe (also known as Mary, Mother of James (in Latin, Jacobe) standing in a boat

A day of rest was welcome, giving time also to explore and get to know this place.

We found the Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer Church where the effigys of Mary Salome and Mary Jacobe along with Sarah are carried down to the sea at their annual sacred Festival held in Spring. These Marys are all said to be the family of Jesus. But that Festival is not the evocation that we are to see on Saturday night. To read more about that Festival, see here

The medieval fortress church of Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer

The medieval fortress church of Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer

The people of the Camargue wetlands are gypsies with a strong Spanish influence, who have held the legend of the landing of The Marys for nearly two thousand years. “Gypsies” is a term used for Egyptians who fled the temples, many of them originally gifted priests and priestesses, when they were invaded long before 1 BC. (Other legends tell they were expelled from Egypt for harbouring the Infant Jesus.) They knew the ‘family’ and wanted to protect them. So they knew of the Essene they called Issa and they also knew of him being crucified. Their secrets were held in their Tarot cards.

Map of Camargue Region of South France

Map of the Camargue Region of South France

The Camargue region is the Delta of the river Rhone, made up of lakes and marshlands, giving home to over 400 species of wild birds. It is known as the cowboy country of France where white horses and black bulls run wild. When the horses are born they are black or dark brown and as they age they gradually become white. The Gypsies are herdsmen and superb horsemen. A long stick with a three pointed end is used to poke the bulls into a certain direction. Sheep, goats, bulls are all herded onto the ‘stage’ area to demonstrate their skills before the actual enactment is performed. We are told the bulls are not the same as Spanish bulls with large horns that point downwards, but rather the Camargue bulls’ horns point up to heaven. When they have bullfights, the bull is not killed but rather festooned with flowers after the bull has been made submissive.

John making the bull submissive with a parley cloth

John making the bull submissive with a white parley cloth

John and I sat in a prime position on the beach, to watch “The Evocation“. Eager crowds gradually gathered around the fenced area of where the enactment was to take place.

Riders on white horses prepare for the evocation of Les Saintes Maries de la Mer

Riders on white horses prepare for the evocation of Les Saintes Maries de la Mer

Oxen drawing a wagon across the sands in preparation for the evocation of Les Saintes Maries de la Mer

Oxen drawing a wagon across the sands in preparation for the evocation of Les Saintes Maries de la Mer

The sun sets on the crowds gathered for the evocation of Les Saintes Maries de la Mer

The sun sets on the crowds gathered for the evocation of Les Saintes Maries de la Mer

Complicated stage lights had been erected near us with some adjustments taking place. Romantic music was played to entertain the waiting people – there was not a religious feeling to the set, but rather a stage play of a legend. Finally sheep were herded onto the sandy stage leading to the water. The fine horsemen came galloping in, and later goats and the white horses and black bulls came. All were paraded by the Gypsies and herded off the stage leaving the time at 8pm when the event – the Evocation proper began. A little boat out to sea on the waves, was spotlighted and slowly made its way to shore.

Nine bonfires were lit to welcome them and to show the way to where the gypsies were.

Nine bonfires were lit for the evocation of Les Saintes Maries de la Mer; the caravan crossing to position

Nine bonfires were lit for the evocation of Les Saintes Maries de la Mer; the caravan crossing to position

The gypsies dressed, as they would have been 2,000 years ago, crowded to the waters edge and assisted the refugees ashore. Although the area was part of the Ancient Roman Empire, this watery region remained safe and separate at that time.

Small orbs linger above the dray and the actors at the evocation of Les Saintes Maries de la Mer

Small orbs linger above the dray and the actors the evocation of Les Saintes Maries de la Mer

Both John and I were overwhelmingly flooded with emotion as tears ran down our cheeks. Words were being spoken over the loud speaker relating the story in French; I mentally chastised myself for not bringing a recorder to be able to translate it later.

Not understanding what was being said – put us in an observation mode, leaving us free to receive insight and understanding from within our own soul memories, for both John and myself could remember being part of that ancient time.

A large blue orb lingers above the evocation of Les Saintes Maries de la Mer

A large blue orb lingers above the evocation of Les Saintes Maries de la Mer

I strongly felt a starship was watching over the whole event. Then energy created was palpable and peacefully beautiful. I asked ‘upstairs‘ to show themselves as I took photos in the dark. Movement is in the photos but Light from the ether shows through. The first one you can see is a major Blue Orb which I am advised from my mentor is like a strobe light used by scientists when observing happenings in deep water. So too, from the Star Peoples’ point of view, they use a similar strobe light to observe what is taking place in the heavier atmosphere of our earth plane. It also serves to up-lift the energy of the event taking place.

Two blue orbs linger above the wagon at the evocation of Les Saintes Maries de la Mer

Two blue orbs linger above the wagon at the evocation of Les Saintes Maries de la Mer

Enlargment of the blue orb above the evocation of Les Saintes Maries de la Mer

Enlargement of the blue orb above
the evocation of Les Saintes Maries de la Mer

Three blue orbs along with many other orbs linger nearby the  cattle being corralled at the evocation of Les Saintes Maries de la Mer

Three blue orbs (along with many other orbs) linger nearby the cattle being corralled at the evocation of Les Saintes Maries de la Mer

When all the sea-faring family had arrived, they were greeted and brought up closer to the awaiting crowds, viewing the scenario.

More photos below; you can see smoke – the orbs are visible behind the smoke. Also note there are two separate images showing a large Red/purple orbs, with one showing the blue orbs behind it.

Orbs visible behind bonfires and smoke at the evocation of Les Saintes Maries de la Mer - large purple orb in the foreground

Orbs visible behind bonfires and smoke at the evocation of Les Saintes Maries de la Mer – large purple orbs in the foreground

Orbs visible behind bonfires and smoke at the evocation of Les Saintes Maries de la Mer - large purple orb in the foreground

Orbs visible behind bonfires and smoke at the evocation of Les Saintes Maries de la Mer – large purple orbs in the foreground

One scene in particular I could see thin white light in stripes streaming down from the unseen starship above and took a photo.

Lines of light descending at the evocation of Les Saintes Maries de la Mer

Lines of light descending at the evocation of Les Saintes Maries de la Mer

The evocation, as a sacred event, re-enacts the Holy and thus is a suspension of time and space. The energy at the Evocation is the sum of the sacred energy and devotion to the Two (Three) Marys and the flight to Gaul with their companions by the Gypsies over two millennia. The tradition of the evocation round Jesus and his companions call back that energy which surrounded his followers and the Marys, and the lines of light indicate Divinity is present pouring down divine sacred energy into the actors, the participants, and all the observers at the Evocation.

When all of the survivors gathered in a row, looking towards the crowd there were nine … not three as I had imagined in my mind; so I thought, “How could this be?” (Remember, we could not understand what was being said in the local French dialect).

The Nine members of the small boat - surrounded by bonfires, facing the cross at the evocation of Les Saintes Maries de la Mer

The Nine members of the small boat – surrounded by bonfires, facing the cross at the evocation of Les Saintes Maries de la Mer

So I later asked Alcheringa, and his answer was:

Over two thousand years ago, there were more than one boat that landed, I can assure you. The Gypsies welcomed the family and they, on the boats, knew all the people that were there waiting for them to land.

Brother James, John the Divine, and Joseph of Arimathea were with them

They moved on to other places … Mother Mary, her two daughters* were also with them … and of course Mary Magdalene who stayed in the area … moving from the shore to the mountains and spreading the teachings as she went. The teachings were not a religion, they were teachings from the Source, the Source of Creation. They were merely passing on a ‘way of life’; a ‘way to live.’ For at the time there were sacrifices and slavery going on and this is what they wanted to stop and to encourage people to love one another, to love the animals, to love all that was upon the earth and to appreciate and love Mother Earth—these are the teachings that were passed on. Jesus said, “Love one another as I have loved you.” ( Sai Baba says a similar thing in that God is Love, and that you are God.)

The disciples of Jesus, as they were known, were simple people loyal and God loving … they had a special energy around them … they had all been enchristed … and people recognized that … so that when they spoke and put their hands out to communicate with people—people recognized that energy of Holy Spirit that went with them.

I have been given insight to more about Jesus’ family. It unfolded as we traveled giving us an Ancient History lesson as we moved from place to place; of what happened to the disciples after Jesus was crucified; a later development of the Christian Church linked with Egypt; our own Soul History and even earlier major earth changes that had taken place around the Mediterranean sea pre. 12,000 years ago, and 60,000,000 yrs ago. John, my husband is not normally as open to these things, but on this trip he was well and truly receiving messages from his Mentor also.

I will be sharing many more stories in a number of articles about our journey on this website one by one.

With love,

* Refer to Rosemary/Ruth’s regression to her lifetime as a half sister of Issa-Jesus and Jehanne/Judith’s regression to her lifetime as a half sister of Issa – Jesus.

The illuminated Camargue Cross of Les Saintes Maries de la Mer  is carried into the evocation

The illuminated Camargue Cross of Les Saintes Maries de la Mer is carried into the evocation

Sacred Past

The Sacred Past articles cover two categories of articles by Valerie Barrow

* The Jehanne D’Arc series of articles

* The Sacred Travels articles (which trace many footsteps of the Jehanne D’Arc writings by Valerie).

Jehanne D’Arc Articles