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Esotericism and Politics: the Hidden Structure in History
In the hub Esotericism And Politics: The Secret Origins Of United Europe I began to expose the contents of Paolo Rumor's book L'altra Europa (2010, Hobby & Work, Varese, Italy), showing how a hidden “Structure” should have been acting behind the known history of Europe. In the hub Esotericism And Politics: The Mattei's Affair I explained how the executory level of such Structure would have been responsible for the murder of Enrico Mattei in 1962.
Unfortunately, the deliberative level of the Structure is completely unknown; however, in this hub I am going to unveil the advisory level of the Structure.
Among the members of the advisory level is listed Henri Lobineau, the pseudo-author of the "Dossiers Secrets" from which originated the "modern myth" of Rennes-le-Château and Priory of Sion.
The member list of the advisory level
Paolo Rumor, in his book, lists the primary members of the advisory level of the Structure. The list goes backwards in time, starting from the 1960s. The first name is Charles de Gaulle, followed by Maurice Schumann, Jacques Maritain and André Malraux. At this point a blank opens, just in the post World War II period, due to the fact that the author deems it inappropriate — for confidentiality reasons — to mention some well-known public figures, mostly European, but also American. The list then resumes. The personalities listed were not all politicians; indeed, many of them were intellectuals, researchers, scientists, archaeologists, anthropologists, religious; ethnic and cultural origins were the most diverse. Each of them was a primary member, a "leader", ie, the referent of a small group of other persons (not mentioned), which in turn could be representatives of other subgroups, and so on. In this way, none of the adherents was able to know anything about the organization, outside his own limited circle. Not all of them were permanent members; somebody had even been inserted without his knowledge: this was the case for occasional consultings, which were required carefully concealing true origins and purposes.
The first name, by which the list resumes after André Malraux, is simply disconcerting: Henri Lobineau, ie, an individual who does not exist, being the pseudo-author of the "Dossiers Secrets" from which originated the "modern myth" of Rennes-le-Château (shortly R-l-C) and the Priory of Sion (supposedly, behind Lobineau lurks — directly or indirectly — the same Pierre Plantard also mentioned in Rumor's documents, where, moreover, certain “Priors” are mentioned too). This connection with the myth of R-l-C is even more evident if one considers that some of the names listed in Rumor's documents can be found also in the list of the alleged Grand Masters of the Priory of Sion: included in the Structure such as Jean Cocteau, Johannes Valentinus Andreae, Eduard de Bar, Jean de Gisors; or supported by the Structure as is the case with other personalities mentioned above.
The Rennes-le-Château affair
Is the R-l-C affair myth or history?
Henri Lobineau's Dossiers
Many of those on the member list were Rosicrucians or adherents of the Invisible College.
From Rennes-le-Château to the Rosicrucians and the Priory of Sion
At this point, however, a further presence is looming: the legendary secret order of the Rosicrucians and its singular filiation that was the "Invisible College". To the intellectual horizon of Rosicrucianism we can ascribe many of the personalities mentioned in Rumor's documents, starting from Johannes Valentinus Andreae (1586-1654), the alleged author of the two pamphlets published in 1614-'15 that blew up the Rosicrucian affair throughout Europe; then going on with John Dee (1527-1608), Robert Fludd (1574-1637), Samuel Hartlib (1600-1662), Theodore Haak (1605-1690), Robert Boyle (1627-1691), Robert Hooke (1635-1703), John Evelyn (1620-1706). All of them are mentioned within Rumor's documents for having relationships with the Structure and (except for Fludd, Boyle and Hook) are also explicitly listed amongst the members of the advisory level. Indirectly, however, closer to us in time, we may also include other personalities mentioned within Rumor's documents: one is Maurice Barrès, a childhood friend of the occultist Stanislas de Guaita, who was founder of the Kabbalistic Order of the Rose-Cross (shortly OKRC); and another one could be Cocteau for his interest in esotericism and for his friendship with the musician Erik Satie (in his youth member of OKRC).
Section on the Great Sphinx
Under the Necropolis of Giza
The presence of Rosicrucianism is almost overwhelming when considering that certainly in such ambit originated some drawings within the original Rumor's papers: they are plans and sections which represent the Giza plateau, with a system of tunnels between the three pyramids and the Great Sphinx, and with vast underground rooms beneath the Sphinx itself. Well, these drawings are almost identical to those shown in two books, one published in 1954 by H.C. Randall-Stevens (mystical and "medium", who claimed to have received such information from spirit entities in 1927), the other in 1936 by Harvey Spencer Lewis, founder of the Ancient and Mystical Order Rosae Crucis (shortly AMORC) in 1915. It is unclear whether it was one of the two authors copying the other, or there was a pre-existing unknown source, from which both would have drawn. Given that the same list of the Grand Masters of the Priory of Sion was inspired by that of the Imperatores of AMORC, it really seems that a strange triangle closes, whose vertices are Rumor's papers, the myth of R-l-C and the Rosicrucian tradition.
We must emphasize, incidentally, what was one of the fundamental features of the Rosicrucianism and of the Invisible College in particular: pursuing knowledge even through the confidential exchange of information within a limited and selected community of scientists and researchers. Well, as we shall see in future hubs, this particular feature is also found in certain groups of personalities of the twentieth century, mentioned in Rumor's list.
Plan of the Giza Necropolis
"...a longstanding organization, devoted to European integration, to which the Church and the Vatican have given their support..."
On the topic of Rennes-le-Château and the Priory of Sion
Myth or history?
As observed by the prof. Galli in his introductory comment, whilst it is true that Rumor's memoirs have many similarities with the myth of the R-l-C, it is also true that an important substantive difference remains. In the memoirs there is no trace of the central myth: ie, that Christ would have survived the cross and then married Mary Magdalene, generating a child from which the Merovingian dynasty originated (hence the claimed legitimacy to the throne of France). Prof. Galli writes: “In the memoirs there is a more realistic and credible story: a longstanding organization, devoted to European integration, to which the Church and the Vatican have given their support, especially during the tragic and crucial phase between the first post-war and World War II”. Furthermore, if we add that Rumor's memoirs are much earlier than the literature developed around the myth of R-l-C, there are really a lot of reasons to be perplexed. According to Prof. Galli, however, the solution could be in the presence of esoteric culture at the top of the europeanist Gaullism, in the 1940s: in such ambit, the idea of a supranational Europe would be fed by a mythical complex elaborated in the 1920s by the Parisian esoteric circle (Mallarmé, Cocteau, Debussy, Fulcanelli, Roussel, Leblanc, Leroux, and then Rosicrucianism, Martinism, Egyptian Masonry, various forms of Neo-Templarism etc.), which in turn drew from a preceding esoteric tradition, deeply rooted in Southern France, with references to places and situations that we would find in the myth of R-l-C.
"Myth-history" is a term coined by the historian William McNeill in 1985: history becomes myth and myth acts in the history by influencing human behavior, and therefore, somehow, self-realizing. It would be only this, then?
Answering such question is a complex task; here, for the moment, I can not do anything but suggest some possible directions that the research might take attempting to give body to the many hints offered by L'altra Europa.
One of this hints I will follow in a future hub: we will see that part of Rumor's memoirs which tells about the remote origins of the Structure and about an advanced civilization, fallen due to climatic and geophysical upheavals at the end of the last ice age.
On conspiracy theories
Digging in the present
But another possible hint should look at the present, rather than at the past: whilst the historical and archaeological aspects are undoubtedly intriguing and capable to stronger strike the reader, anyway we should bring attention back to the main object of the book: the presentation of a parapolitical organization (ie, the Structure) that — while remote are its origins and its various events in history — is still acting today and is influencing the contemporary world (not necessarily a negative influence, rather the contrary, according to the evidence gathered by Rumor). And here's the challenge for the present: where to find, in today's events, the living tracks and marks left by the action of the Structure? Rumor insists on this point: the Structure is transversal with respect to any visible organization, it is imbued with them without identifying with any of them. One question, however, is inevitable: is there a relationship between the Structure and the oligarchies — more or less visible, more or less hidden, such as the Bilderberg Group and the Trilateral Commission — which are disquieting protagonists of the present transition to the New World Order?