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I ran across this blog post today, and as usual my internal compass was drawn to it. I would like to share and hopefully when time permits explain why I personally believe that the grail seems to be a secret that eludes men and gravitates to women. And why this is so......[Page 92] "The moment of discovery in Varo's rendition of the quest occurs in Born Again. It is the discovery of the grail, which eluded all but three of King Arthur's knights. The naked female breaks through a wall into a sacred space that contains the grail, miraculously full and containing the reflected image of the crescent moon. . . . It is an ecstatic moment, . . . entirely feminine because of the ancient association of the woman with the vessel and the moon, and because of the vaginal imagery presented in the tearing wall. . . . [T]he protagonist has become her own fate."
Posted by mikevoyce at 08:55, 09 Mar 2012 Dan Brown’s The Da Vinci Code is an attractive and pacey story which redefines the Holy Grail. I rather dismissed it as a weak echo of Michael Baigent, Richard Leigh and Henry Lincoln’s The Holy Blood and the Holy Grail until I recently reconsidered its emphasis of the marriage of masculine and feminine, and the idea of bloodline, as having considerably more truth than has been acknowledged. I suggest that in this he is partly right, though he is still wrong to discount the mystical fact of the Grail as a cup; and after more than 2,000 years you can no longer speak of a bloodline, but rather a gene pool. In fact, he is wrong to emphasize even the physicality of the human body, it is the spirit of the seeker that makes the Grail tangible, as Malory’s Le Morte D’Arthur made clear more than 500 years ago.
These books have been so immensely popular there is little need for me to add any critique, yet there is more to be said.
You may know a great deal of my time has been spent in recording past-life regression experiences of Edward Stafford, 3rd duke of Buckingham, and on more conventional research into his life; all this story is recounted in my novel, Edward, but I have now decided to open up the story, making plain important issues which would otherwise only be understood by the cognoscenti. I’ve added 2 pages to the website; ‘Secrets’ does not (yet) concern the Grail, but ‘Genealogy’ does.
I was always amazed the writers of ‘The Holy Blood’ came so close but somehow managed to miss the royal house of Plantagenet, which ruled England from Henry II, in 1154, to the death of Richard III, in 1485. Plantagenet was not a proper name; it came from Henry II’s father, Geoffrey of Anjou, count of Brittany, who wore broom in his battle helmet to show he swept all before him. Over 331 years it is easy to see, from the public record, there is a Plantagenet gene; it has 3 characteristics: irresistible charismatic success (hence the name), a very bad and quick temper, and gigantism. Far from all Plantagenets displayed these, Edward IV lacked the temper, while his brother, Richard III, only seems to have had the temper. If ever there was fact behind the popular modern fantasy of Superman it was the house of Plantagenet.
Whether the Plantagenets had anything to do with the ‘bloodline’ of Christ I do not know. What is again a matter of public record, though invariably overlooked, is that they became inextricably mixed with the guardianship of the Holy Grail through the ‘de Bohun Inheritance.’
The de Bohun earls of Huntingdon were the hereditary High Constables of England, said to be the Conscience of England and the guardians of the Holy Grail, in succession to Sir Percival, in Sir Thomas Malory’s ‘Le Morte.’ When the male line died out the last earl left two daughters, Eleanor and Mary, one Plantagenet prince (Edward Stafford’s ancestor) married Eleanor, while another (Henry IV) married Mary. The claim to the High Constableship came together again in the person of Edward, who was awarded the title, as heir to both Edward III and Henry VI, by a special court. The king, Henry VIII, was furious.
Past-life visions of Edward touch on the Grail (as recorded in my book) and I would be very reluctant to deny he held it. It is for this reason I do not consider publishing my findings about Edward as an academic work, the reputation of university historians would not stand recognition of the Holy Grail. Nevertheless, my research allows me to say a few things.
The Grail is a ‘pan-reality’ manifestation (for those who believe Reality is not a fixed, objective state but arises as an interpretation of our spirit). Its physical manifestation may well have been precipitated by the emotion, both of Christ and of his followers, brought about by his execution on the Cross.
Being pan-reality it has the capacity to ‘change’ reality in ways for which those interacting with it cannot be prepared; hence the injunction that it is dangerous to any who are not pure of heart. It has a very particular spiritual signature which may be best described as “balance in love.” I suggest this is the meaning of, “Whom does the Grail serve? … It serves the land.” The reason for this is service to any individual would relate to that individual’s ‘self’ or ego, which cannot exist outside a very limited and artificial reality.
There are rumors of attempts to call the Grail into manifestation, which have been disastrous. That this has happened at Stafford Castle does not mean the Grail is physically there (or anywhere) since its location is a state, not a place.
It follows that guardianship of the Grail is not about causing it to manifest, or controlling it when it does, but about noting it and seeking to move reality into harmony with it. Grail guardians will therefore more seek to act on the World, which is possible but difficult, than act on the Grail, which is impossible.
After that, and if you still want to, what is the first principle of calling the Grail? As old as the hills and as simple, balancing Ying and Yang, acceptance and assertion, female and male. That is the point of Dan Brown’s book, a point made in Edward, in “Marbles and Hawks,” it is remarkably difficult to achieve.
It is not surprising that the end of the Da Vinci Code is somewhat anticlimactic, nor is it surprising that the belief generated in many millions by that book, and by the Holy Blood and the Holy Grail, appears to have had little effect on the World. The problem is we look through the wrong end of the telescope; we try to bring the Grail to us rather than us to the Grail. So it has been in history, if that well intended and earnest king, Richard III, tried to use it (as I believe he did) it should be no surprise that his world shrank rather than expanded. Yet it is not to be thought the guardians do not make a difference, by moving themselves they do move the World. http://www.dailygrail.com/stream/2012/3/The-Holy-Grail the comments left at the article are also very interesting.
Here is a video that I think helps explain why women see the answer to "bring us to the Grail, rather than the grail to us" as the author explains. Women are connected in some way to the earth through our hearts and minds. Perhaps men are also connected but have not learned to recognize their power.
This award winning video shows the vastly increasing power of women -
Arise, A film that captures the portraits and stories of extraordinary women around the world who are coming together to heal the injustices against the earth, weaves together poetry, music, art and stunning scenery to create a hopeful and collective story that inspires us to work for the earth.
Daryl Hannah’s narration offers a subtle vocal embroidery that enhances the vignettes of poetry, music, art, scenery and interviews that are the Arise tapestry. The narrator keeps her considerable star power low-profile, and as a result the women who are the true inspiration for the film shine brightly.
Arise was the official selection at the 2012 Colorado Environmental Film Festival in February 2012, and winner of the “Spirit of Activism” award.