The Cutting of the Elm and the Planting of the Oak


I. Dossiers Secrets of Pierre Plantard

Pierre Plantard (image above, hopefully) perpetrated the Priory of Sion hoax, confidently asserts the Wikipedia reference. (“Pierre Plantard”, July 7, 2008). The true situation is more complex, according to Lynn Picknett and Clive Prince, authors of The Sion Revelation (New York: Touchstone (Simon & Schuster), 2006). Dossiers Secrets, placed by Plantard or associates in France’s Bibliotheque Nationale in the 1960s, seem to be disinformation rather than a complete hoax.

The most effective disinformation “is far more than a convincing lie. Inevitably, some true information – elements that can be verified in order to make the story as a whole seem credible – has to be included.” Picknett and Prince (op. cit.) believe the Dossiers Secrets are one such case of disinformation, designed as a diversion from genuine secrets.

The nuances of the Dossiers Secrets are explored in much greater depth by Picknett and Prince, in their book, than can be provided here, in this report by Conspiracy Nation (now Ersjdamoo’s Blog). What follows is only the gist of it.

In January of 1964, a peculiar document was surreptitiously placed in the Bibliotheque Nationale: “Geneology of the Merovingian Kings and Origins of Various French and Foreign Families of Merovingian Stock, After Abbe Pichon, Dr. Herve, and the Parchments of Abbe Sauniere, Cure of Rennes-le-Chateau”. Then, in August of 1965, a second document was placed: “The Merovingian Descendants, or the Enigma of the Visigoth Razes”. These documents became known as the Dossiers Secrets.

Encapsulated, here is the bare bones of the Dossiers Secrets:

The Franks were a German tribe known as the Sicambrians. The Sicambrians were of the Tribe of Benjamin. They had migrated to Germany during the Bronze Age. Jerusalem is on land belonging to the Tribe of Benjamin.

Henri Lobineau is a pseudonym attached to the Dossiers Secrets. Whoever Lobineau really was, he claimed certain parchments contained geneologies of the Merovingian line after their supposed extinction. This would be similar to a modern claim that some or all of the Romanovs survived the 1918 Ekaterinburg execution. (Background: Escape of the Romanovs, Ersjdamoo’s Blog entry of April 28, 2014. )

Dagobert II had died on Dec. 23, 679, probably assassinated under order of Pepin the Fat. Dagobert II had a son, Sigebert, who disappeared from history. Was he also murdered? According to Lobineau, Sigebert was carried away by protectors to the safety of Rhedae, today known as Rennes-le-Chateau.

Sigebert, so the legend goes, was given the title “rejeton ardent” (ardent offspring). Explained by the Dossiers Secrets, Sigebert represented a “new stock issuing from the Merovingian Kings, the Plant-Ards or Rejeton-Ardent.”

Unknown to history, the Merovingian line continued through Sigebert. But by the thirteenth century, it had been reduced mostly to “simple peasants”. The main line of descent bore the name Plant-Ard.

The Crusader Godefroy de Bouillon was a Merovingian descendant. So when Jerusalem was captured in 1099 A.D., it represented a reclamation by the long-lost Tribe of Benjamin of their land. Although the Saracens recaptured Jerusalem in 1187 A.D., the title “King of Jerusalem” continued to be used by later descendants, on down to Archduke Johann Salvator’s branch of the Habsburg family.

The secret of this geneology was given to the Abbe Bigou by Marie de Negre d’Ables, Dame d’Hautpoul et de Blanchefort (Blanche of Castille) on her deathbed. Entrusted with the secret, the priest hid parchments detailing the facts in Rennes-le-Chateau. A century later, in 1891, the priest Berenger Sauniere discovered the documents, bearing the seal of Blanche of Castille, in a hollowed-out pillar.

In their book, Picknett and Prince attempt to sort out how much of this is true.

II. The Cutting Of The Elm

After the loss of Jerusalem to the Saracens, in 1187 A.D., a monumental event took place in Normandy. It was the cutting of the elm.

At Gisors, in Normandy, in 1188 A.D., a meeting between King Henry II of England and King Philippe II of France occurred beneath an elm tree. Henry II and his advisers stood in the shade of the elm. Philippe II and his group stood in the hot sun. Then, after the meeting, King Philippe ordered the tree cut down. And so is recorded the cutting of the elm at Gisors.

So what is the big deal about this cutting of the elm? The deeper meaning may be explained in the Dossiers Secrets (see part 1, above).

In 1099 A.D., Godefroy de Bouillon established the Abbey of Notre-Dame de Mount Sion in Jerusalem, following its capture by Crusaders. Later, when Jerusalem was recaptured by the Saracens, monks from the Abbey relocated to the Priory of St. Samson in Orleans, France.

Also operating in Jerusalem during the 88 years it was held by the Crusaders were the Knights Templar. In March 1117, Baudouin I, King of Jerusalem, who owed his throne to Sion, negotiated the constitution of the Order of the Temple. It is logical there was some connection between the Templars and the Abbey de Mount Sion.

The cutting of the elm at Gisors in 1188 is not about some argument over who gets to stand in the shade. Genuine information is contained in the Dossiers Secrets. It is not entirely a hoax. To those having understanding, the cutting of the elm symbolizes a schism between Sion and the Templars.

The Dossiers Secrets assert, “On his return from the Crusade, Louis VII brought back with him several monks, initiated in the East, members of the Abbey of Notre-Dame de Sion; while some settled in the St. Samson Priory in Orleans, others integrated themselves with the Order of the Temple; around 1161, discords manifested within the Order, the sovereignty of the Grand Master was no longer unanimously recognized, a schism was in the air, and the English Templars sensed that the breakup of the Order was coming. There still exist in our day secret archives, the property of certain societies, which affirm that in 1188 ‘the elm was cut’ and that one of its branches, the Ormus, having as its emblem a red cross and a white rose, would be the origin of the Rosicrucians.”

In French, “orme” means “elm.” The cutting of the elm indicates the independent branching off of the Ormus. Whether the Ormus later became the Priory of Sion is another matter.

III. The Planting Of The Oak

Image The cutting of the elm took place, in 1188 A.D., in Gisors, France. On July 14, 1870 – Bastille Day – occurred the planting of the oak. Victor Hugo (image above, hopefully) went into his yard and planted an acorn.

The Priory of Sion, a further “cutting of the elm” branch of The Ormus, may have been born on January 17, 1681, founded by the Hautpoul family and others. A revived “Knights Templar” appeared in France in 1804, claiming to derive from the original Knights Templar. A form of Templarist Freemasonry, the Strict Observance, began with a secret Templar group called Sion.

All roads lead to “Papus”, Gerard Encausse, who called himself Papus after a great physician from ancient times. Mentor to Papus was Joseph Alexander Saint-Yves (1842 – 1909). He devised Synarchy as an antidote to Anarchy. Synarchy views each of us as “cells” within the body politic, each cell having its proper place. There is no “left wing” or “right wing” in Synarchy. All cells have an important function, be they elite master or lowly serf. Each state (nation) is to be highly organized. As Synarchy is established in France, it then moves beyond, eventually including all of Europe. The cry of the Synarchists is, “Hierarchy! [not Equality] Fraternity! Liberty!”

Staying in the Jersey island until 1870, Joseph Alexander Saint-Yves there conferred with “proscrits” — persons in exile from France. Among these was Victor Hugo, who lived in the nearby Guernsey island.

Saint-Yves felt Europe had to become a “United States of Europe” for two reasons: (1) the threat posed by the rise of Islam; and (2) increasing materialism, thought to be contrary in spirit to Christianity.

Papus synthesized these and other ideas into a complete package. He is the intermediary between Saint-Yves and later European movements, such as a previous attempt at a European Union: the Third Reich.

Synarchy has a drawback: most cells do not get to be part of the elite in this system. Like biological cells, most do not belong in “the brain” of the body politic. Synarchy therefore has little appeal to the masses in democratic societies. Write Picknett and Prince (op. cit.), “Synarchists therefore turned to cunning, seizing power from within by infiltration.” Synarchy has come to mean, “Rule by secret society.” The vote in 2008 by Ireland, against the European Union, was a setback to the Synarchists. But as per their modus operandi, they will operate by stealth to force things through.

The constitution for the Priory of Sion was drafted by Victor Hugo on Bastille Day, July 14, 1870. Hugo, a reputed Grand Master of the Priory of Sion, then planted an acorn and proclaimed, “When this oak will have become mighty the United States of Europe will crown the Old World.” It was the Planting of the Oak. Later, in 1966, persons began taking acorns from that Oak and planted them throughout Europe.

(A version of the above first appeared at my old Conspiracy Nation web site on July 8, July 9, and July 11, 2008.)



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Editor of Conspiracy Nation, later renamed Melchizedek Communique. Close associate of the late Sherman H. Skolnick. Jack of all trades, master of none. Sagittarius, with Sagittarius rising. I'm not a bum, I'm a philosopher.
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