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Fulcanelli's Final Revelation:
Raising the Djed at the End of Time

Sunday, September 1st, 2002
By Jay Weidner and Vincent Bridges

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Part One

Since A Monument to the End of Time first came out in the summer of 1999, we have been asked repeatedly if the world was going to end on the autumn equinox of 2002, the date described on the Cross at Hendaye. The answer is both yes and no, but probably not so as you'd notice as you lived through it.

This paradoxical answer typifies the question as a whole. As we look around us today, it is hard not to see that we are in a "fin de siecle" to end all such cycles. If we are not experiencing the beginning of the end of the world, then this is at least a good approximation. However life goes on and we can adjust to change. Up to a point, that is'

On a dark and stormy night in 1997, when we first decoded the date from the monument at Hendaye, we were stunned by the bold simplicity of the design. Anyone with an understanding of the Kabbalah and/or a deck of Tarot cards could read the symbolism, and provided of course that they understood the secret of how these symbols related to time and the movements of the heavens, the date could be directly determined. The secret was hidden in plain sight, and, when we figured it out, the date was less than five years away.

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This monument to the end of time sits in a very small courtyard just to the south of the church. There is a small garden with a park bench nearby. Standing about 12 feet tall, The Cyclic Cross at Hendaye looms over the courtyard, an ambiguous apparition in the clear Basque sunlight. The monument is brown and discolored from its 300 plus years. The facade is starting to crumble and it's obvious that the air pollution ( the Cross sits a few yards from a busy street on the main square) is speeding its dissolution. The Cross will be completely eroded in a few more years. The images and the Latin inscription on the Cross have no more than a generation left before pollution wipes the images clean and the message disappears forever.

The base of local sandstone sits on a broad but irregular three-step platform, and is roughly cubic. Close examination reveals that it is a little taller than it is wide. On each face are curious symbols, a sun face glaring like some ancient American sun god, a strange shield-like arrangement of A's in the arms of a cross, an eight-sided starburst, and most curious of all, an old-fashioned man-in-the-moon face that also resembles a boat. Rising from this is a fluted column, with a suggestion of Greek classicism, on top of which stands a very rudely done Greek cross with Latin inscriptions. Above the sun face on the western side can be seen a double X figure on the top portion of the cross. Below that, on the transverse arm, is the common inscription "Hail, O Cross, The Only Hope," broken in an odd way apparently to fit in the space. On the reverse side of the upper cross, above the starburst, is the Christian symbol INRI.

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What we found encoded on this enigmatic monument at Hendaye cannot easily be visualized without the use of a sophisticated astronomy program. Even with that, the key, as Fulcanelli slyly warns us, is where to stand. Taking our initial cue from Champagne's Frontispiece to Le Mystere des cathedrales, we chose to stand at Giza, metaphorically in front of the Sphinx.

All we had that first night back in '97 was a simple ephemeris calculated for midnight Greenwich universal time. From that, we could determine that Fulcanelli's interpretation of the monument's symbolism pointed to a twenty year or so span from the summer solstice of 1992, in which the sun and Venus were conjunct at the galactic antipodes, the cusp of Taurus/Gemini, to the winter solstice of 2012, when the sun is conjunct the center of the galaxy, the cusp of Scorpio/Sagittarius. This "season" was clearly marked by its mid point, the fall equinox of 2002. (See star chartsA, B, and C.)

Fulcanelli insisted that the cross, the Greek khi (x), has here the shape of an S, the snake, "and takes over its esoteric meaning." This Fulcanelli explains as "the heliocoidal track of sun having arrived at the zenith of its curve across space, at the time of the cyclic catastrophe." Heliocodial simply means "the sun's curving track," and can refer to both the ecliptic path of the solar year, and the Great Year of Precession's backward motion along the same track. From the monument itself we could determine that the "season" of the catastrophe was the 20+ year span from summer solstice 1992 to winter solstice 2012. If this arc of the sun's curving path was, as Fulcanelli said, the season of catastrophe, then the zenith of the heliocodial track, the time of the "catastrophe" itself, or the most critical moment, could only be the fall equinox of 2002, the mid-point/zenith of the solstice-to-solstice arc.

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The sun at the zenith of it heliocodial track at dawn 9/23/02 in Cairo.

When we turned to the fall equinox of 2002, we found that it fit the directional symbolism of the monument perfectly. The equinox sunrise formed a Great Cross, a 90-degree alignment, with the galactic center and antipode. We expected that, as all the equinoxes in the target period were roughly at 90-degree angles to the galactic center/antipode axis. What we could not see at first was how many other precessional markers came into resonant alignment at that equinox. But we could determine from the basic facts that the equinox symbolism of this period resembled the pattern of nature's transformation. Since the Great Cross fell on the cusps, marking the change of one element into another, earth/fire, air/earth, water/air, and fire/water, it was not hard to see in this a symbol of the alchemical process, as Fulcanelli himself directs us to the mystery of INRI.

At first it seemed strange that Fulcanelli should apply this very Christian symbol of the crucifixion to the four world ages and specifically to the Day of Judgment. But as we discovered in the course of researching A Monument to the End of Time, Christianity is a religion based on the Gnostic idea of a final judgment and the restoration of the harmony between heaven and earth. The symbol of this harmony is the descent of the New Jerusalem cube at the end of time. Fulcanelli seems to be telling us that when the INRI that hung above the crucified Jesus appears in the sky, then Judgment Day is at hand. Therefore, the INRI in the sky is somehow connected to the creation and alignment of the New Jerusalem Cube of Space.

Traditionally, alchemists have used these letters with various esoteric meanings. In Monument, we cite three of the most significant, Igne Natura Renovatur Integra, or By Fire is the whole of nature renewed, Igne Nitrium Raris Invenitum, The Shining is rarely found in fire, and Isis Naturea Regina Ineffabilis, Isis the Ineffable Queen of Nature. The orthodox, exoteric Christian meaning is Iesus Nazerenus Rex Iudeorum, or Jesus of Nazareth, King of the Jews, and its appearance on the crucifixion cross is usually understood as an indication of his divine status as Son of God and the Hebrew Messiah. What it suggests to someone of an esoteric perspective is that Jesus was crucified on the Cross of the four elements. In Hebrew, the first letters of the names of the elements spell out INRI 'Äì Yam/water/I, Nour/fire/N, Ruach/air/R, and Yebeshas/earth/I. The Kabbalist would also see that Yod/Nun/Resh/Yod, or 10/50/200/10, adds up to 270.

Now this is so curious as to be shocking. The letters and their gematria, the number 270, link all of the above alchemical, Egyptian and Christian interpretations. This is a key number in the precessional sequence (270 x 8 = 2160, one of twelve zodiacal ages in the Great Year of Precession, 12 x 2160 = 25,920 years), and its use as a mystical symbol for the Son of the Hebrew God, YHVH, begins to make a kind of cosmo-mythic sense. The gematria of YHVH, Y/10, H/5, V/6, H/5, equals 26, the closest whole number factor to the years in the Great Year, 26,000. The Son of God would therefore mean the specific INRI of 270 years out of the 26,000 years of the Great Year of IHVH, when the Cube of Space returns for the Day of Judgment.

Since other clues on the monument pointed to the 20.5 years between solstices as the season of catastrophe Fulcanelli described, with the fall equinox of 2002 as the zenith or mid-point of that arc, then we could expect to find the INRI of the Day of Judgment/Cube of Space alignment in the sky. And indeed, just as Fulcanelli suggested, the INRI appears in the sky on the equinox dawn.

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On the sun face panel of the Hendaye Cross, we find four six-pointed stars, two above the horizon and two below. These match the locations of Jupiter and Mars, above the horizon in Cancer and Leo, and Venus and Mercury, below the horizon in Libra and Virgo. If we assign each planet the Hebrew letter for the element of the sign in which it falls, we have I/Jupiter/water/Cancer, N/Mars/fire/Leo, R/Venus/air/Libra and I/Mercury/earth/Virgo, or quite simply INRI. This seemed, when we discovered it, as clear as a sign post in the sky saying X marks the spot.

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This clue, and the other indications from the monument, made us certain that the moment indicated was the fall equinox of 2002. The Great Cross of the galactic alignment at that moment made it obvious how to align the Cube of Space and project the Tree of Life on the celestial sphere. And when we did this, we found that it matched rather nicely the description of the New Jerusalem Cube in St. John's Revelation. With this important piece in place we could see and intuit the outline of the completed pattern.

The fall equinox dawn at Cairo, specifically the Giza Plateau and the Sphinx, was the center point, the place to stand, in order to see and understand the erection of the precessionally correct Cube of Space. The INRI in the sky is clearly displayed along the ecliptic arc between galactic edge and center. Even better, the constellation Leo, the Sphinx in the sky, rises in the east just before sunrise. The last time it appeared just that way was on the spring equinox at the opposite end of the precessional arc 13,000 years ago. So the signs were clear that the key to the moment of alignment was contained at Giza.

As our research on Monument continued, we came back to Giza to look at the ancient Egyptian science of becoming a light body or sentient star in the bardo or transition fields between Giza and the star birth area at the heart of Orion. We noted the alignments to Orion and the summer solstice sunrise, but failed to heed our own strictures and look at Giza and its monuments in terms of the equinox 2002 Great Galactic Cross alignment. By focusing on Orion and the star birth aspects of the ancient Egyptian light body practices, we missed the clues we had already collected in terms of timing. We noted that: "Giza's monuments function as a cosmic clock, ticking off the ages through cyclical stellar alignments while establishing galactic scale resonance with the regions of star birth far off in Orion." We did not understand, when the above was written, that the alarm on this cosmic clock was set to ring at dawn on the fall equinox of 2002.

The answer was right in front of us the whole time. We commented that the enclosures of Tehuti were the pyramid complex on Giza and the shrines of its secret chambers were the stellar alignments, but we failed to note that these alignments were in fact the coordinates of the Cube of Space. We correctly surmised that the secret was astronomical, which could be expressed in a text with illustrations and perhaps a model armillary sphere, but we failed to connect this directly with the Great Cross and the galactic alignment.

Fulcanelli, in his Hendaye chapter, draws our attention to the inscription on the monument and its odd Latin mistake in breaking a letter off one word and sticking it on the end of the word before it. He tells us that this was done on purpose, so that we would examine the deeper meanings of the simple phrase O Crux Ave(s pes) unica, "O Cross, hail, our only Hope." As we described in Monument, this odd break results in a complex of possible meanings for the Latin inscription.

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If we read the broken word in reverse, the phrase becomes "Hail O Cross, the only Snake (seps)." If we try to fix the second line, pes unica, we come up with pes uncia "the measure of the 12th part," an odd but meaningful phrase in terms of the Great Cross and the precessional year. Fixing the first line by putting the unnecessary letters together, we now have "Os crux ave pes uncia," or "the essential cross salutes the measure of the 12th part." The essential cross suggests a marker of the galactic alignment and the measure of the 12th part points to the completion of a precessional cycle.

Without any more complicated coding or anagramming, the inscription is telling us that the monument is a way to measure when the snakes and the crosses coincide. This moment of union will fall on the completion of the precessional cycle. We could see how this pointed to the fall equinox of 2002, but we failed to notice an important clue in this same discussion, where Fulcanelli tells us that the inscription also points to the place of refuge. We unravelled and followed the anagram clue (Inca Caves, Cusco Peru) toward Peru and found Atlantis and the significance of the Southern Cross. Following an even more subtle thread of clues led us to the Red Serpent document and Rennes-le-Chateau in southern France, where we found a real western example of light body attainment who just might have been the author of Revelation and its description of the New Jerusalem/Cube of Space alignment.

With this, we felt that we had come full circle. Yet, we still had not completely solved the mystery of Fulcanelli's place of refuge. Like so many things in this tangled mystery story, the answer was in plain sight all along. We were just too close to see it.

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