from Living Traditions, April 2006
The Great Cross
and the End of Time.
Secrets of Alchemy focuses on the work of Jay Weidner
in relation to the nature of time and the evolution
of consciousness. He ghives some background on Alchemy
and related subject with an emphasis on Fulcanelli,
but focuses on Fulcanelli's research on the Great Cross
of Hendaye and its esoteric meaning. This research
developed from a chapter that was included in Fulcanelli's
Mystery of the Cathedrals when it was reprinted and
not in the earlier editions. This chapter is fairly
impentratable and seems to infer more mysteries than
it solves. Weidner decided to explore this chapter
and try and decipher its inner meaning. I am sure when
his search began he did not know where it would lead.
begins with a basic overview of his work, alchemy,
Fulcanelli and the nature of the mysticism that Fulcanelli
saw embodied in the Gothic cathedrals. He then turns
to the Great Cross of Hendaye and begins to explore
its meaning. He examines its astrological, symbolic
and Tarotic meanings. He explores the secret meanings
of its inscription and this is where the investigation
gets challenging. He decodes the inscriptions to give
a location where mankind can survive the double apocalypse.
This decoding is difficult to outline within a DVD
presentation. You really need the book The Mysteries
of the Great Cross of Hendaye:Alchemy and the End of
Time to evaluate the many changes made to get the final
result. His researches lead in two directions, firstly,
the location of the refuge from the "apocalypse" and
secondly, the nature of this double disaster.
location of the refuge is Peru and even if we are a
little unconvinced by the DVD presentation of the decoding
(the book is far more detailed), when we get to Peru
and see related documents, possible locations and other
supporting evidence the case becomes a lot more solid.
What is nice here is that this is not just a "talking" heads
documentary, Weidner actually travels to France and
Peru and we get to see the locations "first-hand".
then explores what a double apocalypse could mean and
considers the four segments of the cross in relation
to the Four Yugas of Hinduism and the great zodiacal
cycle. He considers the unique work of Paul LaViolette
and his research on the cycles of the universe and
the galactic centre. By bringing these together Weidner
is able to offer a full decoding of the Great Cross
of Hendaye and explains what these two apocalypses
will mean for mankind.
is a well packed DVD, filled with fascinating explorations
of esotericism, myth, hard science, history and archaeology.
It is well presented with nice alchemical graphics
used to make the presentation more interesting. My
only misgiving is that I thought a slower pace of speech
(or a professional narrator) may have helped, this
is a complex subject and people need some time to digest
DVD will trigger lots of interest and you will be running
to your bookstore as soon as it is finished to learn
more about the Great Cross of Hendaye, Alchemy, the
Peruvian Caves and Paul LaViolette !
Reviewer: Robert Burns