The sky has born you with Orion "
- The Pyramid Texts
Any earnest inquiry into the reasons
for human existence eventually comes upthe two most difficult
questions of all, 'who are we?' and 'Why are we here?'
Despite today's advances in science and technology, these
two questionshave remained unanswered. Focused as it is
on the physical, modern sciencecan show us how we got here
and it can show us of what this world is made,but it cannot
satisfactorily answer these fundamental metaphysical questionsabout
the meaning of life.
a result of this gap in our knowledge, human beings appear
to be caughtin a delusion, unaware
of their vast potential. So where do we go to findanswers
to life's ultimate questions? Many have sought insight
in the textsand teachings of the world's sacred traditions,
only to find that many ofthese ancient traditions are either
partially or wholly lost or nearlyincomprehensible. These
once vital and significant traditions have leftbehind fragments
of knowledge that, at least, seem to point o the solutions,
but these answers are often vague, difficult for modern
to grasp, orelse shrouded by the veils of time and cultural
changes. Our own Westernesoteric alchemical tradition,
once guided by a deep and profound understanding of the
intimate relationship among human beings, nature and the
cosmos, has been on its last legs for centuries.
of the vast changes in culture, language and perception
that havetaken place since the
Industrial Revolution, any serious study of the pastis
made much more difficult. The Industrial Revolution caused
a serious disruption in Western culture that cannot be
overemphasized. The rise ofthe Machine and mechanism changed
the way we
think, the way we see the past,and the way we view our
ancestors. No longer are our ancestors valued fortheir
wisdom and knowledge. As the mechanized Age of Iron enveloped
Western civilizations, we almost lost our spiritual heritage
the time of the Inquisition onward, many of our most sacred
rooted out and expunged from the dominant view. 'Europe's
inner demons' is how historian Norman Cohn characterized
the spiritual and historical nightmare that has haunted
Europe for centuries. The result of theconflict, madness
and destruction that have marked European history was thealmost
complete loss of the mythologies, wisdom and profound knowledge
that sustained the West through the Middle Ages. This loss
was the problem that Fulcanelli attempted to correct when
he wrote his masterpiece Le Mystere des cathedrals, or
Mystery of the Cathedrals in 1926. By the beginning of
century, the secret of alchemy had become lost in the well
oftime. Replaced by rampant speculation, obscure texts,
and many failed attempts to turn lead into gold, the once
deeply spiritual science of alchemy was headed for the
dustbin of history. With one book by Fulcanelli all of
change. The twentieth century's entire intellectual and
artistic interest in alchemy was reawakened and energized
appearanceof Le Mystere. In writing it, Fulcanelli sought
nothing less than to resacralize, relegitimize, and reinvigorate
the entire Western esoterictradition. He promised that
through an in-depth study of its pages, any sincere and
conscientious student would begin to comprehend what is
referred to in the lore as 'the secret language of the
birds', the subtle language of spirit that 'teaches the
of things and unveils the most hidden truths.' From this
understanding, a profound inner awakening would begin to
a careful and exquisite unveiling, Fulcanelli, himself
an adept of this
Western lineage of transmission, provides readers with
the keys to unlock the doors to the sacred mysteries that
lie at the root of the alchemical arts. These mysteries
include not only the 'science of light andtime' but also
the path toward communication with living matter itself
and with the Divine Intelligence presiding over our galaxy.
addition to its profound restatement of the Western esoteric
significant enough, perhaps the single most important aspect
of LeMystere was the single chapter added to the 1957 edition
of the book. This chapter, called 'The Cyclic Cross of
Hendaye,' discusses a simple yet mysterious monument located
France that Fulcanelli dates to the middle of the seventeenth
century. The monument's few inelegant symbols reveal not
only that it was built by a 'master mason,' but also that
its creator possessed a surprising amount of arcane knowledge.
It also proved,and Fulcanelli echoes this, that there was,
and possibly still is, a groupof people, a secret society,
if you will, that knows the very secret of time and light,
which secret is the basis of all true alchemy. More surprisingly,
Fulcanelli tells us that this secret society was still
active as few as three hundred and fifty years ago.
message of the cross at Hendaye is that time is not a mystery,
that the secret
of time itself could be understood. Like a river, time
has many bends and turns, many tributaries and creeks,
but it is possible that time, like a river, can be mapped.
when the map of time is properly understood, the mystery
of the future disappears. In addition to this remarkable
revelation, the symbols and teachings encoded in the cross
at Hendaye offer us a new understanding of the cosmos,
especially with regard to the center of the Milky Way Galaxy
effect on us.
the cross at Hendaye reveals that its maker understood
the great alchemical
experiment that occurs at the end of time. The secret alchemical
Mercury that rules the primordial essence of life itself
and invigorated during the time span indicated by the cross.
Practical alchemists would know, just by examining the
symbols on the cross atHendaye, when to perform their most
experiments. As Fulcanelli intimates, this secret experiment
is nothing less than the creation of a Golden Age.
appears to be a long initiation into the mysteries of the
with any initiation, attention to ethical standards, clear
communication,and right action are the necessary ingredients
for the initiation to takeplace. When the initiation is
over, we shall know who we are and why we are here.
great return of the alchemical tradition is the road back
to a science based
on timeless spiritual principles. Alchemy is the science
of human development, the art of turning glass into light
and lead into gold. But as any true adept will tell you,
these are merely metaphors for the deep and secret mysteries
of the spirit. As we in the West reestablish contact with
the primordial source of life and wisdom, we shall shed
veils that conceal the profound nature of ourselves and
this planet. With thereturn of this grand and glorious
tradition we shall once again understand who we are and
why we are here. The main rule of alchemy, that 'only like
can become like,' will be recognized for what it truly
means. As the atoms that make up the flesh and bones of
were once thriving inside the hearts of stars now dead,
so will our consciousness one day occupy future stars.
Human beings are the stuff of stars endowed with consciousness.
We are the seeds of the cosmos. It is our true heritage
to take our place inthe order of the universe.
is the real promise of alchemy, Fulcanelli and the Cyclic
Cross at Hendaye.