1. Et In Arcadia Egomania?
I had a problem with Nicholas de Vere and Laurence Gardner’s essays and books from the very beginning: as much as I resonated with them, or they resonated with me, or whatever. And that was the problem of independent verification of the facts and theories as stated in those same works.
I read Zecharia Sitchin next, because that seemed the most obvious next step. And then I real Samuel Noah Kramer, and what we have of the Sumerian and Akkadian myths themselves, and realized a couple of things;
1. Zecharia Sitchin had an obvious agenda, in that he very, very much wanted the Anunnaki/Elohim to be Space Aliens, and:
2. He cherry picked the myths and the texts from ancient tablets, often rearranging them entirely so that they supported his thesis that the Anunnaki/Elohim were Space Aliens.
Nicholas de Vere insisted that we were dealing with “Extradimensional” entities who were incarnate in human bodies even before the Cro-Magnon species was a thing; and these hybrids had in turn had interbred with Cro-Magnons, enabling the same type of entities to incarnate within their partially Cro-Magnon descendents long after the other species of humanity who once existed alongside Cro Magnons went extinct. These were supposedly the Nephilim of Biblical legend. The “Giants” and "Great Men Of Renown." These “Extradimensional Entities” are often referred to as The Watchers.
Funny thing about “The Watchers.” Nicholas de Vere frequently refers to the "Dragon" peoples as Derkesthai, an ancient Greek word. He said a “Derkesthai” is a dragon, but that the term can also describe someone with clear sight. Or maybe “one who observes.” Like the Watchers.
He goes on to say in From Transylvania To Tunbridge Wells:
"The etymology of the word ‘dragon’ comes to us via the Latin but is derived ultimately, it is thought, from the Greek, though the origin of the word and its definition is probably much older. The word in Greek is drakon (drakon); as in edrakon (edrakon), an aorist of derkesthai (derkesthai), which means ‘to see clearly’.
A dragon was one who saw clearly, and clarity of vision engendered and was always classically associated with wisdom, which itself produced power. Today we say that knowledge is power, so nothing has changed in that respect, except that it is actually wisdom – the ability to predict or intuit and synthesize knowledge – a prerequisite of druidic or fairy neuro-physiology, that actually affords the greatest power of all."
This sentiment seems to be echoed all throughout the Balkan region and Greek Islands.
Here’s an alternate theory for those who can’t get behind the whole "angels" or "extradimensional aliens" thing - what if “Watchers” just refers to *star watchers*? The “Dragon Houses” and Great Pyramids and many other sacred megalithic sites line up with astral phenomena. The ancient gods and even the angels of the ancient Canaanite and Hebrew lore were associated with the planets that the ancients were able to see without the aid of the powerful telescopes we have today, and the “Fixed Stars,” Aldebaran, Regulus, Antares and Fomalhaut.
Or as you might know them, Raphael, Gabriel, Micheal and Uriel. People athropomorphized them and assigned them personalities and characteristcs and made up stories about them, but they started out as an observable phenomenon.
Now, think about many hermetic-style rituals where you have to draw pentagrams or hexagrams, such as the Lesser Banishing Ritual Of The Pentagram, in which you are also invoking the four Luminaries named above for protection. You're drawing stars. Now consider what Aleister Crowley says: "Every man and woman is a star," and that the elements of which we are all composed originated within the stars. Anyway, it's something to think about.
(Also: because I need to stick this somewhere and this seems the least worst spot: since Nicholas de Vere refers to the “Derkesthai” or “Grail” families” or “Dragon peoples” as Elves and Vampires, as if they're two sides of the same archetypal coin, consider this: Vampires get their energy, (or nwyfre, or magnetism, Orgone, Astral Light, Ruach, Mana, or whatever) from people. Elves get their energy from their surrounding environment.)
Nicholas de Vere references Kenneth Grant, of the “Draconic” or “Typhonic” Current extensively to support his theory of "extradimensional aliens." If you are familiar with Kenneth Grant and his body of work, this becomes a story of entities From Beyond the Mauve Zone incarnating within humanity and influencing its development.
It’s an interesting theory: but I’m not sure there’s any way to objectively prove it until science gets to a point where it can actually acknowledge the existence of The Mauve Zone, or Extra Dimensional entities. You have a ton of people with subjective experience of those things, but science doesn’t have a way of detecting or measuring those things yet - at least not one that it has been willing to share with the rest of the class yet. Kenneth Grant and his mentor Aleister Crowley were confident that the day would come when science would back them up.
The problem that has developed since those two august personages related their experiences with the occult is the hysterical echo chamber of conspiracy theorists who are always freaking out about “SHAPESHIFTING REPTILIANS” or “THE BLOODLINE OF THE ANTICHRIST.” Tracy Twyman's involvement entangled the whole thing with what I like to call the "Conspiracy Theory Industrial Complex" and this is still causing complications to this day.
Conspiracy theories give people a sense of knowing what's "really going on" and a scapegoat to blame if they feel like they don't have a lot of agency in their lives, instead of helping them gain any actual agency or anything else they actually need. Because believe it or not, conspiracy theorists typically support and benefit from the status quo, in that they redirect people's anger and attention away from the true source of the problem.
And I promised I wasn’t just here to drag Tracy Twyman, who is no longer here to defend herself; and I’m sorry, but I wouldn’t need to be so critical of her actions if the fallout from her attempt to influence and control the Dragon Court wasn’t still causing massive problems to this day.
The prevading theory on the old dragoncourt dot org forum was not that Nick handed Tracy the Dragon Court out of the blue, but that Tracy had exploited Nicholas de Vere’s technophobia and certain life situations that had required his full attention so that he would just hand her control of the Dragon Court out of necessity. When Bill Barckley and Richard Dufton resisted this development (or, in modern political and pop cultural parlance, “refused to bend the knee”) they were ruthlessly attacked by her followers, or as I like to call them "Twymanistas."
Whether or not this theory was accurate, there was a good reason for their resistance. There are conspiracy theories which have turned out to be true, but the Conspiracy Theory Subculture itself has been nothing but noise to signal. None of Tracy Twyman’s own theories were backed up by anything but other conspiracy theories. Her and Brian Albert's Dagobert’s Revenge zine was just conspiracy theories all the way down. And now the Dragon Court concept has been incorporated into the paranoid hysterics of people who worry about shapeshifting reptilians in the closet and demons under the bed.
You might be saying, "how is that different from people who believe they might be descended from extradimensional beings?” And that’s a good question, and my best answer is: the hysterical reptilian shapeshifter believers may not even be aware of this (though a lot of them are) but this hysteria is a cover or a symbolic psychological cipher for their racial anxiety about "the Other" or "the great replacement" and (((those people.)))
And people like me have had more legitimate reason to worry that those hysterics might translate into actual acts of violence over the last ten centuries than they have had to worry about any actual "shapeshifting reptilians" or the people that those "reptilians" are actually a dog-whistle stand-in for.
But - fuck yeah, we're the Children of Cain. The Bloodline Of The Serpent. And you know what? We're not the ones who've been brutalizing and enslaving and converting and colonizing the entire world for most of the past 2000 years. You already know who that is. Their handiwork hasn't exactly been hard to miss. The Church told you to fear us, to be wary of us, to hunt us down, while they did and are still doing everything that they've ever accused us of doing.
It’s also why it’s distressing to see people associated with the Derkesthai subulture fall into those same mindsets. Like, you know that these religious fanatics literally want to murder us because we're the “bloodline of the antichrist” with "serpent DNA," right? That this is what Nicholas de Vere’s whole rant about "The Thousand-Year Elven Holocaust" is all about?
The idea that there are "Derkesthai" people carrying water for people like David Icke and even worse far right wing conspiracy theorists is baffling to me. Let's try not to be useful idiots for the people who have been trying to murder us for centuries, mmkay?
People are free to believe anything they want of course. But as I stated in blog post on an earlier incarnation of this website in 2012 (which was meant to throw shade on Tracy Twyman without naming her directly, for continuing to cling to conspiracy theories that have long since been debunked) there are things which are verifiably true, and verifiably not true. Whatever your belief system may be, the person who continues to promote theories which have been proven untrue is operating in bad faith. They are knowingly flooding the zone with bullshit, because that bullshit benefits them in some way.
That was the thing that struck me when I watched Bruce Burgess’s film Bloodline: How smug they all seemed about it. Like "tee hee, at this point we know we're making fools of ourselves and blowing smoke up people's asses, but we don’t care. It’s getting us an audience and it’s making us money." One of the first things you see when you go to the IMDB page for it is how part of the material presented is an admitted hoax. The "tomb" was a set in a warehouse in England.
All I could do at the time was compare this whole phenomenon to Nicholas de Vere’s previous ranting about the "New Age Industry" fleecing the gullible. The Conspiracy Theory Industy has done way more cultural damage in my opinion. They aren't just grifters, they're sadistic cultural terrorists who are charging their victims for the right to be terrorized.
Nicholas de Vere set himself up for failure the moment he associated with Tracy Twyman. It was over for him the moment he handed her the literal and figurative keys to the kingdom; he had willingly capitulated to everything he had claimed he was against. This haunted him for the rest of his life, and he was barely in the ground when Tracy started proverbially doing donuts over his grave, via podcasts and in her book Clock Shavings which was published barely a year after his death.
And that's the worst thing about this: no one deserved to lose their life over this crap. Not Bill, not Nick, and not Tracy. Nothing about this stuff was ever worth the amount of backbiting that has occured over it. No one deserved to be attacked or harassed over a web domain. Maybe Tracy Tywman deserved criticism for her behavior but she didn't deserve to die because of it. And no I don't buy the conspiracy theories about that, either. There's just been a pall over this whole thing, and sometime it "gets" people. It's almost like this whole thing was, I dunno, cursed. I wonder how that could have happned?
And this is why occult education is important. I don't care if you think it's dangerous, I don't care if you think its all fake - this stuff can affect people even if just on a subconscious level, and people need to know not to just hit the ground running with a ouija board in one hand and a copy of Anton LaVey's Satanic Bible in the other - no matter how much fun that might sound from the outset.
I may be biased, but Peter J. Carroll's Liber Null & Psychonaut is a good starting point, as is Donald Michael Kraig's Modern Magick: Twelve Lessons In the High Magickal Arts. People who fuck around generally end up finding out, but sometimes it's better to learn from those who have already fucked around and found out first rather than fucking around and finding out the hard way yourself.)
Anyway: on the internet radio show Night Vision Radio With Rene Barnett, (I had the audio file somewhere, once I find it I'll put it on Dropbox and post a link here) Tracy claimed that people who fell out with Nick personally had a habit of:
1. Either trying to appropriate the Dragon Court for their own ends, or:
2. “starting their own fake court,” or
3. Saying that Nick was crazy or a bullshit artist and the whole thing was fake.
It seems like she herself was not immune to this phenomenon, because she did all of the above. People who liked Nick got really mad about this. It's like she couldn't decide herself if Nick and his claims were bullshit or not, and just ran with the parts that she wanted to not be bullshit because they dovetailed with her own beliefs. Which I am guilty of myself, let's be honest here, but ddragoncourt dot org was Nick's outfit before he split from it. I mean, he split from us.
2. The Merovingian Mixup
So much of Tracy’s own connection to the Dragon Court phenomenon had to do with the Mystery of Rennes-le-Château and The Priory Of Sion, and the theories about it put forth by writers Henry Lincoln, Michael Baigent, and Richard Leigh in their book Holy Blood, Holy Grail. The material that Laurence Gardner is accused of having plagiarized from Nicholas de Vere was itself published as The Bloodline Of The Holy Grail. Tracy wrote a book on the subject herself, “The Merovingian Mythos.”
[Pictured: The Merv, who is way too cool for this shit. Even now.]
Around that same time author Dan Brown wrote the thriller novel The Da Vinci Code, employing the conspiracy theory as a narrative hook. It was a bestseller, and eventually also a movie. The franchise made him a bajillion dollars - something that no doubt vexed all of the people who had not managed to accomplish that as writers of conspiracy theory books or zines or websites. It was one of those pop culture phenomenons that was a real big thing for a while, and then faded to the point that it left very little of a pop cultural footprint; but in the mid 2000s it was everywhere and you couldn't get away form it.
[Or this haircut.]
It poses the theory that the Merovingian Kings and all of their descendents, including the Houses of Anjou and Plantagenet, were themselves descended from the union of Mary Magdalene and Jesus Christ. For people like my Mother, the idea was especially exciting because it seemed like more evidence that Christianity and the "Goddess Religion" had once peacefully existed side-by-side, like Marion Zimmer Bradley suggested in her book The Mists Of Avalon.
But here’s the thing, folks: Pierre Plantard's claims were all a hoax! It had all already been exposed as a hoax a few years before Tracy even started the Dagobert's Revenge zine and website!
Not necessarily the "Jesus and Mary Magdeline were married" part - there's a reason that dichotomy, their symbolism, is such an enduring force in the collective imagination and the collective unconscious. But the part where Pierre Plantard himself is supposedly descended from the Merovingians, and therefore from the theoretical Bloodline of Christ and Mary Magdeline?
Like, it’s been so thoroughly debunked at this point that I don’t even need to re-debunk it here: the debunking is all out there for you to read yourself. The best breakdown of the whole thing can be summarized here in this Wikipedia article regarding the influence it had on the book The Holy Blood, The Holy Grail by Michael Baigent, Richard Leigh and Henry Lincoln.
But anyway, here you go, from geni.com:
"Some hoaxsters, led by Pierre Plantard, had forged two sets of documents to fabricate supposed proof of the existence of a thousand-year-old secret society, the Priory of Sion. One set of documents, the Dossiers Secrets, was planted in the Bibliothèque nationale. The other set was published in a 1960s French "hidden treasure" book, Le Tresor Maudit de Rennes-le-Chateau. In the book were (forged) Latin documents that had supposedly been found by a priest in the 19th century. An encrypted message hidden in one of the Latin documents revealed the phrase, "A Dagobert II Roi et a Sion est ce tresor et il est la mort." ( "To King Dagobert II and to Sion does this treasure belong, and he is there dead.")
Henry Lincoln, a British science-fiction author, spotted the encrypted message in 1967, and, unaware of the hoax, he and some associates began writing books about what the message might mean. This eventually brought the story to mainstream attention via the 1982 book The Holy Blood and the Holy Grail. The book attempted to put forward a hypothesis that Jesus Christ had married Mary Magdalene and sired a child who had later married into the Merovingian line, and that the assassinated Dagobert II had really had a secret male heir who had been spirited away to "his mother's hometown" of Rennes-le-Château after his father's death.
It was later shown that much of the research in Holy Blood Holy Grail was based on the forged documents. However, the theory gained further attention when it was incorporated into the 2003 bestselling novel The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown. Because Brown claimed that the information about the Priory of Sion was "factual," many debunking books and documentaries resulted, further bringing the little-known name of Dagobert II into the limelight."
That didn’t stop people like Tracy Twyman and other folks in the Da Vinci Code Industrial Complex from writing books and producing media about it as if it was never exposed as a hoax at all; as if they were hoping nobody noticed or ever brought it up.
Those of us on the dragoncourt dot org forum finally noticed one day in early 2005, when one of our members (the one who eventually referred me to the Pickingill Papers) created a thread one day, which as I remember was titled something to the effect of, “NOW WHAT?” with a thread starter post of ”It’s a hoax. What do we do now?” with links to the website. priory-of-sion.com. This site, which is still active and being updated regularly, is owned and operated by Paul Smith, who to this day is a tireless debunker of the whole “Da Vinci Code” reality tunnel phenomenon.
Tracy even quotes Paul Smith once directly in her 2014 memoir Clock Shavings:
"A great deal of documentation on this can be found on priory-of-sion.com, where author Paul Smith writes that:
There was nothing 'mysterious' about the source of Bérenger Saunière’s wealth - it all stemmed from the selling of masses - Saunière advertised in religious magazines and journals like Semaine Religieuse, La Croix, L'eclair. L'Express du Midi, L'Univers and Le Télégramme and the money just poured in from all over-to such an extent that Saunière could not honor the requests, there being so many of them."
But she does not acknowledge his stance against the Priory Of Sion hoax at all. It’s as if she wants to name drop him to back up the point she was making in that paragraph, but not enough that her readers might be tempted to research his opinions any further beyond that one reference, because she knew it would deflate her whole narrative.
Tracy Twyman seems to have been been a neo-reactionary who got caught up in the spell of the story that was unfolding on her website, in her books, and in her head; that there was a real "rightful king" whose entrance onto the world's stage would brought about by the actions of herself and her group the Ordo Lapsit Exillis, like protagonists of a movie or one of Dan Brown's occult-themed thriller novels. And once they did everything the script or the plot said (which presumably included sacrificing Nicholas de Vere to Baphomet!) the True King would emerge, and by divine decree would put everything (and everyone) in the world back in their “proper place."
Nicholas de Vere himself was a proponent of the Bloodline of Jesus, aka the "Bloodline of the Holy Grail" in his essays; indeed this was what attracted Laurence Gardner and Tracy Twyman to his orbit in the first place.
Nick’s own political views could have been described as some kind of “Grail Libertarianism.” His claimed descent from Jesus and Mary Magdalene was not based on Jesus as the literal Son Of God, but as a dynastic descendant of the royal bloodlines who were themselves descended from the ancient Priest-Kings and Queens of Meosopotamia, and the Druidic and Witch bloodlines of Europe (who were descended from The Watchers.) What he wanted was international recognition of his sovereign right to create his own micronation far away from any sort of government control or oversight. Or bears. This would be the Libertarian dream come true. (minus the bears.)
People who have debunked the Priory of Sion Hoax claim that the idea that the Merovingians were descended from Jesus and Mary Magdalene was cooked up entirely by Henry Lincoln, Michael Baigent, and Richard Leigh, based on the idea of the Merovech being fathered by a Sea Monster, and any fish symbol = obviously Jesus! But that may not be the case. Here’s a take on the whole thing from The Pillars Of Tubal Cain by Michel Howard and Nigel Jackson.According to writer Susan Haskins in an article appearing in History Today:
"Nor is there any link between Mary Magdalen and the French bloodline, as hypothesized by the authors of The Holy Blood and the Holy Grail when they state that Louis XI (r.1461-83) regarded ‘the Magdalene as a source of the French royal line’, citing Sainte-Marie Madeleine (1860) by the Dominican H.D. Lacordaire, an apologist for the claims of St Maximin and the veracity of Mary Magdalen’s sojourn in Provence. Either their French is bad or it is yet another instance of imagination running riot, for Lacordaire merely noted that the king was an ‘example of limitless veneration’ for Mary Magdalen, ‘treating her as a daughter of France’, and endowing his descendants ‘with a pilgrimage proper to the French monarchy’."
However, she also says:
"Finally, it is interesting to note that after the loss to France of the duchy of Burgundy in 1477, the Burgundian Hapsburgs used the legendary apostolic life of Mary Magdalen to claim their prior right to the duchy. A manuscript of c.1486 now in the British Library, purporting to be a history of the house of Burgundy, states that Mary Magdalen converted their forebears, the king and queen of Burgundy (altering what in the legend had been the prince and princess ‘of the province’, or Provence), to Christianity. With the addition at the beginning of two apocryphal names, Trophime and Etienne (the king and his son), is a genealogical list that would have done The Holy Blood and the Holy Grail proud: Chilperic I and Sigismond IV of Burgundy, Clovis I, king of the Franks, converted by his wife Clothilde (of the Burgundian house which, according to the partisan historiographer was Christian ‘long before there was a Christian king in France’), and Theuderic II, ending with the Archduke (later Holy Roman Emperor) Maximilian I (r.1477-82), and his son Philip the Handsome (r.1482-1506), father of Charles V."
So the "descended from Jesus and Mary Magdalene" angle can't be proven or disproven at this point, what about the Sea Monster angle? This was a story that survived and spread in different forms, carried down by dynasties descended from the Merovingians. The Plantagenets themselves were descendants of Geoffrey Greymantle and “The Demon Countess of Anjou.” King Richard I the Lionheart once proclaimed,
“From the Devil we came, and to the Devil we shall go!”
[Yes that is young dreamboat Anthony Hopkins as Richard. Moving right along…]
From The website The Angevin World:
"The story of the Demon Countess of Anjou was quite popular in the 12th century. Unfortunately, like most legends, the facts were less compelling. Fulk the Black’s mother was actually Adele of Meaux, a French noblewoman. In truth, the many successes of the Counts of Anjou were what led to rumors and whisperings of demonic blood."
This seems similar to the legend of the Melusine, the ancestress of the Lusignans, more Merovingian descendants whom Nicholas de Vere name-drops quite a lot because the de Veres are descended from them. If these legends are to be believed, it seems like people were just starting dynasties with aquatic fairies all over the damn place. But if you consider what Nicholas de Vere says, that these were Shamanesses/Witch-Priestesses of the old pre-Christian religion, it makes sense. It was a way of encoding the old beliefs and descent from the old Priestesshood into a story that could be told in a Christian setting; but if you knew, you knew.
Merovee was the founder of the Merovingian line, and his own brother or half-bother was said to be Alberich or Oberon, King of the Fairies. Some of the noble families in Languedoc who were later persecuted as Cathars during the Albagensian Inqusition also claimed descent or relation to "the Fairies."
The first thing the Church tried to do everywhere was cut people off from their Genius Locii; to proclaim that the Witches and the spirits of the land were demonic in nature. The conquered or converted peoples' Genius Locii or ancestral gods were replaced by Church dogma cooked up by the Nicene Council, their Kings appointed by the Church and the Priests instead of the representatives of their ancestral faith.
Again, author Marion Zimmer Bradley presents a great idea of how something like this could have happened in The Mists Of Avalon, using the Arthurian Mythos as an example; but the allegations surrounding her and her husband Walter Breen have all but demolished her legacy. As it should be. We never should have tolerated this kind of behavior from the Christians; we shouldn't let anything like this happen in our own ranks, either.
One possibility here is that the descent from Mary Magdalene and Jesus angle was cooked up when Clovis converted to Christianity, a form of image rehabilitation after the "descent from a sea monster" story which had existed previously as a prevalent Frankish and Merovingian tribal myth. It was no longer cool or even acceptable to be seen as the spawn of a horror from the deep; not as the champions of this new faith that frowned on that sort of thing.
Even though descent from an actual sea moster would be awesome. Like:
["HISTORY SHOWS AGAIN AND AGAIN HOW NATURE POINTS OUT THE FOLLY OF MAN"]
The original heraldic device of Merovech and his grandson Clovis, the first king of France, was three frogs. At the time, frogs were associated with the earlier Pagan traditions that Christianity was trying to stamp out and replace.
There’s basically this one section copied straight from Laurence Gardner’s Nicholas de Vere’s Bloodline Of The Holy Grail, that shows up on a bunch of websites, and it goes into more detail.
It was apparently so inappropriate for Clovis to have frogs on his shield that, as the legend goes, an angel came down from heaven and gave him a new one with three lilies on it (Fleur-de-lis.) But this was just as Witchy according to Nicholas de Vere and other occultists, because the Fleur-de-lis itself supposedly has occult connotations.
To me, this suggests that the Frankish tribes had established cultural stories and pagan mythic traditions (many of which seem to have involved marriage to Witch-Priestesses of an old Sea God or Sea Goddess Religion in some cases.) These stories were then reinterpreted, replaced or re-written to align with their new Catholic Christian associations after the Frankish peoples were converted to Christianity.
Conspiracy theorists are taking whichever version they want to be true as the 100% literal truth, cherry picking whichever narrative best fits their agenda: either the Merovingians as the Bloodline of the Holy Grail, or the Merovingians as the Demonic Spawn Of Satan or the Antichrist. Both narratives have collided and coagulated in the collective unconscious, symbolized best by the double-barreled Cross Of Lorraine.
Their legend has endured, centuries after the Merovingians lost power with the assassination of Dagobert II - who deserves so much more than to just be remembered as the mascot of a conspiracy theory magazine that was created to flood the zone with bullshit and to push a specific neo-reactionary authoritarian political agenda. His descendents are the heroes and heroines of the Chanson de Geste and the Matter Of France, the poetic literary traditions of early medieval France.
As Christianity spread, there was a while during the Dark Ages before the Church was very powerful, when the message kind of slipped out of their control. There were places where Christianity and the "Old Religions" combined to form "Celtic Christianity" (like in Ireland, and Britain after the Romans left but before the Saxons showed up) or different "Gnostic" groups like the Arians, Cathars and Bogomils in mainland Europe. These peoples usually became targets of brutal Papal Inquisitions and Crusades and genocides targeting "pagans" "witches" and "heretics," and thousands of people were persecuted and killed over the centuries in the name of the Church.
The Merovingians have captured peoples' imaginations in part because with hindsight we can see exactly what was done to them; and through them, to most of the rest of Europe at the time. We can see how the trap was sprung: Clovis gets converted. The archetypal stories of his people get rewritten. From then on, the King is appointed and annointed by the Church, and is answerable only to the Church - not to the spirits of the land or the people. The Merovingians become figureheads, taking a backseat to "the mayors of the palace," who eventually wield all actual administrative power. The Franks become the martial arm of the Church, conquering and killing both Arian Christians and the last adherents of the Old Religions in Europe.
Then the Merovingians are betrayed by the same Church that they helped rise to absolute power and authority all across Europe. The Carolignians, those "mayors of the palace" take their place and are annointed by the Church as the shiny new dynasty, marrying a female descendant of the Merovingian dynasty in order to claim a legitimate right to rule, of course. Charlemagne's reign is propagandized as a magical golden age on par with King Arthur's, as he goes around happily crushing the rest of the pagans and heretics in the name of the Church.
And that's the start of the “Thousand Year Elven Holocaust” in a nutshell. But we can clearly see this as a flashpoint event. It's tempting to imagine a secret sect devoted to preserving a secret mystery about them; and that being subverted by the Church, and being used by the Church to subvert the rest of Western Europe at the time is not their only legacy.
There's a school of thought that goes like this: if you or your ancestors are from Western Europe, your ancestors were colonized by the Church. Christianity, or rather Churchianity, is not your original heritage. It might be now, but that's only after centuries of repression and indoctrination. There were dozens of tribes in Western Europe, each with their own identities and stories and alliances and enemies and legacies and beliefs. Your ancestors were assimilated and forced to renounce their original gods and goddessess and Genii Locorum. There was no unified "European Racial Identity" like the neo-nazi hucksters try to claim. If your ancestors are from Western Europe, you are actually probably a combination of several of these different tribes. This includes "the Celts" who were not a unified people, but several distinct tribes sharing a series of related cultural practices and dialects of the "Celtic" languages. Each one of these tribes considered themselves a race unto themselves (e.g. "the race of Burgundians" etc.)
Alt-right and Neo-Nazi weirdos like appropriate this argument to support their bullshit narrative, but the Nazis' appeal for to a return to pre-Christian paganism was a cover story for their actual goal, which was relacing both Christianity and the original Heathenism with their own reactionary fantasy cosplay idea of Heathenism that their Teutonic ancestors wouldn't have even recognized - with Hitler at the center of it. A "Hitler Cult" masquerading as Wotan worship, misappropriating Heathen religious symbols in bad faith for their own ends.
White supremacists who claim to be Teutons or Heathens or "Vikings" are still proceeding from the same assimilationist mindset that colonized their ancestors. They're stuck in what Timothy Leary, Robert Anton Wilson, and Antero Alli call the "second Circuit" on the "Eight-Circuit Model Of Consciousness." The world only makes sense to "Second Circuiters" as a hierarchy dominated by a powerful authoritarian male figure; to them, anything else is frightening chaos - and despite a lot of recent neo-nazi chuds claiming to be "Chaos magicians," they actually hate Chaos in all its forms with a burning passion.
The spread of Christianity wasn't a "Jewish philosophy of passivity" designed to "corrupt the European race" like idiots claim. Just look back on their history of violence and brutality, and tell me if it seems like the Church was ever "passive" at any point! Several of their inqusitions and programs targeted the Jewish people - because the Jewish people have a cultural history of being difficult to assimilate, and authoritarianism demands group cohesion above all else.
Despite his critism of white supremacists, Nicholas de Vere's Folkism and his Laurence Waddell-style "Aryanism," (which is very different from Arianism) was and is very attractive to white supremacists. Tracy Twyman was, incidentally, another huge fan of Laurence Waddell and his pseudohistorical Aryanist claims.
It's interesting to note that the The Proto-Indo European dragon myths themselves could be influenced by their first encounters and conflicts with the Early European Farmers, or "Old Europeans."
But the Proto-Indo Europeans in those myths were generally playing the role of Saint George, with the Dragon representing the people they were in conflict with. Like a chaotic, force of nature like a river. Whether a culture represented Dragons as a chaotic, destabilizing, monsterous force, or a more positive symbol seems to have depended on whether that culture saw itself as being in harmony with nature, or in some kind of eternal struggle against it.
And you can take one look at Chinese culture and history, and see The Dragon's Influence. That's because it's not spread by bloodline, but through awareness of a metaphysical reality that transcends physical flesh-and-blood existence. Ancient peoples had closer connections with the planet and the spirit world, and were able to communicate with their Genii Locorum.
But if the "Dragon consciousness" first arose in Anatolia, Mesopotamia, and the Carpathian basin as Nicholas de Vere claimed (basically, the area all around the Black Sea and directly south of it all the way down to the Persian Gulf) during the late stone age, then those weren't "Aryans" (or rather, Proto Indo-Europeans) but Natufians and Anatolian Hunter Gathers who migrated north to become the Early European Farmers of the Vinča Culture.
They "Aryans" got there later; and If anything, they would have gotten it from the people who had been living there already. It happened as a cultural exchange. Say what you want about E.W. Liddell, but in The Pickingill Papers he presents a scenario describing exactly how this might have happened.
What Nicholas de Vere was trying to do was to propose that Traditional Witchcraft - as practiced by The Regency, the The Royal Windsor Coven, followers of the Robert Cochrane Tradition, and the Nine Covens - was itself descended from the "Dragon"-related cultural practices handed down by a surviving group of families whom he claims were descended from the "Anunnaki" whom he claims were "The True Original Aryan Race."
But if the Anunnaki actually existed, and if they first arrived in the Fertile Crescent after a disaster forced them to flee their "Holy Mountain" as Nicholas de Vere describes, then it's more likely that they were probably actually Natufians, with their "Holy Mountain" having been located at Gobekli Tepe.
Did cultural elements of the ancient peoples of Gokekli Tepe or the Ubaid Culture survive in some form to influence the developement of Traditional Witchcraft? I don't know, but we're finding out more about them in the archeological record the all the time.
But Nicholas de Vere also proclaims that these "Dragons" were the true kings of ancient humanity - and it seems that there were people in high places who believed this, who supported him, who wanted it to be true.
According to the whole mythos proposed by Sir James Frazier in The Golden Bough, the ceremonial role of the King is to be sacrificed. This was supposedly just a ceremonial gesture; the Old King was not supposed to actually be ritually killed, but took part in a ceremony to pass their role on to the New King. But according to Arthurian Legend, the Britons' control of Britain failed when the Old King and the Young King (Arthur and Mordred) actually slew each other in combat. The Britons, symbolized by the Red Dragon, fell to the Anglo-Saxons, symbolized by the White Dragon. The Anglo-Saxons took over, and Britain became England (Angle-Land.) And then the English became enamored of Saint George, abandoning their "Dragon" altogether.
The thing is: Nick's own version of Kingship (i.e. the "Dragon" or Kingly bloodlines and their descendants are the only truly spiritually aware people capable of interfacing with higher levels of consciousness, and everyone else is just a dumb meat robot incapable of spiritual awareness or even basic self governance on even a personal level, much less "sovereignty") wouldn't have fixed the problem either, because everyone else would still just be cut off from interfacing with the spirit world; replacing the Evangelical Christian Church with the Church of Drakenberg, or whatever.
3. “Nothing is truer than truth?”
There are reviewers of the Dragon Legacy on Amazon who accuse Nick of deliberate obfuscation or misdirection in some cases. Some people have speculated that he felt like he still had to obscure some elements of this stuff or possibly face some sort of harassment and persecution. Which makes sense, considering that the Satanic Panic was in full swing, not to mention the previous 1000 years of Inquisitions and Witch persecutions.
But then I have spoken with people who knew Nick, who say that he and the rest of his 90s-era irl Court would sit around chortling to themselves about him laying deliberate bits of misdirection in the text. I don’t understand it.
What happened to the Scottish Weir family motto, “nothing is truer than truth?”
This line of speculation isn’t meant to be a character attack. I’m not taking the piss. These questions come from a place of deep frustration.
On a previous version of this website which was hosted elsewhere back in 2005, I once did a whole post about Nick’s "de Vere family archives" being "channeled information," via "genetic memory" as per his interview with Tracy Twyman which was published as My Kingdom Is Not Of This World.
One question I posed was: if so many of Nick’s claims originated from his "channeled family archives" and there is nothing outside of the gene for red hair and CJD to physically differentiate the Dragons from the rest of humanity, and Dragons/Elves were interdimensional beings born into human bodies or the descendents of hybrids thereof, and he couldn’t exhibit evidence of any magical powers or special intuition or extrasensory perception, then what made Nick and the Dragons different from the Otherkin?
I was not trying to start shit: I was asking as someone who had identified as Otherkin myself. To be fair that is what a "otherdimensional Faery spirit being incarnated into a human body" is, right? OWN IT, YOU COWARDS.
Just like the time I got the spurious attempt at a C & D from Tracy’s book company the same day I posted links to Nick’s archived essays on the wayback machine, I imagine one of Tracy’s Twymanistas must have been checking up on my site to see if I was saying Mean Things About Mommy again, and tattled to her immediately - because my site was gone overnight. Not just that page, but the whole damn site. I logged in and there was no account. Just gone, poof, as if it had never been there. Nothing was even on the wayback machine. It happened that fast.
I emailed the hosting company and was told it was for a ”violation” but they never specified what the violation was, or gave me a chance to remove the offending information. It was like that site just never existed.
Ironically, Twymanistas are now complaining about Tracy’s work disappearing from the internet. As for me: that first bahleetion in 2005 taught me about the importance of backups and redundancy.
See, the thing is: I'm not doubting Nick's claims of channeling his ancestors, Major Thomas Weir in particular. It's just that when you have an experience like this, it's entirely subjective. People have to take your word for it that this is what you did, and it's not just a scam or a pantomime. It kind of looks weird when you spend the entire forward and first chapter of your essay or book ranting about the New Age movement and how unlike them, your movement is backed up by history and science - and then admit that nearly all of your information came from channeling.
There was a group from LiveJournal that I was unfortunately involved with for a while, whose website carried a proclamation like, "unlike all of those other flakes who claim to be the reincarnations of characters from JRR Tolkien's Lord Of The Rings, we're the real deal!" That's just what Nick's "New Age Critique" seems like in retrospect.
Anyway, the best expression of the real problem here, and indeed the main point of this essay; Magick can be seen as a way to interface with things through the Collective Unconscious using cultural symbols. As such, it is not always based in quantifiable objective truth, but in philisophical frameworks and "reality-meshes" based in consensus realities and collective cultural narratives; in the stories people tell themselves about themselves and the larger Univese around them.
And it follows that the people who control those narratives could be said to control or influence the people who ascribe to that particular reality-mesh or paradigm or cultural narrative. These "Reality-Editors" are the true Magicians among us.
We get that these are all stories, right? And stories have power. Magick runs on stories. Well, stories and electromagnetism, but mostly stories. If Sir Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman have taught us anything, they taught us this. Our realities are defined by the stories we tell ourselves - or the ones we are told which we choose to accept as our reality.
And as we have seen all too often, people are more than willing to kill or die over these cultural stories. Conspiracy theorists, the really successful ones like Pierre Plantard was, or whoever is running Qanon now (signs seem to point to current and previous operators of the 8chan website) and others, have a knack for subverting loads of people by writing or rewriting cultural narratives to suit a particular political agenda - usually ones that will end up with masses of people getting scapegoated and killed.
To borrow a turn of phrase from Robert Anton Wilson, they see no problem with hacking the reality-meshes of people to get what they want.
This was probably not what Tracy Twyman aspired to when she started Dagobert's Revenge. Some people who get involved in the Conspiracy Theory business seem to think that it's fun. They see themselves as akin to the Merry Pranksters, upsetting the established cultural narrative "For The Lulz." It's fun to play around with symbols and stories and paradigms. Tracy and the OLE probably just thought they were cool edgy rebels having fun with a ouija board.
It's all fun and games until someone almost ends up gettng sacrificed to Baphomet, isn't it?
And this makes what happened afterwards even worse and more tragic and awful. To all the people theorizing that she's not actually dead and that she faked her death to get away from weirdos making death threats: I actually hope this is true. Because the alternative is just awful to think about.
5. Whom Does the Grail Serve?
As of right now, I still have not found any trace of Andrew Rothovius’s articles from the May and August 1977 issues of East - West Magazine, other than references to them in other works by other authors. Sometimes it really does feel like someone is trying to bury the information about the 17th-century "Dragon Society" of which Henry Adams was a member under the insane loads of bullshit which descended upon pop culture during the heyday of the Da Vinci Code, and the political situation which existed when it was released. Like someone wants the bullshit to be everywhere and readily available and inundating people all the time to the point where it’s impossible to get away from it.
What's a more effective way of trying to hide information; trying to censor or supress the truth (which will make people curious and perhaps inspire them to seek it out, aka the "Streisand Effect,") or flooding the zone with so much bullshit that even the most "clear-sighted" people have trouble determining which end is up?
The world needs the Grail right now. But who is served if the Grail Mythos is buried under metric shittons of bullshit? Who is served by the propagation of conspiracy theories, by the noise to signal ratio being mostly noise?
A reason Nicholas de Vere and Laurence Gardner kept riffing off of J.R.R. Tolkien with their references to "The Dragon Lords Of The Rings" and "The Realm Of The Ring Lords" because they knew that what a lot of people also want is to believe that the descendant of a Formerly Lost Secret Magic Dynasty or a Chosen One who will emerge When The Time Is Right and Save The World According To The Prophesy, like Aragorn.
Nicholas de Vere was inferring that this personage was himself. Laurence Gardner was claming outright that it was Michel Lafosse, aka Prince Michael Stewart of Albany.
But the world can't wait for a Prophesized Magic Savior. What the world needs right now is for as many of people as possible to become Magic Saviors in our own right.
For a long time, I obsessed over finding any way to externally verify any of Nicholas de Vere’s claims in his essays and in The Dragon Legacy from 2004 on. This initiative was actually a major driving force of the people on the old dragoncourt dot org forum after Nick left. We had a feeling that the "Dragon Narrative" or "Dragon Curent" was "real" in some way. But after the fallout between Nick and Tracy and Richard and Bill, and after the revelation that at least part of the narrative had been blown out of the water with the Priory Of Sion hoax, people wanted proof that this thing that they had invested their time and energy and belief in was real.
And "source: trust me bro" or: "believe me, because these other conspiracy theories say so" or "this sketchy white supremacist pseudohistorian said so" or "Nick is the Grail King and he said so" or "Satan made Tracy the Grand Master, and she said so" was not going to cut it.
Some of this desire was self-serving; people wanted to know what the bona fides were so they could prove their own bona fides (i.e. hereditary connection to the Royal Imperial Dragon Court And Order as it existed at the time.) And this was about 10-15 years before there were online services that could match peoples' DNA with samples from long-dead royals.
And I wanted to find a way to explore this subject matter without having to constantly refer back to Nick or Tracy or Laurence. I wanted to find whatever the original sources of this materal were and then study those on my own and come to my own conclusions about it.
Apparently there was a real genetic study and tests for a "Grail gene" and there was data as a result of those tests; but those results were never made public, and no one who was involved with that back in the day knows who has that data now. Which means that someone somewhere may have access to people's private genetic data that they probably shouldn't have. But the question of what the "Dragon Gene" did and how it actually presented was a hot topic of debate on the old dragoncourt dot org forum - one that's never really been answered to anyone's satisfaction.
Finding any sort of outside verification or proof at all would be a way of redeeming the "Dragon Court" from the people who had tried to appropriate it or manipulate it for their own agenda. And if what I found out didn't back up Nick's claims, then maybe I could go forward and learn what the truth actually was. Doing so would be a way of “liberating the Dragon” as Bill Barckley put it.
Notice from the Dragon Court
While we await the wheels which grind exceedingly fine . . .
From the cowardice that dare not face new truths, From the laziness that is contented with half truth, From the arrogance that thinks it knows all truth, Good Lord, deliver me.- A Kenyan Prayer, quoted by Webmaster Bill back in 2003.