It is said that Rosslyn Chapel is the last resting place of the Holy Grail and that the fabulous treasure is buried in its secret vaults. This text is the story of this mysterious chapel in Scotland, taking the reader on a voyage of discovery. It explores the existence of a configuration of seven pre-Christian sites which formed the route of a pilgrimage of initiation used by Druids, Knights Templar and Christian Mystics in their search for true knowledge and enlightenment. Beginning at Compostela in Spain, the voyage of discovery proceeds to Tolouse, Orleans, Chartres, Paris and Amiens, taking us deep into a mysterious world where hidden streams of spirituality flow beneath the surface of European history, profoundly influencing the evolution of Western thought. The journey ends at Rosslyn Chapel in Scotland, where the history of its founders, the Sinclair family, illuminates the revelations of Rosslyn and their signifance for us today.
Rosslyn is a modest chapel (it was apparently intended to be a full-fledged church, but was never completed) about 7 miles south of
Instead, despite the title, there’s not very much about Rosslyn here. The authors wander around Europe on a woo-woo pilgrimage to various sites – Compostela, Chartres, Amiens, Toulouse, Notre Dame, Orleans – which are all supposedly stations on a initiate’s journey to enlightenment. No woo-woo is left unwooed, as Wallace-Murphy and Hopkins invoke the ancient Egyptians, the Pythagoreans, the Romans, the Essenes, the Druids, the Gnostics, the Templars and the Freemasons through alchemy, dowsing, astrology, telluric energy, ley lines, meditation and the chakras to determine Rosslyn is the hiding place of the Lost Treasure of the Templars, The Holy Grail, and the Ark of the Covenant. I was especially amused by the mix of mystical traditions; it was enlightening to learn that medieval Templars knew all about Hindu chakras and prāna energy, and that they routinely sent expeditions to the New World (oddly, there’s no mention of the Rosslyn carving that is supposed to represent a pre-Columbian ear of maize). This is mostly documented by references to the author’s other works and the sensations they felt while meditating, with now and then another woo-woo book thrown in. Alas, the book isn’t even useful as a debunking reference, since there’s virtually nothing than can be pinned down long enough to be rationally refuted.
Oh, and according to the authors’ interpretation of the sites as a horoscope, the world will end (or, at least, something will happen) on July 28 2019.
The main theme of the book concerns a “reverse” pilgrimage (of
They then proceed to show how this pilgrimage could have been derived from a (speculative) pilgrimage (of initiation) in ancient Egypt that ran from Philae near Elephantine up the Nile through seven temples to temples at Behedet and Heliopolis. This is why I say the book needs a different title.
Looked at from a second point of view, it would have been nice to see more data on each site, especially maps and photos. The kabbalah gets barely a mention, but seems to me likely to have been more well known than the Hindu system of the kundalini and the seven chakras, at the time these pilgrimages were first formulated. Of course, adequate coverage of these areas would expand the book to several hundred pages.
The book has an extensive bibliography.