Priory of Sion and Occult Politics

“The World of Occult Politics and its influence on the Priory of Sion”


What are Occult Politics?

The title, Occult politics, describes the use of covert strategies to influence mainstream political decision making without a democratic mandate. Justification for such comes from an unshakeable belief in a Universal Tradition that transcends the principles of Reason, Logic and Materialism; the political principles that govern our present culture.

In general terms, occult politicians believe that the majority of Mankind lives in a state of ignorance, that the global society is in chaos, and that the true Tradition has been supplanted by false religions, obsession with material progress, and corrupt political power.

Furthermore, they believe that much of history has been deliberately misreported by the establishment for the benefit of maintaining political power over the masses.

There is often a fundamental suspicion and even hatred of modernism. In the main, it is the Western cultures that are considered decadent, Eastern cultures are believed to retain more elements of the Universal Tradition.  

Occult believers consider themselves to be enlightened, and that if ancient wisdom and tradition are restored, society will move onto a new level of harmony and ease, i.e. the restoration of a Golden Age. Due to their enlightenment, many initiates consider themselves authorised, by some sort of undefined higher power, to act as a political elite, as a new aristocracy.

Their aim, therefore, is to re-discover ancient wisdom and to restore the principles of Universal Tradition in the governance of society.


A visible manifestation of the world of occult politics is the founding of secret esoteric or occult societies. These societies can be seen to have existed since the time of earliest recorded history. They have been established so that those attracted to occult & esoteric beliefs and philosophies can share and develop their interests. They provide an opportunity to reinforce these beliefs within their membership and to promote such beliefs, through networking with other groups and by selective recruitment, in the wider community. A common feature of these groups is secrecy. Members are generally expected to be discrete about their affiliation and to maintain secrecy with regard to the activities, such as rituals, of the group.

These societies often claim to be the repositories of knowledge and tradition. Rituals are believed to hold symbolic power and to act as portals to access higher consciousness and therefore illumination.

Obviously, not all Secret Societies are involved in politics or even have a political agenda/manifesto. However, members of such groups do carry their beliefs into their social and professional lives and can thus influence others. Only a few members are probably politically active within any group and it is usually those of the higher ranks that are most active. It is possibly surprising how many of our political and religious leaders have been closely involved, at a high level, with occult groups and sects. It is not unreasonable to consider what influence these affiliations may have had on their decision making. It is this that has given rise to the various allegations of conspiracy. 


 But Occult politics should not be confused with the alleged “Global Conspiracy”

It is widely believed that the French and American Revolutions were initiated and organised by occult powers in the form of Freemasonry. It is true that many significant Revolutionaries in both countries were Freemasons and did play a part in their respective revolutions, but the allegation that they were working to a clearly defined and orchestrated plan remains unproven.

There is the claim that Hitler and the Nazi party were financed by certain US and British companies and banks. This is partly true – but taken in the correct context these actions do not add up to a deliberate political conspiracy rather to economic opportunism.


In more recent years we have the allegations laid against the Bilderberger Group, the Committee of 300, Trilateral Commission, the Round Table, CFR, and others popularly considered to be guided by the Illuminati. 

Even the recent Russia-USA Cold War is believed by some to have been an Illuminati plot.

Freemasons & Jews are frequently accused of masterminding conspiracies including that of the New World Order. In some scenarios, this involves the collusion of the apparently conflicting powers of Marxist/Communist with the Liberal Democracy of the US and Europe. Serious and unbiased research has failed to support the theory of a global conspiracy. The purpose of these various organisations is to agree strategies for financial, social or political change. Generally meeting in secret, it is this that gives rise to the accusation of conspiracy.


This is not to deny that conspiracies exist. In the light of human nature, it would be more surprising if they didn’t. But they appear to be mainly disconnected, often pursuing diametrically opposite agendas, and have short term aims.


Secret/Esoteric/Occult Societies appear in the main to be harmless. They are little more than groups of like-minded people (largely male) that enjoy ritual, socialising and philosophising. In many ways there are parallels to religious adherence. The danger arises when adherents become fundamentalist and elitist, and determine to impose their beliefs on others. 

The nature of esoteric societies does permit the abuse of power arising from:

  • Hierarchical structure; rank and file isolated from the aims and activities of the leadership
  • Interaction & networking between groups; members often belong to more than one group
  • Dissension is discouraged
  • Potential Officers and Leaders are carefully chosen from those demonstrating unconditional loyalty and are groomed to advancement. Only those guaranteed to continue the prevailing culture of the Group will be promoted.
  • The Culture of secrecy and discretion that can lead to deception and ultimate to act as a cover for criminal activity


Contrary to the allegation of conspiracy theorists, Occult groups can also be in competition with each other although some members do belong to more than one group. The history of these groups shows a record of schisms, take-overs & mergers, and dissolutions.


Philosophical roots common to many politically active Occult Groups;

* Synarchy & Elitism

First coined by St Yves D’Alveidre (1842-1909), Synarchy is a belief in a higher authority. Tri-partite Government of three powers: Economic and Legislative subordinate to Education (a synonym for Tradition). Government should be composed of a self-appointed aristocratic elite not subject to normal democratic process. Synarchy became a major influence in Martinism leading to the formation of the Ordre Martiniste Synarchique.

* Idealism arising from the belief in Lost Knowledge; Golden Age of Atlantis etc.

* Racial development – Blavatsky root races have influenced many esoteric groups and individuals as diverse as Hitler and Rudolph Steiner

* Religious beliefs – esoteric Christianity (Gnosis). Proto-Christianity, Paganism and Eastern religions

* Writings of Giulio Evola (1804 – 1974), follower of Rene Guenon (1886 – 1951),  focussed on the primacy of a Universal Tradition and a hierarchical social order.


Occult politics spans the complete spectrum from Far-right/National Socialism/ Fascism, through the ‘spiritually-orientated thoughts of Rudolph Steiner, to Neo-Marxism. More recently, however, the focus appears to have moved very much to the Right.

But what do we mean by Right-wing?

Complex issue – Continental European stance less defined than Anglo-Saxon. Most occult political groups, referred to here, subscribe to what is termed the Third Way or New Right, and consider themselves to be beyond the orthodox definitions of Left and Right.


The Priory of Sion


It is in this shadowy, nebulous, secret world that we find the Priory of Sion.

The Priory has attracted international notoriety and many claims have been made by or about it – but what is the truth?


I would like to emphasis that the only Priory of Sion referred to here, (and the only one for which there is any proof of existence) is the one launched in 1956 and later directed by Pierre Plantard until 1984.


1956 Statutes – 7 May 1956, Prieure de Sion, Sub-titled CIRCUIT. Emblem and Sign described.

Article III states the aims of the Association as: 1) the constitution of a Catholic Order, designed to restore in a modern form, whilst conserving its traditional character, an antique Knighthood. Through this could be promoted the highest moral ideals for daily life. 2 )to provide aid to the needy, especially the elderly and infirm. 3) to establish a Priory on the Montagne de Sion to serve as a place for sudy, meditation and prayer. 4) to produce a periodic bulletin entitled CIRCUIT that would report on the activites of the Association.

The following 18 articles are only concerned with the administration of the Order. It is signed by Andre Bonhomme (Stanis Bella) President, and Pierre Plantard (G Chyren) Secretary-General.


The initial issue of CIRCUIT (27 May 1956) deals entirely with local politics, especially the lack and state of low-cost housing. There is no mention of Rennes-le- Chateau, Merovingians, Knights Templar, Treasure or Bloodlines; Statutes appear to be little more than a rather idealistic left-leaning political manifesto


Published in 1967, L’Or de Rennes by Gerard de Sede appears to re-invent the PoS and adds an extraordinary story of Rennes-le-Chateau.

Baigent, Lincoln & Leigh, in the Holy Blood, Holy Grail & the Messianic Legacy, elaborate the story and add the theme of the bloodline of Jesus

Deloux, Jean-Pierre & Bretigny, Jacques, in “Rennes-le-Chateau: Capitale Secrete de France” (1982), add even more detail to that in L’Or de Rennes, drawn mainly from a series of articles that appeared in the weekly magazine “Inexpliqué”.

Additional details appear in documents such as Les Dossiers Secrets (Melange Sulfureux), Stone & Paper (pub by JLC), and in interviews given by Plantard, Chaumeil, De Cherissey, Louis Vazart etc.


It must be noted that for the majority of these allegations, there is no reliable independent source. Even later research relies too heavily on speculation and unconfirmed sources.

Without doubt most of this is pure invention creating a mythology concerning the origins and nature of the Priory. The construction of which has taken a considerable amount of intellectual effort and ability. So why bother?


We have several clues:

There is a transformation of the PoS between 1956 and 1967 – change in nature, objectives and personnel. The exact point of, and motivation for, the transformation is as yet unknown but several factors give us hints (see PoS chronology).


The new/transformed PoS appears to have adopted three main aims-

  1. The discovery of information that might assist them in the location of lost treasure – first at Gisors, then at RLC. (1964 Robert Charroux, Tresors du Monde and Corbu’s story)
  2. To achieve a prominent, if not a pre-eminent, position in the world of occult societies and chivalric Orders.  A parallel to the Knights Templar. 
  3. To promote a defined political philosophy through the medium of occult politics

The Priory mythology has been further influenced by Plantard’s egotism and delusions of grandeur – addition of St Clair and his bogus inclusion in aristocratic/royal genealogies.



The Priory, as revealed in 1967, can be found to have diverse roots.


1. Plantard’s interest and involvement in esotericism and the occult:

From issues of Vaincre we find:

 – Right wing political thinkers, Vichy politics & collaborators (Plantard evidently had sympathy with wartime Collaborationist politics. There is a strong possibility that he continued to be involved with such people after the war. He enjoyed playing a central role in the world of occult politics.)

  • Robert Amadou, a contributor, b 1924, was initiated on 1 Septmber 1942 into the Ordre Martiniste, by Robert Amberlain, writer of Jesus or the Mortal Secret of the Templars. He continued to be a life-long principal of Martinism.
  • The concepts of Agartha, and lost continent of Atlantis


2. Paul Lecour & Atlantis magazine (Octopus symbol) –Plantard knew friends of Paul LeCour + LeCour frequented the church where Plantard was sexton.

3. Interest in AMORC, friendship with Raymond Bernard (b 1923) – List of PoS GMs mirrors list of Imperators (acc to Massimo Introvigne)

4. Philosophies of Rene Guenon (1886-1951), Traditionalism; St Yves d’Alvedre (1842-1909), Synarchy - Martiniste Synarchie


 De Cherissey’s & De Sede’s involvement in the literary surrealism. Members of Oulipo indulged in the intellectual challenge of using anagrams, codes and ciphers, symbolism in prose and poetry.


In HBHG, B, L&L misinterpreted the PoS mythology which was never intended to be taken literally but purely symbolically. Sufficient real historical detail to achieve superficial credibility. Symbols & archetypes used to promote a political philosophy. This is recognised to some extent in the ML.

The difference in interpretation demonstrates the difference between the Anglo-Saxon and Gallic/Continental mindsets.


After publication of HBHG and ML, all went wrong for the PoS – unforeseen and uncontrollable public attention resulted in loss of control of their own mythology as each facet became subjected to intense scrutiny. Death of De Cherissey, the falling-out amongst Priory members, and the attempts to re-write Priory mythology to counter accusations;, and finally the resignation of Plantard, in 1984, created confusion and fragmentation. Into this partial vacuum, characters emerged claiming to represent the true Priory, and even wilder speculations and allegations were attributed to the Priory of Sion. It even became fashionable to claim membership of the Priory as a measure of status in occult/esoteric circles.


By the 1990s, the PoS was viewed with suspicion by other serious occult groups (even these that shared similar beliefs and philosophies) and were isolated from the mainstream;

This is clearly illustrated by the policy of the Groupe of Thebes.

 It appears that the aim of the group is to bring together many of the more prominent esoteric/occult groups – but not the Priory of Sion. These suspicions appeared to be mutual since Gino Sandri, then head of the PoS, believed that Thebes was planning a takeover.


From an enquiry into the Group of Thebes that appeared in an article entitled Le Vrai Visage des Societies Secretes (in a weekly French newspaper L'Événement du Jeudi, 4-10 Nov. 1993, directed by Serge Faubert) we learn that:


- Group of Thebes (G of T) was founded on 3 June 1990 in Paris by 15 participants, of which one was Massimo Introvigne, Head of CESNUR, and a director of Alleanza Cattolica.


At the end of May 1993, a group of 30 people (G of T) met at a hall belonging to the Grand Orient of France. Amongst these were members of r/wing and extreme r/wing groups:-

Remi Boyer, Head of Martinist study organisation CIREM;

Jean-Pierre Guidicelli, of Independant Corsicans and Head of the French section of the Order of Myriam (allegedly a Luciferian obedience involved with sex magic); Gerard Klopel, World Grand Master of Memphis-Mizraim (affiliated to the Grand Orient); Templar Orders representative;

Christian Bouchet, Atheist, National Bolshevik, and member of the OTO; ex-member of Gréce.

Alain de Benoist, a neo-pagan director of Gréce, and member of OTO, and supporter of Anarchism of the Right, The Birth of the New Right ( Micberth);

    GRECE is Groupment de Recherche et d’Etudes pour la Civilisation Europeane:- Extreme Right, profound interest in Culture and History, Cultural mythology, Paganism.


Massimo Introvigne has invited members of the G of T to his CESNUR conferences.


Members were requested to keep their membership and the work of the G of T secret.

G of Tcontinued to meet in rooms belonging to the Grand Orient.


Surprisingly though, it has become apparent that many higher-ranking members of secret esoteric societies (inc. some of those mention above) do have a great interest in the mystery of Rennes-le-Chateau. They believe that Plantard did acquire some genuine information that could possibly help in the discovery of a great treasure, a tomb, or both. It is thus interesting that they isolated the leadership of the Priory from their organisation.


I have been reliably informed that this can be confirmed by authentic unpublished Priory documents obtained by several individuals in France and Italy.


Just as in the case of Plantard’s 1967 Priory, the people and organisations, in occult circles, connected to or deeply interested in Rennes-le-Chateau, belong in the main to the New Right movement: its politics are based on essentially the same philosophies as the Priory. Many of them play a significant role in the organisation and promotion of the New Right today.


A complete and accurate assessment of the Priory of Sion will only be possible when all documents, currently in private hands, are published. Until then we can only build a fragmented picture from the snippets of information available, trying to separate the fact from the fiction.


It is possible that without the massive publicity (in the English language) arising from the publication of the HBHG in 1982, the Priory would have remained merely a curiosity in the esoteric/occult world. Its members were involved with other groups (both esoteric and political), and Plantard does appear to have acquired some significant documents, so what influence it may have had is hard to assess.