Excerpts from The Da Vinci Code
by Catherine Chiu
PHI – Divine Proportion (1.618) is generally considered the most beautiful number in the universe.
MONA LISA or La Jaconde – Is it true that the Mona Lisa is the picture of Da Vinci in drag? “It’s quite possible,” Langdon said. “Da Vinci was a prankster, and computerized analysis of the Mona Lisa and Da Vinci’s self-portraits confirm some starting points of congruency in their faces. Whatever Da Vinci was up to… his Mona Lisa is neither male nor female. It carries a subtle message of androgyny. It is a fusing of both.” Actually Da Vinci left a big clue that the painting was supposed to be androgynous. Egyptian god Amon, with a ram’s head, was a god of masculine fertility. Amon’s counterpart was Isis, the Egyptian goddess of fertility, whose ancient pictogram was once called L’ISA. Not only does the face of Mona Lisa look androgynous, but her name is an anagram of the divine union of male and female — AMON L’ISA.
“MADONNA OF THE ROCKS” – The painting showed a blue-robed Virgin Mary sitting with her arm around an infant child, presumably Jesus Christ. Opposite Mary sat Uriel, also with an infant, presumably baby John the Baptist. Oddly, though, rather than the usual Jesus-blessing-John scenario, it was baby John who was blessing Jesus… and Jesus was submitting to his authority! More troubling still, Mary was holding one hand high above the head of infant John and making a decidedly threatening gesture — her fingers looking like eagle’s talons, gripping an invisible head. Finally the most obvious frightening image: Just below Mary’s curled fingers, Uriel was making a cutting gesture with his hand — as if slicing the neck of the invisible head gripped by Mary’s claw-like hand.
THE HOLY GRAIL – The Priory of Sion, the Knights Templar, the Sangreal documents, and the Holy Grail, which many claimed was not a cup… but rather something much more powerful. As related by Sir Leigh Teabing “To fully understand the Grail you must first understand the Bible… You must be aware that Leonardo Da Vinci’s note book on polemics and speculation, the following quotes are written by Da Vinci:
1. “Many have made a trade of delusions, and false miracles, deceiving the stupid multitude.”
2. “Blinding ignorance does mislead us. O! wretched mortals, open your eyes!”
The Grail is literally the ancient symbol for womanhood, and the Holy Grail represents the sacred feminine and the goddess, which has now been lost, eliminated by the Church. The power of the female and her ability to produce life was once very sacred but it posed threat to the rise of the predominantly male Church, and the sacred feminine was demonized and called unclean. It was man, not God, who created the concept of ‘original sin’, whereby Eve tasted of the apple and cause the downfall of the human race. Woman, once the sacred giver of life, was now the enemy. The Grail is symbolic of the lost goddess. When Christianity came along, the old pagan religions did not die easily. Legends of chivalric quests for the lost Grail were in fact stories of forbidden quests to find the lost sacred feminine. Knights who claimed to be ‘searching for the chalice’ were speaking in code as a way to protect themselves from a Church that had subjugated women, banished the Goddess, burned non-believers, and forbidden the pagan reverence to the sacred feminine… A woman who carried with her a secret so powerful that, if revealed, it threatened to devastate the very foundation of Christianity.
“THE LAST SUPPER” and the HOLY GRAIL – The decaying fresco portrayed Jesus and his disciples at the moment Jesus announced one of them would betray him. How many wine glasses are on the table? In the Bible thus “And after dinner, Jesus took the cup of wine, sharing it with His disciples.” One cup, the chalice, the Cup of Christ, the Holy Grail. “Jesus passed a single chalice of wine, just as modern Christian do at communion.” At the painting, everyone at the table had a glass of wine, including Christ. Thirteen cups. Moreover the cups were tiny, stemless and made of glass. There was no chalice in the painting. No Holy Grail. Oddly, Da Vinci appears to have forgotten to paint the cup of Christ. The fact is Da Vinci included here that most scholars either do not see or simply choose to ignore. The painting is the entire key to the Holy Grail mystery. The Holy Grail is not a thing. It is in fact… a person. The Grail’s description as a chalice is an allegory to protect the true nature of the Holy Grail. The legend uses the chalice as a metaphor for something more important. “The Holy Grail. The Sangreal. The Chalice… is a woman.” The Holy Grail does indeed make an appearance in the Last Supper.
The Last Supper is supposed to be thirteen men — Jesus Christ in the middle, six disciples on His left, and six on His right. “How about the one seated in the place of honor, at the right hand of the Lord?… The individual had flowing red hair, delicate folded hands, and a hint of a bosom. It was without doubt… female. It’s no mistake. Leonardo was skilled at painting the difference between the sexes.”
The woman to Jesus’s right was young and pious-looking, with a demure face, beautiful red hair, and hands folded quietly. “This is the woman who singlehandedly could crumble the Church. That is Mary Magdelene. Mary Magdelene was not a prostitute . The unfortunate misconception is the legacy of a smear campaign launched by the early Church. The Church needed to defame Mary Magdalene in order to cover up her dangerous secret — her role as the Holy Grail! The early Church needed to convince the world that the mortal prophet Jesus was a divine being. Therefore, any gospel that described earthly aspects of Jesus’s life had to be omitted from the Bible. The Last Supper practically shouts at the viewer that Jesus and Magdalene were a pair… Notice that Jesus and Magdalene are clothed as mirror images of one another… Sure enough their clothes were inverse colors. Jesus wore a red robe and blue cloak. Mary Magdalene wore a blue robe and a red cloak. Yin and Yang. Venturing into the more bizarre, note that Jesus and His partner appear to be joined at the hip and are leaning away from one another as if to create this clearly delineated negative space between them. The indisputable V shape at the focal point of the painting is the symbol for the Grail, the chalice, and the female womb. Finally, if you view Jesus and Magdalene as compositional elements rather than as a people, you will see another obvious shape leap out of you — a letter of the alphabet, letter M. Conspiracy theorists will tell you it stands for Matrimonio or Mary Magdalene. To be honest, nobody is certain. The only certain is that the hidden M is no mistake. Countless Grail-related works contain the hidden letter M — whether as watermarks, underpaintings, or compositional allusions. The most blatant M is emblazoned on the altar of Our Lady of Paris in London, which was designated by a former Grand master of the Priory of Sion.