To unveil the sacred and prehistoric purpose of what is now Rennes-le-Châ
It was 2003 and City of Secrets was in the process of being published in the UK. The charismatic Jose Tarres, real-life custodian of the Holy Grail, great friend to remarkable talents such as Salvidor Dali, Jean Cocteau, Umberto Eco and Simone de Beauvoir, and forever the love of Patrice’s life, had suffered a near fatal heart attack. With Jose then in his seventies, the power of death as a silencer threatened the survival of his society’s guarded knowledge. Patrice had thoroughly researched Jose’s documents and testimony with his permission for the writing of City of Secrets. But upon its completion, Patrice confessed she still did not fully understand the puzzle revolving around the legendary, yet very real, golden cup. “So what was the secret behind the secret?” Patrice asked. With simple resolution, Jose said “You have to do what they did in every century, the initiates. You have to do the Journey”.
Jose’s matter-of-fact assignment comes to life in this deeply profound memoir. Under the guidance of Jose’s teacher, a mysterious recluse and one of the few true living Kabbalists, Patrice embarks in 2004 to ‘Tread the Seven Stars Under the Great Bear’. Through activating the eleven sacred sites along the French/Catalan border, Patrice journeys detachment, death, and rebirth. Unlike some unfortunate initiates, Patrice lived through Mt. Canigou’s great secret, and more so, was decreed to tell about it. What she discovers in the end—startling as it may be—is space/time’s inextinguishable truth: What it is to be “human”, and to be “of” this earth. The mystery of our origins has been imprinted upon our planet from time immemorial. The time for us to remember has come; this journey is now a gift for everyone.
"A story of love and magic steeped in the truth, a story that will stay with you years after you read the last pages."
—Kathleen McGowan, New York Time best-selling author of The Expected One and The Book of Love
"The Grail mystery: Patrice Chaplin lived it and is conveying its incredible nature to the reader."
—Phillip Coppens, author of Servants of the Grail and The Stone Puzzle of Rosslyn Chapel
PATRICE CHAPLIN, journalist, author and playwright, has written twenty-eight books; her novel Siesta became a film starring Jodie Foster and Isabella Rossellini. As a Bohemian in Paris she spent time with Jean Paul Sartre and Simone de Beauvoir. When married to Charlie Chaplin’s son Michael and working in Hollywood, she collaborated with Lauren Bacall, Miles Davis, and Salvador Dali. She resides in London.
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