The Invisible Mountain: Is it real?

On New Year’s Day 2015, a fascinating article appeared in the Sydney Morning Herald regarding the last moments of AirAsia Flight 8501, the wreckage of which was found in the Karimata Strait near Sumatra. Apparently, the plane was subject to forces that sent it straight up in the air very quickly, and then straight down very quickly as well:

Leaked figures show the plane climbed at a virtually unprecedented rate of 6000 to 9000 feet per minute, and “you can’t do that at altitude in an Airbus 320 with pilot action.” …

The plane then fell at an even more incredible rate: 11,000 feet per minute with bursts of up to 24,000 feet per minute….

As for an explanation, he said it was a “mystery.”

Elsewhere in the article, Indonesian aviation analyst Gerry Soejatman was also quoted as saying:

“[It] didn’t fall out of the sky like an aeroplane… It was like a piece of metal being thrown down. It’s really hard to comprehend… The way it goes down is bordering on the edge of logic.”

Was it possible that a storm of some sort caused this? Apparently, it is possible:

Mr Marosszeky, a Research Fellow at the University of NSW School of Aviation, said a climb rate of 6000 feet per minute would indicate “a severe weather event”, because that rate of climb was “a domain for jet fighters”. It was possible at this height in the tropics, he said….

He was skeptical, however, that the figure cited of up to 24,000 feet per minute descent was possible, saying that terminal velocity is nowhere near that speed.

But is it also possible that the plane encountered some other, more paranormal anomaly? After all, the location in which this plane lost radar contact is not very far from where Malaysian Airlines Flight 370 also lost radar contact and disappeared seemingly into thin air.


When I first heard this information about Flight 1850 a few days ago, my first thought was about Rene Daumal’s concept of “Mount Analogue.”

I have written before many times about the concept of the “World-Mountain,” also called the “Axis” or “Pole.” In mythology (all mythologies) this is expressed as some kind of structure which connects the realms of Heaven, Earth, and Hell. Frequently it is portrayed as a column (or pair of columns) that “holds up the sky” and prevents the realms from merging together into chaos (which would destroy existence).

Well, Rene Daumal, a French writer in the mid-twentieth century, penned an unfinished novel just before his death at the age of 36 in which his characters theorize that the World-Mountain is a real, physical object, and set out successfully to sail the ocean in search of it. Prior to discovery, they call their theoretical destination “Mount Analogue.” The narrator explains:

The symbol has had to take refuge in total mythical mountains, such as Mount Meru of the Hindus. But, to take this one example, if Meru has no geographical location, it loses its persuasive significance as a way uniting Earth and Heaven; it can still represent the centre or axis of our planetary system, but no long the means whereby man can attain it. For a mountain to play the role of Mount Analogue, I concluded, its summit must be inaccessible but its base accessible to human beings as nature has made them. It must be unique and it must exist geographically. The door to the invisible must be visible.

That is what I had written. Taken literally, my article did indeed imply that I believe in the existence, somewhere on the surface of the globe, of a mountain far higher than Mount Everest — a belief which was, to any so called sensible person, absurd….


Furthermore, it is stated by the characters in the book that in order to support such a tall summit, the base of the mountain must be extremely broad, at least as large as the continent of Australia. Pierre Sogol, the leader of the expedition, answers some of the questions that obviously arise (from the perspective, mind you, of someone living in the 1950s). He proposes that the mountain is invisible because it is made of a material so dense that it bends light:

“The first question appears to be the most difficult to answer. How can it be that there exists on our earth a mountain higher than the highest peaks of the Himalayas and that no one has yet observed it?…

Therefore we must examine under what conditions it remains inaccessible not only to ships, airplanes, and other vehicles, but even to eyesight.

… may there not exist unknown substances — unknown for this very reason in fact — capable of creating around them a much stronger curvature of space? It must be so, for it is the only possible explanation for our ignorance of the existence of Mount Analogue down to the present day….

The substrata of this territory are composed of material which have the property of inducing curvature in such a way that the region is encased in a ‘shell’ of curved space…. in the gaseous state? I don’t know, but we shall find out sooner or later when we are actually on the spot. I can further deduce that this shell cannot be completely closed; it must be open above in order to receive radiations of all kinds from the stars, rays essential to the life of ordinary men; it must also encompass a considerable portion of the earth’s mass, and doubtless opens towards its centre for similar reasons.”

The character then makes a sketch to illustrate his point:


He explains further:

“These broken lines I’m making show the path of light rays. You see that these directional lines spread out in the sky, where they rejoin the general space structure of our cosmos. This opening out must take place at so great an altitude — far greater than the depth of our atmosphere — that it would be no use trying to enter the “shell” over the top, in an airplane or balloon.

Sogol then produces another drawing explaining the optical illusion that this would cause:


“Remember that the immediate vicinity of Mount Analogue cannot present any noticeable spatial anomaly, since beings like ourselves must be able to exist there. It’s a matter of a closed ring of curvature, spacious and impenetrable, which surrounds the country at a fixed distance with an invisible, intangible rampart.

“Because of it, everything takes place as did not exist. Supposing (in a minute I’ll tell you why) the area in question is an island, here’s how I’d have to draw the course of a ship going from A to B. Let’s say we’re aboard that ship. There’s a light house here at B. From A I point a glass straight ahead in line with the ship’s course; I see the lighthouse at B, whose light has made a detour around the side of the mountain, and I will never suspect that between the light and me lies an island covered with high mountains. I continue on course. The curvature of space deflects the light from the stars and also the lines of force in the earth’s magnetic field, so that in navigating with sextant and compass, I assume I am moving in a straight line. Without the rudder moving in the slightest, my ship and everything on board will be subject to the curvature and follow the contour deviation I have shown in the drawing between A and B. So even if this island is as big as Australia, it’s understandable now that no one has ever suspected its existence. You see?”

So where would such a large piece of Earth be situated on the known surface of the planet? I thought about it myself as I looked at our world on Google Earth, and it jumped right out at me. By using this tool (which shows you the relation of water to land surface better even than a real view from space, as it eliminates the cloud cover), it is apparent that, when viewed from a certain perspective, the planet looks like it is almost entirely covered by water:


It looks like there is plenty of room there for a continent-sized invisible mountain. This occurred to me before I had read this book, as I was thinking about the concept behind it. As it turns out, Daumal’s character Sogol has also made note of this fact, and also theorized that the way land is grouped on the planet’s surface is itself evidence of the existence of an unseen land mass of gigantic proportions:

…A mass of heavy materials like Mount Analogue and its substructure would have to produce perceptible irregularities in the earth’s motion – more extensive than the minor deviations observed to date. However this mass exists. Therefore this invisible anomaly of the earth’s surface must be compensated by some other anomaly. Now, we’re lucky enough that the other anomaly is visible; so visible even that it has been obvious to geologists and geographers for a long time. It is simply the bizarre apportioning of dry land and sea, which divides our globe more or less into a “hemisphere of land masses” and a “hemisphere of oceans.”

By analyzing the Earth’s land masses, and drawing meridians through them, Sogol notes that they cross in the Ukraine, coincidentally where another Malaysian Airlines plane met a mysterious ill fate earlier in 2014.

“I calculated as follows. First I draw this parallel – between 50 and 52 of north latitude; it is the one which traverses the longest stretch of dry land. It runs across the southern part of Canada and then across the entire Eurasian continent from southern England to the island of Sakhalin. Now I draw in the meridian which crosses the longest stretch of dry land. It is located between 20 and 28 of east longitude, and runs through the Old World approximately from Spitzbergen to South Africa. I leave this margin of 8 degrees because one can count the Mediterranean either as a true ocean or as a simple maritime pocket within the continent. According to certain traditions this meridian should pass exactly through the Great Pyramids of Cheops. The junction of the two lines, as you can see, takes place somewhere in eastern Poland, or in the Ukraine, or in White Russia, within the quadrilateral formed by Warsaw, Crakow, Minsk, and Kiev.”

Sogol then extrapolates from this (in a rather more complicated way) that the mountain is most likely situated somewhere in the South Pacific. The team then makes arrangements to leave on their expedition in the first week of October and enter the South Pacific “during the final week in November.” They then linger at the appointed spot where they expect the mountain to be for an unspecified number of weeks, between one and two months, before the mountain becomes visible to them and the tide automatically sucks them into its shores.

It happens this way because, as Sogol had explained to them before they left on their expedition, the mountain island is only visible at certain times:

“To find a way of reaching the island, one must assume the possibility and even the necessity of reaching it. The only admissible hypothesis is that the ‘shell of curvature’ which surrounds the island is not absolutely impenetrable — that is, not always, not everywhere, and not for everyone. At a certain moment and in a certain place, certain persons (those who know how and wish to do so) can enter. The privileged moment we’re seeking must be determined by a standard unit of time common to Mount Analogue and to the rest of the world; therefore by a natural timepiece, very probably the course of the sun. This hypothesis is strongly supported by certain analogous considerations, and it is confirmed by the fact that it resolves another difficulty. Look back at my first drawing here. You notice how the lines of curvature rise and spread out high up in space. But in that case how could the sun send its rays down on the island from every point in its course. We are forced to the conclusion that the sun has the property of “uncurving the space which surrounds the island. At sunrise and at sunset it must in some way penetrate the shell, and through that same breach we shall enter!…

“We have only to take up our position in line with the sunrise or sunset (exactly to the east or to the west if it is at the solstice) and to await the proper moment. Then, for just a few minutes — as long as the solar disc remains on the horizon – the door will open and I repeat, we shall enter.”

It is known that Daumal’s Mount Analogue was the inspiration for Alejandro Jodorowky’s alchemical allegory in film, The Holy Mountain. In this surreal movie, a man is initiated into a metaphysical school that he stumbles into when the rides a fishhook dangling from an aperture in an obelisk and is drawn into the interior of an obvious representation of the “World Pole,” where strange adventures unfold.

The thief ride's the trickster's dangling fishhook to the portal into The Holy Mountain
The thief ride’s the trickster’s dangling fishhook to the portal into The Holy Mountain

But what has apparently never been noted before (except in my own recently published book Clock Shavings) is that Daumal’s book is also clearly the inspiration for the mysterious alchemical allegory Le Serpent Rouge, published by the Priory of Sion around the same time period. This strange publication is thought by researchers into the historic mysteries of Rennes-le-Chateau, France to be a coded treasure map in poetry leading those could can read between the lines to the secret location of the Holy Grail. In Clock Shavings I note that, just as Daumal said the summit of the mountain would be invisible except for certain times of day, on certain days of the year, when the light hit it just right, a similar observation is made in Le Serpent Rouge about a mysterious “mountain” where a certain unspecified treasure is located. I wrote:

…In Le Serpent Rouge, after mentioning the observation of the “alignments” by Jesus and Asmodeus, the narrator complains, “My view seemed incapable of seeing the summit where the Sleeping Beauty lay hidden.” But then later on, at high noon, he does indeed view the “summit of the mountain,” including the fourteen stones and the cross there. Moreover, he specifically mentions an optical effect created by the sun. He says:’…The cross detached itself from the crest under the midday sun.’

This undoubtedly connects with the parchments purportedly found by Bérenger Saunière at Rennes-le-Château. Remember, the second parchment says ” …By the cross and this horse of God I destroy this demon guardian at noon blue apples.” Recall how Baphomet [our discarnate informant] told us that ‘blue apples’ meant ‘blood sacrifice,’ and that this was a message about doing a sacrificial … ritual at noon.

Later on in Le Serpent Rouge, again the narrator tells us that the discovery of this tomb can only happen during the day: ‘Begun in darkness, my journey could only be completed in Light.’

The allegorical journey of initiation that Freemasons go through is said to be one ‘from darkness to light.’ At noon, when the sun is at its zenith, is when the architect Hiram Abiff was purportedly killed in the Temple of Solomon, according to Masonic tradition. Consequently this is when many of their important rituals take place. This is also when the Merovingian King Dagobert II is reported to have been murdered in the forest on December 23. So perhaps we are talking about a portal opening ritual that involves blood sacrifice at noon, probably on that date. This was also the day that many people expected the world to end in 2012.

I would add that the direction, in ritual, in which Masons travel “from darkness to light” is always “from the West to the East,” just as Daumal’s character Sogol said that the mountain would have to be approached, “both for a symbolic reason and because of the wind.”

The poem Le Serpent Rouge ends with a mention of the date January 17th, the day on which the narrator says he is writing it, and the day on which it was supposedly published (by three authors who were subsequently murdered). Much has been made of this date in the researches of the mysteries of Rennes-le-Chateau, the secret “Priory of Sion,” and the Holy Grail. It is both the feast days of St. Sulpice and of St. Roseline. St. Sulpice has a cathedral in Paris named after him which has a marker of the Paris meridian inside of it. Much has been made of this marker, and it is thought to somehow connect with another, invisible meridian (called “the Roseline” by researchers) that passes through the location of the “Holy Grail,” whatever that is.

So the reference to January 17th in this mysterious document is thought to be a reference to St. Sulpice, this cathedral, and the Roseline. Perhaps these meridians do point to the location of the “Grail” treasure, which may in fact be this invisible mountain itself. The date, though, may also be the time at which the mountain becomes visible for those who know where to look, if December 23rd isn’t in fact the day. Or it may be that the ideal time to approach it is a range of dates, between December 23rd and January 17th. In Daumal’s novel, they spend anywhere from 6-8 weeks (it doesn’t say for sure) waiting for the mountain to appear to them after entering the South Pacific in the last week of November. So that goes right along with this hypothesis.

At the moment, I am considering three possibilities: 1) that Rene Daumal was a member of the surrealist and metaphysically-minded poets that were behind the so-called “Priory of Sion” in the 20th century, and that 2) his work may contain clues about where and how to find this invisible mountain, which 3) may be a real thing, and 4) may somehow explain all of the airplane anomalies that have occurred in 2014.

The Invisible Mountain of the Wise, by Robert Vaughn
The Invisible Mountain of the Wise, by Robert Vaughn

UPDATE: Quite coincidentally, it just dawned on me that today, the day I wrote and published this article, is Epiphany Day. According to Greek folklore, there are demons living in the underworld called Kallikatzaroi who spend all year long sawing at the base of the “World Tree,” trying to collapse it and thus destroy the universe. But just as they are about to finish their work, Christmas comes, and the sun “stops moving.” This opens a portal that allows them to come up to the surface of the Earth, so they forget their evil endeavor and instead just run around tormenting people. But on Epiphany Day, the sun “starts moving” again, and this send them back to the underworld. When they get back down there, they find that the Tree has healed completely in their absence and they have to start sawing all over again.


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