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Newsletter begin 2015

Newsletter begin 2015

You may think that this is a quiet time, not really a time for a newsletter, but then, it was not quiet at all. Much has happened. And much is still happening.

It is a challenging time, a time of transformation, of suffering, a time of testing, a time of completing things, a time of letting go, a time of saying goodbye to old habits.

It is a time where old problems surface, personal problems. Financial problems, huge bills of my accountant and of the Dutch Health Institute and of Hertz Rental Cars. Huge bills of gas, oil and wood. Problems with my health, my heart, my stomach, the dentist. Problems with my car. Problems with my computer and e-mail, problems with my books and problems with my relationship.

It is also time for solving problems, for solving lingering issues. For changing my way of life, and having a different look on relationships. For starting a formal divorce procedure. A time of getting to know myself, my soul and my destiny. A time for new values and new insights. Wonderful, but a bit tiring.

The skies, the weather

The skies and the weather are reflecting my mood, our moods and are reflecting the changes on earth. Beautiful blue skies, magic clouds, heavy rain, snow, mist. It is all there and it changes from day to day. From 15 degrees during the day to minus five at night. Look at the sunrise over the Bugarach, the full of power of that mountain but also the serene beauty of that male mountain. Look at the mist in the valley and the snow in the vineyards.

Christmas in the village

Here in France, especially in the south of France, democracy is still fully alive. Even with only 63 inhabitants in the commune of Rennes-le-Chateau. There are several parties, parties where we celebrate to be alive, where the people come together to talk and feast. Such as the ‘omelet’ at Pentecost and of our Christmas dinner. Lasting from 1200 till 1700, with seven courses and endless bottles of wine and Blanquette de Limoux. What a joy. That is really living our life. See here the first course, Fruits de Mer. And also a picture of the mayor and the new owner of the castle, the Chateau Hautpoul. And a later, on Christmas Eve, a cozy Christmas dinner at Les Labadous.


Tour with our Spanish friends

We still had a few tours in December. One with a lovely Spanish couple who stayed with us for several days. We went to the Cave of Mary Magdalene and the Birthing cave. With mist hanging in the valley and Rennes-le-Chateau just rising above it. And with a lot of healing energy in the birthing cave. With a visits to the Church of St Salvayre and La Pierre Droite. And

a magnificent view on the three Holy Mountains, the Pech Cardou, the Pech Bugarach and the Pic du Canigou. And of course a visit to the Roches Tremblantes in Rennes-les-Bains. Situated in that magic forest where the times seems to be standing still. And where my Spanish friend is kissing a huge, stone dragon.


Always a good place to visit. Especially in the winter when it is quiet. I picked up a swedish friend from Kristina and we visited the Cite. Beautiful, even in winter. And the basilica is always a powerful place to go. With magnificent stained glass windows, mysterious statues and some eerie graves. And luckily the cossacks were there, singing a capello. What an incredibkle voices.

New Years Eve

We had a lovely meal in the big hall of our domaine. The open hearth was burning. We, the Dutch speaking people, went back to the TV to watch the show of one of our best known cabaret performers, Youp van ‘t Hek. At midnight we all went outside. Sending some rockets in the air to chase away the bad spirits. And then we lighted our fire. Our big fire. All the wood we had gathered during the past years. It was a beautiful fire. With little purple flames and lots of Orbs. Like this huge cloud that was swirling around the fire and around us.

Trip to Baulou and Chateau Templiers

This time our friends of Germany came to visit us. They were from the group of Thomas Young. The past year we had already visited many places, but there is so much to be seen, we could stay here for months. And Thomas is coming back this year with a new group. We went to the famous cave of Mary Magdalene in the ancient cloister of Carol in Baulou. It is always a highly emotional moment. Some of the women just couldn’t leave the cave and stayed inside for a very long time.

We also visited the Montsegur. It was a treacherous journey, snow and ice on the road. It was very dangerous, as you can see when this car slipped the road to Rennes-le-Chateau. But we made it. Beautiful the ‘Grail Castle’ in the snow. On the way back there is the church of St Volusien in Foix, with the famous tableau of the Last Supper. Where the person sitting next to Jesus is clearly a woman. Further east is the Rock church of Vals. Built on ancient burial grounds of the Celts. And still further east the magnificent cathedral of Mirepoix. With one of the most beautiful Stations of the Cross that I have ever seen. So vivid, so life-like. The next day to one of my other favorites, the ND du Cros near Caunes Minervois, with its beautiful black Madonna. There is also a chapel built into the rock behind the church, next to that wonderful pick-nick place and the sacred well. But we could not get inside. Finally, the last day, a climb to the Chateau Templiers. A wonderful trip. Beautiful weather. Look at the ruin of the chapel. And the magnificent view over the area. The Bugarach, the Pech Cardou and Rennes-le-Chateau. Magic.

The Blue Apples

January 17th, the day of the Blue Apples in the church of Rennes-le-Chateau. A sentence from one of the decoded parchments that were found, so they say, by the priest Berenger Sauniere. The day when the sun shining through the stained glass windows is projecting some blue apples on the opposite wall. Or when an Ankh will be seen, visible above the head of the statue of Jesus on the pulpit. The place is loaded with people. Several societies have come to visit. Joke and Franklin are also present. The weather is great so I take some more pictures. And my book ‘Jamie sur son nuage’ is on the bookshelf in the shop at the entrance to the museum. The sun is shining on its cover. That must be a good sign.


I went for a few days to Vezelay, to meet a friend. Vezelay is the second pilgrim site of Mary Magdalene, after St Maximin-la-Ste-Baume. And it is also one of the four official starting points of the pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostella in Spain. The basilica was being renovated. We had a wonderful view at the magnificent façade of the basilica. All sacred geometry. We walked around the basilica, built on top of a hill with a large park around it. Not far away, some 50 kilometers to the northwest is the city of Troyes. With one of the oldest churches in France, dedicated to Mary Magdalene. A beautiful church, with many paintings from the life of Mary Magdalene and even a stained glass window where Mary Magdalene is preaching! Actually preaching. Did you hear that, my dear friends in Rome, over there in the Vatican? Mary Magdalene preaching!! On the way back I stopped in St Saulge. With its special church. There were Orbs in the church and a beautiful statue of Mary Magdalene.

Les Labadous

Beautiful weather, sitting outside in my shirt and reading a book. But the next day it is raining. And then a few days of snow. Warm during the day and freezing cold at night. We are burning wood and gas like there is no end to it. We are working in the garden. There is so much to do. Cutting away dead branches. Trimming the fruit trees. Covering my garden with leaves. Getting rid of all the ivy and climbing plants that are smothering the trees and bushes and flowers. Cutting away the blackberry bushes. Making sure there are no more leakages. The place is getting more beautiful every year. Here some pictures of Venus, warming her breasts in the sun, of the river, the sunset, the moss indicating clean air, the snow, our stapled wood and the frozen pond. Enjoy this magic place.


Joke and Franklin bought a beautiful house in the middle of Quillan. From an English couple. But beware my friends. The English are very good at pretending. And covering up everything that is not okay. There are many good exceptions, of course, but this is what is happening to a lot of people right now. Especially when so many are returning to England, because the costs are too high, the pound is too low and the French keep on speaking French. Be careful if you buy a house. Make sure you have a good expertise done, not one by a French company for they sometimes ‘forget’ to report how bad things really are, but there are of course good exceptions. Have it checked out by a knowledgeable person and by some one you can trust. The tiles of the roof were loose and broken. The wood was full of Capricorn beetles and more much more. The whole roof, wood and tiles had to be replaced. It was terrible. But luckily we had some good Dutch friends who did a great job. Look at the pictures. Finally two of those huge bins were filled to the top with broken tiles and rotten wood!


My friends, it doesn’t stop. The Orbs and also the beautiful light phenomena keep coming. And his time it was the snow that was doing the trick. Incredible Orb pictures.


My books

I am happy to say, especially for my English-speaking friends, that I finally finished the translation of my book ‘Verschil moet er zijn’ In English: ‘Men are different.’ Adding several new chapters and rewriting it in a style that makes for easy reading. The book is being edited now, to correct some of my worst mistakes with the English language. It will also be read by some friends because I like to be clear in what I am writing, but I don’t want to offend anybody. Then the book will probably be self-published by Amazon.com with the help of my friend Abraham Tol, unless an American publisher is interested in the book. Furthermore my Dutch cooking book for men “Going out in your own house’ and my Dutch book on “The Orbs evolution’ will be out soon.

And not only my book ‘The Beauty and Message of Orbs’ but also my book ‘Mary Magdalene in France’ will soon be available at Amazon.com both in paper version and in an e-Book version. Thanks again to my friend Abraham Tol who I can highly recommend if you want to make a great website or if you want to self publish your books


Some last pictures

From the area around Rennes-le-Chateau. Just because they are nice pictures and because you are all nice people. See the roof of the abbey in Polycarpe and part of the drawing of the station of the cross in St Polycarpe. They need to be restored badly! Is there any one with money and looking for a good way to spend it?? See the Devils Bridge in Ceret, the third Devils Bridge. Built, the say, in one night. There is one more in St Guillaume le Desert and one near Tarascon-sur-Ariege. See a painting of the marriage of Joseph and Maria or Jesus and Mary Magdalene in the ND du Cros, and see the hot well in Rennes-les-Bains and the fountain with the strange fishes in Montazels. And finally see this similar Asmodeus in Montreal, about 20 kilometers from Rennes-le-Chateau. Enjoy my friends enjoy!



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Comments 4

Guest - Elizabeth Lee on Monday, 16 February 2015 19:37

What a wonder "filled" newsletter, Jaap..Thank you so much for all of your stunning photos, enticing explanations and honesty...

What a wonder "filled" newsletter, Jaap..Thank you so much for all of your stunning photos, enticing explanations and honesty...
Guest - Myriam on Friday, 20 February 2015 15:31

Prachtig zoals altijd hé lieve Jaap.
Dank je voor het delen van je wondermooie foto's.
Vooral deze van het vuur en de orbs, heel bijzonder ♥
Liefs Myriam xxx

Prachtig zoals altijd hé lieve Jaap. Dank je voor het delen van je wondermooie foto's. Vooral deze van het vuur en de orbs, heel bijzonder ♥ Liefs Myriam xxx
Guest - Alexa Eijkman on Monday, 23 February 2015 18:45

Thank you, Jaap!! All the best. Love and light, Alexa Eijkman. P.S.: When you are comfortable on your path, it doesn’t matter where it leads.-Abraham-Hicks

Thank you, Jaap!! All the best. Love and light, Alexa Eijkman. P.S.: When you are comfortable on your path, it doesn’t matter where it leads.-Abraham-Hicks
Guest - Alexa Eijkman on Monday, 23 February 2015 18:53

Thank you, Jaap! All the best! Love and light, Alexa. P.s.: When you are comfortable on your path, it doesn’t matter where it leads.-Abraham-Hicks

Thank you, Jaap! All the best! Love and light, Alexa. P.s.: When you are comfortable on your path, it doesn’t matter where it leads.-Abraham-Hicks
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