the sixteenth century, fierce battles erupted all over Europe among
opposing groups and governments - each of whom believed their way
of life was the only correct one. As these wars were waged, millions
of innocent people died for holding different beliefs. Among them
were gifted healers and seers labeled "witches."1 This was the bloody
period that gave rise to La Prophetic Aux Yeux Gris - the
legendary "Prophecy of the Gray Eyes."
they didn't know it, a few gray-eyed families living in northern
France around 1550 shared a common ancestor called The First. The
First was the most powerful healer of the Paleolithic era (approximately
25,000-30,000 years ago). People believed her startling metallic-gray
eyes were connected to her superior gifts.
the late sixteenth century, the few families who bore these eyes
- all of them healers and descendants of The First - were very distantly
related yet had never met. But the mysterious eyes they shared drew
the notice of fearful leaders. The warmongers accused anyone possessing
these eyes of witchcraft, and began to hunt and imprison them. Mad
rulers, and in many instances ignorant populations, demanded their
such witches met for the first time while in prison awaiting trial.
Shocked to discover in others the eyes they thought had always belonged
only to them, the three women and two men came to believe that their
meeting was not accidental.
night before they were all to be executed, they gathered secretly
to pledge their faith to each other. Shielded by the dark of the
new moon in Jupiter, they decreed a prophecy:
it be written that the gray-eyed descendants of The First will someday
be reunited. In thirteen generations there will come a sacred marriage
between a gray-eyed man and woman. The offspring of this union,
whose birth on the last day of October will bridge the moment between
the setting of the full moon and the rising sun, will be imbued
with powers greater than those of all others, and equal to those
of The First. Thus will be restored the awesome power of our kind.
In this way will we be vindicated, and things set right."
upon their natural gifts, the five prisoners escaped, striking out
in different directions to better their chances. One of those present
for the prophecy was Jacob DuBaer's grandfather, the healer Henri,
who fled his native land after being accused of witchcraft. Another
was Jeanne de la Rochelle, who made her way to South Africa. Sadly,
the other man and two women were recaptured.
generation later, in 1620, Henri's son, Ephram DuBaer, left his
home in England, sailing on a vessel called the Mayflower. He needed
the freedom promised in the New World to practice his arts and express
his beliefs. So, like his father before him, Ephram fled the land
of his birth. This is how the family DuBaer eventually came to be
settled in the Plymouth Colony, where his skills as a botanist and
healer brought him great wealth and renown. He had one son and six
daughters by two wives. Jacob was the eldest and soon, like his
father and his father before him, he gained a reputation as a great
healer. Jacob, of course, would go on to found Coventry Island.
hundred years after the uttering of the Prophecy, two descendants
of Coventry's earliest and most prominent families, Miranda Martine
and Aron DuBaer, married. The stage was finally set for the fulfillment
of the Prophecy of the Gray Eyes.
The term "witches" is sometimes used to describe both females and
males gifted in the magick arts.