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Hermitage of the Knights Templar - San Juan de Gaztelugatxe, Spain

The history of the hermitage (chapel) of San Juan de Gaztelugatxe dates back over 1,200 years. It was actually built back in the 9th century by the Knights Templar and dedicated to John the Baptist. The hermitage is on top of the island of Gaztelugatxe, on the coast of Biscay in Spain. It is connected to the mainland by a man-made bridge. 

The hermitage is accessed by a narrow path, crossing a solid stone bridge, and going up 231 steps. According to legend, after the slightly strenuous climb to the top of the crag, one should ring the bell three times and make a wish (the cord for the bell can be seen hanging down in front of the chapel door in picture 6).

The small church was donated, by don Iñigo López, Lord of Biscay, to the monastery of San Juan de la Peña in Huesca in the year 1053. Medieval burials from the 9th and 12th centuries have been found on the esplanade and in the hermitage.

The strategic location of the site has given it an important role in historic episodes. It was one of the places where the Lord of Biscay, Juan Núñez de Lara, confronted Alfonso XI, King of Castile, in 1334.

In 1593 it was attacked and sacked by Francis Drake. In 1594 it was attacked by the Huguenots of La Rochelle, who sacked it and killed the caretaker. In the 18th century it was assaulted by English troops and during the Spanish Civil War, the naval Battle of Matxitxako took place nearby. Although the hermitage has suffered from several fires and many battles over the last 1,200 years, it still stands as beautiful as ever.

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history meme: 03/10 moments | The Arrets of the Knights Templars and the end of the Order

Founded in France, the Knights Templar were among the most wealthy and powerful of the Western Christian military orders. The organization existed for nearly two centuries during the Middle Ages. Officially endorsed by the Catholic Church around 1129, the Order became a favoured charity throughout Christendom and grew rapidly in membership and power. Templar knights were among the most skilled fighting units of the Crusades.
The Templars’ existence was tied closely to the Crusades; when the Holy Land was lost, support for the Order faded. Rumours about the Templars’ secret initiation ceremony created mistrust and King Philip IV of France, deeply in debt to the Order, took advantage of the situation.
On Friday, 13 October 1307 (a date sometimes linked with the origin of the Friday the 13th superstition) the King, with the support of the Pope Clement, ordered the Templar Grand Master de Molay and scores in Paris to be arrested. 138 persons in the capital were incarcerated. The same happened simultaneously in all the Temples of the Kingdom of France. The Templars were charged with numerous offences (including apostasy, idolatry, heresy, obscene rituals and homosexuality, financial corruption and fraud, and secrecy). Many of the accused confessed to these charges under torture, and these confessions, even though obtained under duress, caused a scandal, precipitating the fall of the Order. Dozens of Templars burned at the stake.
According to legend, the Templar Grand Master called out from the flames that both Pope Clement and King Philip would soon meet him before God: “God knows who is wrong and has sinned. Soon a calamity will occur to those who have condemned us to death!”. Pope Clement died only a month later, and King Philip died in a hunting accident before the end of the year. [more]

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A Falchion of a Knight Templar (~1300)

Dieser Falchion oder Malchus wird im Rothenburger Reichsstadtmuseum gezeigt. Die Knaufvorderseite ziert ein mit Kupferdraht eingelegtes Templerkreuz. Die Knaufrückseite zeigt ein stilisiertes “H”. Im oberen Teil der Klinge ist zudem ein Kreuz mit einem Auge an der Spitze eingelegt (auf den Bildern leider nicht zu sehen). Die Waffe wurde auf das Jahr 1300 datiert.

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Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the law.

"This desert is the Abyss wherein is the Universe. The Stars are but thistles in that waste." —-Aleister Crowley; The Book Of Lies, Chapter 42 (1913)

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An earlier edition of this sculpture was featured on The Hermetic Library Blog and was the 4th most popular entry for 2012. (Our Hello Baphomet Kitty was 30th!)

Sculpture Size: 3” H x 3” W x 1.5” D

Love is the law, love under will.

What’s the story behind the strange markings on an Oreo cookie?

Around the “OREO” centerpiece we find a strange symbol; an oval with a double-bar cross coming out of the top. This is an old alchemical symbol for ‘amalgam’, which is an interesting way to reference the black cookie/white icing mixture that is the crispy/creamy goodness of our beloved snack. The Templars were into alchemy.

There are 90 little hashmarks that make up the cookie edge. In the Memphis-Misraim system there are 90 degrees to be worked. Does the edging of the cookie really carry a coded message about ties to Egyptian Freemasonry or is it just chocolaty calories? Speaking of Egyptian connections, could Nabisco, the makers of Oreo cookies, have something sinister in its name? NABIS-CO? As in, Anubis, the hungry jackal-god of Egyptian mythology? Probably not. It’s a shortened form of NAtional BIScuit COmpany, right? Right.

What about the twelve cross formée, favored symbol of Knights Templar and their alleged offspring, the Freemasons, which surround the name? Twelve is powerful in numerology, but according to the creator of the cookie’s design, William A. Turnier, there was no Masonic connection, although his father did happen to be a Freemason.

That still doesn’t explain the inverted square and compass that sits underneath the Oreo symbol.  In fact, I’ll go as far as to suggest that the dot/dash pattern around the edge is actually Morse code. E is a single dot, A is a dot dash, and T is a single dash. E-A-T all the way around the cookie. SUBLIMINAL ADVERTISING AT IT’S VERY BEST!

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October 13, 1307: Philip IV orders the arrest of Templar Knights across France.

On this day, the king of France (with the blessing of Pope Clement V) ordered the arrest of hundreds of Templars, to whom the king owed a tremendous debt. While financially well-off, the Order had gone into decline as Europe lost interest in the Crusades, leaving the organization as a whole aimless and unstable. The knights who were arrested were charged with a series of claims, ranging from plain heresy to demon worship, desecration of the cross, and homosexuality. There was no proof to substantiate any of these claims, and in fact the charges were more or less the “standard” claims made by the king to discredit any “inconvenient” groups and individuals; whether there was any shred of truth to Philip’s charges or not, hundreds of Templars subsequently confessed under torture. While Pope Clement V attempted to secure actual trials for the knights, Philip intervened and had many who had confessed burned at the stake.

At the 1311-1312 Council of Vienne, the Knights Templar was disbanded, and their property was confiscated. In 1314, the last Grand Master of the Templars, Jacques de Molay, was burned at the stake on an island on the Seine. As he died, it is said that he cursed both the king and the pope, and sure enough, Clement and Philip died within nine months of Molay’s execution. 

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Fighting Mexico’s Knights Templar Drug Cartel

Exactly a year ago today, February 24, 2013, in “Tierra Caliente,” Michoacán, a group of farmers and businessmen in two communities organized themselves to take up arms against the Knights Templar drug cartel. Tired of the absence of the rule of law, the lack of governability, and persistent corruption, they took matters into their hands and formed what they called “autodefensa” militias in towns of Tepalcatepec and La Ruana. In January, we returned to meet the militia leaders, to find out what is happening today in the region known as the Hot Land.

The goal of the self-defense movement was to do away with the extreme violence that gripped “Tierra Caliente.” The Knights Templar not only had control of the production of marijuana and methamphetamine in Michoacán, they also diversified to such a point that the local communities had to pay them extortion “taxes.” Kidnappings, assaults, and homicides became commonplace. 

The Knights Templar calls itself a “brotherhood” with its own statutes and codes. Its members use military-style uniforms modeled on the Middle Ages, and even its founding “spiritual” leader, Nazario Moreno, is venerated as a saint.

Little by little, the self-defense groups have expanded into places where the Templarios are strong. In each community they enter, they build barricades and set up checkpoints at every access point. They guard towns around the clock, armed with AK-47s, AR-15s, and other weapons that they claim were decommissioned from the Knights’ forces. However, some authorities have suggested that the self-defense groups are being armed by one of the Knights Templar’s rival cartels, Jalisco Nueva Generación. The “autodefensa” groups deny the claims.

A year after the self-defense uprising, the conflict continues. Negotiations with the government have led the militias to be folded into a little-known body within the government called the Rural Defense Forces. Yet, the principal leaders of the Knights Templar remain at large and uncertainty reigns over the Hot Land. The leadership of the self-defense militias has seen splits and ruptures, increasing the tension.

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KNOW YOUR SECRET SOCIETIES
The history of secret societies and the interconnections between groups is actually pretty confusing. So here’s a breakdown…

THE KNIGHTS TEMPLAR

One of the first historically significant secret societies was the Knights Templar, a Western Christian military order who amassed an enormous fortune and used it to wield political influence in Europe in the later Middle Ages. Around 1307 King Philip IV of France, who owed the Templars money, declared the group enemies of the state and eventually burned them at the stake.

Conspiracists claim this wasn’t the end. Some believe the Templars, or what remained of them, absconded to England and created the first Grand Masonic Lodge, the new home to what would become one of history’s most notorious secret societies, the Freemasons.

THE FREEMASONS

The Freemasons prided themselves on embodying the ideals of the Enlightenment, claiming to be benevolent do-gooders. Yet history has found them hated and feared time and time again. Autocratic kings and fascist regimes alike condemn their secrecy and subversive ways; Britons gripe about the corrupt political and judicial influence the group has wielded in collusion with the Royal family; religious groups, especially Catholics and evangelical Christians, routinely indict the Masons as being part of a Satanic conspiracy; secular conspiracists say the Freemasons seek to bring about the New World Order.

They’re even accused of orchestrating the French Revolution. Of course, the latter claim is made by catty Frenchmen who still feel awkward about having decapitated whole families in broad daylight.

The Freemasons are often linked together with the Templars, the Jews, and the Illuminati in a worldwide conspiracy. The secret society of the Illuminated Ones was founded by a mercurial Bavarian named Adam Weishaupt in 1776, an otherwise uneventful year. They sought to abolish the Christian church and overthrow all European monarchies. Unfortunately, in 1784 a butt-hurt King Karl Theodor of Bavaria excommunicated both the Freemasons and the Illuminati, cracking down on all secret societies.

In addition to charges of Satanism and promulgation of the New World Order, the Freemasons have also been accused of practicing the occult, or black magic. Many believe they still operate behind the scenes of today’s society, controlling geopolitical affairs.

WORLD BANK, IMF, UNITED NATIONS

Many proponents of the Illuminati/shadow government theory believe there was really no other purpose to World War II except to enrich the banking cartels, who hedged their bets by funding both sides of the conflict. In fact, this theory would require you to throw out everything you know about the dangers of nationalism and ideological extremism: the wars of human history were waged merely to benefit bankers.

Scene: World War II reconstruction—whiny, war-torn countries coalesce into a beleaguered League of Nations, which, in 1945, forms the United Nations. Together with the World Bank, the International Monetary Fund, the Trilateral Commission and the Council on Foreign Relations, international regulatory bodies become the backbone of a new generation of conspiracy theories—the consolidation of financial institutions into a one-world government. The cherry on top is the establishment of the Federal Reserve in 1913.

BILDERBERG AND THE NEW WORLD ORDER

The Mother Superior of secret societies is the Bilderberg Group. This clandestine cabal of royal leaders, political power brokers, industrial titans, and media magnates meets every four years to calibrate the world itinerary—conspiring to orchestrate everything from the war on Iraq to hikes on oil prices to the Trans Texas Corridor.

The basic plot behind the New World Order is that a group of elite masterminds is slowly but irrevocably centralizing power by carving the regions of the world into unions: the European Union, another post-WW2 League of Nations creation; the North American Union, consisting of the US, Canada, and Mexico, which is noodling ever closer to finalization; and eventually the Asian and African Unions. The purpose behind these mergers is to break down national borders and make the world’s populations subject to international law. The masterminds behind it all—the Bilderbergs, the Freemasons, the Illuminati, the Rockefellars and Rothchilds, the CEO’s of Taco Bell and Subway—ultimately seek to reduce the Earth’s population to somewhere around 500 million. This will allow them to more effectively control the infrastructure of the planet.

In the meantime, they must keep the masses preoccupied, ignorant and innocuous. So they brainwash and poison us into subservience by spraying our skies with chemtrails, fluoridizing our water and toothpaste, and wilting our minds with pills and advertising. Supposedly. All of this is still hotly contested, of course.

Now, let’s face it, mind control on the scale of six billion is hard work, so to let off steam once a year the elite masterminds convene at the Bohemian Grove to get drunk, worship Satan, and pee on redwoods.

Conspiracists who champion secret society theories in their many permutations range from liberal movements like Zeitgeist and Thrive to right wing conservative televangelists and libertarians, such as Pat Robertson and Alex Jones. Even futurist Ray Kurzweil buys into the idea of a one-world government, albeit in the form of an advanced technocracy.

So there you have it! Secret societies…signup sheets are being handed out by the refreshment committee.

[The Ghost Diaries]

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