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(continued from last post) But there IS evidence that connections with both Islamic and Jewish mysticism were made by the Templars, dating back to well before the "Cutting of the Elm." And there was a healthy strain of Gnostic and especially Cathar thought in the more implicitly Christian elements of Templar thought. It is quite possible and plausible that the building blocks of the Western Hermetic traditions, from Alchemy to Freemasonry to Theosophy to the Fin de Siecle Occult revival that birthed the Order of the Golden Dawn, the Stellar Matutina, the Astrum .'. Argentum .'. and the Ordo Templi Orientis (meaning Order of the Oriental Temple) have their roots with or at least were influenced by the Templars. And when one takes into consideration the connection between the Templars and the Merovingian House, one can clearly see that the ritual repudiations of traditional Christianity may have something to do with the hypothesis that has been presented here, that is that the Cross represented not a victory, but a defeat for the Davidic royal house of Israel. Yehoshua and later Yehoshua bar Rabbi and Eleazar had died at the hands of Rome. Only the exodus of Miriam ha'Migdal, who was either with child or had a babe in arms with her, saved the most promising branch of the Houses of both David and Benjamin from destruction. So it makes sense in this light that despite the use of a red Cross Patee, a "Rose Croix", as their symbol, the Templars would ritually defile a cross as the symbol of a major defeat of the House of David. Most of the Templars were massacred by the Seneschals of King Phillipe Le Bel. But the Templars did not merely exist in the land "over the sea"...they had holdings in Germany, where a Templar offshoot called the Teutonic Knights had their own autonomous "Ordenstadt" in an area that includes parts of modern-day Germany, Czechoslovakia and Austria; they existed practically unmolested in Portugal, where only a name-change to the Knights of Christ was required of them to remain; and in the far reaches of Scotland, where Robert the Bruce gave them sanctuary in exchange for their aid in defeating his enemies at the Battle of Bannockburn. C.) The origins of Freemasonry and the Rosicrucians The local Masonic lodge today is pretty much a social club, with no more interest in Magick and heterodox Mystery Religion than other fraternal organizations like the Knights of Columbus, the Elks Lodge and that perennial favorite, the Odd Fellows. But from the 18th Century CE to the beginning of this century, Freemasonry was primarily a Mystery Religion, an initiatory tradition that had links with the ancient Apollonian, Orphic and Hermetic Mysteries of Ancient Greece. It is probable that writings by Pythagoras and others were preserved by the knowledge-loving Jews and Moslems of the Near East from the mindless destruction that was part and parcel of the sweep of Christiandom across parts of Asia and most of Europe. Perhaps the greatest collection of scientific and esoteric knowledge, the Library of Alexandria, was burnt to the ground by Papal command in the 4th or 5th Century CE. But in Jewish and Moslem enclaves, scientific as well as esoteric research continued. In the enclaves of the Jews, this expressed itself as the esoteric system of the Qabala. In Islamic lands this expressed itself as the foundation of modern Arithmetic and Mathematics, as well as the metamorphosis of Alchemy to the rudiments of Chemistry. Perhaps the remainder of the Templars, having kept themselves free of the dogmatism of orthodox Christianity by their adherence to a more heterodox form of Christianity, began to translate these documents and integrate bits and pieces of them into their ritual worship. Templars also came into contact with some of the artisan guilds of Europe, who had encrusted their apprenticeship regime with elements of mysticism, like a Bower Bird encrusts his nest with shiny objects. Most notable for their mystical bent were the Masons Guilds. The medieval Masons Guilds had identified themselves with the craftsmen brought by King Hiram of Tyre to Jerusalem to build Solomon's Great Temple on Mount Moriah. King Hiram was given the appelation "the Son of the Widow Lady", linking him possibly with the child brought by Miriam ha'Migdal to the South of France, albeit only in a symbolic sense. According to the mythology created by the Masons Guild, Hiram was assassinated, and the craftsmen swore that they would eventually find their leader's murderer and avenge Hiram's death. The Templars began to add elements of the legends spun by the Masons Guilds to their rituals. Hiram was identified with the murdered grand master of the Masons Jacques De Molay, and the Templars took the oath of revenge for the murder of the legendary King of Tyre, the friend of Solomon.


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