The Face of the Templars

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The Templar’s presented themselves as missionaries and God’s warriors to Christian pilgrims and the Pope.  They were perceived as saints, offering aid to the poor and needy.

On one hand, these Knights Templar appeared to be following God’s teachings.  In truth, one observed an order whose wealth grew through donations, trade, looting and piracy.  No longer were they humble men of God…

The few who discovered the true identity of the Knights Templar, dare not speak out, against such a powerful order, which had the backing of the Pope.

As the years passed by, the Templar’s wealth grew and grew, even to the point of controlling governments.  Questions were being asked, what they did behind closed doors, by many a monarch, clergy and local people.

In the early 1300’s, it reached a time when the Papacy were convinced in their mind, that these Templar’s did what they pleased, and could be a danger to the church.  They abused the privileges granted them by the Papacy.

Rumours began circulating about these Templar’s, leading to accusations, that they be performing rituals of Satanic worship, in their palaces, behind closed doors.

The Papacy faced a new enemy from within, and it fell upon Pope Clement V, to calculate what damage the Templar’s could cause to Christianity, and the Vatican.  Pope Clement V also faced much pressure, on what to do with these Templar’s from the King of France.

As we know, King Philip IV of France, ruler of a country heavily in debt to these Templar’s, he could see these men of God, taking control of France.

In 1307 King Philip was forced into a situation, where he had to go cap in hand, before the Templar’s, and ask for a loan.  Philip was stunned, that his request was denied.

Philip could take no more, these Templar’s had to go, and so it was on the 13th October 1307, the King’s men arrested these Templar’s, seizing their assets across France.

They were put on trial and accused of the following:

  • That during the reception ceremony, new brothers were required to deny Christ, God, The Virgin or the saints on the command of those receiving them.
  • That the brothers committed various sacrilegious acts either on the cross or on an image of Christ.
  • That the receptors practised obscene kisses on new entrants, on the mouth, navel or buttocks.
  • That the priests of the Order did not consecrate the host, and that the brothers did not believe in the sacraments.
  • That the brothers practised idol worship of a cat or a head.
  • That the brothers encouraged and permitted the practice of sodomy.

Jacques de Molay, Grand Master of the Knights Templar Order was burnt at the stake on the 18th March 1314, in the shadow of the Notre Dame in Paris, on trumped up charges of heresy.

Jacques de Molay cried out to his God, as flames burned around him, that King Philip IV of France and Pope Clement V, his accusers should join him… Within a year, both had died.

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Knights Templar: Gothic Architecture

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Design of Gothic Cathedral

Gregorio Papareschi, was appointed to the post of Pope Innocent II, in the year 1130, supported to the Papal throne by Bernard of Clairvaux.

Pope Innocent II

Pope Innocent II

Following his appointment, to the Papal throne, Pope Innocent II, approved the request made by the Knights Templar, granting them the right, to build and run their own churches.  Overnight the Templar’s became answerable to only one person; the Pope, and out of reach of most authorities.  They could hold their own court, impose taxes, and no longer did the church hold any pressure over them.  They were their own men, and becoming a powerful order.

They planned and developed their own style of buildings, one which was French Gothic by design.  This new style was born in 1134.

The Templar’s mentor and spiritual leader; St.Bernard of Clairvaux, showed his flair, and his designs were used for the building of the north tower at Chartres Cathedral.

Gothic architecture dates back to the 12th century, it was to be an exciting time in Medieval European history, with the development of a new style of buildings.  Many a knight had served in the Holy Land, on the Crusades, and many had been influenced by the buildings and engineering styles used.

Gothic architecture evolved over a 300 year period, with bright and airy interiors, pointed arches to emphasize light and soaring spaces, ribbed vaulting, flying buttresses, tall spires and gargoyles.

The early forms of Gothic architecture was predominately used for the building of cathedrals, and later used in the building of castles, palaces and bridges.

Gothic architecture first emerged in northern France around 1140.

Westminster Abbey

Westminster Abbey

The Gothic style of building was soon taken up by the English, and used in Canterbury Cathedral and Westminster Abbey.

Gothic architecture in Medieval England was developed from Norman building styles, which related to buildings from 1200 – 1500.

Early English Style: 1200 – 1300

Decorated Style: 1300- 1400

Perpendicular Style: 1400 – 1500

Gothic churches and buildings were different to Normans, on their style and way of construction.

  • Stone blocks lined side by side was the choice of Normans, but Gothic buildings used many a shaped stone.
  • Hollow walls favoured by Normans, became solid under Gothic builds, thus they could handle far greater weight.
  • The use of pointed arches strengthened buildings, compared to Normans round arches.

Cathedral roofs were much larger, and buttresses were installed to take extra weight, alongside the nave and into the foundations.  These changes spread additional weight around the building, creating additional strength.

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Ark of the Covenant

Ark of the Covenant

Ark of the Covenant

One of the most legendary objects in religious history, has to be the “Ark of the Covenant.”  Housed within a wooden box and overlaid with pure gold, containing the “Ten Commandments,” inscribed upon stone tablets.

  • It is believed the Ark, is responsible for bringing victory during battles.
  • Bestowing blessings upon worthy recipients.
  • Sending plagues down upon enemies.

The Ark of the Covenant, stand’s for God’s communion with Moses, when he led out the Israelites, to their own land.

King David conquered Jerusalem in 993 BC, and his son Solomon, built a temple to his God, between 958-951BC.  Solomon’s temple housed the Ark of the Covenant: A wooden casket covered in gold, holding the Ten Commandments, which God gave to Moses on Mount Sinai.

Jerusalem and the history of the Jewish people, play a significant part in their religion.  For it is written in their writings that Abraham would prove himself to God, by sacrificing his own son; Isaac.  God stepped in, and sent a Ram, for Isaac to use, for sacrificial purposes.

Solomon’s Temple was built by Phoenician craftsmen.  The inner walls lined in gold, with marble blocks and fine emeralds adorning the temple.

Rehoboam became King of Israel as successor to his father; King Solomon.  Shishak, the Egyptian king ransacked Solomon’s Temple in the fifth year of Rehoboam’s reign.

In 586 BC, the Babylonians completely destroyed Solomon’s Temple.

A second temple was built upon the site, between 535-515 BC.

Over the next 470 years, Persian rule gave way to the Greeks, then the Romans, with Herod the Great as its ruler.  In 20 BC Herod introduced courts and walls to Solomon’s second temple.

In 70 AD, Jews revolted against the Romans, and General Titus (Caesar) besieged the city and burnt the temple to the ground.

In the year 691, a shrine was built upon the site; “Dome of the Rock.”  By 715, the Al-Aqsa mosque was built alongside and destroyed by earthquakes over the next 300 years.  By 1035 a new mosque was constructed, and in 1118 became the headquarters of the Knights Templar (Holy Warriors) in the Holy Land.

The Knights Templar, dug deep tunnels underneath the Temple, as they sought out religious treasures and the fabled prize of all, “Ark of the Covenant,” one of the most important religious artefacts of all time.

Bas-Relief of the Ark

A bas-relief depicting the “Ark” can be found at Chartres Cathedral in France.  One has to ask, does the Ark of the Covenant, still remain within the Cathedral?

Claims were made by Louis Charpentier (20th century French author) that the original nine members of the Knights Templar, possibly discovered the “Ark” early on in the order’s history, whilst digging under Temple Mount.

A pillar, part of Chartres Cathedral, known as the Portal of the Initiates, features a carving of the Ark upon a wheeled cart.

What could this mean, and many historians have put forward their own interpretations:

The Templars discovered the Ark in Jerusalem, and moved it to France, coinciding with the construction of Chartres Cathedral.  When news of the Templar’s impending arrest in the 14th century leaked out, the Ark was moved from France to Scotland.

Louis Charpentier published: Les Mysteres de la Cathedrale de Chartres (The Mysteries of Chartres Cathedral) in France of 1966.

Knights Templar: Chartres Cathedral

Chartres Cathedral

Chartres Cathedral

Chartres Cathedral (Cathedral of Our Lady of Chartres), a medieval Catholic cathedral, constructed in a Gothic style.  It stands in all its glory, dominating the skyline of the medieval French town of Chartres, some eighty kilometres south of Paris.

According to legend, in the year 100 BC, a druid shrine and a sacred spring to a virgin mother stood here, and as such a Christian church was built.  Legend or no legend, the remains of a sacred well exist in the cathedral to this day.

Chartres converted to Christianity in the 4th century evangelization of Gaul.  A bishop was installed at Carnotum by the 5th century, as such Chartres church changed status, becoming a cathedral.  The church would have been built of wood, and as such highly vulnerable to fire.

The Duke of Aquitaine sacked the cathedral in 743, and it was destroyed by the Danes in 858.

By royal decree, Pepin’s 8th century court had named the town as; “Chartres.”  In response to the church being dedicated to the Virgin Mary and receiving the title: “Church of St.Mary.”

With the acquisition of the Sancta Camisa (The tunic worn by the Virgin Mary at Christ’s birth) in the latter years of the 9th century, Chartres therefore received divine protection.  In 911 Rollo the Viking leader besieged Chartres.  Had it not been for Bishop Gantelme, who called for the Sancta Camisa, to be brought before the Viking warriors, Chartres might have been destroyed, as it was the Vikings fled!  Rollo converted to Christianity and took the title; Duke of Normandy, of the Norsemen province, granted to him by King Charles III of France.

In the year 1020, Chartres Cathedral was burnt to the ground, on the eve of the “Festival of the Nativity of the Virgin.”  Bishop Fulbert took on the challenge to oversee the construction of a new cathedral.  Fulbert used his personal income to finance the new build, and received further funds from King Robert II, Dukes of Aquitaine and Normandy along with the Count of Chartres – Blois.

The architect was Beranger, who expanded remnants of the former crypt, creating a vaulted crypt built in the Romanesque style.

Bishop Fulbert died in 1028, before the completion of Chartres Cathedral in 1037, when it was consecrated by Bishop Thierry, Fulbert’s successor.

Fire over the year’s played its part leading to re-construction and changes in design.  In 1134 the Cathedral’s west end was damaged by fire, re-built in 1137 using the Romanesque  style.

On the 10th June 1194, flames engulfed the Cathedral.  The Sancta Camisa (Sacred Tunic) had been saved by two priests who entered the burning building, and took the relic down into the crypt for safety.

History tells us that nine knights discovered the Nasorean Scrolls, revealing a treasure far beyond their wildest dreams.  Yet it was a treasure that they could not or would not share with the world.

Stone Mason

Stone Mason

One of the roles of the Knights Templar; they were Master Stonemasons.  They designed and built formidable castles, chapels and cathedrals across Europe.  They introduced holy geometry into building of Gothic masterpieces such as Chartres Cathedral in France.

In many Gothic Cathedrals across Europe, one would find the names of master builders responsible for construction and design of these awesome projects.  They would cut their names into floors or walls, for they wanted future generations to know who they were.

When we stand back and look at the magnificent Chartres Gothic Cathedral, with its exquisite carvings standing proud for all to see and admire such works… one has to ask who these architects and builders were.

A mystery evolves before our very eyes:

Bas-Relief of the Ark

Knights Templar: Bas-Relief depicting the Ark

The Knights Templar sought the “Ark of the Covenant” (The Ark of the Covenant has to be one of the most important religious artefacts.  A wooden box overlaid with gold, containing the stone tablets, inscribed with the Ten Commandments), which was buried under Solomon’s Temple in Jerusalem.  Cut into the stone of Chartres Cathedral is a Bas-Relief depicting the “Ark.”

French architect; Louis Charpentier claims that the Knights Templar built Chartres Cathedral as a repository for ancient wisdom.

The Templar’s were men of God, and as such they wouldn’t want their names cut into the stone of Chartres.

Chartres Cathedral a gothic styled building, emerging in 12th century France, a style which flourished in the latter part of the medieval period.  Gothic buildings contained pointed arches, large windows, clustered columns and soaring spires.  The main gothic portion of Chartres was built between (1194-1220).

Chartres Cathedral Interior

INTERNAL  As one enters the Cathedral, what catches your eyes first has to be the Nave; measuring 16.4 metres wide and 44 metres long.  The Nave is illuminated by two tiers of windows on either side, and by the Rose window of the western facade.  One can’t help but notice an unbroken view from the western end to the magnificent dome of the apse in the east.  Clustered columns rise to the high pointed arches of the ceiling, directing one’s view in the direction of the Clerestory windows in the apse.

The North Transept Portals illustrates the Old Testament and the Virgin Mary as precursors and preparations for Christ.  Themes about the glorification of Mary in the centre, with the incarnation of her son on the left and Old Testament prophecies on the right.

The Northern Portals tell about the time leading up to Christ’s incarnation and the west facade is about the events of his life and Passion.

The South Transept Portals address the time from Christ’s death until his Second Coming.  The central portal concentrates on the Last Judgement and the Apostles, the left portal on the lives of martyrs and the right on confessor saints.

Chartres - Choir Screen

Choir Screen

At the east end, an ambulatory wraps around the choir and sanctuary, vaulted and divided from the latter by a carved choir screen.  Erected in 16th century with sculptures added between 16th – 18th centuries.  The choir contains 200 sculptures in 41 scenes, depicting the lives of Christ and the Virgin Mary.

Chartres Cathedral Labyrinth

The Labyrinth

The stone floor bears an ancient Labyrinth used by monks in time of contemplation.

One of the most distinctive features of Chartres Cathedral has to be the 176 stained glass windows:

Chartres - Rose Window

One of Three Rose Windows

The West Rose Window dates from the 13th century and its three lancet windows from 1150.  The rose window depicts the Last Judgement; Christ in Judgement surrounded by Four Evangelists and angels, with scenes of angels blowing trumpets, resurrection, judgement, heaven and hell.  The left lancet is the Passion and Resurrection Window; the middle lancet is the Incarnation Window; and the right lancet is the Jesse Window.

The North Rose Window and its five lancet windows were a gift from Queen Blanche of Castille in 1230.  The rose windows depicts the Glorification of the Virgin: Virgin and Child surrounded by doves and angels, then Old Testament Kings and Prophets.  Lancets from left to right: Melchizadek and King Saul, King David and Jeroboam, St.Anne and the infant Mary with the arms of the Royal House of France; King Solomon and Nebuchadezzar, Aaron and Pharaoh.

The South Rose Window and its five lancet windows date from the 1230’s.  The rose window depicts the Glorification of Christ; Christ blessing surrounded by Four Evangelists and angels, then the elders of the Apocalypse, the arms of Cathedral donors.  Lancets from left to right: Evangelist Luke over Prophet Jeremiah, Evangelist Mathew over Prophet Isaiah, Virgin and Child, Evangelist John over Prophet Ezekiel, Evangelist Mark over Prophet Daniel.

EXTERNAL  Chartres Cathedral, built from limestone is noticeable by its mis-matched western spires.  One is 105 metres and of Romanesque design and built in the 12th century, whilst the other is 113 metres high and built in the 16th century of gothic design.

This fine looking Gothic Cathedral, built in the cruciform style, with a long nave and short transepts to the north and south.  The east end is rounded, and has five semi-circular chapels connected to it.  The external measurements: 37 metres high, 130 metres long and 32-46 metres wide.

The high Nave is supported by double flying buttresses, anchored by colonnettes.  An extra row of single flying buttresses supported the apse at time of construction and a third row was added in the 14th century.

Friezes on the Capitals left to the central door depict scenes from the life of Mary.  The capitals on the left of the central portal depict Anne and Joachim struggling with infertility before the birth of Mary.  Right of the central door are friezes of scenes from the life of Christ.

The left-hand portal centres on the Ascension of Christ.  Christ stands on a cloud, supported by two angels.  Below this is a relief with four singing angels and the bottom lintel shows ten seated men holding scrolls and looking at Christ.  The archivolts are decorated with symbols of the zodiac and the labours of the months.

The right-hand portal, the tympanum bears scenes from the descent of Christ into the world, complemented by the Ascension on the other side.  The bottom register shows scenes from the life of the Virgin including the Annunciation, Visitation, Nativity and Annunciation to the shepherds.  In the middle register is the Presentation at the Temple.  In the upper level is the Virgin and Child enthroned between two censing angels.  The inner archivolt contains angels whilst the outer depicts seven liberal Arts and Zodiac signs; Pisces and Gemini.

Chartres Cathedral - West Front

West Front

The cathedral has three great facades, each equipped with three portals which open into the nave from the west and into transepts from north and south.

The sculptures on the west facade depict Christ’s ascension into heaven, his life saints and apostles.  Christ in the lap of Mary plus other scenes.  Below the religious figures are statues of Kings and Queens.

Reference Sources:
Universe of Stone by Philip Ball
The Sword and the Grail by Andrew Sinclair
Secret of the Knights Templar by S.J.Hodge
Encyclopedia of Angels by R.E.Guiley
The Hiram Key by Christopher Knight and Robert Lomas

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Templar’s Destruction

Knight Templar Ships

Templar ships
loaded to the gills,
with knights and treasure
slipped anchor from; LaRochelle.

Templar’s arrested
some tortured, some burnt
charged with being
practicing heretics.

Templar treasure gone
enraged King Philip IV,
justice and revenge sought
Grand Master; burnt at stake.

Templar justice sought,
as King and Pope died
a slow agonizing death,
Templar justice avenged.

Secret Societies: Birth of Illuminati

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The creation of the Illuminati, first came to light, in the run up to the French Revolution of July 1789, yet their history goes way back, to the time of King David in Egypt.

The symbol of the Hexagram, is one we associate with Illuminists.  Solomon the son of King David, worshipped Ashtoreth (Star, also known as Astarte).

Solomon built altars to his god Star (Astarte aka Ashtoreth).  The god Saturn is associated with Star.  History tells us that the City of Rome, was originally referred to as Saturnia or City of Saturn.

Many of the rituals of Saturn, are retained by the Roman Catholic Church, and play a part in their forms of worship.  Saturn is Lucifer, and associated with evil, and played a major role in the religion of Mithra and Druidism.

In 1128, the Order of the Knights Templar was created by the Prieure de Sion, under the auspices of the Roman Catholic Church to offer protection to pilgrims following the First Crusade.

The Prieure claim they be the guardians of the Holy Grail, which represents the royal blood of Jesus, being heir to the throne in the Temple at Jerusalem.

In 1513, Sir William Sinclair died, he who introduced Enochian Magick to Scotland.  Which led to the creation of Scotland’s Illuminatism and the Watchtower Society.

Two popular phrases amongst Satanists, who used Magick was Millennial Dawn and Golden Age, also referred to as New Age, the title of the Masons magazine.

In 1536 John Calvin penned the “Institutes of the Christian Religion” which he dedicated to the King of France.  Calvin was so hated by the Jesuits, he was driven into exile from France, residing in Geneva, where he became Governor.

In 1581, John Dee of Queen Elizabeth I’s court and Edward Kelley researched contact with spiritual , which they conveyed in the Enochian language.  Dee took his research further with the Enochian system of magick, which in later years was further develoed by magicians.

One Aleister Crowley claimed to be the reincarnation of Edward Kelley.

In the early part of the 1590’s, Sir Francis Bacon, detailed his plans for the colonisation of North America.  He of the Rosicrucian Society, who went on to establish the secret society; Knights of the Helmet.

According to the writings of George V Tudhope (Masonic Author), he credits Francis Bacon with the creation of modern freemasonry.

Occult activities undertaken by our Masonic forefather’s were following a vision laid out by Francis Bacon, who claimed he was being led by his “Guiding Spirit.”

In 1613, Prieure de Sion showed interest in Scotland, where Knight’s Templar had thrived against the backdrop of the Pope, who had outlawed the order.  Scotland had become a hotbed of occult activity.

Merovingian descendants and Prieure de Sion guarded the sacred blood line, of the House of David, that had been created by Satan in Southern France.  It wove its bloodline into Europe’s royal households, and are known to be Jewish in origin.

In 1630, the Phelps family associated by the Taft family (President Taft) created the “Skull & Bones Order” in America.

In 1658, William Patterson was born in Scotland, and aged seventeen went to Bristol, and then the Bahamas to make his fortune.  He made a name for himself, becoming a successful merchant, and some of his ventures involved sailing with the pirate; Morgan.  He invested his fortune in banking, and in 1694 created the “Bank of England” becoming its director.

In 1688, the Illuminati had its financial headquarters based in Amsterdam.  That same year William of Orange deposed King James II of England, forcing his abdication.  After William’s victory, the Illuminati moved its headquarters to London.

Somerled; King of Argyll, he of Norse-Gaelic descent.  A powerful figure in Scottish politics, who rarely recognized the authority of King Malcolm IV of Scotland.

Somerled’s son was Ranald, and his son was Donald, who became Argus Mor McDonald, whose own grandson married MacRorie, becoming “Lordship of the Isles.”

The MacDonalds were chiefs, and many families sought their protection, even to the point of taking their name.  It is highly likely that some Knights Templar bloodlines, ended up as McDonalds.  In 1692 the McDonald’s of Glencoe were massacred by the English, rooting out Francis Stewart sympathizers.

Francis Stewart; Grand Master of witchcraft covens in the Glencoe area was supported by the McDonalds.  These McDonalds also participated in acts of piracy in the 17th century.

Sarah Aynn Collins born into a life of witchcraft and satanic practices in 1730.  She travelled to Scotland, to learn more of the occult, becoming a leader of the oldest form of Wicca; The Elven Path.

Following the American Revolution, returned home to the United States, forming the Covendom of Wicca, and was stabbed to death in Boston.

Samuel DuPont married Anne Alexandrine Montechanin in Paris, France of 1737.  Anne a descendant of a Burgundy noble family, was a medium within the spirit world, thus Anne’s bloodline gave the DuPont’s their occult powers.  Their son; Pierre Samuel Dupont followed the family tradition, receiving teaching’s from his mother, becoming a medium.

Pierre Samuel Dupont was trained as a watchmaker, following his mother’s death in 1753, when he was sixteen.  He attracted the interest of the Illuminati, for his abilities in writing articles on economic and political subjects.  Pierre went on to join the Freemasons.  As part of the Inner Satanic hierarchy, and as such was protected at all costs, by powerful Freemasons during the French Revolution.

In 1767, Victor Marie DuPont was born to parents Pierre Samuel Dupont and Made le Dee, with the Marquis de Mirabeau as his godfather.  Victor was an aide-de-camp to Illuminatus Lafayette, and some time after arriving in the United States in 1800, got involved in Freemasonry.

Necker and Lafayette loaned Pierre Samuel Dupont, money to form a communist society through business interests.  On the 1st January 1769 Pierre replaced the existing management of “Physiocrats Journal.”  With this he became a key leader in France, calling for a “New Order” he believed in a philosopher styled king, an idea, a belief put forward by Greek Philosopher; Plato.

In 1776, Benjamin franklin an active Mason was appointed by the then government of the United States to negotiate peace with Great Britain.  On the 4th July 1776, a date that will always be remembered in American history; the signing of the “Declaration of Independence.”  Franklin was instrumental in the writing of the document, and one of the 56 who signed the document, creating the U.S. Constitution.

Benjamin Franklin and Thomas Jefferson were members of the Collins family of Satanists, who were known as the “Hell Fire Club.”  This Satanic group practiced occult rituals.

In the latter part of 1776. The Illuminati formed a committee; “The Biblical Destruction Group” and by 1826 they had disbanded.

In 1777, Lafayette a French noble took up arms against the British in the American Revolution, fighting alongside American comrades.  The American commander; George Washington, a Mason and Illuminati appointed him to the post of Major General.

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