Sunday, September 04, 2011

Another History of the Knights Templar, Part 8

The commisars of "orthodox" history are constantly working to debunk any talk of the Templars having a hidden agenda or an esoteric component.
To them the Templars were just another powerful order of warrior monks, no different than the Hospitalers or the Teutonic Knights.

All of this falls apart when you study the history of the order itself.

Far from being fanatical holy warriors, the Templars fought against the Saracens when it suited them, and sought separate peaces when it didn't. Their original mandate-- to protect pilgrims on the way to Jerusalem-- doesn't make much sense when you realize there were only nine of them at the outset.

Abracadabra: Templars used Gnostic deity Abraxas in seals

They set up camp in the ruins of Solomon's Temple-- a Phoenician artifact as much as a Jewish one-- and set about excavating for hidden tunnels and treasure. Their seals were filled with pre-Christian iconography. Even given the widespread use of torture, their confessions of heresy were too widespread and consistent to totally rule them out.

There was a parallel belief system at work, which is hardly surprising given how their pagan Norman predecessors didn't take too well to the violent imposition of what they saw as a weak and degenerate foreign religion. And the Templars' vast, elaborate and stunningly modern banking system certainly put the lie to the "Poor Knights" part of their name.

Templar double eagle seal, a symbol of Phoenician kingship

And then there's the whole thing of rebuilding the Phoenician Empire under the Templar flag. You know, that.

It seems obvious that the Knights Templar were created to complete the work started by the Normans and their Venetian partners. The Templars seemed to be created to extend the reach of the Normans into places they could not reach without the blessing of the ecclesiastical authorities. It's obvious that the Normans were following the path of the ancient Phoenicians. Under the Templar flag, Norman boots are planted in the very heart of Phoenicia itself-- Tyre, Sidon, Tripoli.

Sicily, Cyprus, Malta, Antioch, and Carthage-- Phoenician colonies all-- were put under the Norman and/or Templar flag, as well as former Phoenician spheres of influence like southern Spain and Lebanon, the western and eastern borders of Phoenician power. And the ruthless Venetian campaign to control maritime trade in Italy seems like nothing less than a conquest of an old enemy, a settling of a very old debt. Which makes no sense if we believe that Venice was ruled by Italians and perfect sense if believe that Venice was ruled by Hellenized Phoenicians who rose to power in Rome with the Syrian Emperors.

Phoenician symbolism in Celtic Britain,
later used by Norman Templars

What is certain is that the Knights Templar became what the Phoenicians had been, and what the Normans themselves could not. They became a stateless state, an international corporation with a powerful navy and army with vast holdings and an financial system in place that bears an uncanny similiarity to our own. Predictably, the wealth, power and cosmopolitanism of the Templars aroused the same envy and resentment that the Phoenicians had and the Knights too ended up slandered, slaughtered and dispersed. Game over.

Or so we're told.

But the Templars may well have followed in ancient footsteps yet again. The Capetian dynasty that engineered the Templars' downfall was widely despised all across Europe and rumors had it that the Pope himself had deep misgivings as to the crusade leveled against the Templars.

Two knights on horseback- Templar and Sumerian

Many knights outside France were allowed to slip quietly into other orders or simply change the Templar name and remain intact. In Portugal the Templars simply changed their name to the "Order of Christ" and offered their formidable navy to the crown, essentially kick-starting the vast and far-reaching Portuguese Empire.

Templar float at Brazil Carnival in Rio

No surprise then that the ancient Phoenician Mysteries of Dionysus were reborn as Carnival in the heart of the Portuguese Empire in the New World, drawing in elements from Africa and Mesoamerica-- lands well known to the Phoenicians. I might add that Venice was also a hotspot for the Carnival Bacchanalia, starting in the Renaissance.

And then there's England. The British Isles were the northern frontier of Phoenician influence, mostly due to the tin trade. But wherever Phoenicians went, esoteric religion followed. And while mainstream Phoenician society seemed to follow the traditional Sumerian-derived Asiatic pantheon (if not in an gradually Greco-Egyptianized form) there seems to have been a very powerful esoteric stream in Phoenician culture, one that continues to resonate to this day (Saul of Tarsus --a Phoenician-stronghold-- had his conversion experience on the road to Damascus, capital of Phoenicia Secunda). And Phoenician religious symbolism was well known to the Templars.

Archbishop of Canterbury and his Druid chums

As it was to the Druids. As we saw in a previous installment, no less a figure than American founding father Thomas Paine traced Freemasonry back beyond the Templars to the Druids, who he argued were nothing less than a branch of the Heliopolitan priesthood (the Heliopolis of Egypt, not Phoenicia which we'll get to). But the distinctions may not be very important.
The Druids combined the functions of the priest, the magistrate, the scholar, and the physician. They stood to the people of the Celtic tribes ina relation closely analogous to that in which the Brahmans of India, the Magi of Persia, and the priests of the Egyptians stood to the people respectively by whom they were revered.
The Druids taught the existence of one god, to whom they gave a name "Be'al," which Celtic antiquaries tell us means "the life of every thing," or "the source of all beings," and which seems to have affinity with the Phoenician Baal.

What renders this affinity more striking is that the Druids as well as the Phoenicians identified this, their supreme deity, with the Sun. Fire was regarded as a symbol of the divinity. --Age Of Fable, Or Beauties Of Mythology by Thomas Bulfinch
Maritime empires and sun worship are the common denominators in this story, as are historical mysteries, Mystery religions and hidden power. The rise of Phoenicia coincides with the marauding Sea People, a mysterious band of pirates who storm through the Mediterranean basin and lay waste to the existing powers, yet leave Phoenicia alone.

In doing so they clear the way for Phoenicia's astonishing rise to power.

As if by design.

Flying Seahorse- WWII submarine HMS Templar badge
uses symbol of Phoenician Navy in its badge

Given the immense importance the Phoenicians gave to the Pillars of Hercules, it may be that the Pillars play an important part in their essential identity. And part of this has to do with the eternal quest for the lost city-state of Atlantis, which could be the link between the Phoenicians of Asia Minor and the later maritime powers of northern Europe:
And it was the Phoenicians who brought Atlantean religion and culture to the ancient world. Sanchoniathon claims that the learning of Egypt, Greece, and Judæa was derived from the Phoenicians. It would appear probable that, while other races represent the conquests or colonizations of Atlantis, the Phoenicians succeeded to their arts, sciences, and especially their commercial supremacy.— Ignatius Donnelly, Atlantis: the Antediluvian World
Modern commisars may scoff, but ancient historians took Atlantis very seriously. And there's no shortage of scientists who never got the memo that Atlantis is just a "myth." A lot of people have spent a lot of money looking for this "myth," with many focusing their attention around the Pillars:
Dr Kuehne noticed that the war between Atlantis and the eastern Mediterranean described in Plato's writings closely resembled attacks on Egypt, Cyprus and the Levant during the 12th Century BC by mysterious raiders known as the Sea People. As a result, he proposes that the Atlanteans and the Sea People were in fact one and the same.

This dating would equate the city and society of Atlantis with either the Iron Age Tartessos culture of southern Spain or another, unknown, Bronze Age culture. A link between Atlantis and Tartessos was first proposed in the early 20th Century.
And if Paine linked Christianity and Freemasonry back to Druidic sun worship, Donnelly took it a step further and traced Druidic sun worship back to Atlantis:
It appears, as another confirmation of the theory of the Atlantis origin of these colonies, that their original religion was sun-worship; this, as was the case in other countries, became subsequently overlaid with idol-worship. In the reign of King Tighernmas the worship of idols was introduced. The priests constituted the Order of Druids. Naturally many analogies have been found to exist between the beliefs and customs of the Druids and the other religions which were drawn from Atlantis. We have seen in the chapter on sun-worship how extensive this form of religion was in the Atlantean days, both in Europe and America.
The Druids would be defeated by the Roman Church, or absorbed into it, depending on your reading of history. If Paine is to be believed and Freemasonry was indeed a Druidic revival, should we be surprised that one of the key figures in this revival sought to revive Atlantis as well. I'll hand the baton to Manly P. Hall, who introduced us to this figure in The Secret Teachings of All Ages:
Father of modern science, remodeler of modern law, editor of the modem Bible, patron of modem democracy, and one of the founders of modern Freemasonry, Sir Francis Bacon was a man of many aims and purposes. He was a Rosicrucian, some have intimated the Rosicrucian. If not actually the Illustrious Father C.R.C. referred to in the Rosicrucian manifestoes, he was certainly a high initiate of the Rosicrucian Order, and it is his activities in connection with this secret body that are of prime importance to students of symbolism, philosophy, and literature.

Sir Francis Bacchant
Hall believed that Bacon-- the ultimate polymath-- understood that the Mysteries were defeated by Constantine but the Mysteries had stowed away deep in the heart of the new state cult and were waiting for some genius to come along and liberate them:
Though Christianity shattered the material organization of the pagan Mysteries, it could not destroy the knowledge of supernatural power which the pagans possessed. Therefore it is known that the Mysteries of Greece and Egypt were secretly perpetuated through the early centuries of the church, and later, by being clothed in the symbolism of Christianity, were accepted as elements of that faith.

Sir Francis Bacon was one of those who had been entrusted with the perpetuation and dissemination of the arcana of the superphysical originally in the possession of the pagan hierophants, and to attain that end either formulated the Fraternity of R.C. or was admitted into an organization already existing under that name and became one of its principal representatives.
Hall summons imagery which would be familiar to all of these lost, sea-faring seekers, whether Atlantean, Phoenician, Norman or Templar:
The cryptic writings of Francis Bacon constitute one of the most powerful tangible elements in the mysteries of transcendentalism and symbolic philosophy. Apparently many years must yet pass before an uncomprehending world will appreciate the transcending genius of that mysterious man who wrote the Novum Organum, who sailed his little ship far out into the unexplored sea of learning through the Pillars of Hercules, and whose ideals for a new civilization are magnificently expressed in the Utopian dream of The New Atlantis.
Bacon's dreams for a enlightened new world -- or at least for the USA-- seem farther away than ever, as the "New Atlantis" sinks into the Medieval muck of the New World Order. But before we get too ahead of ourselves, our next installment will backtrack to the ancient world and explore how the Phoenicians- or at least a significant minority within that nation-- seem to have created the esoteric traditions that the Templars and the Rosicrucians drew upon.

There are very good reasons for why the Phoenicians alone could have created these alternative, syncretic and initiatory systems. The Mystery religions and Gnosticism later were an expression of a restless people with a very, very, very long memory.

A memory of a time when men walked with gods...



  1. excellent!! great stuff Chris, first rate research..I can feel the momentum building up as your story really gets to the heart of the matter...insanely addictive I can't bloody well wait for the next installment what, with the introduction of Bacon and The New Atlantis..this is really top notch, fly by the seat of your pants,'boys own'can't get enough of that stuff!!!...more power to your elbow Chris.. Cheers these short 'webisodes' are excruciatingly drip-feedingly brief but just add to the excitement of 'chasing the Phoenix!'

  2. Hurry Please ! this stuff is too exciting to have to wait very long for.

  3. I am not sure if the Phoenicians
    are the sole creator of mystery
    cults or rituals...but I like what
    you imply by ending with "long
    memory" if to say that in
    the "sea people's" culture is
    a tradition or lineage which
    is like a silver chord into the
    heart of the "star people".

    There is a correlation between
    "sea farer" and "space traveller"
    but that does not mean "space"
    is what we know as "space".

    I don't know where the star god
    species came from or even if
    they are a "species".

    Both the "sea people" and the
    "interstellar wanderers" are
    related though in their purpose,
    which may arise out of a directive
    which is beyond ancient.

  4. Hi Chris, I've been following this series with great interest. You've temporarily turned away from contemporary culture to examine medieval and earlier history, but I can see how this feeds into the present.

    It's obvious that the Normans had a very strategic overview of the marine trading routes of their time, eventually controlling key kingdoms from the Levant to Ireland. I used to think they were just trying to emulate the Romans, but evidently not: Rome was mainly a land empire whilst the Phoenicians were mainly naval. It's more than curious that the Scots maintain a legendary history of being the descendents of Scythians (i.e. tribes in the Black Sea region), and the British have legends about the Trojans coming to Britain. Given the proximity of Troy and Tyre, this must also lend some support to your theory.

    Also, the distribution of megalithic monuments runs mainly down the western coasts of Britain, Scandavia, Ireland, France, Spain and then into the Mediterranean to Malta, Sardinia, and the Levant. In fact, I think that if you merged your map of Norman conquests with the earlier megalithic culture, you'd have a close match. Obviously that culture predates the Phoenicians but quite possibly it influenced them strongly.

    The naval correlation with the Templars is very strong, and after their fall it was continued by the Portuguese, the Venetians and by the Hanseatic League in the Baltic - a very powerful organisation in its time. And don't forget the Teutonic Knights campaigning on the borders of the Slavonic world.

    It wouldn't surprise me in the slightest that there was an esoteric dimension to the Norman conquest. And they often clashed with Papal authority too. For instance, the court of William Rufus, William the Conqueror's son, was held by many to be effectively "pagan" and Rufus himself was slain with an arrow on a pagan feast day!

    And we've not even got onto the Norman love of architecture and the transformation they wrought on Western Europe, creating the best buildings since the fall of the Roman Empire. They leveraged a lot of money, talent and ambition in a short period.

    Might I propose that they represent a "maritime current" in European history, versus the "land empire" represented by Rome and its successors like the Holy Roman Empire and the Catholic Church? Shall we call those people "Mithraists", since the Pope is evidently a Mithraic holdover on a Mithraic site, versus the "Templar" tradition.

    As for Bacon and the New Atlantis... keep it coming!

  5. Here's a version of the megalithic map - look familiar?

    Also DNA in the west of Britain has been traced to the Basque region, suggesting that the western coasts were repopulated from there after the end of the Ice Age.

    Then of course there's the Greek references to the "Tin Isles", and the Greek myths that the god Cronos was imprisoned in the British Isles.

    Clearly there's a long-standing awareness of lands beyond the Pillars of Hercules, and the Phoenicians were probably responsible for this connection. After all, there's the Massaliote Periplus describing Phoenician routes into Western Europe from Cadiz:

    And the Greek author Pytheas who gave the first description of Stonehenge (he calls it the Temple of Apollo) and sailed all teh way to Iceland:

  6. You are hitting the nail on the head with this series.
    This absolutely reverberates with a feeling of truth. It makes sense.
    Like the others, I can't wait for more!
    Best Wishes, Delorus

  7. I'm with you up until you start discussing Druids. All of that "one god" and "Be'al" stuff is from known forgeries. The pre-Christian Celtic peoples, of whom the Druids were the religious/intellectual specialist caste, were true polytheists, with a religious life that was similar to that of other European peoples. The closest theonym to "Be'al" that actually was extant among a Celtic-language speaking people was "Belenos", which seems to mean "Henbane god" (related to Spanish beleño and Welsh bele/bela, among other words in various languages), who was syncretized with Apollo as a healing god (not as a sun god). There is every indication that the Celtic sun deity was conceived of as female, associated with theonyms like Sulis or Ana.

    Also, fire was not a symbol of divinity, but was considered to be one of the two substances that make up the world: fire and water. The great mystery seems to have been the mystery of fire-in-water, which connects to Medieval alchemical ideas of the Quintessence or Prima Materia. The idea seems to have been of a primordial well that bursts forth with fiery water, resulting in the world. A similar concept can be seen in the Icelandic story of the Ginnungagap (and Iceland and Ireland have many close historical connections - for instance, there were Irish monks living there already when the Norse colonists arrived).

    So, I don't buy the "Druidism in Freemasonry" part, but the rest seems to hold up. That said, the earliest attempts at reviving Druidism were modeled on Freemasonic organization, so a number of modern Druidic groups derive from Freemasonry.

  8. The New Atlantis IS the New World Order.


  9. Jonathan Sellers wrote on themes very, very similar to what has been explored here. Too bad his site is defunct now. But Biblioteca Pleyades rides to the rescue:

    Unfortunately the above is only a small part of previously comprehensive study. I think his books The Legacy of the Gift and Qadosh: The Johannite Tradition are still available on Lulu, though.

  10. If we 'moderns' were to discover an isolated species of semi-intelligent animals (basic social, language and tool aptitudes), what would we do ? Assuming no great commercial potential in the discovery, that is.

    First, a few individuals would be captured for close study. The population at large would be left more or less undisturbed, in order to study them in their 'natural habitat'. Some enterprising souls would probably attempt up close, but minimally intrusive studies of the creatures, striving to document every perceivable detail they could notice, just as humans have done with chimpanzees, gorillas, etc. Mostly we would stand back, and watch what happens, at lest for a time. If things started really going awry for the 'colony', we would find some rational to intervene, but there again, priding our professionalism, the intervention would be as minimal as possible. If nothing serious went awry, and stasis went on and on for years, the 'scientists' would eventuall get bored, and find reasons to begin poking and prodding and trying out 'what if' theories and scenarios. Sooner or later, and most especially if the creatures had one or more attributes superior to ours, a few freaks would insist on seeing what happens if we hybridize the creatures with ourselves. Of course, the hybrids would initially be kept separate and their numbers at a small scale. But eventually, when results became quite satisfactory, the hybrids would be multiplied, while the original stock would be marginalized. Just think cows vs. aurochs, and dogs vs. wolves. This is what 'we' would do. The original stock would never comprehend a thing. There would be a sharp devision amongst we 'moderns' as to whether the 'upgraded' hybrids were better kept innocent, or should be made privy to the 'truth'. Caution would win out, and the majority consensus would be that maintained 'innocence' were the more prudent course. Of course, the question would remain open ended, to the possibility that future developement would likely render the eventuality of 'disclosure' inevitable. But there would be some in the 'bleeding heart' minority who would not be satisfied with this, citing the hybrids 'right' to know, and exercise their autonomy accordingly. The majority would say 'no'. The minority would grumble. And a few 'subversive compassionates / passive aggressives' would begin covertly channeling 'the secret' to the hybrids anyway. This is what 'we' would do.


  11. Hey Chris,

    I can feel the breadth of your research in this post. You must be knackered! This whole series is shaping up to be very instructive. It's an education, which is why my comments are not as long as they might otherwise be. I try not to wax lyrical on things I know little about. I have only a scant knowledge of Templar history and legend. While I was already aware of the Phoenician connection I didn't understand the depths that you've highlighted. It's forming and interesting picture in my Intuitive Mainframe, that's for sure.

    "Maritime empires and sun worship are the common denominators in this story, as are historical mysteries, Mystery religions and hidden power."

    Maybe there's a city buried in the sun. An ancient city with implications for our modern times. And perhaps the denizens of this city have, as you say, a very long memory.


  12. so Phoenician lineage includes AA (choose one)

    a. Ancient Aliens
    b. Atlantean Adepts
    c. Abdul Alhazred
    d. Astrum Argentum
    e. All of the Above or as Zoroastrian Freddie Mercury put it “the champions of the world"

    The Gods of the Phoenicians also Kings of Atlantis

  13. Chris, not sure if you've seen is Albert Pike mentioning the Phoenicians in "Liturgies of the Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite": "The Tsidunai or Phoenicians were ever ready to aid the Israelites in their holy enterprises. The tie between them was the mysteries, into which the principal persons of both nations were initiated..." (

  14. @ ARC, that's an interesting tidbit. If they are true, a lot is conveyed in those 2 sentences. ( I didn't look up the link yet )

    " . . . ever ready to aid the Israelites in their holy enterprises."

    Interesting that Pike applied that particular adjective.

    " . . . the mysteries, into which the principal persons of both nations were initiated."

    Hmmm. 'principle' persons, eh ?

    It is as if one is led to suppose an affinity of some kind of 'principle' persons for 'holy' enterprises.

    Methinks I hear Someone laughing at the notion. But to be sure, many 'principle' persons probably do take this notion, as well as themselves, quite seriously.

    But this does remind me of one of Vigilant Citizen's 'sinister' sites.

  15. I agree with "faoladh". Druids were not monotheistic.

  16. Gary and faoladh, I don't see anywhere in Chris' post where he declares Druids as monotheistic or spawning monotheism. He only mentions they were a distinct cadre of Sun worshippers and subsequently absorbed into Catholic monotheism and hints this was a preservation tactic, nothing more.

    It's been assessed in CK's work and elsewhere that the Catholic religion near deifies 'the Marys', both Blue and Virginal, as an acceptance and apologies to the polytheistic Goddess worshippers that they grudgingly inherited through their centuries of conquest and conversion.

    In relation, William Henry has recently been extolling the secret architects and overseers of the United States as holding sacred the UIltimate Goal of the Union to be the talisman for humanity's ultimate future; why else would these architects frieze the Mayan calender and 'first contact' with that culture above the rotunda of the reborn White House in Washington DC?

    Something is Coming in the Winds soon. Good, Bad or Ugly - the outcome for an individual can only be the result of your perspective.

    Be Wise; open and acknowledge the scrolls Mr. Knowles and others are graciously providing.

    Without them we would all remain in darkness.

  17. Jolyon, both Gary and Faoladh seem to have overlooked that that section on the Druids was a Bulfinch quote, not my own writing. I think if they read the quote carefully as it refers to a "supreme god" not necessarily a singular god. Fair mistake on their parts.

  18. OK, but I also went on with more to that point. I dispute the existence of any deity among a Celtic people known as "Be'al". I argue that the evidence indicates that Celtic deities associated with the sun are conceptualized as feminine. I didn't mention it explicitly, but I'd also argue that all "supreme" deities (and there's a term that should be used guardedly at best in this context) among Celtic peoples tend to be related to lightning or the sky (such as Lugus, Jupiter Taranis, Sucellus, and so on), or else with guarding boundaries (in the case of "Celtic Mars" figures like Nuada, Mars Nodens, Mars Rigisamus, and so on). Definitely not sun-worship.

    In fact, it is pretty well accepted that the Celtic deity whose worship was given the most weight was "Mercury" (using the Interpretatio Romana), the god who crosses boundaries. This is usually equated with the above-mentioned Lugus, but also with Cernunnos and Manannán Mac Lír/Manawydan vab Llyr. When you want to pursue an occult connection, there's your Hermetic knowledge among the Celts.

  19. " Bacon's dreams for a enlightened new world -- or at least for the USA-- seem farther away than ever, as the "New Atlantis" sinks into the Medieval muck of the New World Order. "

    Alas. Perhaps this helps explain it :

  20. "And then there's the whole thing of rebuilding the Phoenician Empire under the Templar flag. *You know, that.*"

    Hysterical, and so true; it's a F'ING disaster Masonry has been infiltrated the way it has!

    Don't know who you are just yet, but sooner or later you'll discover the facts about the ABrahamic religions, Pi and the Truer "True Story of Puss(lions) in Boots(boats)" ;D)

    One MUST use PHONETICS to fully decode this stuff and gematria, as you may know!

    Great work, here and cannot wait to poke around!

    As a fellow symbologist, and possible mason, you might enjoy my work which is here: (NOT antiMason, just antiTREASON!)

    Or here:
    (On backup acct.)

    We're chasing the same 'rabbit' so I'm hopful you'll join/help as I'd be happy to reciprocate!


    ps: This seemed to reject the first time; apologies if these google "frankenBugs" cause this to be doubled!