Knights Templar

Return to Oak Island

By Steven Sora

The road stretches on from one small town to another along Nova Scotia’s southern coast. Finally a sign indicates Oak Island, not a town, but a tiny island just over 100 acres in a bay that holds three hundred islands. The turn-off from Route 3 leads past a few houses and finally to a causeway with a sign announcing it is private property. There is little to indicate that this remote place, often shrouded in fog, is home to one of the world’s greatest and…

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The Secret Search for the Missing Map of Columbus

By Rand & Rose Flem-Ath

A 1960 Memo to President Eisenhower Aimed at Locating the “Lost World Map of Columbus” Here, Verbatim, Is the Message Which Revived a Centuries-Old Quest To: President Dwight D. Eisenhower From: Charles H. Hapgood Professor of History Re: THE PIRI RElS WORLD MAP OF 1513 AND THE LOST MAP OF COLUMBUS Memorandum For several centuries scholars have been searching for the lost map of Christopher Columbus. The map is referred to by Colum­bus’ contemporaries, and by the historian Las Casas, as one he used to navigate…

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The Templars’ Greatest Secret

BY MARK AMARU PINKHAM

According to one esoteric tradition, after excavating the foundations of Solomon’s Temple for nine years the Templar Knights left the Middle East with five “caskets” or cases full of treasures they had collected in the HolyLand. These cases, the story goes, were eventually deposited in Kilwinning, the Mother Lodge of Scottish Freemasonry, before be­ing transported to Rosslyn Castle, ancient home of the Sinclair Barons of Rosslyn, where they were kept safe until a fire broke out in the building. The cases were then quickly removed…

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The Pyramids of Scotland: Revisited

By Jeff Nisbet

The Internet has become the long and investigative arm of Everyman, and in no field of inquiry is this more apparent than in genealogy. The new breed of genealogical cybersleuth has shown that ordinary people share an abiding inter­est in their past, where they came from, and how they got where they are today. If societies are the sum of their parts, we might then assume that the ancient Egyptians entertained those same motives when they built their pyramid complex at Giza exactly where they…

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Quest for the Grail: The Sri Lanka Connection

BY MARK AMARU PINKHAM

The Holy Grail legends written during the Middle Ages in Europe were the first to reveal that the Knights Templar were the true and eternal Guardians of the Holy Grail. This notion was initially popularized by a knight, Wolfram von Eschenbach, who in A.D. 1200 made it public record in Parzival, the most comprehensive and compelling rendition of the grail legend ever written. In addition to this revelation regarding the Templars, Eschenbach also proclaimed in his magnum opus that the Holy Grail could be something…

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The Real Secret Society Behind the DaVinci Code

BY MARK AMARU PINKHAM

As anyone knows, who has read Dan Brown’s The Da Vinci Code, the plot revolves around the clandestine activities of an ancient secret society known as the Priory of Sion. The actual existence of this society, claims Brown, is one of the few irrefutable truths woven into his fictional novel. This may have been true when he was writing his manuscript, but recently the authors of Holy Blood, Holy Grail, the non-fiction book that introduced Brown to the Priory, public­ly stated that the organization appears…

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The Return of the Djedi

By Mark Amaru Pinkham

The Jedi Knights of Star Wars were not simply the figment of George Lucas’s most fertile and provocative imagina­tion. Those who have grown up coveting the powers of the Jedi will be pleased to learn that Masters of the Force did indeed once exist. Records of them survive in certain countries, such as Egypt and Persia, where they were magician priests and the guardians of powerful priest kings similar to the “Emperor” of Star Wars, albeit without his predilec­tion for the “Dark Side.” In ancient…

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The Celestial Art of Keeping Secrets

BY STEVEN SORA

There is little doubt that Freemasonry inherited a body of knowledge from remarkably early times. While masons used such knowledge for practical applications in building cathedrals and bridges, they understood a concept of “As above, so below,” that went far beyond the practical. They were not the only ones. From the most ancient times man believed the heavens ruled the earth. Going against the will of the stars was inviting trouble. As “aster” was the Greek word for star, a dis-aster was the result of…

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Cryptic Aramaic Message Found in Ancient Ritual Cup A mysterious 2,000-year-old “ritual” cup has been discovered by archaeologists in Jerusalem. Unlike similar cups which have turned up, this one has 10 lines of Aramaic or Hebrew text inscribed within it. So far, the scholars have been unable to translate the message, but they see the Hebrew word for God, YHWH, or Yahweh. The message ap­pears to be deliberately cryptic. The cup was found near the Zion gate by a team led by two University of…

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New Light on Turin Shroud’s Age and Templar Connections After supposedly definitive carbon 14 tests, the Shroud of Turin was declared in 1988 to be a medieval fake. Now, one of the scholars who first examined the purported burial cloth of Jesus has said the dating study made a big mistake and that the shroud is, in fact, old enough to have been what it is said to be. In a video recording made shortly before he died of cancer in 2005, and recently shown…

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