Templar

Avalon in America?

By Steven Sora

In the late sixteenth century Queen Elizabeth had watched as Spain and Portugal, the Netherlands and France estab­lished themselves in the New World. They all made legitimate claims to the Americas that England could not match. Then she consulted her advisor, Dr. John Dee. Dee and his ally Sir Francis Bacon told her that England had claims much older than all of Europe, indeed, said Dee, King Arthur himself had crossed the Atlantic and set foot in the new land. Dr. Dee was Elizabeth’s advisor,…

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The Underground Stream & Rennes-le-Chateau

By Steven Sora

Millions who have read Dan Brown’s book or seen the movie The Da Vinci Code, have been intrigued by the story of the Priory of Sion, a mysterious secret society which some believe operated for centuries behind the scenes of Eu­ropean and American history. As has been argued recently in British courts, most of the ideas in Brown’s book were taken from the the 1980s best-seller Holy Blood, Holy Grail, but the actual facts behind both works were laid down decades and centuries earlier. Today…

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Grail in Iceland? Researchers in Iceland believe they know where to find the Holy Grail. Not surprisingly that would be Iceland. Ac­cording to the on-line news source Iceland Review, Architect Thórarinn Thórarinsson believes he has the evidence to back up his claim. As the story goes, the Knights Templar came to Iceland in 1217 looking for a hiding place for their legendary treasure, and that Snorri Sturluson, the author of Prose Edda and other mediaeval scripts, helped them create an un­derground dome in Iceland’s central…

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OLD WILLIAMSBURG MYSTERY PERSISTS The “Bruton Vault” said to be the repository of the deepest secrets of Sir Francis Bacon and, maybe the Western world, is up for consideration, if not excavation, again. A group calling itself “Sir Francis Bacon’s Sages of the Sev­enth Seal” is seeking once again to excavate the alleged crypt beneath the old Episcopal church in Williamsburg, Vir­ginia. In this spot, it is said, the heirs and followers of Sir Francis Bacon buried a trove of priceless secrets brought to the…

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ANCIENT SCOTTISH PICTS USED GOLDEN RATIO New research into the enigmatic lost Pict people of Scotland has demonstrated that the group was much more ad­vanced than previously thought. Apparently as early as about A.D. 500 Pictish artisans and architects were using the golden section in the building of Christian chapels. For archaeologists now digging up a Pictish monastery at Port­mahomack on the Tarbat peninsula in Scotland that is an astonishing discovery. Long considered to be highly artistic, the Picts were nevertheless thought to be quite…

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Secret Bond

By Patrick Marsolek

The Great North Trail is a major legacy of ancient man in the American West. It crosses through the United States from the Bering Strait to Tierra del Fuego and is thought to have been the major migration route of early peoples from Asia to the Americas. Along the trail are concentrations of petroforms, simple structures made of stone: circles, cairns, medicine wheels, and ceremonial enclosures. New data on the trail and these petroforms could reshape many of the currently accepted beliefs regarding their creation…

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Secrets of the Cathedrals

By Jan Wicherink

The Gothic cathedral architecture originated in France in the early twelfth century during the heyday of the Knights Templar. The Templars officially called the ‘Poor Fellow-Soldiers of Christ and of the Temple of Solomon’ formed a knight’s order of priests who ostensibly protected the pilgrimage routes to Jerusalem. Founded in 1118 by Hugo de Payens the order originally included nine brave knight-priests. The group eventual­ly became one of the richest and most powerful in history. With the vast wealth, collected from financing the cru­sades, the…

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Rosslyn Chapel & 2012

BY JAN WICHERINK

The inscription on William Sinclair’s grave in Rosslyn Chapel reads: William de St. Clair, Knight Templar. On his gravestone a mysterious key with an eight-pointed cross is depicted. The official coat of arms of the Sinclair’s is a four-pointed cross in a stitch pattern, and it’s well known that the Knights Templar used both four- and eight-pointed crosses in their coat of arms. So the question is: what does this key on William Sinclairs grave represent? Could this key possibly unlock some of the mysteries…

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Mystery of the Black Madonna

BY MARK AMARU PINKHAM

Throughout the ages the image of the black madonna has elicited profound veneration, but also intense trepidation and even abhorrence from its observers. While Catholics have sought to denigrate and even to shun the numerous Black Madonnas scattered throughout their own European churches—the followers of the older, nature-centered and alternative faiths have traditionally praised its beauty and uplifting power. In 1952 during a convention of the Ameri­can Association for the Advancement of Science, representatives of the church made their feelings clear when a paper on…

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The Holy Grail

by Frank Joseph

About 800 years ago, a French poet told of the Grail for the first time. Chretien de Troyes described it as a shining ob­ject and the world’s most precious treasure. “No gem can compare to the Grail,” he wrote. Later, Wolfram von Eschenbach declared that the Grail was a huge emerald owned by a brotherhood of pure-hearted knights, who kept it under guard in a mountain castle. According to the German writer, anyone allowed to approach the Grail when it began to glow received great…

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