30 March 2008
Tomorrow, I'm headed to Lambuth University in Jackson, TN tomorrow to view a copy of the Proceedings Against the Knights Templar from the Vatican Press. The University unveiled its copy on Friday and is holding a sort of Templar week on campus. More on this when I get back tomorrow night.
25 March 2008
24 March 2008
Grail Seekers this week:
Sorry for the update being a few days late this week. With Easter, work, family, and other such “real world” things going on; I’ve been a little hampered in my writing. But then again, isn’t that always the case?
There’s not a ton of news out there this week, by the first two headlines in this week’s mix do raise some interesting questions. The first is about a neo-Templar movement that has taken out an ad in a
And finally, for those who already miss Arthur C Clark. Grail Seekers graphics guru Barry Edwards has created a memorial shirt for the sci-fi visionary.
Nothing out there this week trips my trigger…
In the News:
A new Templar organization that has popped up on the grid with the aims of restoring the good name of the Templars. I can get behind that.
Evidently, Tudor Parfitt’s Ark of the Covenant has disappeared from the Museum that was holding it in
Jimmy Page has sold his Holy Grail tapestry. Luckily, he’s not selling his photo album just yet.
The BBC asks why the controversy over the Shroud of Turin will be explained away easily.On Film:
The Danish film, The Lost Treasure of the Knights Templar will be released in
Atlantean Times blog has ferreted out a connection between Heath Ledger and Rennes-le-Chateau
Ars Latomorum has a very brief piece on Freemasonry and Alchemy
The Burning Taper blog has won a Sunshine Award; Huzzah!
Tracy Twyman wonders why Marc Dutroux and the Priory of Sion are linked in the following video. I guess my 3 years of German in high school isn’t cutting it on this one. If you can shed some light on this one,
Andy Marshall is an award winning architectural photographer in the
This of course means the popularity and glamour means commercial success for Andy. In e-mailing Andy, I have the feeling he listens to his inner voice more than most. He has undertaken a project to make photographic records of what he calls “Masonic Churches” in the
Andy has begun photographing Saint Edmund's, Falinge near
The marriage between architecture and Masonic symbolism is not a unique phenomenon. Men who are professional craftsman and Architects often incorporate Masonic symbols in their work. Examples of this type of incorporation can be seen in Wren’s additions to the
Andy felt a pressing need to start making a record of Saint Edmund's and other churches with Masonic symbolism because he fears their architectural treasures may not last much longer. “The churches are being closed because the congregations are dwindling and costs for upkeep are increasing. There is statutory protection (via our listing system) but this cannot protect them from vandalism and deterioration, unfortunately.”, said Andy. To this end, Andy is donating his time to preserve these images for posterity.
I’d like to thank Andy for all his work and dedication to this project. If you’d like to see more of Andy’s works, his web site is www.fotofacade.com. (You’ll have to be Flash enabled to view his main site) On Fotofacade, check out the Archmedia tab. Here you will find links to his custom Google Maps of architectural sites, Podcasts, and a video section.
I've taken down all the links to the forum on the web site and it will be out of commission until further notice. To all of you who have been participating in the forum , thank you. I have no idea if posts will come back up after the host clears this up. I'll keep everyone posted....
UPDATE: 25 Mar 08: The forum is back in business. Evidently the forum's host worked their mojo and got things up and running again. If you'd like to comment of any number of Grail related topics, or if you're trying to find someone with like interest; the Grail Seekers forum is designed for just that.
18 March 2008
16 March 2008
The Cloisters is not far from the site Margaret Corbin took control of her fallen husband’s artillery battery to beat back Hussian attackers in 1776. Part of the Metropolitan, the Cloisters was opened to the public in 1938 to showcase George Grey Barnard’s collection of medieval antiquities. Barnard had gone deep into debt for construction of a gallery for his acquisitions. In the 1920’s John D. Rockefeller Jr. donated the funds to create the building that is there today.
Inside there is a stunning collection of artifacts, artwork and original architecture pieces from the 12th to 15th Century. Much of the interior scenes in the building were transported piece by piece from
Of note to those who are interested in the Margaret Starbird approach to Mary Magdalene, there is a room full of unicorn tapestries. The tapestries were donated by the Rockefeller family who had acquired them in a French Chateau. One can draw their own conclusions as to why the Rockefellers were so interested in unicorns and chalices…
If you’re thinking of visiting and looking at the Cloisters web site, beware. The site is not very user friendly and exhibition notes are not always up to date. My main goal in visiting the Cloisters last week was to see the Antioch Chalice, but alas they had moved it to the main Met. Too bad for me the web masters didn’t see fit to note this in the collection notes. If you’re looking to see a specific piece, I would suggest emailing the Cloisters directly to make sure its still there.
Getting there on Public Transportation – Take the “A” Train to the
Grail Seekers this week:
I was on vacation this week from my “real job” and haven’t been home too much since last Sunday. The first part of the week I went to
Also, I planned to send the petition to exonerate the Knights Templar to the
Allen Greenfield, Bishop of Ecclesia Gnostica Universalis, visits the Occult of Personality Podcast.
In the News:
Rennes-le-Chateau researcher Jean-Luc Robin has passed away. Godspeed into the great beyond Jean-Luc, I hope you now have the answers to things we cannot on this side of the veil.
A US military Knights Templar Lodge has been accused of hazing. It makes me wonder how the media would have covered the initiation and training regiments of the Spartans…
On Freemasonry, a Lodge is opened up in
Jeff Nisbet from Mythomorph sent in, “The Duke of Westminster, aka Gerald Cavendish Grosvenor, close friend of Prince Charles, and English Grand Prior of the Military and Hospitaller Order of St. Lazarus of
The Knights of Malta elect a new leader from the
First Temple era ruins are found 100 meters from the Wailing Wall in
Nazi treasure is found on the Czech border with
On the Web:
Looking for directions to the Skull and Bones building on Yale’s campus, look no further.
The RLC Research Site has done some major updates to their photo section.
FSU classics professor exploring a 'lost' city of the Mycenaeans
BS Historian asks what the link between the Loch Ness Monster and Rosslyn Chapel is.
The Modern Knight Templar thinks that Rosslyn is a Monument to the Goddess
The Celestine Musings blog has a collection of photographs of doors and portals into esoteric related places.
The Templar Globe is hot on the Trail of the Grail.
Bob Freeman reports on a Grail tapestry that’s up for sale. I need to check my powerball ticket from last night.
08 March 2008
Grail Seekers this week:
The snow in Nashville must have made me a little salty this morning, given some of my quips in the news section this week. Or maybe it's because I have to go to work on my off day because people in the Athens of the South can't figure out how to drive in the snow. At any rate, here’s another week in the can from the Grail Seeker’s news desk.
Ann Masai will be on the Laura Lee Show on the 15th discussing the Black Madonna.
In the News:
The Grand Master of Freemasons in Venezuela is shot during an apparent kidnapping attempt this week. My condolences go out to his family.
Eight Jewish students are killed during a terrorist attack near the Western Wall in
Academics think Moses was smoking dope when he received the Ten Commandments.
Vandals hit the Trembling Rocks at Renne-le-Chateau. Folks, I’m all about looking for Grail related evidence. But for sites like this, if you’re not in the company of professionals you’re going to spoil a landmark for everyone else.
The Congregation of the Doctrine of the Faith of the Catholic Church (the same group that use to go under the name of the Inquisition…) rules that a feminist point of view in the Catholic Church is not kosher.
On the Web:
What’s down this shaft on
Ben Hammott’s site has a piece on the Archeological GRP investigation at Rennse-le-Chateau
Codex Celtica looks at the Arthurian graffiti 10 years after it’s discover.
How mysterious is the crypt in Rosslyn Chapel?
The Secret Glory, a documentary about Otto Rahn is available as part of a collection of Richard Stanley’s works.
07 March 2008
It’s hard to delve into any topic related to the Holy Grail without finding one’s self faced with miraculous events. Whether the mystic phenomena are found in the pages of Grail literature or those who have had experiences with Grail related relics or places; one is hard pressed to side step the Grail’s mystical nature. We either believe or discount these mystical stories based on our belief system and ultimately faith itself.
Hebrews 11:1 tells us that “Faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” This is the best definition of faith I have ever seen because it encapsulates the very personal experience in matters of one’s belief. Those who seek any of the facets of the Grail possess some sort of faith. That faith can range from the historical/archaeological end of the spectrum to that of the Grail being a miraculous gift from on high.
Last June I was contacted by a man from
This would not seem to be the end of the story.
After viewing the video and reading
If you'd like to comment on this story, there's a thread on the Grail Seekers forum
05 March 2008
The situation is as complicated as they get in the world of religious politics of the
Tuesday’s police action comes on the heels of a small earthquake that opened a six foot hole by the Dome of the Rock on 17 Feb 2008. The Wakf claims that the Israeli government is secretly tunneling under the Temple Mount. The Muslim Trust says that these secret tunnels weakened the Mount and the hole is a propaganda stunt. Israeli officials deny the claims of tunneling past the Western Wall.
This is a situation that makes me wonder what is really going on with the