This monrinng I came upon posts I published last August. I am a-mazed! A Rosicrucian door has been opened. The parralels between Pan’s Labyrinth and these posts, are – astounding!
Yesterday was my late mother’s birthday. She was named Rosemary Rosamond. Heather was born on the same day. She was named Heather Marie Delpiano, she put in the arms of a dark and brutal man whose family was connected to the Sicilian mobe. Her mother knew Randolph Delpiano was not Heather’s father. Randy died childless. He was a poisoned frog put in my families bed of flowers. Heather Rose.
When Tyler Hunt was born, his father was not present. Ryan Hunt stayed up all night getting drunk with his buds. He wanted Heather to get an abortion. He did not want to be a father. As soon as I could afford it, I went to see my newborn grandson in Santa Rosa. I took Tyler and Heather to the newly discovered Stuttmeister tomb in Colma where a tiffany glass depicted a red rose growig in a blue pot. Take note of the rose on Ophelia’s dress as she enterrs the Rose Catherdral and Throne room of her diseased parents.
Take not of the lost tombstone of the Odd Fellow Druid with the ‘all seing eye” in the V.
Why do beautful women invite dumb brutes to rewrite this wonderous Rosy Story?
Why do evil men walk away with our children?
Jon Rosamond Presco
But I that am
Part of the perfect witness for the world,
How good it is; I chosen in God’s eyes
To fill the lean account of under men, The lank and hunger-bitten ugliness
Of half his people . . . I that am, ah yet,
And shall be till the worm has share in me,
Fairer than love or the clean truth of God,
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
I . . . have roses in my name, and make
All flowers glad to set their colour by.
You were once my one companion
You were all that mattered
You were once a friend and father
Then my world was shattered
Wishing you were somehow here again
Wishing you were somehow near
Sometimes it seemed if I just dreamed
Somehow you would be here
Wishing I could hear your voice again
Knowing that I never would
Dreaming of you won’t help me to do
All that you dreamed I could
Passing bells and sculpted angels
Cold and monumental seem, for you the wrong companions
You were warm and gentle
Too many years fighting back tears
Why can’t the past just die?
Wishing you were somehow here again
Knowing we must say, “Goodbye”
Try to forgive, teach me to live
Give me the strength to try
No more memories, no more silent tears
No more gazing across the wasted years
Help me say, “Goodbye”
Help me say, “Goodbye”
Read more: PHANTOM OF THE OPERA – WISHING YOU WERE SOMEHOW HERE AGAIN LYRICS
Two weeks ago, my daughter Heather and I discussed what will become of my remains when I die. As my Trustee she has power of attorney. She told me her mother was a member of the Neptune Society and will be cremated by them, her ashes spread upon the surface of the sea. As fate would have it Patrice Hanson will be cremated in the Oddfellows Columbarium. The Stuttmeisters were Oddfellows whose remains were evicted from the Laurel Hill cemetery where this amazing building was built. I believe the Stuttmeisters were put to eternal rest in the smaller Oddfellows cemetery near McCalister Street where Doctor Stuttmeister had a home. William Olin Stuttmeister paid $10,000 dollars to have the Stuttmeisters and the Jankes moved to Cypress Lawn in Colma where in a tomb they rest as the eternal sunlight filter through a Tiffany stainglass window. It is alleged the large stainglass window at the columbarium of three angels was made by Tiffany.
One could say William Stuttmeister was the Guaridan of the Dead who no doubt fought Mayor Rossi’s crusade to evict the Oddfellows and Freemasons from their graves. Did William testify to the fact that Frederick the Great granted his ancestors the right to be buried in what I suspect is a Rosicrucian cemetery in Berlin?
In my next post I will show you the Guilds that my Rosamond kinfolk belonged to in Switzerland. The Oddfellows sprang from the Guilds, as did Freemasonry. My neice’s great grandfather, General Thomas Hart Benton, the Grand Master of the Masons of Iowa, saved Albert Pike’s library that contained the Scottish Rite associated with the Rosicrucians.
In 1987 I had a psychic reading at the Berkeley Psychic Institute where one is read as a rose. The Seer saw two faint leaves on the stem of the rose that reperesent your children. I had no children. In 2000, I had a dream where my angel introduced me to my daughter. Two weeks later Heather’s mother called to tell me the blessed news. I too will be cremated at the Oddfellow cathedral of souls. I want my ahses spread at Rocky Point where Christine’s ashes fell like stars into the vast ocean of Eternal Love.
ALBERT PIKE’S MASONIC LIBRARY SAVED BY ENEMY BROTHER
A Union general, Thomas H. Benton, Grand Master in Iowa, 1860 – 1862, saved Albert Pikes Masonic Library at Little Rock, Arkansas, by placing Federal Troops around Pike’s home when the city was invaded during the Civil War.
The Berlin Rosicrucians, who were close to the heir to the throne (later Frederick William II), became particularly well known. Their representatives, J. C. von Wöllner and J. R. von Bischoffwerder, held state positions. The Martinists, Masonic Rosicrucians in Moscow and other Russian cities, were associated with the Berlin Rosicrucians at the end of the 18th century.
The story of the “Chemical Wedding” takes place in the magical castle of the bride and the bridegroom. The castle is filled with lion effigies and the servants are students of Plato. In a setting similar to a Grail Romance, the Virgin Lamplighter have all the people present weighted on a scales, while a clock tells the motions of the heavens and the Golden Fleece is presented to the guests. Music is played in this atmosphere of chivalry while knights in Holy Orders preside. Beneath the castle there is a sepulchre bearing strange inscriptions, and there are twelve ships of the Golden Stone flying their individual flags of the Zodiac. During this reception a fantasy play tells the story of an unnamed princess who, cast ashore in a wooden chest, marries a prince of equally obscure background and restores a usurped royal heritage.
Together with the other two documents, the Chemical Wedding is of obvious Grail significance. As a result, the Church condemned the Manifestos. The setting was mythical, but to illustrate the scene the Rosicrucians used only the Heildelberg castle, the residence of the Palatine Lion, the home of Prince Friedrich of the Rhine and his wife, Princess Elizabeth Stuart, the daughter of King James VI of Scotland (James I of England).
According to Jean Pierre Bayard, two rites of Rosicrucian inspiration emerged from the end of 18th century. One was the Rectified Scottish Rite, which was widespread in Central Europe where there was a strong presence of the “Golden and Rosy Cross”. The other was the Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite, first practiced in France, in which the 18th degree is called Knight of the Rose Croix. During the 18th century, there were several rites practiced in Freemasonry based on the Renaissance universe of hermeticism and alchemy, which was created by the Rosicrucians of 17th century or earlier.
 The Odd Fellows
In smaller towns and villages, there were too few Fellows from the same trade to set up a local Guild, so Fellows from a number of trades banded together to form a local Guild of Fellows from an odd assortment of trades. Hence, Guilds of Odd Fellows.
Over the next 300 years or so, the idea of “ordinary” people joining together to improve their situation met with varying degrees of opposition (and persecution) from “the establishment”, depending on whether they were seen as a source of revenue (taxes) or a threat to their power. For example, when Henry VIII broke from the Roman Catholic Church, the Guilds were seen by him as supporters of the Pope, and in 1545 all material property of the Guilds was confiscated. Elizabeth I took away from the Guilds the responsibility for apprenticeships, and by the end of her reign, most Guilds had been suppressed.
 The Oddfellows Lodge
The suppression of the Trade Guilds removed an important form of social and financial support from ordinary men and women. In major cities (like London), some Guilds (like the Free Masons and the Odd Fellows) survived by adapting their roles to a social support function. Both of these organisations had their base in London, but established other Branches (called ‘Lodges’) across the country. The earliest surviving rules of an Oddfellows Lodge date from 1730 and refer to the Loyal Aristarcus Lodge in London. Many pubs in Britain are named ‘The Oddfellows’ or ‘Oddfellows Arms’. Invariably these are past meeting places of Lodges.
The French Revolution caused “the establishment” to view organisations such as the Oddfellows and Freemasons with fear. Membership became a criminal offence, and such organisations were driven underground and forced to use codes, passwords, special handshakes and similar mechanisms. Fear of revolution was not the sole reason for persecution. Friendly societies like the Oddfellows were the predecessors of modern-day trade unions and could organise effective local strike action by levying all of their members for additional contributions for their benevolent funds, out of which payments could be made to the families of members who were on strike.
The Oddfellows subsequently introduced a number of novel benefits for members. These included the Travel Warrant, which allowed members seeking work to stay overnight in an Oddfellows Hall, anywhere in the country, free of charge. The Oddfellows also introduced standard protection policies (or ‘tables’) to which people could subscribe to protect themselves. At that time (and until 1948 in the U.K.), payment was required to see a doctor or to go into hospital. Many people therefore joined friendly societies like the Oddfellows to obtain protection to meet these costs.
The Lutheran Church traces its doctrines to Martin Luther, who started the Protestant Reformation, resulting in Protestantism.
Most Lutheran churches accept conventional Protestant theology. They are distinguished by a belief that the Bible is the inspired word of God, the priesthood of all believers, a belief in the efficacy of infant baptism, a sung liturgy, and an emphasis on faith in God as the basis of Christian experience.
Because of the prophec
y of Jan Hus, (whose name means ‘goose’), a swan is the traditional symbol of many Lutheran congregations. In Europe, Luther’s Rose is preferred. According to tradition, as Hus was being burned, he said “Today you burn a goose, but in a hundred years will come a swan whose voice you will not be able to still.”
This is a map showing the location of the Odd Fellows Cemetery which was bounded by Arguello and Geary Boulevards and Turk and Parker Streets. It was once part of the Lone Mountain Cemetery. There are homes here now as well as restaurants, shops, stores, the old Coronet Movie Theater(Now a new Senior Living Facility), Rossi playground-pool and the San Francisco Columbarium which also use to belong to the Odd Fellows Cemetery.
The Columbarium was once part of the Odd Fellows Cemetery, which encompassed approximately 167 acres (68 ha). It was built to complement an existing crematorium designed by Cahill in 1895.
In 1902 the San Francisco Board of Supervisors passed an ordinance to prohibit the sale of cemetery lots or permit any further burials within the city. By late 1910, cremation was also prohibited. The Odd Fellows, forced to abandon their cemetery, established Green Lawn Cemetery in Colma. Transfer of bodies began in 1929 and many families also chose to remove their urns from the Columbarium. The crematorium and various mausoleums were demolished, and many of the headstones were used to build a seawall at Aquatic Park. Only the Columbarium remained.
After a time, the Columbarium was sold to the Bay Cities Cemetery Association and later to Cypress Abbey. As it passed from one organization to another it fell into disrepair. In 1980, the Neptune Society of Northern California bought it and began restoration.
In 1996, the building was added to the register of San Francisco Landmarks
The Stuttmeister monument on the grounds of the Dorotheenstadt cemetery is made of ROSE GRANITE as is the columns next to it. This cemetery was given by Frederick the Great for the purpose of burying .members of two Evangelical churches which I believe are the Church of Jerusalem and Saint Paul where the Stuttmeisters were baptized as Lutherans. I suspect many Rosicrucians are buried here for there are more artists and men of intellect at rest here, the any other cemetery in Germany. As to why there is a life-size statue of Jesus standing behind the four graves, suggests my kin were caught up in the reforms of Johann Christoph Wollner, who was a Evangelical Rosicrucian who had a powerful influence on Frederich Wilhelm, the nephew of Frederick. His father was Augustus, a name the Stuttmeisters held. I suspect there was a split in the family when Wollner tried to bring the Rosicrucians back to Christianity after failed attempts by the Prussian Royalty to disguise their Enlightenment as part of the orthodoxy. The Stuttmeister monument of rose granite is giving the correct religious message to those in the know. That a descendant of the Stuttmeisters would marry a Rosamond, whose cote of arms contains a Rose and a Cross, tells me that which is concealed takes on a life of its own in order to be revealed, because secrets can only be sustained by knowers of the secrets. When they are gone, what becomes of their truths? Consider the Tiffany window in the Stuttmeister tomb in Colma that depiects a single rose growing in a blue pot surrounded by thirteen red roses.
The Rosy German Secrets
The Fraternitas Rosae Crucis teaches that there is one God, the Creator and source of all. That within each of us is buried a particle of the Divine element, a Divine Spark, of and from God. This celestial spark is our soul. Furthermore, God gave us the gift of free will and the opportunity to either diminish or grow this tiny spark by our mode of life; by our thoughts, desires and actions. To develop this celestial soul spark, we must transmute (change) our lower nature and increase the feeling of love within our being. The end result of our efforts is to build this soul spark into a glorious, conscious Soul that forms a direct link between the individual and God. This state of spiritual development is termed Soul Consciousness or Soul Illumination. Illumination of the Soul is symbolized by the fully bloomed rose in the center of the cross of transmutation, the Rosy Cross. The mission of the Fraternitas Rosæ Crucis is to guide individuals, one by one, on the Path toward the ultimate of their Divine Inheritance, Soul Consciousness followed by God Consciousness.
What is puzzling, is why would the Stuttmeisters conceal their past having such a grand monument to their dead in Berlin? They were evangelical Luhterans, members of the Jerusalem Church that was favored by Freidrich Wilhelm, the Rosicrucian King of Prussia.
We were told that the Stuttmeisters were Prussians descended from Teutonic Knights. I suspect they were a Cadet Branch of the House of Holenzollern. My grandmother’s middle name was Charlotte, and her great grandfather was Dr. Freidrich Wilhelm Rudolph Stuttmesiter. Was he a Doctor of Thealogy? Their Jerusalem Calvinist Church has some amazing history and splits. King Freidrich was titled ‘Ormesus Magnus’ and was one of the foremost Rosicrucians in history.
7. AGNES EMMA HEDWIG STUTTMEISTER – International Genealogical Index / GE
Gender: Female Christening: 06 SEP 1856 Sankt Petri, Berlin Stadt, Brandenburg, Preussen
8. ALBERTUS FRIEDERICH STUTTMEISTER – International Genealogical Index / GE
Gender: Male Christening: 11 JUL 1745 Jerusalem, Berlin Stadt, Brandenburg, Preussen
9. DOROTHEA SOPHIA STUTTMEISTER – International Genealogical Index / GE
Gender: Female Christening: 03 AUG 1807 Jerusalem, Berlin Stadt, Brandenburg, Preussen
10. EMILIE FRIEDRICKE STUDTMEISTER – International Genealogical Index / GE
Gender: Female Christening: 26 JAN 1806 Sankt Nikolai, Berlin Stadt, Brandenburg, Preussen
11. AMALIE CHARLOTTE JOHANNE ELISABETH STUTTMEISTER – International Genealogical Index / GE
Gender: Female Christening: 06 MAR 1860 Sankt Petri, Berlin Stadt, Brandenburg, Preussen
12. FRIEDRICH HEINRICH STUTTMEISTER – International Genealogical Index / GE
Gender: Male Christening: 30 JAN 1862 Sankt Elisabeth, Berlin Stadt, Brandenburg, Preussen
13. JOH. CARL STUTTMEISTER – International Genealogical Index / GE
Gender: Male Christening: 20 AUG 1747 Jerusalem, Berlin Stadt, Brandenburg, Preussen
14. JOHANNES HERMANN STUTTMEISTER – International Genealogical Index / GE
Gender: Male Christening: 04 MAY 1826 Friedrichswerder Berlin, Brandenburg, Preussen
15. CARL HEINRICH STUTTMEISTER – International Genealogical Index / GEDr.
Gender: Male Christening: 15 APR 1805 Sankt Nikolai, Berlin Stadt, Brandenburg, Preussen
16. CATHARINA DOROTHEA STUTTMEISTER – International Genealogical Index / GE
Gender: Female Christening: 02 AUG 1743 Jerusalem, Berlin Stadt, Brandenburg, Preussen
17. VICTOR EMANUEL FELIX STUTTMEISTER – International Genealogical Index / GE
Gender: Male Christening: 07 MAR 1861 Sankt Petri, Berlin Stadt, Brandenburg, Preussen
Census – 1880 US Census
1. Atia L. STUTTMEISTER – 1880 United States Census / California
SisterL Gender: Female Birth: CA 2. Wm. O. STUTTMEISTER – 1880 United States Census / California
BroL Gender: Male Birth: CA
3. Victor STUTTMEISTER – 1880 United States Census / California
Other Gender: Male Birth: NY
4. Victor R. STUTTMEISTER – 1880 United States Census / California
Self Gender: Male Birth: GER
5. Sarah STUTTMEISTER – 1880 United States Census / California
Wife Gender: Female
I am new to the list and hope someone in Deutschland, Charlottenburg,
Brandenburg, or Berlin can help me out.
My research has brought to my attention that there is one Stuttmeister left
in Berlin. He was born in December 29, 1959, Wilhelm Erdman Arthur. He
has two children, christened at St.Peter, Berlin. The children are Johann
Herman and Henriette Theodore Emma Poehlig.
I understand that my great uncle’s father came from Charlottenburg. His
name was Herr Dr. Rudolph Von Stuttmeister. I do not know whether he
immigrated to the U.S. or not. It is a bit of a mystery. His son, Dr.
William Olin Stuttmeister, born April 29, 1862, but where I do not know,
wether in the US or Germany. Is there any way of checking in Berlin?
Also was there a Studentenheim in Charlottenburg, or the surrounding area,
and does the orphanage(I assume that is what it was) exist today?
My great uncle was Catholic, I believe. All Stuttmeister children were
christened at Sankt Petri, St. Jerusalem, St. Nicholai, St. Elisabeth. Do
any of these parishes exist, and are they Catholic?
Any help will be greatly appreciated, as I do not know what to do next.
King of the Rosy Cross
Published by Royal Rosamond Press
Last night I recieved some information from my brother, Mark sent to
him by our cousin, Daryl, which led me to put a great piece of the
puzzle into place.
Dr. William Frierich Rudolph Stuttmeister was born in Berlin in 1816
and died Jan 29 1877. He is buried in a family vault at Cypress Lawn
Memorial Park in Colma California which is near Belmont. William paid
$10,000 dollars for this vault that contains members of the Janke
family. This is alot of money to spend in those days. William Sharon is here. This expenditure
would be made for a millionaire or a king, or someone related to
royalty. But, it may have been the resting place of someone of
standing in a religious order, perhaps the Masons.
This morning I typed in William’s name, minus the Stuttmeister name
which I believe denotes the manor where Charlotenburg was built
beside. The name I got was, Frederick William 2 of Prussia, who I
discovered was a Rosicrucian of the highest order, and was
named ‘Ormesus Magnus’.
Frederick William was a man of singularly handsome presence, with an
intelligence of a high order. He was devoted to the arts, and
patronized Beethoven and Mozart. His private orchestra was known all
over Europe. To quote from an article by Waite published by Rider,
who are responcible the Tarot Card deck;
“Frederick William, then Prince of Prussia. (2) He had attained
already a high position in the Rosicrucian Fraternity and was a firm
believer in the healing power of an elixir known to the Order. (3) It
was used in an illness which befell the Prince, and his recovery was
attributed to its virtues. (4) Bischoffswerder thereupon induced him
to join the Order, concerning which it is said that the real leaders
worked in secrecy, exacting implicit obedience: in a word, they were
Unknown Superiors. (5) Delighted as they werethis is of course
speculationat the advent of a royal recruit, they imposed on him a
year’s probationas it is said, “to impress him more deeply with the
sanctity and seriousness of their authority.” “
William married several times, two of them of “the left hand”. He had
four sons, one to be king, and another named William. There is no
mention of chidren from “the left hand”. One of his daughters,
Frederika Louisa Wilhemina, married William of Orange a.k.a William 1
of the Netherlands whom the Rougemonts are kin to. I believe my
father is descended from this royal Rosicrucian family. I find it
profound that he would marry a Rougemont who are associated with the
Knight Templars, and in a fictional piece by Ainsworth that may have
been inspired by the Rosicrucian Bulwer-Lytton.
The tomb of Dr. William Stuttmeister, and his Janke kin, is badly
damaged due to earthquakes, and has remained neglected. How like the
prophecy in ‘Ariol’. Have two Rosicrucian bloodlines come together,
as well as a Masonic bloodline? Consider Christine and Vicki
beholding a angel at the foot of her bed. To quote Waite;
“Moreover, the case against Wöllner may call for amendment. It is
possible for a rationalist to be sincere when he turns to things
represented by the religious side of the Rosy Cross. When he said in
a Circle of the Order “0 my Brethren, the time is not far off when we
may hope that the long-expected Wise Ones will teach us and bring us
into communion with High and invisible Beings “it is scarcely fair
to suggest that this was a mere pose. In any case the statement is
valuable for my own purpose, as it shews that he was addressing a
Lodge of Expectation, a Lodge of Quest, not one of attainment.”
A curator for the Oakland Museum called me yesterday and asked me to e-mail him the photograph of my kinfolk having a picnic in the Oakland Hills. I had just returned from Dot Dotsons in Eugene where Jo framed a enlargement of this historic event in a antique frame I purchased. She did a splendid job!
Thanks to the Trust my uncle Vincent Rice left me, I have more funds to investigate and record my lost family history. Being poor I have had to endure hardship in order to visit my newfound daughter and newborn grandson in California. Tyler’s father was not there for his son, so when I went to see him for the first time I made a point to ground him in the history of my father’s people whom I and my cousin had just discovered were in a tomb at Cypress Lawn in Colma.
We three were the first kin to enter this tomb in many years. Tyler took an early lunch when Heather breast-fed her son on a marble bench facing the Tiffany window. Afterwards we went atop a hill and had a picnic next to these beautiful angels. Heather told me Tyler remembers being there. I was amazed when I saw his eyes follow a plane in the sky, and then smile.
My friend, Joy, had given me a special AA coin with the image of an angel on it for my late sister, Christine Rosamond, that I slipped into a crack made by an earthquake.
When we drove through San Francisco on our way home, I told Heather this was her and Tyler’s town now, for the Stuttmeisters are listed as a pioneer family, and made the Blue Book. In some respects, this was a Baptism.
Discovered on August 19, 2001 by Frank Maffei, long time Colma Resident and Colma Historical Association Boardmember as he was walking along the old Southern Pacific right-of-way as it was being excavated for the BART tunnel to San Francisco Airport . The headstone was half buried at the location near Holy Cross Catholic Cemetery and the Donohoe and Carroll Monument Company. Weighing almost 1,000 pounds it is It is now permanently located on the grounds of the Colma Historical Park, adjacent to the Colma Historical Museum building
The monument reads:
Past arch and chartered
Member of Hesperian
Grove No. 15 and past
grand secretary Grand
Grove of California
Died Feb. 9, 1875
Aged 29 years
? Mortogue Fidel ?
erected as a token of
respect by Hesperian
Researching the various names on the monument, Richard Rocchetta, Boardmember and Secretary of the Colma Historical Association discovered that the headstone originally came from the Independent Order of Odd Fellow’s Cemetery in San Francisco . The body of H.J. Hartnagel is listed in the handwritten book of burials for the mass grave located in what is now called Greenlawn Cemetery , where most of the bodies from the Odd Fellow’s Cemetery are interred. There are no individual burial stones at the mass grave site. It is a mystery as to why this stone ended up in Colma, “separated” from the body. Could it have come on a flat car and been abandonded? The answer may never be known.
Here is what we know about Mr. Hartnagle.
Herman Joseph Hartnagel, born in Damstadt , Germany and a naturalized United States citizen, was an officer of the United Ancient Order of Druids (UAOD), Hesperian Grove No. 15 of San Francisco . Records show he registered to vote at age 21 in 1867 and was never married. He died in Belmont , California of consumption (tuberculosis) on February 9, 1875. Originally interred in Odd Fellows Cemetery in San Francisco , he now lies in the Odd Fellows section of Greenlawn Memorial Park (where 26,000 bodies unclaimed by families from San Francisco ‘s Odd Fellows Cemetery are buried in a mass grave). According to records at Greenlawn, Hartnagel’s physician was Dr. Robert Mackintosh and the undertaker was Massey and Yung.
The following death notice appeared in both the San Francisco Morning Call and the San Francisco Chronicle on Thursday, February 11, 1875:
HARTNAGEL-In Belmont , Cal. , February 9, Herman Joseph Hartnagel, a native of Hess-Darmstadt, aged 29 years.
The funeral will be held at Druids’ Hall, 413 Sutter Street, on Sunday, February 14, at 1 P.M., under the auspices of the Grand Grove of the State of California, U.A.O.D., of which deceased was a valued and efficient officer. Members of subordinate Groves are invited to attend. Special invitation is extended to members of Ophir Lodge No. 171, and Unity Encampment, No. 26, I.O.O.F. (of which deceased was a member), to be present.
What is the “all seeing eye” or “eye of Horus”, depicted atop the unfinished pyramid on the back of the dollar bill and in (surprisingly) plain-view as the Time Warner Cable logo? What do the Freemasons teach their initiates, and how did they become so powerful? What’s up with the so-called Illuminati? Who are the Rosicrucians? Were the Templar Knights “heretics”? If so, what did they believe? How does Kabbalah, a “mystic” (and ancient) tradition with close ties to Judaism relate to the “Gnostic” sects, and do the later comprise a parallel “esoteric” tradition in the Christian theater? What is the ‘Cremation of Care’, a mock sacrifice performed at a yearly gathering of the world’s top elite at Bohemian Grove in northern California all about? Are all of the above related, and if so, how? … and does the “dragon” fit somehow into a larger picture?
Not only do I believe I’ve stumbled onto a key enabling me to answer all these questions (to my own satisfaction at least), I think that in the same turn I’ve hit also on an elegant way to put it all into a single easy-to-grasp piece … that being an expose on a film by director Guillermo Del Toro, ‘Pan’s Labyrinth’.
I’ve been wanting to write something about ‘Pan’s Labyrinth’ for some time now as the occult references in the film are fairly obvious. But I didn’t feeI I understood it on a deep enough level to attempt it.
Having read ‘The Secret History of the World’, a monumental book by Jonathan Black, I feel I can give it a shot.
No one can say for sure what Del Toro was trying to say in ‘Pan’s Labyrinth’, or what additional meaning might lie beneath the surface of the film. But I walked away with the definite impression that both ‘Pan’s Labyrinth’ and ‘Secret History of the World’ are essentially about the same thing … spirituality. We’re not talking about religion here, at least not in the conventional sense of the word, but rather humankind’s connection to the spirit-world as it existed, in a very real sense (re: Black and according to the ancient esoteric traditions), in antiquity.