America The Illiterate-9/8 Zero Hedge, by Chris Hedges, We live in two Americas. One America, now the minority, functions in a print-based, literate world. It can cope with complexity and has the intellectual tools to separate illusion from truth. The other America, which constitutes the majority, exists in a non-reality-based belief system. This America, dependent on skillfully manipulated images for information, has severed itself from the literate, print-based culture. It cannot differentiate between lies and truth. It is informed by simplistic, childish narratives and clichés. It is thrown into confusion by ambiguity, nuance and self-reflection. This divide, more than race, class or gender, more than rural or urban, believer or nonbeliever, red state or blue state, has split the country into radically distinct, unbridgeable and antagonistic entities. There are over 42 million American adults, 20 percent of whom hold high school diplomas, who cannot read, as well as the 50 million who read at a fourth- or fifth-grade level. Nearly a third of the nation’s population is illiterate or barely literate. And their numbers are growing by an estimated 2 million a year. But even those who are supposedly literate retreat in huge numbers into this image-based existence. A third of high school graduates, along with 42 percent of college graduates, never read a book after they finish school. Eighty percent of the families in the United States last year did not buy a book. The illiterate rarely vote, and when they do vote they do so without the ability to make decisions based on textual information. ...
Genius-9/8 Editor, Reverse Spins. There has been a dearth of good movies for the last few years.I can't recommend the movie "Genius," enough. The acting was superb, especially Jude Law. Last night I walked just inside the doors of a NW coastal Walmart. Standing by a Redbox I saw the seemingly illiterate talked about in the above article. They were passing to and fro, on a mission and fully prepared to stand and wait in huge lines caused by a lack of cashier employees. Entitlements might be preferable in this area. The anachronistc incongruity was not lost on me as I was about to rent a movie about the Charles Scriber editor Maxwell Perkins, who edited the likes of Fitzgerald, Hemingway and Wolfe. I probably saw one person who would know 2 out 3 of these authors. The movie is concerned about the relationship of Perkins and Thomas Wolfe, the creative process, the friendship of opposite personalities and what it means to be an artistic genius. I think I saw a Taylor Caldwell book on Perkin's shelf of clients as well or maybe it was Erskine Caldwell. Anyway, I have always been fascinated by great literature, its genesis, time periods and evolution. But what makes an author great? Probably the easiest description is the question Thomas Wolfe asked F. Scott Fitzgerald in the movie, 'Will I be remembered in 100 years?' Yes Thomas, you made that elite list of great American authors. You will be remembered. The other criteria is "Sometimes a Great Notion" the book title of Ken Kesey's second book. Besides metaphors and evocative descriptions one has to throw in ideas or questions that makes the reader stop in his tracks and say "whoa" and just think about that for awhile. It helps to do this in a way that is novel and surprising. In this age of social media, a boon but a greater detriment, there is less thinking and an excess of banality and foolishness. People are too busy reacting, no time for critical thoughts. Then, we are also overwhemed with a myriad of books from fantasy to techno-thrillers, biographies etc. For the last 30 years it's hard to discern who is truly a great writer. A great writer has to stand out among the rest, not follow the status quo. I loved Terry Hayes' book "I Am Pilgrim" and nearly all of Lee Child's books and of course, the originator of this genre, Tom Clancy. Selling books in D.C. for the Summit Lighthouse in the early 80's, I remember when a book buyer told me about a brand new book called "Red October." Needless to say, I was hooked. But are these authors great? Is Tom Clancy like Knut Hamsun, the writer who broke the mold with sparse language that gave rise to Fitzgerald and Hemingway. FYI I think Fitgerald beats out Hemingway by a nose. And don't rush out to buy Hamsun, he can be a little dark which I could tolerate in my younger days. Being a lover of great literature I can't stand emojis and texting abreviations. So where are the Francis Bacons, Hugos, Melvilles, Dickens, Dostoyevskys? You can go ahead and laugh or smirk, I don't mind, but I know where 3 out of 5 are. Maybe these five have fulfilled their karma or dharma and have moved on to higher pursuits so they can muster enough spiritual fire to jettison off this planet. Perhaps this is the time of the regular Joe, fulfilling his/her lifetime after lifetime dream of writing. There are a lot of good books out there. Writers have learned the formula for capturing the attention of the public. There you go, how's that for some great notions. End
Alinsky's daughter: Here's the truth about Hillary the media won't tell you-8/29 Conservative Review, By: Jen Kuznicki | In 1993, the president of Wellesley College approved a new rule upon being contacted by Bill Clinton’s White House. The rule stated that all senior theses written by a president or first lady of the United States would be kept under lock and key. The rule was meant to keep the public ignorant about the radical ties of the first lady, Hillary Rodham Clinton, to the radical Marxist organizer, Saul Alinsky. The 92-page thesis was titled, “There is only the fight…: An Analysis of the Alinsky Model.” The thesis became unlocked after the Clintons left the White House and is now posted online. After being ruled by Barack Obama, another Alinskyite, for 8 years, perhaps one might think the fact that the modern Democratic Party is completely taken over by Alinskyites is old news, but the connection between Alinsky and Hillary is special. Hillary describes Alinsky as a “neo-Hobbesian who objects to the consensual mystique surrounding political processes; for him, conflict is the route to power.” Alinsky’s central focus, she notes, is that the community organizer must understand that conflict will arise and to redirect it and, as she quoted him in her thesis, be “...dedicated to changing the character of life of a particular community [and] has an initial function of serving as an abrasive agent to rub raw the resentments of the people of the community; to fan latent hostilities of many of the people to the point of overt expressions... to provide a channel into which they can pour their frustration of the past; to create a mechanism which can drain off underlying guilt for having accepted the previous situation for so long a time. When those who represent the status quo label you [i.e. the community organizer] as an 'agitator' they are completely correct, for that is, in one word, your function--to agitate to the point of conflict.” …it could very well be that Hillary’s model, which was to gain political power and wield it to gain social change, is simply her thesis finally realized. The thesis in and of itself is limited to whether or not “social justice” can be attained through the tactics described by Alinsky in “Reveille For Radicals,” and the numerous speeches he gave on hundreds of college campuses in the 1950s and 1960s. ...
Speak With Love: How Your Words Literally Restructure Your Brain-8/29 Spirit Science,
The words you choose to use can literally change your brain.
Dr. Andrew Newberg, a neuroscientist at Thomas Jefferson University, and Mark Robert Waldman, a communications expert, collaborated on the book, “Words Can Change Your Brain.” In it, they write, “a single word has the power to influence the expression of genes that regulate physical and emotional stress.”Toward Digital Encryption When we use words filled with positivity, like “love” and “peace”, we can alter how our brain functions by increasing cognitive reasoning and strengthening areas in our frontal lobes. Using positive words more often than negative ones can kick-start the motivational centers of the brain, propelling them into action. On the opposite end of the spectrum, when we use negative words, we are preventing certain neuro-chemicals from being produced which contribute to stress management. Each and every one of us are initially hardwired to worry; it’s how our primal brain protects us from dangerous situations for survival. So, when we allow negative words and concepts into our thoughts, we are increasing the activity in our brain’s fear center (the amygdala), and causing stress-producing hormones to flood our system. These hormones and neurotransmitters interrupt the logic and reasoning processes in the brain and inhibit normal functionality. ...
The Truth About The Freemasons-9/29 by Richard Allan Wagner
Hopefully you have come to this essay because you’re truly interested in the history and meaning of Freemasonry. If, however, you’re looking for another Masonic conspiracy theory, you’ve come to the wrong place. TRUE, this article is uniquely different from all of the rest… but I must warn you that it reveals truths and facts about Freemasonry that most Masons simply do not know. In fact, the information contained here is radically different from everything average, garden variety Masons are taught or understand. How can that be?
Well, let’s just say that the VAST MAJORITY of Masons are extremely (and blissfully) ignorant of their “Masonic Heritage”. You see, most Masons are in the “Fraternity” for the purpose of belonging to a “Good Ol Boys Social Club”, which is perfectly fine, but that’s basically it. Now understand, I’m not here to put Freemasonry down, after all, I’m a Mason. Actually, I’d like nothing more than to see Freemasonry receive a much needed jolt to its lethargic and virtually dormant mindset so as to awaken it from its current slumber. Also understand that just reading all of the books and online articles about Freemasonry will NEVER deliver a thorough understanding of it.
IF YOU’RE NOT A MASON, I guarantee you cannot possibly understand what it’s all about—YOU HAVE TO BE ONE IN ORDER TO GET THE COMPLETE PICTURE. However, if you’re not a Mason this essay will still provide crucial insight into the True meaning of Freemasonry. Having said all that, let’s get to it…
because what you’re about to learn (whether you’re a Mason or not) is THE REAL TRUTH ABOUT THE ORIGIN OF SPECULATIVE FREEMASONRY.
How and Where Did It All Begin?
Ask any Mason the above question and he’ll likely tell you that (in accordance with “Masonic tradition”) it all began (a) with the building of King Solomon’s Temple, and (b) Masonic knowledge was somehow transmitted over a vast time to take root in the “operative” stone masons guilds of medieval Europe—culminating in the founding of the English Grand Lodge of “Free and Accepted Masons” in 1717. Some Masons will even go so far as to allude to extremely vague words, names and phrases from the Old Testament in a vain attempt to legitimize the claims of “Masonic tradition”. The problem with “Masonic tradition”, however, is that it rests on supposition rather than historical fact—starting with the mythical story of Hiram Abiff who, according to Masonic tradition, was the “Grand Master” architect who oversaw the construction of King Solomon’s temple. Of course there’s no historical, archeological or even biblical evidence to support the Hiramic myth. And yet, this myth is the centerpiece for the traditional view of the origin of Freemasonry and its fundamental meaning. Freemasonry has always referred (unofficially) to various ancient esoteric schools of thought as the foundation of its philosophical tenets. Among these are Egyptian Hermeticism, the Pythagorean-Orphic mystery schools, and the Jewish Kabbalistic tradition. But none of them make any mention of Hiram Abiff. Furthermore, the “Regius poem”, AKA the “Halliwell Manuscript” (circa 1390) is understood to be the oldest genuine record of the “Masonic Craft” known to exist. Yet it says absolutely nothing of Hiram Abiff or the building of King Solomon’s temple.The glaring lack of evidence to support the existence of the Hiramic myth by the early fifteenth century is only too obvious. Clearly, the story of Hiram as the founder of Freemasonry hadn’t yet been conceived—who invented him, and why? Enter Francis Bacon Over the centuries, the personal details of the lives of many great historical figures have been obscured, distorted or deliberately swept under the carpet. Such is the case with Francis Bacon. As extraordinary as it may seem, there is an avalanche of hard, tangible evidence that supports the following:
(a) Francis Bacon was a secret son of Queen Elizabeth I—which made him an heir to the Tudor throne, and
(b) he was the genius behind the creation of the collective works ascribed to the literary name “William Shakespeare”, and
(c) he was the creator of modern “Speculative Freemasonry” along with the Hiramic myth.
I realize that, for many people, this information may seem like a bizarre pill to swallow. For those who are not already familiar with these facts, see the specific details and hard evidence set forth in my book The LOST SECRET of William Shakespeare @ www.thelostsecretofwilliamshakespeare.com
The Rosicrucian Movement and its Impact on Bacon and Freemasonry
Some eighty three years prior to the writing of the Regius Poem (which basically provided a constitutional outline for early Masonic philosophy and principles) the medieval Order of the Knights Templar had been viciously attacked and torn asunder by the Catholic Church. The surviving members of the Order scattered throughout Europe seeking refuge in secret underground enclaves. The Church had declared an all-out war against all progressive scientific and philosophical thinking deemed to deviate in the slightest degree from Catholic dogma—the great inquisition had arrived. Those who were accused of, or believed to be harboring heretical beliefs were condemned to be burned alive at the stake. As a result, most of Europe’s leading minds became members of a loosely knit secret society generically known as the “Invisible College” or the “Great Society”—but in truth it was the precursor of what would become the Rose Croix or Rosi Cross Order (the Rosicrucians). Ironically, this secret underground movement, which made great advances in the arts and the sciences, was unwittingly sponsored by rich patrons of the Church—indeed by the Church itself—all under the guise of producing religious art. The underground “Rosicrucian Movement” became the exact cause of the Italian Renaissance. Great Renaissance masters such as Da Vinci and Michelangelo took special delight in secretly thumbing their noses at the Church by hiding heretical esoteric messages in their work. The flow of esoteric thinking that bridged the latter part of the sixteenth century into the seventeenth century brought about the intellectual explosion of the English Renaissance, which spawned revolutionary innovations in literature, science and social philosophy, with Francis Bacon as its supreme architect. He would fuse the Rosicrucian and Masonic esoteric traditions together, raising them to a new synthesis of knowledge and understanding that hadn’t been seen before. In the late 1500’s, Dr. John Dee was widely recognized as the preeminent authority on all esoteric knowledge. Additionally, he served as one of Queen Elizabeth’s chief spies. Furthermore, as a mentor to the prodigious young Francis Bacon, Dee’s influence was immense. By his early teens, Bacon, with his stellar mind, had far surpassed everything England’s leading educators and scholars could possibly throw at him. For the world, Bacon was already an intellectual force to be reckoned with. Dee’s guidance helped to shape what the French would refer to as “the jeweled mind”. ...
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FROM MESOPATAMIA TO MESOMERICA: HUNTING FOR HISTORY IN THE BOOK OF MORMON-8/29 By Andrew Gough; Few outside the Mormon religion take the Book of Mormon seriously these days. By ‘Book of Mormon’ I mean the sacred texts of the Latter-Day Saint (LDS) movement that chronicle the lost history of the Americas from approximately 3000 BCE to AD 421. Today, indifference for Mormonism has been replaced by mockery, thanks to the musical The Book of Mormon, written by the creators of the popular television series, South Park. The show opened on Broadway in 2011, winning countless awards and becoming the fastest-selling Broadway-cast album in iTunes history. However, what if there were more to the Book of Mormon than the disparaging musical would lead you to believe? What if its peculiar story provided insight into some of the most confounding conundrums in history? Romancing the Seer Stones Any examination of the Book of Mormon must commence with Joseph Smith, the ‘modern-day’ author of the work, whose alleged rapport with an angelic being led to his discovery and translation of a series of gold tablets, which had been hidden in a stone box and concealed within a sacred hill in New York State for over a thousand years. Joseph Smith (1805–1844) was known as the ‘Great American Prophet’, a grandiose but deserved title, given that he founded Mormonism, which launched the Latter-Day Saint movement, a theology that boasts over 15 million congregants.
Smith’s religious fascinations seemed predestined, for at the age of twelve his family moved from Vermont to the ‘burned-over’ district of western New York, an area famous for its religious fanaticism. As an impressionable young man, Smith grew up during the Second Great Awakening, a nineteenth-century Protestant revival that had grown out of the First Great Awakening of the 1730s and 1740s, a spiritual movement that galvanised followers on both sides of the Atlantic, but which was especially popular amongst the American colonies. By the 1820s the Second Great Awakening was approaching its peak, fuelled by a unique blend of romanticism that employed an emotional appeal to the supernatural. Smith and his family struggled, and their hardship worsened when his older brother, the family’s principal provider, died in 1823. Smith had no choice but to take on various odd jobs, including the dubious vocation of treasure hunter. Not surprisingly, Smith incorporated a high degree of supernaturalism in his work. He excelled at the job and learned to effectively incorporate divination devices or (as some would say) props, such as looking into a seer stone for sight. It was during this period that Smith, just seventeen years of age, encountered the angel Moroni, who appeared to him in a vision and informed Smith of the existence of the golden plates. Moroni revealed that long ago, when he was mortal (a prophet, but not yet an angel), he had been the last to chronicle the epic journey of ancient Mesopotamian tribes to America, a destination that was prophesied as the ‘Promised Land’. Smith would have several encounters with the angel Moroni, most famously in 1823, on the evening of 21 September, when he informed Smith that the following day (the autumn equinox) he would receive divine guidance as to the location of the golden plates. The next day, the angel Moroni appeared and instructed Smith to meet him at the same place, only on 22 September of the following year, at which time he would receive further instructions. The angel Moroni stipulated that in exactly four years’ time Smith would start the translation of the golden tablets, a process that Smith called ‘bringing them forth’.
1841 engraving of Cumorah, where Joseph Smith said he was given golden plates by an angel named Moroni, on the west side, near the peak
Time passed and after failing to find lost treasure for a wealthy patron in Chenango County, New York, Smith was brought before a local County court in 1826, accused of ‘glass-looking’, or playacting, that is, pretending to find lost treasure via divination. Still, such setbacks would not deter the indomitable entrepreneur from establishing his legacy and amassing his fortune. The following year, in 1827, Smith married Emma Hale and the newlyweds moved in with his parents in Manchester, New York. Smith’s father-in-law, Isaac Hale, disapproved of Smith’s ‘money-digging’ vocation and attempted to set the ambitious young man up in business. In exchange for abandoning his controversial vocation, Hale promised accommodation for the couple on his property in Harmony, Pennsylvania. Later that year the newlyweds took him up on his offer. On the surface Smith was committed to quitting the treasure-hunting business, and yet he returned to Manchester nine months later on his now-annual pilgrimage to the hill known as Cumorah. His destiny had finally arrived, for on 22 September 1827, in the company of his wife Emma, the angel Moroni appeared on the west side of the hill, near the peak, and presented Smith with the golden plates. The angel Moroni had placed the curious tablets, which he had composed using a derivative of the ancient Egyptian language, in a stone box. Analysis of his description of the box has led experts to conclude that it was not carved like other Mesoamerican or Mesopotamian stone boxes. Rather, it defied known archaeological styles: The box in which they lay was formed by laying stones together in some kind of cement. In the bottom of the box were laid two stones crossways of the box, and on these stones lay the plates and the other things with them. (Joseph Smith – History 1:52) Under strict orders from the angel Moroni, Smith vowed not to show the tablets to anyone. In keeping with the angel’s wishes, Smith secured them in a locked chest for safekeeping. Nevertheless, word of Smith’s discovery spread quickly and members of his former treasure-hunting company attempted to steal the golden tablets, and even resorted to violence and trickery to try and obtain them. Wisely, Smith departed his home for a safer abode in which to translate the golden tablets.
The Hill Cumorah, C.C.A. Christensen’s painting of Joseph Smith receiving the golden plates from the angel Moroni
Does Chinese Civilization Come From Ancient Egypt?-9/5 Foreign Policy, By Ricardo Lewis -- A new study has energized a century-long debate at the heart of China's national identity.
On a cool Sunday evening in March, a geochemist named Sun Weidong gave a public lecture to an audience of laymen, students, and professors at the University of Science and Technology in Hefei, the capital city of the landlocked province of Anhui in eastern China. But the professor didn’t just talk about geochemistry. He also cited several ancient Chinese classics, at one point quoting historian Sima Qian’s description of the topography of the Xia empire — traditionally regarded as China’s founding dynasty, dating from 2070 to 1600 B.C. “Northwards the stream is divided and becomes the nine rivers,” wrote Sima Qian in his first century historiography, the Records of the Grand Historian. “Reunited, it forms the opposing river and flows into the sea.” In other words, “the stream” in question wasn’t China’s famed Yellow River, which flows from west to east. “There is only one major river in the world which flows northwards. Which one is it?” the professor asked. “The Nile,” someone replied. Sun then showed a map of the famed Egyptian river and its delta — with nine of its distributaries flowing into the Mediterranean. This author, a researcher at the same institute, watched as audience members broke into smiles and murmurs, intrigued that these ancient Chinese texts seemed to better agree with the geography of Egypt than that of China. In the past year, Sun, a highly decorated scientist, has ignited a passionate online debate with claims that the founders of Chinese civilization were not in any sense Chinese but actually migrants from Egypt. He conceived of this connection in the 1990s while performing radiometric dating of ancient Chinese bronzes; to his surprise, their chemical composition more closely resembled those of ancient Egyptian bronzes than native Chinese ores. Both Sun’s ideas and the controversy surrounding them flow out of a much older tradition of nationalist archaeology in China, which for more than a century has sought to answer a basic scientific question that has always been heavily politicized: Where do the Chinese people come from? Sun argues that China’s Bronze Age technology, widely thought by scholars to have first entered the northwest of the country through the prehistoric Silk Road, actually came by sea. According to him, its bearers were the Hyksos, the Western Asian people who ruled parts of northern Egypt as foreigners between the 17th and 16th centuries B.C., until their eventual expulsion. He notes that the Hyksos possessed at an earlier date almost all the same remarkable technology — bronze metallurgy, chariots, literacy, domesticated plants and animals — that archaeologists discovered at the ancient city of Yin, the capital of China’s second dynasty, the Shang, between 1300 and 1046 B.C. Since the Hyksos are known to have developed ships for war and trade that enabled them to sail the Red and Mediterranean seas, Sun speculates that a small population escaped their collapsing dynasty using seafaring technology that eventually brought them and their Bronze Age culture to the coast of China. ... Or the Gobi Sea (now the Gobi Desert) had a river flowing north or the northern flowing river was on Lemuria, not far from China in the Pacific. Editor
The Voynich Manuscript-6/24 Yale University Press, Edited by Raymond Clemens; With an Introduction by Deborah Harkness
Many call the fifteenth-century codex, commonly known as the “Voynich Manuscript,” the world’s most mysterious book. Written in an unknown script by an unknown author, the manuscript has no clearer purpose now than when it was rediscovered in 1912 by rare books dealer Wilfrid Voynich. The manuscript appears and disappears throughout history, from the library of the Holy Roman Emperor Rudolf II to a secret sale of books in 1903 by the Society of Jesus in Rome. The book’s language has eluded decipherment, and its elaborate illustrations remain as baffling as they are beautiful. For the first time, this facsimile, complete with elaborate folding sections, allows readers to explore this enigma in all its stunning detail, from its one-of-a-kind “Voynichese” text to its illustrations of otherworldly plants, unfamiliar constellations, and naked women swimming though fantastical tubes and green baths.
The essays that accompany the manuscript explain what we have learned about this work—from alchemical, cryptographic, forensic, and historical perspectives—but they provide few definitive answers. Instead, as New York Times best-selling author Deborah Harkness says in her introduction, the book “invites the reader to join us at the heart of the mystery.”
Apocalypse Now? Another Great Sign Rises in the Heavens Featured-8/29 The Remnant, by Patrick Archbold,
Apocalypse Now? Another Great Sign Rises in the Heavens
On September 23, 2017, we will see the constellation Virgo with the sun rise directly behind it (the woman clothed with the sun). These events transpire during the 100th anniversary of the apparitions of “the woman clothed in the sun,” Our Lady at Fatima in 1917. What does it mean?
[Editorial Note: In the following article, I intend to present a series of facts and observations from which I draw no definitive conclusion. Yet, these facts and observations are of such a nature, for no other reason than their observation and reporting, that lend themselves to misinterpretation. So let me be clear, in the following article, I predict nothing. I am offering my observations on some upcoming phenomena, both heavenly and man-made, potentially of great import, that people might find interesting and of which people should be aware.] ...
Our Lady of Fatima, 1917-2017 – Why 100 Years Matters-7/1romancatholicman.com, by Fr. Richard Heilman,
Pope St. Leo XIII’s Vision:
According to legend, exactly 33 years (span of our Lord’s life) to the day prior to the great Miracle of the Sun in Fatima, that is, on October 13, 1884, Pope Leo XIII had a remarkable vision. ...
Wissahickon Creek, Pennsylvania. Johannes Kelpius' cave was located near Wissahickon. (Photo: Library of Congress/LC-DIG-ppmsca-24881)
The Mystical Early Pennsylvania Settler Who Lived in a Cave-9/29 Atlas Obscura, by Ed Simon -- Johannes Kelpius was really keen on the apocalypse.--
In the mid-17th century a religious mystic, seeker, and occultist named Johannes Kelpius laid in his bed in Transylvania, and he dreamt of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. And so, he went. Today in the neighborhood of Germantown, a few miles north of Center City, you can see where Kelpius would eventually live and die. By the Wissahickon Creek in Fairmont Park you can enter the cave that the largely forgotten Kelpius called his home. It's an unlikely spot to await the apocalypse, but religious fanaticism is not a new creation. Here, amongst broken beer bottles and graffiti, is what was once the anchorite’s cell where Kelpius and his band of mystical-minded, radical Protestant “monks” studied the Christian kabbalah, astrology, and magic. They awaited the apocalypse that they believed Revelation had foretold as beginning in this new city in a New World, on the western edge of everything, and east of Judgment Day. And while they waited that date (a 1694 which came and went without the end of the world) they prayed, they divinated, they meditated, they wrote, and they supposedly discovered occult secrets here by the shores of the Schuylkill. For John Greenleaf Whittier, the Fireside Poet of the 19th century, Kelpius was “weird as a wizard” with command “over arts forbid.” In a province where the second book printed after the Bible was a volume of occult lore, Kelpius was still one of the “maddest of goodmen,” as Whittier put it.
Johannes Kelpius. (Photo: The Historical Society of Pennsylvania/Public Domain)
He was born in 1667, only one year after a diabolically and auspiciously apocalyptic year, which saw widespread millennial excitement throughout Europe. He was raised amongst the German minority of Transylvania, then an independent kingdom known for both its religious freedom and heterodoxy (as indeed Kelpius’ future home of Pennsylvania would be as well). Perhaps Kelpius would come to see something similar to that which he learned in his upbringing, among the wilderness of America. While still in Europe, Kelpius read the works of the Pietist Jakob Böhme, who was also a firm believer in the coming apocalypse. Based on both his reading of Revelation which spoke of an exilic remnant of the faithful that was as a “woman in the wilderness,” as well as glowing accounts of the colony of Pennsylvania, Kelpius became convinced that the “Philadelphia” which John of Patmos wrote of was not the historical settlement in Asia Minor, but rather this new metropolis on the American frontier. At the time, this proprietary English colony was the largest private land holding on Earth; it was also marked by an exceptional ethnic, linguistic, and religious diversity, truly a remnant of the varied faithful in this wilderness. Welcomed by that similarly religious non-conformist Penn (even though Kelpius’ private diaries could be scathing to the point of ingratitude when discussing the Quaker), Kelpius would make his home among the growing German population around Philadelphia, such as Daniel Falckner who was advocate for the colony in his pamphlet Curieuse Nachrischt von Pensylvania, and the brilliant polymath Daniel Pastorius who functioned as the de facto leader of the German community. Yet Kelpius and his fellow pilgrims were as men apart from Pennsylvania German society, true to the principles living in the wilderness of the forest with natural caves as their cells, awaiting the end of the world. ...
The entrance to Kelpius' cave. (Photo: Justin 0 of 0/CC BY 2.0)
... While he and his followers lived in their monastic cells, here in what would be Germantown, Kelpius composed some of the first German hymns to be written in the New World, he trained his followers in the divine numerology of gemetria, and the community supported itself by casting astrological charts for the immigrants of Philadelphia. In this, his “Society of the Women in the Wilderness” attempted to create a perfect, communcal society—a utopia which would be present to witness the apocalypse.
... The world did not end in 1694 as he predicted, but in many ways it did die with his death in 1708. His followers, always small in number, were largely dispersed with the magus’ passing. Whether the prophet died in his cave or not is unknown. But, as a bit of local lore has it, that alchemist discovered the mythic “Philosopher’s Stone” capable of transmuting base metals into gold, only to toss it into the river before he died—even though some followers claimed that Kelpius never really did expire, rather elevating to a higher realm like the biblical prophet Enoch.
William House: Editor, Reverse Spins:
Sir Francis Bacon had a dream spanning lifetimes of creating a land dedicated to new principles of brotherhood and democracy. To this end, he helped in the colonizing of America. To give the new land the underpinngs of spirituality it needed, he had a major hand in transforming the Freemasons and the Rosicrucians. At the same time, a contemporary of Bacon, Jakob Böhme (1575–1624), also brought forth some very mystical teachings. A small group steeped in the teachings of both the Rosicrucians and Böhme as well as Jane Leade (The Philadelphian Society), decided to make their way to America.
"On January 7, 1694 Kelpius and his followers sailed from Rotterdam to London in foul weather, narrowly escaping shipwreck in the English Channel. During a stopover in London Kelpius hobnobbed with Jane Leade, a prophetess who co-founded the Philadelphiast movement with John Pordage in 1670. The Society took its name from the righteous Church of Philadelphia mentioned in Revelation 3:7. ... Kelpius and his disciples walked all the way to Jacob Isaac Van Bebber’s cabin in Germantown. The monks soon began constructing a monastery in the deep woods west of Germantown near present-day Hermitage Mansion, on Hermit Lane. At that site, in accordance with Revelation 12:16, they would await the arrival of the Woman of the Wilderness and her Baby Son who was destined to rule the world. The Chapter of Perfection’s late founder Johann Jacob Zimmerman had been an accomplished mathematician and astronomer. He made elaborate astrological calculations in an effort to predict the Millennium’s onset. ... Kelpius’s order became popularly known as The Monks of the Wissahickon or The Monks of the Ridge." southerncrossreview.org
Upon Kelpius's death in 1708, the numbers of The Monks of the Wissahickon dwindled but then rose with the election of a new leader. He was "Conrad Matthai [who] possessed both healing powers and psychic ability. He cast horoscopes, exorcised demons, prophesied, and had the ability to project his “astral body.” ibid. After Matthai's passing eventually there was only one surviving member, Christopher Witt. He "excelled in many fields of endeavor, including medicine, astrology, botany, music, drawing, architecture, and clock making. He practiced medicine with consummate skill, utilizing science as well as folk remedies and faith healing." ibid. Witt died around January 30th, 1765. Over the years the Monks of the Wissahickon had amassed quite an esoteric library. One man inherited this library. He was none other than Benjamin Franklin.
Although Witt was the last recorded surviving member of this Order, there seems to be one other who had very similar spiritual leanings. The coincidence of location and mystical continuity are undeniable and cannot be an accident. Just eight years after Witt's passing, this mysterious person had a very important mission to fufill. A man was about to cross his path who's destiny it was to bring to fruition all of Franics Bacon's plans. By assuming the lead in this great endeavor, he would need a Spiritual anointing. It is a ritual and needed service that dates back to antiquity. Melchizedek was there to bless Abraham. John the Baptist anointed "the only begottten Son of God." And now the One who was about to undertake one of the greatest missions of the Great White Brotherhood in the last several thousand years, needed that anointing to propel him forward with a Spiritual Fire that would carry him and the nation forward to ultimate Victory. I would not be surprised if the one who did the anointing was not a member of the Order of Melchizedek, a title he probably received from a land and time shrouded in legend.
The Legend of the Wissahickon
The original author and publisher are unknown. Taken from the Library of Congress, Washington, D.C., by Guy W. Ballard in the early 1930's.
Near Philadelphia, on the banks of the lovely Wissahikon River, there was once a Protestant monastery where lived a brotherhood of noble men who had left Europe and sought a home in the wilderness where they might worship God in their own way, far from the courts of kings. They were known as Fanatics.
About one mile from the old monastery, there lived a man who was of the brotherhood in belief, but not with them because he had brought with him to the new world his young son and baby daughter. He was a nobleman of wealth and position, whose religious beliefs were tolerated neither by Protestants nor Catholics. He had lived patiently and quietly in the Old World doing his best and faithfully serving his king, until his beloved wife died. Then he had given up his castle, his lands, his title and most of his great possessions, and fled across the sea with his young son and baby daughter, to make a home in an old time blockhouse of the Wissahikon wilderness. There he lived and studied the book of Revelations for seventeen years. Meantime his little son became a noble youth who shared in his father's every hope and conviction; his baby daughter became a fair maiden, lovely beyond words; with gold hair which fell not in ringlets nor curls, but in soft, wavy profusion to her shoulders.
We are told that when the shadows were beginning to lengthen on the last day of 1773, the little family might have been seen walking arm in arm along the banks of the Wissahikon, beneath trees bending under their weight of snow. The father, who was then known and loved far and near as the Priest of the Wissahikon, wore a velvet cloak with a silver cross suspended by a cord around his neck. The girl, with a look of adoration upon her face, listened without questioning to the conversation between father and brother in whose eyes shone the light of immortality. For seventeen years the old man had studied Revelations and again he repeated what he had affirmed so many times before, as the result of these years of study.
"The Old World," said he, "is sunk in all manner of crime, as was the Antediluvian World; the New World is given to man as a refuge, even as the ark was given to Noah and his children.
"The New World is the last altar of human freedom left on the surface of the globe. Never shall the footsteps of Kings pollute its soil. It is the last hope of man. God has spoken and it is so. Amen." ... MORE >>>