Wednesday, May 21, 2008


The second part of Hirschman and Yates' book addresses the Templars and the Cabala. The authors write:

The current claimant to the throne of Scotland and holder of the title of Prince of Albany, Michael Stewart, has written extensively about Stuart genealogy and early Scottish history. He discusses the close ties between certain members of the Catholic hierarchy, specifically St. Bernard, the Templars and the Scottish Celtic Church...

St. Bernard [a Cistercian monk] had been appointed Patron and Protector of the Knights Templars at the French "Council of Troyes" in 1128. At that time, he had drawn up the Order's Constitution and had since translated the Sacred Geometry of the [Jewish] masons who built King Solomon's Jerusalem Temple....Also in 1128, Saint Bernard's Cousin, Hughes de Payens, founder and Grand Master of the Templars, met with King David I in Scotland, and the Order established a seat on the South Esk....Both David and his sister mere (sic) maritally attached to the Flemish House of Boulogne, so there were direct family ties between David, Hugues de Payens, and the Crusader Kings of Jerusalem....

[The Templars'] Jerusalem excavations had ... led to other important discoveries, including some ancient documentation which enabled them to challenge certain Roman Church doctrines and New Testament inscriptions.... Their documentary discoveries were substantial, including numerous books from the East, many of which had been salvaged from the burned library of Alexandria [Egypt]. There were ancient Essene works predating Jesus Christ and volumes from Arabian and Greek philosophers, all of which were destined to be condemned by the Church. There were also countless works concerning numerology, geometry, architecture and music, along with manuscripts pertaining to metals and alloys. In all, the Templars returned to Europe with the combined knowledge of thousands of years of study.

Thus, by the early 1100s a substantial amount of Middle Eastern knowledge, learning and mysticism had been transferred to Scotland.
(p. 146)

Prince Michael Stewart is quoted further:

`Scotland was the perfect haven for the Knights Templar of Jerusalem. The Stewart king, the Setons, and the Sinclairs, were all hereditary Kights Templar, and Scottish Rite Freemasonry was later created as a sub-structure of the organization....

The Sinclairs gained their privilege because they had afforded half the Templar Fleet safe anchorage at Orkney, and the Setons had given valuable financial assistance during the Order's hour of need....

William Sinclair, [St. Clair] Earl of Caithness and Grand Admiral of Scotland, was appointed Hereditary Patron and Protector of the Scottish Masons by King James in 1441....

In 1475 a Charter ... was ratified, and Rosslyn became known as "Lodge Number One" in Edinburgh.
(p. 147)

King James VI became a speculative Freemason at the Lodge of Perth and Scone in 1601, and on becoming James I of England two years later, he introduced the concept south of the Border. (p. 148)

Scottish Guilds were given access to the Templar banking system... (p. 148)

The Cabala originated in the Holy Land around 70 C.E. and incorporated Judaic religious ideas together with geometric principles developed much earlier...The same architectural and mathematical principles were applied to the construction of the Temple of Solomon in Israel.....In medieval Palestine, the principles had been combined with a mystical numerical system which assigned each letter in the Hebrew alphabet to a number or digit.
(p. 148)

The authors indicate that the tree of life symbolism embodies the doctrine "as above, so below" in that the tree has both roots and branches. This metaphor proposes "that activities on Earth are reflections of actions in Heaven." (p. 149)

...within the Templar Order, the same set of codes and metaphors was used and it was relayed only to initiates into the order....

The Cabala also developed a series of images and calculations based on what is termed "sacred geometry"...

Also incorporated within the Cabala were Fibonacci numbers....the Pythagorean theorem, the Golden Mean and the Golden Right Triangle of Phi were well known by the Cabalists and favored in their designs.
(p. 151)

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