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Pagan “God Self” Icon Found Worldwide Rewrites History (Pt. 2 of 2)

In Part I, we saw my discovery of the “GodSelf Icon,” found worldwide (and first published in my 2011 book, Written In Stone). It shows how the world’s first cultures all shared the same religious icon―a fact that indicates they all shared a common heritage. We also saw how the icon was known later in history to Renaissance occultists, who used it in their manuscripts; calling it “REBIS” they associated the icon’s “right hand” with the sun and “left hand” with the moon. We’ll continue our research into the icon. Mainly, we’ll see how, long before the word “REBIS” was ever written, the icon was crafted by authentic operative Freemasons into their designs and constructions.

The ancient religious icon depicted above ancient doorways.

We left off, at the end of Part I, admiring the pose of the Rebis (image below).

We touched on the idea of how the Rebis shows us we are divine, we have a soul, we are gods. We don’t need a go-between in the form of a priest or a church to help us reach eternity. Eternity is here and now. We are eternal beings right here and now, only we don’t realize it because this ancient wisdom has been hidden from us in modern times.

This is the secret meaning of the Rebis:

The Rebis.

This is NOT a New Age doctrine. This is the Universal Religion of antiquity. It was shared by ancient cultures all across the globe, as evidenced by the same parallel religious icon being used by all of them.

For this reason, the Rebis is the Philosopher’s Stone, the Gold of Alchemy, the Pearl inside the Oyster, and so on; the Rebis is all the hidden gems of all the lost sacred sciences and secret societies. It reveals who you really are. But it also reveals something more: How to get there. How to find your true eternal Self.

Let’s take a closer look at the Rebis, the higher You.space

Rebis, The First Human Being, Perfect And Divine

An occult tradition holds that the Rebis was the first human being, perfect and divine. Unlike us, the Rebis was fully conscious of its own inner divine nature. The Rebis knew that its inner divine nature was different than its outer temporary human shell. This knowing or gnosis made the Rebis godlike; or, rather, made the Rebis conscious of its own godlike nature.

But then something happened, and the Rebis “fell” into becoming…who we are today.

To explain this fall, the ancient Gnostics―forerunners of the Freemasons―described a story where God created the Rebis but became jealous that the Rebis was as powerful as him, knowing his eternal godhood. So he divided the Rebis into two sexes, two independent beings weaker than the original and imperfect. One sex became predominantly male with emphasis on solar qualities like day, light, hot, fire, and dry. The other sex became predominantly female with emphasis on lunar qualities like night, dark, cold, water and wet.

However, in their unconscious memory was their true essence and lost perfection―a reminiscence of a past splendor when they were the Rebis. It is for this reason that humans are attracted by the opposite sex and unite in love and marriage, always seeking to return to their primordial state of unity, perfection and divinity (that, ironically, they never lost to begin with).

“According to Greek mythology, humans were originally created with…a head with two faces. Fearing their power, Zeus split them into two separate parts, condemning them to spend their lives in search of their other halves.”


“You don’t need to be helped any longer. You’ve always had the power to go back to Kansas.

I have?

Then why didn’t you tell her before?

Because she wouldn’t have believed me. She had to learn it for herself.

What have you learned, Dorothy?

Well, I think that it wasn’t enough just to want to see Uncle Henry and Auntie Em. And that if I ever go looking for my heart’s desire again, I won’t look any further than my own backyard, because if it isn’t there, I never really lost it to begin with. Is that right?

That’s all it is!

But that’s so easy! I should have thought of it for you.

I should have felt it in my heart.

No. She had to find it out for herself. Now those magic slippers will take you home in two seconds!

―Esoteric Truths Revealed In The Dialogue Of The Wizard of Oz

The Rebis lives at the center inside each one of us; it is your “god” Self. As the primordial human, the Rebis is neither masculine nor feminine. It is neuter or neutral, before the sexes separated. (Spirituality is “pre-materiality”―indeed it is the “source” of materiality―before masculine and feminine.)

In addition to the masculine/feminine heads, this neutrality of the Rebis is expressed by the two-hand balance of the solar compass on one side (in the right hand) and the lunar square on the other side (in the left hand). Holding them together―uniting them, you might say―the Rebis embodies a “uniting” of the opposites of sun and moon, day and night, light and dark, hot and cold, fire and water, dry and wet, male and female, spirit and matter, soul and body, and so on, as all opposites were united in the beginning.

The “egg” shape on which the Rebis is drawn further symbolizes the Rebis’ primordial essence of unity. This is the so-called “world egg,” a common motif found in many ancient cultures. The egg is the seed of the cosmos, before the big bang you might say, holding the entire universe inside it (in potential):

The egg shape, on which the Rebis is depicted, references
the “primordial state” of man, unified, before the sexes separated.

“A world egg or cosmic egg is a mythological motif found in the creation myths of many cultures and civilizations. Typically, the world egg is a beginning of some sort, and the universe or some primordial being comes into existence by “hatching” from the egg…”


The Rebis (your “god” Self) existed in the beginning when all the dualities in the universe were still united in the egg; thus, in order for a human being to return to that pristine state of unity…to return to consciousness of, and to more lucidly acquire the powers of, our eternal “godhood” (the powers of the Garden)…we must willfully unite all the opposites in our own life―as everything was united in the beginning.

That is to say, the Rebis is not merely a depiction of the primordial human, it is also an instruction, teaching us how to remember our true “god” Self and remember the original state of “perfection,” “divinity,” “wholeness,” and “completion” within ourselves that the Rebis symbolizes.

This primordial condition, our “god” Self (or “Source”), can be achieved by every last one of us, not just the Christs and Buddhas of history who are famous for having done it. The only way to do it is to unite the twin polarities within us and bring them back together by our own will and accord.

“In this way you will reach the fullness, the unity… How is that done? By union with each other and union within oneself…let perfect unity take the place of primitive dissociation and “division”…

…in other words, let the “outside” become as the “inside”, the “upper” like the “lower”, the male like the female; let the first become last and the last first: in short, let there be reunion of opposites…”

―Jesus Christ, Gnostic Texts (Jean Doresse, The Secret Books of the Egyptian Gnostics)

This is the great secret knowledge of alchemy and of all the other hermetic disciplines and ancient traditions, most of which survived through Secret Societies:

“…the “active” and the “passive” aspects of life, which on their own may lead to imbalance and disharmony, must be…brought together in harmony…”

―Prince Charles, Address to the 2006 Sacred Web Conference

With this in mind, the Rebis is considered among occult scholars as the end product of the alchemical “Great Work.” The Rebis is what we must all strive for, to “masterfully” unite all the opposites in our lives―a “mastery” symbolized by our “holding” or “mastering” the two sides (i.e., the “sun/right” side and “moon/left” side) in life:

“The Rebis…is the end product of the alchemical “great work.” After one has gone through putrefaction and purification, separating opposing qualities, those qualities are united once more in what is sometimes described as the divine hermaphrodite, a reconciliation of spirit and matter, a being of both male and female qualities as indicated by the two heads within a single body.”


The theme of reuniting with our “god” Self or “Source” through “mastering” or “balancing” opposites is the long lost secret of authentic Freemasonry, as we shall now see.space

The “God Self” Icon And The Masonic Cathedral Builders

Look closely at the following medieval images, which show architectural details from Masonic-built churches and cathedrals.

It’s clear that operative Freemasons of the Middle Ages―architects, designers, and builders who are believed to have inherited esoteric wisdom from Antiquity, which they encoded in their work―used the “god” Self icon throughout their constructions:

Church of Sainte-Madeleine, La Clisse; Charente-Maritime, Poitou-Charentes. Middle Ages.

Nuestra Señora de la Junquera, Treviana (La Rioja)

The Church of Saint-Pierre d’Aulnay, 12th Century.

Relief carving on a stone tympanum, parish church of Charney Bassett, near Faringdon.

Milan, The Basilica of Sant’Ambrogio, c. 1000 AD.

Church in Europe.

Pieve di Santa Maria, Arezzo, Italy, c. 1000 AD.

In the Maison de l’Art Roman in Loudun.

Varaize capitals, France.

These are just a small handful of literally thousands upon thousands of similar architectural and design motifs.

Based on these medieval images, it’s clear the ancient “god” Self icon was known to the Freemasons in the Middle Ages, when most of these buildings were built.

It seems the Freemasons used the religious icon in the buildings they designed and constructed because:

(a) they knew it was the chief symbol of an ancient Universal Religion shared worldwide during a Golden Age (as shown in Part I)


(b) Freemasonry itself was established as a storehouse of this ancient Universal Religion, after the rise of the Church and the Church’s Inquisition forced the Universal Religion underground

This explains why Freemasons used the religious icon so conspicuously and so often:

Furniture detail depicting a Green Man striking the pose of the god Self icon,
the Rebis pose. Photo from my upcoming film documentary on the
Masonic architecture of Reid Castle in Purchase, New York (c. 1880s).

Authentic Freemasonry―before the fraternity was infiltrated and hijacked by the Elite two centuries ago and transformed into a subversive tool―taught spiritual seekers how to tap into and “see” their inner, spiritual Self, the “god” Self or “soul within.”

Awakening to one’s inner spiritual Self was done not by turning one’s back to the bad and only seeing the good in life, but by holding both sides of life, by grasping both “pairs of opposites” of life. This idea is conveyed by the outstretched hands and clenched fists of the religious icon:

Closeup of photo above. Masonic architecture of Reid Castle in
Purchase, New York (c. 1880s) shows the religious icon.

This act of awakening to our inner Self by reconciling opposites, a spiritual practice that once bound the Masonic brotherhood together, was symbolized in Masonic art by a giant Eye symbol, the Third Eye. One of the great lost secrets of Freemasonry is that we each have a Third Eye hidden in our foreheads, and this Third Eye can be “activated” by each one of us. It’s done when we “balance” our twin solar and lunar halves. Opening the Eye allows us to look inward and see our inner Soul or inner “god” Self:

Masonic drawing shows the balancing of sun at right and moon at left,
leading to an awakening of the Third Eye in the center. The Third Eye
sees the inner soul, allowing a seeker to realize that he/she is an eternal being.

This mystical art of awakening the Third Eye, achieved through a process known as “balancing opposites” or “reconciling opposites,” is an ancient procedure inherited by the Freemasons by which one “finds” their spiritual Rebis within.

On Masonic Tracing Boards and other Masonic drawings, the sun is on the right side and the moon is on the left, with middle Eye (or Third Eye) above. This is a clandestine image that instructs initiates on their potential as humans; namely, the potential to balance their twin natures and awaken their Cyclopean eye of spiritual wisdom:

Masonic Tracing Board shows the balancing of sun at right and
moon at left, leading to an awakening of the Third Eye in the center.

Shown below, this Masonic image corresponds precisely with the ancient Eastern system of Kundalini Yoga, where the solar Pingala channel on the right and lunar Ida channel on the left balance and activate each other to awaken the centered Third Eye above:

Kundalini Yoga shows the balancing of the solar pingala
channel at right and lunar ida channel at left, leading to
an awakening of the ajna chakra or Third Eye in the center.

“Yoga” is the precise wisdom conveyed in Masonic Tracing Boards.

Of course, the idea of awakening one’s “Third Eye” is pure blasphemy to the Church, because seeking divinity without priestly intervention is heretical and all such practices are considered the work of the devil.

Freemasonry has for centuries been labeled “evil” and “satanic” by the Church because the Church has long known that the Order is a repository of the lost ancient wisdom of awakening the Third Eye; and this is precisely why the Freemasons have been outlawed, persecuted, and even murdered en masse by the Holy See:

“Ultimately, at the highest level of initiation, the Mason comes to learn the most profound, most secret essence of the Brotherhood…what Pike cryptically calls the “Mystery of Balance” or coincidence of opposites.

Pike takes this mystery from the traditions of alchemy…and, in fact, the frontispiece of chapter thirty-two of Morals and Dogma is a famous alchemical engraving of the Rebis or Androgyne…

This is…the secret of universal equilibrium between good and evil, light and darkness. All contraries emanate from a single God. Male and female, sun and moon, light and dark—symbolized by the Masonic compass and square, and by the two pillars Jachin and Boaz—all come from the same source, and all reunite in the highest initiation.”

―Hugh B. Brian, Secrecy and Symbolic Power in American Freemasonry

The Western religions―beginning with the Jewish strain―have distorted this formula by externalizing divinity and eternity. They have turned the ancient “god within” images inside out. We now worship something external.

As a result, we no longer believe―as, for example, the ancient Egyptians believed―that the omnipotent and omniscient powers of “divinity” and “eternity” apply to ourselves, reside within ourselves.

Heh – Egyptian symbol of “eternity.” Heh stands for the eternal god Self we all have within.

“…Heh is a personification of “infinity” and the related concept “millions.” Heh is always represented as a kneeling man holding a palm rib (year) in each hand―the image symbolizing millions of years…”

―Daphna Ben-Tor, Scarabs, Chronology, and Interconnections

We have become completely blind to our “god” Self, the eternal part of us the ancients symbolized by the religious icon, the part that was never born and never dies.

Heh shows how art in Egypt was used to express metaphysical truths.
“Heh” symbolizes our eternal inner soul or inner god Self.

“Remember who you are by striking the balance of opposites,” this pose urges the viewer,
“Die to your lower self, and realize the eternal and divine Life (ankh) within
you―and then you will never die.” This was the essence of Egypt’s religion.

Instead of recognizing our own eternal Self, we in the West award qualities like “divinity” and “omnipotence” to external “gods” (like the Jewish Yahweh) and endow these external gods with the ability to judge us fit or unfit to bequeath such powers upon us at death. We’ve lost touch with who we really are; we have relinquished all contact with our higher essence.

Orthodox Christianity teaches that Jesus is “that guy” who is the son of the “old man upstairs.” They are “external” gods who may or may not treat us right. The same goes with our Western conception of the Buddha and Allah; we perceive them as “out there” rather than “in here.” The truth is, religion (Latin: religare or to “link back”) is meant to be focused not around them, but around you!

You are the great “God” in heaven, and it’s the Trinity of your balanced being, your balanced opposites, that you must strike in order to awaken to this realization.

An external “God” did not create the universe, according to this tradition. We, each one of us, are God (not the biblical “God” but the ground and essence of the Universe) and we created our own universe and we are right now enjoying our own Creation by living inside of it. Only we’ve lost touch with who we really are:

This universe is not outside of you. Look inside yourself; everything that you want, you are already that.”


“As long as you still experience the stars as something above you, you still lack a viewpoint of knowledge.”

―Friedrich Nietzsche

“You think of yourself as a citizen of the universe. You think you belong to this world of dust and matter. Out of this dust you have created a personal image, and have forgotten about the essence of your true origin.”


“Everything you see has its roots in the unseen world. The forms may change, yet the essence remains the same. Every wonderful sight will vanish; every sweet word will fade, But do not be disheartened, The source they come from is eternal, growing, Branching out, giving new life and new joy.

“Why do you weep? The source is within you. And this whole world is springing up from it.”

“All learning is remembering.”


“We cannot teach people anything; we can only help them discover it within themselves.”

– Galileo Galilei

This wisdom survived in the East, uninterrupted, in the traditions of Hinduism and Buddhism.

But in the West, it became eclipsed by Christianity.space

The Christ Deception

Though Jesus said we all have an “Immortal Spirit” or “Christ” within us (referring to our “Source” or “god” Self) his teachings quickly got turned inside out by the Church. Distorting his message, the Church exalted Jesus the man, turning him―and him only―into history’s single great “Immortal Spirit” and “Christ.”

This was a huge and hideous mistake, according to genius 19th and 20th century scholars, like Alvin Boyd Kuhn (1880 – 1963) and Gerald Massey (1828 – 1907), and, more recently the Rhodes scholar Tom Harpur:

“…Christ was the Immortal Spirit in man… It did not and could not depend on any single manifestation in one historic personality.”

Historic Christianity originated with turning the…teachings inside out and externalizing the mythical allegory in a personal human history.…a huge and hideous mistake…”

―Gerald Massey, Gerald Massey’s Lectures

“…the Christ principle is potentially in every one of us.”

“Christ of the myth became a flesh and blood person identified with Jesus.”

―Tom Harpur, The Pagan Christ

By denying the soul’s divinity and pre-existence, Christianity wiped away a valuable fragment—indeed the key principle—of the ancient Universal Religion. As a result, the true power of the “soul within” or “god” Self teaching became lost.

Humanity became orphaned. The result? Centuries of men and women clinging to the church like orphaned children clinging to their malevolent step mother:

“Christianity took the type figure of the divine in man for the Divine Man. It exalted the alleged Divine Man…but left the divine in man to grovel in the dust…

…it shifted the center of gravity, so to say, from the cult of the Christ within to that of the Christ without, or from the Christ as principle to Christ as a man.”

―Alvin Boyd Kuhn, The Lost Light

Christianity changed the message of the “god” Self―which is the central teaching of the ancient universal icon―and by changing this message Christianity changed humanity.

The idea that we, like Jesus, can acquire the gnosis that leads to Christhood was suppressed. This is why today we (Westerners) believe there is only one God in heaven (and He is not you) and there is only one manifestation of God on earth, and that’s Jesus Christ (and he is not you either).

By placing itself as the intermediary between an external “God” and the masses, the Church built an empire, while simultaneously covering up ancient and ancestral spiritual wisdom. Sinister, but ingenious.

It was the death of our divinity, and this single event triggered a general decline in Western civilization, the calamity of which we have not yet recovered from. It sent shockwaves through a once-flourishing Europe, leading directly to the Dark Ages. In fact, all of Western history under Christianity can in a sense be summed up as the story of the spiritual suppression of a large part of humanity.

Despite this suppression, many tried to keep the lost light glowing and the ancient tradition alive.  During the reign of Christianity there emerged Secret Societies―artists, poets, and philosophers―that kept the “god” Self wisdom from dying. They did this by encoding the secret wisdom in art, architecture and literature.

Note how, in the following works of art, Christ strikes the same pose as the religious icon―his right hand aligns with the sun and left hand with the moon:

Crucifixion (Città di Castello Altarpiece) by Raphael. 1502-03. National Gallery, London.
His right hand is paired with the sun, left hand with the moon.

Romanesque Crucifix. Right hand sun, left hand moon.

The secret message of these portraits is that it’s not just Jesus who can achieve the balance, but all of us can achieve it; Jesus is only the local representation of it, the local model.

If we follow him and do as he has done we too can remember who we are (our “Christ within”); we too can recognize the gnosis of our own inner godhood, which is our birthright. We too can become conscious of our true “god” Self when we balance the opposites (as Jesus did, as shown here).space

The Michelangelo Code

This “balance” theme is the secret meaning behind some of history’s most famous works of art. One example is The Sistine Chapel. The ancient religious icon is visible here too, painted by the famous 16th Century Renaissance artist Michelangelo. Look at how Michelangelo depicted “God” striking the balance of opposites between the sun and the moon:

The Sistine Chapel by Michelangelo. It says ‘Godhood is
achieved by balancing the opposites (of sun and moon).’

God’s right hand points to the luminous sun, while his left points to the dimmer moon—illustrating the “doctrine of duality.” Centered between them, yet leaning toward the light, God is shown striking the balance between the two contraries.

The ramifications here are many. Was Michelangelo privy to the secrets of the “god” Self icon? Was he conveying his belief in the ancient Universal Religion, a wisdom-tradition that’s totally different than mainstream Christianity? Is Michelangelo here saying we can discover our “god” Self within, which is who we really are, if we balance opposites?

This centuries-old image indicates that Michelangelo understood the occult significance of the pairs of opposites. It also shows that Michelangelo understood that “God”—or, rather, our own “god within”—can be found centered between the opposites, which is the basic teaching of this religious icon’s pose.

Note the sun and moon’s parallel size and shape. Michelangelo clearly understood that in order to artistically convey their “balance,” and thus be considered a “pair” of opposites by the viewer, the sun and moon needed to have equal diameters.

The equilibrium of their opposition now established, the sun and moon’s duality is balanced by the third power centered between them—(the) God himself. The sunny half of God is bright while the lunar half is darker, which Michelangelo may have used to convey the idea that while we are human, we—our eternal “soul within” or the “god within” us—now has a “bright” and “dark” side, the result of our manifesting into the material world; the bright side being more aligned with our true nature, and more reflective of the inner soul.

In the New World, it was the god Viracocha who conveyed the balance of
opposites religion, similar to Osiris in the Old World. It was Viracocha
whom the Andean masses followed and imitated. Viracocha was often
depicted holding twin serpent/thunderbolt-staffs, in the same pose as Osiris
in the Old World. The carving in the photo above crowns the lintel of a
mystical freestanding doorway called The Gate of the Sun in Tiahuanaco,
Bolivia, a famous eastward facing monolith hewn from a single Cyclopean
stone block.  (“As the person of the sun door,” wrote Joseph Campbell, “he is
the fountainhead of all the pairs of opposites.”) The Staff God is visible not just
here at Tiahuanaco, but everywhere in the ruins of the ancient Andes; among
civilizations that eventually evolved into the Incas. It is the ultimate symbol
of balance and transcendence of opposites, which is precisely the main
religious theme across all of the Americas.

In essence, by encoding the pagan religious icon into this design of God, Michelangelo seems to have secretly been expressing the idea that there is no “God” as we’ve been taught to understand it in the Western monotheistic tradition—only a “god within” which means we are the God; the “god” is a part of us and we are a part of it.

This is the universal instruction expressed by the “gods” of the pagans, like Zurvan, Gilgamesh, Viracocha and Osiris, to name a few. Only scholars today simply do not realize it:

The “god” Zurvan, the so-called “creator deity” of the ancient Persian religion,
was neither Good nor Evil, but a spiritual essence that predates Good and Evil,
and indeed created Good and Evil as well as all the other opposites (in the photo
above he is shown handing “good” and “evil” out to the right and left sides). As
such, Zurvan was never understood to be an “external” being, but rather a
symbol of the true eternal Self. Zurvan is the eternal silent and motionless
Self that takes part in manifestation via the opposites.

It is noteworthy that Michelangelo depicts God leaning toward the light, while still striking the balance, which may be an instruction of what we all must do in life, as the light side more perfectly reflects our true inner nature.

“Every act in life yields pairs of opposites in its results. The best we can do is lean toward the light, toward the harmonious relationships that come from compassion with suffering, from understanding the other person.”

―Joseph Campbell

Exactly how Michelangelo knew this occult wisdom is unclear. It may have been communicated to him through a Secret Society like Freemasonry; Secret Societies flourished since the dawn of Christianity. Such fraternities usually attracted artists, humanitarians, open-minded curious and intellectual men.space


The same religious icon has been uncovered in ruins across the ancient world. This evidence strongly suggests our ancestors globally all followed the same Universal Religion, symbolized by the icon.

The god Self religious icon was used across the ancient world,
spanning continents and oceans. This evidence points to
a Golden Age in the remote past.

A bit of detective work shows us that the basis of this Universal Religion is the belief, common among every ancient civilization, that we are not our physical bodies; we are really an eternal “god” Self or soul that was never born and never dies. The god Self is a part of us that we are not conscious of while we are man,  but that truly exists; the god Self was never born and never dies and thus survives the death of our bodily self.

The wisdom of the god Self lived on in the East unabated, but became suppressed by Christianity in the West, leading to the hegemony of the Catholic Church and the growth and evolution of underground Secret Societies like the Freemasons, who encoded the icon throughout their designs and constructions in an effort to keep its wisdom from dying:

The god Self religious icon was known to the Freemasons. They used it in their art and architecture, as shown.

Centuries after the operative Freemasons encoded the icon into churches, castles and cathedrals, renaissance occultists learned about the icon and began using it in their manuscripts; always careful to assign the solar to the right side and the male, and lunar to the left side and the female.

The god Self religious as depicted in Renaissance manuscripts.

To learn more about the god Self icon read my new book, Written In Stone:



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Prior to the publication of Written in Stone, Cassaro enjoyed a successful career as a U.S. correspondent, professional journalist, and photo researcher for Rizzoli Publications, one of the world’s leading media organizations. Cassaro, who is a graduate of Pace University in New York City, has examined first-hand the ancient ruins and mystical traditions of Egypt, Mexico, Greece, Italy, Sicily, France, England, India, Peru and Spain; he has lectured on his theories to great acclaim in the United States, Egypt, Italy, Spain and Peru.

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The Sports Conspiracy: Americans Mass Controlled & Enslaved

One way the big corporations (i.e., the Elite) have hijacked America is by “distracting” and “dumbing down” the masses through sports entertainment. This may explain why the corporate logos of America’s most influential national sports leagues―baseball (MLB), basketball (NBA), football (NFL), and hockey (NHL)―all mysteriously share the same parallel occult symbolism and esoteric iconography.

Note the similarities in the logos of these two major sports leagues.
Is this merely coincidence?

We all know sports are fun to play and fun to watch. But is there a darker, hidden agenda behind sports entertainment in America today?

Sports “fans” (short for “fanatics”) are everywhere. They hail from all socio-economic backgrounds. And they’ve been multiplying for decades. We all  know a sports fanatic. He knows every player of every team, and he knows exactly what happened in every game played since the beginning of recorded time―baseball, basketball, football and hockey.

For him, sports are more than entertainment―they’re his reason for living. With each new generation of Americans the number of sports “fanatics” increases exponentially:

“Sports are big business. Combined, the “Big 4” leagues in America, the National Football League (NFL), National Basketball Association (NBA), the National Hockey League (NHL) and Major League Baseball (MLB), bring in about $24 billion in revenue during a typical year, but that’s just the tip of the iceberg….

…the sports industry is so complex, including ticket sales, licensed products, sports video games, collectibles, sporting goods, sports-related advertising, endorsement income, stadium naming fees and facilities income, that it’s difficult to put an all-encompassing figure on annual revenue.”


But is the rise of sports fanaticism a natural phenomenon? Or have sports fans been “trained” (or, better, “socially engineered”) to crave sports? Has sports “fanaticism” been created by the corporate “powers-that-be” (the Elite) to distract Americans away from the pillaging of our rights and freedoms, the dumbing down of our children, the raping of our wealth, and the increasing police state these Elite are setting up in America?

Think about it. Stage magicians “fool” audiences by using “distraction” techniques; these magicians are masters at “diverting” audience attention and focusing it elsewhere while they perform their magic trick.

In this same way, the Elite seem to be using Sports entertainment to draw the attention of Americans away from the fact that slowly but surely these Elite are brainwashing us, as well as deleting, erasing and destroying all of our constitutional freedoms and our natural human rights.

Sports fans spend endless time watching sports, and endless amounts of money on
merchandising (hats, jerseys, tickets, balloons, etc.). Simultaneously, American
freedoms are dwindling, taxes are increasing, corporate cronyism is growing,
American aggression overseas is rising, and we’re becoming a police state.
That’s not something to cheer about.

In many ways a sports fanatic is enslaved. It’s not difficult to see the similarity between a “couch potato” sports fanatic and an imprisoned circus lion or elephant. Both a circus lion/elephant and a sports fanatic have been trained to forget their freedom and natural habitat; both have abandoned their true nature only to dance and jump through hoops as dictated by their trainers/masters; both have accepted their enslavement and are a shadow of their former glory.

Like enslaved circus animals, sports fanatics spend a large fraction of their lives
chained to a system they didn’t create, a system they don’t control, and one that in many
ways has stolen their freedom. They are entangled in a soap opera without end.

You’re crazy! Sports aren’t bad! They are thrilling, healthy, and they bring America together!

True, sports aren’t bad in and of themselves. There are some positive things about sports entertainment in America, obviously. But do the negatives outweigh these positives? Remember, this article is not a tirade against sports themselves or sports fans as people. Sports are great, insofar as they are thrilling, fun, exciting, inspirational. Similarly, banks are great, insofar as banks are a safe place to store money. Drug companies are great too, insofar as drug companies are a place to develop cures for diseases.

But the trouble creeps in when bankers start to control the economy by inflation/deflation, drug companies start to invent diseases so they can profit by providing the cures, and sports entertainment starts to distract Americans away from having any desire to stop America from becoming an enslaved police state, controlled by corporate dictators.

This is America, a capitalist country! Americans demand Sports entertainment! The big leagues are only giving the people what they want! It’s harmless!

I don’t buy that.

Think of it this way: The Elite use Hollywood to create movies that appeal to the masses. These movies are exciting, engaging and entertaining―but they come with a hidden message that’s detrimental to the masses, though most people don’t realize it. The masses do not demand the hidden message, they demand the movie. But the hidden message comes with it anyway.

Here’s an example: Popular movies depict a “good” guy (Bruce Willis, Denzel Washington, Mel Gibson, ad infinitum)  vs. a “bad” guy (Willem Dafoe, Billy Drago, Michael Madsen, ad infinitum). The movie is setup so that we “love” the good guy and “hate” the bad guy. It’s designed so that we “root” for the good guy and hope he kills the bad guy.

There is a hidden message here: We’re being “trained” to think in terms of “good vs. evil” so that everything in our lives becomes a “good vs. evil” contest―even a simple traffic incident. That bad guy in our lives thus becomes not just “a human being like us who we are simply momentarily at odds with” but a “complete devil” who is “absolute, 100%, unadulterated evil” and deserves nothing short of death. That jackass tailgating you on the highway―he’s evil. Those bastards from the south side―they’re evil. That son of a bitch who is staring at you too long in the subway―he’s evil. That bitch employee at Geico who put you on hold for too long―she’s evil.

They all deserve to die―or so a little voice inside tells us. This is because we’ve been trained to think in terms of “good vs. evil,” “right vs. wrong,” “us vs. them,” and so on.

Hollywood movies teach Americans to shoot and kill the bad guy.
With two guns if possible.

The result is a society comfortable with “killing evil.” And this necessarily means a self-righteous society filled with fear, anger, and hatred. A “sense of entitlement” society on-edge, stressed, and fear-based. High-strung like anything.  Scared and distrustful of each other. Eager to go to war. Perhaps most importantly, a society that is divided against itself (divided they fall).

Now, just as the Elite own Hollywood and use movies to disseminate these hidden messages, so these same Elite seem to own the Sports entertainment industry, and they seem to be using Sports entertainment to push a hidden agenda.

What hidden agenda are the Elite pushing through Sports entertainment?

Whereas the job of Hollywood is to “set the tone” of America (with Hollywood execs being “propaganda ministers”) the job of sports is to “eat the clock.” That is to say, the masses need a distraction, something that keeps their attention, keeps them occupied and engaged for long periods of time―like entire “seasons.” The attention of Americans needs to be on “the big game tonight” or the “big series this week” or “the playoffs”―rather than on “the anti-Monsanto rally” this weekend, or the rally against that “corrupt cop who beat up that handcuffed black teen.” By eating the clock, Sports entertainment keeps people down, and minimizes the amount of time people have to engage in social dissidence. You see?

In this sense, sports are more detrimental than movies; a single movie only lasts a couple hours. But sports last all season long, even all lifetime long―the lifetime of the sports fanatic. Sports “leagues” in this scenario (like the MLB) can be likened to “movie companies” (like Paramount Pictures). Each league is trying to put out a better “movie” to engage more viewers, make more money, and ultimately achieve the main task at hand, which is the long-term distraction of the masses.

Even more insidious, the viewers of this movie are invited to participate in the movie by buying all the merchandise and “becoming” a part of the movie. They buy sports jerseys and hats. They take part in pre-game tailgating rituals, post-game celebrations, and championship victory parades. They become part of the show themselves. And they love it. They are totally engaged. They are so engrossed they forget themselves. They forget everything. They only want to follow the sport. And this is exactly what the Elite wants! A nation of followers.

—And if you don’t think sports are subtly fixed by the Elite to achieve precisely this end (with games being “setup” or “contrived” to squeeze every ounce of drama out of each season to ensure fans remain committed―just like professional wrestling is pure drama and carefully scripted entertainment) then you may want to look back in history:

“Say it aint so, Joe.”

―Famous Quote Indicating Sports “Fixing” Has Been Happening For Almost 100 Years

In other words, the rise of “sports fanatics” and the skyrocketing revenues of sports entertainment…are happening on purpose. The same Elite group, it seems, are profiting off the sports leagues they’ve created while at the same time creating a mass hysteria whereby Americans are more interested in watching sports than they are interested in stopping―or even recognizing, goddammit―the hijacking of America.

The fact that the sports league logos look very much the same is indicative that the same Elite group is behind them. Just look at the MLB and the NBA logos:

There’s no reason why the two logos of these two leagues should look the same. But they do. The people and entities who own the MLB league are certainly not the same people and entities who own the NBA league―at least not on the surface. But could it be possible that deep down, hidden from our view, the same Elite are behind them? Like the blood that unites them?

“The casino you’re interested in―the registered owners are Jacob Lawrence, Allen Barclay. They’re both Beverly Hills Attorneys. The real owners are the old Lakeville Road group from Cleveland, and our friend in Miami.”

―From The Godfather II

It should be noted that the MLB and NBA league logo design―an athlete in white silhouette flanked by red and blue colors―is based on an ancient drawing, and it has a powerful effect on the human psyche. Both logos:

•    share the same patriotic red, white, and blue colors
•    depict an athlete in motion and in white silhouette, flanked by red and blue
•    have four rounded edges instead of pointed corners
•    show action , movement

There is an ancient symbol that the MLB and NBA logos mimic. It’s called the Taijitu, popularly known as the Yin/Yang symbol. Few Americans realize how powerful this icon really is or what this ancient Chinese symbol stands for:

The basic idea here is that the Universe and everything inside it is made of equal and opposing energies and forces. Yin is primarily present in the moon, the night, cold, female energy, and heaviness. Yang is primarily present in the opposites of these things, namely in the sun, the daytime, heat, male energy, and lightness. And since every force has an opposite, and also contains a bit of its opposite within itself, male energy contains female energy, female energy contains male energy, night contains a bit of day in it, day a bit of night, and so on. So the universe goes—ultimately interconnected.

Now, pay close attention to the “S” swirl. It divides yin from yang. It’s called the “sigmoid” line. This sigmoid line denotes “motion” insofar as yang and yin are not only mutually interdependent but also “flow into” each other (i.e., day “flows” into “night” and back again, just as summer “flows” into “winter” and back again).

“The sigmoid line is a symbol of the movement…of perpetual motion…”

―William Stewart, Imagery and Symbolism in Counseling

“A Chinese symbol of the dual distribution of forces…It takes the form of a circle bisected by a sigmoid line, and the two parts so formed are invested with a dynamic tendency which would be wanting if the division were by a diameter.”

―J.E. Cirlot, A Dictionary of Symbols

The Yin/Yang uses the colors BLACK and WHITE. But the MLB and NBA logos use RED (hot/fire) vs. BLUE (cold/water). This is because RED and BLUE are naturally opposing colors, just like fire and water are naturally opposing elements.

The “sigmoid line” takes the form of a player that divides the twin opposing sides. In the MLB he is playing baseball. In the NBA he is playing basketball. Just as the sigmoid line in the Yin/Yang denotes “motion,” so in these sports league logos the player that divides the two opposing colors also denotes motion.

Overall, the colors red, white, and blue are America’s colors, the colors of our nation and our flag. They evoke our patriotism, which in turn evokes feelings of “us vs. them”―a perfect emotion to evoke considering the adversarial nature of competition (just like the adversarial nature of yin and yang).

Now, here’s where it gets a bit fishy: Since its adoption, the basic model of an athlete or equipment used for the sport in silhouette flanked by red and blue has been incorporated into the logos of countless leagues and associations:

•    National Basketball Association
•    Women’s Basketball Association
•    American Hockey League
•    National Lacrosse League
•    Indy Racing League
•    Major League Gaming
•    Major League Eating
•    National Women’s Soccer League
•    Minor League Baseball
•    United States Tennis Association
•    Major Indoor Soccer League
•    North American Boxing Council

Here are some examples:

Women’s National Basketball Association Logo.


American Hockey League Logo.


National Lacrosse League Logo.


Indy Racing League Logo.


Major League Gaming Logo.


National Women’s Soccer League Logo.


Minor League Baseball Logo.


National Pro Fastpitch Logo.


Major Indoor Soccer League Logo.


North American Boxing Council Logo.


Grand-Am Road Racing Logo.

There’s no reason why all these logos should follow the same basic concept. But they do. There is no official “central agency” that oversees all of America’s sports leagues or anything like that, not a governmental office that oversees American sports or anything of the kind:

“No American government agency is charged with overseeing sports.”


Are these similar sports logos, then, just coincidence? Or is there a subversive reason behind it? Is there some type of long-term strategy happening here that we are not aware of? Are these logos being branded in the minds of the masses, so that “Sports Entertainment” in general grows and grows, encompassing a greater role in American society?

Continuing with the Yin/Yang symbolism, the sports leagues themselves are often divided into a Yin/Yang type drama. In MLB, this takes the form of the American League vs. National League drama. The winner of each league faces each other in the World Series. The symbol for interleague competition certainly evokes the Yin/Yang symbol:

See the basic Yin/Yang symbolism in this logo? The designers have obviously borrowed from the ancient Taijitu symbol.

The NFL has a similar setup. The American Football Conference (AFC) is one of the two conferences of the NFL. This conference and its counterpart, the NFC, currently contain 16 teams each, making up the 32 teams of the NFL. The teams within each conference battle, and the winner of each conference battle it out in the Super Bowl, a corporate spectacle:

Note how the AFC’s color is red, which signifies hot and fire.
Note how the NFC’s color is blue, which signifies cold and water.

It should also be noted that more than a handful of sports league logos take the form of a “shield,” and this is for a very specific reason:

American Basketball Association Logo.


Arena Football League Logo.


United States Tennis Association Logo.

American National Rugby League Logo.

USA Swimming Logo.

We also see the “shield” logo in the NFL and the NHL logos, the two other major sports leagues in America today. While they do not resemble the MLB and NBA logos, the NFL and NHL logos do resemble each other. Both logos depict a “shield,” which is an ancient and powerful symbol long used by our ancestors.

The NHL and NFL logos are parallel insofar as both are “shield” symbols.
The shield is a very ancient design that taps into our primal nature.
The shield was once absolutely vital for the survival of human beings.
As a result, the shield is still “ingrained” in our (human) race memories and genes.

You can read here about how psychologist Carl Jung believed that ancient symbols, like the shield, attract us. The shield, having been a part of human history for thousands of years, is “imprinted” in our race memories. It reminds all of us humans of “protection,” and it elicits emotions connected to war, fighting, and battle, even if we as individuals have not had a personal experience with the shield.

Usually paired with the sword, the shield evokes in our minds heroic concepts of invincibility. It gives us the feeling of a “superman” type of human being who is powerful, mighty, and can take on any task or foe, not unlike the comic book hero Superman. There’s a reason the Superman logo is an “S” symbol depicted inside a shield:

Superman “shield” logo.

“The Superman shield, also known as the Superman logo is the iconic emblem for the fictional DC Comics superhero Superman. As a representation of the first superhero, it served as a template for character design decades after Superman’s first appearance.”


The shield represents both protection and the conquest of enemies. The shield attracts sports fans because it allows the sports fans “mind” to “enter” the game, such that he/she are now “fighting” to win; fighting the enemy and defending themselves against the enemy.

This may sound ridiculous, but the shield symbol indeed has this kind of tremendous power on the human psyche. It controls our minds in a stronger way than most people realize. It appears again and again in countless logos of modern day corporations. It stretches back much further than that, however, appearing many hundreds of years ago in family crests, national Coats of Arms, and national symbols. Here are a small handful of examples:

Shield logos.

The NFL and NHL shield logos have thus been very carefully chosen to attract the “sports fan mentality,” which itself has been created by the Elite by tapping into primal human instincts such as the desire to win by defeating enemies.


In Conclusion

The Elite owners of America are slowly but surely enslaving the American people, and they seem to be doing this, in part, by mastering the art of “diversion”―with Sports Entertainment being their key diversionary tactic.

The sudden and dramatic rise of Sports Entertainment during the past several decades seems to be a carefully scripted plot, skillfully crafted by the ruling Elite aimed at engaging Americans to focus their attention elsewhere and diminish their interest and understanding of the ills that are plaguing American society.

The fact that the logos of the major sports leagues all use similar patterns, and that this pattern is based on ancient symbolism, may be indicative that Sports Entertainment is really a large scale “mass control” project. And that the same crooked “Elite” are really behind all the sports franchises―the same Elite that have been actively taking over the world (banks, mass media, big pharma, big oil, etc.).

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Prior to the publication of Written in Stone, Cassaro enjoyed a successful career as a U.S. correspondent, professional journalist, and photo researcher for Rizzoli Publications, one of the world’s leading media organizations. Cassaro, who is a graduate of Pace University in New York City, has examined first-hand the ancient ruins and mystical traditions of Egypt, Mexico, Greece, Italy, Sicily, France, England, India, Peru and Spain; he has lectured on his theories to great acclaim in the United States, Egypt, Italy, Spain and Peru.

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The Occult Secret of the “Skull & Cross Bones” Symbol

The Skull & Cross Bones is an ancient symbol with a powerful, hidden meaning. Today the Skull & Cross Bones signifies “poison” and we’re warned to “stay away.” But this is an intentional deception by the elite to hide the symbol’s true meaning. In fact, the Skull & Cross Bones is an ancient instrument used by sorcerers to gain spiritual power.


The renowned Skull & Cross Bones symbol.

Today the Skull & Cross Bones is a symbol warning danger or poison. However, in its true esoteric meaning it is a symbol of unimaginable power and spirituality.

As with the lucky number 13, we have been tricked—by the elite families who own the biggest corporations and run the most heavily armed governments—out of understanding this symbol’s true meaning.

What is the deeper meaning behind the Skull & Cross Bones?

The great unknown secret behind the Skull & Cross Bones is that it is not a symbol of death, but of life. It was used by ancient priests and priestesses worldwide, from the Mayans in Mesoamerica to the Etruscans in Europe:

Above: 3,000 years ago the ancient Etruscans and ancient Mayans (twin civilizations that developed separately) both created Skull and Bones images.

Everywhere in Antiquity the Skull & Cross Bones symbol conveyed the same exact meaning. By the Middle Ages, intellectuals in Europe were calling it “Memento Mori,” which is Latin for “Remember you are mortal” and “Remember you must die.”

This is a reminder of the temporary nature of human life, and the inevitability of death. Thoughts of death remind us of the transient nature of earthly pleasures, which are fleeting; this contemplation opens the door to the soul within, which is the eternal life within each of us.

The art of attaining spiritual heights by contemplating directly upon a Skull & Cross Bones was never completely forgotten; it became common among occult groups, like the Freemasons.

Above: A Skull & Cross Bones is featured in the Masonic “Chamber of Reflection.”

“…a symbol of mortality and death. As the means for inciting the mind to contemplation… the skull and the crossbones are used in the Chamber of Reflection …”

– Albert Mackey (1807 – 1881), Secretary General of the Supreme Council of the Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite for the Southern Jurisdiction of the United States

According to occult wisdom, when we contemplate death we look deeply within ourselves. By “reflecting” in this manner we find a hidden treasure within us in the form of eternal “life,” which ancient civilizations like the Egyptians celebrated using a cross symbol:

Above: Ankh cross, associated with eternal life and life after death.

The degree of the treasure we find is equal to the amount of “work” or “reflection” we put in.

“The camel gets down on his knees and says, ‘Put a load on me’…But when the camel is well loaded, it struggles to its feet and runs out into the desert, where it is transformed into a lion — the heavier the load that had been carried, the stronger the lion will be.”

– Joseph Campbell, The Power of Myth (1904 – 1987)

When an initiate reflects extremely deeply, an amazing thing is discovered. The initiate acquires the knowledge (gnosis)  that he or she is an eternal being or soul, endless and divine.

“You don’t HAVE a soul, you ARE a soul. You HAVE a body.”

— C.S. Lewis (1898 – 1963)

Furthermore, one learns that this soul—which is our true eternal nature—is really  a “god” who has temporarily fallen down into the present world (the physical plane); fallen down into believing that we are actually the temporary mortal creature.

The Fall of Day by William Rimmer, 1869. This is a portrait of you. You are an eternal god or spirit who has temporarily fallen down into, and is temporarily living in, the material world.

The truth is that we are not the mortal creature (who will die). We are the eternal god.  But we have amnesia of our godhood! We have manifested (we are manifesting) this temporary life on earth, as if it were a dream.

Row, row, row your boat,
Gently down the stream.

Merrily, merrily, merrily, merrily.
Life is but a dream.

Wisdom Rhyme

We are such stuff
As dreams are made on; and our little life
Is rounded with a sleep.


Because we can’t see that our true nature is divine, the same as the Nature of the universe, we live cut off from this wisdom—first by the veil that separates the material world from the invisible spiritual world, and second by the elite powers mentioned earlier. However, don’t be fooled, we are the microcosm and we are the macrocosm too!

Think of the saying: As above, so below. We are not just the below (the creature), we are the above too (the universe, the god). Everything we see in “Nature” is really our own Nature; it’s Our own Creation, we are our own creation, and we are perfect.

Above: Man is not just the microcosm (the animal reflection) he is the macrocosm too (the god causing the reflection)!

Earth is divine also.  The ancients all believed so. This idea is called animism and it is found in all the ancient religions.

“The Kingdom of Heaven is spread upon the earth but men do not see it.”

— The Gospel of Thomas

Time is divine too, since it is a part of Creation. Hence the image of an hourglass with wings. For all the ancient cultures, wings were a symbol of divinity and eternity:

Above: Hourglass with wings. In one of its meanings it signifies the fact that Time is Divine.

As time runs out for the mortal creature, death will come. This is the teaching not only of the hourglass, but of the Skull & Cross Bones symbol. Though death comes, we will survive death, because we are all powerful, all circular, all knowing. We are gods. We created death.

“The Skull and cross bones are a continual reminder that the spiritual nature obtains liberation only after the philosophical death of man’s sensuous personality.”

Albert Pike (1809 – 1891), eminent and influential Freemason

For a true sorcerer the Skull & Cross Bones is a reminder that we are the great power in the heavens that has created our own mortal body on earth. We are in heaven right now, but we are dreaming that we are alive on earth. When death comes, the dream will be over, and we will awaken to this truth.

In Hebrew the word Shekinah translates to “God dwells in us.” In other words, “God” is not the old man “upstairs” as we’ve been led to believe. God is not someone or something outside of you. YOU are God. YOU are that old guy up there. It’s a part of YOU that you’ve been cut off from.

By Philippe Halsman, in collaboration with Salvador Dali, 1951

Thus, the Skull & Cross Bones was used in graveyards, catacombs and crypts to remind us not just of our mortality…but of our immortality; of our true God nature.

Above: Many stone tombs in Europe depict the Skull & Cross Bones symbol and bear inscriptions (epitaphs) which provoke the reader to consider his or her mortality…and immortality.

The Skull & Cross Bones motif was used by many American college fraternities, sororities and secret societies founded in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. The most well-known example of this usage is the Skull & Bones society, a secret society at Yale University which derives its very name from the symbol.

Skull and Bones secret society, Yale University, Connecticut.

An uninvited “guest” to the tomb reported seeing:

“On the west wall, an old engraving representing an open burial vault, in which, on a stone slab, rest four human skulls, grouped about a fools cap and bells, an open book, several mathematical instruments, a beggar’s script, and a royal crown (17,18). On the arched wall above the vault are the explanatory words, in Roman letters, ‘We War Der Thor, Wer Weiser, Wer Bettler Oder, Kaiser?’ and below the vault is engraved, in German characters, the sentence; ‘Ob Arm, Ob Beich, im Tode gleich.’”

The English translation of the German words reads as follows:

“Who was the fool, who the wise man, beggar or king? Whether poor or rich, all’s the same in death.”

And what does that mean?

This is first a reference to the fact that we are all equal in life, and equal in death as well. Second it teaches that you will live many lives, because you are an eternal deity living in heaven, dreaming of these temporary lives. YOU are the fool, YOU are the wise man, YOU are the beggar and YOU are the king! However, since none of these lives are permanent, none of them are real. The only thing that is real is your eternal reincarnating soul.

Other well-known college fraternal organizations which use the skull and bones in some capacity in their public symbols include, but are not limited to: Dom-I-Necher, Kappa Sigma, Sigma Phi Epsilon, Phi Kappa Sigma, Tau Kappa Epsilon and Zeta Beta Tau Fraternities and Sigma Sigma Sigma and Chi Omega Sororities.

Other fraternal groups also use the skull and crossbones in their symbolism and/or in their secret fraternal rituals. These groups include the Knights of Columbus as well as the Knights Templar degree of Freemasonry.

Left: Still-shot of a scene from the movie The Wizard of Oz, inside Professor Marvel’s wagon (remember, he is the Wizard). We see a large skull centered over the doorway (1939). The message? Contemplating on the skull opens the door to higher wisdom. Right: 3° Tracing Board featuring skull and cross bones by W. Bro. Josiah Bowring, Oil on panel, 1819.

Knowing that we are both the Creator and the Created, the old Pagans were fond of saying, “Carpe Diem” or “Seize the day,” which tells us to “eat, drink and be merry, for tomorrow we shall die.” So live life today, while it is here, while you are alive.

This favorite 3-minute clip from the movie Dead Poet’s Society expresses this idea beautifully:

The Pagan saying “Carpe Diem” evolved among medieval Europeans into the idea of Danse Macabre:

The Dance of Death (1493) by Michael Wolgemut

“no matter one’s station in life, the Dance of Death unites all. The Danse Macabre consists of the dead or personified death summoning representatives from all walks of life to dance along to the grave, typically with a pope, emperor, king, child, and labourer. They were produced to remind people of the fragility of their lives and how vain were the glories of earthly life. Its origins are postulated from illustrated sermon texts; the earliest recorded visual scheme was a now lost mural in Paris dating from 1424-25.”



Beginning in the later seventeenth century, undertakers supplied the living with objects concerning the recently deceased. Printed ephemera, such as the funeral invitation below featuring the Skull & Cross Bones capped with a winged hourglass (denoting the spiritual and eternal nature of life and death) were common.

In past centuries, soldiers were taught the true meaning of the Skull & Cross Bones to help prepare them for battle. German armies used the Skull & Cross bones many times.

In the image above we see the Totenkopf, a German word for the deathman´s head. This is an old symbol of momenti mori. It consists usually of the skull and the mandible of the human skeleton. It can also include two crossed longbones (femurs).

A modern memory of the idea of life after death expressed in the Skull & Cross Bones is present in small isolated pockets throughout Europe, which even today have not fully been converted to Christianity:

“Our remaining Gaelic Speaking communities are scattered around Ireland and some 25 years ago the Government funded a Gaelic speaking Radio and later TV network primarily to encourage and foster the language.


The radio is intimate and twice daily they give a ‘death notice’ round up where they give the latest deaths in the various communities, together with the funeral arrangements. The literal translation  from the Gaelic for the death announcements is …

‘Gone on The Journey Of Truth Today’ is Johnny Bradley etc…


Death is regarded as just that, “The Journey,” into truth where all illusion and delusion eventually must shed until the ‘entity’ is aware of just who and what they were and should be.”

– Donal O’Siodhachain, Bardic Poet, 2011

Representations of Memento Mori appear in very early Classical literature. Sophocles (circa 429 BCE) says the following in Oedipuis the King, which shows he believed the soul lives on after death—an idea common to virtually all of the great Greek philosophers:


“Let every man in mankind’s frailty

Consider his last day; and let none

Presume on his good fortune until he find

Life, at his death, a memory without pain.”

— Sophocles

We see the eternal nature of Time in the following image of a Triptych made of human skulls. The Triptych is a symbol of life, the skull is a symbol of death. Combining the two shows that death and life are one, created by the same Creator. The message is simple: You are the Creator and you are the Created:

Above: Triptych formed by skulls in The Cemetery of the Capuchin Fathers in the Church of the Immaculate Conception in Rome, Italy.


Here we see the preserved remains of 4,000 Capuchin friars on display. These remains have been sculpted into a powerful and monumental work of art, with skulls and bones being used for alters, chandeliers, and ornamental wall designs. The intention here is not to scare but to inspire prayer, contemplation, deep thoughts, and meditation; in other words, “awakening” to the true higher Self that survives death.space


The symbol of the Skull & Cross Bones did not originally stand for poison. Unfortunately, today it does because the powers that be in the world are trying to cover up its true meaning; this an effort to keep the masses down, disempowered, and ignorant as to the true nature of human existence.



– Symbol of our passing mortality
– Reminder of how quickly time passes, so you should “Seize the Day” as we will be dead soon
– Call to enjoy life
– Though death will come, we will survive death
– We are death and we are life, we are an eternal god in this moment (and every moment) dreaming that we are alive on earth. The god is the reality, the life here on earth is the dream.



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Prior to the publication of Written in Stone, Cassaro enjoyed a successful career as a U.S. correspondent, professional journalist, and photo researcher for Rizzoli Publications, one of the world’s leading media organizations. Cassaro, who is a graduate of Pace University in New York City, has examined first-hand the ancient ruins and mystical traditions of Egypt, Mexico, Greece, Italy, Sicily, France, England, India, Peru and Spain; he has lectured on his theories to great acclaim in the United States, Egypt, Italy, Spain and Peru.

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