The Symbolism & Metaphysics of Sports(Esoteric Knowledge)

Masonic Football..

A few years ago I told a subscriber I believed that sports were rigged.  I did a post on this subject in the past.  But since the Super Bowl is coming up I figured I might as well do one now.  I decided I would go a little more in depth.  The big game will feature the Philadelphia  Eagles vs the New England Patriots.  I personally can’t stand the quarterback Tom Brady and the Patriots.  I hope the Eagles beat them.  But it doesn’t really matter since I strongly believe that professional sports are rigged.  I think at least the big events like the NBA finals,World Series and the Super Bowl.  I have said in the past that Freemasons created football. Most football,basketball and baseball teams are owned by Zionist Jews.  It’s basically ethnocentric tribalism.  They have an entire monopoly on sports.  And they  numbers and occult symbolism  in big games. Here’s a link about the creation of football:

https://gnosticwarrior.com/freemasons-created-the-game-of-football.html

Although we must keep in mind that Freemasons origins come from ancient Kemet(Egypt). The signs and symbols of ancient and modern Freemasonry are rooted in Kemet (Egypt) and the evidence is overwhelmingly obvious that Freemasonry borrowed its allegorical myths and ideological metaphors from more ancient societies that were well advanced in the philosophical mysteries.  It all began in Cush (Abyssinia or Ethiopia) were perhaps some of the wisest Nubians toiled and where civilization originated. Thus transmitting their enlightenment in compliment with how the Nile River flows from south to north. Reference Sterling Means in his book titled, “Ethiopia and the Missing Link in African History” and John G. Jackson work titled, “Ethiopia and the Origin of Civilization” .
Drusilla Houston in her book titled the “Wonderful Ethiopians of the Ancient Cushite Empire,” stated: “To the Cushite race belonged the oldest and purest Arabian blood. They were the original Arabians and the creators of the ancient civilization, evidences of which may be seen in the stupendous ruins in every part of the country. At the time that Ethiopians began to show power as monarchs of Egypt about 3000 to 3500 B.C. the western part of Arabia was divided into two powerful kingdoms. In those days the princes of Arabia belonged wholly to the descendants of Cushite, who ruled Yemen for thousands of years.”

The players are just millionaire puppets that they allow to play the games.  I have watched many guys on YouTube like RFG Chosen One,Zachary Hubbard,We Come in Truth,Brian Tuohy,Heath Hunt,Phuture Sports and Social Experience who I’ve learned a lot from.  Over the past fifteen years I’ve done a lot of research on numerology,astrology,metaphysics,cosmology and symbology. And in doing so I’ve come to the conclusion that sports are indeed fixed,or at least orchestrated in some way.  This time I wanted to focus on the five Super Bowl’s the Patriots have won.  I think the Patriots are a representation of white power.  Even when you look at their logo the hat the patriot is wearing looks like red devil horns.  I think this is the reason the Patriots are “allowed” to win so many Super Bowls.  I personally think Tom Brady is not very athletic.  I think he’s extremely overrated.  He is presented as the “great white hope”.  The media always say he’s the greatest quarterback of all time.  I have noticed that over the years every time the Patriots win the Super Bowl they beat a team that represents an African(Kemetic) deity.  I have seen this in all their Super Bowl wins.  Sounds far fetched?  Keep an open mind and I’ll show you.

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First let’s start with the football itself.  I’ve noticed that the football is shaped like a mandorla. A mandorla symbolizes the intersection of two spheres of heaven and earth.  Although the geometric symbol of earth is the square(or cube) and the symbol of heaven is the circle,two circles are sometimes used to symbolize the Upper and Lower worlds. The union of the two worlds,or the zone of intersection and interpenetration is represented by the mandorla,an almond-shaped figure formed by two intersection circles.  It’s used a lot in religious artwork usually surrounding the entire figure of a holy person. I could be wrong but I think this is why football has a much deeper meaning to these Freemasons.

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Rams..

The first Super Bowl the Patriots won was in 2002.  Right after 9-11 happened when the whole country was being “patriotic”.

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I always wondered if the Rams logo was a representation of the ram god Khnum.

Carolina Panthers..

In 2004 the Patriots beat the Carolina Panthers in the Super Bowl.  The Great White Hope beats the Black Panthers???

Kemetic Eagle..

In 2005 the Patriots defeated the Philadelphia Eagles.  In ancient Kemet the eagle was used to indicate the influence of a regime. The eagle was used as the symbol for Heru(Horus). Heru eventually became a falcon the Kemetic Sun God.

Seahawks..

Eye of Horus..

In 2015 the Patriots defeated the Seattle Seahawks.  Some say the Seahawks logo resembled the Eye of Horus(Ra).  That year was obviously rigged for the Patriots.  This is when the Seahawks pretty much had the Super Bowl won.  Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson should’ve thrown given the ball to Marshawn Lynch and he could’ve gotten an easy touchdown.  But Wilson throws the ball and it’s intercepted by the Patriots.  Game over and the Patriots win!  It was so obvious it was rigged! It made me sick to watch it!

Atlanta Falcons..Heru..

Then just last year the Patriots defeated the Atlanta Falcons.  As I said earlier,the Falcons represented the African Sun God Heru(Horus).  So every team that Tom Brady as defeated was a team that had some African symbolism.  And the upcoming Super Bowl,once again they’re facing the Philadelphia Eagles.  As I said,I would like to see the Eagles win but I think the league wants Brady to get six rings.  That way they can say he is the greatest quarterback of all time.  Brady is very unskilled and unathletic.  But when the game is rigged in your favor of course you will look better than everyone else.  Brady wasn’t even that good when he played at the University of Michigan.  Brady was pick #199 in the sixth round.  So how does a sorry ass player that like that win so many Super Bowls?  I’m not buying it!

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Before I wrap up this post I have to mention numerology in football.  In freemasonry there are certain numbers they hold sacred.  Numbers like 9,66 and 666.  And master numbers like 11,22 and 33.  They believe these numbers have special powers if a person is born on these dates or an event happens on these dates.  Which is why certain sports events and attacks(false flags) happen on certain dates.  The number 33 is a very scared number. This is one of the reasons the Super Bowl usually starts at 3:30.  In sacred numerology you don’t count the zeros.  So the number is read as 33.  Since many of these freemasons on the elite levels are satanic they like to mock Jesus Christ.  The Bible says Jesus died at the age of 33. The Bible also says Jesus performed 33 miracles.

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Also it’s said that there are the highest level in Freemasonry you can achieve is 33 1/3 degrees.  The number seems to come up quite a bit.  In the NBA the Los Angeles Lakers have the longest winning streak. Back in 1972 the Lakers won 33 straight games. No one has ever beat their record.   The most points by an NBA player is held by Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.  He scored over 38,000 points.  His jersey number was 33.  I don’t think anyone will ever score more than him.

Bank of America..

You can find it logos as well.  The bank of America logo displays three 11’s.  All in plain sight.  Are they trying to tell you they control the economic system?

KKK Masonic..

What about the racist group the Ku Klux Klan? K is the eleventh letter in the alphabet.  You add up three 11’s and you get 33.  The Klan was formed back in 1866 in Polaski,Tennessee.  One of the Fist Imperial  Wizards was  Nathan Bedford Forrest.  He was a Freemason.  So the KKK has Masonic origins.  As a side note, do you remember the film Forrest Gump?  Well Forrest was named after this racist KKK wizard.  See how they name these characters after racist bastards.  Then make you think it’s a positive feel good film.  Sneaky bastards!

Big Baller Brand..

Then we have Lavar Ball.  The loud mouth blowhard that raised his sons to become basketball stars.  Ball calls his sports apparel company,Big Baller Brand.  If you look at the logo it’s supposed to be “BBB”  but it definitely looks like a 333 to me.  I guess we know who Lavar takes his orders from.

Chicago Cubs...I also think the Chicago Cubs winning the World Series in 2016 was rigged from the beginning.  The media kept saying that the Cubs hadn’t won the series since 1908.  They said it had been 108 years since they  won the World Series. In numerology they add up all the numbers and zeros don’t count.  So 1+0+8 =9   Nine is a very unique number. Nine is a natural number. Any natural number multiplied by nine, and the digits of the number are repeatedly added until it is just one digit,the sum will be nine.  It’s the only number that does it.  Which is why it’s sometimes called the “divine nine”.

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Another reason these secret societies like the number nine is because it seems like it can be found throughout nature.  In plants,insects,hurricanes and the universe.  Some say that African people have “9 ether” hair because our hair is tightly coiled that looks like the number nine. But I also noticed that the Willis Tower in Chicago has 108 floors. I also thought it was interesting that it was the 112 World Series and the day they won was on November 2.  Which looks like 11/2.  Coincidence??  You make the call.

Michael Jordan 6 rings..

I know a lot of people consider Michael Jordan the greatest basketball player of all time. His speed,jumping and shooting ability is undeniable.  But I think his ascension is most likely orchestrated.  I think these owners of the NBA pick and choose who will win championships. They can easily buy off referees to give certain players the good calls.  And give penalties to the opposing players they don’t favor.  Coincidentally Jordan has been associated with the number 6 quite a bit.  He won six championships.  He also won six NBA Finals MVP awards.  Jordan played in the NBA for 15 seasons. 1+5= 6.   And many people may not realize but the zip code for Chicago is 60606.  You don’t count the zeros so the number 666,  The satanic number of the biblical beast(satan).

Evil Patriots...

The Super Bowl is this coming Sunday.  I think the NFL wants Tom Brady to get his sixth ring.  That way he will have six rings just like Michael Jordan.  And the media will say he’s the greatest quarterback of all time.  Like I said,I hope Brady loses..but he looks destined to win again.  I hope you learned something from this post.  I try to give out information that you may not have heard before.    I think it’s good to have a better understanding of symbology and numerology.  That way we know the symbols and messages that are right in front of us.  I don’t think ignorance is bliss.  Who wants to be a happy idiot?  Knowledge is power.  We have to always remember that.  It also helps you decipher the real from the unreal.  I know a lot of people love sports and they use it for escapism.  I enjoy watching sports myself.  That’s fine,as long as you know what’s going on. I think it’s time we hear with our eyes and see with our ears.  I heard someone once say that a picture can speak a thousand words.  That may be true but not everyone can hear them.  Hopefully this post helps a bit. Peace.

 

Black Storytellers: Should they have a Black spouse?

I saw this trailer about a month ago.   It’s for a six-part mini-series called Guerrilla on Showtime.  It’s about an interracial couple who are activists in London during the 1970’s.  It kind of  reminds me of the Black Panthers or Black Liberation Army movements.  It stars actor Babou Ceesay and actress Freida Pinto. Actor Idris Elba also is in the series. But I thought it was strange that the film had Indian actress Freida Pinto has the lead actress.  And I saw virtually no black women in the trailer.  Black women have been fighting against racism and sexism since forever.  Is this the erasure of black women? And even if there are some black women in it…why is the lead female an Indian?  I guess some will say that it’s to show that Indian people struggle with racism as well.  But why can’t we ever show black men and women working together against their oppression?  Why can’t we see many more films of black men and women loving each other? What are we  supposed to take from films like this?  That it’s better to fight racism and oppression if you’re having sex with a  non-black person.  This is utter nonsense! And we can no longer fall for this trap. Black unity and black love  is the answer.

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Who needs Assata Shakur? Yaa Asantewaa is not needed either.  Freida Pinto will lead black people to freedom!  She is the savior for black people! This would be funny if it wasn’t so sad.

John Ridley....

So after seeing the trailer I wanted to see who was the creator of this series.  I found out that the executive producer is John Ridley. Ridley is a screenwriter,novelist and director. He won an Academy award for his screenplay of 12 Years a Slave. He also is the producer of the show American Crime.  The picture(above) is of Ridley and his Asian wife Gayle.  His wife isn’t black so is this why he didn’t cast a black woman as the lead in his new series?  And why are all these men without black wives telling black stories?  And he’s not the only one. I have noticed black actors,directors and producers telling black stories without black wives.

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This is director Steve McQueen.  McQueen grew up in London. He’s good friends with John Ridley because he directed 12 Years a Slave.  This picture(above) is McQueen and his Dutch wife Bianca.

David Oyelowo...

Actor David Oyelowo is another black British man.  He has been in films like The Butler,The Help,A United Kingdom and Jack Reacher. He even played Martin Luther King in the film Selma. Should this man be playing black historical figures?  This is a picture of him and his white wife Jessica.

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Jordan Peele....

Actor/filmmaker Jordan Peele got a lot of praise for his horror film Get Out.  It broke box office records making over $160 million.  Some say it was a great horror film.  Some say it was a film that had a much more deep psychological meaning to it.  It definitely had a lot of subliminal messages regarding racsim,occultism and organ harvesting.  But some may not know that he’s biracial.  Peele has a white mother.  And his wife Chelsea is a Zionist Jew.  So even though he told some truths in the film Get Out..will expose it all? Will he tell black people everything that racists whites are doing in Hollywood?  Is wife is a Jew so I know he has some insider information.  But the question is…who is he loyal to?

Underground...

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The television drama Underground takes place during slavery.  It has been getting good reviews from critics.  One of the executive producers is singer/songwriter John Legend. He will even play Frederick Douglass in an upcoming episode. His wife is model Chrissy  Teigen.  Her mother is Thai and father is white.  That makes her a hapa. If you don’t know what that is go look it up.

Nate Parker....

Of course we can’t forget actor/director Nate Parker. Parker directed the controversial slave rebellion film The Birth of a Nation.  The film had some good elements and some truth in it.  But it was mostly controversial because back when he was in college Parker was accused of raping a white woman. He claims he was innocent and that people should support the film.  I’ve seen him in interviews and he seems intelligent and articulate. But he can’t be too smart because if that white woman caused him so much grief why did he go and marry a white woman.  What sense does that make??? Some negroes never learn. Anyway this is a picture of him and his ugly ass wife Sarah.Sunken Place....

I bring up this issue because I wonder can they be trusted. Can they accurately tell the black experience?  Can they express our pain and struggle?  Can they express the truth about our oppressors if they’re married to them?  Can they be about black love but not married to black women?  These are the questions that come to my mind. But I think they hire these type of men because they know they’re not about black empowerment. They will always be intellectually dishonest about the black experience.  They know that since they have non-black wives they have already been compromised. The interracial element just adds more confusion to the black psyche. We must be careful watching anything by these men. These films have a way of  distorting black consciousness. And keeping us stuck in the “sunken place”.

Walt Disney: Is it Family Entertainment?(Part 2 of 2)

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It’s clear that Disney is not family entertainment.  Walt Disney himself was a racist,sexist and I had “gender identity” issues.  It’s well known that he worked with the CIA as well.  His cartoons have always had esoteric and occult symbolism.  They’re easy to see if you know what to look for.  They are plenty of subliminal sexual images in his cartoons as well.  And these are films for children???  There is a clear agenda to corrupt and force sexual confusion on children.  Check out some of the videos and images and tell me what you think.  Judge for yourself. Is there an agenda at play? Is this family entertainment?

Walt Disney: Who was Walt? (Part 1 of 2)

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A cherished American icon, Disney has become much more than a corporation, or a collection of cartoons, theme parks, and childhood memories–Disney has become (and really always has been) a carefully orchestrated web of archetypal symbolism derived from the Ancient Mystery traditions of Egypt, and stimulated by the elitist mentality of the American Surveillance State.

Since Marc Eliot’s research novel, Walt Disney: Hollywood’s Dark Prince came out in the late ’90’s (without the authorization of the Disney family or corporation) conspiracy theories about Walt Disney have ranged from his documented relationship with J. Edgar Hoover and the Communist “Witch hunt” of the Cold War era; his relationship to both Freemasonry and Rosicrucianism; the incredible amount of esoteric symbolism that was put into Disney’s media that persists now more than ever; his neurotic, obsessive-compulsive tendencies that he reportedly self medicated with narcotics and alcohol; and, his known sympathies with the Nazi regime, his anti-semitism, and a reported sexism in the workplace. Some of these claims even reach into more speculative grounds, such as Disney’s ties to pedophilia, and even the mafia. This article will serve as a brief, open-source investigation into the claims of the man behind the facade of the Disney Public-Relations funds–the true face of the “imagineer,” the man seeking to capture the imaginations of America’s youth, Walter Elias Disney.

Walt himself had a lonely upbringing, lacking what he felt to be a meaningful relationship with his parents. His mother reportedly was quite cold to him, and Walt’s self-proclaimed love for animals over humans was said to have stemmed from this sense of isolation as a child. Presumably because of this type of upbringing, as a child Walt excelled in the Freemason-affiliated “Order of the DeMolay” which is an international masonic organization for young men at the ages of 12 to 21. The title “DeMolay” is derived from the last Grand Master of the Knights Templar, Jacques DeMolay.

As an adult, Walt joined the “Ancient Mystical Order of Rosae Crucis” (AMORC) which is the largest known organization of Rosicrucianism, and also boasts the membership of people like Star Trek creator, Gene Roddenberry–among so many other noteworthy names. For those unaware, Rosicrucianism is a surviving occult school of thought that primarily studies the Ancient Mystery teachings promoted by Egypt (dating much earlier than the Egyptians, however) through the lens of more traditional Western symbolism. Generally, it is considered a form of esoteric Christian mysticism. While this may paint a certain measure of nobility around Walt Disney, there is a great deal of evidence to show that he was a deeply troubled individual that suffered a degree of gender-identity confusion which resulted in ambiguous attractions that caused troubles in his marriage. There are also reports of Walt Disney cross-dressing, which raises the question of whether he and J Edgar Hoover ever had any fully “dressed” classified meetings.

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In regards to this esoteric symbolism, anyone readily attempting to dispute Disney’s occult symbolism is either in denial, or hasn’t actually seen any Disney cartoons: from Bambi, Dumbo, and Pinocchio, to more overt occult references like Sword in the Stone, Alice in Wonderland, Sleeping Beauty, Snow White, The Little Mermaid, Aladdin, even Fantasia–the list goes on and on. Witches, wizards, genies, alchemy and magical spells galore, Disney was not coy at all when using his inspiration from the ancient Mystery teachings. This not only survives to this day, but has become even more blatant with the purchasing of both LucasFilms and Marvel Comics, and now Disney is creating science-fiction wars with extra-dimensional entities and uniting ancient Norse gods with the Military Surveillance State and weapons-contractor billionaires.

Speaking of science-fiction wars with extra-dimensional entities, in The Avengers, the Tesseract of the first movie is the direct name and symbolism of occult philosophy, especially Freemasonry and the Mystery Teachings. However, it should be stated that these symbols are not “demonic/satanic/evil” in and of themselves, and are not evidence to condemn Walt Disney, yet the more ominous claims are yet to come. In consideration to Walt Disney’s ties to freemasonry, it is likely that he was considered an honorary 33rd degree by at least one lodge or another, but some Freemasons deny this claim. Walt excelled in the DeMolay as a young man, and even originally made Mickey Mouse a member of the DeMolay as well. Since Rosicrucianism and Freemasonry often go hand-in-hand, it seems that his specific title as a mason is perhaps an overall moot point that is still being debated.

Walt Disney was said to be a man of high-energy, with awkward social tendencies, neurotic personal habits, and even questionable moral fiber as a father and overall human being. If Walt really was a practicing Rosicrucian, its hard to consider that he was also a pedophile unless this Rosicrucianism was a facade for deeper, black-magick ritualism (which is a documented thread of research when dealing with the upper echelons of Elitist Society). While this remains the most speculative of the claims, there does appear to be preliminary evidence for it–especially considering the continuing threads of the Disney corporation’s relationship with the surviving Project: MKULTRA that inherently deal with trauma-based mind control that is largely based on black magick from the Egyptian “Pyramid Texts”.

A primary MKULTRA derivative, slang-titled Project: MONARCH, has intrinsic ties to pedophilia as well, and is said to have connections to common scandals like Jerry Sandusky, Larry King and Boystown (not the talk-show host), the Vatican’s whole string of events, Bohemian Grove rituals and onward. And yes, Disney is continuously found in the equation, at least from the social-propaganda standpoint. Unfortunately, for those readers still looking to salvage some humanity out of Walt Disney from this read, there are certainly specific accusations of Disney himself participating in pedophilia. A research novel  written by Darwin Porter, entitled Hollywood Babylon Strikes Again, illustrates the many different sex scandals of the Hollywood elite that were completely buried by Public Relations campaigns, and highlights Walt Disney in the process. Said to have a strong attraction to young star, Bobby Driscoll (voice of Peter Pan), the book even alleges that Disney owned a Los Angeles apartment for the sole purpose of meeting up with young boys that he paid to sleep with.

What can be more concretely stated about Walt Disney is the elitist social mentality that is often slipped in between the lines of Freemasonry and esoteric societies. The symbolism behind masonry is inherently meant to be recognized as the responsibility to “build” all things in their life with spiritual alchemy–transmuting the baser elements of existence into “gold,” whether it be within themselves, their business, their community, et cetera. This is obviously not an inherently negative concept, but when this idea of “hidden knowledge” meant to “build” society was met with Sigmund Freud and his nephew, Edward Bernays’ Rockefeller/Rothschild funded Public Relations media revolution, a serious and narcissistic convolution of esoteric tradition can be noted by the Elitist bloodlines of western society.

Instead of being the keepers of esoteric tradition, it became a closely guarded secret that was kept from the general public, and given to them in “proper doses” of esoteric symbolism and mystery traditions throughout the various media outlets. This is obviously, very heavily reminiscent of the Eleusinian Mysteries in ancient Greece, and how these Mystery traditions played a direct role in the theater and art media of the culture, as well as the politics.

Considering Walt Disney, there are two more crucial points worth addressing: his documented relationship to J. Edgar Hoover and Joseph McCarthy’s Communist “Witch hunt” of the Cold War era, and an assessment of his role in the Mainstream Media’s Globalist agenda, streamlined during the propaganda of the two World Wars, continuing with full force today. Due to the Freedom of Information Act, formerly-classified FBI documents reveal Walt’s deep-seated relationship with J. Edgar Hoover and his bureau, even dating back to the original construction of the Disney World theme park.

Hoover, known for his own connections to secret societies and extensive neurotic tendencies that were similar to Disney’s, clearly forged a type of cordial friendship with Walt. Walt, working as a sort of FBI-agent “contact” during the Cold War communist scare, was helping the FBI feel that they were covering their bases and gaining Walt a very strong pro-American image among the Elite. This even allowed him certain privileges at the FBI, such as certain levels of lower FBI classification clearances when it was requested. However, not only were Disney’s accusations against individuals for communism questionable, but they were often (if not always) ill-founded, stemming from neurotic tendencies. For brevity, a general analysis of the declassified information appears to demonstrate that “communism” was a tool used by Disney to justify his social neurosis and his ideas of social elitism. Whether it was conscious or not, Disney used the idea of communism to demonize the people he did not enjoy; to demonize them in a way that put him in the good graces of people like Hoover. Two birds with one stone. The entire portfolio of Disney-related FBI documents can be viewed here.

While the specific details of the dark history of the Disney family may still not be flushed out, there is enough damning information here to show that Walt Disney was indeed heavily participating in the globalization elitist agenda. Even if he was not a pedophile with connections to high-level criminals, he was a neurotic bigot with massive social inferiority that he subsequently sought to project into the minds of countless children and generations to come. Disney was deeply fascinated with esoteric Mystery teachings and clearly understood this in relationship to archetypes and the collective consciousness.

Another open-end of the research includes further speculation into who Walt Disney’s true parents may have been, since this was a notion that recurred to haunt him throughout his life until he finally found that he had been adopted; and some have even correlated this to a certain amount of blackmail that Disney may have received from the FBI, concerning Walt’s true origins. However, these seem to be speculation at this point in time. Additional final notes include that he was known to have a strong distaste for Jews, which Walt interestingly said had been harbored because Jews had monopolized a stranglehold on the media, and because of this, he had a known affinity for the Nazi regime; Project Paperclip being something that Walt truly reveled in. Werner Von Braun went on to have a prominent role in both NASA and Disney’s Tomorrowland Public Relations, and a great deal of his word went into a Tomorrowland TV documentary (aired in the 1960’s) that explained the probability of being able to colonize Mars in the near future.

Still, all of this clearly remains a bit of surface level investigation, and there are still a great many interesting avenues of research that have completely ripened for the picking in the Alternative News community; fruit that will hopefully be plucked and shared with the rest before too much longer. In any case, Disney obviously had a hot streak of elitist mentality where he felt it a philosophical, even metaphysical responsibility to give esoteric fodder to the imaginations of American children.

From witches, magic potions and Nazis, to government espionage, propaganda, drugs, and sexual perversion that may have teetered into pedophilia, Walt Disney was truly the Dark Prince of Hollywood, whichever way one decides to slice this pie.

Article by Anthony Tyler

Valentine’s Day: Pagan Gods & Sex rituals

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On February 14, couples from around the world recognize Valentine’s Day. For most, Valentine’s Day is a day of love, a day to shower your beloved with gifts and tokens of appreciation, to enjoy a nice meal with them, and to have moments of romance.

Many consider it to be a “Hallmark” greeting-card holiday, created by the retail business in order to get people to spend money on flowers, chocolates, stuffed animals, jewelry, travel, meals, and other luxuries. However, Valentine’s Day is not a modern creation. Rather, it is a day with ancient roots, both cultural and religious. With many legends and tales surrounding Valentine’s Day, the supposed day of love, it can be difficult to ascertain exactly where and how Valentine’s Day originated.

Valentine’s Day is not a global holiday. It is celebrated in many countries, but its classification as a holiday is somewhat limited. It is also referred to as St. Valentine’s Day, or the Feast of Saint Valentine, which gives the impression that the celebrations on February 14 have Christian roots. However, the day is also said to have Pagan origins.

Some say that Valentine’s Day is rooted in an ancient Roman festival. During Roman times, an annual festival known as Lupercalia occurred from February 13 – 15 of each year. During this festival, men would strip naked and swat young maidens with dog- or goat-skin whips, to increase their fertility. This practice began well before Christianity was adopted within the Roman Empire, but continued after legalization of Christianity occurred.

Greek historian Plutarch described Lupercalia in his works, recording, “Lupercalia, of which many write that it was anciently celebrated by shepherds, and has also some connection with the Arcadian Lycaea. At this time many of the noble youths and of the magistrates run up and down through the city naked, for sport and laughter striking those they meet with shaggy thongs. And many women of rank also purposely get in their way, and like children at school present their hands to be struck, believing that the pregnant will thus be helped in delivery, and the barren to pregnancy.”

In “ Lifes of the Principal Saints” , Alban Butler claimed that a practice during Lupercalia, in which men and women would place their names in jars and the names would be drawn to create pairings, was the start of the ritual of exchanging Valentine’s Day love notes. However, there is no evidence linking Valentine’s Day to Lupercalia, or to the practice of pulling names to pair men and women into couples.

Another possibility for the origin of Valentine’s Day involves Christian priest, St. Valentine. It is alleged that at one point, Roman emperor Claudius II banned marriage to prevent young men from avoiding the draft by marrying. Valentinus, a Christian priest, agreed to perform secret marriages for those who wished to become married. However, it has been argued that no such ban on marriage ever took place, and that Claudius II, in fact, urged his men to take multiple wives.

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Another story of St. Valentine claims that a priest by such name was jailed when he fell in love with the warden’s daughter. He would write her notes signed “Your Valentine,” for which he was eventually beheaded. Many Christian priests named Valentine were martyrs, and Valentine’s Day is celebrated on February 14 in many Christian denominations. In the Anglican Communion it has the rank of ‘commemoration’ in the calendar of saints. The calendar of saints for the Lutheran church includes the feast of St. Valentine. However, in the Roman Catholic Church, the feast of St. Valentine was removed from the Roman Catholic Calendar of Saints in 1969.

Throughout modern times, Valentine’s Day has continued to evolve. In 1797, mass-produced Valentine’s cards came into production, after the publication of a book called “ The Young Man’s Valentine Writer” . Rather than writing individual notes to their beloved, men could take from these scripts. In the 19 century in England, paper Valentines became very popular, adorned with embellishments such as ribbon and lace. Mass production of Valentines in the United States began in 1847 when Esther Howland, inspired by a Valentine received from Europe, began selling Valentines through her father’s stationery store. Today, stores around the world mass-produce a wide variety of Valentines cards, with images of hearts and cupid, and containing lace and ribbon. Some of these cards are sentimental and romantic, while other are humorous. Cards are no longer meant solely for one’s beloved, as they are distributed widely among young children in school, given to friends, parents, and other family members.

There are as many ways to observe Valentine’s Day as there are cultures that recognize it. European folk tradition ties St. Valentine to the approach of spring. In Norfolk, England, a mystical character named “Jack Valentine” visits houses delivering candy and presents. In Slovenia as well, the saint is related to spring, and is the patron of beekeepers. February 14 in Finland is for remembering all your friends, rather than lovers. In Japan, China and South Korea, Valentine’s Day is observed with the traditional sweets and gifts, but one month later on White Day, March 14, the favor is expected to be returned in kind, with more presents and chocolate.

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LUPERCALIA, a very ancient, possibly pre-Roman, pastoral festival in honour of Lupercus. Its rites were under the superintendence of a corporation of priests called Luperci, whose institution is attributed either to the Arcadian Evander, or to Romulus and Remus. In front of the Porta Romana, on the western side of the Palatine hill, close to the Ficus Ruminalis and the Casa Romuli, was the cave of Lupercus; in it, according to the legend, the she-wolf had suckled the twins, and the bronze wolf, which is still preserved in the Capitol, was placed in it in 296 B.C. But the festival itself, which was held on February 15th, contains no reference to the Romulus legend, which is probably later in origin, though earlier than the grecizing Evander legend. The festival began with the sacrifice by the Luperci (or the flamen dialis) of goats and a dog; after which two of the Luperci were led to the altar, their foreheads were touched with a bloody knife, and the blood wiped off with wool dipped in milk; then the ritual required that the two young men should laugh. The smearing of the forehead with blood probably refers to human sacrifice originally practised at the festival. The sacrificial feast followed, after which the Luperci cut thongs from the skins of the victims and ran in two bands round the walls of the old Palatine city,. the line of which was marked with stones, striking the people who crowded near. A blow from the thong prevented sterility in women. These thongs were called februa, the festival Februatio, and the day dies febraiatus (februare = to purify); hence the name of the month February, the last of the old Roman year. The object of the festival was, by expiation and purification, to secure the fruitfulness of the land, the increase of the flocks and the prosperity of the whole people. The Lupercal (cave of Lupercus), which had fallen into a state of decay, was rebuilt by Augustus; the celebration of the festival had been maintained, as we know from the famous occurrence of it in 44 B.C. It survived until A.D. 494, when it was changed by Gelasius into the feast of the Purification. Lupercus, in whose honour the festival.was held, is identified with Faunus or Inuus, Evander (Eiiavnpos), in the Greek legend being a translation of Faunus (the “kindly”). The Luperci were divided into two collegia, called Quinctiliani (or Quinctiales) and Fabiani, from the gens Quinctilia (or Quinctia) 2 and Fabia; at the head of each of these colleges was a magister. In 44 B.C. a third college, Luperci Julii, was instituted in honour of Julius Caesar, the first magister of which was Mark Antony. In imperial times the members were usually of equestrian standing.