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Secret Societies: Gardiner's Forbidden Knowledge: Revelations About the Freemasons, Templars, Illuminati, Nazis, and the Serpent Cults Paperback – June 15, 2007
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Philip Gardiner is an international best-selling author of several books including Gnosis: The Secret of Solomon's Temple Revealed, The Ark, The Shroud, and Mary, The Shining Ones, and The Serpent Grail. He has appeared on television and radio across the world and has written for more than 200 magazines and newspapers. Commited to the constant struggle to uncover the real history of mankind and the unraveling of manipulative propaganda, Gardiner hosts the Forbidden Knowledge Conference.
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Religions are as old as mankind and therefore have evolved and sometimes are forced underground, particulary when the state considers your belief system heresy, punishable by death. Serpent Cults are the basis for all religions according to Gardiner and he gives examples of serpent icons found in many religions such as Judaism, Christianity and others. All religions are cults and some more powerful than others, therefore more dangerous.
The secret societies section recounts the formation of the Freemasons, Templars, Assasins, Illuminati and others and how they are similar and connected in ideals and tradition. Modern day secret societies are covered such as the infamous Skull and Bones, only briefly mentioned along with the Bilderberg Group, Tri-lateral Commission and Council on Foreign Relations.
The powerful members of these organizations are the well connected movers and shakers of the world that dominate politics and business. They are the masters of "The New World Order" and generally snakes in the grass.
Gardiner is astute in observing the Central role of the Roman Church/Political Empire in secret society power networks, as freemasonry, Templars, and other orders have connections to the Jesuits and Vatican. Gardiner's experience with a remnant of an old Germanic occult order and their Nazi anti-Jewish philosophy is not surprising.
Perhaps the most valuable aspect of the book is its effort to encourage the reader to "know thyself" and balance the polarities within, the timeless gnostic quest. The fact that the occult orders have been so heavily dominated by power-mongers seems to support the idea that the knowledge is power motto has been employed by psychologically cold-blooded beings intent on control. That fits well with the reptilian agenda thesis of Icke, which includes thousands of people who have actually seen these personages appear as reptilian. We all have a reptilian brain stem, and SOMEONE must have guided civilizations around the world to consistently employ identical symbolism (the theory that the symbolism all comes from a mother civilization such as Atlantis or Mu may be partly accurate, but not sufficient to fully explain why energy, healing, and wisdom have been represented by serpent forms everywhere you go).