“The Order of Knights Templars was founded in 1118 by Hugh de Payen and Geoffrey of St. Omer, together with seven other French knights then stationed in Palestine. These gentlemen were motivated by aion to guard the roads of Christian pilgrimage to the shrine of the Holy Land. During the first nine years of the Order, the Templars lived in extreme poverty. Hugh de Payen and Geoffrey of St. Omer had but one war horse between them. This circumstance was perpetuated on the great sealof the Templars, which consisted of two knights seated on one charger. The influence of the Order increased rapidly, for it appealed to the concepts of chivalry which dominated the minds of the time. In 1128 the Council of Troyes graciously acknowledged its motives and principles, and St. Bernard prepared a code for the spiritual and temporal guidance of the knights. Pope Honorius confirmed the Order of the Temple, and appointed a white mantle as the distinguishing habit. Later Eugenius III added a red cross to be worn affixed to the breast. They also had a banner made of stripes of red and black cloth. The members were bound by severe obligations. They took vows of poverty, ate only the coarsest of foods, and were denied the simplest of pleasures, even those of the hunt. When not warring against the enemies of Christ and the Church, they lived in monastic seclusion in the various houses of retreat which had been assigned to them. Here they divided their attentions between such religious activities as prayer and penace, and such practical concerns as “furbishing their armor and mending their clothes.” They were forbidden the common military recrea tion of gambling, and could not even play chess. Candidates for initiation gave all their property and personal goods to the Order. Thus, while each was individuality poor, the body as a whole became enormously rich. The principal officer of the Templars was the Grand Master, and, as the worldly estates of the body increased, he ranked as a prince at all the courts of Europe. Each new member took vows of chastity and obedience. “I swear,” said the novice, “to consecrate my thoughts, my energy, and my life, to the defense of the unity of God and the mysteries of the faith. . . . I promise to be submissive and obedient to the Grand Master of the Orden” Eliphas Levi and several other authors and historians advance the belief that Hugh de Payees had been initiated into a strange sect of Christian Johannites then flourishing in the East.” -Orders of the Quest, The Holy Grail (Adept Series) by Manly P. Hall pg 28-30
Due to each member given all their worldly possessions to the Templar they became exceedingly wealthy and know as the first international bankers.
“[Now] Philip, deciding that something should be done to hasten affairs, sent off for Venice and the conference. His arrival had an electric effect. On his sole authority the Pope almost immediately abolished the Order of a secret consistory. [And] this was on March 22nd, (322) [in the year] 1313.” – from A History of Secret Societies, written by Arkon Daraul
Ida de Blanquefort was the mother of Bertrand de Got which later became Pope Clement V. This leads many to think that Pope Clement V warned some of the Knights Templar helping a few escape with their treasure which was never found.
Pope Clement then issued the papal bull Pastoralis Praeeminentiae on November 22, 1307, which instructed all Christian monarchs in Europe to arrest all Templars and seize their assets. Pope Clement called for papal hearings to determine the Templars’ guilt or innocence, and once freed of the Inquisitors’ torture, many Templars recanted their confessions. Some had sufficient legal experience to defend themselves in the trials, but in 1310 Philip blocked this attempt, using the previously forced confessions to have dozens of Templars burned at the stake in Paris.
“There is a legend held by some authorities and rejected by others that in 1314 Jacques de Malay, realizing that his end was near, appointed Johannes Marcus Lormenius to be his successor.”-Orders of the Quest, The Holy Grail (Adept Series) by Manly P. Hall pg 35
The Military Order of Christ
The Military Order of Christ (previously Ordem dos Cavaleiros de Nosso Senhor Jesus Cristo “Order of the Knights of Our Lord Jesus Christ”) was founded in 1318 as the continuation of the Knights Templar of Tomar, following the suppression of the Templars in 1312.
After 1417, by King John I of Portugal’s request to the Pope, Prince Henry the Navigator (1417–1460) became the order’s Grand Master.
The Knights Templar and Johannite Order
“As the Order of the Templars, therefore, was originally formed in Syria, and existed there for a considerable time, it would be no improvable supposition that they received their Masonic knowledge from the Lodges in that quarter. But we are fortunately in this case not left to conjecture, for we are expressly informed by a foreign author,. who was well acquainted with the history and customs of Syria, that the Knights Templar were actually members of the Syriac Fratemities.” To understand the forces operating behind the Knights Templars, it is necessary to examine the doctrines of the Johannite Order of Oriental Christians.”-Orders of the Quest, The Holy Grail (Adept Series) by Manly P. Hall pg 30,31
“…Hugh de Payers, Theocletes was the living “Christ” of the Johannites. He communicated to the founders of the Temple the ideas of a sovereign priesthood of dedicated and initiated men united for the purpose of overthrowing the bishops of Rome and the establishment of universal civil liberty. The secret object of the Johannites was the restoration of the esoteric tradition and the gathering of mankind under the one eternal religion of the world. ” -Orders of the Quest, The Holy Grail (Adept Series) by Manly P. Hall pg 31
“The Templars, like all other Secret Orders and Associations, had two doctrines, one concealed and reserved for the Masters, which was Johannism; the other public, which was the Roman Catholic. ” morals and dogma p817 by Albert Pike
“Thus, from the beginning, the knights of the Temple served two doctrines. One was concealed from all except the leaders and certain trusted members; the other, publicly stated and practiced for the sake of appearances, conformed with the regulations of the Church. “- Orders of the Quest, The Holy Grail (Adept Series) by Manly P. Hall pg 32
The Knights Templar and Freemasonry
“The end of the drama is well known, and how Jacques de Molay and his fellows perished in the flames. But before his execution, the Chief of the doomed Order organized and instituted what afterward came to be called the Occult, Hermetic, or Scottish Masonry. In the gloom of his prison, the Grand Master created four Metropolitan Lodges, at Naples for the East, at Edinburg for the West, at Stockholm for the North, and at Paris for the South.” [The initials of his name, J∴ B∴ M∴ found in the same order in the first three Degrees, are but one of the many internal and cogent proofs that such was the origin of modern Free-Masonry” – Morals and Dogma p820 Albert Pike
30º – Knight Kadosh, A.A.S.R., and The Knights Templar
“…the history of the Knights Templar is revealed to him. It is also explained to him that the Knights Kadosh do not fight to revenge DeMolay. Rather, they fight in the present world to oppose tyranny and to protect the weak.
And then, it is essentially left to him. He knows what tyranny is. He has been made aware that a king, a president, a congress, or a school board can enforce it. He has been assured that tyranny is not something that happened only in the past; it is something which happens every day in his world. He may encounter examples of it a dozen times a day, and a dozen times a day he will have to decide whether to let tyranny continue or to oppose it. If he truly understands the 30th Degree, he realizes that he has undertaken a very great responsibility. But a true Knight Kadosh also understands that if no one fights, the battle is lost before it starts.” –
Knight of Kadosh, or Knight of the White and Black Eagle by Jim Tresner, 33° Grand Cross
“The close relationship between Freemasonry and the original Knights Templars has caused the story of Hiram to be linked with the martyrdom of Jacques de Molay. According to this interpretation, the three ruffians who cruelly slew their Master at the gates of the temple because he refused to reveal the secrets of his Order represent the Pope, the king, and the executioners. De Molay died maintaining his innocence and refusing to disclose the philosophical and magical arcana of the Templars.” – Secret Teachings of All Ages by Manly P. Hall page 78
“All historians and commentators agree that modern Freemasonry has its immediate origins in the master Mason builders of the Great European Gothic Cathedrals of the Middle Ages. These builders were themselves closely tied to the Knights Templar and to the Templar building associations, heirs to the Central European monastic associations and the Byzantine Colleges which, in their turn, had their origins in the Roman Collegia. Via this chain Freemasonry can be said to date back to the sixth century B.C.” – The Ancient and Primitive Rite of Memphis-Misraim Grand Lodge Untied States pg.9
The three primary bodies in the York Rite degrees of freemasonry include the Chapter of Royal Arch Masons, Council of Royal; Select Masters or Council of Cryptic Masons, and the Commandery of Knights Templar, each of which are governed independently but are all considered to be a part of the York Rite.
The Knights Templar and Rosicrucians
Philip Gardner in his book Secrets of the Serpent, in Search of the Sacred Past said this in regards to the birthmark and Templar the Mark of Cain and the Templar’s croix pattee:And St. Paul himself in Galatians 6: 17 states, “Let no-one cause me trouble, for I bear on my body the marks of Jesus.” Is this the original mark of Cain, who we have found to be of the serpent tribe? The idea of this sign or mark is widespread once discovered.
“Whether a strict Latin or a Templar croix pattee, it is a memorable symbol, especially seen on a stark white background. Seen in relation to the ‘mark’of Cain or the Merovingian birth-mark, or even the Templar cross, they all seemingly relate one way or another to the snake.”
“Ormus and his initiates had taken the red cross as their identifying symbol four centuries before Merovee (founder of the Merovingian Holy Grail dynasty) was born with the red cross birthmark above his heart. The Knights Templar adopted Merovee’s red cross six centuries later. To emulate the Templars, the Priory of Sion took the red cross of Ormus as its own emblem, then adopted the title l’Ordre de Ia Rose-Croix Veritas, which means “The Order of the mie Red Cross.” This additional name was added at the behest of Sion’s Grand Master, Jean de Gisors.Thus, Jean de Gisors is considered the founder of the Rose-Croix, or Rosicrucians.” – Scarlet and the Beast by John Daniel
“He (Merovee) was the first in a series of kings called the Merovingian bloodline. It is said that the offspring of Merovee were noted for a birthmark above the heart – a small red cross. This symbol eventually became the emblem of the Guardians of the Grail.” – Scarlet and the Beast by John Daniel
The Knights Templar and The Order of DeMolay
The date 1313 is when they attribute the date of the execution of Jacque DeMolay, the 23rd and said to be the last Grand Master of the Knights Templalar, by burning at the stake. The Order of DeMolay is named after Jacque DeMolay.
The Knights Templar worshipped Baphomet.
“there is no question that some of Nostradamus’s prophecies were not prophecies but referred,quite explicitly, to the past to the Knights Templar, the Merovingian dynasty, the history of the house of Lorraine.” – Holy Blood, Holy Grail by Michael Baigent