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The Devilish Dealings of General Jonathan Moulton, an American Faust

The Devilish Dealings of General Jonathan Moulton, an American Faust 86

“When the devil buys your soul, he makes you sign a contract because even though he is pure evil, he has an unshakeable respect for tort law” – @TheTweetOfGod

17th Century English novelist Daniel Defoe once said, “’Tis no sin to cheat the devil”, and while theologically reasonable, it is practically imprudent, as efforts to bamboozle Satan rarely end well, no matter how smart you think you are.  Satan has a few insurmountable advantages.  The name “Satan” is derived from the Hebrew ha-Satan, which isn’t so much a proper moniker as a title meaning “the Adversary”.  For those of you who have bothered to read the sadomasochistic tract that is the Book of Job, his role is that of the prosecuting attorney in the court of God (before he attempted a hostile takeover in the New Testament and was held in contempt of divinity), and thus we have to assume Satan was the first scholar of jurisprudence.  No less important is his reputation as a consummate con man, and we have been amply warned that “When he lies, he speaks his native language, for he is a liar and the father of lies” (New Testament, John 8:44).  In short, you just can’t bedevil the devil, unless of course you can afford legal representation in the form of Daniel Webster, but even he didn’t win the Jabez Stone trial on its legal merits (see Stephen Vincent Benet’s The Devil and Daniel Webster should you require a transcript), rather impressed the jury of the damned with his eloquence.  Satan probably hauled Mr. Stone off to Hell on appeal.  Yet the Faustian bargain (worldly success in exchange for your immortal soul), named for Christopher Marlowes’ play The Tragical History of Doctor Faustus, which itself has similarities to Gautier de Coincy’s  Theophilus and Polish folklore figure Pan Twardowski, (opinions vary on the historical Dr. Faustus, variously associated with real people ranging from the ancient sorcerer Simon Magus, to famed printer Gutenburg’s business partner Johann Fust, to 15th Century alchemist Johann Georg Faust) remains popular among the overly ambitious set.  Obviously, a bunch of fancy European magicians selling their souls to Old Scratch doesn’t play well in Peoria, and whereas the Devil and Daniel Webster communicated that even the Devil couldn’t contend against effective oratory, the United States legal system, and good old American gumption, it sort of missed the essential thrust of Faust, which is that if you deal with the Devil you’re going to get burned, both literally and figuratively.  In the tradition of making our mythologies “more real than real”, America identified its own true Faust (although not as well-known because he didn’t have philosophical big shots like Goethe as a promoter) in the form of Revolutionary War General and New Hampshire politician Jonathan Moulton, widely believed to have sold his soul to the Devil, forever enshrining him as “The Yankee Faust”.

The Moulton Annals, a history of the Moulton family compiled by Henry William Moulton (1833-1896 A.D.) politely suggest that the Moulton family were descendants of Sir Thomas de Moulton, who fought alongside Norman King William at the Battle of Hastings in 1066 A.D., securing for himself a Lincolnshire estate in the British Isles for his troubles.  In 1624, one of the settlers in the Virginia colony of Jamestown was a certain Thomas Moulton, followed in 1629 by shipwright Robert Moulton who settled in the Salem, Massachusetts.  It’s not clear how closely connected these esteemed personages were genealogically, but what we do know with some degree of assurance is that the among the original fifty-six inhabitants, newly arrived from Norfolk, England in 1638, that founded the town of Hampton, New Hampshire there were a John and Robert Moulton, and that General John Moulton was a direct descendant of the original settler John Moulton.

General Jonathan Moulton was a descendent of John above named: he was born in Hampton, New Hampshire, June 30th,1726, and died at Hampton in the year 1788, at the age of 62. He was a large proprietor in lands, and several flourishing towns in the interior of this State owe their early settlement to his exertions and influence. This fact is mentioned in “Farmer and Moore’s Gazetteer,” published in 1823. When he was thirty-seven years old, the town of Moultonborough was granted to him’ and sixty-one others, by the Masonian proprietors, November 17, 1763. He was already noted for the distinguished service which he had rendered in the Indian wars, which ended with the Ossipee tribe, along the northerly borders of Moultonborough, in 1763. Many of his adventures during this bloody period have been preserved and transmitted to the present time (Moulton, 1906, p243).

Curiously, even the Moulton Annals mentioned the common belief that John Moulton sold his soul, odd in that you would think that you wouldn’t want to advertise that your ancestors had a lucrative, but ill-fated business relationship with the forces of evil.  After distinguishing himself as a tough dude in King George’s War (1744-1748 A.D. British military operations in North America that were actually part of the War of the Austrian Succession), as a New Hampshire Militia captain in the French and Indian War (1754-1763 A.D.), and as a colonel, and finally brigadier general in the American Revolution, General John Moulton settled down on a nice estate in North Hampton, New Hampshire that was his reward for battlefield successes.  By all accounts he was a relatively successful and shrewd businessman.  Unsurprisingly given his lifetime of fierce combat, a quiet retirement didn’t suit General Moulton, and he longed for the stunning successes of his military career.  Peacetime New Hampshire just didn’t offer the thrills of chasing hostile Native Americans or outmaneuvering Redcoats.  Vermont, maybe, but never New Hampshire.  Longing to outsmart yet another opponent, General Moulton decided to up the ante and take a shot at the devil.  The same ceaseless drive to reach farther that we prize, that drove our nation inexorably westward, lead to countless inventions and innovations, landed us on the moon, and motivates blogging weighed heavy on the shoulders of the otherwise comfortable General Moulton, and he needed to strive for something more, which of course is the essence of Faust, as observed by psychologist Gordon Allport when he commented, “According to his pact with the Devil, Faust would have been damned if he had said, Hold, thou art so fair, that is, if he had ever thought his goals were attained. To be a complete man is what Faust wanted, and to be a complete man he had to aspire and plan and work and reach forever toward something that lay always ahead” (Allport, 1951, p22).

Moulton was born in Hampton in 1726, and in the French and Indian Wars got to be a general. To give him his due, he fought as bravely and fiercely as any Algonquin or Iroquois. When the war was over, he came back to Hampton and prospered mightily. No one knew just how it happened, but it was curious that the more vessels there were wrecked on the coast, the richer Moulton got to be. He obtained an enormous grant of land from the Governor, cheating His Excellency out of most of it, although he was well able to pay for it, and built himself a beautiful house, the color of gold, set on a piece of high land and surrounded with lilacs and maples. Sitting before his big kitchen fireplace one night, the General was going over his accounts. They were satisfactory in the extreme, but still he sighed and little lines stood out straight around his thin lips. He said out loud that he would sell his soul to the Devil if he could be the richest man in the province. At once a shower of sparks came down the chimney and sure enough, there stood Satan himself in the kitchen. The bargain was struck then and there, the two understood each other perfectly, and they had a glass of hot cider on the strength of it. In return for the General’s soul—which he wasn’t to have till he died—Satan agreed to fill Moulton’s high boots with guineas on the first of every month. This he did faithfully, and Moulton became the richest man in New Hampshire (certainly, anyway, the richest man in Hampton), and still he wasn’t satisfied. One day, when the guineas were due, he cut the soles out of his boots and hung them in the chimney. Satan arrived, punctilious as ever, and started to fill them. Of course the gold pieces poured and poured all over the kitchen, till the happy General stood knee deep in them, and Satan, who was pouring them down the chimney into the empty boots, could not understand what had happened. But he found out soon enough, and in a towering rage gathered up all the gold he had ever paid the General for his soul and went off with it, without, however, releasing his hold on the soul, which he claimed as soon as Moulton died. There were some in Hampton who thought the Devil must have taken him body and soul, because it is said that when his coffin was carried to the churchyard it was weighted as if with stones, and much heavier than the body of a man would have made it. Even without the bootfuls of gold, Moulton was a rich man. Like most of the Devil’s business acquaintances, he was always prosperous and always heartily disliked. His fellow townsmen still remember why (Lowndes, 1941, p100-102).

The General was a pretty sharp guy, but his ingenious plan to cheat Satan had a few fundamental flaws, the first being that he was trying to cheat Satan.  Secondarily, at some point the Devil was bound to eventually notice that he never seemed to be able to fill the boot with gold.  It’s not like he was born last millennia.  He’s been around the block.  And finally, since you made a deal for your immortal soul, even should the devil exhibit restraint, which he is not known for, as soon as you die, you will no doubt be singled out for special attention involving copious amounts of fire, brimstone, and skilled displays of the many uses of pitchforks.  Of course, the Devil showed no such restraint with General Moulton and immediately responded by burning his house down.  I think this still shows remarkable evenhandedness on the part of Satan, keeping in mind that this is the fellow who regards Armageddon as one big party.

The Devil gave a horrible grin, and disappeared. The same night Hampton House was burned to the ground, the General only escaping in his shirt. He had been dreaming he was dead and in hell. His precious guineas were secreted in the wainscot, the ceiling, and other hiding-places known only to himself. He blasphemed, wept, and tore his hair. Suddenly he grew calm. After all, the loss was not irreparable, he reflected. Gold would melt, it is true; but he would find it all, — of course he would, — at daybreak, run into a solid lump in the cellar, — every guinea. That is true of ordinary gold. The General worked with the energy of despair, clearing away the rubbish. He refused all offers of assistance; he dared not accept them. But the gold had vanished. Whether it was really consumed, or had passed again into the massy entrails of the earth, will never be known. It is only certain that every vestige of it had disappeared. When the General died and was buried, strange rumors began to circulate. To quiet them, the grave was opened; but when the lid was removed from the coffin, it was found to be empty (Drake, 1901, p327-328).

The moral of the story is that you probably shouldn’t make a pact with the Devil, and more importantly, if you do make a pact with the Devil, his supernatural acumen, thousands of years of experience at stealing people’s souls, and knowledge of contract law should probably cue you into the fact that cheating him is inadvisable.  The sad truth is that even though we credit the Devil with all sorts of dastardly machinations, his job is actually rather easy, given the strange ethical systems of those folks, who having already sold their soul to him, then turn around and try to cheat on the deal.  Author Neil Gaiman said it best, commenting “The Devil hardly ever made anyone do anything. He didn’t have to. That was what some humans found hard to understand. Hell wasn’t a major reservoir of evil, any more than Heaven…was a fountain of goodness; they were just sides in the great cosmic chess game. Where you found the real McCoy, the real grace and the real heart-stopping evil, was right inside the human mind.”  When making deals with the devil, remember the same basic tenets relevant for a visit to Las Vegas–you might be able to throw caution to the wind and make a little cash while you’re there, but in the end the house always wins.

Allport, Gordon W. 1897-1967. Roots of Religion: a Dialogue Between a Psychologist And His Student. New York: National Council of the Protestant Episcopal Church, 1951.
Drake, Samuel Adams, 1833-1905. A Book of New England Legends and Folk Lore In Prose And Poetry. New and rev. ed. Boston: Little, Brown and Company, 1901.
Lowndes, Marion S. Ghosts That Still Walk: Real Ghosts of America. New York: A. A. Knopf, 1941.
Moulton, Henry W. 1833-1896. Moulton Annals. Chicago: Edward A. Claypool, 1906.
Skinner, Charles M. 1852-1907. Myths and Legends of Our Own Land. Philadelphia &: J.P. Lippincott company, 1896.




The remains of “witches” burned at the stake for killing children in the 17th century were found by archaeologists

The remains of "witches" burned at the stake for killing children in the 17th century were found by archaeologists 99

In the Polish city of Bochnia, archaeologists unearthed the charred remains of two women. The discovery was made during restoration work in the local market.

They are believed to have lived approximately 300 years ago. According to scientists, it is known that in 1679 three women were burnt in this place. So far, two skeletons have been found, but experts have no doubt that they will soon find a third one, according to Express.

Researchers believe that the victims were accused of witchcraft and murder of children. After that, they were probably burned in the city market. Such punishment was common in the Middle Ages, from the 5th to the 15th centuries. Historians believe that the public burning allegedly showed “witches” going to hell.

Archaeologists will continue to investigate the remains, but they have already stated that the women were buried right at the place of execution. According to experts, in that era it was customary: people convicted of such a crime could not be buried near the church.

According to historical sources, at least 13 women accused of witchcraft were executed in Bochnia. Before the execution of the sentence, they were kept in the neighboring town hall and, most likely, tortured in order to get a confession of their deeds. In addition, the archives contain the names and crimes of the “witches”.

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Which castle in Europe is considered the most mystical: you will be surprised

Which castle in Europe is considered the most mystical: you will be surprised 100

Many castles have survived in Europe, which to modern people seem incredibly beautiful and majestic. Their main purpose was to deter enemies if necessary.

That is why such factors as a good location, a moat, a rampart and other opportunities to repel potential enemies played a strategic role.

However, there is one architectural object that does not fit into the traditional framework.

Which castle in Europe is considered the most mystical: you will be surprised
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The majestic is one of the most famous landmarks in the Italian region of Apulia. Moreover, it will not be an exaggeration to say that this is the most mystical castle in the world.

Unlike other mystical places, this amazing castle is not hidden from prying eyes behind the mountains and forests. On the contrary, it is visible from afar. You drive along the freeway and see it, towering on top of the hill.  It doesn’t matter that the name of the building is translated as “castle on the mountain”, only those who have never seen real mountains in their life can literally take the name Castel del Monte. 

It was built on a castle on the very spot where the Maria del Monte monastery was located until the thirteenth century, hence the first name of the building, which few people remember today – castrum Sancta Maria de Monte.

Today, crowds of people frequently visit Castel del Monte. For this, many thanks to the magical world of cinema and the Italian director Matteo Garrone in particular, because it was in the unusual halls of this monumental structure that he settled the characters of his “Scary Tales” – the king who raised a flea, and the princess whom the eccentric father married to a cannibal. Curiously, until the twentieth century, the castle was in an abandoned state, and shepherds spent the night there. 

Today, the architectural structure is in the care of UNESCO, as a result, it was cleaned and put in order, but the interior decoration of the halls was not preserved – for that reason, Matteo Garrone had to hastily fill the space of the premises with the props brought to the castle.

Garrone chose Castel del Monte for the film adaptation of the tales of the Neapolitan Giambattista Basile for a reason, because this place is incredibly mysterious. Although located 16 kilometers from the city of Andria, Castel del Monte bears the honorary title of one of the most famous medieval castles in the world, in essence it is not a castle.

The fact is that in the understanding of a normal person of the Middle Ages, a castle could only be built for one of two purposes. The first goal, it is also the main one – defense and terrain control. In this case, one or another lord erected a small fortress, as a rule, on the top of a mountain, which helped to repel enemy attacks, and at the same time to influence the situation in the region as a whole. The second task is a fortified place to live. Sometimes castles grew to the size of cities, take, for example, the same Carcassonne, but their powerful walls, again, made it possible to hold back hordes of enemies.

But Castel del Monte is not intended for defense at all. Where are the walls and the moat with water? Where are there any decent defenses? 

This place also seems to be of little use for life. Of course, even Walter Scott in his “Ivanhoe” wrote that the concept of “comfort” did not exist in the Middle Ages, but this castle, even by medieval standards, is far from the home of a self-respecting lord. It’s okay that all the rooms inside are connected to each other, but, most importantly, there is no place for a stable and there is no kitchen. 

So, most of all, the castle looks like a kind of an old art object, built for the sake of ideas, such houses are sometimes designed by modern architects who have received absolute carte blanche for the implementation of their creative ideas coupled with an unlimited budget.

This association is quite appropriate if you know who built Castel del Monte. The castle was built on the mountain by the Emperor Frederick II Staufen – a legendary person in all respects. He not only managed to win the title of Emperor of the Holy Roman Empire from competitors and lead the sixth crusade, but was also considered one of the most educated people of his time. 

He knew Greek, Latin and Arabic, founded a university in Naples, where not only Christians, but also Jews and Arabs taught, and this, by the way, is the height of tolerance by medieval standards. Frederick II as a whole was very far from Christian prejudices, here are illustrative examples: the emperor insisted that doctors study anatomy on corpses, and Frederick also had a warm attitude towards Fibonacci and even organized mathematical tournaments.

The emperor also had a penchant for writing: he is credited with writing an essay on falconry, and at his court he created a Sicilian school of poetry. At the same time, like all progressive people of his time, Frederick II was an admirer of a wide variety of mystical teachings, studied astronomy and astrology. 

With the personal life of the emperor, everything was also interesting, he earned the reputation of Bluebeard, because he was married four times, however, the church did not recognize his last marriage with his permanent mistress Bianca Lancia. Frederick II spawned a great many children – 20 legitimate, but for obvious reasons, no one scrupulously counted the bastards.

Historians still cannot solve the riddle of the Italian Castel del Monte, to which scientists have many questions

Castel del Monte was built by Frederick II from 1240 to 1250, that is, in the last decade of his life. The name of the architect is unknown, but many historians, not without reason, believe that he was the emperor himself – a painfully intricate design was the result. 

The fact is that, like many medieval mystics, Frederick was obsessed with the number eight, which symbolizes infinity, and it is constantly traced in the structure of the castle.

To begin with, the castle, when viewed from above, is a regular octagon, and an octagonal tower is erected at each corner of the structure. The shape of the inner courtyard of the castle also repeats the octagon. The castle has only two floors, the roof is flat, and the main entrance to Castel del Monte looks strictly to the east, because, as it was believed in the Middle Ages, the good news came from the east.

There are 8 rooms on each floor of the castle, all of them are connected to each other, so that Castel del Monte can be easily walked around the perimeter. The rooms are made in the form of trapezoids, and windows are cut through the walls. Toilets, wardrobes and spiral staircases are located in the corner turrets. 

By the way, the castle has a separate story with the stairs – usually in all castles they are “twisted” to the right, since this is optimal for the defense of the object, but in Castel del Monte, on the contrary, they are “turned” to the left, that is, the way it does nature, because it is to the left that the shells of mollusks or snail shells are twisted.

All rooms of the castle are exactly the same, the rooms differ from each other only in the location of the doors and the number of windows. In the decorative elements, the number eight again dominates: on the capitals of the columns there are eight leaves each, on the bas-reliefs in the rooms there are eight leaves or clover flowers.

Another interesting thing is that direct rays of sunlight fall into the windows of the second floor twice a day (with the first floor, this rule works only in the summer), so many assume that the mysterious castle is nothing more than a huge sundial, and at the same time astronomical device. 

In addition, twice a year, during the summer and winter solstice, sunlight is evenly distributed among all rooms on the ground floor. This, of course, is also no coincidence, so many historians suggest that the first floor of Castel del Monte is a kind of analogue of the solar calendar.

Here’s another curious reason for thinking – twice a year, on April 8 and October 8, the sun’s rays pass through the windows of the castle into the courtyard in such a way that they fall strictly on the part of the wall where in the time of Frederick II a certain bas-relief was carved, now lost. 

Well, and to make everything quite difficult, it is worth remembering that October in the thirteenth century was considered the eighth month of the year.

The castle bears the title of the most mysterious at all because there are many ghosts or other manifestations of mysticism

Frederick II died before he could finish the construction of the castle – the building of Castel del Monte was completed, but the interior decoration was not completed to the end. After the death of the emperor, there were legends in Europe that Frederick did not die, but disappeared in an unknown direction in order to reform the church and establish universal brotherhood and peace.

 A certain symbolism is seen in this, because the octagon, repeated in the structure of Castel del Monte, in the Middle Ages symbolized the transition from the world of the living to the kingdom of the dead, and at the same time the union of heaven and earth.

Everything is very simple here – a square was considered a symbol of the earth, a circle was a symbol of the sky, and an octagon was an intermediate figure that signified both unity and transition. However, scientists far from mysticism believe that the repeated use of the octagon is simply a reference to the Dome of the Rock in Jerusalem, because Frederick II saw the dome over the cornerstone during his crusade.

Historians are confused by the dubious architecture of the object – in such a castle there was not a single chance to hide from an armed attack. No protective mechanisms were used during the construction.

In addition, the building itself boasts the ideal shape of a real octagon. The castle has also 8 turrets.

Scientists did not fit the theory that this castle was used by noble people in order to rest there after hunting. Castel del Monte looks too monumental and luxurious for this.

Some historians suggest that the purpose of the mysterious castle was to comprehend the secret sciences

Castel del Monte has encrypted and biblical symbols. The fact is that the castle has exactly five drainage basins and five fireplaces, many associate this with the phrase of the Baptist John from the Gospel of Luke:

“I baptize you in water for repentance, but the One who follows me is stronger than me; I am not worthy to bear His shoes; He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire.”

 So, it is easy to assume that Castel del Monte was for Frederick II an analogue of the temple, built according to his personal project, and this fully meets the ambitions of the emperor.

By the way, this hypothesis is confirmed by another curious detail. If you look closely at the entrance to the castle, you can see a giant letter F encrypted there. If inside the tomb of Frederick II, associations with the pyramids would be inevitable, and so Castel del Monte seems to be a kind of personal portal of the emperor, erected according to his plan and in his honour. 

At least when you stand in the courtyard of the castle and, with your head raised, look at the sky, imprisoned in an octagon of powerful limestone walls, even the most inveterate materialists have a feeling of belonging to the medieval magical tradition. 

The energy of this place is special, in the style of those “Scary Tales” by Matteo Garrone.

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Occult symbolism of the 2020 Vatican nativity scene

Occult symbolism of the 2020 Vatican nativity scene 101

On December 11, the Vatican unveiled its 2020 nativity scene in St. Peter’s Square. And as soon as the red drapery covering the stage was removed, the crowd found a towering, brutal and totem-like angel Gabriel watching them, along with an astronaut and a masked executioner (yes, those guys who kill people on death row).

Let’s say the applause after the opening was “polite”. Here are some images of the nativity scene.

An ominous angel looks down at the crowd while Jesus remains in the red cloth for a while (not sure why). Behind the figures is a neon light that should probably look like mountains on the horizon. However, at first glance, it looks like a lightning strike in a nativity scene.

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An astronaut and a masked executioner are also included in the nativity scene.

In a press release, the Vatican Governorate announced that the nursery “is intended to be a sign of hope and faith for the entire world, especially during this difficult time due to the health emergency related to COVID-19.”

But this did not bring “hope and faith” at all. In fact, almost all observers hated it.

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It is as if the Vatican purposely created something so ugly that devout Christians hate the play depicting the birth of Jesus. Satanists couldn’t have done better.

Ugliness with weapons

This nativity scene, titled “Monumental Christmas”, was originally created between 1965 and 1975 by students and teachers of the F.A. Grue art school in Castelli, Italy. The original work contained over 50 pieces, but only a few were selected for the Nativity scene at the Vatican, and they chose the horned-masked executioner.

The “Monumental Nativity Scene” is considered a tribute to the world-renowned pottery works of the Abruzzo region and gives a postmodern twist to the classic nativity scene.

In a conversation with a local newspaper, Italian art historian Andrea Chionchi asked if it was “a nightmare or a masterpiece.”

“Forget the sweet face of the Madonna, the tender radiant incarnation of the Child Jesus, the paternal sweetness of Saint Joseph and the pious miracle of the shepherds. For the first time in the middle of the colonnade, Bernini, the Vatican erected a work of the sixties in a brutal postmodern style.

The figures resemble the masks of the ancient and ferocious Samnites, the ancestors of the Abruzians, who professed a pantheistic, animistic, fetishistic and magical religion, somewhat reminiscent of the Andean goddess of fertility, Pachamama.

Castelli’s “Nativity Scene” is an outdated work, the product of a strongly ideological art school. The work offers a depiction of Castelli ceramics that is definitely not true, given that this remarkable art is renowned for its formal elegance and refined, subtle decorative inspiration, which are completely absent here.

References to Greek, Egyptian, and Sumerian character sculptures suggest a liberal historical-critical method of interpreting Scripture. Liberal Bible scholars have hypothesized about various aspects of the Bible as an adaptation of pagan cultures, and not as a result of divine revelation.

Although “ugliness” is subjective, this nativity scene almost tries its best to be as unpleasant to the eye as possible, which in turn is unpleasant to the soul. At least one could say that this scene is anti-Christian. I mean, who’s actually going to pray to this thing? You just can’t. And that’s kind of a target for the twisted minds behind this thing.

Moreover, in addition to its general ugliness, the nativity scene also contains many symbols and historical references that convey a rather egregious message: it is actually an anti-Christmas scene.

Anti Christmas

Usually in the center of the nativity scene is the baby Jesus. However, in this case, Baby Jesus is essentially a random toddler who just stands there and looks like a giant cork.

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The focus of this play is not Jesus, but rather the angel Gabriel. It is surrounded by a massive halo, while Jesus still stands there like a giant cork. In addition, the angel rises above everything on a ribbed pillar. The overall shape of this column closely resembles an important symbol of Ancient Egypt: the Jed Column.

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Right: A Jed Column dedicated to the goddess Hathor.

Jed is a common symbol in Ancient Egypt believed to represent the god Osiris, or rather his spine. While this symbol probably has an esoteric meaning in relation to the chakras (which are said to be based on the spine), the Jed also has a phallic character and is associated with fertility rites. In fact, the “erection of the Jed” was an important ceremony in ancient Egypt.

The erection of the Jedi ceremony is to symbolize Osiris’ triumph over Set. During the ceremony, the pharaoh uses ropes to lift the pole with the help of the priests. This coincided with the time of year when the agricultural year began and the fields were planted. This was only part of a 17-day celebration dedicated to Osiris. In general, the ceremony of the erection of the Jed personified both the resurrection of Osiris and the strength and stability of the monarch.

– Ancient origins, sacred symbol of the Jed Pillar

Did the Vatican trick its believers into witnessing the Jed Ascension ceremony? One thing is for sure: the Egyptian influence of this den sit well with what is immediately behind it.

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Immediately behind the nativity scene is the obelisk of St. Peter (originally from Egypt).

The general plan of the Vatican is Egyptian magic in plain sight. The phallic obelisk (representing Osiris and the masculine) faces the womb-like dome of St. Peter’s Basilica (representing Isis and the feminine). The same exact layout can be found in various power centers of the world, including Washington, DC.

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In Washington DC, an obelisk (Washington Monument) faces the dome of the US Capitol.

In Egyptian magic, the union of masculine and feminine principles (Osiris and Isis) gives birth to a “star child” (Horus). From an esoteric point of view, this star child is a powerful magical energy.

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The hieroglyph representing Sirius, the most important star of occult symbolism (read my article on this here), consists of three elements of the Egyptian trinity: an obelisk, a dome and a star.

So, the Vatican has an obelisk and a dome. Where is the star completing this trinity? It is there, but you have to look from above.

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The Obelisk of St. Peter is located right in the center of the eight-pointed star, also known as the Ishtar Star.

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The eight-pointed star also adorns the Christmas tree that stands next to the nativity scene this year.

Speaking of cosmic things, the Vatican nativity scene also depicts an astronaut. Why? God knows.

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It seems that the astronaut is holding / giving birth to something. There is also an eight-pointed star on the helmet.

Given the fact that this figure was created between 1965 and 1975, this may be a reference to the 1969 moon landing. But why in 2020 did the Vatican choose this thing to stand next to Jesus?

It is even more incomprehensible why an executioner in a horned mask is standing next to Jesus?

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Even he thinks to himself: “What am I doing here?”

In ancient times, executioners carried out death sentences for lawful convicts by chopping off their heads. In some cases, they wore grotesque masks with dark and menacing features to further intimidate prisoners, depersonalizing them as a person. In short, it is an odd figure to be placed next to the newborn baby Jesus, especially considering the fact that Jesus himself was ultimately sentenced to death.

Apparently this guy is here to represent the “Vatican’s opposition to the death penalty.” This is a rather weak argument that makes little sense. I mean, I’m pretty sure the Vatican is also against methamphetamine. Should they also add a methamphetamine dealer to the nativity scene?

In the scene literally called “Christmas,” this horned figure represents death. This is the complete opposite of “Christmas”. I don’t think Satanists would have done better by desecrating the scene depicting the birth of Jesus.


In a sense, this year’s nativity scene is a sad reflection of 2020. This is a collection of expressionless and socially detached figures who do not interact with each other, standing under the neon lights of phones and computers.

It also reflects how the occult elite has raised their ugly head this year, poisoning every aspect of our lives with their toxic program. Through their outspoken anti-Christian demonstration, the elite sought to prove that its toxic ideology was also ingrained in the Vatican.

Although the Monumental Nativity scene was created several decades ago, it was chosen for the Christmas scene in 2020 for a special reason: it contains certain symbols, conveying a certain energy. Like everything else that has happened this year, this scene demonstrates the control of the elite and the demoralization of the masses.

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