In their book The Templar Revelation (1996) authors Picknett and Prince express their conclusions that the Templars worshipped not Jesus Christ but John the Baptist – who also happens to be the patron saint of the Freemasons.
They also discuss the theory that Jesus was himself a disciple of John the Baptist and that John’s religious teachings were largely based on the Egyptian mystery religion of Osiris, Isis and Horus – again, these pagan deities being the original of the Christian Holy Triad.
The authors also propose that in Da Vinci’s mural, The Last Supper, the unmistakeable feminine looking person seated to the left of Jesus, and whom art historians have long recognised to be John the Evangelist – also known as “John the Divine” – is in fact Mary Magdalene.
It is also a mystery as to why the femininity of this person hasn’t been noted and commented on before now – especially by the art experts.
Moreover, the authors point out that not only is this person and Jesus in Da Vinci's painting dressed in similar and oppositely coloured clothes – being a negative image of each other – that this asexual individual (John/Mary) is also leaning away from Jesus – the triangular shapes of both their bodies forming the letter ‘M’, which is said to be a reference to the name Mary or Magdalene.
We saw the same 'M' in Cocteau's mural La Crucifixion, formed by two of the three Marys standing to the right of the cross, as well as on the front of the altar in front of the mural.
I will later show that this ‘M’ has nothing to do with Mary specifically, and that instead it is a symbolic reference – a simple Egyptian hieroglyph – that points to the religious beliefs of ancient Egypt and possibly the notion that the ancient Egyptian cosmology associated with this hieroglyph and which was realised in the monuments at Giza, is the original source regarding various allegorical elements that had been introduced into the Gospels - especially the Gnostic versions that were omitted from the New Testament.
Therefore the story of Jesus, John the Baptist and Mary Magdalene, their relationship – and especially how they appear in the Gospels – is really an allegory containing ancient knowledge that was meant to convey some deeper truths about ourselves written specifically for those with the eyes to see it.
Anyway, the current view that the effeminate-looking John the Evangelist is really Mary Magdalene is largely accepted , but no-one really knows why.
It is said that the Church tried to hide the fact that Jesus and Mary Magdalene were lovers or even married, and so much of her presence in the Gospels – especially those incidents which involve her close and intimate relationship with Jesus – was hidden behind the character of John the Evangelist. For some, this would also mean that the writing of the Gospel of John could perhaps be attributed to Mary Magdalene.
Remarkably, a ‘Gospel of Mary’, although fragmentary, does indeed exist having been discovered in Akhmim, Egypt in 1896. Known as the The Berlin Codex (also known as the Akhmim Codex), and given the accession number: Papyrus Berolinensis 8502, the Gospel of Mary is in the first two sections of this Coptic manuscript from the 4th to 5th centuries AD which also includes the Apocryphon of John, The Sophia of Jesus Christ, and an epitome of the Act of Peter. (See here).
In her book, The Gospel of Mary of Magdala: Jesus and the first woman apostle (2003), author Karen L. King concludes that:
“. . . both the content and the text’s structure lead the reader inward toward the identity, power
and freedom of the true self, the soul set free from the Powers of Matter and the fear of death”.
The Gospel of Mary of Magdala: Jesus and the First Woman Apostle.
Karen L. King (Polebridge Press, January 1, 2003). p. 3.
Spiritual enlightenment and self-empowerment was the original message of the Gnostic Gospels, and it is well known that the Church burned many of the original Gospels and suppressed any mention of them and instead kept the versions of the Gospels it approved of – i.e., those attributed to the four evangelists, Mathew, Mark, Luke and John . . . with some amount of expurgation and editing of course.
The Gnostic Gospels, of which there were many, were comprised of poems, philosophical treatises and mythical accounts of the creation of the universe as well as magical formulas to attain altered states of consciousness and ultimately enlightenment, and so offered a powerful alternative to the Orthodox Christian tradition and the Catholic Church, which for power, had sought to place itself between the individual and God. It was no wonder that the Gnostic Gospels were later declared heretical.
And so it could just as well be that by hiding and obscuring much of Mary’s presence behind the personality of John the Evangelist, the Church had tried to hide the fact that the lives of John, Mary and Jesus, were really based on the ancient Egyptian, pagan Triad of Osiris, Isis and Horus – anthropomorphic deities who really personified the ‘three forces’, known as “The Law of Three” in esoteric lore that were observed throughout nature and also within man and within the collective consciousness.
If these people existed at all, then they were later moulded into the symbolism associated with the internal processes of the human psyche.
John the Baptist is identified with the ancient Egyptian god Osiris - (the masculine, positive force).
John the Evangelist is Mary Magdalene, who is really the ancient Egyptian goddess Isis - (the feminine, negative force).
Jesus is identified with Horus - ( the neutral, 'Third Force').
All three members of this Triad symbolize the three forces of consciousness known as the ‘Secret Combination’ in Masonic lore.
In other words, the story of these deities and others with whom they interacted, was used as an allegory to communicate to the initiate the internal processes by which enlightenment or illumination is attained, and so we can see how the sacred Triad and all that it conveys, also made its way into the Gospels – played out again in the story of Jesus, as it has in so many mythical and religious narratives throughout the world before and since, and although seen as pagan, it should be emphasised that this story and indeed the whole messianic mythos, is fundamentally Shamanic in origin and based on shamanic experience.
Indeed the Triad based on the “Law of Three” and with the “Law of Seven”, is also shamanic in origin.
The most well-known Triad is the ‘Father’ (Godhead) ‘Son’ and ‘Holy Ghost’ – the Holy Trinity of Christianity.
While reciting the words “In the name of the Father, Son and Holy Ghost”, one makes the sign of the cross by touching the forehead, (father) then bringing the hand down to the heart and then touching the left shoulder (son) and then the right shoulder (holy ghost). Sometimes one just touches the head and then both shoulders.
The Father is Ra (forehead).
The Son is Osiris (left shoulder).
The Holy Ghost is the hidden feminine; the goddess of wisdom Isis (right shoulder).
Horus is the Son of Osiris and Isis, who is Ra on Earth (heart) and who ascends and returns to Ra.
We can apply each of these to the Triad diagram I presented on the previous page. (See figure 2, here).