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Lady Gaga and the Pythian Temple of the Upper West Side

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Gaga Pythian

The Pythian Temple is an historic Knights of Pythias building at 135 West 70th Street between Columbus Avenue and Broadway in the Lincoln Square neighborhood of Manhattan, New York City. It was built in 1927 to serve as a meeting place for the 120 Pythian lodges of New York City.

The Knights of Pythias is a fraternal organization. and secret society founded at Washington, DC, on 19 February 1864. FD Roosevelt was initiated during his presidency.

The Pythians departed the temple in 1958, leaving behind halberds, staffs, magic wands, coffins with skeletons, lanterns, thrones and Egyptian garb, The Times reported.

gaga-chair

This would become baby Gaga’s childhood home in this former secret society temple.

Christopher Gray, writing in the NY Times called it ‘an improbable cradle of rock music’. But he was not referring to the Gaga residence.

He was talking about the fact that Decca Records rented space from the Pythians to create a renowned recording studio.

In 1954, Bill Haley and His Comets recorded “Rock Around the Clock” there, and Buddy Holly, Sammy Davis Jr., Billie Holiday and others are also said to have used the studio.

All very strange..

Pythian Temple, New York

Pythian Temple, New York

Pythian Temple, New York

Pythian Temple, New York

Pythian Temple, New York

Pythian Temple, New York

Pythian Temple, New York

Pythian Temple, New York

Sources:
http://www.nytimes.com/2009/06/21/realestate/21scapes.html
http://www.celebritydetective.com/Celebrity_Homes_Lady-GaGa-house-profile.html

Victor Hugo, Churchill, Lenin, Jefferson, Shakespeare and the cathedral of kitsch

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Cao Dai

Cao Dai

Deep in the Vinh Tuong District in Southern Vietnam is to be found perhaps the most colourful cathedral in the world.

It is the Cao Đài temple in Tay Ninh and is the place of worship of the Cao Đài, a modern syncretistic, monotheistic religion, officially established in the city of Tây Ninh, southern Vietnam in 1926.

On the Cao Đài’s official website they state what they are all about

The noble effort of CaoDai is to unite all of humanity through a common vision of the Supreme Being, whatever our minor differences, in order to promote peace and understanding throughout the world. CaoDai does not seek to create a gray world, where all religions are exactly the same, only to create a more tolerant world, where all can see each other as sisters and brothers from a common divine source reaching out to a common divine destiny realizing peace within and without.

CaoDai is a universal faith with the principle that all religions have one same divine origin, which is God, or Allah, or the Tao, or the Nothingness, one same ethic based on LOVE and JUSTICE, and are just different manifestations of one same TRUTH.

This would seem to explain the reason behind their eclectic mixture of western figures and communist leaders they have adopted as their patron saints including Winston Churchill, Vladimir Lenin, Thomas Jefferson, William Shakespeare and Victor Hugo to name a few.

Cao means “high” and Đài means “dais” (as in a platform or altar raised above the surrounding level to give prominence to the person on it). Figuratively, it means that highest spiritual place where God reigns.

It is interesting to note that the word for God in Italian is Dio, in French it is Dieu, in Spanish it is Dios and in Latin it is Deus.

Cao Dai

Cao Dai

Cao Dai

Cao Dai

Cao Dai

Cao Dai

Cao Dai

Cao Dai

Cao Dai

Cao Dai

Cao Dai

Cao Dai

 

Aleister Crowley, W.B. Yeats and the Magickal Battle of the Isis-Urania Golden Dawn Temple of Hammersmith

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Battle of Blythe Road

Artist’s impression of the famous magickal battle of Blythe Road with the protagonists featured outside the peculiar ‘Candle Makers Supplies’ shop, a few doors along from the Golden Dawn temple @ No 36.

Blythe Road is a fittingly peculiar little corner of London to be the stage for one of the most remarkable incidents in the city’s long history.

Towards the end of 1899, the Adepts of the Isis-Urania (Hammersmith) and Amen-Ra temples had become dissatisfied with Samuel Liddell MacGregor Mathers’ leadership of the Golden Dawn as well as his growing friendship with Crowley. They were also anxious to make contact with the Secret Chiefs themselves, instead of relying on Mathers. Among the personal disagreements within the Isis-Urania temple, disputes were arising from Florence Farr’s The Sphere, a secret society within the Isis-Urania, and the rest of the Adepts Minor. Wikipedia

Crowley was refused initiation into the Adeptus Minor grade by the London officials. Mathers overrode their decision and quickly initiated him at the Ahathoor temple in Paris on January 16, 1900. Upon his return to the London temple, Crowley requested the grade papers to which he was now entitled from Miss Cracknell, the acting secretary. To the London Adepts, this was the last straw. Farr, already of the opinion that the London temple should be closed, wrote to Mathers expressing her wish to resign as his representative, though she was willing to carry on until a successor was found. Mathers replied on February 16, believing co-founder William Wynn Westcott was behind this turn of events.

Once the other Adepts in London were notified, they elected a committee of seven on March 3 and requested a full investigation of the matter. Mathers sent an immediate reply, declining to provide proof, refusing to acknowledge the London temple, and dismissing Farr as his representative on March 23. In response, a general meeting was called on March 29 in London to remove Mathers as chief and expel him from the Order.

It was on 19 April 1900, the first year of the 20th century, when the Irish poet W.B. Yeats came under astral siege in the headquarters of the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn at 36 Blythe Road, Hammersmith from a spell casting, hex issuing, kilt wearing, black Osiris masked Crowley armed with a ceremonial dagger intent on seizing the vaults within and claiming the temple and the order as his own, although at this point in time ostensibly on behalf of Macgregor Mathers.

Although Crowley’s flamboyant bid was thwarted by Yeats and the Metropolitan Police Constabulary, the inevitable schism that would ensue ultimately sealed the fate of the Golden Dawn who disbanded shortly after.

Crowley would go on to form the A.’.A.’. in 1907 with Cecil Jones.

Blythe House
The building is featured extensively as the fictional headquarters of MI6 in the 2011 film Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy.

It is a repository of artifacts belonging to several museums including the British Museum. It is a suitably grand yet relatively obscure backdrop to which the nondescript temple of the Golden Dawn looked out upon, that and the domed roof of Olympia.

Aleister Crowley Blythe Road

Artist’s impression of Aleister Crowley standing in Blythe Road with the Headquarters of the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn and Olympia in the background

Karma-restuarant-Blythe-Road

Karma Indian restaurant, Blythe Road, Hammersmith

Blythe-House

The twin phallus towers of Blythe House

28-Blythe-Road

The mysterious Candle Makers Supplies, 28 Blythe Road, Hammersmith

36-Blythe-Road

George’s Cafe, former site of the Headquarters of the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn, 36 Blythe Road, Hammersmith

Front-door-36-Blythe-Road

Front door to 36 Blythe Road

http://www.tomegatherion.co.uk/gd.htm

Heathrow Airport’s ancient temple

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Heathrow map

Heathrow map

When Heathrow Airport was built the north runway covered an ancient temple thought to be the oldest ever discovered in Britain.

The temple has been likened to a classic Greek temple only made of wood rather than stone.

William Camden references it in Britannica.

“On the north edge of Hounslow Heath towards King’s Arbour is a Roman Camp, a simple work and not large.” 

Heathrow was the scene of the largest ever archaeological dig in Britain between 1998 – 2006.

Heathrow, 8,500-4,000 BC Deep Forest and a River

Ba

Ba

The Ba is the spirit. It is often translated as “the soul”. The ba is shown as a human headed bird. “The ba could move outside of the tomb, and return back to earth” (Defrates 44). “There was probably only a phonetic relationship between the bird and the concept”

BA Boeing 787

BA Boeing 787

In his post cyber-punk novel Pattern Recognition William Gibson mentions ‘soul delay’ experienced after long flights:

“Souls can’t move that quickly, and are left behind, and must be awaited, upon arrival, like lost luggage.”

Whether this has any truth in it or is a use of fictional artistic license depends on your own experience of jet-lag.

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Bryn Celli Ddu – The Mound in the Dark Grove

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Another neolithic treasure from Anglesey, Wales, dated to around 4000 years ago.

taken from –

http://www.anglesey-hidden-gem.com/bryn-celli-ddu.html#C7

The Ness of Brodgar: Precursor to Stonehenge

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Ness of Brodgar with Geophys overlay

Ness of Brodgar with Geophys overlay

Bounded by a 13-foot-thick (4-meter-thick) stone wall, the Ness of Brodgar is located between two other important monuments, the Ring of Brodgar and the Standing Stones of Stenness*

*Stenness incidentally is similar to the place-name ‘Staines’ which means ‘Stones’ as discussed on the ‘Millennium Monolith‘ post

The site at the Ness of Brodgar – a narrow strip of land between the existing Stone Age sites of Maeshowe and the Ring of Brodgar – is massive: the size of five football pitches and circled by a 10ft wall. Only a small percentage of it has been investigated; it is being called a “temple complex”, and researchers seem to think that it is a passage complex – for instance, one in which bones are carried through and successively stripped (there is a firepit across one of the doors, and various entrances, plus alcoves like those in a passage grave, which are being regarded as evidence for this theory – but it’s a bit tenuous at present). Obviously, at this relatively early stage, it’s difficult for either professional archaeologists or their followers to formulate too many firm theories.

http://willmacneil.com/new_site/?p=37
http://www.iol.ie/~geniet/maeshowe/eng/flashing.htm#reappearws
http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/belief/2012/jan/31/archaeologists-pagans-brodgar-complex?newsfeed=true
http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2012/120127-stonehenge-ness-brodgar-scotland-science/

Washington monument and Capitol building

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Washington Monument and Congress Building

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Washington_Monument
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_Capitol

St. Peter’s Basilica and Vatican Obelisk

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St. Peter's Basilica

The city of Rome harbours the most obelisks in the world. There are eight ancient Egyptian and five ancient Roman obelisks in Rome, together with a number of more modern obelisks; there was also formerly (until 2005) an ancient Ethiopian obelisk in Rome.

For transport down the Nile to Alexandria and from there across the Mediterranean Sea to the capital Rome, special heavy cargo carriers, the Obelisk ships, were used by the Romans. On site, large Roman cranes were employed to erect the monoliths.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vatican_Obelisk#Ancient_Egyptian_obelisks

Sagittarius: Star Temple of Richmond Park

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Mary Caine Kingston Zodiac

It is remarkable how bends in the Thames allow for his horse’s head and legs. Is the Archer helmeted or hooded? Arthur or Robin Hood? Arthur Road on his helmet near Kingston Gate would seem to identify him with the Glastonbury Zodiac’s Sagittarian hero, but Robin Hood Lane and Gate, and Robin Hood Hill, marked on old maps in the Old Deer Park on his horse’s front leg plead for Robin, the people’s Saxon champion

http://www.stmgrts.org.uk/archives/2011/09/the_kingston_zodiac.html

Eiffel Tower and Hôtel des Invalides

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Paris

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paris

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