Philip Gardiner's "Shining Ones"
In reviewing Ancient Aliens yesterday, I noted that Giorgio Tsoukalos made reference to “The Shining Ones,” a term associated with Philip Gardiner, a British alternative history writer who has been described as “the next Graham Hancock” and takes Hancock as one of his key inspirations. A few other writers have also employed the term, including Laurence Gardner, Lloyd Pye, and William Henry. They tend to use it to describe the Elohim, for reasons I can’t fathom since that is not the translation of the term.
Gardiner simply adopts these views wholesale from such secondary sources, which I guess would make his books alternative history squared. They and Gardiner, in turn, are mistakenly building on—sadly—Zecharia Sitchin, whom Gardiner cites explicitly. Gardiner follows the alternative history mistake of deriving the Canaanite name for God, “El,” from the word for “shine,” whereas the word is simply the term for God. (I wonder if they are confusing this with the fact that the Indo-European word for god, deus, derives from the ancient Proto-Indo-European term for shining because their ancient chief god was the god of the bright sky.) The “el” in Elohim is believed to derive from a root meaning “strength,” not “shine.”
Thus Gardiner’s other comparisons, such as suggesting that the “El” in elves also derives from this same cult of Shining Ones, also fail. Elves, incidentally, do not derive from the word for “shine” according to most linguists but instead the word for “white.”
Gardiner believes these non-existent Shining Ones are part of a worldwide, primeval cult of shamanic priestly elites who inspired the Knights Templar and Freemasons and secretly rule the world. According to Gardiner, the Shining Ones were also the Fallen Angels of the Book of Enoch. This is how Tsoukalos connects them back to ancient aliens.
This exact same idea, nearly point for point, appears in Andrew Collins’s book From the Ashes of Angels (1998), which claimed that the Fallen Angels were a Neolithic elite who sparked civilization but were ultimately killed off for their sins. Gardiner’s contribution was to marry this to Graham Hancock’s high priesthood of the Lost Civilization—that itinerant band of Aryan supermen Hancock believes were mistaken for gods by the world’s nonwhite peoples. Thus Gardiner sees the Fallen Angels as continuing on to today in the guise of Freemasons.
I’ve obtained a copy of Gardiner’s Secret Societies (2007), which claims to link the Shining Ones to our favorite friends the Knights Templar and the Freemasons, as well as Robin Hood and King Arthur, and I’ll be reviewing this book in stages this week. I can’t wait for the chapter on how these societies consume—wait for it—yes, white powdered gold and human menstrual blood, after Laurence Gardner’s wacky ideas!
4/21/2013 07:44:26 am
Hi Jason, it may be that this "shining" stems from a misled interpretation or placement of God's glory, which is often perceived as immense light, such as on the mountain-top and on Moses's face afterward.
4/21/2013 09:31:27 am
Sorry about the unintended puzzle...I meant small "k," (but you probably figured that out).
4/21/2013 07:59:32 am
Looking forward to reading your review of the book this week Jason.
4/21/2013 08:07:25 am
There is something even worse than Gardiner`s "writings",his "Nazi spy thriller" tacky movie.Don't believe the old adage that says "There is always an ounce of gold inside a pile of excrement".
The Other J.
4/21/2013 12:27:37 pm
Jason, you'll probably know more about this than anyone else commenting on this blog, so --
4/21/2013 12:51:57 pm
Great question! I think, and I'm only speculating here, that "Cavern of the Shining Ones" is a riff on "The Xipehuz" by way of Lovecraft. It is, however, an uncanny parallel to Sitchin:
4/22/2013 05:43:19 am
I'm not an astrophysicist (and I don't play one on TV) but I'm certain that an "eliptical orbit" so large that the object only approaches earth every 100K years is not possible - the distance achieved in the 50K years of outbound travel would be too great for the sun's gravity to pull the object back. Plus, any object large enough to be affected by the sun at that distance would wreak gravitational havoc among the planet's orbits on every return trip (and probably couldn't be captured by the sun in the first place). R
4/22/2013 06:15:16 am
I'm guessing that Hal K. Wells was just making it up for his story, which is about slug-like shining aliens who want to eat humans.
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