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Before I can begin reviewing America Unearthed host Scott Wolter’s new book, Akhenaten to the Founding Fathers: Mysteries of the Hooked X® (North Star, 2013), I must first confess my own contribution to the volume in question. It comes on the copyright page, where, as a result of A+E Networks’ efforts to force me to tell readers that my book about America Unearthed is not affiliated with them lest readers become confused, I goaded A+E into requiring Wolter to do the same in order to avoid charges of hypocrisy. Strangely, though, A+E didn’t require Wolter to place the disclaimer on the cover as they did with me, when they claimed that a copyright page disclaimer (which I always had in my book) was not good enough because readers never read that page.
On Wolter’s copyright page you’ll see an additional, ungrammatical sentence that caused a long delay in making the book available, as the publisher was forced to change the book before its original release date: “This book is not associated with America Unearthed™ television series not sponsored by, endorsed or authorized by A+E Networks®.” It’s quite the vote of confidence from a company Wolter previously praised for standing with him in the fight against academia.
With that out of the way, we can now start examining the book, which, coincidentally, begins with Wolter complaining at great length about nasty academics, starting with the very first line of the book: “So just what is going on with the academics anyway?” Wolter asserts that voluminous evidence of trans-oceanic, pre-Columbian contact exists, and he blames archaeologists for refusing to accept science (as though they were competing fields), which Wolter claims offers “hard” evidence of contact. He supports this by quoting Manly P. Hall, a twentieth-century mystic and Freemason conspiracy theorist, who, like Wolter, felt oppressed by academia. Hall believed, and Wolter has adopted, the idea that history is a conspiracy run by a nomadic herd of immortal elites, though Wolter replaces the deathless cult leaders with self-replicating Templars. As Hall wrote in 1928, history is driven by a secret esoteric doctrine and this doctrine “has been preserved in toto among a small band of initiated minds since the beginning of the world.” This, in a nutshell, is Wolter’s mission statement.
Wolter asserts that academics are working to support traditional religious hierarchies and power structures, who feel threatened by Wolter’s research. Wolter claims that having entered the “new day” which dawned with the “zodiacal calendar” on December 21, 2012, major cultural changes will occur worldwide, and he modestly suggests that while his book is “just my take on what likely happened, it is probably very close to the truth.”
Wolter then summarizes the major topics the book will discuss, which, by his own admission, include a recap of his last two books (The Kensington Rune Stone and The Hooked X®), additional arguments in support of his last two books, and finally some new material. He finishes the introduction by asking whether academics are merely obstructionists or whether they are serving a “larger” conspiracy to hide the truth and control perceptions of the past and thus humanity’s path to the future.
Please note: From here on out, I will be sparing in my use of direct quotations because Mr. Wolter is litigious (after all he had A+E try to sue me on his behalf), and I am staying far from the edge of fair use under copyright law. You’ll just have to take my word that I am paraphrasing accurately, and of course you are free to check any references with Wolter’s book. I will be going in order by chapter for easy reference.
In looking over the table of contents, I am immediately concerned that the book doesn’t seem organized to tell a coherent story; instead, it is divided into various areas of research with little obvious connection between them. I will withhold judgment until I have read further, but the contents imply that the book isn’t attempting to convince new readers so much as to reinforce for true believers what they already think they know.
But let me be plain: Scott Wolter is absolutely, ridiculously, obsessively devoted to his fantasy to the point that he believes, as we shall see later on, that Oreo cookies are Freemason-Templar codes that contain depictions of Jesus’ alleged tomb, the Talipot Tomb in Jerusalem.
How is one supposed to deal rationally with someone who sees Jesus Bloodline conspiracies in snack foods? I’ve heard of Jesus in a tortilla, but Jesus’ tomb in a cookie?
Chapter 1: New Kensington Rune Stone Evidence
Are there any words that make my heart sink faster than the title of this chapter? The trouble is that accepting the Kensington Rune Stone as genuine contributes almost nothing to the Templar-Sinclair-Holy Bloodline-Global Conspiracy unless one is willing to rewrite the stone to say what it does not say using a code whose only support is more conspiracy theories. On its face, the Rune Stone, putatively carved in 1362, talks of Norse, not Templars, who stopped to carve a stone while apparently in mortal fear of unnamed killers.
Anyway, Wolter’s chapter begins by changing what was just “probably very close to the truth” to simply “the truth” that he plans to reveal. He starts by offering new evidence for the authenticity of the Kensington Rune Stone (KRS), which only makes sense if one has already read Wolter’s preceding books. His first new evidence is two previously unpublished photographs of Olof Ohman, which… are described and then forgotten. Supposedly they prove that finding the Rune Stone made Ohman famous enough that neighbors wanted to pose for photos with him.
The second “new” piece of evidence was a hand-drawn map by Ohman, which Wolter found in a book he had owned for six years before opening. The map notes the location where the KRS was found, which contributes exactly nothing to the Templar-Sinclair-Bloodline myth. A third piece of evidence is a long, dull letter by Samuel A. Siverts which does little more than confirm the approximate date of the stone’s discovery, of little interest to the Templar conspiracy.
Or is it? Wolter is shocked—shocked!—to discover that Freemasons tried to buy the KRS in 1927, which confirmed to Wolter’s mind that the Masons were obviously trying to honor the “ideological followers” of the Knights Templar and their Gnostic belief system by (seriously) erecting a giant obelisk on the site of the stone’s discovery. Because that’s how they hide things. Wolter explains that he believes that KRS was shaped (badly) in the Golden Ratio of 1:1.62, or 1:2 (he is not exactly sure), and its twelve lines of text represent the twelve “primary” constellations of the zodiac. Wolter’s zodiac must have ancillary constellations from the separate universe he inhabits.
Wolter next asserts that the AVM on the KRS is the esoteric Freemason term AUM, which Wolter takes for an ancient secret symbolizing the Tetragrammaton but which is derived from the Hindu mantra “Om,” which was transliterated as “aum” in the nineteenth century, when esoteric Masonry adopted it. Indeed, it shows up in early Masonic dictionaries as a direct and explicit borrowing from Hindu practice, which they took over from early Sanskrit scholars, particularly Sir William Jones, who were already likening it to the Jewish Tetragrammaton before 1816. Helena Blavatsky took this over in her Secret Doctrine, and both sources contributed to the Masonic version, which indeed, was given the name of the “Secret Doctrine” by Frank C. Higgins after the original Masonic use of AUM as another name for God morphed into an esoteric doctrine modeled on Theosophy, clearly seen in the different uses before and after Secret Doctrine’s publication. Higgins believed that Masonry, rather than Theosophy, was the origin of all religion, and it’s fairly clear that he was attributing to Masonry claims originally made for Theosophy. His book, Hermetic Masonry, has a chapter devoted to “Theosophy and Masonry.”
Next, Wolter makes a loony pyramid claim. He says that if you draw a circle and quarter it, and inscribe an equilateral triangle in the northeast quadrant, the triangle will touch the circle at the “exact” position of the Great Pyramid of Giza. Oh really? Based on what line of longitude? What Wolter means is that the Pyramid is located at 30 degrees north latitude, which is not really amazing and also not exactly accurate. While the triangle will touch exactly 30 degrees, the pyramid is technically located at 29.98 degrees, which while a negligible half mile on the earth’s surface, is nevertheless slightly less than perfectly accurate. Wolter calls this “sacred geometry.”
What follows is numerology of the worst order, turning “Solomon” into a linguistic mixture of “Sol” (Sun), “Om” (midday sun), and “On” (rising sun) by assigning vowels to magic numbers and relating those to “eastern religions” based on nothing but a conspiracy theory about the ancient cultic origin of all faith. At any rate, this material, derived from Higgins, is all modern fakery and has nothing to do with ancient history. Nevertheless, Wolter turns to them to explain AUM as a 90-60-30 right triangle representing the sun’s passage across the sky. Contrary to Higgins, north of the tropics the sun does not hit 90 degrees in altitude (directly overhead).
This, Wolter says, is the only logical explanation for why Freemasons are interested in the KRS.
Wolter next repeats his 2009 “thesis” that the KRS is a land claim, which he says is proved by the fact that the stone does not say it is a land claim. This omission proves that it was conducted in secret, without papal authority, a claim whose historical grounding he sources to Laurence Gardner, the fabulist who believes Jesus was spawned by aliens who drank menstrual blood of genetically-modified humans as a substitute for a non-existent isotope of gold. In fact, Wolter’s bibliography contains no recent scholarship, relying only on outdated academic books from bygone centuries and recent alternative history books. His whole book has fewer notes and sources than just one chapter of one of mine.
Wolter reviews his claim that the KRS contains a code indicating that it hides the secret of the Holy Gail, which Richard Nielsen has rebutted at great length. Wolter relates this to the Merriam Park neighborhood, which a fan of his discovered while watching Wolter’s appearance in the 2009 Holy Grail in America documentary. The orthogonal streets can be drawn as two overlapping 2:1 rectangles, which Wolter reads as Jesus, Mary, and fetus. Any regular orthogonal street grid can produce the same shapes since they derive from starting with a rectangle and progressively subdividing it—the reverse of the Fibonacci series. The wilder numerological claims are too much to get into here; I will leave them for you to discover. But I will share one: One rectangle has 10 streets and another has 8. They share 4, so therefore that equals 22, the magic number of variant-A runes (Hooked X®) on the KRS! And you only have to double count a few! All of St. Paul is quickly folded into the “mystery” as a grand geometric puzzle creating a chalice (Mary’s womb) pointing at the KRS location, making the stone so incredibly important that no one ever thought to dig it up until some farmer stumbled on it.
Scott Wolter finishes by signing his name to a U-Haul truck whose side depicts the KRS and serves as a roving propaganda billboard for his ideas.
Chapter 2: Update on Artifacts and Sites
It became abundantly clear at this point that this “book” is less a book than it is the Scott Wolter newsletter, a series of largely unrelated material lumped together through the theme of the Holy Bloodline conspiracy. This chapter collects updates on Scott Wolter’s favorite anomalous artifacts, but mostly the material revolves around preservation issues, not interpretation and is therefore irrelevant unless you’re a Wolter super-fan wondering what he’s been up to in his spare time. Among the trivia of something like interest, Wolter found an 1888 print depicting Newport in 1730 and showing the Newport Tower as it looks today, prompting Wolter to argue that if the artist had old sources (obviously unproven) this casts doubt on the idea that Benedict Arnold built the structure since it wouldn’t have been a ruin in 1730. He neglects to note than in 1888, artists were under the spell of Carl Rafn’s pre-Columbian voyagers claim and therefore assumed (as Wolter does today) that it was pre-Columbian. No mystery here.
Wolter also claims, without a source, that the Chesterton Windmill, the likely model for Arnold’s, was converted to a windmill from an observatory. Without a source, this seems like back-construction of a claim to support the Newport Tower observatory theory.
He then claims that the egg-shaped stone in the Tower is a clitoris that achieves orgasm when the solar penis stimulates it. This, he says, is suppressed by modern scholars who fear human sexuality. Obviously, he has never been to a modern university or taken a literature class.
Following this he repeats most of the claims made in the Newport Tower episode of America Unearthed, which I dealt with then. To this he adds the claim that the Maya observatory at Chichen Itza is a “pre-Columbian analog” to the Newport Tower in that both have windows through which one can see Venus. This, he says, is “eerily” similar in that they are completely different in size, shape, and function.
Wolter cites Margaret Starbird—self-proclaimed inspiration for The Da Vinci Code—as explaining why the Newport Tower orgasms on the winter solstice. It is meant to parallel Acts 2:1-4, which Wolter declines to quote and seems to admit to not having read. In Acts 2, tongues of fire from the Holy Spirit descend at Pentecost and cause the Apostles to speak in tongues. The Tower, Starbird says, is similarly channeling the Holy Spirit through its solar alignment. Wolter calls this the likely “final nail” in the windmill theory of the Newport Tower, but Wolter specifically omits the fact that the events of Acts occurred at Pentecost because Pentecost occurs in the spring, not at the winter solstice, when the Tower allegedly achieves solar climax. Pentecost is not associated with astronomical alignments or phenomena.
Chapter 3: The Hooked X®
This chapter summarizes Wolter’s work on the Hooked X®, which I am sure all of you know about (penis of Christ, womb of the Magdalene with implanted fetus, etc.). Among the new claims, Wolter now suggests that REMAX real estate agents are Templar stooges because the A and X in REMAX cross, forming an upside down Hooked X®.
He also argues that because the sun illuminates the interior of the ancient site of Newgrange in Ireland at 9:00 AM local time, and Newgrange has X-shapes carved on it, it must therefore be connected to the orgasm stone at Newport, which also lights up at 9:00 AM local time. Of course, Newgrange was constructed so long ago that the earth’s axis has shifted some since then, and I can’t guarantee that the alignment would have occurred at precisely 9:00 AM when the site was new. 9:00 AM is, Wolter says, for some mysterious reason “critical” to Cistercian-Templar goddess-worship dualism. (Daylight or standard time? Is it 10:00 AM in the summer?) It seems to me he back-formed this claim from the Newport Tower, and that it has no basis in actual Cistercian practice. Wolter concludes the chapter by claiming that every medieval Hooked X® is associated with Templars or Cistercians, but this is circular logic; he just finished telling us that he attributed them to Templars and Cistercians based on his own beliefs.
Next time: New discoveries and more repeats!
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10/8/2013 06:16:09 am
It's my understanding that if the window's intention was to show Venus, which I personally don't know if it was, that it would only show Venus every 8 years. The other 7 years you wouldn't see Venus at all through the window as Venus is not in the same spot.
1/15/2017 01:41:55 pm
This is a more interesting subject concerning the Knights Templar & Freemasons! http://christianchat.com/blogs/ixapollyonxi/10451-gift-discernment.html
10/8/2013 06:17:32 am
" Wolter now asserts that REMAX real estate agents are Templar stooges because the A and X in REMAX cross, forming an upside down Hooked X"
10/8/2013 06:37:27 am
Page 57: The REMAX logo "incorporates the Templar colors of red and white along with a single angled blue stripe. When the logo is flipped upside down, a very prominent and obvious Hooked X is revealed. The real question, of course, is: was this intentional or an interesting coincidence? ... [With] the Remax logo and other examples to be presented, there might be too much smoke not to have something burning somewhere."
10/8/2013 06:39:35 am
However, to be fair, I changed "asserts" to "suggests" since he is not as emphatic about REMAX as he was about ExxonMobil.
10/8/2013 07:08:36 am
My degree is in archaeology, and not other behavioral or biological sciences, so I'll not say anymore.
10/8/2013 09:29:31 am
Wait...an upside-down "Hooked X"?!! Are the Remax stooges suggesting that Jesus was the pregnant one? If so, I'm pretty sure that this is the exact opposite of the Templar-Sinclair holy bloodline claim.
The Other J.
10/8/2013 12:15:53 pm
B L --
10/8/2013 01:30:00 pm
"there might be too much smoke not to have something burning somewhere."
10/8/2013 05:06:40 pm
At this point, I really do wonder if Mr. Wolter has ever seen a therapist. In all seriousness these rantings look an awful lot like what Klaus Conrad referred to as apophony in 1958. Apophony is often misused these days, but Conrad coined the term to mean the thinking patterns developed during the very earliest onset stages of delusional schizophrenia.
10/8/2013 09:58:32 pm
Hmm... with that logic... this bag of Brachs lemon drops next to me clearly says it is a product of Canada, but the Ferrara Candy Company that manufactures it is located in Illinois. Secret Land claim by Canada on Illinois? Brachs kinda sounds like Barak's if you're drunk. The President must be involved. And if you look at it slightly sideways and squint, the C and H in the logo clearly becomes a hooked X. Canada/President/Templar conspiracy to annex Chicago!
The Other J.
10/8/2013 11:24:23 pm
Patternicity: Pareidolia? Apophenia?
10/8/2013 08:05:13 am
Where is the X suppose to be? separated an inch to the right lengthening the whole name. It looks best connected to the A as it is. Just like the M and A are played with.
10/8/2013 02:23:24 pm
Ummm...I wasn't named just Solomon. Is that part of your conspiracy Mr. Wolter? (Who hasn't read Acts 2:1-4 or probably 2 Samuel 12:24-25)
10/8/2013 03:09:51 pm
"He then claims that the egg-shaped stone in the Tower is a clitoris that achieves orgasm when the solar penis stimulates it. This, he says, is suppressed by modern scholars who fear human sexuality."
10/8/2013 03:35:34 pm
12/2/2013 02:55:06 am
yup...as my mother always said ...follow the money. Scott is laughing all the way to the bank as he makes America ever more stupid.
The Other J.
10/8/2013 04:59:44 pm
So -- many -- fish... barrel -- so -- small...
10/9/2013 12:15:53 am
Forget about the Templars. I can't wait for Shaver's Deros to make their return.
10/9/2013 03:13:42 am
A&E, H2 and Committee Films ought to do some serious soul searching when it comes to the programming they are creating and selling to the public. What a pity that Mr. Wolter is given a platform for this nonsense.
10/9/2013 07:01:06 am
I thought that Solomon was a Hellenized form of the Hebrew name Shlomo. "Sol" is Latin, so I do not see the connection. Of course, if we break down Shlomo, we see that it is a combination of "lo" (behold) and "schmo" (a Yiddish word for people like Wolter). My name, of course, is a combination of "har" (a laugh) and "wry" (a type of humor).
The Other J.
10/9/2013 08:40:02 am
Hmm... I think there are some more Yiddish words that could describe Wolter: putz, macher, meshugenner, nudzh, shmendrik, schnook... I'd have to ask my grandma for more.
10/10/2013 12:33:21 am
You obviously know more of the mama loshen than I do. Wolter's derivation of the name Solomon also reminds me of the character in the movie My Big Fat Greek Wedding who could come up with a Greek etymology for any English word upon request.
10/10/2013 02:39:14 am
Wolter's book is quite the commentary on modern society. Books are no longer viable as a commercial vehicle so book publishers will grab at anything they think will turn a buck to keep them in business. The entire premise of this book, based on Jason's always insightful reviews of Wolter's stuff, is jaw dropping. Only in the modern age of 24/7 communications would Wolter's "research" actually see the light of day. Before the advent of the internet and social media, these musings would have been relegated to the dust bin where they belong. I'm truly mystified myself by who would actually take this stuff seriously. The publisher really thinks there is a market for this? Stuff like the street grid in St. Paul deliberately points to the KRS? Orgasmic rocks? Wow! Hmmm, I wonder why serious scholars scoff at Wolter. I'll stop here. I've wasted enough time already giving credence to this by actually engaging in commentary. I have no intention of being baited into a "prove me wrong" dialogue. I've never found that engaging in such intellectual sophistry to be rewarding. Besides, Jason, you do more than an admirable job of deflating Wolter's "evidence."
10/12/2013 02:36:25 am
There seems to be enough scholarly working suggesting that part of the purpose of runestones was as a property claim by those who had the stone raised. It may be something of a jump to make this into a land claim, especially distant as it is from any major geographical feature, but not an overwhelming jump.
10/13/2013 04:09:15 am
I am a retired engineer that has studied many of the sites and artifacts Mr. Wolter has made claim to its identity. His original claim was that the sun came through the south window and highlighted the oval stone on the west window of the Newport Tower on 12/21. When you study the tower you will find a floor once existed that would block the sun light from the window to the oval stone. If you study the path of the sun at 9:00 AM you will see it will never make a straight path from the window to the stone because of the latitude position of the tower. Their are many factual items that have been found by academics in the past that show the likely function of the tower was a smoke house for processing cod fish. I have grouped these in a paper which can be read in (Migration and Diffusion).
9/9/2014 06:30:31 am
Scoffers will always criticize the efforts and accomplishments of others. When confronted with a scoffer in your life remember the words of Theodore Roosevelt: "Far better it is to dare mighty deeds, to win glorious triumphs even though checkered by failure, than to rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy nor suffer much because they live in the gray twilight that knows neither victory nor defeat."
11/9/2014 08:09:49 pm
Hogwash. There is no scoffing involved on my part. Wolters' prodigious efforts have resulted in exactly zero accomplishments. The man is a raving lunatic tilting at windmills - oh my god. Now I've done it. He'll surely see this as fodder for the upcoming season: The Dutch discovered America.
william m smith
11/10/2014 12:58:58 am
Mr Wolter has made many mistakes and will continue to do so because of his ego trip. The Kensington rune stone as well as the Newport Tower are clearly identified in the treaty between Spain and Portuygal (chapter 3 states, build a significant tower and place a stone marker 370 leagues west on pole lines from the tower in order to mark your new claimed land).This treaty is dated 1494 and was brought forth when Portugal found that Christopher Columbus was trying to claim their land for Spain. The Kensington Rune Stone has nothing to do with Masons or at least no direct connections have been made, The .022 in. mechanical wear line going across the face and sides of the stone show it stood upright for over 350 years before it fell onto its face. The hooked X is a standard symbol used by Portuguese sailors in the 13th century to represent magnetic declination. (the difference between true north and magnetic north) This technology was used to establish longitude in the 13th century. The hook on the X will always point in the same direction as the left x bar. The Newport Tower was built in 1472 by Portuguese to smoke cod fish and mark the east boundary of Vinland. Their is additional evidence that the Cort reals visited the Americas many times after building the Tower and marking the new Vinland. Some of this evidence is being studied in Ohio and has nothing to do with Mr Wolters fairy tail Templar bull shit.
8/20/2016 05:59:25 pm
Why were the Portuguese using Scandinavian runes?
William M Smith
8/20/2016 06:34:30 pm
In response to your question (Why were the Portuguese using Scandinavian runes? Denmark was a key player in Scandinavian runes. The runes in the USA have some odd symbols which help support the modifications made to cross communicate between ship mates from different areas. The key symbol in America is the hooked X. It is used as the letter A, however the X with a hook on the right leg pointing in the same direction as the left leg was also a navigators symbol for measuring longitude with readings of magnetic declination (The difference between true north and magnetic north). To stay on your question I have attached the following from a paper I have posted in (Migration and Diffusion) In 1472 Joao Vaz Corte Real, a Portuguese nobleman with nautical skills and
8/30/2015 06:31:29 am
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