The night before last, Scott Wolter made a multi-hour appearance on the three-hour nightly Jimmy Church radio program Fade to Black. Three hours is a long time to listen to anything, least of all fringe history. Forgive me if in fast forwarding through the show I missed a few things.
The first thing I noticed is that Wolter began in a rather mournful way by discussing how he and the America Unearthed crew are doing their best to stay on the air, but “nothing lasts forever.” Wolter also claims that people in the community (which he later clarifies as “one” or “two” people) of Westford objected to the inclusion of a Hooked X® symbol on the recently completed effigy of the Westford Knight due to ideology and their upset about the “symbolism” of the Holy Bloodline of Jesus and Mary, despite noting that the locals did not actually state any of this. Could they have instead objected to the inclusion of a fictitious symbol whose alleged meaning was invented by a TV host? Frankly, the Hooked X® on a modern sculpture representing fake history would be the least of my concerns about promoting the Westford Knight as a Scottish-Templar-Freemason outpost in Massachusetts.
Jimmy Church is very interested in the Sinclair connection to the Westford Knight and the peopling of the Americas, and both he and Wolter identify Steve St. Clair as a representative of the Sinclair family, which includes Henry Sinclair. Steve St. Clair, in comments on this blog, claimed that it was incorrect to describe him as being related to those Sinclairs, but I can’t imagine he’ll lift a finger to ask Wolter or Church to correct their assertions.
After a long digression on agates, Wolter discusses the “Delta of Enoch,” which he says can be found in virtually any church. I can’t recall ever seeing one in a church, though I admit my knowledge of church decoration can be a bit spotty. I believe Wolter is referring to the triangular depiction of the tetragrammaton, the name of God, taken into Christianity from Jewish mysticism. A particularly fine example appears at St. Charles’s Church in Vienna. The “Delta of Enoch” is a Freemasonic invention, a gold plate of wisdom descended from medieval versions of the ancient myth of the Pillars or Tablets of Wisdom, which the Masons revised in light of the mystical triangle. Wolter ties the delta of Enoch to agates because the delta was, he says, kept in a “cube of agate.” He attributes all of this to ancient Biblical figures, but it’s really masonic. If you care about details—and you should—the earlier form of the story, given by George Oliver in the Antiquities of Freemasonry in 1823, but I believe first published in Webb’s Freemason’s Monitor in 1818, said that the gold delta sat on a triangular backing of agate. The book Wolter knows, Charles T. McClenachan’s The Book of the Ancient & Accepted Rite of Scottish Freemasonry, written in 1868, and its later reuse in other Masonic texts, transforms the triangular backing into a “cube of agate” and has the delta inlaid on one face of the cube. It’s not an ancient mystery but a modern one. (Excerpts here at bottom.) “It doesn’t get any better than that, does it?” Wolter says.
In the next segment of the show, Wolter talks about the Kensington Rune Stone, the Knights Templar, and Native Americans. He skips over the reasoning for suggesting that the rune stone’s Norsemen and Götlanders are really Knights Templar, but at this point, is that a surprise? Wolter repeats the recent claim that a Native American named Black Eagle told him that he believed the “fire haired people with green eyes” built the Newport Tower. I am at a loss as to why the Knights Templar are red-haired. Presumably this connects to the imaginary continuation of the Templars among the Scots, but it seems a world apart from the Norsemen and Götlanders, who might have been blond but were not famed for being ginger. Irish annals, for example, make plain that the Vikings and their ilk were not red-haired.
Anyway, Wolter links all of this to what he says is Black Eagle’s assurance that the Templars asked for permission to build the Tower and to travel to Minnesota, and that they and the Native Americans got along so well because they shared concern for “monotheistic dualism,” which he says is the “true” ideology as well as a philosophy concerned with living in harmony with the environment and in perpetual balance. “Is there any other culture that knows how to live in balance better than the Natives?” Wolter asks. Given the environmental disasters believed to have befallen Native civilizations from Chaco Canyon to Cahokia, I’m not sure the answer is as clear as the modern myth of perfect harmony suggests, though the claim underscores Wolter’s own quasi-New Age ideology, which undergirds his investigations, apparently unconsciously.
A very long discussion of various stones from America Unearthed follows, with nothing new. Wolter also discusses Oak Island, but he has nothing to add beyond the observation that the TV show devoted to it has “very little to show for your efforts.” Wolter also reiterates that he is writing a new book with scandal-ridden writer Charles Pellegrino, who dropped out of the spotlight a few years ago after parts of his book on Hiroshima were revealed to be untrue, and he teased a new revelation of the Hooked X® related to a moveable object in Jerusalem, as he has been doing since his last appearance on this show in October 2014. He tells us that he himself “recognized” the symbol on the object, but he hasn’t decided whether to discuss the object first in the book or on TV, but he has previewed the information to the Freemasons. “It will eliminate a lot of the skeptics’ arguments,” he said. “I want to pack it up some people’s rear ends.”
Wolter next tells us that a document “is being vetted right now” that was signed in 1180 by Knights Templar describing their discovery of first century documents and maps bearing the Hooked X®, and he says this document was written in “Theban,” an occult alphabet invented in the sixteenth century that does indeed feature hooks on the letters—all of them, not just ones that look like an X. “We don’t know for sure whether it’s legit or not,” he said. He’s referring to the Cremona Document covered in his Akhenaten to the Founding Fathers, which was a modern copy of an alleged medieval document for which no original exists. The “hooked X” is simply a pen stroke used with a quill to start the ink on a cross-stroke, and well known to anyone who has read old documents.
Church and Wolter discuss whether all the early land claims mean that the United State really belongs to someone else, but Wolter decides that the ancient claimants are in fact the founders of America since they’re all united in Freemasonry. He tells us that the Kensington Rune Stone’s message is an allegory, not a literal report, and he rhapsodizes about the respect afforded to scholars of “Norse-Viking heritage” in Scandinavia. I still don’t see the connection between Scandinavian Vikings, French Templars, and Scottish Freemasons, but then I’m not a conspiracy theorist.
Church asks Wolter about the lost race of Giants and why the Smithsonian is suppressing them. Wolter fumbles to try to answer the question, but it’s clear that he doesn’t understand the issue of giants at all, nor does he know how the Enochian tablets and the giants trace back to Jewish myths about the Nephilim and the Flood. He’s backing into the Watchers myth slowly, but doesn’t seem to know it. There are indeed secret connections in occult claims… but those connections are due to the persistence and endless recycling of myth, not a conspiracy.
Near the end Wolter reiterates that he has just finished taping his new series for the History Channel, and that it will debut probably in the next month. He won’t say what it’s about. America Unearthed hasn’t been cancelled, he says, but due to the end of H2, he isn’t sure if it will return.
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