Scott Wolter Teases New TV Show and Talks about His Spiritual Journey, Involving Esoteric Masonry and "Druid Ceremonies"
Former television personality Scott F. Wolter might be a “former” TV host no more. Wolter made an appearance with Freemason and esoteric practitioner John Logan Parsons III on a podcast devoted to modern Templarism, which he linked on his Twitter account, and during the podcast he said he is in talks for a new TV series about—what else?—the Knights Templar. The podcast is a production of the so-called Templar Collegia, an apparently small esoteric organization in San Francisco that is under the jurisdiction of what it calls the Order of the Temple of Secret Initiates, a group run by Timothy W. Hogan, an alchemist and mystic who bills himself as “the grandmaster of the Knights Templar,” according to the Templar Collegia Facebook page. Wolter, who recently joined the Masons, said that he is now involved with Masonic Templarism and participates in “esoteric retreats” with Hogan to “share knowledge.”
Wolter announced that he is working with a new television production company and is actively pitching a new series that “would reveal new information about the Knights Templar.” That information, he said, is related to the set of fictitious documents first reported in Akhenaten to the Founding Fathers that purport to be medieval records of the Templars. Those documents were also discussed in Zena Halpern’s recent book (see my review: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3), where it became obvious that they were most likely fictional modern texts. Indeed, a couple of people who had firsthand experience with the characters involved told me that that hoaxer had intended the documents to be part of a novel.
At the end of the podcast, Wolter said that the proposed television show, and/or companion book would also establish beyond doubt that Henry I Sinclair, Earl of Orkney visited America in 1398 and buried indescribable treasure there without leaving a single trace anywhere in the historical record: “The details of that story we now understand, and it is amazing. When we bring it out, we want to do it the right way and have people take it in and think about it, and, yeah, I’d love to have Donald Trump be the first guy to read that. But the problem is that he’s so ADD that he’d never take the time. He doesn’t read anything.” The story of Henry I Sinclair was fabricated largely in the nineteenth century as a result of eighteenth century speculation about the identity of the fictional character Zichmni in the hoax Zeno Narrative of the sixteenth century.
Wolter added that he participates in “Druid ceremonies” and has begun the process of joining the Grange. He said that “just loves” pagan, esoteric, and mystical ceremonies and he has embraced the Sepher Yetzirah, an early Jewish mystical text used in Kabbala. Kabbala is “just fantastic,” he said. He also praised the musician Prince as a “genius” with “true integrity beyond his talent” and declared him his favorite “modern figure.” He added that Prince “would have benefited” from joining the Templar Collegia or Freemasonry, which he said would likely have saved his life. He added that to be a “modern day Templar” is to engage in “the search for truth,” and he again suggested that Templar affiliated individuals should run for political office.
Wolter said that he has fully embraced Western esoterica and is actively pursuing mystical knowledge. He added that the United States is the New Jerusalem of Revelation, implying that embracing his brand of mysticism creates transcendence. Wolter said that he knows of many political leaders who support Masonic esoteric mysticism, and he said that his proposed TV show had as its purpose “to bring forth this truth and help them understand what truly happened.” If we are meant to understand the unclear pronoun them as politicians from the preceding thought, that sounds a lot like saying wants to use his show to try to foment a New Age religious revolution. He stated that the Masons are the source of American salvation, attributing to them freedom, liberty, and peace and suggesting that only Masonic influence can restore America. He also said, on a different topic, that the world is overpopulated and by educating women we can convince them not to have children and thus reduce the population.
He repeated his usual claims about the Kensington Rune Stone and its requisite attacks on all those who disagree with Wolter (“criticism for the sake of criticizing”), adding odd claims that “certain people” were “unduly influencing” the late Richard Nielsen, Wolter’s former writing partner, whom Wolter believes came to disagree with him out of “ego” and jealousy of Wolter’s TV career. He added that there is so much material about Templar secrets that he fears he will not live long enough to read it all. He claims that his embrace of mysticism and Kabbala emerged from the Kensington Rune Stone, whose magical numbers are, he believes, Kabbalistic. He now believes that the Kensington Rune Stone is an example of “Hebrew mysticism” and “Egyptian mysticism” and only by embracing these faith traditions and pagan magic can he fully experience full communion with Templars. He described fringe history as the pursuit of “truth and happiness,” and he said that developing new Templar theories produces deep satisfaction and sense of joy that he otherwise lacked. He chided those who disbelieve as being “not ready” for the ecstatic happiness of esoteric revelation. He suggested that over time everyone would gradually come to embrace this happiness.
This is what it always boils down to, isn’t it? It always comes down to a personal search for faith and community, not facts. I knew that it wouldn’t be possible for Wolter’s pretended objective geological approach to fake history to stay too far removed from Hermes Trismegistus and the Watchers. Now he is a sort of New Age wizard-priest, reimagining history through lens of magical ideology. Ancient astronaut theorists, New Agers, Nephilim theorists, lost civilization believers, everyone is trying to find some way to believe in something in a world that can at times feel hostile to traditional forms of faith. What all this has in common, though, is the subordination of facts to faith.
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