Scott Wolter made a big deal out of an alleged hand gesture he believes symbolizes membership in the cult of Mary Magdalene and the “monotheistic dualism” that celebrates the sacred feminine and venerates the genetic descendants of Jesus. This hand gesture, which is really nothing more than the natural position of a relaxed and extended hand, forms what Wolter sees as an “M” as seen in this painting of Christopher Columbus, a leading conspirator:
He also claims that both Oreo cookies and the flag of Canada are Templar symbols. Oreos, being black and white, symbolize the Templars’ black and white robes, while the Canadian flag, being red and white, symbolizes the Templars’ red cross on a white background. Both also encode the number twelve, allegedly a mystical Templar astrological number.
It’s never exactly clear whether Wolter means for us to celebrate the conspirators are enlightened cultists working toward full equality for women or for us to fear them as a shadowy elite willing to use genocide and war to suppress the truth about Mary Magdalene to preserve power for those few who know the truth. I imagine that’s because for Wolter the conspiracy is both, and neither. It’s whatever the conspiracy theorist needs it to be at any given time.
But I want to take this to its logical extreme. Let’s accept everything Scott Wolter claims about M-shaped hand gestures, Templar color symbolism, and so on at face value. If we do that, we can thus “prove” that Hitler was in on the conspiracy and that Neo-Nazis are thus the last descendants of Wolter’s Templar cult. While this may smack of an argumentum ad Hitlerum, because of the centrality of Nazis to alternative history, and Wolter’s own introduction of Nazi ethnology in his new book, I think this is an avenue that’s important to explore.
Note: Scott Wolter is not a Nazi sympathizer. This is my point. His illogical claims can be bent to any purpose with equally convincing results.
So let’s start.
We don’t need to go very far. Here is Adolf Hitler’s official portrait. Note that he is making the M-shaped hand gesture which Wolter identified in images of the current pope, of Christopher Columbus, and of Renaissance art as symbolizing membership in the cult of Mary Magdalene. And he also has a Templar-style Maltese cross (i.e. the Iron Cross) on his coat!
Now, what other flag contains red and white color symbolism? Or red and black color symbolism? Why, the flag of Prussia, later the flag of the German Empire, and legally the flag of Germany at the time of Hitler’s assumption of the chancellorship.
The Nazis replaced this flag only in 1935, when they added this one, which uses the same colors.
Now what of the circle in the center with the swastika? Why, this is obviously a code for an Oreo cookie Templar communion wafer since it is both black and white. The swastika is composed of 8 black rectangles forming four bent arms of a cross; the occult negative space between each arm forms 4 more rectangles in white, thus producing the “twelve primary constellations” of the Scott Wolter zodiac.
Wolter also tells us that the color gold is associated with Egypt and is therefore added to indicate Mary Magdalene. What do we find on Adolf Hitler’s personal standard? Gold accents! Worse: The reverse of Hitler’s standard contains the Templars’ Maltese cross, which Wolter found on the Oreo cookie, proof positive that Hitler was in on the conspiracy.
But we can do better. According to Ken Anderson’s Hitler and the Occult, the Austrian Aryan supremacist Adolf Josef Lanz, who went by the name Lanz von Liebenfelz, founded a neo-pagan, anti-Semitic society called the New Templars in 1894, adopted the swastika as its emblem, and claimed that “Hitler is one of our pupils.” (Note: Historians believe Liebenfelz, who also claimed Lenin as his pupil, was a liar—but why should that stop us?) Further, several alternative historians like Trevor Ravenscroft report that Hitler proclaimed “an Order, the Brotherhood of the Templars around the Holy Grail of the pure blood.” Obviously this can be nothing other than Jesus blood, for Hitler’s theologians assured him Jesus was an Aryan, something many modern images of Jesus continue to depict, and Hitler lusted after the magical lance that pierced the side of Jesus.
So now we have Hitler as a Templar worshiping the Holy Aryan Bloodline of Super-Jesus!
This, of course, runs us up against more than one contradiction. First and most obviously, if the U.S. and Canada are run by the conspiracy, but so too is Hitler a member, why then did the two sides fight against each other in World War II? Was there a higher order conspiracy? A civil war in the sacred feminine movement? Once you open that door, it’s turtles all the way down.
Futher, Hitler forbade Liebenfelz from publishing after the Anschluss and purged the New Templars and most other occult orders. Conspiracy theorists think he did this to preserve all the Templar magic for himself. Yet at the same time, Wolter believes that the Holy Bloodline conspiracy was inspired by Jews, who were the first to reach America and whose secrets the Templars learned from “technology” and “scrolls” beneath the Temple Mount. (His source, Ralph Ellis, believes the Jews faked the Resurrection.) And yet Hitler killed the Jews.
Worse, Hitler believed that Freemasons were among the most dangerous groups in the world, dominated by Jews, conspiring with Bolsheviks, and undermining National Socialism, as he wrote in Mein Kampf: “in Freemasonry, which has succumbed to [the Jew] completely, he has an excellent instrument with which to fight for his aims and put them across. The governing circles and the higher strata of the political and economic bourgeoisie are brought into his nets by the strings of Freemasonry, and never need to suspect what is happening.” He sent Freemasons to concentration camps in an attempt to exterminate them. But wait: Hitler made the Mary Magdalene cult gesture and loaded himself up with Templar symbols and yet opposed the Templars’ “direct” descendants, the Freemasons?
I hope you can see that applying Wolter’s own logic ties history into insoluble knots, even while both Hitler and Wolter agree that Freemasons rule the world in secret, in pursuit of an occult ideology.
And what did we read in Scott Wolter’s Akhenaten to the Founding Fathers? Wolter tells us that academics cannot be trusted because they are blinded by ideological extremism but that a Nazi collaborator searching for swastikas and Aryans in the Americas was simply a great scientist who did solid research, whose “politics are irrelevant and unimportant” and, indeed, “afforded” him an unparalleled “opportunity” to find truth. Wolter also expresses joy at the idea of pre-Columbian white Aryans being found throughout the Americas, just as Hitler sent archaeologists everywhere from Tibet to Iceland to find Arya artifacts.
Heinrich Himmler summed up Hitler’s archaeology policy:
The one and only thing that matters to us, and the thing these people [archaeologists] are paid for by the State, is to have ideas of history that strengthen our people in their necessary national pride. In all this troublesome business we are only interested in one thing—to project into the dim and distant past the picture of our nation as we envision for the future.
In Akhenaten to the Founding Fathers, Wolter similarly explained that his historical investigations into “sacred feminine” dualism are intended to lay the groundwork for a future transformation of American society along the lines of his own ideological and religious beliefs: “…if we humans as a species are going to make it on this planet, some things have got to change. […] I believe that once we know what really happened in the past, only then can we move forward intelligently and with optimism into the future.”
Obviously, Scott Wolter is no Nazi. What I hoped I showed here is that using Scott Wolter’s own historical methodology, anyone can be connected to anything with equally convincing “evidence”—which is to say, not at all convincing. I hope, too, that this shows one of the problems with Wolter’s fact-free speculation: it is close kin to the Victorian hate-filled stew of pseudoscience that gave rise to Nazism and kindred beliefs. You can dress it up in “sacred feminine” New Age rhetoric, but at its core it is a reactionary ideology tied to recreating the past to justify one’s own culture and ideology.
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