Russian president Vladimir Putin signed a new law that reduces penalties for domestic violence, and his enablers in the media defended his partial legalization of domestic abuse by turning to pseudoscience. Citing the work of Satoshi Kanazawa, a disgraced evolutionary psychologist who once claimed that African women were “objectively” unattractive, a Russian newspaper now claims that domestic violence is a net benefit for society because it promotes the birth of more males. Yes, the article is both immoral and sexist! I say this as preface for today’s topic, which also offers an astonishing claim about gender.
As I have noted over the past few weeks, a large number of fringe historians have boarded the Trump Train for reasons either ideological or mercenary. Today’s entry in the wall of shame is Ancient Aliens pundit and “luxury” tour guide William Henry, the self-described “investigative mythologist.” Henry recently updated his website, which now features at least six pictures of himself on the homepage, and posted an article in which he claims that Donald Trump has received the sacred blessing of the Divine Feminine.
I will wait while you laugh.
Yes, the man who once bragged that he could grab women “by the pussy” whenever he wanted now allegedly has the blessing Mary Magdalene and the secret goddesses of America because the occult conspiracy that runs the world has chosen him to save us all. Oh, and Henry also reports that Trump is “linked” to Solomon and will cause Jesus to return when he kicks the Muslims out of Jerusalem. “When this prophecy is fulfilled, the Christ/Messiah will be seen riding upon a cloud ship of light to the rebuilt Solomon’s Temple. This is His throne. It is an awesome thing and is one of my special research subjects.” Henry does not explicitly endorse this vision of Trump—in past writings he expressed some misgivings about the rush among some evangelicals to bestow divine honors on Trump—but he leaves no doubt that he expects his readers to do so. His statements are carefully written to avoid actually saying anything. They are ambiguous enough that you could read them as either endorsing or rejecting Trump, but while he cleverly sits on the fence, he has no compunction about tying the Trump presidency to his fantastical pseudo-Christian spirituality.
Henry bases his divine Trump fantasy on an invocation given by Timothy Cardinal Dolan at Trump’s inauguration. The prayer came from chapter 9 of the Book of the Wisdom of Solomon, which is considered canonical by Catholics and the Orthodox, but not by Protestants. The prayer is notable because it contains a personification of wisdom (Sophia) as a woman, which is what prompted Henry to fantasize that Dolan was calling upon the Divine Feminine, with actual and tangible results in the real world.
“This particular summoning of the Divine Feminine Wisdom from the Divine Throne was especially potent as it was performed at the most powerful sacred spot on earth, the U.S. Capitol temple,” Henry said. In what universe is the U.S. Capitol the most powerful sacred spot on Earth? Chosen by committee, by the happenstance of political disagreement, it barely qualifies as a purposeful selection. “What most do not realize, but as Dr. Mark Gray and I revealed in our book, ‘Freedom’s Gate: The Lost Secrets of the U.S. Capitol’, is that when it was built the U.S. Capitol was viewed as a recreation of Solomon’s Temple, it was known as the Temple of Celestial Liberty and it was called the Arc (sic) of the American Covenant!” One wonders whether this was before or after the Capitol was rebuilt in the 1860s, with new wings and a new dome. Apparently, sanctity is a property that can be acquired with cash expenditures and a protractor. What a shame that Sir Charles Barry and Paul Wallot didn’t know this when constructing Westminster Palace and the Reichstag in the same era. According to earlier writings from Henry, the sanctity came after the rebuild, when he believes the remodeled Capitol became a duplicate of the Egyptian temple at Luxor!
The phrase “Ark of the American Covenant” is not an official designation but was used by Henry James to describe the Capitol in 1905. The same phrase had also been used in the nineteenth century to describe the American ballot box, the Constitution, and the Monroe Doctrine. The Victorians were rather florid in their prose, and the line, while poetic, was essentially meaningless. The other phrase, about the “Celestial Temple,” is from the 1788 poem Birth of Columbia by Benjamin Russell. It should not be news that the Founders built the first federal buildings on the model of Greco-Roman temples. Neo-Classical was sort of their thing. William Thornton, who designed the original Capitol, explicitly modeled it on the Ionic temples of Greece because he considered them simple and beautiful. His plan was modified by committees and subsequent architects before anything was actually built. Imagine how many occultists would have to have been involved in order to pull off the conspiracy Henry imagines over a period of almost 100 years.
But here is where things get weird. Henry knows that his audience is largely female since he talks about traditionally feminine things related to improving one’s connection to the universe and improving one’s emotional and spiritual feelings. So how does a man who seems willing to view Trump as a harbinger of Revelation (“Yes, the blaring trump of revelation called the world to attention on January 20, 2017.”) balance that with the fact that much of his audience will be made up of women who oppose Trump? Henry reconciles the opposites by arguing that the Women’s March which followed Trump’s inauguration was actually a divine spectacle meant to imbue Trump with feminine power!
Donald Trump must have felt the Divine Feminine’s burning love.
William Henry has long flattered his mostly American audience by telling them that America is infused with divine essence and home to God’s chosen people. Late last year he fantasized about communing with Trump to lead to UFO-angel “disclosure.” But even he seemed to have some reservations about Evangelical Christian fantasies about Trump smashing the Dome of the Rock and rebuilding Solomon’s Temple so Jesus can return, riding on a golden, beam-shooting “Resurrection Machine” built out of the Ark of the Covenant, the Rod of Aaron, and a bunch of other biblical bric-a-brac. “What the world needs now is Christ’s forerunner and a real estate deal maker and developer who can take on the impossible task of harmonizing the combative Jewish, Christian and Islamic believers and rebuilding the Tower…for all mankind,” Henry wrote with a touch of sarcasm. He seemed offended at the Evangelical suggestion that Trump was the reincarnated John the Baptist, but nevertheless he was unwilling to entirely discount the idea that Trump would fulfill Jewish prophecy and rebuild the Temple.
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