Why was President Abraham Lincoln left unguarded when the War Department knew there were serious plots against him? Why was John Wilkes Booth killed when he was discovered locked inside a tobacco barn and surrounded by 25 soldiers? Why were two innocents swiftly hanged by a military tribunal and not allowed to testify in their own defense?
In 1988 Steven Hager wrote a cover story for High Times magazine detailing CIA involvement in the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. It was an explosive best-selling issue and the article went viral in the early days of the Internet. Judge Jim Garrison, the only prosecutor to investigate the case, cited it as “the best article written on the assassination.”
In February 2014, Hager watched The Conspirator, a film about Mary Surratt’s trial. Realizing the 150th anniversary was upon us, he began researching the murder full-time for 11 months before writing Killing Lincoln: The Real Story.
The book documents dozens of incriminating threads of evidence that have been swept out-of-view, especially the original confession of George Atzerodt, as well as the John Wilkes Booth diary fragments. He pays special attention to the suspicious behavior of some of the major power brokers in Washington DC, and his investigation extends into New York City, a major piece of the puzzle that has been historically ignored as it leads into the heart of Wall Street war profiteering.
Most Americans are not aware Congress held an investigation after it was revealed the original military tribunal that hanged four people had been packed with paid perjuries. There was only one Democrat on the Judiciary Committee placed in charge of the investigation, but rather than rubber stamp a bogus committee whitewash, Representative Andrew Rogers subjected the witnesses to serious cross examination and they wilted. A physician named Dr. Merritt admitted receiving the biggest bribe ($6,000) for his testimony.
Only a handful of scholars have shown any interest in this Congressional investigation, which sheds so much light on the plot, and the Lincoln assassination is clouded by faithful allegiance to the official story.
“The cool turpitude of the whole crew sickened me with shame,” wrote Rogers in his dissenting statement, “and made me sorrow over the fact that such people could claim the name American.”
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Aristophanes was the Neil Simon of ancient Greece, famous for writing comedies lampooning the historical figures of his day. Students of theater and classics read at least one of his plays during freshman year.
I was watching a Chris Bennett video yesterday when Dr. Carl Ruck introduced the idea of Socrates being a stoner, as evidenced by The Clouds, Aristophanes’ parody of the famous philospher. Plato felt this play contributed to the climate of mistrust that resulted in Socrates being put on trial for corrupting youth and introducing new deities, a trial that condemned him to death.
Since I’d never heard mention of a cannabis connection to Socrates, I had to revisit the play to check it out for myself. Initially, Socrates flies in from above seated in a basket that apparently has the magic ability to float as if suspended from a balloon.
“I’d never come up with a single celestial idea if I didn’t suspend my mind up high,” explains Socrates. Whenever he needs creative inspiration, he calls on his clouds to gather around him.
“They’re the only deities we have—the rest is just so much hocus pocus,” he explains. “They’re heavenly clouds, goddesses for lazy men—from them we get our thought, our powers of speech, our comprehension, our gift for fantasy and endless talk, our power to strike responsive chords in speech and then rebut opponent’s arguments.”
After being introduced to these clouds, Strepsiades says: “….having heard their voice, my soul is aflutter and already desires to argue trivialities and quibble obsessively about smoke (kapnos).”
So are the clouds of Aristophanes really a sly reference to clouds of marijuana smoke? It seems not only possible, but likely. Aristophanes was a conservative, or maybe he just made fun of new ideas because his audience was conservative, but he seems to have used the phrase “man of smoke” in several plays as a put-down. Usually, it’s translated as “one who talks big but delivers little,” but after hearing Dr. Ruck’s interpretation, I have to wonder if “man of smoke” wasn’t Aristophanes’ version of “stupid stoner.”
Check out the video here: https://vimeo.com/121504448
When writing first appeared in Egypt, it was associated with a goddess named Seshat, who was represented by a seven-pointed leaf under what appears to be an overturned caldron, but is apparently a set of inverted horns. It’s bizarre that websites all over the Internet claim no one knows what a seven-pointed leaf represents, just like no one has any clue what an inspirational burning bush might represent.
In fact, in ancient times, a seven-pointed star was known as a Star of the Magi and the Magi were Zoroastrian priests who used haoma as a medicine and a sacrament. The history books tell you haoma is a reference to calamus or ephedra, even though the word “magi” is derived from the Chinese word for marijuana, same as magic and shaman.
The reason Seshat may be so closely associated with cannabis, however, may have something to do with hemp. Hemp rope was apparently used as the primary measuring tool in ancient Egypt, and writing may have first manifested as a form of proof of property ownership.
Isis was the Egyptian goddess of magic, and became the most popular goddess throughout Europe for centuries, famous for bringing one of her children back to life from the dead. But when Isis needed a potion for this, she called on Seshat, goddess of the seven points, which leads me to believe cannabis was part of that magic potion.
And regarding those so-called “inverted horns” above the logo of Seshat, I have to wonder if those might not be two scythes used to harvest cannabis.
In the world’s oldest living religion, Indra is the red Lord of the Heavens who rides a white elephant—which is considerably more imposing than the pale horse from Revelations. Indra’s primary weapon is the lightning bolt and he was once a great warrior, but has become prone to drinking Soma and is often quite intoxicated as a result. The goddess Sarama makes a brief appearance in the Rig Veda when she helps Indra recover some cows stolen by Panis, a reference to a nearby Saka tribe located in ancient Afghanistan. Indra is the equivalent of Zeus in Greek mythology, which means the fleet-foot Sarama is Hermes, yet there’s no early image of Sarama anywhere, which seems strange for Vedic tradition. She later morphs into the “bitch of the gods” and becomes associated with dogs and hunting, but I believe she was originally a version of Sophia, the first thought of the One, who played such a big role in the Gnostic tradition. In my personal cosmology Sophia represents telepathic energy, something we know exists through a phenomenon called “contact high.”
Hermes is the fastest moving god as well as the interpreter and communicator between realms. He was symbolized as Venus with two wings sprouting from the sides of his helmet. I wonder how he morphed from a woman into a man, and instead of helping round up stolen cattle, suddenly Hermes is stealing Apollo’s cows in the Greek version. But then many Hindu gods seem a bit gender-confused, and Krishna looks female in many representations.
Hermes is particularly important because the myths of Homer were built upon the legend of Hermes, as Odysseus was a direct descendent. In his voyages, Odysseus learns the magic of many different psychoactive plants and substances, and even though the most obvious magic plants are probably the ones still most popular today (cannabis, poppies), one wonders why confusion still reigns over their identities. (They didn’t have coca leaf in ancient Judea, but used ephedra as the speed fix.)
I have to wonder if poor Hermes wasn’t part of the devil project manufactured by Rome. The devil became a dialectical magic show. Hermes was the god sent down to the underworld to report on that scene, and it’s interesting the devil ended up holding a trident, which was Shiva’s sigil, and later Neptune’s.
This is how sorcerers work: by taking sigils of their enemies and painting them as evil and demonic.
Homer describes many magic plants in the Odyssey, as well as the ingredients for the sacrament of the Eleusinian Mysteries known as Kykeon: wine, barley and goat-cheese. Later descriptions add penny-royal and honey to the caldron.
Now the secret ingredients of the Kykeon was the most closely-guarded secret in Greece, and some say Socrates was forced to commit suicide because he refused induction into the secret society while using the sacraments himself. All the inductees had to swear an oath to keep the secrets.
Since Homer was recited at every major public event, if you believe the story told today, the secret of the Kykeon was never any secret at all!
Unless, of course, Homer’s description was a diversion, which of course it was. Pennyroyal is an herb that induces abortion, and the Kykeon was shared by all.
According to Gordon Wasson, the Kykeon was made from mushrooms. So we know that must be a rabbit hole, because just about everything Wasson said about soma turned out to be a blatant lie. I find it hilarious many people are mixing wine, barley, and cheese and drinking that concoction believing they are partaking some magic brew. I fear this is a delusion on their part, not to mention the combination sounds disgusting.
I’m fairly convinced the Kykeon was non-alcoholic simply because the inductees into the society were considered among the best behaved people in Athens, known for the elegance in speech, awareness of current affairs, artistic talents and sober public behavior. But I also realize all the best musicians and performers would have been VIPs of the society, and many of them are positively Dionysian in their worship of fire water.
There’s a long passage in Exodus explaining how Moses made it through forty days in the desert while on the edge of starvation. Through the power of the Lord, a new food was delivered magically to Moses called manna.
The descriptions of this food are poetic and symbolic and somewhat contradictory. Apparently, manna was all things to all people, and tasted like honey to kids, and meat to adults, and bread to the elderly. Terrence McKenna was the first to theorize manna was a mushroom, something not found in abundance in the desert, and also something that probably would not have sustained a large tribe for 40 days.
However, there was a plant that might have been flourishing in river beds and every oasis along the route Moses was traveling, and that would have been cannabis, which had been carried by Sakas who introduced the horse to Egypt, India and China.
In the 1990s archaeologists discovered a kilo of cannabis flowers inside a 2,500 year-old burial tomb in the Tarim Basin in northwest China. Clothing in the tomb was woolen and flax, and the rope and baskets were fashioned out of leather, not hemp. This means the plant was being harvested for medicinal purposes only.
Wu is the Chinese term for medicine man, and symbolized by a cross, usually worn on the forehead. The earliest Chinese shamans were mostly women who employed hu ma as their primary medicine. Hu ma is a reference to cannabis indica, introduced to the Chinese by the Sakas who arrived via the Silk Road. Cannabis oil was known as yu ma.
The word “cannabis” originated with the Sakas around the Black Sea and may have been their word for “hemp,” but it was in China that hemp paper was first produced. The technology took a long time to finally reach Europe. The term for cannabis in Chinese is “ma,” and it was most likely in China where the momentous discovery was first made one could activate the power of cannabis by mixing flowers with hot milk, running the mixture through a sieve, and then drinking the liquid.
In China this concoction became known as shuma; while in India it was called soma; and in Persia, hoama. The words “magi, magician, shaman” all have their root in the Chinese “ma.” So why wouldn’t “manna” be a reference to this same ma?
Since a wide variety of cultures have employed hemp seed to survive famine over millennia, it’s hard to understand why this scenario doesn’t even appear on Wikipedia as an explanation for manna. In my version, the seeded plants are just starting to sprout small, white immature seeds that are best picked early when the morning dew is still upon them so they are full of moisture. They can be eaten raw or pounded into wafers like bread and baked. Moses tells everyone to pick only what they want to eat today. Apparently baked manna did not keep well and attracted vermin. But he also told them to put away a small sample of the seeds to show their ancestors, to let them know what kept the tribe alive in an hour of need.
31 The people called the special food “manna.” It was like small white coriander seeds and tasted like thin cakes made with honey. 32 Moses told the people what the Lord said: “Save a basket of this food for your descendants. Then they can see the food that I gave to you in the desert when I took you out of Egypt.”
Epiphanius of Salamis founded a Christian monastery in Palestine in the year 333. He was highly educated and could read five languages and eventually wrote an influential book used to condemn thousands of Christians titled, Panarion (medicine chest). It was a savage attack on 80 different Christian congregations scattered around the world who didn’t conform with Epiphanius’ rigid ideas about Christianity, attacks based mostly on hearsay and tainted by propaganda. Epiphanius was opposed to mixing any other traditions with Christianity and identified four major sources of corruption: Scythianism, Hellenism, Judaism, and barbarism.
Christians and Jews had been expelled from Judea and settled all around the Mediterranean forming unique congregations and experimenting with ritual and ceremony. Most were incorporating elements from other traditions because Christianity was a relatively new religion. Scythianism was a reference to the widespread use of cannabis, either smoked or mixed in milk. Hellenism was an attack on efforts to merge Jesus with Apollo or employ the psychoactive sacraments of the Eleusinian Mysteries. Judaism was an attack on celebrating Passover or any other Jewish traditions. Barbarism probably involved any ideas about sex prior to marriage as Epiphanius was obviously a great prude.
His most lurid attacks, however, were on the Mud People, the Borborites, who celebrated semen as a sacramental substance, and reportedly engaged in group sex, and were known to smear their bodies with semen and menstrual blood. He claimed the Borborite leaders were homosexuals who only made love to each other. His most dramatic allegation, however, was that they performed abortions and ate the babies. Of course, eating babies is always the trump card when attacking foreign cultures, and will be played again through the centuries, always by Christians against Jews, but this is where it all began.
According to Epiphanius, the Mud People employed beautiful female members as sexual bait to lure unsuspecting newcomers, and claimed to have been approached by one of these super hotties himself, which must have been a great temptation, although it’s not clear if he succumbed to this siren’s advances. Temptation was soon removed as the allegations resulted in 80 Borborites being run-out-of-town.
Three of the biggest adversaries Epiphanius tackled were Valentinius, who worshiped Sophia, the first thought of the one as the mother of the father and son, and was a rational follower of Plato and science, and Origen and Arius, who believed the son was subservient to the father and not of the same substance, but otherwise held beliefs close to Epiphanius.
But in the new conservative Christianity that was formulating, there’d be no room for public intoxication, dancing or music, or free love. And especially no room for women priests.
Here’s a brief except from the book:
“In their church seven virgins often come in carrying lamps, if you please, dressed in white, to prophesy to the people. They deceive the congregation with a show of some sort of inspiration and, as though urging them to the mourning of penitence, get them all weeping, shedding tears and pretending to mourn for humankind. They have women bishops, presbyters and the rest. They say none of this makes any difference because “in Jesus Christ there is neither male nor female.” This is what I have learned about them. However, they call them Artotyrites because they set forth bread and cheese in their mysteries and celebrate their mysteries with them. But every human illusion comes from deserting the right faith and opting for something impossible, and for various frenzies and secret rites. For it they do not cling to the anchor of the truth but entrust themselves to their own reason, their minds are always maddened, and brought to frenzy for any reason at all. Even though it is because of Eve that they ordain women to the episcopate and presbyterate, they should listen to the Lord when he says, “Thy resort shall be to thine husband, and he shall rule over thee.” And they have overlooked the apostle’s command, “I suffer not a woman to speak, or to have authority over a man,” and again, “The man is not of the woman, but the woman of the man,” and “Adam was not deceived, but Eve, deceived first, fell into condemnation.”
Gordon Wasson was a Vice President for JP Morgan when he launched the “mushrooms are the foundation for everything movement,” something inspired no doubt by the 1736 report of Swedish colonel Philip Johan von Strahlenberg concerning odd behavior among the Korak people of Kamchatka Siberia who used amanita muscaria for ceremonies. The colonel was being held prisoner at the time and reported:
“The poorer Sort, who cannot afford to lay in a Store of these Mushrooms, post themselves, on these Ocassions, round the Huts of the Rich, and watch the Opportunity of the Guests coming down to make Water; And then hold a Wooden Bowl to receive the Urine, which they drink off greedily, as having still some Virtue of the Mushroom in it, and by this way they also get Drunk.”
Wasson developed a theory that Siberian use of mushrooms had filtered down to India and Persia, and drinking priest’s urine was encoded into the oldest living religious document, the Rig Veda, the Bible of Hinduism, and something echoed in the Avesta, the Persian Bible.
Wasson had a very poor understanding of Sanskrit, so he hired a translator to work with him, and it’s her translation of the Rig Veda everyone reads in English today. And herein is the biggest pitfall: unless you can find the original document and learn to read the language, you never know for sure what you’re getting, and how much has been slanted or distorted. One thing is massively clear: there’s been an intense amount of distortion around the origins of religion, especially concerning what’s intentionally been left out of the picture.
A decade after Wasson mesmerized the academic world with the outrageously invented story Soma was a mushroom, one of the handful of scholars allowed access to the Dea Sea Scrolls broke the web of secrecy around that project by claiming Jesus never existed and was a code for amanita muscaria as well.
According to John Allegro, “Jesus” meant “Semen” and “Christ” meant “Giant Erect Mushroom Penis.” This was all based on the Sumerian language, long dead by the time of Jesus. And it just goes to show how far you can stretch this story in any direction you want. Allegro sold this story to the tabloids and lost his academic career in the process.
Judea was at the pivotal crossroads connecting the Roman Empire with Persia, India, and Russia. The biggest influences in the time were coming from the West, and Greek was the universal language of the educated (not to mention the only one used to write the New Testament), so isn’t far more likely Jesus is an echo from something Greek-sounding, like “Zeus,” perhaps? And doesn’t that have a much better ring for an icon on the altar than: “semen?” Not to mention the current story is the real name was Joshua, but got changed to Jesus for unknown reasons, a weak tale.
Meanwhile, “Krsta” is Sanskrit for “attraction.” And Sanskit had a huge influence over Greek language.
The Greek “Christos” means “the anointed one,” but it can also mean “Krishna.”
According to Indian legend, Krishna was manifested magically to bring harmony back to an unbalanced earth. Krishna is often portrayed as a blue-faced child with flute who brings music, dancing and fun, and symbolizes love and peace, and can also be portrayed as an older man.
The colloquial Bengali expression for “Krishna” is “Kristo,” which is exactly the same as “Christ” in Spanish.
So why is Allegro reaching back into ancient Sumerian dialects to find the answers that should be so clear right in front of his face? And why have both the mainstream scholars and “conspiracy theorists” been directed down the same mushroom rabbit hole, when the importance of cannabis is the real story in the history of religion?
Here’s the proof: Ma means cannabis, as in Soma, Haoma, Shuma. And its also the source for shaman and magician. So if you want to talk about the origins of magic and religion, you have to talk about cannabis and not avoid the subject entirely with a bunch of linguistic hooh-hah.