posted on Sep, 23 2005 @ 11:51 PM
Alex_De_Large, I have no interest in joining the dog pile attacking you for presenting your views on the events of 9/11. The problem you're having is
in making huge leaps of supposition. The image of two towers on the Major Arcana cards XIII, Death, and XVIII, The Moon, are way too basic as symbols
to build a case for a grand masonic conspiracy.
Here's the wikipedia biography of Arthur Edward Waite:
"Arthur Edward Waite (October 2, 1857 - May 19, 1942) was an occultist and co-creator of the Rider-Waite Tarot deck.
Born in America, and raised in England, A.E. Waite joined the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn in 1891 and also entered the Societas Rosicruciana in
Anglia in 1902. When he became Grand Master of the Order in 1903, changing its name to the Holy Order the Golden Dawn (or, possibly, the Independent
and Rectified Rite of the Golden Dawn), many members rejected his focus on mysticism over magic, and a rival group, Stella Matutina (Morning Star),
split off at the urging of poet William Butler Yeats. The Golden Dawn was torn by further internal feuding until Waite's departure in 1914; a year
later he formed the Fellowship of the Rosy Cross. By that time there existed some half-dozen offshoots from the original Golden Dawn, and as a whole
it never recovered.
Waite was a prolific author of occult texts on subjects including divination, Rosicrucianism, freemasonry, black and ceremonial magic, Kabbalism and
alchemy; he also translated and reissued several important mystical and alchemical works. His works on the Holy Grail, influenced by his friendship
with Arthur Machen, were particularly notable. A number of his volumes remain in print, the Book of Ceremonial Magic, The Holy Kabbalah, and New
Encyclopedia of Freemasonry having seen reprints in recent years.
Waite is best known as the co-creator of the popular and widely used Rider-Waite Tarot deck and author of its companion volume, the Pictorial Key to
the Tarot. This was notable for being one of the first decks to illustrate all 78 cards fully, not just the 22 major arcana. Golden Dawn member Pamela
Colman Smith illustrated the cards, and they were first published in 1910."
It's demonstrable that the cards of the Major Arcana represent the paths connecting the ten sefirot of the Cabalistic Tree of Life, representing
(basically) the paths one can take to pass from innocence to enlightenment. XIII, Death, connects Netzach (victory) to Tiphareth (beauty). XVIII,
The Moon, connects Netzach to Malkuth (kingdom) the first or base sefirot. The towers on the cards are separated in such a way that the moon, on card
XVIII, has risen equidistant between the two towers. On XIII the rising sun fits into the same position. From this one could safely argue that the
towers represent the left and right hand columns of the Tree of Life with the celestial objects depicted representing the middle pillar or a sefirot
on the middle pillar. The second sefirot Yesod (foundation), located one step up on the middle column from Malkuth, is associated with the moon.
I'm not saying there's no validity in the argument you're trying to present but it's quite obvious that you need to engage in a deeper study of
esoteric symbolism and the history of the occult tradition before you're going to be able to present anything on this track that holds water. If you
do engage in this study I think you will find the hermetecism, esotericism, etc. is too broad a field to pigeon-hole the actions of individuals who
may be versed in such things to the entire field. It would be like blaming all Christians for the evils enacted during the Spanish Inquisition.
Speculative Masonry and Rosicrucianism are elements of a broader stream running through recorded history to preliterate times. This information is
not the sole propriety of any group.
Also it's hard to take someone serious when they state that nothing relevant can be learned from a work of fiction (preposterous) after that person
has recommended people to watch the movie "The Skulls" in support of one of his arguments. No offense.
[edit on 23-9-2005 by Cicada]