Originally posted by no1smootha
reply to post by Soupornuts
The first photos look like photos from a Catholic baptism to me, if the photos are of you then you should be able to find your father's name and much more from records at the Catholic church. The photo of the book isn't very clear but might be the Bible especially if it was a part of the photos from the Baptism. I am not Catholic but I did convert to Orthodox Christian which very similar to Catholicism, when I was Baptized the priest cut some of my hair as a part of the Baptism.
The page with the postcard from your maternal grandfather where you suggest he may have been a part of "St. Aldemar Commandery No. 18", which if he was would also be a good place to check as Freemasons keep great records of membership and if he was a member they'd be happy to tell you about it. You make another leap assuming he was in Theosophical Society (again contacting them would be fruitful if he was). The pirate flag and Indy sticker could be simply momentos. Grandfather's "shrine" seems like a fancy gated trellis at the entrance of a garden to me. Your grandfather was in the AF as well, yet another place to search for information about your maternal lineage.You are reading into the "meaning" of the image on the front of the card, I don't see anything particularly symbolic about it. However the photo of your grandfather and his ring, are you sure it was Masonic? Many fraternities have a ring, but if you are sure he was a Freemason then the Lodge near his house would be a good place to look as well. It occurs to me that most of the possibly Masonic aspects of your story are not your father at all but rather your grandfather. Your discussion of the Templar history is unrelated to your family history except by speculation, there is nothing from the postcard that firmly ties your father to the Templars. Anyway, not to diminish from you or your search. I think it will be a benefit to learn more about your family, I just think that you are looking in the wrong places for information.edit on 28-9-2012 by no1smootha because: (no reason given)edit on 29-9-2012 by no1smootha because: (no reason given)
No, it wasn't a baptism, sorry.
It was taken with Kodak Tri-pan X film, which is specifically for low light conditions.
That's why there is an enhanced shot of the full moon through the oculus in the ceiling of the church.
What religion does baptisms under a lunar eclipse, and who uses low light film for an event normally done during the day ?
Beside the point though, I wasn't ever baptized.
You won't find what my grandfather's unit was doing in France at the end of the war because it's classified.
So, good luck with that.
As far as your assessment of the items from my grandfather, I stand by what I said, every bit of it. There are no " giant leaps " being taken, and just because you don't see or understand the symbols doesn't invalidate them.
For example, the bee is the symbol the Merovingians used, can you dispute that with factual evidence ?
No, you can't
There really is no argument to be had here.
I could point out that you are wrong about your statements, for example, you say there is no connection between the postcard and the Templars, but yet the Templars used the jolly roger flag.
And on and on.
I'll tell you what though, since I don't really have it in me to argue nonstop with people who don't know what their arguing about, I'll leave you wise folks at ATS to do your thing, whatever it is.