Titus Salt School
Part 5. Knights Templar
In Morals and Dogma Albert Pike teaches Scottish Rite Freemasons about the actions of Jacques De Molay shortly before he was burned at the stake in 1314  Molay was the last Grand Master of the Knights Templar and the founder of Freemasonry:
“The end of the drama is well known, and how Jacques de Molai and his fellows perished in the flames. But before his execution, the Chief of the doomed Order organized and instituted what afterward came to be called the Occult, Hermetic, or Scottish Masonry. In the gloom of his prison, the Grand Master created four Metropolitan Lodges, at Naples for the East, at Edinburg for the West, at Stockholm for the North, and at Paris for the South." [The initials of his name, J.B.M. found in the same order in the first three Degrees, are but one of the many internal and cogent proofs that such was the origin of modern Free-Masonry.” 
Note: occult is often thought to mean Satanic, but the dictionary definition is “involving or relating to mystical, supernatural, or magical powers, practices, or phenomena and also meaning to conceal”. JBM stands for Jacobus Burgundus Molay. 
Born in Blood by John J. Robinson traces the origin of Freemasonry in England to members of the Knights Templar who went underground before their order was officially disbanded by order of the Pope in 1312. Andrew Sinclair has written a trilogy of books tracing the origin of Freemasonry in Scotland to Scottish Knights Templar families and Templar Knights who fled from France before Friday 13 October 1307, when scores of Templars were arrested by King Philip of France’s men in raids throughout the country. 
The highest degree in the York Rite of Freemasonry is the Order of Knights Templar; the 17th degree of the Scottish Rite is the Knight of East and West and the 18th degree of the Scottish Rite is the Knight of the Rose Crois as shown below.
DeMolay International is a Masonic organisation for men between the ages of 12 and 21, it is the only group Mickey Mouse ever belonged to.
History has always been written and controlled by those in power to justify what they do in the present. Freemasonic leaders would very much prefer that their Knights Templar origins remain secret because it is knowledge reserved for the higher degrees and is traditionally kept away from the Blue Lodge members, who are the vast majority of Masons. Wikipedia does have an entry on Freemasonry and the Knights Templar but, at the time of writing, it excludes reference to Morals and Dogma and to the excellent research by Robinson and Sinclair . Maybe the same person who controls the information on Freemasonry and the Knights Templar is tasked with controlling Wikipedia’s entry for Andrew Sinclair, which at the time of writing lists all his books except those concerning the origin of Freemasonry . The BBC’s Finlo Rohrer is also guilty of failing to reveal the truth in his BBC News Magazine article about the Knights Templar . In the past few years the Freemasons have found it increasingly difficult to keep their origins secret and in April 2012 The Sun newspaper did run an article entitled Home to the Knights Templar... and birthplace of the Freemasons 
The Knights Templar were the Pope’s own fighting force during the crusades, which were organised to take control of the holy city of Jerusalem from the Muslims on behalf of the Roman Catholic Church. The first crusade successfully captured Jerusalem in 1099; Jerusalem was lost again in 1187 CE and the Knights Templar reluctantly withdrew from the Holy Land altogether in 1300 CE. Today the Knights Templar (under their new name “Freemasons”) are back in control of the Holy Land and have celebrated by building a large monument to themselves:
According to the Phoenixmasonry website "the skull and crossed bones were adopted as an emblem of the ancient Templars between the third and fourth crusade. The legend is one based on love, and is handed down as thus:
According to legend, a Templar fell in love with a beautiful noblewoman of Maraclea. She died before they could be married, but he could not endure to be separated from her, and dug up the body, and with full ceremonies married what was left of the corpse. After the body was reburied and he returned home, a voice came to him in a dream and told him to return in nine years. When he returned, he found only the skull and two large leg bones preserved enough to be moved. The voice spoke to him again and told him to guard and keep them always, and he would be successful in all his undertakings. Thereafter he prospered greatly and defeated all his enemies. The skull and bones was passed on to the Templars at his death, and as mentioned was credited with their rise to affluence and power." 
The truth is that when it was not practical to return the whole of a crusading knight's body back to Europe, some times his skull and thigh bones were cut out from his corpse and taken back for burial in his home land.
During their stay in the Holy Land, the Templars had come into close association with a Moslem sect called the Sufi, who previously had adopted many of the beliefs and ritualistic forms of the Gnostic Christians. From the Sufi the Templars borrowed many of their own secret beliefs and ceremonies. A number of these have made their way into modern Freemason beliefs. One of these, for example, is the Junior Warden’s call of the Craft from labor to refresh-ment and from refreshment to labor, referring in a symbolic sense to death and rebirth. 
The Knights Templar relied on playing off one Muslim leader against another because they did not have the numbers to defeat a united Muslim army, they became allies with the Assassins who, being Shia Muslims, were happy to help with fighting Sunni Muslims. The founder and first Grand Master of the Assassins indoctrinated fanatical young men to murder his enemies usually at the cost of their own lives and he found the Templars to be susceptible converts to some of the secret practices of his organisation; the Assassins taught that Muslim Law and scriptures contained an inner meaning that was known only to the Imams. Though God himself was unknowable a man could work through 7 grades or degrees up to the top level of Universal Reason and a new aspect of teaching would be revealed at each level. Because such views were heretical every recruit was required to conceal his beliefs and to conform outwardly to the state religion.
Developers at Ubisoft, Montreal are knowledgeable historians; their Assassin's Creed game revolves around the rivalry between two ancient secret societies: the Assassins and the Knights Templar, and the relation of both to an ancient species pre-dating humanity, whose society, along with much of Earth's biosphere, was destroyed by a massive solar storm . The ancient species, of course, represents the lost shamanic culture(s) of the pre-agricultural world.
Central to the Assassin’s Isma’ili creed was the quest of an obsessed wonderer in search of the Grail. The initiate sought truth through trial and suffering until he was at last accepted into the faith by an imam, who revealed to him the true meaning of Muslim law and scriptures. The teaching given at each level negated everything that had been given before. The inner most secret of the Assassins was that Heaven and Hell were the same, all actions were indifferent, and there was no good or evil except the virtue of obeying the imam.
The original European story of the quest for the Grail, was written in France during the crusades and the author Chrétien de Troyes identifies the Knights of the Grail as “Templesien”; they wear white surcoats with red crosses exactly as the Templar Knights did. The story was copied and changed many times and is the basis for the mythical adventures of King Arthur’s quest for the Holy Grail, which is usually represented as a cup. The quest for the Holy Grail is a symbol of the quest for the ultimate treasure of transcendence (spiritual enlightenment or gnosis). Below the cup shape of a mature amanita muscaria mushroom is pictured next to Aurthur Rackman’s illustration of the grail depicting enlightenment.
In the picture below, from the film Monte Python and The Holy Grail, characters display symbols of astrotheology (the sun); shamanism (the Tree of Life) and the Knights Templar (red cross on white background). The musical version of Holy Grail, called Spamalot, was performed at The United Grand Lodge of Freemasonry in London in 2007. 
Bankers and Baphomet
The Templar Knight’s romantic image of warrior monks who devoted themselves to a spiritual life is betrayed by their actions. As in any military organisation it was essential that each member follow orders without question. The Templar leadership quested after power and money at the expense of their own members; recruits swore an oath of poverty and often donated large amounts of their original cash or property to the Templar Order . The Templars became international bankers; officially the idea of lending money in return for interest was forbidden by the church, but the Order sidestepped this with clever loopholes, such as a stipulation that the Templars retained the rights to the production of mortgaged property. Or as one Templar researcher put it, "Since they weren't allowed to charge interest, they charged rent instead."
King Philip IV of France had reasons to destroy the Templars, as the organization had declared its desire to form its own state and their preferred location for this was in the Languedoc in southern France. The Templars were already a state within a state, they were institutionally wealthy, paid no taxes (according to papal decree), and had a large standing army which by papal decree could move freely through all European borders. However, this army no longer had a presence in the Holy Land, leaving it available to fight elsewhere. These factors, plus the fact that Philip had inherited an impoverished kingdom from his father and was already deeply in debt to the Templars, were probably what led to his actions. King Philip IV was only able to bring down the Templars by enlisting the help of Pope Clement V, who in 1307 instructed all Christian monarchs in Europe to arrest all Templars and seize their assets. In 1312, under extreme pressure from King Philip IV, Pope Clement V issued an edict officially dissolving the Knights Templar.
During the Templar trials of 1307, where Knights were tortured and interrogated, the name of Baphomet was mentioned several times. While some Templars denied the existence of Baphomet, others described it as being either a severed head, a cat, or a head with three faces. In Morals and Dogma, Albert Pike explains that Baphomet is not an object of worship, but a symbol, the true meaning of which is only revealed to high-level initiates:
“It is absurd to suppose that men of intellect adored a monstrous idol called Baphomet, or recognized Mahomet as an inspired prophet. Their symbolism, invented ages before, to conceal what it was dangerous to avow, was of course misunderstood by those who were not adepts, and to their enemies seemed to be pantheistic... The symbols of the wise always become the idols of the ignorant multitude. What the Chiefs of the Order really believed and taught, is indicated to the Adepts by the hints contained in the high Degrees of Free-Masonry, and by the symbols which only the Adepts understand.” 
Although Vigilant Citizen articles cannot always be relied upon to provide the whole truth, there is a reasonable summary of Baphomet symbology at the site. 
London’s financial district is the City of London also known as The City. It is the world’s dominant banking centre and home of Temple Church, the old Knights Templar London headquarters. The City is governed by the City of London Corporation, which uses the Knights Templar red cross on a white background for its coat of arms. Surprisingly occasional criticism of The City does surface in the press; in 2011 Nicholas Shaxon wrote in The New Statesman “There is an institution with a murky history and remarkable powers that acts like a political and financial island within our island nation state. Welcome to the Square Mile and the City of London Corporation.”  And George Monbiot wrote in the Guardian “It's the dark heart of Britain, the place where democracy goes to die, immensely powerful, equally unaccountable. But I doubt that one in 10 British people has any idea of what the Corporation of the City of London is and how it works.”  Of course neither journalist mentioned the Knights Templar being the powerful banking organisation from which The City takes its coat of arms because those who own the media are a vital part of the Freemasonic establishment.
Da Vinci Code
One way to hide the truth is to finance a campaign of misinformation. An alternative view of Knights Templar history is presented by Dan Brown in his novel, The Da Vinci Code where he asserts that the existence of the bloodline of Jesus (from his marriage to Mary Magdalene) was contained in secret documents discovered by the Crusaders after they conquered Jerusalem in 1099. The Priory of Sion and the Knights Templar were allegedly founded to keep the secret and protect the descendants of Jesus and Mary. 
This story has been propelled into the public consciousness by a huge marketing effort, including numerous TV interviews with the author, which has made Dan Brown one of history’s bestselling writers. A Hollywood film based upon Brown’s book reached an even larger audience world-wide. In contrast serious historical research about how the Templar Knights went to ground and re-emerged as the Freemasons is very rarely, if ever, discussed in the media.
Dan Brown’s work is based on an earlier book, The Holy Blood and the Holy Grail, which proposes exactly the same Priory of Sion and Knights Templar conspiracy . The Holy Blood and the Holy Grail was written by Michael Baigent, Richard Leigh and Henry Lincoln. Michael Baigent was a Freemason and a Grand Officer of the United Grand Lodge of England, he was editor of Freemasonry Today and a trustee of the Canonbury Masonic Research Centre . The Priory of Sion was actually created in 1956 by Pierre Plantard, who later admitted the organisation existed only as a hoax. 
It is not only 700 year old history, which the media try to keep secret from the people. In Angels and Demons Dan Brown described the Illuminati, Part 6 of this series will provide a very brief summary of the known history of the Illuminati and its intentions.
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- Sacred Texts, Morals and Dogma, 21 May 2014 http://www.sacred-texts.com/mas/md/md31.htm
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- BBC News, What Are The Knights Templar Up To Now? 19 October 2007 http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/magazine/7050713.stm
- The Sun, Home to the Knights Templar... and birthplace of the Freemasons, 29 April 2012 http://www.thesun.co.uk/sol/homepage/news/scottishnews/4279444/Home-to-the-Knights-Templar-and-birthplace-of-the-Freemasons.html
- Grand Lodge of British Columbia and Yukon, Masonic Curiosities, 22 May 2014 https://www.freemasonry.bcy.ca/curiosities/index.html
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- Vigilant Citizen, Who is Baphomet? 13 December 2011 http://vigilantcitizen.com/hidden-knowledge/whoisbaphomet/#fn-12539-10
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- The Guardian, The Medieval, unaccountable Corporation of London is ripe for protest, 31 October 2011 http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2011/oct/31/corporation-london-city-medieval
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- Wikipedia, The Holy Blood and the Holy Grail, 22 May 2014 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Holy_Blood_and_the_Holy_Grail
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- Wikipedia, Priory of Sion, 22 May 2014 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Priory_of_Sion#Myth