SECRET SOCIETIES: Exposing The “Secret Owl Society” Soaring Through History – By Richard Cassaro

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“…In practically every ancient culture, solitary nocturnal creatures are symbolic of these ideas, of inner-knowing, psychic ability, and intuition; all of which are traits of the soul within, not the physical body. The owl is a perfect example of such a creature. The owl knows all of this. The owl is wise, and always deeply connected with magic, shamanism, and heightened senses throughout the ages”

Exposing The “Secret Owl Society” Soaring Through History – By Richard Cassaro

There is a fair amount of evidence that the owl is the chief symbol of an elite yet undiscovered secret society moving through history. In this article we’ll examine this evidence and uncover the lineage of this secret society. We’ll also learn how the magic, majestic, and nocturnal owl actually symbolizes an ancient self-empowerment doctrine once known and practiced worldwide.

Can you spot the owl at the U.S. Capital?

A “Secret Owl Society”—a hidden, fraternal Order that uses the owl as its trademark—could very well be exerting a hidden yet continuous and measurable influence on world affairs, undetected by scholars, journalists, and historians.

Top Left: Owl on Merchants Building on Broadway at 4th Street in NYC. Top Right: Detail on the Catford Broadway Theatre, London. Bottom Left: Owl depicted on the façade of the Woolworth Building in Manhattan, NYC. Bottom Right: Owl on a bridge of the Merritt Parkway in Connecticut.

A “Secret Owl Society”—a hidden, fraternal Order that uses the owl as its trademark—could very well be exerting a hidden yet continuous and measurable influence on world affairs, undetected by scholars, journalists, and historians.
Its members, possibly those same scholars, journalists, and historians, are well-versed in mystical traditions, ancient mystery teachings, and eastern philosophies.
This Secret Owl Society remains well-hidden. But if we look back in time and connect all the fraternal orders that have owl logos, we begin to see its lineage, operating for centuries.
Note the society’s chronology below:space

Chronicle of the Secret Owl Society

If indeed there is a Secret Owl Society moving through history, then its most recent manifestation is at the mysterious “Bohemian Grove,” a 2,700-acre campground located at 20601 Bohemian Avenue in Monte Rio, California.
It belongs to a private San Francisco-based men’s art club known as the Bohemian Club, a confederation of the world’s most powerful men who visit the grove in mid-July each year to perform a Pagan ritual at the foot of a giant owl, dressed in robes and chanting incantations.space

Sacred Owl

Left: Built in the 1920, this forty-foot owl statue stands near a lake at the Grove. Since that time it has served as the site of the yearly Cremation of Care Ceremony. Right: Early 1900s. Very tall and very old Redwood trees — some over 1,200 years old.

The Bohemian Club has received very little press coverage since its inception in 1872. Though the Club itself is shrouded in secrecy, the bulk of what transpires at the Grove is somewhat documented; it appears to be a mixture of the American summer camp, a powerful ancient Pagan ritual, and the classical Greek symposium. Greek paganism is certainly an element, with a series of “Grove Plays” called “High Jinks” and “Low Jinks” performed at the Club.

Famous Bohemians
George H. Bush
George W. Bush
Ronald Reagan
Henry Kissinger
Casper Weinberger
Dick Cheney
Malcom Forbes
Stephen Bechtel
James Baker
David Rockefeller
Tom Johnson
William Randolph Hearst Jr.
Jack Howard
Charles Scripps
Walter Cronkite

Add to this list a host of prominent CEOs and business leaders, most of them conservative, many of them from California, 99 percent of them white men

Left: Summer, 1967 at “Owls Nest Camp” with two future U.S. presidents: Ronald Reagan, Harvey Hancock (standing), Richard Nixon and Glenn Seaborg. Right: Painted portrait of Haig Patigian with Bohemian Owl in background, by Peter Ilyin (1927). Online Archive of California.spa

Occult Meaning of the Cremation of Care Ritual

The apex of the Bohemian Grove’s rituals is the Cremation of Care ceremony. This was devised in 1893 by a member named Joseph D. Redding, a lawyer from New York.

G.William Domhoff, a professor of psychology and sociology at the University of California, Santa Cruz,, obtained access to the Bohemian Club’s records and membership and was able to conduct extensive research into the organization and their activities, including details surrounding the Cremation of Care ceremony.

Above: The “Cremation of Care” Ritual. Present here are America’s corporate leaders, dressed in robes, burning their collective conscience at the feet of a statue of a 40-foot owl. (Photo Courtesy of Sonoma County Free Press)

According to Domhoff, on the first Saturday of the camp, this elaborate ritual is held just after dinner. The ritual’s main theme is the celebratory burning of an effigy of “Dull Care” at the bottom of a forty-foot stone owl.

The ceremony involves the poling of a small boat across a lake containing an effigy of Care (“Dull Care”). Dark, hooded individuals receive the effigy from the ferryman which is placed on an altar and, at the end of the ceremony, is set on fire.

Domhoff notes: “this is the body of Care, symbolizing the concerns and woes that afflict all men during their daily lives.”

The occult meaning of this ceremony seems clear. These men carry the cares of the world and use a symbolic ritual to cast it off. The remaining time at the Club represents a careless period, or vacation of sorts, during which time no business is conducted.
By “cremating” care, they expunge the negative energy of such emotions as worry, fear, and anxiety; it is the goal and magical effect of the ritual, which could more properly be called the “Cremation of worry” or “Cremation of negative energy.”

The pertinent evidence to the present article, of course, is the fact that the ceremony takes place next to a 45 foot (14m) high concrete owl statue, symbolizing knowledge and wisdom. The voice of the owl during the ceremony is former newsman Walter Cronkite, himself a member of the Bohemian Club, and music and fireworks accompany the ritual for dramatic effect.

“More than 100 Bohemians take part in the ceremony…but…they can’t get the fire started. . . the perplexed Bohemians must turn to the mighty Owl for advice: “O thou, great symbol of all mortal wisdom, Owl of Bohemia, we do beseech thee, grant us thy counsel,” intones the High Priest. An aura of light creates a glow around the Owl’s head, and then the big bird reveals its wisdom. The High Priest must light the pyre with the flame from the Lamp of Fellowship…” — William Domhoff, The Progressive, January 1981 “Bohemian Bigwigs Perpetuate Canaanite Cult”

Taking part in the ceremony increases the chance of a certain outcome: the same stress-release and cleansing of negative energy expected from a vacation. They have created a magic ritual, using the power of fellowship and love, to help cleanse the bad energy from the group. Magical thinking applies here: they believe they have done it, and so they have.

It doesn’t seem to be a location of secret dealings, per se, as conspiracy theorists believe. What actually seems to happen instead is that friendships are made here, truly flowering and blooming in contrast to the ideas of secret or backdoor dealings.

“… my Lakeside Speech at the Bohemian Grove in July 1967…this speech…was off the record it received no publicity…But in many important ways it marked the first milestone on my road to the presidency.” — President Richard Nixon, Memoirs (1978)

Weaving Spiders Come Not Here

The Bohemian Club’s motto—Weaving Spiders Come Not Here—is a line from Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and it directly contradicts the conspiracy theorists’ claim of secret deals and backdoor negotiations.

The line’s connotation is that webs, or deals and plans, cannot be hatched here; instead, the camp is entirely focused on the “Bohemian Spirit,” a term used to signify the camp’s ideals of pleasure, friend, freedom, and awakening.

Left: Metal bas relief owl and inscription on the brick wall at 624 Taylor, San Francisco, CA. Right: The words above Taylor Street say, ”Weaving Spiders Come Not Here.” The word “weaving” means “planning” which “planning” stands in direction opposition to the occult purpose of the Cremation of Care ceremony, the centerpiece of the Grove.

The spider’s connection with creation and illusion are ancient and myriad:
The Greeks associated the spider with the Fates.
The Indians associated the spider with Maya, the weaver of illusion.
The Scandinavians associated her with the Norns, the women who wove the threads of life.
Native Americans believed that the spider wove the first alphabet.

As the spider weaves its web, so too we weave our own lives. Thus spiders symbolize creation, an aspect that has no place in the Grove: the Club is there for the destruction or cremation of care, and destruction is creation’s opposite.

Spiders are feminine, connected to Ishtar, Atargatis, Athene, the Fates, the Norns, Holda, Inktomi, Kokyangwuti, Tsitsicnako and Sussistanako and Neith.

Some Native American tribes believed the spider was the weaver who created the world and saw her as a symbol of creative female energy.

Like women, spiders are in many ways very delicate and gentle creatures. Thus “weaving spiders come not here” is very pertinent in the sense that feminine spiders cannot come to an all masculine retreat.space

The Mystical Owl

For the ancient Egyptians, Celtics, and Hindus owls were connected to guardianship of the underworlds, and protection of the dead. In this light, the owl was ruler of the night and seer of souls, a suitable association for the most mysterious, magical, and powerful bird of the forest.

A misunderstanding of this necessary relationship gave the owl negative associations with death. Because of their wings (which give owls the ability to fly away from earth and shuffle off this ‘mortal coil’) birds in general are symbolic messengers between the earthly and spirit realms.

Note that, while there is a concept of death involved here, it’s only “death” in the sense of being an open doorway from physical to spiritual; more precisely, from the temporary material world we live in now back to the spiritual source from whence we came, and are now traveling toward.

The concept of death is very important in the mystical traditions of the Secret Societies. It is, however, the death of the lower self, and not the soul, that is being affirmed: this death is in fact a doorway back to the Self, revealing the soul inside.

In other words, to transcend death we must realize that we are a higher eternal Self (soul) incarnated in a lower, temporary self (body). Since humans do not realize this, we are, in a sense, “imprisoned” in the body, and must transcend it to free ourselves and realize our own inner divinity.

A “resurrection” back to the true Self is needed, as it were. And for there to be a resurrection, there has to be a sacrifice. This sacrifice is care, the ego, the lower bodily self (lowercase “s”).

In practically every ancient culture, solitary nocturnal creatures are symbolic of these ideas, of inner-knowing, psychic ability, and intuition; all of which are traits of the soul within, not the physical body.

The owl is a perfect example of such a creature. The owl knows all of this. The owl is wise, and always deeply connected with magic, shamanism, and heightened senses throughout the ages.

Owls have been thought of as “cats with wings,” sharing similar characteristics with cats, who are of course the familiars of witches and sorcery (interestingly, owls tend to be the familiars of male mages or wizards):

Exposing The “Secret Owl Society” Soaring Through History

op Left: Owl on Merchants Building on Broadway at 4th Street in NYC. Top Right: Detail on the Catford Broadway Theatre, London. Bottom Left: Owl depicted on the façade of the Woolworth Building in Manhattan, NYC. Bottom Right: Owl on a bridge of the Merritt Parkway in Connecticut.
Its members, possibly those same scholars, journalists, and historians, are well-versed in mystical traditions, ancient mystery teachings, and eastern philosophies.
This Secret Owl Society remains well-hidden. But if we look back in time and connect all the fraternal orders that have owl logos, we begin to see its lineage, operating for centuries.
Note the society’s chronology below:space

Chronicle of the Secret Owl Society

 

 

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