Shared from my Notes:
Order of the Solar Temple Part 1 by Robert Palmer
Mass Suicide of the Order of the Solar temple secret society
16 cult members (included 3 children) are burned on December 23, in the Vercors Plateau, near Saint-Pierre-de- Cherennes. | Location: Saint-Pierre-de-Cherennes, France.
Early morning on 5 October 1994, judge Andre Piller was summoned to Cheiry, Switzerland, a hamlet about 30 km southwest of Fribourg. The outlying barn was engulfed in flames. Entering the main house, investigators discovered incendiary devices that had failed to ignite. Briefcases filled with documents littered the room. If this was a mass ritual suicide, where were the other members of the Order?
A gathering of like-minded people seems innocuous enough. Bonded by tradition, family or hobbies, man is a social being. Ghost hunters, cigars, UFOs, there seems to be a group for everyone, as Facebook keeps reminding me.
What is to be done when certain groups edge closer to the realm of group, or societal, harm?
The Knights Templar, as anyone with an internet connection and a pulse can attest, were/are a Crusader-era chivalric order tasked with protecting pilgrims on the road to Jerusalem, and/or they were/are an ancient order wielding secrets to control humanity from behind the scenes, depending on whom you read.
In fact, the conspiracy theorist got it partly right. While the Templars may not possess an unbroken succession of leaders directly related to Jesus Christ, their influence has reverberated in the 20th and 21st centuries.
"All secret societies have an almost analogous initiation, from the Egyptian to the Illuminati, and most of them form a chain and give rise to others." The Secret Societies of all Ages and Countries. Charles William Heckethorn.
"Today, there are said to be somewhere between 150-500 members of The Order of the Solar Temple." Tess Keyhoe. Blog.
If I may digress for a bit, Courtney Brown is an a**hole. Those of us of a certain age, Generation X, remember a life before the interweb. We, the lost children of the last quarter of the twentieth century, drove automobiles. We read maps printed on paper. The only GPS that spoke was the non-navigator in the passenger seat, juggling a Coke in one hand, a cigarette in the other, a McWaffle spinning on the tip of her nose, with a Converse Chuck Taylor planted on the windshield, attempting to explain to the driver the four-lane-drift maneuver needed to make the next exit. We listened to the radio, because we were always driving. The time slot from midnight to four A.M. was for Coast to Coast with Art Bell. In the same way that I find it difficult to remember a time before internet, I cannot remember a time before Coast to Coast. Its lineage can be traced to the mid 1950s, the rise of the populist conspiracy researcher, and the Long John Nebel Show. No outsider belief was too wacky for Coast to Coast. All in good fun, until Heavens Gate, the suicidal cult that took Coast to Coast and Courtney Brown seriously. Once again, Courtney Brown is an a**hole. In 1995, comet Hale Bopp was bringing its Dirty Snowball tour to the planet. Anyone in the United States with a consumer telescope and star map could view the comet, 1995 being the time the X Files achieved critical mass. In a Coke Classic case of confirmation bias, Heavens Gate found the way out for which they searched, through Courtney Brown.
In the reprint of his book on the Dogon tribe and their apparent ancient knowledge of the Sirius star system, author Robert Temple laments the cults of Sirius that arose from the first edition of The Sirius Mystery. That's what an apology looks like, Mr. Brown. Temple briefly touches on the idea that certain people holding positions of power in various government institutions were dismayed by his research that, according to Mr. Temple, they viewed as essentially accurate and true. No evidence of efforts to hamper his research is given, but in light of the fact that government intelligence bureaus had a hand in promoting the 1950's UFO contactee George Van Tassel, a shadowy hand is not outside the realm of possibility. Why the CIA would be interested in such esoteric enigmas is anyone's guess. At least Sirius and the Pleiades are outside of the USA; the Agency stayed within its charter, for a change.
The modern Templar movement can be traced to Bernard-Raymond Fabre-Palaprat, a 19th-century physician and claimant of the title Templar Grand Master, with the requisite documents of suspicious provenance to back up his claim.
Fabre-Palaprat claimed to have found the Levitikon, a text by 14th-century Greek monk Nikephoros, based on a heretical gospel of John. Nikephoros sought to reconcile Islam and Christianity.
Drawing from sources as diverse as Aleister Crowley's occult lodges, the Rosicrucians, and the ancient knowledge of the Dogon tribe, the Solar Temples aspirations included, "The establishment of correcting notions of authority and power... promoting the unification of Christianity and Islam..., and preparing the world for 'Transition.'
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