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Pages: 304

Language: English

Publisher: Bear & Company; 1 edition (13 Mar. 2014)

By: Chiara Hohenzollern(Author) Sandro Zicari Ph.D.(Contributor)

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In 16th century Italy, in the midst of the Renaissance, two powerful movements took hold. The first, the Hermetic Movement, was inspired by an ancient set of books housed in the library of Cosimo de' Medici and written by the Egyptian sage Hermes Trismegistus. The movement expounded the return of the "true religion of the world" based on a form of natural magic that could draw down the powers of the heavens and incorporate them into statues and physical structures. The other movement, the Heliocentric Movement launched by Copernicus, was a direct challenge to the Vatican's biblical interpretation of a geocentric world system. Declared a heresy by the Pope, those who promoted it risked the full force of the Inquisition.

Exploring the meeting point of these two movements, authors Robert Bauval and Chiara Hohenzollern reveal how the most outspoken and famous philosophers, alchemists, and scientists of the Renaissance, such as Giordano Bruno and Marsilio Ficino, called for a Hermetic reformation of the Christian religion by building a magical utopic city, an architectural version of the heliocentric system. Using contemporary documents and the latest cutting-edge theses, the authors show that this Temple of the Sun was built in Rome, directly in front of the Vatican's Basilica of St. Peter. They explain how the Vatican architect Bernini designed St. Peter's Square to reflect the esoteric principles of the Hermetica and how the square is a detailed representation of the heliocentric system.

Revealing the magical architectural plan masterminded by the Renaissance's greatest minds, including Bernini, Jesuit scholars, Queen Christine of Sweden, and several popes, the authors expose the ultimate heresy of all time blessed by the Vatican itself.

“It looks like Robert Bauval (now with coauthor Chiara Hohenzollern) has done it again, revealing that not just the pyramids but the Vatican itself is a celebration of sacred architecture. A fascinating theory and very timely.” (Adrian G. Gilbert, coauthor of The Orion Mystery and author of Secrets of the Stone of Destiny)“Robert Bauval is a brilliant investigator of the hidden corners of history, and he has surpassed himself with The Vatican Heresy. It is a true time bomb of a book revealing stunning intrigues that have shaped the modern world and that call into question our most fundamental perceptions of the role of the Church of Rome.” (Graham Hancock, author of War God and Fingerprints of the Gods)“With his usual care and attention to detail, Robert Bauval spins out the thread that joins the solar religion of pharaonic Egypt to the utopian hopes of the fading Renaissance. His theory climaxes with the dramatic and dangerous project of a pope (Urban VIII), a polymath (Kircher), an architect (Bernini), and an exiled queen (Christina). Their dream was of a united Christendom orbiting around Rome; their method, the marriage of Hermetic philosophy with the new astronomy, through symbolic architecture. Like Bauval’s other books about times and places when science and magic were one, The Vatican Heresy arouses curiosity, disbelief, nostalgia, and finally hope.” (Joscelyn Godwin, Ph.D., author of The Pagan Dream of the Renaissance and Athanasius Kircher’s)“In this enchanting book, Robert Bauval and Chiara Hohenzollern reveal an astonishing fact hiding in plain sight. Surely thousands of visitors to the Vatican’s Saint Peter’s Square over the past three centuries have been puzzled by the gigantic ancient Egyptian obelisk featured in its center. Through meticulous research, The Vatican Heresy illuminates the profoundly evolutionary adventurers who employed deep symbolic insights and astute political maneuvering to construct a talismanic Hermetic City of the Sun in the heart of the citadel of Christendom. Read The Vatican Heresy. . . . I couldn’t put it down.” (Thomas Brophy, Ph.D., coauthor of Black Genesis: The Prehistoric Origins of Ancient Egypt and Imhote)

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  • By AMRAPHEL on 5 July 2017

    Really detailed and comprehensively researched.There is, though, a feeling coming through of anti-christian bias in general.I may be wrong in this, and happy to be so, but there is an assumption that the RCC are the defacto christiana; which this book clearly shows cannot be so. In fact the RCC is shown to be pagan dressed up as christian.Christianity as a whole should compare their silhouette with the Vatican to see how far they have gone.Fascinating book, do more. A must read.

  • By Alan S. Glassman on 10 April 2015

    History buffs, both traditional and alternative, will not be able to lay this book down. Robert Bauval and his associates have put together what would be a good spy novel (with, admittedly, a very loose interpretation of the word “spy”) were it not for the fact that the narrative contains a true account of producing what we see today as the plaza in front of St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome. By a process of aggregating seemingly disparate historical occurrences, our authors have arrived at a conclusion that cannot be denied: The Piazza St. Peter’s at the Vatican is a clear representation of hermetic, heliocentric, and utopian principles existing in plain sight in front of the Holy See that, at least in years past, would have been considered heresy.The book traces the rise of Hermeticism in ancient Egypt and its subsequent downfall culminating in the final destruction of the great library in Alexandria by Christian fanatics in 391 CE. But, the authors contend, hermetic philosophy never really died, and the teachings of Thoth to his grandson Hermes Trismegistus, as eloquently presented in a tract known as the Asclepius, continued to be read and studied. During the Renaissance, the complete “Hermetica” was rediscovered and a copy given to Cosimo de Medici in Florence. Our authors state that “The Hermetica became the holy grail of the literary world….it was the same as announcing that NASA had found an inhabited planet in our solar system.” This was the perennial wisdom---the esoteric and magical religion the Renaissance philosophers called the prisca theologia---the very same teaching that the great Greek philosophers (like Solon, Pythagoras, and Plato) had traveled to Heliopolis in Egypt to study.With the Romanization of Egypt, many artifacts were transported across the Mediterranean to the Imperial City, among them some of the giant obelisks. One in particular, said to have come from Heliopolis, the ancient Egyptian City of the Sun where the priests of the cult of Horus practiced their magic, was erected by the Emperor Caligula in front of the Temple of Isis in the center of what later became the Circus Nero. Throughout the Middle Ages the Circus was in ruins and the obelisk was partially covered with mud. In 1586, with construction of the new St. Peter’s Basilica already underway, Pope Sixtus V commissioned the Swiss-Italian architect Domenico Fontana with overseeing the formidable task of transporting and raising the obelisk in the center of an open space that was to become the Piazza St. Peter’s. On top of the pyramidal cap of the obelisk was placed a Christian cross. Undoubtedly, Sixtus V knew the origin of the obelisk and that it was a symbol of the sun and related to the Goddess Isis. But, he ignored that “pagan blasphemy”. Such is the tenor of the intrigue we find in the book.We are told of a cast of characters (popes and kings, philosophers and scientists, artists and architects much too numerous to recount here), including prominent Jesuits, who secretly kept alive not only the Hermetic symbols, but also the theory for which astronomers like Giordano Bruno were tortured and put to death---heliocentrism. Up until much later times, the Church still maintained the center of the solar system was the earth. In fact, without ever admitting to it publically, the great architect and sculptor Gian Lorenzo Bernini proceeded to design the Baroque colonnade surrounding the Piazza St. Peter’s as elliptical in plan---the true path of the earth and the other planets around the sun. A fountain was placed in the exact position of one of the ellipse’s two foci, the spot where the sun would be positioned if the Piazza were, indeed, representative of our solar system in accordance with Kepler’s first law of planetary motion. (Kepler’s books were, of course, banned by the Vatican.)There is much more revealed that points to strong evidence suggesting the Church, while condemning anything hinting of hermetic or heliocentric thought, knew full well what was being shown with the placement of certain objects at the Vatican and in its surrounding cityscape. Such artistic and architectural features could be called “talismans” capable of engendering “astral magic”---something that would be “officially” abhorrent to the Church Fathers.How did all the “protagonists” our authors cite as espousing and continuing the hermetic tradition escape the wrath of the Roman Church? By practicing and “becoming particularly skillful in [the] lugubrious ‘art of dissimulation’.” That is to say, not lying, but simply withholding aspects of the truth. (As our authors put it, “Indeed, people in government do this all the time, except today we call it politics.”) If, in fact, we study the details of Bernini’s Piazza, we find it to be a kind of “open-air astronomical observatory.” And, because Bernini had to have the blessing Pope Alexander VII for his design, was Alexander one of our protagonists? Together with two Jesuit astronomers and other consultants, it appears he was.In the book’s Postscript entitled “The Jesuit Pope”, Bauval and his co-authors consider the strong and obvious “solar” symbolism of Pope Francis I’s coat of arms and ask, “…[are we] justified to wonder if the first ever Jesuit Pope may not be harboring the same ideologies as his Renaissance predecessors as he sat on the ‘Throne of St. Peter’ in March 2013…[?]” Furthermore, although it’s a “stretch”, perhaps our authors are hinting at something prophetic in making their link to today’s Papacy when they remind us that “The idea inevitably came to the Renaissance philosophers that if the Hermetica could somehow be made part of the teaching of the church…, then the quest for knowledge, divine or secular, could be liberated for the betterment of mankind.” Wishful thinking? Time will tell.This review first appeared in New Dawn magazine, issue no. 146

  • By Lara Boyde on 21 July 2014

    I've read other books by Bauval, whom I consider dry but very interesting about Egypt matters. This book just didn't seem to have a main thrust, at least to me.The various recountings of geniuses tortured by the catholics did not seem to be woven together very clearly. The references to Hermes Trismegistus didn't seem to be very knowledgeable. The explanation of the Piazza of St Peter's seemed shallow. Even the last-minute additional discussion of the new pope Francis seemed lacking.Just what was the point of this book? I really wanted to like it, I am fascinated by the uncovering of truth underneath "history" (mostly meaning a mass of lies).The authors didn't go deeply enough. For an example of truly penetrative research, search these words: one-evil + holocaust + ucadiaAnother fascinating section of the thousands of webpages offered free by Ucadia covers the Jesuit history. While stressing that the new Pope Francis, a Jesuit, is believed to be a good person, it seems the Jesuits generally have not been seen for what they really are. According to Ucadia: While technically monks, the Constitution of the Jesuit Order was unique in that it exempted priests from the cloistered rule (i.e. living in monasteries). Instead, Jesuit monks were to live "in the world". Only the Dominican Priests who were the chief torturers of the Inquisition and the Catholic Church at the time had anything like such freedoms.However, the Jesuit Constitution from the very beginning went even further in that it permitted and even encouraged the priests not to wear the habit (traditional monk dress) so that they would "blend in" to the world. In 1572 the Jesuits were granted rights to deal in commerce and banking - a right that had not been granted to any religious order of the Catholic Church since the Knights Templars four hundred years earlier.Using their unheralded powers, the Jesuits established a counter education movement to the Protestants, using their priceless access to the secret Vatican archives, the Jesuits dedicated themselves to manipulating every major stream of science and philosophy against the Protestant intellectuals, including subverting their secret societies.The recruitment and promotion of Education had a secondary benefit for the Jesuits in that it ensured higher calibre recruits and made their services more attractive across the Catholic world. The Jesuits quickly became known as the Order dedicated to education excellence in Catholic countries, a perverse notion considering their original purpose for existence and structure was military.No history book will tell you that the Jesuits founded and ran the Dutch East India Company, using their exclusive powers to conduct banking and commerce; this company - famous in history - was one of the most profitable companies of history thanks to its control of spices, slaves, drugs and plantations. The Jesuits only lost control in 1773 at the disbandment of the Order. In every country where the Jesuits were banned, in the past, they took their revenge decades, sometimes even centuries, later.One example: Jesuits had first arrived in Nagasaki in 1549 and the atomic bombs dropped on Japan were payback for being expelled from Japan for over 200 years from 1639. The Jesuits never forgive and never forget. The Jesuits in Nagasaki were all German and Polish nuclear physicists and became locally famous for impossibly surviving the blast. What has never been admitted is that their rectory - close to ground zero and the only intact building remaining - was shielded. One of the Jesuits who survived Hiroshima became the Jesuit Superior General in 1965.By 2008, the Jesuit Order, especially in the United States was a shell of its former brilliance. Over populated by blissfully nihilistic, barely competent, arrogant and undisciplined recruits, the once dominant United States faction had slid to a terminal point of complete irrelevance. It was at this time that Peter Hans Kolvenbach chose to resign from the office of Superior General to become a "visitor" - a role focused on the revival of the spiritual dimension of the Order.The election of Pope Francis on March 14th 2013, the traditional "Day of Blood" and ancient birthday of Mithra represents a further historic turning point for the Jesuits and the Catholic Church in the potential implementation of promised reforms of Vatican II and focus on personal responsibility.

  • By Rose on 16 November 2015

    Quite revelling and not before time

  • By Mark S. on 17 November 2015

    Bauval at his best

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