The twelve “vile vortices” are geographic areas that are alleged to be the sites of mysterious disappearances and other high-profile anomalies. The twelve areas were first proposed by biologist and researcher, Ivan Sanderson, in the article “The Twelve Devil’s Graveyards Around the World,” first published in Saga magazine. He credited Charles Hapgood, who referred to them in his book, The Maps of the Ancient Sea Kings. Five of the vortices are on the same latitude to the south of the equator; five are on the same latitude to the north. Sanderson enlisted the help of a geometer who determined that these lie precisely opposite of each other directly through “the exact center of the earth.”[i]The other two are the north and south poles.
The best-known vile vortex area is the Bermuda Triangle. Others include the “Devil’s Sea” near Japan, the Indus Valley in Pakistan, the Algerian Megaliths just south of Timbuktu in the West African nation of Mali, and the Hamakulia Volcano in Hawaii and the North and South poles. Sanderson felt the weakest example, the area in the southeast Indian Ocean, was rationalized by the “very simple reason that hardly anybody ever goes there, and there are no records.”[ii]
Even more fascinating is that Sanderson’s theory is supported by the ancient Book of Enoch, which also speaks of twelve portal areas on the earth:
And at the ends of the earth I saw twelve portals open to all the quarters of the heaven, from which the winds go forth and blow over the earth. Three of them are open on the face i.e. the east of the heavens, and three in the west, and three on the right i.e. the south of the heaven, and three on the left i.e. the north. And the three first are those of the east, and three are of the north, and three after those on the left of the south, and three of the west. (Enoch 76:1–3)
According to Enoch, four of these heavenly portals bring prosperity, and eight of them wreak destruction. Recent research suggests that there might be a scientific basis for these portal areas.
A team of three Russians—historian Nikolai Goncharov, engineer Vyacheslav Morozov, and electronics specialist Valery Makarov—wrote an article titled “Is the Earth a Large Crystal?” for the USSR-sponsored scientific journal Chemistry and Life. Based on the planets’ crystalline properties, they proposed the earth projects from within a “geometrically regularized grid.”[iii] According to their theory, that grid is projected as a dodecahedral-isochedron that delineates the earth’s energy structure or skeleton.
Based on Sanderson’s work and that of the Russians, a husband and wife team consisting of William Becker (professor of industrial design at the University of Illinois, Chicago) and Bethe Hagens (professor of anthropology at Governors State University) offered “The Planetary Grid: A New Synthesis” in 1984.[iv] The essay proposed a new projection of the grid as a polyhedron with 121 “great circles” (circling the entire planet) and 4,862 points, including the vortex areas. It is the same polyhedron used by futurist architect Buckminster Fuller for his geodesic domes (half of a geodesic sphere).[v] Becker and Hagens call it the “Unified Vector Geometry (UVG) 120 Sphere.”[vi] Their work is ongoing and they have provided a grid overlay plugin for Google Earth, allowing one to investigate this UVG grid at leisure (follow the end noted link for instructions).[vii] Another version of the world grid has been suggested based on observed alignments of UFO appearances and disappearances by highly trained observers.
The French ufologistAimé Michel detected remarkably straight alignments during a 1954 UFO flap that corresponded to large circles around the earth separated by 54.46 kilometers.[viii] His work caught the attention of New Zealand airline pilot Bruce Cathie who, after a few of his own sightings, had noticed similarly aligned patterns. Cathie discovered that 54.46 kilometers converted to 30 nautical miles or 30 degrees of arc.[ix] The fact that thirty is a fundamental frequency number, combined with his study of harmonics, led Cathie to propose an elaborate theory of harmonic energy propulsion in the books Harmonic 695, the UFO and Anti-gravity and The Pulse of the Universe, Harmonic 288,which were combined into The Energy Grid. Of all the energy grid theories associated with ufology, Cathie’s demands more serious attention.[x] He might have actually discovered a form of “technology” employed by the immortals.
Geomancy, Feng Shui, and Ley Lines
Geomancy is often defined as “earth magic” and gets grouped in the same category as grid theories about alignments and energy flows. The term is derived from the Greek words geo, “earth,” and manteia, “divination.” It was a popular way of foretelling the future based on a chance set of symbols based on dot patterns, like dominoes. “Geomancy was among the most popular of all divinatory methods during the last great magical revival in the Western world, the time of the Renaissance.”[xi] Although it has come to be used for different topics from fengshui to world grid theories involving ley lines and megaliths those subjects have nothing to do with true geomancy.[xii]
Feng shui, Chinese for “wind and water,” is the ancient Chinese system of earth magic and sacred geometry. The Victorian missionary Ernest J Eitel wrote of the feng-shui practitioner: “They see a golden chain of spiritual life running through every form of existence and binding together, as one living body, everything that subsists in heaven above or earth below.”[xiii] While such oneism finds open armed acceptance in modern paganism, feng shui traces back four thousand years. According to legend, the practice of feng shui began with the shaman-kings who led the early Chinese tribes.[xiv]
Chi is the Chinese term for life energy that flows through our bodies and the earth. Whereas the martial arts and acupuncture manage chi at the bodily level, feng shui seeks to do so at the geographic level. The goal is to manage chi energy by spatial design so that it accumulates at a location without becoming stagnant. When applied to the planet, it sounds much like the telluric currents previously discussed. Devereux writes, “Feng-shui identifies precisely the same kinds of forces or energies as we find referred to by the Indians of the American south-west or the Aborigines of the Australian Outback.”[xv] The concept of chi is analogous with the “earth energy” of Western earth magic and sacred geometry. Modern proponents believe that this energy travels along lines discernable in the alignments of various sacred sites.
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Englishman Alfred Watkins (1855–1935) noticed that an uncanny number of ancient hilltop ruins in Herefordshire formed “old straight tracks.” As he became intrigued, he discovered that all over the English countryside, stone, circles, standing stones, burial mounds, and megalithic sites were also aligned. He called the straight alignments “leys” and published his ideas in the book The Old Straight Track in 1925. Watkins wrote, “A genuine ley hits the cross-roads or road junctions as if by magic.”[xvi] Even so, he was more a rationalist than a spiritualist, and he concluded that the alignments were best explained by Roman trade roads from deep antiquity.
In the paranormal world, the term “ley” has come to denote a line where spirits or telluric currents travel. Modern ley proponents attempt to recreate them by tracing alignments of ancient sites. It seems fair to assert that random patterns are almost as likely to be as straight as planned alignments because of the large amount of mounds, ruins, stones, hilltops, sacred sites, and other potential items to be considered. The real question concerning leys is not whether the sites fall on a truly straight line, but rather, one of detecting intelligent design. In this case, one must seek to determine whether the sites aligned from random connection or were designed to form a line. Some alignments, like the obelisk at St Peter’s Square, have significance that cannot be written off.
The Vatican’s Alignment with the Dome of the Rock
The Egyptian obelisk in the center of the plaza at St. Peter’s Basilica represents the axis mundi of Roman Catholicism. Romanian historian of religion, Mircea Eliade, wrote of the axis mundi that “it is only in such a Centre that communication between Earth, Heaven and Hell is possible.”[xvii] The plaza works like a giant compass built on the ground of the square. The obelisk is surrounded by sixteen markers in 22.5-degree increments labeled “N” for north, “NNE” for north-northeast, and so on.[xviii] Graphically, it looks like a “wind rose,” a tool that shows wind speed and direction, but in this case, representing ley lines to places that are important to Romanism. These sixteen leys all have a Latin designation for the region in which they intersect, like Scirroco Levante for the “wind of the Levant.”[xix] “Levant” is another name for the ancient Holy Land, comprising modern-day Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, and Syria.
The Vatican’s axis mundi aligns with the Dome of the Rock in Jerusalem in a surprising way. Credit for the discovery of this alignment belongs to researcher Cort Lindahl, who publishes on the web as Geomantic Information Systems, as well as producing YouTube videos showcasing his discoveries. Lindahl explains this astonishing alignment (and note that the number 111.11 as discussed below that was intentionally linked with the Vatican’s obelisk is astonishing, given how the Freemasons who designed the Washington, DC, obelisk also incorporated the very same numerology into the monument dedicated to America’s first president in the capital city , which, as occultists know, is related to the magic 666 square and ceremony used to raise Osiris from the underworld. We discuss this in the final bonus chapter in this book—The Most Powerful Stargates in the World? America, the Vatican, and the Portals of Apollo-Osiris):
From the obelisk at the center of St. Peter’s Square through the ESE “Levante Scirocco” windrose marker at 111.11 degrees true north lies the octagonal shaped structure of the Dome of the Rock on the Temple Mount in Jerusalem (Jordan). Not only does this line transect exactly to the Dome of the rock but it matches the angle and orientation of the northeast facet of the octagonal structure of the building itself! More amazing is the fact that an azimuth or line created using the angle of this facet of the Dome of the Rock’s octagon (305.55 deg. TN) creates the exact same line that transects back across the windrose marker to the obelisk in St. Peter’s! [xx]
An absolutely perfect straight line, named the Levante Scirocco, falls on the precisely on the wall of the octagonal base of the Dome of the Rock. The exterior octagon consists of eight stone walls 20.59 meters long and 9.5 meters high.[xxi] The precision of hitting this octagonal angle goes well beyond a straight alignment of points and such precision has to be intentional. It implies an intentional association with Islam. One cannot assert it merely aligns with the Temple Mount because the octagonal base is a feature exclusive of the Islamic structure.
In Petrus Romanus I wrote about the Vatican’s ambition to sit on the Temple Mount in Jerusalem. The Dome of the Rock alignment, likely dating back to the seventeenth century, hints that the Vatican has its eyes on one of Islam’s most sacred structures, the Dome of the Rock, as well as the Cenacle on Mount Zion and the Garden of Gethsemane at the foot of the Mount of Olives in Jerusalem.[xxii] Pope Francis has already made unprecedented overtures to Muslims. In 2014, the Washington Times reported, “For the first time in Vatican history, the pope allowed for the reading of Islamic prayers and Koran readings from the Catholic facility. The readings and prayer came as Pope Francis met with Israeli President Shimon Peres and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas in Vatican City, a gathering designed to pray for Middle Eastern peace.”[xxiii] Now the alignment speaks to a spiritual reality predicted in Bible prophecy as “the great whore” (Revelation 17:1–18).
The counter-reformation Jesuit priest Athanasius Kircher (1602–1680) is likely responsible for the alignment. The Vatican plaza was redesigned by Gian Lorenzo Bernini from 1656 to 1667, under the supervision of Pope Alexander VII. In a report to that pope, the Jesuit Kircher suggested the Vatican obelisk be used a sundial by inserting markers in the pavement of Saint Peter’s Square.[xxiv] Kircher was a polymath known as “master of a hundred arts” and familiar with esoteric knowledge.[xxv] At the time, Pope Alexander was too ill to accomplish the task, which places the report near the year of his death in 1667. One hundred and fifty years later, circular stones were set to mark the obelisk’s shadow as the sun entered each of the signs of the zodiac.[xxvi] Of all those involved, the Jesuit Kircher seems the most likely culprit for the curious alignment. The Jesuits well know that Jerusalem is the real axis mundi—the future capital from which Jesus Christ will rule and reign.
In Judaism, Christianity, and Islam, Jerusalem has been described as a portal between Heaven and Earth—represented respectively by the Jewish Temple, the resurrection and ascension of Christ, and Mohammed’s heavenly journey on a strange, donkey-like beast named Buraq.[xxvii] Also, Jerusalem plays a major role in the eschatology of all three religions. We expect that the Antichrist will soon sit in Jerusalem with the False Prophet, offering the pluralistic platitudes that have already made him famous.
In the Vatican-suppressed ancient text known only as the Angel Scroll, Jerusalem is the predicted site for an invasion of immortals. We know a little about this text from its brief surfacing in the late 1990s at the guilt-laden request of a Benedictine monk named Mateus, who left a note to make it public upon his death.[xxviii] The Dead Sea Scrolls scholar who initially examined and authenticated it, Stephen Pfann, wrote that it contains “divine chariot-throne themes with elaborate details of angels ascending heaven’s multiple gates.”[xxix] In other words, it’s about the immortals and their heavenly gates. Unfortunately, Pfann only got a peek before the scroll vanished. Once it made the national news (implying the Vatican found out), the monks who promised to turn over the originals to Pfann were never heard from again. Michael Heiser, who also got a glimpse of the text, called it the “Apocalypse Scroll” in his novel The Façade and quoted it as depicting Jerusalem besieged by “thousands of sun disks.”[xxx]
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What if something like “The Plan” in Foucault’s Pendulum by Umberto Eco turned out to be true? Could there really be secret societies locating axis mundi sites in order to open gateways for the return of the fallen immortals? Opening new earth portals requires arcane knowledge. It’s a task requiring years of preparation, plentiful resources, and, when it gets down to brass tacks, a human sacrifice. Sorcerers capable of opening a permanent earth portal are born into it.
Brazilian author Daniel Mastral claims to be such an individual who converted to Christianity. In the book Rastros do Oculto(“Traces of the Occult”), Mastral revealed that opening new earth portals is a primary objective for Satanists. He stated that out of ninety possible earth portals, only seventy-two were open in 2001 when the book was first published. If Manstral is genuine—and he seems to be so—his assertion that opening these gates requires human blood sacrifice offers an interesting rationale for the immortals’ gruesome demands. Patristics scholar Joseph P. Farrell writes:
The appearance of an organized spiritual technology, controlled by the priests, was attended in every country by a massive increase in human sacrifice. The Aztec massacres are notorious; the Druids in Ireland are said to have decimated the population.[xxxi]
It seems likely that the ancients’ bloodletting was, at least in some cases, related to opening permanent earth portals accessible to the fallen ones. Many of the gates opened by the ancients are marked by megaliths and sacred constructions.
Ancient, mysterious rock foundations, structures, and temples across the globe have not ceased to baffle observers, and those who have dedicated their entire life’s work to studying these ruins have often raised more questions than they have answered. Not the least of these questions are frequently who built these structures, for what purposes they were built, and, most importantly, how they could have possibly been built. The size of the monolithic stones found in these locations, as well as the archaic building technology of that period, would have made the transportation and positioning of these stones a logical impossibility. And yet, these monoliths and constructs not only exist out in the open for any and all to see, they are frequently assembled with such expert precision that you cannot place a needle or a human hair between the stones. Collectively, these stones are proof that planet earth, at some point in its history, was home to a people or race much more intelligent and proficient than the slaves-with-pulley-carts civilization that our modern history books reflect. These include gigantic edifices built from the largest stones ever cut and put into place, and that seem to indicate manufacturing skills well beyond what we know of primeval man. Examples of such herculean slabs weighing hundreds of tons can be found above Lake Titicaca in Peru, others in Tiahuanaco, twelve miles south of Lake Titicaca in Bolivia, South America, and even larger stones at the southern entrance of Baalbeck, a city in eastern Lebanon famous for its magnificent temple ruins. What follows are a few examples of the many megalithic and mysterious structures some believe predate the great Flood. We could add to this list the Great Pyramid of Giza and more, but for the sake of time, let us briefly summarize here just four examples:
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[i]Ivan T. Sanderson, Invisible Residents: The Reality of Underwater Ufos Kindle edition (Kempton, Ill.: Adventures Unlimited, 1970, 2005) Kindle Locations 2045–2046.
[ii]Ivan T. Sanderson, Invisible Residents: The Reality of Underwater Ufos, Kindle Locations 2119–2121
[iii] Chris Bird, “Planetary Grid,” Mission-Ignition, http://missionignition.net/bethe/planetgrid_chrisbird1975.php (accessed February 28, 2015).
[iv] William Becker and Bethe Hagens, “The World Grid: A New Synthesis,” in Anti-Gravity and the World Grid, Lost Science Series editor David Hatcher Childress (Stelle, IL: Adventures Unlimited Press, 1987), available at Mission-Ignition, http://missionignition.net/bethe/planetary_grid.php (accessed February 28, 2015).
[v] See US patent 2682235, https://www.google.com/patents/US2682235?dq=2682235&hl=en&sa=X&ei=Qwf2VISoAc3jsASHxYDoBg&ved=0CB4Q6AEwAA (accessed February 28, 2015).
[vi] William Becker and Bethe Hagens, “The World Grid: A New Synthesis,” in Anti-Gravity and the World Grid, Lost Science Series editor David Hatcher Childress, (Stelle, IL: Adventures Unlimited Press, 1987), 31.
[viii]Aime Michel, Flying Saucers and the Straight-Line Mystery (Albany, NY: S G Phillips, 1958) 54.
[ix]Bruce L. Cathie, The Energy Grid, (Kempton, Ill.: Adventures Unlimited Press, 1997), http://www.bibliotecapleyades.net/ciencia/energygrid_harmonic695/energygrig01.htm#1.- THE BRANCHING AREAS FOR INVESTIGATION (accessed February 28, 2015).
[xi] John Michael Greer, Earth Divination, Earth Magic: A Practical Guide to Geomancy (St. Paul, MN: Llewellyn Publications, 1999) 5.
[xii] Greer, Earth Divination, 3.
[xiii] Ernest J Eitel as cited in Paul Devereux, Places of Power: Measuring the Secret Energy of Ancient Sites Paul Devereux, 2nd ed. (London: Blandford, 1999) 14.
[xiv]“Feng Shui” in Encyclopedia of Occultism and Parapsychology Volume 1, 4th ed. 2 vols., J. Gordon, Melton, ed. (Detroit: Gale Research, 1996) 554.
[xv]Devereux, Places of Power, 18.
[xvi]Alfred Watkins, The Old Straight Track (London: Abacus, 1974) 221.
[xvii]Mircea Eliade, Images and Symbols: Studies in Religious Symbolism, Mythos (Princeton, N.J.: Princeton University Press, 1991) 47.
[xviii]Cort Lindahl, “The Geomancy of St. Peter’s Square and the Vatican,” http://survivalcell.blogspot.com/p/geomancy-of-st-peters-square-and.html (accessed February 28, 2015).
[xx]http://survivalcell.blogspot.com/p/geomancy-of-st-peters-square-and.html; also see video StargateVatican: The Axis and Templum of Rome (7:56) http://youtu.be/w_isGhysLWc?t=7m56s.
[xxi]Oleg Grabar, The Dome of the Rock (Cambridge, MA: Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 2006) 64.
[xxii]Giulio Meotti, “Expose: The Vatican Wants to Lay its Hands on Jerusalem,” Israel National News, December 15, 2011, http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/150757#.TzV9aORnDmd.
[xxiii] Cheryl K. Chumley, “Vatican Makes History: Pope Allows Islamic Prayers, Koran Readings, ”The Washington Times, June 9, 2014, http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2014/jun/9/vatican-makes-history-pope-allows-islamic-prayers-/ (accessed February 28, 2015).
[xxiv]Peter Tompkins, The Magic of Obelisks (New York: Harper & Row, 1981) 99.
[xxvi]Rome Piazza San Pietro, http://www.hotelmilazzo.com/Rome%20piazza%20san%20pietro.html (accessed February 28, 2015).
[xxviii]Karin Laub, “Scroll Said Resembles Sea Scrolls,” Washington Post (September 27, 1999), http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-srv/aponline/19990927/aponline195514_000.htm (accessed January 28, 2013).
[xxx]Michael S. Heiser, The Façade (SuperiorBooks.com Inc., 2001) 211. Also verified in personal email to Cris Putnam.
[xxxi] Joseph P. Farrell, The Grid of the Gods (SCB Distributors), Kindle Locations 2632–2637.