What we have to understand is that these tales hide secrets. These hidden depths were placed there by various secret organizations that were too afraid to place the truth openly before the public for fear of Catholic inquisitions and Christian intolerance. In the search for the truth about the secrets of secret societies, we need to understand what they were trying to tell us and what links these tales might have to the history and lineage of secret societies.
We have already learned that religion and the Ophite, or serpent worship of wisdom, are at the core of the world’s secret
societies. Will we discover the same in the tales of Arthur and his
literary-related character of Robin Hood?
The answer lies within
the extremely clever way the Romans had previously cleared the country of
what they called “arbarians” - that is, those people who would have either
utilized inside intelligence to assist any invading force, or who would have
undermined the existing rule. The Romans were using secret service methods
of infiltrating and undermining the existing power base.
For eight years, between the Romans leaving and the Saxons invading, it appears that Britain enjoyed a brief time of relative peace.
This peace was shattered violently as the Saxons instigated their bloody onslaught in the summer of 410. By winter, the British “civitates” had simply had enough of their Roman pretender, Constantine III, and the old Roman system, and so they decided to go it alone.
However, the British message to the Emperor
Honorius left open a small inroad, just in case they were making a mistake.
Britain wanted to stay in the Roman Empire, not as subjects, but as allies
aiding each other with trade and defense. So Britain became an autonomous
state within the Empire, especially after the sacking of Rome by Alaric’s
Goths in 410.
This British force comprised six units of cavalry and three of infantry, a
unique mobile field army whose method of fighting was influenced by the
Scythian warrior-élite who had been brought to Britain by the Romans. These
Scythians also brought many of the serpent-related traditions we have found
associated with Arthur - including the worship of Uther/Zeus and the plunging
of the blood-soaked sword into and out of the ground as an offering.
It may just have been his only answer, and a Roman answer at that, for the Romans had utilized this settlement procedure themselves. The Romans had also been powerful enough to keep these settlements under control, and had more incentives to offer them in exchange for their loyalty, whereas Vortigern had no other choice.
Word had reached him that the Picts and Scots were massing on the borders, and he simply did not have the power to repel them. His tactic was Roman: bring in other Barbarians and get them to fight each other - a classic Roman and later secret service tactic. It seems, however, that rather than settling warrior Barbarians on his coastlines in order to protect Britain, Vortigern opened the floodgates to the land-hungry Saxons.
Vortigern was defeated by Hengist
in 455, the lowlands were put to the fire, and the Britons fled the country,
heading for Spain and Armorica. The economy collapsed, and by 461 Vortigern
the Great was dead.
Of course, they would have been familiar
with stories of a legendary “magical substance” that could help soldiers
recover, heal battle wounds, and “resurrect” them in great numbers. This
understanding would have come from what they had picked up from the myths
that had been encoded with the wisdom of the shamanic “serpent people,”
otherwise known as the Shining Ones.
Cultures from across the known world traveled to it. Exports of British copper, lead, tin, and much more were shipped across Europe and the Mediterranean. There is even evidence that the ancient Egyptians visited her shores and that a Pharaoh’s daughter may well have settled in Ireland.
Folklore tradition also
tells us that Joseph of Arimathea visited these shores, and owned tin mines
in Cornwall - although this I seriously doubt. If traditions such as these are
far from truth, I had to ask myself, then why were these strange tales
It is a secret held by all the
civilizations of the globe, called many things, but essentially the same
In the popular retelling by Henry Gilbert (Robin Hood, 1912) we find mention of a pig-like serpent.
Robin wants to know who the hermit of Fountains Dale is and how the one named as “Peter the Doctor” managed to cure people:
Peter the Doctor speaks,
So, Friar Tuck is like a snake-pig and Peter the Doctor hopes to sell him
“serpent oil.” It is likely that Gilbert used the “serpent oil” in the early
19th century, as this peculiar substance was quite fashionable at the time,
and no matter how hard I searched I could not find Gilbert’s source
In the connected tales of Robin Goodfellow, the “trickster of the woods” also known as Puck, there is also the link of Sib, the fairy who lives in the hillside and is linked as being a “serpent spirit” of healing. Robin falls in love with his lady of the waters or Queen of Heaven, later to be known as the Maid Marion (Mer = Sea/water, Marion = Mary) and in many ways is undermining the new Christian world that forced itself upon this ancient mixture of Paganism.
Robin Hood and Robin Goodfellow are therefore
secret tales of an oppressed culture, just as are the letters and gospels of
the Christian cult.
He is also green like
the “Green Man,” which is the special healing color attributed to many
things surrounding the serpent cult - such as the Emerald Tablet, the color of
initiation into Gnostic mysteries, associated with the Masons and the Green
Glass of the Grail.
As with most folklore there is
symbolism, myth, legend, and probably some element of a real origin.
What we also find, however, in some of the earlier tales is that Robin Hood and Little John - like Jesus and John the Baptist - were equals.
In the 15th
century, Walter Bower said that Robin Hood together with Little John and
their companies rose to prominence. This in itself points out that both
Robin and John were seen to each have their own followers very much like
Jesus and John. They are therefore the “twins” of Gnosticism, like Castor
and Pollux - the duality and balance.
Tammuz, Adonis, and Osiris are vegetation gods of greenness.
Indeed Osiris himself in the Pyramid Texts at Saqqara is called the “Great Green” and often appears green-skinned as a symbol of “resurrection and life.”
battle between Osiris and Set seems all the more familiar now in the
struggle that ensues between Robin and his arch-rival the Sheriff of
Nottingham. Osiris becomes Horus when resurrected, and we find that it is
Horus who is protected by the Wadjet snake - the green snake.
One thing is true: These tales were written up by clerics of the Church and members of secret orders.
The Arthurian tales had influence from the white robed Cistercians
the Knights Templar - indeed it was the Templars who were protectors of
the Grail itself, guardians of the secret knowledge.
Author in Roman tombs or Gateways for the dead, Cyprus
The fact remains that Christianity was stomping all over old Pagan beliefs, rewriting tales that had existed for hundreds of years.
But, as the Christians were destroying cultural history, there were those who defended it. The Masons of the period in which Robin Hood grew to popularity were hiding their symbols and Pagan ideas in the framework and masonry of churches across Europe. Green Men sprang up in every sacred Christian place. Strange characters seen hiding in foliage peeped out like messengers from the past.
Grails, beheaded victims, pillars of foliage, and images of
serpents were placed everywhere and often at the behest of the same
Cistercians and Templars - not to mention the myriad other orders and groups
that were maintaining the hidden Gnosis which was to emerge in later times
within the ranks of the so-called modern secret societies.
The truth to the past of man’s
religious upbringing can still be seen in the stonework of Christian
churches and cathedrals, in places such as
Rosslyn Chapel and Lichfield
Cathedral. But not just in the stone.
It is seen clearly in the fact that the “plays” of old, enacted by local people and paraded through streets, have changed titles across time and location.
From the St. George play to the Robin Hood and Green Jack, from Wildman to Green George, the basic story is the same. These tales, as we have seen, can be traced backward across time to India and Sumeria, Egypt and Persia.
They formed the basis of secret priestly
orders many thousands of years ago and they still do today.