two_symbols1.jpgPlagiarize —
To put forth as original to oneself the ideas or words of another.

Check out these two images … are they not strangely similar? Are you interested in other similarities that may be found about these religious symbols? Read on …

The Rose Cross Lamen, is the key symbol of the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn’s Second Order. It is based on the Rosicrucian symbolism of the Red Rose and the Cross of Gold. Golden Dawn was orginally founded in 1888 as a philosophical and metaphysical teaching order. Near the turn of the century, it was pretty well established in Great Britian, with an interesting membership docket, including one Aleister Crowley.

This occult group was also mentored by Israel Regardie, son of Jewish immigrants and born in London in 1907 (died in 1985). You’ll find a biography and more on the life of Regardie here.

It is here that the names Aleister Crowley (1875-1947), and Israel Regardie intersect. Crowley, a fascinating cult personality claimed to use a scientific method to study what people at the time called spiritual experiences, making “The Method of Science, the Aim of Religion” the catchphrase of his magazine The Equinox. Crowley moved to the United States in 1914, at the onset of World War I, setting up shop in New York. It was here that Crowley eventually became the head of a secret society know as Ordo Templi Orientis (OTO) .

This was the organization where two other infamous personalities were brought together … Jack Parsons and L. Ron Hubbard, their friendship beginning in 1946 in Pasadena, as members of the Agape Lodge, (the most likely forerunner of California’s famous hippie communes). Of course, the rest is history, or fate depending on your point of view, for in 1949, Hubbard began developing the theory of Dianetics, the source document for the so-called religion of Scientology, where you may achieve the god-like status of OT VIII for a cool $500K (estimated) or simply go here and get the “generic brand” for $35.

Want to read more? We suggest starting here … then click and read to your heart’s content.

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