The Templars left many clues as to their religious beliefs as well as a legacy of secret rites. But some secrets exist in plain sight only to be recognized by the true initiate of these mysteries. One such secret in plain sight is that of the name given to the New World of the Americas. We are told that the term “America” comes from the name of a man (Amerigo Vespucci) associated with the (correct) theory that the New World discovered by Cristobal Colombo, (Christopher Columbus), were actually new continents.
Amerigo Vespucci become falsely linked with naming the “New World” America because of a largely forgotten clergyman. This clergyman named Waldseemüller, lived near the monastery of St. Deodatus on the French/German border and led a small group of researchers who gathered all the information they could about the known world, including the fantastic stories of the lands across the ocean to the west, America.
In April of 1507, Waldseemüller and his group published Cosmographiae Introductio, a 103-page volume including the collection of their research. Most of the material included in the volume was standard information, but it also contained the mistake, which would ultimately make Amerigo Vespucci famous for centuries to come. During the course of his research, Waldseemüller discovered repeated references by sailors and explorers to a great land located to the west.
These explorers already had a name for this land; they called it “America” or “Amerika” long before the association of this term with Vespucci. Waldseemüller discovered a written account of Vespucci’s travels and the fact that Vespucci had realized that the lands to the west were a new continent and not a portion of India. But as we know, “correlation does not equal causation”. Waldseemüller took the story of Vespucci and the sailors’ stories of America, and put them into print.
Waldseemüller wrote, “Now these parts of the earth (Europe, Africa, and Asia) have been more extensively explored and a fourth part has been discovered by Amerigo Vespucci (as will be described in what follows). Insomuch as both Europe and Asia received their names from women, I see no reason why anyone should object to calling this part Amerige (from the Greek ‘ge’ meaning ‘land of’), i.e. the land of Amerigo, or America, after Amerigo, its discoverer, a man of great ability.”
Included in Waldseemüller’s work was a large map with the “New World” labeled as America. Because this book constitutes the first published work to use the term “America” it has simply been assumed that Waldseemüller named the new lands to the west. Yet if one carefully reads what Waldseemüller wrote, you will notice that he isn’t bestowing an original name he is simply reflecting on what interpretation the name should have.
Indeed, his preference seems to lie with the name “Amerige”, but he is willing to accept the name “America” because it was already in use! So where did this name come from? The hypothesis involves several monastic sects dating from the time of the Dead Scrolls, some of which were authored by members of these sects. According to Josephus, a first century Jewish historian, the Essenes believed that “good souls” lived beyond the ocean in an idyllic region to the west.
Another religious sect during this time period were the Nasoreans who are now believed to be the monastic community at Qumran, where the Dead Sea Scrolls were found. Today in southern Iraq there still exists an ancient “Gnostic” sect who call themselves the Mandeans. Like the Nasoreans, the Mandeans trace their roots to a man they call “Yahia Yuhana”, better known as John the Baptist. The Mandeans use the word “Natzoraje” to describe themselves and they refer to their priests as “Nasoreans.”
All evidence seems to indicate that the Mandeans, are surviving members of the Nasorean sect of Qumran. The Mandeans/Nasoreans, like the Essenes, believe in an idyllic land to the west marked by a star they call “Merica”. This story of a great land to the west under a star called Merica, dates from before the time of Christ. Mention of a fabled land in the west can be found in cultures ranging from the Hebrews to the Greeks to the Celts.
Though reference to a star called Merica is not universal, it seems reasonable to assume there was knowledge of the Nasorean belief among other cultures, which brings us to the Templars. You will recall that one of the charges of heresy brought against the Templars was that they possessed the severed mummified head of John the Baptist.
There is compelling evidence that indicates the Templar explorers discovered and named America after the Mandean story in the 12th century. The theory goes that Portuguese Templars, who later transformed into the “Military Order of Christ”, used a similar term to describe this land to the west, which they called “La Merica” (the Star of the West). Centuries later, Columbus, who was privy to this knowledge through his Uncle who was a Templar, sailed to find this land to the west.
Secrets hidden in plain sight abound which are evidence of this theory, such as the fact that the fleet of ships which sailed for Columbus (the Nina, the Pinta, and the Santa Maria) had Templar Crosses emblazoned on their sails. Centuries after the Templar Order was officially disbanded, they still seemed to be operating semi-secretly in Italy, Spain, and Portugal not to mention through the stonemason guilds in Scotland and later in France and Germany.
It is also apparent that the Scottish Templars were aware of this legend of La Merica who left a clue of their knowledge in one of the chapels that they constructed on the Sinclair family land known today as Rosslyn Chapple. Rosslyn Chapple was built by heirs of the Templar tradition within the stone Mason guilds in Scotland. It was completed sometime in the ad 1484, eight years before Columbus sailed to the New World.
Though within its ornate carvings appears to be depictions of American maize (corn), and aloe, both plants native to the Americas. reinforcing the connection of these anomalies to the Templars is the presence of the Boaz and Jachin pillars, called the Master and Apprentice pillar in Rosslyn legend. The Boaz and Jachin pillars carry important symbolism in Freemasonry, the source of which was transmitted by the Templars to the stonemason guilds.
This evidence might be disregarded by skeptics if it were not for the presence of physical evidence that the Templars did in fact make it to the Americas and left their mark upon the land in Massachusetts and Rhode Island. As Templars were accustomed to working in stone, it seems they left stone monuments in the Americas to mark their sojourn there.
The presence of the image of a Templar Knight carved in stone in Westford Massachusetts along with another stone carved with a European ship in the same location leaves little doubt that the Templars made it to America. Likewise, what appears to be a medieval stone military fortification in Newport Rhode Island points to this as well.
Named the “Westford Knight”, and the “Westford Boat Stone” respectively, these stone artifacts seem to challenge the mainstream historical narrative. And the “Newport Tower”, with its stone archways is indisputable proof that sometime around the 13th or 14th century, European explores made it to the new world, as contents within its mortar were dated at or around this time period.
Yet there lies a mystery in this term America, the Star of the West. What precisely was the star that the Nasoreans and the Templars were referring to. A clue can be found within the Newport Tower. In 2018, forensic geologist Scott Wolter investigated the structure, and discovered that Venus alignments are captured in the tower, providing evidence consistent with medieval Cistercian/Templar construction practices.
Frank Joseph wrote in his book, The Lost Worlds of Ancient America: Compelling Evidence of Ancient Immigrants, Lost Technologies, and Places of Power, “The capturing of astronomical alignments of the Sun, Moon, and Venus in Western European standing stone sites and churches allowed the builders to use these structures as clocks and calendars, and for determining longitude (using solar and lunar eclipses) and latitude.”
This astronomical alignment with the planet Venus, also known as the “Morning and Evening Star”, sheds light on the nature of the Western Star since this “Star” (actually a planet) rises and sets in the western sky. The Importance of this astronomical body and its designation as the “Morning Star” cannot be overstated as it is the title Christ gives himself in Revelations 22:16, the very last chapter of the Holy Bible.
Even centuries after the discovery of America is seems the Templars continued to operate in the new world. Another secret in plain sight is the common usage of the “Jolly Roger” by former privateers turned pirates. Little known to the general public was the source of the skull and crossed bones icon originating with the Knights Templar. Called the “Skull of Sidon” it descends from the macabre legend of the Lord of Sidon who dug up his own lovers’ skull and used them as a talisman in battle.
The image of the Skull of Sidon on a black field became the Templar battle flag. It’s use by remnants of the Templar order such as pirates, secret societies, and various military orders throughout history is a testament to the survival of the Templars. Also called the “Deaths Head” it was the emblem of Heinrich Himmler’s infamous German special forces known as the Schutzstaffel or ᛋᛋ during the Third Reich era, known by modern Occultists for their esoteric rites and beliefs.