Sinister Sites – St. John The Divine Cathedral

Sinister Sites – St. John The Divine Cathedral

by Vigilant
February 13, 2009
from VigilantCitizen Website

The destruction of New York city (including the Twin Towers) sculpted right on the building… Strange occult symbols on the floor… Weird rituals being performed in the sanctuary… Home of the Temple of Understanding which admittedly seeks to instate a new world religion…

This cathedral is definitively “different”, as some people might say. But the “difference” lies in the fact that the cathedral is in fact a temple of Neo-Pagan-Bordeline-Satanic-the-Environment-is-more-important-than-human-life beliefs.

I personally couldn’t care less about each individual’s beliefs, but to trick unsuspecting church goers into an occult house of worship is nothing less than Evil.

“The pagan intellectuals re-clothed their original ideas in a garment of christian phraseology but bestowed the keys of the symbolism only upon those duly initiated and bound to secrecy”
– Manly P. Hall
The Secret Teachings of All Ages

Background and History of the Cathedral

This unfinished building has been claimed as being the world’s largest cathedral. It is realistic to maintain such high aspirations when your sources of funding include tycoons like JP Morgan and prominent figures like the Grand Master of the Masons of the state of New York.

The completion of the cathedral was such a prized accomplishment for the Freemasons that it was featured on the front page of “Masonic World” of March 1925.

The article states:

    “It is particularly fitting that the Masons, who were the principal builders of cathedrals and churches during the greatest cathedral-building period, should now have a prominent part in the movement to build America’s greatest cathedral (…) Little need be added to the story of Freemasonry during the cathedral-building period; its monuments are its best history, alike of its genius, its faith and its symbols.”

The article openly admits that Masonic cathedrals represent the best legacy of the Brotherhood and the symbolism is prominently showcased. The masses are however too ignorant to recognize the meanings behind the art, so they just stare at them, thinking “it’s pretty nice”.


Illuminati Pyramid and All-Seeing Eye on the Cathedral

Freemasonry and the Occult
As you might know, Masonry has been, through the ages, the keeper of the “ancient mysteries”, which are occult and esoteric teachings only communicated to the initiates. I will not explain here the mystery religion as it takes several years of studies to get some understanding. I can however say that the occultists draw their teachings from ancient Egyptian, Babylonian, Kaballah and Gnostic cultures, who predate by many centuries the christian era.

Secret societies have been forced to hide the true nature of their philosophies in a veil of christianity to avoid persecution by the Church. Freemasons and their fellow organisms, the Rosicrucian Order and the Knights Templar have all been accused of devil worship and idolatry in Europe.

While many low-level Freemasons may be practicing christians, those looking to reach higher degrees within the Brotherhood are required to study the tenants and the philosophies of the Mystery Religion. Freemasons do not necessarily seek for the world to embrace their brand of spirituality, as it is strictly reserved to the initiates.

However, people in high places, who often happen to be Masons are seeking to steer the population towards a “dumbed-down” version of their paganism, as you will read later.

The Symbols

The impressive exterior of the cathedral provokes a humbling sensation at whom gazes at it. But what are you humbling yourself to?

We’ll examine the details of the artwork.

1- The Apocalyptic Pillar
On the western facade of the building, stonemasons have sculpted numerous scenes that seem oddly out of place for a Cathedral.

The most striking one is the chilling depiction of the destruction of New York city and its landmarks.

The scene above was done in 1997, four years before the destruction of the Twin Towers. Other recognizable skyscrapers are the Chrysler Building and the Citigroup center.


Apocalyptic New York

The scene above might be unsettling for New York residents.

We see the Brooklyn bridge crumbling with cars and buses falling into agitated waters. At the right is the Statue of Liberty, which seems to be sinking in the water.

Beneath this horrifying prophecy is the New York Stock Exchange, with people trading goods around it.


So, what is the purpose of this weird carving?

Well, the first thing that needs to be mentioned is the actual St. John the Divine is credited for writing the Book of Revelation in the Bible, which describes in symbolic imagery the events of the apocalypse. Occultists believe that the Book of Revelation has been hermetically coded to reveal its true meaning to the initiates of esoteric teachings.

This scene, carved on the west entrance of the cathedral, depicts New York as being ”Babylon the Great”, the city who gets completely destroyed by the wrath of God.

The Book of Revelation mentions:

    “Fallen! Fallen is Babylon the Great!
    She has become a home for demons
    and a haunt for every evil spirit,
    a haunt for every unclean and detestable bird.
    For all the nations have drunk
    the maddening wine of her adulteries.
    The kings of the earth committed adultery with her,
    and the merchants of the earth grew rich from her excessive luxuries.”
    -Book of Revelation 18

The artists might be on to something because there is indeed numerous similarities between the actual New York city and the description of Babylon the Great in the Bible.

The Book of Revelation mentions:

    A “Great Prostitute” who sits on many waters – peoples, multitudes, nations and languages – holding a golden cup. She rules over the kings of the Earth = The Statue of Liberty
    Merchants of the Earth who grew rich of her “excessive luxuries”, weeping because nobody buys their goods anymore = New York Stock Exchange

“The merchants who sold these things and gained their wealth from her will stand far off, terrified at her torment. They will weep and mourn and cry out:

    ” ‘Woe! Woe, O great city,
    dressed in fine linen, purple and scarlet,
    and glittering with gold, precious stones and pearls!
    In one hour such great wealth has been brought to ruin!’
    – Book of Revelation, 18

Knowing that, still today, over 70% of the world’s capital goes through the NYSE, we understand why the building was depicted on the apocalyptic pillar. It represents the “financial” aspect of the Book of Revelation, where it repeatedly refers to rich merchants and trading goods.

So, a landmark of NYC, the St. John the Divine Cathedral, predicts in vivid detail the destruction of its home city. Pretty unusual. Under the rendering of the NYSE, we see a skeleton and strange creatures, who seem to represent death and destruction.

Is this some sort of prophecy?

2- ‘Pagan’ Sculpture


Side of the tired moon


Pretty disgusting body

    This sculpture, which basically symbolizes the struggle between Good and Evil, features numerous elements we can find in paganism: Sun worship, mythical creatures and sun versus moon duality.

    Called “Fountain of Peace”, the sculpture borrows the fantastic, bizarre and distorted art style of the grotesque. All sorts of animal creatures are emerging from a smiling sun, which represents the basic paradigm of Sun Worship (the Sun as giver of life).

    The idol points to the east, an ancient pagan tradition. There is also weird stuff on the sculpture like a DNA symbol (a DNA symbol also appears at the entrance of the Cathedral). We all know how genetic modification is as Christian as it gets.

    We can also find a quote of John Lennon saying “…one day the world will live as one”.
    Think this is spooky?

Read on.

Strange Rituals

A) Procession of the Ghouls
Every year, at Halloween, St. John the Divine is the host of a strange event called “The Grand Procession of the Ghouls”.

It is basically a parade taking place right inside the sanctuary of the Cathedral where people dressed in costumes of demons, ghouls, monsters and other creepy things, walk around to macabre organ music. This thing resembles the strange rituals held behind closed doors by occult groups.

Outside of the great number of costumes representing demons and Satan (already extremely bizarre for a Cathedral), some costumes seem to make a mockery out of christianity.


Does this look like Jesus crucified to you?

Other pictures:


A priest-monster with a evil looking crucifix floating behind him


The “bishop” standing in the pulpit while the ghouls parade

Don’t satanic rituals make fun of christian rituals by distorting them? Well that’s as distorted as it can get.

Processions are a pagan tradition like the “Procession of the Prechten” in Germany, which is very similar to the one at St. John the Divine in many ways.


Procession of the Perchten in Germany

A video shot by a tourist of the event:

B) The Blessing of the Animals
Another bizarre ritual is the Blessing of the Animals that takes place in September of every year. You have a bunch of animals INSIDE and outside the sanctuary of the Cathedral “worshiping God” (in their words). Since when do animals read the Bible and such? They never did.

An article published in 1996 by the California Forestry Association describes the scene:

    “…goats, horses and other animals are led to the alter to receive blessings. Camels and elephants walk the aisles as worshipers march to the alter with bowls of compost and worms.”

This is another pagan ritual, taking place inside a church. Notice the white robes everybody is wearing.


Hope this horse won’t poop while getting its blessing


This cow is all worshiped out

Did you notice those white robes? Look at those pictures of other pagan rituals:

Celebrating “Lucia”

Pagan ritual in Greece

Notice a similarity? Yes, white robes!

Some christian’s ritual white robes

Anyways, this is a video captured during the actual mass. There are UNCANNY resemblances with pagan rituals…

So we’ve blessed, horses, monkeys and aunt Sylvia’s poodle dressed like a ballerina. What is there left to bless? Why not people’s bicycles while we’re at it?

Oh crap, shouldn’t have said that.

C) The Blessing of Bicycles
I won’t even talk about this, its is too stupid.


The environment is our religion and we don’t know it yet

D) Paul Winter’s Winter Solstice Celebration


Can’t worship the Sun more than that

This famous New Age musician celebrates the Winter solstice, one of the most ancient pagan rituals. He says on his website about the consort:

In ancient times, observers watched the sun sink lower in the sky each day, and feared it would disappear completely and leave them in darkness.

People practiced special rituals intended to entice the sun’s return. Bonfires and candles, with their imitative magic, helped fortify the waning sun and ward off the spirits of darkness. These symbols live on in our modern seasonal customs: the candles of Hanukkah and Christmas are kin to the fiery rites of old, which celebrated the miracle of the earth’s renewal.
So, yes he is Pagan, he’s proud of it and he performs inside a cathedral. Here’s a video of his rendering of “Silent Night”.

Tell me who/what is being worshipped?

The Temple of Understanding

St. John the Divine is the headquarters of the Temple of Understanding, an interfaith effort to steer away people from traditional religions to a hybrid kind of spirituality based on New Age philosophies, Neo-Paganism and a mix of organized religions’ traditions.

The “friends” who have assisted the founder Juliet Hollister include:

    John D. Rockefeller II
    the XIV Dalai Lama
    Pope John XXIII
    Eleanor Roosvelt
    UN Secretary-General U Thant
    International Planned Parenthood
    The Jewish Theological Seminary

Jean Houston, a New Age guru and supporter of the Temple of Understanding wrote in her book “Trojan Horse”:

    “The Temple’s purpose is to facilitate the one world religion, through the promoting both the acceptance and the embrace of all religions, beliefs and rituals. The Temple of Understanding’s Meditation Room was to be known as the “Hall of Illumination”‘ where the Illuminati, Masters of Wisdom, Our Leaders of the Temple of Understanding will train the public in the new humanistic cult…to create a new type of mystic”

The Temple has received full United Nations accreditation and has been a key actor in the “spiritual” department of the UN.

Twelve individuals listed as Directors or Advisors of the Temple of Understanding are also members of the UN’s Global Forum councils. Those Forums have received numerous speakers who’ve openly supported a neo-pagan world religion based on Earth worship.

James Lovelock, one of the speakers mentioned that “Gaia” (an ancient term describing the Earth as a Goddess) was the giver of life and had the capacity to heal herself. He describes humans as being cancers to Gaia, an “illness too overwhelming for her to heal herself”. In other words, humans are parasites to the goddess Gaia.

Al Gore has been a guest several times at the Cathedral of St.John the Divine where he said “God is not separate from the Earth“. Well, in christianity, judaism and islam, God IS in fact separate from the Earth (in the Heavens).

If you decipher Gore’s phrase:

    God = Earth = Earth is God

Gore has been repeatedly applauded by Pagan groups for his books and lectures. The Church of All Worlds congratulated the Clinton/Gore victory in 1996 by writing:

    “We are Neo-Pagans – implying an eclectic reconstruction of ancient Nature religions, and combining archetypes of many cultures with other mystic and spiritual disciplines – and our beliefs and values are no different from those you describe as your own.

    Your book, Earth in Balance, is heralded by our People as a manifesto for all we hold dear… Know that there are half million Neo-Pagans out here who support you, and who voted for you, and who will rally to the aid of your policies for the salvation of the Earth and the reunification of the Great Family”.

Another member of the board of directors of the Temple of Understanding is Thomas Berry. He believes that the world is being called to a new, “post-denominational”, even a post-christian belief system that sees the earth as a living being – with mankind as her consciousness.

If you read about the Georgia Guidestones or the Denver International Airport, you’re already aware of unusual monuments and art placed by powerful yet secretive groups calling for a new type of global spirituality.

Key words or expressions are often used to make this religious shift socially acceptable:

    “Peace” , “balance with nature” or ”harmony with the infinite”.

How can you be against peace? You can’t.

Those buzz words hide however the means that will be used to obtain those objectives:

    “Peace” will only happen when all there will be a single world government
    “Balance with nature” will only happen when the world population will drastically decrease
    “Harmony with the infinite” will only happen when the world will give up traditional religions to embrace neo-pagan humanism

The St. John the Divine Cathedral acts as a nervous center for the spiritual side of the global shift.

Through numerous forums and UN summits, the Temple of Understanding reunites leaders from all major religions to devise a universal message. This message will later be communicated to the masses through local religious networks.

In a slow yet steady manner, all religious faiths are leaning towards the same sets of values and will eventually converge into humanism.


Interfaith meeting at the Temple of Understanding

An example of this is Madeleine L’Engle’s courses given inside the Cathedral (she also is one of the founders of the Temple).

Her teachings include shamanism, out-of-body experiences, astral projection, Tarot methods of fortune telling, earth worship, psychic abilities, yoga, Tantric Yoga and astrology. Those types of courses are being promoted in various religious temples across the world.

But the main value that needs to be globally accepted is environmentalism.

By creating a sense of urgency and fear regarding the degradation of Nature, it is easy to pass laws that would be otherwise unpopular, to raise taxes for the sake of environment and to shift the masses’ focus from their respective religions’ laws to the worship of the Earth.