2019 marks the fiftieth birthday of The Beatles’ 1969 album, ‘Abbey Road.’ It was re-issued earlier this year as a commemorative box-set that includes outtakes, demos, and alternative versions of songs recorded during the time of the sessions. The studios where these recordings took place of course are situated at the address of the LP’s title. Upon greater inspection, one finds that the history of this road and the London district it’s situated in, has been influenced by old Orders connected to the Freemasonic.
I recall watching, quite a few years ago now, a live presentation by the occult researcher, author and public-speaker, Michael Tsarion, in which he suggested that the black ‘n’ white ‘zebra’ crossing that the Beatles walk along on the front-cover of the ‘Abbey Road’ album is an esoteric, symbolic representation of the Freemasonic checkerboard floors as found in lodges across the world. He didn’t elaborate on this, but I do now wonder looking back on this whether he was aware of the road’s history, as well as that of the district in London it belongs to, St. John’s Wood.
Many hundreds of years ago it’s said, before it went under the name ‘St. John’s Wood,’ it was known as the ‘Great Forest of Middlesex.’ Sometime in the 13th century, it came under the ownership of the Knights Templar, the Vatican-backed military order of knights who were formed in the beginning of the 12th century in Jerusalem, during the religious Crusades of that era. The reason for their formation, we’re told, was to provide protection from Islamic forces and safe passage to Christian folk making their pilgrimages to the so-called ‘Holy Land’ in the Middle East. In time, it’s claimed they amassed a huge fortune in wealth thanks to the payments and donations of European kings and landowners who sought the Templars to defend them from the perceived threat of Islam.
As well as accumulating financial riches, they also were given ownership of estates and land, the Great Forest of Middlesex being one of those, I assume. Then, in 1307, in October of that year – on Friday 13th of that month – Templars in France were rounded up and arrested by the country’s King Philip IV accused of, it’s claimed, corruption, although some sources I’ve come across on the ‘net suggest that the real reason for the purge was because the Templars’ great wealth had bred resentment, fear and jealousy from certain monarchs of Europe. The knights who’d been arrested were placed under interrogation and some of them are claimed to have confessed to ‘heresy’ and worshipping Baphomet, a ‘heathen’ idol that usually consisted of a severed head.
Following King Philip’s scourge, the Templars, as a military order were, officially, dissolved by the Pope of the time. However, according to a number of researchers, whilst some of the knights who’d escaped the purge went into hiding, others who’d fled to other countries continued their military campaigns, such as in Scotland, where they fought on the side of its monarch, Robert the Bruce, against the English in the early 1300s. Also, there’s their historic influential presence in Freemasonry and the world of its orders. Indeed, today’s Freemason movement has been credited by writers and commentators over the decades and centuries with having evolved from the Knights and its deep, close connections to them.
In England, in the first half of the 1300s, just a few years after the purge of the Templar Knights, the so-called ‘Great Forest of Middlesex’ was handed over, from their ownership to the ‘Knights of the Order of St. John of Jerusalem’ – also known as ‘The Knights of St. John.’ And from this eventually came the London district, St. John’s Wood. Also known as ‘The Knights Hospitaller,’ it had its roots in a hospice for the sick in Jerusalem in the first half of the 11th century, during the Crusades era, and it was run and maintained by monastic brothers. Endorsed by the Pope, it eventually morphed into a military order defending Christians in the Holy Land. Then, venturing out to the rest of the world, its most notable presence was on the Mediterranean island country of Malta which it governed from the 1500s until the 1700s when it was forced to exit by Napoleon Bonaparte’s forces. It lives on today, its ‘Maltese cross’ symbol can be seen all across the United Kingdom on its ‘St. John’s Ambulance’ fleet, which it formed in the 1800s and that operates as a registered charity.
According to my research, the general version of events states that the Knights of St. John’s ownership of St. John’s Wood was taken from it by the English Crown in the 1500s and land there was then, it’s reported, sold off in the 1700s. It also owned for a time back in the 1500s, so I’m informed, Kilburn Priory, a medieval monastic convent, and the dirt-track that led to it was reportedly named after it, ‘Abbey Lane,’ and in the 1800s it was renovated into Abbey Road. The now-famous studios located there were once owned of course by the music-company, ‘EMI,’ which was headed during the 1960s by Joseph Lockwood, ‘Sir’ Joseph Lockwood to be exact, a Knight Bachelor. In some relation to that, by the way, according to the Beatles biography, ‘Shout!: The Beatles in Their Generation,’ by veteran music-author, Philip Norman, back in 1967, a year which had seen the band explode out of their ‘mop-top,’ ‘cute,’ ‘cuddly’ image once and for all and into an LSD-laden new guise, “at Buckingham Palace… the Queen held a leveé for the Council of Knights Bachelor, whose members included Sir Joseph Lockwood, chairman of EMI. As Her Majesty entered the room, she called out to Sir Joseph: ‘The Beatles are turning awfully funny, aren’t they?’”
She’s reported to have said this during the weeks when The Beatles were turning their very public attentions and support towards the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, a softly spoken, giggling Indian guru preaching transcendental meditation. At the time, so various writers and journalists have since declared (and who I defer to not having lived through the 1960s myself), Eastern mysticism/spirituality was, on the whole, unknown to the regular Western population, nevertheless, John, Paul, George and Ringo raised its awareness and popularised it and, it’s suggested, fuelled and helped give rise to the now established ‘New Age’ philosophies and beliefs. Whether they knew it or not at the time, what The Beatles were doing was carrying on and giving strength to the work begun almost exactly a century earlier by the occultist, Helena Petrovna Blavatsky, co-founder of the ‘Theosophical Society,’ and who saw out her last few years residing in St. John’s Wood, would you believe. She was born in the Ukraine in 1831 to parents from, what some might describe, an ‘elite’ background, or so we’re led to understand – the early part of her life is claimed to be lacking in any clear documentation, and her biography, as a result, is dotted with contradictions, including from the woman herself.
Her father, we’re informed, was a colonel in the Army in Russia, and his family who’d moved there in the 1700s, were part of the Hahn dynasty from the German nobility. Her mother, Helena Andreyevna, was a notable novelist of the time and was, it’s written, the grand-daughter on her maternal side of a Princess belonging to a Princely Russian dynasty. Blavatsky, a seasoned veteran of world travel from an early age and who’s said to have possessed psychic powers as a child, set off when she was barely 18 on a year-after-year cycle of visits to countries far and wide with Greece, Egypt, Canada, Mexico, the West Indies, and the US included in that list as well as India. Whilst in London and taking a walk one day in a park, it’s claimed she came into contact with a tall Hindu man and who she recognised from what’s been described as ‘psycho-spiritual visions’ from her childhood, a mysterious ‘protector’ figure who watched over her in uncertain moments. He is known as Morya, or ‘M,’ a Mahatma, and he was “a high initiate in occult knowledge and power, an Adept,” according to an article on the website, ‘Blavatasky.org.’, and he took Helena under his guidance, it’s claimed, becoming her guru, her ‘Master.’ When she and some fellow enthusiasts of matters to do with the occult, the psychic and so-called ‘spiritual’ founded the Theosophical Society in 1875 (a society based on the teachings of, theosophy, taken from the Greek words, ‘God’ and ‘wisdom’), it declared that one of its key aims was for the “study” of “the philosophies of the East – those of India chiefly, presenting them gradually to the public in various works that would interpret exoteric religions in the light of esoteric teachings.” The Beatles certainly did their fair share of that just over 90 years later, starting in 1965 with their Indian mysticism-flavoured movie ‘Help!’, their inclusion of a then rarely-heard sitar on a Western Pop song, ‘Norwegian Wood (This Bird Has Flown),’ and then through to their ‘Revolver’ album of ’66, then ‘Pepper’ in ’67, the Maharishi, and beyond.
Just a seventeen-minute walk away from the EMI studios in Abbey Road where the above recordings were created, sits Avenue Road in St. John’s Wood. This is where Blavatsky saw out the last years of her life in the very early 1890s, living in the house of a fellow theosophist, and it’s claimed to have become the headquarters of the Society. Indeed, in her book ‘Divine Feminine: Theosophy and Feminism in England,’ author, Joy Dixon, claims “many of the most dedicated theosophists made their homes at this address, providing Blavatsky and the ‘TS’ with an efficient staff and a devoted band of disciples. By 1890 the new Blavatsky Lodge building was under construction in the garden… At the same time the house was renovated to suit its new purposes. Offices and workrooms were added… ” And there was a “hidden room, the Occult Room, reserved for the activities of the Inner Group.” One of the Society’s declarations upon its formation was to “oppose materialism and theological dogmatism in every possible way by demonstrating the existence of occult forces unknown to science, in nature, and the presence of psychic and spiritual powers in man…” In her landmark work, ‘The Secret Doctrine,’ Blavatsky states that the “true philosopher, the student of esoteric wisdom, entirely loses sight of personalities, dogmatic beliefs and special religions. It… refuses to accept any of the gods of the so-called monotheistic religions, gods created by Man in his own image and likeness.” However, “it denies Deity no more than it does the sun. Esoteric philosophy has never rejected God in nature…”
Since its formation, the Society’s motto has been ‘Universal Brotherhood.’ It declares that it does not distinguish individuals based on creed, race or social position but on personal merit – all life, human and non-human, is, one, a word and a concept there you might find to be disturbing if you’ve given any thought to the conspiracy that mankind is being engineered towards a collectivised existence, a nationless, homogenised, faceless, genderless culture, the ‘One World Order’ if you like. What you might think to be particularly shady is that Blavatsky and her theosophical teachings were and continue to be tied closely in some way shape or form to the ‘United Nations.’ Joy Mills, President of the Theosophical Society in America between 1965-1974, is reported to have stated in 1970, “to link HPB and the UN may seem incongruous. Yet there is certainly a relationship between the goal which she set forth” and it must be ‘realised’ “through world order under world law. The Theosophical Society, dedicated from its inception to the ideal of brotherhood, has been called the first United Nations, comprising as it does within its membership individuals of many nations, many cultural and ethnic backgrounds. If we who are its members today, building out of all differences and distinctions a unique harmony of purpose, remain loyal to the vision toward which HPB pointed, it may be our privilege to portray the pattern of a truly universal brotherhood of humanity…” In later years, Mills was heard to pronounce that what she desired was a “one world consciousness.” A lot of this reminds me of John Lennon’s ‘Imagine,’ in which he paints a world with no countries, no religion, and in its place “a brotherhood of man… and the world will live as one.” No surprise then perhaps that, in 2014, the song was a featured highlight of the UN’s annual ‘International Day of Peace’ – with Yoko Ono’s blessing. There’s a similar flavour in the George Harrison-penned track from the ‘Sgt. Pepper’ album, ‘Within You Without You.’ In amongst the sounds of the Indian instrumental backing we can hear him vocalise that “the time will come when you see we’re all one…” By the way, don’t get me wrong here. I have no dislike of or objection to the idea that you, I and all that is around us, above us and below us is, essentially, connected to what is a ‘Oneness,’ I don’t object if a person, an individual, feels ‘at one’ with the universe. What I’m questioning here isn’t that but the co-opting of it into the creation of the concept of a “one world consciousness” under “world order under world law” as reportedly desired by head Theosophist, Joy Mills and shared through the United Nations. Also, the influence of the UN can be felt in the occult/esoteric-based organisation, the ‘Lucis Trust,’ which dates back to the 1920s and that was founded by married couple Foster and Alice Bailey. Born in Britain, she and her American husband were active in the theosophical community. She taught theosophy and worked for the Theosophical Society in the US before branching out and forming the Trust, which had actually started life as the ‘Lucifer Publishing Company’ before being changed two years later, in 1924, to the ‘Lucis Publishing Company’ so that it wouldn’t be identified with Satan – a.k.a. the Christian God’s ‘fallen angel,’ Lucifer.
It’s “assumed” that the actual reason why the Baileys chose ‘Lucifer’ as the name of their publishing company was as a gesture “in honour of a journal, which had been edited for a number of years by HP Blavatsky… The ancient myth of Lucifer refers to the angel who brought light to the world,” so the Trust’s official website reveals. In the words of Freemason and writer, John J. Robinson, “in Roman astronomy, Lucifer was the name given to the morning star… The morning star appears in the heavens just before dawn, heralding the rising sun” – (‘Here comes the sun,’ sings George on ‘Abbey Road’). The name, ‘Lucifer,’ “derives from the Latin term, lucem ferre, ‘bringer, or bearer of light.’ Lucifer is… an ancient Latin name for the morning star, the bringer of light.” Lucy(fer) in the sky with diamonds… Anyway, Alice Bailey, who, alongside Blavatsky is often credited as a pioneer of today’s New Age population, stated that there should “be no mistake, the movement initiated by Helena Petrovna Blavatsky was an integral part of a… plan. There have always been theosophical societies down the ages – the name of the movement is not new – but HPB gave it a light and a publicity that set a new note and that brought a neglected and hitherto somewhat secret group out into the open and made it possible for the public everywhere to respond to this very ancient teaching.” In 1923, Alice founded the ‘Arcane School.’ The Lucis Trust website describes it as having opened to serve “as a training school for adult men and women in meditation techniques and the development of spiritual potentiality.” In the early 1930s, she formed the ‘World Goodwill,’ for it is goodwill, she claimed, that humankind as a whole must have ingrained within it in order to attain world peace. Without it, the wars will not stop, no amount of public protest against military conflict or any hopes for ‘peace on Earth’ will succeed. Goodwill, she declared, has to become “a conditioning factor” in humanity. As an organisation, it goes about spreading its message and aims with, according to the Lucis Trust website, the “co-operation” of “the United Nations and its specialised agencies.” Indeed, “World Goodwill is recognised by the Office of Public Information at the United Nations as a Non-Governmental Organisation. It is represented at regular briefing sessions at the United Nations in New York and Geneva.” Furthermore, “the Lucis Trust and the World Goodwill… play an active role in the United Nations, particularly in spreading information about the UN and fostering support for UN programs. Since their inception, Lucis Trust and World Goodwill have given their support through meditation, educational materials and seminars, by highlighting the importance of the UN’s goals and activities…” The official World Goodwill website declares meanwhile that “the energy of goodwill is potentially a powerful source for social change… World Goodwill fosters understanding of this energy and the role it is playing in the development of a new humanity.” In order to assist in ushering in this “social change” for “a new humanity,” one of its main objectives is “to mobilise the energy of goodwill through education, and” (the italics are mine by the way) “through subtle action with programs that draw on the power of thought.” It goes on, “focused enlightened public opinion can be a major factor in world reconstruction… There is no group so likely to ensure that humanity achieves this most difficult goal as people of goodwill. Provided they can overcome inertia, they are in a key position, requiring only courage to express goodwill, and to initiate action to prepare for a new global civilisation. World Goodwill strongly believes that the UN should be supported as the main hope for humanity’s future.” Then there’s Annie Besant who was the English-born head of the Theosophical Society following Blavatsky’s death in 1891 – in fact, it was in her house in St. John’s Wood, that I mentioned earlier, situated on Avenue Road, where Helena resided at in the final years of her life and where she died. In the days before the UN, when it was anything but a reality, this woman who’d given HPB this roof to live under, her successor, is reported to have declared, “come and form with us not an Empire, but a great Commonwealth of Free Nations; not a White Commonwealth, but a Commonwealth into which men of every race, of every colour, of every ancestry, of every creed, of every tradition and custom, shall come…” This “Free Commonwealth of Nations,” should otherwise be described as “a World Commonwealth… a World Federation.”
Of Annie, Alice Bailey declared, “the indebtedness of the world to Mrs. Besant for the work that she did in making the basic tenets of the TS teaching available to the masses of men in every country, is something that can never be repaid. There is absolutely no reason why we should overlook the stupendous, magnificent work she did for The Masters and for humanity.” A staunch Socialist, so we’re told, Besant was a member of the notorious Left-leaning ‘Fabian Society,’ described as “Britain’s oldest political think-tank.” Formed in 1884, it was an original founder of Britain’s Labour Party in 1900, and it is (so states its website) an “influence” on “political and public thinking…” It has “a big impact on political and policy debate.” Its staff “work with a wide network of leading politicians and policy experts to develop and promote new ideas and to influence the climate of political opinion.” The way it goes about its “influence” has been highlighted by its critics through the symbology of one of the logos it adopted on its formation, that of a wolf in sheep’s clothing, in other words, it’s depicting deception.
The Fabian Society, in response to criticism such as this made against it by numerous researchers and commentators, has issued an article on its official website titled ‘Crying Wolf.’ In it, it argues that the old symbol, which “hasn’t been used for many decades” anyway, is by no means indicating ‘subversion,’ with the aim of bringing about ‘world control,’ as it’s been alleged. It’s actually intended to symbolise social(ist) revolution in a “cautious, evolutionary” manner. I’m not sure if that explanation makes me feel any better! Another of its emblems has been of a tortoise, a slow-moving, patient creature, with the motto, “when I strike, I strike hard.” Does that make you all reassured inside? It doesn’t me. In 1897, it was a key influence in the founding of the also-notorious ‘London School of Economics,’ a university brought into being after a bequest of £200,000 was left by a Fabian to be used, according to the Society’s official website, “for propaganda and other purposes.” Armed with these funds, a small group of its members, including the playwright and reported supporter of eugenics, George Bernard Shaw, launched the LSE, “to provide proof positive of the collectivist ideal.” His face can be seen on a commemorative stained-glass window he designed in 1910. You can see it below. He’s there alongside “other prominent Fabians,” and ‘hammering the world into shape,’ or as the LSE has described it, “helping to build ‘the new world.’”
In the late 1920s into the early ‘30s, the London School of Economics got funding from the ‘Illuminati’ Rockefeller Foundation, and the university was described as being “Rockefeller’s baby.” The relationship between the two continues to this day. And there’s other LSE participants worth noting here. There’s Bertrand Russell, a former lecturer there and who also co-founded, in amidst the atmosphere of the so-called Cold War in 1958, the ‘Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament’ (the ‘CND’), an organisation that is regarded to have attracted at the time the beatniks, bohemians, social rebels and students who’d later meld into what was the counter-culture of London in the late 1960s, and in that same decade, Peter Jenner, another teacher at the London School of Economics, jacked that in to become a music-manager, most notably of the Syd Barrett-era Pink Floyd, handling their career from their early days on the psychedelic club scene of the capital when they were effectively the pied-pipers of the city’s so-called ‘underground’ community, and into their initial music-chart successes. Also, there’s Mick Jagger. He was a student at the LSE very shortly before finding fame and changing the face of popular culture as a Rolling Stone during the 1960s, when Fabian, Harold Wilson, was Britain’s Prime Minister.
Now, at this juncture in this article (it’s as good a place as at some others maybe), I will note yet another individual born centuries gone by who’s credited with inspiring the modern-day New Age movement, I think it would be amiss of me if I didn’t because, just for starters, he takes us back to the previously-mentioned Vatican. His name was Pierre Teilhard de Chardin. Born in 1881, he was a priest of the Catholic Church-backed order, the ‘Society of Jesus,’ or, the Jesuits. Formed in the 1500s by Ignatius Loyola who was a member of the Spanish nobility and a former soldier, various Society-sanctioned / ‘official’ / mainstream websites explain how after, turning his back on the army life, he turned to God and founded “the Jesuits,” and he wanted them to “be travelling missionaries who would preach.” They “were soon taking the Gospel to every corner of the globe.” Critics of the order have argued and claimed that behind the cosy, caring image of the selfless Jesuit missionaries, there is the reality, which is a dark, violent, Machiavellian one with the aim being the bringing about of a One World government, with Lucifer as their god. It’s alleged that they form the true powerbase within the Vatican. For example, in terms of structure, the Society is made up of what are described as ‘geographical provinces.’ There are approximately eighty of these around the planet, each one with a superior, and in Rome sits their head, the Superior General, the ‘Father General,’ also dubbed the ‘Black Pope.’ It’s claimed he is the actual string-puller, or “the shadow of the Pope” in the words of Gerard Bouffard, a reported Catholic whistle-blower and Bishop and former papal insider and Freemason, an ex-member of the ‘Knights of Columbus.’ Now, if what they want is a One World government as claimed, then they’ve got to have a One World religion too, right? Enter Jesuit, Pierre Teilhard de Chardin with a ‘new age’? Well, you might think so. The Vatican itself has acknowledged publicly that he is indeed, same as Helena Blavatsky, attributed as an influence on the New Age movement that blossomed in the late 1960s, over a decade after his death. Commentators of his work have illustrated this by highlighting some of his published statements.
For example, where HPB had adopted the motto, ‘Universal Brotherhood,’ he envisioned a ‘universal Christ.’ In his book, ‘Christianity and Evolution: Reflections on Science and Religion,’ he writes, “surely the solution for which modern mankind is seeking must essentially be exactly the solution which I have come upon. I believe that this is so, and it is this vision that my hopes are fulfilled. A general convergence of religions upon a universal Christ who fundamentally satisfies them all: that seems to me the only possible conversion of the world, and the only form in which a religion of the future can be conceived.” In a tribute to him, the United Nations – through its offshoot, ‘UNESCO’ (‘United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation’) – prepared an international symposium and exhibition back in 1981 to mark the centenary of his birth, and a commemorative medal was issued too. This UN organisation came into being shortly after the Second World War, and a close associate of de Chardin’s was its first Director-General in 1946, that being zoologist, scientist and ‘parapsychologist,’ Julian Huxley, brother of Aldous, the English writer and philosopher whose written works and musings in the 1950s and early ‘60s on psychedelic drugs and mystic experiences were an inspiration to the counter-culture that was yet to come. Actually, in the book, ‘If I Am to be Remembered: Correspondence of Julian Huxley,’ a biographical account of the man told through his letters, he and Pierre were first introduced to each other “in the UNESCO lobby.” UNESCO has also actively shone its attentions on John Lennon. For example, first launched in 1998, there’s its ‘John Lennon Educational Tour Bus,’ a bus with an in-built recording-studio and that’s reportedly toured across the US and Canada. Its creators inform us that it can be “a real instrument for peace,” a meeting point for young people, where they can “learn to express themselves, to communicate their feelings, to interact with others through music.” Then there was the showcasing earlier this year of a new silver collector coin to mark the fiftieth anniversary of the release of John’s ‘Give Peace a Chance.’ To quote a news-item reporting on this, a public unveiling “took place on Liverpool’s world-famous UNESCO heritage waterfront.” On that UNESCO waterfront stands the ‘John Lennon Peace Monument.’ You can see it in the pictures below…
Then there’s ‘UNICEF,’ a UN agency otherwise known as the ‘United Nations Children’s Fund.’ In 2014, it formally launched the ‘Imagine Project.’ Named after Lennon’s hit song, it was, they trumpeted, a “global initiative” to bring about “a better world for children.” It was an event festooned with symbols, slogans and words that one might regard to be ‘New World Order’-friendly. After all, as part of the project, Imagine was ceremonially performed live on December 31st that year at the New York Stock Exchange following the ringing of the closing bell that day, and in London overlooking the Houses of Parliament. Furthermore, in this “global initiative” comprising “nearly 1,000 organisations around the world,” all eyes were on 2015 and using the song “to influence world leaders and inspire collective action in advance of key global agenda-setting meetings…” such as UN meetings to do with producing “a global strategy for financing global development,” and “world leaders” setting “out new… goals for the next 15 years,” and matters pertaining to so-called “Climate Change” and “sustainable development.” You know… the usual. In 2014 also, UNICEF invited us to download the ‘#IMAGINE app’ so that we could sing our own rendition of the song and share it worldwide. Famed Dance/Pop recording-artist and DJ, David Guetta, so I understand, collected samples of some of these and created a ‘World Version’ of Imagine, and that also featured contributions from Popsters Katy Perry and will.i.am, and the UK actor, Idris Elba… And, in promoting the initiative, the song’s closing invitation to the world to “live as one” hasn’t been missed by UNICEF of course…
If you can stomach it…
‘Imagine’ (World Version):
Also, according to UNICEF, “a number” of the people featured in the video above are “global influencers” and “ambassadors” of the Lucis Trust’s Goodwill. One such ambassador is the Pop-star, Shakira, who sang Imagine at the UN General Assembly Hall in 2015, to open that year’s ‘UN General Assembly Sustainable Development Summit.’
What John Lennon would’ve made of all of this, I don’t know. Would he have played an obedient/controlled ‘media-slave’ role in promoting this, or, actually, would he have baulked at it all and prevented it from happening? Perhaps it’s worth acknowledging that the Imagine Project occurred decades after his death, when he could do nothing about it at all – but Yoko could of course. Of the song’s lyrical message, he’s reported to have said in 1980, shortly before he was gunned down, “the World Church called me once and asked, ‘can we use the lyrics to Imagine and just change it to Imagine one religion?’ That showed they didn’t understand it at all. It would defeat the whole purpose of the song, the whole idea. It is the concept of positive prayer. Imagine is saying that. If you can imagine a world at peace, with no denominations of religion – not without religion but without this my-God-is-bigger-than-your-God thing – then it can be true.” It’s interesting, isn’t it (?) that the World Goodwill, this organisation that’s declared that one of its objectives in going about ushering in “social change” and “a new humanity” is by adopting practises that “draw on the power of thought,” has championed a song called, ‘Imagine,’ a song that was composed, reportedly, to promote just that, the power of thought, for world transformation. Imagine indeed; Over 140 countries are estimated to have participated in the worldwide app-sharing singalong of that hit. That’s millions upon millions of people focusing their powerful thinking and their energy into a shared target, one that serves the aims of the World Goodwill and their UN colleagues.
As for the Jesuits, they’ve, to an tiny extent, been open about their relationship to the UN, as their website states, “Jesuits and their social ministries work with international organisations such as the United Nations, the ‘World Bank’… to promote” what it describes as “more just development structures and policies.” What the Society is better known for is education and its schools of which it has founded many over the centuries, and all over the world. So-called ‘fifth Beatle,’ record-producer and high-ranking Abbey Road studios employee, George Martin, is reported to have been Jesuit-educated. Kenneth Womack, author of the biography, ‘Maximum Volume: The Life of Beatles Producer George Martin…,’ mentions ‘Ignatius College’ in London, “a Jesuit college where the schoolmasters were Jesuit priests… at age 11 he earned a scholarship to attend” it. In later decades, as you may already know of course, he became ‘a Sir,’ a Knight Bachelor, same as Paul and Ringo.
‘Her Majesty’ from ‘Abbey Road’:
And in the end…
Before I sign off, let’s return to St. John’s Wood briefly, because there was another famed occultist who’d resided there, or so it’s claimed. Details are unsure, and as a result, sketchy as to the background and upbringing of this person from what I’ve gathered. Reported to have been born, Louis-Maximilian Bimstein, he’s perhaps best known as, Max Theon. His name has been linked to the occult organisation, the ‘Hermetic Brotherhood of Luxor,’ and of which he is credited with having been the Grand Master of. He’s also been mentioned as having been a fundamental inspiration on – and a teacher, even – of Helena Blavatsky when she was first establishing her ground as a theosophist.
Sometime in the 1880s he married and moved in to his new wife’s house in St. John’s Wood, that’s according to one source I’ve come across on the ‘net, and whilst he was here, he effectively set up shop as a psychic-for-hire, he “advertised as follows in the spiritualist Press: ‘Theon, the Eastern Psychic Healer, cures all diseases,’” claims esoteric-history author, Joscelyn Godwin. Although, again, details appear to be sketchy, Theon and Blavatsky are reported to have worked together on occult projects.
I’m not exactly sure at this point in time how exactly, if at all, any of The Beatles were admirers or fans of Helena Blavatsky, although McCartney has referenced her when reminiscing on his life and times as a rich and famous music-star during the 1960s. He told his biographer and old-time friend, Barry Miles, “I finally had the time to allow myself to be exposed to some of the stuff that had intrigued me for a long time, since my mid-teens really, when I’d started to read about artists’ experiences and that kind of culture, an inquiring culture. I might have just been reading about Blavatsky or Andre Breton, whatever it was, all these strange little strands, but it started to awaken in me the sense that this kind of bohemian thing, this artistic thing was possible. So I used to take a lot of time for those pursuits… And it was nice for this to leak into the Beatle stuff as it did.” There’s an occult bookshop in St. John’s Wood that McCartney is claimed to have visited back in those days, according to the findings of Tobias Churton, a British writer, lecturer and expert on western esotericism and theosophy. In his published work, ‘Aleister Crowley in America: Art, Espionage, and the Sex Magick in the New World,’ he reports that the store was run by a man by the name of Timothy d’Arch, who was acquainted with most if not all of the Beatles. Unfortunately, I’ve come up a blank in my search to confirm whether such a shop did (or does) exist in St. John’s Wood, however, either way, there’s no doubt really that Paul was a visitor of such emporiums, wherever they may have been. He actually lived in this London district for the second half of the 1960s in a town-house he bought back then and resides at to this day, and it was certainly a home that welcomed the occult/esoteric. Situated on Cavendish Avenue, just a two-minute stroll from Abbey Road around the corner, “a typical Cavendish Avenue discussion” back then, according to Paul’s old friend, Barry Miles, would be McCartney and some friendly visitor(s) comparing the difference between “Eastern mysticism and Western ritual magic.” Also, in the garden, he had what’s described as a ‘geodesic dome’ built, a glass-roofed structure made up of pentagon-shaped windows where he could sit and meditate. The pic below is of him with his dog, Martha, inside it, and I’m presuming from how the structure looks there, that it was still in the building stages at that point. Indeed, that certainly looks to be the case when you compare that photo with the one underneath it of McCartney and his fellow Beatles inside it in 1968.
For a fuller picture, this (below) is how it looked in 2011. This is a screencap of movie footage uploaded on ‘YouTube’ by a chap by the name of Ronald Renting who, it appears, got it by cheekily jumping up the back-garden wall of Paul’s Cavendish Avenue house.
To think, that from one district in London came not only the studios where The Beatles created sounds that, I would suggest, shape world culture, but philosophical teachings they championed to the same effect. That’s a little bit, ‘wow.’ I mean, what are the chances?
A lot of the information in this article examining the connections between St. John’s Wood and, specifically, the supposed occult bookshop there, the Templars, the Knights of St. John, and the theosophists Helena Blavatsky and Annie Besant were shared with me by an internet buddy of mine going back some years now and who often goes by the name of ‘johnyb,’ or ‘Johny.’ I’d been promising him for a while that I’d rustle up something on this site based on the initial info he’d e-mailed me. This is it.
‘Conservation Area Audit. St John’s Wood.’
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YouTube: ‘Interview – Greg Szymanski & Gerard Bouffard – The Vatican Control Over the world’
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