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America: Nation of the Goddess
The Venus Families and the Founding of the United States
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About The Book
• Exposes the esoteric influences behind the National Grange Order of Husbandry
• Examines the sacred design and hidden purpose of the Washington Monument
• Reveals how the three obelisks in New York City depict the stars of Orion’s Belt
• Explains how every baseball diamond is actually a temple to the Goddess
In America: Nation of the Goddess, Alan Butler and Janet Wolter reveal how a secret cabal of influential “Venus” families with a lineage tracing back to the Eleusinian Mysteries has shaped the history of the United States since its founding. The evidence for such incredible assertions comes from American institutions such as the National Grange Order of Husbandry and from the man-made landscape of the United States where massive structures and whole cities conform to an agenda designed to elevate the feminine within religion and society.
The authors explain how the Venus families, working through the Freemasons and later the Grange, planned the American Revolution and the creation of the United States. It was this group who set the stage for the Founding Fathers to create Washington, D.C., according to the principles of sacred geometry, with an eye toward establishing the New Jerusalem. The authors explore the sacred design of the Washington Monument, revealing its occult purpose and connections to the heavens. They reveal how the obelisks in New York City depict the stars of Orion’s Belt just like the Giza pyramids and how the site of one of them, St. Paul’s Chapel, is the American counterpart to Rosslyn Chapel in Scotland. Exposing the strong esoteric influences behind the establishment of the Grange in the United States, they connect this apparently conservative order of farmers to the Venus families and trace its lineage back to the Cisterians, who were a major voice in the promotion of the Crusades and the establishment of the Knights Templar.
The authors conclude with the startling revelation that nearly every city in America has a temple to the Goddess hidden in plain sight--their baseball diamonds--exposing the extent to which the Venus families are still at work behind the scenes.
A Single Word
There are few times in the careers of historical researchers when something so “odd” and so utterly incongruous turns up that when it does happen there is a tendency to wonder whether the whole thing is a dream. Such a rare occurrence is a time of wrinkled brows and frantic searches to verify that there are rational answers to be had. Generally patience and persistence win out--but not always. When subsequent research only complicates the issue, there is nothing to be done but to feel the thrill of excitement that attends the start of any adventure and to say, as did Sherlock Holmes, “The game’s afoot!”
What began our particular adventure was a single word. It was a word that was of importance to both of us, but for totally different reasons. That word was grange, and it started a quest that had more twists and turns than a medieval maze and which shows no sign of finishing any time soon.
It might seem as if the monastic medieval meaning of the word grange, and the way it was used in nineteenth-century America had little in common--except for the fact that grange comes from the Latin word gran, meaning “grain.” As a result the word grange was closely associated with the word granary--a place where grain is stored. However, in the way the Cistercians used it, grange meant an outlying farm, separate from but yet directly owned and run by a particular abbey. In the case of the United States Grange, more properly known as “The National Grange of the Order of Patrons of Husbandry,” it meant a gathering together of many thousands of independent farms--all across the country--associated by mutual interest and common problems. In this way it served as the farmers’ “union.”
As our mutual research began Alan was spending more and more time in the United States working on television documentaries and doing research for his book Washington D.C--City of the Goddess. Alan believes that Washington D.C. is the most extraordinary deliberately planned city in the world.
One of the observations that had caused him to look in great detail at the founding of Washington D.C. was the tremendous proliferation of “goddess” statues to be found within its civic heart and throughout its parks and intersections.
Underpinning the “secular” stance of the founding government of the United States had been a particular reverence for a strong feminine component within the spiritual beliefs of at least a fair proportion of Washington D.C.’s designers. Because many of those who created Washington D.C. were Freemasons, and also because to those in the know there is a secret “goddess slant” to Freemasonry, it was not too surprising to see why all the goddess statues were present.
Like Freemasonry, the Grange consists of a series of stages of initiation, which are known as degrees. Those who wish to become members of the Grange have to proceed, stage by stage, through the degrees in order to reach the top of the Grange ladder of initiation. Accompanying the degrees are specific costumes, role-playing, and carefully memorized dialogue.
It is the nature of the degrees of Grange membership--available to both men and women--that sets the Grange apart from its Freemasonic origins. What is more, many of the presiding officers present during the conferring of Grange degrees are women who take on the names of different goddesses known in the ancient world to be goddesses of nature and agriculture.
To the majority of those taking part across so many decades, all of the costumes, the play-acting, and the carefully learned lines must have been a fascinating departure from the humdrum lives of the subsistence farmer and his family. Grange meetings not only cemented communities together (probably for the first time in many isolated townships), but the Grange ultimately gave small farmers a “national” voice. The Grange brought people together on a regular basis and must have been a social godsend, especially to hard-pressed, isolated women. The feeling of warmth, inclusion, and quite inexplicable sense of calm that we both felt when we visited the oldest of the surviving Grange halls is difficult to describe.
All the same, no matter how significant and important the Grange has been to its many members, it remains one of the greatest enigmas of developing society in the United States. This is primarily because throughout the whole of the degree rituals neither the name “Jesus” nor the title “Christ” is mentioned, despite the fact that the Grange has always considered itself to be a Christian institution. Farming communities have tended to be conservative in their outlook and have often been comprised of people from a strong, fundamentalist Christian background. It is incomprehensible that such people would have taken part in ceremonies that have an unabashed “pagan” feel to them.
It turns out that the use of the word Grange for this unique experiment in agricultural cooperation was no coincidence. It was deliberately chosen by a group of people who have been steering the ship of humanity for a very long time. We call these people the “Venus families,” but they have appeared in very many forms and guises. They took control of western Europe in the eleventh century and were responsible for both the Cistercians and the Knights Templar. They set the scene for European settlement of North America in the twelfth century, and they left ample evidence of their presence and their alliances with the indigenous peoples.
The dream of the Venus families was always the same: self-determination, equality, and fairness, a foundation laid with the cornerstone that was placed with great Freemasonic ceremony at the northeast corner of the Capitol in Washington D.C. They also believed vehemently in religious freedom, despite holding fast to personal beliefs that are older by far than any organized religion in the world today.
- Publisher: Destiny Books (November 19, 2015)
- Length: 368 pages
- ISBN13: 9781620553978
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Raves and Reviews
“. . . A scholarly yet fun to read book packed with revelations about America’s greatest secrets. Readers will never be able to look at the nation’s capital or New York City the same way again.”
– Steven Sora, author of Secret Societies of America’s Elite and The Lost Treasure of the Knight
“The authors have compiled a wealth of esoteric lore and fascinating facts affirming connections between ancient henges, the Knights of the Temple Brotherhood, modern Freemasonry, and the birth of the United States. Applying principles of sacred geometry, surprising associations with the Great Goddess are confirmed in actual measurements and sun/shadow relationships of obelisks in New York and Washington, D.C., the capital city.”
– Margaret Starbird, Roman Catholic scholar and bestselling author of The Woman with the Alabaster Jar
“America: Nation of the Goddess brings to light some of the hidden gems of Freemasonry, including the origins of the Grange and what is the true heart and soul of the Craft. The amazing shadow play of the Washington Monument will forever change the National Mall experience for all who read this book.”
– Scott F. Wolter, host of H2’s America Unearthed and author of The Hooked X
“From the deepest shadows of the medieval Knights Templar to the shining light of the National Grange and Freemasonry, Alan Butler and Janet Wolter lift the many veils of the Venus Families and reveal their central involvement in the founding of America. Gently unwinding the double helix of the Holy Bloodline, they display the eternal Goddess in all of her glorious splendor. Within the pages of America: Nation of the Goddess, the mark of the Goddess is not only shown to be on the very foundations of Washington, D.C., and New York City but also on the entire free nation of America!”
– William F. Mann, author of The Knights Templar in the New World, The Templar Meridians, and Templar
“The innovative ideas in America: Nation of the Goddess will stimulate not only experienced researchers but any reader seeking new and exciting theories in the field. If you are interested in secret societies, the Templars, Francis Bacon, the secret history of Washington, D.C., Masonic symbols, and other fascinating mysteries, this is the book is for you. America: Nation of the Goddess has a wealth of information. Highly recommended.”
– John DeSalvo, Ph.D., director of the Great Pyramid of Giza Research Association and author of The Lo
“What does a Cistercian monastery have to do with Grange Halls in America? How did the Freemasons and the Knights Templar get involved? What is the Megalithic Yard and how did it affect the design of our nation’s capitol? Are Demeter’s Elysinian Mysteries alive and well in Washington, D.C.? Is there really an Egyptian Temple in New York City, hidden in plain sight? These are the questions that these authors tackle and the answers are astounding. Both of them have well-tested reputations in the field of historical research. They have documented evidence that a group of people (the Venus Families) have influenced the birth and development of the United States of America since its very beginnings. They have spent decades ferreting out the real-world evidence for that lineage, and now they are taking readers on a real-world adventure in search of esoteric mysteries. The mysteries, according to these authors, turn out not to be all that esoteric. The evidence is documented in ancient texts, in archeological sites, and in extant buildings right here in the USA. Even your most conservative customers are realizing that a powerful change is occurring in our world now. Many people believe that the energies of the Goddess have been surfacing during these recent turbulent times. That’s exactly what these authors believe. Dense with academic information, this 350-page book is amazingly readable and engaging. It has something for everybody. You might be surprised by how many of your customers are interested.”
– Retailing Insight, Anna Jedrziewski
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