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NEW BOOK ASKS, WAS JFK KILLED TO AVENGE THE KNIGHTS TEMPLAR?

Tuesday, July 26th, 2022

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Deep Questions Lead to Deep Answers about The Deep State, Say Co-Authors Paul Fitzgerald and Elizabeth Gould

WALTERVILLE, OR, USA, July 26, 2022 /EINPresswire.com/ — In their new book by TrineDay called “The Valediction: Resurrection,” co-authors Paul Fitzgerald and Elizabeth Gould contend that President Kennedy was murdered partly to avenge the destruction of the Knight Templar seven hundred years ago.

“My husband Paul’s investigation of his Fitzgerald family’s participation in the 12th century Norman invasion of Ireland has exposed the struggle for power within the Anglo/Norman deep-state that has raged beneath the surface through the centuries,” says Ms. Gould. “Killing the first Roman Catholic President of the United States on the site of the first Masonic Temple in Dallas on the Masonic day of revenge for the destruction of the Knights Templar (November 22) bespeaks a ritual.”

“If the assassination was an act of retribution,” she continued, “then we must view history from a more complex perspective. In order to understand a ‘deep-state,’ we must ask ‘deep-questions’ and be willing to accept ‘deep-answers,’ no matter where they lead.”

“In our book we show the trail of evidence that moves from the Norman invasion of Ireland, which brought the Fitzgeralds to Ireland, to their genocide 400 years later by the Elizabethans, who saw the Fitzgeralds as a race of their own and a dangerous threat to the British imperial agenda.”

“We show not only the creation of the Fitzgerald legacy but also the deeper political and spiritual motivation behind the JFK assassination, and in the end, its resolution.”

“Because,” Ms. Gould asserts, “Americans long for a spiritual regeneration away from the vision of war as an honorable sacrifice to a vision of peace that serves all. We developed, in a very personal and mystical way, a profound understanding of how the world can move from war to peace, an understanding that began with our journalism in Afghanistan over forty years ago. Our book reads like a novel but it all really happened.”

“President Reagan’s crusade against the Evil Empire,” Mr. Fitzgerald said in a recent interview, “set the stage for endless war by privatizing covert action and spawning an independent financial network that put the planet up for grabs to the highest bidder. Afghanistan’s mythic dimension as the graveyard of empires is undoing not only the American empire but also the concept of empire itself.”

“’The Valediction’ is a transformative story about journalism and spirituality,” says Mr. Fitzgerald. “It’s about the esoteric geopolitics behind the US role in Afghanistan that we discovered by walking through our own spiritual door and trusting the path, which continues to unfold to this day.”

Paul Fitzgerald and Elizabeth Gould were the first American journalists to gain access to Afghanistan in 1981 following the expulsion of western media one month after the Soviet invasion of 1979. After their news story for CBS, they produced a PBS documentary, and returned to Kabul for ABC Nightline in 1983. They are the co-authors of The Voice; Invisible History: Afghanistan’s Untold Story; Crossing Zero: The AfPak War at the Turning Point of American Empire; The Valediction: Three Nights of Desmond, and The Valediction: Resurrection. Visit www.valediction.net for more information.

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Our New View Interview titled “Mystical Imperialism” 

Monday, July 25th, 2022

Our New View Interview titled “Mystical Imperialism”  can be accessed here .   A child’s dream of a message from an 800-year old ancestor launches a quest with great relevance to our times. Hear Liz Gould talk about the interweaving of dreams and reality, Black Knights, elite control of the mystical realm, paradox and contradiction, and how to move from Warriors of War to Warriors of Peace. Includes myth, mystery and facts shedding light on the Irish Fitzgeralds and the assassination of JFK.

THE NEW VIEW is a team of Visionary Crones with more than 500 years of life experience and altogether 26 published books. We cover current events and draw our views and solutions from these interests: New Economics, Earth Rights, Public Banks, US Dollar, Tax Shift, Alt Currency, Decentralism, Bioregionalism, Divine Feminine, The Best Game on Earth, World Peace, Holistic Health, Spirit, Channeling, Multi-Dimensional WooWoo, ESP, ETs, Etc.   The New View Team: Carol Brouillet, Diane Perlman PhD,  Ginger Metraux PhD, Norie Huddle,  Marilyn Langlois, Alanna Hartzok  and Ellen Brown.

 


SOAPBOX PODCAST hosted by CINDY SHEEHAN Interviews Paul and Liz

Sunday, July 17th, 2022

Publication date 16 JULY 2022    Listen to the 43 minute interview  here.

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Roundtable #10 Let’s Fulfill JFK’s Dream For World Peace: A Plan for Action. Join Us! 

Monday, June 13th, 2022

A  FREE Zoom Event  Wed. June 29, 2022 3:00 – 4:30 pm/EST   RSVP Required at Valedictiondotnet/eventlist 

Research into how positive ideas move from one person to the next suggests that just sharing ideas is not sufficient to change the world. We need to translate consciously the power of positive ideas into action. The first step is to unblock our feelings of fear and despair about the threats to our planet from the endless war agendas we face. If we don’t unlock our creative power to imagine the peace we want now it will not be able to materialize as our future. Once we do unlock the full potential for peace everyone will eventually join with us to make it happen.

Featuring Paul Fitzgerald and Elizabeth Gould, co-authors of Invisible History, Crossing Zero and The Valediction: Three Nights of Desmond.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Host: Kris Millegan, TrineDay Publishing “The folks in the shadows who lie, cheat and steal to manipulate us must be exposed so we can create a better world for our children.”                                                                                                                                                                             Moderator: Bruce de Torres, author of God, School, 9/11 and JFK: The Lies That Are Killing Us and The Truth That Sets Us Free

THE ROUNDTABLES – “Exposing the Failure of Empire and Reclaiming the Narrative Creation Process” – inspired by THE VALEDICTION, Paul Fitzgerald’s and Elizabeth Gould’s novelized memoir series about their journalism in Afghanistan after the 1979 Soviet invasion, their return home, where the MSM would not broadcast what they found, their journey into history and mysticism the real power behind empires.


A Declaration of Human Rights for the 21st century, World Peace

Monday, June 13th, 2022

OpEd News     June 10, 2022 

 

By Paul Fitzgerald and Elizabeth Gould

Violence begets violence, war begets more wars. These facts have been known to generations before our time and we should not have to learn this horrible truth again. Events have been forgotten by history and covered up by administrations. Angers and hatreds have been instilled in generations. We cannot continue in this manner and survive as a people. We must calm down, face the facts of where we have come from, and put our minds to diffusing the crises and not making it worse. Is there a solution? YES, there is; knowledge, understanding and the courage to face our past and vow to resolve it without violence or prejudice. Americans are in a unique position to help through JFK’s peace legacy enshrined in his American University Speech. Activating his plan will be a new Declaration of Human Rights for the 21st century that will lay the foundation for a peaceful world to emerge out of the final chaotic stage of empire.


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Overview

John Fitzgerald Kennedy is regularly rated as one of our greatest presidents, a testament to his continuing ability to inspire hope, faith and courage in Americans. He asked us to take on the most important challenge of our times in 1963; helping him to create world peace. His American University Speech laid out that plan with words that are powerful – so powerful he could have lost his life five months later just because of them. Resurrecting JFK’s plan for world peace is long overdue! We the People must do it. We the People can do it! We the people will do it! And the first step is for We the People to imagine the peaceful future we want, starting today.

Research into how positive ideas move from one person to the next suggests that just sharing ideas is not sufficient to change the world. We need to translate consciously the power of positive ideas into action. The first step is to unblock our feelings of fear and despair about the threats to our planet from the endless war agendas we face. If we don’t unlock our creative power to imagine the peace we want now it will not be able to materialize as our future. Once we do unlock the full potential for peace everyone will eventually join with us to make it happen.


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The next step is transforming JKF’s June 10, 1963 American University speech into the blueprint for world peace intertwined with historical and mythical stories from his Fitzgerald family’s Irish roots. The finished plan would be delivered at a musical concert set in Ireland. It will be modeled after the 1985 Live Aid concert for famine relief in Africa. The sponsors of Live Aid took an issue nobody cared about, put it in front of 2 billion people through music, and raised $127 million. Unfortunately, not only are millions of lives still at risk today from famine in the third world, the first world is facing an unprecedented food crisis of its own. This exposes the truth that focusing on famine relief was never going to be a remedy for famine itself. Our concert will promote the real solution; establishing the peace as the only underlying foundation that will address all human-made problems.


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Our musical “peace” focus will be modeled after the wildly popular American Tribal Love-Rock Musical HAIR. In its time HAIR was the center of the Anti-Vietnam War Movement; delivering a riveting political and social awakening that we experienced in 1970 as participants in the Boston production for a year. Its finale song Flesh Failures Let the Sunshine In still stirs the soul to know that, in their heart, all people want peace and not war. It will become the anthem for the world wide peace movement we are building.

Our effort towards peace through dialogue and music will break us free from the dialectic’s narrative of defeating the “other,” opening us to a self-aware perspective that can function as a spiritual and moral gauge by testing our own values instead of others. The concert will also be a re-awakening to bring back the peace robbed from our generation by dark forces manipulating from behind the scenes. Those forces did destroy our generation’s cohesion but our vision for activating world peace is even more inspired towards action by what we connected to back then.

Finally a new and shocking departure from the toxic war narrative is needed to totally change the tone and reorient people’s thinking away from war to peace as the only solution. This can be accomplished by connecting to our shared past in Ireland, the land that gave birth to the prophecy of the Fitzgerald family’s most beloved ancestor, Gearóid Iarla. It has been believed for close to 700 years that he will rise from the dead at the end of time to free the Irish people from the tyranny of empire. The time is now for the fulfillment of that prophecy and we believe that can be accomplished by resurrecting JFK’s plan for world peace.


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The perfect setting for a concert that will promote world peace through music is at Newgrange, a fifty-five hundred-year-old UNESCO World Heritage Site north of Dublin. Originally known as Bru na Boinne (mansion on the river Boyne), the structure is central to pre-Christian Irish mythology having been built by the Dagda, the father of the Tuatha de Danaan (people of the light), who was known as the Good Father as a benefactor to all the people. Described as a “passage grave” by scholars, it was considered a “house” where the dead could live and pass in and out of supernatural reality into this world at will. It was also a place where the living could commune with the spirits of the Otherworld and see, hear and feel the bountiful Grail that awaited them in the spirit-world beyond.

According to Joseph Campbell in his book Occidental Mythology, The Masks of God; “By various schools of modern scholarship, the Grail has been identified with the Dagda’s caldron of plenty. According to Masonic lore, Newgrange’s history and mythology is also central to the biblical Enoch, grandfather of Noah, who is found in all three Abrahamic religions. This ancient mythology can provide a new narrative outside the fracturing framework of today’s violent struggles. But most of all Newgrange stimulates something in the imagination; a deeper connection to the past and the evolution of human thought that has been lost and forgotten to both the East and the West.

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Key Passages from JFK’s June 10, 1963 American University Speech

“Some say that it is useless to speak of peace until the leaders of the Soviet Union adopt a more enlightened attitude. I hope they do. I believe we can help them do it. But I also believe that we must reexamine our own attitude… for our attitude is as essential as theirs. And every citizen who despairs of war and wishes to bring peace, should begin by looking inward… by examining his own attitude toward the possibilities of peace, toward the Soviet Union and toward freedom and peace here at home.

“First, examine our attitude toward peace itself. Too many think it is impossible. But that is a defeatist belief. It leads to the conclusion that war is inevitable, that mankind is doomed, that we are gripped by forces we cannot control. Our problems are manmade. Therefore, they can be solved by man. Man’s reason and spirit have often solved the seemingly unsolvable and we can do it again.

“Let us focus on an attainable peace based on a gradual evolution in human institutions, on a series of actions and effective agreements which are in the interest of all concerned. With such a peace, there will still be conflicting interests, as there are within families and nations. World peace, like community peace, does not require that each man love his neighbor, it requires only that they live together in mutual tolerance, submitting their disputes to a just settlement.

“So let us persevere. Peace need not be impracticable, and war need not be inevitable. By defining our goal more clearly, by making it seem more manageable and less remote, we can help people to see it, to draw hope from it, and to move irresistibly toward it.

“And second, let us reexamine our attitude toward the Soviet Union. It is discouraging to read a Soviet text and find claims, such as the allegation that ‘there is a very real threat of a preventive war being unleashed by American imperialists against the Soviet Union, and that the political aims of the American imperialists are to enslave economically and politically the European and other capitalist countries and to achieve world domination by means of aggressive wars.‘ It is sad to realize the extent of the gulf between us. But it is also a warning to the American people not to fall into the same trap as the Soviets, not to see only a distorted view of the other side, not to see conflict as inevitable, accommodation as impossible, and communication as nothing more than an exchange of threats.

“No government or social system is so evil that its people must be considered as lacking in virtue. No nation in the history of battle ever suffered more than the Soviet Union in the Second World War. At least 20 million lost their lives. A third of the nation’s territory, including nearly two-thirds of its industrial base, was turned into a wasteland.

“Today, should total war break out our two countries will be the primary targets. It is a fact that the two strongest powers are in the most danger of devastation. All we have built, all we have worked for, would be destroyed in the first 24 hours. And even in the cold war our two countries bear the heaviest burdens. We are both devoting massive sums of money to weapons that could be devoted to combat poverty and disease. We are caught up in a dangerous cycle with suspicion on one side breeding suspicion on the other, and new weapons begetting counter weapons.

“In short, both the United States and its allies, and the Soviet Union and its allies, have a mutually deep interest in a genuine peace and in halting the arms race. Agreements to this end are in the interests of the Soviet Union as well as ours. So, let us not be blind to our differences, but let us also direct attention to our common interests and the means by which those differences can be resolved. For our most common link is that we all inhabit this small planet. We all breathe the same air. We all cherish our children’s future. And we are all mortal.” Read the full speech here.

The Fitzgerald History and Mythology embodied in JFK’s life, death and resurrection

Myths have been created by every culture world-wide for millennia. They are the stories of our encounters with the mystical handed down from one generation to the next. When myths are merged with the historical record the interaction aids in deciphering a more complex meaning of history. In our research into the Fitzgerald family’s rise and fall from power “starting with the 12th-century Norman invasion of Ireland and ending four hundred years later with the beheading of the last earl of Desmond by Elizabeth I” we were faced with the limits of the historical record. Fortunately the age of myth lived on in Ireland into the mid-20th century allowing us the ability to access a rich layer of meaning beyond history.


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Starting with the Fitzgeralds‘ arrival in Ireland in 1169 an outpouring of prophecies believed to be connected to the family were already in existence. Over time these prophecies became entwined with the prophetic legacies of Merlin, the Grail legends from Wales, the Irish prophets Moling, Brechan, Patrick and Colmcille, and the ancient Irish legends of Finn and the Dagda.


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The myths about the Earls of Desmond began to form in the early 14th century. Maurice Fitzgerald’s son Gerald, known as Gearoid Iarla in Gaelic, inspired the origin myth of the family. Born in 1338, Gearoid succeeded to the Earldom in 1358 making him the 3rd Earl of Desmond and the leader of the Munster branch of the Fitzgeralds… the most powerful Norman family in late medieval Ireland. Gearoid’s castle at Lough Gur, Co. Limerick became the center of the earldom and a home for his love of Gaelic culture. As a highly respected composer of Gaelic love poetry, Gearoid became a leading example of the Norman lords’ willingness to embrace their own Gaelicization. “More Irish than Irish themselves” was a phrase used by later historians to describe this phenomenon of total cultural assimilation.

The Fitzgeralds, as the new Norman overlords of Munster, adopted the mythic symbolism of the Gaelic tradition and embraced Aine as their goddess of Munster sovereignty. A poet in their employ in the 14th century referred to Gearoid’s father, Maurice, as “Aine’s king” and Gearoid as “the son of Aine’s knight.” According to the folklore, Maurice was walking by the shore of Lough Gur when he saw Aine bathing, seized her cloak, which magically put her under his power, and then lay with her. Aine told Maurice that she would bear him a son Gearoid Iarla whom he was to bring up with the best of care. One caution she gave to Maurice; he was not to show surprise at anything however strange his son should do.

The boy grew into a handsome young man and one night there was a gathering at the castle with dancing. None of the ladies could compete with Gearoid’s dancing. When the dance ended one young woman engaged him in another contest as she rose and leaped over the guests, tables and dishes and then leaped back again. The old Earl turned to his son and said “Can you do anything like that?” Gearoid rose and leaped into a bottle, and out again. There was great applause for his feat. Then the Old Earl looked with shock at his son’s performance. “Were you not warned,” said the young Earl, “never to show surprise at anything I might do?” The Old Earl’s display forced his son to leave his father’s world. Once Gearoid’s feats were recognized as magical he would have to go with his mother into the otherworld. “You have forced me to leave you” were his last words to his father. When Gearoid left the castle he entered the water of the river, and swam away in the form of a goose.

The folklore con­cerning Gearoid continued to spread. During the 15th century, London grew nervous about the growing power of the Desmond earls. Despite continued challenges to their rule the Fitzgeralds maintained control as their prestige throughout Europe grew. The Gherardini, a leading Florentine family, claimed they were related. But tension continued to mount in the early16th century as rumors spread that the Fitzgeralds were plotting to invade and seize London’s power.

For over four hundred years the Fitzgeralds were absorbed into the local mythology. Then in 1558, the 14th Earl of Desmond succeeded to the title. His name was Gerald, the first to have that name since Gearoid Iarla. The English had deprived Gerald of his family estates by locking him up in London Tower for long periods of time. Rather than breaking his will, when Gerald returned home in 1573, he took on a stronger pro-Irish stance by joining the rebellion against the English. Hopes ran high for the Fitzgerald campaign as the prophecies were circulated. In later folklore it was claimed that the new Gearoid embodied the great Fitzgerald spirit of his 14th-century ancestor. Gearoid Iarla had not died but returned at the hour of the family’s greatest need.

It is said that a man passing by Lough Gur saw a light and found the entrance to a cavern, where he saw an army of knights and horses asleep. There was a sword on the floor, and as the man drew it out the army awakened. Then its leader, Gearoid Iarla, asked if the time had come yet, but the man ran away. The army fell back to sleep, and the entrance could not be found later.

Although Gerald was an inspiration, by 1583 his cause was lost and he was beheaded. The great affection for the family lived on, as did the hope that one of them would someday free Ireland. There are repeated references to this mystical belief in documents from the 17th to the 19th centuries as well as London’s concern for the Fitzgerald’s embrace of Gaelic ways in clear defiance of English law.

Despite London’s fierce opposition, Gearoid Iarla and the myths surrounding him would continue to inspire future Fitzgeralds while winning the admiration of the Irish people. But as the power of these myths became entwined with Ireland’s political history London found itself justifying a genocide to eliminate an existential threat to London’s rule far beyond mere competition. To the royals, siding with the “people” over loyalty to the Crown was the highest treason of all. That revelation made clear why the marriage of the first Fitzgerald, Gerald of Winsor to Princess Nest in 1097, would inevitably lead to the killing of JFK in 1963 for his attempt to bring peace to the world.

Our HAIR experience and why its music still matters

We had done research for an article on mind control that included the role of MK-ULTRA; a CIA project that operated from the early 1950s through the 1960s. MK-ULTRA had used Americans without consent to alter their mental states. The project remained secret until 1975 when the Church Committee Hearings revealed the CIA’s illegal activities. But what really got our attention back then was confirming that MK-ULTRA had infiltrated the Anti-Vietnam War Movement to undermine its legitimacy with the distribution of psychedelic drugs.

As teenagers growing up in the1960s the music scene and the antiwar movement were synonymous. A new age was dawning and our generation wanted to keep war from becoming part of it. What we didn’t know until recently was how much influence military intelligence and the CIA had in forming what we believed was an organic outgrowth of popular sentiment against the Vietnam War.

Before bands such as The Doors and The Byrds became famous; the songwriters, musicians and singers who would form those bands flocked to Laurel Canyon. What was strange about this migration was the absence of a music industry in the area. What it did have was Vito Paulekas and the Freaks; a regular feature of the Sunset Boulevard Club scene starting in 1964. Paulekas was known for supplying wildly frenzied dancers to stir interest in the bands and is credited with their early success. Having materialized a musical revolution out of thin air, he has also been credited as the inspiration for the Hippie movement’s fashion and free-love communal lifestyle.

Another oddity was that many of the artists who arrived were descended from influential families, had military or intelligence backgrounds or connections to high-ranking military personnel. Frank Zappa, creator of The Mothers of Invention, spent his youth at the Edgewood Arsenal Chemical Biological Center where his father was a chemical-warfare specialist. Edgewood Arsenal was connected to MK-Ultra’s mind-control program. Major Floyd Crosby, father of David Crosby of Crosby, Stills and Nash, was an Annapolis graduate and WWII military intelligence officer descended from the Van Rensselaers, a prominent American family.

Doors Keyboardist Ray Manzarek served in the highly selective Army Security Agency as an intelligence analyst in Laos in the run-up to the Vietnam War. Doors producer Paul Rothchild also served in the same Military Intelligence Corps in 1959. Jim Morrison was the son of U.S. Navy Admiral George Morrison.

In August of 1964, U.S. warships, under Morrison’s command, claimed to have been attacked while patrolling Vietnam’s Tonkin Gulf. Although the claim was false, it resulted in the U.S. Congress passing the Tonkin Gulf Resolution, which provided the pretext for an escalation of American involvement in Vietnam. Morrison never spoke publicly of his father’s role in creating the “false flag” that was used to deceive the American people into accepting a war against Vietnam.

More intriguing was Morrison’s lack of interest in music until he transformed into one of the most glorified rock stars of all time. As the Door’s lead singer, Morrison played a major role in forming the band’s identity. He chose its name from Aldous Huxley’s The Doors of Perception. Huxley’s “doors” opened through the use of psychedelic drugs. He was also a key player behind the use of MK-Ultra’s research into mind control. In a 1949 letter to George Orwell, Huxley described psychedelic drugs as far more efficient than prisons.

As an acolyte of the Greek god Dionysus and the Dionysian Mysteries Morrison reveled in the use of drugs, drink and frenzied dancing. MK-Ultra’s objectives had much in common with the Dionysian Mysteries and Morrison’s philosophy of life, who said “I believe in a long, prolonged, derangement of the senses in order to obtain the unknown.” Morrison was also described as a Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. Doors manager Paul Rothchild explained, “You never knew whether Jim would show up as the poetic scholar or the kamikaze drunk.


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Americans need to look back and reconsider the turning points that brought our country to this crossroad of endless war. How did we come from being so much against war in Vietnam into preparing for a war against everyone on the planet today? Was the Laurel Canyon scene the only operation sabotaging the legitimacy of the anti-war movement by co-opting its message? Was the CIA responsible for permanently wrapping the anti-war movement and public dissent in a cloak of freaked-out hippies, communal sex and acid trips on LSD?

The 1950s and 1960s saw America in direct competition with the Soviet Union, not only for military superiority but also for the world’s hearts and minds. The Cultural Cold War waged by Washington embraced activities that were intended to outshine anything done by its communist rival in literature, music and the arts. A psychological-warfare campaign to break down traditional patterns of behavior had already been laid out in 1953 by the CIA’s Psychological Strategy Board’s doctrine for social control known as PSB D-33/2. With an emphasis on the strange and avant-garde, the CIA began bringing artists, writers and musicians into what was known as its “Freedom Manifesto”. The CIA came to view the program as a landmark in the Cold War, not just for solidifying its control over the non-communist left and the West’s intellectuals, but for enabling the CIA to secretly disenfranchise Europeans and Americans from their own political culture in such a way they would never know it.

As the historian of the CIA’s secret co-optation of America’s non-communist left, Christopher Lasch wrote in 1969, “The modern state is an engine of propaganda, alternately manufacturing crises and claiming to be the only instrument that can effectively deal with them. This propaganda, in order to be successful, demands the cooperation of writers, teachers, and artists not as paid propagandists or state-censored time-servers but as ‘free’ intellectuals capable of policing their own jurisdictions and of enforcing acceptable standards of responsibility within the various intellectual professions.”

While declaring itself as the antidote to communist totalitarianism, one CIA officer viewed PSB D-33/2 as interposing “a wide doctrinal system that accepts uniformity as a substitute for diversity,” embracing “all fields of human thought–all fields of intellectual interests, from anthropology and artistic creations to sociology and scientific methodology.” He concluded “That is just about as totalitarian as one can get.”

The evidence that the birth of the psychedelic 1960s New Age music scene was guided by the invisible hand of military and intelligence operatives is well documented. But what about the American Tribal Love-Rock Musical HAIR that swept the world in 1968 after opening to rave reviews on Broadway?

We lived our experience with HAIR when we became a part of the Boston production in 1970 while college students. HAIR was on the front lines of the anti-war movement and we waved the banner every night before sold-out audiences. To us, the Vietnam War was nothing more than what Daniel Ellsberg described as a neocolonial enterprise. America’s Winter Soldiers joined us on stage to celebrate our right to dramatize the undoing of American society by the terror being inflicted on Southeast Asia.


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HAIR was a worldwide phenomenon with casts in every major U.S. city and nineteen productions outside North America. Its anti-war theme was shared by millions of Americans who watched and participated in it. Every HAIR cast was local to the city it performed in and established new standards for racial diversity unheard of at the time. HAIR made the war and its impact on human beings personal in ways that nothing else could.

But that impact and the anti-war momentum it had accrued was lost and channeled away from the universal peace we believed was possible. Was HAIR’s popularity part of a cultural cold war experiment to influence public opinion and then made to go away? A 1977 revival of HAIR at the Biltmore Theatre, where it ran for 1750 performances from 1968 to 1972, was surprisingly attacked by the NYT as too far gone to be timely; too recently gone to be even nostalgia.

With its antiwar message dismissed and President Carter’s Russo-phobic National Security Advisor, Zbigniew Brzezinski, taking over security policy at the White House, the message was clear. The antiwar movement would not be coming to power in Washington in 1977 and never would be. When the film version of HAIR was released in 1979 – it was rewritten and detached from the show’s anti-war theme. With Vietnam disposed of; the West’s endless war against the Soviet Union could be put back on the track. By the time Ronald Reagan was elected president in 1980, the anti-Vietnam War movement had been reduced to a “Syndrome” and cured with a World War II-size defense budget that transformed the U.S. from a creditor to a debtor nation.

The celebrity arm of the non-communist left was well represented at our 1970 HAIR opening night with the presence of Peter, Paul and Mary’s Peter Yarrow and the show’s executive producer Bertrand Castelli; a member of Europe’s cultural cold war elite. Yarrow’s Ukrainian-born father, Bernard, was a member of the CIA’s European cultural front organization, the National Committee for a Free Europe. Having served during World War II in the OSS and then joining the Dulles brothers‘ law firm, Bernard helped found Radio Free Europe and became its senior vice president. Following Vietnam, Yarrow transferred his activism to Soviet Jewry and their emigration to Israel, a major component of the neoconservative agenda.

By the 1980s the issue became a key platform of the Reagan administration’s ability to stop de’tente with the Soviet Union. As for HAIR, stripped of its antiwar message, it was reduced to being the poster child of a 1960s debauched hedonism. Or as Castelli labelled a revival in 2008, “Everything that was joyful and harmless became dangerous and ugly.” Dangerous and ugly is not the way we remember our experience with HAIR. Nuclear war and Vietnam were dangerous and ugly and in the intervening years that danger and ugliness has returned to haunt us.

If HAIR was part of a psychological campaign to energize the youth of America to action in the pursuit of peace, freedom and happiness, it succeeded. But if the ultimate objective was to then crush that freedom and numb us to the danger of permanent war, it too succeeded. At the time, HAIR’s success helped us believe that we had changed our future for the better. The war ended and the troops came home, but we now accept that the new age we sought was nothing more than an illusion.

President Eisenhower warned us what would happen if our country dedicated itself to war. Endless war puts you in a hell of madness from which there is no escape. The madness of war on the world has come full circle and is now in our schools, parks, bars and homes. It was always there as part of our nature. We have given in to a part of our nature that should have matured and been processed but instead has remained aloof from our humanity. That part of our nature is still unlearned and untamed. We are the victims of our own design and therefore we can change it.

The CIA did succeed in redirecting Americans anti-war sentiment towards accepting permanent war. To paraphrase, Hermann Goering’s statement at his Nuremberg trial: People don’t want war, but people can be brought to the bidding of their leaders by instilling fear or denouncing the pacifists for exposing the country to danger, and it works the same way in any country.

Our only course is to step outside today’s endless-war narrative and see where we are in the paradigm. The false narratives that control our thinking will fall away as we replace them with the deep knowledge and acceptance of what we have actually lived through. As the past finally becomes prologue; we can imagine the genuine future we truly want and start to make it happen.

We’ll end with a video of Paul Fitzgerald singing Flesh Failures Let the Sunshine In with the Boston Cast of HAIR at the 1970 Performance in front of the Boston City Hospital. It was a cloudy afternoon when the cast started singing the words, Let the Sunshine In and the sun literally burst through the clouds as if on cue. Unknown to us at the time, the concert was filmed by the hospital’s mortician and magically found its way to us a decade later. Although the video is of rough quality, the healing tone generated while delivering HAIR’s finale song of peace to audiences for a year still shines through. Click here to view the 3:30-minute Flesh Failures song.

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Lyrics to Flesh Failures/Let the Sunshine In, Anthem for the World Peace Concert

We starve–look at one another Short of breath

Walking proudly in our winter coats
Wearing smells from laboratories

Facing a dying nation

Of moving paper fantasy

Listening for the new-told lies

With supreme visions of lonely tunes

Somewhere Inside something there is a rush of

Greatness who knows what stands in front of
Our lives I fashion my future on films in space
Silence Tells me secretly

Everything Everything

We starve–look At one another Short of breath
Walking proudly in our winter coats
Wearing smells from laboratories
Facing a dying nation Of moving paper fantasy
Listening for the new-told lies
With supreme visions of lonely tunes Singing
Our space songs on a spider web sitar
Life is around you and in you

Answer for Timothy Leary, dearie

Let the sunshine Let the sunshine in The sun shine in

Let the sunshine Let the sunshine in The sun shine in
Let the sunshine Let the sunshine in The sun shine in…

Copyright © 2022 Fitzgerald & Gould All rights reserved

Paul Fitzgerald and Elizabeth Gould are authors of Invisible History: Afghanistan’s Untold Story, published by City Lights (2009), Crossing Zero The AfPak War at the Turning Point of American Empire, published by City Lights (2011). Their novel The Voice, was published in 2001. Theirs novelized memoir, The Valediction Three Nights of Desmond Book 1 was published by TrineDay (2021). Coming July 22, 2022, The Valediction Resurrection Book 2. For more information visit invisiblehistory , grailwerk and valediction.net

 


Publisher Kris Millegan talks with Paul Fitzgerald and Elizabeth Gould

Friday, May 13th, 2022

Publisher Kris Millegan talks with Paul and Liz: Podcast #93-How neocons hijacked narrative control in the 1970s and ‘80s, the “us versus them” narrative needs to be dropped. Podcast #93-How JFK’s peace plan and dreams can still save us. 

 The Journey Podcast #94 JFK and The Power of Peace The Journey Podcast #93 JFK and Narrative Control


Roundtable #9 How Do We Implement JFK’s Dream of World Peace

Tuesday, May 10th, 2022

Join us for Roundtable #9 How Do We Implement JFK’s Dream of World Peace. The seen and the unseen are being used against us by those who want this planet for themselves. Human dignity is at stake. We need not be led like sheep to the slaughter while the old ways die. As we explore real-world and mystical solutions, a new narrative can be created to deliver the peaceful future we deserve. Feel free to pass this on to your friends.

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The Hegelian Dialectic is a Mental Trap that only leads to Self-annihilation          

Friday, May 6th, 2022

By Paul Fitzgerald and Elizabeth Gould

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“William Roper: “So, now you give the Devil the benefit of law!”
Sir Thomas More: “Yes! What would you do? Cut a great road through the law to get after the Devil?”
William Roper: “Yes, I’d cut down every law in England to do that!”
Sir Thomas More: “Oh? And when the last law was down, and the Devil turned ‘round on you, where would you hide, Roper, the laws all being flat? This country is planted thick with laws, from coast to coast, Man’s laws, not God’s! And if you cut them down, and you’re just the man to do it, do you really think you could stand upright in the winds that would blow then? Yes, I’d give the Devil benefit of law, for my own safety’s sake!” ―   A Man for All Seasons

To Turn from War to Peace the Hegelian Dialectic must be dismantled               Today’s American empire was established in the post-WWII era with the U.S. acting as “receiver” for British mercantile interests.  Along with its corporate elites and imperial mandate, the U.S. inherited a 19th century European worldview referred to as the Hegelian Dialectic, which is based on the belief that conflict creates history. The dialectic derived from German philosopher Georg Hegel’s critique of natural law, written in 1825, in which he posited a theory of social and historical evolution.  Hegel’s new manner of thinking with its Thesis – Antithesis – Synthesis revolutionized thought and  served as a tool for a new breed of social engineer eager to overthrow the old world order. Hegel’s dialectics acted as the foundation for the communist economic theories of Karl Marx and Frederick Engels. In essence, Hegel disputed the theory of universal natural rights espoused by other philosophers such as Immanuel Kant, thereby laying the foundations for totalitarianism. According to Hegel, human society could only achieve its highest state and mankind its highest spiritual consciousness through endless self-perpetuating ideological struggles and conflicts between bipolar extremes. This conflict of opposites when applied to social, political and economic systems would result in the synthesizing of opposites which would inevitably lead mankind to final perfection.

Evidence of the invisible dialectic controlling the daily narrative can be found everywhere:  Environmentalists against private property owners, democrats against republicans, communists against capitalists, pro-choice versus pro-life, Christians against Muslims. No matter what the issue, the invisible dialectic controls both the conflict and the resolution yet it now seems that Hegel’s progress toward perfection has led only to new and more deadly cycles of conflict. The Hegelian dialectic works as a powerful tool for legitimizing whatever dialogue advances the global elite’s interest and looking back over the past 100 years, it is almost impossible not to see how its deliberate use has created a corrupted synthesis of state power.  At a micro-level, this phenomenon can be observed now taking over America’s politics.

Today’s Hegelians claim that their objective is to create a more egalitarian society. But in practice they merely manipulate and subvert the existing order with the ultimate goal of a utopian world government i.e. “New World Order” which they themselves will rule.  The system of designed social conflict to break down individual rights was spelled out by Hegel himself when he said: “‘…the State’ has the supreme right against the individual, whose supreme duty is to be a member of the State… for the right of the world spirit is above all special privileges.”

By this definition, state power requires the rule of law, minimal corruption, judicial independence and state monopoly over the means of coercion; as well as a political culture of some trust and compromise rather than distrust and conflict. But when the state’s monopoly on coercion ultimately leads to distrust and conflict, then Hegel’s method has reached a contradiction which it cannot escape. When democracies cling to legitimacy based solely on the use of coercion on its own citizens, they are no longer democracies but a fascist/totalitarian state.

Economist and historian Antony Sutton belittled the Hegelian method by writing that at its best, “the Hegelian doctrine simply replaces the divine right of kings with the divine right of states.” So, based on America’s failures in Afghanistan and Iraq, the tumult in the Greater Middle East and now in Eastern Europe, has the Hegelian dialectic run its course?  The American empire is at a turning point politically, economically and socially. The Hegelian dialectic of endless conflict and competition has proved ruinous to the health of Western civilization. Will its course lead to a synthesis of its best elements or into a further disintegration of what has traditionally been known of as society?

The only way to defeat the downward progression of Hegel’s hypothesis is to step outside the dialectic and free ourselves from the limitations of controlled and guided thought. By moving away from a reliance on the monopoly of coercion and reaffirming our belief in the natural rights of all humans, we will return the foundations of legitimacy to the American government. Sutton frames the Hegelian dialectic as against the spirit and letter of the Constitution of the United States by stating how “We the people” grant the state some powers and reserve all others to the people and not self-appointed elites running the State.

If Americans truly believe the rights of the state are always subordinate and subject to the will of the people and consent of the governed, and truly believe that all people are endowed with inalienable rights and are created equal, then the time has come to reevaluate the dialectic and return to our time-worn natural rights.

A 2011 production of HAIR; the 1968 Anti-Vietnam War American Tribal Love-Rock Musical (Image by GisleHaa) Permission

The West can be restored, but only if Westerners rediscover their individual human right to those principles and traditions they claim to uphold. It is time for Western leaders to understand that the dialectic, which demands perpetual conflict, is a losing cause that has become self-defeating wherever applied. Ultimately it can only lead to self-annihilation. It is critical to establish a new and positive narrative for the American people. This is a key point in our effort to resurrect President John Fitzgerald Kennedy’s  dream of world peace based on his American University speech, a blueprint for the creation of an action plan. That effort will culminate in a revival of something like the American Tribal Love-Rock Musical HAIR. In its time HAIR was the center of the Anti-Vietnam War Movement delivering a riveting political and social awakening that we experienced personally back in 1970. Its impact still reverberates around the world today. We are putting the power of that experience to work transforming today’s toxic international scene into a movement to bring about positive change that all people around the world desperately need and want. Our effort towards peace through dialogue and music will help us all break free from the dialectic’s narrative of defeating the “other” and opening to a more complex self-aware perspective where Americans can function as the spiritual and moral gauge in which one’s own values will be tested.

As difficult as it may be for Westerners to grasp, the West’s future lies in a process of re-humanization so it can address its own identity crisis. To quote from world renowned philosopher Marshall McLuhan: “… we’re standing on the threshold of a liberating and exhilarating world in which the human tribe can become truly one family and man’s consciousness can be freed from the shackles of mechanical culture and enabled to roam the cosmos. I have a deep and abiding belief in man’s potential to grow and learn, to plumb the depths of his own being and to learn the secret songs that orchestrate the universe. We live in a transitional era of profound pain and tragic identity quest, but the agony of our age is the labor pain of rebirth.”

We believe our future can be built based on JFK’s Dream of World Peace. Doing so will promote the rights of all people around the world to move away from War to the genuine Peace following its phenomenally long absence as a new standard for the West.

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ROUNDTABLE #8 “How Dreams Activated the Mystical in Our Lives” 

Monday, April 11th, 2022

For over four decades dreams and synchronicities led us from the politics of Afghanistan to its mysticism. Join our discussion about how we discovered the real power of the political is in the mystical.

A FREE Zoom Event   Wed. April 27, 2022  3:00-4:30 p.m./EST   #8 “How Dreams Activated the Mystical in Our Lives”  Registration Required at  Valediction.net/eventlist    

Recommended Reading:

Imagine a Future Based on JFK’s Dream of World Peace  By Paul & Liz
The Voice (Preface) By Paul & Liz
A Once and Future Myth  by Dan Sewell Ward

PANELISTS

-RA “Kris” Millegan, Host and TrineDay Publisher (150 books so far). “The folks in the shadows who lie, cheat and steal to manipulate us must be exposed so we can create a better world for our children.”

-Paul Fitzgerald and Elizabeth Gould, co-authors of Invisible History: Afghanistan’s Untold Story; Crossing Zero: The AfPak War at the Turning Point of American Empire; and The Valediction: Three Nights of Desmond (Book One) and Resurrection (Book Two).

-Bruce de Torres moderator and author of God, School, 9/11 and JFK: The Lies That Are Killing Us and The Truth That Sets Us Free.

THE VALEDICTION ROUNDTABLES “Exposing the Failure of Empire and Reclaiming the Narrative Creation Process” Inspired by THE VALEDICTION, the two-book memoir by Paul Fitzgerald and Elizabeth Gould about their journalism in Afghanistan after the Soviet invasion, their return home, where corporate media would not broadcast the truth that they had found, and their journey into history, mysticism, and the real power behind empires.

 


Imagine a future based on JFK’s Dream of World Peace

Friday, March 25th, 2022

OpEdNews 3/21/22

Jack’s Blog   3/29/22

By Paul Fitzgerald and Elizabeth Gould

King Author’s Round Table 1470   Source  Bibliothèque nationale de France   public domain

The Religious Motives behind JFK’s Assassination    

Something about the potential of America died along with our president on November 22, 1963 that has never returned. And despite a staggering wealth of information provided by researchers over the last sixty years the deeper examination of the JFK assassination hasn’t moved far. Even among those researchers not confined to the lone gunman theory, discussions are still limited to conspiracies between Cuban Americans, the Mafia, the CIA and the Military Industrial Complex all of whom had motives for wanting JFK dead. But when hatred for Rome is added as a motive, fresh avenues of investigation and resolution open and new possibilities emerge that reveal the workings of a conspiracy that traces back a thousand years.

JFK was hated for his religion and it was well known as his presidential campaign began in 1960. Right wing cabals in the US, especially in South Texas had been historically opposed to a Catholic becoming president. For many who deeply believed in America’s Masonic roots and viewed the nation’s creation as a safe haven from Rome’s persecution of a Medieval Knighthood known as the Knights Templar, JFK was an existential threat.

14th century Philippe IV    Source le Bel et sa famille.  public domain

How did this happen?

On October 13, 1307 the French King Philip the fourth—who was in debt to the Templars—ordered them arrested and charged with heretical practices. Then on November 22 under pressure from King Philip, Pope Clement the fifth issued a papal bull instructing all the monarchs of Europe to seize their assets. When the last Templar Grand Master, Jacques de Molay was burned at the stake by the Pope’s Inquisitors in 1314 it would serve as an inspiration to generations of heretics dedicated to overthrowing the Papacy.

Jacques de Molay   Source  Bibliotheque Nationale de France   public domain

Far-fetched? In 2016 we published an article stating that the time had come to stop the revenge and retribution cycle that justified the killing of JFK and received this statement from a self-described heretic: “This country [the USA] was created by Free Masons to escape the killing machinery of the Roman Catholic Church. The USA was created as a safe haven to launch a counter war on that church hence separation of church and state. And yes, JFK, a Catholic, was taken out because of a history beyond his control. Who would allow a Catholic to run a Masonic refuge?  So no, we will not forget and we do not forgive an evil institutional empire of conquest and profit and power. It is our work to bring it to a halt. “Not to us Lord, not to us, but to Your Name give the glory.”

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The official narrative of the JFK assassination remains static. The time has come to dig deeper and our books, Valediction Three Nights of Desmond and Valediction Resurrection suggest the place to begin is with JFK’s ancestors and some well-known myths surrounding the Fitzgerald family’s connection to the Camelot legend.

Why does the assassination of JFK still haunt us to this day?

The Fitzgerald dynasty began in 1097 with the marriage of Gerald FitzWalter of Windsor to Princess Nest, daughter of Rhys ap Tewdwr, king of South Wales, a kingdom known as the home of Grail mythology. The marriage was arranged under the auspices of King William Rufus the son of William the Conqueror. As a Tudor Princess, Nest’s lineage traced back to the mythical Celtic court of Arthur, forming the basis of the grail legends associated with the presidency of JFK.

“How Galahad drew out the sword from the floating stone at Camelot.” Source Published 1920 by Macmillan, NY Arthur Rackham  1867–1939 public domain

On August 2, 1100 King William Rufus was slain in the New Forest by an arrow shot by Walter Tirel – a close friend of Rufus. Although everyone knew who’d shot the arrow—Tirel was never held accountable. It is suspected that Rufus knowingly accepted his fate and became the sacred sacrifice required by the ancient rules of kingship. Britain’s new Norman aristocracy wanted to prove its legitimacy to the people. The way to get it was by combining political and the mystical power of the Grail narrative with sacred killing.

Like William Rufus JFK’s murder fits a pattern of sacred sacrifice. He was shot in Dealey Plaza at a Masonic triangle and suffered the Celtic triple death—strangled by a shot through the throat, shot in the back and virtually-decapitated with the third shot. Whoever really killed JFK on November 22—the Masonic Day of Revenge for the destruction of the Knights Templar—was allowed to escape. But even more telling is that like Rufus, JFK’s actions prior to November 22, seemed to indicate he understood his fate and he too accepted the role of the sacred sacrifice. Did JFK’s assassination complete a grail cycle that William Rufus inaugurated almost 900 years ago with the marriage of Gerald and Nest and the creation of the Fitzgerald dynasty?

Once opened up to the idea that the JFK assassination was an act of retribution for a seven hundred year old vendetta, new thinking becomes possible. Understanding a deep-state that goes back thousands of years requires deep-questions and the willingness to accept deep-answers, no matter where they lead. We found our deepest answer in the mythology surrounding the Fitzgerald family.

Royals may control the Historical Record but not our Myths                                                                          

Royal bloodlines claim divine rights because they trace their lineage back to ancient times while most of humanity’s history has been lost due to the devastating wars started by the royals themselves. The seeds of divinity reside within all humans thereby making one and all royal, regardless of a traceable lineage.  And then there is the unique record that can never be destroyed, lost or stolen. According to faith healer and psychic Edgar Cayce a “mystical” storehouse of every thought, deed, word, feeling, taste, smell, sound and intent anyone has ever experienced lives on in what is called the Akashic Records. Accessed through dreams, synchronicities and otherworldly experiences, these records provide us with the source material for the creation of our myths. Cayce described their importance this way, “These records connect each and every one of us to each other. They contain the essence of every archetypal symbol or mythic story which has ever deeply touched patterns of human behavior and experience. They have been the inspiration for dreams and invention. They draw us toward or repel us from one another. They mold and shape levels of human consciousness. They are a portion of Divine Mind. They are the unbiased judge and jury that attempt to guide, educate, and transform every individual to become the very best that she or he can be. They embody an ever-changing array of possible futures that are called into potential as we interact and respond to the circumstances of our lives.”

Understanding the myth process is the path to finding truth                                                                       

Myths have been created by every culture world-wide for millennia. They are the stories of our encounters with the mystical handed down from one generation to the next. When myths are merged with the historical record the interaction aids in deciphering a more complex meaning of history. Joseph Campbell explains the importance of myths to each one of us with this challenge, “What is it we are questing for? It is the fulfillment of that which is potential in each of us. Questing for it is not an ego trip; it is an adventure to bring into fulfillment your gift to the world, which is yourself. There is nothing you can do that’s more important than being fulfilled. You become a sign, you become a signal, transparent to transcendence; in this way you will find, live, become a realization of your own personal myth.”

Elizabeth I (1533-1603) Royal Collection  Source  Blackwork Guild  public domain

The Origins of the Fitzgerald Mythology                                                                                           

In our research into the Fitzgerald family’s rise and fall from power—starting with the 12th century Norman invasion of Ireland and ending four hundred years later with the beheading of the last earl of Desmond by Elizabeth I—we were faced with the limits of the historical record. Fortunately the age of myth lived on in Ireland into the mid—20th century allowing us the ability to access a rich layer of meaning beyond history.

Starting with the Fitzgeralds’ arrival in Ireland in 1169 an outpouring of prophecies believed to be connected to the family was already in existence. Over time these prophecies became entwined with the prophetic legacies of Merlin, the Grail legends from Wales, the Irish prophets Moling, Brechan, Patrick and Colmcille and the ancient Irish legends of Finn and the Dagda. The myths about the family itself, and especially the Earls of Desmond, began to form as stories in the early 14th century.

Maurice Fitzgerald’s son Gerald, known as Gearoid Iarla in Gaelic, inspired the origin myth of the family. Born in 1338, Gearoid succeeded to the Earldom in 1358 making him the 3rd Earl of Desmond and the leader of the Munster branch of the Fitzgeralds—the most powerful Norman family in late medieval Ireland. Gearoid’s castle at Lough Gur, Co. Limerick became the center of the earldom and a home for his love of Gaelic culture.

As a highly respected composer of Gaelic love poetry, Gearoid Iarla became a leading example of the Norman lords’ willingness to embrace their own Gaelicization. “More Irish than Irish themselves” was a phrase used by later historians to describe this phenomenon of total cultural assimilation.

Maurice FitzGerald in the Expugnatio Hibernica, written in 1189 by his nephew, Gerald of Wales public domain  National Library of Ireland

The Fitzgeralds, as the new Norman overlords of Munster, adopted the mythic symbolism of the Gaelic tradition and embraced the beautiful Aine as their goddess of Munster sovereignty. A poet in their employ in the 14th century referred to Gerald’s father, Maurice as “Aine’s king” and Gerald as “the son of Aine’s knight.” According to the folklore, Maurice was walking by the shore of Lough Gur when he saw the beautiful Aine bathing.  He seized her cloak, which magically put her under his power, and then lay with her. Aine told Maurice that she would bear him a son Gearoid Iarla whom he was to bring up with the best of care. One caution she gave to Maurice, he was not to show surprise at anything however strange that his son should do.

The boy grew into a handsome young man and one night there was a gathering at the castle with dancing. None of the ladies none could compete with Gearoid Iarla’s dancing. When the dance ended one young woman engaged him in another contest as she rose and leaped over the guests, tables and dishes and then leaped back again. The old Earl turned to his son and said “Can you do anything like that?” No said Gearoid. “Well stand up and try.” Gearoid then rose and leaped into a bottle, and out again. There was great applause for his feat. Then the Old Earl made the mistake of looking with shock at his son’s performance. “Were you not warned, said the young Earl, never to show surprise at anything I might do?  The Old Earl’s display forced his son to leave his father’s world. Once Gearoid’s feats were recognized as magical he would be defined as godlike and have to go with his mother into the otherworld. “You have forced me to leave you” were his last words to his father. When Gearoid left the castle he entered the water of the river, and swam away in the form of a goose.

The folklore con­cerning Gearoid, the most famous of the Desmond earls, continued to grow. It was said that had not died, but mysteriously disappeared from this world. During the 15th century, London grew nervous about the growing power of the Desmond earls. Despite continued challenges to their rule the Fitzgeralds maintained control and the adulation of the Irish people continued as their prestige grew throughout Europe. The Gherardini, a leading Florentine family claimed they were related. But tension continued to grow in the early16th century as rumors spread that the Fitzgeralds were plotting to invade and seize London’s power.

For over four hundred years the Fitzgeralds were absorbed into the local mythology of southwest Ireland. Then in 1558, the 14th Earl of Desmond succeeded to the title. His name was Gerald, the first to have that name since Gearoid Iarla. The English had deprived Gerald of his family estates while keeping him locked up in London Tower for long periods of time. Rather than breaking Gerald’s will, upon his return home in 1573, he took on an even stronger pro-Irish stance. Within a few years he had joined the rebellion against the English. Hopes ran high for the Fitzgerald campaign as the prophecies were circulated. In later folklore it was claimed that the new Gearoid Iarla embodied the same great Fitzgerald spirit of his 14th century ancestor.

From their contacts in Florence, the Fitzgeralds would have heard the myths of Emperor Frederick I, who had died in 1190 but was claimed to be alive and waiting to return. There is evidence that the Emperor’s legends inspired the Fitzgeralds to believe good fortune was coming back soon. Gearoid Iarla had not died but was waiting to return at the hour of the family’s greatest need. It is said that a man passing by Lough Gur one night, saw a light and found the entrance to a cavern, where he saw an army of knights and horses asleep. There was a sword on the floor, and as the man drew it out the army awakened. Then its leader, Gearoid Iarla, asked if the time had come yet, but the man ran away. The army fell back to sleep, and the entrance to the cavern could not be found later.

Although the 14th Earl of Desmond was an inspiration to those who knew him by 1583 Gerald’s cause was lost and he was beheaded. The great affection for the family lived on, as did the hope that one of them would someday free Ireland. There are repeated references to this mystical belief in documents from the 17th to the 19th centuries as well as London’s concern for the Fitzgerald’s embrace of Gaelic ways in clear defiance of English law.

Despite London’s fierce opposition, Gearoid Iarla and the myths surrounding him would continue to inspire future Fitzgeralds while winning the admiration of the Irish people. But as the power of these myths became entwined with Ireland’s political history London found itself justifying a war of genocide to eliminate an existential threat to London’s rule far beyond mere competition. To the royals, siding with the “people” over loyalty to the Crown was the highest treason of all. That revelation made clear why the marriage of Gerald and Nest in 1097 would inevitably lead to the ritual killing of JFK in 1963.

(Sources: Myth, Legend and Romance: An Encyclopedia of the Irish Folk Tradition by Dáithí Ó hÓgáin, Mythic Ireland by Michael Dames)

The Alchemy of Myth, Prophecy, Martyrs and JFK  

The Expugnatio Hibernica  is a firsthand historical account of the Fitzgeralds coming to Ireland in 1169. The author of book, Giraldus Cambrensis, known as Gerald of Wales, was a grandson of Gerald of Windsor and Princess Nest. As a prolific writer and influential figure of the twelfth century he was known to work with a mythical sensibility, including prophecy, dreams and visions.

Included in his book was a 12th century reading of a 6th century prophecy by Merlin Silvester. In Gerald of Wales’ adaptation he presented parallels to the 1170 murder of his friend Thomas Becket, Archbishop of Canterbury, which helped to explain the nature and the reality of ritualistic murder. Below you can read the original prophecy as well as a following summary of Gerald of Wales’ adaptation of that prophecy.

The 6th century Merlin Silvester prophecy   

‘A new martyr will be revealed by a new kind of miracle. In western lands, and in the age when the world is drawing to its end, he will, by his own peculiar power, restore to the maimed and wretched limbs that have been wrenched out or cut off.’ And again: ‘Grief will be transformed into joy when sons butcher their father in their mother’s womb. The West will enjoy what was formerly the prerogative of the East, and at the setting of the sun, while the sun rises in its setting, while its light seems to be quenched and extinguished; the daylight illumines with a new brightness the mists of the western land and of the closing age of the world. Orators will come from the East, and princes and principal men will worship the footsteps of a new martyr in the lands that lie on the western borders of the ocean.’”

A summary of Gerald of Wales’ 12th century adaptation of the prophecy     

Thomas archbishop of Canterbury … the luster of his whole martyrdom was crowned by all the following circumstances: that he personally opened the doors of the church to his enemies, men mad with hate; and running towards their swords with head uncovered he placed the hallowed crown of his head in the path of their blows; that he was killed in the mother church before the altar; that his murderers were four of the ‘dogs of the palace, raging with a fury more than canine, from whom he received four wounds upon the crown of the head, that this soldier of Christ and noble martyr, fearlessly enduring suffering, gained the distinction of martyrdom only in that part of his body which represents Christ’s passion, that he sanctified with his own blood the sacred week of our Lord’s birth….and just as the first Thomas preceded our Lord’s birth day by five days, so this second Thomas rounded off the same number of days after Christmas…Just as St. Thomas exposed his body to cruel torturers to exalt this actual fabric of the church, so Thomas Becket did not shrink from becoming a victim of the sword so that he might preserve intact the spiritual form of the church. These two short verses sum up very well the triumphant glory of such a mighty victory: ‘A true lover of Christ died for the spouse of Christ, close to Christ’s birthday, in Christ’s church. When his limbs had been scattered and thrown out of the grave, he put new ones in their place-a kind of miracle hitherto unheard of-and by displaying this new kind of miraculous power truly appeared as a new martyr.” 

Our 21st century Adaptation of the 6th century Merlin Silvester prophe

Inspired by Gerald of Wales’ weaving the prophecy into the reality of his day, we decided to do an update for a 21st century sensibility with one critical difference. It has been interpreted that the prophecy was foreshadowing the end of time and that a final martyr would return to redeem the world. Becket’s martyrdom could not end the cycle 900 years ago. Now that we are faced with the authentic end of time we have chosen JFK to be the one who will end the cycle of martyrdom itself.

 “John Fitzgerald Kennedy, the slain son is the martyr (at the end of time) revealed by a new kind of miracle. In western lands, and in the age when the world is drawing to its end, he will, by his own peculiar power, restore to the maimed and wretched limbs that have been wrenched out or cut off.’ And again: ‘Grief will be transformed into joy when (the fathers stop sacrificing their sons to endless war and recognize the sons’ right to bring peace to the world. The fathers have been coveting control of the mothers’ womb against the sons’ own rights to his mother’s wisdom.) The West will enjoy what was formerly the prerogative of the East, and at the setting of the sun, while the sun rises in its setting, while its light seems to be quenched and extinguished; the daylight illumines with a new brightness the mists of the western land and of the closing age of the world. Orators will come from the East, and princes and principal men will worship the footsteps of a new martyr in the lands that lie on the western borders of the ocean.’ “

Transforming Revenge & Retribution into JFK’s Dream of World Peace

The last earl of Desmond was slain in 1583 while fighting for the Irish people. Even with that devastating blow to the cause of Irish freedom, the affection for the Fitzgerald family continued to grow and has lived on to this day. As the president of the United States John Fitzgerald Kennedy rose to the level of his great ancestors and won the hearts of the American people. JFK’s dream for a peaceful world was killed that day in Dallas in 1963. If we who believe in his vision can come together to resurrect his dream we will restore to the world what was lost with his death. The mystical Gearoid Iarla and his army of phantom soldiers have already been stirred from their slumber and will rise from Lough Gur to help JFK’s spirit return to the American people at our time of greatest need. This is how the power of myth really works for the people.

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