John the Baptist (pictured at left in painting by Leonardo Da Vinci) held a high place in the hearts and minds of the Templars, medieval knights committed to a purification of Christianity, an institution they saw as having been hijacked by the Catholic church. His name has appeared many times to me this week and when I drew a Gene Key card about it, it was the 31st Gene Key, the gift of Leadership and the siddhi of Humility.
The Templars had deep reverence for Jesus, John the Baptist and Mary Magdalene. Many churches were built in Johns name. In fact, behind my house is a church dedicated to John the Baptist. Tucked away in the corner of the graveyard I recently found an old font, seemingly the oldest stone on the property, older than the graves. And on this font was engraved the symbol below, looking a lot like the Templar cross. There are a number of Freemasons (who followed on from the Templars) buried in that small graveyard, which really doesn't surprise me.
John was the cousin of Jesus and in many ways the wayshower. Throngs gathered around him as he preached out in the wilderness in those ancient lands. He would baptise people in the river jordan, which is where Jesus appears to first encounter him in the bible. Symbolically he is the water bearer, which we shall later see connects John to the sign of Aquarius, the age humanity is entering. As with many of the wild men at that time he was a threat to the established order and so his head was summarily cut off. He was a leader, but he knew in his humility that he was preparing for someone who would do far greater things than he would.
John wasn't merely this preacher though. He has played, and continues to play a significant role in the stories of Jesus. In the bible Jesus actually says that John had once been the prophet Elijah and that Jesus had previously been Elijah's disciple Elisha. Reincarnation is something else that the catholic church decided could no longer be taught to the masses so you won't hear about that in many schools of thought. Paramhansa Yogananda and Rudolf Steiner both speak to this reincarnation in their work and reflect on it in different ways. Yogananda spoke of John as more than just than the man who baptised Jesus, but as actually his guru, and that at some point Jesus evolved beyond his guru.
Steiner goes a little further, claiming that John actually reincarnated much sooner in the body of Lazarus who then became known as John, one of Jesus' closest disciples. John, he says, would then become known as St John the Divine, the channel of the 7 apocalyptic seals, which Richard Rudd has called upon in his teaching the Seven Sacred Seals. Even later, according to Steiner, he would become the artist Raphael during the Renaissance period, something I have not explored too deeply yet but experienced a synchronicity that will appear in my next blog.
"Aquarius or the Water Carrier points to the same person as John who baptized with water in order to prepare mankind to receive the Christian baptism of fire. The fact of the coming of a ‘John/Aquarius’ who will first confirm the old John and announce a Christ who will renew the temple, once the great point of time should have arrived when Christ will again speak to humanity— this was taught in the depths of the Templar Mysteries, so that the event should be understood." - Rudolf Steiner
Jesus was the baptism of fire that John was preparing them for, Jesus was the fire element. And by all accounts he will return to announce the next wave, perhaps not as man but perhaps as a group of people holding the wisdom, fractals of John. Perhaps through a rebirth of his teachings of the 7 seals?
The templars believed that it was only in this time that we now find ourselves that we would come to a true understanding of Christ and it would be through something associated with John the Baptist. If he was indeed John the Divine, who taught the Seven Seals, then maybe those of us working with the Seals, whether through Richard Rudd's teachings, or any version thereof, is playing the part. And each who approaches the world with an open heart, in surrender to their dharma, assumes a mantle of leadership and humility as spoken of in the 31st Gene Key.
Many have denied the scriptures because of the imposition of control over them, but now the wisdom of the feminine can emerge into our world and our times to bring heart back into the teachings of Christianity as we return the lost bride to her rightful place.
If you are interested in exploring the Seven Seals with a group of people then consider joining this excursion I have planned, Opening The Seven Seals. We will be working on behalf of the whole, in our microcosm, as we embrace the 7 core wounds of humanity.
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