Myth Makers |
Author: Kerr Cuhulain
Posted: October 7th. 2002
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The Calvary Chapel
In the last chapter we identified some individuals and organizations that disseminate myths about international satanic conspiracies. Now lets explore their backgrounds and motivations and examine other forms of misinformation that they are spreading.
The one thing that all of the organizations in this article have in common is that they are disseminators of the W.I.C.C.A. Letters myth that I discuss in my Law Enforcement Guide to Wicca. Basically this is a modern version of the famous fraud called the "Protocols of the Elders of Zion" with the word "Jew" replaced with the word "Witch." It is alleged to be a set of 7 letters seized by the authorities which outline a plan for world domination by Wiccans. Wicca becomes an acronym for "Witches International Coven Council Association."
One of the main disseminators of the "W.I.C.C.A. Letters" myth was the Calvary Chapel of West Covina. This fundamentalist Christian organization, based in West Covina, California, has been the parent organization for two others: The Christian Occult Investigators Network (COIN) and North American Conferences. COIN was the organization founded by Sergeant Randy Emon, a Christian police officer who we discussed in earlier articles in this series. I told you in these earlier articles that Emon recanted and no longer runs COIN.
North American Conferences was an organization which the Calvary Chapel used to disseminate its information on the Satanic conspiracy to law enforcement agencies and therapists. North
American Conferences organized seminars on "Occult Crime and its Impact on Society." The price for these seminars ranged between $389 to $489 back in 1989. These seminars took place in resorts such as Las Vegas and Palm Springs. North American Conference's speakers lists included most of the disseminators of the Satanic conspiracy myth whose names appear in this series. To the uninitiated, these speakers lists may sound pretty impressive. Once we examine the kind of information passed on by both Calvary Chapel and the individuals they sponsor, you quickly realize that there is a hidden agenda and that their information is seriously flawed.
The Calvary Chapel disseminated information on Satanic Ritual Abuse through a special edition of their Passport Magazine: America's Best Kept Secret. It was written by John Frattarola. America's Best Kept Secret includes one of the versions of the W.I.C.C.A. Letters myth.
The cover of America's Best Kept Secret is the first indication that something is amiss. It is a colour picture showing us a group of people dressed as businessmen, teachers, medical personnel, parents and pastors. All of them are secretly signalling one another with the cornu gesture. A note on page two tells us: "The 'horned hand' is the sign of recognition between those who are in the Occult. It may also innocently be used by those who identify with Heavy Metal music."(1)
The "cornu" or "horned hand" is a salute made by raising one's hand with the index and little fingers extended and the other fingers and thumb folded against the palm. In different contexts this means quite a few things other than what Frattarola has listed in America's Best Kept Secret, including the following:
- In Wicca this is used in some traditions as the sign of the Horned God.
- In some Native American traditions this is the sign of the Buffalo.
- Anton LaVey adopted this as a Satanic salute, and it has subsequently been advertised as such by publications such as Frattarola's special report.
- It is a recognition signal used by the Piru (Bloods) gang members in Los Angeles.
- It is a symbol of the Texas Longhorns football team.
- It is a slang hand sign in American sign language for the colloquial expression "bullshit." This hand sign pretty much sums up the content of Frattarola's special report.
Frattarola's Special Edition commences with the statement:
"In every state in the nation there are reports and investigations of Satanic crimes. Two million children a year are reported missing, many of them too young to be runaways. Five-thousand unidentifiable bodies of children are found each year in the US. Hundreds of teenagers are committing suicide, or attempting it, after attending heavy metal concerts or listening to heavy metal music. Thousands of children from neighbourhoods, preschools and day-care centers around the country are telling strikingly consistent and similar stories of human and animal sacrifices in connection with strange devil rituals."(2)
Frattarola's source for the first statistic of 2 million missing children is "The Devil Worshippers," an ABC Television 20/20 program which aired May 16, 1985. This 20/20 program was produced by fundamentalist Christian journalist Ken Wooden, who we will discuss elsewhere in this series. The claim of 2 million children being kidnapped and murdered was repeated on the Christian 700 Club TV program by Mike Warnke, a Christian author and stand-up comedian that we uncovered as a fraud earlier in this series. It is similar to a claim by the Schiller Institute, founded by Lyndon LaRouche, a right-wing Christian activist, that "1,800,000 children have already disappeared [having been murdered by devil worshippers] in the US alone."(3)
In America's Best Kept Secret there is a "Satanic Ritual Calendar" which many other disseminators of Satanic Ritual Abuse myths have incorporated into their reference materials. I will discuss this calendar in a moment. For now let me point out that if the sacrificial events listed on this calendar are correct, then each Devil-worshipping group requires between four and eight human sacrifices every year. Let's do some simple math here: If this is true and two million children are being sacrificed to the Devil every year, there must be between 250,000 and 500,000 Devil-worshipping groups practising in the US today. If we assume that there are an average of 13 members to each of these groups, then there are between 5 and 6.5 million practising Devil worshippers in the US alone. This would mean that there are almost as many Devil Worshippers as there are Jews in the United States.(4)
If two million children are being sacrificed to the Devil every year, and the children are being abducted from the parents, then 54% of the 3.71 million children born every year are sacrificed to the devil.
Let's take a closer look at the "Satanic Ritual Calendar" in America's Best Kept Secret. As I already pointed out, this calendar claims that Satanic groups perform between 4 and 8 human sacrifices ("blood" or "Da Muer" rituals) per year. It also claims that every year these groups must engage in 10 sexual orgies with males and females between the ages of 1 and 25 as well as with animals. Let's look at this awful calendar in detail:
- "DATE: Jan. 7, CELEBRATION: St. Winebald Day, TYPE: Blood, USAGE: Animal or Human Sacrifice, AGE: 15-33."(5)
NOTE: January 7 is Sekhmet, the ancient Egyptian New Year's Day. It is not a Satanic holiday. Winebald was the brother of Saint Walburga, also known as Walpurgis. See the entry for February 25, below.
- "DATE: Jan. 17, CELEBRATION: Satanic Revels, TYPE: Sexual, USAGE: Oral, Anal, Vaginal, AGE: 7-17 (female)."(6)
NOTE: January 17 was sacred to Felicitas, a minor Roman Goddess of good fortune. It is not a Satanic holiday.
- "DATE: Feb.2, CELEBRATION: Satanic Revels, TYPE: Sexual, USAGE: Oral, Anal, Vaginal, AGE: 7-17 (female)."(7)
NOTE: "Februum," from which we derive the word for February, is a Latin word meaning "purification" and "atonement", thus this month is considered a month of cleansing. Juno Februa was the Roman Goddess who presided over this month. February 2 is Imbolc, also known as Imbolg, Uimelc, Oimelc, Feile Bhride, Brigid, Brigantia or Candlemas. Imbolc is a Greater Sabbat on the Wiccan calendar. Imbolc means "in the belly." It is named "Oimelc" (Sheep's Milk") by some as it marks the beginning of the lambing season. Imbolc is a celebration of the first signs of returning life in Spring. It was celebrated by the Celts as being sacred to Brigid, a Celtic Goddess whose threefold aspect rules smith craft, poetry, inspiration, and healing. Hence one of the other names for this day is "Feile Bhride," meaning "Brigid's Feast."
The Christian Church in Britain incorporated this festival into its calendar as early as the fifth century as Candlemas, a Feast of Lights, the candles in the church being blessed and carried around in procession. In Northern England it is known as Wives' Feast Day. The Puritans of the 17th century tried to obliterate the custom, but they did not entirely succeed.
Many will recognize 2 February as being "Groundhog Day." This dates back to the original festival when people sought out signs of the approaching Spring. An old Candlemas rhyme goes:
If Candlemas Day be Fair and Bright, Winter will have another fight, If on Candlemas Day be shower and rain, Winter is gone and will not come again.
Another Candlemas rhyme goes:
If the sun shines bright on Candlemas Day, The half of the winter's not yet away.
Candlemas is still publicly celebrated in Scandinavian countries as a festival of lights. Candlemas is a Grand festival in Brujeria, sacred to Candelaria.
None of this has anything to do with Satanism.
- "DATE: Feb. 25, CELEBRATION: St. Walpurgis Day, TYPE: Blood, USAGE: Communion of blood and dismemberment, AGE: Animal."(8)
NOTE: February 25 is the anniversary of the death of Saint Walburga, also known as Walpurgis, Vaubourg, or Gauburge, who lived between 710 and 779 CE. Walburga was an abbess and missionary born in Wessex, England, who died in Heidenheim, Alemannia. She and her brothers Willibald of Eichstatt and Winebald of Heidenheim played an important part in Saint Boniface's ordination of the Frankish church.
Walburga was a Benedictine nun in a monastery in Wimborne, Dorsetshire, when her brother Winebald brought her to his kingdom to rule the nuns at the monastery in Heidenheim. When she died her body was originally buried in Heidenheim, but was later moved to the Church of the Holy Cross at Eichstatt, arriving there on April 30, a day now known as Walpurgis. Her festival is actually the anniversary of her death, February 25.
- "DATE: Mar. 1, CELEBRATION: St. Eichatadt, TYPE: Blood, USAGE: Drinking of human blood for strength and homage to the demons, AGE: Any age (male or female)."(9)
NOTE: "St. Eichatadt" in this entry is probably a reference to Saint Walburga's other brother, Willibald, who was from the town of Eichstatt. March 1 was the date of the Roman women's festival, the Matronalia, sacred to the Goddess Juno. This is also the day of Saint David in Wales. It is not a Satanic holiday.
- "DATE: Mar. 20, CELEBRATION: Feast Day (Spring Equinox), TYPE: Orgies, USAGE: Oral, Anal, Vaginal, AGE: Any age (male or female, human or animal)."(10)
NOTE: As Frattarola points out, this is the Spring Equinox. Wiccans call it Eostre, Ostara or Alban Eiler. It is a Lesser Sabbat on the Wiccan calendar. In Old High German its name was "Ostarun", becoming "Ostern" in Modern German. In Bede's Ecclesiastical History it was spelled "Eastre", as it was in Old English before 899. By 1103 it had become "Estran". In Middle English (before 1387) it was spelled "Ester" or "Esterne".(11)
Eostre marks the beginning of Spring. It is a celebration of the return of life to the Earth after the long winter. It's name derives from the Anglo-Saxon Goddess Eostre (or Ostara), who was believed to fly over the Earth, leaving the eggs (beginnings) of new life. Her totem animal was the rabbit.
It is from this festival and the name of this Germanic Goddess that the Christian festival of Easter was derived. The system for fixing the date of the Christian festival of Easter is still based on the date of March 21, being the first Sunday after the first full moon that occurs on or after March 21. It is also a date sacred to the Norse Goddess Iduna.
The Spring Equinox is not a Satanic celebration.
- "DATE: Apr. 21-26, CELEBRATION: Preparation for the sacrifice. DATE: Apr. 26-May 1, CELEBRATION: Grand Climax, TYPE: Da Muer, USAGE: Corpus De Baahl, AGE: 1-25 (female)."(12)
NOTE: Beltaine, also known as Beltane, Galan Mai, Cetshamhain, Rudemas or May Eve, is a Greater Sabbat of the Wiccan calendar, celebrated April 30, which falls inside of the dates listed by Frattarola in this portion of his calendar. Beltaine (literally "fires of Bel") was the beginning of the summer season for the Celtic peoples, named for the solar deity known in various parts of the Celtic world as Beli, Bile, Belenos, Bel and Belenus. It is known in Wales as Galan Mai. In more recent times the Christian Church incorporated this into their calendar as the feast of St John the Baptist. Another Christian name for Beltaine is Roodmas or Rood Day, which has been moved to May 3. Rudemas is a Grand Festival of Brujeria, also known as the Vigil and Feast of San Jose el Obrero.
Beltaine is a fire festival, the other being Samhain. Unlike Samhain, when the fires are lit at dusk, the Beltaine fires are lit at dawn. Horns were often sounded during the lighting of the fires. It was customary in some places to keep up the horn blowing for hours. Eggs and cakes, such as Scottish bannocks, would be cooked in the fires.
Beltaine was when the Celts drove their cattle to summer pasture. It marks the setting of the constellation of the Pleiades, an event which in some parts of the world signals the start of the fishing season.
Beltaine is an ancient celebration of fertility and life. The crowning of a young girl as "May Queen", representing the Maiden Goddess, is still practised throughout Great Britain. Originally a "May King" representing the Young God, Robin, or Jack-in-the-Green, was crowned too.
Dancing around the Maypole is a Beltaine custom which continues in the British Isles to this day. The maypole is an ancient fertility symbol. The British Maypole was a young tree which was chopped down on May Day and trimmed of all but a few branches at the top. It was then decorated and raised on the village green. In later years many towns had permanent poles. In 1644, Maypoles were forbidden throughout England and Wales by Cromwell's government. Many of the permanent poles came down. When the king Charles II was restored to office on May 29, 1660, this prohibition was lifted and some of the Maypoles returned. Historian Christina Hole reports that "The shorter poles, round which the children perform a plaited ribbon dance, and which are often seen at school May Day celebrations today, do not belong to the English tradition. They come from southern Europe, and seem to have been introduced into [England] (by Ruskin) in 1888."(13)
"Birching" is a traditional Beltaine custom. Between sunset and dawn the May Birchers would make their rounds, affixing branches or sprigs to the doors of their neighbour's houses. The trees or plants were chosen for their symbolism or because their name rhymed with whatever message the Birchers thought most appropriate. For example, a flowering hawthorn branch was a compliment. Lime or pear branches were also compliments, as they rhymed with "prime" and "fair." Rowan was a sign of affection as its other name, "wicken" rhymed with the endearing slang term "chicken." A Thorn branch indicated that the occupant was an object of scorn. Holly, briar and plum were insults, rhyming with folly, liar and glum. This distribution of greenery was obviously an indication of how a person was regarded in their community, and could help them to mend their ways. Unfortunately it sometimes was employed for spite or revenge. Although it has died out in most places, a shadow of it still lives on with the custom of leaving hawthorn or some other complimentary plant outside of a bride's door on the eve of a wedding.
May Garlands are a related custom. Many traditional may day celebrations involve the carrying about of garlands. For this reason another name for Beltaine is "Garland Day." Children used to go from door to door with their garlands singing songs and receiving small gifts or coins. Often the garlands were in the form of a hoop, and in some places games evolved where a ball was thrown through or over the hoop. Sometime they took the form of floral globes, often with a May Doll suspended inside. In Horncastle in Lincolnshire young boys carried peeled willow wands covered with cowslips called "May Gads," which they carried in procession on May morning to the site of an old Roman temple where the Maypole stood. There they would strike them together to scatter the blossoms in honour of the first day of summer.
Another related custom was the dressing of wells and springs, in keeping with the Celtic customs of venerating such springs as connections to the otherworld. This custom continues in many parts of Britain today, although the designs are usually Christian now.
Another Beltaine custom is the collection of dew. "May first is the magical time of greatest power for the element of water and `wild' water (dew, flowing streams, or ocean water) is collected for the base of healing drinks and potions for the year to come."(14) Young girls would go out before dawn on May Day to collect dew and wash their faces with it. This was supposed to bring beauty and luck to them. It was also collected and kept to treat consumption, goitre, and various other ills.
Earlier I told you about Saint Walburga and how April 30 has become known as Walpurgis. This derives from myths claiming that witches rendevous in the Harz Mountains nearby on 30 April. Part of the reason for this is that, after her death, Walburga's story took on some of the characteristics of her namesake, a pre-Christian fertility Goddess named Waldborg. For example, the rock on which Saint Walburga's bones rest is said to secrete a mysterious fluid, reportedly having miraculous healing powers.
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Bio: Kerr Cuhulain the author of this article, is known to the mundane world as Detective Constable Charles Ennis. Ennis, a former child abuse investigator, is the author of several articles on child abuse investigation that appeared in Law & Order Magazine. Better known to the Pagan community by his Wiccan name, Kerr Cuhulain, Ennis was the first Wiccan police officer to go public about his beliefs 28 years ago. Kerr is now the Preceptor General of Officers of Avalon. Kerr went on to write four books: The Law Enforcement Guide to Wicca (Horned Owl Publishing), Wiccan Warrior and Full Contact Magick: A Book of Shadows for the Wiccan Warrior. (Llewellyn Publications), as well as a book based on this series: Witch Hunts: Out of the Broom Closet (Spiral Publishing).
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