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THE OAK ISLAND MONEY PIT – Site of a Knights Templar Treasure?

Sources: The Templar Code for Dummies by Christopher Hodapp and Alice Von Kannon
and The Oak Island Money Pit web site – http://www.oakislandmoneypit.com/

One of the more interesting (and bizarre) supposed sites of the fabled Knights Templar treasure (Gold and precious stones? The Holy Grail? The Ark of the Covenant? Oh my!) is the Oak Island Money Pit.

Oak Island is located off the coast of Nova Scotia and contains a very real and strange mystery with supposed connections to not only the Knights Templar and the Holy Grail but Shakespeare and the pirates Blackbeard and Captain Kidd.

A mysterious excavation was unearthed in 1795 by three teenage boys who suspected something, like pirate treasure, was buried on the island. What was discovered by them and subsequent deeper digs over the centuries is a series of maze-like wooden platforms and side tunnels with no bottom to the pit in sight!

Several years later, another group of diggers found a stone with, initially, undecipherable symbols on it, which were later translated into “Forty Feet Below, Two Million Pounds Are Buried.” What a great incentive! Of course, nothing of the sort was found upon further digging

Later, more organized and better funded excavations dug much deeper to find horizontal shafts which became flooded with seawater. These prevented further exploration (some refer to these as clever “booby traps) until more modern and more technological means were developed. The Wood’s Hole Oceanographic Institute even studied the site with no luck solving the mystery.

Although some artifacts such as gold chains and pieces of parchment have been unearthed, the bottom has never been reached. And no treasure has ever been found. But what the heck is the pit? Why was it dug? What are those crazy platforms?
Oh, yeah – it’s where the Templars (who, by some accounts, were the real discoverers of America) buried their treasure. Or where the pirates Blackbeard and Captain Kidd hid their loot. One hypothesis claims the pit contains proof that Francis Bacon really wrote the works of William Shakespeare.

The History Channel has a web site and videos on the subject which would be fun to watch. Will it shed any light on this? My money’s on the Templars. They’re much cooler than pirates!

In my crazy future history, the Knights Templar have been reborn into the 23rd Century to become the Templar Accord. Their long war with the alien Kazoran Union is at a stalemate. Both sides are equal in numbers, strength and technology. But what if the Accord could discover and resurrect certain “artifacts”, which are not myths and legends but real? Including the Baphomet? The Union would have no defense against these ancient “weapons.”

My new serial novel, The Endgame Chronicles, posted by chapter for free on the JukePop Serial website, posits that theory also. The Templar Accord, now serving a church of their own making, struggle to survive against their enemies. You can read about what happens after they discover an artifact long buried on a remote, backwater planet in an ancient tomb. They find out their “Endgame Initiative” may sound good on paper but even the best-laid plans can go horribly wrong. Yikes.

I’ve tried to capture the essence of the Knights Templar and their Code in my stories but have updated it to include female Knights and administrators (this is the 23rd century after all). No vows of poverty exist and, especially, no vows of chastity. How boring would that be?

The first chapter is available to read free without a JukePop account, but you’ll have to create an account (also free with no obligations) to read any further. Let me know what you think!

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EVERYONE’S A KNIGHT TEMPLAR! WELL, MAYBE…

The enduring (or, some might say, irritatingly never-ending, though I’m not one of those!) romance/mystery/general interest about the Knights Templar seems to always take on another form or interpretation in the public eye, mainly through different media. There have been numerous books and articles written about the Order as well as television episodes and movies.

I first got interested in the Knights Templar while watching the 1984 first season episode of the British series ROBIN OF SHERWOOD titled “Seven Poor Knights of Acre.” Up to that point, I may have heard of the Templars but really didn’t know that much about them. In this particular episode, a golden seal of the Templars, depicting their “logo” of two knights riding on a horse, had been stolen and, of course, the Knights think Robin and the gang are the culprits.

ROBIN OF SHERWOOD is my favorite take on the Robin Hood legend. Lasting for three seasons and combining gritty period realism with added mystical elements, the show had high production qualities and great acting. Each episode was filmed on location and looked like mini-movies with very-detailed quality.

Interestingly, a 2009 book by author John Paul Davis titled “Robin Hood: The Unknown Templar” makes the case that Robin was a Templar himself. I’ve not read the book but it got some good reviews saying Davis makes a compelling argument for his hypothesis. If that’s true then, couldn’t other historical and, like Robin Hood, legendary figures, also have been Knights Templar? And, if so, why would it matter?

In the big scheme of things, it wouldn’t, but being a fan of secret organizations and historical mysteries, these kind of shadowy conjectures are always at the back of my mind when I’m writing. I’m not a conspiracy theorist but I do love a good mystery, especially when it goes against the norm and shakes everything up.

There are some contemporary Templar organizations such as the Grand Encampment of Knights Templar, which is part of the Freemasons. As I mentioned in my previous post, there is some speculation the Knights Templar, in fact, became the Freemasons. Some Freemason groups, like the Grand Encampment, have divisions which include “Knights Templar” in their titled designation.

Some historical/political Freemasons included George Washington (whose George Washington Masonic National Memorial in Alexandria, VA is a great place to visit!), Benjamin Franklin, Paul Revere, Bill Clinton, Newt Gingrich, Colin Powell and Al Gore. Would this association possibly make them Templars as well? Intriguing, isn’t it?

As a result, such conjecture, speculation, etc., in my mind, gives me some leeway and artistic license to portray the Knights Templar as having been reborn into the 23rd Century in my serial novel, THE ENDGAME CHRONICLES. Hey, why not? These futuristic Knights Templar may possess the trappings of the old guard but they don’t necessarily follow the same precepts such as poverty and celibacy. They would have adopted the technology and mores of that future culture, working within and without the “system of that time to generate great power.

And, more importantly, to try to hold on to that power.

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