How then would the Templars have gotten a hold of the skull of John the Baptist? Well, during their formative years, the Templars were stationed at the al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem, right there on the holy mountain itself.

It was the fact that they were formed there, at the site of what was once the great Jewish temple, which gave the Order its name, “the Poor Knights of Christ of the Temple of Solomon.”

Since the Knights Templar are known to have explored the secret caves beneath the Temple Mount (looking for the Ark of the Covenant, some say), it is quite possible that they discovered the head of John while down there. But how could possessing such an have made the Templars rich? Well, let us just suspend disbelief for a moment and swallow the Templars’ own beliefs.

Obviously they believed that Baphomet could talk to them, and that Baphomet possessed “divine wisdom.”

So right off the bat, with that belief as our basis, it is possible to contend that Baphomet taught the Templars all forms of knowledge, including the mysteries of money and wealth. It is evident that the Templars did come into possession of great sources of wisdom, which enabled them to be involved in breakthrough accomplishments of art, science and medicine during their time.

And the ideas they applied to create their international banking system were sheer genius.

But more than that, it is clear that the Templars afforded the image of Baphomet itself a certain ceremonial reverence, accrediting it with a certain talismanic power, which demonstrates that they believed their devotion to it, and their sacrifices to it, would gain them wealth in return. This is a very ancient concept. It is the belief that one can contact a deity through divination and negotiate a contract with it, in which one agrees to perform certain services for the deity, in exchange for blessings in return.

So let us say for the sake of argument that the Baphomet was a talisman of some sort that, among other things, bestowed upon its possessor ‘wisdom” and “riches” – or more specifically, the power to both gain and create wealth.

Let us then say that the Templars took control of this artifact somehow. After coming to possess the Baphomet, the Knights could have formed a pact with the deity connected to it, they then would have begun to structure their order into an international system for advancing learning and science, and for creating wealth. Their wealth and membership expanded exponentially after they created a formal constitution for their Order, which could have been an extension of their pact with Baphomet.

If the Templars did possess this “Baphomet”, capable of bestowing wisdom and, more importantly, wealth, this may explain what both King Philippe IV and Pope Clement V were itching to take from the Templars when they engineered their arrest, even if they did not fully understand what it was they were looking for.

It is said that Philippe’s seneschals searched frantically all throughout the Templar properties in France, seeking their fabled “treasure”, for he knew that the Knights were rich. But he did not really understand that their wealth was created by banking, and was spread throughout their domains, invested in various money-making enterprises.

Only a fraction of it actually existed in reserve as physical currency.

So what sort of economic wisdom could the Templars have divined with the use of their macabre oracle? As I explained in Solomon’s Treasure, the principles of modern banking, which were created by the Templars, are based upon the idea that money derives its value from faith.

The more you can convince others of the power of your money, the more power it actually has.

This faith, which gives money its value, is equivalent to the Azoth or “Universal Principle”, the pure spirit force which, in alchemy, makes the transmutation of lead into gold possible. And this Azoth is, as I have explained, the same concept which modern occultists now acquaint with the Baphomet.

So the above-mentioned concept could have certainly been among the ideas communicated to the Templars from their divine source.

American dime featuring

the bust of Mercury, or Hermes.

Another idea at the heart of the banking process invented by the Templars is the concept that money can be “seeded” into a business endeavor, or loaned out upon usury, and, through the miracle of the banking process, grow or multiply exponentially.

As I explain in Solomon’s Treasure, these are ideas that appear, allegorically, not only in alchemical manuscripts and in the medieval Grail romances associated with the Knights Templar, but also in the Bible.

The practice of tithing contains this principle at its heart, and many of the parables of Christ expound upon it.

King Solomon, renowned for his wealth and wisdom, knew the secrets as well, and may have profited from consultations with a demon named Asmodeus. According to extra-biblical legends, Asmodeus was conjured by Solomon through magic, and conscripted to take over the building of Solomon’s famed temple to God.

The figure of Asmodeus, as described in Middle Eastern legends, has a great deal in common with that of Baphomet, and I believe that they represent the same entity. I see no reason why the demon that the Templars may have discovered beneath the ruins of the Temple of Jerusalem could not have been the same demon who built the original Temple that once stood there.

After all, it was Solomon’s Temple that gave the Templar order its name.

Moreover, when digging around in Jerusalem, the Templars may have even come across examples of an ancient Tyrian coin that is likely to have been among Solomon’s treasury. The coin bears the image of a serpent wrapped around a tree.

This symbol not only denotes the Tree of Knowledge in the Garden of Eden, but it could also be equated with the serpent-entwined magic wand of Hermes, the caduceus, which is a symbol of the alchemical process of transmutation.

It further resembles yet another well-known symbol of wealth:

the dollar sign.

It could be a coincidence, or it could be evidence of the continuance of a tradition, from ancient Tyre, to King Solomon, to the Knights Templar, and eventually to the Freemasons who were responsible for the creation of the U.S. dollar.

This form of the caduceus is used by the medical profession.


A common form of the caduceus, a serpent on a Tau cross,

could be the origin of the dollar sign, according to David Ovason.


Ovason also notes that the alchemical sign for mercury

is very similar to the dollar sign.


Ancient coin from Tyre featuring the Pillars of Hercules and

the serpent in the Tree of Knowledge, another possible origin for the dollar sign.


Another piece of evidence linking the U.S. dollar with the Templar wisdom of wealth which they derived from the Baphomet has to do with the number 13.

The Templars seem to have associated their idol with this number, and it is believed that this is why King Philippe decided to have them arrested on Friday the 13th of October, as a gesture of defiance.

The date thereafter became a cursed day. Long after the demise of the Templars, pirates, many of them Freemasons, sailed in ships bearing the standard of the Jolly Roger.

It featured the skull and crossbones, a symbol used by the Templars to represent Baphomet, beneath which was written the number “13.”

The Jolly Roger.


In my previous article, I enumerated the many examples of the gratuitous and deliberate use of this number on the dollar bill.

Most of these should be familiar enough to any armchair conspiracy theorist. But this number is not only on the present one dollar bill. It can be found on the early forty-dollar note , on the first fifty-dollar bill, and on the first pennies issued by the United States.

13 can also be found throughout the very structure of the U.S. monetary system.

For instance, consider the fact that there are exactly six types of coins, and seven denominations of paper money, currently in circulation in the U.S., adding up to a total of thirteen. Then there is the fact that the Treasury Department was created in 1789, exactly thirteen years after the birth of the USA in 1776.

The government even made a point of putting the date 1789 on the Treasury Department Seal in 1966, almost 190 years after the fact.

The Treasury Seal, by the way, contains thirteen stars in its chevron.

Copper coin from Vermont, 1785,

featuring the All-Seeing Eye, 13 stars, and 26 rays.


Early colonial banknote for two-thirds of a dollar, featuring 13 interlocking rings

and the names of the 13 colonies, with the motto “We Are One.”

The Federal Reserve has adopted the conspicuous use of the number as well.

The Fed was created in 1913. It consists of one Board of Governors overseeing twelve Federal Reserve Districts, and one central bank controlling twelve district banks, which in turn then control all of the member banks.

Even the digits of the zip code for the Fed’s headquarters in Washington, D.C., 20551, add up to thirteen.

America and the Federal Reserve Board, by John Gregory,

which shows the American national goddess, Columbia, sporting a caduceus,

with the Federal Reserve seal as her shield.

Is this obsession with the number 13 a tribute to Baphomet by our Masonic founding fathers? Could it be evidence that it is the “Universal Principle”, which Baphomet symbolizes, that lies at the heart of our nation’s wealth?

Perhaps this is part of the reason why the United States has become an economic superforce so quickly.

Perhaps the magic symbols on our currency denote the magic which allows us all to enjoy a relatively prosperous lifestyle in a nation held aloft by its citizens’ faith in the power of the dollar.

Statue of George Washington by Horatio Greenough,

depicting him in a Baphometic “As above, so below” pose.


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Note: Read Part 1 “The Alchemical Dollar – The Magic and Mystery of America’s Money – Solomon’s Treasure“.