Off the Shelf
The Serpent Grail
By Marcus Pan
Philip Gardiner is up to his tricks again.
Using as many disambiguous terms, relationships and crackpot theories as
possible, him and ally Gary Osborn now have the same things to say as they did
about the Temple of Solomon in short, that the proverbial grail, as
seen in myths, legends and biblical tellings, is not so much a solid object as
it is an anology to a perfect Gnostic truth.
Heres the thing and I said something like this
before when I discussed Gardiners work I have no trouble digging
the grail as analogy or temple as analogy theories.
Theyre probably closer to the truth than a cup that caught the blood of
Christ or a temple secretly built at the foot of a great mountain. I think the
stories themselves hide a moralistic or ethical truth within themselves, much
like classic fairy tales compiled by the Brothers Grimm which were mostly used
to frighten children straight.
But once again Phils running off with the idea and
kicks out yet another boorishly drawn attempt to not only state this theory and
prove it (as theories tend to enjoy), but to try and turn it into a Theory of
Everything. And he says almost the same thing with similar points made in
Gnosis as well only this time hes honing in on the
grail isnt real line rather than the temple isnt
Snakes again are everywhere. He uses the same cut-up
syllabillic techniques he did in Gnosis and he throws in those extra
numbers here and there and this time piques it up with some modern science and
medicine along the snake-as-healing line. In addition to the no-real-grail gist
he spends some time analyzing the three levels of the grail triad.
This is his way of explaining the ultimate in karmic consciousness a
oneness principle that any hardworking human can attain if he/she were to learn
the true secrets of the grail story that it is an instructional guide to
becoming ultimately enlightened.
He does an excellent job of keeping away from anything
really interesting or outright funny. Theres no claims of being a
messiah, prophet or god on either of the authors parts. Instead we are
treated to hundreds of pages of this ancient culture had a picture with a
squiggly line and therefore knew the truth about the healing snake knowledge
thing stuff rhetoric. If it wiggles, its representative of the
snake. If its long its probably a phallus and if its dark and
round its probably a vagina.
Some of the most annoying clichés of argument are
here. The some people say (what people are never defined),
many believed that (whole bunches thought the world was flat once,
too) and it was once believed (great Philip/Gary, lets go
ahead and talk about some the silly beliefs of old). My absolute most hated
form is here too Dont you think
? This is used by
very weak arguers, in an attempt to force a person to go along their lines
simply because they have nothing to SHOW them their lines. Instead they assault
the reader with lines like Isnt it possible? and
Dont you think? Its the Bugs Bunny approach.
Truthfully, Philip Gardner and Gary Osborn are excellent
researchers. Its just that they try to tie it together into one big
jumble and that simply doesnt wash distance, oceans and lack of
communication across cultures makes it difficult to believe that the same
animal or symbology can become synonymous worldwide. And thats just one
disparaging reason, there are others that I can name if I gave it more thought
which Im not inclined to do after how long it took me to read this
End result is that either they are crackpots with too much
reading time on their hands, or Im educated stupid and so are you because
all around you the entire fucking world has disguised the fact that youre
a godhead with wiggly things and golden cups.
"The Serpent Grail" by Philip Gardiner with Gary
Copyright © by Philip Gardiner and Gary Osborn
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Published in the UK in 2005 by Watkins Publishing
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