The Curious Apparitions of Pagan Goddesses to the German Knights Templar
The Untersberg is a great mountain straddling the Austro-German border opposite Salzburg. It was reputed in local legend to be the seat of the god Wotan and to be haunted. The Knights Templar of the region had their headquarters in Vienna and before the year 1222 never had a Komturei (a command post) near the mountain. The commander of a "section" returning from the crusades to Austria in 1220 received an apparition believed to be of the demi-goddess Isais at Nineveh, old Babylon, who instructed him to proceed to the Untersberg and erect a temple in her honor inside it. There she would address them frequently which she did as from 1226.
A written record was kept and the "Isais Revelation", a complete religious treatise, was compounded and delivered to Vienna in 1238. Acting upon her instructions, in 1235 at Carthage, two German Templars received an apparition of the goddess Ishtar who gave further instructions for the Order to follow. The Revelations of the deities Isais and Ishtar were translated into modern German in 1862 and copies kept. A summary of these forms the content of this article.
The Appearance of Isais to the German Knights
Sometime in the year 1220, the German knight Templar and commander Hubertus Koch, returning to Austria from the crusades with a small company, arrived at the ruins of the former Assyrian capital Nineveh in ancient Babylon. Here he reports being approached by an apparition of the demi-goddess Isais, "a graceful maiden-like figure of a girl whose copper-colored hair waved as if in a breeze although the day was actually windless." She gave Koch instructions to proceed to the "mountain of the Old God Wotan", that is, the Untersberg near Salzburg, build a house there and await her next apparition where she would give "important information regarding a new Golden Age for the world".
Depiction of three German knights Templar. (Unknown author / Public domain)
In 1221 Koch reached the mountain, and set up his first Komturei (command house). Wall-sockets of this structure can still be seen at Marktschellen. A second structure was built higher up, but exactly where is unknown. It was probably enlarged around the year 1230 and made accessible through a number of caves, in one of which was installed the temple to Isais.
The first testified apparition of Isais at Untersberg occurred in the year 1226 and was repeated regularly over the next twelve years, Isais delivering the full 134 verses of her revelation by 1238. The supposed purpose of Isais was to help achieve the destruction of the Powers of Darkness in the heavens and on Earth, and as a first step, the world had to be rid of the Church of Rome since it worshipped Jehovah as God Almighty.
A Goddess’ Gifts
The prophetess Isais corresponds to the Assyrian "Isai" who in Old and New Assyria appeared in apparitions to the royal house. In the autumn of 1226 she gave the German knights three gifts: the looking glass of Ishtar/Freya; the finely worked head of Wodin's spear, both to be held ready for use, and the eight-sided black-purple stone or crystal ILUA, the most valuable and important of her gifts, which had to always be kept wrapped in tresses of her hair ("women's hair binds magical powers", verse 51) and maintained in the Untersberg Mountain.
Untersberg Mountain in Salzburg, Austria. (Giuseppe Milo / CC BY 3.0)
The purpose of these three items had to remain secret (verse 81) and from that time on, Hubertus Koch's cadre of Templar knights was known in relevant circles though not officially as "The Lords of the Black Stone" (DHvSS), and formed a secret scientific section.
The Marcionite Heresy
The underlying basis of the Isais Revelation is the Marcionite heresy of the second century AD. It denies that the Hebrew god of the Old Testament, always referred to in the Revelation as "El Shaddai", was God of the New Testament. Isais states that it was Allvater, God himself (verse 21) who descended in human form as the Allkrist, Jesus Christ (verses 98, 99), and was crucified by those he had come to reform.
The goddess Ishtar is the Intermediary for the Allvater, and Isais is her secret aide although Ishtar also hears all (verses 74, 77, 110). Allvater "speaks" through carved runes (verse 83); Ishtar and Isais were both appointed in this way (verse 94). Isais states that she came from the celestial realms as "a daughter of Kuthgracht", this being the Realm of the Daemons.
These entities are not "demons" in the sense of the English word, but are "independent of the gods" and the most active enemies of the regions of darkness. Isais had also been a daemon (Plutarch, The Mysteries of Isis, Ch.XXVII) and achieved the rank of goddess by her virtue.
The irrevocable promise of eternal life is made to those who attain to the Kingdom of Heaven (verse 30). Mankind, tied to the Earth and mortal, is ultimately immortal (verse 3). The earthly death is the beginning. At death, people "good and bad" come to Grünland (Purgatory), so called for its greenish light, over which Isais rules. Purgatory encloses all worlds (verse 22). The stay in Purgatory may last merely a few days or countless years. Once liberated each being chooses a route he or she wishes to follow as the path to the heavenly realm (verses 30, 31). From Purgatory Isais keeps watch on the Earth and reads all thoughts occurring there (verse 78).
The painting ‘An Angel Frees the Souls of Purgatory’ 1610 AD. (Ludovico Carracci / Public domain)
The time of Ishtar/Isais will come "when the Earth and the hearts of all its peoples shall enter the Golden Age perhaps in 1,000 years" (verses 58, 65,67, 93) from the early thirteenth century. Before then, "in the battles to come, Ishtar and Isais, each in her own way, will lead the heroes"(verse 94). A few verses in her revelation show the erotic component of her nature. "The bravest of Valhalla may remain at my side. To those of them who eschew peace and happiness, because in Grünland the battle will not yet have ended, I shall be not as a sister but bride and spouse instead"(verse 65, 66).
On this subject it is interesting to note (verses 59 and 64) that devotees are encouraged to make a bust of Isais "from wood, iron or stone" and "whoever kisses Isais' neck, hair or mouth will receive a kiss in return from her spirit" and this tradition "can be continued with Ishtar when she takes over the office of Isais." There is a fascinating innuendo here based on sexuality but not in the way those of us raised in the Christian tradition can understand.
At the center of Purgatory is the glorious fortress realm of Valhalla, where dwell the warrior gods with their wives (verse 15), the latter presumably being the valkyries of Nordic legend: both Ishtar and Isais have right of hospitality there (verse 29). We are told by Isais that Wodin rests at the foot of Untersberg Mountain hidden deep in the rock until the hour when he will awaken to act in word and deed (verse 71) but no further explanation is given.
Depiction of a number of valkyries riding flying horses holding the corpse of a man from Norse legend. (Emil Doepler / Public domain)
Also within Purgatory is Höllenpfuhl, Hell so-called, a creation of the fallen angel Shaddai, who wages incessant war in his effort to enable himself and his devotees to take over Heaven and the Earth itself (verses 16, 28, 35). At the final end, the Earth and the starry firmament will disappear leaving only the Kingdoms of Heaven and Hell, and in whichever of these one finds himself at that time, he must remain there for all eternity (verses 130-133). Thus ends the Isais Revelation.
The Appearance of Ishtar
Marcion (84 - 160 AD) was the son of a bishop, and a shipowner. Around 135 AD in Rome he developed eccentric theological beliefs, his cult claiming most importantly that the Hebrew god Jehovah was neither the true God nor the Father of Jesus Christ. The popularity of the "heresy" forced the early Church to decide that the Old Testament should be part of its canon. None of the original Marcionite writings have survived.
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Stone carving of the goddess Ishtar from the Old Babylonian period (c. 1800 BC). (Hornbeam Arts / CC BY-NC 2.0)
Carthage was a center of early Christianity, the first archdiocese being established in the partially rebuilt city in the second century. In the year 1235 AD, acting on information received no doubt from Isais, the German Templar knights Roderich and Emmerant disembarked at Carthage in search of the missing writings of the heretical Marcion. A hill named Byrsa runs down to the sea, and within this hill was a grotto of the temple formerly dedicated to the city's queen goddess Tanit. In this grotto the two Templar knights received an apparition of the goddess Ishtar.
Depiction of ancient Carthage from the Carthage Museum. (damian entwistle / CC BY-SA 2.0)
In his account the German knight Roderich reported:
"The apparition was a figure clothed in a breath-fine dress of shimmering green such that one could perceive the outline of a tall female, slim and supple, shining through it. She was a wonderful being, half woman and half girl, and undoubtedly not of this world. Her beautiful face was narrow and pallid and absolutely wonderful; her eyes, hair and fingernails shone with the color of amber; a golden tiara held back the masses of her hair, which reached to the ground; and on top of the tiara was a golden crescent moon with points like horns, and at its center a golden sun. Her unhumanly large eyes stared at us and her lips seemed to be glowing. And she was the most beautiful picture that a person ever saw but she was translucent and not of humankind."
She said, "I called you here without you being aware of it," at which Roderich asked for her identity. She answered at once, "I am Isai, Ishtar. The folk who revered me in this place called me Asherah; the people in the North who were your ancestors knew me as Idun": (Idun, Nordic goddess of the clan Aesir). Different peoples named me as suited their own language."
Then German knight Emmerant said that they were both true to the Lord Jesus Christ and would never worship another deity. Ishtar apparently amused replied, "I heard your prayers to him, to my godlike brother. But he is in his realm while I, his godlike sister, am here again - for a short while. For ultimately it is female power which will defeat Jehovah, Satan. The goddess of love will change into a goddess of war to strike down Satan when the moment comes."
Ishtar as the goddess of war who appeared to the German Knights Templar. She is equipped with weapons in her back, has a horned helmet, and is trampling a lion. Found on an Akkadian Empire seal, 2350-2150 BC. (Sailko / CC BY 3.0)
She continued: "You will find not far from this place an ancient stone which bears the sign of my divinity and the symbol of the hand in greeting. Beneath this stone you will discover that which you came here to find. And you will find that the legacy of my divine brother differs greatly from what you have been given to understand, in very many things." (Nearby, outside the old city boundaries, was a cemetery known as the Sanctuary of Tanit, an enclosure for placing short and upright stone stelae for funereal purposes. See Wikipedia: Sign of Tanit).
The goddess Ishtar stated next: "I had been appointed the deity for Babylon by the Godhead. The Babylonians were an excellent people but the settlement of a huge Hebrew minority in their midst ruined the plan to make Babylon the world capital. Ishtar explained that a people closest in character to the Babylonians, the Germanen including all the Franks of German descent, had been chosen to build a new capital "over a secret temple in which all your knowledge is to be deposited".
Thus Berlin-Tempelhof was founded in 1237, and the new Templar realm was to extend south from Berlin to Vienna and as far west as Paris. The Church got wind of this planning, pre-empted the ‘Great Work’ and on 13 October 1307 put down the Templar Order with great brutality.
Depiction of the burning of the Grand Master of the Templars and another Templar on the orders of King Philip IV of France. From the Chroniques de France ou de St Denis. (Workshop of Virgil Master / Public domain)
Twentieth Century Updates
1. Exactly 700 years since the Revelation of Isais of 1238, in November 1937 a crowned apparition proclaiming herself "Queen of the Poor Souls in Purgatory" was spotted making the first of 105 apparitions over a three-year period at the small German North Sea village of Heede/Ems. This apparition must have been Isais. The Church has done its utmost not to draw attention to these visitations.
2. On 11 February 1951 at Düsseldorf, Germany, the apparition of "the Virgin Mary" appalled the Church by stating that she wished to be known henceforth as "Our Lady of All Peoples Who Once Was Mary", and that she had come as "Co-Redeemer, Advocate and Mediatrix". In her 44th apparition of the Amsterdam series in the early 1950s she stated: "Our Lady of All Peoples promises to aid mankind if this title is acknowledged and I am invoked under this title." The Church of Rome has steadfastly refused to implement any request made by Our Lady of All Peoples.
3. In her apparition to nuns, she spoke through a wooden statuette dedicated to herself as Our Lady of All Peoples at a convent near Akita, Japan on 13 October 1973, (666 years to the day since the destruction of the Knights Templar Order). Referring to the apocalypse, she promised: "I alone am able to save you from the calamity which approaches. Those who place their confidence in me will be saved."
Top Image: Depiction of the German Knights Templar. Source: vukkostic / Adobe stock
Source: The original Revelations were assembled probably on the instructions of Hugo Graf Weitenegg at the Vienna Templar Headquarters in 1238. The first complete translation into modern German was produced in 1862 and copies made.
The article above provides a précis of the Revelations which may be read in German at the websites "Templeroffenbarungen" (Carthage apparition of Ishtar) and "Die Isais Offenbarung" (Untersberg apparitions of Isais). Also see: "Die Gebote der Isais -Die Heimkehr" on the website of the German Schelm publishing house.
The author of this article is a freelance German to English translator.