August 6, 2006


Hello Everyone,
The article I intended to send out in today's 'Unveiling Newsletter', is not quite finished, so instead, I hope you find the following letter as interesting as I have found it. By next Sunday, my original article will be ready for you in the 'Unveiling'.  The conversation that follows came about after receiving the following email from a woman on our list, named Marzi:
Dear Betty,
I just finished reading your book and wanted to tell you that I loved it and hope you plane a second book. I have a question for you on the cover and also some of the things in the book I have questions to. Can you tell me why you chose the ROSE, the EAGLE, the name REVELATIONS on the cover, DRUIDS, who were called the snakes of Ireland, and the last name of your grandmother in the book is ST.JOHN and also a POISON DRINK in the book. Did you know all these things represent SAINT JOHN, the Apostle who wrote the BOOK of REVELATIONS? And did you intent to imitate these things about the Apostle when you wrote it? Let me know when you second book is done. Ps. did you know that the island of Rhodes was named that because of all the roses that grew there to?

My response to her email:

Thank you for writing, and Thank You for reading my book - so glad you liked it. As far as a second book - yes, I would like to do another book. When I wrote "Keeper of the Celtic Secrets", it took a solid year - working ten to twelve hours a day, and usually seven days a week, to get it all correlated - getting all my 'ducks' in a row, but it was enjoyable.

I found it very astute that you found so many similarities about my book and St. John, the Disciple, and how he was depicted in early art. I did a little research, after I read your letter, and found that you are correct, St. John was often painted with an eagle and a serpent, and was indeed given a 'cup' of wine to drink that contained some type of poison.

The fact that many things in my book, as well as it's cover, reflect these very same subjects, is merely a co-incidence, and I am amazed that you noted them - and happy that you have shared your discovery with me.

The  Rose on the cover, is for my real great grandmother, Rose St. John, which was her actual name. Much about her character in the book, is based on her life. The Eagle on the cover is from a B & B that is located in Canada - an actual place - known as the 'Eagle's Nest'.

As far as the Druids [also called the 'snakes' of Ireland by St. Patrick - see note below], I wrote of the Druids because they have always intriqued me - as a mysterious group of Celtic people that must have had an amazing story to tell - most of which is lost today, so I thought I would help to keep their memory alive by including them in my book.

Regarding the poisoned drink in the book, this comes from an actual dream that I had - so I used it in the book.

I was aware that the Latin word 'Rosa' may be an Etruscan form of the Greek word 'Rhodia', originating from the isle of Rhodes - this name listed on the cover of my book, as the author's married name.

After I read your first email message, I looked to see if there were any other similarites about my book, "Keeper of the Celtic Secrets" - and this is what I found:

A Cornucopia is a horn, and my book refers to four cornucopia journals, and  the book of Revelation mentions four 'horns' several times; and, 'the red thread' is about the bloodline of the Hebrew people - bloodline - hummmm.....a sacred bloodline?? A snake is the emblem for DNA. The snake in the painting of St. John may refer to the bloodline as well.

Also: Not in conjunction with my book, but, the word 'poison' can be found in the term, 'Priory of Sion'. The word 'Revelations' has hidden within its letters, the word, relatives.  That's all I found.

May the Spirit of Light and Truth be with you always,

Note: Perhaps there are other similiar details in this book that I am not aware of - so, if you find anything, other than the ones mentioned by Marzi - let me know.

Quite possibly 'John', most beloved disciple of Jesus, was actually Mary Magdalene. Mary Magdalene was the wife of Jesus and was probably the author of the gospel of John. She was instrumental in founding the first 'church' after the death of Jesus,  called the Johannine Community. Question: why do you suppose this most beloved disciple of Jesus, supposedly John, was not slaughtered along with all the other male disciples, but instead was sent in exile to the Isle of Patmos? If indeed this most beloved disciple was John, he would have been the first one killed.  Answer: This 'John' was actually Mary Magdalene and they abstrained from killing the woman, maybe because she was pregnant, or because she was a woman.  If this is true, they 'killed' her in a more effective way - by saying she was a whore bitch and stealing what she had written and passed it off as the gospel of 'John'.  Did Leonardo DiVinci get this all figured out? He was nobody's dummy.
The snake in ART may represent DNA - from the holy chalace - womb. The eagle may actually represent her child and not really an eagle - just symbolically. And why is it that Catholics worship Mary more than they do Jesus? Does the Vatican know something more, while we are kept in the dark?
Additional information on the true identity of Mary Magdalene can be found here:

Note: The idea of 'amphibian, serpent, snake, or even the Druids, came from the misconception of the serpent in the garden of Eden.The meaning of the Biblical Serpent = the text could indicate a ‘serpent’ [see Strong’s #5175 nahas]; or, as in the original Sumerian scrolls, the word is: NHSH, [same as Strong’s # 5172] implying ‘one who deciphers great secrets’, such as a scientist, researcher, or wise man. The two words are very much alike and both represent the god, Enki, in different expressions. Rather than ‘serpent’, Biblical scriptures could, and should, read, ‘the one who knows much wisdom’. But, the translators of the old ancient stories misinterpreted the story and used 'nahas' instead of 'nhsh' - easy mistake to make, and the rest is history - all based on an incorrectly read word. However, the snake, or snakes, have been used, throughout time, to represent the medical profession, so a serpent can represent a medical doctor, or can represent DNA.

Listed below are some representations of St. John from various sources

Early Christian art usually represented the Apostle,  St. John, with an eagle. The chalice as symbolic of St. John, which, according to some authorities, was not adopted until the thirteenth century, is sometimes interpreted with reference to the Last Supper, again as connected with the legend according to which St. John was handed a cup of poisoned wine, from which, at his blessing, the poison rose in the shape of a serpent. Perhaps the most natural explanation is to be found in the words of Christ to John and James "My chalice indeed you shall drink" (Matthew 20:23).

St. John was exiled to Patmos, the place of his Revelation. He came back to Ephesus where he is said to have died at an advanced age. Another tradition says that John did not die, but ascended into heaven like Enoch and Elijah.

John is depicted sometimes as an evangelist, sometimes as an apostle. He is often represented in art by the eagle, symbol of the highest inspiration, and the book. He is also on occasion seen with the cauldron of oil or the cup with a snake, in reference to the attempts on his life. He is the patron saint of St John's Cathedral.

Representation: book; chalice; eagle in his role as evangelist; serpent; chalice with a serpent in allusion to the cup of sorrow foretold by Jesus; cauldron in allusion to his being "a martyr in will but not in deed"

St. John the Evangelist (Apostle) was a disciple of Christ. Under Emperor Dominitian he was exiled to island Patmos, where in the company of an eagle he wrote the Revelations. After amnesty he returned to Ephesus, where he composed his Gospel. There he survived an ordeal set by the high priest of Ephesus: he was unaffected by a beverage concocted from snake’s venom, when offered a chalice, St. John blessed it, and the venom in the form of a snake, was miraculously drawn from the liquid. A legend also says that he was lifted up in an Assumption by an angel.  In fine arts he is often depicted with an Eagle, a book, a snake [Druid or DNA symbol?] emerging from a cup or chalice. Bloodline from the womb?

In addition to beauty and passion, red roses also symbolize courage. The red rose is also a symbol of power, as represented in the War of the Roses. Red roses seek to congratulate a job well done, and to express respect and appreciation. The red rose celebrates the creative spirit of love.

The cornucopia (Latin Cornu Copiae), also known as the Horn of Plenty, is a symbol of food and plenty dating back to the 5th century BCE.

In Greek mythology, Amalthea raised Zeus on the milk of a goat. In return Zeus gave Amalthea the goat's horn. It had the power to give to the person in possession of it whatever he or she wished for. This gave rise to the legend of the cornucopia. The original depictions were of the goat's horn filled with fruits and flowers: deities, especially Fortuna, would be depicted with the horn of plenty.

The word Jubilee = Rams Horns:  is rooted in the history of our forebears in ancient Israel and is derived from the Hebrew word yobel meaning, "rams horn," (trumpet). We read about the law of Jubilee in Leviticus chapter 25 in the Bible. A long-sounding trumpet passed through all the country to proclaim a year of restoration and restitution throughout all the land.

ROSE: The early Greeks and the Romans inexorably linked the rose to love, beauty, purity and passion.  The Christians adopted the Rose as a symbol of Mary, the mother of Jesus, and hence became a symbol of motherhood and purity.  When shown stalked and leaved it has the added symbolism of protection because of the thorns.  The Rose is the emblem of England and still the two counties (Yorkshire and Lancashire) replay the Wars of the Roses on the cricket field each English summer.  In heraldry, the Rose is used as a mark of distinction for the seventh son.  The Red Rose is one of the badges used for the House of Lancaster and is mentioned severally in the early days of heraldry in the reigns of Henry IV and Henry V.  The White Rose was used as a badge by Richard Duke of York by his son Edward IV and was adopted by his descendants.  The Jacobites also adopted it as an emblem.  The Rose can be shown as a heraldic rose or as a natural rose; symbol of providence, divination, love, beauty, purity and passion.

In addition to beauty and passion, red roses also symbolize courage. The red rose is also a symbol of power, as represented in the War of the Roses. Red roses seek to congratulate a job well done, and to express respect and appreciation. The red rose celebrates the creative spirit of love.

Rose.  Is borne depicted naturally and heraldicly.  The Heraldic Rose is always shewn full blown, with the petala, or flower-leaves expanded, seeded in the middle, and backed by five green barbs, or involuera; this Rose, when gules, is ever to be called proper, whereas the rose borne naturally, is always when gules termed proper, and is always stalked and leaved, and termed a Rose slipped.  The Heraldic Eose may be of any tincture, and is said to be barbed and seeded of such a colour, which must be expressed, unless the seeds are yellow and the barbs vert, when it is blazoned a Rose of such a colour, seeded and barbed proper. The Rose is used as a distinction fcr the seventh son.  See Distinction of Houses.


Rose Heraldic.  The White Rose the badge of the House of York, and the Red Rose the badge of the House of Lancaster.  The White and Red-Rose united and imperially crowned is the Badge of England.  Also termed a Double Rose.

May the Spirit of Light and Truth be with you always,