'The Battle For The Soul of King Russ-ankhamun: A Masonic Tale' begins buried deep within the mysterious, clandestine world of Freemasonry, the causal descendent of the Egyptian mystery religions. Indeed, usually, a third degree Mason is placed within a representation of a coffin during the third degree ritual. That aside, rumors have persisted for centuries that the Freemasons were also in possession of a “great secret.” Well, whatever the truth may be, one such “secret” was about to be released tonight!
It has long been known that Gothic Masonic Temples and Cathedrals contain an ancient Pagan wisdom hidden in their architecture. This wisdom, which predates Christianity, was placed by the operative Freemasons, builders commissioned by the Church to create cathedrals, churches, and other edifices. But look carefully, because sometimes you don’t have to look twice to see those that should remain hidden.
King Russ-ankhamun, sometimes mis-pronounced as King Complete-Twat, is a pharaoh from the 18th Dynasty. He reigned during 323–1319 BCE and his first journey to kingship started as a vizier to Akhenaten and Tutankhamun (King Tut); but ended abruptly. Cast out, a third degree Mason stepped aside and on this night back in time, King Russ-ankhamun was entombed instead.
However, one dark, windswept, rain-fueled night in late 2014 everything changed. Into the tomb of King Russ-ankhamun entered an Apprentice and Fellow Craft degrees. Mechanically, and in "lock-step" with each other, they proved to the principal officers present with the proper signs, grips, and words, they were ready to begin the Rise. Working Tools of the degree to hand, the crypt underneath the floor was prized open, the chants that rang around the room diminished, the smell from the crypt enough to stun a bull at ten paces. Suddenly, a claw-like hand emerged from within the darkness of the crypt!
Once King Russ-ankhamun had felt the air, breathed into his lungs and body the new age air, the sweet amber nectar of the year 2014 was bringing the King to life, once more. As his arm grew longer, his hand more demon-like as it begged for more freedom, his head now out of the crypt also, all those gathered around him knew they were witnessing something that nobody would ever believe; that nobody would ever witness in their own lifetimes. Something that nobody in the room would survive!
Now fully alive, King Russ-ankhamun coarsely shoved the entire crypt lid up and away from his body. Now free from the bonds that had him lying in State, the last to survive, The Worshipful Master, assumed the position known as the five points of fellowship. Knelt before his King, he reveals that The Devil, The Angel and The Trickster are all about them. His last words spoken, King Russ-ankhamun devours his soul in one, turns and then retakes his rightful place on his Throne.
With the Worshipful Master‘s warning that The Devil, The Angel and The Trickster were now among them, in a battle to reclaim / redeem his soul, King Russ-ankhamun smiled in smug sanctuary whilst he adorned his Throne. But, deep with the confines of The House of King Russ-ankhamun, one of the Knights Templar, sent from France years before, long since having left the Order, lay hidden - until the time was right to bring forth both The Devil and The Angel into present day.
Upon his rightful Throne, calmly smug, always at one with himself, King Russ-ankhamun feels the cooling breeze of change, but does not notice the sinister appearance of both The Devil and The Angel to either side of him. Transfixed on his own being, alive to only the fact that he was indeed alive again, once more, The Devil and The Angel quietly went about their work.
The explanation of the age-old saying, The Devil on our left shoulder, The Angel on our right now complete, it isn’t long before King Russ-ankhamun senses The Devil … and begins to have some Devilish fun! Having stumbled across an old VHS tape of some 1970’s bawdy British comedy entitled, Benny Hill, in his Spanking Chambers, King Russ-ankhamun assumes the chosen position!
But it’s not long before The Angel finds them both and suddenly both she and The Devil are locked in a massive battle to own the soul of King Russ-ankhamun. Back and forth, forth and back, the struggle is immense, and much in the same vein as the upcoming 'Batman vs. Superman,' the battle of Good vs. Evil was draining [hence, an empty swimming pool … no, oh well, please yourselves!]
But King Russ-ankhamun breaks free from the clutches of both The Devil and The Angel and goes about his daily business of the sacrifice of a goose. As you do! The reason? Well, with the four existing Masonic Lodges that reigned supreme at the time of King Russ-ankhamun’s reign, they had always gathered at the Goose Pub in Alexandria. Hence, after King Russ-ankhamun’s reign was ended, he vowed to sacrifice a goose every day upon his resurrection. But The Devil and The Angel still fight to garner his soul.
With neither The Devil or The Angel seemingly winning the battle for the soul of King Russ-ankhamun, The Trickster appeared. The Trickster, who in mythology and religion is usually a god, goddess, spirit, man, woman, or anthropomorphic animal who exhibits a great degree of intellect or secret knowledge, was obviously none of those here! Standing at barely five feet and two inches, The Trickster (known in past lives as “Build-A-Boat“) was crafty, for sure, but not fast enough to catch King Russ-ankhamun.
But The Trickster was not one to give up easily! He chased King Russ-ankhamun down corridors, up spiral stair cases, and finally, with the help of The Devil, cornered King Russ-ankhamun in his Jungle Room! The pair of Gothic Silver Spears, their ends dipped in improperly stored poisonous substances, now poised themselves but inches from King Russ-ankhamun’s head!
Forget old conspiracy theories about snake bites, fatal poisons, and five ex-wives, King Russ-ankhamun was about to be taken by The Devil, her nemesis The Angel begging her Lord above to spare him, when suddenly, out of nowhere, The Trickster turned day into night - for his own benefit, of course!
With everything in The Jungle Room now static, on hold, no decisions to be made at that current moment, The Trickster decided that he was going to have some fun himself! Leaving King Russ-ankhamun alone, he grabbed both The Devil and The Angel, took them both back to the King's very own Spanking Chambers, and had his very own moment of pleasure!
After the Spanking Chambers ordeal was over, you would have thought that The Devil would have been upset with The Trickster - far from it. For she had been using The Trickster all along, just like a puppeteer uses strings on a toy to manipulate their every move. Or, in this case, like a little soft toy for children!
With King Russ-ankhamun now free from the Jungle Room, the Silver Spears no longer holding him back, The Devil’s dagger no longer poised above his head, he knew that if his reign was to be successful in 2014, that he had to get to distant shores. Well, way more distant that the Detroit River, anyway! So he acknowledged the existence of The Angel, and she brought him a boat, in which they sailed off into the unknown. But as they moved away from the shore, King Russ-ankhamun felt a fiery hot sensation on the back of his neck ...!
Now having reached his destination, King Russ-ankhamun was finally at Peace. Incorporating all the foundations of other spiritual practices, his inner state of well-being and calm were balanced. But, looking around him, peering into the never ending darkness, was he now in Heaven? Was it Purgatory? Or was it even Hell …?
To be continued in the sequel, 'King Russ-ankhamun: A Vegas Tale'
Photos by: Jan Vanderziel & Trish Trytan
Story by: Russell A. Trunk, Jan Vanderziel & Marianne Widmalm