Templar researchers insist that the Templar "Christ" was not Jesus but John, the initiate and hierophant of the solar colleges of Egypt. Certainly, the Vatican accused the Templars of venerating a severed bearded head. And as the bible relates, John the Baptist was decapitated by his enemies. Symbolically of course, the act of severing the head can mean the transference of power and seniority from one grand master to another. The source of the symbolism is astrological. The sun is the head severed every winter. The rays (or hair) of the sun are reduced in radiance and power while the solar orb descends into the cold depths of winter. A female had connived the murder of the Baptist because the sun weakens and makes its descent into the realms of death through the female signs of Virgo and Libra. Alternatively, the long flowing hair of John can represent the feminine principle.
As the majority of the historical accounts will relate, the Templars were formed to invade and capture the City of Jerusalem for the pope and for Christianity. Upon their successful crusade, in1099 AD, they established their headquarters at Jerusalem's Temple Mount. This is where their name is said to have originated. Some researchers into Templar history maintain that while they were residing in the "holy land" the Templar elite cultivated long lasting collaborations with many Gnostic sects and secret societies. Among these secret affiliates were the Mandeans and Assassins. Interestingly, a chief hierophant of the Mandean sect had been John the Baptist who was entitled the "King of Light." It is alleged that, since the time of the First Crusade, the Templars, as well as the Order of Sion, have maintained their veneration of John, the beheaded initiator of Christ. The Order of Sion, in particular, are believed to have entitled their own chiefs "Jean" or "John," while a major worldwide Templar Order also dating from the crusades was known as the "Knights of St. John." Allegedly, this allegiance to John was one of the reasons why the Templars were targeted by the Vatican hierarchs.
The true sun kings of old, the "Christs," were given solar symbolism due to the fact that they were brought into life and celebrated during the rise of the star Sirius, an event that occurred during the summer month of July, or during the signs of Leo and Virgo. Virgo was the Virgin who, astrologically speaking, gave birth to the sun-child. This sun-child was known as Lucifer, the son of the morning or dawning, the bright young star (youngster). Later these dates, together with the symbolism, were inverted and the sun-child was said to have been born in the middle of winter. The role of John was downplayed and the role of Christ made more conspicuous. Secret societies, like the Knights Templar and their appropriately named associates the Knights of St. John, continued to honor the truth. They continued to venerate the severed and bearded head - the head of John the Baptist. The "Christs," or sun kings are, to this day, associated with the sun and the lion due to ancient astrological reckoning. The "Lion of Judah" was the term used by the leaders of the sun churches and is still used as an epithet. The opening of the Egyptian new year corresponded with the rise of the sacred star Sirius and with the rising of the waters of the Nile. This rising was most auspicious and it occurred during the week of July 25, in the sign of Leo. The river's waters brought life to the parched land. The crops and vines began to grow and thrive throughout the sign of Virgo. So it was said that the sun of god, the light of the world (Lucifer), was born of a Virgin.
The present date for the birth of Jesus Christ - December 25 (Christmas) - was actually that for John the Baptist, the radical preacher and rival of the Jerusalem Church. This is why January bears the name it does. Jan is Jon or John - literally the time of John. And January corresponds to the astrological sign of Aquarius, the "Water-Bearer" (the sign of Baptism).
In the Dead Sea Scrolls, although the connection is never lucidly made, Paul is certainly the one being described as the "Wicked Priest" who threatens the life of John the Baptist, the "Teacher of Righteousness."
The story of the Baptist and his Gnostic Church was modified and skewed into the shape found in the New Testament that presents John as a rather eccentric skin-wearing old world prophet content to baptize and laud Jesus and tell his own disciples and the rest of the world to follow him alone. In truth, the successor of John the Baptist, the Mandean "King of Light," was the Gentile prophet Simon Magus who cryptically turns up in the Christian New Testament as Simon the Zealot, Simon Cananaios, and Lazarus of Bethany. The cults of John and Simon are believed to have carried on in secret through many Gnostic sects and orders, particularly the Knights Templar, Knights of St. John, and powerful Order of Sion (whose chiefs are entitled "John" or "Jean"). The Church of Rome considers the John cults heretical and even satanic since they condemn the Pauline Jesus as an imposter and opportunist.
Jesus said, "From Adam to John the Baptist, among those born of women, no one is so much greater than John the Baptist that his eyes should not be averted.
But I have said that whoever among you becomes a child will recognize the (Father's) kingdom and will become greater than John."
One of the titles for the biblical John the Baptist was the "Great Nazar." Clearly, this initiator of Jesus was himself connected to the Nazarenes and Serpent Priests.