Art Heist at Taco Bell Stumps Police (artnet news)

Sarah Cascone, Tuesday, March 17, 2015 original article here.

The stolen Taco Bell painting.

The stolen Taco Bell painting. Artist unknown.

When burritos alone won’t satisfy your late-night drunken munchies, how about some art? That’s most likely exactly what happened at the Taco Bell in Westlake, Ohio, reports the local NBC news outlet, when someone made off with an acrylic painting this past weekend, sometime between 11 p.m. on Saturday and 2 a.m. on Sunday (see Stolen Picasso Seized in Newark Shipped as $37 Christmas Present).

“That place has had nothing but bad luck,” said Westlake police captain Guy Turner. “It’s caught fire, they had somebody crash into it and it caught fire. That place is kind of jinxed.”

While Captain Turner did not know the name of the artist behind the work, he said it was likely commissioned by the fast food franchise. A second copy of the painting was left behind by the thieves. Presumably, this was less of a high-tech, targeted Thomas Crowne Affair type of robbery than an impulsive, taco-and-beer-fueled crime of passion (see Stolen Sculpture Found in Toilet of Paris Museum).

“We’re going to search every dorm room and rumpus room in a ten mile radius,” he said, “round up the usual suspects.”

Believe it or not, the painting is reportedly worth $800—and considering the misguided enthusiasm for such oddities as Pizza Hut perfume, it’s not entirely inconceivable that some fast food aficionado might shell out that much for the work. More likely, however, whoever swiped the piece probably just wanted an ode to the home of “fourth meal” to hang on his or her wall.

Curious to know more about the painting and the artist, we called the Taco Bell.

“Do you know where the painting is or who has the painting?” said the unidentified young woman who answered the phone when we asked if she knew who the artist of the work was. “Do I need to trace this phone call?” She then referred us to the Westlake Police.

As far as outlandish art heists go, this one ranks right up there with the Oscar Murillo canvas someone grabbed off the floor of New York’s Museum of Modern Art (see Oscar Murillo Painting Goes Missing From MoMA—Was it Theft?), the time that drunkards stole sculptures from the Dale Chihuly exhibition at the Denver Botanic Gardens (see Dale Chihuly Artwork Thieves in Custody), and the also-intoxicated raid of a Fernandina Beach, Florida, art gallery by a duo from the US Navy (see Sailors Steal Art in Drunken Gallery Robbery).

Pagan “God Self” Icon Found Worldwide Rewrites History, Reveals Lost Golden Age (

(This article is just a tidbit of art history conspiracy I have come across and while this add appears to be selling his book, it makes for some interesting reading if you are into hidden meanings in art, history, and Da Vinci Code-like investigations.)


By Richard Cassaro | October 15th, 2013 | original article here.


A new discovery (that I made many years ago, and that’s been officially published in my recent book “Written In Stone”) challenges―if not rewrites―ancient history by showing how the world’s first cultures mysteriously shared the same religious icon. From the Egyptians to the Assyrians, the pre-Incas to the Europeans, the icon is ubiquitous. Is it the lost symbol of a forgotten Golden Age religion that flourished globally in the remote past? How can it not be?

The same icon etched in stone atop temple doors on opposite sides of the world. Left: Gate of the Sun in Tiahuanaco, Boliva Right: Temple of Hadrian in Ephesus, Turkey

For several decades, mainstream scholars have insisted that the world’s first civilizations arose separately and independently.

But an amazing new find now casts serious doubt on their theory.

It shows how ancient cultures worldwide―cultures that scholars insist evolved independently―actually followed the same global spiritual system or Universal Religion, the central icon of which has now been found to be common amid their ruins.

The Icon Found In Ruins Worldwide

The religious icon is shown in the photos below.

Note the parallel pose:


This same religious icon exists in the ruins of the world’s most ancient cultures―an astonishing parallel undiscovered and undocumented by academia!

With both arms outstretched in opposite directions (right and left) a single god or goddess holds “twin objects” in each hand, symmetrically.

These objects are usually animals, often serpents, but sometimes vegetation or magical staffs. The artwork is almost always perfectly symmetrical, just like the icon’s pose.

If ancient cultures evolved separately, as scholars tell us, then how is this same religious icon present worldwide?

This stunning new discovery challenges mainstream academic history.

It strongly suggests ancient cultures did not evolve separately, as scholars tell us; on the contrary, ancient cultures worldwide were “united” in their spiritual beliefs, most probably the result of a “shared cultural heritage” stemming from the prehistoric era.

But “united” how? A “shared cultural heritage” how?

Did a “Golden Age” of humanity once exist in our remote past, as the Greeks, Hindus and others claimed?―a kind of “Tower of Babel” era, when the world was one speech and one tongue?

Was this icon, along with the spiritual wisdom it signifies, “inherited” from this Golden Age?

“Lord Of The Animals” & “Staff God” Titles
Interestingly, the icon has been partially recognized by scholars of Old World cultures and New World cultures alike.

Among scholars of Old World cultures the icon is called:

  • Lord of the Animals
  • Master of Animals
  • Mistress of Beasts
  • Mistress of the Animals
  • Mistress of Wild Animals
  • Potnia Theron

The Lord of the Animals (also known as Master of Animals) is a generic term for a number of deities from a variety of cultures…They sometimes also have female equivalents, the so-called Mistress of the Animals. The implication being these all have a Stone Age precursor…”



Among scholars of New World cultures the icon is called:

  • Staff God

The Staff God is a major deity in Andean cultures. Usually pictured holding a staff in each hand…his other characteristics are unknown, although he is often pictured with snakes in his headdress or clothes. The oldest known depiction of the Staff God was found on some broken gourd fragments in a burial site in the Pativilca River Valley…and carbon dated to 2250 BC. This makes it the oldest image of a god to be found in the Americas.”


Despite recognizing the icon in their respective disciplines, Old World scholars and New World scholars have:

(a) failed to recognize the icon’s presence worldwide

(b) failed to understand the ubiquitous meaning the icon holds worldwide

(c) failed to connect (a) and (b) and thus remain unaware that THE ICON IS THE CHIEF SYMBOL OF A LOST ANCIENT UNIVERSAL RELIGION once known worldwide

Just as the simple crucifix conveys a complete metaphysical doctrine expressing complex themes like “sacrifice,” “life,” “death,” and “resurrection,” likewise this Lord of the Animals / Staff God icon encodes a single multifaceted metaphysical doctrine or Universal Religion.

This religion relates eternal spiritual and perennial truths regarding who we are, where we came from, why we’re here, and where we’re going, as we’ll see in a  moment.

For a more penetrating explanation, read my new book Written In Stone (an entire chapter is devoted to this amazing new archaeological discovery).

For now, let’s look at how the icon mysteriously appears in an array of esoteric and alchemical manuscripts published and quietly circulated during the past several centuries.


The Icon In Esoteric & Alchemical Manuscripts

Many of these manuscripts were published during the European Renaissance.

See below. The creators of these manuscripts certainly understood the icon’s historical significance―but exactly how is unclear.

It is clear, however, that they were trying to preserve the icon’s ancient meaning for posterity.

Note how the icon is always depicted holding twin objects, following the ancient archetype.

These twin objects are very often associated with the sun (right hand) and moon (left hand).

This is a major clue that all but reveals the icon’s ancient universal meaning:

The icon holding twin objects associated with sun (right hand) and moon (left hand). From a mysterious alchemical treatise titled “The Hermetic and Alchemical Figures of Claudius de Dominico Celentano Vallis Novi From A Manuscript Written And Illuminated At Naples A.D. 1606″
The alchemical Mercury, from Tripus aureus (The Golden Tripod) by Michael Maier, c. 1618. As Mercurius he presides over the alchemical opus, integrating the principles of sun and moon.
From a 16th-century alchemical treatise called “The Rosary of the Philosophers” (Rosarium philosophorum sive pretiosissimum donum Dei). Sun associated with the right hand, moon with the left hand.
Esoteric design. Origin unknown. Sun in the right hand, moon in the left hand.
Christian Androgynes (Alchemical), 17th & 18th centuries. Here, the icon has two heads, one male, one female. Sun in the right hand, moon in the left hand.

An old Hermetic “Rebis” symbol, from the “Materia Prima” of Valentinus, printed at Frankfurt, 1613. Sun (and Masonic compass) in the right hand, Moon (and Masonic square) in the left hand. The icon has two heads. Male right, female left.

This last depiction is interesting.

Called “Rebis,” this mythological figure has been featured in alchemical texts during the past few centuries.

The Rebis’ right hand is associated with the sun and left hand with the moon.

The Rebis additionally holds a “compass” tool in the “solar” (right) hand balanced by a “square” tool in the “lunar” (left) hand.

This is important.

When combined, the compass and square form Freemasonry’s chief symbol:

The solar compass is held in the right hand and the lunar square in the left hand. Together the compass and square form the supreme symbol of Freemasonry.

The compass, since it draws a circle or spiritual symbol, denotes our “spiritual” nature, as humans.

Likewise, the square, since it draws a square or material symbol, denotes our “material” nature.

Holding the compass and square is thus a reminder that when we are man we are not just material (body) we are spiritual (soul) too; we are part human, part divine.

– The eternal “spiritual” (soul) part of us reflects solar qualities―right, yang, masculine, give, light, eternal, hot.

– The temporary “material” (body) part of us reflects lunar qualities―left, yin, feminine, receive, dark, temporary, cold.

Think about this for a moment.

We know we are human, of course. We see this in the mirror each day. But divine too? Are we really divine, eternal, immortal…as well as human, temporary, mortal?

The answer is yes.

Man is a combination of human (moon) and divine (sun).

The six-pointed star symbol directly above the head of the Rebis is a symbol of the integration of these opposing forces (sun and moon) and their balance in the Rebis.

And THIS is the message of the Rebis!!!

It’s an instruction that teaches us to integrate our own opposing forces in order to transcend the body and discover the divine eternal Self within/above.

The Rebis is a revelation and an affirmation of our own divinity and eternity―same as Masonry’s chief symbol:

Freemasonry’s logo, the Compass and Square, is a sign of the union of your (temporary physical) body and (eternal spiritual) soul, both of which constitute you while you are human. Did you know you were eternal and spiritual?

“There is one sign which has never changed its meaning anywhere in the civilized world—the Compass and the Square. A sign of the union of the body and soul.”

—Deman Wagstaff, Wagstaff’s Standard Masonry (1922)

“…the compasses stand for…the spiritual side of man, while the square appertains to the material…”

—J. S. Ward, Interpretation of Our Masonic Symbols

The Rebis is a symbol of the higher spiritual Self, the “god Self,” within each one of us, insofar as it is a revelation to us concerning our eternal divine nature.

This eternal divine nature is not readily apparent given the limitation of our five senses (see, touch, hear, taste, smell).

Hence, the message of the Rebis is a message that we need to hear because it’s an explanation of who we really are inside.

“Every man is a divinity in disguise…”

―Ralph Waldo Emerson

For this reason, the Rebis is the Philosopher’s Stone, the Gold of Alchemy, the pearl inside the Oyster, and so on; the Rebis is all the hidden gems of all the lost sacred sciences and secret societies.

It reveals who you really are. But it also reveals something more: How to get there. How to find your true Self.

In Part II, we will examine how this god Self idea was known throughout the ancient world, symbolized by the icon; its wisdom forming a Universal Religion shared globally.

We also will take a closer look at how the icon’s modern esoteric manifestation in the form of the Rebis symbolizes the same idea— the God Self, the higher You.

We will also see evidence from Egypt, Iran and Peru.