George Ellery Hale, the Solar Priest of Mount Wilson Observatory, managed to convince Pasadena's civic and educational leaders and Andrew Carnegie to follow his enlightened vision for a Pasadena of the future, forming the foundation for the evolving scientific, educational and artistic center of the West that Pasadena would become.
He was a driven individual, and in Pasadena he founded the Mount Wilson Observatory and directed Edwin Hubble to make his astounding discoveries of the expanding universe. Also, Hale was instrumental in convincing Amos Throop to turn Throop University into the California Institute of Technology and helped develop Caltech into the premier research and scientific university in the West.
Hale seemed delusional at times, claiming that a little green man sat on his window ledge in the middle of the night and advised him about how to proceed with discovering the wonders of the universe and also how to go about implementing the City Beautiful movement in Pasadena. Hale built his own Solar temple, observatory and laboratory where he lived after his retirement as director of the Mount Wilson Observatory, where he continued his conversations with the little green man from the sky.
The City of Pasadena owes much to how it looks today, with one of the most beautiful civic centers of a town its size, to Hale's vision to apply the City Beautiful aesthetic to the planning of Pasadena's civic center. Hale saw himself as a Solar Priest during his time as the director of the Mount Wilson Observatory, holding elaborate torch lit ceremonies late at night with his astronomers in the Monastery on the observatory grounds. Now his sculpted bust looks out eternally from the Caltech campus towards his beloved Acropolis of the West, on the high peak of Mount Wilson, where he put his dreams into reality in the discovery of the nature of Sun and the ever expanding universe.
One of my many noms de guerre used over the years. My actual Roman name is Vallus Armadura, however after the sacking of Rome by the Vandals I now go by the Goth version of the name, Thal Armathura. My family name is unusual in that it can be traced back to the Domesday Book of 1086 and is found in the church records in a village of Normandy before 1066 and earlier still in what was known as Roman Palaestina. I am a long time member of the Antiquus Arcanus Ordo Rosæ Rubeæ et Aureæ Crucis (AAORRAC), which translates in English to Ancient and Secret Order of the Red Rose and of the Golden Cross, the successor to the mystery schools or secret schools of learning established in Egypt during the joint reign of Pharaoh Thutmose III and Hatshepsut, about 1500 B.C.E. They united the Priesthoods of Egypt into a single Order under the leadership of Hatshepsut's Vizier, Hapuseneb.Each Temple had its associated Per Ankh (House of Life) where the Mysteries were handed down.In uniting the Priesthoods, the Per Ankhu were also united. These schools were formed to probe into "the mysteries of life" — natural phenomena, and initiatic spirituality, this knowledge spreading worldwide over centuries.