The Canute Key
The Esoteric Philosophy Behind the Famous FableBy Philip Gardiner, author of
The Serpent Grail, The Shining Ones, Gnosis:The Secret of Solomon’s Temple Revealed, Proof – Does God Exist?
Secrets of the Serpent.
Almost everybody in the UK, if not the Western world, will know of the tale of King Canute and how he tried to turn back the sea, but is everybody aware of the esoteric teaching behind this remarkable story?The time is the 11
century and the Viking Canute (Knut) is King of Demark,Norway and England. He was a very real King and his tomb can to this day beseen in Winchester, England.But as with most monarchs and people in power there erupts around them all-manner of weird and wonderful folktales, many based upon the art-form of propaganda but many also based upon the sacred teachings of esotericsocieties. In this instance we have a little of both, as the tale erupted well after the death of the King and so was therefore Christian and monarchistpropaganda and yet it was released by brothers who knew the esoteric truths.The story goes that the courtiers of King Canute were so overwhelmed withhis leadership qualities that they constantly adored him and praised his everymove. One day Canute was walking by the sea with his courtiers praising himas usual. He eventually grew weary of this praise and decided he would teachthem all a lesson and said:“So you say I am the greatest man in the world?” To which they replied:“O King, there has never been anyone as mighty as you.”“And you say all things obey my word?”“Yes my lord, all things bow before you.”“In that case bring me my chair and we will go down to the water.”Although the courtiers were puzzled they did as they were told and the Kingschair was placed close by the sea.“Very well Sea, I command you to come no further.” Said the King.Of course they all waited and as we all know the sea refused to listen to thecommands of the King. Finally he said:“Let it be known to all inhabitants of the world that the power of kings is empty,and no one is worthy of the name king except Him, whose will is obeyed byHeaven, earth and sea.”