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Frank Albo admits his groundbreaking, decade-long research into the Freemasonic symbolism at the Manitoba Legislative Building has caused a bit of friction at home.
"For about eight years my wife thought I was actually having an affair with a 250,000 sq. ft. building," laughs Albo, whose research was the inspiration behind the book, The Hermetic Code (Winnipeg Free Press).
"And now even more so because this material envelops you."
Albo, 38, will be sharing his research at the University of Winnipeg this summer in a non-credit course entitled Forbidden Knowledge.
The July 8 to Aug. 19 course was previously offered as a credit course at the U of W, but Albo wanted it to be accessible to more people.
He has also been offering Hermetic Code tours of the Manitoba Legislative Building for the past year. The tours have attracted more than 1,500 people.
The six, three-hour courses will explore truths behind Hermeticism, Alchemy, Kabbalah, Rosicrucians, Freemasonry and Illuminati, and their connections to the Manitoba Legislature.
"What I’m intending to reveal is actually something that has been a part of western civilization for 2,000 years."
Albo, who grew up in the West End, admits that it will be difficult to cover the mass of research and information on those topics, and sees this more as a jumping off point.
"I’m certain that we’ll only be able touch upon just a few sparks that I’m hoping will stimulate the students to think ‘I had no idea that this was out there,’ " says Albo, a PhD candidate in the history of art at the University of Cambridge.
Don Finkbeiner, owner of Heartland Travel that facilitates the Hermetic Code tours, says that Albo’s research has struck a chord with people across the country.
"It’s such an incredible story and it puts Winnipeg on the map, and people who go on it are quite wowed by it," says Finkbeiner, a member of the Canadian History Society.
The St. Vital resident says that at the turn of the century, the city’s booming business industries, along with the architectural importance of the legislature building, had Winnipeg as one of the world’s preeminent cities.
"Winnipeg was destined to be the greatest city in North America."
Albo says the inspiration for the course, and his research, came 10 years ago when he asked what a sphinx was doing on top of the legislature.
"That one question prompted me to look at a whole different subject area, getting several different degrees from several major universities, getting into the head of a dead architect and trying to understand what it’s all about," says Albo, who is living in St. James this summer.
"The whole quest of forbidden knowledge is that all of nature, everything in your surroundings, is meant to be decoded."
The Forbidden Knowledge course starts on July 8 and runs until Aug. 19. The cost is $300 for all six classes and includes the Hermetic Code tour and a signed copy of The Hermetic Code. For $150 students can choose any three sessions, or two with the Hermetic Code tour.
To register for the course or the tour, call Heartland Travel at 989-9630 or visit www.heartlandtravel.ca/hermeticcodetours.htm.
For more information on Frank Albo, visit www.frankalbo.com.
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