The owl is the heroic character (voiced by legendary TV news anchorman Walter Cronkite, repeatedly voted by the American public as “The Most Trusted Man In America.”), who has a verbal battle with “Dull Care” – a demonically-voiced entity who taunts the attendees of the Grove. As the drama unfolds, the priests, some of whom hold lighted torches in their hands, place a white-cloth-bound human effigy (representing Dull Care) upon the alter before the owl. In one tremendous moment, this Dull Care is announced to be banished from the Grove. The priests set fire to the human effigy on the altar, which quickly engulfs in flames, and the hideous wailings of Dull Care screech and echo and fade. Immediately pyrotechnics from all around go off, including showering sparks that emit from dozens of small steel crosses embedded upon the lake. At this moment, the audience erupts in applause. It signals the beginning of their two week retreat. Thereafter, the audience disperses to enjoy the various all-male festivities; or, if they wish to enjoy the company of women, they are allowed to leave the premises for the night.
Refer to the supporting material 18, which contains video files of portions of this Cremation of Care opening ceremony, as well as a video of a coincidental on-the-spot interview Alex Jones had with David Gergen (a 20- year presidential cabinet member and adviser under the Nixon, Ford, Reagan, and Clinton presidential administrations), where he confronted him about his Bohemian Club membership and the Cremation of Care. What starts out as a rehearsed answer quickly results in a jittery, personally revealing off-the-cuff moment rarely ever witnessed from polished Washington D.C. insiders.
The following is from Joël van der Reijden’s research into the concept of Dull Care:
“Dull Care is “a mocking spirit” that needs to be banished from the Grove. This is an ancient tradition going back to the Sumerians. The Sumerians used the word ’barra’ (begone) to banish unwelcome spirits from the land. These traditions were spread to Babylon, Greece, and Rome. After the Middle-Ages poets and play writers occasionally picked up on it and incorporated it in some of the works they wrote. The term was used quite frequently since at least the late 17th century in Britain… The first reference since Horace that I was able to find was the 1687 play ‘Begone, Dull Care’ of [John] Playford: Musical Companion, located in England…
“It could well be that the term Dull Care was already in use at the time of the Francis Bacon group in the late 1500s and early 1600s, which consisted of Sir William and Robert Cecil, John Dee, his student Edward de Vere, Edmund Spenser, Bacon himself, Elizabeth I, James I, and several others… These people were (largely) responsible for the creation of Rosicrucianism, Freemasonry, and Enochian Magic.”