In her debut as a novelist, bestselling author and acclaimed spiritual teacher Barbara Hand Clow weaves an erotically charged story of romance, deep earth forces, psychic powers, aristocracy, and Vatican world control centered on an ancient ruby that inspires mystical visions.
Set in Rome in 2012, the story follows Sarah Adamson, a beautiful young Catholic graduate student from Boston studying at the Vatican Library for her thesis on the first Christian heretic, Marcion of Pontus. She is being courted by two utterly different men: Simon Appel, a descendent of the kabbalist Isaac Luria who covers Vatican affairs for the New York Times, and Armando Pierleoni, the heir to an ancient Italian aristocratic family with strong ties to the Vatican. After a terrible encounter with the dark side at a castle in Tuscany, Sarah is given a ring set with a ruby crystal, a powerful stone that was once the third eye of an ancient Buddha statue in Nepal.
With the mystic ring on her finger, Sarah's visionary abilities are ignited. She remembers her past life as the Sibyl of Cumae, a Roman oracle whose powers are now being channeled by the Vatican to maintain world control. As Sarah's research and visions reveal the cause of evil in the Church and Simon's reporting exposes the depth of the sexual abuse scandals surrounding the Vatican, the two form an alliance with an ex-lover of both Simon and Armando, Claudia, who describes secret priestly power rituals going on in Vatican City.
Revealing the very nature of how evil gets into the world, this novel of romance, mystery, heresy, and spirituality uncovers the esoteric foundations for the emergence of a golden new age.
Barbara Hand Clow is an internationally acclaimed teacher, author, and Mayan Calendar researcher. Her numerous books include The Pleiadian Agenda, Alchemy of Nine Dimensions, Awakening the Planetary Mind, and The Mayan Code. She has taught at sacred sites throughout the world and maintains an astrological web site, www.HandClow2012.com.
Part One The Sibyl of Cumae 1 Rome 2 Reviving the Sibyl 3 Borghese Gardens 4 The Vatican Museum 5 A Visitor in Rome 6 Dinner at Alfredo's 7 A Dinner in Tuscany 8 The Golden World 9 Ossuaries and Etruscan Tombs 10 The Limestone Grotto 11 What about Marriage? 12 Shelter Island 13 Simon Magus 14 Summer Giulia 15 Sister Hildegard 16 A Home in Rome 17 The Lady of Villa Giulia 18 The Ruby Crystal Part Two Armando's Redemption 19 The Parents' Dinner 20 A Stormy Night 21 St. Peter's Bones 22 Caves under the Vatican 23 Old Friends 24 Thanksgiving 2012 25 The Wedding 26 Sarah Meets Claudia 27 December 2012 28 Lake Avernus and Baia 29 Between the Sheets in Roma 30 The Shadow of Moloch 31 The Pierleoni Garden 32 Armando's Analysis 33 Orvieto Cathedral 34 Two Fathers Part Three The End of the Mayan Calendar 35 The Pope Resigns! 36 Claudia and Armando 37 Via Lombardia 38 The First Quartet 39 The Conclave 40 The Painter and the Photographer 41 The Fonte Gaia 42 La Sagrada Familia