The Bohemian Grove is a 2,700-acre campground located in Monte Rio, California, that belongs to a private men's club known as the Bohemian Club. In mid-July of each year, the Bohemian Grove hosts a two-week encampment of some of the most powerful men in the world (e.g., presidents, politicians, tycoons, etc.). While at the camp, the men participate in the "Cremation of Care" ceremony which was reportedly first conducted at the Bohemian Grove in 1881. The inaugural ceremony was allegedly devised by James F. Bowman while George T. Bromley played the High Priest. In 1913, the Cremation of Care ceremony was moved to the first night of the event where it was touted as "an exorcising of the Demon to ensure the success of the ensuing two weeks”. The Cremation of Care ceremony takes place in front of the Owl Shrine, a 40-foot owl statue made of concrete and steel. It is imperative to note that the owl is symbolic of Minos of Crete, the founding father of the Greco-Roman Empire. In the underworld, Minos is portrayed by the goddess Minerva whose is often depicted as the Owl of Athena. According to eyewitness accounts at the Bohemian Grove, an infant, who was believed to alive at the time, was sacrificed during the Cremation of Care ceremony. In short, the blood sacrifice (whether real or not) is symbolic of the “Denial of Care” or “Care Denial”, a ritual which the Imperial Cult of Rome has been exercising for centuries. This is where the term "Cardinal Rule" originated from, meaning "A fundamental rule, upon which other matters hinge". The symbol for “Care Denial” (C/K+R+D+N+L) is the “Cardinal” (C/K+R+D+N+L), a red bird which is symbolic of blood and the Roman Empire. Consequently, a Cardinal in the Roman Catholic Church is the High Priest who is tasked with execution of blood sacrifices on behalf of the Church, most of which occur during the four Carinal signs or months (i.e., the Aries, Cancer, Libra, Capricorn) in the 13 month lunar calendar of Rome.
The Greco-Roman Cardinal is represented worldwide via the mascots of numerous sports teams, including but not limited to: the Arizona Cardinals, an American professional football team; the Assindia Cardinals, an American football club from Essen, Germany; the Ball State Cardinals, the athletic teams of Ball State University; the Cardenales de Lara, a Venezuelan baseball team; the Catholic University Cardinals, the athletic teams of the Catholic University of America; the Lamar Cardinals, the athletic teams of Lamar University in Beaumont, Texas; the Louisville Cardinals, the athletic teams of University of Louisville; the Mapúa Cardinals, the athletic teams of Mapúa Institute of Technology; the St. Louis Cardinals, an American professional baseball team; the Stanford Cardinal, the athletic teams of Stanford University; the Wesleyan Cardinals, the athletic teams of Wesleyan University; the West Perth Football Club Cardinals, an Australian rules football club in Western Australia; and the Woking F.C. Cardinals, an English association football team.