Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Star Trek In Tenebris

Matthew J. Bell
with Jim Brandon
Author of the rarities Weird America and The Rebirth of Pan)

Lux lucet in tenebris, et tenebrae non comprehenderunt
(“Light shines into darkness, but the darkness comprehends not”)
~ Aurora Consurgens, Pseudo-AquinasN1

With the opening in theaters May 16 of the new sci-fi action flick, Star Trek Into Darkness (hereinafter “Into Darkness”), it won’t only be Trekkies paying rapt attention. Into Darkness has already drawn the attention of the synchro-mystic guru, Loren Coleman, who notes that the film contributes to the bombed-city cultural leitmotif that is au courant.N2

Even a cursory glance at the plot summary on Wikipedia indicates that the movie appears to bristle with occult references.N3 Besides the “Pike” surname, familiar to the Star Trek franchise generally, and evocative of the Freemasonic magus Albert Pike, this latest deep-space excursion includes notable mentions for such curious proper nouns as “Nibiru” (alias for the so-called earth-destroying “Planet X” a.k.a. “Marduk”) and the time-obsessed “Kronos” (about which we will have more to say later). It is sure to keep name-analyzing onomatologists quite busy.

Students of numerology can scarcely feel left out, however, as the movie appears to have not a little of interest numerically as well. Hermetic researcher Jay Weidner N4 might take notice of the reference to a distance “237,000 km” from earth.N5 A numerically significant 300 year artificially-induced sleep apparently figures into the plot.N6 There are even honorable mentions for the perennial 23 and 11 (e.g., the coordinates The 46 is also of interest, since it is the atomic number for the chemical element of palladium – a word which will crop up further on.

Perhaps most importantly though, from the standpoint of the plot, is the recurring mention of the number 72. In the words of the Wikipedia summary, there are “72 long-range prototype photon torpedoes” that are really “cryogenic pods with Harrison'sN8 72 colleagues hidden inside”.

Now 72 is quite an interesting number to have numerological pride of place. In Kabbalah, the Hebrew Shemhamphorasch (or Shem ha-Mephorash, “the explicit name”) is variously described as “a 72-letter name for God...[God's] full and proper name” or as “72 names of God in the Hebrew tongue.”N9 Other sourcesN10 give the Shemhamphorasch as an enumeration of the names of 72 angels (or demons).N11

These Kabbalistic notions are close cousins with the Islamic notion of “72 Virgins (houri) in Paradise.” Additionally: “In Islam, 72 is the number of sects or denominations that are doomed to Hell, according to Hadith (Sayings of prophet Muhammad).”N12

72 is a heavily symbolically-implicated number, it seems.N13 Even a cursory glance at Wikipedia's article on “72,” will reveal many curious connexions.N14

For present purposes, however, we will concern ourselves with the primary earth-bound location named in the film.

The City of London “Square Mile”

Students of high finance, international wire-pulling organizations and even Freemasonry will be watching to see what develops from a terror attack scenario apparently based in the City of London. Known as “the Square Mile,” this small enclave is totally distinct from greater London and has been described as the richest tract of land on earth.N15

At the same time as heavy influence over world monetary affairs is wielded from the City, what is much less well-known is that control over the entire international structure of time and space is arguably based nearby under control of the same cryptic power organism.

The Tower of London (top), built on an ancient hill-fort, as Francis Dashwood would later so build his Hell Fire Club headquarters at Wycombe,N16 has been the subject of numerous cinematic productions. Rowland Lee's 1939 film starring Basil Rathbone, Boris Karloff, and Barbara O'Neil (bottom); Roger Corman's 1962 flick, with Vincent Price (not pictured).

For we can now disclose that the Prime Meridian of longitude at Greenwich was established by high adepts of alchemy and occult orders starting from the chief medieval monument in England, the legendary Tower of London. The meridian, of course, anchors not only longitude and latitude, which back up the legal description of every piece of property in the developed world. It also forms the basis point for what is now known as the Universal Time System (formerly Greenwich Mean Time).

Moreover, latest developments in time-measurement technologies based in the U.S. have carried the Greenwich-based operation forward into new orders of magnitude with the Global Positioning System (GPS) extending the secret domination to outer space. (We hope to demonstrate these latter flourishes in a further installment.)

For a general introduction to the heavily occultist-guided City of London, see HERE.

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Alleged 7/7 attacker, Khan (top); Star Trek's villain, Khan (bottom).

The spectre of a successful terror attack against London is not merely the province of science fiction. Readers will recall the 7/7 Terror Attack of July 7, 2005 targeting three underground trains and one bus. One of the persons fingered for this bombing was Mohammad Sidique Khan.N17 It turns out that “Khan” is also the true identity of the antagonist in Into Darkness.

As we write this, the news media are preoccupied with a fresh terror attack – the “First...since 7/7...”.N18 Specifically occurring in the London district of Woolwich, this brings in Greenwich (since “Woolwich... is... located in the Royal Borough of Greenwich...”),N19 a locale that we will take up in detail in a subsequent post. Here we will simply note that not only did the attack occur in the mystically-significant Greenwich-area, but the victim, a twenty-five year old British soldier named Lee Rigby,N20 was, at the time of his murder, “...assist[ing] with duties at Regimental Headquarters in the Tower of London.”N21

London is a city that has numerous mystical places, some of which supposedly serve as talismanic protections. These attacks invite the question, Has one (or more) of the City's protective charms failed?

Brân in a tarot representation, as emperor (top); 
Bran Stark (bottom), who calls himself “Bran the Broken,” 
is a character from George R. R. Martin's fantasy novel series, A Song of Ice and Fire 
(as well as the cable television series, Game of Thrones).

In primeval Britannia, even before the reign of the mythic King Arthur, ruled the Welsh giant known as Brân the Blessed.N22 In the legendary history of BritainN23 it was said that after (Roman Emperor) Diocletian's (numerologically-significant) thirty-three wicked daughters slaughtered their husbands, they were exiled.N24 Decamping at England – which they named “Albion,” ostensibly after the eldest daughter, AlbaN25 – they proceeded to interbreed with demons, spawning a race of giants,N26 in a Nephilim-type scenario (at least, under one interpretation of Genesis 6:4-5).N27

The Elizabethan magus, John Dee, devised a key cipher - the “Monad” – that he published in his book, Monas Hieroglyphica (1564). (Incidentally, Gottfried Leibniz also gets into “monads” in his 1714 treatise, La Monadologie.) Dennis Hauck writes that “...the cipher...was considered so important...that it became known around the world as  
the Greater Seal of London.”

In any event, the name “Brân” signifies “raven” or “crow.” These black birds have great importance in alchemy – particularly during the so-called nigredo (“blackening”) phase.N28

Brân finds himself embroiled in a conflict concerning the marriage of his sister. Fighting ensues, during the course of which Brân is mortally wounded. He then instructs his remaining comrades:

“[T]ake you my head...and bear it even unto the White Mount, in London, and bury it there with the face towards France.”N29

In fact, there was an interim period between Brân's ritual beheading and the burial of the head under “the White Mount” – “ the Tower is known in Welsh lore.” (Note: The “White Tower” is the keep of, and oldest structure in, the complex known as “The Tower of London.”) During this intermediate period, Brân's followers “ for eighty years without perceiving the passing of time.” It can be truly said, however, that the “time-machine” Tower-site was a mystical place of power well before the Norman invader, William the conqueror, put Bishop Gundulf up to the task (in A.D. 1078) of constructing what it now called the “White Tower.”N30

Somewhat parenthetically we note that the interval between decapitation and interment was “fourscore and seven years...” – the same length as that interval between the American Declaration of Independence in 1776 and Abraham Lincoln's famous Gettysburg Address in 1863.N31

“Palladium” (def.) “'safeguard,' ...'sacred image of Pallas Athene,' from Latin palladium, from Greek Palladion, ...'of Pallas.' It stood in the citadel of Troy and the safety of the city was believed to depend on it.”N32

The upshot is this: “The palladium of Britain,N33 associated with its chief city, is the head of Bran... . As long as the king's head is buried at a certain point, then the land cannot be conquered.”N34

The Green Knight plays a beheading game with Sir Gawain (top); Green Man,N35 in a tarot depiction (center); A character named “Bran” also appears in a Marvel “She-Hulk” comic (bottom), where the “She Hulk” is clearly a green woman;N36

A recent bit of news: “Police hunt woman dressed as the Incredible Hulk over alleged attack outside McDonald's” (top);N37 Shall we take this opportunity to insert a gratuitous plug for our follow-up post on Greenwich? (The Wicked Witch of the West, a “green witch,” – bottom).

Michael Baigent and Richard Leigh link Brân' to the “Green Man” and observe, in this regard, that the buried head “... performed functions strikingly similar to those performed by the Grail in the later romances.”N38

Going further, the duo note that, amongst the allegations made against the Knights Templar in the 14th century, was that they “...worshipp[ed] a mysterious severed head sometimes known as 'Baphomet'.”N39

As an added wrinkle, it is said that “...King Arthur dug up the head...”. Whither the British palladium?N40

As a hedge against a devalued dollar, we are urged to buy gold and silver...but palladium? Indeed.

“One strange aspect of this story is that the raven...can still be found around the White Mound. The story now is that destruction will come to London if the ravens ever leave...”. We note that this connexion implicates the Stuart monarch King Charles II (about whom, more later) who “...decree[d] that at least six ravens should be kept at the tower at all times.”N41

London occultists are not putting all of their raven eggs in one basket, however. No, the magical protection of the City of London may also be apportioned to several looming dragon statues,N42 variously placed.N43 Variously guardians or emissaries of evil,N44 they are associated with riches and “...treasure, and as such are enemies which must be defeated if the treasure is to be won.”N45

Given its financial clout, then, we should not be too surprised to learn that “...the city of London is a dragon city...”.N46 The city's emblem displays the motto Domine Dirige Nos (“Lord, direct Us”) on a banner underneath “[t]wo Tudor Dragons”.N47

Here one is apt to encounter a bit of misdirection, as at least a few of the London dragons are sometimes called “Griffins.”N48 However, we are most definitely dealing with dragons – ensigns reflecting the “...Dragon statues that mark the boundary of the City itself.”N49

“The [alchemical] prima materia as the dragon, being fertilized by the Holy Ghost (the avis Hermetis). 
– “Hermes Bird,” Theatricum chemicum Britannicum (1652).”N50

Again, this hearkens back to the Arthurian Cycle wherein Arthur's father is reputed to have been Uther Pendragon. “Pen-dragon” signifies the dragon's head.N51

Such a dragon guards the former entrance at Temple Bar. Wikipedia's caption reads “Horace Jones' Temple Bar marker topped by Charles Bell(*) Birch's heraldic Dragon.”N52

Temple Bar, the 17th-century architectural creation of the one-time Freemasonic Grand Master, Christopher Wren, traditionally served as one of the main regulated gateways into the City of London. “Its name is derived from its vicinity to the Temple Church, the former English Headquarters of the Knights Templar, subsequently the place where the guilds of lawyers were organised into what would become the Inns of Court.”N53 Baigent and Leigh comment that “'Barram Novi Templi', or Temple bar, where Fleet Street meets the Strand, was the gate opening into the [Templar] Order's precincts.”N54

Robert Langdon (Tom Hanks) visits the Temple Church in the 2000 movie, The Da Vinci Code.

“Of all the sacred places in London, the Temple Church is probably the most psychically charged.”N55 It was consecrated in 1185 and expanded with a “rectangular chapel” from the original, entirely circular, apse.N56 Similar to the Rosslyn Chapel,N57 and incongruously with its ostensibly Christian purpose, the Temple Church contains representations of “grotesque heads” besides its famous knight effigies.N58

The Lord Mayor of the City of London, in his “coronation robe.”N59

The City of London is presided over by the Lord Mayor. In bygone times, before entering the city, the English sovereign would stop at the Temple Bar gate and engage in a sort of ritual with the Lord Mayor. “The ceremony is still carried out today on major state occasions when the Queen halts at the Temple Bar to request permission to enter the City of London and if offered the Lord Mayor's Sword of State as a sign of loyalty.”N60

On the numerous other dragon “boundary markers” surrounding the City of London, see HERE.

The London Bridge in Lake Havasu City, Arizona.

As one curious example of the far-flung influence of the City, the main attraction in Lake Havasu City, Arizona, is the London Bridge.N61 In 1968, businessman Robert Paxton McCullochN62 purchased the iconic bridge from the City of London and painstakingly disassembled, transported here and reassembled – all to the tune of nearly ten million dollars.

The dedication of the London Bridge, October 1971.

“... Lake Havasu residents... watched in amazement as the historical pieces of granite piled up at a nearby Havasu worksite. Even more amazing, was watching the transformation of the peninsula into an island, as a mile-long bridge channel was dredged, giving purpose to the transplanted landmark. Included with the bridge purchase, were the unique lampposts, molded from French cannons captured during the 1815 battle of Waterloo.

“The London Bridge officially opened on October 10,N63 1971, with a gala celebration. Opening day included an elaborate fanfare; spectacular fireworks, a parade, entertainment, dramatic release of hundreds of balloons and white doves, colorful hot air balloon landings, and celebrities, such as Bonanza fame [Lorne] Greene, and dignitaries such as the Lord Mayor of London.”N64

Star Trek video game produced by the CIA-connected Activision (above).N65
Into Darkness has been called a “bridge picture.”N66

“...Build it up with silver and gold, Silver and gold, silver and gold
Build it up with silver and gold, My fair lady
Silver and gold will be stolen away, Stolen away, stolen away,
Silver and gold will be stolen away, My fair lady...”
~ London Bridge Is Falling DownN67

In addition, at the east end of Havasu's rebuilt bridge, a sizable replica of a City of London guardian dragon was erected on a pedestal which was so labeled on its base. So it was not without reason that James Shelby Downard,N68 an investigator of American anomalous sites and a pioneer of what we now call synchro-mysticism, spent a good bit of time pondering this tangled skein of remote-controlled crypto-political symbolism here. Jim Brandon recalled his experiences with his friend Mr. Downard’s Lake Havasu research and how it led to his own speculations around the enigmatic Four Corners area to the northeast. See the end note.N69

We would also be remiss if we didn't mention the London Stone. The nondescript and misshapen block of limestone seems a curious candidate for a protective charm. Nevertheless, we read that “[b]y the early 19th century, a number of writers had suggested that London Stone was once regarded as London's 'Palladium'...”.N70

Reporter Nick Barlay writes:
“Invisible London is a city of witches, ghosts, spectres, superstitions, legends, ley lines and occult geometries. Anyone looking for its mystical centre could do no worse than to glimpse the London Stone, moved from its original location to a setting in the wall of the Oversea-Chinese Banking Corporation at 111 Cannon Street, EC4.

“The stone is said to have been laid, 1,000 years before the Roman invasion, by Brutus the Trojan, the mythical founder of London, who sailed up the Thames and fought the giants Gog and Magog. On the Stone is the inscription: 'So long as the stone of Brutus is safe, so long shall London flourish.' The stone could be the altar from a temple on Ludgate Hill, the site of St Paul's, or from a stone circle. Or it could be connected to a ley line in turn connected to the ancient London river, the Walbrook. Or it could be, as it states on its plaque, a fragment of the original limestone once in the ground in front of Cannon Street station, and connected to a former London mayor.”N71

Note: The broader London area has more oddities than can be rehearsed, presently. For just one example, we would have to mention the so-called “Cleopatra's Needle” Egyptian obelisk at Victoria Embankment on the Thames,N72 and many other strange objects and places – like “Hawksmoor's Pentagram.”N73 (Incidentally, the London obelisk is one of four – two pairs of twins.)

However, enchanted thingamajigs are not the only entities worthy of our notice. London has also had its share of magically-charged persons.

Although not widely known, arguably the most important of these personalities is Hayyim Samuel Jacob Falk (1708–1782), otherwise known as the Baal Shem (“Lord of the Name”) of London. The reader will recall our earlier mention of the Shem Hamphorasch (“the ineffable name”), in conjunction with the discussion of the number 72. Note that this is the selfsame "shem" of which Falk was a reputed master.

Falk was an Eastern European Kabbalist and alchemist who not only has allegedly served as a protection for London,N74 but also has as good a claim as any to having been one of the superiores incogniti (“unknown superiors”) that the Baron Karl Gotthelf von HundN75 highlights as constituting the upper echelon of his Rite of Strict Observance and, indeed, of Freemasonry more generally.N76

Another “Dr. Falkon,” the character Stephen Falken, from the movie WarGames.N77 In the movie, Falken creates the supercomputer, “Joshua”N78 (a.k.a. the “WOPR”),N79 which nearly plunges the world into a nuclear World War III.N80

Suspected of having been explicitly masonically-connected himself, Falk – also sometimes known as “Dr. Falkon” – w as a known associate of the high-ranking General Charles Rainsford, who was “a prominent mason”. Recollecting London's immense financial clout, we also observe that "Falk's principal friends were the London bankers Aaron Goldsmid and his son."N81

Earlier this year, NBC reported that: “For the first time, the hairstyle of the Roman vestal virgins 
has been re-created on a modern head.”N82

Falk was regarded as a alchemist for such feats as being able to produce gold and create so-called “ever-burning lamps,”N83 which lamps Manly Hall associates with “the 'virgin lamps'...carried by the Vestal Virgins” (the moon-worshipping guardians of “the sacred fire of Vesta”).N84 The Vestal Virgins presided over lunar ceremonies and the manifestations of the triple-goddess (since the three-phased moon was believed to be the controller of menstruation).N85 Moon magicN86 variously involved human sacrifice or the sacrifice of “mannikin” proxies.N87


Giuseppe Balsamo, a.k.a. “Cagliostro” (top). 
Christopher Walken portraying Count Alessandro Cagliostro (bottom)
from the 2001 film, The Affair of the Necklace.

It is alleged that “[t]he Rabbi Jacob Falk taught sex magic to the notorious Cagliostro.”N88 This is unsurprising, really, both since the misleadingly named “Vestal Virgins” were, “[i]n many places”, none other than “sacred harlots” practicing magia sexualis,N89 and since streams of kabbalism, most obviously in Frankism (the system instituted by Jacob Frank), are infused both with sex magic and moon worship (e.g., in the “Kiddush Levanah” rite).N90 It seems that London is dracontic in multiple senses.N91

Falk's darker (perhaps black-magical) shenanigans are hinted at in accounts referring to his “kabbalistic devilry.”N92 The depth of this depravity is unclear, but besides the supposed sexual rituals, Falk has also been implicated in the mysterious death of the unnamed “...valet of the Comte de Westerloh [who] had his neck broken...when he [Falk] performed his famous sacrifice of the black calf in the garden of the Comte, in the presence of the Duc de Richelieu.”N93

Residing in Wellclose Square,N94 just east of the Tower, Falk was neighbors with the Swedish mystic and possible spy, Emanuel Swedenborg (1688 – 1772). “...Swedenborg sought out Jewish Kabbalists in the East End, and he soon came under the spell of Dr. Samuel Jacob Falk...”.N95

See Falk's grave, HERE. (Nearby, apparently, is the grave of a Cohen whose grave stone, as the photographer describes it, displays “...hands making the sign of the priestly blessing [live long and prosper as Mr Spock would say!].” See it HERE.)

Finally, we must mention the satanist and occultist, Aleister Crowley. Fresh from Cambridge, and having just joined the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn, Crowley lived for a time at #67 Chancery Lane,N96 which today lies on the western edge of the Square Mile.N97 Crowley desired a more magickally-charged location, however (with “...a door facing north, the best direction in which to create a spell”N98), and soon abandoned his flat in the City of London and moved into his more famous residence, Boleskine House, on the shore of supposedly monster-inhabited Loch Ness in northern Scotland.

Rehearsing even highlights from Crowley's long career is well beyond our present scope. However, we invite the interested reader to (re-)visit the earlier post, HERE.

Also, stay tuned for our follow up post on Greenwich: In the meantime. We will not only dive deeper into the mystical toponomy (as James Shelby Downard would say) of England, but we will have an opportunity once again to mention “The Beast – 666,” Aleister Crowley.


N1 We refer the reader to the earlier post: <>.
N2 “Into Darkness,” Twilight Language, May 05, 2013, <>.
N3 <>.
N4 “Pronounced: WIDE-NER”, <>.
N5 See, e.g.: Jay Weidner , “Secrets of The Shining: Or How Faking the Moon Landings Nearly Cost Stanley Kubrick his Marriage and his Life, Sacred Mysteries, 2009, <>; Mary Pols, “Room 237: Deconstructing Stanley,” Time, March 28, 2013, <>; and Robert Ito, “Cracking the Code in ‘Heeere’s Johnny!’,” New York Times, January 25, 2012, <>.
N6 For an introduction, see: “3000 Bells Are Ringing!,” Celtic Rebel, September 26, 2008, <>.
N7 On “23,” the reader should consult Robert Anton Wilson's important Fortean Times article “The 23 Phenomenon,” May 2007, <> as well as Wilson's other published work, along with Jim Brandon's book The Rebirth of Pan: Hidden Faces of the American Earth Spirit (Firebird Press, 1983). On “11,” see, e.g., “The Fall of 11?,” Visup, <> along with Bell Curve's own earlier posts at <> and <>.
N8 For more on John Harrison, see our follow up post (forthcoming) on Greenwich.
N9 Gustav Davidson, A Dictionary of Angels, New York, N.Y.: Simon & Schuster, 1971, p. 346. See, also, Martin Luther's Von Schem Hamphoras, HERE.
N10 E.g., the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn, <>.
N11 See the Clavicula Salomonis, a.k.a. the Lemegeton, i.e., the “Lesser Key of Solomon” (in contradistinction to the Clavis Salomonis, or “Key of Solomon”).
N12 <>; <>. Moreover, the Sufi ritual practice of “...Zikr ('remembrance' [of God])...involves the group repetition of...various divine names of God”, David Damrel, “The Religious Roots of Conflict: Russia and Chechnya,” Religious Studies News, vol. 10, no. 3, September, 1995, p. 10.
N13 During the confusio linguarum (the “confusion of tongues”) that occurred at the Tower of Babel, the initial Adamic Language was traditionally said to have been fragmented into 72 (or 70) dialects, <>.
N14 72 relates to human anatomy and physiology as well as “ideal” human environmental factors (e.g., “room temperature”). The very interesting enumeration even includes an honorable mention for Abraham Lincoln, via the USS Abraham Lincoln, which is marked with the alpha-numeric code “CVN-72.” <>.
N15 See, for instance, London's number one ranking, out of a list of 75 financial power nodes, on Master Card's “Worldwide Centres of Commerce Index,” <>. Cf. Henry Makow, “How City of London (British Crown) Runs the World ,” <>. It is worth mentioning that 72 crops up in this financial connexion as well. One thinks of the so-called “Rule of 72.” Michael Blastland, “Go Figure: What can 72 tell us about life?” BBC, July 20, 2011, <>.
N16 Cf. Daniel P. Mannix, The Hellfire Club, New York, N.Y.:Ballantine, 1959 and G. Donald K. McCormick, The Hell-Fire Club, London: Sphere,1975.
N17 <>.
N18 “First British terrorist attack since 7/7 bombings,” Irish Examiner, May 23, 2013, <>. Compare the following unremarkable treatment from the U.S. media: “UK emergency committee meets after Muslim terrorists hack soldier to death,” Fox News, May 23, 2013, <>.
N19 <>.
N20 “Death of Lee Rigby,” Wikipedia, <>.
N21 Dan Thompson, “Woolwich soldier murder victim named as Lee Rigby from Middleton,” Manchester Evening News, May 23, 2013, <>.
N22 <>.
N23 As told, for instance in the Brut Chonicle (<>) and the Recuyell des Histoires de Troye, a romance, originally in French, which supposedly has the distinction of being “...the first book printed in the English language” (<>).
N24 See, e.g., Tamar Drukkers, “Thirty-Three Murderous Sisters: A Pre-Trojan Foundation Myth in the Middle English Prose Brut Chronicle,” Review of English Studies, vol. 54, 2003, pp. 449–463 and online at “Gog and Magog, London,” information Britain, <>.
N25 “Albion... is the oldest known name of the island of Great Britain.” <>. It may serve as something like a code word in some contexts, as “Columbia” so serves regarding America – “The occult name for America is Columbia,” Michael Hoffman, “The Mirror World of Columbine,” Revisionist History, <>.
N26 Again, see “...the Recuyell des Histoires de Troye which says that Gog and Magog are the survivors of a race of giants descended from the thirty wicked daughters of Diocletian”, Theo Brown, “A Note on Gog,” Folklore, vol. 61, no. 2, June, 1950, p. 100.
N27 <>. Cf. “The Book of Watchers/Grigori” 1 Enoch 1-36, The Book of Jubilees, and the Yalkut Shimoni on Genesis (Davidson, op. cit., p. 349; and Johann Andreas Eisenmenger, The Tradition of the Jews, John Peter Stehelin, trans. & ed., Michael Hoffman's facsimile reprint, Coeur d'Alene, Idaho: Independent History and Research, 2006, pp. 22/184ff.
N28 The Complete Idiot's Guide to Alchemy, New York, N.Y.: Penguin, 2008, p. 109; <>; Hauck, op. cit., p. 61. Nigredo is the first stage of the recursive Magnum Opus ('Great Work'). The other stages are usually enumerated as Albedo ('whitening') and Rubedo ('reddening'), although the third stage may be subdivided into Citrinitas (or Xanthosis) and Iosis. These three stages occur numerous 'operations', which are sometimes listed as follows : calcination, dissolution, separation, conjunction, putrefaction, congelation, cibation, sublimation, fermentation, exaltation, multiplication, and projection. See Hauck, op. cit., for a good introduction.
N29 The Mabinogion, Lady Charlotte Guest & David Nutt, trans., London, 1910; qtd. by Matthews, op. cit., p. 37. Decapitation symbolism is also apparent in Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, Helen Cixous, “Castration or Decapitation,” Signs, vol 7, 1981, pp. 41-55. Furthermore, “[t]he Ninth Degree in the Scottish Rite is dedicated to assassination by means of decapitation”, Michael Anthony Hoffman, Masonic Assassination, Coeur d'Alene, Idaho: Independent History and Research, 1978, p. 25.
N30 Matthews, ibid.; <>. Cf. “[T]he 'White Hill' [is] thought to be the location where the Tower of London now stands...”, ibid.
N31 If we count back fourscore and seven years from the time of this writing, we land in 1926. That year, among other weirdness like the synthesizing of PCP/“angel dust” <> and the Great Miami Hurricane, which formed on September 11 <>, the U.S. Route 66 (“the Mother Road” see <>) was established November 11 and there was a “panic” in – of all places – London (!) due to a BBC radio production <>.
N32 Palladium,” <>.
N33 There is also supposed to have been an ultra-secret “Palladian” rite at the summit of Freemasonry. In fin de siecle Europe, Marie Joseph Gabriel Antoine Jogand-Pagès, writing under the name “Leo Taxil,” made explosive allegations regarding the existence of a Satanic, sex-obsessed group of high-level operators. This group included the Scottish Rite magus, Albert Pike, Adriano Lemmi (former Grand Master of the Grand Orient of Italy), as well as a shadowy female named “Diana Vaughan” – said to have been a “...descendant of the Rosicrucian alchemist Thomas Vaughan”, “Taxil hoax,” Wikipedia, May 3, 2013, <>. Domenico Margiotta, allegedly an ex-grand master Mason-type who claimed such grandiose affiliations as those with the Lodge Savonarola in Florence and the Lodge Giordano Bruno in Palmi, to some extent defended (or seemed to) Taxil’s contentions. After several plot twists and turns, Taxil ostensibly recanted his early statements. However, there are several reasons why this supposed reversal constitutes a less-than-satisfactory resolution to the question of an upper-echelon, overtly sexual-Satanic cluster of “Masonic” initiates. For a summary of these reasons, and much else besides, see: Craig Heimbichner, Blood on the Altar, Couer d'Alene, Idaho: Independent History & Research, 2005, esp. pp. 63-76. One can also usefully consult Arthur Waite’s Devil Worship in France. For more, see: HERE, HERE, HERE, HERE, and HERE.
N34 Matthews, op. cit., p. 41.
N35 Cf. Loren Coleman, “Green Man,” Twilight Language, May 17, 2009, <>.
N36 “Jaded: Episode 3,” Marvel's She-Hulk, no. 24, February 1, 2008, <>.
N37 Leon Watson, “You won't like her when she's angry: Police hunt woman dressed as the Incredible Hulk over alleged attack outside McDonald'sIncident happened outside a branch of McDonald's in York,” Daily Mail (U.K.), May 7, 2013, <>.
N38 The Temple and the Lodge, New York, N.Y.: Arcade, 1989, p. 79.
N39 Ibid.
N40 <>.
N41 Apparently, ravens are kept well-stocked, sometimes having had their wings clipped, in order to stave off destruction. See, e.g., Matthews, op. cit., p. 47. “Tower of London's Jubilee raven released,” BBC, December 26, 2012, <>. For more, see <>.
N42 The Book of Revelation refers to “the dragon, that ancient serpent, who is called the devil and Satan,” (20:2; cf. 12:9).
N43 Jay Weidner is prepared to put quite a lot of weight on a certain dragon, viz., draco. “The earth's axis is tilted at 23.5 degrees away from the ecliptic. This tilt causes the celestial pole above our planetary pole to describe a great circle in the sky over long periods of time. For example, in 4500 B.C.E., Thuban, a star in the tail of Draco, marked the North Celestial Pole, which has, over time, shifted to Polaris. The ecliptic pole, however, does not change, since the path of the sun through the sky never changes. Around this point, which has no star visible to the naked eye to mark it, is the constellation Draco, the Great Dragon, which spiral through all of the zodiacal signs. The stars appear to hang, talah, from it. Draco thereby becomes the Teli..., which the Sefer Yetzirah (6:3) tells us, is over the universe 'like a king on his throne.' ...This serpent is also the serpent of the Garden climbing its way up the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil, the brazen serpent used by Moses to heal the plagues in the wilderness, and even Hermes' caduceus staff. The gnostic Ophites, who worshiped the serpent in the Garden of Eden for giving us the gift og knowledge that provided an escape from the Demiurge, formulated the image of a snake spiraling around an egg.
“...The titles used in Genesis, 'God Most High, Lord of Heaven and creator of the earth,' are the same titles used for Baal. They are also the same as the ancient Canaanite name for the Pole Serpent [Job 26:13], the Teli... It is important to understand that all of these mythologies are essentially astronomical. The Teli in Draco is the Constellation that rules over all of the signs and therefore the ages and the worlds, the past and the future. The Islamic creator Allah is simply the Arabic version of [the] Canaanite El. The name Baal, or Ba-el, is literally translated as 'the Space-Filling God.' Allah is also called 'He who holds the stars in place.' This God Most High can only be the constellation of Draco. Not only does Draco fill all the signs of the zodiac, but it also sits atop the Cube of Space very much like a king on his throne.” Jay Weidner, Vincent Bridges, The Mysteries of the Great Cross of Hendaye: Alchemy and the End of Time, Rochester, Vermont: Destiny Books, 2003, pp. 94-94 & 102-103.
N44 This ambiguity between the dragon's function as protector or as an agent of evil has an apparent point of contact with the French proverb, Honi soit qui mal y pense – literally, “Evil be to him who evil thinks”, <>. The gist of this “curse against those who wish you harm” is given as with the words “[m]ay bad things happen to anyone who thinks evil things”, ibid. In any case, this French phrase seems a curious thing to locate on British royal arms, not to mention to find serving as the motto for the ancient knighthood Order of the Garter! <>.
N45 Jean Chevalier and Alain Gheerbrant, “Dragon,” John Buchanan-Brown, trans., Dictionary of Symbols, London: Penguin, 1996, p. 307.
N46 John Wilcock, A Guide to Occult Britain, London: Sphere Books, 1977, p. 35.
N47 <>. See, also, Y Ddraig Goch, the Welsh red dragon, <>.
N48 <,_London#Current_marker>.
N49 <>.
N50 Carl Gustav Jung, Psychology and Alchemy, Princeton, New Jersey: Princeton University Press, 1968, p. 475, illus. 267 with caption.
N51 “Pendragon,” <>.
N52 <,_London>. See also <>.
N53 <,_London>.
N54 Op. cit., p. 44.
N55 Chesca Potter, “Gazetteer of Sacred Sites in London,” John Matthews and Chesca Potter, The Aquarian Guide to Legendary London, Wellingborough, U.K.: Aquarian Press, 1990, p. 203.
N56 Ibid., p. 205.
N57 “Rosslyn Chapel,” Wikipedia, May 23, 2013, <>.
N58 Potter, op. cit., p. 205.
N59 <>.
N60 Andrew Gill, “Temple Bar Returns,” Freemasonry Today, issue 32, Spring 2005, p. 10.
N61 <> and <,_Arizona#London_Bridge>.
N62 <>.
N63 The London Bridge material had been shipped from the United Kingdom to Long Beach, California via the Panama Canal. Interestingly, October 10 is the anniversary of the completion of the famous man-made, ocean-connecting swath (named by the “American Society of Civil Engineers... [as] one of the seven wonders of the modern world”), on which date in 1913 then-“President Woodrow Wilson trigger[ed] the explosion of the Gamboa Dike... ending construction on the Panama Canal”, “On this day – Oct 10, 1913 – construction ends on the Panama Canal,” New Haven Register, October 10, 2012, <>.
N64 Bobbi A. J. Holmes, “The History of Lake Havasu City and the London Bridge,” Havasu Magazine, <>.
N65 “Activision, a publisher of interactive entertainment software and video games, said today that it was teaming up with William Colby, the former head of the Central Intelligence Agency, to develop and publish espionage thriller video games”, “Activision Spy Games,” New York Times, January 06, 1994, <>. See a previous post, which also mentions the movie WarGames: <>.
N66 Rob Rector, “‘Star Trek: Into Darkness’ serves as a bridge picture,” movie review, Cape Gazette, May 26, 2013, <>.
N67 <>.
N68 On Downard, see: Loren Coleman, “Synchromysticism's Godfather,” Twilight Language, December 19, 2008, <>; Richard B. Spence, “Searching for James Shelby Downard,” Forteans West,>; and Adam Gorightly, James Shelby Downard's Mystical War (College Station, Texas: Virtualbookworm, 2008). Downard's own autobiographical Carnivals of Life of Death is available in two editions: an unedited version published by Independent History and Research, 2000 <> and an edited version via Feral House, 2006 <>.
N69 Jim Brandon reflects: “It was while I was living in Florida and finishing Weird America (published 1978) that Shelby Downard loaded up his Airstream and headed west. He had become increasingly enthralled by the Havasu oddities, ‘in the middle of nowhere,’ as he put it and decided that he would have to go to there for first-hand research.
“For my part, I was equally taken with his discovery that there is, of all things, a Temple Bar at a certain distance due north of London Bridge on the Colorado River leading into Lake Mead. This in turn started me investigating the Colorado channel and feeding into it the quite portentous San Juan River. This has been a ‘high-strangeness’ site of paranormal phenomena going back over a century, and perhaps longer in Amerindian lore.
“Western writer Louis L’Amour, an old hand in the area, wrote one of his most mystical novels, The Haunted Mesa, exploring the possibilities of inner-earth travel, shape shifting and inter-dimensional phenomena for which this unusual area might have a special propensity. For my part, I will next be exploring the possibility that the famed Four Corners where Arizona, Utah, Colorado and New Mexico come together, may have been an intentional crypto-symbolical construct, at the highest levels, a Grand Cross as sometimes used in ritual magic, intended to in effect hold down this otherwise too-lively area. Bizarro? Sure, but only a tad stranger than the number Uncle Sam originally assigned to the highway heading south out of here: 666.”
On Route 666, see: <>.
N70 <>.
N71 Nick Barlay, “A-Z: I is for Invisible London,” The Times (London), feature: “The Knowledge 31,” September 6, 2003. “According to Geoffrey of Monmouth, the history of Britain began with the sack of Troy. The name 'Britain', he explained, meant 'the Land of Brutus', commemorating its founder, Brutus, great-grandson of the exiled Trojan prince, Aeneas. When he built the city now called 'London', he aptly named it 'Troia Nova', New Troy”, Cedric Watts, “Introduction,” James Joyce, Ulysses, Hertfordshire, U.K.: Wordsworth Editions, January, 2010, p. xxi.
N72 <>.
N73 Iain Sinclair, Lud Heat: A Book of Dead Hamlets, London: Albion Village Press, 1975. Cf. Giles Woodrow and Andrew MacDonald, “Dark London,” Limb by Limb, <>.
N74 At least, he is alleged to have protected some of London's Jews: “When a fire threatened to destroy the Great Synagogue he averted the disaster by writing four Hebrew letters on the pillars of the door”, “FALK, HAYYIM SAMUEL JACOB,” Jewish Encyclopedia, <>.
N75 <>.
N76 See, e.g., Marsha Keith Schuchard, “Yeats and the Unknown Superiors: Swedenborg, Falk and Cagliostro,” in Marie Roberts and Hugh Ormsby-Lennon, eds., Secret Texts: The Literature of Secret Societies, New York, N.Y.: AMS Press, 1995, pp. 114-68.
N77 <>.
N78 “[T]he face of Moses was as the face of the sun, the face of Joshua as the face of the moon.” (Babylonian Talmud, Tractate Baba Bathra 75a).
N79 Pronounced “whopper,” as in the colloquial for an item of junk food or a “big lie,” the computer lies deep in Cheyenne Mountain (Colorado) inside of what was – at the time of the movie – the headquarters for NORAD, <>. Cheyenne Mountain leads us into very deep synchro-mystical waters. We hope to baptize the reader in a future article devoted to the subject.
N80 <>.
N81 John M. Shaftesley & Morris Rosenbaum, “Jews in English Regular Freemasonry,” Transactions – The Jewish Historical Society of England, vol . 25, 1973-1975, p. 165; & Gordon P.G. Hills, “Notes on Some Contemporary References to Dr. Falk, The Baal Shem of London, in the Rainsford Mss. at the British Museum,” The Jewish Historical Society of England, transactions, vol. 8, 1915-1917, pp. 122-128. On the banking connexion, we quoted from "FALK, ḤAYYIM SAMUEL JACOB," Jewish Encyclopedia, 1906, <>.
N82 Stephanie Pappas, “Ancient Rome's hairdo for vestal virgins re-created,” Live Science via NBC, January 9, 2013, <>
N83 Raphael Patai, “Hayyim Sh'Muel Falck,” The Jewish Alchemists, Princeton, New Jersey: Princeton University Press, 1994, p. 461. Falk was also said to have been “seaking (sic.) the philosopher's stone with great zeal”, qtd. in ibid., p. 462.
N84 Manly Palmer Hall, Melchizedek and the Mystery of Fire, Los Angeles: Philosophical Research Society, 1996, pp. 13ff.
N85 The “triple-goddess” (Trivia) is famously represented as the witch-queen, Hecate. Michael A. Hoffman, Judaism Discovered, Coeur d'Alene, Idaho: Independent History and Research, 2008, pp. 247 & 266, as well as Sorita d'Este & David Rankine, Hekate: Liminal Rites, London: Avalonia, 2009, passim.
N86 The moon goddess is known under many names – e.g., Selene, Luna, Artemis, et al.
N87 M. Esther Harding, Woman's Mysteries Ancient & Modern, Boston: Shambhala, 1971, p. 128.
N88 Gary Lachman, “The lineaments of gratified desire,” book review of Why Mrs Blake Cried by Marsha Keith Schuchard, March 12, 2006, <>.
N89 Harding, op. cit., p. 132.
N90 Hoffman, Judaism Discovered, esp. pp. 237-241, 256ff.
N91 “Dracontic,” Free Dictionary, For more, see <>. We register awareness that the word “virgin” (as it appears, e.g., in the aforementioned Vestal Virgins) may denote simply (if only technically) “being unmarried” as opposed to having never engaged in sexual intercourse.
N92 Patai, op. cit., p. 457.
N93 Testimony of Count George Louis Albert de Rantzow, quoted by Patai, op. cit., p. 460. Of course, there also seem to be legitimate questions about Benjamin Franklin, who resided in Westminister, just west of the Square Mile, who very well might have been entangled in ritual murder (along with fellow Royal Society member William Hewson). For example, “...the remains of ten bodies hidden beneath the former London home of Benjamin Franklin...four adults and six children were discovered during the ...restoration of Franklin's home at 36 Craven Street, close to Trafalgar Square. ...Most of the bones show signs of having been dissected, sawn or cut. One skull has been drilled with several holes. Paul Knapman, the Westminster coroner, said yesterday: 'I cannot totally discount the possibility of a crime. …'... Evangeline Hunter-Jones, deputy chairman of the Friends of Benjamin Franklin House, the charity concerned with restoring the property and opening it to the public, said: 'The bones were quite deeply buried, probably to hide them because grave robbing was illegal. There could be more buried, and there probably are.' ...Regular visitors during Franklin's residency included Pitt the Elder (the Earl of Chatham), Edmund Burke, James Boswell, Adam Smith and Thomas Paine, the author of The Rights of Man.” Robin Young, “Remains of ten bodies at Ben Franklin's home,” The Times (London), February 11, 1998. Franklin even had allegations leveled against him in America. See, e.g., Michael A. Hoffman II, “Freemasonry in Early America and the Anti-Masonic Opposition,” audio recording, 1999. Finally, so as not to neglect our numerological angle, researcher Richard Deacon reports that: "...the Honorable Mr. Franklin was referred to in dispatches of the British Secret service during the Revolution as 'Number 72'," "Famous British Historian Claims Benjamin Franklin Was A British Spy," Argosy, July 1970, <>; cf. HERE.
Freemasonry, broadly construed, has a underlying motif of ritual murder. For instance, “[i]ncorporated into some versions of [the] rites [of Royal Arch Masonry] is the ritual murder of the master builder of Solomon's Temple, Hiram Abiff...”, Lynn Brunet, 'A Course of Severe and Arduous Trials': Bacon, Beckett and Spurious Freemasonry in Early Twentieth Century Ireland, Oxford: Peter Lang, 2009, p. 90.
N94 <>.
N95 <>; on Swedenborg's espionage connexions, see Marsha Keith Schuchard, Emanuel Swedenborg, Secret Agent on Earth and in Heaven: Jacobites, Jews, and Freemasons in early modern Sweden, The Northern World, vol. 55, Leiden, Netherlands: Brill, 2011; Marsha Keith Schuchard, Why Mrs Blake Cried: William Blake and the Erotic Imagination, Century, 2006, p. 50.
N96 Glenys Roberts, “Return of the beast; Satanist. Polygamist. Sexual abuser. Drug addict. Aleister Crowley called himself the 'wickedest man alive'. Now, 60 years after his death, has his ghost returned to haunt his London home?” Daily Mail (London), January 6, 2006, p. 32; and Sean Thomas, “The Big Smoke – Secret London – The house of Satanist Aleister Crowley,” Time Out, January 18, 2006. For more recent news about an alleged U.K.-satanist of high profile, see: Dominic Gover, “Jimmy Savile Satanic Sex Ring Claim: Star 'Worshipped Devil',” International Business Times, January 13, 2013, <>. “...The BBC star dressed in black robes during the rituals which allegedly took place in the basement of Stoke Mandeville hospital, in 1975. Five years later, the Jim'll Fix It star supposedly took part in more satanic abuse at a plush London residence. A 21-year-old was reportedly forced to take part in an orgy in a room decked out with satanic symbols. ...” ibid.
N97 <>.
N98 Roberts, op. cit.