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The Esoteric Alphabet – Introduction part 6

Technological advances have meant that virtually everyone has invited the devil into their drawing rooms. Electronic communications and media means the incessant babble has become almost inescapable. The recent birth of the Internet is set to virtually complete their ABC’s world domination within a few years. Even in China the English language has become a compulsory study for all of its children.

Their webs shall not become garments,
neither shall they cover themselves with their works: their works are works of iniquity, and the act of violence is in their hands.

~ Isaiah 59: 6

Forging A Head

Letters maintain a vigilant influence upon every human everywhere and all of the time without him or her ever realising they do. Deaf, dumb, blind, literate or illiterate, sane, insane, genius or jackass, professor or pupil, elite or deplete there is no escape. All words are tools of hypnotic suggestion. This is why certain words spoken or written trigger recollections. As well, all of our five senses are used to implant suggestions, and all of them evoke memories. Would you like to be biting into an orange right now? Excuse me while I scrape this knife across my plate….but, as interesting as the five senses are, this book’s main focus from now on is on words and numbers and how they relate to the human experience; so we’ll move on.

In our present human environment, no one is free, there is no such thing as independent thought, and free speech is an illusion.

It is only natural that we humans need to outwardly express our thoughts in ways that others can understand. So why would we not develop visible symbols to describe them?

Our mental processing is so quick that much of what passes through goes unnoticed. In a flash, our minds have collected thousands of details and processed them with no trouble at all. How much of it can we consciously recall? A tiny fraction and that is only what we were focussing on and that was edited, in order to concentrate on our intention. Even then peculiarities slip past unnoticed. How many times do you deliberately take account of the font of the letters you are reading? How many times do you actually focus on independent letters let alone the way those letters and their sequences are constructed? All of it is going in and being recognised whether you are aware of it or not. Every little aspect of what you are noticing has an impact and causes a reaction in some way. Letters are crafted symbols designed to trigger memory and evoke a reaction. They are probably the most invasive system ever devised to control the way that humans think. Every word uttered or written will enforce the programming of who ever is exposed to it. It is true that the sounds of letters and words work very well as consciously recognisable signs and symbols of elemental sounds but what do they say in secret, to our unconscious?

Sword Play

Do not think I have come to bring peace on earth; I have not come to bring peace, but a sword.

~Matthew 10: 34

swordplay“sword” is rearranged “words” everybody recognises that surely but they are told it means something else so they forget about it. The above biblical quote is quite telling. Let’s rearrange it a little. It actually tells us to and explains why. It is a warning and an alarm:


Do not think.
I have come to bring peace on earth.
I have not come to bring peace, but a sword. – I have not come to bring peace about a sword.

In other words there is an instruction to not bring peace to the word sword. If we create turmoil about sword we beget words. (Sorry couldn’t help sticking a bit of the old begetting in there.)


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The Esoteric Alphabet – Introduction part 5

Caxton set up a printing press in Bruges and began hammering out French, Latin and English texts. Here in 1475 he printed a French work, “Recuyell of the Historyes of Troye” he had translated into English himself. This was the first ever book to be printed in English.

In 1475 or 1476, Bill introduced his printing press into England. Later he moved to Westminster with his press where he ran off the first English book to be produced by this means. It had the catchy title, ‘The dictes and sayenges of the phylosophers’ (18th November 1477) and was an early Arabic work translated for Caxton by Earl Rivers; who through his sister, Elizabeth was brother-in-law to King Edward 1V. Shortly afterwards Richard III had Rivers’ body and head parted, knocked off the king in waiting (nearly Edward V) and snatched the throne. Oh what jolly japes the bloodline has.

At Westminster Caxton published his translation of “The Golden Legend” in 1483 and “The Knight in the Tower” in 1484. They contained what are believed to be the earliest mechanically printed English translations of Biblical verses. At the time it was illegal to translate the Titanic Verses into English. Before he died in 1490 he had published more than 70 books. William Caxton is famous for publishing Thomas Mallory’s “Le Morte d’Arthur”, Geoffrey Chaucer’s “Canterbury Tales” and “Troilus and Creseide” and “The History of Reynart the Foxe”. However his main income came from knocking out religious paraphernalia. The church had a sweet little number going with a lucrative counterfeiting racket and Caxton was in on it.

indulgence 330x220This was the deal:
In exchange for a reduced purgatorial sentence you hand over to us a heap of dosh – property will do nicely too. The Church had taught everyone to be terrified of the after-life setting up a nice little mark. What you got was a little piece of pre-printed paper with room for their agent to write your name on.


Mercers called, ‘Pardoners’, sold them door to door and by appointment. Literally thousands upon thousands were sold every year. Some of these promissory notes called ‘Indulgencies’ survive today. To date no one has asked for their money back so maybe they work….

“Oi! Charlie run us up a few quick!”


With the rise of voracious European empires, the Roman letter alphabet really took off; reaching into every country of the world; and it has long been the most favoured style by far of government, media, and education across the globe. It has been the default font on most of the world’s computers until Microsoft introduced what is basically a sans serif version they call Calibri. Some societies are still struggling to hold on to their own language symbols but the relentless march continues not only virtually unabated but encouraged. During the 20th century, empires fronted by suits in boardrooms replaced empires fronted by gowns and crowns; and increasingly people who refused to bow to the gun obligingly succumb to plastic and electronic baubles.

Gifts it bore,
The guise of friendship wore.
Patiently it tied its knot.
Favourites it chose,
And hierarchies arose.
Jealousy was born.
Eyes turned red
And the Darkness fed.



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The Esoteric Alphabet – Introduction part four

Pressing service

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Johann Gutenberg

Anyway, when the numbers of cadets issuing from their universities (‘universe’ means one-voice) and colleges reached their target, the next phase of the Dark agenda began. Although a moveable type press had been stamping around in China for aeons, the first western version only appeared in the mid 15th century. The credit for this has been given to Johann Gutenberg, (1397 – 1468), who operated out of Bruges, in Belgium. A lettering style called Black Letter later arose in Germany. This style was adapted by Gutenberg and used to print the 42-line Bible. This Bible was printed in Mainz and each page had 42 lines.

Nicolas Jenson

In the early days the quality of the printing varied considerably until Nicolas Jenson (1420-1480), a French-born printer and publisher developed the first standardized typeface for printers. Jenson had studied under Gutenberg and eventually settled in Venice, Italy. Jenson’s highly regarded type known as ‘Old Style’ is the forerunner of the classical Roman styles so prolifically used today such as Times Roman and Times New Roman.

The Aldine Press

Jenson designed type for the first successful mass market publishing house, the Aldine Press which was set up in Venice in 1494 by Aldus Manutius (1450-1515). The Aldine Press concentrated on producing the classical works of writers like Plato, Aristotle, Homer, Virgil and Sophocles. Influential later writers like Petrarca, Dante and Erasmus were published too. They introduced ‘Aldine Type’ which was developed by Francesco Griffo we call it italics today. So prolific and efficient for its day The Aldine Press which continued until 1597 is acknowledged to be the prime motivator of literacy in the general population.

Christophe Plantin

Another kingpin was Christophe Plantin who came into this world in Saint-Averin, near Tours, in 1514. Financed by Philip II of Spain he published the “Biblia Regia”, an eight volume Bible in Hebrew, Latin, Greek, Syriac and Aramaic, between 1569 and 1572. Philip ‘the Sap’ had been the husband of England’s Mary 1st (Bloody Mary – us kids used to love saying that at school) who had died in 1558. Four years after Christophe Plantin’s epic appeared Phil smote the Dutch and Chris legged it to France for a couple of years having been accused of heresy. He’d been printing stuff secretly for a band of ne’er-do-wells (Protestants) called the ‘Famille de la Charité’, and encoded it so well that he managed to persuade the Church that it wasn’t him, guv’. The Plantin Press knocked out Church gear for two hundred years and pocketed quite a nice little earner, thank you.

William Caxton

An interesting character with powerful State and Church connections brought printing to England. His name was William Caxton (1421-1490). Caxton was born in Kent and was a mercer by trade. In 1446, only six years after the Habsburgs had become Holy Roman Emperors with Frederick III, Caxton had removed to Bruges. While there he was a member of the household of Margaret of York the Duchess of Burgundy. She was the sister of the English kings Edward IV and Richard III. (Edward and Richard were probably half-brothers.) Margaret was also the step-mother of Mary of Burgundy who married Maximilian son of Frederick III in 1477. Maximilian became Holy Roman Emperor himself in 1493. Some time in 1462 he was appointed Governor of ‘the English Nation at Bruges’ a trading quango often embroiled in politics. No doubt this involved a bit of the big black hat and cloak over the face stuff too. The marriage of Margaret to Charles “the Bold” of burgundy was part of a 1467 trade settlement that Caxton was prominently concerned in.


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The Esoteric Alphabet – Introduction part 3

The New World

Near the end of the 15th Century the 26-letter alphabet we know today was established. Three new letters J, U, and W were added to the Roman-English alphabet. Noticeably, the letters phonetically pronounced say ‘Jew’. This was a pivotal time for people calling themselves Jewish. In 1492, Spain ejected its Sephardic Jews on the orders of Rome and, in the same year, the Talmudic Khazar government transplanted from there to Poland.

In the same year, at Lughnasadh (Festival of First Harvest – beginning of August), Cristobal Colon (Columbus), a Sephardic Jew, aiming for India read his map upside down and fronted up in the Caribbean.

The Americas had been known for very many centuries but had been kept on the back burner as it were. The Knights Templar had sallied forth to Nova Scotia (New Scotland) from umm… Scotland, at least a century before, (and probably much earlier), and called the continent, ‘La Merika’. (R. Lewis, The Thirteenth Stone)The official pass-the-exams version insists you agree that (all together now)…”Columbus sailed the ocean blue in 1492 etc.” and that the continent was named after an also-ran, Amerigo Vespucci.

Meanwhile, Pope Innocent VIII had gone to the devil and Alexander V1 stepped up to the ockey. The next year, Spain and Portugal were ordered by the Darkness, through Rome, to ransack the New World and steal its treasures and its wisdom. This was an imperative preparation because the colonisation of the Americas was about to begin. Everything was directed through Rome and the legal documentation, ‘The Tordesillas’, was ratified the next year. ‘The Tordesillas’ were named after a town in Spain where an agreement directed by the Vatican was signed. Spain thought they had been given the entire New World while Portugal copped India and Africa. In reality the terms gave Portugal a claim to Brazil as well.

“As we do now altogether freely and securely, and without hurt, call the Pope of Rome Antichrist, the which heretofore was held to for a deadly sin, and men in all countries were put to death for it. So we know certainly that the time shall likewise come when that which we yet keep secret, we shall openly, freely, and with a loud voice publish and confess before all the world.”

The Rosicrucian Confessio


Letters Prey

“That Greek and Latin writing, and thus the whole foundation of our Western culture, were adopted from the Near East can easily be demonstrated by comparing the order, names, signs and even numerical values of the original Near Eastern alphabet with the much later ancient Greek and the more recent Latin.”

~ Zecharia Sitchin
The 12th Planet

The Romans copped the alphabet in the 7th century BCE by way of the Etruscans. Some examples from this period were uncovered which had script written from right to left.) The Latin alphabet now consisted of 21 letters and looked like this:


In around 250BCE they dumped the letter Z invented the letter-form G (a C with a cross-bar) and purposely inserted it where Z used to be. A right leg was stuck on the letter P and another new figure, R, was kicked in.


The Romans seem to have developed their letters in harmony with their architectural designs. Both were strident symbols of their power, confidence, domination, and of course their divine (Dark) foundation. After they overran Greece, in the times of the Roman orator and man of letters Marcus Tullius Cicero (106-43BCE) in the 1st century BCE, they added the Greek letter Y and gave Z another go by whacking them both on the end of their alphabet. There were now 23 letters.


By the Middle Ages, all of the countries bitten by the Roman Catholic Church were using this alphabet, with some adaptations. At the end of the 15th century, (when the curtains rose to reveal the American continent), letters J, U, and W were added, and the Romano-English alphabet increased to our present 26 letters. The changes did not happen over night some hugely significant writers, including John Dee, Francis Bacon, and his alter ego Shakespeare, were still SPELLING with the older alphabet in the 17th century – at least on the face of it. The dual alphabets became an extremely useful tool for encryption. Many people still use the 23 letter alphabet designs to this day. Regardless, all of the letter shapes and fonts we use today are derived from this system:



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The Esoteric Alphabet – Introduction part 2

Roman Lesions and the March on our Minds

One letter style would come to dominate the world’s mass communications in all matters: the Roman style.

Latin did not always use capital letters. During the reign of Emperor Constantine (312-337CE) a smaller and more quickly written form called uncials gained favour for everyday use. (The Greeks had been using a similar system since about 3BCE.)

Circa 600CE Church missionaries short-measured us again when they introduced the Roman half uncial to Britain. These were modified and used as the Irish half uncial to write the “Book of Kells” on the sacred Isle of Iona.
A slight variation, called the English half uncial, became a favourite in the north of England, notably in Lindisfarne (Holy Island), where it charmed the script for the “Lindisfarne Gospels”. These were both constructed for in-house use and based on the same principles of design.

In 754, a right handy document to the Shadow forces of the Darkness popped up: the ‘Donation of Constantine’, supposedly dating from Constantine’s propitious conversion to Christianity in 312. Although it has since been decried as a crock the DC enabled the Pope to swan around in Constantine’s symbols and regalia (so subliminally hold his power). The Donation served its purpose and the Dark agenda moved inexorably onwards.

On the heels of the conjured ‘Document of Constantine’ the Roman Catholic Church introduced yet another script style. This one involved another key player in the Roman Church, Charlemagne (768-814), King of the Franks – earnestly.

In 789 Charlemagne brought an English monk, called Alcium of York, to Reims, where the Carolingian Miniscule script emerged. (My source pronounced it ‘Alcium’ but you’ll find him as Alcuin’: It was Alcium who developed punctuation marks (commas – COMAS etc) and first created the writing system we use today, making the first letter in a SENTENCE a capital, with the smaller letters following in a string. Charlemagne ordered the Carolignian script to be used throughout the Holy Roman Empire.

Alcium established a college under Charlemagne, well not literally under him – where unwitting minds were overshadowed and trained to expand the Dark cause.

I am quite intrigued with old Alcium’s name. There seems to have been two possibilities for its origin. The first one was a Jewish High Priest during the Maccabean revolt in Judea, 2nd century BCE, who executed 60 scoundrels who had the cheek to heckle him. The other concerns a pair of transvestite gods called the Alci. There is not much known about them, but what we do know is passed down to us by the 1st century Roman historian Tacitus who got wind of their story in Germany. Tacitus reckoned that the Alci twins were a version of the Roman gods Castor and Pollux – I said Pollux. These are another version of the twins of the Zodiac – Gemini – whose planet is Mercury, the governor of writing, the mind, and intellectual matters – and a snitch. Seems rather coincidental to me. Perhaps Alcium’s name was really Albert Shuffleyabum-Sideways, but he thought that Alcium had more of a certain je ne sais quoi to it.

eyeAlthough at first there were some books produced with calligraphic print in England, the Roman style became the overwhelming favourite after it was introduced by John Day in 1572. Printing presses sprung up (and down) all over the country but they became concentrated in London and of course the premier hub of the Dark agenda’s programming system, Oxford.

With the introduction of the printing press into Blighty during the late 1400s, the pace forged ahead. King James VI of Scotland, a Freemason, married the thrones of Scotland and England when he was crowned James I in 1603. In 1611, (Oxford’s) Wadham College’s Invisible College set loose the ‘Authorised King James Bible’, but it must have been translated (and modified) long before. Come 1627, their master encryptor and translator, Francis Bacon, was egging up the concept of a world university and obsequiously being used to gather useful kids to (as it turned out) put through their indoctrination schemes, when he published his work, ‘The New Atlantis’. Not long after this the press gang’s mass media would begin to come into its own.

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The Esoteric Alphabet – Introduction

It’s 16 pages but it’s only the introduction…to The Esoteric Alphabet.


Were letter symbols really originated solely to accommodate varieties in the expression of sounds?

The Esoteric Alphabet. Monk at writing desk.If not, then what is the real meaning behind the letter shapes we use and what story do  they and their sequence tell? Could their design and meter carry an underlying message?

Who was it that designed the English alphabet and its letters? Who was it who added and subtracted its letters and what was the purpose?

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Why do virtually all newspapers, the Bible and other major mechanisms of mass communication and control use the Roman style and close variations of it?

The alphabet has not always contained the same letters or followed the same sequence. Until much later in letter development, the small letters were virtually ignored. Many styles were tried.


All letters are ideograms, pictorial representations suggesting an idea. As with all written symbols, they are constructed from the egg (the dot) and the serpent (the line).

About 6,500 years ago the inhabitants of present-day Transylvania in Central Europe (part of present day Romania) were using impressed clay tablets to record their thoughts. These discoveries somehow escaped the censors and were published in the Scientific American, in May 1968. They bear extraordinary relationship to the discoveries made earlier in Mesopotamia, however the establishment set its mortar boards at Mesopotamia for the cradle of civilisation, so it is to the environs of Iraq that they resolutely chivvy their stew-eaters’ minds.

About 5,500 years ago, the people of Sumer in Mesopotamia were chiselling out vertically inscribed, pictorial messages in stone. Later they adopted and developed the use of cuneiform impressions made in soft clay and then baked. They clearly were not stupid and to believe conventional direction that they thrashed about at a heavy lump of rock for days on end to write a shopping list is bizarre. They used blood, dyes, and even just scratches on dried plants and skins, to send immediate messages. The Mason’s words, however, were intended to last and they were buried, or hidden, for exactly the same reason. That they devoted such attention to their writing means that they considered their content to be of significant importance for the generations who would eventually find them.

By 2100BCE, Egypt had adopted cuneiform and developed this into hieroglyphs, which they scribbled everywhere it seems, except the Great Pyramid. Our present-day ‘English’ alphabet derived first through Hellenic and later, Roman, sources.

According to ancient Greek historians, a Phoenician cad called Kadmus, left them holding a 22-letter alphabet which was in the same order as Hebrew. Later the poet Simonides of Ceos, increased the characters to 26.

This system ran from right to left but later it was rebounded to run from left to right. The Greeks also experimented with the Boustrophedonic system – whereby they alternated the directions of the lines – a name which means turning like an ox, and is an allusion to Venus, the Pleiades and Taurus, as we shall find out later.

From the very beginning, the Ancients had recognised the beguiling powers of letters. They hallowed them as privileged gifts from the god of writing and were the exclusive instruments of only a select few.

In the 7th century BCE, King Ashurbanipal of Nineveh learnt how to write, and he tells us:

“The god of scribes has bestowed on me the gift of the knowledge of his art.
I have been initiated into the secrets of writing. I can even read the intricate tablets
in Shumerian. I understand the enigmatic words in stone carvings from the days before the flood.”

– Zechariah Sitchin,
The 12th Planet,
Avon Books, New York

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A School in the marshes

I can’t believe that it was 7 years ago today that I wrote this…but it was.  I’m re-posting this from my former website, Otherworld Journeys thanks to Ellis Nelson. She jogged my memory with her post, ‘Alice was a real girl‘.


A School in the marshes

ZZZZZZssssssssss! CRACK! Like a god’s new arrow the lightning bolt slew through the rolling black sky to strike at a sultry willow tree half submerged in the turbulent morass. A huddled figure, drenched, leapt from the hide-bound willow vessel wrapped the sinew cord around a withy branch and scrambled up the bank. Soon the boy was out of the rain…but not out of danger.

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Dogged Days Review by Steve Johnson

51ATeq-0vzL._SL250_Dogged Days: The strange life and times of a child from eternity. Paranormal experiences with Extraterrestrials, Humans, & Beings from other worlds and dimensions

Published by BiggyBoo Books

Author’s website:


There are few writers, particularly in the realm of the paranormal, where you feel that you are a part of their journey, as though you are inside their head as they write down the words you are reading. Ellis C Taylor is one of those people. He writes from the heart and that shows on every page of every book he has written. He calls a spade a spade and leaves the reader to decide whether or not to believe him.

Having spent a lifetime dealing with bizarre circumstance, Ellis is supremely qualified to write about the subject. In Dogged Days, he does just that, taking us on a personal voyage from childhood to the present, cataloguing events that range from witnessing UFOs to ghostly manifestations to coming face-to-face with a gnome – yes, a gnome! – and coming to terms with alien abduction. Some of the things of which he writes appear fantastical, but his sincerity shines through and you find yourself saying, “Wow!” as his story unfolds.

Armed with photographs, diary entries and accounts from friends and family, Dogged Days is a fabulous book, written in Ellis’ usual, witty, self-deprecating style and should take pride of place on anybody’s bookshelf.


Author and Investigator, Steve Johnson
Mercury Rapids

The Stars Are Falling Review by Ben Fairhall

41qAiZSkOtL._SL250_The Stars Are Falling: Reasons To Believe We Are Enslaved
By The Serpent 

by Matthew Delooze

ISBN: 978-1-9057-4703-0

Matthew’s website:



England still awaits. David Icke, for all his faults, has at least thrown the conspiracy research field wide open for any number of young pretenders. And, in his usual mercantile way, proven it can be a lucrative branch of the infotainment biz: ripe for some entrepreneurial soul to hoist a Wannabee upon. These funded felons will surely not be long in appearing; but a more noble path has been selected by the latest contender, Matthew Delooze. Though his second publication, The Stars Are Falling: Reasons To Believe We Are Enslaved By The Serpent promises interesting things to come, Arthur’s long slumber continues undisturbed.

In many ways, the book is a testament to the evil of influence. Not for nothing did those naughty punks- who come in for a bit of a kicking from Delooze, for reasons we will cover- exhort the world to KILL YOUR IDOLS. Delooze would benefit from a bit of the same. We give Wayne Rooney and his ilk the Bread and Circus treatment (quite rightly)- isn’t it time now to get our own house in order? These pesky reptilians et al have quite a lot to answer for. Ten years ago Bilderberg and the Phantom Menance was quite enough to be getting along with. Then Icke had to stick his oar in and, well, the rest is history.

How much horsepower this stuff possesses I don’t know. I know of one source who thinks we could be looking at the foundations of a new popular paradigm, though I think it highly unlikely. The reptilian agenda does alight upon vital issues, which is (indirectly) why it continues to fascinate and repel in equal measure. Not for what it gets right, but for what it discreetly occludes. Continue digging, and a splendid story will reveal itself: one whose origins lie in Sumeria; and beyond that, in Atlantis. But it lends itself not at all to pecuniary concerns; which is why David Icke’s grasp on the Grail is slippery at best. Delooze needs to be looking for serpents closer to home, in this writer’s opinion; or is that just sour blue grapes?

And why have the Ennead now been fingered as proto-Illuminists? There is certainly something shady about Zahi Hawass (rather too similar to Crowley’s Aiwass for my liking) but the Egyptian civilisation was one of the highest ever seen. Aspects of Egyptian symbology may- like the antiquities themselves- have been held to ransom ever since, but let’s not mistake the map for the territory. The same might be said of the royals. The full extent of their meddling will probably never be revealed; and yet, might not the alternatives be far worse still? The aims of the original Illuminati, according to Nesta Webster, included ‘the abolition of Monarchy and all ordered Government’; do we really want to be doing their job for them?

Despite these concerns, however, the very fact that Delooze is doing what he does deserves praise. Any assault on the homogeneity of received wisdom is valuable, even when agreement is elusive. Mind you, there are times- rare, I will concede- when the official story might just be the right one. Delooze’s expedition to the Temple of Hathor in Dendera, for example, which forms the central (Djed) pillar of the book, results in a bout of hieroglyphic eccentricity of which Von Daniken would not be ashamed. Delooze is more than prepared to take a bit of stick for his beliefs, however, and betrays a hearty contempt for ‘experts’. And on the dynamics of incarnation- and the terrible consequences of ignoring our intuition- he writes with a rare clarity that suggests there is much more still to come.

But about those punks… ‘God Save The Queen’, it would appear- the 1977 version- is far from being the vituperative republican anthem you might have taken it for. According to Delooze, whose broadest concern is with the subliminal triggers with which humanity is perpetually blasted- despite all apparent leeriness, the message is still the same: monarchy, continuity, and the maintenance of the status quo. Whether a ‘fascist regime’ or a perfect reflection of the heavens, the words still inhabit a reality in which Monarchy is God. A competing conspiracy theory, in other words, to the official one; which holds that a bout of chart-rigging prevented the Pistols from claiming a rightful number one in Jubilee Week. Live 8, too, you will be pleased to hear, gets a bit of verbal. Whether I share his conviction that the ouroborous-inspired symbol declares the ongoing dominion of the Ennead is besides the point. He highlights some extremely relevant information regarding the ritual locations selected by Geldof (and friends) and the strange timing which saw the attacks on London in the very same week.

In the final chapter he hits his stride with an excellent summary of the ongoing hypnotic trance in which humanity is mired. The final sentence is a classic, a sweet pay-off for the persevering.

Ben Fairhall


The Secret Diaries of an Alchemist Review by Ben Fairhall

tsdoaa120The Secret Diaries of an Alchemis: The Egyptian Mysteries Revealed

by Lewis da Costa

ISBN: 0 9578530 68

Publisher: Fountainhead Press


I regret that this book, and its predecessor are no longer in print. Lewis passed away in 2005. I was once in contact with someone who had copies but I no longer am.
If by any divine chance that person reads this please contact me. If only to let me know that all is OK.

Many thanks, Ellis


In their seminal work, The Holy Blood and The Holy Grail, authors Baigent, Lincoln and Leigh are confronted with the enormous task of sifting through the complex and voluminous material which comprises the now famous ‘Prieure documents.’

‘At times,’ they write, ‘we nearly dismissed the whole affair as an elaborate joke, a hoax of extravagant proportions. If this were true, however, it was a hoax that certain people seemed to have been sustaining for centuries- and if one invests so much time, energy and resources in a hoax, can it really be called a hoax at all? In fact the interlocking skeins and the overall fabric of the ‘Prieure documents’ were less a joke than a work of art- a display of ingenuity, suspense, brilliance, intricacy, historical knowledge and architectonic complexity worthy of, say, James Joyce. And while Finnegan’s Wake may be regarded as a joke of sorts, there is no question that its creator took it very seriously indeed.’

It all reminds us somewhat of Johann Valentin Andrea, the German writer who confessed to having written The Chemical Wedding of Christian Rosenkreuz as a ‘ludibrium.’ And Israel Regardie, sifting through the the original Golden Dawn documents, utterly convinced that neither McGregor Mathers- for all his skill- nor William Wyn Westcott could possibly have been responsible for creating the riches he therein discovered.

A similar conundrum faces the reviewer of The Secret Diaries of An Alchemist. Just as a second-rate actor is incapable of doing justice to King Lear, how does an average person even begin to review a work that bears comparison with everything listed above? The Prieure documents- and the Secret Diaries themselves- lend credence to Da Costa’s big idea: that the King James Bible is, in its entirety, a mathematically-encrypted cipher whose function is not to preserve history but a secret. (We will get to what the secret is shortly.) In them, the reader must come face to face (or soul to soul) with minds so vast as to afford the smallest of glimpses into the kind of consciousness capable of computing the biblical gematria. The thesis becomes plausible, so long as there are initiate-trickers like Lewis still around, delighting, confounding, revealing and concealing; and displaying the fruits of a total immersion in the loftiest of Gnosis.

And yet Lewis- according to his own estimate- was barely ‘capable of uncovering five per cent’ of the mysteries of scripture; and as a reviewer faced with the task of uncovering his own inner workings I can relate to the inadequacy. This is never going to sell like The Da Vinci Code, despite the revised fictional conceit with which the diaries themselves are sandwiched: an expedient made necessary by certain factions with book-burning tendencies. And Lewis knows that he is writing for a very select audience, and admits as much. Many are called but few are chosen. But for those who manage initiation even to the 37th degree (which amounts to two hundred pages of closely-packed text) the alchemical rewards are huge.

For this is a book which truly does transform. It also enrages and frustrates; as for Lewis, his only aim is to wake you up. But he is far from being any sort of ‘peak performance’ guru. This is not Chicken Soup for the Soul; and if that is the kind of narcoleptic you prefer then Lewis would far rather you remained in bed. I can say this with some certainty because the spirit of the man draws close in his words: you too will swoon to his poesy, and fall in love with a certain Petit Prince all over again. And if you should happen to catch a distant gale of laughter on the wind, that will be Lewis having earned his reward.

There are unexpected pleasures, in fact, to be derived from almost every page. Open at random and watch the gemstones pile up. Ever wondered about the real secret of Rosslyn? (And if you haven’t then this book is not for you, nor even this review.) ‘Its real significance would seem to be enshrined in the red serpent/rose line (the Paris meridian.’) Let those with ears, hear. Or have you, and by God I know I have, ever contemplated the intimate relations between the sacred and the profane? ‘Esoteric art- synonymous with erotica- and the thirteenth stone’s location in the genitalia of the Holy of Holies, a part of the human body that we instinctively hide.’ But I am trespassing upon the secret here, and there is only so much that I dare to reveal. Suffice it to say- and let this serve as a fitting tribute: Unstable atoms are multi-dimensional.

I will write more about this book in due course. Right now, this book is writing me. An esoteric classic that will honour the mantelpiece of any serious reader: Lewis Da Costa, your time has finally arrived.
Ben Fairhall