Francis Bacon

Avalon in America?

By Steven Sora

In the late sixteenth century Queen Elizabeth had watched as Spain and Portugal, the Netherlands and France estab­lished themselves in the New World. They all made legitimate claims to the Americas that England could not match. Then she consulted her advisor, Dr. John Dee. Dee and his ally Sir Francis Bacon told her that England had claims much older than all of Europe, indeed, said Dee, King Arthur himself had crossed the Atlantic and set foot in the new land. Dr. Dee was Elizabeth’s advisor,…

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Shakespeare and the Burmuda Triangle

BY STEVEN SORA

The survivors of a wrecked craft find themselves on an impossibly remote island. They salvage what they can from the craft and make camp on the beach. On this island, compasses don’t work, strange lights appear and disappear, boars crush through the forest. At least one man would find the new island the clean slate he so badly needed. Most would later regret leaving the island. Sound familiar? Actually, this is not the crash of Oceanic 815 (from the popular ABC series Lost). It is…

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The Grail in America

BY SOL ARIS

A great deal of literature has seen light in recent years about the voyage of the “Holy Grail” from Europe to America. The idea of a Templar Fleet sailing the oceans and carrying their treasure trove across the Atlantic was extensively re­searched by Baigent and Lee for their 1989 “The Temple and the Lodge.” Many authors had picked up the theme, tracing and documenting the ability of the original Knights Templar to perform such a feat, as they escaped from the continent on their ships…

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OLD WILLIAMSBURG MYSTERY PERSISTS The “Bruton Vault” said to be the repository of the deepest secrets of Sir Francis Bacon and, maybe the Western world, is up for consideration, if not excavation, again. A group calling itself “Sir Francis Bacon’s Sages of the Sev­enth Seal” is seeking once again to excavate the alleged crypt beneath the old Episcopal church in Williamsburg, Vir­ginia. In this spot, it is said, the heirs and followers of Sir Francis Bacon buried a trove of priceless secrets brought to the…

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Still More News

New Pictures Show We Did Land on the Moon, After All In a blow to conspiracy theorists, who say we never went to the moon, NASA has produced new photos of the Apollo 11 lunar landing site. The Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) recently flew just 31 miles above the area in question and took pictures which show the TV camera, Lunar Module descent stage, and even Neil Armstrong’s footprints to the Little West crater. Also visible are two parts of the Early Apollo Science Experiments…

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The John Dee/007 Connection

By Steven Sora

What do the mystical Dr. John Dee and the spy James Bond have in common? A lot more than meets the eye. Dr. John Dee was a sixteenth century alchemist, magician, and Christian cabalist who so entranced Queen Eliza­beth that she even had Dee run her astrological chart to pick the most propitious day and time for her coronation. His home at Mortlake contained more books than any private library in England as well as a magic mirror that, it was said, would astound all…

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Shakespeare and Dr. Dee

By Vincent Bridges & Teresa Burns

In 1921, The Occult Review, a British illustrated monthly journal, ran an insightful article entitled “Shakespeare and the Occult” that quite plausibly concluded that many of his plays were unintelligible without an understanding of the esoteric subjects they featured. Today, if you Google the words Shakespeare plus occult, you’ll find over half a million hits. Included are modern Rosicrucian claims that: “No one familiar with esoteric doctrines can have any question as to Shakespeare’s familiarity with the wisdom of the Illuminati.” You’ll also find Jewish…

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The Templars & the Shroud

BY JOHN WHITE

According to tradition, the Shroud of Turin is the burial cloth of Jesus. It resides in the Cathedral at Turin, Italy (and can be viewed online at its official web site: http://sindone.torino.chiesacattolica.it /en/welcome.htm). The prove­nance of the Shroud has now been established well enough to say with some certainty that it did indeed cover Jesus in the tomb. Prior to its placement in the cathedral, the Knights Templars had possession of the shroud and kept it folded in a wooden container with a viewing window,…

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The Untimely Demise of William Shakespeare

BY STEVEN SORA

On March of 1616, William Shakespeare was back in his hometown of Stratford where he lived as a grain dealer, tax collector, landlord and all around businessman. He was in fine health and was coming up on his fifty-second birthday when something caused him to contemplate his mortality. He decided it was time to get his estate in order and made a will. What caused the sudden concern? Six days before, on March 19, Sir Walter Raleigh had been released from the Tower. Sir Walter…

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The Lost Legacy of Freemasonry

JOHN WHITE

Dan Brown’s recent bestselling novel, The Lost Symbol, depicts Freemasonry as having a fundamental role in the founding of America. The “lost” symbol or final secret of Freemasonry as used by Brown in his fast-paced thriller, gives, along the way, very good information about Masonic lore and its role in the formation of our nation. (I speak as a Mason, myself.) Central to it all are images of light, and the answer—during Masonic initiations—which a candi­date gives to the question, “What do you desire most…

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