John Dee

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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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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The Newport Tower Mystery

BY STEVEN SORA

The Mystery: Standing guard in Newport, Rhode Island, is a strange construction that is possibly the most controversial structure in America. It is a 28-foot-high, stone and mortar tower with a twenty-four-foot, outside diameter. It contains more than 5000 cubic feet of stone, sand, and lime. With each cubic foot of such material weighing 200-some pounds, it amounts to a million pounds being assembled— quite a project for early colonists. It has been called a windmill or stone mill, a twelfth century Viking monument, a…

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Prague’s other Universe

BY JOHN CHAMBERS

If there was ever a break in the space-time continuum, it came on the afternoon of November 8, 1620, on the slopes of White Mountain hill just outside the city of Prague, then the capital of the Kingdom of Bohemia and today the cap­ital of The Czech Republic. In a little over an hour, the 20,000-man army of the Holy Roman Emperor Ferdinand II defeated the 25,000-man army of the King of Bohemia Frederick V. The Battle of White Mountain marked the beginning of Europe’s…

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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 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 Mirror Factor

JOHN CHAMBERS

On a certain night in the middle of the seventeenth century, in a room in the Canongate section of Edinburgh, Scot­land, a beautiful Scottish noblewoman named Lady Primrose held onto the hand of a somber, monk-like man in a black silk robe while she gazed into a magic mirror. Lady Primrose had recently been abandoned by an abusive husband. The man beside her was the Central Europe­an seer who had constructed and polished the mirror on the wall. He claimed it could conjure up images…

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