“Tell a lie and find a truth.” – the Slavemaster Way

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“Tell a lie and find a truth.”

– the Slavemaster Way

fingers crossed - lie



What really is the occult and magic

By Virginia McClaughry


And experience showeth there are few men so true to themselves and so settled but that, sometimes upon heat, sometimes upon bravery, sometimes upon kindness, sometimes upon trouble of mind and weakness, they open themselves; specially if they be put to it with a counter-dissimulation, according to the proverb of Spain –

Di mentira, y sacar as verdad:

“Tell a lie and find a truth.”

~ Francis Bacon, student of Dr. Dee ~

The Advancement of Learning
originally published 1605, resurrected in 1893





Francis Bacon, student of Dr. Dee, tells us that the first lie, the first tale, will be prejudicially treated – meaning the person will believe it.

He’s telling us about the slavemaster way.

Even this far back, however, he knew what the Achilles Heel of that was. Getting caught.

pinocchio liar

Primus in sua causa justus: sed venit altera pars, et inquiret in eum.

Here is observed, that in all causes the first tale possesseth much; in sort, that the prejudice thereby wrought will be hardly removed, except some abuse or falsity in the information be detected.

Be detected…and therein lies the rub.


Their stock-in-trade.

Bacon also tells us the best way to spy on someone –

As for the knowing of men which is at second hand from reports:

  • men’s weaknesses and faults are best known from their enemies,
  • their virtues and abilities from their friends,
  • their customs and times from their servants,
  • their conceits and opinions from their familiar friends, with whom they discourse most.

General fame is light, and the opinions conceived by superiors or equals are deceitful; for to such men are more masked: Verior fama e domesticis emanat.

Interesting. Especially coming from a died-in-the-wool slavemaster.

Well, considering the revelation that one of their tactics is to lie to get someone to tell them the truth – one wonders why they cannot get the truth any other way. Thou who doth enslaveth doth not a trustworthy friend maketh….

Perhaps it has something to do with the hatred humanity has in its bones for these men and women.

After all, if it is your intent to make slaves out of most of humanity…you might have bothered to consider the ramifications. Always known, always hated, and more importantly?

Never forgiven.

Never forgotten.

Perpetually alone; doomed to an eternity of lies.

cold existence image 08-Eternity by Mikko Lagerstedt

Eternity is not so long…

paul-bielaczyc-eternity - arm wrestling

Unless you spend it arm-wrestling yourself, and then it can be a really long time. So perhaps maybe…

Tell a lie and find a truth.

is not really the best way of doing things.


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The Slavemaster Way


It was under Catholic Pope Eugene IV, that the European slave-trading of Africans began with “fees” enriching the Catholic Church, utilizing the Portugeuse as the slave-traders.

capturing african slaves

It was in 1441 that the Portuguese captains Antão Gonçalves and Nuno Tristão captured 12 Africans in Cabo Branco (modern Mauritania) and take them to Portugal as slaves.

By 1444, the Portugeuse had formed a company for human-trafficking of all the enslaved Africans. The company was founded by Lançarote de Freitas, a tax-collector from the Portuguese town of Lagos. On 8 August he landed 235 kidnapped and enslaved Africans in Lagos, this was the first large group of African slaves brought to Europe.

Pope Eugene became ill from sexual diseases, and as he lay dying he nominated Cardinal Piccolomini (Nicholas V real name) as his successor. In March 1447 he was elected Pope.

Pope Nicholas V was deeply involved in searching for “ancient” knowledge of black arts – which in modern terms means he was looking to try and give himself “super powers” – and he was also looking for new and unusual ways of torturing “non-believers” and enemies. Worse, this was the man who actually legalized the enslavement of African “infidels” with profits going to the Catholic Church. He issued “Dum Diversas” (18 June 1452) authorizing King Alfonso V of Portugal to “attack, conquer, and subjugate Saracens, pagans and other enemies of Christ wherever they may be found.


What this means is –

ANY non-Christians were now reduced to the status of slaves.


The Pope then proceeded to enrich himself and the treasury of the Church through this sanctioning of slavery, by the creation of the ‘sugar-slave complex’. Sugar is first planted in the Portuguese island of Madeira and, for the first time, African slaves are now forced to work. They were taken to these plantations on a work-or-die mandate.

Romanus Pontifex, issued on January 8, 1455, then sanctioned the purchase of black slaves from “the infidel”.

His excuse?

“… many Guineamen and other negroes, taken by force, and some by barter of unprohibited articles, or by other lawful contract of purchase, have been … converted to the Catholic faith, and it is hoped, by the help of divine mercy, that if such progress be continued with them, either those peoples will be converted to the faith or at least the souls of many of them will be gained for Christ.”

It most certainly was not “Christ” he was looking to “gain” those poor slaves for, nor did he give a fig for their “souls”.

It was power and money, plain and simple, that he was after. He was trying to shore up that faction of the Nesilim – the Catholics – and their insane world-domination plans.

It was also under Nicholas V, in 1452, that his Dominican Inquisitor Nicholas Jacquier “confirms” witchcraft as heresy in Flail Against the Heresy of Witchcraft thereby justifying European witchhunts. This began the burning of over 200,000 people over the next two hundred years – mostly women – on the charge of Witchcraft.

witch burnings

Slavery and burning witches began with this guy, he was the real thing – a slavemaster.

witch burning slave

Pope nicholas V by Peter_Paul_Rubens in 1616 Nesilim nose – See book Scientology Roots, Chapter 5


The first African slaves arrived in Spain (Hispaniola) in 1501. By 1518, King Charles I of Spain approved the shipping of slaves directly from Africa as a trade.

Human slavery, despite all the flowery protestations of “humanism”, was the cornerstone of the fledgling British Empire. That term itself, British Empire, having been coined by slavemaster agent Dr. John Dee.

The first rumblings of what we call the Rise of the Slavemasters, had begun with Henry the VIII, Queen Elizabeth’s father. His was the House of Tudor, whom many considered had no rightful claim to the throne. Rightful, meaning as approved the Catholic Church, in other words. Henry accomplished many things during his reign, not the least was the breaking of the stranglehold that the Nesilim – the Holy Roman Empire – were exerting over what was termed “the world” – which was really just a small, obscure part of it. A few islands and some land on the continent.

The English, or “britons” all had their roots in the same race – a race which today we call “German”.

The English are the descendants of three Germanic tribes:

  • the Angles, who came from Angeln (in modern Germany): their whole nation emigrated to Britain, leaving their former land empty.
  • the Saxons, from Lower Saxony and
  • the Jutes, from the Jutland peninsula (Danish).

They, in turn, had been part of an emigration of the Nesilim, when they left their homeland of Nesa (modern Turkey), and settled first in Constantinople and then spreading to what is now Germany.

The name England (Old English: Engla land or Ængla land) originates from the first of the three tribes mentioned above. Their language, Anglo-Saxon or Old English, derived from West Germanic dialects. Anglo-Saxon was divided into four main dialects: West Saxon, Mercian, Northumbrian and Kentish.

After the Norman Conquest, their language changed into what is called Middle English, in the years leading up to the Rise of the Slavemasters.

This is the language we mostly find Dr. Dee having his “english” – as opposed to Latin – writings be in the form of.

All throughout this time period, what people refer to as “the Bible” was only in Latin, and very few people were even allowed to be taught this unnatural and invented language – a form of code – not dissimilar to the type of languages small children invent to speak to each other so that “grownups” don’t know what they are saying.

Note: There are no real records, of anyone using a language called Latin prior to the rise of the Holy Roman Empire. It is the invention of that empire, and the Catholic Church.

The use of this “special” language. This meant that priests and scholars could pretty much tell “the people” whatever they wanted as to what some book or tract said – or what God said even – and no one would be the wiser. That is how propaganda, (the word itself came from the Catholic Church) was handled prior to the 16th century.

To this day, many subjects have their own “special language” – in some cases using this same Latin – this act as a sort of ‘insider knowledge’. A fact, and an exclusory practice, which is in no way unintentional.

Medicine, Science, all of them defer to the use of Latin within their naming processes. Don’t you find that odd? Why should Latin be the chosen language – if not as still some sort of control mechanism to separate the “learned” – still viewed this way – unwashed masses of Heathens and Sinners. Not to mention an excellent form of financial control or exclusion.

And then there are subjects like scientology, and other “new age” sillinesses. Some of these have huge amounts of nomenclature that one must learn, filled with words that are redefined as something other than their original meaning, as well as…more Latin derivations.

Even the word ‘scientology’ has been given that particular treatment, as was the word ‘dianetics’. More Latin/Greek deferential origins and word-coinage.

But what of code, or ciphers and such? Well, that’s when propaganda first began to be used in the meaning we use it today, only no one called it that back then.

This is what the “occult” is – it was never meant to be taken seriously in the sense that there really were “magic rituals” one could do that would actually work in any real and meaningful way. It has always, even from its inception as a slur, been a way to mislead, to obfuscate black intelligence operations that are very real, and very far from being anything resembling magic.

The truth about “occult” and black magic is far more mundane, but certainly no less black as to intent.

The strange thing about all this, was that there was truth in that math and science deserved to be used and known by the people, and that the Catholic Church went to great lengths to suppress such learning. It’s almost as if there were other forces at work that were true-hearted and pure in intent, but all the men and women who were not simply used this “power” for their own purposes. Not unlike the very thing such “humanists” – as they called themselves – vowed so vehemently that they were against!

It’s been said that power corrupts, and that absolute power corrupts absolutely. But, I don’t think that’s true. Power cannot corrupt, in and of itself, it is usually those who are the least trustworthy (and most vindictive) that seek power, purely because they feel powerless to do to others what they really want to do to them. It’s about a lack of self worth, more than anything else.

I don’t subscribe to any protestations of “you have to play the game” or “you have to go along to get along”, especially when it comes to such wholesale enslavement and devastation that these so-called humanists would soon wreak upon the world.

Unfortunately, that’s the kind of man that Dr. Dee became, merely a tool of the very people that would cause humanity such horrors in the name of “advancement”.

To ask, was it worth it? – would be to ask how many millions of people were enslaved, or killed, how many natural resources plundered and destroyed, for what? A better map? A careful catalogue of all the creatures in the world?

I think the question is an intentionally loaded one that is also even a trick question that should not even be answered. It’s a rhetorical device. I say that because only these type of people, those who should never have power, would even go about “advancement” in such a way that millions must die or spend their lifetimes as slaves-of-progress for it to be achieved. Only they would conceive such a thing even necessary.

In fact, it’s still that way. Think you’re free? Can you not go to work at some 9-5 job within their little hive of society, and still live comfortably and happily? Not usually, no. If you think that it’s a natural state of affairs to have to live your life that way – you are a slavemaster’s dream “citizen”, a lovely little worker ant who thinks he’s “participating”.

A slave.

Think not?

Try not participating, and see what happens.

Most things these days require permission from various masters.

  • You can’t drive – without permission.
  • You can’t travel the world anymore – without permission.
  • You can’t heal the sick or damaged anymore – without permission.
  • You can’t eat well anymore – without permission.
  • You can’t build a house and live in it somewhere anymore – without permission.

The list goes on and on. This is the human race becoming advanced?

Confused-Man scratches head

A friend of mind once said that a Slavemaster needs slaves…and when they rule larger areas? A Slavemaster needs more slaves.

Sometimes, I think I’d like to go live in Antarctica with the penguins – which, yes, I’m somewhat joking (somewhat) but what a statement it is for how things are since the march of the Slavemasters began, that the only places left on the planet that are truly free? Are usually unlivable to all extents and purposes!

This is the result of the spread of the so-called “light” that England loves to ascribe to itself, and I think that was about as welcome as someone blazing a spotlight into the faces of peacefully sleeping creatures. Darkness, if that’s what peace has come to be positioned as, has become more and more scarce in the face of all this “advancement” of the Slavemasters and their technocratic slavery obsessions.

Now, Dr. Dee here, is a rather key character in the Rise of the Slavemasters. Primarily because of his use to groom would-be rulers in the manner in which the Slavemasters wanted them to be, but also because he provided some of the hard “tools” that were needed to set about this mass colonization. Tools such as star-navigation, geography, map-making, and just as important to the Slavemasters?

Codes and Propaganda.

Let’s get into it.


Codes and propaganda.


Cujus quidem generis traditinis, methodus mathematicorum,
in co subjecto, similitudinem quandam habet; generatim autem non video,
quod aut in usu sit, aut quod quis inquisitioni ejus dederit operam;
proiinde eam inter desiderata numerabimus, camque traditionem lampadis,
sive methodum ad filios appellabimus.


Whose, indeed, of the genus traditinis, the development of mathematical objects, in co a subject, it has a likeness; Generally however I do not see, because they are either in use, or that a person has given attention to his inquiry; Consequently, it will number among the desiderata, camque tradition of the bowl, or a method to call.

~ Francis Bacon, student of Dr. Dee ~

The Advancement of Learning
originally published 1605, resurrected in 1893



The above image refers to Lampado Trado – the tradition of the “lamp”. That is what Bacon is referring to in the above quote.

The image was created over a hundred years after the time of Dee and William Cecil – Bacon’s mentors and predecessors – by Jacob Cats in 1658.


Many persons have attempted to characterize this passing the lamp business as being passing the “secret” knowledge of the spirit, aliens, or even black magic.

That is false, and merely a way to try to subscribe more power and superiority onto the pathetically not Slavemasters.

As part of that continuing misrepresentation, (and propaganda-for-hire patronage) even the image of Bacon, Dee and the Lamp gets altered. Usually reversed horizontally and with the addition of a big “rose” on Bacon’s shoe.

Like this:

That addition of the “rose” is sort of a propaganda within a code within a cipher.

Why do I say that? Because

The only thing “secret” about this knowledge – math, engineering, astronomy, biology, etc. – was that it could get you killed if you spoke up about it or tried to teach others. In other words, it challenged the Catholic Church in it’s role as channeler-of-God and the world is flat propaganda meant to keep people from straying away from where the Church was and daring to explore the world without the permission of God.

It was not magic.

But what it was, was power. A closely held power that the Nesilim used to make it look like they were “magic” and spiritually above everyone else.

So, what happened here, was simply that one faction of in-the-know Nesilim decided to use that power against the other, and literally raise an “army” of people so initiated into the black arts, the “occult”, the abracadabera of the Mountebanks, as Thomas Jefferson put it.

You will notice that this knowledge was not given to common people, but only to the nobility – which says a lot right there. It was not until centuries later – and only because they were given no choice by someone else – that they began to educate the “masses”. But, even then, it was arranged on a hierarchial basis (as I mentioned earlier) with barely 1 percent of the population being allowed to even be educated in the “secret knowledge” of medicine, etc.

Not to mention that you can still see the incredibly aberrated (perverse and convoluted) Nesilim views on things that infect even those subjects – especially physics, bio-engineering and medicine.

So, coming back to this addition of a “rose” on Bacon’s shoe –

That is a reference to Rosicrucianism, which Bacon was at one time an Imperator of.

Why would that be part of a propaganda within a code within a cipher as I put it? Because it was a deliberately created propaganda that was part of King James I attempting to garner support of his rule (and the expansion plans of the British slavemasters) and a continuation of the codes/ciphers that William Cecil and John Dee had already established using “magical” writings as a spy code.

Bacon once said that:

“…the more discordant, therefore, and incredible, the divine mystery is, the more honour is shown to God in believing it, and the nobler is the victory of faith.

De augmentis

He is revealing the tactics of the slavemasters in deliberately making ridiculous stories (the more ridiculous the better) and saying that if one believes them they are showing honour and nobility.

Wow, right?

Since when is believing in LIES a trait of of either honour or nobility – since the slavemasters, that’s when.

The big rose on Bacon’s shoe is a reference to rose+cross=Rosicrucian. The idea and the rose, or rose-on-a-cross symbol itself, was developed during a propaganda campaign during the time of King James I (his reign started in 1603). A campaign that was run by the next generation of Cecils – William’s son Robert.

Just like today, this was propaganda-for-hire, a marketing or public relations campaign. Only in Elizabethan times it was called patronage.

From my library article Backdated Overpopulation Myths and the Forging of The Bible

What is a patron?

Patronage in Elizabethan times is an interesting subject. To ask someone to be your patron, meant that you were asking for their financial and material support, but it also meant that you were asking for their protection. In a time where simply translating the bible was assigned the death penalty, protection was as important or even more important than just financial support.

All princes and nobles of this period were especially preoccupied with reputation and honour. Patronage figured very prominently in their desires to promote their self-image as a method of establishing that ubiquitouus thing called “reputation” – still all important amongst the British slavemasters even up until today.

An aristocrats clothes, his servants, his manners, and his “dispensing largesse” to the comment people, all were part of creating this IMAGE.Therefore, the intellectual performances of their scientific clients whom they had taken on as patron, were considered to reflect back on the patron for better or for worse.

These “clients”, as people who were bestowed patronage upon were called, were expected to provide works that pleased the aristocrats egos.


Once William Cecil was in place after Elizabeth was crowned in 1559, patronage became a shrewd and calculating method of controlling and monopolizing particularly scientific clients and their discoveries or knowledge, not to mention controlling what and how they write or presented such works.

William Cecil had a lot of attention on creating the right conditions to set-up the “rule of the world” and the “supremacy” of the English, his real goal being creating the prosperity to wage war, and self-sufficiency in the event of war. Warmonger that he was, this was his “most constant political preoccupation”.

As part-and-parcel of all this maneuvering, you can see why the Cecils would have so much to gain with this “patronage” carrot-and-stick control point.

In fact, recent studies by historians have shown that William and his son Robert Cecil (later made Earl of Salisbury by James I), have demonstrated that:

“…the Cecil family were not only politically dominant, but also formed the vital centre of a network of cultural, artistic, economic and intellectual patronage unequalled in England in the second half of the sixteenth and early seventeenth centuries”.

As you can see, patronage would also include written works for hire, such as the story and invention of Rosicrucianism. Written works for hire….

The reason there was a rise of what was called “Rosicrucianism” or The Rosy Cross, had to do with works arranged for by Robert Cecil that began alleging this egyptian/scottish/masons triad myth.

Towards the end of William Cecil’s prominence, and the rise of James I, Cecil had sold the British nobility on using “the public” as a patron.

Through he and Walsingham’s efforts, they had introduced the idea of public opinion – the people – to influence financial and government matters, much like he did to create pressure on Elizabeth to execute her cousin Mary.

By the turn of the seventeenth century several countries, including England, had a flourishing commercial press and an audience willing to consume vernacular works – as in plain and colloquial English.

Coinciding with that, was the changeover from Queen Elizabeth to King James I. The only person who survived that changeover, as far as power plays go, was William Cecil’s son Robert.

As usual, a Cecil was right in the thick of choosing and arranging the next ruler (for them to control) to take the throne. The spy network was used to ensure this ascension. William Paddy, one of Robert Cecil’s physicians, had the code name “No. 40” in the secret negotiations that secured James I’s accession.

Upon success of their machinations, James effected a clear-out of Elizabethan personnel when he arrived in 1603 with his Scottish entourage. Robert Cecil became James’s ‘first favorite’ and was made Earl of Salisbury, whilst Paddy was knighted and served James as a personal physician.

Drawing on the previously commissioned declamatio works from the Constantinople emigres (more on this later) Rosicrucianism was given the usual billing of “revealed ancient knowledge” in the later days of William Cecil, and the early days of King James I.

All very mysterious, alien, and as Bacon put it: discordant and incredible.


The “revealed ancient knowledge” idea is probably one of the longest-running propaganda slogans there is – it’s still being used even today.

sacred tradition ancient egypt

These “client” scholars that had been hired by Cecil etc., engaged in a tactic actually pioneered in England by John Dee. You can see my article Backdated Overpopulation Myths and the Forging of The Bible for a more full discussion of that topic, but basically, he invented an entire history of King Arthur having explored and found Atlantis (what Dee termed America as) therefore pre-dating the Spanish claiming of it by Columbus.

Dee had taken a snippet of a tale – a very small snippet – that he had overheard in a tavern and then built it into this entire fabrication of ancient English history. This was all done to try and legitamize the throne of England’s claim.

This is the same thing that was done to create what we know today as Rosicrucianism. The hired authors started with a not too well-known Scottish myth regarding the Scots ancient Egyptian ancestry, and then added “interpretations” of referenced (and themselves fabricated) sources attempting to prove this claim and further legitimize King James’ rule in the eyes of the scottish people.

Hector Boece’s Scotorum historiae, for example, argued that hieroglyphic was the original Scottish script.

They also drew on previous declamatios of the supposed history of Hermes (later termed Hermeticism) and combined it with creating an alleged secret and ancient group called Masons. The thing you have to really get here, was that Masonry (freemasonry) was just in the early stages of being created in the 1600’s, but it’s creation came complete with some spurious story of that it was a continuation of a group already in existencenot a new group.

See how tricky that is?

It was William Schaw, who had been appointed Master of the Work and Warden General for King James in 1583, who combined the earlier invention of Hermes (Hermeticism) with the first hints of an alleged egyptian group of masons, as well as with architectural symbolism and especially the “art” of memory.

Schaw was commissioned to “reform” – that really meant REINVENT – Scottish masonry.

His work presented (exactly as ordered) that Hermes:

“…had played a major part in preserving the knowledge of the mason craft and transmitting it to mankind after the flood”.

Oh really…


Schaw then presented that his (Hermes) statutes emphasized possession of “the art of memorie and the science thairof”.

See where our coding is entering in here? The positioning of science is your big clue. The Lampado Trado – the tradition of the “lamp”.

…the development of mathematical objects, in co a subject, it has a likeness….

It’s just math…

The Advancement of Learning – Francis Bacon
originally published 1605, resurrected in 1893

It’s just math, see, but it “has a likeness” – and that’s your coding/ciphering and architectural symbolism.

Like the “rose” on Bacon’s shoe –

Or the “rose” on the cross symbol – variations on the theme have been used by not only the Rosicrucians, but also the Golden Dawn, Temple Emanu-El and scientology.


Schaw’s idea of this supposed “art of memorie and the science thairof” drew on another commissioned author – Alexander Dickson. Dickson became a court favorite after he “renounced” Catholicism and spying. His De memoriae virtute (1583) discussed the “art of memory” in this Hermetic Egyptian context.

Dickson’s compatriot, William Fowler, was another “expert” in this art of memory. His manuscripts include a treatise on it and discuss “teaching your maiestie the arte of me[m]orie” – referring to King James.

It is defined as a “method or set of prescriptions that adds order and discipline to the pargmatic, natural activities of humans“.

The interesting thing about this subject is that it isn’t what it appears by the title. What it really was about, was how to manipulate people’s perceptions of things.

A large part of this subject closely paralelled (and were obviously the origin for) modern methods of manipulation as seen in advertising, psychological warfare, and politics.

It deals mostly with training in rhetoric and the manipulation of thought processes under the heading of “logic” – which is an oxymoron when it comes to slavemasters. I say that because logic, true logic, depends on truth, and we already know that truth isn’t exactly the slavemasters main preference, to put it mildly.

There were drills and exercises “to organize” ones memories, improve recall, but more importantly (and this is part of the code aspect) to assist in the combination and ‘invention’ of ideas.

Propaganda training, in other words.

Some of the techniques taught, which you can immediately see were actually manipulation of others methods, were things like associating emotionally striking images with a visual of a location; the chaining or “association” of groups of images – like a montage, for example. You can see that particular one start appearing in a lot of the visual art of the period.

Another technique was the association of images with signs, markings, and figures in Latin, or just the simple association of text with images.

In fact, “practice” of this technique, often involved the contemplation or study of architecture, books, sculpture and paintings looking for what it associates, or “evokes” to use in similar creations as part of the manipulation of people.

Some examples of: the association of images with signs, markings, and figures in Latin –

The image of a Dr. Dee looking character passing the “light” of knowledge on a moonlit night on a less traveled road, with the comically large rose (by way of emphasis or “code” for rosicrucian, and the whole image being titled in Latin as Lampada trado.


A modern example would be positioning volcanoes with latin words – such as the cover of Dianetics (which is a latin-based term).


Note: the above new cover art for the Dianetics book was first introduced after the restructuring of the scientology “bridge” (1967) to include the overpopulation myth/flood story of OT III – volcanoes featured prominently in this galactic soap opera, as well as being a veiled symbolised reference to Darwinism and the “evolution” of man. See Backdated Overpopulation Myths and the Forging of The Bible and A Comprehensive History of the Oahspe for much more about what was involved there.


Both of those examples certainly fall under the ‘emotionally striking images with a visual of a location‘ technique. Considering that these art of memory principles have always been used in particularly the religious arena, it’s not surprising at all to see later slavemaster front groups such as scientology, mormonism, et al, still employing such knee-jerk manipulation techniques.

The other important area that art of memory principals were employed was in the realm of the magical.

In slavemasterese, their “special speak” –

That means codes and ciphers


Of course, religion and magic were often both coded together with all manner of false information and misleading occult practices. The image where John Dee is supposedly pictured as “passing the lamp” to Francis Bacon has been used countless times to promote or front for exactly that type of misinformation. Even a casual search of the internet will reveal many sources trying to sell you some spurious “legend” concerning just that image alone.

Amazing, eh? They’re still trying to “sell” this crap of ancient secret this, and ancient secret that.

Magic, is by far the most favored method of transmission or ‘cover’ for what is really being discussed. Black magic, White magic, makes no difference.

So, who was this John Dee character who basically started this particular type of coded messages?

Let’s have a look-see.

I think I see something

The “Magic” of John Dee


During the reign of Edward VI, a man named John Dee appeared and became involved in the political maneuverings around the throne and by the summer of 1555 found himself in prison on an unspecified “religious” charge. Catholic Mary, “Bloody Mary,” had succeeded the young Edward and times were tough for Humanist and Protestant mathematicians and magicians, especially for those known to have cast horoscopes of the Queen.

Dee spent three months in prison. His cellmate went to the stake, as did over six hundred others, for witchcraft and heresy. Dee survived his trial and lived to joke about it with his new patron, Queen Elizabeth I, who was also accused in the plot.

William Cecil was well acquainted with John Dee through Cambridge University, one of the main institutes of “higher” learning in – which really meant the imported New Learning.

Dee wrote a letter to William Cecil in October 1574 seeking patronage. In it, he spoke of having occult knowledge of treasure in the Welsh Marches, and of valuable ancient manuscripts kept at Wigmore Castle (where Cecil’s ancestors allegedly came from).

Reference: John Strype, Annals of the Reformation, Oxford (1824), vol.ii, part ii, no. XLV, 558–563

Letters such as these always went through Cecil’s patronage secretary Mr. Hickes, and considering Cecil’s already long-term relationship with Dee, the letter “asking” for patronage stands out to me as more of a ruse or even an intelligence cover. Perhaps it was just a form of legitimizing their relationship in front of prying eyes.

Other historians have questioned Cecil’s support of John Dee as being “out of character”. This is said because of Cecil’s hard-nosed pragmatism towards his clients generally, combined with his well-known interest in proven scientific methods and inventions.

I suppose it would look rather odd to a later historian who doesn’t want to see what is right in front of his nose – the fact that Dee’s job was to do exactly what he did. “Occult” – angel magic and so on – false histories, created “legends”, all of it was one hundred percent SPY and AGENT PROVOCATEUR activity for Cecil. Dee was his man.

Besides actually intelligence operations on-the-ground, so to speak, just about everything Dee wrote was directly in line with forwarding the goals of this nascent break-a-way faction of Nesilim.

**To see some of what he first engaged in to try and legitimize England’s claim to America, please see my article Backdated Overpopulation Myths and the Forging of The Bible for a more full discussion.

Cecil was busy establishing his spy network, and was especially interested in codes and ciphers to help make communications more secure. What better way than in a supposedly dismissible book about magic? Or in a “history” book…you get the idea.

Less perishable, supports the agents cover (the whole wizened monk in a cloak thing) and can even be used to forge coded information from one’s enemies. Which you can then impress the Queen with your “revelations” found from decoding it. Plus, there’s the added showmanship of “It must be important, it must be real, it’s coded!” suspension-of-belief tactic.

Remember, they trained in exactly these kind of tactics.

And by the way, Cecil did exactly what I mentioned above. He ordered his spy-master Francis Walsingham to forge a coded message as being from Babington, to get Queen Elizabeth to execute Mary!

Note all the symbols in this, a number of these were learned from Dee who taught ciphering to Cecil, Walsingham, and Francis Bacon. He included many of these in writings about supposed “angel magic”.

walsinghams forged postscript incriminating mary - babington plot 1586image from here

Translation of forgery by Walsingham spy Thomas Phillippe –

I w be glad to know the names and quelityes of the sixe gentlemen which are to accomplish the dessignement, for that it may be I shall be able uppon knowledge of the parties to give you some further advise necessarye to be followed therein…… as also from time to time particularlye how you proceede and as son as you may for the same purpose who bee alredye and how farr every one privye hereunto.

Painting depicting Elizabeth being presented this “evidence” by Cecil

walsingham queen mary plot 'revealed'

Dee started off his “occult” work with a bang when Queen Elizabeth came to the throne. Elizabeth, having been heavily influenced by both the black magic obsessed Catholics and the breakway slavemasters that were “grooming” her, was very interested in anything that would give her that edge of power. Raised to be a slavemaster already, see?

Dee calculated (cough) the most auspicious date for Elizabeth’s coronation which was on January 15th, 1559.

Soon after her coronation, he was proclaimed the Royal Astrologer and given, specifically, freedom from ecclesiastical harassment.

What does that mean?

A hands-off her gun (her weapon) policy.


Dee settled in at his mother’s home, Mortlake, which would eventually house the largest library of its time in all of Europe. Only the great national collections of the next century surpassed it.

Dee would often travel to the continent on the Queens business, more often or not on some errand for the spy master Walsingham (and his boss Cecil) to gather secret information. He used the cover of “sorceror” researching and practicing magic as his cover. This is most often how you see him depicted. He’s Merlin.

An interesting factoid is that his compatriot, William Cecil, was referred to as the “Wizard of England.” It suited him, not only for his interest in acquiring technological patents (a kind of “wizardry”), but for his obsession with creating a vast network of spies.

He created and was the master (as in The Spy and His Master) over Britain’s first intelligence service, this included being the superior over Francis Walsingham and his network.

At the end of 1562, Dee departed on an expedition to the continent proposed by Cecil.

This expedition was tasked with two things:

  1. create the pan-European network of spies extending as far to the east as Turkey and in Russia (where Dee often reported from)
  2. search for suitable codes that could be used for “long-distance” communications within that network.

Dee discovered Steganographica of Trithemius, the Abbot of Sponheim while he was in Antwerp.He spent ten days copying a manuscript of this work and reported back to Cecil in early 1563, crowing about its value.


The manuscript’s date was allegedly 1499, which would put it right at the tail end of the big declamatio writings production period. Again, see my previously referenced article concerning the forging of the bible. It was not published (as a printed book) until more than forty years later – in 1606 and 1608. You can view it yourself at the internet archive.

The Steganographica was a textbook on codes and ciphers, perfectly enshrouded amongst its outer appearance of being about “angelic communications” – using spirits to communicate over long distances.


John Dee

John Dee

By December of 1562, Dee was already being “run” by William Cecil, then Queen Elizabeth’s chief minister. He wrote a letter to “Sir William Cecil” on 16 February 1563 where he asks for Cecil’s permission to extend his stay. This alone shows his “junior” status to Cecil.

The reason Dee was even bothering to copy this manuscript, again, was that it would be developed into a method of communication by Dee for agents of the planned intelligence network that Cecil wanted established.

Steganography was literally a “cipher within a code”, in the sense that the methods of encipherment were themselves disguised as “occult” or “demonic magic”, necessitating a knowledge afore-hand that the real text needed to be deciphered to learn about the cipher.

That sounds so typically convoluted of the Slavemasters. Cecil was quite pleased about the whole thing – they were well into the creation of the cipher/code that would be utilized by the British slavemasters for their top people, for the next four hundred years.

In the fifth chapter of Dee’s Compendious Rehearsal, he mentions a certificate by Cecil, dated 28 May 1563 (just three months after he requested his extended stay) stating that “in which that statesman testifies that Dee’s time beyond seas had been well bestowed.’

Supposedly, according to Isaac D’Israeli, he feared that Dee might go mad. Considering the Machiavellian nature of the D’Israeli’s, this is, to my mind, more of a keeping Dee’s cover on than any sort of real view of Dee. I think what really happened is that Dee was actually working on his Monas Hieroglyphica, which was printed the following year, again at Antwerp. That cannot be a coincidence. Dee presented it to the Emperor Maximilian in 1564 – the very same emperor that Trithmius had been an “adviser” of.

For four hundred years, this could only be read in Latin. Again, I think that was intentional on the part of the successive generations of British slavemasters. It wasn’t published in English until 1947 by J.W. Hamilton-Jones!

Monas was obviously presenting a code, because it consists of the primary symbol itself and the accompanying text of twenty-four Theorems with diagrams. Again, quite similar in many ways to Gustavus and Trithmius.

The key for Monas is alleged to be an oral explanation by Dee, and is apparently lost. However, I think that it could be decrypted in a similar fashion as the gentleman who decrypted the supposedly purely “occult” 3rd book of Gustavus – which we’re about to get into.

Dee has been defamed through the centuries as a necromancer, but Monad Hieroglyphica (1564) was actually a cover for covert operations carried on in the name of her majesty, underneath his handler, William Cecil.

The 007 was the insignia number that Elizabeth/Cecil were to use for private communiques between her Court and Dee.

Dee signed his letters with two circles symbolising his own two eyes and indicating that he was the secret eyes of the Queen. The two circles are guarded by what may be considered a square root sign or an elongated seven. A “sacred” number to Dee.


The Steganographica tells us a lot about the type of codes that Cecil and Dee were interested in, and what kind of cover they were prone to liking it to have.

It contains a system of Angelic magic (code name for it’s cryptography system) and instructions for conjuring spirits and gaining knowledge of happenings in far away parts of the world. If you really think about that, it’s as plain as the nose on your face that it’s talking about reporting on events far away, in writing. Spy code, in other words.

Even though the book is Latin, which I’m just a little rusty on, you can tell from this sampling of images from the book that I put together, that it is very obviously merely a code-teaching manual complete with mathematical tables and charts and symbols.

Steganographia- spirit code p 17

Steganographia- p 67

Steganographia- spirit code p 18

Steganographia- code tables

The book was designed so that the codes and ciphers described in the first section of the book must be used to read the second section on angelic magick. One author, who solved the codes in Book III recently, described it like this:

Trithemius’ masterpiece works like our modern interactive games. The reader has absorbed the mind-set or worldview of the book by the time the important information is reached.

…a solution to the stylistic problem that all authors of cryptographic exposition have to solve: how to sustain the reader’s interest through example after example of usually tedious plain texts, possibly tedious explanations of cryptographic techniques, and always tedious cipher texts? Trithemius’s use of angel language might thus be a rhetorical strategy to engage the reader’s interest.

Here’s an example –

In Books I and II the way of sending a secret message is:

write an innocent cover letter on a piece of paper, invoke (with proper ritual) angelic help by reciting such words as:

Padiel aporsy mesarpon omeuas peludyn malpreaxo. Condusen,
vlearo thersephi bayl merphon, paroys gebuly mailthomyon ilthear
tamarson acrimy lon peatha Casmy Chertiel, medony reabdo,
lasonti iaciel mal arti bulomeon abry pathulmon theoma

[Steganographia, Book I, chap. 2, p. 8.]

A spirit messenger or two will turn up. Hand over the cover letter. On receipt of the cover letter one’s correspondent goes through similar angelic ritual, with similar but different magical words, and straight away he knows the sense of the secret message.

Solved: The Ciphers in Book III of Trithemius’s Steganographia by Jim Reeds, A T&T Labs Research Florham Park, New Jersey, 26 March 1998

The decryption key to the first two volumes, was actually published in 1606. Once the books themselves had been printed, within a year the Catholic Church had placed the books on the Index Librorum Prohibitorum in 1609 for being a “magic book”, and as a “protection of the faithful” from dangerous ideas.

A letter from of 1509, from the alchemist and numerologist Charles de Bouelles to Germain de Ganay (also interested in alchemy, and a correspondent of Trithemius’s), managed to appear during all this. The letter described a 1504 visit to Trithemius, who had shown Bouelles his Steganographia. Shocked by the strange names of spirits or demons, Bouelles asserted that the book should be burned and that Trithemius must have consorted with demons. This letter was allegedly published in 1510, and with a bang! the invention of the “occult” was pinned on Trithmius books.

As a side note to illustrate the obsession with controlling information that all slavemasters have, this book remained prohibited for just short of three hundred years!

For centuries it has been promoted that the third volume in the set was solely about magic. However, recently it has been proven that it was just more covertexts.

Covertexts – coded messaging about a supposed subject, that subject actually being the code itself.

An example – the preface to the Polygraphia establishes, the everyday practicability of cryptography as a “secular consequent of the ability of a soul specially empowered by God to reach, by magical means, from earth to Heaven“.

See how that works? It looks like it’s talking about spirit travel/communication, but that is the code.

Here’s some examples of some symbols being taught as a cipher/cryptogram, as well as an equation code.





I thought I might also include this rather interesting depiction on the cover of Book II, which looks to me to be a reference to both “work” time now (which is what the second book is, using what one has learned in the first Book) as well as a reference to “breaking” the code.

Steganographia- book 2 interesting symbol

The Clavis, aka the Key, was published simultaneously as Book III in 1606.

The Clavis explained, in baldest cook-book fashion, how the ciphers of Books I and II of the Steganographia worked. The incantations were actually encrypted instructions for concealing a secret message within the cover letters. To read out the secret meaning of either, one selects a special subsequence of the letters, such as every other letter of every other word.

Solved: The Ciphers in Book III of Trithemius’s Steganographia by Jim Reeds, A T&T Labs Research Florham Park, New Jersey, 26 March 1998

Take the incantation we looked at earlier –

Padiel aporsy mesarpon omeuas peludyn malpreaxo. Condusen,
vlearo thersephi bayl merphon, paroys gebuly mailthomyon ilthear
tamarson acrimy lon peatha Casmy Chertiel, medony reabdo,
lasonti iaciel mal arti bulomeon abry pathulmon theoma

And you get this:

padiel aPoRsY mesarpon oMeUaS peludyn mAlPrEaXo …


By the way –

You can see another meaning for what Francis Bacon said, published just one year before this decryption key was released –

Di mentira, y sacar as verdad:

“Tell a lie and find a truth.”

~ Francis Bacon, student of Dr. Dee ~

The Advancement of Learning
originally published 1605, resurrected in 1893


The “lie” being the covertext of angelic magic, the “truth” being the decoded text.

spock fascinating

I think Bacon produced the Clavis – as it was not actually written by Trithmius.

It’s also important to understand that at the time of the printing of the Steganographia in 1609, Book III only contained a preface and just a single truncated chapter, in striking contrast to the dozens of chapters found in the earlier books.

Book III of the Steganographia was reproduced again 15 years later, when Duke August II of Braunschweig-Luneburg published his monumental work on cryptography, the Cryptomenytices, under the pseudonym Gustavus Selenus. He couldn’t figure out the code in Book III! He also publicized the information in the Clavis, reorganizing the information to make it clearer.

You can see Book III for yourself at the internet archive. It contains cryptograms, and just like in the first two books, they are disguised and presented using the covertext of angelic magic.

Steganographia book III - 1608

Closeup of the different symbolized image representing this book –


Book III teaches a different cryptographic technique: letters are represented by numbers instead of being hidden within a larger mass of letters as in Books I and II; the numbers are disguised as astronomical data.

As in the previous books, the text of Book III can be understood as an description of the cryptographic process only if interpreted figuratively. For these reasons it seems safe to conclude that the author’s intent and method of exposition is uniform throughout the Steganographia, and that only at the level of technical details (spirit names and attributes at the occult level, numbers of letters to skip or letter-to-number equivalents at the cryptographic level) is there any variation.

Solved: The Ciphers in Book III of Trithemius’s Steganographia by Jim Reeds, A T&T Labs Research Florham Park, New Jersey, 26 March 1998

So that you can see what he is talking about, here are a couple examples from Book II –

Steganographia- p 247



Steganographia- book II

As compared to these from Book III –





You can easily see that Book 3 has focused on star-names and angel-names (with assigned numbers) as the basis for the code Trithmius is teaching here.

At this point I’m going to start excerpting passages from Dr. Reeds juxtaposed with actual images from Book III so you can see it in action, plus if you want, learn the code yourself!

The book tells us that Trithmius created the declamatio source of Menastor – this means that although he is the source, he is pretending that a fictional philosopher invented the code.

In Latin –

Inueni in quodam libro cuiusdam antiqui Philosphi, qui dictus est Menastor,
esse possibile, ut quadam arte mentis nostrae conceptum amico notum
faciamus, quantumlibet absenti, in 24. horis, sine verbis, ne libris, & sine
nuncio, perfectissime, latisssime & secretissime.

In English – (loosely translated by Google)

I found it in a book of the ancient philosopher, who was called Menastor, to be possible, as is well known, a friend, a kind of art, the concept of our mind. Let us do, is not present, no matter how, in the 24 hours, without words, but not the books, and without news, perfectly latisssime & secret.

Trithemius warns the reader that he will express himself obscurely in this book, including a little diatribe about those danged “turnip eaters”. Thick-skinned Turnip Eaters with dull intellects…

This I did that to men of learning and men deeply engaged in the study of magic, it might, by the Grace of God, be in some degree intelligible, while on the other hand, to the thick-skinned turnip eaters (imperitis Rapophagis) it might for all time remain a hidden secret, and be to their dull intellects a sealed book forever.

Thick-skinned turnip eaters with dull intellects – hmm. I just can’t imagine who that is referring to.

whistling girl

Considering that works like this (Steganographia) were commissioned by “nobles” at this time – see earlier section about patronage – this particular slur is aimed at those “hordes” of common people, a particularly favorite view of humanity by the falsely superior slavemasters.

You see, back at this time, representations of social value (hierarchal) in both literature and art were pretty consistently attached to food. For example, the coarse grains and vegetables grown in the garden were given the negative symbolic value as compared to the meats and fishes that had to be actively captured and prepared for consumption by the nobility.

This is why we get peasants positioned with comical names like “turnip-eater” (Rubenschlund in German).

So, Trithmius is saying that anyone who can’t figure out that this book isn’t really about “conjuring” spirits? Must be a peasant with dull intellect.

aka – turnip eater


The code itself is entirely based on the seven planets and twenty-one spirits. The preface gets continued later in the book, and page 162 has a table, which Dr. Reeds calls the Preface Table.

Pages from IohannisTrithemiiSteganographia book III-3

The top portion of the table lists 21 spirit names, grouped by threes under their governing planets.

For each spirit there are three numbers:

1. the first of which is always a multiple of 25 –

2. the next of which is exactly 12 less than the first –

3. the third of which is always exactly 24 less than the first.

The bottom portion has four lines. Each of these lines has two spirit names and then four numbers, except for the last, which has three numbers.

This time [meaning not like in Books I and II] there is no simple arithmetic relationship between the numbers in a row, but the second number is always 20.

Solved: The Ciphers in Book III of Trithemius’s Steganographia by Jim Reeds, A T&T Labs Research Florham Park, New Jersey, 26 March 1998

I’ll let you absorb that for a minute, while you compare what he said to the image.


Ok, ready?

Moving on –

The data in that chart was to be taken as generally descriptive of the entire technique of Book III. The preface promises seven chapters in all, one per planet, from Saturn to the Moon.

Chapter 1 begins on page 164. Its subject is how, with Saturn’s help, we can secretly communicate with or without letters to a friend who shares our knowledge of the techniques. The chapter lays out general information first, then specifics.

Example –


Much of the general information is contained in four tables of planetary data. Each of three examples is accompanied by a table of its own. For convenience of reference I have labeled these seven Tables A through G.

Unlike the Preface Table, Tables A through G lack row-and-column organization.

Instead, the data is assembled into columns or column segments…

The tables present the appearance of newspaper clippings pinned to a board: each clipping (column segment) has a clear enough succession of lines (data items) but clippings next to each other on
the board are not perfectly aligned.

Almost all of the data items within the columns are two- and three-digit numbers, but occasionally a word or astronomical symbol appears there, too.

The columns are often headed with what are obviously labels (sometimes words, sometimes astronomical symbols) and other labels occur next to the column segments.

Most of the tables appear very cluttered because in addition, what appears to be copy-editors’ printing instructions for color of ink have somehow ended up in the printed text. These take the form of large German letters, either \S” or \R”, or spelled out, \Schw.” and \Roth” next to each column segment and each label, together with very large curly brackets typically spanning the length….

Example –


The first table for Chapter 1 is very important, called the punctualis table.

punctualis table stegonographia book 3 chapter 1

Dr. Reeds tell us:

Chapter 1 explains that one must know everything that astronomy ordinarily teaches about planetary motion: pure motion, proper motion, mixed, direct, retrograde, and perplexed.

But one also needs the added detail found in the first of the data tables, the tabula punctualis of pages 166 and 167, which I call Table A.

After a page or so of text insisting that utmost care and precision be used in applying Table A, it turns out that A applies only when Saturn is in the ascendant, and that Table B (tabula prima, page 169)

tells what to do when Saturn isn’t. Immediately following B are Tables C (marked plain tabula, page 170) and D (marked Motus planetarum purus, page 171).

Trithmius tells that reader that in order to practice this message-sending art one must perform calculations of great intricacy:

And unless one be thoroughly experienced in all these operations
and know perfectly the mean motions of the planets themselves
as also the smallest punctual divisions arising from the quarters,
thirds, seconds, minutes, and degrees, which are all unequal and
most minutely subdivided, he may easily fall into real errors and
will hardly escape without grave peril.

But, if you have read and understood everything, Trithemius promises at the top of page 175 that it all works.

To send a message without writing (called sine scriptis) which really means without normal writing, then you perform the special calculations appropriate to the current astronomical situation and perform a ritual involving two pieces of paper, one with the calculations and the other with “the concept of your mind, whatever it is that you wish your distant friend to know.

Now you are ready to encode your message, see, in other words you don’t write down your message, you just have it in your mind. What “appears” on the paper (based on your caluclations) is the coded version – the sine scriptis.

The rest of the chapter is arranged into three examples, each with its own section heading and its own table.

The first of these, headed De primo Angelo Saturni, qui est principalis, & vocatur Oriel, qui primam quartam Saturni obseruat, starts on page 175.

The astronomical calculations appropriate to the day of writing, 28 April 1500, are presented on page 176.


The variations on the ritual appropriate to Oriel are discussed: they involve pictures of Oriel and of your distant friend, and a “movable vessel which the wise men of India call a pharnat alronda.” – whatever that meant.

Dr. Reeds tells us that the answer to this code literally just appeared in his mind – a lucky guess, he called it.

…Somehow, a lucky guess formed in my mind.

My guess had several parts: the cipher was numerical (this was easy, since the numerical tables in Book iii were the only obvious places to put a cipher text), the tables were to be read in columns vertically, and the Preface Table was a form of key.

…looked at the numerical tables in the main part of Book iii, transcribing as best I could the numerical data in the columns, transposing it as I went so each column in the original became a row.

I rigorously excluded all data not appearing in columns, including column headings.

Here, and in all the following examples, I put a / sign in place of any nonnumerical data. I have given each transcribed column a name in parentheses…

He took the tabula punctualis

punctualis table stegonographia book 3 chapter 1

and did this to it:

(A1) / 644 650 629 650 645 635 646 636 632 646 639 634 641 642
649 642 648 638 634 647 632 630 642 633 648 650 655 626 650

(A2) 638 633 635 642 632 640 637 643 638 634 / 669 675 654 675
670 660 675 661 651 671 664 659 666 667 674 667 673 663 659

(A3) 672 657 655 667 658 673 675 660 651 675 669 663 658 660
667 637 665 662 668 663 659 / 694 700 679 700 695 685 696 686

(A4) 632 696 689 684 691 692 699 692 698 688 684 697 682 680
692 683 698 700 685 676 700 694 688 683 685 602 682 690 687

(A5) 688 684 / 719 725 704 725 720 710 721 711 707 721 714 709
716 717 724 717 723 713 709 722 707 705 717 708 723 725 710

(A6) 701 725 719 713 708 710 717 707 715 712 718 713 709 / 641
642 649 646 635 24 644 646 633 635 632 631 646 635 18 643

(A7) 642 639 633 643 / 657 665 674 21 672 667 671 18 654 656
671 666 670 671 23 / 681 700 685 683 19 682 689 684 696

(A8) 685 17 693 696 692 690 691 692 698 693 696 696 720 707
710 17 722 721 710 10 712 713 710 708 721 714 725 715 721 714

Looking at the punctualis table again, he noticed:

I noticed that the four intrusive non-numerical data items, marked with / signs in the first five columns …the astronomical sign for Saturn, and the words greek_words_punctualis_steganographia spelled out in Greek were regularly spaced:they divided the first 160 numbers into four blocks of exactly 40 numbers each.

Moreover, almost all the numbers in the first block of 40 were in the numerical range 626 – 650, almost all those in the second block were in the numerical range 651 – 675, those in the third block in the range 676 – 700, and those in the fourth block in the range 701 – 725.

That the latter three of these ranges appeared in the first three rows of the Preface Table encouraged me.

Look at the first three rows of Oriel on Preface table –

Pages from IohannisTrithemiiSteganographia book III-3

See what he’s referring to?

Dr. Leeds then wrote these four blocks of 40 numbers each, the first 160 numbers in A1 through A5, in four rows of 40, one underneath the other, in order to see if there was any parallelism or similarity of structure between the blocks, as follows (showing the first 10 numbers in each row):

(R1) 644 650 629 650 645 635 646 636 632 646…
(R2) 669 675 654 675 670 660 675 661 651 671…
(R3) 694 700 679 700 695 685 696 686 632 696…
(R4) 719 725 704 725 720 710 721 711 707 721…

He then figured out:

…that with only a few exceptions the numbers in R2 are 25 greater than the corresponding numbers in R1, that those in R3 are 25 greater than the corresponding entries in R2 and 50 greater than those of R1, and so on.

That is, each of the columns of this diagram forms a little arithmetic progression, incrementing by 25s.

Reading horizontally, the pattern in R1 was repeated in R2 but with an additive offset of 25, in R3 with an offset of 50, and in R4 with an offset of 75.

In cryptanalysts’ jargon, when I wrote the data out “on a width of 40,” I discovered repetition “in depth,” with additive offsets which were multiples of 25.

At this point, Dr. Reeds still didn’t know if there was a cipher present, but he suspected there was. He figured that if he knew how to read those parts of the text encoded with numbers in the range 626 through 650, I could probably use the same recipe to read
those parts encoded with numbers in the range 651 through 675: simply subtract 25 from each number, and proceed as before.

But he still had to figure out what kind of cipher it was. He decided to try out the simplest possible cipher he could imagine applying to the 40 numbers that are in R1:

(R1) 644 650 629 650 645 635 646 636 632 646…

would be a “monoalphabetic,” substitution, but using numbers. Numbers for letters, in other words.

The first step of solution is to prepare a frequency count of how many times each cipher symbol occurs. Of the 40 numbers in R1, 39 were in the range from 626 through 650. Their frequency count was:

626 1 631 636 1 641 1 646 2
627 632 3 637 1 642 4 647 1
628 633 2 638 3 643 1 648 2
629 1 634 3 639 1 644 2 649 1
630 1 635 2 640 1 645 1 650 4

which seemed uneven enough to be consistent with a Latin or German plain text.

He took the passage where Trithmius referred to “retrograde” to be a clue of that the cipher used a reverse alphabet.

“Thus if you wish to operate in Steganography … you must first of all acquaint yourself with his [Saturn’s] various and diverse motions; and first the various motions, pure, proper, mixed, direct, retrograde and perplexed.”

A few minutes of experimentation then showed Reeds that a reversed 22-letter alphabet seemed to suit that frequency distribution well (with letters_steganographia_book_3 being stand-in names for the three letters past Z).

He applied this to the 40 letters of R1, ending up with this:


Meaningless as it was to him, he thought it very similar to the language of the conjurations in Books I and II Steganographia. With a little more playing around with the numbering system, he produced a significant piece of text that seems to me to be a mix of Latin and German.

The funniest thing about all of this, is that far from being a “coded ancient knowledge” of how to conjure spirits, when you decode the text you get things as banal as this:

brenger dis bries ist ein boser schalg und ein dieb

which means something like …

bringer of this letter is a bad rogue and a thief.

Another one that Reeds decoded was the Latin equivalent of ”The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog” — a sentence that used every letter of the alphabet. A third was the start of the 21st Psalm. As you can see, hardly a demonstration of either telepathy or “spirit messengers”.

The bottom line is that this book teaches numerical substitution ciphers, with multiple numerical equivalents supplied for each plain text letter. Hence the “put this in a vessel” and “put that in a vessel” rituals – see what that really means?

The cipher is actually used in a piece-wise way, meaning that you are employing shifting ranges of cipher numbers after every few letters.

I’d like to take a moment and thank Dr. Reeds for his very easy to read paper on this subject. Before I leave off of his work, you might be interested to know that the New York Times actually did an article about this decoding, back in 1998.

Excerpt –

HALF a millennium ago, a German abbot wrote a book on communication with spirits. It gained instant notoriety. The author, Johannes Trithemius, was an adviser to emperors and a leading humanist. But he also was a magician, and his book was couched in the language of the occult. It outraged Renaissance intellectuals who said it showed that Trithemius was a dabbler in demonic magic and that he could conjure up spirits.

Trithemius’s book, volume three of his trilogy, ”Steganographia,” circulated widely in manuscript form for a century before it was published by entrepreneurs in Frankfurt.

Upon publication, it was banned by the Roman Catholic Church and attacked by Protestants. Yet it remained a cult classic, and, to this day, the book is pored over by believers in witchcraft and demons for spells to conjure spirits. Historians cite it as a prime example of 16th-century black magic.

But some people always thought the book was something more — a cleverly disguised code. And now two researchers, from different disciplines and knowing nothing about each other’s work, have broken the code.

– April 14, 1998, New York Times article retrieved December 24, 2014.


Perhaps people might not want to be so prone to believing all the subsequent works that spun off this covertext encryption method – such as the Goetia, and a number of other works that appeared when the British next needed to use code among their agents such as Alistair Crowley.

You can also plainly see that:

There is no such thing as the occult or black magic.


Anyone who tries to tell you otherwise is either a full out intelligence agent, or is just proving to you that they are a turnip eater! (a little Trithmius humor there)

Which one was Crowley – do you think… smiley drumming fingers

aleister-crowleyAlistair Crowley

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Now that you have some understanding about what this Steganographia book was that Dee was all excited about, you can see why he fell over himself getting the news to William Cecil, the Spymaster.

It’s because…

Spies have to communicate to their handler

Spies have to communicate to their handler

spy corner gadgets

As it has always been for such as these. If they couldn’t communicate what they had learned to their handlers, all would be for naught, right?

And that – communication – is their weakest point and how they usually get caught by the enemy.


It still is that way.


Therefore, since obviously these people did not have agents/handlers who could actually engage in operational telepathy, a useful (but distant second) method of shielding their communications would be codes, ciphers, and cryptograms.

A good, not-easy-to-break code would be invaluable to a man like Cecil. I’m sure it doesn’t come as much of a surprise to you that Cecil and Dee taught it to Francis Bacon.

Bacon was not kidding around at all when he said:

“Tell a lie and find a truth.”


Dee’s Book of Spirits

By the time Francis Walsingham had been posted as Secretary of State (spymaster) by Cecil in 1573, Dee’s cryptography findings were well in use. Banks of secretaries were employed to encrypt and decrypt all letters deemed necessary (which was most of them). Other systems of cryptography were used, but the most complicated ones were handled by specialist cryptographers, of which Dee was one and Mr. Phillipes was another. Dee, however, was Mr. Big though, when it came to cryptography.

On the afternoon of August 11, 1582 there was an entry in Dee’s journal that they met at Mortlake. Bacon was 21 years old at the time and was accompanied by that very cryptographer I just mentioned, Mr. Phillipes.

Dee was headed out on mission, and Walsingham needed Bacon and Phillipes to talk about Dee’s getting some information about the “ancient” Hebrew art of the Gematria – a cipher system. Dee also did a Lampados Tradis – he educated Bacon about the key.

The key to Book III of the Steganographica – which no one had been able to figure out, making it a very secure code and highly guarded as to who gets to know how to use it..

Dee left shortly thereafter, hooking up with sidekick Mr. Kelly to “scry angels”. This was his cover while at court in Prague. Dee recorded his “magical experiments” that were actually coded messages.

His later book details revelations from the spirits in the form of Enochian magic.


We know what that means now, don’t we.


These revelations included covertexts/codes such as the Holy Table, a wax seal called the “Sigillum Dei Aemeth“, a Lamen formed from the names of the “Heptarchic” Kings and Princes, a magic Ring, and seven tables of letters, forming the basis of the Tabula Bonorum and Tabula Collecta. The revelations also included information on 49 Good Angels, Liber Logaeth, and the Angelic Alphabet. They also received the Tablet of Nalvage, the Liber Scientiae, the elemental Tablets and Tablet of Union, and the 48 Enochian Calls.

Dr. Dee wrote the following passing relating to the geometrical figure of a cross:

And I will not hide from you a further memorable mystagogy: consider that our Cross, containing so many ideas, conceals two further letters if we examine carefully their numerical virtues after a certain manner, so that, by a parallel method following their verbal force with this same Cross, we recognise with supreme admiration that it is from here that LIGHT is derived (LVX), the final word of the magistery, by the union and conjunction of the Ternary within the unity of the Word.(Theorem 17)

That orange highlighted part is your code hint, the rest is just fluff basically, but it’s a good example of Dee employing the Steganographica techniques.

Richard Kelley (fake name, real name Talbot) approached John Dee in 1582. From 1582 to 1589 Dee and Kelley pretended to contact angels with the Richard being the scryer, or crystal-gazer to “heal the rift of Christendom”.

Again, this was a cover to infiltrate the Hapsburg Empire and various other courts. It was also a cover for discoveries and claiming of new and uncharted lands for England.

Rudolph II’s Hapsburg court was one of their main targets, and in Prague, Dee also worked with Rabbi Judah Loew ben Bezalel to foster further esoteric propaganda (while really working on the Gematria spy code) such as the Kabbala.

Dee came under numerous attacks by insane bible-thumpers of all varieties, but it was a good cover that he had. Sort of the Elizabethan equivalent of the later MI6 manuals’ instructions to their agents to “act like an ass” as a cover.

You know – a “Oh, he’s just a kooky wizard.” kind of thing.

I’m scrying angels. – Dr. Dee


Oh sure, that’s what he was doing.

Come on…

come on!

Up to a hundred years later, Dee was still being “attacked” as an occultist, a conjuror of demons, and in league with Satan thereby.

An interesting attempt to present (and very accurately too) that Dee’s spirits book was really just a code, was done by Dr. Robert Hooke in 1690.

From Dr. Robert Hooke‘s address to the Royal Society – he was a member – given on 11 June 1690 concerning Dr. Dee’s book –A True & Faithful Relation of What Passed for Many Yeers between Dr. John Dee and Some Spirits, published in 1659.

To come to the Book itself. Upon turning it over and comparing several Particulars, it one with another, and with the writings of the said Dr. Dee, and considering also the History of the Life, Actions and Estate of the said Author, so far as I can be informed, I do conceive that the greatest part of the said Book, especially the Names, Speeches, Shews (Shows or Signs), Noises, Clothing, Actions and the Prayers and Doxologies et cetera are all CRYPTOGRAPHY, and that some parts of that which seems to be a Journal of his VOYAGE and Travels into several parts of Germany are also Cryptographical. That is, that under those feigned stories, which he there seems to relate as matters of fact, he hath concealed Relations of quite a different thing. ” (translated from early English)

Hooke also said that Dee’s accounts of “seances” with angels were in fact, examples of cryptography, and that Dee was:

a very extraordinary Knowing Man of his time, and not to be supposed capable of such incoherent ridiculous fancies as are in appearance contained in that Book.

Remember what Bacon, Dee’s student said:

the more discordant, therefore, and incredible the divine mystery is…”

Scrying angels certainly comes under that heading. <cough>

Dr. Hook also brought up the obvious relationship of Dee’s book to the Steganographica as well, pointing out that many have not even seen that, or even considered the relationship therein.

Hooke –

“The greater part of the book-especially all that which relates to the Spirits and Apparitions, together with names, speeches, prayers, etc. are all cryptography, and …some parts also of that which seems to be a Journal of his Voyages and Travels into several parts of Germany are also cryptographic – that is, under those feigned stories, he hath concealed relations of quite another thing that he [Dee] made use of this way of absconding it that he might more securely escape discovery, if he should fall under suspicion as to the true designs of his travels, or that the name should fall into the hands of any spies as such might betray him or his intentions. …The Book of Enoch was only for cryptographic use ….The method was so like Trithemius that it could be transcribed by analogy thereto. There are many plain instances of cryptography.”


Hooke, in An Ingenious Cryptographical System tells us that John Marr (a mathematician and geometrician) said that Dee’s book contained “a most ingenious cipher or series of ciphers for conveying secret information.”

This system enabled a person to:

  • set out a secret message in what purported to be a confrontation between himself and spiritual creatures
  • move objects resembling pieces of a game of chess so that each move gave an item of information – called Enochian Chess

The System was further simplified in that the Enochian alphabet consisted of “onlie twenty-one letters, a mightily useful economie to the cryptographer.

Hooke decodes one of the messages in Dee’s book –

Using the recording of a psychadelic or magical vision reported by Dee during June 1583, he showed that this was actually a coded intelligence message informing Francis Walsingham – posted by Cecil as spymaster in 1573 – that Mary, Queen of Scots (the “wicked Queen”) had rejected her plan for launching an invasion of Scotland, and now intended to make friends with Elizabeth by associating herself with her son, James.

Reference consulted for the above: ENOCHIAN CHESS Book One: Foundations

Dee and his “scryer” sidekick Kelly, can be much more easily understood if one simply sees that their behavior was actually part of an intelligence mission that BOTH men were willingly engaging in, and using the cover of the kooky mystic/occult dynamic duo.

Sort of like Jay and Silent Bob in the movie Dogma – that’s Dee and Kelly.


movies film jay and silent bob kevin smith dogma

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Well, now that you know what all this “occult” business is really, I suspect it may give you pause about the many later manifestations of this intelligence code, and make you think twice about what you see or read about the occult or magic.

That’s a good thing.

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