A most warm welcome back, dear reader, to this, our final episode in the Shakespeare saga series. And what a journey it’s been. From London to Stratford-upon-Avon, to the great pyramids of Giza in Egypt and back again, all the while deciphering codes and hidden messages in monuments and sonnets alike. The name Edward-de-Vere was revealed in the 19-column sonnet grid, a method of encoding called a Cardano Grille. The Cardano Grille just so happened to be Francis Bacon’s preferred method of hiding secret messages.

We’ve found links to the Pythagorean Mystery schools, the Templars and the Freemasons. We followed the white rabbit to reveal insanely complex trigonometry that gave us some mysterious coordinates to investigate, leading us to find the great pyramid of Giza for the second time.

Now, onto unpicking locks, or perhaps locating a master key would serve us better?

So, over to our trusty sonnet title page we go to see what has been staring us in the face all along. This one is about to get a tad visual as we delve into the symbology, so, I shall let the images take over, as these symbols speak more than a thousand words.

Let’s start with our two circles…

Remember these two? The smaller circle was found by Alan Green via the four triangles hidden within the dots using Thales’ Theorem. The larger circle was found when we created a pentagon, by following the lines of the texts, as illustrated in the clips “Follow the White Rabbit” parts one and two.

Look at what happens when we overlay these two circles from their central point…

The smaller circle nestles perfectly inside the larger circle to the Phi ratio of 1.618. The 1.618 ratio is expressed in the Fibonacci sequence, 1,2,3,5,8,13, etc. Otherwise known as the golden ratio, it appears everywhere in nature, including the human body. The Greeks found this divine proportion to be most aesthetically pleasing and used it in their architecture and sculpture with remarkably impressive results. The 1.618 ratio is also encoded into the dimensions of the Great Pyramid of Giza.

Squaring the circle.

In sacred geometry terms, squaring the circle is a way of expressing the connection between man and God, where earth and heaven meet. The square represents the earth, with four sides relating to the four cardinal directions. The larger circle represents God, a circle being infinite, with no beginning or end. The Hermetic teachings propagate the divinity of mankind. John Dee followed these teachings and believed unequivocally that mankind is a projection of a creator god source and therefore is divine.

Man is a marvel,
due honor and reverence.
He takes on the attributes of the gods,
as if he were one of their number.

He is familiar with the gods,
because he knows he springs
from the same source.
He raises reverent eyes to heaven above, 
and tends the Earth below.
He is blessed by being the intermediary.

Excerpt from The Hermetica:
The Lost Wisdom of the Pharos – by Timothy Freke and Peter Gandy 

These teachings had to be kept quiet at the time for fear of execution for heresy. Leonardo DaVinci was clearly following the Hermetic teachings in his time too. He encoded his beliefs within his famous Vitruvian Man, only DaVinci had placed his square off center to disguise his blasphemous beliefs. He too would have met a gruesome demise had his true faith been discovered.

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Leonardo daVinci – Vitruvian Man, showing the divine proportion of the human body, also expressed as the golden ratio 1.618.

John Dee made his own version of the Vitruvian man, but his version, although simple and sparce in design, was way more intricate and complex. Encoding the building blocks of the cosmos and its alchemical components, he called it the Hieroglyphic Monad.

John Dee’s Hieroglyphic Monad

It’s doesn’t look like much, does it? But within this here Monad, an abundance of symbols are encoded, involving alchemy, numerology, keys to drawing sacred geometry and more. Such a long list it is, that John Dee wrote a manuscript to accompany this glyph entitled, The Monas Hieroglyphica. It’s an enlightening read, where Dee dissects this exquisitely layered and intricately insightful glyph. Would we expect anything less from this meticulous mastermind?

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The Monad depicts the sun and the moon. The sun is the whole circle with a dot in the center, the moon a semi-circle to represent its changing phases. Note the sun and moon are the same size. Dee states he has drawn them from man’s perspective as seen from the Earth.

Why did Dee choose to comprise his Monad of 7 components? As we know, the triple Tao, the ternary, represents the number 3, this symbol gives birth to the quaternary (the number 4) in the shape of the fourth T. The number 4 represents man as the divine creation of the Holy Trinity. The Holy Trinity creates man in its divine image, so as to make up the four: Father, Son, Holy Spirit, and man, shown in the images below.

So, we have a ternary and a quaternary, 3 plus 4 equals 7, making 7 a representation of man and God co-creating together. Thus, the Monad has 7 parts: 1) circle, 2) semi-circle, 3) dot in center of the circle, 4) arms and 5) body that together form the holy cross, 6) and 7) the two semi circles at the bottom of the glyph, made up from the alchemical symbols of Jupiter and Saturn.

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Diagram showing one way of breaking down the components of the Monad, there are many more.

Excerpt from John Dee’s Monas Hieroglyphica:

From our Theorems XII and XIII it may be inferred that celestial astronomy is the source and guide of the inferior astronomy. Before we raise our eyes to heaven, kabbalistically illuminated by the contemplation of these mysteries, we should perceive very exactly the construction of our Monad as it is shown to us not only in the LIGHT but also in life and nature, for it discloses explicitly, by its inner movement, the most secret mysteries of this physical analysis. We have contemplated the heavenly and divine functions of this celestial Messenger, and we now apply this co-ordination to the figure of the egg.

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John Dee placed his Monad glyph within an egg shape, he labeled it the “Hermetic Seal of London”.

John Dee also correlates his Monad to the Sigillum Dei Aemeth or the Sigil of God. Its origins are elusive. The first known use of this sigil was in the 13th century, so, it predates Dee. It is speculated the sigil derives from an earlier manuscript in Dee’s extensive collection of rare and sought after texts. The Sigillum Dei Aemeth is comprised of 2 circles, a pentagram and 3 heptagons. Written within the heptagon are the names of 7 archangels: Gabriel, Cafziel, Michael, Satquiel, Raphael, Anael and Amael. Inscribed around the edge are the 72 Latin letters believed to be the name of God. Dee inscribed this sigil onto disks made of wax and used them as talismans in his esoteric endeavors.

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A wax engraving of the Sigillum Dei Aemeth, inscribed by John Dee himself.
Original image – Secret Historian

In the simplified image below, notice the convergence points where this Monad glyph meets the lines in the heptagrams and the circle of the sigil. They give reference markers in order to draw the sigil itself, making the Monad the key to the sigil as well as the key to the cosmos. The Monad looks innocent enough to be displayed in plain sight, overlooked by many, understood by those few in the know.

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So, there we have it! The hidden treasure that we have all been seeking, in a nutshell, is the knowledge that mankind is divine and honored by a creator god, as an intermediary between Heaven and Earth. This is an ancient belief held by mankind, lost over time and taught to few. We find evidence of these teachings in the likes of the mystery schools, the Hermetica, the Kabbala and the early Gnostic groups to name but a few. These enlightened groups encoded their divine understandings in sacred geometry, paintings, sculpture, literature and architecture. Where will it turn up next, I wonder?

Now that we have a deeper understanding of the minds of the code makers, their beliefs and the methods they used, we have a better idea of what to look out for. These groups of secret keepers were prolific in their works, spanning across empires and generations, leaving a trail of treasure hunts in their wake. Deeper layers of encoded clues await the curious truth seeker. We will continue to elucidate this topic and more in the Enigma Realm Channel on Telegram. Click the link below to join.

It’s been a pleasure and a privilege to be able to share this information. Much gratitude to all for their interest. I shall return with other trails to follow soon. Until next time, happy treasure hunting.

Adieu for now.

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