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  1. I'm not a mason, can anyone explain or comment on these?
  2. The Villard Folio came up in my research- The 13th-century folio of Villard de Honnecourt, an artist connected with cathedral builders in France, includes the following recipe: Retain that which I will tell you. Take leaves of red cabbage, and of avens - this is an herb which one calls 'bastard cannabis.' Take a herb which one calls tansy and hemp - this is the seeds of cannabis. Crush these four herbs so that there is nothing more of the one than of the other. Afterwards you take madder two times more than any one of the four herbs, then you crush it, then you put these five herbs in a pot. And you put white wine to infuse it, the best that you are able to have, being somewhat with care that the potions not be too thick, and that one is able to drink them Villard Folio.pdf
  3. You might like this, the picture that got me started was Leonardo da Vinci's Bacchus, pointing with both hands - you only need two points to indicate a hexagon grid. Norwegian artist Odd Nerdrum confirmed analysis of two paintings. There are many, but I will attach a few good ones. In The Painter's Manual (1525) Dürer wrote: Considering, however, that this is the true foundation for all painting, I have proposed myself to propound the elements for the use of all eager students of Art, and to instruct them how they may employ a system of Measurement with Rule and Compass, and thereby learn to recognize the real Truth, seeing it before their eyes. Michelangelo thought Dürer's reliance on geometry excessive, and is reported by Vasari (The Lives of the Artists, 1550) to have said "It is necessary to keep one's compass in one's eyes and not in the hand, for the hands execute, but the eye judges." “I began from the background, with the architecture. Once the lines were marked out, I called all my figures, one by one, and they came obediently to take their places in the perspective.” Ingres, quoted in Charles Blanc, Ingres, sa vie et ses ouvrages (1870) When you want to draw on a wall, first level the surface and then attach pieces of wood to the legs of a pair of metal compasses, to make them as long as you want, and tie a brush to one end so that you can mark with color the proportions of the figure and describe their halos. When you have marked the proportions of the figure, take some ochre and draw first with a watery solution. - Dionysius of Fourna, Painter's Manual (1730-34) With larger paintings, I wondered how it was done, and realized you would only need a piece of string and chalk; you would just mark the circumference, then chalk up the string and snap it on the canvas, probably on the floor, to get a grid.
  4. Bacon's unorthodox biography (Elizabeth being his mom) fits the mythological hero archetype outlined in Otto Rank's Myth of the Birth of the Hero (1909). That was really the seminal book which prefigured the more famous work of Carl Jung (archetypes) and Joseph Campbell (hero's journey or monomyth). Royal birth, conception in secret, adoption by those of a lesser station, fears that the child will be a danger to the state. These similarities are the more striking, as the myths deal with an abandoned prince who returns to overcome his father; Bacon gave us modern science, the tool with which humanity challenges our common Father. How many heroes are born to virgins? usually royal virgins, the list includes Jesus, Heracles, Perseus, Romulus, Sargon, Theseus, Apollo, Dionysus, Asclepius, Karna, Ion, and Llew Llawgyffes. Rank begins: The prominent civilized nations—the Babylonians and Egyptians, the Hebrews and Hindus, the Persians, the Greeks and the Romans, as well as the Teutons and others—all began at an early stage to glorify their national heroes—mythical princes and kings, founders of religions, dynasties, empires, or cities—in a number of poetic tales and legends. The history of the birth and of the early life of these personalities came to be especially invested with fantastic features, which in different nations—even though widely separated by space and entirely independent of each other—present a baffling similarity or, in part, a literal correspondence. After laying out many different examples, he sums up p.65: The standard saga itself may be formulated according to the following outline: The hero is the child of most distinguished parents, usually the son of a king. His origin is preceded by difficulties, such as continence, or prolonged barrenness, or secret intercourse of the parents due to external prohibition or obstacles. During or before the pregnancy, there is a prophecy, in the form of a dream or oracle, cautioning against his birth, and usually threatening danger to the father (or his representative). As a rule, he is surrendered to the water, in a box. He is then saved by animals, or by lowly people (shepherds), and is suckled by a female animal or by an humble woman. After he has grown up, he finds his distinguished parents, in a highly versatile fashion. He takes his revenge on his father, on the one hand, and is acknowledged, on the other. Finally, he achieves rank and honors. From Wikipedia: Lord Raglan, in 1936, developed a 22-point myth-ritualist Hero archetype to account for common patterns across Indo-European cultures for Hero traditions, following myth-ritualists like James Frazer and S. H. Hooke: 1. Mother is a royal virgin 2. Father is a king 3. Father often a near relative to mother 4. Unusual conception 5. Hero reputed to be son of god 6. Attempt to kill hero as an infant, often by father or maternal grandfather 7. Hero spirited away as a child 8. Reared by foster parents in a far country 9. No details of childhood 10. Returns or goes to future kingdom 11. Is victor over king, giant, dragon or wild beast 12. Marries a princess (often daughter of predecessor) 13. Becomes king 14. For a time he reigns uneventfully 15. He prescribes laws 16. Later loses favor with gods or his subjects 17. Driven from throne and city 18. Meets with mysterious death 19. Often at the top of a hill 20. His children, if any, do not succeed him 21. His body is not buried 22. Has one or more holy sepulchers or tombs
  5. I checked the article in Baconiana and can't tell, is the child in shadow intended to represent Oxford? some say he was the first child of Elizabeth and Leicester.
  6. Does anyone have information or an opinion about whether Bacon wrote Leicester's Commonwealth? I tend to think so. I am working on an article about Bacon and the Rank-Raglan Mythotype, which is sort of a precursor to the more famous work of Carl Jung and Joseph Campbell, where this is relevant.
  7. Farrington has an excellent article about Bacon and the Presocratics, I will attach Bacon and Presocratics.pdf
  8. This is where we have to understand what we are up against. It is a whole worldview. Because Shakespeare has long been seen as a kind of secular scripture, the facts of Bacon's life refute that whole point of view. Born of a virgin, a born king (but not of this world, as it turned out - his library was dukedom enough), prosecuting his rebellious brother who tried to take the throne by force. These parallels with Jesus, and the parallels with the hero archetype outlined in Otto Rank's Myth of the Birth of the Hero and later popularized by Joseph Campbell, they tend to show the reality of God and the truth of Christianity. So anyone who is not Christian - atheists, Jews, and Freemasons in particular - would find this extremely threatening. And indeed it spells their end, insofar as their opinions are concerned.
  9. Wow, great work! But how do you know about William Herbert being a "Grand Master"? and did he do anything worthy of that title? and isn't that kind of grandiloquent title a tad ridiculous? didn't Jesus say "don't be called master or rabbi, you have one master who is Christ"?
  10. Hi all, This is getting into presentable shape, hope you like it. Any feedback or suggestions appreciated. -Ryan Esoteric_Bacon.pdf
  11. This is an interesting book by a Dutch author, this is a translation, very interesting. Lawrence asked me to write a review, I'm busy with a book but if someone else wants to... Jeettie - Don Quixote.pdf
  12. The entry of truth depends on the mind capable to lodge and harbor it. Novum Organum I like better that entry of truth which comes peaceably, as with chalk to mark up those minds which are capable to lodge and harbor such a guest, than that which forces its way pugnacity and contention. De augmentis scientiarum You ought to know concerning the Quintessence, that it is a matter little and small, lodged and harbored in some Tree, Herb, Stone, or the like... The Tomb of Semiramis https://www.alchemywebsite.com/tumba.html This bias, as we think, ought to be counteracted, and these our statements have this scope, (we speak it without reserve), to lead mean willing, not to drag them reluctant. All forcing, (as we from the first professed), we would banish: and as Borgia jestingly noted of the invasion of Italy by Charles the Eighth, that the French had come with chalk in their hand to mark the public-houses, not arms to force their way through the land; so we too anticipate a like pacific tone and result of our discoveries, namely, that they shall segregate minds of large capacity from the crowd, and into these shall make their way, rather than be obnoxious to men of opposite opinions. Interpretation of Nature, Works Montagu Vol. 15 p. 119 French Academy: Hereupon it came that king Charles the eighth easily overran all Italy with chalk, as we used to speak; that is to say that without resistance he sent before to take up his lodging, because they that should have withstood him and were called in to keep the country, did of their own accord take his part.
  13. I wasn't sure where to post this so it's here. This is really interesting and should turn up further discoveries. I've been reading Steve Matthews' book Theology and Science in the Thought of Francis Bacon, which I can't praise highly enough. Evidently a big influence on Bacon was Irenaeus of Lyon; this reminded me of the alchemy texts that went out under the pseudonym Eirenaeus Philalethes. I had suspected Bacon's authorship of these so I went back to look, and the first text The Marrow of Alchemy, 1654, went out under Eirenaeus Philoponus (lover of toil) Philalethes (lover of truth). So I looked up Philoponus and it turns out per Wiki- John Philoponus broke from the Aristotelian–Neoplatonic tradition, questioning methodology and eventually leading to empiricism in the natural sciences. He was one of the first to propose a "theory of impetus" similar to the modern concept of inertia over Aristotelian dynamics. copies of his work, The contra Aristotelem, resurfaced in medieval Europe, through translations from Arabic of his quotes included in the work of Simplicius of Cilicia, which was debated in length by Muslim philosophers such as al-Farabi, Avicenna, al-Ghazali and later Averroes, influencing Bonaventure and Buridan in Christian Western Europe, but also Rabbanite Jews such as Maimonides and Gersonides, who also used his arguments against their Karaite rivals. So Bacon intended for this stuff to be found eventually, the Eugenius Philalethes texts have his signatures all over them and the Eirenaeus Philalethes texts are turning up Bacon grease as well. Prose excellent throughout and the vocabulary matches.
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  15. Is Jake 77th Brigade? They seem keen to keep this under wraps. This could be intentional "cognitive infiltration" in the words of Cass Sunstein, who has written on Bacon and Shakespeare and has advocated infiltrating communities of discourse in order to discredit them or steer them toward unprofitable paths.
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