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  1. Two things:

    1) You mention a "love story." Sarah Winchester lost the love of her life - along with her infant daughter - several years before she began construction.

    2) The "Spiderweb Window" is part of a tryptic (the other two not shown here). It's called a Palladian Window - named after the Italian Renaissance architect Andera Palladio. (Brunelleschi is thought to have actually invented it.) I've read Palladio's work... but that's beside the point. Palladian Window: Everything You Need to Know

    It's a visually satisfying shape. This image is from a Georgian building.

    Mrs. Winchester's Palladian windows appear everywhere throughout the House. Here are some examples:

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    The following image is one of only about 7 photographs of the house taken during her lifetime, and one of only about five taken before the earthquake. It shows the 7-story tower (subject of a previous post), along with an earlier version of the front gable, and the now-removed inscriptions on the front gate piers. Notice the Palladian window in the center of the image - this feature no longer exists. 

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    Zooming closer, we notice something very interesting, to say the least.

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    It is my personal belief that this is the Spiderweb Window. Why it was placed back into storage after the earthquake is a mystery to me... but notice the two sidelites. Here is the window in its complete condition:

    Pin by Cyn Shrader Hill on Winchester House | Winchester mystery house, Stained glass, House ...

    Unfortunately, one of the sidelites has been carelessly turned upside-down - so, we'll never know which way they were meant to face. (It is also highly probable that the central window has been turned inside-out.)

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  2. Here is a new introduction I wrote to my pamphlet on Sarah Winchester:

     

    A NOTE TO THE READER

    There is an old saying that most people will accept a likely lie to an unlikely truth. In response to this, I offer the following adage: When a theory seems sufficiently improbable, no amount of evidence will sway the public’s opinion. Such is the case of Sarah Winchester.

    In the creation of this pamphlet, I feel the need to begin by thanking all those who have taken it upon themselves to challenge the “haunted house” literature – the story which has been cemented into our collective mind by a deliberate and egregiously clever marketing scheme.

    However, there does exist – at least in my mind – a substantial gap between the rejection of the myth and the realization of what I and many others believe to be Sarah’s true motives.

    Let me explain.

    When I first heard about Mrs. Winchester, in the third grade, I was quick to accept the folklore that has become synonymous with her name. My 8-year-old brain was desperately confused. I loved “spooky” stories, and I ate the legend up. I drew the house from every angle, fascinated with its bizarre design – in particular, its 7-story appearance before the 1906 earthquake.

    At some point, I began to realize how inaccurate the folklore was. The more I thought, the more I began to suspect that something was missing from the age-old story. But without context, I had no idea what this suspicion entailed – or how it would lead me to discover a theory which, despite its seemingly improbable nature, has moved me to write this very article.

    Before I state this theory, I offer one final note to the reader:

    Merriam-Webster’s Online Dictionary defines conspiracy theory as, “a theory asserting that a secret of great importance is being kept from the public.” The term conspiracy theorist is used frequently and without restraint, in various contexts, and is generally regarded as a disrespectful epithet. Many, after hearing what I have to say, would condemn me as one. However, I hold true to my beliefs, and will happily testify to their accuracy.

    M. W. H.

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  3. That's all very fine and good - and in fact, I think you're on to something genius - but perhaps the CENTER GEOMETRIES would align better if the windows were placed at the correct distance apart? Here's a picture of the whole room. Take into account the foreshortening of the perspective. The room was constructed, like Solomon's Temple, entirely without nails. The ceiling coffers and wall panels are held together with square wooden pegs. I like to think the shelves were designed for holding the complete works of Shakespeare/Bacon, but, judging from other Aesthetic Movement rooms of the period, I think it's safer to assume that they held vases/displays of some sort. Wagner (Who I'd die to get on the Forums) has some interesting things to share about the ceiling, with regard to the windows.

    Winchester Mystery House - Two Days in San Francisco

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  4. Notice the Vesicas.

    Act 4, scene 5 of Troilus and Cressida, and Act 5, scene 5 of Richard II. 

    45 = Shakespeare 

    55 = Hiram Abiff. 

    Notice the mirrors which reflect light and knowledge, and the literal "spears" or "staffs" beating the Serpent of Ignorance.

    I like to think that Mrs. Winchester is inviting us to "unclasp" her puzzle.

    There are six POINTS in the first window and five in the second. RIchard Allen Wagner tells us that they are really triangles - triangles that point upward towards the intricate coffered ceiling of the room. But that's for another day... 

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  5. 1 hour ago, Light-of-Truth said:

    I'm impressed!

    Happy Birthday, Marvin! 🙂

    I suspect it will be interesting for us to be part of your life as it evolves. Keep us in your loop! 🙂

     

    Thanks - I will!

    I'm actually not 18 until August.  

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  6. Happy Birthday, Rob!!!

    It's been amazing getting to know you over the past few years! You're a genius - no one can deny that, even if they challenge your beliefs!

    I wish I could devote more time to the forums, but as you will soon see, I've been INSANELY busy. Tomorrow, I have a remarkably exciting piece of news to share with you all - perhaps the most exciting news of my life! (Those of you who've known me a while will no doubt guess what that news is.)

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  7. It's been almost four years since I joined the forums.

    I've learned about the Sonnets Pyramid from Rob. I've enjoyed Yann's cypher videos. I've read Kate's magnificent book. All these people, who I highly respect, have contributed to the community in incredible ways. I've mostly been here to observe and occasionally post my observations. Never have I made a discovery so massive that I had to question its very validity - and never have I been so completely and utterly shocked at my own work.

    It's about Sarah Winchester.

    By now, you're probably sick of hearing me speak about her. It's become kind of an obsession. But obsessions can lead to discoveries.

    Here is a photograph:
     

    A Moving Day - Winchester Mystery House

    This is, of course, Llanada Villa. It was taken circa 1900 from the top of the water tower. How can I place the date? In a newspaper article from 1885, the House is described as having only three stories - meaning the 7-story tower and adjacent deck were constructed sometime between then and 1906, when the earthquake destroyed that portion of the estate. The tower would have taken some time to plan and construct, so I think 1900 is a reasonable assumption for the date.

    Every source of which I'm aware repeats the information that the tower was 7 stories. We can't say this for sure, given that its bottom is obscured in nearly ever image, due to the fact of it being built on many layers of earlier construction. (It should also be noted that only the rooms at the very front of the house occupy consistent levels.) Despite the lack of direct documentation stating the number of floors in the tower, the number 7 has, for some reason, persisted. The House's website mentions a "7-story tower." Numerous articles refer to the House being "7 stories at the highest."

    I think the earliest source to mention the number 7 is Ralph Rambo's arguably sensationalized work, Woman of Mystery, published some time in the 1950's. I have a copy, and I believe it mentions the number. Rambo actually saw the house before the earthquake, and in all likelihood knew something of its layout - so, despite the inaccuracies of his portrayal, it would make sense that everyone since then has quoted him on the number 7. 

    So, why am I saying all this?

    I'll tell you why. I recently started reading The Chymical Wedding of Christian Rosencreutz. The book is so complex and multilayered that I had to look up a summary and interpretation to help my reading process. Although I haven't yet reached it in the narrative, I understand (from all of my research and googling) that much of the book's allegory revolves around a 7-story "Tower of Olympus" - the 7 floors representing the Planets, and, on a deeper level, the sevenfold nature of man. 

    CRC and the party of other "artistes" gradually ascend the 7 floors of the tower with wings, ropes, and a ladder (the ladder being taken by CRC,) observing different rituals on each level. On the 6th floor, CRC and several of his companions are mocked and excluded from the 7th floor, before being taken up a staircase to the attic room, where they are told that in fact, they have been chosen to complete the ceremony. 

    If we are to assume that Sir Francis Bacon authored the third Manifesto, then I believe it is reasonable, (having already established that Llanada Villa is a metaphor for his work,) to assume that Mrs. Winchester's 7-story tower was a visual representation of The Chymical Wedding!

    I suppose we never will know, given that no existing photographs show the interior of this tower, but I wouldn't be surprised if there were murals (ok, maybe not murals) or at least some other architectural features which communicated the message. You don't build a tower for no reason at all, and Sarah Winchester always had a damned good reason for what she did!

     

    I'll follow up on this post with some drawings and sketches of possible floorplans.

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    I find it infuriating that so many well-known conspiracy theorists have labeled their work as "Baconian." Why? Because the greater world can point to them and say, "Look at those Baconians and the sh*t they believe!" Everyone discredits us because of one kook - one kook who had to claim our name as his own. 

    The swastika was once a symbol of peace and unity... that is, until some moron had to flaunt it, and now none of us can ever respectably use it again. I wish we could reclaim the swastika, but I don't see it ever happening. I sincerely hope we can still reclaim the word Baconian.

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  9. There is a hell of a lot of V symbolism in TLOAU. Arti wears a gentleman's suit - note the V-shape of the jacket and the notched lapels, which can be seen as double 7s. The bow tie? M. W. - my first two initials! (Also, 2 Vs!) It's described as ROSE red.

     

     

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  10. Yann -

    You are Amazing. Too amazing, if you ask me...

    I didn't notice the 33 words. Fate?

    Also, I didn't notice the S and W in the constellation. Fate?

    The image is really inspired by the Masonic "Point within a Circle."

    Try extending a line from the central dot through each star and onto the circle of text, and you'll see something quite alarming!

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  11. Hi all!

    I've clearly missed out on some important discussion!

    I wish I could be more active on the forums (and, quite honestly, I probably can)... anyhow, I'll take the time tonight and tomorrow to skim this whole thread and post my thoughts. In the meantime, here's a distinctly Masonic puzzle for you to solve:

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