Ancient Cryptography and the Pattern of Human Religious Archetypes and Pagan Psychology
“It is the opinion of the learned that whenever the ancient sages, whom in the Greek language we call Philosophers, discovered any secret of art or nature, they concealed it through various modes and figures lest the knowledge of it should fall into the hands of the wicked.”
The above quote is from the opening paragraph of Steganographia by Johannes Trithemius. This book is considered one of the great occult works on pagan spiritualism and demonology ever written. Published in 1606, and based on the ancient writings of King Solomon, it would go on to inspire other occult interpretations and translations of those same ancient texts. But Steganographia, and all the occult works which came after may be about much more than mere evil spirits and demons.
“Trithemius' most famous work, Steganographia (written c. 1499; published Frankfurt, 1606), was placed on the Index Librorum Prohibitorum in 1609 and removed in 1900. This book is in three volumes, and appears to be about magic—specifically, about using spirits to communicate over long distances. However, since the publication of a decryption key to the first two volumes in 1606, they have been known to be actually concerned with cryptography and steganography. Until recently, the third volume was widely still believed to be solely about magic, but the "magical" formulae have now been shown to be covertexts for yet more cryptographic content.”
The relationship between occultism, steganography, and cryptography is a massive subject which could fill volumes. The relevance which is the focus of this piece is built around the concept that “spirits” could be used to communicate over long distances. These communications were secured with a “key” to ensure the “transactions” were processed by the intended receiver.
When we further consider that wealth or value, is the accumulation of human time and labor, it is reasonable to define the transfer of that value as a form of communication. The evolution of pre-information age cryptography around the transfer of value, or communication over long distances, to the birth of cryptocurrencies in the early 21st Century, is one worth intense exploration and research. Further consideration will be given to this broad topic.
There are various forms of communication which we seldom understand to be actual forms, or methods, of communication. Whether it be the mental body, emotional body, spiritual body, or material body, all human bodies, or conditions of state, both send and receive communications. These communications take place between the sub-bodies contained within the one unified body, but can also take place between the sub-bodies of different and individual unified bodies. It is more than likely that the highest level, and occurrence, of communication, takes place between the sub-bodies of separate unified bodies. Our inability to become aware of this communication, or manage and evolve it, is one of the greatest challenges which humans need to overcome.
Each of these body states both deposit and debit value through methods of wealth transference which is not sufficiently understood. We build and transfer value within ourselves, but also can transfer the value we build within ourselves outward to others without us even understanding it is happening. Our world is both knowingly and unknowingly built around these unseen methods of communication. The cultures and religious belief systems of the world, as opposed to the religious institutions themselves, though such institutions are structurally developed for the purpose of managing and harnessing these communications, hold and carry these methods of transference within them, as do the human bodies, or conditions of state, themselves.
It is important to hold the images of mentalism, emotionalism, spiritualism, and materialism in “mind” as we progress further into the realm of evil spirits and demons.
British occultist Samuel Liddell MacGregor Mathers published The Lesser Key of Solomon in the 19th Century. It was based on the previous works of Trithemius and brought the works of King Solomon into a new era of occult “enlightenment” and industrialism. Mathers, whose mothers maiden name was Collins, was a Freemason, Rosicrucian, and one-time leader of the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn.
Mathers, who died during the Spanish influenza pandemic of 1918, was once a mentor to famed occultist Aleister Crowley. Crowley would later consider Mathers and enemy and go on to publish his own versions of the “rituals” contained within the Lesser Key of Solomon, but had stated that the magic contained within the rituals could be more associated with human psychology than communication with evil spirits and demons. This is an important distinction to understand as it holds the “key” too much of the cultural and socioeconomic engineering which took place throughout the 20th Century.
There are volumes written about the association between Crowley and the pop culture entertainment industry which sprung up from within his occult rituals and teachings on how they relate to human psychology. Crowley’s form of “Magik” had more to do with the magic of the mind as opposed to an actual communication and harnessing of evil energies and demons. Not discounting the existence of such energies of force without form, but the lack of understanding on such things creates a vacuum which is filled with a lot of fear and even more nonsense which is often the stuff of Hollywood movies and fiction books.
There are definitely certain religious archetypes which have remained consistent throughout human history. These archetypes are cross-cultural and appear across the expanse of time and people in various names with a similar purpose. It’s almost as if the deep human psyche is both a dark and light cavern of archetypes which provide the building blocks for our cultural development. In this, there are patterns which can be trended across thousands of years. These patterns reappear in our modern world with most giving little thought to what they are or where they came from.
A recent example of this is the appearance of the replica of the Arch of Baal in Washington DC during the last Judge Kavanaugh hearing before his confirmation to the Supreme Court. Baal was a Semitic term which meant “lord” but would come to be associated with various forms of pagan gods with similar characteristics. Baal was regarded by the Canaanites and Phoenicians as the patron of sailors and sea-going merchants. These merchants were responsible for transferring material goods, wealth and value, around the known world. Based on what we have defined above, this would also suggest that Baal was the god of material communication, being that the transfer of value is a form of communication.
Baal was also considered to be a god who demanded the sacrifice of children and encouraged all forms of sexual and hedonistic debauchery amongst the populations. The degree of such excess varied from culture to culture, but Baal worship always invariable included increasing levels of cultural and individual corruption on all levels of the human condition and state.
The Lesser Key of Solomon says the following of Baal:
“The First Principle Spirit is a King ruling in the East, called Bael. He maketh thee to go Invisible. He ruleth over 66 Legions of Infernal Spirits. He appeareth in divers shapes, sometimes like a Cat, sometimes like a Toad, and sometimes like a Man, and sometimes all these forms at once. He speaketh hoarsely. This is his character which is used to be worn as a Lamen before him who calleth him forth, or else he will not do thee homage.”
That statement may not make much sense on the surface, but keep in mind that the Lesser Key of Solomon is written as steganography and a key is required, like cryptography, to unlock the true message. Steganography is defined as:
“from Greek steganos, or “covered.” and graphie, or “writing,” is the hiding of a secret message within an ordinary message and the extraction of it at its destination.”
“Whereas cryptography is the practice of protecting the contents of a message alone, steganography is concerned with concealing the fact that a secret message is being sent as well as concealing the contents of the message. Steganography includes the concealment of information within computer files.”
It is interesting that Johannes Trithemius drew direct attention to steganography in his work Steganographia. The fundamental point of steganography is to conceal the fact that there is a secret message encoded within the surface message. Johannes is openly communicating to the reader that there is a secret message by calling his work Steganographia. So when we consider the words within the Lesser Key of Solomon, which is based on, and is the continuation of Steganographia, there are few interpretations which can be made without delving deeper through multiple levels of secret messages and encoding which requires multiple sets of keys, which may, or may not, be held within the original work. The researcher should consider that the keys are contained within multiple works across expansive timeframes, or long distances, which would require the efforts of “spirits”, which was the intention of the original work of Johannes.
The original Arch of Baal was destroyed in Syria by ISIS. After its destruction, the replica was built and has since traveled around the world being set up for periods of time in the important capitals of the world, such as London, New York, Dubai, Florence, and Washington DC. The power of such a symbol is obviously recognized by those who re-created the arch and have been moving it around the world and putting it on display. No plans have been announced to take the Arch of Baal to Jerusalem, but such an event would be both bizarre and worrisome for various reasons.
Symbols and names, such as ISIS, have meaning in the human subconscious. Though the terrorist group ISIS has all been but destroyed and Syria can now begin the process of rebuilding its country, the overall strategy for peace in the Middle East has not been communicated by those in the Trump Administration. The pattern and connection here are that the Arch of Baal was set up in the Capital for 3 days when Trump pick for the Supreme Court, Judge Kavanaugh, was fighting to be confirmed. None of it is conclusive of course, but it is fascinating to think on the underlying meaning of having the Arch of Baal there at that moment in time.
Many consider the confirmation of Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court as a sign that the decades-long Roe vs. Wade law on abortion will be overturned. Whether this happens or not will have to be seen, but the millions of abortions which have taken place since the law was established would be a mountain compared to the sacrifices to Baal which would have taken place thousands of years ago. Roe vs Wade was passed in 1973, which was the year I was born. I’ve never known a world without it. There are no hard numbers, but it is estimated that the number of abortions, in the nations which support abortion, since 1973 is around 66 million, with 60 million in America alone. Coincidence or conspiracy, there is no denying that the human subconscious mind works underneath the surface as it utilizes the religious symbols and archetypes which have evolved since the dawn of consciousness.
It is not unthinkable to consider that the foundations of our culture, as in past cultures, has been built using these archetypes and symbols. A direct connection between mass abortion and Baal worship would likely be impossible to make, but the broader nature of our culture around excess and hedonistic debauchery, which are all characteristics of Baal worship, would indirectly support a pattern which weaves through all.
The name ISIS is also a reference to the Egyptian goddess of marriage, fertility, motherhood, magic, and medicine. Under the Baal nature of our culture, marriage, fertility, and motherhood have all suffered. Once again, we need to consider these as archetypes and subconscious forms of communication, which also perhaps serve as a form of steganography.
ISIS was also the wife of Osiris and bore him a son, Horus. These archetypes, in particular, repeat throughout human history and can also be observed in the symbolic and allegorical nature of the Christ parable with the Virgin Mary as ISIS, and Jesus as Horus. Those who prefer a literal reading of the biblical stories find these patterns offensive and untrue, but the history of religious belief systems and the use of religious archetypes is well understood.
Most feel that our civilization is experiencing a fundamental transformation. Whether its the rise and adoption of cryptographic blockchain systems to transfer value around the world, or the geopolitical changes which are building in all four corners of the Earth, the foundations of our world are shifting. Domestic politics in most nations are changing, with America leading the trend with the Trump agenda. Mass populations and demographics are being leveraged towards objectives which may not be obvious on the surface.
Such periods of change happen throughout human history. We can almost trace the occurrence of these periods through the use of the symbols and archetypes which purvey specific civilizations. The destruction of the Arch of Baal and the attempt to harness its remaining power and subconscious influence through a replica is one such specific use. Another would be the recent visit of Melania Trump to Egypt and her extensive photoshoot with the Sphinx and Great Pyramid. Are we to consider that this represents the re-emergence of the ISIS archetype and force in the world? Maybe. But once again it could all be just a coincidence as opposed to a conspiracy. But ask yourself, what is the secret message hidden in the modern use of such symbols and archetypes?
There is a pattern developing through the use of cryptography and steganography, with the associations around the religious archetypes and symbols across cultural and socioeconomic spheres. These patterns are difficult to define and quantify, but they exist nonetheless. Steganography has played a much larger role in the development of our modern civilization than we understand. The use of human psychology, at least in this regards, to manage and direct the course of human civilization, is undeniable.
The propositions I have put forth in the article can be tested and validated in the coming months and years. If I’m correct about the unfolding pattern around human psychology and these archetypes, we will see a conservative landslide in the American mid-term elections on November 6, 2018. After this, the subconscious and symbolic Baal worship will fragment further and the ISIS archetype will begin to build in strength. We will see this happening as Melania Trump begins to take a more forward leading role in the rebuilding of the new America and world. The mother and child dynamic will become dominant through her increasing presence and influence.
Can you decipher the hidden message in the above words? - JC
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