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Where the Audiomancy Cryptogram Comes From

Francis Godwin (1562–1633) was an English historian, science fiction author, and bishop.  Godwin's, Nuncius inanimatus, originally printed in 1629, seems to have been the prototype of John Wilkins's Mercury, or the Secret and Swift Messenger, which appeared in 1641. 

 

Published 1928, Manly P. Hall

Published 1928, Manly P. Hall

"5. The musical cipher. John Wilkins ... in 1641 circulated an anonymous essay entitled Mercury, or the Secret and Swift Messenger. In this little volume ... the author sets forth a method whereby musicians can converse with each other by substituting musical notes for the letters of the alphabet. Two persons understanding the code could converse with each other by merely playing certain notes upon a piano or other instrument.

 

Musical cryptograms can be involved to an inconceivable point; by certain systems it is possible to take an already existing musical theme and conceal in it a cryptogram without actually changing the composition in any way. The pennants upon the notes may conceal the cipher, or the actual sounds of the notes may be exchanged for syllables of similar sound. This latter method is effective but its scope is somewhat limited.

 

Several musical compositions by Sir Francis Bacon are still in existence. An examination of them might reveal musical cryptograms, for it is quite certain that Lord Bacon was well acquainted with the manner of their construction." - Manly P. Hall, Secret Teachings of All Ages, p. 562 

 

 

"In The Principles of Light and Color, Edwin D. Babbitt confirms the correspondence of the color and musical scales: "As C is at the bottom of the musical scale and made with the coarsest waves of air, so is red at the bottom of the chromatic scale and made with the coarsest waves of luminous ether ...

When the colors are related to the twelve signs of the zodiac, they are arranged as the spokes of a wheel. To Aries is assigned pure red; to Taurus, red-orange; to Gemini, pure orange; to Cancer, orange-yellow; to Leo, pure yellow; to Virgo, yellow-green; to Libra, pure green; to Scorpio, green-blue; to Sagittarius, pure blue; to Capricorn, blue-violet; to Aquarius, pure violet; and to Pisces, violet-red."

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Paul Foster Case Goes to Hollywood!

Every mystical tradition seems to have its own choice of tone-color attributions. The reason I've studied the BOTA system is a) They are an offshoot of the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn and Freemasonry and B) Because they were was established in 1922, about ten years after the first Hollywood film was produced. This suggests to me that the founder, Paul Foster Case, whose initiation into the golden dawn took place in New York City and also spent much time in Chicago, may have moved out to Hollywood specifically to seed his influence in Hollywood. Note that the BOTA temple (which still exists today) and is positioned just 20 minutes from Hollywood.

Paul Foster Case was the first person to establish the musical note correspondences to the Golden Dawn's kabbalistic system, and to my knowledge he is the only one to have done so since. It reasons that, although his actual impact may have been marginal at best, there were likely filmmakers over the following century who have come in contact with his methods and sought to integrate them covertly into their films. I don't mean this in a nefarious way -- filmmakers are creative and secretive people. Everyone knows that the power of magic operates on secrecy.

If you were told that certain musical notes and colors had resonance, and that the authority of this claim was from a Freemasonic lodge (of which many many producers are members), would you not consider integrating the technique into your films?

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Kabbalistic Musical Themes Pt. 2

This second video looks at the other major female figure in Final Fantasy 7, Aeris, who is famously murdered by Sephiroth in what is often considered to be one of the most startling and significant moments in gaming history. The name Aeris is an anagram of Aries corresponding to the Emperor tarot card and sharing the same tone color attribution as Mars, god of war. 

Mars and Aries both correspond to C-Red. It just so happens that John Williams took sections of the Imperial March (Darth Vader's Theme) directly from the "Mars Theme" by Gustav Holst, composer of the Planets Suite. The words March and Mars are etymologically connected, as are the use of trumpets, which have always been an instrument of war, from the rams-horn shofars used by Jewish priests to bring down the Walls of Jericho to the cornet horns used by the British imperial army in old school military warfare. It just so happens that the line John Williams lifted from the Mars Theme consists of a series of trumpet blasts on the C-Note. I've written about this in greater depth in my second book, Audiomancy. 

This film also looks at the career of Harrison Ford and shows how his roles in both the early Star Wars films, Blade Runner, and the newest film (Force Awakens) intersect in a peculiar way with the motifs featured during key opening sequences in Final Fantasy 7. Perhaps the strangest of all is the use of the bridge stretching over the abyss in Force Awakens, which looks remarkably similar to the one created and featured in FF7 almost 20 years ago. 

Aeris corresponds to Venus - the empress. She is the flower girl who caretaker the church and who is symbolically murdered by Sephiroth, who represents something equivocal to the antichrist. Sephiroth's intent is to summon a meteor that will destroy earth. By murdering Aeris (Earth) he forshadows his attempt to murder the planet at the end of the story. 

The RED/GREEN polarity set up by Darth Vader and Aeris correspond to Mars and Venus, the Emperor and the Empress, Mind and Body.

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Kabbalistic Musical Themes Pt. 1

A musical tribute to synchromysticism. This short video is the first of its kind - a musical path working along the tree of life using the correspondence system taught by Paul Foster Case and the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn. It highlights the correlation between Tifa's Theme (Final Fantasy VII - released 1997) and The Lonely Man's Theme (Incredible Hulk - 1978 TV Series). 

Final Fantasy 7 features a character named Tifa and an arch nemesis named Sephiroth. The opening scene shows a side-quest within the game; a scene where a musical sequence from tifa's childhood home must be played using the playstation controller in order to unlock an important message. The main characters (including Tifa) discover a letter hidden within sheet music, addressing Sephiroth. In this moment we see the two names on the same page. 

Both Tifa's theme and the closing credits theme from Incredible Hulk, called Lonely Man's theme, are in the key of F major. There is little to no public awareness that Tifa's theme, often considered one of the most important compositions in the 3+ hour Final Fantasy 7 soundtrack, is a derivative of this popular television series from two decades earlier. 

My aim is to highlight this connection using the language of the kabbalistic tree of life, the color symbolism of the spheres of Tiphareth and Netzach. Furthermore, because both songs are in the key of F Major, I highlight that the musical note F corresponds to the tarot card The Hermit, whose color is "green-yellow", and which matches perfectly the notion of the lonely hero (Bruce Banner i.e. the Green Hulk). Green-yellow lies in the middle between the Green and Orange of Netzach and Tiphareth. 

Stay Tuned for Part Deux!

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Music Video: Rose Rosa Rubiginosa

The name of the plant itself sounds like a magic spell. Rosa Rubiginosa has been translated into a string of musical notes and performed over a drone of d minor and d diminished ninth chords. The dark timbre of the song was inspired by the early Metroid soundtracks and represents the blood-drawing thorn which protects the dark red beauty of a blossoming rose. 

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Music Video: Damiana

This song was written for the aphrodisiac and oldschool herbal ingredient in Coca Cola, DAMIANA (Latin Name: Turnera Diffusa). Beat and mix credits to Brandon Knocke of Body-San

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Music Video: Queen Anne's Lace

These two videos feature a collection of plants in the same family of wild carrot; queen anne's lace, yarrow, cow parsnip, and poison hemlock. Please be sure to consult a trained herbalist before consuming wild plants!

The cryptogram was designed using a method outlined in Ezra Sandzer-Bell's books Astromusik and Audiomancy. Click here to read about the books.

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VIDEO: ASTROMUSIK + AUDIOMANCY SONG CYCLE

Celebrating a little over the one year anniversary at New Renaissance, Ezra comes back in 2015 with a new book and herbalist-illustrator Casandra Johns, to share a collection of songs and plant lore, including yellow pond lily, saint johns wort, black cohosh, and more!

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VIDEO: Astromusik + Audiomancy Name of the Rose

This video was recorded by Steve Willner and Steve Herrington, produced by Phil and Jacob at Lightbox Kulturhaus in Portland, Oregon, September 2015. Presentation is given by Ezra Sandzer-Bell and Casandra Johns, covering topics including Esoteric Music Cryptography, Plant Medicine Magick, the Wizards vs. the Witches, Celestial divination and the Earth rites, Queen Anne's Lace and the story of Anne Boleyn. To read more about these ideas, pick up copies of Astromusik and Audiomancy. Click here to go to the books page. 

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VIDEO: Sirius and the Freemasonic National Anthem

This video was recorded at New Renaissance bookstore in NW Portland, Oregon on July 3rd, 2014. Topics include the American national anthem and its freemasonic lyricist Francis Scott Key, along with the freemasonic composer who wrote the original music, John Stafford Smith, and the overarching Freemasonic symbolism of the national anthem's music itself.  From here the narrative ventures through imagined esoteric correlations between music theory and the dog star, Sirius, of the constellations Canis Major and Canis Minor. Enjoy!

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