Esoteric Shakespeare (Part 10)

Before he died, Paracelsus made a few predictions. “And it is true,” foretold one such prediction, “there is nothing concealed which shall not be discovered; for which cause a marvelous being shall come after me, who as yet lives not, and who shall reveal many things.” A comet in 1572 was declared by Paracelsus to be “the sign and harbinger of the approaching revolution.” More specifically, he predicted, “soon after the decease of the Emperor Rudolph, there would be found three treasures that had never been revealed before that time.” [1]

The Emperor Rudolph was Rudolph II of the House of Hapsburg. He had moved his court from Vienna to Prague. Under Rudolph, Prague became a Mecca for alchemists, astrologers and curious individuals such as Giordano Bruno, Johannes, Kepler, John Dee and Edward Kelly. When Rudolph died in 1612, his brother Matthias briefly reigned. Around 1615, as Paracelsus had foretold, three publications (treasures) took Europe by storm. These were, the Fama Fraternitatis, the Confessio  Fraternitatis R.C., and The Chymical Marriage of Christian Rosencreutz. [1]

These three treasures were the Rosicrucian manifestos. Also in Prague at this time were Princess Elizabeth (not the same person as Queen Elizabeth I), the Stuart daughter of King James I, who had married Frederick V, Elector Palatine of the Rhine on February 14, 1613 (Valentine’s Day). These two later became known as the “Winter King and Queen of Bohemia.” (This nickname was a sarcasm directed at their brief reign.) Connected with this episode were the Rosicrucian manifestos: The Chemical Wedding of Christian Rosencreutz, published in 1616, contains oblique references to Frederick and his wedding to Princess Elizabeth. (Background: Esoteric Shakespeare (Part 7), Ersjdamoo’s Blog entry of February 23, 2014.)

Paracelsus also predicted the imminent coming of “Elias the Artist.” In the eighth chapter of his Treatise on Metals, Paracelsus (1493 – 1541) wrote, “God will permit a discovery of the highest importance to be made, it must be hidden until the advent of the artist Elias.” [2]

Who might Elias the Artist have been? Was it William Shakespeare (born 1564)? Was it Francis Bacon (born 1561)? Was it Edward de Vere (born 1550)? Was it Christopher Marlowe (born 1564)?

This last, Christopher Marlowe, is also a candidate for the real “Shakespeare”, besides Francis Bacon and Edward de Vere. Marlowe is supposed to have been stabbed dead by one Ingram Frizer in 1593. However given “the inconsistencies concerning the account of Marlowe’s death, a theory has arisen centred on the notion that Marlowe may have faked his death and then continued to write under the assumed name of William Shakespeare.” [3]

There are certainly puzzles about this “William Shakespeare”. One of these involves the Shakespeare monument in Holy Trinity Church. The engraving for the original monument shows the hands of Willelmus Shackspere resting on a sack of grain! It was not until 1748 that the sack of grain was replaced by a cushion. (Background: Esoteric Shakespeare (Part 5), Ersjdamoo’s Blog entry of February 21, 2014.)

Author Peter Dawkins, special adviser to London’s “Shakespeare’s Globe” theater, discerns further of what he calls “clues” in the monument, in his book, The Shakespeare Enigma. We see in the monument Willelmus Shackspere holding a quill pen in his right hand. A sheet of paper rests on the cushion. But how do you write with a quill pen on paper supported by a cushion? (You might try that sometime.)

It is as if whoever really wrote the plays and poems wanted to be eventually discovered, argues Dawkins. For this reason obvious clues were left behind as to “Shakespeare’s” true identity. All these clues amount to a pre-planned “treasure hunt” in which the works themselves are kept further alive. [4]

It was a time of the Universal Reformation. The Universal Reformation, clandestine compared to the Protestant Reformation, regarded the ancient world as the peak of civilization and sought to restore much of the splendor of the ancient world. Opposing these “heretical” ideas was the powerful Roman church. (Background: Esoteric Shakespeare (Part 9), Ersjdamoo’s Blog entry of February 26, 2014.)

Signs of this idea of Universal Reformation began to emerge, for example a pamphlet published anonymously in German, Die Reformation der Ganzen Weiten Welt, which had seemed to propose the inauguration of a secret society for the purpose of a Universal Reformation. Even though the general opinion now is that the German pamphlet was merely a rough translation of part of a satirical work by Trajano Boccalini, that in itself is interesting because Boccalini may have been in contact with Anthony Bacon, brother of Francis Bacon. Boccalini was a resident of Venice. It appears, wrote William Francis C. Wigston, that the Rosicrucian Fama Fraternitatis and Boccalini’s Ragguagli di Parnaso (News-sheet from Parnassus) “appeared somewhat contemporaneously, as if the result of an organized movement. Anthony Bacon, the devoted brother of Francis Bacon, lived a great number of years abroad, and some time at Venice. The two brothers [Anthony and Francis Bacon] seem always to have been in active correspondence.” [5] (Further background: Esoteric Shakespeare (Part 8), Ersjdamoo’s Blog entry of February 24, 2014.)

——- Sources ——-
[1] Melchizedek Communique, by Brian Redman. 2010. Available via Lulu.com
[2] The Real History of the Rosicrucians, by Arthur Edward Waite. Originally published in 1887 by George Redway, London
[3] “Christopher Marlowe”, Wikipedia, February 27, 2014. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Christopher_Marlowe
[4] The Shakespeare Enigma, by Peter Dawkins. London: Polair Publishing, 2004.
[5] Bacon, Shakespeare and the Rosicrucians, by William Francis C. Wigston. Republished by kessinger.net

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Editor of Conspiracy Nation, later renamed Melchizedek Communique. Close associate of the late Sherman H. Skolnick. Jack of all trades, master of none. Sagittarius, with Sagittarius rising. I'm not a bum, I'm a philosopher.
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