"I have held up a light in the obscurity of Philosophy, which will be seen centuries after I am dead. It will be seen amidst the erection of Tombs, Theatres, Foundations, Temples, Orders and Fraternities for nobility and obedience — the establishment of good laws as an example to the World. For I am not raising a Capitol or Pyramid to the Pride of men, but laying a foundation in the human understanding for a holy Temple after he model of the World. For my memory I leave it to Men's charitable speeches, to foreign Nations and the next Ages, and to my own Country after some Time has elapsed." -- Francis Bacon, Advancement of Learning (1605), Bk II.


Join me to explore the hidden tenets of arranged alignments of architecture and art. Structures as diverse as the Great Pyramid, Baalbek, The Tower of the Winds, Hagia Sopia, Basilica San Vitale, The Dome of the Rock, St. Peter's Square, Gisors, The Newport Tower, Thomas Jefferson's Poplar Forest, and the Georgia Guidestones all may have a common origin.

Three reproductions of the Tower of the Winds in England help to display how this age old value is viewed through time. Along the way many legends and myths associated with the Holy Grail and other relics are examined.

Treasure myths such as the Oak Island Legend and The Beale Treasure Legend may have a common origin and hidden meaning. The tale of The Bruton Parish Church Vault (a.k.a. "Bacon's Vault) may also be a copy of an already existent mystery at Stirling Castle.

The Truth about The Beale Treasure and Thomas Jefferson.

The Powder Magazine, Newport Tower and the mysteries of North America as known by Thomas Jefferson.

Given the legacy of the Octagons that we have examined to this point it would be fair to say that Thomas Jefferson had been initiated into these mysteries. In fact part of what he may have been communicating via these talismanic arrays were his loyalties and alliances. As with other individuals involved in this activity in North America it may become obvious that Jefferson was a blood relative of Robert the Bruce and the Stewart family. In this context he seemed to have the same values and appreciation of the alchemical art of arranging talismanic arrays of architecture. During his life Thomas Jefferson created structures that had hidden directional and talismanic meanings known only to those that had been initiated into this tradition. His two most personal axes included his estates Monticello and Poplar Forest.

Many debate whether Thomas Jefferson was a Mason or not. There are no official records that one can point to that will confirm this. If you ask a Mason they will all respond that yes he was a brother. Further evidence suggests that he may have also been a York Rite Mason, as well as a member of the Knights Templar Strict Observance American Rite. One of his fellow members of that order may have been contemporary genius Alexander Von Humboldt. There are no definite records of these associations beyond the Book of the Holy Grail. Many people vehemently deny that Jefferson was a Mason and insist on portraying him as a devout Christian. It is a fact that Jefferson and Humboldt corresponded and met over a two week period in 1804.

Jefferson and Von Humboldt were both members of the Linnean Society of London a naturalist group of which Charles Darwin would later be a member. Many of Jefferson’s actions, philosophies, and beliefs indicate a possible thread of truth to this story. The Linnean Society of London will surface later during the both the Lewis and Clark story and the Gold Rush era of California later in this saga. The following facts may prove that Jefferson designed his country estate, Poplar Forest, as a veneration of the Dome of the Rock in a lineage with the Tower of the Winds in Athens and intended it to function as an Axis Mundi in the Roman Tradition. The establishment of Axis and Templum may have been a tradition upheld by the Knights Templar in a tradition extending back through the Cistercian Order, the Augurs of Rome, The Etruscans, Minoans, and Egyptians.

One compelling piece of evidence that supports the notion of Jefferson being a Knights Templar Strict Observance is the “The Book of the Holy Grail” by Joseph of Arimathea and Henry Mercier. This book is said to have been written by Joseph at Rennes Le Chateau, Languedoc Rousillon region, France. Thomas Jefferson is said to have edited this book from French to English. Later in the mid-nineteenth century French minister to the United States Henry Mercier re-edited the book once more.

The contemporary edition of the book is accompanied by a forward to the book entitled “Keys to the Quest” by J.R. Ploughman. The book describes Joseph of Arimathea as Jesus’ father. This is very odd in that it is widely accepted that Joseph of Arimathea was a follower of Christ that donated his tomb for Christ. No other source names Joseph of Ariamethea as a blood relative of Jesus. This may be one of the many hidden clues or intentional mistakes left in the book. Other clues in this mystery that seem to have been left intentionally mis-spelled or out of context include the entire Codex Calextinus, The Shepherds Monument inscription, The Georgia Guidestones, the Cross of Hendaye and more. Like the clues left in artwork and architecture ‘the language of the birds’ may hold much meaning and significance.

The portion of the book that was said to be edited by Jefferson and Mercier is the original “Book of the Holy Grail.” This portion of the book contains what is said to be the Merovingian Bible as well as a description of an interesting “Grail Language” code that uses numerical sequences of specific numbers. This portion of the book is free of wild speculation and lore and is fairly cut and dried in a descriptive manner. Some examples of the Grail Language include numerical sequences that represent “Lapis Excellus” as well as the geomantic goddess Puella that has been associated with Jefferson in other research. Many believe this book to be a fake or a fabrication.

The book describes a religion in which God has a wife. It describes a pantheon of angels similar to what Paulian doctrine describes. One of the largest differences between this religion and that of the Vatican involves how Christ’s life is portrayed. The Book of the Holy Grail describes how Jesus did not die on the Cross and was not resurrected but lived and was spirited away to France where he fathered children. He was said too have lived eleven more years at Renne Le Chateau. His and Mary Magdelene’s children were the basis of the Merovingian bloodline that includes much of the Royalty of Europe. Joseph of Arimathea was said to have written the original Book of the Holy Grail (BOTHG) at Rennes Le Chateau; famous for its extensive Grail mystery as well. This line of reasoning would also fit the alternative belief that the remains of Jesus’ son are interred at the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela and not those of St. James the Apostle of Christ. This would represent the gnostic or hidden meaning of the famous pilgrimage there as well. Is it possible that American president Jefferson knew of an valued this philosophy?

One of the reason’s this book is dismissed as fantasy may be many of the outrageous claims made in the first and more modern part of the book written by J.R. Ploughman. Even the authors name seems somehow contrived and may hold a message as well. Among the many claims featured in the book is that of a kind of psychic Vampirism and the ability to access all of one’s ancestor’s memories by members of the order. Ploughman does use the word “Vampire.” This edition of the book was released in 1977 by then Grand Master Ploughman. He stated the order had “Failed to restore the wasteland” and that maybe revealing the secrets of the order would attract the people who were supposed to save it. Somewhat cryptic.  These descriptions are somewhat reminiscent of most of the descriptions of the famous mystic St. Germain. Other mythology has St. Germain creating the Rite of Strict Observance himself.

From another perspective it is a shame the book was not released without the more modern portion of the book. This may be why the book is not taken seriously. Another view of the book is that it was intentionally made to seem untrue while still revealing important if not allegorical information.

Among many of the more startling claims made by Ploughman is the fact that Joseph Smith, the founder of the Mormon religion and discoverer of the famous Golden Tablets of Mormon, was also a Knights Templar Strict Observance. From a tale seemingly right out of the Book of Enoch Joseph Smith found the Golden Tablets very close to a line created by the azimuth of the northwest facet of the pyramid of Giza. This geographic fact fits a pattern of religions similar to that of ancient Egypt being propagated along the azimuths suggested by the shape and orientation of the Great Pyramid. This tradition led to other places such as St. Peter’s square of the Vatican being used as a similar sighting device.

This feature is a continuation of the older Roman tradition of an Axis Mundi that establishes directions and regions termed a Templum that are the domain of the group that established it. It is highly likely that Thomas Jefferson designed his county estate, Poplar Forest, as an octagonal Axis Mundi using the same tradition that had descended from the ages of ancient Egypt and Sumeria. More specifically Jefferson would have appreciated both the Tower of the Winds in Athens and their importance to both Constantine, subsequent Byzantine rulers and even Charlemagne. It is also likely that Jefferson built these tenets into other structures like Monticello and the Rotunda at the University of Virginia. We may also note a tendency for distant relations of the president valuing this activity over a long period of history.

In addition to resembling the Tower of the Winds, the plan of Poplar Forest and Monticello resembles Basilica San Vitale in Ravenna and the Dome of the Rock on the Temple Mount in Jerusalem and lastly the Powder Magazine in Williamsburg, which Jefferson was intimately aware of. In fact the use of the octagon as a building plan may be a Knights Templar tradition that dates as far back as Byzantine Emperors Constantine the Great and Justinian I who designed the earliest Roman churches in an octagonal form.  The Knights Templar motto “in hoc signo vinces” (under this sign victory) was also valued by the Legions or warriors of Rome. This motto refers to the Labarum design adapted by Constantine after a vision displayed this symbol.

If Jefferson was a Knights Templar it makes sense that he would be interested in the occult applications of cartography, architecture, and any other pursuit that utilized sacred geometry. The Knights Templar used templates to build buildings why not to navigate on a map? Jefferson was a professionally trained surveyor. The fact that Monticello sits precisely on the 38th parallel and has an octagonal element may not be a coincidence.  Athens Greece is also situated thus with the Acropolis being close to this latitude. The Tower of the Winds in Athens is situated just to the north of the Acropolis.

Jefferson had created his own Acropolis at Monticello. The way his estate is situated on an elevated hill resembles the way the Acropolis seen in Athens. Being aware of his place on the globe Jefferson realized that his homesite was very close to the same latitude as the Acropolis. Thomas Jefferson’s father was also an accomplished land surveyor who may have helped to train his son in this ancient art that did involve astronomy during this era. Jefferson was part of a bloodline and secret society that included a long tradition of men who were land surveyors, mapmakers, explorers, and Kings.

To this point we have briefly discussed the octagonal architecture of Thomas Jefferson in reference to more ancient examples of the same tradition. We have seen connections between his architecture and places like the Kings Knot at Stirling Castle, Rosslyn Chapel, Sans Souci Palace, and possibly the Georgia Guidestones. What was Thomas Jefferson trying to tell us via his arrangements of occult architecture? Was he specifically expressing himself in the manner of royalty and the Church or was he crafting his art with a different point of view? It is hard to deny that Jefferson was practicing the tradition of aligned architecture and value of the octagon reaching back through time to Constantine the Great. Did Jefferson see him as a Roman ruler by practicing a value of the octagon in this way?

The answer to that question is very complex but ultimately he was practicing this tradition but likely in a more interpretive way that was associated more with American patriotism than any occult cabal he may have been a member of. He may have also valued the rational skills needed to actually execute this kind of architectural and geographic scheme. Jefferson always staunchly advocated a rational view of nature and science and this view seemed also dictate his spiritual beliefs. Given all of this it was entirely possible that Jefferson was a member of a family line that valued this activity for its talismanic or hidden history value. This bloodline if you will knew that they could hide their true history and philosophy in this complex way.

Many researchers have delved into the ‘Mysteries of the Cathedrals’ and other aspects of art history that may let one interpret various hidden aspects of each structure including its sculpture and artwork. Few have suspected as we see here that indeed the shape and orientation of each building may associate it with others on the globe, near and far, that were built by the same family group or in veneration of them. The organizations of the Roman Catholic Church and Freemasons also seem to value this tradition in their own way. It is likely that in addition to any personal associations that Thomas Jefferson was practicing this art in a Freemasonic spirit.

A brief view of three of Jefferson’s octagons may indeed shed more light on the President’s value of these geographic schemes or plans. Thomas Jefferson built and designed all of his octagons in what is know of as the neo-Palladian style. This was a popular style in architecture of the landed gentry in England at places like Shugborough Hall and the West Wycombe estate of Sir Francis Dashwood both of which include copies of the Tower of the Winds in Athens that adhere to this tradition. In the course of his life Thomas Jefferson built Monticello and Poplar Forest and designed the Bourboursville Mansion of his friend and Virginia politician James Barbour.

An examination of Monticello may link it to many mysteries that at first glance may seem odd. Monticello’s octagon points the way to Rosslyn Chapel and the Sans Souci Palace of Frederick the Great. Other targets of this octagon include Poplar Forest. The same azimuth extending from Monticello to Poplar Forest transects or crosses just six miles south of the Georgia Guidestones. Monticello points to Magdalena New Mexico and the Very Large Array of Radio telescopes there. This facility is a giant 21 mile a side equilateral triangle from plan view that may be representative of the Trinity. It is possible that this facility is related to a strange value of New Mexico the President was known to have. This may in some distant way be associated with the Beale Treasure legend which was originally found in New Mexico or what is today Colorado.

Interestingly the orientation of James Madison’s home Montpelier points an arc on the globe directly to Monticello. All three of the octagonal structures noted here point a line very close to Barboursville Mansion and Montpelier. In fact the remains of an unknown octagonal structure have recently been uncovered at Montpelier.

Poplar Forest is a smaller octagonal structure. This octagon as discussed before points the way to Stirling Castle. Other interesting places pointed to by Poplar Forest include Mt. Shasta California and the Peaks of Otter nearby.

Barboursville Mansion was designed by Jefferson in 1822 for his friend James Barbour. This also close to the time of th origins of the Beale Treasure legend. The octagonal tower of Barboursville Mansion may be used to form an arc on the globe that points to both Avebury Circle in England and the Hexagon of Baalbek in one arc on the globe. This is an amazing association that is reminiscent of the way Sir Francis Dashwood arranged his copy of the Tower of the Winds to point to the Hexagon of Baalbek and his copy of the hexagon of Baalbek to point to the Tower of the Winds in Athens. Here Jefferson is even showing us that he may have been aware of Dashwood’s arrangement. He is at the very least displaying knowledge that both the Tower of the Winds, Avebury and Baalbek are representative of Axes Mundi. He may even be telling us that he knows the original Tower of the Winds in Athens also points the way to Avebury Circle. This is not out of the question as Sir Dashwood and members of the Dillitante Society in England were surely aware of these phenomena at about the time of Jefferson’s Birth. Given this association with Avebury we may also surmise that the President viewed this site as an axis that may define the Michael Ley Line in England. Further evidence may suggest that Jefferson was even aware of places like Star Castle in England and Bornholm Island in the Baltic Sea. Someone had either taught the President this information or had prompted him to figure it out for himself.

All of three of these structures seem to also define a straight line relationship that exists between Atlanta, Washington D.C., Baltimore, Philadelphia, New York City, and Boston. Other researchers have noted this arrangement before and speculated if this arrangement was intentional or not. It is entirely possible that Jefferson arranged his three octagons to also display the straight line relationship of all of these cities.

The Knights Templar occupied the Temple Mount in Jerusalem for nearly two hundred years. The Dome of the Rock was constructed in 691-92 A.D. The Dome of the Rock was still on the Temple Mount during the Templars time there. It is possible that some of the “hidden information” that the Templars became privy to was gleaned from the structure of the Dome of the Rock itself. Was it known among some exclusive group or bloodline that an octagon on the Temple Mount was actually the hidden site of Constantine the Great’s burial? Is it possible that they already knew the secrets of the Dome of the Rock prior to their arrival? It is possible that this was commonly known history during this era that has become hidden and cloistered since then. In the end it is possible that the hidden relics that the Knights Templar were searching for were the remains or relics of past rulers and not the Temple Treasure that many speculate was once hidden there.

Some aspects of the Dome may have even caused the Templars to question the validity of The Roman Catholic Church itself. It turns out that the Muslim view of Christ is very similar to the Gnostic and Arian view of Christ. It is within the realm of possibility that the Dome of the Rock represents the Holy Grail itself. These Poor Knights of Christ seemed to have been aware of all these secrets even prior to their arrival there. If they were indeed searching for the lost remains of a former ruler this may have been part of the process of them beginning their own monarchy or country in terms that were agreed upon long ago by specific royal entities.

First of all one of the inscriptions on the Dome of the Rock from the Koran reads:

"Such was Jesus son of Mary and peace upon him on the day of birth and on the day of death and on the day he is raised up again. It is a word of truth in which they doubt. It is not for God to take a son. Glory be to him when he decrees a thing he only says "be and it is." (Quran:19:33–35)

If one considers that Constantine the Great actually built the Dome of the Rock and that Justinian II remodeled it in a Muslim form this inscription may have double meanings. It is possible that this statement also echoes the sentiments of Constantine, subsequent Byzantine Rulers, and possibly the modern form of the Knights Templar. This view of Christ also fits what would be termed an Arian Christian point of view that was popular in the time of both Justinian I and II. Is all of this intrigue and subversion to actually hide the truth of Christ or the structures that were built in his honor later? Is this the reason that even the Church would not want you to know the truth? Is the site of the Holy Sepulcher today the actual point at which Christ was interred?

 Either way this verse from the Koran may have had an impact on the Templars and served as further evidence that their suspicions about the true nature of the Dome of the Rock were true. Many of the Reasons given for the later persecution of the Templars were actions that seemed disrespectful to Jesus and the Roman Catholic Church. This small clue fits in with the ethos and philosophy of the Cathars and other Gnostic or truth oriented Christian groups. The concept that Jesus was a man and did not ascend or rise on Easter is one of the main disputes between the Roman Church and other Christian’s. Those of the Arian faith viewed Christ as a gifted man and not a divine entity as taught by the Church and other Christian interests. Were the Knights Templar still Christians who simply had a different value of Christ via the truth displayed by Constantine?

Many speculate that Jefferson was even involved in the faith of Islam. He owned a Koran. While he may have studied and appreciated the Muslim faith nothing could be further from the truth. Jefferson was a deist that may have had a faith closer to that described in the Book of Mormon and the Book of the Holy Grail. He admired Islam for the Dome of the Rock and their view of Christ. Jefferson’s presidency also saw him battling the ‘Barbary Pirates’ in the Mediterranean so he may have been attempting to understand the Arab world better. A person of Jefferson’s intellect and inside gnosis if you will would have likely instructed him as to the true nature of the Dome of the Rock as part of his initiation.

In fact this inscription may indicate that this is indeed the way even Byzantine Royalty or a secret cult associated with them viewed Christianity. Earlier we studied how the Dome of the Rock is either a copy of or actually a structure that was built by Constantine the Great. There are some signs that the Byzantines even valued John the Baptist in a special way as evidenced by their naming of the Monastery at Stoudios for him. Stoudious sits within two hundred meters of the exact 41st parallel. The original name of Stoudious also used the Byzantine name for John the Baptist “St. John the Forerunner” (of Christ). The Monastery at Stoudios is also interesting given its establishment in the late fourth century soon after the acceptance of Christianity into Rome. This is a very early veneration of St. John as the teacher of Christ. Interestingly John the Baptist is also the patron saint of the Knights of Malta.

It is possible that the Knights Templar thought Constantine the Great was buried beneath the Temple Mount. The Knights Templar value of the Dome of the Rock also may have hinged on the fact that they either knew or discovered that the octagonal plan of the building could be used as a giant map template that inferred important directions in its shape. This would adhere to the traditions set forth by Emperor Constantine and his octagons. The octagon could be used as a datum from which to measure along eight to sixteen fixed directions defined by the orientation of the building. It is entirely possible given subsequent history that Constantine had left behind a mystery concerning the location of his remains just as Charlemagne would later do. It may be inferred that Justinian I solved this mystery and left an additional mystery that was solved by Justinian II later. In this way these rulers were initiated into the knowledge of geodesy and how to align their architecture in a talismanic manner.

It is known that the Cistercian Order of monks from which the Knights Templar sprang were aware of the concepts of geodesy and accurately measuring the earth long before the occupation of the Temple Mount. Consequently many of the early Spanish and Portuguese Navigators seemed to have been referencing azimuths suggested by the Dome of the Rock when claiming property for their sovereign. Even the mysterious place known as ‘Coral Castle’ in Florida may have been placed in relation to directional clues present in the structures of both the Dome of the Rock and Vatican.

The Cistercians may have inherited these skills from the Augurs (priesthood) of the Roman and Byzantine Empire that presided over the establishment of the Axis Mundi. During the transition from pagan beliefs to Christianity it is plausible that the old priesthood and their ways did not simply disappear. It is possible that both the monks and Templars were aware of the secrets of the Dome of the Rock prior to their arrival in the Holy Land from being aware of the directional attributes of Basilica San Vitale and the Vatican. Cloistered information had been saved over hundreds of years. Undoubtedly Cistercian Monks were present along with the Knights during its occupation of the Holy Land during the Crusades. The Cistercian Order also has a group that is termed "Strict Observance." In addition the Cistercian Order and the Augurs of Rome shared the symbols of the Crook and Crow in common. The Templars may have been searching for the remains of Constantine the Great beneath the Temple Mount and not the treasure that was supposed to have been hidden there. Somewhere along the line the mystery of Constantine’s remains may have been solved by the Knights Templar or even Justinian I.

The plan of the Dome of the Rock more closely resembles a Byzantine design for Christian Churches. During the reign of Emperor Justinian I he was credited with the design and construction of the octagonal Church of San Vitale in Ravenna, Italy the original seat of the Roman Christian Church. He may have been executing this design in a trend set by Constantine and other earlier Roman rulers like Trajan and Nero. Several other churches with octagonal plans were built during the rule of Justinian I. Later Templar churches seem to also be based on this design template. These facts are the reason that Thomas Jefferson used the plan of the Dome of the Rock to design and build his country Estate, Poplar Forest. Alternately he was aware of this entire scheme and was actually venerating Constantine the Great in this fashion. Later the Dome of the Rock would be built during the reign of Justinian II.

The links between the Knights Templar, Constantine the Great, both of the Byzantine rulers Justinian I and Justinian II, Charlemagne, and Thomas Jefferson are amazing and notable. It seems that two of the most prominent structures atop the Temple Mount in Jerusalem were likely Byzantine designed and built structures.

The building known today as the Al Aqsa Mosque was originally built as the Church of St. Mary Justinian by Justinian I. This building would change hands many times through the crusades and is still somewhat intact today. During the Knights Templar occupation of the Temple Mount this building would serve as their commandery or headquarters and lodging.

The Dome of the Rock is interesting in that even though the common history states that it is a Muslim structure it was built during the reign of Byzantine Emperor Justinian II named if not descended from Emperor Justinian I who ruled over a hundred years prior.  Justinian I was the designer of the octagonal form of San Vitale and other octagonal churches in the tradition of Constantine and the Tower of the Winds.

It is curious that even though Byzantium did not control the Holy Land at this time that a form created by a Christian emperor would be chosen for a Muslim Shrine. It is clear that there are no forms of Muslim architecture before the Dome of the Rock that valued the octagon in this manner. The Tower of the Winds in Athens in the oldest recorded octagonal building. The forms seen in the Dome of the Rock would not be seen again until the building of Aachen Cathedral and cloister at the Cluny Monastery in France. Was this because the structure had already been there for over three hundred years prior to the said construction date of the Dome? Had Constantine’s original octagon been demolished and now Justinian II was manipulating a copy into being? It is possible that the Dome of the Rock as seen today at least includes spoilia or left over architectural elements of Constantine’s octagon there. The truth may be that Aachen is meant as a veneration of Constantine the Great and not a copy of the Muslim Dome of the Rock as many claim. Charlemagne had a well noted admiration for ancient Rome and its rulers seemingly with an emphasis on Justinian I and II. He was not known to admire Muslim or Arab culture. He fought against Muslim or Arab culture. Charlemagne is trying to tell us something about the Dome of the Rock by his copy of it.

In the many accounts of the design and building of the Dome of the Rock it is clear that a huge amount of Byzantine influence went into the design and construction of the building. At the time of the Dome’s official date of construction the Muslims and Byzantines seemed to have an arrangement that allowed Christians to visit Jerusalem and even retain ownership of property that they had owned prior to the Muslim takeover. This seems rather fair and magnanimous of the Muslim rulers.

In fact relations between the two opposing powers seemed to be so good that the Caliph requested help in constructing the Dome of the Rock from Byzantine Emperor Justinian II!  The ‘straight’ story dictates that Byzantine craftsmen and artisans had a huge amount of influence in the design and construction of the Dome of the Rock. This is why the Dome of the Rock resembles the octagonal churches of Justinian I who was in turn inspired by Constantine.  Justinian II was either reproducing Constantine’s design or was helping to refurbish it with a Muslim motif. It is interesting that some of the Muslim Koranic inscriptions refer to Christ as a man. Precisely what the ‘Templars’, Arians and later the Cathars were accused of believing. The construction of the Dome of the Rock may have even included spoilia or left over elements of Constantine’s octagon there.

Using the SSW windrose marker in relation to the obelisk at the center of St. Peter's Square at the Vatican an azimuth can be created that leads right to the Dome of the Rock in Jerusalem. Not only does this azimuth transect the globe right to the building of the Dome of the Rock the angle of the intersection appears to match the angle of the northeast facet of the structure!  The Vatican points to the DOTR! The Byzantines had somehow arranged for the Dome of the Rock to point back at the Vatican even though the Temple Mount was in Muslim hands! Or had they? Had Constantine already arranged this by building both the “Old” St. Peter’s and his octagon on the Temple Mount? Were subsequent Byzantine rulers adding to this mystery in secrecy? The fact that Emperors Constantus II and Theodosius both added obelisks in Rome and Constantinople to what they knew were long range alignments may support this notion. This was a Byzantine Imperial tradition.

The cathedral in Aachen Germany, built by the first Holy Roman Emperor Charlemagne, has an octagonal element to its construction as well a Moorish or Islamic influence in its architecture. It resembles what would later be termed a "Templar Church." Many elements of the interior of the cathedral resemble the style of the Dome of the Rock especially in the arches of the octagonal portion of the building. This cathedral is the location at which many of the German Monarchs and rulers of the Holy Roman Empire were crowned.
The cathedral in Aachen also aligns with a windrose marker and obelisk at the center of St. Peter's Square just as the Dome of the Rock and Lalibela do. St. Peter's Square points to Aachen. In fact the array at St. Peter’s seems to define the geomancy of the Holy Roman Empire. Other important Holy Roman Empire sites pointed to by the array at St. Peter's include Regensburg, Germany home of Holy Roman Emperors the Ottonian dynasty, and the Schloss Shonbrunn, in Vienna, Austria. The Schloss is the former home of the Hapsburg dynasty and onetime palace of the Holy Roman Empire. All are pointed to by the Array at St. Peter's. The Dome of the Rock and Aachen Cathedral are included in the Templum of the Vatican.

Williamsburg Virginia; The Axis Mundi of the New Atlantis.

Williamsburg Virginia is truly a town steeped in American history. In fact Williamsburg is the home to some of the most important clues in any mystery school examination of early American History. It is from being a student at William and Mary that future President Thomas Jefferson may have learned the mysteries of the Byzantine Empire and the Tower of the Winds. The era of Williamsburg’s establishment was also a golden age of alchemical and mystical thought.

The land area of Virginia once encompassed much of the American south and territory west of the Appalachian Mountains. For a short time Jamestown was the capitol. Bartholomew Gosnold was an early official and possibly the first member of an order valuing the spatial relationships of monuments in Virginia. Gosnold was married to Sir Francis Bacon’s sister and was known to always carry a staff with a pewter finial or decorative knob on the end of it that may have represented the gnomon or staff of an Augur or Geomancer. This is similar to the rod of Ptah from Egyptian mythology. Gosnold’s grave along with the finial or knob of his gnomon or staff were recently discovered at Jamestown.

Jamestown may have been the first founding step towards a Baconian vision of Atlantis in North America. It is no coincidence that Francis Bacon’s brother-in-law may have been the ‘Augur’ of the Jamestown Colony. Gosnold’s relation to Bacon and his affinity for this staff may imply that he had some Gnostic, secret society or mystery school oriented beliefs. Only three years later in 1610 the Cupids Colony was founded in Newfoundland also partially sponsored by Sir Francis Bacon. Gosnold had also made a previous voyage to the America’s near Newport, Rhode Island and its famous Newport Tower. During this voyage he named what is now known as Nomans Island Martha’s Vineyard for his daughter. This name would be later moved to the island we know of today by this name. There is a legend of a runestone being present on Nomans Island.

John Dee was royal astrologer to Queen Elizabeth I and may have instituted a system of ley lines or talismanic relationships between places as a way of collecting intelligence for the Queen.  Dee was, among other things, a Trinity College trained geographer. Dee was said to have had a strong influence on Sir Francis Bacon. Many cling to legends of Bacon bringing or sending the actual Holy Grail to America and this may have given birth to the legend of Bacon’s vault being located somewhere in Williamsburg. The capitol of the now Virginia Colony was moved to Williamsburg and soon after the College of William and Mary was established. At some point the presence of larger supplies of fresh water in what is today Williamsburg motivated the move. The establishment of Williamsburg and Jamestown all fits into what many consider a Baconian vision of a New Atlantis in America.

William and Mary would be considered the oldest college in America if the first incarnation of it had not burned in an early confrontation with Native Americans. Harvard is considered the first college in America due to this little known fact. William and Mary is known as the birthplace of the academic Greek organization Phi Beta Kappa. The College also has the distinction of having three U.S. presidents as alumni and is the school from which George Washington received his surveying credentials and was once Chancellor of. William and Mary was likely the breeding ground for the Masonic ideals and philosophy that helped to spark the American Revolution. Many sons of the landed aristocracy of the south attended William and Mary. Harvard University’s location near Boston was also a flash point of patriotism and Masonic principles in colonial America.

Phi Beta Kappa was formed or created in 1775 in a Williamsburg tavern near the campus of William and Mary at a time when only men attended. It is said that the founding members were all Freemasons who attended the college. This was long after Thomas Jefferson’s attendance at the college. Though Masons claim he was a Mason the only group that Jefferson is a proven known member of at William and Mary is the little known Flat Hat Club that may or may not still exist at the school. Later Jefferson became the member of scientific societies and groups that may have held some occult beliefs. The era of the mid 1770’s seems to be a banner for the creation of Masonic and occult oriented philosophies and groups including the much discussed ‘Illuminati.’

Freemason architect Sir Christopher Wren possibly designed what is now the oldest building of any college in America. Wren was a known Freemason and many look to his designs for Masonic and occult sacred geometrical formulae. Christopher Wren could be considered a ‘masonic architect.’  As any architect he concerned himself with the comfort and practicality of his structures. As a Mason he may have also been concerned with making the building the correct sacred and significant proportions for desired effect. Aligning the building properly may have also been of concern.

For an indication as to the degree Gnosticism and the occult involved in the daily life of early Williamsburg one need look no further than the design of the Williamsburg Gallows. These gallows were said to have existed at or around the time of Blackbeard the Pirate. From plan view the gallows were triangular measuring 11 feet per side. The dimensions of each side added is 33; a significant number in the occult an one that seems to be associated with executions and death. The number eleven also seems to have some esoteric importance. Historical illustrations of the Gallows show them being three vertically set posts with cross-members attaching them at the top to form a triangle. The Gallows appear to be approximately 13’ in height.

The Williamsburg gallows are famous as the site of the hanging of Blackbeard the Pirate’s crew. Blackbeard was captured near Okracoke Island of the Outer Banks of what is today North Carolina. Black Beard was beheaded on the spot soon after his capture. Eventually his crew was brought to the colonial capital of Williamsburg for trial and execution. Illustrations of the crew’s hanging include depictions of the gallows themselves and the large crowd that attended what was considered a festive event of the day. The illustrations show onlookers drinking bottles of wine and snacking on turkey legs during the event.

Sometime in March of 1719 thirteen of Blackbeard’s crew met a grisly end on the gallows of Williamsburg. 13 men executed on a triangular gallows 11 feet on a side totaling 33 feet; 13’ in height. The occult numbers associated with the gallows and this particular event are interesting when viewed from the perspective that many pirates were thought to be men who were brothers of gnostic oriented organizations or brotherhoods. Indeed the classic skull and crossbones of the pirate flag is pointed to by many as a Templar and Masonic symbol of great meaning. Many have speculated that Blackbeard himself was a member of such a group. Some theories state that Pirates had evolved from the lost Templar Fleet that had left New Rochelle France during the Templar purge of 1307.

The obvious occult overtones of the design of the gallows in both the historical record and its triangular shape and dimensions may shock many who were unaware of the prevalence of this philosophy in early America. Indeed the spatial orientation of objects in a geomantic perspective is obvious in the capture of Blackbeard and the subsequent execution of his crew. Blackbeard himself was beheaded soon after his capture at Okracoke. The English then proceed to Hampton, Virginia and placed the pirates head on a pike at the entrance to Hampton harbor. The entrance to Hampton harbor is situated nearly perfectly on the 37th parallel. Placement of Blackbeard’s head at this location on the latitude and longitude grid may have had talismanic implications and intent. This location is known as Blackbeard’s Point to this day.

The story of Blackbeard’s skull is a strange tale with many different aspects. Several reputable and reliable sources have maintained that after a few years Blackbeard’s skull was removed from the harbor entrance and fashioned into a silver mounted drinking cup or punch bowl!

Publisher John F. Watson states:  “skull was made into the bottom part of a very large punch bowl, called the infant, which was being used as a drinking vessel at the Raleigh tavern in Williamsburg.  It was enlarged with silver, or silver plated; and I have seen those whose forefathers have spoken of their drinking punch from it, with a silver ladle appurtenant to that bowl.” Given this timeline it is remotely possible that Thomas Jefferson George Washington and many other prominent early Virginians/Americans drank from this vessel.

Historian John Esten Cooke in his book Virginia claims that the cup was still in use as late as 1913. Esten also alludes to skulls use as drinking vessels dates back to ancient times and refers to sources such as the Roman scholar Livy and Heroditus who recorded such practices in northern Italy. Other sources record sightings of the “cup” as late as 1930 and describe it as being inscribed with the words “deth to Spotwoode.” Spotswood was the then Royal Governor of Virginia. The location of the cup is unknown today. It is unlikely that such an object would be lost or misplaced. Could the skull be one of the items in the mythical “Bacon’s Vault” hidden somewhere in Williamsburg?  Drinking from a human skullcap is rumored to be one of the rights of initiation into Freemasonry. More likely “The Infant” is stashed in some secret location in Williamsburg which is definitely known of by specific people today.

The veneration of skulls is one of the things Knights Templar has been accused of. During the “Templar Inquisition” of the early fourteenth century they were accused of worshiping the head of John the Baptist, trampling on the cross and many other things. This head was known as ‘Baphomet.’ The deaths head cult also has a connection with the cult of the Green Man in the British Isles. German Masonic death head’s cults have been part of history from the Crusades, Nazi S.S. death’s head division to the Skull and Bones organization of Yale University all have valued this philosophy to one degree or another.

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Blackbeard the Pirate.

The use of Blackbeard’s skull in this manner echoes Skull and Bones and other so called death’s head cults rumored creed of praying or paying homage to the bones of their enemies. Drinking from a human skull is also rumored to be a rite of an advanced degree of Freemasonry. Many of the rites practiced at Bohemian Grove and other places echo those of the death’s head cults. The occult tradition of the Baphomet also involves the worship of the head of one’s enemy. Also woven in with this veneration of relics of specific people may be the need to possess such relics for political power as well as any spiritual value.

Williamsburg and Jamestown are very near the 37th parallel. Nearby Hampton to the south sits exactly on the 37th.  Hampton is where Blackbeards skull was displayed for three years prior to construction of the “the infant.” Williamsburg is aligned with the City of Baltimore on a north to south axis. If a line is projected at the southerly bearing suggested by the western city limits it creates an azimuth that leads directly to Wren Hall on the Campus of William and Mary! The line then extends just east of Jamestown.

This relationship is notable from a practical and geomantic perspective.  The western city limit of Baltimore is directly north of Wren Hall on the campus of William and Mary. This orientation would have been an easy one given only a magnetic compass. This is important in light of the fact that this line may have served as a north to south baseline for mapping and land divisions early in the history of the Colonies. The western city limits of Baltimore are also part of what would later be known as Druid Hill Park.  That park also has many esoteric and occult overtones including a strange octagonal tower built in the form of an architectural folly.

This tower in many ways resembles the Tour Magdela at Rennes le Chateau in France. Using one of the sides of this octagon at Druid Hill an azimuth on the globe is created that exactly matches the northwest boundary of the diamond shape of the city limits of Washington D.C. The family that created all of this has direct family relation to the Scots Norman bloodlines that have created many similar structures such as those discussed here.

Lord Baltimore played a large role in the establishment of the Mason Dixon line and many other aspects of colonial culture. Baltimore is famous for its Druid Hill Park. Williamsburg was established prior to Baltimore so it follows that Baltimore may have been established in part due to its proximity to Williamsburg. This arrangement does symbolically and practically link the two settlements together. This arrangement was established long before Thomas Jefferson or George Washington were born proving that this practice has been in north America since at least the beginning of English occupation if not Spanish occupation further south.

The association of Williamsburg and Baltimore in this linear manner is interesting and likely was intentional. Originally Lord Calvert future Lord Baltimore created a colony known as Ferryland in Newfoundland. This was subsequent to the said failure of  Bacon’s Cupid’s Colony. Both colonies were located on what today is known as the Avalon Peninsula of Newfoundland.

In 1624 Lord Calvert/Baltimore was granted what was known as the Charter of Avalon thus creating the Province of Avalon in Newfoundland. The use of this name harkens back to the myths of Glastonbury and King Arthur. Lord Calvert himself spent over a year at the colony in Newfoundland before he realized it was a fruitless endeavor. Newfoundland during this era seemed only useful as a base for the great fishing fleets of Europe. Even Portugal’s national dish is the Cod that is not indigenous to their waters. Lord Baltimore decided to head south to the already established Jamestown Colony in Virginia. Upon his arrival he demanded that he be given Jamestown.

This ‘suggestion’ was meant with a resounding ‘no.’  Jamestown had been established by freethinking people for monetary gain ultimately. Calvert was more of a Catholic oriented gentleman. In response to his request to be given Jamestown the King responded by granting him what would become Maryland thus leading to the juxtaposition of the names of the two adjacent states one being Virginia and the other being Maryland. Virginia representing Queen Elizabeth or Pallas Athena (Protestant to say the least) and Maryland Mary Queen of Scots (Solidly Catholic).

Really what may be inferred by these people’s use of names such as ‘Cupids’ and ‘Avalon?’ Name breakdown: William and Mary are the ‘Orange’ or non Catholic co-rulers of England. William was Dutch. Cupid’s refers to the nymph Cupid associated and sometimes identified with Athena Goddess of Wisdom and as by coincidence orienting oneself. Avalon refers to the mythical land of King Arthur in England which many suspect may be the area around Glastonbury Tor. Jamestown may refer to ‘Jacobus’ or St. James whose sepulcher is the subject of the Pilgrimage or Way of St. James that crosses northern Spain as well as other paths from all over Europe. The lines of the paths resemble a scallop shell leading to Santiago de Compostela the site of the Sepulcher of St. James. The later “Jacobite” rebellions in England may have valued this imagery as well. These names may reflect alchemical or secret translations that were also part of any secret society or intelligence gathering apparatus.

The orientation of the array in Williamsburg is very interesting from the perspective that these arrays serve as sighting devices. The direction these types of linear arrays point or vector to establish a talismanic relationship to the target or whatever is on the line. To the east the array of Williamsburg it trends out into the Atlantic Ocean and may have been oriented to mark the equinox.  This linear array includes an octagonal structure that was originally built as a Church. In the tradition of the Tower of the Winds and many others it is highly likely that the Powder Magazine (an octagonal Axis) is a sighting device that is part of many early American mysteries. This is discussed in detail here and may contribute much to the study of alternate history in the United States.

Visitors to Colonial Williamsburg are actually visiting a plaza or array very similar to that of the National Mall, Bicentennial mall and the International Peace Garden. Many major cities and even several smaller towns have this type of occult or Gnostic oriented layout. This park was tuned for effect with a specific purpose in conjunction with the already existing layout of William and Mary. 

Williamsburg is the first of a nationwide system of similar monuments dreamed of by Bacon and continued by Thomas Jefferson and supplemented by others as time went on. The original plan of William and Mary included the delineation from plan view using the adjacent streets a flat topped pyramid with Wren Hall at the top. The slanting sides of the pyramid are formed by the approaching streets. The layout of Williamsburg and all of the associated Rosicrucian and Masonic symbolism indicate that Jefferson later may have been carrying out a plan set into motion by Sir Francis Bacon, Queen Elizabeth I, Robert Beale, and Dr. John Dee. These arrays also resemble the plan view of many Gothic and Medieval cathedrals and churches complete with crossing elements and a cross shaped plan.

Another compelling theory as to why the restoration took place revolves around the location of a supposed vault of information and wisdom left in Williamsburg by Sir Francis Bacon himself beneath what is now Bruton Parish Church. Rumors about the location and existence of the vault are supported by local lore and historical documents including letters written by those who saw the tunnels and vault entrance. Local legend states that Thomas Jefferson, F.D.R. or John Rockefeller were the last people to view the contents of the vault. It is possible that among artifacts remaining in the vault is a plan for the development and location of cities in towns in the new colony including their locations on a pre-established star grid. As those interested in gnostic wisdom and possibly Masons including both Jefferson and F.D.R. would have had huge interest in making Bacon’s vision a reality.

The Rockefeller foundation was the largest influence and contributor to the “restoration” of Colonial Williamsburg. The restoration of Williamsburg (1932) was undertaken in the same era of construction of the International Peace Garden and Hoover Dam and its star chart memorial. This is also the time during which the one dollar bill received its illuminist design. This fact and other subsequent events indicate a strong interest by the Rockefeller family in the Holy Grail Mysteries of North America. They like many before them have been seduced by the mystery or possibly have a family tie to a value of this tradition.

This era seems to have been important in the Masonic world and may have been thought of as the beginning of the “Ordo Novus Seclorum” or New World Order. In this case the “order” being translated in the literal as in the planning of the locations of cities and towns in advance and beyond the dynamics of any natural or equitable civic evolution. If only adherents of the belief that kept it a secret knew this plan it would have comprised a huge advantage in many different social and economic spheres. Though very complex these concepts may have been part of a kind of ‘Heart of Darkness’ or cargo cult manipulation of others to their advantage. In addition to having spiritual aspects its organization may resemble an intelligence service. Part of the cover up may involve the perpetuation of treasure myths and legends.

It is possible that this vision is what motivated Jefferson in planning the future location of the city of Indianapolis and other locations as only points on a grid prior to their establishment as more western territory was obtained. One need look no further into the obvious pre-planning of cities and towns than on the latitude of the Mason Dixon line. Several cities and towns including Indianapolis, Denver, and Chico, California seem to have been intentionally placed and planned to be located in position along the line. Each city has a unique geomantic architectural array of it’s own.  Chico, Indianapolis and Denver also align with an important American geomantic sighting device at the International Peace Garden on the border of the U.S. and Canada.

It is not clear if Williamsburg was restored to the way it actually was. Prior to its restoration some elements of the array had been altered through the normal course of civic evolution. It seems logical that the restoration was to set things back to the way they were designed originally including the plaza composed of in part of the campus of William and Mary, The Governor’s Mansion, Powder Magazine, Bruton Parish Church and the Colonial Capitol building.

Along with the Newport Tower the octagonal Powder Magazine in Colonial Williamsburg may provide clues in solving both the mysteries of Bacon’s Vault and the so called ‘Beale Treasure’ said to be located somewhere near Thomas Jefferson’s octagonal country estate known as Poplar Forest. The Newport Tower, Powder Magazine, and Jefferson’s octagon may be meant to harken back all the way to the Tower of the Winds in Athens, Greece while paying homage to Constantine, Justinian I and II, Charlemagne, The Knights of Spain and the Temple and more. As we will see the Powder Magazine in Williamsburg will play a key role in association with the International Peace Garden and its unique Masonic Compass and Square shaped auditorium.

Two of the most enduring treasure legends of Virginia include hidden knowledge and manuscripts stashed in what is known as “Bacon’s Vault” in Williamsburg, and the “The Beale Treasure” of Bedford, Virginia. Evidence suggests that both hidden treasure myths may have been created as clues to lead one to the real solution of the myths. Indeed both tales are designed to lead one to the Holy Grail as Thomas Jefferson defined it. Ultimately both of these treasure myths as well as the Powder Magazine, Jefferson’s octagons, and Newport Tower may be viewed in light of the Beale family’s involvement in each mystery. Given the evidence presented here it is clear that the Newport Tower in Newport, Rhode Island may have been designed for the same purpose. All three of these structures are linked together through a geomantic function inferred by their octagonal plans and orientation with regard to true north. Each of these strange towers likely possesses a lineage that include The Tower of the Winds in Athens. All of these structures were built by people with direct blood and family ties to the same Beale family that likely created the myth of the Beale Treasure and Legend of Bacon’s Vault.

Thomas Jefferson may have believed information that included the sacred geometrical concepts needed to solve this mystery is what comprised the Holy Grail in his belief system. It is possible he considered the grail to be information and not treasure. He may have learned this information by solving the mystery of Bacon’s vault himself while a student at William and Mary. Ultimately this information leads one to the truth about the origins and philosophies of the United States of America, an American Holy Grail so to speak. It is also remotely possible that actual, valuable treasure is located in association with these myths. Others who were later aware of these arrangements may have used them as a coded way to hide valuable items.

Bacon’s vault is an enduring myth of Williamsburg, Virginia involving hidden information and artifacts that were brought to the new world by Rosicrucian’s under the direction of Sir Francis Bacon himself. Adding to the mystery is the fact that Virginia may have actually been named for the Goddess Athena the spear shaker and not the Queen. The legend includes rumors that both Thomas Jefferson and president F.D.R. had visited the vault personally.

All of the controversy surrounding the vault myth was whipped into a frenzy in the early 1930’s when the Rockefeller family took a personal interest and investment in the restoration of the Colonial Capitol to its former glory. This was part of a trend of many Gnostic oriented investigations and developments that took place in the era of President F.D.R. that included the creation of the Star Chart at Hoover Dam and The International Peace Garden on the Border of the U.S. and Canada.

The Bacon’s Vault myth does have some basis in fact as Bacon’s sister and her husband Bartholomew Gosnold were among the earliest of the Jamestown Colony’s inhabitants. Bacon is said to be the founder of the modern forms of Masonry and Rosicrucian’s. Gosnold’s grave was recently excavated in Jamestown. His remains included a staff that resembles the rod of ptah of ancient Egypt leading many to speculate that some colonists were indeed Rosicrucian. This type of staff may also be interpreted as the staff of St. Lawrence. The Rosicrucian’s as are many Orders are very secretive and do not share anything they may know of these matters. It is possible that they or later Mason’s actually created the myth of Bacon’s Vault in order to lead one to the real truth.

After some time the colonial capitol was moved from Jamestown to the site of present day Williamsburg due to its proximity to a larger supply of fresh water. The town of Williamsburg eventually came to include what may be the first linear park or plaza built by Europeans in the new world. Of course the hidden geographic or talismanic purpose of the alignment is hidden in occult and mystery school beliefs. The legend of Bacon’s vault may be meant to bolster an air of mystery and intrigue meant to lure those inclined to quest for the grail.

The west end of the alignment includes Wren Hall on the campus of the College of William and Mary. Sir Wren is famous for redesigning London after one of the great fires that plagued the city. The east end of the alignment is defined by the location of the Colonial Capitol building. Many linear geomantic arrays include a crossing element somewhat like a medieval church. The crossing element in Williamsburg includes the Colonial Govenor’s mansion which has a topiary labyrinth on its north side. The south side of the crossing element has a unique garden with some four square designs in their plan. This array crosses the main axis defined by Wren Hall and the Capitol at 90 degrees forming a cross shape.

Included in the main capitol array is a unique octagonal structure known as the Powder Magazine. The octagonal form of the magazine itself is also surrounded by an octagonal wall that is oriented exactly like the building is. This building saw use a church and livery at various times since its construction but was eventually turned to the task of an armory or magazine. It is interesting that the structure was originally a church. The octagonal form for a church has a rich lineage including Constantine the Great, Justinian I and II, Charlemagne, The Knights Templar, and now the citizens of early Williamsburg. The Powder Magazine also resembles what may be termed a ‘Templar’ church.

The Powder Magazine of Williamsburg may actually represent the hidden information that spawned the legend of Bacons Vault. Many architectural sighting devices are hidden in the form of uniquely shaped buildings such as the octagon of the Powder Magazine. In the tradition of talismanic structures one of the directions inferred by the octagon of the Powder Magazine may represent the key to the hidden vault of information that was supposed to be somewhere under Williamsburg. The myth of Bacon’s vault may have been created to lead one to the real clue held in its telling.

The only other older structure that may serve this purpose in North America is the Newport Tower. The legacies of these two structures likely would lead to the later construction of similar towers and mysteries at places like Shugborough Hall, The West Wycombe Estate of Sir Francis Dashwood, The Mt. Stewart Estate of the Marquis of Londonderry, Rennes le Chateau, The Frenchman’s Tower of Palo Alto, Rosicrucian World Headquarters in San Jose, and ultimately the International Peace Garden on the border of the U.S. and Canada.

It is entirely possible that during his time at William and Mary Jefferson became aware of the directional qualities of the octagonal Powder Magazine which is located very near the campus of the College. This may have clued him as to the real purpose of the Powder Magazine. In reality Jefferson may have been being initiated into a secret society that had existed since the time of Egypt that may have even extended beyond the bounds of ‘normal’ Freemasonry during this era. Jefferson may have been prompted through this entire experience just as Charlemagne and Byzantine Emperors had been earlier in history. At this point he may not have even known that he would fulfill the modern version of the same role those men had.

Being a Freemason Jefferson may have not been able or cared to share information that he deemed too important to share. This also may have led to the portion of the Bacon’s Vault myth that states he was one of the last to view the contents of the vault. The “hidden information” to be found in “Bacon’s Vault” is comprised of the octagonal shape of the building itself. This is also interesting in light of the fact that president F.D.R. was also supposed to have seen the "vault." His name continually pops up in N. American grail research and he also later dedicated the millennial themed Star Chart at Hoover Dam.

The northeast facet of the Powder Magazine can be used to create an azimuth that transects northwesterly not only to the International Peace Garden but also to a Masonic Compass and Square shaped auditorium there. This building is oriented so that the Compass and Square points directly back to the Powder Magazine in Williamsburg. The importance of this fact contains the keys to the quest in Jefferson’s version of the Holy Grail. The northeast azimuth created by the Powder Magazine creates an azimuth that leads to just about three miles to the west of the Newport Tower in Rhode Island very near the Narragansett Rune. This stone has recently been stolen and subsequently recovered.

In either case this azimuth from the Powder Magazine passes close enough to the Newport Tower that it may be inferred that it or the runestone was a desired association. The Newport Tower is inexorably linked to the Kensington Runestone via a solstice event pointing one in the direction of the stone’s discovery site (Scott Wolter ‘The Hooked X). This is an amazing correlation that will become clear with a few more facts.

Is it possible that the site of Williamsburg was sought out in order to achieve these octagonal associations with the future site of the International Peace Garden and the Newport Tower or Runestone in the harbor? It is clear that one older octagonal structure at Monte Sant’Angelo Italy sights the Peace Garden, as does the later octagonal tower of Girona Cathedral in Spain. Both of the structures in Monte Sant’Angelo and Girona were built in this family legacy that may include Alexander Spotswood the creator of the Powder Magazine. The Shepherd’s Monument at Shugborough Hall also points the way to the International Peace Garden. The mystery at Shugborogh is linked to relics that were found on the future border of the U.S. and Canada just as the Peace Garden is situated.

It is also possible that originally the Jamestown site was selected partially for this association. This is not out of the question given the theories of author and researcher Scott Wolter who noted a solstice event at the Newport Tower that ‘points the way to’ the Kensington Rune stone in Minnesota. Wolter’s solstice event seems to be very close to the octagonal orientation of its north/northwest trending facet of the Newport Tower when viewed as an octagon which its construction indicates. The Newport Tower ‘points to’ the Kensington Rune.

The Powder Magazine is not the only octagonal structure in the State of Virginia that may contain the hidden treasure of Bacon’s Vault. Thomas Jefferson’s octagonal estates Monticello and Poplar Forest also were created in the tradition of the Axis Mundi as the Powder Magazine had been before and the Newport Tower before that. As in Williamsburg a local treasure myth in the area of Poplar Forest may have everything to do with his estate and nothing to do with the actual treasure known as the Beale Treasure that is said to be located somewhere very near there. Amazingly the Beale name is present in the mysteries of Bacon’s Vault/ Powder Magazine, Newport Tower, and Jefferson’s Poplar Forest in the form of the Beale Treasure legend.

The fact that both Poplar Forest and Williamsburg have treasure myths associated with them is an intentional clue as to what these octagonal structures represent. Poplar Forest in situated in the center of a region that has a treasure myth that has even attracted the likes of famous treasure hunter Mel Fischer. The Beale treasure has fascinated and frustrated treasure hunters since the myth became apparent in the late 1800’s.

The Beale Treasure myth includes a treasure that was found by Bedford, Virginia resident Thomas Jefferson Beale in New Mexico or what is now southern Colorado and subsequently stashed in a hidden vault somewhere near Bedford. Note that Bedford is only about eight miles from Thomas Jefferson’s Poplar Forest. The main clues in the Beale Treasure myth include clues that can only be deciphered using the United States Declaration of Independence that was written by Thomas Jefferson of Poplar Forest! A specific area of New Mexico seemed to have fascinated Jefferson and his friend and fellow Linnean Society of London member Alexander Von Humboldt. Their fascination for this region ties into this mystery and their influence still may dictate events in that region of the country today.

In light of Jefferson’s knowledge of surveying, geomancy, and the Declaration of Independence it is within the realm of possibility that he created the Beale Treasure myth for the same reasons the myth of Bacon’s Vault had been created. He may have built his house to contain directional information in the tradition of the Powder Magazine and the Dome of the Rock in Jerusalem. Both treasure myths may have been created to lead the treasure hunter, or in this case, grail seeker to the same conclusion. Ultimately the Beale Treasure may consist of Thomas Jefferson’s ‘lost’ papers. Much of the written legacy and records of Thomas Jefferson were lost in transit to the National Archives. This may be part of the mystery of Poplar Forest or possibly Monticello as well.

Using the northeast facet of both the octagon of the Powder Magazine in Williamsburg a northwest trending azimuth can be created. The azimuth created leads to a Masonic Compass and Square shaped design at the International Peace Garden. The Powder Magazine also points an azimuth that passes or transects between the Newport Tower and the Narragansett Rune. Interestingly the octagon of the modern International Peace Garden sights the location of the Kensington Rune just as the Newport Tower does. This is an interpretive sign from Jefferson and his forefathers that the grail or information of supreme importance is at the International Peace Garden. They are also showing us an interr-related thread present in all of these mysteries.

It is interesting that the Powder Magazine in Virginia points to an octagon so far away.

“What is so important about the International Peace Garden (IPG)?” one may ask.

The IPG may represent the first Axis Mundi left by any European in North America and was designed to claim North America for the group of men who established it. Subsequently five early American octagonal structures lend directional clues to the mystery. It is interesting that the Williamsburg array is the earliest official alignment and an element of its design points to the secret earlier Axis. Obviously given a belief in this scheme they were aware of the history surrounding the axis at the future site of the Peacd Garden.

If one examines the sites of discovery of two famous stone artifacts found in Minnesota and N. Dakota the reasons for this value of the IPG may become apparent. The evidence indicates that the Templars or Knights of Malta possibly accompanied by Cistercian monks who performed a ceremony that established an Axis Mundi or claim to the seen world from that point. In short the IPG’s octagonal fountain can be used to create lines or azimuths that lead to the said site of discovery of both stones. The modern Peace Garden may have been built to venerate this point on earth from earlier history. Alternately all of this was staged later to created mysteries similar to that of the Beale Treasure or Bacon’s Vault using the Kensington Rune and Stone of Destiny as the relics that were being sought after instead of treasure. All of this tradition may be interpreted as initiatory in nature to some degree. It is possible that these ‘hoaxes’, which were originally meant to claim property or inform initiates, are now being misinterpreted as being real ancient relics and treasures.

Both the discovery sites of the Kensington Runestone and the so called Verendrye Runestone lie along azimuths created by the 135 and 225 degree azimuths inferred by the octagon at the park. The location of these stones in relation to where the IPG is today indicates that the octagonal fountain at the park represents an Axis Mundi that may have been left by Scandinavian Templars or Knights of Malta as early as 1362. In addition a strange sandstone pillar just less than six miles north of the U.S./ Canada border bears a strange Hebrew inscription and may have been intentionally situated on what they believed was the same latitude as the future site of the Peace Garden.

The Kensington Runestone is dated to 1362 and this date is backed up by geologist Scott Wolter’s assessment of the stone. Wolter specializes in diagnosing the authenticity or rate of weathering of rock art and stone artifacts. It makes sense that this stone would have been left in alignment with an axis they had created to claim much of N. America for their order. (Wolter: “The Hooked X.”) Note also that one of the main octagonal azimuths radiating from the axis of the Dome of the Rock extends to just six miles south of the discovery site of the Kensington Rune and transects directly Alexandria, Minnesota the home of the stone today. At this distance and scale given the methods available it may be inferred that the people who left the Kensington stone meant to leave it at an intersection of lines extending from the International Peace Garden and the Dome of the Rock. Another instance of mythology being created in association with known axes. All of this also indicates that the creators of the Newport Tower were aware of the axis at the future site of the International Peace Garden.

The tale of the Verendrye Runestone is more involved but fits the mystery as well. Many of the histories of the Verendrye stone include the fact that it was found somewhere in the environs of what is today Minot, North Dakota. Minot is located along the 225 degree azimuth suggested by the octagon of the Peace Garden. This would fit the model established by the site of discovery of the Kensington stone and support the fact that the IPG represents the Templar Axis. Two runestones found at even intervals or azimuths suggested by the octagon of the IPG. As we may see the fact that a ‘Verendrye Rune’ was ever in Minot may be an intentional discrepancy meant to give you another clue. This is a common thread in this quest.

Researcher Louis Buff Parry has been working on what may be termed the “Pillowstone of Jacob mystery” for many years. The object of his quest may be the same stone originally via the ‘straight’ story that was referred to as the ‘Verendrye’ stone.
Parry discovered a site in Saskatchewan that he believes the stone once occupied. He identified a site that included a sandstone pillar with an alcove carved into it where the stone used to lay. This scenario matched the description of where the stone was said to have been found in Minot though Parry’s site is far to the west of Minot. A sandstone pillar was also part of the lore of the Verendrye stone in Minot. What Parry found does resemble historic accounts of the site where the stone was originally discovered by the Verendrye Party in 1743. Parry’s site does not align with the octagon of the IPG exactly but is close enough to the latitude (49th parallel US/Canada border) of the Peace Garden to consider that it was being aligned with the same point on earth as the Kensington Stone.

Mr. Parry's site is very close to the U.S. and Canadian border at the 49th parallel. This is the same latitude as the IPG. The sandstone pillars in question seem to be only 5.5 miles north of the border. If someone were hiding the stone would such a specific geographic location be "close" enough to later guide one to the stone? Perhaps the location was determined by star sightings and had a small margin of error or possibly the sandstone pillars are visible from this point. That site is close enough to the latitude of the border for this to be considered. Both the location of the Kensington Rune and the Verendrye stone are inferred in a geomantic array that includes The Newport Tower, The Williamsburg Powder Magazine and the International Peace Garden. Four octagons solve the mystery. Later as the thread of evidence moves to Europe and to later American History we may see other clues that value the Peace Garden as well. Later a similar scheme of talismanic architecture involving three reproductions of the Tower of the Winds on English estates will mimic this mystery.

The location of Mr. Parry’s site does match the distance in French leagues (one French league= 2.64 miles) that Verendrye described in his description of the discovery site to Swedish Botanist and Linnean Society of London member Pehr Kalm. The sandstone pillar that Mr. Parry believes the Verendrye party retrieved the stone from had a strange Hebrew inscription next to the alcove where the stone was originally. In Hebrew the word “Preston” was inscribed into the sandstone face of the pillar. This is pertinent to our story in that part of Parry’s theory involves the fact that this missing stone may represent the actual pillowstone of Jacob mentioned in the Bible as part of the story of Jacob’s Ladder. The tale of Jacob’s Ladder holds a special place in the mythos of Masonry representing the stairway or ladder to heaven. In the modern world many people call this a stargate or heaven’s gate. Additionally Linnean Society of London member Alexander Von Humboldt also wrote of the Verendrye stone. This coupled with his association with Jefferson may point to him having an interest in these matters of architecture as well.

Preston, England was the site of a battle between Jacobite, Scottish Masonic influences and England in which the Pillowstone of Jacob was used as a talisman in battle against the British. This was the last point in history that includes accounts of the stone being present. Ancestors of Admiral Anson and Thomas Anson of Shugborough Hall were said to have fought for the Jacobite cause in this battle and may have possessed the stone itself during and after the fray.

Elements of the stone’s history are suggestive that the stone may have been stashed in Canada by the earlier Templars or Knights of Malta that had left the Kensington stone or those that were aware of it later. The Jacobites may have retrieved the stone and brought it back to England at this time leaving the empty pillar alcove that Mr. Parry later found. The Chronology suggested by the date of construction of the Powder Magazine (ca. 1714) suggests that the location of the stone was known of by Governor Spotswood at least as early as that time. This date is long before the 1745 Jacobite revolution in Britain but close in time to the so called ’15 or 1715 Jacobite action. (The above is the author’s theory and does not reflect the opinions or theories of Louis Buff Parry). Note also that there are also several other reported settlements of European people in this region of North America including the Prince Madoc of Wales Legend, and possibly the Legend of Henry Sinclair. Officially the Hudson’s Bay Company may be responsible for the first Europeans in this region.

Preston, England does have an even spatial relationship to the IPG. It is located on an even 45 degree azimuth true north that is suggested by the Northwest facet of the octagonal fountain. This is directly opposite or the back azimuth of the 225 degree angle that led to Minot pointed to by the octagon. Preston is pointed to by the octagon of the IPG just as the Kensington and Verendrye stone’s said discovery sites were. This could be the reason the word “Preston” was inscribed next to the stone and the reason why Minot was promoted as the actual discovery site of the stone.

Remember the last recorded sighting of the stone was in Preston, England. Thickening the mystery is the fact that the Verendrye party traveled to Minot on a separate expedition in 1739 prior to the discovery of the sandstone pillar that included them navigating first to the future site of the IPG and then at a 225 degree route to Minot. Minot and Preston are located on an azimuth or line defined by the position and orientation of the octagonal fountain at the IPG! One line connects Preston and Minot that also crosses the fountain at the IPG and matches the angle of the octagon’s facet. Given this chronology did the Verendrye’s find the stone and then infer that it was found at the Sandstone Pillar far to the west? This would seemingly expand the land claimed by whoever left the stone in the first place. The locations of Minot and Kensington Minnesota are close to the defined boundaries of the territory of both Rupert’s Land (the early name of the HBC claim) and the Hudson’s Bay Company.

If the International Peace Garden is an Axis Mundi left by Scandinavian Knights in 1362 then the fact that the Powder Magazine in Williamsburg points to the center of the octagon or Compass and Square shaped building there must support the notion that the site of the Peace Garden has some important significance to Thomas Jefferson and earlier interests in the Virginia Colony if not to the entire organization of American Freemasonry.

The Powder Magazine (1714 (1+7+1+4=13) points to the IPG on the 49th parallel 4+9=13) was constructed long before the Louisiana Purchase gave the U.S. control over the area these structures were oriented to point to. Really what is inferred here is that groups including the Mason’s and Rosicrucian interests may have been aware of the axis left almost three centuries prior. This tradition may have been dictated by the same Norman bloodline through history that may have later shared or influenced a value of this activity at a high level of Masonry.

This same family or bloodline would later have direct involvement in both the construction of the International Peace Garden and ownership of the Hudson’s Bay Company. In turn the treasure myths were propagated in order to lead one to the trail of evidence that would suggest the octagonal structures had some importance beyond a unique shape for a building. If this scheme were correct it would mean that the Kensington Runestone is indeed authentic and actually left at the date of 1362 that is inscribed on the stone. No matter the authenticity of the date it may also be inferred that this group or family of people had some involvement in the stone’s deposition as well as the construction of the Powder Magazine, Newport Tower, Parry’s sandstone pillar, and Kensington Rune. What may all of this tell us about the true nature of the octagonal structures created by Thomas Jefferson? Who are these people?

One would require knowledge of architecture, art, history, geodesy, geometry, map reading and drawing, and the use of a globe correctly in order to even begin to solve this mystery. An appreciation of the lineage and chronology of pertinent structures leading up to this point would also be valuable. An extensive knowledge of gnostic and secret society symbols and meanings. The Great Pyramid. The Tower of the Winds. Baalbek. Portus. The Dome of the Rock. Basilica San Vitale. Aachen. Axis established at future IPG. Newport Tower. Powder Magazine. Poplar Forest. Of all the people alive during this era Thomas Jefferson possessed all the skills needed not only to understand but to create mysteries of this nature himself. Apparently members of the Beale family had been trained in this art just as Jefferson did.

Supporting this notion is the presence of the Newport Tower that points the way to the Kensington Runestone just as the octagon in Williamsburg points to the IPG. In turn the IPG points the way to the Kensington Runestone also. This is the reason the Powder Magazine was oriented to point to near the Newport Tower and Narragansett Rune also. They are showing you that it is all one mystery and not the individual treasure myths and lore that dominate the public opinion of each locale.

As noted above the Newport Tower was built before the Powder Magazine at a date unknown. We may surmise that the Powder Magazine was built in the same tradition as the Newport Tower and may have indeed been built by the same bloodline as Alexander Spotswood who had constructed the octagon in Williamsburg. This is possible. Indeed the Powder Magazine may have been placed to both sight the International Peace Garden axis and the Newport Tower. Given the navigation technology of the day this may be possible.

The Newport Tower in Newport, Rhode Island is a unique structure that resembles the remains of a Templar Church with a round turret with eight archways based on the concept of the octagon. Today the Newport Tower is surrounded by an octagonal walkway whose facets match the construction attributes of the Tower itself. The northwest trending facet of the Powder Magazine in Colonial Williamsburg can be used to create a northeast trending azimuth that leads to a point just east of the Newport Tower. This arrangement may suggest that the site of Jamestown and Williamsburg may have been selected due to its representation as creating a vector or node point between the Peace Garden Axis and the already existing Newport Tower. The Newport Tower and IPG axis may have been meant to be sighted by the Powder Magazine in Williamsburg. The Powder Magazine is placed very near the only point on the North American continent if not the entire globe where this association with both places is possible in this octagonal manner.

The chronology of the construction of the three octagons is Newport Tower; Date of construction unknown but appears on Veranzano’s late 16th century map. The Powder Magazine of Williamsburg was constructed in 1714. International Peace Garden was established in 1934 though this is likely the oldest valued point in the scheme or topology of arcs and points on the globe.

It is becoming obvious that all three of these octagonal structures were designed to teach one the story of an early Knighthoods coming to North America in 1362. It indicates that the Kensington Runestone is authentic even though the Templars may have left clues through out the continent that resembled more ancient artifacts. All of this evidence combined supports the notion that something of great importance and significance is located at the site of the IPG. The International Peace Garden is the Master Axis of the United States and possibly Canada.

Perhaps simply an important event like the original establishment of the axis itself is viewed with a great deal of significance? These ceremonies are designed to establish ownership and temporal control over a given region. Three octagonal structures were intentionally placed and oriented to lead one to the International Peace Garden. This must have been what represented the Holy Grail to Thomas Jefferson and the builders of the Newport Tower and Powder Magazine. As we will see the IPG is also referenced by later more modern structures in a continuation of this tradition.

The Truth about the Beale Treasure Legend

Any examination of the Beale Treasure legend may reveal many connections to Thomas Jefferson. The area of Virginia where the treasure is supposed to be located is also home to Jefferson’s octagonal estate Poplar Forest. We have discussed how the orientation of his octagons may have been used as directional devices that were designed in antiquity to aid in astrology, astronomy, and the legal description of property or cartography. It may be that a little known family link exists between the President and the people who deposited the treasure or had created the myth of its existence. Our examination here will show how the Newport Tower, Beale Treasure Legend and the Legend of the Bruton Parish Church Vault (Bacon’s Vault) in Williamsburg were created and propagated by the same familial group of people. Each mystery seems to involve an octagonal structure of its own.

During Jefferson’s era the practice of building alchemical towers had extended to become a tradition of landed gentry who built their towers as whimsical pieces of architecture or as follies on their estates. The pattern of how this tradition developed in France and England is exemplified by the Tower of the Winds reproductions in those countries. All of the appreciation of this structural form seems to have evolved from the Tower of the Winds in Athens and subsequent value of that form by Roman and Byzantine rulers. All of these structure were to mark meridians or lines of longitude from which additional measurements could be taken.

Amazingly two examples of this activity in North America pre-date the construction of the Tower of the Winds follies on English estates and the development of other architectural mysteries such as those of Rennes le Chateau or Shugborough Hall. Both the Newport Tower and the Powder Magazine in Colonial Williamsburg seem to have been built in this tradition. We discussed earlier the impact and lessons possibly learned by Jefferson from the octagonal Powder Magazine that was originally built as a church. This form for a church is a Byzantine tradition descendant of the Tower of the Winds in Athens and later was practiced by Constantine and his octagons and Charlemagne in the form of his octagon at Aachen Cathedral. This form would later become associated with what is known as a ‘Templar Church.’

We know that many of these strange talismanic structures contain hidden directional information that is valued by those who are privy to this concept. They point to places just like a hidden clue on a Pirate’s map. Later these concepts may have been applied to a path of initiation using the directional attributes of the structure as clues in this learning process. Sometimes it is possible that treasure or valuable relics were hidden in association with this practice. Those in the know could use it to hide valuable items or relics in a way easy to understand only by those who had been through the initiation. Alternately it would have taken a great deal of knowledge of cartography and land surveying to even figure out the clues. Coincidentally many of the figures that practiced this art were trained land surveyors. Is it possible that in part the landed gentry valued these skills in part because they enabled them to understand these mysteries?

We may see this tradition alive and well in Colonial Williamsburg in the form of the legend of the Bruton Parish Church Vault or what is more aptly known as Bacon’s Vault. The legend of Bacon’s Vault has been around Williamsburg for a long time. The legend states that Bacon sent his personal papers and other manuscripts to the new world with the Jamestown Colonists. Bacon had also invested in the development of Jamestown and Virginia himself as he had at the Cupid’s Colony in Newfoundland.

Eventually Jamestown became Williamsburg and the legend states a vault was built underground to house this valuable and secret collection of items. Part of the legend even suggests that this myth was part of some form of initiation in which one has to follow clues to find the vault. This is a kind of repetition in form of many other lost relic myths and legends all involving structures like the octagonal Powder Magazine and its directional attributes. The lost remains of Constantine and Charlemagne likely were components of mysteries they had intentionally left behind for their descendants to ponder. The involvement of Imperial remains in these types of mysteries may indicate a value of these relics to establish kinship and more in terms that aren’t fully understood. Later the Beale Treasure Legend would also include many of these characteristics.

Part of the Bacon’s Vault legend states that individuals Thomas Jefferson, John Rockefeller, and President Franklin D. Roosevelt were the last to see the contents of the vault. These three men clearly had an impact and value of whatever secret society type activity would be going on in Williamsburg. Jefferson likely learned of the vault legend and was compelled to solve it while a student and the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg. The Rockefellers spent a large sum restoring the linear capitol array of Williamsburg to resemble the way it was originally designed suggesting they may have been aware of the mystery in this context.

This array was likely the first linear park in North America and seems to have inspired the design of the National Mall in Washington D.C. and International Peace Garden. Both the Powder Magazine and the Bruton Parish Church where the vault is said to be located are part of this linear array. In fact the octagonal form of the Powder Magazine points to the Bruton Parish Church and its graveyard where many feel Bacon’s Vault is located.

Roosevelt was also known in his life to have invested in the recovery of the famous Oak Island Treasure so it is not beyond the scope of reality that he would have had an interest in any lost treasure or relic myth in Williamsburg. The Rockefellers had contributed greatly to the restoration of the Capitol array in the era of F.D.R. During this period much of Williamsburg was excavated and rearranged from the way it had developed over time. Houses and other structures had been built in the alignment and these were demolished or moved leaving us with what is supposed to have been the original form of the array. Even if Bacon’s Vault is a myth or element of some type of initiation and is not a ‘real’ treasure it is notable that these men are associated with this legend. The Powder Magazine and Bruton Parish Church may indeed be integral in understanding this mystery but not in the ways many treasure hunters would value or suspect. Alternately nothing revealed here precludes the existence of actual riches or relics.

The importance of the Bacon’s Vault mystery may be hidden in the fact that someone later created a similar treasure story in the form of the Beale Treasure mystery. The Beale Treasure may be analogous to Jefferson’s Poplar Forest as the Powder Magazine is to the Bacon’s Vault myth. Both places may hold directional clues that lead to the understanding of what the treasure really may be. The use of an octagonal structure as a directional device does not solve the treasure but may present the treasure hunter with up to sixteen important directions in which to seek the treasure. Something  may be learned along each line or azimuth on the globe that is created by the structure just as we see at the array of Egyptian obelisk and windrose at the Vatican. Studying all of these clues may lead one to the end of the mystery or even lead to more clues.

Again the Beale Treasure myth is presented to us as a mystery that must be solved. There are a few aspects of the Beale Treasure legend that suggest Thomas Jefferson was directly involved or that someone later who was privy to the secrets of his architecture had created this legend using the method he had used in the building of his octagons at Monticello, Poplar Forest, and Barboursville Mansion. It is also highly possible that whoever created the reality or myth of the Beale Treasure was also privy to the secrets of the Powder Magazine and had been initiated into its mysteries.

The original version of the story says that the treasure was found or administered by a man named Thomas J. Beale. This is suggestive that the man’s name is Thomas Jefferson Beale. Thomas is a common name among the Beale’s of Virginia including the first Beale in Virginia who lived near Williamsburg prior to the construction of the Powder Magazine in 1714. In addition the first part of the ciphers that are a major part of the mystery are based on the Declaration of Independence written in great part by Thomas Jefferson himself. Thirdly the entire mystery is set in the countryside surrounding one of Jefferson’s octagons Poplar Forest. From this we may infer that either Jefferson was directly involved or that someone aware of the directional attributes of his structures that had been an initiate into its mysteries had created this legend using the legacy of Thomas Jefferson.

The Beale Treasure legend states that Beale and his companions had been Buffalo hunting in the far western reaches of the Louisiana Purchase in 1820 when they happened upon a large placer deposit of gold in what is today northern New Mexico or Southern Colorado. After working the deposit for months somehow this vast treasure was brought across the country to be hidden somewhere in Bedford County Virginia in the environs of Poplar Forest. Note that no part of the Beale mystery or ciphers refers to Poplar Forest or Thomas Jefferson directly.

Next the ciphers were created to hide the treasure that is hidden in a vault somewhere in the area. The ciphers were then entrusted to a tavern keeper who did not open them until years later and then they didn’t come to light until the late nineteenth century. A great deal of time had passed between the supposed deposition of the treasure in Virginia the revelation of the ciphers. Many elements of this story echo earlier treasure and relic myths including the story of Bacon’s Vault which also includes a lost vault of ‘treasure’ in Williamsburg Virginia. The fact that the treasure did not become known until about 1880 when a pamphlet was printed revealing the ciphers that would lead to the treasure. As we may see it is possible that at this time the idea of the treasure may have been born in the form of a myth or legend.

Really all of the mystery and intrigue may be understood a great deal more from a simple examination of the Beale family name and its influence in the development of Virginia and the United States. There is a prominent Beale family that had a great impact on the development of the Williamsburg area, the port cities of Hampton and Norfolk in Virginia as well as the West Indies.

The most important Beale family member in this saga may be Thomas Beale who came to the colonies in 1640. Thomas Beale had been part of the mounted guard of Charles I and would return from Virginia to serve Charles II in the same manner. In some accounts Thomas is referred to as a ‘Cavalier’ or mounted knight. Note that the  ‘Cavalier’ name is the mascot of all of the sports teams of the University of Virginia that was designed and created by Thomas Jefferson.

Many members of the Beale family would later become navigators and even prominent members of the U.S. Navy. This maritime tradition may be more associated with the Knights of Malta during this era with even many American naval officers being part of that order. This is how they came to establish homes and family members in the great port cities of Virginia. It appears that the Beale family included a rich legacy reaching all the way back to Scotland and England and had many influential and even noble relatives in the old country. This lineage includes the distinct Norman bloodline that has created many structures and towers that contained directional attributes in this tradition. They also seemed to have been connected to Dutch nobility as well.

The biggest ‘suspect’ as to who created the myth would be a Beale that had a great impact on the development of the west in general but more specifically the Great State of California. Edward Fitzgerald Beale was born in 1822 just near the time when the Beale treasure story was supposed to have been born as well. Beale was an amazing man who would go on to have an extensive career in the U.S. Navy and would later help to explore and settle the western United States and would even play a role in the creation of the State of California. He was well known for his experiment in using Camels from Egypt for use by the U.S. Army in the desert southwest. He was a subordinate of Commodore Stockton and also worked closely with him in California after retiring from the Navy. Stockton is the namesake of Stockton California and was a great influence on the organization of early California.

Beale would eventually serve as a General in the California militia, director of Indian affairs, and would also become the Surveyor General of California. At this time it is possible that Beale knew or associated with people like John Bidwell of Chico and Leland Stanford of Palo Alto, both of whom are extensively involved in this concept of hidden or occult architecture in early California. His association with Kit Carson and John Fremont may have also put him in association with other figures discussed in this book such as Joaquin Miller and Peter Lassen. He was a very influential person during the era in which all these men were having an impact on California hidden history. Both Bidwell and Beale would serve as Generals in the California Militia.

Just like Jefferson before him Beale had the required skills as a surveyor, navigator, and cartographer to envision or understand any architectural scheme or directional device such as those at the Powder Magazine and Poplar Forest. He also possessed ancestors that had had an huge impact on the development of the United States. This would have also enabled him to place additional architecture or talismans along azimuths or arcs on the globe extending from these structures. Beale was also from the same landed class of gentry that Jefferson had sprang from earlier and it is entirely possible that there are real family ties between these two men.

In addition Beale grew up in what is now Norfolk Virginia very close to the College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, and the Powder Magazine. Given his families status and his skills it is highly possible that he had been initiated into the mysteries of the Powder Magazine just as Thomas Jefferson had been. Given the time frame during which Beale was an adult it may also be inferred that his initiation may have now included a full understanding of what Poplar Forest and the other octagons of Jefferson really represented.

During his life Beale was involved in the building of what is known of as the Beale Wagon Road across New Mexico, Arizona and California to the San Diego and Los Angeles area. This route would later be followed by the famous Route 66 through the southwest. Beale was a great frontiersman who had traveled overland from the far west to Washington D.C. and back no less than five times.

This was a monumental achievement in that day with many failing to even complete one leg of this journey. He was the first to reach Washington with news of the Gold Rush from California and had to cross Mexican territory illegally while accomplishing this. He actually carried a sample of California Gold across the area where the legend originated.

It is likely that during his many sojourns across the southwest that he became aware of a treasure known of as the Treasure Mountain cache. It is possible that his old world connections and Catholic background or family ties may have helped him while crossing Mexican territory. There are many aspects of the Treasure Mountain story that resemble elements of what would later become the Beale Treasure legend. Edward Beale would go on to establish the Tejon Ranch in Southern California and help to establish California as part of the United States.

Just as in the Beale story the Treasure Mountain tale involves Frenchmen finding a large deposit of gold on a hunting trip and excavating it for several months. In the end there is so much that they can’t carry it out so it is hidden somewhere in the wilds of what is now New Mexico. Slowly all but one of the French miners is killed who lives to tell the tale. This man leaves a coded message as to where the gold was stashed. It does indeed sound like Beale may have heard this story while in the west and later he or associated family members created the Beale treasure story around Bedford in this fashion. Alternately Beale found this lost treasure and had it brought back to Virginia to facilitate the legend that may indeed be true.

It is possible that Beale did find the lost Treasure Mountain cache in New Mexico. Other aspects of his life suggest that he may have not found anything there at all. Given his family ties and the possibility that this activity was seen as a family tradition would seem to indicate that the Beale Treasure ciphers and clues may be part of a quest of initiation into a certain degree or order under whose auspices would make all of this is more easily understood. If this is true all the promises of hidden riches may be designed to waylay or confuse any treasure hunters bent on obtaining wealth and not the intellectual riches that are being offered in the real mystery.

Instead any hapless treasure hunter may be confronted with an array of baffling and curious historical facts and suggestions not the least of which is having to study the Declaration of Independence for clues to a treasure! Along the way it is possible that Beale was venerating or valuing a mystery that had been left behind at Poplar Forest and the other structures that had been built or designed by Thomas Jefferson.

By attracting one to the golden riches of the Beale Treasure they may be brought to the amazing directional attributes of these octagons and in turn been led on an additional quest as suggested by the places associated with these buildings. We have already noted how Poplar Forest leads the way to other Jefferson architecture and the Kings Knot at Stirling Castle in Scotland the seat of Scottish Kings. In turn the octagonal Kings Knot leads to other mysteries like Shugborough Hall and Rennes le Chateau. Monticello sights Rosslyn Chapel a place of great talismanic importance to the mysteries of Scotland that in turn may have contributed to a value of this activity and Jacobite ideals in the development of the United States of America.

Now if all of this is true and Edward Beale was privy to all of this secret information what mysteries did he leave for us to ponder that may even in the final analysis be part of the Beale Treasure myth of Virginia? All of this would suggest that if aware of the Powder Magazine and Poplar Forest at this date Beale would have also been aware of the significance of the then hidden axis at the International Peace Garden that may have been used in pre Columbian exploration of America. Also suggested is an awareness of the true nature of the Newport Tower and the existence of ‘lost relics’ at various points pointed to by the main structures.

As stated before one of Edward Beale’s accomplishments was the construction and survey of what is known as the Beale Wagon Road, which would eventually become Route 66 spanning the southwest through New Mexico, Arizona, and Southern California. This road generally trends along the 35th parallel following the more level sections of the topography in this region. Interestingly a clue may be gleaned by one of the places that were named for Beale along the route of the wagon road.

In what is today the Mojave National Preserve of California lays the Beale Mountains named for Edward Fitzgerald Beale. Nearby is the small railroad depot town of Kelso also named for a prominent Scottish family related to the Beale’s. The town of Kelso is situated exactly on the 35th parallel of latitude. This is also the area where men of the U.S. Army Camel Corps were trained in the art of Camel riding. In more modern times this area has been used for the backdrop for many movies. The importance of this desolate area may be revealed via a study of the places that Beale as an initiate would have valued having named for him. In this way he may have left an additional clue as to what he knew and was up to. What if anything did Beale leave for us in this desolate stretch of desert between Los Angeles and Las Vegas? It is entirely possible that the Beale Treasure of Virginia could lead to the Mojave Desert. Interestingly some of Edward Beale’s mysteries may have been added to by his son Truxtun Beale.

As stated above part of his and Jefferson’s initiation into these mysteries may have involved someone prompting them to learn the directional attributes of the Powder Magazine octagon in Williamsburg. Edward Beale had been a naval officer and still had extensive family ties in the Tidewater region of Virginia where the Powder Magazine is located. The octagon of the Powder Magazine is oriented to point the way to what is today the International Peace Garden on the Border of the United States and Canada and also points very close to the Newport Tower in Rhode Island. During the time of Edward Beale this place had already been designated as important by the establishment of Dunseith, North Dakota by the Eaton family who founded the town in 1860.

In Scots Gaelic Dunseith means Fortress of Peace foreshadowing the future International Peace Garden moniker. The Eaton’s are direct relations to the same Stewart bloodline that Alexander Spotswood the creator of the Powder Magazine and the Beale family were descendant of.  This is clearly in part a family tradition, which may also shed light upon the true family relations of Thomas Jefferson.  Later in 1934 the International Peace Garden would be established just north of Dunseith at about the same time Colonial Williamsburg was being refurbished by the Rockefellers. In this way they were ensuring the preservation and appreciation of this important pre Columbian Axis. The Town of Dunseith is exactly five miles due south of a large octagon at the IPG today. This was likely an intentional relationship. At this time Dunsieth was also considered the geographic center of North America that has since been changed. It is entirely possible that the restoration of Williamsburg and the creation of the International Peace Garden were planned during this era due to a clandestine value of their true nature and hidden historical legacy.

Today the International Peace Garden is home in part to a large linear array in the tradition of the National Mall as influenced by the Capitol Array at Williamsburg. It is in effect a copy of the array in Williamsburg. Part of this linear array at the Peace Garden includes a large octagonal fountain known as the Sunken Gardens. The directions on the Globe suggested by this octagon are amazing and all reflect places that are also valued by this family line.

Places like Washington D.C., Baton Rouge, L’ Anse Aux Meadows Viking site in Newfoundland, The Powder Magazine, The Very Large Array representative of the Trinity, Denver, Chico, The Hoover Dam Star Chart, and Olympia Washington are all pointed to by the octagon of the International Peace Garden. All of these places in turn have talismanic art and architecture and related individuals that clearly links them all together in a common scheme or topology of important places. The IPG also points the way to the Kensington Rune. The famous sandstone pillar identified by Louis Buff Parry as once holding the stone of destiny is located on the same latitude as the IPG. The IPG is obviously a place of great talismanic importance to the group of people who value this activity. This point on earth may have been valued long before the actual IPG was established and was likely utilized as a datum or place from which to measure by pre Columbian explorers.

Edward Fitzgerald Beale is the namesake of the Beale Mountains near Kelso, California along the Beale Wagon Road. The Beale Mountains are considered to be one of the smallest mountain ranges in the world. The International Peace Garden points to the Beale Mountains and the nearby small town of Kelso just as it points to all the other places important in this saga.

This same small mountain range is also pointed to by the array of obelisks and the orientation of the surrounding plaza present in Heliopolis, Egypt. This same plaza at Heliopolis seems to value a great deal of significant places on the globe such as Saqarra Egypt, Teotihuacan, as well as Mexico City and the Zocalo there. This association w/ Mexico City was likely known of by Alexander Von Humboldt who was the first European scholar to inspect the Aztec Suntone and its calendar of doom. It is known that Edward Beale and his wife did visit Egypt and had an appreciation of ancient culture as befitting their class.

In fact many suspect an organization named the Brotherhood of Heliopolis created a book named ‘Mystery of the Cathedrals’ that was designed to help educate the public as to this hidden activity. This book discusses the axis of the Great Cross of Hendaye which actually points the way to Jefferson’s Poplar Forest. It is not out of the question that such a group could have influenced this activity later in the United States even to the point of influencing Jefferson. Jefferson and Von Humboldt were friends and fellow members of the Linnean Society of London. In this context it is pertinent that the plaza of obelisks in Heliopolis itself points to Kelso and the Beale Mountains.

There is no question that given the correct ephemeris or star charts that Edward Beale was capable of calculating his position on earth relative to another. He was a trained naval officer and had served extensively on United States ships. Given these associations it does not necessarily mean that anything of great value is present in the Mojave. It may only mean that Beal placed Kelso and later the mountains were named for him simply because he was aware of how to calculate these geographic relationships and had done it at least on a lark.  He was practicing a family and cultural activity related to his heritage just as Jefferson had done.

Kelso would be the base of operations for the U.S. Army Camel Corps administered by Beale. Given this view it is at least likely that he left some indication of him having done this in the form of a rock carving or a marking of the place from which he measured. At the most it means that the Beale Treasure is hidden in or near the Beale Mountains of the Mojave Desert. The fact that he may have figured this location in relation to two older axes and taken the time and effort to do it would mean something to him at a level most of us wouldn’t understand. Later we will see how a family member from another prominent early Williamsburg family would send us an additional clue as to why our assumptions about the Beale Mountains may be of merit.

Amazingly the same 225 deg. true north arc or azimuth on the globe extending from the octagon of the IPG to the Beale Mountains also crosses Hoover Dam on the Border of Arizona and Nevada prior to transecting Kelso and the Beale Mountains. More significantly it crosses the famous Star Chart located at the dam. This dam and Star Chart were dedicated by Franklin D. Roosevelt the same man who was supposed to have been one of the last to see Bacon’s Vault after Jefferson and Rockefeller had ‘seen’ it.

It is within the realm of possibility that F.D.R.’s association with Bacon’s Vault and coincidentally the Beales may have contributed to the Star chart being placed in a like context to where Beal had placed Kelso. F.D.R. also lived during the same era as Truxtun Beale and may have even known him. Beale was a diplomat. Many aspects of F.D.R.’s life including his investment in Oak Island suggests he was a family member and was compelled to take part in this activity. F.D.R. had apparently been initiated into these mysteries. During his dedication of the dam Roosevelt compared its construction to that of the Great Pyramid of Giza. The Star Chart is a navigational tool hidden in a monument with millennial themes just like Coral Castle, The Georgia Guidestones, and Great Cyclic Cross of Hendaye.

The Star Chart itself shows how the Great Pyramid could be used to sight the pole star and establish the date and ones location on the globe using the Stars, Moon, and Sun. This is also a navigational concept that permeates all of the mysteries generated such as the Beale Treasure and Mystery of Bacon’s Vault. The entire millennial theme of Fulcanelli’s “Mystery of the Cathedrals” was meant to inform one of millennial monuments and their true meaning. The Great Cross of Hendaye itself is festooned with images of the Sun, Moon, and Stars as are the ruins of Teotihuacan and many more ancient sites. Here we have a United States President creating a millennial monument in the same traditions just as Jefferson had done at Poplar Forest and Monticello.

The Star Chart of Hoover Dam is a classic millennial monument in the tradition of the Great Cyclic Cross of Hendaye. The templum or octagon of the Great Cross does point directly to Jefferson’s Poplar Forest and Jefferson may have known of this and in part built Poplar Forest in this position.

Millennial monuments fascinated Thomas Jefferson and Alexander Von Humboldt. The Aztec Sunstone was examined by Von Humboldt who later may have discussed it with Jefferson. It is possible that European scholars and alchemists were amazed that the Native Americans possessed similar skills and spiritual beliefs to those that they valued. Later a rendering of the Aztec Sunstone would be added to the U.S. Capitol rotunda possibly due to a hidden understanding of these concepts.

Today the Georgia Guidestones fill the bill of a millennial monument, as does Coral Castle in Florida. Each of these monuments seems to foretell of a cyclic disaster that strikes the earth. Elements of their construction often include a way to sight the pole star, determine the date and time and also the directions of equinox. As a consequence of these attributes these monuments could also be used to sight pertinent directions on the globe once oriented. These monuments are like the pillars of Boaz and Jachin in the book of Enoch that recorded the tenets of science and math to survive any disaster. The entire 2012 end of the world phenomena may have already been alive and well in the eras of Jefferson, Von Humboldt, and Beale. In a strange way the Beale Treasure Legend is related to these millennial concepts.

Edward Beale is the kind of man who deserves to be mentioned in the same sentence with these other two great men. If Beale was aware of this why would he value a place like the Beale Mountains situated in what is today one of the most desolate and least populated areas of the United States? Perhaps he wished that this area would be developed due to its association with the Peace Garden or is there more to the story? The Beale Mountains are along the route of the Beale Wagon Road and obviously this may be the reason they are named such. It is just too much of a happy coincidence that they are pointed to by two additional axes that point on earth also valued by his direct ancestors. Again he was carrying on a tradition that dictated he do this for a reason and not for nothing at all. There has to at least be more to the story of the Beale Mountains and Kelso California.

Is the ‘Beale Treasure’ actually stashed somewhere in the beautiful wasteland of the Mojave National Preserve? Is this what he is trying to say to us or something more? This location may indeed hold some significance. Kelso is situated exactly on the 35th parallel. Beale’s hometown of Norfolk Virginia is situated exactly on the 37th parallel. It may be possible that the town of Kelso was placed on the azimuth from the IPG at exactly the 35th parallel.  The IPG itself sits exactly on the 49th parallel. These facts may provide more possible clues as to a value of associating important places. They would not execute this activity for nothing but does it extend beyond a tradition to something more? The evidence present at each significant location seems to add up to the undeniable conclusion that all of this was planned.

All of this seems to lead one to the observation that there may be a wider scope to the story of the Beale Treasure beyond Virginia. Its fits the mold and scheme of too many other places and treasure myths to meet exactly what the public perception of what the mystery is. The mystery was perpetrated by a family that is directly connected to other instances of the same kind of architectural mystery and intrigue over a surprisingly large span of history. The commonalities between all of these stories leading back to Constantine and Charlemagne indicate an additional motivation for their creation that may not be due to any treasure in the classic sense.

They are teaching us about the way they view themselves and what they consider to be their domain while also providing clues as to the location of important items or records that are valued. In the end it is just as possible that real items of value are hidden in association or were later placed by others “in the know” so to speak.

As time goes on additional people who were aware of this tradition may have hidden items of value along azimuths suggested by places like Poplar Forest. This indeed may be the origin of the treasure myth. It is possible that Poplar Forest was used by the Knights of the Golden Circle in this manner to hide Confederate Gold after the Civil War and this may have led to the creation of the Beale Treasure story. We have already examined Robert E. Lee’s relation to this bloodline and his creation of the hexagonal Ft. Carroll before the war display these values. Edward Beale would have been alive and known of these intricacies at that time. He would have also been aware that his relative General Beale was a subordinate of Robert E. Lee in the Army of Northern Virginia. He may have also assured that at least one of his children were aware of what he had done and ensured that he understood this scheme fully. The conclusion of the Civil War may have indeed inspired these men to hide valuable items in such a way only their initiated brothers could find them. Edward Beale sat out the Civil War in California and was a General in the California Militia.

In the intentionally created smoke screen that may have been crafted for us all to decipher there may be a few rays of light permeating the mist. We have seen how the Legend of Bacon’s Vault also known as the Bruton Parish Church Vault may have been copied in the form of the Beale Treasure legend. Beale likely learned this in tandem with the legend of the Powder Magazine and as a veneration of the influence of Sir Francis Bacon in the creation of Virginia. What would it mean in this scheme then if we were to find a Beale family member interred in the Bruton Parish Church graveyard precisely at the location many feel includes the missing papers of Sir Francis Bacon himself? A Beale at the nexus of the entire mystery. The octagon of the Powder Magazine does point directly to the Bruton Parish Church and its graveyard and any information it may reveal.

In about 1640 a Thomas Beale came to York County Virginia which is adjacent to the City of Williamburg and includes Yorktown. He served on the early council of Virginia which later became the House of Burgesses. Thomas Beale was a Cavalier and a member of the Kings Life Guard during the reign of both Charles I and II. Interestingly the “Cavaliers” moniker is the namesake of all the University of Virginia sports teams today. UVA was of course created by Thomas Jefferson.

Thomas Beale is listed as an esquire for a Knight on early seventeenth century roles of the era and it is likely that eventually he became a Knight of the Order of the Bath or possibly even a Knight of the Garter. He returned to England from Virginia between 1660 to 1668 to resume this duty to Charles II after having already served Charles I. 1660 is also the same year the Baronet of Maidstone was created for what appears to have been Thomas’ brother Sir John Beale. This is also what is considered the early reformation era that included the reign of Charles II.

Eventually Thomas returned to Virginia and continued to have an impact on the political character of early Virginia in many different ways. For a time he was the commander of Old Fort Comfort at the location of what is Ft. Monroe today. This is very near Blackbeard’s Point as discussed earlier. Edward Beale who lived during the era the Beale Treasure was exposed is directly related to Thomas Beale of York County. The Beale’s have relations all the way back to the the very beginning of the United States.

During his time in the colony Beale became a sort of alderman or senior member of the Bruton Parish Church in Williamsburg. A brass plaque bearing his name and those of other important early members is present on one of the pews of the Bruton Parish Church. The presence of this brass plaque echoes a very similar plaque that was placed in the All Saints Church in Maidstone England where Beale was from. The plaque present in Maidstone is known as the Beale Monument. It includes a family tree or lineage of the Beale family from 1399 showing six generations of the family including the grandfather of Thomas Beale of York County. The Beale family were traditionally involved in the politics of Maidstone and family members had been mayor at various times. In tandem with the mayor of Maidstone was a civic minded group known as the Fraternity of Corpus Christi. This was a kind if advisory board for the mayor comprised of prominent citizens. More than one Beale had also served as Mayor of the town.

What is interesting about the Beale Monument of Maidstone is its association with another astonishing monument present in All Saints Church in Maidstone. One of the other prominently featured memorials in this church includes a large display dedicated to Lawrence Washington (deceased 1619) a direct collateral forebear of George Washington first president of the United States. Lawrence Washington would also later be the name of George Washington’s brother. Washington was a more powerful member of the city and served in parliament. He was married to a daughter of Raynold Scott named Mary. The Scott family would also go on to play a prominent role in early American history in many different realms.

The name Beale in the British Isles is spelled many different ways in different regions but a firm family tree has been established via these studies. There are Ball, Bell, and Beale family members related in Maidstone using the different spellings of the name though clearly related. In this context it is interesting that George Washington’s mother was named Mary Ball. Some accounts have her name being spelled as Bell and not Ball. Is it possible that the family tree of George Washington’s mother extends back to Maidstone and be related via blood to the Beales? It is interesting that this Washington Memorial is in the same church as the Beale Monument. Indeed all of this was revealed in tracing the origins of the Beale family and their involvement in the Legend of Bacon’s Vault and the Beale Treasure Legend. We are led to the realization that maybe some monuments like these are not simply randomly placed.

The occurrence of these two memorials in All Saints Maidstone is an amazing event given the patriotic themes present in both the Mystery of the Bruton Parish Vault (Bacon’s Vault) and the Beale Treasure Legend. Amazingly Thomas Beale of York County left us a small clue in the form of the brass plaque present on the pew at the Bruton Parish Church. This is a slim indication of something important at both the Bruton Parish Church and the All Saints Church in Maidstone, England. Does this item of import include tangible treasure or is the information found in the search the treasure? This information does reveal much about early Virginia and how the influence of families like the Beales may have been associated with early American figures such as George Washington and Thomas Jefferson. What further clues may there be in this saga that relate to Bacon’s Vault and the Beale Treasure? It may be that certain aspects of the mystery there at All Saints Maidstone may be present at the Bruton Parish Church in Williamsburg, Virginia.

Supplementing this view of the both the Beale Treasure and Bacon’s Vault is the presence of a clue that cold lend further light to the Mystery. Edward Fitzgerald Beale’s son Truxtun Beale is interred in the Bruton Parish Church graveyard. A Beale at the site of the Bruton Parish Church Vault legend? Full circle from the legend of Bacon’s Vault to the Beale Treasure legend we see Truxtun finally giving us a decisive clue as to the origins and meaning of the entire scheme. The Beale treasure legend may have been designed to lead us in this circumnavigation that ultimately points us back to the starting point of the entire thing after realizing what it all may mean. The fact that Truxtun is buried here leads us to his ancestor Thomas Beale who is even memorialized on Truxtun’s gravestone. At first it may seem odd that Truxtun born in San Francisco, California would be buried at the Bruton Parish Church in Williamsburg a continent away.

Of course this begs the question: “What is buried in Truxtun’s grave?” Does his grave contain the contents of Bacon’s Vault in an effort to throw us off track? Or was it all simply a game designed to inform and educate us? In a way the fact that Truxtun is interred there is interesting and amusing. Tuxtun is interred only feet away from where illegal excavations have been carried out in search of Bacon’s Vault. Truxtun’s grave has never been disturbed in these midnight digs at the Bruton Parish Church. It is also interesting that an examination of the Beale Treasure myth leads one back to the site of the Bruton Parish Church or Bacon’s Vault where Truxtun’s first American forebear was a citizen and memorialized in the church. This same site would also see many families of future famous and influential Americans in attendance.

At first glance there is no tangible reason why Truxtun Beale was buried in Williamsburg. A deeper look reveals that as stated in the inscription on his headstone that a forebear Thomas Beale was once an official of the Church. In part this again may be Truxtun leaving us all an additional clue. The octagon of the nearby Powder Magazine points directly to the Bruton Parish Church and its graveyard. Truxtun had himself buried where he knew the legend of Bacon’s Vault suggests that something is hidden there. He himself became part of this grand mystery. All of this suggests that Truxtun knew the truth of both the Beale Treasure legend and the mystery of the Bruton Parish Church Vault.

Amazingly Truxton Beale also contributed to this tradition by constructing a tower of his own. In many ways he made as great of an impact as that of his father in the legacy and development of California and the United States. A structure known as the Beale Clock tower was built by Truxtun in Bakersfield California in 1904. He also built what is known of as the Truxtun Library in Bakersfield. Subsequently the tower was demolished and rebuilt about 1.25 miles north of its original location. This change in position would not have changed the places it could have possibly pointed to. This tower in an octagonal stellation of arcs reaches both Mt. Shasta and the Bohemian Grove of the Bohemian Club of San Francisco. It also points the way to mid-town Manhattan in New York City.

It is possible that Beale was a member of the Bohemian Club though no records indicate this. Several newspaper articles have him associating with club members often. Truxtun Beale was a known Freemason who also acted as ambassador to Persia, Greece, and Serbia during his diplomatic career. Everything about his father and his lives suggest that there is more to this strange tale.

All of the evidence presented here is circumstantial and nothing is telling us outright that this Beale family were the one’s who are responsible for the Beale Ciphers no matter the reality or myth of the story. Given this evidence it may be theorized that indeed the legacy of the Beale family would include an understanding of many of the other mysteries in this vein including the mysteries of the streets of Washington D.C., the Newport Tower, Powder Magazine, Poplar Forest, and Monticello among others.

Through history subsequent Beale family members would have also been aware of the exploits of Robert E. Lee and other Beales in Europe who practiced this tradition. All of this adds up to suggest that there is a high probability that they were the ones to either have deposited the treasure as the original story states or to have created the legend for their own reasons. Perhaps in the end Thomas Jefferson is looking down upon us all and having a good chuckle at our expense. He continues to teach us many things and in part this may be the nature of this grand geographic game.

The Newport Tower through time. Horilogion of The Normans.

Dr. John Dee writing of Robert Beale:

“He seems also to have taken an interest in geographical discovery; for in Dr. Dee’s ‘Diary,’ under date 24 Jan. 1582, we read: ‘I, Mr. Awdrian Gilbert, and John Davis, went by appointment to Mr. Secretary Beale his house, where only we four were secret, and we made Mr. Secretary privy of the north-west passage, and all charts and rutters were agreed upon in general.’”

(National Biography; edited by Leslie Steven, Volume 4, Beal-Biber, New York Macmillan and Co., London, Smith Elder and co. 1885 p. 6)

The most burning question from reading the above quote would involve the answer to what these men had ‘agreed upon in general’ with regard to the ‘charts and rutters’ of the Northwest Passage? Clearly here Dee is briefing Beale on maps he had of North America. What plan involving these maps were they conceiving at this time? Could it be associated with the mystery of the Newport Tower? It is clear that both Dee and Beale were spies of a sort.

The reign of Elizabeth I Queen of England is one of the most fascinating and history making eras of what would come to be known as the British Empire. The development of secret societies and the modern intelligence service may be discerned in the unique history of this country during a time when an alchemical and rationally scientific mindset held equal sway in the psyche of most educated individuals. Figures such as Sir Francis Bacon and Dr. John Dee would have a significant impact on the history of this era.

Amazingly we may also see the influence of another powerful Beale family member active at this level of intrigue. It is entirely possible given events that occurred in association with him that Robert Beale was also a kind of spy. He was a close associate and sometimes worked for Walsingham who was the head of Elizabeth’s intelligence network. He had also counseled and negotiated with the then imprisoned Mary Queen of Scots. Though in opposition to Beales political affiliations Mary Queen of Scots thought highly of Beale who is even known to have received a gold chain from her. This Beale was also directly related to the Thomas Beale of York County Virginia, Edward Beale, and Truxtun Beale all associated with both the Legend of Bacon’s Vault and the Beale Treasure legend. It is also entirely possible that the Beales are connected to the oldest axis mundi in what would later be termed the United States of America.

An examination of but one of the structures created from the collective trust of Queen Elizabeth I and her advisors may also shed some light on and support these notions. Via this examination it may be clear that the Queen expressed her family heritage in a way that had been done for centuries up to and including the twenty first century. It is also suggested that Robert Beale and Dr. John Dee may have been involved in the construction of or had knowledge of the Newport Tower in Rhode Island. It is also possible that this meeting applies to the Oak Island mystery which many suspect Dee having involvement in.  Along the way there may be some new and startling revelations about the United States of America.

Star Castle is a unique star shaped military fortification on the Isles of Scilly in England.  Surveyor General Robert Adams built the fortress in 1593 under the auspices of Queen Elizabeth I. The Fortress is a practical defensive structure whose plan and design elements would be copied many times in later history. Note that the date of 1583 is but one year after the clandestine meeting of Dr. Dee and Robert Beale as quoted above. If Star Castle was what they were discussing in their meeting then why would maps of the Northwest Passage be important?

Among the temples of antiquity and the modern era that display valued directional attributes military fortifications also seem to possess a heritage in this realm. Later in history we may see places like Ft. Monroe, Ft. Carroll, and Ft. Sumter in the United States all being related geographically via their plan and orientation. In fact our original Thomas Beale of York County Virginia was once the commander of Old Fort Comfort that was located at the same location Ft. Monroe is today. These places are made to point at each other on the globe. Star Castle would not achieve its present star shaped octagonal plan until after the reign of Elizabeth I but it may be obvious that the later plan was representative of one of the hidden functions of such a structure. It had been planned this way originally.

Star castle has a unique octagonal plan that may belay a more hidden role as a talismanic structure meant to instruct one in the both the values of the Queen and those that designed and engineered the fortress itself. Surprisingly Star Castle may also expose some strange facts with regard to the history of North America and the United States. Star Castle was built in the era of Sir John Dee’s influence with the Queen thus making it entirely possible to speculate as to the monuments occult or hidden interpretations. This era also includes England’s legendary conflict with Spain and many strange and untold events in the New World including possibly the value of a strange tower in what would later become Newport, Rhode Island. The involvement of Robert Beale in this scheme would also be reflected in his family’s involvement in other similar structures and associated treasure myths.

Still, hints that Star Castle represents more than a strategic point on earth may also be suggested by its inclusion on a legendary ley line known as the Michael Line in England. Using the parameters set forth for a site’s inclusion on this legendary azimuth we may see such a value on the Isles of Scilly. An azimuth that traces the vaguely defined route of the Michael Line transects within just a few miles south of the town of St. Mary’s and Star Castle itself. Using Avebury Circle as a hexagonal axis also matches this arcs heading on the globe. Given the era of the castle’s construction all this may be possible when one considers some of the mythical values of the Michael Line in English culture. The value of St. Mary the name of the town in conjunction with such a structure should also not be overlooked. It may be possible that this structure was intentionally built on the Michael line.

Some legends and myths have Dr. John Dee himself searching for ‘The Holy Grail” at Glastonbury Tor. Regardless of the truth of this tale this story associates Dee with both the Michael Line and the Holy Grail all in England. If this value held true it would not be out of the question that the location of Star Castle was valued even prior to the construction of the fortress. The octagonal plan of Star Castle may put it in a lineage that includes places like Basilica San Vitale, The Dome of the Rock, and most importantly The Tower of the Winds in Athens, Greece. It is possible John Dee had figured that Avebury was an axis or that the orientation of the hill at Glastonbury itself defines the direction of this famous ley line.

An individual such as Dee who taught navigation to the Royal Navy would have held the historical knowledge and skills needed to make these associations. He may have also been privy to the hidden history and star logs of other axes around the globe. It is likely that Dee shared some of this knowledge with Robert Beale who then passed it down to subsequent family members who later used it to interpret the Powder Magazine and the octagons of Thomas Jefferson. Given the chronology of events it is highly possible that a Beale was involved in the construction of the Powder Magazine in Williamsburg as well. Later family members would have still been in Virginia during the era in which Jefferson attended William and Mary and likely learned the secrets of the octagons. Perhaps Jefferson was associated with some Beales. It is also possible that a Beale was involved in initiating him into these mysteries. Besides the meeting between Beale and Dee that was recorded both men were members of the Elizabethan Antiquary Society so additional association between the two is possible if not likely.

The legacy of Star Castle would later contribute to this architectural form and a veneration of the Tower of the Winds at the West Wycombe Estate of Sir Francis Dashwood, Oxford University, the Anson brothers’ Shugborough Hall, Summerhill Estate and the Mt. Stewart Estate of the Marquis of Londonderry in Northern Ireland. Several additional English, French, German, Italian, Austrian, and Spanish estates also posses architectural follies or elements of design that may include them in this cultural tradition. Indeed the linear grounds of more than one of these special places points the way across the globe to the Axis Mundi of the Vatican at St. Peter’s Square.

One of the purposes of Star Castle would have been a point from which celestial observations could be made hence the structures name. Logs of these star observations known as ephemeris could be used to help those at other points on the globe to navigate or map new regions of the world.  The star logs enabled people to compare one point on earth to another regardless of any other points or maps that existed at that time. During this historical age any activity associated with astronomy would have evolved and included the same skill set as astrology or divination using celestial bodies. Dr. John Dee is said to have been Queen Elizabeth’s astrologer though this art was hidden and possibly illegal during this age. Through modern history we do see very powerful and influential people maintaining a value of both this tradition and the art of cartography or map making. From a more spiritual perspective Star Castle may have represented the form of a Magdala or sacred tower from which astronomical sightings would be applied to the casting of horoscopes and navigation. It is now beginning to appear as if the Beale family was either involved in creating or had intimate knowledge of the Powder Magazine in Williamsburg, The octagons of Jefferson, and now the Newport Tower as well. This also infers that they may have indeed been aware of the more ancient axes such as the Great Pyramid, Hexagon of Baalbek, and hexagonal port of Portus near Rome.

As we have examined with other similar structures Star Castle’s octagonal plan may also have been meant to provide a kind of datum or Axis from which to measure. It is possible that talismanic places of importance may have been situated in alignment from an octagonal stellation of rays or arcs on the globe suggested by the plan and orientation of the structure itself. Star Castle is a compass rose placed on the face of the earth. By examining places that seem to be valued by Star Castle we can view a mix of the spiritual and practical applications of the art of navigation.

As stated above Star Castle seems to have been situated on the Michael Line. A Northeast trending stellation matching Star Castle’s octagonal plan also closely follows the traditional path of the Michael Line and does include places like Burrow Mump, Glastonbury Tor, and Avebury along the arc suggested by the octagon there. Interestingly this same arc on the globe from Star Castle continues across the North Sea and Germany to Bornholm Island in the Baltic Sea.

We have studied earlier here how Bornholm is an important site that exemplifies how hidden the arts of precise navigation and land surveying were used during this era. Bornholm is home to precise and patterned arrays of churches that may be Templar in nature (Lincoln, Haagensen). Part of the reason this activity may have been viewed as occult could have been due to the fact that the public at large lacked the ability or education to understand the technical aspects of this craft. Many technical disciplines may have been seen as and presented as being magic to the common person of this time. This use of the occult may have been a common apparatus of intelligence gathering operations. John Dee and Robert Beale both travelled royal courts and cities of Europe during the Elizabethan age seemingly collecting information for spymaster Walsingham and the Queen. Dee’s code name to the Queen was even 007 which likely applied to fictional spy James Bond later for this reason.

Using the same octagonal division of azimuths on the globe that sight Bornholm Island the Newport Tower in Newport Rhode Island is sighted from Star Castle. Star Castle points to both Bornholm and the Newport Tower. Coincidence?  Many architectural scholars have compared the Newport Towers plan to that of the ‘Templar’ Churches on Bornholm. In fact the Newport Tower was once covered in white stucco making it appear even more like the Churches on Bornholm Island.

On its way to Newport from Star Castle this azimuth or arc on the globe also crosses another very significant site in early United States history that displays how important events may also be arrayed along talismanic lines of importance. Prior to this azimuth reaching the Newport Tower it crosses Pilgrims Pride Park in Provincetown Massachusetts. This park is the site of the first landing of the Mayflower and the signing site of the Mayflower Compact. A short time later the Pilgrim’s moved to Plymouth and their well-known value of the rock there. This historical event is also interesting when considering any involvement of Robert Beale in this mystery. He was a known Puritan sympathizer and was even suspected of being a one himself.

Bolstering this notion is that in the All Saints Church that contains the Beale memorial and Washington memorial is another dedicated to the Puritans. This monument even mentions a “Franklyn” family suggesting a possible yet unproven relation to Benjamin Franklin. It seems that a few subtle messages are being communicated to us via the seemingly innocent memorials of All Saints, Maidstone. The Franklin name in All Saints Maidstone may have a connection to the Bruton Parish Church albeit a distant one.

This memorial is known as the Thomas Karkaredg memorial and depicts male and female Puritan figures facing each other and some inscriptions. Amazingly the included inscription refers to a Franklyn family and not the Karkaredg family alone. This in itself is a minor mystery. Is it possible this ‘Franklyn’ family is related to Benjamin Franklin founding father of the United States? We already have seen the memorial to Lawrence Washington so this would be an amazing association with what the ‘Beale Treasure’ may actually be. There are interesting connections in the plaques of All Saints Church that all seem to connect somehow to this mystery. Robert Beale’s Puritan sympathies and involvement in the Newport Tower legend may make sense in the scope of the Mayflower Compact being signed in alignment with Star Castle and the Newport Tower. This also may infer that Beale and Dee were aware of the true origins of the Tower including who and when it was built. To this point it appears that at the very least the Elizabethans knew of and valued the Newport Tower as an horilogion or Axis Mundi and may have even been involved in its design and construction. They may have possibly had access to a star log that was collected there.

It is starting to look as if Robert Beale was both aware of and took part in the planning of the true nature of Star Castle and the Newport Tower. The use of Star Castle as a directional tool in this mystery activity echoes the earlier use of the Dome of the Rock in Jerusalem and other significant points as a global datum or place from which to measure in order to claim property for their sovereign. The use of ephemeris and an Axis Mundi (datum) recognized by all parties may have comprised some of the aspects considered when claiming property in relation to other royal entities who saw themselves as possessing this right. Star Castle may have been built during the Elizabethan era which rejects the tenets of the Church of Rome. This may have compelled them to build and axis of their own that did not include the spiritual overtones of their enemies yet displayed their cultural values which at this time included a Puritan component. This is why the Mayflower Compact was signed in relation to Star Castle and not the Dome of the Rock or Vatican.

In surveying terms this meant they might have had to accurately describe what they were claiming in relation to a known point that could be measured by others as well. This is a typical surveying and navigational concept at play on a different level. This is likely considered part of the legal description of property on some unknown level. This is an art that both John Dee and Robert Beale were trained in understanding. It seems that several Beales through history have been involved in this art including Robert’s descendant Edward Beale who would become Surveyor General of California in the nineteenth century. This may also be why Star Castle points to Bornholm Island with its patterned arrays of churches which seemed to have served as a kind of laboratory for this kind of geodesy or measurement of the earth.

An examination of the landing and sites of claim by Spanish and Portuguese navigators seems to prove a value of the Dome of the Rock as a central axis from which to measure. The Solomon Islands seemed to have been named such as part of this activity. Note also that The Dome of the Rock’s octagon points an azimuth to within six miles of the Kensington Rune Stone. This error may be well within the limits of navigational technology at a global scale during this era. The Kensington Stone may have been originally placed with regard to the location of the Dome of the Rock just as many other royal land claims had been through history. Given the possibility that Constantine had built and octagon there before the Dome of the Rock may be what is being referred to by these navigators.

Note that the Newport Tower plays a central role in many of Scott Wolter’s theories with regard to the Kensington Rune Stone and those two structures spatial and talismanic relationship. There are also theories afloat stating that ultimately it was Elizabeth I and Dr. John Dee that are responsible for the construction of the Newport Tower.

Jim Eagan the director of the Newport Tower Museum has gathered a significant amount of data including little known English expeditions in to the area in 1592 that supports his thesis including the early naming of Newport Harbor the “Dee River.” The spatial relationship of the Newport Tower and Star Castle and their octagonal plans may serve to support this notion as well as Wolter’s theories. Star Castle was built in 1593 and does point the way to the Newport Tower. The clandestine meeting between Dee and Robert Beale where they discussed all the charts and maps associated with the ‘northwest passage’ took place in 1582 as well.

Ultimately the actual construction date of the Newport Tower does not impact the legitimacy and assumptions Mr. Wolter has made about the Kensington Rune Stone and who may have left it there. Wolter’s forensic analysis of the stone holds up under scrutiny and his track record in this arena is impeccable. There also exists a great deal of historical documentation of Norsemen occupying North America as early as 1000 A.D. including L’ Anse Aux Meadows, Newfoundland which may also support his theories.

Mythology states that Dr. John Dee was a Grand Master of the Knights Templar. If it is true that he was aware of the existence of the Newport Tower then he was likely creating a talismanic relationship to an object that he knew had already been built by the construction of Star Castle. In the end the Newport Tower’s value of the Kensington Stone may be to legally describe and claim property in the name of an earlier Scottish monarch. Is it possible that Star Castle was built specifically to claim what had been previously claimed by a competing group or monarchy? It is also possible that a star chart was collected at a much earlier date by ‘Vikings’ at the time Wolter supposes and that the Tower was built later to denote the importance of this point on earth. We also see the International Peace Garden being later built at a point previously used as an axis or datum.

Star Castle is located on the Michael Line; Star Castle Points to the Newport Tower; the Tower points to the stone and so on. All of this adds up to the possibility that the Elizabethan factions had somehow become privy to what the tower actually represented and may have also known of the existence of the Kensington Rune Stone prior to any English expeditions to Newport as espoused my Mr. Egan.

This thread of evidence may also support a value of this point on earth prior to the time the Kensington Stone was deposited thus supporting Scott Wolter’s forensic analysis and date range of the Kensington Rune Stone. If true this would have meant that a star log or ephemeris had been collected at Newport prior to the construction of the Tower. This site may have been marked with a simple stone as at Kensington and other places prior to the construction of the tower. This is somewhat analogous to the Masonic laying of the cornerstone ceremony on a regional scale. It is both possible that the Tower is contemporary with Wolter’s assumptions or was placed there later which still supports said assumptions.

The Newport Tower sits in a unique position with regard to the Torre de Hercules in A Coruna built in the sixth century, Star Castle (16th century), The Williamsburg Powder Magazine(1714), The Kensington Rune Stone (1362), the Magdalen Islands (French Arcadia), and Bornholm Island (1300’s). The octagon of the Powder Magazine creates an arc that transects Newport Harbor just between the Tower and the Narragansett Rune. This is also likely not a coincidence. At this global scale considering the navigation technology of the day the intended target of the azimuth from the Powder Magazine may have been intended to sight the Newport Tower or Rune directly.

Added all together the evidence suggests that ephemeris were collected at Star Castle, The Newport Tower, The Williamsburg Powder Magazine (once a church), Bornholm Island and its round churches, the Torre de Hercules, International Peace Garden site, and possibly the site of discovery of the Kensington Rune Stone. The name and historical legacy of Star Castle alone may indicate a value of this rich cultural tradition. When all of this is added up it may mean that each structure was placed in relation to a previous structure in chronological order given the dates the star charts were collected and not the date the structure was built. It is likely that the Beale family had access to any catalog of ephemeris that existed and created corresponding mysteries associated with many of what were to them sacred points on the earth. True history is revealed.

Ultimately the chronology and evidence available suggests that the Tower was likely built during Elizabethan times. Alternately Queen Elizabeth may have been in a way taking over the legacy of the Norman Scotsmen who may have built the tower or collected the original star log. The English may have been ‘jumping the claim’ of an earlier more Catholic oriented regime. She had just gained the throne from Queen Mary and a schism existed between the Catholic faction of Mary and the protestant faction of Elizabeth. All of this adds up to infer that a band of Englishmen did go to the Newport tower to lay claim to it. Star Castle was built as part of this legal description of their claim and later the Mayflower Compact was signed in this geographic context as well. The Puritan of which this all may be associated would have been squarely in the Elizabethan camp in this schism.

Bolstering this idea is the fact that John Dee and Robert Beale were active during both the reign of Queen Mary and Queen Elizabeth I with Beale being intimately involved in the execution of Mary Queen of Scots as well. Both of them may have become privy to the secrets of the Newport Tower and other places during his presence in the court of Mary Queen of Scots. In the end the Newport Tower is still an enigma that may have built before the time of John Dee and Queen Elizabeth I. In a strange way both Jim Egan and Scott Wolter may be both correct in their assumptions. The evidence does suggest that both theories are possible.

What is certain is that Thomas Jefferson and the Beales were taking part in a tradition established long ago. This cultural activity was then practiced seemingly bay many original Jamestown colonists descendants and later prominent families of early Virginia including the Washington family. Even some of Washington’s family members attended the Bruton Parish Church at the time of Thomas Beale and later. A series of Washington family members with first name Lawrence would have an impact on the political and social norms of the early colony. Lawrence the keeper of the Holy Grail. Given all the evidence of families involved in this activity it may be inferred that they all had Norman roots going back to France and the era of Charlemagne. No matter what their political beliefs during the Elizabethan and Revolutionary war eras each group would eventually create memorials and talismanic architecture almost as if it was part of their family legacy as well.

The mystery of the artwork in All Saints Church Maidstone and the Bruton Parish Church are an amazing correlation also seemingly planned or left to give one clues that may put the whole story together. Amazingly there may be some commonality in mysteries left behind at Stirling Castle in Scotland and the Bruton Parish Church in Williamsburg. The plaques of the Beale and Washington family left in All Saints Maidstone represent a tradition at work that reveals inside information to those in the know using the array of monuments or artwork in the church. This is not surprising and conforms to an ancient practice that was also applied to the building of all the so called Gothic Cathedrals in Europe and even extends to the mysteries of Rennes le Chateau and beyond. Interpretive artwork is a main component of many different mysteries created by many different people for their own reasons. Also a major part of this phenomena is the ability to hide coded material or ciphers in arrays of architecture and artwork of this nature for practical uses beyond the finding of any treasure.

One of the more prominent theories involved in why people even think there is a vault of hidden information at the Bruton Parish Church involves secrets hidden in the headstones of there that can be deciphered using a certain book of symbols that was produced in England. A book named “A collection of Emblemes, Ancient and Modern” by George Withers (1635) was a book of poetry that was lavishly illustrated with many engravings depicting gnostic Christian and historical themes.

It is then not surprise that the wife of spiritualist masonic writer Manly P. Hall propagated this theory. Mrs. Marie Hall states in her theory that images and text in the book can be used to decipher grave stones in the Bruton Parish Churchyard that indicated that a vault was built there containing the papers of Sir Francis Bacon. This in effect was the finding that kicked off the entire notion that anything was hidden at the Bruton Parish Church in the first place. From a political perspective ‘Emblemes’ (original spelling) seems to be a kind of Christian or Puritan view of the mysteries. Is it possible that this is a piece of mythology that was intentionally created to lead one to an alternate “treasure?” Was it a book of ciphers that could be used to send hidden messages or directions?

Supporting this notion is an almost identical mystery that is present in stonework present at Stirling Castle the seat of royalty in Scotland. Here we have an array of monuments including the Kings Knot octagon, headstones, and other architectural follies. One folly at Stirling known as the ‘Salem Stone’ is a Nubian styled pyramid similar to that displayed on the United States One Dollar bill. The man who designed and built this pyramid was William Drummond and he was directly related to William Drummond of the early Virginia Colony that had been executed after Bacon’s Rebellion had taken place. Bacon’s Rebellion was an insurgency of colonists who were protesting the policies of then Governor Berkely.

Lake Drummond in Virginia is named for his family which is directly related to the Stewarts, Scotts, and Douglas’ of Scotland. The William Drummond who built this pyramid had actually travelled to Africa and seen Nubian Pyramids as well. Drummond may have been one individual in a line of travelling scholars and mystics that are members of this family lineage. The presence of another William Drummond in Jamestown during this era is not surprising given his family legacy of architecture and monuments which is very similar to that of other early Virginia colonists families through time.

Sometimes mysteries are compounded by similarities that seem contrived or meant to tell you something in an allegorical manner. Illustrating this concept would be the presence of another “Book of Emblems” published by George Quarles also in 1635. It seems that books of symbols and emblems were popular at this time in Europe. Even more astonishing is the fact that this book is part of a mystery that involves headstones present at the churchyard in Stirling Castle. Specifically one of the monuments there known as the ‘Service Stone’ includes artwork directly borrowed from the book. Other passages in the book may relate to several other headstones and monuments at Stirling.

This strange headstone is thought to have been erected in memory of John Service who was a master stonemason at Striling castle during the mid seventeenth century. Many of the symbols are masonic in nature including levels and squares arranged in different ways engraved on the stone. This illustration on the headstone seems to have been directly copied from Quarles ‘Emblems.’ Like the Withers book Quarles includes allegorical poems and many engravings depicting gnostic themes associated with Catholicism and the Society of Jesus better known as the Jesuits. This view is kind of opposite of the themes of Withers ‘Emblemes.’

It is interesting that the Withers book has a Protestant or even Puritan theme while the book associated with Stirling has a Catholic theme and imagery. Is it possible that one or the other books was written in response to the other? Both books were written during an era in which Catholic and Protestants in the British Isles were opposed to each other both spiritually and politically. This division was of course due to the faith of whichever ruler held power at a given time creating much animosity and retaliation between opposing factions.

In fact we see persecution of Puritans having a great deal of influence on why many people of Protestant faith came to America. Interestingly many of these Puritans came to Jamestown after the first wave of colonization. This may dispute the common notion that Jamestown and Virginia at large were some kind of Rosicrucian experiment while all the Puritans were at the Plymouth Colony in Massachusetts. It is likely that there were select citizens  in and around Jamestown at that time that had been educated and were aware of the mysteries to a point they would understand the significance of either one of these books containing mysterious artwork and poetry. It may have been that among these individuals that were “in the know” the future seed of the United States of America had already been planted.

Many others were typical Christians and happily went about their business. It is no surprise here that someone may have even been aware of the mystery of the Service Stone and others at Stirling that referred to Quarles book as a key to any cipher or secret present at Stirling. Obviously someone applied the same mystery to the Bruton Parish Church mystery and it was exposed by none other than the wife of Manly P. Hall himself. Since the Bruton Parish Church was not built until 1715 it may be assumed that this mystery in Williamsburg had been in part been inspired by the already existing one at Stirling Castle. This is yet another distant allegorically interpreted clue to the overall scheme.

They are trying to tell you something at these places. Many times a myth or more outrageous story is applied to a given locale as to draw your attention to it. Might not be the truth that is found is different than the tale as told?

We have seen a trail of mystery and intrigue involving Thomas Jefferson and the Beale and Washington families to this point. It stands to reason that there may be additional examples of this activity involving the same tradition over time at different locations through out the United States of America.

One of the more impressive and obvious examples of this will tie both the International Peace Garden and Williamsburg together in this activity just as displayed in the orientation of the Powder Magazine and the Compass and Square shaped auditorium of the International Peace Garden. This relationship represents both family and spiritual ties that include monuments that may also be appreciated by the public at large. The next monument to be discussed here is even a veneration and reproduction of one of the most famous and ancient sites on the planet.

Near Maryhill, Washington is located what is known of as the Maryhill Stonehenge. This reproduction of Stonehenge in England is built of re-enforced cement and was built as a memorial to all of the fallen of WWI in Washington State. This reproduction of Stonehenge is even oriented towards the Summer Solstice and a plaque present on the site states that the original Stonehenge was likely an astronomical observatory mean to calculate time. This concept is involved in many of the millennial monuments discussed in this book. As it turns out the Maryhill Stonehenge was built by a direct familial relation of George Washington first President of the United States of America.

The Maryhill Stonehenge was built by a descendant of original early Virginia colonists of the Hill family named Samuel Hill in 1929. Sam Hill as he is known was a businessman of much success and had built the first paved road in Washington State near where the Stonehenge Memorial is located on the Columbia River. This led to Washington having one of the best road systems in America ahead of even many Eastern States. Hill also built the Maryhill art museum that would go on to compete with world class museums like the Palace of Legion and Honor in San Francisco.

An examination of family tree’s and historical events shows that the Hills were also closely related to Reverend Rowland Jones who was the first pastor of the Bruton Parish Church when it was created in 1715. It was during this era that an early Hill family member had the name Mary Hill possibly leading to the name of Samuel Hills Stonhenge and art museum. Jones’ great granddaughter would go on to marry yet another later man named Lawrence Washington (George’s Brother) making her the niece of President Washington. Through this entire American tale we see a distinct value of family relations being valued with the Washington family or associated branches. George Washington himself married Martha Custis. Later we would see the Buchanan and Rodgers clan marry a Washington (Custis)who was a step daughter of the President. Later we see that famous Confederate General Robert E. Lee would also marry a Custis and hence gain the famous Arlington estate in his name. We also see Lee possibly being directly related to a former Earl of Lichfield where Shugborough Hall is located in England. Lee would eventually build his axis in the form of the hexagonal Ft. Carroll located in Baltimore Harbor. Lee is yet another early Virginia Colonist family that would later take part in this tradition. Later in the nineteenth century a Hill would marry directly into the Washington family line.

It is in this tradition that Samuel Hill created the Maryhill Stonehenge. Note also that it may be no coincidence that all of this was being built in the Great State of Washington given the name and family relations of Hill. Samuel Hill was creating his axis in the form of one of the most well known monuments in antiquity. In doing so he was recreating one of the best examples of what was likely an early form of astronomical observatory. Even the interpretive plaque present at Maryhill includes a description of how the original Stonehenge was used to calculate time and observe the stars. Being from the lineage he was Hill undoubtedly knew that navigation and plotting one’s position on the globe was also part of the tradition of his family as well as one of the functions of Stonehenge itself. Bolstering the fact that Hill was an initiate is that he like many others who practiced this was a trained land surveyor. It is in this spirit that Hill created his own Stonehenge in the desert of Eastern Washington. Amazingly Hill’s creation would tie together all the mysteries of the Powder Magazine, The International Peace Garden, Bacon’s Vault, and the Beale Treasure all together into one.

Some of these associations can be made by using Hill’s replica of Stonhenge as an octagonal axis on the face of the earth. Hill’s Axis Mundi points to more than one place that directly relates it to the tradition set forth in association with the Douglas family at the International Peace Garden on the border of the Untied States and Canada in Manitoba and North Dakota.

Using the 337.5 degree true north heading from Maryhill Stonehenge an azimuth or arc on the globe can be inferred that leads to a an additional park situated on the Border of the United States and Canada known as the Peace Arch. This monument was also constructed by Samuel Hill in 1921 eight years before he had built the Stonehenge replica in Maryhill Washington. The Peace Arch was also built about thirteen years prior to the International Peace Garden and its Sunken Gardens octagon. All of this may suggest that Hill or those like him would also be involved in the creation of the IPG. This is in fact illustrated by the name of the border crossing where the Peace Arch is located.

The Peace Arch is adjacent to the town of Douglas just north of the border there. This small town was named for Sir James Douglas the ‘owner’ or controller of the Hudson’s Bay Company that had also controlled the region around the International Peace Garden. The Douglas’ may indeed be related to the Washington’s via the Scottish branch and their relations to older French Norman families like the Anjou’s who had created an octagon at Monte Sant’Angelo, Italy. This octagon also points the way to the International Peace Garden site.

In this association of Maryhill and the Peace Arch in Douglas these relationships are being laid out for us to interpret in a way in which is hard to communicate to others. This kind of coded allegory is descendant of alchemical concepts and the secret societies and intelligence gathering apparatus of the ancient world. The Peace Arch is the forerunner of the International Peace Garden in what appears to be a several decade long plan to venerate past historical exploits of the clan in past times. It may be interpreted that somehow the point where the Peace Garden and Peace Arch are located is historically important or was used as a point to measure from long before we suspect this would be possible in the history of North America. Both the Peace Arch and International Peace Garden are located on the border of the U.S. and Canada suggesting they may have been used in this context. It is clear that there are likely older and more hidden reasons that these points are valued that has nothing to do with the future border placement. Perhaps the fact that these relationships mark the exact 49th parallel of latitude is important to them (4+9=13). Other places that the Maryhill Stonehenge ‘points to’ seem to support this notion.

Along the 90 degree true north heading from the Maryhill Stonehenge lays Thomas Jefferson’s Poplar Forest. The Maryhill Stonehenge points the way using an arc on the globe to this octagon that is so entrenched in the historical story of the United States in occult values and the hidden saga of the Beale treasure. This is yet another amazing association that leads us back to Williamsburg, The Powder Magazine, and the Bruton Parish Church. Samuel Hill would have had to be aware of this mystery as laid out here in writing for the first time documents. Another prominent early Virginia colonial family that has a direct association with talismanic architecture that points the way to other places deemed or made significant in the history of our country and this family line. Mr. Hill was not only in on the game he had created an axis that in many way tips you off to the entire scheme.

This idea is supported by the fact that the even octagonal designation of 157.5 degrees True North can be used to create an arc on the globe that leads directly to the Beale Mountains in what is today the Mojave National Preserve. This point in the Beale Mountains is also pointed to by the octagon of the International Peace Garden and is associated with the U.S. Camel Corps of Edward Beale. As discussed earlier Beale was likely the creator of the Beale Treasure Legend that may use Jefferson’s Poplar Forest as a sighting device used to find the treasure. Keeping in the family tradition Sam Hill is telling us he knows what the Beale Treasure is. He pointed his axis to both Poplar Forest and the Beale Mountains in California. Again now remember that Edward Beale’s son Truxtun Beale is interred in the Bruton Parish Church.

We have discussed before the importance of the region in New Mexico where the Very Large Array is now located as somehow fascinating President Jefferson and Alexander Von Humboldt. The VLA itself is a 21 mile a side equilateral triangle representative of the Trinity. This triangle actually points to the Trinity Test Site. The Very Large Array is pointed to by both the International Peace Garden and Jefferson’s Monticello. Now we also have Samuel Hill pointing an azimuth that leads to the southwestern tip of the VLA’s triangle. Hill is telling us something about older arrays similar to that of the Maryhill Stonehenge that he is aware of.

Supporting this idea is the fact that Maryhill Stonehenge points the way to Baton Rouge, Louisisana just as the International Peace Garden does. So far that is three places pointed to by both Hill’s Stonehenge and the International Peace Garden. Baton Rouge is home to the mythical Le Baton Rouge described as a Cypress tree smeared red with blood with game hanging on it. This was recorded by early French explorer LaMoyne D’Iberville. Amazingly this descirptions matches historical accounts of the appearance of the Yrrgdrasil tree of the Viking culture. Here is yet another site in America that may have been imbued with this talismanic mythology and value of place.

Next we will see a long distance association that links Hill and his beliefs all the way back to Europe and one of the most storied axes in all of the old country. Using the even octagonal divided heading of 67.50 degrees Truen North from Maryhill an azimuth on the globe can be created that leads directly to Santiago de Compostela in Galicia, Spain. This is a stunning association that leads us directly into the realm of the mysteries of the Great Cyclic Cross of Hendaye and Fulcanelli’s book “Mystery of the Cathedrals.” Hill was a well travelled man who had spent huge amounts of time in Europe. He seemed to have spent a great deal of time seeking out a specific point on the earth with which to associate with all of these already valued points on the earth.

Given his status it is doubtful that he did not know of the significance of the Way of St. James pilgrimage, the importance of Santiago de Compostela and Sepulcher of St. James. The entire imagery of the pilgrimage and its association with St. James was valued heavily by American, Scots, French, and Scandinavian Jacobites who had helped to create the United States. The spirit of Jamestown (note James or Jacobus association), The Puritans, and the spirit of liberty were definitely a component of early Virginia and the other colonies as well so it is no surprise to see these families from there valuing this ancient tradition. The octagon of Santiago de Compostela Cathedal operates in the same tradition as Hill’s Stonehenge Axis.

Mr. Hill also situated the location of his Maryhill art museum to be pointed to by his Stonehenge replica. The museum is located only about three miles southwest of the monument. This museum in itself is an amazing place. The building was originally begun as a residence for Hill in 1926. Eventually it was turned into a museum that includes one of the most eclectic and impressive collections of art in the world. Unfortunately the museum did not open until nine years after Hill’s death in 1931. The collection includes many pieces that had been desired by the Palace of Legion and Honor in San Francisco another eclectic art museum and also the site of the birth of the United Nations. Pieces include icons from Europe and many items of Romanian royal regalia donated by the Queen herself. The Maryhill Museum of Art also contains one of the largest collections of chess sets in the world.

Samuel Hill created yet another talismanic axis meant to teach and inform one while gifting you a kind of treasure other than the classic box full of gold coins many envision. He and his other family members seemed to have in a large way effected the destiny of the United States no matter the clandestine nature of their tradition. This tradition in fact may have helped to protect the fledgling country by giving them an already existing secret framework that may have worked in tandem with Freemasons and other secret societies. While doing so they had the priveledge to take part in the same activity as President Jefferson while at the same time being able to learn about his alliances with Scottish people and possibly the King of Prussian Frederick the Great Holy Roman Emperor.

In some ways this tale may suggest that there was an early American value of creating a monarchy using these families as the new American nobility. In many ways this did come true leading to the landed aristocracy of the South before the Civil War. In the end the democratic and republican ideals won out and we were left as one of the first self governing countries on earth. As time went on the intelligence gathering aspects of this ancient craft helped to create our country and hide secrets that were important to keep concealed from our enemies. Sometimes given this secret or unrevealed history may lead to confusion to exactly who the real enemy is!

Thomas Jefferson and the Order of Redmen of Mt. Shasta

In many of the places examined here it is plain to see the influence of Thomas Jefferson. Jefferson’s involvement is easy to trace via his position in history and his education that included cartography and surveying while attending the College of William and Mary. His initiation into the concepts of aligned architecture and sacred places was furthered during his time in Europe and his associations with artists and architects in France at that time. Thomas Jefferson’s design for Monticello was said to have been inspired by La Caminade’s redesign of the Palace of Legion and Honor in Paris.

Later a copy of the Palace of Legion and Honor was constructed in San Francisco and eventually became home to the first version of the United Nations. An identical glass pyramid is located both at the Palace of Legion and Honor in San Francisco and the United Nations complex in New York City. An architect named Caminade is said to have designed the Tour Magdala and Villa Bethania at Rennes le Chateau. Here is yet another possible distant link between Jefferson and the mysteries of Rennes le Chateau. It is entirely possible that Caminade and La Caminade were blood relations.

So far in our examination of California we have seen some interesting links to exiled French King Henry V and the Frenchman’s Tower in Palo Alto and the Beale Treasure. Joaquin Miller lived on the sacred longitude (Whitehouse Meridian) and aligned his monuments in Oakland due south of the peak of Mt. Shasta just as the Frenchman’s Tower is situated. Interestingly the influence of Thomas Jefferson and the axis he created in the form of the octagon of Poplar Forest does seem to have influenced later events in California. In addition the structure that was likely used to initiate Jefferson into these mysteries also seems to have been valued there. It looks like Joaquin Miller, Thomas Jefferson, and who ever built the Frenchman’s Tower had all been initiated into the same philosophy. It is also possible that some of the lore of the Mt. Shasta area is a result of the influence of Jefferson himself. It is entirely possible that Thomas Jefferson was aware of Mt. Shasta and all of its natural beauty. It is unlikely that Jefferson had an plans for the Mt. Shasta area but his legacy may have dicated certain events at specific points in that region.

The octagonal Powder Magazine in Colonial Williamsburg is likely an axis that was built and valued by the distinct bloodline of families with Norman and Scots heritage that had also built several other structures that functioned in this manner through time. This is the same octagon that points to the Masonic Compass and Square shaped auditorium at the International Peace Garden that includes the uniquely shaped building being oriented to point back. A seemingly intentional arrangement just as Sam Hill’s Stonehenge points to the Peace Arch also on the border.

An additional ray or arc on the globe suggested by the Powder Magazine in Williamsburg does have an intended target in Northern California. This arc on the globe extends to just a few hundred yards north of the Calatrava Sundial bridge in Redding, California. At this scale this is akin to a direct hit. This spectacular bridge was crafted as a footbridge crossing the Sacramento River as part of a botanical garden known as Turtle Bay Park.

Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava has produced some of the most stunning and modern architecture in the world. Several additional sundial bridges have been designed and built by Calatrava all around the world. An extensive array of Calatrava architecture is present in Valencia, Spain that is also part of a sacred alignment involving the Valencia Cathdral (Cup of Christ) and the chapel at Saintes Maries de La Mer in France where some legends state was the original discovery site of the cup. The Valencia Cathedral points to this small chapel that has extensive lore of the Three Mary’s and the Cup of Christ.

The architects name may be revealing in the context of our studies here. Both his first name Santiago and his last name Calatrava are also names of Spanish Knighthoods. Granted Santiago is a common Spanish name. Is it possible that the Calatrava Sundial Bridge was built in association with this arc on the globe extending from the Powder Magazine or is this a fluke? Given other instances of these phenomena it may be true that this is an intentional association.

Both of the noble orders of Knights included in his name are intricately involved in the legends and mythology of the Camino de Santiago or Way of St. James in Spain. The Order of Calatrava may also be associated with the Rennes le Chateau mystery via their construction of the Fortress of Salvatierra and Montesario Montesion in central Spain as well as the mysteries of Ronda discussed earlier. The Order of Calatrava may also be associated with the Great Cyclic Cross of Hendaye. The mystery in California involves two possible major players in the Rennes le Chateau mystery as well as oddities noted in Perillos France. All of these may be linked via a similar philosophy and familial relations that include a tradition of geodesy and aligned archtiecture.

So if the Calatrava Sundial Bridge in Redding is distantly associated with the Powder Magazine in Williamsburg are there any other instances of this tradition in the area? The answer is a distinct yes.

Mt. Shasta is  located only a little over an hour from Redding where the bridge is located. In all of the mythology and lore we have examined with regard to Mt. Shasta there is an indication that the orientation of Jefferson’s Poplar Forest was valued in the legends of the area. One of the evenly divided octagonal azimuths on the globe generated by Poplar Forest leads to just north of Mt. Shasta in the area of Shasta Valley near a prominent landmark known as Pluto’s Cave.

Pluto’s Cave itself is a large complex of lava tubes associated with Mt. Shasta’s volcanic activity. Caves such as this have stoked the fires of the many myths related to the mythical subterranean city of Telos populated by Lemurians. Many of these tales may have been intentionally created as part of a world wide web of sacred places with intentionally manufactured stories of otherworldly influence and culture. Is it possible that these myths and legends are part of a smoke screen to hide the real truth? In fact Pluto’s Cave was once the site of the initiatory rituals of a secret society that Thomas Jefferson had once been a member of!

Later in the late nineteenth and early twentieth century a secret society known as The Improved Order of the Red Men (IEKA Tribe No. 53, Yreka California) held its initiatory rituals inside Pluto’s Cave. The Cave even includes rock art left by this group that includes the names of certain officers and members. Some sources have this organizations rituals including skulls and mock human sacrifices somewhat similar to the Cremation of Care ceremony practiced at Bohemian Gove also in California. The area around Pluto’s Cave also seems to have been used by Native Americans for burial and other cultural activities. Some of the skulls used in these rituals were said to have been from these nearby Native American graves. Odd considering the name and motif of the organization that mocks Native American customs and culture.
The Improved Order of Redmen has an extensive heritage in American History that includes their origins as a group of men known as the Sons of Liberty. This is indeed the later version of the same group of patriots who poured tea into Boston Harbor in the famous “Boston Tea Party.” After several name changes from ‘The Order of Columbia’, ‘The St. Tammany Society’ the Sons of Liberty were eventually organized around the Redmen moniker. All of the symbology and ritual of this group is a vague mockery of Native American customs.
This group at first honored Iroquois leader Tammany who was helpful and cooperative with early Americans like William Penn. It is even said that several of the United States’ founding fathers including Thomas Jefferson and James Madison met with and studied the Iroquois Nation system of confederacy and administration and molded our Constitution on some of their principles. Both of these presidents are said to have been members of the Order of Redmen. Later presidents Theodore and Franklin D. Roosevelt would also be members of the Order of Redmen.
Is it possible that the much later Yreka, California lodge of Redmen were aware of the spatial relationship of Pluto’s Cave and Mt. Shasta in relation to Jefferson’s Poplar Forest. Had they placed their place of initiation in alignment with Poplar Forest; the home of a society member? The answer would have to be yes this is possible if not probable. The fact that this group existed in the Mt. Shasta area alone may indicate the presence of individuals who knew of and were capable of figuring this out. The legacy of the involvement of the Hudson’s Bay Company in the early history of Mt. Shasta may include family members who were not only aware of the significance of Poplar Forest but the entire tradition of aligned architecture, the Axis Mundi, and associated Templum or sphere of influence.
Given what has already been revealed about Joaquin Miller, the influence of the Hudson’s Bay Company, and landed gentry in the development of the legends of Mt. Shasta it may be surmised that there would have been local family members who had been initiated into the knowledge of places like Poplar Forest. It is clear that Miller, John Bidwell, Peter Lassen, and whoever built the Frenchman’s Tower were already aware of these concepts and had begun to create their own talismanic relationship with the mountain.
Joaquin Miller was a land surveyor who lived in the Mt. Shasta area during the time of the Redmen in Yreka. It is even possible that he was a member of the same lodge that held its initiation at Pluto’s Cave. Miller’s original first name Cincinnatus had also been part of an early version of the name of what would become the Order of Redman. John Bidwell was also an accomplished navigator and had been trained in surveying as well. This spatial association with Poplar Forest may have been known of just as later the Sundial Bridge would be placed in association with the Powder Magazine.
Given all the lore and spatial relationships examined here is it possible that all of the New Age lore in Mt. Shasta was created in response to these associations? Even the very first reference to any Lemurians or being living beneath the mountain came from Yreka which was also the home of the lodge of the Redmen there. It may be a stretch to associate this activity with a value of Thomas Jefferson but the fact they held their initiations in Pluto’s Cave may be indicative of this tradition part of which may be the propagation of far out tales and myths menat to either fascinate or scare away the curious. In the end at least part of the reason Mt. Shasta is valued in this New Age sense may be because of this link to Jefferson and the involvement of the Hudson’s Bay Comapany and Sir Douglas in the early development of the area. Mt. Shasta for a time in the late nineteenth and early twentieth century was the exclusive playground of the eltie of the world.

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