“Digging in the Crates” is a series of posts related to reading done either for research or personal edification taken from texts of the past. Many of these will be refashioned posts created from threads I have posted on Twitter. I’m not sure how others do threads but I tend to make them more ad-hoc than finely tuned, on purpose, which coincides with how I view Twitter as a more immediate and improvisational medium. Not all agree with my view of Twitter but that’s how I see it and use it. In this series I will transpose some of those Twitter threads but also reserve the right to embellish and update the topic matter on this site. The subject matter usually concerns themes which connect the past and the present through various ‘evidences’ of connections I ferret out from my research.
In the course of reading some literature on the occult history of American’s early denizens and founding fathers the name of Sir Francis Bacon is sure to come up again and again. In one text the idea of the knowledge of America pre-“discovery” references Bacon’s work, “The New Atlantis,” as a text worthy of note due to it’s possible coded meanings and description of technologies seemingly far ahead of the author’s time. I procured a copy of the document, read it, and the following is a series of observations I made on the text concerning the ideas of: futurism in Bacon’s works, development of language, literary themes, and occult underpinnings to the “philosophy of America,” in the minds of the architects of the “New World.”
(1) Starting a thread for my reading of “The New Atlantis” by Francis Bacon. Bacon greatly advanced both the vocabulary of the English language and various themes in scientific and occult thought in his adherents across the continent of Europe. Released in 1627, “The New Atlantis,” much like the books of Arthur C. Clarke, has a very self fulfilling sci-fi quality about it.
(2) As he’d have wanted, I’m already learning a few new old words.
(3) One of the fascinating things is how this book reads like an alien encounter of sorts. Tales of technology and hints at modern medicine.
(4) Furthering the close encounter motif the ‘guardians’ refer to a House of Strangers Bacons’ crew is in, and outlines boundaries for them to follow.
(5) Bacon was so prolific there are a class of scholars known as “Baconian.” Within their literature and many discussions in alternative history circles there are many references to idea of the New Atlantis being America.
(6) The imagery used is biblical, futuristic (1627) and ethereal.
(7) There was a messianic fervor related to that time of exploration and expansion. Some thought the Natives were the 13th tribe of Judea. Columbus in his diary at one point claimed to have found the nexus of the four rivers which flowed from the Garden of Eden.
(8) In the text we find the crew adrift east of Peru, Bacon turns up the symbolism with the island named “Bensalem,” as the setting for his utopia: Wisdom, ethics, god.
(9) Reference point on the Biblical relevance of the usage of the term, “salem.”
(10) Bacon’s crew learns of the island’s history, a Noah allegory ensues, and we see a combination of Biblical exegesis mixed with symbolism.
(11) Here the imagery is undeniable and proclaims a direct link to the history told in the Abrahamic faiths. It puts Hebrews, Persians and Indians on this new land found off the coast of Peru.
(12) More of the Close Encounters feeling here. A benevolent group of wise beings, possibly divine, worthy of admiration, sight barely seen, are deemed to be helpful and righteous. Very reminiscent of the benevolent alien theory espoused by many New Agers and UFO buffs during our millennia.
(13) Here the Bensalemites are flat out referred to as magicians and we get a sprinkle of the secret oaths and pledges Bacon was fond of. Bacon is also given credit for advancing not only the sciences but adding great depth to occultism as well. He was a Rosicrucian and some believe he had a hand in altering masonic tenets via his influence in certain circles.
(14) MISSION ACCOMPLISHED. Here we have a direct reference to America, the New/Old Atlantis.
(16) I present to you: Sir Francis Bacon, ancient alien angel Solomonic Temple theorist.
(17) Moving into the political portion of the work. The island is wary of strangers unworthy of their teachings. China’s castigated.
(18) Published in 1627 Bacon’s allegory is factual. China was a major sea faring power. Going at least as far as Africa in huge ships.
(19) Some had huge plots of soil, animals and produce. Emp Zheng i think. Latter rulers closed the country and scuttled the ships.
(20) Had they wanted China could have “discovered” America or rolled up on Europe’s south western coasts. I pondered this very idea in a paper I wrote on why I feel China didn’t embark on Imperialistic missions in the past. Maybe one day I’ll post that to the site.
(21) A quick piece, “Ancient Chinese Explorers” from http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/ancient/ancient-chinese-explorers.html … (Back to the Bacon)
(22) Bacon’s idea of inner circles of honor bound members who protect history, wisdom, etc, breach the surface. Heavy Biblical imagery.
(23) Now we discover its a Light bringing secret society whom ‘color themselves under the names of other nations’ during their “research.”
(24) Light as God’s first creature is a cool line. It’s probably scientifically true. Symbolically speaking tho…
(25) In a fascinating turn the crew encounters Jewish inhabitants on the magical island of Bensalem. No love appears lost by Bacon.
(26) Moralizing on utopian versions of chastity as a method by man to become greater. European virtues are cast as not pious enough.
(28) Close Encounters of the 17th century mind:
(29) He’s definitely speaking from a futuristic perspective for his time. And we do have much of these ideas now:
(30) Here is where the story takes off. The protagonist is given some game by the Father of the Solomon House as to their culture.
(31) Descriptions of observatories or wind tunnels. A reference to instructing hermits what to observe. Desalination and wind turbines..1627
(32) A Chamber of Health that qualified the air as proper and good for the cure of diseases…
(33) Bacon is Bacon for a reason: GMO, seedless plants, “species conversion?”, animal testing for later human applications, Bioweapons…
(34) The following passages are filled with references to recuperative and rejuvenating agents, life extension, matter conversions, etc.
(35) With the knowledge in tow that some consider Francis Bacon the actual author of Shakespeare it’s worth noting the language is lush.
(36) Planetariums, theaters, “deceits of the sight,” telescopic ability into space, and powerful microscopes. Presented altruistically..
(37) and even eco-friendly based upon form and function. If you were to dissect this line for line (which many have) you can argue that
(38) Bacon lays out THE “Thought Model Map” for the modern scientific world in this one essay. The inspiration for most things are in here. The Royal Society of Britain was his scion and he advocated a “college” of elite minds, girded by their view of impeccable ethics, tasked with leading society in the right directions. Ideas like these will always get the minds of seekers churning.
(39) Crystalline metallic glass, or ceramic metals (?) Radio and acoustic frequency mastery. Devices which imitate or replicate sounds.
(40) All these ‘things’ or ideas would have been futuristic at the time. But they were a future Reality for someone with the mind of Bacon.
(41)This is the portion where musing over allegorical parallels between the tech of the Solomon House and America would come in.
(42)I got started on this reading something about America: the New Atlantis and connecting it to Bacon. So I hit the primary text.
(43) Bacon was such a heavy hitter that any “literary” or scientific connection to him is worth digging into, if that’s your thing.
(44) Bacon is also referred to as a Godfather or Yoda of Freemasonry and was a known Rosicrucian during his lifetime. Tudor lineage. Here is a link to an article on the subject.
(45) Baconian cypher systems have consumed the lives of many people in the centuries since he made them. He’s also connected to John Dee..
(46) I have to confirm those ties but John Dee was a wild dude himself. He’s was the 1st “007”, a magician, spy, diplomat author etc.
(47) The point being that the possibility of America being a known quantity to people in some capacity before Columbus surfaces here.
(48) While a lot is made of Puritans there were a wide variety of “religious” beliefs in early America. Many would be considered occult.
(49) I’m about half way through this book and Manly P. Hall’s influence was undeniable and he was a Baconite.
(50) A reference by Bacon himself to encoding, ‘occulting’ and hiding information from the eyes of the vulgar. Is New Atlantis code for US?