"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.

Cicada 3301 and the Beale Treasure. One and the same?

Cicada 3301 and the Beale Treasure

Through time people have created metaphorical quests and mysteries to educate and inform initiates and pilgrims into a certain philosophy or important set of information. In many cases these legends and mysteries infer a great treasure or relic at quests end. Objects or treasures such as The Temple Treasure, The Holy Rood (True Cross of Christ), the Anointing jar of Mary Magdalene, and the Stone of Destiny are inferred by various mysteries that have captured the imagination of the public at large. Other aspects of all of these mysteries include the Enochian and Rosicrucian overtones of the “Man in the Mountain” mysteries of Charlemagne.

Places like Oak Island may have an important meaning in addition to any treasure or relics stashed there. As one delves into these mysteries on a deeper level a new view of history may begin to emerge that tells the truth of how different groups of people vied for control of North America through time. Spanish, French, English, Scottish, and uniquely American factions vied for control of the hearts and minds of the citizens of the new country. In the process we may also see the involvement of many artists and authors in influencing the overtones suggested in many of these quest legends. A distinct value of Dante Alighieri and Sir Francis Bacon may be observed in many of these mysteries. Each author or artist involved may also have direct family connections to architecture and art that may serve as clues in these treasure stories. Many of these lost treasures also inform one of the truth of the history of the Republic of the United States of America.

Recently a new and up to date form of this type of mystery has been of interest to the public at large. A group known as Cicada 3301 has created a initiation quest using the same mold as these older legends. Here we will explore the possibility that this group is somehow aware of this tradition and have applied it with the addition of internet and computer intelligence based clues and ciphers. Indeed Cicada on the surface resembles and up to date version of the famous Beale Ciphers and associated treasure in Virginia.

Speculation as to the purpose of the quest that Cicada 3301 has designed range from an intelligence service recruitment technique to an internet based political group. We will specifically examine the overtones of the mystery of Cicada 3301 2017 version and how large portions of the clues and literary devices used are reminiscent of the way Fulcanelli informed us of hidden things in his book “Mystery of the Cathedrals.” Part of what this author discovered in Mystery of the Cathedrals was how each structure discussed in the book had also been established as a prime meridian that actually “pointed to” other places on the globe. Using this information an entirely new and hidden view of Mystery of the Cathedrals was exposed in my book “The Sacred Towers of the Axis Mundi.”

The Beale Treasure of Virginia also fits into this very same mold. The Beale Treasure is actually an extension of “The Legend of Bacon’s Vault” in Williamsburg and Jamestowne Virginia. Also known of as the Bruton Parish Church Vault this treasure was said to have been last seen by President Franklin Roosevelt and earlier Thomas Jefferson. Of course those stories are legends that may have been specifically designed to be recognized by the pilgrim or initiate. Recently an amazing artifact linked to the symbols on the Kensington Rune was unearthed in Jamestown in the form of the Archer Reliquary. (See article on this blog about the Archer Reliquary).

In past works I speculated that the Beale Ciphers were designed not only to lead one to treasure but to school the individual in the Declaration of Independence.  In order to solve the Ciphers a numerical code is applied to the Declaration that yields not only the story of how the treasure was found but the location of the loot itself. Along the way the person who deciphers the code is compelled to read the Declaration of Independence several times. Could this be the real “Beale Treasure?” Unfortunately there is no easy answer to that question and there is a great deal of suggestion in the history of the Beale family that there is much more than a civics lesson involved with this particular treasure.

So how does Cicada 3301 link to or infer the Beale Treasure?

First of all I need to state that this author would never have been able to solve the clues that led to the following observations. Proper credit goes to Cicada questers “Defango,” and Bob Creamer. After observing their videos and reading what they had to say I was struck with the similarities to what I had written about a possible Beale Treasure location in the Mojave National Preserve in my work “The Sacred Towers of the Axis Mundi” and “The Geographic Mysteries of Sir Francis Bacon.” Their interpretations of the clues left online and in public by Cicada 3301 led them to calling the famous Mojave Phone Booth to receive audio clues that they later deciphered leading both users to conclusions that infer a huge overlap with the Beale Treasure in the Mojave theory I had developed over four years ago. It is even remotely possible that those that designed this mystery had read what I had written. In all my searches I had previously not heard of anyone speculating that the Beale Treasure is in the Mojave.

There are many strange correlations in California, Nevada, Arizona, and New Mexico to the story of the Beale Treasure and subsequently Cicada 3301 2017.

The story of Edward “Ned” Beale is an amazing story regardless of any possible treasure being involved. Edward Beale was in the United States Army and came to California at a very early date. He was an accomplished cartographer and land surveyor as were many other people who figure in these landscape mysteries. Edward Beale was from Washington D.C. When the Gold Rush began Edward Beale returned overland to Washington D.C. with a sample of California Gold that he delivered to Congress. Amazingly his route took him through territory in New Mexico that was still controlled by Mexico at that time. His route took him roughly along what would later become U.S. Route 66. Later in his career Edward would establish the Beale Wagon Road that later did become rt. 66. It is possible that during this trip that Edward Beale was exposed the story of the Lost Mountain treasure horde that was already legend in 1849 when Beale made this the first of six cross country trips to the east coast. His initial trip to deliver a sample of gold beat another man who went via the isthmus of Panama by ship. In addition to supplying news of the Gold Rush Beale's trip solidified the notion that California should become a state of the Union.

Many aspects of the Lost Mountain horde resemble factors that would later be included in the Beale Treasure Legend in Virginia. The Lost Mountain story includes French fur trappers who find a rich deposit of gold and silver nuggets in the four corners area of New Mexico. Over time many of the men who found this treasure were killed off finally leaving a lone survivor who left directions to the deposit in a coded message. Though no coded message associated with the Lost Mountain Treasure has been found the legend persists and is included in any description of lost treasures in New Mexico. It is not out of the question that Edward Beale had become privy to this legend and that it had later been applied to the Beale Treasure story in Virginia. None of this means that there is no real treasure associated but does infer that there is more at play here then a story of lost riches. Elements of both the Beale Treasure and Lost Mountain horde may have been contrived to tip the initiate that there is more to these stories.

Eventually Ned or Edward Beale became a General in the California Militia contemporary with General John Bidwell the founder of Chico that is also discussed in depth in other works. Beale was instrumental in the development of both his Tejon Ranch and Bakersfield California. Ed’s son Truxtun also serves to inform us of the Beale’s connection to what is known of as the Bruton Parish Church Vault or “Bacon’s Vault” in Williamsburg Virginia. This legend states that Nathaniel Bacon famous for “Bacon’s Rebellion” had brought a stash of Sir Francis Bacon’s papers to Jamestown which was later moved to a secret vault in the Bruton Parish Church in Williamsburg. This entire mystery may be the same one that later spawned the legend of the Beale Treasure.

The story of the Bruton Parish Church Vault is amazing and includes the influence of Marie Bauer Hall the wife of early twentieth century masonic mystic Manley P. Hall. Ms. Hall insisted that clues left in the headstones of the Bruton Parish Church led to a hidden vault in the Church. Ms. Bauer/Hall used a seventeenth century book of symbols to decode the headstones in the graveyard thus leading to her conclusion. It may be that Ms. Hall was acting on an older legend that had been in existence in one form or another in Jamestown since its inception. The recent discovery of the Archer Reliquary near the supposed first location of Bacon’s Vault in the Jamestowne Church is also very interesting as this artifact relates to the same families that later gave us the Kensington Rune Mystery. Both the Kensington Stone and the Archer Reliquary include the same mysterious symbols that relate to the family legacy of this group of colonial settlers that worked together through many generations in the process giving us many of the more well known mysteries and treasure legends. Again this is all discussed in detail in my last two books.

Edward Beale also was the commander of the United States Army Camel Corps. This division of the Army was charged with a grand experiment to see if Camels could be of use in the Southwest for military operations. Eventually the Camel Corps was impractical due to the fact that many of the Camels were said to be terrified of horses. One of the main training areas for the U.S. Camel Corps of Edward Beale was the Kelso Dunes of the Mojave Desert very near the town of Kelso today. Both of these sites are within what is known of as the Mojave National Preserve at this time. The Kelso Dunes are included in many Hollywood movies for locations suggesting the Sahara and Egypt. Several films have been shot there. The dunes are also of interest due to the fact that static buildup on the dunes creates thunder even on sunny days! The town of Kelso lays on the exact 35th parallel of latitude. A small mountain range just north of Kelso is named the Beale Mountains in honor of General Beale and his contribution to local history.

The famous and mysterious “Mohave Phone Booth” is also located a few miles from Kelso and the Beale Mountains and served as one of the inspirations or sources for clues that led to “Defango” to the Pisgah Crater and Bob Creamer to the pyramidal grave of Leslie Coombs Brand in Glendale, California.

Mr. Creamer followed an extensive series of clues to the pyramidal grave of Leslie Coombs Brand in Glendale basically part of greater Los Angeles. Mr. Brand had founded Glendale during the same era John Bidwell was developing Chico in Northern California. Many things suggest that both men were working under a similar influence or tradition dictated by their association with the first families of the United States. The Brand name is also the Brandt family of early Virginia and Maryland. Over time the “t” seems to have been dropped leaving us with “Brand.” Mr. Brand’s pyramid marks his grave and is “pointed to” by the music and art museum he also funded just to the south. This is a landscape tradition of aligning structures and artwork in this manner that also may include a legacy of supplying us with hidden directional clues in any mystery created. Mr. Brand had taken the time to align his pyramid with the art and music museum he had created. Many things about Mr. Brand are reminiscent of Samuel Hill and his construction of the Maryhill Stonehenge replica and art museum as well as the Palace of the Legion of Honor in San Francisco. The Hill family are also likely behind the deposition of the Kensington Rune on the border of Hudson's Bay and French Louisiana interests.

If one plots an azimuth or arc on the globe that corresponds with the northeast diagonal of his pyramid a strange observation is logged. This arc on the globe crosses the Pisgah Crater where “Defango” recently found a copy of the Spear of Destiny and continues directly to Kelso, California and the monument to Edward Beale there. The Mohave Phone Booth is just north of Kelso near the Beale Mountains. Is this just a coincidence or is there more to the story? The pyramid that one is led to as Mr. Creamer “points to” a place that I had previously designated a possible Beale Treasure location or clue while at the same time transecting the direct environs of where Defango found his Spear of Destiny. There are other Spear of Destiny references in the legacy of the life of the Edward Beale and his son Truxtun as well.

Is it possible that Cicada 3301 is inferring the Beale Treasure is involved in this quest?

Amazingly Mr. Brand and Ed Beale are closely related via several marriages between their ancestors beginning in 1670. Mr. Brand and Ed Beale were contemporaries and both did a great deal to develop Southern California and the Inland Empire of the Mojave. There is little doubt that these men knew each other and also were aware of their family legacy that may have included the use of talismanic architecture in the tradition of Charlemagne and his “Man in the Mountain” mysteries. This activity is very similar to what I have noted in detail in my book and video series entitled “Mysteries and Legends of Northern California: Mt. Shasta Revealed.” This family association of the Beale’s and Brand(t)’s fits a well established tradition of how many of these people applied these concepts to the image of the Untied States itself. Both Mr. Brand and Mr. Beale were of a lineage and place to have also been members of the Society of the Cincinnati composed of descendants of Revolutionary War Officers.

This Society also seemed to be involved in the use of literary and art figures that were also members including Ralph Waldo Emerson, Edgar Alan Poe, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Samuel Morse, and James Fenimore Cooper. In past works of this author these men have all been firmly associated with other landscape and treasure mysteries such as Oak Island, The Newport Tower, Mysteries of Williamsburg, The Kensington Rune and legacy of the Hudson’s Bay Company, the mysteries of Mt. Shasta, the Maryhill Stonehenge, The Palace of the Legion of Honor in San Francisco and more. Given this it is interesting that a group such as Cicada 3301 would have knowledge of this legacy and apply it to a pilgrim quest in the tradition this information infers.

As Fulcinelli quotes Flamel we must all be pilgrims and pilots to understand the quest. -Cort

More as the story develops. See below video for Bob Creamers views on Cicada 3301 2017:

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