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Sunday, May 21, 2006

Magic 23

Since I posted a couple of items about gematria, and the kinds of gibberish that it can be used to create, I've been receiving tons of emails with people pointing me at silly gematria sites on the net. I had no idea this gibberish was so widespread!

In general, it's all the same kind of thing: stream-of-consciousness rambling, using numbers the guide the streams. It's very funny in its way, but it gets dull pretty quickly: read one of 'em, and you might as well have read them all.

But once in a while, you find a prize: something that's different, special in its own uniquely ridiculous way. And an anonymous person send me a link to one of those. This is really fantastically goofy, and there's a whole group of people who are actively obsessed with it. It's the "235" gang. They believe that there are all sorts of magical connections involving the numbers "2" and "3"; some also include "5", but others claim that 5 isn't special on its own, because it's just the sum of 2 and 3. A couple of their writeups are:
The first one is just the usual kind of gematriacal rambling, but it's got the most exhaustive list of the 235s that I could find. The second one is better; it's just chock-full of crunchy insanity.

Here's how it starts out:
For many years, we have been told by Egyptologists and historians that the pyramids of ancient Egypt were the tombs of the Pharaohs and nothing more.

This is the ‘official line’ and this could indeed be true as regards the majority of the pyramids in Egypt which were clearly built by the ancient Egyptians – many of which collapsed to rubble soon after being built.

But ask the many researchers (those not funded by institutions) who have made a life time study of the pyramids, and they would most likely tell you that the Great Pyramid of Giza is unique – not just because it is a perfect pyramid which has withstood the ravages of time – but because it appears that one of its purposes was to preserve knowledge.

They will also tell you that much meaningful information has already been derived from the Great Pyramid, even though many scholars and academics – i.e., those funded by the institutions and establishments – have never really accepted this data and continue to ignore it.

During the last months of 2002, I made a new major discovery about the Great Pyramid of Giza: that the Polar or Celestial Axis of the Earth, which is presently tilted at 23.43 degrees, (given the round figure of 23.5º in most text books on the subject) is clearly referenced in the geometrical structure of the Pyramid.
Such a bundle of silliness, just in the first 5 paragraphs!
  • The conspiracy! All of those people "funded by institutions" are trying to cover up the truth!
  • The mounds of "data" that everyone ignores!
  • The lone genius making spectacular discoveries all by himself!
  • The "rounding" of the angle of the earth's axis and the position of the Giza pyramid to get the magical "5" in, even though the egyptians did not use decimal angle measurements! (To the best of our knowledge, the egyptians used mathematical units derived from the babylonians, which is where the "degree" unit comes from; the babylonians used a sort of base-60 math - thus the 360 degrees, 60 minutes, 60 seconds angle measurements.)
Ah, but it gets much better. Because, you see, the conspiracy is trying to cover up the true history of the earth! But initiates of the great mysteries throughout history have been trying to provide hints! In the pyramids, in paintings, in maps, in the layouts of cities!
We also find that the Great Pyramid is actually pointing to its own location on the earth – being almost 30º N from the Equator, and this is the decisive factor for me as regards the credibility of this encoded information.
See, the pyramid is pointing out its own location, because it's got this angle of 23.5 degrees, which is the three magic numbers 2, 3, and 5; and it's 30 degrees north, which is not just 10 times the magic number of three, but it's also the angles of the "perfect" triangles that make up the sides of the pyramid!
This new discovery about the Great Pyramid is remarkable in itself; but how I actually uncovered this hidden information never fails to amaze me – even now as I reflect on it – as it involved a 17th century painter who on the surface appears to have had nothing to do with Egypt and the pyramids of Giza . . . an artist whose works of art are believed to contain a code which many researchers have endeavored for years to decipher with no real success.

It would surprise many to learn that I first discovered this information about the Great Pyramid through studying and deciphering the hidden codes in three paintings by the French artist Nicolas Poussin (1594–1665). These initial discoveries and my own interpretation of the data will be revealed for the first time in my book Axis of God.
And of course, we can't have all this yummy insanity without a sales pitch! See, he discovered this secret about the great pyramid because of the paintings of a french artist; and all you need to do to see how he discovered it is to buy his book!
However, the truth is, that the paintings or sources I have analyzed are all associated by theme, and also contain deliberately planned, conspicuous linear items and features that are just “begging to be measured” so as to obtain the angles being presented.
Hmmm... He sees "deliberately planned, conspicuous linear items that are begging to be measured" in all sorts of paintings? I wonder what Freud would think of that?
For the sake of balancing the argument and to try to prove myself wrong, I also looked into the fact that the angle of 22.5 degrees is also a common angle used in art for perspective, as 22.5º is one sixteenth of a 360º circle. I mention this so that others would be aware of this and could perhaps use this in their argument and so test this themselves if interested.
I must point out that I have examined many paintings, and have found that although some of the overall ‘perspective features’ in some paintings are in the ‘right ball-park’ and could therefore be associated with the 22.5º angle of perspective so as to support this given fact, I have found that many suspect features, such as staffs, poles, flagpoles, spears, lances, clubs, bones, limbs, swords and other linear objects, are definitely at an angle of 23.5º or even 23 degrees.
So, by carefully examining paintings, he finds that the linear items begging to be measured are all quite definitely at an angle of 23 or 23.5 degrees - and in a painting, he can clearly distinguish 22.5, 23, and 23.5 degrees. Hmm... Just for kicks, I decided to see how hard it would be to do that. Here's a little diagram, showing three overlapping angles: 22.5, 23, and 23.5 degrees:

Gosh, he's good. He can distinguish between those three angles in a painting! Wow!

But the meaning of the magical 23.5 is deeper than that. After all, what good would a conspiracy be, if there weren't a reason behind it?
But it is at this point that we may ask, ‘why’ is the earth’s inclined axis being referenced in all these sources? After all, some believe, and are of the opinion, that the tilt of the earth’s axis is a ‘natural phenomenon’, and that the 23.5º tilt is necessary as the summer and winter cycles govern life on our planet. But, if this is true, then why do we find references to the angle of 23.5º in paintings on the theme of death, battle, war and conflict?

What exactly did the ‘initiate’ artists know – those who gave reference to this angle? . . What were these people trying to tell us?

My own interpretation, based on a lot more evidence which I have found and have yet to present, is that it was believed by the ‘initiated’ that the tilt of the earth isn’t natural, nor is it an ideal situation. Indeed it is a fact that the early Greek philosophers considered the tilt of the earth to be an unnatural and “irregular condition” and not something that had been set in motion since the beginning of creation.
Yes, he's not just a gematria loony, he's a catastrophist, like the electric universe gang! The reason for the magical numbers 235 showing up all of the time are because we fell from paradise when the earths axis tilted from its perfect position to an angle of 23.5 degrees!
The more I researched into these discoveries; more remarkable data began to present itself: I found that the angle of 52 degrees is also referenced in these same sources and is almost as frequent as the 23.5-degree references.
This is interesting because the significant thing about the angle of 52º is that this is the angle of the inclined sides of the Great Pyramid of Giza . . .
See, 52 degrees is also part of the magical numbers of the great pyramid, and if you can find anything, anything at all that includes something with a measurement that looks like either 23 or 52 degrees, well then, it's obviously a reference to the hidden knowledge of the pyramid by initiates of secret knowledge. By why would they need to hide it?
The Catholic Church was very powerful during the Dark Ages and the Middle Ages – and really until the dawning of Science and the so-called Age of Enlightenment; so to be branded a heretic was very dangerous to one’s health.
Those who knew the truth behind the Church and Christianity would have had to be seen to “toe the line” and so information and knowledge which would have been seen as “heretical” and otherwise suppressed and stamped-out by the Church, would have been encoded – not only to preserve it, but also to secretly pass this knowledge onto others.
Of course! What good is a conspiracy if we can't connect it to the catholic church? You see, the magic numbers referred to hidden knowledge that predates Jesus, and so the church is out to get anyone who tries to talk about it. So, all of those initiates go and hide it in plain sight, so that the church won't notice it, but everyone else will. Because, you see, conspiracies that manage to keep secrets from the general population for thousands of years are incapable of noticing symbolisms which will be obvious to everyone else.

But you know what this conspiracy theory about the great magic numbers of the pyramid is missing? The Masons and the Illuminati! Every good conspiracy has to include them, doesn't it? Ah, don't you start worrying now, he's got it covered!
We find the angle of 23.5º and 52º repeated in Templar and Masonic symbolism – such as the Templar Cross Patee or Maltese Cross and also the Masonic Compass and Set-square which we will come to later. Most surprisingly we find the angle of 23.5º in Leonardo Da Vinci’s famous drawing, Vitruvian Man.

The angle of 23.5º is even referenced in one of the most infamous symbols of them all – the “All-Seeing Eye” in the detached and floating capstone of the pyramid from which rays of light radiate – which is really a reference to the Great Pyramid of Giza which is missing its capstone. This symbol is on every US Dollar bill and it’s amazing how people could have missed this.
Ok, Masons, check. DaVinci, check.

Aw, shucks. No illuminati. Hmmm... Wait a second, let's see if this author talks about the connection between 23 and the Illuminati somewhere else. Gosh, that other 23 theorist I linked to? He references another book by the author of this pyramid stuff, called "REVELATIONS":
Classic conspiracy authors Robert Shea and Robert Anton Wilson (RAW) account the significance of the number 23 as it appeared with great synchronicity in the weird and multi-dimensional voyage of their 'Illuminatus' books. In fact, there might be something much deeper to this message of 23 than the paranoid induced theories of tin foil hat wearing kooks. As we will see, there appears to be a secret message, a secret knowledge, encoded in the number 23.5, among many other recognized in Kabbalistic teachings and numerology.

Let's look at the Bavarian Order of the Illuminati, founded in 1776 by Jesuit trained Adam Weishaupt. There are many theories due to its founding in 1776 coinciding with the American signing of the Declaration of Independence, that Weishaupt and first President George Washington were in fact the same man. Whether they were indeed one in the same, or used as dopplegangers to each other, there are some very strange connections in regards to the 23 when comparing the life and death of these two individuals.

George Washington
Born: Feb 11th 1732
Death: Dec 14th 1799

Adam Weishaupt
Born: Feb 6th 1748
Death: Nov 18th 1811

Washington and Weishaupt were born 5 days, 16 years apart. They died 26 days, 12 years apart. If you add together 5+1+6+2+6+1+2 it again comes to the 'magic' number of 23. But this is just the beginning in an intricate web of deceptive metaphysics that makes up not only the history of the United States of America, but also takes us into the very core and foundation of the Secret Society and religious monument building.

For those interested with delving further into the relations of the 23 alignments, you can find more details at Gary Osborn's website; in a fascinating excerpt from his latest book entitled REVELATIONS. It sheds light on the possible meanings of this prominent and misunderstood number, detailing overlooked pieces of the puzzle which will be uncovered in his 'Axis of God' release, due in early 2007. Gary is also the co-author of underground best-selling 'The Shining Ones', and 'The Serpent Grail'.
Yep, we got our Illuminati connection! Along with the assertion that this is all sane stuff, not any of the tinfoil hat lunacy!

Not loony enough for your tastes yet? Well... take a look at one of the "supporting references" for the 23 gibberish here. Yes indeedy, 23 is even connected to H. P. Lovecraft and Cthulhu!
H. P. Lovecraft, who first wrote of the EOD, entered the Jane Brown Memorial Hospital where he died 5 days later, on 10/2/1937. The numbers in date of HP Lovecraft's leaving this world add numerologically to 23! 1 + 0 + 2 + 1 + 9 + 3 + 7 = 23.

In the H. P. Lovecraft tale, "The Call of Cthulhu," on March 23rd the crew of the Emma landed on an unknown island and left six men dead; and on that date the dreams of sensitive men assumed a heightened vividness and darkened with dread of a giant monster's malign pursuit, whilst an architect had gone mad and a sculptor had lapsed suddenly into delirium! It was on the 23rd that the sculptor, Wilcox, was struck with fever. It was on the 23rd that the sense impacts from Cthulhu were heard and sensitive people heard the Deep Ones chanting. It is of quite pivotal importance to the story. 23 = the number of Cthulhu's influence.

Human beings have 23 pairs of chromosomes. Anything humans might be able to mate with would also have 23 pairs of chromosomes.

About 100 years ago, Dr. Hermann Swoboda, professor of psychology at the University Of Vienna, became interested in the study of cyclical, internal changes affecting humans. He concluded that there were 2 basic rhythms in humans, a 23 day physical cycle is one of them (the other is a 28 day emotional cycle). Since Cthulhu does not have human emotions, It would only have a physical cycle, even if It is not made of matter we can understand. The physical cycle of Cthulhu is 23. In our 3 dimensions of space as we measure time on Earth, that's what it would be.
I can't take it anymore! I think I need to go have a beer. Wait a second - the beer bottles that I made my homebrew stout in... They're 23 ounce bottles!


  • I love this kind of stuff. The amount of work that goes into this kind of nuttiness is truly awe inspiring. If only they could harness those braincells for something useful.

    On the other hand, having slummed around conspiracy boards going back to the days of old FidoNET, I will say that a lot of this stuff is written by people in on the joke. When they start referencing HPL, it's only a short hop, skip and a jump to the Principia Discordia and the Church of the SubGenius.

    By Blogger Todd, at 1:07 PM  

  • Clearly storing homemade stout in 23-ounce bottles is the correct production method of the Elixir of Life.

    By Blogger Thomas Winwood, at 1:13 PM  

  • ph'nglui mglw'nafh Cthulhu R'lyeh wgah'nagl fhtagn

    Happy shall be those eaten first when the Deep Old Ones rise.

    By Anonymous usagi, at 1:14 PM  

  • I was wondering when you'd get around to pyramidiots. Got that done, with a little extra.

    By Blogger Bronze Dog, at 1:35 PM  

  • Hrm - now I don't know who's parodying whom. I do the "magic 23" thing, by way of the Illuminatus Trilogy.

    And the message I got, the reason I do it, is one of observer bias. Once you start looking, it just pops out everywhere. And of course, you can make it pop out anywhere, with the right algebra.

    Entirely tongue-in-cheek play, poking this same fun at numerologists, and yet serious in a different direction.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 3:08 PM  

  • Well you know, reading too much of Robert Anton Wilson's work can seriously warp your mind.... When I finished the Illuminatus trilogy, I felt much like I was tripping. Of course, that may also have had something to do with reading it in 8 hours straight.... ;-)

    By Anonymous David Harmon, at 7:04 PM  

  • Mark,

    Seeing as you have not replied to my personal email to you, I will post my response on this Blog.

    A lot of what you say is not 'constructive criticism' and is really your own opinion at the end of the day.
    And I really don't understand the point you make with your drawing of these angles. The logic behind the comments you make in this regard are confusing. I thought I made it quite clear in the article.

    Again, at the end of the day, the '23' number phenomenon has nothing to do with my own research into these encoded references that appear to be bringing attention to the angle of the earth's axis for some reason. Neither am I "in on a joke", as one of your correspondents states and neither am I out to exploit anything and make a quick buck.

    I'm disappointed in these kinds of smug remarks, by people who have not looked at all the evidence as yet. It never fails to amaze me how despicable, calculating and uncharitable us humans can be.

    This is a real phenomenon. There are indeed references to this angle and others in the paintings cited, and in many other sources. Its a fact that anyone can check if they so wish. No doubt others will find more sources that I have overlooked.

    I have spent some years researching this, and many others have verified my findings.
    My presentation is well balanced and is merely based on what I have discovered despite my own beliefs, if any.

    Someone has to discover and bring attention to this. Surely it was intended that someone should - so I don't see why I should be attacked in this way for bringing all this to light.

    Also, viewing the images would help. See here, another version.

    Also take a look at this version of the 23.5 Degree presentation on my website.

    Also I don't have a book out entitled 'Revelations' as you stated.

    At the end of the day, I am merely bringing attention to the things I have discovered and I don't see that as wrong, and I don't think my findings are "chock full of insanity" either.

    Don't want to lecture you Mark, but first and foremost, I'm always careful not to believe in something that will stop me finding other alternatives, and most of the time, and if I search long enough within my own mind, I find that I really don't believe in anything 100%.
    With everything, I always try to remain neutral, 'on the fence' and balanced, and I am open to any other explanations as to why these references to this angle - the obliquity of the earth's axis - exist. However, again, its a fact that anyone can check for themselves.
    I am also aware that we are all prone to seeing and experiencing whatever it is we are focusing on and believing in at the time and really because we are creating everything ourselves, and many of us don't realise it.

    Read my article 'The Synchroholoform' on my website. There's a "bigger picture" to all this and in my view, it appears to be related to the creative nature of our own individual and collective consciousness and that's something I always consider.

    So then, what's your explanations for the references to the angle of 23.5 degrees and 52 degrees which are exact? NOT 22.5 - NOT always 23 but 23.5.

    It could be said that people add them subconsciously or unconsciously and that's something we should consider, but that explantion doesn't hold weight with me, because we only find these references in sources expressing certain themes that are related.

    For instance, I was asked to examine some of Francis Bacon paintings, and have not found anything regarding these angles yet. But you see, this speaks volumes, because if this phenomenon was merely a natural occurrence, then we would find them in most paintings, but we only really ever find these references in paintings that are related by theme and by artists that were "in the know: so to speak.

    Kind Regards,
    Gary Osborn

    By Blogger Gary Osborn, at 4:51 AM  

  • If you put some google ads on your page i am ok to click on them coz this is a very informative blog.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 1:44 AM  

  • Todd said...
    >> When they start referencing HPL, it's only a short hop, skip and a jump to the Principia Discordia and the Church of the SubGenius.

    Discordia, you said? It's there, too.

    --THE LAW OF FIVES is another idea to be taken into consideration, as 5 is the addition of 2+3. The number five is the prime number of the Discordian movement. The Law of Fives is summarized on page 00016 of the Principia Discordia:

    The Law of Fives is never wrong.

    It is worth noting that the Law of Fives includes the word "Five" five times.

    Like most of Discordianism, the Law of Fives appears on the surface to be either some sort of weird joke, or bizarre supernaturalism; but under this, it may help clarify the Discordian view of how the human mind works; Lord Omar is quoted later on the same page as having written, "I find the Law of Fives to be more and more manifest the harder I look." Another main idea of Discordianism is that of the 'Sacred Chao', referred to as Sacred Chaos, or the Sacred Cow.

    By Anonymous Irishman, at 2:18 PM  

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