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Journey to the Center of the Seal

by Peter Kapnistos

Seal of God:  in metaphorical use - the biblical signet-ring (Esth. 8:8) - inscription engraved on stones - the use of clay impressed with the seal, in sealing papyrus  - an emblem of authority or, as in the Gospel of John,  the evidence of a covenant:

Do not work for the food that perishes but for the food that endures for eternal life, which the Son of Man will give you. For on him the Father, God, has set his seal.
- John 6 : 27

Tryblion Saucer: Its history was unknown
  for almost two thousand years.  

During the 19th century, Ellen G. White, writing for the Seventh-day Adventists, argued that the seal of God represents the works of Sabbath keeping. And since the Sabbath is "Saturn's Day" she reportedly once had a vision of the seal of God as a journey through a "sea of glass" or, as her husband also believed, the rings of Saturn. Ellen G. White is the most translated woman writer in the entire history of literature, and the most translated American author of all time.

MISSION STATEMENT: The winter of 1973 was marked by the passing of a comet around the sun on Christmas day, perceived by some as a portent of the Second Coming. The Arab-Israeli War of 1973 destabilized the Middle East after Egypt and Syria attacked Israel. The American presidency was caught in the Watergate scandal. I was in Athens that year and unexpectedly found myself at the Polytechnic University demonstrations that brought down the military dictatorship of the Greek Colonels. Troubled by the emotional shock of escaping tanks, teargas, and political violence in what often felt like being in the middle of a pirates game, I abstained from certain food and traveled in the spring to the Patmos group of islands, where I experienced the force of what is sometimes called a crisis apparition.

On the early morning of Saturday, April 20, 1974, as I sat near the port of the Aegean island of Mykonos, I met a man in black who telepathically revealed to me a metal seal, the cap of a well pipe in the flagstone near my feet, with the design of what he described as “the universe” engraved on it.

I noticed him standing alone near a small church when a dock worker looked briefly that way and then greeted me while rolling a noisy wooden cart past my chair, and into a narrow side street. I could feel the bluish-purple twilight mist of the bright morning star disappearing before sunrise. The man was well-dressed, like a bridegroom, or young business executive. I could hear his soft voice in my mind with remarkable clarity. He told me that his "Father" had claimed the judgment of Hitler's soul. 

Somewhat surprised, I tried to get up from my chair and walk on. But the stranger stopped me. Stepping forward, he stretched out both his arms with his fingers extended in my direction. Then he turned and looked across the distant sea. Dawn had arrived. But a thick black line (a dark rectangular aerial object) blocked out part of the orange sun, like the interlocked hands of a clock at 3:15. 

I heard him say "Peter, will you look at me?" When I did, the man set his balance, tightened his concentration, and asked me "Do you know what I must do?" 

He then broke the seal by melting its small central rod with an intense gaze, until I could see a cloud of steam or vapor swirling before his forehead. 

I heard the loud trumpet-blast of a ship's horn, but I didn't see a large vessel in the dock. He walked towards me and said "Know the faith," as he passed by my chair. Then he vanished into the labyrinth of village footpaths behind me in the cool of the new day. The sun appeared as normal again.



Such experiences are generally referred to as "crisis apparitions" because they are associated with projections of the subconscious mind, usually due to stress or emotional shock. But in this case the psychological "illusion" had an effect on external matter - the center of the seal was broken - and I later photographed it to have a record.  My own feeling is that the resurrected Christ is in the world. The well seal was an ancient symbol of the hydrogen atom. Its broken nucleus signifies binary fission, the strongest force in nature.

Psychologist Carl Jung once mentioned a schizophrenic patient who claimed that he saw "the sun's penis." Jung referred to the sun-barge of the Alexandrian school of mysticism and a papyrus passage: "For you will see hanging down from the disc of the sun something that looks like a tube."

There is evidence that other persons also saw a black line obstructing the Mykonos sun. The apparent atmospheric anomaly was recently photographed by a musician tourist in Mykonos.  http://one.revver.com/watch/38290/flv

A secret nuclear arms race began in the spring of 1974. Within days, India conducted its first atomic bomb test, code-named Smiling Buddha. Pakistan would eventually develop the Islamic Bomb and allegedly extend nuclear proliferation to suspected terrorist sponsors, such as Libya and Iran. A final confrontation named Armageddon was gloomily foreseen in the Middle East involving Israeli warheads produced in the Negev desert.

After weeks of study I learned that a very old seal design was the symbol of being marked or sealed in the forehead. So I returned to Mykonos that summer to photograph the strange metal plate. As soon as I arrived at the place of the well seal, another unusual thing happened. I felt someone behind me in the afternoon crowd push forward as if stumbling and lay their hands suddenly on my back. I pulled away and uttered a word of surprise. When I turned around, I saw a young woman in a white summer dress. She had a round birthmark on her forehead. Behind her stood two well-groomed young men. No one spoke, but I felt certain the impelling mark on her forehead was no coincidence. Did they also understand? 

The broken seal was a stark souvenir of the strongest force in nature. I began to photograph it, thinking they would ask me what it was and I could explain what had occurred. But when I looked up from my camera, one of the strangers gently took the young woman by the hand and the three of them cheerfully walked away. Puzzled by what happened, I noted the time. It was
3:15. Three months had passed since my meeting with the mysterious man, at that very spot. The date was July 20, 1974, and Turkish warships were now gathering just beyond the sea's horizon for the full-scale invasion of Cyprus. An hour of darkness had arrived for the eastern Mediterranean. Sirens and distress signals wailed in the neighboring cities. Cyprus would become the last divided nation in the free world.

- Peter Kapnistos


Angels: God's Secret Agents  - excerpts by Billy Graham

When I decided to preach a sermon on angels, I found practically nothing in my library. Upon investigation I soon discovered that little had been written on the subject in this century. This seemed a strange and ominous omission. Bookstores and libraries have shelves of books on demons, the occult and the devil. Why was the devil getting so much more attention from writers than angels?

Angels speak. They appear and reappear. They are emotional creatures. While angels may become visible by choice, our eyes are not constructed to see them ordinarily any more than we can see the dimensions of a nuclear field, the structure of atoms, or the electricity that flows through copper wiring. 

God uses angels to work out the destinies of men and nations. He has altered the courses of the busy political and social arenas of our society and directed the destinies of men by angelic visitation many times over. We must be aware that angels keep in close and vital contact with all that is happening on the earth. Their knowledge of earthly matters exceeds that of men.

Angels: God’s Secret Agents  (1975) by Billy Graham 



On a cool and misty morning north of the Nile, as I sat near the harbour of an ancient isle, he walked by the waterfront and watched me for a while. 

The man in black arrived, looking absolutely normal, at twilight's top part. His attire was dark and formal, exclusively ported by a man with a cart. 

His appearance was that of a wealthy young regent, a minister bridegroom or government agent. Embedded in the flagstone between us was a seal, the cap of an old well water pipe wheel. 

From where I sat, a tarnished gear; the atom came to mind. I could, his voice in English hear, striding a space behind, tell me the flattened sphere design, of the seal, was the universe. 

I thought of the heavens, vast and diverse; the brilliance of stars, the comet's glowing hail. But I also wondered why the atom did entail world class weapons of mass destruction scale. A dictator's raiment, etched with bombs, in the cracks of broken pavement. 

As I thought, the stranger moved to the edge of the enclavement. He then, standing by a church flagpole, introduced himself as granite - heir of man's failed cultural goal - beneficiary of a planet sired by Hitler's disclaimed soul. 

I was suspect of the man's stealth. What was his business, arriving like a thief, at this unexpected hour of the morning? I considered my own health and vainly sought relief from his sudden waterfront warning. 

But the stranger forestalled me, pacing closer to my chair. With six fingers pointed my way, he waved his fists like claws in the air, and assumed the upright stance of a lion appointed to slay. 

Turning towards a distant bay... 

I was stunned by the calm of a rush of common sense. In an instance of blush, and quiet reverence, I bowed with a hush to the island's mighty guest. The bride was made ready, at her glorious best, to steer our hearts steady for the ultimate test. I knew, at that moment, just what he must do. I learned, on that morning, the bridegroom's last quest: to make good his warning of judgment, past rest.

Uri-El is the Archangel of salvation. Legend says it is Uriel who stands at the gate of the Lost Eden, with a fiery sword. He was the dark angel (Genesis 32) or man in black who wrestled with Jacob at Peniel ("face of God"). Jacob asked him, "Do tell me your name, please." He answered, "Why should you want to know my name?" Uriel then gave Jacob his new name, Israel. Uriel is noted in the 2nd century BC Book of Enoch (chapter xxi), as the Archangel who helps us with natural disasters and is called for to avert such events, or to heal and recover in their aftermath. He is the great instructor who teaches us that art and study are for experiencing the joy of liberation that comes as wisdom is gained. Among his symbols are the scroll and the book (with seven seals). The name Uri-el probably predates the ancient Mesopotamian city of Ur (ouranos is the sky or light of heaven). Uriel was the legendary Sumerian Lord (El) of Ur, or the Archangel who conveyed the faith of monotheism to Abram and gave him his new name, Abraham. According to an Apocalypse of Peter once ranked next in popularity to the canonical Apocalypse of St. John, it is the Archangel Uriel who will resurrect the dead when appealed so by the Lord: "And soul and spirit shall the great Uriel give them at the commandment of God; for him hath God set over the rising again of the dead at the day of judgment."

For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God:
and the dead in Christ shall rise first. - 1 Thessalonians 4:16

"In front of me Uriel..." 
- From Kriat Shma, prayer recited before going to sleep 

Uri-el is one of the four great Archangels, the other three being Gabri-el, Micha-el, and Rapha-el. 

The throne of God is the singularity or primal atom of the Big Bang. 
At the moment of creation, by a strong force resembling binary fission, a great accretion disc (Ofan) "inflates" out of an invisible point.
A "Chariot" (Merkabah) of fire, with a wheel-like sea of glass,  accumulates and expands around the event horizon of God's throne, which is also occupied by four bioforms. Ezekiel calls them "holy creatures" (Hayyot). The general opinion is that they embody the four Archangels. The composite bioforms are their corresponding domains (as in the four horsemen).

In the biblical visions of Daniel, Ezekiel, and the Revelation, each of the four Hayyot resembles a holy creature: an eagle, a lion, a calf, and a man
The Archangel Gabriel, being the messenger of the immaculate conception, is traditionally identified with the eagle. In Revelation, a woman awaiting child was "given the wings of an eagle." The popular picture of angels with wings comes to us mostly from Gabriel's likeness of an eagle. But if we look to the Archangel Michael, we will find another creature, the lion. Michael, being chief over a divine army at war in heaven, roars loud and deep as the Archangel who defends the faith of the "Lion of the tribe of Judah." The Archangel Raphael is identified with the sacred calf. The cow is the spirit of domestication and a helper of households. Since prehistory, it has stood for strength, fertility, food, and abundance. The Archangel Uriel is identified with the resemblance of a man. Appearing fully human, Uriel is the "supernal man," the most anthropomorphic
Hayyot serving God's infinite will (Ein-Sof).


In rabbinical angelology, Uriel is one of the Archangels sent by God to answer the questions of Esdras (II Esdras iv). He is mentioned in I Enoch and IV Ezra, where he "watches over thunder and terror." In the Midrash 1, Uriel is said to be one of the four guardians of God's throne. Stemming from medieval Jewish mystical traditions, Uriel has also become the Angel of Sunday (Jewish Encyclopedia), Angel of Poetry, and one of the Holy Sephiroth. In Milton's Paradise Lost Book III, Uriel is in charge of the Orb of the Sun. The name Uriel means God is my Light; or God is Light; or Radiation of God; or God is the radiating principle of Light; or Fire of God. Uriel is the Archangel of September. According to the Midrash, he waited 11 months before establishing the formations of the Jewish people in the shape of the celestial circle. He also holds the key to the Bottomless Pit during the End Times.

Archangel comes to us from the Greek arcon (archon), meaning "ruler," and aggelo (angelo), meaning "messenger" both in the Hebrew and Greek. The Patriarch of Constantinople granted to laity of the Church the title of Archon to honor their service. The Archangel Michael is sometimes called Archon Michael. "He is the One that is to be a ruler [archon] of Israel" (Micah 5:2). In related scriptures, Christ is "the Prince [archegos] of life" (Acts 3:15).


Can you see the throne of God?

According to the Bible, those alive during the End Times will have the opportunity to see God in heaven (based on Job 38:31) sitting on a great white throne in a flaming chariot beyond Pleiades and Orion:
"And then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven: and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory."  - Matthew 24:30

 Artist's impression


In 1973 the British biologist Francis Crick, who with James Watson discovered DNA, proposed a theory that life was deliberately seeded on Earth by a higher intelligence. Hoyle and Wickramasinghe argued in Lifecloud: The Origin of Life in the Universe (1978) that large, complex life-forms (or mega-organisms) could survive and thrive in the voids between stars. Psychologists have noted that the first panoramic photo-map of our universe (Lund Observatory) resembles a cubist-style abstract embryo emerging from the fiery plasma of a galactic singularity. For the next thousand years, mathematicians will be putting together a detailed description of the polygons (forms with many sides and angles) seen in distant space structures, in order to specify possible conditions for complex life forms.


A Chariot (Merkabah) of fire

And one of the elders saith unto me, Weep not: behold, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, hath prevailed to open the book, and to loose the seven seals thereof.  - Revelation 5:5

Since the Bible does not identify the 24 elders surrounding God's throne (Revelation 4:4), they are generally viewed as "representatives" of believers from all of time. If an elder (a venerable senior; of greater age) lives to be about 80 years old, then only 24 lifetimes have passed since the death of Jesus Christ until today.

Thank you for your proposal designed for space flight...

Vice President Mondale, 1977


But wait a minute! Aren't "angels" just biblical myths? 

If we look through some of the folklore and feathers acquired from the Middle Ages, we see that angels are defined in two main categories: Archangels were created before human beings. Having experienced considerably longer evolutionary time-spans in terms of modern physics, they represent a mathematically probable Type 3 Civilization, capable of harnessing energy from entire galactic systems. However, a more common angel is usually encountered in the form of a deceased good person who sometimes returns to the earth as a spiritual "messenger" and helper. Each year, millions of people claim to have had a near-death experience (NDE) or clinical death, which frequently includes an out-of-body experience that overpowers all fears of a second death. NDE reports are expected to increase sharply as global warming creates a greater number of climate refugees. According to this category, various people in the world today fit the second description. Whether believed in or not, they personify the inspired message of a continued existence beyond death


 striking disclosure


The White House (under the Carter administration) was informed of my 1974 meeting with the man in black and his striking disclosure of the metal seal. Since that occurrence, my story of the Mykonos seal has been published and retold (in more than one language) enough times to openly guess that over a hundred thousand people probably already know what this report is about.

Peter Fotis Kapnistos



And thou shalt make a plate of pure gold, and grave upon it, like the engravings of a signet, HOLINESS TO THE LORD... And it shall be upon Aaron's forehead, that Aaron may bear the iniquity of the holy things, which the children of Israel shall hallow in all their holy gifts; and it shall be always upon his forehead, that they may be accepted before the LORD.   - Exodus 28:36-38


Attention: This is the world’s first (and currently the only) in depth investigation linking the Sacred Tryblion of the ancient world with the Bruce Codex (Seal of God), and the incomplete poem Perceval, le Conte du Graal (The Story of the Grail), dated sometime between 1180 and 1191, by Chrιtien de Troyes. This report is copyright (c) 2006-2007. All users must observe copyright laws. No part of this report may be reproduced or transmitted in any form without express permission from the author, except for brief quotations for non-profit research and educational purposes. If you briefly quote from this report ("fair use" authorization, Title 17 U.S.C. Section 107) you must provide author credits for Peter Fotis Kapnistos, and include a link to this web page.





The Patmos group of Greek islands

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    6th Seal: Prerequisite for Knighthood?

Did Mick Jagger spend long hours in Oxford's library reading Codex B, to be awarded a champion's title? Or did he and Keith Richards cast their long and lasting shadows over abyssos, the legendary well of Mycone?


(Bruce Codex) Seal on forehead. The opening ceremony of the 2004 Athens Olympic Games illustrated the atomic theory of the universe and the evolution of human consciousness.


Mykonos is the most famous of the Greek islands. Compare Robert Louis Stevenson's 1883 map of Treasure Island (center) with an 18th century map (left) and a modern aerial outline of Mykonos (right).

brittle drawings, faint charts




A few pages of the "Bruce Codex" (also called the Codex Brucianus) from the Bodleian Library of the University of Oxford are available on the Internet. It contains 2nd century AD Coptic, Arabic, and Ethiopic manuscripts found in 1769 in upper Egypt by James Bruce, a Scottish traveler who explored the source of the Nile. The Bruce Codex manuscript was acquired by the British Museum and translated into English by Carl Schmidt (editor) and Violet Macdermot (translator) in 1892. It consists of the first and second Books of Jeu  (comprising The Book of the Great Logos according to the Mystery) and three fragments - an untitled text, an untitled hymn, and the text On the Passage of the Soul Through the Archons of the Midst. The Two Books of Jeu are also mentioned in the  Pistis Sophia (Askew Codex), an important Gnostic text acquired by the British Museum in 1795. Historians trace parts of the Bruce Codex to Valentinus, a theologian born in upper Egypt about 100 AD. He became a disciple of the Christian teacher Theudas who supposedly was a follower of St. Paul. Valentinus is often associated with "Saint Valentine" but the Catholic Church no longer lists the saint.

One of the remarkable aspects of the Books of Jeu (also called Books of Ieou) is that they consist of mystic and esoteric diagrams. Each is related to either a "treasury of light" permeated with projections (probolh) of entombed archetypes, or a sacred well ("it welled up in him") central to a series of apostolic baptismal rites. As such, the diagrams are not "magic spells" but early Christian motifs of liturgical art, its spirituality and theology. The main character is the resurrected Christ, who transfers "seals" to his disciples. The brittle drawings exhibit faint charts of concentric circles and rectangles. Much of the original papyrus detail has been "injured by time."


In the Books of Jeu the Saviour gave various seals to ascend to heaven. 

The text says: 

This is his character which is on his face thus

The Greek word CARAKTHR means: the collective qualities of a person, or a role played by an actor. It also means a written letter, symbol, or an engraving: "This is his seal which is in his forehead."

The small vertical line in the nucleus of the top circle drawing is not present in the bottom circle, but it dwells "in his forehead."

Though still largely unknown to the general reading public, The Book of Jeu diagrams are probably the world's oldest graphic images of the "seal of God" as mentioned in St John's Revelation: "And I saw another angel ascending from the east, having the seal of the living God: and he cried with a loud voice to the four angels, to whom it was given to hurt the earth and the sea, Saying, Hurt not the earth, neither the sea, nor the trees, till we have sealed the servants of our God in their foreheads." (- Revelation 7:2-3)


The drawings in the Books of Jeu may be illustrations of seals used on the door of Jesus Christ's tomb, as noted in numerous ancient sources, including the New Testament. The mystic diagrams are perhaps the schematics of a curious and elaborate contrivance, essentially Jewish, that consisted of internal loculi. (Plural of locule or loculus, a small cavity or space. Latin for "little place.") Loculi (kokh in Hebrew) were compartments or cubbyholes (long, narrow shelves or niches) that served as burial slots cut into the walls. But loculi were also used as vaults and niches for storing urns and precious objects. In some structures, loculi often served as storage places for imperial revenue and as safe deposits ("Treasuries of the Father") for the wealth of private citizens. Loculi also provided important engineering functions by enclosing mechanical locks and valves. Capped with metal plate seals, loculi were the sepulchre's "keyholes." In other words, the Jeu drawings may have come down to us from a Greek technical "owner's manual" for fastening a stone door to a Jewish nobleman's tomb. 

The Book of Jeu diagrams are probably the world's oldest graphic images of the "seal of God" as mentioned in Revelation.    

Joseph of Arimathea, according to the Gospels, was a member of the Sanhedrin who donated his tomb for the burial of Jesus. A series of legends during the Middle Ages tied him to Britain and the Holy Grail. The long lists of "Watchers" in the Books of Jeu may represent centurions, soldiers, elders, and scribes (also mentioned in scriptures) who locked the sepulcher with seals and pitched a tent to "watch it." Papyrus lists of the names of locksmith engineers, together with schematic drawings of their sepulcher devices, may have been required by Pontius Pilate for Rome's bureaucratic records, especially those concerning the sudden disappearance of Jesus Christ's body, and the seals of his tomb.


The Greek word
TUPOS means: a class, a group, or a  trademark. It also means a carved or inscribed impression: "This is his imprint when he projects."  After almost two thousand years, the thinnest lines of the Bruce Codex seal drawing (above) inevitably ceased to be visible. But its shape and contour outlines closely match the seal of Mykonos (below), which was also connected to an antiquated well system.
   The text says: 

This is his type when he brings forth


Popular conspiracy theories such as Hugh Schonfield's Passover Plot (1965) suggest that some fanatical friends of Jesus secretly "rolled open" the door of his sepulcher and removed his body, or that of someone else who had been crucified in his place. These theories assume that the disciples (who warned us against wrongdoing) contrived to invent a lie and jump-start the Christian religion.

Such theories seriously lack any technical knowledge of the internal loculi seals used in Jewish tombs.

Once shut, the stone doors were as impregnable as modern-day bank vaults, because the tombs of ancient nobles contained relics of great value. The idea that Christ's sepulcher could be easily rolled opened without the centurion's exactly-fitted spanner wrenches (keys for gripping and moving the bolts of locks or turning valves) is unwary and misleading.

A straightforward, literary description of various manuscripts indicates that unique keys were used to seal the tomb of Jesus Christ.

A key wrench [bit] was probably cast as a heavy rod [shank] of iron (over a meter long) with two grip bars or a circular band [bow] for a handle ("And there was given to him the key of the pit of the abyss." Revelation 9:1). To the inexperienced, such a key may have resembled a strange, heavy scepter. In medieval romance legends, the Holy Grail, originally a mystic plate, was usually seen with a ghostly "lance." From the top of the spear, blood dripped and would not stop until the day of judgment. A scepter of flowing liquid also suggests the notion of a pipe or tube.

The metal seals of ancient noblemen's tombs were made to last for many centuries under adverse climatic conditions. If removed, they could turn up anywhere but not be easily identified.

Our general understanding of the Books of Jeu is inspirited by a Coptic inscription, perhaps derived from an ancient Aramaic phrase containing elements of both the Greek abyssos which itself originates with Sumerian abzu ("pit"), and the Syraic abba ("father"). The inscription appears to paint two overlapping pictures. It may represent the union of two religious trends: Indo-European and Semitic, converging into a subconscious archetype.

The text says: 

It welled up in him...

abyss: a bottomless well or pit.

abba: father, a title of respect.


On one hand, the Jeu seal was a symbol of a bottomless pit, as the King James Bible calls it,  emitting the smoke of a furnace for the second death. Beneath a fog of mystery, the seal was moved from a tomb to a bottomless void where its chasm draws the unwise like an Apocalyptic black hole. The abyssos of Greek mythology was envisaged as something unfathomably deep, a primitive ocean, the realm of the dead, or a prison for spirits.

But on the other hand, we also find the Jeu seal on a hallowed well for the baptism of apostles. The disciples were immersed in a mystic fountain, where they were confronted with a vision of Christ's passion, and the unfathomable well became their symbolic spring of immortality. The transformed Abyss, from a realm of death to a fountain of life, probably represents a spiritual cleansing of the soul for Abba, or God the Father. The Church acknowledges that the service of baptism represents a seal. But the seal of the living God has its own particular purpose at the End Times.

The word abbey (from the Latin abbatia) refers to groups of rooms or huts collected about a common center. The inner courtyard, derived from the Roman atrium, usually held a cooking hearth and a water spring or a tank (impluvium) to receive rainwater. The water submission example (total immersion) had been already set in part by the Essenes in Judea (with John the Baptist, around the year 25 AD) and perhaps by the Therapeutae in Egypt (the mythological infant Achilles was dipped in Styx, a river of Hades). In early Christian monastic courtyards an abbot or an abbess conducted the first baptisms and served as the spiritual father or mother of the community.

Diagrams in the Books of Jeu present two primary themes: (1) The rectangular Place of Jesus (in the red highlighted area) is also called the Treasury of Light. A plane surface door, burial bench, or sealed sarcophagus (stone coffin), associated with the tomb of Christ, is shown directly below it, with a list of "watchers" to the right. Typical tombs of that period had rectangular, almost square low entrances with steps that led down to a rectangular standing pit lined on three sides with benches.

(2) The small diagram on the far right (blue highlighted area) shows a concave "well" or receptacle, curved like the interior of a sphere. A second list of names is directly below it. The text says: "For these watchers do not belong to the ranks of the treasuries of the light." Instead, they "stand within the gates." The circular bowl may represent the sealed mouth of a well (abyssos), which at the End Times will give up its dead, in the same manner as Christ's tomb. 

The moving of seals from the holy sepulcher to an abysmal pit involves two phenomena in psychology: transference, a subconscious redirection of feelings, and enantiodromia, the process by which something becomes its opposite. But Christianity was not a special deal or Gnostic truce of dualism between the forces of good and evil. Instead, ultimate opposites become equal by the imposed victory of mutual annihilation or the harrowing of hell repressed in the seat of the world's collective consciousness.


The message that the seals from Christ's sepulcher were moved to a deep abyss is by no means restricted to the Bruce Codex or the Books of Jeu. Important apocalyptic manuscripts - ranging from AD 150 to the fourth century - unambiguously acknowledge that the authority to "set a seal" on the pit of Rev. 20:3 derives from the "sealing" of the tomb described in Mat 27:66. They are professedly the same seals.  


As for the mystery of how they were moved from a tomb to a well, the Books of Jeu  signify that it was done by holy "watchers," under the superintendence of the resurrected Christ himself. It is an inexplicable matter of his anastash (anastasi) or rising from the dead. Festive village customs for the saints venerated in Patmos, Mykonos, Tinos, and other nearby fisherman islands have maintained a traditional, almost mystical, reception for XENO, the alien, stranger, traveler, or guest ("Be not forgetful to entertain strangers: for thereby some have entertained angels unawares." Hebrews 13:1-2). The sacred cave of Patmos, known as the Grotto of the Revelation, is where St. John conversed with holy strangers and messengers when he composed the biblical Apocalypse and the Fourth Gospel. At Easter, the island of Tinos is a major pilgrimage destination for thousands who come to be blessed, healed, or baptized. 

Who has a record of the pilgrims and monks watching over the well shafts of the Patmos island group for the past 24 lifetimes? Or who can tell us how flattened metal cylinders became the common weights and measures for shutoff valves and outlets of ancient water springs? The little-known craft of making loculi plate seals was handed down to us from an ancestral prototype design recognized by only a few. Before ever reaching Spain, France, or Britain, representations of the Seal of God and descriptions of a Sacred Tryblion (or Holy Grail) were already active, visible, and mature in some islands of the Eastern Mediterranean. They were the first places of refuge for early Christians escaping Palestine. The Patmos group of islands is perhaps the best example.

The Bruce Codex is sometimes incorrectly identified with the Gnostic Nag Hammadi Collection (Nag Hammadi is a town in Upper Egypt where a collection of 13 ancient codices were discovered in 1945). A harsh, inflexible observance of Gnostic dualism, contrary to orthodox doctrine, was set in motion by followers of the Persian Prophet Mani, the Manicheans, and the Pre-Christian Mandaeans who still survive in Iraq and Iran. They commonly described the Old Testament Creator as an ignorant entity called the Demiurge, which they often weighed down with many of the properties of Satan. The general feeling of Egyptian Gnosticism was to deny the incarnation of God as the Son. We may therefore take it to be true that extracts from the Bruce Codex that proclaim "This is the true God, He will be called Jesus," are not of Gnostic or Coptic origin. They admittedly reflect the orthodox faith of St. John's Patmos Revelation and its nearby islands.

The text says: 


 probolh: projection, exposure.

Although some parts of the Bruce Codex describe a theory of emanations, the actual word they use for emanation (a thing brought forth) is probolh (provoli), which in modern terms really means projection. The inherent belief is simply this: The cosmos is a projection of God's will. A complete and unqualified characteristic of God's power to project is clearly expressed in the New Testament as Agio Pneuma (Agio Pneuma) or Holy Ghost. This idea was never seriously questioned by Christian society, and is not to be confused with the so-called emanated spirits and fluids (ectoplasms) of medieval cabbalists, or the Persian myths of Abraxas, the Gnostic source of "365 emanations" that threatened to destroy the Church in the second century. The projection of God's will may seem to differ from the traditional seven days of Genesis, since it makes an idea (thought) come forth as the light of resurrection. But Christ's rising from the dead provides us with a reinstated picture of the cosmos. The seven days of Genesis are the seven seals of a "new heaven and a new earth." 

The Bruce Codex manuscript functions on two levels, intricately bound together. Its practical aspect is as a ceremonial guide (soteriology). It contains illustrated directions for fastening seals to the locking devices of an ancient tomb or well concerning Jesus Christ's resurrection. But its theoretical aspect is one of intelligent design (cosmology). The seal is also a map of empirical reality or the kingdom of God; an accurate representation of space, describing the structure of the indivisible, and the totality of what exists. 

The BOI area is not outside of the accretion disc boundary, but floats within its "Midst" like the moon of a planet, or an electron around a nucleus.
BOI syllable comes from the Indo-European root "bhe" which means to shine. It is found in "void" from the Old French "voit" and Latin "vocitus," meaning to be empty. It is also in "buoy," meaning weightless, lightness, or to keep afloat. Boi (boy, helper, or servant) evokes a "child process" or satellite branch system. 


Text in the Bruce Codex calls the Father "the indivisible one."

In the nucleus: "The three lines which are thus,"

Three parallel lines of force make a rotating center (kernel or nucleus): a alpha (the first),  w omega (the last), beta b (the middle).

The Greek word ATOMO means: indivisible, the smallest monad or particle. It also means a single being, an individual or person. "This is he who has never divided."



Near the top: "The three lines which are thus,"

The above diagram shows three parallel lines of force as a nucleus, or central axis, from alpha to omega.  But in the diagram below, the three parallel force lines (in colored box) are not centrally placed. They appear near the top of the circle, indicating rotary motion around an eccentric pivotal point. The BOI area is a "child process" or a subset of properties.

On a practical level, this simple diagram clearly indicates the position of a hinge or spindle on which the metal plate seal turns, for the watchers to reach the internal keyhole.

The text says: 

Jeu, the true God
This is his name ...

On a theoretical level, the seal design indicates that a satellite, corpuscle, or elementary particle (BOI area) can receive centripetal, rotary motion from a parent body while moving about a nucleus. It can remain in orbit with centrifugal force acting outwards on it.

The underlined letters T U  in the middle of the (left) diagram perplexed the British Museum's translators.
Tau and Upsilon spoken aloud make the vocal sounds for "tombs of the high."   tafoi

The capital letter Tau with a coiled serif base, and a small Upsilon next to it, is the ancient (number) symbol for a tryblion, a saucer or plate in form, used as a standard measure of weight or volume. In Greek, Sacred Tryblion (Ieron Trublion) is another name for "Holy Grail."




Notice above how the ancient tryblion (plate measure) symbol looks like the Latin word Ju. The most important  Bruce Codex manuscripts are called (by all means) the Books of Jeu. But to those who recognize the meaning of TU in the middle of the disc diagram, a coiled serif base is compelling because the esoteric names may now be interpreted as Books of  (the Tryblion) or Books of the Grail. Most historians agree that the diagrams in the Bruce Codex manuscripts are approximately two thousand years old. The original seal drawings probably predated the supplementary Coptic text.



To suggest that the well seals found near the monastery of Patmos and its nearby island churches were put there by "Gnostic magicians" is nonsense, because Patmos is the spiritual base of St. John's Revelation (Apocalypse).

The early Church Fathers never set restrictions to seeking Christ as "Lord of the atom." After all,  atom means person  in Greek, and atomic means personal. Democritus and Leucippus were known in the days of  Jesus.

Inquisitors of the Middle Ages objected to pompous talk of Jesus as "Son of the atom." Defenseless offenders were persecuted and the atomistic ideas of Pythagoras, Democritus, Plato, and other philosophers were prohibited.

The ancient Greek language had the vocabulary to infer that God is a person
(ATOMO) whose primal atom is not a spiritless being, but a living word that creates and gives reason to our universe. The "Atomic Christ," is God's Personal Saviour, not the persona of an inanimate, material thing.




Not until the 19th century was more light shed on the matter of the Seal of God, from a fragment discovered in 1884 in a tomb at Akhmim in Egypt. A Gospel of Peter dating back to at least A.D. 150, says that after the crucifixion of Jesus Christ the elders and scribes asked Pilate to appoint soldiers to guard the tomb:

And Pilate gave them Petronius the centurion with soldiers to watch the sepulchre; and the elders and scribes came with them unto the tomb and when they had rolled a great stone to keep out (al. together with) the centurion and the soldiers, then all that were there together set it upon the door of the tomb; and plastered thereon seven seals; and they pitched a tent there and kept watch.

The above verse is an elaboration of Matthew: "So they went, and made the sepulcher sure, sealing the stone, and setting the watch." (Mat 27:66) The seven seals (metal plates) were "locking devices" attached with cementing material to the door of Christ's tomb. 

Jewish tombs for the wealthy were prepared beforehand. Their sepulchres were sometimes marked by pillars or cherubim and were often "closed by a very curious and elaborate contrivance." This elaborate contrivance, essentially Jewish, but hardly known elsewhere, consisted of loculi (small cavities) around the inside of the burial apartment. Like hollow columns, the enclosing walls of the loculi were high enough to support the stone door that covered the tomb. The stone door was fitted to the end, luted into a groove which existed there, and sealed with locking devices through its internal loculi keyholes.

The opening of the seven seals is symbolic of resurrection and eternal life. But when the door of  Christ's tomb was opened, what actually became of the seven seals? According to records like Paul's Epistle to Timothy, the apostles guarded the whereabouts of the seals after Christ's resurrection and made the Seal of God a part of their rites:

Nevertheless the foundation of God standeth sure, having this seal, The Lord knoweth them that are his. And Let every one that nameth the name of Christ depart from iniquity. - 2 Tim. 2:19


One of the Book of Jeu diagrams depicts the edgewise or side view of a seal (in the blue highlighted area), revealing a shell collar or metal jacket around it. The plate disc seal is a cap, encased in a shell at the top of the loculus (small cavity), which extends down like a hollow tube or pipe. Loculi, or kochim, were cut vertically into the rock some 6½ feet deep, and 1½ feet wide.


   The text says: 

His name:

His Character is this:


The [a] objects in the red highlighted areas may represent the edgewise views of internal loculi tumbler locks. The top hollow shows five [a] objects. The bottom hollow shows only four. One of the earliest tumbler-style locks was by the ancient Egyptians. A  key was inserted into the lock to move hidden pins out of the way and allow a bolt to open or a crossbar to be removed.



Other sources say:

"Give me the seal of Jesus Christ" 

"that I also may receive the seal and become an holy temple and he may dwell in me."


    The Luther Bible (1545) depicts the "Seal of God" as a mystic plate or disc carried by an angel.


    This Reformation-era print shows the key of David above a locust having a man's face and a scorpion's tail on the unsealed door of the bottomless pit (Matthias Gerung 1547).


One of the Book of Jeu diagrams looks like the schematic plan of a beveled, flat piece of solid material, sliding into a hollow track. It may represent the door of Christ's tomb as it was luted [Latin lutum mud] into a groove with a substance for sealing joints. The vertical lines at the bottom may indicate the position of a loculus seal.


The door was a flat, even-surfaced lid with sloping edges, which opened and closed by sliding in and out of a groove at the entrance of the sepulcher. According to the Book of Jeu text, three watchers were assigned as guards over the object depicted in the diagram, with various ranks below them. Following the example of the cherubim of God's throne, it apparently took 12 men to move or slide the object, with "six heads on this side and six on that, turned towards each other." 

The text says: I will take for myself twelve out of those ranks and place them so that they serve me.

"Did the tomb of Jesus have a circular stone that blocked its entrance, as is so often imagined? The odds are against it. Professor Amos Kloner of Israel's Bar-Ilan University thinks that the Greek word kulio used in Mark, Matthew and Luke and usually translated as “rolled,” can be also translated simply as “moved,” [in fact, kulio actually means "slid" in Greek] bringing it in line with John’s Gospel that says the stone was taken away." -  http://www.innerexplorations.com/ 
Kloner’s suggestion that the blocking stone was rectangular has received support from other scholars such as Biddle, Gibson, and Taylor.


Entering the rectangular Place of Jesus (Treasury of Light) from the unsealed door, one encounters a low entranceway supported by a structure of flat steps leading down to a standing pit lined with burial benches "from one side after another of each treasury." The entrance passages of elaborate Jewish tomb complexes of the second temple period were probably designed with certain dead-ends as a puzzle for tomb raiders. The hidden passageway to the inner sarcophagus or burial chamber may be the small hint of a line concealed within the red highlighted area.


The text says: 

It radiated within him through this small idea (thought) ' which came forth from the treasuries of my Father.



What became of the seven seals from the tomb of Christ?

In a fourth century Apocalypse of Paul, after seeing a vision of New Jerusalem, he is transported to the west of Jerusalem, to a sea or body of water. From there, Paul is finally taken by an angel to a place or island beyond the ocean:

And he took me from the north side (to the west, Syr.) and set me over a well, and I found it sealed with seven seals. And the angel that was with me answered and said unto the angel of that place: Open the mouth of the well, that Paul the dearly beloved of God may behold; for power hath been given unto to him to see all the torments of hell.

In some books, the seals from the tomb of Christ are found on a well which represents the bottomless pit, for the harrowing of hell or the last judgment. They are no longer in Jerusalem, but somewhere to the west ("the way of the sun setting"),  mysteriously transplanted to a place or island beyond "the ocean that beareth the foundation of the heaven." (i.e. the keys of the kingdom shall be given to another nation). The seals are attached to the water shaft of abyssos, symbolic of the unconscious mind. The Seal of God is connected with the initiation of baptism or holy water from a sacred well.

Until the 1960s, a well was the main water supply for the Monastery of St. John the Theologian, on Patmos.

Now he which stablisheth us with you in Christ, and hath anointed us, is God; Who hath also sealed us, and given the earnest of the Spirit in our hearts. - 2 Cor. 1:21-22

Other narratives say:

 For verily I say unto you: whosoever shall hear you and believe on me, shall receive of you the light of the seal through me, and baptism through me.

And he said: Thou best and alone holy one, it is thou that hast appeared unto us, O God Jesu Christ, and in thy name hath this man now been washed and sealed with thy holy seal.

In one account, Peter baptizes Theon with the seal of the Lord:

And when she was baptized and clad, he break bread and took a cup of water and made her a partaker in the body of Christ and the cup of the Son of God, and said: Thou hast received thy seal, get for thyself eternal life.

In another manuscript Paul speaks to Longus and Cestus as he is about to be beheaded:

"Come quickly unto my grave in the morning and ye shall find two men praying, Titus and Luke. They shall give you the seal in the Lord."


Drawings in the Books of Jeu exhibit two basic forms: (1) The rectangular Place of Jesus (in the red highlighted area) is also called the Treasury of Light, a familiar denotation for the tomb of Christ. The projection of divine light corresponds to his rising from the dead. According to tradition, a spark from the Holy Sepulchre lights the flame of the Orthodox Easter ceremony of worship.

(2) The circular diagram (blue highlighted area) is identified in the text with "springing up," as from a well or fountain. The round well basin is divided into sectors, like the designs sometimes found on Passover seder plates (kaarah or tryblion). The small dots in the circle correspond to the six points of a double-triangle, known in Hebrew as the star or shield of David (Magen David). The medieval Sigil of Ameth (Sigillum Dei Aemeth) was a circular symbol with six-pointed figures and the names of God and various angels inscribed thereon. Alchemists of Elizabethan England called it the "Seal of God's Truth."


The text says:

For this reason he gave voice when the power welled up within him.


Seals and pipe dreams?


Like the common skeleton key, well seals and their spanner wrenches are still in use and have changed little since Roman times. Internal loculi spaces beneath the seals are keyholes for shutoff valves and outlets. The oldest known lock is estimated to be 4,000 years old. It was a forerunner to a pin tumbler type of lock. On the islands of Patmos and Mykonos, subterranean wells were the main sources of drinking water until the 1960s. 

The seals from Christ's tomb being moved to a well shaft may seem odd at first. But in Jewish tombs, hollow cavities were like stone tubes. Sealing the door of the tomb was like capping water well pipes. Christ's stay in the tomb was symbolic of the descent to hell,  manifest in the last days as going through an ancient well named abyssos. 

A Well with Pipes. From a writing attributed to Bartholomew which contains ancient elements, the original Greek text, of which we have two manuscripts at Vienna and Jerusalem, may be as old as the fifth century. Latin fragments of the "Questions of Bartholomew" date to the sixth century. In this manuscript, we find the Apostle Bartholomew fleeing from a monstrous apparition of the Antichrist. But a vision of Jesus immediately intervenes, instructing Bartholomew not to fear the Antichrist, but to "tread upon his neck and ask him what is his power."

"And he smote his teeth together, gnashing them, and there came up out of the bottomless pit a wheel having a sword flashing with fire, and in the sword were pipes. And I (he) asked him saying; What is this sword? And he said: This sword is the sword of the gluttonous: for into this pipe are sent they that through their gluttony devise all manner of sin; into the second pipe are sent the backbiters which backbite their neighbour secretly; into the third pipe are sent the hypocrites and the rest whom I overthrow by my contrivance. (Lat. And Antichrist said: I will tell thee. And a wheel came up out of the abyss, having seven fiery knives. The first knife hath twelve pipes (canales)... Antichrist answered: The pipe of fire in the first knife, in it are put the casters of lots and diviners and enchanters, and they that believe in them or have sought them, because in the iniquity of their heart they have invented false divinations. In the second pipe of fire are first the blasphemers... suicides... idolators... In the rest are first perjurers... (long enumeration)."
Nuclear reactors require pipes of many different sizes made of many different kinds of materials; pipelines buried in the ground, a vast network, a maze of pipes.


In the New Testament an angel laid hold of Satan and "cast him into the bottomless pit, and shut him up, and set a seal upon him" (Rev. 20:3). From various sources we learn that water pipes or canales are connected to the well which is sealed with seven seals. The Seal of God is modeled after a plate worn on the forehead of the high priest Aaron (Exodus 28:36-38). The seven seals are like seven plaques; the caps of water pipes connected to an ancient well system, located somewhere west of Jerusalem, beyond the great sea. 

Notice that the seal set over the bottomless pit (Rev. 20:3) was placed there by an angel of God, and should not be confused with the mark of the beast. Infamous signs of iniquity, wickedness, and gross injustice are the Skull and Crossbones and the Nazi Swastika. The death's head symbol was displayed as the poison warning of "Jolly Roger" on the flags of pirate fleets. It was probably originally known to crusaders as Bloody John or Mato-Gianni, representing the severed head (baphomet) of John the Baptist, after some of the Templars (Knights of St. John) abandoned sanctimony and took to piracy. In the 20th century, a death's head became the official hat insignia (mark of beast on the forehead) of the Nazi SS. Traces of the baphomet sign are found in death's head signet rings (mark of beast on the hand) and pugnacious arm bands or tattoos. As a modern benchmark of who can "buy and sell" global power, it is also reflected in the name of Yale's Skull and Bones fraternal crypt society. Shocking videos from the Middle East showing masked men beheading their hostages have invoked public concern. Skull and Bones allegedly keeps a gruesome skull collection, including the head of the Apache Indian chief Geronimo.



Holy Grail legends: The blood of Jesus pouring into a cup

The largest Roman siege engine was called "the Nico... because it conquered all things." One of the towers fell down and a man named Castor "leaped through the flame into a hidden vault that was under it."  -Josephus

An old story known to Tertullian and to other Latin writers said that "either Domitian at Rome or the Proconsul at Ephesus cast John into a caldron of boiling oil which did him no hurt." The pit of hades was also likened to a hidden vault with molten flames, or a hot caldron, under the cross of Jesus Christ. Large waste containers, rolled on wheels like chariot wagons, were placed under the crosses of the mill of Golgotha (Calvary, Kraniou Topos, place of the skull) to draw off the blood and discharges streaming down from the bodies. According to the Jewish historian Flavius Josephus (Jewish Wars), the great beast-idol of Roman siege engines and clockwork saws was called "the Nico... because it conquered all things." Prisoners were cast into iron-plated vat furnaces, inflamed by "the prince of the power of the air (Ephesians 2:2)." The imperial Magus (slaughterhouse blacksmith) seethed ox flesh in hot fat to feed the Roman legions, and smelted their carbon blades of steel. Arms of iron were the alchemical objects of a coveted craft, the secrets of which many died over. 


Durer, Martyrium, ca.1508

"The Parable of the Boiling Pot" from the book of Ezekiel (Ezekiel 24) provided an additional basis for the romanticized idea of a sacred "cup of indignation" (Rev 14:10) or Holy Grail.

"Father, if thou be willing, remove this [grail] cup from me: nevertheless not my will, but thine be done." - Luke 22:42

In early sources and in some later ones, the Holy Grail is something very different from the cup of the Last Supper. The term "grail" comes from the Latin gradale, which meant a dish. The corresponding Greek diskopothro (diskopotiro) is a disc-vessel. Another name for the Holy Grail is the Sacred Tryblion or Ieron Trublion (as in the Latin tribulum "threshing sledge," from terere "to rub, turn or throw"). The common household or "megista" tryblion was a flat disc-shaped receptacle with a small, concave bowl or "well" in its middle, curved like the interior of a sphere, often used by doctors to measure out small quantities ("spoonfuls") for prescriptions. 


A tryblion or kaarah
with well in middle


The "sacred" tryblion was probably a smaller stone or cast-iron mortar plate in which minuscule quantities of ingredients were pounded with a pestle and measured out as "ink-well" units similar to our modern table spoons (or jigger shots of about an ounce). A tiny slender rod, fixed like a line through the concave middle, was probably used as a visual aid to roughly divide quantities, and as a "scraper tool" to rub off small particles of caked powder from the bottom of the pestle (or brush, if used as a cosmetic palette). Archaeological evidence suggests that too much rubbing against a scraper tool would cut pronounced grooves on either side of the pestle shank. Concentric rings were sometimes engraved on tryblion discs to allow them to be stacked up without sliding off. If placed on a potter's wheel, a tryblion would have been a small grindstone, or revolving disc for grinding scanty quantities. A similar phonetic sound, tribh (trivi) means rub or grind. The bowl of Hygeia, or kylix, is a modern emblem for pharmacy. The practice of compounding with metal mortars and pestles is no longer used by doctors.

If placed with a spindle on the mouth of a well, a metal tryblion would have been a serviceable loculus seal,  ready to handle with its slender rod, because it was also a common weight and measure used at ancient water springs to determine small fluid volumes. The tryblion was a multifarious utensil having a variety of uses, including the serving of food. The verse, "He that dippeth his hand with me in the [grail] dish, the same shall betray me," (Matt 28:23) directs our attention to a household or "megista" tryblion. In his Weights and Measures, Epiphanius of Salamis (c.315-403) lists the tryblion among the weights, measures, and numbers in the divine Scriptures: "The tryblion is a saucer in form, that is, a dish, but it has the capacity of half a xestes. The Alexandrian xestes holds 2 librae of oil by weight." 

The Sacred Tryblion was the ancient mother of spoonfuls, used by doctors to measure out small quantities for prescriptions.


A Roman cast copper alloy pestle


The tryblion also functioned as a weight representing six drachmas. Epiphanius wrote that the chus was 8 xestai, but the one called "sacred" was 6 xestai. Likewise, the great hin was 18 xestai, but the "sacred" hin was 9 xestai. The "Sacred Tryblion" (or Holy Grail) was therefore probably smaller than the standard "megista" tryblion disc (about half its size), "not in simple fashion or by chance, but from great exactness," to allow more accuracy in measurement. "For the sacred measure is nothing else than the twenty-two works that God did in the six days of the hebdomad." The ancient symbol or number used to indicate a tryblion was the capital letter Tau T with a coiled serif base, and a small Upsilon U  next to it (), resembling the Latin word "Ju." Today the tryblion base symbol is a special character code (Unicode) used by computers for the digital processing of text data. 

Evidence from the Athenian Agora suggests the tryblion was another name for choinix, translated in the King James Bible as a “measure" (A [grail] measure of wheat for a penny, and three [grail] measures of barley for a penny; and see thou hurt not the oil and the wine. - Rev. 6:6) . The Torah's Numbers observed the tryblion in the Septuagint as a bowl, platter, or sacrificial basin (Kaarah in the Hebrew Old Testament).The Torah teaches that the kaarah is the seder plate of the Passover. It's a receptacle for the "downward flow of divine light," and also corresponds to the sea (measuring out small units of salt and water). The followers of a type of mysticism centered in Palestine inscribed incantations and sacred diagrams on tryblion platters to afford spiritual protection (Jewish Encyclopedia). In Chrιtien de Troyes and other early writers, such a plate is intended by the term "grail." 


Chrιtien, for example, speaks of "un graal," or platter. During the Middle Ages, a kaarah disc with multiple wells (or several inner bowls) was often used in Kabbalah procedures dealing with alchemy. It was probably the forerunner of our modern Petri dish or microplate, used by biologists to culture cells. Through a remarkable concurrence of events, petri dish actually means "stone plate." Wolfram von Eschenbach's Parzival presents the grail as a mystic stone plate. Here, the similarities between the Seal of God and the Holy Grail are more apparent.


A rather unusual pastime we have inherited from ancient days is discus throwing. It's a part of the original Olympic Games that has a "feel" for velocity and aerodynamics. Athletes execute a full rotation of the body, using centrifugal force to help launch the discus. The competitor who throws the discus the farthest is the winner. In the 5th century BC the sculptor Myron produced the famous statue of a discus thrower (Discobolus). The discuses excavated at various ancient sites are made of metal, usually cast bronze, or stone and weigh between four and nine pounds. The ancient game may have originated from weights or measures in the Bronze Age that were flattened stone or metal cylinders, inscribed with a formula or a symbol denoting their weight, like the Sacred Tryblion.


Perhaps throwing a kaarah disc into the sky commemorated God's "passing over" the houses of the Israelites during their Exodus from Egypt. The primary symbol of Passover is the mat-zah (or matzo-ball sphere), an unleavened "pitta bread" usually in the shape of a flattened tryblion disc, as the food that endures for eternal life. To add to the cheerful "feel" for games and riddles of long ago, please recall that a tryblion measured out small quantities similar to "spoonfuls." Because our subconscious insight of the Archangel Uriel opening God's seal with his mind also abruptly breaks the world's most celebrated spoon for us. Indeed, the Sacred Tryblion seems to be the ancient mother of spoonfuls, and to "break the plaque" (spazw plaka) is a colloquialism from an early date meaning to have fun. Moses threw and broke the slates inscribed with the Ten Commandments while surrounded by an umbrage of wild merrymaking.

The Iron Age Discus of Magliano bears a spiraling inscription in Etruscan. The Phaistos Disc of the Minoan Bronze Age is one of the most famous mysteries of archaeology. Its hieroglyphic signs may be from an early nautical language based on the movement of stars and constellations. Other explanations suggest it may be a poem with sexual content. But its purpose and meaning, as well as its geographical place of manufacture, remain disputed. A polished glass or crystal disc (or concave mirror plate) was an optical lens that could focus the sun's rays ("downward flow of divine light") and manipulate images or set fire to pieces of parchment or cloth. Burning glasses and magnifying glasses were mentioned in the first century AD by the Roman philosophers Pliny the Elder, and Seneca. A flat disk forming a plane parallel to the Earth's equator was often used as the dial plate of a sundial, with a gnomon or "indicator" pointing at the celestial pole, which cast the hourly shadow. 
    The Dropa Stones (left) are discs thousands of years old, found in the mountains bordering China and Tibet. The discs are approximately nine inches in diameter and three-quarters of an inch thick. In the exact center is a perfectly round 3/4 inch hole, and etched into its face is a fine groove spiraling out from the center to the rim. It is thought that they are some form of ancient writing that tells the story of a visitation from heaven to the Baian-Kara-Ula mountains of the Himalayas. 
To the right is a still photo from the STS-75 Tether footage taken by NASA in 1997, showing a donut-like or tryblion shaped unidentified object in space. Massive, pulsating discs like this were later called "floating debris." Notice the notch (BOI area) at the bottom of the disc.

The winged disk, found on Assyrian and Egyptian figures, is one of the oldest religious symbols on earth. Common circle designs found in ancient Assyrian and Mesopotamian religions, such as the Seal of Shamash and the Star of Ishtar, probably represent the sun wheel or the movements of planets. 


The seder plate comes from the Hebrew sedher "order, procedure," related to sedherah "row, rank." The Books of Jeu repeatedly describe the arrangement of rows and ranks: "These are the ranks which he has caused to be emanated," and: "There are twelve heads in each rank." According to the Midrash, when Moses camped at Sinai with "a single mass of two million people" they were positioned in a formation of "rows and ranks" like the celestial circle led by the Archangels.


Positioning people in circular rows also inspired the ancient amphitheater designs. Round or "bowl" shaped areas were acoustically vibrant and ideal for music because they echoed or amplified sound. 



I will also give him a white stone with a new name written on it, known only to him who receives it." - Revelation 2:17

    At the end of the sixteenth century, metal plates showing sacred geometric figures were found in Granada, Spain. Known as the Leaden Books or Libros Plumbeos, they were discovered together with the human remains of a supposed saint and contained textual data implying that the first Christians of Spain were Arabs. A century later the Vatican declared that the metallic “books” which claimed the saint was an Arab were fake, but that the alleged relics found with them were indeed the genuine remains of Granada’s first bishop and patron saint, San Cecilio, who had been brutally executed in the 3rd century. Miguel de Cervantes, the author of Don Quixote, parodied the events surrounding the “Leaden Books” in his famous work.

In 1823 Joseph Smith, Jr. announced that an angel told him that metal plates containing sacred codes were buried in a hill near his home in the United States. He said a translation was made through the power of God with the aid of Urim and Thummim, or words written on sacred breastplates. Smith obtained affidavits of witnesses who testified they saw the plates. When the book was complete, he said he returned the golden plates to the angel called Moroni. The Book of Mormon is one of the sacred texts of the Latter Day Saint movement. It is regarded by Latter Day Saints as divinely revealed because Smith was not considered educated enough to have produced the work on his own. The Mormon movement is often described as a form of "Cowboy Christianity" which uses metal plates to connect events in the Old Testament with pre-Columbian native American Indians. Joseph Smith was murdered in 1844 by a mob of angry skeptics.
The symbols found on the Mykonos metal plate are Greek letters superimposed over each other to form the word = "light." The Hebrew name Uriel means Light of God
Him that overcometh will I make a pillar in the temple of my God... 
... and I will write upon him my new name.
- Revelation 3


Ancient Well Myths


Plague and affliction from a well (Merian, 1630).

It seems that many watchers of the Middle Ages failed to measure  the seven day limit of their ancient well myth. Beyond that, entire communities would spontaneously perish or succumb to plague if not provided with safe drinking water (death generally occurs after a tenth day of parched thirst and restless discomfort). Drought was always a threat to those unable to move well water through channels of irrigation. The Black Death was a worldwide pandemic in the mid-14th century, killing up to between a third and two thirds of Europe's population.

And the third angel sounded, and there fell a great star from heaven, burning as it were a lamp, and it fell upon the third part of the rivers, and upon the fountains of waters; And the name of the star is called Wormwood: and the third part of the waters became wormwood; and many men died of the waters, because they were made bitter. (Rev 8:10-11)


Rome watered its empire through an elaborate network of aqueducts but may have been the first civilization to suffer grievous damage from toxic heavy metals: scholars speculate that water passing through lead pipes slowly poisoned residents and contributed to the eccentricities of the Caesars.

 "If, today, countries are poised to go to war over oil, the catalyst for future armed conflict could be water. King Hussein of Jordan, for instance, cites a dispute over water as one issue that could provoke his country to start fighting Israel again. Egypt and Ethiopia, as well as India and Bangladesh, also have serious disputes over water supplies, while water may yet emerge as a weapon in the gulf crisis. Turkey has the power to curtail the water flowing into Iraq through the Tigris and Euphrates rivers."

"The Last Precious Drops," Time, November 5, 1990

And the sixth angel poured out his vial upon the great river Euphrates; and the water thereof was dried up, that the way of the kings of the east might be prepared. - Revelation 16:12

A pipe is a tube used to transport liquids and gases (like an artery). Men used pipes made of hollow bamboo rods or logs to transport water and gas thousands of years ago. Almost 2,500 years ago, the Chinese used hollow bamboo rods to pipe natural gas and water. A tube of stone once brought water to the pool of Siloam near Jerusalem. Archaeologists discovered lead water pipes in the excavations of Pompeii.

In medieval romance, fragments of the grail legend were said to have been brought from the eastern Mediterranean to Spain's Montsalvat (Monsalvδsch), and to Chateau Merveil in the northwest of France, and then to Glastonbury in Britain by Joseph of Arimathea and his followers. In the time of Arthur, the quest for the Grail was the highest spiritual pursuit. Not until the 1800s, with the poems of Alfred Tennyson and others, did the grail become associated with the trophy cups awarded in tournaments. 


Medieval legends connect the grail to a phantom lance that accompanies it and always drips blood. It is traditionally associated with Longinus, the Roman soldier who stabbed the side of Jesus with a spear. But the (metal plate tryblion) loculus seal of Christ's tomb would certainly have required a unique spanner wrench in its keyhole to unlock it. The key presumably resembled a heavy iron scepter or a "shank" - over a meter long -  having sharp, mysterious cross-like projections or a "bit" at one end, and a double hand grip or "bow" at the other, with a long chain hooked to a protruding "stem" or  flange. ("...having the key to the abyss and holding in his hand a great chain." Revelation 20:1). A wandering impression is that of an iron divining rod for finding hidden wells. During the Middle Ages, the understanding of well shaft systems almost ceased to exist and became an expression of supernatural items, like the cornucopia (Latin Cornu Copiae), also known as the Horn of Plenty, a symbol of food and abundance.

In its most archetypal sense, the Holy Grail resembles the well of the subconscious mind. Like an unpolished mirror, we see in abyssos a frightening reflection of our own imperfect state. But through a "transference" rite of passage called the baptism of fire, we are submerged into that sunken abyss, until we recall Christ's suffering, and the well becomes a fountain of life. Here we are christened or given an identity and surname (sealed in the forehead), reliving the birth experience of an inner self, while still immersed in the well of our subconscious mind. For this reason we celebrate the name-day or feast-day of the saint after whom a person is named ("I will give him a white stone, and in the stone a new name written..." Rev 2:17). Transference is a phenomenon in psychology characterized by a subconscious redirection of feelings of one person to another. Christian doctrine states that when we are baptized and christened we redirect our spiritual offenses to Christ's death experience in order to grow and transform with his love. According to fragments in Sahidic from the fifth century:

"the Jews point out to Pilate that in a well in the garden there is the body of a crucified man."

in the well "the body is that of the thief who was crucified with him. The Jews are angry and wish to throw Joseph and Nicodemus into the well..."

The sealed well, conquered by Christ, is a subconscious symbol of sheol or the bottomless pit of hades, until death and hell are cast into the lake of fire. This is also called the "second death."

"Clothe me in thy glorious robe and thy seal of light that ever shineth, until I have passed by all the rulers of the world and the evil dragon that opposeth us."

Plumbing is an ancient occupation. It is often cited as the single most important invention contributing to civilization. Historians credit the Egyptians with having made the first crude lead pipes to carry water and drainage. But Roman plumbers developed a plumbing system. They built drainage systems of tile, brick, stone, or lead sewers. These conveyed drainage from houses and public buildings into three main streams. Stone channels under the streets carried the drainage into the Tiber River. Water from the aqueducts ran through the underground channels to clean them.

Plumbers also kept busy maintaining the public baths in Rome. One of their duties was to carve the elaborate water spouts from which the water flowed into the pools.

During the Middle Ages, interest in sanitation declined. Only castles, monasteries, and houses of the wealthy had any system for sewage and drainage. In these places plumbers were called upon to fashion ornate washbowls and tubs, and to make elaborate water spouts of fish or imp like creatures. These early plumbers established drainage systems so that waste water ran through pipes into the moats surrounding the buildings. 


People made pipe of clay thousands of years ago to carry water. The Romans used lead pipe to connect their public fountains to aqueducts. American pioneers made water systems from logs with holes bored through their centers. Later, they made pipes from hoops and wooden staves in much the same way barrels are made.

In Roman times, water was carried to houses through lead pipes. The Latin word for lead is plumbum, and from this comes our word plumbing.

As mentioned before, the Bruce Codex may represent the union of two ancient religious trends: Indo-European and Semitic, converged into a subconscious archetype. The 12th Century story of the Grail told by Chrιtien de Troyes, based on an unknown sourcebook from Count Philip of Flanders, is said to combine Christian lore with Celtic myths of a cauldron or well. Most noticeable is the widespread legend that Joseph of Arimathea placed the Grail at the spring (Chalice Well) of Glastonbury Tor in England. The hill was called Ynys yr Afalon by the Britons, and is commonly thought to be the Avalon of Arthurian legend.

Two interlocking circles represented by the Glastonbury well constitute the symbol known as the Vesica Piscis. It is a sacred geometrical figure of the last two thousand years, found repeatedly throughout the gardens, pathways, and water springs of Glastonbury hill. In the vesica piscis the circumference of one circle goes through the center of another identical circle representing the overlapping of the inner and outer worlds. A horizontal line through its middle represents the sword Excalibur (ex = "out of," cal i ber = "diameter"). Vesica piscis translates from Latin literally as "fish bladder," and has been the subject of mystical speculation since the Pythagoreans, who considered it a holy figure. 

The mathematical ratio of its width to its height (265:153 or the square root of 3) was thought of as a holy number, called the measure of the fish. The number 153 appears in the Gospel of John (21:11) as the number of fish Jesus caused to be caught in a miraculous catch of fish. The vesica piscis is also called the Jesus fish, displayed to denote membership in the Christian religion. In medieval romances the Fisher King is the guardian of the Grail. In later legends he is identified as Uri-ens (sometimes spelled "Urience"), perhaps meaning the Archangel Uri-el.  

The stark similarity between the Mykonos well seal design and the cover of the Glastonbury well is probably no coincidence. It is commonly recognized by religious historians that before Mediterranean pirates destroyed the Patmos group of islands (i.e. Sarras), important Christian symbols were transferred to Britain, notably to places like Glastonbury, and later returned to the Book of Revelation's isles. 

Man has attempted to develop suitable water supplies since the beginning of recorded history. About 2000 B.C., persons in India filtered water through charcoal, kept it in copper containers, and exposed it to sunlight. People around the Mediterranean Sea knew how to dig wells and to collect water in cisterns. They also knew how to treat the water to make it taste better, as well as make it safer to drink. Ancient Rome became the first city to have a fairly complete water-supply system. The system depended on nine aqueducts ranging in length from 10 to 50 miles.

Historians believe that the first water wheel was developed in the 100's B.C. At that time it was used mainly to grind corn. Later it was used for many kinds of mechanical operations. The water wheel was a major source of power until the invention of the steam engine in the 1700's. Water wheels are so old that no one knows who invented them. The ancient Greeks, Egyptians, and other people in the Mediterranean area used water wheels to grind their grain and to irrigate their crops. Hero of Alexandria described the first known steam turbine in 120 B.C. Steam escaped from two pipes fastened to opposite sides of a metal globe and whirled it around.

In many ways, pipeline systems resemble a railroad. The American pipeline industry developed in the late 1920's when seamless and electrically welded steel pipe became available. After the invention of the breech block, simple pipes evolved into guns and cannons, rockets, silos and missiles ("in the sword were pipes" large enough to fall into, according to the "Questions of Bartholomew"). Saddam Hussein's biggest gun, intercepted during the first Gulf War,  was concealed as a pipeline section.

Seals: shutoff valves or outlets. Valves permit the water to be shut off at one point without affecting the water supply to other parts of the system. Outlets can be opened to clean the pipe.

Holy Grail: An Attractive Companion?

The idea of the Holy Grail being a bloodline (otherwise a womb vessel) or the genealogy descending from Jesus Christ's marriage with Mary Magdalene, as described in Dan Brown's Da Vinci Code (2003), has surprised many Christians. Brown used material from Holy Blood, Holy Grail (1982), by Michael Baigent, Richard Leigh, and Henry Lincoln, which was based in part on Pierre Plantard's non-factual 1950s Priory of Sion. Plantard was characterized by the French government as a pretender to the French throne who claimed that the descendants of Jesus and Magdalene were the Merovingian line of Frankish kings.

The middling identification of Mary Magdalene as a prostitute (rescued by Jesus from being stoned to death) perhaps was carried over since the time of Pope Gregory the Great, but she was never called one in the New Testament. The Life of Saint Mary Magdalen, a twelfth century account of the life of Mary, tells of her journey to the Southern shores of France.

"O Mary Magdalene, why camest thou to Marseilles?"
- The Life of Saint Mary Magdalen

The early French legend records that Mary "Magdalen," traveling with her brother Lazarus of Bethany and Martha, landed in a boat on the coast of Provence. French legend declares that Mary Magdalene, with Joseph of Arimathea and other friends, brought the Holy Grail to France, fleeing persecution in Palestine.

Far from the islands
don't you know you're
Never going to get to France. 
Mary Queen of chance will they find you.
Never going to get to France
could a new romance ever bind you.
- Mike Oldfield

Roman Catholic ill-treatment of the Albigensians or Cathars of Southern France produced many harsh, unkind rumors of jealous Papal rivalry (the primacy of Simon Peter) against Mary Magdalene for the attention of Jesus because she was the first witness of the Resurrection.

Peter said to Mary, Sister we know that the Savior loved you more than the rest of woman.
Tell us the words of the Savior which you remember which you know, but we do not, nor have we heard them. 
Mary answered and said, What is hidden from you I will proclaim to you.
- Akhmim Codex

Even so, the "Marriage of Jesus Christ" is the final point of the New Testament's book of Revelation:

"Come hither, I will shew thee the bride, the Lamb's wife..." (Rev 21:9)

Jesus Christ naturally marries the female companion who takes his communal vows. The "bride" in Revelation is portrayed as a beautiful maternal habitat (another symbol of the womb) or celestial city, the New Jerusalem "adorned for her husband" and surrounded by the community of the Church. In fact, it was Nikos Kazantzakis (the author of Zorba the Greek) who first introduced the modern notion of a spiritual romance between Jesus and Mary Magdalene in his 1951 book, The Last Temptation of Christ. For that work, the Church prevented Kazantzakis' body from being buried in a cemetery. His famous novel often shows up on lists of banned books. Hardliners who resent the idea of a "married Jesus" should perhaps recall the original dream of Eden (and image of God) as the guiltless union between male and female ("when the Son of man cometh, shall he find faith on the earth?" Luke 18:8). Nonetheless, the high point of salvation or excited last laughter of paradise is clearly described on the final page of Revelation as a heavenly wedding feast:

"And the Spirit and the bride say, Come." (Rev 22:17)

Since the Bible is still the world's most widely read book, it appears that Jesus Christ's wedding is really not a secret. In fact, it's the only wedding covenant in paradise ("For in the resurrection they neither marry nor are given in marriage, but are as the angels of God in heaven." Matt 22:30). The idea that Christ's followers would have wanted to conceal his rabbinical marriage is rather absurd, because it's the highest and final declaration of the New Testament. What the Church really needs to clarify is that the "marriage of the Lamb" is something that occurs after Christ's death and resurrection. The grail quest may resemble a precious invitation to a wonderful wedding celebration because it represents God's free gift of eternal life.

According to some legends of the Talmud, the Messiah will bring to his lavish banquet a fine old wine which has matured in paradise since the creation of the world. Where Jesus is quoted as saying “I am the true vine, and my Father is the husbandman (John 15:1),” clearly the wine feast of Dionysus (also known as Bacchus) was a part model. Recently, scholars have been re-examining the feasts in Homer's account of what he called the Palace of Nestor in Pylos.  According to remains unearthed at Pylos in 1952, the ancient feasts gathered thousands of people and offered vast quantities of food. Some feasts may have served upward of 8,000 people, far more than lived within the palace walls. They served a purpose similar to inaugural balls, community banquets, and other modern-day events: to seal an agreement or solidify a traditional relationship. 

The symbol of the Holy Grail, if seen as as a sacred womb vessel, is probably more in line with Theotokos, which literally means “God-bearer,” and refers to the Mother of God. In that case, the first female grail character would necessarily correspond to the Virgin Mary, the mother of Jesus.

It should be noted that Pierre Plantard, the originator of the popular Magdalene-as-Grail or "Sang Real" royal blood story, was a French con artist known by the police (they suddenly break up the last scene of Monty Python's comical Holy Grail movie). Plantard was apparently also obsessed with a male chauvinist attitude of superiority toward women. For in his oddball rationalization we see a common sexist slang stereotype of "raunch culture" where a woman is only needed for her body (saucy dish = holy grail) to arouse sex magic feelings. 

Fortunately, most serious scholars hold to the opinion that "San Graal" is just what Chrιtien de Troyes first described it as: a tryblion plate associated with the Christ, a kaarah or seder platter inscribed with a sacred design after the plate worn on the forehead of the high priest Aaron, and explicitly used to stem the blood of Jesus' crucifixion for a new tomb donated by Joseph of Arimathea. The grail logically sounds much closer to a circular loculus or well shaft seal, such as the Glastonbury Well cover, than to Mary Magdalene transformed into a glittering chalice.



Abyssos was a "gold pit" based on law, not myth


Abyssos (bottomless, abyss, pit): "There was a temple of Kore or Persephone, which guarded much gold from all ages and kept it sacred. In this temple there was a certain pit of gold, unseen by the many because hidden under ground."  -Suidas

Suidas was a Byzantine lexicographer who in the 10th century AD wrote that he had reason to believe the ancient myth of Abyssos was based on an actual place. The name Suidas may in fact stem from an error made by Eustathius, who mistook the title of the lexicon Suda, meaning fortress or stronghold, for the proper name of the author. According to the lexicon, the abyssos was not just an idiom for the bottom of the sea, but  a certain pit of gold hidden underground in an unknown location where "much gold from all ages" was guarded by the followers of Kore or Persephone.


Abyssos, Luther Bible (1545)


Today, historians know exactly where the most important treasury of the ancient Greek world was located. It was on the small rocky islet of Delos, almost touching the western tip of Mykonos. First called Ortygia (Quail Island), the islet rose from the sea according to myths and later received its new name Delos, which means revealed or brought to light. It is part of a small group of Aegean islands that took the name Cyclades, from the Greek "cyclos" (circle) because the islands form a circle around Delos, observed as the jewel in the crown of the archipelago. 



Delos was regarded as the birthplace of Apollo, the god of light, and his twin sister Artemis, and provided with the most magnificent Panhellenic sanctuaries. It became the most important commercial and maritime center in the Mediterranean. Amazing temples and statues graced Delos, also called the “Sacred Island.” Among its wonders were the Minoan Fountain, a public well hewn in the rock and identified by a relief bearing a dedication to "Minoan Nymphs." Delos also had a marble theatre that could accommodate over 5,000 spectators, and many other imposing structures, including the House of Cleopatra and Dioscourides. At the end of the 7th century BC a great terrace of marble lions was set up on Delos. 


The Ionians managed to develop the island into a powerful commercial and spiritual center (7th century BC). The Delian League was inaugurated in 477 BC as an alliance against Persia. At its founding, the treasury was located on Delos, the ancient equivalent of Fort Knox with "much gold from all ages." During the 5th century BC, the Athenians organized what they called a purification law for the island, forbidding the burials of the dead on it. 

In 1912 archeologists discovered the ruins of a Jewish synagogue on Delos thought to date from the first century BC. Found in the ruins was a stone chair (mentioned in Matt 23:2). This seat, sometimes referred to as the Seat of Moses, was probably used by the leader of the synagogue. With this institution, the lion of Delos also acquired a biblical meaning: "The Lion of the tribe of Judah" (Rev 5:5). It represented the union of two religious trends: the Indo-European Zeus-Dias and the Semitic Jeu-Daea, converging into a subconscious archetype. The seder plate of David would soon become the tryblion seal of a Hellenic abyss.


Delos Seat of Moses 

The Seat of Moses is linked to the biblical mercy seat and perhaps to the Siege Perilous of some early grail legends. It was the place of authority to teach the Law of Moses, and also a judgment seat for redressing community wrongs or grievances to the leaders of the synagogue ("There is one that accuses you, even Moses, in whom you trust." - John 5:45). The mystical island to which the Holy Grail is brought in the Arthurian legend is called Sarras (a distinction historically kept for the Patmos group of islands). "Saracens" was a Greek designation for Arabs or Muslims who conquered the Eastern Mediterranean after the fall of Rome. In the Lancelot-Grail Cycle, Joseph of Arimathea and his followers visit the sacred island, located somewhere north of the Nile and East of Rome, on their way to Britain. The knights Galahad, Percival, and Bors later return the grail to Sarras aboard Solomon's ship. The name Siege Perilous (fatal seat) was first introduced (c.1200) in Boron's Joseph d'Arimathie. It was the seat  from Sarras Island, according to some previous folklore, that would be specially reserved for the true knight (Sir Galahad) at the Round Table. Once, one of Joseph's followers named Moses thought to seat himself at the Siege Perilous without being worthy of esteem, but was hurled into the abyss. The Seat of Moses discovered in Delos perhaps  belongs to the Sarras Island - Siege Perilous tradition.

Delos became an international city in which complete religious toleration prevailed. Its citizens did not take part in the wars of the neighboring islands, which for many years respected the neutrality of Delos and its sacred character. A new purification law followed in the 4th century BC, and this time the Athenians forbade all births and deaths on Delos, transferring the dead to the neighboring island of Rhenia, which became a necropolis. 

Tanit symbol


The transplanted tombs of Rhenia, where the gravesites from Delos were moved, must have kindled deep emotions for the Underworld, giving way to new local respects for Persephone and Hades (the "unseen") based on the Eleusian Mysteries, while evoking a recognition of Shoel ("abode of the dead") from the Jewish community of Delos. The so-called Tanit, or goddess symbol found in the ruins of Delos was perhaps another perception of Persephone (Kore), the maiden daughter abducted by Hades. The classical Perse (or Preswa) was the daughter of Oceanus, inspiring remembrances of Persephone, unable to escape the ocean-depth character of a bottomless void. 

According to the new Delian law, no one could die or be born on the sacred island of Delos. In other words, persons who contracted diseases or suffered serious injuries were immediately ferried to infirmaries (or asclepieions) off the isle of Delos. Likewise, pregnant women nearing their course of labor would set sail to the closest island with midwives for childbirth. The island of Rhenia was the site of the ancient graveyards, and other hospices of old were also found nearby. There are accounts of many pilgrims who went to nearby Tinos island to bath and purify themselves before entering Delos. But the nearest supply island for an infirmary or asclepieion was actually Mykonos, named after the son of a mythical King of Delos (myco means mushroom fungus or leaven yeast; mekon was identified with the opium poppy). 

Near the harbour of Mykonos is a prehistoric cave with a sunken spring (freshwater fountain) over an ancient well that - based on old traditions - can restore health. This artesian well-cave is now the basement exhibit of the Folklore Museum of Mykonos, which was founded directly above it on May 1958. The cave had apparently been forgotten for over a century and was rediscovered when construction of the museum began. Perhaps the fountain grotto was known some 10,000 years ago, according to archaeological discoveries, by the seafarers who began to explore the Aegean. It's now called the "Well of Mermelechas," named after Manolis Mermelechas, an early 19th century Mediterranean pirate with an uncertain past. According to poet Giannis Ritsos,  Mermelechas was a formidable Turkish corsair who turned against the Ottoman navy and fought for Greece during the war of independence. 


By the mid 1970s, the antiquated well canales of Mykonos were finally "unsealed" for renovations.


A Mameluke (Arabic: "owned"; also transliterated mameluk, mamluk, or mamluke) was a slave soldier or sailor who converted to Islam and served the Ottoman Empire during the Middle Ages. Some of the Ottoman mamelukes became robbers, like the terrible pirate Khairedin Barbarossa (Redbeard), who controlled the eastern Mediterranean and devastated Mykonos in 1537. The Well of Mermelechas apparently refers to the tradition of a seafaring mameluke.


Until 1956, Chora, the main town of Mykonos, was getting most of its drinking water from three local wells, called Tria Pigadia. Legend has it that should a maiden drink from all three wells she is bound to find a husband. The romanticized Sibylline Oracles once whispered of a spiritual path to immortality with "three fountains, of wine and honey and milk." The natives of Patmos and other nearby islands also relied heavily on village wellsprings for their drinking water. The Monastery of St. John the Theologian did not begin using public water-supply utilities or modern water-rate meters until the 1960s. An aqueduct tunnel on the isle of Samos, one of the most significant technical achievements of the ancient world, was not fully uncovered until 1973.

By the mid 1970s, the antiquated well canales of Mykonos were also finally "unsealed" for renovations. 

A medieval castle's well system, sealed with seven seals. 

During Byzantine times, a marvelous stockade castle (now the Kastro wall-ruins) flourished over the revered well-cave of Mykonos. The late founder of the Folklore Museum, Professor B. Kyriazopoulos, reproduced a detailed map of the original castle's courtyard as it remained until the 17th century. It shows "seven seals" or shutoff valves and outlets leading to submerged well shafts (with an eighth outlet crossed out) rising up from an underground aquifer that yields fresh water at the Alefkandra-Kastro coast of the island, where the cave of Mermelechas was discovered.

"And he carried me south and placed me above a well, and I found it sealed with seven seals: and answering, the angel who was with me said to the angel of that place: Open the mouth of the well that Paul, the well-beloved of God, may see, for authority is given him that he may see all the pains of hell."
- The Vision of Paul the Apostle
(from the Ante-Nicene Fathers, Vol X.)

In the mid 1500s, Felice Peretti was the inquisitor general of Venice. His force was so severe that he caused disputes within the Vatican. In order to assume the powerful name of a man, and the number of a beast, he would soon be among a group of three rulers known as Pope Sixtus. 

Sixtus V demolished long streets of buildings in Rome and displaced the tenants in order to enlarge his villa and casino. He hoarded great wealth, withdrawing so much money from circulation that it caused suffering all over Europe. Sixtus V persecuted his enemies with ruthless severity. Behind the excessive desires of the rulers named Sixtus floated memories of a plot to assassinate members of the Florentine ruling Medici family, a mystic stone taken from the tomb of Christ, and the blight of three popes (Sixtus IV, Sixtus V, the first three were called Xystus; the last, Sixtus VI, is to reign at the End Times). The Vatican waged a renewed crusade against the Ottoman Turks in Smyrna. But since the importance of Hellenism was reduced to a rude heresy like Protestantism, the fleets of inquisitor general Felice Peretti did little to protect the nearby islands from the annihilation of pirates and crusading mercenaries.

Educated clergymen allowed the corruption of a name (
Xystus, meaning "polished") into Sixtus, knowing that six thrice is mentioned as the shameful name of "the beast" in the Revelation. Displaying typical irony, Pope Sixtus IV's nephew Cardinal Raffaele Riario, for whom the Palazzo della Cancelleria was constructed, was a leader in the 1478 failed Pazzi conspiracy to murder Lorenzo de' Medici and his brother. Papal bankers in Florence were behind the assassination plot. 

The Pazzi name came from Pazzo ("the madman"), a soldier in the
Siege of Jerusalem during the First Crusade, "who brought away with him and returned to Florence a stone from the Basilica of the Holy Sepulchre." The Pazzi family proudly suggested they had found the "mystic stone" from which all Grail legends originated. In an elaborate Easter ceremony involving fireworks, a member of the Pazzi family would strike a spark from the stone to kindle the light of the holy altar, and all the hearth fires of the city of Florence.

But on April 26, 1478, during High Mass, the co-ruler of Florence, Giuliano de' Medici was stabbed nineteen times by a gang that included a priest, and bled to death on the cathedral floor while his brother Lorenzo escaped with serious wounds. When the keepers of the "mystic stone" were
exposed to be liars and murderers, the enraged Florentines seized and killed them. "Jacopo de' Pazzi was tossed from a window, finished off by the mob, and dragged naked through the streets and thrown into the Arno River. The Pazzi family were stripped of their possessions in Florence, every vestige of their name effaced. The archbishop of Pisa, a main organizer of the plot, was hanged on the walls of the Florentine Palazzo della Signoria." 

Two members of the Pazzi family are placed in Hell in Dante's Inferno, both in the circle of the traitors. But despite the lawless conspiracies, the Grail legend persisted well into the late Middle Ages. 

Famous stories told of a mystic plate kept in a castle called Carbonek (also Corbenic and Corbin). Today, the name "carbonaki" is a popular riddle among residents of Mykonos and Carbondale who read local newspapers. Was the Castle Carbonek not a tower of domes, a castle of the tryblion; of well seals and circles within circles? 
In the courtyard of this enlightened Byzantine castle, the atomic theories of Democritus, the geometries of Pythagoras, and the heliocentric hypothesis of Copernicus brilliantly joined up with the travels of St. Paul and the Ju seals of Valentinus. 

The atomic theories of Democritus, the geometries of Pythagoras, and the heliocentric hypothesis of Copernicus brilliantly joined up with the travels of St. Paul and the Ju seals of Valentinus.


But since the inquisitor general Felice Peretti had little patience with Gnostic heresies of Hellenism, Jewish traditions of Delos, or Protestant pretenses of a Sacred Tryblion, he violently enforced a false geocentric doctrine and earned his disturbing Greek nickname: Philos Peiratis (friend of pirate). When the stockade castle of Mykonos was notoriously demolished, its Sibylline wishing wells were transformed into the bloody cauldrons of hell, with the smoke of a furnace employed in the Great Schism. The Byzantine Castle of Carbonek was removed from things remembered.

After the warring pirates cast condemned prisoners into the fiery well pits, Pope Sixtus V allowed the bodies of executed and unclaimed corpses to be dissected by the curious. His most fanciful ambition was to transport the entire Holy Sepulchre to Italy, but he had no comprehension or appreciation of antiquities. Ancient literature was forbidden in his time and remnants of Hellenism were razed and banished from the west. On his death, his subjects loathed him.


The main church of the Mykonos castle is from the 15th century (construction begun in 1475) and its Italian name, Paraportiani (Postern Gate), means small inner door (or beyond the small door), perhaps because it was next to the gate of the medieval castle, which was completely destroyed by invading pirates in the mid 1500s. The assault was a lead up to the Council of Trent (1545), and the decision to reject classical art as a detested thing.

Early churches were often constructed over the ruins of pre-Christian temples. Perhaps this was also the site of an ancient mystery school of Kore or Persephone, symbolized by the so-called Tanit sign, with "a certain pit of gold" hidden under ground. The ill or injured (those near death) from Delos were probably brought to the curative spring of Mykonos situated in a grotto beneath the shore, which served as a sick-quarters, enforced by the Delian purification laws. 


Asclepius represented the healing aspect of the medical arts. A famous "asclepieion" (hospice) was on the nearby island of Cos, where Hippocrates, the legendary doctor, may have begun his career. During antiquity the neighboring island of Tinos was called Ophiousa because of its many snakes as well as Ydrousa because of its plentiful water. According to local myths, Poseidon was the island's protector who sent a flock of storks to rid it of the snakes. A temple was then dedicated there to him as the great doctor. The name, "serpent-bearer," refers to the Rod of Asclepius, which was entwined with a single serpent, and became a universal symbol for physicians. In the Bible (Numbers 21:8-9), the brazen likeness of a healing serpent was lifted with a rod upon the desert by Moses (as the serpent was lifted up on the pole, so was Christ lifted up on the cross.  - John 3:14-16). In honor of Asclepius, snakes were often used in healing rituals. Non-poisonous snakes were left to crawl on the floor in dormitories where the sick and injured slept. Our unfathomable well may have been an asclepieion for diagnosis and treatment before it became known as a snake-pit of suffering. Pilgrims able to travel past Delos could sail beyond the Furnace Islands, across the Icarian Sea to Therma, the ancient city of thermal baths with therapeutic sulphur (brimstone) and radioactive mineral springs. But those pilgrims already certain of death would receive religious counseling, cast their personal treasures (Pluto, a word for riches) into the Mykonos "prayer well" as final offerings of gold to their deities, and prepare for the end of life. The bodies of the deceased were sent to the necropolis for burial, on the island of Rhenia. 


Serpent Bearer: the brazen serpent lifted upon the desert. 


Star of David over Hellenic Abyssos. (Merian, 1630)


A sunken prayer fountain was famously rumored to be the pit of gold called "abyssos," reported by the Byzantine lexicographer Suidas in the 10th century. His most likely source was Hesychius of Miletus, who flourished about 540 AD. Our formidable well-cave may have been an ancient clearing-house for the emergency treatment of secondary shock and sepsis: the trauma of physical injury and infectious disease. Psychological distress after trauma was reported in 1900 BC by an Egyptian physician who described hysterical reactions to trauma. Today it is seen as a chemical imbalance of neurotransmitters, according to modern stress theory. Its symptoms include recurring nightmares or daytime flashbacks, with feelings of endless loops or deja vu, while re-experiencing the traumatic hallucinations of a damaged psyche. Secondary shock is the worst aspect of what we call fear or phobia and sometimes requires the need of blood transfusions. 


Hemorrhagic shock can cause respiratory failure, cardiac arrest, and death. It can be brought on by rapid blood loss, organ failure, or rapid fluid loss. The experience of clinical death (near-death experience or NDE) is common and frequently includes an out-of-body experience. In 1992, approximately eight million Americans claimed to have had a near-death experience. The reversal of clinical death is sometimes possible through resuscitation and other treatments. The fabled cause of sudden fear, inspiring panic and pandemonium, was the satyr Pan, a forerunner of the devil, born with the horns of a goat. 

Pan, from Kircher's Oedipus Aegyptiacus (1652-54).


What would happen in ancient Delos if someone felt the sudden need to die in the middle of the night? By the time you step into the taxi-boat that takes you with a lantern to the grotto of abyssos, you already know the ferryman's nickname. The old man with a long beard and a hooded cloak is called Charos, (fierce brightness) and as the proverb says: "Don't pay him until he takes you to the other side." If you can't afford the passage you're doomed to wander. Because he knows that the river to the wellspring you seek is the very mouth of Hades, a place of grief and pain, where the ghost is given up. (The prophet Elijah or John the Baptist conveys souls across the fiery Dinar River to Amente, according to some Jewish and Christian traditions.)


As you enter the dim cave on the other shore and cross its bars of iron, you lose your identity among the groans of men in agony, the tears of women and children, and the hissing of snakes. They echo the sufferings of a dying spirit. On the ground are pomegranate seeds, which sprang from drops of the blood of the vine. A tarnished brass doorway shuts forcefully behind you, trembling with the sounds of an engine door. A curtain of vapor unfolds its misty fluorescent veil. To the sides of the pit are the keepers of the demented and aged, compounding medicines and steering dying dreams. On another side are nested stork's eggs, incubating swans, and the ranks of the midwives, assisting at childbirth. A company of shadows blocks your way; weary minds leaving, newborn souls arriving. 



Within this endless wheel of birth and death is a well of transmigration - or psychosis. A pit of possession - or feelings of guilt. Limbless reptiles slither out of uncovered holes. Fierce hounds patrol the gateway for intruders and fugitives. A volcanic fire fuels the soul's chariot through a small door by the sea, a fountain overlooking the immeasurable chasm of the deep.



Yet, what confuses you most in this feverish realm of trauma and out-of-body experiences is how your wishing well is a jackpot of solid gold. A dazzling funnel of brilliance reflects from the pit of gold to the upper ceiling of the cave. You feel joined to an umbilicus of consciousness, like a silver cord of light. To disturb it would bring on yourself the wrath of the asclepieion and its spirits of the underworld.

aura of a human face lingers within the narrow way, comely, like a garment of light in the dark tunnel. Is it the joy of your defender or the displeasure of your accuser? Convicted souls full of resentment, as well as those wrongly-blamed, endure hardship in this place. Sons of perdition and the angels of death also await their judgment here. 
"There is one that accuses you, even Moses, in whom you trust." - (John 5:45)

Through the Red Sea to the Indian Ocean 

When the Delian purification law became known in the East, through the Red Sea to the Indian Ocean and the distant lands of the Silk Road, a new legend finally spread after 500 BC. It matched with that of the Fortunate Isles "beyond the west," the Dhamma as an island of the blessed, where no one is ever born, and no one ever dies. Was it not the quest of every soul, to find the pure land of a birthless and deathless state? The destruction of defilements was likened to a sacred island called nirvana. But to reach Maitreya's nibbana, a "Stream Winner" must cross the path of an unfathomable abyss, the realm of the dead, a prison for spirits. 


While the "island of the blessed" was a picture of Elysian fields or a heavenly garden, the asclepieion "pit of gold" sank into a river of hades for the soul's passage to the underworld. No doubt, the inhabitants of Delos lived mostly without malady and probably believed they were spiritually close to paradise. In fact, the very word "paradeisos" did not enter the Greek language until the glory days of Delos, when a historian named Xenophon used the Persian term pairidaeza to describe a walled garden. The residents of Delos enjoyed the most intense period, the Golden Age of Hellenism. The liberties and privileges provided for them were extraordinary. 


By enforcing their uncanny purification laws, did the rulers of Delos create a deception to ensnare the foolish? Or were they pursuing a sacred ideal to its logical conclusion? By widening the horizon of a deathless community to an expanding city, could it one day encompass the whole world? By narrowing the place of death to a shrinking corner, could it one day be eliminated altogether? The purification of Delos was not an illusion, but  a utopian prototype, a paradigm of hope for the survival of mankind. 


Under the control of Rome, the treasure island of Delos was reduce to a low rank, its golden memories mostly looted by pirates, until it finally became uninhabitable. But when the neighboring island of Patmos rose to significance with the biblical Apocalypse of St. John (95 to 97 AD), the Lion of Judah and the Seat of Moses were once again remembered. During the Apostolic Period (after 32 AD)  that marked the moving of loculi seals from Jesus Christ's tomb to an asclepieion well, Christians like Joseph of Arimathea and others escaping persecution in Palestine brought the first Gospel and Sacred Tryblion (or disc) to the "Fortunate Isles" of the Aegean district. The Patmos group of islands became an administrative center of the new messianic religion. From this time onwards, the Shield of David would cover the well of the Hellenic abyss.


The Revelation of Patmos glorified the ancient goal of a deathless city, or a new Jerusalem, established by Jesus Christ at the last judgment. The well named abyssos would be sealed for a thousand years. The existence of the devil would be subconsciously  repressed, or prevented from bursting out. But after the thousand years, Christ "the Lion" would reopen the mouth of a sealed well and make it give up its dead. The New Testament writers showed no interest in mythological gods such as Artemis or Apollo, but - like Hades - they recognized the mythological name of abyssos because it was considered to be a real place. In psychology, the process by which a subconscious symbol takes on a real or historical significance is called the constellation of an archetype.

A medieval woodcut of the Seal of the Apocalypse depicts it as a plate disc on
a hinge (or spindle) used to cover the loculus or pipeline of the bottomless pit. 
(Albrecht Durer Apokalypse 1498)


Pangea ("all earth") is a name given to the supercontinent that is believed to have existed 200 million years ago. The process of plate tectonics separated each of the component continents into their current arrangement. The continental drift theory was proposed by Alfred Wegener in 1920. But Pangea was not the first supercontinent believed to have existed. Another (Rodinia) is believed to have divided as long as 750 million years ago. In the Old Testament, four rivers of Eden once cut through the primordial supercontinent:

"And a river went out of Eden to water the garden; and from thence it was parted, and became into four heads. The name of the first is Pison: that is it which compasseth the whole land of Havilah (Arabia), where there is gold; And the gold of that land is good: there is bdellium and the onyx stone. And the name of the second river is Gihon: the same is it that compasseth the whole land of Ethiopia (Africa). And the name of the third river is Hiddekel: that is it which goeth toward the east of Assyria (north of Babylonia). And the fourth river is Euphrates." - Genesis 2:10-14. 


Accordingly, Eden was located in the middle (red spot on map) or rift zone of an original supercontinent. It was actually at the meeting point of three continents: Europe, Asia, and Africa. Most references explain that the splendid crown or garden of Eden was planted where Jerusalem is located. But as the supercontinent quaked and shifted, the earth's large-scale structural features broke into fragments that moved away from each other. Some of Eden's river beds dried up while others changed their courses, and new pieces of land emerged out of the recently-formed Mediterranean Sea. This is where the myth of Delos begins: as a sacred island rising from the waves. It also helps to make clear why an Israelite community once flourished there. For, by gazing deep into the ancient well of abyssos, not only do we examine our own subconscious mind. We also stand above the continental shelf of a great sea and look down to the four heads of the rivers of Eden. Yet, to realize a desire to return there, we encounter molten clefts of rock under the earth and sea; a lake of fire known as the second death (Revelation 20:14). As circumstances would require, the Archangel Uriel watches over this exceptional portion of geographic space, with a fiery ever-turning sword, to guard the way to the tree of life.


“But my God, they’re in a torrent of fire!” Paul cried out, ready to throw down the field glasses. “How could you?” He looked intently into the tall man’s face.  

A jeweled chariot drew humanity to remote sections of the heavens, silently gliding near the vicinity of a black hole’s singularity. Passing vast stores of water in the firmaments, it crossed the starry threshold of ringed systems, and navigated towards new levels of civilization. A purpose of the venture was to make known the truth concerning diverse “maltreatments” allegedly committed in stations of ABYSSOS, that dimension of space where offshoots of life had withdrawn in strangely overlooked colonies from long ago.

The possibility of torture was the only thing on Paul’s mind before drifting into a deep sleep trance of floating imagery. Were the disturbing visions real or illusions of subconscious fantasies? Back home, Paul was once accused of making bold statements that his critics interpreted as endorsements of the “cruel conditions” reported in ABYSSOS. Now he was going to see what the situation there was really like, with his own eyes.

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Not only is the seal a symbol of baptism, but also a mark on the forehead

In one manuscript fragment, the apostle Andrew, his hands bound behind him, is left in prison. The devil urges his followers to kill Andrew:

And he said: Now my children, kill him. But they saw the seal on his forehead and were afraid, and said: 'Do you kill him, for we cannot. And one of them said: If we cannot kill him, let us mock him; and they stood before him and taunted him with his helplessness, and he wept.

The above imagery is similar to the Revelation where out of the pit comes a plague of locust demons, with their sting like the torment of a scorpion:

And it was commanded them that they should not hurt the grass of the earth, neither any green thing, neither any tree, but only those men which have not the seal of God in their foreheads. - Rev. 9:4



Veneration of the forehead: an inner eye

From the Protevangelium, a "Book of James" as old as the second century:

And on the morrow he offered his gifts, saying in himself: if the Lord God be reconciled unto me, the plate that is upon the forehead of the priest will make it manifest unto me. And Ioacim offered his gifts and looked earnestly upon the plate of the priest when he went up unto the altar of the Lord, and he saw no sin in himself.

The Seal of God resembles a "phylactery" or plate worn on the forehead of the priest. From this design, seven plates or plaques were used to seal a tomb and then to cap a well symbolizing the bottomless pit of the unconscious mind.

Go through the midst of the city, through the midst of Jerusalem, and set a mark upon the foreheads of the men that sigh and that cry for all the abominations that be done in the midst thereof. - Ezekiel 9:4


The design of the seal concerns us

It is the Saturn-like design of the Aegean island (Mykonos) well seal which concerns us most - a visual representation of a region in which a force is effective (for example, a gravitational field). The seal is a good representation of the deuterium atom (heavy hydrogen) which is important to the current Big Bang theory. 


The seal also symbolizes a galaxy with a high degree of precision, to scale. And it offers a fresh picture of the Unified Field, or the nuclear structure of space-time in all orders of magnitude, from particles within living cells to systems of planets and stars. The seal is a map of empirical reality or the kingdom of God; an accurate representation of space, describing the structure of the indivisible, and the totality of what exists.


Like the Roman skeleton key, our particular hand-made locking device design may have been in use for many centuries - unchanged since the early days of plumbing - being passed on from one generation of water pipe makers to the next, directly from the seals of a tomb near Jerusalem. Only a  few of our well seals could be originals. Most are probably recent hand-made copies of an antiquated prototype design.

This custom of sealing pipes with emblematic plates or tryblion plaques was handed down to posterity by a group of Aegean monks and temple builders who were the custodians of well shafts in the Holy Land. When the Near East came under Muslim control, Mohammed became known as the Seal of the Prophets.  In an incidental way, modern astronomers are not yet able to explain how ancient Egyptians were able to draw pictures of  the rings of Saturn before the invention of the telescope.

From an Egyptian book not earlier than the fourth century in date:

"I prayed to my Father with heavenly prayers which I wrote with my own fingers on the tables of heaven before I took flesh in the holy Virgin Mary."

Yet perhaps the most amazing aspect of our Aegean island well seal is that it represents the perceptual field of human consciousness (vision, and the other senses). To this extent, the seventh seal is your mind, which only he can open.

The stone which the builders refused is become the head stone of the corner.
- Psalm cxviii. 22. 


Keep checking back for a more detailed analysis of the Seal of God, and the book with seven seals.


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