The Occult Origins of the Bank of England
The Occult Origins of the Bank of England by The Magician Much of the history of the last several hundred years can be interpreted as the competition for power between the British Monarchy, or "Perfidious Albion," and its allies, on one hand; and the Vatican and its allies, on the other. Of course, like any overriding theory, this one should not be pushed to an extreme, and it doesn’t explain everything. But it explains a great deal.
Much of the history of the last several hundred years can be interpreted as the competition for power between the British Monarchy, or "Perfidious Albion," and its allies, on one hand; and the Vatican and its allies, on the other.
Of course, like any overriding theory, this one should not be pushed to an extreme, and it doesn’t explain everything. But it explains a great deal.
A key role in the course events initally took was played by John Dee, the Neoplatonic Christian Cabalist and Scientific Advisor to Queen Elisabeth. He introduced the idea that the inhabitants of Britain were descendants of the lost tribes of Israel. It was all part of the British propaganda barrage directed against the Vatican and the European Counter Reformation in the Sixteenth Century.
Henry VIII Wants an Heir
Let’s start with Henry VIII. The king of England had not been able to conceive a male heir with his wife Catherine. So he wanted a divorce, which he doubted the Pope would allow. Henry VIII sent his secret agent Richard Croke to Venice in 1529 to consult with the Christian Cabalist theologian Georgi, as well as Jewish Rabbis, on the right way to biblically justify divorce and remarriage to the Pope. There was a conflict between Leviticus and Deuteronomy whether a man could marry his brother's widow, the grounds on which Henry VIII was questioning the legality of his own marriage to Catherine.
This represented the beginnings of an alliance between the British Monarchy and various Jewish groups. The divorce arguments, however, went nowhere. No compromise was ever reached with the Pope. (The British historian, Dame Francis Yates, tells the story in her book, The Occult Philosophy in the Elizabethan Age.) So Henry VIII finally solved his dilemma by wresting the Church of England out from under the Pope, and proclaimed himself Head of the Church. Henry was now supreme leader, both politically and spiritually, and did what he wanted with respect to divorce and remarriage. (As for the heir, we now know that the underlying infertility was Henry VIII’s own. But from such trivialities do the major events of world history proceed.)
The Vatican was staggered. And it was furious. Not only had the head of a leading nation defied the Pope’s authority in spiritual matters, but this same king had set himself up as a rival Pope, so to speak. King Henry VIII was an Anti‑Pope. Or that’s how the Vatican saw it. The Vatican and the Monarchy were now at war. The war of spiritual ideas and spiritual concepts quickly became part and parcel of the geopolitical war with the chief Catholic power, Spain.
Henry VIII’s seizure of the Church of England had to be
ustified to English‑speaking people in a spiritual sense. And
so it was. The British had a spiritual destiny, it was declared.
Information Warfare and John Dee
John Dee, the son of one of Henry VIII's court officials, grew
up surrounded by this controversy and the mystical currents
oncerning the notion of British Empire. The latter involved a
spiritual as well as a geopolitical aspect: the British were to
inherit the earth, and in the process foster the spread of True
Christianity. That is, not Catholicism.
According to Geoffrey of Monmouth, the kings of Britain
ere descended from Brut, of Trojan origin. King Arthur, one
of Brut's descendants, was considered the chief exemplar of
sacred British Imperial Christianity. John Dee identified with
this Arthurian notion of Empire, as he believed himself to be
descended from the ancient kings of Britain, and was thus
himself a distant cousin of the Tudor Queen Elisabeth I.
The Tudor monarchy of Dee's time was glorified as the
ulmination of the Arthurian tradition, because Henry VIII's
break with the Vatican had eliminated the Pope and made the
British Monarch supreme in both church and state.
Another line of thought led to the doctrine of
ritish‑Israelism, which held that the British were the
descendants of the lost tribes of Israel. The doctrine of
British‑Israelism and the Lost Ten Tribes was intended to
forge a political alliance between the British monarchy and
the Jews of Amsterdam, through a merger of the Arthurian
mperial tradition with Cabalistic interpretations of the Hebrew
What had happened was that after the expulsion of the Jews
from Spain in 1492, some of them went East to the Ottoman
Empire—the Islamic world being at the time more religiously
tolerant than Christendom. Within Europe itself many of the
Jews moved to Italy, particularly Venice, while other Jews
and marranos migrated from Spain and Portugal to
The Jewish merchants and bankers of Amsterdam were seen
y the British Monarchy as desirable allies in the financial and
political war with Spain, as well as in the spiritual war with
the Vatican. Amsterdam thus became the springboard for the
return of the Jews to England, from which they had been
expelled in 1290.
To forge ties between Jewish merchants and British
mperialists, John Dee created the concept of British‑Israel,
which gave the British and the Jews a common racial identity,
and invoked biblical prophecy to show the inevitable triumph
of British Imperialism: the British, as Abraham's seed, were
to inherit the earth. Dee also introduced the Jewish Cabala to
the British ruling class and its interlocking network of
European royal dynasties. All this set the stage for the later
bsorption of European Jewish merchants and bankers into
In essence, the dissemination of the British‑Israel doctrine
was an intelligence coup carried out by the British Monarchy.
It wasn't the only such propaganda effort, of course. Dee
lso introduced Rosicrucianism to Germany, and afterward the
British Monarchy continued to use secret societies for
intelligence gathering and for the spread of propaganda under
the guise of Cabalism and occultism.
The Literary War Continues
By the next century, the British Crown had supplanted the
atican as the world's pre‑eminent manipulator of power,
having established British naval supremacy through the defeat
of the Spanish Armada in 1588. But the spiritual struggle
continued, and British cultural history is strewn with its
Edmund Spenser, for example, wrote The Faerie Queene,
with the express purpose of making a Neoplatonic heroine
out of Queen Elisabeth I. This happened at the same time the
Jesuits on the European continent were spearheading an
attempt to stamp out Neoplatonic influences, which were
seen as undermining the authority of the Church.
The Catholics quickly counterattacked. The Catholic
arlowe wrote Faust in order to defame John Dee as a
Satanic magician. Marlowe similarly penned The Jew of
Malta as a propaganda work intended to generate public
rage over the growing encroachment of Jewish merchants.
And Marlowe's Tamburlaine was an attempt to discredit
British ideals of Empire.
Francis Bacon, by contrast, carried on the traditions of John
Dee. On the secular front, Bacon emphasized inductive
science and proposed the Royal Society. On the religious
side, Bacon espoused Masonry and discussed the
British‑Jewish alliance in his book New Atlantis.
Even the Monarchy had a divided loyalty. Queen Elisabeth's
successor James I leaned again toward the Catholics. But his
ranslation and publication of the King James Bible made
possible the anti‑Catholic practice of individual Bible reading
By and large, the British Oligarchy became simultaneously
umanist and occultist, pro‑Jewish and anti‑Catholic. Finally,
Mennaseh ben Israel, the Dutch Cabalist Rabbi, petitioned
Cromwell for the return of Jews to England. Mennaseh ben
Israel argued that the Messiah and the Millennium could not
come until the Jews had spread to every corner of the globe,
which included England. To be sure, Menasseh ben Israel
was not himself a British Israelite. Instead, he discovered the
Lost Ten Tribes of Israel among American Indians, an idea
that would later be revived by the Mormons. But Cromwell's
Puritan advisors said he should let Jews settle in England
(which Cromwell agreed to do), believing they would convert
to pure biblical Christianity (which they didn't). The Jews
were actually admitted in 1664, a few years after the deaths
of both Cromwell and Menasseh ben Israel.
Following that event, the Catholic strain in the Monarchy was
gradually weeded out. When William of Orange took over
from the Catholic Stuart King James II in 1688, the
domination of the Empire by the Protestant/Anglican branch
of the Royal Family became permanent. The Monarchy,
along with its allies the Noble and Jewish banking families,
hen immediately proceeded to consolidate its political control
through the establishment of the Bank of England and the
National Debt six years later in 1694. These instruments
provided the financial muscle needed to exercise worldwide
power: to make loans and to finance enterprises, including the
raising of armies and the fostering of revolutions.
Manifest Destiny Yields to Balance of Power
The manifest destiny of the Anglo‑Saxon race continued to
e important in Crown‑supported propaganda. But the
Monarchy's actual policy evolved into one based on the
balance of power.
For example, in the 1890s, as Britain began to fear a militarist
Germany, Cecil Rhodes and William Stead founded a secret
ociety to revive support for British Imperialism. Members
included Alfred (later Lord) Milner and Arthur (Lord)
Balfour. As governor‑general of South Africa, Milner
recruited a youthful group of administrators from Oxford and
elsewhere. These were known as Milner's Kindergarten. To
romote their geopolitical ideals, they established Round Table
Groups in the British dependencies and the U.S., as well as
think tanks like the Royal Institute of International Affairs and
the Council on Foreign Relations. The stated intention of the
society was to spread British upper class ideals to the world's
masses. In practice, however, the Round Table Groups were
principally used as an outlet for anti‑German propaganda. In
his case—to counter the growing power of
Germany—appeal was made to Britain's former colony in the
New World: namely, to America.
It was the Round Table connections of "Colonel" E. M.
ouse, the principal advisor to President Wilson, that lead in
1913 to the establishment of the Federal Reserve and the
graduated Income Tax in the U.S. You needed both of these,
of course, to provide the financial basis to create an
American war machine. World War I broke out the following
year. But prior to the outbreak, House wrote to Wilson:
"Whenever England consents, France and Russia will close in
on Germany and Austria."
As another example of the balance of power policy, the
alfour Declaration in 1917—of British support for a Jewish
homeland in Palestine—served the immediate purpose of
increasing Jewish support for the British war effort. But it also
followed Crown policy in eventually creating a balance of
power in the Middle East.
It is easy to see what was going on if you look at the history
of The Protocols of the Learned Elders of Zion. The first
dition was published in Russian in 1901. Afterward it was
translated into English by George Shanks and issued through
the Eyre and Spottiswoode Publishing House, the printer of
all official releases by the British Royal Family.
Coming from such a prestigious printer, the book quickly
old 30,000 copies before being withdrawn under pressure
from the Rothschilds. But a few years later Henry H.
Beamish founded "The Britons," a "Society to protect the
Birthright of Britons, and to eradicate Alien influence from
our politics and industries." The Britons proceeded to
istribute The Protocols worldwide.
In short—the battle with the Vatican long since won—the
onarchy kept the Jews on a short leash, through a carrot and
stick policy. Assimilation into society and support for a
homeland was the carrot, while The Protocols was the stick.
The Magician is the author of the on‑going Laissez Faire
City Times serialized novel, Jack Parsons and the Curious
rigins of the American Space Program, for which he has
promised to send more episodes when he returns from his
journey to Kashmir.
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