Published November 2005 AD
Paperback, 624 pages
Texe Marrs has published a tremendous resource that is applicable to various areas from the deciphering of secret society / mystery school symbols, to the manner whereby the Illuminati (by any other name) communicate with each other, from conspiracy exposing to secret government deals and much, much (and much) more.
Some may know Texe Marrs to be a good ol' boy preacher from Texas and that he is. Yet, he is much more and thus, brings much more to the table as he has been on the cutting edge of the latest technology for decades. Consider a partial biography of him which accompanies his book The Personal Robot Book which was published in 1985 AD:
Texe Marrs was assistant professor of aerospace studies, teaching American Defense Policy, strategic weapons systems, and related subjects at the University of Texas at Austin from 1977 to 1982. He has also taught international affairs, political science, and psychology for two other universities. A graduate Summa Cum Laude from Park University, Kansas City, Missouri, he earned his Master's degree at North Carolina State University.
As a career USAF officer (now retired), he commanded communications-electronics and engineering units. He holds a number of military decorations…
President of Power of Prophecy Ministries and RiverCrest Publishing in Austin, Texas, Texe Marrs is a frequent guest on radio and TV talk shows throughout the U.S.A. and Canada in response to the public's search for greater insight into Bible prophecy, secret societies, politics, and world affairs…
In addition to his many books, Texe Marrs has produced over 30 bestselling video documentaries…Texe Marrs' monthly newsletter is distributed to tens of thousands of subscribers around the world. His radio program, Power of Prophecy, is beamed by shortwave radio and internet to nations around the globe.
The full title of the book in review is Codex Magica: Secret Signs, Mysterious Symbols, and Hidden Codes of the Illuminati. It is evident to researchers such as this reviewer just what this book is. You see, researchers compile information and thus (especially in the pre do-everything-online-era) end up with thousands of books, magazines, article clippings, hand written notes, photos and much, much more. Upon seeing Codex Magica up close and in person, as it were, it was evident that what Texe Marrs had done was to open up his personal files and publish them in book form.
Researchers are constantly seeking and sharing information and surely, some would love to spend time pouring over another researcher’s archives. Well, Text Marrs, via River Crest Publishing, has opened up his records for all to see.
Of course, Codex Magica is not merely photocopies of newspaper clippings, photos, etc. It does include these but with the addition of having Prof. Marrs sitting next to you, helping you understand everything from geometric shapes, symbolic animals, hand symbols, handshakes, etc.
An issue pertaining to discerning the meaning of symbols (and, of course, symbols can be shapes, animals, numbers, letters, hand gestures, etc.) is that just about everything has, at one point or another, been used as a symbol to represent something by secret societies / mystery religions and each appointed their own meaning(s).
We say “meaning(s)” to emphasize the that often, even within one single group there will be more than one meaning for a symbol. This is because, at the initiation levels a symbol is said to have one meaning and another meaning at another level.
Yet, symbols can and do have some common meaning and, taking Freemasonry as an example, some groups have elucidated that which they take the symbols to mean.
Texe Marrs take a very scholarly approach in noting upfront, on p. 11:
In some instances, it is unclear what exactly is transpiring in a photo because the intent, or motive, of the individual subject cannot be discerned…For example, there is much confusion today over the hand sign of the devil called “El Diablo” or “Il Cornuto.” Many confuse this sign of evil with the sign of the deaf for “I love you” and with the sign given by many to indicate youthful rebellion, sex, and rock and roll.
And, as he later notes, the hand sign for the Texas Longhorns. He goes on to soberly note:
I wish to emphasize that I accuse no one pictured herein of being a Satanist or occultist. Their being pictured here does not mean that individuals are necessarily members of the Order of the Illuminati or prove anything whatsoever about their social, political, religious ideology or other beliefs.
In other words, he is not playing a game of gotcha! whereby one, two or ten photos of someone making gestures automatically marks them as purposefully communicating this or that nefarious intent. However, this does not mean that we are to conclude that no one is ever communicating such things. Thus, the issue is to discern patterns.
Note what Texe Marrs writes pertaining to “the courageous men who have gone before you and me and are now dead because they exposed the forbidden knowledge of the Illuminated Ones,” pp. 15-16:
…Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, the world-famous classical composer, who paid the ultimate penalty, the Aqua Toffeta, arsenic poisoning that wrecked his body.
Wait! What! Mozart?!?! Oh yes, you watched the movie Amadaus and are thus an expert. Yet, note that, for example, Freemasons have taken a keen interest in Mozart’s Magic Flute. The Grand lodge of British Columbia and Yukon has posted an article titled Mozart’s Magic Flute - Love, Forgiveness, Tolerance and the Brotherhood of Man wherein they note:
In the case of Mozart’s opera, The Magic Flute, the Masonic traditions observed by the composer and its librettist (Emanuel Schickaneder) have prompted some of the most philosophical discussions in the annals of opera.
Moreover, in true Freemasonic secretive fashion they further note:
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, a fellow free-mason, speaks to the masses outside the circle of free-masonry regarding The Magic Flute: "It is enough that the crowd would find pleasure in seeing the spectacle; at the same time, its high significance will not escape the initiates."
It was Mozart’s exposing of high level Masonic doctrine within this opera which cost him his life—allegedly.
And what of Freemasonry itself? Texe Marrs quotes Manly P. Hall, 33 degree, p. 18:
Freemasonry is a fraternity within a Fraternity—an outer organization, concealing an inner brotherhood of the elect. The invisible society is a secret fraternity dedicated to a MYSTERIOUS SECRET.
—Lectures on Ancient Philosophy, 1984 ed., p. 433
With this insight alone you can now understand, or begin to understand, the relationship between Freemasonry and the Illuminati or otherwise, why so many people think that Freemasons are just a bunch of old men who sit around playing cards. Indeed and in fact, most Masons are kept on the outer level and actually do think that Freemasonry is just about playing cards or otherwise being fraternal, building business relationships, etc.
Some things that Texe Marrs elucidates many reasons “why the Illuminati persist in their seemingly delusional and infantile behavior” which he has come upon “after long and careful consideration.”
In the attached video you will see Texe Marrs himself elucidating the book and its relation to the discerning of “hidden” messages.
Overall this book in an invaluable source of information covering many fascinating topics and people. As the publisher notes:
Codex Magica is awesome in its scope and revelations. It contains over 1,000 actual photographs and illustrations. You’ll see with your own eyes the world’s leading politicians and celebrities—including America’s richest and most powerful—caught in the act as they perform occult magic. Once you understand their covert signals and coded picture messages, your world will never be the same. Destiny will be made manifest. You will know the truth and everything will become clear.
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