Submitted by David Livingstone on Sun, 11/09/2008 – 17:02

I don’t watch TV or movies anymore, mostly. But I watched Elizabeth I: The Golden Age, directed by Shekhar Kapur. I’m still interested in that part of history, and I’ve had a nagging suspicion that there’s some significance I should be exploring in the Spanish Armada. It turns out the movie inspired me to discover some interesting clues.

The movie is a joke. It’s so over the top. Overt propaganda for British patriotism, and so idealizes the person of Elizabeth, aggrandizing her into a sort of superhero. So the acting is grossly exaggerated, and has no sense of realism.

And the movie follows the stereotypes forged by the Da Vinci Code in thoroughly demonizing the Catholics. All suspicions of the Vatican being the bastion of all modern evil aside, this is a pathological bent that is symptomatic of wholesale absorption of the Illuminati agenda.

It was farcical.

This characterization of the Catholics as villains was contrasted by a celebration of its contrary, the occult. I was at least pleased with the fact that the movie showed that Elizabeth consulted her magician, John Dee. Dee is no small personage in the history of the occult. He was supposedly responsible for creating Enochian magic, which has fascinated occultists ever since.

But most importantly, Dee seems to have been the guiding sage behind the advent of the Rosicrucians. The Rosicrucians represent the first bold emergence of the occult since the banning of the Templars, and before they eventually morphed into the Freemasons.

In the movie, Dee is treated as a gentle and perceptive sage, but whose sagacity is guided by his consultation of astrological charts. So the Catholics are supposedly bent on violence, while the occultist is the humane one, forgetting of course to mention that as a black magician, he would have necessarily practiced human sacrifice.

Back to the subject of the Spanish Armada. It was defeated because of great winds that wreaked many of the Spanish ships. Rumor has it, however, that Dee was responsible for conjuring the storm. When Elizabeth had consulted her court astrologer John Dee on how to best counter the advancing Spanish Armada, he advised her, and her admiral, Sir Francis Drake, to refrain from pursuit, because the Spanish fleet would be broken up by storm. When a storm did destroy the Armada, many courtiers were convinced that Dee had conjured it.

In fact, creating storms and playing havoc with the weather is one of the most common powers that have consistently been attributed to magicians. Consider the claim made by Empedocles, a Greek philosopher and magician, in the sixth century BC:

And all the remedies that exist as defense against sufferings and old age: These you will learn, because for you alone will I make all these things come true. And you’ll stop the force of the tireless winds that chase over the earth And destroy the fields with their gusts and blasts; But then again, if you so wish, you’ll stir up winds as requital. Out of black rainstorm you’ll create a timely drought For men, and out of a summer drought you’ll create Three-nurturing floods that will stream through the ether. And you will fetch back from Hades the life-force of a man who has died.

If you read the Hammer of the Witches, that Medieval document that exposed the excesses and conspiracy of the underground witch cult of the time, similar claims were made by repentant witches. What is particularly interesting is that Shakespear, who flourished in the Elizabethan “Golden Age” (also the subtitle of the movie), modeled his character Propero of the Tempest on Dee. Francis Yates, the great expert on the Rosicrucian movement said,

“Francis Yates in her seminal exploration Majesty and Magic in Shakespeare’s Last Plays, comments, “Dare one say that the German Rosicrucian movement reaches a peak of poetic expression in The Tempest, a Rosicrucian manifesto infused with the spirit of Dee, using theatrical parables for esoteric communication?”

So what is this movie trying to say? As the Spanish Armada comes to its calamitous conclusion, the movie has Elizabeth look up at the sky, and sees the clouds clearing. We are made to conclude as she supposedly does, that God was on her side, and that He decided against the Spanish. But what “god”. Because, interestingly, in the midst of the battle and the raging storm over the English channel, the movie returns to a glimpse of Dee in his laboratory. He’s busy looking at his charts. So what are we supposed to conclude from that. It’s not obvious to the untrained viewer, but to those versed in the occult, the suggestion is blatant. This movie is the celebration of a victory of occult powers over the great “evil” in the world, “organized religion”. Even the short trailer already suggests as much.

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