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Swan Flight: The Third Heaven

May 23 @ 18:00 - May 26 @ 12:30

A celebration of the Quatercentenary of the 1624 great cipher manual, Cryptomenytices et Cryptographiae, led by Peter and Sarah Dawkins in England, and Heidemarie and Oliver Falldorf in Germany. 

This hybrid event will include a 3-day site visit in Germany to Wienhausen Abbey, Celle, Hitzacker and Luneburg led by Oliver and Heidemarie Falldorf (24-26 May), and a 1-day site visit in England to Kenilworth Castle led by Peter and Sarah Dawkins (25 May), with attendees choosing either one or the other.

The event will be introduced with a talk on Zoom by Peter Dawkins on Thursday 23 May (6pm UK time), explaining the whys and wherefores of the event, plus a second talk on Zoom by Peter Dawkins on Saturday 25 May (7:30pm UK time), giving some background information about Cryptomenytices et Cryptographiae and the secret society and intelligence networks involved.

English-German and German-English translations of talks will be available, plus a follow-up Zoom meeting on 1 June 2024 to share experiences and discuss further things.

Cryptomenytices et Cryptographiae was compiled and written by Augustus ‘the Younger’, Duke of Brunswick-Luneburg, when he resided at Hitzacker, before he became Prince of Brunswick-Wolfenbüttel in 1635. He was closely linked with Francis Bacon in the Rosicrucian movement. Cryptomenytices et Cryptographiae was published in Luneburg under Augustus’ pseudonym of Gustavus Selenus.

Celle, Hitzacker and Luneburg are located in the upper throat area of  the landscape Swan of Europe, whose root is in Sardinia and crown is in Norway.

2024 is also the Quatercentenary of Ben Jonson’s The Masque of Owls, which was performed at Kenilworth Castle on 19 August 1624 for Prince Charles, the surviving son and heir of King James I of England. Jonson was at that time still assisting Francis Bacon, whom he revered, and was a key player in the Rosicrucian fraternity. Not only is the owl an emblem of Pallas Athena, but it also signifies secret or cryptic writing.

Kenilworth forms the beak of one of the two landscape Swans of Avon, whose root or tail is marked by the Rollright Stones, and whose head is marked by old Warwick town, complete with a castle (Warwick Castle) overlooking the river Avon, and the Collegiate Church of St Mary on its highest point.

This event forms part of the ‘Swan Flight through the Seven Heavens of the Rosicrucian Mysteries’ series, which is enacting out the Dionysian Mystery in the Swan landscape temples of Europe.

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May 23 @ 18:00
May 26 @ 12:30
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Alte Schule Sued Horsten