Francis Bacon - a Star is Born

Two Supernova frrom the Invisible College
The Invisible College or the House of Solomon,
Depicting Two Supernovas (Click to Enlarge)

Ministry of the Children
Power of the Gift

Portent in the Heavens

Of the eight supernovae that have been visible to the naked eye in recorded history, two of them occurred during Sir Francis Bacon's lifetime, both of which were considered by many in Bacon's time and since as harbingers of the birth of an enlightened being, and announcing a time of great advancement in human society.

"In August, 1572, in the constellation Cassiopeia, a new star made a sudden and dramatic appearance. It was as bright as Venus, and to an astonished world taught to believe that the heavens were immutable, it shone as a portent of some convulsive change in the order of the world."  -- Michael Srigley, Francis Bacon: A Forerunner

In her book The Rosicrucian Enlightenment, Frances Yates cited the Rosicrucian manifesto, Confessio Fraternatis, which attached similar importance to the 1604 supernova in Serpentarius (Ophiuchus/ Serpent Holder) as heralding the Golden Age to come:

"Before the end, God will allow a great influx of truth, light, and grandeur, such as surrounded Adam in Paradise, to be poured forth on mankind. New stars have appeared in the constellations Serpentarius and Cygnus which are signs of the coming of these things."  -- Frances Yates, The Rosicrucian Enlightenment

The above engraving of the Invisible College is a representation of the import of these two historic supernovae.  In the sky is seen a Serpent and a Swan, bearing stars and alluding to the 'new stars' in Serpentarius and Cygnus mentioned in the Confessio as prophetic of a new dispensation:

"The Lord God hath already sent before certain messengers, which should testify his will, to wit, some new stars, which do appear and are seen in the firmament in Serpentino and Cygno, which signify and give themselves known to everyone, that they are powerful Signacula of great weighty matters." -- Confessio Fraternitatis

Kepler's 1604 Supernova

SN 1604 (Kepler's Supernova) Today

In 1604, at the height of the 17th century Rosicrucian Enlightenment (when the the authority of the Roman Church over Europe had been significantly undermined by the Reformation), a Supernova appeared in the constellation of Serpentarius. This spectacle was noted by Peter Dawkins in The Great Vision: The Judaic-Christian Mysteries: The Vision and Birth of the New Rosicrucianism:

"A supernova is a star which explodes catastrophically, with a sudden liberation of most of its energy and the dissipation of nearly the whole mass of the star into space. Its explosion appears to us about ten thousand times as bright as an ordinary nova. The only supernovae observed in our Galaxy during the past thousand years occurred in A.D. 1006 (in Lupus), 1054 (in Taurus), 1572 (in Cassiopeia), and in 1604 (in Ophiuchus). All reached apparent magnitudes considerably brighter than zero, releasing as much energy in one second as our Sun does in sixty years.  All of them are present-day radio sources." -- Peter Dawkins

Supernova 1604 occurred in the Milky Way, in the constellation Ophiuchus. As of April 2010, it is the last supernova to have been unquestionably observed in our own galaxy, occurring no farther than 6 kiloparsecs or about 20,000 light-years from Earth. Visible to the naked eye, it was brighter at its peak than any other star in the night sky, and all the planets (other than Venus).  The supernova remnant resulting from this supernova is considered to be one of the "prototypical" objects of its kind, and is still an object of much study in astronomy.

"Four hundred years ago before the invention of the telescope, astronomers were amazed by the appearance of a new star.  It soon dimmed to invisibility, but they noted its location in the sky.  Later astronomers found with the aid of telescopes the location of the new star, photographed above as a nebulous cloud of glowing gas. The new star that 17th Century astronomers saw flaring up in their sky was a stellar thunderbolt. What we see is the declining aftermath."   -- William C. House

Johannes Kepler

"In October of 1604, a bright new evening star appeared; Kepler did not believe the rumors until he saw it himself. Kepler began systematically observing the star.  Astrologically, the end of 1603 marked the beginning of a fiery trigon, the start of the ca. 800-year cycle of great conjunctions, and thus expected events of great portent.
It was in this context, as the imperial mathematician and astrologer to the emperor, that Kepler described the new star two years later in his De Stella Nova. In it, Kepler addressed the star's astronomical properties while taking a skeptical approach to the many astrological interpretations then circulating. He noted its fading luminosity, speculated about its origin, and used the lack of observed parallax to argue that it was in the sphere of fixed stars, further undermining the doctrine of the immutability of the heavens.
In an appendix, Kepler also discussed the recent chronology work of Laurentius Suslyga; he calculated that, if Suslyga was correct that accepted time lines were four years behind, then the Star of Bethlehem—analogous to the present new star—would have coincided with the first great conjunction of the earlier 800-year cycle." -- William C. House

The Star of Bethlehem and Jesus Christ

shroud of turin
The Shroud of Turin, Italy:  the image of Jesus of Nazarra

Jesus Christ was born on one of these aspects known as the Bethlehem Star, making these astrological configurations highly significant spiritual harbingers.

Then there was one in the East who lived 800 years after Christ who was equal to the task of bringing a great Light to the earth.

Guru Rinpoche Padmasambhava

Guru Rinpoche Padmasambhava

"As an objective man, he is the mysterious (to the profane) yet ever present Personage about whom legends are rife in the East, especially among the Occultists and the students of the Sacred Science. It is he who changes form, yet remains ever the same. And it is he again who holds spiritual sway over the initiated Adepts throughout the whole world. He is the "Initiator," called the Great Sacrifice. For, sitting at the threshold of Light, he looks into it from within the circle of Darkness, which he will not cross; nor will he quit his post till the last day of this life cycle. Why does the solitary Watcher remain at his self-chosen post? Why does he sit by the fountain of primeval Wisdom, of which he drinks no longer, as he has naught to learn which he does not know—aye, neither on this Earth, nor in its heaven? Because the lonely, sore-footed pilgrims on their way back to their home are never sure to the last moment of not losing their way in this limitless desert of illusion and matter called Earth-Life. Because he would fain show the way to that region of freedom and light, from which he is a voluntary exile himself, to every prisoner who has succeeded in liberating himself from the bonds of flesh and illusion. Because, in short, he has sacrificed himself for the sake of mankind, though but a few Elect may profit by the Great Sacrifice. It is under the direct, silent guidance of this MAHA-(great)-GuRu that all the other less divine Teachers and instructors of mankind became, from the first awakening of human consciousness, the guides of early Humanity."   -- H. P. Blavatsky, The Secret Doctrine, vol. I, p.208.

HP Blavatsky
Helena P. Blavatsky

H.P. Blavatsky assigns Guru Rinpoche spiritual duties that encompass the entire planet. Someday the world will recognize this but we're not there yet.  No one ascends through the Heavens except through the Office of the Christ and no one becomes a Sat or True Guru without the blessings of Padmasambhava.

"Padmasambhava mounted a beam of sunlight and in the flicker of a moment flew away into the sky. From the southwestern direction, he turned his face to look back and sent forth a light ray of immeasurable loving kindness that established the disciples in the state of non-return. Accompanied by a cloud like assembly of the outer and inner dakinis making musical offerings, he then went to the southwestern continent of Chamara. " -- Yeshe Tsogyal, The Lotus-Born, The Life Story of Padmasambhava, pp. 207, 208.

800 years following the life of Padmasambhava, was there one other adept ready to change the world?

Sir Francis Bacon

Sir Francis Bacon
Sir Francis Bacon

One year before the supernova arrived, the Queen of England, Elizabeth 1st passed away.  That year, 1603, King James ascended the throne, signaling a change of fortune for Francis Bacon. He was Knighted by the King in 1603 and immediately commissioned to translate the King Janes Version of the Bible from ancient Greek texts.  The year the comet appeared in 1604, Bacon began The Advancement of Learning, which is then published in 1605. Changes for Bacon continued in 1607, when he become Solicitor General. In 1608 he began Novum Organum. The books, accolades and titles continued, year after year until he reputedly died in 1626.

Some of Sir Francis Bacon's accomplishments:

1.) Authored the Shakespearean plays.

2.) Invented the Scientific Method, ushering in the Age of Science on a firm foundation.

3.) Elevated the culture and learning of all mankind by developing the English language.

4.) Provided the moving force behind esoteric societies such as Freemasons and Rosicrucians.

5.) Translated the King James version of the Bible.

6.) Helped to develop an ancient plan from Plato's time into a New Atlantis blueprint through the colonization plan for North America with esoteric and utopian brotherhood ideals.

1572 Supernova

Supernova 1572
SN 1572 Today

The appearance of the Milky Way supernova of 1572 was perhaps one of the two or three most important events in the history of astronomy. The "new star" helped to revise ancient models of the heavens and to inaugurate a revolution in astronomy that began with the realized need to produce better astrometric star catalogues (and thus the need for more precise astronomical observing instruments).


Born Philippus Aureolus Theophrastus Bombastus von Hohenheim, Paracelsus was a Renaissance physician, botanist, alchemist, astrologer, and general occultist.  As a physician of the early 16th Century, Paracelsus held a natural affinity with the Hermetic, neoplatonic, and Pythagorean philosophies central to the Renaissance. Paracelsus pioneered the use of chemicals and minerals in medicine. He used the name "zink" for the element zinc in about 1526.  Paracelsus is also credited as providing the first clinical/scientific mention of the unconscious. 

theophrastus Paracelsus

"In the 14th year of Elizabeth's happy reign, a marvelous new star [a comet] flashed out of the constellation Cassiopeia. The star was as short-lived as it was a brilliant. Within a year and a half, it was gone, leaving behind a world startled by this awesome portent. Tyco Brahe, a Danish astronomer, was the first to record its appearance. He reported it as a being brighter than Venus, so bright that it could be clearly seen even in the fullest light of day. Some said it was a comet; others, a star. Some said it had the same luminous appearance as the star that guided the Magi, the Bethlehem Star, which had appeared so mysteriously 1500 years before. Whatever it was called, it was a strange sight in the heavens during the months that it could be clearly seen. After 16 months the Guest Star disappeared, never to shine again, leaving even the astronomers musing over its appearance in the 'unchangeable' heavens. The portent of the star of 1572 was not easily understood. But one man had claimed to know all about it—the famous Swiss mystic Theophrastus Bombastus von Hohenheim, better known as Paracelsus. He died 20 years before Francis [Bacon] was born, but he had been confidently prophesying the coming of the comet for many years. When it comes, he predicted, it will be 'a harbinger' of a great renovation of society, 'the coming revolution', he called it. The comet would announce a presence of  'a marvelous being who as yet lives not, and who shall reveal many things.' "  -- William C. House

Paracelsus is claimed by the Fraternitas Rosae Crucis to be the true identity of the mythical alchemist Christian Rosenkreutz, who was the major figure in the Fama Fraternitatis published in 1614 in Germany, which at the time caused excitement throughout Europe by declaring the existence of a secret brotherhood of alchemists and sages who were preparing to transform the arts, sciences, religion, and political and intellectual landscape of Europe while wars of politics and religion ravaged the continent. Divergent views believe Rosenkreuz to be a pseudonym for a more famous historical figure like Francis Bacon.

A young Francis Bacon

Young Francis Bacon
Francis Bacon, Age 12

Some Baconians believed that Bacon's coming of age was the event prophesied by Paracelsus. Was Sir Francis Bacon worthy of a comet and supernova heralding his mission? Was he the heir apparent of the 800 year cycle in the lineage of Jesus the Christ and Sat Guru Padmasambhava? 

Sir Francis was around 12 years old at the time of the appearance of the supernova, but already he was showing the marks of genius. He was a young prodigy coming into his adulthood, ready to leave the security and warmth of the Bacon home for a broader life as a student at Trinity College, on the River Cam at Cambridge.

"A civilization that wishes to survive, needs to transcend its focus on the material and begin the process of etherealizing culture" .  -- Tonybee

Thanks to Orion Middleton for the preceding, well documented
research into the illuminating Light of the Kingdom of Love.

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