Dee's 007, Tubal-Cain and the Rune of the "Original Language"
2006-12-28 0:00

By Henrik Palmgren |

I recently posted a very interesting article entitled “Johannes Bureus, the Renaissance rune magician." Among other things, the article goes into the connection between ancient Hebrew and Nordic runes. It also elaborates on the connection with the Kabbalah and John Dee. So this sparked my interesting in returning to John Dee and reading about him and his Enochian Magic.

Those who are interested in these topics probably know that Dee signed his letters with two circles (zeros) and a seven: “007", with the seven having an elongated top part. In the article “Sir Francis Bacon and John Dee: the Original 007", we can read:
"Dr. Dee's learning was far and wide, a brilliant mathematician, whose study ranged from geo-cartography and calculus which was vital in navigating the New World for explorers, to astrology, alchemy, the Cabala, cypher writing, religion, architecture, and science. In short, Dee's metaphysics were a 'red' cross of the Hermetic tradition with a strong dose of mathematics. His library at the riverside village of Mortlake was considered the finest private collection in Europe containing thousands of bound books and handwritten manuscripts devoted to philosophy, science and esoterica. In comparison the University of Cambridge at the time had a mere 451 total books and manuscripts in their possession.

Noel Fermor in the journal Baconiana wrote that, "The Earl of Leicester's father, the Duke of Northumberland, employed Dee as a tutor to his children so that they would have a sound scientific upbringing. Northumberland became a notable scientist with a strong leaning toward mathematics and magnetism. Anthony Wood in his Athenae Oxoniensis, wrote "that no one knew Robert Dudley better than Dee." So it was quite natural for Leicester to introduce Dee to Elizabeth as she was to become the new Queen and it wasn't long before Dee advanced to become the court astrologer.

Leicester signed his letters to Elizabeth with two circles containing dots symbolising he was her "Eyes"

Elizabeth was very much interested in the occult. Dee was responsible for choosing the most auspicious date for Elizabeth's coronation which was on January 15th, 1559. The Queen was so impressed by Dee that she eventually travelled with her court to Mortlake, for the purpose of seeing his great library.

Dee has been defamed through the centuries as a necromancer, but it's the opinion of many writers that his angelic-cabalistic- alchemical work, his Philosophers Stone, the "Monad Hieroglyphica"(1564) may have been a cover for covert operations carried on in the name of her majesty. The 007 was the insignia number that Elizabeth was to use for private communiques between her Court and Dee.

Dee signed his letters with two circles symbolising his own two eyes and indicating that he was the secret eyes of the Queen.The two circles are guarded by what may be considered a square root sign or an elongated seven. For Dee, seven was a sacred cabbalistic and lucky number.(Richard Deacon)"
So is it a seven, a square root sign or is it something else? Well, on the website of the "Order Of The White Wolf" they have a section called Enochian where we can read about the “The 49 Good Angels", and this can give us a hint on the importance of seven:
The 49 Good Angels
The 49 Good Angels are the first "worldly" angelic powers presented in this system. Those listed on the Sigil of Ameth are apparently in some way above the worlds in which men live, as are the Ensigns. Having presented the Ensigns, the archangel Michael introduces the 49 angels by saying: "Now you touch the world, and the doings upon the earth. Now we show you the lower world: The Governors that work and rule under God."

Dee and Kelly were presented with seven 7-by-7 tables. Each square of each table contained a letter and a number from 1 to 49. By gathering the letters with the same number in a certain sequence, the names of the angels were produced. The list of names, divided into groups of seven, were called the Tabula Collecta. Dee arranged these names into a circular table (called the Tabulum Bonorum), dividing the angels into groups of seven, with a King and a Prince heading each group.

See more images and read more about this here: The Seven Tables from which the names of the 49 "Good Angels" are derived.

Another take on this can be made if we simply rotate Dee’s 007 signature 90 degrees. It then looks like two balls and a club or a cane. The interesting about this is that there is a resemblance to the masonic symbol "Two Ball Cane".

See more here:

And we can go even further on this because “Two Ball Cane" is allegedly a pun for “Tubal Cain" which is the secret password of a third degree mason, a "master mason".

On the site in an article about the peace sign we can read:

What is even more interesting is that Vulcan is adored in Masonry under the name of Tubal Cain. In the Masonic Quiz Book the question is asked: "Who was Tubal Cain?" The answer is: "He is the Vulcan of the pagans.''

In Masonry, Tubal Cain is the name of the password for the Master Mason (or third) degree.

Listen to what occultist and Mason, Manly Palmer Hall, has to say:

"When the Mason learns that the key to the warrior on the block is the proper application of the dynamo of living power, he has learned the mastery of his craft. The seething energies of Lucifer are in his hands and before he may step onward and upward, he must prove his ability to properly apply energy. He must follow in the footsteps of his forefather, Tubal-Cain, who with the mighty strength of the war god hammered his sword into a ploughshare.''

There is also a sexual connotation associated with Vulcan and Tubal Cain. Former Mason, Bill Schnoebelen, explains:

"For Masons who wish to conceal their membership from non-Masons, but still advertise it to their Lodge brothers, there is a special pin (or tie tack) they can wear. It looks like an upside down golf club with two balls near the top....Many people assume the person is a golfing enthusiast, but it is actually a visual Masonic pun.

"This is called the 'Two Ball Cane,' and is a pun on the secret password of a Master Mason, 'Tubalcain (sic).'...It is also an all-too-obvious pun on the 'god' of Masonry, the male reproductive organ. Nice, eh?...especially when many men wear these wretched things to church on Sunday!"
We can also go in a in a different direction and connect the 7 of Dee's 007 with the “original language" that Johannes Bureus connected the runes with.

If we look at a chart of Bureus runes, that I picked up from the article the Rune-Cross of Johannes Bureus, we can see that there is a very close resemblance between the "L" sign and Dee's 007 sign. This is rune is called "Lagher" and very appropriatly it has the numerological value of 700.

More from's article the Rune-Cross of Johannes Bureus:
Bureus saw his runic system as the mediator between the divine and human worlds. The creative word of God is the mediator between Him and His creation. Consequentally Bureus saw the runes as the divine or original language.
The article elaborates further on the different theories by the two writers Karlsson and Flowers. The L sign on the left hand of the Rune Cross is thought to represent Saturn and the entire numerical value if the left arm of the cross is 794, which according to Bureus is the number of years between the conjunctions of Jupiter and Saturn. Could also the Lagher rune that is at the end of the left arm (right to the viewer), be a reference to the “Left-Hand Path"?

When we continue to read we discover even more connections between Bureus runecross and the number seven:
Seven-Rune Height
The vertical beam has seven runes, which Karlsson says are the seven steps upward and downward in the process of initiation. In Bureus' hieroglyph you have to ascend from "Byrghal" (representing two gates, for 'coming in' on the way down and 'coming out' on the way back up) to "Thors", the latter representing the God Thor. "The connector in this process is Odin who is represented by Haghal". This is a strange remark, because Odin has his own rune, the "Odhes".

Karlsson gives some (possible) meanings to the seven runes of the 'Seven-Rune Height' (as Bureus called it), but I will continue where Karlsson connects the seven runes with the seven stages of alchemy. Bureus supposedly wrote a book called Cabalistica in which he gives his theory of the seven steps of initiation. One way of picturing this is by naming the stages of the proces of the creation of the elixer of life. …Karlsson comes with his own theories connecting the seven runes with the seven chakras of Eastern philosophy.
See here and here for more background on Bureus runecross.

At this point it isn't to far of a stretch to draw parallels between the Roman god Vulcan and the Norse god Thor just as Manly Palmer Hall, a few paragraphs up mentioned: "Tubal-Cain with his mighty strength of the war god hammered his sword into a ploughshare."

There is a lot to figure out about Tubal Cain and what the connection to se7en is all about. To get some background on this we can read in the article Tubal Cain, the Secret Password of a Mason, that quote Josephus, Antiquities of the Jews, A.D. 93:
Adam and Eve had two sons. The elder of them was named Cain, which name, when it is interpreted, signifies a possession; the younger was Abel, which signifies sorrow. They had also daughters. Now the two brethren were pleased with different courses of life; for Abel, the younger, was a lover of righteousness, and believing that God was present at all his actions, he excelled in virtue, and his employment was that of a shephard. But Cain was not only very wicked in other respects, but was wholly intent upon getting, and he first contrived to plough the ground. He slew his brother on the occasion following: They had resolved to sacrifice to God. Now Cain brought the fruits of the earth, and of his husbandry; but Abel brought milk, and the first-fruits of his flocks; but God was more delighted with the latter oblation when he honoured with what grew naturally of its own accord, than he was with what was the invention of a covetous man, and gotten by forcing the ground; whence it was that Cain was very angry that Abel was preferred by God before him; and he slew his brother, and hid his dead body, thinking to escape discovery….

…God therefore did not inflict the punishment [of death] upon him (Cain), on account of his offering sacrifice, and thereby making supplication to Him not to be extreme in his wrath to him; but He made him accursed, and threatened his posterity in the seventh generation. He also cast him, together with his wife, out of that land. And when he was afraid that in wandering about he should fall among wild beasts, and by that means perish, God bid him not to entertain such a melancholy suspicion, and to go over all the earth without fear of what mischief he might suffer from wild beasts; and setting a mark upon him that he might be known, he commanded him to depart
And when Cain had travelled over many countries, he, with his wife, built a city, named Nod, which is a place so called, and there he settled his abode; where also he had children. However, he did not accept of his punishment in order to ammendment, but to increase his wickedness; for he only aimed to procure everything that was for his own bodily pleasure, though it obliged him to be injurious to his neighbours. He augmented his household substance with much wealth, by rapine and violence; he excited his acquaintance to procure pleasures and spoils of robbery, and became a great leader of men into wicked courses. He also introduced a change in that way of simplicity wherein men lived before; and was the author of measures and weights. And whereas they lived innocently and generously while they knew nothing of such arts, he changed the world into cunning craftiness. He first of all set boundaries about lands; he built a city, and fortified it with walls, and he compelled his family to come together to it; and called that city Enoch, after the name of his eldest son Enoch.
(Dee named his system of ceremonial magic after the apocryphal Book of Enoch.)
…Tubal, one of his children by the other wife, exceeded all men in strength, and was very expert and famous in martial performances. He procured what tended to the pleasures of the body by that method; and first of all invented the art of making brass.
In that last paragraph we again have the confirmation on the similarities between Tubal Cain and the craftsmanship and strength related to Thor or Vulcan.

Then we can take a look at the Genealogies of Adam and follow the line of Cain and see that Lamech was Cain’s fifth son. Lamech in turn had three sons: Jabal, Jubal, Tubalcain. So can we count Tubal-Cain as the eight generation, free of the threat that God made to Cain’s posterity in seventh generation?

From the wikipedia thread on Lamech descendant of Cain we can read:
Lamech first loses his sight from age, and had to be led by Tubal-Cain, the seventh generation from Cain. Tubal-Cain saw in the distance something that he first took for an animal, but it was actually Cain (still alive, due to the extensive life span of the antediluvians) whom Lamech had accidentally killed with an arrow. When they discovered who it was, Lamech, in sorrow, clapped his hands together, which (for an unclear reason) kills Tubal-Cain. In consequence, Lamech's wives desert him. A similar legend is preserved in the pseudepigraphic Second Book of Adam and Eve, Chapter XIII; in this version Tubal-Cain is not named, but is instead referred to as "the young shepherd." After Lamech claps his hands he strikes the young shepherd on the head. To ensure his death, he then smashed his head with a rock.

An alternate form of this negative attitude towards Lamech (such as Targum Pseudo-Jonathan) claims that even though Lamech did not kill anyone, his wives refused to associate with him and denied him sex, on the grounds that Cain's line was to be annihilated after seven generations. The poem is then given by Lamech to allay their fears. Other classical sources, such as Josephus, see the word seventy-seven as the number of sons which Lamech eventually had.
In another article called OOPARTS and Tubal Cain we can read:
There is a class of ancient artifacts such as iron nails found in solid rock, a delicate gold chain found in a lump of coal in the 1890s, or an ornate bell-shaped vessel inlaid with silver blasted from rock in a Massachusetts that are called Out Of Place Artifacts, known popularly as OOPARTs. They seem to suggest that someone had been manufacturing objects millions of years before the human race was capable of such fine and precise work or even before humans existed on this planet. These artifacts are, in essence, a form of proof that another intelligence had once walked the Earth, maybe before the dinosaurs disappeared and that those sophisticated beings probably originated in outer space given the fossil and geological records relied on by our modern day scientists. It is circumstantial evidence that, if accurate, provides us with the proof that some ancient sightings were of alien spacecraft.

One of the first of the Out of Place Artifacts (OOPARTs) I came across was a reference in several UFO books to some sort of "bell-shaped vessel" discovered during blasting in a quarry in Massachusetts in the mid-19th century. For some reason I have always envisioned this as a "gravy boat."

According to those UFO books, the original source was the Scientific American in 1851. The story was headlined "A relic of a by-gone age" although some suggested it was labeled as "A Curiosity."

The story, as reported in those other UFO books, was that the blasting in the quarry "threw an immense mass of rock… in all directions." Among the shattered debris, the workmen found a small metallic vessel in two pieces that when reassembled formed a "bell shape" about four and a quarter inches high and about six inches wide at the top. The whole thing was something like an eighth of an inch thick.

The report continued, saying that it was made of zinc with "a considerable portion of silver." The sides were inlaid with silver and the carving was "exquisitely done by the art of some cunning workman." The magazine concluded, again according to all those other UFO books, that the find was worthy of additional investigation because the vessel was extremely old, pre-dating the first inhabitants of the continent.


On closer examination of the Scientific American, it begins to look as if the mark at the end of the sentence that I thought originally was an artifact caused by the microfilm process, and right after the word Tuba, is an "L" that slipped out of alignment and into the margin. This means the name is a reference to Tubal Cain and Tubal Cain probably wasn’t an early reference to one of the first residents of Dorchester County, but was a descendent of Adam and Eve. Tubal Cain refers to blacksmiths from antiquity and the original Tubal Cain supposedly worked with bronze and iron in the far distant past and no where near the New World.

Here is something else from outside the UFO field (and that I wouldn’t have known if it hadn’t been for access to the Internet), Tubal Cain is a secret Masonic phrase, and something that certainly wasn’t well known in 1852. So now the question becomes is this tale of a metallic vessel found in solid rock true or does it have some significance to the Masons and the use of Tubal Cain is the clue. I confess that I don’t know. I am more than a little disturbed to learn of the history of Tubal Cain and the reference to it, or him, in this particular article. There is no reason for those other writers to have made anything out of the reference, unless they themselves were Masons and knew the code.
And from this site in an article about Tubal-Cain:
...according to the apocryphal book Enoch, the sons of God taught people the use of metals; which would seem to imply that Tubal-cain was a direct descendant of the Almighty, and that God's children had a thing for girls from the wrong side of the tracks.
Before we leave this topic you got to take a look at this: Tubal-Cain Industries.

So there you have it, no premature conclusion at this point. These are just a few of the interesting connections I've found so far. I hope to follow up on this soon as more connection will surely pop up along the way.

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