Be not afeard: the isle is full of noises,
Sounds, and sweet airs, that give delight, and hurt not.
Sometimes a thousand twangling instruments
Will hum about mine ears; and sometimes voices,
That, if I then had wak’d after long sleep,
Will make me sleep again: and then, in dreaming,
The clouds methought would open and show riches
Ready to drop upon me; that, when I wak’d,
I cried to dream again.
William Shakespeare – The Tempest
In a previous post Aflockalypse 2012 I wrote : “The opening ceremony at the London Olympics should be a ‘symbology’ feast for the eyes as it is choreographed by Danny Boyle, who I suspect is a Freemason . At a time of ‘austerity’ the total cost of the Olympics will be £10 bn . These sums of money are not spent unless it is important to someone .”
Danny Boyle has now given the game away to anyone who is interested, that he is probably a Freemason . The opening ceremony at the London Olympics titled “The Isles Of Wonder” will be based on “The Tempest” and the largest bell in Europe has been cast whose ring will open the ceremony . The lines “Be not afeard : the isle is full of noises” from the Tempest are to be engraved on the bell .
Freemasonry claims William Shakespeare as one of their own and the choice of using The Tempest is predictable for anyone who has researched the esoteric influences in the ceremonies for the Olympic Games . Without going off on a tangent, it has been claimed by some that Shakespeare was the founder of modern Freemasonry . Whatever the truth about this, Freemasonry positively drools over The Tempest and see it as one of the finest works in relation to Freemasonry .
From Shakespeare And Freemasonry by mason, William Norman M’Daniel, written in 1912 in relation to The Tempest :
Professor Henry Van Dyke has made the splendid generalization that the aim and purpose of the Shakespearean dramas also is to teach the Majesty of the Moral Law. It will be found, when the plays are studied from this viewpoint, that they form a comprehensive and consistent body of ethics or moral philosophy, the term being used in the Baconian sense as embracing politics, ethics, as commonly conceived, and logic; and that this system is entirely in harmony with the teachings of Freemasonry.
It may be more exact to say that Freemasonry is a training school to make the realization of this philosophy possible. Perhaps the simplest and yet most satisfactory definition of Freemasonry is Dr. Hemming’s, that “Freemasonry is a beautiful system of morals, veiled in allegory and illustrated by symbols.” Shakespeare may be also defined as a beautiful system of morals, veiled in allegory and illustrated by fictitious and historical personages.
Further, one play, The Tempest, which stands first in the collected plays, is an epitome, a miniature of the whole. The argument of our main proposition – the identity of Shakespeare and Freemasonry – may be based upon the proper interpretation of this play. One primary idea must be kept in mind: these plays are works of art; works of literary art, which, next to music, is the highest art; and again, in the form of the drama, which is the highest form of literary art. And as Alfred Noyes has so aptly expressed it, “The content and import of a work of art are not to be weighed in the same way as those of a philosophic system or a work of science.”
It is to be realized more as a personal experience, not so much comprehended by the mind as apprehended by the soul. Let it not be thought strange, therefore, if for many persons The Tempest has little significance. For that matter, to how comparatively few persons is Shakespeare anything more than a name. The reason is to be found in our one-sided, unnatural and, in many respects, false education. Others can place themselves where Shakespeare and Freemasonry meet, if they but free their minds from traditions and prejudices.
The Tempest is viewed as the most esoteric of Shakespeare’s plays . It has been claimed John Dee, the famous alchemist and creator of the Enochian alphabet was the inspiration for the character of Prospero but the esoteric nature of The Tempest is for another post .
From the Olympic flame, the Rainbow motif and ‘All Seeing Eye’ used for the Wenlock and Mandeville mascots and now the use of The Tempest in the opening ceremony, the London Olympics will be full of masonic symbology and the opening and closing ceremonies should include further occult symbology .
I studied The Tempest for my A Levels and it is a wonderful play, and I consider Danny Boyle to be a fine movie director . From interviews, I have seen with him, he appears to be a very positive man and I don’t think he has any negative intent . Half of me is pleased our existence is not a mundane journey from birth to death and is reflected in the esoteric teachings from such organisations as Freemasonry but where I part company is the hidden agenda of these global ceremonies . Secrecy only breeds suspicion .
At least, there doesn’t appear to be a mention of Jimmy Page . If you see Jimmy Page close your eyes, stick your fingers in your ears and shout ‘ You don’t exist’, until he disappears !
NB : I use the term “occult” meaning hidden rather than anything spooky .
Related reading : BBC News .