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My understanding is that the first paper with reference to my reseach is due out very shortly.

This paper deals with the Visconti-Sforza deck and analyses the images in an historicak and heraldic manner. I also dicuss the application of the geometric template which determines the inter relataionships of the cards to then tell the story of the Cathar theology.

Although I oroiginally started out on this path by a lecture on the symbology of tarot, the thrust of my research has been around only the one deck at a particular point in time. As I progressed I tried applying the template to other enigmas and have had very successful results that link a number of esoteric streams through history.

My library is always expanding and I just follow leads that have some tantalising snippetts of the puzzle. So far I have not found any one book with the answers. The answers are there, waiting for someone to come along seeking to ask the right questions.

One of the disciplines I have been exploring is alchemy. There is a plate (Emblem 21) from "Atlanta Fugiens" by M. Maeir that has been used in various publications. The standard explanation is that the "magician" is trying to square the circle. This explanation is accepted without question or any logical proof. By questioning this belief and looking at the original statement the real answer is there.

It is in actual fact a question and response scenario (Freemasonry initiation ceremony, role playing gamers (D&D)). The question in this case is:

1. Given a cube of a known surface area, draw me a sphere of equal surface area using geometric means (pencil, straight edge, compass).
2. Given a sphere of known surface area, draw me a cube of equal surface area using geometric means.

The answer is Emblem 21.

Where am I leading? The answer is obtained by the same geometric template that is used in the Visconti-Sforza deck and found in the the great Pyramid of Khufu (Cheops), as well as other enigmas.

The book that has given me the best modern insight into alchemy is "The Philosopher's Stone" by Peter Marshal.

I hope this has been of some help to you and may your journey be as rewarding as mine.
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