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Vermont plates The Vermont license plate is green and has "Vermont" written at the top. Newer versions of the Vermont license plate also include the saying, "Green Mountain State".
"A hunter ...shot me!" Surprisingly enough, hunters have been known to shoot other humans, most often accidentally. Vermont had recorded several such fatal tragedies in the past few years.
motel Dumpster A motel is, "A roadside hotel catering primarily for motorists, typically having rooms arranged in low blocks with parking directly outside." A Dumpster is, "A very large container for the collection and conveyance of rubbish, a skip."
(The Oxford English Dictionary. DRAFT REVISION Mar. 2007 OED Online. Oxford University Press.)
FBI investigators, FBI stands for the Federal Bureau of Investigation and is the, "principal investigative agency of the federal government of the United States." The FBI usually works to investigate cases that involve the violation of federal laws. The FBI was developed in 1908 under the direction of attorney general Bonaparte, though it was then called the Bureau of Investigation. It was not until 1935 that the FBI gained its present-day name. The FBI recently revised its policies as a result of the terrorist attacks upon the World Trade Centers on September 11, 2001 in an effort to contribute more resources to fighting terrorism. FBI headquarters are located in Washington D.C..
("Federal Bureau of Investigation." Encyclopedia Britannica. Encyclopedia Britannica Online. Encyclopedia Britannica, 2010. Web. 17 June 2010 <http://search.eb.com/eb/article-234429>.
Murdered Isabel Solomon? Andros hears on the radio this fateful and unexpected news.
Upper West Side apartment offered breathtaking views of Central Park The action moves to New York City.
long hours researching the Legend of the Masonic Pyramid
The Masonic Pyramid is real, Andros told himself. This is fiction in spite of the italics.
Greenwich Village buying drugs Greenwich Village has gained a reputation for being a nonconformist community. Since the early 1900s, Greenwich Village, more commonly known as just "The Village" has been renowned as a neighborhood of radical thinkers. "The center of New York's gay and student communities lies here, with a variety of funky shopping and nightlife including jazz, rock and dance clubs, restaurants, bars and cafes." Greenwich Village has often been compared to Paris in that life in the Village may involve the forbidden. Until the 1980s, Washington Square Park, located in the Village, was known for harboring a thriving drug scene.
local tattoo parlor Link to a review of local tattoo parlors in Greenwich Village.
New York Public Library...fifty-three books on tattooing. It is probably a local branch, for does the Main Library at 42nd Street permit borrowing?
De Praestigiis Daemonum, or "On the Illusions of the Demons and on Spells and Poisons", is a book that was written by Johannem Weier. De Praestgiis Daemonum is today recognized as one of the first works to question witch hunts and persecutions. Weier argued that witchcraft was probably the result of mental illness in many cases. In 1563, the book was originally published in Latin though Weier continued to revise the work over the course of six editions. Today first editions of De Praestigiis Daemonum are very valuable; one website offers a first edition of the book for $8,500.
Lemegeton The Lemegeton, sometimes known as the Lesser Key of Solomon, is a work composed of the five books of Goetia. These books include the Theurgia-Goetia, Ars Paulina, Ars Almadel and Ars Notoria.
Ars Almadel The Ars Almadel, or The Art of the Almadel, is included in the Lemegeton (the Lesser Key of Solomon). The Ars Almadel describes the process of creating the almadel, "a wax tablet with protective symbols drawn on it." The work also details the specific procedures that are linked to ceremonies involving the almadel. Along with descriptions of the rituals, the Ars Almadel also discusses angels that are said to provide all answers.
Grimorium Verum The Grimorium Verum is a grimoire, a handbook or textbook used for the instruction of black magic. The book was first translated from Hebrew and first published in 1517. The purpose of the work is to call upon devils and to describe the four elements (earth, fire, air, and water). The Grimorium Verum also draws upon the Lemegeton in order to describe the hierarchy of spirits. "The work is divided into three portions. The first describes the characters and seals of the demons, with the forms of their evocation and dismissal; the second gives a description of the supernatural secrets that can be learned by the power of the demons; and the third is the key of the work and its proper application."
Ars Notoria The Ars Notoria, or The Notary Art of Solomon, was originally written in Latin though it was then translated into English by Robert Turner and published by him in 1607. The book describes prayers and special invocations used when practicing the Liberal and Mechanical Arts. The work mainly serves to discuss the process of controlling a person's memory or mind.
the writings of Aleister Crowley–a visionary mystic from the early 1900s–whom the church had deemed "the most evil man who ever lived." Which church?
sacred words, if properly spoken, functioned like keys that opened gateways to other worlds.
Crowley wrote. "Make yourself sacred." It is possible that Aleister Crowley's idea of making oneself sacred is influenced by the work of Hermes Trismegistus. In his book The Mind to Hermes, Hermes Trismegistus writes, "...unless you make yourself equal to God, you cannot understand God: for the like is not intelligible to save the like. Make yourself grow to a greatness beyond measure, by a bound free yourself from the body; raise yourself above all time, become Eternity; then you will understand God. Believe that nothing is impossible for you. Mount higher than the highest height; descend lower than the lowest depth. Draw into yourself all sensations of everything created, fire and water, dry and moist, imagining that you are everywhere, on the earth, in the sea, in the sky, that you are not yet born, in the maternal womb, adolescent, old, dead, beyond death. If you embrace in your thought all things at once, times, places, substances, qualities, quantities, you may understand God."
ancient rite of "sacred making" . . .early Hebrews . . .at the Temple
Mayans who beheaded humans atop the pyramids of Chichen Itza
Jesus Christ, who offered his body on the cross
sacrifice . . Sacra–sacred. Face–make.
Blood is all that separates the light from the dark.
a crow flew through Andros' open bathroom window . . a sign
"Camiach, Eomiahe, Emial, Macbal, Emoii, Zazaen ...by the most holy names of the angels in the Book of Assamaian, I conjure thee to that thou assist me in this operation by teh power of teh One True God."
"Almighty Adonai, Arathron, Ashai, Elohim, Elohi, Elion, Asher Eheieh, Shaddai ...be my aid, so that this blood may have power and efficacy in all, wherein I shall wish, in all that I shall demand."
Emanual, Massiach, Yod, He, Vaud...please find me worthy.
My body is but a vessel for my most potent treasure...my mind.
Milton's Paradise Lost was published by John Milton in 1667. Milton’s most famous work, Paradise Lost is an epic poem that considers the idea of Jesus’ heroism. In the poem Jesus is known as the Son. Through ten books Milton describes Jesus’ pursuits before the expulsion of Adam and Eve from the Garden of Eden. The poem also delves into the conflict between Jesus and Satan and narrates some biblical events. Milton emphasizes the compassion and loving nature of Jesus throughout the poem. The idea of the Christian hero as self-sacrificing and patient was created by Milton’s depiction of Jesus in Paradise Lost. Milton intended to contrast the Classical heroism of ancient times with his portrayal of Christian heroism. Langdon is surprised that Milton, the author of Paradise Lost, also composed the poem in Galileo’s Diagramma.
("Milton, John." Encyclopædia Britannica. 2009. Encyclopædia Britannica Online. 10Oct.2009 <http://search.eb.com/eb/article-11764>.)
E-Text of Paradise Lost-Version: http://books.google.com/books?id=9LU6AAAAMAAJ&dq=paradise+lost&printsec=frontcover&source=bn&hl=en&ei=sVUcS_2oI4vilAeK64jvCQ&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&resnum=4&ved=0CB8Q6AEwAw#v=onepage&q=&f=false
Moloch walked the earth as a god . . .The angel's name, Andros later learned, when translated to the ancient tongue, became Mal'ach.
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