For use with Latin Characters & Ciphers
This tool was developed to facilitate the gematric study of words and phrases written with Latin characters. While there are endless systems for converting these characters into numeric values, the ones used here were chosen for their relevance to the Golden Dawn and its Rosicrucian roots.
Ciphers and codes came into fairly widespread use in the 16th and 17th Centuries, significant exponents being Trithemius, Agrippa, Dee, and Bacon.
"…Henry Cornelius Agrippa's Three Books of Occult Philosophy, '… may be considered as the text book of the old Rosicrucian philosophy.' It is in Agrippa's esoteric compendium, published in 1531, that we find the key. The second book of this tome is devoted to numbers and mathematical magic: the eighteenth chapter gives the gematria code of Greek, the nineteenth chapter gives that of Hebrew and the twentieth gives the code of Roman script languages, such as English." source: http://www.masoncode.com/Masonry and Cabala.htm.
The authorship of Shakespeare's works has been debated for many years. It is believed by many that Francis Bacon was their actual author. The champions of this belief rely heavily on evidence of encrypted messages they say is buried within the original editions of Shakespeare's works. One online exponent of this argument can be found at http://www.light-of-truth.com/. The "Simple", "Reverse", "Short", and "Kaye" ciphers are known as Baconian.