Bee In Eden Show 05 – Free Flowing Prosperity

Here is the script and visual aids that accompany episode #5 of a Bee In Eden on the Storytellers Campfire radio network. Our Show Slogan is: “Anticipating our future by remembering our past.” You can play the Youtube audio here while scrolling down the page to see the visuals.

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Episode #5 – recorded September 16, 2016

Free Flowing Prosperity

Segment 1 (2.5 minutes)

What is the “balance of nature”? We hear that phrase often. We do sense that there is harmony in our natural world. Certainly we see astonishing and uplifting examples of well-balanced design all around us. When good health and adequate resources are present, all living things go about their day successfully. An environment of peaceful equilibrium appears to be the state upon which Nature thrives.

However, in the world of Bankers and Bookkeepers, the word “equilibrium” has taken on a bit of a twist. In their worldview, equilibrium has come to mean a state where two opposing forces “zero themselves out” at the bottom line of a ledger book. Unfortunately, we seem to be living in world right now where a few hundred Banksters are doing all of the Taking while billions of other people are doing all of the Giving. Sadly, in their formula, that situation defines a type of “balance” and proper order in the world.

This is what today’s show will talk about, a fact about Nature that might change your perception of the phrase “the balance of nature.”


photo credit: Temecula Valley Winegrowers Association

During this quick break, please think about how you would answer this question: Does Nature “zero itself out” at the end of the day? Do living things proceed along some kind of path of Give-And-Take where the “giving” and the “taking” always come out even in the end?

I propose to you that there is something about our natural world that actually teaches us that 1+1 might actually equal 3 or 4 or even some infinite number. Crazy, right? We’ll be right back.


Segment 2 (11 minutes)

Earlier this year I wrote an article at the website to expose the reasons why the Bankster’s concept of the “balance of nature” is out of harmony with our natural world. In fact, it is Anti-Human. Their concept of “balance” was the result of taking some perfectly valid, natural mathematical principles and twisting them into a formula that might sound logical, but actually reflect a very false view of the way Nature works.

The article was entitled Free Flowing Prosperity and is linked here in the companion blog for today’s Bee In Eden radio show. I will use portions of that article as the basis of our conversation today.

There is something about the history of modern accounting principles that eludes most bankers and bookkeepers today. That is, the very system we call “double entry bookkeeping” became standardized in Europe during the Renaissance. Don’t worry if you’re not a math wizard; we won’t go too far in expounding on principles of accounting!

Basically, when you balance your checkbook, you are participating in this scheme of “zeroing out” your checkbook. Your goal is to get the balance in your checkbook to be equal to the balance in your bank statement. Or to put it another way, if you subtract your bank balance from your checkbook balance and have it come out exactly to Zero, then you have “balanced” the scales and can get on with the rest of your day.

The Italian bankers of the 16th century came up with these principles as a result of the re-discovery of a body of ancient hidden wisdom known as the Hermetica. However, there were several schools of thought that were being considered in the mystery schools and centers of higher education at that time. You may have heard of belief systems like the Kabbalah or Gnosticism. Elements of all these systems began influencing the men who held positions of power in western society, the movers and shakers of their time.

However, this discovery of ancient wisdom also revealed some uncomfortable facts. One is that scientific knowledge which goes uncontrolled can result in the destruction of one’s natural world or even the destruction of mankind itself. These bookkeeping principles actually worked to those Bankers’ benefit by aiding them in setting up a social system of debt and finance that would keep humanity somewhat “contained” in a type of safety net. Yes, they viewed this system of debt we live under as a way of keeping us from hurting ourselves!

This is why researchers like Dr. Joseph P. Farrell constantly mention this idea: there is a deep connection between Physics and Finance. Or in our discussion today, I would modify that to say, Energy and Money.

To get straight to the point, I want to explain how, in our natural world, living things literally “plug themselves” into unlimited sources of energy. When they do this, the unlimited energy results in unending abundance. Hence the title of this show: Free Flowing Prosperity.

At this point, I will read some portions of my blog that demonstrate how this process happens in, of all places, a vineyard.

(Follow along at this other article. Look for this image shown below.)


Layering a Mother grapevine to create a new Child grapevine. You literally “plug” the mother grapevine shoot into the earth.

We’ll take our second break here. While we’re away, let that lesson from the vineyard sink in. What we’re saying is that there is no such thing in Nature as “loss” resulting from “withdrawals” of resources. When the Child grapevine tapped into the resources of its Mother grapevine, nobody experienced any loss. In fact BOTH vines became even MORE prosperous. In a very real sense, One Plus One equaled Three, Four or More!


Segment 3 (10 minutes)

To recap, I am saying that, in our beautiful earthly inheritance, there are endless fields of Free Energy. When living things are allowed to plug themselves into those resources, those living things become more prosperous and do not suffer any “sacrifice” or debt or loss of assets in themselves.

The vineyard thus defies the harmful logic of our western Banking system. You see, my friends, we have been taught to believe that if you “take” from one resource, you leave a hole in that resource and you are now “in debt” to that hole and must refill it. So when Bankers lend you money, they tell you that the natural order of your world demands that you “balance those scales” by paying them back. In fact, usually they ask you to overpay them by adding interest to that repayment!

However, in our natural world, that’s not how Life works. There is no such thing as “debt” or “withdrawals” demanding repayment. Our modern system of banking and money-lending is thus proven to be anti-natural and should be abolished. The very concept of “debt” does not even belong in our vocabulary because it does not belong in the vocabulary of any other living thing.


Another diagram that shows the layered vine “plugging” into earth’s energy.

In fact, some forward-thinking people are indeed pondering such ideas. In my article, I mentioned two ideas being proposed. I will quote from my friend Colin McKay who has set out his ideas at website He feels that every person should be allowed to create a type of money, just as our grapevines in the vineyard each produce grapes while yet being connected to each other.

(return to my article.)

Indeed, let’s think about how the original families worked with each other BEFORE any temples and letters of credit had been invented by those pesky agents of the temple. Colin McKay suggests that people bartered their time and skills with one another and simply kept track of doing favors with one another. You see, a society *could* come up with an exchange system like this, where no long-lasting debt is incurred, or people just voluntarily actually HELP one another. Everybody has equal access to earth’s energy resources so there is no burden. Note how, in his system, the social debt is reset weekly, not unlike the 7-year automatic Jubilee of ancient Israel. But this time, the reset happens every 7 DAYS.

It is an intriguing idea. In that article I also refer to a video by Cindy Kay Currier who proposes something called the Heirship Economy. Again, this is a natural monetary system that reflects the natural world of Abundance that exists all around us.

To summarize what this episode of a Bee In Eden wants you to take away is this: if people enjoyed unhindered access to systems of free energy, we would never suffer any scarcity. Human beings could go about their day with what they need to live just as do all other living things on Earth. In fact, if we had access to whatever energy we needed, then there would be no need to have a debt-backed monetary system at all. There would be no need to have Banks at all, not in the sense we have them today.

However, we would still be left with the somewhat valid fear that those students of the ancient mystery schools entertained, which is: Can humans enjoy such unlimited access to endless energy without blowing themselves up?

That is a question that cannot be ignored and perhaps we will pursue that on a future show. One thing for sure that we will discuss on a future show is exactly what false religious idea did those ancient mystery schools promote that got people convinced that they owed debts to those elite temple priesthoods in the first place?

For now, the slant of the sunshine indicates that it’s time for the bees to return to the hive. Take care and proper until next we get to buzz along together.

My contact information with link to my blogs at by pseudonym “Bankster Slayer” along with my Karatbars portal are found at the billboard page of

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Bee In Eden Show 04 – Murasu the Kingmaker

Here is the script and visual aids that accompany episode #4 of a Bee In Eden on the Storytellers Campfire radio network. Our Show Slogan is: “Anticipating our future by remembering our past.”

Episode #4 – re-recorded September 29, 2016

Murasu the Kingmaker (Part 2)

Segment 1 (2 minutes)
Hello and welcome to the Bee in Eden Radio Show with SedonaDeb. This show is being broadcast as part of the Storytellers Campfire network. You can find their homepage along with archives of all of their shows at the web site You can also find a link to my homepage blog from their web site.

This show has its own companion blog full of pictures and links to extra research. You can follow a script of this show with the supplemental material by googling the words “Sedona Deb Blog”. Or go directly to my web address of

In our last show, we buzzed through Part One of a historical fiction I wrote a year ago. So today we will pick up Part Two. We are talking about the Murasu family of bankers who lived about 500 years before Christ. They rose to great power during the Persian Empire. The reason why we know about them is because they were kind enough to leave behind massive piles of bookkeeping records. These records were found about 100 years ago. Some very scholarly books on those findings have been published but are hard to find. I have a link to one such book at my SedonaDeb blog page. It is found within Episode #3 of this show, a Bee In Eden.

In part two of our story, Grandfather Herschel is preparing to hand over the family business to his grandson, Asher. Today Asher gets to take a tour of the Babylonian temple of Inanna where the vast treasury of silver coins is being stored in carefully guarded vaults. It is a bustling beehive of commercial activity. Asher is keen to learn the secrets of this temple and the magic behind the issuance of credit lines and the financing of empires.

Let’s take a quick break here and then we will dive into our story.

Segment 2 (10 minutes)

Welcome back. To help us focus on the distant history of the Murasu Family, let’s remember the overall slogan of this Bee In Eden radio show: anticipating our future by remembering our past. As you listen to today’s episode and to our future programs, you will begin to see that events are taking place in our lives right now that were set in motion way back in the land of Babylon, within her bankster temples.

In today’s story, Grandfather Herschel explains a new scheme that literally did come into existence in his day. This was the invention of state-issued silver money. Coins that were stamped with the approval of both the King and the Temple. If you look at coins in your wallet today, you will see that not much has changed. The money-lenders of the ancient world were keen to launch this new system. It opened doors to even greater power over their clients … along with the creation of vast amounts of loans and all the wealth that those loans would generate.

I will read now directly from the story that I wrote a year ago. This is linked from the SedonaDeb blog for today’s show. First, the narrator sets up the story …. (Dear Reader: at this point you can read along by clicking over to this other blog within this website.)

Water Into Wine – Part IV – Murasu Family

My friends in the audience, we will take a quick intermission here and then return to the story. Grandfather Herschel will take his grandson to the most powerful room of all — the closed doors where deals are made, where men are chosen to become the next emperor.

Segment 3 (12 minutes)

And we’re back. We will rejoin Grandfather Herschel and grandson Asher in just a minute. In our story, recall that Grandfather is teaching his grandson about the power of money-lending. In the story, I briefly made mention of the common Trinity metaphor that was taught in the Babylonian temple. In fact, this is a metaphor that was taught in ALL of the temples who passed Letters of Credit amongst themselves. The Trinity Metaphor will be explored in greater detail on future Bee In Eden radio shows.


Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel, 1831

But for now, let’s just say that this is related to something taught in social studies today: the Hegelian Dialectic. This is an idea that can be expressed different ways. You might have heard it expressed as this phrase:

Problem –> Reaction –> Solution.
A more common way of expressing that idea is:
“Never let a good crisis go to waste.”

You see, in the days of the Murasu family, the Persian landlords had a crisis on their hands. A young man had seized the throne of his father down in Shushan, a man they wanted to get rid of. Their preferred choice for new king was the illegitimate son of the old king who had recently died. They wanted Ochus to be the king. But the only way to get it done was by raising an army and overthrowing the usurper, Darius I.

Well, “Never let a good crisis go to waste.”


Drachma coin depicting Darius II (Ochus)

The Murasu bankers saw their chance of a lifetime. The bankers got the noble landlords to mortgage their estates to the Murasu family. The Murasu bankers then financed the military plans of this man named Ochus. He was successful in taking over the thrown of Persia. The landlords were happy, at first. But then they realized that they had given away their land by mortgages to the bankers!

In our story, Grandfather Herschel is hinting to his grandson that he needs to stay one step ahead of his enemies. He needs to start planning to support the next empire and the next king, a king who will protect the bankers from their unhappy mortgaged clients. That king would prove to be the mighty Alexander the Great.


Alexander the Great (by Lysippos)

But now we return to our story as grandfather and grandson finish their morning tour of the Treasury.

(Dear Reader: you can re-join the story here.)

Dear friends, that is the end of the story as I wrote it one year ago. But there is much more to tell. On our next show together, we will talk about how credit and silver money were used to power the next great empire, Greece. Notice that I let something dangle in our story today, a point about how the mystical arts of the temple would become part of young Asher’s financial education. That is something we will discuss further down the road from our beehive.

Many thanks to our sponsors and to our listening audience for buzzing along today. Let’s charge up now at our beehives and prepare for our next venture out. Signing off ….


The video below is a 3-hour seminar of six lectures about the period of history when the Jews were captive in Babylon. The information that proves that the Murasu Family came from Judah is within the first hour of this video.

My contact information with link to my blogs at by pseudonym “Bankster Slayer” along with my Karatbars portal are found at the billboard page of

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Bee In Eden Show 03: Murasu Family

Here is the script and visual aids that accompany episode #3 of a Bee In Eden on the Storytellers Campfire radio network. Our Show Slogan is: “Anticipating our future by remembering our past.”

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Episode #3 – recorded August 31, 2016

The Murasu Family Part 1

Segment 1 (4 minutes)

Hello and welcome to the Bee in Eden Radio Show. This show is being broadcast as part of the Storytellers Campfire network. You can find their homepage along with archives of all of their shows at the web site You can also find a link to my homepage blog from their web site. Just look for the show banner with the picture of the Queen Bee, and that’s me!

I am your host, the Queen Bee herself, SedonaDeb, coming to you from my humble beehive in the middle of Arizona. You can find my beehive on the internet by google searching the words “Sedona Deb Blog”. Or go directly to my web address of

I do post a blog for each of the episodes of this show. So you can always return later to the beehive and re-read the script, view the pictures, and hear the show again. Oh and do leave comments! If you have research material that can add to our topic, feel free to share at my blog page.

We spend time on this show connecting the dots between ancient history and today’s current events. I hope you will find my blog to be a valuable research tool.

When we last were buzzing along together, I promised to talk about a story I wrote almost exactly one year ago about a real family who lived during the Persian Empire about 500 years before Christ. So that is the topic of our show today, the Murasu Family who lived along the River Chebar in the city of Nippur, Babylonia during the days of King Nebuchadnezzar.


Ruins from a temple of Naffur (Nippur). Photo: Wikimedia Commons. See Wikipedia on Nippur here.

The story is a product of my own imagination but its premise is drawn from real history and real archaeological discoveries that were made 100 years ago. You might be wondering, What on earth does a family who lived 2500 years ago have to do with my life?

Well, if you are one of the billions of people whose daily routine has to touch money or credit at any point, it has everything to do with your life. Today there are world-shaking events going on right under our noses that are connected to those ancient business dealings as well. It is my feeling that this family and their business transactions mark the point in history when Banking & Finance left the ancient world and entered our modern world. I’ll explain why I say all of that as we get into our show.

Just google search the words “Silk Road” and you will see what I mean. The countries of central Asia, led by China and Russia, are right now embarking on a long term project, often referred to as the One Belt, One Road project, to resurrect the ancient overland trade routes that once connected China to all the major centers of commerce in the Mediterranean region.


Marco Polo c. 1300 A.D. See Wikipedia here.

Something that many people overlook is that the Silk Road of Marco Polo’s time grew out of a trade route that got established around the same time that this Murasu family lived. That road was called the Persian Royal Road. That road became an important vehicle for business at the time that the Persian empire conquered the Assyrian and Babylonian empires.

We’re going to take our first break here. Hold that picture in your mind. Imagine those old Agents of the Temple, those Traveling Merchants who lurk in the shadows of kings. As one old empire was making way for a new empire, those Money Magicians were busy launching new schemes to get rich and expand their power across the world. They did it back in Nebuchadnezzar’s day and they are still doing it now.


Map of Marco Polo’s travels, a Traveling Merchant. Picture credit here.

We’ll be back in just a couple of minutes.
Segment Two (8 min)

If you’ve ever seen movies about the explorer Marco Polo, you were watching a story about events that happened along the ancient Silk Road trade routes. If you remember, our Bee in Eden show #1 did mention the ancient caravan merchants and the important role they played as Agents of the Babylonian temples who were sent out to distant seaports, empowered by a giant temple-backed credit card, to obtain the vital supplies of gold and silver that they needed back home.

And that is a key point. These powerful Money Magicians had figured out sneaky ways of using math to promote the idea of credit as a substitute for real money. With time, these men used their financial power to build an illusion of wealth in a major city, even though that wealth was really sitting on a shaky foundation of debt. Eventually the debt marker came due. The neighboring creditors got tired of waiting for payment and would just walk in and conquer the city.


Babylonian King Nebuchadnezzar. Picture credit here.

That same thing pretty much happened to the ancient Assyrian empire. They had the reputation of being a massively well-equipped military force. But hey, those war chariots and weapons don’t come cheap. Eventually the neighboring people led by Nebuchadnezzar muscled their way into the Assyrian’s business. The smaller nations who were paying protection money to Assyria then came under the influence of the new gang in town, the Babylonians.

One of those “smaller nations” was the Kingdom of Judah. The Bible has much to say about how the good times of King Solomon’s day had deteriorated badly as the people allowed themselves to fall under the spell of of their neighbors’ temples and religious practices. In fact, the more these Judeans abandoned their debt-free covenant with God, the worse the economic conditions in their land became.

And I do refer to the old Jewish covenant as a “debt-free” system of religion.I know there are some in the audience who are already thinking, “Wait, I thought this was a show about money and debt … why are we suddenly talking about religion?”

The answer to that is because, in ancient times, the people’s access to credit and money-lending was THROUGH THE TEMPLES. We laid this out in our first two episodes which I wholeheartedly encourage you to go back and review at the Sedona Deb Blog. (Show 01 linked here).

This is a key point for which I have had much difficulty in finding definitive history books that will come out and definitely make this statement. If you have seen a credible book that does make the statement, please leave a comment for me at this show’s blog page. But from what I can piece together, this is why the common people of Israel, and people of all nations, fell so easily into the sin of idol worship:

Making offerings to idols at particular temples was part of the daily routine of money-lending and credit issuance in ancient times. That is to say, if you needed a credit card, the only place to get it was through the Temples. If you sold your soul, so to speak, to this or that particular idol, then the Temple to whom that idol belonged would reciprocate by giving you the crop seed or whatever you needed to exist.

What I’m saying is that there were a variety of gods and systems of idol worship. People chose some idol with which to ally themselves in much the same way that people choose a bank or a credit card application today.

It is unfortunate that the people of Israel allowed themselves to fall into dependence on those foreign creditors, whoops, I mean idols. They failed to appreciate something very precious about the covenant that Moses had mediated between them and God. The subject of debt slavery is given attention in the strongest possible terms in that covenant. There was a unique provision called the Jubilee (or, Shmita. See Wikipedia here.) It wasn’t just a provision; it was a LAW. This law allowed for a constant cycle of debt forgiveness every 7 years. The people enjoyed complete restoration of their mortgaged land every 50 years.

If Israel had just kept observing the Jubilee law, they would have seen the benefit of living in a nation that never ever would fall under the spell of foreign debt slavery. In fact, they would never suffer long-term internal debt. That freedom would keep them from ever having to get tangled up in the debt schemes of foreign temples.


Temple of Solomon (Picture credit here.

But alas! the people allowed their beautiful Temple of Jerusalem to become just another site of idol worship of foreign gods. The foreign kings imposed heavy taxes. Within their nation, widows and orphans were being defrauded left and right. Lawlessness reigned supreme.

Eventually King Nebuchadnezzar invaded the land of Judah and did a very clever thing. He carried away the king of Judah and the other royal family members whose job was to manage the government of Judea. This left the nation of Judea in a power vacuum that only this king of Babylon could fulfill.

That is where my fictional story about the Murasu family business opens up. We’re going to take a quick break here before we dive into the narrative. But to set the scene, imagine a warm summer desert night. It is near the end of August, just as it is for us today. You are sitting on the rooftop patio of your home in this bustling city of Nippur. The evening stars are just beginning to twinkle as the sun has finished setting. The river toads are croaking in the Chebar Canal. Palm trees are swaying the breeze. You are enjoying a glass of Shirazi wine with some choice dates and cheeses along with our two characters, Grandfather Herschel Murasu and his young adult grandson, Asher, who is eager to learn the family business.

And we’ll be right back.
Segment 3 (12 minutes)

Welcome back. Feel free to sit and imagine your scene on this rooftop patio as a I paraphrase my story. The full story will be linked at today’s show page for the Bee in Edent radio show at my homepage of Sedona Deb Blog. I’d like to give credit to the professor of Oriental Studies upon whose research I created my fictional tale. He is Professor Matthew W. Stolper. His book is :
ENTREPRENEURS AND EMPIRE – The Murasu Archive, the Murasu Firm, and Persian Rule in Babylonia. (PDF linked here.)


Our story begins.
(You can read Part One of this story here within this blog.)

We will pick up Part Two of our Murasu story on the next show.

Many thanks to the audience and the sponsors! Buzzing back to the hive now until our next venture.


The video below is a 3-hour seminar of six lectures about the period of history when the Jews were captive in Babylon. The information that proves that the Murasu Family came from Judah is within the first hour of this video. That detail is omitted in the above book written by Professor Stolper.

My contact information with link to my blogs at by pseudonym “Bankster Slayer” along with my Karatbars portal are found at the billboard page of

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Bee In Eden Show 02: The Silver Pharaoh

Here is the script and visual aids that accompany episode #2 of a Bee in Eden on the Storytellers Campfire radio network. Our Show Slogan is: “Anticipating our future by remembering our past.”

Or click here to play the show’s MP3 audio file. You can right-click to download. The bee-buzz sound byte file that you hear in between breaks can be downloaded from

Episode #2 – recorded August 30, 2016

The Silver Pharaoh

Segment 1 (4 minutes)

Hello and welcome to the Bee in Eden radio show. I am your host, Da Queen Bee herself, SedonaDeb. And as you might as guessed, I am speaking from a location near Sedona, Arizona, which lately has been a land of drenching monsoons and dazzling displays of thunder and lightning. For myself, we Bees are keenly aware of the changing of the seasons. Our summer monsoon season will be wrapping up as August draws to a close. The pretty, buzzing nature sounds you heard to announce the show is a sound file entitled “Bee in Eden” that is available for download at (linked here.)

The sacred seventh month of the year, September, is bearing down on us. Yes, you heard that right, I did refer to September as the SEVENTH month, not the ninth. And I will explain why I say that and how this relates to the focus and goals of this new show, A Bee in Eden.


Calendar month of September 2016 (Credit:

Here’s a bit of trivia you can use to start a conversation. Let’s think about the very word SEPTEM-BER. Why is September called September? Curiously, it means “seventh month”. Why does our silly English language choose to name this month with a word that means “seventh” but is actually placed in the “ninth” slot on our calendar? hmmm

And they didn’t just do that to September. They did it to October, November and December. Note those prefixes: OCT, NOV, and DEC. What numbers do those prefixes stand for? Why, they stand for EIGHT, NINE, AND TEN.

Why do we do such a crazy thing to our calendar?

You see, in the ancient world, societies were primarily based around their agriculture, their farming cycles. Therefore, Springtime was really seen as the start of the new year. That was when you could plant seed or when the grapevines began to bud. So if you start your calendar with the month of March, then September becomes the proper, seventh month of the year.

Why do we bring up this curiosity of how the months of our year are out of whack with the way they are named? Does it really matter? We mention it because on this show we will be talking about the history of money and money-lending. There are certain traditions and protocols that are being used today that got their start way back in history, back when the entire economy of a nation revolved around the all important seasons of planting and harvesting. And those traditions are still sort of “encoded” by the way our months are named.


Psusennes I, the Silver Pharaoh (Credit: Wikimedia Commons)

When we come back from our first break, we’re going to talk about Egypt, her temples, and the relationship these held with a king known today as the Silver Pharaoh. Those temples became very powerful because that’s where the people brought their harvests. It’s where the whole treasury of the city was stored. But when a handful of unscrupulous priests began twisting the natural laws of mathematics, things began to go horribly wrong and we still suffer today because of it.

We’ll be back in just a couple of minutes.

Segment 2 (9 minutes)

On our previous show, I made a statement that I promised to explain further. I had said that during all human history, the gold and silver mines were controlled by tight networks of family businesses. So these elite families had a lot of power over other nation’s monetary systems because they provided the gold & silver bullion that everybody wanted to use as a swap system at the farmer’s market.

In our last show we explained how agents of the temple would be sent out with letters of credit in their hand, sent to distant lands to do business with agents of those temples. Those Letters of Credit worked sort of like a giant credit card and would be accepted by the agents of the foreign temple as a guarantee of future payment for the gold & silver bullion, or anything else, that the foreign temple would now export back to the home territory.

Therefore, this flow of trade and credit and money-creation was really in the hands of the temples, their agents, and these family networks who directed the flow of wealth everywhere.

The Kings were really just their puppets. As further proof of that point, I’d like to share something I learned from a PBS documentary about a king of Egypt who is known as the Silver Pharaoh.

We have a link to this documentary and some other visuals at our show page. By the way, you can review the script of our shows and even post comments to me thru the links on the show page that lead you to my SedonaDeb blog. Or just google search SedonaDeb blog.

The real name of this Silver Pharaoh was Psusennes the First. He lived about 1000 years before Christ. He was called the Silver Pharaoh because he’s the only pharaoh we know of who was buried in an all-silver coffin instead of a gold one.

Here is a portion of the transcript of this PBS documentary (linked here).

The trouble began here in Thebes. The only figure powerful enough to challenge a pharaoh was Egypt’s high priest who was in charge of the vast temple of Karnak.

In some ways, the term High Priest is a bit misleading because he was more than just a religious official. He ran a big business which is what this temple was, he was an important political leader, and he could even command military might.

Kings, to win their favour, would give them rights to fishing and fowling and hunting, or rights to mines, or even trade along the Nile. And so the priest would gain increasing amounts of wealth.

They were just getting wealthier and wealthier as time went on, until they eventually decided why don’t we become king?

Shortly before Psusennes’ reign began, the high priests made their play for power. As the priests asserted their authority, Egypt was riven in two and five centuries of chaos would follow. The high priest seized the south and the pharaoh was exiled to the frontier region, the northern Delta.

Did you notice that the kings eventually began giving away all this wealth and rights to do trade and exploit the mines to the temple priesthood? The Temples were really in charge of the economic direction of the whole nation. They were the original bankers and money-lenders.

I’d like to remind the audience again of why we are talking about this ancient history.

The slogan of this show is:
“Anticipating our future by remembering our past.”

There are billions of people today who long to be free of the perpetual debt slavery they are trapped in. At the very least, even people in the wealthy USA recognize that their nation is buried under $20 Trillion in debt. People want to know why this keeps happening.

And the only way to answer that is by examining where did it all get started.


Modern gold mining in Ghana. (Credit:

At this time, I’d like to mention a few points from the book “Babylon’s Banksters” by Joseph P. Farrell. On p.168, he describes the cruel, miserable working conditions of slaves who were consigned to the mines. Gold extraction required vast amounts of slave labor and the slaves didn’t live very long. So it’s no wonder that armies were constantly going to war to capture more slaves. (Google Books link is here.)


Dr Farrell mentioned something about the INTERNATIONAL cartel that managed the gold mines. Apparently, the mercenary guards who were employed to keep order at the mines were all brought in from distant lands — deliberately!

They are guarded by mercenary soldiers of various barbarous nations, whose language is foreign to them and to each other, so that there are no means either of forming conspiracies or of corrupting those who are set to watch them.

I have to give credit to the clever mining families. They hired guards and overseers for the mines who were incapable of understanding the tongues of each other. Nor could they understand the language of the slaves. That statement implies that these elite families were colluding with each other to keep their mines free from assault. They surely were able to communicate with each other in order to get the right staff and swap them as needed among the mines located in distant territories.

We’re going to take a break here. When we come back, I’d like to show you the scheme these people came up with that turned them into Money Magicians. It has something to do with what we today would call Fractional Reserve Lending. But the practice was so deceitful that some ancient kings tried to make it a capital offense if you used it in business!

We’ll be back in a couple of minutes.

Segment 3 (9 min)

Welcome back to the show. So what have we learned so far? We have seen that there was an international scope to the operations of the gold mines because those owners deliberately placed guards who spoke foreign languages as overseers of the mines.

We saw that Temple Priesthoods had control over the royal treasuries and would even be given rights to the product of the gold mines. So already we can see the potential for the temple priesthoods to maintain a close association with the metal mines.

But these priesthoods, these Money Magicians, used their knowledge of math to come up with ways to create wealth out of thin air that went beyond the physical pile of gold and silver pieces in their vaults.

Dr. Farrell outlines the 4 stages of their scheme on p.202 of Babylon’s Banksters.

1. Penetrate and Ally with the Temple
2. Issue False Receipts
3. Substitute the gold & silver with Letters of Credit backed by False Receipts
4. Create a Facsimile of Money

Stage 1 is something we discussed here and on our last show. The Temple was the place where people brought their harvest. So you have this pile of real, actual physical goods building in the temple storehouse. Somebody has to keep the books, manage the farmer’s market, and provide the gold and silver bullion that people wanted to use as the basis of their monetary exchange system.


Doing Business at the Ziggurat Temple of Ur. (Credit: Bos, Carole – Ur – Artist Rendering –

Stage 2 is related to Fractional Reserve Lending. The people would exchange their harvests at the marketplace for equivalent pieces of gold and silver. That’s proper: you simply sell your crop and receive a piece of metal for it with a value set on that piece of metal that was agreed upon by all parties concerned. Nothing wrong with that.

But maybe you don’t need to use those gold and silver to buy anything just yet. Maybe you only need a safe place to store your metal. So, you offer it to the temple as a deposit. The agents of the temple would give the depositor a receipt on a clay tablet.

The depositors soon figured out that it became easier for them to buy other goods in the marketplace simply by exchanging their clay tablet receipts with one another rather than run back to the temple to withdraw their gold every time they needed to buy something at the marketplace.

This is exactly what the scribes at the temple wanted the depositors to do. “Just leave your precious metals with us; we’ll keep it safe and we’ll keep issuing receipts.”

But then they did something dishonest, and this is still done today. It’s even legal! Since the depositors would take a long time before they came back to withdraw their gold, the scribes figured out that they could just keep issuing more receipts against the same deposit.

Today this is called Fractional Reserve Lending. When you deposit, say, $1000 into a long term savings account, the Bank gives you a receipt and the banker tells you the money is safe and you can come collect it anytime. But he knows you won’t be back, say, for a year. Meanwhile, the Banker lends out, say, $900 of your money to some other person and tells that person to pay it back in, say, 6 months — well before YOU return to collect your deposit.

That other person takes the $900 and goes to buy a car, with it. The car dealer now has $900 in his pocket but you still have your receipt for your $1000 Savings Account in your pocket.

The car dealer takes his $900 to his bank and deposits it. And then the second Banker does the same thing that the first Banker did. He lends out, say $800 of the car dealer’s money, to some other guy and the whole process begins all over again. Meanwhile, you and that car dealer are holding two receipts that are tied to that one first deposit of $1000.

On the surface, this seems a little shady buy maybe nobody really gets hurt as long as the guy who bought the car really does pay back his loan. Right?

But do you see what just happened? The first Banker created extra money out of thin air. The only real money in the transaction is your $1000. The car dealer now has his own magical receipt for $900. But it’s backed by YOUR savings account which is not owned by him. So really, his $900 is backed by nothing. It’s a fraud.

And then it gets worse because the second Banker repeats the whole process with some other customer.


Creating Money Out of Nothing. (Credit: CaptureTheMind Blog)

Essentially this is just a big Ponzi scheme. And the scheme works for a while until suddenly the true laws of math take over like a game of musical chairs. The guy at the top of the pyramid finally comes back to the bank to collect his savings account and the whole network of fraud beneath him collapses.

And these agents of the temple weren’t just doing this at their local community level. See, they were keeping track of all this Magical Money that they put into circulation. On their books, it looked like there was a lot of money available in their reserves. So when they would send their traveling merchants out to distant lands empowered with these Letters of Credit in their hand, that Letter reflected these great reserves of phoney money in circulation at the home temple. The temple agents at the foreign temple could then take those Letters and use them as a basis to start their own Ponzi scheme in their own land. And so it goes, over and over.

Eventually the Music stops and everybody scrambles for a Chair. In the city of Ur, that is exactly what happened. Drowning in debt and no longer able to pay for defense of the city, the mighty city of Ur succumbed to the onslaught of the invading Elamites. It has been theorized that the neighboring tribes simply showed up in Ur one day to collect on a big national debt.

Don’t be too surprised if the same thing happens soon to the mighty Empires of our day who have been accustomed to getting what they want by issuing lots of debt built on phoney money.

Sadly, the only people who suffer in these upheavals are the common folk and the kings. The Temple Priesthood and their Traveling Merchants skulk away into the shadows, ready to start the process all over again with the new incoming Empire.

Well, my fellow bees, the clock tells us it’s time to return to the beehive. When we venture out next time we will pick up with the story of Magic Money and talk about a real family of Money Lenders who were brought to ancient Babylon as captives. But they knew how to work the system so well that eventually they were able to decide which kings got removed and which kings got to have a throne in the Persian Empire. This was the Murasu family about whom I once wrote a historical fiction. You can preview this on the SedonaDeb Blog page as homework for our next visit, if you like.

Thank you, dear audience, for taking the time to learn this important information. And many thanks to our sponsors for making the show possible. This is SedonaDeb, buzzing off until our next chat.

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Bee In Eden Show 01: Who Creates Money?

Launching August 30, 2016 is a recurring radio show to expand on topics covered in this blog. Our show slogan is: “Anticipating our future by remembering our past.” Many thanks to Storytellers Campfire Radio at for hosting the Bee in Eden radio show.

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Or you can play or download the MP3 audio file here. Below is the planned transcript of Episode 01 along with the referenced links and pictures to be aired during the final week of August 2016. Today’s topic is:

Who Creates Money?

Segment One (4 minutes)

Hello and welcome to the maiden flight of a Bee in Eden. My name literally is the Bee, or, rather, the popular girl’s name that derives from that busy buzzer, Debbie. As you might have guessed from my show name of SedonaDeb, I am speaking to you from a beautiful typical Southwestern mesa spot just outside of Sedona, that popular red rock destination smack in the middle of Arizona, USA.

This is our first show together so let’s get to know each other.

Here is what drives me to do the research that produces this show. A great truth hit me a couple of years ago. That great truth was:

If humans are so smart, why are we the only species on earth that needs money to live?

Obviously, that’s a rhetorical question. And it implies that humans are NOT so smart. The fact that we have allowed this system of debt and credit to hum in the background of our lives was enough proof to me that humans are not some kind of evolved species. This crazy system of debt slavery indicated to me that humans are running down a path of DEvolution, not Evolution.

For context, that thought struck me as I began writing blogs about research I had been doing on the subject of the history of banking and finance. You see, my family suffered miserably during the last collapse we endured in the USA only 8 years ago. In the year 2009, my parents lost their homes to foreclosure and I saw my own real estate investment dwindle in value from its initial purchase price of $120,000 down to about $40,000. My parents were wiped out and I’m sure it was no coincidence that both of them fell under the scourge of cancer at about the same time. The stress in their lives surely invaded their health. As it happened, both of them did eventually fall into the Big Sleep, as I like to call it.


That time in my life was the worst nightmare that I have ever lived through. But there was one good thing that came out of it: the tragedy forced me to stop in my tracks and ask, How did this all happen? What is it that causes banks to keep falling through this cycle of repeated Booms and Busts?

You see, in my early adult years, I had worked for Bank of America for 10 years. I even worked there during the great Savings & Loan debacle of the 1980’s. So I had seen this happen in the banking system before. But even while working for BofA, I never stopped to ask myself “Who creates money?”

And I would like YOU to ask yourself that question. If your child came up and asked you that question, how would you answer? Some might say, “The government creates money.” Ahh, but if that were true, then why does the government BORROW money? Somebody ELSE must be creating the money. Think about that question as we pause for our first commercial break.

Segment Two (11 minutes)

As I mentioned before the break, I finally began asking myself that question, Who creates money? after the last economic collapse we all endured in the year 2008.

I began to research one book after another. I finally settled on some new books coming out by a professor who currently lives in South Dakota, Joseph P. Farrell. One of his books, entitled Babylon’s Banksters, finally began dissolving the scales from my eyes.

But  never in my life did I imagine that things like bookkeeping and banking actually originated in the ancient religious temples way back at the dawn of history. Arrggh, and here I had worked for 10 years in a major bank!

And that is a key point. It is a point that even the folks in our audience who consider themselves secular or atheist cannot avoid: the history of Credit and the history of Religion are so intertwined with each other that you cannot separate one from the other.

In fact, hang with me to the very end of today’s episode because I want to give you something to chew on as we approach the upcoming 15-year anniversary of the 9/11 attacks. The author that I mentioned a minute ago, Dr. Joseph Farrell, recently published a whole book about that event and its connection to ancient religion and a modern network of people who have access to trillions of dollars. But I’ll dangle that here as your dessert for today’s show.

To answer the question, Where did Money and Credit come from? we need to take a look at developments that followed the dawn of Man.

The time period where things began to go horribly wrong, debt-wise, was shortly after the flood of Noah’s day, around the time of the rise of Nimrod, the tower of Babel incident and the building of the string of cities that occupied the ancient territory of what today is mostly Iraq.

One of the cities that sprang up soon after Nimrod’s time was the city of Ur. We are talking about the period of time about 3000 years before Christ. Ur is famous for being the home of the Biblical Abraham.


I have a map here to show you where Ur was located. It sat south of the modern city of Baghdad, Iraq and just north of the Persian Gulf. In fact, in the days of the patriarch Abraham, the Persian Gulf extended much further into the desert than it does today. The city of Ur had a seaport right on the Persian Gulf. Therefore Ur became a very important city of trade with places as far away as India, Egypt, and even Spain.


How Ur Might Have Looked. Bordered by the Tigris and Euphrates Rivers with a wide port open to the mouth of the Persian Gulf. (source page here.)

The pictures below depict a bustling, prosperous town. Notice the man at the left edge of the graphic holding something in his hand … it almost looks like an iPad! Well it was a kind of tablet … it was the literal clay tablet upon which the merchants and scribes would keep their bookkeeping records.


Likely that is exactly what is being done here. The bearded man is making a count on his tablet, while an exchange of grain, goats, and something in a wooden cart is taking place with the help of the shaven servants. Note also that the huge, central temple of the city looms in the distance.

Let’s stop for a moment and think about how the daily activity of trade took place. Once people began organizing themselves into cities headed by a king and his army, people applied for grants of “royal estate,” or “real estate,” to obtain a place to live and set up a farm. The people paid taxes or brought in their surplus to the center of town in exchange for the military protection that the king gave them.

The temple was a solid edifice, very secure, a perfect place to store surpluses — or, treasuries.

So you can see how the area around the temple became the economic hub of the community. It made sense to set up your marketplace right there. And it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out that people would have come up with a simple exchange system to trade their various goods. Obviously, it’s not very convenient to drag around bags of grain all over the place every time you need to obtain a new cookpot.

People, or more likely, the Priesthood, decided to use pieces of gold and silver as a “swap” system. And we do know that the people of Ur used barley as the product that would express the “value” of their silver. That is, an ounce of silver or gold would have been set to be equal in value to X number of bags of barley… in much the same way that an ounce of gold today equals X number of dollars.

It made sense to use gold and silver this way because of their durability. They didn’t get consumed by fire and they didn’t dry up as liquids do. And even if they got eaten by your goat, you could still dig out your gold piece once your goat finished digesting his meal!

Now while Ur was incredibly self-sufficient and full of wonderful foods and crafts, Ur was a bit short of her own gold and silver mines. In fact, with the advance of trade and rise of kingly armies, the need for gold, silver, and iron ore quickly outgrew whatever natural mine resources existed in their territory.


Elaborate golden headpiece found in Ur’s royal tombs.

So it became obvious to the managers of this society that they would need to import supplies of gold and silver bullion from whomever had it. And believe it or not, even at this time in history, ALL gold and silver mines were owned by tightly controlled private family business networks. We will talk about that more in future shows. For now, let me just say that again: the flow of gold and silver from the mines was tightly controlled by elite networks of families.

However, those gold mine networks certainly collaborated with the temple and the agents of the temple. In fact, there was quite a network of constant communication between the temples, the economic hubs, and the administrators of the gold mines.


Artist’s conception of Ur’s seaport. Imagine the Agents of the Temple embarking on their missions from here.

For proof of that, I’d like to read you this passage from the book The Babylonian Woe (PDF version available here for free), pages 4 and 6 in the printed book. “Temple servants were sent on distant missions… with letters of credit …. The Traveling Merchant gave credit.”

And there you go, the invention of credit being passed from one temple to another via nothing more than communication on a clay tablet. There is much implied in that statement. First, temples in distant lands were colluding with one another and must have maintained high levels of trust amongst each other. Second, this letter of credit gave much power to the holder, even though the letter itself was nothing more than clay. But the financial power that BACKED that letter spoke volumes.

I’ll let you chew on that for a couple of minutes while we take our next break. Then we will talk about how these “agents” of the temple became a class of powerful people unto themselves as money-magicians who could wield Credit like a magic wand.

Segment Three (9 min)

Welcome back to the show. Right before the break, I quoted from the book The Babylonian Woe which clearly defines the origins of modern credit concepts as having emanated from the central temples of Babylonia.

Interestingly, the very last book of the Bible describes the future fall of a symbolic Babylon, a religious empire. Chapter 18 of Revelation makes many references to the “traveling merchants” who weep at her destruction. If you have a Greek Interlinear version of the Bible, you can see clearly that the phrase used is “traveling merchant,” not just “merchant.”

That book, Babylonian Woe, comments that the “traveling merchant” came to represent a particular class of merchant. Not just your average storekeeper, but specifically a person who worked as an agent of the temple, granting the use of credit internationally to acquire the goods and services needed by the Temples.


The Babylonian Woe by David Astle, 1975. Out of print but PDF file is here.

Page 11 of that book mentions that this class of money-lender was so unique that they came to be identified by a specific word in the ancient language as if they were a race of people unto themselves … the APIRU.

The author has no kind words for these people. He refers to them as a mysterious gang of thugs who seemed to have no allegiance to any particular city, and yet seemed to be found in all cities. He describes them as a lawless people who regarded this power of credit as a godlike means by which they could get anything they wanted. No longer would people need to rely on any god of any temple for their Creator’s providence. These money magicians regarded themselves as a new god. And they followed religious formulas as a type of “religion behind the religion.” We will talk about that in future shows too.

Even though they despised the common people’s view of the temple, they were not beneath operating in the shadow of the temple. In fact, their association with the temple is what gave these people legitimacy in the eyes of the common people.

In a future show we’ll talk about how they used credit falsely and deceptively … activities like Fractional Reserve Lending.

We are coming to the end of our visit today and I promised to relate something about 9/11.

Earlier this year, Dr. Farrell published a book entitled “Hidden Finance, Rogue Networks and Secret Sorcery” with Sub-Title of “The Fascist International, 9/11, and Penetrated Operations.” I wrote a book review of this book.


Dr. Farrell uncovered proof that intelligence experts from foreign governments had intel in the Summer of 2001 that indicated an attack was being planned. One of these experts was a lady named Dr. Tatyana Koryagina. And here I will quote from my book review. The full review will be linked to my blog page at a future date; it is currently pending publication with a third party.


Dr. Tatyana Koryagina


“Dr. Tatyana Koryagina … made a statement to the Duma on June 29, 2001. She spoke as a Russian expert in shadow economy and shadow politics. She expected an attack to hit the USA on August 19, 2001.

She had proof that “the [9/11] operation was not the work of 19 terrorists but of a larger group seeking to reshape the world.” She further claimed that “this group of extremely powerful private persons, with total assets of about $300 trillion, intends to legalize its power and become the new world government.

In an interview she gave to Pravda only two weeks later, Dr. Koryagina expanded on her statements and pointed to the religious motivation of these private persons who had assets of $300 Trillion. She said:

“There are international, “super-state” and “super-government” groups. In accordance with tradition, the mystical and religious components play extremely important roles in human history. One must take into account the shadow economy, shadow politics and the religious component.”

This astounded me. Dr. Koryagina warned the Russian government that there was an international, super-state of people — not unlike the APIRU that I just mentioned — who held assets of $300,000,000,000,000 and who are bent on becoming the new world government, playing out this role according to some kind of mystical and religious tradition to which they give allegiance.

You see, folks, we all know there are earth-shaking events touching our lives. These events are being steered by a class of people who have the authority to create money and credit. These people are pulling the levers of power all around the world and they do so under the shadow of mystical religious traditions.

In future shows, please buzz along with this Bee as we intend to uncover the many petals of this ugly flower. In our next visit, you will see how this network began taking shape at an international level during the days of the Persian Empire.

But for now this is the Bee in Eden signing off to return to the hive until our next venture outdoors.

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Water Into Wine – Part IV

Dear Reader: I open this blog with four quotations instead of my usual single quotation. I do this in the hopes that, if your time here in this blog is limited, then at the very least, take these four quotations into your mind and let them stew.

1. “In other words, the elite was not so much irreligious as it was an elite that had adopted a different religion than the masses, the ‘religion behind the religion,’ the philosophy of the Metaphor.”
— Joseph P. Farrell, “Financial Vipers of Venice,” page 136.

2. “They themselves, through triumph of their system of private money issuance, had now in reality come to sit in the place of the gods.”
— David Astle, “The Babylonian Woe,” page 92.

3. “The passageways and steps of Greek mines were dug out with the same concern for proportion and harmony found in their temples.”

4. From Scripture:

“Every man acts unreasonably and without knowledge.
Every metalworker will be put to shame because of the carved image;
For his metal image is a falsehood,
And there is no spirit in them.
They are a delusion, a work of mockery.
When their day of reckoning comes, they will perish.”
— Jeremiah 10:14,15.
Jeremiah was a Biblical prophet who likely knew the Murasu family.

“The Religion Behind the Religion” of Temple Coinage

In Part III of this series, we were introduced to the Murasu banking family of the Judean community headquartered in Nippur, Babylonia, five hundred years before Christ. Can it be just a coincidence that the Judean lenders of the Persian empire climaxed their power and influence at the same time that State-coined money was coming into use in Lydia and other Greek provinces? The Murasu Archive is very clear on the role that this Hebrew-born family played in financing the installation of Ochus aka Darius II to the throne of the most powerful empire of that century, Persia.

But how did a confederacy of non-native deportees ensconce themselves with the authority and power needed to manipulate games of thrones? The answer screams to us from a little round piece of metal, recently re-invented and stamped with the face of a god. And so we continue our tale of Grandfather Herschel as he and Grandson Asher tour the treasury at the Temple of the great Babylonian goddess Inanna in the sacred city of Nippur, province of Babylonia, Empire of Persia, on a late summer morning in the year 415 B.C.E. The chapter opens:

The business of the day was already humming in the compound as workers and attendants set about their assigned tasks at the Temple of Inanna. A crew of maintenance workers at the southwest corner appeared to be upgrading the security system at the side entrance. At the opposite side of the property, another crew was performing routine inspection along a retaining wall. A small river barge was docking now here on the Chebar Canal, an important tributary of the mighty Euphrates River. I was surprised to see quite a team of heavily armed soldiers guarding this shipment. There appeared to be more guards than shipmates on this particular delivery.


“Grandfather,” I queried, “why such a hoard of arms for such a small boat?”

Herschel smiled and folded his arms across his chest. “Because that cargo, my son, contains the greatest tool of wealth and power known to man: silver coins stamped with the approval of both God and King.”

“Approval of what, Grandfather?”

“Why, the approval to grant wishes like magic wherever we want, or impose perpetual debt slavery wherever we want! Those crates contain the newly minted silver coins from the Laurium mines in Greece,” he laughed boisterously and slapped me on the back.

“You mean, ‘wherever the king wants,’ surely? You mean that King Darius decides who receives his favor and who receives his scorn, right, Grandfather? You don’t mean “us,” the Murasu Firm employees?” I was very confused.

Herschel nearly doubled over in laughter and wiped tears of amusement from his eyes. “Boy, you have a lot to learn. Follow me. Let your initiation begin today.”

We entered the limestone coolness of the Temple and proceeded down a long hallway. Scribes and clerks were busy setting up stone slabs, sharpening their stylus, arranging parchment scrolls and refilling ink wells. As we walked along the cobbled floor, Grandfather explained about the coins.

“A piece of metal is not much different from a piece of fruit. But when you introduce another agent, which in this case, is the approval of the God and King, something alchemical happens to that piece of silver. It becomes more than what it is. That is the great secret of the Inanna trinity metaphor that can be applied in hundreds of different ways. The triad is usually described in the following way:

* The thesis is an intellectual proposition.
* The antithesis is simply the negation of the thesis, a reaction to the proposition.
* The synthesis solves the conflict between the thesis and antithesis by reconciling their common truths and forming a new thesis, starting the process over.

I stopped cold in my tracks and grandfather sensed my anguish. He bellowed out yet another explosion of laughter. “Too much information, Asher? Don’t worry. In time, you will understand. For now, just realize that, as a banker, you can take a piece of silver, like a raw seed, and with manipulation, you can breathe a sort of life into it, a life that surpasses its original inanimate nature. And you, the banker, become its Creator, its God.”


I decided to just file all of that away in the back of my brain. Briskly I hurried to catch up with Herschel up a long staircase and then down yet another hallway that was concealed from view of the huge public doors downstairs. We passed through no less than three security checks. Finally we arrived at a small vault.

Enormous oil lampstands revealed the dazzling glint of silver coins arranged in long trays made of pottery. Beyond the trays were larger vessels so that quantities of coins could be managed in graduated amounts. Without thinking, I dipped my hand into the nearest tray of silver coins and let my fingers rifle through the shimmering cascade and tinkle of the metal.

Herschel chuckled. “Asher, I wish you could see the expression on your face. You had the same look when you were five years old upon being presented with your first bag of coins to play with. But now you will really learn how to play with silver. Come along.”

Grandfather whisked us out of the vault and across the hallway to another interior room. A more senior scribe ushered us into the anteroom of what appeared to be a site used for conferences and negotiations.

“Asher, tomorrow you will take your seat at this table to learn and observe how wealth is created from simply making a mark with a stylus on a clay tablet. This is the real secret of the Temple: setting up future events that require some amount of finance and then meeting those demands by obtaining no more than the sacrificial signature of our client.”

I did understand the principles of ledger credit finance, the concept of Debits and Credits, and the equilibrium that we financiers orchestrate between the two opposing columns. But I did not know what Grandfather meant by “setting up future events.” As if we could also predict Fate and Future? So I inquired further.

“I look forward to learning this craft, Grandfather. But what do you mean by ‘setting up future events’?”

Herschel had anticipated my ignorance. “Take for example our current king, Darius II. Do you know how he came to seize the throne of Susa? You don’t think he just walked up and asked for it, do you?” His eyes were teasing me now.


It’s true that I did not know exactly how Ochus, the illegitimate son of the old King Artaxerses, managed to depose the short-lived but more legitimate heir Sogdianus. However, I did know that our family suddenly began entertaining a much wider circle of friends and enjoying many more luxuries ever since that happened.

I could feel another family tale coming on. “Ochus lived far away from Susa, but close to us here in Nippur. When his weasel half-brother Sogdianus first seized the throne, Ochus knew it would be only a matter of time before the “invitation” would arrive from that slimeball Soggy. Oh sure, Sogdianus would feign a gesture of friendship to his illegitimate brother Ochus. But Ochus wasn’t stupid. He knew that summons would be an invitation to his own death.”

Herschel continued, “Being a resident of our territory here in Babylonia, Ochus was like-minded with our noble clients. These clients are the lords of the feudal titles around here whose position depends on maintaining good relations with the Crown. Of course, we all know that these feudal lords have been skimming a portion of the taxes due from the farm production of their titles for decades. The only way to keep that scam running is to make sure that their boy gets his butt onto the throne of Susa!”

“But you’re going to need quite an army to support your candidate. Food, provisions, weapons, chariots, money for bribes — oh it was quite a laundry list. The nobles held a meeting and counted up their assets but realized they were coming up short. They needed a loan,” Herschel’s eyes twinkled with a slightly devilish grin. “And that’s where the Murasu Firm came in.”

Grandfather let out a long self-satisfied sigh. “It was right here in this very conference room where the deed was done. The Murasu Firm put up the credit needed to fill the shopping list for Ochus’s march on Susa. In return for the Murasu generosity, these hereditary noble-blooded idiots — whoops I mean clients — fell right into our hands. They put up their feudal titles as collateral for the loans! HAHAHA, after decades and decades of being the overlords of our Jewish brothers, they themselves became serfs of their own castles!”

“Ahh. That was the best day of my life.” For a moment Herschel almost appeared transfixed.

“But Grandfather, wasn’t that risky for us? Giving away such a large pile of silver, betting it all on just one man?” I quizzed.

“But that’s what’s so beautiful about it. We never gave away a single coin. All the silver stored here in our vaults before that deal was still here after the deal. People are sheep, my boy. Once you let them see that you have a pile of silver behind you, they seem to believe that the silver will always be there, like a tree that lives a thousand years. Once we bankers gained their confidence, we just issue credit receipts around town to buy what we need. And for those merchants who are smart enough to demand payment in actual coin, well no problem. We pay them the coin, then they gather up their coins and deposit it back into their account with us here at the Temple. Then we turn around and issue more paper credits backed by their deposit. But the truly beautiful thing is, we issue credits to the tune of 90 times more than their deposit! HAHAHA, what a scam.”

Something seemed fishy to me there but I couldn’t put my finger on it. “Grandfather, that sounds a bit unethical. Isn’t that … gulp … a crime of usury?” I asked.

“It’s only a crime if you do it on a small scale and then get caught. That’s why our confederates came up with a system of stamping the coins with the approval of God and King. If the system were to fail, the people won’t blame us. They will blame the person whose face is stamped on their money. But you bring up a good point which is the next link in this system. Listen up, Asher and follow me.”

Together we climbed yet another stairway that opened the roof of the temple. Grandfather had quite a penchant for rooftop patios. Herschel brought me to the edge of the barricade, facing south.

“Take a good long look in that direction. What comes from that direction?”

“Well, that breeze blows from Athens and from the Laurium mines.” I did know my geography.

“Glad to see my tutors have not wasted their time. You are correct, Asher. The breeze now blows from Athens. You must understand that when we turned our feudal lords into serfs of their own castles, they were happy to get their man placed on the throne. But once that happened, they realized what they had done to themselves. And they would just as soon depose their banker as they would the previous heir to the throne.”

Herschel grabbed me by the shoulders and looked me squarely in the eyes. “Asher, you must always stay one step ahead of the enemy, and you will make enemies of your own clients. The secret to your success and continued survival is to always be forging the path of the next king-to-be. Always be the Puppet Master of the next empire.”

I could feel my stomach tighten at the thought of such a daunting task. Pulling the strings of an entire empire??!!

Grandfather loosened up and laughed heartily again. “Not to worry son! The magic is in the math. Let those debits and credits work their spell for you. All you have to do is wield the accounting as a tool. Arithmetic sprang from the mind of God. He who uses it deftly achieves the status of a god.”

“But speaking of the Power of God, there is yet another branch of your education that even eclipses the power of ledger credit bookkeeping. It is one thing to invent a system of money to buy weapons and technology. It is quite another to engineer the source of such ultimate power in your own hands. Have you ever been curious about Kabbala?”

I was both curious and afraid. I did not know that Grandfather was himself an initiate. My face must have gone white as an Egyptian cotton sheet. Grandfather Herschel hurriedly added, “Well, enough for one day. What are we doing up here on the roof in this heat? Let’s go sample the new brewery along the canal.”


The power of the triad Topological Metaphor is bound up with the first family credited in the Bible with introducing the concept of organized religion. From this concept sprang a plethora of other evils including financial debt slavery.

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Water Into Wine – Part III

The king was saying: “Is this not Babylon the Great that I myself have built for the royal house by my own strength and might and for the glory of my majesty?” — Daniel 4:30

Before there was Rothschild, there was Murasu.

About 600 years before the birth of Christ, a royal family from Judea received a one-way ticket to Babylon from King Nebuchadnezzar. That king was so generous with his hospitality that this same invitation was extended to hundreds of other related noble families in Jerusalem. This event came to be known in the history books as the second of four waves of the deportation of Jews to Babylon in the 7th century B.C.E. What follows below is a fictional tale that is constructed from the research in the book ENTREPRENEURS AND EMPIRE – The Murasu Archive, the Murasu Firm, and Persian Rule in Babylonia, by Matthew W. Stolper, a professor of Oriental Studies [his bio is here ] and whose book as PDF is available [ here ], along with information from this YouTube lecture video [ here ].

We who live in the 21st century A.D. have been favored with a view of daily life of this one particular family due to this family’s own obsessive bookkeeping skills. Massive piles of their ledger records were discovered by archaeologists about a hundred years ago near the ancient city of Nippur in what today is called Iraq, just south of ancient Babylon. This family of refugees rose to such power as bankers and financiers that they succeeded in facilitating the placement of emperors on thrones in ancient Persia — a mere first step on a 2,000 year long path of global political puppeteering. It is said that if you really want to know somebody, look through their trash and their checkbook. The Murasu Family has graced us with a view of both. A picture of their world is still being revealed piece by piece by researchers today.

Our story begins on an August summer evening in the year 415 B.C.E. in Babylonia:

The mist above the canal was already beginning to obscure the view of Inanna in her temple from our vantage point on the rooftop. Cool summer breezes were always the welcome nighttime accompaniment to the rhythmic croaking of the toads. Grandfather Herschel puffed thoughtfully on his lit pipe as I sat expectantly on the ornate ivory divan.

I remembered how giddy grandfather had been when he found this ivory chaise lounge, a wonderfully ornate and decorative piece of furniture, offered for sale in the second-hand caravans at Babylon. The dealer knew the piece had arrived from some household in Syria, but only grandfather spotted the embedded carvings that linked it to old King Ahab’s palace in Damascus. Or so grandfather claimed. Ahab and his palace are long gone now, so there’s nobody alive from his family to dispute him. Someday I will resell the ivory piece for a handsome profit based on grandfather’s claim. Who’s to know if it’s true or not? And, anyway, if you repeat a lie often and long enough, the client will believe it.

“Asher, my son, you sit on the doorstep of great opportunity.” Grandfather Herschel somewhat furtively declared as if the whirring gnats would spirit away the confidence of our plans. “I still remember the sight of the back-end of Uncle Jeconiah’s gold-threaded litter on the day we left Jerusalem. Our own litter was three back behind his, but the sun glinted off the fabric of his royal carriage, so you could see it easily all the way down the line. I was only 11 and just a short-sighted nip of a boy when they brought us here to Nippur.”

“That was a long journey. During that ride, I remember being ridiculously concerned with whether or not there would be palm trees to climb at our new home!” he chuckled. The palm fronds that hung over the patio bowed and swayed just then as if fondly recalling the same memory. “Thankfully, your great-great-grandfather Mendel used his time on that trek to make plans. In the very hour when we arrived at the refugee hatru, he wasted no time contacting the agents with whom he had already corresponded many months before Nebuchadnezzar’s soldiers invaded Jerusalem. That is key, Asher: advance planning. Always stay one step ahead of the competition. Don’t live in the “now,” but rather keep thinking ahead. The person who plans the future is the one who is best positioned to make it happen.” I made a mental note.

Just then, the tinkle of silver bells along cousin Charlotte’s ankle bracelet signaled the appearance of a tray of dates, figs, nuts and cheese along with a most welcome amphora of Shirazi sweet wine. This was a vintage that grandfather had been saving, procured from one of the mostly highly regarded wine merchants in all of Persia. The fact that grandfather was authorizing the serving of this libation tonight confirmed my suspicion for his summons of me. And he was serving this from one of his treasured Greek ceramic vessels, no less. The ceramic was exquisitely decorated with the tale of Demeter and Persephone. I smiled wryly at the universal harvest-cycle that is depicted in the paint. How ironic that here we sat, in the sight of both a Greek goddess on the amphora and in sight of her Babylonian counterpart just across the canal from our patio. Perhaps grandfather wanted to guarantee that he had the approval for his plans from all goddesses concerned. Charlotte withdrew back down the stairs to the interior of the house, silver bells a-tinkle.


Harvest goddess Demeter. “NAMA 16346 Cornucopia” by Orestes Painter – Marsyas (2007). Licensed under CC BY-SA 2.5 via Wikimedia Commons –”

“Silver coinage,” grandfather declared, “is the next big thing.” I wrinkled my forehead in some puzzlement. I knew that grandfather and his network of confederates from Nippur to Lydia had been working for two years at forging a more uniform system of monetary exchange for use in the expanding empire. But I still did not understand the difference between paying for an item by handing over a silver “coin” as opposed to doing what we had been doing for millenia: having our wives slip off a silver bracelet from their wrist and placing it in the merchant’s scales.

Grandfather must have detected my confusion. “You’re wondering how can anybody regard this as innovation?” he quizzed, setting down his pipe in favor of his silver sipping cup.

“Yes, partly, Grandfather. That is, I can see the convenience of the new system. You speed up the transaction for both the merchant and the customer. But other than that … well, I admit that I fail to see the earth-changing nature of this new system.”

Grandfather leaned in, close to my ear, still not trusting those whirring gnats in the air. “The difference,” he revealed, “is that the coins carry the guarantee of both the King and the Temple, but a silver bracelet is just a silver bracelet.” He leaned back in his over-sized recliner and savored a long draft of the wine.

He elaborated, “The coins will be manufactured under strict controls and oversight. They will be uniform in design and weight. They will be stamped on one side with the approval of the King and stamped on the other side with the approval of the Temple. The uniformity of design will inspire acceptance. But the approval of the Temple … well, THAT will inspire unquestioning faith and confidence in the power behind coin.”

“Don’t you see, Asher?” he continued. “A person can hold and feel a silver bracelet. You know exactly what it is and what you can buy with it. But if you melt down that silver and stamp the face of a god on it, you make it Divine. Then, you can create anything with it. Go anywhere with it. Take it further in society than anybody has ever yet imagined. The minted coin then becomes a god. In a very literal sense, the Sky is the limit!”

Herschel puffed deeply on his pipe to let that utterance sink into my brain. I was beginning to understand, but not quite yet. Perhaps I needed a concrete example. Clearly I needed more tutoring in this “math magic” that apparently came easily to grandfather’s mind.

Again Herschel picked up on my mental vacancy. “Asher, when your forefather Mendel came to Nippur, he used Babylon’s age-old credit system to the advantage of the family. As foreigners, we, of course, could not own royal estate ourselves. But we could lease property from our Babylonian captors. Mendel knew far in advance that Nebuchadnezzar would come to Jerusalem and deport your ancestors to Babylon. It was inevitable.”

Grandfather recounted the family history. “Mendel was a practical man. ‘If you’re going to bring thousands of refugees into Babylonia to use as workers, then obviously somebody has to grow food for all of them,’ he would say. Mendel established a business relationship with the agents of the Temple of Inanna and other nearby landowners of Nippur. He arranged to lease their farmland and then turned around and sub-let the tracts to people of our nation, to work the land as farmers.”


(Murasu Archive found at site marked WA. Chebar Canal runs thru the middle. Temple of Inanna across from Murasu site. Map image by Zunkir in Wikimedia Commons)

“But grandfather, ” I objected. “We collected rents from our own brothers? Weren’t we profiting from their servitude? And what about the Shemitah? We never instructed the farmers to let the land go fallow nor did we ever give the tenants their seventh-year free pass on the lease. Isn’t that why Yahweh kicked us out of Jerusalem? Because of failure to uphold our covenant?”

“Pshaw!” Herschel angrily retorted. “What would you have us do? Just let everybody starve?” Then he softened, remembering that my own life experience was far removed from those events nearly 200 years ago.

“My son, your great-great-grandfather helped effect a smooth transition for our brothers as they settled in their new environment. Yes, we collected a percentage of the harvest as payments on the sub-leases. And then we arranged to sell those crops in exchange for silver pieces at the regional markets, markets which we also helped to organize. These endeavors cost time and effort. Doesn’t the Law of Moses allow for fair payment of a day’s work? We took our cut of the silver for services rendered. And might I remind you, that the gradual acquisition of those silver pieces has lead us to where we are today, with enough bullion to seed the minted-coin endeavor.”

The full moon was high now and the patio was bathed in silvery light. The solitude of this late summer night was only illusory. In the date orchards and vineyards along the Chebar Canal, the pickers would be rising in just a few more hours to begin the first harvest. The season looks to be good. The farmers will be able to pay their lease fees by the time of the Tishri new moon. And we will be able to make the King happy by collecting the tax revenue for the palace. Minus our usual ten per cent cut, of course.

Grandfather clanked down his silver wine cup. I reached for the amphora to offer him another serving, but he waved me off.

“You need to sleep well this evening. Tomorrow we will ferry across the Chebar and I will take you on a tour of our treasury at Inanna’s temple. Once you observe the process of how a piece of shiny silver gets converted into the mandate of a god, then the “scales” will fall from your eyes!” He laughed and winked at his own joke.

I took my leave and made my way back to my own apartment. As I climbed into bed I could see the moonlight dancing on the Chebar waters now from my upper floor window. The sparkles complemented the golden glow that was blazing just across the river at the Temple of Inanna. I prayed I would not fail grandfather’s trust in me, especially since I still did not quite understand how this new scheme takes the place of a god.



This blog is a continuation of the series “Water Into Wine.” Stay tuned for the next serial to see how the probity of the Temple breathed god-like life into gold and silver 500 years before the birth of Christ. For deeper insights into the origination of state-coined money at Lydia and the history of alliance between Temples and Bankers, see these two books:

1. Babylon’s Banksters by Joseph P. Farrell

2. The Babylonian Woe [PDF only] by David Astle.


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