It centered on one publication of Tim Holt, entitled 'The Death Wheel', that contained all four phrases of the Zodiac Killers now infamous Halloween Card, By Knife, By Gun, By Fire and By Rope, mailed to the San Francisco Chronicle on October 27th 1970 and as fate would have it, the strange symbol depicted on the Halloween Card appeared strikingly similar to the cattle branding logo found on Fred Harman's Pagosa Springs Ranch in Colorado. I will not go into any greater detail, as the discussion is worth further reading on the ZodiacKillerSite forum.
Here we shall try to take this concept and integrate it into the possibility the Zodiac Killer was driven by astrology, religion and in part, by coding and mathematics and take The Wheel of Death to its ancestral roots in The Wheel of Fortune or Rota Fortunae.
The Rota Fortunae was governed by the goddess Fortuna, who span the wheel to decide a persons fate, they either benefited from great blessings, while on the other hand some would suffer misfortune. The Zodiac signs are integral to The Wheel of Fortune and it is here we will be looking in depth at the tenth card of the Tarot deck, its symbolism and attempt to place it at the heart of The Halloween Card.
The Zodiac Killer designed the Halloween Card in a specific way, placing Paradice and Slaves in the form of a cross, with four 'signs' or phrases in each corner. He designed an unusual symbol, that he placed on the outside of the envelope and the inside of the card and strangely concealed an X formation, reading 'sorry no cipher', on the inside of the envelope.
What we first notice about The Wheel of Fortune tarot card is that it is the tenth card of the 22 card tarot deck, represented by the roman numeral X.
In some decks the wheel is often depicted with an individual wearing a blindfold, not unlike the imagery on the skeletons eyes.
The wheel itself can spell Taro, Tora, Rota, Tora and Ator, but if we complete the circle, the word Tarot is revealed. In the four corners are the winged characters of a bull, lion, eagle and man, representing the four evangelists. These four evangelists can also appear as the four fixed signs of the Zodiac, which are Taurus, Leo, Aquarius and Scorpio, but we shall return to that later.
In some tarot decks the four alchemical symbols of Earth, Air, Fire and Water are shown, but in the case of The Halloween Card, if we accept The Wheel of Fortune connection, the Zodiac placed By Knife, By Gun, By Fire and By Rope and effectively subjected his victims to the hand of fate.
The Halloween Card has extremely similar traits to the American Greetings Card or Eureka Card sent in the December of 1990. This card had been accompanied by a photocopy of two keys, that, for the most part, have remained a mystery.
The Hierophant tarot card is the teacher of wisdom, possibly the Zodiac was giving us his wisdom or the key to unlock his original card.
The Hierophant is seated upon his throne, at his feet are two golden skeleton keys. These are sometimes depicted as gold and silver.
These are the keys to heaven or paradise and the keys are formed into an X configuration, reminding us of the concealed X on the inside of the Halloween Card envelope, stating 'sorry no cipher'. Indeed there was no cipher, but there was a key, it just needed to be found.
Take a close look at the Hierophant's hand and bear in mind the placement of the keys at his feet, then move to the Halloween Card, we see the strange configuration at the feet of the skeleton. Is this a representation of keys. We may never know.
Another bit of symbolism exists at the bottom of the Hierophant tarot card. The keys form the X, the yellow markings on the kneeling men form the Y and this is completed on the Halloween Card when the Zodiac Killer gives us the Z.
It was also shown in another article that the strange configuration on the envelope of the Halloween Card, could also represent the letter Y.
The Zodiac Killer wrote 14 on the skeletons hand, he also wrote 4-TEEN, in an entirely different way, so it was only logical that the F, in the joined 7 and F, present in the strange configuration, also represented 14. Thereby we had 7+14+4 dots=25. The 25th letter of the alphabet is Y. We now had X on the inside of the envelope, followed by Y and Z on its outer, giving us the key XYZ once more.
Next we shall move onto the coding or mathematics, based on the gematric code of genesis and the seven days of creation. This has been used throughout several previous articles, with some interesting coincidences, but again it has to be reiterated, that this does not claim to be the solution, it merely provides an alternative angle to be considered.
The links to all the previous articles involving the gematric code will be provided at the foot of this article, if you decide to pursue this line of reasoning. The code is shown in detail by Marty Leeds and can be viewed by visiting his extremely interesting website at martyleeds33.com.
The concept of using this code on the Zodiac correspondence, is based on the splitting of the alphabet and the design of the 13 Symbol Cipher, mailed to the San Francisco Chronicle on April 20th 1970.
For this section please refer to the gematric code below.
The Wheel of Fortune is split into eight sections of 45 degrees ie:360/8.
In the four corners of The Wheel of Fortune we had a Man, Bull, Eagle and Lion. These four, when their letters are added up in the gematric code = 45.
There are eight symbols or letters around The Wheel of Fortune, four, as already shown are TARO and the other four are the Hebrew name of God.
If we add up the Hebrew name of God in the Hebrew code it equals 5+6+5+10=26. Then we add up TARO in the gematric code, which equals
Also The Wheel of Fortune, itself, in the gematric code = 62, a mirror image of the Hebrew name of God.
It can be clearly seen on the Halloween Card envelope, that the Zodiac Killer addresses the name Paul Avery, incorrectly as Paul Averly, but what was his reason for this clear mistake. Was he also placing the San Francisco Chronicle reporter at the heart of the Wheel of Fortune, quite literally. Paul Averly in the gematric code = 3+1+6+2+1+5+5+5+2+2=32, but the correct spelling Paul Avery = 3+1+6+2+1+5+5+5+2=30. The two totals of 32 and 30 = 62, the exact total of The Wheel of Fortune.
It is also noticeable, the Zodiac Killer places the words 'PEEK A BOO YOU ARE DOOMED', very deliberately in a circular formation around the knothole in the tree, but again, he could have chosen to write this normally underneath, so must have had a reason for this particular design. Well ' PEEK A BOO YOU ARE DOOMED' in the gematric code equals 62, to form The Wheel of Fortune once more.
Squaring the circle is an ancient problem, attempting to form a square with the same area as a given circle and has close ties with Freemasonry. See here. It has often been speculated that the Zodiac Killer may have belonged to the Freemasons or some other clandestine society. So for the purposes of our Wheel of Fortune we will take the numerical values of the Hebrew symbols around the circle and finally complete the circle of 360 degrees, forming the word TAROT=7+1+5+2+7=22.
The Hebrew values of God were 5+6+5+10 and the gematric code values of TAROT, fully circled, are now 7+1+5+2+7.
These numbers squared equal 25,36,25,100,49,1,25,4 and 49. When we add up these numbers, we arrive at 314. The exact numbers of pi. There were many other instances of pi concealed within the Halloween Card, including the 'reversed N part' of the card and can be found here, http://www.zodiacciphers.com/1/post/2013/06/pi-in-the-sky.html.
The next card the Zodiac Killer mailed on March 22nd 1971, involving coding, was the Pines Card, but this time he had moved from pi, up to 315. See here, http://www.zodiacciphers.com/1/post/2014/01/the-hidden-message-in-the-pines.html.
Finally, something we have touched on before.
The four corners of The Wheel of Fortune can also be represented by the four fixed signs of the Zodiac, and placed on a Galactic Cross. There is in addition, a Seasonal Cross of Spring, Summer, Autumn and Winter. All of which can be placed around the Zodiac crossed circle logo.
The four fixed signs of the Zodiac, Taurus (31), Leo (9), Scorpio (26) and Aquarius (34) equal 100 in the gematric code and form a whole or circle.
The four seasons of Spring (27), Summer (24), Autumn (22) and Winter (27), also equal 100 in the gematric code and form a whole year.
The Zodiac Killer also added a cross on the inside of the Halloween envelope, where he wrote 'sorry no cipher' twice.
What is evident, is that he could have written the 'no' part once, as it was at the intersection of the cross, but decided to awkwardly write 'sorry no cipher' twice, in its entirety. What again was his reasoning. Well his Seasonal and Galactic crosses both totaled 100. 'Sorry no cipher' in the gematric code equals 50, but twice it equals 100, once more.
So let us conclude our journey, by quoting the most feared introduction of all,
THIS IS THE ZODIAC SPEAKING.....7+6+5+6+5+6+7+6+5+1+2+4+5+1+3+6+3+5+1+3+5+1+7 = 100.
'But did The Death Wheel or indeed The Wheel of Fortune play any part in the Zodiac Killers construction of the Halloween Card of October 27th 1970, we will spin the wheel and see, shall we.
03.11.2014: In the next few days, the strange symbol on the Halloween Card envelope and at the foot of the card itself will be examined in much greater detail, as an extension to this article. There appears to be great significance, as to why the Zodiac Killer used it twice and furthermore places religion as his main driving force. A link will be placed here on completion.
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