The Time Monk Project Article by Duncan Burden

On May 3rd, 2011, a guest article entitled The Time Monk Project was posted on Andrew Gough’s Arcadia website.  The article, written by Duncan Burden, released a geometric depiction of the ‘Key’ involved in the armchair treasure hunt called Maranatha-Et in Arcadia Ego, and subsequently the Time Monk Project.  The online piece also offered background information into the objectives, formation, and limitations of the Cambridge research group responsible for the creation of the puzzle.  The fascinating and complete article is well worth a careful read; The Time Monk Project.

Burden shared the group’s construction of the ‘Key’ by the utilization of the three primary shapes of geometry.  He was able to demonstrate how two squares, a circle, and opposite triangles, comprising of the same center point, designed a tilted hexagram.  He further showed how the group believed this exceptional shape was purposely expressed in two paintings connected to the mystery of Rennes le Chateau.  The group claimed the first half of the hidden message found on the Grand Parchment referred to this Key, while the ending segment of the message holds what the group refers to as the ‘lock.’

Within the Maranatha puzzle book itself, a hexagram could, and was, constructed by using certain details in the images.  Certain puzzlers had posted the sacred shape, but, understanding how the ‘Key’ was used or what it represented remains publically unknown.  The unpublished portion of the puzzle series was to incorporate the Lock in which the Key could be applied, and which was claimed to lead to the Holy Grail.  Like said, this last part has not been released.

Previous to the Arcadian Time Monk Project post, puzzlers had already received notification for the termination of the treasure hunt bit of the puzzle on February 21st, 2011.  Included within the announcement for the conclusion of the puzzle was the release of five PDF documents providing stages and processes to the puzzle’s solution and claiming. It was said; “this system would also reveal the Key to a reader” and would later be confirmed.  Although the puzzle competition was over, readers were still encouraged to continue their search, if wanted.   A lapse of seventy two days had passed between the PDF documents and the additional release of the Key on the Arcadia site.

According to a Tweleve forum member, Jlocklest, who had contacted Mr. Duncan Burden, Burden may have been ready to release the Time Monk Article a few days after April 11th.  Jlocklest had shared on the forum he asked Burden if he had any new information concerning the Maranatha Puzzle.  According to Burden’s reply, on the above date (April 11th), there was something in the making and may be released within a few days.  However, nothing appeared until the date of May 3rd.

Since it would seem the correspondence with Burden implied a possible earlier opportunity to release the article, could the date of release offer a clue? Is it possible May 3 (or because May is the fifth month, the numbers 5-3, (or as dates are written in UK, 3-5)), hold some meaning?

One of the most often talked about pages of text was one which only contained 103 pigpen characters.  On this page, unlike all other pages which utilized the full 156 (12×13) grid block, 53 spaces were left empty or contained ‘nothing’.  The sentence following this unique format is; “So from nothing is the Key revealed, as the tree grows such does the lead become gold.”

Could the fact that the article, which released the Key on 5-3 (USA’s dating format or UK’s 3-5(reversal of nothing), be hinting at the importance of the ‘53’ nothing spaces on the page? Although there are many interpretations and layered meanings to the phrases in the text, I sort-of like the following as one application: “So from nothing” or 5-3 (May 3rd), is the Key revealed, and it was.


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24 Responses

  1. Horatio says:

    Isn’t working with dates a major problem – given that a date/time can be up to 16 digits? If you take the whole post date 3rd May 2012 @ 6:14 pm (ie 18:14), the only digits NOT there are 7 and 9 – if there had been 14 spaces you could have found a reference, 35 spaces, 18 spaces, 81 spaces…etc. If you then factor in different dating standards and date formats, I’m sure you can achieve virtually any combination.

    • jkile says:

      You make me smile, Horatio. I understand your point and would agree. However, in this case, I wasn’t necessarily working from the ‘date.’ I was working from the contentment page. The page does have 53 ‘nothing’ spots. The following sentence does say, ‘so from nothing is the Key revealed..’. And so I found it interesting then that this connected (although possibly all coincidence I know), to 5-3 (May 3rd), the day the Key was revealed. That was all I was looking at….nothing really. Lol.

      Sometimes I like to just look at the whole picture from far away, and forget the details. But, there are the times I want to scrutinize every tiny speck up close. I suppose, as it seems like everything, it is finding the balance of both. Thanks for reminding me.

    • TimeTraveller8 says:

      5-3, ok so what is the meaning of 3 and 5?

      3 = rhythm, triplet factor, law of 3, root of all dynamism and synthesis, first 2-D form – triangle, triangular of 2, Fibonaccci 4th sequence

      5 = quintessence, pentacle, pentagon, a CHROMATIC, basis of pentatonic scale, Fibonnaci 5th sequence

      ..and the middle number between those two gives us the HARMONIC:

      4 Form, measure, 2², square and all four cornered forms, definition of space (four primary directions), stages of primary cosmic cycle, harmonic, first 3-D form, tetrahedron

      and 5-3=2 (3rd fibonacci sequence 2+3=5 or 2*3=6 the cube)

      2 Polarity, binary power, basis of all even number, law of alternation, yin and yang, inhalation-exhalation, male-female, night-and-day etc. Fibonacci 3rd sequence

      and 5+3=8 (which completes a whole OCTAVE (resonant fractal of whole)

      8 2 x 4, 2³, Galactic form and order, octagon, octave (resonant fractal of whole), diatonic scale, basis of 3rd 3-d solid, octahedron Fibannaci 6th sequence

  2. Tom Bedlam says:

    Hi Jenny,
    Thought its time to end the ongoing poker-game on the Tweleve forum.
    I have decided to make all my personal findings regarding the ‘key’ available on;
    in the hope that others might elect to do the same.
    The material I am featuring on my blog is by no means definitive, but hopefully it might just push the envelope a little further and someone might be able to pick this material up and run with it.

  3. Sixer says:

    Awesome Tom…..I love the name!

    Your site looks great and the information intriguing. I am sure to visit often.

  4. Nate Beck says:

    I have been notified that the Key; circle, squares and all, should be analyzed three dimensionally, and not merely in 2D, for more secrets.

    Has anyone been successful here as far as playing with the Key in 3D?


    • Maria Rigel says:

      The figure can be interpreted as a representation of a cube. There could be a suggestion there about the correct way of thinking about the cube, but I haven’t figured it out yet.

  5. Nate Beck says:

    Something brought to my attention by a friend who is both a Mason and Knights Templar Order member in York Rite.

    There are 14 Stations of the Cross, both in Berenger Sauniere’s church at Rennes-le-Chateau and in traditional Catholic iconography.

    In the Key, there are two squares equaling 8 points and a hexagram, equaling six points, which altogether equal 14 poinjts.

    In the Masonic Lodge, a significant part of the rituals performed is something called Circumambulation, which is just a big fancy word meaning ‘to circle around in ritual fashion’. The path of the sun is what is portrayed symbolically around the Lodge room.. This would be represented by the center circle in the Grail Key.

    14 points, or steps (or should i say degrees) to illumination, i.e. midday when there are no shadows, but all is Light!

    Interestingly, it takes about 14 days to the waxing of the full moon and of the waning to the new moon, giving a 28 day lunar month. In the 14th Station of the Cross at Rennes-le-Chateau, there is a full moon depicted above the scene of the Body of Jesus being carried into, or out of depending upon who you ask, the tomb.

    The center circle of the Key can also represent the full moon. This should be connected to the mysteries of Isis and Osiris! Check out ‘Morals and Dogma’ by Albert Pike and the end chapters of ‘the Golden Ass’ by Apuleius

    In each of the Stations of the Cross of Berenger Sauniere, there are other mysteries and secrets to be found.

  6. haywardg says:

    Thanks Nate, it is always refreshing to find an answer that is clear because of its obvious nature.
    Many times when considering the 681 problem, I had stuffed towards the number 7, considering that it is the median between 6 and 8, sprayed from either by a degree of 1. Which is obviously half of your number 14 and yet also designates the weekly cycle.

    I might add though that the key in question, as in the hexagram, is the six, and for the 8, in terms if finding the lock that the 6 turns within, might be not be the 8 that Duncan’s solution proposes, but an external form which contains the tilted hexagram. I will post further about this on the Tweleve site at a future time.

    • Maria Rigel says:

      I think you don’t get to 681 until near the end of the Maranatha puzzle. So it’s pointless to try to get there quickly.

      I suspect the lock is in the text in page 1. And there are other texts the key may fit in. But until I unlock something, I won’t know for sure.

  7. haywardg says:

    Nate- your 14 might also have something to do with (5) Gemini in Le Serpent Rouge

  8. Nate Beck says:

    Thanks so much HaywardG.

    Yeah I follow you on your lock for the Key idea. One of the things about Mr. Burden’s article that has always frustrated me is he never specifically tells us if the tilted Hexagram is the Key by itself or if all of the interlocking shapes together is the Key!? I agree that it would help knowing if the other shapes are irrelevant in finding the lock.

    One thing that we can agree on here is that, even with all that the Maranatha group has shared, they left out so much that I think is needed to do anything with the Key. So aggravating. But the quest goes on…

    Good hearing from you. I’m not a member of Tweleve and don’t care to be, but I visit often. Looking forward to hearing more of your theories. Thanks and good luck.

  9. Nate Beck says:

    In the old interview transcripts with Duncan Burden (under username Sacred Prize), which are featured on the tweleve forum, some interesting words are exchanged between Mr. Burden and the person with username ‘lindenmi’ which says”

    ‘ so if we don’t know what the artefact is then how can we solve the puzzle?

    By doing the puzzle and finding the artefact’

    Well, there is only one item in the ‘Maranatha Et In Arcadia Ego’ puzzle that is an established historical artefact, and that is the Kabbalah Tree of Life diagram!!!

    In the same conversation, ‘lindenmi’ also asked Mr. Burden if the artefact was open to the public and if it had received media attention?, to which Mr. Burden replied “Yes, alot and yes”.

    The Tree of Life is very accessible and due to the fame of Jewish Kabbalah due to the interest of celebrities such as Madonna, said item has gotten plenty of media attention!

    Problem solved!

    • Nate Beck says:

      Side Note,

      Some may object to my theory that the artefact behind and ‘in’ the Maranatha puzzle being the Tree of Life diagram, seeming that it may contradict the rumour that said the artefact was supposed to be “just under” 500 years old. However, drawings of the diagram itself are not known to be older than the days of Isaac Luria, who lived in the 1500’s, so we are still dealing with roughly the same time frame

      • Maria Rigel says:

        I have my doubts that the origins of the artifact can be dated with precision. But I don’t think it’s the tree of life, or just the tree of life. I think it consists of two or three circles.

        • Nate Beck says:

          Actually Maria, I’ve changed my view on that.

          I think the artefact referred to in the Maranatha puzzle is none other than Nicolas Poussin’s ‘Shepherds of Arcadia’ painting.

          It is referred to in the images, text and timeline of the Maranatha puzzle and it indeed hangs in a Museum (The Louvre) and people pass by it everyday, as was said of the artefact in early press releases.

      • Maria Rigel says:

        Some parts of the artefact in the Maranatha puzzle are much older than 500 years. It’s more like 2000+ years. However, the completed artefact may well be around 500 years old, or less. My historical knowledge on this is still patchy.

  10. Nate Beck says:

    In the same interview, Mr. Burden says something strange as well:

    “For example, you can have TWO stones, they can represent TWO, but they are not the number TWO, but a clear definition of the number TWO”.

    I now know exactly what he is referring to, but will save it for a future article me and Jenny are cooking up 🙂

  11. Nate Beck says:

    Hello all,

    I thought everyone should know that Andrew Gough’s new revamped website (which is awesome, btw) unfortunately is missing all of it’s guest articles. This means that you can no longer find Duncan Burden’s Time Monk Project article there. So hopefully everyone who’s interested here was pro-active enough to print out a copy of the article before it disappeared. I’m glad I did.

    However, knowing Mr. Gough, I’m sure some features of his new site are still under construction or editing and will probably have these articles available again sometime in the future.

  12. Maria Rigel says:

    I’m starting to think that there could be something significant about the grid of the pigpen pages being 12×13. The numbers 12 and 24 appear again and again in Masonic contexts, and I suspect it has to do with the number of letters of the Latin alphabet, plus the fact that 12 appears easily on regular geometrical constructions that involve hexagons and/or equilateral triangles. Thirteen is 12+1. Or looking at it another way, twelve plus the centre.

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