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What is important to remember is that all the monuments, maps, waybills and signs and symbols, no matter who put them there, are actually “Coded Messages” that have important meanings, or multiple meanings. Many times the directions are not as clear as they appear to be. They did not want just anyone to be able to find these sites. The important thing is to understand the deviousness of the people that placed them there. Whether it was the Spanish, Indians, Mexicans, prospectors or thieves.

The Spanish motivation for their exploration and exploitation of the North, Central and South America was their search for the Seven Cities of Cibola. A legend dating back to 750 AD. The legend(s) of the Seven Cities of Cibola are just as steeped in mystery and confusion today as they were in the past. These cities were so rich, the streets were paved with gold and the natives wore so much gold, that it was hard for them to move about. Today we know that neither the bishops nor the Spanish ever found these seven fabulous cities. The reason for this is that they did not understand that this legend was actually a "Coded Message."

Spanish Symbols

The “Heart” symbol, to a Spaniard, means gold. They would change the heart by either adding to or removing portions to change the overall meaning. Here are some examples:

#1 is a heart with a line or crack separating one of the lobes from the main body. changing the heart in this manner, tells us several messages. That there is a death trap. That your heart will be broken if you do not heed this warning.

#2 is a heart with a lightning bolt passing thru it. Major warning. The bolt direction may not indicate which side the trap(s) located. Use care throughout your search.

#3 is a heart with the bottom pointer separated from main body. This not only tells of a death trap, but the bottom point, points to the trap itself.

#4 is a heart with a crack down the center. This only gives you the warning that a trap is near, but no direction indication.

#5 is another heart symbol that tells of a trap but no direction indication.

The “Lightning Bolt” symbol tells the aware treasure hunter, very valuable information:

1. This site is where large quantities of gold, silver or other treasures are stored.
2. “Death Traps” will be encountered along the way.
3. Miss any one of these symbols and you arein great danger.

Many times a “Death Trap” s/s will be given near the actual site. This is to distract the un- wanted searcher away from the actual treasure site itself. You have to be on constant alert. Do not touch or remove anything, if you do not know what is going to happen next. Those who set these traps knew the greed of others, because they had it themselves.

The first trap that should be discussed is what is called the “Grande Trap”. This is a trap that is the type that is usually found within the 200 ft. radius of the concealed entrance. It is a very large boulder (30 to 40 tons) sitting on the slope of a hillside. On the boulder a carved heart with the pointer separated from the main body of the heart.

This trap could be classified as a “deterrent." Many knew that to a Spaniard, the heart meant gold. If the uninformed happen to miss the separated pointer message, and started digging where the pointer tells them, the disturbance of the ground beneath the boulder, would upset the balance, setting the trap in motion. If it didn’t kill you, the 30-40 ton boulder thundering down the hillside, might just scare you so bad, you might give up the search then and there.

If you come across one of these, do not waste your time looking under it. If you do there will be nothing under it, except you, when it starts crashing down the hillside.

Another and common type of lightning bolt warning, will be located on either side of a shaft or tunnel entrance. (The “bolt” will never be above the entrance.) It will be cut, carved or chiseled into the bedrock, within 1 1/2 or 2 feet of the entrance itself. The opening or entrance to any of these will be covered or concealed. The entrances will be blocked by logs or rocks.

Make sure to notice where the point of the lightning bolt is pointing.

1. If the point is down then you will find floor traps only after you have entered.

2. If the point is towards the main entrance, then the trap is at the entrance itself. By breaking through the entrance, you will have set the trap in motion. Sand may be re- leased from a support rock(s), holding back a larger boulder further upslope from your position. It may not look like a dangerous situation, but believe me, one of my partners
almost lost his life to a trap of similar design.

3. If the point of the bolt is pointing up, then the trap(s) will be from above, only after you have entered the tunnel. Not at or above the entrance itself.

4. A heart that has a crack down the center, separating the two lobes in half. The crack is representing that your heart will be broken if you do not heed the warning. Be careful with this one. It does not tell you where the trap(s) are located or from what direction the death will be coming from.

5. Another variation type of trap warning is three crosses. Two to either side and below a larger cross. This message is from the three crosses, at Jesus’ Crucifixion. Saying: Stay to the right. This is the position of the “Good Thief” that was with Jesus on the Mount at Calvary. A Mexican variation of this was used. Instead of two crosses below the larger cross, two skulls were used. This says follow the straight and narrow. Do not use any tunnel to either side of the cross.

6. Be aware and leery of any type of signs that are mentioned above or have connotations relating to death. They all relate to death by some means. It is quite possible that someone may have been more devious in their motives. The Royal or King’s Spaniards had rules that were mandatory and “MUST” be followed to the letter. Others may not have held the same beliefs. This is why you must take this information seriously and be cautious with everything that you may do. “Safety is the prime directive!”

The following “death trap” drawing depictions and explanations do not cover the com- plete range of traps that will be encountered or found throughout the world. They are shown here, to give you an idea, of how some of them were constructed.

In the Jan/Feb 2001 THU article of the Gold Prospector Magazine, I published the very first photo ever taken, of an active 300 year old “Death Trap“, found in Mexico. If you continue on, you will see this engineering feat for yourself. How it was constructed and how it works. Read on

This trap is designed to be set in motion by the removal of the material that actually seals the entrance itself. When the area around the sand (A) supporting the other boulders/carved stone is disturbed, the sand is released and weakens the overall support of the death boulder that sits above the entrance. Once the boulder has you trapped beneath it, the overburden then flows down the hillside. Making it look like a land slide has occurred. Covering the entrance and you. “Be Safe Out There”.

Church, Mine and Treasure Symbols

The following are signs and symbols for mine(s), treasure(s), or place(s) of importance.

Turtle Signs/Symbols

Turtles have been used as guide all over the world. They are used to give us directions, points to a trail or simply, location of a mine. Carefully observe everything about the turtle’s position of the head, tail legs or markings on its' shell/back.