THE “LIGHT’S” PLAN “B” FOR AMERICA (cont.)
OBELISKS AND BERNINI
An accurate fact is the connection of Bernini’s work with obelisks, as is portrayed in the book/film Angels & Demons; in all four piazzas’ where the “markers” of the “path” are located there is or in the case of Piazza Barberini, was an obelisk. So considering that the obelisk is a symbol of the “Shadow”, then why would a member of the “Orders of the Quest”, appear to employ them in his art? The answer lies in the transmutation of energy.
Earlier, I related that the Renaissance artists and members of the “Orders of the Quest” were instrumental in infusing the “Light” and transforming the energy in Italy through their beautiful works of art. Gian Lorenzo Bernini simply took this practice to another level. As an official sculptor for the Vatican, he had extraordinary influence to subtly transform the energy and frequency through his sculptures. A strange coincidence concerns the three Piazza’s mentioned in the book/film that contain an obelisk. In all three cases, the Piazza’s are connected to the Roman Circus. Before I address the reason Bernini chose these Piazza’s for his art, I want to address obelisks in Rome during the 17th century. According to the web site Rome Art Lover’s article on “Obelisks of Rome”:
…The official iconography of the Roman Emperor, strictly defined by Augustus admitted only one exception so that the Emperor could be portrayed as an Egyptian Pharaoh to underline the continuity between the pharaohs and the emperors. In this context Augustus after having defeated Antony and Cleopatra and conquered Egypt in 30 BC brought from Heliopolis to Rome the obelisks dedicated to the Pharaohs Rameses II and Psammetichus II. Other obelisks came from Egypt or were made in Rome in the next three centuries; thirteen of them can still be seen in the streets of Rome.
All the obelisks are no longer in the site where they were erected by the Roman Emperors. In the XVIth century most of them were broken into pieces and they were just another component of the picturesque view of the Roman ruins. They were saved by Pope Sixtus V (1585-90) who used them as focal points for some of the new streets he opened as part of his plan of urban development. Several obelisks were repaired, turned from pagan to Christian monuments by the addition of new inscriptions, topped with a cross and with the heraldic symbols of the pope and eventually moved to the center of a piazza or in front of a basilica.
If we remember from earlier that Pope Sixtus (V) apart from being the Baroque era pope dedicated to making Rome “a great European capital and Baroque city, a visual symbol for the Catholic Church” he was also associated with the assassination of Lorenzo de Medici’s brother. This meant that Pope Sixtus was strongly influenced by the “Shadow.”
The main sculptor associated with Pope Sixtus V’s erecting obelisks in the 16th century is Gian Lorenzo Bernini. The sculptor was directly involved with the erection of obelisks in two of his works, and indirectly with three. But I said that Bernini, was a member of the “Orders of the Quest,” then why would a representative of the “Light” erect a “tool” of the “Shadow?” The answer as I said is Bernini used his talent to take the transmutation of energy to a higher level, which is why Bernini chose piazzas with obelisks connected to the circus. As space does not permit me to cover all examples, I will focus here on two. (I will go into how the energy was transformed in depth in the last stage of the Initiative).
Bernini chose the Piazza del Popolo, because of the obelisk in the center of the piazza. According to the article on Obelisks of Rome on the web site Rome Art Lover, “The obelisk was initially erected by the Pharaoh Rameses (II) in Heliopolis. In 30 BC Augustus brought it to Rome where it was put at the center of Circus Maximus and dedicated to the Sun (in line with its original dedication).” The obelisk “fell during the wars between the Byzantines and the Goths for the control of Rome” and it lay “covered by debris” until in 1587 it was rediscovered. When it was repaired, a little shorter, it was repositioned to Piazza del Popolo, where it was re-erected in 1587. Crowning the top of the obelisk is the heraldic symbols “the mountains and the star of Sixtus (V).”
Bernini was not involved in the actual obelisk; instead he affected the energy through his powerful artwork in the Chigi chapel in the piazza’s Church of Santa Maria del Popolo. According to the entry for the Chigi Chapel on Wikipedia “The Chigi chapel…was designed by Raphael…then completed by Gian Lorenzo Bernini more than a century after Raphael’s death in 1520. Bernini’s patron was Fabio Chigi, who became Pope Alexander (VII) in 1655. In two niches across from each other, interactive sculptures by Bernini, of Habakkuk and the Angel that took him by the hair and transported him to Babylon to succor Daniel, who is represented in the corresponding niche on the opposite wall.” There was one more snippet of information mentioned in the entry for Piazza del Popolo that interested me. It seems that “The Piazza also formerly contained a central fountain, which was moved to the Piazza Nicosia in 1818, when fountains in the form of Egyptian-style lions were added around the base of the obelisk.”
My second example of Bernini’s involvement with the resurgence of obelisks is in his extremely strange sculpture of an elephant with an obelisk on its back. This obelisk according to the article on Obelisks of Rome “was originally erected in Sais, a town in Lower Egypt, by the Pharaoh Apries. In 1667 Gian Lorenzo Bernini erected the small obelisk on top of an elephant (a work by Ercole Ferrata).” The relevant information as to why Bernini chose the Piazza della Minerva is found on the piazza’s entry on Wikipedia. The information concerns not only the piazza, but also its main Church:
Piazza della Minerva is a square in Rome near the Pantheon. Its name derives from the existence of a temple built on the site by Pompey dedicated to Minerva Calcidica, whose statue is now in the Vatican Museums…
The church…is considered the only Gothic church in Rome. It houses the tombs of the St. Catherine of Siena and the Dominican painter Fra Angelico. The father of modern astronomy Galileo Galilei…
The basilica gets its name because, like many early Christian basilicas, it was built directly over (sopra) the foundations of a temple dedicated to the Egyptian goddess Isis, but erroneously assimilated to Minerva.
In front of the church there is one of the most curious monuments of Rome, the so-called Pulcino della Minerva…
It is the shortest of the eleven Egyptian obelisks in Rome and is said to have been one of two obelisks moved from Sais, where they were built during the 589 BC-570 BC reign of the pharaoh Apries, from the Twenty-sixth dynasty of Egypt. The two obelisks were brought to Rome by Diocletian, during his reign as emperor from 284 to 305, for placement at the Temple of Isis which stood nearby. The Latin inscription on the base, chosen by the pope who commissioned the sculpture to support the obelisk found on the site, Alexander VII, is said to represent that “...a strong mind is needed to support a solid knowledge”.
The inspiration for the unusual composition came from Hypnerotomachia Poliphili (“Poliphilo’s Dream of the Strife of Love”), an unusual 15th century novel probably by Francesco Colonna. The novel’s main character meets an elephant made of stone carrying an obelisk, and the accompanying woodcut illustration in the book is quite similar to Bernini’s design for the base for the obelisk. The curious placement of the obelisk through the body of the elephant is identical.
When we remember that Minerva is the Roman equivalent to the Greek goddess of Wisdom Athena, Bernini’s choice of location makes sense. Another obscure reason may be associated with the Hindu, Buddhist elephant god (Archetype) Ganesha. One of the attributes of Ganesha is wisdom.
As for my statement that Bernini raised the practice of infusing the “Light” to a higher level, it concerns his ability to infuse his sculptures with “dynamic movement and emotion.” The use of the medium of stone or marble literally captures the consciousness of the sculptor. That is why we are so emotionally affected by Michelangelo’s David. However, Bernini succeeded in taking us to a much deeper level by capturing emotion in his sculptures. As the entry for Bernini on Wikipedia reported: “Michelangelo expressed David’s psychological fortitude, preparing for battle; Bernini captures the moment when he becomes a hero…”
Returning to the discussion on the accuracy of Angels & Demons, there is little doubt that there were members of the “Orders of the Quest” in Rome during the 17th century that were renowned artists, sculptors and architects. Because these individual’s work was commissioned by the Catholic Church, they operated with impunity. In this way, they were able to affect the energy of Italy by infusing the “Light” with beautiful works of art that reflected The Mysteries. As for the “Illuminati’s Church of Illumination”, the only connection to Bernini and the Castel Sant’Angelo is the “Bridge of Holy Angels” that leads to the fortress. Confirming my assessment that Bernini was transmuting the energy with his sculptures, before Bernini’s exquisite sculptures lined the bridge, a row of gallows adorned the bridge. Bernini’s ten angels portraying the “Passion of the Christ” used emotion to shift the consciousness from death to life, as in eternal life.
The supposition in Angels & Demons that the Castel Sant’Angelo was the Church of Illumination is fictitious. In the late 16th century the fortress held among others Giordano Bruno, who was imprisoned there for six years before his execution in 1600. It is highly unlikely that less than a hundred years later a secret society would have transformed it into their secret meeting place. The members of the “Orders of the Quest” would had no need for a permanent meeting place so near the Vatican, because of the energy generated there. As for the sinister “Illuminati”, this group would not officially surface until the 18th (1700s) century. In the 17th century the enlightened artisans and philosophers’ were peaceful individuals whose sole goal was to bring the Truth to the world. If there was a sect other than the “Orders of the Quest” we can associate them with, it would be the Rosicrucians.
During the 17th century more and more members of the “Orders of the Quest” were activated so to speak and became associated with the Rosicrucians. As there were so many, I will mention just two individuals. The first one selected was Johann Valentin Andreae. This selection surprised me at first, because many believe Andreae was the direct result of the Reformation, because he was a Lutheran theologian. Nonetheless, he was also connected to the Rosicrucian movement, which enforces the movement’s purpose to unite all the religions through knowledge. This is epitomized by my second selection, the Christian mystic Jacob Boehme, because Boehme was also raised in the Lutheran church before delving into The Mysteries. Having connected two individuals to both Lutheranism and Rosicrucianism, I was not surprised to discover that Lutheranism was linked to both Rosicrucianism and Hermeticism.
Although Jacob Boehme was a mystic of this “upstepping”, I will not cover him here. This is because his multiple mystical writings would later inspire a significant member of the “Orders of the Quest” in a later “upstepping.” Nonetheless, although Jacob Boehme’s legacy lasted for several hundred years, he did not leave such a lasting impression as John Dee’s talented student, Francis Bacon, which I discussed earlier. This is because Bacon would succeed in part, by connecting Europe to both Great Britain and America, which is where I now turn to in the third and final part of this Section.
In my studies, I had often come across the theory that America was instituted by the secret society of the Freemasons. It is well known that George Washington was a mason, but what surprised me was that before he became a mason, he was a member of the Church of England. Still, his role as a member of the “Orders of the Quest” in founding America was manifested in his capacity as a mason, not an Anglican.
According to his entry on Wikipedia “George Washington…at 20, in Fredericksburg…joined the Freemasons, a fraternal organization that became a lifelong influence.” Nonetheless, before I discuss George Washington’s more mysterious traits, what is the accepted biography of America’s first president? Once again I turn to Wikipedia to encapsulate the generally accepted view of his part in the American Revolution:
Washington first took a leading role in the growing colonial resistance in 1769, when he introduced a proposal drafted by his friend George Mason which called for Virginia to boycott imported English goods until the Townshend Acts were repealed. Parliament repealed the Acts in 1770. Washington also took an active interest in helping his fellow citizens’ even ones he did not know personally…
Washington regarded the passage of the Intolerable Acts in 1774 as ‘an Invasion of our Rights and Privileges’. In July 1774, he chaired the meeting at which the Fairfax Resolves were adopted, which called for, among other things, the convening of a Continental Congress. In August, he attended the First Virginia Convention, where he was selected as a delegate to the First Continental Congress.
After fighting broke out in April 1775, Washington appeared at the Second Continental Congress in military uniform, signaling that he was prepared for war…Although he did not explicitly seek the office of commander and even claimed that he was not equal to it, there was no serious competition. Congress created the Continental Army on June 14; the next day on the nomination of John Adams of Massachusetts it selected Washington as commander-in-chief…
The Treaty of Paris (1783) (signed in September) recognized the independence of the United States. Washington disbanded his army and, on November 2, gave an eloquent farewell address to his soldiers. On November 25, the British evacuated New York City and Washington and the governor took possession of the city…on December 23, 1783, he resigned his commission as commander-in-chief to the Congress of the Confederation.
Washington’s retirement to Mount Vernon was short-lived. He was persuaded to attend the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia in the summer of 1787, and he was unanimously elected president of the Convention…The delegates designed the presidency with Washington in mind, and allowed him to define the office once elected…
The Electoral College elected Washington unanimously in 1789, and again in the 1792 election; he remains the only president to receive 100 percent of electoral votes. As runner-up with 34 votes (each elector cast two votes), John Adams became vice president. Washington took the oath of office as the first President on April 30, 1789 at Federal Hall in New York City although he never wanted the position in the beginning.
The First U.S Congress voted to pay Washington a salary of $25,000 a year—a large sum in 1789. Washington, already wealthy, declined the salary, since he valued his image as a selfless public servant. At the urging of Congress, however, he ultimately accepted the payment…
Washington reluctantly served a second term as president. He refused to run for a third, establishing the precedent of a maximum of two terms for a president.
Washington not a member of a political party…hoped that they would not be formed. His closest advisors, however, formed two factions, setting the framework for political parties. Secretary of Treasury Alexander Hamilton had bold plans to establish the national credit and build a financially powerful nation, and formed the basis of the Federalist Party. Secretary of State Thomas Jefferson, founder of the Jeffersonian Republicans, strenuously opposed Hamilton’s agenda, but Washington favored Hamilton, not Jefferson…
Initially, I was not clear on the real cause of the American Revolution, but the statement in the entry that George Washington thought the “Intolerable Acts” was “an Invasion of our Rights and Privileges”, jumped out and seemed a good candidate for the trigger that led to the Revolution. However, with further investigation, I learned of another act, the Quebec Act of 1774 that I think may be an even better candidate for the trigger that spurred the Colonists of America to seek independence from Great Britain. The main hi-lights of the entry for the Quebec Act of 1774 are:
The Quebec Act of 1774 was an Act of the Parliament of Great Britain (citation 14 Geo. III c. 83) setting procedures of governance in the Province of Quebec. The principal components of the act were:
The province’s territory was expanded to take over part of the Indian Reserve, including much of what is now southern Ontario, plus Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio, Wisconsin and parts of Minnesota.
The oath of allegiance was replaced with one that no longer made reference to the Protestant faith.
It guaranteed free practice of the Catholic faith…
The Act had wide-ranging effects, in Quebec itself, as well as in the Thirteen Colonies. In Quebec, English-speaking migrants from Britain and the southern colonies objected to a variety of its provisions, which they saw as a removal of certain political freedoms…
In the Thirteen Colonies, the Act, which had been passed in the same session of Parliament as a number of other acts designed as punishment for the Boston Tea Party and other protests, was joined to those acts as one of the Intolerable Acts. The provisions of the Quebec Act were seen as a new model for British colonial administration, which would strip the colonies of their elected assemblies, and promote the Roman Catholic faith in preference to widely-held Protestant beliefs. It also limited opportunities for colonies to expand on their western frontiers, by granting most of the Ohio Country to the province of Quebec…
The Quebec Act restored the former French civil tradition for private law, which had been ended in 1763, and allowed public office holders to practice the Roman Catholic faith. It replaced the oath to Elizabeth I and her heirs with one to George III which had no reference to the Protestant faith. This allowed for the majority of the population of Canada to participate in the public affairs of the colony. In other words, for the first time since becoming a colony, French Canadians were able to participate in the affairs of the colonial government. However, there was no elected legislative assembly; the province was to be governed by an appointed governor and legislative council. As a result of this Act, the American revolutionaries failed to gain the support of the Canadians during the American Revolution. Finally, the act annexed, to Quebec, the area east of the Mississippi River and north of the Ohio River.
While it is clear that the Quebec Act did much to secure the allegiance of the Canadians to Britain, it had other unforeseen consequences. It was termed one of the Intolerable Acts by the American colonists, further contributing to the American Revolution.
American colonists had concerns with the provisions of the act. For one, it guaranteed that residents of the Ohio Country were free to profess the Roman Catholic faith…Land development companies had already been formed to drive out the Native inhabitants and exploit the territory. Many of the leaders of the American Revolution, such as George Washington and Daniel Boone, were wealthy land speculators who had much to gain by establishing a new government that would not be bound by British treaties with the Indians, such as the Proclamation of 1763 that recognized Indian rights to these lands…
The reference to George Washington and Daniel Boone having selfish reasons for the rejection of the Quebec Act did not ring true for me. I believe Washington rejected the French overtures at every turn, for a very important reason. It was the Act dividing several Northern States from America that incensed the colonials the most. From a spiritual perspective it may also have been because Quebec was French and therefore Roman Catholic. Let me state emphatically that this was not a religious issue, but rather concerns the consciousness and energy of the “Light.” At this critical time in history, unfortunately the Catholic Church was still in the control of the “Shadow” and it was imperative that the idea of equality be seeded in the new United States of America. The Quebec Act of 1774 gave over a substantial amount of land into Catholic control. The “Orders of the Quest” had been working for over a century to establish the ideal of Liberty for all and was not about to give that up when they were so close to their goal.
Following the revolution, I learned that George Washington grounded the energy of the “Light” into America in a most surprising way. I found the following article on the web under THE MASONIC FOUNDATIONS OF THE UNITED STATES. For the sake of space, I have reformatted the excerpts I’ve used:
“On September 18, 1793, President Washington officiated at the laying of the cornerstone for the United States Capitol building. It was a major event in the creation and development of the federal city, a project very dear to the heart of George Washington. It was also what the Masonic Fraternity refers to as one of the most memorable days in the life of George Washington, in the life of Freemasonry, and in the life of the United States.
“Washington, dressed in Masonic regalia, led a procession of officers and brethren of the Masonic Fraternity from Maryland and Virginia to the site in the District of Columbia. Upon arrival, the music stopped playing, the drums stopped beating, the flags were anchored, and the artillery fired a volley. A large silver plate was handed to President Washington. Using a small trowel with silver blade and ivory handle, Washington deposited the plate and laid it on the corner-stone. A prayer followed. Then there were heard Masonic chanting honors and then a 15-volley from the artillery…
In conjunction with emphasis on the Masonic influence on the founding of the U.S. Government, the religious tolerance aspect Freemasonry was advanced to promote the fraternal order. George Washington, in the ecumenical spirit of the Masons, sent a message in 1798 “To the Clergy of Different Denominations Residing in and Near the City of Philadelphia.’ In that message he wrote: ‘Believing as I do that Religion and Morality are the essential pillars of civil society, I view with unspeakable pleasure, that harmony and brotherly love which characterizes the Clergy of different denominations, as well in this, as in other parts of the United States.’ He added that he hoped ‘your labours for the good of Mankind will be crowned with success...’”
Because the Freemasons were of the “Orders of the Quest”, I found it more than interesting that George Washington had been the Charter Worshipful Master of Alexandria Lodge No. 22; Alexandria in Egypt, as I have said was a center for The Mysteries. Did George Washington choose the lodge at Alexandria, Virginia as a reconnection back to Egypt? In respect to this, Dan Burnstein relates some interesting comments about George Washington from David A Shugarts. As stated, Mr. Shugarts is the author of Secrets of the Widow’s Son, which is a prequel to Dan Brown’s highly anticipated The Lost Key. However, I found a very interesting report on George Washington in Mr. Burnstein’s book Secrets of the Code.
MYSTERIOUS SYMBOLS IN WASHINGTON D.C.
As a large part of Mr. Brown’s book was predicted to center on the Masonic connection to the lay out of Washington DC, Mr. Shugarts has some interesting information about the commemoration of the city, especially the Capitol building. Under the sub-title The Pagan Ways of George Washington, he says, “The connection of our capital with Freemasonry starts with the day Washington laid out the ten-by-ten mile Federal District as a square diamond, with the corners pointing exactly north-south-east-west…” Evidently, Mr. Shugarts was even more struck by “…the story of the dedication of the Capitol Building…” George Washington at the ceremony of “the laying of the cornerstone” was not only president of the United States, but also”…the Grand Master of the Masons…” When the “…the cornerstone block…was lowered into place…” there were the traditional “moments of prayer and silence, but a highlight of the service was when Washington …anointed the cornerstone with ‘corn, wine, and oil.’ This is an essential Masonic rite…”6
Mr. Burstein relates that Mr. Shugarts believes that the accepted center of Washington DC, the Washington Monument may not be the actual center. Mr. Shugarts says that “The actual cross point between the four key monuments is just northwest of the monument, placed there in 1804 at the behest of Thomas Jefferson. The ‘Jefferson Stone,’ as it has come to be called, is a much smaller obelisk-about knee height.”7 Connecting, Washington DC to Scotland, Mr. Shugarts says, “…if one stands atop the Capitol Building looking west, past the Washington Monument, past the Lincoln Memorial, to the opposite bank of the Potomac, one’s gaze falls on the suburb in Virginia known as Rosslyn!”8
Another important author on gaining insights into George Washington as a member of the “Orders of the Quest” and the founding of the Federal City, is David Ovason and his book The Secret Architecture of Our Nation’s Capital: the Mason’s and the Building of Washington. D.C. Mr. Ovason relates the Astrological influences connected to the founding of Washington D.C. Evidently, the selection of the Nation’s Capital began with “A survey and the granting of a strip of land called Rome, bounded by the inlet called Tiber.”9 The original name of the land was “Jenkins Heights”, but it came to be called Rome. The Astrological connection to Jenkins Heights or Rome was with the star Regulus of the constellation Leo. He relates that apart from the association to Rome, as “Washington had trained as a surveyor”10 there is a strong likelihood that Washington had also learned of the spiritual relevance the land had to the native Algonquin. This was because “at the foot of this hill had been held the Grand Councils of the Algonquins.”11 The history behind the naming of the land originates with the owner Francis Pope, which Mr. Ovason states can be proved because “in the Maryland State Archives, at Annapolis, the deed dated June 5, 1663 is in the name of Francis Pope.”12
Despite the association with Rome, the revolutionaries were more interested in the Federal City’s connection to the stars. Mr. Ovason relates that when Washington was planned and being surveyed the knowledge of the fixed stars were available to the planners.13 In point of fact; one of the main architects for the design of Washington D.C., Charles L’Enfant planned his buildings around the constellation Virgo.14 The fixed stars involved with the founding of Washington were Regulus, Spica, and Sirius. I will not get too deeply into this here, suffice to say the founders of Washington D.C., planned the layout of the Federal City in regard to certain fixed stars. However, apart from aligning certain buildings to star patterns, Masonic cornerstone and foundation stone ceremonies were carefully conducted under the most beneficent astrological influences.15
Interestingly, like ancient Egypt, the star Sirius was important in the founding of America. Mr. Ovason relates there are “seven Egyptian temples oriented to Sirius.” The heliacal rising of Sirius marked the inundation of the Nile. In addition, Mr. Ovason tells us to the Egyptians Sirius was known by many names including “Sothis, Isis/Sothis, and Thoth.” Considering Isis being one of the names for Sirius, I was most interested by his comment that “Isis was the prototype of Virgo.”16 This is because many of the main events and ceremonies conducted in Washington D.C. were overseen by Sirius. A good example reported by Mr. Ovason is that when the Declaration of Independence was decided on the “Sun was on Sirius.”17
In regard to the association with the founding of Washington D.C. with the star Regulus, Mr. Ovason explains that Roman astrologers had founded Rome under the influence of the fixed star Regulus. Regulus was in the constellation Leo and translated as “little ruler.” As “the star Regulus—entered the zodiacal sign of Leo in 293 BC”, astrologers have viewed it “as the guiding star of the Eternal City”18 from that time.
The strongest evidence for me that indicated George Washington was carefully infusing specific Astrological influences in the founding of D.C. was in Mr. Ovason’s report of how the city was laid out. He relates that when George Washington wanted to begin the building of Washington D.C., he made a “proclamation” on March 30th 1791 that a “ten-mile square marking the district should begin at Jones Point.” Moreover, he relates that the Pythagorean Y depicted in “early maps” of the Capital, appears because the multiple lines of the “diamond shape” depicting the layout of the city simulated “a bird’s nest of criss-cross lines lodged in the cleft of a huge Y-shaped branch.” Mr. Ovason does not think this was by accident as the symbol signified “all the dualities which the growing soul must bear with each passing moment of time.”19
The first marker of Washington D.C. referred to by Mr. Ovason as “the southern pivot” for the plot for D.C. was set in place on April 15 1791. He relates that several members from different Masonic lodges gathered at the home of “Mr. Wise in Alexandria.” At the appointed “birthplace of the Federal City” approximately 3:30 pm a fellow mason of Washington’s lodge “symbolically confirmed the precise position on Jones Point.”20
Once the exact position of the marker was determined, “Elisha Cullen Dick, the master of Alexandria lodge No. 22, along with Dr. David Stuart/Stewart, assisted by others of their brethren, placed the marker” on Jones Point. Then the traditional Masonic ceremony associated with the laying of cornerstone and foundation stones was performed by the placing of “corn, wine, and oil” on the marker.21
Nothing was left to chance. As stated, the exact Astrological configuration was chosen for the most beneficent influence of the founding of the Federal City; consequently, the time was determined by the most beneficent planet, Jupiter and the sun-sign Virgo. Mr Ovason explains that “At exactly 3:30 pm, Jupiter…was in 23 degrees of Virgo…” This meant in astrological terms Virgo was favorably located and could shower her beneficent rays on the occasion. Mr. Ovason believes that the carefully chosen time and placing of the marker stone was not only for the benefit of Washington D.C. but was “somehow linked to the future destiny of America.”22
As the memorial in Washington is called the Washington Memorial, I was surprised to find that there is another memorial to George Washington. This memorial is in Alexandria in Virginia. Wikipedia reports:
George Washington Masonic National Memorial is a Masonic lodge and memorial dedicated to the memory of George Washington, the first president of the United States of America and a Mason. George Washington belonged to Alexandria Lodge 22, and was named the lodge’s Charter Master in 1788. Records of Washington presiding over the lodge are non-existent, possibly due to a fire at the lodge’s original location in Alexandria’s City Hall, which is where the lodge met until moving to the memorial in the early 1940s. Ground was broken in 1922, the Cornerstone laid in 1923; it was completed in 1932. It is located in Alexandria, Virginia atop Shuter’s Hill (named after a union fort on the same location) and affords views of Alexandria and Washington, D.C. to the north. The tower is fashioned after the Lighthouse of Alexandria, in part because of town’s namesake, and the masonic interest in great buildings of the ancient world…
The George Washington Masonic National Memorial is the only Masonic building supported and maintained by the 52 Grand Lodges of the United States. This is counter to common Masonic practice, where a building is only supported by the Grand Lodge of the state in which it resides. The building also houses the collection of the Alexandria Lodge, which contains most of the fraternal artifacts of George Washington, including: Watson and Catsoul Apron, Sash, Past Master portrait, Working Tools and Trowel used to lay the cornerstone at the United States Capitol.
David Ovason tells us that there were three very important cornerstone ceremonies; George Washington presided over one of them. The first, mentioned above was the first marker stone. The second was the site, which would later be known as the White House. Mr. Ovason relates the “President’s house was the first building” built in the Capital. The lodge involved in this Masonic ceremony was “the Georgetown Lodge No. 9 of Maryland.” The date for the ceremony was October 13, 1792.23
The most amazing thing we learned from David Ovason’s book was the connection with spiritual practices in the Masonic cornerstone ceremonies. He explains that the ritualistic cornerstone ceremonies were intended to “gain support of the spiritual beings and ensure the building was being brought into the world at the right time.” I was also interested to learn that “In 1776 John Fellows ‘traces’ the Freemason’s cornerstone ceremonies ‘to ancient Rome’.” In a way this seems appropriate considering the Capitol Building was to be built on Jenkins Height, whose original name was Rome. Relating that Fellows learned of the connection through the Roman writer Plutarch, Mr. Ovason says that Fellows relates, “the writer Plutarch (who did more than most ancient writers to reveal The Mysteries of the ancient schools of Initiation) recorded that Romulus, before laying the foundation of Rome, sent for men from Etruria, to find out how the ceremony of founding should be conducted:”24
The third Masonic ceremony important to the founding of the Federal City was the one that was presided over by George Washington. Considering the role the masons played in the first two ceremonies, I was amazed to learn that Freemasonry was “not officially active” in the Federal City “until a few days before the Capitol cornerstone ceremony.” However, Masonic lodges had been operating elsewhere in America “for well over fifty years.”25
The planet Jupiter again played a prominent part in the Masonic ceremony of the Capitol. According to Mr. Ovason “The laying of the Capitol’s cornerstone is astrologically connected to Virgo…Jupiter was rising in Scorpio…This rising Jupiter is of considerable importance to the symbolism of American Independence.”26
Earlier, I related that Mr. Ovason said George Washington “laid the northeastern foundation stone” for the Capitol. This is because he does not think that Washington laid the cornerstone for the Capitol on September 18th 1793, but the foundation stone. His theory was spurred because the cornerstone ceremony is depicted on the “left panel” of the “Senate doors of the Capitol.”27 In the panel Washington appears to be descending into a “trench” below ground level, at the level of the foundation. Mr. Ovason believes that if Washington did “descend into the trench” then this could suggest that the stone was a foundation stone and not just a cornerstone.28
To be honest I had thought that the Masonic ceremony of laying the cornerstone was a symbolic gesture and an excuse to excel in pomp and circumstance. However, Mr. Ovason’s book informed me of its real significance. He explains that “The cornerstone symbolically represents the first transition of the building from the earth plane into the upper realm…In Mediaeval rituals, the cornerstone ceremonial marked the rising of the building into the light of day.”29
I will return to this very important book later, but for now I want to move onto some other important members of the “Orders of the Quest” involved in the founding of America. Next to George Washington, the next name most associated with the American Revolution is Benjamin Franklin.
Mr Hall said in his The Secret Destiny of America, “Franklin spoke for the Orders of the Quest, and most of the men who worked with him in the early days of the American Revolution were also members. The plan was working out; the New Atlantis was coming into being, in accordance with the program laid down by Francis Bacon a hundred and fifty years earlier.”30
The rise of American democracy was necessary to a world program. At the appointed hour, the freedom of man was publicly declared. Mr. Hall relates that a mysterious figure encouraged the revolutionists to sign the Declaration of Independence, by stating “God has given America to be free!”31 This mysterious figure has remained elusive; however Ben Franklin also had a profound affect on America. What does traditional history have to say about this founding father? As my focus is on his role as a member of the “Orders of the Quest”, I looked for traces of the teachings and symbols of Melchizedek/Sophia consciousness. Again, Wikipedia is the source:
Like the other advocates of republicanism, Franklin emphasized that the new republic could survive only if the people were virtuous in the sense of attention to civic duty and rejection of corruption…
Like most Enlightenment intellectuals, Franklin separated virtue, morality, and faith from organized religion, although he felt that if religion in general grew weaker, morality, virtue, and society in general would also decline…According to David Morgan, Franklin was a proponent of all religions. He prayed to “Powerful Goodness” and referred to God as the “INFINITE.” John Adams noted that Franklin was a mirror in which people saw their own religion: “The Catholics thought him almost a Catholic. The Church of England claimed him as one of them. The Presbyterians thought him half a Presbyterian, and the Friends believed him a wet Quaker.” Whatever else Benjamin Franklin was, concludes Morgan, “he was a true champion of generic religion.” Ben Franklin was noted to be “the spirit of the Enlightenment”.
Walter Isaacson (relates)… that unlike most pure deists, Franklin believed that a faith in God should inform our daily actions, but that, like other deists, his faith was devoid of sectarian dogma. Isaacson also discusses Franklin’s conception that God had created beings that do interfere in worldly matters…
On July 4, 1776, Congress appointed a committee that included Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Jefferson, and John Adams to design the Great Seal of the United States…
At the Constitutional Convention in 1787, when the convention seemed to head for disaster due to heated debate, the elderly Franklin displayed his conviction of a deity that was intimately involved in human affairs by requesting that each day’s session begin with prayers. Franklin recalled the days of the Revolutionary War, when the American leaders assembled in prayer daily, seeking “divine guidance” from the “Father of lights.” He then rhetorically asked, “And have we now forgotten that powerful friend? Or do we imagine that we no longer need his assistance?”
…Franklin sought to cultivate his character by a plan of thirteen virtues, which he developed at age 20 (in 1726) and continued to practice in some form for the rest of his life…:
- “TEMPERANCE - Eat not to dullness; drink not to elevation.”
- “SILENCE - Speak not but what may benefit others or yourself; avoid trifling conversation.”
- “ORDER - Let all your things have their places; let each part of your business have its time.”
- “RESOLUTION - Resolve to perform what you ought; perform without fail what you resolve.”
- “FRUGALITY - Make no expense but to do good to others or yourself; i.e., waste nothing.”
- “INDUSTRY - Lose no time; be always employ’d in something useful; cut off all unnecessary actions.”
- “SINCERITY - Use no hurtful deceit; think innocently and justly, and, if you speak, speak accordingly.”
- “JUSTICE - Wrong none by doing injuries, or omitting the benefits that are your duty.”
- “MODERATION - Avoid extremes; forbear resenting injuries so much as you think they deserve.”
- “CLEANLINESS - Tolerate no uncleanliness in body, cloaths, or habitation.”
- “TRANQUILLITY - Be not disturbed at trifles, or at accidents common or unavoidable.”
- “CHASTITY - Rarely use venery but for health or offspring; never to dullness, weakness, or the injury of your own or another’s peace or reputation.”
- “HUMILITY - Imitate Jesus and Socrates.”
In his An Encyclopedic Outline of Masonic, hermetic, Qabbalistic and Rosicrucian Symbolical Philosophy – being an interpretation of the Secret Teachings concealed within the Rituals, allegories and Mysteries of All Ages, Manly P Hall said that apart from being a philosopher and Freemason, he may have been a Rosicrucian.
Another name associated with the founding of America was John Adams. The web site THE MASONIC FOUNDATIONS OF THE UNITED STATES mentions Adams as one of the committee members for drafting the Declaration of Independence. I found the following article concerning the founding fathers, including John Adams. For the sake of space, again I have reformatted the excerpts I have used:
“...There were ultimately five dominant and guiding spirits behind the Constitution - Washington, Franklin, Randolph, Jefferson and John Adams. Of these, the first three were active Freemasons, but men who took their Freemasonry extremely seriously - men who subscribed fervently to its ideals, whose entire orientation had been shaped and conditioned by it. And Adam’s position, though he himself is not known to have been a Freemason was virtually identical to theirs. When he became president, moreover, he appointed a prominent Freemason, John Marshall, as first Chief Justice of the Supreme Court.”
Even though John Adams was not a mason, because he held a “virtually identical” position to George Washington and Benjamin Franklin, I felt he might have been at least influenced by the “Orders of the Quest.” I found the excerpt below from his entry on Wikipedia:
The Unitarian Universalist Historical Society sheds some light on Adams’ religious beliefs…In another letter; Adams reveals his sincere devotion to God, “My Adoration of the Author of the Universe is too profound and too sincere. The Love of God and his Creation; delight, Joy, Triumph, Exaltation in my own existence, tho’ but an Atom, a molecule Organique, in the Universe, are my religion.” He continues by revealing his Universalist sympathies, rejection of orthodox Christian dogma, and his personal belief that he was a true Christian for not accepting such dogma, “Howl, Snarl, bite, Ye Calvinistick! Ye Athanasian Divines, if You will. Ye will say, I am no Christian: I say Ye are no Christians: and there the Account is balanced. Yet I believe all the honest men among you, are Christians in my Sense of the Word.” The Society also demonstrates that Adams rejected orthodox Christian doctrines of the trinity, predestination, yet equated human understanding and the human conscience to “celestial communication” or personal revelation from God. It is also shown that Adams held a strong conviction in life after death or otherwise, as he explained, “you might be ashamed of your Maker.”
From the above although it is not clear whether John Adams was a member of the “Orders of the Quest”, it is clear that he was no orthodox Christian either. He appears to me to have been an enlightened spiritual philosopher, who saw understanding Creation in light of Science as not incompatible with worshipping God.
A key factor in the success of the American Revolution was the alliance the colonists made with France. This alliance was brokered by Benjamin Franklin, which was through the French general Lafayette. However, Lafayette was not the only famous French man connected to Franklin. Apart from Lafayette, according to David A. Shugarts, Benjamin Franklin was also affiliated with Voltaire. He says, “Two of the most famous thinkers of the period were Benjamin Franklin and the French philosopher Voltaire, and they actually joined a Masonic lodge together in France in 1778 (however, Franklin had been a Freemason since 1731). To the Catholic Church, Voltaire was the very essence of a demon, and practically his entire literary career was spent in undermining the powers of the Church and the king (the two powers were as thick as thieves in France at the time). Voltaire and Franklin were brought together in 1778 publicly at the Royal Academy (of Science) in Paris…”32
DISCOVERY OF URANUS
Just 5 years after the Declaration of Independence in America, William Herschel announced the discovery of the planet Uranus. When we remember that the sun-sign Aquarius is ruled by Uranus and the Age of Aquarius is the Age after Pisces then we can see the astrological influence in the founding of America. Moreover, Uranus is the higher octave of Mercury. The relevance of this is seen in, as David Ovason says Washington. D.C., being planned to astrologically reflect the influence of the sun-sign Virgo. This is because at the time of Uranus’ discovery Virgo was ruled by Mercury. Energetically, the introduction of the planet Uranus into the astrological influence of America means that the Consciousness of Melchizedek was guiding the new nation. Astrologers describe Uranus as the paradigm buster. This is described in the professional astrologers of Solar Fire’s interpretation of the glyph for Uranus:
—Uranus - The glyph for Uranus was made up to suggest the initial of its discoverer, Herschel, but it could also be seen as the head of a baby emerging from the birth canal. It represents the first breakthrough into the universe beyond Saturn, a sudden disruption and cracking-open of Saturn’s confining shell. It brings upset, surprise and insecurity but also originality, a love of the new, creativity and freedom. Uranus is the court jester who turns reality on its head, the rebel who shakes up the status quo, or the traveler from a remote kingdom who stands out from all others at court with his outlandish manners and dress.
Obviously the “discovery” of Uranus at the end of the 18th century coincided with a paradigm busting spectacular event that would impact both of the agenda’s for the “Light” and the “Shadow.” It is important to state that the influence of any planet is neither exclusively good nor bad; but neutral. Each planet represents a type of energy and consciousness, which can be utilized by either the “Light” or the “Shadow.” The only heavenly body, which is purely of the “Light”, is the very source of the “Light”, the Sun.
The “Light” fulfilled “their” agenda by utilizing the energy of Uranus in the founding of America. The energy of Uranus was incorporated by the “Orders of the Quest” to infuse The Mysteries through astrological alignments and cornerstone/foundation stone ceremonies under specific stellar influences.
Unfortunately, the “Shadow” used the “paradigm busting” energies of Uranus to incite a rebellion in France. However, it was not the French Revolution that most effectively promoted the “Shadow’s” agenda, but the “event” that grew out of it known as the Reign of Terror. Because of the influence of Uranus in the French Revolution that led to the Reign of Terror, I needed to track the underlying causes and the individuals involved. However, I recently learned that a natural disaster that occurred in 1783 may have contributed to the French Revolution, a major volcanic eruption.
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