Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice Inaugurated A New Exhibition To Cover Up Masonic Symbols On Great Seal Of U.S.
By MATTHEW LEE, Associated Press Writer
Tue Feb 12, 4:03 PM ET
WASHINGTON – Conspiracy theorists take note: The myths surrounding one of America’s oldest and most enduring national symbols are about to be debunked … if you believe the government, that is.
The keepers of the Great Seal of the United States, the familiar emblem on the back of the $1 bill, want you to know what it is not. It is not a sign that Freemasons run the country, it has nothing to do with the occult, and it does not contain clues to a fabulous hidden treasure.
It is rather the nation’s stamp of authority, sovereignty and power, gracing our cash and embossing the most important of documents from its home at the State Department, which has held it since the days of, the first secretary of state.
Not that the Seal’s symbols — the all-seeing eye, the unfinished pyramid, the Latin phrases, the bald eagle clutching an olive branch and arrows and the number 13 — aren’t powerful.
They are, historians say. Yet their meanings have been misidentified, misunderstood and misrepresented almost since thefirst commissioned the Seal in 1776.
It would be another six years before the original design was approved and another 128 before it evolved into its current form. Along the way, a movement to decipher the Seal’s meaning with ancient Egyptian, mystical and otherwise otherworldly explanations has gained currency.
The Internet age has seen an explosion in such conspiracy theories, many which have now been ingrained in public consciousness through the popular “National Treasure” movie franchise that serves up a combination of Masonic lore and historical myths in blockbuster Hollywood fashion.
_That the Seal proves the domination of the United States by a powerful, quasi-religious cult. The Ancient Scottish Rite of Freemasonry is a perennial favorite of conspiracy theorists as some Founding Fathers were Masons and the Seal uses several Masonic symbols.
_That the Seal draws on Satanism or polytheistic ritual to promote a universal new world order under whichwould be ruled by a single omnipotent government.
_That repeated references to 13 — the number of steps in the unfinished pyramid, stars in the constellation over the eagle’s head, arrows in the eagle’s claw, stripes on the eagle’s shield, letters in the phrase “Annuit Coeptis” — demonstrate the power of 13 American families.
_That there are two seals: one in which the eagle’s head faces the arrows for times of war and another in which the eagle’s head faces the olive branch for times of peace.
All rubbish, according to historians, who say the Seal’s symbolism is far less ominous or revelatory than many believe.
, the Seal’s 66th and current custodian, on Tuesday inaugurated a new exhibition to commemorate its 225th birthday and trace the history and evolution of the symbolism.
“This exhibit honoring the Great Seal affirms our continued belief in the values of our founding,” she said. “The Great Seal symbolizes the unity, strength and independence of a new nation, the United States of America.”
The Seal will remain at the State Department but the interactive exhibit is designed to travel and curators hope it will dispel the rumors and educate Americans about the real meaning of the symbols.
Among the highlights:
_That known Masons like the first U.S. president, George Washington, andhad no role in designing the final seal, which uses elements of traditional heraldry, such as the unfinished pyramid to symbolize a work in progress, arrows for war and an olive branch for peace. Masons share some of those symbols, but they have never been exclusively the domain of the order.
_That the phrase “Novus Ordo Seculorum” below the Roman numerals for 1776 at the base of the pyramid translates as “A New Order of the Ages” that began with independence and does not imply the United States will be the lynchpin of a sinister “New World Order.”
_That the words “Annuit Coeptis” (“favors”) and the eye of providence that hovers over the pyramid refer to unexpected interventions of fate that assisted the colonists in creating a new country.
_That the references to 13 refer to the number of colonies that formed the original United States.
“People are just not aware of the complexity and intent of the symbolism and what our Founding Fathers were trying to do with it,” said Priscilla Linn, senior curator at the U.S. Diplomacy Center. “The hidden treasure in the Seal is the courage and presence of mind of the people who created it and created these values for the whole country.”
Now Let Me Correct Associated Press, welcome to reality.
Designing the Great Seal of the United State
On July 4, 1776, the same day the thirteen states united to declare themselves an independent nation, the Continental Congress took the next step necessary to demonstrate this Independence. They began to create their national emblem, the Great Seal of the United States.
Like other nations, America needed an official symbol of sovereignty to seal and authenticate her international treaties and transactions. The new nation needed a symbolic signature others would recognize and honor.
During the next six years of the Revolution, three different committees submitted ideas for this graphic image of America, but none were acceptable. In June 1782, Congress turned the task over to Charles Thomson, one of their most visionary men.
Using symbolic elements from all three committees, plus imagery and mottoes of his own, Thomson created a bold and elegant design.
A week later, he presented it to Congress. That same day, Congress approved the two-sided design. The Great Seal of the United States was officially adopted on June 20, 1782 (six years before the Constitution).
In September 1782, the first Great Seal die was cut and used to begin sealing the peace with England. For 225 years, the Great Seal has ratified international agreements of peace, cooperation, and trade. Representing the people of America, it seals their promise to other nations. Note Also The Pyramid side of the seal was never made into a die or used at all on anything until Franklin D. Roosevelt put it on the one Dollar bill during his administration.
First Great Seal Committee – July/August 1776
“Resolved, That Dr. Franklin, Mr. J. Adams and Mr. Jefferson, be a committee, to bring in a device for a seal for the United States of America.” – July 4, 1776, Journals of Continental Congress
For the design team, Congress chose three of the five men who were on the committee that drafted the Declaration of Independence. Although these distinguished committee members were among the ablest minds in the new nation, they had little knowledge of heraldry. To help convey their vision, they chose the artist Pierre Eugène Du Simitière to work with them.
Skilled in portraiture and heraldry (he designed the state seals of Delaware and Virginia), Du Simitière was also an avid collector of all things American, and started the first American museum.
The same day Congress received the committee’s report, it was “Ordered, To lie on the table.” In other words, Congress was unimpressed by their design.
Two of its design elements, however, were chosen for the final Great Seal: the eye of Providence and the motto E Pluribus Unum.
Second Great Seal Committee – March 1780
The Continental Congress formed a second committee on March 25, 1780 – four years after the first committee made its report. The chairman was James Lovell (Massachusetts). The other two members were John Morin Scott (New York) and William Churchill Houston (New Jersey.
The committee sought the assistance of Francis Hopkinson, the prominent and gifted Philadelphian who signed the Declaration of Independence in 1776 and designed the new American flag that Congress adopted in 1777.
Experienced in designing seals, Hopkinson did most of the work of this committee which delivered its report to Congress about six weeks later, on May 10, 1780.
Like the first committee’s design, Congress did not consider the second committee’s suitable, thus did not approve it.
In Hopkinson’s preliminary design (above), the figure supporting the shield’s right side was originally an Indian warrior holding a bow & arrow and carrying a quiver of arrows. The motto means “Prepared in War or in Peace.”
Francis Hopkinson’s Sketches of His Design
The shield of thirteen diagonal white and red stripes is supported on its right by a warrior holding a sword and on its left by a figure representing Peace bearing an olive branch. The crest is a radiant constellation of thirteen stars.
The motto beneath the shield, “Bello vel Paci,” means: For war or for peace.
On the reverse side, Liberty is seated in a chair holding an olive branch and her staff is topped by a Liberty cap. The motto “Virtute perennis” means “Everlasting because of virtue.” The date in Roman numerals is 1776.
Several of Hopkinson’s suggestions made it to the final Great Seal:
• Constellation of 13 Stars
• Shield of 13 stripes
• Olive Branch
Third Great Seal Committee – May 1782
A third committee was formed on May 4, 1782, as peace talks were underway in Paris between the United States and Britain. America would soon need a Great Seal to properly ratify a peace treaty.
The committee consisted of chairman Arthur Middleton and John Rutledge (both of South Carolina) plus Elias Boudinot (New Jersey). Virginia’s Arthur Lee seems to have replaced Rutledge early on. As with previous committees, they sought a consultant and were referred to William Barton.
Only 28 years old, Barton had studied heraldry in England. Right away, he came up with a design that was far too complex for purposes of a seal. A few days later, he offered a second design, which the committee submitted to Congress on May 9, 1782. Below is Barton’s sketch of it.
The shield is supported on its right by the “Genius of the American Confederated Republic” represented by a maiden, and on its left by an American warrior. At the top is an eagle and on the pillar in the shield is a “Phoenix in Flames*.”
Upper motto: “In Vindiciam Libertatis” (In Defense of Liberty).
Lower motto: “Virtus sola invicta” (Only virtue unconquered).
For the reverse side Barton suggested a pyramid of thirteen steps with a radiant eye above it. His sketch (below left) was undoubtedly influenced by the pyramid on the $50 Continental Currency note designed in 1778 by Francis Hopkinson, the heraldry consultant and artist on the second Great Seal committee (1780).
Once again, Congress was not impressed and a month later turned over Barton’s design – along with the other two committee designs – to Charles Thomson, whom they counted on to come up with a Great Seal worthy of their victorious new nation.
The Final Design of the Great Seal – June 20, 1782
On June 13, 1782, Congress asked Charles Thomson to come up with a suitable design for America’s Great Seal. With the reports and drawings of the three committees before him, he set to work.
Fifty-three at the time, Thomson had served the past eight years as Secretary of the Continental Congress where he acquired a reputation for fairness, truth, and integrity. Well-versed in the classics, he was once a Latin master at an academy in Philadelphia.
Although today he is not a well-known founder, Charles Thomson was at the heart of the American Revolution. His Story is a fascinating one.
Thomson incorporated symbolic elements from all three committees with ideas of his own to create a bold and elegant design. He made a preliminary sketch and wrote up a description.
In the eagle’s right talon is an olive branch. In its left, a tightly drawn bundle of arrows. Thomson said these symbols represent “the power of peace and war.”
In the eagle’s beak, he placed a scroll with the first committee’s motto: E Pluribus Unum (Out of Many, One).
For the crest above the eagle’s head, Thomson used the radiant constellation of thirteen stars suggested by the second committee. He described the light rays as “breaking through a cloud.”
For the reverse side of the Great Seal, Thomson used Barton’s (third committee) suggestion: an unfinished pyramid with the eye of Providence in its zenith, but added a triangle around the eye (like the first committee did).
He also created two new mottoes: “Novus Ordo Seclorum” (A New Order of the Ages) and “Annuit Coeptis” (Providence has Favored Our Undertakings).
After consulting with Barton, the position of the eagle was changed to “displayed” (wings spread with tips up) and the chevrons on the shield were changed to the vertical stripes we see today.
A week after starting, Thomson submitted his report to Congress, and the design for the Great Seal was approved that same day – June 20, 1782.
NOTE: Thomson did not include his sketch or any other artwork in his final report to Congress. The original Great Seal is that written description.
The first die was cut three months later, and on September 16, 1782, the Great Seal was impressed on a document for the first time. (That die was the obverse, eagle side. A die for the reverse, pyramid side has never been created.)
The centerpiece of this mandala is the All-Seeing Eye – an important symbol within freemasonry and rosicrucian traditions for hundreds of years. So it is not surprising to find pride among occultists who understand the significance of this emblem: “Our beautiful seal is an expression of Freemasonry, an expression of occult ideas.” (Wyckoff, H. S. The Great American Seal. The Mystic Light, the Rosicrucian Magazine, p.56) 1
The first attempts at including the All-Seeing Eye on the seal were not successful. The first die of the Great Seal was cut from brass in 1782. In 1825, 1841, 1877, 1885, and 1902, new dies were cut, but each time the reverse went uncut and unused . . . the Illuminati’s plan for the New World Order had not been advanced far enough, yet, to be announced.
The New World Order is an expression that has been used by illuminized Freemasonry since the days of Weishaupt to signify the coming world government. “It is necessary to establish a universal regime over the whole world”, Weishaupt had said. (Writings of the Illuminati, 1780)
During the first part of the 20th century and up to the time the reverse of the seal was first used, a series of victories over the sovereignty of the United States had already been won. Illuminist agents committed to the one-world interests of the Rothschild-Warburg-Rockefeller cartel had accomplished some important stepping stones to this New World Order: Federal Reserve System (1913); League of Nations (1920); Royal Institute of International Affairs, and Council on Foreign Relations (1920-21); and the Stock Market Crash of 1929. The consolidation of power was complete and the reverse side of the seal, which remained largely unknown to the American people for more than 150 years, could now be placed.
The Intervention by the Masonic-Rosicrucian-Illuminati
In 1934, Secretary of Agriculture, soon-to-be Vice-President (1940-44) and 32nd degree freemason Henry Wallace submitted a proposal to the president to mint a coin depicting the seal’s obverse and reverse. President Franklin D Roosevelt, also a 32nd degree freemason, liked the idea but opted to instead place it on the dollar bill. According to Henry Wallace, in a letter dated February 6, 1951.
“Roosevelt as he looked at the colored reproduction of the Seal was first struck with the representation of the ‘All-Seeing Eye,’ a Masonic representation of Great Architect the Universe. Next he was impressed with the idea that the foundation for the new order of the ages had been laid in 1776 (May 1st, 1776, founding of the Illuminati) but would be completed only under the eye of the Great Architect. Roosevelt like myself was a 32nd degree Mason. He suggested that the Seal be put on the dollar bill rather that a coin.” – Henry Wallace
Besides being a high ranking freemason and having the distinction of introducing socialism into the American political system, Roosevelt was a member of a secret society called the Ancient Arabic Order of Nobles of the Mystics Shrine (Shriners), attaining the grade of a Knight of Pythias. The Order of Nobles and Mystics claimed to be an offshoot of the Illuminati.
Freemasons, Walter Flemming and William Florence founded an American branch in New York, 1872. Membership in the order was open only to Freemasons who had reached the 32nd degree of the Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite or those who’ve attained the last degree of the York Rite, the thirteenth degree (Knight Templar).
The Order of Nobles and Mystics have origins which date back to the seventh century – apparently founded by a descendent of Mohammed. Author Michael Howard describes the Order’s symbols.
“The symbol of the Order is a crescent moon, made from the claws of a Bengal tiger, engraved with a pyramid, an urn and a pentagram. The crescent is suspended from a scimitar and in the Order is a representation of the Universal Mother worshipped in ancient times as Isis. The horns of the crescent point downwards because it represents the setting moon of the old faith at the rising of the Sun of the new religion of the brotherhood of humanity.” – The Occult Conspiracy, p.93
According to Anton LaVey, founder of the Church of Satan, Roosevelt’s Shriner’s have a ritual similar to a satanic ritual called “The Ceremony of the Stifling Air”, or better known as “L’air Epais.” LaVey says that this rite was originally performed “when entering the sixth degree of the Order of the Knights Templar.” Remember that if the Masonic candidate chooses to follow the York Rite, after he completes the 13th degree called the Knight Templar, he can apply to become a Shriner.
LaVey describes the Templars’ ritual thus:
“The original Templars’ rite of the Fifth degree symbolically guided the candidate through the Devil’s Pass in the mountains separating the East from the West (the Yezidi domain). At the fork of the trail the candidate would make an important decision: either to retain his present identity, or strike out on the Left-Hand Path to Shambhala, where he might dwell in Satan’s household, having rejected the foibles and hypocrisies of the everyday world.
A striking parallel to this rite is enacted within the mosques of the Ancient Arabic Order of the Nobles of the Mystic Shrine, an order reserved for thirty-second degree Masons. The Nobles have gracefully removed themselves from any implication of heresy by referring to the place beyond the Devil’s Pass as the domain where they might “worship at the shrine of Islam.”
Once the celebrant has taken this degree, he embarks upon the Left Hand Path and chooses Hell in place of Heaven.”– The Satanic Rituals — Companion to the Satanic Bible, p. 21 [PDF Version here]
“On the reverse of our nation’s Great Seal is an unfinished pyramid to represent human society itself, imperfect and incomplete. Above floats the symbol of the esoteric orders, the radiant triangle with its all-seeing eye. … There is only one possible origin for these symbols, and that is the secret societies which came to this country 150 years before the Revolutionary War. … There can be no question that the great seal was directly inspired by these orders of the human Quest, and that it set forth the purpose for this nation. …” – Manly P. Hall, The Secret Destiny of America, pp. 174, 181.