Gallery of Masonic Symbolism

The Obverse and Reverse of the Great Seal
of the United States of America

From Hunt's
History of  the Seal of the United States

The significance of the mystical number 13, which frequently appears upon the Great Seal of the United States, is not limited to the number of the original colonies. The sacred emblem of the ancient initiates, here composed of 13 stars, also appears above the head of the "eagle." The motto, E Pluribus Unum, contains 13 letters, as does also the inscription, Annuit Coeptis. The "eagle" clutches in its right talon a branch bearing 13 leaves and 13 berries and in its left a sheaf of 13 arrows. The face of the pyramid, exclusive of the panel containing the date, consists of 72 stones arranged in 13 rows. MPH
The Divining Nation Supplement - The U.S. Capitol

NATIONAL TREASURE Book of Secrets - The Treasure Hunt      Official Homepage & trailer

National Treasure: Book of Secrets is a 2007 sequel to the 2004 film, National Treasure. Back by popular demand, the cast and production team will return for a follow up to the original film, directed by Jon Turteltaub and produced by Jerry Bruckheimer.  The writer is Gregory Poirer. 

[It was stated in the first film's commentary that there were no plans for a sequel, but, due to the first film's impressive box-office performance, an earning of $347.5 million worldwide, a sequel was given the go-ahead in 2005.]


November 19-04  National Treasure 


     On December 13, 1952, the Constitution and the Declaration were placed in helium-filled cases, enclosed in wooden crates, laid on mattresses in an armored Marine Corps personnel carrier, and escorted by ceremonial troops, two tanks, and four servicemen carrying submachine guns down Pennsylvania and Constitution avenues to the National Archives. Two days later, President Harry Truman declared at a formal ceremony in the Archives Exhibition Hall.

     "We are engaged here today in a symbolic act. We are enshrining these documents for future ages. This magnificent hall has been constructed to exhibit them, and the vault beneath, that we have built to protect them, is as safe from destruction as anything that the wit of modern man can devise. All this is an honorable effort, based upon reverence for the great past, and our generation can take just pride in it."

Cinema Blend re Cast of National Treasure:  Regardless, there are some very good moments in this flick. Justin Bartha is mildly amusing in his obligatory comic relief role. Slowly but surely he is wiping away that little smudge on his resume called Gigli. Sean Bean is, as always, a great nemesis. Whether being pitted against James Bond, Mr. Frodo, or even a geeky Nicolas Cage, Bean never fails to be the guy we love to hate. Diane Kruger, whose face launched a thousand CG ships this summer in the Brad Pitt led epic Troy, plays the intellectual hottie Dr. Abigail Chase with so much subtlety that you will forget how Hollywood her character name sounds. Filling out the cast is an ensemble of extended cameos, including Harvey Keitel, Christopher Plummer, and Jon Voight. Harvey Keitel phones it in as the head FBI investigator. Clearly he and was cast in the part just so he could give a poignant monologue at the end. Without that, the role has no business being his. Christopher Plummer gets the difficult job of being the expositionist. At the very beginning of the movie it is he who tells the complete story of the treasure to both young Benjamin and us for the very first time. Plummer convincingly delivers this legend as the wise old grandfather and does such a bang up job in the opening ten minutes of National Treasure that I have to admit he had me hooked. Finally, Jon Voight plays the skeptic father, and through most of the movie proves only to be a nuisance.
National Treasure   


A Magic Square [Kamea in Hebrew] is a balanced design of numbered units in the form of a square, similar in appearance to a tic-tac-toe box. Each line, horizontal, vertical, and diagonal, is composed of numbered squares, arranged so that the sum of any row is also equal to the sum of any column in that square. Additionally, the sum of either of the two diagonals of the square also equals the sum of either a row or column in the square.

Magic squares have been esteemed for their magical and mathematical properties, considered by many to be pre-flood era seals, formulae, and signatures. The origin is unknown but these identification seals appear to date back to Zoroaster and the eternal flame.

Manly P. Hall writes, "During the periodic epidemics of plagues in Europe, such charms were blessed as a protection against pestilence. In the true spirit of the magical amulet of long ago, the plague medals often included Cabalistic arrangements of letters that could be interpreted by the faithful as a prayer for divine protection. Medals against injury and war, or the hazards of travel, are also known, from which it must be inferred that these medals did possess some type of mysterious virtue. The same should be said of the indulgence medals, which forever remind us of Martin Luther and his break with the Church over the commercialization of indulgences.

[under a different] classification are the very beautiful and often ornate medallions worn by the individual for his own religious comfort. Among wealthy people, these were often beautiful works of art, and in this class, silver seems to predominate as a basic material. Some of these medals have projections extending from their four sides in a cross-like design, or are pierced at four equidistant points on the perimeter. Thus, the means was provided by which the medal could be sewn onto the hat of the wearer or to some part of his garments." - see Religious Medals and Medallions 

Solar Square construction consists of six numbers in each sequence. They add up to the same sum total, in any direction, when we combine all the numbers in a row. The numeric value of any line of the Solar Magic Seal is always 111. The Solar formula was often made of metal and worn for focus and protection, as an amulet over the heart center. Pectoral amulets were the most popular "jewelry" associated with the Solar Seal. Raw materials were usually gold, jade, or lapis lazuli - also coloured glass.

Elizabeth Howie observes, "Early Celtic society was defiantly oral (Duddy). The druid class comprised the most highly educated segment of Celtic society (MacCana). According to Duddy, they had a "professional commitment to orality, resulting in a principled resistance to writing." Evidence exists, including inscriptions on coins and swords, pottery bearing graffiti, and calendars, suggesting that the learned and merchant classes of Celtic society were literate (Duddy). Furthermore, the Celts used a ceremonial form of writing called ogam consisting of incised lines (Duddy). Ogam is believed to be derived from magical symbols (MacCana). The druids saw writing as threatening to their power: writing down their sacred knowledge would make it vulnerable to misuse, and their powerful positions as holders of knowledge would be threatened (Duddy); so although they were aware of writing, they did not use it to document their history or their beliefs." 
-Elizabeth Howie, Early Insular Illuminated Manuscripts: Merging of Oral and Literate Cultures

Scholars usually attribute first evidence of the magic square as an early business tool to the kingdom of Persia. Desert people were always known by key code puzzles, usually built on the foundation of a mathematical design. These power squares made their way to the Western world during the Crusades. The magic square is found among the wide variety of artifacts that date to ancient caravan and trader collections that were used in the mainstream for utilitarian purpose during the first dynasty after the flood. Other tools of the trade include circular medallions and rings with a variety of zodiacal symbolism, possibly transferred to clay when a business deal was due to become final.

Well known U.S. Presidents who were Freemasons:  George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, James Monroe, Andrew Jackson, James Polk, James Buchanan, Andrew Johnson, James Garfield, William McKinley, Theodore Roosevelt, William Howard Taft, Warren G. Harding, Franklin D. Roosevelt, Harry S. Truman, Lyndon B. Johnson, Gerald R. Ford, Ronald Reagan, Bill Clinton (said that Clinton was a member of Youth Order of DeMolay (a young peoples Masonic group) but he never actually became a Freemason. see also The Capitol


The Numbers 1-9
Special Numbers 11, 22, and 33

The Phoenix

In the opening chapter of the Apocalypse, St. John describes the Alpha and Omega who stood in the midst of the seven golden candlesticks. Surrounded by his flaming planetary regents, this Sublime One thus epitomizes in one impressive and mysterious figure the entire sweep of humanity's evolutionary growth -- past, present, and future.

"The first stages of man's earthly development," writes Dr. Rudolph Steiner, "ran their course at a period when the earth was still 'fiery'; and the first human incarnations were formed out of the element of fire; at the end of his earthly career man will himself radiate his inner being outwards creatively by the force of the element of fire. This continuous development from the beginning to the end of the earth reveals itself to the 'seer,' when h sees on the astral plane the archetype of evolving man. The beginning of earthly evolution stands forth in the fiery feet, its end in the fiery countenance, and the complete power of the 'creative world,' to be finally won, is seen in the fiery source coming out of the mouth."
[see Occult Seals and Columns, The Capitol and Benjamin Henry Latrobe;  Magical Circle, Seals and Characters; and read Notes of a lecture by Dr. Rudolf Steiner.]

The Ascending Triangle and Pyramid

Above men in the scale of evolution are the gods, creators upon the spiritual and physical places. They also are pure as the planets, for their whole creative force is also turned upwards and is expended in whatever manner their intelligence directs; and knowing good and evil, they always do good by choice.
                                              -Max Heindel,  FREEMASONRY AND CATHOLICISM


Speculation on the Symbol of the Square and Compasses

Freemason's Magic Square -  reading of Masonic Symbol--
about the traditional Persian 3 X 3 magic square total = 45



Hollywood is a magnet for the timeless metaphysical theme because is it honest. We search for the beloved, fountain of youth, formulae that yield alchemical gold - quest storylines are constants. Characters in our dream life experience correspond to the status of inner realm qualities. Films often illuminate a personal perspective about spiritual ore. Modern students discover gold melts at the same temperature as it did thousands of years ago.


Title for Babylon 5 Season One episode

Mystic theme: caught in the middle - the Earth is located between the Sun and the Moon. The search for a safe, central, and reliable viewpoint is vital in order to remain effective. To succeed, what defensive symbols and patterns are required to remain in equilibrium?

Mind War :  Instructor Jason Ironheart, a 'modified super-telepath' researched by the Psi Corps, arrives on Babylon 5. If he is correct -- and future episodes will prove that he is -- the Corps, led by Alfred Bester [guest Walter Koenig, AKA Ensign Pavel Chekov of Star Trek]  is starting to pull the strings behind EarthGov. From this perspective, a lack of trust isn't simply a response to the psi organization's reputation; it becomes a crucial survival skill. Catherine Sakai is about to encounter the profound impact of the First Ones, when she takes off to survey Sigma 957 for Quantium-40, ignoring G'Kar's grave warnings.

Trivia note from  Bester's salute, an "okay" circle of thumb and forefinger held before the eye, and his utterance of the words "Be seeing you" are a homage to the cult TV series The Prisoner. There it is used as the traditional greeting among the unnamed numbered residents of The Village. The Prisoner is one of Straczynski's favorite TV shows.






US symbol

Poster Art

Photographic Art Fair - Northbeach SF
Still Life and Street by M.C. Escher
Tribute to J. Edgar Hoover



Associated movie list:

Bee Season - Richard Gere page
Good Night and Good Luck - George Clooney
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
The Horse Whisperer - Robert Redford
The Song Remains the Same - see The Deva of Raglan Castle,
     segment for Robert Plant, the battle, the castle, knight-falcon
Katrina reconstruction - Brad Pitt


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