by William Henry
It is an impressive fact
that Nashville, Tennessee, my home, is the only city in the world
that has reinterpretations of two mythic temples from antiquity.
Both are among the finest in existence.
One temple is the “Queen of Heaven” Athena’s Parthenon
“Virgin-temple”, 438 B.C., Athens, Greece.
The other is a $55 million 2,200-foot long rod laid out and growing
on 19 acres. By a masterstroke of synchronicity, it is patterned
like the world axis, Mount Meru, the cosmic pillar or axis at the
center of the world ascended by Buddha and known throughout the ages
as the model for all Trees of Life.
Though constructed one hundred years apart these temples belong
together. Their myths and symbols are interconnected. They’re both
ceremonial centers, power points of peace and community gathering
that could play an essential role in the drama of our world in
Myths require reinterpretation to stay alive. Athena and the Cosmic
Axis are alive and well in Music City. There may be a very
provocative reason for this.
In their book
Talisman: Sacred Cities, Secret Faith Graham
Hancock and Robert Bauval soundly document that the
architecture of great cities such as Paris and Washington DC are
secretly being used by Hermeticists, Masons and alchemists to
transmit hidden knowledge from antiquity. They endowed these cities
with spiritual power through architecture.
The designers of these ‘light centers’ (my term) used what the
French alchemist Schwaller De Lubicz called “the Symbolique”,
the use of mystical architecture as a means of knowledge
transmission. Books, these craftsmen know, can be burned. Knowledge
encoded in the shapes (geometry) and symbols of various mystical
buildings and other constructions can stand for centuries.
It’s a way of keeping
myths alive and hiding secrets in plain sight that counts on the
total blindness of the average individual to the esoteric language
Hermes conducts a
soul with his rod
Hancock and Bauval claim
the secrets these ‘illumined ones’ are transmitting originated with
Hermes, the Greek name for the legendary instructor, prophet and
scribe deified by the Egyptians as the god Thoth and known to
the Hebrews as Enoch, who was “snatched” into heaven by a
whirlwind and (star) walked with God. The far older Sumerians called
him Lord Enki, the god of smithcraft and alchemy, who led
the Anunnaki, the ‘fifty gods who
came to earth from heaven’.
Sitchin says he was the model for the Serpent of
Wisdom of Genesis and is considered the bearer of mystic
As I will show, Nashville’s talismans have deep connections to Enki
and the Anunnaki. They clearly point to Nashville’s Hermetic nature.
In fact, understood in its spiritual sense Nashville may be
the ultimate Hermetic city light center.
Hermes stands tall
atop Nashville’s Union Station Hotel
Nashville is called “the Athens of the South.” Her life-size copy of
the Parthenon was constructed in 1897 to celebrate Tennessee’s
Centennial and rebuilt in the 1920s. Inside is sculptor Alan
LeQuire’s masterpiece commissioned in 1982, a 41-foot, 10-inch tall
statue of the lost Athena-Parthenos. She’s the tallest indoor
sculpture in the Western world.
Considered to be the Serpent’s Eve reborn and exalted after the
Deluge, the immortal Athena stands with her holy rod of power and
spear in her hand. Her giant serpent rises at her feet, the
protector of the acropolis ‘place of secrets’ at Athens.
Parthenon-Nashville is a duplicate of Athena’s temple
In Greek myth the god of
smithcraft-alchemy, Hephaestus (the Sumerian Enki),
crafted this rod for Athena. The
East Frieze on Athena’s Parthenon, it is
claimed, contained all the elements of Plato’s Atlantis
texts and suggests that the Parthenon was built to commemorate both
Athena and Hephaestus Enki, since they both championed the Athenians
in the epic War between Athens and Atlantis.
Clothed in leaves of 23.75-karat gold leaf in 2002, Nashville’s
golden goddess replicates what historians believe the original
statue of Athena looked like. She is stunning, even bedazzling to
behold (when was the last time you stood in front of so much gold?).
It’s breathtaking when they open the 8 ton bronze doors to her
temple and let the Sun shine in.
beams at a 2,200-foot long ‘rod’ that has been growing since 1996 in
front of the north slope of the tiered mound upon which sits the
State Capitol, a few miles away.
Known as the Bicentennial Capitol Mall (a park, not a shopping
mall), its designers say this rod was “forged to honor the Capitol
and exalt all that is Tennessee.” (This is an interesting choice of
words considering Hephaestus also forged Athena’s rod.)
The Capitol itself is a Greek Revival ‘temple of democracy’. A
mentor of Thomas Jefferson, the famed Philadelphia architect William
Strickland, designed this acropolis in 1845. He also produced
Nashville’s Egyptianesque First Presbyterian Church, whose façade
duplicates Horus’s temple at Edfu.
Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park
located at the
base of the State Capitol in downtown Nashville
features a 2,200-foot
long ‘rod’ laid out on 19 acres
Nashville’s Bicentennial Mall radiates an eerie glow at night.
When the Mall was opened
it was proclaimed the sister complex to the National Mall in
Washington DC, a fact which sends Masonic bells ringing for some.
No one noticed the uncanny similarity of its design to a second
century drawing of Enki’s mystical Meru rod. Both designs
feature a circular platform upon which sits a rod topped by a
triangular shape (∆
respectively). While Kem Hinton, the architect who led the
Mall’s design team, told me he does not see a similarity in the
designs, it is plainly evident to many with ‘untrained’ eyes.
The Tennessee Bicentennial Capitol Mall
As I discussed in
Atlantis Rising #50 (below images), the Meru diagram is a mandala, a
mnemonic device, designed to guide the neophyte into meditation and
The Meru rod resembles an antenna because that’s what Meru myth says
it was. It is claimed that the immortals or the Great Spirit
(symbolized in Judaism by a Serpent of Wisdom) lived at Meru because
of the protecting power of the healing universal life force energy –
the Key of Life – emitted (or transmitted) by Meru.
apex at the top of the pillar symbolizes
Shambhala, the dwelling of
from 'Atlantis Rising
Meru is symbolic of the
antenna-like beacon or link the Dur~An~Ki Sitchin says was used by
the Anunnaki for sending messages heavenward and as a ceremonial
center for state visits of Anu, Enki’s father, to Su-Meru.
THE HOLY GRAIL
As I tell in my book City of Peace, I chanced upon Nashville’s Mall-Meru
cross in 1999 while researching FDRs quest for the secrets of
Jesus in Shambhala, the apex of Meru, in Mongolia in 1934.
I followed a clue in a coded letter sent by Henry A. Wallace,
FDR’s Secretary of Agriculture and partner in this ‘Grail quest’, to
the famed guru Nicholas Roerich, the third ‘wise man’ in this
trinity. It suggested that Nashville, TN was a possible repository
for the results of their investigation.
The key clue that led me to the Mall site was Wallace’s mention of a
‘sacred casket’ or coffin and a location in America marked by ‘seven
stars under three stars’. Tennessee’s state flag is the only flag in
the union that has only three stars.
According to state archaeologists, the Mall site has been used as a
ceremonial center since 900 AD when the Mississippian culture built
a ceremonial mound royal grave just seventy yards away. “Vast
numbers” of bodies are interred here. This makes this site a giant
This is synchronistic as the Arabs called the seven stars of the Big
Dipper ‘Nash’, which meant ‘the great coffin’. The Sumerians called
this constellation Meru, meaning the sacred casket. Middle Tennessee
was originally called “the Mero District.”
Hermes/Thoth’s ‘As above. So below’ law is clearly evidenced by
these place names and the early usage of the Mall site as a burial
Since 2000, I’ve walked the Mall and the Parthenon with thousands of
people, including artists, musicians, engineers and shamans. All
have been astounded by the elements of their craft intricately woven
into the design of this amazing rod.
If you’re one of the over one million people who visit the
Bicentennial Capitol Mall annually you may only see the grand works
of stone and trees, because those who visit normally look at it from
the outside looking in. However, the stone works are actually
Hermetic mystery symbols. It’s a codebook that even features a
billion year timeline that goes back to the creation of this world!
The rod portion of the Mall has seven springs running beneath it.
(the cosmic Tree of Life is always rooted in water.) Each of the
body’s seven chakras is perfectly marked with appropriate symbolism
at the Mall. It is truly a Seven-Gated Magician’s Rod fitting of
This living temple is lined with oak trees, which means it fits the
biblical definition of an Ashera. The Hebrew word ashera, rendered
grove in the Authorized Version of the Bible refers to a living or
wooden pillar or a grove of trees of
the Anunnaki goddess,
Is-Tara or Astarte.
Ashi is the Sumerian root for ‘heal’.
These healing pillars of worship, where the Great Wise
Serpent/Spirit (Enki?) manifested, were forbidden by the Jewish
The fact that the ashera was the place of worship of
Ishtar is integral to decoding the Mall. Ishtar is
another name for Inanna, a probable precursor to Athena. Both
goddesses were portrayed with a rod and serpent. Further, Innana’s
father was Enki (Athena’s Hephaestus)!
It is my belief that Athena’s rod is a symbol for Hephaestus’s (Lord
Enki’s) Meru rod and a variation of it is growing near her temple in
Supposedly, it all happened by coincidence.
Stranger synchronicities have happened in mythology, I just can’t
think of any off the top of my head.
THE BLACK SUN
There is more to connect Nashville’s Mall to Meru myth.
For example, the eerie WW II Memorial temple at the Mall features an
18,161-pound black granite globe spinning on 1/8 inch of water. With
the Sun shining upon its black mirror-like surface it becomes a ‘Night
Sun’ or a ‘Black Sun,’ the symbol for the innermost
occult circle of the Nazis. Strangely, the Germans built this black
This is simply amazing. According to W.H. Muller in his book
“the Black Sun
is the Beacon of the World-Mountain (Meru) spinning in the
Space of Spirit’.”
This Black Sun
completes the Nashville’s Mall as a Meru Axis
The stone circle or Gilgal. The three stars symbolize the ‘third
eye’ and enlightenment
At the apex of the
Bicentennial Mall is a Stonehenge-like stone circle called the Court
of Three Stars. Two concentric rings of (sacred) 50 twenty-five foot
tall solid limestone pillars form its ‘C’ shape.
The 4-foot diameter, Egyptian djed-like pillars hold 95 bells of
different pitches (one for each county in Tennessee) that form a
musical instrument called a carillon – the largest in the world. The
95 bells resonate with a 96th bell located beside the Capitol.
Coincidentally, the Land of Shambhala, with Meru as its center, has
Now, the biblical name for a circle of upright stone pillars
(usually 12) is gilgal. This was the place where Elijah
ascended in a whirlwind. It is the root of Gulgotha, ‘the place of
the skull’, where Jesus was ‘crucified’.
The Nashville gilgal’s floor is made of red, white and blue granite
that sparkles in the sunlight. That’s because, as researchers such
as Christopher Dunn and Freddy Silva note, red granite
is loaded with quartz crystal. This ‘firestone’ is a formidable
conductor of energy, which is why it is the tuner of choice of the
ancient stone workers of Egypt and Britain. (Remember, after all,
Meru is described as an antenna.)
Granite is considered a masculine stone. Limestone, which is
associated with water, is considered to have feminine properties.
Together, the granite floor and limestone pillars charge the Court
of Three Stars with positive and negative polarity, just like an
Etched into this granite ‘tuner’ is a trinity of 15-foot wide
pentacles – a protective symbol known as Solomon’s Seal… and the
star of Ishtar or Athena. At their center is the logo for Tennessee,
a triangle or trinity formed of three diamonds. One of the most
powerful ancient symbols, the triceps is an ancient Nordic symbol of
divine force, power and protection. It symbolizes the A U M trinity.
It matches the
alchemical symbol called the caput mortum, the skull or
the starting point for Enki’s alchemical work of transforming a
human – the impure or base metal – into pure gold.
As alchemist Robert
Fludd’s drawing of the ‘perfected man’ indicates,
symbolizes higher consciousness
Driven into the exact
center, “the Holy of Holies,” of this magnificent acoustic chamber –
or satellite dish - is an iron rod. When we stand on it and make a
sound we experience an intense reverberation (almost as if we’re
speaking directly into Enki’s ear).
Stone circles have appeared as markers of places of power. The stone
circle atop the rod in Music City clearly is an instrument of divine
force, power and protection that qualifies this site as Hermetic.
When we add all these symbols together, they point to one
overwhelming conjecture. The Nashville Mall is a mandala, a(n)
Anunnaki? place of initiation into the means to operate our inner
Tree of Life Meru Rod and to connect with the divine realm of Enki,
Thoth, Hermes, and Enoch.
Nashville is, unquestionably, a city whose talismanic symbols place
it in the Hermetic big leagues along with Washington DC and Paris.
Perhaps it is time for Nashville’s secrets to ring.
This brings up a very profound point.
Students of Judeo-Christian prophecy claim that the ‘End Time’ will
see the appearance of Revelation 12’s ‘woman clothed with the sun’
who bears a child who rules with a rod of iron. It will also see the
return of the prophet Elijah (through the gilgal, I presume) and the
rebuilding of Solomon’s Temple, an act that is instrumental in the
creation of the New Thousand Years of Peace.
Is Jesus, the
Fisherman, raising Lazarus with a fishing pole or the Meru rod?
It is thought that
Elijah will return the Rod of Jesse – the rod signifying his power,
a branch from the Tree of Life - to the Messiah, who will be seated
on the Mercy Seat in the Holy of Holies of Solomon’s Temple on Mount Moriah (or is it Meru?). He will replace the Ark of the Covenant
that had symbolized him, in the place where God is believed to have
first walked with Adam and Eve, the Garden of Eden.
Just as a branch from the Tree of Life was kept before the Ark, he
will set the Rod of God before himself on the Throne of God, where
the Tree of Life had grown in the Garden of Eden.
Revelation’s mysterious woman clothed with the sun be
the gold (sun) clad Athena?
Has the rod
of destiny, in the form of a 2,200-foot long living
temple, manifested in Nashville?
the ultimate light center?