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What is the meaning of the Great Seal of the United States. The seal was designed with a specific purpose in mind. The U.S. Bureau of Engraving and Printing tells us that:
Soon after America became a new nation, the Continental Congress formed a committee to "prepare a device for the seal of the United States of North America". The committee consisting of Benjamin Franklin, John Adams and Thomas Jefferson. On May 10, 1780, Congress rejected the design submitted by the committee. Then the matter was referred to the Secretary of Congress, Charles Thomson, who asked the assistance of William Barton, a prominent citizen of Philadelphia.
Barton proposed two designs, then Thomson submitted his own, which, revised by Barton, was finally adopted in 1782.
The Barton/Thomson seal
adopted in 1782
Most obviously, both sides of the seal are enclosed within a circle. Occultist regards the circle as a very important geometric shape. In Book 4, page 57, Aleister Crowley announces:
Albert Pike in Morals and Dogma , page 773, explains,
The shape of the Great Seal explains that it is
to illustrate the completion of the Great Work. In essence, the Great Work
is the illumination of man through meditation and narcotics.
In 1314 de Molay was burned at the stake. When
exiled from France, the Templars moved to England, under King Stephen, and
established the York Rite of Freemasonry, with thirteen degrees. The
number thirteen is also representative of the members of the
the Garter founded by Edward III in 1349. Edward was the head of
this coven of witches.
In Middle English: COVIN = a group of confederates, while the Old French: COVINE = group with a single purpose.
The grouping of thirteen colonies formed a new
nation, or Covendom, as they declared independence from European
States. This is the same theme we get from the Latin motto on the seal, “E
PLURIBUS UNUM” (One out of Many). The Coven of states is represented by the
constellation of thirteen stars above the eagles head.
So once again we see the occult idea of rebirth
represented by the number 13. The Six-pointed star was used in mystery
religion initiation rites. Most significantly in this way, the six-pointed
star was considered as a symbol of the
Priory de Sion and
Freemasons. Its presence in the great seal
symbolizes the influence of these groups in founding the United States.
The five-pointed star first appeared in the die cast by John Throop in 1841 and has been copied from die to die since, including the die in current use. The five-pointed star is known as a pentagram.
In most common use nowadays is the five-pointed star symbol, yet the stars on the American flag have been shown as having four, six, seven, eight and even more points. They have also been represented as dots, disks or circles.
Why was the five-pointed image selected? The
answer, like with other symbols, lies in the meaning of the five-pointed
When pointed upwards it is supposed to indicate positive energy, and when pointed downward it is to present negative energy.
Alphonse Constant's (Eliphas Levi) Pentagram
In The Secret Doctrine Helena Petrovna Blavatsky explains that,
In short, she and other occultist view Lucifer
as both a good and bad god. This is the god Constant and Freemasons
considered as Grand Architect of the universe or the Supreme Being. On the
right is Constant’s inverted Pentagram depicting Lucifer as the
It was Levi who, in the mid-1800s, first drew and published the now-familiar image shown here of Baphomet as a seated, hermaphroditic, winged, goat-headed and goat-footed man with women's breasts, a flame on his forehead and a caduceus at his groin. The hermaphroditic nature of Baphomet is represented in the East by the Ying-Yang symbol (both signifying the union of the male and female as with the hexagram).
Baphomet is winged to show him as a fallen angel. The inverting of the pentagram represents Lucifer’s fall. Goat attributes of Baphomet occur in reference tot he Goat of Mendes. The flame on the forehead symbolizes the light bearer (Lucifer or Hermes). The caduceus was the winged staff with two serpents twined around it, carried by Hermes, and thus refers to Baphomet as Hermes.
The incorporation of the Eagle (the fire bird or phoenix symbol) had the occult meanings of death and resurrection. The Phoenix is also connected to the sun cults of the Middle and Far East. From at least the time of the Roman Empire, the eagle and phoenix were used
as symbols of imperial strength. The eagle, in a double headed from, is used as the symbol for the 32nd degree of the Scottish Rite of Freemasonry.
The Masonic meaning of the eagle is implied by
the design used on the Great Seal. The eagle on the seal has 33 feathers on
one wing and 32 feathers on the other. This is in reference to the last two
degrees of Scottish Rite Freemasonry. It should be noted that these degrees
correlate with the levels in Eastern Religions passed through during
reincarnation to god-hood.
Sadly, America has become a warring nation all too happy to “sacrifice” (this word is actually used by government officials) our youth for some cause.
The Pentagon with Pentagram
For example in an address to the nation on October 7, 2001 George W. Bush said,
A comparison of plant
The dexter talon holds not an olive branch, as is traditionally stated, but a cluster of cannabis leaves with buds visible. The marijuana symbolism on the great seal is confirmed by the use of the colors red and white in colored versions, and on the flag of the United States. Red and white were first used as official colors by the followers of Hassan i Sabbah founder of the Hashishim or The Assassins.
By 1094 these elite troops, wearing the white tunics and red sashes characteristic of their sect, had made Hasan the most powerful warlord in the area now called the Middle East. They imported hemp from India and extracted a narcotic which is today named, hash for their sect. They used hash to reach "illumination." More will be said about “illumination” when the reverse of the Great Seal is discussed.
The thirteen horizontal red and white stripes
have been associated with the drug trade, at least since they were used by
the British East India Company on their ships carrying narcotics. The number
thirteen is also the traditional code for marijuana. The code for
marijuana is shown in the shield placed upon the eagle’s chest. The
shield bears the thirteen stripes of
British East India Companies flag (later the flag of the United
States) turned vertically.
The true goal and design of the coven of states
is revealed on the reverse side of the Great Seal.
This is how the eye of Horus is used on the Great Seal.
Horus, as the rising sun, becomes the bearer of light (Lucifer or Prometheus). In this case he beings the light of enlightenment. Enlightenment, as we shall soon see, is the main goal of the Great Work. The path to enlightenment is seen in the pyramid below the Eye of Horus.
The goal of enlightenment is declared by the presence of the Eye of Horus. The Eye of Horus sits atop an unfinished pyramid, with thirteen levels (far left). The thirteen levels of the unfinished pyramid carry a duel meaning.
First they are representative of the thirteen degrees in the York Rite of Freemasonry, but more importantly, thirteen is the code number for Cannabis Hemp.
Those initiated into the Mysteries are invited to use Cannabis Hemp to open their mind on the path to illumination and enlightenment. Eastern religions have always recognized how meditation leads to enlightenment. The Buddha sits in the meditative Lotus position, imitating the shape of a pyramid. Yet his mind (will) is still separated from his body.
The apex of the mind and will is the pineal gland, or third eye. Even with meditation, the pineal gland remains closed.
Since ancient times, it has been well known to the initiated that mind-altering drugs are required for enlightenment and illumination. Rabbinical traditions teach that Adam and Eve took mind altering narcotics when they ate from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. In this way, the tree symbolized all religions of magic and witchcraft, and of all Gnostic ways of knowing through the use of mind-altering drugs. When the drugs are used the third eye is opened and the initiate becomes illuminated.
In some cases, the route to illumination may be accompanied by phenomena known as yogic flying.
The First Step of Yogic
The pyramid has thirteen steps or levels. The occult significance of the number thirteen is the obvious reason for this feature of the pyramid. Symbolically, the thirteen steps of the pyramid represent the thirteen degrees of the York Rite of Freemasonry. The 13th degree in the York Rite is equivalent to the 33rd degree in the Scotch Rite. Only members of these high degrees may join the Shriners.
These are the degrees where the truths of freemasonry first begin to be reviled, but even then just to a limited degree.
At the base of the pyramid is the inscription MDCCLXXVI, the date 1776 written in Roman numerals. When written in Roman numerals this number contains a Kabalistic coding. The number may be divided into two sets of numbers by isolating the first and every third number. Kabalistically two speaks of dualism. Dualism, for example, refers to the Ying and Yang, good and evil, light and darkness, and as wee soon shall see even a dual meaning for the date 1776.
In this way one obtains MCX and DCLXVI. The
first number obtained is 1110 (MCX). It is well known that 1110 is 666 in
the ancient, Babylonian "sexagesimal" numbering system. The second number
obtained is also 666 (DCLXVI). In Revelation 13:18 we read that 666 is the
number of the Antichrist or Beast. Beast spoken of in Revelation is tied to
the secretive order being described on the Great Seal of the United States.
declared independence from England. Although Freemasons were a minority in this project, the Masonic philosophy permeates the document. Secondly, the Scottish Economist Adam Smith published An Inquiry into the Nature and Causes of the Wealth of Nations.
Smith classified society into three orders those who live by rent, by labor and by profits.
The implementing of the writings and economic
philosophy of Smith gave the United States it economic success. The latter
two events are relatively well known to most individuals. The third event
was the founding of the Ancient Illuminates Seers of Bavaria (or Illuminati)
on May 1, 1776 by Adam Weishaupt. The date may be taken to represent
any of these three events. These three major events of 1776 all contributed
to changing the world into a New World Order. Making it indeed the
year of the Beast.
Three sample portraits of “Washington” are shown below. The most famous portrait of Washington is the one on the far right. Next to it is a known portrait of Weishaupt. The portrait of the elder “Washington” more closely resembles Weishaupt than the portraits of Washington when he was leading the continental Army. Theory has it that Weishaupt killed Washington and took his place as first President.
This theory is supported by the facts that “Washington” wrote about growing hemp in his diaries, a letter of May 26, 1794 to Dr. James Anderson, May 26 [vol. 33, p. 433, (U.S. govt. pub., 1931)] and letters to his caretaker, Williams Pearce, in 1795 & 1796.
Some of the many faces of
The Latin Phrases “Annuit Coeptis” and “Novus Ordo Seclorum” appear above and below the pyramid. The Latin phrase Annuit Coeptis has been traced to Virgil, the renowned Roman poet who lived in the first century B.C.
His epic masterpiece, The Aeneid, contains the phrase:
Jupiter is connected with all occupations dealing with the law, religion, higher education, banking, and international finance. We see American government overseeing all these activities. The leaders of the American Government transact their affairs in a building called a ‘Capital'. No building may rightly be called a “Capital” until it has been dedicated by the Priests of Jupiter to his service.
Also, in Virgil's Georgics are the words:
Charles Thomson changed the first person imperative annue to the third person annuit. In the motto Annuit Coeptis, the subject of the verb must be supplied,
and the translator must also choose the tense.
In essence this motto is asking for Jupiter to bless the undertaking
being depicted in the remainder of the seal.
Virgil wrote the phrase, “Magnus ab integro seclorum nascitur ordo”, in the fifth line of his classic Eclogue IV.
It has been translated in different ways. These may include “a new order of the ages” or “a New World Order. The phrase describes the New World Order desired by those initiated in the mysteries of the Great Seal. In this New World Order all power lies in the hands the enlightened ones, who have been fully illuminated.
But not all religions view the serpent this way. In the Hindu religion, Siva, god of both Divine Wisdom and regeneration, is the presiding Deity and represented as the serpent. When representing regeneration, the serpent is often shown swallowing its own tale.
This and other ancient symbols were used by
H. P. Blavatsky in her personal seal, and then adopted as the Seal Of
The Theosophical Society when the society was founded in 1875.
The meaning of the Hexagram was discussed above.
The Tau cross is an ancient symbol particularly associated with
ancient Egypt and it signifies life, or more specifically the male
The Great Seal tells about how the initiates of the mysteries want to establish a New World Order dominated by the enlightened ones. The enlightened ones are lead by The Great White Brotherhood, or A.A. (Argentum Astrum). The A.A. incorporates into their seal the most unusual eight-pointed star. It is interesting to note that many sheriffs’ departments in the United States use this same symbol.
This clearly shows their service to the A.A. and their Great Work.
This order carries on the work begun by the Ancient Illuminated Seers of Bavaria of establishing the New Word Order, and the United States, by its seal, acknowledges its support and participation in this Great Work.
Seal of the A.A. and a Sheriff’s Badge