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Jul 13

Illuminati Architecture

 

New York, USA

Statue of Liberty

Introduction

Statue of Liberty Masonic Lapel

Statue of Liberty Masonic Lapel

The official government Statue of Liberty website is decidely cursory about what the statue's symbols mean [1].  This article examines the Freemasonic symbology of the statue from tip to toe and provides an explanation of the Freemasonic secret(s) which the statue is designed to hide in plain sight.

The key to breaking the Freemason's "secret" code is to focus on the esoteric meaning of ancient mythology.  Some bloggers view pre-christian dieties literally as gods instead of seeing them as symbols; others take low level masonic texts literally and conclude that the Freemasons worship Lucifer.  The highest level Masons are quite clear that wise men do not view mythology literally; in the words of 33rd degree Freemason Reynold E. Blight:

"...wisdom drapes her truth with symbolism, and covers her insight with allegory. Creeds, rituals, poems are parables and symbols. The ignorant take them literally and build for themselves prison houses of words and with bitter speech and bitterer taunt denounce those who will not join them in the dungeon.  Before the rapt vision of the seer, dogma and ceremony, legend and trope dissolve and fade, and he sees behind the fact the truth, behind the symbol the Reality." [2]

The statue of liberty is a monument to the freedom gained by society's rulers by virtue of the knowledge they keep secret from the people and the laws they create to control society for their own benefit.

Freemasonic Origins

The Statue of Liberty is indisputably a project of esoteric Freemasonic origin.   The Statue of Liberty Enlightening the World was designed by French Freemason Frédéric Auguste Bartholdi [3] and built by French Freemason Gustave Eiffel [4].  Over on the Quarry Masonic Forum present day masons procliam "Of all the symbols illustrating feminine iconography in a "Masonic" form, undoubtedly the most conspicuous is The Statue of Liberty. Presented by the citizens of France to the citizens of the United States, to celebrate the centenary of American independence. It may, more particularly, be seen as a Masonic project." [5]

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Statue of Liberty centenary commemorative masonic first day cover



The statue displays a plaque commemorating the Freemasons of New York laying the cornerstone of the statue's pedestal.  The principal address was given by the Deputy Grand Master, R. .W. . Brother Lawrence, who said in part:

"Massive as this statue is, its physical pro- portions sink into comparative obscurity when contrasted with the nobility of its concept. Liberty Enlightening the World! How lofty the thought! To be free, is the first, the noblest aspiration of the human breast. And it is now a universally admitted truth that only in propor- tion as men become possessed of liberty, do they become civilized, enlightened, and useful. . . . As Masons, we cannot appropriate to ourselves alone the lessons which this monu- ment will teach. Not only to us, but to all men will it appeal . . . the gigantic figure which is here to stand in unapproachable grandeur while the centuries pass, will command: "Be noble, and the nobleness that lies In other men, sleeping, but never dead, Will rise in majesty to meet thine own. " [6]

Freemason's Plaque

Freemason's Plaque



Prior to creating the Statue of Liberty for the US, Bartholdi had failed in his attempt to get funding for a very similar project in Egypt.  In 1867, Bartholdi went to see the viceroy of Egypt, Ismail Pasha, who was visiting Paris during the Universal Exposition, and proposed a colossal statue be erected at the entrance of the Suez Canal, then nearing completion.  He envisioned this statue in the form of an Egyptian female peasant holding a torch (which would be lit to guide ships), the statue was to symbolize Ismail Pasha’s efforts to modernize Egypt and would be called “Egypt (or Progress) Carrying the Light to Asia.” [7].  Sketches and models were made of the proposed work, though Bartholdi never succeeded in securing backing from Ismail Pasha to get it erected.

Egypt (or Progress) Carrying the Light to Asia

Egypt (or Progress) Carrying the Light to Asia and The Statue of Liberty


Greek Mythology

There was a classical precedent for the Suez proposal, the Colossus of Rhodes: an ancient bronze statue of the Greek god of the sun, Helios erected in the city of Rhodes, on the Greek island of the same name, by Chares of Lindos between 292 and 280 BCE.  It is considered one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World.  It was constructed to celebrate Rhodes' victory over the ruler of Cyprus, Antigonus I Monophthalmus, whose son unsuccessfully besieged Rhodes in 305 BC.  Before its destruction in the earthquake of 226 BC, the Colossus of Rhodes is thought to have stood over 30 meters high, making it one of the tallest statues of the ancient world.  The statue similarly stood at a harbor entrance and carried a light to guide ships.

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Left : Colossus of Rhodes. One of the wonders of the ancient world, the Colossus of Rhodes, a giant bronze statue of Helius that stood at the harbor of Rhodes, erected in the 3rd century B.C. Engraving from 'Works' by Crispjin van der Passe, early 17th century. Right: The Colossus of Rhodes, as depicted in an artist's impression of 1880.



As can be seen from the above depictions.  The design and posture of the Statue of Liberty are based on what the Colossus was thought by engineers in the late 19th century to have looked like. Earlier artists depicted the Colossus strandling the harbour entrance, which is now thought unlikely to be the case for many reasons [8].  The connection between the Statue of Liberty and the Colossus is confirmed in The New Colossus by Emma Lazarus, written in 1883 and inscribed on a plaque located inside the pedestal of the Statue of Liberty.  In the poem Lazarus includes description of "conquering limbs astride from land to land" in reference to the Colossus straddling the harbour entrance ar Rhodes.

The New Colossus

The New Colossus



Official (Freemasonic) sources state that the Statue of Liberty is based upon Libertas, the Roman Goddess of Freedom, however, Libertas was recognised in ancient Rome by her pileus, a felt cap commonly worn by the freed slave and by the rod (vindicta or festuca), used ceremonially in the act of Manumissio vindicta, Latin for "Freedom by the Rod" as shown in the illustration below: [9]

Libertas

Libertas



It doesn't take a genius to see that the Statue of Liberty neither wears a pileus nor carries a rod.  The Freemasons use many different tactics to hide the truth, one of which is blatant lies such as this one about the origin of Bartholdi's statue.  A much more reasonable model for Batholdi's work is the Greek Goddess Hera as shown below.  Bartoli's statue displays the stylized face with the classic Greek profile, where the forehead merges with the bridge of the nose in a nearly straight line as in the Hera Statue.  The Crown has the same shape as the form of  Hera's, an elliptical cap with the top edge raised higher in front.  In the Liberty Statue, the crown is hollow and there are open bays or windows for sightseers to look out over the harbor.  Liberty's Garments are also Grecian: a simple tunic swathed in an ample, loose-fitting robe.  Even the feet, with the open-toed sandals, are modeled after Hera's.

Hera Liberty

Left: Statue of Hera at the Louvre (archive number Louvre Ma 2283). Right: Statue of Liberty.



Hera symbology makes even more sense when you know that the temple of Hera was chosen in 1936 as the location where the torch of the Olympic flame (commemorating the theft of fire from the Greek god Zeus by Prometheus) is lit, by focusing the rays of the sun.  Things come even more into focus when you learn that Hera, the wife of Zeus, and one of the most important female deities in Greek religion was known for her jealous and vengeful nature, most notably against Zeus's lovers and offspring, but also against mortals who crossed her [10].  For people who know how to interpret Greek mythology the Gods are symbolic of the ruling elite and mortal men are the rest of us; this makes perfect sense when you remember that the rulers of the first civilisations which preceeded Ancient Greece (in Sumeria, Egypt and Babylon) declared themselves to be of divine origin.  Hera symbology therefore tells us that the Freemasonic elite intend to deal agressively with commoners who effectively expose their corruption.

Olympic Torch at the Temple of Hera

Olympic Torch at the Temple of Hera


Sun God Symbolism

As the above pictures show, the Greek God Helios, represented by the Colossus, is often depicted with rays of sun light coming from his head, another example of which is shown in the British Museum exhibit below:

The scene is set at dawn, as the sun rises from the sea and the stars sink into it. The sun drives his chariot, pulled by four winged horses, up out of the ocean, while the stars are shown as boys, diving and disappearing into the water.

Representation of Helios: The scene is set at dawn, as the sun rises from the sea and the stars sink into it. The sun drives his chariot, pulled by four winged horses, up out of the ocean, while the stars are shown as boys, diving and disappearing into the water [11].



This very simple and obvious symbology is repeated throughout antiquity up to and including The Statue of Liberty as shown below.   For what reason do Freemasons use sun symbology?  Here's 33rd degree Freemason Albert G. Mackey to explain:

"[Light] was there, as it is now, in Masonry, made the symbol of truth and knowledge...

... The worship of light, either in its pure essence or in the forms of sun-worship and fire-worship, because the sun and the fire were causes of light, was among the earliest and most universal superstitions of the world.  Light was considered as the primordial source of all that was holy and intelligent; and darkness, as it’s opposite, was viewed as but another name for evil and ignorance. " [12]

Hence the Statue of liberty is a monument to the secret truth and knowledge jealously guarded by the Freemasons.  When the same reasoning is applied to the Freemasonic use of Lucifer (the light bearer) we can see that Lucifer is just another symbol for truth and knowledge.  Further more Lucifer symbology is used as a deliberate smoke screen to sucker researchers into claiming that the world is run by devil worshippers, thus destroying their credibility and helping protect the Freemasons from serious insightful scrutiny.

Statue of Liberty Sun God

Top left: relief from the temple of Athena showing the sun god Helios c.390 BCE, now in the Altes Museum (Berlin).
Bottom left: a slab dedicated to Roman sun god Sol Invictus (Unconquered Sun) at the National Museum of Rome galleries, dated to the second half of the second century CE.
Top right: Yarhibol or Sun-god, relief from the surroundings of Palmyra, Syria, first century CE, now in the Louvre, Paris
Bottom right: Freemasonic Statue of Liberty displaying sun god symbolism



In case there are still people still not 100% convinced that Lady Liberty is a sun goddess the images below should help.  On the left is a cetenary commemorative medal of the statue with Liberty at the centre of the calendar months in exactly the same way that Freemasons are known to place the sun at the centre of the zodiac, which represents the sun's passge through the sky during a calendar year.  The image on the right is the ceiling of a secret, walled off for decades, masonic lodge which was only discovered in the Andaz hotel in London during a 1990's refurbishment; the lodge ceiling displays the sun at the centre of the zodiac.

Statue of Liberty as the sun

Statue of Liberty as sun goddess. Left: bi-centenary medal showing Liberty at the of the calendar year. Right: masonic lodge ceiling in London's Liverpool Street displaying the sun at the centre of the annual zodiac cycle.


Prometheus Symbolism

As we have seen the Statue of Libery's symbolism is firmly routed in Greek mythology and ancient Greek myth also provides a full explanation for lady liberty's torch.  In Greek mythology, Prometheus is a Titan who defies the gods (ruling elite) and gives fire (truth and knowledge) in a giant fennel stalk to humanity (the people).  The gods punish the immortal Prometheus for divulging secret truth and knowledge by having him bound to a rock, where each day an eagle, the emblem of Zeus, was sent to feed on his liver, which would then grow back to be eaten again the next day [13].  The message has been clear since the eighth century BCE - betrayng fellow rulers by divulging secrets to the masses will be punished very severly.

Statue of Liberty Sun God

Top Left: Prometheus Brings Fire to Mankind by Friedrich Heinrich Fuger
Bottom left: Paul Manship’s sculpture of Prometheus at the Rockefeller Centre New York; the inscription reads “Prometheus, teacher in every art, brought the fire that hath proved to mortals a means to mighty ends.”
Right: The Statue of Liberty displays Promethean symbology


Tabula Ansata

We are told that Bartholdi was initially uncertain of what to place in Liberty's left hand and that he settled on a tabula ansata (Latin for tablet with handles), a keystone-shaped tablet used to evoke the concept of law.  Though Bartholdi greatly admired the United States Constitution, he chose to inscribe "JULY IV MDCCLXXVI" on the tablet, thus associating the date of the country's Declaration of Independence with the concept of liberty [14].

If we take the official narative at face value (very unlikely to be the symbol's true meaning) then we can see the law as an instrument to control society; certainly police forces on both sides of the Atlantic are infamous bastions of Freemasonry and George Bush Senior called for "A world where the rule of law supplants the rule of the jungle." during his infamous speech on 11 September, 1990 when he claimed "a new world order -- can emerge" [15].  At the highest level of  freemasonry their is a motto Ordo Ab Chao, here's what Albert Mackey's masonic encyclopedia has to say about it:

"ORDO AB CHAO.  A Latin expression, meaning Order out of Chaos. A motto of the Thirty-third Degree, and having the same allusion as lug e tenebris, which see in this work.  The invention of this motto is to be attributed to the Supreme Council of the Ancient and Accepted Scottish petite at Charleston, and it is first met with in the Patent of Count de Grasse, dated February 1, 1802. When De Grasse afterward carried the polite over to France and established a Supreme Council there, he changed the motto, and, according to Lenning, Ordo ab hoc, Order out of This, was used by him and his Council in all their documents. If so, it was simply a blunder." [16]

The Law

Left: Lady Liberty's tabula ansata. Right: tabulae ansatae from the sanctuary of Isis and Magna Mater in Mainz



Since we know "wisdom drapes her truth with symbolism"  it behoves us to take a closer look at what tabula ansatae were used for in ancient times.  The only reference I came across for tabula ansatae with respect to law was Meyer, Elizabeth A. (2004). Legitimacy and law in the Roman world: tabulae in Roman belief and practice.  When I searched for tabula ansatae independent of law or the statue of liberty I found that it was a a favorite form for votive tablets in Imperial Rome.

A votive deposit or votive offering is one or more objects displayed or deposited, without the intention of recovery or use, in a sacred place for broadly religious purposes. Such items are a feature of modern and ancient societies and are generally made in order to gain favor with supernatural forces. Some offerings have apparently been made in anticipation of the achievement of a particular wish, but in Western cultures from which documentary evidence survives it has been more typical to wait until the wish has been fulfilled before making the offering,for which the more specific term ex-voto may be used. Votive offerings have been described in historical Roman era and Greek sources, although similar acts continue into the present day, for example in traditional Catholic culture and, arguably, in the modern day practice of tossing coins into a wishing well or fountain.  The modern construction practice called topping out can be considered as an example of a votive practice that has very ancient roots. [17]

In the context of an offering made after the achievement of a particular wish and the 1776 date on the tablet it is possible that Lady Liberty's tabula ansata commemorates the successful takeover of Freemasonry by Adam Weishaupt's Illuminati [18] which was formed in 1776.

Chains

Chains lie broken at Lady Liberties feet symbolising the freedom that the rulers have to do as they please due to the secrets they keep.  Often in sculpture broken chains are assoicated with Prometheus as shown below (in some stories, Prometheus is freed at last by the hero Heracles (Hercules)).  Of course it is significant that such sculptures show broken chains and freedom associated with an imortal god (of the ruling class) and not with mere mortal members of society (the people).

Statue of Liberty chains

Top left: prometheus unbound at Texas Medical Center Library's McGovern Historical Collections. Bottom left: Brokens chains at Lady Liberty's feet. Right: Prometheus in Auburn California.


References

  1. US National Park Service, Statue of Liberty, 13 July 2013,  http://www.nps.gov/stli/faqs.htm#statuesymbol
  2. Manly P. Hall, The Lost Keys of Freemasonry, 13 July 2013   http://www.manlyphall.org/text/the-lost-keys-of-freemasonry/
  3. Wikipedia, Frédéric Auguste Bartholdi, 13 July 2013,  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fr%C3%A9d%C3%A9ric_Auguste_Bartholdi
  4. Wikipedia, Alexandre Gustave Eiffel, 13 July 2013,   http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alexandre-Gustave_Eiffel
  5. Quarry Masonic Forum, 13 July 2013,  http://tamrin.proboards.com/thread/2013?page=2#ixzz2YxigQGPg
  6. Masonic World, Masonry and the Statue of Liberty, 13 July 2013,  http://www.masonicworld.com/education/articles/Masonry-and-the-statue-of-liberty.htm
  7. Dhani, Our Lady Liberty,  2 July 2009, http://ourladyliberty.wordpress.com/page/3/
  8. Wikipedia, Colossus of Rhodes, 13 July 2013, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Colossus_of_Rhodes#Posture
  9. Wikipedia, Libertas, 13 July 2013, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Libertas
  10. Wikipedia, Hera, 13 July 2013, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hera
  11.  British Museum, 13 July 2013, http://www.britishmuseum.org/research/collection_online/collection_object_details.aspx?searchText=helios%20krater&ILINK|34484,|assetId=15026&objectId=461618&partId=1
  12.  Albert G. Mackey, The Rite of Intrusting, and the Symbolism of Light, The Symbolism of Freemasonry, 1882, http://www.sacred-texts.com/mas/sof/sof24.htm
  13. Wikipedia, Prometheus, 13 July 2013, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Prometheus
  14. Wikipedia, Statue of Liberty, 13 July 2013, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Statue_of_Liberty#Design.2C_style.2C_and_symbolism
  15. George Bush Presidential Library And Museum,  Address Before a Joint Session of the Congress on the Persian Gulf Crisis and the Federal Budget Deficit, 11 September 1990, http://bushlibrary.tamu.edu/research/public_papers.php?id=2217&year=1990&month=9
  16. Albert G. Mackey, Encyclopedia Of  Freemasonry and Its Kindred Sciences, 1878, http://www.phoenixmasonry.org/mackeys_encyclopedia/o.htm
  17. Wikipedia, Votive Offering, 13 July 2013, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Votive_offering
  18. The Big Picture, Adam Weishaupt 13 July 2013,  http://www.the-big-picture.org.uk/wp/?page_id=627