Jul 13

Illuminati Architecture


Glasgow, UK

Stewart Memorial Fountain

Freemasonic Finger Print

The Stewart Memorial Fountain at Kelvingrove Park in Glasgow's West End includes some symbols which are definitively Freemasonic.

Masonic Symbols on the Stewart Memorial Fountain

Masonic Symbols on the east of the Stewart Memorial Fountain

At bottom left in the above image is the most obvious sign that the fountain is a Masonic monument that includes secret messages for those with eyes to see.  The shield contains a subtly disguised Masonic square and compass, which the uninitiated are not supposed to recognise.  Low level Freemasons are taught that the square and compasses has for centuries, throughout the world, been recognised as a symbol of truth, morality and brotherly love, which are the virtues Freemasons strive to exemplify throughout their lives [1].  This is just about as credible as the Pope telling Catholics that they can reduce time in pergatory by following him on Twitter [2].  At the highest levels of their respective organisations Freemasons and the Church have for centuries hidden deep truths about the possibility for people to experience altered states of consciousness and spiritual enlightenment.

Masonic Square and Compass at The Stewart Memorial Fountain

“…the compasses stand for…the spiritual side of man, while the square appertains to the material world…the square represents matter. In the case of the compasses… they represent…the Spiritual.” — J. S. Ward, Interpretation of Our Masonic Symbols

The other shield (at bottom right in the first photograph) displays 3 columns, which almost certainly represent the 3 pillars of Freemasonry.  Masonicdictionary.com tells us:  "it is probably true that there is no Mason, be he ever so unskilled in his Art, who is so ill informed that if he were asked, "What are the symbolical Supports of your Blue Lodge?" would not be able to give the information, "The Three Pillars, Wisdom, Strength, and Beauty"" [3]

As with a great number of other triplets Freemasonry uses the 3 pillars as a symbol of god.  Masonicdictionary.com tells us "The Mason is informed that the Three Supporting Pillars of the Lodge are Wisdom, Strength, and Beauty 'because it is necessary that there should be wisdom to contrive, strength to support, and beauty to adorn all great and important undertakings': he cannot but gather from the lectures and the work, particularly of the First Degree, that the Lodge is the symbol of the World: therefore, when he combines these two conceptions and draws the necessarily resulting conclusion, he arrives at the same understanding of the ultimate symbolic significance of the Three Pillars as did the ancient Hindus--the Three Supporting Pillars of the Lodge are, considered as a group, the symbol of Him Whose Wisdom contrived the World, Whose Strength supports the World, Whose Beauty adorns the World-- Deity." [3]

The 3 pillars of Freemasonry at the Stewart Memorial Fountain

Left : 3 columns at the Stewart Memorial Fountain. Right : The 3 pillars of Freemasonry on a Masonic tracing board.

All of this may seem a little odd for a fountain which we are told was built to celebrate Lord Provost Stewart of Murdostoun who was instrumental in the delivery of Glasgow's water supply system from Loch Katrine [4].  The official story of the fountain is only part of the truth and all the really interesting and important symbolism is meant  be understood only by those inside the inner circle of the ruling class.

On the west side of the fountain, below, a Freemasonic secret handshake is carved in stone at eye level.

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More Masonic Symbols on the Stewart Memorial Fountain

Above the shield on the bottom right 2 hands hold one another with Jachin as illustrated below.

Masonic handshake

Jachin at the Stewart Memorial Fountain

Jachin is a popular grip as the pictures below confirm.  Many more examples are available on-line which begs the question.  Why does the world appears to be run by people who identify themselves as members of a secret society by using secret handshakes.

Jachin in action

Jachin in action
Top left : Referee "Tiny" Warton presses the second knuckle of Glasgow Rangers captain John Grieg
Bottom Left : Nurse at King Edward VII's hospital presses Queen Elizabeth's second knuckle
Top Right : Tony Blair and Pope Benedict XVI demonstrate Jachim
Bottom right : Russian premier Mikhail Gorbachev presses president Ronald Reagan's second knuckle

A Pyramid of Masonic Symbols

The Stewart Memorial Fountain was completed in 1872 [5].  The architect was James Sellars and the sculptures were designed by Freemason John Mossman [6] who is regarded as the father of Glasgow Sculpture.  The Glasgow Sculpture website provides images of the parts of the fountain obviously related to the commemoration of  Robert Stewart of Murdostoun (1811-66) and his role in the history of Glasgow's water supply [5].  This article will examine the other imagery, which is pertinent to the Stewart family's role in Freemasonry [7] as summarised below.

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The Stewart Memorial Fountain. Photo by Tom Donald [8]

The Lady Of The Lake

At the top of the fountain, there is a sculpture of the Lady of the Lake.  Officially the statue depicts Ellen Douglas, from Freemason Walter Scott's poem entitled the Lady of the Lake, who is straining to hear the call of her lover, James Fitz-James [5].  I don't see anything in the image below to suggest that the Lady of the Lake is straining to hear, but I do see her holding the cross guard of a large sword with her right arm.  When a Lady of the Lake carries a large sword it is, of course, nothing to do with Walter Scott's poem; it is a reference to Excalibur - the sword given to King Arthur of Camelot by the Lady of Lake Avalon.

Lady of the lake and Duke of Kent

Left : the Duke of Kent, Queen Elizabeth's cousin and the present Grand Master of the United Grand Masonic Lodge of England. Right : Lady of the lake atop the Stewart Memorial Fountain holding Excalibur in her right arm.

Excalibur is sometimes attributed with magical powers and is associated with the rightful sovereignty of Great Britain [9].  The Stewart Memorial Fountain is proclaiming (for those who understand the imagery) that the Freemasons are rightful (secret) rulers of Great Britain.  Such claims are entirely consistent with the stated objectives of Adam Weishaupt's Illuminati and with the claims of Scottish physicist, mathematician and Freemason John Robison [10] who wrote Proofs of a Conspiracy in order to warn people of the proposed secret takeover of the world in 1798.

The Lady of the Lake offering Arthur Excalibur, by Alfred Kappes (1880)

The Lady of the Lake Avalon offering Arthur Excalibur, by Alfred Kappes (1880)

The Lion And The Unicorn

The next level of Freemasonic imagery on the Stewart Memorial Fountain is that of lions and unicorns.  The official explanation of the imagery is of the lion representing England and the unicorn representing Scotland, but that's not what it means to high level Freemasons.

33rd Degree Freemason Manly P. Hall writes about the unicorn  his book The Secret Teachings Of All Ages : "Mediæval Christian mystics employed the unicorn as an emblem of Christ, and this creature must therefore signify the spiritual life in man. The single horn of the unicorn may represent the pineal gland, or third eye, which is the spiritual cognition center in the brain. The unicorn was adopted by the Mysteries as a symbol of the illumined spiritual nature of the initiate, the horn with which it defends itself being the flaming sword of the spiritual doctrine against, which nothing can prevail." [11]

Left : unicorn with missing horn on the Stewart Memorial Fountain.  Right : unicorn as a symbol of divine love (spirituality)

Left : unicorn with missing horn on the Stewart Memorial Fountain, photo by Tom Donald [12] Right : unicorn as a symbol of enlightenment, which is very often symbolised by sunlight

Lions have been a symbol of ruling authority since at least as far back as Ancient Egypt, where the pharaoh sometimes was represented as the sphinx, a lioness with a human head [13].  For Freemasons, who operate against the allegorical backdrop of the building of King Solomon's Temple, King Solomon's use of the lion as a symbol of authority, wisdom and wealth is particularly pertinent.  From MasonicWorld.com we learn that "the lion was upon the standard of the large and powerful tribe of Judah.  “Lion of the Tribe of Judah” was one of Solomon’s titles." [14]

Left: lion at the Stewart Memorial Fountain, photo courtesy of Tom Donald http://www.flickr.com/photos/clearwood/5580477604/in/photostream/ Right : Solomon's Wealth and Wisdom, as in 1 Kings 3:12-13, illustration from a Bible card published 1896 by the Providence Lithograph Company.

Left: lion at the Stewart Memorial Fountain, photo courtesy of Tom Donald [15]
Right : Solomon's Wealth and Wisdom, as in 1 Kings 3:12-13, illustration from a Bible card published 1896 by the Providence Lithograph Company.

With the unicorn as a symbol of spirituality and the lion as a symbol of government it is easy to see why the two animals are seen generally as opposites or enemies.  The British government could not have conquered the empire using a population of spiritually enlightened human beings because they would refuse to do unnecessary harm to others.  Nor would a spiritually enlightened population embrace our present day consumer society, which depends on the population maintaining a materialistic outlook.

Lion and unicorn nursery rhyme

Lion and unicorn nursery rhyme

Vicomte Léon De Poncins, a French journalist and descendant of an 'elite' noble family described Freemasonry, in 1929, as follows: "Freemasonry is a body of superimposed secret societies spread throughout the world. Its aim is to destroy the present civilization based in Christian principles, to establish in its place an atheistic rationalist society which, in fact, leads straight to materialism although it is supposed to have-science and reason as a religion. The role of Freemasonry is to create the revolutionary state of mind rather than to act directly.” [16]. With hindsight Monsieur De Poncins appears to have remarkable insight into how the world has changed over the past 85 years under masonic rule from behind the scenes.

Another explanation of the intent of Freemasonry towards the spirituality of the masses was given by Rudolf Steiner, who lead a lodge called Mystica Aeterna within the Masonic Order of Memphis and Mizraim, from 1906 until around 1914.  A passage from Steiner's 1917 lecture entitled The Fallen Spirits' Influence in the World is included below.

I have told you that the spirits of darkness are going to inspire their human hosts, in whom they will be dwelling, to find a vaccine that will drive all inclination towards spirituality out of people's souls when they are still very young, and this will happen in a roundabout way through the living body. Today, bodies are vaccinated against one thing and another; in future, children will be vaccinated with a substance which it will certainly be possible to produce, and this will make them immune, so that they do not develop foolish inclinations connected with spiritual life — ‘foolish’ here, of course, in the eyes of materialists. [17]

Materially rich versus spiritually rich

Materially rich versus spiritually rich

Present day scientists have been working to identify the causes of spirituality and you can be sure the authorities have an eye on developing a cure for this troublesome condition within the masses.  The God gene hypothesis proposes that a specific gene (VMAT2) predisposes humans towards spiritual or mystic experiences. The idea has been postulated by geneticist Dean Hamer, the director of the Gene Structure and Regulation Unit at the U.S. National Cancer Institute, and author of the 2005 book The God Gene: How Faith is Hardwired into our Genes. [18]

The state's suppression of enlightenment is emphasized in the royal coat of arms of the United Kingdom where the unicorn is collared and chained as seen below outside Glasgow's High Court of Justiciary.  John Mossman's unicorns on the Stewart Memorial Fountain are unchained because the Fountain is a monument to Freemasonry and the truth they keep secret rather than a symbol of oppression and authority over the populous.

Royal High Court of Justiciary in Glasgow

Royal coat of arms outside the High Court of Justiciary in Glasgow


Moving on down from lions and unicorns the Stewart Memorial Fountain next displays a zodiac.  The vast majority of people in the western world associate the zodiac with horoscopes because their only source of knowledge on the subject is the Freemasonic controlled media.  The truth is that the zodiac is a celestial coordinate system, which originated in Babylon as a tool for astronomers during the first half of the first millennium BCE and some of the constellations can be traced even further back, to Bronze Age (Old Babylonian) sources, including Gemini "The Twins” and Cancer "The Crab" [19].  Horoscopic astrology was not created until hundreds of years later in the Mediterranean region, likely Egypt, sometime around the late 2nd or early 1st century BCE. [20]

High level Freemasons know their history and value the discipline of astronomy extremely highly.  As can be seen in the illustration below, astronomy lies at the top of the Masonic Winding Staircase which symbolically takes the initiate beyond boundary walls of the  5 senses and activates the 6th sense (pineal gland) which gives rise to spiritual enlightenment.  Present day Freemasons within the inner circle are not really working to achieve spiritual enlightenment, they are the kings of materialism who work to perpetuate the consumer society and keep themselves in power, it is important to consider themselves intellectually superior to the rest of the population and to take money from lower level Freemasons in order to perpetuate their secret organisation.  We know what low level Freesmasons are told about the winding staircase from Grand Lodge of Maine website:

"The winding stairs, like all true symbolic presentations, provides us with a host of implications and insights upon which we may expand our appreciation of life and its meaning. Step by step the stairs represent the upward climb of men's understanding and his quest to "imitate the Divine plan." The view becomes more extensive the higher we ascend up the staircase; yet this view with its widening horizon can only be obtained by the toil of climbing. It has been suggested that the winding stairs has a further illusion. Because of the turning, what awaits us as we progress is hidden, and we must progress with courage and with faith that the stairs will carry us upwards to that destiny which the Divine Artificer, in His wisdom, has ordained." [21]

As Adam Weishaupt, founder of the Bavarian illuminati, is reported to have said "Of all the means I know to lead men, the most effectual is a concealed mystery."

Zodiac and Astronomy

Top left : Pisces, Aquarius and Aries on the Stewart Memorial Fountain
Bottom Left : Zodiac on the ceiling of the masonic lodge at the Andaz hotel, London
Right : Freemasonic Winding Staircase with astronomy at the top step on the path to enlightenment

Zodiac Cross (Sun Cross)

Astronomical references are continued when the Stewart Memorial Fountain is viewed from above.  In plan view the fountain lies at the centre of a zodiac cross (sun cross) [22].  Each arm of the symmetrical cross represents a solstice or equinox and the circle of the zodiac has the sun (representing enlightenment) at its centre.  The same symbolism is seen on the masonic gravestone below.  The highest echelons of Freemasonry are well aware that organised religion is an instrument of social control and that religious myth was written, in part, by creating metaphors for astronomical observations.  33rd Degree Freemason Manly P. Hall taught that each of the three Abrahamic faiths has a planet that governs that religion.  Judaism is Saturn: the symbol of Judaism is a hexagram symbol of Saturn, and the day of worship is on Saturday, day of Saturn. Christianity is the Sun: the symbol of Christianity is the cross symbol of the Sun, and the day of worship is Sunday, day of the Sun. Islam is Venus: the symbol of Islam is the star and crescent (the star commonly thought to represent Venus), and the day of worship is on Friday, day of Venus. [23]

Zodiac cross

Top left : Zodiac cross
Bottom left : Stewart Memorial Fountain zodiac cross
Right : Freemasonic grave stone displaying a zodiac cross

The zodiac or sun cross has become a widespread symbol of the contemporary Gnostic revival. It is taken after the upper part of the Gnostic cross and the Cathar cross and represents the Pleroma [22] (the totality of divine powers).  Gnostics reject organised religion in favour of pursuing a personal relationship with the divine so their use of a cross with the sun (enlightenment) at the centre is an obvious choice.

Gnosticism is the belief that the material world created by the Demiurge (often represented as a lion faced deity) should be shunned and the spiritual world (God's world) should be embraced .  The spirit world is impalpable, and time there doesn't exist.  To rise to God, the Gnostic must reach the "knowledge" which mixes philosophy, metaphysics, curiosity, culture, knowledge, and secrets of history and universe.  "Gnostic" should be understood as being reliant not on knowledge in a general sense, but as being specially receptive to mystical or esoteric experiences of direct participation with the divine.  Indeed, in most Gnostic systems the sufficient cause of salvation is this "knowledge of" (acquaintance with) the divine [24].  Such spiritual acquaintance is often described as "a religious experience" or gnosis and requires an altered state of consciousness, which can be achieved by meditation, and is commonly identified with a process of inward "knowing" or self-exploration, comparable to that encouraged by Plotinus (c. 205 – 270 AD).

Sun Cross, symbol of Gnosticism

Sun Cross, symbol of Gnosticism

Sovereign Grand Commander of the Scottish Rite of Freemasonry's Southern Jurisdiction, Albert Pike, studied Gnostic thought extensively and recorded his findings in Morals and Dogma of the Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite of Freemasonry in 1871.  A copy of Morals and Dogma was given to every new member of the Southern Jurisdiction from the early 1900s until 1969 (although some local Scottish Rite bodies offered copies through the mid-1970s), when it was deemed too advanced to be helpful to the new Scottish Rite member. [25]

A vertical zodiac cross is always displayed with arms vertical and horizontal.  In plan view we would expect to find arms of a zodiac cross pointing directly to north, south, east and west, however the zodiac cross on the ground at Kelvingrove Park is rotated about 10 degrees clockwise from the cardinal points as can be seen in the image above.  From the image below we can see that the connection between the Stewart Memorial Fountain and 1 La Belle Place was more important to the architect than aligning the fountain exactly with the cardinal points.  The friezes on the former Queens Rooms at 1 La Belle Place, also by Freemason John Mossman, are a great help in decoding masonic secrets, the details of which are included here.

Stewart Memorial Fountain and 1 La Belle Place

Stewart Memorial Fountain and 1 La Belle Place

At the east-southeast and west-northwest (nominally east and west) of the Stewart Memorial Fountain at ground level the symbology relates directly to Freemasonry.  East and west are very important to Freemasons because they are where the sun rises and sets respectively; the Freemason is said to travel from the West to the East (sun rise) in search of a Master from whom he may gain instruction, or light [26].  At the lower levels freemasonry is an organisation for people who want to be told what to think by some one they consider to be a superior and the inner circle take full advantage of such gullible folk.

Owls (east and west)

Everyone knows that in children's stories and myth the owl is symbolic of wisdom and knowledge.  The wise old owl symbol goes back at least as far as ancient Greece; Pallas Athene (or Minerva to the Romans), the goddess of wisdom, honored the owl as her sacred bird.  The owl was recognized as an emblem of penetrating sight and intelligence.  It was considered to be a favorable omen if an owl was spotted on the battle field or at times of crisis.  The Athenian silver tetradrachm bore the owl (Athene noctua); and owls were protected and thrived in great numbers at the Acropolis of Athens (a temple dedicated to Athena). [27]

Within Adam Weishaupt's Illuminati, the class of Minerval was a relatively low rank in the scheme of things. However, it was the soul of the Order, and functioned as a sort of assembly line for recruits. [27]

The Independent International Order of Owls was a Masonically related group that organized itself in 1890 in St. Louis, Missouri.  Its objectives were to promote recreation and sociability among the members.  Only Master Masons were eligible to join.  Its local units were called "Nests."  The head officer of each nest was known as "Sapient Screecher."  The national body was called "Supreme Nest of the World." [28]

Owl of Minerva

Left : Owl sculpture on the Stewart Memorial Fountain; photographs by Tom Donald [29]
Right : Minerval Seals of the Illuminati: P.M.C.V. stands for Per Me Caeci Vident (Through me the blind become sighted). An owl holding an opened book (signifying learning), surrounded by a Laurel wreath (a symbol of learning or graduation); Per Me Caeci Vident was a reminder to the Superiors of the class, whose responsibility it was to properly instruct the Minervals. These medallions were worn around the necks of Minerval initiates.

Pelicans (east and west)

The pelican feeding her young with her blood is a prominent symbol of the Eighteenth or Rose Croix Degree of the Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite of Freemasonry, and was adopted as such from the fact that the pelican, in ancient Christian art, was considered as the emblem of the Saviour [30].  In medieval Europe, the pelican was thought to be particularly attentive to her young, to the point of providing her own blood by wounding her own breast when no other food was available. As a result, the pelican came to symbolise self sacrifice.  The self-sacrificial symbology of the pelican was reinforced by the widely read mediaeval bestiaries. The device of "a pelican in her piety" or "a pelican vulning (from Latin vulno to wound) herself" was used in heraldry.  An older version of the myth is that the pelican used to kill its young then resurrect them with its blood, analogous to the sacrifice of Jesus. Likewise a folktale from India says that a pelican killed her young by rough treatment but was then so contrite that she resurrected them with her own blood. [31]

The legends of self-wounding and the provision of blood may have arisen because of the impression a pelican sometimes gives that it is stabbing itself with its bill. In reality, it often presses this onto its chest in order to fully empty the pouch. Another possible derivation is the tendency of the bird to rest with its bill on its breast; the Dalmatian Pelican has a blood-red pouch in the early breeding season and this may have contributed to the myth. [31]

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Left : Pelican (almost) vulning at the Stewart Memorial Fountain, photo courtesy of Tom Donald [32]
Right : A pelican in her piety

The Freemasons use of pelican symbology can be seen on the top left of the apron below from the early 19th century, which is for sale on-line at the time of writing [33].  Note: the lion on the apron is depicted sitting on the ruins of a temple symbolically depicting relationship between government and spirituality.  As Zbigniew Brzezinski, who served as United States National Security Advisor to President Jimmy Carter from 1977 to 1981, observed in his book Between Two Ages (p.21) "the faster the enlightenment of the population, the more frequent the overthrow of the government."

Grand Elect Apron including medieval pelican

Grand Elect Apron with medieval pelican

Hawks (north and south)

At the north-northeast and south-southwest (nominally north and south) of the Stewart Memorial Fountain, at ground level, the symbology relates directly to government.  All four of the bird sculptures at north and south on the fountain are of the same species with hooked bills.  Freemasons are very fond of eagle symbology, either as reference to the phoenix or as a double headed bird which symbolises having authority over both secular and religious matters (church and state) and in having authority (geographically) over both east and west [34], but the sculptures in question show no phoenix characteristics and have only one head.

The British Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) defines hawks as a "mixed group of 'birds of prey' or 'raptors', with hooked bills" [35] and it seems most likely that, since they are grouped together with other symbols of government authority, the bird sculptures are of hawks, which represent war the mongering attitude necessary for empire building as explained in the image below.

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Left : A hawkish materialist
Right : Stewart Memorial Fountain Hawk, photo courtesy of Tom Donald [36]

Two of the hawks have their wings spread and a fish in their mouth.  Ichthys, from the Koine Greek word for fish: ἰχθύς, (capitalized ΙΧΘΥΣ or ΙΧΘΥϹ) is a symbol consisting of two intersecting arcs, the ends of the right side extending beyond the meeting point so as to resemble the profile of a fish, used by early Christians as a secret Christian symbol and now known colloquially as the "sign of the fish" or the "Jesus fish." [37]  In the context of Vicomte Léon De Poncins' assertion that Freemasons aimed to create an atheist society it makes perfect sense that a symbol of war mongering and global conquest would be consuming a symbol of the spiritual nature of man.

hawk and fish

Left : Stewart Memorial Fountain hawk with fish
Right: Ichthys

Symbols of Freemasonry (east and west)

Above the square and compasses on the east side of the fountain is the head of a creature which is difficult to identify for certain.  In lieu of being able to ask the Freemasons about their secrets my best guess is the that sculpture is a wolf head, which is recognised by Freemasons as a symbol of the sun and provides yet another link between the secret society and ancient astronomical symbology.


Freemasonic Symbology of the wolf [38]

Above the 3 pillars of freemasonry there is another head and my best guess is that it is a Griffin.  The ruling Freemasons use mythology as a 'secret' language and griffin symbology fits those keeping the secret of spiritual connection from the populous as explained below.


Griffin [39]

Over on the west side of the fountain a triple cross, known as a 'cross crosslet', Jerusalem Cross or Crusader's cross is carved above the masonic handshake.  The cross is 'fitchy' as described below, which provides just part of the evidence which confirms the Freemasons to be a present day incarnation of the Poor Fellow-Soldiers of Christ and of the Temple of Solomon (Knights Templar).  If asked directly the Freemasons will deny that their organisation is descended from the crusading knights, but the cat is pretty much out of the bag and these days the freemasonic controlled media no longer try to hide the truth, but instead use laughable Indiana Jones characters such as Ashley Cowie to confuse the public about what the Freemasonic and Knights Templar secrets really are.  The most prominent attempt to mislead the public is Dan Brown's claim that the Knights Templar were formed by a secret society named the Priory of Sion which guard the secret blood line of Jesus [40].  Another very common disinformation ploy is Cowie's tactic of claiming that the Holy Grail is a physical object [41].

The truth is that Jesus never existed; he is just another in a long line of mythical gods which personify the sun (sunlight, enlightenment) and the true Holy Grail is, of course, enlightenment itself, which is the state of mind achieved during the mystical experience of transcendence.  During transcendence an individual experiences unity with divine intelligence and finds out that they are a part of the whole of creation, which exists entirely within the mind of God; simultaneously the mystic finds out that the divine mind exists and operates within him or herself.  It is commonly referred to as "finding out who you really are".  Description of transcendence is famously recorded in Hermetica, a series of Egyptian-Greek wisdom texts that date from the 2nd and 3rd centuries CE [42].  Brain activity of those who have achieved the Holy Grail of unity consciousness through meditation is now recorded and studied by neuroscientists [43] [44] , but the Freemasons' inner circle would prefer you did not try this out because everyone might do it, become enlightened, and refuse to die for Queen and country on the battlefields of the Middle East.

As the Freemasons themselves openly declare "the one great secret of Freemasonry…is finding out who you really are." [45]  Of course Freemasons outside the inner circle never learn about transcendence because Freemasonry is just another organised religion deliberately designed to keep people subservient and obedient and to prevent them from finding out the truth.

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Jerusalem cross [46]

33rd degree Freemasons like to wear a version of the Jerusalem cross known as a Salem cross crosslet on their caps:


A pair of 33rd degree Freemasons sporting Salem cross crosslet cap badges

Below the masonic handshake and Crusader's cross fitchy, on the Stewart Memorial Fountain, is a bird which displays the characteristic wing shape and head plumage of a phoenix.  In Greek mythology, a phoenix is a long-lived bird that is cyclically regenerated or reborn.  Associated with the sun, a phoenix obtains new life by arising from the ashes of its predecessor [47], just as the sun is symbolically re-born after the winter solstice.  The phoenix was subsequently adopted as a symbol in Early Christianity.  Immediately prior to adopting Christianity the official sun god of the Roman Empire was Sol Invictus (Unconquered Sun) and, in another example of religious myth being encoded astronomical knowledge, the date of 25 December for Christmas was selected in order to correspond with the Roman festival of Dies Natalis Solis Invicti, or Birthday of the Unconquered Sun [48].  The Church, of course, denies this, but religious works of art betray the truth very obviously, below are just a very few examples.


Top left : Pope Benedict XVI and Pope John Paul II carrying sun discs
Top right : 6th century mosaic in Ravenna Jesus showing Jesus at the centre of a zodiac cross and an early medieval depiction of Jesus at the centre of the zodiac
Bottom left : A 17th-century fresco from the Cathedral of Living Pillar in Georgia depicting Jesus within the Zodiac circle
Bottom right : Jesus in the centre of a zodiac circle from a "private" monastery of the 16th century in Greece


From Masonicdictionary.com we learn "the Sanctuary at Heliopolis was early designated the "Benbenhouse," that is the "pyramidion house." The symbol, then, by which the sanctuary of the Suntemple at Heliopolis was designated was a pyramid. Moreover, there was in this same Sun-temple a pyramidal object called a 'ben,'"... "and upon this pyramidal object the Sun-god in the form of a Phoenix had in the beginning first appeared. This object was already sacred as far back as the middle of the third millennium B. C., and will doubtless have been vastly older. We may conjecture that it was one of those sacred stones, which gained their sanctity in times far back of all recollection or tradition, like the Ka'aba at Mecca. In hieroglyphic the Phoenix is represented as sitting upon this object, the form of which was a universally sacred symbol of the Sun-god. Hence it is that in the Pyramid Texts the king's pyramid tomb is placed under the protection of the Sun-god in two very clear chapters, the second of which opens with a reference to the fact that the Sun-god when he created the other gods was sitting aloft on the ben as a Phoenix, and hence it is that the king's pyramid is placed under his protection." [49]

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Left : Phoenix on the west side of the Stewart Memorial Fountain
Right : Logo of the Phoenix Lodge, the ‘Traditional Observance’ Masonic Lodge in Tilton, New Hampshire, USA.

The fourth and final coat of arms of mystery symbology on the Stewart Memorial Fountain is shown below.  A pelican is carved above a castle (tower), which is located above a coat of arms displaying 3 flowers and a 3 piles (pennons or pennants).

The castle (tower) represents safety [50] and is included 3 times on the crest of the Mother Lodge at Kilwinning, which is situated less than 30 miles south west of Glasgow.  Lodge Mother Kilwinning is number 0 on the Roll, and is reputed to be the oldest Lodge not only in Scotland, but the world [51].  The castles probably symbolise the safe haven found in Scotland by Knights Templar who fled France to avoid arrest by King Philip's agents in 1307.  As the closest city to the mother lodge Glasgow is a fitting place the Freemasons to celebrate their organisation in sculpture.

The flowers on the shield are roses.  Wild roses typically have five-petaled flowers [52] and the Latin phrase sub rosa means "under the rose" and is used in English to denote secrecy or confidentiality, Roses and their essence have historically played a role in religious and spiritual rites which ofttimes would have been held in secret to avoid persecution by the church, which is seriously threatened by people who find their own direct relationship with God and circumvent the churches authority as the only pathway to salvation [53].  The rose is also an esoteric symbol of Rosicrucianism (the order of the Rose Cross and Rose Croix) which is a secret society guarding the same knowledge of spiritual enlightenment as Freemasonry.

The geometric pattern under the 3 roses is known as Argent three piles Sable and depending on the sophistication of the initiate the triple pile may represent the 3 degrees of the Blue Lodge or the 3 aspects of deity (father, son and holy ghost).  The 3 roses and 3 piles taken together may evoke the 33rd degree; the highest rank of Scottish Rite Freemasonry.   For those who know the most closely guarded secret of all, I suspect the father, son and holy ghost represent the patriarchy, people and spiritual enlightenment respectively;  the father has authority over the son who is constantly steered away from experiencing the holy ghost.

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Left : Stewart Memorial Fountain Sculpture
Top Middle : Crest of the Mother Lodge at Kilwinning
Bottom Middle : Masonic Rose Croix 18th Degree Collar Jewel including the medieval pelican
Top Right : The Rosy Cross Lamen as worn by Adepts in the Rosae Rubae et Aureae Crucis, the inner order of the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn.
Bottom Right : Wild Alberta Rose

Glasgow Coat of Arms (north and south)

The esoteric sculptures at the north and south of the Stewart Memorial Fountain are identical.  The first is Glasgow's coat of arms, which was granted to the royal burgh by the Lord Lyon on 25 October 1866.  It incorporates a number of symbols and emblems associated with the life of Glasgow's patron saint, Mungo.  Officially the emblems represent miracles supposed to have been performed by Mungo and are listed in the traditional rhyme:

Here's the bird that never flew
Here's the tree that never grew
Here's the bell that never rang
Here's the fish that never swam

St Mungo is also said to have preached a sermon containing the words Lord, Let Glasgow flourish by the preaching of the word and the praising of thy name. This was abbreviated to "Let Glasgow Flourish" and adopted as the city's motto.

Before being tempted to believe the official version without question, it is worth considering that, as shown below, both the St. Mungo Journey Pilgrimage (Scotland's Chruches Trust) and the church in Keswick dedicated St.Mungo both use the zodiac cross for their logos indicating that they are aware the bible is mythology which carries encoded astronomical knowledge.  Freemasonic descent from crusading knights explains why in 1866, long after anyone wore amour on the battlefield, a knight's helmet was included in some versions of the Glasgow Coat of Arms and indeed why the city crest was a coat of arms in the first place.

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Left : Stewart Memorial Fountain Sculpture
Middle Top: Pisces on the Stewart Memorial Fountain
Middle Bottom: Glalgow City Coat of Arms
Top Right : St. Mungo Journey Pilgrimage Logo
Bottom right : Crossthwaite Paris Church (dedicated to St Mungo) Logo

Looking at the Glasgow coat of arms with a critical eye we note that :

  • The tree recalls when St.Kentigern used a branch of hazel to ignite a tree in order to bring light to a darkened monastery in Culross.
  • The bird is actually a pet robin which was looked after by St.Kentigern's master, St.Serf. St.Kentigern restored the unfortunate creature to life after it had been accidentally killed by some disciples.
  • The salmon with a ring in its mouth bears evidence of St.Kentigern's helpfulness in retrieving the lost ring of bride-to-be, the Queen of Cadzow, from a fish which was caught in the River Clyde.
  •  The bell, somewhat more prosaically, signifies a bell which St.Kentigern brought with him from his travels to Rome. The custom was to toll the bell to announce a death and to encourage the people to pray for the soul of the departed.

Therefore the tree grew; the bird flew, the fish swam and the bell rang, which means the official rhyme is nonsense.  The rhyme makes a lot more sense when one considers it to represent organised religion (at the top as governing force ) presiding over several examples of objects and beings that never fulfilled their true potential (to grow, fly, swim or ring) i.e. objects or creatures that never found out who they really were.

The two fish which support the coat of arms remain unexplained by the official rhyme, however for those who understand that religious myth as encoded astronomical knowledge the pair of fish (Pisces) represent the current age.  Pisces is the current astrological age because presently at the vernal equinox the sun rises in Pisces.  There are twelve astrological ages corresponding to the twelve zodiacal signs in western astrology.   At the completion of one cycle of twelve astrological ages, the cycle repeats itself.  Astrological ages occur because of the precession of the equinoxes.  One complete period of this precession is called a Great Year or Platonic Year of about 25,920 years. [54] [55]

Lion (north and south)

The final coat of arms on the Stewart Memorial Fountain features a lion rampant (standing) with a fess chequy (checkered band) in the background.  The lion rampant above the coat of arms holds scales (Libra) in his left front paw and a sword in his right front paw.  During the age of Taurus and Aries, the end and start of Libra respectively marked the autumnal equinox (22 September) when the length of day and night are equal, hence the balanced scales.  The lion represents government strength (sword) and justice (balanced scales) as made explicit in the Herbert and Sons car mascot shown below.

The horizontal stripe on the 'dark' squares within the fess chequy indicate (using the Petra Sancta method) that the pattern is a blue and white check, which was used by the The Royal House of Stuart (Stewart) who became extinct with the death of Cardinal Henry Benedict Stuart in 1807 [56]. The Stuart Jacobite influence on the higher degrees of Freemasonry has been noted by several authors, although like pretty much all truth about Freemasonry it is denied by official sources. [57]


Left : Lion sculpture at the north and south of the Stewart Memorial Fountain
Top right : Virgo on the Stewart Memorial Fountain
Bottom left : Herbert and Sons car mascot

The fess chequy shown above is the masonic symbol for duality (opposites).   The Freemasons like to trace their own knowledge back to ancient Egypt, where rulers of the one of the earliest known governments were concerned primarily with the duality of order (government) and chaos (spirituality or people who see no need in being governed).  Although every aspect of ancient Egyptian culture was rooted in religion (suppressing spirituality) they didn’t even have a word for 'religion' per se, as something distinct from their daily lives.  Religion was grounded in (order) maat and its balancing concept chaos (isfet). [58]

The Freemasons have a pertinent motto at their highest level, namely "Ordo Ab Chao" about which Mackey's Encyclopedia of Freemasonry says:  "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." [59]  Today the Freemasons mark those who enforce law and order on their behalf with their own symbol for order and chaos as can be seen below:


Top left : Glasgow Police Station diplaying the masonic checker board pattern
Top right : Glasgow traffic warden displaying the masonic checker board pattern
Bottom : Masonic lodge interior with checker board floor

Circular Moat Guarded By Cherubs

Although the figures surrounding the Stewart Memorial Fountain are, strictly speaking, putti, rather than cherubs (cherubim), putti are cherubic in origin and at the fountain they fulfill the biblical role of cherubs  perfectly.  Cherubim first appear in the Bible in The Book of Genesis, with a flaming sword, to prevent Adam and Eve re-entering the garden and accessing the Tree of life.  In this myth the Lord represents literal Lords (the ruling class) who forbid Adam and Eve (the people) from accessing the tree of knowledge (knowledge) and the Tree of Life  (unity consciousness, spiritual enlightenment).

Various representations of the Tree of Life

Various representations of the Tree of Life including the Timberland corporate logo, showing that the key to understanding corporate logos is ancient mythology

33rd Degree Freemason Manly Palmer Hall has the following to say of Cherubs (Cherubim) in his book The Secret Teachings Of All Ages:

"In this ritualistic drama--possibly derived from the Egyptians--Adam, banished from the Garden of Eden, represents man philosophically exiled from the sphere of Truth.  Through ignorance man falls; through wisdom he redeems himself.  The Garden of Eden represents the House of the Mysteries (see The Vision of Enoch) in the midst of which grew both the Tree of Life and the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil."

"Man, the banished Adam, seeks to pass from the outer court of the Sanctuary (the exterior universe) into the sanctum sanctorum, but before him rises a vast creature armed with a flashing sword that, moving slowly but continually, sweeps clear a wide circle, and through this "Ring Pass Not" the Adamic man cannot break."

"The cherubim address the seeker thus: 'Man, thou art dust and to dust thou shalt return.  Thou wert fashioned by the Builder of Forms; thou belongest to the sphere of form, and the breath that was breathed into thy soul was the breath of form and like a flame it shall flicker out. More than thou art thou canst not be. Thou art a denizen of the outer world and it is forbidden thee to enter this inner place.''' [60]

The cherub symbology of the Stewart Memorial Fountain is obvious; a ring of cherubim guard the symbolic inner place of the fountain's secrets against the likes of you and I.  In an apparent nod to the aquatic theme, these Glaswegian cherubim appear to favour clubbing you with an oar over slashing you with a flaming sword.

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A cherub guarding the Stewart Memorial Fountain with an oar


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