Trivia, Facts, Pictures, etc….The Lost Symbol again :)

Some “trivial facts” I’ve noted while reading The Lost Symbol….and they are all really amazing…I’ve also provided some photos of it for you to see…;)They all can be read in the book…

The Hand of Mysteries is a formal invitation to pass through a mystical gateway and acquire ancient secret knowledge- powerful wisdom known as the Ancient Mysteries or the lost wisdom of all ages.

It contains the crown, star, sun, lantern, and the key symbols-each of these representing a different form of knowledge. Sometimes the hand is shown with a fish and burning sea on the palm, which are the alchemical symbols for mercury and sulphur – supposedly key ingredients for the Philosopher’s Stone. A fish is also, sometimes, used a a symbol for wisdom.

Ancient Mysteries refer to a body of secret knowledge that was amassed long ago. One intriguing aspect of this knowledge is that it it allegedly enables its practitioners to access powerful abilities that lie dormant in the human mind. The enlightened Adepts who possessed this knowledge vowed to keep it veiled from the masses because it was considered far too potent and dangerous for the uninitiated.

The Apotheosis of Washington was a 4,664 sq. ft. fresco located just above the rotunda of the US Capitol. It was completed by Constantino Brumidi, also known as the Michelangelo of the Capitol.

The Apotheosis of Washington depicts George Washington becoming a god (apotheosis). Washington, the first U.S. president andcommander-in-chief of the Continental Army during the American Revolutionary War, is allegorically represented, surrounded by figures fromclassical mythology. Washington is draped in purple, a royal color, with a rainbow arch at his feet, flanked by the goddess Victoria (draped in green, using a horn) to his left and the goddess Liberty to his right. Liberty wears a red Phrygian cap, symbolizing emancipation, from a Roman tradition where sons leaving the home and/or slaves being emancipated would be given a red cap. She holds a fasces in her right hand and an open book in the other.

Forming a circle between Liberty and Victory are 13 maidens, each with a star above their heads, representing the original 13 colonies. Several of the maidens have their backs turned to Washington, said to represent the colonies that had seceded from the Union at the time of painting. Upside down above Washington is the banner E Pluribus Unum meaning “out of many, one”.

Surrounding Washington, the two goddesses, and the 13 maidens are six scenes lining the perimeter, each representing a national concept allegorically: from directly below Washington in the center and moving clockwise, “War,” “Science,” “Marine,” “Commerce,” “Mechanics,” and “Agriculture”. The perimeter scenes are not fully visible from the floor of the Capitol.

War


Freedom, also known as Columbia, is directly below Washington in the personification of War. The scene depicts a woman fighting for liberty with a raised sword, a cape, and a helmet and shield (in the colors of theAmerican flag) trampling figures representing Tyranny and Kingly Power. To Freedom’s left assisting her is a fierce bald eagle (the bald eagle is the national bird of the United States) carrying arrows and a thunderbolt(reminiscent of the arrows carried by the eagle in the Great Seal of the United States).

Science


Minerva, the Roman goddess of crafts and wisdom, is portrayed with helmet and spear pointing to anelectrical generator creating power stored in batteries next to a printing press, representing great American inventions. American scientists and inventors Benjamin Franklin, Samuel F. B. Morse, and Robert Fultonwatch. In the left part of the scene a teacher demonstrates the use of dividers.

Marine


This scene shows Neptune, the Roman sea-god, with trident and crown of seaweed riding in a shell chariot drawn by sea horses. Venus, goddess of love born from the sea, is depicted helping to lay the transatlantic telegraph cable which ran from America to the Telegraph Field in Ireland. In the background is an ironclad warship with smokestacks.

Commerce

Mercury, the Roman god of commerce, with his winged petasos and sandals and a caduceus, is depicted giving a bag of gold to American Revolutionary War financier Robert Morris. To the left, men move a box on adolly; on the right, the anchor and sailors lead into “Marine.”

Mechanics

Vulcan, the Roman god of fire and the forge, is depicted standing at an anvil with his foot on a cannon next to a pile of cannonballs. A steam engine is in the background. The man at the forge is thought to represent Charles Thomas, the supervisor of ironwork during the construction of the Capitol dome.

Agriculture


Ceres, the Roman goddess of agriculture, is shown with a wreath of wheat and a cornucopia, symbol of plenty, while sitting on a McCormick mechanical reaper. The personification of Young America in a liberty cap holds the reins of the horses, while the goddess Flora gathers flowers in the foreground.

(source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Apotheosis_of_Washington)

Noetic Science is the study of mankind’s direct and immediate access to knowledge beyond what is available to our normal senses and the power of reason.

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