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A portion of a large, 4-story stained glass window at St. Joseph's Hospital.

I looked online for the symbolism of the eye on the pyramid, a symbol you may recognize from the American dollar bill. Here is what I found:

"The Great Seal was first used on the reverse of the one-dollar Federal Reserve note in 1935. The Department of State is the official keeper of the Seal. They believe that the most accurate explanation of a pyramid on the Great Seal is that it symbolizes strength and durability. The unfinished pyramid means that the United States will always grow, improve and build. In addition, the "All-Seeing Eye" located above the pyramid suggests the importance of divine guidance in favor of the American cause.

The pyramid signifies strength and duration: The eye over it and the motto, Annuit Coeptis (meaning He, [Godj has favored our undertakings), allude to the many interventions of Providence in favor of the American cause.

"As you know if you've read the fine print, what you see on the back of a dollar bill is the great seal of the U.S., established by Congress on June 20, 1782. The official interpretation is that the pyramid represents strength and durability. It's incomplete because so is the work of building the nation. The eye in the triangle is the all-seeing eye of providence.

What makes the story interesting is that the eye and pyramid have links to Freemasonry. The eye, for example, is said to be a symbol of the Great Architect of the Universe, i.e., God. The symbolic significance of the pyramid and the eye were well known to educated folk of the 18th century, and one may argue that the Masons and the designers of the seal were merely drawing on the same symbolic sources. But what if ... one pauses pregnantly ... there's more to it?

Due to incomplete records, nobody knows exactly how many of the founding fathers were Masons. But there were quite a few, including George Washington, Ben Franklin, and possibly Thomas Jefferson. Franklin and Jefferson were on the committee assigned to design the great seal. This group produced a design calling for, among other things, an all-seeing eye. While the eye was cool, the design otherwise pretty much stank, and the job wound up getting dumped on the secretary of the Congress, Charles Thomson. Thomson enlisted the aid of Philadelphian William Barton. The two cooked up the scheme we have today, incorporating the all-seeing eye plus a pyramid, because everybody liked the idea of Egyptian symbolism.

It's not known if Barton and Thomson were Masons, and judging from surviving correspondence there's no indication a Masonic connection crossed anybody's mind at the time. But it's crossed lots of minds since....Joseph Campbell, in The Power of Myth, proposed a wacky but basically genial interpretation that works in Solomon's Seal and the Pythagorean tetrakys and Egyptian folklore. Upshot: the seal is a symbolical representation of democracy. Fine as far as it goes, but lacking the essential element of paranoia. For this we turn to the religious right, which sees the eye and pyramid as evidence of a Masonic plot (by George Washington!) to destroy Christianity."

from the Cecil Adams ("The Straight Dope") column on the subject.

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  1. G0Da 105 months ago | reply

    I can not speak or maybe choose not too on this subject.....

    But i can say that your photo of this is beyond awesome. Very great color and detail even in the larger size, You are getting so great at photos, Im glad That your a part of the flickrness.

  2. cobalt123 105 months ago | reply

    Guano put a HUGE gif image into the comments, and it was blowing out my page with horizontal scrolling, so I've deleted it and this is his comment and link to his eye-pyramid image:

    - - - -

    "Now you've done it. The secret Flickr/Masonic Elders will be visiting you soon for a complete memory erasure. Eye yi yi! This goes to illustrate that architects are God, and that Providence, Rhode Island, is the virtual seat of His Sofa.

    Didja ever think that computers are much like stained glass? Lit from behind, with the glow of the All-Seeing web drawing us into the Cosmic Mind Meld.... "


  3. nilgun erzik 105 months ago | reply

    this is great....the shape , the colours....amazing...

  4. πρώρα (Prora) 105 months ago | reply

    This is interesting. A group of W London Flickr members recently visited Chiswick House which was the first place in England set up specifically for masonic meetings - at a time when the masons were an illegal body. As I explain in the caption to this photo, we were told of the many many masonic symbols in the decor of the house. It would be interesting to see more of the window so that we might detect other such symbols (though I am no expert).

    Chiswick House

  5. AzRedHeadedBrat 105 months ago | reply

    SIlentmute hit it on the head. The Illuminati. (chills up my spine). I'll leave it at that. SUPER shot though... was instantly drawn to it.

  6. Greggsfinder General [deleted] 105 months ago | reply

    1,000 thanks to you for allowing my eye to see this.

  7. AsianTulip 98 months ago | reply

    wow, I didn't know it had so much meaning. I always loved this symbol, always draw it on myself, but never quite took the time to find out what it meant. Thanks for posting it.

  8. Panza Verde 98 months ago | reply

    It´s funny... an empire built by liberals.

  9. pearmax 93 months ago | reply

    Hi, I'm an admin for a group called Vitreaux, and we'd love to have your photo added to the group.

  10. ∑nder 91 months ago | reply

    Hi, I'm an admin for a group called Art Bandits, and we'd love to have your photo added to the group.

  11. Panos_ [deleted] 86 months ago | reply

    Compliments, I like it !
    Please add this photo and join us at


  12. guck_amol_do [deleted] 82 months ago | reply

    Hallo, ich bin der Administrator der Gruppe Staind Glass, und wir würden uns freuen, wenn Du dies zu unserer Gruppe hinzufügen würdest.

  13. Teczas 82 months ago | reply

    Very nice photo!! Thanks for sharing.

  14. spinnell 74 months ago | reply

    illuminati !

  15. Belio MGZ 74 months ago | reply

    Hi, I'm an admin for a group called Belio: GOD, and we'd love to have this added to the group!

  16. wolfclaw1 72 months ago | reply

    very interesting.. have an open mind to different theories and read this article..

  17. CHASING_FRAMES 68 months ago | reply

    illuminati !
    New World order
    Bilderburg group like this alot
    theres nothing pretty about that eye (your photo is very good) just what the eye represents is not a good thing.

  18. © Jamie Mitchell 63 months ago | reply

    Hi, I'm an admin for a group called All Seeing Eye, and we'd love to have this added to the group!

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