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eBook The Secrets of Masonic Washington: A Guidebook to Signs, Symbols, and Ceremonies at the Origin of America's Capital ePub

by James Wasserman

  • ISBN: 1594772665
  • Category: Americas
  • Subcategory: History
  • Author: James Wasserman
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Destiny Books (November 26, 2008)
  • Pages: 192
  • ePub book: 1177 kb
  • Fb2 book: 1493 kb
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  • Rating: 4.6
  • Votes: 661

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This illustrated guidebook to the Masonic secrets of Washington, . A longtime student of the occult sciences and a member of the secret society Ordo Templi Orientis since 1976, he lives in New York City.

This illustrated guidebook to the Masonic secrets of Washington, . provides valuable insights on the design and founding of America. It will be welcomed by students of esoteric art and symbolism, admirers of American history, and devotees of the Dan Brown novels and National Treasure movies.

A fully illustrated guide to the Masonic origins and present-day Masonic sites of Washington, . Wasserman reveals the esoteric symbols and the spiritual and visionary ideas that lie hidden in the buildings, monuments, and physical layout of Washington, . James Wasserman began his career in 1973 at Weiser Books, then the world’s largest bookstore and publishing company James Wasserman (b. 1948) is an author. provides valuable insights on the founding of America. It will be welcomed by students of esoteric art and symbolism, admirers of American history, and devotees of Dan Brown novels and National Treasure movies. 1948) is an author and occultist, best known for his full color publication of the Papyrus of Ani, Book of the Dead.

Each location includes descriptions, interpretations, and explanations of the Masonic symbols and ritualistic meanings hidden within its structure, all illustrated with contemporary color and historic black-and-white photographs.

Library of Congress Control Number: 2008032011. Introduction : hidden in plain sight Freemasonry and the cause of human liberty The Masonic design of Washington . Geographic Name: Washington (. Rubrics: Freemasonry Washington (DC) History Symbolism Rituals Symbolism in architecture. by George F. Coulouris, Jean Dollimore, Tim Kindberg. Synchronicity and the Collective Unconscious. Hypersex . Leave a Reply Cancel reply. Please leave this field empty. Check your inbox or spam folder to confirm your subscription. Secrets of Masonic Washingto.

A fully illustrated guide to the Masonic origins and present-day Masonic sites of Washington, D.C.• Provides a walking tour of the Masonic sites and symbols of the city• Explores the critical role of Freemasonry in the founding of the United States• By the author of The Templars and AssassinsIn this guide to the Masonic underpinnings of America’s capital, James Wasserman reveals the esoteric symbols and the spiritual and visionary ideas that lie hidden in the buildings, monuments, and physical layout of Washington, D.C. His walking tour of these Masonic sites includes both the expected and unexpected--from the Lincoln Memorial and the Capitol Building to the Federal Reserve complex, National Academy of Sciences, and the Library of Congress. Each location includes descriptions, interpretations, and explanations of the Masonic symbols and ritualistic meanings hidden within its structure, all illustrated with contemporary color and historic black-and-white photographs. Wasserman explains the purpose behind putting these symbols and Masonic designs into the capital and how all these monuments fit into the spiritual vision held by the founding fathers. He reveals the prominent role that Freemasonry played in the 18th-century Enlightenment movement and shows how in the New World of America, free of monarchy and aristocracy, the ideas of the Enlightenment were able to flourish. This illustrated guidebook to the Masonic secrets of Washington, D.C., provides valuable insights on the founding of America. It will be welcomed by students of esoteric art and symbolism, admirers of American history, and devotees of Dan Brown novels and National Treasure movies.

Comments

Deorro Deorro
It is a good book where you will learn a few things about Washington D.C. and American history, but nothing special. A few of the connections it makes to masonic history make total sense, and a few others where it could be a case of coincidence. See for yourself!
Painbrand Painbrand
I love finding signs and symbols in architecture an literature. This book has great pictures and give a description of what you will see on a walking tour of Washington DC. It's laid out by sections of the city for day trips and all the interesting places you should see with pictures and meanings behind their symbolism. Will definitely take it with me when we take a vacation there.
Mitynarit Mitynarit
Not very god on answering the "why" certain monuments are relevant to masonry. Also the history of the influence of masons in early America was okay, but not outstanding. I learnt some things, but on the whole the book is only so-so.
DABY DABY
A very nicely written book about something have been researching for over 30 years now. For the Illuminated mind, this book is awesome.
Arrived quickly and well packaged. Thank you.
Jark Jark
Very informational and interesting to the Master Mason and non alike.
Kagda Kagda
James Wasserman's 'The Secrets of Masonic Washington' appears at first to be an exciting premise--a full-color walking tour of Masonic symbolism in the city of Washington D.C. If you are looking for a specifically Masonic guidebook to the city, its title is slightly misleading. Nevertheless, its subtitle is perhaps a better description of what this book really is about: "A guidebook to signs, symbols and ceremonies at the origin of America's capital."

The result is a beautifully photographed volume that examines dozens of federal buildings and explains the symbolism of the colossal statuary and other decoration found on them. Like so many other authors who have ventured into the Federal Triangle with their eyes peeled for Masonic influences, convinced the Freemasons put their stamp all over the stone houses of power or the street map of the nation's capitol, Wasserman's book has a slight sense of schizophrenia. There is specific Masonic architecture in Washington and the surrounding neighborhoods like Alexandria. The buildings in the area Wasserman explores are indeed loaded with symbolism, much of it from the period of the Enlightenment, as interpreted by sculptors and painters over the last two hundred years. The Library of Congress alone could provide you with squinty eyes and a severe neck ache from searching its ceiling, columns and niches for imagery illustrative of the arts and sciences.

But is any of it specifically Masonic?

The philosophies of the Enlightenment are tied inextricably with the birth of Freemasonry, but Classical and Enlightenment art wasn't just conceived by Freemasons, and if you know Washington, you'll be a little frustrated at what Wasserman included and what he omitted. Actual Masonic buildings like the Scottish Rite's House of the Temple, the George Washington Masonic Memorial, the former Grand Lodge building (now the National Museum of Women in the Arts), and other overt examples are given little mention, or ignored completely.

That's not to say this isn't a good book. The chapters about Freemasonry and America that precede and follow the pictorial section are well researched, factual, beautifully written, and especially in his summation, passionate and very personal. I found his epilogue especially moving. Wasserman is not a Freemason--he is a longtime member of the Ordo Templari Orientis (O.T.O.), which based its original rituals on Masonic ceremonies, and later removed much of the overt Masonic influences. But his father and grandfather were Masons, and his interpretation of symbolism and philosophy--Masonic and otherwise--is insightful. He is well versed in esoteric symbolism (his 2005 book, 'The Mystery Traditions: Secret Symbols and Sacred Art,' is a beautiful survey of Western Mystery School imagery and philosophy).

If you are planning on a trip to Washington, 'The Secrets of Masonic Washington' is an interesting walking-tour book from the standpoint of adding deeper meaning to the "angels in the architecture" that glare down upon the befuddled taxpayers strolling along the National Mall. It's beautiful, insightful, and will make you look more closely at the work of architectural artistry than you may have done in the past.

How much of it that has anything to do with Freemasonry is open to interpretation.

(This review appeared in the September/October 2009 issue of The Scottish Rite Journal)
Dukinos Dukinos
Very good read and informative. Enjoyed it to the last page.
very informative.
confirmed my expectations