Famous (and not-so-famous) Pentagrams of Washington D.C. - Part 2
Mundane Astrology
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by Ed Kohout

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Masonic geometry of Washington D.C.

The District's Boundary Stone

 Figure 2-1

On April 15, 1791, the boundary stone of Washington D.C. was laid at Jones Point in a Masonic ceremony attended by Masons from local lodges, including George Washington's lodge, Alexandria #22. The approximate timing of this event is believed to be between 3:30 PM and 4:00 PM, when Jupiter was ascending1.  We will come back to this chart later, but of note is the triangle formed with Jupiter, Sun/Merc, and the POF -- a "quintiling yod":

 Figure 2-2

The White House

The cornerstone of the White House was laid in a Masonic ceremony on October 13, 1792, on a day that the Sun culminated conjunct the fixed star Spica (alpha Virginis):

 Figure 2-3

The chief star in Virgo, Spica, also known as Al Zimach, has come to be associted with the beauty, chastity and virtue -- as well as the harvest -- and thus the concept of the Virgin.  From ancient times this star was considered to be a sheaf of wheat (or ears of corn in some ancient American cultures) being held in the Virgin's left hand, although in Arabia the figure was not seen as a human form, and Virgo was considered simply as "the ears."2  Agricultural allusions denoted by the "seed" of Spica are intertwined with the goddess Ceres.  In Masonic lore, Spica is revered not only as the Virgin, but also Isis, the goddess of the harvest in Egyptian mythology, and therefore the Virgin's predecessor; she too holds three ears in her hand.3 Seeing as cornerstones are not technically harvests, the use of Spica in such an instance calls upon the blessings of the the Creator, who brings bounty and life to the earth, to look favorably upon this undertaking. It also may signify a symbolic harvest after the toils of sowing the seeds of freedom in the Revolution and the Constitution.

 Figures 2-4, 2-5

In the astrology wheel above, Luna is conjunct its own north node.  On the surface it appears that the only 5th-harmonic aspect is with Luna (and her north node) and Saturn; a bi-quintile, separating,  Upon closer inspection, we can see that this bi-quintile is bisected by the ecliptical longitude of the fixed star Sirius:

 Figure 2-6

Was this somehow a part of the astrological scheme of this particular cornerstone laying?  Sirius, the brightest star in the heavens, is without a doubt the most sacred star of Masonry.  Charles Heckethorn in his Secret Societies states:

"A painting found on an Egyptian mummy, now in Paris, represents the death and resurrection of Osiris, and the beginning, progress, and end of the inundation of the Nile.  The sign of the Lion is transformed into a couch, upon which Osiris is laid out as dead; under the couch are four canopi or jars of various capacities, indicating the state of the Nile at different periods. The first is terminated by the head of Sirius, or the Dog-Star, which gives warning of the approach of the overflow of the river..."
"The representation of a blazing star found in every masonic lodge, and which Masons declare to signify prudence -- though why a star should have such a meaning they would be at a loss to tell -- is the star Sirius, the dog-star, mentioned above, innundation of the Nile when the sun was under the stars of the Lion. Near the strs of the Cancer, though pretty far from the band of the zodiac towards the south, and a few weeks after their rising, the Egyptians saw in the morning one of the most brilliant stars in the whole heavens acending the horizon.  It appeared a little before the rising of the sun; they therefore pitched upon this star as the infallible sign of the sun's passing under the stars of Leo, and the beginning of the inundation.  As it thus seemed to be on the watch and give warning, they called it "Barker," "Anubis," "Thot," all meaning the "dog.." Its Hebrew name, "Sihor," in Greek became "Seirios," and in Latin "Sirius."  It taught the Egyptians the prudence of retiring into the higher grounds; and thus Masons, ignorant of the origin of the symbol, yet give it its original emblematic signification."4

Although Heckethorn gave minimal respect to the Freemasons, and did not truly understand the "blazing star" to be based upon the Sun, he did sense the importance of this star to the Masons via Egyptian lore.  We find this passage in Macoy's Dictionary:

"The 'Blazing Star' must not be considered merely as the creature which heralded the appearance of T.G.A.O.T.U., but the expressive symbol of that Great Being himself, who is described by the magnificent appelations of the Day-Spring, or Rising Sun, the Morning Star, and the bright and Blazing Star. This, then is the supernatural reference of the Blazing Star of Masonry, attached to a science which, like the religion it embodies, is universal and applicable to all times and seasons, and to every people that ever did or ever will exist on our ephemeral globe of earth."5

 Brown in Stellar Theology quotes the above, attributing it to George Oliver; he then continues with his own take:

"Other writers identify the Blazing Star with Sirius, the most splendid and glorious of all the stars. The rising of Sirius just before the sun, each year, gave the ancient Egyptians warning of the approaching inundation of the Nile; hence they compared it to a faithful dog, whosse bark gives warning of approaching danger, and named it Sothis, Anumbis, and Thotes, the barker, or monitor. This brilliant and beautiful star thus early became known as the "dog-star." The Egyptians deified it under the name of Anubis, and this god was emblematically represented by the figure of a man with the head of a dog. Both these explanations show the masonic Blazing Star to be an astronomical emblem. The latter one is probably the more correct, as it appertains to the Egyptian Mysteries."6

We can conclude that Masonry places importance on Sirius in regards to its Egyptian deification; the Egyptians considered the stars to be resting places of departed souls.

Returning to the White House cornerstone chart, a skymap shows how closely aligned the Sun and Moon are to the two chief stars in Virgo; Spica being the brightest, and Zavijava -- the beta star of Virgo at 24°13' tropical Virgo, being the second brightest:

 Figure 2-7

Bullinger calls Zavijava "the gloriously beautiful,"7 but Allen states, "It is from Al Zâwiah, the Angle, or Corner, i.e. Kennel, of the Arab Dogs..."8 The allusion to a kennel and dogs comes, most likely, from the observation that this region of Virgo is the densest nebular region in the heavens, and thus the boundary of the kennel is with five stars: nu, omicron, eta, beta, and beta Leonis (Denebola).  That this cornerstone laying ceremony features Luna and her north node conjunct "the Corner" is perhaps telltale of the astrometry of the location of the White House discussed in Part 1.

In quintile aspect to Zavijava is the chief star of Scorpio, Antares, @ 6°52' Sagittarius.  This fixed star's importance to Capitol architecture will be discussed again later in regards to the Capitol building.  From Antares, we can progress another quintile to the alpha star of Capricorn, Deneb Algedi, @ 20°38' Aquarius. This star shows up in other nation-building events as well, most recently in the post-9/11 "war on terrorism."  Deneb Algedi is ecliptically conjunct Sadalsuud, beta Aquarius, @ 20°30' Aquarius.  From this, we return to Saturn at 29°20' Aries, who is at the midpoint of two stars -- Mirach of Pegasus @ 27°31' Aries and Sheratan @ 1°05' Taurus, of which Mirach is slightly brighter but further removed from the ecliptic.

With these stars included, we find that a rather subliminal pentacle/pentagram centered on Sirius surfaces in this chart:

 Figure 2-8

With Neptune and Pluto added:

 Figure 2-9

The Masonic influence is seen, therefore, both north and south: north in the civil-engineered pentacle outlined in the streets of Washington D.C., and south in the astrological pentacle of Sirius aspected by the Moon and Saturn in the noontime Sun/Spica cornerstone chart.  

Relocating this chart to Giza, we find that the Pleiades are rising in mundo, and the fixed star Asellus Australis, which is the center of Cancer, on the nadir, or lower meridian extending under the planet, creating yet another mundo square:

 Figure 2-10

This reclocation technique will prove propitious in further parts of this series.

The "Seat of Government" Chart

Further evidence of the importance of Zavijava as an "astrometric" star of Washington D.C. can be discerned within the astrology of the Seat of Government Act, signed on July 16, 1790.  Securing a location for the new city was no easy parliamentary task, and much political effort was expended on a myriad of different plans and locations.  Washington and Jefferson were determined to locate Washington on the banks of the Patomac, and much concession was granted to all parties involved, at the cost of political capital (pun intended!) to George Washington.

The political atmosphere was so contentious in 1790 that accusations of thuggery and double-dealing were commonplace in the press.  Finalizing the temporary and then permanent seat of government brought about the first impasse under the new Constitution, and any agreement seemed doubtful as late as May of 1790.  Never before had Washington's honor been questioned so publicly as when opponents of the final bill decried it as unconstitutional; after Washington signed the bill on the 16th, the general opinion of him amongst New Yorkers was at its lowest ever.9

Why, then, was it so important to rush this legislation through the houses that summer?  The bill was submitted for a vote on July 2, and sent to the President on the 12, but Washington then waited four days to sign.   Perhaps there was an astrological reason behind this?

The answer is a resounding "yes."  The following skymap for Washington D.C. for July 16 shows Orion culminating as Luna rose conjunct Zavijava:

 Figure 2-11

When Luna actually rises she does so at precisely 90° Azimuth, in a most precise mundo square possible with Orion -- a precision that will not repeat itself for another 400 years.  This same moment as an astrology wheel with some fixed stars on the outer wheel shows that Jupiter and Saturn are in a bi-quintile, with the midpoint of this on Orion's belt:

 Figure 2-12

A biwheel of this chart and the boundary stone laying reveals that 22° Virgo and 21° Gemini are key components of this astrometry:

 Figure 2-13

Pentagrams are inlaid in subsequent charts, showing that both Sirius and Orion are at crucial points on each pentagram:

 Figures 2-14, 2-15, 2-16, 2-17

Part 3 -- The Capitol Building -- will build upon the concepts presented above.

1 Ovason, David, Secret Architecture of Our Nation's Capital, Harper Collins, New York, 1999, pp. 47 - 50.
2 Brown, Robert Hewitt, Stellar Theology and Masonic Astrology, D Appleton and Company, New York, 1882, p. 26.
3 Heckethorn, Charles, The Secret Societies of All Ages and Countries, University Books, New York, 1965, Vol. 2, pp. 28 - 9.
4 Macoy, Robert, A Dictionary of Freemasonry, Gramercy Books, New York, 2000, reprint of 1869 edition, p. 437.
5 Brown, pp. 58 - 9.
6 Plunket, Emmeline, Ancient Calendars and Constellations, John Murray, London, 1803, pp. 166 - 7.
7 Bulinger, Ethelbert, The Witness of the Stars, London, 1893, p. 33.
8 Allen, Richard Hinckley, Star Names: Their Lore and Meaning, Dover, New York, 1963, p. 469.
9 Bowling, Kenneth, The Creation of Washington D.C.: The Idea and Location of the American Capital, George Mason University Press, Fairfax, VA, 1991, p. 161 ff.

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