Fredericksburg, Virginia, 1752. 20-year-old- George Washington is initiated into a secret society: the Freemasons. Among his fellow members are many other Founding Fathers, like Benjamin Franklin, John Hancock and Paul Revere. But what is Freemasonry? What role did it play in the founding of the United States? And what meanings lie behind their many mysterious symbols?

“There are a lot of theories about the true origins of Freemasonry. What we know for a fact is that definitely with the age of the Renaissance this is when people decided to start studying ancient civilizations. And see was there any knowledge in those civilizations that was lost?”

– Akram Elias (Past Grand Master,
The Grand Lodge of Washington DC)

According to experts, the Freemasons believed in the idea of acquiring knowledge through largely scientific as well as spiritual means. In the Age of Enlightenment, this included the possibility of extraterrestrial life.

“Freemason was like main vehicle, if you want, that brought these ideas and principles of the Enlightenment to the new world.”

– Akram Elias (Past Grand Master,
The Grand Lodge of Washington DC)

“You have the most prominent citizens of the community becoming Freemasons and then associating with one another. They would be discussing the major issues of the day and certainly the speculations about the Plurality of Worlds.”

– Mark Koltko-Rivera, Ph.D.
(Author, Freemasonry: An Introduction)

Could the growing belief in the possibility of extraterrestrial life have influenced the Founding Fathers’ vision for America?

“In terms of the Declaration of Independence, there were 56 signers. Of those, nine were definitely Freemasons. Concerning the signers of the Constitution, there were 39 signers, 13 of them – a clear third – were Freemasons.”

– Mark Koltko-Rivera, Ph.D.
(Author, Freemasonry: An Introduction)

But does the influence of Freemasonry explain why Masonic values are woven into the principles behind America’s most important documents? And could this also explain how and why Masonic symbols can be found on much of the nation’s monuments and architecture?

“In the design of Washington, the language of symbols is very important, and that’s where we see connections with Freemasonry. The original universal symbol of Freemasonry is the square and compass. The compass is the main tool of the individual. You are at the point, and the idea in Freemasonry is that the individual is sovereign. You draw a circle, using the compass, around you. If you go beyond the perimeter, that’s when you start to go into knowledge and light.  The square is considered a symbol of wisdom. And the letter “G” stands for the grand architect of the Universe.”

– Akram Elias (Past Grand Master,
The Grand Lodge of Washington DC)

“People have to wonder whether Franklin’s beliefs about the Plurality of Worlds somehow made their way into Masonic symbolism. The same people who were involved in the development of Freemasonry were very interested in Egypt. They were inspired by the idea of ancient wisdom.”

– Mark Koltko-Rivera, Ph.D.
(Author, Freemasonry: An Introduction)

Other Masonic symbols found in Washington D.C. are eerily similar to the icons of ancient Egypt – the sphinx, the obelisk, the pyramid and the All-Seeing Eye.

“If you were to pull out a dollar bill right now and look at it, you would see that on one side is a depiction of the Great Pyramid of Egypt with an all-seeing eye at its apex. This is the Great Seal of the United States and it’s an awesome mystical symbol of the Eye of God watching us and also how ancient civilizations were divine in nature. And that the Founding Fathers were to recreate that here in the United States.”

David Childress (Author, Technology of the Gods)

“The idea is we need a source of light in order to help us become enlightened. We cannot do it alone. Now that to the Founding Fathers is whatever is out there that is keeping an eye. And there is a belief that this experiment did not just happen. It was necessary to help the human condition make a major leap. It’s like the alignment of the stars, providence was there, watching and interacting.”

– Akram Elias (Past Grand Master,
The Grand Lodge of Washington DC)

Why did this group of 18th-century men who set out to build a nation based on principles of logic and reason attach such importance to pre-Christian symbols and ancient mysticism? And who – or what – did they believe was watching over them? God? Or something else? According to Ancient Astronaut Theorists, the answer can be found in an 1866 lithograph of George Washington that resides in the Library of Congress.

“There’s a famous painting of George Washington as a Freemason. And over his right shoulder is an unusual scene of Jacob’s Ladder ascending to Heaven and what seems to be some kind of spaceship there in the sky.”

David Childress (Author, Technology of the Gods)

In the biblical story of Jacob from Genesis 28, Jacob witnesses angels ascending and descending a ladder from Heaven. But in this painting, the ladder comes not from Heaven, but out of a dark, round object emitting multi-colored lights. Although Jacob’s Ladder is a popular symbol of Freemasonry, is it possible that this image is attempting to depict something else? Something of an extraterrestrial origin?

“According to the Ancient Astronaut ideas, Jacob’s Ladder was nothing else but a ramp or a device with which to reach the realm of the gods. And the gods were extraterrestrials.”

– Giorgio A. Tsoukalos
(Publisher, Legendary Times Magazine)

The square and compass…the All-Seeing Eye…Jacob’s Ladder…What do all these symbols reveal about the true origins of the United States of America? Ancient Astronaut Theorists don’t only point to the presence of Masonic symbols and pre-Christian influences as evidence of the Founding Fathers’ extraterrestrial connections.  They also find proof in the fact that even the very layout of Washington D.C. points to the stars.


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