“Quite simply, the cornerstone was set at that date and time because, among other things, the auspicious Caput Draconis was in Virgo.”
Everyone exchanged odd looks.
“Hold on,” someone said. “You mean…like astrology?”
“Exactly. Although a different astrology than we know today.”
A hand went up. “You mean our Founding Fathers believed in astrology.”
Langdon grinned. “Big-time. What would you say if I told you the city of Washing D.C. has more astrological signs in its architecture than any other city in the world – zodiacs, star charts, cornerstones laid at precise astrological dates and times? More than half of the framers of our Constitution were Masons, men who strongly believed that the stars and fate wee intertwined, men who paid close attention to the layout of the heavens as they structured their new world.”
“But that whole thing about Capitol cornerstone being laid while Caput Draconis was in Virgo – who cares? Can’t that just be coincidence?”
“An impressive coincidence considering that the cornerstones of the three structures that make up Federal Triangle – the Capitol, the White House, the Washington Monument – were all laid in different years but were carefully timed to occur under the exact same astrological condition.”
From The Lost Symbol – The new book by Dan ‘Da Vinci Code’ Brown.
I remember distinctly when The DaVinci Code came out because everyone kept crapping on about it…from taxi drivers to the lady waxing my leg, friends, peeps e-mailing me oh-my-godding. I found it infuriating as when I crapped on about freemasons, astrological links to the timing of the Constitution being signed (timed so that America has a mega-strong Jupiter), the Divine Feminine, Venus cycles, apple cores being a pentagram blah blah blah peeps politely said i was bats. Suddenly every 2nd person was trying to out weird me. So I read it & it’s kinda gripping. I just saw The Lost Symbol in the book shop, opened it up and there was the above passage. So naturally i got the book.
BTW, this may be just me but i could not bear to see the DaVinci movie as I find that whenever Tom Hanks is on screen, my eyes sort of glide away and so before I know it, i’m really interested in the kind of curtains they have surrounding the screen & wondering if i can see in the dark enough to sketch out some sort of a to-do list. Would the snack bar have licorice allsorts? If Joaquin Phoenix (pre beardie-weirdie thing he doing now) had been playing a pagan professor of mysticism believer in the Goddess kind of a guy caught up in a tight thriller plot, i would have been there on day one.
Oh and I don’t know if it’s in the book or not but i really love the theory that the Statue of Liberty is in fact the Sun Goddess. And whilst we are on all this, has anyone read the Gospel Of Mary Magdalene?
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