With all the controversy catalyzed by the enormously popular The
DaVinci Code and its revelations of secret, metaphysical societies
to which DaVinci, Isaac Newton and other famous visionaries of the time
belonged, we thought might be useful as we approach America’s
Independence Day to explore the metaphysical backgrounds and secret
societies of our Founding Fathers. Here are excerpts from extensive
research we did for our 1994 book on
The Deeper, Secret Roots of
© 1994 Corinne McLaughlin and Gordon Davidson
The most intriguing hint about the
secret, metaphysical dimensions of the founding of America is not
actually hidden at all--in fact it can be seen in millions of places
today--on every one dollar bill, which displays the reverse of the Great
Seal of the United States. Here is the All Seeing Eye of God or Spirit,
placed above a pyramid--a symbol representing spiritual vision that is
found in many secret societies, including the Rosicrucians and the
The pyramid was
used by some ancient cultures, such
as the Egyptian and the Mayan, as an initiation chamber. The All-Seeing
Eye seems to be placed as a capstone at the top of the pyramid.
If you stand at the base of the
pyramid, there are many
different viewpoints, depending on which of the four sides you are
standing on and looking out
from. But at the top, all the viewpoints unite, because there we
see with the Eye of Spirit. What an
important message for us today! The various religious and political
groups stand at the base of each side of the pyramid, fighting for their
limited view, when they need to climb higher to see the more inclusive,
higher vision from the top—the radiant Eye of Spirit.
The reverse of the Great Seal was
minted in 1789 but it wasn’t used until 1933 when
President Roosevelt put it on the
dollar bill at the urging of Secretary of Agriculture Henry Wallace, who
was a follower of Nicholas Roerich, founder of the Agni Yoga Society.
The first Congress appointed Thomas Jefferson, John Adams and Ben
Franklin to design this Seal, and major revisions were added by Charles
Thomson and William Barton.
The United States is the only country today with a two-sided national
seal. Isn’t it time to pay more attention to what’s on the reverse of
this Seal? It’s a powerful
symbol of the soul of America.
Latin phrases can also be found on the Great Seal and the dollar bill:
("God Favors our
Order of the
Ages"), as our
Founding Fathers were visionaries planning for a new age.
E Pluribus Unum
One") not only reflects the unity of the original thirteen states, but
on a deeper
level reflects the One Life, the Divine Presence, which pervades all
life and creates unity in diversity.
The eagle on the
front side of the Seal represents spiritual vision as the eagle is the
only creature which looks directly into the sun.
In one foot the eagle holds a sheaf of arrows, symbol
of war, and in the
other the olive branch of peace. Unlike in traditional heraldry, the
bird looks to the West, to peace, rather than to the East and to war.
is used thirteen times in the Great Seal--in
the number of stars, clouds around the stars, stripes, arrows,
leaves and berries in the olive branches, feathers in the tail, layers
in the pyramid, number of letters in
E Pluribus Unum
number of letters (three times thirteen) in the title: "The
Coat of Arms of
the United States of America."
Thirteen is not
only the number of the original colonies, but more significantly is the
transformation, as it adds the catalyzing number one to the completed
cycle of the magical twelve—for example, the twelve disciples plus
Christ, the twelve signs of the
zodiac plus the sun, the twelve knights of the round table plus King
Arthur. For better or worse, the
United States has had a major transforming
role in the world--sometimes positively, as with her exportation of
and sometimes negatively, as with her exportation of an excessively
The seeds for
were planted much
earlier by the wise initiates of many cultures, from ancient
Egypt and Greece to latter-day England and France. Francis
Bacon wrote of
America before its
founding as "the
new Atlantis” in his book by that name. He was also a
member of the
company that founded colonies in Virginia and the Carolinas.
Bacon, known as
the "Father of Modern Science," is thought by many
researchers to be
the founder of modern Freemasonry and the
head of the
Rosicrucian Order, a secret metaphysical society which taught the inner
laws of nature, spiritual principles for self-transformation, and keys
for creating a better world.
The role of Divine guidance in America's founding was acknowledged by
George Washington himself in his
first inaugural address: "No
people can be bound to acknowledge and adore the Invisible Hand which
conducts the affairs of men
more than the people of the United States. Every
step by which they advanced to the character of an independent nation
seems to have been
distinguished by some token of Providential agency."
Washington believed he was constantly
guided by higher sources in directing
his troops to outsmart the British. He was often called clairvoyant because
it seemed he could look into the future and predict troop movements
with amazing accuracy. According to a report by Anthony Sherman,
who was with
Valley Forge where the incident occurred, Washington had a vision of an
Angelic presence. He was shown the birth, progress, and
destiny of the
United States in three great crises where enemies within and without
challenged the Union, but it persevered. He was told that "while the
remain and the heavens send down dew upon the earth, so long shall
Republic last. The whole world united shall never be able to prevail
her. Let every child of the Republic learn to live for his God, his
land, and the Union."
Thomas Jefferson and John Adams
There are many intriguing hints that Thomas
Jefferson was a Rosicrucian (the Brotherhood of the Rosy Cross) as
evidenced by a secret code he used that was known only to high initiates
of the order and the fact that he designed the building of the
University of Virginia in a pattern relating to a Kabbalistic
on display at Jefferson's home at Monticello in Virginia also indicate
that he was a vegetarian like the Rosicrucians of the time.
John Adams's forebears in England were
said to belong to a sect of English
Druids called the Dragons, which also included Sir Walter Raleigh and
John Dee, Queen Elizabeth's astrologer. The Dragons sought to
renew the ancient wisdom of earth
energies and studied the astrological procession of the equinoxes.
published an astrological ephemeris in his
and wrote an
epitaph that seems to suggest he believed in
"The Body of B. Franklin, Printer
lies here, food for worms, but
the work shall not be lost; for it will appear once more, in a
new and more elegant Edition, Revised
and corrected by the author."
published the books of Johann Conrad Biessel, who founded
Pennsylvania, the first Rosicrucian community in the New
visited there frequently and brought gifts.
was a focus for the spreading of the Ageless Wisdom in
most of its
metaphysical library passed into Franklin's
George Washington was also a friend
of the community and released
a prisoner at the request of one of its leaders, Peter Miller.
Franklin spoke of the "Father of Lights," as the Rosicrucians
do, and his speech
to the Continental Congress reflects other Rosicrucian
governs in the affairs of men. If a sparrow cannot fall to the
ground without His
notice, is it probable that an empire can rise without
Some researchers believe that
Franklin himself was secretly a Rosicrucian.
At least fifty
out of the fifty-six signers of the Declaration of Independence,
including John Hancock, Benjamin Franklin, and Thomas Jefferson,
and Jefferson had both been initiated
into a French Masonic lodge, and Washington was initiated into the
Masonic Lodge of Fredericksburg, VA.
At the time of America's founding, the Masonic lodges were very
different from the social clubs they’ve become today. They had a strong
metaphysical orientation, which developed common values and purposes
among members, as well as deep bonds of loyalty.
The traditional secrecy preserved in Masonic lodges allowed members to
communicate and organize the American Revolution with little fear of
non-American contributors to the revolution were also Masons, such as
the Marquis de Lafayette
Tea Party was the work of the Masons
of the St. Andrews Lodge while taking
Paul Revere began his famous ride after he left an adjourned meeting of
a Masonic lodge.
Through the lodges of the Freemasons, the ideas of such
Age of Enlightenment thinkers as John
Locke, David Hume, Francois Marie
Arouet (Voltaire), and Jean Jacques Rousseau became widely disseminated
in the new colonies.
The structure of the U.S.
Constitution was based on
Masonic ideals, and the federalism created by the Constitution is
identical to the federalism of the Grand Lodge system of Masonic government
created in 1723,
well as to that of the Iroquois Confederacy.
The cornerstone of
the U.S. Capitol Building was laid in a Masonic ceremony,
with George Washington presiding
as Grand Master. Masonic architects
also laid out the city of
D.C., in a metaphysical
design to make the best use of the earth energies-called "ley
lines," or "dragon lines," for
creating healing or harmony. The original design
of Pierre-Charles L’Enfant was later
Washington and Jefferson
to produce the specifically octagonal patterns incorporating the
used by the Masonic Templars.
Just as ancient sites such as Stonehenge
are aligned to the positions of the sun and moon, the same
is true of the
Monument. For example, a line of sight for the
can be established from the top of the monument to the
Virginia Avenue. Since the
physical pattern of Washington is based on sacred architecture, could it
not inspire future leaders to base policies on sacred principles of
governance based on the Ageless Wisdom?
The metaphysical traditions studied by
our Founding Fathers enlightened their efforts to create a new
government, and were the deeper, secret source of their wisdom and
inspiration. Today this ageless wisdom is no longer secret and is widely
available. Could knowledge of the metaphysical sciences help enlighten
our efforts today to create a better world? Could it help us learn to
actually embody “E Pluribus Unum”—“Out of Many, One” by creating a true
unity in diversity? And most importantly, can we allow the All Seeing
Eye of Spirit to guide our national life as our Founding Fathers (and
America’s Secret Destiny (Rochester, VT: Destiny Books, 1989)
p. 39; also Spencer Lewis, Rosicrucian Questions and Answers: A
Complete History, (San Jose, CA: AMORC Publishing), p. 165.
Andrew Rothovius, "The Adams
Family and the Grail Tradition," East/West Magazine, May and