The power of Freemasonry
is all to evident when we see that they have erected obelisks in London,
Paris, New York and of course towering over the White House is the Washington monument erected in honour of Freemason George
Egyptian Obelisk is 10 times higher than its width, so for instance the Washington obelisk
is 555 feet tall and 55 wide at the base
The earliest Obelisks were known as benben stones.
They were rough hewn and truncated, but they were tipped off by the pyramid ion
shape which distinguishes obelisks from other monumental columns.
The spirit of the sun god was supposed to enter the stones at certain
periods, and on these occasions human sacrifices were offered to it. The victims were
probably prisoners of war who had been captured alive, and foreigners, and when these
failed the priests must have drawn upon the native population.
At On, king after king erected benbens in Res honour, so that by 1300BC the city was
full of obelisks. The Roman author Pliny wrote about this city of On where kings
entered into a kind of rivalry in forming elongated blocks of stone, known as
obelisks, and consecrated them to the divinity of the Sun.
In 'Our Phallic Heritage' we are told that 'All pillars or columns originally had a
phallic significance, and were therefore considered sacred. Pan, the goat god and god of
sensuality, was often represented as an obelisk. A former witch writes 'The obelisk
is a long pointed four sided shaft, the uppermost portion of which forms a pyramid. The
word 'obelisk' literally means 'Baal's shaft' or Baal's organ of reproduction' (Page
341 Masonic and occult symbols illustrated. Dr. Cathy Burns)
To understand why the obelisk is so important to masons one has to understand the
Masonic version of Egyptian mythology behind their rituals. Osiris was a king of Egypt who married his sister Isis. His brother
Set wished to usurp the throne and so plotted his death. He tricked Osiris
into climbing into a golden chest. As soon as he was inside, Set nailed down the lid and
flung the chest into the Nile. It was carried off to Byblos in Syria where it came to rest
against a small Tamarisk tree or Acasia tree, with the dead Osiris still inside. Isis
found out what Set had done to Osiris, so she set off to find her husband.
A vision led her to Byblos, where she recovered his body and took it back to Egypt.
Alas! Set stole it and tore it into fourteen pieces, which he scattered throughout Egypt
to prevent Osiris coming to life again. Isis recovered all but one of the pieces
- the penis - and gave
Osiris a fit burial. Their son, Horus, avenged him by slaying Set.
Another son, Anubis, resurrected Osiris with the lion grip Having triumphed over the grave, Osiris now reigns as king and judge of the so called
dead. The piece of Osiris that Isis never recovered was the penis, which Set had thrown
into the Nile where it was eaten by fish. Ever resourceful, Isis manufactured an
artificial organ around which the Egyptians established a cult or festival.
From this it is a small step to the conclusion that the benben or obelisk was itself a
phallic symbol. Whether of osiris , Re or fertility in general, it was a symbol of
fatherhood The rock that begot
To Freemasons groping for mystic enlightenment in the 1800s the obelisk was the only
architectural symbol of Osiris still in existence. And if, as some Masonic historians
claim, Hiram Abiff is really Osiris reborn there could be no greater proof of Masonic
ascendancy in the modern world than Egyptian Obelisks thrust by masons into the heart of
the Wests great cities. These would also symbolise Boaz and Jachim, the twin pillars
which masons claim were built in front of Solomons temple, in imitation of two
obelisks at the entrance of Egyptian temples.
This is a sample of scripture relating to sacred pillars - sometimes
translated as obelisks
You shall not bow down to their gods, nor serve them, nor do according to
their works; but you shall utterly overthrow them and completely break down their sacred
pillars. Exodus 23:24
But you shall destroy their altars, break their sacred pillars, and
cut down their wooden images Exodus 34:13
You shall not make idols for yourselves; neither a carved image nor a sacred
pillar shall you rear up for yourselves; nor shall you set up an engraved stone in your
land, to bow down to it; for I am the Lord your God Leviticus 26:1
But thus you shall deal with them: you shall destroy their altars, and
break down their sacred pillars Deut 7:5
And you shall destroy their altars, break their sacred pillars, and
burn their wooden images with fire; you shall cut down the carved images of their gods and
destroy their names from that place Deut 12: 3-4
The Egyptian obelisk is erected alongside the Thames on Victoria
Embankment a less glorious site than
Parliament Square, which some worthies had suggested but which had been ruled out because
of the damage which the obelisks 186 tons might do to underground gas and sewer
pipes. For his massive expenditure Erasmus Wilson received a knighthood.
Various items were encased in the obelisks new pedestal: a box of
hairpins, a portrait of Queen Victoria, a shilling razor and chapter 3 verse 16 of the
Gospel of St John in 215 languages: For God so loved the world, that he gave his
only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting
life. As this was buried out of sight, posterity might find the inscriptions on the
surface of the obelisk more eloquent. These spoke of the Sun God Ra, of Horus and of
Osiris: another Gods son which gave believers everlasting life.
The obelisk arrived in New York in July i88o. A site was finally agreed in Central Park near the Metropolitan Museum and a ceremony to fit the occasion was arranged for
This was a brazenly Masonic affair. Nine thousand Freemasons marched with
bands through the streets to Greywacke Knoll where Jesse Anthony, the Grand Master of New
York Masons, laid the 7-ton cornerstone. After extolling Egypt as the birthplace of
science, astronomy, literature and art, he told his enthralled audience that Masons needed
to revise their thinking on the origins of their order: There can be no question but
that in the secret societies of Egypt are to be found some elements now embraced in the
principles or symbolism of Masonry.
It took another four months to drag the obelisk from its landing stage to
its 50ton pedestal, also shipped from Alexandria. When it was finally erected in
January i88x, the tune of Martin Luthers hymn 'Ein Feste Burg was sung with
specially written words, whose significance no Mason could miss:
Great God, to Whom since time began,
The world has prayed and strives
Maker of stars, and earth, and man
To thee our praise is given!
Here by this ancient Sign
Of Thine own Light Divine,
We lift to Thee our eyes,
Thou Dweller of the skies
Hear us, 0 God in Heaven!
For some Masonic enterprises, an original Egyptian benben was not good
enough. Since 1848 an obelisk had been going up in Washington, DC, to honour
Americas founding President, George Washington, who had been a Freemason. His
funeral in 1799 had been conducted according to Masonic rites. The coffin had been draped
with a Masonic apron given by a brother revolutionary and Mason, the Marquis de Lafayette,
and the many Masons present each cast a sprig of acacia. to symbolize both
Osiris resurrection and Washingtons imminent resurrection in the realm where Osiris
In front of the Vatican stands the very same obelisk that once stood in Egypt. Ralph
Woodrow explains: "The very same obelisk that once stood at the ancient temple which
was the centre of Egyptian paganism, now stands before the mother church of Romanism!
This seems like more than mere coincidence.
The red granite obelisk of the Vatican is itself
83 feet high (132 feet high with its foundation) and weighs 320 tons. In 1586, in order to
centre it in front of the church in St.Peter's Square, it was moved to its present
location by order of Pope Sixtus V Of course moving this heavy obelisk - especially in
those days - was a very difficult task. Many movers refused to attempt the feat,
especially since the pope had attached the death penalty if the obelisk was dropped and
broken! Finally a man by the name of Domenico Fontana accepted the responsibilty.
With 45 winches, 160 horses, and a crew of 800 workmen, the task of moving began.
the date was September 10th 1586. Multitudes crowded the extensive
square. While the
obelisk was being moved, the crowd, upon penalty of death, was required to remain silent.
But after the obelisk was successfully erected, there were the sounds of hundreds of bells
ringing, the roar of cannons, and the loud cheers of the multitude'
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