My Own Ideas

The ideas about the DC map that I characterize as 'my own' can be divided into two groups, one dealing primarily with the cross-section of the Great Pyramid and the other dealing with Metatron's Cube and the Tree of Life. I will begin here with the former.

The Pyramid Cross-section and the DC Map

  • Upon discovering that New Hampshire Ave, which connects two points of the DC pentagram (in red above), forms the left hand side of a triangle with 52 degree base angles, one is made to think of the Great Pyramid. That is to say, playing 'connect the dots' with the pentagram in the map produces a triangle with the same 52 degree base angles as the cross-section of the Great Pyramid (GP), seen below.

    [Note that the right side of this triangle, running from where New Hampshire crosses 16th Street through the two right points of the pentagram, is not represented by a street in the map; also, any east-west street forms a base for the triangle, and two horizontal lines produce the image of a 'truncated' pyramid like we see on the back of a One Dollar Bill.]

  • Looking (west) at the pyramid cross-section, we notice that the Queen's Chamber (and not the King's Chamber) lies directly under the apex, and that it (the QC) is offset from the King's Chamber. [The center line of the QC aligns with the Great Step at the top of the Grand Gallery.] Below we see the same offset between the WH and Wash Mmt, suggesting that the individual pyramid elements may be depicted in the DC layout, and causing us to take a closer look at the map.

  • This (below) is an image of the DC planning map overlaid with the pyramid cross-section, showing how the features in the map appear to correlate with elements in the pyramid. [The image was created by matching Scott Circle with the peak of the relieving stones above the KC and matching the junction of Penn and Potomac Ave's with the junction of the Descending and Ascending Passages.]

    The elements of the Great Pyramid as represented in the DC map layout

  • I contend that the pyramid cross-section image was one of the templates used for the DC planning map, and that the map is intended as a representation of that cross-section image. Potomac Ave is the Descending Passage, Penn Ave is the Ascending Passage and Grand Gallery, and the canal represents the 'well' shaft, while the WH represents the KC and the Wash Mmt represents the QC. [Note that this does not 'work as well' if the Wash Mmt is not offset.]

  • Remember that John Greaves had visited and measured the pyramids in 1637 and published a book about it, Pyramidographia, in 1646, meaning that detailed drawings of the structure had been available for about 150 years when the DC plan was drawn up in 1791. However, if you look closely at the image below of the interior of the pyramid, you will see that Greaves did not depict the relieving stones and chambers because he did not know that they existed. Looking at the map image you will see that it apparently depicts these stones and chambers that were not discovered until 1837. The planners appear to have used an 'older source' than the Greaves illustrations for the cross section image.


  • Please note that while others point out the 52 degree triangle in the map and associate that with the pyramid base angle, the idea that the DC planning map depicts not only the silhouette of the GP but also the pyramid elements, is mine. My first online presentation of this idea was in December of 2001, after having studied the map for a little more than a year.

    The Wash Mmt and the Queen's Chamber

    The Washington Monument is located 371 feet east of the 16th Street axis centered on the WH (as you can see in the image above) and also 123 feet south of the E-W axis through the CB; that is, it is 'offset' in two planes.

    Looking closely at the pyramid image we see that not only is the QC offset to the north of the KC (right in the west facing view), but that there is a two foot step down (offset) in the passage leading to the QC; that is, the QC is also offset in two planes.

    The 'official' story about the Wash Mmt is that L'Enfant had planned for there to be a life-sized equestrian statue of Pres Washington located directly south of the WH and directly west of the CB, but that when the time came for the monument to be built, both the location and the design were altered. What we now see is an Egyptian Obelisk offset from this axial center of the city. [Note that much of the effort of the McMillan Plan in 1901 was aimed at reforming this asymmetry in the map.]

    Below we see a section taken from the March 1792 Ellicott map of the Capital City, showing the proposed location of the statue. Virginia Ave radiates from there in two directions; to the northwest toward Georgetown and to the southeast toward the East Branch of the Potomac. [Note that the southeast section parallels the segment of Penn Avenue between the CB and WH, which forms a 19+ degree angle with the horizontal.]

    When the Wash Mmt was finally built, the 'new' location was chosen so that it still fell on Va Ave (as seen from the E. Branch of the river). The view from Georgetown no longer works. [Note that the view from Georgetown was not focused on the monument area in L'Enfant's first draft of the map.] As you can see below, since the Wash Mmt is south of the E-W line through the CB, the blue line from the CB to the Lincoln Mml is running 'downhill' about one degree.

  • We are told that the monument's position was changed because the land at the central location was unstable, but no matter why it was moved, the result is that the monument is offset in a manner similar to the QC. (Note that the top of the monument looks like the interior of the QC.) I contend that the Washington Monument was 'moved' so as to better depict the QC in an image of the cross-sestion of the GP in the DC map.

    If L'Enfant was the author of the idea about depicting the pyramid in the map layout, then the story about the equestrian statue would appear to have been a subtrefuge, a fib; unless, of course, he intended to depict the Wash Mmt as the QC w/out offsetting it, and someone else did that later. The 1792 plan clearly shows both sections of Va Ave pointing to the central location.

  • Regardless of who did what when, the DC planning map is a remarkable representation of the elements within the Great Pyramid.

    My Idea at this point is that 1)the DC map was intended to incorporate a representation of the cross-section image of the Great Pyramid, and 2) the Wash Mmt was moved south and east of the radial center of the city in order to better depict the Queen's Chamber but the new location was chosen so that it was still in the line of sight of Virginia Ave as seen from the East Branch.