Pyramids in Washington, D.C.

I direct you to Chapter 8 (pp 217-240) of David Ovason's "Secret Architecture of our Nation's Capitol", where he deals with the symbolism of the eagle and pyramid (as seen on the US Great Seal), in relationship to Washington D.C. Architecture.

  • Ovason writes: "In spite of the insistence on Egyptian themes within Washington, D.C.- the pyramid has been marginalized." (p220) He complains that "while the eagle is everywhere in the city, the pyramid is obscured" (p 225), adding that "At almost any stage of this construction, the sacred pyramid would have been a more satisfactory symbol for the city, and for the United States itself, than the predatory bird". (p 220)

    Presumeably he is refering to the Washington Monument when he speaks of 'Egyptian themes'. Note that only Masons, or someone trying to 'suck up' to Masons would call the pyramid form sacred.

    House of the Temple

    He speaks of a "reluctance to bring the pyramid into the light of day" (p225), and reminds us that "The only architectural pyramid in Washington, D.C., which seems to reflect the (great) seal pyramid is distinctly Masonic". By which he means "The great tower of the House of the Temple, designed for the Scottish Rites Freemasons" and which "consists of a truncated pyramid", and faces west. (p 221-2)

    Ovason declares that "The idea of a truncated pyramid being completed by a spirtitual being (ie, in one's heart) is simple, yet ingenious". The truncated pyramid represents the Un-finished Work, and the Temple represents the Self in Masonic doctrine. Masons, like the Hebrews, use building metaphors. The gospel song "Working on a Building" comes to mind. One metaphor utilizes a Carpenter who lives 33 years.

    You will note that 1)the House of the Temple is the home of the Southern Jurisdiction of the Scottish Rites Masons, 2)the Grand Commander of the SJSR wrote an introduction to Ovason's book, and 3)Ovason appears to have become a Mason after publishing that.

    Elsewhere in the book he describes the HOT as "the most esoteric structure in Washinbgton DC" and one of the most vital building erected in modern times here or in Europe".

    Remember that both the HOT and the Wash Mmt are located on the east side of the 16th St axis; one shaped like an obelisk and the other shaped like a pyramid. Hargraves Jennings identifies the pyramid with the feminine and the obelisk with the masculine 'forces' in his book "Phallicism". Phallicism, to Jennings, refers to more than veneration of the phallus; it refers to the worship of the generative and regenerative forces of Nature in both the male and female forms. The pyramid and obelisk, the HOT and the monument, are the yin and yang of the DC map.

    A Triangle

    At the end of Chapter 8 Ovason writes that given "the true significance of the pyramid in the minds of those who founded the independent United States... it would appear most unusual that the pyramid remained hidden in the symbolism of Washington DC". He reveals that the mystery of this hinges, not on a pyramid form in the map, but on the "triangle into which it resolves". (p 240)

    "The arcane secret of Washington DC is deeply involved with the simple geometric form of the triangle... I refer to the Federal Triangle, which runs it's hypotenuse along Pennsylvania Avenue" (page 240).

    Ovason attempts to relate a pyramid (an isoceles triangle) to the L'Enfant Triangle (a right triangle with the right angle in the bottom left hand corner) A pyramid does not have a hypotenuse, the analogy does not work. He fails to mention the isoceles triangle formed by connecting the dots on the pentagram in the map.

    Facing West

    Looking at a DC map, we see that New Hampshire Ave forms the left hand side of a triangle that results from connecting the points of the pentagon there. Note that any east-west line, such as the one below at the location of the Capitol, forms the base of an approximately 52 degree base angle, just like the pyramid cross-serction, and an east-west line at the location of the House of the Temple truncates the larger pyramid triangle, just as the HOT is truncated.

    The images above show the main entrance on the western side of the House of the Temple (facing 16th Street), with it's thirteen tiered pyramid on top. You may recall that pyramids in Egypt mostly have their entrances on the north side. Only one pyramid is know to have an entrance on the western side, that is the bent pyramid at Dashur.

    Dashur Pyramid overlaid on the HOT