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Aphelion  in 1881 & Freemasonry

I have been investigating the symbols used by secret societies and mystery cults to try and establish the existence of a hidden seam of golden knowledge about the Dark Star.  My premise is that these symbols are very ancient, and have survived the ravages of persecutions down the years, as monotheism and dogmatic religious authorities have attempted to stamp out the old teachings.  We now live in more enlightened times (one would hope), and the secret esoteric symbols have been gradually emerging from their shells.  However, the guardians of these teachings have really no better idea of what they mean than any of the rest of us.  The esotericists have interpreted these symbols, it is true, but these interpretations are more a reflection of their modern spiritual values than those of the ancients themselves.  Many might disagree with this view, but I start with this as my initial premise.

In DarkStar19 I began an examination of Alchemy and showed how a standard astrological interpretation of this esoteric school of thought leaves a lot to be desired.  I will soon release alchemical images that show clearly the role of Nibiru as the Messianic Star, or the Dark Sun.  On this page I will show more of the alchemical images (1), but with the onus upon Freemasonry, another secret society that appears to hold promise for this research.  This 16th Century image, for instance, seems to show a red fiery globe, among a field of 7 stars (its moons?), between the Sun and Luna (2).  Clutching this globe, the alchemist appears to be moving onto solid ground, perhaps even moving between planets...Note how the coronal discharge of the red orb is swept back from the Sun, as one would expect when the brown dwarf's coronal discharge interacts with the Solar Wind.  This is the origin of the appearance of the Winged Disc during Nibiru's perihelion passage.

The Blazing Star

The Freemasons have a tremendous interest in a 'Blazing Star' that is said to represent Sothis, or Sirius.  They have this Star motif placed in prominent places in their Temples, or Lodges.  Many of their rituals are derived from Isian rites, and ancient Egyptian symbols feature strongly in the Craft, even though many of their degrees are actually Mosaic, or sometimes Christian, in character.  There is emphasis placed upon the appearance of a bright light in the darkness, derived from the 'Black Rite', described by Isis in 'The Virgin of the World'.  This celestial entity known as the 'Night' "weaves her web with rapid light though it be less than Sun's" (3).

Combine this with the Freemason's worship of the Divine Being as represented by a 'bright, shining light in the East' that breaks through the darkness of the Lodge, and one can begin to piece together a common strand.  Although connected with Sirius, this light is an altogether different entity.

The alchemical image shown here contains Masonic symbols (4).  The five visible planets and the Sun and Luna make up the standard set of planetary symbols, but the rebus is stood upon the alchemical dragon, Azoth, who breathes fire.  He, in turn, lies upon a Winged Disc that is evidently neither the Sun nor Mercury.  Geometrical workings are at play within the disc, in keeping with the other Masonic symbols, and the numbers 4 and 3 appear to hint at that magic number 7 again...

The Equilateral Triangle

The equilateral triangle is an important symbol for Freemasons also.  Matthew Scanlan has described the Triangular Lodge of Rushton in Northamptonshire and links much of the symbolism used within its architecture to alchemy (5).  (I am particularly impressed by a motif of the 'seven eyes of God within a hexagon (sic)' on the building).  The Equilateral Triangle is one of the oldest of the sacred symbols, according to James Churchward, and represents the Trinity or the Triune Godhead:  "Whenever or wherever this symbol is found, in any form of record or inscription, it is either in reference to, or represents, the ancient Trinity and Heaven...The Truine Godhead of the Egyptians consisted of "Shu, Set and Horus" (6).

This image shows a line of Luna, Mercury and Sol.  Above them is the equilateral triangle of the Masons containining an Eagle (7).  We are also treated to a red burning orb and seven raindrops (Water and Fire, or seven moons and the brown dwarf Nibiru?).

So the Freemasons have inherited a very ancient series of symbols, and Alchemy demonstrates that this Masonic equilateral triangle has some sort of celestial significance.  It is often shown with an enclosed eye, the 'all-seeing eye of Osiris' acording to Churchward, who notes that this combined symbol was often seen "in ancient Catholic churches, over the main altar" (6).  Americans will be very well acquainted with this symbol, as it is part of the Masonic imagery shown on their One Dollar bills.


In his book "The Secret Zodiacs of Washington D.C.", the esoteric writer David Ovason provides ample evidence that Freemasons placed their symbols prominently around the capital city of the USA.  It is already well known that the founding fathers of the American Constitution were almost all Freemasons.  Ovason discusses the significance of the year 1881 to esoteric thinkers during the 19th Century in the USA:

"Esotericists (of whom there were many in the United States at that time) knew that this was the year which the great 15th-century abbot and occultists, Trimethius von Nettesheim, had predicted would mark a fundamental turning-point in history".  The Rosicrucian, Thomas Henry Burgoyne, one of the learned and perplexing esoteric writers working in 19th -century America, had already commented on the mysterious hypothetical planet, the 'Dark Satellite'...

"In the year 1881, Burgoyne promised...its malevolent influence...passed its darkest culminating point.  He was partly borrowing his ideas from the Roman poet Virgil..."(8)

Burgoyne's interpretation of the movement and Ages of the Dark Star varies somewhat from mine, but, as I said, his understanding is based upon his own interpretation of ancient symbolism he would have been party to as a Rosicrucian.  He also claimed to be a Mason.  Ovason has this to say about him:

"It is difficult to know what to make of this man: it is quite possible that his contribution to American arcane thought is only just beginning to be fully realised by scholars.  His writings about what he called 'the magnetic sphere of our planet which exactly corresponds to the animal soul of man' are the equivalent of what in occultism is termed the Eighth Sphere - until that time a closely guarded secret in the confines of the Secret Schools. Burgoyne's prediction that a tenth planet would shortly be located has rightly been taken as some as a reference to Pluto [Andy: Pluto is of course planet number 9]..." (8)

Burgoyne also had a lot to say about reincarnation, it appears.  BUt it is the vital connection with 1881 that correlates with the theory I have been developing over the last two years.  Let me offer you a very remarkable synchronicity about 1881, and you can judge yourself whether the Dark Satellite is simply yet another re-interpretation of the ancient knowledge of the Dark Star.

Aphelion and the Nibiruan Age

Despite the continuing pressure of the many people who think that Nibiru is about to make an appearance, I have stuck doggedly to the original timeline introduced by Zecharia Sitchin about its appearance at the beginning of the Hebrew count of years, coincident with the Nippurian Calendar in 3760BC:
“Not only the presence of the Nefilim but also the periodic arrivals of the Twelfth Planet in Earth’s vicinity seem to lie behind the three crucial phases of Man’s post-Diluvial civilisation: agriculture, circa 11,000 B.C., the Neolithic culture, circa 7500 B.C., and the sudden civilization of 3800 B.C. took place at intervals of 3,600 years.”  (9)
"Contrary to the common assumption that the Jewish count of years (5,748 in 1988) is from the “beginning of the world”, it is actually from the beginning of the Nippurian calendar in 3760 B.C. – the time, we assume, of Anu’s state visit to Earth.”  (10)

I have extended this idea to propose that the last Nibiruan passage marked the beginning of our current era, and that the appearance of the Messianic Star was actually the dark star Nibiru moving through the planetary zone.  Nibiru's alleged orbital period of 3600 years was a Sumerian approximation to neatly fit into their sexagessimal system, and appears to be about 3750 years in reality.  As such, our calendars have begun with Nibiruan appearances, each time marking the start of a new Nibiruan Age.  The exact chronology is less clear, because the appearance of the Star might have been in the years preceding 1AD, for instance, and the Jewish count of years might be slightly askew also (3756BC has been suggested).  But in previous centuries this was not appreciated, and the dates of 3760BC and 1AD were pretty much set in stone.

This image is a tracing board 'designed to serve the initiation of the Entered Apprentice' (8).  The Stairway to Heaven sought by the Freemason appears to ascend to a seven-pointed star in the East.  The seven stars that are becoming remarkably familiar appear to be offset, grouped with Luna.  This may be because of their ancient connection with the upturned crescent, but they nevertheless make their presence felt even here, in the standard symbolism of Freemasonry.

So, can be it be coincidental that this 'turning point' in 1881 represents exactly half a Nibiruan Age?  Half of 3760 is 1880, and if you take into account the lack of 'year zero' in the Christian Calendar, we have 1881AD for Nibiru's furthest distance from the Sun, or its 'darkest culminating point' as the Rosicrucian Burgoyne would have it.  This is the year that it was expected to commence its long return voyage to the planetary zone.

This not only gives us independent corroboration of the Nibiruan Age of around 3750-3760 years (depending on the exact chronology), but it signifies the underlying teachings about Nibiru among the secret societies.  Societies that were central to the constitutional genesis of the United States of America.  (Perhaps this is why I have been able to track regular hits to this web-site from the Executive Office of the President of the United States and the U.S. Senate?)

To show that this correlation with American Freemasonry may go deeper than the writings of a maverick 19th Century Rosicrucian, take a closer look at the 'Lafayette apron' famously presented to George Washinton in 1784:

The eternal eye dominates the celestial backdrop, dwarfing the Sun and Moon. The Masonic Eye appears to be underlined by a crescent shaped wavy line, and radiates outwards.  Within the aura of this celestial image can be found seven stars.  This appears to me to be a fairly straightforward Masonic rendition of the Dark Star Nibiru and its seven moons.

The Arch that frames this skyscape could be a similar piece of symbolism as that used in the Masonic Royal Arch Degree, that Ovason naturally equates with  part of the Zodiac:
"In technical terms, it is the arch of the ecliptic which rises visibly in the heavens as the pathway of the Sun, and which is marked in some diagrams with the first seven segments of the zodiac, from Aries to Libra, as they emerge into the 'light of day' (8).

The central constellation highlighted by the Arch is that of Cancer, the 'Gate of Birth' into the higher realm.  It is also the constellation through which Nibiru brightens as it enters the Duat at perihelion.   The Duat is found below the Arch, in the south, between Leo/Cancer and Taurus/Aries.  So is it any surprise, therefore, to find a cometary Star and seven smaller stars at Nibiru's perihelion position in this Masonic image?  Given the other revelations about Masonic lore and Nibiru covered here, then perhaps it should be no surprise at all.  The American Freemasons appear to have inherited the ancient symbolism of a Dark Star Cult.  They may not like this explanation, but it seems that the Star of the East they revere is none other than Nibiru.

Aquila and The Eagle

I have a final suggestion to make about the symbolism incorporated into the regalia of the USA.  During these last few centuries while Nibiru has been near aphelion, its lateral movement across the sky has been almost negligible year on year.  It is essentially a fixed object with respect to parallax effects, and would have a stationary position against the field of stars in the sky.  This is why it is so hard to find, particularly as it lies in the massive star-field of the Milky Way.  The constellations opposite the Duat are Aquila and Ophiuchus.

Aphelion occurs in Aquila, the Eagle, marking its most distant point from the Sun.  This is the constellation Dr Murray suggests for his brown dwarf in the Oort Cloud (11).  So during the period of time when America was founded and rose to power in the world, Nibiru has been in the constellation of the Eagle (it might by now be in Ophiuchus, where Voyager 1 is heading).  So what better motif than that of the Eagle for this emergent world-power?

(c)  Andy Lloyd 28th October 2001

More Masonic Symbols

Investigating Freemasonry is a difficult enterprise for a non-Mason such as myself.  On the one hand, Freemasons are anxious to give the impression that the Craft and other orders/degrees are becoming more open to scrutiny, in order to gain the confidence of a suspicious public, but on the other hand...Well, it goes without saying that an organisation that has cherished its secrecy for so long will be slow to truly open up.  It would be unwise to say too much about what I think Freemasonry is all about.  I'm likely to be incorrect, not being an Initiate of the Craft.  But I can provide tangible evidence that indicates that many of the symbols I have alluded to are contained within Masonic lore.  Here are some further examples:

This image shows the interior of the Lodge De Goed Hoop Temple (Lodge of Good Hope) in Cape Town, South Africa (14).  Note the five-pointed 'blazing star' which is flush with a red aura.  Of more interest however is the Moon icon, which is replete with seven small stars.  Again, I think the red crescent of Nibiru's coronal discharge at perihelion has become integrated with the crescent moon down the centuries, leading to the seven stars being depicted with the Moon, not the 'Blazing Star'.  It's difficult to imagine why the seven stars would be so often associated with the Moon otherwise.  I suspect the 'Blazing Star' is the conjunction of Nibiru with Sirius at perihelion (See DarkStar21).

We first considered the Crescent and Seven Stars icon with the 'Talisman of Orpheus'.  It is not an uncommon symbol, it seems, but its importance has not been recognised previously.  On this gravestone the same symbolism is deployed in an evidently Masonic context.  This is the Brierly Tomb at Mellor, Greater Manchester, England (15).
The Angel and the Mason are both pointing in the direction of this curious motif (circled), which is found close to Aries on this occasion.  The Mason appears to be stood upon a five-pointed star (Sirius), and a ladder extends towards the Crescent and 7 Stars (a Stairway to Heaven?).

In his article, the Rev Parker amusingly notes how Masonic imagery found on the architecture of churches is often put down to a tribute following the accidental death of a Mason falling from the roof.  'Mason's set square' at Gloucester Cathedral is given as an incongruity I can investigate in my own town!

The masonic button on the left is the earliest known, dating to 1763 from the Regularity Lodge No 91 (United Grand Lodge, London) (15).  On the right is a Masonic medal showing the radiant triangle at the top.  It is surrounded by a semi-circle of discs, numbering seven.  The medal was awarded for charitable work, but the imagery employed also hints at Jesus/Mary or Horus/Isis.

This Scottish Lodge (St Bryde No 579) boasts a Blazing Star that appears very much like a classic Winged Disc (16).  One of the things that I find very interesting is the presence of the two pillars.  These no doubt symbolise the two pillars upon which Knowledge was written prior to the Flood: one could withstand the destruction of the Deluge, the other was capable of surviving a fiery cataclysm (one wonders whether the excitation of Nibiru as it approaches the Sun is reciprocated; that the super-charged Sun might cause massive global over-heating during some perihelion passages).  We have seen the two pillars deployed in alchemical images also, and it is possible that their presence may indicate an archeo-astronomical significance.  In other words, the appearance of the Winged Disc is meant to be seen between two marker pillars, or obelixes.  Speculative Freemasons certainly show much interest in related Egyptian relics.

1.   Alchemy'
2.   Woodcut from Petrarch Das Glüchbuch, Augsburg, 1539
3.   R. Temple  "The Sirius Mystery"  p115 Century 1998
4.   Sixth woodcut from the series in Basil Valentine's Azoth.
5.   M. Scanlan  "Mystery Set in Stone"  pp22-4 Freemasonry Today Summer 2001
6.   J. Churchward  "The Lost Continent of Mu" pp272-3 Futura
7.   18th century engraving based on work of Basil Valentine.
8.   D. Ovason  "The Secret Zodiacs of Washington D.C."  pp36-41, 96, 115-6, 122-3 Arrow 2000
9.   Z. Sitchin  “The Twelfth Planet” p415 Avon Books, 1976
10. Z. Sitchin  “The Lost Realms” p 268  Avon Books, 1990
11. J.B.Murray  Mon. Not. R. Astron. Soc., 309, 31-34 (1999)
12. D. Cosnette is the Webmaster of 'Cosmic Conspiracies'
13. With thanks to Damon Elkins
14. V. Zaayman "Lodge De Goede Hoop" p36 The Ashlar Sept 1997
15. Rev A. Parker "Some Masonic Gravestones in Liverpool and Manchester" pp226-8 & p40 Freemasonry Today Summer 2000
16. J. Jack "Lodge St. Bryde No. 579" p22-6 The Ashlar Sept 1999