It's all about the Masons
For conspiracy theorists in particular (and also for those who like to see doggies and horsies in puffy cloud formations), it's a wonderful symbol on which to fixate: the Great Seal of the United States being part of some huge secret 'sign' that Freemasonry rules everything - and proven by the seal being on the United States' one dollar bill. (Wouldn't you think they would have made a THREE dollar bill and put it on there? After all, ONE isn't one of those magical, mystical Masonic numbers you read about, is it?)
Curiously, this theory is sometimes reinforced by naive Masons repeating an oft-heard (but totally erroneous) claim that Masons did, in fact, design the seal.
Reality, however, is quite different.
The designing of a seal of the U.S. was first commissioned by the Continental Congress immediately after the signing of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776. A committee consisting of Benjamin Franklin (a Mason), John Adams (not a Mason), and Thomas Jefferson (not a Mason although sometimes erroneously identified as one) submitted a design that was deemed unacceptable, as were designs submitted by two succeeding committees. In 1782 (nearly six years later!) these designs were submitted to Charles Thomson, Secretary to the Continental Congress, (and NOT a Mason) who prepared a design which, with some alterations, was adopted by the Congress on June 20, 1782.
The United States Department of State has an excellent publication titled The Great Seal of the United States which you can download in Adobe PDF Format. It's available here and there's more information here.
Don't forget the eye!
There are also some specific items in the Great Seal that attract attention, specifically the eye in the pyramid. For more detailed information on that, please see our separate page here.
Details for your consideration
Here's some additional, detailed information about the Seal, all of which is thanks to the research of Texas Mason Bill Maddox to whom this site's author is grateful for his resourcefullness.
In a book titled THE EAGLE AND THE SHIELD - A History of the Great Seal of the
United States (1976), on Page 529: "Did Freemasonry Influence the Great
1. Definitely a Mason: Bro. Ben Franklin.
Washington was a Mason, he played no role in designing the Great Seal. And although
Benjamin Franklin, a Mason and Past Grand Master of Pennsylvania, was a member of the first
seal committee, his proposal (P14) had no influence on the final designs, and he was in France when those designs were drawn up. The
only individual listed who has been said to be a Mason (with no firm
Hopkinson, whose pyramid design for the Continental currency's $50 bill clearly influenced the final reverse of the Great
Further from the same book:
Use of the motto "In God We Trust" - P518
On page 75 are Charles Thomson's notes on his design - A pyramid unfinished - In the Zenith an Eye in a triangle ...
Over the Eye these words Annuit coeptis ... and underneath [the pyramid] these words Novus Ordo seclorum." The pyramid was taken
from an earlier design of William Barton (shown on page 67) that had a different motto
DEO FAVENTE (God favoring) PERENNIS (through the years). This, in turn, was similar to the design of a Fifty
Dollar bill designed by Francis Hopkinson. Thomson wrote the following: "The pyramid signifies Strength
and Duration: The Eye over it & Motto allude to the many signal interpositions of
providence in favour of the American cause. The date underneath is that of the Declaration of
Independce and the words under it signify the beginnings of the New American Era, which commences from
that date." P85.
Those seals are everywhere
Because of the use of "seals" in official documents, the Great Seal of the United States appears in many places. Needless to say, conspiracy theorists consider this as part of a huge cabal to send secret signals - to who? Well, to YOU the 'shepple' apparently but so what? In the 225 years since the Great Seal came into being, the Masons haven't managed to take over the world yet and, in fact, their numbers have diminished considerably in recent years. Sheesh: when there were five million or so Masons, wouldn't that have been just a SUPER time to grab control?
zeal, those completely absorbed by this conspiracy concept totally disregard history and how seals have been used throughout the ages. This
object of their fascination now appears on a wide variety of documents, including presidential
proclamations, instruments of ratification of treaties, and the
commissions of cabinet officers, ambassadors, and other foreign service
officers so it's great fodder for their fantasies.
Masons use the symbol themselves!
On Christmas eve, 2006 an anonymous message (apparently the sender was afraid that the black helicopters would come down his/her chimney or something) sent a link to this photo:
The caption below it was added by the originator and not by masonicinfo.com. Needless to say, it's obviously NOT coincidence. It appears that we now, at long last, have proof that the Great Seal was designed in the 1770-1780 period by Connecticut Masons from 2003-2004. Doubt it not!
And we probably shouldn't even mention that the Grand Master, "Chip" Stamm whose name you can see on that coin on the left, is the person who now heads the program which Masonic detractors like to claim is somehow involved with implants for ultimate identification and takeover of the world, which claims make the Masons involved laugh uproariously: Masonic ChIP. Read more about it here.
Last updated 30 December 2010
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