The Secrets of Masonic Washington

The Secrets of Masonic Washington

A Guidebook to Signs, Symbols, and Ceremonies

at the Origin of America's Capital

by James Wasserman

Paperback: 192 pages, 150 illustrations

ISBN-13: 978-1-59477-266-5

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A fully illustrated guide to the Masonic origins and present-day Masonic sites of Washington, D.C.

• Provides a walking tour of the Masonic sites and symbols of the city

• Explores the critical role of Freemasonry in the founding of the United States

• By the author of The Templars and Assassins

In this guide to the Masonic underpinnings of America's capital, James Wasserman reveals the esoteric symbols and the spiritual and visionary ideas that lie hidden in the buildings, monuments, and physical layout of Washington, D.C. His walking tour of these Masonic sites includes both the expected and unexpected–from the Lincoln Memorial and the Capitol Building to the Federal Reserve complex, National Academy of Sciences, and the Library of Congress. Each location includes descriptions, interpretations, and explanations of the Masonic symbols and ritualistic meanings hidden within its structure, all illustrated with contemporary color and historic black-and-white photographs.

Wasserman explains the purpose behind putting these symbols and Masonic designs into the capital and how all these monuments fit into the spiritual vision held by the founding fathers. He reveals the prominent role that Freemasonry played in the 18th-century Enlightenment movement and shows how in the New World of America, free of monarchy and aristocracy, the ideas of the Enlightenment were able to flourish. This illustrated guidebook to the Masonic secrets of Washington, D.C., provides valuable insights on the founding of America. It will be welcomed by students of esoteric art and symbolism, admirers of American history, and devotees of Dan Brown novels and National Treasure movies.

About the Author

James Wasserman is the author of the bestselling study of the Crusades, The Templars and the Assassins: The Militia of Heaven, An Illustrated History of the Knights Templar offers the most comprehensive collection of Templar and Crusader art in print. A longtime student of the occult sciences, he has a played a key role in the publication of many seminal works by Aleister Crowley and is responsible for the widely acclaimed restoration of the Papyrus of Ani, The Egyptian Book of the Dead: The Book of Going Forth by Day.

Comments from readers

"More than a breathtaking pictorial tour of our nation's capital, this book is an archaeological expedition to a "lost city" whose mystical treasures and traditions are hidden in plain sight – a city designed and built to be a powerful talisman and the beating heart of a spiritual entity that transcends all religions – a city whose very streets invoke the invisible energies that drive the evolution of human consciousness – a city inspired by a civic priesthood we know today as Freemasonry."

— Lon Milo DuQuette, 32°, author of The Key to Solomon's Key: Secrets of Magic and Masonry

"This is the best book to date on the Masonic influences on the formation and growth of the early American republic. Destined to be a classic, it seamlessly weaves the exotic and esoteric aspects of history together into a guided walking tour of America's occult greatness, showing that 'holy land' is not something that is found somewhere else, but is right here beneath our feet. More than just a look at the past, it is a veritable tour the future and of what America can be again."

— Mark Stavish, 32°, KT, author of Freemasonry – Rituals, Symbols and History of the Secret Society. Director of Studies, Institute for Hermetic Studies

"James Wasserman has an unparalleled track record prospecting in the Solomonic mines of occult worlds, and emerging with 24 karat nuggets of secret history. He then subjects these to the assays of rational logic and analysis. From the Hashishim and Knights Templar of medieval times, to America's founding fathers of three centuries ago, Wasserman knows how to decode the symbols, unravel the secrets, and find historical gold."

— Dan Burstein, Editor of Secrets of the Code and Secrets of Angels & Demons

"James Wasserman provides us with an informative guidebook to the wondrous neoclassical monuments of Washington DC. Use it when you visit the nation's capital and become enlightened and one with its Founding Fathers."

— Robert R. Hieronimus, author of Founding Fathers, Secret Societies and United Symbolism of America

"The Secrets of Masonic Washington shines a spotlight on an unusual area of Washington, D.C. that few of us have ever realized. It is a historical study of masonry and how it is embroidered into the development of the USA. At the same time, the book is counter-balanced with photos of historic sites and statuary found in today's Washington, D.C., revealing masonry's remarkable influence up to the very present day. This is one of the most interesting visual and literary walking tours of Washington, D.C. that I've ever taken, and I recommend it to any student of government, history, or art."

— The Amazing Kreskin