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The Great Seal of America

Author: Ringmaster
28.07.2008

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Among those who helped design the Great Seal of the United States many were Masons: Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Jefferson, William Churchill Houston, and William Barton. It is difficult to tell for sure whether these Masonis drew upon Freemasonry in this work but an informed Mason can’t help but see the following:

On the obverse is an eagle whose dexter wing has thirty-two feathers, the number of degrees foundĀ in Scottish Rite Freemasonry. The sinister wing has thirty-three feathers, the additional feather corresponding to the Thirty-Third Degree of the Scottish Rite conferred upon those of outstanding Masonic service. The tail feathers number nine, the number of degrees in the Chapter, Council, and Commandery of the York Rite of Freemasonry.

The glory above the eagle’s head is divided into twenty-four equal parts and reminds the observer of the Mason’s gauge which is also divided into twenty-four equal parts and is emblematic of the service he is obligated to perform. The five pointed stars remind him of the Masonic Blazing Star and the five points of fellowship.

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