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The Saturn Polar Configuration shown in a Freemason painting


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One of the most well-known set of Freemason symbols is the Tracing Board which is a set of printed illustrations depicting the various emblems and symbols of Freemasonry. The Freemason Tracing Board has always been a source of fascination to me and it became clearer to understand when I discovered the work of David Talbott and his book ‘The Saturn Myth’. From a historical perspective, planetary alignments recorded by ancient cultures may provide clues about the symbols on the Tracing Board. In the book ‘The Saturn Myth’, David Talbott refers to some of the symbols on the Tracing board, most notably the two pillars. According to Talbott, based on accounts from ancient cultures around the world, thousands of years ago the planets underwent great upheavel and aligned overhead Earth in an astronomical event, dubbed the “Saturn Polar Configuration” theory. The planets that aligned were Saturn, Venus and Mars. The image below is how this alignment would have looked — with Saturn as an 8-pointed star.



Quote from the ‘Saturn Myth’ book:

❝The hieroglyphic symbol of the Shu-pillar or mountain (the Saturnian Cosmic Mountain) is called the two pillars of heaven❞

The exact same 8-pointed star keyhole symbolism is shown below on a Freemason stained-glass window.



According to investigative mythologist William Henry:



We are taught that the Blazing Star between the two pillars (Jachin and Boaz) is actually Sirius. So, it’s possible Talbott has misinterpreted the bodies in the celestial alignment (some people such as Michael Ballinger have suggested that Venus could have been Alcyone). However, it’s generally acknowledged that Freemasons deceive people as to the true meaning of their symbols. For example, Albert Pike said in ‘Morals and Dogma’: “Part of the symbols are displayed there to the initiate, but he is intentionally misled by false interpretations. It is not intended that he shall understand them; but it is intended that he shall imagine that he understands them… their true explication (explanation and understanding) is reserved for the adepts”. Manly Palmer Hall described a similar thing in his book ‘The Lost Keys of Freemaonsry’, where he describes a deeper meaning to the symbols as commonly understood by the average individual, saying: “The initiated brother realizes that his so-called symbols and rituals are merely blinds fabricated by the wise to perpetuate ideas incomprehensible to the average individual”.


In the ‘The Saturn Myth’, Talbott describes how ancient cultures around the world interpreted the Saturn Polar Configuration symbol as a bridge between Heaven and Earth. This could be what the goal of Freemasonry actually is; to reconnect Heaven with Earth. Tracy Twyman posits at the end of her book, Clock Shavings, that secret societies such as the Freemasons, have “long cherished the idea of being able to penetrate the hidden realm, not only to escape the material “prison” that we are in, but to escape the cycle of death that pervades here, and to take for themselves the immortality of the gods”. Gnostics believed the world had been created by a malevolent being called the Demiurge and that our souls have been trapped in a material prison and have descended from above and are capable of reascending through “gnosis”. Carl Michaeler, the author of ‘Treatise on the Phoenician Mysteries’, wrote on the analogy between Gnostisicm and Freemasonry. He adverts to the theory of the Gnostic origin of Freemasonry. Like the Gnostics, it’s possible that Freemasons want to break out of this material prison and ascend into a higher dimension.


According to Robert Palazzo, the aim of Freemasons is to access “a portal to the mysterious”. Freemasons ascending into a higher dimension would make sense in the context of what the Saturn Polar Configuation actually was. It was a portal. The Egyptian Ankh was based on the Saturn Polar Configuration, as Talbott explains in ‘The Saturn Myth’: “The Ankh (whose origins experts have long debated) is but a conventionalized image of the [Saturn] Polar Configuration”. In the book ‘Secret Societies: Revelations About the Freemasons’ by Philip Gardiner, he explains that the Ankh was seen as a gateway or portal. Quote: “The Ankh is technically known as the Crux Ansata. It is a simple T-cross, surmounted by an oval — called the Ru. The Ru is often seen as a portal or gateway to another dimension, such as Heaven. The Ankh therefore becomes the symbol of transition from one place to another. It outlived Egyptian domination and was widely used by the Christians as the [Latin] Cross”.



Below is an ancient Mesopotamia Stele depicting the same symbolism as the Freemason painting above, showing the Cosmic Mountain connected to a star. This, as Talbott describes, was a celestial alignment that occurred thousands of years ago, and was actually a gateway. It’s possible that CERN are trying to reactivate this gateway.

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