And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes and our sacred Honor.
— Declaration of Independence, United States of America
As we become more conscious of the meaning and power of money in our own lives, it is helpful to know exactly what the designers of the currency had in mind. I realize that not all of my readers are American, but I would suggest that you, too, take a close look at your own bills and coins. Although you look at them every day, how aware are you of the symbols and pictures? How much do you know about the background that led to the choices of those designs?
For, no matter what country your money belongs to, as we’ve discussed, the value of money is (in our secular world of today) arbitrarily assigned by your government. It is important to know what is depicted there, and what the intention behind it is, because that profoundly affects its energy. Money is a magical tool. Its energy is running into us, through us, to others, every time we handle our money.
Yesterday, I began to examine the back of the American dollar bill. On the left of In God We Trust is the reverse side of the Great Seal of the United States. It shows an unfinished pyramid with an eye replacing the top point. Despite many conspiracy theories and speculation, the designers never once referred to this eye as the Eye of Horus, or the “All-Seeing Eye.” Nor is it designed to be specifically a left or right eye.
The eye was originally suggested by Pierre Du Simitière, one of the consultants on the first Great Seal committee that convened on July 4, 1776. He described it as, “The Eye of Providence in a radiant Triangle whose Glory extends over the Shield and beyond the Figures.” A glory is a specific term in heraldry that means rays of light.
His design was later revised by Charles Thomson, who was the Secretary of the Continental Congress, and then became our first Secretary of State. Congress approved Thomson’s reverse design, which was described officially as “A Pyramid unfinished. In the Zenith an Eye in a triangle surrounded with a glory… Over the Eye these words, Annuit Cœptis.”
Annuit Cœptis, loosely translated, means, “He has favored our undertakings.” Thomson wrote that this was “alluding to the many signal interpositions of providence in favour of the American cause.”
So, what’s up with the pyramid? And what about the infamous motto, Novus Ordo Seclorum?
More about that tomorrow!