Founding Fathers, Secret Societies: Freemasons, Illuminati, Rosicrucians, and the Decoding of the Great Seal [NOOK Book]

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"The ultimate book about the secrets of our Founding Fathers. It is, very simply, the best thing of its kind that has ever been written. Careful research and years of effort show in this beautiful work--as exciting and informative as it is important."
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Overview

SECRET SOCIETIES / HISTORY

"The ultimate book about the secrets of our Founding Fathers. It is, very simply, the best thing of its kind that has ever been written. Careful research and years of effort show in this beautiful work--as exciting and informative as it is important."
-Whitley Strieber, host of Dreamland with Whitley Strieber

"Founding fathers, Ssecret Societies is that rare thing--a really excellent, thoroughly researched, and beautifully written book. I learned something new on every page."
--Graham Hancock, author of Fingerprints of the Gods

"I can think of no living man who has done as much as Dr. Hieronimus to investigate the mysteries surrounding the founding of the United States of America. Providing more than a revelation of the spiritual vision behind the founding of a new nation, Hieronimus sets a standard which contributes to the perpetual re-making of that ashlar cornerstone upon which the American experiment has been, is being, and will be built as the Novus Ordo Seclorum unfolds."
-David Ovason, author of The Secret Architecture of Our Nation's Capital and The Secret Symbolism of the Dollar Bill

All children growing up in America learn who the Founding Fathers were. Most, however, never learn of the founders' connections to the Freemasons, the Rosicrucians, and other esoteric orders. In Founding Fathers, Secret Societies Robert Hieronimus investigates these important connections--as well as the founders' connections to the League of the Iroquois--and how the influence of these groups can be traced throughout our most significant national documents and symbols, especially the Great Seal. He reveals in detail how the reverse of the Great Seal, which appears on the back of the one-dollar bill, is a blueprint that conveys the secret destiny of America. By understanding the kabbalistic meaning of the Great Seal's reverse, we discover the unique opportunities the current era presents for achieving the Founding Fathers' spiritual vision.

ROBERT HIERONIMUS, Ph.D., is a historian, visual artist, and radio host. His weekly program, 21st Century Radio with Dr. Bob Hieronimus, broadcasts New Paradigm topics across the United States. He lives in Maryland.
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Editorial Reviews

Stanley Krippner
“Robert Hieronimus’s historical analysis could not come at a more crucial time. The United States has reached a critical point in its history, one that will not only affect its destiny but that of the rest of the world. Hieronimus has made an in-depth analysis of the founders of the United States, starting with the League of Iroquois and the European esoteric societies, proceeding to the impact of Masonic symbolism and the creation of the Great Seal, especially the images on its reverse side. He delivers an inspiring message of hope for a culture that is badly torn, a culture critically in need of the renewed vision described in this remarkable book.”
Living Traditions Magazine
"Founding Fathers is a breath of fresh air. . . . [Hieronimus] corrects errors and offers superb summaries of available evidence."
From the Publisher
"There are images and ideas contained in this book which may well challenge your "knowledge" of American history, the evolution of society, and the place of America in the world-at-large. Read it with an open mind and you may be surprised at what you find."

"This is a book to enjoy for its research, approach, and open honesty towards a most unusual group of men. Excellent."

"Founding Fathers, Secret Societies is that rare thing—a really excellent, thoroughly researched, and beautifully written book. I learned something new on every page."

Karl Schlotterbeck
"Certainly this is a book for anyone interested in American history or in the various secret societies that may have had an influence on America’s founding. . . . a rich feast of history, esoteric movements, symbology and psycho-sociology."
Lee Prosser
"This is a book to enjoy for its research, approach, and open honesty towards a most unusual group of men. Excellent."
Mike Gleason
"There are images and ideas contained in this book which may well challenge your "knowledge" of American history, the evolution of society, and the place of America in the world-at-large. Read it with an open mind and you may be surprised at what you find."
host of Dreamland with Whitley Strieber Whitley Strieber
"The ultimate book about the secrets of our Founding Fathers. It is, very simply, the best thing of its kind that has ever been written. Careful research and years of effort show in this beautiful work—as exciting and informative as it is important."
author of Fingerprints of the Gods Graham Hancock
"Founding Fathers, Secret Societies is that rare thing—a really excellent, thoroughly researched, and beautifully written book. I learned something new on every page."
author of The Secret Architecture of Our Nation's David Ovason
"I can think of no living man who has done as much as Dr. Hieronimus to investigate the mysteries surrounding the founding of the United States of America. Providing more than a revelation of the spiritual vision behind the founding of a new nation, Hieronimus sets a standard which contributes to the perpetual re-making of that ashlar cornerstone upon which the American experiment has been, is being, and will be built as the Novus Ordo Seclorum unfolds."
author of The Lost Treasure of King Juba Frank Joseph
“Anyone turning the pages of Founding Fathers, Secret Societies opens a secret door to the lost history of our country. By exposing the hidden roots of the United States, Robert Hieronimus has restored a sense of American destiny.”
author of Forgotten Founders: How the Iroquois Bruce E. Johansen
“. . . makes an intriguing case that combines a number of historical threads to provide a new interpretation of the United States’ founding. Most importantly, Robert Hieronimus starts at the beginning, with our truly American founding, notably with the Great Law of the Haudenosaunee (Iroquois) Confederacy. This work should put to rest any remaining notions that the founding was a result of spontaneous intellectual combustion in a Philadelphia meeting room.”
May 2006 Living Traditions
"Founding Fathers is a breath of fresh air. . . . [Hieronimus] corrects errors and offers superb summaries of available evidence."
Whitley Strieber
"The ultimate book about the secrets of our Founding Fathers. It is, very simply, the best thing of its kind that has ever been written. Careful research and years of effort show in this beautiful work—as exciting and informative as it is important."
Graham Hancock
"Founding Fathers, Secret Societies is that rare thing—a really excellent, thoroughly researched, and beautifully written book. I learned something new on every page."
David Ovason
"I can think of no living man who has done as much as Dr. Hieronimus to investigate the mysteries surrounding the founding of the United States of America. Providing more than a revelation of the spiritual vision behind the founding of a new nation, Hieronimus sets a standard which contributes to the perpetual re-making of that ashlar cornerstone upon which the American experiment has been, is being, and will be built as the Novus Ordo Seclorum unfolds."
David A. Burnet
“A vision that can unite, guide, and inspire us is increasingly possible when we know more of the rich history that helped launch our nation. Too much of this history has been unknown; too many facts have been hard to come by. It is a special delight to learn more of our history with Robert Hieronimus who is so careful to not exaggerate sources or certainty.”
Frank Joseph
“Anyone turning the pages of Founding Fathers, Secret Societies opens a secret door to the lost history of our country. By exposing the hidden roots of the United States, Robert Hieronimus has restored a sense of American destiny.”
Bruce E. Johansen
“. . . makes an intriguing case that combines a number of historical threads to provide a new interpretation of the United States’ founding. Most importantly, Robert Hieronimus starts at the beginning, with our truly American founding, notably with the Great Law of the Haudenosaunee (Iroquois) Confederacy. This work should put to rest any remaining notions that the founding was a result of spontaneous intellectual combustion in a Philadelphia meeting room.”
Living Traditions
"Founding Fathers is a breath of fresh air. . . . [Hieronimus] corrects errors and offers superb summaries of available evidence."
Mark Stavish
"Great summer reading that will help you put some of your visits to historic sites in a new light."
Marilus Hornidge
"This is one you'll have to read and evaluate if you're into intricacies of theory and mind-bending history."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781594778650
  • Publisher: Inner Traditions / Bear & Company
  • Publication date: 1/25/2011
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition number: 2
  • Sales rank: 193,462
  • File size: 3 MB

Meet the Author

Robert Hieronimus, Ph.D., is a historian, visual artist, and radio host. His weekly program, 21st Century Radio with Dr. Bob Hieronimus, broadcasts New Paradigm topics across the United States. He lives in Maryland.

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from Chapter 2

Secret Societies and the Founding of a Nation

Historians have offered many reasons for the fact that a rag-tag American army, led by a general who had to go to the library to brush up on battle tactics, could defeat the strongest military power in the world. Many valid factors have been cited—the barrier of the Atlantic Ocean, the weakness of King George and his problems at home, the guerrilla tactics of the American army, etc.—but what has been overlooked is the influence of secret societies, especially Freemasonry, on America's leaders. Some esoteric historians (Hall, 1951; Case, 1935) cite that of the 56 signers of the Declaration of Independence, at least 50 were Freemasons. Whether this is a fact or not cannot be presently corroborated, but substantial information supports that many of the officers and enlisted men in the American military were Freemasons and many practiced the craft in the military lodges. According to General Lafayette (a Freemason himself), Washington "never willingly gave independent command to officers who were not Freemasons. Nearly all the members of his official family, as well as most other officers who shared his inmost confidence, were his brethren of the mystic tie" (Morse, 1924, ix).

Freemasonry allowed Washington greater control of and influence on his army. Those who breached military and Masonic secrets faced the penalty of death. Manly Hall (1951) and Paul F. Case (1935) report that 12 of Washington's generals were Freemasons, and that this, in part, accounted for their strong allegiance during America's darkest hours.

The underlying philosophy of Freemasonry ("The brotherhood of man and the Fatherhood of God") was the foundation of political, religious, social, and educational reform, which was opposed by the monarchies of Europe and ecclesiastical authorities as well. Washington's leadership and involvement with the craft gave him the confidence that America's military secrets were safe. His involvement in Freemasonry, as Master of the Lodge, provided him with more than confidence, because the lodge ritual's function was to elevate the participant's consciousness.

A group of Freemasons experiencing the rituals and initiations in an altered state of awareness provided the internal strength and fortitude for them to grasp the importance of the American revolutionary experience, and its meaning for humanity as a whole.

Thus the Atlantic Ocean, guerrilla tactics, and King George's conflicts contributed to the defeat of the English army, but so did the Freemasonic experience. It provided Washington the will and capacity to defeat King George when the world expected America's defeat.

Thomas Jefferson
Was Thomas Jefferson a member of any secret societies? Masonic sources say he was, but no one has turned up documentary evidence of his initiation. The Masonic Bible (1960), however, has "unmistakable evidence that he was an active mason." These include records of his name as a visitor in a cornerstone-laying ceremony and references in twenty-nine issues of Masonic journals to his status as a Mason. Jefferson's humanitarian beliefs were harmonious with eighteenth-century Masonry. It has been suggested that Jefferson may have been initiated in France; if so, an American initiation record would not exist.

The Rosicrucians claim Washington and Franklin as members, but do not provide irrefutable evidence. In Jefferson's case, however, Dr. H. Spencer Lewis, former Imperator of the Rosicrucian order, introduces a piece of substantial evidence. Lewis found among Jefferson's papers some "strange-looking characters" that previous researchers had assumed were a code Jefferson had invented. "I recognized it as one of the old Rosicrucian codes used for many years before Thomas Jefferson became a Rosicrucian, and still to be found in many of the ancient Rosicrucian secret manuscripts" (Heindon, 1961, 126). I have submitted this code to several cryptographers and none have yet been successful in identifying it. Mr. Rex Daniels of Concord, Massachusetts, commented (March 14, 1974), "I have taken several tries at the code with no success for the standard ones . . . you have hit upon something nobody else seems to know about."

Jefferson's visions of America can be translated as expansionist. His Louisiana Purchase was not only a landmark in the development of the American nation but an expression of an "Empire for Liberty" that would manifest in the annexing of Canada and Cuba. From this vantage the Monroe Doctrine, which Jefferson strongly urged upon President James Monroe, was not as much a separation of America from Europe as a natural expansion of America's destiny to include the South American continent. In Jefferson's words:

America, North and South, has a set of interests distinct from those of Europe . . . while the last is laboring to become the domicile of despotism, our endeavor should surely be, to make our hemisphere that of freedom. What a colossus shall we be when the southern continent comes up to our mark! What a stand will it secure as a ralliance for the reason and freedom of the globe! (Boorstin, 1963, 232)

Jefferson's most prized accomplishment, founding the University of Virginia, was based on the traditions of the schools of Athens and Florence and the Alexandrian Library: he wanted to ensure freedom from all theological restraint. Jennings C. Wise theorized that within Jefferson's architectural design of the university are hidden the teachings of the mystery schools and secret societies. Realizing that curricula could be altered, Wise suggests, Jefferson embedded the philosophy of the mystical tradition in the bricks and mortar of the university, so that its design would convey a philosophy free from dogma and superstition. Jefferson unites the ancient architectural elements of the rotunda and the rectangular academic hall, which symbolize heaven (the rotunda as used in the Chaldean Planet Tower called the House of the Seven Spheres) and earth (the four-cornered rectangle). Their use together in one structure symbolizes the union of heaven and earth.

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Table of Contents

1 The League of the Iroquois and the great law of peace 5
2 Secret societies and the founding of a nation 23
3 The history of America's Great Seal 81
4 The return of the reverse of the Great Seal and the design of the dollar bill 100
5 A symbolic and mythological analysis of the reverse of the Great Seal 117
6 The Great Seal and the paradigm shift 152
7 The blueprint for America's vision and fulfillment 170
App. 1 The Great Pyramid, symbol of mystery
App. 2 The nature of talismans
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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 19, 2010

    REALLY GOOD BOOK YOU MUST READ

    I have read many books about the subject of the secret societies and more but so far I have encountered myself reading this great book written by a great writer and developed with many facts. Founding Fathers, Secret Societies has many answers to many questions that you have always had in your head. This book creates a new you and it devolves a new way of thinking about the world. This has the best info you will have to find yourself out of a maze of questions and thoughts. Founding Fathers, Secret Societies tells so many facts like did you know the dollar bill it's self was not intended to be what it is now it was less detailed. As I advice about this book I want you to consider to ask me anything about this book.

    Well the book it's self is really interesting and the way you think is going to make more interesting. Well as I read Founding Fathers, Secret Societies I saw that most of the facts like the secret hand writings is not from present tense but from the hundreds of years ago. This book is based on many facts from the past but as well it has many more facts that help us understand what is going on now in present days. As you read the book you will want to find more info and well that is not needed this book Founding Fathers, Secret Societies has many facts and they all are about one subject for every chapter . Also as I read the book it seems like most of the facts are good but talking about this is like finding a needle in a bran of hay. We don't know what we are surrounded by in this world but what we know I s very little and this will open your mind to know what is really going on in the world. Due to the way I see things you might disagree with me about this book but we will understand that this is not my thinking but I have learned from reading this book.

    Founding Fathers, Secret Societies has a chapter all about how this became a big deal and also there is a chapter that tells us all about the founding fathers of this secretes societies. Well the chapter of how these groups became a big deal started when many people started to question them self's about who and what was making so many rules. After many years studding of what was going on people started to discover what was really going on they were being controlled by a group named Illuminati. Then they got more into the situation and found out that there are other groups that were out there with different purposes. Then the chapter about the founding fathers starts from the days when the first European people had landed on the new world. They believe all of the groups which are the Illuminati and the Freemasons and also the Rosicrucian came from the European nation. As they got here and developed them self. As they got bigger they got more power and started to become the main boss of everything but as they were been discovered they lost many of their members and still had power but they went undiscovered for a long time and that's why they are told to be secret societies.

    The book states that many of the founding fathers are really important because they have been the main reason that this is a big deal and that they have so much power. One of the founding was Thomas Jefferson and George Washington and many more. These groups were made for good reasons but they went in a bad way after all the power they had gained. Many of the things you have heard about this groups might not be true. Like that the Illuminati follow the devil and things that are just nonsens

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 4, 2011

    Enlightening

    Informed me of a lot of things I knew nothing about. Wanted to know more details of the Illuminati. Not sure if I want to know anymore. Great start if I do decide to research more.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 2, 2007

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    Revealing look at America's Masonic foundation. Conspiring Masons instigated the Revolution, crafted the Constitution and designed DC. Ultimately, Plato's Republic inspired Bacon's Atlantis, which, along with Virgil's Aeneid, became America's blueprint.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 20, 2007

    Too bad I could not give it a zero

    This book is not worth the time or the expense. Very little little facts, but a whole lot of speculation. If, you are looking for facts and truth, this book is not it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 14, 2006

    Pretty Damn Good!

    I've been researching about America's covered up true history and secret societies etc. This is book is definatley a must have book for reference. Those people who are into conspiracies and researching the New World Order should definatley have this book...it does not much about the history of secret societies but the book links america's roots constantly to the illuminati, freemasons, and rosicrucians...as it is in the title. Definatley worth reading.

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