Aphelion  in 1881 & Freemasonry

I have been investigating the symbols used by secret societies and mystery cults to try and establish the existence of a hidden seam of golden knowledge about the Dark Star.  My premise is that these symbols are very ancient, and have survived the ravages of persecutions down the years, as monotheism and dogmatic religious authorities have attempted to stamp out the old teachings.  We now live in more enlightened times (one would hope), and the secret esoteric symbols have been gradually emerging from their shells. 

However, the guardians of these teachings have really no better idea of what they mean than any of the rest of us.  The esotericists have interpreted these symbols, it is true, but these interpretations are more a reflection of their modern spiritual values than those of the ancients themselves.  Many might disagree with this view, but I start with this as my initial premise.

In DarkStar19 I began an examination of Alchemy and showed how a standard astrological interpretation of this esoteric school of thought leaves a lot to be desired.  I will soon release alchemical images that show clearly the role of Nibiru as the Messianic Star, or the Dark Sun.  On this page I will show more of the alchemical images (1), but with the onus upon Freemasonry, another secret society that appears to hold promise for this research.  This 16th Century image, for instance, seems to show a red fiery globe, among a field of 7 stars (its moons?), between the Sun and Luna (2).  Clutching this globe, the alchemist appears to be moving onto solid ground, perhaps even moving between planets...

Note how the coronal discharge of the red orb is swept back from the Sun, as one would expect when the brown dwarf's coronal discharge interacts with the Solar Wind.  This is the origin of the appearance of the Winged Disc during Nibiru's perihelion passage.


The Blazing Star


The Freemasons have a tremendous interest in a 'Blazing Star' that is said to represent Sothis, or Sirius. They have this Star motif placed in prominent places in their Temples, or Lodges. Many of their rituals are derived from Isian rites, and ancient Egyptian symbols feature strongly in the Craft, even though many of their degrees are actually Mosaic, or sometimes Christian, in character.  

There is emphasis placed upon the appearance of a bright light in the darkness, derived from the 'Black Rite', described by Isis in 'The Virgin of the World'. This celestial entity known as the 'Night' "weaves her web with rapid light though it be less than Sun's" (3).

 Combine this with the Freemason's worship of the Divine Being as represented by a 'bright, shining light in the East' that breaks through the darkness of the Lodge, and one can begin to piece together a common strand.  Although connected with Sirius, this light is an altogether different entity.

The alchemical image shown right contains Masonic symbols (4).  The five visible planets and the Sun and Luna make up the standard set of planetary symbols, but the rebus is stood upon the alchemical dragon, Azoth, who breathes fire.  He, in turn, lies upon a Winged Disc that is evidently neither the Sun nor Mercury.  Geometrical workings are at play within the disc, in keeping with the other Masonic symbols, and the numbers 4 and 3 appear to hint at that magic number 7 again...



The Equilateral Triangle


The equilateral triangle is an important symbol for Freemasons also.  Matthew Scanlan has described the Triangular Lodge of Rushton in Northamptonshire and links much of the symbolism used within its architecture to alchemy (5).  (I am particularly impressed by a motif of the 'seven eyes of God within a hexagon' (sic) on the building)

The Equilateral Triangle is one of the oldest of the sacred symbols, according to James Churchward, and represents the Trinity or the Triune Godhead:

"Whenever or wherever this symbol is found, in any form of record or inscription, it is either in reference to, or represents, the ancient Trinity and Heaven...The Truine Godhead of the Egyptians consisted of "Shu, Set and Horus" (6).

This image shows a line of Luna, Mercury and Sol.  Above them is the equilateral triangle of the Masons containing an Eagle (7).  We are also treated to a red burning orb and seven raindrops (Water and Fire, or seven moons and the brown dwarf Nibiru?).

So the Freemasons have inherited a very ancient series of symbols, and Alchemy demonstrates that this Masonic equilateral triangle has some sort of celestial significance. 

It is often shown with an enclosed eye, the 'all-seeing eye of Osiris' according to Churchward, who notes that this combined symbol was often seen "in ancient Catholic churches, over the main altar" (6).  Americans will be very well acquainted with this symbol, as it is part of the Masonic imagery shown on their One Dollar bills.


David Ovason


This section of the Dark Star Theory was recently removed because I received a couple of strongly worded e-mails from the author David Ovason (8). He was upset that I had included references to material in his books, and threatened me with legal action!  He accused me of breaching copyright law.  I was quite shocked by this because to all intents and purposes I was presenting short quotations from his books (9, 10), referencing them appropriately and using them as source material only.  That's standard academic practice, and certainly comes under the auspices of 'fair use' in British and American copyright law.  Nevertheless he would not enter into correspondence about this with me. 

President Garfield's monument in Washington D.C.

Now it is absolutely within David Ovason's rights to express his anger with me for including references to his material in these pages.  It's a free country, as they say.  In truth, I don't agree with many of the conclusions in his books, but I have made reference to many interesting facts that one cannot readily find elsewhere about the esoteric studies of Europe and the United States.  I have picked up that material from him in the same way that he has, no doubt,  picked up that material from older books, fellow esotericists and researchers etc.  That's how knowledge passes along. 

But it should be pointed out that I have taken that source material and reached a set of conclusions that Mr Ovason likely as not disagrees with.  Perhaps that is why he has objected to my even MENTIONING HIS NAME within these pages!!  Which is ridiculous.  Perhaps he is concerned that his good name as an author will be sullied with talk of ancient astronauts and missing planets and the like. 

Well, if so, that's just tough. It is simply naive to expect the world to bang along to your drum when you publish your own work.  It will simply become part of the academic milieu, accessible to later researchers who may not agree with your conclusions.

And how ironic that an author who is sensationally providing us with the esoteric secrets of other thinkers and artists should get so upset about seeing those secrets passing along further down the literary chain.  As if that wasn't an entirely predictable outcome for popularising previously hidden, esoteric material!  [One wonders how David Ovason will react to Dan Brown's new book 'The Lost Symbol' - AL, 2009]

Anyhow, I am now able to publish new photos of the Garfield monument with its Zodiac depicting two Suns (11). In brief, here are the conclusions that I have drawn from material contained in David Ovason's books, along with material from other sources, like Zolar (12), and even information readily available over the Internet:

There is an esoteric tradition describing a 'Dark Satellite' (Zolar)

That Dark Satellite allegedly reached it darkest point in 1881AD, an important esoteric date (Ovason)

President Garfield was assassinated that year, (Known Fact) and his memorial in Washington D.C. contains a Zodiacal plaque that has astrological significance (Known Fact). 

The astrological sphere of the Sun has two objects 'orbiting' it; in the Zodiacal houses of Gemini and Sagittarius (Ovason)

The enigmatic plaque implies the actual existence of a physical, but hidden second Sun (My conclusion)

Taken together there is an esoteric tradition, probably deeply embodied within Freemasonry, of a second Sun reaching aphelion in 1881AD (My conclusion)

That second Sun is the Dark Star, a small brown dwarf that presumably achieved aphelion around that year and is now slowly swinging back towards us. (My conclusion)

Its perihelion is close to Gemini, whilst its aphelion 1881 is associated with Sagittarius (My conclusion)


For a more in-depth discussion of this topic, please visit this page:  Dark Satellite

A few years have passed since Ovason's outburst, and I am happy to report that neither of us has seen the inside of a courtroom in that time!  I am grateful to my friend Andy Goldie for taking these photographs of the Garfield monument in Washington D.C., and allowing me to publish them.  I think it is important to share this important find with my readers. Yes, it was David Ovason who wrote about this in his book first of all.  But his discovery about this Zodiac has implications about the knowledge of the Dark Star amongst Freemasons, and it is vital for me to explore that insight in my own writing. So I acknowledge his prior work, as I have always done, but I will not be brow-beaten into silence about my own controversial insights on this matter.


More Masonic Symbols

Investigating Freemasonry is a difficult enterprise for a non-Mason such as myself.  On the one hand, Freemasons are anxious to give the impression that the Craft and other orders/degrees are becoming more open to scrutiny, in order to gain the confidence of a suspicious public, but on the other hand...

Well, it goes without saying that an organisation that has cherished its secrecy for so long will be slow to truly open up.  It would be unwise to say too much about what I think Freemasonry is all about.  I'm likely to be incorrect, not being an Initiate of the Craft.  But I can provide tangible evidence that indicates that many of the symbols I have alluded to are contained within Masonic lore.  Here are some further examples:

This image shows the interior of the Lodge De Goed Hoop Temple (Lodge of Good Hope) in Cape Town, South Africa (14).  Note the five-pointed 'blazing star' which is flush with a red aura.  Of more interest however is the Moon icon, which is replete with seven small stars. 

Again, I think the red crescent of Nibiru's coronal discharge at perihelion has become integrated with the crescent moon down the centuries, leading to the seven stars being depicted with the Moon, not the 'Blazing Star'. 

It's difficult to imagine why the seven stars would be so often associated with the Moon otherwise.  I suspect the 'Blazing Star' is the conjunction of Nibiru with Sirius at perihelion (See DarkStar21).

We first considered the Crescent and Seven Stars icon with the 'Talisman of Orpheus'.  It is not an uncommon symbol, it seems, but its importance has not been recognised previously.  On this gravestone the same symbolism is deployed in an evidently Masonic context.  This is the Brierly Tomb at Mellor, Greater Manchester, England (15).  The Angel and the Mason are both pointing in the direction of this curious motif (circled), which is found close to Aries on this occasion.  The Mason appears to be stood upon a five-pointed star (Sirius), and a ladder extends towards the Crescent and 7 Stars (a Stairway to Heaven?).

In his article, the Rev Parker amusingly notes how Masonic imagery found on the architecture of churches is often put down to a tribute following the accidental death of a Mason falling from the roof.  'Mason's set square' at Gloucester Cathedral is given as an example...an incongruity I can investigate in my own town!


Masonic Medals

The masonic button on the left is the earliest known, dating to 1763 from the Regularity Lodge No 91 (United Grand Lodge, London) (15).  On the right is a Masonic medal showing the radiant triangle at the top.  It is surrounded by a semi-circle of discs, numbering seven.  The medal was awarded for charitable work, but the imagery employed also hints at Jesus/Mary or Horus/Isis.


The Blazing Star


This Scottish Lodge (St Bryde No 579) boasts a Blazing Star that appears very much like a classic Winged Disc (16).  One of the things that I find very interesting is the presence of the two pillars. 

These no doubt symbolise the two pillars upon which Knowledge was written prior to the Flood: one could withstand the destruction of the Deluge, the other was capable of surviving a fiery cataclysm (one wonders whether the excitation of Nibiru as it approaches the Sun is reciprocated; that the super-charged Sun might cause massive global over-heating during some perihelion passages). 

We have seen the two pillars deployed in alchemical images also, and it is possible that their presence may indicate an archeo-astronomical significance. 

In other words, the appearance of the Winged Disc is meant to be seen between two marker pillars, or obelixes.  Speculative Freemasons certainly show much interest in related Egyptian relics.


The 1st American Flag

Martin Cosnette dug up this little gem for me.  Apparently, according to David Icke's website, this was the very first American flag.   The original Stars and Stripes in the form of a comet and accompanying set of seven stars! It contains all of the relevant symbols associated with Nibiru, the Dark Star.  There is the massive comet containing the Eye (of The Watchers, or Nephilim?) and the seven accompanying stars, or moons.  Quite remarkable. So were the founders of the USA knowingly presenting the image of the hidden Dark Sun as their own?

This is a black and white image, and one presumes that the colour of the field on the left is blue, and that on the right is red.  As we have seen above, the creation of the United States of America involved a significant number of Freemasons, George Washington most prominent among them. 

The flag shown here could have easily been derived from symbolism deployed on the Lafayette Apron, which was presented to Washington himself.  Freemasons themselves have put forward explanations for the symbols, but add that no interpretation can be considered absolute.  The following is derived from work by Frank W. Bobb, Grand Lodge librarian and curator at the Grand Lodge Museum in Philadelphia, where the 'Washington Apron' (right) is kept. 

Prominent among the symbols is the All-Seeing Eye, a symbol of 'watchfulness and of the Supreme Being' (number 4).  It is a third astronomical symbol, independent of the lesser sources of light provided by the Sun and Moon. This 'God' of the freemasons is emblazoned with fiery radiance, within which can be found the Seven Stars (number 40).  These are said to represent the seven Liberal Arts and sciences of the Freemasons.  In this sense, then, the All-Seeing Eye is the fount of Masonic knowledge and learning. 

But this interpretation provided by Frank Bobb may be just conjecture. For me, personally, the overall imagery is absolutely identical to that of Nibiru and its moons, and found as it is with the Sun (number 39) and Moon (number 7), and the Arch of Heaven (number 6), an alternative meaning can be presented.  Did the Freemasons know about Nibiru through esoteric and hidden knowledge passed to them from older, persecuted Orders or heretical sects?

Was this hidden knowledge so central to their secret system of beliefs that it was used by Washington and his colleagues to create the flag of the United States of America?  It's an amazing thought.


Dark Sun on Cocteau's Mural

I first came across this mural some years ago when reading 'The Templar Revelation' by Lynn Picknett and Clive Prince.  A small black and white photo was included in the plates section, clearly depicting a dark sun at the crucifixion of Christ.  This mural was created by the artist and esoterist Jean Cocteau, and it can be found in the church of Notre-Dame de France in London.  I was recently contacted by a member of a Rosicrucian Freemasons Lodge, who sent me this picture and has kindly given me permission to reproduce it here (18).  He described some of the more heretical aspects of the work:

"See the 'Black Sun' of the alchemists?  The Rose of the Rosicrucians is at the foot of the (rose-)cross. The figure on the extreme right has the 'fish' symbol of Christ on his eye (the photo is cropped), indicating that he is Jesus. Hold on a minute then - if that is Jesus looking on at the crucifixion, who is that on the cross?  Cocteau himself looks away in disgust from the travesty of the accepted version of the crucifixion.  Lots of other symbolism in the mural, but that's another story. He was an independent Rosicrucian, as many in France are. Not a member of the fictitious 'Priory of Sion', as the new age fantasists and delusionaries will have it, and not a member of the SRIA either."  (18)

One might speculate that there is also some secret knowledge about a dark star shown here, seen in the sky during the life of Christ (note how both his birth and death are depicted on the altar and mural respectively...).  Nibiru?  It's a possibility that cannot be ruled out, although clearly its appearance cannot have been quite as spectacular as M. Cocteau is alluding to on his mural. Instead, Nibiru must have been a barely detectable object seen only by, well, Magi...

My learned Fraternal friend has also supplied some useful insights into our exploration of the "Lord of the Rings" Dark Star symbolism.

With thanks to Frater X, a member of a College of the Societas Rosicruciana in Anglia (SRIA). 


Star on Winged Disc at Washington Monument


Upon reviewing "The Master Game" by Graham Hancock and Robert Bauval, I came across a couple of intriguing references to Egyptian Winged Discs which had stars superimposed upon them.  On both occasions cited, the starred winged discs are located prominently.  The first is at the Washington Monument:

"Inside the [Washington] monument's entrance, right over the door lintel, Bauval noticed a bronze plaque on which the face of George Washington had been sculpted by the French artist Jean-Antoine Houdon, a Freemason, and member of the nine Sisters lodge in Paris, whose other subjects had included Cagliostro and Empress Joséphine. Above the plaque was the unmistakable motif of the ancient Egyptian winged solar disc with a star prominently positioned at its centre." (19)

I dug about in the Internet to find an image of this solar disc with a star embedded in it, as the image used in their book doesn't actually show it; only the bronze plaque of Washington by Houdon.  Why would a six-pointed star be incorporated into the solar disc in this way?  If we're assuming the generalised acceptance that the Egyptian winged disc is the Sun, then this makes no sense!  Is this another piece of the Dark Star puzzle? 

This motif is probably derived from the front cover of the historically important book "Description de l'Égypte" by Denon, also cited by Hancock and Bauval:

"The famous Description de l'Égypte, which was published under the supervision of Denon, was dedicated to 'Napoleon le Grand' , who is depicted on the front-cover as an Apollo-Sol Invictus, hero-king.  There he may still be seen, riding the solar chariot under the protection of the Egyptian symbol of the winged solar disc - into which, in this case, has been placed a star." (19)

It's not particularly easy to spot the star in this image of the book cover, but you get the idea.  Hancock and Bauval explore the importance of the ancient Egyptian goddess Isis in their book, and I suspect that they are thinking of the star Sirius here.  But why would Sirius be associated with the solar disc?  They note that the ancient Egyptians regarded Sirius as the 'second sun', which is itself curious (19). 

Perhaps that second sun is a little closer to home?


Uriel's Machine


Greg Jenner writes:


"You can also see this flag in the book: 'The Gods of Eden' by: William Bramley. He says it was only a 'runner-up' to the first official American flag. Still very interesting though.


"Thought you might be interested in this prologue (pg. XIII) from the book 'Uriel's Machine' by: Christopher Knight & Robert Lomas, © 1999.


"According to the two Authors Freemason rituals of the ancient Scottish rite devoted entire Degrees to 'Enoch' himself who was told by an angel, called Uriel, to preserve the secrets of civilization because a global disaster was imminent. Masonic documents dating from the early 17thcentury, known as the 'old charges' tell how everything dear to mankind existed before the disastrous Flood and had to be reconstructed by the survivors.


"On page 55 in the book the Authors go on to say that, according to the 'Book of Enoch', he had a vision of seven stars that appeared as "Seven burning mountains" descending upon the Earth and the 'Tollmanns' interpreted this later as seven Cometary fragments that hit the Earth causing the Great Flood in Noah's time! Regardless if the "Seven Burning Mountains" impacted the Earth or not, it is clear to me that the seven stars were associated somehow with a celestial event in which Enoch was 'allowed' to view.


"Therefore it is my conclusion, like you, that the Freemasons are privy to certain hidden knowledge regarding this celestial event (Nibiru) and the seven stars or "Burning Mountains" on the early American Flag is a great example of this. And as you well know these seven stars show up throughout Masonic symbology."


"Uriel's Machine"(18) is a fascinating book, and the excerpts pointed out by Greg Jenner do make for very interesting reading. They provide a direct link between a description of the Dark Star and its satellites at perihelion, and myth connected with catastrophic Earth changes.



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Written by Andy Lloyd, 17th Dec. 2003, and updated 10th April 2005, 24th Sept. 2008, 17th Sept. 2009, & 3rd Sept. 2011

author of 'The Dark Star' (2005), 'Ezekiel One' (2009), 'The Followers of Horus' (2010) and 'Darker Stars' (2019)

Published by Timeless Voyager Press


    Darker Stars



1)   Alchemy' This website showcases alchemical images speculatively coloured by levity.com's Webmaster.


2)   Woodcut from Petrarch Das Glüchbuch, Augsburg, 1539

3)   Robert Temple  "The Sirius Mystery: New Scientific Evidence of Alien Contact 5,000 Years Ago"  p115 Century 1998

  The Sirius Mystery

4)   Sixth woodcut from the series in Basil Valentine's Azoth.

5)   M. Scanlan  "Mystery Set in Stone"  pp22-4 Freemasonry Today Summer 2001


6)   James Churchward  "The Lost Continent of Mu" pp272-3 Futura

  The Lost Continent Of Mu

7)   18th century engraving based on work of Basil Valentine.

8) Correspondence with David Ovason, May 2004

9)  David Ovason  "The Secret Zodiacs of Washington D.C."  pp36-41, 96, 115-6, 122-3 Arrow 2000

   The Secret Architecture of Our Nation's Capital

10) Mark Hedsel,  David Ovason (Ed)  "The Zelator: A Modern Initiate Explores the Ancient Mysteries" Arrow 1999

 The Zelator

11) David Ovason "The Nostradamus Code"  Arrow 1997

  The Nostradamus Code

12) Photographs © Andy Goldie 2005, and reproduced with his kind permission

13)  Zolar "The Encyclopaedia of Ancient & Forbidden Knowledge" Ch 7, 1970, Abacus


14) V. Zaayman "Lodge De Goede Hoop" p36 The Ashlar, Sept 1997

15) Rev A. Parker "Some Masonic Gravestones in Liverpool and Manchester" pp226-8 & p40 Freemasonry Today Summer 2000

16) J. Jack "Lodge St. Bryde No. 579" p22-6 The Ashlar Sept 1999

17)  Christopher Knight & Robert Lomas 'Uriel's Machine: the Prehistoric Technology That Survived the Flood' Arrow 1999

  Uriel's Machine

18)  Anon "Jean Cocteau and Notre Dame de France in London" 12 March 2008, with thanks to Shaun

idlespeculations-terryprest.blogspot.com article

19) Graham Hancock and Robert Bauval, 'The Master Game' Disinformation 2011, p548,465, 237 (previously published in 2004 under the title 'Talisman')

The Master Game

20) Correspondence from Greg Jenner, Abbotsford, BC, Canada


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