In our fast pace and bustling lives we don’t often see the connections that exist in the world. This article isn’t about the internet, it is about something much older and more esoteric in nature. It is about the connections that exist from place to place. It is about the utilization of sacred geometry in the landscape to express meaning and inspiration.
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One day in 2012, I was visiting the George Washington Masonic Memorial in Alexandria, Virginia. It is a stately, well proportioned, and inspirational building (as one would expect from a Masonic creation). However I was also struck by a similarity to one of my favorite buildings in the world, the ancient Library at Alexandria, Egypt. (artist concept drawing below)
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I also could not help but make the connection between city names of Alexandria, Egypt and Alexandria, Virginia. As I completed my tour of the Memorial, I stood at the entrance and looked over downtown Alexandria and wondered, “Are the two places connected? Is there a relationship between the two buildings? Was a deliberate connection designed into the location to link the old and the new?
LATITUDE AND LONGITUDE
But first things first: a quick refresher on our planetary coordinate system. The rule of thumb is that “latitude is always latitude, but longitude can vary based on where you put the Prime Meridian.”
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Latitude is known as the parallel lines that flow up or down the planet away from the equator. The equator is 0* (degrees) and for all intentions does not change (as long as the rotation of the planet is constant). The latitude varies from 0 – 90* +/-. The southern pole is -90*, the equator is 0*, and the northern pole is +90* based on our convention. ‘N’ for North and ‘S’ for South is also used as opposed to +/-.
Longitude are the lines that run from pole to pole and they are not parallel, but curve with the surface of the earth. They start from an arbitrary beginning point called the Prime Meridian. Then, in a 360* circle, the lines flow out from the Prime Meridian to complete the circle. If moving to the left of the Prime Meridian, one is said to be going West. If moving to the right of the Prime Meridian, one is said to be going East. Usually, this designation is used to determine the direction closest to the Prime Meridian. For example, New York, New York is ~74* West of Greenwich, and Moscow, Russia is ~37* East of Greenwich.
Measurements of latitude and longitude are expressed either digitally as 77.478*, or conventionally at 77* 28’ 41” in a degrees/minutes/seconds format. We will be focusing on the conventional format.
GLOBAL POSITIONING SYSTEM (GPS) and MEASUREMENTS
The current GPS based on satellites was developed in approximately 1973. This system has developed to be able to define location in a hyper-accurate fashion. Before this system was created, people worked with approximates of the values. Therefore, there may be differences between measurements and relationships ascribed then when items were created and by using GPS now. The relationships described herein are approximates of GPS.
Another source of minor error using precise measurements is the movement of the continents over time due to the dynamic nature of the Earth’s surface. Additionally, to show the concept more then perfect math, I did not take all decimal places out past two to four decimals. A handy calculator can get the exact numbers for you if they are needed.
THE PRIME MERIDIAN
The Prime Meridian is currently based in Greenwich, England and was adopted in 1884. Other Prime Meridians have been Paris, France, Washington, DC. USA, Jerusalem, Israel, and Mecca, Saudi Arabia. A much older Prime Meridian existed that ran through the Giza Plateau. We will be focusing on two Prime Meridians: Greenwich, and Giza.
The Giza Prime Meridian is located at approximately 31* 8’ 3” East of Greenwich. This will be described as the Giza Difference. Remember that this only affects longitude, because latitude is latitude (based on the equator).
THE MUNCK NUMBER or GEOCODE
The Munck Number is defined as a location’s signature value for either longitude or latitude, and is calculated by multiplying the degrees x minutes x seconds. It tends to be a very unique number for each location. I first heard of this concept from a writer known as Carl Munck. I would think that the coding would have had another name, but at the moment I am unaware of it. It could also be known as a GeoCode.
GEOCODE EXAMPLE: STONEHENGE
As an example of a GeoCode, we can use the design of sacred site of Stonehenge in the United Kingdom. In it’s configuration, Stonehenge was built with several large standing stones in the center. Around this center group of stones was a circle of 30 smaller standing stones. On top of these smaller standing stones were placed 30 lintel stones and connected two of the stones. 30 supporting stones plus 30 lintels = 60 stones.
The stones are placed into a circle. There are 360* in a circle.
60 stones x 360* = 21,600 [a GeoCode]
The latitude of Stonehenge is approximately 51* 10’ 42.353” N. Finding the GeoCode value we take 51 x 10 x 42.353 = 21,600.
So the latitude of Stonehenge could be said to be encoded into the configuration of Stonehenge.
THE LATITUDE OF THE GEORGE WASHINGTON MASONIC MEMORIAL (GWMM)
I think that the GWMM utilized Masonic teachings in its construction. The building height is 333 feet, and this conveys the utilization of numerology in its construction.
A prevalent symbol at the GWMM is the Masonic Square and Compass. The Square has a angle of 90* embedded in it.
A prevalent ratio of measurement since ancient times is the Golden Ratio, or Phi, which approximates 1.618. This ratio is prevalent in nature.
If you take 333 x 90 x 1.618 you derive a value of 48,491.46.
The latitude of the GWMM is approximately 38* 48’ 26.585”.
38 x 48 x 26.585 =~ 48,491.46
THE LONGITUDE OF THE GEORGE WASHINGTON MASONIC MEMORIAL (GWMM)
The GWM has a longitude of 77.0658*W. This translates approximately into 77* 3’ 57.24” W Greenwich.
Adding the Giza Difference: (because Giza is East of Greenwich)
77* 03’ 57.24” W Greenwich
+31* 08’ 00.00” E
=108* 11’ 57.24” W Giza
108 x 11 x 57.24 is a GeoCode of 68001.12.
The lighthouse in Alexandria, Egypt had a latitude of ~31* 12.98’.
This is a GeoCode of 402.3735.
Divide 68001.12 / 402.3735 = 169
Applying the Masonic Square to this process, 169 = 13 x 13 by taking the ‘square’ of 169.
Could it be that 169 represents the 13 colonies that became the 13 states?
The GeoCode for the longitude of the lighthouse in Egypt is 13 =~ 1* 13’ W Giza.
Since the GeoCode is West of Giza (and not East), we subtract the 1* 13’ W from the Giza Difference to get to the Greenwich value.
31* 08’ E
-01* 13’ W Giza
~29* 55’ E Greenwich
This is the approximate value of the longitude location of the library in Egypt based on Greenwich.
Whether by chance or by design,
1) it appears that sacred geometry is still being used in the landscape,
2) there does appear to be a linkage from the library in Alexandria, Egypt to the GWMM in Alexandria, Virginia, and
3) the GWMM appears to me to be constructed as a virtual lighthouse.
These connections are fascinating, and they appear to be are all over the place. If you are interested in more information, this book is available from Amazon.
(Affiliation Note: I am not affiliated with the Masonic Order, nor have I been exposed to their teachings. I just played with the concept of connectivity and GeoCodes.)
Respectfully Submitted, Ryk Hall