Washington is a unique city in that a major component of its original design
is based on astrology, according to author David Ovason in his book The
Secret Architecture of Our Nation’s Capital, published by Harper
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suggests that Washington’s planners followed the teachings of the ancient
Greek and Egyptian mysteries by aligning the city with a constellation’s
fixed stars. His well-researched book explores the mystery of the 1791
planning of the city’s Federal Triangle, consisting of the Washington
Monument, White House and Capitol building and their alignment with the
three main stars of the constellation Virgo.
10, 1791, the three fixed stars Arcturus, Regulus
and Spica rose at sunset, forming a celestial triangle, and
the city’s Federal Triangle was engineered to mirror the constellation’s
pattern. Why fixed stars? They appeared to be permanent, therefore suggesting
stability and spiritual benevolence, desirable traits when constructing
a powerful institutional setting. “A sunset leading to the rise of three
stars is rare,” Ovason writes, “And a city’s alignment with it is unique.”
Symbols in the Nation’s Capital
choice to link Virgo with the capital indicates that they may have had
a mystical intention to establish balance between the masculine and feminine.
Ovason cites the numerous images of a beautiful woman holding a sheaf
of grain, the symbol for Virgo, appearing on the nation’s architectural
decorations. This woman, the virgin, is the only female character in the
entire zodiac. Therefore, the most feminine archetypal energy offering
healing, purity and wisdom is permanently linked with what appears to
be a highly masculine world.
appears with a cornucopia, symbolizing the fulfillment of time, prosperity
and agriculture. This sign associates with traits of redemption and organization,
desirable in a post-war society.
Gemini and Virgo are associated with the planet of communication, Mercury.
As the female Mercury (Virgo is considered a “feminine” sign in astrology,
while Gemini is considered “masculine”), she represents analysis and critical
thinking, qualities that the forward-looking planners knew would play
an important role in the nation’s future.
Prevalent in the Charts of Washington, D.C. Buildings
charts cast for the laying of important building marker stones involve
Virgo in a significant way, and point to the sure knowledge of planetary
movement. Jupiter was ascending in Virgo when the city’s first marker
stone was laid on April 15, 1791. On October 13, 1792, the marker stone
for the White House was laid with the Moon ascending in Virgo. The Capitol
was founded with Mercury conjunct the Sun in Virgo on September 18, 1793,
and the cornerstone for the Washington Monument was laid when the Moon
was in Virgo.
of Our Nation’s Capital
23 zodiacs in public government buildings in Washington, D.C. and many
more on monuments and room interiors. The National Academy of Science
has a wonderful statue of Albert
Einstein overlooking a granite horoscope of the actual chart
for the statue’s dedication ceremony on April 22, 1979. The Academy building
also has twelve bronze stylized zodiacal characters on the south entrance
motifs appear in the Library of Congress on a clock, painted tondos (a
round painting or relief) on the ceiling and a splendid marble floor in
the great hall.
Reserve Board building has a beautiful 1937 Steuben glass ceiling lamp
depicting the zodiac, including a version of Virgo as the Virgin Mary.
Garfield’s memorial statue has both astrological signs and planets on
the pedestal. The Mellon Memorial fountain’s rim is decorated with all
twelve signs, and the Dirksen Senate office building’s interior features
astrological reference in the capital was the Car of History, sculpted
in 1819 for the Statuary Hall. Images of Sagittarius, Capricorn and
Aquarius appear on the front of the winged chariot.
Inauguration and Astrology
between Washington, D.C. and astrology doesn’t end with the capital’s
buildings. Astrological timing determined the original choice for the
presidential inauguration date. The founding fathers, many of whom were
Masons and therefore astrologically savvy, chose the first week of March
for the inauguration because on that day the Sun, in the sign of Pisces,
created a trine (favorable 120 degree angle) to the Scorpio Sun on Election
Day in November and most importantly, the Cancer Sun of the birthday of
the United States on July 4. Each of these is a water sign, and the intention
of the founding fathers was to establish a beneficial grand water trine
to ensure harmonious adjustment. The March date remained unchanged until
the adoption of the Twentieth Amendment in 1933 moved it to January.
that two centuries ago, designers George Washington, L’Enfant and Ellicot
sought to align the city, and therefore the nation, with the stars, knowing
that the power of the combination of the celestial and earthly would affect
its destiny. He writes, “A city that is laid out in such a way that it
is in harmony with the heavens is a city in perpetual prayer. It is a
city built on the recognition that every human activity is in need of
the sanctification of the spiritual world, of which the symbol is the
light of the living stars.”