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The Gates Connection: National Treasure: Book of Secrets

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I did a bit more research on the Masonic connections surrounding the new National Treasure movie yesterday. First, a brief recap:

1. The content of page 47 of the Book of Secrets is left as an unanswered mystery at the end of the movie.
2. Masonry and especially Scottish Rite Masonry makes several references to Euclid’s 47th problem also known as the Pythagorean Theorem.
3. The Scottish Rite’s degree lectures were re-written by Albert Pike who is mentioned throughout the movie.
4. The first reference I found to Euclid’s 47th problem in Morals and Dogma , (the Scottish Rite lectures by Albert Pike), was in the 20th degree lecture. The second reference was found in the 25th degree. In the movie, Patrick Gates and Ben Gates have the following dialog:
"I haven't talked to your mother in 25 years."
"No dad, it's been 32."
5. 32 is the number of degrees in Scottish Rite masonry. The additional reference to 25 led me to revi…

National Treasure: Page 47 and the Holy Saint Johns

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In continuing my research into the National Treasure Book of Secrets page 47 Masonic connection, I came across a few other interesting facts.

The distance between the Tropic of Cancer and the Tropic of Capricorn is 47 degrees! These latitudes are associated with the summer and winter solstice. Masons also associate them with Saint John the Baptist, (summer solstice), and St. John the Evangelist, (winter solstice). So, we have another connection between 47 and Masonic rites!

Oh, and the release date of the movie in the United States? That's right, it was on December 21st, the date of the Winter solstice!

One last connection: Notice that the diagram above is titled: "The Form of the Symbolic Lodge". The 20th degree ritual by Albert Pike that I mentioned in my previous post is titled: "Master of the Symbolic Lodge".

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National Treasure: Book of Secrets Page 47: The Masonic Connection

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National Treasure: Book of Secrets Page 47: The Masonic Connection

Could the secret to "page 47" be locked in Masonic ritual? Looking into Masonic lore surrounding the number 47, I came across several references to Euclid's 47th problem. The 47th problem of Euclid revolves around the diagram shown below:

The diagram describes the Pythagorean Theorem which reveals the familiar equation:

a2+b2 = c2
I found the first of these references to Euclid's 47th problem in the Scottish Rite 20th degree lecture in Morals and Dogma by Albert Pike. That's right, the same Albert Pike that is mentioned throughout the movie!

There are other tell-tale references to the Scottish Rite degrees in the movie, such as the exchange between Patrick and Ben Gates:

"I haven't talked to your mother in 25 years."
"No dad, it's been 32."

Thirty-two is the final terminal degree of Scottish Rite masonry. Oh, and twenty-five? The twenty-fi…