Thursday, December 27, 2007

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-fifth degree is another degree whose ritual makes use of the 47th problem of Euclid!

For the conspiracy theory minded among you, try this. Search for "National Treasure Euclid" on google. When I did, the first result came up as a movie listing for a theatre at:

36655 Euclid Avenue in Willoughby, OH

When you add up the digits of the address, you get:

3 + 6 + 6 + 5 + 5 = 25


Anonymous said...

smart fish... ;)

Hamilton said...

:) Thanks! Is that a Sadusky reference?

Anonymous said...

And if count all the characters in:
36655 Euclid Avenue
Willoughby, OHIO
including the coma, YOU GET 32 ;o

Hamilton said...

Good One!

revdrshawnphd said...

Might be missing the illuminatus connection. Relatively well known is the connection between the illuminati and the masons... 25... 2 and 5. Both important numbers to anyone knowing the illuminatus lore.

Anonymous said...

25+2+5=32 too

Anonymous said...

Sounds like someone's got too much time on their hands...interesting theories though. Good work.