9/11 – Section 1 – The All-Seeing Eye

Part 1: Sacred Origins of a Hijacked Symbol


Is the all-seeing eye a symbol of divine omniscience or sinister influence? Today it symbolises control and domination by a shadowy elite, but its original use was quite different.

This article traces its use and meaning back to ancient times, when it was a symbol of divine providence, powerfully representing spiritual truth and awakening.

Humanity is Losing Its Precious Symbology

9-11-1-All-Seeing-Eye-LogoThe all-seeing eye is a powerful esoteric symbol which is widely misunderstood and misused today; few know what it originally stood for. It was originally symbolic of a higher spiritual power or God, a watchful caretaker of humanity or an awakened spiritual part within. But these days it has quite different associations.

Today the all-seeing eye is more likely to be seen as an “Illuminati” symbol of control and surveillance by elites who to a large degree run the show on this planet at this time. This is because, over time, dark sinister forces have taken over esoteric symbols that for thousands of years were used to convey positive, helpful, uplifting spiritual messages and principles.  The all-seeing eye is a prime example of how spiritual symbols have been hijacked and inverted. There has not really been much push to understand the symbol’s original meaning or to reclaim it for the spiritual significance it first conveyed.

This is the first in a series of articles I am presenting that will take a closer look at individual symbols, and delve into their origins and history to uncover their deeper esoteric significance. I am writing these as part of an effort to reclaim these positive esoteric symbols and restore them to their previously esteemed state.

Universal Nature of Symbolism

Symbolism has long been used by humanity to communicate ideas which are best crystallised in a compact form. As the well-known saying goes, a picture tells a thousands words! Esoteric symbols are alive today as they were in the ancient past, but there is much confusion surrounding their usage, history, intent, and meaning.

In ordinary life we use symbols to show at a glance important information such as traffic and road signs amongst many other symbols which are widespread and common today. Some other examples are corporate logos and certification statuses.

Symbolism is also especially used in the communication of non-physical, spiritual ideas, phenomena, and processes.

The all-seeing eye is one of the most powerful and widely used  and misused  symbols of all. In this article I trace its use from the earliest of times through to the 18th century, and show what the symbol originally stood for. My next article will examine its use from 18th century freemasonry onwards, and show how it has since been hijacked and misused.

Use of the All-Seeing Eye in Ancient Cultures


Shiva’s third eye

We perhaps find the precursor to what eventually became known as the all-seeing eye in the Rig Veda, a sanskrit text thought to have been written over 3,000 years ago and one of the oldest known texts. In it there are many references to the sun and to other deities as being an eye in heaven, as an eye which reveals creation, or an eye which never closes.

One can liken this to being symbolic of a high level of awakened consciousness that advanced spiritual beings have and which an ordinary person can potentially attain.

The Hindu god Shiva has three eyes. The third eye or brow chakra eye is known as the eye of Shiva, possessor of all knowledge, which when opened will destroy anything it sees. Thus it is a symbol of knowledge which destroys evil and ignorance.

This again can be likened to an awakened higher spiritual part of a person which sees the truth of things and can then eliminate within a person’s psyche that which is opposite to and blocks divine consciousness from manifesting more. In this way it is a “creative destruction” of evil to transform it into higher consciousness.

Even in modern times, the eye of Shiva is used in jewellery to give protection against evil to its wearer and to gain wisdom and understanding from the world, from life events and from the self, for positive transformation.


Buddha’s all seeing eye

In Buddhism, Buddha is referred to as the Eye of the World. It is typical for temples in Nepal to display a graphic of the “Eyes of Buddha” as shown to the right – notice it includes a mark for the “third eye” as well. The eyes are also known as the eyes of wisdom and compassion.

Statues of Buddha typically show a dot in the mid-brow to represent the third eye.

Ancient Egypt

Eye of Osiris

1-04-OsirisHieroglyph for “Osiris” contains an eye.

It is interesting to find that the Egyptian hieroglyph for their god Osiris contains an eye as shown below. So as with  Hinduism and Buddhism we find a spiritual deity being represented in ancient times as an eye.

Eye of Horus

The all seeing eye is a major part of Egyptian spirituality

In ancient Egypt, the all-seeing eye was known as the Eye of Horus or the Eye of Ra and also formed part of the symbology of Wad-jet. Through various myths they were symbols of protection, healing and restoration. The left eye of Horus was said to be the moon and his right eye the sun.

Horus was a falcon-headed sun god and it could be said the Eye of Horus was styled like an eye of a lanner falcon with its marking beneath the eye.

Could the Eye of Horus represent parts of the brain used to manifest consciousness?

It is also very interesting to note that the drawing of the Eye of Horus very much matches the cross section of the mid brain where the thalamus, the pineal and pituitary glands are situated. The pineal gland is often said to be the “third eye” and a centre of spirituality and of spiritual insight, which can be developed in a person.

It’s as if the Eye of Horus could be a depiction of the thalamus as the eye ball with the corpus callosum the eye brow above and the medulla oblongata (brain stem) and the hypothalamus being the two markings below. If this is what they were drawing but calling it the Eye of Horus, does it suggest they considered the mid brain to be the seat of consciousness or even of divine consciousness or “Horus consciousness”? Horus being a sun god and symbolic of the universal Christ, a spiritual force which a suitably prepared person can merge with.

Middle East/Asia – Hamsa

A Jewish Hamsa

In the Middle East the all-seeing eye has been known in the form of a hand-eye symbol called either Hamsa, Khamsa or Hamesh.

It’s the symbol of an eye in the palm of a hand, usually the right hand. Again it is a symbol of protection against the evil eye (bad luck caused by jealousy from others) and danger in general and can been seen as a good luck charm in that way.

Detail from “The Divine World” by Kahil Gibran

It is also known as the hand of Fatima in Islam and the hand of Miriam in Judaism. In India it is known as Humsa Hand. The Jains also have a form of the Hamsa in their symbolism with the word ahimsa (meaning non-violence) inside a wheel instead of where the eye would be. The Hamsa has been used for thousands of years and is still in use today as amulets, charms or wall hangings. It would seem to have its origins from ancient Mesopotamia with the hand of Ishtar being a symbol of divine protection although it did not contain the eye in the palm.

A more Christian-themed representation of the Hamsa is an art work called “The Divine World” by Kahlil Gibran, a Lebanese Maronite Catholic prominent in the early 20th century as a poet, painter, writer, philosopher, theologian.

A Nazar

In Greece and Turkey they have something similar to the Hamsa which they call a “Nazar”. It is just an eye without the hand but it is used in the same way and has the same meaning as the Hamsa, that is, to ward off the evil eye, in the form of amulets or hanging ornaments usually made from blue glass.

Similarly in Buddhism there is the “eye of Buddha” amulet to ward off the evil eye.

The enigmatic rattlesnake disc

The symbol of an eye in a hand also appears in Aztec and Mayan cultures and in Native American artworks although archaeologists are not sure what meaning it had for these cultures.

To the right is a Native American example referred to as “The Rattlesnake Disc” which was unearthed by a farmer in Moundville, Alabama in the 1800’s. Some archaeologists think its symbolism may have represented a portal to spiritual dimensions. It is the most elaborately decorated artwork found at Moundville giving rise to the belief it was of the most importance to its creators. Other artworks found there also contain the hand-eye symbol.

Ancient Ecuador

There is also the amazing discovery in 1984 in La Mana, central Ecuador, of an ancient artefact referred to as the Black Pyramid amongst 300 artefacts found there of unknown origin.

It is not known what culture they come from and the many objects found are baffling and seemingly out of place for this part of the world, such as an object designed as a hooded King Cobra of south east Asia. Cobras don’t exist in South America.

Illuminati Pyramid from Ecuador

The so-called Black Pyramid is made from black stone with an eye at the apex. The stone has gold inlays forming 13 levels of “bricks” and an eye at the top. These inlays glow when under black light. Overall it looks like a representation of the great pyramid of Giza (7,470 miles away) and also amazingly just like the eye pyramid symbol used on the Great Seal of America and the US $1 bill.

It is also interesting to note the cobra artefact has another similarity with ancient Egypt where the raised cobra is associated with the Eye of Horus/Ra and Wad-jet in their protective aspects with it being worn on the foreheads of Pharaohs at the mid-brow right where the third eye is located.  This symbolises the raising of a person’s energies to a higher vibration which internally leads to the awakening of psychic faculties such as those latent in the third eye.

It is not known how old these objects are as dating them has not been possible but they are thought to pre-date the known ancient cultures of the region. There is also a pre-Sanskrit type language (making it very old) engraved on some of the objects including on the underside of the black pyramid where there are also markings which appear to map out the stars of the Orion constellation, which the pyramids at Giza also map. The 4 pre-Sanskrit markings are thought to translate as saying “the son of the creator comes”.

Given the care taken to create this object it would seem to have been an important symbol for its creators although it is not clear how they interpreted it.

Ancient Greek

In the Hymns of Orpheus, the hymn To The Sun describes it variously as thus;

as an “eternal eye with broad survey” ;

and compares it to being the “Father of ages” ;

and as “Immortal Jove, all searching, bearing light” ;

then later as the “Great eye of Nature and the starry skies” ;

followed by “Faithful defender, and the eye of right”

So here we see in an ancient text of the western world similar representation of the sun like that presented in the ancient text of the east, the Rig Veda, as being an eye of the creator and an all-seeing never closing eye watching over and protecting the good.


“The light of the body is the eye: if therefore thine eye be single, thy whole body shall be full of light.” (Jesus in Matthew 6:22)

“The eyes of the Lord are on the righteous, and his ears are open to their cry;” (Psalms 34:15)

“The eyes of the Lord are in every place, beholding the evil and the good.” (Proverbs 15:3)

Does the Talpiot tomb display an all seeing eye

A possible first known use of the all-seeing eye symbol in Judeo-Christianity is the so-called “Jesus tomb” from 1st century AD discovered in 1980, which uses a similar symbol over the entrance to the tomb. Regardless of whose tomb it is, could this be a first known or early use of the eye-pyramid symbol in the Judeo-Christian tradition?

In Christianity, the all-seeing eye or “Eye of Providence” or “Eye of God” has been used as a symbol from at least the 16th century as seen in the following painting below which depicts a scene from Luke 24: 13-32 where after his resurrection, Jesus has supper with two disciples.

16th century Christian painting – dated 1525 by Italian artist Pontormo (student of Da Vinci), called Supper in Emmaus – depicts Luke 24: 13-32

The eye is inside a triangle, and surrounded by rays of light, with the triangle representing the holy trinity and the whole symbol meaning God’s omnipresence and all-seeing eye watching over creation.

Some claim that the eye in triangle symbol was added to the painting soon after the Council of Trent 1545- 1563, to conform with its canons and decrees but even if that is so that would still place its use in the 16th century.

In Alsace, France, the fresco painted above the altar of the Abbey Church of Saint-Jean-Baptiste (1763) shows a large example of the eye-in-pyramid symbol, with the rays of glory breaking through the clouds.

Another example is on the Aachen cathedral in Germany. It was originally built in the late 8th century under the Emperor Charlemagne and then enlarged in the middle ages with various other changes and updates along the way. It would seem the all-seeing eye symbol was placed on the cathedral in 1766 to mark the renovations done that year.

Note that these first two examples pre-date the founding of the Bavarian Illuminati (1776) although Freemasonry already existed in England and Europe by this time. Perhaps it was a masonic influence that saw these symbols used on these cathedrals yet it was not until about 1797 that masons are regarded as beginning to use the eye-in-pyramid symbol.

The eye-in-pyramid symbol also features prominently on the front facade of the Hartegbrugkerk Church in Leiden, the Netherlands, built in 1835-36. The Latin words “Hic Domus Dei est et Porta Coeli” translates to “This is the House of God and the Gateway to Heaven.”

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These are just some Christian examples of many that appear in Europe.

As we have seen, throughout history there has been a strong tradition across time, continents and cultures of using eye symbolism to generally represent a benevolent creator force watching over, helping and protecting humanity and to represent a spiritual part within.

The All-Seeing Eye

Part 2: Modern Use of a Hijacked Symbol


The all-seeing eye is a symbol of divine omniscience or sinister influence depending on how it is used. In this second article tracing the history of this symbol we will delve into its use over the last 200 + years which takes this pristine positive symbol to its increasingly malevolent use and implications.

The closer we get to modern times however, a shift takes place in the way this symbol is used and perceived. The once pristine and positive symbol becomes emblematic of elitist totalitarian oppression, surveillance, demonic influence and control.

Further Positive Uses in The Last 200+ Years

2-02-history-of-the-world-croppedSince I wrote the first part of this article I found another positive use of the all-seeing eye from the early 17th century. The frontispiece to the book The History of the World by Sir Walter Raleigh from the year 1614 includes the image of an eye with a glory shining around it and then surrounded by cloud with the word “Providentia” written above it and with the eye overlooking the globe. The use of the word providentia points to respect for the beneficial qualities of foresight and understanding, which the eye here must be representing in this context.

Freemasonry – Great Seal of America

The eye-in-pyramid symbol was used in the design of the reserve side of the Great Seal of America. The eye pyramid design in the seal was added by Pierre Eugene du Simitiere who worked as an artistic consultant in the first of three design committees for the project which culminated in the adoption of the Great Seal by Congress in 1782.

Reproduction of Du Simitiere’s original sketch

So what did the eye-in-pyramid symbol mean for the founding fathers of America, many of whom it is well known had ties to Freemasonry? Is it just borrowing the Eye of God or Eye of Providence from Christianity? Or rather since masons built the cathedrals did they give the symbol to Christianity, a symbol they secretly used until made public in 1797 in Thomas Smith Webb’s publication The Freemason’s Monitor? Is it also a depiction of awakening the third eye?

I think for them it is mainly a symbol for God and perhaps for any who were mystics, for awakening the third eye. The use of it seems to be for good, wholesome reasons as reflected in the great ideals expressed in the USA’s Declaration of Independence. Their hopes were for America to be the first land of the free, with all men created equal with certain unalienable rights, governed by the people, for the people, independent from England and the monarchy; and for them a new order of the ages with the providence of God having provided for this opportunity and approving of its establishment.

2-04-Freemasons-Monitor-Eye-1797-150x150When Webb placed the all-seeing eye in The Freemason’s Monitor he described it as follows: “[A]nd although our thoughts, words and actions, may be hidden from the eyes of man, yet that All-Seeing Eye, whom the Sun, Moon and Stars obey, and under whose watchful care even comets perform their stupendous revolutions, pervades the inmost recesses of the human heart, will reward us according to our merits.” So this shows Freemasons started publicly using the symbol to mean the same as it had in Christianity and more ancient cultures.

2-05-Declaration_of_the_Rights_of_Man_and_of_the_Citizen_in_1789_cropped-1024x670In August 1789 the Declaration of the Rights of Man and of the Citizen was adopted by France’s National Constituent Assembly and is an important document in the history of the French Revolution and in establishing human rights.  There are a number of Masonic symbols used in the artistic representation of this declaration made in 1789 by Jean-Jacques-François Le Barbier including the classic eye in pyramid symbol at the top used in an apparently positive way.

However, some interpret the use of the eye in this context as a sign of sinister influence from the Bavarian Illuminati upon the French revolution. The Bavarian Illuminati was a secret society that formed in 1776 and began to infiltrate and draw members from Freemasonry Lodges in Europe. For this reason some believe it’s possible the Illuminati may have taken the all-seeing eye from freemasonry for its own purposes. Although this secret society were officially disbanded before the French revolution began, some have noted the Illuminati had the goal of overthrowing the influence of the monarchy and religion in Europe, which, by coincidence or not, the French revolution helped to achieve. The French revolution also took a much more violent turn in comparison to the American revolution, bringing an outbreak of war and a period of despotic rule known as the reign of terror. This has led some to believe the Illuminati continued to exist after it officially disbanded and had some influence over the French revolution, with the all-seeing eye appearing above the declaration as a sign of this.

US Dollar Bill

2-06-US_Dollar_Bill_Eye2It was in 1934 that the Great Seal all-seeing eye was placed on the US one dollar bill by President Franklin D. Roosevelt, a known 32nd degree Mason. He did so at the suggestion of another 32nd degree Mason, Henry Wallace, who was the Secretary of Agriculture and future Vice President (1940-44).

The Federal Reserve had taken control of America’s currency since 1913, so the placement of the all-seeing eye symbol with the Latin words for “New World Order” (Novus Ordo Seclorum) and “He has blessed our beginning” (Annuit Coeptis) on the one dollar note is perhaps used by them to symbolically represent their consolidation of power and control as a small top elite group separated from the rest of society.

From this time it could be said that the all-seeing eye symbol was inverted from its original sacred origins since it was used on the dollar bill, a key mechanism of control, especially since it became the world currency post WW2.

“Permit me to issue and control the money of a nation and I care not who makes the laws.”

– Mayer Amschel Rothschild, 1790

Modern Usage

Today the use of the all-seeing eye has absolutely exploded in modern media, art, entertainment, and the corporate world.

Company and Government Logos

The all-seeing eye symbol has been used in government agency logos such as DARPA’s Information Awareness Office — with obvious overtones of surveillance and being under Big Brother’s watchful eye. Also Mi5 in the UK uses the pyramid with the letter i of their name appearing at the top of the pyramid.


The examples above are just a small sampling of the use of the all-seeing eye in corporate logos.

There are also numerous other examples of all-seeing eye motifs appearing in company logos e.g. AOL, and even space missions by the military e.g. NROL 39. Seeing these enterprises using what is regarded as dark Illuminati symbolism makes one think that these organisations may be under a sinister influence.


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There are some strange appearances of all-seeing eyes connected with the World Trade Center.

There was the Oculus Mosaic at the Chambers St/WTC subway station installed in 1998, and the 9/11 memorial in which a line of people formed the shape of an all-seeing eye.

Modern Pop Culture

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In modern pop culture the symbol has become ubiquitous. All-seeing eyes are everywhere these days in fashion, promotion pictures of pop stars, movies, beauty products, and even kid’s cartoons which all frequently incorporate only one eye. Does this reflect the increasing control that elites have held over the entertainment industry as time has gone on?

Public Events

The symbol has turned up in some major spectacles seen by millions around the world such as the 2012 London Olympics ceremonies, the 2012 Superbowl half time performance by Madonna, and bizarrely in the lead up to the 2013 New Year’s Eve celebrations in Sydney.

London 2012 Olympics – Opening and closing ceremonies

A ring of pyramids surrounds a giant eye

The main lights in the shape of pyramids with the lights at the top (a bit like the eye-in-pyramid symbol) all around the stadium amongst many other symbols are part of what some have described as a public Illuminati occult ritual with lots of Illuminati symbolism e.g. fireworks forming an eye and the fire torch poles forming an eye. The mascots were a bit strange also.

Madonna Superbowl halftime show

Swirling lights suddenly form an eye

During the 2012 Madonna Superbowl halftime show which some regard as a giant Illuminati ritual, an eye suddenly formed from lights projected onto the stage floor in a performance riddled with dark use of symbols.

Sydney New Year’s Eve 2013

2-17-Sydney-All-Seeing-Eye-Mural-870x1024Building up to this event in Sydney, there were weird promotional artworks in newspapers and on banners hanging around the city depicting single eyes on trees and on animals such as koalas. Then at the peak of the New Year’s Eve celebrations and fireworks where each year a secret symbol is finally revealed on the middle of the Sydney Harbour Bridge, this time it was an all-seeing eye! Keep in mind, this is in the backdrop of recent Snowden revelations about the true extent of surveillance the world population is under, which made many people take notice of this symbol, but of course in a negative way, with some seeing it as a sign of Illuminati/demonic influence.

Sydney’s one-eyed bridge

Why does it matter if a group displays some symbols publicly?

Symbols are powerful. As the all-seeing eye symbol has entered more into pop culture it has made the idea of an elite Illuminati more widely speculated about. Now, when someone sees an all-seeing eye it is more likely to be viewed as a symbol of a powerful, controlling, all-knowing (surveillance) elite, thus what was once a benevolent symbol of the creator watching over the world has now been hijacked by a dark agenda and turned into a sinister symbol of control. Just look at the evil, one-eyed venom dripping spider dominating Sydney’s famous harbour icon for example.

Is this display of dark symbolism in pop culture a form of predictive programming, to get the masses (particularly young people) used to seeing these inverted symbols and accepting them, and conditioning them for something in the future?


2-18-eye_triangle_meditation4As we have seen through this article, the all-seeing eye was for thousands of years a symbol of the light, protection from evil, and a benevolent God watching over creation.

It can also symbolise a person’s own inner divine spark and spiritual insight. It is interesting to note that when a person is in a sitting meditation position the body forms a sort of triangle shape with their 3rd eye chakra near the apex. When a person meditates they are silencing the dualistic mind and reaching a peaceful state of oneness or “single-eyed-ness” you could say, and gaining spiritual insight.

Overtime though, this symbol has been corrupted and co-opted into the opposite: evil power and control, big brother watching, an elite 1% separated from the majority of humanity at the top of their pyramid.

I believe we need to speak out and defend our freedoms against the dark agendas at play, including taking back the symbols of positive spirituality from the darkness that is corrupting them, and use them again in their rightful context.


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U.S. One Dollar Bill


The ‘All-Seeing Eye’ can be found on the reverse of the Great Seal of the United States.

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