The Apotheosis of Washington

The Apotheosis of Washington

The Apotheosis of Washington

The Apotheosis of Washington (completed in 1865) is the very large fresco painted by Greek-Italian artist Constantino Brumidi and visible through the oculus of the dome in the Rotunda of the United States Capitol Building in Washington DC.

Brumidi also designed the Brumidi Corridor. Brumidi had previously worked in the Vatican.

The Apotheosis of Washington is a strange work of art. It literally depicts George Washington becoming a God. Around the periphery are mythical figures, scientists of the time and their inventions.

Minerva, the Roman goddess of crafts and wisdom, is portrayed with helmet and spear pointing to an electrical generator creating power stored in batteries next to a printing press. American scientists Benjamin Franklin, Samuel Morse and Robert Fulton watch. Ceres, the Roman goddess of agriculture, is sat atop a McCormick mechanical reaper. Vulcan is helping to build a steam engine, Neptune and Venus showing how to lay a transatlantic cable.

The underlying theme is Man becoming God, Man unlocking the Ancient Mysteries, Man achieving his full potential.

There is nothing new in this, although it sounds strange, if not blasphemous, to Western Minds.

The Vedas describe the flow of mind energy. The Pistis Sophia describes a universal consciousness, as did Carl Jung.

Paulo Coelho talks of communicating with the Soul of the World. That is what Santiago learns to do in The Alchemist. He also learns how to read the signs. Signs that are all around us, only we have to learn how to read.

Alchemists like Sir Isaac Newton tried to unlock the Ancient Mysteries. They searched for the Philosopher’s Stone, the Elixir of Life, how to turn base metal into gold.

We learn that God created Man in His image. But what does this mean? That God is a wise old man with a beard sitting on a cloud? Or does it mean we have the mind of God (or potentially so), we and God are one and the same thing?

The Gospel of Thomas is a mystical gospel. He who understands what is said within will achieve immortality. Jesus is asked by his disciples where is the Kingdom of God. He replies that if it was in the sky, the birds would have got there first, if it was in the sea the fishes would have got there first. He tells them that the the Kingdom of God is within them.

The Gospel of Mark tells us: ‘Unto you is given to know the mystery … but it will be told in parable.’

Corinthians speaks of hidden wisdom.

The Gospel of John: ‘I will speak to you in parable … use dark saying.’

Psalm 78: ‘I will open my mouth in a parable and utter dark sayings of old.’

‘Dark’ does not imply evil but hidden.

William Blake wrote: Both read the Bible day and night, but thou read black where I read white.

That is there be hidden information, accessible to those who are worthy but not accessible to all.

Is there a Universal Truth buried deep within our psyche or DNA? Or are we all part of a collective consciousness?

The Apotheosis of Washington features in The Lost Symbol by Dan Brown. Harvard professor of symbology Robert Langdon is hoodwinked into going to Washington in the belief that he is to give a talk. Instead he finds the severed hand of his friend Peter Solomon (a prominent Mason), the Hand of the Mysteries, pointing at The Apotheosis of Washington.

Also see

The Lost Symbol

The Alchemist

The Dancing Wu Li Masters

The Tao of Physics

How to Know God

The Gospel of Thomas

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7 Responses to “The Apotheosis of Washington”

  1. Lainee Says:

    Thank you, Keith. … A WONDERful read.

    “The underlying theme is Man becoming God, Man unlocking the Ancient Mysteries, Man achieving his full potential.”

    I just want to add unto this a bit… Man having the potential to be inspired by the Gods and Goddesses when he is “in tune” with them. (Man can’t do it alone.)

    This “addition” could probably be covered under “Man unlocking the Ancient Mysteries…” I felt strongly that this need to be there because after what I was told, the Gods and Goddesses are here with us and always ready and willing to assist us if we are “fully present.” We need them as much as they need us. đŸ™‚

    Love and the warmth of the Gods and Goddesses be with you,

  2. danceswithcrayons Says:

    At first glance, some of the figures look like flowers; a rose, tulip. Beautiful painting.

    “He also learns how to read the signs. Signs that are all around us, only we have to learn how to read.”

    This is the fun part! When really young, some children know how to do this. Animals do too.
    But then we learn how to read words, go to school, fill the days with other things and forget ‘how’. The first time I actually read about ‘signs’ was in Paulo’s book, The Alchemist. It was exciting, because I thought ‘wow, so that’s what it is!!’. Paulo has also discussed signs in his Blog.

    I love how Shirley MacLaine writes about synchronicities and signs in her book ‘Sage-ing While Age-ing’. Because each person has a unique way of immersing into the Soul of the World. It is the universe, speaking to you, in the way that you will understand. Like fingerprints.

    It is difficult for people who have not had these experiences (or cannot remember having these experiences), to believe.

    Part of everything!!!!!!!! God (love) is me and you and the sun and the sea and the cosmos. To know, understand and feel so connected and loved. As Paulo writes of, the open heart and open mind. That’s when my soul and spirit soars.

    Enjoyed reading what you both have shared. Thankyou Lainee, Being fully present… for me, means getting enough rest. To be alert.

    Love, thankyou Keith and Lainee,
    Jane xo

    • keithpp Says:

      You will get a higher resolution picture if you click through the picture. This is true everywhere. Click through usually goes somewhere.

  3. Karl Bruno Gatti Says:

    As far as books like The Alchemist go, after studying the historical Jesus for more than 25 years I have written a book of my own. It is a fictional memoir dictated by the apostle Thomas to one of his converts in India (where he established the first Christian communities). What he speaks of is everything he saw Jesus say and do the three years they spent together. There is nothing of the teachings of Paul in my book. Thomas does not like him and believes he has invented some new religion that has nothing to do with the teachings of Jesus. I also include the miracles, the healings, because they must be true because they are so unbelievable. What I mean by this is that the Gospels would be more believeable if they weren’t included. They were included because there were witnesses still alive who had seen them or remembered their parents telling and retelling them. I mean, who wouldn’t tell and retell the raising of Lazarus from the tomb? My book is called Tales of the Master and is available through Amazon. It is made up of 144 vignettes and comes to some 380 pages. Check it out if you like. Karl Bruno Gatti

    • keithpp Says:

      The ‘unbelievable’ is believable for the very reason you say – there were too many eye witnesses at the time.

      The discovery of the empty tomb and the mysterious stranger in the garden. The testimony of women was not legitimate at the time. Why not some person of authority? Could be a con trick by the disciples, except they were too terrified to emerge from their hiding place. Thus likely to be believable [see The Jesus I Never Knew by Philip Yancey]

    • keithpp Says:

      Please send me a review copy and I will be happy to review.

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