I wanted to add my own interpretation here, maybe it will inspire some more research and investigating. This is quite abit of speculation so feel free
to dismiss it.
1. I don't think the "men" at the top are men. I think they are the Dii Consentes, the dodekatheon of ancient Rome. I think they operate on a level
that most humans cannot imagine or know. They operate as abstract archetypes that influence our world through the collective unconscious. In laymen's
terms, they are the Twelve major gods. Six gods: Jupiter, Mars, Mercury, Neptune, Vulcan and Apollo. Six goddesses: Juno, Vesta, Minerva, Ceres,
Diana, and Venus.
2. I think there may be group of people, known as the Collegium Pontificum, who serve these "gods". I think there may be two origins for them. The
first theory is that they are the remnants of the original Collegium Pontificum and that they went underground after the rise of Christianity.
Personally I don't think thats the case. My personal theory is that the Dii Consentes inspired and engineered the rise of a new Collegium Pontificum
in the late Middle Ages, possibly after the recovery of the artifact known as the Palladium.
3. I think at some point, the Collegium may have been inspired or instructed to take the Palladium and go west to the New World with it.
4. The area they arrive in becomes the 13 colonies, more specifically it likely becomes Virginia. On July 5th, 1776 the Great Seal of Virginia is
introduced. Note that July 5th is the Roman holy day dedictaed to Jupiter known as Poplifugia or "the day of the people's flight" which
commemorated a type of Roman diaspora after the city was sacked and burned. The seal was full of Roman symbolism. It can be seen here:
5. After the American Revolutionary War, a site was chosen By Washington to become the new Capitol of the nation. The site chosen was Rome, Maryland.
Capitol Hill would sit in the heart of what was Rome.
In addition to this, the ancient symbols of Rome, the Eagle and the Fasces would soon decorate all kinds of things in the new Republic. Columbia would
become the American equivalent of Roma. I would also postulate that many of the designs of Columbia are based on the ancient Palladium.
6. In 1864, the new Capitol building's construction had been completed. The old one had been partially destroyed by the British during the War of
1812. (Had it not been for a powerful hurricane, that pushed the British back, the district of Columbia could have been razed.) In 1865 a fresco was
painted on the interior of the Capitol dome called "The Apotheosis of George Washington." The fresco depicts Washington becoming a god, reminscent
of the deification of Julius Ceasar. Surrounding Washington are Roman gods and goddesses.
To Washington's left is the goddess Victoria and to his right is Libertas. 13 minor goddesses represent the 13 colonies and form an inner circle in
the fresco. An outer circle depicts the Dii Consentes: Minerva giving gifts to Franklin, Morse, and Fulton. Neptune and Venus appears. Mercury is
giving gold to the American revolutionary financier Robert Morris. Vulcan then appears. Ceres is shown sitting on a mechanical reaper. Lastly Columbia
is being lead by an eagle thats holding bolts of lightning. Note that the most sacred animal of Jupiter is the eagle, he even turns into them. The
lightning bolts are the weapon of Jupiter. So I would guess the Eagle is Jupiter.
7. The Bellamy salute or the resurrection of the Roman salute. This salute was introduced in 1892 and intended to be used with the Pledge of
Allegiance and later the National Anthem. It was used regularly until World War II, where people felt it was too much like the newer fascist salutes
used in Nazi Germany and Fascist Italy. I can still remember being introduced to the salute by a boy scout master in the 1980s though.
8. Lastly is the issue of something some people have called the Order of Palladium, the Palladian Society or Pallidists. In the later 1890s a hoax was
perpetrated by man named Leo Taxil. Part of his hoax was accusations that some Masons belonged to a Luciferian elite known as the Palladian Society.
His supposed evidence turned out to be false and with it the idea of a Palladian Order was discredited. Whats interesting is that he wasn't the only
author at the time who wrote of what they called Pallidists or the Order of Palladium. Even though Taxil's story was a hoax, there may be some truth
in all of that mess.
The Palladium was to ancient Rome and Troy, what the Ark of the Covenant was to Israel. It was an idol of a goddess, that looks much like Columbia.
The Palladium was thought to have been a guardian of Rome. During the time of Constantine, the Palladium is said to have been taken to Constantinople
and buried. The idea is that it was no longer relevant. What happened to it after that no one really knows.
I suspect that it was recovered during the late Middle Ages and became the focal point of a new Cultus Deorum Romanum for a new Collegium Pontificum
during the Renaissance.
The 19th century authors who wrote about a Palladian rite or order automatically assumed that the cult was Satanic or Luciferian. If the Palladian
Order actually exists, its not Satanic or Luciferian in the slightest. Instead it would be better classified as Roman, devoted to Roman gods, and
Roman practices. This would make sense in light of a number of other developments in our nation's history.
As for the Vatican and London, the Vatican lost most of its power in the 19th century and is continuing to wane. I don't think the Dii Consentes like
the Christian church or its god. The same can be said for Britain, with its divinely righted monarchy that heads the Anglican church. They have no
place in the Novus ordo seclorum.
[edit on 30/3/10 by MikeboydUS]