On the back of the one-dollar bill is a symbol that has intrigued people’s imaginations. It is the image of the reverse side of the Great Seal of the United States, the famous pyramid with an eye above it. It is such an odd looking symbol, I am not surprised it has created speculation. Recently the symbol was used to promote the National Treasure movies and Dan Brown’s new book will be about similar topics.
Many people assume the image of the unfinished pyramid with the eye above is an occult symbol and is associated with secret organizations and the Masons in particular. As an example of what some see in this symbol, here is an image of the dollar’s National Seal where the points of the pyramid, when developed into a hexagon, aim at certain letters which create an anagram for the word MASON. That is an intriguing coincidence.
However, in reality there is nothing very mysterious about the National Seal. Its symbolism has been known from the beginning. The pyramid consists of thirteen layers, representing the original thirteen states. The pyramid is unfinished, which symbolizes the United States as an unfinished work-in-progress. The All-Seeing Eye above represents the Eye of Providence; suggesting God is watching over our nation and perhaps had a Hand in its continuing evolution.
If the All-Seeing Eye represents God, it does not represent any one belief or religion, but a vague theism. Most of the founding fathers were not religious dogmatists but viewed religion as having an equal place along side reason and enlightenment. Religion did not hold a special position above reason. This also fit in with the general viewpoint of the Masons. Individuals who held intolerant religious views often looked at the Masons as a threat to their beliefs. Those with dogmatic religious beliefs might see the idea of freethinking as dangerous. This seems to be the only occult significance of the All-Seeing Eye, that is can represent any deity we wish.