The Secret Architecture of Our Nation's Capital: The Masons and the Building of Washington,, Part 3

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Harper Collins, Mar 26, 2002 - Architecture - 528 pages

Today, there are more than twenty complete zodiacs in Washington, D.C., each one pointing to an extraordinary mystery. David Ovason, who has studied these astrological devices for ten years, now reveals why they have been placed in such abundance in the center of our nation's capital and explains their interconnections. His richly illustrated text tells the story of how Washington, from its foundation in 1791, was linked with the zodiac, with the meaning of certain stars, and with a hidden cosmological symbolism that he uncovers here for the first time.

Fascinating and thoroughly researched, The Secret Architecture of Our Nation 's Capital is an engrossing book that raises provocative questions and otters complex insights into the meanings behind the mysterious symbols in Washington.


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This is David Ovason's PhD. Thesis. As such, it's crammed full of facts, and many, many pages in length. I had to skip around and skim much of it, but everything I read through was interesting and exciting. Read full review

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If you've ever read a doctoral dissertation - and like it - you're going to love this book - Otherwise run away - Bravely! No this is not for the hat-in -the -cat crowd. Or the spoonerism thereof. Why ... Read full review


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Page 191 - Spacious avenues, that begin in nothing, and lead nowhere; streets, mile-long, that only want houses, roads and inhabitants; public buildings that need but a public to be complete; and ornaments of great thoroughfares, which only lack great thoroughfares to ornament - are its leading features.
Page 395 - Rome ! Where tribunes rule, where dusky Davi bow, And what was Goose-Creek once is Tiber now ! This famed metropolis, where fancy sees Squares in morasses, obelisks in trees ; Which travelling fools and gazetteers adorn With shrines unbuilt and heroes yet unborn...
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Page 40 - General Taylor — His Affability — His Conversation — Invitation to the Authoress — Heat of the Weather in November. WASHINGTON would be a beautiful city if it were built ; but as it is not I can not say much about it. There is the Capitol, however, standing like the sun, from which are to radiate majestic beams of streets and avenues of enormous breadth and astonishing length ; but at present the execution limps and lingers sadly after the design. . . ' This noble metropolitan myth hovers...
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Page 332 - House; this line he crossed by another due east and west, and which passes through the same area. These lines were accurately measured, and made the basis on which the whole plan was executed. He ran all the lines by a transit instrument, and determined the acute angles by actual measurement, and left nothing to the uncertainty of the compass.
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David Ovason has spent more than a decade researching the architecture and zodiacs of Washington, D.C. He teaches astrology and has studied the life and writings of Nostradamus for more than forty years. He is the author of several books, including The Secrets of Nostradamus and Nostradamus: Prophecies for America. Mr. Ovason lives and works in England.

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