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Franklin D. Roosevelt—the thirty-second president of the US—decided to run for an unprecedented third term and chose as his running mate for the vice-presidency the secretary of agriculture, 32nd-Degree Freemason, and self-appointed “practical mystic” Henry Agard Wallace. Roosevelt saw in Wallace an avid supporter of the New Deal, but Wallace’s appeal was such that he could flatter both upper crust businessmen and big-city unionists as well as the blue-collar citizens of the nation. Democratic National Committee Chairman Jim Farley did not approve of Roosevelt’s choice for VP, and he said as much when he spoke to both Roosevelt and his first lady, Eleanor. Eleanor was a powerful voice in the government, heavily involved with civil rights activism. After Farley voiced his concerns about Wallace’s liberalism and his dabbling into the deep realms of mysticism and the occult, Eleanor agreed with Farley and tried to encourage the president to move on to someone else. Roosevelt—a 32nd-Degree Mason and Knight of Pythias (Shriner) with an equal thirst for mysticism—defended Wallace, however, praising him for his ability to lead others to a greater enlightenment, and then followed up by composing a speech that firmly stated his acceptance for nomination would only come after the acceptance of Wallace as VP. Eleanor was the first woman to give a speech to the Democratic National Convention, in which she conceded and asked the rest of FDR’s supporters to do likewise. Wallace, as a result, became the thirty-third vice president of the US.
But a White House inter-office memo had already begun to show the delegates by 1935 that these two men had a bizarre relationship centering on more than just politics and government, as Wallace wrote to FDR:
I feel for a short time yet that we must deal with the “strong ones,” the “turbulent ones,” the “fervent ones,” and perhaps even with a temporary resurgence, with the “flameless ones,” who with the last dying gasp will strive to reanimate their dying giant “Capitalism.” Mr. President, you can be the “flaming one,” the one with an ever-upsurging spirit to lead into the time when the children of men can sing again.[i]
But such strange language haunted many of Wallace’s writings, as he had been a devout follower of Roerich philosophy.
Roerich was a painter, writer, philosopher, theosophist, archeologist, enlightener, and a growing public figure known by his birth name Nikolai Konstantinovich Rerikh in Russia before he left in 1918. After a brief stop in Finland and Scandinavia, he and his wife Helena traveled onward to London in 1919, where they founded the Agni Yoga Society, a school of mysticism (referred to by Roerich and his wife as the “system of living ethics”) syncretizing spirituality and art. Followers of the Roerich Agni Yoga Society tell how Roerich and his wife were given the secrets of their art by Master Morya, the guru of Helena Blavatsky, who was a founder of the Theosophical Society of New York in 1875. Roerich’s oil paintings were extravagant, earning him grand social connections all across England including H. G. Wells and a notable Buddhist by the name of Christmas Humphreys. His work was so profoundly affecting that they have been repeatedly remembered as “hypnotic.” (His stance on the preservation of culture and art during war became so powerful over time, that when the inter-American “Treaty on the Protection of Artistic and Scientific Institutions and Historic Monuments” was penned in 1935, it was quickly and appropriately coined the “Roerich Pact.” Subsequently, for the same and related endeavors, Roerich was nominated several times for the Nobel Peace Prize.)
After making an impression throughout the States with his oil paintings, Roerich was invited to the Art Institute of Chicago by its director to tour the country. He accepted, arrived by boat in 1920, and remained on US soil for three years, during which time he again made remarkable social connections. They quickly established several private societies and institutions of learning, all of which focused on deeply theosophical mysticism. Discontent to stay put, Roerich and his wife continued to travel the world, making a huge impact on every culture they visited. His legacy was so vast that even a planet was named after him (the “4426 Roerich”).
But perhaps the greatest thing the Roerichs would be remembered for was their work in spiritual masteries toward the common goal of a utopian world (a “New Atlantis”) with ideal societies, the philosophies and plans of which they both openly attributed to deities and entities who were not of this world via the lessons of Madame Blavatsky’s theosophical Secret Doctrine. His teachings are still to this day imparted all over the globe, and his paintings are still on display in many countries, including the Nicholas Roerich Museum in New York, where people travel immense distances to experience the pinnacle of spiritual pilgrimage.
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Wallace was overtaken by Roerich’s occult wisdom traditions and enlightenment trainings. Roerich’s particular devotion to mysticism was, however, increasingly focused on apocalyptic themes surrounding the coming of a new earthly order, which struck a chord with Wallace in the states at the peak of his political influence. But just before the third-term campaign with FDR, the Republican Party campaign team got their hands on Wallace’s “Dear Guru” letters that he had addressed to Roerich. In them, he repeatedly and lovingly referred to this new utopia filled with a special breed of people in a mythical kingdom of order (though it was not “mythical” in Wallace’s opinion). The Roerich/Blavatsky disciple brainstormed with his crew and counterattacked with a threat to expose Republican candidate Wendell Willkie’s extramarital affair, and at least for a time, the Dear Guru letters were contained. They were publicized years later by opponent Westbrook Pegler when Wallace ran for president in the 1948 election, which is why the public has access to them today.
One such letter read in part:
Long have I been aware of the occasional fragrance from that other world which is the real world. But now I must live in the outer world and at the same time make over my mind and body to serve as fit instruments for the Lord of Justice. The changes in awareness must come as a result of steady, earnest recollectedness. I shall strive to grow as rapidly as possible…. Yes, the Chalice is filling.[ii]
This is a startling thing for a man in Wallace’s position to say, considering Blavatsky’s book Secret Doctrine defined the Lord of Justice as Osiris. Reciting the credos adopted from the seventeenth chapter of the Book of the Dead, Blavatsky says:
Thus, in the seventeenth chapter…one finds Osiris saying he is Toum (the creative force in nature, giving form to all Beings, spirits and men), self-generated and self-existent….
He is the Fire and Water, i.e., Noun the primordial parent, and he created the gods out of his limbs….
He is the Law of existence and Being (v. 10), the Bennoo (or phoenix, the bird of resurrection in Eternity), in whom night follows the day, and day the night—an allusion to the periodical cycles of cosmic resurrection and human re-incarnation; for what can this mean? “The wayfarer who crosses millions of years, in the name of One, and the great green (primordial water or Chaos) the name of the other” (v. 17), one begetting millions of years in succession, the other engulfing them, to restore them back.
He speaks of the Seven Luminous ones who follow their Lord, who confers justice.…
All this is now shown to have been the source and origin of Christian dogmas. That which the Jews had from Egypt, through Moses and other initiates, was confused and distorted enough in later days; and that which the Church got from both, is still more misinterpreted. [In case you missed it, Blavatsky just said that the Osiris/Horus/Isis theology was the true origin of Christianity!…]
Yet their system is now proven identical [by this, she means identical to her beloved ideologies drawn from Egyptian theology heralding Osiris as the true god and judge] in this special department of symbology—the key, namely, to the mysteries of astronomy as connected with those of generation and conception [the mystical impregnation through sun-rays alignments we’ve discussed prior]—with those ideas of ancient religions, the theology of which has developed the phallic element [monuments such as the belly of Osiris and the “shaft of Ba’al/Osiris” in Washington, DC]. The Jewish system of sacred measures applied to religious symbols is the same, so far as geometrical and numerical combinations go, as those of Chaldea, Greece, and Egypt, having been adopted by the Jews during the centuries of their slavery and captivity with those nations.[iii]
Her comment about the “Seven Luminous Ones” is a direct reference to the seven stars that Wallace would later speak of and under which the United States would serve following the inauguration of the New World Order and the resurrection of Osiris/Apollo.
Wallace’s words, “Yes, the Chalice is filling,” refer to the teachings of Roerich regarding the “Chalice of Buddha” (sometimes known as “the Blessed One”). This sacred cup was, at least metaphorically, a container of knowledge and enlightenment offered to those who exalted the upcoming messianic savior, the identity of which—when considering Roerich, Blavatsky, Freemasonry, and the context Wallace adhered to—is Osiris/Apollo. When this figure arrives, Roerich taught, the chalice would be filled. Wallace’s comment exposes how close he believed this day was.
But let us not forget that FDR was no stranger to this mysticism, and he, too, had an appreciation for the wisdom Roerich and Blavatsky brought to the world. In American Dreamer: The Life and Times of Henry A. Wallace, authors John C. Culver and John Hyde note:
Roosevelt, perhaps influenced by his mother’s enthusiasm for Eastern art and mysticism, took a personal interest in the Roerichs’ causes. Roosevelt met Roerich at least once, met with Roerich’s associates on several occasions, and between 1934 and 1936 personally corresponded with Helena Roerich several times. “Mr. President,” she wrote in a typical letter, “Your message was transmitted to me. I am happy that your great heart has so beautifully accepted the Message and Your lightbearing mind was free from prejudice.”
Indeed, it was Roosevelt who suggested to Wallace that he read an allegory by Arthur Hopkins called The Glory Road, which served as the basis for the coded language in the guru letters.[iv]
But is it possible that FDR and Wallace were merely playacting all this out of boredom? Did they really believe that a messianic deliverer—one other than Christ—was on his way to earth through modernized portals based upon ancient architecture and symbolism? It seems a little outrageous and sensational, does it not?
Let’s continue sorting the pieces…
Before our current dollar-bill design known as a Federal Reserve Note, we had several other currency notes worth one dollar starting from the Greenback United States Notes during the American Civil War to the Silver Certificate, the back of which had almost no design but the words “ONE DOLLAR” under “UNITED STATES OF AMERICA.” It was during FDR’s leadership that the Great Seal was henceforth determined to be added to our most heavily handled and traded paper currency piece. (Almost half of all the government’s cash printing covers the replacement of the worn dollar bill.) The decision to add the Great Seal to the note was made in the mid-1930s, around the time the two mystics FDR and Wallace were exchanging weird inter-office memos and getting caught up in Dear Guru letter scandals.
It’s also interesting that, since then, the $5, $10, $20, $50, and $100 bank notes have all been dramatically changed from their original design, but the dollar bill has not been altered since the FDR/Wallace era. This means that every single currency design in circulation through the US Treasury has been updated except the dollar bill (and the nearly obsolete $2 note, which is scarcely seen due to the production hiccup it faced in the 1960s and ’70s and is therefore not considered worthy of updating). Rest assured, this is not a simple oversight. In fact, the citizens of our country have been asking for quite some time now when the dollar bill will receive the makeover the rest of our bills have, but budget orders have been passed to explicitly prevent it. The Atlantic carried the story in an article, “One Is the Loneliest Dollar Bill”:
Why hasn’t George Washington gotten a makeover in 50 years? The vending machine lobby, of course.…
For the last several years, budgets composed by the president [Obama at the time of this article] and Congress have included specific language preventing the Treasury Department from using its funds to redesign the $1 bill.…
The Federal Reserve redesigns currency largely to prevent counterfeiting, and $1 bills are not a frequent target. Would-be criminals are more often lured by larger bills, according to information provided to the Fed by the Secret Service and other law-enforcement agencies.
The vending industry has argued that the costs of redesigning its machines to recognize the new bills would be prohibitive. The National Automatic Merchandising Association estimated in 2008 that 20 million Americans use one of the nation’s 7 million vending machines every work day.
Those concerns were instrumental in the Bush administration’s move to block the $1 bill from a makeover in the early 2000s.[v]
According to this article, it boils down to vending machines and counterfeiting. Actually, the explanation seems quite sound, and there may not be any immediate reason to believe that there’s a big conspiracy behind why the US government doesn’t see the makeover of the one-dollar note a priority.
However, our good friend “Logic” would like to know: If the vending machines require redesign in order to recognize updated currency, how was that not an issue with the $5, $10, and $20 bills when each of them were updated? We know the machines must have been reengineered, because the new notes are readily accepted.
Immediate incoming signal from our friend “Logic” again: If a “would-be criminal” is only interested in counterfeiting the larger bills, thereby deeming the one-dollar note a nonissue for redesign, why would those same criminals even mess with the $5 bills that have now been given a makeover to prevent counterfeits? There is still reason for preventative measures with five dollars, certainly, but by not updating the one-dollar note, the same criminal masterminds who were evidently making a killing by printing fake five-dollar notes (which seems a bit unrealistic in the first place) now simply buy more ink and print fake one-dollar notes. If a fortune can be made by making fake money in five-dollar increments, it can be done in one-dollar increments, or it probably won’t be done at all in smaller bills. So, the counterfeiting explanation has holes.
Plus, there’s an issue of national pride. If there was enough reason to bring all the currency we currently have in production up to a new par in design, isn’t it kind of an eyesore that we wouldn’t do the same thing for our most-handled bank note in the name of patriotic uniformity?
The reasons given in this article for the lack of interest shown in giving the dollar bill a facelift may very well be true, despite the arguments just listed for why those reasons are deficient, but those who approached the subject of the dollar-bill design with understanding of its mystical/alchemical/metaphysical/Freemasonic/”As Above, So Below” symbolism may be tempted, as I am, to ask: Might there be a motive behind why certain government officials and lobbying groups don’t want the dollar bill design to be tampered with? Even calling together a redesign committee means submitting the one-dollar note under the authority and scrutinizing gaze of some who may wish to remove, alter, or at least make a lesser focus of such esoteric insignias.
Wallace and FDR wouldn’t have allowed it…and my guess is they weren’t alone in that staunch position.
Although Roosevelt would be the one to set in motion the push to place the Great Seal of the United States on the US one-dollar bill, Wallace claimed it was he who first brought the seal’s oracular significance to Roosevelt, believing the symbolism of the emblems carried inference to Roosevelt’s New Deal, and, more important, a Masonic prophecy toward a New World Order. Wallace describes the meeting he had with Roosevelt:
Roosevelt as he looked at the colored reproduction of the Seal was first struck with the representation of the All-Seeing Eye—a Masonic representation of the Great Architect of the Universe. Next, he was impressed with the idea that the foundation for the new order of the ages had been laid in 1776 but that it would be completed only under the eye of the Great Architect. Roosevelt, like myself, was a 32nd-degree Mason. He suggested that the Seal be put on the dollar bill…and took the matter up with the Secretary of the Treasury [also a Freemason].… He brought it up in a Cabinet meeting and asked James Farley [Postmaster General and a Roman Catholic] if he thought the Catholics would have any objection to the “all-seeing Eye,” which he as a Mason looked on as a Masonic symbol of Deity. Farley said, “No, there would be no objection.”[vi]
Common sense would say that if both the obverse and reverse sides of the Great Seal were to be placed on the back of the one-dollar bill, the obverse (front) of the Seal would go on the left, since that’s the natural direction our eyes wander when first observing or revisiting a meaningful image. However, FDR inverted this natural order, and the reverse side of the Seal appears on the left.
Was this a coincidence? An accident or oversight?
Not exactly. The science behind why the eyes flicker to the left focal piece of an image is steeply complicated and we do not have space here to dig into the whys and wherefores of how it all works. But in America and other English-speaking countries, the human tendency to view from left to right is intensified by the fact that we read literature from left to right in our culture. In fact, this left-to-right fact is so commonly known amidst artists in the States that even some highly paid Hollywood actors/actresses have demanded that they stand only to the right of their costars in front of the cameras during filming so that when the movie is later projected on screen they will be standing on the left and, therefore, will be the focal point of the scene. One example of this is Geoffrey Rush, who played Captain Hector Barbossa in Disney’s Pirates of the Caribbean series. In an article called “Geoffrey Rush’s Left to Right Theory” from The Daily Star, we read of his demand to have his monkey ever perched on his left shoulder so as not to steal the left-most position in a scene once reversed on screen, followed by the result:
We do spot Geoffrey first and find our eyes wandering back to him. How clever Geoffrey is to come to that conclusion and use it to his advantage. He even requested that when sharing the screen with his “more attractive” cast members, he be standing on the left [the audience’s left, the cast members’ right] as much as possible, especially when it was Kiera Knightly.[vii]
Regardless of who between FDR and Wallace first perceived the seal’s Masonic prophetic significance, surviving records clearly show that it was FDR (and in his own handwriting, no less) who instructed that the obverse side of the seal be placed on the right side of the back of the dollar, and the reverse side of the seal with the pyramid and all-seeing eye be put on the left so that it would be the first thing a person saw when reading the back of the dollar from left to right. Thus, most Americans “were left with the impression that the mysterious pyramid and its heralding of a ‘new order’ were the foremost symbols of the American republic,”[viii] notes Mitch Horowitz in Occult America.
Why that was done and what it has to do with today’s chaos is central to “The Secret Destiny of America” unfolding now—and finally exposed—in what everybody is telling me is my most important work ever, Saboteurs. I trust you have enjoyed and benefitted from this 20-part sneak-peak into what even I consider my most critical work to date. Please keep me and the SkyWatch team in your prayers, and if you agree with our assessment, share Saboteurs with everybody you know… because the time really does appear to be short.
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[i] Mitch Horowitz, Occult America: White House Seances, Ouija Circles, Masons, and the Secret Mystic History of Our Nation (New York, NY: Bantam Books, 2010), 172.
[ii] John C. Culver and John Hyde, American Dreamer: The Life and Times of Henry A. Wallace (W. W. Norton & Company, 2001), 135.
[iii] Helena Blavatsky, The Helena Blavatsky Collection: Isis Unveiled, The Secret Doctrine, The Key to Theosophy (Timeless Wisdom Collection) (Business and Leadership Publishing; Kindle edition), Kindle locations 39444–39467.
[iv] John C. Culver and John Hyde, American Dreamer, 136.
[v] Sarah Mimms, “One Is the Loneliest Dollar Bill,” January 28, 2014, The Atlantic, last accessed May 16, 2017, https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2014/01/one-is-the-loneliest-dollar-bill/450378/.
[vi] “How the Great Seal Got on the One Dollar Bill,” GreatSeal.com, last accessed May 16, 2017, http://www.greatseal.com/dollar/hawfdr.html.
[vii] “Geoffrey Rush’s Left to Right Theory,” March 8, 2015, The Daily Star last accessed May 16, 2017, http://www.thedailystar.net/geoffrey-rushs-left-to-right-theory-19575.
[viii] Mitch Horowitz, Occult America, 174.