STATUE OF LIBERTY
By Dennis L. Cuddy, Ph.D.
May 31, 2010
The Statue of Liberty (SL) has seven pointed rays of light emanating from her head. As mentioned in previous Parts of this series, seven pointed rays of light are important in various ancient traditions, such as the Assyrian/Babylonian Semiramis, Roman Mithraic Mysteries, and Gnostic. In The Natural Genesis (circa 1881), Gerald Massey hypothesized that they “Seven-rayed Sun-god of the Gnostic stones” was also the “Serpent Chnubis” and “the second beast in the Book of Revelation.” In addition, there is the Chaldean mystery of “the god of the Seven Rays,” the seven rays of light (or knowledge) emanating from the body of the Agni (a Hindu or Vedic deity), and the seven-rayed star on breasts of the Knights of the Apocalypse (late 16th century Italian secret society). See “Seven Rays” in Wikipedia.
Madame Blavatsky, also mentioned in previous Parts of this series, wrote in The Secret Doctrine (1888) that “the seven rays of the Chaldean Heptakis or Iao, on the Gnostic stones,” represent the seven large stars of the Egyptian “Great Bear” Constellation and the Hindu “7 Rishis.” She further noted that the 7 rays of the Vedic sun god Vishnu represent the same concept as the “Light of the Kabalists.”
Relevant to the New Age today, there is the 7th ray element in the Reiki healing method: Todd Rundgren of the rock band Utopia wrote a song “The Seven Rays”; rock band Hawkwind’s “Seven By Seven” is about the seven rays; and Mike Pinder of Moody Blues sings about “the seven rays” and “the Light of Seven” in his album The Promise. Books on the subject include The Seven Rays (1927) by Ernest Wood, The Seven Rays: Key to Mysteries (1977) by Douglas Baker, and The Seven Rays (2009) by Jessica Bendiger. There is even The Seven Ray Institute as well as a School for the Study of the Seven Rays that has published a series of monographs on the subject by Kurt Abraham. And in New Ager Corinne McLaughlin’s “Meditation for America,” she asks readers to “imagine that you are standing at the foot of the Statue of Liberty… [which is] a symbol of the soul of America,” whose crown from which the seven pointed “rays of light” emanate is “symbolic of the crown chakra” [in yoga, chakras are points of physical or spiritual energy in people’s bodies].
The SL was given to the Masons of America by the Grand Orient Freemasons of France, who were instrumental in bringing about the French Revolution of 1789. And an important figure there at that time was Louis Claude de Saint-Martin who was a Rosicrucian.