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[As I turned my attention to writing 33 Keys to Unlocking The Lost Symbol, I temporarily suspended work on the individual chapters. With the recent publication of that book I have taken up these annotations anew, but they are not yet complete.]

A photographic tour of Dan Brown's Washington, D.C. can be seen here.
Several videos of places mentioned in the novel can be viewed at my youtube acoount.

Entrance to the portal will reveal many of the Ancient Mysteries and secrets to be unlocked by The Lost Symbol. But to enter before you finish reading the book is to deprive yourself of self discovery and the revelations that can only be unique on your virgin voyage into the world of the occult and esoteric. Peter Solomon reveals "I now realize that the Masonic Pyramid's true purpose was not to reveal the answers, but rather to inspire a fascination with them" (494). The same might be said of Dan Brown and his novel. There are scores of references to philosophical and religious cultures, traditions, symbols, artifacts, historical figures and geographical settings. The epigraph so much as invites such an investigation: "To live in the world without becoming aware of the meaning of the world is like wandering about in a great library without touching the books." Brown cites The Secret Teachings of All Ages, but fails to identify its author, the classical scholar of the occult Manly Palmer Hall, who subtitled his work an Encyclopedic Outline of Masonic, Hermetic, Qabbalistic and Rosicrucian Symbolical Philosophy (1928).

Robert Langdon, the Harvard symbologist familiar to readers of Angels and Demons and The DaVinci Code and portrayed by Tom Hanks in the film versions, bemoans the enormity of the task: "To understand the Ancient Mysteries is a lifelong process" (486). Moreover, Langdon frequently admonishes his students that "'Google' is not a synonym for 'research'" (98).

But if you have read this far, you too are curious about The Apocalypse and The Zohar, the Capitol Building and the House of the Temple, Masonic rituals and the capstone of the Washington Monument. So too am I, and in the following pages I will share with you some of the most intriguing allusions in the novel and offer some keys to enhance your reading pleasure as you re-call, re-member and re-cognize the truths of The Lost Symbol.

An Admission and Disclaimer

It has been said that Brown's novels contain nothing that couldn't be found in a good encyclopedia. In today's world so much of what he references can be found electronically at specific web sites, and especially at 1911 Encyclopedia Brittanica and Wikipedia. One character says "'Google' is not a synonym for 'research'." But Brown's own characters use search engines and the Director of the CIA carries around a laptop computer. I have provided hyperlinks for the general information and graphics used in the following pages. Where images or texts are protected by copyright I have cited them and will attempt to obtain permission for reproduction if this open source site leads to a commercial venture.

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