Celebrating July 4th: Sirius and the Freemasonic National Anthem

The following is excerpted from Ezra Sandzer-Bell’s second book, Audiomancy.


My goal throughout the following pages will be to use the techniques of synchromysticism to draw unrealistic connections between true concrete points of data in support a tenuous hypothesis. Like a collage artist, I will cut and paste unrelated images and information onto a single canvas so as to summon a fictional tapestry that does exist, if only by virtue of its passage from my imagination to yours. I have taken the American national anthem as my starting point.

The Star Spangled Banner became the United States National Anthem in 3/3/31 under the presidency of 31st president Herbert Hoover. Alaska and Hawaii had not yet been brought under the Union, so the country held only 48 state territories and the flag featured only 48 stars. The flag itself existed precisely one day and one year shy of 48 years, from July 4th 1912 to July 3rd 1959.

The version of the Star Spangled Banner featured on the following page contains chords and melodic notation without lyrical accompaniment. It is divided into two sections: Section A features 24 notes with a repeat section, totaling 48 notes, while Section B features 48 notes and no repeat.

1948 was the year that NASA sent the first Rhesus monkey into space, linking this date with our country’s space program and the idea of traveling to the stars. Furthermore, the Alexandrian astronomer Ptolemy wrote around 150 AD that there were 48 total constellations in the sky, a classical worldview that survived for over a thousand years following his publication of his major book of knowledge, called the Amalgest.

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Though credit for the American National Anthem is usually given to Francis Scott Key, the chords and melody were borrowed from composer John Stafford Smith’s tune, “To Anacreon in Heaven”. It was written during the mid 1760’s for the Anacreontic Society, a pseudo-masonic gentleman’s club where amateur musicians of the upper class came together and shared their music. Among their members was Joseph Haydn, a known friend of Mozart’s.

According to the Harvard Dictionary of Music, Freemasonry was the formal organization under which the Anacreontic society formed. The Masonic lodge was utilized for serious business, while the Anacreontic society served as a more casual gentlemen’s club, where aristocrats could party, drink, and share their creative musical projects. J.S. Smith is rumored to have belonged to the Inverness Masonic Lodge #4 in London.

Freemasonry played a central role in the founding of our country. The first president of the United States, George Washington, was a Freemason of the highest degree, as were nine of the men responsible for signing the Declaration of Independence in 1776. That same year, on the other side of the ocean, Mozart was busy in Salzburg composing his breakthrough piano piece, the E-Flat Concerto (K. 271). This means that the birth of America coincided with the rise of equal tempered Classical music in Western culture.


Although J.S. Bach was not openly affiliated with Freemasonry, many have speculated that he was a student of the Western mysteries.

The Bach family crest features Johann Sebastian Bach’s initials J.S.B. in a mirror image, superimposed, and topped with a seven-pointed crown corresponding to the seven-note scale. The Bach Motif, a cryptogram spelled from the letters of his name, were written with a single note at the cross-section of four musical staves. German composers at the time used “H” to signify the B note and “B” for the note B flat

In 1717, Bach was appointed the role of kappelmeister (chapel-master) at Prince Leopold’s castle in Kothen. That year he composed the Brandenburg concertos, often held to be the greatest orchestral compositions of his career. Just a few years after J.S. Bach’s death, Mozart was born. He rose through the first three degrees of the Freemasonry and earned the title of Master Mason in 1785, while still in his late 20s. That same year his father, Leopold Mozart, was also initiated into the craft.

Freemasonry’s first Grand Lodge was established in London in 1717. 171 years later, the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn was founded and opened their Isis-Urania temple, also in London.

Mozart wrote a number of pieces openly devoted to the craft. Entire books have been written on Freemasonic symbolism encoded into his famous opera, The Magic Flute. Mozart was also a close personal associate of Adam Weishaupt, founder of the Bavarian Illuminati. Classical music scholar Katherine Thomson addresses the historical evidence for this in her book, Mozart and Freemasonry.


Q: How many freemasons does it take to screw in a lightbulb?

A: It’s a secret!


Both Freemasonry and the Illuminati are infamous for their secret oaths, major political influence, and long history of granting political amnesty to elitist sociopathic criminals. They have also taken a lot of flack from Christian fundamentalists for their philosophical sympathy with Lucifer, the angel associated with the sin of pride.

Internally, the literature would lead one to belief that Freemasonic Luciferianism has two sides. It represents a political and ideological split from the church, allowing for the revised code of ethics, as well as a Promethean preference for scientific knowledge over the blind faith in Church dogma. As magicians they are not susceptible to the mass-hypnosis of the religious priest class.

The myth of Lucifer has a second, mystical aspect. Known also as the Morning Star, Lucifer is described throughout Freemasonic literature as a symbol of the planet Venus. The most basic interpretation of this attribution has to do with the rising of Venus in the morning prior to the arrival of the sun.

Just as dawn is about to break, Venus draws up over the horizon and offers a taste of the illumination to come. The Luciferian sin of pride is an allegory of Venus, the “morning star”, who takes pride in illuminating the darkness, but disappears in the true radiance of the sun / son of God.

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On the left is a Rosicrucian symbol of the Rose and the Cross. In the center is the Venusian pentagram, and on the right is a five pointed star, also known as a pentacle. The three of these symbols work symbiotically to represent the planet Venus.

If one could hover above the disc of our solar system and watch the planets turn, they would see the sun at the center and the planets turning around it in elliptical patterns.

However, if one were to remain fixed directly above the earth so that it appeared to be at the center of the system, with the sun and planets rotating around it, we would witness an entirely different set of geometric patterns playing out. This is called the geocentric perspective.

The Venusian pentagram is formed by Venus as it turns around a bird’s eye, geocentric view of Earth, The five innermost points mark those moments when Venus comes closest to the Earth and forms an inferior conjunction with the sun.

One full Earth cycle around the sun requires 365.256 days, whereas Venus has an orbital length of 224.701 days. Astronomers discovered that the ratio between Earth and Venus was remarkably close to 8:13.

Every 8 Earth years, Venus goes around the sun 13.004 times.

The symbol of the rose cross alludes to the top-down geocentric perspective, with the cross representing Earth and the rose representing Venus. The pentacle becomes a symbol for Venus as well.

Pentacles are often a symbol for Earth. In the tarot for example, the suit of coins features a pentacle design and signifies the Earth element. Pentagrams have been traditionally associated with pagan ritual magic, benevolent when turned upright and Satanic/Demonic when inverted.

The early name for sheet music was pentagramma, from the Italian word meaning “five lettered”. This refers to the five lines of the staff, each representing one musical letter. Between these lines are the letters FACE. One could speculate that this correlates to the face of Baphomet, the goat-headed nature deity whose face is often depicted within the inverted pentagram. The Devil card of the tarot features a variation on this theme, with an inverted pentagram stamped upon the creature’s forehead.

Through contemplation of these symbols I discovered that the eight white keys, including root and octave, represent one Earth year each. The five black keys correspond to the additional five orbital cycles made by Venus in its own journey around the sun. Therefore, these 13 notes represent the relationship between Earth and Venus as they journey together around the sun.


In Greek mythology there is a story of Mercurius falling in love with Aphrodite (Venus) and longing for her affection. Jove (Jupiter) took pity on Mercurius, and while Aphrodite was bathing in the river, Jove stole one of her sandals. He sent the sandal to Mercury by way of an eagle, so that Aphrodite would come looking for it and the two would be brought together. His plan worked, Mercurius and Aphrodite fell in love, and together the created a child, the divine hermaphrodite (Hermes- Aphrodite).

The 88-note keyboard corresponds to the 88 day cycle of Mercury around the sun.

Jupiter is the fifth planet from the sun and the largest planet in our solar system. It requires approximately twelve earth years to complete its cycle (11.86 to be precise). The twelve-year cycle of the Chinese zodiac is based on the orbit of Jupiter, which they call the “year star”. Interestingly, ancient Chinese culture was the first to derive the 12-note musical scale, based on the cycle of fifths.

Aphrodite’s sandal symbolizes her relationship to the Earth, or in musical terms, the 13-note scale of root-to-octave. This pattern must repeat a number of times to reach the 88-note scale of mercury. Jupiter makes this possible, symbolically, because of what the orbital resonance of its major moons, named Io, Europa, and Ganomede. These orbital moons are shown on the following page.

Orbital resonance is an astronomical term that implies the relationship between two orbiting bodies exerting a consistent gravitational influence upon each other, due to the length of their orbit existing in a ratio that approximates two small, whole numbers.

In music, the doubling or halving of a sound frequency creates an octave. If a musical tone is vibrating at 432 cycles per second, then its higher octave would vibrate at precisely 864 cycles per second, in a perfect ratio of 1:2.

The orbital frequencies of the three large, inner moons of Jupiter exist in an almost perfect harmonic ratio of 1:2:4. Herein lies the principle of the doubled octave, representing the means by which the 13-note Venusian scale replicates itself to produce multiple octaves and eventually achieve union with Hermes-88.

Aphrodite’s bath in the river resonates with imagery found in the Star card of the tarot’s major arcana. Traditionally, the Star card features a barefoot woman, naked and kneeling into a pond with one foot on the earth and one in the water. In each hand she holds a pitcher filled with water, one of which she pours out onto the ground and the other into the pond. Above her head are seven small stars and one large star. In the Golden Dawn / BOTA attributions, this card is associated with the constellation of Aquarius, the water bearer.

Author and well known occultist Kenneth Grant wrote about this card, stating that “The STAR is the Key to the Aeon of Horus as it represents Sirius, the star of Isis, the Mother of Horus, who is the son of this god, and the sun or father of our solar

system.” In other words, Grant attributes the kneeling woman of the Star card to the Egyptian goddess Isis, mother of Horus, who is in turn is the deified representative of our physical sun. The large star above her head represents the Sirius, the brightest star in the night sky.

In ancient Egypt, the river Nile would flood every year with the heliacal rising of Sirius, initiating what the Ancient Greeks and Romans called the “Dog days of summer”. Heliacal rising means that the star rises in conjunction with the sun.

Coincidentally, these were the hottest days of the year, and according to mythology it was the spiritual intensity of Isis and Horus in union (Mother and Child) that generated this heat. They were called the dog days of summer because of the larger constellation to which Sirius belonged: Canis Major (Canis: Canine).

The Dog Days begin on July 4th and thus tie back in to this study of the US National Anthem, where the 8 stars in each row of the 48-star American flag relate to the eight stars featured the Star card, representing the eight notes of a musical scale with octave included. Canis major could be abbreviated C Major, which is the very key that the national anthem is written in. The sun and Sirius would be root and octave.


Canis Major is positioned next to Canis Minor, corresponding to the musical keys of C major and C minor respectively. These two dog-themed constellations are accompanied by the well-known constellation of Orion, the hunter. His three-starred belt was represented by the three wise men in the story of the birth of Jesus Christ, while the “star in the east” was a reference to Sirius.

The rising of Orion’s Belt along the horizon coincided with the Winter solstice, that time of year when the sun is at its very lowest point in the sky, and from which it once again rises, symbolized by the birth of Christ (our local sun).

The three-starred belt of Orion connects to the musical idea of a chord being built upon three notes, the C major and C minor triads representing Orion’s hunting dogs. The eight stars of Canis Major are featured in the tarot’s Star card. Through the Isis/ Horus myth, initiates came to understand that our sun was in fact a star, just like its “mother”, Sirius.

Some people have taken these teachings literally and believe that the sophistication of ancient Egyptian culture was due to a direct transference of knowledge between conscious beings existing in the Sirius star system and our own early human ancestors.


Presently, there are 50 stars on the United States flag and 52 states in the union. Just as the 48 star flag has been linked to the idea of 48-note melodies in the national anthem, so too the 52 states can be connected to the 52 white keys on a piano.

By that same logic, the 88 total notes on a piano correlate to the 88-day orbit of mercury, these 52 white keys could be set to the 52 weeks in a year on Earth, reinforcing the notion that music is a symbol of time organized according to harmonic ideals. The other 36 notes on the piano fall on the black keys. Coincidentally, the Star Spangled Banner full under Title 36 of United States Federal Law:

301: National Anthem – Star Spangled Banner, J.S. Smith and F.S. Key

302: Includes American Motto: In God We Trust (1956: Eisenhower)

303: Rose as Floral Emblem of the Country (1986: Reagan)

304: National March – Stars and Stripes Forever, by John Philip Sousa 305: National Tree: The Oak



In Celtic mythology, the Tree of Life is attributed to Dagda the Oak tree. From the wood of the oak comes the uaithne, an Irish word meaning sacred harp. The oak harp has also been called Coir Cethar Chuin, meaning Four Angled Music. According to legend, Dagda played the harp during times of peace. As he strummed its strings, conditions in nature would respond accordingly, giving rise to the four seasons of Spring, Summer, Fall and Winter. It follows that the Kabbalistic seed of life corresponds to the acorn, out of which the Tree of Life is born. Each year, the acorns fall from the tree and fertilize the earth, preparing for new life the following spring.

Freemasonry incorporated the Celtic Oak myths into their initiatory rites at Oak Island, a small landmass in Nova Scotia. Here they conducted the Secret Vault ritual, introducing brothers to the mysteries of death and Eternal Life. This relates to the ritual of oak and mistletoe, described by Pliny the Elder during the 1st century AD, as the most sacred of all plants in the druidic culture. Mistletoe, like the music of Dagda, was said to restore fertility to the infertile and was the antidote to all poisons. The gathering of these plants was carefully timed with moon cycles and other celestial patterns.

Mistletoe found its way into American culture via Christmas, the one time of year when indigenous shamanic practices are revived. What’s with the star at the peak of the tree? People hang mistletoe in door frames and are encouraged to kiss their sweethearts under the plant for good luck. Dagda’s musical harp and its role in moving the seasons connects back in to the image of Sirius, making its appearance during both seasonal polarities, being conjunct with our sun the Dog Days (July 4th) and signaling the rebirth of the sun during Winter Solstice (December 22nd). ]

Brian Wilson, lead songwriter of the Beach Boys, wrote his first song when he was 19 years old. This catchy surf ballad was called “Surfer Girl” and took the world by storm, reaching 7th place in the U.S. Billboards Top 100 in 1963. According to Wilson, the song was inspired by a version of “When You Wish Upon A Star” performed by Dion and the Belmonts, a popular American vocal group from the late 50’s.

The first version of “When You Wish Upon a Star” was co-written by Harline and Washington, featured during the credits of Walt Disney’s 1940 film Pinocchio. It was later voted 7th place in the 100 Greatest Songs in film history by the American Film Institute.


When You Wish Upon a Star

“When you wish upon a star Makes no difference who you are Anything your heart desires will come to you If your heart is in a dream No request is too extreme When you wish upon a star as dreamers do.”

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