“I approached the massive, neoclassical building. The Manitoba Legislature. Could I even call it a building? It was huge and looked more like a temple than anything else. It was both beautiful and mysterious. Without a doubt this was one of the most amazing architectural masterpieces in the country.”
This article is for the Dan Brown fans; It’s for the people that loved National Treasure, despite Nicholas Cage’s annoying, monotone voice; and I will say it is dedicated to those on the eternal quest for truth and to those who never stop learning. △
In this article I am going to tackle a very difficult and controversial topic, feed you a lot of information, and leave you with a mystery that you can only really interpret for yourself.
The Manitoba Legislature’s origin goes back to 1913 when the Manitoba government desired to build a new legislative building. They decided that the best way to determine how this new building would look was to hold an architecture design competition. This competition was won by Frank Worthington Simon and Henry Boddington III, two architects who ended up leaving their mark on the world with the amazing design of this building. Construction ensued, and in 1920, this work of art was completed and formally opened on July 15 of the same year to celebrate Manitoba’s 50th anniversary of entry into Confederation.
Nowadays, mystery shrouds the building and it is full of myths and stories of Freemason symbolism, astronomy, Christian symbolism, pagan codes, the Temple of Solomon, Greek mythology, Babylonian gods, and even an Egyptian Pharaoh. YES, all of these are found from this one building
Areas of the Legislature
There are 5 main areas of the Legislature mentioned in this article.
Grand Staircase Hall
Pool of the Black Star
Here is a short video to give you a better idea of the interior of the building!
No myth or story is completely unfounded, so here is a list of some of the important details of the Manitoba Legislature that support them:
The famous “Golden Boy” that stands atop the Legislature is modeled after the Greek god Hermes, who was known as a god of transitions, boundaries, and tricks. He could also move easily between mortal and immortal dimensions.
Greek gods Athena and Medusa’s heads are both found overlooking the Grand Staircase Hall in the Legislature
A reproduction of the famous Greek Caryatid Porch is found on the third floor that hints at the pagan Hermetica, part of the foundations of Freemason teachings, including the “as above, so below” motif.
In the Pool of the Black Star area of the Manitoba Legislature, there is found symbolism pointing to Ishar or Venus, as well as Hermes Trismegestus or Mercury. The very day that the North East cornerstone of the Legislature was laid, the planets Mercury and Venus were superimposed upon one another in the Winnipeg sky! This again shows the Masonic belief in the “as above, so below” ideology.
The Pool of the Black Star has stunning auditory qualities. If positioned in the very center of the black star, you can hear sounds resonating in all different ways from different parts of the building because of the intricate architecture. Also if you speak or shout in this space, you will hear your voice come back to you in a perfect harmonious 5th octave.
Two Egyptian sphinxes top the front of the Legislature, with inscriptions dedicating it to Thutmose III, who is thought to be the original founder of secret societies. Text translates as “To the firm and everlasting manifestation of the Sun-God Ra (do your work)”
Christian symbolism is found throughout the building, including a version of the Biblical Ark of the Covenant on the roof (that nobody seems to know the contents of), a statue of Moses holding the Ten Commandments, and most importantly, the proportional similarities to Solomon’s Temple.
The number 666 is even found in the Manitoba Legislature as the perfectly square Grand Staircase hallway is measured at 66.6 feet on each side. This number originated in Babylon as a perfect number of protection against their 36 gods. It is found in mathematics and geometry as 666 equally-spaced dots may be arranged into the shape of an equilateral triangle. Also, it is also found in occult beliefs and is considered both “the number of a man” or “the mark of the beast” in Christianity.
Building measurements and numbering is based on the Fibonacci sequence where a number is found by adding up the two numbers before it. Starting with 0 and 1, the sequence goes 0, 1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13, 21, 34, and so forth. This code is bound readily in nature, such as in the shell of a snail, flowers, trees, etc. These numbers are found throughout the Manitoba Legislature in such places as:
5 Different columns found in the building: Doric, Ionic, Corinthian, Tuscan, Composite
5 Rooms featuring Acanthus leaves, Olive leaves, and Rosettes
5th Musical octave featured in the architectural length-height ratio in the Pool of Black Star
5 Circular mouldings above the openings on the 2nd floor level
5 Archways from the portico to the Pool of the Black Star
5 Rosettes running up the interior of the Great Dome (x 4) in the rotunda
8 Doric columns surrounding the interior periphery
8 Decorative lamps featured between the Doric columns in the Pool of Black Star
8 Triangles and points within the encircled black star in the Pool
8 Pedals exhibited in all the floral rosettes in the Grand Staircase Hall
8 Corinthian columns circling the room’s perimeter in the rotunda
8th Letter of the alphabet “H” orients the shape of the building
13 Circular mouldings surrounding the Legislative Chamber door in the rotunda
13 Media seats above the Speaker chair in the Legislative Chamber
13 Steps on each of the three separate flights in the Grand Staircase Hall
13 Circular lights featured in four tripod lighting fixtures in the rotunda
13 Feet is the length of the balustrade in the rotunda
13 Feet is the height of the Golden Boy
There is MUCH more symbolism, that I won’t take the time to share, as I have already covered examples from many religions and sciences, including the most important ones, and by now you are probably wondering why the Legislature contains all these symbols and what they mean.
What Does All This Mean?
Well, there are conspiracy theorists that thrive off places like this, as well as Washington DC, the Denver airport, Area 51, or any other place that seems suspicious. They will tell you these places obviously hide huge government secrets, aliens, different dimensions, or differing otherworldly things that there is no solid proof of, even though they will make up a thousand reasons why you should believe them.
I am a HUGE believer that there are powers in this world that control the direction of mankind, that there are secrets known only to few, and that there are parts of secret societies we may never know. However, I think that there is a very simple and logical explanation for the Manitoba Legislature and the rather odd content of it.
I don’t believe that this building is evil or some sort of unholy temple as many people may tell you. I do however find that this building is tied together with many Masonic beliefs and principles. Specifically, this masterpiece is tied together by holy mathematics that can be found in all the aforementioned belief structures and sciences.
Frank Worthington Simon is believed to have been a Freemason, and I have no doubt in my mind that he was!
Freemasons hold on to the motif of “as above, so below”, as I mentioned before. This belief is interpreted as wanting to show a higher power (above) within their work (below). They want to see a higher power’s fingerprints on the things that they create, as they consider themselves “master builders”.
They would, and still do, take mathematical codes from the Bible, mythology, Egyptian history, and even from nature (any place they might find a “higher power”) and show these codes in their work very obviously. I believe that the Legislature is a huge piece of art, showing mathematical codes from many different walks of life, worldviews, and sciences. It is no wonder that it won the architecture competition in 1913!
The Manitoba Legislature in Winnipeg has been one of the most fascinating places I have ever been, and much study has gone into preparing this post for the simple reason that there is so many details and theories about it. If you get a chance to go see this place, it comes highly recommended.
If you are interested in reading more information about the Manitoba Legislature, I would highly recommend the work of Frank Albo. He has written a book on the hermetic code used by Freemasons, and has much more detailed information on the Legislature.
He is also hosting tours this summer!
2016 Tours start April 27 and end October 19 and runs on Wednesday evenings
$39.95 per person – for the tour only (includes all taxes and fees)
$59.95 per person – for the tour and one copy of the Hermetic Code book