Symbolism of Washington, DC (the Anatomy of a Fish excerpt)
The following is excerpted from the detailed article entitled
Symbolism of The
In this Chapter, I want to explore
the symbolism of the original geographical "Diamond" shaped perimeter
For the purposes of clarity, Washington, DC is the Capital of the United States and the Mall area is identified as the geographical area located within Washington that includes the Capitol Building, White House, Washington Monument, Lincoln Memorial and various other buildings and monuments.
The Mall area is located within the
imagery of a Fish that is cradled between the Potomac and Anacostia Rivers
located within the boundaries of
In Biblical times
Pictured below is a map of the Mall
– Central Area of the
The Mall of the
A Fish Inside The Enclosure Of A City
It’s obvious that the
representation of a fish was not just happenstance. Needless to say, this is just another example
to the degree of secrecy that George Washington and the Freemasons operated to
serve their own appetites. If the
boundaries of a fish are not just a fluke, then that leads us to believe that
there was something of paramount significance in “spiritually” connecting the
symbolism of a fish to the
I found it remarkable that the
White House, the Capitol, Lincoln Memorial and several other buildings all
correspond to the anatomy of a fish.
However, what’s more important is the spiritual significance of the
symbolism of a fish. And, in this
section, both will be detailed. (see the full article: Symbolism of
It is obvious that those who were given the position of authority to determine the boundaries of our Nation’s Capitol purposely and knowingly chose to establish the boundaries of the mall within the shape of a fish.
Given their lack of documentation on particular subjects, it is evident that their intent was for the symbolism to remain hidden not only from the public, but also from many of the Freemasons as well. What was it they were conveying, yet hiding, not only about our Nation’s Capitol, but about themselves as well?
Not everyone who uses symbols is using the symbols to hide behind. Symbols are also used by people in general, not just those who are trying to conceal a hidden message. Some people just like symbols. That's one of the reasons why principalities can hide behind symbols. One person can view symbols as art, while to another the same symbol is idolatry.
Given that some may say that symbols are open to interpretation, I would like to share some "clearly identifiable" or "distinctive" symbolism concerning the Washington, D. C. Mall that could not just have been coincidental.
Two interesting pieces of symbolism are hidden within the layout of the mall area: "fish and Masonic trademarks". First, the mall area of the city is in the unmistakable form of a fish (see figure below). Not only does the area resemble a fish, but the placement of all the buildings and monuments are strategically located according to the anatomical functions of a fish. (Notations are superimposed over the above referenced map to show the location of various monuments and buildings)
Starting at the top of the fish and proceeding clockwise, we find externally a dorsal fin, caudal fin or tail, gills, and a head. Internally are the heart and reproductive organs. On top of the fish is the dorsal fin. This is the part of the fish that lends stability in swimming. The dorsal fin is where the White House, the executive branch of government, is located and the White House like the dorsal fin lends stability to the legislative branch of our government.
The tail of the fish, also called
the caudal fin, is the main propelling fin of the fish. This is the location of the U.S. Capitol that
houses Congress, the legislative branch of government, and like the caudal fin,
the legislative branch of our government is what propels
Representative of the gills, the
breathing apparatus that takes water in and extracts oxygen for the fish, is
the Tidal Basin. Just as the gills of a
fish are located slightly behind the eye, the
At the head of the fish where the
brain is located is the Lincoln Memorial.
The Lincoln Memorial was designed to architecturally resemble the
ancient Greek Parthenon in
Athena was also the goddess of wisdom and war, two characteristics of
Two internal organs are also
represented. The heart of a fish is
located near and directly behind the gills of the fish. This is the location of the Jefferson
Finally, the reproductive organs of
the fish are found on the bottom of the fish near the tail, but extending
diagonally inward to the center of the fish.
This is the exact location of the
This examination only scratches the surface of the fish symbolism. For example, according to the Encyclopedia Britannica as well as some other historians, “L’Enfant’s ideas for a capital city were based not on 13 colonies with 3,000,000 inhabitants but on a republic ultimately having 50 states and 500,000,000 citizens.” 
As a “timely” point of interest, according to the Census Bureau’s “Population Clock”, as of Tuesday, October 17, 2006, the United States population reached the 300 million mark at 7:46 a.m. Eastern Daylight Time. The 300 million mark is only 200 million shy of L’Enfant’s 500,000,000 estimate which no doubt will eventually be realized.
Given L’Enfant’s vision in 1790 of
50 states it’s interesting that a fish has 50 or 51 scales that make up the
lateral line of a fish. The lateral line
of a fish, which extends from the top of the gills to the tail, just so happens
to correspond to the location of the Mall with its straight line extending from
the Lincoln Memorial to the U.S. Capitol.
Furthermore, the lateral line of most fish consists of 49 to 53 scales,
but the most common are 50 or 51. Again,
it just so happens that
In the tail of the fish is Capitol Hill, an ancient “high place” where the Algonquian Indians used to hold their tribal councils. The Capitol grounds are in the shape of a goat’s head, symbolic of Satan. In Masonic symbolism, they intended the nation to be propelled (caudal fin) by Satan, not God. And the list goes on.
Freemasons often use one symbol to convey more than one idea (or spirit) while at the same time achieving a particular objective that involves multiple concepts or beliefs. And so it was with the image of the fish.
Spiritually, the fish is symbolic
of: 1) Leviathan, a large sea monster or serpent, 2) the fish-god Dagon, and 3)
Rahab, all of which are referenced in the Bible. While they are not the main ruling spirit,
Leviathan, Rahab and Dagon, are three of the ruling principalities over the
Dagon, the fish deity, was an object of idolatry worshiped by the Philistines, 1 Samuel 5.
Leviathan is referenced in Job 41, Psalm 74 and Isaiah 27. Leviathan not only means "twisted," or "coiled", Leviathan also means to cause to lend and borrow. Leviathan is a large sea animal and this spirit is also identified as a dragon or serpent as well. Whether a large fish or serpent, the Leviathan is symbolic of a powerful enemy opposed to righteousness.
Rahab means to be proud and arrogant
and is a poetical reference to
People in DC Compared to Fish
Oliver Wolcott, Secretary of Treasury from 1795 to 1800 even compared the residents of D. C. to bad fish. "Many Congressmen turned up their noses and wondered how long it would take to write off a bad experiment in capital location and begin again. Oliver Wolcott, the Secretary of the Treasury, possibly noting the absence of any source of taxes, observed that 'the people are poor, and as far as I can judge, they live like fishes, by eating each other,'" 
© Gwen Thomas, October, 2006
in the Auditorium of the United States Chamber of Commerce Building,
Washington, D.C., at Meetings Held to discuss the Development of the National
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 Stephen Ohlemacher, “U.S. Population Hits 300 Million Mark”, Washingtonpost.com, 17 October 2006
 Bernard Weisberger, The District of Columbia, p.35