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Wednesday, February 16, 2011

13th Floor Elevators Pyramid with Eye Symbol

13th Floor Elevators Pyramid with Eye
13th Floor Elevators Pyramid with EyeWhat is the genesis of the 13th Floor Elevators Pyramid with Eye Symbol? What does it mean? Actually, the Pyramid with Eye is a rather modern invention. Additionally, it IS NOT a Masonic Symbol!

The first use of an "eye" symbol can be traced back to Egyptian mythology and the Eye of Horus. It also makes its appearance in Buddhism, where Buddha is seen as the "Eye of the World"; this is represented as a triangle, known as the Tiratna, or Triple Gem. Thus the "eye" is a universal symbol representing spiritual sight, inner vision, higher knowledge, insight into occult mysteries. The Christian doctrine of the Trinity, one of the most important in mainstream Christian faith, teaches the unity of Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. The Father is the Godhead; the Son is the presence of God on Earth; the Holy Ghost is the Spirit of God everywhere. A "Trinity" forms what? A triangle! These three usages evolved into what is known as The Eye of Providence- or the all-seeing eye of God. This is a symbol depicting an eye, often surrounded by rays of light or a halo, within a triangle. This is known to represent the eye of God watching over humankind (or Divine Providence).
13th Floor Elevators Pyramid with Eye
The Eye of Providence was adopted as part of the symbolism for the Great Seal of the United States. It was suggested by Pierre Eugene du Simitiere during one of the 1776 Design Committees. Ben Franklin was the only Mason on the Design Committee and none of his suggestions utilized any Masonic Symbols.

On the reverse of the Seal, the Eye is surrounded by the words Annuit Cœptis, meaning "He approves (or has approved) our undertakings", and Novus Ordo Seclorum, meaning "New Order of the Ages". The Eye is positioned above an unfinished pyramid with thirteen steps, representing the original thirteen states and the future growth of the country. The lowest level of the pyramid shows the year 1776 in Roman numerals. The combined implication is that the Eye, or God, favors the prosperity of the United States.
13th Floor Elevators Pyramid with Eye
The structure of the pyramid represents strength and durability while the steps of the pyramid are a symbol for the journey to enlightenment from the wide base, grounded in earth to the unity of the single capstone that sits atop of, and presides over, all the lower levels in an almost god-like manner.

The "eye" symbol is also associated with something known as the Third Eye. The third eye (also known as the inner eye) is a mystical and esoteric concept referring in part to the ajna (brow) chakra in certain Eastern and Western spiritual traditions. It is also spoken of as the gate that leads within to inner realms and spaces of higher consciousness. The Third Eye is located at the center of the brow and forms a triangle, or pyramid, when referenced with our other two eyes. Got it?

The physical gland associated with the Third Eye is the pineal. The pineal gland is very well known as a source of spiritual power. The pineal gland is located in the geometric center of the brain, between the two hemispheres, tucked in a groove where the two rounded thalamic bodies join. Mystical traditions and esoteric schools have long known this area in the middle of the brain to be the connecting link between the physical and spiritual worlds. Unlike much of the rest of the brain, the pineal gland is not isolated from the body by the blood-brain barrier system. The pineal gland also produces melatonin, a hormone that affects the modulation of wake/sleep patterns and photoperiodic (seasonal) functions. This is little understood but accomplished by the rate, and times of day, that the pineal excretes melatonin into the body system.

The pineal gland is activated by light and it controls the various bio-rhythms of the body. It works in harmony with the hypothalamus gland which directs the body's thirst, hunger, sexual desire and the biological clock that determines our aging process. When it is particularly active, one feels a pressure at the base of the brain. Considered the most powerful and highest source of ethereal energy available to humans the pineal gland has always been important in initiating supernatural powers. Development of psychic talents has been closely associated with this gland of higher vision.
13th Floor Elevators Pyramid with Eye
Melatonin, like the hallucinogen DMT, is a tryptamine. It is also is analogous to the neurotransmitter serotonin. This means that, when broken down by the body, melatonin produces serotonin and at least one other substance. Melatonin works together with tryptophan in the brain to regulate the sleep/wake cycle. Tryptophan is analogous to to melatonin. Got it? The pineal gland, in other words, may be called the "peace gland" because of its biochemical role in rest, relaxation, healing and serene thought.

To activate the 'third eye' is to raise one's spiritual frequency and move into higher consciousness. According to Yogic traditions the pineal gland is instrumental in a heightened consciousness experience of perceiving things through the Third Eye. According to Eastern Yogic practice the pineal gland corresponds with divine thought after being touched by the vibrating light of Kundalini.

Kundalini Yoga is a specific type of yoga that is a physical, mental and spiritual discipline for developing and tapping into inner energy and awareness. Kundalini Yoga acts very directly on the glandular system; also known as the endocrine system. The pineal gland is part of this system. Is this starting to make sense yet? Practitioners call Kundalini yoga, the yoga of awareness because they claim it directly affects human consciousness, develops intuition, increases self knowledge, and unleashes the unlimited creative potential that exists within every human being. The heightened awareness through Kundalini Yoga is also known as a *light* which is located at the top of the sutratma, or 'soul thread', which passes down from the highest plane of our being into the physical vehicle. The pineal is activated by light; is this making any sense yet!!!?
13th Floor Elevators Pyramid with Eye
Most likely, Tommy Hall became aware of the pyramid and eye symbol in his readings; the Eye of Providence pops of frequently in esoteric literature. Then he saw it on the back of a dollar bill (probably). Additionally, it is obvious that the 13 steps are analagous with the 13th floor used in the Elevators' image. This image then became the band's symbol. But there is some deeper shit behind it. I could have written a BOOK about this symbol, rather than a brief blog post.
13th Floor Elevators Pyramid with Eye
In a series of interviews by Allan Vorda, in February 1992 and April 1992, Austin musicians Tary Owens and Powell St. John recalled the origins of the Elevator’s art:

AV: What about the Elevators album cover for the first album, Psychedelic Sounds?

Tary Owens: John Cleveland, who was an artist here in Austin, did that great cover. John was a graphic artist here in town who was into creating psychedelic stuff with paint.

AV: Who came up with the logo of the pyramid with the eye? The pyramid and eye logo comes from the back side of a one dollar bill which states "Annuit Coeptis" and has exactly thirteen layers of bricks in the pyramid.

Powell St. John: It was one of those arcane symbols of which Tommy was so fond and so vague in explaining. Maybe it had something to do with Scientology. Tommy was very big on Scientology.

Tary Owens: Roky and Tommy came up with that idea.

"You remember what I said about the shadow of the pyramid; that we need to look beyond the pyramid, into the shadow, to find the truth. I have been doing this." Tommy Hall, October, 2003

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