The Bank Of America’s Occult Symbolism

mural1The Vigilante Citizen claims that the fresco paintings adorning Bank of America’s corporate headquarters are filled with symbolic Masonic imagery that conveys hidden messages. They’re definitely odd at first glance:

Prominently displayed in the lobby of the Bank of America’s Corporate Center are “creepy” frescoes, filled with occult symbols. Even more unsettling is the fact that those images seem to predict events of a radical world change in the not-so-distant future. Are those murals predicting the coming of an occult New World Order? We will look at the occult meaning of the symbols found on the Bank of America frescoes.

We see here a young blond boy standing on a standard Masonic checker-board pattern floor. His feet are placed at a 90 degrees angle, in accordance to Masonic initiation ritual.

Seemingly underneath the boy are people dressed in business suits, seemingly strategizing while pointing at the Masonic boy. Does the boy represent the “new generation”?

Behind the boy is a tree on fire, which is a reference of the Burning Bush of the Old Testament. The Burning Bush is of great importance in Masonic ritual, especially for the 33rd degree, whose members are considered to be “near the Burning Bush.”

In the background is an Egyptian pyramid, the ultimate symbol of the Mysteries in occult teachings.

A strange feature of the painting is the woman apparently trapped inside a transparent cube, hanging from threads coming from the sky. Does she represent the common man, stuck in the confines of the material world (occultly represented by the cube) and manipulated by unseen the forces from above?

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  • Anonymous

    I wonder how much of the symbolism of conscious and how much is incidental.

    But still, given the persistence and pervasiveness of these themes throughout Western art, you do have to wonder if the ham-fisted daublings on display in most banks/business centers are Freudian fingerprints of some type.

    The office where one former girlfriend worked had these really horrible abstruct sculptures made of jagged, burnt scraps of metal hanging from the walls–directly at eye level. Two thoughts often crossed my mind when I visited.

    1. What a horrible, disturbing message they’re sending about the company’s culture that rusty razor blades have a sublime aesthetic appeal to them.

    2. They’re just begging for the inevitable lawsuit when someone trips and lands head-first onto one of them.

  • Anonymous

    I wonder how much of the symbolism isconscious and how much is incidental.
    But still, given the persistence and pervasiveness of these themes throughout Western art, you do have to wonder if the ham-fisted daublings on display in most banks/business centers are Freudian fingerprints of some type.
    The office where one former girlfriend worked had these really horrible abstruct sculptures made of jagged, burnt scraps of metal hanging from the walls–directly at eye level. Two thoughts often crossed my mind when I visited.
    1. What a horrible, disturbing message they’re sending about the company’s culture that rusty razor blades have a sublime aesthetic appeal to them.
    2. They’re just begging for the inevitable lawsuit when someone trips and lands head-first onto one of them.

  • Liam_McGonagle

    I wonder how much of the symbolism isconscious and how much is incidental.
    But still, given the persistence and pervasiveness of these themes throughout Western art, you do have to wonder if the ham-fisted daublings on display in most banks/business centers are Freudian fingerprints of some type.
    The office where one former girlfriend worked had these really horrible abstruct sculptures made of jagged, burnt scraps of metal hanging from the walls–directly at eye level. Two thoughts often crossed my mind when I visited.
    1. What a horrible, disturbing message they’re sending about the company’s culture that rusty razor blades have a sublime aesthetic appeal to them.
    2. They’re just begging for the inevitable lawsuit when someone trips and lands head-first onto one of them.

  • Hadrian999

    pretty shallow understanding of the occult, there isn’t one “occult world” or a universal symbolism.

  • Hadrian999

    pretty shallow understanding of the occult, there isn’t one “occult world” or a universal symbolism.

  • Anonymous

    Not the biggy, nice image by the way.

  • etnad333

    Not the biggy, nice image by the way.

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  • Anonymous

    Practicing old ritual magic achieves nothing new, only repetiton of the same paridigms. If magic is to be taken seriously, then all that is must be considered magic. Every thought, every action is and has always been “magic”. The world is as we all have made it. We all practice it every moment of every day, though we may be oblivious of its nature and inherent potency. In this context, magic is not the domain of only the “enlightened” such as “33rd degree masons” or if you like -Crowley and many others. What sets these types apart is that their magic was deliberate, ambitious and had specific target intentions. It is an attempt to control the game we call life.

    Even prayer is a form of magical ritual, regardless of the fact that that interpretation would piss of many religious folk. Religions also attempt to control the game on a large scale. Of course the larger the scale, the more difficult the success of the intended magic aim. Individual free-will gets in the way of big magical aims put forth by those who attempt to control the game.

    Ignore symbolism as a thing of power over you and you will become your own deliberate magician, then, when the sparks fly, you will know who put the iron in the fire. Naturally, we are responsible for the results of our magic and then perhaps we will realize that we can’t control the game, only ourselves……

  • GoodDoktorBad

    Practicing old ritual magic achieves nothing new, only repetiton of the same paridigms. If magic is to be taken seriously, then all that is must be considered magic. Every thought, every action is and has always been “magic”. The world is as we all have made it. We all practice it every moment of every day, though we may be oblivious of its nature and inherent potency. In this context, magic is not the domain of only the “enlightened” such as “33rd degree masons” or if you like -Crowley and many others. What sets these types apart is that their magic was deliberate, ambitious and had specific target intentions. It is an attempt to control the game we call life.
    Even prayer is a form of magical ritual, regardless of the fact that that interpretation would piss off many religious folk. Religions also attempt to control the game on a large scale. Of course the larger the scale, the more difficult the success of the intended magic aim. Individual free-will gets in the way of big magical aims put forth by those who attempt to control the game.
    Ignore symbolism as a thing of power over you and you will become your own deliberate magician, then, when the sparks fly, you will know who put the iron in the fire. Naturally, we are responsible for the results of our magic and then perhaps we will realize that we can’t control the game, only ourselves……

  • Gregory

    Very interesting. Usually i just roll my eyes over this “look, it’s them darn Masons agin” stuff until I have to see a chiropractor but that painting does resonate with those who know what to look for. A blonde-headed boy = harpocrates? Who is also equal with Horus who is said to supplant Osiris in the new age, most recently incarnated as Yeshua bar Joseph? The boy is partially behind a veil which may be an indicator of how closer the world is to the new age. His dress is interesting, it is obviously not modern, but is not immediately recognizable as historical either. Maybe 18-19th century European? Dutch or German? Hmm.

    The woman in the box could be the binding of the chaotic femamine principle with the principle of male reason and order, mebbe? I mean, you could spend a weekend on this, it’s sorta fun. We’ve all gotta have hobbies, right? Another take on the woman in the box is she is looking at the man who is by the burning bush and she is held in the cube while he is in nature, by the bush and appears to be holding a book. This could be saying that man has conquered nature as well as reason and that he is the one who is connected to the deity, not the woman. This image is not veiled so it is either saying this has happened already or it’s meant to be a self-fulfilling symbol. So mote it shall be. One of the greatest concerns of the patriarchal masters of the world is that the goddess will be in charge again…you know…

    she’ll be coming around the mountain when she comes and we’ll all come out to meet her…thatsortathing.

    The four men appear to be of different races, which might represent the world…but they could also represent “The Juwes,” those who murdered Hiram Abiff, the traditional architect of Solomon’s temple who figures largely in Masonic lore. There were three of the Juwes, but notice the blond and fair-haired man is not dressed in modern clothing and is painted differently in the face, etc. They appear to be discussing and debating something, maybe this collection of figures represents the confusion of the world who is not looking for the new order. It’s a bit of an echo from the Last Supper where figures are confused and bewildered after Jesus announces one of them will betray him. Notice the black figure has a bit of a smug expression on his face. Is he the most Judas of the Juwes? And is the blond man representing the white man who looks to the boy with approval? Notice that all four men are beneath the boy as they are in a lower elevation and the boy is on the raised checker board plateau, which again gives the figures on that level, including the woman and man an allegorical, higher position. The blond man is dressed…well, to me, he’s dressed like a Quaker or a Puritan and the men, dressed in their good, business suits would represent the secular world, which may suggest that the new age will indeed be a return to Theocracy…which many people in American definitely want. Are we still discussing whether gays should serve in the military openly? The only argument against that is religious dogma which the US Constitution is supposed to forbid as the basis for any law.

    The angled staircase could represent the Jacob’s Ladder/Tree of Life. It is interesting that no one is climbing those steps and that we cannot see the top. It is also very solid and strong looking. I confess to not seeing much in that besides that it is obviously a stairway and that may be all the symbolism they wanted to glean from that.

    Like any good occult symbol, it’s meaning may be relevant only to those it is intended for. And like any good occult symbol, it’s not really meant for us…it’s meant for…y’know…those things atheists don’t like.

    The “black sun” looks more like an eclipse to me. Because this object is not at the top of the stairway, it would not seem to be say, the sephiroth Kether that is currently shrouded. If that object is supposed to denote an eclipse, then an eclipse is temporary. Of course the symbol itself is of a bright sphere or disk being hidden or occulted, which may just be saying, “look, these are occult symbols.”

    Or it all could be just interesting pictures. The problem with the paranoid Xians who go hunting for this stuff is they, with their high degrees of spiritual incompetence don’t even understand their own symbolism much less “occult” symbolism, etc. They say their “softly spoken magic spells” each Sunday morning in their temples but are really just wanting the service to end so they can watch some football. Because there is no water in their well, they seek after the enemies of their esoteric order in order to define themselves. The way that a comic book villain helps define the hero. On Prison Planet, Alex Jone’s website of cornball extreme stupidity, there is a long analysis of these images http://www.prisonplanet.com/analysis-of-the-occult-symbols-found-on-the-bank-of-america-murals.html

    What is noticeable is the harping on Mason imagery alone. This is a Masonic symbol because, etc. So they are robbing themselves of a more broader interpretation of the symbolism because they have a narrow view, because again…just like the Gov’t needed the Red Scare and now we have the Muslim Scare, the ones in charge need a clear and present danger, narrowly defined to hold people in the state of fear that allows the gov’t to have their level of control that they want. So Xians who attempt to dissect that they see as occult imagery most often get it completely wrong.

    My analysis is simply that, a series of possible interpretations with no statement of certainty. While there may not be “one occult world” and a definitive rule regarding what a symbol does or does not mean, we have been doing this for thousands of years and for magicians to be taken seriously there does need to be an end to this “I dunno, let’s all shrug our shoulders and just do our own thing, because that’ll be just fine.” Nope. For the true enemy to have their chance to be afraid and yes folks, they are paranoid, just look at all the Wikileaks furor…we have to stop being cowboys and start being ranchers. Because they’re definitely ranchers and they want to increase their acreage and put us all out to pasture.

    If only a certain percent of the supposed occult imagery spread around the world by the Illuminati/Masons, etc is true, we need to get busy and enroll graffitti artists in the Spare School of Sigilization. Or do you want to hang in a cube for all eternity?

    fiat lux

  • Gregory

    Very interesting. Usually i just roll my eyes over this “look, it’s them darn Masons agin” stuff until I have to see a chiropractor but that painting does resonate with those who know what to look for. A blonde-headed boy = harpocrates? Who is also equal with Horus who is said to supplant Osiris in the new age, most recently incarnated as Yeshua bar Joseph? The boy is partially behind a veil which may be an indicator of how closer the world is to the new age. His dress is interesting, it is obviously not modern, but is not immediately recognizable as historical either. Maybe 18-19th century European? Dutch or German? Hmm.

    The woman in the box could be the binding of the chaotic femamine principle with the principle of male reason and order, mebbe? I mean, you could spend a weekend on this, it’s sorta fun. We’ve all gotta have hobbies, right? Another take on the woman in the box is she is looking at the man who is by the burning bush and she is held in the cube while he is in nature, by the bush and appears to be holding a book. This could be saying that man has conquered nature as well as reason and that he is the one who is connected to the deity, not the woman. This image is not veiled so it is either saying this has happened already or it’s meant to be a self-fulfilling symbol. So mote it shall be. One of the greatest concerns of the patriarchal masters of the world is that the goddess will be in charge again…you know…

    she’ll be coming around the mountain when she comes and we’ll all come out to meet her…thatsortathing.

    The four men appear to be of different races, which might represent the world…but they could also represent “The Juwes,” those who murdered Hiram Abiff, the traditional architect of Solomon’s temple who figures largely in Masonic lore. There were three of the Juwes, but notice the blond and fair-haired man is not dressed in modern clothing and is painted differently in the face, etc. They appear to be discussing and debating something, maybe this collection of figures represents the confusion of the world who is not looking for the new order. It’s a bit of an echo from the Last Supper where figures are confused and bewildered after Jesus announces one of them will betray him. Notice the black figure has a bit of a smug expression on his face. Is he the most Judas of the Juwes? And is the blond man representing the white man who looks to the boy with approval? Notice that all four men are beneath the boy as they are in a lower elevation and the boy is on the raised checker board plateau, which again gives the figures on that level, including the woman and man an allegorical, higher position. The blond man is dressed…well, to me, he’s dressed like a Quaker or a Puritan and the men, dressed in their good, business suits would represent the secular world, which may suggest that the new age will indeed be a return to Theocracy…which many people in American definitely want. Are we still discussing whether gays should serve in the military openly? The only argument against that is religious dogma which the US Constitution is supposed to forbid as the basis for any law.

    The angled staircase could represent the Jacob’s Ladder/Tree of Life. It is interesting that no one is climbing those steps and that we cannot see the top. It is also very solid and strong looking. I confess to not seeing much in that besides that it is obviously a stairway and that may be all the symbolism they wanted to glean from that.

    Like any good occult symbol, it’s meaning may be relevant only to those it is intended for. And like any good occult symbol, it’s not really meant for us…it’s meant for…y’know…those things atheists don’t like.

    The “black sun” looks more like an eclipse to me. Because this object is not at the top of the stairway, it would not seem to be say, the sephiroth Kether that is currently shrouded. If that object is supposed to denote an eclipse, then an eclipse is temporary. Of course the symbol itself is of a bright sphere or disk being hidden or occulted, which may just be saying, “look, these are occult symbols.”

    Or it all could be just interesting pictures. The problem with the paranoid Xians who go hunting for this stuff is they, with their high degrees of spiritual incompetence don’t even understand their own symbolism much less “occult” symbolism, etc. They say their “softly spoken magic spells” each Sunday morning in their temples but are really just wanting the service to end so they can watch some football. Because there is no water in their well, they seek after the enemies of their esoteric order in order to define themselves. The way that a comic book villain helps define the hero. On Prison Planet, Alex Jone’s website of cornball extreme stupidity, there is a long analysis of these images http://www.prisonplanet.com/analysis-of-the-occult-symbols-found-on-the-bank-of-america-murals.html

    What is noticeable is the harping on Mason imagery alone. This is a Masonic symbol because, etc. So they are robbing themselves of a more broader interpretation of the symbolism because they have a narrow view, because again…just like the Gov’t needed the Red Scare and now we have the Muslim Scare, the ones in charge need a clear and present danger, narrowly defined to hold people in the state of fear that allows the gov’t to have their level of control that they want. So Xians who attempt to dissect that they see as occult imagery most often get it completely wrong.

    My analysis is simply that, a series of possible interpretations with no statement of certainty. While there may not be “one occult world” and a definitive rule regarding what a symbol does or does not mean, we have been doing this for thousands of years and for magicians to be taken seriously there does need to be an end to this “I dunno, let’s all shrug our shoulders and just do our own thing, because that’ll be just fine.” Nope. For the true enemy to have their chance to be afraid and yes folks, they are paranoid, just look at all the Wikileaks furor…we have to stop being cowboys and start being ranchers. Because they’re definitely ranchers and they want to increase their acreage and put us all out to pasture.

    If only a certain percent of the supposed occult imagery spread around the world by the Illuminati/Masons, etc is true, we need to get busy and enroll graffitti artists in the Spare School of Sigilization. Or do you want to hang in a cube for all eternity?

    fiat lux

  • Gregory

    Very interesting. Usually i just roll my eyes over this “look, it’s them darn Masons agin” stuff until I have to see a chiropractor but that painting does resonate with those who know what to look for. A blonde-headed boy = harpocrates? Who is also equal with Horus who is said to supplant Osiris in the new age, most recently incarnated as Yeshua bar Joseph? The boy is partially behind a veil which may be an indicator of how closer the world is to the new age. His dress is interesting, it is obviously not modern, but is not immediately recognizable as historical either. Maybe 18-19th century European? Dutch or German? Hmm.

    The woman in the box could be the binding of the chaotic femamine principle with the principle of male reason and order, mebbe? I mean, you could spend a weekend on this, it’s sorta fun. We’ve all gotta have hobbies, right? Another take on the woman in the box is she is looking at the man who is by the burning bush and she is held in the cube while he is in nature, by the bush and appears to be holding a book. This could be saying that man has conquered nature as well as reason and that he is the one who is connected to the deity, not the woman. This image is not veiled so it is either saying this has happened already or it’s meant to be a self-fulfilling symbol. So mote it shall be. One of the greatest concerns of the patriarchal masters of the world is that the goddess will be in charge again…you know…

    she’ll be coming around the mountain when she comes and we’ll all come out to meet her…thatsortathing.

    The four men appear to be of different races, which might represent the world…but they could also represent “The Juwes,” those who murdered Hiram Abiff, the traditional architect of Solomon’s temple who figures largely in Masonic lore. There were three of the Juwes, but notice the blond and fair-haired man is not dressed in modern clothing and is painted differently in the face, etc. They appear to be discussing and debating something, maybe this collection of figures represents the confusion of the world who is not looking for the new order. It’s a bit of an echo from the Last Supper where figures are confused and bewildered after Jesus announces one of them will betray him. Notice the black figure has a bit of a smug expression on his face. Is he the most Judas of the Juwes? And is the blond man representing the white man who looks to the boy with approval? Notice that all four men are beneath the boy as they are in a lower elevation and the boy is on the raised checker board plateau, which again gives the figures on that level, including the woman and man an allegorical, higher position. The blond man is dressed…well, to me, he’s dressed like a Quaker or a Puritan and the men, dressed in their good, business suits would represent the secular world, which may suggest that the new age will indeed be a return to Theocracy…which many people in American definitely want. Are we still discussing whether gays should serve in the military openly? The only argument against that is religious dogma which the US Constitution is supposed to forbid as the basis for any law.

    The angled staircase could represent the Jacob’s Ladder/Tree of Life. It is interesting that no one is climbing those steps and that we cannot see the top. It is also very solid and strong looking. I confess to not seeing much in that besides that it is obviously a stairway and that may be all the symbolism they wanted to glean from that.

    Like any good occult symbol, it’s meaning may be relevant only to those it is intended for. And like any good occult symbol, it’s not really meant for us…it’s meant for…y’know…those things atheists don’t like.

    The “black sun” looks more like an eclipse to me. Because this object is not at the top of the stairway, it would not seem to be say, the sephiroth Kether that is currently shrouded. If that object is supposed to denote an eclipse, then an eclipse is temporary. Of course the symbol itself is of a bright sphere or disk being hidden or occulted, which may just be saying, “look, these are occult symbols.”

    Or it all could be just interesting pictures. The problem with the paranoid Xians who go hunting for this stuff is they, with their high degrees of spiritual incompetence don’t even understand their own symbolism much less “occult” symbolism, etc. They say their “softly spoken magic spells” each Sunday morning in their temples but are really just wanting the service to end so they can watch some football. Because there is no water in their well, they seek after the enemies of their esoteric order in order to define themselves. The way that a comic book villain helps define the hero. On Prison Planet, Alex Jone’s website of cornball extreme stupidity, there is a long analysis of these images http://www.prisonplanet.com/analysis-of-the-occult-symbols-found-on-the-bank-of-america-murals.html

    What is noticeable is the harping on Mason imagery alone. This is a Masonic symbol because, etc. So they are robbing themselves of a more broader interpretation of the symbolism because they have a narrow view, because again…just like the Gov’t needed the Red Scare and now we have the Muslim Scare, the ones in charge need a clear and present danger, narrowly defined to hold people in the state of fear that allows the gov’t to have their level of control that they want. So Xians who attempt to dissect that they see as occult imagery most often get it completely wrong.

    My analysis is simply that, a series of possible interpretations with no statement of certainty. While there may not be “one occult world” and a definitive rule regarding what a symbol does or does not mean, we have been doing this for thousands of years and for magicians to be taken seriously there does need to be an end to this “I dunno, let’s all shrug our shoulders and just do our own thing, because that’ll be just fine.” Nope. For the true enemy to have their chance to be afraid and yes folks, they are paranoid, just look at all the Wikileaks furor…we have to stop being cowboys and start being ranchers. Because they’re definitely ranchers and they want to increase their acreage and put us all out to pasture.

    If only a certain percent of the supposed occult imagery spread around the world by the Illuminati/Masons, etc is true, we need to get busy and enroll graffitti artists in the Spare School of Sigilization. Or do you want to hang in a cube for all eternity?

    fiat lux

  • Alturn

    Back when Bank of America was founded, Masonry did not have the bad reputation it has today. To be cultured was to be a Mason. Masonry is a path to the divine, one that predates human existence on the earth yet which like everything that humans touch has been sullied by the interaction.

    If one were to compare the behavior of prominent Masons particularly of the time when Bank of America was founded to those non-Masons in similar stations of life today you would likely find that the Mason’s would positively stand out for their character and deeds. Masonry after all is not a fundamentalist religion.

    • Ironaddict06

      RIght. Many of the Founding Fathers of the U.S. were Masons. They envisoned a Republic where every man was free to make a living-that’s it. There was no guarantee for success. The Rebublic was not established to give away money or services. It was up to the invidual to provide for him self and his family.
      Masons did not look kindly on religion. Masons prized knowledge and wisdom.

  • Alturn

    Back when Bank of America was founded, Masonry did not have the bad reputation it has today. To be cultured was to be a Mason. Masonry is a path to the divine, one that predates human existence on the earth yet which like everything that humans touch has been sullied by the interaction.

    If one were to compare the behavior of prominent Masons particularly of the time when Bank of America was founded to those non-Masons in similar stations of life today you would likely find that the Mason’s would positively stand out for their character and deeds. Masonry after all is not a fundamentalist religion.

  • Ironaddict06

    RIght. Many of the Founding Fathers of the U.S. were Masons. They envisoned a Republic where every man was free to make a living-that’s it. There was no guarantee for success. The Rebublic was not established to give away money or services. It was up to the invidual to provide for him self and his family.
    Masons did not look kindly on religion. Masons prized knowledge and wisdom.

  • Ironaddict06

    There are 3 fresco paintings together in the lobby of the Bank of America’s Corporate Center. Click on the link to view and read all 3. The 3 paintings are telling a story.

  • Ironaddict06

    There are 3 fresco paintings together in the lobby of the Bank of America’s Corporate Center. Click on the link to view and read all 3. The 3 paintings are telling a story.

  • Dr. Ominous X-Ray

    Is this the same artist as the one who did the murals in the luggage claim area of Denver International Airport?

    • H.P. Loathecraft

      Benjamin Long

  • Dr. Ominous X-Ray

    Is this the same artist as the one who did the murals in the luggage claim area of Denver International Airport?

  • H.P. Loathecraft

    Benjamin Long