Manitoba, eh?!


Tell us about what Frank Albo refers to as the
'magic and mystery of the Manitoba Legislative Building'.


Please send your comments to paul-armstrong@shaw.ca
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Albo states that :

(1) a section of this building has been constructed to represent King Solomon's Temple, the building from which some Freemasons trace their origins.

(2) this structure is the world's largest and most complete temple dedicated to Hermes Trismegistus, a Greek god.


--- To view a virtual tour of the visual highlights of this 'temple', click here. --


Sources of information:

(1) The Hermetic Code -- Unlocking One of Manitoba's Greatest Secrets -- the book

(2) The Hermetic Code -- Winnipeg Free Press newspaper (Nov. 25 to Dec. 9, 2006)

(3) The Golden Boy Cipher [Frank Albo - 200?] -- the library at the Manitoba Legislative Building

(4) Masonic Parlante in a Canadian Temple of Democracy: The Manitoba Legislative Building
       as Initiatory Theatre [Frank Albo - May 2006] -- click here

(5) Masonic Interpretation of the Manitoba Legislative Building [Frank Albo - 200?]-- click here. --

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(6) Sacred symbols? -- Winnipeg Free Press (Feb 18, 2005)

(7) Researcher probes occult at Manitoba legislature -- CTV.ca (Feb 18, 2005)

(8) There are mysterious places in Canada -- the CTV National News (Feb 18, 2005)

(9) A building of 'secret encoded clues' -- The Globe and Mail newspaper (Feb.18, 2005)

(10) Metaphor for Occult [i.e. hidden] Thought? [Larry Swanson - 2002]

(11) As above, so below ['Canadian Architect' - Apr. 2005]

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(12) GoldenNumber.net -- click here

(13) The Fibonacci Association -- click here


Frank Albo's bio

[2002] Frank Albo, who was born in Winnipeg, earned his Bachelor of Arts degree at the University of Winnipeg.

[2004] His Master’s Degree was obtained in Ancient Near Eastern Religion from the University of Toronto.

[200?] He was working as a research fellow in the department of anthropology at the University of Winnipeg.

[200?] A Murphy Foundation Grant was awarded to him to continue his research on the Manitoba Legislative Building.

[July-Aug 2005] The Dutch government awarded a scholarship to Albo to attend the Univ. of Amsterdam. His courses are in the field of western esotericism. Information on the program is available at www.amsterdamhermetica.nl.

[Nov. 25 to Dec. 9, 2006] major role in the series The Hermetic Code published in the Winnipeg Free Press

[Apr. 2007] the launch of the book The Hermetic Code -- Unlocking One of Manitoba's Greatest Secrets

Albo's research on the Manitoba Legislative Building continues.



Related Links

         (1) Images from other buildings


[Some statements below are subject to verification.]


Miscellanea

The symbol for the golden number, approx. 1.618, is Φ which is the Greek letter Phi , pronounced phee. -- In mathematical equations, it usually appears in slanted form Φ .
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The reciprocal of Φ, written as 1/Φ, is approx. 0.618 and it is also known as the golden number.

See Visitors' Comments (below) for Gary Meisner's input.
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To construct a golden rectangle:

      (a) Construct a square ABCD (any size), labeling from the top left corner & moving counter-clockwise.
      (b) Construct the perpendicular bisector of segments AD & BC, creating mid-point M on AD & creating mid-point N on BC.
      (c) Extend AD creating DP. DP should be approx. equal to AD.
      (d) Extend BC creating CR. CR should be approx. equal to BC.
      (e) Using a compass with centre N & length ND, cut an arc across CR at X.
      (f) Using a compass with centre M & length MC, cut an arc across DP at Y.
      (g) Join points X & Y forming XY.
      (k) Rectangle ABXY will be a golden rectangle.
      (i) By labelling each side of the square as 1 unit, the length of the golden rectangle will be the exact measurement of the golden number, ([square root of 5] + 1)/2. This is derived using the Pythagorean theorum.

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Venus orbits the Sun in 224.695 days while Earth orbits the Sun in 365.242 days, creating a ratio of 8/13 or approx. 0.6154 -- Also, 5 conjunctions of Earth and Venus occur every 8 orbits of the Earth around the Sun and every 13 orbits of Venus.

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Stradivarius used the golden section in the design of his masterpiece violins that are sought out hundreds of years later for their exquisite tonal qualities.

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(i) On a piano keyboard are 8 white keys & 5 black keys from any note through to its octave, such as middle C through to C that is one octave above middle C.
       (ii) There are 13 half-notes in the span of any note through to its octave. For example, in the C major scale, there are C, C#, D, D#, E, F, F#, G, G#, A, A#, B, and C.
       (iii) To play the C major chord, play C [1st half-note], D [3rd half-note], E [5th half-note], G [8th half-note], and C [13th half-note].
       (iv) This sequence of 1st, 3rd, 5th, 8th, & 13th half-notes applies to any major scale.

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Average human body temperature is above freezing by a 98.6 - 32 = 66.6 degrees.

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Ages 21 & 55 are often considered milestones in human life. Age 13 is the first of the 'teen' years. These are all Fibonacci numbers.

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In trigonometry, the sine of 666° is one-half negative of 1.618, close to the golden number.

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Standard sized credit cards are 54mm by 86mm, creating a ratio of 0.628:1, close to the golden ratio.

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The Roman numeral representation of the number 666 (DCLXVI) uses once each of the Roman numeral symbols with values under 1,000, and that they are in exact reverse order of their respective values (D = 500, C = 100, L = 50, X = 10, V = 5, I = 1).

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666 is considered a triangular number since 666 equally-spaced dots may be arranged into the shape of an equilateral triangle.

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The 'Parthenon' in Athens is sometimes referred to as the 'Temple of Athena'.

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Venus (Ishtar] is called the 'Queen of Heaven' when it is the 'Morning Star'
[or 'Eastern Star'] & known as the 'Queen of the Underworld' when it is the 'Evening Star'
[or 'Western Star'].

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Summer in the Northern Hemisphere on Earth is 5 days longer than summer in the Southern Hemisphere as planets move more slowly near aphelion than they do near perihelion.

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In an Egyptian pyramid, the golden ratio [approx. 1.618:1] will be the ratio of:
           (i) the distance from its apex to the mid-point of one of the sides of its base
      to (ii) the distance from the center of its base to the mid-point of one of the sides of its base.

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In an Egyptian pyramid, the square root of the golden ratio will be the ratio of:
           (i) the distance from its apex to the center of its base
      to (ii) the distance from the center of its base to the mid-point of one of the sides of its base.

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Between the years 1993 & 2006, the average period of time between the winter solstice and perihelion was 12.80 days, a number that is close to the Fibonacci number 13.
-- The time in hours was considered in making this calculation.

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The DNA molecule measures 34 angstroms long by 21 angstroms wide for each full cycle of its double helix spiral.

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The sum of the squares of a series of Fibonacci numbers (starting at 1, 1) equals the product of the last Fibonacci number used in the series times the next Fibonacci number. This property results in the Fibonacci spiral seen in everything from sea shells to galaxies. For example:

12 + 12 + 22 + 32 + 52 = 5 x 8

12 + 12 + 22 + 32 + 52 + 82 + 132= 13 x 21

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The golden angle, 137.5 degrees, is obtained as follows:
         (a) multiply the non-whole part of the golden mean (0.618) by 360 degrees, which yields approx. 222.48
         (b) subtract the result in (a) from 360, which yields approx. 137.52

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As viewed from a fixed point in space [where?], the planet Venus traces a regular (perfect) pentagram across the ecliptic sky every eight years.

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The sound of a 'perfect 5th' in musical terms (?) occurs in the rotunda. Its diameter is 54 feet and the distance from the 'Pool of the Black Star' to the 'eye of the dome' is 87 feet. Then, 87 divided by 54 = 1.611 [this figure is approx. = 1.618, the golden number].

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The 'ancients' envisioned 36 constellations in the celestial sphere. Since 1+2+3+4+...+35+36 = 666, both 36 & 666 were considered 'special' numbers.

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The grand staircase contains 39 steps (3X13). The number 39 has many connections to the number 666. For example:

       (a) 39 squared = 1521
       (b) separate 1521 into 15 and 21
       (c) 15 squared + 21 squared = 225 + 441 = 666

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In 1487 B.C.E., Thutmoses III is credited with creating the first secret society. The Freemasons consider him to be the patron of their own society.


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--- Viewers' Comments ---

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Gary Meisner -- operator of http://goldennumber.net/ -- an excellent resource on the golden ratio

1.618 and 0.618 are like mirror images of one another, in that when one is present in a proportion of dimension, the other is automatically there as well. It just depends on whether you're looking at the smaller section and using it as "1" or looking at the entire section and using it as "1."

To distinguish between the two, 1.618 is traditionally named Phi with a capital P and designated by the upper case Greek letter for Phi, Φ .

0.618 is traditionally written as phi with a lower case p and designated by the lower case Greek letter for phi, φ .

Most equations show the solution as 1.618, but some methods result in a solution of
([square root of 5] +/- 1 )/2, which actually produces both 1.618 and 0.618.

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Paul Armstrong -- In buildings of this type, the cornerstone is usually located at the north-east corner of the building. However, it has not been found there, nor at any other location on the structure.