Secrets of The Lost Symbol co-author Dan Burstein appears in the Washington Post Short Stack today, talking about the codes on the Lost Symbol cover and what they mean:
Using various decryption tools we can identify these three coded phrases:
ALL GREAT TRUTHS BEGIN AS BLASPHEMIES
YOUR MIND IS THE KEY
We also found on the back cover, by combining words at the top and bottom, a small but important reference to the hermetic adage:
AS ABOVE, SO BELOW
In “Secrets of the Lost Symbol,” we explain the relevance of all these phrases.
Here’s just one example:
Pope’s Pantheon refers to a series of architectural works by Freemason architect John Russell Pope, who designed the Scottish Rite Freemason headquarters building on 16th Street in Washington where the opening scene and the climactic scene of “The Lost Symbol” take place.
But Pope also designed the Jefferson Memorial, which is in the shape of a classical Roman pantheon building. More than that: The whole idea of a pantheon ties in to the belief, stated many times in “The Lost Symbol,” that all gods, and all religions, are important manifestations of humankind’s search for spiritual connectedness to the universe. So even after you have decoded “Pope’s Pantheon,” you still have multiple meanings to contemplate.