Monday, July 23, 2007

Annuit Cœptis

Has anybody but me noticed that in the new masthead art, the soldier's unit patch, worn on his right shoulder to signify combat with that unit, is part of The Great Seal of the United States, right straight off a dollar bill?

An explanation of its symbolism:


The pyramid signifies strength and duration.

The Eye over it and the motto Annuit Coeptis allude to the many signal interpositions of providence in favor of the American cause.

The date 1776 underneath is that of the Declaration of Independence and the words Novus Ordo Seclorum under it signify the beginning of the new American Era, which commences from that date.

All well and good intentions from the Founders, but I think the artist is having a little poke at the administration, using the shoulder patch to signify that this war and occupation are being fought (although unknowingly to the trooper, who is a man of honor) in the service of the almighty dollar.

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