The Secret Architecture of Our Nation’s Capital

this fine book by Ovason—a scholar whose specialty is the prophecies of Nostradamus—is the perfect gift to lay on that theocratic conservative in your family who still insists that America’s founding fathers were Pat Robertson-style evangelical Christians. No, and they were into some decidedly non-orthodox stuff, too. Ovason argues that the zodiac sign Virgo was considered especially significant to Washington, Jefferson, L’Enfant and other founding Freemasons, that Virgo is the only zodiacal constellation in the cosmos contained within a triangle of first-magnitude stars and that this right triangle is the heart of Washington’s street plan, with Arcturus represented by the White House, Regulus by the Capitol and Spica by the Washington Monument. He also points out the 20-plus full zodiacs depicted on buildings around Washington. Fascinating.