However, Langdon soon discovers that Solomon has been kidnapped by a mysterious villain named Mal'akh, who demands that Langdon find the Mason's Pyramid and the Lost Word, two ancient secrets that are hidden somewhere in the city.
Langdon must race against time and decipher a series of clues and puzzles, while also evading the CIA and the police, who are after him for different reasons.
The Lost Symbol is not only a gripping story, but also a fascinating exploration of the history, symbolism, and secrets of Freemasonry, one of the oldest and most influential fraternal organizations in the world.
Freemasonry is a system of morality and ethics that teaches its members to be honest, charitable, and tolerant. It also has a rich tradition of esoteric knowledge and rituals that are based on ancient wisdom and mysteries.
Some of the most famous Freemasons include George Washington, Benjamin Franklin, Mozart, Voltaire, and Winston Churchill.
In The Lost Symbol, Brown reveals some of the hidden aspects of Freemasonry, such as its connection to the founding of America, its role in the Enlightenment, its influence on architecture and art, and its relation to other mystical traditions, such as alchemy, Kabbalah, and Rosicrucianism.
He also explores some of the controversial topics that surround Freemasonry, such as its alleged involvement in conspiracies, its secret degrees and rites, its symbols and codes, and its ultimate goal of achieving human perfection.
The Symbolism of Freemasonry
The Square and Compass
The square and compass are two of the most important symbols of Freemasonry. The square represents the four elements of earth, air, fire, and water, while the compass represents the search for truth. Together, they symbolize the Freemason's commitment to building a better world.
The All-Seeing Eye
The all-seeing eye is another important symbol of Freemasonry. It is often depicted as an eye surrounded by a triangle, which represents the three pillars of Freemasonry: wisdom, strength, and beauty. The all-seeing eye symbolizes the Freemason's belief that there is a higher power that watches over us all.
The Symbolism of the Illuminati
The Eye of Horus
The Eye of Horus is a symbol that has been used by the Illuminati for centuries. It is often depicted as a human eye with a falcon's head, and it symbolizes the Illuminati's belief in the power of knowledge.
The pyramid is another important symbol of the Illuminati. It is often depicted as a stepped pyramid with a capstone at the top, and it symbolizes the Illuminati's belief in the progress of humanity.
The Lost Symbol is a novel that will keep you on the edge of your seat, while also expanding your mind and curiosity. It is a book that will make you want to learn more about Freemasonry and its fascinating legacy.