The All-Seeing Eye of Providence, like many other occult symbols, originates from Ancient Egyptian culture, from at least the 13th Century BC.
Originally known as the Wadjet, this eye is a symbol of protection, royal power and wealth, associated with the sky god Horus.
Wadjet comes from the word "wadj" meaning "green" or "the green one" and was one of the earliest goddesses in Egypt. She would later become associated with later goddesses Bast, Mut, and Hathor.
Originally the goddess of the city of Deb, her later reign covered Lower Egypt and the major Delta shrine known as the "per-nu" was under her protection as well. The symbol was meant to protect the Pharaohs in the afterlife and was intended to ward off evil.
The Wadjet's reputation as a protection symbol lead Ancient Egyptian and Near Eastern sailors to frequently paint the symbol on the bow of their vessel to ensure safe sea travel.
Wadjet was often depicted as a snake-headed woman or a snake, usually an Egyptian cobra, a poisonous snake common to the region. Sometimes she was depicted as a woman with two snake heads or a snake with a woman's head.
Her oracle (the person or considered to be a source of wise counsel or prophetic opinion, predictions or precognition of the future, inspired by the gods) was in the renowned temple in the city of Per-Wadjet, which meant "House of Wadjet." This oracle may have been the source
of the oracular tradition that spread to Greece from Egypt since the Greeks called the city of Per-Wadjet, Buto. One of the reasons our modern culture celebrates Christmas on 25th of Decemeber is because "The Going Forth of Wadjet" festival was celebrated on that day in ancient times.
The other reason is that Horus was said to have been born on this day. There is no definitive answer to what date Christ was born but many conspiracy theorists suggest it was actually September 11th.
Left Eye of Horus
Horus was the son (sun) of Osiris/Osirus, the god of the Underworld and Isis, the goddess of fertility, love and beauty. The Wadjet later
became associated with Horus when he lost his left eye in the battle for Egypt with his uncle, the god Set/Seth. His eye was later restored by Hathor, but because it had been damaged, it was not as bright as his right eye and from then on was symbolized by the moon,
while his right eye was symbolized by the sun. The sun also represents the sun god Ra.
Horus is one of the oldest gods in the Ancient Egyptian religion, who was worshipped from at least the late Predynastic period through to Greco-Roman times. The different forms of Horus are treated as distinct gods by Egyptologists, although he is the most significant.
Horus the Falcon is the earliest known recorded version and was the patron deity of Nekhen ("City of the Falcon) in Upper Egypt and is considered the first known national god, specifically related to the Pharaoh, who was regarded as a manifestation of Horus in life and Osiris, his father, in death.
Horus is the god of the sky, war and protection. In some traditions, Isis is his mother and in others, Hathor is his mother and his wife. It is believed that he was also called Nekheny, which too means "Falcon."
Horus is recorded in Egyptian hieroglyphs as "Hr.w," which reconstructed in English, may have been pronounced "Haru", meaning "Falcon," which is why was first depicted with a falcon head. As a description it has also typically been thought of as having the meaning "the distant one" or "one who is above, over."
The legend of Horus begins when his father, Osiris, is murdered by his uncle Set/Seth and is sent into the Underworld. Horus' mother, Isis, is able to retrieve all of the dismembered body parts of her murdered husband, except for his penis, which was eaten by a catfish in the Nile River.
Isis then uses her magic to fashion a golden phallus which she then uses to inpregnate herself with the divine Horus. The fact that Horus was born of a divine father, a virgin mother, performed miracles, and was refered to as "the Savior," has caused much controversy as to whether Yeshua/Jesus Christ's
story was inspired by Horus'. This is where faith comes in. This is for you to decide based on the startling similarities.
The Great Architect of the Universe
Freemasonry, the esoteric secret society, is heavily influenced by the Ancient Egyptian mysteries and thus includes the All-Seeing Eye of the Great Architect as one of it's symbols. Masons contend that this Great Architect they speak of is the same "God"
worshipped as the Supreme Being across the world, yet various texts written by those initiated in the brotherhood say otherwise. Although he is not always directly named, Lucifer is widely accepted as the Great Architect of the Universe and is worshipped in many Masonic lodges as "God." The fact that higher ranking Masons keep secret knowledge from their
their lower ranking brothers is easily confirmed by such Masons as Albert Pike. In Pike's Morals and Dogma of the Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite of Freemasonry, he says, "Masonry, like all the Religions, all the Mysteries, Hermeticism and Alchemy, conceals its secrets from all except the Adepts and Sages, or the Elect,
and uses false explanations and misinterpretations of its symbols to mislead those who deserve only to be misled; to conceal the Truth, which it calls Light, from them, and todraw them away from it. Truth is not for those who are unworthy or unable to receive it, or would pervert it."
Another famous Mason was Manly Palmer Hall, who had this to say about the All-Seeing Eye in his book, The Lost Keys of Masonry: On Page 92, The Presence of the Master, Hall writes, "The Mason believes in the Great Architect, the living keystone of creation’s plan, the Master of all Lodges, without whose spirit there is no work.
Let him never forget that the Master is near. Day and night let him feel the presence of the Supreme or Shadowing One. The All-Seeing Eye is upon him. Day and night this great Orb measures his depth, seeing into the innermost soul of his souls, judging his life, reading his thought, measuring his aspiration, and rewarding his sincerity. To this all-seeing One he is accountable; to none other must he account.
This Spirit passes with him out of the Lodge and measures the Mason in the world. This Spirit is with him when he buys and sells. It is with him in his home. By the light of day and by the darkness of night It judges him, It hears each thoughtless word. It is the silent witness to every transaction of life, the silent partner of every man. By the jury of his acts, each man is judged. Let every Mason know that his obligations include not only
those within the narrow Lodge, bordered by walls of stone and brick, but those in the Great Lodge, walled only by the Dome of Heaven. The Valley of Jehoshaphat waits for him who is false to any creature, as surely as it waited for the breakers of the Cosmic Oath."
1st Degree Masonic tracing board. Ladder coming from Sirius.
Although the Ancient Egyptian mystics regarded the Moon as the Left Eye of Horus, Masonry associates the All-Seeing Eye of the Great Architect with the binary star system Sirius, specifically Sirius A. Although only two stars in the system are visible, it is believed that a third, now "dead" star, is responsible for the central
mass that Sirius A and B orbit. Sirius C was initially the more massive, then Sirius B, which turned into a red giant, before turning into a condensed white dwarf. Sirius A is what we see as the larger of the three from Earth. In Freemasonry, Sirius A is known as the "blazing star," which is often depicted on Masonic tracing boards (like the one above) as a large star, between the Sun and Moon.
All-Seeing Eye of the Great Architect.
On Page 113 of Hall's Lost Keys, he writes, "Aradamas, bearing his now flaming cross, entered the room and as though by instinct gazed upward to the lofty dome. There, floating in space, many feet above his head, was a great closed eye, surrounded by fleecy clouds and rainbow colors. Aradamas gazed long at the wonderful sight, for he knew that it was the Eye Hmus, the All-Seeing Eye of the gods."