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Carved trip lever. [00:20:20]
Ichabod Crane [00:34:00].
Crypt carving [01:01:19] .
Cross & Crown [00:05:00].
Heptagram [00:20:21].
A secret door [00:26:11].
Eye and Pyramid [00:29:40] .
Ben Franklin [00:22:20].
Coven pendant. [01:08:40]
Pentagram [00:45;45].
Poster [00:40:45].
Pyramid [00:29:40].
Triple Tau [01:11:40].
Sleepy Hollow (2013)
It is perhaps inevitable that a television series with a storyline that includes both the apocalypse and revolutionary-era America would eventually reference Freemasonry.
A mash-up of end times dispensationalism, the Ammonitish god Moloch, faux druidical incantations, Egyptian hieroglyphics, masonic symbols and mythology, a coven of witches, a zombie George Washington, ley lines, and a conflation of two short stories by Washington Irving — The Legend of Sleepy Hollow (1820) and Rip Van Winkle (1819) — with a nod to Buffy the Vampire Slayer and National Treasure, this television series, like so much of contemporary pop culture, gleans from history only to distort and reinvent it.
It is not until the sixth episode of the first season that the protagonist, Ichabod Crane, discovers that the Freemasons have been tracking his nemesis, the headless horseman. The Freemasons of Sleepy Hollow — lead by J. Rutledge (whose ancestor, Edward Rutledge (1749-1800) was one of the non-masons who signed the American Declaration of Independence) — want Crane to take his own life to break his blood link to the horseman. He demurs.
Crane: "Your right finger bears discolouration in the shape of an inverted square and compass [sic] denoting a ring that's been removed, for my benefit, perhaps. Hexes to ward off evil. All telltale signs of Freemasonry." [00:11:40]
Rutledge: "Do you claim to be a fellow Mason?"
Crane: "I am a Mason. Now, if we are on the same side, what am I doing here?"
The phrase Ordo ab Chao also plays a significant role in this episode, acting as a pass phrase.
When asked to help find Crane, Henry Parrish replies: "Your friend is underground, behind a door marked with a simple square and compass." [ 00:26:11] Another square and compasses can be seen over Crane's shoulder at [00:34:00]
Jenny Mills: "It's the symbol of the Freemasons."
Abbie: "Parrish said the door had a compass and square. You sure that's the Freemason symbol?
Jenny: "Secret societies, sacrifices...."
Abbie: "Pretty sure that part's a myth. Templar Knights, founding fathers...."
Jenny: "They're the good guys."
Abbie: "If they're the good guys, why do they have Crane?" [00:27:00]
Masonic allusions and references are made throughout the show's first two seasons. In season 1 episide 7, Detective Morales walks out of a tavern and passes under a Cross and Crown symbol. This appearance is obviously intentional but unremarked, and irrelevent to the story. [00:05:00]
After the three Freemasons are found decapitated, Crane explains: "For five hundred years, the Masons have been involved in a secret war between good and evil. They were brave soldiers. These were good men." [00:09:50] He then, without comment, removes a ring from the hand of one of the men. Later he describes a document handed to Paul Revere by George Washington which was marked by a "demonic heptagram". 00:20:21]
Crane and Mills discover the secret burial place of George Washington where an all-seeing eye is seen. [00:29:40] Other symbols include what Crane describes as "the masonic symbol of ascension." [00:20:20] In season 1 episode 8, Crane traps the headless man in a subterranean prison designed by Thomas Jefferson. When the headless man escapes, a Royal Arch triple tau can briefly be seen. [00:37:10] The triple tau is again seen in episode 11 "Vessel". [00:22:20] Thomas Jefferson is alluded to several times as aiding the Freemasons in their "occult war" although in fact he was not a Freemason. In season 2 episode 16 "What Lies Beneath", the all-seeing eye and pyramid from season 1 is seen again, identified with Jefferson [00:21:34] In the closing moments of Episode 9, "Sanctuary" an 1887 masonic poster by Pettibone Bros. is clearly visible. [00:40:45]
Although depicted in a positive light, Freemasonry is heavily fictionalized. In season 1 episode 12 "The Indispensable Man", Crane tells Mills:
"The Masons urge their brethren take their secrets into death. It's a rite dating back to the pharaohs of Egypt." [00:21:00]
Emblems and symbols are frequently misused. The emblem of the Sisterhood of the Radiant Heart, an eighteenth-century witches' coven purportedly allied with the Freemasons, inexplicably incorporates a pentagram. [01:08:40] Season 2 continues in a similar vein. In episode 1 "This is War" the set designer mis-uses a traditional warding sign, the pentagram, in Moloch's lair in Gehenna as a gateway to the mundane world. [00:28:45].

Sleepy Hollow, September 16, 2013 to March 31, 2017. Created by Alex Kurtzman, Roberto Orci, Phillip Iscove, Len Wiseman. Tom Mison, Nicole Beharie, Orlando Jones, Katia Winter, Lyndie Greenwood, James Frain, Tongayi Chirisa, Craig Parker, John Noble, Richard Cetrone, Alex Collins, Tim Holt, Jackson Beals, Parker Chapin. USA, English, 45 min., Dolby, Colour.


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