Philadelphia’s one ton Liberty Bell was cast in London in 1753 and used for many years to signal announcements or alert the town to danger. The Liberty Bell is believed to be among the bells that rung on July 8, 1776, as the American Declaration of Independence was read for the first time.
In weights and measures, the bell is exactly 2,080 pounds (10 – Wheel of Fortune), with a 44.5 (13 – Death) pound clapper. It is 12 feet in circumference (12 – Hanged Man). It is 75% copper (12 – Hanged Man) and 25% tin (25 translates to 7 – The Chariot), and is famous for its “crack.”
There is a Liberty Bell reproduction in Salem, Oregon, and another outside of Portland’s city hall. This page claims that 55 Liberty Bell reproductions were cast in 1950. This blog gives a little more history of the Portland bell in particular. Interestingly, Portland’s bell was blown up with a dynamite-based bomb in 1970. Perhaps even more interestingly, no one was arrested or charged with the crime.
Is it possible that the 1970 destruction of Portland’s Liberty Bell was related to disillusionment around the death of the previous Sun? Based on albums and books that came out around that time, I believe the previous “Sun” died or was abandoned sometime around 1969. (Assuming I have nothing better to do, like manage my career and money, I’ll probably write more about this later.)
Portland’s destroyed bell was replaced by the City and unveiled in 1975, about a year after Chris’ fateful time in Malibu, California. At that time, Neil Goldschmidt was Portland’s mayor, and San Francisco born Robert W. Straub had just been elected Governor of Oregon. Daniel Jackson Evans was Governor of Washington, in the midst of a three-term run (1965 – 1977). Evans represented the State of Washington in the U.S. Senate (83-89). Whether any of these events are more than coincidental remains to be seen. Certainly, as we later discovered, Neil Goldschmidt was harboring some troubling secrets.
Here is the proclamation found on the Liberty Bell:
PROCLAIM LIBERTY THROUGHOUT ALL THE LAND UNTO ALL THE INHABITANTS THEREOF LEV. XXV. V X.
BY ORDER OF THE ASSEMBLY OF THE PROVINCE OF PENSYLVANIA FOR THE STATE HOUSE IN PHILADA
PASS AND STOW
One of the interesting things about the Liberty Bell is the inscription from Leviticus 25:10: “Proclaim Liberty Throughout All the Land Unto All the Inhabitants thereof.” According to the Liberty Bell website, “this Old Testament verse refers to the ‘Jubilee’, or the instructions to the Israelites to return property and free slaves every 50 years.”
Leviticus 25 also gives more perspective on the numerology and the idea of the celebratory trumpet.
8 “‘Count off seven sabbath years—seven times seven years—so that the seven sabbath years amount to a period of forty-nine years. 9 Then have the trumpet sounded everywhere on the tenth day of the seventh month; on the Day of Atonement sound the trumpet throughout your land. 10 Consecrate the fiftieth year and proclaim liberty throughout the land to all its inhabitants. It shall be a jubilee for you; each of you is to return to your family property and to your own clan. …17 Do not take advantage of each other, but fear your God. I am the Lord your God.