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Annuit Coeptis

Mike McOrmond

Mike McOrmond

"Annuit Cœptis" is one of two mottos inscribed on the Great Seal of the United States of America. Most people carry this phrase with them everyday of their lives without recognizing its existence and meaning. It is printed on the back of every one dollar bill. The symbolism in the Great Seal is relevent to a consulting business because most people need help to recognize and fulfill their destiny.

Taken from the Latin words "annuo" (third-person singular present or perfect- "annuit"), "to nod" or "to approve", and "coeptum" (plural "coepta"), "commencement, undertaking", it is literally translated, "He approves (has approved) of the undertakings".

In 1782, Congress appointed a design artist, William Barton of Philadelphia, to bring a proposal for the national seal. Barton suggested a thirteen layered pyramid underneath the Eye of Providence. The draft mottos which Barton chose to accompany the design were "Deo Favente" ("with God's favor", or more literally, "with God favoring") and "Perennis" ("Everlasting"). The pyramid and Perennis motto had come from a $50 Continental currency bill designed by Francis Hopkinson. Barton explained that the motto alluded to the Eye of Providence: "Deo favente which alludes to the Eye in the Arms, meant for the Eye of Providence." For Barton, Deo (God) and The Eye of Providence were the same entity.

When designing the final version of the Great Seal, Charles Thomson (a former Latin teacher) kept the pyramid and eye for the reverse side but replaced the two mottos, using "Annuit Cœptis" instead of "Deo Favente" (and "Novus Ordo Seclorum" instead of "Perennis"). When he provided his official explanation of the meaning of this motto, he wrote: "The Eye over it [the pyramid] and the motto Annuit Cœptis allude to the many signal interpositions of Providence in favor of the American cause."

"Annuit Cœptis" is translated by the U.S. State Department, The U.S. Mint, and the U.S. Treasury as "He (God) has favored our undertakings."


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