“Vatican City, or Vatican City State, is a landlocked sovereign city-state whose territory consists of a walled enclave within the city of Rome, Italy. It has an area of approximately 44 hectares (110 acres), and a population of just over 800. This makes Vatican City the smallest independent state in the world by both area and population.
“Vatican City is an ecclesiastical or sacerdotal-monarchical state, ruled by the Bishop of Rome—the Pope. The highest state functionaries are all Catholic clergymen of various national origins. It is the sovereign territory of the Holy See (Sancta Sedes) and the location of the Pope’s residence, referred to as the Apostolic Palace.
“The Popes have generally resided in the area… since the return from Avignon in 1377, but have also at times resided in the Quirinal Palace in Rome and elsewhere. Previously, they resided in the Lateran Palace on the Caelian Hill on the far side of Rome from the Vatican. Emperor Constantine gave this site to Pope Miltiades in 313. The signing of the agreements that established the new state took place in the latter building, giving rise to the name of Lateran Pacts, by which they are known.” 10
Consider for a moment: the Vatican is not only its own city, it is its own sovereign government. It makes its own laws, has its own security force (the Vatican guard), and it is surrounded by a massive wall. It is quite possibly the largest, most richly ornate and extravagantly decorated place on earth — even its street drains are astonishingly fancy.
What ought to be even more alarming is that its decorations (especially its statuary) not only strongly harken back to those found among the ruins of ancient Greece and Rome, but also contain some highly pagan elements. Just two small examples of such include images of a sphinx and serpents 11.
Additionally, on the grounds outside the Vatican Museum there is an imposing piece of art: a large shiny gold-colored orb, which is cracked open in some parts, and within it is another shiny gold-colored orb (also cracked open and exposed down the middle) beginning to protrude out of it. Although expertly crafted, it is not a terribly pleasant-looking structure. Depending upon one’s perspective, it could appear to be a very foreboding eye. It could represent a hidden world concealed within an outward shell (a physical representation of the esoteric concealed behind the exoteric). It could also signify an inner-world being born out of an outer world.
If there’s anything I’ve learned in my research over the past six years, it is this: in Mystery Babylon there is no such thing as meaningless art — there is always very specific hidden meaning behind everything, which is clearly understood by some level of initiates. Regardless of how anyone else interprets its symbolism exoterically, there is undoubtedly an esoteric inner meaning to this disturbing golden globe artistic piece.