Why is it important that the Statue of Liberty hold a torch in her hand?
It is to demonstrate the power of light over darkness, of hope over despair, of
welcome over the forces of rejection. The torch of hope which the Statue
holds points the way through the darkest night, through the fiercest storms,
through the rages of war and the times of peace, through rain and snow, and
through all that would attempt to extinguish her light. She is invincible
because her strength comes from God. She is tireless, because her mission
comes from God. She is fearless, because she holds God's light in her torch
and knows its strength.
Why is it important that the Statue hold a tablet in her hand? Because
she upholds justice as well as liberty, and the tablet she holds affirms the
principles articulated in the Declaration of Independence - its date
emblazoned on the tablet: July 4, 1776. This tablet honors the fundamental
principles by which men must live and according to which they shall be
judged, namely, that "all men are created equal, endowed by their Creator
with the inalienable right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness." The
Statue of Liberty upholds these principles symbolized by her tablet, while also
upholding the victory of hope against all forces of oppression that shall
attempt to undo them.
Why does she wear a crown of seven rays on her head? It is to signify
the seven rays of God that manifest the physical Universe and the
consciousness of souls. These seven rays are aspects of consciousness which
Liberty has mastered or contains. They are the foundation for her thought,
her awareness, and they link her in each of the seven ways with the
consciousness of God.
Why does she wear a flowing gown? She is dressed in this garment of
mythology and antiquity to show her majesty and authority as well as her
relationship with goddesses of the past. The timelessness of her gown points
to her own timelessness - her linking of past, present, and future. Her crown
also symbolizes majesty, and along with the gown reveals her Divine origin
and eternal mission - to be the source of light and hope for mankind.