Mary Magdalene, The Light Bearer.
It is also by no surprise that both the Freemasons and Knights Templar have a special connection to Mary Magdalene. Mary is a misunderstood figure, rejected by the church, beloved by the Knights Templar and Freemasons who looked at her as a symbol of wisdom and struggle against the persecution of the church.
There are three main features on the Statue of Liberty that can be related to Mary Magdalene. The first being the crown with its seven spikes. The seven spikes are supposed to represent the seven seas and seven continents of the world, according to the Web sites of the National Park Service and the Statue of Liberty Club. But the seven has special links to Mary Magdalene, most notably the "seven devils" which were taken out of her in the bible. As seen on this website however, this was more likely to have been the activation of the seven chakras, either way the number seven is there. The second feature relates to the spikenard oil that Mary Magdalene has on most of her portraits in her small jar, which is used to annoint Jesus, is also significant. The word Spikenard in Hebrew is Nard and translates as Light, which fits perfect with the light from the torch that the statue of Liberty holds.
Another feature is the chains wrapped around the feet of The Statue of Liberty indicating a woman starved of freedom from her repressors. Its no secret that the church "authorities" have long considered Mary Magdalene a dangerous woman. They labelled her a prostitute then covered up the major role she had in the early establishment of Christianity. The Gnostics on the other hand held Mary Magdalene in high esteem and gave her the title of "light bearer".
There is also a theory that The Statue of Liberty is around six months pregnant which if true, could repersent the secret bloodline of Jesus and Mary Magdalene. In close inspection The Liberty Lady does ballon out somewhat at the mid-section but it is not clear cut. Having said that it does appear odd that with her powerful face, neck and muscular arms and the fact she is trim and fit that her robes should hang down in a straight line, not arc out at the midriff. Did Bartholdi intentionally build his statue to appear pregnant beneath the folds of her robe? Is this the freemasons hidden message of knowledge about the real Mary Magdalene?