Washington, D.C. - Scandal is a TV series and can be categorised as a political thriller/drama which is fast pace and very entertaining as it was cleverly written to allow almost all the characters thus far to have some form of an agenda.
The plot takes place around the Washington, D.C. area but more specifically the White House and around its president. Olivia Pope (Kerry Washington) is a former White House Communications Director for the President of the United States who has left to start her own crisis management firm, Olivia Pope & Associates. To spice things up a bit she becomes romantically involved with the president.
This article does not seek to glorify the TV series, but to also point out some symbols which are almost common place and might have have specific meaning. The writers, producers, and directors have seen it fit to deal with sex head-on and have vivid images of heterosexual, and homosexuals involved in the sex act portrayed.
The series, as had been stated before, is Washington based, and has the tendency of always flashing of images around Washington especially the Washington Monument which is known to be an obelisk, or Cleopatra's Needle. Other obelisks can also be found in the City of London, and believe it or not, the Vatican in Rome.
The obelisk symbolized the sun god Ra, and during the brief religious reformation of Akhenaten was said to be a petrified ray of the Aten, the sundisk. It was also thought that the god existed within the structure (wikipedia). The structure also involved in Phallic worship, worship of the reproductive powers of nature as symbolized by the male generative organ (remnantofgod.org).
What is also common place in the series especially in the first, second and third series thus far is another symbol referred to in some places as the Eight Step Path of Enlightenment, which is a circle divided into eight sections, with a smaller circle at its centre. Again this symbol can also be found in the Vatican at Rome.
Eight Step Path of Enlightenment shown as window at the top left.
The Eight Step Path of Enlightenment is found chiefly in the room of the two male homosexuals, and is shown when they are interacting. This symbol is the opposite of the male generative organ, and therefore represents the female generative organ. It is certainly interesting that it was cleverly placed in the room with the homosexuals.
Eight Step Path of Enlightenment shown as window at the centre.
It is therefore not surprising that this series which focuses so much on sex would also send subliminal messages with Obelisk of Washington and the Eight Step Path of Enlightenment.