rancis Bacon was the integral leader and regenerater of a previous generation of Freemasons who developed a great interest in learning mythology and using symbols as part of their education. The "eye in the pyramid" is a well-known Masonic symbol.
Loosely translated, Annuit Coeptis means "He has given approval to our undertakings." This is in reference to the symbol of an eye above a pyramid (sometimes called the 'All seeing eye') which is a representation of the deity. Freemasonry was a clear influence on the Founding Fathers. The Novus Ordo Seclorum or New Order of the Ages was the beginning of this new spirit.
In the Novum Organum Bacon writes,
"...the Sun enters the palace and the privy alike and is not polluted thereby. We raise not a Capitol or Pyramid to the pride of man, but a Holy Temple in his mind on the model of the Universe, which model we imitate. For whatsoever deserves to exist deserves to be known, and knowledge is the image of Existence. Now the mean and the splendid alike exist..."