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(5) Three, five, and seven.
According to tradition an E.A.'s Lodge consists of seven, a F.C.'s of five, and the M.M.'s of three. These numbers form the masonic progression of 3, 5, and 7; the 3 representing the Trinity, the 5 being the 5 elements (earth, water, air, fire and spirit), and the 7, the sum of 4 and 3 (earth and Heaven), square and triangle, the Seven Spirits, etc..
The number 7, beside being sacred, has also magical powers and is used accordingly in spells in every country throughout the world. 3 occurs almost as frequently in Magic, often as 3 groups of 3, and 5 is not uncommon also.
The compilers of the ritual as it now stands have done their best to find some reason for these numbers, but the less said about it the better.Of these comparisons only the third has the slightest claim to notice, - it would appear probable that the ancient ritual contained some reference to the arts and sciences as it can hardly be merely coincidence that the Seven Masters of Egyptian mythology were patrons of the same. (27)
As we learn of the 5 orders of architecture in the FellowCraft degree, so do we see another important architectural marvel and that is the arch. According to the Merriam-Webster Dictionary, an arch is a "curved structural member spanning an opening and serving as a support (as for the wall or other weight above the opening)." The word "arch" comes from the Latin term "arcus" meaning "to bow." Arches are said to have started appearing around the 2nd millennium B.C. and have been used by cultures across the world.
Aches are also symbolic of the sky. The blue sky reminds us of the values taught to us in the Blue Lodge and teaches us that these virtues should be as expansive of arch of heaven that above us. To the ancient Egyptians, the goddess Nut was the goddess of the sky. She was often represented as a nude women arching over the Earth. For the Greeks, Uranus was the god of the sky, which the Greeks saw a brass dome decorated with the cosmos. This arch of sky was also a favorite of the goddess of rainbows, Iris. In many mythologies the sky was seen as a vault, a dome, arching over the Earth.
Arches are gateways, symbols of transition and change. Arches are associated with doors, gateways, or supports of a bridge. It is through or by an arch that we gain passage to something beyond. This transitioning can be internal or external; internally as in a change of personality or perspective and externally as in change in location or career. Spiritually, the arch represents a gateway or transition between the two worlds. We are constantly transitioning through life and eventually we will come to face our final arch, one which we all must pass through, and meet our Creator.
originally posted by: KSigMason
You may also find this article of mine interesting: The Banners of Royal Arch Masonry
originally posted by: Observationalist
originally posted by: TerryDon79
a reply to: eisegesis
Care to at least give a summary of what you linked to? I'm not in the habit of downloading random things put up by random people.
Here is a bit of what your missing. there are many more fun pictures to look at too.
The tropical zodiak aligned with the fixed sidereal zodiak around 200 CE. but has since drifted 25°; i.e. this was when zero degrees tropical Aries aligned with 0° sidereal Aries. The vernal point currently resides at about 5° sidereal Pisces as it slowly moves toward the sidereal sign of Aquarius—thus we are completing the age of Pisces. We will formally enter the age of Aquarius when the vernal point precesses to 0° Aquarius—in about 360 years (5° x 72 yrs) from now (2000 C.E.). The vernal point is also called the Birthplace, or the Office of the Christos (point of the sun/son/soul)—governing the timing of the re-birth of soul consciousness into the world. lunarplanner.com/siderealastrology.html