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originally posted by: Sirstudly
a reply to: Astronomer62
Well, what an absolutely fascinating thread. Its been a pleasure to read. Thank you gents.
originally posted by: ADVISOR
a reply to: CanadianMason
Yes that's what I mean.
No, of course not, most fraternal Masonry is speculative, but notice it draws some lessons from the operative.
"Temper" your Passion
"square and compass"
An online quote says;
"Operative and speculative Masonry
In Freemasonry we discuss two kinds of masonry Operative and Speculative. By definition the term Operative means "functioning; having effect". Operative masons were those who actually worked with stone. ... Speculative by definition means "engaged in, expressing, or based on conjecture rather than knowledge."
All I'm saying is that lessons of each form can be utilized for self improvement.
We wouldn't have speculative masonry if operative didn't exist first right. Chicken and the egg, maybe?
is a symbol of Divine Providence...the symbol of Deity which represents: Omnipresence (the fact that the Creator is always present in our lives) Omniscience (the fact that the Creator both sees and knows everything about us, including our thoughts and the secrets of our hearts) ...And throughout history, the Masonic Blazing Star is an ancient emblem of faith which shines for each of us, no matter which specific religion we embrace.
"Osiris's coming was announced by Three Wise Men: the three stars Mintaka, Anilam, and Alnitak in the belt of Orion, which point directly to Osiris's star in the east, Sirius (Sothis), significator of his birth." Barbara Walker, The Woman's Encyclopedia of Myths and Secrets (749)