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reply to post by KSigMason
write truth what checkered floor really means, or i'll explain
reply to post by thelonious2
Actually you are misrepresenting and taking it out of context. You must read the entire chapter to see what Pike was talking about. Pike is essentially saying those who deserve to be misled will be misled...often by their own bigotry and ignorance.
"The Mosaic Pavement is a representation of the ground floor of King Solomon's temple, and is emblematical of human life, checkered with good and evil.
As the steps of men are trod in the various and uncertain incidents of life, our days are variegated and checkered by a strange contrariety of events, and our passage through this existence, though sometimes attended by prosperous circumstances, is often beset by a multitude of evils, therefore is the Lodge furnished with Mosaic work, to remind us of the precariousness of our state on earth. Today our feet tread in prosperity; tomorrow we may totter on the uneven paths of weakness, temptation and adversity.
While this emblem is before us we are instructed to boast of nothing; to have compassion and to give aid to those who are in adversity; to walk uprightly and with humility; for such is this existence, that there is no station in which pride can be stably founded; all men, in birth and in the grave, are on a level.
While we tread on this Mosaic work, let our ideas return to the original, whence we copy, and let our every act be as the dictates of reason prompt us, to live in brotherly love."
(Source: The Kentucky Monitor; Grand Lodge of Kentucky, F&AM)
It's just a symbol. Sometimes a cigar is just a cigar.
An analgoue is available in the word "tree." Saying the word "tree" coveys many things simultaneously associated with "treeness" and "non treeness." I'm not familiar with masonic tradition...
ive read that the checkered floor refers to chess, the game of kings. Kinda symbolism for power and maneuvering before striking.
i could be wrong on this.
Here is the rub. If someone says 'tree' I may think of a Sequoia and you may think of a London Oak, who is right? Neither, since it was not fully explained what the person meant by saying 'tree'. In Masonry, as you are admittedly not familiar with the symbolism, each one is explained in the ritual as to its meaning. If an individual Mason chooses to add further meaning that is his prerogative. It does not however make his personal interpretation anymore valid than another's.
The MASON Checkered Black & White Floor... What does it mean?
Well to be quite honest, I think it means that they have bad TASTE in furnishings!
I could be wrong, since it is only my opinion.
Only long experience and reflection in application can teach the true meaning of a well chosen symbol.