3-5-7-9 Steps Of the Porch of Solomon's Temple
Rough Ashlar/Clay into perfect Ashlar
The First 3 Steps in Order are:::
1st Step (Beauty)= EA : Entered Apprentice : Junior Warden - Tools (24 inch Gauge :::Working Tool:::- is emblematical of the twenty-four hours of the
day, Which they are 3 divisions of 8,8 & 8 of the hours of the day and Night to total 24 hours) = Passively And the other (Gavel :::Working Tool::
is used Actively. One is a tool of measurement and calculation, while the other is one of force. One tool decides what to keep, while the other gets
rid of the rest.
2nd Step = FC (Strength): Fellowcraft : Senior Warden - Tools (Plumb, Plumb-Line, The Plumb Rule :::Working Tool::
= Up means up, right means
straight; an upright man is one who stands straight up and down, doesn’t bend or wobble, has no crooks in him, like a good solid wall that won’t
cave in under pressure. "The line teaches the criterion of rectitude, to avoid dissimulation in conversation and action, and to direct our steps in
the path which leads to immortality." This idea of the immortal life was always connected in symbology with that of the perpendicular-something that
rose directly upward.
3rd Step = MM : Master Mason (Wisdom) : Worshipful Master - Tools (Square :::Working Tool::
= As a symbol it refers to the earth, for so long a time
supposed to be square in shape; as a working tool, it refers to all those forces by means of which one prepares himself to fit into his own proper
place in the Brotherhood, like a Perfect Ashlar in a wall. (Trowel :::Working Tool::
= Perfect Ashlar/Clay
Note: In Masonry the Three Great Lights are the Gauge, Plumb & Square.
The Next set of 5 Steps in Order are:::::
- 4th Step Tuscan (Hearing) - First Candidate then Entered Apprentice
- 5th Step Doric (Seeing) - The Doric Worshipful Master is so positioned as to open and govern the Lodge by ::Wisdom::.
- 6th Step Ionic (Feeling) - The Ionic Senior Warden is so positioned as to give ::Strength:: to the Worshipful Master and so to be the resource to
which the Worshipful Master, and the craft of the Lodge as a whole, can draw upon to assure just support and due payment.
- 7th Step Corinthian (Smelling) - By his position the Corinthian Junior Warden is best able to observe the time and call the craft from and to labor
or refreshment in accordance with what Wisdom dictates and hence be the ::Beauty:: and Glory of the day.
- 8th Step Composite (Tasting) -
The Center Three are of Greek Origin
The Roman Origin is all that remains
Wisdom to Contrive; Strength to Support; and Beauty to adorn all great and important
Wisdom is Informed Choice that is of Supreme Benefit.
Strength is Useful Resource provided by a Supreme Benefactor.
Beauty is Craftsmanship Realized and the result of Applied Craftsmanship. Craftsmanship is the rendering of Supremely Beneficial results which
function physically and spiritually.
The Doric,Ionic and Corinthian Orders. Are in the East, West and South. To Support the Lodge
The Next set of 7 Steps in Order are:::::::
The Liberal Arts
- the Mysterious Kadosh Ladder of 7 steps ascent and 7 steps descent?
The first support on the right is called O.E. (Oheb Eloah) (love of God)?
The second support on the left is called O.K. (Oheb Kerobo)(love of one's neighbour)?
9th Step (Grammar)
10th Step (Rhetoric)
11th Step (Logic)
12th Step (Arithmetic)
13th Step (Geometry)
14th Step (Music)
15th Step (Astronomy)