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Originally posted by DragonsDemesne
For instance, I read the first line as:
"The Tuscan is the most simple and solid (something something) It was invented in Tuscany whence it derives its name..."
The circle symbol I think is standing for the word 'order' or something similar in meaning.
(this is all just a guess based on 1337speak and my playing a lot of word games and puzzles in the past, and not from any masonic knowledge, but it makes sense to me)
Originally posted by davo2012
google books seems to have a digitized version, it appears to be the same book.
the link is
peace, or should i say pc...
The reason for such books is to help Masons memorize the ritual. Part of our oath is that we're not supposed to write any of it down, and in some states, they're really strict about learning "mouth-to-ear". But some people don't learn well verbally and need a visual reference, or sometimes people can't get together in person to go over it again and again until it's memorized, so such books were published to help a Mason who had some familiarity with what was supposed to be said to get the words in the right order, etc.
Originally posted by BRQuick
Thanks for the replies. I assumed it had to do with some kind of rituals or something like that. He has a few things underlined in it as well.