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Originally posted by sabbathcrazy
Its not the highest degree...
Originally posted by driley
It does become frustrating after a time to provide the same information over and over to this board only to have yet another person come along and repeat the same error, requiring someone to, once again, state the truth.
Originally posted by driley
You may very well think that this is part of some grand plan. I tend toward the view that once the pattern of 3s was begun, it was carried out as often as possible for thematic consistency. You will, however, encounter other numbers also beloved by the Fraternity's system of symbols.
Originally posted by Son of Will
This is very interesting. I'm not usually one to give numerology a second glance... usually not even a first... but some numbers certainly do seem to hold profound significance to certain groups. You'll see 72 thrown around in holy texts & traditions all over the world, for example. It's a precessional number, as 72 is the number of years it takes for the 26,000 year cycle to move one degree exactly.
As for 33, I went looking and came across an interesting concept that links it back to geometry, which should come as no surprise. Picture the Star of David, or the six-sided star. You have three triangles on both sides, which combine to form a 33. Or it can be seen as two triangles, each with 3 sides, which when interlocked, become 33. The latter seems more appropriate, as the symbol represents the joining of two triangles.
It might be the entirely wrong path. Even if it's the right one, it still would beg the question of why that particular symbol?
Originally posted by lastzoroastrianleft
With discussion of Illuminati, if such an organization exists, You must realize that very few Masons, if Masons are involved with such an organization, are really involved in Illuminati activities. My personal opinion is that Illuminati probably does exist, and that they have "infultrated" their greatest enemies (FreeMasonry) in order to give the Fraternity a bad name and eventually take it over. Just like what happened to Russia as a whole (with the killing of the czars and the institution of the bolshevik communists and atheist regim, making the once great nation look like big bullies of the world).
Originally posted by arcanaOculus
yes the star of david is the number 33
Originally posted by CIAGypsy
driley, Masonic Light, or Saurus,
It would seem to me that each of those organizations offers a maximum degree that is a multiple of 3 in some manner (12, 18, 33, 99, etc...). Is this on purpose? Maybe because there are 3 points to the compass/square? Or is this simply a coincidence?