posted on Oct, 20 2013 @ 04:09 AM
reply to post by KSigMason
Really though, this made me laugh so much...I doubt anybody who comes here with these kinds of theories have ever actually picked up a book by an
actual mason, and read it within context. Show of hands? Beuller?
“Everywhere among the ancients the number three was deemed the most sacred of numbers…In all the mysteries, from Egypt to Scandinavia, we find
a sacred regard for the number three…” It was…a general character of the mysteries to have three principal officers and three grades of
initiation. In Freemasonry, the ternary is the most sacred of all the mystical numbers.” ―Albert Mackey, Secretary General of the Supreme Council
of the Ancient and Accepted Rite for the Southern Jurisdiction of the United States, Encyclopedia of Freemasonry, 1879
“The number 3 is very important in Masonry and the occult…Thus we have three degrees, three great lights, three lesser lights, three principle
officers, three assistant officers, three sets of three working tools, three steps… three who rule a lodge, three Grand Masters, and three orders of
architecture.” ―John T. Lawrence in Perfect Ashalar and Other Masonic Symbols, 1912
“Jachin—the white pillar of light…Boaz—the shadowy pillar of darkness… the active and the passive…the sun and the moon.” —Manly
Hall, The Secret Teachings of All Ages
“The unity of opposites was first suggested by Heraclitus (ca. 535–475 BC) a pre-Socratic Greek philosopher.” ―Wikipedia
“In ancient times men fought with their right arms and defended the vital centers with their left arms…The right half of the body was
regarded…as offensive and the left half defensive…the right side of the body was considered masculine and the left side feminine.” —Manly
Hall, The Secret Teachings of All Ages
“The axis, which divides the world into two halves, one radiant and the other dark, also cuts through the human body and divides it between the
empire of light and darkness.” —Robert Hertz, The Pre-eminence of the Right Hand, 1909
“As is the case in many ancient and modern cultures, the right side was deemed to be more auspicious than the left…The texts speak of the
king’s powerful right hand; the right ear is associated with hearing and wisdom; and the right eye is the more important, with the right eye of the
god of the heavens being the sun and the moon the left…During the Old Kingdom, the male figure often stands or sits to the right of the female…”
―Richard Wilkinson, Symbol & Magic in Egyptian Art
“…only by the reconciliation of opposing forces is the Pathway made to true occult knowledge and practical power…” —Israel
For then the two become one and the circle has become squared..
“By the mere fact of being in this dualistic world every living being, whether a Mason or not, walks upon the square pavement of mingled good
and evil in every action of his life…he who aspires to be master of his fate and captain of his soul must walk upon these opposites in the sense of
transcending and dominating them… He must become able to rise above the motley of good and evil, to be superior and indifferent to the ups and downs
of fortune, the attractions and fears governing ordinary men and swaying their thoughts and actions this way or that. His object is the development of
his innate spiritual potencies, and it is impossible that these should develop so long as he is over-ruled by his material tendencies and the
fluctuating emotions of pleasure and pain that they give birth to.” ―W.L. Wilmshurst, The Meaning of Masonry
“Unfortunately our Western mind, lacking all culture in this respect, has never yet devised a concept, nor even a name, for the union of
opposites through the middle path, that most fundamental item of inward experience…” —Carl Jung, Anima and Animus
Now, what does any of this have to do with the compass and square some of you might ask? I'll show you..
When asked what the compass and square represent, most masons will say that they are both architect's tools used to teach symbolic lessons. Like what
kind of lessons? When used properly a compass will draw a perfect circle. Likewise, a square will draw; you guessed it, a perfect square. What do
these geometric symbols represent? Notice the word geometric there? The G in Freemasonry does not stand for God, it stands for Geometry, the
foundation of the world...
Since antiquity, the square symbol has represented the physical, and mortal body, while the circle represented the infinite and immortal soul.
However, the symbolism of the two overlapping is quite different. Once you create the geometric squared circle of Euclid's 47th problem, you will have
the union of opposites, the two becoming one, and the god above, reuniting with the animal below. This is the true goal of any real
holds the craft close to his heart.
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