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They have, of some important particulars Astrology was a leading branch of astronomy as cultivated by the Egyptians. The first six signs of the zodiac, counting from the vernal equinox forward toward the autumnal equinox, may be divided into three parts, typical of the first three degrees of masonry. If we count from the first point of Aries forward 60 , we reach and include Taurus. These two are typical of the first degree, and the unskilled workmen who labored at the preparation of the...

Taurus And Tau Cross

The first of these is the original hieroglyphic picture of the head and horns of a bull the second is the astronomical sign of Taurus, and, as such, for astronomical purposes has retained that form, probably because so seldom thus used in comparison to its subsequent employment as a letter the third shows the transition of the second into the fourth, after it began to be used alphabetically, and is one form of the Greek letter tau the last is the Greek and Roman capital tau, which is identical...

Why Reprint this Book

This work was not reprinted (despite Brown's explanation for writing it) to be a defense of Freemasoniy. It is reprinted to be a tool to help free shackled minds minds constrained by thought patterns ignoring the obvious and seeking deep meanings when original meanings are the truth. Nineteenth-century Socialists and Communists believed that raising the consciousness of the people would cause uprisings to force governments to change to Socialism or Communism. The real solution is simpler. To...

The Equinoctial Points

Equinoctial Points

These are the points where the sun crosses the celestial equator, which he necessarily does twice in his yearly circuit of the zodiac, at two opposite points, distant from each other in space 180 , and in time six months. The point where the sun crosses in spring, coming north, is called the vernal or spring equinox and the other, where he crosses six months afterward, going south, is called the autumnal equinox. At these periods the days and nights are equal, and that is the reason why they...

The Circle Embordered by Two Parallel Lines

In every lodge may be seen a certain point within a circle embordered by two parallel lines. Have masons lost the true meaning of this emblem A. The astronomical signification of this emblem is so apparent that it seems to have forced itself upon the attention of many intelligent masons. Dr. Oliver, in his Dictionary, says The symbol of a point within a circle has sometimes been invested with an astronomical reference. Thus it said that the point in the circle represents the Supreme Being,...

The Northeast Corner and the Corner Stone

Why is, or ought to be, the first stone of any building laid in the northeast corner A. The ancients believed that the movements, conjunctions, and position of the heavenly bodies influenced not only the destiny of nations, but of individuals, and regulated all the affairs of life. Their temples were dedicated to the worship of the sun, and the whole process of their erection, from the laying of the first stone up to their completion, as well as all the details of the architecture, had...

Sheaf Of Wheat Hanging By A River

When any of the fugitives attempted to cross over, they were commanded to say shibboleth, but, as they could not frame to pronounce it right, and said sibboleth, they were discovered and slain, to the number of forty-and-two thousand. This latter interpretation Dr. Oliver thinks to be the true one. He says, Such is the historical account of the warfare of Jephthah with the Ephraimites, and the reputed origin of the symbol and its interpretation, because the...

Its Connection With The Solstitial And Equinoctial Points

The summer solstice was celebrated as a great solar festival by all the ancient nations whose religion had a solar foundation. The day when the sun was thus reached his highest northern declination, and mounted to the summit of the circle of the heavens, when, according to the teachings of astrology, he entered his own house among the stars, would naturally be pronounced propitious and fortunate by the diviners, soothsayers, and astrologers. As the temples always faced the east, so as to catch...

The Royal Arch

It may be defined in nearly the same words as the lodge, and is no less than the starry vault of heaven, or great zodiacal arch, reaching from the vernal to autumnal equinox. A. By three of the cardinal points of the zodiac being the equinoctial points at the base and solstitial point at the summit. Q. Of what are these three points emblematic A. Like the three pillars of the lodge, they are emblematic of Wisdom, Strength, and Beauty. Dr. Oliver, in his Dictionary of Symbolical Masonry,...

Pillars Of The Porch

The description of the pillars, as given in the Bible, also renders it probable that they had no globes upon the top of their capitals, as none are mentioned. This idea of surmounting the pillars with globes arose, no doubt, from a misconstruction of the word pommels, as used in 2 Chron. 4 12-13, or the word bowls, in 1 Kings 7 41. That these pommels, or bowls, were not in any sense academic globes, such as adorn the masonic columns, is evident from the fact that they were covered with network,...

The Masonic Ladder Of Three Rounds

Masonic Ladder Three Rounds

These three signs are therefore emblematically represented by a ladder of three principal rounds, by means of which the sun climbs up from the point of his lowest southern declination to the vernal equinox and the seven stars in Taurus. The foregoing is the emblem of the masonic ladder as generally represented see Monitors . The diagram following will show how perfectly the explanation of its meaning, as given above, agrees with all the facts of astronomy, and how significant and beautiful the...

Hiram Abif

In them Hiram Abif appears both as an authentic and a mystical personage, he is not only the cunning craftsman employed by King Solomon to beautify and adorn the actual temple, but also an emblematic being, representing the sun, who, by his magnetic power, raises the Royal Arch of heaven, and beautifies and adorns the terrestrial and celestial spheres, for which reason his name has a twofold meaning, significant of both characters. It is also true that to some extent the life and conduct of the...

The Beautiful Virgin Of The Third Degree

Season when the sun enters that sign. This figure of the goddess Rhea, it will be seen, resembles somewhat the virgin of Cross, standing by the broken column, holding in her hand a sprig of acacia instead of the spikes of wheat. Rhea was the daughter of Sky and Earth Coelus and Terra . She was also the mother of Jupiter and wife of Saturn, also known as Kro-nos, or Time. This would quite naturally permit the association of the figure of Saturn and his scythe or Time with that of the virgin. In...

Part Third

Astronomical Explanation of the Emblems, Symbols, and Legends of the Mysteries, Both Ancient and Modern, and the Lost Meaning of Many of Them Restored The Ladder of Seven Rounds The Masonic Ladder of Three Rounds 113 The Zodiacal Faith, Hope, and The Three The Winding Corn, Oil, and The Blazing The Rite of The Masonic Festivals The Circle Embordered by Two Parallel Lines The The All-Seeing Masonic Masonic Significance of the Zodiacal Signs The Beautiful Virgin of the Third Fiction of the...

The Solstitial Points

The solstitial points refer to the movement of the sun, north of the equator in summer and south of it in winter. They are the points marking the extreme northern and southern limits of this movement of the sun. The summer solstice, when the sun comes farthest north, is at present in Cancer, and the winter solstice, or his extreme southern limit, is in Capricor-nus. The distance of the sun north and south of the equator is called his northern or southern declination. When the sun reaches either...

Mysteries Of Libra

This constellation is anciently represented by the figure of a man or woman holding a pair of scales. The human figure is omitted in all Arabian zodiacs, as it is held unlawful by the believers in the Koran to make any representation of the human form. In our zodiac, also, the balance only is depicted, probably because we received the zodiac from the Arabians. This constellation may be distinguished by a quadrilateral of four stars, but it contains none of great brilliancy. In the Hebrew zodiac...

Scorpio

This constellation has some resemblance, in the grouping of its stars, to the object after which it is named. It is a very conspicuous object in the evening sky of July. In its general form it resembles a boy's bow kite, the tail of which forms that of a scorpion, and is composed of ten bright stars. The first of these, near the point of the triangle forming the body of the kite, is Antares. It is a brilliant red star, resembling the planet Mars. In the Hebrew zodiac Scorpio is referred to Dan....

Astromasonic Emblemsun In

This visible connection between the constellation Leo and the return of the sun to his place of power and glory, at the summit of the Royal Arch of heaven, was the principal reason why that constellation was held in such high esteem and reverence by the ancients. The astrologers distinguished Leo as the sole house of the sun, and taught that the world was created when the sun was in that sign. The lion was adored in the East and the West by the Egyptians and the Mexicans. The chief Druid of...

Taurus

This constellation is next to Aries in the zodiac, and is one of the most celebrated and splendid. The Pleiades are in Taurus, and near it is the magnificent constellation Orion, called Orus by the Egyptians. In that sublime chapter of the Old Testament, Job xxxviii, mention is made of these Canst thou bind the sweet influences of the Pleiades, or loose the bands of Orion Taurus, once seen and recognized in connection with Orion, is never forgotten. The Bull is represented as engaged in combat...

Masonic Words and Names

M. signify A. It has more than one collateral meaning, pronounced or written either forward or backward, but if divided into the radicals of which it is composed it will be found to signify the Fire-God or Quickening Fire i.e., the sun. Q. What does the word F. C. M. signify A. This word, if divided into its radicals, means the moon. Q. What does the word of a M. M. signify A. The roots of which it is composed signify the Benevolent God of Fire i.e., the sun...