Q. What is the probable antiquity of masonry?
A. There can be but little doubt that the Mysteries, from which, as we have seen, Freemasonry is the direct descendant, were first arranged when Taurus was on the vernal equinox, Leo at the summer solstice, and Scorpio at the autumnal equinox. The solar allegory, as handed down to us, shows this to be the fact. At the rate of the precession of the equinoxes is known, we can calculate when the vernal equinox was in Taurus. Such a calculation will take us back about four thousand two hundred and eighty years. The antiquity of masoniy is thus written on the face of the starry heavens—a record which utters no falsehoods.
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