The Masonic Ladder of Three Rounds

Q. What is the signification of the ladder of three rounds, and why is it represented as leading up to the "seven stars," or Pleiades?

A. This emblem is clearly but a modification of the ladder of the Mysteries, consisting, as we have seen, of seven rounds— and is of the same general astronomical meaning. The sun, when ascending from the winter solstice to the vernal equinox, the constellation Taurus Q^l, and the Pleiades, or seven stars, situated therein, passes successively through three signs of the zodiac, to wit, Aquarius Pisces (H), and Aries i^).

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