The Royal Arch

Q. What is the Royal Arch?

A. 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.

Q. How is the Royal Arch supported?

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, informs us that the lodge is supported by three pillars, which are Wisdom, Strength, and Beauty; because no piece of architecture can be termed perfect unless it have wisdom to contrive, strength to support, and beauty to adorn.

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