King Solomon’s Lodge – Astrological and Esoteric Symbols
Ancient Masonry / Elbert Benjamin aka C.C. Zain
Based on Richardson’s Monitor of Freemasonry, 1860
The foundation stones in modern masonry are not only the principals of Faith, Hope and Charity, but also the use of the craft to re-build the initiate into a more compassionate, understanding and giving man. Using a euphemism often heard about masonry, we call it the art of “Making Good Men Better”. I like to refer to masonry as “A Finishing School for Men”.
But deeper still is the art of re-forming and re-molding a man’s soul, the “Enlightenment” of his Spirit and the practice of those qualities that bring a man closer to humanity and Deity. In our fraternity the ultimate symbol we use to exemplify this is the Temple of King Solomon. Today we are going to see some explanations of our ancient symbols that, to my experience are seldom discussed.
Who were the original masons? Starting with Sumerians in the Euphrates river valley, followed by the Semites and then their fusion into the Chaldeans we have had come down to us the word “igma” meaning wise or holy. The word “igma” transformed and became “mag”, coming from the Assyrian branch of the language of these peoples. Eventually this transformed yet again into the more easily recognizable name of “Magi”. Consequently this is where we get the words, Magic, Imagination and Mason.
These Magi of the East were considered Wise-Men, but they were mental and spiritual builders, not builders of physical things. So that when they built “there was not heard the sound of ax, hammer or any tool of iron in the house”. Their labor was wrought in imagery of thought or what we call “imagination”, coming from the same root word that the word “mason” comes from. The original Masons were Magi of Egypt and Chaldea and were the “Magicians” or “Wise-Men” as their named implied.
You will notice that I used a slide of Sufis, who are Islamic mystics. My studies have led me to believe that the Sufis are the inheritors of the ancient Magi traditions.
Slide-King Solomon’s Temple
For our purposes in masonry, we use a representation of King Solomon’s Temple to exemplify the physical and spiritual bodies of man. “Masonic Tradition” informs us that Masonic Brethren labored in the erection of this temple, and that during its building there was not heard the sound of ax, hammer or any tool of iron. I don’t believe that the metaphor is lost on any of us. We may surmise that the temple they built was a temple of the mind and spirit.
We could argue about the physical existence of Solomon’s temple, but I don’t believe any of us thinks for one minute that masons are building an actual temple when we enter into a Masonic lodge. I think we can all agree that we are using the metaphorical King Solomon’s Temple as a framework whereby we are constructing a new man on top of our old selves.
To that point, I am going to demonstrate how our Masonic King Solomon’s Temple is an actual physical and metaphysical framework upon which we build ourselves into better men and more spiritually actualized men.
The name Solomon can be understood as a compound word with multiple layers and meanings. “Sol” is the Latin name for the Greek sun god Phoebus, “Om” is the Hindu name for Deity, and “On” is, according to Old Testament translations, the name of an ancient Egyptian city, where the Egyptians worshiped “Atum” and “Ra”, their Sun Gods, later named Heliopolis by the Greeks after Alexander and Ptolemy conquered Egypt. It may seem a bit of a stretch, but when put altogether we get “Sol-Om-On who is the “Grand Master” in our masonic ritual and a fitting representation of the “Sun” or “Sol”.
Our Masonic Temple is described as a mansion of the sun, a representation of our Solar system, our physical and spiritual bodies and a representation of the universe as represented as a microcosm.
It is also a roadmap showing the path of initiation, from the basest of men to the most enlightened. The Ancient Masons used their collective observations of nature to instruct other men on how to elevate or “Raise” themselves above the other lower life forms.
The ancient “Magi” or “Masons” did exactly this when they chose to use a sacred space like a temple as the foundation to building better men. They used a structure that exactly imitated nature and also revealed the underlying framework that all of nature is built on, and in so doing revealed the nature of that creation and the foundation of the original and true religion.
Slide- “As Above, So Below”
“As Above, So Below”
The meaning of religion; religio can be separated as (re) = to go back, and (ligio) or (ligature) = to tie -to connect, or to bind. Thus religio or religion is to tie back or to reconnect. So religion ties us back to our roots, and the Ancient “Masons” or “Magi” used religion to bring man back to his roots or foundations. Those foundations were in the very stars that birthed all life. Therefore the original and true religion was the “Religion of the Stars”.
Ancient man learned through simple observation that day followed night and after many successions these days became seasons. This taught them the best times to hunt, fish and plant. Because of this they naturally became observers of time and keen astronomers. The most adept of these men became the “Watchers of Horus” or the watchers of hours. They became the initiates of the mysteries and the priests, the Ancient “Masons” and “Magi”.
Slide – Astrological Man
By using observations that covered immense frames of time these Ancient “Masons” or “Magi” began to detect and ascertain patterns in people and circumstances in the world which correlated to different celestial combinations in the heavens. These celestial patterns seemed to have some influence and impact on people and circumstances. Even if the evidence was only circumstantial and coincidental, it was none the less apparent.
This system of “observation” then evolved into the “Sacred Science of Astrology”.
It was by this methodology that the Ancient “Masons”, the “Magi” began to ascribe details and influences to different parts of the canopy of heaven to their counterparts on earth. This was the work of building the “Temple of the Sun”, “that house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens”.
In doing this they described the heavens in terms they easily recognized and understood and they used animals, from which we derived the word Zodiac, and objects they understood to describe the constellations and their correspondences to every aspect of life on earth and in our bodies.
By this process they were able to identify every part of man and man’s life and ascribe it to a part of the heavens and the constellations. So when they built their temples they were copies of themselves and the observable universe that they understood. Every part connected and corresponded to every other part.
Slide – “As Above, So Below”
So the Temple of Solomon that we have inherited is the same temple that the Ancient “Masons” or “Magi” constructed, and it is an exact copy of the observable universe and our bodies.
The Temple of Solomon is a perfect design and reveals the Will of Deity. Through thorough observation and understanding we can apply the lessons taught and discern that Divine Will and apply it to our lives, to better ourselves and better serve others. We practice the Religion of the Stars when we practice the Masonic lessons taught to us by the Grand Master of King Solomon’s Temple.
Quote from C.C. Zain
“To the mind of the Ancient Mason, the physical sun, the center of our system, from which the earth receives the requisite grade of force necessary of every terrestrial manifestation of power, organic and inorganic, vital and physical; was but the emblem of the Spiritual Sun, which exerts the degree of celestial energy, which in matter becomes occult force, and in man becomes Will and Mental Power.”
Slide – The Two Pillars
The Two Pillars:
Describe Polarity / The One Great Law of the Universe. This One Law manifests as centripetal and centrifugal forces/Repulsion and Attraction/Spirit and Matter
Right Pillar is called Jachin: He that Strengthens/ the Royal Sun returning from the Southern Declination and rising above the eastern horizon which brings renewed strength after winter/ which is the Male Influence.
The Left Pillar is called Boaz: Source of Strength/ It represents the passive and inert North. It is the Left Side of the Gateway of the Rising Sun which attracts the sun northward, while feminine in nature by its attractive power.
The Ever-Active Masculine, Jachin seeking that source of Strength becomes the Strengthener.
The Ancient “Masons” and “Magi” used the obvious when ascribing male attributes to the Sun and feminine attributes as the Moon, as Solar worship has always had sex worship intertwined within it precepts. This was done in recognition of the most sacred of deific attributes, the power of Life, the Creative Ability. The Sun is the source of all power and the Moon is the Mother of Manifestation.
Boaz in our ritual signifies “Strength” and Jachin signifies “to Establish”.
Slide – The Plumb
The Masculine Symbol/ the Plumb/ Electric:
Embodying the representation of the Sun exerting its greatest power vertically, the Plumb is the symbol of the masculine principle in nature. Abbreviated it is the Vertical Line. The Plumb is the Jewel of the Junior Warden, who stands in the South, which represents the “Sun at Meridian Height”.
Slide – The Level
The Feminine Symbol/ the Level/ Magnetic:
The Horizontal is said to represent the passive, negative or inert principal. The Level is the symbol that embodies this and can also be represented as the Horizontal Line. The Level is the Jewel of the Senior Warden, who stands in the West, where the “Sun sets at the close of Day”.
Slide – The Cross
The Symbol of Union/ The Cross /Earth:
The Earth is the considered the Womb of Nature, the point where the electric rays of the Sun meet and are embraced by the magnetic rays of the Moon and this is represented by the Cross. In the Lodge this place would be represented by the Altar, where the Book of Law is placed and where the obligations are taken.
Slide – Symbols Combined
All of these symbols combined:
The basic symbols of the vertical line, the horizontal line, the cross, sun and the moon embodies all of the mundane and esoteric symbols needed to exemplify a vast array of celestial influences imparted on the world, man and all of earth’s creatures.
Slide – Astrological Square
Astrological Significance of the Square:
The angles which the rays of the Sun, Moon and Planets meet the Earth were found to have an influence upon life and mundane affairs. In astrological calculations it is necessary to take and make measurements. The most basic is “Declination” which is a measure of an angle in respect to the plane of the Ecliptic, giving “Celestial Latitudes”.
The other important measurement is that of the angles of Longitude or “Aspects” of the Planets from one another. The Ancient “Masons” or “Magi” used Euclid’s Square to make these measurements, because it is used to calculate angles in 1 plane of geometry.
Slide – The Square
“The Square being an instrument suited to the measurement of plane surfaces embodies the idea of a Vertical Line, or Positive Force, meeting a Horizontal Line, or Negative Force at an angle which is measured in a single plane.” C.C. Zain
Squares in Astrology signify forces in conflict to one another; typically this is interpreted as male in influence. Thus the Square represents a male force.
Slide – Astrological Compass
Astrological Significance of the Compass:
To trace curved orbits of planets and their “Inclination” to one another we use the Compass. Due to the fact that the Sun, Moon and the planets travel (as observed from Earth) along different paths along the Celestial Equator this creates what is termed a “Declination” from one another.
“…the Compass, being an instrument used to draw circles, embodies the idea of a Male force meeting a Female force at an angle, this angle being measured in different planes. The “Right” leg of the compass indicates a Male force and the “Left” leg indicates a Female force. Thus, when the compass is seen with the right leg superimposed at their juncture, it indicates masculine supremacy; while when the left leg is uppermost, the feminine principle is shown to be dominant.” C.C. Zain
Slide – Different Representations of the Square and Compass
Different Representations of the Square and Compass:
As a result of the ever changing aspects and angles of the planets, the Sun and the Moon, the vertical rays of these bodies form spiral paths upon the surface of the Earth. The celestial bodies coming together in different combinations and angles, creates lines of force that impact the planet and its inhabitants. The Ancient Magi began to understand this and secreted this knowledge away in their rituals and through the ages some of this knowledge has found its way into our modern lodges, but to find it takes diligent search and questioning.
Slide – Spiral
The word ‘Spiral” and the word “Spirit” derived from the Latin word “Spira” meaning, to breath.
“From the spiral motion of the orbs, which, as I have previously indicated, causes the succession of the seasons and the various results which follow, comes forth all terrestrial life manifestations.” C.C. Zain
Slide – 3rd Arcanum – Gimel
“In Ancient Masonry this union (the Square and Compass) of zodiacal motion and the declination was symbolized by the union of the compass and the square. Additionally to indicate the germination of physical life generated by this motion there was added another symbol, the “S”, the symbol of the serpent which typified the generative act. Later the 3rd letter of the Hebrew alphabet was used, Gimel. It is the hieroglyph for the zodiacal sign Libra, the Scales. It symbolic meaning is exemplified in the 3rd Arcanum of the Egyptian Tarot and is represented by a pregnant woman.” C.C. Zain
Slide – Orphic Egg – Gimel
Slide – Squares & Compasses
The Square placed below the Compass is typical of purely physical union of sexes. In astrology inharmonious aspects all constitute a portion the square or 90 degrees. – Semisquare (45) – Square (90) – Sesquisquare (135) and Double Square or Opposition (180). The right Angle is a symbol of discord and strife. In Masonry this typifies the Entered Apprentice Degree.
“The Compass placed above the Square is typical of the higher union of souls in which reciprocal love is the chief factor, and which thought of gain form no part.” C.C. Zain
In Masonry this typifies the Master Mason Degree.
The male and female arms of the Compass should make an angle of 60 degrees. In astrology this is referred to as a “Sextile” (*). The “Sextile” is used to denote harmony and joy and the benefic aspects related to it are the Semisextile (30) – Sextile (*, 60) – Double Sextile or Trine (120).
Slide – Footprint of King Solomon’s Temple
The Footprint of King Solomon’s Temple and Key to the 32 Degrees of Masonry:
12 Zodiacal Signs are equivalent to 12 letters of the divine alphabet. They are the consonants used in the language of the stars. The 10 planets are the equivalent to the vowels. In addition the ancients ascribed numeric value to characters of the alphabet, so they held that 10 completed one whole cycle. This gave the Ancient Masons 32 kinds of material to work with in determining astrological influences. All of these symbols were determined to have specific natures and qualities and so also had terrestrial correspondences. The emblems that were chosen to express these qualities and correspondences were not chosen arbitrarily, but every care was taken to so that they may be expressed in a simple notation. The symbols chosen were designed to clearly express the import of the individuality and the influence of each heavenly orb.
Slide – Planets
Each of these symbols holds different keys to the mundane and the esoteric and have a relation to the here and now and the hereafter with regard to the development of the soul. Our ancient brethren used these symbols to mark important developments in human character and the attainment of immortality. Today we call them astrological symbols and for the most part their true meaning has been disregarded out of ignorance or perverted for gain, so that the true essence of their import has been lost to only a few.
Slide- Planets – Modern Symbols
Slides – Planets – Hermetic Symbols
Slide – Modern & Hermetic Planets
The hopes of the Ancient “Masons” and “Magi” were that because of the universality of the symbols they used, they would be able to be understood by the astute observer of nature in any age, even if the collapse of civilizations should over take the original craftsmen. So the study of Ancient Masonry becomes a study of symbols.
The symbol of the crescent symbolizes the soul, the cross signifies matter and the circle signifies spirit. By the various arrangements of these symbols we can be discerned the character of the planetary signs. Further, by knowing in which signs they reside, the houses where they fall, and the aspects they have to one another, we can begin to measure and observe their influence in the various areas of life where they impinge.
Slide – Hermes
Masons are told over and over that craft is full of symbols and that each of us is given to our own interpretation. I have argued that this is a disservice to our newly initiated brothers. It becomes incumbent on those of us who study more deeply to guide and mentor our brothers, so that they may gain a better understanding of the themselves, the craft and the debt they owe to the Great Architect for development of their own spirits, and to our Ancient Brethren who worked so hard under the burden of ignorance from their peers and under the pain of persecution and death to bring this knowledge to us.
Once a clear foundation is established and the principals are learned there is no fate that cannot be governed through proper observation and preparation. We are the Masters of our own Fates, if we use the tools and take responsibility for our own spiritual development.
Slide – The Two Keys of Knowledge: The Gold and Silver Keys:
“Occultism is the science of hidden forces, and the art of subjecting such forces to human control.” C.C. Zain
King Solomon’s Temple has two sets of doors; the outer doors and a second set of two doors that lead to its oracle. The door on the right is only opened with the Gold Key. The door on the left is opened by the Silver Key. These keys when turned right to left in the outer doors must be turned left to right to unlock the inner doors to the oracle.
Astronomy is the “Written Law” and the “Golden Key”, which is Astrology, is the key used to interpret the “Written Law”. The “Golden Key” unlocks the door of positive knowledge in King Solomon’s Temple.
The “Oral Law” was formulated by the Ancient “Masons” and “Magi”, and constructed in such a manner that it is incomprehensible to the vulgar and uninitiated. The “Silver Key” to the “Oral Law” is the Sacred Tarot, or Book of Thoth.
The “Golden Key” and the “Silver Key” have a duplicate correspondence, albeit one has a masculine and positive force, while the other has a female and passive force.
“At the death of Moses the sun was eclipsed and the Written Law lost its splendor, and at the death of David the moon diminished and the Oral Law was tarnished.” Zohar
Slide – Tarot – The Royal Path
In addition to the hieroglyphs and symbols used to display the signs, planets and numbers there was an esoteric interpretation developed and these were engraved on separate tablets. In ancient Egypt these 32 tablets were called the Royal Path of Life, from “Tar” meaning the “Path” and “Ro” meaning “Royal”. What we today call the “Tarot”.
“Each of these tablets relates to a distinct potency of the human soul, and to one of the essential steps that the neophyte must take to reach the climax of human possibilities and become and exalted adept, heir of the Angels, who may realize while yet in the flesh his “Self-Conscious Immortality”.” C.C. Zain
Slide – 1st Degree Esoterica:
Entered Apprentice and the Planets:
The ground floor of the Grand Master King Solomon’s Lodge is actually a depiction of the earth taken from an astrological perspective, with King Sol in the sky above and the walls of heaven coming down on all sides to meet the visible horizon.
The lodge room is situated facing due east and west and the north is always considered to be in shadow. All of the mundane houses of an astrological chart are represented and so too are the celestial globes.
When opening a Lodge of Entered Apprentices there must be present a Past Master and at least six apprentices. Each apprentice is an officer and each of them represents a planet and the influences that they impart.
Slide – Primary Celestial Symbols:
The Sun: Drawn as the circle circumscribing the dot. Symbolizes the vital, creative and positive attributes in nature, and its vibrations are electric and rule the vital force in man. It is the Father of all in the solar system.
The Moon: Drawn as the Crescent. Its energy nourishes and is reflective of the Sun’s energy and it rules the magnetic currents in life. It represents the formative attributes of the astral world. The moon gives form to all life and she is considered the Mother of all manifestation within the solar system.
The Earth: Drawn as the Cross circumscribed by the Circle. It is the place where active forces meet and cross one another. It is negative and mediumistic, and has no power of its own. It is the matrix where the other forces develop. It is the place where electric and Magnetic forces meet at cross purposes and this is signified by abrupt angles, discord and inertia.
The disc of the Sun is the symbol of Spirit, the Crescent the symbol of the Soul, and the Cross is the symbol of the Body. In astrology the Sun rules Individuality, the Moon rules Mentality and the Ascendant rules the Personality.
Slide – Officers and Planets: Saturn – Treasurer
The Treasurer symbolizes by the planet Saturn, which is symbolized by the Crescent surmounted by the Cross of Matter. This signifies that emotions and aspirations are subservient to material and self-centered ambitions.
Saturn is connected to coldness and contraction and concreteness. He typifies the Blue Ray of the solar spectrum and rules over the bones, teeth and the spleen in the human body.
Saturn is well placed in the northeast of the Lodge in a place of coldness, misery and death. The treasurer and the physical body correspond to Saturn and is said represent man’s material form.
Slide – Jupiter – Secretary
The Secretary symbolizes the Cross of matter surmounted by the Crescent of the Soul, which is the reverse of the symbol of Saturn. Jupiter expresses warmth, noble aspirations, generosity and good will toward all. He is representative of the Purple Ray of the solar spectrum and rules over the liver and the arterial system of the body.
Jupiter corresponds well to the etheric body and so corresponds to the Secretary of the lodge who sits to the left of the Master (Southeast) near his warmth and radiance.
Slide – Venus – Junior Deacon
The Junior Deacon symbolizes the planet Venus and is depicted by the Circle of Spirit surmounting the Cross of Matter. Venus is indicative of grace, blind love, art and beauty in all its forms. She is mirthful and pleasure seeking and because reason is absent she exhibits little moral power.
Venus typifies the Yellow Ray of the solar spectrum and rules over the internal sex functions and the venus system in the body. As the Sun/Sol is in the East and exemplifies male energy, Venus sits in the south (benefic) and west (feminine) of the lodge and she corresponds to man’s astral form.
Slide – Mars – Senior Deacon
The Senior Deacon symbolizes the planet Mars and is drawn in reverse of the symbol of Venus, with the Circle of Spirit surmounted by the Cross of Matter. His is driven by passion, force, destruction and is emblematic of war.
Mars is representative of the Red Ray of the solar spectrum and rules over the muscles and external sexual organs. He can be cruel, selfish and coarse and he corresponds to man’s animal soul.
Mars is positive and malefic and he sits in the east and the north of lodge. Mars/Senior Deacon is not as far north as the Treasurer and is recognized as less malefic than Saturn/Treasurer.
Slide – Mercury – Junior Warden
The Junior Warden symbolizes the planet Mercury and is drawn with the Crescent of the Soul surmounting the Circle of Spirit and this is surmounting the Cross of Matter. This indicates that soul and spirit have triumphed over sensation. Mercury natives are studious, conversant, and seekers of knowledge. He is the messenger of the gods.
Mercury expresses the Violet Ray of the solar spectrum and rules over the tongue, brain and the nervous system of the human body. The spiritual body is ruled by Mercury.
Mercury/Junior Warden represents the convertibility of sex and he sits midway between the East (male) and the West (female) and displays a benefic disposition.
In masonry he is exemplified by Hiram Abiff, the Chief Architect of the Work.
Slide – Moon – Senior Warden
The Senior Warden symbolizes the Moon and is drawn in the shape of the Crescent. It signifies the dominance of the emotional, plastic and enfolding qualities and she clothes the ideals of her more positive lord, the Sun.
She is the mould of all that is, ever was, ever will be and expresses the formative powers of the astral world. Luna is the goddess Isis.
The Moon expresses the Green Ray of the solar spectrum and rules over the breasts, stomach and fluidic systems in the human body.
The Moon/Senior Warden corresponds to the divine soul of man’s multiple constitution. The West is where this potent feminine energy sits opposing the Master’s male energy in the West.
In masonry he is exemplified by Hiram, King of Tyre, who supported the Most Excellent King Solomon with masons and materials, and paid their wages if any be due.
Slide – Sun – Worshipful Master
The Worshipful Master is symbolized by the Sun and is drawn in the shape of the Circle of Spirit, which has a dot in the Center of the disc. The Dot in the center of the Circle of Spirit denotes the limitless possibilities and powers.
Remember, “from a point to a line, from line to a superfice, and from a superfice to a solid.”
The Sun is the Father of all life, the controlling potency and source of all energy in the solar system. He is proud, majestic, combative, self-confident, magnanimous, kind and benign. The Sun is the Egyptian Osiris.
The sun corresponds to the Orange Ray of the solar spectrum and rules over the heart of man. The Sun/Worshipful Master corresponds to the ego in man’s hermetic constitution. Being seated in the East he is the Great Benefic Force.
In masonry he is exemplified as the most Excellent King Solomon, the son of King David, who fulfilled the promise made by God to David that the Holy House would be built.
Slide – The Cross – The Candidate
The Candidate is symbolized by the Cross within the Circle and represents the entity/place where the forces of the Seven Planets/Officers are imparted.
The initiate enters the lodge for instruction and under the influence and tutelage of the Planets/Officers is exposed to the experiences whereby he can raise his energy to create the “Perfected Man” and begin to build his Spiritual Body.
Slide – Why 7 Brothers?
Why 7 Must Be Present to Open an Apprentice Lodge:
“The lodge room being a ground plan of Solomon’s Temple indicates the material plane where all receive their first human initiation – where they encounter the tests and trials of everyday life.” C.C. Zain
“Man being a sevenfold creature, being incomplete and incompetent when any part of the seven are absent, so the lodge room, typifying man on the physical plane also is incomplete and incompetent unless the seven officers are all present.” C.C. Zain
To be capable of success in developing his Spiritual Body, the man/initiate shall be possessed of his seven constituent factors (spiritual factors), just as he needs all of his physical organs to successfully function on the physical plane.
Slide – The Charter
To open a Lodge of Entered Apprentices the Lodge must possess a charter or warrant from the Grand Lodge.
“Man, therefore as a copy of the Apprentice Lodge with its seven members, also must act under a warrant, or charter, from the Grand Lodge of the Solar System. The warrant, or “Chart of Birth”, is a map of the soul’s need for expression, and outlines unerringly the course it should follow. The “Chart(er)” indicates just the work the candidate must perform to make progress and receive initiation within the Lodge of Life.
It is only when man becomes familiar with the his chart and conforms his life and efforts to its mandates that he is able to escape the disapproval, and the consequent pain and suffering, from the Grand Stellar Lodge. It is only when he conforms his life to the music of the spheres as sounded at his birth, and either avoids the discords then sounded, or transmutes them into harmonies, that he lives to his best and reaches the highest degree of soul intuition.” C.C. Zain
The Core Teachings of Ancient Masonry Belie their Antiquity:
Reading and understanding of ancient history and archeology indicate that many of the fundamentals of the Craft originated from an even more remote past and was transplanted in several places and dispersed over many thousands of years. There are just too many coincidences spread out over many cultures that indicate an ancient forerunner. Regardless of epoch or place on the planet the fundamentals of Ancient Masonry have been spread all over the globe.
At the foundation are these common indicators. The principal and chief tenets of these spiritual doctrines where embodied in huge monuments of stone. More details of the spiritual wisdom were set forth in those symbolical pictographs which we call constellations. Deeper explanations were passed to us in tracings on plates that came down to us through Egypt in Egyptian Tarot. Many of the ancient doctrines were passed to us through the allegorical stories in the various myths, sacred books and texts from all over the world and many of these were preserved in the ritual and symbolism of Masonry.
The explanations traced on the tarot cards and in the constellations sets forth how the signs and planets influence human life and destiny. They give practical instruction in a wide variety of matters, and place emphasis on things different than those given most attention in Masonry.
Foundational in the ancient teachings is the assurance of a life here-after and the instructions which give great details on building a spiritual form for happy and successful survival on the higher planes of existence.
Throughout our ritual there is a persistent emphasis on love and the domestic relation as the instruments through which the highest, noblest and most spiritual qualities possible to mankind can be developed; qualities that build the spiritual body and insure harmonious and self-conscious immortality
MD/ aka Tom O’Bedlam revised 4-25-2019
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