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The CONTRACT of the ARCH…… The ARCH is a word and a structure that features prominently over the millennia…… ARCHES are used in building powerful word constructs and social control structures as well as being used extensively in ARCHitecture and civil engineering. These power structures are always hierARCHical, often with a single entity at the top known as a monARCH. The MASONIC control structure has certainly adopted this ARCHitecture and even pretends to be borne out of the stone mason fraternities. In Gnosticism, ARCHons are the builders of the physical universe. Among the ARCHontics, Ophites, Sethians and in the writings of Nag Hammadi library, the ARCHons are rulers, each related to one of seven planets; they prevent souls from leaving the material realm. The ARCHers – a long running program through history – not just the BBC…. 'SOVEREIGN' - literally means to reign from above. This is why the MonARCH of a country is referred to as 'Your HIGHNESS' Then we have MatriARCHs - a system of society or government ruled by a woman or women PatriARCHs - a system of society or government in which the father or eldest male is head of the family and descent is reckoned through the male line. OligARCHs - government by the few, especially despotic power exercised by a small and privileged group for corrupt or selfish purposes. In these long-running and ARCHaic societal control structures we also have: ARCH dukes and ARCH duchesses ARCH bishops ARCH deacons ARCH druids ARCHangels ARCHitects SquireARCHies - landowners collectively, especially when considered as a class having political or social influence mARCHioness - a noblewoman with the rank of marquess, or the wife of a marquess. mARCHer lords - A Marcher Lord was a noble appointed by the King of England to guard the border between England and Wales. A Marcher Lord was the English equivalent of a margrave or a marquis before the introduction of the title of "marquess" in Britain ARCHimandrite - the superior of a large monastery or group of monasteries in the Orthodox Church ARCHaeology or archeology is the study of human activity through the recovery and analysis of material culture. Archaeology is often considered a branch of socio-cultural anthropology, but archaeologists also draw from biological, geological, and environmental systems through their study of the past TrierARCH - the title of officers who commanded a trireme in the classical Greek world. In Classical Athens, the title was associated with the trierarchy, one of the public offices or liturgies, which were filled by wealthy citizens for a year HagiARCHy - government by saints, holy men, or men in holy orders AutARCHic - having and exercising complete political power and control: absolute, absolutistic, arbitrary, autarchical, autocratic, autocratical, despotic, dictatorial, monocratic, totalitarian, tyrannic, tyrannical, tyrannous HeptARCHy - a collective name applied to the seven kingdoms of Anglo-Saxon England from the Anglo-Saxon settlement of Britain in the 5th century until the 8th century consolidation into the four kingdoms of Mercia, Northumbria, Wessex and East Anglia. TetrARCHy - term adopted to describe the system of government of the ancient Roman Empire instituted by Roman Emperor Diocletian in 293, marking the end of the Crisis of the Third Century and the recovery of the Roman Empire TheARCHy - rule by a god or gods GynARCHy - rule by women or a woman. ExARCHate - a Byzantine province governed by an exARCH AnARCHy - a state of disorder due to lack of social structure All this history was documented by ARCHivists – with old records being kept on pARCHment At school we are not taught the true meaning of the ARCHway…. By passing through the ARCHway we may be unaware that we are entering into an agreement or contract where we are to be ruled over. The ‘CONTRACT of the ARCH’ perhaps…… ARCANUM and ARCANA - mysterious or specialized knowledge, language, or information accessible or possessed only by the initiate. ARCHES in Modern Culture…. The ARCHERS - a British BBC radio soap opera broadcast since 1951. Having aired over 19,300 episodes, it is the world's longest-running drama. The ARCHERS is set in the fictional village of AmBRIDGE ARCHing over us - the first ever flighted birds…. ARCHaeopteryx – a genus of bird-like feathered dinosaurs. More famous ARCHes… ARCHimedes (c. 287 – c. 212 BC) Considered to be the greatest mathematician of ancient history, and one of the greatest of all time. The Fields Medal for outstanding achievement in mathematics carries a portrait of ARCHimedes, along with a carving illustrating his proof on the sphere and the cylinder. The inscription around the head of ARCHimedes is a quote attributed to him which reads in Latin: Transire suum pectus mundoque potiri. 'RISE ABOVE ONESELF AND GRASP THE WORLD’. ARCHimedes, Freemasonry and the Moderns Grand Lodge Constitutions Frontispiece to the 1723 Edition: The 1723 edition is well-known for its elaborate frontispiece engraved by John Pine in 1723. It features a classical arcade of John Montagu, the Second Duke of Montagu (Knight of the Garter #532), and the Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of England (1721-1723), passing the scroll of the "Constitutions" to his 1723 successor, Philip Warton, First Duke of Wharton. Both are attended by their officers. Apollo, god of the sun, charges above in his chariot, symbolizing the meridian height. Behind the gathering is a passageway framed by walls of water - evocative of the parting of the Red Sea. The 47th proposition of Euclid, the traditional symbol of a past masters of a Masonic lodge, appears in the foreground. Below it, in Greek, is ARCHhimedes' famous exclamation: “Eureka!” (“I have found it!”) eureka (English) - εύρηκα (Greek) 20th Century ARKS of the COVENANT......