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Old 31-08-2014, 02:05 PM   #70
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The olive branch is usually a symbol of peace or victory and was historically worn by brides and virgins.. This symbol, deriving from the customs of Ancient Greece, is strongest in Western culture.. However, it has been found in every culture and religion to thrive in the Mediterranean basin..In Greek mythology, Athena competed with Poseidon for possession of Athens. Poseidon claimed possession by thrusting his trident into the Acropolis, where a well of sea-water gushed out.. Athena took possession by planting the first olive tree beside the well.. The court of gods and goddesses ruled that Athena had the better right to the land because she had given it the better gift.. Olive wreaths were worn by brides and awarded to olympic victors..The olive branch is a symbol of peace in Arab folk traditions.. In 1974, Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat brought an olive branch to the UN General Assembly and said, "Today I have come bearing an olive branch and a freedom-fighter's gun.. Do not let the olive branch fall from my hand..On July 4, 1776, a resolution was passed that allowed the creation of the Great Seal of the United States. On the Great Seal, there is an eagle grasping an olive branch in its right talon.. The olive branch traditionally has been recognized as a symbol for peace. It was added to the seal in March of 1780 by the second committee appointed by Congress to design the seal.. The olive branch has 13 olives and 13 olive leaves to represent the 13 original colonies. Later on, the bald eagle and bundle of arrows were added.. The idea of the olive branch opposing the bundle of arrows was to "denote the power of peace & war which is exclusively vested in Congress"..U.S. Route 78, which turns into Lamar Avenue after crossing the border in Memphis, and Mississippi Highway 302 (MS-302/Goodman Road) are the main thoroughfares in the Olive Branch area..The emblem of Israel is an Escutcheon which contains a Menorah in its center,2 olive branches on both sides of the Menorah and at the bottom the label "Israel"..The word escutcheon is derived from Middle English escochon, from Anglo-Norman escuchon, from Vulgar Latin scūtiōn-, from Latin scūtum, "shield".. From its use in heraldry, escutcheon can be a metaphor for a family's honour...

Olives are harvested in the autumn and winter.. More specifically in the Northern hemisphere, green olives are picked at the end of September to about the middle of November..Table olive varieties are more difficult to harvest, as workers must take care not to damage the fruit; baskets that hang around the worker's neck are used. In some places in Italy, Croatia, and Greece, olives are harvested by hand because the terrain is too mountainous for machines. As a result, the fruit is not bruised, which leads to a superior finished product.. The method also involves sawing off branches, which is healthy for future production..Pliny the Elder told about a sacred Greek olive tree that was 1,600 years old. An olive tree in west Athens, named "Plato's Olive Tree", was said to be a remnant of the grove within which Plato's Academy was situated, which would make it approximately 2,400 years old..All seven trees continue to produce olives. Several trees in the Garden of Gethsemane (from the Hebrew words "gat shemanim" or olive press) in Jerusalem are claimed to date back to the purported time of Jesus..Some Italian olive trees are believed to date back to Roman times, although identifying progenitor trees in ancient sources is difficult. A tree located in Santu Baltolu di Carana (municipality of Luras) in Sardinia, Italy, named with respect as the Ozzastru by the inhabitants of the region, is claimed to be 3,000 to 4,000 years old according to different studies..Where the olive is carefully cultivated, as in Languedoc and Provence, the trees are regularly pruned...

The rite of circumambulation will supply us with another ritualistic symbol, in which we may again trace the identity of the origin of Freemasonry with that of the religious and mystical ceremonies of the ancients..In ancient Greece, when the priests were engaged in the rites of sacrifice, they and the people always walked three times around the altar while chanting a sacred hymn or ode..Among the Romans, the ceremony of circumambulation was always used in the rites of sacrifice, of expiation or purification. Thus Virgil describes Corynasus as purifying his companions, at the funeral of Misenus, by passing 3 times around them while aspersing them with the lustral waters; and to do so conveniently, it was necessary that he should have moved with his right hand towards them...

"Thrice with pure water compassed he the crew,
Sprinkling, with olive branch, the gentle dew"...

Now, in this the masonic rite of circumambulation strictly agrees with the ancient one..

But this circuit by the right hand, it is admitted, was done as a representation of the sun's motion. It was a symbol of the sun's apparent course around the earth..And so, then, here again we have in Masonry that old and often-repeated allusion to sun-worship, which has already been seen in the officers of a lodge, and in the point within a circle. And as the circumambulation is made around the lodge, just as the sun was supposed to move around the earth, we are brought back to the original symbolism with which we commenced--that the
lodge is a symbol of the world...
http://www.irishoriginsofcivilizatio...rpts/ch41.html Very Reverend Sir Israel Brodie was chief rabbi of the United Hebrew Congregation of the British Commonwealth of Nations , wearing the regalia of a Past Grand Chaplain...

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