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Old 19-04-2016, 09:14 PM   #289
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Intimately connected with the legend of the third degree is the mythical history of the Sprig of Acacia, which we are now to consider..There is no symbol more interesting to the masonic student than the Sprig of Acacia, not only on account of its own peculiar import, but also because it introduces us to an extensive and delightful field of research; that, namely, which embraces the symbolism of sacred plants.. In all the ancient systems of religion, and Mysteries of initiation, there was always some one plant consecrated, in the minds of the worshippers and participants, by a peculiar symbolism, and therefore held in extraordinary veneration as a sacred emblem.. Thus the ivy was used in the Mysteries of Dionysus, the myrtle in those of Ceres, the erica in the Osirian, and the lettuce in the Adonisian..Before entering upon an examination of the symbolism of the Acacia, it will be, perhaps, as well to identify the true plant which occupies so important a place in the ritual of Freemasonry..In Scripture the cassia is only 3 times mentioned, 180 twice as the translation of the Hebrew word kiddak, and once as the rendering of ketzioth, but always as referring to an aromatic plant which formed a constituent portion of some perfume.. There is, indeed, strong reason for believing that the cassia is only another name for a coarser preparation of cinnamon, and it is also to be remarked that it did not grow in Palestine, but was imported from the East..

There is a certain bird which is called a Phœnix..

The acacia, in the mythic system of Freemasonry, is preeminently the symbol of the IMMORTALITY OF THE SOUL-that important doctrine which it is the great design of the institution to teach..As the evanescent nature of the flower which "cometh forth and is cut down" reminds us of the transitory nature of human life, so the perpetual renovation of the evergreen plant, which uninterruptedly presents the appearance of youth and vigor, is aptly compared to that spiritual life in which the soul, freed from the corruptible companionship of the body, shall enjoy an eternal spring and an immortal youth.. Hence, in the impressive funeral service of our order, it is said, "This evergreen is an emblem of our faith in the immortality of the soul.. By this we are reminded that we have an immortal part within us, which shall survive the grave, and which shall never, never, never die".. And again, in the closing sentences of the monitorial lecture of the Third Degree, the same sentiment is repeated, and we are told that by "the ever green and ever living sprig" the Mason is strengthened "with confidence and composure to look forward to a blessed immortality"..

Fabales\Angiosperm Phylogeny Group II..

Such an interpretation of the symbol is an easy and a natural one; it suggests itself at once to the least reflective mind, and consequently, in some one form or another, is to be found existing in all ages and nations.. It was an ancient custom, which is not, even now, altogether disused, for mourners to carry in their hands at funerals a sprig of some evergreen, generally the cedar or the cypress, and to deposit it in the grave of the deceased..According to Dalcho, 183 the Hebrews always planted a sprig of the acacia at the head of the grave of a departed friend..Potter tells us that the ancient Greeks "had a custom of bedecking tombs with herbs and flowers."..All sorts of purple and white flowers were acceptable to the dead, but principally the amaranth and the myrtle..The very name of the former of these plants, which signifies "never fading," would seem to indicate the true symbolic meaning of the usage, although archaeologists have generally supposed it to be simply an exhibition of love on the part of the survivors.. Ragon says, that the ancients substituted the acacia for all other plants because they believed it to be incorruptible, and not liable to injury from the attacks of any kind of insect or other animal-thus symbolizing the incorruptible nature of the soul..The sprig of acacia, then, in its most ordinary signification, presents itself to the Master Mason as a symbol of the immortality of the soul, being intended to remind him, by its evergreen and unchanging nature, of that better and spiritual part within us, which, as an emanation from the Grand Architect of the Universe, can never die..In all of these ancient Mysteries, while the sacred plant was a symbol of initiation, the initiation itself was symbolic of the resurrection to a future life, and of the immortality of the soul.. In this view, Freemasonry is to us now in the place of the ancient initiations, and the acacia is substituted for the lotus, the erica, the ivy, the mistletoe, and the myrtle..The lesson of wisdom is the same; the medium of imparting it is all that has been changed..

Acacia is a monophyletic genus of flowering plants in the legume family, Fabaceae, commonly known as thorn trees or shittah trees..The genus name is derived via Latin from ancient Greek ακακία (akakia).. It was the name used by Theophrastus and Dioscorides to denote thorn trees,the word root being ἀκίς (akis)or ἀκή (akḗ), meaning "thorn" and "point" respectively..They are trees or shrubs, sometimes climbing, and are always armed..People want to go to heaven, but they cannot even look after each other, or the plane they live on...I wonder if they have the news of the world in heaven, printed on hemp paper?..And God said, Behold, I have given you every herb bearing seed, which is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree, in the which is the fruit of a tree yielding seed; even as the green herb have I given you all things... have no Wine.."O Woman, what has this to do with me?.My hour has not yet come"..His mother then said to the servants, "Do whatever he tells you"..The Phantom is M..And the hunt is still on...

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