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Reforms...ha ha pull the other effin one.

The Elites are protecting their interests and to shit with the rest of humanity, you people need locking up where you cannot harm anyone.
You'd lock me up for being a Freemason? Try it.
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JESUIT RULED



Ignatius Loyola formed the Jesuits as a military order with the stated purpose of overthrowing the reformation started by Martin Luther and restoring the temporal (political) and religious domination of the Vatican in all walks of life. In other words, he wanted to bring back the Dark Ages. The domination of the Vatican and the Pope as Monarch over all Kings, Queens, secular leaders and the rest of humanity was (and still is) the avowed mission of the Society of Jesus.

The Revived Knights Templars of Babylon - The Origin of The NWO Conspiracy - YouTube

MASONIC ILLUMINATI, JESUIT RULED. - YouTube


Santos Bonacci: Elite controlling families - YouTube

Instant Karma - John lennon - YouTube

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You didnt answer completely on what I was asking.......! you sneaky troll. Credibility value is in danger...

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‘IN THIS SIGN CONQUER’




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In Hoc Signo Vinces





Maltese/Iron Cross with the 4 Evangelists each representing one of the 4 ELements/Cardinal signs

Man 11 Aquarius, Bull 2 Taurus, Lion 5 Leo, Eagle 8 Scorpio
The 4 Fixed signs of the zodiac are associated to the most important 4 dates on the calendar.
The two solstices and two equinoxes...



I'm beginning to believe that the masonic concept of making man a better person may be a bit of a challenge when you have members who do not know about flat management structure, and others who believes that Albert Pike was not Masonic but just simply commented on the degrees in an order....LOL
Superb Info there Dr Steam...Sneaky escape technique...


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Lightbulb House of Saud/House of Vatican


Jesus, the founder of Christianity, was the poorest of the poor...Roman Catholicism, which claims to be His church, is the richest of the rich, the wealthiest institution on earth. How come, that such an institution, ruling in the name of this same itinerant preacher, whose want was such that he had not even a pillow upon which to rest his head, is now so top-heavy with riches that she can rival - indeed, that she can put to shame - the combined might of the most redoubtable financial trusts, of the most potent industrial super-giants, and of the most prosperous global corporation of the world?


In $22 billion Saudi family feud, who knew what?...http://www.davidicke.com/forum/showp...5&postcount=75

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To your question, the banners do represent the 12 Tribes and I've seen the zodiac attached to artwork of the Royal Arch.
Thanks for posting the four banners....

I find your response interesting.Question: Are we than agree on that the four symbols on your banners is related to the 4 Royal Cardinal signs ?
Which obviously symbolizes a Man-Aquarius. Bull-Taurus. Lion-Leo. Eagle-Scorpio....






Question: And you do really believe that those banner symbols are related to tribes from the Old Testament?
which I personally think is a psudo fairytale...

The Tetramorph:
The Sumerian Origins of a Christian Symbol

Ultimately, the tetramorph is rooted in the Sumerian zodiac.
The first written evidence that we possess of a science of the stars comes from Sumer.The first constellations were probably defined no later than the 3200 BCE, when the first cities were being built.Taurus the bull, Leo the lion, and Scorpius the scorpion were the first to be designated with Aquarius the water-carrier occurring later...






HVHY or YHVH = 26


Man-Aquarius-11.
Bull-Taurus-2
Lion-Leo-5
Eagle-Scorpio-8


11+2+5+8=26


The prophet Ezekiel describes cherubim as a tetrad of living creatures covered in eyes and resembling living fire, with each cherub having four faces: a man, a lion, an ox, and an eagle.“Ezekiel 1:10″.


Cherub collection of the Bible Lands Museum in Jerusalem.

The Zodiac


Going back to the Zodiac Sun symbolism used by DaVinci in his ‘Last Supper’ painting, this symbolism was also adopted by Heinrich Himmler when forming his own version of the Nazi SS. He did this by basing his ritualistic ‘Knights’ on the legends of King Arthur and the twelve ‘Knights of the Round Table’.

Of course the Nazi’s practiced this an a malevolent way, but the esoteric meaning behind this has found its place in our modern day society so much so, that we actually live by the same symbolic measurement of the twelve-hour clock and the twelve-monthly year.




Many other examples of 'Round Table' secret societies exist, take for example the 'Zodiac Club' based in New York, founded in 1872 by banker J P Morgan which also connected closely to the 'Bohemian Club' which was incepted a year later on the opposite coast.
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Thanks for posting the four banners....
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I find your response interesting.Question: Are we than agree on that the four symbols on your banners is related to the 4 Royal Cardinal signs ?
Which obviously symbolizes a Man-Aquarius. Bull-Taurus. Lion-Leo. Eagle-Scorpio....
I've never read anything that attributed them to such, but you know what, I'm going to research it now. If I can, I may even get an article out of it for my blog I do love all of these pics though.

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Question: And you do really believe that those banner symbols are related to tribes from the Old Testament?
which I personally think is a psudo fairytale...
I'm curious as to how each banner got assigned its color and symbol, but I'm still researching that. Some of the information I've posted previously is a small amount that I've already published, but I'm digging further as their is a lot more to it. I have a 4-volume set on the history of Royal Arch Masonry so I'm digging through it all.

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The prophet Ezekiel describes cherubim as a tetrad of living creatures covered in eyes and resembling living fire, with each cherub having four faces: a man, a lion, an ox, and an eagle.“Ezekiel 1:10″.
A great find on your part.

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Going back to the Zodiac Sun symbolism used by DaVinci in his ‘Last Supper’ painting, this symbolism was also adopted by Heinrich Himmler when forming his own version of the Nazi SS. He did this by basing his ritualistic ‘Knights’ on the legends of King Arthur and the twelve ‘Knights of the Round Table’.
Many of the upper ranking Nazis were obsessed with the occult and styling themselves as knights. They took a great deal of liberty in applying romanticized lore to their brand of fascism. Kind of ironic.
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Could Jesus be in some way connected to the Precession of the Equinoxes cycle, along with being associated with the Fibonacci sequence and phi, and algorithm that nature employs?


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Precession of the Equinoxes
Astronomers have identified three distinct motions of the Earth that play an important role in their calculations and observations. These motions are the daily rotation of the Earth about its axis, the annual movement of the Earth in its orbit around the Sun, and the precession of the rotation axis.

1 1 2 5 8




11 >>1 is FOMALHAUT in Aquarius
2 >> 2 is ALDEBARAN in Taurus
5 >> 3 is REGULUS in Leo
8 >> 4 is ANTARES in Scorpio


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Well if thats the case you have now .I would be interested in what you come up to personally I find it quite obvious...!

The Riddle of the Four Faces:
Solving an Ancient Mystery



Why are there four Gospels in the New Testament? Christians have been confronted with that question since the second century, as well as with the variances if not outright contradictions between the books of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John. And, as historians are quick to observe, other Gospel versions besides the familiar ones were available to early believers, such as the mystically-tinged “Gospels” attributed to Peter and Thomas. The selection of four seems both arbitrary and problematic.

Though there has been some historical confusion as to which Face goes with which Gospel, there always has been broad agreement of the basic fact of the correspondence. Both follow a 3 + 1 pattern just like the space-time manifold discussed in relation to the Fourth Day. The Four Faces divide into three that are earth-bound (Lion, Ox, Man) and one that flies in the heights of heaven (Eagle). This is directly analogous to the pattern of the three synoptic Gospels (Matthew, Mark, Luke) and the one “heavenly Gospel” of John (Eagle). Furthermore, the order of the Gospels corresponds precisely with that of the Four Faces revealed by God in the parallel vision of Revelation 4:


4 offerings


There is an invocation that is performed at the consecration of every Freemason Lodge or temple. It involves the traditional offerings of corn, oil, wine, salt. These 4 offerings are also associated with the 4 ELements, the 4E or the 4EvangELIsts, the 4 Sons of Horus, the 4 Devarajas, 4 Mayan Bacabs, or the 4 cardinal directions.

4 offerings:

1/ EARTH the scatttering of Corn from the NORTH/YELLOW
2/ FIRE the pouring of the Oil from the WEST/RED
3/ WATER the pouring of the Wine from the SOUTH/BLUE
4/ AIR the flashes (lightning/gamma rays?) of the Salt in the EAST/WHITE


Corn, wine, and oil are the Masonic elements of consecration. The adoption of these symbols is supported by the highest antiquity. Corn, wine, and oil were the most important productions of Eastern countries; they constituted the wealth of the people, and were esteemed as the supports of life and the means of refreshment David enumerates them among the greatest blessings that we enjoy, and speaks of them as “wine that maketh glad the heart of man, and oil to make his face to shine, and bread which strengtheneth man’s heart” (Psalm civ., 15). In devoting anything to religious purposes, the anointing with oil was considered as a necessary part of the ceremony, a rite which has descended to Christian nations. The tabernacle in the wilderness, and all its holy vessels, were, by God’s express command, anointed with oil; Aaron and his two sons were set apart for the priesthood with the same ceremony ; and the prophets and kings of Israel were consecrated to their offices by the same rite.

Hence, Freemasons’ Lodges, which are but temples to the Most High, are consecrated to the sacred purposes for which they were built by strewing corn , wine, and oil upon the Lodge, the emblem of the Holy Ark.

Thus does this mystic ceremony instruct us to be nourished with the hidden manna of righteousness, to be refreshed with the Word of the Lord, and to rejoice with joy unspeakable in the riches of divine grace. “Wherefore, my brethren,” says the venerable Harris (Discourse iv, 81), “wherefore do you carry corn, wine, and oil in your processions, but to remind you that in the pilgrimage of human life you are to impart a portion of your bread to feed the hungry, to send a cup of your wine to cheer the sorrowful, and to pour the healing oil of your consolation into the wounds which sickness hath made in the bodies, or afflictions rent in the heart, of your fellow-travelers?”

In processions, the corn alone is carried in a golden pitcher, the wine and oil are placed in silver vessels, and this is to remind us that the first, as a necessity and the “staff of life,” is of more importance and more worthy of honor than the others, which are but comforts.
SALT
In the Helvetian or Swiss instructions, salt is added to corn, wine, and oil as one of the elements of consecrations because it is a symbol of the wisdom and learning which should characterize a Freemason’s Lodge.

When the foundation-stone of a Lodge is laid, the Helvetian ceremonial directs that it shall be sprinkled with salt, and this formula be used: “May this undertaking, contrived by wisdom, be executed in strength and adorned with beauty, so that it may be a house where peace, harmony, and brotherly love shall perpetually reign.” This is but carrying out the ancient instructions of Leviticus (ii, 13).” And every oblation of thy meat offering shalt thou season with salt; neither shalt thou suffer the salt of the covenant of thy God to be lacking from thy meat offering with all thine offerings thou shalt offer salt.” Significant as are the references in the Bible to salt, as the rubbing of salt on the new-born child (Ezekiel xvi, 4); the allusions in Mark (ix, 49, 50).”

For every one shall be salted with fire and every sacrifice shall be salted with salt. Salt is good: but if the salt have lost his saltiness, wherewith will ye season it? Have salt in yourselves, and have peace one with another;” the burnt offerings of Ezekiel (xliii, 24) were sprinkled with salt, “And thou shalt offer them before the Lord, and the priests shall east salt upon them, and they shall offer them up for a burnt offering unto the Lord;” the “covenant of salt for ever before the Lord unto thee and to thy seed with thee” of Numbers (xvii, 19) and again in Second Chronieles (xii, 5), these are all reminders of the ancient importance of salt, the symbol of pledged affiliation, as in the weighty and warning utterance of Jesus in Matthew (v, 13).”

Ye are the salt of the earth: but if the salt have lost his savor, wherewith shall it be salted? It ins thenceforth good for nothing, but to be east out, and to be trodden under foot of men.” Salt to the ancient world was pronounced a substance dear to the gods (Plato, Timaeus) and to break bread and eat salt at a meal with others were symbols of lighted faith and loyalty.http://www.phoenixmasonry.org/mackey...clopedia/s.htm


Phi = the Golden Spiral


The 4 ROYAL STARS and their numbers 11258 are used also in the formula for Phi.And Phi = the Golden Spiral, apparently a relationship is inferred between these 4 Pillars in the Heavens demarcating the 4 directions, and it is golden in shape?

The Marian Cross



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Are we than agree on that the four symbols on your banners is related to the 4 Royal Cardinal signs ?
Which obviously symbolizes a Man-Aquarius. Bull-Taurus. Lion-Leo. Eagle-Scorpio....
You think an eagle represents Scorpio?

I find the lack of basic, schoolboy knowledge on this forum very sad.
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Interesting piece Dr. I'll have to research it and let you know, but I have some other large pieces ahead of it. I'll pass the idea onto some of my other friends who might find it interesting.
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4 Canopic Jars found in the tombs of the Pharaohs.They held the organs. (the heart was left in the body)

Do anyone see a resemblance of the 4 Sons of Horus to the 4 tetramorphs????

Four sons of Horus

The 3+1 structure


The 3+1 structure: three animal-daemonic faces and one human motif appears again in certain representations of the sons of Horus and in the emblems of the evangelists, as well in the four gospels (three synoptic, one ‘Gnostic’) and in the four Persons of Christian metaphysics: the Trinity and the dEvIL...

The Christian tetramorph is a good example of how syncreticism occurs in religious symbolism.The most-developed of all foursome or fournesses in religious symbolism in Christianity is the tetramorph of the four evangelists. It originated from the Jewish prophet Ezekiel who whilst in exile in Babylonia circa 550 BCE used the symbolism of Babylonian astrology for his own prophetic purposes. Ezekiel describes his vision in which the likeness of four living creatures came out of the midst of the fire thus:As for the likeness of their faces, they four had the face of a man, and the face of a lion, on the right side: and they four had the face of an ox on the left side; they four also had the face of an eagle. Ezekiel 1:10.Ezekiel’s vision is based upon the astrology of the ancient Babylonians in which the constellations of the Zodiac (Greek for circle of animals) signs of Aquarius (the man/angel) Leo the Lion, Taurus the Bull and Scorpio the Eagle are represented as being a Throne for God Himself (called a Merkaba in Hebrew)Known astrologically as the Fixed Cross (with the substitution of the scorpion, a creature little known outside the Mediterranean basin and which was replaced early on by the winged eagle).


ARLES Church of St. Trophime 12th century

X = 11 8 2 5....? X … comes from the Greek letter Chi which is the first letter of the Greek word Χριστός translated as “Christ“Use of X for“Christ”...

11 8 2 5
These four animal figures are also depicted in the early Christian evangelist Saint John’s book of the Apocalypse, the last book of the New Testament, the book of Revelation in which the events of the end times are revealed. Saint John alludes to Ezekiel’s vision thus-"And the first beast was like a lion, and the second beast like a calf, and the third beast had a face as a man, and the fourth beast was like a flying eagle". Revelation 4:7.

Christian iconography in the form of illuminated manuscripts developed the tetramorph in art-work quite early. Examples of the four Evangelists in the form of a tetramorph can be found from the 6th CE. including notably in the Book of Kells.

In theology Saint Jerome attributed Christian virtues to each of the four animals of the Christian tetramorph. The four evangelists of the Gospels being invariably depicted as Saint Matthew represented by a winged man, Saint Luke by an Ox, Saint Mark by a Lion and John the Evangelist by the Eagle. At the centre of many Christian tetramorphs is the Pantokrater (from Greek pan-all, krater – ruler) Jesus the Christ ....



Like the Cross, the Tetramorph symbolises a highly-complex system of relationships and elements which find their origin in the centre. Thus the tetramorph alludes to the 5th element or quintessence, the element beyond the visible four natural elements of earth, air, water, and fire, to the invisible ether of the alchemists. The psychological equivalent of the Tetramorph, the Quaternity is explored in the writings of the Swiss psychologist Carl Jung."This is a symbol of the quinta essentia, which is identical with the Philosophers’ Stone..."It is the circle divided into four with the centre, or the divinity extended in four directions, or the four functions of consciousness with their unitary substrate, the self...


See the X that is formed in the circle above the Earth?

The 4 Royal Stars....

What is far more interesting however is what these 4 significant symbols represented to the Arabic Astrologer…
These 4 Canopic Jars or the 4 Sons of Horus or the 4 Tetramorphs or the 4 Evangelists were ALL representations of the 4 Royal Stars.

The 4 Royal Stars were on Sol’s path, they … form part of our Sun’s journey through its existence in the bigger picture.
These 4 Royal Stars and the forces they exert on our Sun as our Sun journeys past them … eventually play a part in how our history unfolds … how all that has been written plays itself out ….

These 4 Royal Stars, were 4 of the brightest our Sun passes by...

Antares is in Scorpio/Eagle...!
Aldebaran is in Taurus.
Regulus is in Leo.
Fomalhaut is in Pisces Austrinus.


Fomalhaut

And our Sun is profoundly and currently closest to Fomalhaut on it’s journey along the ecliptic which is actually known as the precession of the equinoxes.
In Sir Isaac Newton’s interpretation of the Emerald Tablet he notes on the last line as he quotes Hermes, “That which I have said of the operation of the Sun is accomplished & ended”.



The Emerald Tablet, also known as Smaragdine Table, Tabula Smaragdina, or The Secret of Hermes, is an ancient text purporting to reveal the secret of the primordial substance and its transmutations. It claims to be the work of Hermes Trismegistus (“Hermes the Thrice-Great”), a legendary Egyptian sage or god, variously identified with the Egyptian god Thoth and/or the Greek god Hermes. This short and cryptic text was highly regarded by European alchemists as the foundation of their art, in particular of its Hermetic tradition.

The Sun’s orbit or ‘backward precession through the 12 houses of the horoscope is actually a cycle that takes nearly 26,000 years to complete.
Fomalhaut is also associated with the constellation of Aquarius. And as we leave the influence of Pisces and as we move into the house of Aquarius we move closer toward the influences of Fomalhaut.

Here is a photo taken of Fomalhaut.
The dust cloud you see surrounding the Star is proof of the swirling motions necessary to form planets…scientists believe....


Please note also that Fomalhaut is the only one of the 4 Royal Stars that canNOT be occulted by the MOON.

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I find the lack of basic, schoolboy knowledge on this forum very sad.
Please do try investigate all your stupid questions yourself and you will find it is you who are in possession of a knowledge as a schoolboy and actualy exhibits it in the most shameful manner. Your brothers must really be very proud of you LOL why do you continue to post stupid questions that simply displays your own level of intelligence, what degree would you imagine to have ...? I'm sure many of your brothers find most of your posts extremely distressing and very sad....


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It has been received...:-)




Chimera

In zoology, a chimera is an animal that has two or more different populations of genetically distinct cells that originated in different zygotes.

Chimeras are formed from four parent cells (two fertilized eggs or early embryos fuse together) or from three parent cells (a fertilized egg is fused with an unfertilized egg or a fertilized egg is fused with an extra sperm). Each population of cells keeps its own character and the resulting animal is a mixture of mis-matched parts. An analogy is two jigsaw puzzles cut using an identical cutter, but with different pictures. A single puzzle can be made out of the mis-matched parts, but the completed puzzle will show parts of both different pictures.

Or mayby the 4 puzzle pieces made from the mis-matched parts form what is known as the Persian Chimera....?


This chimeral cherub combines the body of a bull, feet of a lion, wings and breast of an eagle, and a human head wearing a miter with six horns.
So we have the mythical Persian Chimera, which has further connections to Greek Griffins and Eygptian Sphinxes...

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Four sons of HorusFour sons of Horus - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia


The 3+1 structure


The 3+1 structure: three animal-daemonic faces and one human motif appears again in certain representations of the sons of Horus and in the emblems of the evangelists, as well in the four gospels (three synoptic, one ‘Gnostic’) and in the four Persons of Christian metaphysics: the Trinity and the dEvIL...

The Christian tetramorph is a good example of how syncreticism occurs in religious symbolism.The most-developed of all foursome or fournesses in religious symbolism in Christianity is the tetramorph of the four evangelists. It originated from the Jewish prophet Ezekiel who whilst in exile in Babylonia circa 550 BCE used the symbolism of Babylonian astrology for his own prophetic purposes. Ezekiel describes his vision in which the likeness of four living creatures came out of the midst of the fire thus:As for the likeness of their faces, they four had the face of a man, and the face of a lion, on the right side: and they four had the face of an ox on the left side; they four also had the face of an eagle. Ezekiel 1:10.Ezekiel’s vision is based upon the astrology of the ancient Babylonians in which the constellations of the Zodiac (Greek for circle of animals) signs of Aquarius (the man/angel) Leo the Lion, Taurus the Bull and Scorpio the Eagle are represented as being a Throne for God Himself (called a Merkaba in Hebrew)Known astrologically as the Fixed Cross (with the substitution of the scorpion, a creature little known outside the Mediterranean basin and which was replaced early on by the winged eagle).


ARLES Church of St. Trophime 12th century

X = 11 8 2 5....? X … comes from the Greek letter Chi which is the first letter of the Greek word Χριστός translated as “Christ“Use of X for“Christ”...

11 8 2 5
These four animal figures are also depicted in the early Christian evangelist Saint John’s book of the Apocalypse, the last book of the New Testament, the book of Revelation in which the events of the end times are revealed. Saint John alludes to Ezekiel’s vision thus-"And the first beast was like a lion, and the second beast like a calf, and the third beast had a face as a man, and the fourth beast was like a flying eagle". Revelation 4:7.

Christian iconography in the form of illuminated manuscripts developed the tetramorph in art-work quite early. Examples of the four Evangelists in the form of a tetramorph can be found from the 6th CE. including notably in the Book of Kells.

In theology Saint Jerome attributed Christian virtues to each of the four animals of the Christian tetramorph. The four evangelists of the Gospels being invariably depicted as Saint Matthew represented by a winged man, Saint Luke by an Ox, Saint Mark by a Lion and John the Evangelist by the Eagle. At the centre of many Christian tetramorphs is the Pantokrater (from Greek pan-all, krater – ruler) Jesus the Christ ....



Like the Cross, the Tetramorph symbolises a highly-complex system of relationships and elements which find their origin in the centre. Thus the tetramorph alludes to the 5th element or quintessence, the element beyond the visible four natural elements of earth, air, water, and fire, to the invisible ether of the alchemists. The psychological equivalent of the Tetramorph, the Quaternity is explored in the writings of the Swiss psychologist Carl Jung."This is a symbol of the quinta essentia, which is identical with the Philosophers’ Stone..."It is the circle divided into four with the centre, or the divinity extended in four directions, or the four functions of consciousness with their unitary substrate, the self...


See the X that is formed in the circle above the Earth?

The 4 Royal Stars....

What is far more interesting however is what these 4 significant symbols represented to the Arabic Astrologer…
These 4 Canopic Jars or the 4 Sons of Horus or the 4 Tetramorphs or the 4 Evangelists were ALL representations of the 4 Royal Stars.

The 4 Royal Stars were on Sol’s path, they … form part of our Sun’s journey through its existence in the bigger picture.
These 4 Royal Stars and the forces they exert on our Sun as our Sun journeys past them … eventually play a part in how our history unfolds … how all that has been written plays itself out ….

These 4 Royal Stars, were 4 of the brightest our Sun passes by...

Antares is in Scorpio/Eagle...!
Aldebaran is in Taurus.
Regulus is in Leo.
Fomalhaut is in Pisces Austrinus.


Fomalhaut

And our Sun is profoundly and currently closest to Fomalhaut on it’s journey along the ecliptic which is actually known as the precession of the equinoxes.
In Sir Isaac Newton’s interpretation of the Emerald Tablet he notes on the last line as he quotes Hermes, “That which I have said of the operation of the Sun is accomplished & ended”.



The Emerald Tablet, also known as Smaragdine Table, Tabula Smaragdina, or The Secret of Hermes, is an ancient text purporting to reveal the secret of the primordial substance and its transmutations. It claims to be the work of Hermes Trismegistus (“Hermes the Thrice-Great”), a legendary Egyptian sage or god, variously identified with the Egyptian god Thoth and/or the Greek god Hermes. This short and cryptic text was highly regarded by European alchemists as the foundation of their art, in particular of its Hermetic tradition.

The Sun’s orbit or ‘backward precession through the 12 houses of the horoscope is actually a cycle that takes nearly 26,000 years to complete.
Fomalhaut is also associated with the constellation of Aquarius. And as we leave the influence of Pisces and as we move into the house of Aquarius we move closer toward the influences of Fomalhaut.

Here is a photo taken of Fomalhaut.
The dust cloud you see surrounding the Star is proof of the swirling motions necessary to form planets…scientists believe....


Please note also that Fomalhaut is the only one of the 4 Royal Stars that canNOT be occulted by the MOON.



Please do try investigate all your stupid questions yourself and you will find it is you who are in possession of a knowledge as a schoolboy and actualy exhibits it in the most shameful manner. Your brothers must really be very proud of you LOL why do you continue to post stupid questions that simply displays your own level of intelligence, what degree would you imagine to have ...? I'm sure many of your brothers find most of your posts extremely distressing and very sad....



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Chimera

In zoology, a chimera is an animal that has two or more different populations of genetically distinct cells that originated in different zygotes.

Chimeras are formed from four parent cells (two fertilized eggs or early embryos fuse together) or from three parent cells (a fertilized egg is fused with an unfertilized egg or a fertilized egg is fused with an extra sperm). Each population of cells keeps its own character and the resulting animal is a mixture of mis-matched parts. An analogy is two jigsaw puzzles cut using an identical cutter, but with different pictures. A single puzzle can be made out of the mis-matched parts, but the completed puzzle will show parts of both different pictures.

Or mayby the 4 puzzle pieces made from the mis-matched parts form what is known as the Persian Chimera....?


This chimeral cherub combines the body of a bull, feet of a lion, wings and breast of an eagle, and a human head wearing a miter with six horns.
So we have the mythical Persian Chimera, which has further connections to Greek Griffins and Eygptian Sphinxes...

You have deep knowledge of this kind of stuff, steam. I am most interested in this kind of stuff. Finding truth can sometimes be a hard task. Truth is often rooted in history and preserved knowledge. Manly P. Hall is a favourite author of mine. What do you believe in, steam?
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You have deep knowledge of this kind of stuff, steam. I am most interested in this kind of stuff. Finding truth can sometimes be a hard task. Truth is often rooted in history and preserved knowledge. Manly P. Hall is a favourite author of mine. What do you believe in, steam?
Indeed access to the right knowledge is important it is simply just a matter of finding the right door to enter :-)

I believe in the open-minded scientific thought.I also find synchronicity interesting but have not a fixed thought system...

And I think you just need to take a look at the various discussions on this forum and what level it is held in to see what problems fixed thought systems are leading to...

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Note how Persinger expresses that it is a supreme scientific task to constantly ask questions about the authorities...



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The fez (Turkish: fes, plural fezzes or fezes), or tarboosh (Arabic: طربوش‎ , ALA-LC: ṭarbūsh), is a felt hat either in the shape of a truncated cone or of a short cylinder, made of kilim fabric, red in colour, usually with a tassel attached to the top. The fez is largely believed to be of Moroccan origin and later spread to the Ottoman Empire where it was popularized...The name is originated from the city of Fez in Morocco, where the style first emerged.



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Oosterbeek is a village in the Dutch province of Gelderland. It is located in the municipality of Renkum, about 5 km west of Arnhem.

The film tells the story of the failure of Operation Market Garden during World War II, the Allied attempt to break through German lines and seize several bridges in the occupied Netherlands, including one at Arnhem, with the main objective of outflanking German defenses.

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Throughout the generations, the Power Elite has overshadowed different secret societies. The Illuminati secret society branch was founded way before the American revolution,they are the same ones who created the american revolution,Playing off sides against one another,and blame someone else for the chaos. The Power Elite of the governments, bankers, and the wealthy use different secret societies to dominate humanity. If the spoken subject of the most powerful secret society were in 1200, the reference might have been to the Knights Templar. The Roman Catholic Church officially endorsed the Knights Templar around 1129, the Order became a favored “society” throughout Christendom and grew rapidly in membership and power. The modern day term “illuminati” predominates all secret societies and is a name that adverts to multiple groups within our current era.


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The Lodge Les Neuf Sœurs was a prominent lodge attached to the Grand Orient de France that was particularly influential in organising French support for the American Revolution and later in the intellectual ferment that preceded the French Revolution. Benjamin Franklin was a member of this Lodge when he was serving as liaison in Paris.Some notable French revolutionaries were Freemasons, including Voltaire, Marquis de Condorcet, Mirabeau, Georges Danton,the Duke of Orléans, and Hébert.Louis Philippe II, Duke of Orléans, a leader of the Liberal Aristocracy, was the Grand Master of the Grand Orient at the time of the French Revolution. In some parts of France, the Jacobin Clubs were continuances of Masonic lodges from the Ancien Régime, and according to historian Alan Forrest "some early clubs, indeed, took over both the premises and much of the membership of masonic lodges, before rebadging themselves in the new idiom of the revolution."

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The Four Angels



The Book of Enoch explains that the four creatures of the lion, eagle, bull and man (four cornerstone constellations) correspond to four angels, who are also associated with the four sides of the throne of God. The four angels are not identical to the four creatures, but rather they are angels associated with them (Enoch 40:2). Enoch was shown that in addition to the four principal stars there are twelve other stars which are captains and also many which are leaders of a thousand each (Enoch 81:9-11).

Enoch tells :"I beheld the celestial stars come forth. I numbered them as they proceeded out of the gate, and wrote them all down, as they came out one by one according to their number. I wrote down their names altogether, their times and their seasons, as the angel Uriel, who was with me, pointed them out to me. He showed them all to me and wrote down an account of them. He also wrote down for me their names, their regulations and their operations." (Enoch 32:2-3).

Thus, Enoch was shown all the governing stars and learned their names. Now let us turn to identifying the four angels represented by the four principal or "royal" stars. These stars are first, Regulus, the bright star at the heart of the Lion. The second star is Antares, the red star at the heart of the Scorpion, and also in the foot of the Serpent Bearer. The third star is Fomalhaut, the bright star both in the head of the Southern Fish and also in the stream of water being poured out by the Water Bearer. The fourth royal star is Aldebaran, the flaming red eye of the white Bull.



The Prophet Enoch had a vision of the throne of the Lord of Spirits. He saw that there were four angels, one on each of the four sides, each praising and blessing the Lord of Spirits. He also beheld myriads of other people (Enoch 40:1-7). This vision was very similar to that of John in the Book of Revelation, who saw beasts on the four sides of the throne which were like a lion, a calf, a man, and a flying eagle (Rev. 4:7). The angel tells Enoch not only the names of these four presiding angels, but also their responsibilities:

"After this I besought the angel of peace, who proceeded with me, to explain all that was concealed. I said to him, Who are those whom I have seen on the four sides, and whose words I have heard and written down? He replied, the first is the merciful, the patient, the holy Michael.

"The second is he who presides over every suffering and every affliction of the sons of men, the holy Raphael. The third who presides over all that is powerful, is Gabriel. And the fourth, who presides over repentance, and the hope of those who will inherit eternal life, is Phanuel. These are the four angels of the most high God" (Enoch 40:8-9)

Thus we are given the names of the four presiding angels and also their duties. The duties of Michael are not mentioned here, but they were given earlier in the Book of Enoch. Enoch was told that Michael presides "over human virtue, commands the nations." (Enoch 20:5.)

So these four presiding angels are associated with the four sides of the throne of God. The association of the four directions with the four cornerstone constellations of the Lion, the Eagle (with Serpent and Scorpion), the Water Bearer, and the Bull , the red Lion is associated with the East, the black Scorpion with the North, the blue Stream of the Water Bearer with the South, and the white Bull with the West. Now we are told the names of the angels associated with each, and also told that the stars are named for the faithful servants of God. Thus, we can deduce that these four angels are not only associated with the cornerstone constellations, but more particularly with the four royal stars which they contain.

The four Royal stars or Guardians of the Sky were a group of stars noticed by the Persian astrologers, and mentioned by Zarathustra, around 3000 BC and used as a rudimentary season calendar.
All four stars are among the brightest 25 stars, having an apparent magnitude of less than 1.5. However, this particular set of stars was chosen because they are divided on the sky by approximately 6 hours apart in right ascension. The reason why they are called "royal" is that they appear to stand aside from the other stars in the sky. Throughout a year, each star is for several months "dominant" on the night sky and one can guess the season just by noticing which star is dominant.


Aldebaran (Tascheter) - vernal equinox (Watcher of the East)
Regulus (Venant) - summer solstice (Watcher of the North)
Antares (Satevis) - autumnal equinox (Watcher of the West)
Fomalhaut (Haftorang) - winter solstice (Watcher of the South)






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Aldebaran

Aldebaran is often depicted as the fiery eye of Taurus the Bull. Because it is bright and prominent, Aldebaran was honored as one of the Four Royal Stars in ancient Persia, the other three Royal Stars being Regulus, Antares and Fomalhaut.

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The angel Phanuel is not mentioned in the canonized scriptures although one allusion to him may be found where Jacob names a place Peniel (Phanuel), perhaps after the angel he is thought to have wrestled with (Gen. 32:24-30). The name Phanuel, given in the Book of Enoch, means "the Face of God." There are several clues to help us identify just who Phanuel might be.First, Enoch was told us that Phanuel "presides over repentance, and the hope of those who will inherit eternal life" (Enoch 40:9). In a way, that clue alone really narrows down the prospects. After all, how many men is history have a legitimate claim to be the one who presides over the hope of all who will inherit eternal life? second, the constellation corresponding to Phanuel must be the Bull, because the other three all seem to be clearly identified with one of the other three angels. Moreover, the order in which the angel's names were given matches the order of the four cornerstone constellations.

Phanuel (angel)



One symbolism of the Bull is that it represents the Kingdom of God which will be set up in the last days to gather Israel. Thus it seems likely that Phanuel is associated with the Kingdom of God in the last days. Another clue is the location of the bright star in the constellation. Aldebaran, which means "the Follower," is located at the eye of the Bull. The eye is often the symbol of a seer. Note how the star's location in the figure is important: Regulus as the heart of the Lion representing emotions, Fomalhaut in the head of the Southern Fish representing the mind, and Antares as the heart of the Scorpion representing judgment and strength.This constellation is identified with Joseph of Egypt, who was a great seer.

Bullseye...


The Bull was associated with the tribe of Joseph. In addition to being the great Seer, he founded the Kingdom of God, which the white Bull represents so graphically in the prophesies of Moses and Enoch. He follows the other prophets chronologically, just as does the Bull..



Reddish Aldebaran(Note the color):-) – the fiery eye of the Bull in the constellation Taurus – is an aging star and a huge star! The computed diameter is between 35 and 40 solar diameters. If Aldebaran were placed where the sun is now, its surface would extend almost to the orbit of Mercury



Aldebaran is also the name of one of the four chariot horses in the movie Ben Hur.The tree others were named Altair, Antares,and Rigel.
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ALL STARS...

According to Rudolf Steiner, four important archangels also display periodic spiritual activity over the seasons: Spring is Raphael, Summer is Uriel, Autumn is Michael, and Winter is Gabriel...

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Modern day scholars believe the historicity of the events in the Joseph narrative cannot be demonstrated. Hermann Gunkel, Hugo Gressmann and Gerhard von Rad identified the story of Joseph as a literary composition,in the genre of romance, or the novella. As a novella, it is read as reworking legends and myths, in particular the motifs of his reburial in Canaan, associated with the Egyptian god Osiris. Others compare the burial of his bones at Shechem, with the disposal of Dionysus’s bones at Delphi. For Schenke, the tradition of Joseph's burial at Shechem is understood as a secondary, Israelitic historical interpretation woven around a more ancient Canaanite shrine in that area. The reworked legends and folklore were probably inserted into the developing textual tradition of the Bible between the 8th and 6th centuries BCE. Most scholars place its composition in a genre that flourished in the Persian period of the Exile.



Joseph dreams of stars



I wonder where the term bullseye comes from...
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The seven stars.......
and how all religion and cultures is based on astronomy and natural science = Gaia


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The Big Dipper, also known as the Plough or the Saptarishi (after the seven rishis), is an asterism of seven stars that has been recognized as a distinct grouping in many cultures from time immemorial. The component stars are the seven brightest of the formal constellation Ursa Major.




Amos 5:8 and Job 9:9 mention names of constellations such as Orion, Arcturus (the Bear -The Big Dipper)
Job 9:9-19. He designed the Big Dipper and Orion, the Pleiades and Alpha


In Greek mythology, Zeus (the king of the gods) lusts after a young woman named Callisto, a nymph of Artemis. Hera, Zeus' jealous wife, transforms the beautiful Callisto into a bear. Callisto, while in bear form, later encounters her son Arcas. Arcas almost shoots the bear, but to avert the tragedy, Zeus turns them into bears and put in the sky, forming Ursa Major and Ursa Minor. Callisto is Ursa Major and her son, Arcas is Ursa Minor. In ancient times the name of the constellation was Helike, ("turning"), because it turns around the Pole. In Book Two of Lucan it is called Parrhasian Helice, since Callisto came from Parrhasia in Arcadia, where the story is set.

One of the few star groups mentioned in the Bible (Job 9:9; 38:32; — Orion and the Pleiades being others), Ursa Major was also pictured as a bear by the Jewish peoples. ("The Bear" was translated as "Arcturus" in the Vulgate and it persisted in the KJV.)

The Iroquois Native Americans interpreted Alioth, Mizar, and Alkaid as three hunters pursuing the Great Bear. According to one version of their myth, the first hunter (Alioth) is carrying a bow and arrow to strike down the bear. The second hunter (Mizar) carries a large pot — the star Alcor — on his shoulder in which to cook the bear while the third hunter (Alkaid) hauls a pile of firewood to light a fire beneath the pot.

In Hinduism, Ursa Major is known as Saptarshi, each of the stars representing one of the Saptarshis or Seven Sages viz. Bhrigu, Atri, Angirasa, Vasishta, Pulastya, Pulalaha and Kratu. The fact that the two front stars of the constellations point to the pole star is explained as the boon given to the boy sage Dhruva by Lord Vishnu.

In Finnish language, the asterism is sometimes called with its old Finnish name, Otava. The meaning of the name has been almost forgotten in Modern Finnish; it means a salmon weir.

In Burmese, Pucwan Tārā (pronounced "bazun taja") is the name of a constellation comprising stars from the head and forelegs of Ursa Major; pucwan is a general term for a crustacean, such as prawn, shrimp, crab, lobster, etc.

In theosophy, it is believed the Seven Stars of the Pleiades focus the spiritual energy of the Seven Rays from the Galactic Logos to the Seven Stars of the Great Bear, then to Sirius, then to the Sun, then to the god of Earth (Sanat Kumara), and finally through the seven Masters of the Seven Rays to the human race.

In South Korea, the constellation is referred to as "the seven stars of the north". In the related myth, a widow with seven sons found comfort with a widower, but to get to his house required crossing a stream. The seven sons, sympathetic to their mother, placed stepping stones in the river. Their mother, not knowing who put the stones in place, blessed them and, when they died, they became the constellation.

In Javanese, as known as "Bintang Kartika". This name comes from Sanskrit which refers "krttikã" the same star cluster. In ancient Java, this star clusters so popular because its emergence into the start time marker for planting.

In Shinto, the 7 largest stars of Ursa Major belong to Amenominakanushi, the oldest and most powerful of all kami.



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Vucub Caquix
In the ancient Quichean document, Popol Vuh, Vucub-Caquix (perhaps meaning "Seven-Macaw") is a bird demon pretending to be the sun and moon of the twilight world in between the former creation and the present one. He is husband to Chimalmat, and father to the two earthquake demons, Cabracan and Zipacna. According to modern Quiché's, his name refers to the seven stars of the Big Dipper asterism.The false sun-moon, Vucub Caquix, was shot out of his tree with a blowgun by Hun-Ahpu, one of the Maya Hero Twins, but still managed to sever the hero's arm. Finally, however, the demon was deprived of his teeth, his eyes, his riches, and his power. Together, the Twins were to become the true sun and moon of the present creation. The episode is only loosely connected to the main tale of the Twins, and is varied by other Mesoamerican hero myths.[2] It is also akin to certain scenes in Mayan art dating back to the 8th century and before.



For the Mayas, the Zodiac had profound sacred meaning, since it served as a permanent, living illustration of the Model of the universe, intertwined with the reincarnation cycle. They believed that when a person died, the soul traveled back to the ancestor's in the distant fatherland, located in a cave to the North. In the Mayan language North (associated with the Big Dipper and the polar star of the Little Dipper), was called Xam-aan, which disappears behind". Xam also means "jug", and the little Dipper was represented iconographically by an overturned jug spilling virgin water. According to the Mayas, this marked the precise location of the World of the dead, where the souls went to become purified and reincarnated. The Mayas called the South Mo-ho, or "great entrance", which represented the living part of the Universe.

Hippopotamus
(Taweret) the Great Bear
The Egyptian system of constellations connected the hippopotamus with the northern sky.Taweret is sometimes shown with seven stars lined down her back, which are most likely the seven stars of the Big Dipper...




Ancient Chinese also determined seasons and the passage of time through the pointing direction of the handle of the Big Dipper (the Plough). In the winter the "handle" points north at early evening, in the spring the "handle" points east at early evening, and so on.



In Nordic countries The Big Dipper are called ”Karlavagnen”, the chariot of Karl or man....


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Also out of the midst thereof came the likeness of four living creatures. . . . As for the likeness of their faces, they four had the face of a man, and the face of a lion on the right side; and they four had the face of an ox on the left side; they four also had the face of an eagle." Ezekiel i, 5, 10.

And the first beast was like a lion, and the second beast like a calf, and the third beast had a face as a man, and the fourth beast was like a flying eagle." Revelation iv, 5.

After that I asked the angel of peace who went with me, who showed me everything that is hidden: 'Who are these four presences which I have seen and whose words I have heard and written down?' And he said to me: 'The first is Michael, the merciful and long-suffering: and the second, who is set over the diseases and all the wounds of the children of men, is Raphael: and the third, who is set over the powers, is Gabriel: and the fourth, who is set over the repentance unto hope of those who inherit eternal life, is named Phanuel. . .'." The Book of Enoch, x1, 8, 9.

Let Prudence direct you, Temperance chasten you, Fortitude support you, and Justice be the guide of all your actions."

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"And thou shalt make a veil of blue and purple, and scarlet, and fine twined linen ... and thou shalt hang it upon four pillars of acacia overlaid with gold ... and the veil shall divide unto you between the holy place and the most holy. . . ."

Exodus, xxvi, 31-33.

"Come unto me, 0 thou of the four winds, Almighty One, who breathest spirit into men to give them life; whose name is hidden, and beyond the power of men to speak."

Thrice Greatest Hermes- G.R.S. Mead.
What is a square? ... An angle of 900 or the fourth part of a circle."

The Ritual.


FOUR



From very ancient times, it has been the custom of men to refer all created matter to what they called the " Four Elements ", or the mystical Elements of Earth, Water, Air and Fire. We have seen, in our study of the Zodiac, that the twelve signs can be divided into four triangles which, respectively, have their "fixed" signs in Taurus, Aquarius, Scorpio and Leo, and we refer these signs to " the leading standards of the four divisions of the army of Israel "-to the Ox, the Man, the Eagle and the Lion. Even in our Craft Rituals we follow the progression, although by implication; we refer to the "sand (Earth) of the sea (Water)". to the ... ravenous birds of the Air and devouring beasts of the field (Earth) ...", and to the "b.b. to ashes (Fire) ... face of Earth and Water ... four cardinal winds (Air) of heaven." Thus, the progression is from the dense (Earth), through elements which progressively become less dense (Water and Air) until we reach the slate which results in the transmutation of matter-what so many people speak of as being the destruction of matter, although we now know that this conception is incorrect; matter, on burning, is transmuted with the release of energy.

In mystical teachings, we have many examples of the number four: it is called the number of "completion" and "manifestation of light". In the fourth verse of the first Chapter of the book of Genesis, we read that God divided the light from the darkness. Pythagoras called the Tetrad "the root of all things, the fountain of nature, and the most perfect number. God was expressed as the Tetrad because the Decad (the Ten) was the sum of the first four numbers. It is the centre of the series 1-7, and, as the tetrahedron, it forms the first geometrical solid. The faces of the perfect Ashlar are perfect squares and the form of our Lodges is said to be that of an "oblong square". It is interesting to note that the reference in the explanation of the first Tracing Board to the form of the Lodge as a "Parallelopipedon" assumes that each Lodge is in the form of a solid, bounded by six parallel faces each, presumably, in the form of a rectangle although this is not made clear in the definition. In Hebrew, the fourth letter-the "Daleth"-has the meaning of a "door", and it seems that this is in good accord with the object of our Lodge Meetings, which, surely, are the door by which we are made aware of higher things. We speak of five steps " . . . as though ascending and we speak of "raising", or, again, we refer to the "rising" of that bright morning, star which brings peace and salvation to the faithful and obedient of the human race. I want to suggest to you that the "star" is not the one that we see in the sky, it is the star of our inner consciousness, whose unfoldment brings that peace which the world cannot give; it is the symbol of increasing "awareness" which allows us to assess the things of this world at their proper value.

Yod + Heh + Wau + Heh = 10 + 5 + 6 + 5 = 26



The Hebrews revered the "One God" under the sacred Tetragrammaton, the great four-lettered name which only the High Priest was permitted to pronounce, the sacred name which has been handed down to us in the form of Jodh, He, Vau, He. On our Second Tracing Board we often find this name in small letters above the entrance to the Middle Chamber, and we say that they are "here depicted by the letter 'G' ... signifying God ...". It probably is not a coincidence that, as pointed out in the book on "Numbers" by Isidore Kozminsky, many of the ancient peoples wrote the name of God with four letters, we have Thot, Alla, Sire, Orsi, Abdi, Esar, Deus, Thor, and Jove, later we have Lord, Dieu, King, Gott. In the Zodiac we have the four triplicities, and the Cardinal, Fixed, and Mutable crosses. In the elemental sphere we have the four elements, the four seasons, the four winds, and the four qualities-" Heat, Moisture, Cold and Dryness " (the two pairs of opposites). In the lower sphere we have the four elements of man-Mind, Spirit, Soul and Body, and the four cardinal virtues-Prudence, Temperance, Fortitude and Justice. In astrology, the square is evil, possibly because it is symbolic of the pressure of matter, and the sign for Earth, in alchemy, often is a square-again suggesting something which is contained by boundaries. You will, of course, remember that our Aprons are square in shape, denoting material limitation.

Still following the significance of the four, the Hebrew Cabbala refers to the four worlds, called respectively: Assiah (the material world), Yetzirah (the formative world), Briah (the creative world), and Aziluth (the archetypal world). In some ancient Chinese pictures, the symbolical figure of a god is shown either seated on a cube or holding the Mason's square in his hand, and the Egyptian Gods, when sitting in judgement, are always seated on a square. It is symbolic that the term " square conduct " should denote just and upright dealing. As Kipling wrote: " We met upon the level and we parted on the square . . .".



Continuing the simile, our Ritual says: There in a G., from the 'C,' 3 ft. East and 3 ft. West, 3 ft between North and South, and 5 ft. or more perpendicular ..." in reference to the "crucifixion" of the spirit of each one of us on the cross of matter, to the compression and limitation which the spirit must undergo when it "incarnates" in a physical body. The G. in which the body of our Master is buried is the material body which is cruciform in shape, and well may our own spirits-our real selves-be struck with horror at the dreadful and afflicting sight of that divine spark buried under the rubble of our errors and transgressions, both against the divine and the natural laws of the universe, and well may they express their sympathy with the sufferings which each Ego must experience in its slow climb of return to its native home. Can we not see also in the dimensions of the G. the form of the Master's square-the three feet, the four cardinal points, and the five feet (or more) perpendicular; and the resultant of these three, when conjoined, is a right-angled triangle-the triangle of Pythagoras. How often do we miss such an important detail of our Ritual when, in the perambulations of the third Degree, the Deacons and the Candidate pause at each corner of the Lodge. In almost every case, they pause after turning the corner--mainly with the idea of starting off again in step--but the pause should be with the Candidate in the corner, i.e. before turning. The Deacons and the Candidate form a right-angled triangle, with the Candidate as the right angle, and the pause is a symbolical representation of applying that right angle to each corner of the Lodge in turn, the "Lodge" symbolically being the Candidate's personal life. Notice also that the Lodge is "squared" four times during each perambulation, and therefore twelve times in all, being symbolical of testing the Candidate in each of the twelve houses of the Zodiac. In other words, he must prove that he is in harmony with each part of the material universe before he is considered a fit person to be subjected to that last and greatest trial by which means alone he can participate in the higher mysteries. No person who is out of harmony with lower things can hope to attain mastery over higher things, and it is essential that the Candidate should pass before the Brethren, not the Brethren who are seated on chairs round the Lodge room, but those of the Grand Lodge above before whom we must prove ourselves if we wish to be admitted to those secrets which, throughout the ages, have been incommunicable.




THE ELEMENTS

One of the early objects of initiation, therefore, is to learn how to control the elements of life. The traditional expression is that one must learn to control "the Elements and the Elementals". The Elements we know as Earth, Water, Air and Fire, and the Elementals are the "nature spirits" or "genii", or "fairies" connected with those Elements; they represent particular part-aspects of the human soul. In the Western world, they are the Gnomes of the element Earth, the Nymphs or Undines of the element Water, the Sylphs of the element Air, and the Salamanders of the element Fire. The names are known from the fairy-tales of our childhood, many of which reveal psychological hints of great significance. In modern Analytical Psychology, the four elements are revived as Perception, Feeling, Thinking and Intuition, or as Intuition, Emotion, Reason and Action-terms which we have met in our study of the Zodiac. The traditional colours of the four Elements are "woven" into the veil of the Temple; they are "White Linen" from the flax of the earth, "Purple" of the sea (from the Tyrian purple obtained from a species of shell-fish), "Blue" of the air (assimilated to the air when dark, or the "blue vault of heaven"), and Scarlet of fire. There is important symbolism in the colours of the robes of the Candidate and the Principals in our Chapter ceremonies. We have seen that the sign of Leo and the sun is the crown of the East and this is the sign of Fire. Just as the Lion is called the king of beasts, so can the sign of Leo be considered as the royal sign, the sign of the royal line of Judah and the crown of our Order. The purple of water is the appropriate colour of the emotional plane, of the astral which is free from the bonds of the earth and can reflect the future as well as the past; which can provide the gift of tongues as well as the gift of prophecy. The element Air is associated with the mind and the mental plane; it is the function of the priesthood to guide the mind toward the higher planes, and it is appropriate that the colour of Craft Masonry should be blue for it also seeks to guide the mind to the study of the hidden mysteries of nature and science. Traditionally, the element Fire was ascribed to the evangelist St. Mark, the interpreter of Peter, the element Air (and the Eagle) to St. John -the mystic, the element Water to St. Matthew-the tax gatherer who apportions the "wages" in accordance with the astral records, and the element Earth to St. Luke-the physician who is called upon to heal the wounds of our earthly existence.



In considering the symbolism of the four Elements, it is important to remember that they should be co-related in accordance with two traditional systems. In the circular Zodiac, as in medieval alchemy the four Elements were considered as pairs of opposites, i.e. Fire was opposed to Water, since the latter quenches fire, and Air was opposed to Earth since the former was light and tended to rise whereas the latter was heavy and tended to fall. In this way, the two interlaced triangles (the seal of Solomon) referred to the opposites of Fire and Water; that pointing upwards represented Fire and the masculine forces of nature, while that pointing downwards represented Water and the feminine forces of nature. The union of the two, in perfect balance, was a symbol of the mystical marriage, and the seventh point often placed at the centre of the interlaced triangles had the same symbolism as the child of that marriage, the bud of the lotus, or of " Tom Thumb "-the power of the seventh Chakra, the development of super-consciousness, the attainment of Samhadi, the attainment of the golden crown. The triangle of Fire represented spiritual aspiration ascending, like fire, ever upwards, while the triangle of Water represented spiritual grace descending like the gentle dew from heaven upon the place beneath-upon the faithful and the obedient of the human race. The triangle of Fire symbolises Justice, raised upward like the sword held in the right hand (the male side) of the traditional figure of "Justice", and the triangle of Water symbolises Mercy, like the dew descending from heaven, represented by the balance held in the left hand (the female side) of "Justice". The feminine aspect of the balance is further emphasised by the fact that it is fitted with two scale pans, two being the first female number.


THE CROSS



The traditional four Elements of Astrology are based on a slightly different arrangement, which appears to date from about the time of Aristotle, who considered that all matter was composed of varying proportions of one or more elements. He suggested that the characteristics of any particular body could be described in accordance with its content and proportion of two pairs of opposites which he called: "Hot" and "Cold", and "Dry" and "Wet". His teaching was that all substances contain, in various proportions, the four elementary qualities of "fixity", i.e. "solidity" (Earth), "liquidity" (Water), "fluidity" (Air), and "radiation" (Fire). When these elementary characteristics were applied to Astrology, the Elements which support life (Earth and Water) were ascribed to the Fixed Negative signs (the feminine), while those which activate life (Fire and Air) were ascribed to the Fixed Positive signs (the masculine). Thus Leo (Fire) and Taurus (Earth) remained constant in both systems, but the signs of Aquarius and Scorpio could represent either Air or Water, depending on the system in use. This duality of Aquarius and Scorpio is found throughout the literature of Mysticism and Astrology, and it can lead to confusion unless one is sure which system is under consideration. In the circular Zodiac, the sign of Aquarius (the Waterman) is the centre of the quadrant of "the Sea" and that of Scorpio-Aquila (the Scorpion and the Eagle) is the centre of the quadrant of the Air (the "blue arch of Heaven"). On the other hand, in the symbolism of the Fixed Cross, the two positive signs of Leo and Aquarius represent Fire and Air respectively, while the two negative signs of Taurus and Scorpio (Aquila) represent Earth and Water respectively. As we have seen previously, the horizontal bar of the cross represents the feminine aspect of nature (Earth and Water) while the vertical bar represents the masculine aspect of the spirit (Fire and Air)-see Transaction No. 8. When the cross has its four arms of equal length, spirit and matter are in equal balance and we can see this balance in the cruciform division of the four elements at the centre of the circle of the Zodiac, The Tau cross, which has the horizontal arm at the top of the vertical, is the symbol of spirit totally submerged in matter. This is the cross of suffering and of darkness, and it is that which is formed in space by the Master of the Lodge when the Candidate of the First Degree is to be restored to light. The Tau cross should be traced by the Master's gavel, but the sign is not always given correctly. The inverted Tau cross, what we call the Master's Level, is the symbol of spirit in contact with, but above, matter, and this is the "mark or sign of Life" of which the Angel said: "Go through the midst of the city, through the midst of Jerusalem, and set a mark upon the foreheads of the men that sigh and that cry for all the abominations that be done in the midst thereof.... For these reasons it has ever been considered a mark or sign of life".

The horizontal bar of the cross is that connecting the two feminine signs of Taurus and Scorpio or, according to our Astrological symbolism, that connecting the Elements Earth and Water-the two elements which support life. In Eastern symbolism, these frequently were described as the "Dragon's Head" and the "Dragon's Tail" respectively, and the symbol of St. George slaying the Dragon is another reference to the lance (the vertical bar of the cross) of spirit overcoming (slaying) the horizontal axis (the Dragon) of matter. The vertical axis, that of the spirit, is represented by many forms of symbolism. It is found in various forms of sacred poles and pillars, in the steeples of churches and the minarets of mosques, in the Masonic pillar of J., and in the wand as representing a power from above. This wand is the wand of the magician, the baton of the conductor of an orchestra, and the magic wand of Mercury-Hermes, the God of Air, the messenger of the Gods, the wanderer between the Spheres, the Lord of the function of inspiration and intuition. We use the same symbol in the wands of the Deacons, the messengers of our Lodges, whose sign of office originally was the caduceus of Mercury-Hermes. When this symbolic wand touches a person, his world is transformed into a more joyful realm and he becomes charged with the power of the spirit. Perhaps, at the same time, he sees his old world in a new light-for the first time in its true light-and then commences the fight for mastery between the Dragon of materialism and the Angel of light, in whose hand is the lance of the spirit. The two axes of the cross are present also in our Lodges as the two columns of the Wardens, and it is for this reason that the one is erect while the other is laid horizontally. When the Lodge is at labour the column of the Senior Warden is erect to indicate that the power of the spirit is flowing due East and West and that the Lodge is orientated in this axis. When the Lodge is called from labour to refreshment, the spiritual axis is horizontal to signify lying down to rest, and the Lodge then becomes orientated along the axis of Earth and Water-the Bread and Water of our material sustenance. But, brethren, man cannot live by Bread (and Water) alone, and those who look on the Masonic banquets as of more importance than the Masonic ceremonies, are living according to the laws of the Dragon. It is a matter of passing interest that the sign of Taurus, the Bull, and also the position of the Junior Warden are in the South, the location of the sun at high noon for the Northern Hemisphere, while the Dragon usually is represented with flames issuing from its mouth. The sign of Taurus is represented only by the head of the Bull (corresponding to the head of the Dragon), while the opposite sign (corresponding to the tail of the Dragon) is represented by the Scorpion, having the sting in its tail. We have seen that the vertical axis of the spirit is assigned to the two Elements of Fire and Air, and that the colours associated with these Elements respectively are scarlet and blue. These are the colours of the robes of the King and the Priest, and the colours of the "ribbon worn by the Companions..."-"... a sacred emblem, denoting light, being composed of two of the principal colours with which the veils of the Temple and Tabernacle were interwoven.... It has ever been considered an emblem of regal dignity and power ". It is thus a symbol of the spiritual axis of Leo (the royal sign) and Aquarius (the Water-man), the power of the human mind.



If we care to ascribe to the two axes their astrological symbols, the vertical represents the opposite poles of Intuition and Reason, while the horizontal axis represents the opposite poles of Emotion and Action. Alternatively, they represent Intuition and Thinking (the mind), and Feeling and Willing, In each case, the "lowest" element-action and will-is that of Earth, while the highest-intuition-is that of Fire. The reference to the four rivers which watered the Garden of Eden also is connected with the symbolism of the four Elements. These mystical rivers were named:

PISON (fire)-meaning "joining together as one".
HIDDEKEL (air)-meaning "freely flowing".
GIHON (water)-meaning "to run out, to burst forth into thought".
(Phrath) EUPHRATES (earth)-meaning "to increase, the creative power, the fruitful river".


All these four rivers were said to issue from the river Nahar, meaning the "one river"-the Spirit. The word Nahar refers to "breathing deeply" so that this one river is connected with what we otherwise call the Breath of Life, and the mystical fire of the East; the river Pison, refers to the union with the fire-the transmutation into gold, the attainment of the crown of the East. Alternatively, the action of the Fire of the spirit (the red colour) acting on the axis of Earth and Water (bread and water) converts them into the mystical bread and wine of the Sacrament-the transmuting effect of the Holy Grail. But, just as we know that the contact of two poles of an electric battery produces current, or even a spark, so does the entry of spirit into matter bring about a change resulting from the spark of that light which, at our Initiation, we proclaimed to be the "predominant wish of our hearts". Just as the passage of a current of electricity through an electrolyte produces a permanent change, so the effect of that light which is from above will have a permanent effect on the Candidate, and he can never revert to his original state of darkness. It is often said: "Once a Mason always a Mason" and, having experienced the power of that light, it would be spiritual death for the Candidate to attempt to retreat, for then the running noose of our astral cord, the cable-tow of the Freemason, would lead to strangulation of the mind. Ignorance is one of the deadly evils but, knowledge wrongly applied leads to spiritual destruction. It is fully in accord with this teaching that the sharp i. placed to the breast of the Candidate should be of cruciform shape, and in the form of man himself.

THE THREE PILLARS

A study of the signs in the circle of the Zodiac shows that they are in the form of three crosses which we call the Fixed Cross, the Cardinal Cross, and the Mutable Cross, and it is useful to separate these, placing the appropriate planetary signs at the end of each axis in place of the zodiacal signs. We find that the Fixed and the Cardinal crosses are mirror images of each other, except that the Fixed Cross has the Sun at its Eastern arm while the Cardinal Cross has the Moon in the corresponding position. Since the Moon only shines by reflection of the light of the Sun, the one truly is a mirror image of the other. The planets included in these two crosses are: the Sun, the Moon, Venus, Mars and Saturn. The Mutable Cross consists of two planets only: Mercury and Jupiter. According to occult teaching, the planet Mercury represents "Mind or Variety of Mental Experience", while Jupiter represents "Single Pointed Mind, or Law and Order". This Cross is bipolar, i.e. it forms a link between the positive and the negative signs and, as you will see, it is in the form of a St. Andrew's Cross. According to Dionysian symbolism, man as the Microcosm is represented as stretched out on the diagonals of a square (on a St. Andrew's Cross) and this square is composed of 21 smaller squares along each side, making 441 squares in all (=9). The square is inscribed in a circle which, in turn, is inscribed in a larger square having 30 component squares along each edge, making 900 in all. Nine is the number of the perfect man and this symbol gives a subtle relationship between the 1+2=3 and the 9 and, according to our analysis of the Zodiac, the figure of man as the Microcosm would have the sign of the planet Mercury at the tip of each hand and that of Jupiter at the tip of each foot. Can we not say that this Man represents Mind incarcerated in matter, with the feet of the figure based on Law and Order, while the hands reach outward and ever upward for further variety of mental experience. The corresponding Zodiacal signs, which form this Mutable Cross and, therefore, the figure of Man as the Microcosm, are Gemini, Virgo, Sagittarius, and Pisces and, to these traditionally are ascribed the virtues of Understanding, Modesty, Generosity and Sympathy (or Charity). We have ample reference to them in our Ritual: "... yet ought no eminence of situation make us forget that we are brothers, for he who is placed on the lowest spoke of fortune's wheel (our circle of the Zodiac) is equally entitled to our regard...". Again:.. humility in each is an essential qualification...Again: "... that virtue which may justly be deemed the distinguishing characteristic of a Freemason's heart; I mean Charity...... And finally: " ... to drop a tear of sympathy over the failings of a brother ...".

Our peculiar system of morality truly is veiled, and all that we can do is to raise the tip of that veil, and then retire with all respect and reverence. Do we not find, in our Cardinal and Fixed Crosses, a symbol of that double cube which was covered by a veil? It is said to represent Heaven and Earth or, again, the rough and the perfect Ashlars of our early symbolism. The Cardinal signs remind us of the in-flowing power, and the Fixed signs of our capacity for receiving what we call "flashes of inspiration", be they rushing mighty winds or still small voices. Just as the hammer of the smith does not produce sparks until it strikes the resistance of the anvil or of the rough lump of metal on that anvil, so the powers of the spirit do not manifest until they meet the resistance of our imperfect beings. The Cardinal and the Fixed Crosses, therefore, represent the opposite poles of the great cosmic forces which, like great magnets, hold matter in perfect equilibrium, but the human being, whose mental powers are crucified on the third Cross, that of incarnate humanity-the bipolar or Mutable Cross-is equipped with the capacity to interpret the signs and symbols of the other two, although so very often he regards them only as figures of wood and stone.


We can consider the three Crosses in another way: -The Cardinal Cross is governed by the Moon, the symbol of Isis and of the Feminine or intuitional aspect of human nature. The Fixed Cross is governed by the Sun, the symbol of Osiris and of the Masculine, the strength and the reasoning aspect of our nature. We know that the Cardinal Cross corresponds to the four Cardinal Virtues which, collectively, may be called "Wisdom" so that, with the "Strength" of the Fixed Cross, we have two of the three great Pillars which are said to support a Mason's Lodge: "Wisdom, Strength and Beauty". In the fourth Section of the first Lecture, we are told that they represent-" Wisdom to contrive, Strength to support, and Beauty to adorn ... Wisdom to conduct us in all our undertakings, Strength to support us in all our difficulties, and Beauty to adorn the inward man". Further, we are told: "The Universe is the Temple of that Deity whom we serve; Wisdom, Strength and Beauty are about his throne as Pillars of his works, His Wisdom is infinite, His Strength omnipotent, and His Beauty shines forth throughout the whole of the Creation in symmetry and order. The Heavens He has stretched forth as a canopy (the out-stretched arms of the man on the Mutable Cross). He has planted the Earth as His footstool (the out-stretched feet of the man on the Mutable Cross). He has crowned His Temple with stars as with a diadem, and His hands extend their power and glory. The Sun and Moon are Messengers of His Divine Will, and all His laws are concord. The three great pillars which support a Mason's Lodge are emblems of these three Divine attributes ...". These are the pillars which, in the Lodge are represented respectively by the Doric of the S.W., the Ionic of the W.M., and the Corinthian of the J.W., thus allocating the Cardinal Cross of the Moon to the S.W. who is situated in the place of the setting sun and to whom is allocated the celestial globe. The Fixed Cross of Strength, therefore, is allocated to the W.M. who rules by virtue of the Power in him vested, and the Mutable Cross of Beauty is allocated to the J.W. who represents the personal human being-the man as the microcosm.

Since the Universe is always considered to be feminine with respect to God-The Great Mother, Mother Nature, The Widow, The Virgin Mother--we are guided to a contemplation of the triplicity of "the Universe, God and Man", or man as the off-spring from the mystical marriage of God and the Universe, i.e. man as the son of the Widow, whereby we are all "..brothers to H.A.B. who was a Widow's son". As we have seen previously, he was the great Exemplar of our Order and, therefore, represents the ideal man-" ... and I hope that this will make a lasting impression on his and your minds should you ever be placed in a similar state of trial ". We place two of the great pillars at opposite ends of our Lodge-the Strength of the Sun (Ionic pillar) beside the W.M., and the Wisdom of Isis (Doric pillar) beside the S.W.-the two pillars being located due East and West. Notice also that the Doric architecture originated in Egypt and that the word "Dor" means a "dwelling"; also the first letter--the Delta or the Daleth--has the numerical value of 4 and that, in Hebrew, the symbolic meaning of the Daleth is "the breast and every nourishing and abundant object". The symbolic meaning is "the universal quaternary, the source of all physical existence". As we read in the V.S.L.-Matt. xi, 19- "Wisdom is justified of her children". The beautiful Corinthian pillar is placed beside the J.W. as the " ostensible steward of the Lodge" -the Lodge of humanity and the interior Lodge of every individual human being, the beauty of the inward man. Inside each one of us there is the white altar of incense, the altar of purity, and it is within the potential of every one to allow that purity and that beauty to radiate as the body of light-the body of lustration.


SATOR AREPO TENET OPERA ROTAS

Possibly it is not surprising that the fixed points of the compass should be associated with the Fixed Cross of the Zodiac. You will remember that some authors have placed the letters ROTA, the wheel, at the four points of the Cross, and have suggested this as a possible origin of the word TAROT. According to the Greek numerical alphabet, the word ROTA has the value of 100+70+300+1=471=12. This is our circle of the Zodiac. In our Ritual we refer to the "Brethren of the N., E., S. and W. will take notice that Mr.... is about to pass in view before them to show that. . . and a fit and proper person to be made a Mason", and we have the same proclamation to the four points of the compass early in the Coronation ceremony of the monarch of the British Commonwealth of Nations. While we are inclined to think that the Master is calling on the Members assembled in the Lodge to "notice Mr....", is it not far more likely that he really is calling on the four Regents of the World, with their attendant hosts, to witness that another human being is seeking guidance towards the first rung of that great ladder which reaches from the Earth to the Heavens? In his great work-" The Light of Asia"-Sir Edwin Arnold says: "... But when they brought the painted palanquin to fetch him home, the bearers of the poles were the four Regents of the Earth, come down from Mount Sumeru --they who write men's deeds on brazen plates...". We have seen that, in the book of Enoch, the four Regents are given the names respectively of Michael, Raphael, Gabriel and Phanuel (or Haniel). The name Michael means "Who is like unto God", that of Raphael means "The healing of God", Gabriel means "The Strength of God" (the Man-God), and Phanuel (or Haniel) means "the Grace of God". You will notice that Raphael corresponds to the physician (the healer) and that the name Phanuel (Haniel) is very similar to that of St. John (=Phan or Han); we still have the Scottish name of Ian and its related variations in other countries--e.g. Hans, Johannes, each with a similar meaning. St. John is the mystic, the visionary; he is associated with the North-the place of material darkness, which is but spiritual light-the symbol of spiritual vision and aspiration. But directly at the opposite end of the axis is the evangelist St. Luke, the physician, the symbol of the great Regent Raphael, who heals the wounds of those mortals who, during their upward climb on the way of return, "fall among thieves". Is it not appropriate that the Junior Warden should be situated in the place of the physician, for it is he who calls us from labour to refreshment but only that, after being refreshed, we should be the better able to continue with the great work, for he warns us to "keep within hail ... for the further despatch of Masonic business". You will be familiar with the symbol of the Buddha in contemplation with the hands showing the sign of the opposite triangles in perfect balance-the balance of the horizontal axis of the cross, the balance of the material sense nature and the inward spiritual (or soul) nature, the balanced food of bread and water, for the twain are but the life-giving food for ourselves.

In the accounts of the mysteries of Mithra (the Sun God), we are told that the symbol of "Boundless Time" was placed at the pinnacle of the Divine Hierarchy, and that it was represented as the figure of a man with the head of a lion. Round the body, coiled anti-clockwise, was a serpent with its head looking down on to the top of the head of the lion, above which was a key. Here we have the symbol of ascent, anti-clockwise, along a spiral path, from Aquarius (the Water-man) to Leo (the Supreme man). The key was a golden one, indicating that boundless time is the key to the mystery of existence; it is the key of Peter who, like the lion, is represented as having long flowing hair. He was the lion of the twelve, the symbol of the lion of Judah the crown. This is the symbol of the vertical axis of the Cross, the symbol of spirit descending into incarnation and the symbol of the return of that spirit to its own inevitable destiny-the return to its royal home however often we stumble on the way and so delay the speed of that return.




We have seen that the four Elements are referred to the Ego (intuition), Emotion, Reason and Will or, as some place the order differently, the four human possibilities: to Know, to Will, to Dare, and to Keep Silent. If we place the Ego (intuition) as Fire, and Reason (mind) as Air at opposite ends of the vertical axis, and Emotion as Water, and Will as Earth at opposite ends of the horizontal axis, we shall have some clue to one factor in the behaviour of human beings. Man normally is influenced on the lower plane by his will and on the higher plane by his reason, whereas Woman is influenced on the lower plane by her emotion and on the higher plane by her intuition. Thus the pairs of opposites can be traced in their effect on the behaviour as normal reaction and, to be in perfect balance, it is necessary for each to cultivate the fundamental characteristics of the other. We know that Will without Emotion leads to tyranny, to the dictator of the present day and to all forms of oppression, while Emotion without Will is unstable as water, leading to mass hysteria and many of the troubles of our modern large cities. On the other hand, intuition without reason becomes sterile unless translated into action, and reason without intuition can be cold and hard, as is evident in so much of our present-day materialism. Each Element, alone, leads to unbalance in the human being, who is still out of balance in proportion as that being is ruled by any one Element at the expense of the other three. In the language of Alchemy, the Elements were called: Sulphur (fire), Mercury (air), Salt (water) and Earth, and the chemical processes of the Alchemists had the object of converting things of the earth into those of the higher realms. As we read on the Emerald Tablet of Hermes:"... IT IS TRUE, NO LIE, CERTAIN, AND TO BE DEPENDED UPON, THE SUPERIOR AGREES WITH THE INFERIOR AND THE INFERIOR WITH THE SUPERIOR, TO EFFECT THAT ONE TRULY WONDERFUL WORK...". This is the basis of the teaching of the mystery system throughout th ages, and it is also the teaching of our modern Freemasonry, that the whole of creation is One. " Man cannot live by bread alone ". Just as we cannot imagine a positive pole of an electric battery without having a negative pole somewhere or other, so are what we call Heaven and Earth opposite ends of "Jacob's Ladder", and all men are Brothers; thus the hurt of one can be the harm of all. As our Ritual so aptly puts it: "... The Level demonstrates that we are all sprung from the same stock, partakers of the same nature, and sharers of the same hope; and although distinctions among men are necessary to preserve subordination, yet ought no eminence of situation make us forget that we are Brothers ...". The word "subordination" may well give rise to false ideas either of pride in those of high rank or of offence in those who have not yet reached high rank, but the meaning in the older dictionaries is given as "Dependence of persons or things with respect to, or upon one another". In the same dictionary, there is an interpretation of the word "ordinate" as applied to geometrical figures saying that these are "the same as regular ones, i.e. they are equilateral and equi-angular ". And one other thought on this subject-we know that the word "sub" means "below" and that the normal meaning of the word "ordination" means "the act of ordaining, or putting into Holy Orders". Can we not see the veiled reference to our duties in this world below-in our sub-lunary abode as part of the consecrated work of the Great Architect in the great family, each member of which is dependent on all the others? In these modern day, we hear so much talk about Freedom and about the Rights of Men, but so little about their Duties and Responsibilities. When, at the early stage of our Initiation ceremony we are asked: "Are you a free man...", we follow almost immediately by binding the Candidate to a rigid code of conduct and discipline, with the obligation that he is no longer free but, in future, must work for the good of all. This is one of the fundamental teachings of our Order that, although the Fellow Craft is to be known and proved by the Square, yet is that square only a part of a greater whole -it is, as we say, but the fourth part of the great circle of life. In the book of Manly P. Hall entitled: "Masonic, Hermetic Qabbalistic and Rosicrucian Symbolical Philosophy "the following passage refers to the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse: "When the first seal was broken, there rode forth a man on a white horse wearing a crown and holding in his hand a bow. When the second seal was broken, there rode forth a man on a red horse and in his hand was a great sword. When the third seal was broken there rode forth a man upon a black horse with a pair of balances in his hand. And, when the fourth seal was broken, there rode forth Death upon a pale horse and hell followed after him. The four horsemen of the Apocalypse may be interpreted to signify the four main divisions of human life. Birth is represented by the rider on the white horse who comes forth conquering and to conquer, the impetuosity of Youth by the rider on the red horse who took peace from the earth; Maturity by the rider on the black horse who weighs all things in the scales of reason; and Death by the rider on the pale horse who was given power over a fourth part of the earth. In Eastern philosophy, these horsemen signify the four Yugas, or 'Ages of the world' which, riding forth at their appointed times, become, for a certain span, the rulers of creation". The four Yugas, or periods of time, are described in the East as follows: (See "Isis Unveiled", by H.P. Blavatsky):-

KRITA YUGA. The Golden Age, the age of joy and spiritual innocence of man.
TRETA YUGA. The Age of Silver, the period of the supremacy of man, of giants and of the sons of God.
DVAPARA YUGA. The Age of Bronze-a mixture of purity and impurity, (spirit and matter), the age of doubt.
KALI YUGA. Our present Age -the Age of Iron, of darkness, misery and sorrow. Kali is the best emblem to represent the "fall of man "-the fall of spirit into matter, with its terrific and far-reaching results.

It is said that these four Yugas represent also the psychological and mental states of man as well as the physical states, during the period of their reign. The Greek mystics also recognised four Ages: The Golden Age, the Silver Age, the Bronze Age, and the Iron Age. These were metaphysical expressions referring to the four major periods in the life of all things; in the divisions of the day, they refer to Dawn, Midday, Sunset and Midnight; in the duration of the Gods, Men, and Universes they denote the periods of Birth, Maturity, Decay (or dissolution) and Withdrawal. Even so, when we say that the square is but the fourth part of a circle, which is subtended by four right angles, are we not saying that no one part of the whole (the cosmos) can exist without all the remainder? If we really understood this teaching we should recognise that what we call physical death is but the opposite facet of physical birth, and that the one leads to the other according to the universal Law; but if this law really is universal, then physical death must lead to rebirth on some plane of existence, even as the dawn follows the sunset. Perhaps we are too deeply rooted in materialism to recognise that rebirth does not of necessity imply return to this planet which we call Earth, nor does it imply that we shall again put on the "coats of skin" which, in the book of Genesis, refer to the enclosure of flesh-what we call the human body in which the Divine Spirit was confined when, as we read in that book, "Man became a living Soul". That soul is a manifestation of the Divine Being on this plane of existence and, therefore, each human being is a positive aspect of the same Divine Being. If we really could understand that every person we meet is a manifestation of the Supreme Being, however imperfect that person may appear to our imperfect eyes, the divisions and dissentions of this world would assume a very different meaning than they have now. Is it a coincidence that we arbitrarily distinguish four main types of colour in the people of this world? We speak of men as being Black, White, Yellow or Brown and surely each one of these types is essential for the balance of world progress; no one should or can be dominant, because each one is a manifestation of the Divine Spirit or, in the words of our Ritual, each one is a fourth part of the circle-the circle of the Zodiac, the circle of humanity, and the circle of the spirit which has neither beginning nor end. Let us remember always that, although each stone in the temple of the Most High may be of different form than the rest, that temple will be incomplete if even one stone is missing or is imperfect, for the strength of the whole structure is that of its weakest link.

http://www.masonicworld.com/educatio...f_a_circle.htm



Ancient Greek Sphinx from Delphi

Origin of the Zodiac Signs


Zodiac is derived from Latin zodiacus, which comes from the Greek word zodiakos kuklos, meaning a little animal, or circle or group of animals. The name Zodiac is a result of the fact that half of the signs of classical Greek zodiac are pictured as animals. In Greek zodiacal signs, four of them are represented by human personalities (Virgo, Gemini, Sagittarius, Aquarius), while the rest are animals (Aries, Taurus, Cancer, Leo, Scorpio, Capricorn, and fish) except Libra which is represented by scales.

In the early period, the Sumerian and Akkadian races of Mesopotamia originally developed the first original zodiac signs consisted of Taurus the bull, Cancer the crab, Virgo the moon goddess, Scorpio the scorpion, Capricorn the goat-man, and Pisces the fisherman. Aries the ram, Gemini the twins, Leo the lion, Libra the scales and Sagittarius the archer came later to become part of the zodiac. To complete the twelve signs of the zodiac, Aquarius the water bearer was added.

The origin of the zodiac has been traced back in Babylonia (Mesopotamian) and evolved slowly over the period 1300 BCE to 500 BCE. Originally, the Babylonians used them for calendar purposes or as season markers. Later on, the Babylonians adapted the use of the zodiacal system in astronomy, particularly in locating the position of the moon and the planets.

The zodiacal symbols or signs that we now know are inherited from the Greeks who borrowed the Babylonians zodiacal system and used them for their calendar as well as for astrological and astronomical purposes. These zodiacal signs have their roots in Greek mythology.

According to Greek mythology the animals representing the signs are honored by Zeus because of their great acts of heroism. The origin of Aries comes from the tale of the Golden Ram who sacrificed its life to save the life of Phrixius, son of Athamus by Nephele.

The sign of Taurus originated from the tale of the Bull and Europa who was violated by Zeus with the help of the bull. Gemini the twin stems from the Tale of Castor and Pollux the twin brothers who both died. The sign of Cancer and Leo originated from one of the 12 trials of Heracles. Virgo’s origin stems from the Tale of Pandora. Libra is the scale that balances justice.

The sign of Scorpio comes from the Tale of Orion who was killed by the giant Orion. The sign of Sagittarius is representative of the centaur, Cheiron who died to set free Prometheus. The sign of Capricorn represents the goat Amalthea who fed the infant Zeus. The sign of Aquarius comes from the Tale of the Deucallion Flood. Pisces represents the goddess of love and beauty.

While Greek zodiac signs are partly humans and partly animals, the Chinese zodiac is purely represented by twelve animals. At present, the Greek zodiacal signs or symbols are mostly used in horoscopic astrology



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The Dragon is the winged serpent. The Dragon unites the serpent with the eagle, what is below with what is above.

The Dragon is the four elements. The wings are Air. The reptile body is Earth. The scales is Water and the burning breath is Fire. Thus the Dragon is the fifth element – the Spirit.

The Dragon is, in the form of Ouroboros, the serpent that bites its own tail. The Dragon is the beginning of the end and the end of the beginning.

The Dragon is beyond good and evil, night and day, female and male, plus and minus. The Dragon arises through the meeting of opposites. The Dragon is the polarity between plus and minus.

The Dragon is the symbol of Tao – the Journey – and the Journey is the goal. The Dragon is dynamic eternity.

The dark is the unknown, what is repressed from the conscious. In the dark is the hidden treasures of the soul.

If we light a candle a shadow appears. The more we strive for light the bigger shadow will grow behind us.

In darkness we can find fear. Through confronting darkness we are confronting fear and can be free from it. If we escape the darkness our fear will grow for what is in the darkness.

In Dragon Rouge a balance between dark and light, the creative and the destructive is the goal.
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