This is a depository of ‘137-96’ coincidences that have become evidence of a unity we fail to comprehend using our five senses.
IF science is befuddled by and has difficultly with metaphysical concepts such as ‘consciousness’ or the ‘collective unconscious’ then it really has no right dismissing the ‘coincidence’ as ‘evidence’ of knowledge and wisdom still to come.
Coincidence or Evidence?
UPDATE January 15, 2015
Seven panels of carved walnut or sculptured bronze have been designed to adorn the East in Masonic Lodges. Three squares form the base; upon which are erected two like squares, two rectangles. They speak the great truths of our Craft in the universal language of symbolism. Their letters, figures and characters may be found in the Holy Writings of the world’s great religions, in the California Grand Lodge Monitor, and in standard Masonic works. Together they form a six foot square. Two foot squares are in the West and South.
The great letter ‘G’, suspended before the top center panel, holds honored place in every Lodge of Freemasons. Together with the Square and Compass, it forms the best known public Masonic emblem (I Kings 8:29; 9:3).
The center panel, above the station of the Master of the Lodge, declares the Glory of God in the rising sun, the waxing moon, and seven stars forming the Master’s Square (Genesis 1:14-18; 2:l-4; Job 38:31; Psalm 19; Amos 5:8). In the Great Architect of the Universe, every Mason puts his trust (Psalm 56: 11). The Apprentice is charged with the duties he owes, first, to God (Exodus 20). The Fellow Craft contemplates Geometry, the first and noblest of sciences, in the Divine Artist (Job 37:14; Psalm 8). The Master Mason remembers his Creator, and the return of his spirit unto God, Who gave it (Ecclesiastes 12).
Northeast is the panel of the Apprentice. Oblong like the Lodge, it is furnished with the Holy Bible, Square and Compass. The Holy Book opens at the first three verses of Genesis. The three Initials ‘G’ of the name of God are illumined. His Words, “Let There Be Light,” are marked by six-pointed stars, symbols of the Creation. Upon the blank left page, the sojourner may place the opening words of his Holy Book, if they differ (Leviticus 19:33-34). Here is the point of the individual brother, within the bounding circle of his conduct. The circle is supported by two perpendicular parallel lines, representing our Patrons, Saint John the Baptist and Saint John the Evangelist, and on its top rest the Holy Writings. The lamb, emblem of innocence, is the Apprentice, facing the Master in the Northeast comer of the Lodge. He wears the lambskin as the badge of a Mason (Proverbs 27:26). The twenty-four inch gauge orders his day. The sandal symbolizes his bargain with the Fraternity (Ruth 4:7; Joshua 5:15). He is assured by the three notes that his asking, seeking and knocking will be answered (Matthew 7:7-8). He sees the common gavel in the hand of the Master.
The tall Southeast panel repeats the lessons of the Fellow Craft. The two great pillars before King Solomon’s Temple are decorated with the lily work of the sacred Egyptian lotus. Their chapiters are surmounted by the pommels bearing network and wreaths of pomegranates (I Kings; II Chronicles). Upon their shafts are symbols of the fords of Jordan (Judges 12:4-6). Winding stairs of three, five and seven steps, the fifteen points of “Euclid’s Constitutions,” ascend to the middle chamber in the right side of the house, the lodging of our ancient brethren (1 Kings 6:8). Ionic, Doric and Corinthian columns – Wisdom, Strength and Beauty – support its entablature which displays the Square, Level and Plumb, working tools of the Fellow Craft, jewels of the Master and his Wardens. Above blazes the five-pointed star or pentacle, symbol of Divine Providence, man bending his five senses to adore his Creator.
The All Seeing Eye of God dominates this panel from the center of the divine equilateral triangle (Psalms 33:18-19; Proverbs 15:3). At the apex, the symbol of the sun is at the vernal equinox, ready for his annual circumambulation of the twelve months of his zodiac, the twelve starry constellations in his path, the standards of the twelve tribes of Israel (Genesis 49): Spring – Aries, the Lamb or Ram; Taurus, the Bull; Gemini, the Heavenly Twins; Summer – Cancer, the Crab or Scarab: Leo, the Lion of Judah; Virgo, the Virgin, Earth’s bounty; Autumn – Libra, the Scales or Balance of Justice; Scorpio, the Scorpion, Serpent or Eagle; Sagittarius, the Archer, a Centaur; Winter – Capricorn, the Goat with a body of a fish; Aquarius, the Bearer of Water; Pisces, the Fishes.
The same Sun, Faith, heads the seven ancient planets: the Moon, Hope; Venus, Charity or Love; Saturn, god of time, Temperance; Mars, Force or Fortitude; Mercury, messenger of the gods, Prudence; Jupiter, the judge, Justice. These are the seven rungs of the ladder in Jacob’s vision (Genesis 28:12). Doves of Noah represent his Anchor and Ark. Noah’s Faith sent the first dove. After seven days, the second brought him the olive leaf of Hope (Genesis 8). Beside the winding stair, a pot of incense is borne by lions of Judah facing the four winds of Heaven. For Solomon, King of Israel, sent to Hiram, King of Tyre, saying he would build a house to the Name of the Lord to burn before Him sweet incense (II Chronicles 2:3-4). Upper corners bear Square and Compass, scribed with quarter circles.
Legend is living tradition, nearer Truth than what men call History. The three supporting panels present the three legendary Grand Masters who erected the Temple to God on Mount Moriah. The Wisdom of Solomon contrived that great and important undertaking. The Strength of Hiram, King of Tyre, supported the work of the son of David, whom Tyre had loved. Hiram furnished a man well skilled in the arts and sciences, the Beauty of whose craft adorned the Temple (I Kings 5,6,7; II Chronicles 2,3,4).
In the North supporting panel shines the Star of David, Seal of Solomon, covenant of God with man in interwoven triangles. Here is the Square of Virtue, the jewel of Solomon’s Wisdom, his choice and gift from the Lord (I Kings 3:5-15; II Chronicles 1:7-12). The basis of Wisdom is in the triangle and squares of the 47th Problem of Euclid, Pythagoras’s Theorem. The gauge here suggests the Law of Moses which ruled the twenty-four hours of Solomon’s days and of Israel. The Sign of Sagittarius is the Centaur, beast emerging into man, his arrow seeking God in the stars of heaven – Wisdom, Insight, Authority – “I See!” Leo, the Lion – Judah, Ambition, the Ruler – “I will!”
The center supporting panel bears the Trowel, special implement of King Hiram’s masons. It spreads the Strength of the cement of Brotherly Love and Affection, uniting man into one sacred society of friends and brothers. King Hiram’s jewel, the Level, proves the united Strength of men who enjoy equality, recalling the level of time upon which we travel. On a wall of three courses of three, five, and seven ashlars, stands the Beehive, emblem of industry, denoting man’s Strength in his dependence on his fellows (Psalm 133). Its ten stories are the ten fingers of two hands in strong and friendly grip. Three bees, one East, one West, one South, show a busy hive, a Lodge at work. The masons of Hiram of Tyre received wheat and barley, wine of the grape, and oil of the olive (II Chronicles 2:10, 15). Taurus, the Bull, ancient sign in which the sun gained strength in the Spring of the year – Strength. Wealth, the builder – “I have!” Aquarius, Bearer of Water, which God, in his compassion, gave man to produce the fruits of the Earth and to protect him from the heat of the Sun, proclaims His love and the brotherly love Hiram bore Solomon – “I Give!”
The South supporting panel presents that third Grand Master who Solomon fetched out of Tyre (I Kings 7:13-45; II Chronicles 2:7-14; 4:ll-16). His cube of stone, the perfect ashlar, is the Beauty and symmetry of his art and architecture. His jewel, the Plumb, stands upright before God and man (Amos 7:7, 8). If we, as did he, make best use of the Hourglass of Time, we may welcome the harvest of Time’s Scythe (Job 14:2). The branches of evergreen, the ancient Golden Bough, gives us hope that the tender branch of life will not cease (Job 14:7, 14, 15; Hosea 6:2). The sign of Libra, the Scales or Balance, shows man’s power to weigh his thought, to choose his course. It stands at the Autumnal Equinox as the Sun balances between life in the North and death for the six dark months South of the Celestial Equator – Justice, Symmetry, Harmony – “I Balance!” The sign of Aries, the Lamb or Ram, rules the zodiacal twelve at the annual rebirth of the Sun at the Vernal Equinox – Beauty, Resurrection, Immortality – “I Am!”
A panel of the sun at meridian height stands in the South at the Junior Warden’s station. It bears the rough and perfect ashlars, the latter to the East. The sun at close of day is in the West at the Senior Warden’s station, with spikes of wheat, grapes and olives for the wages promised the Temple builders by King Solomon. The officers’ lecterns bear their jewels.
The Three Steps of Masonry are in the Master’s dais, oft repeated in trios in the panels. The Book of Constitutions, guarded by the Tiler’s Flaming Sword, has proper place upon the Southwest door of the Lodge (Genesis 3:24). A Sword and Naked Heart adorn the Northwest door, (Psalm 19: 14; 139).
The extended Compass in the panel of Wisdom enjoins our Attentive Ears to receive the wise and serious truths of the Craft from the Instructive Tongues of our Brethren. That valuable instrument in the panel of Beauty teaches that these lessons, lodged in Faithful Breasts, will transmit unimpaired through the ages the most excellent tenets of Freemasonry, Brotherly Love, Relief and Truth. So mote it be!
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I admit the ideas presented on this blog need to be ‘sorted out’.
Be my guest.
Selah is a word used 74 times in the Hebrew Bible – 71 times in the Psalms and three times in Habakkuk – and is a difficult concept to translate.
71 + 3 = 74