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The Seven Liberal Arts
Every Freemason around the globe is familiarwith the Seven Liberal Arts and Sciences which,in Queensland, are first briefly encounterednear the end of the Charge After Initiation onthe night a man becomes a Mason.For the rest of our Masonic life we hear and seeboth subtle, and not so subtle, references to theSeven Liberal Arts and Sciences made up of the;
(Tri Via, 3 roads or paths) whichconcerns the study of language i.e.- Grammar,- Rhetoric,- Logic, and the
(Quad Rivium 4 Streams) whichconcerns the study of numbers i.e.- Arithmetic (relationships between numbers),- Geometry (numbers in space),- Music (numbers in time),- Astronomy (numbers in space and time).Astronomy and Geometry, have ever been held in high esteem by Freemasons and since timeimmemorial, Geometry has been recognised as the foundation of Astronomy.The earliest examples of Geometry being used in Astronomy come from ancient Babylon around3000BCE. Both the Babylonians and Egyptians were using the formula we know as the 47th problemof Euclid (c300BCE) at least 1500 years before Pythagoras (570-495BCE).There are records from around300BCE that Aristarchus usedtrigonometry and the 47th problem toestimate the size of and distance tothe Sun and the Moon.Around 250BCE, Eratosthenes usedGeometry and the 47th problem tocalculate the circumference of the
Earth and the tilt of the Earth’s axis.
Elements of Astronomy are shown, alluded to, or mentioned at almost every step of our Masonic journey from EA to the final degree in every Masonic order. Why is Astronomy considered such animportant part of Freemasonry?
This paper is one Brother’s interpretation based on his comprehension
, and I ask you to accept thatwhile others may comprehend things differently, we are all likely to be correct.