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Higgins - The Beginning of Masonry

Higgins - The Beginning of Masonry

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It is quite possible for the hero of a popular legend to beat

once real and unreal. The real character will be or has been the

indistinct historical personage about whom, when sober sense is

allowed to assert itself over sentimental enthusiasm, we must

admit we know little or nothing based upon profane history or

archeological remains. On the other hand,
the poetry and song of an inspired race

have often wrapped their national aspira-

tions about some chance-indicated figure

and produced a demigod.
Our three ancient operative Grand

Masters are representative of both these

two classes in an eminent degree. Of their

historical proportions we are poorly in-

formed; but of their undying fame there

is ample guaranty.

Upon the universal

mystery hypothesis, they represent at one

and the same time the powers that direct

the forces of terrestrial nature and those

`

whichreignover the soul of man.

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Their ritualistic associations with th

three divine attributes, Wisdom, Strength,

and Beauty, link them almost automatically

with the three ancient names most inti-

mately associated with these qualities,-

'•Ehoohu.••the Egyptian

Solomonof IsraelMelkarth the Tyrian

hod of the Mysteries. A

eei'at~1s11 andhShop-

(whose

and Adonis the Syrian Apollo

ve

herds crook

(whose name forms part of thatof Adon-

iram or Adonhiram, "theLordHiram").

The

nameAdonwas synonymous withBaalor Bet,
meaning "Lord"; the nameMelkarthwas com-

posed in partof Melech,"King."

Ifwe were

speaking in termsof Greek or Roman mythology,

we should callthese three personagessimply

The child Ao

Helios (or Sol), Hercules, andApollo.

The latter

on an Alezan-

d i

the

cones~ r

pair is thezodiacal signof Gemini,the twins, who

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THE BEGINNING OF MASONRY

with the Hermes ofVirgoconstitute the threefold or Thrice-

great Hermes of ancient philosophy, astronomically the planet

Mercury.

These apparent individual parts were deemed by the priests

to represent but attributes of the Creator; but even as such, they

were the particular attributes most intimately associated with

the creation and destiny of man, whose chief ornaments and

distinctions from the baser creations about him were endow-

ments of this same Wisdom, Strength. and Beauty, in which

resided his likeness to his Divine Maker. Wisdom was the spe-

cial solar attribute.

The life story of the Ego lends itself aptly to an allegory

in which these three supreme divine gifts figure in the leading

roles. The distribution of emblems to the three principal lodge

officers tell a story in itself.

The three squares that are the symbols of the three ancient

operative Grand Masters are three angles of 90 degrees, a total

of 270, the mystery number of human existence, derived from

the days of gestation.

The square, alone, is the symbol of creative wisdom, the

plumb of the upright stature of the living man, and the level the

recumbent posture of death, closely assimilating the three sta-

tions with the original Aryan symbolism of Brahma the Creator,

Vishnu the Preserver, and Shiva the Transformer. It is signifi-

cant that of these three qualities Beauty should be singled out

as the eternally perishing and eternally reviving quality of the

manifested universe. The modern scientist tells us that all mat-

ter consists of vortices of positive and negative electrons, revolv-

ing round each other with incredible speed, the emanations of

the Infinite Mind arranging themselves into harmonious forms,

determined by the same Infinite Mind.

Here is the analogy in a nutshell:

The determining Wisdom

is always there, the Infinite Power is always present; the form

alone is perishable and displays the alternate phenomena that

we call "birth" and "death," although the essence is deathless.

This is the true significance of the mystery deaths of all of the

beautiful nature-gods suchas Osiris,Dumuzi, Tammuz, Dionysus,

Adonis, Atys, a host of diverse racial names, but one and the

same representation of the same cosmic fact,-that the solething

of all creation that perishes or "dies" as wemisunderstand

death, is the quality of form, perceptible to the material senses.

It is this one of our threeGrand Mastersthatdisplays the

pattern upon the trestle-board from which, once executed, it will

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be erased to make way for another.

It is this one that is sym-

bolized by the sun poised but an instant at the meridian ere its

descent to the portals of the west begins.

It is this one that,

with finger pressed on lip, guards with his very existence the

secret of his art until the capstone of the edifice he is charged

to erect- shall be placed in position and the whole work dedicated

to its glorious ultimate purpose in the counsel of the Most High.

Truly, at the approach of winter storms and icy blasts, the

trestleboard of Nature's Temple is void of directions for the

workman and the plans of Divine Wisdom and Power inopera-

tive in the absence of themanifestingsyllable of the creative

word!

There is but one substitute in the ordering of matter

from chaos to form; for the handiwork of the Great Architect

himself and the secret lies in the triple square of the Supreme
Three,"Man."

The mystery of human life.

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