A square peg in this world’s round hole perpetually feeling like you don’t fit in please relax and give yourself a break
savor each moment, sing your own song
even if you fail you can always try again be loving, kind and compassionate to all then simply breathe and smile game over, you win
Notice Mary Magdalene with her three children at the bottom of this picture, flanked by two women of the Jerusalem Church, representing the sacred feminine in the forefront of Jachin and Boaz, with dozens of masonic symbols, including the beehive, square and compass, spring of acacia, plumb, level, scythe, Jacob’s ladder, lamb, rough and smooth ashlars, point within a circle, anchor, cable-tow, ark of the covenant, lost key, past master symbol, noah’s ark, trowel, vitruvian base, venus (pentalpha/pentagram), mercury/alchemy star (star of David/Jewish star),
The Hierophant Tau Cross, mosaic pavement, three steps (degrees), the Sun, and the Divine Shekhinah in the center of the Holy of Holies, the inner chamber of Solomon’s Temple; this represents the Venus/Mercury conjunction with the Sun. There are more symbols here, but these are just off the top of my head and what I can recognize. One of my favorite paintings, for various reasons.
- Richard E. Gordon III 32 PHA, Knight Kadosh and Sublime Prince of the Royal Secret
Alchemy first and foremost sought to join the physical with the spiritual. In alchemical symbolism, the physical world was represented by the square (like the four corners of the earth), and the spiritual world by a circle- which had no beginning or end. The two tools used in making these symbols are the square and compasses,
In fact, early alchemical texts from the 1500’s flatly state that in order to attain the famed Philosopher’s Stone of alchemy, you needed to “square the circle”. This is also why Leonardo Da’Vinci depicts a square and a circle joined around man in his Vitruvian Man drawing- with the square of earth centered on the genitals and the circle of spirit centered on the belly button.
(Fellowcrafts will likewise want to take special notice of how Leonardo’s Vitruvian Man is standing). The abdomen between the genitals and the belly button separates the higher and lower nature- which we can appreciate with the Master Mason penal sign.
Two symbols of the Royal Arch Masonry - Past H and Past J.
Freemasonry describes itself as a beautiful system of morality, veiled in allegory and illustrated by symbols. The symbolism is mainly drawn from the manual tools of stonemasons - the square and compasses, the level and plumb rule, among others. A moral lesson is attached to each of these tools. The meaning of the symbolism is taught and explored through ritual.
All Freemasons begin their journey in the “craft” by being progressively initiated, passed and raised into the three degrees of craft. During these three rituals, the candidate is progressively taught the meanings of the lodge symbols, and entrusted with grips, signs and words to signify to other Masons that he has been so initiated. The initiations are part allegory and part lecture, and revolve around the construction of the Temple of Solomon, and the artistry and death of his chief architect, Hiram Abiff. The degrees are those of Entered apprentice, Fellowcraft and Master Mason.
1 August 1971: The day George and friends bought peace, love, compassion, awareness and colour to Madison Square Garden, and in the process, contributed to ending an ignored war and liberating a fledgling nation. Not a bad day’s work.
“The main thing was, we spread the word and helped get the war ended. Little Bengali waiters in Indian restaurants still come up to me and say, “When we were fighting in the jungle, it was so great to know there was someone out there supporting us.”