The sword is a symbol of war, destruction, power, authority, and divine judgements. In occult philosophy, the sword is also related to wisdom and reason by the issuance of your words with the tongue of your mouth. Quite simply, the sword is used for cutting at a foe. Just like a physical sword can kill or maim your opponents, your mouth can issue sharp words that act like a sword to slay ignorance, lies and darkness in the world in order to bring light.
Up until the recent era, a sword was worn by most men, and to be without one would leave you victim to those men who carried swords. It wasn’t until after the advent of the gun and especially the handgun, that the sword was replaced by this better and more advanced weapon that could wound or kill anyone with a sword from several yards away. From this point forward, the sword became more of a symbol of war and knighthood than anything else.
The compound word sword is composed of the two words swo (swa, swe, or swer) and ord. It comes down to us today from the Old English word sweord, and Old Norse sverð. The word swer- “to wound, to cut.” The meaning of the English ord is a “point, spear-point, spear, source, beginning, front, etc.” Ord can be found in words such as ‘order’ and even the word ‘word.’ As it is said, “the word of God is said to destroy all his enemies.”
As I mentioned above, the sword is also a symbol of knighthood. No man was considered a true knight until he had went through the ceremony of being presented with the sword. Upon coronation of the knight, it is said on the girding of the sword; “In the name of God, of St. Michael, and St. George, I make thee a knight.”
In the library of the London College of Arms it has been written; “Unto a knight, which is the most honorable office above all other, is given a sword, which is made like unto a crosse for the redemption of mankind in signifying that like as our Lord God died upon the crosse for the redemption of mankind, even so a knight ought to defend the crosse and to overcome and destroy the enemies of the same; and it hath two edges in tokening that with the sword he ought to maintain knighthood and justice.”
In Masonic Templarism, the symbol of the sword is preserved within the craft in the highest degrees, and the degrees of chivalry. According to the regulations of the Grand Encampment of the United States, the sword to be worn by the Knights Templar must have a helmet head or pommel, a cross handle, and a metal scabbard. The length from the top of the hilt to the end of the scabbard must be from thirty-four to forty inches.
In one of the Masonic degrees, The Sword pointing to a Naked Heart is when the initiate is surrounded by swords pointing at his heart in order to remind the masonic initiate of God’s avenging justice, and the terrible punishment on the workers of iniquity, that unless they repent and seek mercy ere it be too late. This ceremony can be found in all English and many world-wide Lodges.
We find the true meaning of the sword in the scriptures under Genesis. xxvii. 40, “By thy sword thou shalt live; Thou shalt support thyself by war and rapine.” The Lord in Matthew x. 34 said; “I came not to send peace on earth, but a sword,” and in Psalms xvii. 13, ” The wicked, who is thy sword.”
So in Hebrews iv. 12, “The word of God is quick and powerful (or living and energetic), sharper than any two-edged sword.” And in Hosea vi. 5, the word of God is said to destroy all his enemies: “Therefore have I hewn them by the prophets, I have slain them by the words of my mouth; And my judgments have been as the light when it goeth forth.”
The world we live in is managed by the symbolism, and cutting power of the sword. It has been said in this 6th Age, that the tribe or country with the biggest sword become masters of Jerusalem, and inheritors of the rites of Caesar. To be on the wrong end of the sword in this day and age is to disrespect and/or be foes to these masters of Jerusalem whose sword pierces the hearts of their enemies around the globe. To be in their good favor is to be knighted with the sword, and accepted into their brotherhood in which they are the current grand masters.
However in the end, the Brotherhood consisting of royal elite, Masons, Knights, priests and many other related orders, must pound their swords into plowshares. It is said by 33rd degree Freemason and Master Rosicrucian, Manly P. Hall who says this about him and his weapons; “The Mason must ‘follow in the footsteps of his forefather, Tubal-Cain, who with the mighty strength of the war god hammered his sword into a plowshare.”
Tubal Cain is described in the Bible under Isaiah 2:4 -“He will judge between the nations and will settle disputes for many peoples. They will beat their swords into plowshares and their spears into pruning hooks. Nation will not take up sword against nation, nor will they train for war anymore.” And also in Joel 3:10 – Beat your plowshares into swords and your pruning hooks into spears. Let the weakling say, “I am strong!