“The Amen, the true and faithful witness,” Rev. i. 14.
Amon (Ammon, Amun or Amen) is “The Hidden One” who is “King of the Gods,” and the “Lord of the Thrones” of the visible and the invisible worlds. The “Creator God” who was the mysterious soul of the universe which reveals itself in light. Amon is the light, creator, builder and grand architect of the house and temple. Amon is the Hi-Ram, and those of you that are familiar with Freemasonic allegories and history, can relate Amon to the Hiram Abiff of Solomon’s Temple.
“The Hidden One” who is “King of the Gods” and the “Lord of the Thrones” is not some God you will find outside of yourself in the heavens or carved onto an idolatrous stone by the grand architect of the Universe. Nor will you find this Grand Master inside of a Freemasonic lodge. Au contraire Solomon! This God is hidden deep within you and you must Know Thyself in order to find the mysterious Creator God who is the hidden one, King of Gods and the Lord of “Your” Throne.
The throne where King Amon is located is in Ammon’s Horn or the hippocampus situated in your house, or what is more commonly called the head.
Isaiah 65:16 – Whoever invokes a blessing in the land will do so by the God of truth; he who takes an oath in the land will swear by the God of truth. For the past troubles will be forgotten and hidden from my eyes. (more…)
He erected the pillars at the portico of the temple. The pillar to the south he named Jakin and the one to the north Boaz. – 1 Kings 7:21
One of the most prolific symbols and allegorical key figures that you will find in freemasonry are the two pillars of Boaz and Jachin. The reason that you will always find these pillars in association with freemasonry is because they are the custodians of the Temple of Solomon.
It is both Boaz and Jachin whom are represented as masons that were employed in the building the world-wide temple of the Universal Church under their great master, Hiram Abiff. To honor this occasion, an immortal symbol of their work was created and these two pillars were respectively consecrated.
It is pretty easy to understand this allegory based just on the paragraph above. These two pillars are simply symbolic of the Freemasons whom are the builders of the Temple of Solomon in which they complete the work in building this temple under their Grand Master, HiRam Abiff.
Please keep in mind that when I refer to the Temple of Solomon, I’m not speaking about an actual physical building, but a spiritual world wide structure of human souls who are the living stones, AKA Masons in building the Temple. This is key to understanding the mystery.
It is said that in the degree of perfect master that the two pillars of Boaz and Jachin are fixed crossways and the candidate is asked ” Are you a perfect master ? Where the candidate answers “I have seen the circle and the square enclosing the two columns. (more…)
“What shall I say of Ireland,” cries Heiric, ” which, despising the dangers of the ocean, emigrates entirely with her troops of philosophers, and descends on our shores ? Her most learned masters become exiles, to place themselves under the obedience of our wise Solomon.” Charles the Bald, this Solomon, this Charlemagne,—for contemporaries give him, too, that glorious name, — had at least the merit of protecting letters, and the Irish especially. They were welcomed at their arrival, and when they could not be detained, their departure was witnessed with regret. ” This did Chromnal charge me to tell when he left, for you Irishmen are always leaving,”says Walafrid to Probus
Not many Freemasons or Templars are aware of the fact that the “Father of Europe” (pater Europae), and the first “Roman Emperor” in Western Europe since the fall of the Roman Empire was named King Solomon. I know this may come as surprise to many of you that King Solomon was actually the Father of Europe and the first “Roman Emperor” in Western Europe, but it is true. However, with that said, let me state that this Western King would not be the first Solomon, but he definitely would forever be known as one of the most influential of this 6th Age.
The illuminated revelations that I AM spreading here has to be one of the greatest Templar mysteries ever. The mystery of King Solomon and HiRam Abiff that no other author has been Able to uncover until now. I understand that there will be many of you who read my research that will discount it not as factual, but the facts are that these findings are well documented if you know where to search intuitively and also how to intelligently piece information together. My hopes are to connect the dots for you in the most simple and logical fashion that I know how. (more…)
Perfect love means perfect harmony. Various are the strings on a harp yet they constitute one harp. “Love is a tie or bond through which all things are united in ineffable friendship and insoluble unity,” – Saint John Scotus Erigena.
Regarded as Europe’s greatest philosopher of the early Middle Ages, Johannes Scottus Eriugena, was an Irishman. Eriugena was highly proficient in Greek, which, though rare at that time in West Europe, was used in the learning tradition of Early and Medieval Ireland, as evidenced by the use of Greek script in medieval Irish manuscripts. Thus, with an Irish education, he was well equipped for Western society, and his linguistic competences allowed for intellectual exchanges. He moved to France (about 845) and took over the Palatine Academy at the invitation of Carolingian King Charles the Bald.
For being such a famous Scottish theologian, philosopher and poet who was also the Grand Preceptor to one of the greatest French Kings ever, it is quite a surprise that little to nothing is known about the true history of a man named Johannes Scotus Eriugena or John Scotus. It reminds me of my ancestor Saint Bede whose conspiracy I had also written about a few months ago whose teachings, books authored and life story appear to exactly match the story of this most famous Scottish philosopher named John Scotus who like Bede, was also the Grand Preceptor to the King of the Franks, Charlemagne. (more…)
The traditional account of the death and several burials, and resurrection of Hiram Abiff, the widow’s son [as hereafter narrated], admitted as facts, this degree is certainly very interesting. The Bible informs us that there was a person of that name employed at the building of King Solomon’s Temple; but neither the Bible, the writings of Josephus, nor any other writings, however ancient, of which I have any knowledge, furnish any information respecting his death. It certainly is very singular, that a man so celebrated as Hiram Abiff, was an arbiter between Solomon, king of Israel, and Hiram, king of Tyre, universally
acknowledged as the third most distinguished man then living, and in many respects the greatest man in the world, should pass off the stage of action in the presence of King Solomon, three thousand three hundred grand overseers, and one hundred and fifty thousand workmen, with whom he had spent a number of years, and neither King Solomon, his bosom friend, nor any other among his numerous friends even recorded his death or anything about him. I make these remarks now, hoping that it may induce some person who has time and capacity to investigate the subject, and promulgate the result of his investigation. I shall let the subject rest where it is, at present; it is not intended that it should form any part of this little volume. The principal object of this work is to lay before the world a true history of Freemasonry, without saying anything for or against it.
A person who has received the two preceding degrees, and wishes to be raised to the sublime degree of a Master Mason, is [the lodge being opened as in the preceding degrees] conducted from the preparation room to the door,
[the manner of preparing him is particularly explained in the lecture] where he gives three distinct knocks, when the Senior Warden rises and says, “Worshipful, while we are peaceably at work on the third degree of Masonry, under the influence of humanity, brotherly love, and affection, the door of our lodge appears to be alarmed.”
The Master to the Senior Deacon, “Brother Senior, enquire the cause of that alarm.”
The Senior Deacon then steps to the door and answers the three knocks that have been given by three more: [these knocks are much louder than those given on any occasion, other than that of the admission of candidates in the several degrees] one knock is then given without and
answered by one within, when the door is partly opened and the Junior Deacon asks, “Who comes there? Who comes there? Who comes there?”
The Senior Deacon answers, “A worthy brother who has been regularly initiated as an Entered Apprentice Mason, passed to the degree of a Fellow Craft, and now wishes for further light in Masonry by being raised to the sublime degree of a Master Mason.”
Junior Deacon to Senior Deacon, “Is it of his own free will and accord he makes this request?”
Ans. “It is.”
Junior Deacon to Senior Deacon, “Is he duly and truly prepared.”
Ans. “He is.”
Junior Deacon to Senior Deacon, “Is he worthy and well qualified?”
Ans. “He is.”
Junior Deacon to Senior Deacon, “Has he made suitable proficiency in the preceding degrees?”
Ans. “He has.”
Junior Deacon to Senior Deacon, “By what further rights does he expect to obtain this benefit?”
Ans. “By the benefit of a pass-word.”
Junior Deacon to Senior Deacon, “Has he a pass-word?”
Ans. “He has not, but I have got it for him.”
The Junior Deacon to the Senior Deacon, “Will you give it to me.?”
The Senior Deacon then whispers in the ear of the Junior Deacon, “Tubal Cain.”
Junior Deacon says, “The pass is right. Since this is the case, you will wait till the Worshipful Master be made acquainted with his request and his answer returned.”
“Did you ever return to the sanctum sanctorum or holy of holies of King Solomon’s Temple?”
Ans. “I did.”
“Was there anything particular took place on your return?”
Ans. “There was, viz.: I was accosted by three ruffians, who demanded of me the Master Mason’s word.”
“Did you give it to them?”
Ans. “I did not, but bid them wait with time and patience till the Grand Lodge assembled at Jerusalem; and then, if they were found worthy, they should receive it; otherwise they could not.”
“In what manner were you accosted?”
Ans. “In attempting to retire to the south gate, I was accosted by one of them, who demanded of me the Master Mason’s word, and on refusing to comply with his request he gave me a blow with the twenty-four inch gauge, across my breast, on which I fled to the west gate, where I was accosted by the second, with more violence, and on my refusing to comply with his request he gave me a severe blow with the square, across my breast, on which I attempted to make my escape at the east gate, where I was accosted by the third, with still more violence, and on my refusing to comply with his request he gave me a violent blow with the common gavel on the forehead, and brought me to the floor.”
“Whom did you represent at that time?”
Ans. “Our Grand Master, Hiram Abiff, who was slain at the building of King Solomon’s Temple.”
“Was his death premeditated?”
Ans. “It was, by fifteen Fellow Crafts, who conspired to extort from him the Master Mason’s word; twelve of whom recanted, but the other three were base enough to carry their atrocious designs into execution.”
“What did they do with the body?”
Ans. “They carried it out at the east gate of the Temple and buried it till low twelve at night, when they three met, agreeable to appointment, and carried it a westerly course from the Temple, and buried it under the brow of a hill in a grave six feet due east and west, six feet perpendicular, and made their escape.”
“What time was he slain?”
Ans. “At high twelve at noon, when the Crafts were from labor to refreshment.”
“How come he to be alone at this time?”
Ans. “Because it was the usual custom of our Grand Master, Hiram Abiff, every day at high twelve, when the
[paragraph continues] Crafts were from labor to refreshment, to enter into the sanctum sanctorum or holy of holies, and offer up his adorations to the ever living God, and draw out his plans and designs on his trestle-board, for the Crafts to pursue their labor.”
“At what time was he missing?”
Ans. “At low six in the morning, when King Solomon came up to the Temple, as usual, to view the work, and found the Crafts all in confusion, and on inquiring the cause, he was informed that their Grand Master, Hiram Abiff, was missing, and no plans or designs were laid down on the trestle-board for the Crafts to pursue their labor.”
“What observations did King Solomon make at that time? Ans. “He observed that our Grand Master, Hiram Abiff, had always been very punctual in attending, and feared that he was indisposed, and ordered search to be made in and about the Temple, to see if he could be found.”
“Search being made and he not found, what further remarks did King Solomon make?”
Ans. “He observed he feared some fatal accident had befallen our Grand Master, Hiram Abiff; that morning twelve Fellow Crafts, clothed in white gloves and aprons in token of their innocence, had confessed that they twelve, with three others, had conspired to extort the Master Mason’s word from their Grand Master, Hiram Abiff, or take his life; that they twelve had recanted, but feared the other three had been base enough to carry their atrocious designs into execution.”
Ans. “King Solomon ordered the roll of workmen to be called to see if there were any missing.”
Ans. “The Sanctum Sanctorum, or holy of holies of King Solomon’s Temple.”
“How long was the temple building?”
Ans. Seven years, during which it rained not in the day-time, that the workmen might not be obstructed in their labor.”
“What supported the temple.”
Ans. “Fourteen hundred and fifty-three columns and two thousand nine hundred and six pilasters, all hewn from the finest Parian marble.”
“What further supported it?”
Ans. “Three grand columns, or pillars.”
“What were they called?”
Ans. “Wisdom, strength and beauty.”
“What did they represent?”
Ans. “The pillar of wisdom represented Solomon, King of Israel, whose wisdom contrived the mighty fabric; the pillar of strength, Hiram, King of Tyre, who strengthened Solomon in his glorious undertaking; the pillar of beauty, Hiram Abiff, the widow’s son, whose cunning craft and curious
workmanship beautified and adorned the temple.”
“How many were there employed in the building of King Solomon’s Temple?”
Ans. “Three Grand Masters, three thousand three hundred Masters, or overseers of the work, eighty thousand Fellow Crafts, and seventy thousand Entered Apprentices; all those were classed and arranged in such a manner by the wisdom of Solomon that neither envy, discord nor confusion were suffered to interrupt that universal peace and tranquillity that pervaded the work at that important period.”
“How many constitutes an Entered Apprentice lodge?”
Ans. “Seven; one Master and six Entered Apprentices.”
“Where did they usually meet?”
Ans. “On the ground floor of King Solomon’s Temple.”
“How many constitute a Fellow Craft’s lodge?”
Ans. “Five; two Masters and three Fellow Crafts.”
“Where did they usually meet?”
Ans. “In the middle chamber of King Solomon’s Temple.”
“How many constitute a Master’s lodge?”
Ans. “Three Master Masons.”
“Where did they usually meet?”
Ans. “In the Sanctum Sanctorum, or holy of holies of King Solomon’s Temple.”
“Have you any emblems on this degree?”
Ans. “We have several, which are divided into two classes.”
“What are the first class?”
Ans. “The pot of incense, the bee-hive, the book of constitutions, guarded by the Tyler’s sword, the sword pointing to a naked heart, the all-seeing eye, the anchor and ark, the forty-seventh problem of Euclid, the hour-glass, the scythe, and the three steps usually delineated on the Master’s carpet, which are thus explained: The pot of incense is an emblem of a pure heart, which is always an acceptable sacrifice to the Deity and, as this glows with fervent heat, so should our hearts continually glow with gratitude to the great and beneficent Author of our existence for the manifold blessings and comforts we enjoy. The bee-hive is an emblem of industry, and recommends the practice of that virtue to all created beings, from the highest seraph in heaven to the
lowest reptile of the dust. It teaches us that, as we came into the world rational and intelligent beings, so we should ever be industrious ones, never sitting down contented while our fellow-creatures around us are in want, when it is in our power to relieve them without inconvenience to ourselves. When we take a survey of nature, we behold man, in his infancy, more helpless and indigent than the brute creation; he lies languishing for days, weeks, months and years, totally incapable of providing sustenance for himself; of guarding against the attacks of the wild beasts of the field, or sheltering himself from the inclemencies of the weather. It might have pleased the great Creator of heaven and earth to have made man independent of all other beings, but, as dependence is one of the strongest bonds of society, mankind were made dependent on each other for protection and security, as they thereby enjoy better opportunities of fulfilling the duties of reciprocal love and friendship. Thus was man formed for social and active life, the noblest part of the work of God, and he that will so demean himself, as not to be endeavoring to add to the common stock of knowledge and understanding, may be deemed a drone in the hive of nature, a useless member of society, and unworthy of our protection as Masons.
The book of constitutions, guarded by the Tyler’s sword, reminds us that we should be ever watchful and guarded in our thoughts, words, and actions, particularly when before the enemies of Masonry, ever bearing in remembrance those truly Masonic virtues, silence and circumspection. The sword pointing to a naked heart, demonstrates that justice will sooner or later overtake us; and although our thoughts, words and actions may be hidden from the eye of man yet that all-seeing eye, whom the sun, moon and stars obey, and under whose watchful care even comets perform their stupendous revolutions, pervades the inmost recesses of the human heart, and will reward us according to our merits. The anchor and ark, are emblems of a well grounded hope and a well spent life. They are emblematical of that Divine ark which safely wafts us over this tempestuous sea of troubles, and that anchor which shall safely moor us in a peaceful harbor, where the wicked cease from troubling, and the weary shall find rest.
THE ceremony of opening and conducting the business of a Lodge of Master Masons is nearly the same as in the Entered Apprentice and Fellow Crafts’ Degrees, already explained. All the business of a “Blue Lodge” (a Lodge of three Degrees) is done in the Lodge while opened on this Degree, except that of entering an Apprentice or passing a Fellow Craft, when the Lodge is lowered from the Masters’ Degree for that purpose.
The Third Degree is said to be the height of Ancient Free-masonry, and the most sublime of all the Degrees in Masonry (Royal Arch not even excepted); and when it is conferred, the Lodge is generally well filled with the members of the Lodge and visiting brethren.
The traditional account of the death, several burials, and resurrections of one of the craft, Hiram Abiff, the widow’s son, as developed in conferring this Degree, is very interesting.
We read in the Bible, that Hiram Abiff was one of the head workmen employed at the building of King Solomon’s Temple, and other ancient writings inform us that he was an arbiter between King Solomon and Hiram, king of Tyre; but his tragical death is nowhere recorded, except in the archives of Freemasonry. Not even the Bible, the writings of Josephus, nor any other writings, however ancient, of which we have any knowledge, furnish any information respecting his death. It is very singular, that
a man so celebrated as Hiram Abiff was, universally acknowledged as the third most distinguished man then living, and, in many respects, the greatest man in the world, should pass from off the stage of action, in the presence of King Solomon, three thousand three hundred grand overseers, and one hundred and fifty thousand workmen, with whom he had spent a number of years, and with King Solomon, his bosom friend, without any of his numerous confrères even recording his death, or any thing about it.
COMPASSES, PLACED IN A LODGE OF MASTER MASONS, ”BOTH POINTS ELEVATED ABOVE THE SQUARE,” (See Note B, Appendix.)
A Master Masons’ Lodge is styled by the Craft the “Sanctum Sanctorum, or Holy of Holies, of King Solomon’s Temple,” and when the Lodge is opened on this Degree, both points of the compasses are elevated above the square. (See engraving.)
A candidate for the sublime Degree of a Master Mason is generally (as in the preceding Degrees) prepared by the Junior Deacon and the two Stewards, or some other brethren acting as such.
PREPARING THE CANDIDATE
The candidate is divested of all wearing apparel, except his shirt and drawers, and if he has not the latter, he is furnished with a pair by the brethren preparing him. The drawers are rolled up just above the candidate’s knees, and both arms are taken out of his shirt-sleeves, leaving his legs and breast bare. A rope, technically called, by Masons, a cable-tow, is wound around his body three times, and a bandage, or hoodwink, is tied very closely over his eyes. (See engraving.)
When the candidate is prepared, the Deacon takes him by the left arm, leads him up to the door of the Lodge, and gives three loud, distinct knocks.
The Senior Deacon, who has stationed himself at the inner door, at the right of the Senior Warden, on hearing these raps rises to his feet, makes the sign of a Master Mason to the Master (see Fig. 6, p. 18), and says:
Worshipful Master, while engaged in the lawful pursuit of Masonry, there is an alarm at the inner door of our Lodge.
W. M.–You will attend to the alarm, and ascertain the cause.
Senior Deacon gives three loud knocks (• • •), which are responded to by one (•) from the parties outside. The Senior Deacon then answers with one rap (•), and opens the door.
THE Degree of Mark Master, which is the Fourth in the Masonic series, is, historically considered, of the utmost importance, since we are informed that, by its influence, each operative Mason, at the building of King Solomon’s Temple, was known and distinguished, and the disorder and confusion which might otherwise have attended so immense an undertaking was completely prevented, and not only the craftsmen themselves, but every part of their workmanship was discriminated with the greatest nicety and the utmost facility.
It is claimed by Masonic writers,1 that this Degree in Masonry was instituted by King Solomon, at the building of the Temple, for the purpose of detecting impostors, while paying wages to the craftsmen. Each operative was required to put his mark upon the product of his labor, and these distinctive marks were all known to the Senior Grand Warden. If any of the workman-ship was found to be defective, it was a matter of no difficulty for the overseers to ascertain at once who was the imperfect craftsman, and remedy the defect. Thus the faulty workman was punished, without diminishing the wages of the diligent and faithful craftsmen. A candidate upon whom this Degree has been conferred is said to have been “advanced to the honorary Degree of Mark Master.”
Eight officers are necessary to open a Lodge in this Degree. viz.:
1. R. W. Master; 2. S. G. Warden; 3. J. G. Warden; 4. Senior Deacon; 5. Junior Deacon; 6. Master Overseer; 7. Senior Overseer; S. Junior Overseer.
The officers of a Chapter rank as follows, viz.: the High Priest, as R. W. Master; King, as Senior Grand Warden; Scribe, as Junior Grand Warden; Captain of the Host, as Master of Ceremonies; Principal Sojourner, as Senior Deacon; Royal Arch Captain, as Junior Deacon; Master of the Third Veil, as Master Overseer; Master of the Second Veil, as Senior Overseer; Master of the First Veil, as .Junior Overseer. The Treasurer, Secretary, and Tyler, corresponding in rank with the same officers in other Degrees. These officers are filled by the officers of the Chapter under whose warrant the Lodge is held.
The symbolic color of the Mark Degree is purple. The apron is of white lambskin, edged with purple, and the collar of purple, edged with gold. But as Mark Lodges are no longer independent bodies, but always held under the warrant of a Royal Arch Chapter, the collars, aprons, and jewels of the Chapter are generally made use of in conferring the Mark Degree.
Lodges of Mark Masters are “dedicated to Hiram, the Builder.”
The interior arrangements of the Lodge, and the positions of the Master, Wardens, Deacons, Secretary, and Treasurer, are the same as those in the Entered Apprentices’ Degree (p. 8). The Master Overseer takes his seat on the right of the Right Worshipful Master in the east. The Senior Overseer sits on the right of the Senior Grand Warden in the west, and his Junior on the right of the Junior Grand Warden in the south.
Right Worshipful Master (giving a rap with his gavel.)–Brethren, I am about to open a Lodge of Mark Master Masons in this place, for the dispatch of business. I will thank you for your attention and assistance. If there is any person present who has not taken this Degree, he is requested to retire.
To Senior Grand Warden:
Brother Senior, are you satisfied that all present are Mark Masters?
S. G. W.–Right Worshipful, I wish the pass-word might be given by the brethren.
The two Deacons thereupon go round and receive the word, which is JOPPA, in the same manner as in the Master Mason’s Degree (p. 20).
R. W M. (giving one rap.)–Brother Junior Deacon, the first care of congregated Masons?
J. D. (rising on his feet, and, at the same time, giving a sign–see Fig. 20, p. 154.)–To see the Lodge tyled, Right Worshipful.
R. W. M.–Perform that part of your duty, and inform the Tyler that we are about to open a Lodge of Mark Master Masons