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Indeed. In Masonic initiation the candidate is faced with a number of symbols for which a superficial explanation is provided. The individual is free to accept those symbols as explained by the ritual or seek further. Many of the symbols are borrowed from other Mystery traditions separate from Masonry. Take, for example, the symbol of the point within the circle. When presented with this symbol in the Entered Apprentice degree we are told that the point represents the individual Mason, and the circle, the boundary line of his conduct. However, anyone familiar with the practice of astrology knows this symbol to be indicative of the sun. Similarly, those familiar with the doctrine of alchemy will recognize it as a symbol for gold. Lurianic Kabbalah too makes use of it as a symbol for deity. So, the candidate is free to interpret the symbol as being suggestive of one or all of these -- or none of them. I personally take a composite approach and reach for the lowest common denominator of them all.

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'Higher wisdom' 1739 Susan Doris 04-Jan-18 12:40
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Re: Lets go round again...one more time! 458 P.D. Newman 05-Jan-18 18:08
Re: Lets go round again...one more time! 423 RN Vooght 05-Jan-18 20:33
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Re: 'Higher wisdom' Archimedes' Secret 479 Broker 08-Jan-18 01:33
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Re: 'Higher wisdom' Archimedes' Secret 428 P.D. Newman 12-Jan-18 23:27
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