In reviewing Ashlar's comments I could see that the symbol could be a fan, but by Coach's previous comments I wouldd conclude that it represents an ashlar stone.If you are referring to the "square and compasses", I believe that both elements have a multitude of historical "comings" that contribute to their eventually coming together in this specific configuration.
(Although I don't have any readily available examples at present, I believe there are other paired examples available that didn't have their current meaning(s) until they were paired.)
I think though that the challenge/task for Masons is to separate them first, explore their previous symbolic uses and then bring them back together with a much deeper understanding/significance.
You are going to LOVE "Building Athens." I show the F'dC throughout the entire book with a whole bunch of different applications....Now, I'm currently ruminating The Flanked Circle (it seems that I don't have a favorite chapter, just every few days something comes up that reminds me of a section of this book, so I chew on it for a while until the next one pops up). The whole concept of the flanked circle is one that's dear to my heart - I spend a lot of time on it when I'm trainin' me up some EAs.
I found that talking about what Work Ritual points toward is safer and easier than talking about the Ritual Work Points....(You know, this is tough! How can I say this without revealing the work?) Anyhow, more on this subject as I find a way to communicate it safely. Besides, my experience and teaching have little to do with the book.
I'm delighted that you winnowed them accordingly...In The Flanked Circle catechism (pages 55 to 68), there are two segments that I wonder about: The Mason-Dixon Line segment and the Dollar Sign segment (both in the Pillar Talk part of the Catechism). The M-D Line part flows right in, so it doesn't really disturb me as such, but the $ piece seems completely superfluous at best and may be out of place in the writing, or the dear author may find it to be chaff and winnow it away in future editions. (Sorry, Coach, I know you ask in the frontispiece for us to cast a non-critical eye on the work, but I just can't help myself.) Neither of these sections creates any light for me, although they are interesting historical touches.
Thanks for sharing an interest Brother,Coach, I would like to grab a copy of the book but I had a quick question. Is there a ebook version? I been trying to get all my school books and Masonic books on it.
I didn't , just words I opted to use , that's all . I had something else on my mind at the time i had written it .
Sorry, my bad.
The "you" was meant generally to springboard off of your post.
Bro. John: no need to apologize thread jacking is very normal around this forum and you were just changing the subject of the topic of the thread not starting a conversation that has nothing to do with the thread.ok i hate to change the subject but the seven stars bit in the broached ladder catechism literally just blew my skull wide open. I don't really even know where to start.
I'd never considered the importance of the metals in quite that light, and I've CERTAINLY never connected the 7 sisters, so I really had a lightbulb moment. That whole chunk of the catechism is very interesting.
I did and then choose to use the start of Sullam.Check out the other words on page: 114 (Building Boaz)
Yep. The "Sullam" concept is echoed throughout the Blue Lodge experience. Ya just gotta know where to look and how to look!I did and then choose to use the start of Sullam.
Mostly, because of my personal experience with the Bath Abbey. There are better images of the West enterance on Google images than on their own website. The angels are ascending and descending on the same ladder, so they face both directions.
The 7 Sisters is a great example as is the "Sullam" lecture in the FC degree.