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The Craft and Its Symbols 1st Edition
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- Item Weight : 2.5 pounds
- Hardcover : 90 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0880530588
- ISBN-13 : 978-0880530583
- Dimensions : 6.5 x 0.75 x 9.5 inches
- Publisher : Macoy Pub & Masonic Supply Co; 1st Edition (June 1, 1985)
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #50,467 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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If you are a Master Mason, and have not yet read this book, or have been a Master Mason, get this book, and read it. It is 90 pages long, but take your time to understand what is in t his book. It is a treasure trove of knowledge for the Master Mason. I cannot recommend this book enough, and hope that you get from this book, what I have.
From this point the book moves into an examination of the symbols that are used in the Entered Apprentice degree such as the cable tow, hoodwink and slipper and later discusses the meaning of circumambulation, relief and truth; leading up to the more important lessons in fellowship, overcoming obstacles, obedience and commitment. And lastly how everything is designed around truth, wisdom, charity, temperance and prudence.
Allen moves through the symbols that we may see in the Lodge and discusses their Masonic significance; the altar, the great and lesser lights, working tools and decor of the lodge and onward through the symbols of the second and third degrees of Freemasonry explaining how these represent the various stages of life.
We further hear of the principle parts of the first temple, see the symbols related to it and hear of how they relate to our journey in Freemasonry.
Lastly, we learn the Hiram story and about the use of a sprig of Acacia.
The book explains many of the ancient symbols that we don't see used in Blue Lodge today but still maintain their Masonic significance and culminates with an understanding of brotherly love that binds our fraternity for all time.
Although this book appears to be but a thin volume, do not underestimate the wealth of information that is packed into it. "The Craft and its Symbols" explains all of the images, symbols and rites that you'll encounter in the lodge or on the Internet and how they relate to our journey as Freemasons.