The practice of circumambulation

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  1. rhitland

    rhitland Founding Member Premium Member

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    I found this one the web and wanted to share it with ya'll

    Circumambulation means to walk around some central point or object. In Masonry, the act is performed in a clockwise manner, patterned after the movement of the sun as it is seen from the earth, moving from East to West, by way of the South. The candidate’s journey around the Altar also enables the brethren to observe that he is properly prepared. Circumambulation is an ancient practice found all over the world. Much the same idea as the labyrinth, it portrays the path of initiation as that of a journey. In another sense, it symbolically aligns one to a proper relationship with the order of the universe. There are references to circuitous routes in Psalms 26:6 and Job 22:14. And one may remember the action at Jericho.
     
  2. JTM

    JTM "Just in case" Premium Member

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    i like that. makes sense with the EA, FC, and MM. movement of the sun as it is seen from the east to west.

    many many many meanings there, then.
     
  3. Sirius

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    The Rite of Circumambulation is one of the oldest part of the Mysteries. A student of Masonry would be well served by spending some time studying this ancient rite.
     
  4. owls84

    owls84 Moderator Premium Member

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    I believe it was you Brother Sonny that told me this the night we solved all the worlds problems. Since I have shared this with many and each time they are facinated.
     
  5. rhitland

    rhitland Founding Member Premium Member

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    Thus, this rite of circumambulation has the respectability of antiquity, and means far, far more than it appears; it is not done to "give time" for a passage from Scripture nor to "take time" because there is nothing else to do. It is a reminder to Freemasons that God can best be worshipped by humble imitation of those virtues He has let us see are Godlike; that as Freemasons we walk always in the light of His word, and the shadow of His presence, and that Freemasonry, instead of being, as the historian of written fact insists she must be, but a few hundred years old, reaches across the crushing years afar off, and makes her own the earliest wisdom of the first men who picked one of His marvels to be their Deity.

    “FOREIGN COUNTRIES”

    A Gateway to the Interpretation and Development of Certain Symbols of Freemasonry

    CARL H. CLAUDY'S
     
  6. JTM

    JTM "Just in case" Premium Member

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    do tell, do tell? all the world's problems?
     
  7. Sirius

    Sirius Registered User

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    We stayed up late one night visiting and 'solved all the worlds problems'. Plus I shared a few things I knew as a PM with a new MM. :)


    A really good place to start the study of this Rite is Bro Jewel Lightfoot, PGM. Then Manly Hall. Then AE Waite. In that order.
     
  8. owls84

    owls84 Moderator Premium Member

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    It was a very enlightening experience to visit with Brother Sonny. It really helped me scratch the surface and realize NOTHING in Masonry is what it seems. Usually if you research it there is another meaning to the craft. It has really inspired me to learn more.
     
  9. Sirius

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    you are too kind. thank you.
     
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