What do you think about the Acacia branch?

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  1. Mark89

    Mark89 Registered User

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    Hello, receive a warm greeting. This time I bring you a written about the Acacia branch, It's a superficial personal interpretation, because my intention is to originate a good debate with this topic.

    In Masonry, the Acacia has a special place, a symbolism that is both unique and multiple at the same time, a simple and profound meaning at the same time.

    The Acacia plant is very common in the Sinai desert and according to legend or tradition, the assassins of Master Hiram planted an Acacia branch, where they buried him.

    The etymology of the word Acacia comes from the Greek "akis" whose meaning is "spike". In Freemasonry, reference is made to Gleditsia triacanthos (the Acacia of three thorns) or the Acacia of the Teneré, which is mentioned in the history of Hiram, it also represents the symbol of the number "three", which has a great significance for Freemasonry and other initiatory groups.

    In each degree of Symbolic Masonry, the Acacia has a special meaning, which is discovered by each member according to its "growth" and "learning", besides the Acacia is related to the "Masonic Silence", which in turn could relate to the silence that the apprentices of the Pythagorean school. Another deeper interpretation of the Acacia could be traced back to the famous phrase: V.I.T.R.I.O.L, however it is a subjective and dependent interpretation of each member of Masonry.

    The Acacia has had a variety of uses, and many properties that could be extrapolated metaphorically to Masonry, for example: the Acacia wood is strong and robust, being considered as incorruptible, as is the incorruptible essence of each Mason, also of Acacia medicinal products are obtained as substances to treat diseases such as dysentery and scurvy.

    The Acacia is also usually harmful to some harmful insects or parasites, which metaphorically could be understood that the Mason through the "use" of Acacia remains free and away from "Insects" or "Parasites" that corrupt the growth and construction of the "Internal Temple".

    It is striking, as in many ancient civilizations there has always been "a plant" in initiation ceremonies, having as examples: Lotus for the Egyptians or Morddago for the Druids, among many other examples. And in all of them, the meaning is similar to that given for the Acacia branch.

    After the brief description of the previous paragraphs, what opinion or interpretation would you give regarding the branch of Acacia ?, I think this forum can be very rewarding. I thank you in advance for reading this writing.

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    Image N°1: An Acacia tree in the city of Barranquilla, in northern Colombia (2008).

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    Image N°2: An Acacia tree in the historical area of the city of Barranquilla, in northern Colombia.

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    (https://christopherburkecolombia.wordpress.com/category/acacia-morada/)
    Image N°3: An Acacia tree in the city of Bogotá DC, Colombia.
     
  2. JamestheJust

    JamestheJust Registered User

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    The Widow Isis was associated with the wisdom of the acacia and therefore with the mysteries of death
     
  3. Warrior1256

    Warrior1256 Site Benefactor

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    The tree is beautiful and the article was very informative and interesting. Thank you.
     
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  4. Mark89

    Mark89 Registered User

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    You’re welcome. Greetings.


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  5. coachn

    coachn Coach John S. Nagy Premium Member

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    Why would the assassins take the time to mark a grave and therefore make evident the presence of a body and leave a trail of evidence if they were trying to outrun their accountability?
     
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  6. Bloke

    Bloke Premium Member

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    Because they regretted their actions.
     
  7. Mike Martin

    Mike Martin Eternal Apprentice Premium Member

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    What may be helpful:

    1) In the English ceremonies it is one of the groups of FCs who mark HA's first burial place with a sprig of acacia while they report back to KS.
    2) It is also nice to know that the wood/timber from an acacia tree in Hebrew is known as shittim.
     
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  8. coachn

    coachn Coach John S. Nagy Premium Member

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    So, in the Preston-Webb version it is the ruffians and in the E-ceremonies it is the searchers?
     
  9. dfreybur

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    In the version of the degree that I learned there is a prayer that says acacia trees tend to regrow from their roots when cut down.

    In the degree I took this as an allusion to the afterlife. Then I learned that the night of raising is called a Masonic birthday as we are reborn into the next phase of life.

    I notice that the acacia can be Masonry itself which grows on the legend of Hiram Abiff.

    I wonder how many think of Masonry as a regrowth of some other organization that was cut down. Many would love for us to be descended from the Knights Templar though there is little evidence for that.
     
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  10. Warrior1256

    Warrior1256 Site Benefactor

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    Yes, this would be nice.
     
  11. Mark89

    Mark89 Registered User

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    Excellent opinion, It’s a good relate between the Non Masonic life and the Masonic life, when the man pass the columns and begin to polished the stone and all metaphorical things in our lifes for build the Internal Temple.


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  12. Bloke

    Bloke Premium Member

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    Interesting. Here it is the searchers who are FCs
     
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  13. dfreybur

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    In all of my jurisdictions the searchers are FCs. In California it is explicitly stated that the searchers have been assigned that task from the disgrace of having been a part of the conspiracy before relenting. In my other jurisdictions that is implicit based on stage directions rather than explicit.
     
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  14. Warrior1256

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    Same in Kentucky.
     
  15. coachn

    coachn Coach John S. Nagy Premium Member

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    Of course it is the searchers who are FC.

    However, in Preston-Webb, it is the ruffians who plant the sprig, not the searchers.
     
  16. Keith C

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    Here in our ritual the ruffians plant the spring and the recanted searcher FCs discover the grave by accidentally finding the sprig.
     
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