Why do we start a perambulation with our Left Foot?

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  1. JamestheJust

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    It was not until I encountered a version of the Mayan Calendar that I recognized the origin of our pavement and its relationship to the temple in the heavens. Thus the tassels veil the 4 rivers of Eden and they too are a veiling of flows in the temple in the heavens.

    The NE corner corresponds to the celestial flow containing the "reference signal" and the EA is supposed to attune to that like tuning a radio. These days the EA is exposed to that flow (if it is present) for a only a few hours before being passed. Oh dear.

    I have uploaded a jpg to the forum but have no idea where it went or how to show it.
     
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  2. Warrior1256

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    Huh???!!!
     
  3. Bloke

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    Thanks James
     
  4. JamestheJust

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    >Thanks James

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  5. Bloke

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    Thanks for letting me know.. it was in my junk folder and I might have missed it..
     
  6. Rinesh Hegde

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    Wow, thanks a lot brethren. Based on all your inputs, I attempted to write a short paper on why we start our Perambulation with our Left Foot and have shared the same with some of the senior brethren here in India for their inputs. Hope I get some and enhance the paper accordingly, will share with all here as soon as I am complete it.

    Hope to continue learning like this.
     
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  7. CLewey44

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    Oh nice, look forward to reading it!
     
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  8. Warrior1256

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    Same here!
     
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  9. BullDozer Harrell

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    In Masonry, the act of perambulation progress to circumambulation in a specific direction. The right foot is planted in the first movements as it should be.

    There's a certain level of geometry and astronomy couched in all of this stuff.

    Think about this for a minute or two.
     
  10. dfreybur

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    Most people are right footed. I'm left handed and slightly right footed. Being left footed is so rare I was placed on the left in high school soccer.

    It would be an advantage so small as to be trivial, but stepping out on the left foot give more stability in the first step.

    In the degree lectures it is explained why we start on each foot. Since these details will be different by jurisdiction it can become a matter of learning details from a different version of the ritual than your own. It's a small enough detail that it has not been included in the EA proficiencies I have learned but it is mentioned in the lectures I have learned.
     
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  11. Rinesh Hegde

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    Brother, is it possible for you to guide me to the lecture...as you mentioned it might be different depending on jurisdiction, as in our Lodges we don't have anything that mentions the importance of the foot.

    As mentioned earlier it is only to understand the allegory of the left foot that might help me in writing my paper.

    I can understand if you won't be able to share but please do let me know if otherwise. Thanks a lot for your guidance.
     
  12. JamestheJust

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    Why do you think that it is allegory? Could starting with the left foot be part of Masonic Science?
     
  13. Ripcord22A

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    Real question James....what is masonic science to you? You are always dropping comments like this but then you never explain. ....and.dont talk about the square and compass "experiment"

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  14. CLewey44

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    I would venture to say that there is likely some left hand path, right hand path, and middle path allusions with the steps. Specifically when certain sts are taught and performed. When two pillars are present they typically represent dark/light, black/white, evil/good, severity/mercy or something along those lines. By default, there definitely would have to be a middle when referring to the aforementioned. Gray areas which would also go back to the sts, specifically the final stp we are taught. Too much kindness permits evil to flourish; too much severity punishes guilty and innocent therefore we should walk the middle path or better yet, be that middle pillar between B&J.
     
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  15. JamestheJust

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    This may sound a bit odd but science is necessarily based on observation, hypothesis, experiment and peer review. Thus simple experiments are one entry to Masonic Science. For those making close observation of ritual events there may also be useful data to collect. For example some candidates break into a sweat under crossed wands while all around are cool. (Explaining away without experiments to validate or disprove the hypotheses is not science.)

    Masonic science is part of the broad category of spiritual science - sciences that transcend the conceptual matter-spirit divide. Another example is Feng Shui. Another is acupuncture.

    Masonic science can be considered the set of skills required to operate in (and assist in the management of) the temple that extends from E to W and N to S and from the center of the Earth to the Heavens.
     
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  16. Center

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    The conception of left as darkness is really pertinent at my advice. Just one can think over the right hand of God in the Bible( not of Maradona if there are English friends:)). Also the name right for "right"/proper has been matter of rivers of ink in several anthropological studies. Starting a walking with the left, in the darkness symbolizes at my advice much more. The candidate want to see the light and starts ALWAYS from the darkness, so starting the walking is a metaphor for starting the "way", the trip, the adventure of the human transformation. For instance Dante goes down to the hell, then the purgatory, in the end in the paradise. Plato starts the Republic going down to the Piraeus( here there is a really interesting military concept linked to Xenophon Anabasis), Ancient initiations were starting in the darkness, so Freemasons have to visit at the beginning of their travel interior lands( Visita Interiore Terrae). Then we could think over the trip of Ulysses and Aeneas in the Aedes. Then in the royal alchemy the process starts from the darkness, the so called nigredo, the putrefaction. Then there is the role of the Crypt in some degrees of the Freemasonry. For instance without going into the York rite, Christian Rosenkreuz according most of the myths had engraved on his crypt the word VITRIOL, doubling the meaning of the importance to travel in the darkness. Here one possibly should make some possibly essential remarks regarding the emulation ritual of FC and the number five, and how this is relate to the walking in the darkness of the EA, that as was mentioned start the perambulation from the left foot, and is blindfolded( in the darkness). Plumb and Level. Other interesting remarks that cannot do for time constraint relate to the starting from the left in the Chinese tradition. In the martial arts usually the form start always from the left side. Then should be said that in the Christian tradition people tend to locate the past on the left side, for some conditioning due to the way we write from left to right, and so we should discuss about the origin of the freemasonry, and the importance of the past in all the worldwide initiations(a concept similar to Karma). There is a beautiful movie where the concept of darkness is inspired to Heart of Darkness, a novel, is called apocalypse now and maybe is a causality, maybe not, also has some strong references to the army.
     
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  17. Warrior1256

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    Wow....lots of info.
     

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