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THE TWELVE ORIGINAL POINTS OF MASONRY

Posted by Sam Salama P.M. on April 25, 2009 at 8:16 PM

THE TWELVE POINTS WERE BASED UPON THE 12 SONS OF JACOB, AND SYMBOLIZED

THE PATH OF THE CANDIDATE THROUGH HIS FIRST DEGREE.

 

1. OPENING OF THE LODGE:

REFERS TO THE TRIBE OF REUBEN, THE FIRST BORN OF JACOB - THE

BEGINNING OF HIS STRENGTH. WITHOUT THE OPENING, THERE WOULD

BE NO LODGE.

 

2. PREPARATION OF THE CANDIDATE:

WAS TO SYMBOLIZE THE TRIBE OF SIMEON, BECAUSE SIMEON PREPARED

THE INSTRUMENTS FOR SLAUGHTER OF THE SHEMITES. IN PART, IT

SYMBOLIZES THE MASONIC ABHORENCE TO CRUELTY, MANIFEST IN THAT

EVENT. (BEING DIVESTED/DEVOID OF ALL METALLIC OBJECTS).

 

3. THE REPORT OF THE S.D.:

REFERS TO THE TRIBE OF LEVI. LEGEND HAS IT THAT LEVI

SIGNALED HIS BROTHER SIMEON IN THE EXECUTION OF THE SLAUGHTER

OF THE SCHEMITES. MASONRY DENOUNCES CRUELTY TO A HELPLESS

PEOPLE.

 

4. ENTRY OF THE CANDIDATE INTO THE LODGE:

SYMBOLIZES THE TRIBE OF JUDAH, FOR THEY WERE THE FIRST TO

CROSS THE RIVER JORDAN, AND ALLUDES TO THE PASSING OF THE

CANDIDATE FROM THE WILDERNESS OF DARKNESS INTO THE LAND OF

LIGHT AND LIBERTY.

 

5. THE PRAYER:

SYMBOLIZES THE TRIBE OF ZEBULUN, BECAUSE THE PRAYERS AND

BLESSING OF JACOB WERE GIVEN TO IN DEFERENCE TO HIS BROTHER

ISSACHAR.

 

6. THE CIRCUMABULATION:

REFERS TO THE THE TRIBE OF ISSACHAR. BEING SOMEWHAT

SHIFTLESS IN CHARACTER, THIS TRIBE NEEDED A SPECIAL LEADER TO

ADVANCE THEM TO AN ELEVATION EQUAL TO THE OTHER TRIBES.

 

7. ADVANCING TO THE ALTAR OF FREEMASONRY:

SYMBOLIZES THE TRIBE OF DAN. IT SHOWS US THAT WE SHOULD

ADVANCE TO TRUTH AND HOLINESS WITH SPEED, IN CONTRAST TO THE

RAPID DECLINE OF DAN INTO IDOLATRY.

 

8. THE OBLIGATION:

REFERS TO THE TRIBE OF GAD, AND ALLUDES TO THE SOLEMN VOW

MADE BY JEPHTHAH, JUDGE OF ISRAEL, AND A MEMBER OF THIS

TRIBE.

 

9. THE ENTRUSTING WITH THE MYSTERIES OF THE ORDER:

WAS SYMBOLIZED BY THE TRIBE OF ASHER, FOR THIS TRIBE WAS

PRESENTED WITH THE FULL FRUITS OF MASONIC KNOWLEDGE.

 

10. THE INVESTITURE OF THE LAMBSKIN:

REFERS TO THE TRIBE OF NAPHTALI, FOR THIS TRIBE WAS INVESTED

WITH A PECULIAR FREEDOM BY MOSES IN THE PROPHECY, "O

NAPHTALI, SATISFIED WITH FAVOR AND FULL WITH BLESSINGS OF THE

LORD, POSSESS THOU THE WEST AND SOUTH."

 

11. CEREMONY IN THE NORTH EAST CORNER:

REFERS TO THE TRIBE OF JOSEPH, AND HIS TWO SONS EPHRAIM AND

MANASSEH, HEADS OF TWO HALF TRIBES.

 

12. CLOSING OF THE LODGE:

REFERS TO THE TRIBE OF BENJAMIN, THE YOUNGEST SON OF JACOB,

THUS CLOSING HIS STRENGTH.

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