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Symbolism of Freemasonry
by Albert G. Mackey, M.D.
The Symbolism of Freemasonry
Illustrating and Explaining
Its Science and Philosophy, its Legends,
Myths and Symbols.
‘Ea enim quae scribuntur tria haabere decent, utilitatem praesentem, certum finem, inexpugnabile fundamentum.’
1882, 178 Pages
Entered, according to tAct of Congress, in the year 1869, by ALBERT G. MACKEY
In the Clerk’s Office of the District Court of the District of South Carolina.
Of the various modes of communicating instruction to the uninformed, the masonic
student is particularly interested in two; namely, the instruction by legends and that by
symbols. It is to these two, almost exclusively, that he is indebted for all that he knows,
and for all that he can know, of the philosophic system which is taught in the institution.
All its mysteries and its dogmas, which constitute its philosophy, are intrusted for
communication to the neophyte, sometimes to one, sometimes to the other of these two
methods of instruction, and sometimes to both of them combined. The Freemason has no
way of reaching any of the esoteric teachings of the Order except through the medium of
a legend or a symbol.
The Primitive Freemasonry of Antiquity.
The Spurious Freemasonry of Antiquity.
The Ancient Mysteries.
The Dionysiac Artificers.
The Union of Speculative and Operative Masonry at the Temple of Solomon.
The Travelling Freemasons of the Middle Ages.
Disseverance of the Operative Element.
The System of Symbolic Instruction.
The Speculative Science and the Operative Art.
The Symbolism of Solomon's Temple.
The Form of the Lodge.
The Officers of a Lodge.
The Point within a Circle.
The Covering of the Lodge.
The Rite of Discalceation.
The Rite of Investiture.
The Symbolism of the Gloves.
The Rite of Circumambulation.
The Rite of Intrusting, and the Symbolism of Light.
Symbolism of the Corner-stone.
The Ineffable Name.
The Legends of Freemasonry.
The Legend of the Winding Stairs.
The Legend of the Third Degree.
The Sprig of Acacia.
The Symbolism of Labor.
The Stone of Foundation.
The Lost Word.__________________________________
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