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The three Great Lights of Masonry constitute one of the few symbolisms which have been explained with a considerable degree of accuracy in the existing volumes on “Masonic Symbolism” and so it will not be necessary to devote so much space to them as would otherwise have been the case. But, for the benefit of those readers who have not already made a study of the Symbolism, the meaning of these Symbols will be considered briefly. T HE H OLY B IBLE 125. This Great Light, as we might have expected, is used on the Altars of Masonry as a symbol.

107. After this consideration of the meaning of discalceation (or removing of the shoes) we are in a position to understand a little more concerning the oblong square. The position of the oblong square is a statement on the part of the candidate that he has been living a life as nearly upright, honest and true as he could live. It is also a statement as to his mental condition (the lower mental activities being denuded of the covering of prejudice), and we will notice, as we progress through the Degrees, that the positions of the candidate refer to his own mental status while the positions of the Great Lights indicate the demands of the Degree.

142. But our aim is to restore—not to invent. to replace, not to substitute. So little have many brethren learned of the wonderful lessons of the Clothing that any new activity, no matter what it may be, arouses opposition and especially is this the case when they think, mistakenly of course, that the new activity involves some aspersion on their theological beliefs. 143. So let us remember that our aim is to find out what the lessons of Masonry are and were intended to be. Let us attempt to find out what were the “mysteries” hidden behind these forms of words even if, in that attempt, we are forced to admit that the ancients knew more of practical psychology than most of our advanced thinkers do at the present day.

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