The development of Rosslyn Chapel, positioned north of Edinburgh in Scotland, was commenced in roughly 1446 by William Sinclair, who was reputed to have been a Knight Templar that was doubtless engaged in warfare in the Holy Land. While neither of these info has been confirmed, the chapel he constructed is stuffed with photos of stone that when seen as an entire leaves the distinct impression that the website is non secular. However, it’s positively not a Christian website and doesn’t simply match into any present well-known non secular motif. It is, in a phrase, distinctive revealing proof that the architect was very a lot concerned with initiatory mysteries.
One of the stone photos carved into the inside of the chapel symbolizes a Green Man, which in sure non secular research has been related to so-called pagan religions. After rigorously learning these photos, it seems extra doubtless that the Green Man is according to a extra Masonic interpretation of the Deity than of some other faith or philosophy. The depiction is clearly that of a person’s head with leafy vines rising from inside extending outward via the mouth and touring upward forming a dense bushy vegetation.
While the determine definitely may symbolize the unending cycle of seasons and regeneration generally present in different clearly outlined pagan symbols, its origin is Greek and Roman. To them, the Green Man represented the full flowering of training and thus was inspirational to these considering the pursuit of data. The Green Man later discovered his means into Christian symbolism the place he represented the immortality of the spirit and the resurrection of Jesus. Regardless of whether or not the Green Man represents Jesus linking Heaven to Earth, or the extra simplistic pursuit of data, it’s undeniably the case that he additionally represents the development of man’s spirit.
Art is a seed of man’s spirituality, for from a easy sentence in a masterful work of literature, or from one line drawn in a portray circulate messages and concepts that those that both learn, or observe could interpret for his or her respective private enchancment. It is the foundation for mankind’s regeneration, or transmutation from a state of unknowing to a state of figuring out – very like the historical alchemists remodeled tin into gold. Thus, the Green Man symbolizes the knowledge which man acquires from the data he has gained as a direct outcome of his development in non secular issues commencing with the mustard seed, or smallest particle of non secular data imparted to him.
It is truthful to inquire at this level about what artwork a Mason ought to discover. Should it’s an examination of the Da Vinci portray The Last Supper, which excited a lot curiosity in the current titillating books and films about the legend surrounding the historical Knights Templar? Is it the full and full absorption of all literary works written by Albert Pike? Or, are you anticipated to soak up different varieties of artwork and discern the messages about God from these? While the reply that every one artwork is necessary to man’s development is inexact, it’s the truthful reply.
A Secret of the Freemasons is that an affinity to the pursuit of data has by no means been solely as a result of it advantages he who learns, however as a result of it will definitely advantages these with whom he who learns comes into contact. Masonic writers who’ve explored each the science and philosophy of alchemy have additionally supplied us with perception into how the Green Man represents the profit of one man’s data to a different man’s welfare. Freemasonry has persistently adopted the perception that the Supreme Architect of the Universe manifests Himself via human development – the urge shifting from inside a human being to a manifestation of motion. There isn’t any larger miracle than that produced by the tiny mustard seed, which when planted in the Earth produces a bush many thousand occasions its personal measurement. The Holy Bible incorporates a parable that makes use of the tiny mustard seed for example an necessary non secular reality about the power of religion. In Freemasonry, the Craft teaches that the Supreme Architect manifests Himself via an infinity of kinds which is implanted into the darkish materials earth. One of these kinds is artwork, which Masons are taught to each perceive and create.
Academics round the globe are presently engaged in a concerted effort to establish the historic beginnings of Freemasonry. They achieve this by pursuing a number of avenues that promise empirical certainty as soon as absolutely analyzed. However, since Freemasonry features a numerous amount of disciplines, it isn’t in any respect doubtless that the true origins will ever be found with no thorough analysis of the symbolism Masonry has chosen all through the ages to impart sensible and severe truths. One well-known Masonic author has gone farther and asserted that the origins of Freemasonry won’t ever be traced, as a result of that origin is veiled in superphysical thriller. Whether or not we’ll ever know the full reality about Freemasonry’s origin, one could start the effort by pulling that veil apart and learning the numerous symbols of the Craft, in addition to the numerous works of artwork created from the depths of man’s soul and spirit.
There are basically two strategies whereby man could develop: by observing Nature, or by creating and appreciating artwork. The true artist patterns his or her work after the legal guidelines of Nature, both adopting all that Nature has revealed, or assimilating a lot of that which exists in Nature as is critical to finish the artist’s supposed design. It is from such designs that mankind learns the place of humanity in the Magnus Opus of all art work – the grand design of the Supreme Architect of the Universe.
The artwork of deciphering the Secrets of the Freemasons and the symbols Masons use could also be employed to unlock unsuspected knowledge that was fairly doubtless initially possessed by those that lent these symbols to the fraternity. Ancient books with misguided paginations, in addition to a number of secret alphabets used all through the ages needs to be included in the deciphering effort. For, refined strategies have been typically used to hide divine truths from the uninitiated. By means of particular instance, take into account the literary works of Shakespeare, which some consider have been really the works of Sir Francis Bacon: that famend Rosicrucian and Freemason, who is claimed to have been the authentic son of Elizabeth I; devoted to the charitable workings of the Craft; and in determined want of “political cover” to keep away from detection as the creator of such politically inflammatory writings as these present in a number of of the Shakespearian performs. What is the reality? Can it’s ascertained by learning the art work itself? Is it price figuring out? Answers to these questions could solely come to those that take the time to discover the works and resolve for themselves.
The symbolism of the Green Man additionally teaches us that development is experiential, that’s, it could solely be skilled to completely perceive. Such can also be so with regard to the “secrets” of Freemasonry. Those “secrets,” like understanding what development means, can’t be revealed even when somebody really selected to take a seat down and clarify them to the whole world. Like demise, Freemasonry can solely be “experienced,” and thus the “secrets” stay hidden from all who select by no means to take pleasure in the expertise. That is so with our Green Man, for it’s from his mouth that vegetation grows and round his head that the ensuing busy development twines. He grows, he experiences and he turns into sensible.
What about you?