This is my first post, and I wondered about any objections that might be raised if, in reference to things Masonic, I make mention of numbers and alphabets. Having spent the last thirty or so years searching for the origins of the English Masonic Brotherhood, I thought to introduce some new ideas to this forum, but that requires a very basic understanding of the alphabet used in the 16th/17th century. If there are objections, I will accept the majoritiy verdict and go elsewhere.
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As Patience turns away and walks among the martyrs, Job appears there as her escort.
Everything humans try to measure and label is captured by symbols. A letters or numbers, are simple symbols arranged in certain ways to reflect a measurement, or description, or affect, or emotion, or process, or conclusion etc, etc. A triangle, circle or cross are only further symbols that humans use to express the same.
The stories of Homer and the mathematical equations of Pythagoras are very much the same, employed to reflect observation and record knowledge. Like the hieroglyphics of the ancient Egyptians or the tablet carvings of the Sumerians each generation has its thinkers who scribed to record, in hope the future generations might too benefit from their understandings. From the making of wine to the exploration of the far reaches of the astral plains. We humans use symbols to record our discoveries.
The ultimate question is always the cipher. Who has eyes to see and ears to hear? A pattern of numbers like the words of Shakespeare, have multiple level meanings.
The meaning of the numbers must depend on the attitude of their witness.
Example - The meaning of the number 1717 what’s your attitude ………….. ?
I think you may underplay the functionality of symbols.
"They had something akin to a language, that could quite literally execute itself, at least in the presence of a very specific type of field. The language, a term I am still using very loosely, is a system of symbols (which does admittedly very much resemble a written language) along with geometric forms and patterns that fit together to form diagrams that are themselves functional. Once they are drawn, so to speak, on a suitable surface made of a suitable material and in the presence of a certain type of field, they immediately begin performing the desired tasks. It really did seem like magic to us, even after we began to understand the principles behind it."