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Origins of the York Rite Lineage
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Since Enoch means 'initiate' what pre-flood God Ordained Religion was he initiated into?  The only one that qualifies for that is the York Rite Lineage.  If we take the Bible at face value as Eyewitness accounts of Antediluvia (P.J. Wiseman, Ancient Records and the Structure of Genesis proves this), and using some common sense, then we can make some logical conclusions about the process that resulted in the establishment of the York Rite Lineage which subsequently "went out into all the earth."

 

This will subsequently be confirmed when we look at the Archetypical Symbols of Ancient Masonry in subsequent posts.

 



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Four Creation Streams by Nuu

 

Before the fall, there was no need of religion because everyone was in a personal relationship with the Creator and didn't need anyone to teach them about Him.  Once the fall occurred, however, it then became necessary to teach people how to be restored to a right relationship with the Creator and mature in that relationship.  This is the task of the Angel left behind to guard the way of the Tree of Life whom the Egyptians called Osiris.  He, being one of the Highest Arch Angels, was allowed to see the Creation (of this Solar System if not the entire Universe) as pictured in the image above (birth of the Sun which is the figure on the right as the Trinity creates this solar system and you can see the four creation streams in the image which went out from the City of Eden) and his eye witness testimony is where the first creation account originated, which was the Sacred and Secret Scriptures that he subsequently used in the initiation ceremonies into the fraternity.

 

 

Creation of the SunPoint With In A Circle

 

 

 

 

The original rite followed the Creation Week (and still does) with the Initiate becoming a New (Re)Creation which is the origins for the Point Within a Circle Symbol of Masonry as shown above.  The Hieroglyph has our two 'Goddesses' as the embodiment of the North (on the right according to the hieroglyphs) and the South (so we are facing West at Sundown at the very time God said, "Let there be Light") pouring out their two streams (upper and lower Egyptian Nile) on the Creation Mound (large circle) with the path of the Sun in the underworld symbolized by the two stages of the sun at setting and rising and the 'point within the circle' implied referring to Low Twelve.  The Ogdoad is plowing and sowing around the edge of the Circle.  Thus the Mountains the Sun sets between was changed into the Scriptures (probably by Moses) and the Sun itself would symbolize the Orb of the Creator that sets on the Scriptures during Masonic Ceremonies ("Where ever I place My Name I will come unto the Israelites there and bless them" thus the Bible sits on the Pillow which is part of the furniture in Masonry - this is exactly how it is also used in the Coptic Church).  The Initiate travels around the edge of the circles just like the Ogdoad sowing the Seed of the Word into his own heart.  Significantly, the Western Mountains were called, Amen but I am revealing more than I should in this post and, eventually, I will have a post on Archtypical Masonic Symbology.

 

So, starting with the First Degree, the candidate progresses to the Seventh Degree with practical suggestions to help him mature along the way the residual of which can still be found in the Masonic Lectures in each degree.  The Passwords were originally chosen from the respective passage in the first Creation account to set the theme of each degree as well as to make it easier to memorize each lesson.  The Light of the First Degree would then have progressed in the Second Degree to differentiating between the Intelligence ("waters above") and the Emotions of the Heart ("waters below").  The Third Degree introduced the Conscience (turbulent waters of the emotions verses the calm dry land of right vs wrong of the intellect) and the Fourth the Voice of God (the Still Small Voice in the Head as the Heavens above the Earth as the seat of God's Spirit in man) with the Fifth providing practical advice on how to discern between Evil and Good people that greeted the person on a Daily Basis (symbolized by the Swarms of Voices one hears every day - the key being to let them judge themselves, "The same judgment you judge others with, you are guilty of yourself" for, "what's in a person's heart will soon come out of his mouth" - this principle never fails).  The Initiate would then be in a better position to 'multiply' by bringing others into the fraternity with the Seventh Degree the conclusion of the process.  The Spirit of the Disciplines (fasting, prayer, meditation, works etc) were used in this process all along the way as an aide to the brother in his journey.

 

The entire process was then symbolized by the Ode to Serapis (originally the Ode of Ptah) which embraced the entire creation process and is recorded in almost the exact order as in Genesis (with the sixth day implied referring to the Loins and procreation) :

 

''The Starry Heavens are my Head, my Trunk the Sea, Earth forms my Feet, mine Ears the Air supplies, and the Sun's far-darting, brilliant rays, mine Eyes."

 

A very similar poem is applied to Ptah in exactly the same way with his loins connected to the earth which is the origins for the fertility ceremonies in Ancient Egypt of Ptah and Mene and Osiris.

 

Thus was the Rite for the first 100 years or so until the death of Able when the Rite went through its first modification.   This did not annul any of the previous teaching but was added to it.



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With the death of Able everyone wanted to know what happened to a person when he died.  The Osirian Mysteries, for this reason, used Cannabis in their Initiation Ceremonies, along with Bull Roarers, which were designed to induce an out of body experience for the candidate so that he would know that a Spiritual Realm did exist and that he was more than just flesh and bone and that there would be a judgment.  Further, at this time, it was told them that their 'BA' or Spirit would go to Heaven to be with the Creator while their Body awaited a Resurrection.

 

Nubian Ostrich Egg

 

At that time the City of Eden was actually still on the earth having landed on the fourth day of Creation as recorded by the Dogon (The Sirius Mystery by Robert Temple).  For more on this see my post on the New Jerusalem, but this was proven in an interesting way with the realization that the Nubian Ostrich Egg actually records the three pyramids of the Cities of Eden (what the pyramid texts call the 'boat' of millions of years) and which is probably the source for the Three Pillars in Masonry.  The Landing itself is included in the etymology of the Egyptian word Tep A (the famous Zep Tepi that Bauval is all excited about) which refers to the beginning of Things and of Time, "before we could land" (An Egyptian Hieroglyphic Dictionary by Wallis Budge, Vol. II, pg., 830).  That the Pyramids in the picture above of not the three pyramids of Giza (which were built to model the Cities of Eden) can be proven by the fact that the third pyramid on the left should be about a quarter of the size of the other two and that this picture was drawn from Nubia over a thousand miles away from Giza.  At 450 Miles Square at the base (and located in the Mediterranean Sea) and about 350 Miles high (straight up from the ground) they would have been visible from that location.  This is where the spirits of the saved went when they died, described in the pyramid texts as ascending up to the heavens.

 

Rites of the Mound of Jemme

 

As for the body, it was 'planted' in the ground to await its rebirth using the symbolism of the Lotus (the first plant to grow from the Creation Mound) which closed every night and contracted below the surface of the water where it would be reborn by the rays of the sun in the morning.   In the Glyph above (Complete Pyramids, Mark Lehner, pg., 74) you see that the original creation mound is being lifted above the Abysmal Waters with the Lotus of Rebirth and Horus on top with the Feather of Ma'at or Truth and Justice.  The two 'pillars' of the North and South are now replaced with the reborn Pharaoh (as Amin) and the Kingly Scepter.  This is actually called the Rite of the Mound of Jemme and is the oldest known rite in the ancient Egyptian (and thus Masonic) Mysteries as it was practiced at Nekhen and recorded at Karnek.  Thus, just as the Sun and Lotus bathed every morning in the Abysmal Waters to be 'reborn' so also would the Pharaoh bathe in the Nile which, for them, were just an extension of those same waters.  This is where Masonic 'Baptism' came from (which is, of course, no longer practiced) as well as that of Judaism and the Church.

 

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Den's Ivory Sandal Ornament

 

 

Well, that was just great for a while (bout another 100 years or so) until people got to thinking about their mortality (due to the death of Able) and made an attempt for the Tree of Life as recorded on Den's Ivory Sandal Ornament above and which is just another name for Osiris (Den was the first one to use Stairs in his Tomb and Osiris is known as Osiris on his Stairs and the first example of this theme occurs on the Scorpion Mace Head found with Narmer's Palatte suggesting these are all the same person) and the root word for Eden (the Judge) and Adonai which occurs in almost every branch of Masonry.  The phrase Zep Tepi (the First Time) occurs in the glyphs on the right as the First Time of fighting the people from the East.  The amount of enemies is specified (ten - glyphs between the two fighters who are subsequently displayed beheaded and castrated on Narmer's Palatte) and the Egyptologists don't know what the glyphs on the left mean (or spell) but the Hands are KA and the Feather is I and the Fish is IN which, taken together, is the Hebrew spelling Cain (Qof, Ayin, Nun) who may, or may not, be the person getting smitten but his Manslaughter of Able is what directly led to this battle and some of his offspring may have been involved if he wasn't (as well as some of the fallen angles called Elders in the Gilgamesh Epic but that's another story for another time).  At this time the eternal destiny of the damned was presented which was being cast into a lake of fire but that is as far as they took it at that time.

 

Sooo, after this they decided that they needed to build a Wall and Temple Complex around the Tree of Life to guard it and thus they also augmented the original rite some more to reflect this event and this is the origins for all the Temple Building Symbology in Masonry and, one could say, that now we are into Masonry Proper which is, of course, dedicated to Architecture of various kinds.  This involved quite a project and introduced a complete set of what is called Foundation Ceremonies (eight originally but one is the previously mentioned Purification Ceremony which they did for everything) so that there was a total of exactly Seven of these or one for each degree of Masonry the most important of which was the Stretching of the Cord Ceremony (subject of a future post) which equates with our first (creation) degree as you should be able to tell from the glyph below (i.e. the Temple was designed to be a reflection of Creation).

 

Stretching of the Cord Ceremony

 

The other ceremonies were : Digging the Foundation Trench, Strewing the Sand, Molding the first brick, Burying the Foundation Deposits, Initiation of the building work and, finally, the Dedication of the Building upon completion.  Each one of these can easily reflect one of the (original) purposes of the seven degrees.  For instance, with the start of work the Pharaoh would lever the first (and one would assume, the last) Block into place which is the exact purpose of the placing of the Keystone in one of the degrees in York Rite Masonry.  The Foundation Deposit is your Vault (seventh degree and the original eighth degree which is your Select Master degree).  Strewing the Sand (from the Nile onto the Foundation) is the 'burial' of Osiris (i.e. Hiram Abiff), which was, originally, referring to the burial of Able who left his 'signature' throughout the degrees (via the grips and signs - this is because, according to the Gilgamesh Epic Able - Enki Du - died because he received an electrical shock from the Gate to the Garden which paralyzed his arm and thus he was unable to defend himself at the time of Cain's attack - this led to the grips and signs and, specifically, the one where you stick your arm in your shirt).

 

Book of Caverns

 

So, you can see the final form of our original creation glyph above with the Pyramid (i.e. Temple) split in half through which the Pharaoh can ride the rays of the sun up into the heavens to be reborn (per Mark Lehner again).  You can also see a form of the Stretching of the Cord Ceremony above which occurs in a very archaic form on Narmer's Palatte and which is actually describing the Pole Shift which we will now turn to as it led to the death of Osiris and the last change to the original rite.

 



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Narmer's Palatte

 

Finally, about 300 years later a second attempt was made for the Tree of Life, as depicted on Narmer's Palatte above, which led to the death of Osiris as I have explained in other posts.  With this second battle and death of the founder of the order, there was a final change to the original rite in the York Lineage, which built upon the other three forms and which follows the life of Osiris with his death and the subsequent revenge by Horus and the battle for the Throne of Osiris all of which are included in this final form.  This is actually hinted at in the Palatte which is actually the Heraldic Crest of the York Rite Lineage for you can see the final stage of the series of glyphs in the images on the panel on the right side of the Palatte where the Bulls at the top form our Mountain of Amin, and the Symbol for the Sun, Ra, at Low Twelve, etc.  There is also, once again, a very archaic form of the Stretching of the Cord ceremony with the two servants trying to restrain the two Serpotards. 

 

At this final stage, the Order took on the form of a Militant Fraternity (subject of the panel on the left) which has been recorded in the Signs and Symbols which I have also explained, to a certain extent, in my Video on the History of York Rite Masonry, all of which continues to this day and finds its greatest fulfillment in the Select Master Degree.  Thus, while they were busy building the Temple Complex, some of the brothers were fulfilling the position of Guardians of the work and workers.  This is the reason for the Secrecy in the Order with its Grips and Signs because if you were to fail in keeping these things secret you could be tortured and yourself and your brothers slain.  This exact same atmosphere presided over the Church for the first 300 years which is still seen in the Eastern Churches which, to this day, refer to the Divine Liturgy as the Mysterios and, during that Liturgy the Deacon will call out to someone to check, "The Doors, the Doors" to make sure the Church was secure.

 

Thus, though the original order of the degrees has been changed (probably by Solomon to get it to fit his Temple Building changes to the Rite), we can still take all these clues to re-establish the proper order and theme of each degree.  Thus the first degree would have made the initiate into, symbolically, another Osiris.  The second degree was actually, originally, a recreation of the Micronova induced Pole Shift which destroyed the walls and allowed the enemy in like a flood.  The third degree was the death and the fourth was the internment in hell (the Elysian Fields which is another upcoming post) awaiting the resurrection which, then, was played out in the remaining degrees.  The fourth degree was the vengeance and fight for the "Throne of Osiris" and the sixth would have been cleaning up the rubble from the disaster (Raising of the Pillar Ceremony in Ancient Egypt) with the seventh the discovery of the lost secrets via the vault.  I have determined that the Select Master Degree is original and will explain that in a subsequent post.

 

With this final change there were no more additions, as far as I have been able to ascertain, to the original Rite until the time of Abraham but this will be the subject of the post on the History of the York Rite Lineage (originally the Masonic Councils) which I will update now that I have completed my studies into Masonry.



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