MASONRY AND ITS SYMBOLS

Harold W. Percival

PREFACE

The symbols and rituals of Freemasonry, the fraternal order of Masonry, are integral to greater understanding of ourselves, the universe, and beyond; however, they can often seem inscrutable, perhaps even to some Masons. Masonry and Its Symbols illuminates the meaning, character and truth of these geometrical forms. Once we perceive the inherent significance of these symbols we also have the opportunity to comprehend our ultimate mission in life. That mission is that each human, in some life, must regenerate his or her human imperfect body, thereby rebuilding a perfectly balanced, sexless, immortal physical body. This is referred to in Masonry as the “second temple” that will be greater than the first.

Mr. Percival offers an in depth view of one of the strongest tenants of Masonry, the rebuilding of King Solomon’s temple. This is not to be understood as an edifice made of mortar or metal, but “the temple not made with hands.” According to the author, Freemasonry trains the human so that the candidate may eventually reconstruct the mortal body into a deathless spiritual temple “eternal in the heavens.”

Rebuilding our mortal body is the destiny of the human, our ultimate path, although it may seem a daunting one. But with the realization of what we truly are and how we came to this earthly sphere, we develop the moral fortitude in our daily lives to learn “what to do and what not to do” in each situation we encounter. This is important because our response to those life events determines our path in being conscious in ever higher degrees, which is fundamental to the regeneration process itself.

Should one wish to further investigate this subject matter, Thinking and Destiny can serve as a guidebook. First published in 1946 and now in its fourteenth printing, it is also available to read on our website. Within this comprehensive and expansive book one can find information about the entirety of the universe and mankind, including the long-forgotten past of the present human.

The author originally intended that Masonry and Its Symbols be included as a chapter in Thinking and Destiny. He later decided to delete that chapter from the manuscript and publish it under separate cover. Because some of the terms advanced in Thinking and Destiny would be helpful to the reader, these are now referenced in a “Definitions” section of this book. For ease of reference, the symbols alluded to by the author in his “Legend to Symbols” have also been included.

The abundance and depth of material presented in Thinking and Destiny should nourish any person’s quest for knowledge of our true origin and purpose in life. With this realization, Masonry and Its Symbols will not only become more comprehensible, but one’s life may well be set on a new course.

The Word Foundation
November, 2014