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ALBERT PIKE
MORALS AND DOGMA
MONUMENT TO THE BUILDER
ANOTHER INTERPRETATION
A.T.C. PIERSON
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Albert Pike’s interpretation
"Blue Masonry, ignorant of its import, still retains among its emblems one of a women weeping over a broken column, holding in her hand a branch of acacia, myrtle, or tamarisk, while Time, we are told, stands behind her combing out the ringlets of her hair. We need not repeat the vapid and trivial explanation there given, of this representation of Isis, weeping at Byblos, over the column torn from the palace of the King, that contained the body of Osiris, while Horus, the God of Time, pours ambrosia on her hair."

Morals and Dogma of the Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite of Freemasonry by Albert Pike, prepared for the Supreme Council of the Thirty Third Degree for the Southern Jurisdiction of the United States: Charleston, 1871. 861pp. Cf.: "the image...is not a symbol of any thing moral, philosophical, or spiritual". Lectures on Masonic Symbolism, Albert Pike, p. 26.

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