Friday, June 6, 2014

#writerfuel - The Conspiracy Theory Edition

Yesterday I finished the audio version of "The DaVinci Code" (oh get off it, it is an awesome story.) There is no conspiracy like biblical-based conspiracy theory. I love me some Knights Templar!

So, for today's #writerfuel, I pulled out a '40s restaurant-ware cup from the local Scottish Rite Temple. When the lodge was closed and consolidated, they sold off several hundred place settings. I have a full set for 8 and a couple of extra cup-saucer pairings for the price of a cheap box set at Walmart.

The "AAS" logo stands for "Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite." Each lodge had its own combination of logos and colors. This set is from the Scottish Rite Temple in Fort Scott, Kansas.

So join me in a cup of tea and we will discuss antiques . . . and who really killed Kennedy . . .

Fort Scott Kansas Scottish Rite Temple china.
One of the enduring symbols of masonic tradition is the Double Eagle.

The 32nd Degree Masonic Double Eagle symbol.
 I could explain it, but this article from "The Builder" in 1923 does a better job. An excerpt is below.If you would like to read more, just give a click here.

"THERE IS SCARCELY a symbol in any of the philosophical or chivalric degrees of the Scottish Rite so striking in design and import as that of the double-headed eagle. . . .

"From whence came this two-headed eagle, and how came it to be associated with Scottish Rite Masonry? The last part of this question is easier to answer than the first, for there is direct testimony that Frederick of Prussia supplied this crest during the formative stages of the Rite, but neither Frederick nor indeed Prussia could claim the exclusive right the use or to bestow it. It is the imperial emblem of Russia, Austria, Serbia and other portions of the disrupted Holy Roman Empire, and Prussia adopted the emblem long after it had flown over Byzantium as the royal arms of the 'Emperors of the East and West.'


"Thus does the double-headed eagle stand today for that which it stood in ancient days, its two heads, facing the Ultimate Sun, reminding men and Masons that there is yet even "more light" for the pilgrim who travels East, and in whose heart is the motto,

'SPES MEA IN DEO EST'."

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