Aug 1, 2014

Forbidden Secrets of the Labyrinth - The Awakened Ones, The Hidden Destiny Of America, And The Day After Tomorrow

By Mark A. Flynn

PART 5 - Occult Geometry

Geometry, the first and noblest of sciences, is the basis on which the superstructure of Masonry is erected. By geometry, we may curiously trace nature, through her various windings, to her most concealed recesses. By it, we discover the power, the wisdom, and the goodness of the Grand Artificer of the Universe, and view with delight the proportions which connect this vast machine.
—Thomas Smith Webb. Freemason’s Monitor, 1863[i]
In The Republic, Plato uses the sun, the cave, and the segmented line as a metaphor for the source of intellectual illumination. He writes:
The eye is unique in that it requires the medium of light to operate. The best source of this light is the sun and with it all objects can be clearly discerned. The same can be said for the understanding of intelligible objects or philosophical concepts.… When [the soul] is firmly fixed on the domain where truth and reality shine resplendent it apprehends and knows them and appears to possess reason, but when it inclines to that region which is mingled with darkness, the world of becoming and passing away, it opines only and its edge is blunted, and it shifts its opinions hither and thither, and again seems as if it lacked reason.[ii]
Plato also says the sun and the good (“the object of knowledge”) are both sources of “generation”:
The sun…not only furnishes to those that see the power of visibility but it also provides for their generation and growth and nurture though it is not itself generation.… In like manner, then…the objects of knowledge not only receive from the presence of the good their being known, but their very existence and essence is derived to them from it, though the good itself is not essence but still transcends essence in dignity and surpassing power.[iii]

The Cave

The dialogue between Socrates and Glaucon, whose name means the same as Glaucus (his story is related in chapter 9 of the upcoming book Forbidden Secrets of the Labyrinth), “wide-shining,” continues to the idea of the cave. Socrates asks Glaucon to imagine a cave inhabited by prisoners who have had their legs chained since birth and their heads fixed in one direction so that they could only see a single wall in front of them. Behind them is light from a fire that is partly blocked by a raised ramp where free people walk while carrying various objects. The prisoners never see the ramp or the people walking behind them, but can only watch the shadows, unaware of the fact that they are shadows. They can hear echoes off the wall from the noise produced behind them.
Socrates suggests that the prisoners would believe that the shadows were the most real. The philosophers among them would be ones who could explain the forms on the wall and predict their movements.
Plato’s Allegory of the Cave by Jan Saenredam, according to Cornelis van Haarlem, 1604, Albertina, Vienna[iv]

The Escape

Socrates then asks what would happen if one of the cave dwellers was released and shown all the things that had cast shadows. He would not recognize or be able to name anything, and would insist that the shadows on the wall were “real.”
Socrates asks:
What if the man was compelled to look at the fire: wouldn’t he be struck blind and try to turn his gaze back toward the shadows, as toward what he can see clearly and hold to be real? What if someone forcibly dragged such a man upward, out of the cave: would not the man be angry with the one doing this to him? And if dragged all the way out into the sunlight, wouldn’t he be distressed and unable to see “even one of the things now said to be true” because he was “blinded by the light?”  
The freed prisoner’s senses would change after some time on the surface. Soon he would see more of things around him, until he could finally look towards the sun.  
He would learn that sun was the “source of the seasons and the years, and is the steward of all things in the visible place, and is in a certain way the cause of all those things he and his companions had been seeing.”[v]
The Masonic fraternities venerate Apollo, who slayed the dragon Python, as well as St. George, who saved the Selenite king’s daughter. To the illuminated, the idea of “slaying the dragon” would represent that moment when the initiate “left the cave.” 
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