The First Degree Tracing Board gives us a view of the macrocosm and our place both within and as a part of It. Our limited physical existence and the various phases of spiritual development are represented by Ashlars, and the work of remaking our-selfs’ is symbolised by the tools and plans.
The Great Secret is plainly on view to those who have the Love to see
clearly and the Strength to ascend into unity with the Light of Wisdom.
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The Second Degree Tracing Board shows us the crossing where the physical world and spiritual Truth meet, the Point where the without becomes within. We can see a retrospect and prospect of our voyage to Knowledge; the reborn Seed ripening into an understanding of the Life which is at the Centre of us all and at once the mystery of Nature’s Grand Circle.
The Great Secret awaits all of us who have the Knowledge and inner Wisdom to Pass the Wardens, the Courage to enter the apparent darkness and climb the winding staircase, and then to open our-selfs to the enlightenment that all of us are the microcosm, both mirror and Plan of Creation.
The Third Degree Tracing Board shows us the inevitable point of transition between the physical and spiritual, from the finite to the eternal. Things of the Earth, mere physical labour and its results are transient, conjured from dust as mountains from sand and returned by Time to the shore of the Eternal Waters from which we are all sprung.
The Great Secret lays beyond the deepest shadow where those who have had the Fortitude to overcome terror, the Prudence to choose Truth and the Love to transcend mere self shall find their Hope rewarded in the Illumination of the Bright Morning Star that brings evergreen Life.
The Royal Arch Tracing Board shows us that when we have found the Key to liberate our-selfs we can all make the Journey from the gloom of Babylon to the gleam of Moriah. Sojourning along The Way we must become rulers of our-selfs and clear the quotidian rubble of existence so that we can descend within to the Great Secret and by finding it be Exalted beyond.
When you know this you know enough: each of us is the Compass of both Points on the Line between Centre and Circumference, We are the Colours of the Rainbow and the Star Whites, We are the Celestial Glow and the Inner Lights, We are One.