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J. Bowring, Second Degree Board (Detail) [1819] (Public Domain Image)
J. Bowring, Second Degree Board (Detail) [1819] (Public Domain Image)

Symbolical Masonry

by H.L. Haywood


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Symbolical Masonry is a treasure-house of Masonic lore, including discussions of key concepts of the first three degrees, along with an extensive study guide. Haywood goes into details about such mysteries as the Letter 'G', the two pillars, and the legend of Hiram Abiff. Not merely a rote discussion of the rituals and regalia of the lodge, Haywood attempts to get the reader to think critically about the background of these topics, enhancing their understanding of the rich history of Freemasonry.--J.B. Hare

Title Page
The M. S.A. National Masonic Library

Part One: The First Step

Chapter I. An Introduction to the First Step
Chapter II. The Petition for Membership
Chapter III. The Ballot
Chapter IV. Worthy and Well-Qualified
Chapter V. The Hoodwink
Chapter VI. The Cable Tow
Chapter VII. The Lodge
Chapter VIII. The Entrance
Chapter IX. The Sharp Instrument
Chapter X. Invoking the Blessing of Deity
Chapter XI. Circumambulation
Chapter XII. Approaching the East
Chapter XIII. The Altar
Chapter XIV. The Obligation
Chapter XV. The Three Great Lights
Chapter XVI. The Lesser Lights
Chapter XVII. Lux e Tenebris
Chapter XVIII. Words, Grips and Tokens
Chapter XIX. The Rite of Salutation
Chapter XX. The Apron
Chapter XXI. Destitution
Chapter XXII. The Northeast Corner
Chapter XXIII. Working Tools of an Entered Apprentice

Part Two: The Second Step

Chapter XXIV. An Introduction to the Second Step
Chapter XXV. Passing
Chapter XXVI. Square on the Breast
Chapter XXVII. The Scripture Reading From Amos
Chapter XXVIII. The Oblong Square
Chapter XXIX. Due Form
Chapter XXX. Working Tools of a Fellow Craft
Chapter XXXI. The Ashlars
Chapter XXXII. The Middle Chamber
Chapter XXXIII. Operative and Speculative
Chapter XXXIV. The Two Great Pillars
Chapter XXXV. The Globes
Chapter XXXVI. The Ascent
Chapter XXXVII. The Builders
Chapter XXXVIII. The Five Senses
Chapter XXXIX. The Liberal Arts and Sciences
Chapter XL. The Ephraimitish War, and Corn, Wine and Oil
Chapter XLI. The Letter G

Part Three: The Third Step

Chapter XLII. An Introduction to the Third Step
Chapter XLIII. The Vital Parts of the Breast
Chapter XLIV. The Golden Bowl and the Silver Cord
Chapter XLV. That Which Was Lost
Chapter XLVI. The Trowel
Chapter XLVII. The Hiramic Legend
Chapter XLVIII. Eternal Life
Chapter XLIX. The Lion's Paw
Chapter L. The Emblems
Chapter LI. The Emblems (Continued)
Chapter LII. The Emblems (Continued)
Chapter LIII. The Emblems (Continued)
Chapter LIV. Conclusion


Appendix: Questions for Discussion