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Translated inscriptions: W. BUchelfT. Pindl-BUchel, in: Lullus-Ie Myesier, Electorium parvum seu Breviculum, Wiesbaden, 1g88. ) OPUS MAGNUM: Ladder 291 Ladder Ladder From a Jesuit devotional e-book: .. give some thought to what you wish to do during this A hour and ( ... ) B direct your works and your steps ( ... ) in the direction of the honor of God, C with an ardent middle; and you'll ensure with out zero God's mercy you are able to do noth· ing. ( ... ) organize your works both based on E weight, quantity and degree, simply as though F you have been dealing with dying G and angels and H dev ils have been observing your whole deeds at tentively. yet do I solid works, simply as though ok your grave used to be already being dug ( ... ); whole your works L in response to the instance of Christ and the saints; M the angels convey them (your works) sooner than God. yet peculiarly ( ... ) al· methods take into account N that God and the heavenly host are regularly watch· ing you. " The ascent into the mysteries of Freemasonry is predicated at the 3 "Great Lights": Bible, compass and sq.. The glyph zero defines the Freemason's activity by means of putting him, as some degree on the centre, i n rela tion to the infin ite, round hori zon. the 2 ver ticals are the 2 Johns, the Baptist and the Evangel· ist, who stand through him. The Jacob's Ladder represents the method that's presupposed to trans· shape the uncooked stone (apprentice, Prima Materia) into the cubic stone (lapis). the feminine fig ures: religion, desire and Charity. The columns: energy (S), knowledge (W) and sweetness (B). The board indicates that the appren· tice point remains to be stuck up i n anti· nomian pondering. 1. Bowring. First measure Board, 1819 A. Sucquet, through Vitae Aeternae, Antwerp, 1625 2 ninety two OPUS MACNUM: Ladder OPUS MACNUM: Ladder 2 ninety three Ladder Ladder whereas the ascent at the apprentice board leads instantly up a ladder - as an expression ofthe unique will, following a projection - on the extra complex point of the jour· neyman, what we have is a curved course within the shape ot a seven· step spiral stair· case, during which it really is not transparent the place the start and finish are. This expresses the gradual and natural process the method of spiro itual adulthood. One photo ofthis is the ear of corn starting to be beside the unending river of lifestyles. the 2 columns of Jachin and Boas point out that we're now contained in the temple of Solo· mono The seven steps represent the seven levels ofthe method, the seven degrees of recognition and the seven liberal arts. right here, every little thing nonetheless happens within the part chambers of the temple: the holy of holies on the centre in simple terms discloses itself 'when One has come of 2' and the portal of dying and corruption has been crossed. (cf. p. 223) F. Curtis, paintings Chart for the second point, 1801 J. Bowring, moment measure Board, 1819 294 OPUS MAGNUM: Ladder OPUS MAGNUM: Ladder 2 ninety five Ladder Ladder " I mprovement makes instantly roads; however the crooked roads with out enhance ment are the roads of Genius. " (W. Blake, Marriage of Heaven and Hell, 1793) A ladder seemed to Jacob in a dream, "and the head of it reached to heaven: and the angels of God have been going up and down on it".