There is an old occult maxim which declares that—" Nothing is concealed from him who knows." No Mason is bound to conceal that which he has never learned in the Lodge. All else he receives as he learns any thing, places his own estimate upon its value, and becomes individually responsible for its use. It must be a matter of conscience, and be weighed in the balance of duty, and every one must abide by the result. If Masonry has lost the Royal Secret, or if it never possessed it, or if it was wrenched away in the very name of Religion little more than a century ago, all the same, it belongs to the Craft as the Heir-apparent of the Old Wisdom. But the time has come when no cable-tow can bind it. It now belongs to Humanity equally with the Mason. To this end has it been preserved throughout the centuries.
Thursday, July 21, 2011
Friday, July 8, 2011
Gardening 101 – And You Don't Have To Be A Gardener To Understand
Living in the downtown of a city may have its benefits but to one who loves to dig in the dirt it does have a few drawbacks.
Living in the third oldest house in the downtown the land is very old, compressed, and because the lack of new growth recycling into the old missing are the essential nutrients to bring forth a healthy vibrant garden.
Because of this, and a lot of other factors that has to do with the lot size and angle of the Sun, I have decided to create a raised-bed garden.
As I explain the technique I have used to create my garden much of what I am about to put forth may be a review for some and a revelation for others it all depends upon your level of understanding or expertise.
Although much of what I am to put forth is intended for the serious gardener, the beginner will probably benefit more as they are not already locked in a know it all mindset.
Some of my words may come across as solemn, but that seriousness should in no way hinder the beauty one will find in its execution, serious only in the sense you would be amazed how one little mistake in the soil composition, weed control, or even placement can and will effect the results.
Much of what I'm going to share with you is from a very secret tradition of gardeners, a tradition that dates itself far in the unknown past. In this tradition I am considered a Master, and by the time your done reading what I have to share you also shall share in the secrets afforded only the Master.
Step by step we will walk together building our garden from scratch, examining every aspect of our garden from every direction. Together we shall discover the in's and out's Master gardening, and in the process I will reveal some of the secrets necessary for you to break free and explore a depth of gardening that was actually within you the whole time.
Before we even dig in the ground we have to take in consideration its placement in proximity to the Sun. This may seem the most basic statement made, yet you would be surprised how many beginners do not realize the cardinal points when they chose the placement of their garden.
The morning Sun rises in the East, is at its peak in the South, and sets in the West. The North is usually associated with shade. Each and every plant requires a certain amount of Sun each day, the more Sun required the closer to the South the plant should be placed.
Without confusing the reader it should also be noted that in the midsummer months the Sun is at its brightest and subsequently the hottest when South facing, care should be taken as to not burning tender and new plants, not all plants can handle the heat for long periods without a cooling period, here's where the Master gardener learns to balance the elements of heat and cold, just the right amount of Sun just the right amount of shade.
Here's something very few gardener's take into consideration, the four classical elements. Knowledge of these elements is a key to taking the garden to another level.
The Earth is primarily dry, and secondary cold, Water is primarily cold and secondary wet, the Sun, or what I like to call Fire is primarily hot and secondary dry, and the one element rarely discussed and no less important to Master gardening is Air which is primarily wet and secondarily hot.
Earth and Water are said to be ‘passive’ and ‘heavy’, while Air and Fire are said to be ‘active’ and ‘light’. You may wonder why this is important to gardening, all will become clear as we proceed, Master gardening is the ability to reach levels above and beyond the grasp of the everyday gardener.
Fire is hot and dry and with the addition of coolness becomes Earth.“When thou hast made the quadrangle round,Then is all the secret found.”...George Ripley (d. 1490)
If you look closely at the diagram above understanding the Rotation of the Elements and how the influence of the Sun plays into it will assist you in taken your garden to level beyond the dig a hole put a plant into level. You'll actually begin to see Harmony.
Lets go through a typical summer day, the Sun rises in the East greeting the damp Earth which was cooled down by the night. Every walk outside in the morning and see that the grass is all wet, even though it didn't rain? The water comes from the dew that formed overnight. In the night hours, air temperature usually cools down. Everything in nature cools at a different speed, but usually plants don't need a lot of time to drop in temperature. The cooler air around these things causes condensation, water, to form on their surface. This is the dew, known as the Morning Dew, we see shining on the grass in the early morning hours.
“How cunningly nature hides every wrinkle of her inconceivable antiquity under roses and violets and morning dew!”...Ralph Waldo Emerson
As the rises to its meridian height, its highest point in the South the Air has been heated by the Fire of the Sun. The Morning Dew has evaporated as we have approached the noontime heat.
“The sun shines down from meridian height,
And illumines the depths of the sea.
Cry out the fishes, beginning to sweat,
"Oh, dammit, how hot we shall be!" ...John Keats
Not all plants love the noonday Sun, its just the way it is, there is nothing worse than a gardener trying to plant a shade loving plant in direct uninterrupted Sun. It just doesn't work, everything in nature has its place. As we are the creators of our garden we should respect our plants enough as to let prosper where they may.
As the Sun and the Heat of the day begins to decline to the West, the soil of our garden is now approaching its Dry time. The Sun sets in the West to close the day, the night will now cool down the Earth.
The more one refers to the diagram of the Rotation of Elements the more wisdom one will attain.
The more you expose yourself to the secret tradition and its symbols the more nature will reveal its secrets to you. Slowly I will reveal just what I'm allowed too. I have complete confidence that I will introduce you to enough of my tradition that you will actually be able to take it to a level equal to mine and maybe beyond.
Monday, July 4, 2011
Sunday, July 3, 2011
In my last two blogs I have introduced you to two distinct triads, or triangles, the one with the apex up symbolic of the highest three levels of consciousness, and a second inferior triad, or triangle, with its apex point down representing the three lowest levels of consciousness.
What we are seeking here is Unity, the highest level of consciousness available, yet we have two distinct and separate triangles. If we think of the triad of Sun, Moon, and Mercury as the triad of Spirit, and the triad of Mars, Jupiter, and Saturn as the triad of Matter, the only way Matter can rise to union with Spirit is Venus, love.
Venus, love, is the tie that binds. The attraction of Spirit to love draws Spirit to Matter, and the attraction of Matter to love pulls Matter to love, thus the two Spirit and Matter are harmonized by Venus, love. Only through love can our level of consciousness rise above the world of Matter. It doesn't matter what you think you know, it doesn't matter what you preach, without love you just ain't getting it.
Now I know many within the esoteric traditions are familiar with the interlaced triangles with the Sun in the center, where as in mine I placed Venus, and with due cause.
In the hexagram we have created by the higher triad descending and the lower triad ascending can only make sense when we are discussing the raising of ones consciousness, symbolized in the raising of the Master Mason and all those who seek Enlightenment, Self Realization, Samadhi, etc.
Because of love the triangle of Spirit descends to Matter, and because of love Matter ascends to Spirit, forming the union that allows one continue the process of expansion of consciousness.
The question we should be asking is what type of love has the ability to bind Spirit and Matter? Clearly we're not talking the simplified version so commonly labeled love, our love of spaghetti, or love of Spot, or even our love of spouse, each and every one of those loves has the ability to discontinue. We're talking of a love that has no limit, no time frame, no boundaries, no conditions. This is I would give my life type of love that has the possibilities to override your survival instincts, without thought. I'm pretty sure if you let your intuition kick in you'll know where I'm going.
I remember hearing this wonderful little tale of the Buddha and his deep compassion. One day the Buddha, in one of the many life's, was making his way through the forest when he came upon a cliff. As he looked down over the edge he saw a mother tiger and her cubs. The mother tiger was frail, skinny, and visibly unable to hunt. It came to the Buddha that because of the mother's woeful and hungry condition without food the mother and her cubs would surely die. Without hesitation the Buddha threw himself off the cliff, spiritual love.
“You have heard that it was said, 'Love (agape) your neighbor and hate your enemy.' But I tell you: Love (agape) your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be sons of your Father in heaven. He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous. If you love those who love you, what reward will you get?” — Matthew 5:43-46