Thursday, May 16, 2013
Tuesday, May 14, 2013
Monday, May 13, 2013
The Green Man of Rosslyn Chapel provides another fine point of esoteric knowledge much like The Apprentice Pillar. "The 'Green Men' are carvings of human faces with greenery all around them, often growing out of their mouths. They are thought to be a symbol of renewal and fertility, pre-Christian in origin. In Rosslyn they are found in all areas of the chapel, with one example in the Lady Chapel, between the two middle altars of the east wall. There are more than 110 carvings of Green Men in and around the chapel," informs Wikipedia.
Sunday, May 12, 2013
Saturday, May 11, 2013
Legend of the Apprentice Pillar at Rosslyn Chapel remains fascinating adding mystical dimenson to impressive stone carving (picture).
"According to the legend, the master mason did not believe that the apprentice could perform the complicated task of carving the column without seeing the original which formed the inspiration for the design. The master mason travelled to see the original himself, but upon his return was enraged to find that the upstart apprentice had completed the column anyway. In a fit of jealous anger the mason took up his mallet and struck the apprentice on the head, killing him. The legend concludes that as punishment for his crime, the master mason's face was carved into the opposite corner to forever gaze upon his apprentice's pillar," informs Wikipedia.An entry at freemasons-freemasonry.com interprets legend as follows: "...the murdered apprentice with its overt references to the initiation rituals of ancient guilds of stonemasons which stretch back to the murder of Hiram Abif, the master mason, at the time of the building of King Solomon's Temple in Jerusalem. Thus, the murder of the apprentice at Rosslyn is seen as a symbolic re-enactment of the murder of Hiram Abif which, today, has immense spiritual and emotional connotations for the world-wide fraternity of Freemasons."