The work above is a modern representation of the First Degree Tracing Boards of old. It is filled with metaphor and symbolism, fluent to all Apprentice Masons.
The First Degree Tracing boards were created as visual aids created to illustrate the meanings and principals of Freemasonry as taught within the degrees. The symbolism is very Western, but the symbolism has been adapted for the modern mason.
In the image there are many symbolic cues. In adapting this piece, the most significant change is the replacing of the Holy Bible with the major religious symbols of the world. These symbols of faith, in my opinion, represent the modern Freemason.
For a more esoteric look at the symbolism of the first degree, I recommend reading Ain Soph to Malkuth – The First Degree of Scottish Rite Freemasonry.
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