The Egyptian Masonic Symphony
The Egyptian Masonic Symphony
The masons claim that their rites, knowledge, and traditions are rooted in Egypt. The masons are members of a widespread secret fraternal society called ‘Free and Accepted Masons’ (popularly known as Freemasonry). There is a natural, instinctive fellowship and sympathy between their members.
Modern masons claim their deep roots from the Ancient Egyptians. It is interesting that the obelisk and the pyramid were important symbolic forms for them long before Egyptology and archaeology began. The Founding Fathers of America (many of whom were masons) put the un-American pyramid on the dollar bill and chose the shape of an obelisk for the design of a monument for George Washington, who was also a mason.
Herodotus, the father of history and a native Greek, stated, in 500 BCE:
“Now, let me talk more of Egypt for it has a lot of admirable things and what one sees there is superior to any other country.”
The superior Ancient Egyptian monuments are the physical manifestations of their superior cosmic knowledge, for, as stated in Asleptus III (25) of Hermetic Texts:
“...in Egypt all the operations of the powers which rule and work in heaven have been transferred to earth below...it should rather be said that the whole cosmos dwells in [Egypt] as in its sanctuary...”
Therefore, we must forego viewing the Ancient Egyptian monuments as interplays of forms against a vague historical, archaeological presentation. Instead, we must try to see it as the dwelling place of the cosmos; as the relationship between form and function.
Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe (1749-1832) described architecture as “frozen music”. In Ancient Egypt, architecture was animated visual music—definitely not frozen. Egyptian architecture and art followed the principles of harmonic dynamic design that equally applies to sound and form.
Sound and form are two sides of the same coin, and their relationship is equated to the metaphysical and physical aspects of the universe.
The physical manifestation of the universe is a masterpiece of order, harmony, and beauty. The architecture of bodily existence is determined by an invisible, immaterial world of pure form and geometry.
The Ancient Egyptians, who were/are known as doers (builders), put their knowledge and wisdom into animated, energetic, productive works.
The design of Ancient Egyptian architecture was based on harmonic proportion. Musical harmonies are likewise based on harmonic proportion. It has been said that music is, in reality, geometry translated into sound; for in music the same harmonies can be heard that underlie architectural proportion.
The famed Mozart was a Mason, just like his father and many notable people in his era. His music was the spirit of past Ancient Egyptian traditions. His crowning achievement was the Masonic Opera, where the power of masonry becomes the power of music by using Masonic symbols.