The Secret of Royal Arch Masons and the Precession of the Equinoxes

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(Photo from the Fb album of Companion Dexter Ng taken during the Grand Reunion)

During the 63rd Annual Grand Convocation of the Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons on October 16, 2015  held at Abad Santos Hall, GLP, opening of the Grand Chapter was conducted by Manila Chapter No. 2, Royal Arch Masons with Companion  Juanito P. Abergas as the Excellent High Priest; Companion  Neil Menguito as King Zerubbabel ; and me as Scribe representing Prophet Haggai.

Held annually during the month of Tishri or October of the Gregorian Calendar,  the opening ritual is a representation of the symbolism of the astrological period of the the ages and the prophecy of Prophet Haggai as indicated in the Bible during the time of the Babylonian captivity.

(Tishri , from Akkadian tašrītu “Beginning”, from šurrû “To begin”) is the first month of the civil year  (which starts on Tishrei) and the seventh month of the ecclesiastical year which starts on Nisan  in the Hebrew calendar.  The name of the month is Babylonian. It is an autumn month of 30 days. Tishri usually occurs in September–October on the Gregorian calendar.) This maybe the reason  why the grand reunion is being held during the autumnal equinox on the quarter period of the eagle or scorpio months.

The Royal Arch Masonry

The Royal Arch Masonry constitutes the supreme number of the Deity- Number  9 , which includes the Grand Council and six other members  that hold meetings in a Tabernacle or Holy of Hollies.  The secret of this degree was discovered and brought to light by the last Three Masters of the Veil  allegorically represented the tribes of Judah with color blue banner as the master of the 1st veil and delineated by a Lion; Ephraim, an Ox with color purple in the 2nd veil  ;  and Reuben, a Man with scarlet color banner in the 3rd veil.

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The Principal Secret of the Royal Arch Masons Degree

The Precession of the Equinoxes:  This  is the phenomena where the constellations appear to rotate around the earth because of the wobbling. The sky is divided into 12 constellations , 12 x 30 degrees x 72 years = 25,920 years which is crossed by the location of the sun  on the fixed sign.

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The Four Astronomical Period of the Fixed Ages.

Master of the 1st Veil     Blue(Gold)   Age of Leo          Fixed Fire       10,800BC – 8,640 BC

Master of the 2nd Veil   Purple          Age of Taurus      Fixed Earth     4320 BC – 2160 BC

Master of the 3rd Veil    Scarlet        Age of Aquarius    Fixed Air         2160 AD- 4320 AD

Royal Arch Captain       White            Age of Scorpio      Fixed Water    8640 AD -10,800 AD

Royal Arch ApronRelating The Astrological Signs of the Lion, Bull, Man and Eagle

The Celestial Vulture or Eagle, rising and setting with the Scorpion, was substituted in its place, in many cases, on account of the malign influences of the latter: and thus the four great periods of the year were marked by the Bull, the Lion, the Man (Aquarius) and the Eagle; which were upon the respective standards of Ephraim, Judah, Reuben, and Dan; and still appear on the shield of American Royal Arch Masonry ” (Albert Pike, Morals and Dogma, 1871, p. 448).

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Master of the First Veil, Tribe of Judah , Leo, the King, ruled by the Sun,  12,800 years ago

From the book Esoteric Astrology by Alice Bailey: The keynote for Leo is “I am that and that am I.” This keynote relate to the three planetary rulers and to the three stages of this sign that have been mentioned. “I am,” relates to the strong-willed individual personality; the “I am That,” to the stage of the mystic who is working towards alignment and conscious contact with the soul; and the final stage — the “I am that and that am I” stage, aligns with the highest monadic aspect.
  From the Bible Exodus 3:14  Then Moses said to God, “Behold, I am going to the sons of Israel, and I will say to them, ‘The God of your fathers has sent me to you.’ Now they may say to me, ‘What is His name?’ What shall I say to them?”14God said to Moses, “I AM WHO I AM”; and He said, “Thus you shall say to the sons of Israel, ‘I AM has sent me to you.'” 15God, furthermore, said to Moses, “Thus you shall say to the sons of Israel, ‘The LORD, the God of your fathers, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, has sent me to you.’ This is My name forever, and this is My memorial-name to all generations.…
 Moses with a sceptre or staff, a royal emblem of a King  (Leo)
The sceptre or staff is one of the most ancient symbols of authority and emblem of kingship. It was essentially a long stick with a hooked handle and in later times it was often composed of alternating bands of blue and gold.
 In Exodus Chapter 4
And the LORD said unto him, What is that in thine hand? And he said,  A rod. (sceptre or staff)And he said, Cast it on the ground. And he cast it on the ground, and it became a serpent; and Moses fled from before it. And the LORD said unto Moses, Put forth thine hand, and take it by the tail. And he put forth his hand, and caught it, and it became a rod in his hand:
 Moses and the Burning Bush , the symbol of Fixed Fire
2The angel of the LORD appeared to him in a blazing fire from the midst of a bush; and he looked, and behold, the bush was burning with fire, yet the bush was not consumed. 3So Moses said, “I must turn aside now and see this marvelous sight, why the bush is not burned up.”…
burning bush
 Blue : the emblematic color of the First Veil
The ark of the covenant in the Tabernacle was covered with blue cloth representing its close association with the Word of God (Numbers 4:5-7; 11-13).Blue is connected with that which is holy in God’s service.
 “And you shall make loops of blue on the edge of the outermost curtain in the first set, and likewise you shall make them on the edge of the curtain that is outermost in the second set.”  Exodus 26:4″You shall make a veil woven of blue, purple, and scarlet thread, and fine woven linen. It shall be woven with an artistic design of cherubim.. ..the veil. The veil shall be a divider for you between the holy place and the Most Holy.” Exodus 26:31-33
 The Age of Leo is the age of the Sun
 Regality, Rulership, Pleasures, Creativity – both of children and art. The Sun is it’s ruler, Fire is the element, the metal is Gold, and the animal is Leo, the lion. The Egyption worship of the Sun God “RA” or Amen Ra
.In Astrology, Leo is the fifth astrological sign of the zodiac, originating from the constellation of Leo. It spans the 120-150th degree of the Tropical zodiac, between 125.25 and 152.75 degree of celestial longitude, which the Sun transits this area on average between July 23 to August 22 each year.Leo is considered to be a “masculine”, positive (extrovert) sign. It is also considered a fire sign and is one of four fixed signs ruled by the Sun.
Positive Traits:
Love the Limelight
Generous and warmhearted
Creative and enthusiastic
Broad-minded and expansive
Faithful and loving
Negative Traits:
Pompous and patronizing
Bossy and interfering
 Dogmatic and intolerantLeo is the most dominant, spontaneously creative and extrovert of all the zodiacal characters. In grandeur of manner, splendor of bearing and magnanimity of personality, they are the monarch’s among humans as the lion is king of beasts. They are ambitious, courageous, dominant, strong willed, positive, independent, self-confident there is no word as doubt in their vocabularies and self-controlled.
 Born leaders, either in support of or in revolt against the status quo, they are at their most effective when in a position of command, their personal magnetism and courtesy of mind bringing out the best of loyalty from subordinates. As they are uncomplicated, knowing exactly what they want and using all their energies, creativeness and resolution to get it, as well as being certain that they will, their followers know where they are with Leos.Leos think and act bigger than would normally be dared; although the ambitiousness of their schemes and idealism may sometimes daunt their followers, their practical hardheadedness and ability to go straight to the heart of any problem reassures them.
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Age of Taurus or Ox  4320 BC  represented by Tribe of Ephraim or Master of the 2nd Veil  ..The Agricultural Age ( Fixed Earth )
Royal Arch Masons Astrologers allegorically presented the Age of Taurus as the period  when the bull is the sacred animal  sacrificed as offering  to the Deity  Bel or Baal and goddess Astarte. 
 From the Bible:  Shem,  Ham,  and Japeth are sons  of Noah.  Genesis 5:32 indicates that Noah begat Shem, Ham and Japheth while he was still 500 years old. (Noah was 600 years old at the time of the flood in Genesis 7.) The life of Ham is related in Genesis 9:20-27 Genesis 9:20 And Noah began to be an husbandman, and he planted a vineyard: 
 21 And he drank of the wine, and was drunken; and he was uncovered within his tent. 22 And Ham, the father of Canaan, saw the nakedness of his father, and told his two brethren without.23 And Shem and Japheth took a garment, and laid it upon both their shoulders, and went backward, and covered the nakedness of their father; and their faces were backward, and they saw not their father’s nakedness.

 The damnation of Ham is the story of sexuality which has significance to the qualities of Taurus of physical sensuality, pleasure,  and materialism –” some scholars have suggested that Ham may have had intercourse with his father’s wife or with his father itself.  Under this interpretation, Canaan, the son of Ham,  is cursed as the “product of Ham’s illicit union.”
 Put thy hand into the bosom” And he put his hand into his bosom.  This is an allegory or the action of covering the nakedness of the body….
Purple : the emblematic color of the 2nd Veil
Canaan was the name of a large and prosperous country (at times independent, at others a tributary to Egypt) which corresponds roughly to present-day Lebanon, Syria, Jordan and Israel and was also known as Phoenicia. The origin of the name `Canaan’ for the land comes from various ancient texts (among them the Hebrew Bible) and there is no scholarly consensus on precisely where the name originated nor what it was intended to convey about the land. According to the Bible the land was named after a man called Canaan, the grandson of Noah (Genesis 10). Other theories cite `Canaan’ as derived from the Hurrian language for `purple’ and, as the Greeks knew the Canaanites as `Phoenicians’ (Greek for `purple’ as the Phoenicians worked, primarily at the city of Tyre, in purple dye and so were called by the Greeks `purple people’)..
Age of Taurus: 4320 TO 2160 BC: History Wikipedia
Taurus rules: Money and wealth, Monumental building, Permanence, Solidity.Sometime after 4800 BC, the U’baid people in Mesopotamia moved out onto the harsh, resource poor river plains of the Tigris and Euphrates Rivers. There they invented money as a means of trade, and invented banks and banking to support the use of money. Their trading villages were remade into market towns. Their banks soon began to float loans and collect interest. Bartering gave way to the development of a money economy, along with business and banking, and the use of copper as a universal medium of exchange, the first known coinage. Money was deposited into these early U’baid banks to be applied, much as we do today, towards projects of civic improvement, which would in turn make more money. By 3500 BC these new U’baid towns were rich with imported goods. A whole new basis for community living was created. Indeed the sole archaeological indicator for growth during this age was the incremental increases in wealth found at these and other sites around the world.The religions of this age were bound to the ideal of money and wealth. The gods showed their favor in a very Taurus way by showering wealth and goods on those who worshiped them. The temples became the center for the collection and redistribution of wealth, and priests were the administrators of this activity.Taurus spiritual thought revolved around the ideal of creating heaven here on earth by building cities in a hierarchical fashion to mimic the perceived structure of heaven. Towns were built with their walls facing the four directions. Temples were built as the center of town. Over the course of centuries they were constantly being rebuilt over the old foundation. Eventually these temples grew into huge mountainous pyramid structures called ziggurats in Mesopotamia that could be seen from miles away. The Egyptian pyramids were built at this same time. New finds in Peru have found huge pyramids being built there at this same time. In this same process towns grew to become cities.

Astrology  from Crystalinks : Taurus The Bull

April 20 – May 20  Taurus is an Earth Sign  ruled by Venus

Taurus is the second astrological sign in the Zodiac. It spans the 30-60th degree of the zodiac, between 27.25 and 54.75 degree of celestial longitude, which the Sun transits this area on average between April 20 to May 20 each year.
Positive Traits:
Patient, reliable, warmhearted, loving,
persistent, determined, placid, security

The Taurean’s characteristics are solidity, practicality, extreme determination and strength of will – no one will ever drive them, but they will willingly and loyally follow a leader they trust. They are stable, balanced, conservative good, law-abiding citizens and lovers of peace, possessing all the best qualities of the bourgeoisie. as they have a sense of material values and physical possessions, respect for property and a horror of falling into debt, they will do everything in their power to maintain the security of the status quo and be stupidly hostile to change.

They are faithful and generous friends with a great capacity for affection, but rarely make friends with anyone outside their social rank, to which they are ordinarily excessively faithful. In the main, they are gentle, even tempered, good natured, modest and slow to anger, disliking quarreling and avoiding ill-feeling. If they are provoked, however, they can explode into violent outbursts of ferocious anger in which they seem to lose all self-control. Equally unexpected are their occasional sallies into humor and exhibitions of fun.

Although their physical appearance may belie it, they have a strong aesthetic taste, enjoying art, for which they may have a talent, beauty (actively recoiling from anything sordid or ugly) and music. They may have a strong, sometimes unconventional, religious faith. Allied to their taste for all things beautiful is a love for the good things of life pleasure, comfort, luxury and good food and wine and they may have to resist the temptation to over indulgence, leading to drunkenness, gross sensuality, and covetousness.

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The Age of Aquarius 2160 AD , Master of the 3rd Veil, under the banner of  scarlet delineated by Man, Tribe of Reuben, and the Prophecy of Haggai for the New Earth


The 3rd veil is an allegory of the future, the age of craftsmanship, technology, electricity, computers, all with the energy of the fixed Air, The Age of Aquarius.

Exodus 31 – The Call of Bezallel and Aholiab

Then the LORD spoke to Moses, saying: “See, I have called by name Bezalel the son of Uri, the son of Hur, of the tribe of Judah. And I have filled him with the Spirit of God, in wisdom, in understanding, in knowledge, and in all manner of workmanship, to design artistic works, to work in gold, in silver, in bronze, in cutting jewels for setting, in carving wood, and to work in all manner of workmanship. And I, indeed I, have appointed with him Aholiab the son of Ahisamach, of the tribe of Dan; and I have put wisdom in the hearts of all who are gifted artisans, that they may make all that I have commanded you:”

Even as God specifically chose Moses and Aaron, He also specifically chose these craftsmen for His service. God supernaturally enabled Bezalel to do the work of building the Tabernacle. God saw this work as just as spiritual, and just as dependent on the Holy Spirit’s power, as the work Moses and Aaron did.
 The Age  of Aquarius  2160AD – 4230AD  shall be the period when the Ark of the Covenant would be restored in the form of computers, emf generators, atom smashers, wormhole transport facilities and ultimately smart device like signet that serves as individual data storage , biometrics , and radiates the Spirit of God handled by Humanos Luminus or Illuminated Human.
Present day craftsmen are programmers, scientists, physicists, alien like engineers who understand the dimensional  law of the universe and perfecting the reality of  the Godlike particle.
 The Prophecy of Prophet Haggai  ( Present Days before Year 2160 AD)
  From the  fourth chapter of Exodus:”And it shall come to pass, if they will not believe in the two former signs, thou shalt take of the water of the river and pour it upon the dry land; and the water shall become blood upon the dry land.”  This is an allegory of the scarlet (blood) color of the banner, the transformation of the old earth by wars, man made calamities, weather manipulations before the realization of the New Temple or the New Earth.
  1. All Nations Will be Shaken
  2. The Heavens and Earth Will be Shaken
  3. The Past and Present Building of the Temple
  4. The Instruction to Build the Temple

1. All Nations Will Be Shaken

“For this says the Lord of hosts; Yet once, it is a little while, and I will shake the heavens, and the earth, and the sea, and the dry land; And I will shake all nations, and the desire of all nations shall come: and I will fill this house with glory, says the Lord of hosts. The silver is mine, and the gold is mine, says the Lord of hosts. The glory of this latter house shall be greater than of the former, says the Lord of hosts: and in this place will I give peace, says the Lord of hosts” (Hag.2:6-9 KJV).
It is clear from the scriptures that there has never been a time in history when God has shaken the heavens, the earth, and all the nations. But, this is what he says he will do just before Jesus returns as King of kings at the end of this age. See also Heb.12:26.
2. The Heavens and Earth Will Be Shaken
“Speak to Zerubbabel, governor of Judah, saying, I will shake the heavens and the earth; And I will overthrow the throne of kingdoms, and I will destroy the strength of the kingdoms of the heathen; and I will overthrow the chariots, and those that ride in them; and the horses and their riders shall come down, every one by the sword of his brother. In that day, says the Lord of hosts, will I take you, O Zerubbabel, my servant, the son of Shealtiel, says the Lord, and will make you as a signet: for I have chosen you, says the Lord of hosts” (Hag. 2:21-23 KJV).
Clearly, this is an end of the age prophecy. Here, we see that God shakes the heavens and the earth, overthrowing the kingdoms (nations) of the world. “In that day,” is a reference to the end of the age (Isa.2:17-21; Zeph.1:7-10, 12-16; Joel 3:9-18; Zech.14:1-8,13,20). And as we will see, it is also very clear that God gives the prophetic end-time Zerubbabel great power and authority to represent him and proclaim his good news message to the world.
3. Past and Present Building of the Temple
“And now, I ask you to consider from this day and forward, from the time before a stone was laid upon a stone in the temple of the Lord” (Hag.2:15 Para.).
“Consider now from this day and forward, from the twenty-fourth day of the ninth month, even from the day that the foundation of the Lord’s temple was laid, consider it”(Hag.2:18 Para.).
Both of these references about laying the foundation and construction of the temple refer to a past and a future fulfillment.

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Age of Aquarius , the song

Age Of Aquarius

(Note: the author must be an astrologer who understand the placement of the planets in the House of harmonious relationship, love and marriage . Moon, Jupiter and Mars in the Seventh House of Libra ruled by Venus.)

 When the moon is in the Seventh House
And Jupiter aligns with Mars
Then peace will guide the planets
And love will steer the stars 
This is the dawning of the Age of Aquarius
Age of Aquarius
Aquarius! Aquarius!
Harmony and understanding
Sympathy and trust abounding
No more falsehoods or derisions
Golden living dreams of visions
Mystic crystal revelation
And the mind’s true liberation
Aquarius! Aquarius!
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Note: Royal Arch Masons will understand the passwords, signs and words of explanations of this degree which are all part of the book.