The many challenges of an Initiate before he can reach the inner court of the Temple of Masonry;
A big bird blocking the Light
The Ziz is a giant griffin-like bird in Jewish mythology, said to be large enough to be able to block out the sun with its wingspan. It is considered a giant animal/monster corresponding to archetypal creatures. It is said that the Ziz is comparable to the Persian Simurgh, while modern scholars compare the Ziz to the Sumerian Anzû and the Ancient Greek phoenix.
Valley Of Ziz
Ziz is the cliff of, the pass by which the horde of Moabites, Ammonites and Mehunim made their way up from the shores of the Dead Sea to the wilderness of Judah near Tekoa. (2 Chronicles 20:16) only; comp. 2Chr 20:20 It was the pass of Ain Jidy
The Key to the Inner Court of the Temple
Balustrade, a barrier from curiosity.
After endeavoring to triumph in all the obstacles, the Initiate can now enter the Sanctuary of the Temple but has to delve himself into Sacred Mysteries.
The Sanctuary of the Temple as described by Charles T. McClenechan, The Book of the Ancient & Accepted Scottish Rite of Freemasonry
“The Blue Degrees are but the outer court or portico of the Temple. Part of the symbols are displayed there to the Initiate, but he is intentionally misled by false interpretations. It is not intended that he shall understand them; but it is intended that he shall imagine he understands them. Their true explication is reserved for the Adepts, the Princes of Masonry.” (Morals and Dogma, p.819) Albert Pike, [1871 Morals and Dogma: Council of Kadosh: XXX. Knight Kadosh.
The Three Interlaced Triangles
The symbol of God, Yod
Our Father, who dost rule the heaven and the earth, and all that in them is: Thou who art the Giver of every good and every perfect gift: guide us in our endeavor to combat darkness, and direct the mind and thoughts at the threshold, in the solemn approach to the innermost mysteries of thy holy Temple where we seek for truth, for the full understanding of the divine lessons contained in thy “Word,” and the final attainment of the salvation of the soul immortal.
May we feel that the doctrines contained in the new vows we are about to assume, are worthy of his noblest Masonic thoughts and of holiest reverence. Aid us, 0 Lord; to look within our heart— that innermost sanctuary—that may prepare us to receive the impress of thy Holy Name, which shall be a seal of eternal life. In Thee, 0 Lord! alone resides the power. To Thee be all the glory. Amen.
The 72 Names of the Deity
The 3 Verses in Exodus 14, Verse 19 – 21
19 And the angel of God, which went before the camp of Israel, removed and went behind them, and the pillar of cloud went from before their face, and stood behind them,
20 And it came between the camp of the Egyptian and the camp of Israel, and it was a cloud and darkness to them, but it gave light by night to these: so that the one came not near the other all the night.
21 And Moses stretched out his hand over the sea, and the LORD caused the sea to go back by a strong east wind all that night and made the sea dry land, and the waters were divided.
Tetragrammaton, the 72 Syllables
Death and Rebirth Allegory
“Oh I, I just died in your arms tonight
It must have been something you said”— Cutting Crew
“Death Is Dramatic, depressing, and emotional enough, but sometimes, just for the extra emotional kick-in-the-gut tearjerker”.