Symbolism and the esoteric knowledge it wields is of the utmost importance to masons. Masons symbols act as a pictorial entity for the unspoken word. They speak in ways incoherent to the mind. Yet understood by the intellects inner most workings. To understand the power of symbols one only needs to look back in history. Celtic and Nordic people used glyphs to make sense of the world. Not forgetting the hieroglyphs of the Egyptian empire. Throughout Asia they were used to evoke purpose and meaning. Cave art is the earliest known depictions on earth. They were used for communicating when the spoken word did not exist. Masons symbols in particular have an air of mystery. They have stood the test of time and still communicate with us today.
To further explore the liberal arts and sciences of Freemasonry, this page is dedicated to Scottish Art and Masonic Art. It is an ever evolving collection of artworks by Peter Reehal. This is a personal exploratory journey of the masons. Using knowledge gained from studying the Craft. The concept that a picture speaks a thousand words is a defining statement. This is especially true of the symbolic richness inherent of Freemasonry.
Ideology of the Masons
The ideology behind the liberal arts and sciences dates back to medieval times. A distinction was made between artes illiberales or operative arts, and liberales, ‘free’ arts. The former was a way of equipping a man with the necessary skills to make a living. While the latter was achieved through the proper use of language and geometry. Pursuing the liberal arts and sciences was done of a masons own free will and accord. It was believed to fill the voids in one’s own knowledge. And therefore evolve the human spirit to higher realms of consciousness.
Masonic art and photography can be easily misunderstood or misinterpreted. But at the same time thought provoking. Mason Tryst hopes you enjoy his masonic art as it grows in content.