Skull & Bones, Freemasonry, and the Serpent of Wisdom
The Fall of Man has been symbolized in many aspects of our culture but what’s being alluded to? What’s the true meaning behind this Biblical parable or at least, the meaning that the Mysteries have derived from it? The society of Skull and Bones and the order of Freemasonry can shed light on the matter.
The above image is the logo of Skull and Bones, a secret society that John Kerry, George W. Bush, and George H.W. Bush were apart of, among other influential individuals. The number 322 is a reference to Genesis 3:22.
“And the LORD God said, “The man has now become like one of us, knowing good and evil. He must not be allowed to reach out his hand and take also from the tree of life and eat, and live forever.” Genesis 3:22
It has been claimed by conspiracy theorists that this alludes to a rebellion against God, evil-doing, and the hope of ascending to Godhood. While that sounds compelling, it’s not true. The allusion being made is to duality, equilibrium, self-actualization, the generative forces, and the hope for immortality. This is detailed through the degrees of Scottish Rite Freemasonry, specifically the degrees of Knight of the Sun, Knight of the Brazen Serpent, and Master of the Royal Secret in Morales & Dogma by Albert Pike or alternatively, A Bridge to Light by Rex R. Hutchens. If you’re wanting to get into the details of it, from the dualistic symbol or generative aspects, read into The Book of the Words by Albert Pike.
To understand the usage of this parable requires studying the symbolism of the serpent. The serpent is one of the oldest and most widespread mythological symbols. The serpent symbolizes duality, good and evil, wisdom, rebirth, immortality, transformation, and fertility. This symbolism and meaning aren’t and weren’t exclusive to Christianity and, therefore, have nothing to do with the narrative that the serpent represents Satan or acts of evil. The Fall of Man is used in the modern Mysteries for the sake of convenience and the familiarity of it, not because it’s supposed to symbolize rebellion against God as conspiracy theorists have claimed.
The serpent, in the Mysteries, acts as a symbol of wisdom and guardianship over knowledge. It has been theorized that the association of serpents and guardianship was created from the fact that many snakes, such as rattlesnakes and cobras, often stand their ground instead of retreating when threatened by something. It is an act of overcoming fear and taboo to obtain knowledge that is central to understanding the deeper meaning of this symbolism.
The association of wisdom and the serpent is thought to have been derived from the serpents association to the Osirian myth. It’s also been theorized that serpent symbolism was inspired by the constellation of Scorpio and the Milky Way since the Milky Way appears as an infinite ring or (Ouroboros) across the night sky.
In ancient Egypt, there were many depictions of the pharaohs with headdresses featuring a serpent wrapping around the Sun, which was known as the Uraeus.
The Sun-god Horus was often depicted in resemblance to the Uraeus or vice versa. The serpent is a symbol of the totality of the Osirian myth, representing the wisdom or knowledge of both light and darkness. The duality aspect of the serpent symbolism is derived from the rivalry of Horus and Set as is the aspect of good and evil, the rebirth and transformation aspect comes from Osiris, the fertility aspects from Osiris and Isis, the immortality aspect from the mythological resurrection, and finally, the aspect of wisdom from understanding the fable and the heavens above.
The idea that the serpent is an evil entity is a false narrative created by later interpretations of Christianity. In reality, the only reference toward evil regarding the serpent is in the double-speak of its hidden meaning.
“The phrase in Hebrew: טוֹב וָרָע, tov V’ra translatable as good and evil, may be an example of the type of figure of speech known as merism. This literary device pairs opposite terms together, in order to create a general meaning; so that the phrase “good and evil” would simply imply “everything”. It is equivalent to the Egyptian expression evil-good which is indeed normally employed to mean “everything”. In Greek literature, the concept is also used by Telemachus, “I know all things, the good and the evil” (Od.20:309–10).” — Wiki (serpent symbolism)
In the Mysteries, the purpose of using The Fall of Man parable is to express the desire to understand all that is, to accept the reality of the universe ( good and bad ), and to embrace the duality of life in order to obtain equilibrium and to self-actualize. It is to mature to a degree in which you can transpire order form chaos.
“To the ancients, the Sun was a “masculine” (active) symbol, as well as the source of the light which the “feminine” (passive) Moon reflects.” — Rex R. Hutchens, A Bridge to Light, p. 31
This is where many conspiracy theorists get the juvenile notion that “the secret” of the Mysteries boils down to mere phallic worship and sex. No, it’s not that simplistic and immature. What’s being alluded to is the duality of man and the duality of the cosmos, which is often symbolized through the sexual union of male and female in no difference to how the Sun and Moon are contrasted symbolically. In this symbolic expression, man achieves a sense of biological immortality but the hope is for the immortality of the soul. This is merely an appreciation for that which should be sacred to man.
“To every Mason, the soul of man is immortal.” – Albert Pike., Morales and Dogma, p. 525
Sammy R. LaPoint © 2015
- “Myths Encyclopedia Serpents and Snakes”. Mythencyclopedia.com.
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