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From the Trestleboard of
Bro. R. K. Sharrieff Al Bey, 33o
Member, Philalethes Society
Member # 407, Masonic Brotherhood of the Blue Forget-Me-Not

The Twelve Original Points of Entrance
Relation to the twelve tribes of 'Yisra El

Ancient Craft Masonry admitted twelve original points, which constitute the basis of the entire system, and without which no person ever did or can be legally received into the Order. Every candidate is required to pass through all of these essential forms and ceremonies, otherwise his initiation would not be legal, hence they are called the Perfect Points of Entrance. The points are as follows:

It is absolutely necessary that the Lodge be opened in due and ancient form; without these ceremonies, the assembly is not a Lodge. The Master and Officers must be reminded of their duties, the Fraternity must maintain reverence for Deity, and prayer must be offered to invoke the Blessing of the Great Architect.

In all the work of Masonry, emphasis in placed upon the importance of adequate preparation for moral, ethical, and spiritual vocations. Preparation of the heart is the first essential in Masonry, and certain outward preparations symbolic of, and manifesting, inward preparedness are required.

As it is one of the prerogatives of the Master that he may admit to his Lodge or deny admittance thereto whomsoever he chooses, it is necessary that all persons who would enter should wait with patience until he can be informed of their requests, and his answer returned.

This point is symbolic of "crossing over" the Jordan into the Promised Land, coming from the darkness of Ignorance and entering the Light of Knowledge, Wisdom, and Understanding.

Petitions to Deity in behalf of one's own needs intercession for others, communion with the Creator, and prayer in all its elements of praise, worship, and remembrance are fundamentals in the tenets of Masonry. From the time a candidate crosses the threshold of the Lodge to the topmost degrees in Masonry, the privilege and duty of prayer are urged upon him, and every step is taken in a holy atmosphere of divine worship.

The ancient practice of walking in a circular procession around a holy place, such as an altar, or the Holy Ka'aba in Mecca - the Holy City in Arabia where the Holy Qur'an was revealed. Many Biblical references can be found supporting the antiquity of the practice, and it was usually done in a direction which was consistent with the apparent movement of the sun, i.e., from the east to the west by way of the south.

The approach to the Altar of the Lord should be bold, in that we fear not to supplicate for our needs, trusting in their fulfillment, and it should be speedy, without hesitation.

From time immemorial, men have entered into covenants of brotherhood and friendship under solemn oaths of fidelity and loyalty, and whenever the circumstances and purposes justified it, secrecy has been pledged. This practice among Masons has many precedents and is based upon the truths and principles of the Great Light in Masonry. The oath in such covenants is given in the Name of the Creator; perjury in such oaths in subject to severe and deadly penalties. All vows voluntarily taken in Masonry must be faithfully performed, and are never subject to revocation.

This point symbolizes the gladness and fortune of receiving enrichment, in this case, the secrets of the Degree conferred.

To be invested is to receive prosperity, and the presentation of the *** is the emblem of the greatest ransom one can ever present to his Lord: his innocence in all matters.

Being placed in the *** as an EA. establishes the newly-made Mason as a member of his Lodge, as there is nothing more that remains for him to do to obtain said membership. Here, he represents the addition of a stone in the Lodge's wall and foundation.

All that which is opened finds balance in its closing. Since the work which Masonry attends must continue until the end of the world, it is never proper to adjourn. However, periods of refreshment are permissible, until such time as work is resumed. During such times of refreshment, the Lodge is closed, and since the hour is styled "xii", the time wherein the day is at its most glorious, it is at this time that the Officer in the South superintends the Craft.

Biblical References for the Twelve Points

Holy Bible; King James Version; (1988); Heirloom Deluxe Ref. Ed.; DeVore & Sons: Kansas

1. Opening
Psalms 33: 18 Gen. 34: 1
5Isaiah 6: 1-4 1 
I Peter 3: 12

2. Preparation
Gen. 29: 33 
Gen. 34: 25, 26
Num. 26: 12-14

Gen. 29: 34
Gen. 34: 25-30
Gen. 46: 11 1 
Gen. 49:5-7

Gen. 29: 35 
Gen 35: 23 
Gen 37: 26,27
Gen. 43:29
Gen. 49: 8-12 
Deut. 33: 7 
Num. 26: 19-22 
Matt. 1: 3-16

5. Prayer
Gen. 30: 20
Gen. 49: 13
Judges 1: 30 1 
I Chron. 12: 33

6. Circumambulation
1 Gen. 49: 14, 15
Deut. 33: 18,19

7. Advancing
Gen. 30: 6
Gen. 49: 16-18
Deut. 33: 22 
Jdgs. 18: 1, 2

8. Obligation
Gen. 49: 19
Deut. 33: 20 
Judges 11: 30, 31

9. Intrusting
Gen. 30: 13
Gen. 49: 20

10. Investiture
Gen. 30: 8
Gen. 49: 21
Deut. 33: 23

11. Placing
Gen. 30: 22-34 
Gen. 37Gen. 41
Gen 49: 22-26

12. Closing
Gen. 35: 16-20 
Gen. 42: 4
Gen. 49: 27

There are many references of Masonic interest and relevance in the Holy Bible (Torah [Tanasch], and Gospel [Injeel]), and also in the Qur'an, the rule and guide of Muslim conduct and faith. Kedar, the second son of'Isma'il (PBUH), is the progenitor of the tribe from which came the clan of Hashim; from the Hashimite clan came the tribe of Quraish; and from this tribe the Prophet Muhammad Mustafa Al-Amin ibn ‘Abdullah (PBUH) was descended. His Royal Highness, Hussein, the late King of Jordan, was the most well-known leader of the Hashimite clan in recent times. He was a member of the Supreme Council of the Memphis-Misra’im Rite of the 96o, and an Honorary Past Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of Lebanon and Arab Speaking Countries.

Some scholars state that Biblical references to Kedar (Gen. 25: 13, Psalms 120: 5, Isaiah 42:11, Isaiah 60:7) are references to Muhammad (PBUH) and to the aboriginal Arab nation. According to the Holman Edition Masonic Bible, the Original African Heritage Edition of the King James Version, and others, the name Kedar means "black-skinned or dark, swarthy", and this is the same meaning as the later term Moor, derived from the Greek Mauros and the Latin Maurus. Smith's Bible Dictionary also states that the name signifies "black". Muhammad’s relationship as a “grandson” of Abraham establishes him as a blood relative of Abraham, 'Isma'il, Isaac, Moses, Jesus, and many other prophets, both named and unnamed, which is one more proof of the continuity of God's message to humanity (Stauffacher, C.H. and Roney, C.P. 1923).

The first-born son of Jacob and Leah. It appears that Joseph's life was spared due to his intervention. He represents opening because he was the first son, opening Jacob's strength. His name means, "behold a son".

The second son of Jacob. He prepared the instruments for the slaughter of the Shechemites in the attack made upon them by himself and Levi, hence, he comes to represent preparation. His name means, "a hearkening".

The third son of Jacob. Levi and Simeon were joined in their fortunes, and dispersal was decreed for Levites. The two brothers attacked the Shechemites, and during the attack, Levi gave a certain signal to Simeon. Therefore, the S.D.'s report is symbolized by Levi. His name means, "associate, he joined".

The fourth son of Jacob. Judah distinguished himself on a number of occasions, and was given Messianic distinction in the tribal blessings by his father and by Moses. The tribe of Judah was the first to "cross over" the Jordan and enter the Promised Land, and this is how Judah comes to represent the candidate's entering into light. His name means, "praise".

Tenth son of Jacob. His tribe marched nest to Judah and Issachar in the Exodus. His name means "habitation", and he represents prayer.

The ninth son of Jacob, his name means, "there is hire". As there is necessity for guidance and aid in moving over the tiles of one's life, and around the altar of remembrance of one's duty to God, so does Issachar represent circumambulation.

7. DAN
The fifth son of Jacob. He was designated as bold, courageous, daring, and cunning. Advancing to the Altar is something one does boldly (speedily), but humbly and trustingly. Dan's name means, "judge".

8. GAD
Jacob's seventh son. It was foretold that he should bring victory out of defeat, and judge justly amongst the people. Jephthah, a member of the tribe of Gad, made a vow which is recognizable in the ritual of obligation, and was likewise both solemn and irrevocable. Gad's name means, "good fortune".

The eighth son of Jacob. He was promised richness and royal dainties, symbolizing entrusting the candidate with the mysteries of the Order. His name means, "fortunate, happy".

The fifth son of Jacob, whose name means, "my wrestling". He was characterized by wise counsel and prosperity. Therefore, this prosperity is represented by the investiture of the ***, which is the emblem of the greatest prosperity and ransom before God: one's innocence.

The eleventh son of Jacob. His name means, "he shall add". Like the newly-made Mason placed in the ***, Joseph represents and addition to the Brotherhood, through whom all the brotherhood will realize an enrichment.

Inasmuch as he was the last of the sons of Jacob, he closed his father's strength; hence, his name is symbolic for closing the Lodge. 

From the Trestleboard of
Bro. R. K. Sharrieff Al Bey, 33o
Member, Philalethes Society
Member # 407, Masonic Brotherhood of the Blue Forget-Me-Not

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