Point Within A Circle
What is the Mystical symbolism of the Point within a Circle?
This Mystical symbol has both a Modern symbolism and an Ancient symbolism. Some depictions show a “B” on the outer left side of the left vertical line for John the Baptist and an “E” on the outer right side of the right vertical line. The V.S.L. (Volume of Sacred Law) resides above the circle.
Modern Christian Symbolism Interpretation
The Point Within a Circle denotes St. John the Baptist, whose “day” is June 24th and St. John the Evangelist, whose “day” is December 27th. They are the 2 Patron Saints of the Mystical Court. While many Master Mystical Officer are aware of the celebration of these 2 days, few realize why it is cause for celebration within their court.
The Lodge of St. John was the primitive Mother Lodge, held in Jerusalem and dedicated to St. John, the Baptist and then to St. John the Evangelist and finally to both. It is called the Lodge of the Holy Saints John of Jerusalem and from this lodge all other lodges descended.”
The Saints John: Little is known about either of the Saints John in the Mystical sense. What we do know is that:
St. John the Baptist: St. John the Baptist was a stern and morally just man. He was a direct descendant from Ishmael’s bloodline. (Ishmael was Abraham’s eldest son, born by his servant, Hagar.) John’s mother, Elizabeth was a relative of Mary, (Jesus’ mother) and both John and Jesus were contemporaries (born about the same time).
John the Baptist baptized Jesus and proclaimed Him the “Lamb of God”. John the Baptist is probably best known for his survivalist instincts, (as we read of his living off of locusts and honey) and for his zealous virtue in keeping God’s laws.
St. John the Evangelist: St. John the Evangelist is said to be the disciple whom Jesus loved. St. John the Evangelist is also known as John the Apostle. He is probably best known as a teacher of knowledge, the author of the Gospel book of John, the book of Revelation in the New Testament and later wrote the 3 Epistles in the Bible called John 1, John 2 and John 3.
He was the only one of the 12 disciples who did not forsake Jesus at the hour of his death. He is remembered as a gentle teacher of brotherly love and was the last surviving apostle, and believed to have died at a very old age (90+), circa 101 A.D. at Ephesus, Turkey, which is about halfway between Jerusalem and Rome. At a later date, a church was built over his tomb and subsequently, a beautiful Muslim Mosque.
There is no historical evidence that either of the Saints John were ever members of the stonemasons age, but because of their righteous lives and their strength of character, both of these Godly men have been adopted as the 2 Patron Saints of The Mystical Court.
Mystical Symbolism of Point Within A Circle
The symbolism of the point within a circle is:
1. Point = The Individual Brother.
2. Circle= The boundary line of his duty to God and to man, beyond which a man should not allow his passions, prejudices
or interests to betray him.
Summer and Winter Solstices: In ancient times, festivals were held on these 2 days because they represent the days of the Summer and Winter Solstices, which illustrate cycles of life. Today, our Summer Solstice is June 21st and our Winter Solstice is December 21st. These 2 festivals celebrated the times of both the first fruits in the Spring and the Fall harvest.
The Harvest: They also represented the highest and lowest points which the sun reached. They signify a time of celebrating the bountiful harvest of plenty that emerges from the seeds of the Earth. In speculative Mystical Court, combined, they denote, in essence, the celebration of reaping the fruits of your labour.
Point Within A Circle…Belongs to Nations of Antiquity
It must be noted that the Point Within a Circle, like many of our Mystical symbols, did not originate in 2010, …with the creation registration of the The Mystical Order of Spiritual Baptist,… nor did it originate from the Middle Ages, from whence we have evidence of religious history and Old Charges, Old Constitutions and Old Charters. Neither from the creation of the Inner Court knows as the Mystical Court.
This symbol is much older.
Links to the Past: These Mystical symbols such as the Sun, the Moon, the Blazing Star, the 47th Problem of Euclid and others are not specifically “Mystical” in nature, (meaning that they were not invented solely for use by this order),… and yet, The Mystical O has embraced them,… and rightfully so. They must not be forgotten. They link modern man to our ancestors.
These symbols originate from ancient civilizations, long before even King Solomon’s day…brought forward generation by generation via inculcation (teaching) and by the ancient monuments found to be inscribed with these symbols which Egyptologists, geologists and other scholars study in their attempts to understand Man’s history.
Their findings reveal pieces of antiquity which some may find too deep, too mysterious or too sexual to be openly displayed before members of our present day brethren, some of whom may shun the knowledge of such.
Mankind’s shared history around the globe is fascinating, nonetheless.
Point Within A Circle in Egypt: The 2 vertical lines on either side of the Point Within a Circle symbol date back before Solomon. (who lived nearly 1,000 years before John the Baptist was born.) On early Egyptian monuments have been found the Alpha and Omega, (the symbol of God as the beginning and the end…or, therefore eternal), in the center of the circle bordered by 2 upright, perpendicular parallel serpents.
For some, the science and philosophy behind Mystical symbolism is viewed as The Mystical Court’s secrets, mysteries, or as a form of secret cultism known only to The Mystical Court scholars. However, this is not true. For those who study attempting to find “Light”, the science and philosophy behind Mystical symbolism can be found in Man’s history. Mystical ritual, too, imitates these proud and ancient religious traditions.
Exoteric versus Esoteric:
Exo-teric means external, outer knowledge or public knowledge. The above information is Exo-teric, or commonly believed by the general populace.
Eso-teric means mystical, metaphysical and more scholarly knowledge about a subject. Due to the nature of its subject matter,..the study of religions is Eso-teric.
Mystical Light: Therefore, for those who seek more Mystical Light about the Point Within A Circle, below is Sir Godfrey Gregg’s (noted Mystical scholar and historian) more in depth and Esoteric (scholarly) explanation of this ancient symbol, the Point Within a Circle.