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  1. 1. may in the same way be traced to a natural origin. Thus yellow denoting wealth, from the colour of gold, and green the emblem of life, from the green colour of vegetation. These examples, it is hoped, will serve to bear out the argument that the symbolical meaning of various colours is derived from man’s interpretation of nature. It may be well, perhaps, to note some of the general symbols and customs observed in the ancient mysteries and which are akin to Masonry. Many of the mysteries seem to have been divided into three degrees, each successive one being awarded to the candidate as a mark of merit, and a recognition of ability. This triple division no doubt originated in the belief in the sacred significance of the number “three.” In nearly all ancient secret societies the candidate was raised form a figurative death, to a new life, and often lustrations were used to purify him from the sins of his past life, so that he might start afresh, a new man, under the protection of the Order he had become a member of. We find most societies had a sacred plant, the Egyptians had the palm, the Grecians the myrtle, and the Druids the mistletoe. The All- seeing Eye was used amongst the Egyptians and represented Osiris. The serpent was also a sacred symbol both with the Egyptians and the ancient Mexicans; it was usually depicted with its tail in its mouth and was then an emblem of eternity. When Cleopatra’s Needle was removed from Egypt, the work was superintended by a Freemason, Lieut. Gorringe, and he made

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