DescriptionTHis work is a modern representation of the third degree tracing boards of old. It is filled with metaphor and symbolism, fluent to all master masons.Tracing boards were originally created as visual aids to illustrate the symbols and teachings of Freemasonry as conveyed within their corresponding degree. The allegorical and symbolic aspect is Western, and this interpretation has been adapted for the modern Freemason.Unique in this board is the story of the transformation of the neophyte through a progressive ascension through three spheres culminating into the space of the divine. The notion of these spheres comes from the alchemist Agrippa and his work from Three Books of Occult Philosophy, and they represent the earthly realm of man (materia), the celestial realm of angels (spirit), and the super celestial realm of the divine (soul). This third shperes is often referred to as the Monad.This is not a literal representation of past boards, but my interpretation of the culminating third degree of the tradition of Freemasonry.
Greg Stewart, Los Angeles, Member Since December 2007 Artist Statement Creatively, I am an artist, by affiliation, I am a Freemason.
My interests in the fraternity are in the esoteric aspects of the degree work. From them, I have been reborn into a system filled with symbolic vision and allegory.
The name Masonic Traveler is a creative nom-de-plume that stems from my digital journey in exploring my contemporary path through Freemasonry.
This artwork is dedicated to the further discovery of the Light within in Freemasonry. Its goal and purpose is to pursue a personal understanding of the divine in the context of the relativism of man and his nihilistic individuality.
Each piece is my own take on the allegorical degrees of Craft Lodge Freemasonry. Freemasonry is a fraternal order, founded on a universal belief in the Divine, illustrated by certain landmark tenants and virtues, that teach symbolically a progressive system of discovery that leads ultimately to a personal degree of self improvement and an inclination towards the betterment of society.
The Hermetic works are a growing collection of illustrations on the Hermetic Arts and Occult Sciences at the heart of many esoteric traditions.