The black and white checkerboard floor, was present in the temples since the days of ancient Egypt. More than mere decoration, a mosaic floor carries a deeper esoteric meaning. Today is one of the most recognizable symbols of Freemasonry and is the floor of every Masonic lodge ritual. The floor is the area where initiations take place and "symbolizes human life, a chessboard where good and evil are constantly fighting."
"The mosaic floor is an old symbol of the 'Order. It can be found in the early rituals of the past century.
And 'ranked among the ornaments of the lodge along with dentil frieze and the blazing star. Its stones of two colors, black and white, were promptly and appropriately interpreted as symbols of good and evil present in human life. "
According to the researchers of the occult, the checkered floor has historically been the home of the Mysteries and its origins can be traced back to 'ancient Egypt and the Dionysian rites.
"The checkered floor on which stands the modern lodge is not that the old" tracing board "of the Dionysian Architects, and while the modern secret organization is no longer limited to guilds of workmen, it still retains its symbols of metaphysical doctrines ancient society which is presumably the bulge. "
The degree of candidate apprentice, mosaic floors are the ground floor of the Temple of King Solomon. In the account of the Temple of King Solomon in the Bible, which describes the ground floor is made of pine or fir, depending on the translation of the Bible (Ki 1 6: 15).
While the paving of most of the lodges consists of a black and white checkerboard pattern, the colors may vary slightly in other lodges. The floor instead of being formed by frameworks, could be composed of lozenges.
Floor with a checkerboard pattern in Notre Dame de Paris, a cathedral built by the Knights Templar, the spiritual ancestors of the Freemasons
"The Priestess" is the second card of the Tarot, a symbolic number of duality. Note the symbol of Ying and Yang of the book he holds in his hand, representing the same dualistic principle of the mosaic floor.
THE DUALITY '
The juxtaposition of opposite colors on the mosaic floor is a visual representation of an important principle in Hermetism: duality.
"The floor, black and white, symbolizing the good and evil principles of the Egyptian and Persian creed. And 'the war between Michael and Satan, between the gods and the Titans, including Balder and Lok, between light and shadow, which is darkness, between day and night, between freedom and despotism, between freedom and religious dogmas of an arbitrary Church thinks that only those who support it and whose Pontiff claims to be infallible, and uses the decrees of his council to constitute a gospel. "
"The floor or base of the Lodge, is a checkerboard of square white and blacks, which denotes the dual qualities of everything related to terrestrial life and the physical basis of human nature - the mortal body, its appetites and affections. "The web of our life is formed by a ball that good and evil are intertwined," wrote Shakespeare. All the material world is characterized by an inseparable fusion between good and evil, light and shadow, joy and pain, positive and negative. What is good for me may be bad for you, the pleasure is generated by pain and results in the final analysis, again in pain, do what is right at a time can be wrong the next moment, I am intellectually exalted, now and tomorrow I might be confused and depressed: The duality of these opposite rules us all, and we will make it up to experience the moment when, having learned the lesson and passed, we will be ready for advancement in a state where the highest lose sense of duality and opposites cease to be perceived as such, but they will be made of the idea of unity. To find the unity necessary to know the peace that passeth understanding that is beyond our present experience, because in it the darkness and light are the same, and our current concepts of good and evil, joy and pain, are transcended and are sublimated in a condition that combines both. This condition is represented by the jagged edge or along the tessellated mosaic floor, as if the Divine Presence and Providence surround and embrace the time in which our bodies are the opposites. "
Moreover, the checkered floor is representative of the earth, the material world and is contrary to the ceiling, which is representative of heaven and the spiritual sphere.
"The roof of the lodge is represented in stark contrast with its black and white floor and is described as" a celestial canopy of various colors, also is in heaven. "
If the floor symbolizes the sensitive nature of man, the ceiling characterizes his ethereal nature, its "sky" and the properties it contains. The one is the opposite and the opposite pole of the other. His material body is visible and heavily made up. The ethereal body surrounding it, or "aura" is tenuous and invisible, is like the smell emanating from a flower. Its existence will be questioned by those unprepared to accept what is not physically demonstrable, but the student of Freemasonry, they will be expected to accept many truths, temporarily, until they become non-confidence, has the task of reflecting that has entered the "Trade" with the stated aim of receiving light on the nature of his being, (2) that the Order is committed to helping the one who is in search of light on questions of which is admittedly ignorant , that his teachings and symbols were created by sages and masters in the field and compententi (3) that is recommended to maintain a humble attitude of mind, docile and receptive to these symbols and their meaning. "
The mosaic floor is a space esoterically, upon which stands the ceremonial altar, the center of most rituals. The ceremony for the apprentice degree takes place symbolically in this position. According to the third degree ritual, the checkerboard floor is the High Priest because we walk on.
"Because the checkerboard floor is given such importance in the furnishing of a lodge? The answer lies in a statement in the third degree of the rite: "The checkerboard floor is made up of the High Priest so that you walk on it." Now, here you are not speaking only of the high priest jew many centuries ago, mentioned in the text, but the individual member of the "Craft". This is because every Mason is the High Priest of his own temple, and will make it a place where he and Gods, one day, to meet. By the mere fact of existence in this dualistic world every living being, whether a Mason or not, walking on the checkerboard floor mixing good and evil in every action of his life, the pattern of the floor is thus the symbol of an elementary philosophical truth common to all of us. But, for us, the words "walk on" implies much more. This statement means that he who aspires to be the master of his destiny and master of his soul must "walk" of these opposites, in the sense of transcend and dominate them, to halt its sensitive nature less trampling under his feet in awe and control. He should be able to rise above the mix of good and evil, and be more indifferent to the ups and downs of fortune, the attractions and fears governing men and confuse their thoughts. The goal is the development of his innate spiritual potential, impossible to develop normally because he generally is governed by its material trends and fluctuating emotions of pleasure and pain they give birth. And 'rising from the earlier, reaching serenity and mental balance at all times and if that life offers, a Mason "walk" on the floor very checkered existence and the conflicting tendencies of his nature more material. "
Some say that the mosaic floor serves as a "magic circle" for inter-dimensional travel and communication. The deeper significance of the mosaic is to transcend the limits of the material world.
A terrific example of what was said just above (6), you can find in the telefilm Dadiv Lynch's "Twin Peaks" which is the duality of his forte. Especially in the red room or the Black Lodge, an abstract place, outside of space and time, where coexisting forces of nature, archetypal form of spirits. You can access it, if your spirit controls the good and evil, otherwise the soul will be slave host of spirits who live there.
A place of almost unimaginable power, full of dark forces and evil secrets. No prayers dare enter this frightful. The spirits do not pay attention to religious invocations. They can rip the flesh from the bones or say goodbye cheerfully. And if harnessed, the spirits in this hidden land of muffled screams and broken hearts have a power so vast that its holder might reorder the earth at will. Windom Earle
The black lodge, a clear reference to a Masonic temple, notice the floor, the two lamps by way of Masonic columns, the red dwarf (one of the spirits of the lodge). It 'a place multidimensional, difficult to access knowledge and whose powers are almost limitless. (Look in the Twin Peaks Red Room
IN POPULAR CULTURE
What is the reason propagate the Masonic agenda, or be a reflection of an archetype, in many scenes in which there is a metaphysical ritual transformation are often raffiguarati checkerboard floors.
A checkerboard pattern leads to the magic mirror of Doctor Parnassus, a passage to the spiritual
A crop circle where the three-dimensional chessboard floor leads to a step size
Michael Jackson dressed in ritual garb of a red checkered floor etiquette.