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The Three Pillars of Freemasonry & The Devil

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Above: "The Three Pillars Tracing Board"

Incredibly, the symbol used for Satan in Islam is three pillars.

During the Hajj, a pilgramage which all Muslims are required to make at least once in their lifetime, they participate in the 'Stoning of the Devil' ceremony, who is represented by three giant pillars.

The pillars symbolizing the Devil are at the center of giant ramps built to accomodate the huge crowds of pilgrams who must complete the ritual by dusk. Muslim tradition says it was here that the Devil tried to tempt the Prophet Abraham to disobey God when he appeared before him and Isaac suddenly.

The Hajj - Stoning the Devil

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More details at:

Islam Online

Saudi Arabian Information Resource

Wikipedia Fixed Reference
Yet, one of the most widely used devices inside Freemasonry to instruct new Masons on the 'Craft', in the first degree is none other than the "Three Pillars Tracing Board".

1st Degree Tracing Board

Highly honoured Freemason, Albert Pike writes:

"All the truely dogmatic religions have issued from the Kabbalah and return to it: everything scientific and grand in the religious dreams of the Illuminati, Jacob Boehme, Swedenborg, Saint-Martin and others, is borrowed from Kabbalah, all the Masonic associations owe to it their secrets and their symbols." (Sovereign Grand Commander of Freemasonry, Albert Pike 33, "Morals and Dogma", p.744)

In "The Masonic Letter G", Paul Foster Case (Societas Rosicruciana in Anglia [SRIA] adept and founder of Builders of the Adytum) writes:

"These three Qabalistic pillars are obviously the supports of the Masonic lodge."

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The 'Three Pillars' of Kabbalah


Masonic Tracing Board Artwork

Hiram Abiff, 'The Masonic Christ' as the Fallen Angel Lucifer, 'The Blazing Star'

Further Reading:

Catechisms of the Made Men