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ITC 32 In The Chair Masonic Podcast: The Seven Liberal Arts and Sciences

May 20, 2016

ITC 32 In The ChairMasonic Podcast: The Seven Liberal Arts and Sciences

Today’s guest is once again Reuben Ayres, Provincial GrandOrator for the Province of Devonshire, and member of St George Lodge that meetsin Exeter. Reuben was first on InThe Chair on podcast 17 when we discussed the history of Freemasonry, againon podcast27 when we talked about the value of Freemasonry and once more on podcast30 where we delved into the History of the Masonic Ritual.

In this episode Reuben talks about the Seven Liberal Artsand Sciences in Freemasonry. This is first mentioned at the end of the FirstDegree, but explored in the subsequent Degrees. They are:

·        Grammar

·        Rhetoric

·        Logic

·        Arithmetic

·        Geometry

·        Music

·        Astronomy

These make up a basic curriculum of education, first createdby the Ancient Greeks in around the fourth century BC, then added to andamended throughout history, even making up the core syllabus of classicaluniversity educations in the 1700s.

These Arts and Sciences can be grouped. The first three arecalled The Trivium – and cover the fundamentals required for a solid education.

The last four make up the Quadrivium, which build upon them– which are more specialist in their areas – but the first three are needed toexpress them.

Unfortunately the Ritual doesn’t tell us how we are to learnthe Liberal Arts and Sciences or how we are to apply them – however, as theseare areas that are always being researched so any lessons in the Ritual couldbe out of date.

This means that what at first may appear archaic actually isat the cutting edge of science, and can even be found in the theoreticalphysics of String Theory!

Even if you don’t research theoretical physics, a little bitof knowledge on each of these will also ensure you are able to get involved inalmost any conversation at the Festive Board.

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