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Friday, September 12, 2008

Hitting a HOME RUN

A picture is worth a thousand words...

Shortly after posting "America's "PAST" Time?" earlier this afternoon one of the most active Masonic based blogs out there [The Burning Taper or perhaps the HOT COCK] picked up on my article and posted the following would seem that Masonry and baseball for that matter have more to do with Sex Magick than my supposed preoccupations with "numerology" and all things "conspiracy" related. Well duh...thanks for the ENLIGHTENMENT guys. I'd love to see the Burning Taper give us the "ins and outs" of Masonic sex practices on a more regular basis.

Yesterday's Sports Illustrated ran a story, and the BBC posted an interview with historian Julian Pooley, indicating that "America's pastime," the game of baseball, may actually have been imported from England.

A diary entry from 1755, 84 years before Abner Doubleday mythically "invented" baseball, suggests that it was commonly played in the British Isles. (I found no evidence that Doubleday, the U.S. captain later promoted to general who fired the first Union cannonball at Fort Sumter which began the American Civil War, was a Freemason, but he was a prominent member and president of the Theosophical Society.)

During this time period in Britain, a "new" group called the Freemasons was also became popular way to wile away the hours.

The numerology-and-conspiracy obsessed blog Through the Looking Glass today upped the ante with a reference to baseball's origins being Masonic. Quoting Randy Lavello's article on, they give us:
"Baseball was obviously created by Freemasons, as it bears the unmistakable marks of Freemasonry. The field, from home plate to the left and right field wall forms a compass; the entire outfield wall is the semicircle which this compass draws. Upside-down, overlapping this compass, the bases form the square. Thus, the baseball field is the emblem of Freemasonry. Three strikes and three outs were assigned because three is the principle sacred number of Freemasonry. Four is a number of significance because it represents a square (the shape) and deals with the four directions, thus: four balls, four bases. Nine is sacred because it is three squared... there are nine fielding positions and nine innings. This brings us to a total of twenty-seven outs per team a game…and guess what? Twenty-seven, along with eighty-one, are the only two sacred numbers greater than ten. Though eighty-one doesn't occur in baseball, because of the presence of two nines (fielders and innings) it's appropriate to mention the reason eighty-one is so revered: the multiples of nine, 9, 18, 27, 36, 45, 54, 63, 72, 81, and 90 form a mirror image between the numbers 45 and 54. Also, each one of these numbers equal nine when adding the two integers which comprise the number: 18- 1+8 = 9; 27- 2+7 =9; etc. Because of this, nine times nine was deemed a 'high' number. This further explains the near obsession with numbers surrounding baseball averages, home runs, ERA's, etc. It is truly a game for numerologists.
The diary entry by English lawyer William Bray dated Easter Monday, 31 March 1755, reads like this:
Went to Stoke Ch. This morning. After Dinner Went to Miss Jeale's to play at Base Ball with her, the 3 Miss Whiteheads, Miss Billinghurst, Miss Molly Flutter, Mr. Chandler, Mr. Ford & H. Parsons & Jelly. Drank Tea and stayed till 8.
Six women, four men, and jelly? Hmmm....

As most of us know, playing baseball has another meaning, a sort of code for sex.

Remember the first time you "got to first base"? Or "scored"? Or "drove it home."

As we've supposed here on The Taper before, the Masonic square and compasses may represent the merging of earth and sky, and by extension, the sexual union between man and woman which results in new life, or "Generation," symbolized by the letter G.

And as our brothers in the Royal Order of Jesters have shown us over and over, the Jesters' use of the word "mirth" is code for "sex."

Therefore, it is not without merit to contemplate whether attorney William Bray, the diarist, was a Mason — highly likely given his profession, location and era — and that the "base ball" game he "played at" with six women and three other men was a sexual orgy or group sexual ritual.

After all, sex is America's (and the world's) real pasttime.

We need look not further than Albert Pike's "Morals and Dogma" for further explanation:

Morals and Dogma: Consistory: XXXII. Sublime of the Royal Secret pg. 850-51

The SQUARE is an instrument adapted for plane surfaces only, and therefore appropriate to Geometry, or measurement of the Earth, which appears to be, and was by the Ancients supposed to be, a plane. The COMPASS is an instrument that has relation to spheres and spherical surfaces, and is adapted to spherical trigonometry, or that branch of mathematics which deals with the Heavens and the orbits of the planetary bodies.

The SQUARE, therefore, is a natural and appropriate Symbol of this Earth and the things that belong to it, are of it, or concern it. The Compass is an equally natural and appropriate Symbol of the Heavens, and of all celestial things and celestial natures.

You see at the beginning of this reading, an old Hermetic Symbol, copied from the "MATERIA PRIMA" of Valentinus, printed at Franckfurt, in 1613, with a treatise entitled "AZOTH." Upon it you see a Triangle upon a Square, both of these contained in a circle; and above this, standing upon a dragon, a human body, with two arms only, but two heads, one male and the other female. By the side of the male head is the Sun, and by that of the female head, the Moon, the crescent within the circle of the full moon. And the hand on the male side holds a Compass, and that on the female side, a Square.

It is the great, fertile, beautiful MOTHER, Earth, that produces, with limitless profusion of beneficence, everything that ministers to the needs, to the comfort, and to the luxury of man. From her teeming and inexhaustible bosom come the fruits, the grain, the flowers, in their season. From it comes all that feeds the animals which serve man as laborers and for food. She, in the fair..

p. 851

..Springtime, is green with abundant grass, and the trees spring from her soil, and from her teeming vitality take their wealth of green leaves. In her womb are found the useful and valuable minerals; hers are the seas the swarm with life; hers the rivers that furnish food and irrigation, and the mountains that send down the streams which swell into these rivers; hers the forests that feed the sacred fires for the sacrifices, and blaze upon the domestic hearths. The EARTH, therefore, the great PRODUCER, was always represented as a female, as the MOTHER,--Great, Bounteous, Beneficent Mother Earth.

On the other hand, it is the light and heat of the Sun in the Heavens, and the rains that seem to come from them, that in the Springtime make fruitful this bountifully-producing Earth, that restore life and warmth to her veins, chilled by Winter, set running free her streams, and beget, as it were, that greenness and that abundance of which she is so prolific. As the procreative and generative agents, the Heavens and the Sun have always been regarded as male; as the generators that fructify the Earth and cause it to produce.

The Hermaphroditic figure is the Symbol of the double nature anciently assigned to the Deity, as Generator and Producer, as BRAHM and MAYA among the Aryans, Osiris and Isis among the Egyptians. As the Sun was male, so the Moon was female; and Isis was both the sister and the wife of Osiris. The Compass, therefore, is the Hermetic Symbol of the Creative Deity, and the Square of the productive Earth or Universe.

The COMPASS, therefore, as the Symbol of the Heavens, represents the spiritual, intellectual, and moral portion of this double nature of Humanity; and the SQUARE, as the Symbol of the Earth, its material, sensual, and baser portion.

p. 854-55

For the Apprentice, the points of the Compass are beneath the Square. For the Fellow-Craft, one is above and one beneath. For the Master, both are dominant, and have rule, control, and empire over the symbol of the earthly and the material.

Funny to me that sex would actually take a backseat to sport in the lives of most people...given that The Widow's Son would suggest that sex is America's TRUE pastime.


Widow's Son said...


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Terry said...

great stuff. I remember one of my first ever research papers in middle school was on Doubleday and baseball origins, only if i could go back and rewrite it, lol.

FilmNoir23 said...

Hats off Gentlemen!

aferrismoon said...

The other day I was reading BILL BRYSON'S - Made in America which talks about Spalding being so incensed by the idea of Baseball not being an all-American game that he set up a committee which proposed Doubleday as the 'inventor' of Baseball, which has been dismissed as Doubleday wasn't in Charleston at the 'right ' time.
Anyhow - hitting a ball with a stick, seems pretty ancient to me.

Thuth said...

I thought Sex, Drugs, Rock AND Baseball were the American Pastime.

I love it, and totally subscribe.

I never thought of the diamond as a masonic compass, but it makes sense.

Glad to be back,


Vapo said...

Hello Todd - Excellent post and appropriately titled.. a Home Run indeed as always!

Have a great day!


ViølatoR said...

If you like that, you'll love this:

"By decoding ancient reliefs and inscriptions on the walls of temples, Egyptologists have determined that the Pharaohs played an early form of baseball during the festivals of certain goddesses and in front of the statues of deities. In fact, references to seker-hemat ('batting the ball') go back approximately 4,400 years."

Read more at this link.