Symbolism - PDF book (1905) by Milton Alberto Pottenger

Symbolism, a treatise on the soul of things 

Symbolism, a treatise on the soul of things
Symbolism -  by Milton Alberto Pottenger 

how the natural world is but a symbol of the real world. The pack of playing cards, or book of fifty-two, an ancient masonic Bible; each card a symbol of universal law. The United States is a masonic nation, whose duty and history are read in these ancient sacred symbols

In presenting "Symbolism" to the world the author feels a sense of satisfaction in having accomplished a long-cherished desire. The information contained herein is not new to a few at least. Because of the prejudice of "the world,"  those who have been in possession of the light have hesitated to let it shine, knowing the time was not yet. It is expected that authorities will be searched to find the relation of Masonry to Playing Cards, but such authorities as the public will most frequently consult have themselves been misled. 

They have been obliged to as- sign some excuse for the existence of playing cards and not knowing the truth, have attributed their origin to the amusement of a foolish king, etc. One excuse is as good as another, however, when the real truth cannot be revealed, therefore the custodians of the light have permitted all sorts of misinformation to be circulated, knowing the true light would be revealed at the proper time. The truth-teller is still in danger of social ostracism; not in danger as to personal liberty and life, however, as of yesterday.

Humanity claims to have made wonderful progress, yet we read of a Christian nation asking God to assist it, by means of warfare, in its endeavors to annihilate another equally Christian nation. Brother is still arrayed against brother: each still believes in a personal God, subject to bribery and barter. Each still thinks of heaven as a locality, of hell an alleyway leading thereto. 

Science has already reached the borderland of materiality, her past domain, and is now stretching forth her hand into the realm of the psychic. Humanity itself, however, is fast becoming synthetical and scientific, and in order to retain their hold as teacher, and priest, and doctor, these professions must of a necessity find new fields of thought into which to lead their followers or lose their office. Their cable tow of the past having about united with that of the immediate future they find themselves pushed off the mountain of error into the great realm of unknown truth — as yet unexplored — whose title may well be said to be "The Unknown Country/' 

The layman now lays aside faith and demands of the man of God that he prove his title by his works. The doctor, claiming for his profession a scientific basis, is commanded to cease "practising" and give positive results. Symbolism is offered to the public as a simple key. Its study and perusal will open to the "ripe" mind a store of unfathomable riches. It is hoped that by it many a soul will "see" the light, then "seek" and in "secrecy" find the truth of his own being.

Some contents:


Search for Truth — To Know Truth One Must Be Truth — What a Symbol Is — How the Ancients by Means op Symbols Have Perpetuated Their Knowledge of Universal Laws — The Church, Freemasonry and the People Each Entrusted With a Duty — Only the People Have Been True to the Charge — The Bible of the Ancients Is To- Day a Plaything and Known as a Pack of Playing Cards — The Discovery of America and Development of the United States Precludes the Necessity of Longer Keep- ing Secret the Real True Nature of This Sacred Book of Symbols — Beauty of Symbolism.

I and My Father Are One" — "Ye and Me Are Brothers" — "If I Be Raised Up I Draw All Men Unto Me" — These Quotations From Christ Are Simple Truths Applicable to Everyone — We Are All Saviors; We Are All Judases — They Are Symbolic Expressions of Laws Operating Within Every Person — Every Man a Prophet; Every Man the Fulfillment of a Prophecy— -All Are Criminals; All Are Executioners — Past, Present and Future Blended Into the Eternal Now — The assassination of Lincoln, Garfield and McKinley laid at the door of humanity's Thought — The United States a Light-Bearer to the World.

Nature Itself One Vast Symbol — Masonry and Catholicism Rich Fields in Symbolism for the Mystic Student — Soul, Spirit and Matter Defined — The Christian Cross in Symbolism a Picture of the Male Organ — The Circle and Square a Picture of the Female Organ — How Humanity Unconsciously Is Perpetuating the Old Phallic Religion — The Bible Account of Noah's Ark and the Two Pillars of Masonry Shown To Be a Kindergarten Story of the Perpetuation of the Animal Species Through the Blending of the Sexes.


The Divine Language of the Pack of Playing Cards — As a Record of God's Sacred and Inspired Word Its Authenticity Is Second to None Other, Being Written in a Language Universal, Dealing With the Laws of Soul, Spirit and Body — The Four Suits as Emblems Refer to the Four Elements in Nature: Fire, Earth, Air and Water — The Diamond the Cross of Christ; the Spade, an Acorn; the Heart, a Flame of Fire; the Club, a Clover Leaf — The Four Kings Symbols of Life and Death.

Woman a Ruler as Well as Man — Her Power to Rule Being the Law of Conception — The Four Jacks Symbols of the Neuter Element in Matter — Also Symbols of the Soul, Conscience and Christ Principle — The Attitude of the Court Cards Show a Desire for the Principle Symbolized by the Suit.

King Solomon's Temple and the Human Body One and the Same — Diseases of" Women the Result of Amorous Thoughts Directed Toward Them by Men — The Women of America Have Recognized This Law and by Resolution Have Declared Against It — Consideration of the Individual Cards — King of Diamonds — King of Spades — King of Hearts — King of Clubs — The King of Clubs Wears Upon His Breast the Ancient Badge oe a Free and Accepted Mason.

The Knave, Politician, Christ and the Conscience All One and the Same — Jack of Diamonds, in Sign of Libra, Symbol of the Soul in Its First Embodiments; Also Symbol of the Masonic Candidate — Jack of Spades, in Sign Capri- corn, Symbol of the Advancement Made by the Candidate — The Origin of the Expression, "Riding the Goat" — Overcoming Death — Jack of Hearts, in Sign Aries, Teaches the Same Lesson as the Grand Degree of the Royal Arch — When Divine Love Is Made a Mercantile Commodity It Brings Death to the Vendor — Jack oe Clubs, in Sign Cancer, the Candidate Makes the Grand Discovery.

The Four Queens — The Flowers Carried by Them Symbolize the Nine Months of Gestation, the Twelve Months of the Year, the Signs of the Zodiac, Etc. — Queen of Spades, Symbol of Death and Resurrection — Queen Card Also a Symbol of the Christ Principle — Birth of America the Birth of Woman's Freedom — The Important Part Woman Is Playing in the Evolution of the Race — The Duty of the United States — Its Relations With Other Nations Prophesied in the Cards — Physical Divisions of the Country, Number of States, Executive, Judiciary and Legislative Branches Seen and Read in the Cards — Even the District of Columbia Symbolized by One of the Cards — Vision of an International Flag.

The Grand Archetypal Man — The Four Suits Co-ordinate With the Four Elements, Fire, Earth, Air and Water — Growth and Development of Our Bodies Shown To Be the Result of Planetary Influence — By the Chart Every One Can See the Nature of His Cross — It Is a Picture of the Masonic Grand Lodge or King Solomon's Temple — The Candidate Is Symbolized by the Jack of Diamonds in the Sign Libra, Quarter of Wealth — The Tramp and the Millionaire — The Kidneys Brains of Sexation — The Two Pillars of the Temple.

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  • Author:  Milton Alberto Pottenger 
  • Publication date: 1905
  • Company: Sacramento, Cal., Symbol publishing company

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