“Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid.” Matthew 5:14
“for there is nothing covered, that shall not be revealed; and hid, that shall not be known. What I tell you in darkness, that speak ye in light: and what ye hear in the ear, that preacheth ye upon the housetops.” Matthew 10:26-28
The Apprentice Pillar
The Tree of Life carved in this pillar is familiar to students of Kabbalah. It is identified from Norse mythology as a graceful ash tree with its roots in the earth and its boughs reaching into heaven. The word ash is part of one of the sacred names of God, EHYEH ASHER EHYEH, I AM THAT I AM, the presence of God in man. We are given the illustration that God dwells within us, the I AM below as the I AM above, the vision given to Moses as he saw the burning bush, the light of God within himself. Jesus said, “Verily, verily, I say unto you, Before Abraham was, I am.” John 8:58
Symbols such as snakes and dragons often have dual interpretations, for they may be qualified as power for either good or evil. Dragon-like winged serpents are carved around the base of the Apprentice Pillar.
The serpent has been a symbol for the coil of spiritual light energy which spirals up the spinal column of the human body. Jesus referred to this serpentine upwardly spiralling energy when he said, “And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of man be lifted up.” John 3:14 This spiral is evident in the Apprentice Pillar as an important aspect of our spiritual journey upward in consciousness to the attainment of the true wisdom of God.