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Click here for a description of some of the degrees of the Rite devised by Lambert, extracted from an article in the Ars Quatuor Coronati, published in 1928. You may want to download the entire article by Wonnacott. Just refer to the link, above, or to be redundant, click here.
THIS engraving was created by a rather elusive fellow by the name of Lambert de Lintot, sometime during the 18th Century e.v. We say “rather elusive” because to this date, after over five years of searching, we have found next to nothing on him. Arthur Edward Waite devotes a small amount of space to him, in A New Encyclopaedia of Freemasonry, Volume II, pp. 2-3:
LAMBERT DE LINTOT
Whether of foreign nationality or extraction I do not know, but the bearer of this name should be held in fair remembrance for his zeal in the foundation of the Girls’ School. He was active otherwise in Masonry and was connected with the St. George Observance Lodge. Some mythical stories affirm (1) that he was a political agent of Prince Charles Edward Stuart, and (2) that he worked for many years — seemingly in England — seven alleged Templar Degrees of the French Clermont Chapter. He was initiated in 1743 and, according to one account, was alive in 1788.
John Yarker devotes some space to the name of Lambert de Lintot, in his Arcane Schools:
“On the death of Lambert de Lintot, about 1775, an Inventory was taken of his effects in which numerous references are found to French high-grades, which are not now practised. [Yarker footnote: Vide Kneph, viii, p. 22.] The initiation of Lintot must have taken place about 1743, when the Jacobites were very active, and meditating a descent on England, to enforce the rights of the Stuarts. In circularising a plate dedicated to the foundation of the Cirls School in 1788, [our note: even though he is said to have died in 1775, just sentences earlier??] he states that he had been made a Mason 45 years previously, and that he was Past Master of the Lodge St. George de l’Observance, No. 53, and he speaks mystically of the Seventh and Ninth heavens. One of his plates also has references to the Rose Croix, and Kadosh.”
We have seen the various engravings, including the one pertaining to the Girls School, and others, such as the one “Freemasons at Work,” and the one entitled “Night,” which depicts the night before Lady Day. The plate Yarker refers to at the end of the quote, we feel confident in stating, is the engraving we are about to unveil.
This engraving is very interesting. It should be of interest to all who are interested in Freemasonry, in the Occult, in Thelema, even. Particularly interesting to those who are students of the mysteries pertaining to the Priory of SION, since in one of the panels can be seen the words SION + GOD WILL. Other engravings by Lambert de Lintot have references to SION as well. Another researcher has produced a copy that has not the words SION + GOD WILL, but “SIGN OF GOD’S WILL” — or at least, that is how he interprets it. In ours, it clearly reads SION. In the specimen produced by the researcher in question, it reads “SIGN”. Is ours the cart or the horse?
In another, can be seen a bull’s head similar to one of the Merovingian relics, and which can be seen in A Discourse on the Worship of Priapus, by Richard Payne Knight, Plate III, Figure II, facing p. 36 of the 1957 edition produced by Bell Publishing Company.
George Oliver, in his Historical Landmarks of Freemasonry, Volume II (1851 American Edition), notices two of the panels. One, the panel with the burning child and the pillars with the bull just mentioned. This is on page 11. He cites Thory’s Acta Latomorum as the source, Vol. I, p. 6. Since we don’t have our pocket edition handy, we can’t look it up. The second reference in Oliver is a footnote on pages 136 – 137. This time he is referring to the Royal Arch of Enoch, the panel depicting the building with the nine arches. He says it comes from “an old Masonic publication” — nothing more.
Also, there is a panel depicting a rite involving nude men dancing, arm in arm, around an obelisk, with lightning emanating from the obelisk and the words ESTEK HAR. This is in the bottom left side of the engraving. On the bottom right side is what appears to be a Mithraic ceremony. Around the eight panels is an egg-shaped enclosure, which contains more writing, which we give below. The cipher given at the top only applies to the characters on the right and left sides of the engraving. We have spent many hours trying to decipher this piece. We hope that someone will find the key, and share it with us, as we are sharing this material with our reading public.
An interesting article has come to our attention, by Marsha Keith Schuchard, entitled “WHY MRS BLAKE CRIED: SWEDENBORG, BLAKE, AND THE SEXUAL BASIS OF SPIRITUAL VISION,” which describes in great detail the groups of Mystics that gathered in London during the 18th Century. Most particularly, Emmanual Swedenborg, William Blake, Dr. Falk, various Moravians, Shabbeteans, and Frankists. Also, she makes mention of Lambert de Lintot:
“Thus, Swedenborg and his Masonic colleagues in London assimilated their sexual theories into highly Christianized degrees within a special order of Freemasonry, the “Royal Order of Heredom of Kilwinning” or “Rite of Seven Degrees.” The Kabbalistic belief that proper performance of the meditative-sexual act rebuilds the Temple and manifests the Shekhinah between the conjoined cherubim was especially attractive to the intitiates of the Order of Heredom. One of the leaders of this rite, the French artist and engraver Lambert de Lintot, produced a series of hieroglyphic designs, which included phallic and vaginal symbolism as part of the process of regenerating the psyche and rebuilding the Temple of the New Jerusalem.”
“Lambert de Lintot, General Charles Rainsford, and Ebenezer Sibly (all Swedenborgian Masons) collected and translated publications about the “Asiatics,” while Prince Carl of Hesse-Cassel (a Swedenborgian Mason and Danish chief of the “Asiatics”) was in contact with the Swedenborg societies in London and Stockholm.”
In other words, she is connecting Lambert de Lintot’s Rite with the Asiatic Brethren. This is a most important connection to make.
Elsewhere, we found a Masonic essay, Masonic Stones, by Richard Rowney Connell, FSA Scotland. In it, the author makes mention of the esteemed Lambert de Lintot:
“The true mystery of the ‘Word”is that it ever was a mystery.
“In the 1700’s, a cryptic engraving was published in London by a Master of Lodge No. 53 who signed himself as “P. Lambert of Lintot, R.A., Rouen, Sublime Inventor and Sculptor.” Lambert’s work was republished in 1813 to celebrate the union of Antients and Moderns. The plate is a marvel of Masonic cryptography that includes a number of sub-panels; one of which is a cubical stone.
“For example we have in the cubical stone, a square, balance scale, compass, triangle, Artemis the polymammary Mother Goddess, a plumb line, I Am, The Mother of All Masons, Nequid Nimis Minerva (Nothing without the wisdom of Minerva); O Diana, O Rudder, (Diana/Artemis is the rudder or guides the Craft and Minerva is the Roman Goddess of Arts and Science). Geometry was a sacred science and the Masonic “G” stood for geometry before members popularized “G” for God. There are also words “Physical, Moral, Natural, Philosophers Stone.” In addition, there is a celestial chart and cryptic words in the alphabet of the Royal Arch Degree, which translates, “Death is Life.” The meanings may have been forgotten with time but the symbols remained.
“What you have read up to now is purely available fact if you will accept it as such. What l am offering in conculsion is my factually reasoned opinion.
“If a word is known for centuries as the “Scotch Word,” why look to the Hebrew and not the Scottish for a translation? If renaissance man was looking for a universal religion or brotherhood, a natural path would lead to the Mother-Goddess.
“Put it this way: The discovery of the Mother Goddess through modern archaeology is really a rediscovery of something never altogether forgotten, something which has to do with the very nature of the human soul.” I can see why, when four to five hundred years ago, when Christians were senselessly killing one another over nonsense, they would turn to their Mother for help and guidance. “O Diana, O Rudder, Mother of All Masons,” the great “I Am,” blessed Queen of Heaven, are we not all Brothers? There are Masonic Lodges to this day, that meet according to the Moon phase. It is all there in the Cubical Stone.”
25. Eliot, Alexander. The Realm of the Mother Goddess, pg. 51.
We shall leave it to the reader to draw conclusions from these quotes.
Here is the key for the characters in the eight panels: [scanned from the original, this time]
According to the Speth article(AQC), the legend on the base reads, “And will give him a white stone and a new name which no man knoweth it. I will make a pillar and write the name of the city and write my new name divinity support morality.” This is crucial, considering the topics covered in the essay, The Stone that Fell to Earth, to be found elsewhere at this site.
The writing around the panels is as follows:
- Who teaches us to write and speak
- to speak in fair and soft terms
- to distinguish truth from falshood
- to reckon or count all manners of numbers
- the mensuration of lines, superficies, and solids
- the proportions, harmony, and discord of sounds
- the motions of luminaries, planets &c
- and how to measure their magnitudes
- and determine the distance of the infinite
- [fourteen characters in cypher]
- By the seven science
- of the seven degrees of the cubical stone
- whatever is, is right.
Also, in the lower right hand panel, is a figure of the Goddess, who says “I AM MOTHER OF ALL MASONS.”
This is quite a find. We would appreciate your comments. If you find anything interesting in this engraving, do email us. The code has yet to be cracked, it is quite a piece, and has eluded us for several years, since we first ran across it. Or, if you have any background information that might be helpful in determining its history.
Here is a listing of materials that have come to our attention since this article was first published in May of 2000 c.e.:
1. The Rite of Seven Degrees in London, by Bro. W. Wonnacott, P. A. G., Sup. W., P. M. 2076; A. Q. C., Vol. XXIX, Pt. 1, pp. 63 – 90, 1928. Read a small excerpt, here. Get the entire article, here, in PDF.
2. The Revelations of a Square, by George Oliver, D. D., pp. 456 – 458. This, and the Speth article that follows, can be obtained by joining the Antiquities of the Illuminati Group, at Yahoo! Groups.
3. A Symbolical Chart of 1789, by Bro. G. W. Speth. A. Q. C., Vol. III, pp. 36 – 37, 1880.
4. THE ROYAL ART ILLUSTRATED: Contributions to the Iconography of Freemasonry, by Erich J. Lindner. (Graz: Akademische Druck-u. Verlagsanstalt, 1976.) Pages 136 – 147.
5. Hermetic Symbolism in a Masonic Engraving, by Adam McLean. Originally published in the Hermetic Journal, Winter 1987. This version from the Alchemy Virtual Library. (http://www.levity.com/alchemy/bamberg.html )
We duly acknowledge Neil Wynes Morse of Latomia for the wealth of vital information he sent our way.