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A Mosaic Palace

Martin Faulks

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The Warden of the Lodge. . .shall take trial of the art of memory and science thereof of every fellow craft and every apprentice according to their vocation and in case that they have lost any point thereof. . . pay the penalty as follows for their slothfulness.. . Second Schaw Statutes of 1599.

Issued by William Schaw, the royally appointed Master of the Works, the Statutes gave a code of rules governing the activities of operative masons in Scotland. It’s often considered the first conception of Freemasonry as exists today.

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The Warden of the Lodge. . .shall take trial of the art of memory and science thereof of every fellow craft and every apprentice according to their vocation and in case that they have lost any point thereof. . . pay the penalty as follows for their slothfulness.. . Second Schaw Statutes of 1599.

Issued by William Schaw, the royally appointed Master of the Works, the Statutes gave a code of rules governing the activities of operative masons in Scotland. It’s often considered the first conception of Freemasonry as exists today.

During the sixteenth century Art of Memory had far greater connotations than it may to the modern reader. It referred to a specific set of memory disciplines and techniques whereby one would create a memory palace. This could be based on a real or imaginary place which, using intensive imagination, one would build up in the memory to the degree that it could be easily visited and used as a kind of mnemonic storehouse.

By Schaws time, this art of memory existed in many different forms. Not only was it commonly believed to be a very good method of memorising speeches, but also a great form of moral training – a goal common to Freemasonry. Beyond this, there were some who believed that this mysterious art had far more potential and could even have supernatural effects on the world.

So why did Schaw make it mandatory for Masons to practice the art of memory, and why did they need to be tested in this art? Was it a reference to Masonic ritual and if so, does this mean the Masonic lodge is a form of memory palace? If this is indeed the case, then by exploring what school of mnemonics it evolved from it can tell us something of the intentions behind the ritual. Was Masonry developed as a form of moral training for good Christian builders, or could its rituals have evolved from a more ambitious or mystical purpose?

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1 January 2019

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Martin Faulks

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Born 1977 in Norwich, England, Martin Faulks is known internationally as a Meditation Master, Adventurer and Spiritual Warrior.

Dubbed the Norfolk Ninja or the Ninja of Norwich by the press Martin Faulks is Great Britain’s most high profile and controversial martial arts author. Indeed his demonstrations of mind over matter using the power of meditation brought him to the attention of the international press and have highlighted the potential of ancient mind sciences for healing, health, spirituality and self-development.

For Martin, martial arts are a path of enlightenment, discipline and self control. Their purpose being to develop the will, cultivate the body and to enable the individual to protect themselves and others.

He has a black belt in Japanese Ninjutsu (Bujinkan Budo Taijutsu) and the Korean martial art, Kuk Sool Won and is proficient in the spiritual disciplines of China, including Tai Chi, meditation, Qi Gong and the legendary form of Yi Jin Jing.

He is a four time national martial arts champion and a regional fencing champion.

Martin has traveled extensively and trained with some of the world’s most skilled martial arts masters, including such famous masters as Bo ou Mander, Grand Master Masaaki Hatsumi, Noguchi Sensei, Stephen K Hayes and Michael Pearce. He has also spent time in the mountains with the Yamabushi monks of Japan.