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Getting back to Jmd's original inquiry re "Martinism", I'd like to point to this previous thread for those interested:
http://www.tarotforum.net/showthread.php?t=44521

"...the Freemason, an intelligent and virtuous man, has lost the tradition..."
-Papus: Le Tarot des bohémiens: le plus ancien livre du monde

It is not at all difficult to imagine an esoteric system situated from Franckenberg's Breslau becoming dissipated as he fled persecution. Tradition has asserted that in his later years Angelus Silesius burned all the books bequeathed to him by Abraham von Franckenberg on his deathbed.

Here's a few things re Freemasonry:

The Earl of Oxford to the Reader of Bedingfield's Cardanus's Comfort.
in Oxford's poem Labour and its Reward, included in Thomas Bedingfield's "Englishing" of Cardanus Comforte (1573, '76):
..."The mason poor that builds the lordly halls,
Dwells not in them; they are for high degree;
His cottage is compact in paper walls,
And not with brick or stone, as others be."
<<Bedingfield, Thomas. tr.(1573) of Girolamo Cardano, De Consolatione,1542.
Hamlet's book. Dedicated to Oxford, with long introductory letter and poem by the Earl. [Hamlet; others]>>
http://www.shakespeare-oxford.com/poemslny.htm

"It is more fitting for the wise man to play at cards than at dice, and at triumphus rather than other games for this is a sort of midway game played with open cards, very similar to the game of Chess." Cardano also recorded that Tarocchi was one of a number of games he had played.

"The Mason Word referred to the capacity of masons to secretly communicate with fellows over a long distance and to recognize "invisible" fellows in a crowd. Rooted in Jewish traditions of the unspeakable Tetragrammaton, the Mason Word combined practical identification purposes with Cabalistic number-letter mysticism. When Cardano practised the Art of Memory, he concentrated on the numerical-linguistic and architectural images advocated by the Cabalists and Lullists. By methodically intensifying these mental gymnastics and visualizations, he would achieve an "intuitive flash" that made the proper connections and analogies of all elements- natural and supernatural-vividly clear. From this insight, he could sometimes predict future events."
-Marsha Schuchard: Restoring the Temple of Vision, 2002.

"Knoop argues that the Mason Word originally drew on Jewish traditions of the tetragrammaton, the ineffable name of God, which was never to be spoken and which the masons expressed by a manual or bodily sign.<<D. Knoop and G. Jones, Scottish Mason, 100>> Swift would later hint that the "Master Secret" of the Masons' "Great Word" involved postures and grips imitating certain Hebrew letters.<<Jonathan Swift, Prose, V, 325-26>> The masons' claim to "second sight" was probably rooted in Cabalistic visualization techniques that were transmitted from the East and southern Europe. Moreover, this "Lullist" art was taught to some Hospitallers." -ibid

"Is it possible that confused or incorrect Hebrew letters in diagrams and documents resulted in the variety of Compound Words? Was the "Word" based upon Hermetic designs such as those in Smith's Use and Abuse of Freemasonry, von Welling's Opus, and their antecedent, the Amphithaetrum Sapietiae AEternae? If we consider the origins of the word Jehovah we may find a parallel in the Compound Word. The word was formed circa 1500 C.E. by combining the consonants of the Tetragrammaton, JHVH or YHWH (yod,he,vav,he) with the vowels of the word adonai, my Lord (yod,nun,daleth,aleph) hence, JaHoVaH. Perhaps by some similar method the variants Jah-Bu-Lum, Iao-Bul-On, Jah- Bel-On, and so on, were obtained from combinations of the letters ABL, IBL, IMB, and JBM, supplemented with vowels. Clearly, with a combination of these letters, only minor syllabic shifts are necessary for the construction of such "words." The accidental substitution of ABL in Smith's Use and Abuse of Free-Masonry (figure 13-4) for the ABN (stone) in von Welling's Opus (figure 13-5) lends itself to such a suggestion ...Once the origin of the letters in the corner of the triangle were forgotten, enterprising ritualists may have attempted to "restore" or explain their significance with fanciful interpretations. Did the ritualistic citation of John 1:1, long connected with the stone, hint at the solution all along? If so, the Compound Word concealed the Mystery of the Trinity, and quite literally, for the Masons who introduced this cryptogram, The Word Was God." "
-Arturo de Hoyos: The Mystery of the Royal Arch Word, in: Freemasonry in Context, edited by Arturo de Hoyos and S. Brent Morris, 2004.

"The Tetragrammaton, or four-lettered Name of God, is here arranged as a tetractys within the inverted human heart. Beneath, the name Jehovah is shown transformed into Jehoshua by the interpolation of the radiant Hebrew letter, Shin. The drawing as a whole represents the throne of God and His hierarchies within the heart of man. In the first book of his Libri Apologetici, Jakob Böhme thus describes the meaning of the symbol: "For we men have one book in common which points to God. Each has it within himself, which is the priceless Name of God." http://www.prs.org/gallery-kabblh.htm

By arranging the four letters of the Great Name, (I H V H), in the form of the Pythagorean Tetractys, the 72 powers of the Great Name of God are manifested.

-John
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