The Ineffable word…

Is the “ineffable” word really a word or idea. The definition says:

Pronunciation Key (n-f-bl)


1. Incapable of being expressed; indescribable or unutterable. See Synonyms at unspeakable.
2. Not to be uttered; taboo: the ineffable name of God.

[Middle English, from Old French, from Latin ineffbilis : in-, not; see in-1 + effbilis, utterable (from effr, to utter : ex-, ex- + fr, to speak; see bh-2 in Indo-European Roots).]

But is it really the word or the idea that is unspeakable? The idea in masonry is that the work performed is to better understand the deity, the Great Architect of the Universe, but is he idea of the GAOTU, and is that possible to describe in finite terms?

I’ve recently been set in the position to think about the craft as 2 entities, the organization of what the craft is and the “idea” of what it is. Does freemasonry have ideas that are lofty and out of touch with what reality is? Can there be a higher plane of thought on what utterable?

I think this is a new road of exploration for me, but surprising, how old roads become new roads again.


~ by Greg on August 8, 2005.

One Response to “The Ineffable word…”

  1. I liken it to playing a musical piece with an instrument. In the beginning of our studies; we play the notes tentatively, sparingly, carefully, self consciously…as time progresses we gain new perspective, new confidence, new dexterity and strengths. When we revisit the same songs we’ve played over and over again; we sometimes bend a note differently, we let the note play a little longer, we enjoy the moment more, but it continues to be the same song; simply felt and shared a bit differently…giving us new persepective, new insights. While the song is playing we might see something in an entirely new light. This is the same way in ritual and in lodge.

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