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Cryptic Reflections #2
The space of the Ritual Crypt is rectangular, the ratio of the length to the breadth being four to three. The long axis of the rectangle is oriented in the East-West direction. The ceiling is two units of length above the floor.
Thus, on entering from the West, the members will find the Crypt lit by a glow from the East, symbol of the Unknown GOD, the Universal Mind.
The remaining walls are uniformly coloured in a subdued greyish blue.
The members sit on benches lined up in an East-West direction in all four quadrants of the crypt.
4 Elders - representing Water, Fire, Earth and Air, all clad in silver-grey robes tied with a cord in the middle. The cords are coloured Light Blue (Water); Orange (Fire); Rich Green (Earth); and Pale Yellow (Air).The Elders sit in the South East (Water); North East (Fire); South West (Earth); and North West (Air).
4 Light-Bearers, clad in white robes, tied with cords coloured as for the Elders.
A Grail Maiden, clad in a white robe tied with a Light Blue cord and surmounted by an Orange stole decorated with a silver key on each end symbolising the Moon and the Lower Consciousness.
A Messenger, clad in a white robe tied with an Orange cord and surmounted by a Light Blue stole decorated with a golden key on each end symbolising the Sun and the Higher Consciousness.
All cords are tied on the left side of the body in the form of an ankh, i.e. with one loop at the top and both ends hanging down.
Apart from the Grail Maiden, who must be female, the officiating lay persons may be of either sex.
There are two separate seats in each quadrant of the crypt for the use of the Elder and Light-Bearer, so that by the side of each Light-Bearer there will be seated an Elder representing a Higher Wisdom (like the active and passive principles).
There are two additional seats in the East, one for the Grail Maiden and the other for the Messenger.
Also in the East, there are two lecterns, one in each quadrant, for the use of the Conductor and Messenger. The Conductor's Lectern may be moved to the West during rituals conducted by the Elders of Air or Earth.
A gong is placed in a position adjacent to the Conductor's Lectern.
The remainder of this space contains separate vestries and toilet facilities for men and women, and a central passage from the exterior door into the Ante-Chamber.