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Odd Masonic Images In 33 Chile Miners Rescue
The rescue of the 33 unfortunate Chilean miners has definitely turn into an international media event. All aspects of the rescue have been carefully staged to make the entire thing a spectacular show inspiring emotions, admiration and national pride. For those knowledgeable of Masonic symbolism, it is hard not to ponder on the numerological and symbolic facts of the event. Here are some of them:
33 - The number of Miners
The number 33 is of great importance in Freemasonry. It can be found in many instances in Masonic lore.
“For example, consider the number 33. The first temple of Solomon stood for thirty-three years in its pristine splendor. At the end of that time it was pillaged by the Egyptian King Shishak, and finally (588 B.C.) it was completely destroyed by Nebuchadnezzar and the people of Jerusalem were led into captivity to Babylon. (See General History of Freemasonry, by Robert Macoy.) Also King David ruled for thirty-three years in Jerusalem; the Masonic Order is divided into thirty-three symbolic degrees; there are thirty-three segments in the human spinal column; and Jesus was crucified in the thirty-third year of His life.” - Manly P. Hall, Secret Teachings of All Ages
The date of the start of the rescue is also significant: 10/13/10 which can be calculated this way: 10 + 13 + 10 which equals…33.
The Number of Days it Took to Drill the Hole
“The work took 33 days total, one day a man,” said Mikhail Proestakis, manager of Driller Supply Company, which participated in the drilling of the rescue shaft with a diameter of 66 centimetres, which is 33 times two.
The First Note Sent by the Miners
“Others call attention to the first note the miners sent up to show they were still alive – “estamos bien en el refugio los 33” (all 33 of us are in the shelter) – which was 33 characters in length.”