The north is Masonically called a place of darkness. The sun in his progress through the ecliptic never reaches farther than 23°28' north of the equator. A wall being erected on any part of the earth farther north than that, will therefore, at meridian, receive the rays of the sun only on its south side, while the north as a symbol of darkness will be entirely in shadow at the hour of meridian.

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