The Melbourne Archdiocese Catholic Schools or “MACS”, as they so irritatingly like to be called, has announced a rebrand complete with a new logo. The last rebrand was only two years ago so it boggles the mind to consider how such an expensive folly can be justified.
They could at least have come up with something original like “Gene Serum Fanatics” or the “mRNA Club” or more honestly, “Agnostics-R-Us”. (A selling point might be that children graduating from their system will be completely resistant to traditional Catholicism.)
According to the MACS spokesperson, its mission is “to proclaim the Good News and enlighten the lives” of students. Because Melbourne AD employees just love to talk about light and darkness. They even have a “manifesto”, which must be the new-fangled version of a mission statement, which was the old new-fangled version of an organisation’s “purpose.”
Read it for yourself – does the “Manifesto” not sound a little ….. vague and New Age?
Last time I checked, it was God’s Word that is “a lamp to my feet, and a light to my paths”, but there’s little fear of that being found in a modern Catholic school – except for “judge ye not”, of course.
One source supplies that “the true promise of “light in Masonry” is the return of man unsullied to the pure source of his being.” This is in addition to the more common explanation of a movement from darkness to light representing the journey from a place of ignorance to Gnostic illumination.
At this point, I should issue a disclaimer: the following is completely hypothetical and in no way meant to invite litigious scrutiny of this author’s work. It is simply the kind of pastime one indulges in during the festive season.
Back to the world of speculation.
The new MACS “brand colours” are blue (although it looks black) and golden yellow, which several sources admit are significant for Masons. Interestingly, yellow and blue, albeit a lighter blue, were used in the logo for the 7th Congress of Leaders of World and Traditional Religions in Kazakhstan.
As seen above, the explanation of the colour “Golden Light” includes a reference to the light shining through the windows of the Melbourne Cathedral. (Archbishop Comensoli referenced that light in his sermon at Kimberly Kitching’s funeral. He also gave a very “illuminating” Christmas speech last year.)
According to one colour expert, gold represents the sun, so beloved of pagans and Masons, while blue represents the symbolic “Blue Lodge”, where the first three degrees of Freemasonry: Entered Apprentice, Fellow Craft, and Master Mason. Our expert tells us that “blue means special, sacred, wisdom, or perfection.” He says that when these colours are found together, “… they represent the sky, sun, and stars. Blue and gold also have significance related to gods and deities. That’s why the colours are sometimes seen together in Masonic rings, aprons, and other accessories.”
In fact, another commentator explains that yellow and blue were first recorded as having been worn by Freemasons in 1730.
The logo itself shows the familiar triangle. In the occult world, the triangle can symbolise the transformation of darkness into light, thus the presence of this geometrical figure seems to confirm the occult meaning behind the logo and “manifesto”. It also represents the “magical” number three, and when pointing up, may represent the sun, which is worshipped by many of those who like to conceal the true meanings of their symbols.
In addition to the tribute to the number three is the use of the number four. As a friend points out in a previous article, “functions of four” are a common occult motif. It is possible to see in this logo the four arms of the cross, which separate the light into four sectors, as well as four triangles – or “pathways”, as the logo is meant to represent – along the bottom. Altogether this provides the four-cubed code for Mother Earth.
The numbers three and four together make seven: occultists represent man’s union with the divine with this mystical number. Three, four and seven are also highly significant for Freemasons, and the square-and-compass features this combination.
For further comparison, to the right is the logo for the esoteric group, the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn, a version of which Aleister Crowley was once a member. Curious.
When one takes the time to look with a critical – some would say, cynical – outlook, a new and subtle meaning can be inferred: under the auspices of Gaia, Catholic children will journey from their Baptismal “ignorance” along the path to humanistic “enlightenment.”
Which is precisely what the Catholic school system has been pushing for the last seventy years.