How Long is Your Masonic Cable Tow Rope?
The Cable Tow is part of the dress of a candidate in which he agrees to go to the aid of a Brother with all his power..."if it be within the length of his tow rope.
The length of rope is symbolic of the first brother's abilities.
It is defined also as a cable's length, which is symbolically measured as 3 miles for an Entered Apprentice.
With its 2 ends, it binds a Mason to the Fraternity as well as bonds the Fraternity to the Mason.
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