Freemasonry was founded as a speculative science on an operative art. It therefore took the working tools of the profession of which it spiritualizes, and made them the symbols for the communication of instruction in the mysteries of the Order. Terms of architecture, the Temple of Solomon, and everything that is connected with its traditional history, has been adopted as the symbols of its great moral and philosophical teachings. Many of the sublimest forms of instruction in Freemasonry are mythological and legendary, and, for the most part, these are symbolic and impress the mind with great spiritual and philosophical truths. The legends of masonry are parables, and a parable is only a spoken symbol.