Patrick Doyle and Kristen Lumen uncovered new clues to what may be the source of paranormal activity in the old Crescent Mine on the latest episode of ‘Ghost Mine’, which aired on September 11. Markings on the wall of the ballroom in the mine that appeared to be the Roman numeral VI may not be a number at all. It seems it is more likely it is the letter “V” and “I” may have been part of the Free Mason motto V.I.T.R.I.O.L.
According to the Symbol Dictionary, an online glossary of religious symbols, V.I.T.R.I.O.L. is an acronym for the Latin phrase “Visita interioraterrae, rectificandoque, invenies occultum lapidem”. The English translation means, "visit the interior of the earth, and rectifying it, you will find the hidden stone." It symbolizes spiritual purification.
V.I.T.R.I.O.L. is commonly inscribed on the walls of the Chamber of Reflection where Free Masons are initiated into Free Masonry. The Grand Lodge of British Columbia and the Yukon explains that the Chamber of Reflection is typically located in an isolated area. Walls are customarily painted black (and may resemble a cave) and inscribed with sayings designed to provoke thought and meditation in the new member. During the initiation, the subject allegedly meditates on the meaning of life and death and provides written answers to a series of questions.
How the suspected use of the Crescent Mine as Reflection Chamber by the Free Masons ties into the paranormal activity in the mine is unclear.
Tune in to ‘Ghost Mine’ Wednesday nights at 10 p.m. EST on SyFy to watch the mystery as it unfolds.