Join us for this episode from March 8, 2009, as Greg and Dean are joined W. Kirk MacNulty, who is an exceptional Freemason and author of several books on the fraternity. A longtime Freemason, MacNulty brings a special understanding of Freemasonry delving into the esoteric and deeper “mystical” underpinnings of the craft. In this conversation we go deep about finding the divine presence through Freemasonry.
Br. Kirk has been an inspiration for many on the mystical ideas of Freemasonry and its deep rooted ties to the Renaissance and scientific revolution that followed. But interestingly, his take on Masonic Mysticism does did not originate from the familiar sources that we associate with it today. Also, we plan to explore the meaning and need of allegory and myth, as it pertains to the fraternity.
I do think generally speaking, that there is probably a greater interest now in the in the mystical or metaphysical dimension than there used to be.W. Kirk MacNulty
With perhaps in a more poignant tone, this episode talks about the reawakening of the new age idea and philosophy of the the development of the inner Temple and how that act is shaping the face of Freemasonry in the 21st Century.
Some of the topics we cover include:
- The origins of Freemasonry
- Freemasonry in the Renaissance
- The Hermetic Cabalistic tradition
- Dame Francis Yates
- Manly P. Hall
- Knights Templar
- And much more.
Works by W. Kirk MacNulty include: The Way of the Craftsman, Freemasonry: Symbols, Secrets, Significance and Freemasonry: A Journey Through Ritual and Symbol.
Sadly, W. Kirk MacNulty passed in November of 2020 at the age of 88.
In Memoriam: W. Kirk MacNulty, FPS.
WOW great job with the new website… a new era in the development of Masonic Central… our digital magazine!
Thank you for all the hard work…
PS: I miss the list of book reviewed during the show… anyway to integrate it back, as a side bar maybe
I became a Mason looking for ‘fraternitas.’ I was not expecting to find a body designed by and for individuals, like me, seeking insights (certainly not answers) to questions of meaning, purpose, identity, and spiritual growth. Brother MacNulty’s book “The Way of the Craftsman” was my first book on Masonry and one that exploded the limits of what I thought I could learn in Masonry. This conversation opened me to even more. I took many notes and have a nice new reading list to pursue. Many thanks.