Skulls, architectural tools, mallets, aprons... all of these things can we weird. So why does Freemasonry use so many odd symbols? This question is at the heart of many detractors who like to speculate on their nefarious meanings. Freemasonry is a system of symbol and allegory. By using such … [Read more...] about Why Does Freemasonry Use Odd Symbols?
The modern incarnation of Freemasonry dates to around 1717, but, was that truly the beginning of the "ancient" and honorable fraternity? The history of modern Freemasonry is fairly understood, going back to roughly the 1700’s. Beyond that point in time, information starts to become less … [Read more...] about How Old is Freemasonry?
Recently I attended a Festive Board of Jewel P. Lightfoot Lodge No 1283, Grand Lodge of Texas AF & AM. The guest speaker DDGM John Tolbert made a passionate presentation on Hermeticism and Freemasonry using slides as illustrations. That made his presentation peppered with pictures which is what … [Read more...] about Hermetic Philosophy and Freemasonry
GRAND MASTER'S EDICT ANNOUNCED AT THE GRAND COMMUNICATION - 13th JUNE, 2012 Edict From Masonic Grand Lodge of New South Wales and Australian Capital Territory On 12 May 2010 the Board of Management passed a resolution stating the principles governing esoteric research. These principles are … [Read more...] about Masonic Censorship
If Masonry had a patron saint in Hollywood, Nicolas Cage would be the guy. I'll admit, there are a lot of actors who in the past fit the bill including the stalwarts like John Wayne, Audie Murphy, Ernest Borgnine, Clark Gable, or Roy Rogers. Some amongst that list have been more vocal and out … [Read more...] about The Silver Screen Saint of Freemasonry Nicolas Cage
It is true without lies, certain and most true; That which is below is as that which is above, and that which is above is as that which is below, to accomplish the miracle of the one thing. It is true without lies, certain and most true; That which is below is as that which is above, and that … [Read more...] about Save the Bibliotheca Philosophica Hermetica
Coming this August, the Masonic Restoration Foundation is holding its first National Symposium on Traditional Observance Lodges, and much much more. The focus of this two day event will be Masonic Restoration with a primary focus on identifying a set of best practices that can be regionalized and … [Read more...] about The Masonic Restoration Foundation August Symposium
Weight and volume are very important. Two evenly measured weights on a opposite pans of a scale and you have a perfect balance, so long as your equipment is calibrated correctly. Add more weight to one pan and incrementally the scale will move towards which ever side the heavier burden is … [Read more...] about Measure for measure – Pennsylvania and the 21st Century.
At its surface, the Christmas holiday has no intrinsic connection to the fraternity of Freemasonry. What I mean by that is no where in the degrees does it link itself to any particular holiday in its practice, in particular the Christmas holiday season. There are, however, certain celebrations … [Read more...] about Christmas and Freemasonry
Within in Freemasonry, there are many titles and attributes bestowed upon its members, but few come to the table with the appellation of Magus. With a number of books having flowed from from his pen and a good many years of practice under an adept hand, Brother Lon Milo DuQuette is a stand-out … [Read more...] about Lon Milo DuQuette on Masonic Central