The following is an adjusted version of the introduction for a new book I've been working on, The Master Mason. This work is the culmination of nearly a decade of consideration and contemplation over the complexities of what it means to become a master in the masonic system of initiation. It is not … [Read more...] about Transcending Yesod-The Third Degree of Freemasonry
I just had the pleasure of finishing Mitch Horowitz's book Occult America and am a bit surprised at the story it tells, and some of what it doesn't. Only recently did I come across the 2010 Bantum Books edition, (the first edition published in hardback in 2009) and it was the sub headline of the … [Read more...] about Be All You Can Be in Occult America
This was originally published in January of 2009 on the Masonic Traveler blog. Freemasonry moves through periods of ups and downs. Like the stock market, there are periods of increases and periods of decreases. Peaks and valleys, plateaus, and depressions, which is normal for any system, … [Read more...] about Freemasonry and the Great Depression
If Manly P. Hall's Secret Teachings had a companion book, I think that Richard Smoley and Jay Kinney's Hidden Wisdom: A Guide to the Western Inner Traditions would be it. Every bit as dense as Hall's Secret Teachings but much more down to earth and embedded in the "real" rather than the idealized … [Read more...] about Hidden Wisdom – Not So Hidden Anymore.