I had this question posed to me today in an email from a brother on Facebook.
As freemasons, we are under oath and obligation to keep the secrets of masonry. Based on your understanding what are the secrets with so much material out on our craft?
My thoughts on formulating an answer are below. I’m sure its not the only answer, but one that seemed fitting in answering the question. I would be curious to hear your thoughts on the matter too.
Secret is a relative term. Is it the signs, tokens, words, or ideas and philosophy.
With so much published today, by the fraternity itself over the years, it makes me wonder what the craft itself holds as secret.
If anything, the secrets it possesses are those that even few masons truly comprehend, the state and nature of the divine, our connection to it, and how we communicate it.
Our best tool in keeping the secrets has been to not teach the meaning of masonry to its fullest potential, and its in that quest that we discover what the secret meaning is.
Ben Franklin is purported to of said that “the only secret of Freemasonry is that there is no secret” and maybe that is truer than what many realize. But as much weight that the society places on secrecy still begs the question of what its secrets might be.
Is it fraternalism? Is it some hermetic wisdom? Is it merely a collection of tokens or words?