The Craft Perfected!: Actualizing Our Craft
by Dr. John S Nagy
The Perfect Ashlar is used symbolically to denote perfection within The Society of Free & Accepted Masons – better known as The Freemasons.
This symbol is a recent innovation to the Freemasonic Craft. It is interwoven within the Craft’s degrees, lore, and literature with opinions and descriptions unsupported by Stonecraft.
The Perfect Ashlar replaced a stone more appropriate for building sound structures. As a result of this innovation, the teachings surrounding it have wreaked havoc upon generations of Freemasons who were inappropriately taught that they would never live up to its ideal.
Research tells us that it was never meant to be this way! Coach Nagy investigates over three hundred years of Craft documents to reveal hidden treasures of Light associated with the Masonic quest for Perfection.
His findings reveal: When the Perfect Ashlar was inserted into Ritual and which Ashlar it replaced, What the Operative Craft tells us about it, and The Liberties that Freemasonic authors took when they insert it into Ritual.
Through his work, The Craft PERFECTED! – Actualizing Our Craft, John takes you through a series of deep Masonic rabbit holes, tracking down the history of The Perfect Ashlar, its true meaning, and the impact its meaning will have on future generations of Masons.
Brace yourself for a page-turning inquiry suitable to what the Builders of the Organization intended for its members from its beginning.
Paperback: 184 pages
Publisher: Promethean Genesis Publishing (October 1, 2019)
The Particular Nature of Freemasons
By Michael R. Poll
This is a book of balance. It takes a look at the past and present of Freemasonry. It looks at who we were, who we are, and who we can again become.
The craft lodge and how to improve the lodge experience is a focus along with looking at our philosophy and the purpose of Freemasonry.
Freemasons are unique individuals. This book shows why.
Paperback: 158 pages
Publisher: Cornerstone Book Publishers (May 26, 2020)
The Liberal Arts of Logic, Grammar and Rhetoric
By Sister Miriam Joseph
Who sets language policy today? Who made whom the grammar doctor? Lacking the equivalent of l’Académie française, we English speakers must find our own way looking for guidance or vindication in source after source.
McGuffey’s Readers introduced nineteenth-century students to “correct” English. Strunk and White’s Elements of Style and William Safire’s column, “On Language,” provide help on diction and syntax to contemporary writers and speakers.
Sister Miriam Joseph’s book, The Trivium: The Liberal Arts of Logic, Grammar, and Rhetoric, invites the reader into a deeper understanding–one that includes rules, definitions, and guidelines, but whose ultimate end is to transform the reader into a liberal artist.
A liberal artist seeks the perfection of the human faculties. The liberal artist begins with the language arts, the trivium, which is the basis of all learning because it teaches the tools for reading, writing, speaking, and listening.
Thinking underlies all these activities. Many readers will recognize elements of this book: parts of speech, syntax, propositions, syllogisms, enthymemes, logical fallacies, scientific method, figures of speech, rhetorical technique, and poetics.
The Trivium, however, presents these elements within a philosophy of language that connects thought, expression, and reality.
“Trivium” means the crossroads where the three branches of language meet. In the Middle Ages and the Renaissance, students studied and mastered this integrated view of language.
Regrettably, modern language teaching keeps the parts without the vision of the whole. Inspired by the possibility of helping students “acquire mastery over the tools of learning” Sister Miriam Joseph and other teachers at Saint Mary’s College designed and taught a course on the trivium for all first year students.
The Trivium resulted from that noble endeavor.
The liberal artist travels in good company. Sister Miriam Joseph frequently cites passages from William Shakespeare, John Milton, Plato, the Bible, Homer, and other great writers.
The Paul Dry Books edition of The Trivium provides new graphics and notes to make the book accessible to today’s readers.
Sister Miriam Joseph told her first audience that “the function of the trivium is the training of the mind for the study of matter and spirit, which constitute the sum of reality. The fruit of education is culture, which Mathew Arnold defined as ‘the knowledge of ourselves and the world.'”
May this noble endeavor lead many to that end.
The Road Less Traveled:
A Journey Through the Degrees
of the Scottish Rite
by Michael Sekera
Discover the Road Less Traveled
There has been a renaissance in Masonic writings over the last quarter century. The academic world has rediscovered Freemasonry’s historical influence on civil society’s last 300 years.
Now, you too can discover more about the mysteries of Masonry and the Masonic rituals. The world’s oldest fraternity is receiving considerable new attention.
In this book, you will discover:
An account of all 29 Degrees and their meanings
The esoteric Aspects of the Rite
A greater understand of the symbols, metaphors, and allegories of the Scottish Rite
A deeper appreciate for the mysteries of Freemasonry
And much, much more!
Learn all this in A Journey Through the Scottish Rite: A Road Less Traveled.
Freemasonry: Initiation by Light
(The Spiritual Freemasonry series)
by Christopher Earnshaw PhD 33°
Modern Speculative Freemasonry was born at a Lodge meeting at the Rummer and Grapes Tavern, later moving to the Horn Tavern.
The first three Grand Masters had changed the existing Operative Masons’ rituals in some way, and the only way to find out what those changes were, was to compare the current ritual to the bits of ritual that exist prior to the establishment of the Premier Grand Lodge in 1717, the event Masonic scholar Albert Pike calls the “Revival.”
The allure of researching the early days of Freemasonry is that we can learn about the objectives of the first three Grand Masters, and thus answer some or all of the following questions:
Why the Lodge at the Horn Tavern was so different from the other three Lodges whose “Constitution is Immemorial.” ?
What was the secret scroll owned by a librarian at the University of Oxford that might hold the formula for alchemy’s ultimate prize, the Philosophers’ Stone ?
Why valuable documents were destroyed during the early days of the Grand Lodge of England. ?
How did the son of the only “black” queen of England become Freemasonry’s first royal Grand Master ?
Why the Bishop of London treated Pocahontas as “visiting royalty,” and what became of her ?
Who was the Chinese mandarin, who may hold the secret to one of the degrees ?
Why a rival “Chinese” secret society tried to bring down Freemasonry. ?
This book answers these questions, and many more!