Lewis Masonic Book Reviews

THE LOST RITES AND RITUALS OF FREEMASONRY

 

The book examines the Lost Rites of Freemasonry, in particular the mysterious and influential Rites created on continental Europe during the eighteenth century by the likes of Martinez Pasqually, Count Cagliostro and Baron Von Hund.

Charismatic figures such as Jean-Baptiste Willermoz, an enigmatic French Mason of the eighteenth century that forged the Rectified Rite out of the teachings of Pasqually and the reorganised Rite of Strict Observance will also be discussed.

The eighteenth century saw a number of Masonic Rites developing in France, Germany and Russia, and though some of these Rites ceased to exist by the close of the century, the Rectified Scottish Rite, though changed, still survives today.

Other influential figures such as Louis-Claude de Saint Martin and Emanuel Swedenborg are examined, and the influence that these charismatic figures had on the occult revival and later Masonic organisations such as Martinism and the Swedenborgian Rite are analysed in depth.

Lost English Rites and rituals are also covered in detail, along with the lost symbolism that vanished after the union of the Antients and the Moderns in 1813.

 

 

 

 

IN SEARCH OF THAT WHICH WAS LOST:
TRUE SYMBOLISM OF THE ROYAL ARCH

by Duncan Moore

 

A complete guide to the Royal Arch Degree and its Symbolism

The Royal Arch has been rightly described as the ‘root, heart and marrow’ of Freemasonry. Moore looks at the Degree from its somewhat obscure origins and possible ancestries, through its growth in the 18th century and the position after the Union of the two preceding Grand Lodges in 1813.

The development of Royal Arch Masonry since then is considered with an analysis of its symbolism and the functions of its officers and an in-depth explanation of the lectures of the degree.

The book concludes with some advice to Companions new and old as to how to get the most out of your Chapter membership and some brief descriptions of how the Degree is practised in other parts of the world.

 

 

 

 

THE KEY TO MODERN FREEMASONRY, THE HIDDEN MYSTERIES OF NATURE AND SCIENCE

by Charles Lawrence

 

Why are Freemasonry’s rituals laced with scientific concepts and the imperative for learning?

Why such a reliance on allegory? Why is the outmoded science enshrined in ritual so crucial? How did such a dubious group of founders create a brotherhood based on the strictest principles of humanitarian behaviour and why did the intrinsic beauty of the concept far outweigh their shortcomings?

Once in every generation comes a lateral thinker who brings radically new perspectives to old questions. Professor Charles Lawrence has been a scholar of Freemasonry for over forty years, but he is also an internationally recognised scientist and engineer.

These parallel disciplines have influenced his approach to Masonic historiography, demanding profound analysis and the same detached stringency he applies to his scientific work.

Those with preconceptions about Masonry may find this an uncomfortable read. Questions are raised to which the answers are not always easy or palatable. Yet for those seeking the true Key to Modern 

Freemasonry, this book provides a solid base from which to begin the quest.

With a dedication to the Most Hon., the Marquess of Northampton, DL and a foreword by W. Bro. John M. Hamill, BA, ALA, PGSwdBr.

 

 

 

 

THE SQUARE MAGAZINE
BACK ISSUES IN PRINT

 

Choose from the range of back issues to complete your collection.

The Square Magazine brings you in-depth and thought provoking articles on all aspects of Freemasonry written by the leading Masonic writers in the world.

Masons and non-Masons alike will find something of interest in thewide variety of articles and special features, which cover the whole spectrum of Freemasonry, including historical, social, charitable, esoteric, other Orders, collecting, ephemera, philately, book reviews, poetry, news and events, and on a lighter note Masonic humour.

 

 

 

 

Article by: Pat Streams

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