From the Square to the Compass:
Reflexions on Freemasonry and the Ageless Wisdom
By Fred Evrard
What is freemasonry? What are the differences between American and European freemasonry?
Is there a link between freemasonry and what is known as the Ageless Wisdom or Primordial Tradition ?
Can comparative religion studies help us better understand masonic symbols and rituals?
Here are but few of the questions asked in this book, which is written from both a European and American perspectives. Fred Evrard believes in a spiritual and esoteric masonry with roots much older than 1717 and a purpose that is still relevant today.
Starting with the author’s 4-year initiatic trip around the world, “from the Square to the Compass” brings us back to the origins and mission of freemasonry, and eventually, to ourselves.
Fred Evrard is a 32° Scottish Rite mason, international speaker, professional martial arts instructor and entrepreneur.
After more than 20 years of research, a 4-year-trip around the world for further studies in spirituality, esotericism, martial arts and natural medicines, Fred now teaches all over the world and regularly visits masonic lodges in America, Europe and Asia.
Freemasonry and the Visual Arts from the Eighteenth Century Forward: Historical and Global Perspectives
by Reva Wolf (Editor), Alisa Luxenberg (Editor)
With the dramatic rise of Freemasonry in the eighteenth century, art played a fundamental role in its practice, rhetoric, and global dissemination, while Freemasonry, in turn, directly influenced developments in art.
This mutually enhancing relationship has only recently begun to receive its due.
The vilification of Masons, and their own secretive practices, have hampered critical study and interpretation.
As perceptions change, and as masonic archives and institutions begin opening to the public, the time is ripe for a fresh consideration of the interconnections between Freemasonry and the visual arts.
This volume offers diverse approaches, and explores the challenges inherent to the subject, through a series of eye-opening case studies that reveal new dimensions of well-known artists such as Francisco de Goya and John Singleton Copley, and important collectors and entrepreneurs, including Arturo Alfonso Schomburg and Baron Taylor.
Individual essays take readers to various countries within Europe and to America, Iran, India, and Haiti. The kinds of art analyzed are remarkably wide-ranging-porcelain, architecture, posters, prints, photography, painting, sculpture, metalwork, and more-and offer a clear picture of the international scope of the relationships between Freemasonry and art and their significance for the history of modern social life, politics, and spiritual practices.
In examining this topic broadly yet deeply, Freemasonry and the Visual Arts sets a standard for serious study of the subject and suggests new avenues of investigation in this fascinating emerging field.
The Craft: How the Freemasons Made the Modern World
By John Dickie
Founded in London in 1717 as a way of binding men in fellowship, Freemasonry proved so addictive that within two decades it had spread across the globe.
Masonic influence became pervasive. Under George Washington, the Craft became a creed for the new American nation. Masonic networks held the British empire together.
Under Napoleon, the Craft became a tool of authoritarianism and then a cover for revolutionary conspiracy.
Both the Mormon Church and the Sicilian mafia owe their origins to Freemasonry.
Yet the Masons were as feared as they were influential. In the eyes of the Catholic Church, Freemasonry has always been a den of devil-worshippers.
For Hitler, Mussolini and Franco, the Lodges spread the diseases of pacifism, socialism and Jewish influence, so had to be crushed.
Freemasonry’s story yokes together Winston Churchill and Walt Disney; Wolfgang Mozart and Shaquille O’Neal; Benjamin Franklin and Buzz Aldrin; Rudyard Kipling and ‘Buffalo Bill’ Cody; Duke Ellington and the Duke of Wellington.
John Dickie’s The Craft is an enthralling exploration of a the world’s most famous and misunderstood secret brotherhood, a movement that not only helped to forge modern society, but has substantial contemporary influence, with 400,000 members in Britain, over a million in the USA, and around six million across the world.
A Journey Through Freemasonry
by David Harrison
This book is a compilation of all my best articles that I have written over the history of Freemasonry for the past twenty years.
They have appeared in Masonic magazines such as Freemasonry Today, The Square, The Ashlar, MQ and many more, and I have presented these articles as papers to various lodges all over the world.
For the first time they are collected here together in a paperback volume, re-edited, with new additional footnotes and a bibliography, including some never before published material.
The book includes historical topics such as the Hell Fire Club, the Freemasons of the French and American revolutions, the Masonic members of the Lunar Society, and the mysterious Williamson’s Tunnels that lie beneath the city of Liverpool.
The collection also examines Freemasons such as Edward Jenner, Viscount Combermere and takes a look at men who have been associated with Freemasonry such as Thomas Paine and Lord Byron.
I hope you enjoy reading this collection as much as I have enjoyed writing it.
Solomon’s Memory Palace: A Freemason’s Guide to the Ancient Art of Memoria Verborum
by Bob W. Lingerfelt
“Test every fellow of the craft and every apprentice on the art of memory and science thereof.” The Second William Schaw Statutes (1599)
Freemasons have unique memorization needs. Long passages must be remembered verbatim, yet there are strict restrictions on writing, recording, or even speaking certain esoteric portions outside of the lodge, making unsuitable many of the memorization techniques used by the general public.
Fortunately, the craft is not without its working tools.
Solomon’s Memory Palace provides step-by-step instructions on how to construct the rare memoria verborum memory palace and discusses the curious ties between the art of memory and Speculative Freemasonry.