Freemasonry: An Introduction
by Mark E. Kolko-Rivera Ph.D. (Author)
An experienced Freemason and award-winning psychologist provides a precise and engaging exploration of the core meaning and practices of Freemasonry for the new generation of people interested in joining the order, and those who are simply curious in the wake of recent media coverage.
Entertaining books and movies often depict Freemasonry as a shadowy, mysterious, and possibly sinister organization, and the TV and magazine specials on Freemasonry that inevitably follow often leave us with more questions than answers.
Mark E. Koltko-Rivera, a practicing thirty-second-degree Mason, has created a simple, authoritative, and easy-to-understand introduction to the history, rites, and meaning of Freemasonry. It may be the single most reliable short guide to Masonry, written by a widely recognized psychologist and scholar of esoteric history.
Koltko-Rivera’s trustworthy handbook explores all the basic issues around Masonry, like:
*What is Freemasonry, and what is its history?
*How does one become a Freemason?
*What are some of the most important Masonic symbols?
*What do Masons get from their involvement in Freemasonry? What changes does it make in their inner and outer lives?
*What is it like to participate in the initiatory rituals of Freemasonry?
*What are some of the great historical controversies and myths surrounding Freemasonry?
*How is Masonry relevant today?
Black Freemasonry: From Prince Hall to the Giants of Jazz
by Cécile Révauger (Author)
The history of black Freemasonry from Boston and Philadelphia in the late 1700s through the Civil War to the Civil Rights Movement
• Examines the letters of Prince Hall, legendary founder of the first black lodge
• Reveals how many of the most influential jazz musicians of the 20th century were also Masons, including Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington, and Nat King Cole
• Explores the origins of the Civil Rights Movement within black Freemasonry and the roles played by Booker T. Washington and W. E. B. Du Bois
When the first Masonic lodges opened in Paris in the early 18th century their membership included traders, merchants, musketeers, clergymen, and women–both white and black.
This was not the case in the United States where black Freemasons were not eligible for membership in existing lodges.
For this reason the first official charter for an exclusively black lodge–the Prince Hall Grand Lodge of Massachusetts–was granted by the Grand Lodge of England rather than any American chapter.
The Complete Idiot s Guide to Freemasonry
by S. Brent Morris Ph.D.
Freemasonry is an ancient secret society shrouded in obscurity. Fascination with the mysteries of the Masons reached a fevered pitch after the release of Dan Brown’s novels Angels and Demons, The Da Vinci Code, and The Lost Symbol. But these novels and their related movies raised more questions than they answered.
The Complete Idiot’s Guide® to Freemasonry, Second Edition, fills readers in on the truths behind the mysteries. In it, readers get:
– A fact-filled overview of the birth and beginnings of Freemasonry, including its relationship to the Knights Templar and Egypt.
– Fascinating facts about famous Masons.
– An explanation of the various Masonic organizations, such as the York and Scottish rites, and the Shriners.
– A behind-the-scenes look at what really goes on in a Masonic lodge, including initiations.
– A new walking tour of Washington, DC, pointing out the hidden Masonic symbols featured in The Lost Symbol.
– Scripts for Masonic rituals, giving a flavor of the language used in such ceremonies.
– A field guide to Masonic symbols and regalia, with photos and explanations of significance.
– The history behind Masonic philanthropic efforts and youth groups.
– A history of African-American Freemasonry and the role of women in Masonic organizations.
The Working Tools of Leadership: Applying the Teachings of Freemasonry
by Michael J. Kurcab
The Working Tools of Leadership: Applying the Teachings of Freemasonry goes beyond typical Freemasonic exposés and discusses leadership development using the symbolism of the working tools found in Freemasonry.
Applied to work, family and community leadership roles, the working tools can provide valuable lessons in leadership.
This book, written through the author’s experiences, combines insight into the application of the ancient symbolism of Masonic tradition with a reader’s interactive journal to provide a workbook and instruction manual for future leaders of Masonic and, non-Masonic organizations alike.
The Origins of Freemasonry: Facts and Fictions
by Margaret C. Jacob
Can the ancestry of freemasonry really be traced back to the Knights Templar?
Is the image of the eye in a triangle on the back of the dollar bill one of its cryptic signs?
Is there a conspiracy that stretches through centuries and generations to align this shadow organization and its secret rituals to world governments and religions?
Myths persist and abound about the freemasons, Margaret C. Jacob notes.
But what are their origins? How has an early modern organization of bricklayers and stonemasons aroused so much public interest?
In The Origins of Freemasonry, Jacob throws back the veil from a secret society that turns out not to have been very secret at all.
What factors contributed to the extraordinarily rapid spread of freemasonry over the course of the eighteenth century, and why were so many of the era’s most influential figures drawn to it?
Using material from the archives of leading masonic libraries in Europe, Jacob examines masonic almanacs and pocket diaries to get closer to what living as a freemason might have meant on a daily basis.
She explores the persistent connections between masons and nascent democratic movements, as each lodge set up a polity where an individual’s standing was meant to be based on merit, rather than on birth or wealth, and she demonstrates, beyond any doubt, how active a role women played in the masonic movement.