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Freemasonry: Symbols, Secrets, Significance

By: W. Kirk MacNulty

The ultimate book on Freemasonry, with a rich collection of symbols and lore that illuminate the famous fraternal society.
“The Craft,” with an estimated four million Freemasons worldwide, remains the largest fraternal organization in the world. Written by an active Freemason, this book comprehensively explains Freemasonry through its fascinating visual culture, rich in mysterious and arcane symbols of life, death, and morality that have evolved over centuries of secrecy and that have profound philosophical meaning.

Ceremonial regalia, paintings, manuscripts, tracing boards, ritual swords, furniture, prints, ephemera, and architecture: the book is copiously illustrated with many specially researched items from Freemasonry archives. This unrivaled compendium will appeal both to Freemasons wishing to learn the full story of their order and to a general audience that is intensely curious about this traditionally secretive and closed movement.

The coverage includes 
• The historical and philosophical background of the order, including the Knights Templar, the medieval stonemasons’ guilds, and esoteric traditions such as Kabbalah and Hermeticism
• Its history from the earliest Masons to the present day, including famous members and scandals
• Its geographical spread from Japan to California, Sweden to South Africa
300 illustrations, 200 in color

 

Esoteric Freemasonry: Rituals & Practices for a Deeper Understanding

By: Jean-Louis de Biasi

Esoteric Freemasonry takes you deep into the mystical side of this fascinating secret society and shows you how to carry out the most powerful practices. Learn how to enter your inner temple and accomplish the ancient mysteries.

Discover the compelling links to Egyptian Freemasonry as you progress through the degrees of initiation. Using this guide’s profound rituals and its exploration of Masonic tradition, you’ll take the next step in your spiritual practice and improve all realms of life.

As a leading Mason in Europe, Jean-Louis de Biasi was appointed Grand Officer after successfully restoring the esoteric and Egyptian degrees in one of the most important French Masonic groups, the Grand Orient of France. With access to highly restricted teachings, Jean-Louis is a foremost authority on little-known rituals and practices that can be used by lodges and individually.

Freemasonry is an ancient and powerful initiatic organization, with both public and esoteric doctrines. The inner teachings and practices of the esoteric tradition are indispensable for any serious student of this often misunderstood fellowship.

 

Look to the East: A Ritual of the First Three Degrees of Freemasonry

By: Ralph P. Lester 

The complete work of the Entered Apprentice, Fellow-craft and Master-mason’s Degrees, with their ceremonies, lectures, etc. It has doubtless been a matter of comment and surprise among the Members of the Fraternity that all the books which are avowedly intended to serve as guides to the Work of a Lodge invariably contain more or less than their professed object demands.

They are usually deficient in the very points that may be most needed, rendering the use of a separate Monitor unavoidable; while, on the other hand, they include a great deal of information on matters with which every Mason is necessarily perfectly familiar, and which it is neither needful nor desirable to be communicated to the uninitiated.

It has been the aim of the Compiler of this little volume to avoid both these defects: first, by omitting all Passwords, Grips, and other esoteric subjects; and second, by giving the Work of the first three degrees monitorially as well as ritually complete, in plain language for ready reference, and entirely free from the tedious perplexities of cypher or other arbitrary and unintelligible contractions.

 

Invention of the Degrees of Freemasonry

By: Albert Mackey

We would be kidding ourselves if we believed that the Masonic lodge experience of today is the same as the experience when Speculative Freemasonry began, or in the days of the old Operative Freemasons. Albert Mackey provides us with a detailed explanation of how we evolved from a one degree operative system of Freemasonry into the three craft lodge degrees of today. This is an important work for any student of Freemasonry.

Includes a clickable Table of Contents.

 

Isaac Newton’s Freemasonry: The Alchemy of Science and Mysticism

By: Alain Bauer

An exploration of how modern Freemasonry enabled Isaac Newton and his like-minded contemporaries to flourish 

• Shows that Freemasonry, as a mystical order, was conceived as something new–an amalgam of alchemy and science that had little to do with operative Freemasonry 

• Reveals how Newton and his friends crafted this “speculative,” symbolic Freemasonry as a model for the future of England 

• Connects Rosslyn Chapel, Henry Sinclair, and the Invisible College to Newton and his role in 17th-century Freemasonry 

Freemasonry, as a fraternal order of scientists and philosophers, emerged in the 17th century and represented something new–an amalgam of alchemy and science that allowed the creative genius of Isaac Newton and his contemporaries to flourish. In Isaac Newton’s Freemasonry, Alain Bauer presents the swirl of historical, sociological, and religious influences that sparked the spiritual ferment and transformation of that time. His research shows that Freemasonry represented a crossroads between science and spirituality and became the vehicle for promoting spiritual and intellectual egalitarianism. Isaac Newton was seminal in the “invention” of this new form of Freemasonry, which allowed Newton and other like-minded associates to free themselves of the church’s monopoly on the intellectual milieu of the time. 

This form of Freemasonry created an ideological blueprint that sought to move England beyond the civil wars generated by its religious conflicts to a society with scientific progress as its foundation and standard. The “science” of these men was rooted in the Hermetic tradition and included alchemy and even elements of magic. Yet, in contrast to the endless reinterpretations of church doctrine that fueled the conflicts ravaging England, this new society of Accepted Freemasons provided an intellectual haven and creative crucible for scientific and political progress. This book reveals the connections of Rosslyn Chapel, Henry Sinclair, and the Invisible College to Newton’s role in 17th-century Freemasonry and opens unexplored trails into the history of Freemasonry in Europe.

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