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The following is an outline of a document that is sorely in need of being written.  I need to write it. This can in no way be regarded as an expose of any kind. In these pages, I will do my best to explain my understanding of this organization through the eyes of a Past Worshipful Master of  Masons who for many years devoted himself to researching and understanding it.

It is my intention to address many of the accusations Freemasonry has patiently withstood, concerning all manner of evils invented by the ignorant, the envious and the profane. I intend to fill in some of the blank spaces we as Masons perceive in our teachings and to provide in a manner that will be clear to Brothers of the Craft, possible answers to some of the mysteries we ponder.

This is an ambitious project as can be seen in the outline below.  It is my intention and commitment to complete one segment each week.  As the segments are completed, they will be highlighted as LINKS to the material they represent.  There will be several weeks this year when I have other obligations so in those weeks there will be no installments.

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Free Mason and The Brotherhood of the Blue Lodge

An Outline:

I. First and Lasting Impressions
a. The Grand Lodge of England 1732 - Origins of Free Masonry
b. Scottish Lodges celebrating their 1000th anniversaries
c. The Obelisk of Alexandria
d. Egyptian rituals of rebirth and ascension
e. Watchers for the morning, Nezoreans
f. Damascus after the fall of Jerusalem in 66 B.C.
g. The Guilds of the Middle Ages
h. Origins of Freemasonry  ( 'A' through 'G' inclusive)

II. The Meaning of the Masonic Rituals
a. Ruach, Nefesh and Neshema
b. Morality Lessons layered in esoteria, structured for the ear that can hear and the eye that can see. The

allegory is developed to conceal, rather than reveal the message to any but those who already know

c. Much as been lost by modernizing the language of the Rituals and restructuring the nature of the Lodge

Room
d. Much of the Masonic teaching regards “that which has been lost,” until future generations rediscover it.

Modernization of the ritual and restructuring of the room and its furnishings changes the map without

understanding the meanings and intentions of that map, thus further concealing that which has been lost from

those who seek it.
e. Multidimensional geometry revealed in the earlier layouts of lodge rooms is now impossible to discover

without exhaustive research supported by an understanding of what to look for.

III. Conspiracies, projects and World Rule
a. Who is a Free Mason?
b. Masonic Symbolism in national images
c. Alchemy, mind control, manipulation of governments.
d. Why the churches have often condemned Freemasonry.

IV The bond of one Mason to another
a. The story of the Great Teacher – Day and Night
b. Learning of the proficiencies.
c. The obligations of a Master Mason

V. This may be the “future generation” who discovers the lost words of the Builders.
a. The buildings of the gods – unsigned?
b. The power source (Hoagland) indicated by the furniture of the Lodge
c. Free Masonry as an ancient Social artifact pointing to the future.

 

I.  First and Lasting Impressions:

   The Blue Lodge Degrees of Free Masonry were conferred upon me 29 years ago at this writing and I'm still thinking about them. I was inundated with a whirlwind of information clothed in allegory and ancient symbolism that left me breathless.  I was already familiar with some of it from my interest in ancient religions but I had never seen it put together in quite this way.  I withheld my inclination to draw conclusions about it until I had been through all of the first three degrees. By then, I knew I would probably never have a complete understanding of everything I had seen and I don't maintain that I ever will after these twenty nine years of further studying it and contemplating it. 

  In that time I've come to some understandings that are far beyond anything I thought I would achieve and those are what I want to share here.

It may be unfair to call this a first impression, since it came months after my initiations but I will call it that anyway because it took months to formulate it. 

 

 

I believed and believe that some culture existed once upon a time, that was in possession of some precious knowledge.  I believe that culture knew of its own coming demise - that it couldn't be here as humanity matured.  I believe that culture wished to preserve this knowledge and to give it to humanity when humanity had reached adequate maturity to handle it responsibly, and not before!  (I have found hints of some of that knowledge and more hints of how to find the rest.  I'll share those hints later.)

To accomplish this task of giving us this precious knowledge, they created an organization of humans, much like a religion.  They made it MEN ONLY thus avoiding some of the diversions humans can't seem to avoid when the sexes are mingled.  They protected the precious knowledge with allegory and symbolism aimed at concealing rather than revealing it.   They made it secret/sacred to be shared only among the initiated.  They structured it in such a way that deep bonding would take place between initiates, further protecting the precious knowledge by making its keepers part of a bonded, extended family.

Then they placed little zingers in there to kick the curiosity awake when the time was right; zingers like - this will be a substitute for the secret "until future generations discover the true one."    Sound familiar?

 

I.  Origins of Freemasonry

I.. Grand Lodge of England – 1732 ?

The first time I researched the origins of Freemasonry, I was informed that Freemasonry began with the founding the Grand Lodge of England in 1732. According to Wikipedia and other sources, I now find that date is wrong. The true date is 1717 – according to Wikipedia. In any case, I knew that information was wrong, that Freemasonry is in truth much older than that. As to just how much older it is, I had not yet a clue. In 1991, I had the privilege of sitting in a lodge in Scotland, where I learned they would be celebrating their 1,000th anniversary in 2022. I further learned there were other lodges in the area (Inverness) that had already celebrated a 1,000th birthday.

If that lodge was organized in the year 1,022, it had to have been organized by Masons who had been initiated in older lodges that existed prior to 1,022. Those older lodges had to have been organized by Masons from yet older lodges. So where and when did it really start?

It’s popular to believe that the Lodges of Masons came from the guilds of builders in the Middle Ages, specifically the stone masons of that era. The popular belief goes on to say that others who were not real stone Masons or “operative Masons,” conceived a positive opinion of these guilds or lodges and petitioned to be allowed to join. Previously they were referred to as Free Masons because they were free to travel, work and earn a Master’s wage. When the lodges began accepting non-masons to become Free Masons, they became known as “Free and Accepted Masons, the “accepted” Masons being those who were not real, or “operative” masons.

Generally speaking, the rituals and symbolism of Freemasonry are centered around moral allegory pertaining to the trade of being a Stone Mason and the tools that would be used in that trade. It seems to follow logically that if such allegory is common to the Masonic teachings, then the teachings must have originated among the operative stone masons of some prior time. In this particular case, I think the pointer of “logic” is pointing in the wrong direction. Here’s why.

Other mystical organizations that do not and did not center around building tools use similar allegory, that is to say, pertaining to the stone mason’s trade. Freemasonry isn’t the only one. A case in point are the Nezoreans (my name for them). They were so secretive that the communities where they lived, met, practiced and taught, didn’t know what they called themselves. In ancient Israel, they were called “Pious Ones,” or Watchers. According to Josephus (eye witness historian of the day), these were names others used for them and not the name they used for themselves. Those names come down to us today as “Essenes.”

All we know about the Essenes is what Josephus told us, what we can glean from the Bible and from the writings of the Essenes, themselves. Those writings are known as “The Dead Sea Scrolls.” The Essenes had some other interesting things in common with modern day Freemasons. They had four levels of initiation, each level requiring a period of proficiency. Freemasonry, today, has three levels of initiation. There used to be four levels, but that was changed. Why it was changed is lost and can only be speculated. If I were to speculate, I would say it was changed by some well meaning brothers who lacked an understanding of the importance of the structure of the craft. Whatever message that level of initiation carried is now lost. (Masons today believe the fourth degree was given to the York Rite and the messages of that degree are now in the York Rite.) The Essenes had four, also. What initiations the Essenes used, can only be conjectured.

A second interesting comparison between the Essenes and Freemasonry is the symbol of the Fish. NO, Masons don’t have a fish symbol, but I don’t believe that the symbol used by the Essenes was really a FISH, although it certainly looks like one.

     This symbol is popularly illustrated with the Greek word “fish” [iχθυς] written inside. The letters of the word are an acronym of Christian significance and the sign is thought to be one used by early Christians as a recognition symbol during times when Christians were viciously persecuted. However, other ancient sources indicate this symbol represents two sections of an arch lying on either side of the key-stone. If that’s true, then this symbol is from the builder’s trade. To follow through with the reasoning – the Nezor or Netzor is old Arabic, meaning Fish, but it comes from a much older language when the word meant Watcher. (iχθυς) , meaning “fish” is an acronym for the Greek words for Jesus, Christ, God’s Son, Savior – Yesos, xristos, theos, Uios, Sater, or iησος - χρiστος - θεος - Uiος - σατερ).

Jesus Christ is obviously part of this mystery since He was the source of the symbol by which modern people know about it. At this writing, I am not going to address the reasons why I think Jesus Christ was a close affiliate of the Essene community. That’s for another article and not relevant to this discussion. His connections to the Essenes are obvious enough and that He used the symbol is significant.

The ramifications of the Essenes using symbols from the builders trade are exciting to the curiosity. However, the only point I wish to make, here, in connection with that, is that the message of Freemasonry used many conduits over its thousands of years of life. The point is, the message existed prior to the guilds of the middle ages. How the guilds picked it up, I have no idea, but they obviously did, since they had it.

So, one might ask, what happened to the Essenes? During or just before the siege of Jerusalem by Flavious Silva and Vespacian in 66 A.D. the Essene community packed up and fled to Damascus so when the Romans came, they were not found. In Damascus they fell into obscurity and for all practical purposes, disappeared. There does, however remain a community in Iraq, the former Babylon, and home of Damascus, by the name of Nazoria.

That the message of Freemasonry chose other conduits than builders’ guilds and probably other than the Essenes, as well, is certainly made clear in the history of Cleopatra’s Needle. The Needle was first erected in 1450 B.C in Heliopolis. In 12 B.C. it was moved to Alexandria, Egypt and erected in the Caesareum, a temple erected by Cleopatra to honor Marc Anthony. Egypt gave the needle to Great Britain in 1819. It was not moved until 1877. When it was unearthed, underneath they found articles of Masonic Symbolism, the builders' tools that are significant to Masonic ritual. These tools were not operative tools of the trade but rather decorative copies of the operative tools. They were the kind of thing Masons use today. They were tools that convey how the tool should look and how it is to be used but they were not of significant strength, to be actually used in those ways. (I got this information from an article in the newsletter from the Grand Lodge of Israel, in the 1980’s.) They were symbolic tools, placed there by brothers of the craft in Twelve B.C.!! When they were found, it was a heart-warming “HELLO” from those ancient brothers!  The Essenes were not operative builders although they did exist in 12 B.C. and they had a strong presence in Egypt. Those symbolic tools could have been put there by Essenes, but not necessarily.

Zecharia Sitchin’s books, The Earth Chronicles depict (among many other things) ancient rituals of Egypt that many think were directed at guiding the initiate to the next life. They lead the initiate from the deep earth, up many stairs and through winding paths. At each level, the initiate receives further knowledge and greater enlightenment. It could well be that the father of what is now Freemasonry lived in those rituals. I don’t propose greater understanding than others, like Sitchin, of these mysteries. I merely speculate and wonder in their shadows. I do know it to be true that no living human mind contains the knowledge of Freemasonry’s true origins. I believe it to be true that those who think they do delude themselves.

(This system doesn't much like Greek characters so I had to improvise a little with Roman characters - bummer.  I also couldn't create the proper breath marks over the iota and the upsilon.  The breath mark is equivalent to putting an "H" in front of the vowel to indicated breath as in the word "Hello," as apposed to the word "Elbow," which requires no 'breath.') " iησος" has no breath. "Uiος" does have breath.)

F.B.

 

II.    The Meaning of the Masonic Rituals

The question of meaning in this context reminds me of a tapestry I saw in an art museum in Philadelphia. It was a huge tapestry depicting the multi-leveled symbolism and allegory in Edmund Spencer’s poem, The Faerie Queen. I had just spent a semester in college, studying the first book of that work and was more familiar with it then, than I am now. I remember a question on the final exam, “How can The Faerie Queen be described as a “Christian Man’s Handbook?” I don’t repeat the question to propagate any particular religion or sect of such religion but to compare the intricacy of the multi-layered symbolism of the poem to Free Masonry’s first three degrees.

In the Faerie Queen, nothing was without multi-layered meaning. From the colors of the costumes to the names of the characters, everything represented some idea of the popular and classic ideas of good and evil of the day. Some of the symbolism was ‘in-your-face’ unmistakable while other things were far more subtle. Free Masonry goes way beyond the subtle. The rituals were influenced millennia after millennia by the conduits which it passed through. Each culture appears to have inserted bits of its own esoteria, based on what was common knowledge to the existing culture of each time.

In 1850, for example, it was common knowledge that for a man to “know the ropes,” meant he knew which rope to pull to hoist the fore-royal-jib and which rope to pull to lower the upper top gallant. Today we know it refers to proficiency but most people have forgotten that it’s a sailing term. That the New Testament refers frequently to Sadducees and Pharisees but never mentions the third equally powerful and influential sector of that society, the Essenes, leads one to believe that the writers WERE Essenes, that it was common knowledge and there was no need to mention it.

To assume common knowledge of such things on the part of an audience is to be expected of any writer or performer. That this common knowledge passes out of the minds of men with the passing of centuries makes conveying universal truths through many millennia challenging, to say the least. In Free Masonry, core elements remain, but much of the map has been subverted by expediency, political correctness and what the Southern Jurisdiction of the Scottish Rite recently did – updating the language. Translating important documents is always dangerous to the veracity of the original.

That my old college professor could say the Faerie Queen is a handbook for Christians because of its multi-leveled symbolism gives me precedent to say the first three degrees of Free Masonry are a map to some other mystery. To take that a step further, it is my belief that no aspect, no step, no word and no number is used in the Blue Lodge Degrees that has no special significance. Everything is loaded with meaning but as one of the lectures mentions, these symbols are intended as much to conceal as to reveal the truth. Finding the truth, what’s behind the degrees, what’s the purpose of the degrees requires a look beyond the superficial. I have had only a glimpse, but more than enough to make me very curious and to inspire me to continue researching and digging in ancient esoteria. It has led me to believe, that which is lost, is not inside a Masonic Lodge Room, ceremony or jurisdiction. It is right outside and big as the sky. The paths trod by those progressing through the Blue Lodge Degrees lead to the door of that mystery. The ritual then stops and waits for us to make the correct alarm, hoping that we are that future generation that discovers the true message. 

In the mean time, the candidate and newly initiated brother begins among the profane. An ancient Hebrew teaching regards man as having three natures. The lowest is the animal flesh in which we live. Our blood desires reproduction – a drive toward potential chaos. We suffer from the drive to accumulate wealth, resulting in all manner of ills. We are territorial about our land, families, money and willing to fight to the death and the deaths of many over simple ideas. The old Hebrews named this animal nature of man, Nefesh.

 

Contradicting this animal nature is the Divine Spark that animates us. It is that piece of the consciousness of God Almighty that dwells within, drawing us toward the Divine. This is the breath within and without, in constant conflict with the animal flesh in which we live. The ancient Hebrews called this Ruach.

Caught in the middle, between the animal and the divine, the human personality struggles for definition and understanding. Its confusion is drawn this way and that way by the drives of the flesh confounded by the awareness of the ever-present Divine. The ancients call this nature Neshema.

Like the ancient Writ, the Degrees of Blue Lodge address all three of these natures with every word, every step, every number. The layers of mysticism run to every depth so that no matter where a man is intellectually, philosophically or spiritually, the ritual speaks to him in a very personal way. It leads him from the profanity of the Nefesh toward the Ruach that is the Divine. These steps are not named by Free Masonry and where the concepts originated is lost in the mists of time. I doubt that the Hebrews were their origin. I think they came from some source far older than Abraham.

The rituals find a Nefesh in profanity, teach him that he is a man, that he has a soul or inner essence (– call it whatever pleases you). It encourages him to raise his eyes above his human condition and for the first time, to view infinity. He travels to the East, the West, the South and in each place he finds knew knowledge and new mysteries. In the final scene, he is challenged with being part of that future generation that discovers the truth.

While the rituals of Blue Lodge are fascinating and can consume the attention for decades, there is more. The “furniture” of the lodge doesn’t refer to the seats and tables. It refers to the Altar, the pillars, the winding stair consisting of three, five and seven steps. It refers to the elevation of the chair officers and their positions in the Lodge Room and more.

Editing Free Masonry seems to be an important goal to potentates and grand leaders. Too many have felt the challenge to leave their mark by making some epic change instead of preserving the unadulterated message by being the conduit they promised to be. I don’t know which of those it was who eliminated the station in the North, God’s Station. To find it, or to even find out about it, one must dig into the records of lodges of past centuries. It’s easy to understand the logic behind its elimination. It has no part in the rituals and serves only as a landmark.

My article in Further Light (Florida Lodge of Research Publication 1997) describes its use in detail with drawings. This illustration describes how the layout of a Masonic Lodge matches a pattern of a new energy source identified by Richard C. Hoagland (See Hoagland’s address to the U.N.). It may well be that the original layout of the lodge was intended to hint at this energy source, only discoverable when we can look at the Earth from directly above the North Pole. You can find this in connection with Richard C. Hoagland and his discussions of multi-dimensional geometry.

Yes, Free Masonry is a very ancient social artifact. It’s been stripped and repainted many times. It’s been refinished and re-upholstered, but its soul has outlived the ancient Egyptians, the people of Sumer and the many ravages of tyranny over the conscience wielded by exclusivist religions, Hitler and all those who would control thought, education and freedom of religion. Free Masonry and especially The Blue Lodge has been a haven of human freedom, liberty and Democracy world-wide and it continues to be so.