“The secret doctrine that flows through Freemasonic symbols, and to whom the true Masonic body is consecrated, has its source in three ancient and exalted orders. The first is the Dionysian Artificers, the second the Roman Collegia, and the third is the Arabian Rosicrucians. The Dionysians were the master builders of the ancient world, and Hiram Abiff, if we can believe the sacred account, was himself a Grand Master of the order. The tools of the builder’s craft were first employed by the Dionysians as symbols under which to conceal the mysteries of the soul and the secrets of human regeneration. The Dionysians also first likened man to a rough ashlar which, trued to a finished block through the instrument of reason, could be fitted into the structure of that temple not made with hands.”

– Manly P. Hall