“The old philosophers said, as the Kabbalah does, the Deity, the Infinite and Unmanifested, so concealed, that no conception can reach to Him, first limits Himself, to create, and it is His wisdom, producing a Thought, that is the beginning of things. The Thought is the creative Agent, the Thought expressing itself as the creative Word…“
– Albert Pike: The Book of Words
“The ancients counted seven planets, thus arranged: the Moon, Mercury, Venus, the Sun, Mars, Jupiter, and Saturn. There were seven heavens and seven spheres of these planets; on all the monuments of Mithras are seven altars or pyres, consecrated to the seven planets, as were the seven lamps of the golden candelabrum in the Temple.
That these represented the planets, we are assured by Clemens of Alexandria, in his Stromata, and by Philo Judaeus.
To return to its source in the Infinite, the human soul, the ancients held, had to ascend, as it had descended, through the seven spheres.
The Ladder by which it reascends, has, according to Marsilius Ficinus, in his Commentary on the Ennead of Plotinus, seven degrees or steps; and in the Mysteries of Mithras, carried to Rome under the Emperors, the ladder, with its seven rounds, was a symbol referring to this ascent through the spheres of the seven planets. Jacob saw the Spirits of God ascending and descending on it; and above it the Deity Himself.
The Mithraic Mysteries were celebrated in caves, where gates were marked at the four equinoctial and solstitial points of the Zodiac; and the seven planetary spheres were represented, which souls needs must traverse in descending from the heaven of the fixed stars to the elements that envelop the earth; and seven gates were marked, one for each planet, through which they pass, in descending or returning.We learn this from Celsus, in Origen, who says that the symbolic image of this passage among the stars, used in the Mithraic Mysteries, was a ladder reaching from earth to Heaven, divided into seven steps or stages, to each of which was a gate, and at the summit an eighth one, that of the fixed stars. The symbol was the same as that of the seven stages of Borsippa, the Pyramid of vitrified brick, near Babylon, built of seven stages, and each of a different colour. In the Mithraic ceremonies, the candidate went through seven stages of initiation, passing through many fearful trials–and of these the high ladder with seven rounds or steps was the symbol.”
“This Apron is a traditional Masonic symbol. It is the symbol of the builder who is the craftsman of the Mysteries, and one which, when worn, covers the sexual organs attributed to Yesod. And, as we move to consider Yesod, we shall see the extent to which the manipulation of sexual energies is the basis of all practical work.”
– Robert Wang: The Qabalistic Tarot: A Textbook of Mystical Philosophy
The REAL Secret of the Stone in Freemasonry:
Hermes actually comes from the Greek word ἑρμῆς herma, which refers to a rectangular or square stone with a very interesting structure.
A herma is a small pillar with a human head on top, and directly in the center is an erect masculine sexual organ.
The herma represents the power of Mercury that is trapped in the stone, it is the power of the messenger of the gods, the sexual fire, or kundalini.
It is the “Philosopher’s Stone” in Alchemy and the “Stone of Yesod” in Kabbalah. It is the “Stone of Jacob” in the Book of Genesis, and the “Sword in the Stone” in the Story of Camelot.
That is why the Freemasons utilized the stone as the most fundamental symbol of Masonry.
For what is a real Mason but someone who knows how to work with “The Stone”?
Here we see images from the tradition of Masonry…
George Washington was one of the founders of the United States, and he was a Freemason who really KNEW these mysteries.
We see in this image two pillars. They look like hermai or the stone of Jacob. The stone on the left is imperfect, crude, rough. It has not been worked, it is raw. The stone on the right is a perfect cube. It has been crafted, it is finished.
These two stones are the most basic and important symbols of Masonry. At one time centuries ago, Freemasonry was protecting this knowledge for humanity. Nowadays, amongst the Masons this tradition has been LOST, but the symbols are still visible.
“Throughout all serious esoteric writings, the term Light repeatedly appears, and it may seem that this is a metaphor about the Spiritual condition. But reference to Light is not metaphorical; it is descriptive.Those with even minimal experience of the inner worlds will attest to the fact that much of the inspired literature of the East and West, interpreted by theologians as merely symbol, is a strikingly accurate description of spiritual experience.
The search for direct experience of this Light is the “Great Work” of the Personality in incarnation, and devotion to the Great Work is the virtue assigned to Tiphareth. The principle involved is that when the individual man improves himself in some way, that improvement works to the benefit of the entire human race. Moreover, as it was put by the Egyptian astronomer Ptolemy, in his Centiloquy: “A sagacious mind improves the operation of the heavens as a skillful farmer, by cultivation, improves nature.” Ultimately, the Great Work is the work of return to the Godhead from which the Universe emanated.”
“The clasped hands is another symbol which was used by Pythagoras.
It represented the number 10, the sacred number in which all the preceding numbers were contained; the number expressed by the mysterious Tetractys, a figure borrowed by him and the Hebrew priests alike from the Egyptian sacred science, and which ought to be replaced among the symbols of the Masters degree, where it of right belongs.
The Hebrews formed it thus, with the letters of the Divine name:
The Tetractys thus leads you, not only to the study of the Pythagorean philosophy as to numbers, but also to the Kabalah, and will aid you in discovering the True Word, and understanding what was meant by “The Music of the Spheres.”
What I’ve learned as a Freemason and why I left the order
I joined Freemasonry out of a deep-seated yearning for truth and mystery. That yearning is something some people are just born with and others aren’t. Personally, I had a hunch that the allegories of Freemasonry were based on ancient astrolatry, not to be confused with astrology. In other words, the allegories of Freemasonry are a play on the ancient mysteries about light (the sun) overcoming darkness. I couldn’t just read and wonder about it, though. I wanted to confirm it for myself by becoming a Freemason. After years of studying it and becoming a 32° Mason, I’m comfortable asserting that to be true and feel that I’ve confirmed my hunch.
What I’ve learned.
There are allegories embedded within the religions of the world and Freemasonry describes them. These allegories describe scientific truths and philosophic concepts and don’t fall within the realm of occult pseudoscience or superstition. The craft of Freemasonry is, therefore, a historical and scientific inference rather than a cult or religion. This is why Freemasonry asserts that it’s a “progressive science” and accepts people of all religions while claiming that it is not a religion itself.
Is there a conspiracy?
A handful of misconceptions, scandals, and hoaxes have made people suspicious of Freemasonry. Consequently, a lot of conspiracy theories have grown around that suspicion. From everything I’ve witnessed as a Freemason, there is no grand conspiracy, though. The whole notion that the so-called “Illuminati” or Freemasons are behind everything is absurd and intellectually lazy. Life isn’t that simple and corruption of the heart and mind aren’t exclusive to any one institution but are simply a part of humanity. Freemasonry is just a fraternity and it’s best suited for nerds, not evil doers. If you’re looking for evil doers, investigate the misconduct of corporations and the military-industrial complex.
Are there any secrets?
Hundreds of years ago, Freemasonry was secretive out of a necessity to avoid persecution and therefore, contained secrets relative to its potential persecution. In today’s world, Freemasonry doesn’t really have any secrets. There are some things you won’t find online, but there aren’t any real secrets. In fact, I believe Morals and Dogma of the Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite of Freemasonry by Albert Pike and Stellar Theology and Masonic Astronomy by Robert Hewitt Brown cover most of it. Those two books describe practically everything there is to know about the esoteric side of Freemasonry.
Why I left Freemasonry.
I left Freemasonry because it’s an outdated order and it’s long overdue for serious changes. Hundreds of years ago the teachings of Freemasonry were revolutionary and progressive, but today they’re far from it. In fact, you could argue that many of the regulations are counter-productive to progression and equality. For example, women still aren’t allowed in Blue Lodge Freemasonry and in many areas, neither are African Americans. As someone who’s taken a personal oath to truth and reason, I can’t condone such regulations. Of course, Freemasonry isn’t an intentionally racist or sexist institution, but it’s behind on the times and that’s the problem.
The problem with Freemasonry.
Long gone are the days of famous Freemasons such as Benjamin Franklin, Simón Bolívar, Mark Twain, Oscar Wilde, Andrew Jackson, Voltaire, Winston Churchill, George Washington, etc. The authoritative figures of Freemasonry aren’t visionaries and revolutionaries anymore. In fact, Freemasonry itself has become dogmatic and isn’t evolving, at all. It’s not involved with the future of technology and the sciences either, so it’s not particularly attractive to progressives and intellectuals. If Freemasonry had lived up to its glory, its lodges would be full of famous scientists, inventors, and visionaries. Instead, its lodges are declining in membership and falling apart.
The fate of Freemasonry.
Things survive by necessity and there simply isn’t any necessity for Freemasonry. Besides charity contributions, Freemasonry isn’t contributing anything to modern society and is, therefore, unnecessary. Unless the authoritative figures of Freemasonry open the floodgates for change, Freemasonry is done for. The only way Freemasonry will survive is if it becomes deeply involved in the future of technology and the sciences. As a Freemason, you’re actually told to study the sciences, but most Freemasons don’t even study Freemasonry, let alone the sciences. In fact, the reason Morals and Dogma was replaced by A Bridge to Light was because it was deemed a “tough” read and the majority of candidates couldn’t comprehend its complexity. The acceptance of such embarrassingly low standards is why Freemasonry has fallen from its former glory. Until it opens itself to change, it’s doomed to fail. As someone who once loved and admired the craft, that’s disappointing to admit.
“Symbolism is the language of the Mysteries. By symbols men have ever sought to communicate to each other those thoughts which transcend the limitations of language.”
– Manly P. Hall: Rosicrucian And Masonic Origins
“We build and strengthen within ourselves the magnificent scene of the Kingdom of Love, and through the experience of such visualization we accomplish the sublimation of our own psychic life.
In a procedure of this kind, maintained over a lifetime of quiet devotion, we accomplish our citizenship in the realms of eternal truth. Thus we gradually create the radiant sphere in which we are going to live.
The peace in our own hearts is sufficient to all our needs.
The kindness which we feel and express gradually enfolds us and becomes the kindly universe in which we will dwell in peace forever.
All such good moods are ways of tuning into the eternal mood of goodness which exists in space.
The experience of the virtuous life is also the experience of the virtuous universe, which is the real world to which we must return regardless of any false beliefs which may lead us astray for a short time.
The universe of ideals can become the universe of realities. Nothing actually changes but men’s minds. When these minds seek the beautiful, they will find it.”
– Manly P. Hall: Excerpted from “TO DREAM THE IMPOSSIBLE DREAM,” from a lecture given December 14, 1969. at The Philosophical Research Society.
“The Masonic Square is depicted in many of the Ancient Temples, and also in the Great Pyramid. In the Egyptian Hall of Judgment Osiris is seated on the Square whilst judging the dead. The Egyptian name of it is Neka. It was first employed in squaring the stones of the builders, and symbolically in squaring the conduct in the sphere of morals of the Brotherhood.”
– Albert Churchward: The Origin and Evolution of Freemasonry
“Real Initiates exist at all times, in this country and elsewhere, for the science is not restricted to any nation or creed but is universally diffused over the earth’s surface.
They are not numerous and they are to be met with only by those competent to recognise them. They live a hidden life; in the world but not of it. They never seek publicity or honours; they never even disclose the fact that they are Initiates. The world little suspects what it owes to its hidden Initiates.”
– W. L. Wilmshurst: The Meaning of Masonry