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As one of the world's most famous mysterious societies, Freemasons remain the largest fraternal organization in the world. Some of the most heroic and creative thinkers in history belonged to the order, including George Washington, Benjamin Franklin, Goethe, and Mozart. What links the philosophy of these great minds with the estimated four million Freemasons who actively m As one of the world's most famous mysterious societies, Freemasons remain the largest fraternal organization in the world. Some of the most heroic and creative thinkers in history belonged to the order, including George Washington, Benjamin Franklin, Goethe, and Mozart. What links the philosophy of these great minds with the estimated four million Freemasons who actively maintain this ancient brotherhood today? From sacred geometry to legendary Masonic rites, author and Freemason Mark Stavish divulges the philosophy of Masonry and the moral code that all Masons share. Learn how Masonry's higher degrees, particularly Scottish Rite, were influenced by occult beliefs and practices, and how Masonry is linked to King Solomon, Gothic architecture, magic practice, alchemy, and Qabala. With exercises and suggested readings, this fascinating exploration is an essential learning tool that will answer questions and shed light on other Masonic mysteries, including initiation and the Lost Word.


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As one of the world's most famous mysterious societies, Freemasons remain the largest fraternal organization in the world. Some of the most heroic and creative thinkers in history belonged to the order, including George Washington, Benjamin Franklin, Goethe, and Mozart. What links the philosophy of these great minds with the estimated four million Freemasons who actively m As one of the world's most famous mysterious societies, Freemasons remain the largest fraternal organization in the world. Some of the most heroic and creative thinkers in history belonged to the order, including George Washington, Benjamin Franklin, Goethe, and Mozart. What links the philosophy of these great minds with the estimated four million Freemasons who actively maintain this ancient brotherhood today? From sacred geometry to legendary Masonic rites, author and Freemason Mark Stavish divulges the philosophy of Masonry and the moral code that all Masons share. Learn how Masonry's higher degrees, particularly Scottish Rite, were influenced by occult beliefs and practices, and how Masonry is linked to King Solomon, Gothic architecture, magic practice, alchemy, and Qabala. With exercises and suggested readings, this fascinating exploration is an essential learning tool that will answer questions and shed light on other Masonic mysteries, including initiation and the Lost Word.

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  1. 4 out of 5

    IAO131

    A very brief tour of Freemasonry, including some explanations of Scottish, York, and more esoteric rites. This appears to be written either for those in the Western Esoteric tradition or for Freemasons wanting to be introduced to the parallels in Western Esotericism with their own tradition. Each chapter has a summary for the intellectually stunted as well as a few exercises that amount to "go do your own research." There are many parts of the book that appeared to simply be tangents onto variou A very brief tour of Freemasonry, including some explanations of Scottish, York, and more esoteric rites. This appears to be written either for those in the Western Esoteric tradition or for Freemasons wanting to be introduced to the parallels in Western Esotericism with their own tradition. Each chapter has a summary for the intellectually stunted as well as a few exercises that amount to "go do your own research." There are many parts of the book that appeared to simply be tangents onto various subjects the author found interesting such as John Dee and medieval angelology. When you get down to it, many of these parallels are not parallels at all but, instead, important figures and ideas in Western Esotericism that have had some very tangential effects on Masonry. I personally would not particularly recommend this book to anyone unless they wanted a very simple, very watered-down understanding of Freemasonry that is liberally peppered with the author's own symbolic interpretations.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Bob

    People have allot of questions about us. I am a active Freemason in the Grand Lodge of Pennsylvania, a 32nd Degree Mason of the Scottish Rite and a Member of the York Rite of Freemasonry. I'm in good company: George Washington, Ben Franklin, Goethe and Mozart had been members of the Masonic Order as well. If you want to learn about us... this book is a must read. Non-Masons will find much to admire or scandalize us about depending on their worldview and depth of experiences. People have allot of questions about us. I am a active Freemason in the Grand Lodge of Pennsylvania, a 32nd Degree Mason of the Scottish Rite and a Member of the York Rite of Freemasonry. I'm in good company: George Washington, Ben Franklin, Goethe and Mozart had been members of the Masonic Order as well. If you want to learn about us... this book is a must read. Non-Masons will find much to admire or scandalize us about depending on their worldview and depth of experiences.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Ryan

    A fantastic overview of the esoteric and occult ties within Freemasonry. Stavish includes a discussion of the evolution of the Occult and its relation to Masonry and argues that while numbers are dropping in the Craft, the majority of applicants are interested in joining for the esoteric philosophy that is apart of the Craft’s history. Includes suggested reading lists and assignments after each chapter in order to personalize and internalize some of the more esoteric teachings of Freemasonry.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Becky Roper

    I read this hoping to gain a better understanding of this interesting group, but found it only confused me further. I was surprised at the ties to occult practices and dependance on symbolism. A dense read that didn't illuminate much for me. I read this hoping to gain a better understanding of this interesting group, but found it only confused me further. I was surprised at the ties to occult practices and dependance on symbolism. A dense read that didn't illuminate much for me.

  5. 4 out of 5

    James of the Redwoods

    Excellent arguments for the pursuit of mystical studies in a modern world.

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