Tag: Alchemy

The Masculine of Freemasonry

IF someone had asked me 30 years ago if Freemasonry was masculine, I would have said: “Is there anything else?” I’m speaking of course about the mainstream idea, over the past three hundred years or so, that all Freemasons must be masculine. I was… Continue Reading “The Masculine of Freemasonry”

The Feminine of Freemasonry

Let’s lift the idea of Freemasonry as being purely masculine, and look the world of Hermetic principles and gender. Where does the Feminine find itself within Freemasonry?

Is Freemasonry a Sigil?

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The connection between Freemasonry and ritual magic is something which might be controversial to some brothers. The organization has intentionally de-emphasized such esoteric aspects of the Craft, at least in mainstream male-only Masonry, to focus instead on charity and fraternity. Universal Freemasonry for Men… Continue Reading “Is Freemasonry a Sigil?”

Finding the Middle Path: Esoteric and Non-Esoteric Freemasonry

There are two groups in Freemasonry, the so-called “Esoterics” and “Non-Esoterics,” who too often do not get along. They should. After all, they need each other. This, to my mind, is best illustrated by an image I have observed floating around the Internet for a… Continue Reading “Finding the Middle Path: Esoteric and Non-Esoteric Freemasonry”

The Elements: What Are Their Significance for Freemasonry? [Part 2]

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In our previous discussion in Part 1, we began an examination of the elements as symbols, and we will continue with that here. We covered the first two elements, Earth and Water, and discussed their essential qualities, and symbolic correlates in mind or consciousness.… Continue Reading “The Elements: What Are Their Significance for Freemasonry? [Part 2]”

The Four Elements: What Do They Mean in Freemasonry? [Part 1]

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Part of the journey of a Mason is to familiarize yourself with the concepts presented in lodge, and to discover their meaning for oneself. While there are, of course, interpretations shared and passed down through the generations between masons, part of what makes Masonry… Continue Reading “The Four Elements: What Do They Mean in Freemasonry? [Part 1]”

Is Freemasonry Free from Religious Bias?

If you investigate freemasonry and religion, among the first things you will find are various iterations of the following message: Freemasonry is not a religion, and is not intended to be a replacement for religion. Within the ranks of the brotherhood are many people… Continue Reading “Is Freemasonry Free from Religious Bias?”

Eastern Sages, Western Secrets: What Has Vedanta to Do with Freemasonry?

Like unto that of a man blindfolded and carried away by robbers from his own country is a man’s condition. The folds of cloth over his eyes being removed by a friend, he recovers the use of his eyes and slowly finds his way home,… Continue Reading “Eastern Sages, Western Secrets: What Has Vedanta to Do with Freemasonry?”