What is evil? Evil is division, and Good is unification. This is not at the base physical level but at the level of humanity where the human form is irrelevant – the higher concept that we are a part of a natural world, far more vast than we know. When we divide ourselves from this, we create chaos, ignorance, suffering, and separateness. Freemasonry delves into this moral dilemma, not only in symbol and allegory but also in ritual.
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This article gives a detailed explanation of the history and meaning of the phrase “Ancient Free and Accepted Masons.”
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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?
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Posted on 9 Dec 2018
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”
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While having a guidebook to read to a dying person to lead them through the afterlife is an interesting concept in itself, what may be more profound is to examine the book and what it might tell us about life, and perhaps even the masonic life.
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Posted on 4 May 2018
by Pamela McDown
At the end of a recent Scottish Rite workshop, and after one of the most incredible weeks of my life, I felt inspired and nourished with the treasures that only the craft of Freemasonry can offer. I jumped in the car and set off… Continue Reading “Freemasonry: Is Architecture Frozen Music?”
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Posted on 13 Apr 2018
by Pamela McDown
The act of censing has been said to create a pleasing and purified ritual space. There is nothing quite as inspiring as walking in to a sacred place and being hit by the smell of lovely incense, which immediately transports us into a more… Continue Reading “Censing in Freemasonry: Practical or Symbolic?”
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“Watch your thoughts; they become words. Watch your words; they become actions. Watch your actions; they become habit. Watch your habits; they become character. Watch your character; it becomes your destiny.” — Lao Tzu According to Tzu, the very essence of what it means… Continue Reading “The Power of the Spoken Word in Freemasonry”
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Posted on 11 Aug 2017
When I turned that corner in the Paris Catacombs this past May, having already crossed the stone portal into the massive ossuary and read its famous warning, “ARRÊTE! C’EST İCİ L’EMPİRE DE LA MORT“ (“Stop! This is the Empire of the Dead”), I came… Continue Reading “Freemasonry and the Ancient Mysteries?”
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