THE Flaming Sword, more popular in literature than perhaps in actual use or fact, seems to be symbolically related to several key concepts, all appropriate to the office of the Tyler, or guardian of the Temple entrance. It may represent that only those that hold Truth or Wisdom may enter holy places or stand in the presence of that Truth.
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.
As Christmas swiftly approaches, parts of the world with Christian roots are becoming enchanted with various traditions centered around the story of Christ’s humble birth, as well as secular and non-Christian related Winter Solstice traditions. Whatever one’s faith or lack thereof, it’s hard to… Continue Reading “[Part I] A Very Esoteric Christmas – The Darkest Hour Is Just Before Dawn”
One of the primary lessons of Freemasonry is to learn to subdue your passions. On the surface, some might think this means to dampen and reduce your emotions – to become a kind of automaton. Quite the opposite is the case, however. As you… Continue Reading “The Masonic Lesson of Subduing One’s Passions”
Freemasonry reveres the Light, which illuminates and chases away the darkness of ignorance. As a “bringer of light,” Lucifer can be a touchy subject, particularly in relation to Freemasonry, because Masons have been accused of devil worship by various groups, including conspiracy theorists. What follows… Continue Reading “The Archetypal Lucifer: Bringer of Light, Adversary, Enigma? [Part 2]”
Freemasonry reveres the Light, which illuminates and chases away the darkness of ignorance. As a “bringer of light,” Lucifer can be a touchy subject, particularly in relation to Freemasonry, because Masons have been erroneously accused of devil worship by various groups including conspiracy theorists. Brothers… Continue Reading “The Archetypal Lucifer: Bringer of Light, Adversary, Enigma? [Part I]”
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?”