Tag: Esotericism

What Esoteric Knowledge lies veiled in Classical Art?

IN this series, we seek to uncover the hidden meaning found in the artistic works of numerous Masters, including Michelangelo, Pieter Bruegel the Elder, William Blake, Georges de La Tour, and Raphael. First, by outlining a basic structure for analyzing art through an esoteric lens; thereby, utilizing both observation and intuition, symbolically represented by the concrete and abstract minds.

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”

Masonic Mottoes: Deus Meumque Jus

Freemasonry has various mottoes, which represent the principles of our great tradition. Among these is Deus Meumque Jus, which often appears prominently on Masonic Regalia, most notably that of the 32nd and 33rd degrees. A phrase being featured so prominently on Regalia for the… Continue Reading “Masonic Mottoes: Deus Meumque Jus”

A Very Esoteric Christmas [Part 2]

Today, on the Eve of this great holiday of Christmas, we celebrate the beginning of our current age of history, the beginning of a new year, the return of the solar light, and the birth of the most influential figure in modern history, Jesus… Continue Reading “A Very Esoteric Christmas [Part 2]”

Inner and Outer: The Shamanic Thread Through All Religions

While we make no bones about the esoteric nature of our beliefs and interests in Universal Co-Masonry, what may be missed by many is the connection which this esotericism, in general, has to a historical divide within perhaps all religions. While we may know… Continue Reading “Inner and Outer: The Shamanic Thread Through All Religions”

The Serpent in Myth, Antiquity, and Freemasonry

The serpent is one of mankind’s most significant symbols, showing up prominently our myths, stories, and dreams. What is it about the slithering snake which speaks to us on such a deep level, that resonates with some archetypal force in our inner depths? Furthermore,… Continue Reading “The Serpent in Myth, Antiquity, and Freemasonry”

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”

Was Victor Hugo a Freemason?

Poet, politician, and playwright, Victor Marie Hugo [1802 – 1885] believed in the inherit beauty and worth of all mankind. He sought to lift the masses out of the darkness of ignorance and vanquish injustice by promoting the virtues of liberty, equality, and fraternity.… Continue Reading “Was Victor Hugo a Freemason?”

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]”

What is the Role of Gender in Esotericism and Freemasonry?

Gender is in everything; everything has its Masculine and Feminine Principles; Gender manifests on all planes. ~ The Kybalion It seems that gender is a matter of some controversy, these days. Many people wish to do away with the idea of gender altogether, or… Continue Reading “What is the Role of Gender in Esotericism and Freemasonry?”