Freemasonry is a system of age-old knowledge handed down primarily through the language of symbolism, and a part of the vocabulary of symbolism that is most significant is that of color. Color saturates our entire experience, and can be quite easy to take for… Continue Reading “Colors in Freemasonry: Part I”
This is the first installment in a series exploring the effects of Masonic ritual. Here the author explores the nature of ritual, particularly in relation to Freemasonry.
I recently covered the topic of the Widow’s Son in Freemasonry, and several avenues of interpretation and investigation about this concept, ranging from biblical genealogy to archetypal mythology. Now, I would like to take you along for a deeper dive into the topic of… Continue Reading “Behind the Widow’s Son: A Deeper Dive into the Enigmatic Mythology”
It’s difficult to deny America’s status as a state profoundly influenced by esotericism, and specifically Masonry, from it’s very inception. From the number of influential Masons in American history, to the Masonic design of Washington D.C. and many other capital monuments of individual states,… Continue Reading “Baseball: America’s Esoteric Pastime?”
Who are the Shriners? How are they related to Freemasonry, and do they connect Freemasonry to Islam in some way? While most believe the Shriners, or the Ancient Arabic Order of the Nobles of the Mystic Shrine, to be merely a Masonic club where Masons get together… Continue Reading “Do the Shriners Connect Freemasonry to Islam?”
Of the many symbols and phrases of Freemasonry, a few mottoes are important enough to be prominently, and sometimes publicly displayed on flags, seals, or regalia. The phrase “Ordo Ab Chao,” is the motto of the 33rd degree, which can be found on the… Continue Reading “Masonic Motto: Ordo Ab Chao”
When we think of the connection between Freemasonry and music, where most people’s minds probably go first is to Mozart, who is the most famous classical composer to be a documented Mason, although some speculate about Beethoven as well. Indeed, Mozart even wrote Masonic… Continue Reading “Why Have So Many Famous Jazz Musicians Been Freemasons?”
Of all the many lenses we might use to view Freemasonry, this is perhaps one of the most colloquially familiar, even to the point of being a cliche. For some, the words “Freemasonry” and “conspiracy” may even be practically synonymous. While conspiracy culture has… Continue Reading “Is Freemasonry a Conspiracy?”