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Humans have an interesting ability. We can fill in gaps on our own to make sense of what we experience. When Aristotle was pondering the universe he described a relationship based on what he knew. We called it geo-centric. It lasted until the 16th century mathematic Copernicus determined the sun was at the centre. The earth was centered. The sun, moon and planets circled around it. Brilliant. But today if we dissect brilliance we can put ourselves to the task of finding flaws and OMG we come up with something. To the rennasiance mathematician those orbits were perfect circles but the German theologian cum astronomer Johannes Kepler began redoing the mathematics and noticed the effect of universal bodies was pulling and pushing as if the planets were suspended by gravities in perfect balance. We can forgive Copernicus for thinking we did orbit the sun while all the other planets continued to orbit us. He fed us what we needed-a sense of perfect symmetry- perfect circle orbits. Surely it is possible the way humans behave is like that too. And Kepler, the first physicist, stretched and pulled our perfect circles into shapes of perfect balance with facts. Did we become enslaved or liberated by science?
Is it possible to look at the Craft as forces and influences? What forces do you see in masonry? What is at the centre? Is it imperative to find perfect circles or perfect balance of forces?
Declaring that masonry offers a non-secular option to faith has wrapped the Craft in a lingering, misguided myth. Think about it. If Freemasonry is the epitome of Renaisance thinking, would it not have a bearing on the masonic mind? Saying that masonry is complicated doesn't take much effort. Yes, it's a mess. Yes our writings are disorganized. Yes, we don't know how to locate the best Masonic mentors scholars. Yes we lack bone fide readings. Yes the disorder is growing. When we decide it is important to ensure that the basic core learning is available to a Brother we will get around to it. Or will we? We should probably do more than wait. We should probably build accessible study rooms, organize collections and a place to gather, to read, to learn, to contemplate meaning.
Andrew Hammer published a thoughtful little book- Observing the Craft, in which he extols us to be forthright about our obligations and stay active in Lodge. He said we were straying off in all directions. Some truth in that as far as he took it. Rather than describing a problem, I thought he gave us a list of symptoms. Everything is secondary to our primary goal, enlightenment. Searchers are looking for options going through the versions of masonry. Maybe masonry is essentially about exposing bright minds to great ideas. What Br Hammer didn't consider was the next path opening in front of us. If bricks and mortar masonry can't deliver, the internet will. Colloquial no more, masonry has evoled on its own, into a network built to convey ideas using a network built to communicate ideas. Can I resist that gravity?
18th century London was a place replete with social stratification. Feudalism had long ago given way to democracy in name but perhaps not by much. Monarch and aristrocracy continued to experience privileged indifference to poverty described for us by Ezra Pound and Charles Dickens. Of course we would expect masonic notions of equality and universality would be suppresed to avoid repercussions.
Upper Canada was another story. Our history is a tale of subtle high minded influence of nation builders. Early Canadians had a chance to correct the social injustice of British life with conviction to fight for rights defended by the republicans of France and the United States but with a tinture of loyalty they did not have. The new Dominion was not about to squander a chance to correct social imbalance. Jessica Harland-Jacobs makes a strong argument that freemasonry aided the spread of the British Empire. I am also willing to suggest chartered masonic lodges effected the bigger picture in Canada. Masonry embraces ethics and principles that are the basic elements of social progress. Canadian women gained the right to vote in 1918 becoming legal entities in Canada through the parliament of Britain. Public schools flourished in Upper Canada and later, prairie farmers lead the charge for universal health care. These are aspects of common good- an ethical pillar of freemasonry-greater than the sum of parts. As we look into the mirror of Canadian history we see self interest, we see power and we see the triumph of humble men building a peaceful nation of tolerance. Does freemasonry have an obligation internal and external to continue the legacy?
Sooner or later it was bound to happen. The gewgaws and gimcracks no more. Block a stream of water, the energy and power continue to build. The effect comes to us as consequences; intended or not; up or down stream. And the time it takes to reckon this is time invested to replace ill-conceived ideas and the attend to the self serving mindset of the masses. It is a very lonely experience when you stand against the mainstream.
Scholarship is that blocked stream, not of water but of consciousness; dormant for so long it had fallen out of memory only to be rediscovered. Will the alchemists step forward to teach us the steps in a preparation. Alchemical masons are the most misunderstood of all. And well should they go quietly about their work to avoid ridicule. This collective rediscovery of masonic archives makes for compelling reading. It would take great licence with the facts to claim it was entirely accurate, but it does contain more than partial truths.
On Thursday, September 26, 2013 the Hermetic Hour with host Poke Runyon will present a discussion on The Legacy of Mithraism on Magick and Masonry. We will trace the origins of the Mithra sect from the ancient Persian Magi -- an offshoot of Zoroastrianism -- through the Greco-RomanMiddle East, into the mileau of classical Alexandria, where its western branch acquired a cosmology that was largely Hermetic. In fact one might say that the Greco-Roman Mithra sect was ritualized Hermeticism. For several centuries it rivaled Christianity but was eventually overcome when emperor Constantine, himself a Mithraite, made Christianity the official religion of the Roman Empire for practical political reasons. The Mithra sect was an elite, initiatory, all male religious fraternity that extolled honor, bravery and loyalty. Great for the Roman army but not for the downtrodden masses. Its influence on the later Masonicfraternity is obvious. Mithraism had seven initiatory degrees so similar to Crata Repoa that John Yarker called his Crata Repoa degree in Rite of Memphis "The Sage of Mithras." We will unravel the complex astrological symbolism of the "Tauroctony", the ritual slaying of the bull, the mystery of the strange lion-headed god, and the theory that the secret communion meal was the old Persian-version of Soma. Our main text reference will be D. Jason Cooper's "Mithras" (1996) with references to Franz Cumont's (1912) "Astrology and Religion Among the Greeks and Romans" and "Mushrooms, Myth & Mithras" by Carl A. P. Ruck,et allia (2011). So, if you want to follow us down into the underground temple of the Mithraeum for a look into the origin of many of our rites and degrees, then tune in and we'll lift the veil.
Notes and rhythms can take us to places in our minds where we can find peace within.
Freemasonry tantalizes. It is so generous it allows a man to adopt a pedigree made of noble ideas and magnificent gestures. Speculation becomes permissible and we discover far too late to do anything about it, that our mind has been opened to knowing how much we don't really know afterall. It is opportunity to mingle with like-minded men and for lessons in tolerance. Always the challenge that we are capable of better, in pursuit of symmetry.
If this is the form of freemasonry that has been so evasive, then square yourself to harsh honesty and question the accuracy of what you perceive is real.
Masonic Exchange tackles the ideas that are masonry. Please join us.
It is an honor for KTL RADIO to welcome Abdullah El Talib Mosi Bey to the program, for the very first time.
The renown etymologist & Moorish historian will be expounding on the close relationship between Moorish Science & Masonry.
Listen in as Abdullah weaves the Moorish/Masonic connection to the Astonomical and Geometrical origin and meaning of the Compass & the Square, Freemasonry Tracing Board, Checker Board Floor, Winding Staircase, the Number 33, the Twin Pillars of Boaz & Jachin, the Triple Tau & the Equiateral Triangle within the circle as adopted by the Royal Arch Masons.
He will also build on the connection of the All Seeing Eye on the Apron to the Raising of the Kundalini-the Activation of the Pineal Gland and the Higher Brain Senses as well as the High Mind Science and Technology of the Ancient World.
CLASS IS IN SESSION...bring your pad & pen.
Real Soul Music Talk Radio presents a different perspective of the MEDIA and a little about Masonry. Host DJ JanoG and CO Host Mr. Yeyo and crew elaborate on the matter from a younger point of view. Please join the movement and we do not judge anyone.
Aren't you the least bit curious? Of course. It's a fraternity 300 years old and going. No frat party. No male testosterone and alcohol driven embarrassment to themselves. But august; philanthropic. Authentic and dignified. Striving with piety answerable to common sense; endorsing equality and liberty of humanity; mystery; private and secret to protect it from populist verdicts; signs of greetings known to few; real.
Even we wonder how and why, don't you? What is it that a man finds in masonry that he can't find anywhere else? Not fame or fortune. Leadership becomes service to mankind but how does that endure?
If you wonder what it is, the best I can tell you is that it is a feeling. The one we experience when truth finds us. Not being smarter; not hubris, not arrogant or smug. When a person 'sees' what others do not, in a world so frightened and mistrustful, those truths are a weighty responsibility. That is what we call humility. Our task is to find balance in life and live in that state and the universe unfolds.
When a person has matured enough to take herself or himself seriously, when he understands himself, masonry opens the mind, the spirit, the heart. Every ending is the beginning of something next.
TUNE INTO CIVIL ALERT for an illustrious disertation by Addullah Bey, Educator, Speaker, Editor in Chief of the Moorish Civil Letter and the author of Moors and Masonry; an upcoming book that will shed light on the foundational Moorish roots of Masonry.
During this interview Abdullah will share some highlights from the book, give details about his educational endeavors and the live streamof the July 1st 7 p.m. UStream of the Shriners Parade. http://www.civilalertradio.com/parade
This is a show that you don't want to miss!
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In the Tutor period, alchemists practiced their arts. To this day, we know scientists are protective and secretive about their work. Across Canada, the scientific community has been targeted for a decade by the current federal government pushing an ideological agenda. But think back to the tutor period and governments had less leverage and more obfuscation with those pesky alchemicalists. They did and did not keep their work secret. Yes, they did not want others to replicate their findings. This is from the same protectionist thinking that gave rise to passwords and signs of recognition about operative masons. The alchemist had to keep track of his work which he did by developing and writing in code. Dyspher the code- follow the research.
Within the Craft we have often heard what I like to think of as the declaration of the uninformed. We are not a secret society, but we do have secrets. There are 27,000 languages in use on this blue globe orbiting our star. We happen to use an obscure langage to keep track of our work. Study the language for yourself. The information becomes obvious. A mason with a loose waggy tongue can't be of much use. The 'rosetta' stone to translate these glyphs has yet to be found. Isn't it curious that alchemists have continued to practice and no one sees fit to indict.
To all those who cannot control their emotion, you will look for an apology for the frustration this causes to blindly rage around the lodge. So here is a bone; if you desire what alchemists seek, if you can commit, if you have the ability to go beyond your familiar logical mind, find a book about the Khabbalah. If your mind is settled enough to know that the alchemists secrets are anything but the revelation of truths- the path may open.