• 01:58

    HEGEMONY AND MASONRY 1717-2014

    in Culture

    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?  

  • 00:57

    IDEAS AND GIMCRACKS: ENVIRONMENT CONCERNING MASONRY

    in Lifestyle

    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.

  • 00:57

    The Legacy of Mithraism in Magick and Masonry

    in Radio

    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.

  • 03:10

    MOORISH CONNECTION TO MASONRY ft Abdullah Bey

    in Spirituality

    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. 

  • 01:11

    THE MASONIC SECRET

    in Lifestyle

    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. 

  • 01:16

    THE MIND OF A MASON

    in Lifestyle

    Anyone who thinks masonry is uniform values, would be erasing thousands of years of history. Who can tell what motivates change and progress or even if there is a trigger? Our very presence suggests objective assessment.  What could be a greater threat to status quo created by any degree of manipulation than the man who is known for balance. Careful observers can distinguish the difference between culture and politics; loyality and ignorance.  Choosing to avoid serious study of a religion sparks controvery on all sides and obscures the truth.  The mason separates faith- the truth- from its irrasible cousin, religion. Distillation- the tool of the alchemy- shows the presence of faith in the mixture of religious practice, a presence beyond the limits of the mind- the being not create but supreme. Fundamentalism and zealotry can be incendary, so we need to handle those elements properly and avoid explosions.  Why conflict? Why rudeness?  Somewhere in our minds we have a scale. If we have been 'wronged' it justifies the release of offensive activity to balance the scoreboard.  How in the world did winning infect our reasoning? Why then are masons expected to be reflective and how do we come to that state of mindfulness?  If we admit there is an alchemist inside each mason, then we reveal each member is a seeker of knowledge and truths.


    Today, MC remembers the men and women who fought the 1st World War. However we do it, we must agree those lives were given up for a noble purpose.  If we must lie to do that- what does it say about the progress of humanity.  R.I.P.

  • 02:22

    HIDDEN HISTORY: Moors & Masonry - Abdullah Bey

    in Books

    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!
    Be sure to have your pen and paper ready. Remember that history and law  go hand-in-hand.
    Civil Alert Rising  Informative Engaging and 3rd Eye Opening!  858.357.8450 Option 1 to Ask/Speak.
     

  • 01:01
  • 01:08

    EYES ON INSPIRATION

    in Lifestyle

    Participating in masonry is more honest than most other obligations in life. You have to want it. You have to want to be one.  The lost boys join because they are bored or see an opportunity to mine the contacts for profit.  The must be terribly disappointed.   During the 1st World War, the world learned it was possible to gain support for an unpopular idea but using propaganda.  All sides used it. When it was us, we called it education and information. When it was the enemy it is called propaganda.  Truth is it's all the same. Someone believes people are stupid and can be lead to support something they don't even understand.  100 years later, we have made this all so polite; public relations or spin doctoring or  media reimagining it's still the same. Those damned masons. They are expected to pursue truth whereever it is to be found.  Truth hurts. Truth is power. Truth is love. Slice it anyway you want, finding truth comes at a price.  It is admitting to yourself what you don't admit to others. It is the unassailable starting point for improvement.


    So today, we talk about the things that inspire. Are you thinking it will not go well in your lodge?  Silly, of course it won't.  But it would be harmful to our harmony to point out those who are content with simple things; the titles- ornaments, distinctions, idle parade. Who are we to think they don't belong? We have the freedom to think for ourselves. We can talk- even though we have nothing useful to say but enjoy the sound of our own voice. Babies know how to tune out and so do grown men. Life is full of lost opportunity.  When insightful men gather in large groups, it is an enriching experience, so go out and find your group. They are scattered throughout the lodges of Ontario and beyond. And they are looking for you as you are for them.


    Masonic Companion is with you. 


     

  • 02:54
  • 00:26

    The Ancient Craft

    in Spirituality

    We are currently in a patriarchal cycle and we cannot ignore the woman just because of her gender. She have been in intiation rites since the dawn of the human family,Hence Isis said: “I have revealed to mankind mystic initiations. I have taught reverence for the Gods; I have established the temples.” The fullness of humanity, that is, the complementary balance of feminine and masculine energies, is necessary for harmony to prosper and to charge our evolution because we have to get better!

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