The Philosophical Background for Masonic Symbolism

The best and most commonly used description of what Freemasonry is, is that it is  “a peculiar system of morality, veiled in allegory and illustrated by symbols”. The reason that this is the most popular descriptions, is because it is the most accurate description that can be given for it. What does this mean, exactly? There is no simple way to describe the degree system that the initiate goes through as part of the Masonic system. The reason for this is that the experience is meant to be trans-formative for the individual and no one person will find the same path to illumination. Freemasonry holds the keys in it’s ritual, but it is up to the individual to truly find the “light”. In the following lecture, distinguished Brother W. Kirk MacNulty discusses the philosophy in Masonic symbolism and it’s connection to other philosophical systems, such as Hermeticism and Neo-Platonism.

 

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The Point of a Sharp Instrument-Top 10

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In this installment, I presented the argument that modern science owes a lot to the Ancient Mystery schools and several esoteric schools of thought. The Royal Society was a group of thinkers/scientists/philosophers who joined together to research and present new concepts and inventions and was made up of individuals who were deeply connected with the ancient traditions of alchemy, Hermeticism, and Freemasonry.

Esoteric Wisdom and the Birth of Modern Science

 

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The Emerald Tablet-What is it?

The legend surrounding the Emerald Tablet is that it is a tablet that was made/created by Hermes thousands and thousands of years ago and were said to be made of a crystalline substance that was indestructible . It is said to have existed before the great deluge and is also said to have contained the keys to the great Alchemical tradition. It was kept protected in the Pillars of Hermes or some say the Pillars of Enoch which also contained sacred items and manuscripts. These ancient teachings were stored in these pillars to protect them against disaster and were said to survive the great flood because of this. These same pillars can be found throughout the ages in various traditions. The pillars of Freemasonry (the pillars on Solomon’s Temple), the pillars on the High Priestess tarot card, and the pillars on the Kabbalistic Tree of Life, to name a few. The contents of the tablet and other sacred manuscripts made their way into various esoteric and mystical writings throughout the ages and have been kept alive by various mystery traditions to this very day.  In the linked article, the author delves into the contents and history of the Emerald Tablet. Hope you enjoy!

The Emerald Tablet

 

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Alchemy and Astrology-The Divine Union

In the following article, the nature of Alchemy and Astrology are discussed. Their paths interwoven with spiritual and philosophical teachings for the seeker of Divine Wisdom. As the two schools of thought are intertwined and understood, a student will come to realize the connection they have to all of the other paths of the Western Mystery Traditions. Hope you enjoy!

 

Astrology and Alchemy

 

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Alchemy in Our Time

A nice discussion on the various aspects of Alchemy, from the spiritual to the physical. Alchemy is much more than turning base metals into gold.  It was revered by many of the greatest minds of the time until it was written off as superstition.  What it has to teach is as relevant today as it was hundreds of years ago…if you have eyes to see it.

Alchemy in Our Time

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The Seven Hermetic Principles-The Principle of Rhythm

Everything moves in cycles and fluctuates. So is the rhythm of the cosmos…

The Principle of Rhythm states that everything in the universe moves through cycles and fluctuates.  This is true of the material, mental and spiritual plane.  We’ve all heard the statement that history repeats itself.  What is not typically realized about this statement is that all cycles repeat and that history is just one in many cycles that repeat over and over again.  The seasons transform before our eyes.  Night turns to day and day to night.  Our emotions ebb and flow.  Periods of sadness are often followed by periods of joy and vice versa. Difficult times in our lives are often followed by periods of relaxation and ease.  Civilizations rise, peak and then inevitably fall. These patterns are always self similar.

Even our lives follow this same cyclical pattern. Birth, childhood, adolescence, adulthood, old age, then death. After death, our spirit goes though a cyclical process of it’s own, progressing from one dimension to another, inhabiting other bodies as it advances in it’s growth. This tide-like ebb and flow is present in all aspects of life, whether it be tiny microbes in water, to giant stars in the heavens.  The only constant is change.

Once the individual can grasp this concept and begin to see the patterns, they can live in harmony with this rhythm.  As is true of all of the Hermetic Principles, the only way to true mastery is through the understanding and integrating these principles into ones life.  It is not until someone has learned to work with the system rather than against it that they will make the next step forward.

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