Masonic Reveries

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As we observe the officers, how well they fill their stations; We should remember, but for Masonry we would have no nation. From a blue Lodge in Virginia, where Washington was brought to light;Seven revolutionary Generals, Bravely went forth to fight. It was from there that John Paul Jones, in the very same manner, Received his Masonic degrees, then raised the Colonial banner. He took his little fighting ship only a small windjammer; He bearded the lion in his den, caused the lords to stew and stammer. He raked their ships with shot and shell, in a very hostile manner, As the sun was setting in the west, the British dipped their banner. The night before a battle, Washington’s soldiers hungry, barefoot, cold; The camp was full of traitors, offering British gold. In such a desperate situation, Washington had never been before; But he remembered the words of the Master, in Fredericksburg lodge Number 4. He put on his hat and top coat and went out beneath a tree; He prayed to the Grand Architect of Heaven, for further light in Masonry. Then slowly walked back to the camp, tomorrow would be the fight; He issued his famous order, Only Masons on guard tonight. History records it differently, it says only Americans on guard tonight; But Washington knew all Americans had not been brought to light. He scouted his camp for soldiers, who had worn the apron white, Who had stood in the Northeast corner, and at Masonry’s altar had received the light. When the guard was finally mounted, Washington knew one thing at least, His camp was securely guarded, and he could rest in peace. By John T. Jordan Submitted by Bro. John Logan Parsons,...

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Fellowcraft’s Song

Posted by on Jun 1, 2013 in Masonic Mouse | 0 comments

His laws inspire our being – Our light is from His sun; Beneath the Eye All-seeing, Our Mason’s work is done; His Plumbline in uprightness Our faithful guide shall be; And n the Source of Brightness Our Willing eyes shall see. Thou, Father, art the Giver To every earnest prayer! Oh, be the Guide forever To this, our Brother dear! By token, word and sign, Exhalt him, now so lowly Upon this Grand Design. Within thy Chamber name him A Workman, wise and true! While loving Crafts shall claim him In bonds of friendship due; Thus shall the walls extol Thee, And future ages prove What Masons ever call Thee, The God of Truth and Love! Rob...

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Friend and Brother

Posted by on Apr 1, 2013 in Masonic Mouse | 0 comments

I can give this title because you are searching for the truth in the sincerity of your heart, ready to make the necessary sacrifices in order to find it. Truth, being the essence of all that is, is not difficult to find: it is within us and we are within it. It is like light and the blind do not see it. Being is. This is incontestable and absolute. The exact idea of being is truth; its knowledge is science; its ideal expression is reason; its activity is creation and justice. You wish to believe, you say. For this, it is enough to know and to love truth. For the true faith is the unshakeable adhesion of the mind to the necessary deductions of science in conjectural infinity. Only occult sciences give certitude, for they have their bases in realities and not in dreams. In every religious symbol, they bring out the true and the false. What is true is the same everywhere, but falsehoods spring up according to places, times and people. These sciences are three: the Qabalah, Magic and Hermeticism. The Qabalah, or traditional science of the Hebrews, might be called the mathematics of human thought. It is the algebra of faith. It solves all problems of the soul as equations, by isolating the unknowns. It gives to ideas the clarity and rigorous exactitude of numbers; its results, for the mind, are infallibility (always relative, however, to the sphere of human knowledge) and for the heart, profound peace. Magic, or the science of the magi, has its ancient representatives in the disciples, and perhaps the teachers, of Zoroaster. It is the knowledge of secret and particular laws of nature which produce hidden forces, magnets and loadstones which may exist even outside the realm of metal. In a word, and to use a modern expression, it is the science of universal magnetism. Hermeticism is the science of nature hidden in the hieroglyphics and symbols of the ancient world. It is the search for the principle of life, along with the dream (for those who have not achieved it) of accomplishing the great work, that is the reproduction by man of the divine, natural fire which creates and recreates beings. Here my friend, are the things you desire to study. The circle they enclose is immense, but the principles are so simple that they are represented and contained in the signs of numbers and in the letters of the alphabet. ‘It is a labor of Hercules that is also a child’s game,’ say the masters of holy science. Characteristics necessary to success in this study are a great rectitude of judgment and a great independence of mind. One must...

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Of Truth

Posted by on Feb 1, 2013 in Masonic Mouse | 0 comments

I can give this title because you are searching for the truth in the sincerity of your heart, ready to make the necessary sacrifices in order to find it. Truth, being the essence of all that is, is not difficult to find: it is within us and we are within it. It is like light and the blind do not see it. Being is. This is incontestable and absolute. The exact idea of being is truth; its knowledge is science; its ideal expression is reason; its activity is creation and justice. You wish to believe, you say. For this, it is enough to know and to love truth. For the true faith is the unshakeable adhesion of the mind to the necessary deductions of science in conjectural infinity. Only occult sciences give certitude, for they have their bases in realities and not in dreams. In every religious symbol, they bring out the true and the false. What is true is the same everywhere, but falsehoods spring up according to places, times and people. These sciences are three: the Qabalah, Magic and Hermeticism. The Qabalah, or traditional science of the Hebrews, might be called the mathematics of human thought. It is the algebra of faith. It solves all problems of the soul as equations, by isolating the unknowns. It gives to ideas the clarity and rigorous exactitude of numbers; its results, for the mind, are infallibility (always relative, however, to the sphere of human knowledge) and for the heart, profound peace. Magic, or the science of the magi, has its ancient representatives in the disciples, and perhaps the teachers, of Zoroaster. It is the knowledge of secret and particular laws of nature which produce hidden forces, magnets and loadstones which may exist even outside the realm of metal. In a word, and to use a modern expression, it is the science of universal magnetism. Hermeticism is the science of nature hidden in the hieroglyphics and symbols of the ancient world. It is the search for the principle of life, along with the dream (for those who have not achieved it) of accomplishing the great work, that is the reproduction by man of the divine, natural fire which creates and recreates beings. Here my friend, are the things you desire to study. The circle they enclose is immense, but the principles are so simple that they are represented and contained in the signs of numbers and in the letters of the alphabet. ‘It is a labor of Hercules that is also a child’s game,’ say the masters of holy science. Characteristics necessary to success in this study are a great rectitude of judgment and a great independence of mind. One must...

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In Search of the Baptist

Posted by on Jan 1, 2013 in Masonic Mouse | 0 comments

John the Baptist had a flourishing sect- more properly an international organization- that was already well established by the time Jesus began his mission: indeed, it seems that the new messiah began his spiritual life as one of John’s disciples. What happened to John’s religion – or his “Way” as it was known – is a matter of academic conjecture: most scholars think it simply fizzled out, or was absorbed into the new Christian sect. Either way, it is not of much interest to the world of academe – but perhaps it should be, for in the real history of john’s cult lie some of the darkest secrets of Christianity, even perhaps of Christ himself. The apparent disappearance of John’s sect may simply be a footnote in religious history as far as most academics are concerned, but of course we know that certain cabals within the Templars – and others – preserved the Baptists cult. Yet even the very idea that John had a cult will be surprising to most Christians, to whom he is merely a necessary adjunct to the story of Jesus. Lynn Picknett (submitted by John Logan Parsons...

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Man’s Prison Cell

Posted by on Dec 1, 2012 in Masonic Mouse | 0 comments

The late Harry Houdini was an expert at picking locks and freeing himself from behind prison bars. He said that his most difficult experience was an attempt to escape from a cell, the door of which he thought was locked. He tried for hours to pick the combination, and then by accident he leaned against the door. To his surprise it opened by this simple pressure. The prison cell in which man has locked himself by the limitations which he has imposed upon his own consciousness is very like the one which caused Houdini so many trying hours. We are held to our mortal state by our own fixed belief that there is no escape. Having accepted life as a prison we either batter ourselves to death against its bars or settle down to the scientific process of trying to pick the lock. There is but one way out of our mortal prison and that is through the growth of our inner consciousness. We become free as we become wise. There can be no real wisdom apart from the mystical experience. By development of our own spiritual content we outgrow our physical limitations and pass from a mortal condition to an immortal state of being. It is this door upward and inward that has never been locked. The only reason we cannot use this door is that we have denied its existence, and have refused to accept the challenge of self-improvement as the way to freedom. Manly Palmer Hall (submitted by Bro. John Logan Parsons, III) John the Baptist had a flourishing sect- more properly an international organization- that was already well established by the time Jesus began his mission: indeed, it seems that the new messiah began his spiritual life as one of John’s disciples. What happened to John’s religion – or his “Way” as it was known – is a matter of academic conjecture: most scholars think it simply fizzled out, or was absorbed into the new Christian sect. Either way, it is not of much interest to the world of academe – but perhaps it should be, for in the real history of john’s cult lie some of the darkest secrets of Christianity, even perhaps of Christ himself. The apparent disappearance of John’s sect may simply be a footnote in religious history as far as most academics are concerned, but of course we know that certain cabals within the Templars – and others – preserved the Baptists cult. Yet even the very idea that John had a cult will be surprising to most Christians, to whom he is merely a necessary adjunct to the story of Jesus. Lynn Picknett (submitted by John Logan Parsons...

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We Are Two Brothers

Posted by on Nov 1, 2012 in Masonic Mouse | 0 comments

Give me your hand: You are rich; I am poor: Your wealth is your power, and by it you tread A wide open path: where for me is a door That is locked: and before it are worry and dread. We are sundered, are we, As two men can be But we are two brothers in Freemasonry So give me your hand. Give me your hand: You are great: I’m unknown: You travel abroad with a permanent fame; I go on a way unlauded, alone, With hardly a man to hear of my name: We are sundered, are we, As two men can be, But we are two brothers in Freemasonry So give me your hand. Give me your hand: You are old; I am young; The years in your heart their wisdom have sown; But knowledge speaks not by my faltering tongue, And small is the wisdom I claim as my own: We are sundered, are we, As two men can be, But we are two brothers in Freemasonry So give me your hand. H. L....

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Warmth and Welcome

Posted by on Oct 1, 2012 in Masonic Mouse | 0 comments

  Across the crowd-thronged city ways When night hangs black and friendless there, A tide of strangers ebbs and plays Along each cheerless thoroughfare, And never a face lights up to see One’s self to pass, and none to care How lone and weary one may be. ‘Tis then unto one’s Lodge one turns For there he finds within the door The fire of hearty welcome burns: If one’s not known its flames the more Send forth a warmth his breast to fill Until he finds his joy returns Within that haven of good will. The Mason’s secret lies in this,— “A stranger here, ye took me in”; Its Royal Art would stray amiss Amid the world’s harsh hue and din If warmth and welcome were to die; Its greatest strength in these consists; Of these is made its Mystic Tie. H. L....

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An Ancient Masonic Song

Posted by on Aug 1, 2012 in Masonic Mouse | 0 comments

‘Tis Masonry unites mankind, To gen’rous actions, form the Soul; In friendly Converse all conjoined, One Spirit animates the whole. Where’er aspiring Domes arise, Wherever sacred Altars stand; These Altars blaze into the skies, The Domes proclaim the Mason’s Hand. As passions rough the Soul disguise, Till Science cultivates the Mind; So the rude Stone unshapen lies, Till by the Mason’s art refin’d. Tho’ still our chief Concern and Care Be to deserve the Brother’s Name; Yet ever mindful of the Fair, Their kindest Influence we claim. Let wretches at our Manhood rail; But they who once our Order prove, Will own that we who build so well, With equal energy can love....

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The Dionysiac Architects

Posted by on Jul 1, 2012 in Masonic Mouse | 1 comment

The most celebrated of the ancient fraternities was the Dionysiac Architects. This organization was composed exclusively of initiates of the Bacchus-dionysos cult. They made their appearance no later than 1000 B.C. Acclaimed as being the custodians of a secret knowledge of architectonics. They were regarded as master craftsmen of the earth. So carefully did the dionysiac architects safeguard the secrets of their craft that only fragmentary records exist of their esoteric teachings. They also possessed secret means of recognition, and were bound together by specialties only known to themselves. The richest of this fraternity were bound to provide for the poorer brethren. They were divided into communities, governed by a Master and Wardens. It is claimed that Solomon, at the instance of Hiram, king of Tyre, employed them at his temple and palaces. They had means of intercommunication all over the then known world. And from them, doubtless, sprang the guilds of the traveling masons known in the middle ages. One of the most illustrious of their members was Vitruvius, the great architect and some think maybe even Saint Paul might have been an initiate. The Dionysiac rites were founded upon the science of astronomy. Great buildings erected by these initiated craftsmen were based upon geometrical patterns derived from the constellations. Both the symbols and terminology of their guild derived from the elements of architecture. The checkerboard floor upon which the modern freemasonic lodge stands is the old tracing board of the Dionysiac architects. At one time the Dionysian’s referred to themselves as the sons of Solomon, and the most important of their symbols was the seal of Solomon- two interlaced triangles. The knights templar are believed to have contacted these Dionysian’s and to have introduced many of their symbols and doctrines into mediaeval Europe. The Dionysian’s venerated the deity under the guise of a great architect and master craftsman. Who was ever gouging rough ashlars from the fields of space and truing them into universes. They affirmed constructiveness to be the supreme expression of the soul and believed immortality could be achieved by thus becoming a part of the creative agencies of nature. For more information on this please refer to the following book The secret teachings of all by Ages by Manly P hall Submitted by Brother John L. Parsons,...

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