Scottish Rite is the second largest rite, and like York Rite, it confers the three degrees of Symbolic Masonry in Blue Lodge. However, in the United States, the symbolic degrees are not conferred by the Northern or Southern Masonic Jurisdictions; they are given only by lodges duly and lawfully chartered by a Grand Lodge.
From there, however, the number of degrees expands considerably, up to...
For many centuries the Western Tradition seems to have become reduced to teaching only one aspect of the tradition: Hebrew Qabalah. But is Hebrew Qabalah truly the result of magical evolution, or has it resulted by mistake? Jean-Louis de Biasi, author of The Divine Arcana of the Aurum Solis, explains how "Hermetic Qabalah" provides more balance and stability than Hebrew Qabalah.
Dan Brown’s novel The Lost Symbol portrays Freemasons as a mysterious group of conspirators who have been secretly ruling America from its very creation. Of course, we have to remember that this is a fictional book, which uses certain elements of truth in a creative way in order to develop the storyline of the novel. But who are the Freemasons? What are their secrets? While any simple online search can yield an abundance of information, Jean-Louis de Biasi, 32° Freemason and author of the book Secrets and Practices of the Freemasons, divulges just exactly what Freemasonry is...and lets readers in to an unknown world of spirituality.
Jean-Louis de Biasi, Grand Master Order Aurum Solis and author of the forthcoming Aurum Solis Tarot, details how you can connect with the divinities and the spirit of the living Tarot.
In 1717, four lodges located in London came together and created the first Grand Lodge, the oldest Masonic Grand Lodge. It is important to re- member that this is the date given for the formation of the Grand Lodge of England, not the beginning of Freemasonry. For the Grand Lodge to have been created, lodges would have to already have been in existence. How- ever, given the nature of...
Since the run-away success of Dan Brown’s book The Da Vinci Code and subsequent movie, there has been a renewed interest in Freemasonry, both by the media and the population at large, along with much wild speculation. Why is the interest so profound? Why the resulting conjectures? The answer, as you will see, is simple, and can be summed up in a single word: secrecy.