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Rituals, Symbols & History of the Secret Society

By: Mark Stavish
Imprint: Llewellyn
Specs: Trade Paperback | 9780738711485
English  |  264 pages | 6 x 9 x 1 IN
Pub Date: September 2007
Price: $21.95 US
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The Inner Secrets of the Ultimate Secret Society

The concept of secret societies goes back thousands of years. They can be found in virtually every culture on earth. But no society has had a bigger effect on world affairs — both in reality and in imagination — than the Freemasons.

But what is the truth about them? What is their real history? What goes on in their secret rituals? What do their symbols really mean? Over the past few years there have been several books that have added to the supposed power and mystique of the Freemasons. Some of it has been true, while much has been fantasy. Now you can discover the truth from insider and Mason Mark Stavish in the book Lon Milo DuQuette (who wrote the foreword) calls "a one-volume liberal arts education in Freemasonry."

Freemasonry traces the truth about the origin of the society to the medieval building guilds. It follows the history of the Craft through the formulation of the first Grand Lodge in London in 1717 and its proliferation throughout the world.

Hiram Abiff and the Temple of Solomon
If you have done a bit of research on the Freemasons, you'll know that they discuss the story of the creation of Solomon's temple and its master builder, Hiram Abiff, as being the first Mason. But Stavish reveals that this is symbolic, and Masonry is "a system of moral teachings veiled in symbolism." He reveals the meaning of the important symbols in Freemasonry:

The symbolic meaning of the pillars of the temple
The secret ornaments or décor of a Masonic lodge
What really happens in Masonic initiations
The magical traditions of Masonry
The mysteries of sacred geometry
The "lost word" of the Masons
The higher degrees of Masonry

This is the first book to truly explore the mysteries of Freemasonry from the viewpoint of the twenty-first century.

Freemasonry and the Occult
Many people today think of the Masons as simply being a fraternal organization. It is not really a secret society so much as a society with secrets. But it hasn't always been that way. Freemasonry has carried and supported many occult traditions. This book reveals the story of Albert Pike, an American scholar, soldier, lawyer, politician and Mason. His book, Morals and Dogma, became the virtual bible of one branch of Masonry. It drew heavily on the works of occultist Eliphas Levi. The true reason for this book is revealed here.

You'll also discover how Masonry influenced Rosicrucianism, Martinism, the Illuminati, and more. You'll learn the truth about Cagliostro, a Mason branded a swindler, pimp, and fraud, but who healed the poor for free. Stavish discloses the secrets of the highest degrees of Masonry, the Knights Templar, and the creation of the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn and other Orders.

Freemasonry is a great book to learn from and study. Each chapter concludes with a summary of the key points of the chapter, voluntary assignments to help you better understand the material, and suggested reading so you can investigate in greater depth. The appendix features three articles, including one by John Michael Greer on Sacred Geometry and the Masonic Tradition.

Becoming a member of the Masons is a privilege, not a right. Now you can find out if Masonry is right for you and see how Freemasonry has influenced history for hundreds of years. This book is a must for all Masons, all people interested in Masonry, and those who want to know more about the history of the world.

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