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1. The Symbolism of Freemasonry
2. The Principles of Masonic Law
3. Masonic Enlightenment - The Philosophy,
4. The Lost Keys of Freemasonry (Also
5. The Origins of Freemasonry: Scotland's
6. The Complete Idiot's Guide to
7. Born in Blood: The Lost Secrets
8. Freemasonry: A Journey Through
9. Encyclopedia of Freemasonry and
10. Morals and Dogma of the Ancient
11. Freemasonry: Rituals, Symbols
12. A Dictionary of Freemasonry
13. The Masonic Myth: Unlocking the
15. The Question of Freemasonry and
16. The Hidden Life in Freemasonry
17. A New Encyclopaedia of Freemasonry
18. Freemasonry and Its Ancient Mystic
19. Christianity and American Freemasonry
20. Freemasonry: Symbols, Secrets,

1. The Symbolism of Freemasonry
by Albert G. Mackey
Paperback: 186 Pages (2010-03-07)
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Asin: 1153722798
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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The book has no illustrations or index. Purchasers are entitled to a free trial membership in the General Books Club where they can select from more than a million books without charge. Subjects: Freemasonry; ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars informative good read
good read with alot of information I was unaware of and gives a detailed work of freemasons. ... Read more

2. The Principles of Masonic Law A Treatise on the Constitutional Laws, Usages and Landmarks of Freemasonry
by Albert G. Mackey
Kindle Edition: Pages (2009-10-04)
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This book was converted from its physical edition to the digital format by a community of volunteers. You may find it for free on the web. Purchase of the Kindle edition includes wireless delivery. ... Read more

3. Masonic Enlightenment - The Philosophy, History and Wisdom of Freemasonry
Paperback: 180 Pages (2006-06-01)
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Asin: 1887560750
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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A Masonic education from the first page to last. Includes: "The Meaning of Initiation" by Frank C. Higgins; "Operative Masonry: Early Days in the Masonic Era" by Robert I. Clegg; "Masonic Jurisprudence" by Roscoe Pound; "Freemasons in the American Revolution" by Charles S. Lobingier; "A Bird's-Eye View of Masonic History" by H.L. Haywood; "Women and Freemasonry" by Dudley Wright; "In the Interests of the Brethren" by Rudyard Kipling; "The Egyptian Influence on Our Masonic Ceremonial and Ritual" by Thomas Ross; "Anderson's Constitutions of 1723" by Lionel Vibert; "The Rise and Development of Anti-Masonry in America, 1737-1826" by J. Hugo Tatsch; "The Spiritual Significance of Freemasonry" by Silas H. Shepherd; "Rosicrucianism in Freemasonry" by H.V.B. Voorhis; "The New Atlantis and Freemasonry" by A.J.B. Milborne;"Masonry and World Peace" by Joseph Fort Newton and more. ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars A nice little book for any Brother, A good gift for the new!
I purchased this book a while back and pick it up when I am in between other books. Its perfect for getting your masonic fix in small doses. Read a couple informative pages and then go to bed!!! I haven't even finished it in its entirety yet, but I have read a couple of the essays several times. A perfect gift for the newly raised brother. Albert Pike, wow, a deep, deep man.

2-0 out of 5 stars Masonic Enlightenment Review
This looked to be a bunch of older writings all put together in one book.I got it, looked at it and put it on the shelf.Not all that enlightening......

5-0 out of 5 stars every mason should own this book--fantastic gift idea
a wonderful collection for masonic readers--the article by mason Rudyard Kipling ALONE is worth the price of the book--It is an EXCELLENT gift idea--I gave it to myself and will probably buy several more for gifts

5-0 out of 5 stars Very Informative
This book offers many new ideas and new views on Freemasonry. Being a Mason myself, I found this book very informative on the aspects of Freemasonry. I would highly recommend this book to anyone involved in Freemasonry, or for those who are curious about the thoughts and ideas that Freemasons have to offer.

5-0 out of 5 stars Good source for the student of Masonry
This book is a very well organized compilation of Masonic essays.The information is more suited to an informed member, I found explanations to several questions that I have asked over the years. However anyone looking to learn about the teachings of the fraternity will find the essays quite useful. "Masonic Enlightenment" will make an excellent addition to the library of a Lodge or a student of Masonry. ... Read more

4. The Lost Keys of Freemasonry (Also Includes: Freemasonry of the Ancient Egyptians / Masonic Orders of Fraternity)
by Manly P. Hall
Paperback: 352 Pages (2006-08-17)
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Asin: 1585425109
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Here is Manly P. Hall's classic work on history's most secretive brotherhood- reset and collected with two additional celebrated Hall volumes on occult Masonry.

Freemasonry is the subject of perennial fascination-recently the cover story of a national newsmagazine, the premise of the movie National Treasure, and the anticipated basis of a forthcoming novel by Dan Brown. The twentieth century's great scholar of occult and esoteric ideas, Manly P. Hall was a Mason himself and nurtured a lifelong interest in the secret fraternal order, making it the focus of one of his earliest and best-loved books, The Lost Keys of Freemasonry. In this celebrated work, he examines the ethical training required of a Freemason, and the character traits a Mason must "build" within himself. Hall's 1923 volume is now reset and made available exclusively in this new edition, along with the author's two further classics on Masonry:

- Freemasonry of the Ancient Egyptians (1937), which explores the roots of Freemasonry in the initiatory temple rites of Pharaonic Egypt; and
- Masonic Orders of Fraternity (1950), a fascinating work of short history that chronicles the reemergence of Freemasonry in Europe in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. It surveys the lives of Masonry's modern architects and the secretive organizations that immediately preceded the brotherhood.

This three-in-one volume features the original illustrations of each book, for a total of nearly thirty images, including recreations of scenes and rites from Masonry's unusual history. Italso includes a new index encompassing all three titles. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars So far, I love it. It makes you see things in a whole new prespective!
I haven't gotten to read very much of the book, thanks to things always distracting me, but I feel I've gotten far enough in the book to write a review. The original author, he sounds like he was an amazing man. He speaks very much the truth. The book is full of honesty, for instance what possibly stands in our way of acceptance and finding what we currently cannot find. When I bought this book I thought it would just be about the ancient pyramids and basically architecture, but wow, from this book I have learned what Freemasonry is, its not quite a religion but it certainly isn't just building. Its like a group, a family, searching for and pleasing God. The book seems very similar to the bible (from my point of view) but with an ancient Egypt twist. If anyone thinks Freemasons are evil but aren't quite sure that they are, they should read this book, though I can't guarantee it can change your mind. It does however show the truth about Freemasons, from what I've read they seem like very wise, kind, and accepting people. You must read this book if you're someone who loves researching religions.

5-0 out of 5 stars Manly P. Hall
Manly P. Hall is an amazing author.He is a 33 degree Freemason and he takes you through the basis of the 3 degrees and in depth of the philosophy of Egypt.I recommend this book to anyone who is interested in philosophy and Egypt.

5-0 out of 5 stars A Must Read For All Masons!!!
This book is a must read for all Freemasons! Manly P. Hall has pieced together the essence and history of the craft in a very intelligent and esoteric fashion, which gives the initiated much insight into the deeper symbolism and origins behind the rituals performed in the Blue Lodge. Much insight and history concerning the Ancient Egyptian Mystery Schools and how they are relevant still today is captured beautifully throughout the book. The general history behind the fraternities and how it was all culminated by the founders of the craft of Freemasonry and similar societies is brilliantly defined in a very logical and well structured format. Priceless knowledge for a small sum of money.

5-0 out of 5 stars My husband loves this book!
So far my husband loves this book! He is excited about the information being shared and is looking forward to finishing it in a couple of days.

5-0 out of 5 stars AClassicBook.
Ihave several ofManly P Hallsbooks ,whichIconsider a privilegetohave inmypossession. Manley P Hallis a veryunderestimatedwriterwho hasnotreceivedthe acclaimthathesodiligently deserves, thisbookisa veryinformativeaddition toown. itgoesintothe ROOTS ofmasonry,inexplicitHallstyle format.a greatread! ... Read more

5. The Origins of Freemasonry: Scotland's Century, 1590 to 1710
by David Stevenson
Paperback: 263 Pages (1990-09-28)
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Freemasonry has always been a highly controversial movement. Yet in spite of the vast literature that has been produced on the subject, its origins have remained obscure.David Stevenson demonstrates that the real origins of the essentials of modern freemasonry lie in Scotland around 1600, when the system of lodges was created by Stonemasons. With rituals and secrets blending medieval mythology with a number of late Renaissance intellectual influences, a movement was created that was to spread through England, across Europe, and then around the world. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars A Responsible Exploration of the Origins of the World's Oldest Fraternity
A non-Mason and professor emeritus of history in the Department of Scottish History at the University of St. Andrews, professor Stevenson presents clear arguments with documentation from primary sources, to suggest that the formative period of the Craft was in Scotland, immediately prior to the formation of the Grand Lodge in 1717 at Apple Tree Tavern in London.

As a scholar, he has done a responsible job of diving into the pre-historic or legendary period of Freemasonry in the few generations prior to the formation of the United Grand Lodge of England in 1717. Gould, a Mason and scholar of bygone days once said that if you admit that Freemasonry exited prior to 1717 (and it obviously did), there is no end to how far back in time one can push its origins. That statement has scared too many otherwise responsible Masons from trying and encouraged the rash ones to say stupid things. Too many people have pushed its origins irresponsibly. So it's wonderful to see Stevenson's book.

It is quite valuable, if not conclusive, for it helps one gain a contextualized view of the development of an organization that today, due to its esoteric rituals, is out of place and time to most people, an example of a cultural anachronism or atavism. It shows what influences were likely in forming the Craft as we know it today without discarding the possibility of other influences also having been important.

5-0 out of 5 stars "Q. What makes a true and perfect lodge?"
There are about as many explanations of Freemasonry's origins as there are explainers. From Freemasonry's own dramatic and fascinating legends to paranoid conspiracy theories, along with overly fanciful New Age yarns, unsupported armchair guesswork, bestselling thrillers, and careful historical investigations. This book is an exemplary model of the latter. David Stevenson has brought his scholarly acumen and disciplined historical expertise to bear on a much muddled subject, arriving at conclusions as plausible and modest as they are interesting and original--not to mention refreshingly clear.

The first seventy pages or so are extremely dry, and after a while started to wear on my patience. My advice: bear with Stevenson as he lays out the facts here, grounding Freemasonry's murky prehistory firmly in the socioeconomic facts of Medieval Scotland. From this he can demonstrate convincingly how Renaissance elements of Hermeticism, Neo-Platonism, the Art of Memory, and Vitruvian valorizations of architecture came to inform the self-characterizations and common practices of these prior craft guilds, gradually transforming the latter in the process. He sticks closely to previously unconsidered primary sources of the time in question rather than later reconstructions so as to uncover the unfolding of this complicated process, mining fragmentary manuscripts, local records, and other such often overlooked sources tucked away in the shadowy corners of old archives for what they have to tell us--cautiously and painstakingly distinguishing certain fact from plausible but ultimately unverified speculation based on those facts as he goes along. In the bargain he makes a strong case for his rather original thesis that much of early Freemasonry as we know it today developed in Scotland and only then spread to England (and from there to the rest of the world), substantially altering our picture of this intriguingly complex process thereby.

And it's rather amusing to think that it all started with a stray reference the author came across in the midst of pretty much unrelated historical research, one he decided to follow up on for the heck of it and maybe write a little article--an article that grew into two whole books, this one and the more locally detailed The First Freemasons: Scotlands Early Lodges and Their Members. Stevenson's extensive consideration of the Scottish proto-Freemason Robert Moray--crucial in accounting for the evolution of Freemasonry's symbolism, social values, and ethical orientation--has apparently also blossomed recently into his editing of Letters of Sir Robert Moray to the Earl of Kincardine, 1657-73. So what started out as a lark has grown into a sustained scholarly pursuit, of which "The Origins of Freemasonry" here is a key work and perhaps the most accessible for the generalist. Indeed, if you are looking for a sober, reliable book on this topic, this one fits the bill nicely.

5-0 out of 5 stars Not for the faint of heart...
Outstanding scholarly work. Not an easy read, but full of the details and exacting research one expects from an academic of Stevenson's stature. I am on my second time through this book.
Any Brother who considers himself a Masonic scholar should be in possession of this book.

4-0 out of 5 stars Great for Masonic History Nuts
Though sometimes the reading is a little dry, this book is full of great history. Origins of some aspects of masonry few have heard of. Any Mason who loves history, will find it interesting.

5-0 out of 5 stars An historic perspective (by a non-mason)
Prof. Stevenson, a non-mason, has stumbled upon freemasonry while specialising in the history of the Scottish covenanters. He adds academic structure and his formidable historic knowledge to the unwritten part of Scottish masonry, - an oral tradition of memorized texts and a rich variety of lodge rituals, -way before George I's (a Hanoverian who spoke no English) attempt in 1717 to create a system of control by establishing the Grand Lodge of England. Mr. Stevenson may be forgiven for not understanding masonic imagery, however he has given us a well presented insight into Scottish masonry. His impressive work sets new standards in masonic history, based on verifiable and reproducable evidence rather than on wishful thinking. A highly recommendable book. ... Read more

6. The Complete Idiot's Guide to Freemasonry
by S. Brent Morris
Paperback: 334 Pages (2006-05-02)
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Asin: 1592574904
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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Mysteries revealed … truths uncovered … and myths dispelled.

What is the truth about the Masons suggested in Dan Brown’s The Da Vinci Code?Can Freemasonry really be dated back as far as Babylon? Did they really coordinate the Boston Tea Party and the American Revolution? What really goes on at a Mason lodge during an initiation? Here is the real story behind the secret society that now boasts nearly five million members (and has included such illustrious fellows as George Washington and Benjamin Franklin), as revealed by a Master Mason.

• Offers a highly illustrated field guide to Masonic jewelry and symbols
• Includes further reading, a glossary, a list of famous Freemasons and information on Freemasonry in popular culture
• Morris is a Master Mason ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars lots of info
Read this when I was first interested in "the fraternity." Lots of good info for a novice.

4-0 out of 5 stars Great resource for those new to Freemasonry
If you are at all interested in the world's oldest fraternity, this is a must-have book.It follows the same, easy-to-read format as all the other idiot's guide series.If you aren't familiar with this series, I highly recommend them for their easy-to-read and refer-back-to formats.

This is a great all-around resource that touches on all the major bases of the group's history and internal organization.If I have a criticism, it's that it feels like the text spends more time talking about how Freemasonry is organized--especially with the history of the appendant bodies--than about what the organization actually does.

3-0 out of 5 stars A completely idiotic review
The author of this book, S. Brent Morris, is a self-professed 33 degree Freemason of the Scottish Rite. In my book, that makes him ILLUMINATI. I'm sure brother Morris drinks pig's blood on Mondays, worships the severed head of a Muslim heretic on Tuesdays, meets Wall Street bankers on Wednesdays, and puts pentagrams in city plans on Thursdays. I'm not entirely sure what he does on Fridays, however. Drinks pig's blood again?

Also, I suspect Morris and his fellow Shriners have hatched a plan to kidnap Dan Brown, place a red fez on his head, and force him to drive a small, red car in Downtown Manhattan!!!



Just kidding, guys...

4-0 out of 5 stars Like All Complete Idiots, Guides , there is truth in the title
It seems there are copious books out there for true beginners or "idiots" as the book calls them.There are also numerous tombs for experts, what seems to be lacking are books for the indoctrinated, but non-experts among us.It seems that the Complete Idiots Guide Series is for those of us with absolutely no knowledge of the subject matter at hand, and it does a good job of whetting the appetite.However as a source for information and knowledge it is sorely lacking on all fronts.A quick Google search would provide a greater level of information at a more reasonable cost, and with greater authority.

5-0 out of 5 stars Very Good Mini Encylclopedia of Masonry
As much as I respect Brent Morris, I do think Hodapp's book is better because he really writes it as a layman--but this book is very good too. It's a toss up, but I have both so how can I go wrong.They are both invaluable books to explain and demystify Masonry throughout history and time.I hope these books will both help to move the Craft into the 21st century as it belongs with us as long as the world exists. ... Read more

7. Born in Blood: The Lost Secrets of Freemasonry
by John J Robinson
Paperback: 376 Pages (2009-09-25)
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Its mysterious symbols and rituals had been used in secret for centuries before Freemasonry revealed itself in London in 1717. Once known, Freemasonry spread throughout the world and attracted kings, emperors, and statesmen to take its sacred oaths. But where had this powerful organization come from? Why was Freemasonry attacked with such intense hatred by the Roman Catholic church? Based on years of meticulous research, this detective story answers those questions and more, solving the last remaining mysteries of the Masons. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Must Buy for any new mason.
Being a faily new master mason myself, I would recommend this book to every mason that I know, the book is full of great history not just about the templars and masons, about everything, There were times that John Robinson would jump to different dates but as I read I saw that he made these jumps to help explain something, and chapter 24 was a great chapter debunking some antimason garbage. This book is a must buy for any mason, anyone that is interested in masonry, and anyone that loves history.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great Buy
This book arrived quickly and was shipped to be waterproof. The book was like new and you can't beat the price. I will recommend the seller and this book for everyone and will use the seller in the future. This book is a great addition to my masonic library!

5-0 out of 5 stars Excelsior
This is a great book for Freemasons, who are members of the York Rite Bodies.. especially Knight Templars..very good read

4-0 out of 5 stars Real History
This book really give a good look at Masons and explains a lot of items. Although it does not reveal any of the secrets as i hoped. It does give good insight and shows that masons are not as shady as you might think.I would recommend this book to anyone that has thoughts about becoming a mason.

5-0 out of 5 stars Very Thoughtful Research
Well research and well presented.The author's writing till stands up two decades after initial publication.Whether you buy into the Templar link to Freemasonry or not, the book is a compelling historical read and well worth your time.The section on language and word origin was the most valuable to me. ... Read more

8. Freemasonry: A Journey Through Ritual and Symbol (Art & Imagination)
by W. Kirk MacNulty
Paperback: 96 Pages (1991-09)
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About the Art & Imagination Series: Explore a range of interests, philosophies, religions, and cultures—from Kabbalah to Freemasonry, Buddhism to Hinduism, myth to magic. The distinguished authors bring a wealth of knowledge, visionary thinking, and accessible writing to each intriguing subject in these lavishly illustrated, large-format paperback books. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars A Must for Any Masonic Library
This brief work is exquisitely illustrated and written. It contains excellent reproductions of engravings, posters, paintings and more. It is learned without being pedantic. He asserts, in a balanced and well articulated argument based on examination of the ritual and its symbolism, that the origins of the craft are to be found in Renaissance neoplatonism.

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent images with a unique interpretation of their meaning
If you are a Mason, don't pass this book by, it will help you on your jouney and give a very unique insight to the meaning of the degrees of the lodge. It does however try to align Jungian psychology with the three degrees, that I believe may fit, but do not take this as the only meaning.The book is a valuable addition but should not be a starting point. The images alone are worth the price.

5-0 out of 5 stars Extraordinary Journey Through Symbolism
Masonry is part art, part science, part philosophy.This is a great little book.I highly recommend all of this author's books, especially the Way of the Craftsman.He is writing more the initiate than the profane, but one of the best modern Masonic writers out there.A true adept rivaling Hall or Pike is scope and ability.

5-0 out of 5 stars Very Good Read
I really like the way the author ties Freemasonry to the psychology of the 17th and 18th centuries and how the symbolism of the craft relates to different psychological states in a person's development.The book is a bit short, with the majority of the pages dedicated to pictures.But I'm happy to have a book with such detailed pictures.I highly recommend this book.

4-0 out of 5 stars Not All-Encompassing, but Illuminating to a Degree
First of all, the 133 illustrations in this thin little volume are excellent, resplendent with Masonic symbolism and indicative of Freemasonry's multifaceted history. True, a few of the pictures are just a bit tangential to the subject at hand, though these do serve the function of showing the larger context of Freemasonry, that which has influenced it and that which has been influenced by it. But by far the majority give the reader a very well-rounded and fascinating visual crash-course in Freemasonry itself. Still, it is a crash-course, a starting point for the uninitiated but interested outsider like me and perhaps a lavish but cursory review for those who have gone deeper into the subject.

The text of the book comes in two parts, an extended introductory essay and brief captions accompanying the many illustrations. The former is a bit eccentric, interpreting the three degrees of Freemasonry in the light of Jungian psychology and briefly explaining the diagrams depicting each along those lines. In general this seemed persuasive for the most part andworked well in making the rituals and images intelligible, but as the author makes clear at the beginning this is by no mean the official interpretation or even necessarily a common one. I can't help but feel that addressing the standard Masonic understanding and then adding the Jungian spin might have made this book a little more helpful. As for the latter, the captions do a pretty good job in placing the illustrations, but very little of the rich symbolism is explained in any depth, and much flies by with no comment. I tended to find this just a bit frustrating, though perhaps the short format of the book makes it inevitable. That being so, it might have made sense to enlarge the spotty bibliography at the end into a "suggested reading" page for those whose curiosity was thus aroused. And with such a wealth of intriguing images, this fine little book can scarcely fail to have that effect. ... Read more

9. Encyclopedia of Freemasonry and Its Kindred Sciences Comprising the Whole Range of Arts, Sciences and Literature as Connected with the Institution
by Albert G. Mackey
Hardcover: 1046 Pages (1917)

Asin: B000KHQGB0
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5-0 out of 5 stars A Classic and a Must for Any Scholar Involved in Research on Esoterica Generally or Freemasonry Specifically
This is a fundamental and famous reference work, rich in history and educated and informed interpretation by one of the greatest Masonic scholars who ever lived. Nevertheless, one is free to accept his opinions or reject them, as he pleases. Highly reliable, even if some of the information in some of the entries are bit dated. If you're not a Freemason and expect this book to "reveal secrets" -- it won't. Educated Freemasons however, who do know what to look up, will find much to be understood between the lines.

5-0 out of 5 stars The Essential starting place for any Masonic research
An amazing collection of facts, stories, biographies, theories, and not a few myths all relating to Freemasonry. If you are interested in the subject, you will find each entry to be informative, and perhaps even entertaining. You never know what nugget you will find next as you go through it.

This encyclopedia was originally written in the late 1800's and went through several revisions during the first half of the 20th century. This Kessinger reprint appears to be a facimile of the 1920's version. As with most Kessinger reprints it is essentially a bound xerox kind of quality, which is suitable for a "working" copy. This also is the only version still in print. Those buyers with patience can frequently find old originals with their ornate bindings and color plates at auction web sites (including Amazon's) in the fifty to one hundred dollar price range.

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent reference for those interested in Freemasonry
This encyclopedia covers in depth the wide range of lore, terminology, and history of the Craft. I would recommend it as an excellent gift for that newly made, or veteran Master Mason. ... Read more

10. Morals and Dogma of the Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite of Freemasonry
by Albert Pike
Hardcover: 861 Pages (1950)

Asin: B003AX7SFY
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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3-0 out of 5 stars I'm a 32nd Degree Mason
This book is a classic.I believe it is something that every Mason should read.That being said, any good Mason should remember that you are free to disagree with the opinions of fellow masons.I, for one, do not agree with many things in this book.However, if you take your Freemasonry seriously you should read it.

It makes really good bedtime reading material.

5-0 out of 5 stars excellent.
reads like 19th century writing on morality.inspiring.very good scholarship.brings material together nicely.long.at times he seems to ramble.i give it an A minus and recommend it for folks who wish to have guide for personal / spiritual growth. ... Read more

11. Freemasonry: Rituals, Symbols & History of the Secret Society
by Mark Stavish
Paperback: 264 Pages (2007-09-08)
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Asin: 0738711489
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A Secret and Spiritual Brotherhood

As one of the world's most famous mysterious societies, Freemasons remain the largest fraternal organization in the world.  Some of the most heroic and creative thinkers in history belonged to the order, including George Washington, Benjamin Franklin, Goethe, and Mozart.  What links the philosophy of these great minds with the estimated four million Freemasons who actively maintain this ancient brotherhood today?

From sacred geometry to legendary Masonic rites, author and Freemason Mark Stavish divulges the philosophy of Masonry and the moral code that all Masons share.  Learn how Masonry's higher degrees, particularly Scottish Rite, were influenced by occult beliefs and practices, and how Masonry is linked to King Solomon, Gothic architecture, magic practice, alchemy, and Qabala.  

With exercises and suggested readings, this fascinating exploration is an essential learning tool that will answer questions and shed light on other Masonic mysteries, including initiation and the Lost Word.
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5-0 out of 5 stars Freemasonry - A Current Perspective

The Freemasons are the largest fraternal organization in the world, and one of the most well known mystery societies. Author Mark Stavish is an active Freemason, a Thirty-Second degree member of the Scottish Rite, a member of the Knights Templar and the Order of the Eastern Star. Why is this important? Only someone on the inside, someone familiar with the workings of the Freemasons, could provide such cohesive insight into their history, their philosophy, and how their ideals interact with day-to-day life.

The depth of scholarship in this book is reflected, in part, in the acknowledgments section when Stavish speaks of the assistance given to him by Brother Charles S. Canning, Director of the Harry C. Trexler Masonic Library (Allentown, PA). Brother Canning not only performed research for this book, but he also reviewed the manuscript.

In his foreword, Brother Lon Milo DuQuette speaks of an informal gathering of Freemasons at an undisclosed location, in an incredibly beautiful Masonic Temple. Part of his reflection is on the building itself, and its incredible sense of geometry (something that Masonic Temples are known for). DuQuette indicates that Masonry is once again becoming a secret society, largely because of public concerns over its esoteric nature. He goes on to say that the only demographic group applying for Masonic membership in significant numbers is that of young men passionately interested in the esoteric mysteries of the Craft.

In his introduction, Stavish notes that the symbols used by Freemasonry have their roots in both Jewish and Christian religious and mystical practices, with the fundamental notion of Freemasonry being that of build or creating. Masonry has a great deal to do with how a man lives his life - with the virtues of faith, hope and charity, as well as the Golden Rule being implicit in all Masons.Stavish states that by the example of improving himself, a Mason improves the world around him. A Mason will also be religiously devoted/mystically inclined. Within himself, each Mason constructs the Temple of Wisdom. The mystical nature of a Mason comes last, according to Stavish, because it is most personal.

In the beginning of this book is a short chapter on how to use it. This impressed me, because it placed the reader on notice that this was not just a book to be read, information assimilated, and book set aside. The information presented here is a beginning, and there is a path to be followed. In "Freemasonry", Stavish presents the events that are behind the origin and growth of Freemasonry, why they are still important today, and how to live a "Masonic" life as a "creator, builder and friend of God and humanity", whether the reader wishes to wear a Masonic apron or not.

It is suggested that the reader have a notebook handy, along with colored pencils or pens. It is suggested that the reader go over the list of recommended books at the end of each chapter, and read one of them. Another suggestion is to pay attention to your dreams - Bravo Mr. Stavish - excellent suggestion! Another suggestion that I heartily concur with is starting each reading session with a prayer.

Covered in this book are the different types of Freemasonry, he history behind the Temple of Solomon, Masonic initiation, sacred geometry, the Masonic Quest, Scottish Rite, Occult Masonry, the York Rite and the Knights Templar, and Freemasonry and the European Occult Revival. Each chapter ends with a listing of Key Points, Assignments - actions that the reader can take, and a suggested reading list.

The appendices include "Sacred Geometry and the Masonic Tradition", by John Michael Greer, Symbols of the Tracing Boards and the Degrees, and Excerpts From "Morals and Dogma" on the Three Degrees of Masonry.

For anyone interested in knowing more about Freemasonry, or perhaps in joining the society, this book is an excellent first step on the path of wisdom.

5-0 out of 5 stars free the masons
this paperback book has become my winter companion....seems to be a worthwhile attempt to present accurate/historical information about this group.

4-0 out of 5 stars Great starting point for Master Masons...
Mark Stavish has written a wonderful book for newly raised Master Masons - I think it would be a great gift for a lodge to give a candidate at his raising. "Freemasonry" clearly outlines many of the philosophical and occult concepts behind aspects of Masonry from Blue lodge and its craft degrees to the other appendant bodies such as the Scottish Rite and York Rite. I personally really enjoyed the chapters that looked at occult masonry and the occult revival from a historical perspective.

That being said, I was a little disappointed overall. This book is a powerhouse of solid information and I wish someone would have suggested I read it 2 years ago when I was made a Mason - however, I bought this book expecting it to delve deeper for the more advanced Masonic reader and from that perspective it simply didn't produce.

So to sum it up - great first Masonic book but nothing new for the learned Brother. Congratulations to Bro. Stavish for writing a fabulous introduction to the Craft.

5-0 out of 5 stars The cornerstone of a sound Masonic education
Masonic education is the pursuit of further light in Masonry and "Freemasonry: Rituals, Symbols & History of the Secret Society" goes a long way towards providing that. Brother Stavis has written a book the goes beyond the realm of introductory Masonic texts, yet still remains approachable and easy to comprehend. The history of the fraternity, its rituals, symbolism, and esoteric underpinnings are laid out in a clear and concise manner.It is a great tool for helping the newly raised Master Mason makes sense of his experiences and forms a solid foundation on which a continuing Masonic education can be built.

1-0 out of 5 stars Bad
This is a very boring book. If you read any other ones... well, it's the same. Waste of time and money. He will not learn anything from it. ... Read more

12. A Dictionary of Freemasonry
by Robert Macoy
Hardcover: 704 Pages (2000-10-03)
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Here is a remarkable history, encyclopedia and symbolic dictionary of Freemasonry all in one convenient volume and attractively illustrated with 300 nineteenth-century engravings.

The 600-year-old brotherhood of Freemasons (based on a 3,000-year-old tradition) is one of the most widely known fraternal organizations in the world. Robert Macoy compiled this work in order to present comprehensive information on Freemasonry in an accessible form.

        Using the full resources of the Fraternity available to him, Macoy sought to sort out the truth from a myriad of half truths, rumors, superstitions and interpretations. He presents the rise and problems of Freemasonry and its kindred association both ancient and modern.

        The "General History of Freemasonry," which begins this volume, is a fascinating introduction to a very complicated subject often fraught with vagaries. The two A-to-Z reference works that follow--one an encyclopedia with listings of terms, people, places, and events that make up the extensive history of the Freemasons, and the other a dictionary of symbols--contribute to making this a very complete sourcebook on Freemasonry.

From Aaron, the Abelites, and the All-Seeing Eye to the Year of Masonry, Zenith, and the Rite of Zinnendorf, this is a remarkable book on a subject that runs through the course of human history.
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3-0 out of 5 stars Freemasonry: A Dictionary
This book, first published many years ago, is a must for any student of Freemasonry and the meanings of its many symbols and ceremonies, according to interpretations of the early years of the last century.

5-0 out of 5 stars good fast shiping
sorry took so long i am new with useing this . shiping was fast and product was great.

5-0 out of 5 stars Do you want to know more? Become a Freemason
Having to study about Freemasonry, being interested in all the things it represented, a dictionary was absolutely a good suggestion.
Honestly, I couldn't imagine I would have found so many interesting things in this Dictionary, divided in two parts and full of illustrations.
While working on my book (which only incidentally is about Freemasonry), this Dictionary helped me in more than one occasion.
Very well explained and extremely useful, it is a good companion of another book, Edward Waite's "A New Encyclopaedia of Freemasonry".
If you want to know more, all you have to do is knock on a Temple's door.

5-0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Guide To Masonic Information
Getting accurate, correct, and truthful Masonic information can sometimes feel harder then pulling teeth.Freemasonry is a subject that alot of people don't know about and fewer truly understand, which makes gleaning useful information difficult.Even talking to some Masons might leave you with more questions then answers after your done.

However Roberet MacOy's work in "A Dictionary of Freemasonry" provides light to anyone seeking Masonic history and information.MacOy's work is part history, part encylopedia, and part dictionary.It starts with a brief history of Freemasonry and lists the terminology in two different volumes using an A-Z dictionary format.It explains the people, places, terms, and symbols that you would ever want to know about and much more.

Every lodge should have a few copies of this work on hand and anyone with an interest in Freemasonry must have one on their bookshelf too.If you doing Masonic research, its priceless, but if just want to learn about Masonry, its informative and easy to follow and provides more information then you can well, shake a stick at, a big stick too. ... Read more

13. The Masonic Myth: Unlocking the Truth About the Symbols, the Secret Rites, and the History of Freemasonry
by Jay Kinney
Paperback: 288 Pages (2009-09-01)
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The Truth Revealed

Freemasons have been connected to the all-seeing eye on the dollar bill, the French Revolution, the Knights Templar, and the pyramids of Egypt. They have been rumored to be everything from a cabal of elite power brokers ruling the world to a covert network of occultists and pagans intent on creating a new world order, to a millennia-old brotherhood perpetuating ancient wisdom through esoteric teachings. Their secret symbols, rituals, and organization have remained shrouded for centuries and spawned theory after theory. The Masonic Myth sets the record straight about the Freemasons and reveals a truth that is far more compelling than the myths.

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4-0 out of 5 stars Refreshing
I enjoyed this book as a counter to the current hype about the Masonic demons in our midst.It is informative, well written and very understandable.It provides an interesting account of the rise of Masonry in the world and attempts to explaing much of the ritual of the Masonic orders.The author attempts to explain Masonry in the context of where it began, why it grew and where it is going today.I found it interesting, entertaining and imformative.A good read.

4-0 out of 5 stars Mason Mayhem
It is a very informative book. More than anything else, it helps to differentiate fact from fiction about the masons.

4-0 out of 5 stars Masonic truth by an insider
This book finally unveils the definitive truth behind the Masonic myths.It is written by an insider who not only unveils truth versus myth, but walks the reader step by step through the centuries as to how each myth came to be.He speaks of both the external and internal factors that surround and perpetuate each myth.I give it only four stars, because even though it is thoroughly documented and as objective as one can be about such an elusive and controversial organization, it deflates the reader by its conclusion.In the end, after all the hype and mystique is peeled away, the Freemasons turnm out to be merely the last of a dying breed of harmless, conservative, old man social clubs.True, but sad.I will miss some of those drmatic myths.

5-0 out of 5 stars Impeccable scholarship, engagingly written
The Masonic Myth succeeds equally on several different levels, addressing readers new to Freemasonry as well as those who have studied it for years. Kinney combines an insider's mastery of the subject with an outsider's skeptical irreverence, making him a very trustworthy guide through this hall of mirrors. He addresses the concerns of readers with little knowledge of Masonry, Masons with much insider knowledge but little grasp of its historical meaning, and those who think they know a fair amount about Masonry but are confused by unreliable sources where misinformation is rife. Kinney devotes considerable attention to some of the most widely diffused misconceptions that have flourished for centuries. "Things you thought you knew about Masonry that are wrong" are scattered throughout the book and debunked persuasively. As Dan Brown's latest novel brings a new round of speculation about Freemasons' role in American history, the time is ripe for a serious explanation of Masonic myth and reality.

The first four chapters are an engagingly written, solidly researched account of the origins of the Craft. This makes the book the best place to start for anyone seeking a reliable and accessible guide to Freemasonry. The middle four chapters provide an informed account of Masonic rites, symbols, and hierarchies. As Kinney leads readers through a labyrinth of degrees and orders, his personal involvement with Masonry brings meaning to what is otherwise a bewildering landscape. Without proselytizing, Kinney conveys an appreciation for the value contemporary Masons find in the brotherhood and its not-so-secret-after-all practices. In the final three chapters Kinney explores the vast realm of misinformation about Masonry conveyed in a variety of conspiracy theories, and considers the likely future of the Craft. He confronts paranoid notions about Illuminati and Masonic occultists that have appeared in a fascinating variety of sources. We learn that the Craft's influence on the Founding Fathers has been greatly exaggerated, and that international Masonry is far too fragmented and diverse to be the basis of any global domination schemes as envisioned by conspiracy theorists.

Based on scholarly research that will be cited for decades to come, written in an engaging first person narrative by an author long recognized as a reliable guide to the entire realm of Western esoteric traditions, The Masonic Myth is the first book to read for anyone intrigued by the mysteries of the Craft.

5-0 out of 5 stars Why Fear the Masons?
Many years ago, I started to caddy at a golf course. As a greenhorn, I worked there for several days, but then one of the caddies told me I couldn't keep working there unless I was initiated. When I asked "Why," I was told it was a secret. When I asked what initiation was like. I was told, "It's a secret, I can't tell you."When I asked how long initiation had been going on, no one knew; "Years, many years!"

Initiation consisted of stripping naked in the woods in front of other caddies, and having my clothing thrown up over tree limbs or into jagged blackberry bushes. After reading The Masonic Myth: Unlocking the Truth About the Symbols, the Secret Rites, and the History of Freemasonry, my initiation rite into the caddy group with its secret or forgotten history reminded me of the Masons with their secret symbols, secret rites, and secret or at least alleged history.

Masonic symbols have fascinated masons and non-masons for centuries. One reason for secrecy is this: a symbol "might" have a basic general meaning or it can have whatever meaning a Mason gives it. Originally, Masonic symbols stood for the tools stone masons carried during medieval times. These men wore waist aprons where they kept their plumbs, squares, and levels, used to create the magnificent cathedrals and monuments, many of which still stand.

These same tools came to have a deeper meaning: a plumb with its cord symbolized that the stone mason should walk proud and upright before the eyes of his fellowman and the all-seeing eye of God. The ninety degree angle of the L-shaped square meant that a man would "square his actions" by demonstrating solid virtue and morality before God and man. The level symbolized that all men are equal in nature, balanced--side by side so to speak.

These symbols can be seen on the apron worn by Masons today during ritualistic events in their temples and/or lodges. One of the pictures in The Masonic Myth, shows George Washington giving an address in a Masonic lodge adorned with his apron. Masonic symbols are far too many to count. Yet, one can look at almost any one symbol and give it a meaning where truth, honor, justice, and a proper way of life are concerned.

On one side of a U.S. dollar bill, one can see a pyramid above thirteen stacked layers, probably of stone. Atop it sits a piercing all-seeing eye of God. The bill also reads Novus Ordo Seclorum: A New Order for the Ages. Is this to be interpreted that our founding fathers thought the newly formed United States to be a "New Order?"Or could it simply mean that Freemasonry should be the "New Order" for the ages? In reality, both of these meanings blend together to make good sense.

What about the secret rites and rituals of Masonic gatherings? Once again, according to The Masonic Myth, these activities are probably kept secret because they are very mundane, somewhat uninteresting, and "much ado about nothing." The ritual for becoming a mason requires the initiate to wear special clothing. He must knock three times on a secret inner chamber door, and then once admitted, he is lead around the room blindfolded while tethered to another member.

Next, he is questioned, sometimes repeatedly, for answers to questions about Masonry's past history which varies considerably in Masonic libraries. In many cases, the candidate must give rather rote answers from a catechism, which is more like a secret unwritten work than anything definitely factual. Finally, the initiate must swear on his bible to uphold the truths and righteous living standards of all Masons everywhere. This is far easier than my initiation as a golf caddy.

Historically, Masonry traces itself back to two main sources: 1) guilds of stonemasons and 2) the Knights Templar of much earlier times. In order to protect their skills and wisdom, the medieval stone masons joined together in pacts to protect the secrets of their trade. I used the word "wisdom" because one can only imagine the innate engineering skill a stonemason had in order to make two towering Gothic columns meet in a central arch far above an aisle, apse, sanctuary, or main body of a church.

Of course, they learned by their mistakes. After several structures collapsed, these masons developed the idea of flying buttresses to send the outward force of high archways to the outside perimeter of the building and into the ground. Lodge minutes dating back to 1599 have been uncovered in the British Isles of Scotland.

The other highly speculative historical origin for Masonry is based on Temple Mount, the alleged site of the original Temple of King Solomon. Some even claim that Masons built the King's temple. To this day, many structures created by Freemasons for their ritualistic activities, are modeled on a minor scale to represent Solomon's vast temple network.

Most interesting is this: Freemasonry is not a religion. It does not attempt to indoctrinate a candidate with a particular brand of belief or faith. So what is its critical attribute? After reading The Masonic Myth, I would have to answer: Freemasonry is an order of people historically united in spirit by a natural impulse to improve their world.

What has kept it alive down through the ages is its quest for self-knowledge and self-discipline. During the Renaissance and the Enlightenment, mankind began to turn away from a strictly religious interpretation of life. People began to endorse a more scientific outlook, searching to know about the world--what made it tick--and about their own physical and mental make-up. Fear of religious reprisal or interference was waning.

When you read The Masonic Myth, you will learn that Freemasonry's very secrecy protects its ideals and its members. It is an order for common folks, you and me, who are free to openly express feelings of caring and support for one another. Most religions have strict rituals, statues, prayers, special books. But the rituals of the Freemasons are symbols of personal integrity and an inner spiritual search to build a better world. Their symbols are a constant inner and outer reminder of this noble quest.

If you are a historian, you will enjoy reading The Masonic Myth. If you are a Mason, you will enjoy the book's slant on Freemasonry "rumors, accusations, and hoaxes." If you are ignorant like me, suspicious of Masonry, you'll find this book pleasantly enlightening. If you attend a particular church, you will find Masonry is not an organization or movement to be feared. I would recommend this book to all interested readers because in its own quiet secret way, Freemasonry might be doing a better job rejuvenating our world than any organized religion.

Other interesting books:
Freemasons For Dummies (For Dummies (History, Biography & Politics))
Cathedral Builders: The Story of a Great Masonic Guild
Masonry: Beyond the Light
The Mysteries of Free Masonry: Containing All the Degrees of the Order Conferred ... Read more

14. AFRICAN ORIGINS OF FREEMASONRY: Treatise of the Ancient Grand Lodge of Khamet
by 90º, Zachary P. Gremillion
Paperback: 276 Pages (2005-02-14)
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The Masonic Order is one of the most powerful Fraternal Orders in the world. Have you ever wondered why? Why did this order restrict membership to men of European descent? In this book Zachary Gremillion, Founder of the Imperial Society answers the following questions:What do these fraternal orders of Masonry have to do with African people?How did this order originate in Europe, and why were Black men in early America not allowed into membership until the coming of Right Worshipful Master Prince Hall, a colonial Blackman?Who are the Knights Templar? What was their relationship to the African Arabs/Moors also called Saracens? What did the Knights Templar find in Israel? Why were they at Jerusalem Temple built by African Hebrews? In this book Zachary P. Gremillion, a Master Mason, Thirty-second degree Mason and Shriner deals with the true origin of Masonry in Africa. Through intense research he traced what he calls the Proto-Masonic order to ancient Africa. He also deals with the Knights Templar and the Afro-Asiatic knowledge they found at Jerusalem Temple then to be executed, persecuted, and destroyed by the King and Pope. Prince Hall, Marcus Garvey, Noble Drew Ali and Elijah Muhammad are also addressed. ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars brillant
It was interesting to learn alot about the African culture that was hidden for years. There are alot of other sources to learn the truth
about Africa. But this book is a must have.

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellence
This is a very enlighten book to read, it explains the masonic connection between some of our strongest black organizations for the resurrection of black people on this planet.

As a Prince Hall Mason and someone that search for more light (knowledge of self) this was very enlighten (from a masonic point of view) to know that our roots are connected to one of the greatest civilizations on this planet (Kemites, Nubian, Lumerians, Sumerians, Olmecs). It is so sad that many of our brothers/sisters within P.H.A, A&F.A.M thinks that freemasonry began in England around 1710. That is a straight lie!!!!

This should be a recommend reading right along with their rituals for all brother/sister in the P.H.A, A&F.A.M.I know that you separate yourself from PHA masonry but we need more brothers like you in the order to free their minds and show them the true wisdom of our ancient ancestors. I am not giving up but going back into my lodge and tell them the truth so we can truly change P.H.A and ourselves to reflect the true wisdom's of our ancient ancestors.

I know that there some typo's and misspelling but overall it was a good book. I hope that the brother will do a follow-up on the this book and write more about prince hall masonry and masonry in general because he only scratches the surface when it comes to our ancient past... This is one of many excellent books to add in my library for myself and younger sons to learn from.


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3-0 out of 5 stars Interesting Connections With Rather Circumstantial Evidence - in Unreadable Condition
I read this book as a follow up of Stolen Legacy and indeed the first chapter is devoted to that book, updating the controversy from 1954 to 2005.

African Origins of Freemasonry draws connections between many of the "world religions". Which isn't that new. However, the author connects them all to socalled Freemasonry. Including Moses, King Solomon, Jesus, Muhammad's close allies. But also Marcus Garvey and other rather political figures of more recent times.

A bit of evolution of modern Freemasonry is included, it's re-installation after ancient Egypt etc. in 18th century England and the newly independent USA. Some elaboration of the Knights Templars, Noble Drew Ali Shriners, the Moorish Science Temple of America and the Nation of Islam is provided in this context.

I am not sure, I know anything more about Freemasonry than before reading this book. It's about revealing the African origin of it all, only. As for that oath of silence, the author is bound not to tell too much - or anything at all. Which is at times very unsatisfactory: Some ancient African symbols, dresses and rudimentary philosophical ideas are similar (quote: "ALMOST similar", emphasis by author of book) to Freemasonry. That is occasionally less than circumstantial evidence, at other times I would deem that sufficient. However, this lacking sort of reasoning rather makes this a belief, valid only until further notice of more scientific fact. I am not really doubting the overall message of the book, it's just that I am surprised about the lack of hard evidence provided. It would have been more convincing to e.g. compare the teachings, as Stolen Legacy had compared Egyptian with Greek philosophy. But those teachings can't get revealed. I won't go into that notion of secrecy. As I know nothing about Freemasonry, her members may know, why they are that secretive. However, the original reasons may have served a purpose counterproductive today.

I never thought I would have to criticize spelling mistakes and the likes and in one or the other review I have refrained from engaging in this. However, this book is the absolute epitomy of that, thresholding into a phenomena. If you think, the first 50 pages are bad in this respect, get ready for the remaining 200! It gets worse by the page, as if the author had written this book in one night while forcing himself not to fall asleep. The only words readable as correct turn out to be intended as other words. Many, many sentences I had to read over and some over again to grasp the meaning, what the author REALLY intended to write. This is simply unbelievable. I thought about some sort of Freemasonry code hidden in all of that. I am amazed that there are publishers around not reading the books of their authors before going to print. I am sure, the author himself would have noticed this total text disintegration after a good night's sleep. This careless approach is an insult to the reader. And I am not squeamish, having no problems with the rather unorthodox writing styles of The Royal Parchment Scroll of Black Supremacy and THE HOLY PIBY: The Blackman's Bible. I mean, please: A word missing in the very first sentence of the book - on the front cover!

3-0 out of 5 stars Its good but...
Let's start with the positives.

First, the information presented here is very important to the African diaspora. The author properly places the ancient African societies of Kemit, Kush and Nubia at the head of the class where they belong. This is not just hot air being blown. The world has to accept the fact that the Greeks and Romans were only average students in the schools of Africa. They were repeating (or just claiming) things they were taught once they were allowed into the greatest schools the world has ever known.

Second, the author's information connecting the Masonic order, the Nation of Islam, the Moorish Science Temple, the 5% Nation and the Universal Negro Improvement Association is eye opening. Now it makes more since that the uniforms, organizational structure and teachings are so similar. It also explains why the groups are still working together. Malcolm X talked about the mockery of the Shriners and the analogy to the plight of African Americans in his book "The End of White Supremecy".

Third, I appreciate that fact that the author is no longer active in the Masonic order but he maintained his oath of secrecy by not saying too much
about the secrets. In this day, many "former Masons" have told "the secrets" since they are no longer in it because they know they can make lots of money talking. (Even though these men have taken an oath of secrecy, they have decided that the oath was not worth keeping. That says alot about their character.)

Now the other side...(These are just my observations)
1. Did anyone proofread this book before sending it to the printer? Starting with the front cover ("Dedicated to the sons and daughters of the of Africa"), there are mispelled words and punctuation mistakes that interfere with the flow of the reading. There are too many subject-verb agreement problems that make this book appear to have been written and typed in one setting. There were compound words that were separated, letters missing and misuse of homophones (using there and not their). It also keeps some people from believing anthing stated because of its appearance as an amateur piece of work.

2. What sources did the author use? There is no bibliography anywhere in this book. As an historian, I like to look at the sources used in many books to read them myself. I want to check the source myself to see if the author's interpretation is accurate. I also like to see if anyone else used the same sources. With the exception of some scattered quotes (incomplete and mispelled), it is really hard for the novice to follow the origin of these earth shattering revelations. People who are just starting to discover the ancient teachings of Mother Alkebulan need to be given more information. There are several books mentioned throughout but sometimes it is not clear if the person mentioned is the author or if the entire title is given. This subject of connecting Africa to the Masonic order has not been handle correctly in the past. This is a valiant attempt to do that.

3. What makes Zachary Gremillion a 90th degree anything? No where in this book is that addressed. He stated that he had been initiated into both the York and Scottish Rites of Modern Freemasonry and into the Shriners, all under Prince Hall affiliations. The Shriner degree doesn't really count as part of either Rite, while the York Rite goes up to the Knights Templar (13th) and the Inspector General on the Scottish Rite (33rd). I'm not sure if his extra degrees came from the Ancient Grand Lodge of Khamet or from somewhere else.

4. What exactly is the Grand Lodge of Khamet and how do we get more information or join? I understand that it is promoting the true teachings of the ancients before they were corrupted by Europeans. But I'm not sure how the organization can claim to have the pure teachings and still use the term Freemason. Referring to one's self as "children of the sun" (the definition of Freemason) is one thing but using the term is misleading.

These are just the things that bothered me while reading. Know this, I would still recommend that people read this book. There is a lot of very interesting explanations given in this book. I believe, unfortuantely, that the mistakes I mentioned above will keep some people from reading the book to the end, particularly those that don't want to hear what Gremillion has to say anyway. Reading part of it only gives you a piece of the light. Reading to the end will help complete the journey and open one's eyes to Africa's past glory and present legacy.

5-0 out of 5 stars Freemasonry Roots Revealed
Zachary Gremillion gives us a true history of the Free & Accepted Masons. He definitely did his homework, quoting & drawing from various reliable sources. The overall conclusion: Masonry is not a European invention, but has its roots in Africa.

Gremillion also gives a narrative history of Prince Hall, a colonial Black man. Prince Hall was born in Africa, according to this book, and very likely was a part of the ancient orders there. Further, he tells in detail, how African Lodge #459, was unjustly expelled from the Blue Lodge. But since Prince Hall was fully aware of the African origins of Freemasonry, he was not dependant on the Blue Lodge.

This book casts Freemasonry in a very different light than I have ever seen. Despite being a student of this work, Zachary Gremillion taught me a great deal. This book is recommended for all Freemasons, especially Prince Hall Masons. Also, anyone interested in African-American history should give this book a fair read. I give it 5/5 stars.

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15. The Question of Freemasonry and the Founding Fathers
by David Barton
Paperback: 132 Pages (2005-10-01)
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In recent years, Freemasonry and its links to the Founding Fathers has been a focal point of controversy. This new work explores the truth behind this connection and corrects the numerous myths about Freemasonry and the Founders. Primary sources reveal both the Founders' limited involvement with Freemasonry as well as the dramatic changes that Masonry has undergone since the time of the Founders. This work provides an insightful history of the secret society and offers convincing proof of its relatively small influence on America's foundations. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars The Question of Freemasonary and the Founding Fathers
Very informative if you want to get a better understanding of our Founding Fathers. Helps to bridge the gap of Freemasonary here in the United States. A book that enlightened person should reference

5-0 out of 5 stars Freemasonry Then and Now
It has often been alleged that a great majority of America's Founding Fathers were Freemasons, and given the nature of Freemasonry that no Christian in good conscience could be one.David Barton reveals that the actual percentage of Freemasons among the Founding Fathers was quite low and many of these were not terribly committed to the movement.He also shows that Christianity and Freemasonry were actually quite compatible in the 1700's and that Freemasonry has changed dramatically since the early 1800's.

4-0 out of 5 stars Who founded America?
This book established two unrefutable facts:

1) Freemasonry had only a small influence in the construction of the US Constitution

2) The Illuminati had only a small influence in freemasonry at the time the US Constitution was being constructed

The Questions this book does not answer:

1) Did the Illuminati have any influence on the construction of the US Constitution

2) Were agents of the Illumnati working in government at the time the US Constitution was constructed

Late 18th Century Freemasonry held a strong Christian bias and not that of Secularism.While all Founding Fathers were not traditional Christians, they all promoted the Christian ethic as an essential to freedom.Illuminism seems to have gained a presence in Freemasonry somewhere near the mid to late 19th century, though it may have been present earlier.

These facts help us answer the last two questions:

1) No, the Illuminati did not have a significant influence, if any, on the construction of the United States since A. it did not gain a significant influence until the mid to late 19th cent. and B. the Founding Fathers did not believe that the Constitution was compatible with any civilization that did not observe Judeo-Christian principles.

2) Maybe, it is possible that sympathizers worked in government at this time but would have had very little influence until the 1850s or later. ... Read more

16. The Hidden Life in Freemasonry
by C. W. Leadbeater
Hardcover: 412 Pages (2007-07-25)
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Written for the handful of Masons who seek to understand the true occult-theosophical workings of Freemasonry.Contents:History of Masonry; The Lodge; The Fittings of the Lodge; Preliminary Ceremonies; The Opening of the Lodge; Initiation; The Second Degree; The Third Degree; The Higher Degrees; Two Wonderful Rituals; Closing the Lodge.Leadbeater reveals how the Masonic ritual is a scientific way of energizing the Masonic lodge and its faithful members so as to bring about an attunement with the Great White Lodge. (Another book we publish by Leadbeater, "Glimpses of Masonic HIstory" is part two of the "Hidden Life in Freemasonry".) ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Truly worth the price
I have read this booked and really wished I had come across it earlier in my Masonic career. The author has provided us with an excellent and authoritative explanation of the esoteric meaning of Freemasonry, albeit from a Co-Masonic and Theosophic perspective. I will strongly recommend the book to all Master Masons and above who are desirous of having the true explanation of the esoteric meaning of Masonry, as well as its true origins in the Ancient Mysteries. Unfortunately it will not be as meaningful to a non-Mason who does not possess the Masonic keys to unlock the numerous abbreviated key words in the book. The book takes account of and drills deeper down than the equally excellent explanations provided in THE MEANING OF MASONRY by WL WILMSHURST. I rate it five stars. Highly recommended Masonic reading.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great Teachings!
An excellent resource guide for the serious Mason who wants more than superficial rah-rah and to really understand the esoterica their lodges were based upon.Leadbeater does a fine job at bridging the gaps.Good reading!

5-0 out of 5 stars A Great Masonic Book
Leadbeater being a Theosophist had a very deep knowledge of the inner workings of a Masonic Lodge. A very interesting book.

5-0 out of 5 stars What its all about
Being a Mason for years, and having read many books on the subject in search of what Freemasonry was really all about, I could not help feeling, when I had finished this book, that this was it.Yes, This is Freemasonryfrom a Theosophical perspective.I Think it is the true perspective. ... Read more

17. A New Encyclopaedia of Freemasonry (Ars Magna Latomorum) And of Cognate Instituted Mysteries: Their Rites, Literature and History (Combined Edition:2 Volumes in 1
by Arthur Edward Waite
Hardcover: 1024 Pages (1994-04-19)
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Provides a complete view of the history, literature and myths surrounding Freemasonry.Comprehensive explanations of their secret rituals and symbolism.Including alchemy, astrology, Kabbalism, ceremonial magic, animal magnetism and more. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Clumpy Prose but Worth the Work -- Eccentric in a Delightful Way
Waite's clumpy prose style is nearly impossible to read, but worth the read if one is seriously interested in a particular entry. His views on Freemasonry were often controversial among his Masonic contemporaries, among whom were his fellow members of the Quatuor Coronati Lodge of Masonic Research #2076 in London, founded in 1888 and still quite active.

3-0 out of 5 stars Long Waite
Arthur Waite in writing this has shown scholarship in the more common forms of Freemasonry as it is today though on other more obscure or obsolete forms his sources are some of the worst. Though Duncan's Free Masonic is slightly over a century old it is by far better if one wants to know the moral and symbolic that is still used most often among Free Masons.

1-0 out of 5 stars A NEW ENCYCLOPEDIA



5-0 out of 5 stars A great source of knowledge
This is one of the most insightfull books I had the pleasure of putting my hands on! I recommend this for every MM!

4-0 out of 5 stars A Magnum Opus
This compendium is probably one of the most complete one is likely to come across and was the magnum opus of Arthur Waite.It can be rather arcane in its explanations, but it is not meant to be light reading, but rather a definitive work.In this Waite certainly succeeds. ... Read more

18. Freemasonry and Its Ancient Mystic Rites
by C.W. Leadbeater
Hardcover: 256 Pages (1998-08-11)
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Written by a leading authority on the subject, this intriguing book explores the history of Freemasonry and its relationship to many of the ancient mystical rites of Egypt, Greece, Crete, and medieval Europe.It concludes with a discussion of the Scottish Rite and the Co-Masonic Order of the twentieth century. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Freemasonry and It's Ancient Mystic Rites
Informative view of freemasonry's historic rites and mysteries from medieval times to today all and all good read.

1-0 out of 5 stars Useless!
I bought the book because of its price, and now I know why it sells at that price. It is useless.
Leadbeater didn't seem to know who he was writing for: Masons or public. It couldn't have been for Masons, because it is too inaccurate, incomplete and superficial. It couldn't have been for the public either, because his starting point assumes certain basic knowledge of Masonic terminology and abbreviations.

So in my opinion the book serves no purpose. What's more, is that this is obviously some cheap reprint of another title, because there are quite a number of references to nonexistent colour plates, and yet the book is full of spelling mistakes and other typos.

My advice would be to stay away from this sad book, as there really is absolutely no reason for it to exist, never mind for you to waste money on. Even a little. Now, if you do want to get under the skin, I suggest Masonry: Beyond the Light by William Schnoebelen, who has been a senior Mason and satanist for many years, and whose information isn't as outdated as that of Leadbeater.

4-0 out of 5 stars Truth and fiction.
There is a lot of information in this book.The nature of Freemasonry makes proving or disproving the authors ideas impossible.I am not a Freemason.My interest in the subject relates to the "Jewish Mysteries" and ties to King Solomon and other Hebrew people.Afer reading this book I
feel that King Solomon was influential on Freemasonry.
I strongly disagree that Yehusha(Christ)participated in these secret societies.Some of the rites do mimic the crucifixion and resurrection.Which I find interesting.

Mr.Leadbetter puts forth an interesting theory of who Hiram Abiff was.Was he in the Bible?He states that the death of Hiram Abiff was not as portrayed in masonic legend.He was a decorator rather than an architect.

The masonic concept of the "trinity" of Osiris,Isis,and Horus parallels other sun worship cults.

I disagree with the author's opinion on the Four Beasts found in Revelation and Ezekiel.He felt that those beasts correlate to four elements/four brothers of Horus.The problem with that is that there is no ape listed in the Four Biblical Beasts.I personally am convinced that the four beasts are related directly to the four brigade emblems of the Israelite tribes.

Mr.Leadbetter discussed the double meaning of words,especially regarding "The Book of the Dead".
The date of the "mourning the death of Osiris" in winter or the "slaying of the sun" by dark forces are close to those of Christmas celebrations today.

Some of the most surprising ideas in this book are:
*King Solomon built a temple for Astarte.
*In Red Masonry there was a search for a hidden vault buried deep in the Earth in which was hidden the Name of God.
*Festivals of two well-known patron saints-St.John the Baptist and St.John the Evangelist were celebrated.
*Mention of Jachin and Boaz,the two pillars from Solomon's Temple.
*The history and origin of the Knights Templar and their role as financiers.
*Mr.Leadbetter wrote about some of the beliefs of early church fathers that if true,are disturbing.This is the second book I have read that makes similar claims of participation in the hidden mysteries.
*His theory on the loss of the pronunciation of the sacred Name was wrong in my opinion.He believes that loss was accidental due to memory loss as a result of captivity.I don't believe that the scribes or High Priests ever lost memory of the Name.They hid it.

While I don't agree with some of C.W.Leadbetter's theories,this book really does have a lot of history and general information on Freemasonry and related societies.This book provided me with some potential answers that I was looking for.I give it 4 stars for relevant content and readability.

5-0 out of 5 stars Freemasonry and Its Ancient Mystic Rites
This was purchased as a Christmas present and was very well received. He's enjoying it enormously.

5-0 out of 5 stars Seership and Science
The original title to this classic work was "Glimpses of Masonic History." This showed the author's purpose to demonstrate a direct connection between modern masonry and the ancient mystery religions. How well he made this case is up to the reader to decide. Personally, it is obvious to me that there is a golden thread connecting the traditions. This is most obvious at the level of the Occult School (as opposed to the "Authentic", Anthropological", and "Mystical" Schools.)

Leadbeater showed a remarkable knowledge of the Egyptian, Cretan, Jewish, Greek, and Mithraic mysteries. This is knowledge based not merely on a deep familiarity with ancient written source works and archeological finds, but on the unconventional knowing of the clairvoyant. Leadbeater was considered one of the most distinguished clairvoyants of his day. You will find much here that is not included in more "scholarly" works. Needless to say, such knowledge is not varifiable to the satisfaction of most of the scientific establishment. Yet, this is not to say that it is in error.

The second half of the book covers the operative masonry of Medieval Times, and then the more traditional history of speculative masonry in the early 17th century. It ends with an examination of the Co-Masonic Order (a more metaphysical branch of masonry closely associated with the Theosophical Society, and which accepts both men and women.)

Transmutemini, Transmutemini De Lapidibus Mortuis In Lapides Vivos Philosophicos.
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19. Christianity and American Freemasonry
by William Joseph Whalen
Paperback: 215 Pages (1998-11)
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What is it about Freemasonry that would cause churches to forbid or openly discourage seventy million Americans from membership? Why have eight popes condemned the Lodge? Why has the relationship between the Catholic Church and the Masonic order been strained for centuries? Christianity and American Freemasonry answers these and many other questions and describes why Christ ianity and Freemasonry are incompatible.

Today over two million American men belong to the Masonic order, the largest and oldest secret fraternal society. In earlier history the Freemasons boasted a prestigious membership, including fourteen American presidents and such founding fathers as Ben Franklin, Paul Revere, and Alexander Hamilton. This is the most complete reference book available on the subject. Chapters discuss the rituals and oaths, the Scottish and York rites, allied organizations such as the Shriners, and the historic antagonism of Christianity toward Masonry. It is thoroughly documented with facts from:

- the three most noted experts on Masonry in America
- Masonic ritual books, encyclopedias, and histories
- three former Masons, now active Catholics, who contributed firsthand knowledge of Masonic ritual and structure.

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5-0 out of 5 stars Great researched book for those desiring more information on this subject.
This book is just as advertised, it is not sensationalist but well researched and presents the real facts. You will not go wrong purchasing this book if this subject interests you.

3-0 out of 5 stars A worthwhile account of Christian objections to Freemasonry
William Whalen, a retired Professor of journalism at Purdue University and a Catholic layman, has written a very readable, well-organized and complete book detailing the Church's (most specifically, the Roman Catholic Church's) objections to the Masonic fraternity and the practice of Freemasonry.He presents his material in a straightforward, non-polemical fashion that is far from the almost hysterical, conspiracy laden ranting which nearly all anti-Masonic works fall into. That is not the same thing as calling the Church's objections to Freemasonry rational or temperate, for they demonstrably are not.

When and where religious institutions have differed with Freemasonry, it has largely been because of the fear that the Masonic conception of "that natural religion in which all men agree" might take the Church's place in society, pastoral eyes apprehensively fixed on the secret rituals, initiatic vows, ethical philosophy and the notion that all men of whatever faith might worship a Great Architect of the Universe around a common Altar.In short, Freemasonry was seen to have become a rival to Churchly devotion for the attention and resources of its members.

There has always been conflict between any two opposing ideas. For centuries organized religion fought scientific thought and progress with the explanations of Scripture. The doctrine of the divine right of kings ran headlong into the doctrine of the rights of man.Galileo was tortured and Giordano Bruno roasted alive for making assertions about the nature of the universe that today every civilized human being accepts as self-evident, because their assertions displaced the authority of the Church.

This should be no surprise: the author of the Roman Catholic Church's condemnation ofFreemasonry, Pope Leo XIII, was the prolific author of a host of encyclicals condemning not just Freemasonry, but such threats to ecclesiastical power as humanism, freedom of expression, parliamentary democracy, a universal franchise, women's emancipation, "modernism" and countless other horrors. Typical is the sentiment in his encyclical "Inscrutabili Dei Consilio" (1878) which succinctly states the Church's position:

"[And] If any one of sound mind compare the age in which We live, so hostile to religion and to the Church of Christ, with those happy times when the Church was revered as a mother by the nations beyond all question, he will see that our epoch is rushing wildly along the straight road to destruction; while in those times which most abounded in excellent institutions, peaceful life, wealth, and prosperity the people showed themselves most obedient to the Church's rule and laws. Therefore, if the many blessings We have mentioned, due to the agency and saving help of the Church, are the true and worthy outcome of civilization, the Church of Christ, far from being alien to or neglectful of progress, has a just claim to all men's praise as its nurse, its mistress, and its mother.That kind of civilization which conflicts with the doctrines and laws of holy Church is nothing but a worthless imitation and meaningless name. Of this those peoples on whom the Gospel light has never shown afford ample proof, since in their mode of life a shadowy semblance only of civilization is discoverable, while its true and solid blessings have never been possessed."

Clearly, the (then) pontiff did not view the Dark Ages in which unquestioned obedience was the Church's due and unbridled ignorance civilization's lot as anything other than a happy, peaceful and just society, a culture to be admired and emulated.

Freemasonry is a philosophy which cannot exist side by side with certain ideologies, among them absolutism, superstition and tyranny. Either the latter must be consigned to the dustbin of history or Freemasonry must be annihilated. Wherever men have believed that one man or some men are above the law which applies to the many; wherever government is by men and not by law, there Freemasonry is unwelcome.

Freemasonry stands and has always stood for freedom of political thought; for freedom of religious thought and conscience; for the dignity and worth of the individual: in Freemasonry, as it is said, "We meet upon the level.". In Freemasonry there is no compulsion. In Freemasonry is no religious sect elevated above others: indeed, therein lies the problem for the Christian Church.Because of its rubric that any who be admitted to the Craft confess a belief in a supreme intelligence that rules the cosmos and in the immortality of the soul, and nothing more, it is viewed as contrary to the exclusivist claims of Christianity. It is, in other words, not Christianity, and therefore worthy of condemnation.

Dr. Whalen's book focuses on the Craft as practiced in America, but also touches upon the English and Grand Orient Lodges of the continent. He reviews the Blue Lodge degrees (Entered Apprentice, Fellow Craft, and Master Mason) with just the right amount of detail and avoids the needless repetition often found in "exposes."He explains the history of the Blue Lodge, the Scottish and York Rites, the Shrine, Prince Hall Lodges, and other aligned bodies. For the most part, he lets Masonry speak for itself, citing Masonic sources both supporting and in opposition to his - and the Church's - claims.

I highly recommend this work for anyone interested in the history of Freemasonry and in its opposition by the Christian Church, and specifically to those interested in understanding the Catholic Church's objections to the Craft.

5-0 out of 5 stars clear, concise and to the point
I was doing a little research on freemasonry and came across this book. I like it. It's clear, concise, objective and lacks the sensationalism that some masonry books have.
Masons in good standing were interviewed (anonymously) as well as some that were disgruntled. The rituals are explained and accompanied with some illustrations as well as an explanation as to why the Roman Catholic church has the stance that it does against membership. Clears up a lot of misconceptions while not compromising any truth. Gave it to my bro who was in the middle of the first steps of initiation. (He wanted to know what he was in for). Of course, that's not why I wanted him to have it! LOL

4-0 out of 5 stars No Hysteria or Conspiracies
William Whalen provides a very straightforward and easy to read explanation of Freemasonry and its relation to Christianity without the alarmist hype so often found in books of this genre.

The book focusses on the Craft as practiced in America, but also touches upon the English and Grand Orient Lodges. He reviews the Blue Lodge Degrees (Entered Apprentice, Fellow Craft, and Master Mason)with just the right amount of detail -- neither glossing over, nor bogging down with the needless repetition often found in "exposes." (The full rituals are readily available from Masonic sources.)

He explains the history of the Blue Lodge, the Scottish and York Rites, the Shrine, Prince Hall Lodges, and other Allied Masonic Organizations. For the most part, he lets Masonry speak for itself; not only does he cite Masonic sources that claim Masonry as a religion of itself, but includes Masonic defenses of its compatibility with Christianity (and other religions).

In his chapter "Catholic Attitudes toward the Lodge," Mr. Whalen presents the objections of the Catholic Church to Freemasonry as consistently taught for nearly three hundred years. Freemasonry represents a belief system that is at best indifferent toward Christianity, and the unique plan of salvation revealed by Jesus Christ.

He also explains the confusion that resulted in the 1970s, after a Cannon Law revision removed the explicit reference to Freemasonry and its penalty of excommunication for Catholics who joined the Lodge. Many Catholics apparently became Masons during this time under the mistaken impression that Church Teaching had changed. (Rome has since clarified this misunderstanding.)

Whalen devotes a chapter to the Protestant and Eastern Orthodox criticisms of Freemasonry, which are virtually identical to the Catholic position.

In his closing chapter "The Christian and the Lodge," the author explores reasons for the decline of Freemasonry in our society, and insists that while "Christians must respect the decision of others to affiliate with the lodge,...[many] have come to realize that the Great Architect of the Universe is not the God Jesus taught them to call Our Father."

5-0 out of 5 stars Why freemasonry is in direct opposition to Christianity
William Whalen gives an excellent description and history of freemasonry. Today when some might question what all the fuss is between Christianity and freemasonry, this book explains in extremely understanding detail. William Whalen tells everything from the secret "blood oaths" freemasons take to why freemasons vowed not to let the "enemy," the Catholic Church, continue succeeding in providing health care through Catholic Hospitals. A great book for understanding how egregiously mislead people are into believing freemasonry is just another fraternal organization. Exposes the evil of freemasonry at its most basic, as well as advanced levels. ... Read more

20. Freemasonry: Symbols, Secrets, Significance
by W. Kirk MacNulty
Hardcover: 320 Pages (2006-10-17)
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The ultimate book on Freemasonry, with a rich collection of symbols and lore that illuminate the famous fraternal society."The Craft," with an estimated four million Freemasons worldwide, remains the largest fraternal organization in the world. Written by an active Freemason, this book comprehensively explains Freemasonry through its fascinating visual culture, rich in mysterious and arcane symbols of life, death, and morality that have evolved over centuries of secrecy and that have profound philosophical meaning.

Ceremonial regalia, paintings, manuscripts, tracing boards, ritual swords, furniture, prints, ephemera, and architecture: the book is copiously illustrated with many specially researched items from Freemasonry archives. This unrivaled compendium will appeal both to Freemasons wishing to learn the full story of their order and to a general audience that is intensely curious about this traditionally secretive and closed movement.

The coverage includes

  • The historical and philosophical background of the order, including the Knights Templar, the medieval stonemasons' guilds, and esoteric traditions such as Kabbalah and Hermeticism
  • Its history from the earliest Masons to the present day, including famous members and scandals
  • Its geographical spread from Japan to California, Sweden to South Africa
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5-0 out of 5 stars What they don't understand
I was originally on the fence as to whether I was going to purchase this book or not, but it was the negative reviews which finally sold it to me.During my short 34 years on the earth, I have seen over and over again that the less people understand something, the more they will try to degrade it, and based on the ignorant opinions stated, I assumed it must be a wonderful book.It is true that the book is mostly pictures.That is because the entirety of Freemasonry is based on symbolism.MacNulty doesn't give the "deep hidden meanings" behind the symbols because except for a general description given at the time of initiation, it is up to the individual to formulate his own meanings behind the symbols.This is an excellent book which gives a concise, accurate history of Freemasonry and an astounding library of paintings and photos.

4-0 out of 5 stars An absolutely beautiful Book
As a Master Mason living in a country where Masonry doesn't publicly exist (China), I am always trying to find ties and ways to reenforce the Masonic learning I had when I was raised.This book is not the greatest for in-depth research, but is very comprehensive and, I feel, well organized.But that's not a reason to buy it.This is a cofee table book with lavish photography and illustrations that make it worth every penny of its purchase price.Illustrations included in this book are very comprehensive and is a great centerpiece for any masonic library.

5-0 out of 5 stars Review from a life member of the Scottish Rite Research Society.
This is a great introduction to the WORLD (Caps added for emphasis) of Freemasonry written in plain language for the Mason and Non-Mason. The full color/black and white pictures are excellent. Brother MacNulty is a loyal Man of the Craft and shares some of his cherised thoughts about the Craft with you within the pages of this book but he is careful not to spoon feed deep esoteric knowledge about the Craft because the Craft is not designed for babies. THE CRAFT IS DESIGNED FOR MEN. We Masons will guide you and give you the tools you need to find the ultimate answers for yourself, AS A MAN! Brother MacNulty is one of the brightest Masonic stars to come out from the state of Virginia. And like me, he is a member of both American and British Freemasonry. The knowledge resulting in his dual membership is reflected in this excellent book. Read "Freemasonry; A Journey Through Ritual and Symbol, also by Brother MacNulty, for a deeper understanding of the Craft. And finally, read "The Way of The Craftsman", also by Brother MacNulty, if you are a Master Mason interested in the ESOTERIC UNDERSTANDING OF THE CRAFT. I could say more to address the funny anti-masons but will not because that would be spoon feeding.

3-0 out of 5 stars An interesting but shallow inside-look at Freemasonry
This book written by a long-standing member of the Masons is more of a picture-book than a book in the ordinary sense. There is very little text at all, it consists mainly of large pictures, and is hence a very short "read". That being said, he includes a lot of fascinating pictures, drawings and paintings both known and unknown from before. The book serves adequately as a decent introduction to Freemasonry, but don't expect this to be very honest. You notice immediately that it is written by one of the brothers, since he only vaguely hints at everything, and you don't really feel you get to know anything that is of real interest.

It contains a lot of interesting images that show you just how deep in high society this travesty runs. If you read between the lines though, you will quickly see a connection between Judaism, Freemasonry and the ruling "elites". It saddens me to see all these fine men in the early 1900's throwing their intellectual energy away into something so filled with subversive elements. What did the men of Europe have to do with Kabala and its various spawns and cousins? These men could have saved the West when it was still a relatively easy thing to accomplish, but instead they chose to sell out their souls to this meaningless Semitic non-sense.

Recommended, but read with caution, because this is not the real face of Freemasonry, that ugly grin hides beneath the "for the good of society"-facade. A very educating and penetrating essay to read regarding the subject is Julius Evola - "The Relationship between Judaism and Freemasonry", an essay I highly recommend and that you will find easily available on the internet.

(I read a different edition of the book)

5-0 out of 5 stars Freemasonry:Symbols, Secrets, Significance
I would recommend this publication to particularily any new Mason or someone considering applying, as being the most complete overview of the brotherhood of Masonry I have found.It would also certainly be beneficial to some of those who have been in Masonry for awhile as a "rusty nail training" piece.The pictures and diagrams included in it are excellent quality accurately describing the rich heritage of the society.While it explains very well historical operative masonry to modern day speculative practice the author is careful to preserve the secrets within the degrees. ... Read more

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