Originally posted by Beelzebubba
In reading through this thread it would seem that the conclusion is that the term "Black Lodge" refers to Prince Hall Lodges.
No, the term "Black Lodge" is not
in reference to Prince Hall Lodges(if you've read the previous posts in this thread you should have
"Black Lodge" is in reference to impurity, not melanated skin.
There are two main types of symbolic Blackness.
The Black of the Absolute, the Omeyocan of Tezcatlipoca for example, is the mind which is no mind, that directly Comprehends That Infinite
Consciousness of the Maha-Pralaya before the Light of the Ain Soph Aur surged forth from the Black Absolute(which can be entered in deep meditation on
Emptiness, even during the Great Cosmic Day, it is taught).
This^^^ I believe, is symbolized as "The Original Black Man" in the Nation of Islam Doctrine.
Then there is the blackness of the ego, ignorance, impurity, etc., in other words: the Light trapped within the painful darkness of the egos,
samskaras, kleshas, etc.; which I believe, is known as "Yakub" in Nation of Islam Doctrine.
To put it simply, Adam(the Human Soul) redeems himself by extracting the trapped Light from the painful blackness of the egos(by doing this he
converts Satan back into Lucifer), to then have the option of(after becoming an Angel of Pure White Light) entering the Black Absolute which is
Infinite Repose, Bliss and Happiness(as opposed to the painful blackness of hell).
But like I said, this is a bit of an over-simplification.
My question is this; Is it true that the Templar degrees of the Scottish Rite are grouped together as "Black Lodge," "Encampment," and
"The Lodge of Vengeance?"
Perhaps C.W. Leadbeater's "Hidden Life in FreeMasonry" can clear this up.
795. BLACK MASONRY
796. Few need anything further than the splendid revelation of the indwelling Love of God which they receive in the Eighteenth Degree. But there
are those who feel that there is yet more to learn of the nature of God, who eagerly wish to understand the meaning of evil and suffering, and its
relation to the Divine plan; for them Black Masonry exists - the teaching and progress comprised in the Degrees from the nineteenth to the thirtieth.
This section of the Mysteries is especially concerned with the working out of karma in its different aspects, studied as a law of retribution, and
so from one point of view it is dark and terrible. This is the inner kernel lying behind the vengeance-elements in the degree of Knight K.H. The
darker aspects of karma are largely connected with man’s ignorance of the nature of God, and with confusion with regard to many forms in which He
reveals Himself, and thus the s … s of the 30° contain the heart of its philosophy. That Degree would not be fully and validly conferred unless
these s … s were duly communicated, since they express its inner meaning and purpose.
797. In the ancient Egyptian instruction, corresponding to this group of Degrees, it was taught that whatsoever a man sowed that also must he reap,
and that if he sowed evil the result would be suffering to himself. The karma of nations and races was also studied, and the inner working of the law
upon the different planes was investigated by the inner sight, and shown to the student. The whole of what we now call Black Masonry led up to an
explanation of karma, as Divine justice, this having been preserved for us in shadow in what is now the 31°, that of the Grand Inspector Inquisitor
Commander, whose symbol is a pair of scales. In Egypt this pair of scales was taken as an emblem of the perfect balance of Divine justice; the
aspirant learnt that all the horror sometimes associated with the working out of karma was indeed based on absolute justice, although it appeared as
evil to the lesser vision of the profane.
798. Thus the first stage of the higher instruction, that of the Rose-Croix or Red Masonry, is devoted to the knowledge and assurance of good, while
to the Second stage, that of the Knight K.H., is assigned the knowledge of apparent evil and its explanation. Next, in the first steps of White
Masonry, the crown of the whole glorious structure, the aspirant learns to see the underlying justice of the great and eternal God, called in Egypt
Amen-Ra, who stands behind all alike, whether it seems to us evil or good. We are told that in older days, before the Kaliyuga, in which the apparent
evil predominates over the good, the Knight K.H. wore regalia of yellow instead of black...
But this "Black Masonry" that C.W.L. refers to; is not
the same as what we call "The Black Lodge"(the latter of who's Head is Javhe or
Yawhe who is the Chief of Demons).
Also, this "Black Masonry" he refers to, is not
the same as Prince Hall Masonry(and, I repeat, Prince Hall Masonry is not necessarily "The
There are many levels of symbolism in regard to color, and they all have to be taken in context.
One is reminded of the Black, Red and White of Alchemy that is known not only in the Western Hermetic tradition, but also by the Tibetans, Aztecs and
many others I'm sure.
The color of one's skin is pretty much irrelevant(although I do suspect that having melanated skin does have certain benefits).
[edit on 13-11-2006 by Tamahu]