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Originally posted by Masonic Light
I doubt that. The night I received the degree of Master Mason (third degree), I was bombarded by brethren wanting me to immediately sign up for all the other degrees. I think most Masons here had similar experiences, lol.
How many degrees there are depends on which Rite you're talking about. The York Rite has 12 degrees, the Scottish Rite has 33, the Swedish Rite has 10, the Rite of Mitzraim has 90, the Rite of Memphis has 97, etc., etc.
For those interested, Brother Albert G. Mackey compiled a list of hundreds of degrees from the various Rites in his "Encyclopedia of Freemasonry."
Is that encyclopedia available on the web sir? I find thois an extremely facinating subject.
Originally posted by Tamahu
I don't doubt at all that certain men are working their "secret combinations" through Masonic fraternities. But I also admit, that within FreeMasonry there exists men who wish to help humanity.
So when you read a fanatic Christian website like www.cuttingedge.org... , just be careful that you are cautious about seperating the truth from the nonsense.
Originally posted by project_pisces
Majick.......Craft..........Destract,Divert,Occupy. Freemasonry is a front organization.
Inner Courts and Outter Courts of the Temple. Ever hear of departmentalization?
left hand doesnt know the right exisits.
They use it in all things. Polarize a mass of people and occupy them(contain).
some Secrets are better off left alone.
I suppose with enough study one could bypass all the outer courts and go strait to the good stuff but I'm assuming it is an irrevocable step.
Originally posted by andy1033
you have to remember that there will be people that are part of your groups(masons etc...) where there job is disinformation. there job would be to keep the general public from knowing any truths, so you are probably right there is a lot of rubbish talked about on the internet about the masons that is rubbish, but remember also that in all disinfo there has to be truths otherwise people just will not beliieve.
DO YOU FEEL ENLIGHTENED BY YOUR POSITION IN THE MASONS?
Originally posted by Masonic Light
[quote This is what Dr. Buck, a Masonic author, meant by saying that many Masons are still intellectually of the profane, while many non-members who have never even set foot in a Lodge are Master Masons.
[Edited on 4-4-2004 by Masonic Light]
A Master Mason is a third degree Mason right?
Do you know by chance if Jesus was a Free Mason or Nights Templar? I have read in several places that he was a Essene which later became the Rosicrusians which later became the knights Templars which later became the FreeMasons.
you should have learned in your first degree..... it is hard to answer the questions because it is easy to let too much information out. it really takes away from the beauty of the next degree. be patience and learn your work. ask questions that pertain to your current or preceeding degree. there should not be any problem answering these. when you are a master mason all your questions reagarding any blue lodge degree can be answered. also remember this is speculative masonry, so even some masons have different opinons regarding some questions, and non participationg members may forget. search out well informed masons, and learn from them.
Originally posted by Grey_Pilgrim
This is my first ever post, so be gentle with me
I've been a Freemason here in the UK for around 16 months now and am a lowly Fellowcraft (2nd degree).
What amazes me is that direct involvement with the organisation causes more confusion than before I became a member. Other members are always quick to point out that there is no conspiracy, that there is little more (other than the secrets of recognition) to know. Mmmm, I smell something fishy.
What's interesting is that they (senior members) say they will happily answer any questions we (junior members) have, but whenever something "probing" is asked, they become evasive. It is a standing joke that they tell us nothing substantial. What is plainly obvious is that the juniors are treated like children who are not capable of understanding a concept and are expected to "wait and see". The hint is that all will be revealed, but I somehow doubt it.
I don't find it particularly disturbing to be kept in the dark as this ignorance merely fuels my curiosity. Yes, if there really is a conspiracy and some mind blowing secret(s), and I am a puppet on a string. So be it. Being a member of any western society these days means you are controlled. There is no such thing as freedom, so my philosophy is: If you can't beat 'em, join 'em.
Am I a fool? Maybe. Am I naive? Probably, to some extent. However, I am also very conscious of the fact that there is much more to Freemasonry than meets the eye, no matter how supposedly "open" the organisation is these days. I'm well aware of the conspiracy theories surrounding this organisation and bear these in mind at all times. Maybe they are all bunkum, but maybe they are all true. Time will tell?!
All the best,
Originally posted by TgSoe
... Still thinking about joining but have not yet.