posted on Aug, 30 2012 @ 10:38 PM
reply to post by mexicocity
It's not so much the signs, words, and ceremonies change the man, but the lessons taught in the ritual that are to better the individual member.
Have you ever heard or seen words such as 'Astral Projection', 'Mediumship','UFOs','Telepathy', 'Military Intelligence' or 'Spirit
or Extraterrestrial Beings' used in a Lodge or its material?
I've heard of these words, but not in Lodge. FYI, I used to work Military Intelligence...
What is the significance of the Bee and Hive symbology?
Simply put, the Bee-hive is an emblem of industry (numbers not machination).
Here is a lengthy explanation of the bee-hive:
The Bee Hive is an emblem of industry, and recommends the practice of that virtue to all created beings, from the highest seraph in the heavens to
the lowest reptile of the dust. It teaches us that, as we come into the world endowed as rational and intelligent beings, so we should ever be
industrious ones; never sitting down contented while our fellow creatures around us are in want, when it is in our power to relieve them, without
inconvenience to ourselves.
When we take a survey of nature, we view man in his infancy more helpless and indigent than the brute creation; he lies languishing for days, months
and years, totally incapable of providing sustenance for himself, or guarding against the attack of wild beasts of the field, or sheltering himself
from the inclemencies of the weather.
It might have pleased the great Creator of heaven and earth to have made man independent of all other beings; but, as dependence is one of the
strongest bonds of society, mankind were made dependent upon each other for protection and security, as they thereby enjoy better opportunities of
fulfilling the duties of reciprocal love and friendship. Thus was man formed for social and active life; the noblest part of the work of God; and he
that will so demean himself as not to be endeavoring to add to the common stock of knowledge and understanding, may be deemed a drone in the hive of
nature, a useless member of society, and unworthy of our protection as Masons.
As Masons, we must imitate the bee, be industrious, work with others and for others, take pride in our vocations, obey the rules of our society, and
strive to add to our body of knowledge and understanding. Otherwise we are useless members of society.
Why do you pull up a trouser leg at ritual?
It's symbolical. Some say it is to teach the candidate a lesson of being in destitution. Some say it's astrological.
What Masonic Authors do you recommend? Ive read T Lomas and Chris Knight books, such as 'The Hiram Key', 'Turning the Hiram Key',
'Solomons Power Brokers', 'Second Messiah', 'Invisible College' and some others, although the Masons here give them bad press from what I can
My favorite authors are Christopher Hodapp, Stephen Dafoe, Cliff Porter, John Nagy, Tim Hogan, Brent Morris, and Art de Hoyos. Knight and Lomas take
some liberties in their interpretations, but the books are interesting nonetheless.