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Originally posted by Robert Reynolds
In relation to 'Jahbulon' - the first place I ever heard the name was in 'From Hell' by Alan Moore (c 1998). In that book he claimed that it was a big revelation, but that he trusted his source. Within the last two months I've come across this name on a website that - at least professed - to represent the Freemasons. On that website, it was said that the last time Jahbulon was used in a ceremony, was in 1989. I kind of got the impression this source was trying to dismiss it as some sort of 'silly old tradition' that some of the boys used to partake in.
Originally posted by March of the Fire Ants
1 - Is there any truth to these conspiracy theories?
2 - Is the distinction between Scottish Rite and others important in this regard?
3 - Is there in fact a conspiracy against freemasons?
4 - What are the main differences between Freemasonry and the New Age movement? (I mean from a philosophical/spiritual POV, not just 'freemasons aren't hippies' )
Originally posted by KIZZZY
let us look first at the ritual similarities between contemporary Wicca and Freemasonry:
Originally posted by JoshNorton
The traditional answer is, "2B1ASK1"... Yeah. Masons getting all 1337 speak... To be one, ask one. Your best bet is finding a lodge in your area, finding out what nights they meet, and going down and introducing yourself, perhaps join them for dinner. Ask questions. Get to know who they are and what they're about.
Originally posted by Romantic_Rebel
Is their any special way of joining? Or do I have to pay?
You do have to pay. Application fees vary by lodge. I think I payed $100 when I turned in my application. If they vote against letting you join, you'll get your application fee returned to you.
It's probably broken down a bit more than that, though...
Originally posted by AlBeMet
Initiation and membership: 365.00
George Washington memorial fund: 5.00
Dues 2010: 60.00
Originally posted by KSigMason
Freemasonry isn't the occult.
Originally posted by AugustusMasonicus
I just wanted to add my opinion. In the truest sense of the word Masonry does have occult knowledge, meaning hidden. The word however has been misused to the point where occult is now perceived to be synonymous black magic which is incorrect.
So I have no issue with any occultic aspect of Masonry as the leasons are initially 'hidden' from the candiate and then 'revealed' through the performance of the three degrees.
Originally posted by emsed1
I on the other hand would LOVE to join a sorority.