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Originally posted by JoshNorton
Convenient of you to omit the sentence directly before your out-of-context quote...
Originally posted by The GUT
Looking for the girl-plant-angel-pillar aspect I came across the following gem--pics and all:
Morals & Dogma
Pretty much first thing:
LUCIFER, the Light-bearer! Strange and mysterious name to give to the Spirit of Darknesss! Lucifer, the Son of the Morning!
Is it he who bears the Light, and with its splendors intolerable blinds feeble, sensual or selfish Souls ? Doubt it not!www.sacred-texts.com...
The Apocalypse is, to those who receive the nineteenth Degree, the Apotheosis of that Sublime Faith which aspires to God alone, and despises all the pomps and works of Lucifer.
Not on page one, no. But in context, in your PDF, it's on page 212 (in Chapter 19).
Originally posted by The GUT
Okay, I went back and the pdf I linked doesn't have that statement directly above the "light-bringer" quote. Thus my confusion.
No idea. Sorry. He did write a bit about alchemy, but I'm less familiar with those works.
Do any of y'all know if Pike had any experience with what we generally call astral travel?
Morals & Dogma, Ch. XXVI, pp 524-525
We do not undervalue the importance of any Truth. We utter no word that can be deemed irreverent by any one of any faith. We do not tell the Moslem that it is only important for him to believe that there is but one God, and wholly unessential whether Mahomet was His prophet. We do not tell the Hebrew that the Messiah whom he expects was born in Bethlehem nearly two thousand years ago; and that he is a heretic because he will not so believe. And as little do we tell the sincere Christian that Jesus of Nazareth was but a man like us, or His history but the unreal revival of an older legend. To do either is beyond our jurisdiction. Masonry, of no one age, belongs to all time; of no one religion, it finds its great truths in all.
To every Mason, there is a GOD; ONE, Supreme, Infinite in Goodness, Wisdom, Foresight, Justice, and Benevolence; Creator, Disposer, and Preserver of all things. How, or by what intermediates He creates and acts, and in what way He unfolds and manifests Himself, Masonry leaves to creeds and Religions to inquire.
To every Mason, the soul of man is immortal. Whether it emanates from and will return to God, and what its continued mode of existence hereafter, each judges for himself. Masonry was not made to settle that.
To every Mason, WISDOM or INTELLIGENCE, FORCE or STRENGTH, and HARMONY, or FITNESS and BEAUTY, are the Trinity of the attributes of God. With the subtleties of Philosophy concerning them Masonry does not meddle, nor decide as to the reality of the supposed Existences which are their Personifications: nor whether the Christian Trinity be such a personification, or a Reality of the gravest import and significance.
To every Mason, the Infinite Justice and Benevolence of God give ample assurance that Evil will ultimately be dethroned, and the Good, the True, and the Beautiful reign triumphant and eternal. It teaches, as it feels and knows, that Evil, and Pain, and Sorrow exist as part of a wise and beneficent plan, all the parts of which work together under God's eye to a result which shall be perfection. Whether the existence of evil is rightly explained in this creed or in that, by Typhon the Great Serpent, by Ahriman and his Armies of Wicked Spirits, by the Giants and Titans that war against Heaven, by the two co-existent Principles of Good and Evil, by Satan's temptation and the fall of Man, by Lok and the Serpent Fenris, it is beyond the domain of Masonry to decide, nor does it need to inquire. Nor is it within its Province to determine how the ultimate triumph of Light and Truth and Good, over Darkness and Error and Evil, is to be achieved; nor whether the Redeemer, looked and longed for by all nations, hath appeared in Judea, or is yet to come.
nbeknownst to most Masons, many of the symbols found in symbolic, or “Blue Lodge” Masonry came to us from Alchemy.* In his book, “Symbolism of the Blue Degrees of Freemasonry” , Albert Pike describes these relationships and states that “By this and many other proofs we know that the symbols of Freemasonry were introduced into it by the Hermetic philosophers of England…”.* Manly P. Hall in his work, The Secret Teachings of All Ages, states, “…he [Hermes] was the author of the Masonic initiatory rituals…Nearly all of the Masonic symbols are Hermetic in character”.* In spite of this, I was surprised to find a dearth of research regarding the relationship between Alchemy and Masonry.*
Since Albert Pike informs us of the strong connection in Blue Lodge Masonry with that of Alchemy, I wondered if that connection continued into the Scottish Rite Lodge of Perfection, which in many ways is a continuation and completion of the Blue Lodge degrees.* In this paper we will survey the symbols of the Scottish Rite degrees from the 4th through the 14th to see if we can find any connection with the symbols of Alchemy.* My goal is twofold in doing this: first, to expose the reader to the connection between Alchemy and Freemasonry, and second to encourage other Masonic researchers to explore this very interesting and largely untapped area of study.* It should be noted that I am a Masonic researcher and not an Alchemist.* This paper is written from the viewpoint of that of a Masonic researcher.* Let us know explore the Lodge of Perfection in a hunt for Scottish Chemistry!
In the 4th degree we are introduced to the Kabbalah and the tree of life.* Most students of the Kabbalah would recognize it as deriving from Jewish mysticism.* However, there is also a Hermetic Kabbalah which is strongly connected to alchemy.* Manley P. Hall states that the theories of the Kabbalah are inextricably interwoven with the tenets of alchemy, Hermeticism, Rosicruciansim and Freemasonry.* During the period of the open minded Renaissance Hermeticism and the Kabbalah became increasingly intertwined.* However, much of today’s Hermitic Kabbalah was made popular during the late 19th and early 20th century by the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn.*
The many aspects of Hermetic Kabbalah are too detailed for the scope of this paper, so a short outline will be given.* In Judaic Kabbalah, the 10 Sephiroth are understood to describe the 10 attributes of the Deity.* In Hermetic Kabbalah the 10 Sephiroth also pertain to the attributes of Deity, but they utilize different symbols to describe them.* The Hermetic system relates the 22 paths between the sephira to the 22 Hebrew letters, a color, a musical note (vibration), an odor and a Tarot card.* The Golden Dawn Hermetic system assigns astrological signs in the form of planets and specific meanings to each of the Sephiroth on the “body”.* The concept of the Tree of Life is long rooted in Alchemy; an early Alchemistical tree of life is shown in Figure 1.*
Originally posted by The GUT
So my question: Is the Supreme Architect different than Jehovah?
Originally posted by boncho
2. Is there ever discussion about different faiths in the lodges?
Originally posted by network dude
reply to post by Fitzgibbon
what an honor! Someone found a way to drag Fitz out of the shadows!
Good to see you are still among the living.
Originally posted by jerryk42
Originally posted by Amaterasu
reply to post by ChungTsuU
I remember the Hidden Hand thread. It's gone?
I had it bookmarked - it is still here in The Gray Area - called Window of Opportunity at this link:
The Hour-Glass is an emblem of Human Life. Behold how swiftly the sands run and how rapidly our lives are drawing to a close! We cannot, without astonishment, behold the little particles which are contained in this machine; how they pass away almost imperceptibly, and yet yo or surprise, in the short space of an hour they are all exhausted. Thus wastes man. To-day he puts forth the tender leaves of hope; to-morrow, blossoms and bears his blushing honors thick upon him. The next day comes a frost which nips the shoot; and when he thinks his greatness is aspiring, he falls like autmn leaves, to enrich his mother Earth.
An emblem of time which cuts the brittle thread of life, and launches us into eternity.
and also that
We are cut down by the all-devouring Scythe of Time and gathered unto the land where our fathers have gone before us " that bourne whence no traveler returns."
It also has a load of explanations for how to carry out certain ceremonies if anyone has any certain one that theyd like to know, I can see if it is in here and post it.edit on 6/15/2011 by GoldenObserver because: (no reason given)