posted on Apr, 7 2012 @ 07:43 PM
I have always been curious about Freemasons, partly because they are rumored to possess secret and sacred knowledge and partly because of their
uncertain history. It seems that even within their own organization there are many versions of the "truth" and even more about their past.
I own several books on the subject and I am currently researching the ancient Scottish rite, while I am far from an expert on the subject I believe I
understand more than most. Despite the Mason's oaths of secrecy and the ominous threats that accompany a breach of that secrecy there are literally
thousands of books, photos and other documents available to anyone who takes the time to seek them out. The oaths are clear "shall not write, print
yet honored Masons in good standing have published volumes on these secrets.
"Truth, we love those who demonstrate it, and DESPISE those who conceal it"
"He who discovereth secrets is a traitor, and he who keeps his tongue, keeps his soul"
"To the heart that conceals, and the tongue that never reveals" and so on..........
All this accompanied by images of swords, daggers and severed heads.
Freemasonry has been publicly condemned by the Vatican on many occasions going all the way back to the late 1700's and most recently when the soon to
be Pope Benedict and John Paul II declared Catholic's who were also Freemason's were "in a grave state of sin" and their very soul was in danger.
How can anyone reconcile their devotion to both organizations?
The symbols, costumes, chants, windowless rooms and rituals are bizarre and more than a little creepy. In my own case any desire I had to join this
group ended when I learned my acceptance involved being blindfolded with a rope around my neck and a sword against my chest. What kind of man submits
willingly to something like that?
In the end it appears there is no ark or chalice at the end of the tunnel, just an endless stream of riddles and symbols designed to keep members on
the path to yet more riddles, symbols and puzzles. If you are a first, second or third degree Mason I can save you a lot of time and effort by telling
you exactly what comes next as I have taken no oath of silence, or better yet I will point you toward a past master who has written it down for
Secrets are for schoolgirls.