Help me understand. When you say, "Adhere to Ancient Landmarks," how does this apply to the doctrine of exclusive territorial jurisdiction? I
would assume that when you say landmarks, you are really speaking of principles of actions. In this case, we are speaking of a boundary set up
against innovation, much like a river that cannot be moved and blocked. Speaking of Crowley, we are seeing a man who innovates and moves ahead of the
pack. My assumption is that this is the main reason such a Mason would be distanced from the herd. Considering the English Grand Lodge does not
recognize landmarks, how do you define their status?
Which of these 25 Landmarks (linked below) would disqualify Crowley and the lodges he pledged?
According to most masonic constitutions, Crowley would be innocent of all charges by this standard. "Heresy, for instance, is not a masonic crime.
Masons are obliged to use the words of the Old Charges, "to that religion in which all men agree, leaving their particular opinions to themselves;"
and, therefore, as long as a Mason acknowledges his belief in the existence of one God, a lodge can take no action on his peculiar opinions, however
heterodox they may be." Even if he subverts the laws of a state, he can only be "be pitied as an unhappy man."
This next one seems to be broken on ATS regularly by Masons: "... imprudent conversation in relation to Masonry in the presence of uninitiated
strangers; refusal to relieve a worthy distressed Brother, if in your power; and all "wrangling, quarreling, back-biting, and slander."
Does this website contradict these landmarks? If not, does it disqualify a Mason from the lodge by conflict with his constitution? Who makes these
decisions? I am sorry, but I have questions and seeing Crowley in full Masonic regalia makes me think he may have been one.
25 Landmarks from An Encyclopaedia of Freemasonry” of 1858:
In the early eighteenth century, English Grand Master George
Payne, in compiling his General Regulations, determined that “[e]very annual Grand-Lodge has
an inherent power and authority to make new Regulations, or to alter these, for the real benefit of
this ancient Fraternity: Provided always that the old Landmarks be carefully preserved . . .”
1. Modes of recognition.
2. The division of symbolic Masonry in three degrees.
3. The legend of the Third Degree being the essence and identity of Freemasonry.
4. Government of the Fraternity by an elected Grand Master.
5-8. The prerogative of the Grand Master a) to preside over every assembly of the Craft, b) to grant dispensation for conferring degrees at irregular
times, c) for opening and holding lodges and d) to make Masons at sight.
9. The necessity for masons to congregate in lodges.
10. The Government of a lodge by a Master and two Wardens.
11. The necessity that every lodge should be duly tiled.
12-14. The right of every Mason to a) be represented to all general meetings of the Craft; b) to appeal from a lodge’s decision to Grand Lodge; c)
to visit every regular lodge (right of visitation).
15. No unknown visitor to enter a lodge without examination.
16. No lodge to interfere with the business of another lodge, or give degrees to Brethren who are members of other lodges.
17. Every Mason to be amenable to the laws and regulations of the Masonic jurisdiction in which he resides. Non-affiliation, a Masonic offence, does
not exempt a Mason from Masonic jurisdiction.
18. A candidate for initiation to be a man -unmutilated, free-born, and of mature age. A woman, a cripple, or a slave, or one born in slavery, is
19,20. Belief in a) the existence of God as the Grand Architect of the Universe, and b) resurrection to a future life.
21. The Book of the Law to have a place in every lodge. It is that volume which, by the religion of the country, “is believed to contain the
revealed will of the Grand Architect of the Universe”.
22. The equality of all Masons.
23. Secrecy. “If divested of its secret character, it would loose its identity and cease to be Freemasonry”.
24. The foundation of a speculative science upon an operative art, and the symbolic use and explanation of the terms of that art, for the purposes of
religious or moral teaching. “The Temple of Solomon was the symbolic cradle of the Institution”.
25. The crowning landmark is that these landmarks can never be changed.
Originally posted by AugustusMasonicus
Originally posted by EnochWasRight
He was connected to Masonic ritual, considered himself a Mason and participated with lodges. Recognized or not, that matter is irrelevant.
It is highly relevant.
Any group can start a lodge and claim they are 'Masons', just as Crowely's unrecognized lodge, this does not make them such. If they do not adhere
to the Ancient Landmarks and tenets of the Fraternity they will remain justly clandestine and irregular.