The Royal Arch raises passions. There are those who find Chapter the most enjoyable of Masonic meetings and there are those who really don't. It has always had a special status in Freemasonry but we have to admit it is a source of some confusion. For example at our Initiation we promise never to reveal the least trace of our secrets but on being Exalted we are told they were engraved on a plate of gold by our three Grand Masters. This book resolves the enigma of the Royal Arch and gives new meaning to our wonderful Order
This book is a search. A search for meaning and for hope. A search, perhaps, for a God who will provide us with this meaning and this hope. A God who seems to have hidden Himself away, or whom we have lost. But where should we search? ‘Seek me in the void’, said God according to the prophet Isaiah (45,19). That is, seek me in silence, seek me in darkness, seek me on the darkest side of life, in illness and misfortune. Seek me also in the tiniest, most insignificant things. Like another prophet of Antiquity, Elijah, who did not find him in the mighty wind that ‘rent the mountains and brake in pieces the rocks’ but in a gentle, almost imperceptible breeze, in a ‘still small voice’ (1 Kings, 19, 11-12)
From the pen of Miguel H. Bronchud comes a new and originally researched e-book on the history of medieval art – particularly with regards XIth to XIVth centuries Romanesque and Gothic churches, cathedrals and monasteries in England, Spain (Aragon, Catalonia, Castile and the Pilgrim’s Way to Santiago) and southern France. It is also a unique book which comprehends the artistic expressions and some of the secrets and hidden knowledge of the Knights Templar and their Brethren and successors the Knights of St John (Rhodes and Malta) in medieval and pre-Renaissance Europe, including their strange frescoes and idol Baphomet.
Examination of don Juan Fernández de Herédia’s medieval castle in Aragon, suggests that some of the symbols found in the Coat of Arms of the United Grand Lodge of England may be related to this enigmatic medieval personality.
Richard Crane possesses a rich store of knowledge and understanding, not only of Freemasonry but also of philosophy, theology and spiritual reflection. He presents us with papers, on Freemasonry in readable, comprehensible and entertaining form, in all of these areas, but his heart clearly lies at the very centre of Masonic spirituality, within the Order – for it is not simply a degree – of the Holy Royal Arch.
Did you know that there are 300 lodges and 30,000 masons in Cuba? Have you ever heard of José Marti´, Bernardo O’Higgins, or the great Belgrano (the man not the ship)? Have you ever wondered why Rudyard Kipling so rarely attended lodge, and who on earth was Hobbehod?
A magical mystery tour in search for the history of the goat and the devil and how they became associated with Freemasonry, including the occult in France, the Santa Fe Trail, a Masonic hoax, ancient Egypt and the Book of the Dead, Greek gods and the afterlife, fauns and satyrs, early Christianity and gnosticism, polytheism, henotheism and monotheism, the death of Pan, the problem of evil, the Cathars, Elizabeth Barrett Browning and John Donne, Wittgenstein and language games, and the wonderfully named Hermes Trismegistus ...
The golden years of Freemasonry have passed with the departure of a world never likely to return. We cannot pretend that our membership problem will simply go away. If we are to rescue our order, we must take an objective look at ourselves and understand the society we now face. Our challenge will be to renew our ideals and bring them to the attention of a new audience, one that we as yet know little about. This will require hard work, open-mindedness, creativity and above all leadership. The optimism that runs through this book depends upon our ability to change, knowing that holding onto the past will be the last thing our order does.
Based on the experiences of an ordinary private, provincial lodge which now initiates four or five candidates a year, this third edition contains a continuing response to the questions we are asked about our success and contains more ideas for raising the interest level in lodge in an easier to read structure. Our regular meetings and our annual emergency meeting are insufficient to handle our work, so we take many of our seconds and thirds out to other lodges, on what we call ‘away days’. Fifteen or so brethren accompany us on such trips, making a decent attendance for the host lodge and an enjoyable and fraternal meeting. Such away days provide work for lodges who have none and introduce our newer brethren to the joys of visiting.
Deism is a belief that all religious propositions are subject to reason. Deists share the view that god created the world perfect in all its parts and gave man reason with which to understand it; that God needs nothing from mankind, being perfectly happy in himself; and that his purpose for men and women is that they should seek their own happiness and good. Does the Deists’ failure mean that we are condemned to a material world? If God does not exist within the world, if religious belief is irrational, if heaven and hell cannot motivate us towards the good and away from the bad, are we therefore living in a world without value? Are we condemned, as Sartre saw it, to a freedom of choice with no criteria by which to make it? If we accept the views of the Deists, Hume and the Positivists on the role of reason, indeed if we accept Newton’s rules of reasoning, there may seem no answer to the question, how should we live?
This beautiful book was crafted at the request of the Rosicrucian Society of Freemasons in England (Societas Rosicruciana in Anglia), as a general explanatory background to the subject of alchemy and has been extended to include a number of papers read to the Society on individual alchemists and on the development of the subject from the earliest times up to the present day - from Plato to Fulcanelli.
Those with preconceptions about Masonry may find this an uncomfortable read. Questions are asked to which the answers are not always easy or palatable. Yet for those seeking the true Key to Modern Freemasonry, this book provides a solid base from which to begin the quest.