By Giles Morgan
The realm of Freemasonry exerts a robust impact at the smooth mind's eye. In an age whilst perceived notions of historical past are being more and more wondered and re-examined it truly is probably inevitable that secretive societies equivalent to the Freemasons locate themselves on the middle of substantial hypothesis and conjecture. to a few they characterize a robust and shadowy elite who've manipulated global heritage throughout the a while, while to others they're an altogether extra mundane and benign fraternal association. Freemasonry this day is a world phenomenon that accepts club from a various ethnic and spiritual diversity of backgrounds. access to Freemasonry calls for a trust in a superb Being even though it insists it doesn't represent a faith in itself. The rituals and practices of Freemasonry were considered as variously vague, unnecessary, baffling, sinister, and scary. An intensely stratified and hierarchical constitution underpins such a lot Masonic orders whose actions are targeted inside assembly issues often termed as hotels. Giles Morgan examines its historic importance (George Washington and Benjamin Franklin have been either Masons) and its place and function in modern society. �Read more...
summary: the area of Freemasonry exerts a strong impression at the glossy mind's eye. In an age whilst perceived notions of historical past are being more and more puzzled and re-examined it truly is maybe inevitable that secretive societies comparable to the Freemasons locate themselves on the heart of substantial hypothesis and conjecture. to a couple they signify a robust and shadowy elite who've manipulated international background during the a long time, while to others they're an altogether extra mundane and benign fraternal association. Freemasonry at the present time is a global phenomenon that accepts club from a various ethnic and non secular diversity of backgrounds. access to Freemasonry calls for a trust in a ideal Being even though it insists it doesn't represent a faith in itself. The rituals and practices of Freemasonry were considered as variously imprecise, unnecessary, baffling, sinister, and scary. An intensely stratified and hierarchical constitution underpins so much Masonic orders whose actions are concentrated inside assembly issues frequently termed as motels. Giles Morgan examines its ancient importance (George Washington and Benjamin Franklin have been either Masons) and its place and position in modern society
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Pythagoras was born on the Greek island of Samos, close to what is now the coastline of Turkey, in around 582 BC and founded his own secret religious and scientiﬁc society named the Pythagoreans. His father was called Mnesarchus and was a merchant from Tyre whilst his mother Pythais was born on Samos. He is best known for the mathematical theorem that bears his name which states that the square on the hypotenuse of a right-angled triangle is equal to the sum of the squares on the other two sides.
Similarly the motif of the scythe is a reminder of how all human life rises and is cut down. The Mason must understand and acknowledge that this is the ﬁnal fate that we all share. However, the brooding images of mortality and death are followed by the symbol of a sprig of acacia that reminds the Mason that, although our physical selves must die and be lost, our souls survive and live on. The • 40 • T H E F E L L OW C R A F T A N D T H E M A S T E R M A S O N image of the sprig of acacia comes from the Masonic story that it bloomed at the head of the grave of the murdered Master Mason Hiram Abiff.
The authors R Gordon Wasson, Carl AP Buck and Albert Hoffman suggested in their book The Road to Eleusis, that the importance and longevity of the Mysteries stemmed from a powerful psychoactive element in the kykeon. It has been hypothesised that it may have been created by the presence of a fungus called ergot that can be a parasite on barley and is capable of producing a similar effect in people to that of LSD or ‘magic mushrooms’. The main rituals, about which very little is known, would have taken place within the temple devoted to • 63 • F R E E M A S O N RY Demeter and Persephone.