There is an old occult maxim which declares that—" Nothing is concealed from him who knows." No Mason is bound to conceal that which he has never learned in the Lodge. All else he receives as he learns any thing, places his own estimate upon its value, and becomes individually responsible for its use. It must be a matter of conscience, and be weighed in the balance of duty, and every one must abide by the result. If Masonry has lost the Royal Secret, or if it never possessed it, or if it was wrenched away in the very name of Religion little more than a century ago, all the same, it belongs to the Craft as the Heir-apparent of the Old Wisdom. But the time has come when no cable-tow can bind it. It now belongs to Humanity equally with the Mason. To this end has it been preserved throughout the centuries.

Sunday, September 16, 2012

Talk About Time Off- My Evolution

Talk about going dark, I can't believe it's been a year since my last posting in Purposely Hoodwinked.
For those two individuals that really read it, I apologize.
Just a little update. I've been working tirelessly on a title that delves into the secrets of Freemasonry.
Oh, I forgot, according to many the only secret is we have no secrets.
If you really believe that..I got a bridge I'd love to sell you.

So why back to blogging my two readers may ask?
In my research into the secrets of Freemasonry (which don't exist) I learnt the United Grand Lodge of England discontinued the penalty portion of the degrees (in 1986).
I offer my apology to all my brothers on the other side of the pond (England), because of that rather foolish move your journey towards light may take even longer.
Allow me to share a little of what my English brothers are missing.
The penalties of our obligation are meant to inform, not warn!
Call it a wheat and chaff moment, the wheat will become curious and delve into the symbolism, the chaff will believe it, even going so far as fearing the beach.
The information they share when understood correctly can assist the inquiring brother in moving aside the veil (oops, forgot again, no secrets, no veil).
For those brothers across the pond I'll elaborate on one, you'll have to figure out the other two.
In the penalty portion of the Entered Apprentice when when have your ****** cut from ear to ear, you are Matter separate from Spirit. Without a good understanding of Spirit and Matter your journey through Freemasonry will just be a Rotarian experience.
"Where the tides ebbs and flows, twice in twenty four hours", this should be very easy for all you esoteric brothers.
Only the ocean ebbs and flows twice in 24 hours, salt water (one of the three cardinal principles of alchemy, a favorite subject of early Freemasonry).
Now what causes the tide to ebb and flow?
The moon! (which just so happens to be one of the lesser lights of Freemasonry)
I just gave you a little symbolism that can be found in the penalties that were meant to inform, not warn, now let me give you a clue to the next three.
In the first water (Matter) was alluded to, in the second you'll find a possible transition from Matter to Spirit beasts of the field (matter) fowls of the air. Notice how we now have a second element alluded to, air.
In the penalty of the third degree your going to burn baby, fire!
Three very important elements, symbolized by the Three Mothers of the Hebrew alphabet.
I know, I hear you, fire, water, air, the Hebrew alphabet?
Yup, all this and more is hidden within the penalties my English brothers know nothing of.

For those interested in the Three Mothers, allow me to share.
The Three Mother letters of the Hebrew alphabet are Mem (water) Aleph (air), and Shin (fire).
This section is for Masons only:
The Three Mothers Mem, Aleph, and Shin have corresponding body parts, Mem the bowels, Aleph the heart, and Shin the throat. I mention this because any Mason should be able to see the importance of these areas, yet you may know them in reverse?
In the Entered Apprentice (throat) fire (or Spirit) is descending into Matter, in the Fellow Craft; Matter is looking to Spirit (heart), and Master Mason Spirit has descended into Matter.
I learned all that (and more) from penalties our English brothers know nothing of.

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