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Be Fair, Be Firm, Seek Justice (Begin Chapter 31 of Morals and Dogma)

Greetings Everyone and Welcome to the 31st Chapter of Morals and Dogma. We are almost finished studying and opining this great work of Albert Pike.         It has taken about 2 years to get this far in our study. Unfortunately, I lost much of the study (formerly at masonic me.com) due to using another blog site that demanded payments that I coud not afford due to paying for cancer treatments instead.     Many of those studies are written in The Working Tools Magazine, which I have copies of and will scan and transfer those lessons onto this site after we reach the end of Chapter 32.       This time, we begin Chapter 31 as I mentioned, where Pike has written some very valuable lessons for all freemasons.       All too often, I believe we forget our purposes as freemasons, where we get busy with Lodge business, and not busy enough with the obligation of being an instrument of morality and justice in our daily lives.          This Chapter will remind us all of our real duties, I am hopefu…

The Rose Croix...A Mystic Sect

Greetings and welcome back as we continue with chapter 30 of Morals and Dogma as we study the teachings therein.   We are about 2 chapters away from finishing Morals and Dogma. Those of you who might have been joining me from the start know it has been a long road through personal trials and illnesses that we have been this far in the last 3 years, and I am only touching upon my own life.  I am sure many of you have been through much yourselves.  This time, we will study Pike’s words regarding the beginning of the Rose Croix, or Rose Cross.   We will examine the ancient symbolism of the rose and hopefully, we can bring the meanings of this mystery into our own lives.   Now, LET’S READ PIKE! "The Successors of the Ancient Adepts Rose-Croix, abandoning by degrees the austere and hierarchial Science of their Ancestors in initiation, became a Mystic Sect, united with many of the Templars, the dogmas of the two intermingling, and believed themselves to be the sole depositaries of the …

Mestopotamian Idol!

Greetings Everyone!           It is good to be back after healing from some pretty severe tendinitis in both wrists. The tendinitis started in my right wrist and then after over using my left hand to compensate, my left wrist went haywire, too!     I took some treatments from a physical therapist and took it easy on the keyboard for awhile, and now I am feeling much better and ready to resume this work.     This time we will resume with Pike writing about the concept of idol worship, both real and perceived, and the consequences of such.      Now, after this long delay, LET’S READ PIKE! [It is absurd to suppose that men of intellect adored a monstrous idol called Baphomet, or recognized Mahomet as an inspired prophet. Their symbolism, invented ages before, to conceal what it was dangerous to avow, was of course misunderstood by those who were not adepts, and to their enemies seemed to be pantheistic. The calf of gold, made by Aaron for the Israelites, was but one of the oxen under the…

A Mason Battles Bladder Cancer

How To Read Morals and Dogma

Symbolism of the Square and Compass

Masonic Symbols: The Ashlars

Freemasonry Is Evil

Albert Pike, Morals and Dogma and Lucifer?

Still Healing

Greetings, Everyone!      I got a severe case of tendinititis in my right hand that has been taking a long time to heal.      I am feeling better, but typing is still painful, so I am still resting the hand and getting treatment until it heals enough to continue our study.      I am thinking maybe two more weeks.       Thanks for being patient.

Albert Pike, Morals and Dogma and Lucifer?

An Excerpt from "The Secret Teachings of All Ages" by Manly P. Hall

THE QABBALAH, THE SECRET DOCTRINE OF ISRAEL ALBERT PIKE, quoting from Transcendental Magic, thus sums up the importance of Qabbalism as a key to Masonic esotericism: "One is filled with admiration, on penetrating into the Sanctuary of the Kabalah, at seeing a doctrine so logical, so simple, and at the same time so absolute. The necessary union of ideas and signs, the consecration of the most fundamental realities by the primitive characters; the Trinity of Words, Letters, and Numbers; a philosophy simple as the alphabet, profound and infinite as the Word; theorems more complete and luminous than those of Pythagoras; a theology summed up by counting on one's fingers; an Infinite which can be held in the hollow of an infant's hand; ten ciphers and twenty-two letters, a triangle, a square, and a circle,--these are all the elements of the Kabalah. These are the elementary principles of the written Word, reflection of that spoken Word that created the world!" (Morals and …

The Scarcity of Great Men (From Chapter 3)

From Chapter 3, and one of the 24 articles I wrote for “The Working Tools” Masonic Magazine as a monthly contributor.I found this goinf through my archives, and I hope you enjoy!The Scarcity of Great Men (Continue Chapter 3)       Welcome!                This month we're continuing with Chapter 3 “The Master” where Pike is explaining the third degree of freemasonry.        In these first paragraphs Pike is explaining on a spiritual realm, many SAY they have answers, but Pike challenges these people and suggests when it comes to spirituality; we really are only guessing so long as we are in our human form.  Let’s begin!        *      *      *      *      *      *If, in teaching the great doctrine of the divine nature. of the Soul, and in striving to explain its longings after immortality, and in proving its superiority over the souls of the animals, which have no aspirations Heavenward, the ancients struggled in vain to express the nature of the soul, by comparing it to FIRE and LI…

A Menace for the Church and Society

Greetings and Welcome Back as we continue our study of Albert Pike’s “Morals and Dogma”.     This time we continue with chapter 30 where Pike continues his thoughts on the persecution of religious ideals and other pursuits of truth that were contrary to societal “norms” in their own time. We know that the Knight Templars paid with their lives for their own pursuits of truth that was deemed contrary to the Catholic Church, we also have learned that many of the Templar rituals are used in Masonic Lodges even today.   We know it is the duty of a freemason to uphold the rights of all people to pursue whatever truth that the individual aspires to, whether that truth be secular or religious.   And now, LET’S READ PIKE! An hundred years ago it had become known that the ‏ו ?Q?D?Sה‎ were the Templars under a veil, and therefore the Degree was pro-scribed, and, ceasing to be worked, became a mere brief and formal ceremony, under another name. Now, from the tomb in which after his murders he rott…

What IS Universal Freemason?

The Benifience of Your Enemy (Begin Chapter 30)

Greetings and welcome back to our study and opinion of Albert Pike’s “Morals and Dogma”. This time we will begin Chapter 30.   Before we do begin the study and opinion proper, I would like to apologize for the absence of this study in the last few weeks. I have been recovering from a flu virus that has been going around, as well as a heavy dose of writer’s block. Just the very THOUGHT of writing, or TRYING to write in these past few weeks was a mental hell, so I had to back away for awhile. This began around the end of the last chapter, and admittedly I was “dialing it in” just to post something here.  My plan is to revisit this study at the end of Chapter 32 (after a hiatus) and cover whatever I feel we should focus again upon. Also, there are many chapters missing as I let lapse my Word Press account and cannot recover a good portion of this work. I refuse to continue to pay for items out of my own pocket without any means to recover my expenses in this study that is presented free…

Finishing Chapter 29

Greetings and welcome back to our study of Albert Pike’s Morals and Dogma.    Today we will offer up the remaining pages of the chapter for you to read and decipher as most of what is written in these pages will stand alone on its own merit and any commentary would mostly distract from the text.    Thank you for reading along. Chapter 30 next time we meet! It has been well said, that whatever withdraws us from the power of our senses, whatever makes the Past, the Distant, or the Future, predominate over the Present, advances us in the dignity of thinking beings. The modern rivals of the German Spa, with their flaunting pretences and cheap finery, their follies and frivolities, their chronicles of dances and inelegant feasts, and their bulletinsp. 807of women's names and dresses, are poor substitutes for the Monastery and Church which our ancestors would have built in the deep sequestered valleys, shut up between rugged mountains and forests of sombre pine; and a man of meditative tem…

Conspiracy Against Liberty

Greetings and welcome as we continue our study and opinion of Albert Pike’s “Morals and Dogma”. We find ourselves today about half way through chapter 29.   Please recall that “Morals and Dogma” was published in 1871 at a time when America was experiencing her own growing pains post civil war, and at the dawn of the coming industrial revolution.   Pike was a General for the Confederate States during the civil war, and after the war Pike was an astute lawyer who very often found himself in court with claims against the established United States government.    It is important to recall these aspects about Pike as we begin our study today, just as it is important to recognize that Pike’s words, though written in the 1800s, are extremely important today as the United States is experiencing a governance unpopular with the majority of the people.   In the past few months we in America have witnessed the streets flooded with protests against what many are considering an attack on liberty and fre…