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My Lodge Has Beautiful Ornaments, But What Do They Mean?

My Lodge Has Beautiful Ornaments! But What Do They Mean?Posted on February 28, 2013 by jtasher  Greetings everyone and welcome as we study now pages 14-18 of Albert Pike’s Morals and Dogma. Here Pike is describing more of the interior of the lodge room and explaining the meanings of what is symbolized by what is called the ORNAMENTS of the lodge room.  We will proceed a little differently tonight. I will post a paragraph or two at a time as we begin rather than posting all of the pages first then reposting and opining again. Let me know if you like this structure better. Here we go!        The ORNAMENTS of a Lodge are said to be “the Mosaic Pavement, the Indented Tessel, and the Blazing Star.” The Mosaic Pavement, chequered in squares or lozenges, is said to represent the ground-floor of King Solomon’s Temple; and the Indented Tessel “that beautiful tesselated border which surrounded it.” The Blazing Star in the centre is said to be “an emblem of Divine Providence, and commemorative o…

From the Archives

Greetings!     All of the work i thought i lost, I rediscovered from my wordpress site. This is from chapter one of Morals and Dogma when I first began this journey way back in February of 2013. I was trying to “find my voice” as a writer at that point, and I was not certain how the masonic circles were going to receive my efforts on offering this study.  I encountered a lot of support from YOU, the readers, and a lot of animosity from those I attended lodge with at that time.    But I pressed on, anyway, because I truly believed then and continue to believe now that Pike’s words can and do change peoples minds for the better which also changes societyfor the better.    This is Christmas weekend, 2017. Please enjoy this entry. Have a safe Christmas!      You can find the earlier chapters of our study at masonicme.wordpress.com Lets continue with the last of page two and into page three through 5!It is because Force is ill regulated, that revolutions prove fail-tires. Therefore it is that so…

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…