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Sincere thanks to the brethren at 148 for their warm welcome of the friend I brought by last night for dinner and to pick up a petition. Y'all were friendly and the meal was fantastic! I suspect you will be seeing more of both of us. :)
Good work, Bro. Blake! Wikipedia actually has a very good article on "Lucifer," including several citations showing how the term has been used for Christ both Biblically (2 Peter 1:19) and in Catholic chant.
I agree with the brother(s) who said all that is necessary is that a candidate answer in the affirmative for a belief in a Supreme Being. I don't have to understand, let alone share, whatever that belief may be.
Agreed! It was a fine reunion. I'm happy to say that I am a member of the Guthrie Valley, and in addition to the brothers from Austin there were a few more of us there from Texas. Anyone who hasn't made the trip up to Guthrie for a reunion should do so. The temple there is stunning in both...
What a wonderful and impossibly difficult question to answer!!! Right at this moment, I would have to say it is the word "Light."
Mackey's Encyclopedia is certainly not the best reference for factual information about Masonic history, but it is a very good resource when exploring what used...
Thanks, Blake! I enjoyed that. It's too bad that we don't actually find a pot of incense burning on most Masonic altars, or at least somewhere in the lodgeroom. The fragrance of high quality ceremonial incense definitely creates a more reverent atmosphere for me.
The last 2 lodges I visited, Mill Valley in California and Arlington Heights here in Fort Worth, both required a dues card and DL, and both asked for the Tiler's Oath, which I gave. Nobody asked for signs, grips or words, though at Arlington Heights I was asked if I knew them. Of all those...
This is the only site I know about that actually offers a practical course of inner work just for the Masonic tradition. I highly recommend it.
There used to be an online group for Masons practicing this system, but it is now...
No, I'm not a member and I don't think they are interested in such papers from outsiders, if at all. However, the editor of Ad Lucem is a good friend, and despite knowing me as well as he does :huh: he agreed to publish it there.
I also have a rich family history of Masonry. My dad worked in all three of my degrees, and as the WM in the FC and MM. My father-in-law and my wife's maternal grandfather were in all three as well, as were many men who were dear family friends.
It seems like I was aware of...
I can personally recommend the following Rosicrucian related resources online:
History & Doctrines of the Rose-Croix
The Rosicrucian Impulse: Magic, Mysticism and Ritual
Unfurling the Rose of the Rosicrucian Cross
Manifestations of the...
Regarding the SRICF (Societas Rosicruciana in Civitatibus Foederatus)
My understanding is that a few colleges of the SRICF have long been Rosicrucian in name and symbolism only. By that I mean they apparently have little interest or effort given to the aims stated above. Not being a...
Well, I have to admit that many of the brothers there wouldn't even recognize me. My career often has me working evenings, so my Masonry is mostly in personal relationships, reading, writing, and daily practice of various sorts. I'm always happy to meet a brother with similar interests though...
I've been browsing through various threads here, and have come upon some examples of the misunderstandings that can arise over the word "esoteric." To most Masons in Texas that word refers to the secrets of our ritual, the words that have to be memorized and can't be written...