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  1. JamestheJust

    Passed to Fellowcraft

    In our local ritual the new FC is told 4 times that he is now entitled to study the hidden mysteries of nature and science. It is very rare to find a brother that does. In my case it took me 20 years even to understand what are the hidden mysteries of nature and science. It turned out that...
  2. JamestheJust

    Is the end really near for freemasonry ?

    >The purpose of MM is to make more Masons That has not gone so well. But my question was slightly different: what is the work of a MMs lodge when all the brethren are trained in the ritual and no candidates are in sight? The issue is whether the brethren in lodge formation have work beyond...
  3. JamestheJust

    Is the end really near for freemasonry ?

    I seem to have offended some brethren. So what is the work of a MMs lodge when all the brethren are trained in the ritual and no candidates are in sight? I thought that was not a hard question, but I never found a brother that could answer it.
  4. JamestheJust

    Is the end really near for freemasonry ?

    I have asked some very senior brethren this very question: - When a lodge has only well-trained MMs and no candidates are in sight, what is the work of the lodge? No brother was ever able to answer this. The work of the EA is develop morality (right relationship). When this is sufficiently...
  5. JamestheJust

    Is the end really near for freemasonry ?

    >Apophenia. Too smart. Yes, the evil serpent Apopis was killed by having its body cut across and burned to ashes. Apopis was traditionally trampled under the left foot
  6. JamestheJust

    Is the end really near for freemasonry ?

    There is plenty of evidence for those that wish to look. You will recall that the Widow Isis and her deceased husband Osiris were brother and sister and often depicted as serpents. She is alleged to have come from Sirius - the Blazing Star Here they are again founding China as brother and...
  7. JamestheJust

    Is the end really near for freemasonry ?

    It alway surprises me how rarely any brother asks what the GAOTU wants from Freemasonry. In fact I do not recall any Freemason ever asking that. If Freemasonry is a human institution for humans, then there is no regret for its rapid decline in most parts of the world. If however Freemasonry...
  8. JamestheJust

    Is the end really near for freemasonry ?

    I find it curious that GLs claim monopolies over territory. It seems very colonial and anti-competitive. Which GL could be improved by competition? Mine could. Perhaps the GLs have secret charters from the GAOTU.
  9. JamestheJust

    Is the end really near for freemasonry ?

    The Grand Lodge gave away almost all properties to the Masonic charity. Then it turned the charity into a public charity under the relevant Act. Thus the funds could not come back to the GL. The GL appointed its favorites to the board of the charity where they now receive salaries and...
  10. JamestheJust

    Is the end really near for freemasonry ?

    Locally quite a lot of the problem is a GL that likes to centralise power, sell temples and pay bonuses to themselves. A couple of local lodges have broken away and are now independent. It is unclear that independence is sufficient for survival.
  11. JamestheJust

    Conceit, Egotism, Pride -- Why?

    >has so far been conceited? You have detected that modern Freemasonry is not particularly effective. >can't know without becoming one and going through it In a properly functional Freemasonry the geometry and intent of the ritual and officers can produce metaphysical effects that change the...
  12. JamestheJust

    Is the end really near for freemasonry ?

    My GL seems to be happiest selling lodge buildings. It seems the GL requires lodges to borrow from it rather than banks. This means that lodge buildings fall into its hands when lodges close. My lodge shares its building with another lodge. Both lodges now have low membership and are wary...
  13. JamestheJust

    So, what's the pandemic done to your lodge ?

    Our Treasurer resigned from all Masonic orders but still turned up to the craft lodge and has managed to fit me up as WM for the coming year! Such is life! Said by Ned Kelly just before he was hanged. https://www.ironoutlaw.com/history/
  14. JamestheJust

    Am I an arse?

    The tide is going out. Be graceful as you watch
  15. JamestheJust

    So, what's the pandemic done to your lodge ?

    My GL has imposed severe covid constraints and when lodges are permitted to reopen there will be no festive boards. Most brethren will not bother to attend. My lodge was in terminal decline a year ago. Now it has already ceased and only lacks a scheduled meeting to prove that. Still there...
  16. JamestheJust

    Helena Blavatsky

    Blavatsky in her monumental works quoted from many documents of high repute but of which no physical copy is known. (She said they appeared before her in a vision while she copied from them) Now, more than 130 years later, as far as I know, no one has discovered any physical document or...
  17. JamestheJust

    Helena Blavatsky

    In the late 19th century Blavatsky wrote that no Masonic lodges still had the genuine secrets. This looks like careful wording. She did not write that no Masons had the genuine secrets.
  18. JamestheJust

    Tim Wallace-Murphy

    I have had a quick look at the video and Wallace-Brown is well educated in such matters and quite refined spiritually. He penetrates several layers into ancient traditions. I would be pleased to have him in my local lodge if that were possible.
  19. JamestheJust

    Masonic Documentary: Terra Masonica

    >May I also ask the same question about his earlier documentary The Scottish Key? I skimmed through The Scottish Key very quickly. It seems to be a standard Masonic history - as approved by the victors. Personally I found no value but it would be interesting for most applicants.
  20. JamestheJust

    New Books: 'The Craft' by John Dickie; 'History of Esoteric and Anagogic Doctrines' by...

    >They were other lodges who did not agree with the ritual. I understand that the Antient brethren tended to support the Scottish Stuart line rather than the Hanoverian line of the German king in London. I recall reading that in the early 18th century there were more than 50 lodges in London...
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