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Freemasonry: Rituals, Symbols & History of the Secret Society

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As one of the world's most famous mysterious societies, Freemasons remain the largest fraternal organization in the world. Some of the most heroic and creative thinkers in history belonged to the order, including George Washington, Benjamin Franklin, Goethe, and Mozart. What links the philosophy of these great minds with the estimated four million Freemasons who actively m ...more
Paperback, 233 pages
Published September 8th 2007 by Llewellyn Publications (first published 2007)
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A very brief tour of Freemasonry, including some explanations of Scottish, York, and more esoteric rites. This appears to be written either for those in the Western Esoteric tradition or for Freemasons wanting to be introduced to the parallels in Western Esotericism with their own tradition. Each chapter has a summary for the intellectually stunted as well as a few exercises that amount to "go do your own research."

There are many parts of the book that appeared to simply be tangents onto variou
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Aug 09, 2012 Ryan rated it really liked it
A fantastic overview of the esoteric and occult ties within Freemasonry. Stavish includes a discussion of the evolution of the Occult and its relation to Masonry and argues that while numbers are dropping in the Craft, the majority of applicants are interested in joining for the esoteric philosophy that is apart of the Craft’s history. Includes suggested reading lists and assignments after each chapter in order to personalize and internalize some of the more esoteric teachings of Freemasonry.
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People have allot of questions about us. I am a active Freemason in the Grand Lodge of Pennsylvania, a 32nd Degree Mason of the Scottish Rite and a Member of the York Rite of Freemasonry.

I'm in good company: George Washington, Ben Franklin, Goethe and Mozart had been members of the Masonic Order as well.

If you want to learn about us... this book is a must read. Non-Masons will find much to admire or scandalize us about depending on their worldview and depth of experiences.
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Excellent arguments for the pursuit of mystical studies in a modern world.
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Mark Stavish, the Director of Studies for the Institute for Hermetic Studies, is a life-long student of esotericism with over 25 years experience in comparative religion, philosophy, psychology, and mysticism with emphasis on Traditional Western Esotericism. His articles have appeared in academic, specialty, and mass market publications specializing in spiritual studies, making Mark one of the lea ...more
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