Review: The Master Mason: The Reason of Being by Gregory B. Stewart

The Master Mason: The Reason of Being - A Treatise on the Third Degree of FreemasonryThe Master Mason: The Reason of Being – A Treatise on the Third Degree of Freemasonry by Gregory B. Stewart

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

As is my habit, I jumped to the back of the book and read the Appendix and Footnotes first. If you do not come away inspired by the quotations in the Appendix, I fear that there is little hope for you. Simply put, the back of the book is as brilliant as the book itself.

Stewart had me hooked from the start when he quoted Pike and Mary Shelley (Frankenstein) on the same page. Trust me, it works. The treatise covers the symbolic lodge, the Master Mason, Living as a Mason, Didactics, and so much more. I have to say that, while everything was interesting, I enjoyed the section on the Tracing Board the most.

His artwork is eye-popping gorgeous and I’ve returned to the illustrations several times. By the way, there is an excellent Index for the book, and the illustrations are indexed as well. In short, this is everything that I like in an esoteric book and I strongly suggest adding this one to your home library.

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In my mailbox: The Master Mason The Reason of Being

Picture 25The Master Mason: The Reason of Being – A Treatise on the Third Degree of Freemasonry
by Gregory B Stewart
Hardcover: 194 pages
Publisher: Greg Stewart
ISBN-10: 0986204129
ISBN-13: 978-0986204128
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Third in the journey of the Symbolic Lodge, The Master Mason is a formal exploration of the symbolism and allegory at work in the third degree of Freemasonry. Through that lens, this work seeks to find the hidden esoteric connections and their connections with the centuries-old ritual that crowns the process of becoming a Freemason. As with its predecessors, The Apprentice and Fellow of the Craft, this work seeks to find parallel with its esoteric siblings, the Golden Dawn, Thelema, numerology, tarot, the Kabbalah and other arcane and occult traditions.

51ddvdivmzl-_sx327_bo1204203200_The Master Mason is a work that strives to understand the process of becoming a Freemason.

As many traditions hold the keys to achieve a degree of perfection, within the Masonic tradition we are shown this path through the becoming of a master. Truly, this degree opens as a mystery, and concludes on another, illuminating a path towards perfection and purpose.

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In the 19th century, certificates such as this were commonly issued to Masons to show that they had taken the three degrees of Craft Masonry in a regular lodge (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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Grand Orient de France Officially Co-Masonic

I found this little jewel at Freemasons for Dummies

Word has come from France today that the Grand Orient of France (GOF), that country’s largest Masonic obedience with approximately 50,000 members, has officially voted at its annual assembly to accept female members and become a co-Masonic organization. In April, the GO’s Grand Master Pierre Lambicchi told L’Express Magazine, "We are not statutorily a mixed obedience." That has now officially changed.
Two years ago, six women were initiated into Grand Orient lodges largely as a test of the rules. In addition, an existing Mason within the Grand Orient underwent transsexual surgery and became a female. "Olivia Chaumont" was recognized as a sister within the Grand Orient in January 2010. This was considered a drastic innovation at that time, and previously the GO directed brothers who became women to existing mixed or feminine Masonic orders.
France has several such organizations, and 17% of that country’s Masons are female. They do not have the Order of the Eastern Star in France, while female Masons have existed there since the 1740s.
On April 8, 2010, the GO’s Supreme Court of Masonic Justice decided that their lodges were free to initiate women without violating the General Regulations of the obedience. Nevertheless, 56% of the assembled members voted at their 2009 convention last September to remain a male-only institution. Female Masons have been allowed to visit GO lodges since 1974. Apparently, the majority opinion has changed this year.
This now leaves the Grande Loge de France (GLdF) and the Grande Loge Nationale Française (GLNF) as the largest male only Masonic obediences in that country. The GLNF in particular has been steadily increasing in popularity, but both will undoubtedly now see defectors from the GOF over the new policy.
The Grand Orient de France does not require a belief in a Supreme Being, nor are lodges required to have a Volume of Sacred Law on its altars. The GO frequently issues public policy opinions, attacks perceived public influence by organized religious groups (especially the Catholic church), and often meets as an official group with French government officials. They recently joined with the equally irregular Grand Orient of Belgium and female Masonic groups to open an office in Brussels to influence government policies of the European Union. Their activities are completely in opposition to mainstream Freemasonry’s longstanding rules and practices.
The GLNF is the French grand lodge that is considered regular and recognized by the overwhelming number of mainstream Anglo/US derived grand lodges around the world.

Freemasons For Dummies: Grand Orient de France Officially Co-Masonic

Mystery Mason ‘Jewels’ Made By Revere? – Boston News Story – WCVB Boston



In the popular movie "National Treasure" a band of treasure hunters searches for a glorious cache of riches hidden centuries ago by colonial Freemasons, including a few of the Founding Fathers.

All of it was a bit of Hollywood fun, but in Concord, some modern day masons think they may actually have stumbled on a real-life treasure linked to none-other than the illustrious silversmith Paul Revere, who once served as Grand Master of the Freemason’s Grand Lodge Of Massachusetts.

"We’re excited. Proud. It links us again to the heritage that the lodge has," said Douglas Ellis, the senior deacon at the Corinthian Lodge in Concord, who said that about a year ago two members were doing some cleaning at the lodge and stumbled on a bag of antique-looking "jewels," the decorative medals Masons wear for ceremonial occasions.

"They thought they were just old regalia that had been tossed aside," said Ellis. "They were in a box up in a store room and we were like, ‘Oh my. Look what we have here.’"

Suspecting that the jewels might be pretty valuable, last month they asked a visiting Mason from Spain who is something of a silver expert what he thought of the cache. He confirmed their hunch that the jewels very well may have been created by Paul Revere himself.


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An angel with no face is seen on the jewel, which is a style Paul Revere used. More

"We have the documentation that puts them at the date, 1797," said Ellis, referring to the year the Concord lodge was chartered, which was the same year Revere served as Grand Master.

It was also the same year that a set of jewels was donated to the Concord Lodge by its first Lodge Master, Dr. Isaac Hurd, who was initiated as a Freemason by none other than Revere, back in 1777.

"You know there was a very close tie between these two men," Ellis said, although he admits that it has been tough to say for sure that the jewels were made by Revere.

Subsequent examinations of the jewels made at the National Heritage Museum in Lexington and by the curator of the Revere silver collection at Boston’s Museum Of Fine Arts show many similarities between the Concord lodge jewels and others known to have been made by Revere, but "there are also a lot of things that do not fit," said Ellis.

"There’s a lot of mystery that’s still out there," he said. "Although it’s not conclusive, all the signs point in that direction."


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Senior deacon’s jewel More

Although Ellis valued the silver jewels, which resemble ornate medals, at between $150,000 to $300,000, he said the small 14-piece set doesn’t even come close to the massive fictional treasure hidden by Masons in the "National Treasure," film.

"This is nothing like that. These were items we were given or purchased. Revere did this as a business. He made money off this," Ellis said, and it’s likely he made a good income as he chartered 23 new Masonic lodges in Massachusetts during his tenure as Grand Master.

Ellis said the jewels are now locked up tight off site from the lodge and will only be brought out for special events, but their link to the Mason’s, and the hall’s, rich history, and to one of their most illustrious members, is what makes them priceless to the members.

"It’s very fun," said Ellis.

Mystery Mason ‘Jewels’ Made By Revere? – Boston News Story – WCVB Boston

The Lost Keys of Masonry by Manly P. Hall E-Book Download | Knowledge Files


The steady demand and increasing popularity of this volume, of which eighteen thousand copies have been printed since it first appeared a few years ago, have brought the present revised and rearranged edition into being. The text can be read with profit by both new and old Mason, for within its pages lies an interpretation of Masonic symbolism which supplements the monitorial instruction usually given in the lodges. The leading Masonic scholars of all times have agreed that the symbols of the Fraternity are susceptible of the most profound interpretation and thus reveal to the truly initiated certain secrets concerning the spiritual realities of life. Freemasonry is therefore more than a mere social organization a few centuries old, and can be regarded as a perpetuation of the philosophical mysteries and initiations of the ancients. This is in keeping with the inner tradition of the Craft, a heritage from pre-Revival days.

The present volume will appeal to the thoughtful Mason as an inspiring work, for it satisfies the yearning for further light and leads the initiate to that Sanctum Sanctorum where the mysteries are revealed. The book is a contribution to Masonic idealism, revealing the profounder aspects of our ancient and gentle Fraternity – those unique and distinctive features which have proved a constant inspiration through the centuries.


Chapter I – The Eternal Quest
Chapter II – The Candidate
Chapter III – The Entered Apprentice
Chapter IV – The Fellow Craft
Chapter V – The Master Mason
Chapter VI – The Qualifications of a True Mason

Pages: 128 | Published: 1923 | Language: English

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The Occult Symbolism of the Movie Sherlock Holmes | The Vigilant Citizen


The latest Hollywood blockbuster Sherlock Holmes revolves around occult murders and world conspiracies. The movie is riddled with occult symbols and allusions to a “New Order”. We’ll look at the history of Sherlock Holmes, the origins of the symbols found within the movie and its meaning in today’s  context.

Inspired by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s stories, the movie Sherlock Holmes brings back to life the famous detective of the nineteen century. The plot revolves around murders that are apparently connected with occult rituals. This leads Sherlock into the mysterious world of secret societies and political conspiracies. Doyle’s works contained some vague references to occultism or Freemasonry; the movie, however, focuses solely around those themes and incorporates elements that are very relevant in today’s context: a New World Order lead by secret societies.

Although no real life secret society are actually mentioned, numerous symbols and references are peppered throughout the movie taken directly from Freemasonry, Rosicrucianism or the Illuminati. Cleverly embedded into the scenes and never really explained, those symbols can almost be considered hints to insiders concerning the real inspirations of the movie. Let’s look at the Masonic background of the original author of Sherlock Holmes, Arthur Conan Doyle, and how this influence has been taken to the “next level” in the movie.

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The Occult Symbolism of the Movie Sherlock Holmes | The Vigilant Citizen

What is Freemasonry? a free ebook. |

It’s an excellent and easy to read ebook on the basic questions of Freemasonry. Brother Greg Stewart has produced an excellent resource for those who are new to the craft.

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