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Masonic Initiation by W.L. Wilmshurst

The Masonic Initiation

We have the choice to scoff and pass them by or - if the ultimate end seems worthy - to suspend our ridicule temporarily to let the rationale of a particular act be considered in an unbiased way. Junior Warden, inquire who wants admission. Available from: Quinta da Regaleira — Virtual Portugal. Looking back now across the years, my conduct at that time strikes me as not a little unworthy. In the abounding wealth of the symbols and veiled verbal references in our rituals and instruction lectures to the details of this truly scientific work, there remain, however, many others needing explanation, some of which can now be considered more advantageously than at our earlier stage and with better chance of being understood.

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The Masonic Initiation, Revised Edition by W.L. Wilmshurst

The Masonic Initiation

A roof for when the slow dark hours begin? Doubtless the allusion is often regarded as but a pious sentiment expressing the belief that, after their death, worthy Masons combine to constitute such a Lodge or assembly in the heavens. In the said ceremony, the initiate first has to take off his tie, his jacket, and also take out any jewelry, metal, or money that he has. Once, whilst so brooding, I took the little stone from my pocket and slowly turned it over and over, my memory wandering back to the moment when I had received it. The world little suspects what it owes to its hidden Initiates. Promises made in the presence of men we honor hold us with a special and profound power. For so only can one be raised from conditions of unreality, strife and figurative death to a knowledge of ultimate Reality, Peace and Life Immortal. It is to expose the brothers to the ritual repeatedly so that the lessons will be reinforced, or in some cases, perceived for the first time.

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A Ritual Gone Fatally Wrong Puts Light on Masonic Secrecy

The Masonic Initiation

Along with its many decorative structures, lakes, grottos, and tunnels, two mysterious wells that better resemble inverted subterranean towers than water sources sit steeped in mysticism. Thirty-three years was, in the Mysteries, the mystical duration of life of every initiate who attained Mastership. There being a tendency in that direction in the Craft to-day, the pages of this and of my former book are offered to encouraging that tendency to a fruition that could not make otherwise than for the general good. The Apostle further explains that for this newly evolved Ego or conscious centre there is an appropriate body, for there are celestial as well as terrestrial bodies. Worshipful Master - Brother Senior Warden, your presentation shall be attended to, for which purpose I shall address a few questions to the Candidate which I trust he will answer with candour. But the search can and should also be made interiorly, within oneself ; for what is sought subjectively and spiritually can then more readily come to be realized and found objectively. W to Worshipful Master and resumes seat.

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My Initiation Ceremony into Freemasonry

The Masonic Initiation

But this is not possible save to one who himself has become pure and rectified in all his parts; the physician must first heal himself before he can communicate either physical or moral health to others. Freemasonry uses allegory, with particular emphasis on the tools and implements of architecture to encourage its members to consider great moral truths. There is a place by the fire for them. A Master is not easily found. There is an old Masonic Degree, not comprised in our present Constitutions, devoted specially too this subject.

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Masonic Initiation by W.L. Wilmshurst

The Masonic Initiation

That is the first regular step in Freemasonry, and it is in this position that the secrets of the Degree are communicated. I was now starting to get excited. There lives in a distant part of our Empire a man who is in the fullest sense a Master Mason. Now will I open unto thee-whose heart Rejects not-that last lore, deepest concealed, That farthest secret of My heavens and earths, Which but to know shall set thee free from ills ; A royal lore, a kingly mystery ; Yea, for the soul such light as purgeth it From every sin ; a light of holiness With inmost splendour shining. We greatly need competent, trained exponents of the meaning and symbolism of the Craft ; not merely teachers of the letter of its rituals and lectures. Junior Deacon leads Candidate to seat beside Senior Deacon and resumes his seat.

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What happens behind the scenes of a Freemason's initiation ceremony?

The Masonic Initiation

. But many Brethren and many Lodges sincerely desire it, and so let me offer you a picture of what an ideal Lodge would be ; you may then consider how far it may be practicable to attempt to conform to that ideal. Are you there­fore willing to take a Solemn Obigation founded on the principles I have stated, to keep inviolate the secrets and mysteries of the Order? In the great temple of the Greek Mysteries at Delphi, where the Eleusinian initiations took place for seventeen centuries, it was represented by the fifth letters of the Greek alphabet, the E or Eta ; five being a numerical symbol of man in the Pythagorean system, as evidenced by his five senses, the five-fold extension of his hands and feet, and in accordance with considerations of a more abstruse nature. In the final analysis, though, the similarities far outweigh the differences and each Mason can recognize how another jurisdiction's ritual relates to their own. Junior Warden - How does he hope to obtain those privileges? Junior Deacon - prompting Candidate aloud - The first regular Step in Freemasonry Candidate repeats. We are inspired by our joining and by our obligations then assumed.

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A Ritual Gone Fatally Wrong Puts Light on Masonic Secrecy

The Masonic Initiation

I have asked British Government officials who have worked with him for years whether they have found anything distinctive in him ; but they had detected nothing and were utterly blind to the extraordinary spiritual power and saintliness behind his formal exterior. Article Tags: , , , , , , Source: from ArticlesFactory. While thousands of tourists flock to the castle every year to admire the unique architecture of the Quinta de Regaleira that combines Gothic, Egyptian, Moorish and Renaissance features, one of its most fascinating features is located beneath the ground — a pair of wells spiralling deep within the earth. This has led to a perception of more extensive secrecy among non-Freemasons. Junior Deacon - takes Candidate by right hand and guiding him moves anti-clockwise so as to face W. I was the first to enter the lodge room, so I only had to wait about a half an hour to begin.

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A Ritual Gone Fatally Wrong Puts Light on Masonic Secrecy

The Masonic Initiation

It is not so much the delivery of the spoken words or even the precision with which a degree is executed that matters; rather it is the impact it has on the candidate. They are busy enough on the active side, but they provide no opportunity for cultivating the equally necessary passive aspect of the work. Masonic Lodge Layout for Initiation The First Degree Ceremony of Initiation for the First Degree is performed at the Masonic lodge. Worshipful Master - Brother Junior Deacon, let that blessing be restored to the Candidate Junior Deacon - should catch Worshipful Master's eye to indicate that he is ready. Further importance attaches to the significance of the cable-tow from the fact testified to at the admission to our Order of every new candidate for ceremonial initiation. The initiations were almost always transformative ceremonies where the initiate goes on a journey in search of something lost.

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What Happens at a Masonic Initiation?

The Masonic Initiation

As the world's oldest and largest fraternity, membership is exclusive and the process often long. By a course of pure living, diet, and thought for that period, therefore, the physical organism is clarified, sublimated and made a more efficient vehicle for the transmission of the central inner Light. Wise activity Boaz must be balanced with an equally wise passivity Jachin if one is to become established in immortal strength and to stand firm, spiritually consolidated and perfect in all one's parts. Purity or impurity of heart modifies the tonal quality and moral power of one's speech. When Initiates of the past are said to have held Lodges and performed their work upon this or that hill or mountain, the meaning is that they were engaged in work of a high spiritual order and efficacy-work entirely beyond the conception of the average modern and merely ceremonial Mason. It is only to be expected that he would then extend that desire for understanding to the fraternity that made this possible.

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