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The Secrets of the Free Masons Revealed. A Master Key to Freemasonry. The Three Distinct Knocks. Jachin and Boaz.

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Hiram, or the Grand Master Key. Shibboleth, or Every Man a Freemason. Solomon in All His Glory. Mahhabone, or the Grand Lodge Door Open'd. The Freemason Stripped Naked. The Master Key.

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The Mysteries of Freemasonry by William Morgan

Brown, London, Finch, London, The Cat Out of the Bag. London, , Manual of Freemasonry. Light on Masonry. Leipzig: Leopold Michelsen, Masonic symbolism is that which is used to illustrate the principles which Freemasonry espouses. Freemasonry is described in its own ritual as a Beautiful or Peculiar system of morality, veiled in allegory and illustrated by symbols.

The whole system is transmitted to initiates through the medium of Masonic ritual, which consists of lectures and allegorical plays.

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Common to all of Freemasonry is the three grade system of craft or blue lodge freemasonry, whose allegory is centred on the building of the Temple of Solomon , and the story of the chief architect, Hiram Abiff. Participation in these is optional, and usually entails joining a separate Masonic body. The type and availability of the Higher Degrees also depends on the Masonic Jurisdiction of the Craft Lodge that first initiated the mason.

Freemasons conduct their degree work, often from memory, following a preset script and ritualised format. There are a variety of different Masonic rites for Craft Freemasonry. Each Masonic jurisdiction is free to standardize or not standardize its own ritual. However, there are similarities that exist among jurisdictions. For example, all Masonic rituals for the first three degrees use the architectural symbolism of the tools of the medieval operative stonemason.

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Freemasons, as speculative masons meaning philosophical rather than actual building , use this symbolism to teach moral and ethical lessons, such as the four cardinal virtues of Fortitude, Prudence, Temperance, and Justice, and the principles of "Brotherly Love, Relief or Morality , and Truth" commonly found in English language rituals , or " Liberty, Equality, Fraternity " commonly found in French rituals. In most jurisdictions, a Bible , Quran , Talmud , Vedas or other appropriate sacred text known in some rituals as the Volume of the Sacred Law will always be displayed while the Lodge is open in some French Lodges, the Masonic Constitutions are used instead.

In Lodges with a membership of mixed religions it is common to find more than one sacred text displayed. A candidate will be given his choice of religious text for his Obligation, according to his beliefs. UGLE alludes to similarities to legal practice in the UK, and to a common source with other oath taking processes.

In keeping with the geometrical and architectural theme of Freemasonry, the Supreme Being is referred to in Masonic ritual by the titles of the Great Architect of the Universe , Grand Geometrician or similar, to make clear that the reference is generic, and not tied to a particular religion's conception of God.

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Some lodges make use of tracing boards : painted or printed illustrations depicting the various symbolic emblems of Freemasonry. They can be used as teaching aids during the lectures that follow each of the three degrees, when an experienced member explains the various concepts of Freemasonry to new members. Jan 22, Stephen rated it really liked it. As I am not a Mason, I can't speak to the truth of this book.


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