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Turning The Hiram Key

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By Joshua
Greetings friends and brothers. Before i give my thoughts i would like to thank Robert Lomas and Christopher Knight for spending so much time and energy on this subject, not to mention the related subjects, and a most brotherly pat on the back for having the courage to touch these subjects in which tempers tend to erupt worse than a volcano. Please email me when and if you can find the time, i have a few questions which can not be asked in public under no less pthmtcfete and mttobir. To me the craft is a beautiful and most wonderful mystery. It does not matter if one is a mason or not a great mystery inspires thought and without thought, as Colin Wilson is found of saying, you become a "robot". This is what i think masonry means and symbolizes. As a brother there is also a different meaning which i do not think should be for the public. The mystery is what inspires and it is the gnosis way to leave the mystery for those who wish to find it. There is a lot of talk about putting everything in the open, but i think this would be a horrible mistake. I understand that everyone could benifit greatly from the craft, but would everyone learn from the craft? Most would not. People in general realy do enjoy greed and trying to trample there friends and neighbors in a climb up the ladder of wealth and not the ladder of life. I am not a pessimist and i do beleave that there are also many great people in this world as well. My point is the world is the way it is for a reason and i do not think it would change by handing over the teachings. I do how ever think that it should be a more public order in the sense of spending some time and effort on making mason's more public. If our public here in america knew some of the great leaders and artists were masons, it would inspire more people to seek the mysteries. My opinion is that before opening up any true secrets to the public one should look at what happened to the gnostics with there jewish mysteries which were taken from them and used as a tool to destroy them. The mystery is what inspires one to join and leads one to the light.
Thank you, Joshua Treleven
By Scott Wynn J.W. Shekinah #256 Crystal City MO
That is a difficult question to answer because the more I study and learn I see the Craft in a different light. Right now I believe that the Craft is a means in which to deepen my understanding of myself and the virtues that make a man better. Not just knowing what those virtures are, like I was taught as a child in religous instruction, but how to know what each virtue is and how to act upon that every day of my life. Also, by trying to live by these virtues I may inspire others who see me as a good person and a Mason, much in the same way I saw a couple Masons years ago and wondered what it was that made them such good men. As a member of the Craft I now can look at all people with love and accept our differences. Masonry has taught me to be a better father to my own children by practicing our virtues and love. I see Masonry as a great asset to all humanity.
Whilst living in Italy in the 1970s I started a collection of playing cards which then extended to Tarot Cards. Surprisingly I soon discovered that Tarot Cards gave me access to many people, some of whom were Masons. Being English with fluent Italian I was invited many times to join the Masons, but was too much of an anarchist to allow myself to join such a formal organisation. However I did discover that many of the groups in Italy were very esoteric with strong leanings towards the Occult.

On my return to London I joined the Rotary Club and once again was "approached" to see if I might join the Masons. But for the same reasons I declined.

I am in a library and have just been told I willl be logged off in 2 minutes. I will continue this later.


PS William Spencer of York 1796 mentioned in the York rite section was my GGG Grandfather.
By Thomas G.
With regards to the occult nature of Freemasonry and the opacity presented to the profane general public, certain limitations need to be imposed from within the fraternity and from without. From within the need for knowledge to be a gradual process is a must and will not be further here emphasized, but from without comes the issue of public clarity. It is this author's opinion that Freemasonry needs to become more available to those who seek it. Currently I am not a Mason, nor do I belong to any fraternal lodge or order, so I will be supplying the view of an outsider. The order needs to begin a campaign in the Universities and educational institutions of this world for the minds that will best serve, and are most prepared for the truth of the light. As a University student myself I see the symbology that has been imbued into the buildings on campus , but am limited to the observance and understanding of the unenlightened. Ergo the first 3 "Blue" degrees need to be made more readily available, how this is to be done is semantical for this discussion. My Great Grandfather was a Mason, and due to the ineptness of my parents and their Eltern I have lost the connection to the lodge by blood. My uncle as a considerably high level oil manager here in Alberta was approached for membership, he wished he had had an opportunity in his twenties to join and not only after he had achieved some prominence at the age of 50. It is therefore my opinion that the Lodge should open the roster books for registration, but only to those with the most potential (University students, etc). For if the lodge is to entice the younger generations it will be through availability, and not inaccessibility that their numbers will once again dominate.

This author is not a Mason, but does wish to join. The rituals are quite the enticement, not only for the ceremonial and theatrical purposes, but for the kinship they in turn bestow. As a student who wishes to continue his arcane studies, the rituals provide an incentive based examination for the knowledge they represent. It is for this reason that the rituals have survived as long as they have and continue to attract the generations looking for some camaraderie and liturgy.

As for the remainder of the questions, I will be unable to answer as I am neither a Mason nor have I any significant knowledge outside what has been published on the University of Bradford's "Web of Hiram".
By Ronnie
I was raised a Master Mason just last Saturday, 15 Nov. 2008. I must admit that Freemasonry has really impacted my life in a positive way since the time that I was conferred as an EAM.

It provides teachings that not only make one a better person but it likewise gives a person an overview on how to act, react to other people, Masons or non-masons alike.

I know I still have a long way to go in learning what Freemasonry is all about, but as they say, we must await a time with patience. This, I am willing to do in order to further increase my knowledge as I am sure the Craft will definitely make a better man out of me.
By kim snyder
I feel that freemasonry is a cult and that they are trying to bring the new world order.
By Heather
Masonry. No different really to any religion it's all about finding the truth within, just different ways of 'getting there'. The roots are traced back to the ancients, whether you look north,south,east or west. I have enjoyed reading your books. Nothing is by accident or co-incidental and everything has a purpose especially now, the grand awakening has begun and people like you have a part to play.
By N. Burton
I am 17, and a Deist, and when I am old enough will be looking to petition to join the Coven Garden Grand Lodge.

Freemasonry is very attractive to me personally, as a student of the esoteric, as well as my beliefs in Deism and reincarnation (perhaps I was a brother in a past life!

I have mentioned this to masons who have been very prominent within the fraternity whom I have been lucky enough to meet, and have been shown encouragement to do so.

Freemasonry, I believe will go from strength to strength, and I hope to be a strong part of itís future
By Bob Findlay
Having been a Freemason for a comparitably short period (joined Anchor and Hope Lodge No 37 in the Province of East Lancashire) I have become very involved, I am PM of my lodge, IPZ of my chapter, I joined Rose Croix and I am a Mark Mason.

I currently spend most of my time in Spain and therefore not as active as I have been, I went to a Lodge meeting in Fuengirola to see a friend initiated, and it was the basic accommodation and 'make do and mend' approach that the Spanish Freemasons take (mostly ex-patriot but still Spanish Constitution) that enforces my view that being a Freemason is more of an inner journey than one that covets grand temples, adornments and jewelry. Wherever I find 1 Freemason or several I have instant friends.

'Turning the Hiram Key' reminds me of my own initiation, sense of confusion, even some sense of humour. My installation into the thrid principals' chair of my chapter involved some uninvited guests namely Bolton fire Brigade when the incense set off the smoke detectors, and the 'tutting' group were very put off by the lady firefighter.

It is an excellent way to show the world what freemasonry is really about in writing 'Turning the Hiram Key'. My degree was in history and I have a great affinity with Robert wishing to discover the origins of Freemasonry, I have read most of the historical books written on the subject from both Freemason and profane. In many ways Rose Croix answered some questions and raised many more.

I will continue to read books about Freemasonry and long may you write your books Robert they are excellent. But I urge all Freemasons to be proud of their society. As for secrets, well there has to be some enjoyment for initiates and those who progress in the craft, so it seems fair that if you join you have something to look forward to learning, but whatever can be shared with the world should be, I am immensly proud of my Masonic acts and experience and never shy from proudly telling people I am a member.

Lets hope we see a resurgence of those seeking 'That bright morning light'!

By Mary Brown
I love the story of the Templar Knights (a la Umberto Eco!) and the idea they came to Scotland with their hidden treasures/ancient knowledge of the meaning of life etc etc. I live not far from a Templar site (Maryculter, Aberdeenshire) and fantasise about finding Templar documents which proves they understood Egyptian mysteries about Jungian alchemical...stuff!
So, if Masonry is all about that sort of thing, good luck to Masons (although most men I know - ie my husband! - would think this is a lot of eyewash). But, if it's about finding jobs for your chums, that's a different matter entirely. I used to work with a Mason who was an arrogant ignorant creep, and as our boss at that time was also a Mason, I suspected that's why he got the job. That is NOT accceptable. I don't need to know what the masonic mystery stuff is all about, but it should be clear who is a Mason, so they can't misuse the organisation or order, whatever you call it, for unethical means.
Hope this is clear - will continue to read enthusiastically about weird goings on amogst the Templar Knights!!
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