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Turning The Hiram Key

Find out what Masonry means to Robert by reading his latest book, Turning The Hiram Key.

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By AK-47S Isis Temple, Salina KS USA
The Ritual of our Degrees should remain undisclosed, but the Source Materials (Biblic Verses, Greek Myths,et cetera) should be published on our official Website. We also need a York Rite Magnum Opus, just as Albert Pike penned 'Morals and Dogma of the Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite.' The book 'Bourne in Blood' helps explain our History and subsciquent need for secrecy in order to protect us from the Profain.
The Signs, Words, and Tokens should remain secret. This will incourage new members who are interested to join rather than simply reading about us online or in print.

Masonic Ritual is Mystical Allignment with the Godhead and Creation. We enter the Lodge as a newbourne child and create a Spiritual Temple for our Eternal Abode.

I wasn't "made" a Mason. I was Innitiated, Passed and Raised. Each step was a Rite of Passage like the Ancient Greeks and Egyptions experienced. Each Step prepaired me for Life's Greater Lessons.

I view the Masonic Tapestry as Organic because it both shapes, and is shaped by, my Mortal Existence.

Our Ancient Symbols convey the TRUE MEANINGS of the Ritual. Words help some understand what they have experienced, but noone who reads of the Ritual can truely grasp the MEANING without undergoing the Ritual.
By Dauphinee Powell
Masonry has been a part of my life since I was 12 years old, but that is not what this communique is about and yet it is related. I do not know, beyond writing a letter to your publisher. Dr. Lomas of passing on to you something that may or may not be of interest. I have followed your books with interest from many aspects, Masonry, Ethnoarchaeology, Metaphysics (under which I include many fields of science, religion, philosophy)...anyway....I am currently re-reading Uriel's Machine and you relate something that piqued my interest, for whatever reason, this time...The reference to Solomon's Temple being constructed without the use of metal tools, as well as the Megalithic sites, but I also vaguely remember reading something similar about one of the pyramids...and you refer to a technology that is lost....
I could not begin to tell you why what you said in your discussion of the Megalitic technology or the reference to the Temple that brought this forward in my mind, but here it is...a possibility...

In the art of Lithography, before modern implements, to shape and smooth a stone in preparation for the drawing of the picture, this is how it was done...some still do this...
In the case of Litography, two stones, limestones to be specific, of the same length and width, same depth not being necessary, are given a water bath. The surface of these stones is rough...Next one of the stones is placed on a table and water is poured on the stone, then a "ground" is sprinkled on the surface, in Lithography carborundum is used. Next the second stone, which has also been wetted, is laid atop the first. The top stone is used to "grind" smooth, as it were, the bottom stone. The top stone is moved around the bottom stone in all directions, once it seems to be drying the stones are separated and washed and the process repeated until the contacted surface of the stone is glassy smooth. The advantage is you get two polished stones, not just one. I see no reason that this process could not be done with other stones. The problem is the "ground" and the type of stone...
Certain stone, such as Sandstone, Serpentine,and Black Soapstone are, in sculpture, not capable of being chisled with normal metal chisels, but require diamond tipped intruments, if not modern diamond tipped pneumatic chisels....but, with the exception of sandstone, they can be burnished or poslished by use of a "ground"...So, if in ancient times there was a knowledge of shaping and smoothing stone without the use of metal, why not stone on stone with a suitable ground...I would go as far to speculate the use of crushed diamond or some other crystalline material may be used as the "ground", further that the stones would not necessarily, as in Litography, have to be of the same size. A more practical size stone used in much the same manner as a carpenter's sanding-block would probably work.
Also, while on a dig in the Great Basin here in the U. S. out of curiosity, after being exposed to "flint-knapping" techniques, I tried to shape a 7x7 inch chunk of chert using a "hammerstone" and a wedged-shaped stone of Basalt I had found that was shaped as a sort of natural chisel....I wanted to see if I could alter the shape of the larger stone, not for the purpose of creating "flakes" for making arrowheads or spearpoints, but to do something "different". It was a reasonably successful experiment for the time I had to try it in. The variation in hardness of the "tool", stone chisel, vs. the less hard chert seemed to work...I did not get to pursue the idea any further, unfortunately...but again it's a thought...It would be interesting to me to see someone investigate these possibilities further. I, unfortunately, am no longer physically capable of doing so.
As to Masonry, which I feel I should say something more about, when I was initiated into the "youth" version of masonry, there was always something nagging me at the back of my brain. I had the fortunacy to be brought up in an environment that gave me exposure, not only to Christianity, but to Judaism, and Buddhism, and later Vendata and Tao...But it was the first two of the list that while associated with the masonic traditions, I seemed to find some interesting relationships, especially when I was initiated into a special degree only for members who possessed a "Grand Cross of Color". The Degree opened up information that was not "knowable" at lower levels and there was allusion to far more ancient rituals, which did not to me seem "Masonic" at the time, but like I always do I put it on the back burner for later. Along with that, were grumblings from very old, in their 80's, 33rd degree Masons, who would complain about the lack of "older" rituals, which they considered pertinent to a full understanding of the purpose of Masonry and were being or had been abandoned... The snippets of that conversation between those three gentlemen always stuck with me. During my college years, I did a great deal of tutoring in various subjects, and one of my tutees was part of a "Ritual Team" in Demolay, he was also investigating various forms of "pagan" beliefs currnetly in vogue, and Hermetics. He had made the observation that there seemed to be similarities between some of the Hermetic information he was reading and Masons, such as similarities in some aspects of rituals and other "things"...My comment at the time was keep digging, you'll be amazed at what you'll find. It's like connect-the-dots. It will take you places you never would believe you would go. As for myself,when I got older and aside from reading all the "Mythology" from everywhere that I could lay my hands on, including a Guttenberg version of the Bible, and then Hermetics, especially Egypt, Babylonia, and Sumer there were "things" that I couldn't put my finger on, then, but since I appreciate the linking of the puzzle pieces that you and your co-authors have done. I came to Ethnoarchaeology by way of Biology and Primate Behavior...which is still a relatively new area of Archaeology, but what drew me to it was the ability to NOT ACCEPT much of the "stand-by" simplistic explanations for everything is a "tomb" or "just a ritual site"....I was once asked how I defined Ethnoarchaeology, by a rather eminent archaeologist, himself of not the sooo traditional sort, this was shortly after the release of the first "Indiana Jones" response was...I see Ethnoarchaeology as the place where all the "Indiana Jones" types and the "too much time locked in the library'' types come and say....Please , oh please, telll me what I have found and, more importantly, what it was used for or how did they make it...
Dauphinee Powell
By Vagabond
As a non-Mason, but one who has done light research on the subject.

I am intrigued by what generalities I think I know about the Masons. I know I like what the Shriners do for children.

I am turned off by a complete lack of any information about what the organization stands for or against and what it does or does not require from members. I have a few friends who are Masons although both good people one has many ideas and views similar to mine on surface one opposing on some very basic and inportant issues (involving race). How am I to judge whether I would consider taking an organization seriously, much less legitimately if they insist on keeping so many basic principals a secret.

I think, in todays world, there are many like me who are "free thinking" , as in do not prescribe to any one religeous belief or non-belief. I would like to be be part of a non-denominational organization which does charitable acts and promotes self betterment and to help and associate with others of like mind. The above is the general idea I get from what knowledge I have found and the little I could gain unknowingly I hope from the few Masons I know.

As such a person, I would never join into, attemp to join into, or advise anyone to join into a group, club, organization, cult, religeon or fraternity, which they didnt have any first hand knowledge of. I am a person who believes in the benefits of knowledge and informed intuition, not blind faith or uninformed chance.

I have also read that Masons do everything from levitate buildings to sacrifice new borns, both of which I have so far dismissed :)

This is a long winded way of saying YES the masons should be less secretive.
By L C
Hello, I am from Argentina. I will consider this question:
"Is a member of your family a Freemason, and how do you feel about that?"

My great-grandfather was a Freemason. His name was Robert Lomas, son of Robert Lomas and Elizabeth Ebston. He was an English engineer. I do not know where he was born, nor why he came to Argentina. My father used to remember his grandfather had travelled to distant places, and that there was a trunk with special objects he had brought from these trips. Thatīs all I know.
I once entered a temple in my city, Rosario. And one day I saw your name on a book in a bookstore.
I donīt know... It feels strange.
I wish I could travel back in time and meet him in person.
By Fabrizio Gerada
I am not a Freemason myself (in Malta it is still something not to be proud of either, religion etc), however from the various books I read, especially by Lomas & Knight and by Lomas himself, something internally, my soul, told me that this concept is very correct and very mean.

I understand the concept of what Freemasonay is all about and I fully support the vision and the teachings as they do not support any particular religion, but only The Great Architect Of The Universe, where again I believe in that concept.

What I think is that you do not have to be a Freemason to live such a life, however to be in the order would give you a much better boost to live that kind of life. At least that is what I think cause I never experienced the rituals themselves.
By Wesley1979
Should Freemasonry be secret, or should we be more open about it?
If the rituals, pageantry and esoteric imagery have great value to masons, doesn't opening the floodgate and offering it to the public at large act to devalue all of it? Ties and friendship are built on trust and honour and secrecy is a profound expression of trust and respect; so no, I don't think being more open about the rituals and symbolism serves any purpose other than to placate those who point fingers at masonry for being secretive. In this day and age of proprietary technology and protection of intellectual property there is more reason than ever to believe that protection of these things should be accepted more by society at large. If lodges want to keep Freemasonry strong- they should keep the allure alive and keep the secrets secret.

What does Masonic ritual mean to you? Masonic ritual means nothing to me as I am not a mason and cannot claim to understand the nuances and implications no matter how well versed I may think I am and how well read I may think I am concerning the issue.

How do you feel when you were made a Mason? I'm looking forward to receiving my first degree this fall, I can only imagine a combination of excitement, intimidation and the warmth of acceptance. I imagine a certain amount of gravity will surround the feeling too, as the ritual is likely to be quite serious I imagine.

And what role has Masonic ritual played in your life since? None yet

Do you feel it is something which can not, or perhaps should not, be put into words? If this site is still taking this poll I will let you know.
By Derek Stephen McPhail
dear Robert Lomas;
my father had been a mason for most of his adult life; as had many of my ancestors, apparently, on both sides of my family for generations. my father took seriously that his masonic life was private and never talked about it. after taking a degree in Theatre, i became intrigued by the connection between Freemasonry and the Knights Templars; and, finally approached my dad about becoming a mason. he was thrilled, and promptly introduced me to his Zetland Lodge in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. i spent seven wonderful years, actively working through the chairs of blue lodge, becoming a Senior Warden; until, i decided to demit, when i returned to university to get a second degree in Film Studies. when i am more settled in my work and could be more focused; i may one day return.

i was especially active in masonic research and pursued the York Rites; becoming active in Chapter and the Knights Templar. my masonic experience paralleled my fascination with the Sacred Sciences and the pre-history, of what i believe was the ancient origins of modern science and spirituality. i have been very inspired by the fascinating works of Christopher Knight and yourself; gradually working to catch up with your collective body of work. (i am currently reading "Turning the Hiram Key"; after recently finishing "The Man Who Invented the Twentieth Century" and "Civilization One: The World Is Not As You Thought It Was".)

i have always tried to honour what i feel is everyone's right to define their relationship to the Universe; without the expectation that they must share my opinion. it is remarkable that Freemasonry is the oldest organization in the world to maintain that concept, as a major tenant of its mission statement; creating that precious climate of tolerance. though much of masonic ritual is in the public domain, i think that there are two important aspects of the the ritual, that make it such a positive experience. one aspect is that, by keeping one's masonic experience mostly private; one develops a sense of the sacred, a rare thing in the cynical glibness of the world today. the other aspect is that through the memorization of one's role in the ritual, like acting in a play, one learns to internalize the beautiful poetic imagery; as well as, build a bridge to the intuitive part of one's psyche.

like my parents before me, i read bed-time stories to both my children; which i believe, not only helps a child to become literate; but, also, to develop the capacity for intuitive problem solving. it seems we have whole new generations of non-readers, who seem to be suffering from a serious "attention deficit disorder". as a poet and songwriter, i am flabbergasted how many young people seem to have no interest in the content of lyrics. though i accept that every younger generation chooses to define itself in it's own terms; i am grateful that my father shared with me the importance of both my psychic connection to the land; as well as, my psychic connection to my ancestors.

yours truly,
Bro. Derek Stephen McPhail
By the red wizard cafe totnes
hi there

my thought are baically in two parts

1 before reading the book and

2 after reading the book

firstly i thought of freemasonary as a networking tool and saw little to attrach me to it. I felt that it was sexist in the exclusion of woman and unnceccesarily sexist. Many of my family members are involved but this was my personal viewpoint

i read the book

2) I felt there was indeed a great deal of knowledge to be learn't and am now determined to learn more. It has re=awakened my interest in the knights templer, the early egyptian history and the pyrimads. I loved your views on Chritstianity and totally agree

yet even though I now am more interested in the true meaning of freemasonary I still have reservations about its use by many ( including friends and family) to be primarily a networking tool and still i have strong feelings about its exclusion of women ( here i agree with the cathers) and the closed cloak around freemason temples

conclusion well here i am proving by sending this email to you that perhaps it is not as closed as I suspected; maybe a failure on my part for not being determined enough in my quest for knowledge

the cathars are one of my main areas of interst and anything relevant to them you might have available would be of tremendous interest.

but the women thing mmmmmmm

regards john macadie
By Rose-Croix
As a Freemason in waiting (I have yet to turn the required minimum age) my thoughts are as follows....

Should Freemasonry be secret, or should we be more open about it?

More secret!

Secrecy as historically been an integral aspect of Freemasonry. As an outsider I conclude that the secrecy surrounding Freemasonry has psycho-dramatic consequences for the would-be-Mason and therefore to be "open" regarding Masonic ritual would rob the initiate of an experience. To take away the secrecy of Freemasonry would also remove the inspiration to understand the mysteries of life.

Is a member of your family a Freemason, and how do you feel about that?

My Grandfather was a member of Grand Orient d'Italia and my Uncle is an affiliate of UGLE. On both counts I am proud.

If you are a Mason, what does Masonic ritual mean to you?


How did you feel when you were made a Mason?

Ask me in a year.

And what role has Masonic ritual played in your life since?


Do you feel it is something which can not, or perhaps should not, be put into words?

N/A though a general increasing of spirituality is hallmarked by being unable to explain such experiences in a form as dense as language.

Do you think Freemasonry benefits society?

I think it benefits individuals though as the adage goes "man in raising himself raises the whole world".
By Tom Overstreet
First I'll answer your 5 questions,
1. I like that Freemasonry is secretive. I wish it were more so. Freemasonry started secretly for reasons that aren't necessary to continue anymore but out of respect for the past and those who died preserving the secrecy for the safety of others should not be forgotten. Most importantly, I like answering people when they ask me what it's about. My answer, "I could tell you but then I'd have to kill you". It usually gets a laugh.

2. The Masonic Ritual didn't mean anything to me at all until I read and read about it in several different books. I just finished the Hiram Key and that opened a whole new way of understanding and questioning just where the truth lies.

3.I felt like I had accomplished something that I would appreciate at a much later time. Going through the rituals were just about memorization and trying get to the next step. It wasn't until after I started my quest for more light did I feel like I was apart of something bigger than just a lodge of old men who ate together once a week.

4. The Masonic ritual feels in some sense like I was given the answers to the test and now I have to search for the meaning and ask the right questions to figure out the answers that were given.

5. I wish it wasn't so easy to get a hold of. I can go in any bookstore and find Masonic writing.
It irritates me that on my search for more information on Masonic history, I have to go to the New Age section to get it where it's kept alongside books on witch craft, palm reading, and other
ridiculous practices. I wish it were only available through Masonic membership so that it can't be made fun of by non Masons.

I believe being a Mason is like anything else worth doing in this life. The more you give, the more you will get out of it and if you're lucky you'll leave this place a little nicer then when you arrived.
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