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Turning The Hiram Key

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By Wolfhealer
I have many friends who are Freemasons, both socially and at work, who have had a wonderful influence on my life and carreer. I hope someday to become one,
 
By uranusjoe
I never had much interest in Freemasonry until I discovered the books written by Christopher Knight and Robert Lomas. Now it has become the most important topic I can study.

I was raised in a Roman Catholic family and had 12 years of education in Catholic schools. While I no longer consider myself a member of the Church I've still maintained a close relationship with the life and teachings of Jesus. Studying Freemasonry has opened my eyes to the efforts of the Church to keep people in the dark. I believe that many more people would openly embrace Jesus if they understood more about his life, and this would bring more people in line with the positive morality practiced by Masons.

The books about the Hiram Key have helped me understand the Bible more than I ever thought possible. Books like "Uriel's Machine" have helped reveal documents left out of official Church canon that helped turn the Bible into a valuable source of history.

Now is the time to open our eyes to our true hidden history. Because Freemasonry has held onto these secrets, and because many of the people trying to reveal our history are Masons, I'm convinced that the morality at the basis of this organization is more than just boilerplate. Masons like Christopher Knight and Robert Lomas are serving humanity.
 
By Nicholas Cooke
I have been a mason for only 18 months, however in that time I have come to truly enjoy the beauty and philosophy of masonic ritual. My lodge is a stickler for getting ritual word perfect, I however believe that it is the delivery that makes the ritual great. That being said centuries of editing has made what we have today a thing of classic liturature, that does not need to be rewritten.

I am joining the Royal Arch in the next few months they tell me that these guys know how to do ritual, I hope so .

Yours Fraternally
Bro. Nick Cooke
Lodge Sir Joseph Banks 300
UGL NSW & ACT
www.lodgesirjosephbanks.com
 
By Fred
My only gripe with 'The Brotherhood' is the fact that all of humanity is 'The Brotherhood' and the ritual affirmations and archetypal programming of masonic method should be available to all. I've been studying Freemasonry, Sacred Geometry, Mathematics and Life, Nature et al. over the last few years, and this religion seems to have a grip of how to live in a civilised & decent way, but ONLY to fellow masons; this is what cheeses me off the most about them.

Celestial understanding? Great!
NLP with ancient affirmations? Great!
Registered Charity (avoiding lots of taxes)? Er.....no thanks.

Also, I've been studying the effect of Dan Brown's 'Da Vinci Code' on the populace of the UK. Excellent, inasmuch that you mention Fibonacci in a 'vox pops' and most people will now know about this incredible series. Forget the controversy in truth vs. non-truth, I'm interested in ideas and thought-forms. Truth can leak out of the most unexpected places.

I believe Dan Brown's new novel 'The Solomon Key' will weave together a ripping yarn with some interesting 'facts' so that millions of people will start understanding Freemasonry, regardless of the 'fors' and 'againsts'. From the USA as Masonic Republic to the importance of Masonic understanding of Geometry in designing cityscapes, the can of worms will surely be opened (with a golden can-opener?!) for all to peruse. And that surely can't be a bad thing, although the media will have a field day. I just wonder why the release date has been postponed by almost a year...

Until Freemasonry goes fully green; carbon-neutral, and starts installing PV panels on top of lodges, promotes cycling to meetings (!), until it turns the Statue of Liberty into a pregnant mother-to-be with a Sun in her right hand and a Moon nestled in her other, I'll keep on using my own mishmash of understandings to weave my own mythology, and quietly await the day when I'm invited to join the freemasonry of Humanity and pure, unadulterated living Creation.
 
By Fred
My father is a Mason and his grandfather was a Mason. I always knew there was something special about this organization. My mother was a member of the Eastern Star. I even joined; but have not been an active member. I was always aware that these organizations had "secret" rituals. The few that I was exposed to as an Eastern Star member were strange and made little sense to me. After reading the Hiram Key and the Second Messiah and now another of your books, I am awed by the information and wealth of history and tradition that now begins to makes sense. Though I am not a Mason (being female, and it is rare that one gets into that level), I have been raised by one. The intrinsic values instilled in me as a youngster made even more sense after reading your books. My brain immediately made connections with the materials you have researched as well as a resonance in my soul. There is a realm way bigger than any of us; and the ancient civilizations knew that. I can't help but think that many of us are distantly related somehow to those older orders; and my! how things have gotten lost, filtered and changed through the generations! I just know in my gut that you guys are on the right track and the clues you have attained along the way are on the right path. Call it intuition; but it just rings so true. And isn't that what it's about?....seeking the Truth. There comes a point when the inner essence of our being just 'knows' what is the Truth. Our society has found ways of eluding that truth.
My sincere hope is that you continue on your researching journey, and that others make use of it and grow as a result. Thank you for your tireless efforts! I have enjoyed the fruits of your labors. At each point in your books, I wonder to myself about the next step....and in the next paragraph, you are "on it". Your reasoning and hypotheses are so logical & easy to follow. I think your works should be more widely available. Those who choose to read it will be able to. Those who have no interest will never pursue it.
Keep up the great work!
 
By Daniel Lamarche
Should Freemasonry be secret, or should we be more open about it?

I not yet being a Mason wonder if in fact Freemasonry is a secreat. It is true that I do not know all of the details involved in the craft, and yet I do know a handful of Mason's personally. After having expressed intrest I have been invited by two of them to join. My quest to beter understand man's Psyche and spirit began at arround the age of 21 it has been nearly two decades now. This quest has led me to read several books and attend various conferences on the subject. After reading the Hiram Key and the Turning I would have to say that the existence of the Mason's is not secreat.

If the intent of the question is to ask whether I think the rituals practissed in the craft should be kept secreat, than this would most certainly receive a different answer. Yes! I think that the rituals should be kept secreat in so much as I think the knowledge/experience should be earned. It has been my life's experience (and observation) that possessions and knowledge that has been given freely and unearned has gone mostly unappreciated by the person who has received the gift. Further to that, it might well go misunderstood. It would seem to me that the following of Masonry is pretty much open to the public to join should they so desire.

Second thoughts of that question though are; that I am greatly apprieciative of the historic knowledge that has been passed down through the books I have read, inc. The Hiram Key. I can see that it is true that some of the conclusions that have been drawn in this book come from thin threads of evidence, they are non the less intelligently argued and well thought out. They are as good a theory as some and beter than many others. In fact the books have been so well argued that I myself am considering joinning the craft.
 
By RockGuru
Hi,

I believe the meaning of Masonry or at least the reason it was started was to try and keep alive the true teachings of occult sciences and the universe.

Some might say as the Christian Church merged its interest with that of the Roman Emperor's in the third century, the true mystical teachings that were part of the Christianity such as reincarnation, the link between Jesus' teachings and that of the Brahmins of India had became distorted and detached from their source.

It has been suggested that the person who started Masonry was called Albanus, born into a Roman family in the town of Verulam , England . Albanus returned to Rome where he became a Mason then journeyed back to Verulam and became active in public affairs. Yet by order of the Emperor in 303 AD, Albanus was subsequently beheaded along with other Masons and heretics.

Now this is something I read, Im not saying its true and Im not saying it isnt true but its interesting to note that both Rodger Bacon and Francis Bacon were from or were connected to the town of Verulam. Both were pioneers of science and seekers of truth.

This brings me then to a man who went by the name of Le comte de st Germain. The Rosicrucian organizations were certainly helped by him. While Christian Rosencreuz, the founder of the Order, transmitted his teachings orally, St. Germain recorded the doctrines in figures, and one of his enciphered manuscripts became the property of his staunch friend, Prince Karl von Hesse. H.P.Blavatsky mentions this manuscript in The Secret Doctrine (II, 202) and quotes at length from another (II, 582). While St. Germain was living in Vienna he spent much of his time in the Rosicrucian laboratory on the Landstrasse, and at one time lived in the room which Leibniz occupied in 1713. St. Germain also worked with the Fratres Lucis, and with the "Knights and Brothers of Asia " who studied Rosicrucian and Hermetic science and made the "philosopher's stone"(1) one of the objects of their research.

Although an effort has been made to eliminate St. Germain's name from modern Masonic literature, careful research into Masonic archives will prove that he occupied a prominent position in eighteenth century Masonry. He acted as a delegate to the Wilhelmsbad Convention in 1782 and to the great Paris Convention of 1785. Cadet de Gassicourt described him as a travelling member of the Knights Templar, and Deschamps says that Cagliostro was initiated into that Order by St. Germain.

I believe this to be true but believe it or not it might be worth looking into further!

The RockGuru




 
By The Keeper
As a female who has no allegience to any religion, but who does have the greatest of interest and respect in the history of the afore mentioned subject, I am at odds as to why the Freemasons are a male dominated society? Surely your acceptance of all religions should include acceptance of females who share the same thoughts as yourselves? I read The Hiram Key many years ago and I am half way through The Book of Hiram, and I am intrigued with the amount of biblical content in relation to Freemasonry. It would be in everyones interest to have a melding of minds and it serves no purpose to restrict ones self when they are searching for the knowledge that has been lost.
 
By Druid
A conversation about Richard Dawkin’s book, “The God Delusion” on the post-mormon web bulletin board (http://www.exmormon.org/) recommending one of your books led me to your site.
As an Ex-Mormon my views of Masonry have been shaped by the discovery that the Mormon Temple ceremony was borrowed (plagerized) from the Mason ceremony. The founder of Mormonism, Joseph Smith joined the masons around 1830s in the USA. When writing his “inspired” Mormon temple ceremony he took large parts of the Mason ceremony and “corrected” what he viewed as errors that had crept in from the times of Solomon used them for his church temple cerimony. Of course, in spite of being sworn to secrecy some apostate Mormons did reveal the Mormon ceremony. Some people speculate, the vigilante mob that killed Smith consisted of vengeful Masons. His leap to an open window where he was shot, may have been an attempt to identify himself as a mason. However, there were already enough religious and political issues surrounding Smith that could have resulted in his death even without a mason connection. In the wild West of America mobs were fairly common.

The Mormon ceremony has been changed a number of times since then in consideration of more modern sensitivities of it’s members. Most Mormons have no idea their religion has any connection with Masons. If a Mormon joined the Masons today they would be quite surprised to see numerous ceremonial similarities.

As I discovered Mormonism to be little more than a religious cult, I have judged Masons rather harshly. While I have respect for Masons, I can’t help feeling their secret ceremonies to be unnecessary and that Mormonism would have been quite different if no temptingly secret Mason ceremony had ever existed. Even better, while wishing, had Smith never been.
 
By Apprentice
I am new to Freemasonry, having been initiated about six weeks ago. I'll answer such of your questions as I am able as an Entered Apprentice, but in a different order to the one in which they were presented, so as to preserve the flow of my thoughts.

When I was initiated I felt an indefinable sense of energy in the Lodge room, and when the ritual was over I felt that I'd participated in (and had, indeed, been the focus of) something timeless, something that felt very right to me. In a sense I felt that I had 'arrived at the beginning', if you will; a feeling of accomplishment laced with anticipation of what is to come. I was very fortunate in that the Brethren of my Lodge new their ritual well, and delivered it with great conviction.

It's my belief that, if Freemasonry were to throw wide the doors of the Lodge room and make every detail of ritual public, ritual would lose a lot of its value and impact. I do, however, think we could perhaps call Lodge matters "private" rather than "secret", and preserve as true secrets only those things with which the rituals specifically entrust us. This seems to already be pretty much the case in my locality anyway. I further believe that the secrets are of incalculable value as a lesson to the candidate, and as a reminder to the Brethren observing or conducting the ritual; a lesson and reminder that in order to be true and trustworthy to others, one must first be true to, and trust, one's self. Masons reading this might recall the charge spoken to the first degree candidate when he enters the Lodge room for the first time. My understanding, thus far, is that the secrets provide a vehicle (a very effective one at that) for the important moral lessons they convey. If the secrets are done away with, the lessons will also be lost. Throwing the baby out with the bath water, in other words.

Even though my experience of ritual is limited, I think it would be safe to say that each Mason's experience and opinion as to the effect that ritual has had on his life would be unique, so there would be as many descriptions as there are Freemasons. Putting it on paper would be of limited value and would tend to confuse rather than enlighten non-Masons.

Do I think Freemasonry benefits society? Of course I do. It's one of the primary reasons for my becoming a Mason, along with the attraction of being a member of a fraternity with a vastly rich heritage, the roots of which can be traced to remotest antiquity.

Fraternally,

Tony

 
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