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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 Shane Anglin
Ultimately understanding Freemasonry is similar to understanding Calculus. You cannot expect a person with only basic arithmetic skills to immediately comprehend the depths of a simple differential equation. To be able to fully utilize the mechanics of Calculus and differential equations, the student must pace through multiple laborious steps starting from algebra to geometry to pre-calculus to four quarters of calculus to linear algebra and finish with differential equations. At the end of that learning path, you realize how easily and quickly you could now solve problems that previously took pages of strained thinking, but now, you have simple and easy solutions to apply to those earlier vexing problems.

In relation to Freemasonry, one doesn’t understand the initial lessons and should just take them at face value, just like math’s given theorems and formulas. Eventually, the light starts to be revealed underneath each lesson, and around each corner. Each mystery learned is another piece of an even grander puzzle.

The grand notion of it all it that the ultimate knowledge gained makes all the prior work appear as child’s play, and so simple as to make one feel foolish for not seeing it all before.
 
By R. Meier PM PA - USA
I have read the Hiram Key and Turning the Hiram key and must say I\\\'m refreshed and revitalized!
It makes me sad that in my jurisdiction we do not teach using the tracing board and the meaning of the degrees is not understood. In fact, a man can become a Master Mason, reciecing all 3 degrees in a single day. Now, I ask you, how much can a man learn of the true meaning of the Craft in a single day? Well, that\\\'s what they\\\'re learning.

I have researched and learned and am planning on teaching to local Lodges what the rituals mean, from where they come and why ritual is important in the Craft. Not something to just pass through so you can wear your ring.

Robert, keep writing! You are an inspiration to me and others who value the Craft.

R. Meier Past Master
Lansdowne Lodge #711
36th Masonic District PA, USA
 
By Steinarr Kr. Omarsson
Freemasonry is not secret and should not be. Most can proudly proclaim that they are masons, but unfortunately not all.

Freemasonry should be private. Freemasonry is so many different things to different people and each should be able to experience it in his/hers own way. Knowing too much before entering freemasonry or rising through the degrees is also a bad thing and the biggest reasons why FM should be private.

The best description of FM is that it is like a marriage. Everyone knows the husband and wife are married, but what happens in the bedroom is private.
 
By Cindy
Freemasonry should not be secret but privileged for those who seek it our with a true heart and an honest mind. It is absolutely amazing what instinctive bliss it has brought to me as I learn and confirm what my soul is trying to tell me. Words could never give justice to what I believe the Craft to be much less what it really is! I, more than anyone I know, wish I was able to learn more about the origin and tradition but because I am not a man I cannot join the Lodge. I would love to learn how Mr. Lomas' mother-in-law became a Brother as I ponder often how I could accomplish this myself. I feel a force driving me, pushing me to follow a path I cannot see and do not know but somehow instinctively trust is safe and true. I have always been very analytical and curious but this has ignited a passion in me that has driven friends to look at me like I have lost it! I thank Mr. Lomas so sincerely for his sharing of knowledge and experience and look forward to the future and what hope and comfort it brings.
 
By The Badger
I have just finished turning the Hiram Key. i could not have explained freemasonry better. I am a Royal Arch mason and knight Templar and the book sums it up very well.
 
By Marcus Ripley
I first discovered Freemasons in a book that was recommended to me by a friend. That book was The Hiram Key. Ever since then, I have been fascinated by the ritual and practice of the Craft. I am not currently myself a Mason but would really like to be. Knight and Lomas have really sparked a great interest in the history of religious practices and especially Freemasonry. I believe that being a Mason would greatly enhance any life and lead one to find the greater underlying truths of our existence. I hold no belief that the Masons are a society of devil worshippers or people intent on taking over the world. Of course, I have no practical knowledge of Masonry. That is not to say that they may be evil in some way, just that I cannot say for sure what they are all about. I have sought out Masons in various cities around the US but have never petitioned a lodge. This is due to lack of funds and a current lack of time as I am a full-time student and worker. My main intention after I graduate from my university is to become a member of Fremasonry.

I think that Freemasonry should be secret because that is the tradition that has been passed down through the centuries. For it to change at this time would seem off the mark. Any free man of the proper age, believing in a supreme being can petition a lodge and be accepted. This being the case, there is no reason to remove whatever shroud there is covering the Masonic ritual. I urge Mr. Knight and Mr. Lomas to continue their research and publishing in the manner that they have been. It has caused me to search out greater truths in life and religion. I spend a great deal of my free time researching all manner of texts relating to the mysteries around which the books of Knight and Lomas center.
 
By Mayor Curley

I always thought freemasonry was interesting. I know freemasons do a lot of charity work and are monotheistic. I have the impression it is somewhat built on the teachings of Christ, but is more interested in His wisdom/charity teachings and putting them in to practice and not the religiosity that many groups get involved in.

I know there is also a lot of negativity and claims of it being evil -- probably a lot stemming from the secrecy of it all. I have read a lot of these claims and think they are nonsense.

I am Catholic so I can't join but have always had an interest in free masonry and thought it would be good for me to help me a better person (and have a better network of people I know).

But we can't join as Catholics for whatever reason -- and since I love my faith I just leave freemasonry alone from a membership standpoint.
 
By Bro. T.J.C.
I began learning about freemasonry through reading about other subjects that I was interested in. My Grandmother is a Rosicrucian as was my Grandfather. Myself, being naturally curious, was always asking her questions about things of a philosophical and esoteric nature and borrowing books from the family library.
It was among these treasures that I came across the writings of Manly P. Hall. who wrote many good books about the Great Arcanum. His writing on biblical and masonic subjects I found to be particularly illuminating.
At the time that I was studying the Secret Teachings of All Ages (which is now being reprinted in soft cover) I learned that a good friend of mine was a Mason. Naturally I began pestering him with questions about speculative Masonry, which he answered cryptically. My wife and I were invited to attend a Ladies night festive board where we enjoyed a great meal and were very well treated (even though I won the draw). Eventually I asked him about joining a Lodge and he gladly produced an application to join.
After what seemed like an eternity but was probably only two months, I was summoned to be investigated by some of the lodges officers. The waiting period was a fairly anxious time for me as it would be for many prospective candidates who are unaware of how the process unfolds.
Finally I was sent a letter inviting me to my initiation ceremony. I had a pretty good idea of what to expect would occur because I had read the Hiram Key. This is something that I regret having done because I believe the intended psychological effect that the ceremony had on me was diminished to some degree, like reading the ending of a great story first. In retrospect it would have been much better to have waited untill after being raised to read it, however if I had not read it in the first place I may have never asked the question that needed to be asked.
It is very difficult to articulate my feelings associated with my initiation. Without a doubt it was among the most significant and emotionally charged experiences of my life. The best advice that I received beforehand was that it was important to open up and enjoy the experience.
I worked hard on my passing degree and found it to be a rewarding acheivement. Although the energy seemed very different and less emotive in the second degree, I felt that I gained a better awareness of the effects that Freemasonry has on me.
I am currently studying the material for my raising ceremony, which is to take place next month. Candidates are brought through the three degrees of Craft Masonry much quicker than I would have thought. It is as though all the answers are provided and our job as Freemasons is to discover the proper questions.
 
By David
As a practising Magickian I have seen that the Masonic Initiation is one of the few valid initiations a man can take in this day. Other than the preisthood, which is far to much of a commitment. I have seen sevreral of the hidden messages in the ritual. Especially in the Royal Arch where I have found a lot of Qabbalistic symbolism hidden in the words.
 
By Jim
Freemasonry has different meanings to each man who has experienced the degrees and then has moved forward with the contemplation of each of its tenets. As for me, in the 44 years since I was raised to the 3rd Degree, I have tried to enhance my knowledge of the Craft, from its earliest times to present. This search has convinced me that the majority of members of the Fraternity have not really given much thoughr to the organization of which they claim membership. I truly believe this is the reason they hesitate to discuss the Fraternity with their friends and asociates, fearing that they will divulge something which they shouldn't or believing they do not know enough about Freemasonry to openly discuss it. As a result, they even tend to hide their relationship with the Craft in hopes they will NOT be asked what it is. Thus, they make it impossible for men who really wish to be informed, to learn of our beliefs.
 
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