The Origin and Progress of Freemasonry.
Any inquiry into the symbolism and philosophy of Freemasonry must necessarily be preceded by a brief investigation of the origin and history of the institution. Ancient and universal as it is, whence did it arise? What were the accidents connected with its birth? From what kindred or similar association did it spring? Or was it original and autochthonic, independent, in its inception, of any external influences, and unconnected with any other institution? These are questions which an intelligent investigator will be disposed to propound in the very commencement of the inquiry; and they are questions which must be distinctly answered before he can be expected to comprehend its true character as a symbolic institution. He must know something of its antecedents, before he can appreciate its character.
But he who expects to arrive at a satisfactory solution of this inquiry must first–as a preliminary absolutely necessary to success–release himself from the influence of an error into which novices in Masonic philosophy are too apt to fall. He must not confound the doctrine of Freemasonry with its outward and extrinsic form. He must not suppose that certain usages and ceremonies, which exist at this day, but which, even now, are subject to extensive variations in different countries, constitute the sum and substance of Freemasonry. “Prudent antiquity,” says Lord Coke, “did for more solemnity and better memory and observation of that which is to be done, express substances under ceremonies.” But it must be always remembered that the ceremony is not the substance. It is but the outer garment which covers and perhaps adorns it, as clothing does the human figure. But divest man of that outward apparel, and you still have the microcosm, the wondrous creation, with all his nerves, and bones, and muscles, and, above all, with his brain, and thoughts, and feelings. And so take from Masonry these external ceremonies, and you still have remaining its philosophy and science. These have, of course, always continued the same, while the ceremonies have varied in different ages, and still vary in different countries.
The Jewish people were not the only ones to be executed by the Nazis. There were several groups to be persecuted of those were also Gypsies, homosexuals, and Freemasons. The Nazi’s are mostly infamous for their atrocities against humanity. As we have recently been researching, they also had a penchant for the Occult. With entire departments and sub-organizations of the Nazi’s dedicated to dabbling with the Occult; it is a bit odd that they would choose to obliterate the Freemasons as well.
However the sect of the Occult the Nazis pursued was not in line with what the Freemasons, Jews, and even the Gypsies practiced. The Nazis sought to learn other arts such as clairvoyance, telekinesis, dousing, and many Germanic pagan rituals. More in particular the Nazis integrated Nordic magic and mysticism into the third reich. The Nazis taught the “runes”:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Runic_alphabet in their youth groups and to every Nazi. The SS even integrated it in their insignia garnered on their shoulders.
I. God is the Eternal, Omnipotent, Immutable WISDOM and Supreme INTELLIGENCE and Exhaustless Love. Thou shalt adore, revere, and love Him! Thou shalt honour Him by practising the virtues!
II. Thy religion shall be, to do good because it is a pleasure to thee, and not merely because it is a duty. That thou mayest become the friend of the wise man, thou shalt obey his precepts ! Thy soul is immortal ! Thou shalt do nothing to degrade it !
III. Thou shalt unceasingly war against vice! Thou shalt not do unto others that which thou wouldst not wish them to do unto thee ! Thou shalt be submissive to thy fortunes, and keep burning the light of wisdom !
IV. Thou shalt honour thy parents ! Thou shalt pay respect and homage to the aged! Thou shalt instruct the young! Thou shalt protect and defend infancy and innocence !
V. Thou shalt cherish thy wife and thy children! Thou shalt love thy country, and obey its laws!
The Pattern on the Trestleboard is often attributed to several hermetic axioms. It is also plays a major role in the philosophy of Freemasonry, which iis a hermetically rich organization.
0. All the Power that ever was or will be is here now.
1. I am a center of expression for the Primal Will-to-Good which eternally creates and sustains the Universe.
2. Through me its unfailing Wisdom takes form in thought and word.
3. Filled with Understanding of its perfect law, I am guided, moment by moment, along the path of liberation.
4. From the exhaustless riches of its Limitless Substance, I draw all things needful, both spiritual and material….