Esoterica and Freemasonry

es·o·ter·ic – adj.
Intended for or understood by only a particular group: an esoteric cult.
See Synonyms at mysterious.
Of or relating to that which is known by a restricted number of people.
Confined to a small group: esoteric interests.
Not publicly disclosed; confidential.

Masonic Esoterica is an often debatable vein of Freemasonry. Many “traditionalists” argue that the esoteric aspects are merely later inclusions to the fraternities already mythic origins, created as an attempt to lend greater credence to it’s antiquity.

However, some writers have made great strides in linking the allegorical meanings and symbolic teachings to a broader history, not directly linked to Freemasonry, but from an ethereal connection to a past.

This “ethereal” connection is to the mystery schools of antiquity and is evident in many of the Gnostic ideas within Freemasonry. As Above, So Below, and that the presence of the divine being within us, not an external entity. These ideas are still hidden within allegories and symbols, but are very similar to the lineage of the ancient mystery schools.

To serve as an example of some of these schools, The Egyptian Books of the Dead, the creation of the Torah, the school of Pythagoras, the Evolution of Christianity and Islam, the Hermetic and Kabbalah traditions, medieval Alchemists, to Freemasons (and others). This unlikely list of individuals connect subconsciously in the quest for answers to the unknown, establishing the foundation of the Mystery School tradition.

The greatest connection to this past is the idea that these schools of wisdom and education existed to teach those willing to learn and carry on those traditions of discovery. Their education is not concrete, but instead intangible and abstract, allowing the questions to be asked through generations.


~ by Greg on August 13, 2005.

2 Responses to “Esoterica and Freemasonry”

  1. I have seen many Masons turn down any fact of Esoteric relations to freemasonry based on personal beliefs and would not want to see themself associated with anything of the nature. As with many of Jewish faith I have seen refuse that any thought of esoteric truths. One very simple connection I have seen withe Esoteric or Jewish Mysticism is in the Book of Creation or Formation is the 32 paths of wisdom, as is 32 main degrees on Freemasonry. Without further research I think most would agree of more esoteric connections based in Scottish rite versus Blue lodge. I have always been curious of how the 1-3rd degree were held under the Scottish Rite as the Blue lodge doesn’t use the Scottish rites version of the degrees. Also do you know if any Scottish Rite lodges offer 1-3 degrees with or without blue lodge degrees?

  2. Greetings, Bro. Stewart. I, too, am very interested in the mystical elements of the Craft. I was raised approximately 2 years ago, and I am currently Senior Deacon in our Lodge. I have often wondered if the pursuit of such knowledge is frowned upon by some of the more conservative brethren. I commend you on your pursuits! I have recently started a blog, somewhat similar to yours. It is called Esoteric Freemasonry. Feel free to check it out sometime.


    Bro. Bentley

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