Of late I have been digging. Digging into the history of Freemasonry to find out more of where we came from. Why have I been digging you may ask? Really, my purpose was to better understand what we are doing, and why we do it. And truthfully, I am coming to some perhaps unconventional conclusions.

I don’t want to go into great depth here, but some of my preliminary thoughts are these. At some point, early in the 1600’s, Freemasonic and Rosicrucian thought crossed paths and likely merged together a large degree of esoteric (occult) knowledge. Now, before you run off and call me a witch or a heretic, there was a period of time that the occult wasn’t about consorting with the devil (though the dominate faiths of the day would have you believe otherwise), no, the occult was perceived to be a secret knowledge, a mixing of angels, demons, and spiritual worlds between the physical earth and the divine realm where God dwelt. This knowledge was known (explored?) to but a few, often called magus, or magicians, and the magic that the wrought was something we take for granted every day now.

My thoughts are that this “magic” had to do with the understanding of mathematics, more specifically the study and understanding of geometry. Math and counting were not new, but the re-discovery of these ancient ideas tied directly into the work that the Free Stone masons were doing.

What I am beginning to see is that the Stone Masons hadn’t yet fully connected or ritualized their understanding. Instead, they had a system of “lodges” and meetings (festive boards), but the knowledge they had was universal amongst them. As they admitted more and more “speculative” masons, they (we) gradually evolved our allegories, which came from the alchemists and hermetiscists, whose ideas seem to of eventually coalesced through the Rosicrucian movement, which manifested through the writing of fama fraternitas. This text put into words something that had been going on already for a hundreds of years before hand. It created a bigger picture that there was another vehicle to the divine, that the Roman Catholic Church, the burgeoning Protestant reformation, and the Anglican Church were not the only means to connect with the “Great Architect of the Universe”.

But I’m getting far a field in this post. Let me see how this evolves and starts to manifest. Some figures I am seeing are John Dee, Cornelius Agrippa, and Francis Bacon, and Elias Ashmole, to name a few. But these are only the first steps into my discovery.

More to come…

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~ by Greg on November 3, 2006.

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