Wednesday, January 25, 2012

The Degrees of Freemasonry

“Although the brotherhood of Masonry appears to be relatively new, it is in reality the oldest continuous network on the planet, dating back many thousands of years, beginning when stones were first dressed. Masonry today has a generally sinister reputation, because the people suspect that this powerful brotherhood has been manipulating and exploiting them. However, the average Mason has never been ‘in the know’ and is, therefore, merely a member of a social club. Nevertheless, the higher-ups have indeed had their hand in creation on this planet on a large scale for a long time … The Masons are there, perpetually hidden behind the scenes, leaving clues to their existence as a brotherhood, some of which are evident yet still not seen. For example, the biblical Nimrod, the king who built the tower of Babel, is considered the first Mason.” -Acharya S., “The Christ Conspiracy” (238-9)

Freemasonry is a secret fraternal order that has existed for hundreds, arguably thousands, of years and is now operating in most every country in the world. Masonry promotes itself as a philanthropic club for men of morals and they perpetuate this image through members of the first three “Blue degrees.” 97% of all Masons fall into this category and they are often upstanding citizens, pillars of the community who truly are charitable and benevolent. However, the higher degrees, the inner-circle of World Freemasonry, use the society’s global influence to advance their control.

“The ongoing connective tissue between the modern and ancient secret societies has been Freemasonry, which existed as a formidable force long before certain lodges became ‘Illuminized.’ During the late Middle Ages when any opposition to the Holy Roman Universal (Catholic) church was forced deep underground, among the only organized groups able to move freely throughout Europe were the guilds of stone masons, who maintained meeting halls or "lodges" in every major city. The masons, who traced their own secret knowledge of architecture and building back to Egypt and beyond, were essential in the construction of Europe's churches and cathedrals. They were the direct descendants of early guilds of masons which existed both in Egypt and Greece and utilized esoteric construction techniques in their craft. These techniques had been passed down through the sects and mystery schools and some continue to confound modern builders.” –Jim Marrs, Rule by Secrecy (242-3)

Freemasonry evolved over the last thousand years from the Knights Templar, and before that traces its roots to ancient Egypt, the Egyptian Mystery Religion and Esoteric Schools. Some believe the original Masons were the builders of the Pyramids or that they hold the secrets of those early master Masons. Freemasonry is not, however, merely a builders and stone-workers guild. Right from the first degree initiates take blood-oaths, perform occult rituals, and begin learning about a number of arcane subjects delving deeper as they rise in degrees. Some of the subjects studied/practiced include: Astrology, Consciousness, Magic, Tarot, Kabbalah, the Tree of Life, Sacred Geometry, Divination, Scrying, Theosophy, Numerology, Symbology, Alchemy, Hermeticism, the Chakra system, Auras/Energy bodies, Astral Projection/OBEs, Kundalini Yoga, Geomancy, Masonic/Occult History and Philosophy, Metaphysics, Epistemology, Secret Handshakes and Gestures.

Masons rise in degrees through a process of rituals and initiations. They read books like Machiavelli’s “The Prince” and Albert Pike’s “Morals and Dogma” then write essays detailing whether they agree philosophically with people like Pike, Hegel, Machiavelli and others. These essays are then sent in to the Headquarters of International Freemasonry and reviewed by top-level Masons. If the initiate agrees that the few should control the many, and that secret society rule is virtuous, etc. then he is congratulated and promoted through higher degrees. If the initiate disagrees that the few should control the many, and holds a genuinely moral position, then he is congratulated and promoted within his existing branch, never to rise above the Blue degrees. Every Mason will disagree with this however, because most Blue Lodge Masons genuinely do not know, and high-ranking Masons are sworn to secrecy.

"The Blue Degrees are but the outer court or portico of the Temple. Parts of the symbols are displayed there to the initiate, but he is intentionally misled by false interpretations. It is not intended that he shall understand them, but it is intended that he shall imagine that he understands them. Their true implication is reserved for Adepts, the Princes of Masonry.” –Albert Pike (Sovereign Grand Commander of the Supreme Council of the 33rd degree and Supreme Pontiff of Universal Freemasonry) “Morals and Dogma”

"Freemasonry is a fraternity within a fraternity - an outer organization concealing an inner brotherhood of the elect. ... It is necessary to establish the existence of these two separate yet interdependent orders, the one visible and the other invisible. The visible society is a splendid camaraderie of 'free and accepted' men enjoined to devote themselves to ethical, educational, fraternal, patriotic, and humanitarian concerns. The invisible society is a secret and most august fraternity whose members are dedicated to the service of a mysterious Arcanum arcandrum [a sacred secret]. Those brethren who have essayed to write the history of their craft have not included in their disquisitions [a formal discourse or treatise] the story of that truly secret inner society which is to the body Freemasonic what the heart is to the body human. In each generation only a few are accepted into the inner sanctuary of the work ... the great initiate-philosophers of Freemasonry are ... masters of that secret doctrine which forms the invisible foundation of every great theological and rational institution." -33rd Degree Mason Manly P. Hall, “Lectures on Ancient Philosophy”

The process from a 1st to 33rd degree Freemason may take 10, 20, 30 or more years but is not based on time. The way initiates rise degrees is through invitation by members of a higher degree. This is the nature of all secret societies; the only way to get ahead is by appeasing those ahead of you. It is through this boot-licking pyramid structure that the few bloodline elite at the top control the many at the bottom. Then by issuing lords, knights, and vassals of various degrees along the way to do their bidding, the royals essentially control all facets of this world-wide Brotherhood.

"The initiated brother realizes that his so-called symbols and rituals are merely blinds, fabricated by the wise to perpetuate ideas incomprehensible to the average individual. He also realizes that few Masons of today know or appreciate the mystic meaning concealed within these rituals." -33rd degree Mason Manly P. Hall, “The Lost Keys of Freemasonry”

“The invitation-only thirty-third degree … is the highest publicly known degree. The vast majority of members look upon their affiliation with Freemasonry as little different from joining the Lion's Club, the Optimists, or the chamber of commerce. And from their standpoint, this is true. Even Masonic literature makes clear that only those initiates who progress beyond thirty-third-degree status are educated in the group's true goals and secrets. This hierarchy is readily admitted by Masonic authors. ‘There has always existed an external, elementary, popular doctrine which has served for the instruction of the masses who are insufficiently prepared for deeper teaching,’ wrote Mason Wilmshurst. ‘There has been an interior, advanced doctrine, a more secret knowledge, which has been reserved for riper minds and into which only proficient and properly prepared candidates, who voluntarily sought to participate in it, were initiated.’” -Jim Marrs, “Rule by Secrecy” (247-8)

The highest known formal degree of Masonry is the 33rd degree. This title has been held by many world leaders and important names in modern history. The following US presidents are/were known to be Masons, many of them 33rd degree: Washington, Jefferson, Madison, Monroe, Jackson, Polk, Buchanan, Johnson, Garfield, McKinley, Roosevelt, Taft, Harding, Roosevelt, Truman, Ford, Carter, Reagan, Clinton, both Bush’s and Obama.

All the following people are/were also Masons, most of them 33rd degree: Buzz Aldrin, John Glenn, Yasser Arafat, Tony Blair, John Wilkes Booth, James Cameron, Winston Churchill, Walt Disney, Bob Dole, Frederick Engel, Newt Gingrich, Mikhail Gorbachev, Al Gore, Billy Graham, Richard Holbrooke, J. Edgar Hoover, Colonel Mandell House, Saddam Hussein, Burl Ives, Jesse James, Jesse Jackson, Henry Kissinger, Vladimir Lenin, Robert McNamara, Karl Marx, Lord Alfred Milner, Benjamin Netanyahu, Albert Pike, Prince Philip, Colin Powell, Cecil Rhodes, James Rothschild, Charles Taze Russell, Joseph Stalin, Strom Thurmond, Leon Trotsky, Paul Warburg, H.G. Wells and thousands more.

“When we examine the historical record of the world's most despicable mass murderers and revolutionaries, we find that almost all of them were members of Freemasonry and other secret societies of the Illuminati: Robespierre was a Freemason; Weishaupt was a Freemason; Napoleon was a Freemason; Lenin was a Freemason; Stalin was a Freemason; Mussolini was a Freemason; Truman and Roosevelt were Freemasons; Ariel Sharon is a Freemason; Bill Clinton is a Freemason; Fidel Castro is a Freemason.” -Texe Marrs, “Codex Magica” (43-4)


Anonymous said...

I don't think Andrew Jackson or Fidel Castro was/ are Masons. Andrew Jackson had two attempted assassinations because he killed the central banks. Fidel has kept corruption out of his country for 50 years.

Might want to check your sources on those.

Eric Dubay said...

Being a Freemason doesn't mean being corrupt. It's the organization itself and the Vatican/Royalty who control it who are corrupt.

JFK was a great President and hero, but he was also a Mason from an Illuminati bloodline. When you step out of line, you are made an example of. Luckily for Andrew Jackson, both guns misfired. JFK wasn't so lucky.

Bill A. said...

The first clue the erroneousness of this post is the reference to Morals & Dogma and the further reference to Albert Pike as the Supreme Pontiff of Universal Freemasonry. Simply put, There is no such thing as Universal Freemasonry and there is no such title as Supreme Pontiff, nor has it ever existed.
Albert Pike was many things. He was a lawyer, a poet, a philosopher, a politician and self made expert on ancient religions. He lead the Southern Jurisdiction of the Scottish Rite only. Few outside the Southern Jurisdiction of the Scottish Rite have ever heard of him or his Opus, Morals and Dogma. Which is a thesis of Ancient religions and Masonry combined. The real tip off is that the book is prefaced by a statement that anyone who reads it is free to disregard anything or all of it. The Supreme Pontiff crap came from the Taxil Hoax, an admitted hoax by it's author and a known pornographer, not to mention over 100 years old. Which he wrote to make the Catholic Church look silly and used Freemasonry for the bait.
As for you list of Masons, well Fidel Castro, Gorbachev, Saddam Hussein were NOT Freemasons and thats just for starters.
Weishaupt, Lenin, Stalin, Clinton also none were Freemasons.
Freemasonry cannot exist in a state where despotism or totalitarianism rule. Because Freemasons believe in tolerance and equality, those ideas are seditious under those regimes.
In essence you have managed to quote every rumor monger and outright lier when it comes to Freemasonry. Texx Marrs? Please he is as paranoid as they come. All his claims have been debunked. Jim Marrs at least appears sane so I will have to assume he is just trying to make a buck with his unsubstantiated claims.
Lastly Manly P. Hall was not a Freemason when he wrote about it at the tender age of 21. He did eventually become a Freemason, 35 years later. But he is hardly regarded as a authoritative source on Freemasonry, even by Freemasons. He also was a self avowed mystic and philosopher. No one person speaks for all Freemasonry, that the way it is and the way it will be. If you want to read a good book about the facts, read A Pilgrims Path by John Robinson.

Eric Dubay said...

I'll let the readers decide if they want to listen to Texe Marrs, Jim Marrs, and other long-time NWO researchers... or... random commenter "Bill A." who apparently has infallible opinions and definite secret society rosters. I will say though that I agree with Bill A. about John Robinson's books. They are well-worth checking out. Peace

Anonymous said...

Freemasonry roots are from Rome

airmanchairman said...

I beg to disagree with Anonymous' assertion that Freemasonry's roots date back to Rome - it is much, much older, traceable back to Ancient Egypt's Pyramid builders (early stonemasons) and possibly further back to the divinatory philosophies of ancient sub-Saharan Africa...

Druv said...

Johann Adam Weishaupt (6 February 1748 in Ingolstadt – 18 November 1830 in Gotha) was a German philosopher and founder of the Order of Illuminati, a secret society with origins in Bavaria.

Weishaupt became a professor of canon law, a position that was held exclusively by the Jesuits until that time.

Historically the name refers to the Bavarian Illuminati, an Enlightenment-era secret society founded on May 1, 1776. In more modern contexts the name refers to a purported conspiratorial organization which is alleged to mastermind events and control world affairs through governments and corporations to establish a New World Order.

The Enlightenment Era connects directly to Jewish Enlightenment.

Adam Weishaupt was born in 1748 of Jewish parents

The names of the parents can verify that they were Jewish.

All roads go beyond Rome, because Rome was Christianized.

Who Christianized Rome, if Christianity Began in Rome?

Rome was the center of the Celtic Civilization which was Warped by the Zealots as a poisonous war tactic.

They are the Same people who owned the British East India company, and began the Slavery at a global level as well as destruction of the planet.

This evil poison has taken a massive demonic corrupted face of NWO to feed off the life force of the good people by the Demons known as Zealots.

The destroyer of Confusion is finally here!

Anonymous said...

Coincidence.... There is Masonic Goat Riding Ritual and a Knight of Colombus Goat Riding Ritual.

Maybe both are secretly related. I saw on another conspiracy site, that a secret Roman Empire would be TPTB so maybe both secret societies are control by Rome..

After all the York Rite last degree is Knight Templar, which represent the order of Rome that started the crusades.

i saw that in the All Roads Lead to Rome document by ProtoplasmicTraveler.

Anonymous said...

I see some people like to polarize this whole Freemasonry issue.

How about a better idea? We don't get bogged down in pitying or condemning the lowly Masons, and instead focus on fixing up our inner lives? What good does it do to bash and grapple at phantoms whom we have no influence over?

Anonymous said...

Yo Mama's Big Black Hole:

Illuminati Agenda said...

“The great strength of our Order lies in its concealment; let it never appear in any place in its own name but always covered by another name and another occupation. None is fitter than the three lower degrees of Freemasonry; the public is accustomed to it, expects little from it and therefore takes little notice of it.” - Adam Weishaupt, 'official' founder of the Bavarian Illuminati...

Balkan Terrorism Editor said...

This post is correct. Most of those posting here are either FreeMasons themselves or Roman Catholics. Albert Pike planned two Russian Revolutions and three world wars to take place in the 20th Century all before 1871. In a letter dated August 15, 1871 he details those plans to Mazzini, Freemason/Illuminati on each plan. The details were projected by each generation of Jesuit/Illuminati family. The naysayers about the validity of this post are dead WRONG and biased.

Anonymous said...

Ancient Egyptian beliefs are but to Spiritual enslavement.

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Anonymous said...

The masonic order actually goes all the way back to Egyptian times an it's a cult worshipping the light of Lucifer the masons are the elite an are secretly working for satan