Paperback ISBN: 1585428531
A Freemason and award-winning psychologist shares an accessible tour of the practices of Freemasonry while recounting key historical information, challenging popular myths and counseling readers on how to join the organization. Original.
Freemasonry for Beginners
Paperback ISBN: 193999456x
Many people have heard of Freemasonry, but few have any idea what it is, what it does, or why it exists. Freemasonry is not a religion, but rather a spiritual self-help society whose declared purpose is to help members become better citizens, and it has a strong track record of doing just that since it began in Scotland in the 15th century. Freemasonry For Beginners explores the objectives and teaching methods of Freemasonry and describes its influence on society in the past, present, and future. It recounts the origins of the movement in Scotland and its spread to North America and the rest of the world. Not least of all, it shows how Masonic teachings have helped so many members over the centuries learn the skills to become leaders in society, science, and the arts.
A History of the World's Most Powerful Secret Society
1st Edition Hardcover ISBN: 1559706015
A respected historian and author of Napoleon III and Eugenie provides an in-depth history of freemasonry, exploring the inner workings of the powerful secret society, refuting many of the myths about the order, and shedding new light on the contributions of the freemasons to world history. 17,500 first printing.
The Ancient Brotherhood Revealed
Paperback ISBN: 178828593x
Offers a detailed yet accessible history of the Freemasoning Craft and its spread to most corners of the world. From the historical beginnings of the Brotherhood and a look at its symbols and rituals to the impact Freemasons have had on science, art and history, this beautiful volume offers a comprehensive celebration of Freemasonry - for Masons themselves and for anyone else who is interested in the rich history of this ancient organisation. An eye-catching format and look, coupled with a great price, this book makes a great reference read or gift for those interested in secret societies. Fascinating and serious subject matter. It is also great value for money.
The Illustrated Book of an Ancient Brotherhood
Hardcover ISBN: 1782121943
From the historical beginnings of the brotherhood and a look at its symbols and rituals to the impact Freemasons have had on science, art, and history, this beautiful volume offers a comprehensive celebration of Freemasonry—for Masons themselves and to anyone else who is interested in the rich history of this ancient organization.
Freemasons for Dummies
2nd Edition Paperback ISBN: 1118412087
Take the mystery out of the Freemasons Fascinated by Freemasons? Freemasons For Dummies is the internationally bestselling introduction to the Masons, the oldest and largest "secret society" in the world. This balanced, eye-opening guide demystifies Freemasonry, explaining everything from its elaborate rituals and cryptic rites, to its curious symbols and their meanings. With new and improved content, including updated examples and references throughout, this new edition of Freemasons For Dummies provides the most straightforward, non-intimidating guide to the subject on the market. - Updated expert coverage of the basic beliefs and philosophy behind Freemasonry - Revised information on the history of the society, including updates concerning its founding, famous historical members, and pivotal events - New coverage devoted to the recent influx of younger membership - The latest and ongoing controversies and myths surrounding Freemasonry - The role of women in a Masonic organization, including opportunities for women to participate in Freemasonry - The effects cultural and political changes and worldwide events are having on the organization If you're intrigued by the mystery that surrounds the Masons, get ready to learn the facts about this ancient order in Freemasons For Dummies.
The Golden Builders
Alchemists, Rosicrucians, First Freemasons
Paperback ISBN: 157863329x
In a breathtaking span of detailed research, Tobias Churton reveals, without resorting to mythology or pseudohistory, the most uptodate knowledge on the development of Gnostic alchemy, the true origins of preGrand Lodge Freemasonry, and the mysterious Fraternity of the Rosy Cross (the Rosicrucians). Following the Hermetic spiritual and philosophical stream through 1,600 years of esoteric history, Churton introduces readers to great men of magic and wisdomspiritual heroes and masters like Paracelsus, Caspar Schwenckfeld, Johann Valentin Andrae, and Elias Ashmole. The Golden Builders is an essential addition to any serious seekers' library. The Golden Builders is divided into three parts: Part 1 presents a broad survey of the Hermetic current and its transmissions from Hellenistic Alexandria to the time of Paracelsus. Part 2 focuses on the Rosicrucian movement as a vehicle of the Hermetic current, drawing on stateoftheart research, such as the works of Spanish scholar Carlos Gilly. Part 3 concentrates mainly on one man, the English polymath, antiquarian, collector, alchemist, astrologer, and early Freemason, Elias Ashmole, after whom the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford is named, and one of many Renaissance figures who carried the Hermetic current forward. Debunking myths while revealing genuine mysteries, The Golden Builders is an enticing read that contains much spiritual wisdom. Explore the deeper meaning of magic and human existence, as revealed in the records and inspiring lives of the Golden Builders.
The Hiram Key
Pharaohs, Freemasonry, and the Discovery of the Secret Scrolls of Jesus
Paperback ISBN: 1931412758
The Hiram Key is a book that will shake the Christian world to its very roots. When Christopher Knight and Robert Lomas, both Masons, set out to find the origins of Freemasonry they had no idea that they would find themselves unraveling the true story of Jesus and the original Jerusalem Church. As a radically new picture of Jesus started to emerge, the authors came to the startling conclusion that the key rituals of modern Freemasonry were practiced by the early followers of Jesus as a means of initiation into their community.