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The Sun, Moon, and Stars
The Sun, the Moon and the Stars are central symbols in the Freemasonic Philosophy but what has Freemasonry and its ancestors in the Ancient Mysteries contributed to the science of astronomy?

Unknown
Dec 7, 2022



Gnosticism and Freemasonry
The Gnostic sects of the early Christians bear some striking resemblances to the practices of modern Freemasonry. Is it possible that Freemasonry can trace its origins to these secrtive religious schools?

T...V...I...B... Albert Mackey 33o
Nov 30, 2022



The Adept School of the Past
As the occultist awakens to the true nature of the world it is impossible not to notice the movement of society away from the matters of the spirit and towards the spirit of materialism. Whence derived this change, can it be reversed and what role do the ancient mystery schools have to play in this transformation?

Rudolf Steiner
Nov 25, 2022



Michael and the Dragon
In this article Rudolf Steiner, master of symbolism and scholar of the Western Esoteric Tradition, explains the hidden symbolism of the myth of St. Michael and the Dragon

Rudolf Steiner
Nov 16, 2022




Featured Articles


Masonic Motto: Ordo Ab Chao
What is the meaning of the Masonic motto "Ordo Ab Chao"?

Bro ... Jonathan Dinsmore 1o
Mar 11, 2019



Masonic Mottos: Deus Meumque Jus
The phrase Deus Meumque Jus has tremendous symbolic significance. What is the meaning of this Masonic motto?

Bro... Jonathan Dinsmore 1o
Mar 4, 2020



Who is the Son of the Widow?
The origin of the term Widow’s Son is quite old and deep in Masonic Lore. Why does the orphan hero play such a prominent role in movies, mythology, and Masonry?

Bro... Jonathan Dinsmore 1o
Jun 5, 2019



Do the Shriners Connect Freemasonry to Islam?
Does the Ancient Arabic Order of the Nobles of the Mystic Shrine connect Freemasonry with mystical Islam?

Bro... Jonathan Dinsmore 1o
Apr 8, 2019




Article Archive


Inner and Outer: The Shamanic Thread Through All Religions
Does a shamanic thread weave through all religions?

Bro... Jonathan Dinsmore 1o
Nov 25, 2019


A Brief History of the Founding of Co-Freemasonry
A lecture on the early history of Co-Masonry delivered to the Canonbury Masonic Research Centre.

By Sister Jeanne Heaslewood
Feb 5, 2020


A Stupid Atheist?
Do atheists have a place in Freemasonry?

Anonymous 
Feb 11, 2021


A Very Esoteric Christmas: Part I
What are the roots of themodern Christmas story and traditions?

Bro... Jonathan Dinsmore 1o
Dec 18, 2019


A Very Esoteric Christmas: Part II
Is there a greater aesthetic and mythical theme of Christmas than that of light shining in the darkness?

Bro... Jonathan Dinsmore 1o
Dec 22, 2019


After the East
After serving in the East, what characterizes the role of Past Master?

Very Ills..... Bro... Kristine Wilson-Slack 33o
Mar 29, 2022


Albert Pike, Mystic
An article about Albert Pike's mystical education, experience,and legacyin Freemasonry, which appeared in The Master Mason - May 1925.

By Bro... Henry R. Evans, Litt. D.
Mar 26, 2020


Am I my Brother’s Keeper?
What can the ancient story of Cain and Abel teach us about the human journey and our relationship with God?

Ills..... Bro... Pamela McDown 30o
Jan 31, 2019


An Ennobling Science
Freemasonry, necessarily shrouded in mystery and secrecy, has always drawn the ire of those who do not understand it. What is Freemasonry and what does it mean to be a Mason?

The Masonic Craftsman Magazine
Mar 13, 1938


Ancient Mysteries and Secret Societies Which Have Influenced Modern Masonic Symbolism - Part One
The first part in a series of articles taken from Manly P. Hall'smagnum opusThe Secret Teachings of All Ages about the ancient influences upon modern Masonry describes the origins of our Craft as they can be found in the mystic history of the world of antiquity.

Bro... Manly P. Hall
Sep 21, 2022


Ancient Mysteries and Secret Societies Which Have Influenced Modern Masonic Symbolism - Part Three
The third installment of Manly P. Hall's chapter on the Ancient Mysteries investigates the connection between Freemasonry and the cryptic Roman rites of Mithras - their origin, their spread and their impact not only on Roman society but on the very fabric of Modern Masonry

Manly P. Hall
Nov 2, 2022


Ancient Mysteries and Secret Societies Which Have Influenced Modern Masonic Symbolism - Part Two
The second installment of Manly P. Hall's chapter on the Ancient Mysteries details the Druidic mysteries of Britain and Gaul and their long felt influence on the development of Masonic rites.

Manly P. Hall
Oct 26, 2022


Aphorisms of Freemasonry
Selected aphorisms from The Book of the Lodge by George Oliver (1782-1867)

Bro... George Oliver 
Oct 14, 2020


As Above, So Below: The Soul’s Evolutionary Trajectory Reflected in Freemasonry
What is the purpose of the human soul?

Bro... Jonathan Dinsmore 1o
Jan 30, 2020


Baseball: America’s Esoteric Pastime?
Was baseball founded on Masonic symbolism?

Bro... Jonathan Dinsmore 1o
May 12, 2019


Behind the Widows Son: A Deeper Dive into the Enigmatic Mythology
What is the symbolism of the Widow's Son?

Bro... Jonathan Dinsmore 1o
Aug 6, 2019


Burn's Farewell to Masons
Was Robert Burns the bard of Freemasonry?

Bro... Rob Morris
Oct 2, 2020


Circumambulation in a Masonic Lodge
Circumambulation is one of the oldest and most integral parts of Masonic Ritual. What is the origin and meaning of this universal practice?

Unknown
May 1, 2022


Combating Ignorance
What is ignorance, why is it so damaging, and how can we combat it?

Very Ills..... Bro... Kristine Wilson-Slack 33o
May 14, 2020


Conduits
Does Freemasonry teach us to become conduits of the Divine?

Very Ills..... Bro... Kristine Wilson-Slack 33o
Jan 21, 2021


Do the Shriners Connect Freemasonry to Islam?
Does the Ancient Arabic Order of the Nobles of the Mystic Shrine connect Freemasonry with mystical Islam?

Bro... Jonathan Dinsmore 1o
Apr 8, 2019


East and West, the destinies of Nations
Could the affairs of the world be overseen by an "occult" or hidden group of Adept Initiates?

The Very Ills..... Bro... Annie Besant
Mar 23, 2022


Eastern Magic and Western Spiritualism
Is the origin of Western Spiritualism to be found in Eastern magic?

Bro... Henry Steel Olcott
May 10, 2022


Eastern Sages, Western Secrets
Are the East and West a symbolic representation of the two halves of humanity’s collective mind?

Bro... Jonathan Dinsmore 1o
Aug 23, 2018


Effects of Anti-Masonry on the Fraternity
What impact did the Anti-Masonic Party and movement have on Freemasonry and politics in the United States?

Bro... Erik McKinley Eriksson
Dec 2, 2020


Freemasonry and the Ancient Wisdom
Does Freemasonry derive from the Ancient Wisdom?

Unknown
May 17, 2022


Freemasonry in China
A fascinating article describing the rich history of Masonic symbolism and mystic faith in China.

Bro... Chaloner Alabaster
Sep 2, 2020


Gnosticism and Freemasonry
The Gnostic sects of the early Christians bear some striking resemblances to the practices of modern Freemasonry. Is it possible that Freemasonry can trace its origins to these secrtive religious schools?

T...V...I...B... Albert Mackey 33o
Nov 30, 2022


Growing the Masonic Way
Masonry's goal, the perfection of Humanity, can only be reached by the Paths of Action and Duty.

The Very Ills..... Bro... Rosario G. Menocal 33o
Sep 27, 2018


Harmony and Strength
What forms the foundation - the cornerstone - of Freemasonry?

The Masonic Review - 1857
Feb 19, 2020


Improving Civil Discourse Online
How can civili discourse be improved by Freemasonry?

Bro... Jonathan Dinsmore 1o
Feb 18, 2021


In Memoriam: David James Lettelier
Remembering Bro... David Lettelier, the founder of the Phoenix Masonry Museum and Website and friend of Universal Co-Masonry.

Universal Co-Masonry
May 4, 2021


In the Shadow of Jehovah
Is the Christian Devil a reflection of a limited concept of God?

Bro... Jonathan Dinsmore 1o
Dec 1, 2019


Is Freedom an Illusion?
Freemasonry is an initiatory, life-changing path. When you arrive at the door, either you are ready or you are not. The person that shows up is presented a new destiny, if they are ready to take it.

Very Ills..... Bro... Kristine Wilson-Slack 33o
Jun 24, 2020


Is Freemasonry Dying or Evolving?
Is the Craft of Freemasonry approaching the end of its earthly existence?

Bro... Jonathan Dinsmore 1o
Dec 17, 2018


Jacques de Molay: The Last Grand Master of the Knights Templar
Has Jacques De Molay, last Grand Master of the Knights Templar, been avenged?

by Bro. Lorne Pierce, Past Assistant Grand Chaplain A.F.& A.M. Ontario
Feb 26, 2020


Jazz Musicians and Freemasonry
There is a clear connection between Music and Freemasonry, but why have so many famous Jazz Musicians been Freemasons?

Bro... Jonathan Dinsmore 1o
Feb 10, 2019


Judge and Jury
What is justice to a Freemason? Is she blind or must she weigh her scales with open eyes?

Very Ills..... Bro... Kristine Wilson-Slack 33o
Jun 15, 2021


Life as Ceremonial
The daughter of Annie Besant, Mabel Besant-Scott was an active Theosophist, Co-Mason and Rosicrucian. In this artcile she describes the penentrating effects of Co-Masonic Ritual upon one's life.

Bro. Mabel Besant-Scott
Jul 16, 1934


Masonic Initiation
Taken from the introduction to his masterful workMasonic Initiation, the following article is a portion of Bro. Wilmhurst's exhaustive study of the ancient initiatic tradition to which Freemasonry is the heir apparent and demonstrates its origins in remote antiquity.

Wor... Bro... W.L. Wilmhurst
Jul 12, 2022


Masonic Motto: Ordo Ab Chao
What is the meaning of the Masonic motto "Ordo Ab Chao"?

Bro ... Jonathan Dinsmore 1o
Mar 11, 2019


Masonic Mottos: Deus Meumque Jus
The phrase Deus Meumque Jus has tremendous symbolic significance. What is the meaning of this Masonic motto?

Bro... Jonathan Dinsmore 1o
Mar 4, 2020


Masonic Ritual: Myth, Magic, or Both?
The rituals of Freemasonry are ancient and mysterious in their origins. This article explores myth, magic, and Masonry to shed light on the rituals of Craft.

Bro... Jonathan Dinsmore 1o
Nov 30, 2018


Masonry and Civility in the Digital Age
How does Freemasonry direct her initiates to behave with civility in the modern era?

Bro... Jonathan Dinsmore 1o
Aug 31, 2018


Masonry in Business
Should a Mason should benefit in business from his Masonic connections?

Unknown
Nov 19, 2020


Masters of Wisdom
The "Masters of the Wisdom" represent the pinnacle acheivement of all those who seek after the spiritual light of the Mysteries. Should we follow in their footsteps?

Very Ills..... Bro... Charles W. Leadbeater
Apr 12, 2022


Michael and the Dragon
In this article Rudolf Steiner, master of symbolism and scholar of the Western Esoteric Tradition, explains the hidden symbolism of the myth of St. Michael and the Dragon

Rudolf Steiner
Nov 16, 2022


Mysticism
The path of the Mystic lies waiting to be discovered by all those who pass the Temple gates for initiation but where does it lead?

The Illus... Bro... Annie Besant 33o
May 23, 2022


Notes on the Origin of Co-Masonry
First published in 1917, this article provides an outsider's perspective on the origins and early history of Universal Co-Masonry.

Bro. Arthur Edward Waite 
Mar 11, 2020


Occultism
Freemasonry, as a continuation of the Ancient Mystery Schools, is a tradition steeped in occultism and the study of hidden things and requires the spiritual insight of the Adept to perceive.

The Very Ills..... Bro..Annie Besant 33o
Apr 3, 1913


Our Work in the Craft of Freemasonry
Is the aim of Universal Freemasonry to aid all Masons in their search for more Light, in order to advance the whole of the human race?

The Very Ills..... Bro... Louis Goaziou 33o
Sep 27, 2018


Practical Virtues
The following article we take from an address delivered before Western Star Lodge, No. 2, at Little Rock, Arkansas, on St. John's Day, by BrotherE. H. English.

Bro... E. H. English
Mar 18, 2020


Prayer in Masonry
It has been maintained that Freemasonry is not a religion yet prayer forms a central component of Masonic ritual and tradition. Is this a contradiction or is Freemasonry truly a religious practice?

Bro... Joseph Fort Newton
Feb 8, 1915


Reforming The Gods
To reform something is to take it apart, piece by piece, and use the material to create some new form, some new “thing” that is ostensibly better than the old “thing.” Can this be done to the gods?

Very Ills..... Bro... Kristine Wilson-Slack 33o
May 20, 2020


Schools of Masonic Philosophy
Penned in 1923, Bro... H.L. Haywood's treatise on the philosophical schools within Masonry elucidates the vibrant intellectual tradition preserved in the Ancient Mysteries and points us towards the Supreme aims of our Craft.

Bro... H. L. Haywood
Sep 14, 2022


Shakespeare and Freemasonry
This article explores the relationship between the purpose and teachings of Freemasonry and the works of William Shakespeare.

Bro... William Norman M'Daniel
Jun 30, 2020


The Accession of Solomon: The Building of the Temple
Freemasonry has at its mythological center the legend of the building of King Solomon's temple. This stately edifice is of the utmost importance to the Freemason, as the moral lessons of his Craft are communicated through the symbolism of its construction.

Henry Hart Millman
Feb 1, 2022


The Adept School of the Past
As the occultist awakens to the true nature of the world it is impossible not to notice the movement of society away from the matters of the spirit and towards the spirit of materialism. Whence derived this change, can it be reversed and what role do the ancient mystery schools have to play in this transformation?

Rudolf Steiner
Nov 25, 2022


The Ancient Mysteries of Egypt and Greece
It is often said that the Craft of Freemasonry is descended from the Ancient Mysteries. In historical terms, this means we can trace a line from the cultures of ancient Egypt and Greece to the practice of our rituals today. What keys to the mystery of Freemasonry do the rites of these lost cultures hold?

W... Bro... D. McLaren, P.P.G.D.
Apr 5, 2022


The Archetypal Lucifer - Part I
Freemasonry reveres the Light, which illuminates and chases away the darkness of ignorance. As a “bringer of light,” Lucifercan be a touchy subject, particularly in relation to Freemasonry. This article provides some interesting perspectives on the Archetypal figure.

Bro... Jonathan Dinsmore 1o
Oct 22, 2018


The Archetypal Lucifer - Part II
The Lucifer-Satan archetype is partly personified by a glorification of the intellect. One manifestation of it is the worldview of philosophical materialism, or scientism: the belief that all that is real are the phenomena we can measure and study with science.

Bro... Jonathan Dinsmore 1o
Oct 28, 2018


The Atheist and the Agnostic
As series of short essays, the "Old Tiler Talks" provide insights and helpful clarification related to many key concepts of the Craft.

The Very Ills..... Bro... Carl H. Claudy 33o
Jan 15, 2020


The Broken Column
The broken column, while perhaps not of ancient origin, is nonetheless an indispensable symbol of modern Freemasonry. What is the origin of this enigmatic emblem of the Craft and what is its symbolic significance?

Unknown Author
Apr 19, 2022


The Co-Mason on the 50 Dollar Bill
Brother Edith Dircksey Brown Cowan was initiated on October 14th, 1916. She was a founding member of St. Cuthbert’s Lodge No. 408, which was founded in Perth the same year.

Wor... Bro... Karen Kidd 3o
May 29, 2019


The Crusades and Freemasonry
Much has been made of the connection between the Knights Templar and Freemasonryyet mystery abounds and the true purpose of their mission in the Holy Land remains unknown and a topic of persistent speculation.

Bro... Albert S. Hovan, P.D.D.G.M.
Feb 18, 2022


The Differences between Co-Masonry and The Eastern Star
Co-Masonry and the Order of the Eastern Star (OES) are both initiatic, ritual-based traditions that allow men and women to join, which sometimes leads to confusion among the general public. This article explores the similarities, differences, and history of these organizations to shed light on what is unique about each.

Bro... Karen Kidd 3o
Jul 7, 2019


The Edge of the Universe
If the foundation stones of Freemasonry are these ancient philosophers, it behooves us to understand them so we have a foundation to understand the nature of humanity in order to perfect it. Can we understand ourselves if we do not understand nature?

Very Ills..... Bro... Kristine Wilson-Slack 33o
Sep 9, 2020


The Effect of Masonic Ritual: Part I
This is the first installment in a series exploring the effects of Masonic ritual. Here the author explores the nature of ritual, particularly in relation to Freemasonry.

Very Ills..... Bro... Kristine Wilson-Slack 33o
Aug 28, 2019


The Effect of Masonic Ritual: Part II
As the second installment in the series, this article explores the foundation of Masonic Ritual as influenced, shaped, and formed by the thoughts and midset of the Brothers of the Lodge.

Very Ills..... Bro... Kristine Wilson-Slack 33o
Sep 4, 2019


The Effect of Masonic Ritual: Part III
The thirdinstallment in the series on the effects of Masonic ritual.Masonic Ritual is the play; it stresses the structure and foundation of the story while the thought form and creativity are in the hands of the individual actors in the ritual.

Very Ills..... Bro... Kristine Wilson-Slack 33o
Sep 19, 2019


The Effect of Masonic Ritual: Part IV
Here the author explores the importance ofpreparation,before entering the Temple, for the Brothers about totake part in the Masonic ritual work.

Very Ills..... Bro... Kristine Wilson-Slack 33o
Sep 19, 2019


The Effect of Masonic Ritual: Part V
At the closing of the Lodge, beneficentand vibrant energyis released, thrice emanatingoutwards,to Humanity and the World. The framework of Freemasonry bestows the ability create what the world needs, if Brothersdo it with intention, focus, and true service.

Very Ills..... Bro... Kristine Wilson-Slack 33o
Oct 2, 2019


The Feminine of Freemasonry
Freemasons are men and women, of all races, creeds, and religious backgrounds. Let us lift the idea of Freemasonry as being purely masculine, and look the world of Hermetic principles and gender. Where does the Feminine find itself within Freemasonry?

Very Ills..... Bro... Kristine Wilson-Slack 33o
Oct 7, 2020


The Genius of Masonry
Written under the anonymous pen name of "A Royal Arch Mason" and Published in the 1855 edition of The Masonic Review this article attempts to describe the particulargenius - the peculiar animating spirit - of Freemasonry

A Royal Arch Mason
Aug 31, 2022


The High Purpose of Freemasonry
Freemasonry seeks to share its ancient wisdom for the benefit of the whole of Humanity, and its light shines through the Beauty of harmonious life in our world for the Brotherhood of all Mankind, circumscribed by the glory of God.

The Ills..... Bro... Sidney A. Cook 32o
Sep 27, 2018


The Initiatory Rites of Druidism
This article discusses initiatory rites of the Druids, which bear similarities with the Masonic rites.

By Bro... Dudley Wright 
Jul 22, 2020


The Lesser of Two Evils: A Masonic Perspective
Always vote your conscience; if the right choice does not appear, continue to look for in the search you may find exactly that which you seek.

Bro... Marcus Radiant
Nov 2, 2020


The Luxury of Anger
Do Freemasons have the luxury of anger?

Very Ills..... Bro... Kristine Wilson-Slack 33o
Mar 8, 2022


The Masculine of Freemasonry
Is Freemasonry masculine, feminine,or both genders in balance and harmony?

Very Ills..... Bro... Kristine Wilson-Slack 33o
Dec 9, 2020


The Masonic Chisel
Just as the chisel removes unneeded stone to reveal the jewel, form, or sculpture within, so can personal discipline remove those things which tarnish and distort our latent potential.

Bro... Jonathan Dinsmore 1o
Jan 2, 2020


The Masonic Family
We call each other Brother for a reason. It’s not arbitrary. Whatever you goals in joining the Craft are, you will end up with a family – one that you’ve chosen with forethought and daring.

Very Ills..... Bro... Kristine Wilson-Slack 33o
May 6, 2019


The Masonic Noah’s Ark: Navigating a Great Deluge
What meaning can be found in the ancient legend of Noah’s Ark? Can it provide us any insight into the world today?

Ills..... Bro... Pamela McDown 30o
May 29, 2019


The Masonic Way of Living
A quarterly address presented to the Grand Lodge of Massachusetts, Bro. Perry's speech was given in 1938, a time of growing crisis and uncertaunty in the world. Does his sage advice on the Masonic method of approaching life still hold for our times?

Most Worshipful Joseph Earl Perry
Jul 2, 2022


The Meaning of Initiation
A fascinating historical perspective on Masonic Initiation providing much enlightenment to theimportant question:Why?

By Bro... Frank C. Higgins
Apr 23, 2020


The Meaning of Masonry
A lecture read at the request of the Grand Lodge of Louisiana - The evil consequences of schisms and disputes for power in Masonry and of Jealousies and Dissensions between Masonic Rites.

The Very Ills..... Bro... Albert Pike 33o
Jan 9, 2020


The Meaning of Solidarity
For every Freemason, the call of unification is strong. To unite mankind in brotherhood under the banner of heaven is the mission of Masonry.

Very Ills..... Bro... Kristine Wilson-Slack 33o
Jun 17, 2020


The Message of Co-Masonry
If on our long journey, we have found a light, and it is still burning in our hearts as it was when we first entered Masonry; then we must not keep that light under a cover, but show it to those who have eyes to see and a mind to understand.

The Ills..... Bro... John Roine 32o
Sep 27, 2018


The Mystery of Masonry
Taken from a 1919 issue ofThe Buildersmagazine, this article describes the true meaning of the word "mystery" and what it means, and should mean, to Masons everywhere.

Bro. Joseph Barnett
Aug 24, 2022


The Mystical Basis of Freemasonry
Is Freemasonry a continuation of the Secret Doctrine, a mystical initiatic tradition that stretches back to the dawn of civilization?

Bro... W.L. Wilmhurst
Jun 16, 2022


The Occult View of War
Written in the midst of the First World War, this article byVery Ills..... Bro... Charles W. Leadbeater gives an impression of the views on war held by some Freemasons, Theosophists, and occultists at the turn of the 20th Century, a very different world than that which exists today. The controversial views expressed are not officially endorsed by Universal Co-Masonry but they offer a fascinating insight into the mind of the early 20th century occultist. Was Bro... Leadbeater correct in his analysis and are any of his views applicable to the modern world?

Very Ills..... Bro... Charles W. Leadbeater
Apr 10, 2022


The Proper Balance of Masonry: The Greater and the Lesser Mysteries
This articlediscusses the subject of the proper balance of Masonry, established when the exoteric and esoteric aspects of the Craft are in harmony.

The American Freemason
Apr 29, 2020


The Ritual and Myth of Freemasonry
To understand the Light of Freemasonry, one must utilize the power of imagination - for to imagine is to echo the original creation of the Universe.

The Very Ills..... Bro... Magdalena I. Cumsille 33o
Sep 27, 2018


The Rough and Perfect Ashlars
The Rough and Perfect Ashlars are fundamental symbols of Freemasonry, foundation stones upon which the symbolic superstructure of the Craft is built. What is their true, inward, esoteric meaning and what moral lessons do they convey to the earnest and inquisitive student?

Exc... Bro... Tzadkiel, 18o
Feb 8, 2022


The Sacred Altar
In a Masonic Lodge, the Altar is the foundation stone upon which the superstructure of the Ritual is constructed. What is the true meaning of this most ancient of human constructions?

Short Talk Bulletin, Vol.II  February, 1924 No.2 - Author Unknown
Oct 19, 2022


The Sacred Tetractys
The Tetractys refers to a sacred symbol of the Pythagoreans, consisting of four rows of dots containing one, two, three, and four dots respectively, which form an equilateral triangle.

Ills..... Bro... Pamela McDown 30o
Aug 3, 2018


The Secret Tradition of Freemasonry
Those who truly seek may find that living secret tradition which is concealed within the pattern of Freemasonry, and the path which leads to the gateway of Initiation, where shines the Star above the portal of that glorious Temple eternal in the heavens.

The Very Ills..... Bro... Edith Armour 33o
Sep 27, 2018


The Serpent in Myth, Antiquity, and Freemasonry
Misunderstoodby many in humanity's history, the serpent, in truth, represents wisdom,transformation, immortality, and healing. The ouroboros is of particular importance in Freemasonry: a symbol of eternity and continual renewal of life.

Bro... Jonathan Dinsmore 1o
Oct 22, 2019


The Spirit of Masonry
The spirit of Masonry has worked tirelessly throughout the ages to build Man up from his primitive state to one of advanced spiritual evolution. Does its work still continue?

Bro... Joseph Fort Newton
Sep 8, 2022


The Sun, Moon, and Stars
The Sun, the Moon and the Stars are central symbols in the Freemasonic Philosophy but what has Freemasonry and its ancestors in the Ancient Mysteries contributed to the science of astronomy?

Unknown
Dec 7, 2022


The Sun, Moon, and Stars
This article explores the ancient history and Masonicsymbolismof the Sun, Moon, and Stars.

SHORT TALK BULLETIN - Vol.VIII, March 1930, No.3.
Dec 16, 2020


The Symbolism of the Cube
The Qabalah is a mystical symbolic system of looking at the microcosm and macrocosm from the standpoint of the Creator. From this view point, everything is of interest: the speck of dust on the ground, the glowing nebulas in the heavens, and the tiny living cell.

Ills..... Bro... Pamela McDown 30o
Oct 14, 2018


The Three Great Lights
What morality is revealed by the Three Great Lights of Freemasonry?

The Masonic Monthly
Jun 9, 2022


The Trestleboard
This article discusses the need for quality, not quantity, when it comes to Masonic membership.

Bro... Paul R. Clark
Jul 9, 2020


The Two-Headed Eagle of The Ancient & Accepted Rite
When this emblem was first adopted by the High Degrees, it had been in use as a symbol of power for five thousand years.

Bro... W. J. Chetwode Crawley
Aug 26, 2020


The York Rite Degrees of Universal Co-Masonry
The history of the York Rite Degrees practiced by The Honorable Order of Universal Co-Masonry.

Bro... Karen Kidd 3o
Jun 19, 2019


Thinking Better
Harmony, to this Freemason, is a shining goal, where the spirit of cooperation and unity produce amazing results in our rituals and in our lives. To focus on “thinking better” is what helps bring us into that harmony; not just in our Lodge rooms but in our lives.

Very Ills..... Bro... Kristine Wilson-Slack 33o
Aug 5, 2020


Truth and Belief
To know Truth, you must unflinchingly examine your beliefs, your opinions, your conception, your prejudices, and your orthodoxies in the clear light of your most exalted self, your highest self.

The Very Ills..... Bro... George S. Arundale 33o
Feb 12, 2020


Two Masonic Pillars: Guardians of the Temple
Freemasons are familiar with the lessons associated with tales of destruction, especially of King Solomon’s Temple. Do these tragic events point to dramatic changes in human consciousness?

Ills..... Bro... Pamela McDown 30o
Apr 29, 2019


U.S. Masonic Presidents
How many United states Presidents have been members of the Masonic Fraternity?

The Grand Lodge of Texas
Sep 23, 2020


UGLE Is Not The Only Game In Town
This article details the ongoing constroversy related to the role of Women in Freemasonry.

Very Ills..... Bro... Kristine Wilson-Slack 33o
Sep 16, 2020


What do Masons’ Marks reveal?
The Freemason marks well when he aligns with the plan and purpose of the Great Architect who has a greater design or pattern. What do the marks of builders, ancient and modern, reveal?

Ills..... Bro... Pamela McDown 30o
Apr 1, 2019


What does it mean... "Ancient Free and Accepted Masons?"
Bro... Joseph F. Newtondescribes the history and origins of the term "Free an Accepted Mason" and sheds light upon the true meaning of what many members of the Craft take for granted as a simple title.

Bro... Joseph F. Newton 
Mar 16, 2022


What Freemasonry Offers
What is the "Light" of Freemasonry, and what is its importance in our ritual and daily lives?

The Very Ills..... Bro... Magdalena I. Cumsille 33o
Sep 27, 2018


What is the Craft of Freemasonry?
The way of Masonry is indeed wise. It is not one more factor in a factional world, yet it removes all hostility from the minds and hearts of men.

Exc..... Bro... Grace Petrul 18o
Sep 27, 2018


What Is The Egyptian Book of the Dead?
What is the meaning of thisfascinating work from the ancient Egyptian tradition, which is alternatively translated as"The Book of Emerging Forth Into the Light" or"The Book of Becoming Light"?

Bro... Jonathan Dinsmore 1o
Aug 24, 2018


What is the Truth behind the 47th Problem of Euclid?
What hidden symbolism and morality is hidden in the enigmatic symbol of the 47th Proposition of Euclid?

SHORT TALK BULLETIN - Vol.VIII, October 1930, No.10.
Oct 22, 2020


What Masonry Offers
Freemasonry is a powerful and ancient fraternity kept pure and holy by those Brothers of the highest moral, ethical, and spiritual character.

Ills..... Bro... Henry Williams 30o
Sep 27, 2018


What Secrets Does Freemasonry Hold?
The real secrets of Freemasonry remain hidden to many, regardless of how many degrees they may have taken. One’s career, age, religion, caste, sect, or wealth will not grant access to these mysteries. What secrets does Masonry hold, and how are they unveiled?

Bro... Fahim Ahmed
Apr 1, 2020


What Would Your Sentence Be?
If, in some cataclysm, all of the scientific knowledge were to be destroyed, and only one sentence was passed onto the next generation of creatures, what statement would contain the most information in the fewest words?

Very Ills..... Bro... Kristine Wilson-Slack 33o
Jul 29, 2020


Where Is A Freemason First Prepared?
The heart is an important symbol in Freemasonry whose sacred teachings should be unlocked and applied in each Mason’s life.

Ills..... Bro... Pamela McDown 30o
Feb 24, 2019


Where is the Future of Freemasonry?
The soul of Freemasonry is now moving away from its traditional roots in Western Europe and North America to those places where it can truly be used for the good of Humanity.

Very Ills..... Bro... Matias Cumsille 33o
Mar 25, 2019


Who is the Son of the Widow?
The origin of the term Widow’s Son is quite old and deep in Masonic Lore. Why does the orphan hero play such a prominent role in movies, mythology, and Masonry?

Bro... Jonathan Dinsmore 1o
Jun 5, 2019


Why I am a Co-Mason
The reasons for being a Co-Mason are great with the greatness of antiquity and the mightiness of the human soul, yet like the morning sky, revealing their depth in crystalline clearness.

Bro... Nathan Hyde 3o
Sep 27, 2018


Woman's Part in the Mysteries
A fascinating article detailing therole of women in the Ancient Mystery traditions,from the 1925 edition of“Freemasonry Universal: The Official Journal of Universal Co-Masonry."

Bro... J. Page 
Aug 22, 2019


Women and Masonry
What historical role have women held in Freemasonry? This article discusses the issue of women in Freemasonry in the early part of the 20th Century.

The Very Ills..... Bro... Louis Goaziou 33o
Sep 27, 2018


Yggdrasil
Yggdrasil, the Tree of the World, is an ancient symbol found among our Nordic ancestors in theEddasof Creation. What relation does this axial symbol have to the immortal acacia of the Freemasons?

Very Ills..... Bro... Kristine Wilson-Slack 33o
Jul 18, 2022


 

The teachings of Freemasonry are clothed in the symbols of the building craft. Its mysteries are universal and are shared by many other traditions. These traditions have given form to this wisdom under many guises but in Freemasonry these truths of Nature are expressed in the terms of construction and architecture. The time of the Operative Masons is over yet the desire to raise structures and monuments to the Divine expression in Nature has persisted into the era of the Speculative Masons. In Universal Co-Masonry this desire is encouraged to manifest in the form of written Pieces of Architecture. These Pieces of Architecture, articles and essays that expound on the symbolism and meaning of Freemasonry, contribute to the building of the edifice that Universal Co-Masonry is attempting to raise.

This building cannot be touched with the hands but is instead approached with an open mind and a yearning heart. Within this temple exist the thoughts, feelings and ideas of many generations of Universal Co-Masons. These Co-Workers, some still laboring upon the plan of work while others have passed to the Eternal Grand Lodge, have left their mark not only upon our Order but also on the world. The thoughts they have shared serve to inspire and excite the minds of those who will come after them and their insight will be added to the collective knowledge of Universal Co-Masonry. We believe this insight too valuable to be forgotten and hope that it assists you in your quest to understand Freemasonry.

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