Legends of the Craft
Legends of the Craft explores Science, Religion and Philosophy in search of the hidden wisdom of Nature. From historical tales of heroism and courage to great works of literature, no legend will go unexamined by Brothers Matias Cumsille and Aksel Suvari in their quest for Masonic inspiration. For too long the philosophy of the Craft has grown stagnant and stale. By resurrecting the ancient legends of our past and studying the masterpieces of the modern age we can determine the future course of Masonry as it endeavors to accomplish the Great Work!
MASONIC PODCASTS: LEGEND, MYTH AND HEROIC STORIES
The following podcasts provide illumination as to why freemasonry exists and its mission in the world. Check out these inspirational, motivating, and moving stories, legends, and myths.
One of the central tenets of the Theosophical system of understanding is the idea of the Root Races. These Root Races describe the stages of human evolution and spiritual progress over the course of millions of years and without this knowledge the truth about humanity's origins, present state and future destiny would remain a mystery. How does this knowledge fit into the world scheme of Freemasonry and what does it teach us about the fulfillment of the Great Work?
Freemasonry is said to have its origins in "time immemorial" but what is this immaterial substance "time"? Why does its contemplation lead to the establishment of the Mysteries? Join Brothers Matias and Aksel as they attempt to answer these questions and many more in a far-ranging discussion on how humanity's understanding of time itself has been shaped throughout the centuries by occult and esoteric teachings.
It is often said that Freemasonry's origins belong to "time immemorial" and that our Craft stretches back to the institution of the Ancient Mysteries. But where exactly do these threads lead us? In this episode of Legends of the Craft join Brothers Matias and Aksel as they journey backwards to the very beginning of civilization - Sumeria - and the mythic tale of the goddess Inanna. Could the mysteries of Inanna be the origin of Masonic ritual?
Charles W. Leadbeater was a Freemason and a towering figure of the occult world in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Reviled by some, adored by many others, he was certainly a controversial figure in his own lifetime. But his contributions to occult knowledge, Co-Masonry, the Theosophical Society and the Liberal Catholic Church not only vivified those institutions but inspired thousands around the world. Does this man deserve the scorn he so often receives?
Anderson's Constitutions, penned in 1723, form the foundation of modern Freemasonry. Much has been written about the historical veracity of this document, its origins, authenticity and its worth to the Craft. But very little has been said about what this document is exhorting Freemasons to do. Anderson's Constitutions give us the outline of an ancient honor code, a code which a Freemason is bound to live by and uphold. What does this code entail and how should the Freemason enact the strictures of Anderson's Constitutions in his daily life?
Postmodernism, and its offspring Critical Theory, is a 20th Century philosophy that emerged in Europe following the World Wars. Critical of modernity and of narrative in all its forms, Postmodernism is a deconstructive philosophy that seeks to break down all grand structures and lay bare the systems of power that create and maintain them. How can the Freemason interpret Postmodernism and what does this philosophy, if anything, have in common with the sublime doctrines of Masonry?
Thomas More's Utopia is a classic of philosophical literature that reimagined society on a grand scale. Since its publication, philosophers have been debating the possibility and necessity of utopias for nearly 500 years. What was the island of Utopia and can we see the fingerprints of Freemasonry within its social fabric?
Authored by the mysterious Three Initiates, the Kybalion is a small piece of Hermetic wisdom that is perhaps one of the most influential works in modern esotericism. Where did it come from, what does it have to say, and how do its teachings relate to Freemasonry?
One of the ancient requirements for admittance into the ranks of Freemasonry is that the candidate for initiation profess a belief in a Supreme Power. Atheists have long taken offense to this idea, insisting that belief in the material world alone is sufficient to unlock the secrets of Nature and Science. Can an Atheist become a Freemason?
The Four Cardinal Virtues are often thought of as Christian theology but they pre-date the religion but several centuries and form the moral foundation of Freemasonry. Are these virtues still necessary in forming the modern moral compass?
Freemasonry, through its ritual of Initiation and progressive Degrees, is a system that elevates the Human into the Hero. It does this by conducting the Neophyte through the various archetypes of their consciousness through symbol and story. The Hero''s Journey, popularized by Joseph Campbell''s Hero with a Thousand Faces is a psychological system that describes cycles of all world mythology and storytelling and addresses the processes by which individuals grow and evolve. Does The Hero''s Journey mirror the techniques and traditions of Freemasonry in explaining human evolution?
From the time of its inception, the secrecy of Freemasonry and its rituals have led some to speculate as to whether or not the fraternity is in fact merely a cover for a sinister cult that misleads its members and subverts society. Is there any truth to such rumors?
"Anarchy" is a word that has become associated with chaos and destruction in our modern age. But what does the word truly mean and what are the implications of a world "without rulers"? Does Freemasonry embrace the philosophy of Anarchism?
The Stoic philosophers of Ancient Greece and Rome influenced the course of history with their creed of Duty, Virtue, and Morality. Does Freemasonry follow in the footsteps of the Stoics of antiquity?
The Druze are a secretive sect of mystics living in the mountains of Lebanon who have guarded a secret religion for centuries. Is there a connection between their secret faith and the rituals of Freemasonry?
Cagliostro was a Freemason, explorer and occultist and is either regarded as the world's greatest magician or history's most notorious charlatan. Was his Egyptian Rite of Freemasonry an attempt to make money or restore the esoteric nature of the Craft?
Joseph Smith was a prophet, a mystic and a Freemason who founded the Mormon Church (Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints), one of the most successful in the world. How did Freemasonry influence and shape this American religion?
What are the Seven Bodies of Man and how are they represented in a Masonic Lodge?
What does the Right and Left Hand path of Magic have to do with Freemasonry? On this episode Brothers Matias and Aksel discuss the difference between the Left and the Right Hand Path of Magic and show how Freemasonry aligns itself on the magical plane to use ceremony and ritual to accomplish its esoteric goal.
On this episode we are joined by Bro. Cat Smith for a fascinating discussion on cosplay and its relationship to Freemasonry. Do costumes allow us to investigate our own psyche in the same way that Masonic ritual and symbols expand our consciousness?
Many Freemasons have been in the military and various militaries throughout history have used fraternal societies to strengthen their ranks. What practices, symbolism and systems of discipline are shared by these two institutions?
Brothers Dennis, Matias and Aksel discuss the human search for freedom, both political and spiritual, and the methods by which Freemasonry can aid this eternal search.
Is the core of Freemasonry a self-improvement system or does it cultivate spiritual servants devoted to the glory of God and the perfection of Humanity?
Freemasonry is inherently opposed to human slavery in all its forms but what great causes of liberty remain for the modern Freemason to fight for today?
The Theosophical Society played an important role in blending Eastern and Western thought. Did the Theosophical movement of the 20th Century influence Freemaosnry?
In ancient times women were an integral part of the mystic traditions of humanity but are now conspicuosly missing from Freemasonry. Are both genders necessary for the Great Work?
It is widely perceived that our planet's ecosystem is in peril from the avarice of human beings. What work can a Freemason do to alleviate this situation?
Science fiction literature has been responsible for influencing the future for generations. What can the epic Dune series teach us about Freemasonry's Future?
Freemasonry is a system of moral instruction for both individuals and society as a whole. What are the duties of a newly initiated Freemason?
The Tower of Babel is a multifaceted symbol. Could it be an allegorical representation of the Great Work of the Mysteries that Freemasonry carries on?
In the event of a great catastrophe, natural or man-made, could the wisdom contained with Masonic ritual and philosophy rebuild human civilization?
History and Philosophy - Investigate the life, school and teachings of Pythagoras: an enigmatic scholar whose work continues to influence Freemasonry today.
The Masonic History of Early America - Learn about Freemasonry's role in shaping our Nation's History, including the exploration of the continent and beginnings of our Government.
A Prince, Ruler, and Judge of Israel - Experience the Epic re-telling of the Masonic Legend surrounding Jeptha in Ancient Israel.
Louis Goaziou, Co-Mason, and Benefactor of Humanity - An American Masonic Hero - Investigate the beginnings of Universal Co-Masonry through the history of one of the Order's founding members.
History and Remembrance - Learn about the persecution of Masons during the Holocaust in this moving tribute to those who lived and died for the cause of Freemasonry.
The Revolutionary War and Brother George Washington - Explore the importance of myth and legend in the context of Brother George Washington's role as Commander in Chief.
Legends of the Craft was started in 2009 to explore the rich history and symbolism of Freemasonry and relate it to the modern world. Too often we are left to rely on the works of Masons long gone from this world but Freemasonry is a living institution and cannot remain relevant without engaging with the world around us. Legends of the Craft focuses mainly on the legends of Masonic figures throughout history and how their life and times can provide context, inspiration and guidance while we navigate our own lives. Through them we can look into the past and future through Masonic lenses and bring Masonry more directly into our lives.
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