embodyilluminati:

Thrice blessed is he who with a lamp of truth, in union with nature and with nature’s God, has a natural inclination to find the Light, without being driven to it by suffering and affliction.
embodyilluminati:

Eternity is here and NOW. Cultivating this perspective, we can analyze our relationship to the future and to the past, as we linger in the magickal moment of the present. From out of the unknown of the cosmos, here we are in this “place” and “time”, enclosed in these envelopes of form. To know and understand this will allow you to see with eyes that pierce the illusory veils that lie outside of us and within us.

- Bret Trismegistus
thecuriositydesk:

Downtown Boston Freemason Lodge Holds Secrets — Even From The Masons
It was this week - back in 1733 - that the first Grand Masonic Lodge in the Western Hemisphere was formed. Known today as the Massachusetts Grand Lodge, their formidable 9 story building off Boston Common holds its share of secrets, even from the Masons themselves.
Robert Huke, a longtime Freemason and Communications director for the Mass. Grand Lodge:

"This space is known as a chamber of reflection, and I don’t exactly know what takes place here, because it is a room that is used by one of the groups in the York Rite, which is an organization in the Masonic family and I have not taken my degrees in that group yet."  

Read more.
mylittleillumination:

Some Masonic students have thought, although the opposition holds that there does not seem to be any specific documentary evidence to warrant such belief, that in the Middle Ages there was a separate class of Freemasons known as Cathedral, or Church, Builders who worked on ecclesiastical structures only and were distinct from the town guilds or companies.
These students are of the opinion that the so-called Old Charges were originally intended as rules for use among this church building class of Freemasons.
Leader Scott (the pen name of the author, Mrs. Baxter of Florence, Italy) has in her book, Cathedral Builders, unearthed from Muratori’s collection of ancient manuscripts an edict signed by King Rotharis of November 22, 643, containing the following clauses:
If the Comacine Master with his colleagues shall have contracted to restore or build the house of any person whatsoever, the contact far payment being made, and it chances that some one shall die by the fall of the said house, or any material or stones from it, the owner of the said house shall not be cited by the Magister Comacinus or his brethren to compensate them for homicide or injury ; because having for their own gain contracted for the payment of the building, they must sustain the risks and injuries thereof. If any person has engaged or hired one or more of the Comacine Masters to design a work (conduxerit ad operam dictandam), or to daily assist his workmen in building a palace or a house, and it should happen that by reason of the house some Comacine should be killed, the owner of the house is not considered responsible; but if a pole or a stone shall kill or injure any extraneous person, the Master builder shall not bear the blame, but the person who hired him shall make compensation.
Mrs. Baxter says: “These laws prove that in the seventh century the Magistri Comacini were a compact and powerful guild, capable of asserting their rights, and that the guild was properly organized, having degrees of different ranks; that the higher orders were entitled Magistri, and could ‘design’ or ‘undertake’ a work; i.e., act as architects; and that the colleagues worked under, or with them.
In fact, a powerful organization altogether; so powerful and so solid, that it speaks of a very ancient foundation” (see Cathedral Builders, the Story of a Great Masonic Guild, 1899, London, pages 5-7, 423-6; also the Comacines, their Predecessors and their Successors, Brother W. Ravenscroft, 1910, London, pages 54-64, and the astride on Comacine Masters in this work).

— Mackey’s Encyclopedia of Freemasonry
mylittleillumination:

Not long after the introduction of Freemasonry on the Continent, in the beginning of the eighteenth century, three new Degrees were invented and named, Ecossais, Novice, and Knight Templar. These gave the impulse to the invention of many other Degrees, all above the Master’s Degree. To these the name of Hautes Grades or High Degrees was given. Their number is very great. Many of them now remain only in the catalogues of Masonic collectors, or are known merely by their titles; while others still exist, and constitute the body of the different rites. The word is not properly applicable to the Royal Arch or Degrees of the English and American systems, which are intimately connected with the Master’s Degree, but is confined to the additions made to Ancient Craft Freemasonry by continental ritualists. These Degrees have, from time to time, met with great opposition as innovations on Ancient Freemasonry, and some of the Grand Lodges have not only rejected them, but forbidden their cultivation by those who are under their obedience. But, on the other hand, they have been strenuously supported by many who have believed the Ancient Craft Degrees do not afford a sufficient field for the expansion of Masonic thought. A writer in the London Freemasons Magazine (of 1858, I, 1167) has expressed the true theory on this subject in the following language:
It is the necessary consequence of an exclusive addition to Craft Masonry that the intellectual and artistic development of the minds of the members must suffer the ritual sink to formalism, and the administration fail into the hands of the lower members of the Order, by a diminution in the initiations of men of high intellectual caliber, and by the inactivity, or practical secession, of those within the Order. The suppression of the higher Degrees, that is, of the higher Masonry, may be agreeable to those who are content to possess the administrative functions of the Order without genuine qualifications for their exercise, but it is a policy most fatal to the true progress of the Order. When Masonry has so fallen, to restore the higher Degrees to their full activity is the measure essential for restoring the efficacy of Masonry within and without. Thus, in the last century when Craft Masonry had spread rapidly over the whole of Europe, a reaction set in, till the heads of the Order brought the high Degrees into vigor, and they continued to exercise the most powerful influence.

— Mackey’s Encyclopedia of Freemasonry
alwaysinsearchoflight:

" Masonic labor is purely a labor of love. He who seeks to draw Masonic wages in gold and silver will be disappointed. The wages of a Mason are earned and paid in their dealings with one another; sympathy that begets sympathy, kindness begets kindness, helpfulness begets helpfulness, and these are the wages of a Mason. "- Bro. Benjamin Franklin, 1706 - 1790
schrodingersowen:

Mythology Meme 

1/9 Greek Gods/Goddesses - Hermes
embodyilluminati:

All the three Great Secret Brotherhoods, as well as nearly all Adepts, Gnostics, and Seers, look upon the Prince of Judea as a Prophet and Adept, and reverence his name with great honor and veneration, and always consider Jesus as perhaps the most wonderful medium the world has ever seen. He was a harmonial man, born under peculiar circumstances, and into a home of love, and was probably as nearly a perfect man as ever lived, and, as one of the Apostles says, “was made perfect through suffering.”
freemasonryesoterica:

"dont’ limit yout challenges, challenge your limits"