The Secret Society of the Freemason

Dating to 18th-century London, Freemasonry is one of the oldest of these operating fraternal orders, although the group’s mythology claims it is rooted in the building of King Solomon’s Temple around 966 B.C. Like many similar groups, the Masons were borne out of a British craft guild, wherein stone layers learned the tricks of the trade. A present day member named Lettelier, who is a York Rite Mason, a Scottish Rite Mason, a Shriner, and a Past Master of his Lodge in Havana, provides some insight into the not-so-secret society of the Freemason.

“The concept of freemasonry, which taught architecture and geometry, goes back thousands of years,” Lettelier says. “The Greek temples, the pyramids in Egypt, you name it—none of that could have been built without a knowledge of mathematics. So whenever you see the square and compass with the letter G in the center, that stands for God or sacred Geometry.

Back in the 1500s and 1600s when the great European cathedrals were being built, a ‘freemason’ was a bricklayer or stonemason, who was free to travel and work,” he continues. “This was a big deal, because most men weren’t free. There were kings and knights, but the serfs were owned by the king. Uniquely, Freemasons were people who were allowed to travel, work, and receive master-masons wages wherever they went. They were accomplished tradesmen. Back then, you probably spent 10 years as an apprentice before you received a degree. If you gave up the secrets of geometry to someone who wasn’t worthy or well-qualified, the Freemasons would literally put you to death.”

Modern-day Freemasonry, however, emerged when the stone masonry guilds began to initiate honorary members, armchair architects or intellectuals excited about the new ideas of reason and science that were catching on during the Enlightenment. “Geometry is taught in colleges now,” Lettelier says. “But 200 years ago, geometry was only taught in Masonic Lodges. During the Renaissance, men of social class joined their local Masonic Lodges so that they could learn these things.”

The Lost Key-Mastery of Emotions

The day has come when Fellow Craftsmen must know and apply their knowledge. The lost key to their grade is the mastery of emotion, which places the energy of the universe at their disposal. Man can only expect to be entrusted with great power by proving his ability to use it constructively and selflessly. When the Mason learns that the key to the warrior on the block is the proper application of the dynamo of living power, he has learned the mystery of his Craft. The seething energies of Lucifer are in his hands and before he may step onward and upward, he must prove his ability to properly apply energy. He must follow in the footsteps of his forefather, Tubal-Cain, who with the mighty strength of the war god hammered his sword into a plowshare. Incessant vigilance over thought, action, and desire is indispensable to those who wish to make progress in the unfolding of their own being, and the Fellow Craft’s degree is the degree of transmutation. The hand that slays must lift the fallen, while the lips given to cursing must be taught to pray. The heart that hates must learn the mystery of compassion, as the result of a deeper and more perfect understanding of man’s relation to his brother. The firm, kind hand of spirit must curb the flaming powers of emotion with an iron grip. In the realization and application of these principles lies the key of the Fellow Craft.

Manly P. Hall - The Lost Keys of Freemasonry

It’s interesting because this goes for any true initiate and not just the Mason. The proper application of emotion AND will is a fundamental part of the Great Work. So many try to get around the discipline and practice that this requires. The Great Work is called the “Great Work” for a reason. The true adept in any field of occult practice will understand that to master ones emotions, all of them, is the beginning of the practice of true creation. It is the difference between those who “dabble” and those who are truly masters.

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Your creed and your Craft demand the best that is in you. They demand the sanctifying of your life, the regeneration of your body, the purification of your soul, and the ordination of your spirit. Yours is the glorious opportunity; yours is the divine responsibility. Accept your task and follow in the footsteps of the Master Masons of the past, who with the flaming spirit of the Craft have illumined the world. You have a great privilege —the privilege of illumined labor. You may know the ends to which you work, while others must struggle in darkness. Your labors are not to be confined to the tiled Lodge alone, for a Mason must radiate the qualities of his Craft. Its light must shine in his home and in his business, glorifying his association with his fellow men. In the Lodge and out of the Lodge, the Mason must represent the highest fruitage of sincere endeavour.

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The School of Arts building is arranged for a Masonic ceremony in the early 1870s. This venue was used temporarily by the North Australian Lodge, when a new meeting place had to be found in 1872. The brethren left the Old Masonic Hall and later moved to the Town Hall, which became their new quarters. The North Australian Lodge was the first established in the Colony and derived its name from the hotel in Queen Street where its earliest meetings had taken place. John Petrie, Sir Charles Lilley and Ratcliffe Pring were foundation members of this distinguished group of freemasons.

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Any Sydney shows you're looking forward to? Any you can't go to that you're bummed about? Who's put on the best show this year?

yea! pvris, the story so far, in hearts wake with like beartooth and wcar, dunno if im getting state champs tickets yet, blacktown Masonic hall is being demolished so there’s gonna be a farewell show. yea I didn’t end up going to citizen kinda mad that I didn’t go. amity for sure!!

Crime Stoppers: 1 Attempt To ID, 2 Wanted For Felonies

LANSING, MI (WLNS) – Crime Stoppers of mid-Michigan is asking for the public’s help with one request for assistance and to find two people wanted for felonies.

Attempt to ID – Around 10 p.m. on Sunday, May 10 a man is believed to be responsible for damaging property inside Michigan State University’s Mason and Abbott Halls. Property damaged includes a computer monitor, drywall, bathroom door and a water fountain.

The suspect is described as a white man in his 20’s, 5’10”, 170 pounds. He was wearing a green MSU baseball hat, blue hooded sweatshirt, dark colored cargo shorts and blue tennis shoes.

If you have any information about the suspect, please call the detective at 517-355-2226 or Crime Stoppers at 517-483-STOP.

Felonies –

Niambi Iman Davis has a felony warrant for forgery out of Lansing. Davis is a black woman, 23, 5’5″ and weighs 185 pounds. She has black hair and brown eyes.

Brian Andrew Maier has a felony warrant for kidnapping out of Lansing. Maier is a white man, 55, 6’2” and weighs 210 pounds. He has brown hair and blue eyes.

If you have any information on any of these people, call Crime Stoppers at 517-483-STOP.

Mason VFW hall attacker ordered to get drug treatment, mental health check

Mason VFW hall attacker ordered to get drug treatment, mental health check
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Similar to provisions on state tax returns where taxpayers can support Alzheimer’s research, breast cancer awareness and various other efforts, this would establishes a gift check-off to a special fund that would be used by the state Office of Mental …
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Doctors call for mental health check-ups for police personnel every three months
“While a lot of importance is given to physical fitness, there has been no comprehensive mental health profiling of the police force. A mental health check-up is a must every three months. The Vakola incident is a warning sign for the state. If reforms …
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What is the impact of promoting feminism in pop culture?

      Feminism in American culture has been around for one hundred years and with modern technology people are able to promote feminism in accessible ways through the media, more noticeably in pop culture. Society is to believe that women are being sexualized through the promotion of feminism and those women are the blame for inappropriate content throughout mass media. Feminist activists believe that women should not be negatively blamed for exposing sexual content. Claire R. Snyder-Hall is an Associate Professor of Political Theory and Director of Interdisciplinary studies at George Mason University. Snyder-Hall states the “‘choice feminism’ responds to women who choose to engage in sex work, turn themselves into sexual objects, or eroticize male dominance” (Snyder-Hall 256).  Snyder-Hall explains how modern day media focuses on “choice feminism”, a topic that stirs debates about women objectifying themselves versus successful women unlocking their own sexual liberation. Snyder-Hall also feels that, “feminism requires expanding the options available to women, so they can be truly self-determining, and the rhetoric of choice obscures that point” (Snyder-Hall 256). Snyder-Hall explains that women shouldn’t be limited to what society and cultures claims acceptable.
       Media has established power over television and advertisement which can cause offence to viewers and feminists when handled insensitively. Royal Van Horn is a professor of education at the University of North Florida who wrote the article, “Sex, Potato Chips, and Media Literacy”. Horn questions, “What on earth does sex have to do with potato chips? Simple answer, sex is often used to sell things” (Horn 10). Horn is referring to a television commercial with a model that is advertising a bag of potato chips. Horn later appoints that’s commercial using heavy sexualized images and words is inappropriate when associating them to women. Horn focuses around the female sexualized messages and how it needs to be accounted for during present day media.

       Pop artist Beyoncé Knowles latest album, ‘Beyoncé’ was released on December 13, 2013. In this album Beyoncé expressed her life as a successful artist, woman, feminist, wife and mother. This album has stirred up discussion in the media due to the amount of sexual content and misrepresentation of feminism. One of her more popular singles from that album was the song, “Partition” (Knowles). This song was given a lot of attention by the media, given the focus on the amount of sexual content included in the song. Lyrics included, “he popped all my buttons and he ripped my blouse” (Knowles) which explains the sexual activity the song was aiming for. Some feminists feel that Knowles is sexualizing in a way that is disrespectful toward women instead of empowering them. “Beyoncé shows a direct link between women in pop music and pornographic symbols” (Levande).  Levande is comparing Beyoncé’s sex appeal to porn rather than regular female sexuality. These examples explain that women may not have sexual freedom without being frowned upon as sexual objects. Later in the song Partition, French lyrics are introduced which translate to, “Men think that feminists hate sex, but it’s a very stimulating and natural activity that women love” (Knowles). Knowles includes that sex is as natural to women as it is to men. Modern day pop culture promotes feminism and female sexuality in a healthy and safe way as well as misrepresenting it through the media.