It is eminently appropriate that the person of King Solomon rises as a central figure in the traditions of both magic and Masonry, for it is written that Solomon was not only a great and wise man of God, he was also the most powerful magician the world had ever known.
The biblical Solomon is downright dull when compared to Solomon the magician of other traditions. Judaism and Islam seem to meld into a magical mist of fable and fantasy in the person of Solomon. He is at once a Hebrew king, a Prophet of Allah, and an audacious oriental wizard. Solomon the magician could talk with animals, fly through the air on a magic carpet, and cause others to fly through the air to him. He could control the powers of nature and was master of the denizens of the spirit world, the demons, the afrites, and genii of Shahrazad’s A Thousand and One Arabian Nights. A recurring theme in these tales is the assertion that Solomon enlisted the services of genii and other maleficent spirits to construct the Temple of God.
Lon Milo DuQuette -The Key to Solomon’s Key: Secrets of Magic and Masonry
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.
The CIA and government officials around the world are using the Paris attacks to push brand new surveillance laws. And it was all planned in advance. While democratic systems usually take months (if not years) to pass new laws and legislation, it only took a few days after the Paris attacks to slap honest citizens […]
[Initiation] means the awakening of those hitherto dormant higher faculties of
the soul which endue their possessor with “light ” in the form of new
enhanced consciousness and enlarged perceptive faculty…the purpose of all initiation is to lift human consciousness from lower
to higher levels by quickening the latent spiritual potentialities in
man to their full extent through appropriate discipline. No higher level
of attainment is possible than that in which the human merges in the
Divine consciousness and knows as God knows..
In this picture is concealed the allegory of the Lost Word. The Master Mason, having completed his labors becomes a worker on a higher plane than the one in which the ordinary builder is permitted to work. The Master Mason becomes the capstone of the Universal Temple.
“As Aradmus stood there, a voice that seemed to issue from the very heavens chanted a strange song, and a hand, reaching out as it were from the globe of the day itself, placed a serpent wrought of gold upon the bow of the new initiate.
[it said] Behold Khephera, the rising sun! For as he brings the mighty globe of day out of the darkness of night, between his claws, so for thee the Sun of Spirit has risen out of the darkness of night and in the name of the living God, we hail thee, Priest of Ra.”
To live as gently as I can;
To be, no matter where, a man;
To take what comes of good or ill
And cling to faith and honor still;
To do my best, and let that stand
The record of my brain and hand;
And then, should failure come to me,
Still work and hope for victory.
To have no secret place wherein
I stoop unseen to shame or sin;
To be the same when I’m alone
As when my every deed is known;
To live undaunted, unafraid
Of any step that I have made;
To be without pretense or sham
Exactly what men think I am.
To leave some simple mark behind
To keep my having lived in mind;
If enmity to aught I show,
To be an honest, generous foe,
To play my little part, nor whine
That greater honors are not mine.
This, I believe, is all I need
For my philosophy and creed.
Frontispiece of Athanasius Kircher’s Arithmologia sive De abditis numerorum mysterijs, 1665, featuring an eye in the triangle inside a cabalistic sun - as God - as the source of knowledge surrounded by nine angels. A cosmological sphere sits below it representing the heavens while two Persian Magi stare in awe. The magi on the right contemplates the 47th Proposition of Euclid - the future emblem of a Masonic Worshipful Master.