Last week two Freemasons introduced themselves to me, they were independent of each other on different days and each proclaimed they were master masons to me without me inquiring on the subject at all.
I had some fun with the second mason on Friday, I gave him the handshake of the master mason followed by the true grip, halved the passwords and five pointed with him and began a conversation about tracing boards, we were in a public area so I said to him I knew he was taught to be cautious.
I then told him I was not a Freemason, never had been and the look on his face was a picture, horror mixed with overall disbelief. "But how do you know all the ritual and pass phrases?" he exclaimed in shock.
"Because I wanted to." I answered.
He had not completed any additional degrees apart from the blues so I asked him if he was interested about the secrets of the higher degrees.
He was only concerned if Freemasonry was Satanic in it's ultimate form beyond the blue degrees, his wife, a born again christian had told him it was and he was unable to argue against her because he just didn't know.
I had always thought freemasonry was ultimately worshiping Lucifer after reading The brotherhood by Stephen Knight and Albert Pike's Morals and Dogma, Magnum Opus as well as his letters to Mazzini of which an extract is here,
"That which we must say to the crowd is - we worship a God, but it is the God that one adores without superstition. To you, Sovereign Grand Inspectors General (of the 33rd degree), we say this, that you may repeat it to the brethren of the 32nd , 31st and 30th degrees - The Masonic Religion should be, by all of us initiates of the high degrees, maintained in the purity of the Luciferian doctrine."
This maybe part of the Taxil Hoax but there our quite a few other pointers.
THE STATUE OF LIBERTY
The Statue of Liberty in New York harbour was presented in 1884 as a gift from the French Grand Orient Temple Masons to the Masons of America in celebration of the centenary of the first Masonic Republic.
The Statue of Liberty's official title is, "Liberty Enlightening the World".
I knew Enlightenment was the goal of Freemasonry using allegory and ritual instead of deep meditation and introspection to get to the same ultimate truth.
Although rather biased with a Christian perspective this site is the best collection of proof that Freemasonry has it's roots in the worship of Lucifer, (Light-Bringer).
Hang on a minute though is that a good or bad thing?
We have been taught God is good and Lucifer is bad but all opposites are indeed the same in nature, just different aspects of the same inherent thing.Luciferianism and Satanism are actually different methods of ego removal to realize oneness.
It is referred to as the left hand path or Dark doctrine and although many types of Satanism are practiced the majority have realization of the self as the goal, the same as many other perhaps more "noble" paths.
There is no doubt Freemasonry is the invisible cornerstone in our society, the symbolism and therefore influence of Freemasonry is far reaching throughout the World , it's in our buildings,company logos even our street plans, most of the worlds powerful players are Masons or belong to similar fraternities of which there are many offshoots.
THE GREAT WORK IN SPECULATIVE FREEMASONRYThe Great Work or Magnum Opus is the goal of Freemasonry, but what is it exactly?
This site has a great discussion article on the subject.
The discussion is summed up as such:
Our thought in this Paper has reached high ground, but we have laboured to be lucid in speaking of things exacting unwonted claims upon the normal understanding and that, although the subject of an abundant literature, have ever been expressed in terms of great restraint and concealment. The understanding of these things will be assisted by realising physical things to be in faithful correspondence with metaphysical, and that, as we advance from the one to the other, we employ in turn the self-blinded eye of sense, the closed eye of faith, and the opened eye of the soul. At the beginning of the Quest the aspirant is conscious only of things of the physical order. Let him, however, commit himself, with bandaged eyes, to his instinct in the possibility of a great self-transfiguration, believing that "My covenant is with your flesh," and at the end of it, as with John, the spiritual seer, the hoodwink is removed and faith passes into sight. His eyes "see" the salvation prepared before the face of all people, but hidden from them by a passing blindness, and he can testify that in very deed "the tabernacle of God is with men," and not elsewhere. We will conclude with a quotation from Plotinus which may serve to illustrate the position of this Study Circle in relation to our Brethren of the Craft:-
"If we speak and write, it is but as guides to those who long to see: we send them to the place itself, bidding them from words to the Vision: the teaching is of the Path and the Plan, seeing is the work of each Soul for itself."
(Plotinus-Ennead VI, 9.4. tr. Stephen McKenna.)
So the Great Work is Spiritual Enlightenment, what else could it really be!
The next question is are they trying to wake us all up to our true nature but we just can't see it yet or is it something more sinister?
My gut reaction is that they are trying to awaken us via the Left Hand Path which by it's nature manifests as negative form, still bringing us to enlightenment but almost dragging us by our coat tails against the flow until we surrender to the infinite and engage the flow.
Another way of putting it is to fill the world with such hatred, anger, greed, jealousy and separation that we fight it with all our hearts until we either die or give in to it.