Scottish Rite is the second largest rite, and like York Rite, it confers the three degrees of Symbolic Masonry in Blue Lodge. However, in the United States, the symbolic degrees are not conferred by the Northern or Southern Masonic Jurisdictions; they are given only by lodges duly and lawfully chartered by a Grand Lodge.
From there, however, the number of degrees expands considerably, up to...
Dan Brown’s novel The Lost Symbol portrays Freemasons as a mysterious group of conspirators who have been secretly ruling America from its very creation. Of course, we have to remember that this is a fictional book, which uses certain elements of truth in a creative way in order to develop the storyline of the novel. But who are the Freemasons? What are their secrets? While any simple online search can yield an abundance of information, Jean-Louis de Biasi, 32° Freemason and author of the book Secrets and Practices of the Freemasons, divulges just exactly what Freemasonry is...and lets readers in to an unknown world of spirituality.
In 1717, four lodges located in London came together and created the first Grand Lodge, the oldest Masonic Grand Lodge. It is important to re- member that this is the date given for the formation of the Grand Lodge of England, not the beginning of Freemasonry. For the Grand Lodge to have been created, lodges would have to already have been in existence. How- ever, given the nature of...
When you discuss Kabbalah with someone one of three things usually happens: they ask if you are Jewish, mention Madonna, or their eyes glaze over. It is also common for all three to occur. This is in large part due to the fact that for over a century, self-described kabbalists have been their own worst enemy when it comes to making the existence of kabbalah known outside of a small circle of...
Since the run-away success of Dan Brown’s book The Da Vinci Code and subsequent movie, there has been a renewed interest in Freemasonry, both by the media and the population at large, along with much wild speculation. Why is the interest so profound? Why the resulting conjectures? The answer, as you will see, is simple, and can be summed up in a single word: secrecy.
The tremendous wave of interest that followed publication, and then the movie, of Dan Brown’s The Da Vinci Code left a lot of excitement, and some confusion, in its wake. There is no doubt that while some questions regarding Da Vinci remain unanswered, others can be addressed. We learn from geniuses such as Da Vinci and build upon their knowledge and their example. The Da Vinci Tarot, with its imagery drawn from Da Vinci’s artwork and the many sketches and writings of his notebooks, is one such example.
Writing The Path of Alchemy has been a long and fascinating journey. The initial book was written a decade ago and finally came to light after a series of mishaps and out-of-the-blue phone calls from old friends and students. Over the decade between its initial creation and its final appearance in print, the The Path of Alchemy (along with myself as author) changed, grew, and improved quite a...