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.
The popularity of conspiracy theories seems to ebb and flow with the times, and right now there could not be more popular conspiracy books than those of Dan Brown. The author of The Da Vinci Code and Angels & Demons has recently released his third book featuring symboligist Robert Langdon: The Lost Symbol. Dealing with Freemasonry and its "influence," how can myth be separated from fact? John Michael Greer's new encyclopedic Secrets of the Lost Symbol details, word for word and topic by topic, the truth of the who, what, when, and where of Dan Brown's The Lost Symbol.
Gnosticism: (from Greek gnosis,” knowledge”) Any of a set of wildly diverse spiritual traditions that emerged in the ancient world around the beginning of the Common Era. Their exact origins are the subject of violent disputes among modern scholars, but Greek mystical traditions, Zoroastrian dualism from Persia, Jewish teachings, and early Christian ideas may all have played some part in...
Natural Magic: One of the two great divisions of Western magical practice, the other being ritual or ceremonial magic. Natural magic deals with the magical powers of physical substances—herbs, stones, resins, metals, perfumes, and the like. It has generally been much less controversial than ritual magic, and has been practiced openly even at times when even a rumor of involvement in ritual...
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.