Thursday, 9 September 2010
CASE 021 - Freemasonry
Freemasonry is a fraternal organisation that arose from obscure origins in the late 16th to early 17th century. Freemasonry now exists in various forms all over the world, with a membership estimated at around six million, including approximately 150,000 in Scotland and Ireland, over a quarter of a million under the Jurisdiction of the United Grand Lodge of England and just under two million in the United States.
The fraternity is administratively organised into independent Grand Lodges or sometimes Orients, each of which governs its own jurisdiction, which consists of subordinate (or constituent) Lodges. The various Grand Lodges recognise each other, or not, based upon adherence to landmarks (a Grand Lodge will usually deem other Grand Lodges who share common landmarks to be regular, and those that do not to be "irregular" or "clandestine").
There are also appendant bodies, which are organisations related to the main branch of Freemasonry, but with their own independent administration.
Freemasonry uses the metaphors of operative stonemasons' tools and implements, against the allegorical backdrop of the building of King Solomon's Temple, to convey what has been described by both Masons and critics as "a system of morality veiled in allegory and illustrated by symbols.". There's a lodge in nearly every town.
United grand lodge of England
Secret History of the Freemasons (2007)
Part 1: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pa-mdP...
Part 2: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nQCNF6...
Part 3: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oRRvwh...
Part 4: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8j-aNM...
Part 5: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uLiUWA...
Part 6: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hYm_U-...
Part 7: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B87r6o...
Part 8: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f4Tovx...
Part 9: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mfOEbk...
The Freemasons have, throughout history, been the target of numerous conspiracy thoerists, being accused of everything from satanic worship to no less than the surreptitious manipulation of world politics! This revealing documentary from the Discovery Channel takes a close look at the Freemasons and investigates some of the major claims put against them. Listen to what Freemasons themselves have to say about Freemasonry; learn the meaning of some of the most popular masonic symbols; and with unprecedented access, watch a real masonic initiation ceremony! You will see that Freemasonry is not a sinister organisation bent on world domination but a benign brotherhood intent on personal and societal development.
Titles of Freemasonry Degrees
1º - Apprentice
2º - Fellow-craft
3º - Master
4º - Secret Master
5º - Perfect Master
6º - Intimate Secretary
7º - Provost and Judge
8º - Intendant of the Building
9º - Elu of the Nine
10º - Elu of the Fifteen
11º - Elu of the Twelve
12º - Master Architect
13º - Royal Arch of Solomon
14º - Perfect Elu
15º - Knight of the East
16º - Prince of Jerusalem
17º - Knight of the East and West
18º - Knight Rose Croix
19º - Pontiff
20º - Master of the Symbolic Lodge
21º - Noachite or Prussian Knight
22º - Knight of the Royal Axe or Prince of Libanus
23º - Chief of the Tabernacle
24º - Prince of the Tabernacle
25º - Knight of the Brazen Serpent
26º - Prince of Mercy
27º - Knight Commander of the Temple
28º - Knight of the Sun or Prince Adept
29º - Scottish Knight of St. Andrew
30º - Knight Kadosh
31º - Inspector Inquistor
32º - Master of the Royal Secret
33º - Sovereign Grand Inspector General