The most important text of modern Freemasonry was compiled by various authors and is entitled the Constitutions of the Freemasons. It was published anonymously in 1723, but is always associated with James Anderson (1684-1739, a pastor in the Scottish Presbyterian Church. He was commissioned to edit it and his work was then submitted to a committee of fourteen “learned” brethern, who approved it after making some corrections and changes. (Symbols of Freemasonry, Daniel Beresniak 2003, p.12)
“Nothing excites men’s curiosity so much as Mystery, concealing things which they desire to know: and nothing so much increases curiosity as obstacles that interpose to prevent them from indulging in the gratification of their desires. Of this the Legislators and Hierophants took advantage, to attract the people to their sanctuaries, and to induce them to seek to obtain lessons from which they would perhaps have turned away with indifference, if they had been pressed upon them.” (Hidden Secrets of Masonry, Dr. Kathy Burns, 2001, p.6)
Masonry “is on the surface a ‘system of morality, veiled in allegory and illustrated by symbols.’” These symbols are used in order to hide a “deeper truth” which will be revealed little by little as the Mason progresses through the degrees. (Ibid p.6)
Masonic writer, Ralph Anderson, a 32nd degree Mason, expounds on the Hidden Symbolism of Masonry:
“Masonry may be defined as a system of symbols, a collection of allegories and a pictorial form which veils and hides a truth so general and universal that man cannot live without it. An allegory is a story which is susceptible of two meanings -- an outer one which captivates the fancy and engrosses the attention, and an inner one which conveys to the initiate some basic, cosmic and human truth by which a man must live. A symbol is an outer and visible form which hides or veils an inner spiritual reality. The Masonic Temple work abounds with such symbols, and through them is revealed to the intelligent Mason the story of his own progress and also the evolutionary history of the race of men.” (Ibid pp.6-7)
“…the newly received Brother has come into a world of emblems or symbolism and whatsoever takes place therein has a meaning behind it, being one which is not always indicated on the surface.” (Ibid p.7)
One of the most noted writers on Freemasonry, Albert Pike, has written: “So Masonry conceals its secrets, and intentionally leads conceited interpreters astray.” (Morals and Dogma, Albert Pike 1919, p.384)
Albert Pike confesses: “The Blue Degrees [the first three degrees of Masonry] are but the outer court or portico of the Temple. Part of the symbols are displayed there to the Initiate, but he is intentionally misled by false interpretations. It is not intended that he shall understand them; but it is intended that he shall imagine he understand them. Their true explication is reserved for the Adepts [those who have advanced to the highest degrees in Masonry]…It is well enough for the mass of those called Masons, to imagine that all is contained in the Blue Degrees; and those attempts to undeceive them will labor in vain….” (Ibid p. 819)
Pike continues: “Masonry, like all the Religions, all the Mysteries, Hermeticism and Alchemy, conceals its secrets from all except the Adepts and Sages, or the Elect, and uses False explanations and misinterpretations of its symbols to mislead those who deserve only to be misled; to conceal the Truth, which it calls Light, from them, and to draw them away from it.”
(Ibid pp. 104-105)
We must remember, however, that Masonry is itself a religion. Although many Masons deny this Albert Mackey, one of the most revered Masonic authors, writes about “the religion of Freemasonry.” He tells us:
“Look at its [Masonry’s] ancient landmarks, its sublime ceremonies, its profound symbols and allegories -- all inculcating religious doctrine, commanding religious observance, and teaching religious truth, and who can deny that it is eminently a religious institution?…
Masonry, then, is indeed a religious institution; and on this ground mainly, if not alone, should the religious Mason defend it.” (Freemasonry and Christianity, Alva McClain, BMH Books 1980 ed. pp.9-10)
Pike proclaimed: “Every Masonic Lodge is a Temple of religion, and its teachings are instruction in religion.” (Morals and Dogma p. 213) He and again reminds us that “Masonry is a worship.”
After all, Masons go to a Masonic Temple, they worship at an altar, they kneel before a supreme being, and they swear upon the “volume of sacred law,” whether it be a Bible, the Koran, the Vedas, or any other “scripture” that is acceptable to the majority of the people within the Lodge.” (Hidden Secrets of Masonry, pp. 8-9) (Since 1984 the Book of Mormon also is accepted.).
“The Master of Light and Life, the Sun and the Moon, are symbolized in every Lodge by the Master and Wardens; and this makes it the duty of the Master to dispense light to the Brethern, by himself, and through the Wardens, who are his ministers.” (Morals and Dogma, p.13)
“It is for the individual Mason to discover the secret of Masonry, by reflection upon its symbols and a wise consideration and analysis of what is said and done in the work. Masonry does not inculcate her truths. She states them, once and briefly; or hints them, perhaps, darkly…It is falsehood in doctrines and fallacy in principles…” (Morals and Dogma, p.218)
“…for it there declares that Masonry is a worship… It is the universal, eternal immutable religion,…The ministers of this religion are all Masons who comprehend it and are devoted to it; its sacrifices to God are good works, the sacrifices of the base and disorderly passions, the offering up of self-interest on the alter of humanity, and perpetual efforts to attain to all the moral perfection of which man is capable.” (Morals and Dogma, p. 219)
When a person enters Masonry, he joins what is called a Blue Lodge. Members of this Lodge may earn the first degrees (called Craft Degrees) which are:
1. Entered Apprentice
3. Master Mason
After these three degrees have been earned (and paid for), one may take further degrees in the Scottish Rite or the York Rite. The highest one may advance in the Scottish Rite is to the 33rd degree, although most Masons never advance past the third degree. The York Rite awards ten degrees in addition to the three Craft Degrees. The last degree in the York is equivalent to the 33rd degree of the Scottish Rite. Oaths are taken by the candidate and horrible penalties are pronounced upon him should he betray the secrets of Masonry. For example, the oath to be taken for the first degree is:
“…binding myself under no less penalty than that of having my throat cut from ear to ear, my tongue torn out by its roots, and buried in the sands of the sea a cable’s length from shore, where the tide ebbs and flows twice in twenty-four hours, should I ever willingly knowingly, or unlawfully violate this my Entered Apprentice Oath, so help me God and keep me steadfast.” (Hidden Secrets of Masonry, p.10)
The “depth” and “height” of the Lodge also have a significance. …the “height” represents man’s evolution from animal states into Godhood. Man who has sprung from the earth and developed through the lower kingdoms of nature to his present rational state, has yet to complete his evolution by becoming a God-like being…” “to promote which is an always has been the sole aim and purpose of all Initiation.” (Ibid. p.13)
The Bible specifies that there is only one way to heaven, but Masonry teaches that “there are innumerable paths.” “…the just man…is himself the Ladder leading from earth to heaven.” This means that in Masonry man is the way to heaven and not Christ!
This ladder has three main rungs named Faith, Hope, and Charity. These names sound like Biblical principles, but everything in the Lodge is symbolic of something else. These names are no different. The ancients used to depict the virtue Charity in the character of a goddess…. They also represented the charities, otherwise called the Graces, under three personages… they were painted naked….” (Ibid. p.13-14)
(The three graces on this Masonic apron are partially clothed. Notice all the other Masonic symbols).
Masonry also uses a line as one of its symbols. “This line, like Jacob’s ladder, connects heaven and earth together; and by laying hold of it, we climb up to that place where we shall change his short line of time for the never-ending circle of eternity.” (Ibid. p.14)
In the 17th degree (Knight of the East and West) we see blasphemy and disobedience to Scriptural commands. This degree…“is sealed with the blood of the Candidate, who is lanced slightly on the arms…as if…he were somehow taking the part of the Mystic Lamb who was slain and so ‘redeemed us to God’ by His blood…” “On the pedestal before him there is a Bible, to the marker of which are attached seven seals, like the mysterious Book in the APOCALYSE [Revelation]…These seals are opened or broken successively. The sacred word for this ritual is “Abaddon.” This is interesting for Revelation 9:11 reveals that the demons in hell “had a king over them, which is the angel of the bottomless pit, whose name in the Hebrew tongue is Abaddon….” (Ibid. pp.15-16)
Who is the God of Masonry?
The Masons worship a Supreme Being. Is this Supreme Being the same God as the Christians worship or is he a different god? Many gods and goddesses are worshipped through the symbolism and ritual of Masonry. (Ibid. p.17)
Here is a list of the gods that are worshipped in Masonry:
Mithras Sun god of the Persians (Ormuzd himself)
Malkarth The symbol of the sun
Adonis The symbol of the sun
Amun The symbol of the sun
Bramah The sun
On The sun
Ra The sun god of Thebes
Osiris The Sun
Pharaoh The royal name rendered was Phra, Paira, Sun
Apollo The Sun god, was called Jurraios from Kurra, a city of Phocis
Cyrus Said Ctesias, was also called Kuros, the Sun
Aoor Is Light, Fire, or the Sun
Hari Is a Hindu name of the Sun
Horus Was Her-Ra or Har-oeris, How or Har, the Sun
Bel Hebrew, means Lord of this world, found in 2 Cor. 4:4
Baal Phoenicians god of the sun wickedly worshiped by the Israelites, found in Judges 2:10-23. (Freemasonry-What’s it all about, Tim McDonald 1985, p.22)
“Osisris is the Egyptian god of the dead as well as the Sun-God but he is also known by many other names. In Thrace and Greece he is know as Dionysus, the god of pleasures and of partying and wine. Festivals held in his honor often resulted in human sacrifices and orgiastic (sexual) rites. In Rome he is called Liber or Bacchus. The Lydians label him Bassareus and in Persia he is identified as Mithras, where astrology is practiced by his followers. He is Zagreus to the Cretans and “became an underworld divinity who welcomed the souls of the dead to Hades and helped with their purification. …Zagreus was killed and resurrected (in mythology) and he “became the symbol of everlasting life. Phrygians know Osiris as Sabazius where he is honored as a solar deity (a sun god) who was represented by horns and his emblem was a serpent.”
“In other places he went by other names such as Deouis, The Boy Jupiter, The Centaur, Orion, The Boy Plutus, Iswara, The Winged One, Nimrod, Adoni, Hermes, Prometheus, Poseidon, Butes, Dardanus, Himeros, Imbros, Iasius, Zeus, Iacchus, Hu, Thor, Serapis, Ormuzd, Apollo, Thammuz, Atus, and Hercules. The worship of the sun disguised through the use of gods and symbols, play a very important role in Masonry.”
“It is to this god, Osiris (under the name of Hiram Abiff), that the Masons pay honor in the third degree. The drama for this degree (Master Mason) involves a death and resurrection ceremony. The Master-Mason-to-be is said to be working on Solomon’s Temple. He is in possession of the name of God (the “Lost Word” of Masonry) and he has promised to reveal this to the other workers when the Temple is finished. Since the wages are higher for those who possess this name, the other workers become jealous and insist that he reveal the name to them before the Temple is finished. When he refuses to do so, Three angry ruffians kill him and hastily bury him. Eventually his grave is discovered and, after the third attempt, he is raised to life again. The first word he spoke is the substitute for the “Lost Word” and it is this word that is said to be passed down to Master Mason today.” (Hidden Secrets of Masonry, p.18)
“We readily recognize in Hiram Abiff the Osiris of the Egyptians. There is no question that the myth of Osiris covers the whole story of mystical life and is presented in the Funerary Ritual [mentioned above] and to the soul’s own story. There is no more eloquent valediction to the departing soul than that which says: Thou hast gone living to Osiris. The promise is life in Osiris. The great doctrine, the great revelation of all the true Mysteries is that Osiris lives…. We also as Masons look forward to union of the departed with Osiris….” (Ibid, pp.18-19)
A Symbol of Salvation
The 25th degree of the Scottish Rite is called “Knight of the Brazen Serpent.”
This degree…“reveals to us that the twelve signs of the Zodiac are illustrated and a Tau Cross, encompassed by a serpent, is in the East (east end of the Lodge). The Master retires to call upon God and then …returns bearing a symbol of salvation, being a Brazen serpent entwined about the Tau Cross…. It is given thereafter to the Candidate, as a symbol of faith, repentance and mercy. … again Christ is set aside for another symbol of salvation. The Bible specifies that the serpent represents Satan, but Masonry uses the serpent as a symbol of salvation. “ (Ibid, pp.20-21)
The serpent is quite prevalent and important in Masonry. When Jim Shaw, a former Mason who is now a Christian, went to the Temple to receive his 33rd degree, he reported:
“…the thing that is most noticeable is the way the walls are decorated with serpents. There are all kinds; some very long and large. Many of the Scottish Rite degrees include the representation of serpents and I recognized them among those decorating the walls.
The horned serpent was a hieroglyphic for a God. The British God Hu was called ‘The Dragon -- Ruler of the Worlds,’ and his car was drawn by serpents.”(Deadly Deception, Freemasonry Exposed, by Jim Shaw)
[Statements like these are interesting because in the Bible we read that “the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world.” (Rev. 12:9)]
“In conjunction with the serpent, let’s look at the Masonic apron. In the first degree of Masonry the candidate is given an unadorned white apron which indicates purity of soul. In the second degree blue rosettes are added to the apron to indicate that progress has been made in regeneration. …the third degree it is shown that…still further progress is emblematized by the increased blue adornments of the Apron, as also by its silver serpent used to fasten the apron strings….The silver serpent is the emblem of divine wisdom knitting the soul’s new-made vesture together. We must remember, however, that this apron is a symbol. What, then, is the real meaning behind this object? Pike notes that the god Jupiter Ammon’s picture was painted with the sign of the Ram or Lamb. He mentions that Jupiter Ammon is “the same as Osiris, Asoni, Adonis, Atys, and the other Sun-Gods…. Jupiter Ammon is “painted with horns” and that he is the “same as Baal or Moloch….[and] Adonis, whom some ancient authors call Osiris. His ceremonies “consisted in clothing the Initiate with the skin of a white lamb. And in this we see the origin of the apron of white sheep-skin used in Masonry.” (Ibid, p.22)
Who are they really Worshipping?
Pike, writing about the pagan god Thor, reveals that “Thor was the sun, the Egyptian Osiris and Kneph, the Phoenician Bel or Baal.” Bel (or Baal) was believed to be the “lord of the air” as well as a sun-god. Remember also that the god Baal is a synonym for the Devil. (Ibid, p.23)
Since the gods of Masonry (see above) actually represent Satan in different camouflages and since the serpent is widespread in Masonry and the Bible clearly states that the serpent is Satan, we see that the Masons are in actuality worshipping Satan (Lucifer). Of course, Masonic writers themselves plainly confess to us who they worship.
William Hutchinson a Masonic writer gives the following account about the fall of man:
“But, alas, he (Adam) fell! By disobedience, he forfeited all his glory and felicity; and, wonderful to recount in the midst of this exalted state, Satan prevailed.” (The Spirit of Masonry, William Hutchinson 1775, p.310)
“Thus originated the introduction of a serpent among the symbols of Freemasonry….Serpent-worship derives its origin from the same source.”
Pike brags: …Lucifer, the Light-bearer! Strange and mysterious name to give to the Spirit of Darkness! Lucifer, the Son of the Morning! Is it he who bears the Light…? Doubt it not!” (Ibid, pp. 24-25)
Masonic testimony is clear that the serpent or Satan (Lucifer) should be worshipped. In fact, the “Lost Word” of Masonry has to do with Satan. Masons have been in search of a so-called “Lost Word,” which is supposed to be the real name of God, but has been lost. In the third degree the Mason is given a substitute word and told to look “to that bright and Morning Star….” (Ibid, p.25) …that …Morning Star is Lucifer and this symbol represents the “coming forth of conquering light.” So, when Masons speak of the light of Masonry they are actually referring to Lucifer bringing forth the light. (Ibid, p.26)
Albert Pike, the highest Masson in the U.S. in his day, wrote this: “Lucifer, the Light bearer! Strange and mysterious name to give to the Spirit of Darkness! Lucifer, the Son of the Morning! Is it he who bears the Light, and with its splendors intolerable blinds the feeble, sensual or selfish Souls? Doubt it not! For traditions are full of Divine Revelations and Inspirations: and Inspiration is not of one age nor one Creed.” (Morals and Dogma, p. 321).
Then the same author continues, “… we must remember that the thing sought in every Masonic initiation is “Light” …. It is not without significance that this eminent Mason tells us that Lucifer is the source of that light…The Masonic religion should be…maintained in the purity of the Luciferian doctrine…. Lucifer is God, and unfortunately Adonay is also God…. There is no light without shade, no beauty without ugliness… the absolute can only exist as two gods…the doctrine of Satanism is a heresy; and the true and pure philosophical religion is the belief in Lucifer.” (Albert Pike July 14, 1889)
Symbols of Masonry
Now that we have discovered who the real god of Masonry is, let’s look at some of the Masonic symbols and see how these symbols actually represent their god. In The Book of Ceremonial Magic, Arthur Waite writes:
“The grand and universal symbols which are characteristic of Emblematic Freemasonry are the Pentalpha or Pentagram, the Hexangular Seal of Solomon -- called otherwise the Shield of David -- the All-Seeing Eye, the Point within a Circle, the Cubic Stone, the Sun and Moon… There is finally the Blazing Star. “
[Let’s look at a few of these symbols in more detail. The pent alpha or pentagram is a five-pointed star. It is used in all kinds of magic rituals.]
“The pentacle [pentagram], the five-pointed figure, contained mystic symbols, used especially in divination and the conjuration of spirits. The pentalpha, a design formed by interlacing five A’s was also in similar use. To summon demoniac help, the pentagram was fashioned: a five-pointed geometric figure.”
Manly P. Hall, a 33rd degree Mason and an occultist, points out that the “…pentagram is used extensively in black magic, but when so used its form always differs in one of three ways: The star may be broken at one point by not permitting the converging lines to touch; it may be inverted by having one point down and two up; or it may be distorted by having the points of varying length.
When used in black magic, the pentagram is called “the sign of the cloven hoof,” or the footprint of the devil. The star with two points upward is also called the “Goat of Mendes,” because the inverted star is the same shape as a goat’s head. When the upright star turns the upper point falls to the bottom, it signifies the fall of the Morning Star.” (Secret Teachings of All Ages, p CIV)
As stated, the pentagram can be drawn with one point down or two points down. Witches, Satanists, and Masons all use this symbol. Satanists the world over use the pentagram with one point down and witches use the pentagram with two points down.
Gary Jennings, in his book, Black Magic, White Magic, reveals that
“…the most powerful and respected of all magical symbols was the pentagram--the figure of five sides and five angles….The belief was that if this figure were drawn with a single angle…pointing down, the sign represented Satan and thus was used for invoking evil spirits.”
So, by Masonic testimony, Masonry is founded on the principles of magic and occultism. It should be plain, then, that Masonry is an occult religion and is not compatible at all with Biblical Christianity. (Ibid, p.33)
We are assured that this represents the all-seeing eye of God, but this, too, is a symbol that has a deeper meaning than what is normally revealed. “’The All Seeing Eye’ is a Masonic representation of Osiris. “ Osiris is the Egyptian god of the dead (and of the underworld) and part of the “Masonic trinity” to whom Masons pay honor. Pike remarks that this symbol was “the emblem of Osiris, the Creator.” He reiterates that Osiris’…power was symbolized by an Eye or a Sceptre. The Sun was termed by the Greeks the Eye of Jupiter, and the Eye of the World; and his is the All-Seeing Eye in our Lodges.” It is quite clear, then, that the All-seeing Eye in the Masonic Lodges is actually a symbol of Satan. In addition, we are told that this All-Seeing Eye can represent Shiva, a synonym for Satan, so, either way Satan is being represented in the Lodge by the symbol of the All-Seeing Eye.” (Ibid, p.34)
“…the Blazing Star has been regarded as an emblem of Omniscience, or the All-seeing Eye, which to the Egyptian Initiates was the emblem of Osiris, the Creator. With the Yod in the center, it has the kabalistic meaning of the Divine Energy, manifested as Light, creating the Universe. …the point is Yod, the creative Energy of God… (Morals and Dogma, p. 15-16).”
“The hexagram (also called the Shield of David, Star of David, Crest of Solomon, and Hexangular Seal of Solomon) is another symbol used by Masons. “…the sign was used as a …stand-by for Magicians and Alchemists. The Sorcerers believe it represented the footprint of a special kind of demon called a trud and used it in ceremonies both to call up demons and to keep them away. …in witchcraft this [the hexagram] is the most evil sign in the occult world. It must be present to call a demon forth during a ceremonial rite. The word hex, meaning to place a curse on someone, comes from this emblem.” (Ibid, p.35)
The Magen David (Shield of David), is a “…Jewish symbol composed of two overlaid equilateral triangles that form a six-pointed star. It appears on synagogues, Jewish tombstones, and the flag of Israel. The symbol--which historically was not limited to use by Jews--originated in antiquity, when, side by side with the five-pointed star, it served as a magical sign or as a decoration. In the Middle Ages the Star of David appeared with greater frequency among Jews but did not assume any special religious significance; it is found as well on some medieval cathedrals. The term Magen David, which in Jewish liturgy signifies God as the protector (shield) of David, gained currency among medieval Jewish mystics, who attached magical powers to King David’s shield just as earlier (non-Jewish) magical traditions had referred to the five-pointed star as the “seal of Solomon.” Kabbalists popularized the use of the symbol as a protection against evil spirits.” (Encyclopedia Britannica 1994-1998).
Not only do these symbols actually represent the Masonic god, Lucifer, but there is also another meaning behind them. These symbols, as well as others, have sexual connotations. for example, let’s look at the point within a circle. When a person enters Masonry he is told that the point within a circle represents, “…the individual Mason (the point), contained and restricted by the boundary line of his duty (the circle). Its real meaning, however, is that of the phallus, positioned within the female generative principle (sex organ) in sexual union, the climatic act of Sun-worship.” (Encyclopedia of Free Masonry)
Albert Mackey, a Masonic authority, writes:
The point within a circle is an interesting and important symbol in Freemasonry….“The symbol is really a beautiful…allusion to the old Sun-worship, and introduces us for the first time to that modification of it, known among the ancients as the worship of the phallus.” (Jim Shaw and Tom McKenney, The Deadly Deception: Freemasonry Exposed…By One of Its Top Leaders,. p.26.)
Pike proclaims that… “ Osiris and Isis (who was both his sister and his wife) …were commonly symbolized by the generative parts of man and woman…the Phallus and Cteis….The Indian Lingam was the union of both, as were the boat and mast, and the point within a circle….” (Morals and Dogma, p. 401)
He also reminds us that the “Sun is still symbolized by the point within a Circle… and that it is one of the three Great Lights of the Lodge.” (Morals and Dogma, pp.13-14, 486)
What are the three Great Lights of the Lodge?” These lights are represented as “the Bible, square, and compass.” (Masonic Monthly, 1865 – www.phoenixmasonry.org)
“It must suffice to say, that it is the Creative Energy of the Deity, is represented as a point, and that point in the centre of the Circle of immensity.” (Morals and Dogma, p. 15)
“The North Star, always fixed and immutable for us, represents the point in the centre of the circle, or the Deity in the centre of the Universe.” (Morals and Dogma, p. 202)
“The ancient Astronomers saw all the great Symbols of Masonry in the Stars. Sirius still glitters in our Lodges as the Blazing Star. The Sun is still symbolized by the point within a Circle…”
(Morals and Dogma, p. 486)
The Compass and Square
The compass is the symbol of the Heavens and the square represents the Earth. However, these symbols depict far more than just the heavens and earth. Again Jim Shaw reports:
“Blue Lodge Masons are taught that the Square is to remind them that they must be “square in their dealings with all men, I.e. to be honest…. The real meaning of these “great lights.” however, is sexual. The Square represents the female (passive) generative principle, the earth, and the baser sensual nature; and the Compass represents the male (active) generative principle, the sun/heavens, and the higher spiritual nature.” (The Deadly Deception--Freemasonry Exposed, p. 26)
Male = Sun - Female = Earth / Moon Male = Sun, the generative principle.
Female = the productive principle.
“By the side of the male head is the Sun, and by that of the female head, the Moon, the crescent within the circle of the full moon. And the hand on the male side holds the Compass, and that on the female side, a Square.
As the Sun was male, so the Moon was female; and Isis was both sister and the wife of Osiris. The Compass, therefore, is the hermetic Symbol of the Creative Deity, and Square of the productive Earth or Universe.
The Compass, therefore, as the Symbol of the Heavens, represents the spiritual, intellectual, and moral portion of this double nature of Humanity; and the Square, as the Symbol of the Earth, its material, sensual, and baser portion.” ( Morals and Dogma, p. 850-851)
“The sun is the ancient symbol of the life-giving and generative power of Deity.”
(Morals and Dogma, p. 13)
“The moon was the symbol of the passive capacity of nature to produce, the female of which the life-giving power and energy was the male.” (Morals and Dogma, p. 13)
“The Sun and Moon,” “…represent the two grand principles of all generations, the active and passive, the male and the female.” (Morals and Dogma, p. 13)
“For the Kabalists, Light represents the Active Principle, and Darkness or Shadow is analogous to the Passive Principle. Therefore it was that they made of the Sun and Moon emblems of the two Divine Sexes and the two creative forces;…” (Morals and Dogma, p. 305)
“These two Divinities, the Active and the Passive Principles of the Universe, were commonly symbolized by the generative parts of man and woman; to which, in remote ages, no idea of indecency was attached; the Phallus and Cteis, emblems of generation and production, and which, as such, appeared in the Mysteries. The Indian Lingam was the union of both, as were the boat and mast and the point within a circle: all of which expressed the same philosophical idea as to the Union of the two Causes of Nature, which concur, one actively and the other passively, in the generation of all beings:…”
(Morals and Dogma, p. 401)
“Not only the Egyptians,…but every other people that consecrate this symbol (the Phallus), deem that they thereby do honor to the Active force of the universal generation of all living things.”
(Morals and Dogma, p. 402)
“Speaking of the Temple of Minerva…Within the Temple were great obelisks of stone [phalli] and a circular lake paved with stones….“ (Morals and Dogma, p. 405)
“…the obelisks were erected in honor of the Sun…“ (Morals and Dogma, p. 460)
“Everything good in Nature comes from Osiris…Osiris was the image of generative power. He especially dispensed the humid principle of Nature, generative element of all things;…That Osiris and Isis were the Sun and Moon, is attested by many ancient writers:…The sun was termed by the Greeks the Eye of Jupiter, and the Eye of the World; and his is the All-Seeing Eye in our Lodges.
One furnishes the germ and principle of every good; the other receives and preserves it as a deposit; and the latter is the function of the Moon….
Osiris was often confounded (compared) with the Nile, and Isis with the earth; and Osiris was deemed to act on the earth, and to transmit to it his emanations, through both the Moon and the Nile; whence the fable that his generative organs were thrown into that river. Typhon, on the other hand, was the principle of aridity and barrenness; and by his mutilations of Osiris was meant that drought which caused the Nile to retire within his bed and shrink up in Autumn.” ( Morals and Dogma, pp. 476-477)
“…the Order of the Eastern Star (a Masonic organization composed of third degree Masons an women relatives of third degree Masons) uses the pentagram with one point down--the same symbol that the Satanists use. The Mystic Shrine (another Masonic group composed only of Masons who have advanced to the 32nd degree) also uses a pentagram with one point down as its symbol.” (Hidden Secrets of Masonry, Dr. Kathy Burns, 2001, p. 6)
One of the first things a newly initiated Mason does is form a Tau Cross with his feet. While he is blindfolded (“hoodwinked”) and before he swears to the Masonic oath, the Mason is made to form “the angle of the oblong square [Tau Cross]” with his feet. The senior Deacon then shouts “STAND ERECT!” even though the person is already erect. Again Jim Shaw explains that this:
“…the position of the feet forms the “Tau Cross,” a phallic symbol from antiquity associated with phallic worship and Sun worship in which the Sun was viewed as the source of life (male), rising each day in the east to impregnate the Earth (female) with new life. Such worship was always done facing East. Here is the ritual, the command “stand erect” is also not a coincidence, and is of obvious symbolic meaning.” (Ibid. p.39) “The pyramid around the Tau Cross is revered also. To Satanists it represents the Pagan Trinity of Satan, Antichrist, and the false prophet.” (Cuttingedge.org website)
The Shriner is given a red fezz with an Islamic sword and crescent on the front of it. This originates from 7th century Arabia. When Mohammed’s army of men, out to slaughter all the ‘infidels’, came to the city of Fez, in Morocco, they found a community of Christians. After killing all the Christians there with their Islamic-style swords, they took their hats (called a fez) and dipped them in the blood of the Christians, and wore the fezzes throughout the land glorying in their victory over Christianity. Today Shriners put on red fezzes (representing the hats dipped in the blood of Christians) with the Islamic sword and crescent showing their allegiance to Allah and Mohammed (and the defeat of Christianity).
Candidates for induction into the Shriners are greeted by a High Priest, who says: “By the legendary sanctity of our Tabernacle at Mecca, we greet you.” The inductees then swear on the Bible and Koran, in the name of Mohammed, and invoke Masonry’s usual gruesome penalties upon themselves: “I do hereby, upon this bible, and on the mysterious legend of the Koran, and its dedication to the Mohammedan faith, promise and swear and vow… that I will never reveal any secret part or portion whatsoever on the ceremonies…and now upon this sacred book, by the sincerity of a Moslem’s oath I here register this irrevocable vow…in willful violation whereof may I incur the fearful penalty of having my eyeballs pierced to the center with a three-edged blade, my feet flayed and I be forced to walk the hot sands upon the sterile shores of the Red Sea until the flaming sun shall strike me with livid plague, and may Allah, the god of Arab, Moslem and Mohammedan, the god of our fathers, support me to the entire fulfillment of the same. Amen. Amen. Amen. With this oath, Christians swear on the Koran, and declare Allah to be “the god of our fathers.” From the perspective of Christianity and Islam alike, Shriners take the name of God in vain, and mock both faiths.
(Excerpt from “The Origins and Influence of Masonry” by Lee Penn, SCP Journal Vol. 25: 2-25:
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Taken from Albert Pike’s book, Morals and Dogma.
“Our northern ancestors worship this triune Deity; Odin, the Almighty Father; Frea, his wife, emblem of universal mater; and Thor, his son, the mediator.” (Morals and Dogma, p. 13)
“The first Masonic Legislator whose memory is preserved to us by history, was Buddha, who, about a thousand years before the Christian Era, reformed the religion of Masons.” (Ibid, p. 277.)
“For the Kabalists, Light represents the Active Principle, and Darkness or Shadow is analogous to the Passive Principle. Therefore it was that they made of the Sun and Moon emblems of the two Divine Sexes and the two creative forces;…”(Ibid, p. 305)
“Where the Mysteries originated is not known. It is supposed that they came from India, by the way of Chaldea, into Egypt and thence were carried into Greece. Wherever they arose, they were practiced among all the ancient nations;…each claimed the honor of invention, and each insisted that they had borrowed nothing from any other people.” (Ibid, pp. 353-4)
“The human soul is itself a God within the mind, capable through its own power of rivaling the canonization of the Hero, of making itself immortal by the practice of the good….
Hence the significancy of the phallus, or of its inoffensive substitute, the obelisk, rising as an emblem of resurrection….” (Ibid, p. 393)
“Our Mysteries are not to be made known to strangers... All the Mystery should be kept concealed, guarded by faithful silence, lest it should be inconsiderately divulged to the ears of the Profane….It is not given to all to contemplate the depths of our Mysteries….that they may not be seen by those who ought not to behold them; nor received by those who cannot preserve them. And in another work: “He sins against God, who divulges to the unworthy the Mysteries confided to him. The danger is not merely in violating truth, but in telling truth, if he allow himself to give hints of them to those from whom they ought to be concealed…..Beware of casting pearls before swine!….Every Mystery ought to be kept secret; and, as it were, to be covered over by silence, lest it should rashly be divulged to the ears of the Profane. Take heed that you do not incautiously reveal the Mysteries!” (Ibid, pp. 545-546)