Does Freemasonry have an anglo-saxon orientation?
Freemasonry is very much an Anglo-Saxon phenomenon. As of the year 2000, of the world’s estimated 5.9 million Freemasons, 4.1 million of them live in the United States and Canada. Most of the others can be found in English-speaking countries. The statistics are somewhat unreliable because someone can be a member of more than one lodge and may be counted in the census more than once. Worldwide estimates place the membership in England and Wales at 550,000, Scotland, 400,000, Ireland, 47,000, greater Europe, 80,000, Australia, 375,000, Latin America, 50,000, Philippines, 10,000, and other areas (India, Japan, Formosa, Africa, and Israel), 288,000.*

* Freemasons, H. Paul Jeffers, 2005, p. 176.

Are women accepted into the masonic order?
You will get many answers as to why women are not admitted to the order. You will find some orders today who will accept them but they are few and far between. I suppose some–in this age of feminism–have found it politically untenable not to accept women.
Some of the reasons for not admitting them are [1] “it was thought proper at first to exclude her, and customs don’t change readily; [2] that the dangers to which she would be exposed because of the prejudice existing against the institution, necessitate her exclusion; [3] that because Solomon employed no women on the temple they can not be admitted into the order, and [finally] that she is excluded because Masonry is Masonry. (See Calcott’s Disquistions, p. 248).”*
The last reason might be closest to the true answer. “Women can not be admitted because of the fundamental philosophy of the institution. She can not be made a Mason because she can not be made a man.” Freemasonry, like the Kabbalah on which it is based, is a variety of phallic worship. A Woman, of course, has no penis. “The Mason is representative of his deity, the generative principle, and must be a man. He must possess the generative virility.”
“In the mysteries, the mother earth, the female principle, was viewed as passive, while the male principle was viewed as the active principle in the generation of life. In order therefore, that the unity and harmony of the symbolism may be maintained, woman must of necessity be excluded from the order. The philosophical basis of Masonry excludes woman for the same reason that a young man in his youth [a boy], a hermaphrodite, an old man in his dotage, or an eunuch is excluded. All this palaver about women not being employed upon the temple, of the dangers they would be exposed to if entrusted with the secrets of the institution, is nothing but ignorance of the true nature and genius of Masonry, or deliberate deception in order to conceal the true reason. A woman can not be made Mason for the same reason she can not be a father. The function and fact of her sex preclude it.”**

* A Candid Disquisition of the Principles  of the. . . Society of Free and Accepted Masons (1923) by Wellins Calcott, p. 248.
** Freemasonry Interpreted, Martin L. Wagner, 1912, p. 233..

What is a Blue Lodge?
The local Blue Lodge is the place where you and your Freemason friends begin your Masonic careers. A Blue Lodge is a lodge of Freemasons that confers the first three ceremonial degrees:

1º — Entered Apprentice
2º — Fellow Craft
3º — Master Mason

Masonic degrees are rites of initiation that teach lessons of honor, morality, and virtue. You can join additional Masonic organizations which confer many other degrees, but none are considered to be of higher rank or privilege than the 3° Master Mason.

What are the two main appendent bodies of Freemasonry?
Called appendant bodies, some of these groups developed to confer more involved Masonic-style degrees. Some were started solely as social clubs for Masons. Others satisfied a desire for military-style drill teams marching in parades. Still others were created to allow wives and children to take part in the lodge experience. The following list lays out the groups for adults affiliated with Freemasonry.
The York Rite: York Rite is actually a descriptive term used for three cooperative groups (the Royal Arch, the Cryptic Council, and the Knights Templar) that confer a total of ten degrees in the United States. The degrees making up the York Rite are considered concordant to the first three Masonic degrees, meaning they confer additional Masonic degrees that enlarge and expand on the first three lodge degrees. You must already be a Master Mason before you can join the York Rite. Outside of the United States, the York Rite is often referred to as the American Rite. In addition to the initial three groups, there are many additional York Rite-related sub-groups, such as:

Knight Masons
Allied Masonic Degrees
York Rite College
Societas Rosicruciana in Civitatibus Foederatis (Masonic Rosicrucians)
Red Cross of Constantine
St. Thomas of Acon
The Operatives
The Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite (or the Scottish Rite): Perhaps the most visible and least understood appendant body of Freemasonry, the Scottish Rite isn’t particularly ancient, and it didn’t come from Scotland. The Scottish Rite confers degrees 4 through 32, plus the additional 33rd degree, given for performing great service to Freemasonry or the community. It is technically a concordant body, because some of its degrees continue the story of the building of Solomon’s Temple started in the first three lodge degrees.

What are some of the other Masonic social groupings?
Shriners International: The Shrine has often been called the “playground of Freemasonry.” Shriners wear red fezzes, ride little cars in parades, sponsor circuses, and do other wacky things to raise money for their 23 children’s hospitals in North America.
The Mystic Order of the Veiled Prophets of the Enchanted Realm (simply and affectionately known as the Grotto): Over the years, the Grotto has unfairly earned the unflattering nickname “the poor man’s Shrine,” and built on the premise that men would be better Masons if the solemn teachings from the lodge could be interspersed with a little socializing and fun.
The Ancient Egyptian Order of SCIOTS: Its motto is “Boost One Another.” They’re dedicated to social activities and helping each other in their personal and business lives.
The Tall Cedars of Lebanon: Founded as a fraternal organization to promote “fun, frolic, and friendship,” and to standardize its ritual. Local chapters are called forests, and members are called tall cedars. Its adopted headgear is a pyramid-shaped hat with a tassel. The degree is purely for fun.
High Twelve: A lunchtime organization for Master Masons who generally meet for an hour once a week to enjoy fellowship and to support Masonic and patriotic causes.
National Sojourners: An organization designed especially for Freemasons who have served in active duty of the armed forces of the United States.
Are there Masonic Women’s Auxillaries?
The Order of the Eastern Star (OES): Created to be a Masonic-style organization open to women, without simply being a copy, parody, or rip-off of the Masonic degrees. The Order of the Eastern Star is open to men who are Master Masons, and female relatives, spouses, and descendants of Master Masons.
The Order of the Amaranth: A group for both Masons and their spouses and female relatives, it’s open to all faiths.
The Social Order of the Beauceant: This order is unusual in American Masonry because it does not require or even admit men. It is an organization of women limited to the wives and widows of Knights Templar.
Are there youth groups affiliated with Freemasonry
Order of DeMolay (for boys): DeMolay confers initiation and knighthood on boys, followed by awards of merit. Its members hold office and conduct the ritual and business of the chapter, teaching boys leadership skills, financial responsibility, civic awareness, and public speaking. Today, membership is open to boys between the ages of 12 and 21. It might be noted that President Bill Clinton’s sole membership listed is his boyhood membership in the Demolays.
Job’s Daughters (for girls): The purpose of the order is to band together young girls for character building through moral and spiritual development, teaching a greater reverence for God and the Bible, patriotism, and respect for parents.
The International Order of the Rainbow (for girls): Although its teachings are based on Christian writings used to show basic values integral to many religions., the order is open to girls of all religions.
What are the titles of the officers of a typical Freemason lodge
Worshipful Master (WM): President
Senior Warden (SW): First vice president
Junior Warden (JW): Second vice president
Secretary: Recorder
Treasurer: Financial officer
Senior Deacon (SD): Worshipful Master’s messenger
Junior Deacon (JD): Senior Warden’s messenger
Senior Steward (SS): Page
Junior Steward (JS): Page
Marshall: Master of ceremonies
Inner Guard: Inner door guard
Tyler (or Tiler): Outer door guard
Chaplain
Are there several Masonic handshakes?
Freemasons greet one another with a variety of handshakes, all based on one’s rank within the organization. “There is a handshake for each degree: Apprentice, Fellowcraft, and Master, i.e., the first three degrees and also in the higher degrees,” says Révauger. “Each rite has its own handshakes, so there is quite a variety. They are used during Masonic ceremonies.”
Did Freemasons Inspire America’s first political third party?
In the realm of politics, the first third party in the United States, the Anti-Masonic Party, formed in 1828 in response to fears that the group was growing too secretive and powerful. Many of its members touted conspiracy theories about the Freemasons, with some leaders claiming that an infamous murder of the time had occurred at the hands of the Masons, in an effort to keep to keep the victim from revealing the organization’s secrets.
What is the esoteric meaning of the Masonic twin pillars Boaz & Joachim?
It was also during this Age of Enlightenment that several important symbols surfaced within the 2nd section of the Fellow Craft degree and none more important than the powerful and complex pillars of Boaz and Jachin.
To begin with, these pillars were either brass or bronze. In either case they came from a combination of “Sun” metal, that being copper and “Moon” metal that being either tin or zinc. This mixture of Sun and Moon expressed harmony and balance. Passing through these pillars represents a chance for a new beginning. The fact that these pillars were hollow made an opportune vehicle to store one’s baggage of the past, as the lodge does not regard or remember the faults of a novitiate prior to joining the lodge.
In addition, the pillars may be seen representing two out of the three pillars of the “Tree of Life”, the Jewish mystical symbol for the creation of the universe. The names of the 3 pillars of the Tree of Life were often seen as strength and wisdom with the third pillar being harmony, placed between them. Thus, when a candidate passed between them, he in essence becomes harmony, and enters a life in which the spiritual dominates the physical.
“II Chronicles 17” states “behold, and he raised up the pillars before the temple, one on the right hand and the other on the left and called the name of that on the right Jachin and that upon the left Boaz”.
Since the dawn of civilization, two pillars have guarded the entrance of sacred and mysterious places. Whether in art or architecture, twin pillars are archetypal symbols representing an important gateway or passage toward the unknown.      In Freemasonry, the pillars Boaz and Jachin represent one of the brotherhood’s most recognizable symbols and most times is prominently featured in Masonic art, documents, and buildings.
What is the famous definition of Freemasonry used by members?
Freemasons deny their organization is a secret society but will admit that it is a society with secrets.
The well-known definition of this society is that it is a “system of morality, veiled in allegory, and illustrated by symbols.*

*Wilkerson, Jeff. Sion’s Army: The Freemasons

What are esoterica?
 

Stephen Knight states:
“In many cultures and at many times humankind has been drawn to the esoteric— the conception that the great truths about life and how to control social and natural phenomena are secrets and can be known only to initiates who pass on their privileged knowledge to the elect from generation to generation. As one highly placed Mason told me, “Truth, to the initiate, is not for everyone; pearls must not be thrown before swine.”*

*Wilkerson, Jeff. Sion’s Army: The Freemasons  Fox Brown Press. Kindle Edition.

 

How many lodge meetings did George Washington attend in his lifetime?
George Washington can, with certainty, be placed at just nine lodge meetings in his lifetime, using direct evidence of rare record books or letters. But this group of men had a more lasting effect on him than moldy books can prove. The lessons he learned when he was initiated in the lodge that first night in 1752, and his other two degrees the next year, lasted a lifetime, and he applied them to his daily life in an ongoing search for Masonic light.

Wilkerson, Jeff. Sion’s Army: The Freemasons, Fox Brown Press. Kindle Edition.

Why do men join Freemasonry? Does it have some hidden agenda? Is it trying to impose its tenets on the society at large?
There are many reasons men become Masons— power, wealth and knowledge being some of the most prominent. Unquestionably, throughout history there has been an incredible number of elite men, in all fields of human endeavor, who count themselves as members of the Lodge, “from kings, presidents, and politicians to tycoons of industry, writers, composers, educators, generals, doctors, journalists, and other cultural, social, and civic leaders.”*
While most members only make it to the first three rungs of the thirty-three degree hierarchy and have no idea of the hidden meanings of their craft, they pledge fealty to it. They do this because the temptation of advancement in this powerful organization is just too hard to refuse…

Wilkerson, Jeff. Sion’s Army: The Freemasons, Fox Brown Press. Kindle Edition.

Since the opening of the Grand Lodge of England in 1714, has Freemasonry showed rapid growth?
At the end of the eighteenth century only about 320 English Lodges had been warranted. About twice as many more were formed in the next half century; No 1000 in 1864. This number was doubled in the next twenty years, No 2000 being warranted in 1883. The next twenty years maintained this rate of growth with Lodge No 3000 opening in 1903, in which year Winston Leonard Spencer Churchill, the MP for Oldham, was initiated. All this nineteenth-century explosion resulted essentially from recruitment from the middle and professional classes. With the First World War, which led to so many of quite a humble background to seek a better status, the rate of growth speeded up in a dramatic manner. Lodge No 4000 was formed in 1919, and No 5000 only seven years later in 1926. The Second World War, for similar reasons, led to another such period of extraordinarily rapid growth— Lodge No 6000 being formed in 1944 and No 7000 in 1950. In 1981, Lodge No 9003 was warranted. Even allowing for Lodges that have been discontinued, taking average Lodge membership at around sixty men, a membership of at least half a million can reasonably reliably be estimated.*

*Wilkerson, Jeff. Sion’s Army: The Freemasons, Fox Brown Press. Kindle Edition.

In the last half of the 20th century, did recruitment in the Lodge start to slow?
In the last half of the 20th century, Freemasonry went through a period of slow growth, as recruitment in the United States started to flag. Due to the effects of the “Aquarian Conspiracy”, young people started becoming self-indulgent and materialistic. The “MTV” generation preferred to go to shopping malls, the movies, and rock concerts, rather than join stodgy, old groups that attracted their fathers and grandfathers. Instead of “tuning-in” they “tuned-out” and believed that the rituals and rites of the Lodge offered no relevance to their lives.

Wilkerson, Jeff. Sion’s Army: The Freemasons, Fox Brown Press. Kindle Edition.

What are the origins of Freemasonry?
Masons, themselves, debate the origins of the Fraternity. What is
known is that in 1717, representatives of four Masonic lodges convened a
meeting in London and established the United Grand Lodge of England.
What led up to this point is unclear. From where did Freemasonry come?
Some suggest that it grew out of Scottish traditions that had been in place
long before 1717. Some claim that it grew out of the mysterious legends of
the Rosicrucians, a group of alchemists and mystics who supposedly
traveled the world seeking secret knowledge. Others believe that its
ceremonies and traditions descended from the Knights Templar after their
excommunication and trials in the 1300s. Some accounts trace its history
back to the building of Solomon’s Temple, around 600 BC. Still others have
conjectured that Freemasonry’s origins date back to the Mystery Schools of
the ancient Greeks or even Egyptian sources.*

*Sion’s Army, The Freemasons, Wilkerson

Does Freemasonry have a Judaic origin?
Most students of Freemasonry, both Masons themselves and antiMasons, acknowledge a Judaic origin. The facts are that when the ritual and institutions of the institution were established in 1717, although certain remnants of the ancient Egyptian and Pythagorean doctrines were kept, the Judaic traditions were the ones selected by the organizers of the Grand Lodge on which to construct their system. King Solomon’s Temple was the setting for the original three Masonic degrees. The third degree, in particular, emphasizes many facets of Judaic worship, including the Sanctum Sanctorum or Holy of Holies, and the Jewish law. The Jewish Bible is read for each degree. The second degree, the Entered Apprentice degree, also calls to mind Israel’s escape from the Pharaoh and the parting of the Red Sea. “During Holy Week, The Scottish Rite publicly celebrates what it calls the Feast of the Paschal Lamb, a commemoration of the Jewish Passover, which is celebrated with bread and wine.”*
According to Nesta Webster, from her book, Secret Societies and Subversive Movements ,
Certain Masonic writers … recognize         that a Judaic tradition is the source from which their system is derived. For after tracing its origin from Adam, Noah, Enoch, and Abraham, they proceed to show its line of descent through Moses, David, and Solomon–descent from Solomon is in fact officially recognized by the Craft and forms a part of the instructions to candidates for initiation into the first degree. But, as we have already seen, this is the precise genealogy attributed to the Cabala by the Jews. In addition, modern Freemasonry is entirely built upon the Solomonic, or rather, the Hiramic legend.*

*Sion’s Army, The Freemasons, Wilkerson

Is Freemasonry influenced by the Jewish Kabbala?
According to Albert Pike, the author of Morals and Dogma,  “All true dogmatical [mystery] religions come from the Kabbala and lead back to it: all that is scientific and great in the religious dreams of all the illuminated … Is borrowed from the Kabbala. All the Masonic associations owe their secrets and symbols to it.”*
Kabbalism is a form of esoteric Judaism. At the time of Jesus Christ, there existed a grouping of doctrines and speculations that were kept secret from the crowd. They were not even revealed to the ordinary priests for fear of corrupting their faith. This body of thought became known as the Kabbalah meaning “to receive” or “transmit.” It was conveyed to the adepts from remote antiquity, although it blended, in the course of time, with impure or foreign elements.

*Sion’s Army, The Freemasons, Wilkerson

 

What is the Hiramic legend?
Freemasonry’s most important foundation legend tells of Hiram Abiff, the architect of Solomon’s Temple in Jerusalem. Hiram appears in the Old Testament, or Jewish Bible, in the first Book of Kings and Chronicles, however, there are also elaborations and variations among the earliest of Talmudic legends and Judaic Apocrypha.
In the book The Temple and the Lodge, its authors tell the story of Hiram Abiff:
When King Solomon decided to build his temple, he approached the King of Tyre, who sent cedars from Lebanon for materials and an architect named Hiram. Masonic legend expands upon this basic story, telling us that Hiram was a master mason who had special esoteric knowledge He was attacked by three journeymen who demanded to know his secrets. Hiram refused to reveal what he knew. The three journeymen murdered him with a blow to the head and hid his body in a secret place.*
This legend is re-enacted in initiation rituals in Masonic lodges around the world as the third degree of Master Mason. In the drama, the candidate assumes the role of the “Grand Master Hiram Abiff” and symbolically experiences death, burial, and resurrection. The ritual is meant to forge a link with the “inner soul” of the Fraternity and a legend [of Hiram Abiff] that is completely and absolutely consistent with the mystery schools of antiquity. One Masonic scholar sees it as communing with the archetypal forces that are the foundation of their tradition. Hiram Abiff is, in essence, identical with many mystery school heroes.

*Sion’s Army, The Freemasons, Wilkerson

 

How is the Hiramic Legend related to the Egyptian legend of Osiris?
The mysteries celebrated in Egypt were all attached to the legend of Osiris, Isis, and Typhon. Osiris was the sun, the generator of all mundane life. He was slain by Typhon, the destroying power in nature, thus deprived of his generative power. But Osiris reappeared in his son, Horus, in renewed power and glory. Isis was the feminine nature power longing for the masculine impregnating principle, seeking it in her wanderings and mourning in its absence. From Osiris whose prostrate form, she raised; Isis took his penis, conceived and brought forth a son, Horus, whom she suckled in secret, and who became the substitute for Osiris. Osiris is the masculine generative principle personified and deified. When slain by Typhon his penis [his generative power] is lost, but it is recovered in a “future generation,” namely his son Horus.
In his book, Freemasonry Interpreted, Martin L. Wagner writes,
“Note the parallels [with the Hiramic Legend]. In the Egyptian myth. Osiris is slain by Typhon, the three winter months; his body cast into the Nile, subsequently found by him and again concealed. In the myth of Hiram, the architect is slain by three craftsmen, his body concealed, afterward recovered and buried. The body of Osiris afterward is found in the roots of the living oak, Hiram’s by the sprig of acacia [tree]. In the Egyptian myth Osiris is caught in a box, Hiram is caught in the Holy of Holies. In the Egyptian rite, Isis seeks Osiris and mourns his death. In the Masonic, the Lodge seeks Hiram and mourns his death. In the Egyptian when Osiris is found, the phallus is lost. In the Masonic when Hiram is found, the ‘word’ is lost. Isis furnishes a substitute for the phallus; the master furnishes a substitute word. Isis raises the prostrate form of him who was slain, she takes from him his essence, and she conceives and brings forth a son. In the Masonic rite, the master raises the prostrate form of him who was slain, whispers in his ear the mystic word, and a son, a Mason, is born in the lodge. In the Egyptian rite, Osiris lived again in his son Horus, in the Masonic the slain Hiram lives again in the newly made Master Mason, who is frequently termed the widow’s son.*”

*Freemasonry Interpreted, Wagner

Who is Albert Pike?

Albert Pike (1809-1891) is considered the Father of Scottish Rite Freemasonry, in which he served as Sovereign Grand Commander of the Southern Jurisdiction from 1859 until his death in Pike is best known for his Masonic opus Morals and Dogma. This work is a weird jumble of learning: ill-digested, often incoherent, yet—like James Joyce’s Finnegans Wake—a work of impenetrable genius. He’s a man of such varied talents and such diverse experiences that it is difficult to treat all sides of his character adequately in a limited space. His different activities would appear disconnected if treated chronologically and it would be equally misleading to discuss each separately from the others. He was a teacher, a pioneer of the West, a poet, a lawyer, an officer in two wars, an editor of newspapers, and he rewrote the lectures, rituals and laws of the 33 degrees of the Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite.

 

Who is Albert Mackey?
Albert Mackey (1807-1881) was an American Masonic historian, ritualist, and symbolist, but was especially devoted to ancient mysteries and societies. He was born in Charleston, South Carolina and died at Ft. Monroe, Virginia. He graduated from the Charleston Medical College in 1834 and practiced his profession at Charleston until 1854, when he turned his attention exclusively to Freemasonry and various antiquities. From 1842 to 1867, he was Grand Secretary of the Grand Lodge of South Carolina. He became a Knight Templar in South Carolina encampment No. 1 in 1843, Commander in 1844, and later was made honorary Past Grand Warden of the Grand Encampment of Knights Templar of the United States. He was coronated 33° of the Scottish Rite in 1844, and in that year, became Secretary-General, which position he held until his death in 1881. Mackey’s Masonic Encyclopedia is a “must have” for any serious student or researcher of the Craft.  He is perhaps most famous for his list of 25 landmarks for which approximately half of the Grand Lodges in the United States have adopted.
Who is Henry Coil?
Henry Coil (1885-1974), best known for his Coil’s Masonic Encyclopedia, was born in Denison, Texas and received his early education in the public schools of that city.
In 1916, he was “raised” a Master Mason in Las Animas Lodge No 28 and, in 1917, was exalted a Royal Arch Mason and received the degrees of Royal and Select Master, all at that place. In 1918, he moved to Riverside, California, where he was made a Knight Templar in 1922 and, in 1926, he received the Scottish Rite Degrees in the Long Beach Bodies. In 1927, he was the second Master of Riverside Lodge No. 635, having been High Priest of Riverside Chapter Royal Arch Masons in 1925 and becoming Commander of Riverside Commandery, Knights Templar in 1929. In 1947, he was dubbed Knight Commander of the Court of Honor and in 1957, coronated 33° and Honorary.
Who is Manly P. Hall?
Manly P. Hall (1901-1990), whose magnum opus was The Secret Teachings of All Ages,  was born in Peterborough, Ontario, to William S. Hall, a dentist, and Louise Palmer Hall, a chiropractor and member of the Rosicrucian Fellowship. In 1919, Hall, who never knew his father, moved from Canada to Los Angeles with his maternal grandmother to reunite with his mother, who was living in Santa Monica. He was almost immediately drawn to the arcane world of mysticism and esoteric philosophies. His budding interest in these subjects, was solidified by meeting—and becoming a student of—Sydney J. Brownson, a diminutive horse-and-buggy doctor and Civil War veteran in his early 70s who had set up business as a practitioner of phrenology. Phrenology was the popular pseudo-science that divided the brain into areas responsible for noble traits such as heroism and shunned ones such as cruelty and thievery, and mapped them out in patterns on the surface of the brain. About this time Hall delved deeply into the teachings of lost and hidden traditions, the golden verses of Hindu gods, Greek philosophers, the Christian mystics, and the spiritual treasures waiting to be found within one’s own soul. In the twenties, he would become a popular lecturer on these topics.
In 1928, he published his magnum opus The Secret Teachings of All Ages and would go on to become an icon of the increasingly influential metaphysical movement sweeping the country at this time. His book challenged assumptions about society’s spiritual roots and made people look at them in new ways. He dedicated his famous book to the proposition that concealed within the emblematic figures, allegories and rituals of the ancients is a secret doctrine concerning the inner mysteries of life, whose doctrines have been preserved among a small band of initiates. As one writer put it: “The result was a gorgeous, dreamlike book of mysterious symbols, concise essays and colorful renderings of mythical beasts rising out of the sea, and angelic beings with lions’ heads presiding over somber initiation rites in torch-lit temples of ancestral civilizations that had mastered latent powers beyond the reach of modern man.”*

Sion’s Army, The Freemasons, Wilkerson

What are the Masonic landmarks?
Although all Grand Lodges operate independently, their teachings are essentially the same. The reason for this is because Freemasonry is built upon certain ancient, unalterable principles called “Landmarks.” Landmarks are the universal rules of the Craft, existing from time immemorial, and handed down by oral tradition. Without them, Freemasonry’s identity would be destroyed. There is no consensus among Masons as to every single Landmark, yet approximately half of the Grand Lodges in the United States have adopted Dr. Albert Mackey’s list of twenty-five.
Who is Lucifer and is Freemasonry a Luciferian Religion?
“Lucifer” is the Latin name for the planet Venus, the brightest morning star. In Hebrew texts Lucifer is referred to as the “shining one,” also relating to Venus. The association of Lucifer with the Devil comes about because of certain passages in the Bible, which somewhat tenuously link Satan with the coming of light; He replied, “I watched how Satan fell, like lightning out of the sky.” (Luke 10:18)
Then the fifth angel blew the trumpet, and I saw a star that had fallen from heaven to earth. (Revelation 9:1)
Rather than signifying the bringer of light, in Christian tradition the term ‘Lucifer’ has become the name of the principal fallen angel who was once as bright as the morning star, although according to this tradition the word “Lucifer” is not actually the name of the Devil, but only a description of his fallen condition. Perversely, some editions of the Bible, notably the King James Version, use the word “Lucifer” as a proper name rather than as a descriptive term, which it really should be. Thus, Isaiah 14:12 reads:
“How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! How art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations!”*
Is Freemasonry a Luciferian religion? On 14, July 1889 Albert Pike allegedly issued these instructions to twenty-three Scottish Rite Supreme Councils throughout the world:
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, 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. If Lucifer were not God would Adonay (The God of the Christians) whose deeds prove his cruelty, perfidy and hatred of man, barbarism and repulsion from science, would Adonay and his priests, calumniate him? Yes, Lucifer is God, and unfortunately Adonay is also the God. For the eternal law is that there is no light without shade, no beauty without ugliness, no white without black, for the absolute can only exist as two gods: darkness being necessary for light to serve as its foil as the pedestal is necessary to the statue and the brake to the locomotive. Thus the doctrine of Satanism is a heresy: and the true and pure philosophical religion is the belief in Lucifer, the equal of Adonay: but Lucifer, God of Light and God of Good is struggling for humanity against Adonay, the God of Darkness and Evil.*

Sion’s Army, The Freemasons, Wilkerson

When did Freemasonry go public?
In 1717 Freemasonry enters properly into history. Four London Lodges alone formed Grand Lodge and owed allegiance to it. What is interesting is that a none-too-well-off gentleman, Anthony Sayer, was installed as Grand Master. The upper classes kept a low profile. They backed the creation of a central organization welding individual Lodges together, but evidently wanted this done before they assumed control. Of the four original London Lodges, the first three contained not one ‘Esquire’ between them, whereas Lodge Original No 4 was made up of seventy-one members of whom, in 1724, ten were nobles, three were honorable, four were baronets or knights, and two were generals.

The Brotherhood, Knight, Stephen

What are the 33 degrees of Scottish Rite Freemasonry?
1st degree    Entered Apprentice
2nd degree   Fellow Craft
3rd degree   Master Mason
4th degree   Secret Master
5th degree   Perfect Master
6th degree   Intimate Secretary
7th degree   Provost and Judge
8th degree   Intendant of the Building
9th degree   Elect of Nine
10th degree Elect of Fifteen
11th degree  Sublime Elect
12th degree Grand Master Architect
13th degree Royal Arch (of Enoch)
14th degree Scottish Knight of Perfection
15th degree Knight of the Sword, or of the East
16th degree Prince of Jerusalem
17th degree Knight of the East and West
18th degree Knight of the Pelican and Eagle and Sovereign Prince Rose Croix of Heredom
19th degree Grand Pontiff
20th degree Venerable Grand Master
21st degree  Patriarch Noachite
22nd degree Prince of Libanus
23rd degree Chief of the Tabernacle
24th degree Prince of the Tabernacle
25th degree Knight of the Brazen Serpent
26th degree Prince of Mercy
27th degree Commander of the Temple
28th degree Knight of the Sun
29th degree Kniht of the Black and White Eagle
30th degree Grand Elected Knight Kadosh,
31st degree  Grand Inspector Inquisitor Commander
32nd degree Sublime Prince of the Royal Secret
33rd degree Grand Inspector General
Is it true that if you want to be a Mason, you must take the initiative and ask a Mason to join?
One of the regulations of ordinary Craft Freemasonry is that no Mason may invite an outsider to join. Anyone wishing to become a Freemason must take the initiative and seek two sponsors from within the Brotherhood. * The position is reversed for Freemasons of the 3rd Degree who wish to be elevated to the Higher Degrees. Initiation is open only to those Master Masons who are selected by the Supreme Council. If a representative of the Supreme Council establishes a contact with a Master Mason and concludes that he is suitable, the Candidate will be offered the chance of being ‘perfected’ and setting the first foot on the ladder to the 33rd Degree.
Did Mussolini ban Freemasonry from Italy?
As Benito Mussolini rose to power, many of Italy’s Freemasons became ardent fascists, and some helped organize Mussolini’s March on Rome. However, in 1923 Freemasonry was declared incompatible with fascism, and in spite of protestations of loyalty from the Grand Lodge, was banned outright in 1925.

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Was Freemasonry suppressed under the Nazi regime?
When the Nazis came to power, policy towards the Freemasons was equivocal. Efforts to eliminate Freemasons did not receive top priority. Those lodges that espoused tolerance and equality and had international connections or connections through their leaders to the Social Democrats or liberal democrats were subject to persecution and often pressured into “voluntary” dissolution. A few conservative German lodges that were willing to accommodate themselves to the regime were able to continue some form of existence for only a little longer. Nevertheless, the regime intended to exclude those who refused to give up their Masonic connections.
In early 1934, the chief of the Nazi Party Court System ruled that Masons who did not leave their lodges prior to January 30, 1933, could not join the Nazi Party. That same month, Prussian Minister of the Interior Hermann Goering issued a decree calling upon the lodges to “voluntarily” dissolve but requiring such voluntary actions to be submitted to him for approval. In addition, lodges and their branches in various cities throughout Germany were exposed to arbitrary violence from local SS and SA units, though this terror does not appear to have been centrally directed.
Increasing pressure in the public and professional sectors forced individuals to choose between remaining in their lodges or limiting their career opportunities. Many former lodge members holding positions in the civil service were forced or harassed into retirement. In May 1934, the Ministry of Defense banned membership in lodges to all personnel—soldiers and civilian employees. During the summer of 1934, after Heinrich Himmler and Reinhard Heydrich completed their takeover and centralization of the Gestapo, View This Term in the Glossary the German police forcibly closed down many Masonic lodges and branch headquarters of the Masons and confiscated their assets, including their libraries and archives.
On October 28, 1934, Reich Minister of the Interior Wilhelm Frick issued a decree defining the lodges as “hostile to the state” and hence subject to having their assets confiscated. Finally, on August 17, 1935, citing the authority of the Reichstag Fire Decree, Frick ordered all remaining lodges and branches dissolved and their assets confiscated.
Nazi propaganda continued to link Jews and Freemasons; Julius Streicher’s virulent publication Der Stuermer (The Assault Trooper) repeatedly printed cartoons and articles that attempted to portray a “Jewish-Masonic” conspiracy.

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Did General Franco suppress the Freemasons in Spain?
During the Spanish Civil War Freemasons were persecuted in the rebel zone, and after the war all lodges were closed down. In 1940 Franco enacted the Law for the Suppression of Freemasonry and Communism, which became the legal instrument to pursue repression.
During his 40-year dictatorship, Franco was fond of referring to the “Jewish-Masonic conspiracy,” even doing so in his final speech, given from the balcony of the Royal Palace in September 1975, less than two months before his death.

The Brotherhood, Knight, Stephen

What is the History of the Judeo-Masonic conspiracy and what is its connection to the Protocols of Zion?
The Judeo-Masonic conspiracy is an antisemitic and antimasonic conspiracy theory involving an alleged secret coalition of Jews and Freemasons. These theories were popular by many people especially in the early 20th century and many of these similar allegations are still popular today.
The Judeo-Masonic conspiracy theory merges two older strains of conspiracy claims: anti-Masonic conspiracy claims and antisemitic conspiracy claims. It was heavily influenced by publication of The Protocols of the Elders of Zion, a document that appeared in the Russian Empire purporting to be an exposé of a worldwide Jewish conspiracy which appear to be genuine. The Protocols claim that the Jews had infiltrated Freemasonry and were using the fraternity to further their aims. Adherents of the Judeo-Masonic conspiracy took the claim made by the Protocols claimed that the leaders of Freemasonry and the leaders of the Jewish plot were one and the same.
Below are two excerpts from this document:
From Protocol Number 3 –
paragraph 7. We appear on the scene as alleged saviours of the worker from this oppression when we propose always give support in accordance with an alleged brotherly rule (of the solidarity of all humanity) of
our SOCIAL MASONRY. . .
From Protocol Number 4 –
paragraph 2. Who and what is in a position to overthrow an invisible force [Masonry]? And this is precisely what our force
is. GENTILE masonry blindly serves as a screen for us and our objects, but the plan of action of our force, even its very abiding-place, remains for the whole people an unknown mystery.
Why did Hitler ban Freemasonry?
Hitler felt that Freemasonry played a key role in the events of WW One. The treaties between the nations which caused a dominoes effect of warring alliances had the fingerprints of Freemasonry all over it, he beleived. The assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand by Gavrilo Princip who was a member of the masonic Black Hand, was sanctioned by the Grand Orient Lodge of Paris.
Who gained the most out of WW One? The bankers and military industrialists did, and Germany was made to pay all the war loans back to the bankers.
While Freemasonry insists its initiates, mainly the Entered Apprentice fodder, are loyal to their nation, Freemasonry supports internationalism, and it is no secret that politicians of all political parties belong to the same lodges, and all Freemasons must put their brethren and lodge before party political interests. Thus Freemasonry and democracy cannot co-exist. Although the Western system of democracy is in reality an oligarchy aligned to plutocracy which compliments Freemasonry perfectly.
Who is John Robison?
John Robison (1739-1805) was Professor of Natural Philosophy in the University of Edinburgh, Secretary of the Royal Society in that city, and author of “Proofs of a Conspiracy against all the Religions and Governments of Europe carried on in the Secret Meetings of the freemasons, Illuminati, and Reading Societies, collected from Good Authorities.” This work proved to be a powerful indictment of those conspirators behind the French Revolution. A copy of it was given to George Washington and is said to have made a profound impression on him. Robison had been initiated into Freemasonry at Liege.
What does the All Seeing Eye signify?
Today, as in the past, the Eye of Providence, is generally associated with Freemasonry. The all-seeing eye first appeared as part of the standard iconography of the Freemasons in 1797, with the publication of Thomas Smith Webb’s Freemasons Monitor. It symbolises the all-seeing eye of God and is a reminder that humanity’s thoughts and deeds are always observed by God (who Masons refer to as the Great Architect of the Universe). Typically, the Masonic Eye of Providence has a semi-circular glory below it. Sometimes this Masonic Eye is enclosed by a triangle.
What do the rough and perfect Ashlar symbolize?
The Perfect Ashlar is a hewn, or squared, stone. It symbolizes the state of perfection at which a Mason hopes to arrive. The Rough Ashlar is a symbol of a Masons’ rude and imperfect state by nature.

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What is the Cable Tow?
The cable tow is a rope that a candidate wears during his initiation into the three degrees. In the Entered Apprentice degree, the cable tow, is worn around the candidate‘s neck. It symbolizes his tie to the profane world. In the Fellowcraft and Master Mason degrees it symbolises the Masons’ tie to the Lodge. A Cable Tow is also a rope or line for drawing or leading.  Gaedicke, says that, “according to the ancient laws of Freemasonry, every brother must attend his Lodge if he is within the length of his cable tow.”  The old writers define the length of a cable tow, which they sometimes called, “a cable’s length,” to be three miles for an Entered Apprentice.  But the expression is really symbolic and really means the scope of a man’s reasonable ability to attend a Lodge meeting or duty. In our case this ranges from brethren living within 5 minutes drive, to some who travel close 1.5 hours such is the special bond the Lodge has with them.

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What does the Masonic Corner Stone signify?
The corner stone is the stone that lies at the corner of two walls and forms part of the foundation of an edifice.  In Masonic buildings, it is now always placed in the northeast; but this rule was not always formally observed.  The symbolism of the corner stone when duly laid with Masonic rites is full of significance, which refers to its form, to its situation, to its permanence, and to its consecration.  As to form, it must be perfectly square on its surfaces, and its solid contents a cube.  The square is a symbol of morality, and the cube of truth.  The situation at the corner of the north and east, the north representing darkness and the east representing light, presents the symbol of Masonic progress from darkness to light, and from ignorance to knowledge.  The corner stone is supposed to be of a more permanent and durable quality than any other part of the building, lasting beyond the decay and ruin of the building, and therefore, reminding the Mason that when his earthly Tabernacle of his life shall have passed away, he has within him, a sure foundation of eternal life. In Masonic symbolism, it signifies a true Mason, and therefore it is the first character which the Apprentice is made to represent after his initiation has been completed.
Who is a Cowan?
A Masonic term which means intruder or one who accidentally enters where he is not wanted. This is not to be confused with the word eavesdropper or one who deliberately tries to overhear and see what is not meant for his eyes and ears. A cowan, or a person who sought to listen in on secrets to which he was not entitled, because of an early form of punishment.  A detected cowan was forced to stand beneath the eaves of a house during a downpour of rain until he was soaked almost to the drowning point. It is a Scottish term of contempt.
What is referred to as the Craft?
The term is applied free or speculative masonry and signifies the whole masonic fraternity wherever dispersed.
What do the terms Darkness to Light signify to Freemasons?
In Freemasonry, even as in the system of Jewish and Christian religion, darkness is a symbol of ignorance, while light is a symbol of enlightenment and knowledge.  It is a principle of Freemasonry that the natural eye cannot perceive of the mysteries of the Order until the heart has embraced the deep spiritual and mystic meanings of those sublime mysteries. Hence all applicants for the degrees of Freemasonry are required to enter the Lodge in total darkness, this darkness is preparatory and preliminary to his receiving the light he desires and searches.
What does the term ‘East’ mean to Freemasons?
In all ancient mysteries, the East was regarded as peculiarly sacred.  As the cardinal point of the sun-rising it was considered symbolic of light, not only by sun-worshipers but by those of more enlightened religious intelligence.  Hence the East is the seat of the highest officer of a Masonic Lodge, the Worshipful Master. Lodge halls or rooms are oblong from East to West; candidates travel from the West to the East in search of Light.
What does the term 'Furniture of the Lodge' signify?
Every well-regulated Lodge is furnished with the Holy Bible, the Square, and the Compasses.  These constitute the furniture of the Lodge, being the three Great Lights of Freemasonry.  The first is designed to be the guide of our faith; the second to regulate our actions; and the third to keep us within proper bounds with all mankind.
What does the letter G mean for Freemasons?
This letter is one of the most sacred of the Masonic symbols.  Where it is used, however, is as a symbol of deity. It should be remembered, that it is the Saxon representative of the Hebrew Yod and the Greek Tau, the initial letter of the Eternal in those languages.  This symbol proves that Freemasonry always prosecuted its labours with reference to the grand ideas of Infinity and Eternity.  By the letter “G”, which conveyed to the minds of the brethren, at the same time, the idea of God and that of Geometry. Like Jacob’s ladder, it bound heaven to earth, the divine to the human, and the infinite to the finite.  Masons are taught to regard the Universe as the grandest of all symbols.  In the Lodge room, it is always visible in the East, either painted on the wall or sculptured in wood or metal, and suspended over the Master’s chair.
What is the mystical meaning of Geometry?
Among mathematical sciences, Geometry is the one which has the most especial reference to architecture, and we can, therefore, under the name of Geometry, understand the whole art of Freemasonry.  In Anderson’s book of constitutions, Freemasonry is frequently called Geometry, and of the latter he said of the whole being of the Order is comprehended in it.  Freemasons therefore ought to make themselves intimately acquainted with Geometry.
Is the Grand Architect of the Universe the Masonic God?
The Grand Architect of the Universe (also Great Architect of the Universe or Supreme Architect of the Universe) is a conception of God discussed by many Christian theologians and apologists.  As a designation it is used within Freemasonry to neutrally represent whatever Supreme Being to which each member individually holds in adherence.
Is it true that most Masons are ‘Porch’ Masons?
The employment of twin pillars or posts on the porch, or portal of a Masonic lodge, usually on the western side of the edifice, is a custom of the greatest significance. Regarding the Temple of Solomon, this portal is the entrance to the inner sanctum where the Holy of Holies, or the Arch of the Covenant is located. During this time, only select Jews were permitted to enter into this section. Symbolically, regarding Freemasonry, it means that only high-level members, who are savey to the mysteries of the craft can enter. The mass of Masons, the more profane if you will, gather outside on the porch and are therefore called “porch” Masons. Many contend that the lion’s share, that is most members of the lodge fall into this category.
Did the Mormon Church start as a Masonic rite?
In 1830, a Master Mason named Joseph Smith founded a new rite at the Masonic Lodge in Nauvoo,
Illinois, and named it the Mormon Rite. Smith planned to make Mormonism a superior rite in
Freemasonry. Mormonism began to take over the Masonic Lodges in Illinois, and many
researchers believe that Joseph Smith was killed to stop his movement. Whether or not this
speculation is true, the Illinois Grand Lodge did revoke the charter of the Mormon Masonic
Lodge.
After Smith’s murder, Freemason Brigham Young took the Mormons to Salt Lake City and
established The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, now known as the Mormon Church.
Young was succeeded by Freemason John Taylor. All “apostolic” successors since have been
Freemasons: Wilford Woodruff, Lorenzo Snow, Joseph Fielding Smith, and Herbert J. Grant.
Masonic membership is still a requirement for members of the Mormon Church’s “apostolic”
hierarchy. According to Tom McKenney, co-author of The Deadly Deception, the Mormon
hierarchy must be members of the Masonic Blue Lodge.
In Scottish Rite Masonry illustrated,
Dr. J. Blanchard states of Mormonism and Masonry: “The two institutions are morally and
legally the same.”*

*Scarlet and the Beast, Daniel, John

Were the Jahovah Witnesses founded by a Freemason?
Freemason Charles Taze Russell became disillusioned with the Lodge and began studying the Bible. His Bible study was somewhat biased by his Masonic background, and he found no religion to his liking. He became “Pastor” to his own International Bible Student Movement, which he began with his own peculiar Bible study teachings. This movement became known as the Russellites. In 1879 he started The Watch Tower magazine, of which he was sole editor. Today the Russellites are known as Jehovah’s Witnesses.*

*Scarlet and the Beast, Daniel, John

Is the Scottish Rite called the Jewish Rite?
The Scottish Rite, is known to all Masons, and anti-Masons alike, as the Jewish Rite. Even today, any Gentile who travels the degrees in the Scottish Rite is considered a Jewish workman. His king is Solomon, and he bows down to a replica of the Ark of the Covenant within the walls of the symbolic Jewish Temple called Freemasonry.*

*Scarlet and the Beast, Daniel, John

Was Freemasonry behind public education and the National Education Association (NEA)?
By the mid-1850s Freemasonry began a drive to control school teachers by the establishment of a professional association for the same. The Scottish Rite was the primary force behind the founding of the National Education Association (NEA) in 1857, which today is a powerful professional union and political lobby.
After World War I, American Freemasonry began lobbying the Federal government for federally-funded public schools. Mackey’s Encyclopedia of Freemasonry outlines the story: “The Supreme Council Southern Jurisdiction, United States of America, Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite in 1920 openly declared itself in favor of the creation of a Department of Education with a Secretary in the President’s Cabinet….” Mackey further informs us that the Scottish Rite was responsible for “the passage of what was then known as the Smith-Tower Educational Bill embodying the principle of Federal Aid to the Public Schools in order to provide funds for the equalization of educational opportunities to the children of the nation. The Brethren declared their belief in the compulsory attendance of all children upon the Public Schools….”
Investigative journalist Paul Fisher has summarized the goals of Freemasonry in America in  creating and promoting a system of compulsory public education: “(1) The destruction of all social influence by the Church and religion generally, either by open persecution or by so-called separation of Church and State; (2) To secularize all public and private life and, above all, popular education; and (3) To systematically develop freedom of thought and conscience in school children, and protect them, so far as possible, against all disturbing influences of the Church, and even their own parents – by compulsion if necessary. “*

*Scartlet and the Beast, Daniel, John

Who was Donald Trump's favorite pastor?
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Donald Trump’s favorite pastor is New Ager and Protestant pastor Dr. Norman Vincent Peale, a 33rd degree Mason. Masonry is so proud of Peale that his name is listed in Masonic brochures throughout America as one of the prominent high Masons who disseminates Masonic thought in his periodical, Guidepost. In fact, Peale was on the cover of The Scottish Rite Journal (formerly the New Age magazine) in March, 1991. “Masonry,” said Peale, “became an early and essential part of my success.” The three-point outline of his article in the Journal, “Enthusiasm Makes the Difference,” is “Confidence, Understanding, Enthusiasm (CUE).” These three words, according to Peale, are the CUE to success and happiness. “Take your CUE from Freemasonry as I have,” wrote Dr. Peale.*

*Scarlet and the Beast, Daniel, John

 

Was Napoleon Bonaparte a Freemason?
Napoleon Bonaparte, a Mason, was not a self-made man. He was selected by Templar Freemasonry to salvage the revolution – to solidify the revolution in his name, since rumors persisted that the exiled Bourbons would return. Msgr. Dillon writes that “As a lesser evil therefore, and as a means of forwarding the unification of Europe which they had planned by his conquests, the Freemasons placed supreme power in the hands of Bonaparte, and urged him on in his career….”*

*Scarlet and the Beast, Daniel, John

Who was Giuseppe Mazzini?
In the 1830s, Giuseppe [Joseph] Mazzini (1805-1872) began his revolutionary activities of which the unification of Italy was probably his most distinguished accomplishment. He was also behind the suppression of the temporal power of the Pope, the destruction of Austria, and the establishment of republics everywhere.
Mazzini’s operation was similar to that of the Illuminati. So similar, in fact, that some conspiracyresearchers have suggested that Adam Weishaupt appointed Mazzini as Director of the Illuminati. Mazzini had only been a Mason for three years when Weishaupt died in 1830, but his ruthless character, the researchers claim, had come to the attention of Weishaupt. The only difference between the two was that while Weishaupt was a Luciferian, Mazzini was initially a pure atheist – so successful had the Illuminati propagandists been in denying the existence of God.*

*Scarlet and the Beast, Daniel, John, p.272.

Did Mazzini first join the Italian Carbonari?
Mazzini was initiated into Freemasonry at age twenty-two. At that time the early form of Italian Masonry was called Carbonari. Miller notes the similarity between the ordinances and rituals ofthe Carbonari and Freemasonry:
Modern Carbonarism was founded in 1815 by Maghella, a native of Genoa, who, at the time when Joachim Murat became King of the two Sicilies, was a subordinate of Saliceti, the Neapolitan Minister of Police. He [Mag hella] was a Freemason, who exempted from initiation and probation all Freemasons who desired to become Carbonari. Any one who hasread the statutes and ritual of Carbonarism will see that it is one and the same as that ofMasonry.’
The plans of the Carbonari were recorded in 1818 in its secret official document under the title Permanent Instructions, or Practical Code of Rules; Guide for the Heads of the Highest Grades of Masonry. This document, according to Miller, listed several goals, the last of which stated, “‘Our final aim is that of Voltaire and of the French Revolution – the complete annihilation ofCatholicism, and ultimately of all Christianity.”‘
During Mazzini’s early years as a Mason, the Grand Orient had penetrated the Carbonari. Eventually, the latter faded and the former became the dominant Masonry in Italy.*

*Scarlet and the Beast, Daniel, John, p.272.

Did Mazzini found the 'Young' Societies?
Giuseppe Mazzini, after three years of intense revolutionary training (1827-1830), concentrated on recruiting rebellious youth to further his conspiracy of revolution. In 1831 he was exiled from Italy to France.
In 1832 he founded for his young revolutionaries their own form of Freemasonry prefixed by the word Young. By 1833 Young Italy had grown to 60,000 members and was suppressed that year by the Italian government.
In 1835, with the help of Freemason Henry Palmerston, Mazzini founded Young Europe in Switzerland. In the same manner in which Weishaupt’s conspiratorial ideas continued to spread after the Illuminati was suppressed, Mazzini’s Young societies continued to organize in new territories long after his death. In the new world they were called Young America; in England -Young England, in Italy – Young Italy, in Turkey – Young Turks. On the Continent they were, of course, Young Europe.
The Young societies consisted of radical and riotous youth, many of whom were later initiated into the Templar Grand Orient lodges in their respective countries. The hierarchy in the Scottish Rite directed their activity, while the Masonic press described them as laborers and students expressing their grievances. This practice still continues today.
All Young society members throughout Europe were taught the art of subversion by Grand Orient Freemasonry. They were ready when called upon to agitate, demonstrate, instigate workerstrikes, hold rallies, or to spy, bomb, and assassinate. Also known as Anarchists and Nihilists, they were reckless of every consequence, using dynamite, the knife, or the revolver for thebenevolent cause of Grand Orient Freemasonry. Msgr. Dillon specifically mentions that these hoodlums (whose protection had been written into the French Constitution), would go to Paris where they were taught the use and manufacture of dynamite.
Although Young society members in Mazzini’s day were described as loose-knit with no direction, they were in fact highly organized. A few were wealthy. Some were laborers and students, others, paid rioters. The majority had no jobs at all, yet spent money freely – an enigma to those who had no knowledge of their Masonic backers. After their grievances were aired by the Masonic press, public opinion turned in the direction favorable to Grand Orient Freemasonry.
In short, the Young society members were hoodlums trained to do the bidding of the Templar Scottish Rite Hierarchy. Their duty was to spread the Templar revolution throughout Europe.*

Scarlet and the Beast, Daniel, John, p.273.

 

Was Mazzini in contact with the European revolutionaries of his time?
Mazzini was in contact with Masonic revolutionaries throughout the world: Giuseppe Garibaldi, leader of the revolutionary army in Italy; Louis Kossuth of Hungary; Stanislas Vorcell of Poland; Alexander Herzen of Russia; Henry Palmerston of England; Otto von Bismarck of Germany; and Albert Pike of the United States. De Poncins notes that twenty-two years after Mazzini’s death the Rivista della Massoneria Italiana said of him and his assistants: “‘Mazzini, Garibaldi and Kossuth shine with unsurpassed glory which make crowned heads turn pale.””*

*Scarlet and the Beast, Daniel, John, p.275.

Was the British East India Company owned by Freemasons?

  From the late 1600s the BEIC, whose stockholders were English Freemasons, was heavily  1772 Great Britain made it illegal. To make up the slack in revenues,opium sales increased in Europe, where the drug was sold as a treatment for pain. The BEIC became extremely wealthy during the Napoleonic Wars when governments bought the drug by the ton for their wounded soldiers. After Waterloo, however, drug sales dropped substantially. Consequently, the BEIC stockholders began developing a new drug market in China. Assisting them were the vicious Triads, the Oriental secret societies similar to Western Freemasonry. The attempt to develop a China market entangled Great Britain in her First Opium War with China in 1840.   After winning that war, merchant Masons throughout the next two decades established many Masonic Lodges in China for the purpose of controlling their drug operation.*

*Scarlet and the Beast, Daniel, John, p276.

Did the French lodges go underground during the Nazi occupation?
French lodges went underground during the war, forming the resistance movement headed by General Charles de Gaulle. When the war ended in 1945, Grand Orient Freemason Leon Blum was back in power as the provisional president. That year the Grand Orient-directed Gaullists and communist thugs arrested Frenchmen who had collaborated with the Nazis and shot them like dogs. Even their children were tied to execution posts and shot. Their women were paraded naked in the streets, their heads shaven, before being tortured to death. The year the war ended the French Grand Orient murdered 1.25 million of its own people. The Masons then appropriated to themselves the property of their victims.

Today, France continues to march under the flag of the Grand Orient, led at this writing by 33rd degree Freemason, Francois Mitterrand, president since 1981. On December 31, 1992, Mitterrand helped inaugurate Masonry’s long-awaited United States of Europe. Working hard for its success is Otto von Habsburg, holder of the Sionist title, “King of Jerusalem.”*

*Scarlet and the Beast, Daniel, John, p.285

Was the Priory of Sion behind the Protocols?
If not of Jewish origin, from whence came the Protocols of Sion? The Court of Berne discovered that the original documents were in French. We have learned that the birthplace and home of the Priory of Sion was, and still is, France.16 We have also discovered that the Priory of Sion is not Jewish, but a Jewish counterfeit. Moreover, we have suggested that the Priory of Sion may be those individuals, written of by the Apostle John, who “say they are Jews, and are not, but do lie…” Revelation 3:9).
Therefore, if the Protocols of Sion is the product of the Priory of Sion, and not of the Zionist Jews, it is understandable why the Jews would denounce it everywhere as a forgery. Finally, in 1921 the London Times “made the sensational discovery through its correspondents in Constantinople.. .of a French book which they called the Dialogues of Geneva, published anonymously at Brussels in 1865. This book, the Times affirmed, had been plagiarized by the author[s] of the Protocols.”
After the Dialogues of Geneva were published, the Times is quoted as saying: “‘It was soon discovered by the police of Napoleon III that the author of the book was a certain lawyer, Maurice Joly, who was arrested, tried, and sentenced to two years imprisonment [from April 1865], as it was averred that he had written his book as an attack against the government of Napoleon III to which he had lent all the Machiavellian plans revealed in the Dialogues.”
Maurice Joly (1831-1878) was a Gentile French lawyer, a writer, Freemason, and member of a Rose-Croix order. Most significant, he was intimate with Victor Hugo (1802-1885), the famous French poet, who was also a member of the same Rose-Croix order.19 This is the same Victor Hugo, who, following the communist uprisings of 1848, coined the phrase, the “United States of Europe” at the Masonic Peace Conference in 1849.
From 1844 until his death in 1885, Victor Hugo was Grand Master of the Priory of Sion.20 The authors of Holy Blood, Holy Grail, suggest that the Rosicrucian order to which both Joly and Hugo belonged was the Priory of Sion.
Maurice Joly was also a close friend of the Jewish Freemason, Adolphe Isaac Cremieux (1796- 1880). Cremieux was mentioned in the previous chapter as being involved with Victor Hugo in the 1848 communist uprisings in France and was one of the orators applauding its success. Most significant was Cremietix’s Masonic rank. He was a 33rd degree Mason sitting on the Supreme Council of the Ancient and Primitive Rite of Mizraim at Paris, the same Rosicrucian Masonic Lodge founded by Sionist-Illuminatus Cagliostro. The rituals practiced in the Mizraim Lodge were the same Isis cult mysteries of Egypt observed by the Priory of Sion. Sion’s English Masons also act out the same Isis legend in the Master Mason ceremony.
The facts of Maurice Joly’s life make him an interesting man indeed. First, he was a Gentile Frenchman, a lawyer, a Freemason, and a writer. Second, he was the man who wrote the Dialogues of Geneva (in French), from which the original version of the Protocols of the Learned Elders of Sion allegedly were plagiarized (in French). Third, he was closely associated with Victor Hugo, the Grand Master of the Priory of Sion. Fourth, Joly was involved with Aldolphe  Cremietix, a ruler in a Rosicrucian Masonic Lodge, a lodge founded by Sionist Cagliostro. Fifth, both Hugo and Cremieux were heavily involved in the French Masonic Revolution of 1848. This circumstantial evidence points to these three men as having been involved in creating the Protocols of the Learned Elders of Sion.*

*Scarlet and the Beast, Daniel, John, p300.

In a letter to Mazzini in August of 1871, did Albert Pike forsee the fighting of 3 world wars?
Albert Pike wrote to Giuseppe Mazzini on August 15, 1871, calling for world war to force all governments to submit to a one-world Masonic Republic. Cataloged, and on display in the British Museum Library at London, the letter reads in part:
  “We shall unleash the Nihilists and the Atheists and we shall provoke a formidable social cataclysm which, in all its horror, will show clearly to the nations the effect of absolute atheism, the origin of savagery and of the most bloody turmoil. Then everywhere, the citizens, forced to defend themselves against the world minority of revolutionaries, will exterminate those destroyers of civilization, and the multitude disillusioned with Christianity.. anxious for an ideal, but without knowledge where to render its adoration, will receive the pure light.. .of Lucifer, brought finally out into public view, a manifestation which will result from a general reactionary movement which will follow the destruction of Christianity and atheism, both conquered and exterminated at the same time.”
  An appendage to this letter surfaced in the Museum in 1949, alleging how Pike intended to soften the world, not by one world war, but by three. According to this latter document, the first war would enable Communism to destroy Czarist Russia and establish militant atheism in its place. The second war called for the rise of Fascism to pit Great Britain against Germany, after which Communist Russia would be in a position to destroy other governments and their religions. The third war would begin by exacerbating the conflict between Judaism and theMoslem world. This would be the final world war, and it would bring complete social, political and economic chaos. From the ashes would arise a universal Masonic dictatorship. According to Salem Kirban, in Satan’s Angels Exposed, Pike’s three- world-war blueprint has mysteriously vanished from display in the British Museum, while his letter remains cataloged. Kirban says: “It is quite possible that these Illuminati schemes for three World Wars are more recent inventions, post-dated to give authenticity to those who seek to blame the sin and suffering of today’s world on some secret few.”
Kirban’s analysis is most likely correct, given the fact that two bits of information found in the appendage could not have been foreseen by Pike in 1871. First, Pike’s alleged plan called for the exploitation of Fascism, a term not coined until 1921. Second, Pike mentioned capitalizing on the conflict between Jews and Arabs, a controversy that was nonexistent in his day. Not until after the Balfour Declaration of 1917, a Declaration guaranteeing the Jews a British mandated homeland in Palestine, did this modern conflict arise.
Many revisionist historians, not understanding the conflict between the two Masonic powers, have viewed the three-world-war theory as a single conspiracy. They argue that Pike and his successors have masterminded the events which led to two world wars, and that this coterie will see their program through to the third. It is true, as we shall see, that French and English Freemasonry (in that order) did cause two world wars, but the argument that these events were planned in 1871 is incredible. As Salem Kirban suggests, these “schemes for 3 World Wars are more recent inventions, post-dated to give authenticity.
Hence, the alleged 1871 appendage to Pike’s letter is suspect, especially since it was placed in the British Museum in 1949, after two world wars had already been fought. A post-World War II forger of a so- called preplanned three-world-war conspiracy could certainly profit from this Arab-Israeli conflict, a conflict nonexistent in Pike’s day. And at that late date, the cause of a third world war was easy to predict by anyone who had knowledge of the Biblical Armageddon, which, according to Revelation 16:16-21, will, in fact, be the final battle – an enormous slaughter in the land of Palestine involving every nation in the world.*

*Scarlet and the Beast, Daniel, John, p. 368

Were western intelligence agencies penetrated by foreign spies through the infiltration of Masonic lodges?
In our day the Masonic Lodge is tied directly to state intelligence services. Agents are placed according to certain requirements and abilities, one of which is the ability to keep a secret. Therefore, agents who are Masons are given preference for top positions. For example, in the U.S.A. the heads of both the FBI and the CIA have always been either 33rd degree Masons, or high initiates in affiliated secret societies. In fact, J. Edgar Hoover (33rd degree) obtained a charter for the FBI’s own Masonic lodge, the Fidelity Lodge. Curt Gentry, in his book J. Edgar Hoover, informs us that “Membership and attendance at the Monday-night meetings were ‘voluntary,’ but those who aspired to higher positions soon realized that associating with the director on this one semi-social occasion was almost a prerequisite to advancement. ”

The weakness in this system of selection is readily apparent, since Masons freely talk to, and advance brother Masons. If an enemy agent joins a Masonic Lodge frequented by an intelligenc agent whom he wishes to compromise, his task is simple. Many examples of this are presented by the late Stephen Knight in The Brotherhood. Knight, a British investigative journalist, documented time and again how the KGB, prior to and after World War II, successfully penetrated British intelligence by joining Western Freemasonry.*

*Scarlet and the Beast, Daniel, John, p206.

Did Albert Pike, who would become a confederate general, secretly organize the civil war?
There is a subversive side to Albert Pike about which many remain silent. Before accession to his prestigious Masonic positions, Pike secretly organized the rebellion of the southern states against the United States, using the Southern Jurisdiction of Scottish Rite Freemasonry to conceal his conspiracy. Most of the political and military leadership of the Confederacy were Masons under Pike’s secret command. In reality, our Civil War was another battle in the war between English and French Freemasonry.*

*Scarlet and the Beast, Daniel, John, p320

Was the Satanist Alister Crowley the hero of the Rock and Roll movement?
Freemason Crowley’s murderous influence continues to this day. He is the hero of the modern Satan worshipers. Anton Szandor Lavey, author of The Satanic Bible, and head of the First Church of Satan in California, is an admirer of Aleister Crowley. Cofounder of the Church of Satan is Kenneth Anger, who was initiated into the Golden Dawn and the O.T.O. in the 1940s byCrowley himself.
Many rock stars are also followers of Crowley, and their songs glorify the evils of Satan. For instance, Crowley’s picture (and that of Karl Marx) is on the cover of the Beatles’ album Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band. About the album cover, Ringo Starr said, “We just thought we would like to put together a lot of people we like and admire.”
Author Brian Key, who has studied the role of the media in the decline of our culture, has commented that “[t]he Beatles popularized and culturally legitimatized hallucinatory drug usage among teenagers throughout the world…. The Beatles became the super drug culture prophets and pushers of all times.” The names of their songs witness to this fact. For instance, one meaning of “day tripper” is to take a shot of heroin in the morning and stay high all day; A “Yellow Sub-marine” in drug parlance is a yellow qualude, or downer; “Strawberry Fields Forever” refers to poppy fields. Poppy, the main ingredient of heroin, is red like strawberries; and in “Hey Jude,” Jude means marijuana.
What are the occult and/or Masonic affiliations or association of rock stars themselves? Led Zeppelin’s Jimmy Page, for instance, is a Mason and member of the Golden Dawn. He owns the demon-inhabited house of the late Aleister Crowley, a house said to be haunted by a death curse. Led Zeppelin’s  drummer, John “Bonzo” Bonham, died in Crowley’s mansion, “fueling rumors ofsinister overtones resulting from Page’s fascination with black magic.” Page has praised Crowley as “an unrecognized genius of twentieth century thinking.”
Satanist Keith Richards of the Rolling Stones is not only a Freemason but also a member of both Crowley’s Golden Dawn and O.T.O. The evil influence on children who listen to his “music” is enormous. After his heroin arrest he admitted, “There are black magicians who think we are acting as unknown agents of Lucifer.” The Rolling Stones spread revolutionary propaganda through their song “Street Fighting Man.” Their anthems to Satan, “Sympathy for the Devil” or “Dancing with Mr. D” (the Devil), bear out Richards’ comment.
The leader of the Rolling Stones is Mick Jagger. Early in his singing career Jagger was initiated into Crowley’s Order of the Golden Dawn by Crowley’s disciple, Freemason Kenneth Anger. Anger’s dream was to produce a film glorifying the devil. The movie was to be named Lucifer Rising. The part of Lucifer was to be played by Bobby Beausoleil, a young guitar player with the California rock band Love. “After filming for some time, Beausoleil went off the deep end and committed a bestial murder, including writing on the wall with his victim’s blood.” Beausoleil was a follower of Freemason Charles Manson, who was also a member of Crowley’s O.T.O.
The groups Black Sabbath and Blue Oyster Cult have had great success selling Satan rock. The first album of Black Sabbath was entitled Sabbath, Bloody Sabbath. Its cover clearly showed the cross of Christ placed upside down and the number “666,” the mark of the beast. After a concert in Tulsa, Oklahoma, the Tulsa World music critic confirmed that the subject matter of Black Sabbath’s songs are about “the occult, death and drugs.”40 Not surprisingly, Ozzy Osbourne, former lead singer for Black Sabbath, is devoted to Aleister Crowley, saying Crowley was “a phenomenon of his time. ”
In the early months of their act, Jefferson Airplane’s Alice Cooper, American born, and now star of his own rock group of the same name, killed a live chicken on stage. Included in their album Killer is the song “Dead Babies.” One author reports how Cooper walked “on stage with a lifelike-looking doll. With a hatchet he chops it into pieces, gleefully throwing the appendages into the audience. Blood capsules fastened to the back squirt what appears to be blood in every direction. Afterwards, Alice stands holding up the head of the doll, like a decapitated enemy. With one final, demoniacal thrust, he impales the head on a microphone stand…. “*

*Scarlet and the Beast, Daniel, John, p347

Why are there so many Freemasons in the Police and Military.
The Craft is so much about the control of society. The Police enforce the laws of the community and ultimately the military will protect society from political unrest. These are extremely important roles they play and the leaders of Freemasonry seek them out because they’re such an integral part of the social control mechanism.

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Is the B’nai B’rith a ‘Jews only’ Masonic Lodge and did they found the ADL?
In 1843, some New York Reform Jews founded the exclusively Jewish Masonic Lodge, B’nai B’rith (Sons of the Covenant). Their institutions and influence grew and by the turn of the 20th century, this “Jews only” Lodge had founded what were to be three of the world’s major Jewish organizations: the Anti-Defamation League, the American Jewish Congress and the Federation of Jewish Charities.
Is Jair Bolsonaro a Freemason and is Freemasonry just as powerful in Brazil as it is in the US?

Yes, Brazil like all the other Latin American countries is controled by a Jewish-Masonic establishment just as it is in the United States. All of the countries in this region were founded by Freemasons and through the centuries they have established themselves in the highest echelons of both military and civil authority. 

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