Every Masonic Lodge is a temple of religion; and its teachings are instructions of religion.
— Albert Pike, 33rd degree
The majority of Masons today don't have a clue as to the true meaning of their rituals and symbols. And they certainly cannot be called bad people. Misled, yes, and most really are the good natured philanthropists helping their community, that we see outwardly. You see it is not required of intiates to ascend any higher than that of the third degree Master Mason. They know there are another 30 degrees if one wished to continue, but the initiation process is a tedious and drawn out affair (it might take a year to reach the third degree), which the participants, for the most part, are happy it's over with. For them it is good that they not continue. And that's just the way higher initiates, or adepts, like it.
"The Blue Degrees are but the court of portico(porch) of the Temple. Part of the symbols are displayed there to the initiate, but he is intentionally mislead by false interpretations. It is not intended that he shall understand them; but it is intended that he shall imagine that he understands them....their true explication is reserved for the Adept, the Princes of Masonry." (32nd & 33rd degrees)
General Albert Pike wrote those words in a work called: Morals and Dogma in the Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite, 1871. At the time his title was the Grand commander of the Supreme Council, of the Scottish Rite in Washington D.C. This book is revered by occult groups across the globe, and most masons have never read it, let alone understood it. If they did understand it, there's a good possibility they would leave the craft. It deals with the occult origins of the symbols, initiations, and rituals of Freemasonry. It is also a handbook for degree initiation, as it details them all up to the 33rd degree, which was invented by Pike himself, some say in order to have a higher degree than the president, who ceremoniously receives the 32nd degree if elected.
From the first degree, and initiation, the Mason is urged mightily to "seek the light!". The average Mason is continually saying that he is "seeking the light" and will spend his entire life "moving toward the light." Concerning this light that every mason is told to eagerly seek, Pike gives his answer; "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 feeble sensual, or selfish souls? Doubt it not!"
This is the task of the initiate in all Occult groups. The initiator shows the candidate his latent faculties, his dormant powers, and initiates him into their use. He explains or demonstrates to him how the candidate may awaken the static energy into dynamic power.
To hide these damning truths at the very heart of the mystery Pike said...the initiate is intentionally misled by false interpretations. Another esteemed Mason put it this way:
Freemasonry is a fraternity within
a fraternity....an outer organization concealing an inner Brotherhood
of the elect...it is necessary to establish the existence of these
two separate and yet interdependent orders, the one visible the
other invisible. The visible society is a splendid camaraderie of
'free and accepted' men enjoined to devote themselves to ethical,
educational, fraternal, patriotic, and humanitarian concerns. The
invisible society is a secret and most August fraternity whose members
are dedicated to the service of a mysterious arcannum arcandrum.
[defined as 'a secret, a mystery']
~Manly P Hall 33rd degree, Lectures on Ancient, p.433]
"When a mason learns the key to the warrior on the block is the proper application of the dynamo of living power, he has learned the mystery of his craft. The seething energies of Lucifer are in his hands and before he may step upward, he must prove his ability to properly apply energy."
[The Lost Key of Freemasonry, Manly P. Hall,33°, p.48]
The above quote may be surprising to some, but occultists have a clear concept of what Manly P. Hall was talking about. To them the true definition of occultism is the science of energy flow and energy relationships. Occult meditation is a means of consciously and purposefully directing energy from a recognized source to the creation of some specific effect.
Freemasonry has always, admitedly, held deep occult secrets, which it hides from the "prophane" and unworthy. One person who believed this to be true was Alice Ann Bailey. Her praise and admiration — she appeared to be almost in awe of the craft — was evident throughout all her works. A typical flattery can be found on p.511 of The Externalization of the Hierarchy:"...It is a far more occult organization that can be realized, and is intended to be a training school for coming advanced occultists. In its ceremonials lies hid the wielding forces connected with the growth and life of the kingdoms of nature and the divine aspects of man."
On the front cover of Morals and Dogma, Pike writes a phrase in latin 'DEUS MEUMQUE JUS' The literal meaning is 'God and my right.' The average reader, even if he knew latin, wouldn't grasp the significance of this statement. However, one look at this phrase would alert any Satanist that the contents within are Satanic. A Satanist would also understand immediately that all of Freemasonry is satanic. Former Illuminist-Satanist Doc Marquis says this statement is a very typical one within Satanism. Marquis says that this phrase is very dangerous within Satanism. The second a Satanist sees this phrase in Latin on Pike's book, he knows the material within is Satanic, without reading a word!
"Masonry makes no profession of
Christianity.. but looks forward to the time when the labor of our
ancient brethren shall be symbolized by the erection of a spiritual
temple.. in which there shall be but one alter and one worship;
one common alter of Masonry on which the Veda, Shatra, Sade, Zeda-Avesta,
Koran and the Holy Bible shall at who's shrine the Hindu, the Persian,
the Assyrian, the Chladean, the Egyptian, the Chinese, the Mohammedan,
the Jew and the Christian may kneel."
[ "The Kentucky Monitor" Fellowcraft Degree p. 95 ]
".... the literal meaning (of
the Bible) is for the vulgar only."
[Albert Pike "Digest of Morals and Dogma," p. 166 ]
"What is True to the philosopher,
would not be truth, nor have the effect of truth, to the peasant.
The religion of many must necessarily be more incorrect than that
of the refined and reflected few.. The truest religion would in
many points , not be comprehended by the ignorant.. The doctrines
of the Bible are often not clothed in the language of strict truth,
but in that which was fittest to convey to a rude and ignorant people..
[ Albert Pike "Morals and Dogma," 14th Degree, p. 224 ]
Appendant bodies of Freemasonry: the Scottish Rite, York Rite,
Eastern Star, Order of DeMolay, Rainbow for Girls and Shrine.
"The true name of Satan, the Kabalists say, is that of Yahweh reversed; for Satan is not a black god.. for the initiates this is not a Person, but a force, created for good,but which may serve for evil. It is the instrument of liberty and free will."
[ Albert Pike "Morals and Dogma," Master Mason / 3rd Degree p. 102 ]
"Masonry is a search for light.
That light. That search leads us back, as you see, to the Kabala.
In that ancient and little understood (source book) the infinite
will find the source of many doctrines; and (he) may in time come
to understand the Hermetic philosophers, the Alchemists, all the
Antipapal Thinkers of the Middle Ages, and Emanuel Swedenborg."
[ Albert Pike "Morals and Dogma," 28th Degree p. 741 ]
"All truly dogmatic religions
have issued from the Kabala and return to it; everything scientific
and grand in the religious dreams of the Illuminati, Jacob Boeheme,
Swedenborg, Saint Martin, and others is borrowed from the Kabala;
all Masonic associations owe to it their secrets and their symbols."
[ Albert Pike "Morals and Dogma," 28th Degree p. 747 ]
"Though Masonry is identical with
the ancient Mysteries, it is so only in this qualified sense: that
it presents but an imperfect image of their brilliancy, the ruins
of their grandeur .."
[ Albert Pike "Morals and Dogma Fellowcraft Degree p.22 ]
"Masonry, successor to the Mysteries
(Babel, Mythras, Tummuz, Whicka,etc.) still follows the ancient
manor of teaching."
[ Albert Pike "Morals and Dogma Fellowcraft Degree p.22 ]
"These two divinities (Sun and
Moon, Osiris and Isis, etc) were commonly symbolized by the generative
parts of a man and a woman; to which in remote ages no idea of indecency
was attached ; the Phallus (penis) and the Cteis (vagina), emblems
of generation and production, and which, as such appeared in the
Mysteries (I believe Masonry is the revival of these). The Indian
Lingam was the union of both, as were the boat and mast and the
point within the circle." (key Masonic symbols)
[ Albert Pike "Morals and Dogma," 24th Degree, p. 401 ]
"If your wife child, or friend
should ask you anything about your invitation - as for instance,
if your clothes were taken off, if you were blind folded, if you
had a rope tied around you neck, etc, you must conceal.. hence of
course you must deliberately lie about it. It is part of your obligation
" [ Ibid p. 74 ]
Question: "what makes you a Freemason
? Answer: My obligation."
[question and answer from the Entered Apprentice/First Degree]
".. binding myself under no less
penalty that that of having throat cut from ear to ear, my tongue
torn out by its roots, and my body buried in the rough sands of
the sea, a cable length from the shore where the tide.."
[ from the oath of obligation Entered Apprentice/First Degree ]
".. binding myself under no less
penalty than having my left Brest torn open, my heart plucked out,
and given to the beasts of the field and fowls of the air as prey."
[from the oath of obligation , Fellowcraft/Second Degree]
".. binding myself under no less
penalty that that of having my body severed in twain, my bowels
taken out and burned to ashes, the ashes scattered to the four winds
[ from the oath of obligation, Master Mason / Third Degree ]
" .. in willful violation whereof
may I incur the fearful penalty of having my eyeballs pierced to
thru center with a three edged blade, my feet flayed and forced
to walk the hot sands upon the sterile shores of the red sea until
the flaming Sun shall strike with a livid plague, and my Allah the
god of Arab, Moslem and Mohammedan, the god of our fathers, support
me to the entire fulfillment of the same."
[ from the oath of obligation, Ancient Arabic Order of the Nobles of the Mystic Shrine ] ("Shriners")
"You must conceal all the crimes
of your brother Masons... and should you be summoned as a witness
against a brother Mason be always sure to shield him.. It may be
perjury to do this, it is true, but your keeping your obligations."
[ Ronayne, "Handbook of Masonry" p. 183 ]
"We shall unleash the Nihilists
and 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, origin of savagery and of the most bloody turmoil.
Then everywhere, the citizens, obliged to defend themselves against
the world minority of revolutionaries, will exterminate those destroyers
of civilization, and the multitude, disillusioned with Christianity,
whose deistic spirit will from that moment be without a compass
(direction), anxious for an ideal, but without knowing where to
render its adoration, will receive the pure light through the universal
manifestation of the pure doctrine of Lucifer, brought finally out
in the public view, a manifestation which will result from the general
reactionary movement which will follow the destruction of Christianity
and atheism, both conquered and exterminated at the same time."
-Albert Pike, on a plan for world conquest, written in a letter to Mazzini dated August 15, 1871.
"..Thirty-third degree Freemason
Albert Pike (1809-1891), the man destined to develop the Luciferian
Doctrine for the Masonic hierarchy, could not accept the Lucifer
and Satan were the same personality. While teaching his beliefs
to a select few in the Supreme Council, Pike became the most powerful
Mason in the world. Although an obscure general in the Confederate
Army during the American Civil War, he was hardly inconspicuous
in Freemasonry. From 1859 until his death in 1891, Pike occupied
simultaneously the positions of Grand Master of the Central Directory
at Washington, D.C., Grand Commander of the Supreme Council at Charleston,
S.C., and Sovereign Pontiff of Universal Freemasonry. He was an
honorary member of almost every Supreme Council in the world, personally
receiving 130 Masonic degrees. Pike also was one of the most physically
and morally repulsive individuals in American history. Weighing
well over three hundred pounds, his sexual proclivity was to sit
naked astride a phallic throne in the woods, accompanied by a gang
of prostitutes. To these orgies he would bring one or more wagonloads
of food and liquor, most of which he would consume over a period
of two days until he passed into a stupor. In his adopted state
of Arkansas, Pike was well known as a practitioner of Satanism,
Portraits of his later years show him wearing a symbol of the Baphomet
around his neck."
-Scarlet and the Beast, John Daniel, vol 1
"Masonry gives rogues and evil-minded
characters an opportunity of visiting upon their devoted victim,
all the ills attending combined power, when exerted to accomplish
destruction. It works unseen, at all silent hours, and secret times
and places; and, like death when summoning his diseases, pounces
upon its devoted subject, and lays him prostrate in the dust. Like
the great enemy of man, it has shown its cloven foot, and put the
public upon its guard against its secret machinations."
-CAPT. WM. MORGAN'S ILLUSTRATIONS OF MASONRY, 1827.
"Membership of secret societies
such as freemasonry can raise suspicions of a lack of impartiality
or objectivity. It is therefore important the public know the facts.
I think it is the case that the freemasons said they are not a secret
society but a society with secrets. I think it is widely accepted
that one secret they should not be keeping is who their members
are in the criminal justice system."
- Home Secretary Jack Straw, 1997 Home Affairs Committee England
"It is generally agreed that the
biggest single influence in the modern expansion of ritual magic,
and the occult explosion in general, in the Western world, was the
Golden Dawn. This magical fraternity, founded by Freemasons at the
end of the 19th century, developed a complex ritual system with
ten degrees of initiation relating to the Cabalistic Sephiroth."
(World renown witches, Janet and Stewart Farrar, authors of A Witches
- Janet and Stewart Farrar, The Life and Times of A Modern Witch, Phoenix Publishing Company, p. 121.