A Beautiful System of Morality, Veiled in Allegory and Illustrated by Symbols

Author Unknown: Reprinted District #20 AF & AM, GRA; Original Masonic Temple 345 West Monroe, Phoenix, Arizona 86003.  PRINTED IN GRAND LODGE BULLETIN; G.R.A.; April, 1979.

Reprinted CANMAS 29th September, 2006.

THE FRATERNITY OF FREE AND ACCEPTED MASONS: WHAT IS FREEMASONRY?

Freemasonry

Fundamentally it is a voluntary organization of men who support morality in public and private life.  It requires a belief in a  Supreme Being, endorses free public education and free choice of religious and political preference. It endeavors to improve society by self improvement of the individual, promotes patriotism and respect for the Constitution, equal rights under the law and practices good will toward all men, by Love, Relief and Truth and the cardinal virtues: Temperance, Fortitude, Prudence and Justice.  It is a teacher of morality in its highest sense.  There is no conflict between Masonry and Religion.  It does not pretend to take the place of religion, nor serve as a substitute for religious beliefs of its members.

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A Better Approach to Masonic Instruction

By R.W. Bro. Ron Coulson, Grand Senior Warden, Saskatchewan

Square & CompassOne of the elements of Freemasonry that has been constant over the ages, is the process of instruction. Every man who enters our Fraternity as an Entered Apprentice begins a lifetime of learning about Freemasonry, but more importantly, about himself.

He quickly finds out how very little he really knows about either subject. And he more quickly develops a need to progress in both studies as quickly as he can. He also begins to realize that he will probably never know all he will want to know.

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The Rosicrucians: Past and Present, at Home and Abroad

by Wm. Wynn Westcott, P.S.M., S.R.I.A., XI

William Wynn Westcott (17 December 1848 – 30 July 1925)It is well at certain times to consider our status as Rosicrucians, and to remind ourselves of the origin of the Society to which we belong, to notice how far we moderns have strayed from the original paths laid down by our Founder, C.R., and to take a note of the kindred Societies of Rosicrucians which are now in being, so far as we know of them.

With regard to past history we must not be surprised that extant published records are very scanty, for the purpose of the Rosicrucians was to be unknown to the people among whom they lived. Some few notable persons only appear to have had the right to function as recognized members of the Rosicrucian Colleges, for instance, Michael Maier the German student of Alchemy who died in 1662, and Dr. Robert Fludd of London and Bearstead near Maidstone who died in 1637.

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Signs of Brainwashing

By M.W.Frater, Claude Brodeur Ph.D

AlchemyThe idea of brainwashing is customarily associated more with techniques of political indoctrination rather than with methods of teaching. However, I cannot help wondering to what extent some “brainwashing” might occur as a benevolent form of education. Perhaps, it would be useful for teachers and students, and the public in general, to know something about the process generally called “brainwashing” as currently understood.

In a generic sense, any attempt to change someone’s thinking or beliefs by the use of intensive propaganda techniques under conditions of stress may be called “brainwashing” (consult The ABC of Psychology by Leonard Kristal, Editor, John Wiley & Sons, 1982). The word is said to have been first used in this way by George Orwell in his novel, 1984.

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Searching for the Apple Tree: What Happened in 1716? – Sankey Lecture Series in Masonic Studies

One Hundred “Lost Words”

Masonic Service Association – Short Talk Bulletin – February 1947

Lost WordFreemasonry uses many common English words in a sense other than that of their usual definition -profane, heal, carpet, accepted, landmark, etc.

For the benefit of the new Mason – and perhaps for some who are older but less attentive to Masonic instruction than they might be – herewith are one hundred words commonly used in Freemasonry with a short definition of their Masonic significance.

ACACIA. An Eastern plant, sometimes a tree. Several hundred varieties are known. Masonically, an emblem of immortality.

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The Farmers Almanac for 1823 – Definition of a Freemason

The Farmers Almanac for 1823 In The Farmers Almanac for 1823 published at Andover, Mass., the following was printed under the heading, “Definition of a Freemason‘:

The real Freemason is distinguished from the rest of Mankind by the uniform unrestrained rectitude of his conduct.

Other men are honest in fear of punishment which the law might inflect. They are religious in expectation of being rewarded, or in dread of the devil, in the next world.

A Freemason would be just if there were no laws, human or divine, except those written in his heart by the finger of his Creator.

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Societas Rosicruciana in Canada – Manitoba Legislative Building in Winnipeg Manitoba

Manitoba’s Legislative Building, principal among public buildings in the province, accommodates the legislative assembly, its committees and staff, as well as offices for the ministers and deputy ministers of all government departments. When this building was planned just after the turn of the 20th century, members were unanimous in their desire to build an imposing structure – a symbol of strength and vitality in the capital city, “not for present delight nor use alone… but such as our descendants will thank us for.”

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S.R.I.C. – Correspondence Circle

Rosy Cross

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