A Declaration of Principles

Adopted by action of the Grand Lodge of the State of Illinois; October 10, 1939; Republished in THE TRACING BOARD, GRS; November, 2000. Freemasonry is a charitable, benevolent, educational and religious society.  Its principles are proclaimed as widely as men will hear.  Its only secrets are in its methods of recognition and of symbolic instruction. … Read more

The Confession of the Rosicrucian Fraternity

Addressed to the Learned Europe HERE GENTLE READER, YOU shall find incorporated in our Confession thirty-seven reasons of purpose and intention, the which according to thy pleasure thou mayest seek out and compare together, considering within thyself if they be sufficient to allure thee. Verily, it requires no small pains to induce any one to … Read more

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? Fundamentally it is a voluntary organization of men who support morality in public and … Read more

A Better Approach to Masonic Instruction

By R.W. Bro. Ron Coulson, Grand Senior Warden, Saskatchewan One 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 … Read more

The Rosicrucians: Past and Present, at Home and Abroad

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

Signs of Brainwashing

By M.W.Frater, Claude Brodeur Ph.D The 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 … Read more

One Hundred “Lost Words”

Masonic Service Association – Short Talk Bulletin – February 1947 Freemasonry 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 … Read more

The Farmers Almanac for 1823 – Definition of a Freemason

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 … Read more