Have you ever seen those ads that promise to give you the answers to the mystery?
Ever wanted to know the secrets that have been intentionally hidden from you by the 'elites'?
Well, lucky you, dear reader.
Here is the information you have been seeking.
I read this book looking for the 'secrets' of the Free Masons.
I found the public ones, but blood cults don't write down the secret ones.
You'll have to read it yourself, if you want your answers, dear reader, I can't read it for you.
I can tell you that when I got to the end of it and he said, 'Everything you needed to know is in the first three levels.', I was a little miffed.
Morals and Dogma of the Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite of Masonry
Albert Pike and 'Morals and Dogma'
While a prolific writer, Albert Pike is best known for his major work Morals and Dogma of the Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite of Masonry.
Published in 1871 (no ISBN), this massive volume consists of 861 pages and 32 Chapters, covering each of the 32 Degrees of Freemasonry.
While many consider it to be a Mason's guide for daily living, the truth is that not many Masons have even read the book, on account of it being somewhat difficult to understand.
More than 75% of the book consists of historical records of ancient civilisations (inc. Egypt, Greece, China, India, Persia) and their superstitions and religious observances.
At first reading Pike creates the impression of being well-read and extremely knowledgeable on his topic, until you take the time to read the preface.
It accuses Pike of plagiarism throughout, stating that “he has extracted quite half its contents from the works of the best writers and most philosophic or eloquent thinkers”.
Is Pike really the genius we've been led to believe?
Freemasonry Described by Albert Pike
In Morals and Dogma, Pike wrote:
"Masonry, like all the Religions, all the Mysteries, Hermeticism and Alchemy, conceals its secrets from all except the Adepts and Sages, or the Elect, and uses false explanations and misinterpretations of its symbols to mislead those who deserve only to be misled; to conceal the Truth, which it calls Light, from them, and to draw them away from it.
Truth is not for those who are unworthy or unable to receive it, or would pervert it....
The truth must be kept secret, and the masses need a teaching proportioned to their imperfect reason…
every man's conception of God must be proportioned to his mental cultivation and intellectual powers, and moral excellence.
God is, as man conceives Him, the reflected image of man himself..."
The next statement reduces the Masonic philosophy to a single premise. Pike writes:
"The true name of Satan, the Kabalists say, is that of Yahveh reversed; for Satan is not a black god but the negation of God.
The Devil is the personification of Atheism or Idolatry.
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!"
Albert Pike explained in Morals & Dogma how the true nature of Freemasonry is kept a secret from Masons of lower degrees:
"The Blue Degrees are but the outer court or portico of the Temple. Part of the symbols are displayed there to the Initiate, but he is intentionally misled by false interpretations.
It is not intended that he shall understand them; but it is intended that he shall imagine he understands them.
Their true explication is reserved for the Adepts, the Princes of Masonry.
The whole body of the Royal and Sacerdotal Art was hidden so carefully, centuries since, in the High Degrees, as that it is even yet impossible to solve many of the enigmas which they contain.
It is well enough for the mass of those called Masons, to imagine that all is contained in the Blue Degrees; and whoso attempts to undeceive them will labor in vain, and without any true reward violate his obligations as an Adept.
Masonry is the veritable Sphinx, buried to the head in the sands heaped round it by the ages. "
A reader has written to say the following, regarding the secrecy of higher Freemasonry levels:
"When in grade school we are taught that the three smallest particles of matter were the proton, neutron and electron. Today, we know there are a multitude of yet even smaller particles that make up those first particles. Could we in the 5th grade have understood the quarks, leptons, and other smaller particles without understanding the proton, neutron and electron first? I sincerely doubt it.
Masonry is the same way. The first three degrees are referred to as Symbolic Masonry. Degrees four through 32 are part of what is referred to as Philosophical Masonry. The degrees that follow, from the 34th and up are referred to as the Esoteric Degrees. Again, notice how things are taught in steps."
While I absolutely agree that it is right for information to be gradually fed to an ever enquiring mind, I do not agree that it makes sense to "use false explanations and misinterpretations of its symbols to mislead those who deserve only to be misled", which is what Morals and Dogma explains.
Where Can I Obtain a Copy of Morals and Dogma?
Many Freemasons write asking where Morals and Dogma can be found, proving once again that the majority of Masons are unaware of this book, and proving that Morals and Dogma is not the 'daily guide to living' as claimed on so many anti-Mason sites.
Morals and Dogma was traditionally given to the candidate upon his receipt of the 14th degree of the Scottish Rite. This practice was stopped in 1974. Morals and Dogma has not been given to candidates since 1974. A Bridge to Light, by Rex R. Hutchens, is instead provided to candidates today. Hutchens laments that Morals and Dogma is read by so few Masons. A Bridge to Light was written to be "a bridge between the ceremonies of the degrees and their lectures in Morals and Dogma".
Morals and Dogma can be purchased new on amazon.com for about $130 (expect a 10 - 14 week delay as the book is considered rare and is therefore a special order). However many used copies are also available on amazon.com or ebay.com.
Be aware that there are two distinct different versions of the book: The original manuscript published in 1871 with subsequent reprint (hard to find) and a reprint from circa 2000 (Volume one ISBN# 0766126153 Volume two ISBN# 0766126161). There is evidence to suggest that some wording has been changed in the more recent reprint, so all serious researchers should look for a 'library binding' published prior to 1950.
An online version of Morals and Dogma can be found at the Pietre-Stones Review of Freemasonry site, and is highly recommended if you wish to confirm the accuracy of quotes used on the ThreeWorldWars site.
What are the Degrees of Freemasonry?
Titles of Freemasonry Degrees, From Morals and Dogma
#1º - Apprentice
2º - Fellow-craft
3º - Master
4º - Secret Master
5º - Perfect Master
6º - Intimate Secretary
7º - Provost and Judge
8º - Intendant of the Building
9º - Elu of the Nine
10º - Elu of the Fifteen
11º - Elu of the Twelve
12º - Master Architect
13º - Royal Arch of Solomon
14º - Perfect Elu
15º - Knight of the East
16º - Prince of Jerusalem
17º - Knight of the East and West
18º - Knight Rose Croix
19º - Pontiff
20º - Master of the Symbolic Lodge
21º - Noachite or Prussian Knight
22º - Knight of the Royal Axe or Prince of Libanus
23º - Chief of the Tabernacle
24º - Prince of the Tabernacle
25º - Knight of the Brazen Serpent
26º - Prince of Mercy
27º - Knight Commander of the Temple
28º - Knight of the Sun or Prince Adept
29º - Scottish Knight of St. Andrew
30º - Knight Kadosh
31º - Inspector Inquistor
32º - Master of the Royal Secret
33º - Sovereign Grand Inspector General
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