Freemasons-A Detailed Introduction

lifttheveil– 10-15-2006/2007 – reposted Sept 20, 2010

About Masonry Although many have heard of the ‘secret society’ The Freemasons and Masonry, not many know anything about it, neither do they know how widespread this secret society is, nor the number of high ranking government officials and world leaders who are members. The Freemasons have a pyramid structure of levels of advancement, called degrees. The highest of these being the 33rd degree known as ‘Illuminised Masonry’. Mason’s on the lower degree’s have no idea as to who runs or what happens at the top of the organisation. Indeed, the people at the top are simply referred to as “Our Hidden Masters”. As a mason advances through the degrees more secrets and promises are given, and a ritual is performed when reaching each degree, these rituals get more and more bizzare as one goes up the degrees. The video below takes a look at Freemasonry and it’s roots

The History of Freemasonry 53min 21sec

The structure of Freemasonry As with all secret societies, such as The Freemasons, The Skull and Bones Society, The Church of Satan, Order of the Golden Dawn etc. there are initial grades or levels, known in masonry as degrees. These are laid out in the image below, which is a structure of freemasonry chart from a masonic lodge.

 

Above, two photographs taken inside a masonic temple of a ‘Masonic Death Burial Ritual’, from The Hiram Key, by Robert Lomas.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p1_COYqQKy4 Short Video illustrating Freemasonry Symbology and related images Freemasonry, Secrets of a Secret Society Freemasonry, is a secret society that in England and Wales alone has more than 700,000 initiates, a further 100,000 in Scotland and between 50,000 and 70,000 in Ireland. The membership in the USA is even higher. All the members of this Brotherhood are male, and all except those who are second, third, or fourth, generation Freemasons, who may join at eighteen, are over the age of twenty one. Freemasonry’s critics have described it as a business cult, a satanic religion, and a political conspiracy. Defenders of Freemasonry tell us it is nothing more than a benevolent and charitable fraternal brotherhood.
The headquarters of the Brotherhood in England and Wales is in London, at the corner of Great Queen Street and Wild Street. This is the seat of the `United Grand Lodge of England’, the governing body of the 8,000 plus Lodges in England and Wales. These Lodges, of which there are another 1,200 odd under the jurisdiction of the `Grand Lodge of Scotland’ and about 750 under the `Grand Lodge of Ireland’, carry out their secret business and ritual in Masonic Temples. Temples might be purpose built, or might be rooms in hotels or private buildings temporarily converted for Masonic use. Many town halls up and down the country, for example, have a masonic hall or private function rooms used for Masonic rituals, as does New Scotland Yard, headquarters of the Metropolitan Police and home to the “Animal Rights National Index” (ARNI) and Special Branch.
Debates about Freemasonry in the Police began in 1877 with the sensational discovery that virtually every member of the Detective Department at Scotland Yard, up to and including the second in command, was in the pay of a gang of vicious swindlers. The corruption had started in 1872 when, at a Lodge meeting in Islington, John Meiklejohn, a Freemason, was introduced to a criminal called William Kurr (Kurr had then been a Freemason for some years). One night the two Masonic brothers exchanged intimacies. Kurr was operating a bogus `betting agency’ swindle and was sorely in need of an accomplice within the force to warn him as and when the Detective Department had sufficient information against him to move in. Meiklejohn agreed to accept 100 pounds, nearly half his annual salary, to supply information. In forces all over England, Freemasonry is strongest in the Criminal Investigation Department (CID). This had been particularly noticeable at Scotland Yard, and the situation remains the same today. Between 1969 and the setting up of the famous Operation Countryman in 1978 there were three big investigations into corruption in the Metropolitan Police. These were: (1) An inquiry into allegations of corruption and extortion by Police, first published in The Times. This resulted in the arrest, trial and imprisonment of two London detectives in 1972. (2) An inquiry by Lancashire Police into members of the Metropolitan Police Drug Squad. This led to the trial of six detectives, and the imprisonment in 1973 of three of them. (3) An inquiry into allegations of corruption among CID officers responsible for coping with vice and pornography in London’s West End. Over twenty detectives were sacked from the force during the three year investigation in the early 1970’s, which led eventually to the notorious Porn Squad trials.

Freemasons in Police

There were corrupt Masonic Policemen involved in all these cases. According to Masonic books, and some modern works, Freemasonry was formed and continues to work to “dupe the simple for the benefit of the crafty” (p.33, Proceedings of the US Anti Masonic Convention, 1830). This is also a huge problem in The United States demonstrated by the selection of various police patches below.

The Freemasonic value system and organisational structure can be used to conceal both immoral and illegal acts but, its members derive benefit from the Brotherhood only so long as the status quo is maintained. INITIATION Initiation into the various secret societies, the Freemasons being one of, is relatively easy these days compared to older times. Potential initiates are hand picked and invited to join based on their status or wealth, tempted with the promise that, once accepted into the organisation, many personal advantages would be on offer: improved career prospects with promotion easier to achieve, more prosperous lifestyles, and obstacles to success would be made to disappear. In other words this mutually beneficial “old boy network” would take care of its own. The vast majority of members are on the first three rungs of the 33 level hierarchy and have no idea of the hidden agenda. Once initiated into the lowest level, the first of the 33 degrees, vows are taken to pledge allegiance to the society above all else. Most initiates are willing to do this as the temptation of power, wealth, and knowledge is hard to refuse. It is hinted that there are penalties to pay for betraying their society and revealing its secrets, but at this level the organisation is viewed by its members as little more than a secretive social club with a morality based on chivalry. What appear to be certain esoteric secrets, are revealed to them upon initiation as a `taster’ of what is to come as long as they remain faithful. Money is then paid by the initiate in order to progress to the second degree through a ceremony involving the revelation of yet further secret knowledge with the promise of more to come at each stage. Initiation into higher degrees requires increasingly larger sums of money and still the clues keep coming. Promises of wonderful arcane knowledge are continual yet the actual knowledge revealed remains encoded and only serves to whet the appetite. No one is ever given the full scenario, only pieces of what appears to be a picture of the most awesome significance. As more and more is revealed and the higher up the ladder the initiate is allowed, the greater are the perks provided and doorways opened in terms of career and social status. Moreover, the warnings against transgression of the secret society’s rules become blatant and more sinister at each step. It is impossible to achieve high levels of initiation within Freemasonry unless one is hand picked by those of the higher degrees. In order to qualify, one must meet their criteria of wealth, status, social class, and character type. By the time the twentieth degree is reached a minimum of professional level income is required to fund progression through the system. The result of this financially dependent progression is that the top level members of the Brotherhood elite are among the richest, and most powerfully influential in the world. They are also responsible, directly and indirectly, for most of the money/power based crime such as the illegal drugs industry, political assassinations, Satanism, and mind control, which goes on every day all around the world. Jack the Ripper: The Final Solution, by Stephen Knight, produced evidence the Ripper murders were a Masonic cover up involving the highest levels of British government and the monarchy. An important investigative effort suggesting the levels of influence at which the senior members of the freemasonic brotherhood operate and their indifference to the bounds of law. The issue of The Jack the Ripper murders having masonic involvement is well known and has been covered since the events by many authors and investigators.

Barristers and Judges

The flag of The Knights Templar went on to become todays flag of England. Each Inn is owned by its Honorable Society, has its own library, dining hall, and chapel, and is governed by its own senior members, barristers and judges, who are known as Benchers. The Benchers decide which students will be called to the Bar (made barristers that is) and which will not. Their decision is final. As with so much else in British Law, ancient customs attend the passage of students to their final examinations and admission. Candidates must of course pass examinations, which are set by the Council for Legal Education, but in addition they must `keep twelve terms’. In everyday language this means that on a set number of occasions in each legal term (Hilary, Easter, Trinity and Michelmas) for three years, candidates must dine at their Inn. If they do so without fail, pass their exams and pay their fees they will then be called, and the degree, or rank, of barrister at law will be bestowed upon them. Solicitors, especially those outside London, have a particular incentive for becoming Freemasons. By the rules of their profession they are forbidden to advertise. They are therefore reliant on passing trade, which is often sparse, and recommendation, which is hard to get. Solicitors join Freemasonry purely to get on close terms with the businessmen and worthies of their community, and to gain personal contact with Police, JPs, magistrate’s clerks and any local or visiting members of the judiciary, men they could rely upon either to put business their way or whose good offices they would be professionally valuable. From the beginning the men of law were linked with Freemasonry. The term `Masonic firm’ is used more often in the law than in any other profession. This is because there is a greater preponderance of companies which are exclusively run by members of the Brotherhood in this area of society than elsewhere. In fact, at one time in British history all judges were masons, and paraded accordingly until British masonry went underground due to being uncovered in certain areas and tied to criminality and demonology. It refers to those firms of solicitors whose senior partners are, without exception and as part of a deliberate policy, Freemasons. In such firms, and this is equally true in London as in the Provinces, most of the junior partners will also be `on the  square’.

Barristers and Judges/ Local Authorities

Some Masonic firms will not allow the possibility of a non Masonic partner. In these cases only existing brethren will be taken on. In some larger Masonic firms there will be one, perhaps two, of the junior partners who are not Masons. These non Masons generally never even suspect the secret allegiance of their fellow partners. At a certain stage in their career they might receive an approach from one of the Brothers within the firm, not a blunt invitation to join, but a subtle implantation of an idea, a curtain twitched gently aside. Usually if this is passed over nothing further will occur. If it is recognised and rebuffed, the non Mason will probably be actively looking for a partnership elsewhere shortly afterwards, as work becomes unaccountably more demanding and as he finds he no longer seems to measure up to the standard expected of him. In summary, Freemasonry is a brotherhood or more aptly a cult which mandates secrecy and obedience within its ranks, affords protection and advancement of the interests of its members, punishes its enemies and turns a blind eye to criminal behavior committed by its members against non members. Freemasonry provides a value system and an organisational structure which works to put brother Freemasons in positions of power in all organisations and can be used by its members for the most immoral and illegal purposes. Its foundation appears to rest upon the willingness of its members to selfishly exchange their ethics for personal advantage. Its strength appears to lie in a pervasive presence, unseen by those outside the brotherhood, working in concert to protect and expand their wealth and power.

 

Every local authority in the country has it’s own Freemasonic Lodge, the temple often situated actually within the Town or County Hall. These local government Lodges are known variously as (a) `Borough Lodge’, (b) `County Lodge’, (c) `Town Hall Lodge’, or (d) `Council Lodge’, depending where they are. In London alone there are no fewer than twenty four Lodges which from their names in the Masonic Year Book can be identified as being based on local authorities. There are at least as many again in Greater London whose identity is cloaked under a classical or other obscuring title like `Harmony’. In addition to these there are the Lodges based upon the City of London Corporation, and Lodge No. 2603 for officers and members of what was formerly known as the Greater London Council (GLC), originally consecrated as the London County Council Lodge in 1896.In the provinces, most County Councils and District councils and many Parish Councils have their own Lodge. One thing is clear, the vast majority of councilors and officials join these Lodges, rather than a Lodge based on geographical area or an institution or profession, because they believe it increases their influence over local affairs. It could be said that, in local as well as national Government, and even though we are told we live in a `democracy’, whatever debate occurs in public is a facade that covers the disturbing truth that everything has been decided in advance. Freemasons are sworn to show favouritism in advancing the interests of brother Freemasons. The royal arch mason swears, “I will promote a companion royal arch mason’s political preferment, in preference to another of equal qualifications” (pg.9, The Address of the US Anti Masonic Convention, 1830.)

Grand Masonic Lodge of Pennsylvania

Masons in Medicine, Education, and Public Services Masonry in the medical profession is prevalent, especially among general practitioners and the more senior hospital doctors. Hospital Lodges prove useful meeting places for medical staff and administrators. Most main hospitals, including all the London teaching hospitals, have their own Lodges. According to Sir Edward Tuckwell, former Sergeant Surgeon to the Queen, and Lord Porritt, Chairman of the African Medical and Research Foundations, both Freemasons and both consultants to the Royal Masonic Hospital, the Lodges of the teaching hospitals draw their members from hospital staff and GP’s connected with the hospital in question. Tuckwell and Porritt are members of the Lodges attached to the teaching hospitals where they trained and later worked, Porritt at St Mary’s Paddington (St Mary’s Lodge No 63), which has about forty active members out of about a total 300, half of them general practitioners, and Tuckwell at St Bartholomew’s (Rahere Lodge No 2546), with about thirty active brethren. Other London hospital Lodges include King’s College (No2973); London Hospital, Whitechapel (No 2845); St Thomas’s (No 142) and Moorfields (No 4949). Many of the most senior members of the profession are Freemasons, especially those actively involved with the Royal College of Physicians and the Royal College of Surgeons, which has benefited from a massive 600,000 pounds trust fund set up by the Brotherhood for medical research. The royal arch mason swears, “I will aid and assist a companion royal arch mason, when engaged in any difficulty, and espouse his cause, so far as to extricate him from the same, if in my power, whether he be right or wrong…A companion royal arch mason’s secrets, given me in charge as such, and I knowing him to be such, shall remain as secure and inviolable, in my breast as in his own, murder and treason not excepted, “.
Unfortunately, Freemasonry also plays a significant but possibly a declining role in the field of education. It is common for junior and secondary school headmasters and college lecturers to be Brothers. There are as many as 170 Old Boys Lodges in England and Wales, most of which have current teaching staff among their members.
 
Above – The Tomb, HQ of The Skull and Bones secret society at Yale University This is also true of many universities both in the UK and US, in particular in the states, Yale University, home of The Masonic ‘Skull and Bones Secret Society’ who’s members include George Bush senior and Junior, both were falsely running against each other for president, when both had been ‘Bonesmen’ for many years, and both even admitted it on television!

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Article/video’s submitted by Teri Perticone

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